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I Know His Name

I know His Name, His Name is Jesus
I know His fame, His fame is Messiah
I know His pedigree, it is God the Father

I know His work, it’s healing and miracles
I know His power it’s walking on the high seas
I know His promise, it’s salvation for all who believe

I know His history, it’s from before time began
I know His destiny, it was to shed His blood
His plans for harmony, that the Church might be one

I know His Name, His Name is Jesus
I know His love it’s for each and everyone of us
I know His heart it’s to take us to the Promised Land               

 

 

Obedience

Plain and simple is your Word
To fathom it I needn’t be a nerd

Lord your Word help me to understand;
Lord for your Word may I be willing to make a stand

Obedience you said above sacrifice
Total obedience to your Word, not being nice

Sacrifice is nice but obedience is better
When I obey you I become a trend setter

Obedience to you is my desire
Obedience is what you require

God, my Father to you is due obedience
And with such deference comes a light hearted conscience

Father great is the joy of obeying your Word, Knowing that I’m right with you and my prayers will be heard

Lord your beautiful in every situation
Obeying you’re your Word leads to a desirable destination

Obedience is doing the Godly thing
When it is neither the happening nor in-thing

For me obedience is not an act of compulsion,  But demonstrating love of an immense proportion

Obeying the Father and doing right
Uplifts a nation and takes us to a mighty height

Disobedience, rejecting Jesus and sin
Lands us in hell the ultimate bin

Brothers and Sisters let’s turn around and walk in light
Embracing Jesus who is awesome in power and might!

My Saviour’s love is all I need
Awesome love that teaches me His voice to heed.

2016 we welcome you with a cheer
Love, joy, hope, success and victory all are here!!!

 


 

 

 

Give it up for Judge Ballew!!!

A Tennessee judge has ordered a baby’s first name changed from “Messiah” to Martin, saying that the only true messiah is Jesus Christ, a ruling the boy’s mother promises to appeal, a Tennessee television station has reported.

The parents of Messiah DeShawn Martin went before Tennessee Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew because they could not agree on the 7-month-old’s last name.

Ballew instead last week ordered the baby’s name changed to Martin DeShawn McCullough, the Tennessee television station WBIR reported.

“The word ‘messiah’ is a title, and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ,” Ballew told WBIR.

Ballew, who could not be reached for comment on Sunday, said the child would likely struggle with his given first name because he lives in Cocke County, a predominantly Christian area in eastern Tennessee.

“It could put him at odds with a lot of people and, at this point, he has had no choice in what his name is,” Ballew said.

Jaleesa Martin, the baby’s mother, told WBIR she would appeal the judge’s order.

“I didn’t think a judge could change my baby’s name because of her religious beliefs,” Martin said.

Christianity refers to Jesus as the Messiah, while Judaism uses the term to mean an anticipated saviour of the Jews. Dictionary definitions say the word can mean one who is seen as, expected or professes to be a saviour or liberator.

Above article was culled from Reuters – Mon, Aug 12, 2013

Yes, Christianity refers to Jesus as the Messiah because He is the Messiah!

He is the Truth, the Way and the Life.

If you’re looking for the truth then check Jesus out. The truth about our existence, the truth about where we came from and where we are going, why we are here and how we can better ourselves, Jesus has all the answers.

The Way to an abundant Life is in Christ Jesus.

The greatest man that ever walked the face of this earth is Jesus, He is the Messiah and it would be foolhardy for anyone to attempt to compare themselves to Him. Let us give honour to whom honour is due.

Jesus is the one and only Messiah!

 

Till later, LolaA

I Once Met A Man…

Some years ago I was introduced to a man. He was tall dark and handsome or at least I thought he was. He really seemed to be up my street. I, who from time to time can be tongue tied and not know what to say didn’t stop talking. He listened intently to all I had to say nodding gently to encourage me to say more. I was able to pour my heart out rest assured my secrets were safe with him.

When I stopped to catch my breath and smiled sheepishly he responded with a broad smile of his own. He didn’t condemn me or frown at my inabilities, mistakes or misdemeanours instead he gently led me on a more suitable path which led to a more fulfilling life. He really seemed a cool guy and I decided to ‘Like’ him.

