I guess what I am beginning to fear most is my 'oil well' drying up. That I will wake up one day, a week, and not have anything to say. Not get Holy Spirit inspiration to put anything down. I promised myself to do this blog daily which is quite a challenging task considering I am not just copying scriptures and I am a full time working mum, and for the most part I have kept it up. Sometimes I even get two pieces to write about. Placing a demand on myself is forcing me into a position where now my actions affect other people and I guess that's the part I am most wary of, not because I fear responsibility, but just because I would hate to disappoint. The most amazing thing is placing that high demand has caused me to step up a gear. Will I always hit my target? I pray so. Maybe. Maybe not, but at least I do have a target.
In Heb 12:2(b) it says:
...He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God...
It's saying Christ had a goal and saw the prize which caused Him to endure everything else. Even Christ had a goal!
In life if we don' set goals for ourselves what are we aiming for? We cannot live day to day aimlessly and not place a demand on ourselves because that just kills the inner man's drive and motivation. So God said 'write the vision and make it plain so all who may see it will run with it.'(Habakuk 2:2). I believe that running includes ourselves as well as the others we inspire. I've had people come up to me saying they have been inspired to start writing themselves or do other things through these words. What a blessing! Up until now I have refrained from telling most people my daily goal just so they don't hold me to it. Well it's out now and on facebook. Lol
Beloved if by us fulfilling our vision, which incidentally is what we are here to do, others are spurred to do the same, is that not such a blessing to us? Will that not warrant God to ultimately say 'well done good and faithful servant...? In the same manner us doing nothing can be a vision killer for others. What you will find is when you are doing nothing with your life you will find it hard to motivate others in Godly words and deeds. I remember a time back (not too long ago either) where I felt in a very dry place. Yes, everyone saw me still going through the spiritual-looking motions but I knew I was dry. (We can be very good actors as Christians). My counsel became the counsel of intellect and logic and not spirit led or word led. I was at a place where only those close to me knew was not good. What triggered my attention to back then is how I even handle the exact same issues so differently now. How I find strength to handle situations more Godly. My pastor would say "be a Christian". It sounds silly and basic but is very deep in its content. That word actually helps me to do things so differently now and yes I have been a so called Christian for the last 20 odd years.
Now the interesting thing is by starting to write it's causing something inside to stir. I really didn't even know I could write to touch others. I have never even tried before. Neither have I had the desire to be a writer but God knew and every situation and trial he has taken me through (and oh I have been through many real tough situations believe me) he knew that it would ultimately work for His glory because I truly do love the Lord and I am called;
'And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose' Romans 8:28
So beloved when we do nothing, we are in fact still doing something not just to ourselves but to others. You could be that inspiration to save that suicidal teenager. You could be the hope of the single mother at the end of her rope. You could be the link to restore that broken marriage. You could be the mentor for the wayward child. You could even just be the ray of sunshine to brighten up someones day. What you do matters. So let's at least do 'something' #AllabouttheDash
Is your luggage 10 kilos or 50?
Psalm 133 reads:
1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing even life for evermore.
I would like to bring our attention to the last line of this scripture. 'For there the Lord bestows his blessing....'
Our churches today seem to concentrate on the 'what's in it for me' doctrine and rarely steer people in the direction of Godly character and integrity. How do you respond when that neighbour upsets you? Or someone crossed you at the traffic lights? i always say if you want to see a persons real character just sit in their car. Especially the 'spiritual ones.(yes, you know who you are.lool)
We cannot congregate together lifting our hands to God and yet be at 'war' with each other. Even with those outside church God said 'as far as lies with you be at peace with ALLLLL men', so how much more with the person standing under the same roof be it in the church room, your work or your home? I used to be one of those people who could hoooooold a grudge. Oh my Lord. In fact, I remember in the early days of marriage, if my husband upset me! How dare he! That sin was punishable by the silent treatment or one word answers for at least a week. Not until I felt ok would I talk properly. Wow! when I look back now. God really can change us! And I'm talking about after I was born again!
