One of the beautiful things about life is that it offers you continuous opportunities to learn, once you are breathing, you can learn something new and exciting. Whether simple or great, lessons cannot be overrated, for they enrich us for better living, empower us for making informed and wise decisions, and prepare us for our journeys ahead.
During my years at GDB, every conflict, every discussion, every crisis and every turbulence, worked as tools rubbing against my character; with every friction came pain, discomfort, fear of the unknown, doubt and at the same time, faith, hope and determination.
I am now one day old as a non-employee of the GDB (feel a little sadness here) and honestly, I have no regrets. Instead I have cherished memories and lessons that I would always hold dear to my heart.
I can say a lot, but I need to focus on just enough, allowing you to digest quickly as you read. May you be encouraged to keep pushing against the tide, when all odds seem to be against you. Remember your success requires perseverance!
I do hope these eight lessons would inspire you to face life more positively, especially at work. Don’t let the negative forces influence you, see every moment as an opportunity to grow, to shine and to build a legacy of pure loyalty and commitment.
I write this article with special thoughts of Jinaele Douglas, my former assistant, who has had to whether many personal storms. May this article give you strength.
Featured picture is a drawing of me, done by Jinaele Douglas. What talent!!
I think it is really, really important, the way two pieces of bread is necessary for a sandwich, the way two hands must come together to make a clapping sound, the way the wind is needed to disperse the cotton seeds; I think in the same way, family success can only happen if every member of the family sees himself as a key component to making it happen.
I have been struggling to exercise consistently, I would start then stop, start then pause, start then……nothing……:). But the lovely and interesting fact is, I really love to exercise. Once I get started, I feel alive, renewed and invincible. Interestingly, I always feel like the Holy Spirit is nudging me to exercise. Is he trying to show me that I need to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle? But he does not have to keep reminding me right? It just makes sense to exercise; results of research bombards us of that fact. But still…..I struggle.
Well, I publicly confess, I need to be motivated from time to time to keep doing it.
Today, I am motivated. How come? Why? Jonathan. His passion to work out has finally rubbed of on me and when he invited me again to work out with him this week, I finally caved in.
I really appreciate his interest in getting him mama “moving”. I allowed him to instruct me through the warm up routines, watched him select a suitable work-out set for me and listened to his wise instructions. God is using my son to get me moving :).
The end result was good! I did the routine again for a second time this week without him nudging me, and I feel really accomplished.
We really need each other as family.
As our children grow older, we need not to resist the fact that they are growing very knowledgeable and eager to teach us a thing or two or even three. They exhibit responsible behaviours that sometimes leaves us as parents with mental confusion :); “Where did my baby go?”.
Well my babies are still with me, but they no longer need my wet kisses, they need me to respect the fact that they can teach me a thing or two or even three.
So I have decided I would stick with my son as my Keep-fit trainer, at least for now.
Treasure each member of your family as that second hand that is needed to produce the beautiful clapping sound.
It was April 15th, 1991, I stepped into my current employer’s office ready to start my first day on the job. It was my second real job after College. The doors of the Grenada Development Bank opened to me in so many ways. I did not know then what I know now, I was green, not even twenty yet, a bit naive but eager to excel. I count it a great blessing to be employed consistently at the same place for such a long time; I have heard others talk about experiencing depression as a result of not being able to find a job for up to one year or suddenly losing the one they had. In some cases these persons were treated unfairly by their former employers. This was not my experienced, God blessed me with economical stability.
Twenty-seven years later and I am exiting the place I spent thousands of hours, the place where I dedicated most of my work life. Yes, I am moving on, transitioning from one job to another. I have been there for so long, it feels strange to leave. I feel so indebted, grateful, touched, honoured and so much more, to have been part of this Institution’s amazing journey through life, 20 years plus. After being a part of an organisation’s transformation from a doubtful future to bright hopes and vision, I cannot be any less but grateful. As an employee moving through the ranks, I had great moments, not so great moments and those in between but every experience taught me something valuable.
What warms me the most is the fact that I saw God walk with me through all these years, teaching me how to listen, showing me where I need to develop, drawing me to the company I need to keep and planting in my heart the desire for excellence. It was a desire that kept my eyes fixed on the fact that my job was a gift from God and He was worthy to receive the recognition for every little bitty witty of success I achieve. He walked with me and I sought to let him hold my hand and lead me, most of the times.
As I sat on my bed this morning, I felt a bit overwhelmed and disturbed to a lesser extent; I believe it was a combination of the fact that I need to get a number of tasks completed before I depart and that there is a need to be extra careful about allowing anxiety in others to distort my calm demeanor. There is an extra urge to allow God to influence my planning, doing and saying; I am concerned about leaving right and leaving tall. My journey ends at my current work-home on November 9th, 2018. I need my Lord to continue walking with me.
So this extra thrust is being matched with a desire to lean on the everlasting arms of God, to rest on his shoulder, and to listen closely to every prompt, every cautionary note, and every empowering word.
In seeking God to take me through the last few days, I received affirming words of faith in my heart and I started to write. The outcome was six affirmations, all of which are shared below for your encouragement:
These six statements did it for me! I felt empowered. You see while they are not actual verses quoted they all come directly from the Word of God where immense power lies.
Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations”
These six affirmations are my testimony. God does it for real friends!
Care to comment, would love if you would share what God’s word means to you.
I have had opportunities during my church life as a youth and young adult, to plan activities at church, whether for the children, the youth or women’s department. It allowed me to explore my abilities to plan, co-ordinate and lead others towards the successful execution of these activities. From a simple outdoor Sunday School Class to Youth Weeks, Christmas Programmes, Retreats, Camps and most recently Conferences. Opportunities at work brought the business perspective as activities planned was of a “Customer” focus ensuring we kept customers happy and desirous of returning, to get access to more of our services.
All these activities have one thing in common however; there is a room, a space, or a location, where it all goes down. There is “The spot” where the magic unfolds.
“The Christian Writers’ Meet-up” was no different, my first Event outside of the bounds of my local church or my workplace.
The chosen location was the “Allamanda Beach Resort” Conference Room. I knew from experience that the “Room” was important; it mattered how it looked, the first impression created, its ability to keep you awake to the end and its ability to create a pleasant and unforgettable moment. Never under-estimate the power of “the room”.
If you attended our first Event, you may want to comment on “The Room”. However, here are a few things I considered when preparing “the room”.
From feedback received, it seems that we accomplished what we wanted to accomplish with the “Room” and that is to make sure the environment created an inspirational memorable moment that fully complimented all the activities that unfolded as part of the “Meet-up”. Despite the positive feedback however, I have asked myself, “What could’ve been better?”
How did I feel about the room! 95% Satisfied!! I think that is pretty good for a hard self-marker.
The atmosphere in the room must also be credited to Nahshon Jeremiah (Pen Prop), “This&That Grenada” (Advice, Ideas, physical support), Colleen Edwards (beautiful floral arrangement) and my beautiful, helpful daughter (prepared the writers’ folders).
I wish to add the projector screen, it was also creatively used to share our logo and inspirational pics; made possible by Quasim Joseph and my son Jonathan Jeremiah.
I also wish to Add music. Music played softly as participants entered the room and at intervals when appropriate. Music chosen for the Evening was “Jonathan Mc Reynolds” Album “Make Room”.
We must admit that “The Room” is important to the execution of “The Vision”. It is important that we put some serious thought into it, plan and execute well.
Hope you enjoyed this! Feel free to send in your comments!
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:
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.
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:
“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”
“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!
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!
And succeed at the best “YOU”, you can be.
GROW THROUGH WHAT YOU GO THROUGH.
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;
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!