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 – 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 – 6

 

Hi dear friends and followers,

I hope you are enjoying my creative challenge posts.

Have they sparked any ideas of your own?

Today I’d like to share another aspect of what I see, when I use  the following image as a visualisation tool with a view to motivating myself to achieve my dreams and pursue my goals.

 

 

I note that this woman is forward-looking. This brings to mind the following scripture:

…forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV)

 

I see this woman as someone whose eyes are firmly fixed upon Jesus, who is the author and finisher of her faith.

As this woman strides towards her destiny, towards the fulfilment of her dreams and the achievement of her goals, the image of the shining sun reminds her that the Lord God is her sun and shield. In other words, He is her means of personal growth, development and well-being. He is her divine protector. He will grant her the necessary grace to endure, to overcome and to triumph. Furthermore, she’s aware that the Lord God will withhold no good thing from her as she conducts her life in an upright manner (Psalm 84:11).

Can you see the large bag that this woman is carrying in her hand? Recently as I considered what this could mean, the  saying: “it’s in the bag” immediately sprang to mind. To me the bag signifies this woman’s complete confidence that whatever she is pursuing she will achieve. In fact, she already sees her desires, her goals as an accomplished fact.

In conclusion, my belief that this woman is future-focussed, is brought to mind once again. A clue to this is in what I do not see in the picture, rather than what I can see.  I note that this woman  is not depicted wearing a rucksack upon her back – praise God!

And so what? (I hear you ask).

Well, this serves as a reminder to me that we should not be carrying around baggage from our past and my observation brings us full circle to the scripture quoted at the beginning of this post from Philippians 3: 13-14.

Now how neat is that?!

 

Challenge question:

  • What do you see?
  • Are you future-focussed, or past-obsessed?

 

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Dear reader, if you are familiar with the ethos of this blog then you know that my heart’s desire is to encourage readers to be dream-achievers and purpose-driven believers (as per Rick Warren‘s best-selling book).

Are you enjoying these posts? 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!

Before you go, may I ask you a favour? Would you tell others about this? My creative challenge closes on 30 September 2018 so there are still a few days left in which you can join in. Many thanks!

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

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 5

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Challenge question:

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

 

* Goals which are:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Time-bound

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 4

 

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

 

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

Now for today’s post – what do I see?

 

I see someone who is prepared.

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

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

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

How can I prepare myself for future opportunities?

How can I prepare myself to achieve my aspirations?

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

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

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

 

Challenge question:

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

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

Come on!

  • Inspire
  • Connect
  • Share

I look forward to hearing from you.

NB: Challenge ends on 30 September 2018

 

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

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge – 2

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Challenge question:

What do you see?

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Want to participate?

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

This challenge remains open until Sunday 30 September 2018.

Come on! Let your imagination go.

Inspire.

Connect.

Share.

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

I look forward to connecting with you.

 

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

 

Lady Cee’s Creative Challenge!

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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

 

Your Diet for Success

 

 

Dear reader,

  • Are you maximising your potential?
  • Are you learning and growing?
  • Are you being transformed into the person you would like to be or need to be, in order to experience ongoing success on your terms?

Dear friends, please don’t waste the opportunities and potential of this current year by persisting with your old mind-set or negative habits.

Change your perspective.

Renew your mind.

Because, just as they say “you are what you eat”, so you are what you think. So you are what you habitually do.

Purpose-driven believer and dream achiever, I encourage you today to eat the Word of God, think in accordance with God’s Word and, be a habitual doer (not a hearer only) of God’s Word.

Have a blessed and productive week!

 

 

 

 

Credit: the above CC0 image comes courtesy of Rita E at Pixabay.com

A reminder – To Dream. Plan. Execute!

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY (1st Monday of each month)

Sharing and Savouring Secrets of Success

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 THEME WORD:

EXECUTE:

  •  To perform or carry out something
  • To produce something, especially according to a design

(Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)

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Hello dear reader,

Do you recall the advice in one of my previous posts from Madam Bountiful? It was to:

Dream. Plan. Execute.

So bearing this in mind, may we take this time to have a progress check?

Now, those of you who regularly visit my blog or read my posts, will be aware that I often quote from the *UCB Word for Today devotional booklets, written by Bob and Debbie Gass.

