Faith in the “Vision”

Recently, I held a Christian Writers’ Meet-up and from the responses I have received thus far, I would say it was a success.  The success realised is due to God being allowed to have his way, sponsors who were willing to support and  most importantly Participants who trusted “The Vision”.

I have given some serious thought to the word “Vision”.  I have no doubt that the Vision for this Event descended from God himself.   Here is why:

  1.  The Vision came out of spiritual growth after personally experiencing a spiritual drought, failure and discouragement.  In other words, it represented a revival in my heart following days, weeks and months of searching the mind of God as it relates to what he thinks of me and desires of me in terms of service to humanity.
  2. The Vision was timely; It came after I was inspired to start writing in a big way, right after I started my blog and added to that, when other writers were contacted and the vision was shared with them, they were ready to jump in.  The discussion was not about “if” but “when”.
  3. The Vision did not die, even when I placed it on pause for a while because I wanted to be sure, it did not die; it expanded, added extensions and branches as it took root.  I had no choice but to add water to the roots and embrace the green leaves.
  4. The Vision became reality and has the potential to bear lasting fruit. When God gives us a vision, he uses our experiences to create it, marrying it with his word and his plan for us and for others.  When he gives us a vision, our finite minds are not able to grasp the full extent of it and so we must trust Him that our efforts, sacrifice and risk-taking will be worth it; fruit will come.

Be mindful that we must be first concerned about connecting with God and allowing him to feed us through his word, to build us up and to equip us to the task ahead.  He cannot give us a vision to carry out if we are distracted and unstable in our devotion towards him.   Pursuing purpose is really about pursuing God.

Everyone should be chasing after God’s peace!

Have you ever noticed how many verses in the Bible speak about Peace?

You see, in order to pursue God’s purpose in your life, you need stability, confidence, a sound mind and a clear vision and healthy relationships.   God’s Peace allows us to have all these and more.

Tap into God’s peace daily by reading and meditating on God’s word and talking to him through-out the day about everything that concerns you.

Here are some verses to get you hooked on God’s peace:

Proverbs 16:7

“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

Psalm 37:11

“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

Psalm 119:165

“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

Romans 5: 1-5

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”

Philippians  4: 6&7

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

These are just some of the verses that would wake you up and help you realise that choosing a healthy relationship with God has awesome benefits.

Real, lasting, peace can be yours today, but you must be willing to let go of the unhealthy practices, habits and relationships that are feeding you conflict, torment and fear.  Instead embrace God’s word daily and allow him to guide you towards a life of true peace that even when storms arise, you would confidently walk through it, knowing that the Master of the sea is by your side.

You can’t pursue God’s purpose for your life if you do not know his Peace!.

Know God, Know Peace!

Article By Denisha Daniel

While visiting Facebook today and scrolling through my feeds, this article caught my attention.   I did not feel like reading at first but then something about the title captivated me and I got turned on.  The article was full, colourful and engaging.   It is the kind of article that would make you think, shake yourself and decide to persevere no matter the challenges that come your way.   I immediately wanted to share with others and sought the Writers’ permission to do so.   Thank you Denisha!  Do enjoy!

Written by Denisha Daniel

Grow through what you go through!

Situations in life arise that are tough. With the progressive style life takes, each challenge you overcome, ushers an even more challenging one in tow. Challenges foster growth and bring out the best in you…. here’s the clincher… “IF YOU ALLOW IT TO”.

I’ll be the first to admit, there are times I just don’t care enough to see it… the silver lining.😒

You can become bitter, calloused, cold, isolated and distrustful, in character, due to the things you face in life. Or, here’s another option courage offers, you can become BETTER and you can GROW.

There are times I’ve clung with lifeline tenacity to the scripture in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (MSG) “We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles…. we’re not sure what to do… we’ve been spiritually terrorized… we’ve been thrown down…” specifically leaving out the hope portions the verses offered simply because these parts resonated with me and I preferred to sulk.🤔
The hope parts of the verses say, however, “BUT we’re not demoralized… BUT God knows what to do… BUT God hasn’t left our side… BUT we haven’t been broken… “

When embracing of this, hope and courage, you can GROW through what you GO through. Purpose to see that hopeful side and push through, maybe even drag through… but just keep moving with a vision of “betterness”, not bitterness

Be triumphant in life! 
WIN! 
And succeed at the best “YOU”, you can be.

GROW THROUGH WHAT YOU GO THROUGH.

