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In 2017, I accepted God’s way of renewing my purpose in life by taking my writing from little random, “spur of the moment” Facebook posts to longer articles, delving more into the topic at hand. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would start a blog on my own. Everything happened so seamlessly! I am writing today to inspire and uplift someone, anyone and everyone. I write from my heart, my joys and my pain, I write from my passion and I seek my very best to write from a pure heart. My desire is always to express my ideas only when I believe them to be true, sincere and practical. I write on topics that interests me most. I write within the framework of biblical principles because I believe they were created for man’s success.

To you who have subscribed to my blog and have been reading as I write, please know that you encourage me to keep writing. I truly believe that if I had only five readers, I would keep writing and that’s because I believe this is one of the ways I am living out God’s purpose for my life.

Thank you for reading, sharing, commenting, subscribing, liking or just soaking it all in and allowing each article to lift you and inspire you daily.

You are my motivation! I would love to receive more feedback from you so as to get a better understanding of how you have been impacted by my writing and to be able to connect with my readers even better.

Obedience to God is never in vain. Talking about our Writers!

On October 13th, 2018,  I was blessed to be able to successfully host, the first ever Christian Writers’ meet-up.   It was a vision given by the Holy Spirit Himself.  Sorry, I really have no apologies, but I can’t take the credit.   If you don’t believe the Holy Spirit can speak to people, then the rest of the article may not interest you.

I confirmed that it was the Holy Spirit when I saw the outcome of the Event and when I received feedback from those in attendance.  I met a number of persons for the first time at that Event and I immediately connected with them, wanting to get to know them better.   Following feedback received, through the evaluation forms circulated at the Event, I saw the need to organise a simple follow-up activity and that’s what I did.   On December 8th, we held a follow-up Social. 

Now, if you were one of the persons who sponsored the Event held on October 13th, you would be happy to know that it was not in vain.   As a result of your blessings, as a result of the support of each Writer who attended and as a result of the faithfulness of God, I can truly say, it was not in vain.

One writer told me that he has been writing for years, has written 13 books  and now he is seriously considering embracing online technology as he prepares to launch his 14th book.   Maybe, just maybe, he would start his first website.   

At our Social persons in attendance shared what God has used the Event to do and what he is currently doing in their lives.   One lady said, “before I would receive inspiration, have a lovely thought and never write it down, then I would loose it…..not anymore, I have been noting  those inspirational thoughts that come to mind”.    One young lady spoke about her fear to share her poems with others as she thought they were not good enough and told us how she finally found the courage to share them and received unexpected highly positive responses.  

What really stood out to me was the testimony of  another young lady; she indicated that she has been taking notes at church during the sermons.  Her Pastor recently presented a series of messages and as a result of faithful note-taking, she was able to summarise these messages and present it to the church as a “Spoken Word” or Poem.   This was certainly a new idea to us.  We loved the fact that she took the initiative to approach her pastor, requesting his permission to present it during the church service.  Because he said “yes”, persons were blessed and got the opportunity to see poetry in action at church and it was well received. 

As persons continued to share, I felt a warm sensation in my stomach and a comforting reassuring peace that this step of obedience, this drive and perseverance to walk this vision towards life, was not a coincidence but a well thought-out plan orchestrated by God himself.   

Too many times we live as if we are powerless, hopeless, totally ridden of resources and we can’t make things happen.   I think it is because our eyes are often on ourselves and not on God and others.   Life is supposed to be about pleasing God and others.

So, to my dear fellow writers, if you are enjoying some success as a writer, don’t let pride sneak into your heart.   Remember you are gifted with a purpose; please stay on course and honour God with your gift.   For you who are still struggling, trying to write something that others would read, keep practicing and for others who are prompted to start and are waiting for a golden pen to fall from heaven, stop waiting.   Take up the pencil and the pad available to you and start jotting down your daily thoughts.  Yes, you can start right there.

I am thankful to God for breathing hope and life into others through this recent movement to motivate Christian Writers to write, so that someone in their world can be reached.

I will be posting a related article later today, presenting useful tips for developing your writing.  Be on the look out!

 

 

Preparing the room when planning Events

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”.

