8.4.19

Granola Bars


For some time I have been bored with what I eat for breakfast and don't have the motivation to make the food I would want to eat in the morning, so I decided to make some healthy granola bars to kickstart my day. Here is my recipe which is nice and easy, you can't really flop this one so enjoy.

Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
75g almonds flakes
40g sunflower seeds
4T  honey
6T almond butter
10 Medjool dates
50g  dried apricots
50g dried cranberries
2t ground cinnamon
pinch of sea salt

Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC
  • Spread out the oats, almonds, and seeds on a large baking tray then place in the hot oven for 15 minutes.
  • Heat the honey and nut butter over low heat. 
  • Destone the dates then blend with 100ml of warm water to make a paste.
  • Stir cinnamon and salt into the oats mixture.
  • Stir the date paste into the honey mixture.
  • Mix all ingredients together until the oats is thoroughly covered with no dry bits.
  • Spoon it into a lightly greased baking dish and press down with the back of a spoon.
  • Bake at 180ºC for 15 minutes.
  • Leave to cool slightly then cut into squares

Enjoy your breakfast!

Love

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28.3.19

Back to the Beginning

I'm not sure where to begin but I know that I need to start somewhere. 10 years ago on 13th April 2009 I penned my very first post on this blog. My audience was the women of our brand new baby church, D7 Church and the message was identity, knowing who we are as daughters of the King. My only intention for writing was to encourage our women on their faith journey and in their everyday ordinary life. Little did I know what the years ahead would hold and how much of a rollercoaster ride life was to become. I have written here through most of it, there have been some quiet spots with an attempt at a post in the dark seasons.

Today I come back full circle as I explore my own writings, try to make sense of the journey I have been on with the hope that I will find a way forward. Most of all, with all my heart I believe that there is a purpose to the past ten years and it wasn't all for nothing!

My audience from today is me.  If you happen to be reading this, then you too and I hope that you find encouragement from my reflections or perhaps only a little entertainment! My message remains the same, identity. For me, identity remains the most important message of all time. Who am I? What is my purpose? What should I be doing with my life? To answer these questions I need to know the One who made me. All becomes clearer as I spend time with the One who made me. It is in this precious time that I feel peace and my purpose once again becomes clearer.

This year, as I spent time with God, I felt clearly that the name of 2019 is Less is More and thus far this has been my guiding phrase, when in doubt I simply ask, does this fit in with Less is More. It has helped me shape my business and more importantly helped me to get back to the simple things in life which I enjoy, one of them being writing here in my blog, a simple pleasure that I have neglected for far too long.

So what does back to the beginning mean to me? Well, I am going to start by getting back to the place where I felt closest to God and where life made the most sense and that means starting to read my own writing from my very first post and retracing my footsteps through the past 10 years to try and make some sense of it all. There has been so much good but equally so much hurt and pain. I have become a completely different person because of it so almost need to start exploring my identity once again. Not because my core identity has changed but because there is a whole new layer of understanding. God has stripped away, humbled and exposed parts of me, some good and some not so good. He has been hard at work moulding me, chipping away the bad bits and polishing up the good bits. I truly am a new creation, evidence of what a good God can do with a bad girl. He started His incredible work in me way back on 1st March 1991, 28 years ago when I was a very lost and broken pregnant seventeen year old! Wow, what a journey I've been on. I don't feel the need to go that far back, if you would like to hear about those days read some of my books as I reveal all in Hope's Journey, Secure on the Rock and Passion & Purity. I will pick up with His more recent work from the past 10 years and see where this takes me.

I have no idea where this will take me but if you would like to join me on this journey, share your stories, ask questions and pray for each other, please feel free to do so by leaving comments in the box below. So here we go, back to the beginning...

Love

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23.9.18

Awake, Arise & Go!

We kicked off King’s Daughters in June with Awake & Arise which was amazing but now it’s time to add to our battle cry with AWAKE, ARISE & GO!

Tickets are £20 and include a light lunch!

Church is wonderful except if it stays under a basket or inside the four walls of our church buildings. We need to get the church out into the world and one of the areas that the world needs us is the community and marketplace – our place of business.

No one is excluded, whether you are in the marketplace or want to support those who are you are very welcome. It’s a difficult time that we live in and too much of our precious faith is being watered down. Let’s stand together, young and old, to get the message of the gospel into the marketplace.

“The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church.” Ephesians 1:23 MSG

Our day together will consist of socialising, preaching, worship, prayer and entertainment It’s a not to be missed day for all women both for a personal refreshing and refilling so we can put on our armour and get to work.

SPEAKERS



ANGELA DE SOUZA

Angela is the founder and director of King’s Daughters and the fast-growing national network of executives and entrepreneurs, the Women’s Business Club. She is a passionate entrepreneur, mother of four beautiful children, one grandchild, speaker, author, and businesswoman. Born in West Sussex, she spent all of her childhood in South Africa and now lives in Cheltenham with her Brazilian husband, Eric.

Angela says, “My deepest desire is to help women reach their God-given potential by knowing who they really are!”


