Tell your heart to beat again

Tell your heart to beat again – speaking to yourself version

Something clicked in me that made me think deeply. In the journey of our walk with God, fatigue and delayed longing face us from time to time. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12, NLT

We are active in the church; give faithfully and participate as best as we know how. Then we wait. And wait some more. We feel mad at God because we are expecting a quick reward. Why do I give and you do not see? Well, first giving is a principle. Give and it will be given back to you, remember that verse? In full measure, pressed together, running over. Secondly God loves a cheerful giver and we are to give not out of compulsion but with joy. Thirdly God is not a mocker, what we reap, we sow. Thus I encourage you to know these truths by heart.

Tell your heart to beat again

Tell your heart to beat again

However, in our human shortcomings and the sinful world we live in, we SEE others around us doing well and yes even doing better. We are tempted to complain as we compare ourselves with those we feel we should be in the same league or even that we should be ahead of. We feel like telling those closest to us how tired we are of waiting. After all, isn’t it just a click away or simply a smiley face? We itch to tell them how we are bored and feel neglected. Its fine to share our griefs that we may find comfort, and find joy in the friendship but does this promote their faith in God? Does it speak life, as life and death is in the power of the tongue? After you complain, so what? Will I have made anything better? Again if I shut up and die inside I will just become bitter and weary of the walk. I will shed what I have already gained by faith this far? So I must speak. Speak to myself, speak to my soul and not be silent or I will sink to the grave of despair.

Even as my fingers are itching to type away my disillusionment to my friend, thanks to the whatsapp that’s so quick to share the feeling, the Lord whispers these words to me.

Those the Lord chooses will inherit the earth.

Again, thanks to Mr. Google, I search up the verse and I get two of them.

Psalm 25:12-15

12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.[b]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.

Psalm 65:1-2, 4-5

1 Praise awaits[b] you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled.
2 You who answer prayer, to you all people will come.

4 Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts!
We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.

5 You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas,

His is a blessing we cannot force. He chooses whom to show mercy and grace on. Am not saying be lazy and boom around and work on the premise that somehow God will choose you. What I am saying is a situation where you feel sidelined by the king. Where you feel forgotten. As you are being faithful in the kingdom, your time which is His best timing will come. And His enduring promise will be fulfilled. Remember His love remains, His promise sure.

The journey of our lives is different, each must walk with His God, in a relationship and in different seasons. It is important to encourage each other, but when all is said and done, we were called alone and must answer alone.

I dedicate to you the explanation Danny Gokey gives behind his song : TELL YOUR HEART TO BEAT AGAIN

“You should know people” from my younger self

As you read, I want to warn you that this is a post I should have posted long long ago; about 2 years ago. I don’t know whether you will like me after this confession but read on. I am grateful I did not delete it 🙂 I can reminisce what it meant to be younger…. 🙂 and later share how much I have grown.

I just wanted to be stunning… Now I am only stunning on the inside – which is what matters first but oh the outside also matters. (You see my ladder was leaning on the wrong wall… visiting a quack I didn’t know was a quack) I forgive that hairdresser but it has given me a deep resolve to change what I can and accept what I cannot change.

What I can change – Soon I’ll be able to hire a personal stylist and will pay them smart – what a woe to fall in the wrong hands of unprofessional hair care-givers…. God save me from this disaster – Professionalism or expertise should be rewarded…

What I cannot change – all my investment in hair has been thwarted… So I will next invest more carefully –

1. By shaving … Like  I had before

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or 2. by hiring a professional hairdresser… That takes me back to my first option; I can change something – to work my hands and brains to hire a professional… And I mean a real professional; not a professional quack – one who can match the shape of my head to the style… BTW I really don’t want to rant but I am … would you have guessed it was my first day at work and I intended to outshine them all???….

