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The Future, Here I Come!

Forgiving

As I went for a run this morning I thought of the radio program I listened to just before going to sleep. The program was about forgiveness and the importance of forgiving one another, even when it’s not easy. Asking God to help us to release that person(s) to Him so that we can move forward in our lives without a root of bitterness and so that we can receive forgiveness from the Father for our own wrongs.

So I thought about it, had I forgiven those who had a part to play in some of my unfortunate circumstances and I felt yes I had forgiven, some years’ back a friend had given me a book that had helped me to pray through and forgive.

I realised however that now I needed to forgive myself. In a bid to forgive others I had put some of the blame at my own front door, now I needed to get rid of it, forgive myself fully and move on!

I continued with my run, turned where I usually turned and began to head home. Then what I might term one of my worst nightmares happened, I fell, not good I can assure you. I managed to break some of the fall with my hands and came away with a bruised knee and elbow.

I got up as quickly as I could and began walking, hopping on my way. I daren’t look back to see if the people at the bus-stop I had passed a few minutes ago had seen my fall, I was too ashamed to, so I continued in the direction of my travel.

I began to think and ponder, why did I fall, the path wasn’t new to me and I had definitely taken it in much worst weather, ice, snow and frost and I hadn’t fallen? I’m a child of God and He is more than able to take care of me, He could have prevented the fall if He so desired. I wasn’t injured in any way apart from the minor bruises and scratches; I felt there was a lesson for me to learn.

Let Bygones be Bygones

Just as I had gotten up from that fall as quickly as possible, dusted myself over and continued on my way I felt the Lord was saying I needed to leave the unfortunate incidents in my life behind me.

Just as I didn’t look back at the unusually large number of people at the bus-stop to see if they were jeering at me, I should shake off any shame I might feel about my circumstances and head into the future strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

If truth be told, the people at the bus-stop probably never jeered, if at all they saw my fall, if they felt anything it was probably compassion. The devil however always wants us to think otherwise, he wants to put shame on us where no shame is warranted. He wants us to sit down in the mud and puddle and have a pity party, to feel sorry for ourselves and to think we have drawn the worst straw of all.

Well we’ve got news for him, satan, the devil, the pity is over and so is his monstrous party, for we’ve stood up, we’ve shaken off all the shakeables that were holding us back and we’re heading into the future, the glorious future of fulfilled promises, favour of the Lord and victory on every side.

 

Pressing Forward

I really felt the Lord wanted me to leave the past behind and focus on the future, fully assured that He is with me, that He will never leave me nor forsake me and that I’m going to overcome and when the people see me they will call me blessed of the Lord.

I’m not going to quit running or walking because I had a minor fall today, no its going to make me stronger, because I saw the Lord’s hand and heard Him speak on the inside of me, indeed it is very well.

The future is bright, I don’t know if it’s orange but I do know that it’s Jesus!!!

Speak soon LolaA 🙂

 

Chibok Girls

This is the BBC report of 17th October 2016

Tears of joy as Chibok girls reunited with families

17 October 2016 Last updated at 20:47 BST

People have been celebrating the release of 21 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants in the town of Chibok who have now been reunited with their families.

The girls were held for more than two years by the Boko Haram.

Officials say the militant group is still holding almost 200 other girls who were abducted at the same time.

Martin Patience reports from Abuja.

On the 26th of July 2014 just after the Chibok girls had been in captivity for 100 days I uploaded a post ‘How Long is Time?’ At the end of the post I spoke about the Chibok girls and what a great day it will be when we will be able to say “Welcome Home, Chibok Girls”.

As I did mention in the said post God’s ways are so much higher and different from our ways. But God does have His ways, 2 Peter 3:9 tell us:

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”      

The Chibok girls may not be returning in a large group as they were abducted but they are returning, the Lord is bringing them home and I for one am jumping for joy. Many had given up, many had forgotten, but God never forgets, He never gives up, He never stops working and He wants us to never stop believing.

He is faithful and He is in control!

I don’t know where you are “at” today, what your life looks like and what you would love to change. But the Creator knows and He is more than able to turn your situation around.

Over 2 years in the ‘wilderness’ yet 21 girls and their families are rejoicing today. Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years but eventually they laughed with Isaac (Isaac means laughter)
So hold on tight never give up, your laughter and your time  of celebration will definitely come in Christ Jesus!

