Seasons and Seasonings

The wisest man who ever lived once said that to everything there is a time and a season. I am not going to write yet again about what season of life you are in. (Even though we must always know what season of life we are in. Is it a time to rest, a time to train, a time to jump, a time to sleep ……)

What is seasoning? When I looked it up I got,”salt, herbs, or spices added to food to enhance the flavour and also the process of adjusting the moisture content of wood to make it more suitable for use as timber”. Wiki confirms that “to season and to flavour are not the same thing”. This means some seasoning enhance the already existing flavour while some actually change the flavour (for the better usually but sometimes if not properly used, for the worse).

Today my short blog post is to say the seasons of our lives are like seasoning, both to add flavour, enhance flavour, change the flavour and could be a process of making us more suitable for use.

In a couple of weeks, we enter the final quarter of this year. Depending on the part of the world you are in. The physical season enhances our lives on many levels, some being from a planting and harvesting point of view. Planting is work and harvesting is work but they both lead to gain at the end of the day. Is your current season enhancing your life or more importantly the lives of those near or far from you.

When the season changes, again depending on what part of the world you are in, you need to change your wardrobe and that enhances the lives of many people up and down the food chain, be it cotton pickers, leather tanners, designers or shop owners.

Look back on the seasons you have been through this year. Were you at any time being prepared for use in any way or manner. Did you recognise when the preparation was taking place or did you spend all the time moaning and complaining, totally oblivious to the workings of Almighty?

There is also what is called a season of response. A time when we need to respond to the seasoning of the seasons in our lives. A quick story here….. I am sure you have been waiting for the story. There was once a young boy who got up to no good with all the girls in town. Tsk tsk tsk not good at all. However, he got arrested by PP and completely turned his life around. (this happens when Prince of Peace enters your life).

That season of philandering was just a seasoning preparing him. The time when PP came into his life and turned it around and he accepted was a season of response. If he had not responded positively, he would have missed this season of response. His life is now impacting young men so they don’t walk the philandering road.

I am not going to take up too much of your time today. Some key questions. Are your seasons enhancing flavour, actually adding flavour or preparing you for……… (fill in the gap)

Also, how long have you been in this season? Have you missed the season of response? If you miss a season of response, does that mean I lose out completely?

I have good news! You don’t completely lose out, it may just take you longer to get to your destination. Also, there is the possibility that you have missed the season of response as sometimes the season goes on for quite a while and it may seem to the undiscerning that one has missed the season of response.

Coming back to the fact that we will be entering the last three months of this year. Be discerning and end the year with a bang. Have fun also. Don’t let the seasons make you ill, no matter what it throws at you. What does not kill is supposed to make you stronger. Again without repeating myself too often, it is either enhancing your life, adding flavour to your life or preparing you for what is next.

By the way, if the season you are being prepared for is something great it may go on for longer than seems reasonable. Be patient and do the time, great things are around the corner

Also if you are not learning your lessons quickly I am sure you know that the season may take some time. By the way, if you realise your season is not doing any of the above go back to the drawing board or should I say go back to Almighty.

I promised the post would be short and I hope it has been sweet.

 

 

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The Parting

‘Parting, Separation & Renewal’

Once upon a time….”, don’t you just love stories? Well being African (and I am not using Africa here as though I was talking about a country seeing as it is a continent). Being African, I like story telling because that is how we pass on history and information. I have discovered that many people also like story telling. In The Manual for Living, PP also used a lot of stories to convey and drive home His points. (if you don’t know who PP is, stop and read the blog post “Doing Peace”),

Today’s, story, as with most of my stories, is true and apparently, there is a historical account of it. There was once a large family that became slaves by a wicked king. In slavery, as is usual, the family grew in numbers and became very large and quite intimidating. Almighty then sent a super hero called M to rescue them from slavery. Many things happened and eventually, M got them out of the grasp of the wicked King. Almighty then led them to the edge of a large ocean called the Red sea.

There was no way out. To thicken the plot, the wicked king felt he had been hoodwinked into letting them go and he gave chase with chariots horses and warriors.(Talk about using a sledgehammer to kill an ant.) When the slaves looked back, they could see the chariots chasing after them. With the sea in front of them and the chariots behind them, it seemed like imminent death.

Parting is the action of dividing something into parts. It is also the action of leaving or being separated from something or someone. Many things cause divisions and many more things make us separate from people or things. I think it is clear that the cause of partings and separations are usually not very nice things (from the perspective of the person doing the separation). Most people will not willingly separate from something they think is working except if it is to go to the next level in which case that is promotion not separation, like children getting married. The next level may not always be clearly better but it is working towards better and eventually best.

At the edge of the Red Sea, when the slaves could see the chariots, they must have been paralyzed. Many become paralyzed by fear when it is time to separate from that thing, that job, that man/ woman, that church, those friends, that toxic family member because they cannot see what next. Such people may eventually die from the paralysis, not being able to move, they stay in the same spot until they are mown down by other people who see the opportunity or they atrophy.

 

I can assure you that many of them did not want to leave slavery. After all, this is what they have always known and who knows, there may not be anything out there that is actually any better. Some of them have learned to curry favor with the masters one way or the other so why possibly ruin a good thing.

I honestly just want you to have a good read when you read my articles not always trying to tell you what to do? However, I think this needs contemplation. Are you just going through the motions? A move or a separation is not for all of us. The likelihood is higher that you are not one of the people just going through the motions but please take a few minutes to think about it and be sure.

In our story, Almighty parted the Red Sea just before the enemy got to them. Apparently, the historical account states that some of the people were neck deep in the sea before it parted because they were so sure Almighty was going to make a way. Not only did Almighty part the sea and they walked through on dry land, but the pursuing chariots and soldiers died in the sea because Almighty made the waters come back together again after His people went through.

The parting can be seen on many levels. First, it was a parting that made a road through the water. The impossible happened. People have been fired from their jobs only for them find to find dream jobs or set up amazing businesses, as a result of what they would call trauma.

The parting separated those with a future (going somewhere) from those not going anywhere. There are times Almighty separates us from some people or things because the path of our destiny does not go down that way or the same way. Don’t fight it, embrace it and move on.

The parting can be seen as being separated from torment, bondage, a lack of fulfillment, a ‘groundhog day’ type life.

This parting can be seen as creativity, innovation. Almighty is always ready to part the Red Sea of our situations and indeed He does but sometimes we are so busy expecting Him to sort out things in one way and we miss the creative way He has opened up.

How were they so sure Almighty would come through for them? Experience had taught them that He always does what He says He would do. Most of them came to the Red Sea with a determination even though the actual parting must have been very scary. Walking through must have been even scarier if there is such a word. They were determined and did it scared. They had a deep desire to get away so what are you scared of doing that will propel you forward do it scared………. please.

They also walked through because quite frankly they did not have many options. Indeed they were out of options. With nowhere else to turn, move forward. This is what I call separation. Until you embrace the parting, you are not separated. In some situations, there has been a physical parting but no separation in the mind.

When you move forward, do it with body, spirit and soul not just body. The end of this story was that those who moved body, spirit and soul, made it to the destination, those who did not, died during the journey.

One of the things that helped them was a good leader. Who is leading you and who are you leading? Actually, even though this is a very valid question, the more important question is to find out how you are leading yourself.

