Swim against the current

Hello Readers,

Its Monday morning and welcome the day and week with positivity has been quite a challenge as I am bombarded with so much negativity around me, so much doubts and hopelessness.

I closed my eyes to pray and God gave me a vision of swimming against the current, have faith and dare to believe, dare to believe that the promises of God will push through despite the situation seems quite the opposite.

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It is normal to feel weak, but hang on to his word that says “I can do all things through Christ Jesus our Lord.” “I may be weak, but your spirit is strong in me, My faith may fail but My God you never will.”

I was even thinking to cancel some of my plans for 2016 because the situation seems like its impossible to even come true, but God reminded me do not edit God’s dreams for you, do not lower your standards, hold on and have faith.

I pray that who ever is facing such a situation like me, wants to believe but because of all the negative forces, doubting circumstances, impossible situations, will not give up, will not be overwhelmed but be reminded to swim against the current, swim against all odds, swim with faith that with holding Gods hand you will not only get to the promised land but also be blessed with so much more.

I choose to believe, I dare to believe in God who will pave the way out, who knows its just Monday, I am sure It will all workout for Gods glory. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Have a lovely and positive week ahead. God bless.

Tantrums

Dear Readers,

Happy New Year!

I know its been a while since I have wrote a blog, I was personally going through some difficult seasons where I needed to adjust and learn before I could share.

But today I particularly want to share with you a vision I got earlier from the Lord. A vision of a child throwing tantrums crying on the floor, wailing to get something he or she really wants but the parents know better.

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Sounds too familiar? Yes, I believe some of us are like that to God especially on things we really want but God says no wait there is something better.

After that vision, I started to think, how does the child get out of the tantrum stage? Maybe just distract them with something else that they would like, or probably leave them alone and they will come and follow you. Well, its easy for a child of course. As an adult, the same case gets difficult but I would say maybe its best to realize that your throwing a tantrum in front of God and the moment you realize it snap out of it. Distract yourself with the promises of God and dare to believe that he has the best planned for you.

My prayer for you readers is that may this year be of growth and surprises from the Lord. May you have answered prayers and may you be reminded that His love and faithfulness never fails.

God bless.

Slay your giants

Hello readers, it has been a while..

So much has been happening, I might have to write 2-3 blogs on my experiences and ride of faith this 2.5 months has been. I celebrated my birthday last May and was definitely blessed with a random trip abroad, I may choose to see my life has and always has been a blessing. Tho I cannot escape the fact that it hasn’t been all that a good ride for the past 2.5 months.

May 1 til date, I have been struggling – struggling emotionally and spiritually. Because of all that I was experiencing from day to day circumstances and challenges, I was beginning to stray away from my faith little by little, I was beginning to doubt and ask why? Why Lord, why?

Strangely, in different ways His presence was always felt in any situation, despite being in my lowest, the sadness, the tears, the anger and the frustration, I could hear Him speak, I could feel His presence which is may be why I have been holding on to His promises until today.

In times like such: where you begin to believe the lies of the enemy, where you begin to feel defeated, where you begin to feel like your lost and unable to believe His perfect plan for you, I realized a couple of things:

1. It is very important to keep a constant connection with him.. – make the effort and fight for it. I was not able to do my quiet time but I asked in my prayer once – where are you? why are you not able to do anything? And the response got my thinking – got me at one point back to him – to believe and to trust even if I don’t see.

so.. what was the response? I am a God who moves mountains. Indeed, Matthew 17:20 – And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

A couple of days ago, as I read in the news, “Everest moving: World’s highest mountain ‘moves by an inch’ due to Nepal earthquake” you may call it a coincidence, nature or something else, I believe it was indeed God who did so..

2. Make sure to have / communicate with your small group or friends. Make sure that you are covered in prayers – because believe it or not, prayers do work. Speak life and bible verses and most importantly as bad as the situation may seem – have an inch of hope and a pinch of positivity. Have faith as small as a mustard seed – I know this is not easy – but like I said earlier you have to fight the good fight of faith. Trust me, it was not easy for me either, but it is a constant battle we have to fight everyday.

