Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 8

 

Well today is the last day of my creative challenge. I hope those of you who have read these particular posts enjoyed reading them and I do hope that in some way they spoke to your hearts.

I know I found them a challenge to write. To look at the same image and come up with something fresh and meaningful to share each time, was daunting—but I surprised myself!

I would have loved to have read something from others, just to hear their take on this challenge and perhaps learn something new but alas it did not happen!

And now for my last offering.

 

 

I see a cloudy sky.

Clouds can speak of obscurity. Or bad judgement. Or bad days.

Perhaps the lady in our challenge picture experiences days when she doesn’t know what to do, or where to turn. Perhaps she’s had days when everything seems to be against her. I can relate! Can you?

In our own lives we will experience good days and the not so good days. How do we deal with the latter?  Dear reader, do you have a strategy for coping with those inevitable bad days?

About five years ago, I came to the realisation that whenever I sought to discover and pursue my destiny, or attempted to accomplish something or build myself up spiritually, the Enemy of my soul, arranged for me to receive a knock-back. I began to realise that the Enemy had spent years, decades even, sabotaging my self-esteem.

It seemed like every day I’d go home from work, or every weekend I’d return from church or some outing feeling hurt, or broken, or emotionally mauled.

I’d spend morose hours and days, even weeks at my exclusive pity-parties. I’d examine and mourn over my wounds and then eventually decide to pick myself up. But then something else would happen to knock me back down!

Now, I don’t quite recall how I came to my epiphany a few years ago but it was as if my eyes were suddenly opened. I could “see” that the historical cycle of rejection and marginalisation was a tactic. An artful satanic tactic to keep me feeling down, keep me looking at my circumstances instead of at Christ and keep me in a negative frame of  mind.

Of course I was familiar with God’s Word, which reminds us that we are not (or at least should not) be ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). But I made the mistake of thinking I was only dealing with unpleasant people.

As I began looking at motivational videos and listening to messages from people who’d totally turned their lives around, I realised that whether you have chosen to walk with God or not, because we are all created in the image of God, because we all have his spiritual DNA within us and, because we are his creative masterpieces, we are the object of Satan’s hatred and wrath.

Christian or not, we, as human beings, made in the image of God, are targets in the midst of an ongoing spiritual battle and the spoils of war are our very lives, our souls, our potential, our destinies.

Satan’s strategy is to warp our minds and hearts with doubts and fear.

Dear reader, whether you believe it or not, there is nothing Satan wants more than for us to live lives that are small and self-serving, or purposeless and unfulfilling, beset with hatred or humiliation, disappointment or despair.

He knows what it is like to fulfil your God-given destiny. He know what it is like to experience the joy and satisfaction of using your God-given ability to bless others. He knows because for a time he enjoyed blissful days of doing just that. But he became filled with arrogance and pride and was subsequently booted out of God’s glorious paradise. And guess who he now chooses to vent his anger against?

Yes. You’ve got it – you and I!

And so the challenge to us is to live. Not to get through each day, as if we are emotional and spiritual paupers but to live abundantly. To ride the surf of opportunities. To bask in the sunlight of cherished hopes and dreams. To pick ourselves up when circumstances conspire to pummel us into the ground. To wrestle with adversity and emerge as victors.

Dear reader, as I listened to these motivational messages, and as I read my Bible and considered the experiences of certain characters whom we’d deem to be successful, as I mined the precious nuggets of experience from both sources, I realised that people such as Les BrownBrendan Burchard and Lisa Nichols,  or saints such as Father Abraham, King David and the Apostle Paul, are no different to you or me.

They didn’t float through life in an idealistic bubble. They were not exempted from the vagaries of life. They were not excused from confronting their insecurities or dysfunctional personalities. They were not shielded from the attacks of adversaries.  Oh no!

Like me, like you, they encountered bad days, frustrating situations, disappointments and failures. But they learned to overcome. They learned to see their future potential. They learned to appropriate the wisdom of those who’d gone before them, or avail themselves of the wisdom and supernatural resources of God.

They learned to master themselves. They looked for the silver lining. They understood that “…this too will pass.”

I’ve mentioned the clouds that are apparent in this image. Now I want to focus your attention upon the sun.

I believe it is representative of a good season, or a favourable climate.

Dear reader, if you’ve been beset by trials, or feel negative about your future, let me encourage you today. Let me prophesy to your spiritual inner person. Allow me to speak over your life and declare the following in faith: you shall arise!

Like the woman in this challenge picture, you can choose to make a quantum leap forward into a new beginning, into a place of peace and prosperity of soul, into a God-seasoned ambience of sweet success.

And now as we are about to enter into the last quarter of this year, may I challenge you dear friend?

