These days we wake up to the news of death. It’s really sad times we are living in. When you wake up to see another day be grateful. Enjoy the day to the fullest. Fill your life with love and laughter. Don’t worry about what’s not working or what’s going wrong just know that God is working it all out for you. For now, spend time with those that you love. Check up on your friends and family. Don’t just look for people because you want something from them. Look for them and find out how they are doing.
Our God is love and we should be a reflection of his love to people. This other day someone got upset because I did not avail myself of what she wanted me to do. But you know what I did I just went through her conversation with me and discovered she always looks for me when she wants a favor but never to check up on me. Don’t be this kind of person, check up on your friends and family. People are going through a lot these times we are in. The last thing someone wants is to see a message asking for something. They want to be shown, love.
You know how we get audits at work you should also do an audit of the people in your life. Do these people add value or do they just keep taking from you. During this time surround yourself with people that are for you. People that will stand with you. People that will motivate you. People that will affirm you. People that will ride with you. You need this kind of people. And guess what God has surrounded you with these people you just need to open your eyes and see. Stop forcing relationships with people that drain you. And when you let go of those that add no value do it with love. Stay safe, Mask up, social distance, and LOVE.
If there is anything that can make one feel like throwing in the towel it’s unanswered prayers. That feeling you get when all your efforts are not being seen. If there is anything I have learned is that everything happens for a reason. Usually, you get to see this after a while. Years ago, I applied for a job post and it looked as if I was going to get it. So I prayed day and night for it. Well, my prayer wasn’t answered. This made me feel sad, I asked God why? I couldn’t understand it. It was a tough time for me. After two months the company closed.
When I heard about it all I could say was thank you Lord for not giving me the job. It was at that moment that I began to appreciate unanswered prayers. When you don’t get what you prayed for you feel discouraged, know that everything happens for you. It’s always to protect you, to get you to your destination. Look at every time your prayer wasn’t answered and see. You will realize that eventually, God did show you why he didn’t give you what you wanted.
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand” and His purpose is always to prosper you and give you a future. Yes, that prayer wasn’t answered but know that there is something better coming your way. Pray for God’s will in your life. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:9
Fasting was never my kind of thing. You know how when we are called to fast and you just do it because the Pastor said so, and sometimes not even finish the fast. Well, that was me, fasting was just never my thing. So one day my friend; God bless her heart! she called and told me there is a fast that’s happening from her mother’s church. I wasn’t eager to join in but she persisted and told me maybe that’s where my breakthrough is. So I did take some time to ask God, and since it was 21 days I had time to prepare my spirit and body.
I wrote all the things I was going to pray for down. Mainly it was my business, I was tired of selling from the boot. I wanted a shop, so my list was ready for the 21 days of fasting. I wanted a breakthrough in my life. Was tired of being pulled back. Have you ever been in that position? I want to share with you what God told me to do during this fast: 1. Have Faith—-for everything on my list I had to believe that I was going to have it. This meant that even if everything around me was saying I couldn’t, I had to believe that God can do anything. And I kept telling myself that God is not governed by the law of nature. What I am believing God for will come to pass. 2. Pray——Fasting without prayer is like driving a car with no petrol. This is what accelerates your fast. My day is usually so busy but whenever I find myself alone I am praying silently to God. When I am walking I am speaking to God. Every opportunity I get is to speak to God. 3. Love—-Give love all around you. Let go of gossip, and thinking you are above everyone else. In other words, humble yourself and love people no matter what their background is. 4. Give——Where you know you can assist give. Sometimes it’s your time, money, or anything that you can. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8. 5. Serve——For this one remember that wherever you are be it in your job or at home. You are called to serve. Even if you don’t like where you are. Show up wholeheartedly with no complaints in your heart. Perform your duties faithfully. 6. Be Positive—— Write down positive affirmations that you repeat every day. Fill your life with positivity. This means moving away from people who are always complaining and being negative. Remember there is something you are praying for and you cannot keep going back because of negativity. 7. Be grateful——Psalms 9:1 ‘I will give thanks to you Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.’ God is doing a million little miracles for you each day. Praise Him and thank Him for it. 8. Be Proactive—-Whatever it is you are praying for don’t just sit, do something. Send out your CVs, create more content, advertise, write your business plan. In short show up. This kind of fast does not reward laziness. 9. Read the Word—-Have verses that you stand upon. Declaring the word of God on your life. And songs that’ll motivate you. I will share my verses and songs later on.
