Re blogged from Inspire Me’s blog.
What if the ‘trial’ is a sweet one?
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Re blogged from Inspire Me’s blog.
What if the ‘trial’ is a sweet one?
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New post over at my Help I am a mum blog page…
It was one of those mornings that hadn’t started off on quite right; slept badly ( because my 22 month old kept waking up and crying in the other room); woke up late and worse for wear and now already late for school drop off as I made my already bad driving worse, navigating too quickly between annoyingly tight rows of double parked cars ( that is a topic for another day)…
Where was I? Yes, so its one of those days, I am late for school drop off which means I get one of those ‘naughty mummy’ looks from his very proper teacher and I am not happy because it means I will be late for work as well. I am thinking about how to get a head start on my already busy work day by mentally creating to do lists and considering making a quick ‘handsfree’
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Help!!! I am a mum…
Sounds like a battle cry for help. For some people you see that phrase and probably think,
“that’s exactly how I feel
sometimes ‘… ‘ all the time’
Someone else reading this is probably a perfect tiger mum with perfect little children and you are thinking,
‘Nah, for me the caption should read ‘Great!!! I am a mum’… Always 🙂
Or maybe you are in a third foggier category and you are thinking
‘… err whatever..’
We can probably relate to being in one of those categories at some point or the other. The challenge is when we then get stuck in one category for too long or forever. It then becomes a Condition… I have labelled them:Option 1 – Addiction to Helplessnes Option 2 – Addiction to Self confidence Option 3 – Addiction to Complacence I have chosen to add Addiction to describe…
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I was at a funeral a few weeks ago. We attended the same church but I had never interacted directly with him.
He had been diagnosed with a muscle degenerating disease and I only met him properly shortly after. In the months leading up to when he lost all motor control, speech and any ability to communicate, I marvelled at his stoic consistency & dedication.
I always watched him get wheeled in every sunday for the 9.15 service and on time too. After church he would nod and smile as people came over to say hi. In the last few weeks when he couldn’t smile or nod, his eyes glistened with all the hope and love you could imagine. My emotions gradually changed from that of great joy at seeing him stay consistent and faithful in his worship and determination to be with his fellow brethren in Christ to one of great pain in the last few weeks when I realised how much pain he must have been in – to be in a world with so much noise and activity around you and yet be unable to make use of any available means to communicate. I kept trying to imagine being completely unable to let others know how you feel – unable to point, nod, write, speak …. Yet he was in Church every single Sunday, right to the last one before he passed away. His faithfulness touched my heart and life in more ways than one.
At his Funeral, the Vicar in charge talked about how he went to read the bible to him in Hospice in the last few days and how after each passage, he eyes would beg for more. He kept asking for more! more of the scripture … it was obvious he took great delight in having the words read to him. Other loved ones spoke about his life and it occurred to me how there was so much good he was known for and would now be remembered for. I realised we could only genuinely remember him for those things because that was what his day-to-day life was made up of anyway. His dedication, commitment and love for God weren’t habits he picked up when he was diagnosed with a deadly disease or when it was convenient.
It was his WAY of life.
As I drove back home that day I pondered over what I wanted to be remembered for and wondered if any of those things were habits or characteristics I was displaying now…. i bet you know the answer to that!
We all do that don’t we? We have a nice list of things we want to be remembered for but our lives do not mirror those things. This could be for a number of reasons;
Until that funeral service, most of those
excuses reasons up there were legitimate and real excuses (oops, again!), for why we do not ‘do‘ or ‘start’ the things we really want to be remembered for. But I learnt something new, what you want to be remembered for is not only about how you ‘end’ your life but how you ‘live’ your life.
So do a self test today…If you had no chance to change anything about your life;
would you there be anything memorable that you would be remembered for ( by your family, children, colleagues)?
Would the things you would remembered for ( if any) be the things you want to be remembered for?
If not, then that is really something to think about isn’t it?
Think about it, how many of us wake up in the morning with a plan to go to work but get to the bus stop and hop on a bus going in the opposite direction?
eh? Nah, didn’t think so…
whatever the case, you would still BE ON YOUR WAY TO WORK!
Something that would never happen if you kept hopping on a bus going in the opposite direction from your office.
In the same way, why don’t we BEGIN to live our lives the way we want it to be at the end?
Its okay if there are set backs en-route but at least you would still be on track… There is never a right/perfect time… the journey of a thousand steps begins not with the first step but in facing the right direction... and then taking the first step.