Over the years he has always been there for me, giving me words of wisdom when I needed them most, holding my hand and gently prodding me in the right direction when I was confused. When I was fearful he wrapped his arms around me and held me tight, never letting me go.

When I had a fever he bathed me in lukewarm water, he rubbed soothing balm on my pain and put healing oil in my wounds. He was there when my irritable bowel syndrome played up and he never left my side during the several operations I underwent. When my doctor was at his wits end he calmed his nerves and opened his mind to new insights.

Like many, if not most ordinary normal folks I’ve been through many difficult, stressful and emotionally overwhelming times, but did he leave me, no not once, he never even threatened to. He stood firmly beside me giving me all the support and security I needed, when he proclaimed “we are in this together”, he meant it from the bottom of his heart.

When money became tight fisted and food threatened to walk off the table he made sure I always had enough to eat and appropriate clothes to wear. He is a friend indeed and not just in word. He’s not out for what he can get, but is always looking for ways to give.

I have not always been the best of persons but he has managed to always bring out the best in me.

When I feel lonely he tells me I’m not alone cos I have him
When I feel weary he tells me I’m strong cos I have him
When I’m threaten with depression I can smile cos I have him
When I feel like throwing-in the towel he gives me a glimpse  of a better tomorrow.

 

That man I met many years ago has been everything to me, a friend, a  brother, a sister, a mother, a father, a husband, a wife, a colleague, a doctor, a dentist, a pastor, a helper in every sense of the word. He has been everything I’ve wanted him to be. The greatest thing about it all is that he has never complained.

When I sit on the floor and ball my eyes out, he puts a hand round my shoulder and gives me the softest of tissue to wipe away the tears. When I’m stubborn he just smiles and gently prods me to change, and when I throw my toys out of the pram in a fit he picks them up without a word of complaint.

This man I met is so loving, caring and kind. He is unassuming, gentle and great to be with. With him there are no airs and I can be myself. I can let my hair down and have a roller coaster of fun and at other times I can wear my pin-striped suit and talk serious business. He is all and everything to me. When I was dining in king’s palaces he was there and when I got thrown out on the street he picked me up and re-housed me.

I have never met anyone like him and in all honesty I doubt if anyone like him exists. That is why I have decided to ‘Follow’ him. If he’s on Facebook I’ll follow him there, I’ll follow him on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and WordPress. Wherever he goes I will follow, wherever he leads I will follow. He has promised to never leave me nor forsake me and I have promised to diligently follow him. If he is at #thebible I will follow and if it’s #scriptures that is where you will find me.

The sweet name of the man I met, that wonderful friend is Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, a friend indeed. Jesus the King of all Kings and the Lord of all lords. The one who will never leave me nor forsake me that I may be bold to say the Lord is my helper and I shall not fear what man shall do unto me.

Today I invite you to join me in following the greatest person whoever walked upon this earth, Follow Jesus!

 

Smile!I remain a follower of Jesus, catch you soon, LolaA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COME ON ANDY!!!

That was the shout that could be heard around most of the UK yesterday afternoon as Andy Murray battled it out with Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final on the Centre Court in scorching temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius.

Watching it in those type of temperatures was a fete in its self so I can only imagine what prancing around on the grass and hitting a tennis ball at upwards of 100 miles an hour must have felt like.

Both Novak and Murray had a lot at stake, as the current no.1 in the world Novak wanted to show once again just how deserving he was of that title and Andy…well Andy was determined to make history. A story for himself and his country men, whether he was regarded as Scottish or British he definitely wanted to be regarded as a champion.

They had put in the hard work, the practice, listening to their respective coaches taking on-board their advice, exercising and being mentally prepared. They had crossed their rivers, jumped their hurdles, overcome the quarter and semi-finals and now it was crunch time. This year’s Wimbledon had seen a lot of up-sets and neither of them wanted to be added to the casualty list.

And so they battled it out, visor caps came on and visor caps went off  and with time the surroundings became a blur. The stifling heat was momentarily forgotten, the dripping sweat was a non-issue and even the roaring crowd became background noise as they focused on one thing and one thing alone winning the match!