The blessings of God just cannot reside where there is strife. Yes, that person did you wrong and you thought they were your friend. Yes, they promised to love and protect you and now they have hurt you real bad. In fact even God will understand your stance, right? I'm so sorry to tell you but God really doesn't care much for hurt feelings. If he did, you definitely would not be alive today to feel hurt. The truth is we should forgive because we are forgiven and for our own sake. Anyway, why would you allow them to hurt you twice by losing your blessings as well? I am old enough to know it's not every relationship that can be restored to what it was but firstly remember the past and think through if it is worth saving. If it's not, then by all means move on but don't move on dragging them along with you. Sometimes when we fall out with people we are still trying to know their business. Secretly hoping they get some sort of punishment. God's Unity is firstly a condition of the heart and so is forgiveness. Let Go for God's sake. By sheer scientific logic travelling light will get you to your destination so much quicker than with lots of heavy baggage dragging you down. So you choose ye this day what you will carry. 10 kilos or 50?
Jesus said, 'My yoke is easy and my burden is light' (Matt. 11:30)
May His blessings be bestowed on us as we release everybody from our grip this day so we can travel light. #allabouttheDash.com
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If it doesnt tickle your fancy.....don't laugh.lool
As I've been writing no matter how many people have been coming up to me encouraging me, I still sometimes get that little voice in my head which tells me, its not good enough or, who is going to read it anyway? Well it came again yesterday morning as I stood on the platform waiting for my train. Then the Holy Spirit dropped in my spirit an oooold English expression I have not heard used for an age, "it wont tickle everybody's fancy." Meaning it won't be everyone's "cup of tea". It wont "float everyones boat". As I stood on the platform a big smile formed across my face and one of those "eureka!" moments happened. The penny dropped yet again and the Holy Spirit administered to me saying, "If it doesn't tickle your fancy, then don't laugh." Oh how I was laughing inside though.
I realise whatever we do in this world it cannot appeal to everybody. That is just GODs ordained way. He said in 1 Cor 12:4-6;
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
If it brings glory to His name it's the same spirit at work.(We all need to learn a lesson here and stop criticising based on personal taste). So when God places something on your heart don't worry if some criticise. Don't worry if some even press the dislike button. Your dream was not meant to administer to them.
Perhaps you have dropped some dreams because you felt no one would be interested or nobody showed any interest at the time. I can tell you now, a lack of interest was not the problem. Even Jesus was not received everywhere he went "but as many as received Him, to them He gave them power to become.......".(John 1:12) So the bible says in Matt 10:14
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
Instead you have kept the dust on your dream? Today I my word to you is go shake the dust off the dream, remove it from the shelf and give it a gooood clean. Wherever it is not accepted, not embraced, shake the dust off only in that place for it would be wasted on them. The only thing wrong with it was that you administered to the wrong people. Perhaps you need some Holy Spirit direction or some professional help. Maybe you even need some more education about it or just seeking advice from people who have gone before you, but it's workable else God would not place it in you to bring Him glory.
My short word for today is just say to the nay sayers, "if it doesnt tickle your fancy, then....dont laugh." As long as it makes you laugh GO FOR IT! #AllabouttheDash.com
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I was created to make His praise..... Great and Mighty
Thus saith the Lord the maker thereof, the Lord that formed it, to establish it; the Lord is his name; Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (Jeremiah 33:2, 3 KJV)
Today's word to us is just so definitive and final!
Do you actually realise that every dream and passion burning inside you is not of your own engineering? Yes, the Lord himself formed you and then breathed the breath of life into you and that breath was not air just for air sake. How pointless would that be? No, that breath was a life giving spirit filled with your potentials, desires, dreams, purposes and destiny.
7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Maybe right now you are walking around alive to the naked eye and yet dead in your soul and spirit. You may think you don't even have any dreams to motivate you. You can just about think how to make it through the day? If you haven't found a purpose to your life yet but to work so you can barely scrape by, then He said 'call unto me'. Beloved calling God is not like calling a friend or spouse where they may or may not hear you, or they can pretend not to hear you if they think you're going to place a demand on them. (You know those times.) It's not calling on a God who just wants to hear His name or likes the sound of your voice. We are assured it's not just a calling without guaranteed results as he said 'I will (in fact) ANSWER you! And we all know HE CANNOT LIE. He doesn't even stop there, HE said, (not me), He is about to blow your mind and 'show you GREAT and MIGHTY things'.
