Matthew 14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
Life is unpredictable. I believe that it’s the unpredictability that often causes us to feel lost, as though we have no control. The desire to be in control and know the occurrences of tomorrow is in our nature, much like the desire to plan ahead.
I get it. You want to feel a certain level of order and control in your life so you plan that by 18, you make it into the University of your choice, by 21 you graduate and begin pursuing your career and perhaps by 24/25 you’re happily married. Maybe some of you have plans which are different, plans which don’t involve University, plans that are a lot more detailed or less detailed than that, but I’m sure we’ve all had moments whereby we sit and think about what our lives should be like at particular stages.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with planning, however, there is everything wrong with not seeking God and His will prior to the planning. Often at times we make our own plans and then try to hold God captive to our plans or desires by blaming Him when He doesn’t grant them, as opposed to blaming ourselves for not seeking His approval of our plans and desires. Yes, He said He grants our heart’s desires (Psalm 37:4) but we also need to have the ability to lay down our desires and seek God’s desires and will for us (Ephesians 5:17), as He is the only One who knows the end of a thing from its beginning (Isaiah 46:10).
I chose the scripture above as I believe it is a beautiful yet simple illustration of seeking God and whether or not He approves of your desires and plans. Before Peter stepped onto the water he first and foremost asked Jesus “…If it be thou…”. Yes, he desired to walk on the water, yes he desired to have that experience but he also wanted to be 100% sure that it was Jesus on the water before taking action.
Before stepping into the unknown, be sure to ask God if it is Him. That literally makes no sense, I know but what I mean is, be sure to ask God if it is His will, His plan, His desire and then that way you know to step into the unknown with boldness because you’re certain that yes, it is Jesus beckoning you to walk on the unpredictable waves of a sea that I call life.
The Bible states that we should acknowledge God in all of our ways (Proverbs 3:6) and with that acknowledgement, comes the privilege of being directed by Him. We cannot expect God to direct us when we don’t even acknowledge Him. We cannot expect our lives to succeed if we do not seek Him first.
I believe you just have to find the right balance between claiming certain things by faith because it is still God’s desire to grant you your heart’s desire, but also claiming things through a revelation of God’s will for you.
peace & love xoxo
Matthew 15:26-27 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. KJV
This scripture really amazes me. Jesus literally called her a dog. Imagine the faith she had built up after hearing about all of the amazing things Jesus had done, all of the blessings He had given and the miracles He had performed, only for Jesus to firstly ignore her (Matthew 15:23) and then go on to call her a dog.
In this day and age I’m sure there would be people who’d turn away in a rage and say “me? A dog? How dare you? I came here for healing and you’re calling me a dog?!”. Imagine the amount of people who would’ve gone away with shattered hopes and dreams.
But not this Canaanite woman. She held on because she still believed that only Jesus had the healing power that she had been looking for. She even went as far as to believe Him! She didn’t even question Him, she actually acknowledged what He had said and agreed saying, “yes I know I am a dog, but can’t the dogs eat the tiny crumbs?” Now that is faith.
A faith that is so anchored in the Word that it can’t be moved.
Some of us get discouraged when we pray and God answers and says “not yet”, but to this woman Jesus literally said “no” but she was persistence and she still believed that only He could save her and with humility, she held onto that belief.
Listen. If Jesus can answer this woman and give her her heart’s desire, meanwhile the blessings weren’t even meant for her or her people and were only meant for the Israelites (Matthew 15:24) then how much more us? His children, a chosen generation (1 Peter 2:9).
We know we are His children, so why wouldn’t He be able to grant us our hearts desires? Well, He most certainly can, but it’s our lack of faith that causes us to lie within the same issues and troubles day in and day out… year in and year out. Nothing is impossible and these blessings are meant for us! His children!
Lastly, This woman had to persisntently hold on until Jesus answered her. She was blessed because she believed Him. She believed Him because she Had seen Him and heard of everything He had done and that ultimately gave her faith.
We have never physically seen Jesus but we still believe Him (John 20:29). We’re blessed for believing Him without actually having seen him.
We are blessed. We just need to have faith in order to receive the blessings.
It all begins with faith.
