Just Do Different!

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Bring Back Our Girls

Dear Amazing Stupendous Grace Readers,

How are we doing today? I’ve been burdened about on-going events in Nigeria especially the abduction of the Chibok girls and I’m encouraged by all of us who have taken a stand that says #BringBackOurGirls.  We will make our voices heard, we will pray, we will protest, we will strategize for the rehabilitation of the girls; we will show responsibility because Nigeria is our country and that we are here means we have a response- ability. An ability to respond. Looking forward to the hashtag #OurGirlsAreBack  That would just be amazing and we believe by God that it will happen very soon.

Bring Back Our Girls II

In recent times, everywhere I’ve turned, it’s been as though God’s been telling me ‘Just Do Different’. And I mean this in every sense of the word. I’ve never felt so called to spontaneity and the random quirks of life and godliness as I have in recent times. To provide some background, I was reading Frances’ blog where she shared lessons from the evergreen tale of Rebekah and Isaac, check them out here; Lessons From My Favourite Love Story 1 http://wp.me/p3W2rB-eV 

That story is an exciting, insightful one for me but then reading Frances’ 4th and final episode, it jumped out at me. Rebekah was a compassionate, helpful, well-mannered lady. She was everything that Eleazar was looking for but the true key that unlocked her interaction with Eleazar was her spontaneity. Everything about her encounter with Eleazar screams ‘unplanned’.

Spontaneous

She must have planned to get to the well and then back home in good time to get stuff done. As we know, she wasn’t just laying about with nothing to do. She was a purpose driven woman (like many of us are). Today, we all learn about focus and time management, so our time is likely planned from the moment we get out of bed to when we fall asleep, but God also specializes in pushing us out of our comfort zones and shinning in the random spontaneous moments. Rebekah could have rationalized in her mind, my day is full, I would have loved to help this man but I really can’t, I won’t make it back on time to make dinner, do ….. (fill in the gaps). Big lesson was that God often provides us opportunities to bless others as we pursue purpose, but we must identify those opportunities and bless them even when it results in a delay for us or turns out to be stuff we didn’t expect.

Do Different

Another lesson is not to be too rigid that a moment of divinely inspired spontaneity is lost. Sometimes, God is just calling us to ‘Do Different’. Compassion and all the rewards may be locked in us because spontaneity did not release it.

Back to me, instead of responding impulsively like Rebecca did, I probably would have focused on my well set out plans, offering excuses like I have to be back home in 20 minutes and I don’t like to start things I can’t finish, I don’t do things outside of my plans, you have to call ahead, don’t you know I’m a busy woman?. Not Rebekah. Makes me wonder how many times I may have missed an opportunity to spontaneously respond to another, and chosen instead to walk according to ‘plan’ and missed out on God’s bigger plan. That’s what we learn all the time, the power of focus, but we must never be so organised and focused that we do not recognise God’s desire to disorganise us for good.

Spontaneity

Rebekah shows us that some spontaneity is great. Do some unplanned things when the opportunity comes up. Be open to ‘change’ and inconvenience for the benefit of others as God leads. Truth is that it often is in very little things we are able to achieve greater things. Rebekah’s spontaneity was what provided room for all her virtues to shine through and led her to her Isaac. Her willingness to just ‘do different’ made all the difference.

Spontaneous 2

Recently I had a random idea, so I have this amazing blogger and tweep I had never met, she is a student at the NLS in Lagos so I stopped by on my way home to give her a hug. Didn’t cost me nada but that spontaneity was so worth it. Her eyes shone like jewels and my heart almost burst from the seams. That random 5 minute event changed the colour of her day and mine. I could have made up so many excuses, trust me. But that’s just it,  God is saying to me, ‘Just Do Different’, I’m not sure what that would mean to you at every point in time but for Rebekah it meant putting everything aside for that moment to help Eleazar.  It was Rebekah simply saying, everything else can wait. That’s a big lesson for me. Some things can wait for me to just be spontaneous, after all, otherwise, Rebekah would have gone back to same house, same life. Just imagine.

So in the spirit of ‘Just Do Different’, I am going to be sharing 10 random things about me.

Thanks to Frances for putting me up to do this, it is not something I would typically do, but well, what is learning without application? So it’s time to ‘Do Different’. Here goes.

