“Spirituality is an inner fire, the mystical sustenance that feeds my soul. My spiritual journey drives me into myself, to a sacred flame at the centre of my being. This journey gives me my eyes to see, and the inner strength to be mystery of the real.”
This quote is in one of my favourite author’s book, A Year of Miracles written by Marianne Williamson, one that’s constantly reminding me of how being and staying prepared is more important than the blessings that we ask of, of God. It’s the landing strip of the blessings that should be ready to receive them (blessings) whatever time they land, at God’s unpredictable timing. My landing strip is Age 23.
July 24th came and went and I’m finally on the other end of the age line of 23 years, and it’s been such an amazing past few weeks into this age.
Before the clock had struck midnight on July 23rd for the next day, I’d made sure that I had made a list for the coming age (Secret List of 23), and that it was covered by not only prayer of confidants and loved ones, but I’d accompanied it with an action plan for the 12 months that followed. This plan would be one that required me to work on what I’d prayed for, and to let go and let my faith take control so as to receive what I’d desired, and more importantly, what He’d be deploying that would add value to my purpose.
I won’t share with you all that I’m expecting God to pull out of heaven’s secret stash for me, but I will add that it was categorised into five sections which are namely Career, Finance and Investments, Leisure, Business Passions and Relationships, essentially how to add value to these pillars of my life. A few boxes, by grace and being intentional in my actions have been actualised, and when you accomplish something that you said you would, the feeling of being triumphant never gets old.
The secrets (blessings) of this age are coming out, and they include being selected by the company that I work for to be part of a dynamic global leadership development program for emerging female technology leaders with 199 other leaders in the organisation, to attend One Young World Summit in Bogota, Colombia as a Thomson Reuters Delegate and young leader this year and selected as one of 100 Bright Young Minds across Africa. Going to Colombia with One Young World also means that I get to travel to a new continent and country, which was on my Secret List of 23. Complementing these accomplishments are also means that my relationships need to align with the list, meaning that what and how I say it, as well as who I say and do it with (professional, spiritual or personal) , I need to be very intentional about those relationships. This means protecting, covering and investing effort into the relationships that I commit to.
I think one of the best experiences that I’m colliding into at this moment of my life is in understanding that I need to become what I desire. That I need to prepare for the head winds that will stand in between what I’m praying for, and move forward with speed. I’m not the most patient human (God is dealing with me in this, lol), and I’ve come to understand that there’s a reason why God allowed all of what’s happening in my life in this season to unfold like this, so that I may have the ability to receive in His style of abundance.
I cannot wait to see what is to be ticked off my Secret List of 23 next, and I thank you for coming along to share in my journey. I’m so inspired and motivated by your words, and I pray nothing but covering of God’s grace and the patience for you to await heaven’s secrets over your life. And this will be, our Secret!
“The best way to summon your true calling is to put yourself in service to God” – Marianne Willliamson
In my past blogs, I’ve been quite transparent about being a Christian, and how much it impacts the decisions that I make, from my career to the company that I keep and most importantly how I perceive myself and what I radiate to others. This enforced me to be cognisant and intentional about what books I consume, because words create capacity, and I need(ed) thoughts and words whose divinity and powers were beyond my own. And with that intentionality, along came Marianne Williamson’s The Divine Law of Compensation.
The first time I came across this book was through social media via a post by one of my followers whose content and character I admire wholeheartedly, and who at every opportunity she engages, enshrines the alignment between spiritual wellness and living your full potential. “The ego or false-mind is the false belief that we are separate from God.”; it as when I read this book that I knew I had to get the book.
The essence of The Divine Law of Compensation speaks to alignment of the truth of us (what we believe of ourselves) to the power of love (what God believes of us) and the seismic divine shift in thought need to be summoned in order to experience the divine law of compensation. The 16 chaptered book unpacks this Law on Work, Money and Miracles.
In her many short prayers in this book, one prayer is that of surrender and to operate on a plateau that is of the reflection of the Mind of God so as to mission in service to one’s true calling. In the “Calling vs Job” chapter, she goes on to minister about the approach and distinction between the two and approach to which one supports your God-given functionality. One of my favourite passages speaks to the abundance and permanence of God’s compensation of love towards us where Williamson says “Losing a job does not mean losing your calling because you are a personal ambassador of God, you have been given a permanent assignment.”. Once you come into self-actualization and operate on that power and potential, you’ll transcend fear and claim your calling without any limits.
One of the Divine Laws of Compensation is that of Abundance, which is what God wants for us. In the book, Williamson speaks of abundance from not only internal content, but to financial prosperity as well and the relationship that we have with money, one that needs to transition from that of embracing struggle to a firm belief that it’s not to be distrusted.
I’ve always dismissed the notion that money was the root of all evil. Money, and the abundance of it is the root of an abundant heart that is operating in service of purpose, on the fuel gratitude.
There is no reason to distrust money as it is abundance and that is of God, there is also no joy in poverty.
Throughout the entire book, Marianne Williamson fervently expresses her desires for the reader to align themselves with divine thoughts of God’s thoughts and truths about them – as the compensation for such across any vertical of your life is divine. The book also reminds us how important it is to be active in your faith, and to ensure whatever you put in God’s hands, you’ll do your part in aligning work and thoughts though prayer, the medium of miracles.