Today’s post, shares a quote from one of these daily readings:

On the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to wait, and waiting – died!

(William A. Lawrence)

 

The devotional writer (Bob or Debbie Gass) goes on to say:

Stop being a procrastinator. Stop being a perfectionist. Spiritual growth is about progress, not perfection. 

When it comes to going after your goals, your greatest adversary is inertia (emphasis mine).

 

Inertia is another word for:

  • inaction,
  • slothfulness,
  • sluggishness.

So let me ask you, purpose-driven achiever, how are things going in relation to making 2018 a year of unprecedented achievement and personal growth?

Have you forgotten about or abandoned your New Year goals?

Have you failed to make plans and set realistic deadlines?

Have you fallen by the wayside, or given up?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any, or all of the above questions, there are still approximately 5 months left of this year, for you to pick yourself up, get going and move forward.

However, if all is going well with your personal dreams and aspirations – well done!

 

For your well-deserved applause, please click here

 

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers, why not share your struggles, progress and triumphs with us in a comment box below?

I look forward to hearing from you.

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For the online version visit: UCB

 

CREDITS:

The above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

The audio file comes courtesy of findsounds.com

I Appreciate You!

APPRECIATION: gratitude or thanks; sensitive understanding and enjoyment of the value or quality of something;
GRATITUDE: The state or feeling of being grateful; thankfulness

Hello dear friends and followers,

I wrote a post today for those whom I’m privileged to have as friends and followers of my two blogs (A Purpose-driven achiever and Women of Warfare!).

Thank you for blessing me with your time, feedback and encouraging messages of support.

With humble appreciation and love,

Carol ♥♥

Women of Warfare! (WOW!)

Hello old friends and new followers,

As those who  have followed me for some time and regularly read my posts are aware, I love to acknowledge new followers.

I don’t always get around to thanking you all in person as much as I’d like to do, but I don’t want anyone thinking you have gone unnoticed.

No way!

I appreciate you!

I’m honoured when you take the time to read and engage with me regarding my posts. I hope you will continue to find them a benefit and blessing to your life.

So, this post is in honour of you all, both old and new. This post serves as a vehicle to express my heartfelt appreciation. I enjoy my exchanges with those who interact and hope our relationship will continue. I pray God will continue to use my words to inspire or challenge – not only you but also myself…

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Open Letter to Mr P

 

Dear Mr P (aka Mr Procrastinator),

No doubt, you will not want to hear what I’m going to say to you but hear it you will and hear it you must.

I am breaking up with you!

I no longer wish to entertain you in my life. I no longer wish to listen to your suggestions that I put off the things I want, or should do today, until a more convenient time.

I listened in the past because your suggestions accorded with how I was feeling at the time, because your counsel fitted in with my mood but you have been a deceitful so-and-so and I have now become wise to your games, to your intentions. I’ve also had a chat to some of your former girlfriends and even to your current mistresses! You unscrupulous cad!

They say procrastination is the thief of time.  Mr P, you certainly have proven the truth of that saying because you have robbed valuable years from my life.

I’ve been putting up with your deception for years. In fact I’ve faithfully listened to you for decades. I foolishly agreed to your suggestions—to not write that story, or article, or begin that draft, or pursue a writing career NOW because, as you so helpfully pointed out, there is plenty of time.

But that time has now gone and over the weeks, months, years and even (I’m ashamed to admit) decades, I’ve only now woken up to the fact that this wasted time is never going to come back. I have squandered opportunities.

Well no more!

I want you to pack your bags and leave!

Yes. This very instant.

I just cannot put up with your pernicious ways any longer. Although I’ve given years to you, I now find out that I am not the only one to whom you’ve been dispensing your favours. I feel such a fool.

So goodbye Mr Procrastinator and good, good riddance!

Is that crocodile tears I see?

Save it! You can’t fool me.

Go look for another poor unsuspecting sucker. But you can take it from me that I’ll be spreading the news far and wide about you.

I shall write articles exposing your shenanigans. I shall take an advert out in the Huffington Post. I shall name and shame you. By the time I’ve finished, you’ll have no option but to go into hibernation until a new breed, or another generation of unsuspecting writing novices grow up and take you into their bosom.

Out! Out I say and take your bags of deception and pack of lies with you!

