Letters of Hope Journal

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Hello there!

Hope your week is going well.

I’m thrilled to share with you another powerful resource from ‘Letters of Hope’.

The Letters of Hope journal has been designed to help you…yes you  ‘Keep Hope Alive’, despite the challenge(s) you may be going through.

In my early years of grieving, I bottled up my emotions, I was angry, I was bitter, I was confused…I wished I had taken time out to write down my thoughts.  However, as I got older, I discovered journaling and it has been a great help for a number of years now.  It is a powerful tool  for dealing with overwhelm and also for gaining clarity.  I also use it as a form of communicating with God.

We all need a bit of encouragement every now and then and it’s my pleasure to share with you some of my favourite verses in this exclusive ‘Letters of Hope’ journal.  Each page features either an uplifting note or an encouraging bible verse to meditate on.  You may not be able to verbally express your feelings but you’d be amazed by how your thoughts start to flow when you pick up a pen and a journal, so why don’t you give it a try today.

The journal is available to order via the website. It is also ideal as a gift to friends and loved ones.  If you’re looking for something simple and uplifting to give a loved one who is perhaps anxious about the festive season, due to a bereavement, this gift of  faith, hope and love will surely be appreciated.

God’s blessings,

Ope xxx

 

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Happy Weekend All,

I trust you have had a great week and if your week hasn’t gone so well, I encourage you to praise God all the same and trust that He will turn things around for your good…Stay hopeful!

Today, I wanted to share with you the newly designed logo for ‘Letters of Hope’ – the organization.  It has been an interesting journey and I am super excited to share this with you ????loh

I am just so in awe of this Mighty God. I remember exactly where I was when I prayed about the logo for Letters of Hope. One of my mentors, or should I say midwives had asked me to pray about it and I thought okay why not.

I prayed about it as I was driving to work one morning, my commute can be anything from 40 minutes to an hour, I don’t recall how long it took me on this particular day but I remember exactly what junction I was at when a specific image came to mind. I was super excited, it made so much sense and I couldn’t wait till I parked up, so I could type it up in my notes just in case I forgot (as if lol). I parked up – made some notes and immediately searched for images to capture my thoughts, none really matched up to what I had visualized although there were some similar ideas.

I knew from the onset whom I would commission to design my logo, so I got in touch and gave her a brief. This logo here is the first and only draft image she sent to me, I was simply blown away. I fell in love straight away. I am still in love.

The choice of colours is a narrative for another day. The Holy Spirit led me to loh2these colours and yes yes yes I absolutely love them.

There is nothing too insignificant for God to handle, nothing is too small for Him. He is interested in every detail of our lives, especially that which He has called us to do.

Somebody please help me Praise this God.

Watch out for exciting products and projects coming soon!! 

Have a blessed weekend xx

Chosen for such a time as this!

Happy Monday,

It has been awhile since I’ve blogged, let’s just say I was on a summer break 🙂

Special thanks to all those who reached out to check on me. May you also be surrounded by those who genuinely love and care about you (Amen).

So this past weekend was eventful for me. Saturday, 24th September was my dearest mum’s birthday. I usually don’t do anything special on this day except of course to remember her.

I knew this year would be extra special when a dear friend and mentor, Detola Amure of Super Working Mum announced that the Empowering Mothers Conference would be on the same date. The theme for the conference was ‘Chosen for such a time as this’.  I was super excited and expectant about this event, not just as a member of the planning committee but also as a delegate. I was expectant to receive from the Most High. 

The conference was a great success, all glory to God Almighty!!! I am still buzzing from this amazing experience and wanted to share my top 4 lessons with you:

  1. Don’t shy away from your calling.

If you’re willing to be used by God, He will open doors for you and create the right opportunities for you. I was one of the exhibitors on the day and my plan was to only exhibit some of the products from my gift sourcing business (AHFOG Creations).  I was concerned about displaying my book ‘Letters of Hope’ as I thought it wouldn’t be the appropriate place to share the message and perhaps people might be put off with the idea of mixing bereavement support material with other items on display. Anyway I kept getting a nudge to take copies of my book with me. I was reluctant to do so but finally decided to take them along, however I had planned to hide them under the table until all other products were sold and then I would bring them out.  Somehow, when I got to the venue, I felt at peace and I went ahead to display my books along with my other products.

To my surprise, Letters of Hope was actually the best selling product on the day. A lot of people were interested. In fact, there was a lady who said she had been looking for the ideal gift for a friend who had recently lost a loved one and she felt this was it. 

I am simply amazed by what God can do through each and every single one of us, when we yield to His leading. I am glad I eventually got over my ‘shyness’ with showcasing Letters of Hope and I could be a blessing to a number of people.

God reminded me on the day that He has blessed me with different gifts and talents but He also has a special calling for me, there is a specific ‘nation’ He has called me to serve. My gifts and talents will help me in fulfilling my purpose BUT they are separate from my calling. I must not shy away from the mission He has assigned to me. I must use all He has placed inside of me for His glory.

