MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY MOMENT – 08.28.17 — A Thomas Point of View

Hello Purpose-driven believers,

Ran across this post today which I wanted to share with you all.

Enjoy! 😃

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Happy Monday Loves! It’s the last Monday in August and I was looking for words to inspire you today. To motivate you. To put you in a good mood. Sigh. I didn’t have any. My life and my words are all jumbled together. I am working like crazy and preparing Munch for school. He’ll be […]

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Choose to Collaborate

 

 

There was a time when I conducted my working life as a lone ranger. I felt I had to be the one to make things happen. I. Me. Myself.

I preferred working on my own. If there was something to be done, I’d rather you just give me the task so I can get on with it. Don’t ask me to work with someone else. Don’t expect me to be a team member.

In fact, most of the jobs I had in my early years were jobs where I was solely responsible for getting the job done – legal secretary, personal assistant, professional dogsbody!

I held jobs where I worked my socks off, not just doing what was expected of me but over and above. I had positions where I worked beyond the remit of my humble job title, supporting my boss by taking on tasks that were properly his/hers. I prided myself on my flexibility, my accuracy, my excellence, my dependability, my resourcefulness. I suppose I was secretly seeking self-glory.

Then work-life changed. It was probably down to a combination of:

  1. Changes in the modern world of employment and
  2. God wanting to change my outlook and modus operandi.

So, instead of the superstar, the bright spark, the absolute God-send that I’d worked hard at becoming, there was now no “I” because of course as we all know, there is no “I” in TEAM!

To my dismay, the new order of things meant I had to work in a team. To my mind, this was a negative. Why? Because teams had individuals with different outlooks, different priorities, different abilities and agendas. To me, teams represented a subsuming of myself, a not necessarily advantageous blending of abilities, a potential shirking of responsibilities and a grabbing of undeserved glory.

I hated the very idea of depending on someone else, shoring up, or covering up the weaknesses of others. I was blind and selfish, so teamwork (at least my view of it) just didn’t serve my aspirations.

 

And then for over 5 years, I worked as a voluntary editor within a team of editors for a Christian publication (Magnet) and through this, I learned about collaboration. I realised that a team could be a winning combination. What we accomplished together as a group of editors was so much better than anything we could have done separately as individuals.

Now, in recent months, more and more, as I expose myself to the thoughts and ideas and strategies of high achievers and successful entrepreneurs, I see that collaboration is key.

When I think of my favourite comedy shows, such as Frasier, or Everyone Loves Raymond, I see the fruits of collaboration. Great writers, talented actors, committed behind-the-scene workers make for a brilliant and winning combination.

And, no doubt as bloggers, as writers, you have come across successful individuals who have joined forces with others, pooling their skills and interests to create a bigger and better venture than anything they could achieve, if they worked on their own. Two successful writing blogs which immediately spring to mind as shining examples are:

Dear reader, as a purpose-driven believer and aspiring dream achiever, do you recognise the power of collaboration? Are you, or will you consider joining forces with another, with others, in order to achieve a higher dream, a greater-reaching purpose?

If you don’t know anyone, or don’t currently feel you are ready to work with someone else on a project, have you considered the three awesome members of the Godhead? Meet these highly adept team members. God the Father. Jesus Christ, the Son. The inimitable Holy Spirit. They are the ultimate “A” team.

 

When it comes to your projects and ventures, why not invite them on board as counsellor, inspirer, mentor and motivator, even creative director.

I can absolutely guarantee that they will not lead you astray, they will not slacken on the job and they will not let you down. In fact, they are capable of enabling you to achieve exceedingly, abundantly above your highest ideas, desires and dreams.

Trust me – they can and, if you’ll let them, they will make you a winner!

 

SELF SCRUTINY

Are your currently collaborating with others on something or working as a lone ranger? If the latter, has this post challenged you to change?

 

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Pursue and Persist!

 

MY THINKING CORNER aims to share positive thoughts to encourage, inspire and motivate us on our journey in life and towards personal achievement and success.

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 My Thinking Corner

(NB: Lady Cee aims to participate in this blog challenge on alternate Tuesdays)

 

Hello fellow-bloggers and visiting friends, thank you so much for dropping by.

Today I’d like to share some thoughts about endurance.

If you’ve been following me for any length of time you’ll be aware that this blog exists to encourage myself and my followers to walk as purpose-driven believers, to pursue our calling, purpose and God-inspired dreams.

You will be aware that I am an advocate for pursuing success on your terms (since there’s no one-size-fits-all template!).  And for those of you who are busy doing just that, I’m sure you’ve realised that endurance, persistence, stick-to-it-ness is required.

Do I hear you groan?

I know!  😦

Most people hate the word, the very idea of endurance. It raises within my mind the spectre of pain, or frustration, obstacles and trials.

But you know, it’s as you face battles (whether mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual), it is as you face these battles and determine in your heart not to allow them to stop you pursuing your dreams—but use them to develop spiritual stamina, use them to strengthen your resolve, use them to make you battle resilient, courageous and uncompromising—that you learn the secret of endurance and eventually reap the rewards of persistence.

During my appointment with God this morning (aka devotional time), I read the Bible text James 5:11. It spoke of those who endured being counted as blessed. Think about that a moment. It certainly set me thinking. We tend to think of those who have achieved, who have innovated, who are celebrated, who possess riches and the accompanying evidences of success, as blessed.

But we don’t consider where deprivation, hostility, injustice, homelessness, facing personal demons, overcoming opposition or personal weaknesses, may fit into that picture of success.

Dear readers, it comes before! It comes during pursuit of our dreams. And it is only those that persist, that endure until the bitter end, who will win the crown of success.

Before closing, let me share with you a few points from today’s devotional reading, which I hope will inspire and motivate you:

  • You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great
  • The first two letters in the word goal are ‘go’
  • You’ll never be what you ought to be, until you’re doing what you ought to be doing
  • If you’re having trouble thinking outside the box, it’s time to get out of the box.

(taken from UCB Word for Today (Aug-Oct 17)

Dear friends, there’s a tailor-made package of success out there with your name on it. Pursue, persist and go claim it!

 

Thoughts are free from toll – William Camden

 

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Why Reach For the Stars?

Hello people,

I came across a post last week that kinda got me angry.  Not with the blogger concerned but with that deceiving serpent, Satan. I won’t send you to this blogger’s site – I’ll just say in a nutshell what this blogger’s post spoke about.

Basically, the post referred to disbelief that:

(a)  there is a God (referred to as an “otherworldly being”),

(b) we are put on this earth for a purpose.

This blogger stated that since we are “all here on this earth by chance”, since we are here by a “freak accident”, since we have a “meaningless existence”, we could pretty much do as we pleased.

BUT the remark that really annoyed me was that it is simpler to assume that our lives are not our own, that our lives have a pre-determined purpose.

The strange thing is that this post was supposed to be a motivational prompt, asking writers to “take that leap of faith” and reach for the stars!

Anyone else see this as a conflicting message?

Below, was my response left in a comment box.

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I disagree that we are here on this earth by co-incidence. I believe we are here by design.

I disagree with a philosophy that suggests our existence is meaningless. If that is the case, why seek to make our lives meaningful? Why reach for the stars? Why broaden our horizons?

Why not be satisfied with our supposed lot in life which is to live meaningless, humdrum, inconsequential lives? Why seek to live above our station?

I disagree because I believe that deep down within each one of us is a desire to excel, to express our gifts, to be more than what life throws at us.

Where does such desires and inward motivations come from? I believe they come from the One who created us, the One whose breath gives life to our mortal bodies, the One whose creative genes we share.

I disagree because I believe this Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent One has put us on this earth for a reason and pre-ordained us for a purpose. Dear blogger, it is MUCH simpler to say “my life is my own and I can live it on my own terms” than to seek to discover and fulfil that God-ordained purpose.

I agree that to a certain extent we are in charge of our own destiny. Our choices create that destiny – a destiny that extends beyond the grave!

Peoples, my rant is now over!

What say you? Agree or disagree?

 

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Sunday’s Snippet – 1

 

Hello purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers. Hope you’ve had a good week.

I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to my newbie followers and visitors.

My thanks to you all for taking the time to stop by.


 

Author and motivational speaker, Dr Mike Murdock, refers to “pictures of possibilities” hidden away in our imagination. He further goes on to describe these pictures as “dream seeds”.

We don’t have to be an expert gardener, or farmer to know that a seed once buried in the earth remains invisible and takes some time to germinate.  Before the desired result is achieved (crop, flower or plant), there is a necessary process. And all the while, this process requires the right conditions in order for the seed to flourish.

 

QUESTION:

Are you cultivating the right conditions for your dream seeds, or are you setting yourself up for crop failure?

