Tuesday, November 8, 2016
By the end of the day we will have chosen either a business man or a woman to be the next president of the United States. For some there is a sense of excitement, for some anxiety, some indecision and yet for others confusion about today. However there is still for some of us a sense of relief that this fighting and name-calling, and bitterness is coming to the end- or is it?
I love my country and I do participate in the electoral process, but I do not rely on any political party or person to be the savior of America. I totally rely on God, who can never be outvoted, cast out or however one tries cannot be pushed to the side.
As I vote- my prayer will be "God have your way" My prayer is that God will choose the person he can best use to make a difference in this country. I thank God that unlike men who look at the outward appearance that He looks at the heart. I am grateful that God is never swayed by words but by the heart. I am so grateful that God knows the future and also knows who is best suited to be the "Joshua" for the next phase of our Journey.
Please make sure that you go out and vote as every vote counts and in a very small way you are making a difference and whatever the outcome- I know God will get the Glory.
In His Service,
Thursday, November 3, 2016
This has been such an exciting world series- The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago cubs. Finally after 108 years the Cubs were able to break loose from their period of drought. So many fans went to their graves during this season of drought not ever seeing their team going to much less winning a world series. Congratulations Chicago!!
As I reflect on this world- series, I am reminded of the fact that God never forgets about us. It may seem as if it is taking Him a very long time to make His move, but we can be certain that in His own time He will come through. I think about the children of Israel who were in captivity in Egypt they cried out to the Lord for deliverance daily, but it took God 400 years before He sent them a deliverer.
What do you do when it seem as if your prayers are not been heard? Well like the Children of Israel, you keep praying, you keep working and keep trusting. Like the Chicago cubs you keep playing, recruiting, trading and playing some more. The children of Israel, could settle in Egypt, all the original inhabitants had all died, and those who were there at the time only knew a life of slavery and hence could have been comfortable in just settling. I also know that they were taught about what God promised to Abraham and believed and kept praying knowing that God would one day take them to the promise land. The Chicago cubs could have given up, they could have dissolved the team, but they kept going, knowing that they would eventually be victorious.
Here is my advice to you, do not give up on God, whatever He has promised to you and your family it will come to pass. While you wait keep trusting, and keep doing your part and remember that God does things in His own time.
In His Service,
Monday, October 24, 2016
Gossip can be juicy and mouthwatering especially when you are not the one being gossiped about. Refusing to listen to gossip is very difficult as it is refusing your favorite meal. If we take one bite of either we find ourselves craving more.
Proverbs 18:8 says this- Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one's heart (NLT).
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly (KJV).
Most time when someone brings you news it is usually misrepresented, colored and packaged in such a way as to break-up relationships and stir up trouble. As a child growing up, I was always told that any dog that takes you a bone- will take one from you. In translation what my parents were saying - when people bring you news beware they will go back with anything you have contributed to the conversation. As the verse says the words of a talebearer wounds deeply the person being talked about, their reputation, and their integrity.
As a person who is serious about their diet is able to resist food that is fattening or unhealthy, so we should resist rumors. If you do not nibble on the first bite you can’t take the second and the third bite.
In His Service,
Monday, August 1, 2016
For some people Mondays can be very daunting. The weekend is over and the work week starts all over again. You may be thinking “I don’t feel like getting up early, contending with the boss, the co-workers, the mountain of work in the office, the clients, the traffic, packing lunches and getting the children to the bus stop on time. For other people, they welcome Mondays because, they get a chance to leave the house and get a break from the children, the husband and the mountain of work they have at home- after all it’s more restful being at work than being at home.
Here is something I have discovered over the years. Our thoughts will eventually become our reality. The bible teaches that life and death are in the power of the tongue, it also admonishes us to speak life which is the same as to speak what is positive rather than what is negative.
So here is what I have been practicing. I learn to think about and describe my days how I want them to be. My Mondays are “marvelous Mondays” because I marvel at the goodness of God, providing me with a job, when there are so many others who spend countless days looking for one and coming up empty. I marvel at the fact that He gave me a break for two days, when some people work non-stop, I marvel that I have a family around me, hearing their laughter and their squabbles when so many have prayed for children and their wombs remain closed. I marvel because so many people live alone and would love to hear a sound every now and then. I marvel that I have a home to clean when so many are homeless or living in shelters.
It is a marvelous Monday because I have a chance to make a difference at my workplace. It is a marvelous Monday as I am expecting God to once again come through for me in every situation that I may face today. Ways that will cause those around me to “MARVEL” at God’s goodness.
Have yourself a “Marvelous Monday”.
