Lessons from Rebekah on How to not miss God's blessings (part 2)

Lessons from Rebekah on How to not miss God's blessings (part 2)

So last week, we began talking about 5 things that Sarah teaches us about how to ensure that we don’t miss God’s blessings. Remember that? If not, you can get all caught up here.

This week we will be talking about her daughter-in-law (Rebekah) and the 4 extra things that the events of her life can teach us on this topic, such as:

  1. Trusting God to prepare the way

  2. Being aware of the company that you keep

  3. Developing purposeful habits

  4. Saying “yes” to opportunities

All of which I shared on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.

How to build and maintain successful business relationships with Courtney Daniel

How to build and maintain successful business relationships with Courtney Daniel

In today's interview, I will be talking about how to build and maintain successful business relationships with none other than the amazing Courtney Daniel- client relations expert and a nationally recognised award-winning business owner over at Courtneydaniel.com (where she creates opportunities for expressing gratitude for clients who want to deepen relationships with their partners, colleagues and clients through custom stationery design, gift curation and VIP relationship management).

By the end of this video you will know:

  • The importance of saying “Thank you” and showing gratitude

  • How to build and maintain successful business relationships

  • The importance of being authentic and doing things that bring you joy

  • And much more!

Sound like your cup of tea, lovely?

Great! You can do whatever it is you need to do to get comfortable and press play to access this awesome conversation, below:

Lessons from Sarah on How not to Miss God's Blessings

Lessons from Sarah on How not to Miss God's Blessings

So, one of my favourite contemporary gospel songs from back in the day is “Go Get It” by Mary Mary. Not only is it sure to get you dancing, the lyrics are sooo positive! The chorus alone, which encourages us to go for it and “go get [our] blessing,” is and always will be enough to hype me up when it comes to chasing my dreams!

If you’ve been wondering how exactly you can go about getting your blessings (goals and dreams) and making them a reality, then stay tuned! The events of Sarah life demonstrates the answer in these 5 simple steps:

  1. Decide God is faithful

  2. Know that His word will not return to Him void

  3. Mix God’s word with faith

  4. Know that you must do your part to attain the promise (God’s way!)

  5. Practice patience and consistency (until God brings it to pass)

All of which I shared on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.

How to make your mess your message with Belkis Clarke-Mitcham

How to make your mess your message with Belkis Clarke-Mitcham

In today's interview, I will be talking about how to make your mess your message with none other than the amazing Belkis Clarke-Mitcham (spiritual life coach and motivational speaker at Belkisclarke.com) where she helps women over 25 who have lived through trauma to identify their prisons, break free, and unleash their unique light.

By the end of this video you will know how to do exactly that so that you can turn your mess into your message- going from trauma to triumph by discovering your purpose.

Sound like your cup of tea, lovely?

Great! You can do whatever it is you need to do to get comfortable and press play to access this awesome conversation, below:

Lessons from Lot's Daughters on How to not Let the Past Define You

Lessons from Lot's Daughters on How to not Let the Past Define You

So, I’m not going to lie…when I first came across the story of Lot and His daughters, I was like:

“What type of Game of Thrones ish is this?!”

Because ***trigger warning***

Their story (as detailed in Genesis 19:30-36) deals with themes of (male) rape and incest.

However, through the Holy Spirit’s leading, I realised that the events of their story- plus the consequences of it- have important things to teach us about not letting the past define us in 3 simple steps:

  1. Acknowledge it

  2. Know it doesn’t define you (God does) and that-

  3. Where you started is not where you have to end up

All of which I shared on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.

Lessons from Lot's Wife on How to Elevate Yourself

Lessons from Lot's Wife on How to Elevate Yourself

So, last week we were in Genesis 19 kicking off our study of Lot’s Wife and what the events of her life (as recorded in this chapter) teach us about submitting to God and how to do it. Whilst there, we focused on Genesis 19:17 which says:

“So it came to pass, when [the angels] had brought [Lot, his wife and two daughters] outside [of Sodom and Gomorrah], that [the angel] said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”

paying particular attention to the first part of the angel’s instructions (which I highlighted above).

This week, I dove into the second part of the instructions because God showed me that:

  1. Do not stay anywhere in the plain

  2. Escape to the mountains

actually hold huge clues to us, as modern women, on how we can go about the process of elevating ourselves so that we can become the women of God that He ordained us to be- all of which I shared on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.

Lessons from Lot's Wife on How to Submit to God

Lessons from Lot's Wife on How to Submit to God

If you’ve been apart of the Far Above Rubies Collective for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m totally obsessed with gifs (this post is probably the most extreme example of that lol). This is because I LOVE to express myself and I just adore how simple yet effective gifs are for adding that extra layer of meaning and/or emotion to my blog posts, emails and even a social media comment or two!

Next to gifs, I love memes. As you’ll know if you’re apart of my Facebook or Instagram communities, I like the inspirational ones and post those most often but I love the funny ones too- so you can imagine my delight when I came across one that said:

We are called to be the salt of the earth; not salty!

a few weeks ago!

In case you’re unsure, the Urban Dictionary defines the term “salty” as “the act of being upset, angry or bitter” and, if we’re honest, the path to purpose can make us feel that way sometimes- especially if it:

  • Changes life as we know it

  • Costs us our relationships or attachments

  • Causes us to relinquish control (of our plans/what we had in mind in favour of God’s)

  • Arouses fear and so on

We see this (and more!) clearly demonstrated in the life of Lot’s Wife via Genesis 19 as her inability to submit to God’s command, not only made her salty as defined above, but literally got her turned into a pillar of salt!

She’s a great example of the fact that, although the gift of free will means that we have the freedom to say “yes” or “no” to God, there are always consequences for either decision- for better or worse. So we need to know how to make the right ones (even when they don’t necessarily align to what we want), all of which I shared on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.

Lessons from Sarah on how to become the woman God wants me to be

Lessons from Sarah on how to become the woman God wants me to be

So, I grew up in the 90’s…

When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was just “The Rock”…. and still a wrestler

When “the running man” was an entirely different dance to what it is now

When Nickelodeon was at it’s absolute peak

And during the golden age of hip-hop and R ‘n’ B-

With male groups like Dru Hill, Jodeci and Jagged Edge, and female groups like En Vogue, TLC and Brownstone…

Before, I continue, I know what you’re thinking.

“Nina, what are you even talking about?”

“Why all the 90’s nostalgia, how will this help me become the woman God wants me to be and who the heck are Brownstone?!”

Well, they’re the singers of the classic song “If you love me

Which is essentially about a woman telling a would-be lover that the journey to becoming the person that you say you want to be starts with:

  • A decision

  • Making sure that your words and your actions are congruent

  • Taking the steps necessary to be that person today

We see this confirmed through the events of Sarah’s life as well

via Genesis 17 and 18, all of which I shared on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.