Obedience is Better than Sacrifice.

Hey my lovelies and welcome back to my blog!

If you regularly read my posts then you would have maybe noticed there has been a bit of a gap since I last published anything – you might even have wondered why not.

We are definitely going to get into that!

It has been over a month since the launch of my Honey Luxe Journals.

The very first product from my collection.

Praise God! Our Honey Luxe family growing each and every day! I always pray over each and every one of the journals that I send out. I just know each one of you who have purchased your journal is being blessed & will continue to flourish as you seek God more and more!

All the hard work creating and producing the journals was NOT in vain and I could not have asked for a more successful launch. The response has been absolutely amazing and I am so grateful for each and every one of you who has supported me in purchasing your very own prayer journal.

On to today’s update!

Obedience.

Yes. We know that adhering to God’s voice and ensuring we follow what He is calling us to do is important. But it does not make it easy!

Sacrifice is something I feel like I had to do in the month of August.

From the beginning of the month, God kept nudging me to just take a step back. He told me to take a few breaks from social media. I could not understand why because in my head more than everything we know how important it is to show up and make yourself visible when you have a brand you are creating.

But I just did not find peace until I decided to take some time away from constantly thinking about what will go next on my Instagram feed and ensuring I am constantly up to date with the latest news etc. It was important for me to focus on Him. So although this has been such an amazing month for me one can say the inconsistency across the board of my socials has been obvious and necessary.

What was vital for me those few weeks was stepping away so that God can download all He is desiring to download in my heart, mind and soul and I am so grateful I listened.

There is so much peace when that comes over me when I just stop all the thinking and planning of my own and give it all to God. All our plans, our tasks, our “things,” our cares. All of it. Seeking His direction in every step and being obedient is key. It is the only peace our spirit needs. The peace from Jesus that transcends all understanding.

I have also stepped up my fitness game and have been going to the gym at least 3 times each week. I am so proud of the consistency and I hope you proud too! It honestly makes so much of a difference and I have gone from dreading my sessions to looking forward to them!

So that is it! The short version is I spent more time away from socials to listen to God and step back so I and refocus on the main goal God has given me, remember my purpose and continually be obedient to Him, but I am so excited to be back now!

More updates from me coming! By God’s grace you will be seeing a lot more exciting things on my blog to come so look out for that.

Praying all is well with you too!

If you ever need someone to talk to or need a prayer partner feel free to DM me on Instagram: _honeyluxe or email me: contact@honeyluxe.co.uk.

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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How to Make Journaling a Habit

One quick thing to note about journaling before I dive in with my tips on how to make it a habit is to know there is no wrong way to do it! Journaling can be so personal, so just make it yours! Don’t worry about rules or how I do it, just get started, ok?

Buy a journal that gets you excited

This is an enjoyable part of journaling if you ask me. I am a planner and journal queen! I recently just finished my Paperchase journal, which did me so well & lasted just under a year before all the pages were filled to the brim. I do love a pretty & good quality journal. Anyone else!?

But even if you do not get as excited as me about picking out your journal, try to have some fun with it. Get something that reflects your personality. Maybe that means getting a neutral colour, or maybe it means something bright. Make it your own!

Pick a time dedicated to journaling

If you want journaling to become a real, daily habit, the best way to do it (at least for me) is to pick a dedicated time for it. You know I love to journal during my quiet time most evenings. I use my journaling time to connect with God but also to write out all the things that my brain will not stop trying to remind me of. Getting it down on paper really helps my brain calm down so that I can focus on more important things like what I am learning in life, my intentions for the day/week, etc.

However, I know some of us prefer & also have more time in the mornings. Especially during this lockdown season where a majority of us have the privilege of working from home. If you have the luxury of fitting it in first thing in the mornings, try it then!

Do not stress about what you are going to write

This is why buying a guided journal or one with prompts can be very helpful for some of us. Journaling should not be something that stresses you out! Although I do prefer to be free-flowing with my journals, like I said above, there is no wrong way to do it. If you are are unsure, here are a few prompts to get you started:

  • Do you have any current fears?
  • What are your wildest dreams? Sky’s the limit!
  • How do you feel? What is upsetting you?
  • What is bringing you joy right now?
  • What are you grateful for?
  • What is stressing you out?
  • What do you want out of life?
  • Write a letter to the future you
  • Write a letter to the teenage you
  • List out all the adventures you want to go on in the near future
  • List out all the things that make you happy

As you can see, there are NO rules to this! Find a pen and just let the words start pouring out of you. And as much as some of you might want to, resist the urge to edit what you write! Misspellings, grammatical errors, etc. – let it all go and just write, Lord knows it works for me.