3. Last but the most important – is to slay your giant.

What do I mean? Do not focus on the problems or the situation – do not focus on the failed plans and wrong timing of things rather focus on God, focus on Christ and what he did on the cross.

It started to make sense when one day, I prayed and went back to Him and seek him – forget everything else. Believe it or not, suddenly the problems and situation who seemed like giants in the beginning, who were blocking my vision to see God, where now shrunk to the point of nothing compared to Jesus and the cross. Suddenly I felt at peace, I knew I was in safe hands, I knew no matter what, God was with me and protecting me.

I am not saying the problems and situation disappeared, but it became much smaller then I thought it was. You see, when focusing on a problem, we tend to magnify the problem and make it a giant whereas it is or could be as small as an ant. (ok may be a little bigger than that..)

A few months ago, I was given a paper weight which was a stone that had a small note that said “Slay your Giant” which was now brought in the real sense and meaning.

Hope this blog can inspire and spark hope to those who are going through hard times and I pray May God speak life unto you as you go through a difficult phase. I agree it is not easy as all but its definitely worth knowing you are in the hands of the mighty Savior who was fearfully and wonderfully made in his image and likeness for a greater purpose.

PS. would definitely appreciate some prayers from your end, and do write in the comments or send me a private message for prayer request, I will join you in believing God for favor.

Have a blessed week.

God bless 🙂

God’s Love is Unconditional

We have heard this line several times in several ways but have we tried to understand or picture what this means?

Try to picture a child with a kite..

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Kite flying has to be set in certain conditions like it has to be In an open field, no wires coming in the way and most importantly it has to be a windy day.

With the external conditions set, the child now has to hold the string and throw the kite up in the air and pull the string until the wind catches the kite. And continuously make sure that the person flying the kite maintains the tension of the wind and the string so the kite will keep flying.

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If the wind lets go a little bit, the person flying the kite now has to pull the string until there is tension, until the wind catches the kite again.

How many of you know this can get quite tiring…

And some of you may agree, that our ability to love similar to flying kites – as long as the right conditions are in place, we can love. As long as all the conditions we set or need are met, we can love.

Give your self a minute and think about it… “If you do this, i will forgive you.” or “If you give me what I want I will love you” what you are really saying is meet my conditions first for me to be able to love you or forgive you. What you are not saying is.. I cannot love you until these conditions are met.. Here we can realize that our love is very limited, our love is conditional and imperfect.

And knowing this we cannot discount the fact that we can not have have every condition met.. What happens in situations where there is no wind? If you were kite flying you’d have to run and pull the kite. Pull.. pull.. pull.. and run! run!! run!!! And how many of you know that this is not a fun kind of kite flying.. It gets very tiring and exhausting. But that is how some of our relationship with God are.. some of our relationships are tiring because it is based on waiting for conditions to be met in the mean time you are using your will power to keep it going..

As we read God’s word, truly we should be thankful that we serve a God who loves us unconditionally. Jesus had something interesting to say about God. God our father makes the sun rise and set on both the evil and the good, he sends rain which is equivalent to blessings on both the just and the unjust.

Always remember that God loves you, me and everyone. Not just the believer but to the unbeliever with no conditions. Just simple and perfect kind of love.

The solution for our limited ability and supply to love is Gods unlimited capacity unconditional capacity to love us.

Do ponder on this thought and have a great week ahead. 🙂

Walk by Faith and Not by Sight

Hello everyone!

Sincere apologies for not writing for almost 3 months. It has been a different season altogether and a new season of fresh learning’s, revelations and decisions.

