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In 2017, I accepted God’s way of renewing my purpose in life by taking my writing from little random, “spur of the moment” Facebook posts to longer articles, delving more into the topic at hand. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would start a blog on my own. Everything happened so seamlessly! I am writing today to inspire and uplift someone, anyone and everyone. I write from my heart, my joys and my pain, I write from my passion and I seek my very best to write from a pure heart. My desire is always to express my ideas only when I believe them to be true, sincere and practical. I write on topics that interests me most. I write within the framework of biblical principles because I believe they were created for man’s success.

To you who have subscribed to my blog and have been reading as I write, please know that you encourage me to keep writing. I truly believe that if I had only five readers, I would keep writing and that’s because I believe this is one of the ways I am living out God’s purpose for my life.

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The Bible Stories and our Legacy

I started reading through the bible this year, trying to slowly soak it all in. The aim is not just to finish but gain greater understanding of the scripture, draw closer to God and experience the thrill of the word speaking to me and enlightening me. As I came to the last few chapters in Genesis, it felt as if I just completed watching a great movie. The Account of Jacob (Israel) and his family is amazing. The story of Joseph and his brothers even more amazing.

As I started book number two (2), Exodus, I felt sad. Jacob (Israel) has died, Joseph has died and all his brothers. Mind you, this happened many years ago but their stories became so alive in my heart that I felt as if I lost something. I am thinking to myself, their passing is such a loss to humanity, people like them should live forever.

Exodus chapter one has already secured my attention. As mentioned before, they all died, Jacob, Joseph and all his brothers. Now the verse that really caused me to halt was Exodus 1 verse 8. “Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph”. What? Seriously? Half of your life is missing. The said chapter also tells us that he was a mean Pharaoh. He saw the Israelites as threats and afflicted them. He also sought to kill all the males among them. Things were no longer the same.

How does this apply to us today? I see it as very relevant. Joseph rose up and did what God commanded him to do. He truly lived for others growing to be an outstanding leader in his day and leaving a great legacy, one that we still read about today. However, Joseph died and despite all the good he did to give the Israelites a better quality life during the famine and to protect them, he could not protect them forever. The wicked Pharaoh took over and all hell broke loose for the Israelites. He didn’t even know about this great man Joseph.

Despite the fact that we would die and some people may not remember our legacy, don’t let that reality shock you into frozen mode. Joseph’s story of yesterday is serving to motivate, teach and inspire others today. Do not focus on those who belittle you or doubt your potential. Do not focus on what your family did to you, do not focus on the man or woman who had an opportunity to help you and bluntly refused. Focus on your mission, you task, your purpose and get it done. There will be those who would benefit as a result of your giving to others, and your willingness to share your gifts and abilities with the world.

Your greatness can be realized but like Joseph you must be willing to run from those traps that can corrupt your character, like Joseph, you must be bold and ready to face powerful men and ask for what you need, like Joseph you must be ready to forgive despite your pain. Joseph would always be remembered for excellence in leadership, his willingness to say no to the attractive and the powerful, his deep love for his brothers and his care for the welfare of his people.

What would you and I be remembered for? I remind you to pursue a meaningful life where “people” are your focus.

Saturday Motivation

This morning I woke up somewhere between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. and contemplated going for a walk. My body did not feel like it at all. I felt tired and desperately in need of extra sleep and lots of “doing nothingness”. As I laid on my bed, I looked at the time again and thought, it is just the right time to go walking, it is not too early nor is it too late; the temperature outside is just right. ” I can do this!” I thought. I must mention that I thought about walking last week Saturday and the Saturday before but was successful in talking myself out of it.

Not today! I was determined to make it happen. In about 10 minutes I was dressed and heading out the door. Packed my phone, water and a small umbrella into a little nap sack and placed it over my shoulder. I was off. My route began from “The Coconut” up through Mt. Parnassus connecting to the St. Paul’s main road. For those of you who have never visited my lovely Island, Grenada, that’s about a ten (10) minute walk.

As I approached the junction I felt a bit faint and thought, I could easily turn around, this would give me a good 20 minute sweat (10 minutes each direction). I decided to push myself and head for a longer route, previously envisaged. After drinking a little water, I shook of the temptation and the feeling to give in and turn back. Instead I escalated my steps, determined to conquer a longer route.

My entire route entailed “The Cocunut”, unto Parade and then White Gun, down to Marrast Hill, up to Tempe and Back to Mt. Parnassus. I am so happy I did not turn back but decided to push through. I made it and for me that’s a big deal.

I don’t know what you have been talking yourself out of but we are too often guilty of this defeating habit. It is always easier to turn to the other side of the bed and snuggle your way to sleep again, it is always easier to reach for the chocolate rather than prepare the fruits for blending, it is always easier to scroll through Facebook or Instagram instead of reading a good book, it is always easier to think you can rely on your past experiences all your life than to start your degree program.

