What will be Your Choice

Many years ago, on New Year’s Day, a very rich man who had no wife, no children, no other family members, decided to invite all the employees of his villa to dinner. The story went on to say that he called the staff and asked them to sit at the table. In front of everyone there was a BIBLE and a small sum of MONEY.

After everyone was seated, the rich man asked: “What would you prefer to receive as a gift: this BIBLE or this MONEY? Do not be shy, you can choose what you want.”

  1. THE HOUSEKEEPER was the first to react:

“Sir, I would love to receive the Bible, but since I have not learned to read, the money will be more useful to me.”

  1. THE GARDENER was the second to speak:

“Sir, my wife is very sick and that’s why I need more money, otherwise I would choose the Bible for sure!”

  1. The third was the COOK:

“Sir, I like reading to tell the truth, it’s one of the things I like to do, but I work so hard that I never find time to flip through a magazine, let alone the Bible. I will take the money. “

  1. In the end, it is the turn of THE BOY who takes care of the animals of the villa.

And as the rich man knew that the boy’s family was very poor, he stepped forward and said: “Surely you too want the money, do not you?” So, you can buy food to have a good dinner at home and buy new shoes. “

BUT THE BOY, surprised everybody with his answer:
“It would not hurt to buy a turkey and other tasty food to share with my parents and siblings, I also need a pair of new shoes because mine are very old. Even so, I will choose the Bible, I have always wanted one. My mother taught me that the Word of God is worth more than gold and that it is useful one way or the other.”

After receiving the Bible, the boy immediately puffed it out and found two envelopes inside. In the first, there was a check that was ten (10) times higher than the money on the table. In the second, there was a document that made (whoever would choose the Bible), the heir to the wealth of the rich!

Faced with the boy’s emotion and the astonishment of the other servants, the rich man opened one of the Bibles and read aloud so that everyone could hear:

Psalms 19: 7-10: “The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes. God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree. God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries.”

The End.

The moral of the story is, the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. Material things and physical needs have no ending …money will never meet all our needs. We will always want more and more and never be satisfied. God catches those who think they are wise in their own traps because He knows our thoughts.

The wisdom of man is foolishness to God. The fear of God is the beginning of Wisdom.

Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Don’t Forget

It’s more important than anything else … to walk in wisdom and understanding. God’s plans are always to do His children good and His thoughts towards us are more than we can think or imagine.

When you are down …. God is always up to something larger than life…trust the process. And when you are up …. God expects us to give back a portion of what He has so graciously blessed us with.

Today, I want to thank God for my villagers – family members, school mates, church family, friends and even my medical practitioners … all who have stood with me, for me, and behind me. I am who I am because of my circle.

It was approximately twenty-eight years ago my husband, our kids and I migrated to Toronto, Canada from Trinidad ( a small island in the Caribbean). Wise people know that no one reaches anywhere in life by themselves. It takes many individuals rallying together for our wins … so, I thank God for our village.

It was a huge decision 28 years ago to uproot our family from a solid foundation in Trinidad to go to a strange land … BUT GOD was about to bring us into a better land, and I thank God for His wisdom, understanding , and His covering as we walked in obedience.

Our girls all had many opportunities in life to succeed with the sacrifices that we made for them to win. God put brooks and rivers, springs and lakes, streams out of the hills and through the valleys in our pathways. There was always food on the table and a roof over our head just as God had promised. He was and remains faithful …and He will do it again and again …TODAY, TOMORROW, and in the FUTURE.

As parents, we thank God for satisfying our hearts with good things and for keeping our family healthy day by day. We never went cold or naked and His loving kindness CONTINUES to be a testimony to my children and their children. God keeps His Word to those who are faithful to His commandments.

WE ARE NOT A PERFECT FAMILY, neither were ALL our days perfect…BUT GOD! My kids cannot say that God didn’t keep His side of the deal at the end of each season. He came through time after time as the seasons change (physically, emotionally and mentally, and SPIRITUALLY).

