I Bought Myself A Pretty Dress….

I walked into a store today and bought a really nice dress. It might come across as a little strange that I would make a point of writing about this, but trust me; it’s absolutely important.

If you work hard and have loads of responsibilities and family obligations, you might have found yourself in a place where you have forgotten about you because you’re so busy taking care of everyone else.

You might be saving hard for a future dream, building a business or just getting bills paid. I understand that in the present day Nigerian economy, most of us have had to make adjustments but I also know that you need to give yourself a break and take a breather.

Take out time to pat yourself on the back and reward yourself. It’s not being selfish. It’s called self-care.

I am not asking you to become financially reckless or irresponsible. I am only asking you to trust God enough to relax and let yourself enjoy some of the rewards of your hard work.

For me, I felt a certain kind of way when I bought the dress. I felt carefree, happy and light as a little girl. For you, it might not be the buying of a dress. It could be taking yourself out on a dinner date at a nice restaurant, going to the spa and getting facials and a massage or taking a weekend trip out of town.

Whatever you do, make sure it’s something that makes you feel good and laugh. Laugh out loud. Take long showers, drink some wine.  Turn of the phone, lie down and sleep through one weekend. Tell God that you know he loves you and he’s got you covered and you’re going to relax and enjoy being taken care of.

Do that and regularly and watch that tension drain away. This weekend, let your keyword be SELF CARE.

 

Young Graduates! Get in here! You Need This!

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If you’re a young graduate or a professional climbing the corporate ladder, you definitely need this service.

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Let The Shepherd Lead…

The Lord is my shepherd.
I will always have everything I need.[a]
He gives me green pastures to lie in.
He leads me by calm pools of water.
He restores my strength.
He leads me on right paths[b] to show that he is good.

Psalm 23:1-3 (ERV)

“The Lord is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need”.

 It’s a confident statement of assurance. The shepherd as a metaphor for God here is quite descriptive of how God pays particular attention to our individual needs. He loves and cares and protects and ensures that we are properly nourished. He is called the good shepherd. In this world of constant chaos, it’s a good thing to remember that God loves and cares about you and your needs.

“Green pastures to lie in and calm pools of water” in verse 2, is about nourishment and rest. So many times, we are fighting life’s battles and taking on challenges and wearing ourselves out that after a while, we are spent emotionally, spiritually and sometimes physically.  God sees that and makes us chill out. He stops us in our tracks, separates us from the familiar scene of chaos so we can rest and rejuvenate.

We might not even realize what he’s doing sometimes, and we might struggle against it but if we listen to the holy spirit we will realize he just wants us to chill out and be refreshed.  And verse 3 cannot happen without verse 2.

Without rest and nourishment, strength cannot be restored. When your spirit and soul is rested and nourished, you can hear God better and be led on the right path.

The Lesson here is to be willing to submit to the Good shepherd. He knows what he’s doing and he has only good plans for our lives because he truly loves us.

 

Are You Gonna Talk Or Are You Going To DO Something?

“One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.  Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 

 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.  Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!”  So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

  Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 

 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

(Acts 3: 1-8) NLT

This is one of the most beautiful new testament miracle stories in the bible. There’s a lot to be learned from this short story, but one thing stood out for me the most. and That’s in the underlined verse. ” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.”

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If It Feels Like Your Mood Swings Are Out Of Control…

I have always had mood swings. for as long as i can remember. I was a relatively happy child, who grew up into a moody adolescent, a turbulent teenager and a complicated adult.  (Someday, I’ll tell you how that happened)

When i started having mood swings, i didn’t know what they were called. But i knew exactly how i felt. One moment, I’ll be happy, playful and carefree, the next moment, I’ll be irritable, unhappy , uninterested in anything and anyone.

It got worse as i grew up. A lot of this had to do with my natural temperament and being molested at eight but I had no one to explain what was happening to me, so i grew up into an adult who internalizes hurts, fears and negativism.

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