Have a good one, LolaA 🙂

Chloe’s Questions

Mummy, Chloe said,
Why do lines form on your forehead
With a twinkle in her eye, Mummy replied
It shows how many times I’ve gone to bed

Mummy, Chloe said,
If God is real why can’t we see Him
Mummy thought a minute and then replied
He’s like the wind, we experience Him

Ex-peri-en-ce? Said Chloe,
Yes my dear, He wakes us up each morning
And we can see the pretty flowers opening
We can hear the birds singing and to one another calling

Remember Chloe,
in autumn when the wind blows hard
At times its whistles as it rushes through the trees
Fallen leaves brown and yellow filling our backyard
We rake and rake, at times bending on our knees

Ah, said Chloe, about this invisible God
Does He really make the moon and stars to shine at night
With a peaceful smile Mummy gave a nod
Yes, she said and the sun at noonday to shine so bright

God is a Father to us
He gives us food to eat and clothes to wear
He keeps us safe, even when we ride the bus
He is always near because He is everywhere

Mummy, Chloe said,
Why is God in  heaven is he dead?
No, no Mummy said, God is alive and well
He answers my prayers so I can surely tell

Mummy, Chloe said,
My teacher said that Jesus died for us
And, if we want to go to heaven and see Him,
Then accepting Him as our Saviour is a must.

Mummy stood and beamed with pride,
Her happiness distinctly unable to hide.
How right your teacher is dear Chloe,O Yes,
Only Jesus gives us Salvation and eternal rest!

 

God bless, LolaA

 

Generation J

We hear of generation X, generation Y and generation Z
But the more we look the less we see

“Move with the times”, I hear them say
Be liberated, move ahead, don’t be stuck in yesterday!

They think they know it all, have it all, but I’m proud to say,
I know my generation and I proud of it, its generation J

I’m not confused about where I stand
I vote for Jesus to Him I lift my hand

His Word is true and quite infallible
Plain to read and easily discernible.

Some say the bible is outdated
That we need to move on and be liberated

I say His Word is more current than tomorrow
Without it we’ll all be doomed to an eternity of sorrow

The Word of God isn’t dead, it’s alive its living
The Word of God is a gift to us, a gift that keeps on giving.

It’s a privilege to live according to the awesome Word
And when we do we sparkle, we stand out from the herd.

I urge you my brother, my sister, join the ‘in’ group
The happy people, the Jesus people, don’t be left out of the loop!

 

 

Bless You

LolaA

 

Watching ‘About Time’

 

‘About Time’ currently showing in cinemas turned out to be an enjoyable watch. It did live up to its synopsis and then some of-course:

The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life—so he decides to make his world a better place… by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

Yes Tim, played by Domhnall Gleeson, did manage to change a whole load of events in his life trying to bring some to his own understanding of perfection.

As we left the screening area my colleague said to me wouldn’t it be nice if we could go back and change the things that didn’t pan out to our taste and I naturally smiled in agreement.

On the way home I pondered the question. What would it be like to have the ability to go back and change the things we didn’t like?

My thinking is that initially it would be nice, new things always have a novelty about them. But gradually the shiny new toy will begin to wear and I reckon it will ultimately become tedious.
We’d be expected to live perfect lives; there would be no excuse not to. If a strand of hair was out of place in that photo we took yesterday we’d have to go back and correct it. 99% in your test! Back you go my friend for that is well below acceptable.

Where would it end? It wouldn’t.

We’d effectively be playing God and when humans begin to play God… well you’re guess is as good as mine with regards to the catastrophes that will occur.

IMHO (in my humble opinion) the dynamics of playing God are best left to God, the Almighty has the capability, the mind-set, the wherewithal, the strength and ability to not just play God but to be God because He is God.

It’s nice for the movies to remind us every once in a while what it would be like to play God.  I remember the film ‘Oh, God!’ which came out in 1977. Whenever Jerry Landers, a supermarket assistant manager, said Oh, God! ‘God’ played by George Burns showed up.
If I recall correctly it was a nice film, you should watch it one of these days.

When it comes to real life however, I believe we should learn from our past, learn from our mistakes, not to make them again. And learn from the good bits and how to better them in future. Learn from the past but not dwell on it because in real life we can’t change it no matter how much we would like to.

Each day is like a brand new egg. At the crack of dawn the chicken pocks its head out of the shell wondering what the next twenty-four hours are going to bring. The chicken is dependent on his mother to lead him and guide him, to show him where food is and what he has to do to get it.

Our Father, our heavenly Father is no different. He has already made provision for us. I doubt if the hen worries if there will be food for her chicks and she can have a lot of them in one go. No she just goes scavenging and genuinely expects to find food every single time. Guess that’s why the Bible says we should look at the birds of the air, they never go hungry (Matthew 6:26).

The past matters for lessons learned, but the present is a gift from God and the future is our endowment.

The Father is holding out His hand willing us to grab hold of it and walk with Him into our glorious futures. Faith is a powerful resource, when we place ours in the hands of the creator of the universe nothing can stop us. As the song says, ‘ain’t no stopping us now, we’re on the move…’

Changing the past would’ve been nice, but we have a much more important job to do, shaping our future.

Three important elements to shape your future:

You + God + Faith = Success

That is a winning formula, any day, any place, any time. When we have the type of results this formula brings we won’t need to go back and do it over. No we’ll have it sorted, first time round, every time round. 😀

I’m rooting for your present and future success!

 

LolaA

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