Sorry… ‘Autocorrect’. (Lee Mugo)

Whiskey; A Gaelic of life (“water of life” in Irish). This is a phrase I got to learn a couple of weeks ago. I actually don’t remember where I heard or read it from (most likely heard it since I’m nowadays watching movies). But what I recall was the morning that made this discovery possible. Achoo! Those were the first letters my mouth uttered that fine morning; the first words of the day, words that at first sight would seem ‘auto corrected’ if typed. Sitting down and thinking about it, I use that phrase at least once a day. Not that it makes me look intellectual using it, no. It’s actually two very simple words put together to make this long word that makes most of us look good. It’s helped me personally to hide my illiteracy of some complex English words.

Have you ever received a text message from someone, and you take a while before replying it just because you have no clue what some of the words in the text mean? And after much thinking you decide to reply with a ‘huh?’ Well, I have received such texts myself. Not the texts that don’t make sense but the texts with ‘huh?’ And like a reflex, I go back to the text I had sent and read it. I then go back to the typing box and click on it so that I can reply to the ‘huh’. And when the keyboard pops out there’s usually some suggested words at the top of the keyboard, the words commonly used by the owner of the device. (I’ve seen this in most of the Android and IOS phones) And with no hesitation the first word would be chosen (That’s how much it has been used on my device). And press send!

Auto correct is the word. But why blame auto correct? Isn’t it my fault that the text message I sent never made sense in the first place? Let’s try to get the reasons why I have stopped blaming auto correct. First, why is it even there if all people do is blame the mistakes they make while texting on it? In our day to day living, we blame our problems on the ‘auto-correct’ we activate in our lives. And instead of doing away with them, we hold on to them and the results are always the same; Disappointments. In my personal life I have had some, if not many auto corrects. Keeping the wrong friends close was one of them, and it led to the same results; disappointments. I did know that they were the type of friends I shouldn’t be having, but I still kept them close. And when things were not going right I would do what I do best; blame it on them.

For the past few months, I failed as a Christian by making some choices that had bad consequences at the end. At first, I blamed it on the people and things that came about after making the decisions but after sitting and thinking I realized that it was my fault from the beginning. By the time I had realized this it was too late and the damage had been done. Just like an ‘auto corrected’ text, we realize it has an error after sending it. We forget to first check if the message is grammatically correct or if the structure of the text is well constructed. We need to sit down every day and review our lives, it may seem everything is okay at the moment but there may be things hindering  us from moving on to the next level, or pulling us back.

Life is a learning experience, and we learn from the choices we make. Actually, we learn from the results of the choices we make. And from the results we have other choices to make; to learn from them or not. I have seen in life we need God to help us make the choices that will help us move to the next level in life. One may ask how we know that the path one chooses is from God. The answer is simple, pray. Ask God for guidance before making any decision and He will speak to you, it’s just for us to listen and watch out for the signs.  Personally this is something I am learning and I trust and have Faith that with time His voice will be crystal.

Psalm 46:10 King James Version (KJV)

 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

 

Reading His Word is vital if we need to make decisions in our lives that will not lead us to regrets and disappointment. His Word lives up to date and is the guidebook through this life.

My prayer for you is that in every decision you want to make, sit down and remember God for He lives in our hearts. Submit to Him and He will give you guidance, pray for wisdom from Him in every decision you want to make. Keep calm and know He has your back. My name is Lee and Jesus is Lord of my life.

God bless you.

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Pain, Bitterness and Evaders.

IMG_2436.JPGAll relationships are and have the potential of being hard. Relationships grow and reveal us.They push us to be better if we allow them to. Growth has never been comfortable.

A relationship with God is not in any way different.We tend to treat our relationship with Him the way we treat our relationship with other people.This we can subconsciously do because its easier to allow our relationships with fellow humans influence our relationship with Him other than allowing our active relationship with Him influence how we relate with others.

With that being said. I am an evader. It’s not easy for me to have ‘hard’ conversations and i believe so for most. We tend to run away from relationships when they get real.I have been running away from God because the conversation reached a place where it got hard and too real.Where it would push me and want to grow me. The unveiling of branches and budding of flowers tormented me because the process is not as beautiful as the outcome.

So of course the easier route is to loand assume that He knows my heart (which He does) and there is no need to have that dreadful conversation. Only that that conversation was really not for Him but for me.

There is a pain, sadness and worry that words cannot express.It really just glares and glazes your heart every time you realize how alive to it you are.One that wakes you up in the middle of a scary dream and you are more scared of the reality that you have been woken up to.

And i could not bring myself to having that conversation with Him.How could i begin? What do i ask for? If words could even come out of my mouth. How do i accept His ultimate will? Will i survive it? Where is He? So i packed my life in a bag and i left.I checked out and asked that they keep a sit for me because I’ll probably be back.

