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.

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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.

My way or Gods way

I write this blog based on my personal experience, my current season and lesson to share with you readers.

Recently, I found myself twisting Gods hands to follow my will. But that doesn’t or should I say will never happen. And I was reminded of this story:

This is based on an actual radio conversation between a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier (U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln) and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. (The radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on 10/10/95 authorized by the Freedom of Information Act.)

Canadians:  Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid collision.

Americans:  Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.

Canadians:  Negative.  You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans:  This is the Captain of a US Navy ship.  I say again, divert YOUR course.

Canadians:  No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.

Americans:  THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES’ ATLANTIC FLEET.  WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE  DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT  VESSELS.  I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15  DEGREES NORTH–I SAY AGAIN, THAT’S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH–OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

Canadians:  This is a lighthouse.  Your call.

Often times we pray “Lord, may your will be done.” Yet under the same breath we utter saying please let it be this week, month or year. – this, im very guilty of.

This is why pastors or mentors are so important as they not only help you grow but also help you mature in your faith and walk with God.

we are very much like the navy ship. Stubborn and know-it-all humans who think we can be in control of the situation,   dare i say, we can tell Him what He should do, reality check : God is very much like the light house that directs the light, yet cant be moved. He knows whats best for us ..

And this we very well know of in verse:
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Have a blessed week ahead 🙂

Radical

We all know what Radical means but lets put Radical in a new context like how the love of God defines Radical in a whole new sense.

Last Sunday, I heard a story that not only pierced my heart but also led me to think can I project this radical love to others?

The story goes something like this:
Tommy carried his new boat to the edge of the river. He carefully placed it in the water and slowly let out the string. How smoothly the boat sailed! Tommy sat in the warm sunshine, admiring the little boat that he had built. Suddenly a strong current caught the boat. Tommy tried to pull it back to shore, but the string broke. The little boat raced downstream.

Tommy ran along the sandy shore as fast as he could. But his little boat soon slipped out of sight. All afternoon he searched for the boat. Finally, when it was too dark to look any longer, Tom mysadly went home.

The next day, on the way home from school, Tommy spotted a boat just like his in a store window. When he got closer, he could see — sure enough — it was his!

Tommy hurried to the store manager: “Sir, that’s my boat in your window! I made it!”
“Sorry, son, but someone else brought it in this morning. If you want it, you’ll have to buy it for one dollar.”

Tommy ran home and counted all his money. Exactly one dollar! When he reached the store, he rushed to the counter. “Here’s the money for my boat.”

As he left the store, Tommy hugged his boat and said, “Now you’re twice mine. First, I made you and now I bought you.”

Think about what Tommy said. It’s exactly what God is saying to you and to me.

Now you’re twice mine. First I made you and now I bought you.

God made us in His image and likeness. But it wasn’t He who broke the string. We deliberately, intentionally and rebelliously broke that string through Sin.But in spite of that, He was the One who pursued and made an all out search for us.We are twice His. First He made us, now He bought us… a price we couldn’t cough up.We owed a debt we couldn’t pay. And He paid a debt He didn’t owe.
Now. That my friends. That’s radical love.