When the sign turned.

CorPDear friends,

Happy New Month.

I know we all have a rushing feeling as the year 2016 draws to a final close. If you are like me, there will be so many reflections about the year. What went well, what didn’t go as planned etc. In all of this, please be encouraged by the devotion below. All things work together for our good.

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A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help”. There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by and he took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat.

He took the sign and, turned it around and wrote some words on it. He put the sign back so that everyone who would walk by would see the new words. Soon, the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving more money to the blind boy.

That afternoon, the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognised his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write? The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way. I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day; but I cannot see it.”

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind and asked for sympathy. The second sign reminded people how fortunate they were to have their sight. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Be thankful for what you have. Be creative, be innovative. Think differently and positively. Be positive and have a great attitude. Be positive, patient and persistent. Don’t forget how blessed you are. Being negative only makes your life’s journey more difficult. Don’t be negative when you have so much to be positive about and at least, you are alive.

Count your blessings, not your burden. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

It’s already December! No matter how 2016 has been, keep the faith and drop the fear. Faith is not about everything turning out OK. Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out. If you appreciate this message, please share.

For every bad event that may have happened to you this year, there is at least, one good thing.

Focus on that good thing as the year ends.

Source: Our Daily Manna. October to December 2016.

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Jesus Hold Me Now….

God knowsDo you feel alone, all by yourself, in life struggles? Does it seem as if you have not heard from God in awhile? Are you in a place that seems like the only way out is for God to actually find you?

This song is one of Casting Crowns songs I go to whenever I feel like any of the above. It’s lyrics are apt for this present time and situation that so easily besets us. I am sure it will lift you up as it does me.

 

 

 

 

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Living on my own, thinking for myself
Castles in the sand, temporary wealth
Now the walls are falling down
Now the storms are closing in
And here I am againJesus, hold me now
I need to feel You in this place
To know You’re by my side
And hear Your voice tonight
Jesus, hold me now
I long for Your embrace
I’m beat and broken down
I can’t find my way out
Jesus, hold me nowCourse this morning sun, drags me into one more day
Of reaping what I’ve sown, living with my shame
Welcome to my world, and the life that I have made
One day you’re a prince, and the next day you’re a slaveLord, I just looked up today
And realized how far away I am from where You are
I don’t know what else to pray
Broken at Your feet I lay
The life I’ve torn apart
Jesus, hold me now
Jesus, hold me now
Jesus, hold me now
Jesus, hold me now
End.
Dear friends, if you find yourself here, there is always second chances with God. Never walk away from him, no matter what it is or where you are. His arms are always open, he is our God.
Talk to him, as simply as you can, trust me, he is waiting.
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Lyrics by azlyrics. Listen on Youtube

 

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Pain is not the enemy

Titus TruthsListening to Joni Table Talk and the guest on the table was about a wonderful lady who gave birth to a beautiful baby girl but lost her after 40mins. The baby had been born without a fully developed skull and brain, she had a very slim chance of survival. Her Mom was a Christian.

When pain hits our heart, it’s almost impossible to believe that it’s real. It’s always easier to blame someone else for it and allow it cause some negative perspective especially in our walk with God. There will be so many Christian language that gets thrown at you, some needful, others very irrelevant.

When in pain, it’s more than likely we ask God the many questions why. Lord, why me? Lord I’m a good Christian, why me? Lord, I prayed, fasted, a church worker, tither, why me?

While it may not be wrong to ask these questions, it is however dangerous to remain in such state of mind.

Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, came so we can have life in abundance. Now when such set backs happen, we put the blame on Him and forget that he isn’t the enemy.

Pain is inevitable and relative….but pain seem to have its own advantage. Yes, I said advantage.

Some of us have passed through pain that made us better people. Pain has made some take a step back from the source of pain to clearly evaluate life. Pain gives some the opportunity to start over. Pain encourages a deeper relationship with God for some. Pain becomes a life long lesson for some of us and helps our understanding of life to take a different surreal dimension.

As much as we don’t want pain in any area of our life, yet when it hits us, we need to allow ourselves go through the emotion honestly and truthfully so that healing can be absolute. Denying the impact might only lead to a latter aggression in us. We may put our relationship with God in a corner and blame Him for it, justifying the position we have assumed as a result of the pain.

If we think about it logically, would Jesus want us to be in pain if he came to bear our sins, hurt, pain, sadness, loss? So why do we feel the need to shut him out at the emergence of pain?

Pain is not the enemy.

Use it to recover, surrender to God, understand the word better, develop yourself, grow, become better through the pain and after the pain.

I should also add here that we need to be sensitive to those who may be in such painful  circumstances. It’s not wrong to throw scriptures at them however some just need a shoulder to cry on, some just need a listening ear, some need a cooked meal, some need company. Find out what is needed and be a support system as and when the need arises.

The wonderful lady became pregnant again, her baby girl was born full of life. Through the pain, she saved her marriage, became a stronger Mom and Wife, saved her relationship with God, wrote books and became a stronger child of God.

You and I face painful circumstances and challenges at various points in our walk with God. Even after we throw our tantrums, get angry, cry, throw pity parties, let’s dust ourselves and create a diamond cave with Jesus in it.

True healing and deliverance can only come from Jesus.

Are you going through something unhealthy and need a chat, speak to us, we are listening.

Source: Joni Lamb Table Talk

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