Thoughts

Thoughts. Before you speak, one has a thought. As we listen to others as they speak we deliberate how we should respond. “Think before you speak!” they say. Hence what do we learn, that we have two ears to listen and one mouth to speak. I cannot help but think that faith is mainly as a result of how we think, right? So today, I woke up, my first thought was to pray. To face this day and each day, it is essential. When I was preparing to head out I thought of songs of praise. Okay, I’m I being too much? I surely hope so.

I can tell you now, it wasn’t always like that. However, I have learnt and I pray it stays that way, that God is always first. In the book of James 5 verse 13 it says, “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” It has been a priority in my life to live as the Bible dictates. For the Bible speaks so clearly on how one should act.

Ever since my childhood, I was quite an avid reader of the word. So much so, I knew the books from the back to the front. Just the books haha, so when I’d get to church I knew which book was where! When I got to my twenties that seemed to changed drastically. My thoughts on God were deeply questioned. My thoughts on Christianity were questioned. My thoughts on church were questioned. It was safe to say that since I grew up reading the word avidly, I would know the answers. But at the time, I didn’t. I allowed opinions to cloud my vision on who God was.

So what happened after that? I made a lot of compromises. This was quite the learning curve for the worst! My choices and decisions were based on opinions by people. For instance, Valentine’s Day was last week. Don’t get me started *sigh*. For single people like me, it is not the best day. If anyone of you is single like me on the past valentines, just know, it’s okay. It’s okay not to have a valentine’s date or a boyfriend or wife to go home to each day. Okay? If anything time is your friend. Let God.

To obey the word is way better! It gives one more to live for. As I said, time is your friend, it will give you the space to make up for the past mistakes. To live uprightly in God’s eyes. To work out your salvation. To witness and live out miracles. And mostly, to see a brother or sister come to Christ. As the book of James says in the 5 chapter verse 20, “remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

My friend, there is so much more to live for. God knows your deepest and most earnest prayers. He wants to give you a life and a life in abundance. Yet we yearn and we can live it right now. Make that decision today, my friend and I promise you, God’s love will never fail you. Until next time, know that I love you and will be praying for you. Shalom!

No pain.

One of the first experience I had with healing, for me was quite unforgettable. We were having recess at school and we were out in the field with my classmates. The school ground, I distinctively remember was black cotton soil. Black cotton soil, when dry, creates huge cracks and at times deep holes and can get really hard. Not hard like concrete but for soil it gets quite hard. So spontaneously my classmates starts playing the game of tag in the middle of the field. Not aware about the game, one of them came running towards me and tagged me. Now everyone scatters away from me but I spot one at a close distance from where I was and sprint towards her. Yes! I was drawing nearer and nearer and I needed to just get a little closer and she would be it!

I picked up the pace, stretched out my hand and reached for her shoulder. Getting closer and closer the all of a sudden my shoelaces got caught in of the holes on the ground. Noo! I was so close! My ankle gave in and I landed on the ground with a huge thud! Oof! Everyone stopped. Though I was on the ground, I felt fine. I placed my hands on the patchy grass and got on my knees. One foot up but when I placed my other foot on the ground, I winced in pain. Oh the agony! My classmates came helped me up. With my hands, on their shoulders they were now it but I headed to the nurses office.

Weeks went by, and I got quite accustomed to wearing a cast. So every evening before we ate supper, my family and I would pray for my ankle to get healed. One morning, my mum was dropping me of to school. An eery cloudy morning it was and right before the assembly would start. I got off the car, bid my mum goodbye and climbed on the pavement. Assembly hadn’t started so I didn’t have to hurry as I thought I would. So I walked to class with a limp, as I had in the past weeks. Suddenly, without caution I hard pressed on my injured ankle. Nothing. Wait, no, it can’t be. No pain? I continued limping but then with the next step placed my foot as I would normally. Alas! It was fine! No pain!

The book of Malachi chapter 4 verse 2 says, “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.” Trust God to be good to you. Keep Him first place. That experience was just but one of the ways God has performed miraculous wonders in my life. Let it be an example that you could use to see just how good God is! Healing is only a prayer away.

Happy Monday all! Thank you to all my followers who recently just joined. Hope you have a lovely week! Love you 💗. May God bless you.

The journey of life

The book of numbers 24 verse 5 to 6 says, ““How beautiful are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel! “Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the Lord, like cedars beside the waters.” The story of Balaam is strangely unique. When I think of animations where animals live as humans live and speak as humans, Balaam’s story becomes more relatable. Looking at you Shrek! Hey, I love that movie. I have watched it countless times, however, I’m way more comfortable watching animals talk on TV than real life.

The Israelites had set out on a journey from Egypt to the promised land. This journey faced a lot of bumps on the road. By bumps I mean they had to fight in many cities in order to settle and proceed to the promised land. One of the cities they settled in was Moab. Having had many victories and defeating many cities in battle, the Moabites were terrified that they were coming into their territory. The king was well aware that the Israelites were going to defeat them if they were to go into battle. So instead he sort for Balaam.

