Stay at your duty post: Till your ground!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

As 2015 ended, I received a divine assurance from Genesis 26:12 and some other specific scriptures, that irrespective of the economic atmosphere in my part of the world, my 2016 will be fruitful as long as I remained in sync with God.
With this assurance, I started Healthy Taste, a food company that processes fresh fruits into smoothie. It was an instant hit. Friends, family and people I didn’t know or never met before consistently purchased the drink. I was determined to fulfill my career and family obligations and to grow the business gradually so that I do not crash. Actually, I wanted to understand the nitty-gritty of the business before launching big so I ensured that I worked longer hours and most of the time, my sleeping hours was reduced.
As weeks past, I began noticing some warning signs of a possible breakdown but the joy and fulfillment of meeting a demand would not make me relent. Finally in March, I had a physical breakdown that sent me to bed rest in the hospital for five days! It was five days of reflective thinking for me. Five days of telling myself, ‘you are not a super woman, you should have heeded the signs, retreated, re-strategised and may be, just maybe, you would not have been sent on an unscheduled bed rest!’
To tell you the truth, since I had that experience, I have been so scared of going back to the business. My thinking is, ‘just focus on developing your career and on your family. But I had a mind shift when I was praying two nights ago and stumbled on Genesis 2:5c. It says:
“….for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.”
How did I intend to be fruitful without sowing? Or will a seed grow if it has not been buried in the soil and nurtured? There can’t be any remarkable difference in the things we have been gifted or what we are passionate about if we are not willing to roll up our sleeves to till and sow in our ground. In tilling lies the work. ‘Tilling’ here means the brain work, funding, staffing, marketing etc, that is required in developing your skills or dream into buyable products. Yes, you have to till! Only the farmer who has sown can expect a harvest. I see it like this: Sow = Reap= Harvest.
What are you sowing in the lives around you? I have an ability to serve. In fact, I think it’s a gift. As I narrated in the above paragraphs, I was simply sowing my ability to serve by making a product that will satisfy a need in other people’s lives. It is my firm belief that depression and all those things that plague the mind will be stranded, i.e. they will not have an opportunity to fest on our minds or gain access into or lives if we are productively and proactively engaged.
We all pray for the rain of God’s blessing upon our lives, but that rain would not come if there is nothing to water. Stay at your duty post and till (nurture, cultivate, grow and enhance) your ground. We all have what it takes to succeed in whatever venture God has predestined us.
But do you even know this God personally? If yes, are you in sync with His plans for your life or the lives he has entrusted you with? No matter who you are, what you do, how much you earn or where you live, you can make positive impact, if you align with God’s thoughts for you.
My name is Precious. I was Bipolar, and I live a full Life.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, as I receive fresh grace and wisdom to till my ground; I ask that you would cause your rain to water my ground and cause me to blossom again.

Reference

Kings James Version
Genesis 26
Genesis 2: 5

Get Well Soon?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 2 Comments A+ a-

If ‘get well soon’ is your favourite word of encouragement when you visit a convalescent, then you need to recognise that getting well is just one phase in the recovery process.

When diseases plague our bodies, sometimes we take medication, other times, we choose to sleep, having faith in God’s ability to heal us, or we eat more wholesome meals or engage in more exercise. Somehow in the course of time, our bodies recover. But do our minds recover fully from the impact of that rude interruption?

The mind is a powerful tool. It houses our intellect, memory and imagination. I remember vividly when I was recovering from the first episode of manic depression, my mind played a very vital role. My mum was very upset each time she came visiting in the hospital because I wasn’t recovering fast as she expected. I recall telling myself in that state that I didn’t want her to cry because of me.

Having made up my mind to make her happy, I put myself together; I consciously gathered my thoughts and then started to comply with the nurses’ directives. I had a goal- to make my mum happy. In my heart, I knew the only way I could make her happy was to get well soon.

Beyond medication and counseling, persons suffering from mental health disorders need to make the conscious effort to get better. They need to identify a motivation and set a goal for their recovery process. 

I used to know a young woman who had two beautiful daughters, and after a many years of no relapse, she suddenly found herself admitted in the hospital for a manic relapse. Each time her children came visiting, the life in her will surge and you can tell that she loved her girls, it was not long; she focused on her medications, became well and was discharged.

I can relate this to everyday life. Some days come with so much joy, peace and happiness that you actually wish they would not go away. Other days, you wake up gloomy, sad, and with a sense of misdirection. That’s life for you! But like I said in my last post, it’s all in your perspective. 

The way you interpret the circumstances of your life will naturally determine what your response will be. Don’t let life happen to you. When you spend longer than necessary trying to get up from a fall, you are letting life happen to you! When you give an excuse for the things that are not working in your life you are letting life happen to you. When you capitalize on a health challenge as the reason why you didn’t get to do what God has asked you to do, you are letting life happen you!

