Adios 2016! Hello 2017 :)

Adios 2016! Hello 2017 :)

What can i say? 2016 has been a beautiful year for me… as a matter of fact, the best year yet in my life. My heart is full of gratitude to my Creator for the far that He has brought me.

I vividly reminisce how apprehensive i was about the year as it began in January! I was in my final semester at the university, looking forward to complete my project (which was still at its conceptual stage); a prerequisite for me to graduate later in the year; my relationship with my (now) ex-boyfriend was simply on the rocks; i was not certain of what i actually wanted to do after campus; I was slowly losing  touch with my Bible Study Quiet time… simply put, my life was a complete mess and i was simply surviving on God’s unending mercies!

Words may fail to accurately describe the situation i was in at the time, but it felt like i was slipping on a steep slope with nothing to hold on to, to keep me from falling. Despair was slowly but steadily approaching and i almost lost hope and meaning for life. Looking back however, i can afford a smile! For these (temporary) shortcomings took me down to my knees before my King… and from that low point i drew all the strength and courage that i needed to sail through the seemingly stormy year that lay ahead of me.

With God’s leading, i was able (with the support of family and close friends) to break off my relationship with my then boyfriend. I can attest (on behalf of all those who’ve had break-ups before), to the fact that break-ups are U.G.L.Y. and messy and horrible and all other adjectives that fit the description outlined here-in. There were days i would cry myself to sleep recalling all the good times we had together, promises made (some of which were already broken), memories created together, secrets shared, etc. It was without a doubt the lowest point of my life, but possibly one of the best decisions i have made thus far in my life.

I remember asking God for true, trustworthy friends who would help me soldier on with this walk of life. At the time, i was lonely, empty, almost seemingly bereft. Life had little to offer me during that period, aside from God’s comforting presence that came about every time i sat down to listen from His Word. The friends did not come as soon as i wanted them to come… No! They came at His own perfect timing. Talk of fruitful bible-study connections being established and honest relationships springing forth from them! If there’s a lesson I’ve come to learn this year, it is that, They that put their (absolute) trust in God, shall never be put to shame. Because He is Faithful to those who truly and sincerely seek Him.

He led me to finding a schoolmate of mine who sacrificially put in time to help me successfully complete my final year school project, and get favorable grades in my final semester as a bonus. How faithful is my Maker! What other friend can you get that matches His description? I have seen Him open doors for me that couldn’t possibly have been opened through any human intervention.

Before i sat for my final paper at the university, i got an invite to a job interview that i had applied for in passing, on acquiescing to the request of a friend to do the same. Fast forward to 3 months after presenting my project to a team of 3 panelists for marking, i landed my first job with one of the best audit firms in the globe; His own doing.

2 and a half months after landing this job, He did it again by ensuring that i graduated among the top performers in our class. I have seen Him answer prayers that i thought were silly, i have seen Him fight battles for me that seemed impossible to win, I have seen him bring lovely, warm, Christ-oriented friends in my life; such a great gift!

Isn’t it amazing that God sees the depths of our hearts and still loves us the same, irregardless of our sinful mannerisms? Choose Him today dear reader, Seek Him out earnestly and you’ll certainly find Him if you seek Him out with your whole heart. Spend time in His Word, Pray in all earnest, Find a Bible-based church and join as a member and plug in to a Bible Study.

I just turned 23, exactly 2 days ago… and i can tell you for sure that I am looking forward to establishing a deeper, meaningful, never-ending relationship with Him as the days go by. His banner over me is love. With Him, I know all things are possible 🙂 I can barely wait for the year 2017!!

*excited*

Thanks for reading! Feel free to comment below if you have questions or thoughts on the above topic. Blessings to you 🙂

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Dear Future Husband…

Dear Future Husband…

Lately, I’ve been attending a couple of weddings where either one of my friends or relative gets married. Great guys getting married to lovely women and I’ve found myself yearning for the time I would embark on a life journey with someone whom I love and enjoy spending time with. So I drafted a list of 10 things I would enjoy doing with him; the list is endless and is not limited to the outlined points;

1. Prayer walks together

I would love to go for prayer walks with you early in the mornings because God is and shall remain in the first place in our lives. So what better way to start off our days, than communicating to Him about our plans for the day and for the week ahead together as a team? Spending early mornings and/or late evenings walking in a serene environment (with birds singing while some chirping form time to time :P) talking to our eternal father is something I can’t wait to you my beloved-to-be! Our ever-faithful God has to be part and parcel of our everyday plans and commitments… and prayer walks sound great, right dear? 😉 I hope to enjoy more of these with you!

