Count your own blessings

I used to pride myself in the fact that I’m never that person that gets jealous over someone’s good fortune. If anything I’m usually quick to rejoice and celebrate with whomever it is that is celebrating.

So there’s this friend of mine and it happened to be that we were both believing God for the same thing. The thing ended up happening for her and it didn’t happen for me and all of a sudden I started questioning my standing with God.

As a matter of fact, I suddenly realised I’ve always tried to outdo her, comparing myself with her and I started beating myself up whenever I felt I was not as good.

So I prayed. I told God how I didn’t like the way I was feeling and if I keep going this way I will start resenting this dear friend of mine. Well you know what God told me?

He said I had started losing sight of who I was and who He is making me to be. I had stopped counting my blessings and had started counting other people’s blessings.

And I thought to myself that’s it, I’m distracting myself from counting my own blessings and it has helped me so far deal with the issue of jealousy.

You may think there’s really no ‘’blessing’’ in your life to count and It may be due to what you define to be a blessing. You know the cliché statement that it’s a blessing to be alive  well it is very true.

I didn’t appreciate being able to hear properly until I had an ear infection that had me partially deaf for a while. When I finally got better I appreciated being able to hear properly and acknowledged it as a blessing.

You’re alive for a reason, and don’t take it for granted. Remember where there’s life, there’s hope and the bible tells us that hope (on the love of God) makes us not ashamed (Romans 5:5). So let’s start counting our blessings and start trusting in his love for each and every one of us.

Love and Blessings…

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Choose Your Thoughts!

So what am I going to do today, oh snap! I’ve got lots of revising to do, actually I need food, no I need to read my bible, Okay focus, ugh I hate it when someone keeps sniffling, work work work (uni work)!!! Ugh, I need to hit the gym soon though etc.

And I’m sure most of you would be thinking what this girl is on about? Well I just gave you all a glimpse of some of the thoughts that go through my head on a daily basis.

Like me everyone has random and sometimes willful thoughts go through our minds every day. Some of them good thoughts, some crazy thoughts, and some not so good thoughts; but the question is what we do with these thoughts that bombard our minds daily. Ever heard of the verse in proverbs that says – as a man thinks in his heart so is he? Well for me that simply spells out -you are what you think!

So if I define myself based on the thoughts I dwell on would I look good?

I used to often lead myself to believe that there are just some things you can’t control and one of them is the thoughts that come into your mind.
Well that was and is a lie! And as my church folks would say “a lie from the pit of hell”

You see as I grew in God, He helped me to understand that I have control over my mind and my thoughts. I have the power to choose what I think, taking me to the scripture that says I have the power in Christ to cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ, bringing every thought to captivity to the obedience of Christ.

When you think of it, bringing our thoughts to the obedience of Christ is us saying if it’s not in line with God’s word (Christ; John 1:1) then I don’t want to be thinking this. And yes there are persisting thoughts but you have to learn to counter it with speaking out God’s word to yourself. Remember faith comes by hearing.  So with time you begin to build faith in (believing) what you say and you eventually will (I did).

The bible even gives us a guide to the kind of thoughts we should allow in our minds ” And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8 NLT)”

He still loves me!

God's LoveHi, my dearest readers 🙂 first of all I apologise for the late post this week esp. for those who keep up. It has been one heck of a week I tell you and not exactly in the best of ways… so much have gone on, some of which I am still trying to make out what I’m supposed to learn or benefit from it because I’m all about everything working together for my good you know (Romans 8:28). When I do find out, and learn and understand, I promise to share when the time is right ;).

Although one thing got me through this week and it was a scripture God has been banging in my heart that “we love him because He first loved us” (I John 4:19). I was thinking emm I kind of know you love us God so what am I supposed to get from this? Truth is I really didn’t know how much God loved me.