Oh i hated the developing pages of the story of my life. Ones that i know i will struggle with the desire to keep folded.There are things in this life that will inconsiderately invade our lives.They will not ask for permission to turn your whole life upside down.You’ll even be surprised by how bold they are. Some guts.

Why me? How about why not you? Hard pill to swallow. At such times, we go to God and we don’t ask and whine. We pour out our hearts and remind ourselves of His love.We cry in His arms and know that when trouble knocks relief is where He is. Soothing is in His presence and healing is guaranteed.

So we intentionally and even with bitterness and lack of  any kind of understanding rise up from that place of worry  and take back our sit. We allow His grace carry us to the unknown.We trust Him and await His healing.

SOUL-DEEP BEAUTY

Beauty is not skin-deep. Skin deep beauty does not have a lasting impression and it’s not thorough. I know this as truth because indeed my skin will not look the same thirty years from now.  God also said all that He created was good. There are many definitions of good, but the one I loved the most describes good as something to be desired or approved of. That which is satisfactory in quality, quantity or degree. God knit us perfectly in all aspects for whatever purpose He placed us on earth. Of course sin entered the world and all of God’s creation was under attack and so were we. But victory was given to us through Christ and everything restored, including our identity.

 The world today idolizes beauty, or rather its own standards of it. It has got into our minds and hearts so deep that we do not recognize that it is foreign .That we do not see it as an attack on creation just as global warming or deforestation. We defend creation (that is what is outside of us) more than we defend ourselves because we forgot that He created us. Good. Satisfactory in quality, quantity or degree. We praise His creation and see God in it and we do not see God in how He intricately formed us. I have struggled in deed and I believe  many have as well, to see myself as He sees me. Many times I am guilty of asking Him, “Really Lord is this it? “And it’s like I can sense how hurt He is at every negative thought I have had about myself, for the times I stood right next to the accuser and pointed fingers at His creation and tore it down. “Why is my face not whatever shape? Why are my boobs so big/small though? Why am i short or tall? Will I ever be beautiful? Lord, no one likes me.”

As I read through my 2016 journal I realized that a major prayer request was love. I just needed to know that the Lord loves me, just as I am. The King of Kings beholds me and finds me beautiful in his sight, that I ravish his heart. To understand that His love for me overwhelms Him so much, He had to die to communicate in the highest way. The Lord has ministered to my heart so much that I know that I am LOVED beyond. As women we are taught from a young age to conform to this world. We struggle with its standards of beauty more than we do salvation. We desire for this world to recognize us physically more than we desire our God to be recognized through our quiet and gentle spirit. Being an African black girl has had its challenges. Crazy phases. Where we hated our natural kinky steel-wire hair and ended up wearing weaves, where we admired long silk straight hair and ended up perming our hair, from having small behinds as the in thing to having bigger butts. Can I be real! Lol! To #teamlightskin craze to #team melanin.  At some point it gets confusing and end up looking at yourself in the mirror and hating the very creation of God because at some point you fall short of the standards set up by this world.

 True identity and confidence is knowing without a doubt that even without a few people liking your pictures on instagram, a few guys hitting on you, a few compliments here and there, that Oh my the Heavenly father looks at you and sees His image. He sees His own beauty radiating and it pleases Him. It’s crazy because I am saved and I thought that this I knew. I realized that God had to teach me the heart of true beauty. It begins with trust in what He says in His Word and not in whatever standards in this world. Us women, even  in the church, invest more in our make-up, dresses, body-shapers,and shoes than we spend looking into His Word to find out what He says about beauty. I love all of those stuff guys, eye-pencil and all. But when it reached a place I felt that in order to look “more beautiful”, I needed to do all that, I knew it grieved His heart. It’s still hard because the world will still scream plain Jane. But I will proclaim this louder.

Psalms 139:14

I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works. My soul knows it very well

  • I praise You!

Look at the word PRAISE. I went ahead and looked it up. It means to express warm approval or admiration; the expression of approval or admiration for someone or something; to express thanks to or love and respect for God.

Therefore, out of our hearts we express approval and admiration to God for intricately designing us. We thank Him for creating us as He did and immediately getting rid of that word flaws, because God does not make mistakes. A woman of God I have known and grown to love taught a few girlfriends of mine and I that God does not know how to receive praise (thanksgiving) and withhold His hand of giving.

I believe that when we start praising God as He created us He is highly honored and releases blessings to our lives. There is an ease into identity that we get in doing this. There is an acceptance of our whole being that just oozes and ministers to others because you trust only what the father says and every man becomes a liar. Some may call it self-esteem, but you just know deep in your heart and mind that He said all His works are wonderful and you completely trust that.

Fearfully and wonderfully made speaks of a setting apart. Special and unique. Unexplained .Just as the scenery around us is breathe-taking and hard to understand and explain, so has He created us. Just as wondrous as the moon ,so are we.

