Sunday, November 30, 2008

14th Sunday...So let’s just be thankful…!!!

Song of the week: Midnight Crew – Igwe

Encouragement Verse:You have put gladness in my heart…I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.” – Psalm 47:7 – 8 (NRSV)

Quote of the week:We can always find something to be thankful for, no matter what may be the burden of our wants, or the special subject of our petitions.” --- Albert Barnes

Fourteenth Sunday…I just want to show my gratitude...
Truly there’s always something to be thankful for…
For everything missing,
There’s something found…

So when I am ambushed at the Bus Stop by heaven’s tears and all I have is the newspaper that I just bought from the vendor down the street to shield my pricey one-day-old hair-do from its rage.

And every attempt to protect my body and feet prove futile as they become wet with its tears. And the chilliness is becoming intolerable, that I can only grumble …I should remember that at least, I have a place to go to where I will find warmth…and that there are people who find their haven under the bridge…

And when I get to work and nag once more about my job…I should remember that at least, I have a job to complain about…

And also even when I get a call from my family complaining about anything and everything…I should remembered at least, I have a family that cares so much to bug you sometimes (laughing)…

So let’s just be thankful…

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

13th Sunday...What a week!!!

Song of the week: Jeremiah Gyang – Na ba Ka

Encouragement Verse: So tell them, ‘as surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very things I heard you say…”Numbers 14:28 NIV

Quote of the week:“Work-in-progress: If you hire me, you need to know that. If you marry me, you need to know that.” --- Word For Today (Nov 2, 08)

Hmmmm, I have to write that this week has been rollercoaster week when it comes to my emotions…and I believe these ‘Getty Images’ will be able to illustrate better the events of this past week…

My Monday began this way, “Ooooooh Monday again, do I have to get up?” What a way to start one’s day and week. By the end of the day, I was almost yanking out every strand of my braids from my head…ask me, what happened? Nothing o, I only just got bogged down by the usually Monday rush.

By Tuesday, my hormones was just acting up for no particular reason. On numerous occasions during the day, I was almost drawn to tears…I guess I was already too drained that I needed to fill my spirit with words that would bring back life into my already feeble heart …

This was what Wednesday gave to me. [I have to thank Baba God for bringing into our lives angels disguised as friends.]

I spoke with a friend and she spoke to my spirit and at the end of our small chitchat she gave me the above bible verse which is the bible verse of the week.

I was hearing things when I thought I heard I say…Numbers 28: 8, which was equally great… “Prepare the second lamb at twilight, along with the same kind of grain offering and drink offering that you prepare in the morning. This is an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.”

It is truly amazing how things just work out in the end…

So by Thursday, I had a spill over of the joyfulness that Tuesday gave me… [*I need to alway remember God’s word in my time of struggle]…

And what more can I say about Friday but the usual ‘TGIF’…Let the party begin until the break of dawn – Saturday…but keep in mind that I have to prepare my spirit to receive God’s word on Sunday from the mouth of His sons (Mr. Preacherman) that will keep us enthusiastic for the coming week…

See you next sunday as I go for the fourteenth Sunday…God bless you!

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

12th Sunday...Taking it ALL Back!!!

Song of the week: Cece Winans – Waging War

Encouragement Verse: So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me.” – Acts 27:25

Quote of the week:God is the God of promise. He keeps His word, even when that seems impossible; even when the circumstances seems to point to the opposite.” --- Colin Urquhart

In forty (40) day, it will be 2009…hmmm! How times flies by!
Believe me when I write that I am thankful for all my accomplishments this year but I am not satisfied.

I believe that I may have held back on several occasions due to the crippling fear of failing or putting great importance on what others would say or think if I made a move. But this time around the battle line has been drawn against those invisible enemies; it is time to wage a war on my fears, compulsions, and every glitches along the road that restrain me from taking possession of what’s mine...

I don’t anticipate repeating the same test I went through this year (and failed) next year. And I am certainly not taking a rain check over the things I have planned to do. This time it is going to be a knock-out!!! Wow! I am so excited…

To be honest with you, I do dread the possibility of chickening out of this deal…but I

have faith in God that He will keep me persistence. And even when I may fall along
the path of recurring sins, I will get back right up again, pressing forward to the point of victory. My spirit will rejoice at what God will do in my life these coming Sundays.

Thirty-eight Sundays left and I am holding my breath because this time I am going to shout for Joy…and even when those random thought of doubt tiptoe into my mind. I will be fighting back and keeping a tab on each triumph. This will be another large red checkmark on my calendar.

On my finance, even when there’s the urge to go on a spending spree…I will walk up to my refrigerator and stare at the picture of the car I glued on it. Gosh! My poor legs are trying to fail me but ‘thank God’ they still want to go on. I am always praying that I don’t fall as I run to catch the bus every morning on my way to work…

So I am definitely taking control of my finances, so come next year (‘…I am using my words to change my situation’) I will be driving MY CAR… [Not borrow/rented] but fully purchased.