The girls are all grown up now and they have their own families. My husband and I are now back as it was in the beginning … Just The Two of Us. Empty Nest syndrome is as real as it can get …. but the Bible says, “ Make sure you don’t forget God. Make sure that when you eat and are satisfied, build pleasant houses and settle in, see your herds and flocks flourish and more and more money come in, watch your standard of living going up and up—make sure you don’t become so full of yourself and your things that you forget God, your God…the God who gave you water gushing from hard rock; something your ancestors had never heard of, in order to give you a taste of the hard life, to test you so that you would be prepared to live well in the days ahead of you.” Deuteronomy 8:9-11 MSG

So now that our lives are our own with no children at home… God has called us back to our birth land (Trinidad) to give back. This year is now four years that my husband has been on an assignment heading up Acropolis Medical Centre giving leadership to the brainchild of our dearly beloved Pastor C. Quamina. The Acropolis Medical Centre is a first class, elegant, community-based medical facility located along the slope of San Fernando Hill, Trinidad. Their services range from Dialysis, Oncology, Dentistry, Emergency Services, Imaging and Diagnostics and have their very own On-Site Laboratory. It proudly serves the people of Trinidad and Tobago and its neighboring countries.

The blessing of the LORD adds joy and NO sorrow. When we are at home in Canada, we are under the spiritual leadership of a powerful mighty woman of God, Dr. Pat Francis. Both my husband and I are actively involved giving back to our Canadian church heartily and with great joy. Our church family is our safety net as we are encouraged, and loved in countless ways. God has put folks around us who love and care for us in a world that’s hostile and lonely. We thank God for our Christian church family in both countries.

Finally, “And when your brother or son or daughter, or even your dear wife or lifelong friend, comes to you in secret and whispers, “Let’s go and worship some other gods” (gods that you know nothing about, neither you nor your ancestors, the gods of the peoples around you near and far, from one end of the Earth to the other), don’t go along with him; shut your ears. Don’t feel sorry for him and don’t make excuses for him.” Deuteronomy 13:6-8 MSG

One day spent with God beats a thousand days spent on a beach. I rather be in the House of God than to be alone in a cold, and hostile world.

Fabulous Friday

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift make sure you unwrap it.

Whatever you do, make sure smiling fits somewhere in your schedule.

Well, it’s the weekend and before you know it Monday will be here….So, Live well. Laugh lots. Love like there’s no tomorrow.

See you on Monday when I get to share my thoughts with you again.

Have an amazing weekend 😊😊😊

Get Out of the Cave

Being vulnerable is risky business. You get comfortable in what you assume is a safe place. You give yourself permission to let your guard down. You spill your heart out, and suddenly the memories sneak out of your eyes and rolls down your cheeks. It pains. The hurt is deep. And it sends you cowering into a cave never wanting to see daylight again.

It’s not an easy task trying to manage your emotions and every unimaginable thing that could possibly deplete your energy. You call that ‘A BAD DAY, NOT A BAD LIFE.’ Sometimes we get stuck between wanting to give up and choosing to hold on just a little more. Those are the days we just want to run and hide in a cave because our love tank is running on empty.

Then you hear a loud voice asking “What are you doing in the cave?” It’s the kind of question that stumps you and slows down your response as you frantically look around to see where the voice is coming from.. Very thoughtfully you mutter, ‘Well, I’m hurt. It’s exhausting. I can’t do this anymore, so I’m hiding out until I find the will to go on.” Then sure enough the voice responds,”Not so fast my friend. Let’s talk this over.”

