BOOKS, Devotionals, personal development, Thoughts, writing

Remarkable Women of the Bible series – Introduction


Remarkable!  What a wonderful word to describe the women of the Bible! Elizabeth says – their life changing messages – are available to you and me today!

If your life resembles one long obstacle course. Everyday is filled with challenges. In spite of our schedules, plans, dreams, goals, life keeps coming at us with its constant profusion of stress, lifes problems, set backs, and unsustainable situations.

Truly, life can often seem to be more than we can manage on our own!

Help and hope are available from the remarkable women of the bible. Whatever we are dealing with, they have experienced it. They have faced the challenges of married life, and child – raising. They know about going ‘without’, about loss, about old age, and about death. All of the pain, sorrow, confusion, and the difficulties have touched their hearts, and now they live on in God’s word to instruct and encourage us as we cope with our lives today.

I love how Elizabeth says that she “likes to think of sitting down with one of them, and having a cup of coffee with them. “

With this description:

“There they sit, in all their wisdom, ready, willing, and able to pass on what they have learned. They are more than happy to tell us how, through strong faith in God, they triumphed in their situations. Their hearts are open to you and me, and through their lives we can find great wisdom and practical help. And God has given us their lives in His word so that we can learn their life-changing messages!”

This is going to be a series of “Remarkable Women of the Bible”, and yes, all inspiration is from Elizabeth George. She is an eloquent, beautiful and sophisticated writer, but I won’t be copying the book word for word, as I want to delve into each character immensely and in-depth, so that you can experience something greater than yourself! May you learn to take each character fully, and grasp their qualities and traits to become more and more “remarkable“! I have read the book, and now want to share with you my revelations, and understandings of these women. I absolutely LOVE devotionals, and reading on the characters in so many different types of books. Like 1-year devotionals that specifically target the main character women of the bible. This book stood out to me BECAUSE of the word “remarkable”, because all girls want to have steadfast qualities JUST like them! I want to buy Discovering the Treasures of a Godly Woman: Proverbs 31 (A Woman After God’s Own Heart®) so bad!

A message from Elizabeth:

“Beloved, these dear women are God’s gift to you and me. Whether or not you have a mother or a friend or a mentor who is available, you have the remarkable women of the Bible. Let them share with you. Let them encourage you. Let them counsel you. Let them show you the best way to handle every day and every difficulty.

May God richly bless you as you look to Him and the remarkable women in His Word for His timeless principles for living your life today!”

 

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P.S. While waiting for me to collate information and create the series, you can check out, or read a sample chapter of Elizabeth George’s book, “Beautiful in God’s Eyes: The Treasures of the Proverbs 31 Woman” here.

 

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BOOKS, Lady, personal development, self help

Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters


Know you who are: live like it matters, is a christian filled book written by a former professional American football quarterback and current professional baseball outfielder in the New York Mets organisation, Tim Tebow. It is a ‘homeschoolers interactive guide to discovering your true identity.’

“Tim Tebow played college football for the University of Florida, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and appearing on BCS National Championship-winning teams during the 2006 and 2008 seasons. Tebow was selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft and spent two seasons with the team. He also played for the New York Jets in 2012. Additionally, he had pre-season stints with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 and 2015 respectively. In 2016, Tebow announced he would pursue a career in professional baseball and signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on September 8.”  Source: Wikipedia

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In Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters, he shares the wisdom he’s learned—not from what the world says, but from what God says in His Word.

There are 36 sessions that Tim shares with you to share his deep-rooted faith with those that need just a little encouragement, and want the need of a purpose-filled life.

Tim’s Guide has 4 Parts with 9 Lessons in Each part

Part 1: Who Are You? (Learning about the source of your identity)
Part 2: Don’t Sweat It; God’s Got It (You’ll uncover guidance when the going in life gets tough)
Part 3: Others Matter (Relationships are important.)
Part 4: Live Bigger (Learning why and how to live in a way that impacts eternity.)

Topics include:

* Building godly character
* Maintaining great relationships
* Standing out from the crowd
* Doing things that matter in the big picture

but we are going to cover only the following which is Part 1 of the book, on asking a simple question.

Before we get started with Part 1, here is a note from Tim:

“You and I have something in common. We may share similar traits I don’t know about, but here’s what I do know: I was homeschooled, just like you! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate my parents for making a personal investment in my education. One of the things I loved about being homeschooled was being able to focus on the things I was passionate about and how much time it left for things I loved, like sports and exercise.

