Brethren: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
In this scripture, I feel a palpable sense of connection and intimacy, as if St. Paul were right in front of me saying these words. It is a great relief knowing that in the midst of all the troubles and sorrows we experience, we’re neither helpless nor hopeless. You know, there is such peace in sharing your problems with a confidant. Sometimes, you so desperately need an outlet that you end up telling them to the wrong person. What a consolation it is to say them to a trusted friend who understands and sympathises with you! As the year draws to a close, think about all those things that cause tears to trickle down your cheeks, that make you feel like a loser, or that fill you with bitterness and anxiety. Here is our invitation to pour out our hearts to God like we would to a friend or loving mother or father or sibling. The good thing is that he knows you even more than you know yourself and so there’s no need to pretend or hold back. As you pour out your heart to Him, His peace, “which passes all understanding will keep your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.” And believe you me, nothing can distort this peace.
Friends, if we do not meet here before Christmas, then A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES in advance. I wish you all the blessings and graces to end this year on a joyful note. Lots of love from my side. xoxo
I’m surrounded by many snares But I seem not to care Until I see my blood I don’t feel the stab
Do me a favour please Don’t tell me when you leave And I hope I never realise you’re gone When I finally arise at dawn
Ignorance is bliss Naivety is sweet I don’t care if I’m lost Peace is all I want
Sometimes, being in the dark about the truth helps a lot. It makes you live a carefree, calm and peaceful life (at least until you get to know the truth someday). Imagine walking on a very busy street, unconscious of the fact that you have a brightly coloured paint smeared on both cheeks. You’d walk with a free mind, in fact with a smile (if it’s a good enough day) and you’d probably think that the unusual stares are due to how attractive you’re looking. Or say you do not know you’ve contracted COVID-19 because you’re asymptomatic. You’ll be free from worry, dread, hypertension, shock and so many other unpleasant feelings and reactions. Even though most of the time, we’re actually just postponing these unpleasant consequences, since the truth will eventually be known, it isn’t a bad idea to bask in the bliss of ignorance and the sweetness of naivety while it lasts.😉
You’re doing well. You try to hide your real emotions so others don’t get worried about you. But it’s not a crime to throw in the towel and lay bare your soul when you can’t keep up the act any longer.
Behind the broad smile Is a dam that threatens to break And release the river of tears Impounded for ages She has mastered this skill The skill of hiding it all Behind a smile Though it sapped her strength And consumed her forbearance “You should always wear a smile” So despite the torrents of sorrow And anguish Welling up in her heart She does her best to cover it all up With a smile Daughter, you will do well to remember That you’re human To sometimes drop your defenses And cry But she must be strong At least for her little ones God forbid that they see her tears Lest the light on their path goes out So she will keep it up for them But for how much longer? She won’t think about it She will just continue Today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow
Pope Francis declared last liturgical year “Year of the Word” during which we were to read the Bible and not only read but live what we read. In this post, I’ll be sharing with you my reflections on what I read a few days ago.
The temptation of Jesus Matthew 4:1-10 First temptation “If you’re God’s son, order these stones to turn into bread” 1. He says “If you’re God’s son.” In the same way he’ll say to you “If you’re a Christian”, “If you’re a child of God” and so on. If you’re not careful, you’ll be tempted to prove to him that indeed, you’re a child of God and you love God. What you should know is that you don’t need to prove yourself to the devil. Even sometimes, we don’t need to prove ourselves to people. Let them have their opinion about you and think or say what they want to. Be true to yourself and just live your life the way God wants you to.
He knew Jesus would be hungry (Matt. 4:2) He knows your weakness and he’ll use it against you. He’ll say, “Hey ma g, it’s impossible to stop this habit. After all, you’re human.” Please don’t fall for this lie.
Second temptation “If you’re God’s son, throw yourself down, for the scripture says…” He’s smart right? He’ll quote scripture to you because he knows you believe scripture. As for Jesus, he quoted scripture back to him. It’s not enough to know God’s word, we need wisdom to apply God’s word appropriately in every situation.
Third temptation Showing Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, he said, “All this I will give you if you kneel down and worship me” He knows what you want, what you’re in dire need of, so he’ll make you an offer so he can win you over. At a point, you’ll think it’s a great offer but you’ll soon realise that it was all empty, vain and destructive.
The devils you face may be laziness, self-pity, greed, etc. Silence these devils, don’t bow to their commands, refuse to do their bidding then angels will come and help you. (Mt. 4:11). I pray God will help you overcome every temptation you face in your journey of life and give you wisdom to deal rightly with the issues that confront you. Love and well wishes from my side💙💙
Hii lovely readers, It’s been so long since I last posted. I’ve taken too long a break in this odyssey, as if to say, “Hmph! I don’t feel up to continuing this journey any longer”😅 I feel so sorry and ashamed for not being able to keep up. It’s been basically non commitment to this blog on my part. It’s made me realise the intensity of hard work bloggers have been putting into their blogs. Kudos to them all👏🏾👏🏾 I’m working at it too. But c’mon let’s face the good side; I didn’t give up. So you too, don’t give up on anything you’re doing, even if it seems too late or even impossible. Please stay tuned as I bounce back with this blog to life😁😁.
So this is me rendering an official apology😔 for being away for so long.
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.