#SHEWORKSFORWEEWORKS What is it all About?

On 11th of May I was up in the wee-hours to catch the 6am flight to Kisumu… My very first time to Western Kenya so I was quite excited to not only meet the Women that I heard so much about but to explore a place that I’ve been looking forward to visiting for quite some time now.

Which women was I visiting you ask? Allow me to backtrack a bit to why I was heading there in the first place.

You see Globally more than 2.5 billion people lack access to modern energy even though it remains a key driver for growth. Unexploited opportunities and barriers exist in the energy sector affecting access to and delivery of appropriate energy services, thus preventing vulnerable people from securing their livelihoods. So herein comes ENERGIA’S Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme (WE) Works with women entrepreneurs to become successful business owners, energy service providers and even leaders in their communities.

However the way to become an empowered entrepreneur is not a one way road to success it takes time, facing challenges and learning from mistakes, which is expected in entrepreneurship as I’m currently discovering, so it was quite encouraging to know that the program travels along with them providing training, technical advice and hand held support.

This is dubbed the “Empowerment Journey” By targeting women, who occupy the lower end of the energy value chains, the initiative impacts a wide range of small scale entrepreneurs and move people up the energy ladder by providing them with relevant technical skills and tools they require.

In Kenya this initiative is called Women In Energy Enterprises in Kenya hence WEEK, which is being implemented by Practical Action in partnership with sustainable community Development Services and is working with Women entrepreneurs in Kenya across value chains, namely; Improved Cook Stoves, Solar home lighting and portable systems and biomass briquettes.

Now that you know why I was in Kisumu last week, my next blog will feature the first woman entrepreneur I met called Bibiana who specializes in Improved Cooking Stoves… You’ll get to understand why #SheWorksForWEEWorks is the ideal tag for this Powerful Series.

Stay Tuned…

Pictured below is Me and Bibiana at her homestead in Siaya where she makes the improved Cook Stoves.

 

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RAISING MULTIPLES- PART I- #MYSTORYSERIES

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I’ve thought about doing a series on the reality of Raising Twins for quite sometime now and with Mothers Day approaching thought I’d start a Raising Multiples series which for me is still in line with #MyStorySeries

So if you have multiples, expecting some on the way or wish to have some(as I hear all the time!) Here’s a little reality check…

THE TWIN BOND

I’m learning that with each set of twins the bond is different! there’s no one size fits all formula like the intense bond between identical twins is different from fraternal twins  & mine happen to be fraternal. Their Father happens to be an identical twin & watching him & his brother was quite something so I always thought that’s the case with all twins; having a 6th sense when the other is unwell, fighting one minute & besties the next, ending up in the same or similar careers etc so watching them I thought that must be how it is for all twins!

But Surprise Surprise! watching that phenomenon unravel before my eyes is quite different with my pair because as much as Zawadi and Raha have their similarities they can also be as different as night and day and I’m yet to see that crazy Twin bond I saw with their Father and Uncle, though I’m learning that it intensifies as the grow & spend more time together as their auntie(Janet Mbugua Ndichu) she shared with me- that her & her fraternal twin brother like mine fought a lot in their younger days only to get closer with time, though with same sex twins they’re more likely to be besties naturally, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how this bond will develop. What I can definitely attest to is their solidarity especially if I come in between to stop their fights- it sometimes get to a point where I end up being the bad guy because they’d rather resolve their issues among themselves than have one of them be punished! so I guess there goes the fighting one minute to besties the next moment scenario playing out…

And when one is unwell the other will be so caring and extra gracious, if seriously unwell the other twin (if they don’t catch it) will also be a little down because their partner in crime isn’t available to play with, bother or tattle on:-)

So the bonding is indeed different from sington siblings but it’s also not as automatic as most would expect, watching this bond unravel is quite a ride filled with surprises!

SIBLING RIVALRY

Surprise number one is the Competition! I was not prepared for this I must say! I guess because growing up my sister and I never fought, but also we are four years apart!!