So let’s us talk this over:

  • However disappointing you may feel about life, know that as parents feel for their own children, God feels for all those who fear Him. He knows us inside and out, and He knows we are likely to be hurt, attacked or criticized. He keeps that in mind, and He remembers that we are human.
  • God’s throne is in Heaven and He rules over us all. His angels stand waiting to give full attention to our prayers. That’s the only duty your angel has over you – to keep watch over you lest you dash your foot against a stone.
  • Let’s pull ourselves together. Get out of the cave. Stand tall.
  • Somebody will need to learn the lessons we have learned in our cave experiences. God has equipped us with everything we need to survive while we are alive on earth. Trust the process.
  • The war was not setup for us to fight, it was setup for us to be still and know our God

AHA MOMENT: If we focus on the pain, there will always be somebody to blame for our pain. Pain is like handcuffs … once they are on … there’s no escaping until you agree that enough is enough. The Bible says that God causes us to forget all our troubles and hardship and all the sorrow of our past.

Our life will be brighter than noonday, and we will become confident because there is hope. We will lie down in safety and no one will frighten us…and many will want our favor. God will cause us to be fruitful and very successful in the place of our suffering. Those who hurt us in the past will no longer recognize us … because a joyful person looks different from a broken person.

Indecisiveness is NOT our greatest companion. It keeps our company for as long as WE agree with it. When you decide to walk out of the cave …. don’t look back. A decisive mind is a tough mind … and a tough mind requires determination.

All is Not Lost

Parents, there are those days when we may feel powerless and overly concerned about our children. But as life will have it …. they are adults, they do life based on their own agendas, they pay their own bills, and live in their own homes. So, we are no longer parenting in the flesh. It’s over. We have done our best and it’s time to let go. It’s time to stop stressing about things that are outside of our control.

Easier said than done? Maybe. Our only responsiblity is to keep praying for them. Prayerfully we will come to realize that all is not lost.

Everybody needs their own chance to make their own mistakes and to learn on their own … is a statement far too familiar when kids are ready to do life on their own.

Parents, we can hold on to Psalms 22: 27 – ‘From the four corners of the earth people are coming to their senses, are running back to God. Long-lost families are falling on their faces before him. God has taken charge; from now on he has the last word.’

Recently, I listened to a sermon on the Parable of the lost coin. The speaker had my undivided attention as he shared some unforgettable thoughts:

● The coin didn’t find the woman

The coin didn’t look for the woman

● It was the woman who found the coin but not until she swept and searched every nook and cranny of the house.

● This shows that God is the One Who seeks those who are lost and that grace was paid for in full on the Cross.

When the woman in the parable lost 1 of her 10 coins, she cared enough to make every effort to find it.

There’s value in 1 coin even though she had 10 coins

She dropped everything to search until she found it

Parents, God’s amazing grace will bring our children who are drifting away from their foundations safely home. Drop on your knees and search the scriptures.

As humans we were not made up to deal with stress. Stress is very unhealthy and it causes all sorts of sicknesses and diseases.

Fortunately for us, the Bible tells us how to deal with stressful situations. Paul tells us not to be anxious. Anxious means to worry. Worry is thinking about EVERYTHING that could possibly go wrong. Worry keeps us up all night and by time dawn breaks sleep miraculously steps in. Then which responsible adult can afford to sleep in. No one. So it’s a stressful situation with the goal to weary and break us down.

Let’s take Paul’s advice – ‘Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let all our wants and wishes force us on our knees. Let the peace and presence of God turn our worries into singing a new song.

Before you know it … a sense of God’s peace brings a calm into our hearts and settles us right down.

God knows the value of that one lost child even though we may have ten. We care enough to make every effort to diligently look to God so God can shine His light on them. Nothing is really lost…it may be misplaced but never lost.

It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry with His perfect peace.

Dear God,

Remember that we are humans and many times we replace YOUR peace by worrying about the ‘what ifs’ in our lives. We feel stressed over our lost coin. Teach us to be still and know that YOU are GOD and everything will work out for our good IF we only believe.

In Jesus Name, Amen

Stop The Runaway Train of Thoughts

I do most of my writings either after 10 pm at nights or 3 am in the early mornings … seldom during the day. Why? I most likely will not be interrupted. If I’m interrupted … I lose my train of thoughts and it becomes a challenge for me to get back on track.