The Lord spoke clearly to Balaam. In numbers 22 verse 12 it says, “But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.”” God’s word remains. If the Lord says you are blessed, no one and nothing can take that away from you. We live in God’ family, it is our portion. The next chapter in verse 19, it confirms this and it says, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Need I say more?

We all are on a journey. The journey of life. We thank God that we are able to see yet another day. I would say it is a blessing. There are goals and dreams we aspire to achieve and God knows each person’s deepest desire. God knows and He definitely wants to fulfill it. I am a living testimony, I have seen it. So what can we do then? Focus. Focus that God will bring you through. Focus on God’s word, for you never know what He may reveal to you in His word. Believing that you are blessed causes you to see that your faith has surely passes the test! Faith is part of the journey, so let’s ride on!

Hope you enjoy my article today, please leave a like if you did and comment if you would like me to write more on Balaam’s story. May God bless you today and forever more. Love you!

Second in command

Second in command. When I was in school, I always wanted to be first. First in class, first in sports, first in line, first to finish their homework to go and play, you name it, I wanted to be first in everything! Of course, being that it was something I wanted, it is fair to say, easier said than done. It wasn’t just me who wanted to be first, others wanted to be first too. However, holding that ‘title’ came with its fair share of expectations. So when, I wasn’t first, it was disappointing. Sometimes I would cry and sometimes I would move on from it. I prefer the latter. Jeremiah 31 verse 13 it says, “Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.”

There is a season for everything, but boy do I love it when it’s joyful! The journey of life is God’s divine gift. Well, if it comes from Him, then it is easy to surrender all responsibility to Him, right? Joshua 1 verse 5 and it says, “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” The confidence that God is in it with me and you in whatever situation leaves us with such peace, hope, just to name a few. Knowing and seeing that He indeed never leaves nor forsakes gives us the assurance to live through another day.

Being second comes with it’s fair share of perks. For instance, what the first person does, the second does. Say siblings or leaders, that is people with some kind of authority also people older than we are. I tend to think that the people older than we are, may or may not have authority but they have first hand experience which one can learn from. The story of Moses, no matter how many times I hear it or read it, amazes me every time. The other day, I had the most eye opening revelation but don’t you think Moses represents the modern day presidents? Story for another day, sigh! So when the baton was passed onto Joshua, I mean, Joshua took it and flew! He knew the responsibilities that came with the Israelites, but most importantly he followed the Lord’s command.

Being first, is a blessing in itself. For instance the CEO who has the best office, the president who has tight security around him or her, the first to finish a race and on and on. First is awesome, so let’s leave it to God. Why? Because we live in God’s family. With God on our side we have the best too, He protects and shields us too and hey, we get part of the winnings after the race is won! Haha…..okay okay but you do see my point right? Under God’s command, we are secure and we are safe even from ourselves! In Deuteronomy 26 verse 18 it says, “And the Lord has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands.”

That will do for today! Until next time, see you soon God willing! I love you and may God bless you.

Justified by faith

The book of Psalms says it perfectly, as the Bible is perfect in every way! The thirty-second chapter from verse 1 to 2, it says, “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.” The Lord has been gracious and merciful. I have been a sinner. In many ways, I have felt a lot of guilt from my past. As I read the Holy book, it reassures me that every sin has been paid for in full.

In Romans chapter 3 verse 24 it says, “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Not just my sin but yours too. For if He did it for me, He will do for you also. The Bible states clearly anyone is subject to righteousness. Let’s go back to Romans 3 verse 29 it says, “Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,” When I recall coming into repentance, going to church seemed awkward at first. The church was where I went to most of my life, seeing the familiar faces made me cringe. I wondered should I greet them, or will they greet me first. It was a worry that I should have never even allowed. As everyone was so kind, gracious and welcoming. The church is the place of God, I knew why I was there.

The book of Ezekiel is clear on the punishment of sinners, however in the 18th chapter verse 21 to 23 it says, ““But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die. None of the offenses they have committed will be remembered against them. Because of the righteous things they have done, they will live. Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” Going back to church was a just one of the changes I embraced in my salvation. In any case, receiving Christ in my heart was a milestone for me.

From there everything changed, all the battles I had been fighting, the Lord was and still is fighting for me! Every step I took, the Lord was and still is ordering my steps. In Romans 8 verse 31 it says, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” If only Eve would have known. For we shall resist the enemy and He shall flee! Beware of the lies, as he lied to Eve in Genesis 3 verse 4 to 5. Resist the doubts, resist the condemnation! Resist the enemy. You are covered with the blood of Jesus Christ!

