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SPEAK!

While watching a movie one night, the generator went off. It was at an interesting point in the movie so I pleaded with hubby to put it back on quickly. But that was not to be, as the fuse had gotten burnt (or something of the sort). Therefore, he was going to have to spend time fixing it. My children came downstairs and my son decided that he would lead us in praise and worship while we wait. So he started off and we sang and praised God. After about 10 minutes or thereabouts, he said it was time for worship. So, he led a worship song (He’s got the whole world in His hands LOL), after which he said “let us pray”. He led us in prayers and specifically prayed that the generator will be repaired and as soon as he was done and we said amen, the generator came on! Of course, we all cheered and hi-fived “Pastor D-boy” but the entire episode taught me an important lesson….

Faith speaks.

Totally unrelated to the story above you may say, but that singular action by my son in having so much faith in his prayers corroborated what God has been teaching me lately.

Recently I’ve had to revisit faith fundamentals. When you believe something in your heart, it flows out of your mouth. You invariably begin to speak about what you believe. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Believing without speaking is just hope. Hope is good because it gives you a picture of what you want and would like to see, but faith is what actually delivers that picture and translates it into reality. Anyone can have hope, that’s true. Many walk about hoping that tomorrow would be better. And as long as they keep hope alive (that’s a picture of a brighter tomorrow), hope may translate to that tomorrow they desire. But what separates us as believers from non-believers? It’s faith!

Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) – Now faith is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen

Amplified version (AMP) – Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things HOPED for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].

Did you see HOPE in that scripture above? Faith gives wings to your hope. And for faith to work, you have to speak! Speak based on the word of God. Speak what you believe of that word, and keep speaking to make that hope a reality. This doesn’t take the place of works, but you have to realise that works can fail but faith doesn’t fail.

2 Corinthians 4:13 (NKJV)
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.

Open your mouth and confess what you want to see regarding that situation. But make sure your confession is based on God’s word and make sure you’re constantly speaking that word.

Remember, a closed mouth is a closed destiny.

Speak!

God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2017

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Logic? Naah!!!

I had problem with the toilet in my office. It was broken and I needed to get a plumber. Luckily for me, I had his number and I called him. I was in more ‘luck’ as he was just round the corner from the office and was free. In less that 20 minutes, he’d arrived to fix it. Told me what was wrong, I gave him money and he promptly went to get a replacement of the broken part, came back and fixed it all in less than an hour! I was pleased. Life is good! Hehe

Thanking God for early detection and fixing, I thought I had overcome…

I got to the office by afternoon the next day after an early morning meeting. Because I was moving house, I was going to take the rest of the day off but quickly remembered I needed to stop by the office to pick up something I had forgotten. As I brought out my keys, I felt water around my shoes. I panicked as I opened the door and yes, I was right – the whole office was flooded! And it came from the toilet the plumber fixed the day before! I was really upset, to say the least. What was the point of detecting the fault early enough, calling the plumber and ending up with the very same problem I was trying to avoid?

Then the Holy Spirit whispered to me. You see, I had had a nagging feeling to turn off the main inlet before leaving the office the day before but I felt there was no need to, the toilet had been fixed. I got home to realise that I had forgotten my charger  and it prompted me to go to the office the following day despite of the fact that I was tired and just wanted to go home after my meeting. And guess what? I called the plumber immediately I saw the flood and he was available again! He swiftly came by with some workers, fixed everything properly and helped to clean up the entire office.

You see, life can sometimes be difficult and you run to God for Him to fix things up. But there are times when you think you have it all figured out and actually apply all the ‘principles’ you know yet things still end up going the wrong way! Learn from the Samaritan woman. With each marriage gone wrong, she kept fixing it with another marriage. That seemed the most logical thing to do. But it kept messing her up. Sometimes, life defies logic. You need the wisdom of God to handle that situation! And though it may seem you have tried all that there is to try yet things go awry, remember the Holy Spirit could just conveniently ‘make you forget your charger’ and that leads you back to the place of wisdom!

And through it all, remember to have a heart of gratitude because Romans 8:28 is our constant reminder that He’ll sort it out. Hallelujah!

My thoughts?

Life sometimes defies logic
You can’t seem to figure it out
You need more than your own wisdom
To clear out all self doubt
When you’ve tried all you can
Yet don’t have all the answers
Remember God has it all planned for you
Just go to Him for the right answers

Personal study: John 4:1-42

God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2017

 

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God is God, God is good.

Paw Patrol (a cartoon) came up on TV and I heard an excited voice:

“Mommy, you have to watch this episode!”