Happy anniversary to my blog and happy birthday to me…

God has given the gift of life to many, but today I felt as if I was getting all his attention.  I am sure there are thousands who celebrated their birthday today, but yet I felt it was just me.  I felt loved, special, valued and considered.

I woke up with pleasant thoughts, I was just so happy to be alive!  I was excited about reading my bible, I wanted to find a passage appropriate for my day.   I got my wish; Psalm 34 was my passage; I read the most of the psalm (22 verses), soaking in its relevance and comforting declarations.

The verses I really love are verses 1 to 4; This is how I chose to capture them;

  1. I declare – I will bless the Lord always and his praise shall continually be in my mouth
  2. I shall not boast of myself but only about what the Lord has done through me and for me.
  3. I desire for others to magnify the Lord with me. I love good spiritual companionship.
  4. I have sought the Lord many times when I was in desperate situations and he has always heard me and delivered me.

Today is also special because It is the first anniversary of this blog.  Happy birthday day to “InspireMe – the Blog”.   When I started to blog, it created an opportunity for me to breathe into others, inspirational thoughts and considerations, as I expressed my inward yearnings, thoughts and promptings from the Holy Spirit, I too found myself exhaling, releasing virtue and wealth.  As I gave through writing, I gained intimacy with God and a growing bond with the unseen and unmet readers across the world.

Today, I celebrate good success and I offer up a sacrifice of praise to my Enabler, the Holy Spirit himself.

I sincerely say thank you to those of you who subscribed.  Thank you to those who provided constructive feedback which allowed me to get a sense of how you were ministered to, inspired or touched.  Without readers of my blog, all I would have is a conversation with myself.

Thank you for allowing me to touch your lives.

As a new year begins, I can only expect better, further, higher and greater!!

You may be wondering why the guitar.  Here is this, during the past year, I recommitted myself to learning to play the guitar better, to becoming more confident, to practicing regularly.    My relationship with this six string wooden instrument has been renewed and my success with the guitar thus far (though small) has proven that “nothing is impossible with God”.

I shared this story to inspire you to live purposefully!

 

The Health Journal Idea

About a month ago, I received a gift from a friend.  It was a lovely rectangular notebook with a beautiful painting of flowers on the bottom half of the front cover.    As you can see from the featured picture, the upper half carried the letter “J”.   “J” means a lot to me and to my family.  My first and last name begins with “J”, my daughters’ name begins with “J” and my son’s name begins with “J”.

Some people call me “Jay” others “JJ”; some prefer to call me by my official first name “Janel”.

The point is, this note-book is special to me because, I count the giver a genuine friend and as stated before, because of the cover.   I wanted to use it for something really meaningful to me and while I received it about a month ago, more like two months ago, only one week ago, I finally knew how I wanted to put it to use.

My pretty, most valued notebook is now my health journal.  I have fought to start a healthier lifestyle, internally motivating myself to take small steps towards this goal, but it has not been easy.    I do not intend to give up however.

Two days ago, I started my health journal as a  further push to myself to go big.  I must say that it has helped me thus far.  As I embark on this journey, I am seeking to apply things that work for me and not others.   I cannot achieve the success I want by wishing I can do what others are doing.   I must find ways to meet “me” where I am at, understanding that I can only be “me”.

For me lifestyle changes has and would continue to include, better planning of my meals, healthier choices, healthier methods of preparation.

Progress thus far (note that my journey started a while back but I have just been struggling with consistency:

Nutrition:

  • I limit “milk” in my diet – not good for my sinuses and allergies –  I do have milk now and then, maybe once every three weeks.
  • The sugar content in my juices and teas are limited and sometimes none.
  • I enjoy (not often enough) blended smoothies, one of my favourites is beet root with bananas and spices with Almond milk;  I add anything I wish to add to that, eg: carrots.
  • I seek to have a portion of vegetables everyday.
  • I use whole grain rice and not white rice.
  • I try to limit the use of other oils, sticking to “Olive Oil”

This is progress and listing them makes me feel really good.

I am currently doing a water therapy, meaning I am rehydrating myself with lots of water, more than usual, and I already feel the effects of its cool refreshing properties.

For me, constantly telling myself to keep pressing and imagining a body that is more awake and alert is my motivation.  Now that I have started the journal, I have taken it a step further.

I would share more next time.

Let this little experience inspire you to keep working towards “the start” or the “re-start”.

Remember, to live out God’s purpose, we need to feel well!