So imagine having someone your age with you ALL! the time! from the womb! it must get frustrating, so it’s very key for the environment to facilitate equality and individuality- Here are some necessary tips;-

  • Don’t compare them! it only creates more competition!
  • Don’t refer to them as one Unit- like “HI TWINS!” but by their specific names
  • Stop treating them like a museum monument they can not only get a complex but it frustrates them as they wonder what the fuss is all about and why the rest don’t get the same attention
  • Encourage and Nature their strengths and Uniqueness so that they each feel special
  • Align the support system to implement your structure so that whether in school or at home the same is practiced and followed!
  • Contrary to popular belief don’t dress them alike, atleast not all the time! this helps to create the individuality. In our case as seen even on the images on this blog we still do it more than we should and reason for this is the Competition;- if they don’t fight over who looks better they will fight to wear the same one or at least they used to, now as they grow they actually want to dress differently because they too get frustrated with the constant who is who comparison! so when I shop I buy lots of stuff that come in pairs that have different prints or colours and as they grow will buy more and more different outfits because their tastes too are different. One thing that also helped when they were younger and even now is color coding them;- Pink and Purple have always been our go to colours, so even as people buy your multiples gifts request for different selections or at least different colours! because I have so many matching outfits that are gifts, but ofcourse the other option is they don’t have to wear the matching outfits at the same time.

THEY SOMEHOW ESTABLISH THEY’RE OWN PECKING ORDER

Strange as it may; Zawadi is the older Twin by 1Minute and Raha second and before they even knew or understood that hierarchy Zawadi naturally behaved like a first born! always has and Raha follows her lead- but this reality doesn’t always sit down well with Raha- she doesn’t like hearing that her sister is older because there we go again with the competition! so it’s key for Parents of Multiples to learn to manage the competition because at the end of the day they’re all age mates which brings me to my next point;-

SCHEDULE ALONE TIME WITH EACH CHILD

This is so key and fundamental for them because again imagine having to share your life with someone from the womb, so spending time with them separately helps build a stronger bond, helps your child feel special and also helps you as a parent learn more about each child. Granted this alone time is not an easy one to achieve especially if you’re a single Mum like me, so if it proves difficult you can start small and steal moments alone with each twin and be very present in those few moments you’re with each child.

And Last tip for this first series of Raising Multiples for #MyStorySeries

THINK IN DOUBLES!

And by that I mean imagine buying two packs of daipers and one formula  for your singleton and how you couldn’t wait for that phase to end, well with Twins double that cost, everything you do for your little one double it! clothes, fees, Extracurricular activities (yes thats usually a whole other separate cost), gifts etc! it’s not cheap especially if you want to get your kids the “cool stuff” and the growth sprouts are no joke- they can go up a shoe size in a month, so there will be seasons when all you seem to be doing is spending money so here are a few coping mechanisms;-

  • If you can- encourage as much sharing as possible, yes you’ll need to get two bikes or two car-seats but I’m learning as they grow older that I really don’t have to buy two of everything which I’ve always done but that is not only too much of an expense for you but how about you use that opportunity to instead teach them about sharing.
  • And as much as they have matching out-fits shop different clothes as well, because they can switch the look next time so in a sense doubles up their wardrobe.
  • I grew up in a home where there was always a monthly budget that we stuck too and we stocked up on what we needed for the month, so I applied the same formula in our house-hold, because you save more as you can more clearly see how much you are in fact spending and plan for it. Also in the earlier years stocking up on daipers and formula saved us a lot! so if you can shop in bulk and if you have a connect abroad it may be cheaper for you because daipers are cheaper there and they have more bulk options, same with clothes if you have a friend or family or you’re able to travel- get as much as you can each time! there was a time I didn’t have to stock up on much for almost 7months if not more because I shopped in bulk when I traveled. Also always take advantage of sales if you’re lucky the can be quite a good bargain.
  • You don’t have to sign them up for all the Extracurricular activities even though you really want to! I used to pick almost every activity and pay through my nose until I realised that I could make it fun and either pick different activities for each child or pick a certain number a term and then switch it up the next term.
  • My Mum keeps reminding me to teach them early what needs and wants are and that sometimes we won’t always get what we want. It’s important to start this conversation early or you’ll be quite a frustrated broke Mum.

I know how it is single parents, we sometimes feel bad and over compensate by trying to give them “the world” because you feel like you may have let them down, but you’re actually doing them a dis-service by not teaching them the realities of life, so find a balance and take it a day at time, take a breath, have a strong support system and above all Trust God! He is so faithful and His Blessings are over-flowing! Just stay in him and watch Him supply for all you needs.

