MIND SHIFT:

Experts estimate that the number of thoughts that run through our heads a day are between 50,000 to 80,000. That’s incredible!

We do know that our thoughts shape and reinforce our attitudes and mindsets. Our ‘headspace’ impacts our choices, verbal expression and actions. In order for any kind of change to take place, there has to be a mind shift.


And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)

We have the authority as believers to take charge of our thoughts, attitudes and mindsets.

Casting  down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against  the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the  obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Negative thoughts that are infested with jealousy, hatred, bitterness, pride, low self worth and anything else that is contrary to God’s purpose must be addressed. Learn to sift every such thought through the sieve of Scripture. Process each thought, not with your own wisdom but with God’s. Allow the Holy Spirit to transform your mind, thought by thought. Fight your thoughts with Scripture and walk with God throughout the journey. He promised to be with us every step of the way.

More scripture to encourage you:
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt 28:20)


“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”(Joshua 1:8)


“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Phillipians 4:8)


Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

YOUR LIFE MATTERS:

By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You.
Psalms 71:6 NKJV


Childbirth is one of the greatest phenomena I can think of.
For a fetus to survive inside a human body then get delivered 9 months later is nothing short of a miracle. The new born baby who once found comfort in a fluid-cozy womb now has to take in air for herself/himself. We are now able to look at this child and appreciate his/her form. The little limbs that punched and kicked are now in sight. This once silent being, now lets out a sharp cry to announce their arrival.
Friend, we all went through this miraculous and life giving event.
On average, a person at rest takes about 16 breaths per minute. This means we breathe about 960 breaths an hour, 23,040 breaths a day, 8,409,600 a year. Whoa! Isn’t that incredible?!
We are here, not on our own accord; but because the Lord Himself allowed us to take in that first breath of air…and then the next and the next; up till your very present breath. He holds your next breath in His hand. On average, 7178 babies die at birth (may they rest in peace, and may the Lord God comfort the bereaved). God allowed you to live….up till this very moment.



Friend, you did not will yourself into existence. You are not a mistake or an accident. You are not useless or the scum of the earth. I don’t know what your past says about you. I don’t know what people have said about you or what you believe about yourself. All I know is that the Supreme King Himself fashioned you. The Creator of Heaven and earth. He who scattered the stars across the sky. He who said, let there be light and there was light. He who paints the beautiful sunsets on the canvas of the sky. He thought of you before He laid the foundations of the earth and made you in His image.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV


His thoughts towards you are precious:

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!
Psalms 139:17 (NKJV)


He loves you recklessly and His pursuit of you is relentless.
Think about it.
Consider this.
Why are you alive today?
It’s not about you. It’s all Him. He made you. He knows you. He designed your very being, your mind, your spirit, your personality….He set you in a specific family, neighbourhood, nation, continent, race and time-period. He wasn’t late or early in placing you here on earth. He knows. He has your blueprint. Want to know what it is? Want to know why He put you here? Here’s why:


Let everything that has breath praise the Lord . Praise the Lord !
Psalms 150:6 NKJV


To worship Him.
Alone.
To love Him.
Alone.
To glorify Him.
Alone.
Want to know why else you are alive? Get to know this Maker. This King. He will show you great and mighty things you have never known.

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV)


He will correct you like no one ever has, He will father you and love you, comfort and cover you……forever.
If you already know Him, good. Continue in the pursuit, enjoy His presence and leading as you await eternal fellowship with Him. If you don’t know Him, say this prayer. Invite Him into your heart and grab yourself a Bible either in digital or physical form. Get connected with Christians in your life and tell them of your decision. Reply in the comments below so that I may pray with you. Thank you for making this choice. Your life will take on a different meaning from now hence forth.

Be encouraged friends.
Warmly,
Sojourner.

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY:

I wish I could reach out and hug anyone going through a difficult season right now and to anyone facing mountains in their way. My heart goes out to you, beloved friend. This is a treacherous time indeed! Many can attest to that. Everyone is affected in one way or another. Sickness, death, loss of a loved one, job loss, relational issues, marital problems, deep rooted family struggles, paycuts, hunger, separation from loved ones, loneliness, uncertainty, anxiety, depression, helplessness, despair, confusion. How do you face such challenges that threaten to break your very will to live? How will we emerge from these circumstances victorious and joyfully and in a way that we can encourage others going through similar troubles? How will we find meaning and purpose despite the darkness?
Well there’s only one way.