  • Have you pursued any of your goals?
  • Have you changed this year in terms of your outlook and behaviour?
  • Are you making positive strides forward, in terms of your ambitions, your health and your relationship with God?

As I look at this image, and imagine the woman within it as a representative of me, or of you, I see potential being realised. I see dreams being pursued. I see the birth of fresh hope. I see faith for our future. I see God guiding us toward our pre-ordained destinies. I see the joy of fulfilment. I see purpose-driven believers. I see exultant dream-achievers. I see victorious over-comers. I see the approval and pleasure of our dear Father-God.

 

Challenge question:

  • What do you see?

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Did you enjoy reading this post? Would you let me know your response in a comment box below?

 

CREDIT: the above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

 

 

 

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Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 7

 

Hello people,

We are coming towards the end of this month and therefore the end of my creative challenge. I hope you have been enjoying these particular posts.

Isn’t it amazing what you can “see”, yeah what creative thoughts can be sparked once you put your mind to it?

Even if you did not wish to participate in this challenge by sharing your ideas, I do hope that you’ve tried the exercise for yourself and found something useful, even inspirational as a result.

Anyway, here’s what I’d like to share with you today.

 

 

As I study the above scenario, I turn my attention to what is happening beneath the woman in this picture.

If you look closely, the area between the two structures representing 2017 and 2018, is taken up by the sea and an island.

In literature, the sea is often a metaphor for sorrow, sadness or troubles.

In the Bible, we are told of a time when Jesus was asleep in the boat whilst a storm raged and the sea became turbulent, causing the disciples to cry out in fear.

The woman in the picture seems almost oblivious to what lies beneath her. She occupies and operates within a higher realm. This says to me that this woman has decided not to allow her problems, or her past to interfere with where she is aiming to go. As mentioned in my previous post (Creative Challenge 6), this woman is forward looking and future-focussed.

You will note that the body of water in our challenge image appears calm.

In the biblical account mentioned above, Jesus spoke to the wind and the waves and they became calm under his authority and command.

I believe that this image of a calm sea beneath the woman in the picture reflects the quality of her prayer life and her relationship with God. They are both at a level where she is aware that no matter what happens, God is in complete control.

Below her may lie the sea of uncertainty but she is too busy looking towards her dreams, too busy looking at the one who has the power to guide her towards her destiny, to allow those uncertainties to seriously hamper or halt her progress.

And whilst I’m thinking along these lines, the following scripture came to mind:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

(Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV)

 

Again, as previously mentioned, when you examine the above scenario, you will notice an island. In his poem, No Man is an Island, John Donne (a metaphysical poet), uses the metaphor of an island to say that as human beings, as a society, we are impacted by whatever we do. Our acts of commission, even of omission, affect someone else.

I therefore see the woman in our challenge image as someone who is focussed, yes, upon achieving her dreams and goals, upon fulfilling her destiny but, she also realises that in pursuing these things, there can be no greater joy or satisfaction than using her abilities, skills and resources to serve God and bless others.

What say you?

Challenge questions:

  • What do you see?
  • How are you influencing the lives of others?

 

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Did you enjoy reading this post? Would you let me know your response in a comment box below? Better still, why not take part in this challenge? All you have to do is write a post sharing your creative reading of the challenge image above and link back to this post. I’d love to hear from you!

But before you go, may I ask a favour?

Would you tell others about this creative challenge? It is coming to a close and will end on 30 September 2018 but there’s still plenty of time for you to join in. So c’mon! Make my day!  🙂

CREDIT: the above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

 

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 5

 

Today’s post will focus on what I see as this woman’s diligent and ongoing preparation for her future… for the realisation of her dreams.

 

First and foremost you will note that she wears no shoes. As soon as I realised this my mind went to the scene in Exodus 3:1-5 when Moses stood before the burning bush. He was instructed to take off his shoes, as he was standing upon holy ground.

The fact that this woman is not wearing any shoes, symbolises to me that she is walking in the “fear of the Lord” i.e. she desires her deep respect and reverence for God and the principles of his kingdom, to direct and influence her life.

Working upwards, I see that this woman is not casually attired. She looks suitably smart. She is dressed for success. Her outfit is symbolic of the SMART* goals she has set, which will propel her towards her desired level of success. Her outfit bears the heavenly design label “Garments of Praise” and enables her to overcome periods of despair or discouragement.

Next we note that this woman is wearing glasses. I believe this signifies clarity of vision. Motivational speakers often encourage us to “see” where it is we desire to go, to visualise ourselves achieving our goals. Glasses are normally worn to correct our vision. As a born-again child of God, I now have the capacity to “see” with the eyes of faith. Why faith? Because faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen!

Last (but not least), I see that this woman’s hair has been tied back in a neat, orderly way. In the Bible, hair represents a person’s separation or consecration to God. Remember Samson? I believe it also represents spiritual strength.