Don’t have a wavering faith that comes and goes but let your faith be anchored in His word and watch God move in your life.
peace and love xoxo
Thoughts have been flowing, so I don’t mean to bombard my Facebook page and other social media. I just know that some of those who will read this are going to continue to live in the mistakes and hardships of 2016 and not let go. I want to declare to you today that your financial mistakes this year do not have to define you. Bad relationships in 2016 don’t have to define you. Horrible things you said and did don’t have to define you. A divorce, a straying child, or anything that happened in 2016 does not have to define you.
The consequences may still exist, but you don’t have to live in guilt if this stems from something you have done wrong. The blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse anything if you confess and turn from it. If this relates to something that happened to you that is out…
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Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God – KJV
We go through situations and we often wonder how we could ever come out. We worry and stress. We become anxious and fearful.
We feel this way because we look at the things which are seen as opposed to looking at the unseen.
Jesus endured the Cross because He recognised the joy set before Him! He had faith and knew that Joy would come in the morning! So He held onto that and endured!
Evidently, we are not Jesus and we can only see that which is visible to the human eye, but God is able to open your eyes of faith so that you learn to lean upon Him and not unto your own understanding (Proberbs 3:5).
Ask God to open your eyes of faith that you may look at, and hold onto the things which are unseen, so that you have the strength to endure everything you go through, knowing that those unseen things are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18), and that they lie right before you.
Jesus endured the Cross because He was looking at the joy set before Him. We often go through situations and trials first, in order to truly appreciate the joy that is waiting for us after. After all, victory is experienced through the battles that we overcome.
One final point… Jesus died knowing that there is access to eternal life through His death and resurrection, as long as we believe in Him (John 11:25-26). This shows that nothing worth having comes easy, as what comes easy will not last and what lasts will not come easy.
Remember, it’s always darkest before dawn. 🌞
peace & love xoxo
For the past two days we have been preparing for a storm at work. Having many meetings with updates on the location of the storm, the strength of the storm and all the preparations that are expected for each department to handle.
And through it all, I’m happy I have God to trust. I see people being stressed, having mood changes and undeciceble on what actions to take. All of these attitudes are understandable as we don’t know what to expect the upcoming days. However I see a difference in the people that believe in God, I see a difference in myself and this is an amazing experience.
The unbelievers are dealing with two storms: the storm from the outside and the storm they are feeling in the inside. While the ones that trust in God are only dealing with one storm, which is the storm from the outside.
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Luke 10:25-37 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. 29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? 30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. KJV
Personally I think poverty is a social phenomenon and it cannot simply be explained by stating that every poor person made the wrong choices in life or got involved with the wrong crowd or failed to be smart with their money. Poverty and explaining the causes of poverty, in my opinion, is a lot more complex and intricate than that.
This is a very random blog post, I know but I just gave food to a deaf homeless guy and surprisingly it left me feeling worse than I did beforehand. I feel like we have become so numb to certain social issues. Poverty, violence, homelessness and so many other social issues have become so normalised that it has seemingly just become a regular thing and turning our heads and having a blind eye towards these things has also become a regular thing.
This is why I pray for mindfulness. We get so caught up in the issues happening in our lives that we forget that there are other things happening to someone else that are way deeper and bigger than what we can see and what we’re going through. Being mindful means to be able to be present, it is “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.” How often are we aware? To be honest, I feel like we barely ever are.
I was literally walking out of my lecture to grab some food and as I approached the shop I just saw him on the floor and my heart instantly dropped. Now, of course I’ve seen many homeless people in my life and honestly, as mentioned before, it had become such a normal thing to see on a daily basis that it just stopped fazing me, I just stopped feeling for the less fortunate… That’s sad isn’t it, when you lose the ability to feel for someone who is in a lesser position than yourself… Anyway, at first I just walked past him and went into the shop and when I did that my heart felt so heavy, I had to speak to him. So, I walked back out and bent down and said “would you like me to buy you some food” and he just pointed to his ears to show me that he had lost his hearing. I made a hand gesture which signified eating food and he just smiled and nodded. So at this point I’m kinda freaking out, what if he’s allergic to something, what if I’m being scammed (this is so stupid I know, why on earth would this vulnerable deaf man be scamming me? How? Yeah this was the dumbest thought I’ve had in a while). I bought him some food, walked out of the shop, knelt down beside him and started taking the food out of my bag and placing it beside him. He looked right into my eyes… If I have ever seen sadness it was right there in that moment when I looked back at him. He gave me a thumbs up, a smile, I touched my chest to try and let him know that I felt for him and then I walked away.