 

The above snippet has been taken from one of my previous posts (Dream Seeds – Part 1). If you’ve never read this post, or if you’d like to refresh your memory, the post may be found here.

Wishing you a peaceful and productive week ahead.

 

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Be Your Best You!

 

Today, I give you no frills, no introduction, no build-up. Just the following motivational message.

 

 

 

Question:

Have you read a great book this year that has inspired, or motivated you? Please share in a comment box below and I’d love it if you could share how, or why this inspired you.

Many thanks in anticipation.

 

 

Daisy or Dahlia? Rembrandt or Rosseti? – Discern your worth!

 

 

I want to encourage women to embrace their own uniqueness. Because just like a rose is beautiful, so is a sunflower, so is a peony. I mean, all flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too.

Miranda Kerr

 

In a world of peer pressure, others set the standard that we seek to live by. However, when it comes to pursuing our destiny and fulfilling our purpose, we shouldn’t allow others to dictate who we ought to be, or what authenticates us, as individuals.

It’s so easy to allow insecurities or dissatisfaction with self and our accomplishments to drive us into a game of comparison.

Whenever, or if ever we find ourselves comparing our works, or our calling, or our abilities to those of another, let us remember that we’ve been created for God’s purpose (not for our own, nor for the purpose of anyone else!).

Let us remember that we are unique beings – not photocopies! We are God’s creative masterpiece. A valuable piece of art doesn’t go looking for approbation. Nor does it seek to make inferior copies of itself, or worry about the value of other pieces of art in comparison to itself. Its value is heightened and increased by its originality. Its value is measured by its creator.

Today I’d like to highlight the words of Gilda Radner who said:

While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die – whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.

 

So what are you influenced by dear friend, peer-pressure or purpose?

Let God, not others determine your worth!

Purpose-driven believers, I encourage you today to be true to whom God has made you to be.

Appreciate your worth!

Celebrate your uniqueness!

 

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Have a blessed weekend!

The ‘Instead’ Factor!

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  • Moses was called to be a deliverer but took matters into his own hands and instead committed murder.

 

  • David was called to be a ruler but instead of ruling his appetite for sexual lust, became an adulterer and murderer.

 

  • Samson was called to be a judge of the Children of Israel. Instead he allowed his obsession over one woman to provide an opportunity for his enemies to capture and imprison him.

 

  • Judas was called to be Christ’s disciple but instead he allowed greed and a covetous mindset to control him. After betraying Jesus, his remorse was so great, he committed suicide.

 

You have been called by God to fulfil a purpose. Is there an ‘instead’ situation in your life threatening to derail that purpose? If so, take heed of these examples.

If you’ve fallen, pick yourself up, call on God, confess and repent of your sin. Rise up in God’s strength and walk out that purpose, run with that vision.

Don’t allow the Enemy to condemn you, to immobilise you, to stymie your destiny.

And please note that the sin in our lives need not necessarily be the breaking of God’s commandments such as murder or sexual immorality but can relate to anger and resentment, habitual disobedience, pride of life, a self-sufficient attitude.

Paul advised:

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. (2 Corinthians 13:5a)

 

When last have you measured yourself against God’s Word?

When last have you taken an inventory of your soul?

Purpose-driven believer, if God weighed you in his balances today, how would you fare? Would you be found wanting?

Let me close with a quote from Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life:

Measured against eternity, our time on earth is just a blink of an eye, but the consequences of it will last forever. The deeds of this life are the destiny of the next.

 

Have a blessed week!

The 3Ps – Plans, Pressure, Patience

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“Lord, give me patience – and give it to me now!”

Now I’m sure, that like me, when you came across these words it made you smile. And perhaps you smiled because you can relate.

In these times of instant this, and instant that, we can find it challenging to have to wait.

We no longer want to wait to watch a weekly TV series. If possible, we’d prefer to binge-watch.

We no longer want to wait in line when the bus or other forms of public transport come along. If possible (and if we can get away with it), we’ll jump the queue.

We no longer want to save regularly in order to purchase those little luxuries, so we use our credit cards.

We no longer wish to cook meals from scratch, so we opt for unhealthy convenience foods.

We. Just. Can’t. Wait.

Now for the child of God, this can pose a problem because very often, the God we serve appears not to be in a hurry.

So, when we ask for a mate and nothing appears to be happening, we decide to go out and pick an unbelieving partner.

When we release our faith for prosperity but it doesn’t happen quickly enough, we go and get ourselves in debt, or invest in questionable schemes.

For most of us, patience is something we just don’t want to hear about or factor into our plans, because this can often mean having to wait a long, long, time for the things that we want.

But that is only part of the story.

Today, I came across another definition that I believe, we as children of God, need to take on board.

It is this:

Patience means standing firm under pressure.

(Bob & Debby Gass – UCB Word for Today – May-July 2017)

 

Now that pressure may be coming from the Enemy, from your peers, from society’s secular standards, or from within yourself. The pressure is to act unadvisedly, to take matters into your own hands, to sit and sulk in disappointment, or else complain and question the integrity of God’s Word when our hopes and dreams don’t materialise within our desired time-frame.

Consider the consequences of our failure to wait on God’s timing.

When God promised Sarah she would bear Abraham a son, rather than waiting for the Lord to bring it to pass within his chosen season, she sought to orchestrate matters in her own way. It didn’t end happily.

And Saul, in the midst of battle, felt pressured to offer an unlawful sacrifice because Samuel didn’t arrive at the expected time. As a result he lost his kingdom.

Purpose-driven believer and aspiring dream achiever, waiting is difficult but the circumstances we create when we mess-up because of impatience, can be infinitely worse.

Stand firm under pressure. Wait on God!

 

My Passion Fatigue

Hello people,

For a little while now I’ve been suffering from “passion fatigue”. I’ve written about my ailment and thought I’d share the post with you all over here, since I believe much of what I had to say could be pertinent to someone who follows, or visits this blog, who is committed to pursuing their passion, achieving their dreams, discovering their God-ordained purpose.

Let me know if anything in this post resonates with you. You can leave a comment in the box below. Seriously! I’d appreciate your feedback.

Women of Warfare! (WOW!)

I’ve not written in my writing journal since 1stJuly.

I’ve not worked on my project since 30th June.

I’ve not been actively writing on my two blogs.

I’ve been lackadaisical for 15 days – possibly longer!

Even today, I didn’t feel like doing anything. Didn’t feel like pursuing my passion. Didn’t feel like writing.

At the back of my mind, I’ve known I should push past this feeling and just get on and do. I know when I put my mind to it that inertia flees and the interest returns. Even now as I write, I sense the spark of enthusiasm igniting. And, strange though it may sound, even my fingers feel exhilarated, as they move across the keyboard. I’m back – just like that!

So what kept me away?

Self-sabotage!

At least that’s part of the story.

The other part is that the Enemy is at work…

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From Failure to Success

Hello peoples, thought I’d share the following post, which I came across during one of my cyber travels.

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When we feel discouraged, we can ask God to help us turn things around. The Bible reveals the causes of spiritual failure and spiritual success.

Source: From Failure to Success

What Are You Committed To?

Hello folks,

Have I got a treat for you!

I came across this gentleman’s blog and after reading this post, I just had to share it with you all.

If you have time, I hope you’ll also listen to his podcast.

SKYLARITY

What are you committed to? The great idea you said that would define your reality and lead to phenomenal success, are you committed to that idea? Or are you simply infatuated with your thoughts and the possible success outcomes related to that great idea? 

When no one is telling you what to do, when there is not a boss looking over your shoulder, when you are not on the clock, what are you committed to? 

Here is where the separation between the good and the great begins—between winners and everyone else. 

Winners are driven by what they are committed to. They are driven by their passion. Winners are driven by a sense of purpose.

Are you driven by what you are committed to? If you are committed to a great idea, then that great idea should drive you. And if that idea does not get your juices flowing, if it…

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We think success is the result of opportunity, so we wait for it.

However, the door of opportunity is marked, ‘Push!

The truth is, people who do nothing more than wait for success are neither able to see it – nor seize it – when it comes.

 

(Taken from: UCB Word For Today – February-April 2017 – written by Bob & Debby Gass)

 

QUESTION:

Have you been waiting around for your “big break”?

Wait no longer – plan, position self and push!

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers, enjoy a productive and successful week!

 

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An Open Letter on Fathers’ Day

Dear readers and visitors,

Today is a day when we celebrate fathers for who they are and the positive influence they have been in our lives.

My own father departed this world long ago but even when he was alive I did not have a great father-daughter relationship with him. So when a man of God once gave me a prophetic word in a church meeting about how God wanted to develop a loving father relationship with me, I was of course thrilled but I did not know what that would look like.

Now, many years later I can say that my relationship with God is one of the most poignant and precious aspects of my life.

As purpose-driven believers and achievers, our relationship with Father-God should be the “be all, and end all” of our day-to-day lives.