When I hear such ‘instruction’ sometimes, I listen because it means I’m about to be schooled…lol. I wasn’t wrong.

This particular episode had been repeated over and over (as they tend to do on DSTV *eyes rolling*) and being that he had seen that episode before, my son asked me to pay attention to it and proceeded to tell me the story as it unfolded. A big purple egg was found astray somewhere and was rescued by Paw patrol. They got to realise it was a dinosaur’s egg. As I watched, my son said “Mommy watch closely. The egg will hatch and the baby dinosaur will come out crying for his mummy”. Then after a while he said, “It’s a good thing I have a Mommy so I don’t ever have to cry”

And I just ‘teared’ up in his place. Tears dropped down my cheeks because I felt so loved and trusted. He never has to cry? Of course he cries. But I think he was talking about a different kind of cry. The cry you have when you feel all alone and abandoned, like no one cares. the cry you have when you’re burdened and have no one to help, the cry of confusion, pain and hurt…

But to him, those cries don’t exist because Mommy is there as his shield! And Mommy can never do him evil. Isn’t it surprising that some of us think we know God yet have the wrong perspective of Him? Some people think that when something bad happens to them, then it must be God doing or permitting it simply because of a sin somewhere or something of the sort. Get this straight – God is good!!! And He only does good!!! The concept of a heavenly Father who sits back and watches bad things happen to you must be eradicated from your thinking! That is not who God is!

1st John 1:5 – This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

Does my son cry? Oh yes he does. When he falls, or wants something or feels I’m not being fair or fights with his sister….etc, he will cry. But he never wavers in his trust for me through all that. He always believes Mommy is good and if anything bad were to happen, it would never be Mommy instigating it! That’s why the Psalmist said in that famous psalm:

Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

If He’s there with you in your darkest moments and pulls you through, does it make sense that He instigated it?? Of course not! The problem is we think about God in our human knowledge and judge Him the way we would a friend or family member…. Stop doing that!

Remember “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end” – Lamentations 3:22(ESV) –

Remember this song by Don Moen?

God is good all the time
He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night His light will shine
God is good
God is good all the time

God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2017

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The Spaghetti race

My children love spaghetti. On most days. Even well preferred to rice (except my Jollof rice of course, which is always the best ever). And I don’t like cooking or eating spaghetti, so I tend not to make it often.

But when I do, you need to see how excited they get. And you won’t believe the excitement lasts the whole day! They fall over themselves to see who eats the most spaghetti, and usually my son wins hehe.

Like the other day, he went about boasting that he had had 4 plates! 4 plates of spaghetti and he still wanted more. Well, the 4 plates were spread across the entire day so in essence he had spaghetti for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, saved me the stress of thinking about what to cook.

Can you boast of eating the word of God that voraciously? I can’t yet as I’m still a work in progress, so I would like to begin what I’ve tagged the “Spaghetti Race”. In essence, it’s the rush to see how much ‘spaghetti’ can be eaten and who gets to eat the most! (Now I wish WordPress had a ROTFL button, would have used it here) But seriously, how much of God’s word do I love and desire to take in?

Care to join me? Only replace the spaghetti with the Bible. Do you wonder why most Christians act the way they do? It’s because they have not been transformed by the Word. Oh, for a world of Christians who are Christ-like indeed. Well, that can happen – one ‘spaghetti-eating’ Christian at a time.

My thoughts?

The Bible is God’s word
Sharper than a two edged sword
Cuts through religion’s thin cord
So over your life make it Lord

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Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Psalm 119:105 – Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2017

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Stop the snacking.

People ask me why and how I manage to stay so slim. One answer to that question is I don’t snack.

I love food, proper food that is. So I would rather eat a good plate of Jollof rice (it’s just got to be Jollof, right?) than have a  cookie and soft drink (soda), or even chocolates.

What is a snack?

It’s a light meal or an item of food eaten in between meals. In order words, it’s not your main meal for the day, but it kind of stops hunger pangs before the real deal. It’s also what you use to curb your ‘peckishness’.

Now there is healthy snacking and there is unhealthy snacking. I’m not talking about healthy snacking though.

The snag with having unhealthy snacks is it messes up your diet. So ideally we know we eat 3 times a day right? (or 5 small meals as some claim). However when you snack, it gives you the feeling of having satisfied your hunger for the time being till you have the main meal, whereas what you’re doing is being unhealthy in your diet! The effects? Unnecessary weight gain!

Some snack spiritually you know. They sense a hunger in their spirit and choose to snack – reading a verse or two here, a devotional there and articles on the internet sometimes. While this in itself is not wrong, it becomes unhealthy when it replaces the proper study of the Bible, when they should be eating the main meal! The result is a malnourished spirit, one that is unable to stand in the midst of trials, one that is unable to build faith, one that looks robust but is actually weak!

