My Thoughts During This Season

So last week on my Instagram stories I shared how up and down my emotions have been the past few weeks. We are really living through an epidemic! Seriously, just let that sink in for a second. Not only that, but there has also been an uproar on the police brutality and racism in America and the UK as with other countries are taking a stand for it! And so honestly, I am just PRAYING for a change. I just know a change is truly coming…

There are so many different aspects and angles to how my mind is grasping this whole situation. There is a positive outlook and then there is, of course, the negative thoughts that can sometimes cloud my brain. In Deuteronomy 7:9 it reminds us that we should know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations and that is what I am going to lean on always.

Positives

  1. This is definitely a great time to refocus on me physically, mentally and spiritually. We may be going through so much but I truly believe God would not put us through anything we can not handle & with it is important to make the best of this season!
  1. Spending more time in the word. Reading the Bible more, turning to the bible for inspiration and motivation is super enriching and prayer journaling as I always feel like my mind is in a better place when I am focusing on building my relationship with God.
  1. Staying connected with the outside world. To be honest, it will always be a work in progress. I have always spoken highly about keeping a good balance of social media and the real world. Your girl is really trying. I have made sure that I am not staying isolated from my friends and family and trying to stay active as I can on social media.
  2. Having time to work on things behind the scenes. I know it probably is not great me not giving too much away but I can not wait to sure what I have been working on and all will be revealed soon enough!

I have been able to grow in spiritual maturity, lose a few pounds and spend more time focusing on my health and goals. So that is all good!

Negatives

Alright, so then there is obviously the negative side of my brain that brings all the bad and unwanted thoughts in at the worst times. I will keep it all the way real… I can be an overthinker and more than ever during this season I have the opportunity to be alone with my thoughts. It is so easy to stay in a negative space and it is important to be intentional. A lot of times when I feel like this, I turn to the Bible or my circle. It always helps!

I came across the scripture that talks about how if we are even upon epidemic, we must repent our sins and He will return our land to us. In the end, we really just have to do our part but that seems so far out of reach when people, instead of spreading love and kindness, are spreading hate and cruelty!

My oh my have I yoyo’d with my diet! Yes, my streak of being healthy normally lasts for a number of weeks, where I may have a cheat day or two. But when I break that streak, boy do I BREAK that streak. It could be a week of me eating pounded yam, lots of rice and sweets. Especially my guilty pleasure chocolate. Which does nothing good for my skin! I honestly feel like boredom mixed with eating my emotions is the cause of this. But we thank God, self-control is key and I constantly pray that God will bless me with this.

Let me be honest. I do always feel better in my quiet time and my conversations with God. I know that He is completely in control of this season. I know God does not cause us any harm but it sometimes feels weird to be in this. So many things happening in our world right now point to what the Bible describes as the end of time. Am I wrong? The virus, all the deaths, the hate among our own people. I do sometimes get overwhelmed but I am reminded in Isaiah 43:19 – Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Let me know what your thoughts are, I would love to hear them!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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The BEST Podcasts To Elevate Your Mind

I have been wanting to share my thoughts on my favourite podcasts (Christian and in general) for a while now! If you know me, you know how much I enjoy listening to them.

Before this season, I would enjoy catching up with my favs every day during the commute to or from work. Now that I have been working from home, I find so much joy listening to a podcast during my daily freedom walk or playing in the background at home. So here we are… I am excited to finally be sitting down and knocking this out!

I have found podcasts a way to fill my mind with Jesus all day every day. They cover real-life issues that I may relate to. They are honestly a great way to reach out, grow your faith, and keep you encouraged.

Recently on my Instagram stories, I asked ‘What is your favourite podcast?’ and was given over ten different & amazing options to try, some of them mentioned in this blog post!

Whether you have five minutes or an hour, it is a blessing that you can listen to inspiring people/pastors/authors for free!

Here are my top five picks for podcasts to encourage you:

PREACH IT SIS

When will I marry? Is it okay to call my pastor, Daddy? What does the Bible say about disputes and arguments? Am I a people pleaser?

Boyy! How is a woman of God supposed to figure these things out? These ladies have got us! I love their podcast because they keep it all the way real with personal experiences & their guest speakers. I have been listening to them well over a year now that I call myself an avid listener. I always have a good laugh and leave the podcast feeling inspired, motivated and happy. Check them out here!

I have spoken about their podcasts on my blog (& many times on my Instagram!) before and thought it might be helpful to point it out to you:

  • Dear Beloved Woman– this post being one of my favourite posts I have ever written.

TOYA TALKS

Toya is simply one of the smartest ladies I know! Her podcast handles all things navigating the workplace as a black woman. From negotiating contracts to asking for a raise. She is one of the most passionate people I have ever heard talk and it only takes a few seconds for you to hear the enthusiasm and emotion in her voice. 