The following is a post I’ve written for my Women of Warfare blog, in celebration of Fathers’ Day.

I do hope you will enjoy reading.

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Women of Warfare! (WOW!)

Lady Cee

7 Salvation Street

Pilgrim’s Peak

Jehovah-Shalom Province

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To:      The God of all the Earth

Sunday 18 June 2017

Dear Father God,

I Love You.

There have been many times when I’ve told you how I feel about you. I’ve told you during my private devotional times, during public praise and worship sessions at church meetings, during my day when my thoughts run across you.

I love, love, love you—with all my heart, mind and soul.

If I am honest, I don’t think I’m at the point where I can say that I love you more than life itself but I do desire, hope and trust that the measure and quality of my love for you will increase more and more, will deepen and widen as time goes by.

Because dear Father God, you deserve all the love in the world, all the love in the universe…

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Expectations!

 

MY THINKING CORNER aims to share positive thoughts to encourage, inspire and motivate us on our journey in life and towards personal achievement and success.

Every Tuesday, Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha hosts a weekly challenge to share snippets of positive thoughts.  If you’d like to join in, please check out this link for further details.

 

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My Thinking Corner

(NB: Lady Cee aims to participate in this blog challenge on alternate Tuesdays)

 

 

 

 

Hello fellow-bloggers and visiting friends, thank you for dropping by.

I’d like to talk to you today about expectations.

My reason for doing so, is because I came across the following passage in a really useful e-book I like to dip into every now and again. It’s written by Jason Harvey—Achieve Anything In Just One Year—and I do recommend it for those looking for inspiration and self-help instruction regarding achieving your dreams.

However, whilst reading it today, I noticed the following statement:

“You can’t predict the future. What you can do is let go of the baggage of your past (so far so good) and move forward without expectations.”

What?!

Now if I don’t have any expectations for my future, where’s the excitement and motivation in pursuing my dreams? What would be the point of pursuing my goals?

I believe it’s the expectation of accomplishment which drives you, which enables you to keep putting your feet forward on that pathway of success, so why is it this experienced life coach is advising his readers to move forward without expectations?

Perhaps the author, sees expectations in a negative light. Certainly when you consult the dictionary it is possible to have good or bad expectations. And I know from my dealings with other people, from scenarios portrayed on TV and cinematic screens that it is possible to have unrealistic expectations.

So, if we are referring to bad, or unrealistic expectations then I totally agree with this author. But why doesn’t he say so? Why has he referred to expectations period?

If I was one of his clients, I would have asked him and I’m sure he would have been able to explain this odd remark.

But since he isn’t here to explain himself, here are my thoughts on why we should have expectations.

  • Expectations (of the positive kind of course) are another way of describing hope.
  • Hope gives you something to look forward to, something to aim at, or strive for.

My dictionary defines ‘expectation’ as a state, or attitude of expecting.

Everyone who sets out on a journey expects to arrive at their destination. You decide where you want to go, you decide how you want to get there and you take the journey.

Of course there may be set-backs. The road may be closed, an unfortunate incident on your route may lengthen the journey. You may have to stop off to eat refreshments, take comfort breaks or replenish fuel.

Whatever, your experiences along the way, you are still hopeful, still expecting to arrive at your destination. And, all being well, sooner or later you do.

As purpose-driven believers, and dream-achievers, my only caution is that our expectations should not be based solely on personal ability to make things happen. Our expectations, our hope should be placed in God.

Going back to Harvey’s statement, we of course do not know what our future holds. However, we know someone who does! Furthermore, he (God) is able to cause all things we may encounter (the good, the bad and the ugly), to work together for our benefit.

My soul, wait silently for God alone,

For my expectation is from Him.

(Psalm 62:5 NKJV)

Life happens!

On our journey towards success, towards fulfilling our destiny, we will undoubtedly face unexpected twists and turns, deviations, even derailment from the path we plan to pursue.

Only our omniscient Father-God, is capable of ensuring we arrive safe and triumphant at our journey’s end. So be expectant dear reader and trust him.

Purpose-driven believers and expectant dream-achievers, I wish you bon voyage!

 

Thoughts are free from toll – William Camden

 

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Live the Life of Your Dreams — The Light in the Heart

Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others. Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

via Live the Life of Your Dreams — The Light in the Heart

 

Hello folks,

I came across the above message – sweet, succinct and my sentiments exactly!

Had to share it with you all. 😃 💖

Have a great weekend!

When “Now” Is the Only Time You Have…

Hello purpose-driven believers, dream achievers and dreaming wannabe’s, I read a post today that touched my heart. I re-blog it below.

As this dear blogger says, I believe there may be many amongst this readership who can relate to her message in some way.

• Perhaps you are afraid to follow your dream
• Perhaps you have helped others achieve their dream whilst yours languishes in the dust
• Perhaps your faith in God has been undermined in some way
• Perhaps things you had prayed for, or expected to happen, just did not materialise
• Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps!

I know for myself, I can relate to some of this blogger’s experiences.

I’ve voluntarily written for, edited and proof-read material, as well as prayed on behalf of others. They’ve gone on to achieve what they set out to do. Launched ministries. Passed exams. Published books. Produced magazine issues. Got results.

And then I realised that whilst I was helping others to achieve their dreams and fulfil their goals, my own lay dormant—visible only upon the pages of my Dream notebook, alive only in the deep recesses of my heart.

And so I had to start learning to say “no”. A difficult thing to do if you are someone like me. But then when I started saying “no” in order to get going with my own goals, and pursue my own dreams, all sorts of obstacles reared up in my pathway, the chief obstacle being myself!

Is there anyone out there who needs to let go of excuses and fear, and follow the path of faith and hope towards their destiny?

Is there anyone out there who needs to examine your life and see what is hindering you from pursuing your purpose, from accomplishing your dreams?

If so, I hope the following post will inspire you.

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Eyes Straight Ahead

“Now” and “Today” and “In this moment” are times I have not historically been known for enjoying much. I am a dreamer, a planner, a person who enjoys living months out. I like to know what is coming and do not enjoy being surprised with last-minute plans or lateness. I like to be 15 minutes early to events and meetings. I hate waiting. And I am not a fan of not planning things – in fact, I plan my spontaneous time.

I realized yesterday the reason I don’t enjoy “now”, “today”, and “in this moment” is because in those times, I realize that I am not fulfilling my potential. I am sitting on talent and dreams and gifts that go unused. In fact, I have been looking for a new job for more than a year and yet I still haven’t found one because my idea of looking for a…

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Author/entrepreneur Seth Godin says: ‘We need to stop shopping for lightning bolts. You don’t win an Olympic medal with a few weeks of intensive training. There’s no such thing as an overnight opera sensation. Great companies [and great churches] and here let me add great relationships, don’t spring up overnight. . . every great thing has been built in exactly the same way: bit by bit, step by step, little by little.’

There are no shortcuts; you must be willing to pay the price.

(From: UCB Word For Today – February-April 2017 – written by Bob & Debby Gass)

 

*Free postal copies of UCB Word For Today (UK and Republic of Ireland only) are available from:

FREEPOST RLTX-ABUL-GRAR, United Christian Broadcasters, Westport Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4JF

For the email version please sign up at: http://www.ucb.co.uk/word-for-today.html

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers, I wish you a blessed, productive and successful week!

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MY THINKING CORNER aims to share positive thoughts to encourage, inspire and motivate us on our journey in life and towards personal achievement and success.

Every Tuesday, Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha hosts a weekly challenge to share snippets of positive thoughts.  If you’d like to join in, please check out this link for further details.

 

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My Thinking Corner

(NB: Lady Cee aims to participate in this blog challenge on alternate Tuesdays)

 

In today’s session, I’d like to look at what Dorothy Rowe, a leading psychologist, refers to as the ‘Successful Self’.

The blurb on her book of the same title, begins as follows:

Is it possible to be truly successful as a person? Or must we, as most of us do, continue to live our lives feeling in some way trapped and oppressed, frustrated, irritable, haunted by worries and regrets, creating misery for ourselves and others?

Today, I will be sharing several statements made within Rowe’s book, which I hope will provide food for thought, encourage self-evaluation and inspire self-improvement.

  • Real success, that success which does not turn eventually into emptiness and lonely bitterness, is based upon the creation of the Successful Self. Such a creation is possible for all of us.

 

  • A Successful Self is not a state of being which once achieved is ours forever. It is always a mode of being and becoming, a journey of continual discovery.

 

  • The Successful Self feels valuable, self-accepting and self-confident.

 

  • Success makes our self-confidence expand. Failure makes our self-confidence shrivel.

 

  • The Successful Self has created a life story without the gaps and inconsistencies which inhibit and cripple, and which goes forward in courage and hope.

