God is in charge of all seasons…

October has just started and I found myself already wanting it to end. The amount of things happening and things to happen had me overwhelmed and l felt as if God had left me in September.. 😔

As funny as this may seem problems do have a tendency together with the devil himself at work to make us forget that God truly is in control of everything in our lives .

There is peace and wisdom in knowing that God is in charge of everything and every season in our lives. Nothing takes God by surprise, He knows our going in and out coming out. We are His creation, created for His purposes.

When seasons change though, the process may be so uncomfortable. We may find ourselves wondering if God is still in charge in turbulent seasons. As l read Ecclesiastes 3, l understood that there is a timefor everything.

There are things that happen in life and we can find ourselves blaming each other or getting angry at ourselves, yet there really isn’t anything that we could have done to make it change or go away. In fact somethings had to happen. At times we need to praise God for all the doors 🚪 He shut . How would we know God as a healer if we never get sick, how would we know he is a provider if we never have a need. Not that l am advocating for problems but l am encouraging a change of the way we view trying times.

One thing l noticed however is that when seasons change, there is a need to change our mindsets too. Just as we change our clothing to keep warmer or cooler, we need to do the same. Some seasons need more action than others. This season has got me pressing into God more than ever, l am unable to solve any of the situations l am going through by myself.

Anyways 🙂 now that l have realised that God is in charge , l have decided not to worry. It won’t change anything.

I don’t know what you are going through, wether it’s good or bad, l am encouraging you and letting you know that God is in charge.

And there is no one else better to be in control than “The Great I Am”, The God Who Is, The God Who Was, and The God Who Is to Come!🙌🏻🙏

And guess what, He never changes, He loves us and He is working all things together for our good. Isn’t that just perfect 👌.

So l say Amen to His will, Amen to His ways 🙏.May we always be aware of the greatness of The God Who is on our side .

God loves you! Yes you😀

Much love ♥️Shalom

Birth-day…

With just one day to go for my birthday 🎉, in Australian time ( 16 September). l couldn’t help but wonder how much of the life I’m living is truly what God had intended for me? How much of His purposes am l fulfilling? How much of my goals are His? I realised l could actually live a life on earth and never really be who l was created to be.

We were all created by God, and for His purposes.. “Through Him and For Him🙌🏻, l think that’s just powerful..

There are many instances in the bible where we see God bringing an answer to a problem in the world by bringing a baby into the world. Each one of us has a purpose that God put in us, there is a situation that needs a person just like you to help solve. 🔸We have been loved and chosen beforehand , predestined, called , justified and we will also be glorified.

The birth of an answer 🔹Jesus was born to bring Salvation “She will give birth to a Son, and you shall name Him Jesus (The LORD is salvation), for He will save His people from their sins.” MATTHEW 1:21 AMP

🔸Samuel was an answered prayer for Hannah and a prophet appointed by God “And all Israel from Dan [in the north] to Beersheba [in the south] knew that Samuel was appointed as a prophet of the LORD.” 1 SAMUEL 3:20 AMP

🔹John the Baptist – was born to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. “It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous [which is to seek and submit to the will of God]–in order to make ready a people [perfectly] prepared [spiritually and morally] for the Lord.”LUKE 1:17 AMP

🔸Paul “Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed) by the will of God, …COLOSSIANS 1:1 AMP

Jeremiah -““Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument], And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own]; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.””

‭‭JEREMIAH‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I can’t imagine how our lives would have turned out if these Great people in the Bible had not lived out their purposes in God.

And I am beginning to see more and more the importance of living in the will of God. Generations to come depend on our obedience.

7 Things about me 😊

1. I am a nurse
2.
the first born in a family of two

3️⃣ l love to worship God, I don’t like to be called a singer though, I am a minstrel 🙂

4️⃣ l have a crazy sense of humour 😂

5️⃣ I love ❤️ God, He is my daily bread, the air l breathe..

6️⃣ I enjoy writing and reading.

7️⃣ l believe that l have the ability to relate to different kinds of people, l love to love, to be resourceful and useful.

So l am brought to a time of reflection, and a time of pressing in to God, praying that He may grant us the grace to live out our purpose, giving birth to those things that He has put in us.

I hope this encourages you to see your birthday 🎉 in a even more special way and challenges you to seek out God’s purposes for your life.

Much Love❤️

Shalom

Enriched relationships..

A few years back l heard a statement from my mentor that stuck with me “God protects us against our enemies, but He can’t protect us from our brothers” (The people that God has given you, your close family, your church brethren or anyone who has been placed into your life by God intentionally). I couldn’t understand it at first but recently l have come to understand it.

