05 Dec

Do the Needful

Do the needful is an Indian-English phrase which means as it suggests, do that which needs to be done to get the result that is required.

I heard the phrase recently on a TV show and it stuck in my head. This week, I haven’t been doing much TV watching but I’ve been thinking about reaching my goals. I know what my goals are, I have the ingredients needed to start, yet I find myself moored at the harbour, refusing to set sail. I’ve been docked for weeks now, staring at the goal I know I can achieve.

When Solomon prayed for wisdom, God gave him wealth and long life as well. God liked that he did not ask for what most kings would have. Often when we pray, we pray for what we think is the needful. Truth is, the flesh wants what it sees. The soul wants what it feels and the spirit wants what it needs.

If Solomon had prayed for wealth- what he could see and touch- he would probably have got just that. If he prayed for safety from his enemies- what his soul feared- he would have had years of reigning in peace. Instead, his spirit which was one with God knew what the needful was. He needed wisdom. He ignored the yearning of the flesh and the longing of the soul and delved deep into his spirit to pray for the needful. How often have we prayed for the obvious or made emotional pleas? What we need isn’t always determined by what we can see or feel.

A few years ago I was in a situation I didn’t know how to get out of. I remember being so anxious and downright fed up. One morning I lay on the carpet and cried out to God. Not the ‘God help me,’ prayer, but the ‘God, why me?’ prayer. At the time I was an interiors writer for a newly-launched platform and my monthly article was overdue. God told me to go write the article, which I thought was ridiculous under the circumstances. “But God,” I asked him, “have you ignored the fact that I’m a creative being, and I need peace of mind and mental space to come up with decent content?” But I felt pulled to my laptop and went ahead to write. I needed to learn to function in the midst of chaos. When hell breaks loose around you, you don’t have to fall apart.

I wrote a beautiful article which surprised even me. Fast forward a few weeks and I received an email from a couple who wanted my design services for a major commission. They had been to other better established interior designers who had submitted proposals, yet they offered me the job without a proposal, without even a consultation all because they read my article and were convinced I could deliver what they wanted, and I did.

Why must we listen to our spirit?

1) There is no confidence in the flesh

2) Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Do not be afraid or discouraged (don’t allow your emotions to lead or overwhelm you)

3) In our spirit is power, love and soundness of mind.

Let us learn to do that which we truly need, trusting fully in the leading of the Holy Spirit regardless of the noise going on around us.

This week I have been doing the needful by using these tips:

1) Get your praise on throughout the day. This ensures that God remains the highest authority in your life.

2). Ask yourself regularly, why am I doing this? Am I trying to alleviate a discomfort in my soul or satisfy the craving of my flesh?

3) Cut down the noise. The amount of information we read, the conversations we have and the physical clutter that surrounds us stimulates the body and the soul and drowns out the voice of your spirit which is one with God.

I pray for strength for you to do that which is needed as you say no to passing

Distractions this week. ❤️

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04 Mar

Cure for the Chaotic Mind




It was one of those days. I woke up and rushed through the morning, chiding myself for not getting up earlier. I started the day exactly as I mean not to do daily by scrolling on my phone for emails that arrived overnight. Nothing good to report, just 2 customer complaints- one of them demanding a delivery date. No orders. Since I had no miraculous immediate solution for either I busied myself getting the boys ready, flying through the streets on the school-run while assigning an unsavoury name to every snail-paced driver.

I prayed when I got back indoors. Correction, I tried to pray. The words came out but my heart remained distant and my mind waxed chaotic. I was missing the peace of God, not because I had done something wrong, but my day simply wasn’t going well. The boys had been rushed to school- not a good way to start the week- and I yelled at Zack too, I hate that! It didn’t help that the kitchen needed tidying up. I had broken yet another promise to exercise and now I’ll be getting into work late too. My thoughts (as it often does) took on a life of its own and it looked like a challenging week ahead, even though it was only Monday. I could see my work schedule falling by the wayside and an intrusive thought reminded me that I didn’t send in one (or was it two?) permission slips to the school. Again. Hello groundhog day.

I prayed some more, this time asking the Holy Spirit for help. I started going through some highlighted scriptures and found Hebrews 12:11. Unfortunately it was nothing to do with how I felt. But I felt prompted to read the next verse. Folks, our God is good!!!!  I read it in the amplified version, and this is what I heard:

Toks, why are you moaning and whining? Stop the self-pitying and negative thinking. Get yourself up! Strengthen your arms! Stand upright! Shoulders back! Do you not know who you are? God has armed you with strength! Instead of feeling sorry for yourself and having a defeatist attitude, make your path straight. Tidy up the rough edges and tie up any loose ends. Don’t just jump in and start attempting to do things, have a plan. Make it plain, easy to follow and smooth. Address the issues that need addressing, bills  that need to be paid, sort out the paperwork and housework so that you can walk safely along the path and not fall suddenly from weakened knees that have been put out of joint; because that’s exactly what will happen if you remain motionless from anxiety.

Can you hear me screaming??? I jumped up, praising Him. I literally felt alive, and decided to take it a notch up. I put on my exercise DVD and started on it, vowing to go beyond my customary 5 minutes. All the while I kept repeating the scripture to myself. Each time I did a squat I’d say ‘strengthen your feeble knees Toks’, LOL! It was crazy, it was fun and I was awash with the peace of God. When you experience God’s peace you receive renewed confirmation that we are NOT supposed to live without it, ever. We are not to be overwhelmed, stressed or anxious because we have a helper who carries our burdens. Suddenly my large mountain of issues seemed doable, all I needed to do was tackle each systematically, and I did. That morning my physical and spiritual self was strengthened and my ‘bad day’ turned into a ‘blessed day’.

Are you fed up of the daily grind? Do you feel stagnant and unproductive? Lifeless? The word of God is life. God’s word gives life to our attitudes, resolves, weakened states, health, visions, plans and goals. Read that scripture and meditate on it. What have you been meaning to do but keep putting off? Strengthen those feeble arms!

Heb 12:1212 So then, brace up and reinvigorate and set right your slackened and weakened and drooping hands and strengthen your feeble and palsied and tottering knees, 13  And cut through and make firm and plain and smooth, straight paths for your feet [yes, make them safe and upright and happy paths that go in the right direction], so that the lame and halting [limbs] may not be put out of joint, but rather may be cured. Heb 12:12,13 AMP

I’m off to read The Message Version, can’t wait to see how that goes!
God bless you; do share your thoughts 🙂


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