“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” ‭‭ Matthew‬ ‭5:14-16‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

2. Surround yourself with the right company; friends and mentors that will support you in your journey.

There will be seasons in your life when you will run out of steam, because life gets busy, these people will push you along, they will champion your cause, encouraging you all the way. They will look out for you and cheer you on. Your calling is not about you, it is bigger than you, so God will equip you, BUT he will also send destiny helpers your way, look out for them. Be obedient and have a humble spirit. I hadn’t actually planned to exhibit but my dear friend hosting the conference encouraged me to do so, and I am so glad I listened. I also had another friend exhibiting on the day, it was great to have someone on the same journey and we could support each other in preparing for our ‘maiden’ exhibit. 

“Some relationships have to go, some relationships you have to find – destiny helpers”Laura Jeyibo

3. Serving others is your training ground!

In volunteering to help others to fulfill their own purpose, you are bound to learn lessons for your own journey. You will surely grow in your own walk and God will elevate you at His appointed time. Enough said about this 🙂

4. Your story is not unique

Your pain and journey is not totally unique, there are others who have experienced the same challenges and difficulties in life. There is a specific ‘nation’ that God has called you to serve, to reach out to and support. Your story will make sense to them, God will connect you with them when the time comes.    

“Your pain is not going to be a waste. God can use your pain for His glory if you allow him. Your past is part of your purpose, don’t discount your past , it is part of what makes you special”Detola Amure

I’ll leave you with my favourite quote from the event:

“When you find what you’re meant to do, you’ll sense God’s pleasure” – Fiona Jones.

I definitely sensed God’s presence AND pleasure on Saturday :-). My prayer is that you will sense God’s pleasure in your own circle of influence too, no matter the size, or environment – perhaps it’s in your home. 

Have a fantastic week,

#BeEncouraged 

P.U.S.H

Pray Until Something Happens (P.U.S.H)

Sometimes we may experience unexpected challenges in life. Things could be going well for us and our loved ones and then suddenly we experience a crisis with no prior warning. Suddenly we are stopped in our tracks and we can’t seem to move forward in life.

Setbacks, Challenges, Knock-backs are all part of life experiences. There are lessons of life that can only be appreciated through personal experience. Someone else’s narrative doesn’t do us as much justice.  As individuals we are forced to grow and mature from these challenges, they become part of our story in the journey of life.

So what do we do when we experience these setbacks?  Read more

Still I Press On

When you are going through a tough time, especially following the loss of a loved one.  It could also be the loss of a job, or perhaps your health may be deteriorating or you may be experiencing financial difficulties, the tendency is to feel downcast and abandoned especially if you have been praying over the issue for a very long time.

Sometimes, it may even seem like your problems are getting worse instead of getting better. The key is not to give up Hope, try not to focus on what you see or what you feel BUT keep trusting and believing God to get you through the storm.

I love how the Message bible puts it in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.”

I pray that despite your brokenness, your wounds, your heaviness, your weariness and loneliness, you will find strength and comfort in the promises of God and keep holding on until the sun starts shining in your life.  It will be soon.

#BeEncouraged

 

Light in the Darkness (Part II)

1st Thess. 5:5 – “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness”.

As children of God, we carry the light of God in us and should influence the world around us by bringing them Hope in the midst of chaos.

One of my favourite Sunday school songs growing up was ‘This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine’.  The words of that song are relevant regardless of your age, your past and your pain.  We are holding a light and we are to let it shine! Read more

Reach out & Touch Somebody’s Hand

Most of my blog posts are written to encourage those grieving from the loss of a dear one.  However, I wanted to reach out to those who might be acquainted with the bereaved. You may be a friend, work colleague, member of the same church etc.

The truth is, most of us know someone who is going through a tough time right now, following the death of a loved one.  If not, you will at some point in life.  It’s simply the nature of life.  There’s a time to be born and a time to die (Ecclesiastes 3:2). We grieve the death of our loved ones because we love them and our hearts are broken from our loss.

How do we comfort those who are grieving?

Most people stay away from the bereaved because they worry about not knowing exactly what to say.  Read more

Light in the darkness

In my book ‘Letters of Hope’, I mentioned in Chapter 9 how I used to dread night time following my mum’s death. This was when my problems or burdens seemed bigger than they really were. I’d lay down and start thinking all sorts of negative things. More often than not, when I eventually fell asleep, the result would be nightmares.

Darkness can mean different things to various people depending on their circumstances. It can signify any or all of the following:

  • Danger
  • Loneliness
  • Being lost or being in a state of confusion
  • Oppression
  • Fear of dying or of the unknown

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What I learnt from the BET show

I was watching the BET awards with my husband recently and there was a special award given to Smokie Robinson – The Soul Legend!

Prior to him being given this award – there was a short clip of some of his most popular songs. The voice over lady mentioned Smokie’s songs will pass the test of time simply because we will all experience love, heartbreak and whatever life throws at us.

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Great Role Models

I once heard someone say that many orphans and bereaved children don’t succeed in life due to a lack of parental guidance and cover. That has definitely not been my story and it doesn’t have to be yours either.

There’s a saying that it “takes a village to raise a child” – that has most certainly been my experience. Yes, there’s a place for parental guidance but there are so many other people that God has placed in your life that can make a positive impact on your development.

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