Renewing your mind is the leading of yourself I am talking about here. I was listening to a cognitive neuroscientist talking about hurts and apparently, sometimes, mere words make holes in our brains and cause trauma and eventual chronic ailments over time because we allow it. All this can apparently be avoided by the renewing of our minds. That is making our minds new. Our minds are our emotions and learned behavior, which affects our brains.

So you have been parted from that thing. We can only separate from it by the renewing our mind. Today ask yourself what you should separate from. Almighty will make a way, so don’t get paralyzed because you don’t know how this will happen.

For many of us, what we need separation from is only in our minds. Renewing your mind by understanding that you are made perfect, is the first step. Thanking Almighty, praising Him will open your eyes to what next. Doing it diligently and making it a lifestyle will take you to the promised land.

So, for example, let us take body image. I was speaking to a man recently who was unhappy at his big tummy. In that situation what are the parting and the separation and renewing of the mind all about. The realization and decision that something needs to be done is the parting. Just wishing the big tummy away will not solve any issues.

Full Parting comes when he begins to tear himself away from those things that cause the big tummy, eating the wrong thing, inactivity, poor sleeping patterns, drinking alcohol… to name a few.

Separation comes when he embraces the need for parting and does not look back but forges ahead in the new direction trusting Almighty to help him.

The renewal comes when he makes the new direction a lifestyle by sticking with the program because he fully understands that at the end of the day it will lead to a best him. When he understands and embraces the knowledge that self-sabotage will only lead him back into slavery or even death, he will succeed in a new him.

Ehmmm, he needs to formally meet and enlist the help of Almighty in order to go down a path of redemption where there seems to be no way.

This system can be used for emotional, financial, relationship, career etc issues

I hope this has not been gloomy but exciting. The very end of the story is that for those who made it to the end of the journey into the new land, the rewards were enormous.I  trust this will prompt you to search for what you need to part from and help you on your journey to the promised land. Or it may just have been a good read to pass on.

I wrote this piece two months ago but just polished and posted now. I for sure need to part with some things.

 

 

 

 

The Parting

‘Parting, Separation & Renewal’

Once upon a time….”, don’t you just love stories? Well being African (and I am not using Africa here as though I was talking about a country seeing as it is a continent). Being African, I like story telling because that is how we pass on history and information. I have discovered that many people also like story telling. In The Manual for Living, PP also used a lot of stories to convey and drive home His points. (if you don’t know who PP is, stop and read the blog post “Doing Peace”),

Today’s, story, as with most of my stories, is true and apparently, there is a historical account of it. There was once a large family that became slaves by a wicked king. In slavery, as is usual, the family grew in numbers and became very large and quite intimidating. Almighty then sent a super hero called M to rescue them from slavery. Many things happened and eventually, M got them out of the grasp of the wicked King. Almighty then led them to the edge of a large ocean called the Red sea.

There was no way out. To thicken the plot, the wicked king felt he had been hoodwinked into letting them go and he gave chase with chariots horses and warriors.(Talk about using a sledgehammer to kill an ant.) When the slaves looked back, they could see the chariots chasing after them. With the sea in front of them and the chariots behind them, it seemed like imminent death.

Parting is the action of dividing something into parts. It is also the action of leaving or being separated from something or someone. Many things cause divisions and many more things make us separate from people or things. I think it is clear that the cause of partings and separations are usually not very nice things (from the perspective of the person doing the separation). Most people will not willingly separate from something they think is working except if it is to go to the next level in which case that is promotion not separation, like children getting married. The next level may not always be clearly better but it is working towards better and eventually best.

At the edge of the Red Sea, when the slaves could see the chariots, they must have been paralyzed. Many become paralyzed by fear when it is time to separate from that thing, that job, that man/ woman, that church, those friends, that toxic family member because they cannot see what next. Such people may eventually die from the paralysis, not being able to move, they stay in the same spot until they are mown down by other people who see the opportunity or they atrophy.

 

I can assure you that many of them did not want to leave slavery. After all, this is what they have always known and who knows, there may not be anything out there that is actually any better. Some of them have learned to curry favor with the masters one way or the other so why possibly ruin a good thing.

I honestly just want you to have a good read when you read my articles not always trying to tell you what to do? However, I think this needs contemplation. Are you just going through the motions? A move or a separation is not for all of us. The likelihood is higher that you are not one of the people just going through the motions but please take a few minutes to think about it and be sure.

In our story, Almighty parted the Red Sea just before the enemy got to them. Apparently, the historical account states that some of the people were neck deep in the sea before it parted because they were so sure Almighty was going to make a way. Not only did Almighty part the sea and they walked through on dry land, but the pursuing chariots and soldiers died in the sea because Almighty made the waters come back together again after His people went through.

The parting can be seen on many levels. First, it was a parting that made a road through the water. The impossible happened. People have been fired from their jobs only for them find to find dream jobs or set up amazing businesses, as a result of what they would call trauma.

The parting separated those with a future (going somewhere) from those not going anywhere. There are times Almighty separates us from some people or things because the path of our destiny does not go down that way or the same way. Don’t fight it, embrace it and move on.

The parting can be seen as being separated from torment, bondage, a lack of fulfillment, a ‘groundhog day’ type life.

This parting can be seen as creativity, innovation. Almighty is always ready to part the Red Sea of our situations and indeed He does but sometimes we are so busy expecting Him to sort out things in one way and we miss the creative way He has opened up.

How were they so sure Almighty would come through for them? Experience had taught them that He always does what He says He would do. Most of them came to the Red Sea with a determination even though the actual parting must have been very scary. Walking through must have been even scarier if there is such a word. They were determined and did it scared. They had a deep desire to get away so what are you scared of doing that will propel you forward do it scared………. please.

They also walked through because quite frankly they did not have many options. Indeed they were out of options. With nowhere else to turn, move forward. This is what I call separation. Until you embrace the parting, you are not separated. In some situations, there has been a physical parting but no separation in the mind.

When you move forward, do it with body, spirit and soul not just body. The end of this story was that those who moved body, spirit and soul, made it to the destination, those who did not, died during the journey.

One of the things that helped them was a good leader. Who is leading you and who are you leading? Actually, even though this is a very valid question, the more important question is to find out how you are leading yourself.

Renewing your mind is the leading of yourself I am talking about here. I was listening to a cognitive neuroscientist talking about hurts and apparently, sometimes, mere words make holes in our brains and cause trauma and eventual chronic ailments over time because we allow it. All this can apparently be avoided by the renewing of our minds. That is making our minds new. Our minds are our emotions and learned behavior, which affects our brains.

So you have been parted from that thing. We can only separate from it by the renewing our mind. Today ask yourself what you should separate from. Almighty will make a way, so don’t get paralyzed because you don’t know how this will happen.

For many of us, what we need separation from is only in our minds. Renewing your mind by understanding that you are made perfect, is the first step. Thanking Almighty, praising Him will open your eyes to what next. Doing it diligently and making it a lifestyle will take you to the promised land.

So, for example, let us take body image. I was speaking to a man recently who was unhappy at his big tummy. In that situation what are the parting and the separation and renewing of the mind all about. The realization and decision that something needs to be done is the parting. Just wishing the big tummy away will not solve any issues.

Full Parting comes when he begins to tear himself away from those things that cause the big tummy, eating the wrong thing, inactivity, poor sleeping patterns, drinking alcohol… to name a few.

Separation comes when he embraces the need for parting and does not look back but forges ahead in the new direction trusting Almighty to help him.

