23 September 2015

Stepping out in faith

 | Blazer and neckpiece : Zara | 
| Jeans : Topshop | Top : H & M |
In one of my last blog posts I spoke about the new era - what it could possibly look like but really, do we know? 
A new era - you have never been that way before - you are moving into unchartered waters and stepping out into the unknown & should you sail along, its going to require faith
Faith in Hebrews 11 verse 1 is described as being certain of things we cannot see.
*roll back* after completing my undergraduate studies, I received a certificate and a little note from my University that read: 
"Congratulations, now what?"
Society or rather the world in which we operate in has arranged patterns and conformed standards we are to fit in, for example, education comes first (at least up to the age of 18). In turn, this creates time frames that are considered more ideal for one to kick start their career. If you come from a background like my own, gap years are per say a taboo.
It pretty much goes like this; education > career > house > marriage > kids > everything in between then finally retirement.
But I think who we are should be determined by whose we are and that should govern how we do life altogether. So when it comes to the different seasons in our lives, the question should be, what is God saying now?
My journey, this journey I'm sharing today has been long going and its not been easy despite a great sense of the spirit of God pressing something on my heart (Protégé) and confirming this is ONE of the things I was suppose to be doing in this new season in my life.
At the time if I'm honest I was very career focused and looked at it with a worldly perspective, education > career > & everything that comes thereafter but I had to stop and look at my life through God's lens. Romans 12 verse 2 reminded me to not conform to the standards of this world but to allow God to renew my mind then I would know his perfect will for my life.
Obedience was key in order to move forward and I also had to trust and surrender my whole life to God and that included my dreams etc.  
Looking back now I said I followed God but when it came to Him calling me and setting me apart not for my selfish desires but for His cause, was I there to answer? Sadly, not the first time, I needed time to think about it, I thought I could work around it, I totally forgot he was God and still put my selfish desires first before Him and so, was he really first in my life? One day as I was driving home I really had a deep conviction as I was listening to my usual Christian music and stopped to pay attention to the lyrical content and assess if I meant the words I was singing to.
To claim that we believe is not enough, the call of Jesus is one that demands action.
After making the decision to go ahead with what I felt God had placed on my heart, there was a great sense of peace and I can testify that there is no greater fulfilment in life than setting time aside for God. God time is never time wasted and all God asks of us is that we come as empty vessels and he was fill up (2 Kings 4). Faithful is he who has called you, he will complete it (1 Thessalonians 5 verse 24).
If we, and all we have, belong to God, then actually we own nothing and owe everything to Him.
After all, in John 15 verse 16 Jesus says, 'you did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit ...... '
No great thing ever comes out of comfort zones, allow God to stretch you and use you to fulfil your purpose in life.
Thank you so much for your readership and I hope you have been blessed.

Philippians 3 verse 7 to 11


4 September 2015

Interior Inspiration

 (90% of the items I own are bought on sale and here are a few places in relation:

 I've been randomly sharing photographs of certain parts of my home on my Instagram and Facebook and I've had people ask me all different kinds of questions in regards to home decor. I am definitely not a pro but I can recommend Pinterest as one way to find inspiration and spur your creative side.
Other than that I have a few things I can share that I found have worked for me: 
  1. If not now when?! Sometimes in life people wait for the right moment, job, house, partner etc. to progress to the next level but I say, start now! It doesn't matter whether you are renting an apartment or you own a home, make your house a home - after all, its the place you come to every day - make it worth coming to.  
  2. Its not going to be overnight!
  3. Know what you want! - what is out there on the market will always be enticing and will come with a very good offer but stick to what you really want!
  4. Quality is a very important factor and sometimes good quality furniture is expensive but remember Gumtree, eBay etc. are always alternative outlets where you will find people selling furniture still in excellent/good condition that they don't want/need anymore. You can type in things like 'Furniture in your city' ; 'Dwell Furniture' ; 'Next Furniture' etc. depending on what you are looking for and what brands you prefer.
  5. Be willing to wait - if you stay in the UK you should know that everything eventually goes on sale and theres always offers all year round. If you are like myself, not moved much by the latest trends then I would recommend Boxing Day as the best time of the year to buy most interiors.
  6. Know your budget!
  7. If something doesn't serve its purpose anymore, let it go! Minimalism is a big deal for myself but then again that might be different for you.
Heres a book I've seen a friend share called, 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up', I've read good reviews on it so maybe that might be resourceful.

I hope I have managed to cover most of what I know and if theres anything else you would like to know drop me an email at anitahnjonga@gmail.com and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as I can.
Thanks for stopping by.

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