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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

UNIQUELY WOMAN - A daily walk in wisdom: Peace in the middle of it all

UNIQUELY WOMAN - A daily walk in wisdom: Peace in the middle of it all: "Okay, so it’s been like a clear week since I started this blog and I’m only just able to come back to it. Hmm! The Lord is and will always b..."

Peace in the middle of it all

Okay, so it’s been like a clear week since I started this blog and I’m only just able to come back to it. Hmm! The Lord is and will always be my strength.
Has it been a busy few days or what? Sometimes when these many meetings keep rolling into each other, you kinda get to thinking ‘ What are we all talking about anyway? Really?’. And I don’t think I’m the only one who drives around in traffic trying to figure out where all these people are going anyway? Happens to you too right? I mean if every other person would just realize that some of us really do have somewhere to go… Lol.
Anyhoo, today I want to write on peace and what it really means. Hubby went to Holland for four days. Funny enough, I was looking forward to his trip (because it was short. You should see the boo-hooing that goes on for his longer trips, ha ha). I kinds felt I needed to have some ‘me-time’ and that his being away for those few days would give me time to be ‘at one’ with guess who?... Me! Like, I really wish! Nothing of the sort girls.
First is that I missed him the minute his car left for the airport, and I had a good sniffle. Then the kids (how could I have forgotten they are home on mid-terms) came to announce to me that they had first dibs on my time now that daddy was away. So, the boys want me to go play soccer with them, my daughter wants me to go to the salon with her, they all want me to take them to a movie and dinner, and they all want to go to Laterna to but some books to read, etc etc etc. Phew! What was I thinking? Meanwhile, my office expects me to be on seat all day cos the entire top management team (yours truly excluded) is away in Holland. There are piles of files on my desk and quite a few requests for some meeting or the other.
At some point, I remind myself that if anything were to happen to me, work would go on but my kids would lose something infinitely more precious. Yours truly shuts down the laptop and heads home to play mum to the hilt. Here’s the challenge though, I’m sooo tired at the end of day one. We just have to strike a balance and here’s where one has to thank God for growing kids. Finally, I’m in my room. Its nice and quite, a steaming hot cup of tea in hand. I lay back on my pillow and think, ‘what peace’.
Then it hits me……. I still have bible study to do. Truthfully, I groan and then aim a quick ‘Forgive me Father’ to the big guy up there. I’m thinking that I will nurse my cup of tea and then get to it, when it hits me that I want to put God on hold. He who is in himself my peace. I think of how demanding my work, children and other responsibilities are on me, and how much I crave peace from the many distractions that assuage me daily. Then I remember my many prayers and petitions per second to God. I remember my many shortcomings and failings and think how these must grate on His divine nerves. I think how much I love my family, and indeed most of my other involvements, which stem from my passions. Yet, at the best of times, I just want to throw it all in and scream ‘Peace Pleeeeaaasseeee’.
Try to imagine then, God having to deal with the noise of over six billion children….yours truly included and indeed responsible for my fair share of his daily distractions. Yet, God remains merciful. He remains Jehovah Shalom – filling us constantly with His peace, His compassion, His understanding, His grace. Mind boggling !
There is a big lesson here for us all. Life may bring about its fair share of challenges, but if we make God the center of our very beings, His peace will see us through the daily storms of life. I remember once almost falling into some depressed state for what reason I do not now recall. Somewhere within me, I recalled a testimony from someone about how they always sang praise songs and danced every time they felt depressed. I decided to give it a try and yeah, it was a bit odd at first, but a few minutes later I was on a roll and till today I cant quite remember what had me so down that day in the first place.
Sister, God is infinitely great. Lets hold unto that, unto Him. Not just on Sundays, but indeed every minute and every hour. So ladies, as I head out for a soccer match with my boys, all I can say is that I am busy, I am tired, but….. I am so at peace. Simply because God is my peace, I am holding fast to this truth.

Ttyl

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Are you wearing my shoes?

Hi ladies,

Okay, so I dont mean it literally, but really - are you wearing my shoes?

My shoes? Hmm! Wife, Mother, Daughter, Boss, Professional Associate, Homemaker, Teacher, Friend, Lover, .... ? And somewhere in all this, I seem to recall this other teensy weensy role........... ME!

Aha, so I ask again.... 'Are you wearing my shoes?'