Yours disgustedly,

The Enlightened Lady Cee

 

Do you know this man? If so, it is your duty to warn others about him. Please share your story in the comment box below.

 

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
Pablo Picasso

 

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

 

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

 

Foster a Growth Mindset!

 

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY (1st Monday of each month)

Sharing and Savouring Secrets of Success…

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THEME WORD: GROWTH

  • the process or rate of growing;
  • the increase in size, weight and complexity of a living organism that takes place as it develops to maturity

 (Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)

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As human beings we were born with the innate desire and drive to continuously grow and improve.

Hal Elrod.

 

As we enter into a new month and a new quarter of this year, let’s examine ourselves in terms of our commitment to being a purpose-driven achiever, in terms of our dreams and goals.

Are you growing?

Are you working at taking your life to a new (higher) level of success and fulfilment?

As a tree grows, its roots become firmly established in the earth. So let me ask you dear reader, are you firmly established in your faith… in the principles of the Word of God?

The Bible, which should be our first point of reference when it comes to successful living, describes the godly man and woman as follows:

He [She] shall be like a tree

Planted by the rivers of water,

That brings forth its fruit in its season.

Whose leaf also shall not wither;

And whatever he [she] does shall prosper.

(Psalm 1:3 NKJ)

 

Purpose-driven believer, God is committed to your success, to your ability to grow and flourish – are you?

 

 SELF SCRUTINY:

Have I changed (for the better), from the person I was at the end of last year or the beginning of this year?

What areas of my life do I need to focus on during this next quarter to see an increase of growth?

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FOR FURTHER READING:

https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/foster-good-habits/

https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/focus-focus-focus/

 

Have you been encouraged or blessed by this post? Why not share it with others? Would you also drop me a line in the comment box below with your response to this message? I look forward to hearing from you!

 

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

It’s An Un-Pretty Path!

Hello Purpose-driven friends and followers,
I made a mistake and this post which was specifically written for you guys (as will become apparent once you begin reading), was uploaded to the wrong blog (my Women of Warfare site). Or perhaps God has intervened – who knows!

My apologies for the error. I hope you will pop across to read the rest of it.
Happy Easter!

With love Carol
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Women of Warfare! (WOW!)

Just before starting to write this post, I felt like crying and weeping and crying some more.

Why?

I had just watched The Passion of the Christ.

It is something I like to do every year on Good Friday. I do it because I don’t want my relationship with God to be something I take for granted. I don’t want my profession to be a Christian and the life I live as a result of this claim, to be a light-hearted matter.

I want, no I need, to be reminded of what God and his precious Son Jesus, has done for me. And so here I am today having watched Mel Gibson’s dramatization of the last few hours of Christ’s life.

It’s brutal. It’s graphic. It’s thought provoking. And it’s deeply, deeply moving.

I have been moved.

I would not describe myself as a nominal Christian. Someone who attends…

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Hey! He’s Alive!

 

 

It’s almost Easter!

 And so, I wanted to share a post to commemorate this.

 The following is my response to a Daily Post prompt.  I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

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The Daily Post – Daily Word Prompt: FORLORN

My Chambers 21st Century Dictionary gave the following definitions:

Forlorn:               1exceedingly unhappy; miserable.

2deserted; forsaken.

3desperate.

 

Have you ever felt forlorn?

The word for me conjures up a picture of a typical Charles Dickens’ character.

I have an image of a poor young orphan child—and I mean dirt poor. She goes to live with relatives who clearly do not want her. She is marginalised from family life, turned into a skivvy and treated abysmally.

The next thing that comes to mind when I think of this word forlorn, is Jesus’ close disciples—apart from Judas of course! How they must have been devastated after his death.

For three years they’d shared his life, heard his sermons, engaged with his teachings, watched his miracles and harboured hope for a life where they’d no longer be subject to the Romans.

But then he dies!

This was not part of their script. They’d bought into the concept of the kingdom of heaven… the righteous rule of a holy and just man—their friend Jesus Christ. And if Jesus was the ruler, and they were his close friends, surely they were going to figure in the leadership team – right?

We know that they thought about things like that… that they quarrelled among themselves regarding who was going to be the greatest. We even hear about two shrewd brothers, who went so far as to get their mother to ask Jesus if he’d grant them the honour of sitting either side of him, in the new kingdom.