We all know that if we wish to achieve better we must reach, we must make the effort, we must be o.k. sweating and be willing to sacrifice our comfort. Whether it’s sleep or having to give up some of your alone time or whatever is necessary to accomplish greatness.

Keep pushing, Keep stretching, don’t allow you to discourage you. Focus on the outcome, the benefits, the results and not on the journey.

God bless you!`

When life overwhelms you

We often feel beaten, battered and worn. The loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of a home or a privilege and so much more. We also encounter hard times, difficulties or situations that we find ourselves in and we just don’t know how to break through. As we get older our responsibilities increase and we are forced to be better planners and more disciplined beings to survive the challenges that life catapults our way.

As we experience the lows of this life, we often question our purpose, the existence of God or if not his existence, his interest in our affairs. We know it is really serious when we feel like we have lost our purpose, we are insignificant to God and to people who we care about. We know we are in need of help when we no longer feel like enjoying the things that we truly find pleasure in. We know we are in need of support when our body feels heavy, tense and frozen. Life can overwhelm us and seriously sap our energy. It is in moments like these that we seek to encircle ourselves with a few genuine friends who would truly intercede on our behalf, who would not see us as a burden but embrace our struggle extending empathy to us. True friends who would love us through the thick with no desire to judge us or to know the fine details.

When life overwhelms us it is the ideal time to frequent your closet (private place of prayer), close that door and cry out to God for his wisdom, his strength and his peace. Express yourself freely to him, press upon his face and ask for the desires of your heart.

When life overwhelms you ask God to search you and show you anything in your life that is not pleasing to him. It may be inappropriate thoughts about someone, it may be failure to obey him or the instructions in his word. It is always good to search ourselves and seek to grow and change becoming more beautiful. Yes, we can certainly grow through our tough times.

When life overwhelms you, remind yourself of the promises of God. You can say them aloud. God’s promises are for real and we can use them to obtain strength and renew our hope in God’s plan and purpose for our lives.

Isaiah 41:13 says “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you.”

That’s a promise to be claimed by everyone who believes.

It takes two to survive difficulties in a marriage

Essentials for surviving difficulties in marriage.

Just a few days ago, many celebrated Valentine’s Day, smothering their loved ones with chocolates and flowers and other special gifts. For the couple who is facing difficulty in their marriage, Valentines was probably a distant thought. For the couple who has chosen to follow Christ and is determined to fulfill his purpose for their lives together, there is a wealth of support, wisdom and guidance available to you when difficulties in your marriage arise. It is important however that you keep loving each other through those rough seasons, never giving up on your spouse.

Here are some essentials that I believe are needed to survive difficulties in marriage:

  1. An understanding that each spouse is responsible for the state of the marriage. It would be difficult to overcome your problems if only one spouse is held responsible for the poor state of your marriage.
  2. A willingness to acknowledge one’s weaknesses or flaws. Always be willing to examine yourself before God and ask him to show you where you have erred in your marriage. As he convicts you, do not hesitate to openly admit to these flaws and apologize to your spouse where your actions or words adversely affected them. It takes a humble heart of great strength and character to do so, but it will yield great reward.
  3. A willingness to accept help to overcome deep seated character flaws, generational curses or to move on after failure. Be wise enough to know who to listen to. Prayerfully seek out a small circle of friends who cares about both of you and can help to build you up. Work on you as if you are working on a school project. For example if you have difficulty with impulsive spending, avoid keeping too much cash on you, try to avoid window shopping, assign more money to your saving accounts, find out how others dealt with it, etc. Work on you, do things to curb that habit or overcome that weakness.
  4. A willingness to do what is necessary to grow; read books, attend counselling, seminars, listen to messages on marriages, meditate on relevant verses, pray and fast Too many times husbands and wives are reluctant to do the work. The desired results cannot be realized if we refuse to come out of our fixed mind-sets and adopt a growth mentality. Many times we are our greatest setbacks. Open your mind to learning, expanding, and growing beyond your wildest dreams. Don’t think negatively of your spouse or yourself regarding change. If you are alive, it means the possibility of change still exists.
  5. A willingness to forgive – Forgiveness is never easy but possible. When we truly forgive, we feel no resentment or bitterness against our spouse and are willing to put their confessed wrongs in the hands of God and in the past giving you the freedom to love them anew.

Marriage is not for the man or woman who does not want to work. Like any other goal in life, success in marriage requires sacrifice, effort, patience, fearlessness and determination. It also requires a willingness to face the unpleasant and uncomfortable truth about ourselves.

