A startling vision A resounding voice Let me feel your presence Let the dead rise And manna fall Then I’ll know you’re at work
Days roll by like a stream Still I cannot feel your presence Do I need to cry louder? Or bow lower? I’m ready to fast longer Just to feel your presence
Awaken my heart Rouse up my spirit May flying birds and flowing streams Blue skies and green fields Be more than enough To make me feel your presence
Sometimes, we look for God in spectacular events while ignoring the ordinary ones. Every single day, every moment, God speaks to us; even in the ordinary things of life. Listen more closely and you’ll hear Him.
Sometimes too, we stubbornly hold unto our plans and do not give God the chance to have His way. Let go of what you think is the best and let Him do things His way in your life. (Isaiah 55:8-9).
“Last time I tried, it didn’t work” Do it again! “I’m tired of failing” Do it again! And when you do it again and fail again, Do it again! As you do it again, you’ll realise you’re getting better, don’t stop Do it again! In the end, when you look at yourself, you’ll be glad you agreed to DO IT AGAIN.
I’m very excited to be nominated for this award🎉🎉. I’m so grateful to Debbie for the nomination. You should definitely visit her blog. It’s very amazing. Through fun and uplifting articles, she inspires readers. Check it out: https://jouyoz.wordpress.com/
How my blog started
For sometime, I had some pieces written down in my journal. Later on, I thought “why write all these and keep it to myself? Why don’t I get a platform where I could share them with others?” So I created this blog. I was a bit worried then because I thought it’ll be really difficult creating a new blog without any assistance or blogging advice but by God’s grace, I’ve come this far.
Advice for new bloggers
1. Remember that “petit à petit, l’oiseaux fait son nid”( let’s do a little bit of French 😉)- little by little, the bird makes its nest. Don’t be afraid to be a beginner.
2. Connect with other bloggers by reading, liking and commenting on their posts and following their blogs. They’ll definitely return the gesture.
Congratulations to the following bloggers 🎉🎉 and keep up the good work
1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and give a link to their site. 2. Do a post to show your award. 3. Give a summary of how your blog started. 4. Give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers. 5. Select at least 15 other bloggers for this award. 6. Let each nominee know you have nominated them and give a link to your post.
Dear Past, Thanks for all the experiences you gave me; good and bad. The lessons learnt are very helpful to me and I know Future will appreciate them too.
However, there is one problem I have with you: Your sudden attacks with unpleasant memories. Man, you need to stop! They drive me crazy. Sometimes, I wish I could open up my brain and carefully uproot all those unpleasant memories, then throw them into the sea.
No matter how hard I try to run away from those memories, they suddenly appear from nowhere and give me that Oh-here-is-our-captive smirk(how it annoys me). As much as I know I can’t change nor undo anything about you, I.Am.Not.Your.Captive. No more guilt-tripping; no more self-deprecating thoughts; and no more accusatory whisperings. Do well to take note of these. Future sends his regards.
Yours no more,
P.S. Future says I can’t run away from you but in order to deal with you, to face you. So then get ready for my confrontation.
Next time you feel like judging someone, pause and ask yourself whether you know what they’re going through or whether you’ve been in the shoes they’re in. Instead of judging them, why not try better solutions: pray for them, give them a listening ear, encourage them? God never sent anyone to judge or hate others on his behalf. Instead, he calls us to love, love, and love all without reservation.
They fought again. But this time more intensely than the other times. She told him he was unreasonable, arrogant and ungrateful for thinking there was no God. How could he be blind to the manifestations of God that were so clear? Out of anger, she asked him to leave her house and that she never wanted to set her eyes on him again. She never understood his stubbornness to believe until one fateful night…
She was returning home from work when she received the news that her mama was involved in a fatal accident and was rushed to the hospital. Her heart began to thump audibly. Confusion set in, then fear and panic. When she managed to get to the hospital and was finally allowed to see her mama, she couldn’t believe that the person she spoke to that morning before leaving for work was the same person who was lying almost lifeless, with bandages all over her body and barely surviving on drips. She spent her days fasting and praying, asking God to save her mama. She found hope in the fact that her mama was a kind woman who went out of her way to help others, loved and served God wholeheartedly. Knowing all these, she convinced herself that God will not allow someone so virtuous to die this way. After days of unceasing prayers, her mama’s condition didn’t get any better, rather worse. The doctors had done all they could to save her but she wasn’t responding to treatment.
She was told her mama was a terminal patient at this point. Her faith began to sink. “Show me that you truly exist and save mama,” she prayed. She couldn’t lose her mama, no. She was all she had. No papa, no siblings, no other relative who cared about her, not even friends she could call “friends” except the one she ditched few days ago. Talking of him, she wondered if it was a tragedy like this that caused his strong disbelief in the existence of God. He may be right after all. She herself was beginning to doubt. What happened to all the miracles Jesus performed? Why couldn’t he save her mama? Or maybe God didn’t love her? She sobbed till her eyes got swollen and painful. But even more painful was the pain due to the fact that she hated her unbelieving friend on behalf of God. Now that she herself was experiencing this tragedy, she knew better than to judge someone for not accepting to believe in God…
Friends, you know what? There is a happy ending to this story: As soon as she made the resolve to not judge anyone again, be it based on faith, morals or attitude, there was a slight but visible movement in her mama’s lower limb. This tragedy was obviously an experience to teach her a lesson: You will never know till it happens to you.
This blog could be likened to a journal that contains inputs of my reflections, my observations and the lessons learnt in life, mainly in the form of poems, articles and stories which I intend to share with you(my cherished readers). I hope all that I share will shed some light on your paths, offer some warmth in the cold and give you reasons to move on in this journey of life.
Through this blog, I’ll be your loyal buddy, reminding you that you’re not alone, we’re all in this together.
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