It's that time again!..13th of March!..'My birthday !:). So help me wish a 'HAPPYYYY BIRTHDAYYY TO ME!!! and all those sharing this day with ME'!.
Quick heart share for you all, see I've always been a fan of celebrating birthdays and life occasions in general. To me it's not about those grand parties, elaborate holidays, shopping sprees and all those others things society portray as qualifiers. Let that NOT be misconstrued. If you can afford it, and that's what makes you happy, content and whatnot, why the heck not! and trust me at times I like doing it big within my grasp!. My point is, it's not about the big gestures so if you cannot afford to splash out please don't let comparison rob you of celebrating life.
Growing up my Mummy and Daddy always ensured we celebrated life moments not just birthdays. Times we never had much they would still make an effort to ensure I felt those showers of love. Some years I had what I called 'amazing birthdays' and some not so much because it wasn't my ideal, I wanted grand, but even if I didn't get it, we always still did something small and thought filled, be it my mum cooking my fave meal, and baking a small cake, a trip to 'Splash' ( kenya's Alton towers, don't even know if it still exists!) ,but looking back there was always a level of consistency in celebrating my birthday and no year lacked showers of love. Wether on not we had money that year, they always found a way of making memories, and for that I am forever grateful and will follow that through with my little ones :) One Day!
There are so many ways of celebrating, If you followed my last 2 bday antics you will notice I tend to find a theme, so last year was more 'Family' so spent it dinning and hanging with them, the year before I felt it was more about 'Giving back' so I made goody bags for the homeless, made my girls buy Red Nose Day tees, we got on the tour of London by night then after went around blessing those in need. This year It's all about 'calmness' so opting to have a relaxing one.
With that said before I embark on my day, I want to share 5 things I've learnt and is applying this year from my faith perspective, y'all know that I am a Christian Right?! :). Hand on heart these things have transformed my life readying me for this new chapter, so I pray it blesses you wether you are a believer or not.
1. Revisit Goals.
I am so big on planning and writing things down,' order' I call it. I don't always like going with the flow. But as I wake or prep for the day before, really submitting my plans to God in prayer and asking for direction has a beautiful way of making it all work out for my God. Suddenly, what seems a priority is no longer, or that which was dire sorts itself out with ease! I love it, yet another of God's promises coming to life :). Proverbs 16:3 'Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans'.
2. Everything 'TO BE' is in you.
This always blows my mind away, before we were formed God knew us, before we came to being he already had our end. Sadly like the children of Israel we can go on the path that takes us longer to get to the promised land. We desire better, dream of better, get frustrated at stagnation and so much more but we have to let this reign deep inside of us, the fact everything we are to be is already in us. We are equipped by him, equipped to live on this earth and know our maker, live out our destiny and be glorious vessels. From the beginning he breathed a part of himself into you! his spirit is in you, the dreams and visions he has given you- with him in you, you can accomplish it!. He will never give you more than you can handle nor will he give you a dream without the tools to carry it through. We really need to tap more into him, listen, and spend time with him. We only see so far, so why not trust and let the one that see past it all guide you to that perfect end?! Think about it, the creator of the universe, so mighty and glorious in deity lives in you, his spirit is in you so imagine what you can do. LOOK at all Jesus did, once the spirit of God was manifested in him, his short life amounted to so much so I urge you/ me to keep looking to the source, staying routed to the source and contend In deed and prayer for his spirit to be manifested in your lives. Psalms 18:29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
3. Accept and adapt to change.
Extremely challenging but absolutely necessary. You notice all those that succeed adapt well to change, be it economical, spiritual or physical. There is nothing static in this life, and the harsh reality is ' the future doesn't belong to the strong but those best adaptable to change'. That is why we see dinosaurs are dead yet ants are still alive and classed as one of the wisest animals around, even snakes ( study their survival traits).
Proverbs 6:7 -Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, Which, having no chief, Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.
How you deal and process situations determine your altitude in life. As we all hear ' Plan to fail, fail to plan'. So I believe we have to put the ground work in, wether or not you are trying to sort your finances, plan for the future, or deal with life's HAPPENSTANCES! Be aware of the times, the reality, acquire and apply knowledge, and above all be positive. Adapting WELL is really a matter of the heart, because what starts inside will flow outside. RENEW AND CHANGE YOUR MIND , protecting what is happening in your heart!
Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
4. Righteous Anger
Never be afraid of fighting, but you have to pick your battles with wisdom. At times you can find a certain person is forever on your case, plotting for your end, you find the same stumbling blocks, hinderances, or even traits you cannot shake-off years on. This is where righteous anger comes in because when you understand there is a spiritual realm and spirituals fights going on, you learn you don't always have to fight with your fists but on your knees with the words of God in utterance. Guys! we have to know who we are in Christ, his promises for us, and have that unshakeable confidence. We cannot allow ourselves to be intimated by 'pharaohs' forgetting your life is in the hands of your maker, your being and identity is in him too. You don't need the accolades of man. This also means we need to also stand for our faith , be bold in sharing christ, you have found something so priceless, ' The cure' so don't be selfish.!
Matthew 5:14 "You are the light of the world--like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
Do not let people intimidate you or mock God in-front of you , I love how David took on the philistine king :-
1 Samuel 17:26 Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, "What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?"
5. Serve and Gratitude.
This is literally one of my life mantras. The more you focus on yourself and your problems, the bigger they seem. Rather set out daily to be a blessing to someone else, be someones smile, someones shoulder/ ear just be there, and as you do this watch how God In turn blesses you. It doesn't mean you do to get! but rather delight in serving others, have an attitude of gratitude. 99% of the times you will find your problem is actually not as bad as another's and again this is also a matter of the heart, be content in your seasons, look and focus on the good, no body's got time for depression and all that. Seriously! don't take yourself into such dark places. Focus on being a blessing and rejoice in your seasons be it good or bad!
1 Thessalonians 5:18- Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
With that said I am signing out to enjoy today, have a beautiful day my lovelies!
Lots Of Love