Ephesians 4: 2-3 applies to any believer in Christ and it says “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in Love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Know that God would take care of your desire to build, increase or maintain the Unity of the Spirit and peace within your marriage once you trust him to do just that.

Prayer works

One of the amazing things about praying is the peace it brings. Many times we pray for a certain outcome, a particular need, a change, a victory and even while you are praying the situation may worsen but you keep praying because you believe and then God gives you the peace to sail through in the roughest of times.

I am sure sometimes you feel like you’ve prayed but nothing is moving, God is not listening. Well, from my experience and the experience of others and based on what the word of God says, God is not limited that he cannot hear us. He loves us and value communing with us. Be assured that he will be working on your behalf. It may take a while, you may not receive the answer or answers you are expecting or he may choose to meet your need in ways you never thought of. What he requires of us is that we continue to place our cares on him and trust Him to take care of them completely the way he thinks best. His peace would sustain you.

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you. He shall never permit the righteous to be moved”.

Please hold my hand

In marriage, I believe women are more positively affected by hand-holding. What do you think? I admire couples who are in the habit of holding each others’ hands, whether it is just for a moment or during a long walk. For a woman holding her hand communicates that her husband desires to connect with her, feel her, remind her that she belongs to him and that he is willing to protect her. Holding hands with your woman in public says that you are proud to call her yours.

In some marriages, such physical contact between a husband and his wife is not common and there can be many reasons for that. Some possible reasons are;

  • Because of childhood experiences that led one partner to develop a discomfort with hand-holding.
  • Because of an experience in the marriage that created a distance between the husband and the wife. Maybe its an experience that led to broken trust, unwillingness to forgive or to admit to one’s wrong.
  • Because of a poor self image.
  • Because you are not happily married and in love with your spouse. Maybe you got married for the wrong reasons.

That last point is a big one. If you got married to someone because of their popularity, fear of not finding someone, to please your parents or your church, it is sad. That’s the truth. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it don’t. Once you are in love with your man or your woman however, nothing should be allowed to come between. Healing is available to all, no matter what you have been through as a couple. I feel excited just thinking about the power of love and the Power of God when he is allowed to work. Some of the greatest love stories are those that have survived the storms. What is complicated to us, is an opportunity for God to break, melt and mold us into beautiful vessels. However, it requires us to be obedient to his bidding, patient and humble.

So, no matter how you feel, reach out and hold her hand or reach out and hold his hand. Touch is powerful, it helps you to reconnect and communicate many positive feelings of hope.

Touch her, touch him. Keep doing it no matter what you’ve been through and you would see how physical touch helps you to bond, dissolve walls and appreciate each other more.

Happy hand-holding!

Keep walking in Integrity

Integrity speaks of the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles or moral uprightness. From birth we begin to learn, we begin to form our perception of right and wrong. As we grow our character takes shape heavily influenced by our early education, our environment and our personal experiences. We soon realize that “trust” is essential if we ought to be successful in life. Sooner or later we understand that our reputation is worth protecting and that if we are not seen as someone of integrity or someone who can be trusted, life becomes complicated.

I have found that there is a particular challenge for us when we fall short of biblical standards to get back up and re-establish our steps and our position. Our integrity is priceless and it cannot be easily restored. It means therefore that in pursuing God’s purpose for our lives, we ought to do everything possible, in his might, to walk uprightly. Failure to do so would cost immensely.

It is true that God’s grace is always available and sufficient to cover our sins. It is true that all God desires is a repentative heart and a desire to do right. It is also true that he does not remember our sins, reminding us about our failures over and over. Sadly, however, when we slip up, the devil seeks to capitalize on first time mistakes or what we may call the “little mistakes”.

At work, things were going missing from the refrigerator for a while, even you became a victim at some point. Today you compromised on your standard never to touch anything that does not belong to you. You noticed a bottle of cocoa cola and for the first time took a chance. You took it and drank it but not before another employee walks in, the owner of the cocoa cola, who obviously caught you red-handed. Guess what? You are tarnished, everyone now believes that you were the one stealing from the staff all along. You apologize and you try to convince them otherwise, but you are stuck with that tag. Sad but true. That coco cola was not worth it.

The comfort is if you are truly sorry, God will forgive you and he does not devalue you as human beings would. He still sees you as his child and is ready and waiting to stir those gifts within you for his glory. Many people would look at others and devalue them because they became aware of something wrong that they did. It happens intentionally and unintentionally. If we ought to restore our spiritual health and even grow deeper, we must see ourselves the way God sees us, not the way man sees us.