Here’s something you may not know: my mom and dad decided to homeschool my two brothers, my two sisters, and me before people even knew what homeschooling meant. At the time, some people thought they were nuts. Some wondered if homeschooling was evenlegal! But despite the challenges they faced, it was worth it. Mom and Dad’s careful and thoughtful instruction helped educate my siblings and me. Each one of us was even blessed to receive a college scholarship!

I know being homeschooled may not be the easiest thing in the world, so I wanted to write a book just for you. I’d like to encourage you in your studies by offering some lessons I’ve learned in my personal journey, lessons I want you to be a part of. I want this book to be about you: digging deep to find out who you are and what that means in real life.

You may or may not know this already, but writing is powerful. In fact, an esteemed professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin studied the impact of journaling. Through a handfulof studies, this expert found that expressive writing in a personal and meaningful way positively impacts health, well-being, and self-development. It can put us in a better mood. It can help us process tough situations. It can challenge us to make good changes. It can pave the way for a more impactful future.

Knowing how journaling can be a great tool for self-reflection, I decided to write Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters. just for homeschool students. You may think you don’t like writing or that it doesn’t come easy for you. That’s okay! As we travel together through the course of this book, writing will become easier. And you may even discover it’s one of your passions!

Here’s what you’ll find in the following pages. Each week for the next thirty-six weeks, I offer a verse from the Bible and a lesson that helps illustrate that verse. Each teaching ends with a section titled “In Your Own Words.” This is your opportunity to reflect on what you’ve learned. You can connect what I talk about with what’s going on in your life. Use my questions as prompts to fuel your thoughts.”

Continue reading “Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters”

personal development, self help

How to build your network when you’re feeling alone


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Wanting some spiritual direction?

Lately I have become a penchant for solitude, quietude and practicing a lot of mindfulness. There are a lot of books out there on learning how to use your quiet time to reflect on what is more important in life. For example, taking the time out to read a novel or the bible when no one is around, and its just you in the room. I have really been into podcasts lately, and also will post a favourites post in the future of what I take my time to listen to!

“How to pursue your dreams when no-one is around you”

When you feel like you are alone and have no one to share your life-long goals and dreams with and feel like nobody cares, the first thing you actually need to do is to spend time with yourself before you can create a group of friends or network support.

So, how do we go about this?

Let me share with you my tips on when I have my own quiet time and take the time to renew, and rejuvenate my lifestyle.

Continue reading “How to build your network when you’re feeling alone”

Celebrities, Lady, personal development, self help

7 Ways to find your purpose in life


I recently bought a new magazine…… and I am IN LOVE with it…… I am basically copying from the book, but this is practical, and a huge guidance for you if you want to find purpose in everything that you do. Whether you’re a full-time working mum, single entrepreneur, starting your own small business, or creating ideas for a future business, or even if you want to find out anything about yourself when applying your own qualities to life itself.

Below you will find the link:

Y Mag

“Empowering Women to become the BEST version of themselves.”

By supporting small business owners, entrepreneurial women, Shar Moore is the CEO and founder of the magazine.

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Continue reading “7 Ways to find your purpose in life”

Devotionals, personal development

Quick Devotion on “How to be Still”


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Trust can be an impenetrable thing. We like to be in control of everything ourselves, some of us more than others, “Being still” before God means that we quiet our anxious thoughts, we put our phones down, we eliminate all distractions, we get alone with God and we pray. We wait. We trust. It’s an act of relinquishing and consecrating all to God control of our lives. When you give your life to Him, He takes care of every detail. This is something that I am learning constantly, and still learning to do when I feel I can’t trust anyone or anything else that is going on.

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BOOKS, Lady, personal development, self help, Thoughts

I want to be a Woman of Easter!!!


I have been eagerly writing today and taking down notes from reading “The Women of Easter” by Liz Curtis Higgs. I have collected my thoughts together, and have thoroughly relished in achieving this. It has been a while since I have fully read an entire book in just ONE day!!!! I felt so successful, and felt like I have achieved something for the day, which keeps me feeling truly content.

What I am going to do is set it out by each chapter so that you can get an idea and outline of the book.

So, let’s get started! Continue reading “I want to be a Woman of Easter!!!”

