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What Would You Tell Your Sixteen Year Old Self?πŸ€”πŸ˜‡πŸ™ƒ

Once upon a time, in a small village in the countryside, there lived a girl called Eglyne Esther. She very much enjoyed indoor activities as her personality was more of a quiet and shy one. Her parents adored her as she was not so much trouble raising as a child. Eglyne grew up as a God fearing young lady who always kept her parents, three brothers and sister in much prayer. How do I know all this? Well, I know her.

So, I happened to meet Eglyne last week to just catch up about life. We had not had a girl talk for quite some time and I had really longed for one with herπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ. She shared how much she is grateful for the far that the Lord has brought her. Her birthday was actually on the day before we met. So the curious me poked this lost friend of mine to open up of what resolutions she set herself now that she was one year older. It was amazing to listen to her share of what she would have done differently in her life instead of the future plans I inquired about. To be precise, she talked of what advise she would give her younger self…a sixteen year old Eglyne Esther?πŸ€”πŸ€— She would tell her have her always remember Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry

25 β€œTherefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?28 β€œAnd why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe youβ€” you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, β€˜What shall we eat?’ or β€˜What shall we drink?’ or β€˜What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Wow!! I starred with amazement as she beamed, her eyes twinkling with pride, her mouth moving with utmost confidence. “This must definitely be out of experience given such vigour and assurance of the word”, I thought to myself. Whom am I kidding? My poking self could not just keep calm and so I gave into the temptation of asking to hear more of the inspirational sharingπŸ™ƒπŸ˜‰!! As she opened I realized how much she focused on verse twenty nine that says Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these”. It really struck me that Solomon with all the wealth he had was not as beautifully dressed as the lilies of the field. I hope we are all on the same page of how wealthy Solomon was. Or do we need to do a lifestyle audit?πŸ€”πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Oops, seem to be digressing here. I know my countrymen understand πŸ€£πŸ˜‰!!

Okay now going back to the man who asked God for wisdom when He handed him a blank cheque. The Bible says in 1Kings 10:21, All King Solomon’s goblets were gold, and all the household articles in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Nothing was made of silver, because silver was considered of little value in Solomon’s days“. 1Kings 10:23 also says, “King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth”. Did you also know that during his time, silver was common in Jerusalem as stones?πŸ˜±πŸ™„πŸ₯ˆπŸ’°πŸ€‘. Come read 1 Kings 10:27, “The king made silver common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.” I guess we now all know. Forbes would have definitely loved this guyπŸ’―πŸ˜ŽπŸ’ƒπŸ•Ί!!

Eglyne (whom I call Queen Esther) really got me thinking. Isn’t God just amazing? What is impossible with Him? Nothing, absolutely nothing πŸ™…. He has everything under control. Eglyne wishes her younger self would not have wasted so much time worrying about how things would turn out. Rather she would have purposed to fix her eyes on things above, be at peace and enjoy life in Christ. Anxiety and worry just bursts the fun out of the life balloon. Nearly three decades on this earth has taught her that if she surrenders control to her creator, the giver of all things, then she is certain of God’s will being fulfilled in her life. Some answers to prayers may not turn out exactly how she wanted, but then time proved that truly God’s ways were better than hers. Not as easy as it sounds, and that is where the Helper comes in, the Holy Spirit. To teach us all things.

So what would you tell your sixteen year old self today?πŸ˜•πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜πŸ™‹πŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’

It is obvious that it is only after time passes by that some things start to make sense. You get to understand and appreciate the crooked turns and bends, the mountains and the valleys of your past life. But most of all God’s faithfulness. This is my personal testimony. That I serve the God of Abraham (Covenant keeping God, the God of Isaac (God of Impossibilities) and the God of Jacob (God of change/transformation). Amen and Amen and Amen!! So what would your advise be to your younger self?

See you next week Friday and God bless!!!πŸ˜‡πŸ™

#Hopeforyouandme #UnchangeableGod #QueenEsther #Eglyne

What If You Could Have Back What You LostπŸŒΌπŸŽ„πŸŽπŸ’œπŸ’–πŸ’—πŸ€”?

Have you ever lost something dear to you ? That pained you when it got lost ? That treasure that left some empty space in you ? Well, what if I told you, that you could get it back ? That there is hope for restoration ? What would you give to have that loved,precious, valuable treasure back in your possession? How wonderful does that sound ? Definitely music to the ears if you ask meπŸ™‹πŸ˜‡πŸ˜Š!!

Before I get misquoted, there is need to point out that some things and some people are just best left where they are. God in his wisdom has clarified that for me in my own life. He has helped me differentiate between what I have lost that deserves to be lost from what I need to have back in my life. The latter sometimes stays lost out of my own pride or lack of effort and some times even lack of desire/will. As I worked on this post, a former close friend called and my pride definitely did not allow me to pick. And I know and I know and I know that God has been speaking to me about walking in the path of forgiveness and reconciliation and this friend is definitely on that list. The long paragraph is evident of how much emotion this topic raises in me. And how much my heart desires to see this process to the end. Can I say this is where the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak πŸ€—πŸ˜‡? I stretched out of my comfort zone and did call back..Story to be continuedπŸ˜‰ !!

