Doing what is right at the right time

Last night I visited the supermarket and found myself dodging the few who choose to make supermarkets their base for begging or requesting a dollar. I am usually annoyed by their bold approach and their eagerness to confront you. Personally, I feel the need to escape because 1. they never smell clean and I am super sensitive to unpleasant cents, 2. they convey such pity and sadness on their faces that it is hard to bear, and sometimes I do question their sincerity. 3. I don’t like the feeling of being stalked or harrassed and finally, 4. I don’t want to give my money to someone who would use it to buy alcohol or illegal drugs. It is much easier for me to buy someone a meal; something I have done before.

This struggle is experienced weekly. Some larger supermarkets are less tolerant of the “beggars” but you can still find them at the outskirts of the compound. It is not a pleasant sight but it is the reality of our lives. I find myself thinking about them quite a lot; what’s their story? Why are they begging? Who are they related to? What went wrong? Of course, in order to get the answers, research into their background will be necessary; this could take days.

I call them “beggars” because I can easily describe the group of persons I am writing about by using that name. I do know however, that they are not just “beggars”; they are human beings with a name; maybe, it’s Andy, David, Sarah, Shantel or Kennedy. Whatever their names, they were created by a loving God and he cares about their well being. Unfortunately, many times we are more concerned about them being a nuisance to society.

At the Supermarket last night, there was one I couldn’t dodge. I did my shopping and began walking towards my vehicle. I noticed him from the corner of my eye; he used clutches as a result of loosing one leg. I felt his eyes observing my every move, trying to read my facial expressions and body language, while hoping I would notice him. I did notice him but was careful not to make it obvious. I unlocked my vehicle and quickly secured myself inside. As I prepared to back up, I looked up and there he was in front of my vehicle signaling with his index finger for one (1) dollar.

I resisted and backed out of the drive way but I couldn’t leave. I felt that I couldn’t or shouldn’t ignore his plea. I quickly pulled back into another available parking lot and searched for a $5.00 bill, but to no avail. I only had $20’s and $50’s in my purse. I considered giving him twenty but I was unsure for many reasons. Next to me there was a little slot where I would drop change from time to time; after searching, I was able to give him about four dollars in coins. I was touched by how his face was immediately transformed with a huge smile; he looked like a little child receiving a toy he wished for. He closed his fist around the precious coins, said thank you, and quickly walked away. I must say that receiving such smiles and words of appreciation from the “begging” community is rare. Who knows, maybe if I knew his story, I would understand the happiness he felt. I left the supermarket feeling fulfilled and at peace.

I believe God spoke to me to reach out to that man. Understand though, that God does not have to speak to us before we share with someone. It is just something we should be doing as part of life. However, we must be wise and we need to be able to practice discernment. Sadly, many who beg, do not need money, but what they may need is deliverance from being addicted to alcohol or drugs, demon possession, generational curses, poverty and the list goes on. I suggest we ask God for wisdom daily so that we are always alert to these encounters and we never take the “beggar” for granted. We need to see “beggars” as human beings created by a God who loves them just the way He loves us. It is no easy thing to practice but we can all change and we can all grow to be more like Christ.

Colossians 3:12

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.

Is my Vision God’s Vision for Me?

What’s my Vision? What’s my Mission? What am I expected to do every day when I discover I am given another day to breathe. Where does true fulfillment come from?

It seems like the older I get, the more I become obsessed with meaningful living. It seems as if I have only just started to live. I am amazed at how life tricks us into thinking we have gained so much, achieved so much, learned so much and yet on the flip side reminds us forcefully that we still have much to attain. I am but a babe in this vast universe of the unknown, the unanswered and the unchartered and it would be foolish to think that I can successfully make it on my own. I need others and most of all I need God.

I am an achiever, I am constantly tossing around ideas in my head, business ideas, projects, self-development ideas, outreach ideas, writing ideas; I am literally bombarded. It’s the life I live every day and I can easily become consumed with thoughts of strategies that would make the next dream a reality.