The Divine Law of Compensation is about operating from miracle minded thinking, a place of abundance and God-truth and summoning all this positivity to support your purpose in world created with you in mind.
You know how Facebook has the capacity create a credit risk profile for your bank just based on the amount data (that we all willingly share and open) they have on you over the years of being a user? In the same breathe, a couple of weeks ago I got reminded through a post that I shared four years ago of how far I had come, both in how many emojis I used in one word and my journey with Christ and in getting to know myself in this phase of adulthood.
My 23rd birthday is approaching in the next two months, and adulting has for the past few months been a prayer that In the absence of getting lost in my identity, may God pull up a mirror of His WORD to remind me of the falsehood of insecurity and the truth of WHOSE and WHO I am. The past year itself has brought upon so many blessings that have needed me to stretch and bend myself in a way that I thought I was incapable of doing. Blessings opportune moments met with preparation that had me, and still does have me utter words of gratitude for the opportunity to serve in love with passion and humility in the work that I do.
There is no right way of adulting. I have had the compass of failure, success and integrity to guide me through the past year. And to be transparent, I lose motivation and I doubt my worthiness and capabilities to see and carry relationships and projects to fruition, no matter how entrusted I am by other parties. It’s in these few things that keep my spirit afloat and comfort and secure me in my value to my purpose …
It’s in Marianne Williamson’s quote in one of my favourite daily devotional compilations, 365 Days of Miracles where she says "I will not deflect, diminish or invalidate my dreams today, or concoct excuses for why they can't happen.", that inspires me to dream even bigger. Having a word in the morning to start your day sets one on the right path to creation of what comes out of the tongue.
Doing this also allows me to strategize how I'll go to the King, how I'll go before God and prioritize my prayer. In this, applying His promises to my prayer life as He’s designed for me as I go before God's throne.
I pray your thoughts and faith rest in the overflow of God's Truth about your life. That His promises encourage you to dream dreams that are not confined by thoughts and time. I pray that like the infinite God I serve, that you operate your faith in the realm where ALL things are possible.
A Journal of Gratitude
We’re in Day 143 of 2017, how many things are you grateful for so far? Or rather, how many moments of gratitude have you miss because the bigger picture seems to be what hasn’t been conquered or happened as yet? What I’ve started doing is collecting and cleaning mayonnaise jars, and making those my Gratitude Jars. Each Sunday, I note something that I’m grateful for that’s happened the week prior, to keep my humility in check, and to validate the awesomeness and greatness that comes from the bigger purpose of my life.
I keep a record of opportunities and moments that I encounter in the week, it doesn’t have to be a promotion, it could be another woman in technology that I’ve met or the fact that I got to eat my favourite slice of carrot cake with a red cappuccino on a day that wasn’t going so well. It’s the little things that count.
Deliberate Digital Disconnect
It is also the big things that count, like staying away from my gadgets and WI-FI, I am a millennial after all. Jokes aside, it is SOOOO difficult for me to be separated from my gadgets, especially during the week, and not work. What I try and do to deliberate about disconnecting from the virtual world of work, is to not take work home, read a book, listen to great music, go flower shopping (it’s so therapeutic)and watch fantastic series like Billions, Scandal and Quantico.
This also serves as the opportune moment to invite and practise solitude and facilitate thoughts that you’ve consciously and unconsciously vacuumed over the course of a dedicated time period.
Believing in Myself and the Opportunities to Create
The past year has been such an inspired year for my career, and that could’ve only happened through the gateway of believing that I was deserving of the opportunities that I was creating and were created for me. In the past three weeks, I’ve had the opportunity engage UCT Graduate School of Business MBA students about Innovation, New Venture Careers and Corporate and Shared Business Value as it relates to Millenials and imparting Innovation and Data knowledge about career opportunities in STEM to high school students in Khayelitsha.
The value of relationships (including mentors and sponsors), and the social currency that it is, that I speak to in Networking Your Networth, has also been an accelerant in being where I am at present in my career and my spiritual, intellectual and emotional growth. I believe that one does not only speak and it comes to fruition, but what you allow the people in your circle to speak over you, there’s power in what you allow to be affirmed over your life, with your permission.
This brings me to intentionality, particularly over my finances. I believe now more than ever that discipline aside, anything that I’ve spoken over about my finances has come into fruition, including being broke. Saving is also no talk shop, it’s work, constant work that needs the discipline of a debit order of R100 (or whichever amount you’re able to allocate) every Friday into a fixed account. I’ve also kept in mind that saving is a carrier to the destination of investing. Save to invest, and invest to create wealth.
The relationship between money and self-esteem is great. So I’m quite aware and have become responsive in being very urgent in discerning when the temptation of insecurity creeps in because I’m not able to spend, or afford. Finance is one of the things in your life that can arrest many components of your life, and your blessings.
I’m hoping that this has been quite useful, and perhaps some tricks you’ll implement. I’d love to hear from you in how you tackle everyday adulthood.
Looking forward to engaging with you.