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Volume 12, Issue 42: Navigating Change

We all deal with change differently. For someone who thrives in sameness, I thought I was poor at dealing with change. However, I have found that even people like me are just fine in their dealing with change if they are afforded an approach that suits their temparament.

For people who "don't like" change, they handle change just fine in the comfort of time to weigh the situation. On the other hand, people who immediately jump at an opportunity for change don't require time for consideration.

I don't adopt to change easily. But as information sinks in bit by bit, I slowly gain the courage to start making adjustments. Starting from last month, I have been consuming a healthy daily dose of information on matters health and the human body. As such, I have started to adopt and change.

I have found that if you are the planning and rigid type, you struggle with immediate change decisions. However, you get on well with abrupt changes when you get a little bit of time to get used to the coming change.

I usually want everything to work out perfectly. So it helps to have a little bit of time in my hands to navigate an upcoming change. If I have to give an answer to a change right away, my automatic response is usually negative. But if I have a little bit of time to think about it, I find that an affirmative response is usually looming around the corner of my mind.

Interestingly enough, people who are reluctant to change often end up being more excited about an upcoming change once they have had time to consider the change than their counterparts who are instantly open to change. As such, the former are likely to benefit more from change than the later.

 

For His Glory,

Lillian Chebosi

 

 

Volume 12, Issue 41: Reflection and Gratitude

Being away from home for an extended period of time this season has made me come to appreciate having a family and a home way more than ever before. When I was preparing for this trip, I couldn't wait to get on with it. But now that I am here, I am still grateful for the opportunity, but I miss my family and home life.

Although I have found that weekends are a bit hard in managing homesickness, I am glad about the things I am learning about myself on this trip. I am now so grateful about the mundanity of homemaking. I now realize even more that that's my life. That's who I am. I am a homemaker. I am the person who does things for my family.

I thought I was taking a break from homemaking - doing things for my family. But what I have found living abroad is that when I go back home, I will cherish my home life. I will cherish homemaking and having my hands full with doing things for my family.

Having been away from it, I am grateful to wake up to messy seats to tidy up. It's a sign that I have a family who enjoy the comfortable home I provide. I am grateful for finding bread crumbs on my kitchen countertops. For it means that I have loved ones enjoying the food I provide.

It's nice that here, I don't have to clean anything. Not floors nor dishes nor bathrooms nor clothes. But I am grateful to have those things to do when I am at home. Having to clean frequently means that I have people in my home, in my life. When I go back home, I will do those things with a full heart every time.

I am eternally grateful for the gift of a family, and for the gift of a home. And I am grateful for all the work that comes with having a family and a home. I am grateful! What are you grateful for at this time of the year?

 

For His Glory ,

Lillian Chebosi

 

 

Volume 12, Issue 40: Emulate The Chief Giver

Christmas is a time of giving. It's a time when fathers and mothers give special gifts to their children, and friends and family exchange memorable gifts. But the greatest giver of all is our Father in heaven.

God not only gave his son Jesus Christ who was born at Christmas time as savior of the world, He continues to give us gifts throughout our lives. Sometimes the gifts from God to us are practical, and sometimes they are extravagant. Don't you just love it when God surprises you with just what you need, when you need it, even before you fathom the courage to ask for it?

Just a few days ago I needed rescuing with my food storage where I am staying currently away from home. My fridge wasn't working well, so there was a good chance of my food going stale over the ensuing night. To my amazement, my caring and practical heavenly Father came to my rescue in the nick of time. Without my asking someone to store my food for me, God arranged it that I got a phone call about the fridge after I had gone to sleep, and a few minutes later, they sent someone to come pick my food and take it to their kitchen freezer. Isn't that just beyond amazing!

This is just one of the ways God gifts us throughout the course of doing life with him. God also gives to us through the ideas he drops into our minds and hearts. He is constantly guiding and directing us on the course to take regarding practical aspects of life.

As such, as you consider the kinds of gifts to give to your family and friends this Christmas, consider how you could emulate the way God gives and replicate the same to your family and friends. I believe such gifts are the most valuable than any material gifts we could ever give to our loved ones.

 

For His Glory,

Lillian Chebosi

 

 

Volume 12, Issue 39: The Opportunity In Unexpected Occurrences

Every now and then life throws us a curve ball. Something unexpected happens and we find ourselves in uncomfortable territory. When we don't pose to consider all possibilities, we often tend to let the unexpected happening bring out our weakness rather than our strength.

When I have one of my teenagers do something crazy, or someone behaves badly towards me, do I have to react out of character? Just yesterday I was displeased by one of my teenager's disregard of a code of conduct and I didn't handle it well. I later regretted sweating the small stuff.

When the unexpected happen, can I instead pose to consider how I want to show up in the situation? Before doing or saying anything, can I have a brief meeting with myself and consider how I want to handle myself in the situation?

"In the midst of the unexpected, we have the opportunity to make one of our greatest Best Yes decisions ever. Let this unexpected happening point to your strength, not your weakness". Lisa Terkeurst.

When the unexpected happens, let's learn to pose and consider the best decisions we can make and take the subsequent best actions. Let's desist from doing the easy thing - reacting. Let's rather take the high road and consider the best decisions and actions to take.

 

For His Glory,

Lillian Chebosi

 

 

Volume 12, Issue 38: Show Up To Practice

Part of finishing strong means showing up to practice. There are times when pursuing a goal feels hard. At such times, we can motivate ourselves to at least show up and do even just the bare minimum. As I write this, I am showing up for my writing assignment this morning.

Once you have determined that your goal is worth pursuing, talk yourself into showing up to practice even when you don't feel like it, and even when you don't see good results. Show up to practice even when you feel like a failure in that area.

I read about a girl whose sport of choice was pole vaulting. For the first almost 3 years of joining the team, she came in last in all competitions. But she never missed a practice session. Day by day, this girl showed up to practice, went through her routine and followed her coach's instructions. It wasn't until the tail end of her third year at the sport that she started winning.

Which goal are you struggling with the most? Could it be that you even stopped showing up for it? If the goal is important to you, try showing up to practice for it consistently from here on.

Finishing strong isn't just about winning. It's also about resilience. It's about knowing that you gave this year your all. That you didn't leave anything on the table. Yes it's true, that in life, we win some, and lose some. But whether we lose or win, we want to finish strong by showing up to practice to the very end. We want to be able to say that we gave our all to our pursuits this year.

 

For His Glory,

Lillian Chebosi