 

Now I know something of what Matt 6:19-20 meant  What a welcome to a new place… MOMBASA known for its pleasure. Not so for me that time. But I so love Mombasa… So I said “I might as well preach a sermon out of this or at least have a note or better still a blog post on more of this…” This is because I believe in a personal, practical God who cares about how we feel and look. Remember He was so down-earth as to provide wine for the village wedding at Cana of Galilee… or to sort out the lady whose daily life was marred by the issue of blood… He cares about your personal need – when I was younger and in school I got to experience Him too as the God who cares enough when I didn’t have a pencil or a pen… That is not a petty God but a personal God. I store my treasures of beauty, dignity and brand to Him…

Irregardless of my investment and the timeline my hair has had so far, “My times are in His hand…” Psalm 31:15

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And it grew on and on. This was the stage my hair was at before I was quacked

Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?.

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My new look after the experience. Loved it. Coz I hadd beauty inside. Beauty outside. Inside out!

Cheers.

Dorcas

TRUE JOY

We all want to be happy in life and everybody always try to have comforts and pleasure to fully enjoy life. But consequently we find out that in our daily lives we might be lacking something..The joy that we desire. Someone quoted that life is not a bed of roses. There are the normal ups and downs of life.

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We want to feel leadership

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Submitting to leadership and the leaders that be brings about blessings uncountable. The leader may not be ‘perfect’ but when the fear of God informs how we perceive them, (where we see them as chosen by God and though weak or strong, good or bad – we see them as worthy of respect and honor), then there is a grace of favor that God bestows upon the followers and the leader. After all, there is no one who wants to be called a leader and have no one following. They may not be right in your eyes but there the ‘WHY’ God has chosen them for the said season…

God is able to change them, remove them from leadership, replace them, reprimand them or use them or do what He alone can do as God. AS.GOD.

Deborah of old sang in Judges 5:2-3

When Leaders Lead Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoain sang on that day, saying: “When leaders lead in Israel, when the people willingly offer themselves, bless the LORD! Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes! I, even I, will sing to the  Lord. I will sing; I will make music to the Lord, the God of Israel.

The Israelites had done evil as had become their usual and were set on edge – this time it was the hand of Jabin, king of Canaan. And did they cry…

God raised a prophetess, Deborah who spoke counsel to the people and instructed Barak to take an army and head to battle.

He said was afraid… and he was.. he would go only if Deborah went with him. She did not ridicule him but strengthened him. Only the glory would not be be his. Fair enough.

If it was in today’s #NyeriTimes, maybe she would have poured hot water on him for not being ‘the man’. But as we said earlier God will do what he alone can do. AS.GOD.

So he routed the army under Sisera and after the strike the shepherd, scatter the sheep scenario, victory came when Jael, a woman who was a family friend to the enemy realized it was her to save her nation.

God did it through her and yes through him even in His way and leadership was felt.

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Of Lavender and Purple: Lydia -The Woman Who Was Diligent in Business

For the first time ever I disclose that I am a wife-to-be. 🙂 whoop whoop. Excited now as I think, imagine and believe all the beautiful things a bride goes through and has.. did I say has… yes the all.white.gown, flowers…gifts..love. I can.Wait. Its a few days coming.

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So even as I am fascinated by Gown Technology, something else is exciting. Lav, say lavender. A shade of royalty, read purple. Just for a little background, while a freshman, my friend and I picked colours, we had two to choose from – she chose Pink, I chose Purple. Just like that. You see initially I am sorrowful I only knew black and white…. Even to date, still trying to break free from dark colours in my daily routine. But when something new happens and its beautiful, its a whole new world. A Lav world. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

The lav craze then began and still continues. When I chose the colour, I was eager to see how the world would interpret it. While organizing the wedding, I have been towns apart

Just came across this in my readings from the Lockman Foundation Amplified Bible and thought I could share:  LYDIA

Scripture References—Acts 16:12-15, 40; Philippians 1:1-10

“Name Meaning—Lydia, who was an Asiatic, derived her name from the country on the borders of which her native city, Thyatira, was situated. It was not an original Greek name, but probably Phoenician, and a common name meaning “bending.” Readers of Horace will be familiar with Lydia as a popular name for women. There are those writers who think that it means “The Lydian,” seeing Thyatira was a city of Lydia, and that her personal name is unknown.

