INSPIRING PEOPLE OF ALL AGES TO LIVE MEANINGFUL LIVES!
Category: Growing Daily
I think life is boring when you are stagnant and you are stuck in habits, beliefs and cultures that does not help you to grow, advance, discover yourself and your potential. We should never settle for what we are or where we are but rather seek to constantly advance our knowledge, expand our experience and explore new territories. This category is about change, it is about leaving the negative aspects of the past behind and embracing the new; it’s about becoming richer, wiser and better.
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!.
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.
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;
I declare – I will bless the Lord always and his praise shall continually be in my mouth
I shall not boast of myself but only about what the Lord has done through me and for me.
I desire for others to magnify the Lord with me. I love good spiritual companionship.
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!
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:
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!
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.
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;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I examine myself daily, acknowledge and confess wrongs and weaknesses.
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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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.”
On entering the room, I was pleased to see how the room was decorated, black, gold and yellow. On the table was a lovely vase with purple and yellow flowers. The lights in the ceiling changed colours adding to the ambiance of the room. I felt welcomed, after all the room was prepared for me and all the other women who had also booked the date. My spirit was lifted and I was filled with anticipation. The moment was finally here!
The advertised “Inspire to be Inspired Women’s Conference” hosted by “Tailored by Terrieann”, was finally about to unfold at Venus, Grand Anse, St. George’s, Grenada.
When I first heard about it, I felt a stir within me, I think it was the word “inspire”. I love that word and what it represents. About a year ago, God spoke to me through a very good friend. She often commented on my Facebook posts, noting that they inspired her. One day she said to me “You should start a Blog”, little did she know that the Holy Spirit had already given me the nudge, in that direction, and I was struggling with it. Long story short, my blog was started soon after and I called it “InspireMe”. Now, you should understand why I immediately connected to the Ad on the then upcoming Women’s Conference.
I seriously considered attending and immediately booked the date. I thought to myself that the oganiser, Mrs. Terrieann Charles was certainly passionate about inspiring other women. I wondered about her story, her journey and looked forward to learning more. I remember wondering if this Conference would reach me. You see, often when we have been exposed to much learning and have been afforded the opportunity to serve others, in so many different capacities, we often think “this is not for me” and we can be so wrong.
The early moments of the Conference met us listening to a YouTube video with Steve Harvey” Above Inspiration”. The early birds listened while the room slowly filled up with attendees and their light happy chatter. I found it a little difficult to focus amidst the stir of persons settling in and was only able to pick up bits and pieces but, I guess you know what I did, I listened to the video again, in the comfort of my home. 😊
Steve started off with this quote by Albert Einstein;
“Imagination is everything, it is the preview to life’s coming attractions” Then he said, “Your real life is in your imagination.” This statement woke me up..
Steve Harvey pointed out, that we don’t need all these fancy books, telling us how to be rich, powerful and positive, because the reality is, all these principles are taken straight from the Bible. Whooohooo! Love this! After uttering such a powerful statement, he quoted one of my favourite verses: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” – Hebrews 11:1.
What is important here, is the connection made between Hebrews 11:1, and Einstein’s quote. He pointed out that our life is not in our current situation but rather in what we imagine, what we hope for, what truly makes us happy, and faith is demonstrated, as we leap forward to reach for those dreams, to make them a reality. Very appropriate video for the moment! Hear is the link if you wish to listen;
There is so much more I can share about the Conference, but I can’t write about everything, so here are some other highlights:
I loved the Break-out Session
It was called “Speed Dating” and It really achieved the objective of getting the women to mix and know each other a little. It certainly helped to break the ice that is created, when a group of persons are in a room together for the first time. I have seen it work many times.
Featured Speakers, in the order of their presentations were; Dawn Mark, Denisha Daniel and Victoria Preville.
I was only familiar with Dawn, the other two speakers were new to me; I enjoyed all three presentations.
Dawn is the Founder of E-Dawn Coaching & Consulting ( check her out on Facebook), she addressed the important concept of Goal Setting and trust me, if you want to live a meaningful life, you must learn to set goals. Dawn pointed out that, our Values are usually the driving force that determines the kind of goals we set. For example: If you value education, one of your goals may be to pursue higher education.
It is also important that once these goals are set, we acknowledge the external factors that motivate us and use them to our advantage, but also find ways to allow ourselves to be internally motivated; this is what helps us to persevere. Hope in turn, inspires you and spurs you on to keep pushing towards the finishing line.
The second speaker was Denisha, an Accountant, by occupation. She struck me as a young lady with great potential for Public Speaking. I really enjoyed her presentation. It was fueled by her personal experience. She allowed God to speak through her personality, as she related a personal story, showing us that we need to overcome fear to become successful.
Fear often comes between us and hinders us from moving forward, from acting; fear is destructive. Denisha pointed out that fear gives us a limited scope on life; all it does is just feed us the negative; it truly blurs our vision.
We were encouraged to step into our fear and face our monsters.
This question lingered in my mind and I think it was my favourite take-away from this presentation; “What is that thing that is in you that could push you forward and help someone else’s life to be better?”. In other words, you never know, who you would inspire, if you could only find the courage to face your fears. Your victory story, would do amazing things in the life of others.
The last featured speaker was Victoria Preville. She touched on her personal struggle briefly, linking it to her current success. Victoria is originally from St. Lucia but lives in New York, and is the Founder of Nu Luna. You can check them out on Facebook.