My dear friend was taken away by a deadly disease but every day we live is one day closer to the day we die…
So live now ( as you ought) because there is no other time to do so…
It has been exactly 4.5 years since I last blogged. I remember visiting my site a number of times every year, trying to work up the ‘zeal’ to resume blogging but always deterred by a number of self-made objections. I think the biggest reason that trumped all the others was how there was just ‘too much’ to say about my time of hibernation. By the end of the second year I completely gave up because I convinced myself I had outgrown that phase.
Why am I back? Well in the last half a decade, I have experienced so many things for the first time; Wife, Mother, Entrepreneur, Mother of two and career change. In fact, I almost feel like a totally different person. While it is true these things have completely and utterly consumed my life, the passing on to Glory of someone whose service and dedication always amazed me got me thinking again…
What on earth am I here for? ..
Many of us are in the process of discovering this. Some think they have figured out what it is but then get overwhelmed by life and the change it brings, oftentimes leading to a phase where they forget that special (or not) calling/gift they think they have.
Is writing my calling? Well, I don’t know but I do know that I have always found purpose and encouragement in sharing Gods lessons in my experiences with other people. Life is change, change is constant but does constantly changing mean we forget to take regular pauses to ask the all important question…
what am I here for?
The absence of that question is the ever so subtle introduction of the kind of change that is often self-absorbed and inwardly focused ( your dreams, desires and aspirations only ) without an external link to the outside world.
So while I ponder on Life, the changes it has brought my way and Gods purpose for my life in the midst of all that change, I am glad that I have found myself coming back full cycle to writing again ( hopefully something in here will bless you!)
So Here I am… staring at change in the face and yelling I am back!!!
Take a pause… feel His pulse
You are invited to embark on the journey of grace and discovery as Jemima takes root in the heart’s and mind’s of God’s people. We are entering exciting times as we position ourselves to be receptive vessels for all that our creator has in store for us!
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A number of my friends have accused me for not updating my blog regularly – especially after my last post addressed something of that nature. What i then explained to them was that i was not just writing (which i love doing), i was doing it on a bigger scale.
Over the last three months i have been working almost full time to finish up on my book. It had been on my mind for over a year but after i wrote the last post, i decided to take a cue from my own lesson and then plunge into it full time.
One of the greatest things that can happen to any individual is the ability to stick with the right habits. Tell me your habits and I will predict your future! So in order to make my dream of completing the book project, i made writing a habit instead of a hobby. I pushed myself hard and i must say i had no idea i had so much to say.
When operating under my own time frame, i would write about one story in a month or two. But in less than two months i have written about 15 stories!
I realised that in our walk in life we are confronted daily with challenges..many people try to deal with their issues how they know best, but how can we fare well when we ignore the potential to make ourselves better? I had many issues around writing more frequently but the moment i decided to apply discipline and make myself accountable to others for writing, it was like a dam broke and the words kept flowing.
As the dream grew bigger i decided to enlist the help of trusted people who supported my love for writing. I finally got about 12 stories that were contributed by friends. They were amazing stories and i enjoyed reading every one of them thoroughly. I didn’t even know some of them were such great writers and i would never have known if i had not spoken up that i needed help.
The book i am working on is a compilation of short and interesting real life stories that have been written to stimulate and encourage people to take an active part in ensuring they live a more fulfilling life through some simple lessons on how to tap into God’s Grace on a daily basis.
It also revealed another lesson to me; When you have a dream and you have started to work towards it, reality is that sometimes the journey may suddenly look endless and the results may look bleak – that is usually the best time to seek the support and help of trusted friends who share the same passions as you. You will be amazed as to how a simple action from them can get you bouncing back and rearing to go!
I tried it and it worked and i am now so happy that i can cross that off my list before stepping gallantly into the new year.
The greatest lesson i learnt from it all is how the Grace of God abounds daily unto great things. I decided to take my mind off the overwhelming vision (which was that i needed to write sooo many stories to compile into a book) and focus on getting past each day.
Every day i would believe in Gods grace to give me a personal experience during the day so that i could write a story about it. It worked greatly. Because it was trust on a day to day basis, i was more at ease and it made me more sensitive to my surroundings and to the lessons i could learn from things around me…and for me, a lesson meant a story.
I titled this post Gods grace day by day because that is what has kept me going since the last time i blogged here. Which is why i gave the book the same title… in Hebrew. So watch out for a book titled JEMIMA!
Merry Christmas and have a new year filled with JEMIMA!!!
It’s been ages. Three months I have been away but it feels like a lifetime ago that I last blogged here on ‘Truth’.
Looking back now, it may not be a lifetime in terms of your calendar month but it has been a lifetime of experiences…
I got married to a wonderful and loving man in July and I guess the sheer and overwhelming joy of that experience got me so lazy that I couldn’t write or even think of writing anything.