Family Connections—Scripture does not supply us with any information regarding Lydia’s background apart from the fact that she lived in Thyatira which was one of the Macedonian colonies. From names discovered on monuments it is evident that the city was the melting pot of many nations, and that the chief object of worship was Apollo, who was worshiped as the sun-god under the name of Tyrinnus. There was also a strong Jewish element in the city maintaining faith in Jehovah. Lydia, one of the prominent women of Thyatira, is presented to us in various ways, namely—

As a Business Woman

Thyatira was conspicuous for its many guilds which were united by common pursuits and religious rites. One of these guilds was that of dyers. The water of the area was so well-adapted for dyeing, that no other place could produce the scarlet cloth out of which fezzes were so brilliantly and so permanently dyed. This unique purple dye brought the city universal renown. Lydia was a well-known seller of this product (Acts 16:14), and typifies a successful business woman in a prosperous city. Ability, enthusiasm, singleness of purpose and mental acumen were hers, and she prospered greatly in an honorable and extensive calling of “selling purple.” Lydia was an example of the comparatively independent position some women attained to in Asia Minor. That she became prosperous in business is seen in that she owned a spacious home, and had servants to care for her.

As a Devout Woman

While it is not certain whether Lydia was of Jewish descent it is evident that she was a Jewish proselyte. “She worshipped God,” we are told. Often business people are so engrossed in their affairs as to have no time for religion. But Lydia, in spite of all her secular obligations, found time to worship according to the Jewish faith. Daily she made her way to the riverside where prayer was wont to be made. She knew that in order to successfuly meet the stiff competition of the Philippian traders, she needed grace as well as knowledge. At that riverside prayer meeting perhaps she met other Jewish dyers, and with them eagerly waited upon the ministry of Paul and his companions.

As a Seeking Woman

Although sincerely religious, Lydia was not a Christian. She did, however, have a hunger for a deeper spiritual experience. The mind is closed against the full truth either from ignorance or prejudice and cannot discern it, or from pride and perversity and will not admit it. Ignorance was responsible for Lydia’s closed mind, but as she attended to the truth of Christ which Paul spoke of in conversational style in that small seated Jewish gathering, the light dawned, and her heart opened to receive that Christ as her Saviour. As Chrysostom puts it, “To open is the part of God, and to pay attention that of the woman.” Her faith was born through hearing the Word of God (Psalm 119:18, 130; Luke 24:45).

As a Christian Woman

As an evidence of her surrender to the claims of Christ she was baptized, “the waters of Europe then first being sacramentally used to seal her faith and God’s forgiveness in Christ.” Her conversion was declared by a public confession, and such was her enthusiasm that she immediately told her household what had happened, and all within it likewise believed and were baptized as disciples of the same Saviour. Thus Lydia had the honor of being Paul’s first European convert—the forerunner of a mighty host to honor the Lord. Becoming a Christian did not make her less of a successful business woman. Now she had Christ as her Senior Partner and with Him we can imagine that trade remained good and that much of her profit was used to assist His servants in the work of the Gospel.

As a Hospitable Woman

Lydia’s transformation of life was evidenced by her eagerness to give missionaries the hospitality of her fine home. Truth in her heart was manifested in kindness to each other—as they ought to be! “Be ye kind one to another.” First came Lydia’s faith, then the winning of her servants to Christ, then her love in gracious hospitality, and finally her reception of Paul and Silas into her home after their discharge from prison, bruised and battered though they were. She was not ashamed of the Lord’s prisoners (see 1 Timothy 5:10; Hebrews 13:2; 1 Peter 4:9). While benefiting from Lydia’s generous hospitality Paul warned all present of the terrible trials before them, and then parting from godly Lydia, praised God for all she had meant to him and his companions.

