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Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Joshua 1:8

In which areas does your faith need solidification? Have fear and anxiety made residence in your heart and mind? Do you struggle with negative thoughts? Do you feel forgotten by God? Do you wonder how things just took an unfortunate turn of events and why it has to be you? Do you feel like God doesn’t care? What is your game plan for the season? How will you make it through and come out stronger like an eagle after its rebirth?

Our search for perfect peace will only bring us back to Christ Jesus. Nothing lies beyond His word. Whatever we require for life’s changing seasons is in His Word.


I invite you to learn a simple yet powerful way of meditating scripture.

First off, a definition of the word ‘meditate’. I like this one from the Oxford dictionary:
meditate (on/upon something) to think deeply, usually in silence, especially for religious reasons or in order to make your mind calm. meditate something (formal) to plan something in your mind; to consider doing something. Synonym – contemplate
 Looking at Hebrew and Greek definitions, we find five words:
hâgâh, śı̂ychâh, higgâyôn, śı̂yach , meletaō
A summary of the meanings of these words include: to murmur (in pleasure or anger); ponder, imagine, commune, mutter, roar, speak, study, talk, utter, converse (with oneself, and hence aloud), complain, declare, muse, to take care of, revolve in the mind, imagine. Or: reflection, devotion, musical notation, solemn sound, contemplation, utterancebabbling and communication.
Basically, meditation involves turning your mind into a scripture factory where you read out Scripture aloud to yourself, and think, dream, breathe and sleep it. Taking it in as often as you possibly can via reading, video or audio and just letting it play over and over in your mind as you make it second nature of course all with the help of the Holy Spirit. . Pick a verse, read it slowly then stop, go through it word by word…..soak yourself in it. Ask God to focus your mind on His Word. It also involves not just talking to yourself about it, but to others. The mind is a battlefield! Secure yourself with the belt of truth.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16)


ARE YOU READY?

Think of areas in your life where you feel the devil is trying to get a foothold. Areas where you feel your faith is shaky, areas where you have believed in lies from the depths of hell. You can also come up with areas where you need reminders of the truth, or areas where you’re trusting God for wisdom.

It is time to replace lies with truth, time for edification and rekindling of worship. It’s time to resolve to hide God’s word in our hearts that we may not sin against Him. (Psalms 119:11).

Now get scriptures that speak to those specific areas and post them where you can see them regularly as you go about your day. You know best where to post them! I picked my kitchen because I spend a good chunk of my time there. I posted the scriptures in the image at the beginning of this post right above my sink. I figured it would be a great idea to have verses there which I could meditate upon instead of just mechanically washing dishes as my mind wandered everywhere and nowhere. It was also a pleasant thing to discover that this was actually a way of inviting God’s presence into my daily grind where a simple task like washing dishes could be turned into a moment of worship or devotion.


Further Ideas:

  • Scripture cards
  • Phone or PC homescreen/wallpaper
  • Sticky notes on your desk/car etc
  • Bookmarks with scripture
  • Scripture written on your chalkboard or white board
  • Scripture written on your bathroom mirror with an erasable marker pen

Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you for the ease at which we can access your word. Thank you for speaking to us in a language we can understand. Thank you for  Your Word which is  truth and life, a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our paths. It is rich and perfect beyond description. Thank you that we can sit at your feet and learn the Truth. Mold us  Lord. Teach us. Open up our hearts to hear you, to listen, to trust, to obey, to grow. Fix our focus on you. Lift our heads toward you and nothing else. May our hearts be that good soil that is ready to receive the seeds you desire to sow in us. May our lives be founded on truth and not lies. May we hear your voice above every other voice. Give us opportunities to share your word. Be glorified. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Your turn:
Please share in the comment section below, I’d love to hear how you meditate on God’s word on a day to day basis.

FRESH START, ANYONE?

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Today is the ninth day of the eighth month of this glorious year. The number 8, according to bible numerology, is representative of new beginnings. I don’t know about you but I like the sound of that. The fact that I have a new beginning in Christ and that God loves me enough to grace me with a fresh start over and over again makes me want to leap up in joy and dance. I love a fresh start; a new year, a new month, a new chapter, a new day. I have yet another shot at having faith the size of a mustard seed. That faith is all I need to walk with my head held high. 