  • My soul knows it very well. >>Beauty is soul-deep<<

The soul, that is our mind and emotions are in agreement with what the Lord has created. We are convinced, that truly all His works are amazing! It is a decision and our emotions follow. Out of that trust then our hearts can praise Him.

This post is a call to love our physical bodies as we tap and allow the love of God to be revealed to our hearts. Not a call to ‘self’-confidence, because that can make us idolize our outward appearance and be likes and approval hungry. It’s a call to allow the love of God reveal true beauty that is not only manifested physically but also in our hearts. See, God is not shallow .He is not attracted by outward beauty even though He created our physical bodies and said it was good. He looks at the heart, because in the heart of a man, deep within Him are things that can last forever. He searches the heart of man and not his face.We can block the love of God  because we are too caught up in the physical and neglect the adornment of this quiet and gentle Spirit that is pleasing in the sight of the Lord. We tend to waste time and money on the physical because our souls do not know undoubtedly that His works are wonderful. If we knew undoubtedly, it would not bother us as much. We would work to take care of it and not re-create. We can also block the blessing of people because we have accepted to be shallow and look at the physical and dwell on it.

Queen Vashti if you have read the story of Esther was very beautiful on the outside that the king called her to behold her beauty. But this beauty did not keep her in the palace because nothing shines brighter than inner soul-deep beauty. She refused to obey the Kings request for whatever reason. And she lost her crown. As women we may think that as long as am skinny, as long as I wear the classiest clothes, as long as the make-up is popping, I can never lose the crown.Its sad because we cannot build anything especially a household if we have not built the inner man .Queen Vashti tore down her home with her own hands and her beauty which was meant to honor the king could not save her.

Proverbs 14:1

A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hand.

Our first home is our temples, and God wants us to build it with His Word.It lasts forever.

Lord, I pray that every woman that reads this post will be enveloped by your love and be assured of her beauty in You and therefore praise You. I pray that because she knows that she is wonderfully and beautifully made, that all obsessions with outward adornment shall die. That she will invest that effort into seeking you, to enable her to build her home because true soul-deep beauty is found in trusting You.

Thank you for reading.Please leave your comments and thoughts down below.

Love,

Msdorsila Ogola.

 

Happy Birthday Lord.

 

Christmas,
That time of the year.
We all wait for it
For our different reasons…
To some its a joyous occasion
Of celebrations with those whom
we survived the year with…..

When i was small..
It was about popcorn,cake new fab clothes and decorating
It was fun.
Today we don’t decorate much
Today we pray more.
We don’t fuss about new clothes
and shoes so much.
But realize it was never about things.
Today we are happy because we understand what this birthday is all about.
Then, we celebrated someone we didn’t know..

Today its a party to a friend,
A lover of our souls and a Savior
Its not about clothes anymore but about salvation
Its about the fulfillment of purpose
and the greatest soul that walked the earth
Its about who He really is to us.
Its about obedience and heed to the call.

Today as we celebrate his birth,
we celebrate the life that came with Him,
For we were dead!
Some are still dead.
He was born,He died ,He rose again..
Its our time to die as we await to rise with Him.
To pick up His mission just as He perfectly
taught us.
That being the best way to celebrate His life.
Drinking and partying in his name only does nothing much
to the legacy He left.
Trying not to dampen the mood but to put all this into perspective.

Share His name, His love and your testimony..
Testify not only of His birth but His death as well
This Christmas,
Make merry just like Mary but in awe of who He really is.
Be humble like Joseph who am sure was eager to teach his son
but allowed himself to be taught.
Be ready to go the distance like the three wise men
For His name.
Do not sabotage the mission as Herod tried…
Instead…
Take it up like John the Baptist ran with it.

Live like you met Him,
because you have.
Have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Family

I always share these writings at an annual Christmas party that i attend with my sisters.I wrote this one last year.Its always a joy to celebrate Christmas especially when we have known,understood and accepted the heart of it!

Thank you for always reading and God bless you guys!!!!!!

FLIRTING WITH DARKNESS.

“Oh Lord help me to hate the things that You hate and love the things that You love.” This has just been a prayer that I constantly make. Oh, the things that I subtly tolerate that He hates. Things that I enjoy that disgust Him. Things that testify the complete opposite of who He is. Where is the reverence? Where is my fear of God? The Lord is calling us deeper and it starts with the FEAR of Him. Loving the things that He loves and hating sin.

God is not a God of moments but a God of lifetimes. He can use a moment to reveal Himself, but that moment is to speak to our lifetimes. We wonder why it is so different at a church service, fellowships or even gospel conferences in comparison to our daily devotionals. At those moments we have locked out all that is carnal and all of us at one accord focused all that we are on Him. At that moment we are quiet enough to feel sense and know that He is there with us. But immediately we walk out to go to our homes, we feel like we left Him behind and there is so much noise .But those moments are not to be experienced just once but to be lived each day. He desires that we may live in complete conscious knowledge that He is with us. He wants to fellowship and commune with us daily!