Even though I didn’t really go out of my way for this man and it was a small but kind gesture I thought I’d feel somewhat happy that I was able to at least do something. But instead I felt burdened. Student finance gracefully entered my account not too long ago and all I kept thinking was “out of all the money I have in my account right now, all I could do was give this man the equivalent of £3 of this? That’s pathetic”. I have never felt so helpless in my life.
But then my mind was taken to the parable of the Good Samaritan. See, the Samaritan was mindful of the fact that this guy had been beaten and stripped of everything he had, he was mindful of the fact that this man was in a lesser position than himself and he felt for him, he had compassion on him.
I’m not saying you have to give food to a deaf homeless guy outside of Tesco Express to be mindful. I am saying that we need to be aware of what is going on around us, the same way the Samaritan was aware of that man’s unfortunate circumstances. Become aware of people’s unfortunate circumstances, help people, go out of your way to do something for someone. Even if it seems small to you, it could make a huge difference in their life. I believe that selflessness is at the core of Christianity. To selflessly serve others and to selflessly give OUT OF LOVE (your motive has to be correct in the eyes of God as the intentions behind your actions says a lot about who you are and what is operating inside of your heart but that is another blog post, for another day).
Jesus did not come to proclaim His Sovereignty and make the people bow before Him. Jesus came to serve, (Matthew 20:28) to selflessly give His life so that we may have life and do the same. God is love and He expressed His love by giving His only Begotten Son (John 3:16). To see whether you truly have the Love of God in your heart, ask yourself how freely you give to others, how selflessly you serve others and how open you are to helping others even if it seems out of the ordinary.
peace & love xo
Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. KJV
Sometimes I just get so frustrated. Frustrated when my plans don’t come to fruition, frustrated when I am unable to complete certain tasks on time, frustrated when I feel like God is silent. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has experienced these frustrating scenarios, especially the last one.
It’s not a nice position to be in whereby you feel like your prayers are just reaching the ceiling even though you’ve tried everything to make sure they’re not. However, I’ve come to realise that God really does speak but often times we miss what He’s trying to say because we’re not still enough to hear Him. That probably doesn’t make any sense but let me try to explain.
In Psalm 46:10 God gives us an instruction; to be still. The very act of us going down on our knees and praying to God shows that we have acted upon the second part of the scripture as the reason we pray to Him and take our worries and burdens to Him is because we know that He is God. But have you ever prayed a prayer where your burdens seem so heavy and your emotions are just getting the better of you? Well, we often fail to catch what God is doing or saying and believe God is silent because we are unable to obey the first instruction, we are unable to mute the frustration of our situation and we are unable to just be still.
when God says be still, He isn’t talking about the stillness of the physical body but the stillness of your inner self; the stillness of your heart, mind and soul. We become so engrossed in the intricacies of life and forget that God is actually a God of simplicity and while we expect Him to answer with a miraculous sign, or a loud voice (which He can do because He is God and He will do His own pleasure Isaiah 46:10) sometimes He speaks with a small gesture and a tender, loving whisper.
I want to highlight something else. I believe God is very intentional especially when it comes to His Word and how It was written. The bible says, “be still, and know that I am God”. Notice the word “and”, which acts as a conjunctive: meaning that this word connects the two sentences together. I personally believe that God included the word “and” because He wanted to show the connection between being still and knowing that He is God. Meaning that being still is not just an instruction but a requirement in order to know Him to the full extent in which He created you to know Him in.
Really and truly it is the deafening noise of our schedules, timetables, jobs, relationships and situations that restrain our hearts from being still and from knowing that He is God and He can never EVER fail.
What is God trying to say to you? How is He trying to speak to you? Just be still. Be still and hear His Voice weave It’s way through the complexities of your life and into your heart. Be still and recognise Him in every moonbeam and every rain drop. Don’t just listen with your ears but hear Him with your heart. Be still and hear Him. Be still and see Him. Be still and know that He is God.
peace & love xo.
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