How has 2016 been to you thus far? How is your walk with God? Are you enjoying an intimate friendship with God or is He a distant acquaintance? Mine has been a rewarding year so far and I intend to commit the rest of the year to delighting in God.

Currently, I’m renewing my connection with God by doing a month-long study of the book of Psalms. It is in this very book that we see David, a man after God’s own heart, cry out and say,

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. [Psalms 51:10-12]

We are well aware of the garbage that surrounds and threatens to get into our heads and hearts. We also know that the heart is the seat of all wickedness. It is imperative that we strive to walk daily in devotion; otherwise it will be garbage upon heaps of garbage.

There is a confidence that comes with walking with God, a joy in the privilege of His presence; a restfulness in the face of life and its many rigours: be it decision making, trials or dilemmas. There is a wisdom that comes with knowing and fearing the Lord. A glow of salvation on the face of he/she who trusts God.

I desire to walk in God’s purpose. I desire to delight in His salvation and in Him.

What fresh start do you desire today?

Share your thoughts.

Be encouraged.

THIS HIT ME HARD:#1

Scripture focus: Jeremiah 29:13

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I recently walked into a bookshop in search of a book that would speak to me. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted at that point but I knew that I would know it when I see it.  So I scanned and scanned and saw a few titles that brought me back to sanity. First off, there is a sea of authors and titles out there. There were innumerable titles on ‘devotion’, and I thought to myself, ‘Why not go and actually spend time with the Lord instead of reading about it? Why not just step into the actual activity without having to read 67 ways of how to do it? Why not just do what you can in your capacity?’ We don’t give ourselves enough credit. I then realised that I didn’t need a book. What I needed was to spend time with my Maker. Another thing, there’s so much information and there are plenty of online resources. It’s all well and good to have a community of believers in the blogging/writing/vlogging ministries. But I’d encourage us to grow our relationship with the Lord first rather than rush to sign up for yet another plan, yet another email list etc. Let us stick with the basics by allowing the Holy Spirit to minister to us first.

This hit me hard: The only way to grow in your walk is, not to read books upon books or blogs upon blogs, but to experience the Lord for yourself through consistent prayer, Bible study and fasting.

Ask. Seek. Knock.

THE GOLDEN HOUR

THE GOLDEN HOUR:

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Your ever dependable alarm goes off.  What’s your most likely response? Is it:

A. “Arghh!!” As you hit the snooze button several times to a point where you know it’s plain ridiculous.

Or:

B. “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it”; as you skip out of bed with a bounce in your step. (Hmm, maybe, I should cut down on those girly animations I watch).

My likely response is both. Some days I’ll be woken up by God at wee hours of the morning and other days I’ll struggle. Nonetheless, I’m learning about the glory of dawn and I’m more than glad to share that with you.

The morning is the beginning of a new day; a strange land that you have never been to, a place that was nothing more than an illusion when you went to sleep. The morning is a marvel, a golden chance to seize the day by immediately going into God’s presence before anything else captures your attention. Check in with God before you step into your day. Is your to-do list jam-packed? Commit it to God. Make your plans but allow God’s perfect will to take precedence.

The preparations of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits. Commit your works  to the Lord and they will be established. (Proverbs 16:1-3)

I encourage you to seek God, no matter the hour.

 

 

A prayer for the morning

Dear God, thank you for this day. Joy has come. The morning is here with the message of your undying love. You have kept me and defended me, fought my battles and preserved my life. You neither sleep nor slumber. You watch my coming in and my going out. Lord, I have never been here, this is a new place. As promised in your word  You have gone ahead of me. Give me the grace to stand in paths that you’ve already walked on and approved. I need you to hem me in from the front and back and to have your hand above me. I need a touch from you, nothing else would do. I am not condemned for I am in Christ and I am a new creation. I will walk by Faith and not by sight, always lifting my head unto you for the world  is full of lies. I set my eyes above, where you reside, where truth, restoration, deliverance, wisdom and fullness of joy reside. I reaffirm my commitment to you and I declare that there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than in your everlasting arms. Thank you Jesus, I’m now ready to face my world. You’re my delight. Abide in me as I abide in you.

Amen.

