Embraced by Grace

Monday, October 30, 2017 0 Comments A+ a-

If you judge yourself by how the next person is living out purpose, you can shortchange your purpose and become blind to your calling.

In January 2014, I took time out to pray for God’s plans and purpose for ‘I dare to blossom’ while it was still an idea and in preparation to start blogging in February 2014. And God spoke to me from Isaiah 37. He said, “All the assurance you need, I’m giving to you now because I want you to be firm” (25/1/2014) 7: 30 am
 
And then I went on to document my I believe statement for IDB.
 
1.       I believe that the people God is bringing out of bi-polar via IDB shall take root downward in you God and bear fruits upwards.
2.       I believe that out of I dare to Blossom shall go blessings and Healings.
3.       I believe that I Dare to Blossom shall take root downward in God and bear fruits upward.
4.       I believe that the readers of IDB will escape from the pains and sadness of bi-polar.
 
God gave me a lot of assurances that ‘I dare to blossom’ is His idea. So many deep assurances from His word and from life events… Here are some of them I hold dear: “I will defend IDB to save it, I will defend you to save you, for my own sake and for my glory.” - Isaiah 37: 35

He said to me, “do not be afraid of the word of opposition concerning IDB. Do not fear. Do not be afraid. It is not ‘you’ they oppose, it’s me, the healing and the liberation I’m offering that they oppose. I will fight for IDB, I will defend it because it is my idea”. (25/1/2014) 8: 50 am.

I am not sharing this to make you feel that I am very spiritual, no.  That’s not my motive. I am sharing this to make you recognize that God is always specific and detailed when He gives you an assignment. Even though the details will be revealed in batches, He would give you enough to ensure that you are clear, very clear on what He wants you to do. My dear friend, when God is speaking to you whether directly or indirectly, please, please, please take notes.

By reading through my diary for the year 2014, seeing all the notes I jotted while God spoke to me about IDB, I realised that I had strayed from God’s perfect will for IDB. I strayed. I followed my heart. I followed what was popular and trendy. These were not necessarily bad things, but they were not meant for me, not assigned to me, not done in accordance with God’s perfect will for me and for IDB.

“If you judge yourself by what others are doing, you will shortchange yourself.”
A few days ago, I was staring at 1saiah 55:8 again.
 
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.”

As I meditated on these words, I began to pray. I said, Lord, let it be your way and not my way. Your will and not my will. I said, Lord, in any way I have strayed from your way and will, please restore me in Jesus name. Help me to find my way back to you, dear Lord.

God is my treasure. He is my priority. There is nothing I have that I didn’t receive from Him. There is nothing I have that can replace Him. He is my EVERYTHING. He is everything to me. I really cannot function without HIM. If you like, call me a fanatic, if you like call me overzealous or whatever, it still wouldn’t change the fact that without Jesus, I can’t function.

So, I repent. I am going back to blogging the way God intended for me from the beginning. Not because I don’t care about mental health advocacy or that mental health awareness isn’t relevant, but because for me, the assignment is to share God’s thoughts and ways of managing mental health issues, to share God’s powerful word that “is quick and powerful and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
 
LET IT BE GOD’S THOUGHT AND IN GOD’S WAY!
 
I repent because one of the primary aims of IDB is to help people go through the recovery phase of a mental health diagnosis, especially bipolar disorder. To share my survival story and strengthened their faith while ensuring that their hope is anchored on God.

And so I repent because, in the end, it isn’t what I did for humanity but what I did according to God’s purpose for my life for humanity.

Today, I repent and I’m saying the same prayer I said on January 27th, 2014:
 
“Lord, it is your thoughts that must be expressed in the content of IDB. It is your ways that must be followed. Because your thoughts are higher and your ways are higher.  Because your word that goeth forth out of your mouth shall not return to you void but shall accomplish that which You please, and it shall prosper in the thing where you sent it…Isaiah 55:8-13, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

True peace comes from knowing and doing God’s will.
 
In what aspects of your life are you deviating from your God given assignments? None of us should be afraid to ask Him for His mercy and to be embraced by His grace again. He is the God of another chance.
 

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

Reference:

All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version Bible
Quotes in red are my original thoughts gathered from life lessons.
 
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Are You Mentally Aware?

Friday, October 20, 2017 0 Comments A+ a-

Mental illnesses are real. Not because I say so or because of all the advocacy going on, but because more and more people are neglecting their mental health. A larger group is oblivious to mental health issues and how raising positive mental health awareness can end the stigma around mental health matters.

Being mentally aware doesn't make you a lesser human. It just means that you are equipped with the right knowledge to help yourself and the people in your space.

I believe that we all are capable of creating an enabling environment for Mentally ill persons to strive. But the gap still remains. This gap reflects in our uncertainties where caring for mentally ill persons are concerned. I would be the first to admit that caring for or living with a mentally ill person who is unstable and still in recovery is an uphill task. Yet, are we to turn our backs and hide under the guise of ignorant pretence? What if you do not have the gift of compassion for them? I have come to realise that the first thing that is needed is compassion. After that, money comes into the picture.


 


Without sufficient funding, mentally ill persons would not have access to professional medical attention and psychotherapy.


And this is the part I get weary in mental health advocacy.  So much talk, little action. Let's step up the game! Let match our words with the corresponding action. What can you do to ensure that mentally derailed people are taken off the streets of Lagos State, of your state, of Nigeria?

How can the attention of government be drawn to the present realities facing the mental health of the nation? How can employers ensure that the mental health of their employees are not neglected? "Neglect equals decline', says Dondi Scumaci. If we neglect the mental health of our employees and become nonchalant, in the end, whether we let go of them or not, it will affect the economy of our nation in the long run. How? Often, these category of employees who seems to be managing their mental health, are usually highly talented and multi-gifted. What's your take?

I will keep advocating for a conducive environment whether at home or at work, where mentally ill persons can blossom and become the best version of themselves. As God helps me, I will match my talk with my act.

 

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


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