We are the light of the world. Christ in us is to shine in this dark world. But what is it about darkness that we are so enticed by it? Why does it seem like it is smiling at us? Drawing our attention. Making us just want a little of it? We live in a generation where the world is begging for our attention. Good and pure has been made old-fashioned while evil and impure has been made bold and right.

It starts small. It starts with a movie or series that does not please God. What does that mean? It means that the values that are upheld in that movie or series are not in line with the values in God’s Word. It means that it does not seek to edify or lead to purity. It means that it goes against who God is. Sounds like its making sin okay, tolerable, good or even casual. Sin is made desirable and its consequences deceptive. Makes us create idols of ourselves or even things. It starts with a song that we tolerate that has a few curse words but what’s the harm, its talking about working hard? Right?  It starts with watching a music video that appreciates beauty but all the girls on there are almost naked if not completely. Then, it starts getting harder and harder to pray. We have no time to open the Word of God. And we are back to sin that easily entangles us back to pornography, cursing, masturbation, rebellion. Sin now appeals to us more.

     Galatians 5:7

You were doing so well, who caused you to stop following the truth? It certainly wasn’t the one who chose you. Be careful! Just a little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise

We need to be careful of what we allow in our space and faces as Christians. The devil is no longer subtle about his ideas and plans. And therefore we cannot afford to be careless in this area. God needs us to be bold in what we allow in our space. To be bold enough to reject whatever the Lord rejects and embrace all that He embraces. These avenues of entertainment are very intentional about the ideas that they are selling. We also need to be very intentional about what we allow. If kids are involved, all the more care should be taken. It is a choice to live in the Spirit, crucifying the flesh just as it is a choice to live in the flesh.

   The Scripture injunction, ”Walk in the Spirit,’ calls for voluntary action, and the exercise of the human will. It is equally possible to “walk after the flesh.” Between these two principles, these two “walks,” the believer is ever making choice, and to the end of life the will has power to yield to the one or the other

(The Irish Saint: The Life Story of Anne Preston)

1’st Peter1: 15-16

Be holy in everything that you do, just as God is Holy. He is the one who chose you. In the scriptures God says ‘’Be Holy, because I am Holy’’.

I t will need us to stop watching some movies, listening to some songs or hanging out with certain people, In order to daily kill the flesh and have the Spirit alive in us. It might look too radical, but the devil isn’t playing guys. He seriously wants no heaven for you and me and the rest of the world. He knows that the longer we justify and baptize the things that God hates, we shall never see heaven. And did I mention that Christ radically saved us? What if He tried to look cute and their day “pop-cultured”? What if He didn’t revere God? We need to stop flirting with sin, it looks so good on the outside but it eventually leads to death. I pray that God gives us discernment in this area and the boldness to truly follow Christ. And radically live for Him.

Am doing a series #SheInspiration> where i feature really great women sharing on #TheEssenceOfAWoman,if you would like to submit a post email me here ogolad@gmail.com, in the mean  time check out the previous post #SheInspo:Loving The Butterfly Life.W/th Njeri Ngige

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MODERN DAY IDOL: SELF.

I pray that this post will encourage you, lead you to repentance and more so a conscious desire to put our LORD JESUS CHRIST FIRST.
Mathew 16:25
For whosoever wishes to save his own life will lose it: But whoever loses His life for my sake will find it.
{This post is so important to me because I feel like if we can get this right, then we can be able to have a deeper relationship with God and share! Share! Share! More about Christ because really this is the only reason we exist on this earth. But oh my SELF!!!}

As I am seeking God more, He is showing me that I am the reason why I am not having a more real relationship with Him. Why I am not sharing Him more. Just as I have made every other thing about myself on this earth, I have also made the gospel about me. I believe in dreams, ownership, purpose, influence and all beautiful things on this earth that we are meant to enjoy. But He reminds me that it was never meant to be about me. I cannot love me more than Him. I cannot love life more than Him. Seeking after my happiness more than what makes Him happy. I want this and that, but I never want Him more than the things I want.

He said, “you see right at the core of your heart which I designed, there is a hole, an altar, a shrine where I AM the only one who can reign. And I will not compete with you or any other thing.”
1st Corinthians 6:19
You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit that you received from God and that lives in you.You don’t own yourselves.

“Men have now by nature no peace within their hearts, for God is
crowned there no longer, but there in the moral dusk stubborn and aggressive usurpers fight among
themselves for first place on the throne.” (The Pursuit of God AW.Tozer)

I n order for you and I to experience the fullness of our relationship with our Savior, the lover of our souls , He needs to be LORD in the shrine of our hearts. God does not want us to only know that we are saved, but He also wants us know Him. He is not interested in a superficial relationship or acquaintances. He wants us to enjoy knowing Him, to know His heart. To really understand this love that demonstrated itself in death. Even though it is beyond us to fully grasp.