Each disciple had hopes – high hopes. No longer would they be the underdogs. Oh No! They would be top dogs!

So when the religious leaders conspired to kill Jesus, when they arrested him and brought false charges against him, when they stirred up the crowd to ask for Barabbas (a murderer and thief) to be released, rather than their friend Jesus (who’d done absolutely nothing wrong, absolutely nothing worthy of death), when they watched him being nailed to the cross, when they witnessed him die and then buried, all their hopes, all their expectations, all their dreams were buried along with him. They were forlorn.

What to do?

Well, go back to their pre-Jesus life. Go back to their trade. Go back to fishing.

However, whilst they struggled with their confusion and feelings of disillusionment, whilst they threw their nets half-heartedly into the sea; their friend, their Saviour, their teacher, their master, their dead and buried hero, appears as large as life, on the beach.

And when they finally recognise him, when they realise that the strange thing he’d told them about (that he’d rise from the dead), had actually happened, their sense of forlornness disappeared. Their hopes were resurrected. Their dreams of a new kingdom were revived.

Their friend, the Son of God, was ALIVE!

Dear reader, have you ever felt forlorn? Have you ever considered yourself to be an orphan, whether literally or metaphorically?

Jesus is longing to be your friend. And he is an exceptional friend, a faithful friend. You can be confident that whatever you say to him will never be shared with anyone else. He will keep your secrets. And unlike your bestie, your BFF, when you share your heart, your hurts, your fears and failures, your desires and dreams, Jesus can do more than just listen, he can actually help you.

Purpose-driven believer, whether you are looking for support or solutions, Jesus is both willing and able to do something about your circumstances. He can heal your hurts. He can transform you into a new person. He can give you hope, a confident expectation that no matter what happens in your life, you can emerge as a victorious overcomer.

Dear friend, Jesus can turn your forlorn hopes into miraculous reality. If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour and friend, I highly recommend him. And if you’ve been acquainted with him in the past but circumstances have caused you to lose meaningful contact, to withdraw from, even abandon him, let me encourage you to mend that relationship, to trust him once again. Do it TODAY.

You will find no better friend, believe me.

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If you’d like to participate, or read what others wrote on this prompt, please visit: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/forlorn/

 

CREDIT: the above CCO image comes 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

Carol’s Writing Kudos

 

 

 

Ladies and gentlemen! (Drum roll please)

I’m so very happy to announce 2 new publishing achievements.

My first, is an article which was accepted and published in the Spring 2018 issue of a popular devotional magazine, The Secret Place. This devotional enjoys a worldwide readership of more than 250,000. I even received a small payment – yippee!

 

My second, is the publication of a guest blog post at an award-winning literary website, Two Drops of Ink. If you are looking to join a friendly writing community, you need search no further!

Those of you who like creative non-fiction, or enjoy reading articles about the writing life, may be interested in my contribution, which was published earlier this week. It’s called: Writing Angst.  I do hope you’ll be able to pop over and support me by reading this post and if you are minded to, leave me a “like”, and perhaps even a comment.

And because I couldn’t end this post without acknowledging the One who has blessed me with my writing gift and made this week of rejoicing possible, I would like to give special thanks, plus all glory and honour to my Father-God.

Last (but not least) my thanks to all visiting friends and followers – my love and appreciation goes to you, as always.

Best wishes,

Carol

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

 

CREDITS: The above CCO images come courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

A Visualisation Challenge!

 

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY (1st Monday of each month)

Sharing and Savouring Secrets of Success…

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THEME WORD:

VISUALISATION:

Visualisation can be a powerful aid in overcoming self-limiting habits, such as procrastination, and in taking the actions necessary to achieve your goals.

Hal Elrod/Steve Scott – The Miracle Morning for Writers

 

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Until recently, I had not fully appreciated what a powerful role the act of visualisation could play in one’s pursuit of success.

Apparently Tiger Woods, Anthony Robbins, Will Smith and many successful athletes and entrepreneurs use this tool to enhance their performance, or mentally rehearse desired outcomes.

You may even have heard about the actor Jim Carrey who reportedly wrote himself a 10 million dollar cheque as payment for his acting services and regularly visualised it becoming a reality. Approximately 8 years later, he earned just such a cheque for his role in Dumb and Dumber!

