Keeping it real!

Sometimes we feel tired, swamped and simply worked-out. We all have those days, those weeks, those moments.

Achieving, winning and growing can be exciting and we can easily get lost in the “air of success”.

Achieving requires exerting our energy, sacrificing our personal time and hobbies. And yet, it is important to remember to keep it real. Keeping it real speaks of acknowledging that it is still necessary to take care of this beautiful gift, our body, keeping it real speaks of taking timeout to connect with your family and to read and meditate on content that would broaden your perspective.

Keeping it real allows you to remember your simple past, moral foundation and values that has brought you success. Keeping it real reminds you that you are existing in a wonderful body, an amazing world of resources and yet understand that man is not in control of everything. God is the one in control and He can easily overrule our plans.

Keeping it real allows you to see what’s happening around you, it keeps you connected with current affairs, it allows you to be sensitive to the needs of others and it allows you to constantly evaluate where you are at.

Prayer: Dear God please help me to remember that my success is all because I have found a way to keep it real, I have found a way to constantly reflect on my current status and the fact that it is much more beneficial to allow you to guide my every move. I am grateful for my experiences with you, it has certainly kept me grounded, watchful and hopeful. I understand that I must always lift you up above all else and you would take care of my daily needs. Understanding your plan for my life and pursuing it daily amidst endless distractions is certainly a walk of discipline and endurance…but I really love keeping it real.

Are you living a life of pretense, trying to be who you are not, compromising on values and standards that have brought you success? Keeping it real, helps you to realise the things that really matters in this life; Family, positively impacting the lives of your colleagues at work and making a difference in your home, school, church and community, growing and becoming a better you and gaining a clearer understanding of who God is and why He considered your existence. You and I are just men, totally dependent on God’s grace. We better keep it real!!

I love to associate with “real people” who love keeping it real! 🙂

Should you be praying or Acting in Faith?

Time passes by very quickly, the birthdays, the graduations; oh how time flies. We all have the same amount of time at our disposal. However, some of us waste it terribly and regrettably so. Time wasted cannot be regained. I believe you have heard this saying before.

I wish to remind us to “Act”. Sometimes we have no reason to wait, to sit and to do nothing. All that is necessary now, is to take action. Remember we are given gifts and resources and it is not for us to be selfish with it but to impact the world positively. For the believer, it is for building the Church of God, the Kingdom of God.

It is wearying to see us labour in prayer, doubting God, looking for a sign from heaven, when all we need to do is take that first step, second step or that next step in faith, understanding that you are alive now and can only act while you are alive. Someone’s life is going to be better because of your willingness and discipline to ACT.

Work against your doubts, act against your fear, move against the ungodly tide, take responsibility for that gift you have been given and ACT.

Go speak to Dad and let him know you have forgiven him, go speak to your boss and share your interest in the new position, stop procrastinating on sharing Christ with that co-worker, stop putting off your quiet time with God and His Word, start that book, start working on that business idea, start working on that ministry……just ACT. Act now, before there is no more time left.

PURSUE PURPOSE!

Let’s work on our Writing Skills!

Let me start by admitting that I do not read enough.   However, I often read articles posted by other bloggers.  From time to time, I also read poems written by other writers, and pieces that may be shared with me personally, or posted on other blogs not owned by the writer.

To a lesser extent, from time to time I would read books.  Let me say that I am better at reading shorter articles, maybe 2 to 5 pages.   It is more of a challenge for me to read an entire book from front cover to back cover.

The point is, I read and lately, in the last year, or so, the content I am reading are from local writers.   One of my observations as I read, is that there are too many grammatical errors, too many displaced words and too many pieces that does not seem to have a central theme.   Mind you, I critique my work often.

So here are some practical tips for all of us, some have been shared with us before, by Presenters at our October 13th Event:

  1. Read often!  If you want to improve your quality of writing, it is not enough just to have something to say. or to be passionate about saying, it even if you believe it came directly from God.  It needs to be written properly and one way you can improve your writing quality is to read.   Read properly written articles.  Articles written by universities or well known producers like “Time Magazine”, “Forbes” and “Business Week”.   Read books produced by well established Christian Writers or organisations eg: Focus on the Family, T.D. Jakes, Joyce Myer and many more.   Read! Read! Read!  Read poems, read commentaries, read varied types of pieces.
  2. When you write, remember not to focus on getting your grammar write on the first draft, just write freely, capturing your thoughts as they flow.  After you have done that, leave it for a few minutes then go back and edit.  This process can be repeated as often as necessary but you may want to edit at least three times.  The larger your content, the more you should edit.  As a back up, to ensuring your editing is thorough, ask someone to edit your work as well.  In other words, invite feedback from others.
  3. Always keep your reading audience in mind and be sure to write to communicate.  Readers should not be confused after reading your article;  I see this many times in poetry.  Notwithstanding that some poems are designed to make you think and develop your vocabulary, it is important for you as the Writer to remember that you are not writing to yourself but to someone else who is not carrying your brain.   Your language needs to make sense.
  4. Do not use words if you are unsure of their meanings.  Study and understand the meanings first and once you are convinced that it is the right word to use within the context you are writing, go right ahead.
  5. When you are writing, seek to have a central theme.  For example if you are writing about “The Wind”,   focus on the wind, don’t stray and begin to speak about “The Snow”, unless each stanza is speaking about a different aspect of the Weather.  If you are writing a book about “Forgiveness”, try not to create confusion about your focus.   All your examples, illustrations and sub topics should connect to “Forgiveness”.
  6. Read articles that would help you to develop your writing.   Take advantage of the teachers in your family or in your circle or those who have a very good command on the English Language and ask  them questions.
  7. Finally,  spend lots of time with the one who gave you the gift, the ability and the desire.   Spend time with God, discover and rediscover who He is and who he wants you to be.   If you don’t, you would find your writing is shallow and ordinary and lacks spiritual foundation.   Even if you are writing a fictional piece, somewhere, somehow, your beliefs would seep through.  For a believer, every aspect of our lives should be governed and directed by God himself.