The renewal comes when he makes the new direction a lifestyle by sticking with the program because he fully understands that at the end of the day it will lead to a best him. When he understands and embraces the knowledge that self-sabotage will only lead him back into slavery or even death, he will succeed in a new him.

Ehmmm, he needs to formally meet and enlist the help of Almighty in order to go down a path of redemption where there seems to be no way.

This system can be used for emotional, financial, relationship, career etc issues

I hope this has not been gloomy but exciting. The very end of the story is that for those who made it to the end of the journey into the new land, the rewards were enormous.I  trust this will prompt you to search for what you need to part from and help you on your journey to the promised land. Or it may just have been a good read to pass on.

I wrote this piece two months ago but just polished and posted now. I for sure need to part with some things.

 

 

 

 

Of times, seasons and Punctuation Marks

Language was first only spoken before it became written. Initially the spoken word was the most powerful, and when text was written, it was without spacing or punctuation marks. Besides the miscommunication this would have empowered , it must have been extremely infuriating to say the least.

Apparently we have a man called Aristophanes to thank because he created a system where people could add dots to lines of text to signify pauses.Without the comma, sentence parts can collide into one another unexpectedly causing all kinds of mis-readings and miscommunication. The semicolon is used between independent clauses not joined with a coordinating conjunction. Not to repeat myself, it must have been a real nuisance trying to understand what was being communicated.

So we all agree what a total mess written communication would be without punctuation. Let us equate communication to human life. In life there are many starts and stops, pauses, brackets and inverted commas etc. So for example a young girl falls pregnant and her midwife mother aborts the baby by giving her some medication that would expel the foetus. The foetus is expelled and left in a cupboard in a bucket of brine to die.

The punctuation here depends on which angle you are watching this drama unfold from and which player you are. Is it a full stop, a pause or an exclamation mark?

It was a full stop for the mid-wife mother of the young girl and even for the young girl. That baby’s life was terminated and that was that about that, the end as far as they were both concerned.

For the foetus however, it was just a pause because believe it or not, some other nurses looked in the cupboard and realized that the foetus in the bucket of brine had not died. More about her later.

As for these nurses, it must have been an exclamation mark. This was just a momentary stop in proceedings ( a shocking one, surely). They did not have the luxury of it being a long break in transmission because (no pun intended ) it was a matter of life and death.

There were many things they had to juggle in the minute. What would they do to keep the foetus alive? What if it survived and was brain damaged or what if they kept it and it died in their care? Would they be charged with murder? If it survived and was even normal, would they have to personally keep it or could they give it up? If they gave it up, what if it went to a cruel family, that had ulterior motives for wanting to keep the baby. Etcetera, etcetera .

These nurses did not deliberate too long. They did not allow themselves to be paralysed by the analysis. Anything could happen, even the sky could fall in, they took the next logical step. The next step that was critical to all the other possibilities. Sufficient is the trouble of today. They did not need to pass out because of the possible trouble of tomorrow (which may never come).

As for the baby, unknown to her at the time, her puntuation was a comma. ( A pause, a momentary break in transmission).To the world, if it was a movie it would have been a long pause (with ominous and /or eerie background music). It was however not a long pause and really did not need ominous or eerie music). She however needed help to go from one comma to the next punctuation mark.

What do you think? I think the most important person in this drama (which is true life story) is the foetus who grew to become a delightful, well adjusted, amazing woman. She was totally shocked when she was 16years old and found out she was adopted. When she heard her story, she was absolutely blown away. Guess what she does today? You guessed right. She is an anti -abortionist activist.

She tried to contact her birth mother but could not because she traced her mum to her grandparents who did not want to have anything to do with her even after all those years later. They also did not want her mother to have anything to do with her and ensured that she and the idea of her remained a complete and total full stop. What a sad pair.

In this case who lost? Obviously the parents and grandparents. Why? Well she has grown into a great woman and logic says it would have been wonderful to be related to such a woman. However, however, however, in many situations, what you don’t know you have lost may not really have any earth shattering effect on you which is why the adage says “don’t cry over spilt milk”.

Let me break it down. If you know you have lost something and know you are never finding it, don’t trouble yourself as to what life would have been like with it. Just move on. I know many people have lost a lot of money on … say the stock market. Every time they need money after that point they will wallow in deep depression wondering what may have been if they did not lose the money. It is lost. Move on until something else comes. Sometimes when we think there is a full stop we must realize that a new sentence can start immediately after. so the story is not over (at least not until the fat lady sings)

That sort of wondering never ever did anybody any good but definitely has done a lot of evil. A pity party only has loneliness, depression, possible suicide as its guests.

Punctuation marks to written communication is like times and seasons in our lives. What a tragedy it would be if all the years and all our lives rolled in and out endlessly without any demarcations (punctuations). The important thing is to know when the season is a comma, semi-colon, bracket, full stop or the beginning of another sentence.

What did this foetus need, destiny helpers who ensured it lived, more destiny helpers who adopted it, another destiny helper who blurted out her story in anger and her determination to make her life count for something. The realization that her pause was a comma and not a full stop must have been exhilarating.

At what punctuation mark are you right now in your life. What help do you need and who is helping you. Almighty, (remember the maker of heaven and earth), has placed people at strategic places to help your destiny. Do you recognize them? The Manual for living says there is a time and season for everything under the sun Be sure to recognize your season, time or punctuation mark. You don’t want to wear winter clothes in the summer and vice versa. In the manual for living. there was a group of people who were famous for their being able to discern the times and seasons-the sons of Issachar.

I have not written a blog post since February. Oh! I could tell you a hundred and one reasons why not and all of them would be valid. A shout out to Mobs who asked after my writing and did not seem very impressed with any of my reasons (excuses). She is a destiny helper even though she does not know it. Her simple question has resulted in this post.

Just to finish, I was talking to a teenager who was feeling pressured by her classmates to go out with a boy in her class. I explained about life punctuation/ times and seasons to her. Teenagers should really just have friends, study, play sports and generally enjoy themselves. If they start having relationships (even if you can call it that) with the opposite gender, because they are not fully equipped mentally and emotionally, the situation may get out of hands and lead to something unwanted like a teenage pregnancy or in the very least a (broken heart). We all know this is not the end of the world neither is it a final full stop but it may be a long pause and a different paragraph instead of a short pause.

At the end of this month I get my full health coaching certification after a whole year of intensive learning. My question therefore is this, do you know where you are punctuation wise, spiritually, physically, financially, career wise, health and weight wise and finally relationship wise? Are you even measuring this. In consulting we usually say  ‘what you don’t measure you cannot manage’. If you don’t know where you are , how will you know when you are on a comma or full stop or when you have arrived at your destination?

Do you have mentors (or are you mentoring) in all these areas? People who Almighty has sent your way to help you get to your goal.

As we enter the second half of the year take a pulse of your time and season. What punctuation are you at. The manual reminds us that to everything under the sun, there is a time and a season.

Enjoy what you can from the season you are currently in, plan to move to the next season if you can (some people can’t do much until Almighty moves them).Learn from this season and take it easy because it is not by power or might but by the spirit of Almighty.

Are you tired of all the noise out there telling you what you should be doing? Do you wish they would all just keep quiet and let you think? I totally relate. You don’t have to do anything about what I have said. Thank Almighty though for the lady who should have died in the bucket of brine and marvel at the great works of Almighty.

