You Weren’t Meant To Carry The Load

A lot of things that weigh us down weren’t meant for us to carry. I came across the diagram below showing us a simple guide to what are our responsibilities and what are NOT our responsibilities.

It’s so easy to habitually pack stress into our lives while adding to the excessive weight…other people’s opinions, our mistakes, guilt, and hurts.

Satan enjoys disturbing our relationship with God by injecting fear. Fear cripples us making it extremely difficult for us to trust God. And when we don’t trust God stress takes over.

There are some things in my life that I should not have peace about … but I’ve chosen to talk to God about it and to trust Him….and it really works.

When our hearts are troubled it affects our prayer life and that’s exactly the dilemma that Satan wants us to be in.

Circumstances that look impossible should not change our mind about God…but they do.

The truth is when we spend time with God, He shows us how to take a real rest away from the dangerous traps of stress.

For we know that in every situation (good and bad) our choice weapon of mass destruction should be PRAYER.

You want to know why PRAYER works?

Because it’s the only thing that we find it most difficult to do.

We can talk to people about our problems … but find it very difficult to talk to God about it. It’s a dangerous situation to find oneself in.

Anxiety leads to depression and depression leads to believing that prayer doesn’t work.

If you believe that prayer is ineffective then our stress levels will never be reduced…it can lead to alarming results.

Prayer dismantles giants and displaces fear.

For we know that EVERYTHING (the good, the bad, and the INDIFFERENT) work TOGETHER for GOOD.

Every scar becomes a star. Every thorn becomes a crown. Every mess becomes a message.

A wise person learns more about God’s power when they are silently waiting on God…than a fool can learn while he’s talking to others.

It’s called discipline.

You are not a victim of your circumstances. You can be a survivor of your circumstances.

It doesn’t always rain. Seasons come and seasons go. Everything we go through has a season to it.

Fear says it’s over. Faith says try me one more time.

Real Life Home Situations

We all have some real life drama in our homes. Once satan opposes God, the dramas will be ongoing.

No one escapes it including those who live in real life castles and mansions.

There once was a rich young Prince who had a daughter that died. Death symbolizes the end of a person’s life. The death of a child is excruciatingly painful.

Death is no respecter of money or class. This rich Prince had reached his wits end when he realised that his money couldn’t keep his daughter alive.

The bible says that he came to Jesus with great humility and invited Jesus to his house to pray for his dead child.

What faith? It’s possible that the young Prince didn’t even fully understand his request but I’m guessing he had to try one final thing. After all, money isn’t the answer to everything.

The Prince needed a miracle in his daughter’s current situation. He was not taking death as the final solution after hearing about Jesus miracles.

On his way back home with Jesus – the unimaginable thing happened. Jesus is stopped by a woman with her own issue.

Jesus turns around, sees the woman and speaks into her situation unbothered by the crucial timing of his home visit with the Prince whose daughter is lying dead at home.

Maybe God perceived that the Prince needed to witness a miracle happening right before his eyes.

Do you think this was by chance that they met a woman with an issue desperately wanting to be healed? I don’t think so.

Sometimes as humans we need to see God working in other people’s lives before we believe He can do it for us.

The woman with the issue touches Jesus hem and immediately received her healing. The Prince must have been in awe of what he just witnessed.

Jesus calmly continues on with the rich prince. On reaching to the Prince’s house there was a noisy crowd crying, the paid mourners…which signifies hope has left the house. Death has occurred.

How many situations in our own home that life has gone out? There are paid mourners looking on and creating a disturbance as the smell of death is lingering in our home.

Death disrupts our lives and it’s more painful when it’s a young child.

There are many situations in our homes that no amount of money can bring back to life.

Only Jesus being personally invited into our homes can call dead things back to life.

But what if Jesus makes a stop on His way to our home? Any further delay could make an already bad situation ten times worse right?

But Jesus loves things that are called impossible. A delay is not a denial.

A delay is a setup so that the unbelievers are convinced that God can call those things which are not as though they were.

God loves to take our impossiblities and turn them into possibilities.

What if the issues in our home were allowed by God so the hired mourners can see God at work?

No amount of delays or setbacks can affect God’s ability to restore life into a dead situation.

The child was already dead, the hired mourners were in full grief. The father’s faith was entering into a dead situation…but Jesus was coming with him.

Jesus gets into the room, puts the hired mourners out and boldly announces that the girl isn’t dead but asleep.

There are issues in our homes that are not dead but asleep.

The crowd at the home ridiculed and laughed at Jesus remarks. There are people who would laugh you to scorn if you tell them that your issues are not dead but asleep.