The past 2 – 3 months have not only been a blessing but also been a wonderful season and time with God. Allow me to share: I have a new work, new industry and with new responsibilities I am finding myself juggling my last leg of classes and studies. Despite by living a very packed schedule, I make it sure that I am spending ample time with God, having conversations, singing and praising Him every chance I get and sharing His word with my office mates and friends. And when I am down, tired or just living my day to day activities – He constantly pursues me, makes his presence felt and reminds me of my worth in Him. Overall, A season to blossom and deepen my love and Faith for God.

However, I cant help but notice that recently too I am faced with uncertainty, its not like I have never faced it before, but my situation now in particular has become quite extra challenging. I tried to make a practical time line for myself, make efforts to envision plans on what I want to do 6 months to 1 year from now – baby steps in shaping my future, but ultimately nothing materializes. I keep finding myself back to square one. Its still very foggy, very unclear on what happens a month from now, a week from now or even a day from now. As I pray for clarity and vision, I get one answer from God which is wait. Wait on me and I will take care of everything. Honestly its so hard especially if you are the type of person who wants to get things organized, lined up clear and fixed. Yet, despite my situation which my plans are jumbled, nothings clear yet everything goes by smoothly.

Walk by Faith and Not by Sight – may sound or even seem simple but it is definitely not easy, it requires a lot of trust and faith. Oftentimes its the best thing to do at this point because you not only surrender your thoughts but also completely rely on Him being the ultimate source paving the path to perfection – His perfect plan. It also gives you a worry free life and sleep which is completely priceless 🙂

Have you heard the song:  Everlasting by Chris Tomlin? The lyrics of the song goes something like.. ” Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord..”

God simply wants to take control of our plans and our life, after all He is the alpha and the omega the beginning and the end, the author and the perfector of our life who else would know what is best for us – but the person who created us.

Two Zero One Four

As we are counting the days to the new year, to new hopes, to new beginnings and new things to look forward to, I would like to encourage you to sit in a moment of silence and watch your 2014 life roll by. This activity can bring about some sad, happy, exciting and devastating memories all together but trust me, Its worth the watch.

The reason why I encourage you to do so, as you will realize how much stronger, bolder, smarter and brighter you have become. As we know, everyday brings some lessons for us to learn and brings in new hope to motivate us somehow. This year was a year I would like to share with my readers today.

This year was a roller coaster ride for me in particular, yet one of the best. While I welcomed 2014 with high hopes and spirit, I also felt a serious change in my season that this year will be something different, I felt nervous and scared but the same time assured that whatever will happen will happen for the best. So why best?.. Here is why..

My top 5 things I am grateful of 2014.

1. I am thankful that God continually showed his presence in my life. This year was a year of so many problems, having somewhat like a snowball or a domino effect, yet I survived this year able to battle those problems not my my strength but by the Grace of God.

“Having God in your life does not make you storm free, but storm proof!”

2. I am thankful of being able to forgive my past, reunite with old friends and meet some new friends.

3. I am thankful that in this year I had experience being in drought a season of dessert as every dark night comes with a brighter morning.

4. I am thankful of how God continually taught me new things. Things I thought I never could do nor think of, such as fashion, designing my own dress, experiencing on meeting new business owners and developers.

5. Lastly I am thankful that despite everything this year had to offer, I am here, standing stronger, smarter, bolder and brighter knowing God is with me all the way.

Last year around this time (Dec 2013) My mind and heart was full of hopes, dreams and promises that I hoped God will fulfill one way or another. I had so much to look forward too but see, God had other plans somehow I was blinded with my dreams I totally forgot what God wanted me to experience. There is nothing wrong with planning or dreaming or even looking forward to what your hearts desires are however it is also important to consider or make room for Gods plans for you as well otherwise you may be up for some serious disappointments.

So this year, I have a few prayer points to welcome 2015. New hopes and dreams; new things to look forward to but this time having Gods plans in mind as well.

I pray that you all will be happy despite how 2014 treated you, and excited as I am to welcome the new years with Gods provision and blessings that this coming year would be of a greater one.