Remember Double the Joy & Double the Work, but also Double the Grace!!

Part Two coming soon!

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Look for them next time you’re having a party and want to add an extra dash of FUN!!

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Second Chances- #MyStorySeries

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The Easter period for me is a reminder of the heart of God… The Heart that Forgives over and over again, the heart that loves me unconditionally and the heart that is Faithful to me even when I am so undeserving…

Grace!!! The name that my parents chose for me has been evident in my life through the presence of God in my Life.

And during the Easter Season I naturally go into a reflective mode that reminds me of His Grace- because I know that indeed I would be lost if it was not for His Grace, if it was not for His Love for me that made Him come down to earth and dwell among us like mere man to show me how to walk this path called life, to show me that it will not be easy, but just like He overcame death we too have already overcome through Him, to show me that no Sin has the weight that His Glory can not handle, to show me that He will never forsake me… To Show me that no matter what happens in life there is always saving Grace and there will always be a second chance!

Whether it’s a second chance at love, a second chance at trying again for a baby or a second chance at discovering your life’s purpose! whatever you feel you can not come out of or you can not do again you are believing a LIE!

Jesus is the face of second chances, Christianity is about second chances, Christianity is about Grace- it doesn’t matter what the situation looks like but through Christ He can restore and renew, so I say try again… but this time with God! His Grace is Sufficient!!

He came so that you may have Life and have it more Abundantly! and His resurrecting Power that worked 2000 years ago is available to you too today! A dream you may have thought was dead can be reawakened- it’s never too late to walk into your Purpose no matter how old you are- if your dream was to be an Author start writing, if like my Mom your passion has always been interior design go for it! JUMP! JUMP! JUMP! Take the Leap and do something that your future self will thank you for.

Take the Second Chance!

“To be Vulnerable and admit that you still want something after it hasn’t happened is a Gift”. Sarah Jakes-Roberts

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If you are waking up with the sensation that there has got to be more to life… then there is!- Steve Harvey

 

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FAITHING IT… #MyStorySeries

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Proverbs 31:25- “She can laugh at days to come”

There’s nothing as powerful as owning your story- because when we see people who are willing to demonstrate what it looks like to risk and endure failure, disappointment, and regret- people willing to feel their own hurt instead of working it out on other people, people willing to own their stories, live their values and keep showing up! it encourages us to keep pushing and always KEEP SHOWING UP!

The key is always to KEEP SHOWING UP! No matter how defeated you may feel or how drained you may get- You can’t give up! you can re-direct YES! BUT! keep showing up!

Brene Brown is currently speaking to me in my new season… My Season of stepping out boldly no matter what happens.

I was just sharing with a colleague about my current season of Transition and he’s response “how old are you?” I responded “31 soon enough!” and he said “YUP! You’re in that season!”

Your thirties are about finding your reason, living out your purpose and if you’re a believer like me- it also means that the call on your life gets LOUDER! You can no longer quiet the voice that urges you to Jump ship! if you were not already in alignment that is…

So my current lesson is Learning to Heed to my inner voice or forever be restless or worse still even be physically sick if not careful. In specifically my career & relationships I’m at a cross-roads, transitioning into the next stage, moving away from the comfortable and into a more Bold and Daring space where if nothing else I will surely grow! boy will I grow…

Is there 100% clarity? Nope! I wish there was… I really do! but every mentor I’ve spoken to or book I’ve read including the bible- I’m learning that if there is one thing we must learn to embrace in our lives- is to Learn to do it afraid! not fearful! but afraid… For remember we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power love and a sound mind 2Timothy 1:7

Therefore whatever you do- do it from a Place of Love, of Power and of Clarity and Sound mind! if you are conflicted or fearful- STOP! PAUSE! figure out why you’re fearful and ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with His Power! His Love and His Complete Clarity. Day by day I’m getting there… it’s a journey but He gives you the peace as He guides your path. 

But always remember we’re never quite ready for the BOLD Moves in our Lives! You just go for it and JUMP! All we need is a little more courage and bravery and a whole lot of Faith!

I’m learning that when the Season you’re in is ordained by God- you will have a peace over you that makes no sense to man and one should continue to use that to gauge whether it’s His Voice or your Voice…

I’m Learning that like Abraham sometimes God will ask you to leap and only reveal the rest after you have first shown Him your complete Faith and trust in Him by Leaping!