For those like me who wonder whether there is a biblical precedence for this, let me direct you to Genesis 11:1-9 where you can read about the Tower of Babel and where God himself said: …now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them (v6).

In his book, The Miracle Morning – The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life, Hal Elrod explains:

Visualisation is the process of imagining exactly what you want to achieve or attain, and then mentally rehearsing what you’ll need to do to achieve or attain it.

And Steve Scott in his book, The Miracle Morning for Writers, suggests that combining affirmations with visualisation will:

…turbocharge the programming of your subconscious mind for success.

I don’t know about you but I have wasted many years visualising what I didn’t want in my life. I visualised rejection, opposition and sabotage. My experiences in life led to me having a negative mind-set, and as I re-played the negative scenarios experienced and used my imagination to anticipate further rejection and opposition, guess what? My imagination worked against me and brought the very things I didn’t want into my life.

Not sure what to make of all this? Don’t just take my word for it. Let’s have a look at what the Bible has to say on the subject:

For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me,

And what I dreaded has happened to me (Job 3:25 NKJV).

 

Now let me ask you dear reader, how do you think fear works? How do you think fear is expressed? In our imagination. With our thoughts and words.

Well, faith works in exactly the same way. We are told that:

…faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1)

In other words, faith is positive visualisation (evidence) of the things you want to (or hope will) happen.

And so my dear friend, I have a faith challenge for you.

I challenge you to use the above image as a creative visualisation tool. I challenge you to regularly review this image in connection with one of your main goals or a chief aspiration for this year.

Consider what needs to be done in order for you to achieve your dream. Consider whom you need to be as a person in order to accomplish that desire. Then visualise yourself as the individual in this picture doing whatever it takes to move from the person you were in 2017 to the person you desire to be or are aiming to be in 2018.

As you regularly review this image, I am sure certain symbolic suggestions will come to mind that relate to you personally. Write these impressions down so you don’t forget and set time aside to:

  • regularly recall and affirm those thoughts
  • visualise your desired future
  • rehearse your journey of success.

And so that there’s no room for the Enemy of our souls to ride in with deception, ask the Holy Spirit for divine protection over your mind and ask him to take control of your visualisation sessions. Ask him to show you God’s perfect will for your life and to direct your thoughts and imagination accordingly. Ask him to help you gird up the loins of your mind whenever you begin to think contrary to God’s Word and will. Ask him to help you visualise yourself becoming the person God has called you to be, or whom you need to be, in order to experience the success you desire in 2018.

If creative visualisation is a new concept to you, ask the Holy Spirit to help you use your imagination in a way that develops and enhances your potential, not undermine it. Ask him to help you see yourself accomplishing your goals and fulfilling your destiny.

Purpose-driven believer and dream-achiever, I wish you an abundantly blessed and productive month.

 

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Did you enjoy reading this post? What is your response to the concept of creative visualisation? Please share your thoughts (and experiences) in the comment box below. I’d love to hear from you.

 

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

Am I Nearly There Yet?

 

 

Satan stalks and harangues me

Struts about in front of me

With the confidence of a ‘has-been’

Revelling in past glory.

 

He showed me my failings,

Pinpointed my weaknesses,

Reminded me of others—

Colleagues, neighbours, former friends

Who’d fulfilled their dreams.

 

He poo-pooed my aspirations

Questioned my commitment

Dissed my endeavours and

Doubled over with mirth

At the idea of my success.

 

But…

 

Faithful Father-God came alongside me

And staunchly upheld me

Declared that He was with me

Despatched his Holy Spirit to help

Comfort, counsel and encourage me.

 

So…

 

I climbed out from the place of self-pity

Forsook Procrastination’s highway

And trudged the path of Perseverance.

 

My journey may be long and arduous

But I will grasp that trophy of achievement—

Since sooner or later, I’m bound for success!

 

 © Carol Hind 

 

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

 

Master the ‘F’ Word!

 

The path to success is through multiple failures. Failing doesn’t make you a failure, quitting does; not learning from it does; refusing to get back up when you fall does.

(Bob & Debby Gass – UCB Word for Today* –Nov 2017 to Jan 2018)

 

SELF-SCRUTINY: 

Are you willing to learn from failure?

 

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

 

 

CREDIT: The above CC0 image comes courtesy of 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

 

 

 

Do You Desire to Inspire?