God gives us the responsibility to work out our relationships with those He gave us. It is up to us to forgive each other, to be truthful, to love, to respect , to honour ..

And God himself is our standard, our manual for how to relate to each other.”

If we but for one moment think of how we can improve the way we relate to each other, l believe the world would be a better place today.

So l ask, If you knew you had the power to make someone feel loved, feel secure, feel encouraged what would you do differently on a daily basis in order to enhance better relations?

How does God relate to us?

Here are some things l found out about how God encourages us to relate to Him and how He relates to us?

🔹He Loves and when God loves He gives. His love is strong as death, God sacrificed, something that He loved so deeply His Only Son- unselfish love.

🔸He is constant and unchanging, never Lies, God actually cannot lie, God

remains faithful and true to His word.

“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken and will He not make it good and fulfill it?”

NUMBERS‬ ‭23:19‬ ‭AMP‬‬

🔺God forgives, forever merciful, compassionate slow to anger, gracious and faithful.

Then the LORD passed by in front of him, and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth (faithfulness);”EXODUS‬ ‭34:6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

1️⃣We could talk of how God always hears us when we call, 2️⃣ How he is always with us3️⃣How absolutely trustworthy and dependable God is4️⃣How He has plans for us to prosper5️⃣ How much God wants to fellowship with us6️⃣How so deeply concerned about us He is7️⃣How God grants us so much grace, honour. Oh how he has blessed us so, even when we don’t deserve it.. 🙌🏻 His ways are so perfect.

God is the perfect example of how we should conduct ourselves in our relationships.

Let us get into the habit of thinking about how we can love better, encourage more, be there for each other, communicate to each other, forgiving one another and improving, adding to each other’s lives as God desires.

🙏Prayer

Father thank you for loving us, thank you for granting us the ability to have a relationship with you, Help us to make you the standard of how we relate to each other, so that your Name may be glorified, that we may be filled with so much of you and less of us. Thank you God for you are a God who is able.

May God enrich your relationships and give you people that will love you as He does.

I hope you are encouraged

Love ❤️

Shalom

The matter of the heart..


Granted there are so many situations in life that live us bruised and wounded in our hearts. However to be able to live a joyful, free and pleasing life to God we must forgive. That means getting rid of all the offence , bitterness and resentment which are not only poisonous to our lives but they hinder our relationship with God.

The heart,  as l have now realised is so important to God, 1Samuel 16:7 as clearly says that God is more interested in what goes on in your heart..

Offence in our hearts prevents us from hearing from God and going deeper in our relationship with Him.

 I can testify that in those times when l have been angry and offended my heart became hardened, l was not able to hear what God was saying to me about the situation. We have to fight for our relationship with God by preserving our hearts.

Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” ‭‭PROVERBS‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭AMP‬‬

     Here is why we need to guard our hearts and refuse to be offended. It is with the heart we:

  • Believe –For with the heart a person believes [in Christ as Savior] resulting in his justification [that is, being made righteous–being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God]; and with the mouth he acknowledges and confesses [his faith openly], resulting in and confirming [his] salvation.”‭‭ROMANS‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬
  • Trust – Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.”PROVERBS‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭AMP‬‬
  • Love -Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37 NIV
  • Find God -You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:13 NIV
  • We dwell continually in God presence –“O LORD, who may lodge [as a guest] in Your tent? Who may dwell [continually] on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity and strength of character, and works righteousness, And speaks and holds truth in his heart.” PSALM‬ ‭15:1-2‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I found myself wondering if God looks at my heart, how well have l been looking after my heart? With the heart we understand God, we love him, we are saved because we believed in our hearts. How well then can we get closer to God with an offended heart?. 

It may not even be your doing, it maybe something that happened in your past that has offended you, how you were treated, decide today that even though you don’t understand You want God more than the answers “..

A cheerful heart is good medicine,but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 NIV

       🙏“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right and steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.”‭‭PSALM‬ ‭51:10

It’s a daily process , l literally have to wake up daily and refuse to be offended, or to let any circumstances, any person to cause me to grow roots of bitterness and resentment. God is love so l will choose to love.

I hope you are encouraged to continue to guard your heart.
Love 

Shalom 

Perfect Love …

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I have begun a journey of finding out more about God’s love for me.  There more I understand it and try to comprehend it I am blown away and driven to tears. That God loved me so much that He gave His only Son that I should not perish.  It is literally beyond me how much God loves us.