This week in my church has been a prayer and fasting one seeking for revival/renewal/restoration. The theme is based on Psalms 85:6Won’t you revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you ? It is evident between the Holy Trinity and I that a special part of my spiritual life was lost and my mind has knocked on that door of old memories quite often. So this week for me served as such an opportune moment for me to pour out my desires for restoration to God, my Heavenly Father for what I lost.

Loss brings with it sadness, tears, regret, pain, anger, resentment and even depression. For the loss brought by death, hope lies in meeting the dear ones in the afterlife. Others have lost materially for what they have worked so hard for. Some have experienced emotional and spiritual losses while others have lost parts of their bodies through sickness or accidents.

Focus for me this week has been to admit and confess that I did lose a former precious part of me that I truly need back to help me fulfill the purpose of my life. Am more than convinced that my purpose lies in a revival in the insides of me. From my thoughts, my mind, my heart, my words and in relation, my life. My inner man desires a renewal that can only come from the fire of the Holy Spirit. And as a result every sphere of my life will be positively impacted.

I am taking the step of faith on this mountain for repentance and confession of my sins combined with rebuking every wicked scheme of the evil one. Am taking the minutes to whisper my a thousand and one prayers combined with shouting of praise and worship to the Kings of Kings.

So what makes me so sure that my prayers will be answered ? Well, the beauty about this is that am asking from the source of all things. The Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, Yahweh, the Great I am. He is God of Abraham, God of Jacob and God of Isaac. He is the Author and Finisher of my faith. And am very much aware that God remains to be God. He is Sovereign and I trust His wisdom. His ways have always been better than mine. The truth be told, whether I receive or not, God still remains to be Jehovah. He is changeless. I might as well be grateful that my actions have moved me closer to Him. And maybe that was the whole idea in the first place πŸ™ƒπŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŠπŸ™‚!! You see, I told you, God knows what exactly He is doing. He got this !! He got me !! He got you !! Isn’t it better to walk with the Creator of all things than the things themselves ?

This post is to acknowledge loss does occur in each one of us. Is there hope for recovery ? God has the full answer to this. You can choose to ask of Him and let His Sovereignty reign in your life or you can choose to continue with life as it comes. The former does seem wiser and really is the best for you. Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be open unto you (Matthew 7:7). One thing is certain God hears and answers prayers, sometimes not the way we want, but the fact remains is that He does. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!(Matthew 7:9-11)

My hope is renewed that my Creator is truly my Heavenly Father. Am not sure what you have lost or what you desire back. One thing that am confident of is that God knows and He desires for you to talk to Him about it. Let Him be your light. Let Him make your paths straight to your destiny. Let Him lead you to your purpose. Be encouraged that He has the best of intentions for you πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‡!! It is written that many are the good thoughts He has for us that they would outnumber the sand.

God bless as you take time to seek for restoration, revival and renewal in all areas of your life !! See you next week FridayπŸ™‹!!

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Five Ways To The Success Of Your Resolutions πŸ˜‡πŸ˜Š!!

Once upon a time, there was a man who had a project to accomplish within seven days. He had clear strategy and vision in him. So he decided to clearly articulate the details to all those under him before the start of the actual implementation. The next morning, this man rose early and the work began.

There were daily and specific tasks for all his people to do. They respected and trusted their leader to follow all his instructions to the latter. This was contributed to the fact that they benefited a lot from previous successful projects led by him. And so they had faith in him and no one disputed the tasks assigned to them. And on this specific project, they had much success on the seventh day. They managed to win against their competitors who seemed really capable of defeating them at the job.

After a victory celebration, the man reviewed their success and remembered during step 2 in setting of resolutions, they received much assistance from a connection they encountered. He made sure that his appreciation was delivered. The end of this story leads to the beginning of the continuation of last week’s post, hoping you had time to honestly and critically evaluate yourself together with your goals.

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What do you need to ensure that you accomplish the right goals? Well, in my opinion, the following ways can assist.

