Dear Lovely Reader,

I hope you are keeping well. As we are in the last few days of this month, I wanted to end this month with tips on how to ARISE and SHINE.

I do think it is important to speak affirmations to uplift yourself, however words alone are not enough. Just like the word says, “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:20), so we need action alongside our faith.

Normally we arise from a low position to a high position.  

We arise out of ruins, we arise out of disappointments, we arise out of depression, we arise from heartache, we arise from failure. Since everything we go through has a time and season, we can always remain hopeful that no matter the circumstance things WILL CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. There was a time of break down but now is the time to heal and build up (Ecclesiastes 3:3). Arise is placed before Shine because prior to breakthrough inner/outer healing and self-love is needed.

Here are some handy tips I have learnt😊

Tip 1: Write down achievements and what you like about yourself 

Start a list today of all that you have done and accomplished – this will help you to focus on what you do have and who you are. It’s a great building block to start appreciating who you are and becoming your best self!  We are called to “Fix our thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” – Ephesians 4:8.

Tip 2: Set yourself a goal each day  

It could be anything like learning a new skill, languages, health, fitness, career, relationship, financial, personal etc. By doing this you’re creating opportunity for success each day to thrive, grow and fill up your mind with joy.

Tip 3: Focus on the present day

When you feel fear, or a spirit of heaviness come upon you – eliminate those thoughts and feelings. Just like how we use repellent spray to ward of insects, the word of God is a weapon to attack and conquer fear and anxiety. Our mind is a battlefield and hope can overcome a weary soul. To remain hopeful, something I like to think of is that if I don’t have what I want today, it’s not needed today.  So, I focus on what I have and can do in that day to prepare for what I am waiting for.


It’s not always easy, but with intentional practice – you’ll feel better. I promise!

Tip 4: Get talking and seek help

Thankfully we are surrounded with different relationships and people in our life. So alongside tip 3, I think its equally and if not more important to talk to others about how you are feeling and coping with life. Seeking professional counsel is great too. It’s also good to remain social (according to how comfortable you are), especially as we are still in lockdown. Reaching out to a person you haven’t contacted in a while could be a lifeline for them, can make you feel better and build a stronger bond.

Tip 5: Self-Care and Self-Love

Sometimes when you’re in a difficult season or as your coming out of it – you can lose self-worth and identity. That’s why each day I’d recommend you to treat yourself. Treat in this sense is to tend/nurse yourself physically and emotionally. You are not on this Earth by chance, you are here on purpose with gifts, talents and abilities that nobody can do better than YOU! We do get wounds from the storms of life, but it is up to us to heal, recover and rise. It’s all about MIND over matter. See and think of yourself as God in Heaven sees you! Find whatever you like to do in your free time and perhaps implement increments of that activity daily to help heal your heart, free your soul and make you glow!

Thanks for reading all the way through 😊. I hope you find these tips beneficial in this season. Remain confident that you will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Peace and every good blessing be yours in Jesus Name. Amen.

-Josie x

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