If the life we are living today is any thing short of GREAT and MIGHTY some of us need to get on the line pronto and start calling unto Him some more. Keep on calling until you see GREAT and MIGHTY established, for that is what He breathed in you. Now here's the best bit. HE said 'which thou knowest not'. My goodness! It means if you can think of it in your mind then the thought is too small for what he has planned . However big and challenging you thought that dream was, IT'S still TOO SMALL because you know of it.
I'm soooo excited about life right now.
I don't know about you and maybe right now you've lost His direct dial because you got too busy with your 'LIFE'. So which life is that exactly? The same one He made and formed and breathed in you? If that's the case you are missing a vital point to the word life and who it belongs to. It says 'HE formed it to Establish it.' It also means you don't really need to stress or think twice about IF you can make it. It's going to BE, just because.
Note to self: In placing that call it's not supposed to be for the establishment of fine cars and houses but for the establishment of purpose. Why he formed YOU! For GREAT and MIGHTY THINGS. The rest is just a bonus.#allabouttheDASH!
I have my own insecurities just like the next person. Yes, I get pangs of jealousy. I sometimes feel as though I don't like people I don't even know. I even secretly sometimes get the "I told you so" pomposity over peoples ill, especially when I had predicted that would be the result of a wrong path I felt they were taking. (Can I get a witness?) Oh yes, even sweet, innocent looking, spiritual me. Lol.Then after these thoughts and feelings besiege me oh how I wish I didn't have to go through that mental battle of choosing to do and think right once I come to my Godly senses. It's not that I desire or invite them after all.
In learning about the grace of God, a great teacher made us to understand Grace as being the supply of God himself, to meet His standards, to enable Him to justify us even in our mess. I am therefore kept humble knowing how susceptible I am to sinful thoughts and sinful deeds thereby warranting the wrath of God but for His Grace and justification. I realise our frailty as mere human beings and wonder how we can sometimes think of ourselves to be doing 'better' than others in this christian journey. Ok, so you may not be fornicating or doing outward acts people can see and judge you by, but perhaps the thoughts that run through your mind or heart, even for those few moments, are even more deadly. Or perhaps you are one of those who is constantly wishing yourself ill harm? It's just as bad and yet Grace elevates each of us his elect and puts us on a level pegging with Jesus as co-heirs. So Grace does not need your approval to be at work. You can't even try to obtain Grace. It just is and you've just got to accept it. In all this grace that daily abounds we have to thank God that He still loves us enough to convict us of sin. We should thank God that our conscience has not become so seared that we see wrong as right. We should thank God that His grace enables us not to give sin a seat on our sofa when he decides to come knocking on our door. For the problem of sin we face is not in the inadequacy of Grace but in our taking it for granted. Like any relationship we can become over familiar to the point we no longer see the need to acknowledge the presence of the other party. From today let's learn to daily thank him for His AMAZING GRACE that abounds to us.#AllabouttheDash
Just do it!
This morning in seeking inspiration to do the things I know I need to do, I realise
every time I write something down, I read over it thinking, "I wish I was more
eloquent, had more command of the language so I could write, you know, those
kind of writings which tell you there is English and there is ENGLISH. Then my
mind went to on a young lady friend who has a fashion site. Every time she puts up a post,
there is just something about it that touches you. As it goes, she in no way fits the perfect
fashion model stereo type. Not a size 0, not 5ft 8, does not have the picture perfect
features, but nonetheless, she models everything herself, and always attracts so
many likes and comments its inspiring. Then the famous scripture came to mind
"God chose the foolish things of this world to confound the wise." 1 Cor l:27.