 

I write about pursuing purpose but I try to practice it too

Very soon, I will be sharing about the “Christian Writers’ Meet-up”, believe it or not, it would soon be something of the past, I expect good things.

On September 25th, 2017, InspireMe – The Blog was born.   It was born out of a renewed passion to write.   I was in a dry, boring place spiritually and I needed to feel alive again.   My sweet and caring friend, Jesus, sent me some love and comfort and as a bonus he gave me some inspiration.  He used a good friend of mind to push me to my feet.  While rising to a standing position, I wavered and swayed but eventually with the conviction that it was all God, I stood.   I stood and I lifted my eyes to the hills, I knew my help would come from the Lord.  He would get me through this.

A few months after, I received another wave of inspiration “A Christian Writers’ Meet-up”.   “What’s going on here, Lord? I don’t want to do anything for my glory or popularity, I don’t want to pursue this if your blessing is not upon it.  Would my husband support me, would my family support me, would the christian community support me?”

My search for answers drew me to my knees and to quiet inspection and evaluation and I sought to find renewed focus.  My purpose is to encourage believers to live life to the fullest within the context of God’s plan for their lives and in so doing cast a beam on the non-believer providing an opportunity for them to experience sustainable peace and joy.

I am excited about October 13th, and I am excited about beyond October 13th.  I don’t know what tomorrow holds for the earth shakes, the storms surge, but He’s got this big world in his hands.  So I persevere, allowing him to use me.   Let him do what he wants to do at this activity, I accept the closed doors and the open doors, as his divine intervention.  I pray for only sincere supporters around me, I pray for divine favor.   I write about pursuing purpose and I seek to practice what I preach.  This is purpose pursued, this is focus renewed, this is a garden of new plants, seeds have been sown and reaping will take place later.   Joy fills my core for I know my heavenly father is pleased.  I pursue his purpose, not just my personal ambition.

Dreams are coming through but I yearn to see even more of God’s power and his might, I wanna hear someone say “I want to change, I want a new life, a life with meaning, a life with true fulfillment.   How can I start a relationship with Jesus?”   There must be more……Lord, let this count for something eternal.

 

Enjoying peace daily! – How is that possible?

Just thinking; Why do I have a Peace of Mind?  How do I normally maintain a Peace of Mind?

Was thinking today of my normal composure even when there is a storm around me.  Usually, if you look across at me from the table or the room, you would see a calm, composed individual.    I am not pretending; I really surprise myself at times.

When others expect me to be heavy-hearted, I am light-hearted, skipping along my way, when others expect me to be disturbed, I am quietly comforted, when others expect me to be angry, I am feeling sad about their current situation.   It goes on and one and the questions is “How come?”

Let me hasten to say, I am not always at peace, there are things that momentarily disturb my peace at times; living down here does not permit us to escape challenges and storms, but still there is peace.

Here are some reasons why I am able to enjoy peace of heart and peace of mind most times;

  1. I practice thinking good about others – No Malice – Daily, I chase the malicious, negative and destructive thoughts of others from my mind. I believe everyone has good qualities and bad qualities but, overall, they are precious and special human beings, loved by an Amazing God who is in the business of patiently working on all of us.   So even though you may have done something I dislike or sincerely despise, I still see you as somebody.
  2. I manage my perceptions of people as perceptions only; often, what seems to be, is not. The worse thing I could do is assume what someone else is thinking or doing when I have no proof whatsoever.  I firmly believe in thinking the best of others.
  3. I seek to be kind and pleasant to people even though they are not kind and pleasant towards me. Why? It is the right thing to do and it makes me feel really cool inside.
  4. I constantly remind myself that I am alive to fulfill a divine purpose and being an agent of confusion, war and slandering, is not part of my divine purpose. I am hear win others to Christ, not to chase them away.
  5. I embrace conflict not as a fight but a way towards resolving a problem and improving relationships. Consequently, forever is not too long to work on a relationship.
  6. I purposely present a peaceful approach when individuals come to me and complain about others; I seek to present an objective view, helping them to think soberly.
  7. I am connected to the Prince of Peace and we speak daily. This peace that I experience daily, is not of my own, it is because of the influence of God on my life.  God represents truth, joy and love, three qualities that would bring you peace.  I try listening to his voice, I really try.
  8. I examine myself daily, acknowledge and confess wrongs and weaknesses.

 

That’s it!  That’s how I embrace peace 😊.

The first ever Total Local Grenada Fashion Week – The story behind the event.