 

I have deliberately not elaborated on the above statements because my aim today is for you dear reader to do the thinking, to consider the above statements in relation to your own life, to decide whether you agree or disagree, to explore Rowe’s rationale further if need be and determine how you will use the above information.

Thoughts are free from toll – William Camden

 

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Dorothy Rowe’s book may be purchased at Amazon (follow the link):

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Dorothy+rowe+the+successful+self

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Did you find this post useful? Why not share your response in the comment box below? I look forward to hearing from you.

Go Get Your Dream!

 

Do you have a dream? Then go get it!

 

GO

Move forward.

Proceed.

Travel in direction of.

Walk towards.

 

If you are not moving forward you are either stagnant or regressing!

 

GET

Achieve.

Obtain.

Own.

Make effort.

Possess.

Succeed.

 

You need to plan, pursue and execute!

 

YOUR

An inner compulsion.

Individual.

Personal.

Unique to you.

 

Not borrowed, coveted or stolen from others. So stop competing with the Joneses, with the Kardashians, with celebrities!

 

DREAM

Ambition.

Aspiration.

Desire.

Personal ideal.

Seed of imagination.

Vision.

 

Nurture and nourish your dream then trust God for its fulfilment!

 

And by way of further encouragement and motivation here’s a song to spur you on your way.

 

Have a great week dream-achievers and purpose-driven believers. And, if this post has encouraged you today please let me know in the comment box below. Likes, shares, ratings also highly appreciated.

 

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Thanks – For the Feline Influence!

Hello fellow-bloggers, precious readers – today I thought I’d go fun and light-hearted and post my response to an old (very old!) Daily Post Word prompt.

I hope you enjoy reading.

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Daily Post Word Prompt: “I’d like to thank my cats.”

What a weird prompt! What a weird idea.

Part I

Cats are notoriously selfish and are not like dogs. They do not return your love. They will not protect you (ordinarily), although as I write this, I recall some news story of the recent past where a cat protected a young boy. I don’t recall the details – just that it happened.

But it seems bizarre to me that someone would even say such a thing. Is this jest? Can you imagine someone accepting a Grammy award (or some such other award) and turning to the audience to say: I’d like to thank my cat?

Could we take such a person seriously? Would anyone, apart from a member of CAMHS, (Cats Are My Heroes Society), take that person seriously?

Now, I am trying to imagine what you could possibly be thanking a cat for?

For being a valuable feature in your life?

For encouraging you when you were down?

For pushing you towards your purpose when you so wanted to give up?

For what, or why on earth would someone want to thank their cat? Beats me!

Well, if I really stretched my imagination, I suppose a business magnate who’d become a billionaire as a cat food manufacturer, might be grateful that the hundreds of recipes tried out on his poor moggy finally turned up trumps. I can’t think of any more justifiable reasons at the moment but I am sure if I were to continue to exercise my grey cells, continue to brainstorm, I could come up with a feasible explanation.

I would like to thank my cat.

Hmm No! No further inspiration at the moment.

 

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Part II

Wait! Hold up! (Light bulb moment!)

I would like to thank my cat.

You know, this could actually be the genuine response of a grateful actor or cast member from the musical CATS. Someone for whom Tiddles’s tutoring and mentoring has not only informed their acting prowess but also transferred into indispensable life skills. Yeah. I say, give honour to whom honour is due!

How else have said actors honed their ability to purr with contentment over their capacious container, crammed with cream and crowned with smug success?

Or how else could they have learned to stalk past their gainsayers and naysayers, dismiss lowly plebs with snooty disdain, or pounce without mercy upon unsuspecting rivals with the cunning skill and killer instinct of a haunched-down-low moggie stalking a squirrel, or hunting oblivious prey? Yeah! That’s most likely it.

My friend, if someone had told me that I could relate to a person who chose to thank their cat during an award ceremony, I would have said: Sodom & Gomorrah! I’d have thought: unthinkable – you’ve me got sooo wrong!

But now… from between the start and finish of this post, I’ve had a complete change of heart. I can actually see it now. I can believe it too. And, I’d have absolutely no problem with it!

Go actor, go!

Go accept your award and go thank your cat!

 

Wanna read more or participate? Then hurry along to:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/id-like-to-thank-my-cats

 

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The mountain

. . . if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)

 

Purpose-driven believers, aspiring dream-achievers, are there mountains in your path which you’ve convinced yourself can never be overcome?

Don’t believe the lies of the Enemy who whispers in your mind, taunting you to give up, to ‘get real!’, to let go of your dream, who brings out the catalogue of past failures as ‘evidence’ you don’t have what it takes.

Listen to what Christian Mihai has to say on this subject:

The mountain ahead is not the real test. The real obstacle. The real mountain is your mind. The sky isn’t the limit, your belief system is.

 

I recently came across the following motivational post by Mihai, which I just had to bring to your attention.

Do please read, reflect and respond.

Cristian Mihai

7e94b6ca15764dd139ba2f8146844331“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali

Ever felt like a failure? Worthless? Lonely being redemption, broken beyond repair. A waste of time?

Ever felt that it just doesn’t matter?

Ever felt like you couldn’t do something because it was too difficult? Because you were just not good enough? Or smart enough? Or you didn’t have the resources you needed?

Ever felt hopeless, seemingly destined to spend your life daydreaming about what would never be and what was and could no longer be?

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Anchored – Not Adrift!

 

Daily Post Word Prompt: ADRIFT

 

An orphan.

That’s me. Without mother. Without father.

However, I’m not a child-orphan but an adult. Nevertheless, when my mother died last year, I felt alone in the world. Even though I have my husband, even though I come from a large family.

I was faced with the stark reality that there would be no more mum to turn to, to share my news and notions, to share my problems and prayer requests.

Even though, if truth be told, things had not been quite the same since mum fell victim to Alzheimer’s disease; and even though towards the end of her life-span, mum was not the strong, independent woman I’d known; at least she was alive, at least I could enjoy some form of connection.

Now her death, our physical separation, left me feeling adrift in the world – without parental anchor.

Is this how mum felt when my father died unexpectedly—left alone with 7 children, in a country that was not her own, that did not really want her? Did she feel somewhat adrift without her spousal anchor, adrift upon the cruel tempestuous seas of grief and bewilderment?

Is this how the disciples felt after Jesus’s death? Adrift from He who had anchored their life to purpose, to identity?

Thank God that was not the end of the story for any of us (my Lord’s disciples, my mother, myself). Contrary to our emotions and initial perceptions, we were not left alone in this world.

Christ’s resurrection from the dead has given us hope and that hope serves as an anchor for our soul. Christ’s resurrection has given us new purpose, a new identity—Kingdom purpose, Kingdom identity. And whenever we need guidance or direction or help, or whatever, we have only to ask.

Whether orphan or not, as children of God, as purpose-driven believers, we are not alone in this world.

Ahoy there landlubbers!

I have a message for you today. I’m not hiding it away in a bottle in the hopes that one day it will be found. Oh no! I’m shouting it loud from the top of my lungs. I’m displaying it clearly from the top of Christ’s mast.

Whatever my circumstances, whatever my concerns, since Jesus is with me and has promised never to leave me—then I am not adrift!

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Wanna read more or participate? Then hurry along to: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/adrift

Blog Event: Lady Cee’s 4Ws and 1H

 

LADY CEE’S 4Ws & 1H Blog Challenge

(Challenge open Monday 15 May 2017 to Tuesday 30 May 2017)

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Welcome to my debut blog event. I hope you will come and support me by joining in with this challenge.

 

The Challenge:

I have based my challenge on a journalism reporting technique known as the 5Ws and 1H. If you are not familiar with this and I have piqued your interest you can check out the following link: https://www.thoughtco.com/journalists-questions-5-ws-and-h-1691205

You will note that I’ve adapted this slightly for my challenge, hence the 4Ws (Who, What, Where, Why) and 1H (How).

 

How to take part:

Answer the following questions:

  1. Who would you like to be for a day?
  2. What flower or plant do you think represents your personality?
  3. Where would you go on holiday if money were no object?
  4. Why did you become a blogger?
  5. How do you measure personal success and have you, or are you on your way to achieving this?

You can write a post linking back to my challenge post here (remember to give the post link – not your blog’s URL), or you can enter by answering the questions directly into a comment box below. The challenge will remain open until Tuesday 30 May 2017.

Re-blogging of this post is not a requirement but would be appreciated.

Please use the tag: Lady Cee’s 4Ws-1H so we can find each other in the WordPress Reader. If you’d like to share this challenge with your social media contacts then please use the hashtag #4Ws-1H.

Please also show some love and support by visiting participants and leaving a comment (non-negotiable) as well as your ‘Like’. At the very least visit the neighbours on either side of your entry or pingback.

Have fun!

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And now for my answers:

 

Who would you like to be for a day?