So uhm, Sunshine Awards…

10 things about me

 

  1. I am conservative. Toss it and turn it around every way you can imagine?  If it’s too ‘loud or artificial’, count me out.  Definitely no Mac Ruby Woo for me. LOL. Yes, that’s me.
  2. I don’t like chocolates. Ooops, I know most ladies love them but forget it, matters not if it is the most exquisite Swiss Chocolate of all time. If you get me chocolates, they are likely gonna be gifted to someone special who loves them. Pushed to the wall, I make some exception for good old Snickers though, once in a blue moon. A bar for those days a colleague shares chocolates as spoils of a foreign trip. I love ice cream (ex-chocolate) and lovely desserts so I am a confirmed sweet tooth. I just don’t dig chocolates. :-)
  3. I am one of those people who seem to never put on weight. I have had a rolling target of 5kg weight gain for many years now, no way. Losing is way easier for me than gaining. All them weight adding tips, I’ve tried and given up.
  4. I love to swallow…so I would rather have garri/pounded yam/starch over rice (most times). Just easier to swallow is all.
  5. I enjoy watching movies but please I’d do books over movies anyday. #TeamBookOverMovie:-)
  6. I enjoy rich conversations. You know how you can sit down with some people, connect and talk from things that pertain to life and godliness and right back without missing a beat? Those unconventional conversations that just flow from the weight of a new born giraffe to what Paul meant in a particular scripture and you aren’t sure how you got there and how time flew, but feel enlarged and empowered by the conversation? Yeap, I’m a sticker for those
  7. Oh my, I don’t like shopping for myself. I’m that chic that gets completely lost when I’m alone looking at racks and racks of clothes in different sizes.  I can travel to the UK and ‘Amelika’ and shop online. Yes o! that is me. Shopping is therapeutic ke? Mba, not in my world. Shopping is a necessity biko and I treat it like a chore. I have to plan and request for help. Dial 911 please… Thankful for sisters and friends like sisters who do professional shopping for my good self. Else I for don loss tey tey.
  8. I love to sing and I can sing. I sing impulsively and I have songs for days. I can sing a song and wear you out. Those people that sing one song till you almost wanna yell ‘shut up already’ when they begin again? Yeap, that’s me.
  9. Forget this English parade, I can throw it down in pidgin English, beta Warri style when I need to. Disclaimer (for the Waffi peeps, yawa fit dey but for the Lagos style pidgin, mehn, I’m a pro)
  10. I have a great grandma. Yeap! And she’s Christian? Oh, did I say she has a great great grandchild? Yup, she does.

Oh! and then just one for the road,

I could almost pass for a phone addict and thanks to this very cozy relationship; I am one of the fastest texters you may meet. Try chatting with me and you’ll see. Jokes apart though, I am learning to just ignore the phone many times to do more productive things and I am proud of myself for winning the war more often than not. LOL.

Why Stupendous Grace? My blog is a story of my journey. I truly have all sorts of stories to celebrate God’s amazing grace and Stupendous is only apt to describe the magnificence of God’s grace in my life so far. No jokes.

I hope this worked…Why do I see Frances wearing a big grin?

 

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43 comments to Just Do Different!

  • E''  says:

    I too am wearing a huge grin too.
    Huge!!!
    Omgosh
    We are as different as night and day.
    No chocolates? Hate shopping?
    Conservative.
    I am not a swallow fan. Except indomie na swallow.
    Wow at great grand ma. I don’t even have a grandma. For like ever. Lol.
    I love the spontaneous NLS trip. I could do that. I love surprising and meeting people.
    Once I have as much money as can afford it, I’ll do a lot of springing surprises at people. And I love being surprised too.
    And yes, different every once in a while is good. Great actually. Which is why this post gets my loving.
    You should a hollered at Frances too at NLS.
    And I love the light your further shed on Rebekah. Sometimes we are so into our schedule that we miss DIVINE INTERRUPTIONS.
    God help us.
    Girl we may be different but what makes you different makes you beautiful to me…
    And lovable too.
    Love love love ya.
    And yeah, I testify to the texting…
    And that’s how I can be too.
    Muah
    E’

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      LOL…at how different we are. Really? You’ll be surprised how similar we are. Honestly though, my dear E! you are so right, God loves and accepts us with our edges and imperfections and uses us just as we are. Our differences are what makes the family such an amazing one. Each of us brings his/her diversities to play and God shines through us regardless. I love you too dear and I’m sure you know.