Yup, I know you girls have got my back now. So here's the thing. This blog is my outlet for steam. Sometimes, with all the many people around you, with all your mutlitude of responsibilites, all you want to do is to find a little of you.

I am creating this blog in the hope that we can share our daily life experiences as women - working or otherwise, and truly champion each other. I dont know about you, but sometimes, you dont even want to talk to your best friends. Sometimes, we forget how we women just want someone to hear us out and not profer solutions when we are down. Hey ladies, this is the platform.

I also recognize that some of us are mothers and some not, some are aspiring to be mothers and some not, some are mothers of older kids and some of younger kids. I know some of us are lucky to have good marriages, many are not, and some are just getting by. Some of us are working, some not, some running businesses, some high up or at other levels of the corporate world.

Whatever the case, one thing I have come to appreciate is that as women, we basically all have the same sets of issues - no matter how we package them. Sometimes (lets be real ladies) the more glam we appear on the outside, the more turmoil there is on the inside. Worse, even our own sisters look at the glam and feel...'she's got it all going for her'. My prayer is that in sharing over the next few months and years, we will learn from each other, and grow stronger in our daily walk as multitaskers.

I believe if we all recognise that we all wear the same shoes - not minding if they are framed as Jimmy Choo's (is that even the right spelling?) or my niec comfy Hushpuppies; we can all come out stronger at the end.

I am not sure at anyone time what I will have to blog about. But therein lies the joys of life - the daily suprises that come our ways. Today for istance, I had to contend with allowing my baby go to school though he wasnt feeling too good. But, he want s to go cos he will be bored at home or in my office (ouch) and also Daddy thinks I am baying him. Hmm! I have given in cos already hubby is upset with me about something he did wrong (isnt that always the case) and I dont want to compound that stress.

So here I am trying to work, calling school every thirty minutes, and generally contending with an inner sense that I should have stood my ground. Oh well, perhaps he was right cos the school keeps assuring me my son is doing okay.

And I am soooooo tired. Is anyone else tired ladies? Is anyone else wearing my shoes? I am up at 4.30am, drag myself out of bed, get all the kids up and preparing from school, handle morning family prayers, and..... hubby is still lying comfy on the bed while - superwoman-that-I-am, I rush off to be sure the older ones catch the school bus and the take the younger ones to school.

I am at work all day, get home in time to do homework with everyone, rush into the kitchen to make dinner, set the table, spend time talking with kids about their day, prepare the kids for bed, go do my bible study, come back bone tired....... and there hubby is with that knowing smile on his face. Sigh! So I'm asleep by midnight all being well, and ......... it all starts again.

Girl, I know you are wearing my shoes. How do I make it through day in, day out? Lets talk about the grace of God and the fact tht He alone is my strength. How do you get by? Lets share.

One thing I do know, and that thing I do (apologies apostle Paul), I take off to the nearest spa every so often and have myself thoroughly pampered. Though, those episodes are becoming fewer and farther between, it works. Amazing what a simple massage can do........blissful sleep, at least for the day, Lol.

Okay ladies, you get my drift. And no, this will not be a forum for moaning. I just wanted to set common ground. I believe each day or week will bring some new experience, challenge or opportunity that we can all grow out of - whether relating to family, love, kids, men, or just life in general.

Lets talk sisters.

Have a great day

About Me

Entrepreneur, Mentor, Wife, Mother, Sister, Friend. A firm believer in God. Walking in faith everyday that by His grace, I will achieve harmony in all areas of my life, and make measurable impact in the lives of other women of the world

WORD FOR THE WEEK

LUKE 1:

34“-How can this be, Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God

JEREMIAH 2:

5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am only a youth. 7 But the Lord said to me, Say not, I am only a youth; for you shall go to all to whom I shall send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.

8 Be not afraid of them [their faces], for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord. 9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. 10 See, I have this day appointed you to the oversight of the nations and of the kingdoms to root out and pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.

1st CORINTHIANS 1:

25 [This is] because the foolish thing [that has its source in] God is wiser than men, and the weak thing [that springs] from God is stronger than men. 26 For [simply] consider your own call, brethren; not many [of you were considered to be] wise according to human estimates and standards, not many influential and powerful, not many of high and noble birth. 27 [No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame. 28 And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are,

Colossians 1:

28 Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One).

29 For this I labor [[z]unto weariness], striving with all the superhuman energy which He so mightily enkindles and works within me.