WHAT IS IT ABOUT CHRISTMAS AND JESUS?

Thursday, December 24, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-




One of the events I looked forward to every year as a child was the Christmas and New year Celebrations. In my part of the world, a lot of activities revolve around these celebrations. As a child, I looked forward to the Christmas and New year Celebrations because of the food, the new clothes, affection from loved ones/family and the exciting atmosphere of celebration. Recently, in a conversation with a friend, I was reminded  of my childhood experience when he said, "Christmas celebration is for children, not adults..."

Even as Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas today, I want to inspire a desire in you to know more about this man called JESUS. Why are Christians celebrating His birth, what is it about Christmas and Jesus? I am sorry, I have no scientific answer for you, but if you read Philippians 2:4-11, you will have a better understanding.

4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

On behalf of my family, I wish you a Merry Christmas!  My life has meaning because of this man called Jesus! He gave His Life for me, what more can I say but Happy Birthday Jesus! 
May your life be full of God's love and tender mercies. May His love envelope you out of every storm that threatens your peace, in Jesus Name, amen.

Today, I am celebrating Christmas with a better understanding, that beyond the food, gifts, love... Christmas is about Love that sacrifices, Love that gives, Love that forgives...This is why I celebrate Christmas.

My name is Precious, I was Bipolar and I live a Full Life

Prayer
The reason why I can celebrate Christmas today is because I have accepted Him as my Lord and Saviour. I pray that you will experience the Love and Life that Jesus offers, if you have not yet accepted Him. John 3:1- 18

Reference
http://www.biblestudytools.com/
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God’s label for your life

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-


Few days ago, I was doing my laundry and as I grouped the clothes in like colours, the label on my dark coloured leggings caught my attention. This was not the first time I was washing it, but for some reasons, this time, its label drew my attention. It read:
“Machine wash with cold water

Wash with like colours
Only non-chlorine bleach when needed
Do not use any softener
Tumble dry low
Remove promptly
Medium Iron when needed”

The other side of the label read “90% cotton, 10% Spandex, Style: DL…, Colour: BLKSOT, Made in ….”

As I concluded my reading, my eyes watered with tears, as I pondered on how much God loves us. God created each of us uniquely; we are custom made! We are made according to God’s specification. No wonder, there can’t be another version of you! He made us with specifics. I’m not just referring to your height, colour of your skin, hair or eyes. I do not only mean the shape of your ears, mouth, eyes or nose, or whether you are on the big body size or the small body size or just petite…

God knows your frame, that part of you the world cannot see, understand or appreciate now. He knows the capacity of the brain he has given you, he knows how much food your body needs per day. He knows how emotional you are. What thrills me more is that He knows how to manage you!

Can’t you see that living without an interest in this God is injustice to your existence? Little wonder, David in Psalms 139 said, ‘…such knowledge is too much for me!’

Growing up among my siblings and relating with my peers was to me an uphill task. I was too emotional! I remember that a few years back while I was serving my country under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), someone made an unkind remark about me and I broke down in tears! Thinking of that now, makes me laugh! I have long moved from being that person to being a person whose emotions are fixed on God.
Friends, we can’t live life on our own terms and expect it to give us the best. We have to live on God’s terms because He knows what’s best for us.

Back to my story, I was very upset and disappointed in myself that I actually broke down in tears! Do you feel this way when you are emotional? Dr. Deborah Serani’s assertion in, ‘How can I manage hurt feelings?’ should encourage you. She affirms that,
Emotions are a natural response to life.

Over the years, I have learnt to ask God, ‘Why did you make me this emotional?’ What’s the purpose for these emotions? How do I manage my emotions? I found all the answers in God’s word: The Holy Bible. I came across scriptures that helped me to understand myself and my purpose, scriptures that still give me hope.
Keep your hope alive and do not give up.

My name is Precious, I was bipolar and I live a full life.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, I need your help. Help me to live the life that you would have me live, Help me to acknowledge you in all my ways, in Jesus name.