ELIZABETH UKIOMOGBE

Elizabeth is currently the Ambassador Team Lead for Transform Work UK, an organisation whose mission is to inspire Christians to transform their workplace and the nation through the presence and activities of Christian workplace groups. She is also a leader at Kensington Temple, London City Church, which has a strong emphasis on influencing ‘The Giants of Society’.

Elizabeth worked at Ealing Council, London, for 16 years where she started a thriving Christian Workplace Group. The group successfully collaborated with other groups from different streams and engaged positively with senior management. This enabled the Group to hold a number of influential Council-wide Christian events. Elizabeth graduated from Bible College in 1994 after which she did missions which took her to China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Europe and around Great Britain. Elizabeth is currently studying for a Masters degree in Applied Theology.

PASTOR DAWN DAVIS-LAWRENCE

Pastor Dawn Davis-Lawrence’s life has touched and inspired many. She is the founder and Senior Pastor of the New Harvest Community Church “City of God” based in Leicester, her skills and ability as an orator has led to her being a sought-after speaker and trainer. She is a community leader, serial business entrepreneur, and author of various books.

Pastor Dawn is an ardent believer in the ability of the human spirit to recover, rebound and prevail. Her warm charismatic nature and deep passion for all things God have been instrumental in transforming lives worldwide.

Pastor Dawn is a trained life, business and relationship coach and a Master NLP Practitioner. She also holds an MSc in Domestic Violence and Sexual Exploitation, a BSc Hons in Health, and a HND in Business, she is also a trained Psychodynamic Counsellor.


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22.9.18

King's Daughters Conference 2018 - Awake and Arise

Karin Whittaker – Such a wonderful day, and really good to meet the ladies at Encounter Church. Thank you for making me feel very welcome ♥️ 

Julie Maull Enjoyed the whole day, a pleasure to join with you all again and meet old friends and new, singing continued in my night sleep. 😀 


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20.2.18

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Seasons in General

Today we are talking about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the seasons in general that we face in life and business. If you are prone to SAD or generally feeling blue this time of year or know someone who does suffer please chat to us in the comments below.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. SAD is sometimes known as "winter depression" because the symptoms are more apparent and tend to be more severe during the winter. The symptoms often begin in the autumn as the days start getting shorter.

About 3% of the population are estimated to suffer from seasonal affective disorder, a debilitating illness which prevents those affected from functioning normally without appropriate treatment. About 20% of people in the UK experience mildly debilitating symptoms of Sad which is commonly called winter blues. All degrees of SAD can affect mood, sleep and appetite as well as lack of energy, concentration problems, anxiety, overeating, loss of libido, social and relationship problems and sudden mood changes or periods of hypomania (over-activity) in spring.

Nature has seasons and we accept them, we don't fight against them, probably because there is nothing we can do about it, it is going to happen whether we like it or not. So why do we fight against the seasons in other areas of our life? EVERYTHING is seasonal.

SAD in Business

Decision Making
If you or someone in your company's leadership team suffers with SAD it will massively impact on their decision making. It is essential to have a few different perspectives on major decisions during the winter months, I would even go as far as to sad that major decisions shouldn't be made in the depths of winter or the height of summer!

Self Sabotaging
Feeling bad in general can lead to self-sabotaging, especially in successful businesswomen. Success comes with a price and carries weight which at times can be too much to bear. Without realising it, you could be self-sabotaging your success to lighten your load.

Negativity
Negative thoughts bread more negative thoughts which turn into negative words and could create a negative culture in your company. All in all, it can send you and your team into a downward spiral fast! If you understand that you suffer with SAD or notice someone on your team suffering nip negativity in the bud and focus on positive things. It's not that you ignore the negative things but you deal with them one on one with the person suffering or if the whole team is a bit down tell them you will come back to that at a later date and then plan a team social or something positive to boost morale.


Solutions

Natural Light
The Royal College of Psychiatrists strongly recommends seeking as much exposure to natural light as possible. Go for a walk, have a cup of tea outside or do things that you enjoy or get a light box if you really don't want to go out into the cold and sit in front of it for 30 - 60 minutes a day.

Exercise
Boosting your endorphin levels and getting your blood pumping with exercise is good for you any time of year but it will help you with SAD too. It's probably the last thing you feel like doing but if you can get yourself moving regularly you will feel a bit better.

Stay Warm
Many people who suffer with SAD also tend to dislike the cold. Keeping warm both indoors and outdoors can help too.

Slow Down
Take the pressure off of yourself and half your diary commitments. Understand that you are no good to anyone if you have no energy anyway.

Have Fun
Dot things that you enjoy into your days and weeks so that the days don't drag on and on.

Rest
Why do we always push ourselves to function at 100mph constantly. Rest is a good and healthy thing, if you need to rest then rest. It might just mean sitting and having a quiet cup of tea during the day or for some it could mean a nap or going to be early.

PRAY
All the above is what we can do in the natural but God is above nature and can intervene in the most extraordinary way. Take your burdens to Him because He really does care for you.