Let me introduce you to Someone who:


1. Created the entire universe and all that we have come to know as the wonders of creation. (For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16 NKJV)


2. Reigns supreme. (Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations. Psalms 145:13 NKJV)


3. Is the Alpha and Omega and has no beginning and end. (I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Revelation 22:13 NKJV)


4. Is not subject to time and space. (Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. Psalms 90:2 NKJV)


5. Is all-knowing, all-seeing, all-present and all-powerful. (Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’ Isaiah 46:9‭-‬10 NKJV)


6. Is pure love, pure holiness and perfection like we can not fathom. (“No one is holy like the Lord , For there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God. I Samuel 2:2 NKJV)


7. Knows you and saw you before you came to be. (Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. Psalms 139:16 NKJV)


8. Saves us wretched sinful humans from the snares of eternal separation. (“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. John 5:24 NKJV)


9. Looks on you with love and has your name written on the palm of His hands. (See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me. Isaiah 49:16 NKJV)


10. Catches every tear you cry and puts it in a bottle. (You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book? Psalms 56:8 NKJV)


His name is Jesus.
He is the way, the truth and the life.
Taste and see that He is good. Whatever your predicament is. He is knocking at your door. What’s your greatest need right now? Reach out to Him; only He understands what you’re going through right now. Only He can encourage you by His Spirit. Turn not to any man, or any ‘device’. No need to numb your pain. He can bear it all. He cares. He loves you deeply, recklessly. All you need to do is confess your sin and believe in Him. Take that step and find your strength in the Rock of ages. Unshakeable, sure foundation of love and holiness.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
Matthew 24:35 NKJV.


Whatever we are going through and whatever will come; will pass away but His word remains true. When all is said and done, He will remain.

Anchor yourself in Him.

Finally, would you like to share your struggle that I may pray with you?

Be encouraged.

FIVE LOAVES, TWO FISH:

And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

Matthew 14:15‭-‬21 KJV


Many of us are familiar with this miracle. What’s in it for us?


Father, thank you for your word. Give us the grace to grow in our hunger and thirst for truth. May we delight in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Takeaways:

1. Jesus cares:

The disciples wanted to send the people away so that they could go and buy food. But Jesus told them to give the people something to eat. Jesus cares about us. Each one of us: man, woman, boy and girl. The figure of five thousand did not include the women and children. If He cared about each and every person in that crowd, will He not care for you and I?

2. Jesus listens:

How can one care without first listening? I can visualise the conversations between Jesus and the disciples. I can imagine Him listening intently, wanting to know why the people could not be fed. Jesus, is God: omniscient. Doesn’t He know our thoughts and needs even before we think or voice them? I tend to get rather impatient and bored when someone tells me something I already know. But not so with God. He listens to us. He enjoys it when we talk to Him. He desires for you to seek and commune with Him.

3. Five powerful words:

And they said, we have here only five loaves and two fish.

He said, “bring them here to Me.”

Those five words stood out for me.

Here are the disciples telling Jesus that all they had was five loaves and two fish….for five thousand people minus women and children.

This reminds me of reality. Whatever that may look like for you. Your real life circumstances. You know, the cards you’ve been dealt….believer or not. It is hard, I know. We all have burdens to bear, sometimes heavier than our backs can carry. Whatever the load is, as impossible as it may seem….take it to Him.

He says, bring them here to Me.

Leave the rest to Him. Could the disciples have imagined the magnitude of the miracle that was to come? I’d say no. Can you imagine how God will move in your situation? Probably not. That is not for you to lose sleep over. Yours is to trust that He who cares enough to say, ‘bring them here to Me‘, will do whatever He needs to for His glory.

4. There’s more to it than food:

Remember man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the Lord.

As we grow in our desire and yearning for God, He not only fills up….He not only satisfies; but as we abide in Him, our cups overflow. (Psalms 23).


Be encouraged as you continue to read God’s word.

