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My first 100 days in 2017

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You know how exciting new things can be? That’s how this new year was for me, I was very excited about it, I still am.  Though, I usually do not join the new year, new me train but I do set goals for myself, you know, plans et al.

One of the things I wrote down in my journal at the beginning of the year, was to be (more) intentional and in the first 100 days, I have not only intentionally messed up, things have also not gone as I intended.

So, the year had barely even started and I settled, just like that. I don’t mean settle into the new year, I mean settle for, wait for it… a ‘relationship’.  Wait, what?! You? The ‘#DontSettle crooner’?  Well, yes, me. Can I be transparent? I knew I was settling but I did anyway, you see that’s one funny thing about settling for less, we usually know, we are fully aware that this isn’t it, that we deserve more, we deserve better, yet, we choose to settle.

The year 2016 had more dates than I did (if I did) and that was fine, really, I mean I’m not a calendar or anything like that, so 2016, we’re cool, no beef.  Anyway, so I’m happy and proud of myself for making it through the year without settling even when I could, you know,  feeling like one ‘unsettler‘ and stepping into 2017 like, I’m ready, let’s do this, then here I was, settling, when I’m not dust (rolling my eyes at me) and I can categorically tell you that those few weeks were pretty miserable.  I’ll spare you the details but thankfully, my worth called me out, it called my name like thrice before I responded though but I did respond.  I was reminded by that experience that, the knowledge of your worth is your immunity to settling.

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Know your worth, don’t settle, if you ever do, I hope you hear and respond when it tries to call you out.

Not too long after that, I had to settle again, this time, my landlord. I had to settle him. My rent was due and my account balance had no clue, my rent money was far from complete. Phew! I was trying not to worry but I was under pressure. Where I wan for see the remaining money?  You may want to ask, ” what about your savings?” or something like that,  but I’m sorry, we ain’t taking questions today, so as I was saying, lol, my attempt to raise money from a few friends was futile, I prayed for a miracle, I needed one. Meanwhile, I had stopped eating three square meals o, I was now eating two, sometimes one and half and they weren’t exactly square, I was seriously economizing my resources.

Then one day, from nowhere, I got a call, hold your horses, it wasn’t the miracle call, lol, I got a call, from someone I knew I had no business talking to but I decided to play nice, perhaps maybe this is where the miracle will come from, I’m sure when I thought that, ‘They’ looked at me from heaven like, yea right. You know who ‘They’ are now? OK.

So I played nice, in other words, I took the call which I would have otherwise ignored, hoping that from there, maybe there will be more calls and then the miracle (as if you can strategize a miracle). For where? In fact, they haven’t called me again since that day, I even tried hey-big-heading them, but no response, the only explanation for that is, God was looking out for me.  God blocks, in His infinite mercy. He doesn’t only open doors, He closes doors too. Truly, He will wreck your plans, before they wreck you, till this day, no response, no call. God is good.

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I decided to stay put and stay hopeful, trusting God, worse comes to worst, I’ll go back to my mother’s house in Auchi, but God is faithful, Amen? He came through for me. One night, just before I went to bed after deciding to have sleep for dinner, I got a call, the miracle call… Praise God.

The year has gone from day 1 to 100 real quick and things for me, have gone from  100 to 1 even quicker. It’s been a pretty rough and tough first 100 days, emotionally, mentally, financially and at some point, spiritually. Not so much physically because I keep hearing that I’ve gained weight, now that’s a whole miracle on its own, I mean with my one and half ‘triangle’ meals a day? Lol. It’s only because of God that I don’t look like what I’ve been through.

Well, 100 days gone, the rest of the year to go, I’m not staying down, I’m not giving up, I’m “ forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13) and I think I’m begin to settle in alright.

How has your year been?

Be encouraged.

 

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What will you give Him?

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My colleague, Setex  (as he prefers to be addressed ‘on the  internet’), is the  author of this amazing and profound post and he chose to share it through my blog.

Thank you, Setex.

So here guys, my first guest post ever.

It’s Christmas once again, a season of love, basically.

People tend to be more loving and there’s lots of sharing, giving and receiving this season and I’m usually more at the receiving end (lol, don’t judge me).

It’s usually a wonderful time of celebration, packed with activities, folks, drawing up lists of gifts to give and what they’d like to receive, lots of plans, lots of expectations, some easy to meet, others, not so much (the guys planning on gifts for their ladies can attest to that, lol).

At least, everyone is receiving something, right?

Ok, maybe not everyone but almost everyone, yea?

Everyone should though, but wait a minute.

What about Him?

Is He on your list?

I mean the celebrant.

The reason for the season, Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, whom He sent down to redeem you and me.

Any plans for Him?

Picture that, you’ve been invited to the birthday party of a very important personality, of course, you’d get busy, preparing to look your best to the party, wouldn’t you also plan to get the celebrant something they’d appreciate?

So, what will you give Him?

After all, He is the cause for the celebration.

One may say, what does He need?

He owns the whole world, what would He need?

Delivery guys, don’t even go up there, so?

Well, thankfully, we don’t need delivery guys.

We don’t have to go all the way to heaven before we can do nice things for our Jesus, things He will be happy with and proud of.

He’s with us, remember?  He’s near, He’s here.

He hears, He sees, He knows.

So what can you give Him?

Here are some suggestions;

Write Him a love letter or a note of thanks.

Spend some quality time with Him, could be a date, just you and Him.

Make a decision to do better in areas you know He wants you to do better. Forgive that person, because its Jesus’ birthday, let go off the anger & bitterness because it’s Christmas and ’tis the season to be jolly.

Choose to be more loving, more patient, choose to not get offended, choose to be kind, yes, you can make that choice and He’d like that.