  • 1 + The One  says:

    Aww! Nice one! You are so right with the analogy of Rebekah and Isaac’s story.. It’s good to welcome interruptions from God and not be rigid in our stance/focus (I particularly pray for grace in that area..)
    Loved getting to know you more through your points about you.. But mehn, you don’t like chocolates, like really?? lol
    xx

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thanks dear Ayo. that grace to welcome interruptions and not get caught up in our best laid plans? Very serious prayer request. God help us. Thanks for being here and reading and yes o, I don’t like chocolates. I think I had a little too much as a child and now it holds no thrill or excitement for me. So really? Yes!!! xxx

  • Princess Chalya Miri-Gazhi  says:

    You just get better with each post. The sincerity of who u are leaps out of ur great attempt at being spontaneous. I enjoyed knowing a bit of u today. Much tnx 4 sharing & pls do walk this line more often. Hugs

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Ha Ha Ha, thanks Buddie of Life. Thank you for being here for every single post and thanks for your kind and encouraging words. I will try and ‘do different’ more often. Much love. (((Hugs)))

  • enajyte  says:

    I read, waited a bit and read again. I really have to go read Rukky’s blog (I can’t think of her as Frances. Lol).

    I like to plan. I should be employed just to plan. I love it. The tiny detailing, finding loopholes and closing them up. Of course plans never always go as expected. I plan for that too. Lol.

    Most importantly though is the message of spontaneity. I tell my friends, be young! Live! God certainly didn’t give us all this energy to stay chained to routine. Check all the greats in scripture, they didn’t do it by the script, they did different.

    I love that you shared yourself with us. How can you not like chocolates? I have to go eat a Bounty bar to atone for you.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      These plans that make us miss out on bigger packages cos we can’t see beyond our nostrils, not anymore. We will respond spontaneously like Rebecca did and reap the benefits thereof. Glad to know you love to plan…God is gonna make a joke of these your tiny detailed planning very soon. He does beyond our imaginations remember?
      Thanks for enjoying my 10 random tips and please feel free to enjoy the Bounty bar on my behalf and with all my love…

    • imperfectlyperfect92  says:

      Lol.love the Rukky. Its mostly family and close friends that call me that. Its sounds really nice coming from u

    • imperfectlyperfect92  says:

      Hehe. Its just family and friends that call me Rukky.msounds nice coming from you.lol
      And me too o, I read and reread this post

      • Stupendous Grace  says:

        Oya, one more addition to family and friends loading. :-)

  • Kiah  says:

    I hate chocolates too!!! Yay! I will eat them but by no means will I take my money to buy.

    But how can you not like shopping? Ah we have to correct that!

    I have done this so many times – ‘..chosen instead to walk according to ‘plan’ and missed out on God’s’ bigger plan’ Thanks for inspiring me to do different, to do better!

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      LOL, Awoof Mistress. You like to eat without buying abi? My own case is critical, I don’t find them exciting. I love the nice packaging so I admire them and then ‘forward march’ them to the very appreciative chocolate lovers. As for shopping, you are welcome to try and remedy it, I am open to ‘ do different’. My dear, very serious prayer, may God help us to do different and do better. AMEN!!!

  • highlandblue  says:

    I love your singing voice. Thanks for the spontaneity tip

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thanks for the nice compliment uncle Efe and you are welcome. :-)

  • Charles Williams  says:

    Really, this is different! I guess I know you better now…

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Ha ha ha, thanks Charles. Glad to have you here.

  • Richard Chilee  says:

    I like the simpleness of the treatise. And, because I can relate and connect of many things herein, I’m just laughing out loud, specially at the ’10 things..’ Now, I have always loved Spontaneity and impulsiveness. Don’t get me wrong, I cherish organisation and focus too. But then, too much focus and organisation never allow us to see things from a different perspective. Rebecca (Rebekah) is a good case study. NICE!

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thank you Richard. Glad you enjoyed reading. :-)

  • Isaacola AA  says:

    Spontaneity!
    Many a times we are so preoccupied with our well planned and ordered schedules that there is no room for God or any other entity in it and we expect God to work within our schedules…
    Remember David in 2 samuel after loosing everything in Ziklag or so, he took out time to held a fevered and hungered poor fellow who later became the key to him locating his loss and reclaiming it all.

    Good one as usual Eloxie. God bless you real good.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      What more is there to say? Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you Isaac.

