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 Welcome to Notes of Inspiration where there is an encouraging word waiting for you everyday! Our mission here at Notes of Inspiration is to encourage you everyday in your walk of life and to bring people together from across the world. We say thank you to over 50 countries that log on every single day!   Thank you so much for dropping by.  We love you and are praying for you. 

Patrice Tankard, Executive Writer,  Notes of Inspiration

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Happy Birthday Mom!

She was a tall woman, with thick, waist-length, charcoal, black wavy hair. She inherited her extraordinary singing voice and her red skin from her father of Cherokee Indian descent, who was a Bishop in the Church of God in Christ. Soft-spoken, but firm in beliefs, a musician, songwriter, vocalist and a Pastor’s wife, this woman impacted my life for eternity. Mary E. Tankard was a pleasant force to be reckoned with but extremely loving and kind. I miss you so much, Mommy. Thank you for teaching me how to be the best woman that I can be. Happy Birthday! R.I.P.

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Believe God

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”  Mark 11:24

When you are asking or petitioning the Lord in prayer, you must believe already that you have what you have asked for. It’s almost like praying an affirmative prayer. For example, this is an affirmative prayer: “Father, thank for you for providing us with the finances to attend the conference next month.” Even though you do not have the finances yet to attend, you are trusting God and believing that he will provide for you. The scripture also makes reference to forgiving those who you may have ought against when you pray. The Lord will forgive you only if you forgive others.  Make sure you take care of this so that your prayers and the results that you desire from your prayers will not be hindered. But most of all believe God.

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He is mindful

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him” and the son of man, that thou visitest him”" Psalm 8:3

 Why should God care about us? Why are we so special that he would pay attention to our lives? He has skillfully designed the universe and all that pertains to creation. Why is God mindful of us? Whatever the reasons, I am thankful for his consideration in our lives. He loves us and and sent his son to die for our sins. Since God has considered us and he is mindful of us, I would like to spend the rest of my life honoring him.  I want to serve him and obey him the best that I can. He is mighty and worthy of our praises and we should give him our best. He considers us and we should consider him. I am so glad that God is mindful.

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Stop Domestic Violence

In honor of Domestic Violence Month, it hits very close to home. I have been a victim of domestic violence for the past 3 years, even though there is no cohabitation or relationship. I’ve endured emotional & verbal abuse, mental cruelty, attempts on my life, theft, aggravated stalking and many other crimes not mentioned here per the Restraining Order that is held “Permanently” against my Ex, as he refuses to leave me alone. But guess what? I am still a happy woman everyday because I am a survivor through God’s grace and I have the support of my community, family and loving friends. Don’t allow anyone to hinder your happiness! If you are a victim of Domestic Violence get help immediately and call the hot line at 1-800-799-7233.‪#‎SpeakingOutAgainstDomesticViolence‬ ‪#‎Survivor‬ ‪#‎HappyRegardless‬‪#‎HelpingOthers‬

Never let anyone stop you from living your dreams or from being happy.  I am blessed to finally live free and I am enjoying life better than ever! You can too!

Patrice Tankard

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A Virtuous Woman

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10

What an interesting question! Who can find a virtuous woman? What does it mean to be virtuous? A virtuous woman is one who has excellent moral character and ethics. A woman who is virtuous has these qualities and more: blameless, chaste, high-principled, honest, honorable, spotless, legit, moral, praise-worthy, right-minded, guiltless, pure, untainted, upright, wholesome, without reproach, worthy, efficient, excellent and much more.

It is with much understanding that I feel it may not always be easy for a man to find a woman with all of these qualities. It is also a known fact that no matter the moral status of most men, many times they do look for a woman with these qualities. A woman of this status brings joy to her family, her husband and her friends. These qualities alone can radiate in a woman and cause her to possess a  beauty that supercedes vain beauty, size, shape,  fashion or make-up expectations. This enables her to exhibit an aura of beauty that is absolutely untouchable.  A woman with these qualities and more is priceless and is a true blessing from the Lord.

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God has your back

“O Lord, save us; O Lord, grant us success. You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endureth forever. Psalm 188:25, 28-29

Be encouraged today and know that the Lord is available to help us be successful. He is above all things and nothing is bigger than God. Do not be intimidated by your circumstances or situations. If they are too much for you, take comfort in knowing that the Lord is able to fix everything in your life. Exalt him and praise his name for he is good and his love endureth forever. God loves us and he has our backs. He is our protector and he will deliver us.

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Rest your nerves

“Be still, and know that I am God;…” Psalm 46:10

Sometimes we just need to calm our thoughts and relax. Life has many twists and turns and that can make our minds race at a hundred miles a minute. In the past, I had problems sleeping. I would lie down but my mind would race and this kept me from falling asleep. It would be around three in the morning before sleep would overtake me.  However, in this phase of my life I have learned to trust God. I have love, happiness and peace and I sleep very soundly now. Be encouraged today to turn your cares over to the Lord and relax. Do not stress about anything at all. God can handle it. Calm down, pray, relax and rest your nerves. God is in control.