As a Consecrated Woman

Lydia always had “open house” for the saints of God and her home became a center of Christian fellowship in Philippi with perhaps the first Christian church being formed therein. When Paul came to write his letter to the Philippians, we can rest assured that Lydia was included in all the saints at Philippi to whom he sent his salutations (Philippians 1:1-7); and was also in his mind as one of those women who labored with him in the Gospel (Philippians 4:3). William Ramsay thinks that Lydia may have been either Euodia or Syntyche (Philippians 4:2).

When Paul penned the triple exhortation—“Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11), we do not know whether he had his hospitable convert, Lydia, in mind. She certainly exemplified these three virtues, and grace can be ours to emulate them.

“Not slothful in business”

If our business is honorable and we are diligent in it, and if we are the Lord’s, we have the assurance that if we honor Him in all transactions, He will honor us. He places no premium upon idleness or indolence. Did not Paul say that if we are not willing to work we have no right to eat?

“Fervent in spirit”

Moffatt’s translation is suggestive here. He expresses it, “Maintain the spiritual glow,” which, by God’s grace Lydia was able to do as she cared for her business interests and pursuits which were no bar to her spirituality. Too often, we allow the secular to rob us of our glow. Our affection becomes too set on things below.

“Serving the Lord”

Lydia not only sold her dyes—she served her Saviour. She stayed in business that she might have the money to help God’s servants in their ministry. How her generous care of Paul and Silas, and of many others, must have cheered their hearts. Lydia was, first of all, a consecrated Christian, then a conscientious business woman who continued to sell her purple dyes for the glory of God. When we reach heaven, we shall find this “seller of purple” wearing more superior garments, robes not stained even with the notable dye of Thyatira, but “washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb.””

So Lydia, I admire you very much. May I and other brides to be and the married ones not forgetting the singles preen all we can from you daily for you embody many qualities that could and can make us more noble BEFORE and DURING marriage. Cheers..

 

In His might to honor Him

Its destiny calling

The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah – telling Him to buy the field that belonged to his cousin Anathoth. He later confirmed the word when actually the cousin came and asked to sell the land. Ouch, how do you buy land when the nation has been pledged for destruction by the Babylonians? The same Jerry who was prophesying with passion in obedience to the coming judgement from a sovereign God to His people whose hearts had been sold against their God and king.

“The word of the LORD came to me: Hanamel son of Shallum your uncle is going to come to you and say, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth, because as nearest relative it is your right and duty to buy it.” Jer 32:6

Here he was buying land and sealing the deeds as a testimony of faith and the promised future God has promised to His people where He will restore His nation.

He obeyed and the results were marvellous. It brought out the purposes of God and history was fulfilled. After the exile, Israelites bought back the land.
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“Once more fields will be bought in this land of which you say, ‘It is a desolate waste, without men or animals, for it has been handed over to the Babylonians. Fields will be bought for silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed and witnessed…” Jer 32:43-44

The simple tasks that may not make human sense, are what God uses to cheer us on – when we see Him fulfil it, it gives confidence that He fulfils His purposes.

“Then, just as the LORD had said, my cousin Hanamel came to me… “I knew that this was the word of the LORD.. so I bought the field..Jer 32:8-9

It makes us more prompt to respond to Him as a relationship is nurtured as we consistently obey His voice.

“My Sheep Hear My Voice, and Follow Me… ” JOHN 10:27

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Pray to Him for them

Pray to Him for them

 

Do not do that! Why did you go there again?” is constant query.

Many a times, I find myself wanting to know exactly every detail of the person under my care. But then I quickly realize there is one who watches over them – their father and God. I am better placed to offer a prayer for them since the need is explicit before me and yet it may not be so real to them – I cannot change them but can influence their courses of action through prayer… continually remembering them in my prayers. He who hears prayer will work in ways my words cannot and will not. He created them so he deeply knows them and cares.