To be more introspective… Abraham was raised in pagan culture that believed in many gods and God knew that for Abraham to stay in his country with his family- it would be detrimental to his spiritual growth. In fact his family and friends would not help, but hinder him.

In a sense God was giving Abraham a clean break, an opportunity for him to more forward spiritually- which could only happen if he left.

The Timing of Abraham’s call by God was significant. It occurred shortly after the destruction of Babylon and the dispersion of the nations. Humanity had done it’s best and God brought it’s plans for the future to nothing.

Yet God’s Plan for Abraham was “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing” Genesis 12:2

So I’m learning that The Lords commands are rarely accompanied by reasons, but they are always accompanied by promises. There are times when God will speak to you and tell you to do or not do something and it may not make complete sense at the moment, just like Noah who built the ark for around 100years patiently following instructions and waiting and waiting some more! I’m sure he was ridiculed for years! but what Amazing Faith he had in God to wait on God until the day He fulfilled His Promises to Him. So what He may be asking you to do now may only make sense much later! much later after you have already obeyed- Lesson is in the Obedience… In taking the step of Faith!

I marvel when I read about the Faith of the amazing Men and Women in the bible and get really challenged to one day have God call me His friend like Abraham or just a woman after His own heart like how David was a Man after God’s own Heart.

There is one BIG Lesson on this Faithing-it Journey that I must share…

You see it’s human nature for us to hold on to the familiar even when asked to let go and like Abraham who was instructed by God to leave everything he had behind and go where God would show him- “Get out of your country, from your family and from your Fathers house to a land that I will show you” Genesis 12:1- note he was asked to leave his family and go to the place that God would show him! but instead Abraham left with his family including his father and nephew and went to a place that God had not told him.

To disobey partially is to disobey! PERIOD! to delay obedience is also to disobey PERIOD! So for 5years Abraham was out of Gods Blessing and provision because he instead settled in a place called Haran (which means parched) because his Father Terah(which means delay) didn’t believe the call Abraham received from God- so bringing Terah along resulted in a delay of 5years.

Until the day that Abraham obeyed God and left Haran after his father Terah had died- is when Abraham heard from God again… For 5years God was quiet!

Has God told you to do something? Have you been dragging your feet? Have you been partially obeying? God is a stickler for details and if He tells you to do something, then do all of it, not just what you personally agree with or are comfortable with.

We need to do God’s will in God’s way and in God’s time.

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New Beginnings

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“And suddenly you know. It’s time for new beginnings. Let go of the old and make room for the new.” Peter J.Bone

What 2017 is looking like to me! Year of Bold moves because there comes a time when one must be more intentional about how we Live! no longer just accepting the status quo or worse still become comfortable, for we all know nothing brilliant really happens in our comfort zones.

What you move towards moves towards you. John Maxwell teaches that once a person moves towards his or her vision, resources begin to move toward that person. Those resources may be material, money or people- when a person stops moving, so do the resources. As you step into your story of significance and take action, you will find this is true.

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As I step out I’m also learning that indeed-“To be significant, all you have to do is make a difference with others wherever you are, with whatever you have, day by day. When you intentionally use your everyday life to bring about positive change in the lives of others, you begin to live a life that matters” Reese Witherspoon

To have a life that matters, you have to start. Start with yourself. Your best story begins when you put yourself back into it. Be in the picture. Stop looking— start living! Not only will that change your life and help others, but it will also give you the credibility and moral authority to inspire and team with others to make a difference.

“Experiment— Experience—Explore. Do not touch isn’t in our vocabulary.” Dive in! You never know how well you can swim until you are in over your head.

Stop putting limits on yourself and letting fear hold you back! but instead do it afraid!

