Reflection: 40 Days – twice!

 

This month, I am re-reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you some of my reflections.

According to Rick Warren, 40 days represents a significant spiritual period in biblical history.

Now if you are familiar with the Bible then you are probably aware of the accounts of Moses, who spent two back-to-back periods of 40-days with God upon a mountain top, resulting in him developing such an intimate relationship with God that the great “I AM” later referred to Moses as his friend.

But what really impresses me about these 40-day stints of Moses, is that having spent this amount of time in God’s presence, his face so shone with the light of God that he had to put a veil over his face whenever he had occasion to speak to, or deal with the Children of Israel.

As a young babe in Christ, after reading about the impact of Moses’ encounter with God, I coveted this quality of relationship, this tangible evidence of intimacy with and closeness to God.

However, as an older Christian, I have to admit I’ve not achieved anywhere near this effect so far. In fact, I’d even forgotten about this secret desire!

Which leads me to wonder: are there any aspects of my life which clearly shine forth in strong declaration of my relationship with God? At this present time – nothing particular springs to mind!

Purpose-driven believer and dream-achiever, what about you? Have you ever followed through with something for 40 consecutive days? What was the result?

 

Do please share with us in the comment box below. I’d love to hear from you.

 

CREDIT: the above CC0 featured image comes courtesy of Simon Steinberger at Pixabay.com

 

 

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Boost Your Confidence – Every Day!

 

 

Have you ever been on the receiving end of someone’s lack of confidence in you?

I bet you have!

Perhaps you’ve even encountered someone’s scarce-concealed contempt.

But what about you?

Do you entertain self-doubt?

Have you secretly harboured concerns that you might not be able to meet the needs of a job, or get a task done in time to meet that deadline?

Do you wonder whether you really have what it takes to fulfil your dreams, to achieve your purpose, to end this year on a strong, productive and victorious note?

Whether emanating from you, or somebody else, the above scenarios speak of reservations regarding your ability, personal commitment, even perhaps your integrity.

Not pleasant is it?

Do you know that God has no such reservations about you?

And the wonderful, amazing truth is that despite our God knowing us so much better than anyone else (including ourselves), He still has confidence in us. He still entrusts us with the advancement of his kingdom. He still wants to use you and me as co-labourers. Humbling, isn’t it?

God knows your strengths. He knows your weaknesses. He’s familiar with your failures and shortcomings. He’s aware of your outward pretensions and occasions of bluffing bravado. He knows your secret fears. In fact, God knows you inside out and outside in. He knows your thoughts, intentions and motivations. Yet despite what he knows about you, he places utmost confidence in you… has planned a wonderful destiny for you.

Now when God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, do you think he had no idea Adam was going to fail, that he was going to betray his Creator and disobey his command? And yet despite knowing this, our Father-God had absolutely no reservations about placing Adam in the Garden of Eden, entrusting him to look after it. None!

Purpose-driven believer and dream-achiever, whether you are aware of it or not, whether you believe it or not, God has a plan for your life. Listen to what the Bible has to say about this:

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

(Jeremiah 29:11 Amplified Bible)

 

So what were your expectations for this year?

Do you have cherished dreams, goals, or a vision which have been a continual source of discouragement because you’ve failed to achieve? Have you abandoned hope because it feels less painful to let your dreams go, rather than experience the constant disappointment of thwarted aspirations?

Dear reader, I sincerely hope you did not answer “Yes” to any of my questions above, although I fully understand if you have done so.

I sincerely hope that whatever life throws your way, you will not allow yourself to be deterred from following your dream, running with that vision, pursuing those goals.

But if that is the case, I hope the following motivational video (4.16mins) will encourage and kick-start that much-needed faith in yourself.

 

However, if you are doing well, if you are on target for fulfilment of your goals then please take a moment to congratulate yourself and to thank your loving Creator, whose breath fills your lungs and has enabled you to reach that milestone.

Dear friends, even though we are drawing close to the end of this year’s journey, there’s still time to write a few pages of achievement and success in the story of your life.

Friends and followers, I wish you God speed, as you continue with confidence on your journey.

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

 

 

 

 

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!

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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

 

A Glorious Perspective

Hello precious friends, followers and visitors,
As many of you will be aware, I own two blogs. This post was written for Women of Warfare! However, I feel its message is just as pertinent to my readers at this site. I therefore share this post and hope that someone will be touched, inspired or motivated by my message. I pray you will do more than read.
I pray this post will stir up an unquenchable desire to live your best life, to strive to be all that you can possibly be, to make a difference in the lives of others around you. I pray it will galvanise you to act. And, as I pray this for you all, I pray this for myself. May God answer my prayer!