A fine chocolate connoisseur and taster. Any longer and I’ll probably feel sick, or go off chocolate altogether!

 

What flower or plant do you think represents your personality?

One of those sensitive plants that closes if you touch it (No. Not the Venus fly trap!). I looked it up and found the plant is called Mimosa pudica. It has beautiful pink flowers which remind me of the Callistamen.

I chose this plant because I’m a very private individual. Because past experiences of betrayal and mistreatment have made me wary and self-protective.

Since checking it out on YouTube I understand the Mimosa pudica is also called the prayer plant, so I think this reflects me well!

In case you are unfamiliar with this fascinating plant and are interested in seeing what it looks like and how it responds to touch, I’ve inserted a short video below.

 

Where would you go on holiday if money were no object?

Any exotic island with fabulous weather, stunning scenery and colourful flora would do.

Perhaps Richard Branston’s Nekkar Island?

 

Why did you become a blogger?

For two (actually three) reasons.

  • I wanted to pursue my dream of becoming a writer
  • I wanted to start doing something with regards to a motivational ministry for women
  • I wanted to build a loyal readership as a potential market for a self-published book.

 

How do you measure personal success and have you, or are you on your way to achieving this?

In a nutshell, success for me on a day-to-day level is making the most of the time and talents I’ve been given.

It means having an ongoing, meaningful relationship with God that brings him pleasure and gives me confidence. I’d like to be known as a woman of godly influence and I’m also aiming to become a writer and self-published author (par excellence).

It’s taking an awfully long time and there are still days when I play the procrastination game but, I believe I’m gradually getting there.

 

Thank you for visiting and reading and I hope you will support me by taking part.

Participants:  (please visit and support them with a comment/like)

 

Embeecee

http://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2017/05/16/new-b-c-in-town/

 

 

Julz

https://juliepowell2014.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/lady-cees-whats-your-story

 

 

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Trust God. Believe His Word. Encourage Self.

REFLECTIONS FROM MY READING

 

 

 If God implants His desires in our heart, then He will see to it that they are completed as we submit to His Lordship and work in co-operation with His Spirit within us.

Edwin Louis Cole – The Potential Principle – Living Life To Its Maximum

 

For the past 2-3 years I have been beset with fears that I might die before I complete a project I began. Recently those thoughts have visited me almost daily and I have to tussle to oust them from my mind and prevent them from taking root in my heart.

I have been in about 4 car accidents which could have cost both me and my husband our lives. Accidents where the cars were a write-off. Accidents where I still do not know to this day how we avoided a full-on collision, how we avoided careering off into the path of oncoming cars on the motorway. Only the fact that I

(a) serve a mighty, miracle-working God

and

(b) regularly ask the Lord to divinely protect me, and my husband and my loved ones, in accordance with Psalm 91,

can explain why I escaped terrible injuries, or have not already lost my life.

The above factors, plus other incidences in my life where I know, that I know, that I know, God graciously intervened and delivered me, healed me, are the reasons why every now and again the tentacles of fear seek to asphyxiate me.

During the days when I didn’t know better, whenever fearful thoughts came, I’d try to squash them down or ignore them. Sometimes I even voiced them. Which is the worst thing you can do. Because the Enemy does not and will not give up!

And so those thoughts need to be taken captive. They need to be imprisoned within the walls of faith. They need to be displaced and replaced by the Word of God. And it is necessary to apply this strategy again and again and again and again, as often as needed until you are free. Completely free. Until God’s thoughts (as revealed in his Word) become second nature.

Today, I read the above passage from Ed Cole’s book and it has encouraged me. I believe God has planted certain dreams in my heart. Some of those dreams I would never have considered for myself. And some of those dreams would take only God himself to make them become a reality.

I’m choosing to believe God’s servant Ed Cole and what he has written. I’m choosing to resist the lies of the Enemy. I’m choosing to discipline my fleshly inclinations (to sulk, to be slothful, to bathe in self-pity, or to self-flagellate over missed opportunities and past shortcomings) and submit to Christ’s Lordship and co-operate with His Holy Spirit.

That doesn’t mean the fears won’t come back. That doesn’t mean I won’t be tempted to go off on a tangent and try to do things my way because God’s just not working fast enough (remember Abraham and Sarah?).

But praise God, it does mean that He can (and will) cause ALL things to work together for my good, for my benefit, for my success.

Dear reader, if God has given you a dream which is taking forever to take shape and become a reality, or if you are facing obstacles to that dream left, right and centre, trust God to give you that breakthrough. Trust God to carry you through the storms of opposition, persecution, sabotage or failure. Trust God for whatever it is that is pertinent to your situation.

Trust God. Believe His Word. Encourage self.

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Are You Living it LARGE?

 

LIFE!

Life is not easy!

I doubt there is anyone reading these words who will deny this. It’s a phrase I recall my father using quite a lot whilst I was growing up as a child. In fact, I wrote a post on my other blog: Women of Warfare!, about how I came to the very same conclusion once I’d grown up, which you may like to read – (Five-Minute-Fri: Easy).

 LIFE!

 It has its highs and lows, swings and roundabouts, ups and downs. Sometimes life evokes feelings of euphoria and at other times the feeling of “this is the pits!”

LIFE!

We can either enjoy it or endure it. We can either live it and love it, or bitch about it.

LIFE.

I want to live life with CAPITAL letters. I want to enjoy the abundant life that God says I can have. . . that Jesus died for me to experience. I want to live a purpose-driven life.

How about you?

 

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The ‘S’ Word

 

MY THINKING CORNER aims to share positive thoughts to encourage, inspire and motivate us on our journey in life and towards personal achievement and success.

Every Tuesday, Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha hosts a weekly challenge to share snippets of positive thoughts.  If you’d like to join in, please check out this link for further details.

 

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My Thinking Corner

(NB: Lady Cee aims to participate in this blog challenge on alternate Tuesdays)

 

 

Today, I’d like to focus our thoughts on the concept of SURRENDER.

Whenever I think of this word two images spring to mind.

 

  • A wrestling match where one wrestler has the upper hand and is mean, standing (even jumping) without mercy upon an area of his opponent’s anatomy and causing pain until said opponent cries out or signals “I surrender!”

 

  • A war situation where the battle is one-sided and a member of the losing side runs out hands in the air, or waving a white flag signalling complete surrender.

 

In today’s culture no one wants to surrender to another person. It speaks of weakness, or categorises us as losers and in some situations, it can even make us the victim.

However, the SURRENDER I wish to focus on today relates to our relationship with God, as purpose-driven believers and achievers. It is a surrender made because of love, not through fear. It is a surrender that completes us as children of God, rather than diminishes us as human beings.

The following are some thoughts gleaned from Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life.

Everybody eventually surrenders to something or to someone. If not to God, you will surrender to the opinions or expectations of others, to money, to resentment, to fear, or to your own pride, lusts or ego.

Rick Warren

 

So let’s turn now and examine this concept – what does surrender to our Father-God look like?

Trust:

Trust is an essential ingredient to surrender. You won’t surrender to God unless you trust him, but you can’t trust him until you know him better.

Rick Warren

How well do you know God? Are you seeking to know him better?

 

Understanding

Do you understand what true surrender is?

It is not passive resignation, an attitude of fatalism, or an excuse for being lazy.

It is not becoming a doormat or exhibiting cowardly behaviour.

It is not forsaking rational thinking.

 

Godly surrender is:

Our heartfelt response to God’s unconditional love and mercy.

Our sacrificial dedication of our lives in wholehearted worship and spiritual service.

Our yielding complete control of our lives into his care.

 

Warren tells us in no uncertain terms that:

…surrendering is never just a one-time event… There is a moment of surrender, and there is the practice of surrender, which is moment by moment and lifelong.

 

For Further Thought:

…the greatest hindrance to God’s blessing in your life is not others, it is yourself—your self-will, stubborn pride, and personal ambition. You cannot fulfil God’s purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans.

(Rick Warren)

Thoughts are free from toll – William Camden

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My sincere thanks in anticipation!

 

Whoo Hoo Wednesday!

 

I’m giving thanks today to my Father God, my precious Lord Jesus and my creative director and associate, the inimitable Holy Spirit.

Why am I thanking this divine trio?

Because today is another day in my writing history where I have cause to flag up some new achievements. I give my thanks and the glory to this awesome holy trinity, because I consider them to be indispensable members of my success team.

And now for the reason for my joy and for this post.

Recently I’ve felt a little discouraged because

  • Blog growth is slow.
  • Blog interaction is erratic.
  • And a recent attempt to rally interest in my first blog challenge event has so far met with zilch response.

But this morning after discovering certain email in my inbox from three individuals, I felt over the moon.