A well- written story is built using elements that people think are important. When we live for significance, we are telling people around us that it is important to us. Almost everyone wants to live a life of meaning and significance, whether or not they express the desire. To put significance in our stories, we must do things out of our comfort zone(this term again) And we must make changes that we may find difficult. We often avoid trying to make those changes. But know this: though not everything that we face can be changed, nothing can be changed until we face it. To put significance in our stories, we must also take action. Being passive may feel safe. If you do nothing, nothing can go wrong. But while inaction cannot fail, it cannot succeed either. We can wait, and hope, and wish, but if we do, we miss the stories our lives could be. We cannot allow our fears and questions to keep us from starting. Are you tempted to wait until an ideal time? Do you worry that if you start on this journey without knowing exactly where it will go you might not do well? Are you concerned that you might fail? Let me help you by telling you something you need to know. You won’t do well the first time you do anything. You don’t know what you’re doing when you start. Nobody is good at the beginning of doing something new. Get over it. Novelist Ernest Hemingway said, “The first draft is always crap.” (Only he didn’t say crap!) And he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. If you want to live a life that matters, don’t start when you get good; start now so you become good. I’ve never known a star athlete who started out good. All start out as beginners, and with practice, some become good. Others become great. Everyone starts out bad, regardless of what they’re practicing for. We’ll start so we can improve. We start before we’re ready because we need and want to get better. The idea is to deliver our best each time we try until one day, we become good. And then one day, we may even have a chance to be great. That’s growth. But we can’t evolve if we don’t start. Your story won’t be perfect. A lot of things will change. But your heart will sing. It will sing the song of significance. It will sing, “I am making a difference!” And that will give you satisfaction down to the soul level. If you want to live a life that matters, don’t start when you get good; start now so you become good.
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So here I am facing my fears head on! because if not now then when? and most of all because as a Christian I always go back to Esther 4:14- “What if you were made for such a time as this!” When you have the fire in your belly you get moving and trust that God will order your steps! I firmly believe in seasons! never ignore them or you may regret ever giving it a shot!

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“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. . . . Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”— Steve Jobs

FAITH IT!!

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The End is BETTER!

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Ecclesiastes 7:8- “The end of a matter is better than it’s beginning”

Came across this scripture today and it spoke heaps!

You see many times we despise the days of small beginnings even though scripture in Zecharia 4:10 reminds us not to, because today your very small beginning is very significant in the eyes of the Lord!

Your Small bible study, your small contribution to a cause, or your small-time blogging;-) or even your small tithe and offering… God see’s and God is taking note each time!

The end of a matter is always better because the lessons are in the process, the journey to the destination is what God is most concerned about- The Pruning, The leaps of Faith, The complete Surrender, The full Trust in God and not yourself is what determines better latter days for us than our former- Haggai 2:9

Like Job, Ruth, Esther and David just to name a few- who all started with small but their consistent obedience and reverence to God gave them all Beautiful endings, so if it’s not good then believe me it’s not the end!

Trust the process, stay obedient and remember that in Christ you can only grow from Strength to Strength!

What a joy it is to know that the worlds best thing is in fact nowhere close to God’s best! This journey we’re on now cannot be compared to our ending seated next to Him on the Throne! For the end of a matter is always better even this life here on Earth.

Though even as we continue our life journey, you will see instances of our latter days being better- like when couples celebrate 50years of marriage because as they were starting off they could only trust God to see them thus far! Entrust your future in God’s hands whether it’s a relationship or parenting or even your career… Focus on how you’d like the future to look like and sow those seeds now! for you will surely reap what you sow and you will celebrate an even better ending.

Always Remember that the blessings of the Lord makes Rich and adds no sorrow- Proverbs 10:22.

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Look to the Hills!

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“The Hill”- Travis Greene

The Hill… Hill… Hill

Sin around me
Pain is in me
Stress is on me
But I gotta keep looking up

Tears are streaming
Heart is beating
Others leaving
But I gotta keep looking up

Some will trust in horses and chariots
But I will look to the hills and I will not fear
Some may say that they found another way
But my eyes are on you and I will not move from…
The Hill… Hill… Hill

Trouble has found me
Pressure is crowding
People doubting
But I gotta keep looking up

Ground is shaking
Walls are breaking
And my heart is racing
But I gotta keep looking up

Some will trust in horses and chariots
But I will look to the hills and I will not fear
Some may say that they found another way
But my heart’s on you and I will not move from…
The Hill…

Some may trust in horses and chariots
But I will look to the hills and I will not fear
Some may say that they found another way
But my eyes are on you and I will not move

On the hill there’s a cross
On the cross there is blood for me for me

Thank you for your blood Jesus [x2]
Thank you for you the blood
For you washed away my sins
Nothing but the blood