Women of Warfare! (WOW!)

 

 

Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity.

Maya Angelou

What a powerful statement and observation from Maya Angelou!

Well, here’s another, which I declare today with faith and in boldness.

I am God’s masterpiece!

This fact makes me special in his eyes.

Now who creates something of beauty, purpose or worth and then doesn’t feel proud of their achievement? Who utilises their gift, their creative ability and then doesn’t feel any satisfaction about what they’ve created?

No one!  Unless you are a mega-obsessive perfectionist. Which is certainly not me!  How about you?

The Eye of My Beholder

Well, God is no different. I have the book of Genesis to verify that. Whenever God created anything, he declared that it was good. Very good. He was pleased…

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Check your Passion Barometer!

 

Check Your Passion Barometer

 

Passion is the fuel in the engine of your purpose. It’s your “want-to.” It’s what keeps you going when mundane tasks bore you or difficult ones dissuade you. Passion is what keeps you moving in the direction your best intentions want you to go.

(From: FERVENT by Priscilla Shirer)

 

 

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SELF-SCRUTINY:

Have you checked your passion barometer lately?

 

CREDIT: The above CCO image comes courtesy of Aga Maszota at Pixabay.com

 

 

A Valuable Masterpiece!

 

We are God’s workmanship – a creative poem! (Ephesians 2:10)

You are God’s treasure,

A priceless pearl,

A creative masterpiece!

Do you think a work of art ceases to be so just because critics or the general public disagree about its worth and value, or provenance?

Don’t let the critics in your life pull you down from the place to which God has elevated you. Don’t let them devalue you.

God has already determined your worth – so accept his evaluation and get into agreement with him!

You are His masterpiece!

Love,

Carol ♥♥

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

 

Spring Has Sprung!

 

 

 

Hello dear readers,

I decided this week to do a little research and find out when Spring officially starts. I discovered that the date differs according to which definition you choose to use.

If you consider the beginning of this season from a meteorological perspective then the date is always fixed. So, based on our Gregorian calendar, Spring begins and ends at the same time every year, i.e. from 1st March to 31 May.

Simples! (As our meerkat friends would say).

If however you were looking at Spring from an astronomical perspective then Spring starts with the Spring equinox.  And because the date is not fixed, the beginning of this season falls on either 19, 20, or 21 March each year and ends at Summer solstice (around 21 June).

Hmmm! Not so simples!

You know what? I’m not particularly bothered. Whether you go with the meteorological definition, or the astronomical perspective, Spring has come. SPRING has most definitely sprung!

And so I say:

Spring, you are welcome!

Come burst into our lives with blossom and buds, soft showers and sunshine.

 

Purpose-driven believer and dream-achiever are you preparing for Spring?

Now is the time to prepare the ground of our lives with the Word of God, with discipline and diligence, with hope and expectation. Now is the time to sow our seeds of peace and mercy, patience and love.

 

SELF SCRUTINY

Dear reader, are there areas of your life which you need to dig up, prune, replant and water, so you’re in good spiritual condition—able to grow and flourish, pursue your purpose and achieve your dreams?

 

CREDIT: The above CCO image comes courtesy of Karolina Grabowska at Pixabay.com

The Path of Life

CC0 Image comes courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

 

You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy, at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

(Psalm 16:11 The Amplified Bible)

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you find your path, you must not be afraid.
You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes.
Disappointment, defeat, and despair are
the tools God uses to show us the way.
– Paulo Coelho

 

 

 

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

 

Purpose-driven Achiever – Highlights from 2017

 

Dear fellow bloggers, followers and visitors,

I’ve decided to look back at some of the posts shared and the following were picked either from my favourite or my most popular posts this year.

 

  1. Is there a dream, goal or vision that you’ve abandoned or neglected because you felt discouraged? Are you willing to try again, to persist until you succeed? To read more click here

 

  1. This popular post encourages readers to enjoy the gift of life

 

  1. Forgive me for this shameless self-promotion 😉
  1. Well – it’s not always about me! This post is a reblogged poem that is a personal favourite and also proved to be highly popular with visitors. If you’ve never read it – go visit. If you have – go and re-acquaint yourself! And don’t forget to leave this young lady an encouraging comment.

 

  1. What on earth are you doing? Intrigued? Waste no more time. Go visit this page
  1. An attitude of gratitude – My “thank you” poem to blog followers and visitors.

 

  1. An inspirational post particularly for those who feel it’s too late to achieve their dreams.

 

  1. My debut blog event

 

  1. Tick tock! There goes our life clock!
  1. Reaching for the stars – this post was written as an angry response to something I’d read – what say you?