Neither of them had been born with a silver spoon, as a youngster Novak had experienced first hand the terror of warfare and Andy had worked hard for every accolade he had ever received. This was the battle of Wimbledon 2013 and may the best man win.

As far as yesterday was concerned Andy Murray was declared the best man. On the seventh day of the seventh month of 2013 he ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion at Wimbledon.

Was it easy? No
Was it simple? No
Was it a walk in the park? Definitely not

Was it strenuous? Yes
Was it tiring? Yes
Was it exhausting? Yes
Was it hard work? Tell me about it.

Was it worth it? Yes, yes and yes!

There’s an adage that says, “sweet soup costs a lot of money” and I’ll say, ‘a sweet win at Wimbledon costs a lot of ‘body’s”. Andy has a whole team, a whole workforce backing him. We may see one man on the court but so many people had spoken victory into his life, they told him time and time again yes you can and yes you will. They mentally willed him on as they silently prayed for him. Then there was the crowd, most of whom were also willing him to win, and last but definitely not least was the TV audience urging on the young man from Dunblane in Scotland.

So, Andy Murray has written his story, yes we were there, sort of, at least we witnessed it live, he has gotten on with his life, he has achieved so many of  the things he set out to achieve. There will be more challenges ahead but he has gotten some stars on his belt that can never be removed.

Now it’s your turn and it’s my turn. It won’t be easy, nothing worthwhile ever is, it won’t be a walk in the park and except the pregnant lady is having a  caesarean operation she won’t wake up and find her baby beside her, she will need to push and push damn hard. But the baby, the prize, the achievement, the victory is always worth it! Lifting the winning trophy more than compensates for all the effort.

So let’s be ready to discipline our bodies like Paul says in 1st Corinthians 9:27 and let’s be ready to fight the good fight, there is a crown for each one of us we just have to be ready to reach out, to stretch and exert ourselves in order to obtain it. We may or may not have a whole workforce willing us to succeed but there are definitely people on this earth routing for us, possibly depending on us to excel and come forth victoriously.

I can assure you there is a heavenly host shouting from the sidelines, surrounding you in the Centre Court of your life, urging you on and willing you to victory, you cannot afford to let them down, neither can I.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)

Catch you on the victory mount very soon, LolaA  🙂

SIMPLE THINGS!

I’m guessing you’ve heard of KISS, no I’m not talking about that lovely act called kissing, I’m talking about the acronym.

According to Wikipedia KISS is an acronym for “Keep it simple, stupid” as a design principle noted by the U.S. Navy in 1960. The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complex; therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. The phrase has been associated with aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson (1910–1990). The term “KISS principle” was in popular use by 1970. Variations on the phrase include “keep it stupid simple”, “keep it short and simple”, “keep it simple sir”, “keep it super simple”, “keep it simple or be stupid”, “keep it simple and stupid”, “keep it simple and straightforward” or “keep it simple and sincere.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_principle

It was never Engineer Johnson’s intention to refer to anyone as stupid, not at all. As the lead aircraft engineer at Lockheed Skunk Works he encouraged his fellow engineers to make their designs and as a consequence their jet aircraft so simple that even the less technically endowed would be able to repair them with the simplest of tools.

I wonder where Kelly Johnson got his inspiration on simplicity from…..

The Simplicity of the Gospel

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your
heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God,
and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

Romans 10:9-10 New Living Translation

We live in a highly complex, technically advanced ‘information age’. If you were not brought up in this ‘now’ generation you might find that as soon as you’ve finally mastered your latest smart phone people begin to look at you as if you’re weird when you bring it out. As far as they are concerned the phone is so hideously outdated it’s unbelievable.

Reading the above scriptures yesterday I felt totally refreshed at the simplicity of the gospel. Jesus couldn’t have made it easier for us. When we truly believe in our hearts in His Lordship and confess the same with our mouth we are saved. Simple!

So simple infact that we human beings try to complicate it just so that it will be palatable for our stomachs. Always happy to expend a little energy, as long as it’s someone else doing the expending, we insist on ‘works’. Don’t get me wrong I fully believe that an orange tree won’t bring forth sour grapes, if you are filled with the goodness of the Lord it will eventually show on the outside. Thing is, that is not the gospel. Simple faith is!