About a month ago I met Jerel Langaigne.   We met in April, 2018, at a Seminar for persons interested in photographers; I was introduced to Jerel by a very good friend and sister in Christ, Genel Forteau.  Genel had told me about this Christian young lady who was into fashion and I anticipated meeting her.

I always wanted to hear more about her, to hear her story, especially because fashion and models have really been sold in a manner that glorifies the bodies of the models, the sexy garments they display on the runway, and the designing and construction skills of many creative designers out there.  I saw it as an Industry, like all other industries focused on gaining recognition and business opportunities.  I wanted to find out more about her perspective on fashion and the role to be played by Christians within this industry.

I have had my own dreams (and still do) of somehow impacting the world through fashion because, I love designing.

Jerel Langaigne – Skirt made by Modesty Fashions Grenada (Jerel)

Jerel Langaigne grew up in a Christian Family, she attended the St. Joseph Convent in Grenada, one of our Prominent Secondary Schools.  Jerel was desirous of becoming an Architect; her dream was to travel to Cuba to study Architecture.  Cuba, because she would then get the opportunity to be bilingual.  She felt confident this was God’s will for her life and waited, with high expectation, for it to materialize.   Well, it didn’t, her scholarship application was turned down.

While waiting for answers and still seeking God’s will, Jerel began teaching.  It later became paramount that she become qualified as a teacher, hence her quest again to obtain a scholarship.  Her story takes an interesting, mind boggling turn; Jerel received a scholarship but not for Teaching but for Fashion Designing, she was told, this is the area available.  Her question was, “Lord, why Fashion Design?”.

Designers: Team Westerhall Secondary School – Winners of the Designer Challenge Trophy

In our journey through life, there are those moments when all we could do is trust God’s leading.  You see, as he leads, we are often taken through a maze that makes very little sense to us and all we could do is draw closer to God praying for a word soon, for the revelation.

Jerel held on to God’s unchanging promises and waited for him to reveal his plan for her.  She successfully completed her degree graduating with great distinction (Magna Cum Laude), from the University of Trinidad & Tobago – Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design.  You can get a taste of what I am speaking of by checking out her awesome thesis collection on YouTube; you can see the application of Fabric surface treatment on most, if not all of her pieces.  Jerel speaks of her financial limitations that restricted her spending and how blessed she was to have learned how to treat fabrics (tie-dying)  She was able to take one basic colour fabric and transform them into beautiful fabric.  I enjoyed every bit of the video, pressing “replay” more than once.

Here is the link;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VFcc0InMQA  

 Jerel speaks of countless challenges while studying in Trinidad and is grateful today, for each one.   After listening to her story, I am convinced that her journey was personally designed by God and her success at the University confirmed that he was there all along.   Jerel (with a capable team) was able to pull off the first ever “Totally Local Grenada Fashion Week”. 

Designer: Denny Cronneit – Cronneits Forest Bows – Won most memorable collection – St. John’s

The journey to Fashion Week began in 2017.   The Fashion Week was held from July 7th – 14th, 2018.   I really wanted to be there to experience the display of our local talent, but my work and family schedules made it difficult.  However, owing to the Facebook connection, I was able to follow to an extent. 

The Fashion Week started with a Beauty Conference organized by M.E. Salon and Virtue School of Beauty, Grenada, who partnered with Grenada Fashion Week. 

The Beauty Conference was held at the Salon and offered the opportunity to learn more about;

  • Natural Hair Care
  • Make up Artistry
  • Manicures and Pedicures
  • Nail Technology
  • Massage Therapy
Genel Forteau – Dress Designed by “Modesty Fashions Grenada” (Jerel)

A key aspect of the Conference was an Empowerment Session; the presenter was Genel Forteau, Director of Virtue School of Beauty.  I couldn’t be there in person, but I was able to listen to the live video later.  Genel’s empowerment session was truly empowering!   Feel free to check it out here; https://www.facebook.com/virtuoushine/videos/10156291053620170/UzpfSTM0MzU4Mzk3Mjc3Mzk1MDo0NTc1NjI5NjEzNzYwNTA/

Extracts from Genel’s empowerment session;

“Sin came to take man away from God’s glory.  What does that have to do with purpose? Everything!  Our purpose is locked up in understanding God’s glory and yielding to God’s glory”. 

This statement struck me deep; it was the statement of essence and it summed up the point of the entire presentation, pretty much!

The Bible reference given was;

Matthew 6:33 King James Version (KJV)

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.

Another of Genel’s quotes:

“When it comes to our purpose project, when it comes to our destiny, it is all in the Creator”!  I just love this.