Jesus, the greatest teacher of all time, taught many parables. There are three parables He taught that we’re distinctively similar yet had different teachings. I could totally relate to the parable of the lost coin. In the book of Luke 15 verse 8 to 10 it says, ““Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”” Friend, just like me, you could be facing guilt from you past or have a family member or loved one or friend who desperately needs Christ. I hope this article has spoken to you. There are so many stories in the Bible I could have filled in, but here is the truth. You are free! You live in Christ now. Your name is written in the Lambs Book of Life. This week, walk in confidence that God’s got you! Peace be with you all, and until next time. May the Lord bless you abundantly.

The mighty waters

The Lord amazes me every time. I never get used to His presence. As I seek Him daily, every time it seems new. For He makes all things new. There is no other God like Him. He picks you up, sets you on a high place. How mighty He is! I’ll take this time to truly acknowledge and praise Him. He is worthy. He is honour. He is true. I give it all to Him. I fear Him, and Him only. How worthy He is of our praise! Monday is back. We thank God. I came across this verse as my mother read it today. In Psalms 29:3, it says, “The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.” I love water. Just like the earth, water has a world of it’s own.

I have written of one of my travels to Seychelles in my previous posts. Well, one of the things we did while we were there was explore the ocean. We set out on a boat, quite an unusual boat. Before then, I had seen such boats on the discovery channel. It was a tour boat, in the middle of it was a glass panel like a table of sorts. Where one could see all the fish that swam to and fro the boat in the Indian Ocean. Sometimes, I wonder are the oceans split into different continents? And the further split into different countries? Do the fish belong to different governments and nationalities? Do the deep seas respond to the earth next to them? I still wonder how it must be like. Yet I can’t help but think how mighty our God is.

During the boat tour, we saw so many kind of fish. It was beautiful to say the least. Clearer than the LCD screens we are now used to, the waters in Seychelles were so clear blue. Oh yes, I digress, the fish! There were blue colored fish, red ones, the parrot fish of which I distinctively remember. The wonders of the ocean. The wonders of God! After the amazing boat ride, we set out to swim. Being a swimmer, I knew my way in the waters, however, not to brag. Haha. The waves pull us further into the sea, but we swam against them. How mighty is our God. Thank you, Lord for the wonderful memories! 🙌

What the Lord has created, who can undo? He who gives life to the roaring seas. How mighty is our God! What situation can He not turn around? What desire in your life can He not fulfill? With God nothing is impossible! Have a glorious Monday! Please like and comment whatever you like. It would be nice to hear your thoughts! Love you. Until next time!

Learn from me

Getting to the office by the expected time has been very inconsistent on my part. Sometimes, I’ll be forty minutes late sometimes even five minutes after the time allocated. I could attribute it to a couple of things, say I had my breakfast late or was trying to get the kitchen clean before leaving the house. By now, I’m pretty aware of what my routine should be like. So eating breakfast and cleaning the kitchen are part of the routine and hence must be done. What is making me late, though? Deep down inside, I know but wouldn’t want to admit it. It is that I need to wake up earlier.

Simple, right. Well, I do get a good night sleep when I go to bed. If the week is busy and I’m deprived of sleep by Friday, Saturday is perfect to makeup for it. Waking up early is quite a challenge, at first. Many times, I ask myself. Will it be worth it? And with a lot of guilt I answer, yes. So I came across this verse and it challenged me to say the least. In a positive way. In 1 Samuel 15:22 (NIV) it says, “But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”

Many times, I hear, ‘ Obedience is better than a sacrifice’. This verse proves so true. Especially in my daily walk with God, I have seen how beneficial it is to obey the word and use it in your daily life. In John 14:23 (NIV) this is clarified and it says, “Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

Learn from me, then. In James 1:22 (NIV) it says,“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” When I was disobedient, it wasn’t hard to reap of it’s consequences. For instance, being in school, we were allocated a timetable of when exams were to be done. I knew if I was to pass the exams, I needed to start reading from the beginning of the semester. I knew what I had to do. So I allowed so many distractions into my life and by the time exams were near, it was like a rat race. Let’s not go into detail but it has taught me to prepare for anything, start early. In this the Bible teaches that distractions that are in the way of your destiny, are not from Him. In the same book of James in chapter 4:7 (NIV) it says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” I believe it! He will flee!

His will for our lives is to live a life of abundance. A life of abundance is guaranteed to make one never to to moved! In Psalms 15:4-5 (NIV) it says, “who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.” The word even reveals the specifics. However, keeping an oath to God can at times hurt, but in the end He shall surely restore you. In 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV) clarifies this, it says, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” To the God who sees and knows it all, His word stands. He is the God of grace. Let Him be gracious to you, my love.

We can end with Romans 12:2 (NIV), it says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” If it hadn’t been for me reading that word, I definitely would have taken it out of context had I not studied it. It is for our benefit to read and study the word daily. To apply it in our daily lives and careful to follow His word. If anything I am definitely applying it to getting to the office at least ten minutes earlier. It shall surely be so beneficial.