It’s sad that at times we wear salvation as a social stamp, and not as a relationship. Our hearts are so far from God, and we do not seem to know Him. We can only testify of something we know. May be why we do not testify is because we are too caught up in SELF. We spend too much time getting to “know ourselves” and every other thing on this earth and not Him. God showed me that most of the times we are caught up in addictions is because we are too busy worshiping ourselves. I WANT TO FEEL GOOD! I WANT TO BE HAPPY! Is normally the justifying phrase, because right at the center of our hearts sited there is SELF. And we will do anything to please whatever is at the altar of our hearts. What we are enslaved to is right at the core of our hearts.
WHY SELF MAKES A BAD BAD GOD!!
 We are sinful in nature.
Our human nature is sinful. There is no good that can come from self. I think that a great deception we have is the thought that “we are good people’’. But merely“good people” will not make it to heaven. SURRENDERED people will.Because on our own there is nothing good in us.
Galatians 5: 16-17
So I tell you, live the way the Spirit leads you.Then you will not do the evil things your sinful self wants.The sinful self wants what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit wants what is against the sinful self.
(19-21)
The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: committing sexual sin, being morally bad, doing all kinds of shameful things, worshipping false gods, taking part in witch craft, hating people, causing trouble, being jealous angry or selfish, causing people to argue and divide into separate groups, being filled with envy, getting drunk, having wild parties and doing other things like this. The people who do these things will not have a part in Gods kingdom.
(Verse 24)
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their sinful self. They have given up their old selfish feelings and the evil things they wanted to do.
 We bear no good fruit alone.
John 15: 5, 6.
I am the vine and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I to you, you will produce plenty of fruit. But separated from me you won’t be able to do anything. If you don’t stay joined to me, you will be like a branch that has been thrown out and has dried up. All the dead branches like that are gathered up, thrown into the fire and burned.
 There is no eternity in our selves.
We cannot on our own make ourselves right with God. We cannot save ourselves by anything that we do.
Romans 4:5
But people cannot do any work that will make them right in God. So they must TRUST in Him. Then He accepts their faith and that makes them right with Him. He is the one who makes even evil people right with Him.

                                          We Inhibit communion with the LORD OF LORDS.
Ultimately it is God who grows us in Himself.
1st Corinthians 3:6
I planted the seed and Apollos watered it. But God is the one who makes the seed to grow.

But we have a role to play. We need to plant ourselves to the WORD and a life of PRAYER in order to be able to die to self and to align ourselves not only to the will of God but also His voice. The very thing that separated Adam from God is the very thing that we struggle with. SELF, which can be translated to pride. Being self-sufficient. Rejecting our need for a savior. The very thing we were created for is communion with Christ. He is us and we in Him.

God desires a relationship with each one of us where He can speak with us in whatever way HE chooses and we hear and identify His voice because His sheep hear and know His voice and follow Him. But we can’t hear Him if at our core we sit there lording ourselves. I personally struggle with this area because it is so easy to just want my way especially in today’s world and all the pressures. It is a daily process of letting go and letting God. I want to be happy and feel great. And feel important and loved. But Jesus is saying “in ME you find HAPPINESS and guess what? YOU ARE ALREADY LOVED ABUNDANTLY.” In everything you think you are losing by letting go and letting me in, you gain everything.
If you do not know the LORD OF LORDS, His arms are wide open to you and you can receive Him into your life this very instance. HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH AND WANTS YOU TO ENJOY ETERNITY RIGHT NEXT TO HIM. Because what would eternity be without Him.

DECLARATION; I STEP DOWN AND LET HIM TAKE HIS RIGHTFUL PLACE.Amen.

#SetApartFor3; FALLING IN LOVE WITH SOLITUDE.

Stop and just for a minute imagine that you have been appointed the president.In this moment, just as you are.  At your local joint having your usual affordable ‘madondo’. That one time you do not want to Instagram your meal. I am positive that at that moment , something in you will change.

Honestly, I wouldn’t walk out the joint the same way I came in. My aura and vibe will automatically change. A shift will have taken place. A realization of ‘being chosen’ will be hard to ignore. I will have to turn from the life I knew as truth to this new, exciting yet scary life of being chosen. That has promises of not being easy and at times even loss.

All of a sudden I realize that the things that seemed right, justified and welcome in my life as habits and beliefs need to change to suit this new title. A new walking style, as trivial as it sounds, might develop. Lol! A new set of friendships and associations will also bud.As a gentle detachment from others would follow.

Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you .Before you were born, I set you apart .I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

BUT

How comes our actions do not follow our knowledge of being set apart or chosen? Is it because we do not walk in the truth that God himself chose us? In the understanding that the cost of being chosen was  HIS SON. His love for us demonstrated in this way SET US APART.

Romans5;8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners. Christ died for us.


He made sure that our rightful title, garment and crown was restored to us as children of God. A title above the rest. Beloved, don’t you think it will require of us to make some adjustments? A shift  in perspective as the starting point. Every character in the Bible called and chosen of God knew undeniably that in order to experience the fullness of that call, there was need for total separation. Especially from the world and the influences of its day.

GENESIS 12:1

  Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land that I will show you.

Abraham had a life when God asked him to go. The only thing is the life he knew as truth lead to death and he had to leave it behind him. How about I am not ready Lord? What will my neighbors and friends say? What if it’s all in my head? Most importantly, what am I going to eat? Where am I going? All these questions must have gone through his mind. But this God sounded different than his father’s gods. There was something about Him and his voice that  he knew he had to GO. He was convinced enough to take the first step as he waited for further instructions. God did not leave Abraham and the minute he stepped out, he did not only know the God who gives promises but also the God who keeps them. He knew His voice when the journey started, but by the time it ended he knew HIS heart.

JAMES 2:23-24

……………..Abraham believed God,and because of this faith he was accepted as one who is right with God.Abraham was called God’s friend.So you see that people are made right with God by what they do.They cannot be made right with faith alone.

 Abraham had to be separated from the association of his early life. The influence of kindred and friends would interfere with the training which the Lord purposed to give His servant. (Patriarchs and Prophets pg69)

.Abraham had a choice. He would have decided to stay and that would have been his only story.How will your story play out?

 It will cost us to follow Christ. It will need us to fall in love with solitude and unfamiliarity with full knowledge that God is right there beside us.Walking away from sin and pleasures of this world and getting uncomfortable following Him. Staying separate. Learning to trust Him all the more. It is a process, but in order for it to start it will require a BOLD first step in the CALLED direction. It will not be perfect. It is not meant to be. You might not get the luxury of taking this first step with your family, boyfriend or best friend. You might start with them but find yourself alone. Just as Abraham had to eventually leave his father and Lot. He still looked forward and asked for further instruction. I mean he was ready to go on without his son even though he could not even comprehend how heart breaking and drenching it would be. I know it’s scary, but He is a GOOD GOOD God. His cup satisfies even through the roughest and loneliest deserts. Being chosen most times if not all will mean separation.

 

Psalm 27:1

Lord, you are my LIGHT and my SAVIOR, So why should I be afraid of anyone? The Lord is where my life is safe. So I will be afraid of no one. (Holy Bible-easy to read version)

Separate yourself so that God can begin the training process. Training is never easy, but a vision of the results just as he gave Abraham the promises, is our encouragement. Thanks for reading. As you all know,life is a journey and we never stop becoming!Keep becoming my lovely readers.

xx

Interested in being a guest blogger on here? Email me at ogolad@gmail.com.

 

DO NOT KILL ME BEFORE MY DEATH.

A blog post I was recently reading read, ‘The best way to keep writing is to keep writing.’ No matter how stupid it may look or feel. It also reminded me of the inner heckling that I will experience. Thoughts of it not being good enough or it will not speak to anybody. How vulnerable and revealing it may be. Reminded me of the statement “If I have to write I have to accept.” I have to look deep into the eyes of my troubles and struggles and decide whether I will deal with it or if they are going to crush me. I have to speak to my fears or have them speak to me. Depends on who will be loudest.

It will need me to break the walls that darken my circle. That lie to me that I do not need to face any of them. It will need me to grow and heal. Writing is and has been my release for a long time. The twists and turns that I feel in my heart. The knots of saliva that choke me. The rush in my spine and the rumbling deep within me expressed in word. My problems and issues. That I tell but cannot fully express. Are better written down. Crashed hopes and desires. Excitement and joy. Habits lost and habits acquired. To survive and separate myself from myself. Ink speaks better.

I would have loved to directly share the commonly wise words that presumably I do. But I do not have .My hands are empty and all I have is experience. A life lived. Truths proven. No theory. A path taken and unsure if it’s the right one. It’s easy to tell someone who they are. But it’s hard to really find who you are. That journey just begins whether you are prepared or not. You would wish for a check list to make sure you carry all you need but you realize that no matter how prepared you are, you still need to deal with yourself. The only part of the checklist that you didn’t realize you had to check.

Silence can be interpreted as “something brewing’’ we think we know what is brewing in a person’s mind or life. It may not be what we expect and that’s the beauty. Not knowing. Blind-sided. Giving us the greatest opportunity to feel, learn and see. My words may not make much sense to your situation because may be there is no predicament and this read may be a waste of time. I hope you enjoy other parts to it though. But even in its vagueness, if you get to think about your life then I am pleased.