Reference:
Psalms 139: 13-18, 1 John 4:21
“The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) {www.nysc.gov.ng} is an organisation set up by the Nigerian government to involve the country's graduates in the development of the country.”

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What does Life mean to you?

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-


These are a few thoughts of what life means to me. I will love to hear your thoughts on 'Life'. It is only when we appreciate life, that we are able to give it all it takes! When we appreciate life, then we celebrate it, and live it meaningfully. One who values and celebrates life would hardly consider suicide as an option even in the toughest circumstance.


Life is an Opportunity...
a privileged responsibility!
Life is an opportunity to serve
An opportunity to live and let others live.
Life is an opportunity to enjoy the rich relationships that accompany our journey

Life is an opportunity...
an opportunity to forgive
An opportunity to give
An opportunity to love
An opportunity to serve the superior interest of the Supreme King!

So do not treat life with levity...
Life requires intentionality, determination, focus and purpose 
Renew your commitment to life!
Pay attention to your opportunities and utilize them effectively...

My name is Precious, I was bipolar and I live a full Life!

You have a part to play in ensuring a better world!

Saturday, November 28, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

Could it be that the instinct to survive was what made the men who traveled with Jonah to form collaboration irrespective of their race, tribe and religious believes to find out what was the cause of the sudden storm they found themselves in?

I am of the opinion that it was their instinct to survive dominating over their instinct to multiply and invest, that lead them to throw the ‘wares’ they had purchased with ‘hard earned money’ into the sea, in an attempt to prevent a ship wreck.  In this story, every man was said to have cried unto “his god”, they were united and determined to survive and they cast lot to fish out the culprit- Jonah!

The events recorded in Jonah 1: 1-17 and my experience in my last post, was a wake-up call to me that, if we are wise, we will lay aside religious, ethnic, racial, educational, status differences to unite to fight and curb the situations that threatens our peaceful and purposeful existence on earth! 

We saw this happen when the Ebola virus was curbed in Nigeria- everyone united for the greater good! We saw this with the #BringBackOurGirls campaign founded by Professor Oby Ezekwesili. The success of this campaign being that people all over the world can identify with the pain the families of these girls are undergoing.  And the question of, what can be done to bring back the girls to their families still remains.

That said, the question on my heart today is what can you do to ensure that our world is free from Mental Health stigma? A lot of publicity and education went into eradicating the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS such that, today persons living with virus are loved, accepted and given an enabling environment to thrive. 

All I am saying is that, you and I have a part to play in ensuring that persons suffering from mental health disorders are given the needed support to thrive.

Medical attention and counselling should be accessible and affordable for them. They should not be treated as victims of their circumstances…They should be educated on how to manage their mental health; their care providers/ love ones should be educated on how to love them…

Well, I’m just saying it the way it is in my heart, because, my name is Precious, I was Bipolar and I live a full life!


Reference:
Jonah 1: 1-17
Logos: Google

Prayer:
Father, I ask that you will heal hearts and homes that are hurting because of the pain of their situations. Let your hope replace hopeless, let your joy be our strength, let us see and experience the goodness of playing our respective parts to ensure that our world is a safe place to live, in Jesus name, Amen.

I will love to hear your thoughts on this. Please email me at idaretoblossom@gmail.com


Can Life Be Preserved?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

It was a bright Tuesday morning. The sun rays descended as though it was mid-day while it was just a few minutes after 8 am. The ‘busyness’ and business of the day had begun.  I was on my way back from dropping our daughter at school when I first heard the gun shots. Initially, I discarded them, thinking they were sounds of fireworks which was usually the case this time of the in the corner of the world where I live. But as the sound intensified and became frequent and distinct, it became clear to all in the vicinity that these were gunshots from a robbery operation nearby!