Following the Conference, three Fashion Shows were held, the first in St Mark’s, on July 11th, the Second in the Parish of St. Andrew’s on July 12th and the final one in the Capital, St.  George.  As I looked at the designs, I was truly inspired to see the great attempts made by our young and thriving designers. Something Grenada can be proud about.

Designer: Ruth Sosa Chrichlow

I asked Jerel, “As someone working in the field of Fashion, how do you manage the conflict, being involved in the Fashion Industry and being a Christian?” I loved her response “By Ministering to them.”  She further explained that what is important is that you openly share your faith and do not compromise on your Godly standards. She reminded me that Jesus dwelt among sinners, so he can reach them.   The   idea is to infiltrate to influence; not becoming like them but remaining uncontaminated, so that our Father can be glorified.

The curtain came down on the last day with a reward and recognition ceremony.

I pray that Jerel is successful in drawing others to Christ as she seeks to be salt and light in the Fashion Industry.  I may not understand everything about the “how” and it is not my duty to.  What I am, is filled with anticipation, to see how God would use her in such a time as this.

I look forward to “Grenada Fashion Week 2019”

Pursue Purpose!

Designer: Ramona Alexander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s all aim for excellence!

Have you ever wondered why some people, groups, organizations or churches seem to settle for sub-standards, average, mediocrity?   It is a sad thing when as a people, a country or a nation, we settle for average, just because it takes too much effort, or time or maybe some measure of conflict; we prefer just doing what is the mere necessities.

I believe that the God who created the universe, shows excellence in his handy work.   The galaxies are not average, the seas, lakes and rivers are not average.   The natural wonders of the world, they are not average and man and his ability to create and to produce is nothing close to average.   And yet we allow ourselves to settle in the pit of mediocrity.

Perhaps God wants you to be an agent of change or an agent of excellence.  Next time you are planning that church activity or staff meeting or community outreach programme or whatever it may be, seek to influence others to do their best, to invest their time and resources for maximum results.

Next time you are responsible for chairing a meeting, do not begin to prepare just a few days before, it would be difficult to give of your best.  Think about the ambiance you wish to create in the room, think about the objective of the meeting and what needs to be accomplish; you must allow yourself thinking space if you ought to be adequately prepared.   You see, God expects that anything (that which is good of course) we put our hands to, we do it with all our might, we must always seek to do our best.

We often hold back, because those around us, those on our team are often critical of us when we begin to show the potential for greater.   When we are seeking for excellence, others may interpret it as being “fussy”, “a perfectionist” or “plain show-off”.    While you cannot evade such critics entirely, you can seek to be humble in your approach and share your vision with those who may be willing to listen; try to practice inclusion as much as possible. One thing you should not do however, is compromise on excellence.    The time and effort expended will not be in vain, someone will be watching, someone will be inspired and receive courage to aim for excellence as well.

The darkness in our world is great, but it just means that light is needed everywhere.  When we are connected to a God of excellence we desire excellence as well and we should not suppress that drive to experience better or to climb higher.   We must understand that we are designed to walk in freedom, fulfilling our purpose on this earth and as we do so, we would emanate light, thereby expelling the darkness.  When light enters, learning can take place, our understanding would increase, and our positive and creative juices would flow towards producing the unimaginable, that would lead to lives being transformed.

I long for God’s church to embrace excellence.  Why do we settle for the broken sound system, the rusty chairs, the soiled gospel tracks and the poorly maintained church properties?  Why do we settle for poorly managed churches,  corruption in our finances and in our decisions, WHY?  We possess so much within and yet we are happy with just towing the line.  We often choose to be poor by our failure to walk by faith; we often think that righteous living is turning up for church every Sunday and looking pious.  We forget that failure to do our best is also a sin, we forget that when we discourage someone else from doing their best, we are being a stumbling block in that person’s life.

But, we can do better!  Yes, We Can!

Do you believe in the God of Excellence?

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Cherish Wisdom!

Let wisdom emerge from your lips and your heart, no matter your challenges.   Wisdom allows you to gracefully respond to the critics, to rule over your negative emotions.  Wisdom allows you to love unconditionally, to reason with objectivity and find lasting solutions.

Wisdom is certainly golden, priceless and coveted and yields bonuses of growth, fruit-bearing and beautiful relationships.

In all your getting today, make sure and get wisdom!

Proverbs 3, 13-18 -NIV

“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding; for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.                                                                                  

She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.  

Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.”