And so I see a strong, disciplined and focused woman of God, who prepares herself mentally, emotionally and spiritually, so she can experience ongoing personal development and significant success.

Challenge question:

  • What do you see?
  • What are you doing to increase God-focused awareness and spiritual strength?

 

* Goals which are:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Time-bound

 

If you would like to read my post on how to set SMART goals, please click here

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Are you enjoying these posts? Why not share your thoughts with me in a comment box below, or if you are feeling inspired join in! Write a post sharing your creative response to the Challenge image above and link back to this post. I’d love to hear from you.

Also, will you share this post with your friends and social network? I’d appreciate your support.

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 4

 

I trust you are enjoying my musings and that you are even beginning to see this creative challenge with new eyes.

 

I hope you are placing yourself within the above scenario and visualising the goals you’ve set for yourself… the dreams you’ve cherished in your heart. And I sincerely hope you are striving towards becoming a bigger, better you.

Now for today’s post – what do I see?

 

I see someone who is prepared.

Jim Rohn  has said that it is better to be prepared to meet opportunities, rather than for an opportunity to come your way and find you unprepared.

Whenever I imagine myself in this scenario, I am placing myself there within the context of being a woman of God and a committed disciple of Christ.

So, as a woman of God, as a follower of Christ, how can I prepare myself for the unknown?

How can I prepare myself for future opportunities?

How can I prepare myself to achieve my aspirations?

How can I bridge the gap between who I was last year and whom I need to be to achieve my dreams and goals this year?

How can I bridge that gap, so I can realise the full potential of whom God has called me to be?

In my next post, I’ll elaborate further on what I see in this challenge picture, regarding this woman’s preparation.

 

Challenge question:

  • What do you see?
  • Are you preparing yourself for future opportunities?

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Why not join in with this challenge? For full details visit here

Come on!

  • Inspire
  • Connect
  • Share

I look forward to hearing from you.

NB: Challenge ends on 30 September 2018

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 3

 

Hello dear readers,

Today let me reveal another aspect of what I see when I look at this image.

 

I see…

A chasm between this woman’s place of achievement in 2017 and what is required of her in terms of personal development throughout 2018.

And so I ask myself, what will bridge that gap?

What will enable this person in the picture (me or you) to leap over any preconceived, or unforeseen obstacles?

How can this woman (how can you or I) reach that higher ground?

Notwithstanding the above, I also see an individual who has the stamina, the mental, physical and spiritual fitness to move forward purposefully… to maintain progress… to achieve success.

 

Challenge questions:

  • What do you see?
  • Are you aiming to bridge that gap between who you were in 2017 and whom you desire to be in 2018?

 

PS: Are you familiar with the phrase “gap analysis”? If interested in learning more, please click here

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Why not join in with this creative challenge? Either share your own thoughts in a separate post and link back to this page, or use a comment box below.

This challenge remains open until Sunday 30 September 2018.

Come on! Let your imagination go.

  • Inspire.
  • Connect.
  • Share.

And may I ask you a favour please (pretty please)? Would you use your social network and invite others to take part in this challenge?

I look forward to connecting with you.

CREDIT: The above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 2

 

Today I want to share another aspect of what I see when I look at this image and visualise myself as the woman in the picture.

 

I see someone who is dissatisfied with maintaining the status quo. I see someone who has accomplished some of her goals in 2017 but who does not want to remain the same person, or operate at the same spiritual level. She does not want to rest on her laurels. She does not wish to stagnate.

So her dreams and expectations for 2018 are bigger. They are perhaps greater than her current capabilities. She realises it is not by might or by power but by the Spirit of God that she will be able to change from glory to glory into the likeness of God’s Son.

She realises that despite the challenges ahead of her, she can do all things necessary to grow, to develop, to move towards her God-ordained destiny. She knows she can do this through her relationship with Christ, who strengthens her.

She realises it will take vision, it will take planning, it will take faith and it will take ACTION to reach this higher ground by the end of December 2018.

 

Challenge question:

What do you see?

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Want to participate?

Then simply comment in a box below, or write a post of your own and link back to this page.

This challenge remains open until Sunday 30 September 2018.

Come on! Let your imagination go.

Inspire.

Connect.

Share.

And may I ask you a favour please (pretty please)? Would you use your social network and invite others to take part in this challenge?

I look forward to connecting with you.

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 1

 

Hey people!

Are there no takers?

Have your creative juices completely dried-up, or are you too shy, or too busy to participate?

Well, I’m happy to share mine. But to whet your appetites, and hopefully spark your interest, I’m going to share this piecemeal, rather than in one whole post.

Here’s today’s offering.

 

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When I look at this image I see someone (why not me, why not you?), who is striding towards bigger and better things.

