I think we would all agree that amongst the many uncertainties in life; one thing is certain, life is filled with challengers. We are surrounded by some form of challenge daily. If you are not facing or have never faced any challenges, would you please contact me. There are soo many things I would like to know.
Certainty is the firm conviction in someone or something; it is the truth, confidence, assurance, reliability of what is seen and therefore known. Faith on the other hand is the complete trust, confidence, hopefulness, reliance that is placed in someone or something before it is seen.
I don't know about you, but my ability to get a good nights rest not just sleep and wake up each morning and face the day comes from faith. I have come to realise -
I believe that our external senses gives us certainty and this is what aids our survival, yet it is our internal senses that give us faith and aids our living. When we are able to be fully aware, externally and internally we position ourselves to a life of thriving.
Now according to the Bible our sense of hearing is important in the activation of faith. Therefore, we need to listen with intent. I believe we fail to understand or comprehend the options we have in life and how to choose wisely because we fail to listen. Instead we hear what we want, interpret it to our liking and respond to what benefits us at the time because we act our of certainty rather than faith. Hence we believe that we don't have what it takes to move mountains, part seas, kill giants, walk on water, follow passions or to choose life.
My encouragement to you today is, whatever you are facing in life; choose to move with faith one step at a time and one day at a time being certain that God is with you and He loves you.
There is a process in which precious stones and metals go through before its true value can be appreciated. These precious stones and metals are not easy to find and if anything it is hidden in the darkness. It takes skill, time and effort to find it, then it must go though a transformation process from cleaning, refining, melting, blasting, separating... before it is appreciated for what it is and the possibilities of its use can be understood.
To find things that are precious we must be willing to go fully equiped with light in search of hidden treasure within us. Each of us have gifts and talents that our hidden within us. We all have a purpose and this purpose is precious. In life we go through hardships and challenges, how we respond can keep us in a dark place or can release us into new things and possibilities. Now is the time to turn those hardships into precious treasures that will be beneficial for us and can be a gift to others. The purpose doesn't change its value because of hardship but it can add significant dimensions, skills and talents that increases the value in the gifts within us.
Don't discard your experience; in a safe environment shine light on it, learn from it, heal from it and re-purpose it. If your stuck in the darkness, keep seeking light and apply truth. Truth and light is the process that we must apply to every situation in order to gain understanding. Next time you are in a dark place, be the light. Jesus is the light we need and His truth is liberating.
Can you count how many test or trials you have faced in your life thus far? Well, if you haven't had any I would love to hear from you. From the moment of possibly conception we are faced with challengers to survive and more so to live. These challengers are what make us stronger, what give us our story and ultimately what becomes our testimony. That says we have done, we have passed we have made it.
Our testimony is the living proof of our story. If we haven't been through it, it doesn't belong to us. I would love to say that on the picture on the left is me. That I climbed that mountain and captured that breath taking view of the valley beneath. But the truth is I didn't. So, I can't testify to what it felt like, how my body felt or the emotions that were stirred within me as I looked back on what I had achieved. All I can do is admire the picture through the lens of someone else.
If you are anything like me, I don't particularly care for test. In fact although I know it is a part of life, it is not the thing I look forward to when I wake up in the morning. Yet, once I have gone through what I know to be a test and I look back and can see that I made it, the relief is shear joy. A test can last a for hours, days, weeks, years, essentially until we learn how not to let it stop us from living life.
Our testimonies are our stories. If we were to write a book, I am sure we could write many volumes not just chapters in a book. Our stories capture the good the bad, the ugly and everything in between from start to the end. I think our testimony on the other hand captures the journey through the particular test, highlighting how we made it out to the other side. It is our testimonies that often bring the most inspiration to others, offering hope and building faith.
I would like to encourage you, to share your testimony. Have you survived the loss of a loved one, have you made it through an illness, have you overcome or are you overcoming physical, spiritual, social, emotional or mental challengers, or perhaps you have learned how to deal with living with a disability or mental illness. I would love to hear your testimony.
Our test your test and more so how you have made it thus far could be the inspiration for someone else and their testimony. Can you imagine being part of someone else's testimony.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts and your testimony.
From the moment of conception we begin a journey of transition. From a fetus to infancy, childhood, adolescence.. Each stage proposes varies changes and challenges. How often do we think about that first moment when we transitioned from being what would have felt safe in our mothers wombs to being in a new environment; the great unknown was and is a head of us.
Do you remember how much courage it took for you to trust your limbs as you began to crawl or walk? Do you remember the transition time when you went from being safe within your parents care to going to school and spending all that time with strangers. How about the big leap of uncertainty as you stepped into the world of employment or moving out of home or even into a covenant relationship. All the stages of our lives is part of transition. In the journey of life I don't think we often think about how much courage it takes to step out.
Transition is moving from one thing/moment to another and it is the inevitable of life. We move from morning to afternoon and night. How much thought goes into all that takes place in those moments of 24 hours. We all have a measure of faith and we constantly put it into practice, yet we don't think much about it. I recently read a quote by an unknown author that goes like this 'A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because its trust is not on the branch but on its own wings'. Trust is faith in action while courage is taking a step of faith because of trust. The bird trust its wings because it has courage to fly and faith that its wings will carry it. The bird transitions from a position of being held by the branch to being reliant on its wings.
Moments of transition can at times be scary and uncertain. I encourage you to be courageous, that regardless of the stage in your life or the transition that is a head of you, you have made it this far. You have made many transitions and you will make many more. You may not have a clear plan of action or you may even be uncertain of what the future holds. Be certain you can trust God who not only knows your future but knows what the future holds for you. Put your faith in God, He will not let you down, regardless of how life has been, embrace the lessons that have been teaching you to fly/walk and take courage.