A LETTER TO SOMEONE ON THE EDGE OF DESPAIR:

Dear friend,
I don’t know what darts life has thrown your way, but I’m here to remind you of something.
God doesn’t change.
He created the seasons. They change, but He stays the same.
He created us. We change, but He stays the same.
He created emotions. They change, but He doesn’t.
I don’t know what your days (or nights) look like,  I don’t know how you’ve been bruised and battered but I do know one thing. God doesn’t change.
Have you been lied to? Has someone broken a promise or promises they made to you? Had you put your faith in someone only for them to leave you hurting? Have you been cast out by your loved ones, or people you trusted? Perhaps you are confounded by a broken engagement or an old friendship that ended unexpectedly? Well God won’t do that. He does not lie.
Think of God’s attributes. Make it personal. Think of what He has been to you specifically. Now add this tag, ‘God does not change’. Has He been your peace even when things didn’t make sense? Then He will not change.
Has He been Supplier of your needs? Then He will not change.
What has He been to you?
You may ask yourself, why don’t I feel that peace? Well, you change, He doesn’t!!
I pray that you will be glad that life is unpredictable and that seasons, people and circumstances change. Picture that contrast between our changing, wavering lives and a God who does NOT change. How dull and miserable would we be if we served a God who changed. Nothing would make sense. Would we even be here? What hope would we have? Where would we run to if God had mood swings? What misery that would be; to have to deal with our unpredictable human lives and also a changing God who didn’t keep His word. I’m here with good news. That is not the case at all. Our God does NOT change. He will continue to be what He was to the men and women of old and He will continue to be what we have known Him to be forever and ever. He was before we were and will continue to be, forever more. All those attributes and names of God. All that He was, is and will be. He is what you need Him to be; He is enough and He does NOT CHANGE.
Your friend,
Sojourner

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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.

CAST YOUR CARES TO CATCH THIS PROMISE:

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SCRIPTURE FOCUS: 

Cast thy burdens upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (Psalms 55:22)

EUREKA MOMENT:

I’ve come across the cast-your-cares scripture a couple of times, but the verse above caught my attention. Here’s something to think about: would you place a load on a surface that could not sustain it? Would you put your bulky travel case on your fragile glass stool? I doubt you would. You would want to be sure that you’re placing your baggage on a surface that can withstand the weight. Which brings me to the question: Why are we casting our burdens on God? Because He is more than able to carry that weight.

THE ACT OF CASTING:

God has, in His infinite wisdom and love, blessed us with the immovable and exquisite treasure of His word. He speaks to our hearts in the beautiful language of scripture. I absolutely love every word and detail. There are no leftovers or crumbs as far as scripture is concerned. The bread of life is a feast. Every word of it. Believer, delight in God’s word. The ribbon that ties in the whole idea of how God will sustain us and how we as righteous people will not be moved is the act of casting our cares. Looking at this particular verse, we’re charged to “CAST” our cares. It takes some effort on our part to offload the cargo (burdens, worries, anxieties, hardships) off our shoulders and give them to the Lord. Detaching ourselves from our unplesantries is not an easy task. Each heart knows its pain and you know yours only too well. Who knows how long you’ve had your baggage but you? The aftermath of your upbringing perhaps, emotional/psychological trauma, current circumstances? There’s none on this planet who understands you but God. He knew you before He laid the foundations of the earth. As a fisherman casts his net unto the sea, cast your cares unto the Lord. The master of it all. It’s easier said than done but well worth the effort. Just let it go.

HE CARES:

Don’t be hung up on earthly relationships and unmet expectations. God is not a man. He cares enough:

  • To put your tears in a bottle. (Psalms 56:10)
  • To perfect everything that concerns you. (Psalms 138:8)
  • To exchange your burden for an easy yoke. (Matthew 11:30)
  • To give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
  • To watch over you without shutting his eyes. (Psalms 121:3)
  • To watch over your going out and coming in. (Psalms 121:8)
  • To offer you eternal life.

 

THE PROMISE:

It’s never easy to let go of our burdens much as they’re unpleasant. But we have seen the importance of casting those cares upon the Lord. So here’s the promise:

  • He will sustain you. (Psalms 55:22)
  • He will not suffer the righteous to be moved. (Psalms 55:22)
  • He will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

 

Be encouraged as you journey in faith; cast your cares and catch the promise.

THREE WORDS:

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If you’re sad, confused, anxious, depressed, uncertain, fearful or feeling alone, read on.