Earlier I said I need others and I need God. My desire is never to just do things for the fame and attention of earthly beings but rather to evoke a smile from the one who created me. My desire was never to be a writer but here I am. Years ago, I sat my English Literature Exam and was the only one to achieve a passing grade in my school. At that time English Literature was a new subject and I loved it. I remember we had an English Teacher who read aloud to us, the book she read was based in the “English” culture and she made the fictional words transform to a seemingly real life experience in the class room. I later went on to write plays and directed a few at my Church during my days as a Youth Leader. It was easy for me to do because I enjoyed it. It was not my mission or goal to become a writer, but God has somehow seen it fit to place me on this path. So you see “My Vision” is important but God’s Vision has a wider scope and is the most strategic anyone can get. I look back now and I do see great value in what God is doing. This plan of me becoming a Writer started way back.

I am now much smarter and I refuse to wrestle with the one who knows me best. There is nothing wrong in having a vision or a mission, God expects us to invest our time wisely but don’t ever make the mistake and think that you can be successful on your own, that you are intelligent enough on your own. The one who created you has a serious advantage, he knows the future. So whatever I have put together in my head about “My Vision” or “My Mission”, I know now that it has to be part of His plan for me. So as I plan I am listening for directions.

My true fulfillment comes from knowing that what I am giving my energy and time to is ordained and blessed by God. True fulfillment comes from knowing that I am complete in God. True fulfillment comes from accepting my weaknesses and submitting them to his enabling strength. True fulfillment comes from sharing my gift with others and seeing how it influences them to do the same. True fulfillment comes from stepping out of my comfortable space into unknown territory with only faith by my side? Ture fulfillment comes from sincere introspection of myself and acknowledgement of the changes that needs to be made. True fulfillment comes from sitting at the feet of Jesus and learning, not being too busy to spend time with God. In other words my vision is God’s vision for me. Sometimes we think we know what we are passionate about more than God, but we don’t. He would amaze us if we practice planning leaving enough room for adjustments as we give him the space he deserves. Remember, he knows us BEST!

Keep pushing! You are still breathing and there are still goals and dreams to be reached.

As a child, teen and young adult I had very little self-imposed inhibitions to following my dreams. But now that I am older and much wiser the battle to accomplish is much greater. It is greater when it is easier to access the resources needed. It is greater when information floods the internet, it is greater when I have tested and proven that God does make a way. One thing for sure I receive fresh inspiration daily and that keeps me hopeful. For me my dreams are all sizes and shapes. Sometimes they look like a mountain other times like an ant hill. It is hard to fight inactivity, procrastination and doubt, but it is possible. So as I redirect my thoughts everyday to think like a winner, I continue to reach for the attainable because the truth is, deep down, I do believe in a God and that he has no limitations. l do believe that I shall live to execute every one of his missions for me. I despise mediocrity, normal and efforts to fit into the expectations of others.

It is time to keep pushing!

Whatever the battle or setback you are experiencing, never allow yourself to believe that God is disinterested in you and no more concerned about your affairs. God’s existence is all about people. You may have been praying for a certain outcome, there is no reason to stop now. If you stop now, it means that you have prescribed the power of knowing the future to yourself. No human being has such power. Our duty is to press on! Push! Believe even when circumstances around you suggest otherwise.

Practice self-analysis often, in particular examining where you are in your journey to live a meaningful life, to positively influence others and to shine for God. If you do journal, this is a great time to ensure your journaling has substance and includes such analysis. If you do not, consider starting. Journaling is a very healthy way to finding yourself, assessing yourself and identifying your obstacles and the steps you need to take to move beyond these obstacles.

Expose yourself to materials (books, seminars, videos, podcasts) that would keep you aligned with your purpose. You can also spend time with people who would help you to do the same.

Make sure you are seeking to influence at least one person everyday, whether it is by an encouraging word, by the sharing of valuable knowledge or by just listening. Many times the simplest of initiatives can leave a lasting impression on the mind of others motivating them to keep pushing.

Whenever you are thinking of procrastinating or looking for excuses not to act, ask yourself honestly, if your future self would be happy that you did. If the answer is no, then you better get busy completing that task.

Finally, seek to align your thoughts with the thoughts of royalty. And by Royalty I mean, think “no limits”, think “it is better to try and fail that to fail to try”, think “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”. Picture yourself when your goal is achieved, see your success, use your imagination and look ahead to the place where your dream is realized. Keep that image in your head always, until you are physically there.