FAITH 2

(This is a continuation of Faith 1 from last week)

Finally, the deed was done and even sooner than she expected, she was well. The smell went, the flow stopped, the dizziness seized, all weakness left. Overjoyed she wanted to melt away unobserved, only for the Jesus to stop even in the midst of the crowd asking for who had touched Him.

Finally, the deed was done and even sooner than she expected, she was well. The smell went, the flow stopped, the dizziness seized, all weakness left. Overjoyed she wanted to melt away unobserved, only for the Jesus to stop even in the midst of the crowd asking for who had touched Him.

Twelve years of hiding had made her want to melt away, but Jesus’s insistence and her complete healing gave her a further boldness to come out and confess that she was the culprit.

Jesus looked at her and told her that her faith had made her whole, which is the highest form of healing. It means that she was now like someone who had never been ill. Everything would be restored to her, including her finances (she went on to write a book and make a film about her life).

The most important part of this story for me is that Jesus did not say His almightiness made her whole or His divine nature made her whole. It was her faith.

There two definitions of faith we will look at. One is the dictionary faith which is belief and trust in and loyalty to God. It further goes on to say the firm belief in a thing even in the absence of proof. Complete confidence.

The bible says Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Substance, is the tangible matter of which something is made of. Therefore faith is the tangible matter of which something you have never seen is made of.

So for example, you have faith that when you start a new job, you will be paid at the end of the month even though you have not worked there before. When you get on the plane you believe that you will land safely at your destination even though you don’t know who is flying the plane or the state of maintenance the aircraft is in. When you go and eat out you are confident to have not eaten poison and so what you have eaten will not harm you.

Those who follow Jesus should have faith that He will do all He says He will do in the manual for living that He left for us.

The fact that BIL believed and trusted she would get her healing through Jesus was what made her get her healing. Please don’t quote me on this. Could this be the reason why some people get their healing and some people don’t? It may be in some situations.

The Manual for Living tells us that if our faith was the size of a mustard seed (apparently, this is a really tiny seed), it is enough for us to move a mountain. I have written before about being a mountain mover. I am sure you can remember.

This is the beginning of yet another year. The years seem to come by so quickly. There are circumstances and issues we have lived with for years and years and we believe that is the way it will always be. Have some faith, this is the year to be whole.

Change may not come with a billboard saying “I am change”, and it may not just drop in your lap. You will find it when you go looking for it. Usually, when you are tired of where you are, truly tired.

When you search and do your investigations don’t take too long to zero in on a course of action. Try not to ask too many people’s opinions because they will all give you their own take on it, which may not be the right take. Don’t be swayed by too many doctrines.

Of course, it is clear that Almighty was in on the deal from the very beginning. How come BIL spotted Mary in the doctor’s clinic when she was dying and still recognised her when she had been healed. From before the beginning of time, Almighty knew there would be a purpose for this story to be told just as I am telling it. The purpose is among many other, to help someone reading to have faith or increase in faith. I hope you catch my drift without my saying so much.

BIL set her goal and made sure it was a smart goal. She drew up a project plan and followed it despite many obstacles. I am sure in her biography BIL wrote how so many of the obstacles turned out not to be obstacles after all but stepping stones.

Is this the first goal BIL will set concerning this issue she? Most definitely not! The story I read stated that she had done all kinds of things and visited many different doctors in the quest of finding a cure. She had exercised faith in the past and even when things did not work out as she hoped, she did not lose her faith.

This is an aside, faith is like trust. We have trust in something and then that thing fails us. I once spoke to someone who put it so well. He said, ” hey if Trust fails you build it again”. If we all abandoned where trust has been broken and refuse to build trust up again, what a tedious life it would be. A life without trust? Things don’t always happen the way we plan or want but we cannot throw in the towel every time something does not work.

Again a little irrelevant here but it may help someone. A lady once described getting a divorce because your spouse cheated on you, as going out to give the person who threw a stone that broke your kitchen window the key and ownership to your house then storming off never to return. My own thoughts! Maybe what you should do is fix the broken window with reinforced glass so it is not easily broken in future.

At the time BIL did not know Jesus was Almighty’s son, (even though we know now when we read the story) and we have no record that Jesus knew her. However, when BIL encountered Jesus, He accepted her even though she only came to Him because she needed something. (By the way, this story is in the Manual for living)

This story is a true story and Jesus is still alive today, healing the sick and preparing a place for us with Almighty. He has all the answers to all problems if we will only ask Him. If you surrender your life to Him, will you still have some problems? Probably, but He will be right there to show you out of those problems. In fact, the Manual for Living says there are many problems that man has, but Jesus delivers him from every single one.

If Jesus was ready to do what He did for BIL who He did not Know at the time He will do the same for you if you surrender to Him now. He does not care if you are only coming to Him because you need something. He is not a human being and does not judge why you want to be friends with Him.

Invite Him in to be your friend and believe that He has come in, then see how He will transform your life.

Do you already have a relationship with Him, go for it, your faith will make you whole.

I hope you have enjoyed reading but more importantly that you have let the post minister to you.

 

 

 

Faith 1

There was once a lady very many years ago who had been very ill for twelve years or thereabout. Her illness was not only physical, it was also psychological and most especially social.

Her condition was blood-related. She was bleeding non-stop at a time and in a society that did not allow women who were bleeding to mingle with people whether in public or not.

The fact that the ailment was blood-related made her very weak as her blood count was low. She was disorientated, nauseous from time to time. She was dizzy and passed out from time to time, which meant that she could not go out, even if her ailment did not make it taboo for her to mingle.

She had initially been a very wealthy woman but in the past twelve years, she had depleted her wealth in seeing doctors and other healthcare providers (both mainstream and homoeopathic). She was not in the frame of mind to make more wealth even if she could delegate the business to others.

Indeed she had delegated some aspects of her business and she had been duped many times.

Her family members had abandoned her because she had become a nuisance. They loved her but practical living made it impossible to consider her anything but a nuisance. The extended family never really knew her but tolerated her because, in the days when she had money, she was generous. However, now that she did not have money and was not of much use. They abandoned her.

Some family members and some friends initially helped her run errands but all melted away as the illness persisted.

She could not go to any house of worship because her condition meant she could not mingle. She could not keep her ailment a secret because her not being able to mingle led people to find out what her problem was. No religious ministers could come to her home to minister to her because if she could not come to them, they could not come to her. I hope you catch my drift? She was caught in a catch 22 situation.

Even her servants and workers had deserted her not only because of the social stigma and also not only because she could no longer afford their services but also because there was a terrible smell around her. At the time it was difficult to have that kind of ailment and not smell.

Whichever way you sliced it she was a very, unhappy, confused, distraught, financially poor woman, to use a few adjectives. She had tried what she considered to be everything. She had contemplated suicide many times but something always stopped her at the last minute.

She, however, saw Mary, who she had last seen at a doctor’s clinic a couple of years earlier. Mary had been very ill and had been sent home to die as the doctors felt she was at an advanced stage of an incurable illness.

When our lady saw Mary (let’s call our lady –blood issues lady-BIL), she surreptitiously followed her in order to find out what had happened to her to transform her life. How had she been healed? Mary noticed BIL following her and motioned to her to meet her behind a dumpster, as they could not be seen chatting together openly.

Mary then told the story of a man who could heal all manner of ailments in different ways. Mary said He had healed her instantly by merely telling the ailment to leave her body and the ailment obeyed.