Imagine what would have become of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, if he had allowed life to happen to him by accepting the status quo in his family? Or what would have become of Rahab if she had resigned to her fate as a prostitute and not made an effort to reach out to the spies from Israel? The things that condemn us are the things that make us in the end. Today, rise beyond your circumstance and decide that enough is enough! Enough of victim mentality, of listening to the lies that pessimism sells. Rise beyond your situation and recover quickly.

How?

Set a goal for yourself. Determine in your heart that you will be well again. When do you want to be well? When do you want to start living meaningfully again? If you are really tired of where you are now, then you will set a goal for when and how you want to come out.
Have a motivating thought. The woman with the issue of blood had this thought, ‘if I can touch the hem of his garment.’ That thought kept her going until she touched the Hem of Jesus’ garment.
Seek good advice. Good is relative. A good advice is one that will not hamper your God-ordained process/progress or hurt your loved ones when acted upon.
Breathe: By this I mean live. Choose to live. Don’t be entangled in those situations that will not allow you to breathe; to live in peace. Avoid strife by all means.
If you are recovering from a mental health disorder, take your medication and stick to the directives of the medical team in charge of your case. I wish you speedy recovery.

Cheers!

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

Prayer:

Lord, heal my thoughts and my mind. Let your peace that passes all understanding reign supreme in my heart, in Jesus name, Amen.

Reference

Rahab-Joshua Chapter 2
Jabez- 1 Chronicles 4: 9-10
The woman with an issue of blood- Luke 8:40–56, Matthew 9:18–26, Mark 5:21–43
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Full Stops

Friday, April 08, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-


Everyday life comes with different symbolism of punctuation marks. Depression could be a comma (,) or a full stop (.) or a semi comma (;) and so on. It all depends on your perspective. Truth is, our perspectives shape our views and our views create our beliefs. Ultimately, when we believe our beliefs, they become our reality.

Today, the question on my mind is:
“When life offers me a full stop, what do I do? What perspective should I hold dear when the chips are down?”

Have you ever imagined what it felt like for David in 1 Samuel 30:6? For David, it was a full stop situation. His followers contemplated stoning him, but he had a perspective of his situation that shaped his reality. Is it safe to say that his perspective turned his supposed full stop into a comma on his journey of life? The answer for me is a YES!

The next time life offers you a full stop, before your thoughts wander towards helplessness and depression, remember that:

1. You can only be stuck on the journey of life when you feel stuck in your mind.
2. You may be alone BUT you are never left to yourself. God is with you.
3. Check the people in your space. Be sure that they are right for the season of life that you are in. Keep the right company.
4. You need to be resilient and focused on your purpose.
5. Draw encouragement from your past successful experiences and from other success stories.
6. Recognise that on this journey of life, you can’t know everything about every situation. Ask the Lord in faith, and receive clear instructions for your next step before you set out.
7. You need to be consistent in good works.  There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Psalm 112:4, Galatians 6:9 “…let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit…”
8. Before you decide on the next step, be sure. Be very sure that your motives are right.
9. Don’t let this full stop situation hinder the pursuit of your dream. There are many waiting for you to take that move. Other people's journeys are connected to yours. When you meet them, be careful to recognise them, because they come disguised. Be careful how you manage your relationships, they can slow you down or grant you acceleration.

In conclusion, I want you to know that even if your full stop situation seems to be coming from your spouse who should be your number one fan, you must recognise that you don't have to be a clone of your spouse to prove that you love him or her. Just be yourself, celebrate your strength, let your strengths advance the welfare of your spouse, but do not forget to consciously and consistently work on your weaknesses.

Mrs. Audrey Joe- Ezigbo said it like this at the February edition of Sister Power Gathering:
“'Nobody should define you by the things God is refining you with.' We need to commit to the refining process.”
I hope this piece of encouragement did you good? Please leave a message in the comment session or @Idaretoblossom, Facebook Page: I Dare To Blossom or mail idaretoblossom@gmail.com

Don’t forget that tough times are meant to refine us, so like Mrs. Audrey advised, ‘commit to the refining process.’

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

Prayer

Father, give us the grace to deal with whatever full stop situation we may be faced with today. Help us to maintain our peace and joy knowing that You are always in charge, You have never lost control for a moment, no wonder the earth is still intact. From age to age, You are still the same! Your love and faithfulness to us has never changed. Thank you Jesus!

Reference:
  • Holy Bible/The Message Translation: Psalm 112:4, Galatians 6:9, 1 Samuel 30:6.
  • Sista Power Gathering is a once-in-two-months gathering of women that holds in most cities of the world. It advocates that women should come together in godly love and support one another. One of their slogan is Together We Are More.
  • Mrs. Audrey Joe-Ezigbo is a prolific Writer/Entrepreneur and can be described as a woman after God’s heart. Amidst the several caps she wears, she is a director and co-founder at http://falcon-corporation.com/ ; http://doubleimpactplatform.com/ and she blogs at http://uniquely-woman.blogspot.com.ng/
  • 'Nobody should refine you by the things God is refining you with'. Quote by Bidemi Mark-Mordi, www.bidemimarkmordi.com
  • Picture: canva.com