With this realisation, came fear and panic. Some abandoned their cars and run into the enclosed neighbourhoods, others jumped out of the buses they boarded in cases were drivers were adamant to take cover. That day, everyone spoke one language - (Life-perseveration) irrespective  of their religions and ethnicity. Many laid on the bare floor not regarding the dirt on the floor or the beauty of the fabrics they had on to avoid been hit by a straying bullet.  Humorously, I found myself flat on the floor besides a middle aged woman who had run out of her bus and was taking cover on the floor under a packed car! (Did I hear you laughing???)

The fear of stray bullets was real. The fear of the loss of life was real. The panic and worry over loved ones who lived within the vicinity was intense. In a flesh, I could see that, indeed, the most important possession or achievement in life was ‘life’ (the privileged opportunity to exist, to live) and not just ‘things’ – Cars, houses, fame, prestige, family, Careers, businesses… and so on!

Jesus, in Luke 12: 15 hits the nail on the head, when he advised a young man about covetousness.
 “…a man’s life does not consist of the abundance of things that he possesses…”
Now, do not get me wrong, ‘the abundance of things’ are good necessaries that make life comfortable and are much to be desired.
But again, what benefit will it be to anyone if he gained ‘everything’ and lose the most important thing - his life, his soul? Well I am just asking…

What I observed that Tuesday morning, reminded me that:

All that God created was to sustain Life. I learnt that, Life itself is more important than the things that were created to sustain it. I learnt that when life is threaten, man’s instinct to survive is activated in a reflex! 

Are you more concerned about the substance of life than the 'sustainer' of life?

God is the One who Sustains life. He opens His hand and satisfies the desire of every living thing... You can rely on Him! Proverbs 3:3-5

My name is precious, I was Bipolar and I live a full life.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, do not permit me to seek sustenance outside of you. Help me to understand that my life is more important than food and that my body is more important than Clothes… in Jesus name, Amen. Luke 12:22-31

Reference:
All scriptures are taken from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
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*The Robbery incident in Festac Town, Lagos on Tuesday, 6th October, 2015 (http://www.channelstv.com/2015/10/13/mother-and-child-killed-in-festac-bank-robbery/)




I believe…

Thursday, October 22, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

“I believe that the potential and life of the bi-polar patient should not be truncated because of the limitations associated with the illness. I believe that with proper medication, counsel, and support, the bi-polar patient can live fulfilled, without stigma and mental imbalance.”  -  Precious A. E.
The above statement is a part of my profile on this blog. Over the months, this has been my motivation to share my thoughts and experiences on mental health and bipolar with the world.

I believe. I have not stopped believing.

I believe that individuals suffering from mental health should have access to opportunities that can enhance their lives.

I believe that being diagnosed with any form of mental illness is not a license to self pity.

I believe that persons managing any form of mental illness, be it bipolar or not, have some much untapped potential.

I believe that mental health patients have a role to play in eradicating the stigma associated with mental health- There is a need to speak out! There is a need to break the culture of silence!

I believe that, irrespective of the mental health issues, our loved ones can be educated on how to love us when we first understand ourselves. Secondly, by loving ourselves first, thirdly, by confronting negative thoughts and actions that tend to push our loved ones away!

I am aware that there are no permanent medical solutions for most of the health issues that people are faced with today. Nonetheless, I am encouraged by scriptures like Jeremiah 30: 17, Daniel 4: 34 & 36; 5:18. Even King Nebuchadnezzar had a chance. He was healed and restored. His understanding, reasoning, glory, Honour, splendor and kingdom were restored to him. I believe God can do the same for you!

I believe that what God is offering everyone who is managing, dealing or in recovery as it concerns mental health or health in general is Healing. I believe that God’s Healing comes with restoration, not just cure. Cure is the smallest part of what God has to offer as far as your health is concerned.
Still, I believe that you have to take your medication and not avoid your appointment with your doctor, psychiatrists or psychologists, but put your trust in God’s ability to heal you, while you are at it.