 

SUPER PICK-ME-UP:

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O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. (Psalms 63:1)

Life can get overwhelming. Demands, pressure, self-inflicted and others’ expectations, deadlines, unfinished projects, bills and to do checklists. How’re you fairing through your definition of life?

May I suggest a sure-fire pick me up?

DEVOTION

I respect the fact that some of us are not morning people. But I’d encourage you to start off your day with a golden moment of prayer, praise and worship, bible study and a period of sitting in silence to take in and savour God’s mighty presence, in whichever order you please.
The rising of the sun and the beauty of dawn gives me a chance to press the RESET button. His mercies are new every MORNING. I honestly need a constant reminder that God loves me and that He will be faithful to the end. I honestly need to hear this to renew my faith each day cause am human and am prone to doubt; just as a dog is prone to bark. I neither willed or wished myself into existence so it’s kind of a big deal to get in touch with my Creator. One of us knows why am here and why my life is the way it is; and it’s not me. One of us has the Grand Design and it’s not me 🙂 So I need God, now and always.

ALTERNATIVE FIRST POINTS OF CONTACT:

Granted, we have lives to live. Since we aren’t in typical ‘full-time ministries’; most of our time is spent curving out paths for ourselves depending on where we are in life. The key thing here is to not get caught up in our lives that we forget the one thing that matters – GOD. All of life started in Him and finds its purpose in Him (Colossian 1:16).

However, I am compelled to point out some distractions that make morning time devotion a mere wish and not a reality to most of us:

  • Technology:  Is both good and evil, depending on how one uses it and to what end. We can break it down to gadgets, internet, apps and social media. Most of us are addicted to these. We can hardly function without our gadgets. I challenge you to take a ‘tech-break’ one of these fine days.
  • Conversations with yourself: What are your first thoughts when you wake up? Most of us pick up from where we left off the previous night. If we had an issue gnawing at us then we’ll probably continue ruminating on it the next morning. Am an over-thinker. I tend to overanalyze things and make a million plans before I get out of bed. Some of which never come to pass.
  • A nose-dive into the day’s activities: We all have those days of jumping right into our schedules cause we over-indulged in sleeping in.
  • Guilty pleasures: We all have our (un)healthy obsessions. They are as diverse as our unique ID’s. Could range from games to makeup to hamsters to just about anything under the sun. What’s yours? I won’t judge.

Can I challenge you to make God your first point of contact from now henceforth? Put a stop to your self-chats, hobbies, internet, TV shows or whatever else and spend your morning yearning for God. Refresh your heart, mind and soul with a breath taking dose of the privilege of God’s presence.

Call unto me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.

God is giving you a divine invitation to enjoy divine promise and divine adventure.

Be encouraged!!

 

 

 

 

THE DAILY GRIND:

Scripture Focus:

  • Matthew 6:34: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
  • Ecclesiastes 9:11: I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the learned;  but time and chance happen to them all. 

A DAY IN THE LIFE:

What does your today look like? What do you have to deal with? What’s your daily grind? What have you woken up to this very day? Life places demands on each person. There’s stuff that demands your attention, responsibilities, relationships that need nurturing, sacrifices that need to be made towards family and other loved ones, feelings that need to be dealt with, baggage. Who or what are you custodian over? What does a day in your life look like? Do you enjoy your routine or are you bored out of your skin? Do you love your job, business or whatever you devote your day to? Are you just doing it out of necessity or because you have purposed to relish each moment? Do you need inspiration for your day or do you bulldoze your way through the motions of it all? Is your day filled with pressure and anxiety about the amount of work that awaits you? Do you have a ‘life management system’ if any? 

 TODAY IS YOUR BABY STEP:

As you mull over your daily grind, consider today as being your “baby step”. I’ve heard folk use these lines many times before:

‘Am taking it one day at a time’ or, ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’. It all stems from a place where you acknowledge that today’s all you’ve got. Hard as it may be; it makes perfect sense to focus on today cause it’s the only assured time that we have. However,  we’ve all had our share of regrets about the past and dread concerning the future. Paul encourages us for the present when he says, I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward (Phillipians 3:13,14). Today makes all the difference.

BIG PICTURE, WHERE ARE YOU?

Sometimes I wish I could spread my life out on the table and study its nooks and crannies. I long to see where I have come from and how it all comes together. I long to figure out how events past and present make up the masterpiece that God predestined me to be. (Ephesians 2:10).