Talk to a family member or friend about Him, add bibles to the list of gifts you are giving, make a commitment to winning souls and making heaven rejoice.

Go out of your way to do something nice for someone else with no expectations.

Encourage someone.

Give yourself a break, decide to trust Him more.

How about that?

Isn’t He worth it and more?

It doesn’t even cost much.

So, do it for Him.

As you make plans to celebrate with family and friends, which is very important, remember most importantly, who we are celebrating and make plans to do something special for Him this season.

No Christmas without Christ, He is the reason for the season.

Give Him your best this season.

Merry Christmas!!!

Got more ideas on what we can do for Jesus this Christmas, please share in the comments.

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Unexpected lessons 101

images6I got some extra sleep this morning. Yay!

It wasn’t business as usual. My office had planned a health fair and the venue we would be using, wasn’t too far from my place.

My office is quite a distance from where I live, so on a normal day,  I set out very early in order not to be late.

My body though, already accustomed to  getting up pretty early, needed to be held back in bed after my alarm rang.

When I finally got up and started getting ready, way later than usual, I kept feeling like I was late, I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t because I wasn’t.

Then I thought, when those people who usually see me going out early, see me this morning, they will probably think that I’m late.

Well, I said, still thinking to myself, they don’t know where I’m going, I know and I know that I’m not late.

Then it occurred to me, this relates to life, you know?

Sometimes, people think or say you are late because you haven’t done certain things or achieved certain things in the time that others may have done those things but they don’t know where you are going, they don’t know your life’s plan, they don’t know God’s plans for your life.

I hear when my neighbor drives out most mornings, usually that’s a sign that I’m running late and I begin to hurry but this morning while I was still forcing myself to get more sleep, I heard them but I simply ignored, we weren’t on the same schedule, its not even  like we are, on other days (I don’t know why I put myself under that pressure).

You can’t and shouldn’t compare yourself to anyone because you probably ain’t going the same way.

It’s not about anyone, what they say or what they think, it’s about you.

It’s your life and it’s in God’s hands.

So, focus on your lane.

Be encouraged.

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Little prayers you can fill your day with.

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Spending time in prayers is great, refreshing and absolutely important in our walk with God.

Some of us have a prayer time, some, a prayer closet, which is great.

The beautiful thing is we don’t always  have to wait for our prayer time or to get in our prayer closet before we can talk to God, we can do it on the go.

I like a part of Matthew Henry’s commentary on 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (here) that says, to pray without ceasing “is not that men should do nothing but pray, but that nothing else we do should hinder prayer…”

So, as you go about your day, here are some little prayers you can fill your day with, you know, whisper to God as you go, for yourself, someone or about something, as required.

  • I love you Lord.
  • Praise God.
  • Have mercy on me Lord.
  • Thank you Lord.
  • God help me.
  • Father take control.
  • God bless (someone/something).
  • Lord have mercy on …
  • God, please guide/direct me.
  • Have your way Lord.
  • It is well…

These are just some of the many things we can say to God as we go.

Do you have one that’s not listed, you can share in the comments.

Be encouraged.

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10 Bible verses to encourage you as you wait on God.

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Waiting, generally,  is  not something I particularly enjoy doing, from waiting in line to ‘waiting in life’ but I’m learning that whether or not I like it, I can’t make God hurry, so I might as well wait with a good attitude.

The Bible says in Acts 1:7, that timing is the Father’s business and I’ve learned to trust that He’s never late.

Today, I thought to share these 10 bible verses that have encouraged and still encourage me as I wait on God in different areas of my life, I hope they encourage you too.

And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]! Isaiah 30:18

Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19

Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day. Habakkuk 2:3b

 [What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living! Psalms 27:13

For I know that my Redeemer and Vindicator lives… Job 19:25

 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever. Psalms 73:26

 [Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. Jeremiah 17:7

When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!” Romans 4:18

The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word]. Lamentations 3:25

O my God, I trust, lean on, rely on, and am confident in You. Let me not be put to shame or [my hope in You] be disappointed; let not my enemies triumph over me. Psalms 25:2

Be encouraged.

 

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3 “I will nots” and 1 “Assuredly not”

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Hey there,

I hope this encourages you.

The bible, in Hebrews 13: 5-6 (Ampc) says;

Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?

This is my latest favorite scripture.

After saying “I will not” thrice, He goes on to add “Assuredly not!”

So, no matter what we are facing or may face, we can indeed take comfort and be encouraged knowing, without a doubt, that God is faithful and we can trust Him.

Be encouraged.

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We all make mistakes.

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Tiny, silly, huge… We. All. Make. Mistakes.

Here’s the thing, yes, you made a mistake but you are not a mistake neither are you, your mistake.

God loves you. He offers you forgiveness and wants you to repent and receive it.

You may say, Oh no, you have no idea what I have done, I don’t think God wants to have anything to do with me or someone may have written you off, given up on you because of a mistake you made.

Well, thankfully, there’s hope for our ‘oops’.  God is able to redeem and restore regardless  of what people think, say or do.

See what bible says in Isaiah 55:7-8 (AMP);
Let the wicked leave (behind) his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the Lord,
And He will have compassion (mercy) on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.

See?  So, whose report will you believe?

Stop being too hard on yourself, instead;

Accept that you MISSED it and TAKE responsibility for it.

Repent before God and receive His forgiveness, you know God forgives and forgets, right? So, don’t let guilt hold you down. Forgive yourself as well.

Find the lessons in your mistake and move on with them. Do better. Keep growing.

Walk with God to stay on track, you may still slip but He’s got you.

Believe the best regardless. All things work together for our good and as I often say, you may have blown it a few times  but God can still blow your mind.

Choose to believe God’s report  when people bring up your mistake.

“Do not remember the former things, or ponder the things of the past. Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing…”, God says.

Be encouraged.