Oh Precious [x2]
Oh precious is that blood on the hill

On the hill there’s a cross
On the cross there is blood for me…for me
[x4]

Still have the power
Wonderful power
To heal our diseases
To cover our weakness
[x2]

Still have the power
Wonderful power
To heal our diseases
To cover our weakness
[x4]

Still have the power
Wonderful power
To heal our diseases
To cover our weakness
[x2]

On the hill there’s a cross on the cross there is blood for me [x2]

The cross don’t discriminate
The cross don’t discriminate
The cross don’t discriminate no..
There’s blood for you
There’s blood for you too

This POWERFUL! Song by Travis Greene has really ministered to me for a while now… Who do you turn to first when Life throws curve balls your way? I hope it’s not social media or even your girlfriends but GOD should be the first you turn to whether you have curve balls or not! at your highest and your lowest moments!

No one can love you like He does, no one really cares as much as He does for you… Trust me! Man’s love is conditional based on what you can do for them most of the time, unless marriage or family members, yet still with God you don’t have to do anything to receive His Love and Grace and even when you’re unfaithful He is so patient with You! My heart now breaks each time I re-call all the times I’ve let Him down to satisfy my own needs, each time I’ve compromised my purity or allowed myself to be objectified or allowed myself to be taken advantage off because deep down I was insecure and didn’t realize that my worth is found in Him and not what people say or think! or each time I’ve chosen my own path because mine was faster and His required too much patience… I’m convicted to ask- when will you get tired of being fed-up? fed up of running up short? fed-up of living in disobedience? fed up of just making due? fed up of letting go of your dream, your purpose, your vision?

Are you tired of messing up and just want to get it right this time? too many years wasted wandering like the Israelites for 40years! yet if only you took instruction and guidance from God, if only you said what is your Will for my life God? not mine- but yours!! Then maybe you wouldn’t have picked that major in Uni, or applied for that job that only drains you now or that relationship that only wasted your years- but if only you said What is your Will for my life God?

But Guess what- God is sooooooo FAITHFUL! When you just surrender all to Him! surrender all at His feet- He will restore all of the years that you lost with more than you can even handle, for He will surely supply for all of your needs according to His Riches and Glory in Christ Jesus- Philippians 4:19

To loose EVERYTHING! to gain Christ is to gain EVERYTHING! for seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all things shall be added unto you- Matthew 6:33 ALL THINGS! You don’t have to worry about provision of anything from Joy, to peace, to hope and restoration to food on your table, to a roof over your head or clothes on your back! He will supply… You just need to trust Him to give you all that you need and obey whatever instructions He gives you, because your obedience not only affects you but your family, your ministry, your followers, your supporters! what are you molding to the world? Are you showing them to walk in God’s obedience like Noah or Job who didn’t care who mocked them but pressed on to God and He surely rewarded them! or will you be like Abraham and obey God partially? Abraham was called by God to leave his country, his people and even his father’s house-hold, but Abraham left with his Father Terah and they reached a place called Harran, yet God didn’t tell him to settle there- the journey was to go to Cannan, but they settled at Harran for 5years because his father Terah questioned his call from God and for those 5years God was quiet! only until Terah died did Abraham continue his journey to Cannan and did he hear from God again.

What will it take for you to be obedient to God’s call? You keep praying and wondering why isn’t God hearing me!? God why aren’t you saying anything? Well maybe you can’t hear Him because you’re far from Him, your outside of His Presence, where you are right now He has not blessed! and there you are asking him to bless it, which He just won’t do!

We have to be bold enough and trust Him enough to just surrender all and let His will be done in our lives through and through! not certain parts of our life, but every part! Every single part and watch Him move in our lives😊

Blessings!

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EVERYTHING! is Beautiful in it’s TIME!

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Ecclesiastes 3

A Time for Everything

Vs. 11- “He has made everything beautiful in it’s time”

Today I want to remind us, specifically Single Girls that there is a time for everything! EVERYTHING!

So if you’re single today, don’t be down and out because you’ve not received a bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates or some special attention from a Man, but instead celebrate this time of single-hood. I wish I had enjoyed it more before all the responsibilities came, but even now as a Single Mother I’m learning to make the most of this time; This year in particular is already so BEAUTIFUL! because all the time I used to spent either catching up on a series or entertaining people I use that time to be in the presence of God.