  • Inthe...  says:

    This warmed my heart! And i nearly lost it when I read”… Wear you out with a song”. You go girl! I can wear a person out with a song too but , Uhm, not in a good way. Lol.. We share a lot of things like books over movies, dislike for shopping “Amelika or not” and being able to converse for hours…. Thanks for this beautiful post!

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thanks dear In The…Smiled all through your comment. Glad to know those little things about you too. So heartwarming to know. God bless you sis. :-)

  • mfoluwa  says:

    Thanks for this. Enjoyed reading this. I am #TeamBookOverMovies too…

    Did i say I enjoyed reading this?? I did :)

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thanks dear Tomi, glad you enjoyed reading. Gbam! #TeamBookOverMovies…moves over to create space for you on the sofa. :-)

  • yuxieeeeeeeeee  says:

    Eloxie you forgot one very very very important thing – you are a “caring” sister- hehehehehe. love you to the moon and back.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      LOOOOOOOOOOOL….If i catch you ehn? Love you more sis. Big Hug!!!

  • maxx okoedion  says:

    Oh eloxie this was so fresh! A warm pleasant read all through. You got me at many places but the most striking was the conversation from subject to subject without missing a beat. Spontaneity rocks btw!

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thanks dear Maxx. Great to have one more conversation buddy and yes Spontaniety rocks. Here’s to #TeamSpontaneity.

  • imperfectlyperfect92  says:

    Replied via email since dat day,it didn’t go through. Hope it does now.

    hope this my replying via email doesn’t come with the long link like it did the last time…

    Yes! I have a veryyy wide grin on my face, still do after reading this twice!
    A little spontaneity doesn’t hurt, lives could really be blessed in that moment. We don’t have to be too rigid with our time, yes,time management and all is good, but think of what we maybe missing from God when we do that.think of the smiles and eyes that can shine brightly in that little moment of interruption/deviation from the timetable..God help us all.

    *clears throat*
    You are my opposite in many things oh, but some click others click eh, me sef dey wonder..
    Like the phone ish, jeez I need to be delivered from it too. I call my phone my baby.arrgh! I need to win the battle like u too.
    I love chocolates!! U hate them? Pls pass them on anytime u get them.

    As for convos? I once talked with someone for hourssss, no food oh, just talked.

    But all in all, the “no attention” type does seem like you. Atleast it doesn’t seem like I am reading 10things of the alter ego you like Alicia’s own.lol

    As for pidgin? Kia! Am so good,i can remix it in English, remix ana remix again.lol

    I enjoyed this,thanks for doing things differently…*still grinning

  • imperfectlyperfect92  says:

    Arrgh! Can someone please tell dis post to publish my comment??

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Done!!!

  • imperfectlyperfect92  says:

    Pls publish my reply oh, I don try tire.wordpress! Lol

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Published!
      Signed,
      Wordpress. :-)

  • imperfectlyperfect92  says:

    I hope this my replying via email doesn’t come with the long link like it did the last time…

    Yes! I have a veryyy wide grin on my face, still do after reading this twice!
    A little spontaneity doesn’t hurt, lives could really be blessed in that moment. We don’t have to be too rigid with our time, yes,time management and all is good, but think of what we maybe missing from God when we do that.think of the smiles and eyes that can shine brightly in that little moment of interruption/deviation from the timetable..God help us all.

    *clears throat*
    You are my opposite in many things oh, but some click others click eh, me sef dey wonder..
    Like the phone ish, jeez I need to be delivered from it too. I call my phone my baby.arrgh! I need to win the battle like u too.
    I love chocolates!! U hate them? Pls pass them on anytime u get them.

    As for convos? I once talked with someone for hourssss, no food oh, just talked.

    But all in all, the “no attention” type does seem like you. Atleast it doesn’t seem like I am reading 10things of the alter ego you like Alicia’s own.lol

    As for pidgin? Kia! Am so good,i can remix it in English, remix ana remix again.lol

    I enjoyed this,thanks for doing things differently…*still grinning

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      My dear Rukky, see me wishing that I qualify to enter inner circle join dey call you Rukky. As in, who wan dey chew mouth on top Frances wen
      Rukky tanda dey wait, see switching with immediate alacrity.