Jesus puts the crowd outside. Went in and took the girl by her hand, and she stood up. The report went through the whole town.

I believe with all my heart that there’s a huge difference between dead and asleep.

God is looking for one person to invite Him into their home to perform a miracle right before the hired mourners’s eyes.

The issue that looks dead is asleep.

Dead means the end of life. Asleep means not attentive or alert, desensitized, senseless and numbed.

The report will go out through the whole city that our issues with a child or friend or spouse were not unto death but just asleep.

Jesus will be glorified.

Knock Knock – It’s Friday

It may have been a rough week… but together we made it through to Friday.

We all go through some stuff but only the strong ones survives. Now don’t let anyone or anything steal your weekend smiles. Keep focus! Stay strong!

Now that you have laughed…pass your laughs on to someone else.

Thank you for allowing me to enter your space. I truly appreciate your loyalty. Without YOU, there’s no ME.

See you when –

Addicted Until Afflicted

A thought is: An idea or opinion made up by THINKING, or occurring SUDDENLY in the mind.

We have had that SUDDEN thought or an opinion… and sat down thinking about it for hours, days, weeks and years.

One thought has the potential to produce a business, a murder, a marriage, a divorce or any other thing legal or illegal.

There’s nothing in life that has the power to either make or break us …like a single thought.

We are addicted to our thoughts, and that’s a fact.

If there were vows with our thoughts it may sound like this:

I take thee dear Thought to be my partner, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.”

Someone upsets us…we chew or stew over it longer than it was worth. We are addicted until we become afflicted in our mind and body.

A relationship starts with a thought.

Jealousy begins with one thought.

Hatred begins with a thought.

Doubt starts with a thought.

Winning starts with a thought.

Anxiety starts with a thought.

Anger starts with a thought.

A smile starts with a thought.

Cheating starts with a thought.

Our thoughts are like a pocket calculator or a camera …the more you put in… is the more it keeps adding up.

There’s nothing more troubling than our thoughts. We are products of our thoughts. Our thoughts become our reality.

It may be a great idea to spend some time upgrading our thoughts…and deleting all useless and unproductive chatter.

In the words of Lester Lewis… maybe we can begin each day with this oldie:

“Everytime I read my Bible I feel alright

Everytime I read my Bible I feel so nice

Everytime I read my Bible I get a little knowledge

Everytime I read my Bible I get to know Jesus Christ.”

Finally, because God doesn’t make junks I cannot begin to wrap my mind around the loving thoughts God has towards me. He doesn’t make junks so I feel very confident that He has my back, my front and my sides.

I wake up and go to bed in peace knowing that God holds my entire world in His hands…so I ought to be good, real good.

Our thoughts don’t have to be troubling when there’s a God in Heaven who knows our past, our present and our future.

No one can destroy the plans God has for you and for me. When we please the LORD, He makes even our enemies to be at peace with us.

When God Doesn’t Make Sense? 🤔

From time to time things feels out of control creating a tsunami of fear and uncertainties.

Warning: Stop trusting other people to save you. Do not believe for one moment that people have everything you need. Our friends are mere humans like us, and they too are lost in their own lives fighting battles that you and I don’t know.

People need JESUS … NOT other human beings.

Many times life doesn’t always make sense as there’s trouble on every side. We often don’t know what to do…and when our foundation shakes and everything around us begins to make loud noises…it can get scary.

The negative thoughts come fast and furious. Satan is a mastermind at bringing on a spirit of fear and instability.

The truth is, God never promised any of us a life free of pain, but He did promise us strength for TODAY.

So…it’s NOT God who doesn’t make sense, it’s us who don’t make sense because God never promised us a life free of pain. He promised us strength for each day.

We can trust the process.

James 5:13-18 says:

Are you having troubles? You should PRAY! Not ask others for help. Praying works and the good thing is, it stays between you and God.

Are you sick? Ask the elders of the church to pray for you and the prayer of faith will heal you.

Anyone who lives the way God wants can pray, and great things will happen. Great things happen when we do things God’s way.

We can be guaranteed that if God brings a situation before us, He knows that there’s purpose in it for you and I.

Finally, when you think that God doesn’t make sense and nothing makes sense – God simply says, “Trust ME!”

We can rely on God’s promises more than our feelings.

Our feelings change but God’s promises are written in a heavenly contract and we can hold Him to it.

Will God Find FAITH?

For we are confident, very confident that God hears our prayers…but the doubt/unbelief comes when the answer we have been waiting for takes like forever to become a reality.