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY (1st Monday of each month)

Sharing and Savouring Secrets of Success…

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THEME WORD: INSPIRE

  • To inspire someone to something, or to do something; to stimulate them into activity, especially into artistic or creative activity
  • To fill someone with a feeling of confidence, encouragement and exaltation
  • To create a particular feeling in them (inspire someone with something or inspire something into someone)
  • To be the origin or source of (a poem, piece of music etc)
  • To guide or instruct someone (said of supposed divine power or influence)

(definitions from Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)

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Hello dear followers and visitors.

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted something under this category.

Let’s just say that this New Year has both challenged and inspired me to be more consistent with my blogging!

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I recently read a few posts about inspirational women.

Now I wonder, if you were to compile your own, who would feature on your list?

Looking at the candidates, I discovered that those who inspired others did so because of their passion, or their compassion. Think Mother Teresa. Think Princess Diana. Think Lady Pankhurst.

Dear reader, you have been born to fulfil a purpose and perhaps one day, if you are not already doing so, you will be seen as an inspirational figure – not necessarily in the eyes of the world but in the hearts and experience of those within your circle of influence.

So what’s your passion? Or, for whom do you have compassion?

The answer to these questions could give some indication about your life’s purpose and it could very well be the key to your future success.

Love,
 Carol  ♥♥

 

SELF SCRUTINY:

Who inspires you?

What have you been inspired to do this year?

 

Did you enjoy reading this post? Is there something you would like to add regarding the theme of inspiration? Please don’t hesitate to leave me your response in the comment box below. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

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

A Complaint from Madam Bountiful

 

Hello dear reader,

May I unburden myself?

To many of my admirers, I am known as Madam Bountiful. However, some folk have given me the dubious nickname of Lady Luck!

I am sought after, all over the globe but, quite frankly, efforts to own me, to bid me part with sizeable portions of illustrious fame and massive fortune, are more often than not, unsuccessful.

If you don’t recognise me, it’s because my countenance changes according to the desires of each dreamer. Sometimes I’m relegated to the questionable status of instant riches by way of a betting shop wager, or lottery ticket. Other times I find myself sashaying down the catwalk of life, doling out rewards for fruitful efforts, or dispensing the medicinal draughts of disappointment. It’s a thankless, thankless task.

Dear reader, may I confide in you?

Thank you!

Do you know that the most difficult people I’ve ever had the displeasure of coming across, the most cantankerous folk I’ve had the great misfortune to deal with, are those who feel I OWE them a favour and expect me to turn up and endow them with instant and unbridled success—even though they’ve neither planned nor worked towards any meaningful goals? It beggars belief doesn’t it?

(Sigh) It’s a hard life!

My dear reader, do you have a dream?

Yes?

Then may I be so bold as to offer you a free tip? It won’t take long. Just three little words.

Dream. Plan. Execute.

That’s it!

And here’s a parting shot for those of you who whine and complain that I’m not doing my job… that I seem to have my favourites. Stop making excuses for your laziness and lack of discipline. In fact, stop blaming me period, for your lack of success!

And on that note, I will bid you all a good night!

© Carol Hind – February 2018

 

 

 

 

Success is…

 

 

At a recent visit to the TED Talks website, I found the following definition of success:

 

Success can mean: feeling that tingle of excitement about what you do, sticking with what matters through hard times, living a life you can feel proud of in retrospect.

 

At another website I found the following poem:

 

 

Success
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and much
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends
To appreciate beauty
To find the best in others
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived
This is to have succeeded.

 

And at yet another site, I discovered this unfamiliar quote, which I heartily endorse:

 

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.

David Brinkley

 

Purpose-driven believer and dream achiever, what does success mean to you?

 

Which of the above definitions do you like best?

 

Do you have a favourite quote re success?

 

Please share your thoughts in the comment box below. I’d love to hear from you.
Love,
Carol

 

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

 

Have You Unleashed Your Potential?

 

 

Potential is like a seed.  It is buried ability and hidden power that
needs to be cultivated. 

Understanding Your Potential – Myles Munroe



Everything in life has potential, but it must be developed. It never develops itself. It’s not how much you know, but how much you live up to what you know that determines success or failure in your life.