Stay consistent

Like building any habit, you have to be consistent with it. Even on the days where it really feels like a chore, I challenge you to still do it and then take a second to think about how you feel afterwards. It is kind of like working out – you might not want to do it sometimes, but you will never regret it. Tell yourself you are just going to write the date down and one word to describe how you are feeling. And then I am sure you will end up writing more. But even if you do not, that is OKAY. It is always better to keep showing up regardless – that is the hard part.

One of the biggest tips I have on the consistency front is to keep your journal with you 24/7! Get one you can fit in your handbag (it can be separate from your everyday journal at home or it can be the same) so whenever a mood or feeling hits you, you can immediately write it down. I have found that doing it in the moment like this also helps it feel less like a to-do and more of a habit.

Reflect on it

This might feel like something you can skip but do not! I have found reflection to be a crucial step in making anything a habit. It gives me a chance to remember why I wanted journaling to be a habit to begin with. It can be really fun to look back at all that you have written in the past, too. Sometimes mine look like craziness all mashed together on a page, but other times I feel like I can see the personal growth between whatever I wrote and where I am in that moment, which is honestly an amazing feeling.

And with that, I want to add that reflection also allows time to recognise your accomplishments. This is something I do not think I personally take enough time to do, which is why I wanted to mention it. Celebrating small milestones and moments of personal growth is important and having a record of them in your journal is an amazing opportunity to reflect back.

Do not overwhelm yourself

Journaling is meant to be helpful so do not turn it into something stressful by aiming too high too soon. If journaling every day feels like too big of a commitment to start out with, then go with every other day or even just a few times a week for a quick 5 minutes. There is zero shame in starting small and working your way into it.

At the end of the day, do not overthink it! There is no wrong way to journal, I promise you that!

Enjoy your quiet time my lovelies & let me know how it goes for you!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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Being Purposely Led

Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a beautiful woman of God, Esther on her blog Ethessential.com/. On her blog, she has created an amazing series called Woman of Purpose and I was chosen to be second in the lineup out of ten ladies & it really inspired me to think more about one’s Purpose.

For so long I struggled to find my purpose in life. I always knew that God created me for a reason, but I could not understand what He wanted to do with my life. But I was so busy trying to think my way to finding God’s purpose for my life, that I had invalidated myself. I tried so hard to seek the approval of what I thought was my purpose instead of seeking God for His purpose for my life.

Life can be hard.

It can also be tiresome, lonely, infuriating, and can oftentimes feel unfulfilling but it does not have to be!

He is a God who knows what the plan is for your life. He is the God who wrote your purpose.

I constantly love to remind myself of my purpose and ask myself, “Am I currently walking in my purpose?”, and “What exactly is my God-given purpose?” It has been said that your purpose is usually the thing that weighs heavy on your heart, no matter how difficult that thing may be!

My goal is to fulfil the purpose God has for me. To live a life that is driven by purpose and a life that is fruitful. Well, in order to do that I have to be spiritually in time with and connected to the creator.

We have to develop an intimate relationship with God; I see it as God would always reveal His secrets to His friends.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” -1 Peter 2:9

Isn’t that beautiful?  If we know Jesus, we are chosen, royal, holy… His special possession.  And why do we get this privilege? So that we can declare His praises and tell of how wonderful He is. YES!  Right there we have discovered our main purpose for The Lord.

God is PERFECT. His voice is a still small whisper in our ears. It is important to note that He is not going force His will on us. We have to be open to it in order to walk in our purpose.

I want to share with you some truths that I have discovered on my personal journey towards walking boldly and powerfully in my God-given purpose.

In order to live a purposely fed life, we need seven things: obedience, identity, humility, strength, love, provision, and purpose. I am not saying that is all we need but it is definitely a good start!

I am so excited to share the FREE 7-day Purposely Driven Devotional I created which I see as quite timely. CLICK HERE to receive it!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Let me encourage you to be determined to fight for your purpose, and God will give you the grace to keep moving forward. In Jesus Name. AMEN!!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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