Keep pushing!

Covid-19 March 2020 to……. How do we stay healthy and hopeful?

Life has changed all over the world and life has changed in my homeland, Grenada. On March 25th a “Limited State of Emergency” was declared, to take effect the following day. It was our last day at our Physical Offices. The doors of Grenada were slammed shut and we had no choice but to resort to our homes. It didn’t matter if our homes were uncomfortable or not, we were commanded to stay indoors. There was a looming threat outside lurking, hovering, waiting to strike, that threat was Covid-19.

Before our Limited State of Emergency was declared, schools were closed securing the nation’s children, our future. Now, we were all heading home. Employers wrapped up their activities and the doors of all other functioning entities or organizations, including churches were closed. We were told to go home and stay home. We had no idea what shape or form this Pandemic would take. We were waiting and watching, some of us were praying and trusting God to keep us safe. We wanted to stay safe, we shunned the thought of a community spread dilemma.

First case, second case, third case, fourth case, fifth case, it happened. COVID-19 hit us subtly but confidently, hoping for lawlessness to prevail permitting a welcoming and fertile environment to thrive in. Our health officials and the Royal Grenada Police Force, stood their ground and fought like they should. They sought to be vigilant, to communicate effectively to the masses and to spread hope. During this period, we even had a national day of prayer and praise.

We stayed home from March 26th to May. Some businesses that were closed, opened their doors again in May, others in June. Fast-forward to today July 19th, we are no more on lock down, there is no curfew but limitations as it relates to our social lives continues as we are far from being out of the danger zone. We now have three new cases to try to figure out, where did they originate? How come they were missed? Questions and no answers yet. Because of the dread reality of Covid, we must be creative in our thinking and in our efforts to keep healthy, especially mentally. I wish to inspire all of us to believe that we can conquer this disease together with each family focusing on their household. The main reason for this article is to remind us that even through this crises, we can ensure our lives are tasteful and enjoyable even while applying caution. We can be bearers of hope. Let’s set out to do things that would provide a level of social and creative stimulation with our families that would pull us away from the social media (facebook, Instagram, twitter etc.) addictive dull-drum and the addictive binging of television shows or movies. We also need to keep ourselves away from slumber and from other unproductive practices. It is a serious caution to be heeded, as we need every fiber of our being to stay healthy. COVID-19 will have further devastating effects on our societies (Grenada and abroad) if we are not careful.

So now, I wish to inspire you as I inspire myself. Hear are some things I will be seeking to undertake or continue to undertake to keep myself and my family healthy and to keep our lives tasteful. Some of these activities I need to pursue right away as we do not know what tomorrow may bring. Please feel free to submit your ideas in our comments section.

1. Visit the dentist and get teeth cleaned or address any other work that needs to be done.

2. Visit the beach (not too frequently) remembering to practice physical distancing and all other protective measures.

3.Invite other parents to participate in a book swap, limiting the need to purchase books. This is particularly useful if you have school-aged children in your home. This provides reading as an option of things to do at home.

4.Clean your home, redecorate, redesign; give it a fresh look.

5.Visit a waterfall with a small group of persons (no more than 20).

6.Take full advantage of online seminars, bible studies and worship sessions.

7.Start a kitchen garden or spend time taking care of house plants.

8.Learn a new language online.

9.Get involved in creative projects eg: use your old toilet paper and tissue roles to create something you can use, design a piece of clothing and sew it.

10. Create meals together; clean and decorate your porch and verandah, spread a blanket on the floor on a moonlit evening and have dinner together.

11.Play church, each family member given a role to play, song-leader, scripture reader, singer, preacher :).

12. Do something different with your hair or for men your beard; there is a beard thing going on these days. Soak your feet or retreat to a quiet place with lighted scented candles after a lovely bath.

13.Excercise, make it fun!

14. Finally, pray more together.

That’s it for now. I have already started this list and I hope to try every activity over the next month. Let’s see how it goes.

Did I inspire you to be more creative with your time?

