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.

———————————————————

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.

Share

Killing the joy killers

affirmation stonesDear friends,

Happy new month.

This year is on the go and speeding so fast that I barely have the time to catch my breath. I have been involved with so many tasks that brings great days and not so great days. Always needing an avenue to refuel my walk in God, I have this piece to share with you.

I pray it ministers to you as we journey on.

—————————————————-

A wise woman once said: “You can’t be happy unless you are unhappy sometimes”. Then Nehemiah 8verse10 says “The joy of the Lord is my strength”. Since Satan does not want you strong enough to deal with him, he will do all he can to steal your joy daily in 2016.That is why you must guard your joy daily against joy killers. Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it. That is why your joy and happiness is a journey and not a destination.

Resist depression, self-pity, regret over past mistakes because really, happiness is not in your circumstances but in yourself. Happiness is knowing that you being alive alone is enough, so cherish it. Happiness keeps you sweet, trails keep you strong, sorrows keep you human, failures keep you humble, God keeps you going.

Always remember that the happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything but they just make the best of everything. Laugh by force, rejoice by force, dance without a reason, and sing even when your rainbow disappears because sometimes, JOY is as a result of your CHOICE and not because there are no battles.

As much as possible, avoid people and circumstances that steal your joy. Put away pictures, letters or anything that reminds you of your ugly past. You have just one life, don’t waste it. Consider the following KILLERS of your happiness this year.

  1. Regretting the past
  2. Worrying about the future
  3. Comparing yourself to others
  4. Anger/Bad temper
  5. Life’s Battles
  6. Un-forgiveness
  7. Complaining
  8. Planning to quit
  9. Selfishness
  10. Thinking negatively
  11. Living beyond your means
  12. Secret Sin

Source: Our Daily Manner, July to September 2016

Share

Know What You Are Aiming At

Happy New Month Dear Friends,

Starting a new month (a few days in already) and being aware that we have just 1 more month before the year 2013 closes its curtains. If you are like me, I am in that zone of reflecting, evaluating and running through my checklist for 2013. I have achieved some things, some remain outstanding. This piece below is from a devotional I thought to share with you, just incase you are in the place that I am. Be blessed as you read.

——————————————————-

‘And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we, an incorruptible crown’1 Cor. 9:25 KJV

You need to discipline yourself spiritually because there is something you are looking for. There is a direction you are going. There is a goal you want to achieve. You are targeting something. It is difficult to embrace discipline if there is no goal you are pursuing. Therefore, you must know what you are aiming at otherwise you will live carelessly. Where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18 KJV).

What do you want to achieve by the end of the year? You still have about 7 and half weeks to go. How far do you want to go? What do you want to achieve as a Christian in the coming year? Look at 2014; what target are you setting for your business, family, career and ministry? What do you wnat to achieve next year? Until you answer these questions, you cannot be focussed in life.

You need to have a direction for your life and a goal you are aiming at so that when you get there, you will know that you are there. You can’t be shooting aimlessly and expect that you will get somewhere.

Are all your efforts aimed towards reaching your set goals? What financial results are you shooting at? If you are building a house, how far do you want to go with that building? If you intend to go for a course, when will it be or what date and time have you set for yourself? What are your strategies? What are your plans? What are you doing to realize your plans? Stop following the crowd. Stop moving up and down without really knowing what you want to achieve. Aim your life at something.

“But I keep my body under and bring it to subjection; lest that by any means, when I preached to others, I myself should be a cast away” 1 Cor. 9:27 KJV

May the Lord show us a clear path, fill us with discipline and zeal to pursue the goal and may we arrive at that goal, in Jesus’s Name, Amen!

Source: Wisdom for the Day 2013 by Dr Mike Okonkwo

Share

Next Page »