Dear Self,

First of all I want you to remember that you are unique and only God has the power to make you and not anyone else.

Remember to not settle because people say to settle but because God says to.

I want you to know that people will come and go but God will never ever leave you nor forsake you and NOTHING can separate you from the Love God has for you (Romans 8:38-39; 31:6).

To also know that even when things are not going good and when it doesn’t feel like it, God is still with you even in the midst of the storm (not just the big ones, even your little every-day struggles).

Be patient; there’s time for everything and God has made everything beautiful in its time (Eccl 3:11).

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill but time and chance happens to them all. (Eccl 9:11)

But remember God is the author of time.

I want you to keep reminding yourself that God has not given you the spirit of fear but a spirit of power of love and of a sound mind until you truly believe it. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Consistently learn to love yourself; the bible says to love your neighbour as yourself – you can’t give what you don’t have.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)

Remember to be gracious to others as God shows you grace.

Finally I want you to know I love you, but I also want you to continuously open your heart and receive God’s love for you because-

Only He loves best…

Sincerely Yours truly.

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Accepting Grace

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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…

Why am I a Christian?

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We Love him because He first loved us (1John 4:19)

Hmmm I’m not sure where to start with this one but let’s get cracking shall we? :). Well for me I didn’t really ask myself that question for a long time seeing as I grew up going to church because both my parents have always been dedicated Christians. So being a bit more mature I began to realise that I was a Christian mostly because I didn’t want to go hell and a little because I also wanted to please my (very lovely) parents .

To be honest I thought that was a good enough reason for a long time until emmm… (I’m sure we can finish this sentence) yeah. That was not a good enough reason because it made the whole Christian Faith to me seem as if it’s something you cannot really enjoy being in. Like a chore which you had to do to get some sort of eternal blessings, whatever that means. Anyways I kept on in the “faith” but lived how I wanted to mostly and made sure to pray forgiveness every night before I sleep, to escape hell in case the next day was the end of the world (*laughs*).

So that went on for a while until I got to University, now this was a whole different ball game as I was on my own away from home so you can imagine the freedom. However, church had been so ingrained in me that it only felt natural to look for a church and get involved in to fulfil all righteousness (one of the best decisions I made btw).

Long story short, I was able to see God in a totally different light and understand this Christian faith is so much more than just trying to follow a set of rules in order to avoid hell or to please my parents. I was able to experience for myself and know that this God really just wanted me to get to know and love him for who he is and be called a Christian because I knew and fell in love with this person of Christ.

I really want to blurt out right now what happened but that’s what this whole blog is about. I suggest you start especially with the first post  if you’re interested in knowing.

Keep Keeping on!

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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!

THE LOVE SERIES 7 (LOVE FORGIVES)

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it can be really hard but its possible to forgive and let go…

Now I know Forgiveness is a very sensitive subject and some of us may have been wronged in very hurtful ways that even the idea of forgiving is not a topic to be talked about. Also, if some people’s situations were listened to, I can probably say to not forgive may be justify-able but that won’t be passing on the essence of the message of Love forgives now would it? As much as people have hurt us, we all also would agree that we’ve hurt others at one point in our life whether big or small. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from experience is that not allowing yourself to forgive whether yourself or someone else is giving room for bitterness to be in your heart . Regardless of how big or small if it’s not watched, would affect you terribly and may lead to depression, hatred etc.

I don’t really want to go on and on about why you should forgive others but remember the bible says that God forgives us as we forgive others. Since we are all about loving ourselves  in order for us to  be able to love others, allow yourself to forgive either yourself or whoever hurt you. It may not be an instant thing for some of you but be honest with yourself and God and ask for him to help you forgive because it’s hard for you and I promise he will. I repeat, it may not happen in one day but God is willing to be with you as you take that step.

Prayer: Dear Lord I acknowledge that forgiving myself or the person who hurt me is the best choice to make but for some of us it can be really hard and we ask oh lord that you help us take this step and by your grace we will come to full recovery in Jesus name amen!

THE LOVE SERIES 6 (LOVE NEVER GIVES UP/NEVER LOSES FAITH)

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You may not have faith in yourself but have faith in the God who made you

If you have been following the Love Series, I’m sure you would have figured it out what you need to do before I even start ;). One thing I’ve learnt is sometimes when we give up probably on a certain project or developing a skill or improving a certain talent, or making certain commitments, we deny ourselves of once in a life time opportunities. We have been talking about loving ourselves first so that we would be able to understand what it means to showcase this kind of love to others.

If you are willing to not believe in yourself and the God who made you, it would be difficult to believe in others. I can go on and on about how much of a valuable person you are and why you should never give up on yourself but that will take a whole day so I’d rather you pick one thing today and this that God has not given up on you so why should you? Once you’re able to get that around your heart and head you are already showcasing love because people will look at your life and say I want to be like that and it would be easier to not give up or lose faith in people and ultimately God.

THE LOVE SERIES 4 (JEALOUSY)

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Love is not jealous (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Remember we are talking about loving yourself  first  so you will be able to apply it to loving others. When I was learning about these series and I reached Jealousy, I asked God, now I can’t be Jealous of myself now can I?  and God said yes but jealousy can result to self hatred (opp. Of Loving yourself). So I asked how? and God helped me to understand that;

 When you’re resentful of someone’s advantages  you do not allow yourself to benefit however possible from this person’s advantages. This could be through learning how the person came about their success or even sharing in the success if the person is close to you. With you having bitterness against someone in your mind can also be looked at as denying yourself of total happiness and peace of mind if we are being honest; and this is not loving yourself. I had to learn to the get to the point where I would tell myself that I love me too much to allow me get bitter or sad over someone’s blessings. Like it or not we all need happiness and peace in our hearts and if we don’t have that, it affects you first before anyone around you. So today I urge you love yourself and be happy with who you are and where you are in life.  God made everyone uniquely and has unique purposes for everyone you inclusive! just trust God and remember that ALL things work together for the good of them that love God.