Lady, Lifestyle, personal development, Thoughts, TRAVEL

New Year’s resolutions to embrace life to the fullest


 

And now, as we are about to welcome the new year, suddenly we realize – this is our fresh start, a new chance, a life full of things that have never been. There are new questions to be asked, new challenges to be embraced and new things and people to be loved (or the old ones, cherished even more). With the new year ahead we’re embarking on a journey with so many answers to be discovered and lived in this new transformative year, full of delight and self-discovery. This is the perfect time to dream and plan, as only dreams give birth to change. New year is the time to be brave.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who have finally decided it’s time they introduced a change in their lives with this upcoming year, we’re giving you a few tips to stir you into thinking straight – for yourself:

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Lifestyle, personal development, self help, Uncategorized

Inspirational Quotes to live by


“Every woman deserves the chance to realise her God given potential.”

Life skills is quality. Education is attaining. As women, we have to realise our full potential and need to strive for superiority and excellency. If we utilise our mental ability and engage within our communities, we can do more and above and beyond than what we ever dreamed of.

 

“You have to be true to yourself.

You have to be enough in touch with who you are and what you want, how you want to live and what’s important to you, to make your decisions based on that.”

Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.”

Hilary Clinton

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Lifestyle, Thoughts, Uncategorized

LIFE


One thing I have been thinking about today is that – “Life is so very precious”. We can be here one moment and then gone the next. I lost a best friend when I was about 12-13 years of age to a car accident, and it was the worst feeling I had ever been through….. I cried for days, and had a lump in my throat for the whole duration from being in such an emotional state. I also lost my granny around the same year as well. So I understand how precious life can really be. 

Sometimes we can be sooo caught up with “life” that we don’t even ‘experience’ life!!!!!

What does LIFE mean to you?


Is it about the car you drive? The clothes you wear?

Your education? Qualifications? Work?

Is it about how much money you earn?

We can sometimes get so caught up in the physical that we don’t look at the spiritual. 

You say, what does that mean? 

I mean, stop worrying about what you look like, or how you sound and start spreading some love to the people around you.

Love?

It doesn’t have to be the kissy poo-poo kind of affection, it can mean you can just start smiling kindly to people you walk past down the street, or bake a cake for your neighbour. You may have just made their day! – you never know!!!! Or buy some flowers randomly for a close friend! People love it when you are thoughtful, and especially kind. Kindness definitely goes a long way and is a beautiful trait to have.


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I recently hand wrote a bible scripture.

“Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience”


This is one of my favourite scriptures, and I think it is vital to hold these qualities if you want a peaceful heart. Maybe start reading the New King James Bible, and get together some Proverbs that you like, and write them on some pretty cards. Or use them for scrapbooking or card-making projects!

I also like this quote:

“Live each day, as it is a precious gift, because it is.”

I think we need a fresh new perspective daily on life, and we need to pull ourselves together and make an effort when it comes to friendships and relationships. 

Also, Passion is a key ingredient to the study and practice of life. 

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Elle Woods, (Legally Blonde) 

It is with passion, courage of conviction, strong sense of self that we take our next steps into the world. 

Have faith in people, and most importantly have faith in yourself. 

Have a look at this TO DO LIST! I ❤️ it!!!!


Maybe you can step back and have a look at your own life and write your OWN to do list!!! There are so many things we can change inwardly AND outwardly. When we write things down we have a clear note of what we need to do to live greatly. 

I don’t know about you, but I want to do AMAZING things with my life!!!!! And live a hopeful, fulfilled, inspirational life. 

What things can you do to succeed this? 


So, think about what you can do to live a life of fulfilment. I think that if you have a life filled with love then you are definitely on the road to success. 

Think this weekend about what things exactly you can do to love others, and share things with friends. There are a ton of things you can do to live a life of purpose.

I don’t just have a dream. I have a VISION and a purpose!!!

The word “vision” is profound, as without a vision there is no purpose and things don’t succeed as well. Have a vision with anything you do in life. For example, I have a vision for my blog.

“To create a platform for ladies to find inspiration and pull thoughts, ideas and advice together whether it’s beauty, fashion or reading.”

 I may have more than one! 

To me, vision is a BIG thing and I hope you find a vision for your life, business or work. 


Create a VISION BOARD

PUT THOUGHTS, JOURNALS AND QUOTES ALL IN ONE


It will keep you inspired with your work, business, blog, writing, or whatever you do!!! 

So venture out and write down everything on a A3 peice of paper and visualise everything and write down your accomplishments. It will get you started,….. With LIFE!!!

❤️🎀❤️

Exquisite Emmalisa 

Beauty, BOOKS, Elegance, Lady, Uncategorized

Best Book Investment


A couple of days ago I took a trip to Northam – a city much bigger than Merredin! and it had a few shops that I absolutely LOVED! One in particular was Everlastings on Fitzgerald where they had pretty things on display everywhere!!