Until next year everyone, I look forward to writing more and sharing more on how God has continually worked in my life. Have a blessed and happy new year! 🙂

Resolutions or Revolutions

New Year’s New beginnings. Doesn’t that sound familiar?

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I know it’s a little too late to write about this – most especially if you are one of those who just broke most of your resolutions by now. Well I apologize if this came in a little late than expected but I was finishing off my final exams and papers (discipline) before I get to my next blog. I agree it may be late as January is almost over but I would like to reiterate that it’s never too late weather it is to start something or even finishing off something. (In line to my previous blog Plant that seed and nourish it well https://itsoniasblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/plant-that-seed-and-nourish-it-well-2/)

I remember last year January 2013 I decided that I will not buy a planner because I felt I did not need one. (ha-ha! silly for me to think such as I am a very OC person) and you must be like.. hmm why? Well I just bought an IPhone that time and I felt I can manage without buying a planner.. Well.. WRONG! By April of 2013 I was held up and there went my IPhone. Yes my planner. My details and my everything and eventually by June i was all messy with my schedule and yes in June I decided it was time to buy a planner. As silly as it sounds half of the year passed and it was only that time I felt to buy a planner even the woman at the cashier giggled and I simply smiled and said it’s never too late to start anything” but wait that’s not my point.
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SO going back to resolutions Yes I was one of those waaaay back decided to have a top 5 resolution list and by Jan 1 or 2 I broke most of them well I am sure I am not alone.

It is only now I realized why I never got passed the first week of Jan.

1. Because my resolutions were just too high and hard to achieve
2. It was not realistic
3. Because I did not have a plan on how to execute those resolutions

bottom line: never got it.

But you must be thinking what now. I am sure we all read a million articles about dos and don’ts of resolutions and new lifestyle hmm … here..

How about if I propose a new way?

Revolution – A revolution (from the Latin revolutio, “a turn around”)

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Revolution that’s the word I want to dwell with and encourage you to open your minds and accept that revolution is not all about negativity. Revolution is all it takes is a letter to change the word the concept and the meaning.

Revolution is about starting something new, which has not been done before it’s about fighting for what you believe in its about challenging oneself in doing and most importantly standing by in what you believe in and keeping strong or being determined for change. Brave and strong words huh? But it all boils down to one thing. Taking action.

January 1 2014. I had some quiet time and just opened up the bible. After reading for a bit, this one really jumped out and spoke to me strongly and I believe I need to share this with all of you  Romans 12 9-16 NIV
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

After reading this the whole concept of resolutions changed to that one letter – yes! Revolution. Fight for the good and fight for the right. At the end of the day all that matters is were u a good person? Did you touch lives for the good?

The verses above yes they seem to sound too good to be true and yes they also sound too overwhelming but I want you to understand that it is not you alone who can do it but if you have a plan – a plan to execute and make this come into actions then yes this will all become achievable. How u ask?

Simple in having a plan you make steps achievable steps weather that’s sharing your food or giving someone the time and advise or support yes it will all make a difference, you don’t have to make it seem a yearly thing but more on a daily thing something to develop into a habit and eventually becomes natural.

I would like to encourage you that I do practice what I preach – practical example where I evidently applied the verse 14 – Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. With all honesty it was real hard. But it somehow begins to develop as a habit. This year started off with some broken friendships where I was misunderstood, mislead, and even deceived honestly it’s so easy to just fight back say foul words but why? Why will I do that when I can choose my thoughts and choose to simply pray for that the person to be guided to do what is right and may he or she be forgiven. Never easy but very rewarding, I have witness definitely no less than a miracle I have not only restored friendships over time but also developed an even stronger bond so to speak. I have seen those friends change over time and on top of that I simply had the blanket of peace in my heart. With this being said I encourage you not to just make resolutions this year but start a revolution in your heart to generally be a good person.

God bless

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