I believe… what about you? What do you believe? I would love to learn from your feedback. Please send to idaretoblossom@gmail.com

Prayer
Ask God for the grace to believe Him for total restoration and healing. Please note that healing is the children’s bread (Matthew 15:26). You have to become a child of God to access this. See John 3: 1-21, Matthew 11:28-30

Reference
The New King James Version of the Bible: John 3: 1-21, Matthew 11:28-30, Jeremiah 30: 17, Daniel 4: 34 & 36; 5:18.


Are you isolating yourself?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-


Managing your mental health demands that you are well informed about what goes on in your mind. If you really want to get better and desire the best from your medications and doctors, then you need to be assertive when it comes to your health. Understand yourself, understand how you respond to your medication, your environment and know what triggers depression or manic episode, if your are managing bipolar disorder.

This post is a continuation of what I posted on the Facebook page, I Dare To Blossom. In that post, I asked,  ‘why do people isolate themselves when they are depressed?’ 

Isolation or withdrawal is a sign of depression. According to goodtherapy.org, 
“When people are emotionally isolatedthey keep their feelings completely to themselves, are unable to receive ... engage emotionally, but are unable to do so out of fear or because they do not know how to proceed.”
From my personal experience with depression, I can say that, one reason why people isolate themselves when they are depressed because of the feeling of, ‘am not good enough’. A low self-esteem puck holes in the confidence we have in other aspects of our lives. Some persons ask themselves if they are good for anything in the first place. If you find yourself in this state often, aside from booking an appointment with your psychologists, be careful to remind yourself that you are good for so many things! Be careful to write down what you can do, beginning from the seeming routine things like, ‘ I can write’, ‘I can sing’, I can knit’, ‘I can bead’, ‘I can sow’, ‘I can read’, ‘I can teach’, ‘I can cook’, ‘I can do my laundry’, ‘I can get the grocery’, ‘I can bath myself and feed myself’- now I know this sounds funny, but you can imagine how life will be and how your self-esteem could be if you cannot do the above for yourself and by yourself. Some people can’t, this is why I believe that, you must celebrate your unique abilities, stretch them, enhance them to improve your self-esteem and confidence.

 A low self-esteem and a lack of confidence naturally lead to self –rejection. And this leads to the fear of rejection. Often, this also results to anxiety. If you do not love and accept yourself how you do expect others to? You live with yourself, whether you like the details of your life or not, you have to first learn to accept yourself. Self rejection will eventually lead to the fear of rejection. If you cultivate this negative fear, it wouldn’t be long before the people around will see that you do not love yourself or believe in yourself. Always remember, that you are your number one fan! No one will love you or understand you like you- apart from God, who created you and knows you inside out! This is why I always advocate that you give God controlling interest in your life. Instead of giving in to depression and isolation yourself because you think you will be rejected or because you think you have nothing to contribute, focus on all the wonderful things you can do if you had an opportunity to change the circumstances of the lives around you. Stop living for ‘yourself’ think about how you can improve the lives around you, you will gradually realize that you no longer feel that fear of rejection any more.

Self pity also has a part to play in depression. I have observed that self pity enjoys attention. It likes to spend time alone saying sorry to self, excusing self, preserving self, giving self the reasons why she should never embark on what is causing the current pain. Self pity can prevent us from seeing the larger picture because we have our eyes set on the smaller one. 
When Lot departed from Abraham in Genesis 13, I love the way the LORD instructed Abraham in verse 14,
"And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from, lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward..." (emphasis mine)
Did you see that? “lift up now thine eyes” Lift up your eyes from the smaller picture. Focus on the larger picture. Shift your focus from self pity to the perseverance and tenacity that will help you achieve your goals. Take your attention from that failed relationship, or mismanaged opportunity, to the next level. Come to terms with your situation quickly and ask yourself what next? God gave Abraham clear instructions on what next, hence we did not see him depressed or confused when Lot departed. You too can rely on God’s guidance for your next step.
 