The longer we wait for the answer, is the harder it becomes to wait on God.

Most of us hate waiting for anything or anyone #period…and it gets ten times worse if we don’t know why we are waiting.

● We order something online and the day for delivery nothing shows up at our door. We call the phone number and no one answers…our anxiety level just went up ten nudges. But the truth be told – our parcel is guaranteed to arrive….so we wait for it. Maybe not today but it most definitely will arrive.

We arrange to meet someone for dinner and two hours has gone and it’s a no show…and we cannot reach them on the phone. Our frustration has skyrocketed and we leave in disappointment…only to find out the traffic was heavy and they got caught in the traffic, and their phone battery died. How awful do we feel after knowing it was outside of anyone’s control.

Many times we don’t understand why God appears to be silent…but there are a few unchangeable facts about God –

He is not a man

He will not lie

God is not a human being

He does not change His mind

What He says He will do, He does

What He promises, He keeps

When He bless, no one can get Him to change His mind

Do I become discouraged while waiting on God to answer? Most definitely!

Do I trip up and collapse under the strain and stress of not knowing how things will work out? Without a doubt.

Do I get impatient while waiting on God to answer? Unquestionably.

Do I feel like quitting? Definitely an understatement.

So what keeps me going to the throne room of God bringing my request to Him?

I’ve got two answers to this question:

Reason #1 God’s people cry to Him day and night. Keep doing the things that keep you in perfect peace – praying does just that.

God will always give us what is right. God will see to it that we get justice.

Will God find FAITH alive on the earth?

The things we haven’t seen yet requires FAITH. God’s currency is FAITH. Keep FAITH ALIVE!

Reason #2

That no one will become too proud of all that God has done for us. His blessings are NEW EVERY morning…so stay humble. That’s a whole lot of blessings every year. The delay is allowed by God to keep us from becoming proud.

We can beg God to take away the pain but instead He would say to us that His grace is enough for the waiting period. God gives us our daily supply of grace to make it through today…not tomorrow…TODAY.

So, I’m very happy to brag about my waiting period. Because when I am weak, God injects me with His strength to go on with or without the evidence of the answer.

The End.

Signed,

Amazing Grace

The Lion

Not for one moment should we ever assume the people we admire because of their success stories didn’t face the same challenges like everybody else.

Some people write only about their victories, while others only write about their struggles. Both are not realistic. It doesn’t reveal an accurate view of life.

As perfect as a family or a relationship may look, they all have their equal share of drama, suspense and horror stories like the rest of the villagers.

No one is inferior or superior in the human race. Everyone is fighting anxiety and fear bought on by living in a dysfunctional world. We are all prone to sadness and sorrow and drama and suspense and horror stories.

The Social Media world has created a hashtag #relationshipgoals…for high profile relationships of people they follow.

Regrettably a great percentage of these seemingly perfect high profile relationships ends with very public nasty breakups because the truth is…they faced the same demons like the folks who aspire to be like them.

Now allow me to share what my thoughts of life are:

We live in a very gullible society where the writers of articles show us the glamorous views of people’s lifestyles eliminating their sadness, depression, guilt and trauma in their lives.

And sadly, people mimic what they read and crave for an unknowingly false perception of life.

Growing up we idolize people while underestimating our own worth along with those who have struggled to positively invest into our lives.

We listen to other people’s stories as they selectively share their greatest or worst chapters. Both are false perceptions…because they are carefully chosen to deceive the listeners.

In this African quote “Until the LION learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter” … had me thinking about it all weekend.

The stories we read or listen to…become the hunters. The hunters understand the game of catching their audience’s attention.

Perception is NOT always reality.

● Who then is the LION? You and I.

Unless we learn how to read … and write our own story we will miss out on some of our most valuable experiences (good and bad) for the next generation to learn from. If we don’t tell them, how would they learn to appreciate and value our history.

We all have great potential as LIONS.

Drew Barrymore says, “In the end, some of your greatest PAINS become your greatest strength.”

Unless we learn how to write, we will continue to crave #relationshipgoals…that are often fake.

Something to think about:

Any relationship without God as the third person will not withstand life’s obstacles…regardless of how perfect it may appear. And if it’s imperfect…Father help us!

Forget what you see on TV, what you hear from others in your circles of friendships and what you see on Social Media. Without God life doesn’t make much sense.

With a spouse you can face the worst together … but having God as the head of your home …it’s more difficult to split when circumstances shake your foundation.

That is the true meaning of the hashtag #relationshipgoal. There’s a LION personality (strength and courage) within each of us.