Victoria hit rock bottom, coming from a life of comfort to being homeless, BUT, she was able to rise-up and embrace hope again. Victoria is now in the business of transforming the lives of other women; she visits various shelters around the world, empowering women to face the world, to begin life a-new; she dresses women for Good success.
Victoria’s presentation spoke to us, she said “Sometimes our calling is to create a business that would transform someone’s life, give them a new start, a new perspective, hope and the possibility of seeing their dreams come through”. WOW!! She reminded us that true fulfillment comes, not when we have all the money we need, but when we are living our dreams, when we are living a life of purpose, when we are helping to change someone’s life for the better.
Attendees were encouraged to ask themselves “What is that gift I am sitting on?”. We were warned against sitting and doing nothing about our gifts, less they get transferred to someone else and we lose the opportunity and the blessing.
There were also group discussions that allowed the attendees to take a deeper look into some of life’s probing questions, looking at comparing ourselves with others, social media, friendship and relationships.
The Conference was filled with light moments; laughter and giveaways, which certainly added to the experience, making the evening a memorable one.
I cannot fail to mention how honoured I was to be given the opportunity to minister in song. About two months ago, I wrote this song “Let Faith Arise” I did not know then, that the words of the song would fit so well with Terrieann’s theme for her Women’s Conference. It was certainly a privilege and a blessing.
“Let Faith Arise” (1st Vs & Chorus)
Here you’re sitting, contemplating anxiously
Here you’re thinking, over thinking senselessly
But you’ve got dreams
Let faith arise, won’t you walk by faith and not by sight
Get up, get ready, set, Go!
I am extremely grateful to the Hosts for the opportunity, I do feel encouraged to share more of my songs with the world.
I am glad I met Terrieann, I am inspired by her youthful discipline and energy. I was delighted to see her husband share the stage with her, supporting her fully. In my quest to find out more about the brain behind this experience, I asked Terrieann two questions, which she gracefully answered;
How long did you nurse this dream before launching out?
How did your relationship with God help you to finally launch out?
“Honestly, it was not a dream. I never knew or had the slightest clue that Tailored by Terrieann was going to be birthed. I remember attending an event in 2016 and one of the presenters, Carlana Charles, was speaking about business, and I was intrigued because I was always fascinated with business. So after the event I communicated with her and she told me about a weekend startup she was having the following Saturday and Sunday. I invested in that workshop and that’s where tailored by Terrieann, was birthed. It was scary for me because I had no clue of what to do with this new task of becoming a blogger, but I embrace it with love and much attention”.
“Oh boy! I needed God now more than ever. I had to depend on God totally for strength to launch Tailored by Terrieann, because I was a novice in the blogging world. I had no experience, at the time; I did not know anyone else doing what I did, so I felt lonely, but excited at the same time. I really had to learn to trust God, in every step of the way to help me to launch out. My relationship with him grew significantly.”
Terrieann’s bravery to pursue a new idea of blogging, lead to many other things, including inspirational events such as the one I attended on 30th June, 2018.
As I wrap up, I wish to say that for me, and many others, God is the center of everything, I love that some of the speakers at the Conference were daring enough to say “I am a Christian”. I love the idea of diverting the attention away from ourselves and towards God. He is truly deserving of all the glory, all the honour and all the praise!
Thanks to my two colleagues from work, who agreed to attend with me, I enjoyed hanging with you both and I know you were happy you came.
It is my prayer that the gifts, ideas and dreams bestowed upon us, women, would not be wasted and we would not sit, contemplating and over-thinking; we’ve got dreams and we need to get ready, set, go.
I like sharing things that work for me. Have you ever heard about song scouting? Well, it’s no big promoted activity, it is simply searching for songs that you never heard before and listening to them for the first time. I like scouting for songs when I need to relax a bit; when I wish to be refreshed in my spirit, and there is that stir within me to just bask in God’s goodness, on his character and on his promises.
When I go song scouting, I would listen to a few songs and then, not too long after, I would hit “play” for the last time, because this time, the song I am listening too has caught my attention, some-how it connects with me and my story and my experiences.
Song scouting, is fun, I love the excitement of finding that new song; there is a thrill about it. Many times, it is a song that I can enjoy singing as well, or I can see myself ministering the said song to others. It is also rewarding to go deeper, researching the song and finding out about the Writer, his walk with God, and the story behind the song, I just fell in love with. Recently, I scouted, and I found “As it is (In Heaven)” by Hillsong. I love this song very much. It speaks to me! It’s now my newest favourite.
Let me say that many of these songs have ministered to me, and I am truly grateful to experience a true free spirit of Worship. Contemporary worship has really helped me to relate to God on a deeper level that allows me to be broken and intimate at his feet.
Whenever you go song scouting, be sure to listen to the words carefully, try to understand the context or the story line and ask yourself, “Is this song in line with the Word of God?”
Here are the words of my newest favourite.
Whether now or then
Death is not my end
I know heaven waits for me
Though the road seems long
I’ll never walk alone
I’ve got all I need to sing
I know You love me
I know You found me
I know You saved me
And Your grace will never fail me
And while I’m waiting
I’m not waiting
I know heaven lives in me
Should I suffer long
This is not my home
I know heaven waits for me
Though the night is dark
Heaven owns my heart
I’ve got all I need to sing
So I will sing like I will there
In the fearless light of glory
Where the darkness cannot find me
And Your face is all I see
I will sing like a man
With no sickness in my body
Like no prison walls can hold me
I will sing like I am free
I’ll sing holy holy
My heart cries holy
As it is in heaven
It is in me
We’ll sing holy holy
The earth cries holy
As it is in heaven
So let it be