Man’s vision is often blurred, guided by emotions, perceptions that are not necessarily true, exaggerated circumstances, bitterness and much more. God’s gift of his Son to free us from the bondage of sin and provide us with an abundant life says it all. He loves us and desires to commune with us and speak through us. So while we remind ourselves of the importance of walking in integrity, remember that if you were to fall short of God’s standards, you need not to give up but to confess, accept God’s forgiveness and continue building a life of integrity. There are many great men and women who lived on to please God after falling because it was always their desire and goal in life to do so. Their set backs were not allowed to deter them from God’s purpose but instead made them stronger.

I encourage you to keep your eyes on the perfect one, he would inspire you to keep walking in righteousness.

“2020” is Here! How do I Face it? (Part II)

In John Chapter 16, Jesus is speaking to his followers and he is preparing them for the following; his ascension into heaven, the arrival of “The Comforter” which is the Holy Spirit, and to come with difficult times that they would face in the future. It is very fitting therefore to end with verse 33. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Imagine Jesus told his disciples, that they will be killed by persons who think they are doing a good thing? Then He continues to speak stating “And these things will they do unto you because they have not known the Father nor me”.
Wait a minute, Lord, just one minute! Are you saying that in addition to all the trouble in this world, I can be persecuted for believing that you are indeed the Son of God? Trust me, Jesus, I really need you to show me how to live knowing that persecution can come my way. God is always wiling and ready to do just that, to show us how.
Permit me to flip back to John Chapter 15. I find this chapter to be a practical section that truly provides advice on how we can live a joy-sustained life. So, here are a few tips from John 15.
⦁ Regularly read and listen to the Word of God with the intention to receive guidance, lessons or warnings that can be applied to your life.
⦁ Prayerfully seek help from the Holy Spirit to implement the changes you need to make. Keep striving towards that change, no matter how long it takes.
⦁ Stay with Christ by sticking to what he shows you in his word as “right”, walk away from what he shows you in his word to be “wrong”. Seek to do good to every man or woman you meet; love every one.
⦁ As you grow in Christ, share your experiences with others. Share verses that have helped you to overcome or become more like Christ – bear fruit.
I wish to note that I have never seen a verse in the bible where we are told that everything will be easy, or a walk-over, free from challenges or difficult times, never. Sometimes, these challenges come from every direction and it feels like there is no breathing space. Our mental health becomes a cause for concern as our mind and our body continuously battles the bad relationships, the criminal activities around us, the enemies within and without, death and sickness. It is no easy fix and yet before Christ returned to heaven he left such comforting words for those who would believe. Even more comforting that these words are the fact that He, Jesus (God in human flesh) is believable, in other words, He is for real. He cannot lie. Placing “2020” into His hands would make all the sense in this world.

“2020” is Here! How do I Face It? (Part I)

What should I do when “2019” was a huge failure for me? Why should I bother to pursue righteousness after failing God so many times? Why should I expect anything great when despite my honest efforts, I have been defrauded? Morals are depleting, those who profess to be Christians have made it more difficult for me to believe. So many have dreamt and hoped and have not lived to see it through. Why bother? What’s the use? Is it still really possible to live joyfully in “2020”?
Thoughts like these only creates pressure on our minds, our soul and spirit. They breathe anxiety, bitterness and pain. They lead us astray, down the road to sadness where we tend to give up. If you are asking similar questions today, my answer is, God is still God and has not changed, He is still omnipotent, omniscience and omnipresent. Still loving, faithful and caring. His promises are for real; they are here to stay. Because of who He is we can still anticipate a bright future. A bright future means that your dreams can still come through, it means that even during the storms you can have peace. This is so because God has promised to take care of those who would trust in him and his promises are sure because of His Character. He himself is truth. He cannot lie.
Let’s discuss this some more. Do you know that this place we call home, this Planet is poluted? It is filled with toxins, dangerous substances everywhere. Many of our foods are contaminated, our water is not always pure, everywhere we go, we can find thousands of germs on varous surfaces, the bus or train we travel on, the railings we use as we climb the steps, the cash we handle every day and the ATM’s, the items at the grocery store that we handle and place in our shopping baskets, and so much more. Even so, the spiritual condition of the people who live on this earth leaves so much to be desired. We are corrupt and bent on doing the wrong, we reject God and his standards. Our environment is contaminated and so are our hearts. Because of this reality, living today can be difficult. In order to survive and do well, we must believe in someone who is greater. we must believe in his Promises.
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” This great verse is taken from John 16:33. Here is another sweet verse “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Taken from Psalm 46:1. There is so much more where those two verses were found. Here is another, Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runneth into it and is safe.”
Now, we can take each of these verses and dissect them by trying to grasp the meaning of their context and the meaning of every word and we will do so in subsequent articles. This topic is too deep for one posting, so stay with me.
Let me say however, that if you were to take just 5 minutes to read and meditate on the verses mentioned above, your spirit will be lifted. It requires more to live in a joy-sustained condition, but meditating on God’s word is a great start.
More to come……..