Mary told her many different instances that this man she called Jesus had healed different people with different types and stages of illness. Mary said she followed Jesus around now because not only does He heal, He also taught and His teachings brought life changing illumination.

While Mary was talking something was building up in BIL and she became convinced that this was the solution she had been waiting for. She was not sure exactly what was going to happen but she knew this was her chance to be healed and turn her situation completely around.

BIL was ready to meet this man but immediately thought of various challenges that could stop her. The anti-social nature of her ailment for one. Another thought was the finances to get her to the gathering. What about the clothes to wear? Could she just walk up to this man? How would she bypass his protocol team?

BIL knew of many men, who said they were men of God, who did not even really heal people but they were great orators. They had such big security and protocol teams that even people without a social stigma could not get close to them let alone someone like her. There were countless reasons why BIL should not bother, however she had completely run out of options and had to believe this would work

Mary told her when Jesus was going to be at another gathering and invited her to attend. BIL made up her mind to attend, she was convinced by the evidence (even though it was not much of an evidence, the story of one person. Many could argue that it was the medication Mary was taking at the time that did the job).

BIL planned to go, did not discuss it with anybody, because she did not want to be convinced to do what she knew she needed to do. She knew she had to defy all the odds. She set her goal, which was specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

On the appointed day she stealthily left home to her appointment with destiny. While she had been ill, she had acquired many skills that she did not really know how they would come in useful to her. For example, she had acquired the skill of stealth, (because she could not go anywhere openly) which was now standing her in good stead to change her life for the best.

The appointed day dawned like any other day but she had completely convinced herself that this was the day. In the time between her meeting with Mary and now she had found out as much as she could in her situation about this man Jesus. Your day of change will dawn like any other day.

BIL realised that her desire to be healed far outweighed her initial worries about the possibility of not being able to get close to Jesus. BIL had spent all her time trying to find out more information about Jesus. She completely focused on Him and even though her investigations came up with some negative things they were mostly positive things. Having weighed everything she came up with her final decision to go for it.

When she came out to attend the event she was a little anxious but tired of her current state. As she got nearer she got more confident especially as she saw a crowd around Jesus. She was convinced she could do her deed of touching his clothes without being seen.

In all her investigations and her finding, she concluded that all she needed to do the deed, was to touch the hem of His robe.

BIL threw all caution to the wind and moved close in all the scrambling, she did not care what would come of her at that point. She was going to touch the hem of His robe that day, even if that was the last thing she was going to do as a free person.

Faith 2 will follow shortly.I know you have a lot to do and I don’t want you reading such a long piece. Have a good week.

FAITH 1

There was once a lady very many years ago who had been very ill for twelve years or thereabout. Her illness was not only physical, it was also psychological and most especially social.

Her condition was blood-related. She was bleeding non-stop at a time and in a society that did not allow women who were bleeding to mingle with people whether in public or not.

The fact that the ailment was blood-related made her very weak as her blood count was low. She was disorientated, nauseous from time to time. She was dizzy and passed out from time to time, which meant that she could not go out, even if her ailment did not make it taboo for her to mingle.

She had initially been a very wealthy woman but in the past twelve years, she had depleted her wealth in seeing doctors and other healthcare providers (both mainstream and homoeopathic). She was not in the frame of mind to make more wealth even if she could delegate the business to others.

Indeed she had delegated some aspects of her business and she had been duped many times.

Her family members had abandoned her because she had become a nuisance. They loved her but practical living made it impossible to consider her anything but a nuisance. The extended family never really knew her but tolerated her because, in the days when she had money, she was generous. However, now that she did not have money and was not of much use. They abandoned her.

Some family members and some friends initially helped her run errands but all melted away as the illness persisted.

She could not go to any house of worship because her condition meant she could not mingle. She could not keep her ailment a secret because her not being able to mingle led people to find out what her problem was. No religious ministers could come to her home to minister to her because if she could not come to them, they could not come to her. I hope you catch my drift? She was caught in a catch 22 situation.

Even her servants and workers had deserted her not only because of the social stigma and also not only because she could no longer afford their services but also because there was a terrible smell around her. At the time it was difficult to have that kind of ailment and not smell.

Whichever way you sliced it she was a very, unhappy, confused, distraught, financially poor woman, to use a few adjectives. She had tried what she considered to be everything. She had contemplated suicide many times but something always stopped her at the last minute.

She, however, saw Mary, who she had last seen at a doctor’s clinic a couple of years earlier. Mary had been very ill and had been sent home to die as the doctors felt she was at an advanced stage of an incurable illness.

When our lady saw Mary (let’s call our lady –blood issues lady-BIL), she surreptitiously followed her in order to find out what had happened to her to transform her life. How had she been healed? Mary noticed BIL following her and motioned to her to meet her behind a dumpster, as they could not be seen chatting together openly.

Mary then told the story of a man who could heal all manner of ailments in different ways. Mary said He had healed her instantly by merely telling the ailment to leave her body and the ailment obeyed.

Mary told her many different instances that this man she called Jesus had healed different people with different types and stages of illness. Mary said she followed Jesus around now because not only does He heal, He also taught and His teachings brought life changing illumination.

While Mary was talking something was building up in BIL and she became convinced that this was the solution she had been waiting for. She was not sure exactly what was going to happen but she knew this was her chance to be healed and turn her situation completely around.

BIL was ready to meet this man but immediately thought of various challenges that could stop her. The anti-social nature of her ailment for one. Another thought was the finances to get her to the gathering. What about the clothes to wear? Could she just walk up to this man? How would she bypass his protocol team?

BIL knew of many men, who said they were men of God, who did not even really heal people but they were great orators. They had such big security and protocol teams that even people without a social stigma could not get close to them let alone someone like her. There were countless reasons why BIL should not bother, however she had completely run out of options and had to believe this would work

Mary told her when Jesus was going to be at another gathering and invited her to attend. BIL made up her mind to attend, she was convinced by the evidence (even though it was not much of an evidence, the story of one person. Many could argue that it was the medication Mary was taking at the time that did the job).

BIL planned to go, did not discuss it with anybody, because she did not want to be convinced to do what she knew she needed to do. She knew she had to defy all the odds. She set her goal, which was specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

On the appointed day she stealthily left home to her appointment with destiny. While she had been ill, she had acquired many skills that she did not really know how they would come in useful to her. For example, she had acquired the skill of stealth, (because she could not go anywhere openly) which was now standing her in good stead to change her life for the best.

The appointed day dawned like any other day but she had completely convinced herself that this was the day. In the time between her meeting with Mary and now she had found out as much as she could in her situation about this man Jesus. Your day of change will dawn like any other day.

BIL realised that her desire to be healed far outweighed her initial worries about the possibility of not being able to get close to Jesus. BIL had spent all her time trying to find out more information about Jesus. She completely focused on Him and even though her investigations came up with some negative things they were mostly positive things. Having weighed everything she came up with her final decision to go for it.

When she came out to attend the event she was a little anxious but tired of her current state. As she got nearer she got more confident especially as she saw a crowd around Jesus. She was convinced she could do her deed of touching his clothes without being seen.

In all her investigations and her finding, she concluded that all she needed to do the deed, was to touch the hem of His robe.

BIL threw all caution to the wind and moved close in all the scrambling, she did not care what would come of her at that point. She was going to touch the hem of His robe that day, even if that was the last thing she was going to do as a free person.