Her advice has supported me so much! I wish I could remember how I found her, but I honestly have no idea. I first started watching her on Snapchat around 2018 and enjoyed her daily updates & inspiration. Recently she created her podcast which I am hooked on! New podcasts every Tuesday! Check it out here!

WOMAN EVOLVE with Sarah Jakes Roberts

I will never forget the time played her podcast in my mister’s car and he looked so confused. This podcast is definitely just for the ladies! As the title suggests, she discusses topics that allow us to really evolve as intentional women of God but also speaking on important topics such as obedience, emotions and soul care. I can not get enough of her accent and find her so personable and funny. Check her out here!

LIFE WITH THE LINDSEYS

Cornelius and Heather Lindsey are an amazing married couple based in the US. I have been following Heather Lindsey for years now, I stumbled across her channel on Youtube and I have been hooked ever since! Always been inspired by her brilliance and devotion to spreading the Gospel never ceases to amaze me.

I have never listened to a sermon/podcast where I did not walk away feeling enlightened, encouraged, and emboldened by the truth of the Gospel. This amazing podcast with her husband, the lead pastor of The GO church covers topics such as all things courting/marriage, learning to trust God’s timing and travelling hacks. I love everything about it! Check them out here!

THE AKINLE WAY

Lastly but not least, the Akinle’s are one of my latest discoveries. They were recommended by a friend on Instagram & once I started listening to them, I was all caught up within a day! Michael and Cherice cover all topics from finances, the value of good partner and handling long-distance relationships. They both bounce off each other so well and I just enjoy how personable and relatable they both are to me.

This Godly couple offers detailed advice on their Youtube and Instagram page as well as their podcast which included gold resources they have used to aid them! Check them out here!

I honestly see the importance of listening to challenge, inform, educate or podcasts which stir up one’s spirit in Christ and hope at least one of my suggestions can also do the same for you.

Wondering how to make time to listen to podcasts?

Here are a few ways I make it happen!

  • While going for a walk or run
  • While driving or commuting
  • While cooking dinner
  • While cleaning
  • On a road trip

Enjoy all my current favs & let me know if you listen to any of the ones listed here. Happy listening!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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Have A Productive Day, Every Day.

Over the years, I have realised that whatever I do, I need to do it well. “ Work hard at whatever you do. You will soon go to the world of the dead, where no one works or thinks or reasons or knows anything. Ecclesiastes 9:10 (CEV). I believe this is not a drive towards perfectionism, but rather, a pursuit of excellence.

  1. Your productive day starts the night before with thoughtful planning

Take 5 minutes to plan for tomorrow and follow this 3-step process –

First, review your list of projects or activities you have for the following day. These activities may be in various areas such as work, school, and home. For example, you may be a busy mum with little ones to attend to. So, you have a full day ahead of you.

Second, prioritise your projects by making a to-do list. Ask yourself: What must be done tomorrow? Look at your deadlines. This helps you know must get done!

Third, set specific and realistic goals for the day. This involves making a to-do list with the items ranked in order of importance. Remember to “keep the main thing as the main thing.”  

What one should note is here is that some people like to do this activity on a Sunday night and prepare for the whole week ahead. The point here is that you need to do what is realistic for you…

     2. Your morning routine sets the tone for a productive day.

There are 4 ways we can break this down into:

Physical, psychological, social and spiritual.

Physical

You may want to start your day with a healthy breakfast fruit smoothie.

You may want to engage in physical activity such as walking, jogging, or running. Of course, this will depend on your fitness level. Some people like to start with a workout. Check out a video on Youtube, you do not even need to leave your home! Certainly, physical activity has many benefits.

Psychological

It is important to start the day with a positive attitude. Being thankful is a great way to create a positive mindset. For instance, naming the things you are thankful for such as your family, house, health, job, etc. will definitely lift up your mood.

Another practical way to start the day with a positive attitude is by reading a motivational or inspiring scripture or quote.

Then, you can reflect on it throughout the day.

Social

Positive interactions will fuel your sense of well-being. Therefore, start your day with positive interactions with your family. If you are married, have a good conversation with your spouse. If you have children, talk to them and encourage them before they leave for school.

Even if you are single, you can interact with those around you positively such as your housemates or send encouraging texts to your friends.

Spiritual

Praying for the activities of the day also helps start the day well. For instance, a good way to start the day in by having a devotional. This means reading a verse or passage of the Bible and meditating on it.

This involves seeking to understand the message of the verse and making an application to personal life.

Overall, when you implement these tips and habits, you can have a more productive day and experience personal and professional growth.

Love,

Liz Fashanu

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