Did you not know that without faith it’s impossible to please God? Did you not know that faith comes by hearing (and reading) the word of God? Did you not know that solid meal is for the mature? When, then, are you going to grow up?

My thoughts?

Snacks are quite tempting
Giving temporary relief
But their effect can be deadly
That’s my honest belief
If you would just stick with proper meals
And stop the eating in between
You’ll make being healthy a big deal
And your spirit enjoys the win

 

Hebrews 5:14 (NIV)
But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2017

 

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You will be fine!

My daughter’s fish died.

It was a painful morning. We were preparing for school and she went to the kitchen to drop her plate after breakfast when I heard a piercing scream. Fearing the worst, I jumped up and was heading to the kitchen when she collided into me. With tears streaming down her face and sobbing uncontrollably, she managed to stutter the words “My fish is dead!”

Oh God, I watched my 8 year old experience pain and grief for the first time in her life and my heart broke. I tried to console her but she was totally inconsolable. I couldn’t promise to buy her a new fish because I didn’t even know where to get it from (she won this fish from her school’s excursion to a fish farm). So I made promises of all sorts – I’ll buy you something nice, I’ll take you to the mall. I’ll get you ice-cream……bla bla bla. I hugged her, I wiped her tears, I did all I could but she kept wailing and wailing. After sometime, I asked if she would prefer to stay at home and miss school, just to relief her grief. She chose to go. Then I told her “Darling, you’ll be fine. I promise”.

But she still cried. All the way to school, even after I dropped her off, she continued crying till after morning assembly (she told me this when she got back home after school).

When I left her, I said a prayer for her in my heart and asked the Holy Spirit to comfort her (What more could I have done?)

She came back home all smiles in the afternoon and said she actually felt better after assembly. Then she said “Mummy you were right. You kept your promise. You said I’ll be fine and I’m fine now”….and she hopped away.

It brought tears to my eyes and reminded me so much of this scripture:

Psalm 34:19

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all (KJV)

The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time (NIV)

The righteous person has many troubles, but the LORD rescues him from all of them (GWT)

There would be trouble, and there would be afflictions as long as we live on earth. But if we are righteous (God’s righteousness in Christ Jesus), God promises to deliver and rescue His own from ALL OF THEM, ALL THE TIME.

It doesn’t really matter what it is, and how inconsolable you may seem at the moment. It may look like all hope is lost and you can’t make it this time. Your fish could have meant all the world to you, and now it’s gone. God always keeps His word. And His words are Yes and Amen. If He says He will come through, then He will come through.

I kept my promise to my daughter, though not of my own power. But I did say a word of prayer and God heard.

God ALWAYS keeps His promise. The ones contained in His Word. The scriptures He has given even before you were born.

His promise of healing, restoration, hope, promotion, relief, deliverance, breakthrough, salvation….the list goes on.

Trust Him. You will be fine.

Job 5:9 – He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted (NIV)

 

First written for Thypreciousjewels ’16

God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2017

 

 

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Mind power

Every time I think about someone, whether they are near me by location, or close to me by relationship, I almost always would get to hear from them within 2 days! No joke!

True life story.

So if I have been thinking about an old school mate, for example, I could end up commenting on a post on SM and the next thing you know, they comment after me or send me an inbox or something! It kind of used to freak me out.

Then I received sense.

If my mind was willing those people to me somewhat, what if I consciously began to use my mind to will things, events and people to me in the right way? Spooky you say?

I laugh!

I started thinking recently on how I could improve in something I was working on, then boom! I was at the airport and guess who chose to sit beside me in the waiting lounge? Fela Durotoye! (Please google him if you don’t know him). And for the next one hour (with series of phone interruptions of course), he schooled me in the very area I needed help with, for free! I politely asked him if I could write as he spoke and he was more than happy to oblige me!

Mind power!

I have just discovered a great gift God has given me. It probably has been there all along, I just never used it as I should.

And you have it too.

How do I know? Cos the bible says “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” – Proverbs 23:7

You think it with your mind, you will it to yourself, you have it and become it.

Simple!

We hear it preached all the time, maybe just never this way

Philippians 4:8-9* has never hit me so hard!

My thoughts?

The mind is too powerful
To leave and run idle
You can achieve things wonderful
Once you fill it with words from the Bible
Your thoughts can form your life
What you think, you attract
So fill up your heart with the words of life
And watch as you expand and not contract

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*Philippians 4:8-9 (The Message Translation)

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2017