2. Feeding on God’s Word together

I find myself enjoying my Quiet time in Scripture so much, such that most of the time it becomes the highlight of my day! Spending quality time getting nourished by God’s Word with you is something I look forward to. I would love it, if from time to time we’d invite, our friends over and do games that enhance our knowledge of Scripture, just as my dad used to do to my siblings and I back when I was 7 years old. I guess old habits die hard 😛

3. Horse-riding

This has been my childhood dream… still excites me as I’m writing this. I have always yearned to learn how to ride on horse-back, and I’ll probably do that… hopefully pretty soon?! So get your saddle ready darling, cause we’re going to a lot of horse riding! Horse-riding around our farm would be ideal for me (especially in the evenings as we reflect on how our day has been), and I pray that the Lord will grant us the opportunity to scale and soar to such heights together :-).

4. Traveling

Yes I love adventure! And it thus goes without saying that I enjoy traveling every so often. No, we don’t necessarily have to make plans for every trip we’ll embark on together. Yes, you guessed right, spontaneity is like second nature to me :D. Road-trips, nature-travels, hikes and the like are just some of the many activities I hope to do with you. How I pray that God will grant us the opportunity to have an adventure-filled marriage, beloved.

5. Your Hobbies!

I for sure, cannot wait to figure out what activities thrill you and make your bones sing and dance with excitement :-D. Your happiness shall be of paramount importance to me, and I pray that our marriage shall have more of the highs than the lows. Having grown up with girls for the better part of my life, it would give me great joy to learn some not-so-girly activities that you love doing… so if it’s watching a game or a movie, book me a spot right besides you.. okay Sweetie?

6. Giving back to society

One way to convey our gratitude to God for all the blessings He has entrusted us with is by giving back to Him. Volunteering our time, our resources and our efforts to children/elderly homes, is something I yearn to do with you. When God blesses us with children, I pray that we’ll inculcate this as part of the many life lessons we’ll be teaching them 🙂

7. Date nights!

Rekindling our love every so often as we reminisce our earlier courtship days  is something i could hardly ever get used to! I won’t have enough of them.. not even when the kids come, so hint hint! We’ll have to get trustworthy bedsitters (as i write this i already have two applications, so don’t worry my love: I got us sorted ;-))

Walking arm in arm with you as we share our intimate stories is something I look forward to even after saying I do. It’s my wish that we’ll get to have movie dates together with our kids from time to time, and I pray that I’ll cherish every moment that God grants us together as a family.

 8. Trampoline jumping with the kids

Saturday afternoons should be made of these!!!! Dear husband-to-be, that we can be finding time to go and do the trampoline every so often at the park or even better… have one built in our backyard (for you know… the good of our future children and grandchildren), would give me great joy! Looking forward to having such fun-filled moments with you!

9. Planting an orchard together

Darling, we have to tend to our garden together at least once every month! Planting fruit trees and vegetables has proven to be a very therapeutic activity to me in the past. I get so thrilled every time I get a bountiful harvest after putting in blood and sweat into the sometimes-rocky ground. It’s so rewarding to go through such an experience and I would most definitely want you to be a part of it!

10. Building our home together

Last but certainly not least in this list, is what i can’t wait to do with you as soon as I say I do! A lovely home with you my darling husband-to-be, is something i look forward to.. and raising our little ones in it; with the support of our beloved community of friends. Trying out various recipes, doing particular chores together, doing the interior decoration with your valuable input, are just but a few of the many activities that i yearn to do with you as soon as we start our family…

so find me! soon! so that we embark on our life-long journey together?!

Love and love from yours truly :-*

 

 

What does it mean when one says he is born again(a believer)?

What does it mean when one says he is born again(a believer)?