We are to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Before I knew Christ, I would never have guessed how it would happen; where I’d meet him and how I’d finally believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that He is Lord, the magnitude of trials I would go through and how I’d overcome them. Now that am in the fold, I honestly can’t process the perfection that God has in store for me. As hard as it is for my mind to imagine, I still crave for details of how He will perfect it. These great and mighty things that God wants to show me; what are they? Truth is, God may not work in the way we want Him to. I may lay out my life on the table and still not get it. But know what, He has given us today. It is possible to enjoy God and the journey to perfection; details or none.

Over the next few posts, I will write about enjoying God, in our daily walk. Don’t miss out!

FOR THOSE AT THEIR WITS END

Life’s answers are hardly ever drawn across the sky.

And chances are that you will hardly ever get the answers you are looking for when you cry out to God with such prayers: ‘Lord, show me what to do. Lord, show me, I will do it, as long as I know its you!’

I believe in a God who blesses us with wise counsel , a God who gives us good things. But I have also learnt that the wise solutions we seek may not necessarily come in the way we want, valid as they are. I may be walking on the beach and find a little note in a bottle conveniently addressed to me or I may dine with angels – all giving me answers to my dilemmas or best yet, I may hear God’s voice, in a whisper or in the wind. After all, He is a mighty God who does as He pleases. Acknowledging this truth, that He can do all things, including writing on the wall, I still persist in diving into the word for answers, and calling out to God from a secret place.

I appreciate the struggle we sometimes face as human beings, in trying to find God’s perfect will with regards to desicions and temptations. I know how it feels to be in a place where one knows not what step of action to take. It could be one of those catch-22 scenarios, or something that hits you leaving you not knowing left from right. I don’t know what your today looks like, but I want to bring a perspective here, with special regard to situations which leave us planless. Stuff you should do when you see a huge signpost with the words: “End of Wit”.

Please follow through these three key words and their accompanying scriptures. Enjoy!

Key word: ALWAYS.

Scripture: Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice. (Phillipians 4:4)

To rejoice is to express abundant happiness in the Lord. We are to do this always; regardless of what season we are in. You may not know what to do in your season but rest assured that everything works together for the good of those who love Him(Romans 8:28). The Lord sustains us through all of life. He wakes us up with the message of His unfailing love and we say, ‘This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.’ Doesn’t matter whether you woke up with no solution to your problems. The fact is that the Lord has made this day and we will embrace it with rejoicing and be glad in it. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord (Psalms 150). That includes you in your quest for answers.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!

Key word: ALL

Scripture: In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Thanksgiving:

We are to give thanks in ALL things. Whether we know God’s will or not. Whether life makes sense or not; give thanks. Solution or none; give thanks. It is God’s will in Christ Jesus concerning you. To give thanks. With or without reason. The psalmist talks of a sacrifice of thanksgiving (Psalms 107:22 & 116:17). It is a sacrifice when there is absolutely nothing else you can do in a particular situation. It is surrender. Better yet, thank Him for what He is yet to do in the days to come. Thank Him because He is greater than the solution you seek and after all, when you meet God, you meet solution. Shift your focus away from your current scenario and thank God.

Key word: CONTINUALLY

Scripture: Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Prayer:

Personal prayer is a very, well, personal thing. No one can teach you how to have a conversation with God. Only you can articulate your feelings, emotions, desires, petitions, supplications. Only you can bring that out in the best way you know how. It is your sojourn, your story, your walk. No one else knows your sadness, and strangers cannot share your joy (Proverbs 14:10, The Holy Bible, New Century Version). Pray within God’s word. Best part is, He knows all your stuff, He knows what you are about. He knows everything about you, including things that you have no idea about, so why not pour it all out to Him who cares, Him who takes our burdens and offers us a means of escape? He who was tempted in every way that we are, yet overcame? (Hebrews 4:15). People, trust God all the time. Tell him all your problems, because God is our protection.(Psalms 62:8, The Holy Bible, New Century Version).

The most beautiful truth about these verses is that they point us back to God. Rejoice IN the Lord, give thanks in ALL things and pray CONTINUALLY. It’s about relationship with God. Remaining in Him always. Everything started in Him and finds its purpose in Him.

He has a Plan.

Seek Him.