Tuesday, September 17, 2013

50 REASONS WHI I LOVE MY DAD

My Father turned 50 on the 13th of September which makes this blog entry late. But all the same, I thought I should share the 50 reasons why I love my dad. I tell him often that He is the best father a girl can have and I mean it with all my heart. I feel blessed having him in my life. When I consider how the Lord has blessed me, on my list I always add-"the greatest parents!" I would never trade places with any child on the face of the earth. I framed the 50 reasons I love my dad and gave them to him as part of my gift to him. They will appear the way they did, addressed to him that is. So here are the 50 reasons why I love my dad:



50 Reasons Why I love You Dad!

1. You are the best father a girl could ever have (I have said it a million times but to me it never grows old).

2. For smiling at me the first time you laid your eyes on me as a baby (I know you did even if I was a baby and have no proof that you did).

3. Because you love me even when I am annoying and don’t make much sense.

4. Because I just do

5. Because you give me the best advice anyone could ever ask for.

6. For trying to joke around with my friends and making them feel at ease around you.

7. For taking time to listen to me.

8. For trying to give me hugs occasionally even if I don’t look interested.

9. For calling me “my baby girl” which makes me feel special.

10. Because you are you.

11. Because you have always read the Bible to me.

12. For setting an example for me on how to be a parent.

13. For showing me the perfect example of a loving husband.

14. Because I can run to you in joy and in sadness.

15. Because you show me my faults.

16. For not taking my side when I am in the wrong.

17. For holding my hand when crossing the road as a little girl.

18. For still asking whether you need to hold my hand as we cross the road even today (the few times we have found ourselves crossing the road together).

19. For telling me all sorts of stories.

20. You’re my daddy and you’re one of my favourite people ever.

21. For insisting on some of our traditions even when I have thought them unnecessary.

22. For loving my hand written cards and hanging them in your office.

23. For loving every gift I have ever given you including this one.

24. You do not embarrass me in front of my friends.

25. How you take a keen interest in my relationship.

26. You are a great leader in every aspect.

27. For being a perfect example of walking with the Lord.

28. For providing for me.

29. For knowing when and how to discipline.

30. You have never given up on me.

31. For showing disappointment when I deserved it.

32. For not scolding me unnecessarily.

33. I know you are always going to be here for me.

34. You’ve taught me that education matters.

35. You are very smart.

36. For changing my phone or having it fixed regardless of how many times I spoil it.

37. Because you care for me.

38. How I might accidentally repeat things in here and you will not mind.

38. For making me laugh.

39. Because you are honest.

40. You are grateful for everything you have and this sets such a good example for me.

41. You would never throw someone in front of a bus to better yourself. Everything you have, you have received by merit.

42. For making mum very happy.

43. You are the most humble person I know.

44. For bearing with mum as she shops for us even when you think half the things are unnecessary.

45. Because you have such a big heart.

46. Because you would sacrifice everything for your family.

47. Because you love mum and so do I.

48. For ensuring I went to church every Sunday until I got saved and actually wanted to go to church.

49. For showing that a life with Christ is the best life EVER!

50. Because I can still call you DADDY and I am your little girl!!!

 

HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY DADDY!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

DYING YOUNG

Last week Friday began in the normal fashion all of my days begin. I said my good byes to everyone at home before leaving for the office. While driving down to my work place, situated in northmead, I heard my phone ring but I decided I would call whoever was calling when I got to the office. So I got to the office, put my handbag and laptop bag down, and began to unpack the laptop and set it down on my desk as I usually do before I eventually take my seat. After settling down, I took my phone out of the bag to check who had been calling. It was my sister and I wondered what she wanted to say to me that had to be said so early in the day.
 
I eventually called her back and the news I received from the other end of the line was not anything one can get used to. One of my first cousins had passed away. It hit me so hard.............I could not believe what I had just heard. My thoughts went back to the moments I had seen him and I was filled with so much sadness.
 
We buried him on Monday and he was only 21. Looking back at the time I was 21, I had so many dreams and so many things I wanted to achieve. And even now at the age of 23, I still have so many dreams and ambitions, so many things I would love to achieve. But there's one thing we always forget, our days are numbered and when our time is up it will be time to go home. None of us think of dying young. When we think of death, we always think of it as happening when we are old and grey but we are not assured of tomorrow or today or the next second.
 
Therefore, regardless of what our dreams and ambitions may be, our most important ambition should be to serve the Lord and live for Him always. Spurgeon's lesson for today points out the fact that our object for life should be, "for me to live is Christ". All else is sinking sand. Death has a way of reminding us that we are pilgrims on a journey, we have not arrived at our destination yet. However, sadly we often forget this and treat this passing earth as if we are going to be here forever. A visit to the grave yard reminds us that we are not. For dust we are and to dust we shall return.

My cousin will be surely missed by all of us as his family but just like him this world is not our home, we are just passing through. We should make it our chief goal therefore, to live lives that matter. A life that matters is a life lived in and for Christ. ALL ELSE IS SINKING SAND!!!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE SERVANT SONGS

I am now at a point where the lessons are drawing me to the manner in which Jesus was a Servant. The manner in which He operated as a Servant and my thoughts have been drawn to one quality of my Lord that I rarely think about and consider; His sensitivity.

Isaiah 42:3 rcords,                                         
"a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
 he will faithfully bring forth justice."
ESV


I am sure I have read this passage before but never would I have thought it points to the quality of the Lord as being sensitive. But when you consider the first two lines, it really hits you- a bruised reed He will not break and a faintly burning wick He will not quench. I found it amazing when I considered it in this manner.

Additionally, Matt 9:36 records,
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd."
ESV


This too shows the sensitivity of the Lord to the people who were before Him.

One area which the writer of the devotional has pointed to is being sensitive in the manner we treat those who are heartbroken or going through problems. I must say when I think about how I have treated someone going through a problem or who was heart broken in the past, I am shown that I totally sucked. I always tell myself that I am pathetic when it comes to such things but that is no excuse. I ought to be sensitive towards such people and treat them with the same love and compassion that my Lord has set as an example for me. Oh, how I pray that I will do better when faced with such situations.