An endless supply of riches

The Lord shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

I love this scripture! It gives us an idea of the expectations we can have when it comes to God’s commitment to caring for us. And the faith we can also have that he will come through for us, as He did for Paul many times over.

I don’t know about you, but there was a point in my Christian journey, where I was sort of bewildered as to how God’s blessing would find me. There were moments I felt like I was looking up, waiting; waiting for God to dive down and make it rain with whatever it was I needed.

Alas, that is not quite how God works. His riches do not fall from the sky. God uses the resources available to him (which includes you and me) to allow His blessings and riches to flow to those in need and to those who seek him.

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The riches Paul refers are from God, who uses ordinary people from all walks of life to bless His children. From the person, you struggled to get along with but was then humbled by their generosity to a random stranger helping you with no motive.

The job you landed, with the support of the manager you thought wasn’t on your side. The customer service guy, who not only refunded you for the broken item but sent you another one free of charge. The friend who is always encouraging you, even when going through their struggles.

I could go on and on, as there are many ways we can experience God’s promise to supply all our needs. How? when we open our heart to living like Jesus. Being kind, generous, ready to help others. Obedient, when you hear that little voice telling you to check up on someone.

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It may sound too simple, but when we serve others it is the greatest form of blessing to our lives. Don’t misunderstand, God’s blessing is not conditional. Nothing with God is.

Just think of all the times He’s already done it and how He’s used people and situations around you?

Oh deer

Richmond Park

I’m utterly in love with nature and if someone would pay me, I’d happily spend my days exploring all it has to offer. Nature is a world of wonder on its own, through which I believe life sessions shine through. Our imagination is expanded in terms of how we see and relate to things. And even our belief system. faith through the eyes of nature is like a full plate of my favourite meal.

Recently on a trip to Richmond Park, the deers ventured across our path, in their usual calm, slow-paced, but just to let you know I’m heading somewhere vibe. I urged my daughter to get up close and slightly personal to capture the moment.

10 minutes later whilst all the other deer’s potted along, crossing the road, this one deer (pictured above), just grazed his way through a solid patch of grass on a bed of soil. Totally unbothered that the others had gone ahead.

It made we think, that’s one bold deer. Yes he was part of a group, but at that moment in time what was most important was satisfying his hunger. It didn’t mean he no longer wanted to be apart of that group. He just needed to do his thing.

Do you see where I’m going with this, sometimes we need to break from the group, the norm; to satisfy our hunger for whatever it is we need in that season of life. And no, it’s not an excuse to be unduly selfish, but to live purposefully and with intent.

I can never really give it justice in capturing it, as I’m no photographer and my daughter would wholeheartedly agree. But I hope you’ve been able to get a taste of where my imagination went as you glanced at one very satisfied deer.

The takeaway from today’s post.. Make sure you take time to satisfy your hunger for life .

What’s taking so long..

I love writing and am always drawn back to it, after long spells of avoidable procrastination. Which usual starts with me developing a complex about my writing style. My doubts are not necessarily about whether I’m a good writer, they tend to  border on how I come across to others. Is my writing too formal or casual? is there a point to it and how much can I get away with!

Never one to colour in the lines, unless I was too young to know about it or have a say; I’m all about the authentic person. No matter how mad hatter you are. And so thinking about practising what I preach and encourage others to do and be. I’m gonna get back to my love of writing.

If you haven’t already switched off, the take away from this post is… I’m gonna do what I love, how I want, and hopefully bring others with me. All the ridiculous self doubt and time spent analysing something I and I alone have total control of is simply a waste of time.

Do what you love people and the rest will take care of itself (literally)

Little Acts of Kindness everywhere

A new baby and the uneventful adventures of late-night feeds, led to the binge-watching of Reese Witherspoon’s “Little Fires Everywhere” and its gripping, intertwining storylines. It was so good, my husband finished watching the series before me, which never happens in my household.

Without divulging a single spoiler, and after processing the ending: one profound thought channelled through: “It is important to be kind to others, however, the act of kindness should never be borne out of the need to satisfy one’s ego or re-affirm a position of power”

This further led to me reflecting on the rise of social media, entrepreneurship and the desire to be wealthy. True kindness in the rat race of modern society can seem far fetched as everyone focuses primarily on “making it” personally or professionally.

Yes, collaboration and the sharing of ideas exist, but so too does the need to secure what is “mine”. However the same law of kindness applies personally or professionally, and it is healthy to have some element of altruism, whilst we chase our dreams.