“Do not kill me before my death”, a Whats App status that freaked most of my friends but a statement my lecturer uses so many times to motivate us in my literature class. A statement that made my students gawk at me weirdly and pay attention, is also one that I think about lately and try to deconstruct. I felt like “it and they” were trying to kill me. To kill my spirit, hopes and desires. I too was holding the knife and cheering them on. Talk and thoughts of me not deserving .Fingers pointing that I may not be enough. Always being the short one in the room. Short of ambition, love and, peace. Short of the best. I realize cannot allow myself to be dead and alive. If I am going to live then I need to be alive. So many are walking but are corpses inside. As much as they spray so much daisy smelling fragrances on themselves, they cannot help but reek of lifelessness. As a matter of fact, their only means of survival is killing anything around them that has life. I need us to be alive because we kill those around us if we die.

Somebody killed my students. He made sure that their hopes are gone. Made sure that they felt like nothing and are nothing. He always reminded them of what they are not and never mentioned who they are. Utter cruelty! One of them wondered whether I am going to a very high-end office judging by the way I dressed. He was convinced that I couldn’t possibly be meeting with probably my most important client. HIM. We have witnessed probably the hardest task for a doctor and that is trying to resuscitate life. The fact that he struggles to bring back life but surely knows deep within that it’s really not up to him .That’s how it feels trying to whisper life knowing full well that no matter how hard you try it really isn’t up to you. BUT YOU STILL DO.

“Do not let them kill you”! Them is you too. You decide! Do not allow nasty comments, rumors and gossip kill you .Do not kill yourself with those thoughts that constantly try to win a battle you know you already won. Your voice needs to be the loudest. Do not let a relationship kill your worth and will. To kill the fact that you deserve to be loved. The best! Do not let procrastination kill you from starting. Failure keep you from pursuing. Massage and soothe  that part that hurts. Apply something to It. Something that will help it heal. Words of encouragement or the Bible. As you please. Because it will hurt! But you need to heal and move on. We always forget that it really does not have to hurt forever. You might just die if you let it. But we do not have to die even if we can look at the sharpest of swords pass through our hearts. We have been given a life to live and until that last breathe you owe this earth and the people around you your breathe. Just as it gave life to you, use it to give life.
Signed,
Msdorsila.

Earth-Moving!Kingdom-Toppling!Life-Giving! #SetApartFor2

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  • On my previous post I highlighted the fact that God knows you, chose you and set you apart for something great. That your limitations can never be your inclination but the word of God. That what He told you and impressed on your heart should be your go to in those hard moments.
    I am excited to share this second part of the #SetApartFor series. To start this off, take a minute and reflect on what God has impressed on your heart. Sometimes we really do not see beyond what God has called, chosen, told or asked us to do. I am excited about what God told Jeremiah.
    “See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant. ‘(Jer 1:10)
    Whatever it is that God has called us to do most times involves uprooting and tearing down. This could be uprooting and tearing down worldly mind sets and “ways of this world”. Uprooting and tearing down poverty and hopelessness. Uprooting and tearing down bad governance and corruption. Uprooting and tearing down sin that easily entangles. Our calling involves destroying and overthrowing the works of the enemy in our lives and of those around us. We are then called to build and plant so that the land that was not bearing any fruit can have a chance at producing useful harvest. We are called to inspire, transform, and re-establish. In whatever field that God may have put us in, we are called to uproot, teardown, to destroy and to overthrow and most importantly to build and plant. It does not say tearing down and destroying people. We need to be careful about that. This verse really just opened the scope of the weight of the callings that God has placed in our lives. How extraordinary is the calling of God over our lives?
    “Jeremiah’s ministry is earth- moving, kingdom -toppling and life-giving”. Andrew Knowles
    All this sounds really good on paper, but on the ground it can be real tough. Discouragements from situations, friends, and family can steer us away. Fear can cripple us to the extent that we never step out at all. Patronizing thoughts like “Who am I to carry this message?” gets the best of us. Our slight attempt to step out does not get the response we desire.
    But we do not realize;
    1. Not many people will identify with your purpose. They will wear many faces. You are reaching out to a world with so much pain, a world accustomed to “its ways” that no one wants to change or get over their dysfunction.
    2.  Our purpose has nothing to do with us other than the part we have to play. It can never be for your glory but His, therefore it can never be about your competence BUT His. It has nothing to do with who you are but who He is.
    3.  God is WATCHING. He is ALERT and on STAND BY no matter how much time elapses. He will perform it. Sometimes it takes longer than we anticipate and we give up, just remember He is watching .You are not alone.
    4. We cannot sit doing nothing. God told Jeremiah to GET HIMSELF READY! We need to prepare. How do you need to prepare for that which you have been called to?(reading books, researching, voice training, living a pure life, studying the Bible, saying bye to your old friends, getting rid of that “limitation mentality”)We need to do WHATEVER to get ready. Preparation requires courage and therefore we need to trust God through the process. We cannot risk preparing without trusting the source.
    5. We can never be strong and guarded in purpose without God. Life is meaningless without God. What we may know to be our purpose lacks meaning and power (the earth moving and life giving kind) if it lacks God. Purpose is tied up, around and in God. If God is not in it, it is not PURPOSE. God promised to guard and protect Jeremiah because it was His business that he was undertaking. God promises the same thing to me and you.