  1. The walls of the Conference Room were all white, the table cloths were all white, in other words there was  quite a bit of white space.  I could’ve chosen to add dark colours, may be a straight colour scheme like black against the white or blue against the white or some other colour.  However, InspireMe and Inspirational Events are about just that “inspiration” and I felt I was on the safe path with colour, bright and present colours.    This is one thing white space allows in an almost unlimited fashion, colour and a variety of it.  I chose bright green, orange and purple as the theme against the white background, with slight variations here and there.
  2. I chose to use white table-cloths because I was going to run a risk trying to get the right shade to match the colour-scheme selected.  So, I played it safe but still took little risk.   The head table to the front and the table on which the water was placed, at the back, were covered with green table cloths, while all other tables were covered with white.
  3. I chose to have large letters plotted because they clearly communicated “it was all about writing”, it was appropriate in my view.
  4. I also used foam boards covered with fabric (I have found that soft fabric adds class and elegance) to give it a unique and different look, applying innovation and creativity.   I stayed away from what was familiar to me and launched out putting new ideas to the test.  Note, that it was important for me to stick to the three main colours as much as possible, notwithstanding, getting uniformed shades was not possible in all cases, but the difference was not significant.
  5. Then there was the need for flowers;  the room needed either a really large floral arrangements or a number of small ones.  I went with the first option as I thought, less hassle; I would just need to find one focal point as against finding a number of focal points.   Note that it is important to focus your decorative pieces at key focal points; the areas that will be mostly seen. I chose a large bouquet and placed it in-front of the podium.
  6. Finally was my favourite decorative piece that added the final touch, in my view; the “Pen Prop”.  Oh how I loved that pink pen!  It was designed and created by Nahshon Jeremiah, Visual Artist and Entrepreneur.  The “Pen Prop” was “pink”, yes, pink in colour but it “blended in quite well”.

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!

Don’t hide your gift!

I  started writing songs as a teenager;  my sentiments is that while it can be a boring experience, it is also exciting and fulfilling.  It is a wonderful opportunity to share your stories through songs.    For some reason however, I never thought much about the songs I wrote.   I never felt fully confident about sharing.  Despite those feelings, I did share some of the songs I wrote and I have no regrets.  They were simple songs in my view, which exposed my humble upbringing and inexperience in song-writing and in music generally.

Despite my lack of  confidence, passion emerged, passion that is difficult to ignore.   Recently, I have taken a more serious approach to writing; this time, I have decided not to listen to the doubts in my head.  Now, I understand that  it is my purpose to write and to share what I write.   I need not be the one to assess whether my songs are good or bad.   What I  have come to realise, is that my focus was in the wrong place; I was just a little too concerned about whether my song was “good enough” to bless someone.

The days of hiding my songs are over.  While, I would critique my work and ask others to do the same, I am no longer defining God’s gift as “not good enough”.   So happy to see the light!  :).  I confess that I dream of writing that one song that would capture the heart of everyone who hears it, but more importantly, I dream to please God with every song I write.

In this season of my life, I am embracing song-writing anew, with divine purpose and determination.   It is all about purpose!

As God continues to unfold new and exciting projects in my life,  I would continue to share my story, but for now I share the words of the latest song I wrote;   “Let Faith Arise”

Many times we want to take that step but we keep ourselves down by allowing procrastination and doubtful thoughts to dictate our actions; we succumb to these thoughts and feelings, and we do nothing. We talk about faith but we don’t practice it.

It is from within this context that I wrote this song.    It is a motivation to myself to “let faith arise” and hopefully, it would stir you to act as well.  Don’t look down on your gift, acknowledge it and share it with the world.

Let faith arise

Vs 1

Here you’re sitting, contemplating anxiously

Here you’re thinking, over thinking senselessly

But you’ve got dreams

Chorus

Let faith arise, won’t you walk by faith and not by sight

Get up, get ready, set, Go!

Vs 2

If God is for me, who can be against me

Lord, I trust in your might

Lead me Lord, I will follow

May my life, be your light

Cause I’ve got dreams

Bridge

Saviour, like a shepherd lead me x 3

Lead me on, Lead me on

 

Face-painting magic

About five years ago, I decided to teach myself face-painting.   I was motivated because I had a young daughter, who would’ve been about six then.  I thought she would be a great model for practicing and it would be an exciting way to spend time together.

I purchased a professional face painting kit from Amazon and started to have fun, experimenting with designs.  I managed to paint three designs on different occasions, a butterfly, a bumble bee and part of spiderman’s face (this was painted on another’s child’s face).  My favorite was the butterfly; I have seen a few butterfly designs, all pretty and captivating to the eye.

It has been a while however, since I practiced, and I have been thinking it is time to have some face-painting fun again.  I thought to myself, I need to get my face painting techniques on.

My motivation received even more steam, when about one month ago I attended Gospel Expressions.   It is a Gospel Concert, with great children attractions,  held every year during the second quarter of the year.   As part of the children’s attractions, face-painting was offered and this year and previous years, Nahshon Jeremiah Arts was the Organisation responsible for making these kids smile.  It was really nice to see there was face painting for kids.