If you went to sleep feeling like there was no one to talk to and had no where to turn, read on.

If you feel more hopeless than you’ve ever felt, read on.

If you feel like no one would understand, and just want to lock yourself up and cry, read on.

If you feel like the only solution for you is Jesus appearing to you and holding you in a warm embrace because you hurt so much, read on.

If telling yourself not to give up is no longer enough, read on.

If you feel like your life lacks meaning, depth and rhythm, read on.

Dear friend, my heart breaks for you, whoever you are, wherever you are.

Don’t feel like a wuss. Don’t feel like you should handle it better and that you should have spiritually outgrown such feelings. We all feel messed up sometimes. It’s the result of living in a fallen world. I’ve had my days where I just want to stay in bed and nurse depression. I know how it feels. I’ve been there. I know how life can beat one down. I know how it feels to wonder whether it’s the devil or the lack of dependence on God. You wonder whether situation X, Y or Z has all that power to knock you down to where you are right now.

Take a moment and meditate upon this verse:

The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed nevercease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23
Whatever your situation;

HE IS FAITHFUL.

Be encouraged.

BREAKING THROUGH SEASONS:

I recently went through a season of dullness and a sheer lack of spiritual focus. I would get thoroughly distracted whenever I tried to read Scripture that  I took a break altogether. My secret place was filled with God, me and the pussycat dolls. My attention would shift to my almost non-existent knowledge of quantum physics or the crack on the wall. But one thing didn’t change, my resolve to find God even in that state. I allowed Him to speak to me through that season of dullness.

Before I get into what God taught me about breaking through seasons, I need to share a word.

Ever been in a ‘weird headspace’? Where you know something’s off but you aren’t sure what? I have; one too many times. Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxieties. (Psalms 139:23). I claimed this scripture for all my weird headspace situations and for sure the Word was quick and active in equipping me with self awareness. You can’t cure a problem if you don’t know what it is. Early detection of any illness improves chances of survival. People perish for lack of knowledge. Claim Psalms 139 if you ever find yourself in such a situation, where you don’t quite know what’s going on.

 

IDENTIFY THE SEASON YOU’RE IN:

Delve into the real picture of things. Come to terms with what’s happening through:

1. Taking a time-out: A ton of introspection would do. Thoroughly explore your thoughts and feelings about your situation(s).

2. Acceptance of what’s going on: Do not be the ostrich that buries its head in the sand.

3. Admitting your limitations: Do what you can up to where you can. Leave what you can’t.

 

WHAT THE WORD HAS TO SAY ABOUT YOUR SEASON:

Just as there is spring, summer, autumn and winter; dawn, noon, dusk and nightfall; so shall there be different seasons of life.

-To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1). You will have Kodak moments where you paint the town red and even heaven itself seems to shine upon your very existence. Then there will be moments marked with sadness and confusion. That’s life for you.

-Be ye angry,and sin not. (Ephesians 4:26)

We process the world through emotions. We respond to seasons through emotions, which is in order. The problem comes in when we let emotions rule over us. We need to find strength in the fact that given that we are in Christ, the old has gone and the new has come. We need not let situations rule over us as they did when we were not in Christ. You shall not be given over to anger or any other emotion that seeks to rule you.

-For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. (2 Corinthians 4:17)

Your season may beat you down but it won’t last. It’s temporary. Seasons come and seasons go. Don’t miss the point. Your inner man is being renewed. You might not understand the situation but just ask God for grace to fix your heart on things unseen.

-In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Tough seasons are as certain as death and taxes. We as Christians aren’t immune to painful circumstances. We need to know that He has overcome.

-Greater is he who is in you, than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

-There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

You are never alone. Someone else somewhere has gone through what you are going through. The beauty is that God provides not just grace sufficient but a means of escape.

-No weapon formed against me shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)

-And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:28)

-Be still and know that I am God. (Psalms 46:10).

Stop. There’s only so much that human strength and wisdom can do for any particular situation. We are limited in our solutions, vision and view of the bigger scheme of things. Our highest wisdom is nowhere near His lowest folly.

All of life happens within the context of grace. Whatever season you’re in,  I do pray that you will find the highest pleasure in drawing near to God. (Psalms 73:28)

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.