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God Knows What You Are Going Through

Where is God? How could He allow this to happen to me? Does He not know what I am going through?

There are times when life seems so unfair and you feel you have been left on the dust heap. When it seems like no one (not even God) cares, it’s easy to start questioning your faith and wonder if God is real.

This is when you need to remind yourself of the following:

– God has you inscribed in the palm of His hand
– Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver them
– God will not allow you to go through more than He knows you can bear
– Gods’ plans for you are plans of peace and not evil, to bring you to an expected end.

If you are going through a difficult time, let the words of this song minister to you.

Turn over your issues to Him in prayer and believe that He will meet you at your point of need. If possible, find someone you trust and ask them support you in prayer.

Be blessed.


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Practice makes perfect

Do you rememeber the song ‘We Are The World’?.

Due to the famine in Africa, Forty-five predominantly U.S. artists, led by Harry Belafonte, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, and Lionel Richie, recorded this huge hit single in 1985, thus providing money and drawing attention to the famine.

If you don’t remember the song, here goes!

I love this song, love its sentiments, but that is not the purpose of this little book.

When I initially saw the video, I wondered how these busy superstars were able to sing in such harmony? You see, it looked like they had just met, been given a script they were still singing from and voila, out came this awesome song.

Wrong! Nothing in life is that easy.

Even the worlds biggest superstars have to practice and get things right. We normally see the finished product but behind the scenes a lot goes on – there was a lot of studio work. Watch this video to see what I mean.

 

Even Michael Jackson, then the biggest superstar, had to spend time working on his vocals. His solo piece in the song lasted approximately 25 seconds (I timed it) but as you can see from this video, he spent over 10 minutes, most likely more, working on it.

My question to you is: what are you doing to develop your talent? are you spending time refining your gift?

All the folks we admire, who make things look easy and effortless (from sports to academia), have done the hard work already, so when they turn up … its show time.

Watch the two videos again and ponder on the 10 plus minutes rehearsal for a 25 second solo. Jesus did something similar – He spent 30 years in ‘obscurity’ preparing for the last 3 years of His life … and these were marked by miracles, signs and wonders.

Practice makes perfect and the times spent sharpening your skills ‘out of sight’ can make you seem like an ‘overnight sensation’. That’s David’s story … by killing lions and bears in obscurity, he was able to defeat Goliath publicly.

I hope this encourages you to spend more time on your purpose, so that when your time comes you will fulfil purpose and leave a legacy.

Be blessed

 


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Making Wise Choices

Ever been at a crossroad and had to make a choice on which path to take? It could be whom to marry, what job to take or something simple as what piece of furniture to buy.

 

If you will have to make any important decision soon …, read on!

The KEY to making wise choices is to let God lead you in any decision you make.

A big part is trusting God and giving Him the permission to choose what is right for you … and it’s possible you may not initially like His choice for you.

This is called submitting to His authority and believing that He knows best.

Look at a parent and child relationship – a child wants everything he/she sees but as a parent, you know what the child needs right now. A 7 year old may want to drive a car but a wise parent will give that child what is age appropriate e.g. a bike. As the child matures, the other desires are fulfilled.

Several years ago, I came to the realization that God is FOR me because on many an occasion, God saved me from myself. He saved me from my own poor choices, righted my ‘sinking ship’ and placed me on the path to success.

As a result, I have no problem praying according to this verse in Proverbs 30.

Being able to pray according to this verse is essential if you want God to rule and make wise decisions in your life.

Praying this verse effectively gives God the authority to say NO to my own desires and YES to the future plans He has for me.

It puts Him in the driving seat to determine what is good for me and because I know His thoughts for me are thoughts of peace (Jeremiah 29:11) I can rest assured that all things will work together for my good.

God knows my future, so He knows what type of spouse I need, what career and personal experiences I need to have and even where I should live at each stage of my life.

So each time before making a decision, I humble myself and take time to reflect on His word and promises to me whilst acknowledging that I do not know it all.

Do you sometimes go for things that may just not right for you but have become a ‘must have’ because others have it.