That’s all for now.   All we need is a few practical reminders to keep us focused.

Do you have a tip to share with us?   Please do in the comment box below.

Have a wonderful writing journey!!

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!

 

 

I am going to miss my GDB family but I am taking valuable lessons with me. (Featured pic done by Jinaele Douglas)

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!

Real pic of me. I believe this is the pic used by Jinaele. She did a wonderful job!!

Lessons learnt;

  1. As a youth, in the early years of your career, seek to associate yourself with experienced and accomplished persons who are willing teach you unconditionally.  In life we need sincere mentors who would not seek to exploit us or help us expecting something in return.  I pray that you will be able to know the difference.  I was blessed to meet some great professionals as a “just-starting” professional.  These relationships helped to steer me in the direction of advancement and eventually success.
  2. Don’t ever let others’ incorrect perception of you mar you or define you.  There have been times when I doubted the core of who I am.  After some wavering, I found my balance and started to believe again in who I was.  My solid upbringing as a child and my godly foundation was in tact after all.   I had to know me and believe in me, even in the times when no-one else did.
  3. Think the best of others first (always).   Be very careful when your colleagues at work come to you with complaints about others.   Remember, as much as we try to be good, as human beings we have sinful tendencies.  It takes practice and discipline to report a matter correctly and objectively when you are offended, experiencing jealousy, fearful, angry or even in a state of un-forgiveness or bitterness.  It seriously blurs your vision and hinders your ability to think clearly.  So when your work-mates approach you in such a manner, seek to listen carefully and remember many times there’s more to the story or even less.
  4. Despite how many times you feel put down, rise up to the challenge ahead; you need to ensure your energy is being well spent.  I was foolish enough sometimes to give-in to the occasions when I felt put down; I was wrong to give in.   I eventually learned how to direct my energies to positive thoughts, despite the temptation to slump in self-pity, and focus on the work I had to do on my desk, my annual goals and my personal achievements.
  5. When you are able to receive criticisms gracefully, whether the motive is to build you up or break you down, you have achieved greatness, especially when you are able to see value in the criticism and value in the person criticizing you.   We can choose to complaint about what others are saying or how they are saying it,  or we can choose to accept that there are some things we cannot change and instead look for gold and silver among the junk.   Look deeper! Look pass the faces and the sound of the voice.
  6. If you have started the process towards achieving a particular goal, don’t dwell on the process, focus on the prize.  I love focusing on the goal, the result, it always looks good and inspires me to keep moving.  We can choose to whine about the spills, the sleepless nights, the seemingly difficult people, the exams, the need to practice, the need to study,  our supervisor or our boss, or we can keep our eyes on what looks really good, the prize, the goal.  I know it is easier said than done but it really keeps us focused and moving.
  7. Listen to others even when they do not listen to you, do it sincerely.  If you are patient, change will eventually come.   I expect that this lesson would not make sense to some of you and you may have good reason to think that way.  I have practiced it however and it has worked.  Life is about building relationships, it is about denying ourselves the first word, the last word or any word at all.  In building relationships we must learn how to control our emotions and just be still.  I think there are three main reasons why someone may not listen to you but just want to be heard;  1)  They feel that they have not been heard; your body language suggests that you are not interested or have not been giving them undivided attention.  2) They do not think what you have to say is of any value to them and 3) They have come to you in protection mode (their defense is up), they are seeking to protect themselves from something about themselves that they prefer not to have explored or exposed.  Patience and understanding is required here.
  8. Finally,  when the stressful moment comes and the seemingly impossible situation comes your way, remember that this too shall pass.    Breathe and think about the time when it will be all over.   Seek help when you need it, but never give up as if it is the end, because it is not.   It is up to you to dig deep and find ways to survive the tossing waves.  You can still learn to swim.

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!!

 

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.

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.

 

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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Inspire to be Inspired Women’s Conference – June 30th, 2018 – My experience!

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;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Xcuc7nfWGY

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.

From left to Right;
Denisha Daniel, Dawn Mark, 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.

Love this picture with the Host Terrieann.

“Let Faith Arise”   (1st Vs & Chorus)

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!

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;

  1. How long did you nurse this dream before launching out?
  2. How did your relationship with God help you to finally launch out?

Terrieann’s Response

“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.

Let Faith Arise!

 

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