Throughout my search for self-worth, I had been blinded from the love that is available to me through Christ. See  I knew there was a void and I tried to fill this void many ways and failed.What determines your self-worth? My StoryWhat determines your self-worth? My Story

In my blindness I became afraid.  I can testify that I lived under fear for so long. At times I could not even get out of the house.

Fear of  failure, fear of the unknown, fear of being different, fear of people,  fear of not being loved,  fear of trying new things..     The list could go on forever. I felt caged, my heart was sick, it was so heavy on me and I hated myself.

I thank God that he opened my eyes.  Fear was a weapon the devil has used to keep me from my destiny and purpose in God. The revelation God gave me was that l needed to receive his love, to let his love grow in me, to understand it so much so that it becomes engraved in me. That I am loved beyond measure. How can l be afraid when understanding the love God has for me and when l begin to love God so much in return. You would do anything for those you love.

 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.  1 John 4:18

God’s love for me drives out fear. I am no longer a slave to fear. Yes at times I have to confess it on a daily basis and remind myself that l have no reason to be afraid. Fear takes away joy, peace and freedom.

  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7

Prayer:                                                                                                                                                Dear Father help us to grow into sufficient understanding of your love for us. That we may be bold to walk in the power You made available to us. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, AMEN

I hope you are encouraged

God loves you

Much love

Shalom

 

 

We love because he first loved us..

Having been a very insecure person and struggled to find worth, l can tell you that l often found myself finding it hard to love people.  It seemed words of people would get be all upset and unknowingly people would do things and have me all heart broken. The root was in my past as you would know if you read my blog on What determines your self worth.

It took me a long time to understand that disagreement doesn’t mean disapproval. Just because people disagree with you doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. I constantly found myself associating people who had different opinions with me as haters.  To me it meant they didn’t love me.

I thank God, because he then taught me to love myself. He taught me about his love which is unconditional. It doesn’t matter what l do or don’t do he still loves me.

In Romans 8:35-39 we read that nothing can separate us from the love of God! Nothing in this world and through God we are more than conquerors because he first loved us. 

However people do wrong us, even more the people we love, the people we are to work with even in our churches. When that happenes remember to pray for those that wrong you. You will find that you really can’t hate those who you deliberately pray for.

Be intentional about loving others it pleases God when we love, because God himself is Love. 1 John 4:8 says “whoever does not love has not known God for God is love”.

Love you all

Shalom

Are you going through a lonely season?

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Are you going through a lonely season? Have you lost all that you thought you knew? Is what you are waiting for not coming?.

Now could it be that you had placed that person, that position, that wealth, the idea of having whatever it is you desired as more important to you than God? Could it be that you had begun to consult them people more than God.

In 1 Kings 18 we see Elijah asking the people of Israel ” Is there no God that you consult Baal” Friends Baal stands for anything that you classify as more important even unknowingly, and it takes God’s place in your life. It could be your friends, your phone, money the idea of getting married so much so that that is where you spend all your energies at.

See our God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14), he wants your all. There is a danger friends in putting anything else as more deserving of you than God. You endanger yourself and that person. God will literally separate you so he can turn your heart back to him. He has the power to take away from you everything so that your focus is on entirely on him.

I can testify to such seasons and I believe God wants me to encourage someone out there who might be going through the same situation. Is God first in your life?Are your decisions based on God, man or your emotions. Is God your God in good and bad times, is he God in your daily life. Do you wake up to him or to your phone to flood your heart with timelines on Instagram or whatever else. Where does most of your time go?

Now if you have recognised that you had placed your job, phone , friends as more to you than God, turn back to God while he still can be found (Isaiagh 55:6). Ask God to show you how to put him first in the midst of life’s demands. Cast all your anxieties on God because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

God loves us so much he wants to be part of our daily life. If you are like me and God has moved some people away from you and got you out of your comfort zone then use that season to spend time with God and truly follow him.

Even  friendships have seasons it could be that you are not going the same direction, it does not make them a bad person, its just the season God is wanting you in. Maybe you so badly need money, or anything you desire ask God to give you wisdom and focus on him while you wait on God.

Remember God will always give you double what you lose for his sake. That is why his thoughts and ways for us are higher than ours. (Isaiagh 55;9). Do not be tempted to run back to the things that God is taking you away from in those seasons. It is painful yes but it is a season, it will not last forever. In due season God will give you all that you desire, notice its “in due” season. There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

God loves you so much, will you just spend time with him.

Love and blessings

In his service

Shalom