Thursday, June 26, 2014
Last week while I was having a conversation with a friend, the above quotation was said. My mind is always picking out quotes from all over the place, be it a movie, sermon, a conversation, anything. And they usually stay with me. So this particular one stuck as he said it. In fact, I paused for a minute after he said it because it really struck me. It felt like a revelation, lol.
The quote was used in reference to the Lord. There are so many times we may not understand various things in our lives, e.g, why we are going through this difficult moment, why we failed though we worked so hard, why this and that isn't panning out and so on and so forth. In moments such as this, let us take a minute and state what we know about God. Such as:
- I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5
- The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me? Hebrews 13:6
- And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
- They who wait for the lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (One of my favs) Isaiah 40:31
These and many more are the promises that hold true from the Lord. So whatever we may be experiencing, lets state what we know of the Lord and what promises He has made to us. Even though we may still not understand our circumstances, these truths will give us peace that the Lord is in control.
Iv never been one to keep a diary but the few times I have tried for the past four years or so, I will write stuff for a few days then just fail to continue. Once in a while I like to pick up these books and read through my thoughts way back then. But I must mention, these books are usually turned into books for devotional notes or sunday service note books so not all is lost. They do not turn out to be diaries kapish but are still useful.
Anyway, so recently I picked up these books and read through them. One book took me back to the year 2010. No, infact one took me back as far as 2009. It was so amazing to read what my thoughts were during particular periods of those two years. I was so struck by how the stuff I could not understand then, the Lord has answered "why?" during the past four years. Back then I thought my confusions couldn't get any worse but lo and behold, 2014 hits and there's more. One thing remained true after I was done going back through memory lane, 'my ways are not His ways and neither are my thoughts, His thoughts'.
We all have plans and aspirations and dreams but in the end the Lord's Will is done. By the time I was done, all I could do was smile. It's been said that the Lord has a sense of humour and I definitely saw it. He has been my guide the last four years bringing to fruition some of my dreams, opening and closing doors and I stand AMAZED!
One of my favourite songs is 'Stand' by Britt Nicole and one of the lines in the song is, "I look up and all I see is your love holding me". Oh, how my Lord holds me through it all and I just wanna sing praises to Him everyday. Thus far the Lord has led me and I know He will continue to do so.
Iv been thinking that I should try again to start a diary coz four years from now, I will see God at work in me and through me.
"I love thee Lord. I love thee for taking me under your loving arms and leading me through this life. I am amazed by your awesomeness. I stand amazed by your love and I pray that I will live a life that is pleasing and honourable to you!" AMEN!!!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Oh yes! It is finally here; still trying to savour every moment. It has taken years of preparation but the time has finally come. It feels so surreal but I will officially be on the roll of Legal Practitioners.
It has not been an easy journey. I have had many sleepless nights and such stressful days that I often wondered whether I would make it through. 2013 was the year that was hardest of all my school years. I never thought it possible to have such an immense amount of stress as the one I experienced last year. But even then, the Lord carried me through. Whenever I thought I would not make it, a ray of sunlight was shone.
I have had such a great support system; family that have spent time hearing my complaints, encouraging me and loving me and friends that have taken the walk with me. These people have cried with me and laughed with me.
An aunt from Church said to me when I was being a doubting Thomas as to whether I would make the Bar, "The Lord has been faithful to you all these years, why would He stop now". How true that statement was and still is. Forgive me Lord for even having a smidge of doubt.
Through all the years of preparation I have felt the Lord at work. It is to Him that all the glory and praise should go. I hope I will never forget that and that I will be equal to the task and serve the Lord as an Advocate.
A new journey begins.............. :-))) (2GBG)
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I was watching a series recently and in it was a person who claimed to be an atheist and yet later on was upset with God over something. The doctor then said to her, not that he knew the Lord himself, that she couldn't be an atheist and at the same time be angry at God. I thought to myself, 'how true!'. It got me thinking afterwards that there's so many people out there who deny the existence of the Lord but are quick to get angry at the Lord when things don't go their way or when something bad in their lives takes place. It all doesn't make sense. If you truly believed God didn't exist, why be angry at Him for anything.
We do not realize as humans how though we deny God's existence, we show forth all the time how He does exist. We get upset with Him for the bad things that happen and are even quick to ask for His help when we really need Him. We testify to His existence all the time and everything around us does too. The breath of life, the sun that shines forth during the day, the trees, the birds, our entire universe.....speaks of one greater than us. Instead of trying to fight His existence, we should embrace it and seek forth to live lives that are pleasing before Him. Iv heard it said before, "if you died and discovered there was no God, would there be anything to regret but if you died and discovered God actually existed, then you'll be in big trouble if you failed to believe". There is no point in even going that far because like I said, we all testify to God's existence every single day. No matter how much we try to deny it. LET'S STOP FIGHTING IT.
King James Version (KJV)
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
This year has been so eventful, with so many ups and downs. It almost feels as if its been the most eventful year of my life and the passage above I feel has been the lesson of the year. I began the year on a different path and ending the year on another. But through it all, the Lord never ceases to amaze me. Starting the year, I think my biggest goal apart from serving the Lord with all my being this year, was to get my Legal Practitioners Practicing Certificate. Yet again I can say the Lord has been faithful, because beyond even my wildest dreams I only failed one course. I experienced my first car accident, always wondered how that would be like (crazy I know). I experienced being really sick, getting a drip and all (twice for that matter), getting a pay raise, losing a loved one, making new friends, taking risks and the list is endless. All in all, one thing that I have learnt is something my mother has said to me in the recent past, "Thank God for everything because there is a reason for everything He allows to come in your life".
I am so grateful for all of 2013 and another lesson that rings forth in my head is something I feel the Lord has been telling and showing me throughout this year; 'TRUST ME!!!' So as 2013 comes to a close, I thank the Lord for it all and I am going to trust Him for 2014. The year passes by so quickly sometimes but I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for me.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Accidents have a way of putting things in perspective and making you think more about your life. I was involved in a car accident with two of my siblings and little nephew on the 8th of November. Two amazing things happened during the accident:
1. The calmness I felt whilst it was happening. I was driving and I remember thinking, "I'm going to be hit" and when I was hit," Oh my goodness, I have been hit, need to step on the brakes". I would like to think I brought the car to a stop but I know I didnt. That car stopped because the Lord had planned even before I was born that the car would stop. I was definitely shaken afterwards but while I still had my hands to the steering wheel and trying to control the car, I was so calm.
2. It's as if we were glued to our sits. My sister in the back together with her little boy hadnt gotten round to wearing their seat belts and so she hit the door but just mildly and my nephew didnt move an inch. My sister and I in the front seat were also just fine. No scratches or bruises, nothing, all of us were safe and sound.
Towards the close of day as we were talking about the accident with our mum, she said, "That's why we should never get behind the wheel without asking the Lord to protect us". This statement remained with me and reminded me, which the accident had already done, that God is in control. It's been said that the one appointment we will never miss is the death appointment. SO TRUE!!! When it's time to go, it's time to go. In the meantime, what I'm I doing for my Lord. I'm I ready to meet Him and account for my life here below? What will I have to show for it? When my time comes, I want to have lived a life that is pleasing before my Lord. To go to Him knowing that I will be received with open arms saying, "Well done my good and faithful servant". As at now, I know I am far from that goal and I want to live striving to attain a holy and pleasing life.