8.5.19

GO!

This past Saturday I had the honour of preaching at the Alabaster Women's Conference in Leicester.

My message is simple - it can be summed up in one word. This one word, in fact, it is only two letters, has the potential to change the entire word. These two letters can change your life today if you are willing to apply them and take action. The word is GO!

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” - Mark 16:15-18

This is our mandate as Christians - to GO!

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I would love to hear from you, leave me a comment below with your thoughts on this or any questions you might have.

Love

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25.4.19

The Journey Begins

Right, now that the hardest part is over, and that was getting the first post written, taking the plunge and getting back into this blog, I begin the journey of reading through the last ten years of posts - 650 in total! My next post was a book review. This reminded me of much I used to love reading and how little I read these days. My business, Women's Business Club, has pretty much taken over my life and this is not a good thing. Part of getting back into my blog is to try and find me again, to find what I love outside of business and to take those parts of my life back. Reading is one of those areas that has been sorely neglected.

The book I reviewed was God Chicks by Holly Wagner. The highlight of this post is that Holly actually wrote to us and left us a comment which I treasure.

I might just really get into reading again so have bought Warrior Chicks too, I never did get around to reading that one so will do so now. As I placed my order on Amazon it occurred to me that part of what moulded me back in those days was who I followed online. They say that your life is influenced by the books you read and the people you spend time with. I would go one step further in this day and age and say that your life is also influenced by the people you follow online. So I am going to go back to my influencers of 10 years ago and sign up to their blogs too and see what there is to see! I used to love following Holly Furtick and Holly Wagner - ha ha just noticed that they are both Hollys. It seems Holly Furtick doesn't have a blog anymore but only an Instagram, how the world has changed so quickly.

OK, so where am I at now? I think I am burned out but still trying really hard to keep going. Deep down inside I know I need to stop and have a complete rest from everything but that is easier said than done. Today I spoke to someone for business advice and was told that I am more successful than I realise. This was really encouraging. At the same time, right now, as I write, I feel totally shattered and cannot find the strength to get through the days. Is success supposed to feel this bad?

So my journey begins, the journey of finding me again amidst the weight of success. Perhaps this post doesn't make sense but some of you will totally get how I feel. I would love to hear from you, where are you at in your life's journey, how do you feel right now? Perhaps you are in a new beginning and feeling fresh and alive or perhaps you have been hard at work for many years and feel totally wiped out or maybe you are somewhere in between. I would love to hear your story and how you are feeling right now so we can go on this journey together.

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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