From candles to vintage bags to vintage everything! I was oohing and aahing everywhere I looked! I walked over to a white bookcase where there were some beauty products on display, and I tried some “MOR” products on the skin, and it smelt gorgeous….

  
Sometimes I don’t particularly like the product, but what they had there I really liked! Everything was packaged beautifully, and the room was just exquisitely exhibited. I definitely recommend this shop, if you are out and about in the country of Western Australia.

   

  

After I looked at the MOR products, I walked on over to the counter, and there was a small white round table with a “high tea glasshouse style” which was a limited edition collection of candles, and right next to it was the one and only, Lisa Messenger book, Life & Love. I have seen this everywhere, and the idea of reading a book on creating your dreams was enough for me, but then I noticed – ‘Love, Style, Life’ by Garance Dore’.
   
  
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I had seen this picture EVERYWHERE on Instagram, and I wanted to know what the fuss was about!!! Even more, the three stages is exactly what a female goes through constantly! We all want to be loved and ‘love’ is bound in a relationship, and ‘style’ is something that is of our particular taste, and well, ‘LIFE’ is self-explanatory.

This is the kind of book where you can skip parts and go straight to your favourite topic. Such as “Elegance”, that is the first part I skip to right away because I know that that is the topic that I want to achieve greatly in all of my blogs.

What stood out to me was the following sentence:

Elegance is….. eloquence. Knowing how to speak – The secret? Reading and practicing.

Eloquence is the practice or art of using language with fluence or aptness. Aptness is a great word! Aptness is when you are able to learn quickly, efficiently and easily. Those that are apt are refined in intelligence!

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When you say about an author that is ‘eloquent’, it usually means to speak or write at ease in using language to best effect. Such as Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte. If you wish to be eloquent in speech and language, it is best to read those authors books. I am still working on it, and there are plenty of words I don’t know! But learning to be eloquent in character is something that I always will want to learn!

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I may be reiterating but elegance and eloquence is something that I want as a lady!! I don’t know about you, but I am on a journey to further my language skills and character to be the best I can be as a lady.

Material on the subject is in my “How to be a lady” post, but if you don’t want to keep buying books, then google! I am sure google will find you blogs, and articles that teach you all sort of different ways to uphold yourself in grace, sophistication and poise. I am still trudging through Jane Eyre, as I started reading another book – I have put it aside, but there is something about this book that I believe will help with my English Language. English Language was actually my best subject in high school, along with Music Performance! One that really stood out to me is Shirley by Charlotte Bronte. I eventually want to get through this THICK novel, and gain knowledge through study and experience!

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It has been quite an odyssey getting through my Library studies course, I have posted quite a few things in the discussion postings, and the lecturer has given quite positive feedback which has kept me proud. This I will continue to do until I figure out what my next move is! Library Studies was my first love when I graduated high school in 2004, and I can see myself in a library in the future, but sometimes you get that gut feeling like there may be more for you out there!

I need to read my own post on “Dare to Dream” to keep me thinking about the dreams that I wanted to achieve! There was just so much that I wanted to achieve as a lady, and maybe landing a dream job is what I need…. But I shall keep on with my studies and see what life shall entail this year.

Elegance is …..also…… giving attention to others. Have you ever met someone and they just make you feel special. When I met a particular girl in Melbourne, the first question she said to me in the car was “Are you royal?” WHO asks that!!!??? Hahaha and what a compliment of a question that is! I established a really good relationship with this girl, and I will never forget when she asked me that question!!!! What was more interesting was that later on I found out about my ancestry, and they DID host parties for the Prince and Princess of Wales in the 1800’s!!! So, it was close! For further information on my ancestry you can explore in my blog, Travels in Australia.

Having qualities of love, style and life is the best thing you can have. You are on your way to success if you have these things in your life, I believe!

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So, I reckon…. I don’t know if the word ‘reckon’ sounds eloquent enough! Haha! But I consider the book, Love, Style, Life is a sound investment to speculate life in itself. It is full of theory, and she is a blogger too!!! That’s what I love about her. She is a photographer, illustrator and author and has published and contributed articles for British Vogue, Paris Vogue, The Wall Street journal, The New York Times, T Magazine, Elle, Guardian and New York magazine, and she lives in New York too!!! What a dream!!!

If you have read this till the end, then I would say that this is the book for you! It has helpful tips on beauty and it has everything you need in one little package! It is every girls guide to LOVE, STYLE AND LIFE!!!!!

Exquisite Emmalisa