Prayer

Father, I ask that you guard me in all that you will have me do. Father, I do not want to isolate(separate) myself from YOU, so give me the grace to always remain connected to you irrespective of my circumstances. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Reference
Genesis 13:14- Kings James Version.
         www.goodtherapy.org

You have the liberality to choose!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

Honestly, I thought I was done with anger. You know that feeling that makes you yell, criticize, defend and emphasize your right. Most times, the motives behind our anger are positive but if anger is the only passion we deplore in communicating our motives, then it could be self-destructive.


Deal with your anger before it deals with you
Twice this week I have caught myself angry. I agree with you that anger should be expressed and that it can be unhealthy if not expressed, but if you are quick to anger, then you have to deliberately bring that emotion under control. I found out that the things that have gotten me angry within the week; like being spoken to rudely by a teacher in my son’s school, while trying to give a suggestion, may be justifiable, still, it is not an excuse or a license to open the door of my mind to anger.

In her book, Living Beyond Your Feelings, Joyce Meyer, affirms that,

“Anger that is expressed inappropriately is a problem, but so is repressed anger. Anger that is stuffed inside and not dealt with properly will eventually come out one way or another. It may show up in depression, anxiety, rage, or any of the variety of other negative emotions – but it will come out.”

So as I laid on my bed and said my ‘now the day is over’ prayers, I asked God for forgiveness and the grace to always put my emotions under control. I asked myself a question that required a sincere answer from me.
“Why was I so upset with this young lady in question?” “What can I do to avoid the feeling of anger towards her?”

By my estimation and the estimate of those who work closely with me, I know that I am not a trouble maker, I am a peace maker. I know that I am not one whose voice is often heard high in an argument or in a quarrel. My anger was as a result of what Joyce described as a ‘repressed anger’. I had experienced subtle doses of rudeness from the lady in question which I did not address. This tells me that, to prevent another expression of ‘repressed anger’, I must:
  1. Address the cause of my angry emotion: I am convinced that anger is the default reply to a situation we do not understand. Personally, I find out that when my values system is about to be compromised by the behavior or response of another, I ‘react’ with anger, which could be yelling, withdrawal, or outright rejection. I am learning that reaction should not be my response. I am learning to address the cause of the anger and not the personality of the person. I am learning to separate issues from personality because if I can identify what makes me angry, then I am closer to managing my emotions properly and living a conflict-free life.
  2. Give the benefit of doubt: Sometimes, things do not always seem as they appear. I am learning to be a bit more patient with myself and the people in my space. For some reasons, according to their background, upbringing, values systems, life experiences, level of exposure, etc. people will act, respond and react. I may not be able to control how people act, respond and react to my values but I have the choice to control how I feel towards them. I choose to walk in Love and not strife, I choose to walk in forgiveness and to even practice advanced forgiveness, I choose to not keep a record of wrong… It’s all in my choices! I have the liberality to choose.
  3. Talk to God about how you feel: I love the man called David in the Bible. Apart from being a Prestigious King in Israel, He was described as, ‘a man after God’s heart’. When you read through the book of Psalms, you will realize that David had an ongoing conversation with his creator. He talked about everything! His fears (Psalm 23), His anger (I recall reading Psalm 73, and was amazed about how he expressed his anger for the wicked!) His joy, His depression (Psalm 42, 63), His mistakes (Psalm 51) to say a few! Joyce Meyer puts it like this,” The right way to express anger is to talk to God. Tell Him all about the way you feel and ask Him to help you manage the feelings properly.”
  4. Deal with your anger. Deal with your anger before it deals with you. For persons managing bipolar, consistent, uncontrolled anger could be an indication of a relapse. Do not allow anger impede the progress of your mental health. Go back to your doctors, so that they can review your medication where necessary and give you professional advice to manage your mental health. Recognize that anger is a healthy emotion when expressed in the right way. Recognize that if the outcome of your anger is destructive then you need to make deliberate efforts to tame those angry emotions! Well, cheer up, it’s a process and we will progress, if we commit to the process.


