An Open Letter to My Single Brothers & Sisters

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DISCLAIMER: This is โ€ขmyโ€ข open letter. You, of course, are entitled to your own.

While not all singles desire to be married, all singles should desire to be whole. While not all singles will get married, all singles should constantly strive for enhancement, development, and refinement.

What is written below is a conglomeration of that which has been poured into me over the course of my lifetime at home and abroad as a single woman. I have gleaned well and I am grateful for all of the seeds that have been sown. I am yet learning.
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Shalom, Kings & Queens. Shalom.

It is a joy to address you today. Perhaps I can have a moment of your time.

While you are preparing for your most intelligent choice, I’d like to share a few items that you may find beneficial.

Instead of asking, “Why are you still single?”, consider asking, “How are you stewarding your time as a single?”

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CJ Hunter Called Me “Karissa “No Plans” Johnson”

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As I write, I am moments away from packing the last bits of my bag for my trip to Coffeyfille, KS. ย We’ll gather to remember CJ Hunter in just a matter of hours. It’s hard for me to take any trip abroad or domestically without thinking of the name CJ gave me.

Here’s the story:

Back in 2011 when I lacked the knowledge of how to prepare for my first international trip, I reached out to him first. I knew that he recently visited the UK and I was a fumbling and stumbling mess, in need of help.

I’d later reach out to Bishop Maurice Green of Bryan, TX. He graciously linked me to the Blackman family and the COGIC UK tribe. It was all divine.

CJ’s messages still bring a smile to my face.

I believe we Skyped that night too and I got a severe tongue lashing from him. We laughed until we cried that night because of my lack of planning. This was in September of 2011. My first trip abroad to England was in September of 2011. That’s when he first called me Karissa “No Plans” Johnson.

No Credit Cards for 7 Continents

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๐ŸƒWhile living and working abroad, both companies in #China and #SaudiArabia provided lodging for me free of charge. I simply had to steward what I received.๐ŸŒฟ


๐ŸŒฟFive years ago, while teaching in China, I paid off the commercial debt that I had which was less than $1,000. My trip to #Antarctica cost $5,000+. I used savings to pay for it. Responsible stewardship is critical.๐Ÿƒ

๐ŸƒAfter my first year of teaching English in China, I returned home for a vacation and sold my luxury car (Volkswagen Eos, hardtop convertible) in order to achieve my seven by 30 goal. I simply broke even with that sell.๐ŸŒฟ

Fresh Start LIVE | Charity Fisher |Karissa Johnson

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The honor was all mine when Charity Fisher invited me on her show, Fresh Start LIVE! If you’ve never heard my testimony of seeing all seven continents before 30, now is the time. My first trip abroad was at 26 and I made it to Antarctica at 29. Possibilities await you. Start now!

Over 3,000 have watched this interview on Facebook with over 30 shares. Watch the full video from Charity’s YouTube page below and feel free to comment and subscribe!

Oh, L๐Ÿ’‹VE.

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โœจDEV๐Ÿ’‹TIONAL๐Ÿ’ซ
Spoken by โš“๏ธ

Matthew 22:37-40 New International Version (NIV)

37 Jesus replied: โ€œโ€˜Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.โ€™ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: โ€˜Love your neighbor as yourself.โ€™ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.โ€ โคต๏ธ

โœŒ๐Ÿฟโค๏ธHe leaves us with these two commandments: Love. Love.ย 

Another Delayed Flight?! (Oh They That Wait!)

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โœจW a i t . ๐Ÿ’ซ #Devotional
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Last night my sister, Kinesha Johnson-Roach, was returning from LA and her flight got delayed. Her bags were packed and she was on time for her departure. She waited with great anticipation to quickly return home to be with her husband and children. Her heart dropped when she looked up and heard that her flight would be delayed.

Immediately, I heard “His hold up may be your hook up.” and sent it to her and my sisters in our WhatsApp group chat.

Often times, we get flustered or frustrated by the “good things” that we have to wait for. In my travels, every single time there was a hold up, a hook up was not far from it.ย 

#AIM2K17 – WARNING TO ALL SINGLES

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โš ๏ธ ATTENTION ALL SINGLES AT #AIM2K17โš ๏ธ

(And all across the globe this summer and beyond.)

Guard your hearts.

Guard your minds.

Guard your imaginations, fantasies, and time!

Be on guard!

Every kingdom-minded man or woman is not for you! Just because he’s/she’s kingdom and he’s/she’s single, it does not mean you should marry, entertain, or consider him/her.ย 

Surprise Me, Lord!

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โœจ#SurpriseMe๐Ÿ’ซ

๐Ÿ™๐ŸฟAnd most of all, help me to do Your will. In #Jesus’ Name, #Amen.

โœŒ๐ŸฟContrary to popular belief, God does not surprise us with negative things. #Disasters, #disappointments, and #destruction all come from a place of #prophecy or #warning. ย 

An Open Letter to Those Who Say, “NO! DON’T GO THERE!”

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As I continue to get messages and replies, I have been released from On High to share my sentiments on Israel, Palestine and beyond.

An open letter to those who say,

“NO! DON’T GO THERE!”

Shalom,

Thank you so much for your comment. I am incredibly pleased to hear from you. The gift of this educational tour is to see the conglomeration of the bitter and beautiful. The goal of Passages Israel and COGIC World Missions is to provide an authentic experience of Israel.

Although much that I’ve experienced has been magnificently overwhelming because of the Biblical historical context while visiting, I’ve also witnessed heart wrenching facts right before my eyes and observed the misery that many endure. I’ve touched these people and walked on their grounds in their community.

This is certainly a place to tour.ย 

Treasured Trinkets

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๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿพ On the #WashingtonDeluxe ๐ŸšŒ #bus from #NYC to #DC and I’m grateful for the last rest stop. I just took one of the #bracelets that my 103 year-old Great-Grandma Brown left behind after transitioning in February (She departed on #Superbowl Sunday and during Black History Month. She did nothing small even in her departure! ๐Ÿ˜‚) and moved it closer to my #heart. โค๏ธ