Jesus who is our wisdom from God, Wisdom personified (1 Corinthians 1:30) has made it simple, because He knows the power of simplicity. Smart is not synonymous with hard, difficult or strenuous its more about finding the easiest route to your desired outcome. Why walk up and then down the mountain with a weight equivalent to your years on your shoulders when you can off-load the weight on someone else and walk round the mountain on a tarred road?….think about it!

There’s enough complexity in our everyday lives, let’s not be stupid let’s keep things simple.

I’m rooting for you as a carrier of the simple message: Believe in Jesus and be Saved!

Drop me a line, LolaA  🙂

 

MAY 2013 BE YOUR BEST YEAR YET!

“Your beginning may be small, but later years will be very great.”
(Job 8:7 International Standard Version)

We all desire that the year 2013 will be one of our best but what exactly do we need to put into it? How can we work better, play better, walk better, talk better, look better, love better, share better, be all round better in this wonderful new year that is spread before us? We still have 360 days what are we going to make of them?

Oftentimes we find it so easy to blame other people for our failures, setbacks and inability to achieve and maybe just maybe we might not be entirely wrong. But… and this is important, at the end of the day we have to take full responsibility for the way our lives turn out. (Just writing that gives me the shivers; I’ve been dealt some unexpected and very painful blows in life and I’ve sat down and had many a pity-party. 😦 If I can’t keep blaming my future inability to achieve on the past poor cards I was dealt then I really need to get off my backside and do something positive, O my…)

Yes, as I write I realise I’m also speaking to myself and at the end of the day, at the end of the year at the end of our years, excuses won’t count. Our Creator will have some questions for us and we better have some genuine answers. He has deposited something in each one of us, we all have something we can do, it might not be what we ultimately want to do but the key is we should start somewhere. And if you’re not really sure where just start at the beginning.

I just read this article about allowing other people to critic us and it sort of resonated with me. Let me paint a picture, have your you ever asked someone: “How do I look?”, “What do you think of my new haircut?” or “What do you think of my new spaghetti Bolognese recipe?”. And for a half a minute they look at you and then comes hmm…, well….before they finally give their opinion. Supposedly they were trying to judge how you looked or what the meal tasted like, more often than not they made up their mind about that long before you asked. What they were actually trying to judge was whether they should tell you what they really felt or they should just tell you what you want to hear. If they are close enough they might ask you which version you wanted to hear, most will just be polite :).

I’m not asking us to ditch our politeness, no not for a second. What I am asking us to consider is whether we are man enough to handle the truth. The truth about our new look that we’ve spent a small fortune on, the truth about the haircut we got at that classy salon and the truth about that spaghetti Bolognese that tasted, yea, you got it pretty awful.

When we ask those type of questions more often than not we’re looking for approval not critic, so when we’re asked we should be nice and help people to feel better about themselves if that is what they are looking for. You might lose a whole lot of friends if not. But when you’re the one doing the asking decide whether you want to massage your ego or you want genuine critic from people who want to see you do better, excel and become top of your game. There’s always room for improvement, the rate at which new technology products are run off the mill tells us that. (One day, in a few short years from now, mobile phones, credit/debit cards and passports etc. will be a thing of the past; all the information will be embedded on our person just below the skin. Ostensibly to prevent our valuables from getting lost…that however is a story for another day).

Today we are looking at embracing the truth, embracing constructive criticism so that we can improve our lives, become better in every way, move ahead and prosper. Even the Lord desires that we embrace the truth: “Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.” Psalm 51:6 (NIV).

When we sharpen a knife we file away the unwanted bits until it becomes smooth, sleek and cutting edge sharp. Hard on the knife and possibly hard on our arms but the effort is worth it. If we want to look sharp, think sharp, and work sharp, if we want to be at the cutting edge of our professions and endeavours we need to allow our nearest and dearest to file away the unwanted bits so that we can begin to gleam like gold. Some may call it the fire experience that turns us into gems. A great saying can be found in Proverbs 27 verse 17: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”.

As we allow our embarrassing, non-performing, inefficient and unhelpful bits to be filed away, as we take hold of views and practices that will enable us to excel, may 2013 indeed prove to be our best year yet!

2013 here we come!

Please let me know what you think… Cheers LolaA