  1. Ensure You Have Fulfilled Steps 1 to 3. I mean, there is no way you can achieve any goals if you do not have any to achieve in the first place. Let them be resolutions. Feel free to read the previous post again. Have some vision of where you want to be and come up with ways you think can lead you to your destination. Get some research done about your objective if you do not have all the information. While you do all this, trust yourself to do the things you set out to do. Believe in yourself. I should nail this to my head every day πŸ˜‰!!
  2. Do Not Allow Pride To Stand In Your Way. Since you are not a jack of all trades, do not be afraid to seek help in the actual implementation. I would suggest pray for guidance for people who can be part of your goals. My prayer for a long time has been to ask God to connect me to people that I need to be connected to for the purpose of my life.
  3. Communicate Well. This is not only for you to have it clearly in your head but also to those who are walking with you in your journey. Be willing to share and speak about your vision. Speaking with clarity brings out the confidence others will have of you. It helps raise trust and faith in them, meaning, they will eventually reciprocate by working hard on their part. When all is said and done, one thing am sure of is success that comes from God’s wisdom and guidance in all these steps.
  4. Give It Time. Well this one is also for me. Patience is not my cup of tea and this is a daily struggle of working to improvement. This is a personal area that I pray for grace to be sufficient but also acknowledge that I need to follow deliberate measures to become better. So with regards to resolutions, I plead with you to be patient and allow for process (quoting a friend of mine who sings this to me) to bring out the desired fruits. The story above is of a man who not only had vision and strategy but knew very well, he could not finish the project within one or two days but seven days. For others, this can be weeks or months or even years. Ever heard of the 10,000 hour or 10 years rule. This is from Outliers:The Story Of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. The author noted that almost all musical masterpieces were written after 10 years of the composer’s career. Out of 500 pieces that he studied, there were only three exceptions, which were written in years eight and nine.
  5. Celebrate. After reaching your destination, do not forget to celebrate yourself and all those that held your hand along the way. This is following the example of our creator who rested on the seventh day after fulfilling His own project. You can also celebrate your failures as lessons on future goals. I need to remember this also πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰!!

So, I had promised to reveal the book in today’s post as the source of the ways to set and achieve resolutions. And yes I will do. So here it is:The story at the beginning of this post including all the information I have shared since last week Friday is from the Book of Joshua πŸ˜‡! Today’s post is specifically from Joshua chapter one, verse one to twenty seven. I picked out sections of chapter one to six for last week’s post. How this came about is when I watched a movie about Joshua’s story on television (Hope TV which is affiliated to my church) on a children’s christian movie, Super Book. Over time, I have come to acknowledge and appreciate that God’s word has all the answers to all life’s questions!!

Am glad I wrote this as everything I have written speaks to me and I very much identify with it all. Thank you so much for making time to read and please free to comment or reach out to in any of my social media handles below. God bless and see you next week πŸ˜‡!!

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Three Ways On How To Set The Right Resolutions!!

In about a month’s time or so, the year 2018 will surely be half spent. A reader of my previous post felt confident to comment on her expectation that was not met. She expected that I suggest a book that would to guide in setting right resolutions. The post she was referring to is “What are your Big Four…?? based on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s state of the nation address on 2nd May 2018.

Personally, I have been in a very anxious place in my life that has seemed to perfect my impatient tendency. Even as I led a home-based Bible Study session this past Monday, picking out Phil 4:4-9 was in a selfish aim to get help from the larger body of Christ. I was glad to know am not the only one as the devil would want me believe.

So to answer my beloved reader, let me attempt to give successful methods to ensure we fulfill our plans and resolutions from this book that I read. Well this book has been severally referenced by so many great and successful people in this world. So here goes, a few points that I managed to pick out! Just to point out that this is definitely not the exhaustive list.

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  1. Trust The Soldier In You….πŸ’ͺ!! How do you view yourself as you pen down your plans? Do you feel honestly feel capable of achieving your new year resolutions? Or are you writing just to conform to the pattern of this world…the trend? Your self image plays a very critical in the quality of plans that you will write down leave alone working towards achieving them. Meaning the desires of an ant can never be compared to those of an elephant. These two differ mainly in their views and perspectives of the world. You are much more than you give your credit to be..πŸ€‘πŸ€”. You need to remind yourself of who you really are. This should not be based on your previous or current circumstances but on the hope of a better future life. This forms a great foundation to success or failure in achieving your goals as it feeds directly into the next stages.
  2. You Need To Up Your Spying Skills..πŸ”­πŸ•΅!! Yeah I know, we need James Bond’s contact for some tips..πŸ˜•πŸ˜Š!! There is definitely need to find more insight in a narrowed perspective of the specific interest you would want to pump your efforts/time, finances, relationships/family/networks into. One thing to consider here is the quality and quantity of information sufficient to assist you make vital decisions.
  3. What Do You Have In Your Hands…πŸ€”πŸ€·?? What are you good at? What is your skill/financial capability/time availability/commitment? Am sure we have heard this bit before. However, my focus today is opening our eyes to what we may not think we are capable of achieving. Personally, for a larger part of my life, I thought I loved numbers until I found more satisfaction in writing. You can find out more about yourself by what other people compliment you on that you have ignored all these years. There is also the sure way of prayer πŸ™ The choice is yours! Whose report you will believe?

The above three points are just the first part of ways that can guide you in setting your resolutions. And yes, I know I have not shared the book till now and this might be out of the selfishness creeping into me. So what I would do is promise to give you the title and author of the book in my next post which will focus on the ways to achieve your resolutions.

My reason mainly is to give you time to think through the above points and honestly evaluate where you stand with all your answers to the questions above. Then hopefully we can continue to the next stage of actual implementation. So God willing, see you next week Friday!! God bless πŸ˜‡πŸ™‚ !!

#HappyNewYear #Resolution

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