Faith @ will follow shortly.i know you have a lot to do and i don’t want you reading such a long piece. Have a good week.

 

 

 

 

Drip, drip,drip…….

When you hear drip, drip, many things come to mind, some positive and some negative, depending on where you are standing. The definition of ‘drip’ is a small drop of a liquid. I would say a tiny drop of liquid which in many cases goes unnoticed.

A drop of water can do so much good and so much harm. There is the saying that it is tiny drops of water that make a mighty ocean. Rain is actually many tiny drops of water and we can all see that without rain, food will not grow and we will all starve to death. This is putting it mildly because, in some areas where rainfall is scarce,  the people are not starving to death immediately. They are living a hungry, malnourished, wretched life.

However, even in such areas ,a good irrigation system can be installed whereby again with drip, drip ,barren land can be turned into fertile and productive land.

Rainfall which is drip by drip by drip can cause floods that can wipe out towns with it’s people and property.

In reality, it is drops of water that  made the mighty ocean even though it has taken hundreds of years. Drops of water also make bath water which washes us clean as often as we bath. The sound of drops can be ignored but when it is incessant it can be an irritation or even torture.

I understand that there is a form of Chinese torture that is drops of water to the centre of the head of the person being tortured which can drive the person insane or even kill them.

If you do not properly close a tap, the constant dripping can ruin the container underneath it, whether it is a sink or a bucket. This dripping can also empty a reservoir.

I guess at this point we can all agree that drops going drip, drip can become catastrophic in some instances and life-saving in other instances.

Looking at this in terms of other life issues is amazing what you can do with just a little a day. Take writing a book. many people have books in them but have not written them because they say they don’t have time. However, thirty minutes of writing every day can produce a book in next to no time depending on the length of the book. Even if it takes ten years to write (and it will not take that long), eventually you would have a book.

I am sure you have heard the joke about how to eat an elephant. It is one bite at a time. Someone who has a book to write is reading this blog. The thought of writing the book scares you and indeed you have written an outline which is pretty easy to follow but life has happened and you just think the book will have to wait. Remember drip, drip. How do you write a book? A word at a time.

There was an advert in Atlanta once when I was there for a few weeks. There was a teenage boy who got ratted out by his baby sister about the fact that he had broken up with his girlfriend because she would not quit smoking. His mother was over the moon because she had been telling him the ills of smoking and he had been acting as though he could not hear her let alone understand what she was saying. The conclusion of the advert is that we should keep talking to our children and even though they look like they can’t hear us they are actually listening.

The manual says we should train up our children so that when they leave home they will not depart from His way. Some people do not do this training well enough at the time, possibly from pressures of work or otherwise but please remember drip ,drip. To start off with, if you still have your children at home with you, be comforted that a little you say here and there is actually going to be sufficient. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t think you are doing very much. It does not take too much. Don’t be oppressed by what you see others openly doing. Get a system and follow it.

Many times we get intimidated by the speed at which some other people are going.

I am sitting waiting for my daughter who is learning to play the guitar. There are some mums here who know the guitar books cover to cover. Needless to say , I don’t ,but I am being diligent by making sure my daughter practices every day and I bring her to her class weekly. I am not going to be intimidated by the prowess and knowledge of these other mums who are currently negotiating more extra lessons for seven-year-olds.

Please don’t get me wrong , there is nothing wrong with them but there is nothing wrong with m as well. Drip, drip to them and that is that about that.

Even if your children are big and they have left home, you can still continue talking to them drip, drip and as long as you are consistent, it will be alright. Of course, the corollary is also true. If you are telling them rubbish it will also be effective negatively.

There are some of you who need to take some classes but you don’t think you have the time. Drip, drip. Please start. Instead of doing a full-time course, you may want to consider doing part-time classes, which will possibly help you to fit the course into your current schedule.

I am not saying it will be completely easy, but it will be a start and drip, drip, you will be surprised when it is over.

There are some people who feel they don’t have money and they can’t save because they just don’t have enough. Also, such people don’t give out money or anything because they feel thy don’t have enough. How does drip, drip impact on this. Start with saving a little , no matter how little. Hmmm I need to take this advice myself. You will be surprised how much it quickly accumulates.

When it comes to generosity drip, drip works as well. My mother died many years ago. A few years before she died, I decided to give her, what seemed to me to be a really tiny amount of money because at the time I did not have a job and I felt I was just down right poor. Obviously this was not completely the case.

I, however, determined to give her a pittance every month. That excited her no end. She spent it on tangible things that I did not even think the money could buy. When she passed on I was grateful that I had started giving her something even when I did not have much. She did not live to see me become able to afford much more but she did not have to. I already did well by her. By the way she did not in any way need my pittance.

Remember a gift always makes a way for you. Many people don’t give gifts to people they consider have more money or stuff than them. Remember the more you give, Almighty tells us, the more you receive. This is a universal law, like gravity. Whether you believe it or not , it is the truth.

How does drip, drip work with weight adjustment whether to increase or decrease? Don’t try to stop eating everything and exercise all the hours Almighty sends. If you don’t have a coach to guide you, do a study and implement each thing one at a time, checking to see what works. Drip , drip, I have seen a few people drop multiple dress sizes a drip at a time without stressing. just as an aside, the more you stress the more difficult it is to adjust your weight.

The thing with drip, drip, is that you have to be patient. You need to know that things will not happen over- night but they will surely happen. This is much better than not doing anything and expecting to get lucky or expecting a miracle.

The definition of luck is opportunity, meeting preparedness. When you have been hacking away at it bit by bit when you have to lean on it hard, it just falls over. It then looks to people as though you are lucky because when you do drip, drip, you are not necessarily drawing unnecessary attention to yourself.

There was a story in the manual where there was a widow who had an issue in court. She went drip, drip, to the judge to such an extent that he granted her wish because her constant dripping was driving him insane. ( A bit like the Chinese torture I described above.)

There are many other examples that I will not go into right now. Have you been going drip, drip, not to worry you will soon achieve your heart’s desire.

Are you trying to wear somebody down in your favour it is about to happen for you. Obviously, this does not work if you are being devious and nasty. Try is and you will see that drip ,drip, does not work for crooked results. You will achieve what you want to achieve but the long arm of the law will catch up with you sooner rather than later also by drip , drip.

Finally, if you feel that you have wasted a lot of time I want to assure you that you can always do drip ,drip. There is nowhere it says you must do it at a particular age. It is a principle that stands the test of time and defies it.

So please go out and do drip, drip and i await your testimonies.

 

 

 

BE STILL……..

Still, as a noun means deep silence and calm, not moving or making a sound. This is as much and outward as it is an outward manifestation. In the manual for living, Almighty gives the instruction to ‘Be Still’. ‘Be’ is defined as existing in that state and staying in that condition.

So Almighty says we should stay in a state of deep silence and calm. What does this really mean? What it does not mean is that we should not move or speak and vegetate on the couch.

When you hear something strange, you usually stop and listen before you carry on. I believe there are many of us that Almighty has been trying to reach for a while and we are just so busy. He wants you to stop a while and listen out for Him. He does not shout over the noise of the world ( and to be honest we can all bear witness to the fact that the world is really loud). Just to digress there is a new program where people go on first dates , undress each other at the beginning of the date and all subsequent dates are naked. I hope I have got that right but I know they go on dates naked. This is an example of how loud the world has become. How desperate must the people who undress when they go on dates be? Is the money that good? The cameramen and even the moderator are fully clothed.)