My evenings involve getting an update from my kids on how their day was, eat dinner together(not as often as we should), home-work check, bed-time story, prayer time and then I tuck them in. I then use that quiet time to do my bible reading and get lost in His presence as I listen to my worship music or watch a sermon online or get on a christian blog or cozy up to one of my christian books and just constantly feed myself with His word! Because Faith comes by Hearing and by hearing the word of God.

I wouldn’t trade my time with Him for ANYTHING! and of-course this wouldn’t be the case if I was sharing my life with someone else other than my children, so instead of looking at the clock as I approach 31years old soon… I am so content and happy in Jesus to the point where if marriage is not in the books for me that is just fine, because my heart is happy and so full with Jesus as my everything.

Use your single-hood to know yourself better, to seek God with all of you and to serve Him!

I think relationships should only happen once you are living out your purpose and you find each-other busy fulfilling it and support each other to reach your fullest potential.

Don’t get into a relationship just for the sake of it or because you’re lonely, but wait until you’re ready- “Do not awaken love before it’s time”- Song of Songs 8:4 instead remember that relationships should be built on purpose, so are your purposes aligned? should be a question to ponder on and a prayer point. You are meant to help each-other fulfill each other’s purposes, so stay busy seeking yours & boldly living it out and at the right time your partner will find you.

Remember you are to be FOUND! “He who finds a wife, finds a good thing and obtains Favour from the Lord”- Proverbs 18:22

You don’t have to do anything my dear girls, please don’t chase- you weren’t made to chase-leave that to the men and instead just allow for your heart to be so lost in God that he will first have to seek God to find you. For in God’s appointed time He will find you.

Happy Valentines!

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First Ministry- REVIVAL TOUR

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My very First Ministry!! My version of Stepping out in Faith!

A couple of people have asked me, how was it for you? How was the first Edition of the Revival Tour for you? And in all honesty beyond the fear and all the doubts, I’m sitting here thinking why didn’t I start this earlier, because that experience was just what I needed to get me out of my comfort zone and into the necessary deep waters.

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Luke 12:48- “To Whom much is given, of him shall much be required; and of him to men entrust much, they will require and demand all the more.”

What Gifts has God placed in you yet we do nothing with them or down-play them? So many times we find ourselves in the wrong job or career where we know we’re not living out our Purpose on this Earth! We all have gifts within us that we need to own and nurture to enable us to live from our most Authentic Self!

As nervous as I was this weekend before I took the stage, or each time I doubted if I’d said the right thing or trying to remember what I may have left out… I had my light bulb moment, that moment when I realized that all along that was home for me, being on that stage sharing my testimony, sharing His Word, Sharing His TRUTH! That is home for me, always has been, always will be! that’s why I had the butterflies! that’s why I was nervous and that’s why I felt God’s presence with me all along, because after a very long time I was finally operating from my most Authentic place!

When we’re not in our zone- we hardly feel any of the above;- no fire! no butterflies! no excitement! no passion! We just do it because we have to and exist in that painful place that we unfortunately do not belong.

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This weekend got me wondering about our lives and whether we feel like where we spend our 9-5 every day is where we are the answer? where we actually offer the solution that makes us irreplaceable? Are you the Beyonce of your field? (for the purposes of a relatable example)

I think our life’s purpose is to discover why we have this life in the first place and seek that answer with all our hearts and live it out boldly once we do find it!

I’ve had the call to Ministry over my life for years now, but run away as fast as I could still based on Luke 12:48, because I feared carrying the load, I feared all that would be expected of me! because like Jesus said in John 10:37- “If do not do the works, then do not believe a thing I say” so I feared judgement and felt so unworthy!

But like I shared at the Revival Tour on the 11th of Feb from Luke 5- Simon Peter too felt unworthy and even asked Jesus to depart from him for he was a sinful man, but Jesus told him vs 10- “Have no FEAR, from now on you will be catching men!”

FEAR can paralyze you and keep you in the same place, the same painful place for years! So you need to fight that Fear with FAITH! Fear and Faith cannot occupy the same space. Have Faith, Obey God and Trust Him to have your back always and like Simon and the other disciples vs.11- “They left everything and joined Him as His disciples”

Are you willing to leave EVERYTHING for your purpose? That right there is the million dollar question!