Are you living beyond your means due to peer pressure or keeping up with the ‘Jones’s’?

Are you dating the wrong person or engaged in certain behavior, just to be cool and fit in?

The first thing to do is pause and ask why you are doing what you do. The next step is to ask yourself if these choices are leading to a fulfilled and balanced life.

If not, then its time to change how you make choices and ask God to ‘feed’ or give you what is convenient for you.

How do you do this? It’s by saying a simple prayer to God on anything that bugs you.

Looking for a job? Pray that God will give you a JOB convenient for you.

Looking for a house? Pray that God will give you a HOUSE convenient for you.

Looking for a spouse? Pray that God will give you a SPOUSE convenient for you.

Looking for X? Pray that God will give you an X convenient for you.

It’s always better to get what is right for YOU rather than what looks good on someone else. Don’t live your life or fight your battles using someone else’s tool. (Ps. David did not fight Goliath with Saul’s armor. He did his own thing and used just stones and a sling to accomplish a great deal).

Don’t marry someone to impress your friends or buy a house in a certain neighborhood because your friends live there. What’s good for them may not be good for you.

Have courage to go for what you know is God’s best for you and your future, even though others may disagree or look down on you.

God must be central to all this because He created you and has awesome plans tailor made to make you the best you possible.

The wisest choice you can ever make is to trust Him.

He knows what you need and has already got them ready. All you have to do is trust Him to be faithful and true to His word.

Will YOU do that?????

Listen to this song, trust God and be blessed.

 


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Ever been misunderstood?

Being misunderstood is one of the most painful things that can happen to anyone.

Not only can it cause embarrassment, but it can lead to confusion and serious issues depending on the gravity of the situation.

Here’s a lighthearted look at 2 ‘confused’ people.

Good, isn’t it!

To misunderstand is to understand incorrectly, while thinking to have understood correctly.

In a nutshell, misunderstanding will lead you to the wrong conclusion which in turn can lead to a lot of problems like …

– broken relationships
– wrong priorities
– fear and worry
– anger
– misplaced exuberance
– wrong choices

What if you broke up a relationship, quit a job or got a divorce because of a misunderstanding?

The implications of not getting things right are enormous and that’s why God tells us in Proverbs 4 to ALWAYS get understanding, no matter how much its costs us. It IS a priority.

Proverbs 27:23 says we must be sure we know the condition of our families and pay careful attention to our relationships and affairs.

Listen attentively to your spouse, children and friends. Don’t assume you know what they are going through or going to say … before they have said it.

Also make sure you explain yourself clearly … don’t think others will ‘get it’, be able to read your mind or read between the lines.

It hurts when there is misunderstanding so let us purpose in our hearts to take time to listen carefully, explain ourselves properly, clarify issues and just have a great time with others.

Lets do it and be blessed.


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Why Jesus was born in a stable?

Here is a different, i.e. non spiritual, perspective on why Jesus was born in a stable and placed in a manger.

I think He was born in a manger because God wanted to make it clear to everyone, especially the shepherds, that they had identified Jesus as the right baby.

Why? because mistaken identity can cause problems … just take a look at this short video.

 

On any given night in a city like Bethlehem, several babies will be born.

Can you imagine the shepherds, barging into one house after the other, trying to find THE baby, talking excitedly about the Messiah and the angels they saw – there would have been a lot of confusion in the entire city and it could have led to the wrong child being identified.

God wanted the shepherds and the world to KNOW who Jesus and so He had a simple solution. Send the shepherds to a place they would be familiar and comfortable with … a stable.

Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!.

Have a blessed day.


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God Knows What You Are Going Through

Where is God? How could He allow this to happen to me? Does He not know what I am going...
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Practice makes perfect

Do you rememeber the song ‘We Are The World’?. Due to the famine in Africa, Forty-five...
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Making Wise Choices

Ever been at a crossroad and had to make a choice on which path to take? It could be...
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Ever been misunderstood?

Being misunderstood is one of the most painful things that can happen to anyone. Not...
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Why Jesus was born in a stable?

Here is a different, i.e. non spiritual, perspective on why Jesus was born in a stable...
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