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Article: The Influence and Power of “That One Unforgettable Woman”

As I get older, I have come to understand many things about the male Psyche.  The male mind is intriguing and at times complex. Sometimes men are able to compartmentalize areas of their lives. A man can love the woman in his life, manage a business, provide for his family, be a leader in the community, be a great  brother, uncle, father and friend. However, that does not guarantee that he won’t get distracted. Respectable gentlemen are committed to the woman in their lives regardless of  distractions. But even the the most committed gentlemen can have difficulty when he runs across that one woman who is unforgettable.

My grandmother had conversations with me when I was young.  She also had conversations with my mom about me. The day that I was born, she looked into my eyes told my mother that one day I would drive men crazy. My grandmother and my mother taught me how to be  a respectable woman. My grandmother also told me about the women in our family and how we seemed to have a “generational  challenge” of men becoming overly obsessed with us. She warned us to be careful and mindful of our relationships and to stay discreet and save ourselves for marriage.  She elaborated on the days when she was a young woman and how just walking into a room would captivate the unsuspecting gentleman who suddenly found himself magnetically drawn to her presence from just one  glance. She wanted me to understand that my presence alone, and without any communication at all could be life-changing to some men. She tried to instill in me to never underestimate my influence and power, no matter how small or great. The way that a woman looks and walks, the calm and gentle way that she speaks, the slight way that she tosses her hair,  and even the way that her perfume euphorically intoxicates any man who walks in her path, shows that a woman can overwhelm a man without even knowing it.

I have found a strange phenomenon that the older I get the more unexpected propositions, inquiries, proposals and attention seem to come from gentlemen from all walks of life. I’m not the kind of woman who seeks or needs any type of attention. I am a low-maintenance woman who is independent mentally, emotionally, physically and financially. Yet, I find myself wondering why I receive so many communications that demand my attention and inquiry. Some gentlemen say that they saw me at an event, or  they enjoyed the music I provided at a venue and was affected deeply by what they experienced. Some say they are daily addicted to reading the posts on our Notes of Inspiration website.

It is an honor to serve and it is wonderful when people appreciate your work and talents. However, I must get adjusted to appreciation from others, especially gentlemen.  I spend a lot of time preparing for and working on one project or another in literature, music production, TV production and other things and I love working with people and I love working alone. But I’m not always prepared for some of the compliments, appreciations, or expresstions that I get, whether in text messages, emails, phone calls or in person. When it comes to the appreciation from gentlemen, I am not sure exactly what aspect of my life they are appreciating. I don’t always know if it’s my God-given gifts, the literary work, the music, my mannerisms, my voice, my personality or even my appearance. All I know is that there have been many instances that some gentlemen stated that I am “that one woman” who has become their quest or obsession and that it was all my fault. I’m not quite sure why they think any of this is any of  my fault but I pay attention and try to remain cautious and  professional at all times.

When men take the time to call, text, email, write letters, visit, send flowers and they do this consistently, it usually is somewhat serious. I would like to know the specifics in why the communication is ongoing and why they cannot seem to concentrate or function normally. Some say that my voice is addictive. Some say other aspects of my life are addictive, even from a far. Regardless of the reasons, I do understand what my grandmother meant when she had those conversations with me. There is no measured beginning or ending to a woman’s influence and power over a man, even if she is not initiating it.  I wish that my grandmother was still alive today so that I could ask her more questions.

Either way, I choose to remain a respectable woman by carrying myself in the sophisticated  manner that I was taught. I also understand that I should not use any power or influence that I may have to take advantage of gentlemen and if I find that they are already in a relationship, I make it my point to respect that relationship and require that they do the same.

I have also learned from the role model women in my life to gently “put gentlemen in their places” if they should “cross the line.”  I am not interested in other women’s men. I will decide who and when I will entertain the company of a gentleman and he will definitely be my very own. I am still young enough to marry again should I choose to. Right now I am enjoying the freedom of dating who ever I choose to date and I am very selective in whom I keep company with and who I allow in my circle.  I am happy being a busy single professional woman. It feels great to be appreciated but I will not take my influential power  lightly. I do realize just how strong this power is that I have as a woman. It empowers me to stay in control of the dynamics of my relationships in inspiring and wonderful ways. I would that women everywhere tap into that power and not use it like a weapon against their significant other, but to use it as a tool to protect them from making the wrong choices and to enhance their relationships. I am only an advocate for using this power appropriately. The old saying of “Never underestimate the power of a woman” is absolutely valid. Women who have that “special something” and who have a presence that leaves an everlasting impression on men should take themselves very seriously and walk in integrity at all times.

“Ladies,  you will leave an everlasting impression. But make sure you use your power appropriately”  Patrice Tankard


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Give honor to marriage

“Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.” Hebrews 13:4

Marriage is such an honorable institution and is a life long committment. Those who enter into it should not enter into it lightly but should take the perspective that marriage in itself is a ministry and it is another opportunity to serve. Husbands and wives should be totally committed and “sold out” to God and to each other.  God will judge those who are involved in immoral acts, adultery and fornication will be juged by God.

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