The first was from a blogger friend Kato, a dear and humble minister of the Lord, who was asking whether I’d mind him sharing my post Pick up Your Cross on his site. He deemed it an important message. Would I? I felt both touched and honoured and of course I granted permission. Please check out his blog. Some of you may recall that I’d recently reblogged one of his posts regarding discovering our life’s purpose.

The second cause of joy came from the editor of a Christian women’s magazine. A guest post, Love’s Sacrificial Mind-set, has been published in this beautiful magazine, Ruby for Women. Further, my article has been featured on the main page of the RUBY community website  and on the Ruby blog.

Dear reader, even if you have read this particular post before, please check out the magazine. And you writers out there if you’re interested in contributing an article, poem, photograph or other artwork, please check out the submission guidelines. The site also hosts a Christian Community, so why not check this out also?

And the third cause of joy came from an editor of a literary blog, which I highly recommend. An article I’d submitted was published on Monday. I’d be so grateful if you’d kindly go along and visit and support me with your likes and comments. Here’s the link.

Unbeknown to me, whilst I was feeling low, these three emails have been sitting in my inbox since Monday. And so I declare today as Whoo Hoo Wednesday! May there be many more whoo hoo days to come, for me, my lovely followers, readers and supporters, the editors of Two Drops of Ink and Ruby for Women and also dear Kato.

Whoo hoo! I’m a writer – yay!

Whoo hoo! I’m a published writer – double yay!

 

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Push A Different Button!

Purpose-driven believers, on your way towards success, whilst pursuing your destiny I’m sure you will encounter difficulties and disappointments.

I don’t know how you currently deal with such events but if you find yourself going round and round in circles without experiencing the change you crave, then this post may be pertinent.

The following is a post re-blogged from my other site – Women of Warfare!

Women of Warfare! (WOW!)

Those of you who have read my posts for some time know that every now and again I share something from an excellent devotional resource that I use, the UCB Word for Today, written by Bob & Debby Gass.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. Even if you don’t get on with daily devotional books (for a long time I didn’t!), you can read it as a straight forward book, or dip into it from time to time (as I started out doing). Before you know it, I’m sure you’ll become a fan (as I have!).

The following is an extract from last month, which I feel led to share with you all.

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MIND-SETS ARE patterns whereby your mind automatically operates a certain way. That means you can set yourself up for misery by reacting to the same people and circumstances in…

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You Are Never Too Old To Dream – This Is Why!

 

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY (1st Monday of each month)

Sharing and Savouring Secrets of Success…

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THEME THOUGHT:

You Are Never Too Old To Dream!

 

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“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

 

I have seen the above quote attributed to C. S. Lewis and also to Les Brown. I am presuming that the quote originated from Lewis, but at this point I’m not that concerned. I’m just glad I found a quote relevant to this theme.

 

Fears of Passing Years?

Dear friend, follower or visiting reader, do you entertain fears that your ship has sailed, that opportunities have passed? Do you wonder whether you are too old, whether it’s too late to achieve your ambitions, pursue your destiny, follow your dreams?

It is tempting to think that dreams are only for the young. After all, they still have much of their lives before them. If they’ve not yet found their niche in life, not yet accomplished their goals, not yet discovered their purpose, then potentially, they have years in front of them to do so.

Well, whilst I was researching this topic, I was surprised to see a post from a woman who had entertained similar fears at the grand old age of 30yrs. So what of those who have moved past the age bracket of 30-40 yrs, or 50-60 yrs, even 70-80yrs?

 

Foolish or Faith-filled?

What of those who feel there are less years in front of us than there are behind us? What of those who are concerned that whilst time is slipping by, whilst maturity means we cannot abandon our responsibilities and run off into the sunset to pursue our dreams, the opportunity and potential for realising said dreams is ever decreasing?

Should we still hold onto our ambitions? Should we still cling to those cherished dreams? Should we still seek to discover and pursue our destiny?

Before I answer that question, let me just say that as purpose-driven believers, our first frame of reference whenever we want direction, need a troubling question answered, or seek godly wisdom for our lives, should be the Word of God. That said, what does the Bible reveal? Listen up!

 

Some Dreams are in God’s Hands

  • Abraham – fulfils his dream of fatherhood at 100yrs old (Genesis 21:5)
  • Caleb – at the age of 85yrs felt as fit as he was at 40yrs and subsequently fought and drove out the inhabitants of Hebron, taking that city as his inheritance (Joshua 14:10-14)
  • Moses’ dream of becoming Israel’s deliverer only started to take shape when he was 80yrs old (Exodus 7:7)
  • Simeon’s cherished desire to see the promised Messiah with his own eyes, came to pass when he was in the winter season of his life (Luke 2:25-32).

And so, if this message speaks to you where you are at, be encouraged dear one. You are never too old to dream!

Perhaps some of you are still sceptical. Yeah right, Lady Cee. I hear you. But how about showing me a modern day example – huh?

Ok. I will do.

 

A Modern-day Inspirational Icon

Have you heard of Deshun Wang? I do hope you haven’t! But if you have, allow me to refresh your memory.

Below is a 2min video (I beg you – please, please don’t skip it!).

Prepare to be blown away! Prepare to have your biases, concerns and reservations about old age and the pursuit of dreams challenged. Prepare to have negative preconceptions regarding the parameters of success dislodged.

And now, allow me the pleasure of introducing you to Deshun Wang.

 

 

Purpose-driven believer and aspiring dream-achiever, I trust you have been encouraged, inspired, yeah motivated afresh. Have a wonderfully blessed and fruitful week.

For further relevant reading check out:

Pursuing your dreams? Be tenacious! https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/a-dream-plus-persistence-success/

Use spare time wisely – whilst you are still able! https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/prodigal-or-profitable/

 

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Did you enjoy reading this post? Were you encouraged in any way? If so, please do not hesitate to let me know your response in the box below. As usual, your likes, comments and shares are gratefully received and appreciated.

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Use Your Kindness Kit!

 

Every one of us has a ‘kindness kit’ we carry with us everywhere we go. It’s better known as our tongue. Never underestimate the power of one kind word.

(From: UCB Word For Today – February-April 2017 – written by Bob & Debby Gass)

 

*Free postal copies of UCB Word For Today (UK and Republic of Ireland only) are available from:

FREEPOST RLTX-ABUL-GRAR, United Christian Broadcasters, Westport Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4JF

For the email version please sign up at: http://www.ucb.co.uk/word-for-today.html

 

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers, I wish you an abundantly blessed and productive week!

Attention! – Friends, Followers and Visitors

 

Hello dear friends, followers and visitors,

I’d like to express my thanks to those who have followed me  recently and in the past few months (both at this blog and at Women of Warfare!).

I normally like to visit and thank people personally but of late have not always found the time to do so.

I hate ingratitude and rudeness and would hate to think that any of my new followers and visitors considered me in that way. Sometimes, I’ve been surprised to learn about several new followers from my stats page because as far as I’m aware, this was not indicated to me via notifications. I happened to discover this by accident and wonder if there have been other new followers I’ve missed.

Anyway, in case I don’t get around to visiting you all, I’ve written this post, as a way of thanking and celebrating every single one of my visitors. I want you to be in no doubt whatsoever.  I appreciate you and thank you for visits, for your kind, encouraging and supportive comments that have both amazed and brought me joy.

I hope the following goes some way to expressing my appreciation.

 

‘Thank you’ dear readers and followers

For granting your precious time

To read, to like, or to comment,

In response to my prose, or my rhyme.

 

‘Thank you’ dear precious visitors

For choosing my place to stop by

For making my moments as inspirational blogger

A wonderful joy-induced high.

 

My sincere thanks to those who linger,

Over posts shared from a heart of love

‘Thank you’ to those who consume, digest and ponder

Who support me with words which affirm and cause wonder,

And spurs praise to my Father above!

 

© Carol Hind – April 2017

 

T H A N K     Y O U !

 

With heartfelt good wishes to you all,

Carol (aka Lady Cee)

“…If you love what you are doing, you will be successful” – Albert Schweitzer

 

New followers and visitors, you are also invited to visit me at my other homes on the net:

https://womenofwarfare.wordpress.com

https://plus.google.com/collection/Qw96cB (SOUL SURGERY)

 

Six Word Story Challenge: LEAVE

 

 

Attention Readers/Writers!

 

Nicola Auckland of Sometimes Stellar Storyteller hosts a weekly micro-fiction writing challenge.

If you’d like to join me and take part in her challenge, this is what you need to do:

Write a whole story in six words (or less) inspired by the prompt. It doesn’t have to include the prompt word unless you want it to. Post your entry in a comment box at Nicola’s blog site. Only one entry per person is allowed.

Note: Links to a blog post will not be counted as an entry.

For full challenge details go to: https://nicolaauckland.com/2017/04/22/six-word-story-challenge-leave/

Need inspiration, or want tips on how to write micro fiction? Visit: https://nicolaauckland.com/2016/09/12/how-to-write-the-best-six-word-stories/

The challenge winner will be the story with the most votes. Again, visit Nicola’s site for details of the separate poll and to cast your vote.