1. It means that he has realized that he is a sinner and is in dire need of a Saviour

“For all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”(Romans 3:23-24)

From the Creation story in Genesis(read chapter 3), it is evident how depravity came into the world, making every human being captive to sin thus separating mankind from God. Sin leads to spiritual death , therefore it became impossible for man to reconcile himself to God. Therefore, a born again person  has accepted that he was in a depraved state (before getting saved ) and there is nothing he could do by himself to correct this state.

In His great love for mankind, God sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for mankind so as to reconcile us back to Him(read John 3:16). Can you imagine yourself taking your beloved son/daughter and offering him/her as a sacrifice so as to save a lost relationship with say a drug addict? I don’t know about you, but it would take a lot of convincing for me to give up a friend as an offering let alone my own bone of my bones! God went against all odds to save you and me from eternal death, life without a relationship with Him. How great is His love for us!

A born again person has chosen to accept Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour of his life, the key to reconciliation with his Eternal Father and Creator. He has accepted the life which Christ has presented to him and follows His Divine lead.

2. It means that he has chosen to forsake his former ways

“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry…”(Colossians 3:3-5)

A born again believer has chosen to live the life prescribed to him by God as Paul puts it in Colossians 3:12-17 and Romans 6:1-14. He forsakes his former ways, confesses his sins and accepts the forgiveness granted to him by Christ Jesus.He is no longer a slave to sin, on the contrary, he is granted freedom that comes through God’s own Son, Christ Jesus.

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). A believer chooses to submit to God and walk in the path of obedience to Him.

3. It means that he has accepted the Bible as the ultimate source of Truth.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

A born again believer has accepted the Bible as the ultimate source of authority when hearing from God. He has chosen to be guided by God’s Word, to be instructed by it, corrected by it and to be transformed by the Bible.

A.W.Pink in his book ‘Profiting From the Word‘ says, “Nothing else will preserve from the infections of this world, deliver from the temptations of Satan and be so effective a preservative against sin, as the Word of God received into the affections”. Which is to say that a born again believer aspires to and certainly hides God’s Word deeply; letting it get from the ear into the mind,from the mind into the heart, letting it soak in further and further!

T.Manton, 1620-1627 says in one of his books that when God’s Word has a prevailing sovereignty in our hearts, then we are able to receive it in the love of it. It becomes dearer than our dearest affections and it then sticks to us. Thus a believer like the psalmist in Psalm 119:11 endeavors to hidden his heart in  God’s Word in order to live a righteous,upright life that is pleasing to God.

4. It means that he has accepted the imperishable gift of eternal life!

The apostle Peter encouraged believers in Christ to praise God because we have ‘a living hope’ -a confident expectation that grows and gains strength the more we learn about Jesus from His Word. “[God] has begotten us…  an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you”(1 Peter 1:3-5)

A born again believer is thus assured of eternal life that will never lose its glory or come to ruin as a result of hostile forces. He is assured of a safe inheritance and knows that God is guarding his soul.

5. It means that he has chosen to have a living, eternal and lasting relationship with God

A born-again believer subscribes into God’s unsearchable gifts of His kingdom that come to him only as a result of accepting Christ as Lord over his life. He accepts to share in God’s love and glory by choosing to spend time in God’s word to know and learn more about God and His will for him as a believer.

He prays continually (1 Thessalonians 5:18), and spends time with fellow believers to cultivate a growing relationship with God and to learn more and more about His will, with the help of the Holy Spirit(Ephesians 1:13-14). A believer knows that as he does all these things, even when death approaches, he is assured of eternal life full of joy, devoid of suffering with his Maker!

These 5 points dear reader, summarize what I believe best describe a born-again believer. There could be many other marks of a born again believer other than those i have enumerated above and i would beseech you to spend time feeding on God’s word so that you may be edified on the same. Thanks for reading! Blessings to you 🙂

Dare to dream but don’t stop there!

Dare to dream but don’t stop there!

I just recently completed my undergraduate studies and the question I’ve heard most of my friends asking themselves in different social circles has been… “What next?”. I have been contemplating over this question over the last 4-5 months and after doing research from various persons, literature, among other sources i have the following points laid out to edify and encourage those who have found themselves in a similar situation at different stages of their lives.