He hears prayer…

O you who hears prayer, to you all men will comePsalm 65:2

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Opening Effective Doors

“But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.”1 Cor 16:8-9

Every human being has a spiritual vacuum or faculty that needs a supernatural deposit or filling in order to connect to their destinies while still on Earth. This is the calling or purpose for living not simply existing. A revelation from God will help Christians to visualize and fully maximise their potential towards identifying opportunities that God has placed before them.

Every Christian has a gift that can open doors for them. Proverbs 18:16 – Your gift shall open a door for you. Let’s use those gifts to glorify God. Persecutions in the ministry are not aimed at breaking our hearts. They are aimed at solidifying our relationship with God and renewing our commitment to him. They make us stronger by allowing our faith to grow through ultimate reliance on God’s power. We become stronger at the point of brokenness.

There are multiplicities of doors that our God is opening for you – are you aware of it and step into it?

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God has put an open door before you

 

The adversary

Christians are fond of seizing the ministerial opportunities and disregarding that the enemy wants them to fall from the grace of God. The devil wants to tempt, ensnare, take us captive, oppress and training us to them to be successful liars because he is the father of all liars.

Comfort and complacency

When Christians who are used by God to perform specific tasks in the kingdom excel, a wave of comfort engulfs them and reasons to stay contented with where they are block their eyes while they still remain open forgetting that they are called out to the world and that the great commission of winning men to him is a prime objective that demands discipline, passion and immediacy to tackle the existing and emerging darts of the enemy. The principal adversary has established departments or sections tasked with hunting the souls of the Ministers of the gospel and plotting their downfall. We need to arise, identify and utilise the opportunities to reach men for God.

Strife of men and tongues

The principal adversary also uses arrogant teachers of the law in order to scatter their already gathered flock and destabilize their desire for God. These arrogant teachers are found in churches and camouflage as holy men. Paul warns Timothy to stay away from such since they try to influence converts to deny God’s power (2 Timothy 3:5)

These evil men try to disrupt efforts of the believers to know God. Their primary goal is to block their eyes not to see, identify the effectual doors that God has opened for them. They are not happy when believers are involved in the furtherance of the gospel.

Paul being a New Testament Apostle is a classic example. He met with strong oppositions propelled by the enemies of the gospel when he had just celebrated the Pentecostal festivals in Corinth. God had opened his eyes to see the effectual doors for the ministry but also informed him of many adversaries whose goals were to thwart his efforts of evangelizing to the people of Ephesus and Asia (1 Corinthians 16:9) God had persuaded him with an assurance that there is nothing that could oppose the penetration of the gospel in Ephesus and Asia during his previous missionary journeys. This reassurance reaffirmed Paul’s desire to continue evangelizing the world. Paul, the Benjamite encountered many persecutions but his spiritual fervour remained within standard.

Way out into the effective door

Belonging to a sound community of believers will expose them to discover their hidden potential, rediscover their place and role in the Kingdom, developing or building up and carefully nurturing their gifts or talents with an ultimate goal of fulfilling their purpose on Earth and reordering or realigning their lives to yield to God’s primary desire.

Tips to success in effective ministry

1) Watching and praying: This enabled him to deal with the false teachers who the enemy had strategically positioned to undermine or challenge his apostolic authority. The quality time he spent with God purchased his success in his holy calling.

2) Being brave: He refused to be won by fear and took a courageous stand amidst persecution.

3) Being strong: His weapon was standing firm in the time of adversity. This denied the devil all opportunities to attack his calling.

4) Love: He maintained love for God, community of all believers and thus blocked the enemy from penetrating into the lives of converts.