Just to digress there is a new program where people go on first dates , undress each other  (to complete nakedness) at the beginning of the date and all subsequent dates are naked ones. I hope I have got that right but I know they go on dates naked. This is an example of how loud the world has become. How desperate must these people be? What do they really stand to gain?Is the money that good? The cameramen and even the moderator are fully clothed in the mean time. Can they not see they are just being used to satisfy a perverse world?

Being still is, therefore, stopping to get clarification. Not just making up your mind based on unclear, biased information.

‘Be still’,following on from the above could be taking stock of your surrounding and your life. This time, you have not been startled by a strange noise or anything like that. Since  ‘be’ is defined as existing in a state of calm, you really should constantly take stock of your life and all that is going on around you. Live deliberately. When you do, you may see clearly that what you think is undesirable, is actually good because Almighty assures us that all things work together for our good.

When you are ‘still’ in this way, you recognise the things that you should be grateful for and don’t only see the things that are wrong. When you quietly and calmly (not showing or feeling nervousness, anger, or other strong emotions) take stock you can tell those who are for you and those who are actually against you. You can tell the direction you should take as opposed to the popular direction. You can tell what actions show you to be a fool and which actions validate you intellect.

‘Be still, could be that it is time to remove distractions. When I knew I was going to write this piece, I got up the courage to tell a few people on my WhatsApp contact list, not to send me any more daily devotionals. There is only so many devotionals a person can read in a day. The whole social media scene is so distracting. I am thinking of deleting my email addresses because I can’t seem to keep up with deleting mail that makes no sense and unsubscribing myself from newsletters that I never subscribed to in the first place. (Just between us, I feel when I unsubscribe they pass my email address on to someone else who send me more rubbish)

We need to put off distractions. These come in all shapes and sizes. A distraction is a thing that prevents us from concentrating on things of importance ( assuming we know what is important in the first place). These distractions can cause us great agitation of the mind, spirit and soul.

We also should not be distractions to others. For example, getting involved in someone else’s relationship issues may be distracting them. (Hmmm I was just about to invite my niece’s ex to a party I know she will be attending, just to see if they can work things out. This is with the knowledge that after she specifically told me she was building herself up after the breakup and finally getting her act together. I think maybe I better  not be a distraction.)

Be still, could be that it is time to get quiet and think. This is not about distractions. Many of us don’t think. Being calm and quiet will help us recognize that in many instances we are not progressing and we don’t have a full life even though we have all the trapping of one. Thinking lets us understand what true progress is and what it is not. This is a topic for another day. What is progress for each one of us differs and changes so I better not be running your own race, not so?

In quietness and calm, you are likely to hear instructions that make you creative. It is in this same calm that you will hear the Almighty tell you how to implement the new ideas ( or as we like to say…. you will figure out the next steps).

When and where should you be still? Everywhere and anywhere. What does ‘be still’look like at the office? Focus on your work and cultivate listening to instructions. You ‘think’ and so you just know how to find out what will make you excel at your job and then you do it. (Just a tip, doing only what you have been asked to do excellently is not enough. It is a good start but going over and above and beyond the call of duty is what gets you into a leadership position.) When you are still, You don’t get involved with office politics or the office grapevine. You are punctual and diligent. The list is endless.

Surely I can be these things if I am not still. Only to a certain extent, then you will tend to rush off to do your own thing or worse, you rush off, chasing a distraction.

The color of being still at home is just fostering a peaceful environment where everything thrives.To start off with, home is not cluttered with ‘stuff’. Psychologists say we cannot thrive in the midst of clutter and chaos. You, not throwing all your stuff all over the place is being still.

Home does not have to be a palace filled with servants and possessions for it to be an ideal home. Be still at home is being calm such that all who come there are at peace and happy to be there.

Those at home can count on you to hold their hands when they need hand holding, to go that extra mile for them no matter what. To have a listening ear from time to time. If you are married , your spouse feels safe with you, that includes keeping their issues between the two of you. I am not saying you can’t discuss your issues with third parties but be careful who this third party is and what you discuss. All concerned at home being sure you have their back.

All concerned at home being sure you have their back.The thought of your stillness at home just brings joy to all. People don’t run and hide when you come through the front door.

‘Be still” among friends is being a dependable friend who can always be counted on. This is not gossipping with other people about your friend and divulging all you know about him to whoever is interested. Not judging your friend because of what you think you know about them.Not putting pressure on the relationship always recounting how you are such a great friend. Not being a needy friend who is so high maintenance that you make everybody sick with jumping through hoops for you. Not being a manipulative person who must always have his way.

Being still as a friend is knowing when to talk ( and to be brutally honest) and when to sit in silence with your friend. Knowing when you are needed and when you should go home and not be a distraction.

Be still at church is you not breaking the church up because of your opinions and you not having a bad attitude when your suggestions are not taken and implemented. (I hope this is not me. It can be difficult to be still when you think you know it all. Lord have mercy)

In church, you need to help as best as you can and if you can’t be a  help, allow those who can  and you don’t be a stumbling block (distraction). Be at peace with all (actually this is everywhere not just church). Pay your tithes and don’t argue whether or not tithes are still relevant or that was the old testament times. Who do you think pays for the toilet paper and the cleaning? Give offering because as sure as gravity is real, you receive when you give. This is the basest reason.

How do you measure how still you are? What impact are you making? From the above, you can see that being still makes you a dependable person, who is making an impact everywhere they go. The impact here is in a positive way. The person still makes an impact without that being the primary focus. So at work, you are making an impact but all you are really doing is going over and above and beyond the call of duty.

How stressed out are you feeling? How overwhelmed with life are you feeling. Are you feeling that all your plans are unraveling and you are not achieving your goals?

To be still, you need to get over yourself and let things go. Those who you think have hurt you, you need to forgive them. You need to remove physical clutter and psychological clutter. There things that have happened that no matter what you do,  cannot be changed. You need to let it go. If you don’t you may end up running around in circles chasing your owntail.

Deliberately reduce your activity. Pareto principle in this example would be that only 20% of your activity is yielding the best of what you have at work, in your relationships, at home, and in your church. The other 80% is just raising dust.

I met a lady once who did not have a 9 to 5 job and so she was doing like 15 things just to make ends meet. I am sure you are not surprised when I tell you that she never made any money and she was frazzled to bits. She needed to be still and focus.

You have to get linked to Almighty and trust that He is the one working His purpose out in your life. obviously it is not the person who dashes about who succeeds, it is the Almighty who shows mercy and allows all that we do to be impactful.

Is it easy to be still? It is definitely easier said than done. Almighty is the epitome of integrity. Whatever He says is what happens and He says when you are still, completely quiet and calm, He will come out in full force to back you up for the highest impact. There is, therefore, no need to try to do things in our own power.

In calm and quietness, you can ask Almighty direct questions and you will get direct answers.

Like I said at the beginning, ‘Be Still’ is not about being laid back or being a couch potato.

I have so much to learn from this post, In the midst of all the brouhaha, that is living , we must be silent and calm, confident that Almighty has a handle on our lives despite and in spite of all we see. He says He has thoughts of us and they are good thoughts that will get us to our expected end.