Isaiah 58:8-9 ‘Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.’. Today I stand as a testimony of this. It wasn’t easy but I said to myself I need a breakthrough and did everything I highlighted above faithfully and God answered me. The promotion at work was a bonus it wasn’t part of my list. Everything else on my list I got it all. Yes, we now own a shop 😃. I went on to do it 3 more times and yes God is faithful.
Wherever He is I am there. So often we pray for God to have his way but wish it would be your way. His word says that ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’. Imagine what you are thinking and visualizing for yourself God sees it bigger. That alone should make you trust him wholeheartedly that all He has planned for you is to give you life and in abundance.
I always say this: what God says no to, I do not push. No matter how much I want it, if God says no I let it go. I don’t know how many times I have always wanted to leave my job. Each time God would say no. Did I not just go to many interviews and each time it was a no. That’s when I finally said to God have your way. I completely surrendered and accepted that He wants me to be where I am. He even gave me a business idea and I implemented it but still said you ought to be here. Eventually He gave me the promotion and now I know that what God says, He sees it to completion. After this experience I am now truly for His will over my life.
Whenever you put God first in your life everything falls into place. Are you feeling depressed over where you are right now? Serve God, show up and trust what He is saying to you. The world will tell you all sorts of things. The economy will make you think it’s not going to happen. One thing I have come to realize and know is that God is not governed by the laws of nature. God can change things just to bless one person. Now that you know all this stand firm and know that all is working out for your own good.
God has a tendency of bringing the best out of you. He places you right where you need to be. All to bring out who He called you to be. I always talk about the lady I used to work with who was obsessed with talking about how after giving birth I was done(kupera) to the point where I believed those lies. God uses people and so does the devil. At that point I believed it, thank God he removed me from there.
I know it can be so hard to ignore such lies from the enemy. Especially when you get to hear them everyday. During that time God brought people who would tell me that you will be promoted and be a manager. I would get depressed hearing that because all I wanted was God to remove me entirely. During my prayer time it was always for a new job. When I was moved department it was the best thing that happened to me. Finally I was free of the emotional abuse. I think I had lost sight of who I was and what God had placed in me. I believed every lie I was told. It’s true that words have power and for me it became a reality because i was told that everyday.
If God said something to you believe it. Even when everything else around you seems to be going the other direction. Stay true to yourself and believe that God will see it come to pass. I remember early last year when I bumped into a certain Pastor with my husband, he asked to pray for me, I remember when he was praying for my family I was agreeing then he started praying for my promotion I looked at him and said this man cannot see. Look at all that’s happening and there was no way that promotion can come. I mean I was told about it seven years ago and stopped believing it way back when I wanted God to give me a new job elsewhere. But it didn’t take long for me to get that promotion. That’s when I saw that what God starts he will finish. Men have no power over your life. He is the author of your life, everything else that contradicts the word of God over your life is a lie.
If God told you something believe it. The enemy will use people to make sure you loose sight and stop believing in what God has told you. That word over your life is going to be tested and tried. You will cry, you will feel like giving up. This too shall pass and you will see God’s goodness in the land of the living.
Is there something that God said over your life? Do you feel separated from that word that was said? Trust me I went through it that separation is God making a way for you. He is placing you exactly where you need to be. Sometimes it’s Him protecting you from the enemy. Don’t loose heart, don’t loose Hope. His word will not return to him void but will accomplish that which He sent it to do.
God is love! That being said as believers we ought to be as our father in heaven. Be love wherever we are. Show good all the time. Even when people say bad things about you show those people love. Imagine how many times Jesus was ridiculed, but he always showed love. He didn’t judge people instead he ate with them.
If someone has different beliefs from yours don’t judge them, love them. So many new believers leaving church because there is no acceptance from Christians instead they experience a lot of gossip, judging. Let’s spread love even in our speeches, our preaching. So many broken souls that need Christ hence the need for us as believers to be LOVE.