      Sorry about the pain of commenting, no vex abeg, i suppose beg the spam voltrons sey make dem dey look face. Dem no sabi who you be? I don give dem beta warning.
      Back to your post, thanks for putting me up to doing it, God bless you full ground. Make Him take the things wey persin fit carry money buy pus the ones wey money no fit buy slap you from front to back.

      LOL!!! You are right, i am the ‘no attention’ type, so good you can see me in my 10 things. Plus we aren’t exactly opposites, read through the list again, you will see a few more similarities.
      Sending you a pretty big hug and I remember that we have unfinished business. (((Hugs))).

    • imperfectlyperfect92  says:

      Hehehe.be like you be my senior for the pidgin oh but I nor still gree jare.lol
      And I spotted one similarity,i hate shopping too,hate trying clothes on.blehh! It wastes time + makes me sweat,i will pass abeg.
      And as for Rukky? Feel free,you be inner inner already.

      Unfinished business? Yay!! Yes o! I dey wait, eagerly waiting…

  • unclesebbi  says:

    LOOVE this post!!! Serious! My only problem is this: Once I am tired and I have my mind set on doing stuff, I don’t see the potential benefits of being spontaneous. Another problem is that friends complain (Germans 😉 ) that I am late again because I have met someone on the road 😀

    But looking back at my short life I can only say that I would have missed MANY great moments by not being spontaneous.

    Now I hope I am not too picky, but I just wanted to help you fix a small error: You wrote about Rachel 2 times but I am pretty sure you meant Rebecca, didn’t you? Anyway, I’d hope there are still some Rebeccas out there offering water for my camels lol 😉

  • unclesebbi  says:

    LOOVE this post!!! Serious! My only problem is this: Once I am tired and I have my mind set on doing stuff, I don’t see the potential benefits of being spontaneous. Another problem is that friends complain (Germans 😉 ) that I am late again because I have met someone on the road 😀

    But looking back at my short life I can only say that I would have missed MANY great benefits by not being spontaneous.

    Now I hope I am not too picky, but I just wanted to help you fix a small error: You wrote about Rachel 2 times but I am pretty sure you meant Rebecca, didn’t you? Anyway, I’d hope there are still some Rebeccas out there offering water for my camels lol 😉

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Hello Uncle Sebbi, so glad to have you stop by. Love your posts by the way, I’ve missed a few and need to go read through them. Love your sense of humour and it is mighty insightful to see Nigeria through your eyes and also see how by God we are all just one big family.
      First, thanks for spotting the Rachels in Rebekah’s story, i can assure you that you weren’t being picky. I appreciate your spotting it and have edited same.
      That makes one more person like me who knows they have met so many great benefits by being spontaneous. Thankfully, God is a God of second and many chances so we have opportunities to start afresh. And sure, there will be a Rebekah just spontaneous enough to water your camels when you arrive the well. Bless you dear Uncle Sebbi. :-)

  • The Salt Chronicles  says:

    Praise God! Another woman who hates shopping! Lol! I just thank God for my mgm . He finds me a spot, goes to look for the clothes, I try them on. Finish. He loves to shop! Plus I too, am not a fan of chocolate. I could eat but I would take real food over anything sweet any day.

    ‘Just do different’ for me, in this season, means to to live REALLY committed to being the Jesus people see. I mean as in really. At least to be able to go to bed at night knowing that from my mgm to my son, to driver to my boss to the lady that does my nails to the lady at the visa office ALL leave my space feeling the same. Touched by some sort of ‘Jesus Christ wanna be’. You know? Cheesy but this is me..Cheesy Salt.

    Stupendously blessed Salt!

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      I love your ‘do different’, so so Salt like. That’s God’s heart cry, for all of us to represent and reflect His light in every way. That inspired me…:-)

      And yes, God will give me a husband like your MGM jare. He can gladly shop for me. AMEN!!! I’m so glad to have you in my corner. Haba, must we all like chocolate and shopping? Now I have a partner in crime. Excited much. Mehn, i’m wearing a grin like one who has a school mother to protect her from all the mean seniors. LOL.
      Love you big sis…God bless you.

  • aidiamond  says:

    I shoul just do different ba? Ok ma’am. cool insight into Rebekah’s story. Spontaneity. Now you are giving me reason to go back to my don’t worry, be happy kind of reasoning. hehehe. Wow!! 10 things about you? Would really love to converse with you in pidgin one of these days. No bi online yarnings o real life things and I just love how you are. Most of all, I have learnt alot from this post. God bless you.

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