SPRING IS A TIME FOR NEW HABITS - BY BATHABILE MAGETHI
Women of Reverence weIcomes Bathabile Magethi as a guest blogger.
I am passionate about helping people authentically live out their God ordained purpose on earth. We were all created to leave an indelible mark in someone’s life on earth. Our purpose is a gift from our maker and what we do with it is our gift to Him.
As a coach, mentor and speaker, I focus on helping my audience align with gifts that are inherently lying in them.
Through various exercises and tools the individual is taken on a journey to discover the best version of themselves which will ultimately benefit all the various stakeholders in their life and most importantly, benefit them.
I am a proud wife and mother of four. My husband and i have been in ministry all our married lives (12 years). We have been serving in our own ministry now for 5 years. I am the Founder of Purposefully Branded. Purposefully Branded is geared towards helping others rise to the occasion of their calling and duty to the world. Through various programs and interventions we equip individuals to take on their role with vigour and excellence. They have a high calling to fulfill, lives will be changed by undertaking it and they have to be adequately equipped for it... that’s our role- to equip.
A new baby has landed by the name of Scent of Leadership. This platform is to inspire those in the work field to bring the scent of Christ in their daily interaction with others. The goal is to ultimately create disciples for Christ in the work place.
Spring is for new habits!
What a time to be alive! We’ve gone through a winter quite like no other in our history. We’ve found ourselves in the midst of a lockdown in our own homes with loved ones. So many adjustments and sacrifices had to be made. Some of us found ourselves suddenly taking on the role of teachers in our homes. In the same breath, we had to be keeping our homes clean, our families fed and everyone in a sane state of mind. It has been a lot to deal with.
In the midst of all of this, I’ve seen the Holy Spirit show up for me in the most intimate way. I’ve seen him become the helper I so desperately needed in the midst of all this change. I’ve had to call on him while doing dishes at night, preparing for homeschooling, cooking meals while trying to find some time for myself.
I’ve had to remain true to me by keeping true to my daily schedule that has enabled me to keep connected in the Spirit, remain grateful and physically active. The spring season is the perfect season to assume this type of daily schedule. The flowers are budding, the trees are regaining their leaves and the cool air is becoming warmer. This is the time for you to peel off the layers and start showing up.
“How do I show up?” You may be asking. I’m glad you did! I’d like for you to D.R.E.A.M with me for moment. The Lord gave me this concept and it has helped me in so many ways and I hope it can do the same for you. Here we go: The D stands for Devotional. This entails spending 15-60 minutes every morning as led by the Holy Spirit in praying, reading the word and saying daily confessions. This habit fills you with God’s word (Habakkuk 2:14), enables you to speak to the Father intimately (1 John 5:14) and helps you call into being things that be not as though they are (Romans 4:17). The R is for Reading. I encourage my clients to spend at least 15-30 minutes a day reading. As we get busier, we lose this beautiful art that serves as an opportunity of growth and exposure to areas that will enrich our purpose. Now E is Exercise. The “favourite” for most people. All it takes is 7-30 minutes of daily meaningful movement. Even the Bible notes that exercise has some benefits (1 Timothy 4:8). I’ve seen sleep improving, fog dissipating from my brain and having the energy to do so much more, all because of daily exercise. Action Gratitude is what A stands for. Every day you get to journal 3-10 things you are grateful for. Having a grateful heart opens one up for more blessings (Psalm 9:1) and it’s just so pleasing to God (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Last but not least is M which stands for Maintain the Vision. While in prayer you get to look at your goals or vision board and just surrender them to the Lord. We know we can make plans but God is the one who ultimately makes it possible (Proverbs 16:9).
As you daily craft your daily schedule you will notice yourself becoming calmer and more in touch with the Holy Spirit. It’s worth the sacrifice and effort. I dare you to try it!