Then the penny dropped and something clicked yet again, that its the anointing
that makes the difference. In fact if you had perfection of whatever you are
trying to achieve where is the room for God to get the glory? Indeed, if you go
to school and study to get your medical licence, pass your exams and then
become a doctor, what is so unique and testimonial about it? The testimony is
in that you did not qualify for the best and yet you received it by grace
through faith. So, this morning if you are feeling like you are not good enough
for whatever is inside of you wanting to come out, I say this to you "JUST DO
IT!" God gets all the more pleasure by making an open show of the enemy when
every natural reality around you says it is impossible, God is saying
I CAN because I AM!
If you are reading this piece then you've definitely got some kind of story to tell.
Some are shorter than others, some an exciting read, some sad, some happy, some
horrific and some plain boring. Lol. For most of us though pieces of the all
the above apply.
When you began your 'My Story' at birth, you set out into the unknown. You had
no choice in the matter to come into this world or who you were born to.
God did not consult with you as he did Jesus. Yet, from birth you were thrown in
at the deepest end of an ocean and it was a case of sink or swim. Guess what?
YOU determined to swim for your life with every strength you could muster.
YOU held on for dear life and very quickly YOU won your first battle on earth
and learnt how to do what you now take for granted. Breathing.
After surviving all that YOU have continually overcome all the
various battles of the different stages of the normal life cycle. It was never
easy but even as a baby YOU have commanded those much mightier and more
physically able (your parents/guardians) to come when you command and answer to
Beloved, God in his wisdom always wanted us to have a David
story in our history bank we could draw strength from to face the Goliaths we
will encounter. To teach us something we usually grow to forget. Today I need
to remind you you were born an OVERCOMER even from that tiny innocent baby
state. It's not something you've learnt it is who you are. Ingrained in your
DNA. So pls don't tell me life is too difficult. Whatever the situation you
face or will face along the journey of your story to come, I need you to
remember your History. Pick yourself up and look yourself square in the mirror
again and again and say, "NO, in all these things I am more than a conqueror
through him who loved me (Romans 8:37). If you have made it thus far the rest
is easier than where you came from.x
Do you see what I see?
There were so many things I did which I just took for granted and thought everybody
else did it just as easily. Why? Perhaps those around me also took it for
granted? Or perhaps they even admired it now and again but because they were
familiar voices, there was no "weight" in their words for me. For instance, I
am very particular about how my food cupboard is arranged. Woe betide
anyone in the house who arranges a can of something upside down or mixes items
up. Also, I hate those wired hangers with a passion. So for my clothes I have
black hangers for working gear and white ones for church clothes. My kids say I
have OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), others jokingly say a slight form of
autism. It actually wasn't until recently I realised my behaviour is
borderline very weird. In fact some of you reading this just raised your
eyebrows and yet some of you probably identified with it. (Please tell me
someone did). I now call it my USP (unique selling point). My point is, I as an
individual notice particular details in things others don't and its a "gift"
that I need to utilise more. In 2 kings 6, when the Syrian armies came against
Elisha, while his servant was full of fear, Elisha was confident because he
could see. So he prayed, "Lord open his eyes that he may see." So my question
to you would be, what are the little things that really drives you and you are
particular about? The little things that you take for granted and yet you are
praying to God for that BIG miraculous breakthrough? You are praying for the
money to fall from heaven, or that you meet someone who will have all the answers
for your breakthrough. I can guarantee you the answer is already in the seed in
your hand. Take another look. Not everyone will see what you see, but yet don't
take that to mean you are the delusional one. When God tried to send Moses with
a message for the people, Moses was afraid of the peoples reaction. So God asked
Moses "what's that in your hand?" Then even when God himself turned the staff in
his hand into a serpent, Moses was still afraid and fled. When you have a passion to
start something be it using a gift, talent or even starting a new course or
your own business, more than likely it may appear serpent-like at first. Don't
run away from it and defintely don't give up. Even though the serpent may bruise
your heel you will definitely crush his head. Listen out for God's direction
and through that same thing deliverance will come to many. It was that same
staff Moses later used in Exodus 14:16 to strike the red sea and this time it
brought about salvation and deliverance to the Israelites. Had Moses not
returned and faced his fear the first time he would have abandoned the great
potential of what was in his hand. Just for the record I repeat, I have USP not
Help! I'm a Leper
In 2 kings 7:1-20, the four lepers at the gate suddenly came to a profound realisation of
their state which gave them a boldness to "make it or die trying." There was a
great famine in Israel at the time and prices for basic commodities had
rocketed to extortionate levels. At every turn there was the mother of all
economic depressions. The lepers in their state were even more disadvantaged
than the average person, for now the scraps and remnants previously afforded
them from the "normal" people in the city were no longer available. They had
their own hardships to deal with. The lepers knew they would die anyway if they
just remained in their current situation so they no longer cared what people
would say about their condition or even what they would do to them. A boldness
came upon them which they had lacked before when and even though their condition
had previously still been bad, it was manageable. Even though they did not like
how things had been, they had grown to accept "that's just the way it is"
(Kharis family wink,wink.) They had become kind of comfortable in their
uncomfortability, so they settled for less than the best.