My name is Precious, I was Bipolar and I live a full life.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, I give you controlling interest in my life. Do not leave me to my flaws; help me to rise above my standards, to meet your standards, help me to be discerning, help me to put my emotions under check, in Jesus name, Amen.

Reference:
Living Beyond Your Feelings: Controlling Emotions, So they Don’t Control you – Joyce Meyer
The Holy Bible

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After The Storm Comes The Calm

Thursday, September 17, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

I can identify with how Jesus’ disciples felt when they found themselves in the midst of the sea on a boat with Jesus. There was a sudden great tempest on the sea that rocked the boat with its waves. 

These past weeks has felt as if I was in that boat with Jesus! Like the disciples, I have had to ‘wake’ Him by praying, ‘Lord, save me! I cannot help myself!’ The reply I got was not different from what was said to the disciples, ‘why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Fearful? Wait a minute, I thought I had so much faith! After all, I mouth it loud all the time! The reality is found in James’ letter: ”Faith without works is vain”.


My question today is how are you managing your fearful, hopeless and doubtful moments? Or, how are you managing your joyful, restful and peaceful moments? It could be either way. 
Usually, after the storm comes the calm. Wise people know that, they are to plan ahead and pray ahead even in the absence of storms because in a stormy situation you may not be audible enough to hear yourself, how much more to be heard when you call out for help. What am I saying in essence? 
When you have made a commitment to trust God with your life, have enough ‘action-packed faith’ to know that God will not mismanage your life.
Living above the limitations of bipolar goes beyond taking your prescribed medications to making the right commitment to the right person. I have seen people who make this kind of commitment to a mere man like themselves and they were disappointed. Today, I want to stir up a desire in you to know more about the man called Jesus. Do you know him? A study of the gospel according to John is a good place to begin!

Peradventure, you know Jesus. You have even made a commitment to him in the past, and then somehow, you found out that you are no longer in sync with him. You can still trace your steps to Him and let Him set you on the path of life he has designed for you.
Regardless of the form of depression you may be faced with, know that a life of constant communication with God can help you stay out of depression. 
Feed your mind on positive content. If you are not sure, stick to the stories in the Bible, reputable authors and didactic sources of entertainment.

My name is Precious, I was Bipolar and I live a Full life

Prayer
Lord Jesus, I ask for the grace to know you more. Come into my heart today. Help me to live a full life, an abundant life.  In the midst of the struggles and chaos in the world today, give me your Peace.

Reference
Mark 4: 35-41
James 2:20-24 The Message (MSG) - www.biblegateway.com

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What If Bobbi Kristina Brown had Surrogate Parents?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 2 Comments A+ a-

Recently, the world woke up to the sad news of Bobbi Kristina Brown's death.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia attests that she was an American reality television and media personality, singer, and actress. And as we all know, she was the daughter of Singer Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston. From wikipedia.org, I gathered that Bobbi Kristina Brown was 14 when her parents divorced and Houston gained custody of her.
Sadly, Whitney Houston passed on in February 2012.

You can read the full story on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobbi_Kristina_Brown

Why am I stating these obvious facts? Beyond the sadness of Bobbi Kristina Brown's
death and the circumstances surrounding her death, I found myself reflecting on
possible lessons I could learn from her story.

Here are some of my thoughts on what I learnt. I believe in the concept of Surrogate parenting. No, I do not mean hiring someone to have your baby delivered or all the other thoughts associated with Surrogate parenting as known in the world today. I first heard about this concept on Bishop TD Jakes' Show, 'Mind, Body & Soul' on Bet some time last year or the year before, I can't recall clearly. One of my learning that day was that, in the absence of a father or mother figure, children/ teenagers should not be left to themselves. Someone in that community should be able to step in and fill the gap. Proverbs 29: 15 puts it like this,
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. 

