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About Us

The concept of Living4Today was conceived in 2007 as a blog site to share thoughts and encouraging words and spiritual revelations with a small subscriber base.  Since that time the subscriber base for the daily inspirations has grown to over 1,000 readers. We aspire to lift the hearts of readers and help them develop a closer walk with God by providing practical and relevant devotionals based on biblical truths.

The Writers

bio-pic3Shavon Carter  is a native of Jacksonville, FL but currently resides in Bowie, MD.  She is a graduate of Florida A&M University where she received an undergraduate degree in Accounting in 2001.  In 2004 she obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix-Northern Virginia.  She is currently employed with the Department of Defense as a Project Manager.  Shavon is a member of Zion Church, a non-denominational ministry in Landover, MD where Keith Battle is the Senior Pastor.  Through her passion for the healing of hurting women, Shavon currently serves as a volunteer Life Sense instructor at the Bowie Crofton Pregnancy Clinic where she teaches women about the importance of healthy relationships.  She also serves as a Post Abortion Facilitator to help women heal from past abortions.  Shavon is the author of the book “Living For Today: Inspirations For the Soul”, which is a compilation of daily devotionals to help women live with a renewed sense of hope.  She has also been invited to speak at several events including the Women of God Conference in Atlanta GA, the VTMBC Women’s Retreat in North East, MD, the S.T.A.R.S. Conference in Alexandria, VA, and the Walking In Your Purpose Weekend Retreat in Jacksonville, FL.  Shavon attributes all of her successes and accomplishments to God and understands that without Him, she would be nothing.  She is driven by her calling to do great things and reach millions through the unique gifts and abilities that God has given her.  She is encouraged by her favorite scripture from Isaiah 43:1 “But now thus saith the Lord that formed thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.”


LaDonna Grafton is a native of Jacksonville, FL and co-founder of Living4Today Inspirations Inc. Over the past 12 years, LaDonna has gained experience and leadership in the field of Human Resource and Benefit Outsourcing and she currently works as Operations Consultant in Defined Benefits for ING Institutional Plan Services in Jacksonville, FL.  LaDonna is true servant at heart. While at ING LaDonna has served as Chair and Volunteer Coordinator of ING’s nationally recognized Community Partners Program where she helped bridge the gap between corporate America and the community by organizing volunteer events and promoting the spirit of service among her fellow colleagues. She is currently Co-Chair of the Women’s Employee Resource Group dedicated to assisting ING with diversity initiatives, promote corporate goals and develop leadership skills throughout the enterprise while providing events that addresses women’s issues in the workplace. She is the recipient of the nationally recognized President’s Volunteer Service Award for community service and is a natural leader among her peers.

As a living expression of her favorite motto, “Who you are is God’s gift to you! What you become is your gift to God!” LaDonna believes in pouring into others by encouraging and motivating them to their highest potential. Naturally, this belief manifested when LaDonna joined Shavon Cowert to incorporate Living4Today Inspirations, Inc. as a non-profit organization in the spring of 2009. Apart of the Living4Today Inspirations, Inc. writing team, LaDonna has helped inspire thousands of subscribers with the publication of ”Daily Inspirations” and has helped to implement life changing programs such as Walking In Your Purpose Weekend.

LaDonna serves in the music ministry department at The Church of Jacksonville and is an active member under the pastoral leadership of Michael and Connie Smith.  LaDonna thrives on creativity and expression and has a passion for writing, designing, dancing, singing and creating art as a licensed cosmetologist. She is the owner of Sankofa Creations Spalon which has provided multicultural beauty services to clientele along the East Coast.  LaDonna believes it to be her mission in life to cultivate inspiration in the lives of others, grow in wisdom and knowledge and teach others the universal goodness of service. She considers it an absolute honor to be used for the greater glory of God by serving and sowing into the lives of other people.

She and her husband Robert have been married  14 years and have two beautiful children Darrien and Aaliyah.

Nephateria McBride is a native of Aliquippa, PA but currently resides in Alexandria, Va.  Nephateria is a minister, teacher, and a spiritual motivational speaker. As a part of the L4T writing team, Nephateria has helped inspire thousands of subscribers with publication of daily inspirational messages.  Nephateria was saved at a very young age and is thankful that God has turned her messes into ministry to advance His Kingdom.  Although she has accomplished many things in her life, she understands that without God she is nothing.  She has been called to preach the good news and also challenge others to live an abundant life in Christ.  She is humbled, but also encouraged by one of her favorite scriptures, 1 John 4:9-10, where God’s love is revealed among us through this message – God sent His only begotten Son so that we might live through Him.  In this love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Nephateria is the mother to two beautiful daughters, Zaz and Jae, and grandmother to Aubree.