Then in August I realised that I had to put the ‘honeymoon’ feeling on hold and focus on trying to complete my MBA thesis. I threw my whole being into getting it done on time and barely had time for anything else.
Towards the end of august, Hubby (feels nice to be able to say that…) suggested that I should start checking out different vacancies to see if I would find one that could be potentially interesting for my career. At that point, I was not really keen as I was under immense pressure from writing the dissertation and I just wanted to complete it and get back to blogging and enjoying married life before plunging into the world of waking up early, going to work, traffic and so on. In all fairness to him, I had complained that I was worried about having to go through any serious job hunting after graduating.
Anyway, so I sent out my CV to a couple of companies one Monday morning and got a call a few hours later to come for an interview. To cut it short, by Friday afternoon, I had a fantastic job offer!!!
I have to admit I was extremely thrilled and excited at the prospect of working again after taking time of to go for my Masters, but then out of the window went all my plans to take time after submitting my dissertation to update my blog, finish up on my book project, and generally have plenty fun.
I submitted my dissertation on a Friday in the middle of September and started work the following Monday. Since then, it’s been a roller coaster ride with barely enough time to catch my breath on weekends!
I was finally caught in my tracks over the weekend when I tried to review the last few months and I found that I hadn’t done the thing I love doing most for over three months and I didn’t feel it (well, maybe an occasional feeling of guilt every now and then ).
Thinking about it now, I realise that it is very easy for your whole life to pass in what seems like a blur without you being able to do the things you really want to and love doing! If I hadn’t taken the assessment check of my life of the last couple of months, the year would have probably rolled by without me really noticing that I hadn’t blogged in a long long time and then by next year blogging may have become past history.
Even though I am very grateful for the life I have right now, I will not rest, get lazy and let my real purpose for life just fly by…and the buns are not yet in the oven oh! How much more when the kids start rolling in?
So I have decided that things I cannot control (like time I spend at work, taking care of the home etc) will be given normal and proper attention but every spare time that is within my control will be put to good use.
Right now, I am on a train travelling for yet another business meeting but I am putting my time to better use by updating my blog – something I somehow could not find the time to do over the last three months!
That is it dear friends, lets live better because as long as there is night and day, responsibilities will always increase and there will always be new challenges and not once will the number of hours in a day exceed 24.
So take charge and make the most of your day… and life!!!
The Old gate (Nehemiah 3:6) represents truth. In many lives today, this gate is broken down – people no longer rest upon truth.
Truth is always old, and it is upon old things that every new thing must rest. I read somewhere that
“whatever is true is not new, and whatever is new is not true.”
We live in a post modern society that believes there are no absolutes. So “truth” is being forsaken.
Modern society is rapidly throwing away biblical truth which the church has stood for since Christ’s day. It is saying in effect, that we dont need these things anymore. But if we allow this “old truth” to go, the consequences are that the walls crumble and then we are just like everyone else.
I often think about the story of a man who went one day to visit an old musician.. He knocked on the musicians door and said
” what is the good word for today?”
the old musician did not say a word. He turned around and went back across the room to where a tuning fork was hanging.
He took a hammer and struck the tuning fork so that the note resounded through the room. Then the musician said
“that, my friend,is ‘A’. It was ‘A’ yesterday. It was ‘A’ five thousand years ago and it will be ‘A’ five thousand years from now”.
Then he added,
“the tenor across my hall sings off-key. The soprano upstairs is flat on her high notes and the piano in the next room is out of tune.”
He struck the tuning fork again and said,
“That is ‘A’ and that, my friend is the good word for today.”
That is truth, Truth is always the same. Like God, it never changes. We need to rebuild the old gates of truth.
what are the areas we have broken down in this our long journey of life? truth at work, to the kids, in our relationships, to our spouse…
it just gets worse doesnt it? every other time one untruth to cover another and then what results is the emergence of a new definition of ‘truth’ – where they are no absolutes… where there is no right or wrong…
It came again, the betrayer…
Only this time it took one of our very own
You, so full of life
You, a personification of friendliness
Tee, you took a walk
Then it became a journey
There was no goodbye
But there was a life well spent
You were a dear friend
I remember the first time you spoke to me…
You heard me discussing my accommodation problems with someone
Then walked right over and offered that I could move in with you!
All those weeks I stayed with you,
And in the years that followed as your friend
You showed your true colour
The human embodiment of love, hope, purpose, fun and desire
You left behind a message…you lived to love
For that, you will remain alive in our minds
Even in REST, you will not be a memory felt, but a memory kept
Now, that is not a statement,
It is a PROMISE.
Till we all meet again
Anytime, anywhere I hear your name
I won’t grieve…
Instead I will remember,
TENA, the young lady who lived a full life