Preserved For Purpose

Can I say I need two boxes of tissue? Not only did she surprise me, her words touched my soul. As a teenager, I had no clue that I was being prepared to give birth to the passion and purpose that was inside me.

Inspire and empower…

The FaithInspiration Project presents 32 compelling stories that will inspire you to do more for God and Live Your Faith Out Loud! Dr. Shamara Byrd and other project partners are not just saying they love God, but have translated their love for Him into platforms, projects and efforts outside the walls of the church. They are setting an example of loving God and loving people actively, everyday, uncompromisingly.

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Dr. Shamara Byrd

Dr. Shamara L. Byrd was born and raised in the inner city of Miami, Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work, a master’s degree in social work, an educational specialist’s degree in educational leadership and exceptional student education, and a doctorate degree in ministry with a concentration in Christian counseling.

Dr. Byrd has over 26 years of experience as a k-12 teacher, school social worker, school administrator, and adjunct college professor. She founded Byrd’s Nest Outreach, Inc., a faith-based 501c3 recognized, nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce homelessness among single mothers with school aged children. Dr. Byrd is also the owner of The D.I.V.A. (Determined Individual with a Victorious Attitude) Coaching Academy, LLC, which provides women of faith with skills and biblically based strategies to identify, confront and self-defeating thoughts and behaviors that prevent them from living a life of peace, purpose, and prosperity.

She is the proud mother of a daughter, ShaRen C. Wray, BSN, RN. 

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I am helping women of faith Acknowledge, Accept, and ACTivate their GPS (God's Path to Success) so they can confront and conquer life's challenges, SOAR beyond the pain, and to live a life of peace, purpose, and prosperity.

— Dr. Shamara Byrd


Help us touch the world with our messages of hope and inspiration.

Meet the Project Visionary Dorothy Wilson and the other co-authors and learn about opportunities for you to become involved.