 

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SIX WORD STORY CHALLENGE (open Saturday 22nd April 2017 – Thursday 27th April 2017)

 

This week’s challenge prompt is:

LEAVE

 

And this is my attempt:

Betrayal. Shattered soul stood firm: “Leave!”

 

 

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A Timely Reminder

Hello friends and followers,

During my travels in cyberspace this morning, I came across this wonderful post. I just had to share it. I do so for the benefit of two groups of people:

(1) those who may be seeking, who are curious, or who believe yet disbelieve, who sit on the fence because they want ‘proof’ and
(2) those who desire to live a purpose-driven life. Jesus has given us a clear commission and responsibility. We should not be afraid to share the good news of the gospel.

Thank you and have a blessed day. 😃💖

Simple Joys

This morning my Facebook notified me of my memories via ‘on this day‘ and amongst them was this post which I shared on my timeline. Now I don’t know if the story is true and, if it is, I don’t know whether the student really was Einstein, but what I do know is this; for someone who has been struggling with her beliefs recently (more on this later)this was a timely reminder of what it (faith) is all about for me.

THE POST (from 2012)

Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?

Student : Absolutely, sir.

Professor : Is GOD good ?

Student : Sure.

Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?

Student : Yes.

Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would…

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Six Word Story Challenge: OUTCAST

Hello folks,

I’ve decided to take part in a micro-fiction writing challenge hosted by Nicola Auckland of Sometimes Stellar Storyteller

I know there are quite a few writers out there, so if you’d like to join me and take part in her challenge, this is what you need to do:

Write a whole story in six words inspired by the prompt. It doesn’t have to include the prompt word unless you want it to. Post your entry in a comment box of the challenge post at Nicola’s blog site. Only one entry per person is allowed.

Note: A link to a blog post will not be counted as an entry.

If you require further information or want to read the full challenge rules please visit Nicola’s site (see link above).

The challenge winner will be the story with the most votes. Again, visit Nicola’s site for details of the separate poll and to cast your vote.

 

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Challenge open Saturday 15th April 2017 – Thursday 20th April 2017

 

This week’s challenge prompt is:

OUTCAST

 

And this is my story:

One-eyed hunchback turned down my proposal!

 

 

 

What Will be Your Legacy?

 

 

We are all familiar with the saying “Time waits for no man”. And maybe, like me, when you look back over your life you can see periods of time that were squandered. Those times have gone. We can never bring them back and there’s no point in us dwelling in the land of regret.

We can only thank our Father God for each new day he allows us to awake, knowing that each day presents a fresh opportunity to live purposefully, to honour Him—not just with our lips but also with our lifestyle.

Most ambitious people, or productive individuals will want to see their efforts and achievements extend beyond their own lives. Their desire is to leave a lasting legacy.

Today, we celebrate artists like Rembrandt and Renoir, writers such as Shakespeare and geniuses such as Einstein, who have left us a rich legacy we can still appreciate and enjoy today. They left an earthly legacy. So, it is perhaps not surprising if we feel that leaving a legacy for others to enjoy after we have gone, is the ultimate in achievement.

However, Rick Warren, advises us otherwise. He believes:

Living to create an earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal. A wiser use of time is to build an eternal legacy.

Rick Warren

When my mother died last year, she left a wonderful legacy behind her. Her life was the epitome of selfless sacrifice. She faithfully served God, her family, the members of her church. Her example inspired and continues to inspire me and I have a great desire to emulate her.

I saw my mother’s commitment and exemplary life as a wonderful legacy—to her children and to her brothers and sisters in Christ. I initially saw her legacy as earth-bound. However, my mother did not only leave behind an earthly legacy. She also built an eternal one. I have no doubt in my mind that the Lord Jesus welcomed her into his kingdom as a faithful and profitable servant.

Warren’s statement has re-aligned my aspirations and re-focused my perspective. Yes, I love the idea of leaving an earthly legacy. However, I see the wisdom of building an eternal legacy. Whilst my ego and self-pride desires to be remembered on this earth, I am now more concerned that I’m known and remembered in heaven.

The Bible tells us that God knows those who are his. And in a recent guest post I warned readers there will be people who mistakenly believe Jesus recognises them as his followers. Alas they were wrong! Jesus dismisses them in no uncertain tones, saying depart from me I do not know you!

Again, the Bible tells us about a Book of Remembrance (Malachi 3:16) and about a Lamb’s book of Life (Revelation 3:5). Now I want to feature in that Book of Remembrance. I want my name to be written in that Lamb’s Book of Life.

Purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers, whilst striving to fulfil our goals, or pursue our destiny, let’s make sure our efforts contribute towards an eternal legacy.

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Don’t Decide Your Purpose – Discover it!

 

Purpose:

Definition according to Chambers 21st Century Dictionary

  • the object or aim in doing something
  • the function for which something is intended
  • the intentions, aspiration, aim or goal

 

Look around you.

Everywhere you look there are items made for a specific purpose. Laptop. Desk. Diary. Bookshelf, Books. The house in which you sit and which houses all the things you can see. Every single item created for a specific purpose.

What makes you any different?

You have a purpose. I have a purpose. And it stands to reason that if our lives have a purpose, then someone must have assigned that purpose to us. And whoever assigned that purpose to us can be none other than our creator.

I’m sure you will agree with me that the person who wrote that book on your shelf, did not create and decide the purpose of the bookshelf upon which it stands. No! A carpenter created that bookshelf and therefore the carpenter, as creator, decided its purpose.

And guess what?

The carpenter did not make his bookshelf first and then decide what its purpose will be. The carpenter decided in his mind beforehand the purpose he wanted to fulfil and then he created the product that would serve the purpose he had in mind.

So apply that analogy to yourself. You were made for a purpose. And, if you accept this, then it stands to reason that you have a creator. Whether you accept it or not, whether you believe it or not, you are a created being, and your creator is God Almighty:

…the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity,

Whose name is Holy

Isaiah 57:15

 

I say all of the above to demonstrate that it is not up to us mere mortals to decide what our purpose is in life. Notwithstanding what I’ve just said, the onus is upon us to DISCOVER our purpose.

In his book The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren says:

The easiest way to discover the purpose of an invention is to ask the creator of it. The same is true for discovering your life’s purpose: Ask God.

 

 

 

  • Do you believe God has a purpose for your life?
  • Have you discovered that purpose, or are you seeking God and asking him to reveal your purpose?

What on earth are you doing with your life?

 

 

 

Ever wondered why you are alive? Why you were put here on this earth? What your purpose is in life? What the meaning of life is period?

These are big questions. Questions that men throughout the ages have sought to answer. Philosophers. Sages. Atheists. Scientists. Intellectuals. Ordinary men and women.

Deep down in our hearts we sense there is a reason, a purpose for our existence. And whilst some will search, speculate and put forward reasoned hypotheses, others will shrug and be satisfied with existing, with going from day-to-day just allowing life to happen to them, or seeking to bleed life dry of whatever advantages, or benefits, or opportunities they can grasp without thought or care for others around them, without thought or preparation for what lies beyond death.

And then there are those of us who realise we are created for a purpose, have been placed on earth for a specific reason and will never rest content until we both discover and fulfil that destiny.

Whichever category of people you belong to at this present time, I believe Rick Warren’s book can speak to you, offer answers and provide a practical guide to discovering and living according to your pre-ordained purpose.

Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life, takes you on a guided 40-day spiritual journey. If you are unsure of your purpose in life, if you are curious about the reason for your existence on earth, if deep down you feel that niggle of dissatisfaction about your own philosophy in life, or are willing to admit that there is a troublesome vacuum in your life, and you are open to discovering, exploring and perhaps subscribing to a spiritual concept which:

  • reveals who can fill that vacuum
  • guides you towards a purpose-driven life and
  • offers a blueprint for a God-oriented, successful lifestyle

then I recommend you read this book with an open mind and heart.

Dear reader – don’t delay!

Don’t push the idea, or this invitation away!

Come explore with an open mind

Who know what truths, what discoveries, what spiritual riches you will find?

Purpose-driven believers, dream-achievers, and any sceptics reading this post, I pray God will speak to you wherever you are at right now in your life, that he will draw you with his cords of love into a new revelation and knowledge of his being, into the fullness of his purpose and perfect will for your life.

 

Whilst I live . . .

CC0 image – Pixabay.com

I came across this wonderful post this morning and heartily agree with the sentiments expressed. As Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha says, life should should be savoured.

Read. Enjoy. And go live your life in faith, peace and with expectation!

Shalom.