Bigger opportunities.

Bigger dreams.

Perhaps greater responsibilities.

I see determination and courage. I see someone who has the vision and the potential to take that quantum leap into the unknown. Someone who is forward-looking (not backward-glancing).

I see an image of complete focus and readiness.

Challenge question:

What do you see?

 

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Want to participate?

Then simply share your creative visualisation in a comment box below, or write a post of your own and link back to this page or to the original Challenge page.

This challenge remains open until Sunday 30 September 2018.

Come on! Let your imagination go.

Inspire. Connect. Share.

And may I ask you a favour please (pretty please)? Would you use your social network and invite others to take part in this challenge?

I look forward to hearing from and connecting with you.

Have a relaxing and God-glorifying weekend!

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge!

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Earlier in March this year, I shared an image and challenged readers to use it as a visual aide-memoire to motivate, inspire, or challenge ourselves to regularly reach forward and become the person we want or need to be, in order to achieve our dreams (click here to read this post).

I can’t help wondering whether there is anyone out there who personally took on that challenge. Since there are no comments in this specific regard, I can only assume that either people were too shy to share, or perhaps the challenge did not appeal. Who knows?

However, I just cannot seem to leave this idea alone. I cannot get this image out of my mind. Not surprising really I suppose, since I use the picture regularly as a motivational tool.

And so today, I am issuing another challenge.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So dear reader, may I ask, what does this picture say to, or about you?

It can be related to this blog’s theme (i.e. encouraging each other to be purpose-driven believers and dream achievers), or it can be related to your own blog’s theme, or in connection with your personal aspirations, or as a literary/creative writing exercise.

To participate, simply comment in a box below, or write a post of your own and link back to this page.

The Creative Challenge:

When you look at this picture what do you see?

Let your imagination go!

Inspire. Connect. Share.

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Dear reader, would you kindly do me a favour please? Would you use your social network (whether via Twitter or Facebook or your own blog site) and invite others to take part in this challenge?

My challenge remains open until Sunday 30 September 2018.

If you would like to read more about the subject of creative visualisation please click here.

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 image comes courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

An Open-ended Invite

Welcome to Lady Cee’s Hangout

I’ve just learned that the Community Pool which has served many bloggers as a place to share links to their recent posts, seek feedback and advice, will be closing their doors.

I think this is an awful shame.

And so I am introducing this trial hangout, so people can come by, introduce themselves and leave a link to a post they’d like to share with others.

The only rules are that posts shared are family friendly and that you treat each other with respect.

Spread the word! Come and make new friends.

Love and best wishes,

Carol (aka Lady Cee)

New Year Greetings – 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

Thank you one and all for your input

Without which my endeavours

Would sure fall flat

My appreciation just cannot

be expressed enough

Or any more plainly than that!

 

With love to you and best wishes for God’s absolute best in 2018

 

Carol

 

The Hiatus

CC0 Image - courtesy of Rebekka D (Pixabay.com)
CC0 Image – courtesy of Rebekka D (Pixabay.com)

 

Dear faithful followers and visitors,

You may have noticed that there has been no activity from this corner of cyberspace for a good few weeks.

My apologies for the inactivity and for the lack of explanation.

Following a sudden deterioration in health, my dear, sweet mother recently passed away in hospital. As you can appreciate I’ve had other priorities!

My sincere thanks to all new followers and visitors for your comments and likes during my absence, particularly those whose kind engagement with me have not been acknowledged. I do appreciate you.

I expect to start posting again this month and thank you for bearing with me at this time.

Best wishes,

Carol

(aka as Lady Cee)

PS: If you are not a regular reader of my blog Women of Warfare! you may be interested in reading the following posts: (“The Politics of Hope” and “A Celebration of Motherhood and Tribute to my Mother”), which provides a little background to relevant events regarding my beloved mother.

Meanwhile, Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers have a blessed weekend!

Kudos to you dear community!

Social media is not about the exploitation of technology but service to community.

Simon Mainwaring

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Image by Gerd Altmann (Pixabay.com)

 

Dear all,

My sincere thanks to all those who visited, commented, followed and sent messages of support during my absence.

Given that I had not been on the blogging scene long and given my recent 3-month absence, your kind words have touched me.

I am back!

However, circumstances beyond my control mean I cannot maintain my previous blogging schedule. I realise this goes against expert advice but future posts will be uploaded as and when time allows.  Please bear with me.

I count it a real privilege to ‘have your ears’ so to speak and, I trust God will continue to use my writing to encourage, inspire, motivate and provoke my readers. I also hope you will continue to dialogue and engage with me and the PDA community.

Wishing you peace and victory in your lives and ongoing success with your endeavours.

Regards,

Carol (aka Lady Cee)