In His Service,
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
If you read psalm 121 in its entirety we see David assuring himself of help from God (v. 1, 2). He then goes on to assure others as well about this help which is also available to us (v. 3-8).
For the sake of space, I will just highlight one verse – which say “He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumbers“
If God keeps our feet from slipping we can translate this to mean that He will enable us to stand. As you may be well aware there are situations that come upon us that will cause our feet to become shaky. We can be assured that God will not allow us to slip or fall. This becomes possible only when we place ourselves completely in His care. His keeping power is available to us, but we must allow Him to do the maneuvering.
In those moments when we become weak, those are the moments we can see His strength in operation. When those hurdles come along especially those high ones that you are not able to jump over- do not panic- Allow God to take you over them. In those times when it becomes difficult to see where we are going, when we get thrown into valleys and unfamiliar terrains, know that God specialize in creating pathways for you that will keep you from stumbling.
Psalm 37:23-24 is a good affirmation of this truth- this is what it says: The steps of a man are established by the LORD and He delights in his way. When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong; because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.
I Love this. Even when I fall, because I stray from the path He has created for me, I will not be hurled- or thrown headlong- That is brain damage!!!!
The remainder of verse 3 (Psalm 121) continues to say: He who keeps (protects, guards) you will not slumber. In other words your guardian will not fall asleep-not even a light sleep or even doze off. His watchful eyes are never closed.
Guess what if He does that for you, He does the same for your children. God has no grandchildren; our children are also His children. So Keep Pushing for them.
In His Service,
Friday, July 15, 2016
Over the last couple of years I have seen evil raise its ugly head more and more both nationally as well as internationally. In the last month alone evil seems to be mocking us with a “catch me if you can attitude”
The face of evil was seen in Orlando, Florida; in St Paul, Minnesota; in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; in Dallas Texas and as of yesterday in Nice, France. This list is by no means exhaustive, as there are daily display of evil in many of our cities and states that do not get national attention. The effects are devastating as it impacts so many lives directly and indirectly.
The bible tells us that in the last days “perilous times” will come - 2Timothy 3:1. However, I don’t want us to stop there, instead I want us to read about something else that will happen in the last days. In Joel 2:28-29 and in Acts 2:17 we see that God will “pour out His Spirit on all Flesh”, our young men will see visions and our old men will dream dreams.
We can counteract evil with good, let’s pray diligently for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all flesh. Let’s pray for a revival in our hearts, in our homes, our communities, our churches, and at our work places. Let’s genuinely invite God back in our affairs. Do not stop praying when it seems everything has quieted in the news. Do not let down your guard, Satan doesn’t. We must be persistent. If all God’s light and salt in the earth decide to savor and give light- darkness (evil) cannot stand, it cannot comprehend what it sees. I beseech you to set some time aside daily to pray and keep calling out to God for a change in our land.
In His Service,
Thursday, July 14, 2016
This post is not new it was originally posted April 20, 2013 on my face book page, but I am lead to repost. Not a bad thing because most times we forget what we saw 3 days ago, how much more 3 years ago. In addition I have new friends, why rob them? Lol!
Most of us are able to recite the model prayer found in Mathew 6: 9-13, but how many of us really internalize and meditate on the meaning of those words. Sometimes we get so familiar with something or someone that we take it or them for granted. We fail to pay much attention to details and can really miss some important facts.
I would like to point out 2 very important verses, one being verse 12 "And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors" What am I really saying when I horridly mumble these words? I am interpreting this as asking God to forgive us of our debts/trespasses/transgressions/sins as we forgive those who have transgressed or wronged us. Forgive us in a similar fashion as how we forgive- oops, really?
However, in practicality what we may be saying is- Lord I refuse to forgive Sally who talked about me 2 years ago, I refuse to forgive, my ex-husband for leaving me, my child for breaking that priceless piece of china, or my boss for passing me over for that promotion, and so Lord I expect the same treatment from you.
Another practical interpretation could be- Lord it was so hard to forgive all these people who over the years have wronged me, but it was not worth holding on to un-forgiveness so with your help forgive them and I know you will do the same for me as well for my many mistakes and wrong doing.
The second important fact that I want to draw to our attention is not even within the verses of the model prayer, but the verse that comes after (14): For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Being reminded of this I make a conscious choice on a daily basis to ask the Holy Spirit for strength to forgive everyone and every wrong even when it hurts a lot. I realize that in my flesh I would prefer to choose who and what to forgive and when I forgive them, and so I look to God for the strength to make the right choice and forgive.
So the next time you say the model – prayer please pay attention to the details.