Without distractions I find myself hidden far away in a cloud of ever flowing thoughts and my life takes on a whole new meaning. I am really at my best when I am alone. Some people hate being alone … I enjoy being alone when I’ve got some thoughts to pen.

But what happens if my day had many unexpected interruptions and my night brain is not fully charged and ready to write at 10 pm or 3 am? I lose my focus, anxiety takes over and sleep attacks me like a bulldozer. If I get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life … my love for writing become tedious.

Whatever you do …. one thing is common to all of us …when the going gets tough and the situation becomes difficult, we must toughen up, work harder, work smarter, and stay focus on what needs to be done to meet the deadline, or goal, or dream. If we refuse to play by the rules of life … we will burn out and quit. I believe that we were given this life because we are much stronger than we think.

I used to pray and ask God for an easier life, but now I thank Him for all that I’ve been through, and all that I may go through in the days/months/years ahead.

Why? I am loving the person I am becoming. I do not keep diaries nor hold on to painful memories … I strive to have a laser-like focus when I’m working on ME. I look for what needs improving in ME and I go for it. I look for MY good traits and I fight harder to become better than I am today. If you knew me yesterday … I would love for you to know ME today.

It’s a complete waste of a prayer and time to pray for an easy life. Nothing good comes easy and anything worth having is worth fighting for. Someone said, “You’ll will never know your strength until you have faced your struggles.” We must find the courage to face our struggles and the wisdom to let go of those things we cannot change.

The struggles, challenges, and obstacles makes the win sweeter to celebrate. The person whose prayers are being answered before yours may have been just been praying for a victory dance … while you have been praying for the making of a new generation.

Don’t get interrupted with your train of thoughts … instead train your thoughts to give you a feeling of confidence and personal power.

Don’t be afraid! Have faith! Learn the lessons! Trust the journey!

Just Do It

For those who have tasted success it has been reported ‘it was worth the fight.’ I would love to believe that most of us have been inspired by the stories of those who have successfully made it to the top. The clothes we wear, the items we pick up from the grocery store; the bed we sleep in; the car we drive; the TV shows we watch; the paved road we drive on; the company or clients we work for; the cell phone we purchased ….are all proof that somebody believed in themselves and made it to the top.

Without a doubt some people may have taken a direct flight (born in a family with rich inheritance) and arrived at their win without much effort. While others may have taken a bus that made frequent stops (worked hard with many failures) and arrived at their wins. And there are some who may have had a prison break (came out of a difficult life where they were the first to arrive at the winning post). But whatever means it took to get to their wins it was worth the sacrifice because we are now their customers.

Life is too short (70 years or more is a lifespan as per Psalms 90 … nobody knows) to wake up everyday with no wins. Quitters never win, and Winners never quit.

To have a win we must be ready to push past the fear of losing. I’ve found that once you invite fear to share a meal with you, the conversation never gets interrupted by success. Fear is our worst house guest, it never leaves. Fear tells you everything you cannot do and gives you reasons why you can’t get anything done. Fear handcuffs you to the opinions of others and lay traps of failures in your pathway. Fear is jealous of success and keeps you as lifelong friend.

Excuses and blame are the keys to the house of shame. They have taken many hostages to the grave never fulfilling their God-given potential.

The slogan ‘Just Do It’ is the easiest way to get a win. Don’t despise small beginnings, at least you are on the road. The disappointments and failures make a solid foundation, they make you toughen up for the win. The thorns eventually turn into crowns. The bruises turn into fuel for your soul. The pain turns into gain, and it will all be worth it.

When we were little, we could have cried about life’s discomfort, but we are adults, and adults do life without expecting to be carried. You either grow up or die without leaving your footprints. So, wake up … work the script … and push until something happens.

The only way to get from the bottom to the top of the mountain is to climb one step at a time. Your ‘tribe/clan/ride or die people’ will give you the signs if you are on a winning team. The person who keeps on going despite feeling physically and emotionally drains – wins.