The Potential Principle – Edwin Louis Cole

 

The greatest gift we can give to the people we love is to live our full potential.

The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod

 

 

What are you planning to do this year to discover and develop your potential?

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

Our Daily Progress Towards Destiny

 

 

 

Today’s actions determine tomorrow’s destiny.

(Quote taken from the following blog post. 

 

 

When I read the above quote today it reminded me that my dreams, goals and vision require diligence.

 

Question:

What are you doing TODAY to advance your dream?

 

 

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 […]

via MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY MOMENT – 08.28.17 — A Thomas Point of View

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?

 

CREDITS: All the above CC0 images are courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Spiritual Rendezvous

SUCCESS SEEDS

 

You’re blessed when you meet Lady Wisdom,

when you make friends with Madam Insight.

She’s worth far more than money in the bank;

her friendship is better than a big salary.

Her value exceeds all the trappings of wealth;

nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her.

With one hand she gives long life,

with the other she confers recognition.

Her manner is beautiful,

her life wonderfully complete.

She’s the very Tree of Life to those who embrace her.

Hold her tight—and be blessed!

 

Proverbs 3:13-18 – The Message

 

Purpose-driven believers, do you wish to obtain and maintain a lifestyle of continuous blessing? Then let me encourage you to look for Lady Wisdom and schedule a meeting with Madam Insight.

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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.

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

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

 

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.

 

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

Share The Good News!

 

Hello people,

Are you fed up with all the negative news you keep hearing?

It seems to surround us everywhere we go—church in-fighting, family problems, personal catastrophes, society ills, work issues and world disorders.

At times it can feel overwhelming.

At times I feel like shouting: STOP THE WORLD – I WANT TO GET OFF!

Jesus warned us of times like these. He mentioned a future ahead when men’s hearts will be perplexed.

As purpose-driven believers what should be our response?

  1. Prayer
  2. Trust in God
  3. Be ready to share the good news, the hope of the gospel with others.

 

The following are quotes I found online, which I share to encourage and motivate.

 

The bad news is nothing lasts forever, The good news is nothing lasts forever. J. Cole

 

The good news is that every morning we have the choice; not to be controlled by circumstances nor our past but by purposely designing our day, hence our lives better. Not to react to life but to respond with love. Bernard Kelvin Clive

 

Our chaotic, confused world has no greater need than to hear the message of good news—the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Billy Graham,

 

Know God and let Him be known. You were saved by grace for greater works apportioned for you even before you were born. Share the good news. Israelmore Ayivor, Become a Better You

 

The Christian belief is that Jesus, as God, is the only one who can bring humanity back to God. He was the only person in history with such a pedigree. 1 Timothy 2:5 tells us plainly, “There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” As a man, he could represent humanity. He was tempted in every way, and yet he never sinned. Jesus is our proverbial “best foot forward” as far as humanity goes. Jesus is also God. As such he is able to serve as a “middle man” and usher us into the very presence of God.

The amazing thing is that Jesus offers his righteousness to anyone who will receive it. Rather than being receptive to this offer, we complain there are not other ways to God. While it is incredibly gracious that God would offer any way back to him, people complain that he did not provide ten ways.

The offer for salvation is available to all. Instead of being exclusive, Christianity is actually very inclusive. Everyone is welcome to come to Jesus. It does not matter who they are, or what they have done. The Bible tells us, “…whoever believes in him shall have eternal life” (John 3:16). Whether they be Jew, Hindu, Sikh, Greek, Canadian, African, athlete, entrepreneur, lawyer, or academic, the offer is there — come to Jesus. Jon Morrison, Clear Minds & Dirty Feet: A Reason to Hope, a Message to Share

 

Dear reader, open your heart, soul and mind to the good news of the gospel. Open your spiritual ears to hear the specific good news that God has for you.

Enjoy a mega-blessed and tranquil weekend!

 

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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!

Time Management or Mismanaged Time?

 

 

Listen to what one godly couple has to say on the subject of time management:

Time is the stuff life is made of and wasted time is wasted life. It takes time to build relationships, learn skills, execute meaningful actions, achieve goals, and fulfil plans. A mismanaged life is often the result of mismanaged time.

(Bob & Debby Gass – UCB Word for Today – Feb-April 2017)

 

Are you making the most of your time?

 

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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