Friday, April 24, 2009

Keep your head cool

A good friend and colleague of mine have always referred to me as a princess. Apparently I like things done a certain way. Even though I don’t ask too many questions in relation to my work and make every effort not to be seen and heard, they have always found that in their dealings with me I am very professional. So on a topic relating to her field of expertise, it seemed that something was amiss, and I asked her if she could investigate it further. No she said to me, she is never wrong; I went along and acted on the premise that she may be right. She was infuriated that a question could ever be raised concerning her work. And found this very hard to deal with. We both later found out, that there may have been a misunderstanding and she was in the end found to be wrong.

Over this period of time, I realized that it was the acceptance of our difference that makes us rather unique. And problem arises by ones inability to change. The Lord may have blessed me by causing the people around me to Favour me, but that does not mean that I therefore think that I am better than most because of what I have to offer. But rather, I am blessed because God said so, so technically it’s not my fault [I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it. No misfortune is seen in Jacob, no misery observed in Israel. The LORD their God is with them; the shout of the King is among them – Numbers 23:20-21]. She has seen me in my elements and of course in the best and worst of situations, and I am thankful to God that I have always been able to think to myself how would a Christian behave in every situation I have encountered. [Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter – 2 Corinthians 7:8-11]

I have started to realize that the rain has been falling now and I have been ill prepared for a while. To prepare for greatness, one needs not to be surprised by what is going on around them. And not to be surprised when from the unlikeliest of quarters one’s peace appears to be threatened – [in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his scheme 2 Corinthians 2:11]; the devil is there to steal your joy, don’t let him [John 10:10]. I should have known that during these times when I have seen the hand of the Lord so evident upon my life, surely the enemy can not be happy. But every day I wake up, rejoicing, and thanking God, and laughing at the devil taunting him on how he must have been so foolish to think he would be victorious over my life. “he” must be delusional. “he” sure thinks much of himself doesn’t he. You should see the way I laugh at him. Shame on him.

I don’t know what the future holds, but one thing I know is it is indeed very bright, or else why are people taking notice of me, yes the lady that prefers to sit quietly in the corner of the very first room on the first floor of the building. Really, are my words that important to you!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

I need to Pray

Pray continually – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints – Ephesians 6:18

For the first time in a short while, I was reminded that even though it was understandable for soldiers to take a break from prayers, it is not advisable. There are many plausible reasons which we use to explain away why we spend less time communicating with God, but I have found out, the less time you spend praying, you find yourself moving away from God.

So I had promised myself that even though I am taking a short break, I will make sure my prayer life is consistent during this time. Well truth be told, I found my self on most days rising and just getting on with things – my excuse it’s just not the same anywhere else but home. I feel like when I’m in my place here, I know I just have to pray. But anywhere else it’s like oops I forgot to pray this morning, and then try to make up by praying during the day. I am now back in good old Povo, and as I struggled to get up this morning, it was as if I could hear the Lord saying to me, ok hunni, I’ve turned a blind eye this last few weeks, but the battle is still on, and I must arise and pray without season.

I remember saying, tomorrow I’ll get back to the swing of things, but come to think of it, if your adversaries don’t take days off, the locust trying to eat away your blessing don’t take days off, then why are we entitled days off? So could you imagine the amount of damage that could be made the moment you cease to pray? I guess that has always been one of the driving forces when I intercede for others. But for some reason not for myself..

I remember this morning telling God, I will be praying in the spirit (while I still rest, after all I have just gotten back and found myself dozing off (lol)), and besides everything is wonderfully wonderful. Yet He still reminded me that I ought to pray even harder now than I have ever done. Especially if I want to continue to remain victorious.

I am now looking more robust than ever, and it is indeed a sign that for the first time in all my years, I have finally allowed God to FULLY take control of everything that concerns me. Not trying to help him out in various departments. I never have to worry if and when it will happen, because I know that because God has already said it, and because He that said is trustworthy, I believe Him and that settles it.

The drought and the winter seasons are over. I feel refreshed already, for the rain that has started to pour has revived my soul for good.