Friday, 10 February 2017

LOL donates to Charity

This week has been amazing!! Despite being hectic, it has been absolutely fulfilling. Finally LOL, an annual  charity event that I host made good its promise to make monetary donation to Samaritans.

Samaritans is  a non profit organisation which provides support to persons affected by Suicide and I was deeply honoured to make a contribution in my "little way" but borrowing the tag line of one of the biggest super market lines in Europe "EVERY LITTLE HELPS.

Words can not truly express how I felt that Tuesday as I shared with the representatives of the charity group on the vision behind LOL and why I chose Samaritans as one of the beneficiaries of my fund raising

Trust me I gladly shared.

LOL (Laugh Out Loud) is an annual comedy event I organise to promote positive mental well being through entertainment. It was borne in 2014 out of several reasons but chiefly in obedience to God. The 3rd edition of the event aptly titled "LOL 3"was to commemorate 3 years of impact as well as raise funds for Samaritans and St.Laserians school for special needs children. At the second edition in 2015, all monies raised chiefly from ticket sales all went to the school to support their great work with "special children" despite cut backs in government spending. I know this for sure because my son  attends the school so I thought whichever way I could help I WILL.

So since inception LOL has been driven by charity  and the favour of God with help coming from friends and well wishers who believe in the vision with me. At the last LOL, I  went from store to store, spoke with strangers and practically begged to achieve my vision no matter the weather with my young son in tow but I didn't mind. I finally found use for all the plenty certificates that I've gathered over the fact I'm the real LOL!

On a serious note, it had nothing to do with skills just PASSION; a heart to help those who are "going through" and GRACE of God.  I am simply a vessel  glad to be in the lord's service.

As I shared my story and vision with the women in that cosy reception area' what I saw in their eyes words still fail me to express.
I left that building with a bounce to my step and awe at what God can do with a life broken and yielded to him-warts and all (in my case seven fingers and a colourful past)

LOL is a vision inspired by God to restore joy and laughter into the lives of His children who have been robbed because that is what any form of mental health challenge does IT ROBS. LOL is still a small part of the greater picture and I am grateful that God is the Master Artist.
Next stop is St. Laserians. I heard they've got something great planned.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Start your day right.

Thank God Its Monday! Remember every day is a good day to be happy irrespective of what day is or what it holds.

Like I always say "If God bring you to it, He will see you through it" so its imperative to start the day right.

 Now tell me how do you start your day? with technology at our finger tips, it is ever so easy to gravitate towards social media first thing when we wake up. Sometimes in the guise of doing a quick bible study on a mobile device, one might be tempted to "sneak a peak" at the various social media platforms subscriptions.

You very well know that familiar pull of catching up with the latest goss! ...and many times that's how "the cookie crumbles".-good intentions becomes subsumed in social engagement and quality prayer time becomes lost in the hustle of the day. Yet, we wonder why we get frazzled before the day its over!

In other to get it right, there is absolute need to do it right. The right start prepares us spiritually, emotionally and psychologically for the whatever the day might bring. In order to beat the Monday blues, you need to immerse yourself in the life giving Word of God and bask in God's presence without any distraction.

In the Word we have peace in the face of chaos that is constantly bashing our senses from the news. Sometimes it feels like no good news is news anymore and that itself is disheartening. In the Word, we are fortified with the knowledge that God's presence is guaranteed as we go about the business of the day whatever that is to you. let the Word of God give you the necessary kick for the day. Moreover, God wants to hear your waking thoughts, He is also interested in your anxious and wandering thoughts. Psalm 5: 3 "In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; In the morning I lay my requests before you"  He wants you to carry His fragrance all through the days and that comes in the place of prayer.

I will leave you with these words I read a while back which since guides my morning chat with God, "Don't start with the blogs, START WITH THE WORD!.

Friday, 3 February 2017


Its Friday! Yippee!

I love Fridays and I am sure most people do too. Its simply because it heralds the weekend and  an opportunity to wind down (for me that means not flying out of the bed to get my son ready for school come saturday).

However in my books everyday is a good day whether it is Monday, Tuesday or any day for that matter as it is very important to have a thankful attitude everyday.  Scriptures say "this is the day (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) that the lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it". So rejoice and be glad no matter the day of the week or what ever the day will bring. If God made it, He will take care of it. If God brings you to it, He will take you through it, SO REJOICE!

Thank God EVERYTIME you wake up as its a  privileged to be ALIVE  (that in itself is invigorating) and not just on a Friday. Everyday is an opportunity to make a difference in the world and that starts with a "heartitude of gratitude"

So  don't let your attitude be determined by the day of the week. The days of the week are just labels and you are more than a label. YOU ARE THE BOSS. The day of the week shouldnt manipulate your emotions, YOU ARE IN CHARGE. Be excited everyday  as there are blessings in store for each created day. Psalm 68:19 says "blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation" If you love presents like I do that should get you off your feet in an excited whoosh! That's more than a trailer load of presents apportioned to you EVERYDAY. That said I dare you to be thankful everyday and not just on a Friday. Have fun unravelling your presents. Remember the Holy Spirit is on hand to help ALWAYS.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Dont stop, CONTINUE

Happy new month! Cant believe its the second month of 2017 already.

It seems just like yesterday when we heralded the new year with so much pomp! Time is moving and so should we as its so easy to get stuck.

For some, the new year goals never got off the ground while pen never got to paper with others and there is a third group who got stuck midway or are challenged in fully executing set goals. It does not matter which category you find yourself  DONT GIVE UP. A new day has been gifted to you to  continue where you left off even if it means simply starting again.
The word continue means to persist in an activity or resume after interruption. It implies the following
  • Persistence
  • Diligence
  • Commitment
  • Discipline
  • Strength
  • Motivation
  • Dedication
  • Focus
It is so easy to give up when things don't work out but it is also wise to know what is worth pursuing. The bible is a beautiful story of God's relentless pursuit of man. Despite man's nature to wander and disregard God's affection, HE NEVER GAVE UP and you cant either because we are made in God's image "And God said, Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness" Genesis 1:26

A person's ability to continues at a task reflects the worth of the task or object irrespective of the surrounding environment or circumstance and in our case WHOS WE ARE. So how determined are you? February in my part of the world is wet and windy but die hard fitness people still brave the weather in other to achieve their goals. All it takes is few adjustment here and there. So the end is always worth it even if its experiencing the simple feeling of accomplishment but its always more than that.

Your present situation might be like an obstacle course but I encourage you to give it one more try with possible adjustment here and there.

So before you give  up on that set assignment here are points to consider
  • Reflect on the reason why you started
  • The worth of the project
  • Does it (goal) really matter
  • the expected end results
  • winners don't quit and quitters don't win (which cap fits?)
You don't have to go it alone. Find a friend who can walk the journey with you or even seek professional help. It might cost you but it will be worth every dime invested. Above all pray and the Holy Spirit will see you through. Remember winners don't quit and Giving up is not an option!