 

Thanks but no thanks WordPress. I still have a lot of life in me. I have no bucket list, thus no item 11 to talk about. This is not something that I have gotten around to doing and doubt if I would do so, even though I know that it might seem the fashionable thing to do […]

via No One Is Kicking This Bucket Yet!… — a cooking pot and twisted tales

Are You Committed?

 

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY (1st Monday of each month)

Sharing and Savouring Secrets of Success…

Unlock your SUCCESS!

 

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THEME WORD:

            CHANGE

  • To make or become different
  • To substitute one thing for another
  • To remove and replace with something different
  • A variation from one’s regular habit
  • To alter gear
  • To adopt a different intention or opinion (Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)

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In a recent post I sought to encourage people to be the change, i.e. a positive force for good, in the lives of others around them.

However, we cannot be for others, what we are not for our own selves. In my own life, I realised I had to change – change my thoughts, change my attitudes, change my conduct.

If we have not achieved success doing the same old things we’ve done in the past, guess what? We have to change!

Whether we desire success in our business, career, relationships, or other goals, I can guarantee that nine times out of ten, some kind of change needs to happen in our lives. And a change of habit, a change of outlook, a change of any kind requires commitment.

How committed are you to making that necessary change?

Below is a 4mins video that I hope inspires you – not only today whilst you are reading this post but whenever you require a boost. In fact, let me encourage you to keep some kind of motivational portfolio that you can turn to during times of defeat, despair or discouragement.

 

 

Whoo Hoo! Make way for the change-makers, the destiny-pursuers and the dream-achievers!

 

SELF-SCRUTINY

What changes will you commit to making, in order to be ‘the change’ in your circle of influence?

 

Friends, Bloggers and Countrymen – Lend me your ears!

 

CC0 image – Pixabay.com

 

If you have gone through the WordPress Blogging 101 training course, one of the things the tutors recommend is that you focus your blog on a particular message or theme and write for a specific person, or target readership.

With that piece of blogging wisdom in mind and, as the first quarter of this year draws rapidly to a close, perhaps now is a good time to review our blog’s message and our blog objectives. Are we achieving what we set out to do? Have our motivations changed? Have we as individuals grown since we began our blogs? If so, have our initial reasons for starting to blog in the first place now changed? Do we need to re-brand, or else go back to basics?

The following is my response to an old Daily Post prompt, which I used as a writing exercise. I’m sharing it because I think it’s in keeping with what I’m trying to say in this post.

 

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Daily Post Prompt: BE THE CHANGE!

I would like my blogs, Women of Warfare  and A Purpose-driven achiever, to make my visitors smile, feel better about themselves, be encouraged, feel as if they have an online friend who cares about them and empathises with the things they have to deal with.

I would like my blogs to influence women to aspire to a deeper relationship with God, to be a better person, character-wise and perspective-wise.

I would like to encourage women to pursue their dreams and realise their potential. I’d like them to feel there is a place they can go, for the encouragement and motivation required to live their everyday life on a higher plane. I would like them to feel highly motivated, to seize their day, to live abundantly, instead of merely existing, letting life pass them by, feeling overwhelmed by circumstances, or overlooked by the people around them.

I would like my blogs to motivate women to make the most of every day, to see, enjoy and celebrate their lives as something special, rather than dismiss as drudgery, or as run-of-the-mill ordinary, or worse still view with utter dread, because someone or something has marred their outlook.

And just as I would like God to use me, to be that change in the lives of women who come within my circle of influence, so I desire that these women in turn would be the change in the lives of others around them.

Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers, whether blogger, Christian, colleague, parent, or whatever, I challenge you – in your  household, neighbourhood, workplace, community – be the change! Be an asset in your circle of influence. Be an influence for good.

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If you would like to read other contributions relating to this prompt please visit: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/be-the-change/

 

Question:

Have you felt the need to change, or expand the message of your blog, or have you maintained your original theme? Please share your response to this post in the comment box below. I look forward to hearing from you.

12 Shades of Thinking (and FREE e-book!)

 

MY THINKING CORNER aims to share positive thoughts to encourage, inspire and motivate us on our journey in life and towards personal achievement and success.

Every Tuesday, Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha hosts a weekly challenge to share snippets of positive thoughts.  If you’d like to join in, please check out this link for further details.

 

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My Thinking Corner

(NB: Lady Cee aims to participate in this blog challenge on alternate Tuesdays)

 

 

Today’s theme word is THINKING and the thoughts I share in this post are a slightly modified version of a devotional, taken from the UCB Word For Today (February-April 2017), written by Bob and Debbie Gass.

 

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In his book Thinking for a Change, Dr John Maxwell discusses eleven different types of thinking. They are:

  • Big picture thinking: the ability to think beyond yourself is required in order to process ideas from a ‘faith’ perspective.
  • Focused thinking: the ability to think with clarity on issues by removing distractions and mental clutter
  • Creative thinking: the ability to break out of the box and explore ideas and options in order to experience a breakthrough
  • Realistic thinking: the ability to build a solid foundation on facts, to think with certainty
  • Strategic thinking: the ability to implement plans that give direction for today and increase your potential for tomorrow
  • Possibility thinking: the ability to unleash your enthusiasm and hope to find solutions for even seemingly impossible situations
  • Reflective thinking: the ability to revisit the past in order to think with understanding
  • Questioning popular thinking: the ability to reject common thinking and accomplish uncommon results
  • Shared thinking: the ability to include others who can help you think ‘over your head’ and achieve greater results
  • Unselfish thinking: the ability to consider others and their journey, to think with collaboration
  • Bottom-line thinking: the ability to focus on results in order to reap the full potential of your thinking
  • Spiritual thinking: the ability to think in line with the mind of Christ. One God-given thought can change your life! (NB: this last added by Bob & Debbie Gass).

 

Wow! I don’t know about you but I find Maxwell’s thoughts about thinking refreshing and challenging. It made me want to further explore what he has to say in his book.

If you feel the same way, you can apparently download this book for free at: http://www.productmanualguide.com/download/thinking-for-a-change-john-maxwell-pdf.pdf (note: you will be asked to set up a FREE account)

OR

You can purchase a copy from Amazon

Thoughts are free from toll – William Camden

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*Free postal copies of The UCB Word For Today (UK and Republic of Ireland only) are available from:

FREEPOST RLTX-ABUL-GRAR, United Christian Broadcasters, Westport Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4JF

For the email version please sign up at: http://www.ucb.co.uk/word-for-today.html

 

CREDIT: above graphic is a CC0 image courtesy of Gerd Altmann (Pixabay.com) 

 

Please share your response to this post in the comment box below and if you enjoyed reading, consider sharing it with your social media network(s).

Many thanks in anticipation!        

How Are You Using Your Gift of Imagination?

You will always move in the direction of your strongest and most dominant thought.

 

One of the most beautiful gifts God has given you is your mind. There are two major functions of your mind. One is your memory, the other is your imagination. Both are God-given gifts that can help or hurt you. Your memory will photograph, file and replay pictures of your past. Your imagination, on the other hand, creates and preplays pictures of things you want to happen in your future.

Dream Seeds – Mike Murdock

 

SELF-SCRUTINY

Where are your thoughts focused – in the past, or towards the future?

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers – enjoy an abundantly blessed and productive week!

 

CCo Image: courtesy of Sophie Janotta  (Pixabay.com)

 

Excuse me… (Trumpet Blowing!)

Well this is a busy week for me for self-promotion.

Earlier this week, I had a guest post published at StylishlyInspired. And now today, I’ve had a few poems published at Two Drops of Ink. Needless to say, I’m over the moon!

Would you please (pretty please) pop along and support me with your visits, comments and/or likes?

Thanking you in anticipation.

Best wishes,

Carol

“…If you love what you are doing, you will be successful” – Albert Schweitzer

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Love’s Sacrificial MindSet

Hello Blogger friends and visitors,

I hope you won’t mind if I indulge in a little self-promotion.
Out of the blue I received an invitation to write a guest blog post for ‘StylishlyInspired’ and this has been published today.
Do go along and visit her site and support me with your comments and likes (if so inclined).
Thanking you in anticipation!

Best wishes,

Carol

“…If you love what you are doing, you will be successful” – Albert Schweitzer
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Stylishly Inspired

By Carol Hind 

carol (2)I am honoured to have been asked to write this guest post. It’s been a long-held desire of mine that God use my writing to speak into the lives of His people, particularly women in the Body of Christ, so when the invitation was given, I immediately asked the Lord what he wanted me to say. Out of the blue, a story came to mind. I’d not read it for a while and hadn’t really considered it to be particularly inspiring, so God’s prompting took me by surprise.

I therefore trust this post will provoke you and speak to you wherever you are at in your relationship with the Lord. I pray it will not just be another post that you read (hopefully enjoy) and then forget—but that it will challenge, even change you.

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A Disturbing Narrative

There’s a story in the Bible, which…

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