By showing love all the time you are also helping the next person heal. A lot of people are going through depression and have no one to talk to. Sometimes nice words and acts of kindness goes a long way.
I remember when I had my first child, it was so hard for me. I suffered from pre-natal depression. I was struggling with changes that were happening. Then there was this lady I worked with she would always comment on my body. She would say words like “you used to be very good looking, now you have grown big”, and everyday she would say it to my face. I don’t know maybe it made her feel special but some of the words were really uncalled for. Imagine I was battling with depression and had this lady saying nasty words all the time. I worked with here so no way I could avoid her. One day she really got to me, I remember breaking down in the toilet. I cried so hard, I don’t think I ever cried like that in my entire life. And to make it worse she comes to the toilet to ask why I am crying. That’s how unthoughtful she was. After she left I just looked at the mirror with all those tears and probably wished them in her life too(which I did) After that day I let it go and left it in God’s hands. At that point I wanted to resign but I couldn’t, needed the money. I prayed and fasted for God to move me to another department. I could have gone to HR but one thing I learnt is that when you are depressed you don’t want to talk about it. You want to deal with it in your own time. So I did had family support, and God took me away from that department. I healed with loving people surrounding me. I will talk about it more in another post,
Depressed people don’t like talking and it’s in each and every one of us to be good to people all the time. If you have nothing good to say keep quiet. Words from your mouth should always bless people. And when you see new mothers try to not comment bad things. A lot of new mothers are battling with pre natal depression. Avoid commenting on the changes happening to them.
Let’s spread love and see how the world around us changes.
My title had to be long yes 😁 because God does prepare a table for you in the presence of your enemies.
Last night I challenged myself to look into my life and see if God hasn’t moved me from one position to another. Sometimes we forget to thank God for the little things, because we are probably praying for big things. Today I also challenge you to thank God for all He has done even if it’s small. Remember there was a time when you were praying for that. Don’t be so consumed with things not happening that you forget you have been moved from where you were last year.
I walked into a room and one colleague was talking about me to her subordinate. I felt God wanted me to see and hear this because she never saw me coming. Then after that I asked God why? Then He said to me look at your life. The prayers that have been answered. I was so consumed with pushing things that I never got the time to see the answered prayers. God has surely been faithful to me that people are asking themselves how it happened. God had me hear that so that I wake up and see how He has blessed me. Don’t be like me, see it now and thank God for all He has done for you. It might seem small to you but there are people wondering why you. Thank God for it because remember there was a time when you prayed for it. For me I fasted two months, asking God for favor and breakthrough. This was my first time, would I do it again? Yes because I have seen God answer my prayers.
Look out for the next post I will be talking about my shared blessings.
May he prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies
May He give you comfort and cover you in the shadow of His wings
May He shower you with His endless love
You are blessed, loved and guided!
Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. There are people after seeing your potential will try to emotionally abuse you so you loose your self worth. Let not those people get to you. You are a victor! You are more than you can imagine.
Have you ever been in a situation where you feel scared. You know that God can and will get you through it but somehow you feel scared. Surrendering to God is not any easy thing to do. Even after you have done so you can’t help but feel scared. Scared of what the future holds, scared of growing from where you are. I have come to realize that it’s so easy to succumb to that fear and not grow.
So many words you keep hearing in your head, like “what if it doesn’t work out?”, “what makes you think you can do it?”. And so many negative words can crowd your mind. It’s going to be hard, you will face a lot of challenges definitely. What would you rather have? Stuck where you are feeling drained and unmotivated, unable to even get by. Or being motivated each day to be who you are called to, breaking through barriers, celebrating the small victories. One thing that is certain God takes care of His people. He will never leave you to suffer. Surrender all your fears to God and know that you are in good hands.
I remember when I started my business it was hard. I had prayed for it but now getting customers was not easy. I remember crying and praying for just to have a few of them. Praying for ideas and implementing them, but God did open the door. Now when I look back I see His hand. I am glad I obeyed, am not where I want to be but I am glad I did not allow fear to hold me back. And each day am working on growing,
What is it that you are believing God for? What actions have you taken towards it? What makes you feel afraid? Whatever your answers are know that all is working out for your own good. So go for it!