1. Conduct an internal self-review

Take time to discover who you are; what makes you tick, what doesn’t, what values you treasure most, qualities/traits you look out for when looking for friends, what you aspire to be, who your role models are.. excetra excetra.  Find out what you are really passionate about, where you envision yourself to be in 10 years time, with which kind of people and the place you’d want to live in.  I (for example) love reading blogs, books (my favorite being the Bible) , dislike idleness, negative talk, gossip, would want to have friends who have a great passion for Jesus and who share the same values with me; value honesty and integrity among other virtues.

2. Note down your findings

Take a notebook (a diary or journal would work better for you), and jot down all these things in detail if possible. This will enable you to have a clear vision of where you are currently in life and where you aspire to be in future. Be specific about the milestones you’d want to accomplish.

An IT-oriented fellow could jot down “I’d want to learn Pearl and C-Sharp programming languages within the next 2-3 months by allocating 2 hours every evening to learning this. After learning these two languages, I could do a project to test my newly acquired skills. Meanwhile I’ll be looking for IT internships so as to add to the experience  I have acquired thus far. In a year’s time, I should be working in ABC firm with the goal of acquiring the Software Engineer title in the Developers Team. 10 years down the line, I envision myself as an ICT manager in ABC firm and will be having enough resources to prompt me to form a start-up Developer firm …”. Always keep in mind that, ‘Your dreams are valid!’~Lupita Nyong’o

3. Find friends who share your core values

“Show me your friends and I’ll tell you what kind of a person you are”, is a wise saying that speaks volumes of how our relationships define who we really are. Your friends are your second family, an adopted family that you get to choose for yourself. These are the people who form and shape your opinions, inculcate certain values(or vices) in you with or without your knowledge; they are the people who make you become what other people perceive you to be. Therefore, a wise lad or lady would take slow and deliberate steps when selecting a particular person to be his/her friend.

Choose friends who identify with your core values for they shall certainly form a big part of your support system in this school of life. In the long run, you will realize that selectively choosing friends based on your values(not feelings/emotions), will prove fruitful as they will champion you to achieve your goals and will be genuinely concerned about your well-being.

4. Walk with your mentors

Everyone has someone who they look up to because of certain traits or beliefs they possess about that person. So who do you look up to? Your dad? Your mum? Your uncle? Your Senator? Member of Parliament? Lecturer? Whoever this person may be, take time to understand what it is that they are or have that makes you admire them that much. Reach out to them and find out what exactly makes them be what they are..find out what drives them  to their success peaks, find out their core values!

Request to have a day with them just to observe how they plan for and conduct their activities. Be eager to learn more and more about them by engaging them in online discussions(especially for those who have busy schedules) and seek for advise on various matters. An aspiring doctor could have a surgeon as a mentor, while an aspiring musician could have a re-known musician as a mentor. Most successful people attribute their success to the people who inspired them to become who they are; their mentors!

5. Spend time feeding on God’s word and pray

I’ll echo what has been said by different authors and writers over and over again over time; The Bible has got answers to all life’s questions! Are you in despair? Going through a difficult time? Feeling lonely? Thinking life is unfair? Feeling proud of the strides you’ve been able to make so far but still feel dissatisfied? Fret not dear sister/brother! The Bible has got answers to all questions. It says in Hebrews 4:12  “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than a double-edged sword. It penetrates to the dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Therefore, the Bible is sufficient to give answers to each and every situation faced by man

Talk to God about anything and everything.The Bible says that we should pray without ceasing(1 Thessalonians 5:17)  and that we should fear God and keep His commands for this sums up the whole duty of man(Ecclesiastes 12:13). Aspire to have a strong, firm and sound relationship with your Creator. For those who haven’t accepted Him as Lord and Savior yet in their lives, it is not too late for you to do that. Ask Him to be Lord over your life and purpose to live your life for Him. Spend time with Him through prayer and feeding on His word on a daily basis and your life will take a new turn for your good. He’ll give you guidance on how to approach various issues of life.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to comment below if you have questions or thoughts on the above topic. Blessings to you 🙂