When my daughter’s eyes found the face-painting corner, her face began to glow, and she was immediately interested.   Not too long after, she was sitting having her face painted.   I sat and observed the artist in action and was so impressed and inspired by how smoothly and confidently she worked, creating part of a butterfly on my daughter’s face.  It was beautiful!  I immediately thought “this is pure creativity and should be shared with others”.  I loved it that much.

A few days later, I invited Nahshon Jeremiah Arts to share a tutorial on my blog and they agreed, I am so grateful.

Maybe you love working with children or you are just excited about art, then you would most likely find this tutorial interesting.   Sometimes we wonder “where could I find face painting near me?”, well next time the thought comes to mind, you can probably make it happen right in your living room.

Note the beautiful models in this article. :).

Enjoy!

Face Painting with Nahshon Jeremiah Arts!!
Written by: Princess Jaggasar of Nahshon Jeremiah Arts!!

What do I need?


Face Paint
Invest in some quality Face Paint.   Ensure that it is non-toxic and friendly to faces of all ages!

Brushes and Sponges 

Most persons use sponges designed for face-painting, or make-up sponges, as it is less time consuming when covering large areas, but paint brushes are handy, when it is necessary to produce sharp edges and well-defined styles!


Glitz and Glamour 
These are the extras or enhancements that you can use to make the painting ‘POP’! Yah! These little glitz are multi-colored, neon, translucent and textured ‘Glitter’.  On the other hand, glamour is the various types of rhinestones, beads and jewelry used.


To produce this painting, we followed 4 very simple steps:

Step one – Base – Using your sponge, lay down the main colours.

Step two -Outline – Use a high contrasting colour to outline the shape of the item being painted.

Step three – Frills and Designs- Add unique styles (curves, sharper edges than usual etc.) to the design.

Step four- Glitz and Glamour- Glitz it up! The more it sparkles/pops out to the eye, the more attractive it is.

Have fun face-painting!!

I chose, I chose wisely! Poem by inspireMe

It was 3:00 a.m., Saturday morning, April 7th,  2018 and I just wanted to read my bible.  For some reason, I felt rested and I didn’t want to be idle,so, I thought to myself, let me grab my bible.

You see, the Bible, it is a treasure for me, a childhood guide to my destiny;  I saw it as an honour to read a book of such quality.

And yet, I lingered, procrastinated and wavered,  should I or should I not, read my bible? It made no sense at all, that I would rise from my bed with such a desire, and then seek to dampen the fire.

The fire that was stirring inside of me, a yearning to engross myself within the pages of world history, and yet, I hesitated.

I knew if my passion could stir my will, I would reach for my bible, I surely will.  Then I knew it was not what I thought or felt, it was a simple choice that I had the power to make; to yield to a more seemingly attractive alternative or to reach for my bible.

So I chose.  I chose so that my passion could connect with my will, and the unknown reason why I felt the urge in the first place could be revealed.

I chose, so that  my spirit could be enlightened, and my eyes awakened to new frontiers, renewed visions and places to conquer. I chose, so that my mind could be renewed, and I could soar on wings of an Eagle.  I chose to read my bible.

I chose wisely, because I thought to myself, there must be a reason why sleep left my eyes, why I felt that urge, there must be a reason why suddenly, I felt a struggle to choose otherwise.   I knew then that it would’ve been a golden opportunity missed, so I chose, I chose wisely.

I read my bible, not just one or two verses, but many, and, I am no longer the same.

Proverbs 25:28

He that hath no rule over his own Spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

You are my inspiration! Thank you!!

I started this blog on my birthday, September 25th, 2017,  to be exact, and today five months after, I know more than ever, that I made the right decision.

I prayed about it, pondered on the idea because I never wanted to just do something because it sounded good.  I try to please God in every decision I make.   I have not done so every time, but I can say most times.

This blog gave me an opportunity to breathe, to exhale, to share things as the Holy Spirit would prompt and nudge me to.   I have been blessed by your feedback, online as well as offline, I have been truly inspired by your kind words.

Please know that I appreciate you and the fact that you are taking the time out to read what I write.   My goal is to make sure each post is sound, inspirational material that brings glory and honour to my Saviour and King, Jesus Christ.

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Dare to Surrender!

We often want change, growth and healing, but are not willing to surrender!    We fail to understand that if we surrender our lives completely to God,  He will empower us to walk through the storms, overcome our fears and live in freedom!

Dare to surrender!!