5) Unreserved devotion to Ministry: Paul had committed himself to God. He spent his time seeking the face of God and encouraging, nurturing the gifts of the believers. Fellowship with believers will enhance them to identify their calling on a very systematic way. This unwavering commitment opened successful evangelistic mission opportunities for Apostle Paul.

Therefore let us resist the voice of the enemy and hold firm to our calling in Christ Jesus. He does not change his standards on the assignments that he has given us and uses us to handle difficult circumstances as we undergo adversity.

~Credits to guest writer Steve Muthama for this brilliant piece ~

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How come?

 How come when I attempt to act differently I get corrections all around or stares that tell me everything is not all ok? That it’s not business as usual? But it all seems ok for others?

If this is the case, be ye happy and rejoice. You are rightly questioning and need to carefully consider your ways for these reasons among others:

  1. It means your conscience is still alive

The inward witness is spurring you to realize the path you’re on and help you avoid it, Keep the path of instruction – hold onto instruction, do not let it go – guard it for it is your life Proverbs 4:13. Some neglecting these – faith and a good conscience have made a shipwreck of their faith

  1. It reminds you healthy boundaries

I remember about five years ago attending a training course on relationship with boundaries. Societal mores and morals may have weakened and the boundaries pushed away day by day but you have a choice to make. To be the one that makes the difference and hence a light or to be one of the compromising many. Jamie Grace in her song White boots talks of keeping her boots from being dusty. The word urges us to take only ways that are firm            Proverbs 4:12

  1. The spirit of God who lives in you is jealous and would warn you to avert disaster in your life

There is a confidence that comes with self-respect. You know you have no blame – there is a blessing for being blameless. Definitely when the enemy tries to accuse you before the father, you have given him enough ground to overcome as you have weakened your defense. My son, do not take lightly the discipline of the Lord – He is taking you as sons – for which son does not receive discipline from their father – unless he be illegitimate. The proverbs story speaks of how to avoid the path of the adulteress. Let no one lie to you’ the path of downfall is not necessarily a one-day thing, though it can be. More often it’s a slow fade whose speed you may not notice. A crack here and there, then a brick falls off till finally the whole building crumbles. The things the world applauds may look enticing but remember they are just temporal for to be a friend of the world is to be an enemy with God.

Resources to encourage you as you walk or run

Jamie Grace – I am a God-girl

Casting Crowns – Slow Fade

Which way, Poor or Rich?

What separates the rich and the poor

“Mzee sijasucceed bado”. At least he understands my ‘English’. “Loan yangu itachelewa zaidi… basi, he mutters under his breath. This makes me feel guilty and wonder what I could have done differently. Been here trying to help this old mzee access his KRA PIN from their online portal. Thankful for the digitization for the process and I began all excited to sort him out with my “techie-ness”.

Something I expected to take a few minutes has become a big mountain-climb for both of us. For one, he cannot remember his late mother’s last name. So this apparently secure system rejects the details and we struggle back and forth. My experience with other clients too has been to keep chanign the password severally before succeeding. But we did!! Luckily he knows his father’s last name and has all his own details that are needed to register him.

He needs to generate his PIN certificate to access a loan; a product our company offers to the tier banks shun from their loans for lack of security. These are our best as we take them as they are; they simply need to form a group and act as co-guarantors. The micro-finance sector has been ‘chini-ya-maji’ and its time we evaluate the gains and losses brought by it. Yes it’s business – we make profit – but if a mama-mboga whose plea for a loan from a commercial bank may never see light of day is able to rise to a hotelier or a kiosk owner open multiple retail outlets within a reasonable scope of time, then in my assessment it’s worth it.

I am now more convinced of what separates the rich and the poor – INFORMATION, indeed TIMELY, CORRECT INFORMATION. Which is what my MIS 101 class taught me… and good enough am at the point of application; its time to apply what was learnt. The mzee needs his loan to grow his business and we need his details… still.

I ‘wander’ till when? I muse but it’s not only musing… I need a solution…. Soon I hope and pray.

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