Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Brat versus The Nation Builder

Today is Christmas Day internationally and although I am not celebrating Christmas, I found myself raking the yard, washing clothes, cleaning and washing the car and some light cleaning. I was not amused by this. In fact these things were that last thing I wanted to do. I did all of this after I was worked at the Lioness Boutique booth until 4 am Christmas morning. A part of me wanted to be in bed watching television or sleeping. I wanted to do any or everything else except for what I did. A part of me was telling God my plight and another part of me did not want to complain. 

Why am I telling you this? Tonight I was updating the Lioness Boutique Facebook page and I was doing something completely unrelated when I got this word:

 "She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.  She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.  She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks." Proverbs 31:15-17

This word clicked my entire day into perspective. Here I was not just a woman but more importantly a woman of God and I was complaining about the processes that I had a go through to be molded into a nation builder. I did not understand the strength that was being planted in my soul by the rigors of the work that I have been doing or had to do. I read the verses and I saw that women are resourceful, we are nurtures, we are business women, we are financial controllers, in short we are strong and capable beings. In fact, the reason why this word is written is because God wants us to see the capabilities of a woman of God.

Often this modern society tricks us into believing that we are not whole. It programs us to believe that there is always something that we need to make us complete. So we often walk around believing that we are defective beings. Due to this we often spend more time focusing on what we need instead of what we are created to do. So today, I feel like a big baby who was complaining about growing up. So God I am sorry for being a spoilt brat. Thank you for opening my eyes to the power that women possess. So my friends which category do you fall in: Are you a Brat? Or Are you the Nation Builder?  

Monday, December 23, 2013

When Dreams Die..........

The Dream Dies

My readers would have known that I had all but given up on Lioness Boutique, this was partly because I was scammed by unscrupulous business associates. I made the decision to shut down the shop. I was fine with the decision. I had deactivated the Facebook page and locked up shop so to speak. Basically, I had moved on with my life. In my mind the dream was dead and rightly so.

 Almost a year later, the business was dead. I became a child of God (I prefer this term to Christian) and I started to pray to God for direction as to what my next step should be. In the middle of my purpose (a series of prayer to God and meditation) I started to receive queries about Lioness Boutique. This was after I had received another idea for another business and I was in the process of establishing that idea. Then, out of nowhere I started to get notifications on Google plus about a video that I had done for my blog, Lioness Rebirth, about how to sell on Facebook. This was a video that I had created a year ago and had totally forgotten about. To be honest, I was not aware the video had been left posted on my personal YouTube page.

New Life

The first time I became conscious that God was encouraging me to open Lioness Boutique again I was not amused. My exact words to God were "seriously God, Really?" In my mind I thought no way and I brushed the idea out off. However, God did not give up. The notifications kept coming in one form or another. It got to a point that I had to seek advice from my pastor’s wife. She confirmed what I knew God was telling me but did not want to accept. So, I went and digged up the dream and dusted it off.

Looking back now, I think the turning point came when God realized that I no longer had this crazy idea that I needed to take over the world with my brand and make lots of money so I could be happy. He realized that money was no longer what I thought my salvation would be. Now, in the scheme of things it was just a means to an end.

Being Blessed

I guess I am sharing all of this is because sometimes we have a dream that is so big that we think will save us and so we blindly give in and allow it to take over our lives. Then, it crashes and we feel dejected and lost. In all of this we need to understand that God does not want a dream to be our saviour because he is your saviour. So often he will allow a dream to die in order for us to put things into perspective.  Now, I understand that by allowing the Master to lead I will be right where I should be. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Life's Lessons

I find myself trying to explain to my daughter of 7 years who Nelson Mandela was and what he represented to Africa and the world. It was interesting to explain the significance of the life of this man in words that she could relate to and remember. It was also important as a child of God to make the link to her of how God glorified Nelson Mandela's life because of the values that he represented. I dont know if she totally understood the magnitude of the message i was trying to convey but if there was one thing i wanted her to understand. It would definitely be that having the nature of God is not a curse  but a glorious blessing. The life of Nelson Mandela was proof of that.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Smart Cash and Big Miracles

Last year I teamed up with Campus Book Rentals (SEE POST) and this year it is my pleasure again to work with them. 

As I sat to write this post I began to reflect on my childhood. Why you might wonder. Well, when I was growing up textbooks were and still are expensive. So here in Jamaica mother's like mine came up with a system of sharing text books. I would pass my old textbooks to my younger sister, cousins, friends and neighbours and they would do the same to me. This was a very cost efficient system because over the years, my mom saved thousands. Now Campus Book Rentals has developed a similar system, only instead of lending your books for free you are able to make money in return. Yes, I did say you could make money using your used textbooks.  

This new programme is called RentBack. Basically, RentBack gives you the opportunity to make money that does not entail sweat or tears. All you do is sit back and send your used books that are in excellence condition to them. What makes this so great is that you are able to make two to four times more money than you would have made by just selling you books.

Here is how it works:

If watching that video made you smile with the thought of earning some extra cash. Then, you are not the only one smiling as a result of Campus Book Rentals and their RentBack Programme. As a result of these programmes thousands of children are smiling through Operation Smile. What is Operation Smile you might ask? Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that provides safe and effective reconstructive surgery and other related medical care for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. Through these programmes you are able to contribute to making a child smile. When I think of a child’s smile I think of a solitary light in a dark room. In a child's smile there is wonder, innocence, pure joy and love. Just think with each textbook that is rented from Campus Book Rentals you are able to create a miracle by giving a child the wonder of a beautiful smile. So this Christmas, remember when you rent each textbook from Campus Book Rentals you are making a BIG DIFFERENCE.

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