Saturday Motivation

This morning I woke up somewhere between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. and contemplated going for a walk. My body did not feel like it at all. I felt tired and desperately in need of extra sleep and lots of “doing nothingness”. As I laid on my bed, I looked at the time again and thought, it is just the right time to go walking, it is not too early nor is it too late; the temperature outside is just right. ” I can do this!” I thought. I must mention that I thought about walking last week Saturday and the Saturday before but was successful in talking myself out of it.

Not today! I was determined to make it happen. In about 10 minutes I was dressed and heading out the door. Packed my phone, water and a small umbrella into a little nap sack and placed it over my shoulder. I was off. My route began from “The Coconut” up through Mt. Parnassus connecting to the St. Paul’s main road. For those of you who have never visited my lovely Island, Grenada, that’s about a ten (10) minute walk.

As I approached the junction I felt a bit faint and thought, I could easily turn around, this would give me a good 20 minute sweat (10 minutes each direction). I decided to push myself and head for a longer route, previously envisaged. After drinking a little water, I shook of the temptation and the feeling to give in and turn back. Instead I escalated my steps, determined to conquer a longer route.

My entire route entailed “The Cocunut”, unto Parade and then White Gun, down to Marrast Hill, up to Tempe and Back to Mt. Parnassus. I am so happy I did not turn back but decided to push through. I made it and for me that’s a big deal.

I don’t know what you have been talking yourself out of but we are too often guilty of this defeating habit. It is always easier to turn to the other side of the bed and snuggle your way to sleep again, it is always easier to reach for the chocolate rather than prepare the fruits for blending, it is always easier to scroll through Facebook or Instagram instead of reading a good book, it is always easier to think you can rely on your past experiences all your life than to start your degree program.

We all know that if we wish to achieve better we must reach, we must make the effort, we must be o.k. sweating and be willing to sacrifice our comfort. Whether it’s sleep or having to give up some of your alone time or whatever is necessary to accomplish greatness.

Keep pushing, Keep stretching, don’t allow you to discourage you. Focus on the outcome, the benefits, the results and not on the journey.

God bless you!`

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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.

When life overwhelms you

We often feel beaten, battered and worn. The loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of a home or a privilege and so much more. We also encounter hard times, difficulties or situations that we find ourselves in and we just don’t know how to break through. As we get older our responsibilities increase and we are forced to be better planners and more disciplined beings to survive the challenges that life catapults our way.

As we experience the lows of this life, we often question our purpose, the existence of God or if not his existence, his interest in our affairs. We know it is really serious when we feel like we have lost our purpose, we are insignificant to God and to people who we care about. We know we are in need of help when we no longer feel like enjoying the things that we truly find pleasure in. We know we are in need of support when our body feels heavy, tense and frozen. Life can overwhelm us and seriously sap our energy. It is in moments like these that we seek to encircle ourselves with a few genuine friends who would truly intercede on our behalf, who would not see us as a burden but embrace our struggle extending empathy to us. True friends who would love us through the thick with no desire to judge us or to know the fine details.

When life overwhelms us it is the ideal time to frequent your closet (private place of prayer), close that door and cry out to God for his wisdom, his strength and his peace. Express yourself freely to him, press upon his face and ask for the desires of your heart.

When life overwhelms you ask God to search you and show you anything in your life that is not pleasing to him. It may be inappropriate thoughts about someone, it may be failure to obey him or the instructions in his word. It is always good to search ourselves and seek to grow and change becoming more beautiful. Yes, we can certainly grow through our tough times.

When life overwhelms you, remind yourself of the promises of God. You can say them aloud. God’s promises are for real and we can use them to obtain strength and renew our hope in God’s plan and purpose for our lives.

Isaiah 41:13 says “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you.”

That’s a promise to be claimed by everyone who believes.

Prayer works

One of the amazing things about praying is the peace it brings. Many times we pray for a certain outcome, a particular need, a change, a victory and even while you are praying the situation may worsen but you keep praying because you believe and then God gives you the peace to sail through in the roughest of times.

