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July 31, 2021
Dealing with Fear
Dealing with Fear

Dealing with Fear

1 Cor 7:5

…outside were conflicts, inside were fears…

 

Building a business is often tougher than it looks: on the outside, you’ve got to get through the red tape of administration, staying legal, growing your customer base etc. Then you’d need to work out the logistics of operations, managing people (especially staff) and planning for the next phase. When you handle the helm as a visioneer, the chances are extremely high that you are fighting a two-part battle:

 

  1. Helping people to see that there is a real problem: one that needs to be fixed.
  2. Showing them how you can help them: that you are an answer (or maybe even THE answer)

 

But the real battle isn’t in the outward conflicts. It’s in your mind. It’s in the days when you don’t feel good enough, powerful enough, or wise enough. It’s in the mornings that you wake up to ask whether it’s worth it. It’s in the moments that you are asking yourself whether societal expectation, family demands and peer pressure is right and you are wrong. It’s in the niggling fears that stand in your face as you calculate the risk for a decision. It’s in the secret terror that you will fall on your face, and fail woefully.

 

A number of things stand out for me in today’s verse:

  1. Nobody has it together. Paul (the “almighty” Paul who had the entire Roman empire shaking and quaking in their boots, who – arguably – travelled more than any other apostle to share the gospel, who wrote two-thirds of the Bible) had his fears. It might be safe to accept that the fear is a part of the deal.

 

Fear is our human self, reacting from the place of limited experience, to the concept of divine boundlessness.

 

But our Father, who handed us this assignment, to build a business, as an altar, or a contact point between man’s needs and Heaven’s answers has this for you:

…eye has not seen, nor ears heard…

On the days when fears seem to overshadow you, please remember that God can and will blow your mind. If He brought Paul through his fears and the conflicts, you can be triple sure that He’s got you.

 

2. Fears do not render your dream invalid. They had inner fears, and faced opposition at e very turn. But they kept going, putting one foot in front of the other …until they achieved the goal of spreading the gospel to the Gentiles.

 

There is no failure, until you stop getting up to move.

 

There’s someone who used to say to me: it might not be the kind of progress that you want, but every step closer towards your goal, is progress. Slow, fast, tough, easy  …don’t give up. As long as you don’t, you are winning.

 

3. Stay connected. Sometimes, it’s the people around you that He will use. Other times, He will bring you out of the situation. It could be a new strategy, a new place, encouragement, open doors… anything. When you stay connected to God, and the vision, He’d definitely show up for you.

 

You’ve got this; because He’s got you.

 

Abba loves you, and so do I.

 

Shalom!

Hadassah bath YHWH

 

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Jane Oluwadare

She helps neurodivergent people build income models, sustainable systems and learning structures suited to their own unique contexts, strengths and abilities.

Schooled as a Biochemist with clinical exposure and practice, the graduate of the University of Ibadan has spent several years curating knowledge and expressing the many facets of her talents and personality. She is now committed to showing the next generation how to do everything, and win by building bridges from the past, leveraging history, technology and innovation to forge a future that works for them.

As a coach, she continues to work with individuals (with special focus on neurodivergent people) to work through choke points in their different facets, finding strategies that'll push them through to the next phase.

With over 15 years of sewing under her belt, she has over time in her experience with a wide range of female clothing and the female form, constructed entire wardrobes from the scratch. She brings this wealth of exposure and experience to bear in running her fashion house (Hadassah's Stitches Fashion House), guiding the production of dresses for sale, leveraging on her gift for fabric selection to suit contexts and soothe sensory needs. She also teaches classes on garment construction, pattern drafting and the business of fashion.

An International Youth Council member and Global Youth Ambassador, she sits on the boards of several youth-led organizations in an advisory capacity; and continues to work with others to help develop children and young people to create a life of impact.

An avid food lover, chef and food critic, Hadassah spends her time creating new dishes, working as a private chef and running ZoéSpice Kitchen and Events. She is also curating her uniquely crafted kitchen secrets to be passed on. She puts all of her medical and nutritional experience together with over a decade of cooking and crafting recipes to create meal plans for her clients, helping them achieve a healthy lifestyle and desired body goal, based on everyday food items.

At the heart of her entrepreneurial ventures, she is the Executive Director of CriArt Skill Academy, a tech-driven school for creatives and neurodivergents to learn creative, social and life skills as backed up by their school curriculum. The wide array of options mean that no one is left behind, and there's an option that works for every student.

An avid writer, she uses her books and articles to educate, inform and entertain, making them valuable supporting resources in her work as a coach, mentor and teacher. They are available as e-copies, audiobooks, and in print.

At Phronesis Lighthouse, she continues to link people with knowledge, and ready to share, with people who are hungry to learn via programs, training, courses, and networking events.

She speaks, trains and consults, and has received numerous awards across her various spheres of influence.

At the very core of her being, Hadassah keeps chasing after The One who keeps her balanced and finds the ultimate fulfillment in her fellowship with the Holy Spirit. She quips that He is the real super power that keeps her functioning as an autistic person with ADHD, and often shares the insights He teaches her on Personal Development, Business Development and mindset reorientation according to the Word with Deborah's Court (her ministry expression).