We seek God for who He is. We did not choose Him. He chose us. It’s a privilege that we get to serve God at whatever capacity. It’s a privilege to share Him, His love and all that He is. It’s a privilege to know that He is willing to use us let alone being vessels of His love and change. Therefore we do not take pride in ourselves but boast of who He is. We therefore resist the temptation of taking the calling of God over our lives lightly. I pray that you get sensitive to that call daily and you answer immediately. I pray that you may see the bigger picture. God bless you as we take our eyes off ourselves and fix them on Christ as He births desires in our heart for our generation and generations to come. Thank you for reading and sharing as I prepare for #SetApartFor series part 3! Which I promise is going to be better than the last. Can’t wait to share.
Love you all!

“Set Apart For”

When was the last time you were passionate about something that wasn’t food that you are currently eating, or a soap opera you are watching? The last time you were so passionate about something that totally had nothing to do with you but someone else that really needed your help, voice and attention?
I trust and believe that we are on this earth for a cause! We are not here for ourselves, to play a game of who can stay alive longer or who wore life better. We don’t ask kids what they are passionate about when choosing their courses, we steer them to careers that are deemed prestigious in society. And pray to God (if we remember) that they get the passion along the way. We would go to the extent of laughing at a child for having a dream, a cause and being passionate about something that is not popular. I love education! I believe education and passion produce best results. Life changing results.
So I met this guy, Jeremiah, as I was flipping through the Bible. His story is what I call a confirmation story. He was young when I met him. lol. A child to be precise. He has an encounter with GOD. The first thing God says to Jeremiah is I KNOW YOU.I knew you even before your mother knew you. This got me thinking. Why did God tell him that if it was so obvious to Jeremiah that God knew Him? I think Jeremiah felt insignificant, one amongst billions and God couldn’t possibly know him let alone choose him. And we feel like that most times. How could God know me? He couldn’t! I just come from a descent regular family. Heck! I don’t even go to church.
The plot gets thicker and God tells him that he set him apart for purpose on this earth and Jeremiah is like, ‘Yo! Am like 17yrs old, what are you talking about? He voices a limitation that he thought he had. God immediately commands him to stop voicing his limitation to him. I mean God knew him before a womb knew him and he thinks God does not know that he is only a child? I resonated with this. God calls you and gives you a dream, a calling, a purpose, an inclination and you jump to, ‘I am not of age, I am not ready, wait I get me some qualifications, let me make some money first, I don’t know how to tell my parents coz I will look crazy’. I am sure all these thoughts were going through Jeremiah’s head too. I mean he was just a young guy who had probably set himself apart for other things he thought important. The things you set yourself apart for are not even half as great in comparison to what God has set you apart for. What has God set you apart for? For He surely has.
The next thing God said was ‘Look here child, I have a message and people that are going to need that message and only you can carry it and deliver.’ Am sure it hit Jeremiah that it was not about him. His calling and purpose has everything to do with people and a message that God had entrusted him with. This world lies to us that only the grown, qualified, rich and those that appear to be living it up can change this world. That only they can carry a message. God is telling me and you, that there is a message and a people he is sending us to, wherever we are and at whatever capacity. He is saying ‘it is not about you.’ It’s never about the messenger. Our obedience is linked to so many people.
After Jeremiah knew he had a message that he had to deliver and it involved people, he got a bit scared. He probably did not like where the conversation was going. He probably thought of how people treated the last prophet who dared to even say he was called. He thought of how people can be cruel and unresponsive. How everyone has an opinion. This we see by what God says to him next. ‘Do not be afraid of them for I am with you Snapshot_20150424_163148 When God reveals your purpose, destiny, or passion, He does not promise that it’s going to be easy and everyone will be happy with what you are doing. He promises to be with you and rescue you. He knows you cannot do it on your own strength. Let us not live in the bondage of people when God has already promised His presence, approved of you and the message you are carrying.
God knows you, is aware of what you think is a limitation and is sending you anyways to someone and not empty handed but with a message. You need to be close enough to hear that message. Sensitive enough to hear that call and purpose. To know His passion so that it can be your passion. For God goes hard for us. He does not relent. He is passionate and we are made in His image. I pray that this blog series draws you more to God and your true self, the one God breathed life into. Love you all.