I am sure sometimes you feel like you’ve prayed but nothing is moving, God is not listening. Well, from my experience and the experience of others and based on what the word of God says, God is not limited that he cannot hear us. He loves us and value communing with us. Be assured that he will be working on your behalf. It may take a while, you may not receive the answer or answers you are expecting or he may choose to meet your need in ways you never thought of. What he requires of us is that we continue to place our cares on him and trust Him to take care of them completely the way he thinks best. His peace would sustain you.

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you. He shall never permit the righteous to be moved”.

Work towards improving your skill or nurturing that gift.

There are two types of writers, the “Pantser” and the “Outliner”. I think I may be predominantly a “Pantser”. These are popular work-styles of Writers. Pantsers write as a process of discovery. I love the sound of the word “Pantser”; it injects excitement and great anticipation for the writer whose story is unfolding before his/her eyes. There is so much to learn, so many great writers have traversed these paths and as a result have shared many useful tips and lessons with us.

Jerry B. Jenkins is one of those writers. Learning from Jerry is great. You can check out his videos on YouTube. I love the fact that he has so much to share and is so liberal in doing so. While I am not very familiar with his work, his videos, articles and blogs inspire me to work harder towards improving my writing.

Isn’t this how we pursue purpose? By chasing our dreams, by nurturing our gifts and abilities and taking action by faith? We stir our appetite for excellence by training our minds to focus on activities that can build our art, our skill and our knowledge base, in the area or areas of interest.

Whatever you are seeking to achieve, give yourself that opportunity to make it happen. Maybe you are seeking to become a better cook or baker, or you may be dreaming of producing a movie some day. There are so many directions one can take, so much to explore. I sincerely hope that if you have procrastinated and doubted all your life that you would quickly shake it off and begin to walk briskly towards your next project.

It was never a plan of mine to be a Writer but, it is certainly one now. It happened when God chose to refresh my spirit during a dark. lonely time in my life, by stirring me to write. It was therapeutic and I was able to breathe hope into the lives of others.

My journey has only just begun and I expect by God’s grace that it would grow more and more exciting everyday. I am so thankful that God would desire to use me and I’m extremely excited about the writing projects to come, those already envisioned and those to be discovered.

Many of you share similar experiences and I am confident that someone reading this article will be inspired to “go for it”. There is something you need to master, go do what is necessary to master it and see your dream come through,

When God wants to enlarge you, he needs you to take action – move out or let go!

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Genesis is a great book. I love the lessons that can be gleaned from Abram and his son, Isaac. In chapter 13, we see how Abram invited Lot to move into his own space, his own land as there was strife between Abram’s workmen and Lots workmen. Verse 9 says, (Abram speaking) “Is not the whole land before thee? Separate thyself I pray thee, from me; if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.”

Lot opened his eyes and he saw well watered flat lands and settled there. Interestingly, verse 14 says “And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward and westward, for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it and to thy seed forever.

In Chapter 26, Abram has died and Isaac is now the man of the moment. He settles in a place called Gerar, land of the Philistines. God speaks to him and says “I will be with thee and will bless thee, for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries….”. As Isaac lived there, his wealth increased and the Philistines envied him. There were wells that his father dug and the Philistines filled them up with earth. Eventually, Abimelech, the King of Gerar tells him to get out. So he peacefully relocates to the valley of Gerar. Even then, he dug two more wells and the men of Gerar made confusion over the wells saying “the water is ours”. Isaac moves out from them again and goes elsewhere and digs another well, finally finding peace.

God had a plan to execute through Abram and later through his son, Isaac. To execute this plan, he needed them to be alone at certain times, he needed them to have their own space, he needed them to be able to function without obvious distractions. As he guides them to take action, we see their approach as one of peace, ready to let go of their weights and do what is required, even though it meant giving up an investment. Maybe God wants you to let go some of the people in your life, maybe you need to offer them the greener pastures, maybe you need to be a peacemaker and say “you can have it”; it is only material possession anyhow. For others, maybe you are the one to physically move out so that God could show you what he has in store for you. As we take action, remember to do so in a peaceful and gentle spirit. Once we understand that God is speaking to us through a particular circumstance to move out or let go, and you believe you can trust him with your future, there will be peace.

Letting go can be hard, giving up precious possession could be heartbreaking, but sometimes we need to in order to gain greater.