And when the past comes pounding hard on my window and the bitterness in it rears its ugly head on my windowpane. I will knock it back into last year. I want peace and I surely want result.

I know I am changing…sometimes I can’t believe how far I have come but I don’t want to be satisfied with little progress. I want more like Oliver Twist. So I will be holding my breath until the moment when I can breathe again…

And God says to me, even “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” – Isaiah 59:19

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Monday, November 10, 2008

11th Sunday...All Natural 100% Juice (Don’t Hold Back)!!!

Song of the week: Wale Adenuga – Too Much For Me

Encouragement Verse: He made my mouth like a sharp sword, He hid me in the shadow of His hand. He made me into sharpened arrow and concealed me in His are my servant through whom I shall mainfest my glory.” – Isaiah 49: 2 - 3

Quote of the week: “You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” --- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

This week was truly a historical week…for me, it was more than just history made but the rebirth of Hope in those who Hope has varnished from their lives while on the road to triumph.

And Nelson Mandela couldn't have said it better in his letter of congratulations to Obama, “Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place…”

And to add to what Mr. Mandela said, is what Rama Yade, a France’s black junior minister for human rights, told a French radio, “This is the fall of the Berlin Wall times ten…” [From an article in Yahoo]

God’s work surely does come to fruition...

The same man who wrote about daring hope in his best selling book, The Audacity of Hope, has risen beyond man’s expectation.

God is truly worthy to be praise and I can only chant along with Wale Adenuga in his song titled, “Too much for me

God has squeezed, pressed and crushed the juice out from this son of His…And he (Obama) has shown that he can be legally described as ‘All Natural 100% fruit juice’

To the nation, U.S (by God’s grace) he will become an excellent source of strength…and he gather in grain like the sand of the sea, in such quantity (See Genesis 41: 49, Joseph's promotion)

“…God has a plan and He's committed to it…” [Word for Today, November 2, 2008]

So this week, I ask myself these questions:

>> If I were a fruit or vegetable and God squeezed the interior of my life, can I be legally described as ‘All Natural 100% fruit juice’?,

>> Would I be an excellent source of Vitamin C to those around me or those I encounter everyday, bringing strength and His word to those in need of it.

>> Or will He find in me, artificial flavor or discover that I have been blended with other ingredients, such as high-fructose corn syrup?

Prayer:Lord, squeeze out of me of the juice of the gifts that lay fallow within me…let me be truly worthy to be described as ‘All Natural 100% Juice’, Amen”

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

10th Sunday...It had to be at 10:00am!!!

Song of the week: Donnie McClurkin – Day Of Elijah

Encouragement Verse: I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:12, 13 NIV

Quote of the week:Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” --- Dickens

Hmmm! against all odds, I delighted to be able to celebrate my ‘Tenth’ Sunday post. It was not easy but I can rejoice. What can I say? I can only give thanks to God for giving me the grace to reach a milestone.


Change is always good but it can be hard to accept at first. Our human nature always wants to go back to our comfort zone. The secret of embracing change is that there is a lot to behold but we will never know until we do actually agree to CHANGE

So How it began

It began with ‘My Genesis’, a new beginning, a new birth. It was ‘Letting Go’ that let me ‘Flying without Wing’. Now is definitely a ‘Time for Change’ and ‘Out of my Busy Schedule’; I still got the time to write a letter ‘To the one I Love’…because I truly needed closure to be able to get a move on to the direction the wind had began to take me.

Gradually I am ‘Finding my way back’…that ‘When the Past came knocking again’; I knew I needed to take back the keys to my heart and shut that door forever.
It may hurt but I will dust myself of all my past mistakes and in the process, I will be ‘Learning to Forgive’ what the past still holds me guilty of.

Anyways, I am still rejoicing about the first milestone I have accomplished…and counting all my blessings.

Beyond the pale

This Sunday I want to especially, Thank everyone who made life so unbearable for me…Cicely Tyson once said that “Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew.”

Ok, maybe back then I did not just get it…I questioned God with the ‘Whys?’ and the ‘What?’ because I just could not understand what it was I had done wrong to deserve the happenings. I would even go as far as reminding God about people who had done worst things than I (as if He needed to me reminded) but were having it well with them.
But God is God and is no man…He knows best. He was getting me ready for what was coming ahead…

I am not saying I am perfect now…or saying that trouble moved next door to the Johnsons. What I am saying is that I am seeing past my situation and seeing what God has done and is doing through what is happening and what has happened.

I am who I am today because of the storms I have passed through. Trouble never ends but God gives us the strength to bear each one and the wisdom to get through them. I know I haven’t got to the point God wants me to get to but slowly but surely I will get there. And like a prodigal daughter, God welcomes me back to His throne of MERCY.

I rejoice…

To my Readers: --> ‘Happy New Month...‘May you wake each day of this month with His blessings and sleep each night in His keeping...’

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