There is more to the clothes you wear.

 

Do you place more value on your clothes, when they can outlast a season, or a fashion spurt and still be worn and seen as appropriate for the day?  I am personally determined not to let fashion trends  dictate to me how often I should buy clothes.   Don’t get me wrong, I love observing fashion trends, taking note of the creativity and originality of great designers.

As a woman, I do enjoy the fun aspect of dressing;  I think it is exciting! I am also aware of the fact that maintaining my originality is also important.  It requires me therefore, to pursue balance in my choice of clothes, it is not something anyone should take for granted.   Your clothes can say a lot about you.   It can communicate to those you have never met, seen or spoken to; it can communicate who you are.

So, as we explore clothes, fashion and design, we are also exploring who we are and how we want to be represented.   What you wear can show to others, that you are comfortable in your own skin; what you wear can also show that you are unhappy, miserable or bitter inside.   It can also be you screaming desperately “I do not love or value myself”.

It is important to understand that self-love is healthy, it is important for us to accept and love ourselves. if we ought to love others. The word of God admonishes us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.  We often feel that what we wear is just that, clothes worn, not understanding that we select our clothes based on how we feel about ourselves.

On the other hand, it is not right to judge someone based on what they are wearing, remember there are cultural differences and practices that heavily influence our way of dress.  We are also on varied levels of knowledge and understanding and as we grow, we understand how to better present ourselves to the World.

I wish to inspire you to accept the value God has placed on your life; he sees you as worthy enough to die for, he died on the cross for you, so that you can have life abundantly.  It is a priceless gift that is extended to every man.   When we understand our value to God, we are transformed inside and outside.  We can do no less but to make sure when we step-out, we represent the King.   Once God’s perspective of you has captivated your heart, it shows.

Next time you go shopping for that new suit, dress or shirt, ask yourself if your choices are in keeping with your value and with your purpose.

Tips for a Successful Marriage!

  1. Avoid giving each other the silent treatment, talk about everything.
  2. Sleep on the same bed, share the same bedroom (it is your “haven” your “save me” spot where privacy should be guaranteed)
  3. Avoid doing things or habits that your husband/wife seriously dislikes.
  4. Listen when you are being spoken to, do not interrupt while your husband/wife is speaking to you because you know better or you are angry.
  5. Work out your problems privately, if you need help from an outside party, agree together who that trusted person will be.
  6. Be honest at all times to ensure trust is maintained, do not allow your husband/wife to believe something that is not true by staying silent.
  7. Go out together, get out of the house and do special things together that would build healthy memories and add colour to your lives.
  8. Forgive your husband/wife when they have done wrong.
  9. Study the word of God together; pray together.

Try these tips and watch your marriage flourish!!! 

(To be continued…..)

Feel free to share your views on the tips shared…..

Moringa – A Healthy Choice!

Have you ever heard about the Moringa Tree?  “Trees for Life International” has shared an enormous amount of information, it will amaze you.  Seriously!!!  http://www.treesforlife.org/our-work/our-initiatives/moringa.

Moringa Diagram: Tiny leaves. Enourmous benefits.

In Grenada, where I live we also have the Moringa Tree and many have tried to be industrious with the various parts of the tree.

I am in love with the work of Eleanor Swan (featured picture) a Small Business Entrepreneur who manufactures soaps from the moringa plant.  She also produces T-Bags from the leaves of the tree.   The name of Eleanor’s business is “Spice up your life creations”.   Love the name!

I am sharing this because it is a clear example of someone who is seeking to live their life to the fullest.    One of my admirations for this business is that there are bible verses printed on the packages; awesome!

Eleanor also does beautiful  hand-made cards; I must say making hand-made cards is fun and inspiring.

Let me know if you wish to contact Eleanor through my contact form.

You may want to ask yourself “What am I drinking?” is Moringa Tea a better choice?

Let’s take advantage of the healthy opportunities around us and in turn support small businesses driven by God-given purpose.

Have a healthy & creative day!!

Love this quote by Terrie Chappell:

“Failing to be perfect is no reason to quit striving for the goal!”

Sometimes we think we have found the perfect excuse, only to realise that it is no excuse at all.

That youthful spirit…..

When I look back at my life as a teenager and a young adult, I begin to count my blessings, 1,2,3,4, well not literally, but counting them for real should be fun.    I am reminded of a song by Sinach Joseph called “He did it again”.   It says; “I’m counting my blessings, I just can’t keep it to myself.  When I thought that he has done too much, oh oh oh, Jesus did it again.”

I often feel there is so much to release from my bowels, so much to share, so much to say.   You see positive experiences in life are not to be shelved or hidden, but rather to be shared with others. When we open up to others and share our positive experiences, it ignites hope and suggests that there is a  possibility that things can change.

I dreamt a lot as a youth, I dreamt and I believed, I dreamt and I claimed, I dreamt and I worked.  It was the best days of my life because I dreamt and refused to accept that hindrances existed.  I really don’t remember doubting or thinking that “I can’t”.  Fear would come but I would do it anyhow.  Consequently, I enjoyed the rewards and I felt it was well deserved because of the choices I made.  My choices emerged from the godly beliefs and principles embedded in my soul.   I was determined to walk the straight and narrow and I did it with expectations of a blessed life.    I resolved to follow Jesus; when I fell down, I got back up, when I fell down again, I got back up again.

Your story may be completely different and that’s ok, it does not mean that you are of lesser value.  It means that you have hurdles to climb over and bridges to cross and so you might as well put on your shoes and start walking towards your purpose.

It’s time to engage and inspire our youth

Oh I remember my youth clearly.   It was such a peaceful and safe moment in my life.   I am quite aware however, that this is not every youth’s experience.

For me it was safe because I grew up in a Christian family.   I did have my challenges however which I would speak a lot more about as this topic grows.

For now, look around you and identify the teens and young adults and just give them some love.  Don’t be too critical today!!

New verse:

John 15: 5

I am the vine, ye (the one who believes in Jesus Christ) are the branches, He that abides in me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.

What is hindering you from Pursuing your Purpose?

We are often hindered from pursuing our purpose.   Many times, it stems from fear, fear of failure and fear of criticism.   Fear paralyses us and creates doubt, which inhibits our creative juices from flowing freely.   We are really in bondage when we submit to fear; it is a zone of nothingness.

Your past failures, mistakes and sins can also hinder you from fulfilling your purpose.   It is important for us to understand that failures, mistakes and sin are common to all men.   Wallowing in self-pity about something you did wrong is a waste of precious time.  Confess to God and others and move on.

Your family and “friends” may scoff at your dreams, your success and your good intentions.  If you listen to their negative sayings, you would surely start believing that you are what they say you are.  You need to keep silent, only share your dreams and aspirations with those who sincerely care about you and your purpose.

Finally, we often think that “good success” can be achieved without God.  Wrong!  The glaring fact is that God wants us to succeed, he wants us to enjoy good things. He wants us to have life and life abundantly.   In fact, he created man with perfection in mind, with excellence in mind.   Because of sin, man’s purpose became distorted.   Jesus’ death on the cross however, reinstituted hope for a righteous life, for purposeful living.  Don’t believe the notion that you can have a wonderful life without God.   Do not choose riches and misery, choose riches with purpose, choose riches with a relationship with God who knows what is best for you.