 

 

 

Success Detours

 

 

You can’t afford to live life based on your emotions. They’ll delay you, stop you, and create detours on your journey of success.

Bob & Debby Gass – UCB Word for Today* – Feb-Apr 2017

 

*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

OR

For the online version visit: http://www.ucb.co.uk/word-for-today.html

 

 

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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I Dare You! Topple that Edifice!

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Stephen R. Covey, author of the highly acclaimed book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People observes that an individual’s path towards greatness lies not in focusing solely on the success of self but is achieved by serving others.

As purpose-driven believers and aspiring dream-achievers we should pay heed to God’s Word which advises:

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

(Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV)

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we should also emulate John the Baptist who declared:

He [Christ] must increase, but I must decrease.

(John 3:30 NKJV)

 

 SELF SCRUTINY:

  • Are you serving others with your gift, talent and abilities?
  • Are you as keen to build the confidence and reputation of others, as you are your own?
  • Have you toppled that edifice?

 

Purpose-driven believers, I wish you a productive and God-glorifying week.

 

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

Stop Maintaining Mediocrity – Seize Success!

 

The Success Spectrum:

I’m sure you will agree with me that there are all types of people in this world, so naturally there will be a reflection of these types amongst the followers and readers of this blog.

At one end of the spectrum there are those who are always positive-minded, who regularly walk the path of success. At the other end there are those who are habitually negative and struggle to achieve. And then there are those in the middle, people similar to King David (in the Bible), who was an incredibly capable and successful warrior, yet often experienced moments of deep despair.

The following is an edited extract from my writing journal in response to a quote, used as a writing exercise. I have however, adapted it slightly to make it less personal and more applicable to followers and visitors of this blog.

Now to all you success-dreamers out there, if whilst reading you feel that the shoe fits, I’d encourage you to use this post as a motivational boost to yourself. In any event, I hope my message will be of help to someone.

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The Writing Prompt:

“Taking back control is a wonderfully empowering experience. When you beat your victim self, you feel a sense of victory and you know that anything is possible.”

The Writer’s Idea Book – Jack Heffron

 

The Journal Extract:

Indeed, it is a marvellous thing.

When you have lived so long as a victim, when you have lived so long with procrastination, when you have failed to be productive, to follow your dreams, to live life creatively, to explore your potential, to satisfy your creative urges, to express your talent—you have succumbed to the victim mentality. You have allowed your weaknesses, your fears, your indecisions and uncertainties, to take pre-eminence in your life, to dictate how you should live your life, to decide the tenor of your days, weeks, years, even decades. But does it (victimhood) reward you for your faithfulness? Oh no my dear, it does not!

It laughs in your face. It slaps you with the hand of mockery and scorn. It insults you. It declares you have been lazy, that you have lacked discipline. It points its accusatory finger at you, stating in no uncertain terms that you are a failure! You have wasted your life. You had such potential but you wasted opportunities. You failed to make opportunities. You did not seize the day.

Victimhood sends out its subliminal messages of disappointment and disapproval. It hints that you are a failure. You have achieved nothing and just as others decreed, you’ve amounted to nothing. You have wasted time and ability and gifts and calling. You ought to be ashamed of yourself!

And if you are not careful my dear aspirant one, you will pay heed to the voice of these crippling accusations and you will pay heed to your detriment. You will believe it is too late and continue on your path of slothfulness and procrastination, or fear and indecision. You will justify your actions with the usual excuses:

  • I did not have time
  • I was sabotaged
  • No one gave me a chance, or an opportunity
  • I did not know what to do
  • I did not know how to do it.

Excuses, excuses, excuses!

Do you think that those who actually use their abilities and gifts and talents don’t have the same tussles, or battles? Do you think you are a one-off? That no one experiences the same, or similar temptations as you face?

They do! But they wrestled and won. They fought off their demons. They overpowered their negative thoughts. They slayed their Goliaths. And now they have creative endeavours to show for their efforts, for their hard-won battles. Now they stand in the glow and aura of success. They fought. They conquered. They won.

Purpose-driven believers – we can do it too.

 

The Motivational Challenge

You can do it too dear reader. Will you choose the path of success? Will you choose self-discipline? Will you stop making excuses? Will you plan and execute? Will you seek the necessary help and support, apply yourself to the task and refuse to break your focus?

Get back into the game. Pick up the ball. Give despondency (or whatever it is that stops you from achieving), the boot. Give those thoughts and feelings and excuses their marching orders. Take authority. Pick up your sceptre and rule over those immobilizing reasons and excuses.