Last week, a young lady I know got very upset about something someone said to her and she broke stuff and was in a huff for a few days. When she calmed down, she realised what she thought she heard was not what was said so all her tantrum was not necessary and very misplaced, However, the stuff she broke remains broken and even though we can say she will acquire other things along the journey of life she absolutely did not have to break them.

Stay quiet and calm as this year rolls to a quick end. As you take stock and i think it is good to take stock. Next year holds a lot for us , be still and positioned to receive all the good things next year promises and also positioned to take anything not so good, knowing all things work for our good.

 

 

 

 

 

Calling Down Fire

There was the story of a man (Elijah) many years ago who worshipped Almighty and was so sure of Him that he decided to have a competition with the people at the time who worshipped a god called Baal. He designed the competition and came up with the rules. The competition was for both sides to kill a huge bull, lay it out and call on their gods to send down fire to it.

There were not many rules. So for example , there were no  time constraints, nor limited tactics as to getting the god to deliver. However, no match stick was to be lit and no hot coals were to be set.

Before I conclude on the story, I ask myself and I guess,  you also for what gave him the confidence to throw this kind of challenge. I guess one very easy thing we can conclude must be that he has seen Almighty do this sort of thing before. He had not only seen this once before but had seen it so often that he had become confident of Almighty and was completely convinced of His dependability.

What are your own convictions? There are many confused people out there who are convinced by things that are not lasting. Some people grew up in wealthy homes for example and rely on that wealth always being there.If something happens that takes the wealth away, they cannot function for the rest of their lives. They end up with trust issues among many other issues and don’t even have any convictions. I am sure you know the saying that if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

There are those who have achieved something  at some point in their lives and have not bothered to try to do anything more since. Anytime you meet them they only have that one achievement to talk about. Their identity is permanently linked to the achievement and it has not occurred to them to build on it. I once knew a man who in his fifties had run a huge multi-national organisation. Till he died in his eighties, he had a business card that said he was once the Managing Director of that organisation. This is very sad.

There are those who rely on their intellectual powers as they are highly intelligent . It is one thing to be intelligent and another to do something meaningful or worthwhile with it.

This reminds me of another story about a rich man who gave his three servants money to invest as he went on a sabbatical. Two of them invested the money and on his return could give the rich man not just the initial amount but interest. They were promoted. The third servant did not invest the money but had buried it and returned the same amount to the rich man on his return, without any  interest. The rich man was mad at this servant who had wasted all the resources given to him and had nothing to show for it. He fired him, after calling him ‘a play-it-safe, won’t go out on a limb fellow’

The third servant did not invest the money but had buried it and returned the same amount to the rich man on his return, without any  interest. The rich man was mad at this servant who had wasted all the resources given to him and had nothing to show for it. He fired him, after calling him ‘a play-it-safe, won’t go out on a limb fellow’

Those who have super intellectual powers and don’t use it for anything or use it just for wheeling and dealing are truly a waste of space and time. I wish somebody who knows them would tell them so. The great thing about this, though, is that it is never too late to do something worthwhile. Where there is life, there is hope. If you are one of these,  tomorrow morning is a new day and you can do wonders as long as you make that decision today to do it.

These set of people are not the only ones who need to get off their behinds.I know, I know,  I am beginning to sound like a broken record, always telling you to reach for the stars and you can do all things through PP who strengthens you etc. Well, it is because since I first said it, you have remained on your behind. When you get off your behind, I will stop saying it.

You have so many good excuses but really, they are nothing but excuses. Do me proud and get up and do something. This is not in the script. There was a time I was at home for almost six years looking after the children, ( I have quite a number of them). I did not have much money, did not know what to do to get some and nobody encouraged me, assuring me that what I was doing was a good thing, staying at home to look after the children, making sure they don’t turn out strange. some people actually made me feel bad as though I was wasting my life. If you are at home looking after the children be sure to do it the best you can. you are not one of those I am referring to as sitting on their behinds doing nothing. You are doing an amazing job.

Some people actually made me feel bad as though I was wasting my life. If you are at home looking after the children be sure to do it the best you can. You are not one of those I am referring to as sitting on their behinds doing nothing. You are doing an amazing job. When you are done with looking after the children don’t be afraid of going back into the workforce, your skills are invaluable.

At the time, I came up with the idea of making some kind of nibbles,just to make ends meet. I did make them, made very little money but gave it up because (looking back now), I had nobody to encourage me and tell me, that I could do it and I should shut up with all the excuses. Nobody to kick me up the backside regarding my prospects. Nobody to help me. There are many people who have since made pots of money from the same nibbles I was making at the time but gave up.

Please don’t get me wrong, it is not the fault of other people who did not encourage me. I just wish somebody had and not let up till I moved.

So excuse me as I continue to disturb you till you do something meaningful. Oh, you have tried and failed, I hear you say. For your information, failure trains you for success. Anyway, I digress.

Elijah was parked behind the right boss. He was convinced what Almighty said was what He meant, meant what he said and that He would stand by it. In other words, Almighty has integrity. Who is your boss? Does she know what she is talking about, is she a person of integrity or is she double minded in all her ways?

This may be the time to re-evaluate who you are following and indeed who is following you. If you are leading, are you a person of integrity or are you just bent on keeping all you lead under, so they think you are god and a very poor example of god. If you are a good leader, who is following? Did you choose them because you are intellectually or many other ways their superior? If that is the case , you will not do exploits because you are only as strong as your weakest link.

The person you are following? Is this person going to lead you to the promised land? The year is coming to an end. This is always a good time to evaluate. If you cannot get out from behind the person, you should see how you can help the person to be a great boss, not just someone who is going nowhere slowly. Remember , you are going to the same place also. It is in your best interest to find a way to get you both somewhere faster (if you catch my drift).

Dare to be different. Don’t just follow blindly. There is another story of four young men who were captured by a king who recognised they were special and took them back to his palace where he put them in the care of one of the palace servants. They young men and some other young intelligent men that the King had also been captured.

The palace servants were supposed to feed them and take care of all their needs. These four young men looked at the spread of food and knew it was not good for them even though everybody else was eating as though there was no tomorrow, some doing it because they enjoyed it, others doing it because they were too afraid to go against the “boss” or go against what everybody was doing.

These young men refused to partake of the spread and convinced their ‘handler’ to let them eat what they knew was good for them even though it was not obvious to all. They ate vegetables and legumes instead of cupcakes and processed food. They did their part and it was soon clear to the world that their choice was the best choice.

Dare to be different not just for being different sake but because the world does not always have the answers (right or wrong ) even though they make the most noise.

Back to Elijah. To cut the long story short, Almighty came through for him as he was convinced would happen. The people worshipping Baal called and called, but there was no answer, let alone falling fire. However almost before Elijah called,  Almighty sent fire immediately.

That brings me back to the question ‘who are you following’ spiritually. Many people want a spiritual connection to a higher power and there are just as many people touting all kinds of gods and higher  powers, deceiving the unsuspecting into believing gods who cannot send down fire when asked. Please don’t just follow the people making the loudest noise about anything.

How dependable has what you have been worshipping proved over time. Almighty has never been aversed to proving Himself. Indeed he asks us to prove Him concerning the works of His hands. Elijah was proving Him when he asked Him to send down fire to burn the offering. And He did.

Prove Him and see whether or not He will not send down fire into the situation. Of course ,if you are just fooling around you will not get any results. Be serious and you will get a good result.

Till we meet next week.