Jesus gave His life that we may live life abundently in freedom understanding Gods love that dispells fear. Furthermore it is His grace and mercy that sets us free from guilt and shame.
Jesus gave His life, it wasn't taken from Him, He freely gave it; the purpose was that we may not just have life but have life abundantly (John 10:10). If you are reading this article the chances are that you have life, my question to you then is are you living your life in abundance or in freedom? The chances are that if you are carrying a burden that is too heavy for you to carry or that is not intended for you to carry then, you are either doing life or surviving but not living life in abundance.
Jesus lives so that you and I can also live life to the fullest with - freedom, peace, joy, hope... God sent His Son (John 3:16) and Jesus gave His life (Galatians 1:4) that we may not just enjoy the abundance on earth but into eternity as we believe in Jesus Christ who is the risen Messiah.
This Easter take a moment to stop and look at your cross/burden/sin you are carrying that is keeping you from living life to the fullest. Take it to Jesus, His life, death and resurrection will make a difference in your life, if you surrender your life to Him. Its in the surrender that you give up your cross, why do you want to carry a cross, when He is not on a cross? Surrendering something is not the end but the beginning; the beginning of new possibilities, discoveries, living in freedom...
Have you ever heard it said that 'where your treasure is there your heart will be", this is a true statement. So, what is it that you treasure? You might be thinking, well I don't have any treasure. Let me put it another way, where is your focus? What captures most of your time and energy - this is your treasure and this is where your heart is. You must have also heard the saying 'not all that glistens is gold'.
How can you tell the difference between true treasure and fake treasure? True treasure brings you peace and contentment. When your focus is on the truth then your heart will be content and your mind will be at peace. If you are focusing on the things of the past, hurts, disappointments even accomplishments that were of the past then, your heart is stuck and you may have lost hope.
If you acknowledge your past but are able to focus on the present (your talents, skills, dreams, desires) and future then you are placing hope within your heart. With hope in your heart your are being daily activated to be a world changer. I encourage you today, to do a stock-take of your treasure chest, get rid of all that is holding you back and release your heart to live!
What does it cost to be free? What does it feel like to be free… free like a river.
Fear, shame, guilt, anxiety… these things take over our peace. Once our peace is gone, we become clogged or stagnant. Have you ever noticed how algae tends to thrive in water that is not flowing. If the algae is not cleaned, fish or other living creatures will soon die.
This is often the case with our lives. We let things come into our life & then instead of dealing with it and cleaning out the waste we tend to dwell on it. Before too long it starts to take over parts of our life a little bit at a time and before long we can feel stuck and not even realise how and when we got there.
To have peace is to be free. Free from all that holds us back from living the life we are intended to live. Most often than not we are the greatest obstacle in our life, we create fear, nurture the fear through our thoughts and behaviour and then we eventually let it take over our lives.
If today you are looking for peace, peace that flows like a river, peace that gives you rest, peace that passes all understanding. Then perhaps it is time to clean out the fear, the doubt, shame etc and let Jesus the prince of peace enter your heart.
Peace is having the confidence that you are not alone but most importantly believing that God the father has you in His hand and He will not let go. May the peace of Jesus rule in your heart, captivate your spirit and lighten your load.
The price for freedom is surrendering fear of the unknown to an all knowing God.
The doors we walk through in life can usher us into challengers, opportunities, adventures, sticky situations and some can cause us pain. Pain often can be the result of us opening doors to things that we are not aware of and thus can hurt us, this hurt and pain gradually saps life out of us.
The Bible tells us that the doors Jesus Christ opens no one can shut and the doors He closes no one can open. To me this means that Jesus holds the key to the door. The Bible also tells us that Jesus stands at the door to our hearts and knocks. Now if He holds the key, why does He need to knock? Why doesn't He just enter?
I believe this is because initially we have the keys to our heart and the many rooms in our heart, and over the years we choose who and what we let enter. When Jesus stands at the door of our heart and knocks, we can feel scared to let Him in. This is because of the radical changes we so often believe we must make to the way we live. We are good at messing things up all by our selves but we need Jesus to make the changes. All He asks of us is to let Him in to heal and restore us.
Once we let Him in its no good keeping Him waiting at the entrance. We must hand the keys to the rooms within our heart over to Jesus. He uses truth, forgiveness, grace and mercy to make changes to the areas that have been damaged. When Jesus has the keys, He knows what needs to be let in and out. It is important to hand the keys of our heart and the rooms within over to Him.
Now life with Jesus is not a bed of roses, it comes with challenges and at the same time it can be full of adventure. The difference is the person holding the keys to our heart. If you are tired of opening and closing doors that are taking you nowhere, then perhaps it's time you hand over all the keys to Jesus. It is only Jesus Christ who has the ability to take our fear and replace it with peace, to take our sadness and replace it with hope, to take our shame and replace it with self worth, to take our sorrow and replace it with joy.... to take away death and replace it with life.
Have you ever wondered where a particular season in your life would take you? Have you ever been through one of those seasons where you think it's never going to get better and you want to eat warms and die. One of those seasons where no one seems to get it or where no one is listening to you because they went through worse. I hope you are not experiencing one of those seasons in your life. If you are, then I am hoping that you have someone to listen to your story and encourage you not to give up.
The thing I find most useful, regardless of the season, is finding good direction. Seeking solid counsel and direction in life is vital, more so in times where things are uncertain or complex to you. Good direction opens the door to things we may miss because our focus is often shifted when we are down or over excited.
Regardless of the season you are in now, look at what you can learn from it. Keep your focus on where you are going rather than where you have been. Find time to reflect on all that is good in your life. Remember that God who holds the universe in His hand, will hold you; with your permission.