What is God calling you to do but you are fearing? maybe because of past experience or because of doubt you’re stuck in that same place. Why not replace that Fear with Faith and take the plunge! God will honor your obedience and reveal the next step if you are obedient to step one.

1st Samuel 15:22- “Behold, to Obey is far much better than to sacrifice!” Will you stay in your situation instead and give a sacrifice or obey? God requires prompt, complete obedience; nothing less is acceptable. We may feel that some of the things He asks us to do are too hard, but we must remember that He promises to give us grace to do whatever He asks of us; we need only to be willing.

Don’t wander for 40years like the Israelites did for a journey that should have taken them 11days! Choose Obedience- however hard it may be, even if you’re not ready to make certain moves- DO IT AFRAID! Just Heed.

How incredibly humbling it was to be a part of The Revival Tour! My love for the Lindsey’s goes way back following their ministry online for about a year now, so for doors like this to open up is only more evidence of His Grace and Might and not by my works at all, but all because of Him & for His Glory and Purpose…

Another Amazing thing about living out your Purpose is you’re reminded of how small you are- just but a vessel to be used by God for His Glory, not your own!

If His Will looks like this, then this is further evidence that God is better than the world’s best thing!

Thank you Apostrophe Marketing and the lindsey’s for sowing these seeds into my life;sowing the seeds of Faith, Obedience and Purpose! I am forever humbled and Grateful. God Bless your Ministries beyond your wildest dreams! No man has seen or heard the miracles He is about to perform in you and through you in Jesus name.

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Stretched!

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“You can be so dependent on staying the same that you miss the flexibility that comes with Stretching” Sarah Jakes Roberts

Sarah shared a message on Stretching to capacity not too long ago and what a timely message for me… I’m in my season of stretching in every way, from my personal life to career life and what a Beautiful place to be! when everything around you just can’t remain the same.

2017 the year of being ready to be uncomfortable, ready to get out of your comfort zone and really discover what you’re made of! put your Faith to test and walk the talk!

I’ve had to learn that life doesn’t always go as you’d planned, but guess what I only felt secure the moment I decided to surrender to God’s plan and not mine… And the most amazing thing happened… God took over!

Situations that would have broken me to the point of giving up instead took me to a place of Peace that I honestly can’t explain to anyone even myself and that’s how I know it’s all Jesus… Grace in all situations that I naturally would have run away from- from as long as I could… but instead decided to face and realize that facing our fears is the only way to conquer them, the only way to heal, the only way to let go and the only way to move on…

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God is teaching me that sometimes in order for Him to Bless us, He first must stretch Us!… Stretch us to Capacity. For when you are stretched you can then fit through what God was doing in your life.

You cannot value success, until you have lost! so don’t fight loss, don’t mull over it for so long, instead pause and learn the lessons, embrace that journey and remember that your greatest weapon is your Obedience to God.

Joshua 8:1 “And The Lord said to Joshua, Fear not nor be dismayed. Take all the men of war with you, and arise go up to Ai; see, I have given into your hand the King of Ai, his people, his city, and his land”

No matter what we face in life, Jesus is the Mighty Warrior, the captain of the Host. He is our Leader, and He is leading His people in Victory. I do not believe that we have to live in fear. God has promised to provide for His Own. He has assured us, just as He did Joshua, that we will triumph if we listen to Him and Obey. Whatever obstacles are before you today, do not be afraid or dismayed, because God is with you.

Joshua 8:18 “Then the Lord said to Joshua, stretch out the javelin that is in your hand toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand. So Joshua stretched out the Javelin in his hand toward the city.”

In the middle of an Ambush God may ask you to be Still & to Heed to God’s word- like Joshua who was in the middle of battle & God instructed him to stop & STRETCH! So that He can take over, because by his own might Joshua would not have been able to conquer Ai.

God may be trying to speak to you in the midst of all the chaos… A Mind that is stretched can never go back to being the same! So Sometimes some stretching is necessary to get your breakthrough & most of all to remind us that we need some help, that we need His help. So as everything is happening pause for a minute & Heed to His instructions, Obey & have full & total surrender to Him & watch Him bring you to your Victory. Stop trying to face life alone! God’s got you & He will bring you through it & out of it.

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