It’s being amazing that throughout this pandemic, communities and individuals have pulled together to help each other and the intrinsic value of kindness has been restored. And I hope this continues long after this crisis.

Kindness about giving to receive or doing good to elevate our status. Kindness when selfless and humbly extended, uplifts the receiver and not the giver, creating a chain of positive actions that makes the world a better place.

Keep giving

Camille x

Big revelations in little moments

It is amazing how a profound revelation in relation to our own indifference, can just waltz into our being at the least eventful moment, challenging our well thought out version of ourselves. A bit of a mouthful I know, but in sharing this reflection, I wanted to take care to accentuate the power of these profound moments in words and how much we need them to help us live in love without prejudice.

Years ago, when the bus was my car, I used to observe this one particular lady and her three kids getting on or off the bus on my way to work. For whatever reason, there was constantly an issue with her oyster card. It then always seemed like the children were at odds with each other and the mother equally at odds with the children. This made for an interesting bus journey but I tell you what; I immediately judged her and her children.

Then over time, I saw her and the kids together less. I observed a shift. The company she kept seemed questionable. Her appearance became more dishevelled and the hustle became key. As my eyes opened to the situation, my judgement grew.

Finally, I no longer saw her with the kids. I saw her alone, homeless on the street. And my viewpoint was dim. Full judgement applied:  I criticise her being, her loss, her faults and what I presumed to know of her. As a mother, my heart went out to the kids, but not her. I would not offer kindness.

Then recently I sat in my car, taking in my surroundings and as I looked up; I met a flash of lady’s face draping across my memory. And then it came to me; that much needed profound realisation. I had no right to judge her and never once in judging her did I pray for her.

Because we presume to know a person, and by this definition cast judgement on them, does not mean we get to forever label, treat indifferently or regard them as unworthy. For we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. It is shamefully to have judged her but was so easily done. As I sat in my car, I felt a deep sadness at my lack of empathy and kindness.

As people of faith, we fall so short at times in our endeavour to be like Christ. Fortunate for us, He is a big forgiver of sins. So I sought His forgiveness and I prayed over that lady and her kids, as its never too late to pray or correct a wrong. Even if I never see her again, I know my prayer has power and God can do more than I can.

Where has your judgement led you astray or blinded your love and gracious towards others? if so, how can you take positive steps to change this, now or in the future?

Actions you may consider:

  • Pray for the person or situation
  • Offer up a kind gesture
  • Clear the air in a positive environment
  • Commit to reflecting on and paying attention to your thoughts and how they affect your actions.

Survival of the vision

When you have a new idea or desire to make a change in your life, it can be pretty daunting. Especially if you are daring to be bolder than you have ever been. You may have the urge to seek out a friend; to sound out your thoughts or help you gauge whether your idea is way off base or aligns with your vision. The core of who you are and what you want to achieve.

From personal experience, this can be quite powerful. We are at our best when we allow others (the right people) to be a part of our journey. However; who we choose to lean on and when we choose to lean on them should be factored in before there is any leaning.

I say this because often there is a vulnerability or element of fear intertwined with bold decisions to implement or seek change.

Give your idea or boldness to change an opportunity to survive by adapting good sharing habits and fundamentally knowing and being confident in your ability to make good decisions; knowing what’s right for you.

And though we may convince ourselves that “we just want to gauge where we’re at” subconsciously there are times when what is ultimately being sought is validation and not valuable insight. And seeking validation from the wrong person at the wrong time can kill your idea in an instant.

This way when you do approach someone for valuable insight, you are clear in your own mind that you are not seeking validation or permission. You are purely giving voice to your plan, with openness to being challenged positively or discovering valuable gems that could help you along the way.

How can you do this? here are some helpful tips:

  • Ask yourself what do I want to achieve by sharing my thoughts with this person?
  • What makes this person, the ideal individual to connect with?
  • Is the right time? (timing is so important, both in terms of where you’re at and where that person your trusting is at)
  • How am I likely to feel after speaking to this individual?

Lastly but more importantly if you are a person of faith, Why not try asking God. Recently I wanted to find a good Accountant. I prayed about it and God’s reply was for me to ask a friend. I had no idea if this friend even knew an accountant, but it turned out he did!

I pray this week: that your vision will flourish and those you choose to share it with, will add nuggets of wisdom and hope.

Stay blessed x