Rule, aspirant one rule! Rule success-dreamer, rule! Dictate your terms. Summon your inner power and strength. Rise up and be strong. Rise up and be decisive. Rise up and rule!

There is a Joseph spirit (the spirit of a ruler, the vision of a leader) inside of you. There is an Esther mind-set (the mind-set of a victorious overcomer) waiting to emerge. There is a successful dream-achiever waiting to be born.

Do you believe it? Will you walk that path, that journey towards success, or will you remain in your stagnant pool of mediocrity?

Don’t deceive yourself. The power is in your hands!

 

Lacking motivation? Read this: https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/daily-motivation…a-daily-decision/

Ready to move into the realm of success? Read this: https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/a-dream-plus-persistence-success/

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Fellow bloggers and visiting readers, I trust you were able to gain something useful from the above post, or at the very least that you enjoyed reading it. Why not leave a comment and let me know your response? I’d very much appreciate it.

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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!

 

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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Misconceptions about Success (2)

 

 

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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For the online version go to: http://www.ucb.co.uk/word-for-today.html

 

 

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

 

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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!

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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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.

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

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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It Matters

Hello dear readers,

As many of you are aware, my heart’s desire is to encourage you to live our best life as a purpose-driven believer. When I read this post fragments of a song came to mind however I cannot recall all the words, or even how it begins. The words are: ‘It’s not about me Jesus. . . ‘

This is a long post but well worth reading to the end, so I encourage you to do so.

Have a blessed weekend!

Pure Devotion

It MattersColossians 3:1-3 (NLT) Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

I used to work with someone who professed vehemently to be a Christian. In theory, the confession was absolutely true. This person would tell others that God was in control… which He is. Serving in church attending all the services and sharing the experience. Feeding the soul with the Word and good teachers – conversationally this person was living the life. However, at work this person was not a…

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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!

 

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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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)

 

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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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.

 

Attention – Seekers, Searchers and Sceptics

 

Hello dear reader, dear precious visitor.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me in my corner of this vast realm in cyberspace. You are so welcome!

Whenever I write and publish a post, my heart’s desire is that my words, my message will strike a chord deep within the hearts of my readers. I write, yes to fulfil my artistic leanings, my creative passion. But I also write with a desire to influence, to inform and to inspire.

Today’s post is a message to those among you who may hold views contrary to my own, as a born-again Christian. Today, I am writing for the attention of the atheist. The agnostic. The “free spirit”. The non-religious. Even the religious extremist. I write for the attention of those who may be seeking and searching for the meaning of life, for those who may be wondering about the purpose of their existence.

Dear seekers, searchers, or spiritual wanderers there’s no need to wonder, or wander around clueless anymore. Whenever God wants to reveal or fulfil his will, he uses a human being to speak or to act. This is why he sent Jesus to this earth. And this is why he uses sanctified men and women to speak as his oracle.

Now in this current age, we are blessed to have access to so many resources, including the Bible (God’s inspired Word), through which the God of all gods may communicate. And from amongst this plethora of Christian resources, is one which I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending.

It has been described as a blueprint for 21st Century Christian living. And it is the book which has inspired both this blog, and my fervent desire to live a life that is purposeful, successful and brings honour to the God who created me.

Having reached Day 39 of my 40-day spiritual journey within the pages of this excellent book, I am again convinced that it is a resource which has the power to enlighten the hearts of both believers and non-believers. I am convinced it is a valuable and necessary manual for leading a satisfying and successful spiritual life.

Now if you would open your mind and heart and earnestly embrace the thoughts and truths of this spiritual resource—The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren—I believe my Father God (whom you may have dismissed as a figment of fanciful imagination, or consider to be an impossible ogre, opposed to, or indifferent to your concerns and welfare), will reveal himself to you.

I believe the authentic supernatural experience for which some of you yearn, will be yours—simply by the believing, the asking and the grasping. I believe the principles for raising your life from a mundane existence to a phenomenal plane, if adopted and acted upon, will bring you success and significance.

Dear reader, practically every day you make a choice on the recommendation of a critic, friend, writer or reviewer. Since daily you allow yourself to be influenced by people whom you may not know, people who may be directing you from a certain bias, or with a personal agenda, then today, I’m challenging you to make a choice on the basis of my personal recommendation.

Take that step today. Either beg, borrow or purchase a copy of this brilliant book. Or visit http://purposedriven.com/ to learn more about the concept of pursuing a purpose-driven lifestyle.

What do you have to lose?

Dear reader, making this choice could be the difference between life and death. Spiritual life. Spiritual death.

So choose life!