Because I have had my doubts, asking questions such as- does God love me ALL the time??? At the points when I do really bad and mean things or wrong Him does he stop loving me??? The answer is He loved and still does love me even at my filthiest and this is same for everyone. You see my friends, God does not ever stop loving us- sinful or perfect because from the very beginning he loved us. What God wants is NOT for us to hide away from him thinking He’s one angry God, out there to get us anytime we fall short but He’s as loving as can be and ready to embrace us the minute we turn to him. So let’s approach his throne of grace boldly and continuously with sincere hearts and he will lovingly receive us EVERY TIME. So the times during the week that I fell short, I asked for mercy and tell myself He still Loves me whether I feel it or not… 🙂

[However, this is not an invitation to deliberately sin as God is not mocked, whatever you sow you reap 😉]

Accepting Grace

Accepteed

Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace in time of need (Heb 4:16)

So I lied to someone sometime back just to make myself look good in front of the person mostly because I was not proud of the truth at the time. Then got convicted in my heart and asked God for forgiveness but for some reason, I didn’t want to accept the fact that I was forgiven (even though the person already knew the truth). I went that whole day not feeling good about myself, telling myself I deserved to be punished and can’t be forgiven just like that because I knew better than to lie (being a serious Christian) at the time.

Later in the evening that day, I went for a prayer meeting at church still feeling very bad and at some point we were told to let people know what God had laid in our hearts about them and I said God wouldn’t talk through someone like me and didn’t open up to hear him speak so was just sitting. Then someone came to me and whispered mercy! And I broke down right there knowing that could only be through God’s inspiration. He (God) had been trying to let me know all day, that it’s okay that I’m forgiven but I wouldn’t accept it.

However He helped me to understand that that’s where grace comes in. Letting me know that we are not saved by our works/good deeds but by the fact that God decides to show us unmerited love regardless of how good or bad we have been. Sometimes we set standards that we can’t really keep up with so as to feel that we deserve God’s love to us. Truth is we are not really able to reach that point where we are fully deserving of God’s graciousness and mercy because that’s life as we know it. So we might as well accept his grace, allowing it to guide us through each passing day because on our own, we cant really do much…

Is it God first or myself?

blog fotoStressed, tired, late, annoyed at myself for making a wrong call and a whole bunch of feelings was what I was feeling that day at the train station. So I started thinking and asking God in my heart, but why are you letting this happen to me, I mean it’s not like I have been going about all day doing the wrong things  that I deserved to bear any sort of consequences. Then a thought came to head, why do all your decisions always have to revolve around you.

That didn’t make sense to me until the next day, I was reading Romans 8 and vs 5 (nkjv) and the scripture was talking about how allowing yourself, your lifestyle to be influenced by your own fleshly desires which is ultimately to please you alone is not the best path to take. To be honest I didn’t see anything wrong in pleasing myself as long as no one else is hurt and I wasn’t necessarily “sinning” but…

You see sometimes God may lead us to take uncomfortable routes in life and you may ask yourself but I don’t feel good about this, so how can this be God. For example you were hurt by someone and when God gives you a nudge to go make peace and you really don’t want to. You think to yourself well that won’t be right because I would be pretending and therefore you feel justified well, that’s not exactly the case. Romans 8 helps clarify that what the spirit wants is not what the flesh (body) wants. In doing what the spirit wants you’re putting yourself most times in a rather uncomfortable situation which wouldn’t feel right at the time but remember vs 6 of that Romans 8 tells us to be spiritually minded is life and peace, so ultimately the spirit is working for our own personal good and God’s glory. I for one know how difficult it is to put God first before anyone or anything but His grace is sufficient!

Keep Keeping on!

Dnt give up

The Lord is good to those who wait for him (Lam. 3:25)

So here I was writing up a piece for you my amazing readers to probably get inspired and encouraged by. I was typing away and being encouraged myself really and then my dear laptop decided that it was time to undertake an unexpected and un-warned shutdown. Well you can imagine my frustration! My work for the most part was lost and I started saying I mean God you should have prevented that you know after all it’s about you I was writing about and I really just wanted to call it a night.

Then a thought just flashed through my mind and I remembered discussing with my bible study group about the apostles in the book of acts how regardless of the many challenges they faced, it didn’t stop them from pursuing their God given goals regardless.

Some of us maybe pursuing goals which you believe is God that has put in your heart or goals you believe God supports all the way but then, you suddenly reach a road block or experience some sort of challenge that made you think maybe God wasn’t really into that idea and sadly some of us give up on potentially big dreams. Now one thing is for sure, God didn’t promise that achieving your dreams would be as straight forward as we all plan it to be. Even Jesus had to suffer a lot to reach his God given purpose. I mean if he decided during the really hard times he was going through that maybe this really isn’t what God wants hence why he’s going through all that difficulty, we may not have had salvation today. So bugger up my dear friends and keep pursuing your God given dreams, even if you fail at it several times, pick yourself up, trust God and keep keeping on! His grace is sufficient!