 I remembered saying to myself while watching the show, 'this concept is common in Africa, it’s just that we don't call the authority figure, 'surrogate mother or surrogate father'. In most case, we call them 'aunty' or 'uncle' without a boldness to explain how we are related to them.

While this may be a controversial topic to some people, I still feel strongly, that the gains of Surrogate parenting in this context far out weights its loss. Each of us have values and principles that we build our lives on. In most cases, we were not privileged to learn all of them from our biological parents.

So what happens, when the individual you are extending this initiative to misunderstands or rejects your kindness? I am aware that, this can happen. This is a very delicate topic. My advise is, ensure you get express approval from God before you embark on any act of kindness. Especially, one of this nature - To be a surrogate mother or father to an individual.


Here are my thoughts on #BeTheSurrogate, which I shared through my twitter handle (https://twitter.com/Idaretoblossom/) on Monday, 10th, 2015.

  1. In #Africa, it is said that, it takes an entire community to raise a #child. #BeTheSurrogate
  2. Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death inspires me to think that she was left to herself. Sadly, she had no surrogate #parents! #BeTheSurrogate 
  3. We live in a time when a lot of unspeakable things are happening to #children and the younger generation. Will you #BeTheSurrogate? 
  4. #BeTheSurrogate to that straying teenager. If Bobbi Kristina Brown had a surrogate mother, maybe she would still be around. 
  5. Find a way to connect to the people in your space. Do you even sense the #pain in their hearts? #BeTheSurrogate?
  6. Do we even understand that what we do for humanity speaks volumes for posterity?#BeTheSurrogate
  7. In what ways are you impacting your immediate community? #BeTheSurrogate
  8. Why do we feel disappointed and pained when we hear stories like Bobbi Kristina Brown’s?
  9. God's #love connects all of humanity. #BeTheSurrogate
  10. Take little steps each day to communicate God’s Kind of #love to the world around you. #BeTheSurrogate
  11. God’s Kind of Love is found in 1 Corinthians 13. The best gift you can offer to humanity is God’s Love. #BeTheSurrogate
  12. Living by the principles of God’s #love is a more excellent way to live. 1 Cor. 11: #BeTheSurrogate
  13. Beyond speaking elegantly and carrying the right charisma, ensure that God’s #love in your heart is your motivation. #BeTheSurrogate
  14. It is possible to be highly gifted and talented in hospitality and yet NOT have Love! #BeTheSurrogate
  15. Some persons express care to others, not because of love but because of what they stand to lose or gain. #BeTheSurrogate
  16. Even if you gave your best and inconvenience yourself in the process, without Love, this may mean little in God’s sight. #BeTheSurrogate
  17. A Surrogate parent must be a channel of God’s kind of Love to humanity. He must show the world what God’s love is about. #BeTheSurrogate
  18. I believe that a surrogate is one who is willing to step in to create a positive impact where there is a gap. Will you #BeTheSurrogate?
  19. Will you provide parental care to that straying child even though you are not related by blood or have any legal ties? #BeTheSurrogate
  20. A Surrogate #parent is an authority figure in your life. Someone you respect and are accountable to. #BeTheSurrogate
  21. Even with biological parents, you still need surrogate #parents who will be there for you when your parents are not . #BeTheSurrogate
  22. Growing up, I benefited immensely from surrogate #mothers and #fathers. I still do. #BeTheSurrogate
  23. As a teenager, the #value I lacked in my background, I gained by submitting to the authority figures in my life. #BeTheSurrogate
  24. The surrogate parent must be disciplined, have the right values, committed and passionate about his or her constituency  #BeTheSurrogate
  25. I pray that you will be 'engraced' to #BeTheSurrogate and that you will tread with godly #wisdom and caution. God bless

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Reference:

The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. Proverbs 29:15 (King James Version)

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