As you read
this there is so much more in you but right now you may or may not have a job,
you can just about manage the bills, or at least you have something in your
stomach each night so you have accepted your state of leprosy. They keep
telling you this is how far you can go, how high you can jump and how wide you
can spread your wings judging from your colour, socio-economical background,
gender etc.so why fight the system? Just keep the status quo and just maybe one
of these days you will be able to afford that mortgage, car or holiday you keep
dreaming of and that is the extent you even dare to dream. Beloved the status quo
may not rock the boats of life but it will definitely keep you in your leprous
In Jeremiah 29:11 God says "for know the plans I have for you. Plans of
good and not of evil, to bring you to an expected end."
Are you actually walking in that plan or has it just become a distant memory of a
dream that was. And "real life" has taken over. Has it been boxed up and given its
memorial service a long time ago? So what account are you intending to Give to God
when you get up there? An account of how you were born, went to school, got a job,
got married, had the kids and then waited to die? If you can just take a minute to see
spiritually how bad the situation has become, I want to inspire you this morning
to have the attitude the of the 4 lepers and "Arise,for your light has come." After all,
what's the worse that can happen? You may appear to fail but guess what? You may
Thomas Edison said "I have not failed but learnt 10,000 ways that wont work." 10,000
times. How many times did you try? The greatest part of the story was once they did
not fear to the point of death, because it would come if they did nothing anyway, once
they did not fear failure, God went on ahead of them and caused the same fears to come
on their enemies because a crazy faith had been activated and God can work with that. He
can't work with your fear no matter how much you cry on Him. This is not a dress
rehearsal of life beloved. We only get the one chance and yes "this is it".
When Michael Jackson named his tour with that title, little did he know that it
actually was it for him. You have to make it or die trying!! For us of the faith there are no
other options.x #AllabouttheDASH
The measure of Me?
We all seek approval in one way or another from other people. Your friend, your spouse,
your parents or maybe even your boss. Through my recent postings here even I have found
myself measuring how good they are by the "likes" and "shares" (pleeeeease like) lol.
But know that people are just people. We change. We grow. We have bad days and
what's great to us today can be poison tomorrow. So even though the approval of man
tickles our soulish emotions, you cannot define or base your self-worth or success by
it. On Sunday Dr David Antwi shared a profound message from Hebrews
6:18:(Paraphrased); God could find nothing greater and so had to swear by
himself. And even more so desiring to prove to us as heirs the unchangeableness
of his purposes towards us, that we may retain our hope, swore by 2 immutable
things. Two UNCHANGEABLE things. His PROMISE and His OATH. God wants
you to know he HAS NOT and even if he wanted to, CANNOT change his purposes
towards you today. No matter what you did or did not do. Can you imagine! God felt
a desire to prove a point to us His heirs. So don't grow faint in doing good, don't be
discouraged at what you have not achieved. Don't lose heart because you can't
see a bright future, and definitely don't lose your hope in God. "Has he said
it and will he not do it?" We can sometimes get lost in the so called day to
day "normalities" of life but I challenge you to let your normality be His
PROMISE and His OATH to you, even this very day.
" Take just the little trouble and dare to believe today holds a PROMISE and an OATH
for you. The Abrahamic blessings await you today, (Heb 6:14). Make you count. #AllabouttheDASH