If you really can't manage and find that you are losing weight or sleep and if you are feeling suicidal you must get in touch with a doctor.

Watch the full video of my talk on this subject below.






6.2.18

Being a Christian in Business

Previously I shared a glimpse into how my passion for business, and being a Christian in business started. Today, I would like to share a talk that I did recently to a group of Christian business men and women at Transform Work UK event.
Being a Christian at work or while running a business doesn't change that fact that you still have to do the work or run the business! Everything isn't instantly easy because you are a Christian. It's not always easy finding the delicate balance between being a Christian and building a business or career. We can quickly lose focus on one or the other and keeping your eyes on Jesus no matter what you are doing in your everyday ordinary life is essential. Here is a quick summary of my talk but watch the video for more.

It's For Him
It's all about Jesus

No matter what we do it's important to remember who we do it for. Having that perspective means that every moment in every situation is kept in perspective. If we aim to do our work for Him then we will do it very differently to how we would do it for ourselves only. Learning what it means to do it for Him and how to do that practically is a journey that you and the Holy Spirit will go on - He will teach and guide you every step of the way if you allow Him to.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters - Colossians 3:23

It's For You
Only Jesus satisfies

 The Apostle Paul said that he had learned to be satisfied with little and with much and we too can learn that because our work, our money or our possessions can't satisfy us in the long run. They may satisfy for a moment but the feeling quickly wears off and we need the next pursuit. It is the gift of God for us to enjoy our life and be satisfied with it but only when we stop striving and what being satisfied means.

That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. - Ecclesiastes 3:13

It's With You
You still need to do your part

As I said previously, being a Christian in business doesn't make easy and doesn't guarantee your business success either. You have to do your part by being good at what you do, learning what you need to learn, walking in God's ways, becoming who he wants you to become and good old-fashioned hard work. A part of your journey will even include failures because that's how we learn too. Embrace it all and do your part whilst staying close to God and allowing Him to be God of it all.

Watch the full talk below.




I hope my story encourages you in some way, what challenges to do face in your place of work? In my next post, I will share some practical tips on how to be salt and light whilst still building a career or a business.

Love

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29.1.18

Anointed for Business

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It was a cool autumn morning in October 2012 and the stench of last nights party wafted up into my nose. People started arriving for church and the local community centre/pub quickly became the house of God. I loved our little church and my husband and I were honoured to be called the pastors of this amazing little flock.

It was on this morning with this very group of people that would share a word that God put on my heart. Little did I know that sharing the word was not only for them but at the same time it birthed something in me.

The message was entitled Anointed for Business and it was coming from my place of frustration as a pastor not from being a businesswoman, as I didn't have a business at that time or ever think I would. I longed to see the church bursting at the seams, to see it relevant outside of the four walls of the community center that we were meeting in. I desperately wanted to see the people so passionate about Jesus that they couldn't contain it during the weeks as they went to work or school and got on with everyday ordinary life. I firmly believe then and still do today that church is not a Sunday meeting but it's a living, active organism that impacts every area of life on every day of the week.

And so I shared my message that Sunday, Anointed for Business and part two the following Sunday Anointed for Business II. At the end of the talk, I invited people to come up to the front to be anointed for business. It was a very special and powerful time of empowering our church to go into their workplaces and be salt and light, to see that every day and every place was, in fact, their mission field. Little did I know that as I anointed others for business, that a seed was planted inside of me too, one that would grow into a business.

It wasn't long afterward that I started to wrestle with God about starting a business club. My first business had failed and I was content with being a full-time pastor with my husband, I didn't want or need to start a business. Running a business was the furthest thing from my mind yet the niggling thought persisted - start a business club!  

So I set a date for a November event, then canceled it, then set a date for a December event, then canceled it. Finally, I set a date for a 16 January 2013 event and launched the very first Women's Business Club (then called King's Daughters Business).

It is five years later now and boy oh boy have a learned a lot! Setting up and running a business has been a rollercoaster ride, it has had incredible ups and some really horrible downs but worst of all it never stops, the rollercoaster just goes on and on and on!

At first, all my energy went into building the business and establishing my reputation as a businesswoman. My passion for evangelism in my business slowly faded as I was very quickly consumed by all that my business demanded from me. A few years in I hated the business and just wanted to quit - it has become a monster that I couldn't tame. Then sometime after that, I remember how it all began and why I started it in the first place.

My deepest and truest passion is to help people realise their potential. With all my heart I believe that God put something special inside of each and every one of us and we can either find it and unleash it or go through life struggling because we either don't know it's there or suppress it for whatever reason. In my role as a pastor I loved to support people and help them unleash their potential and as a businesswoman, it was no different.

I have come full circle but with a few scars and much more wisdom and understanding. My passion now is to do both, to run a successful national business and to be anointed to reach out into the confused, hurting, lost and broken world with a message of hope.

In my next post, I will share a little bit more about my journey. In the meantime please share your story with me, I would love to hear from you - leave a comment below.

Love

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