On the brink of promise…

dont-give-upHebrews 11: 8-12 By faith Abraham, when he was called [by God], obeyed by going to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as a foreigner in the promised land, as in a strange land, living in tents [as nomads] with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs of the same promise. 10 For he was [waiting expectantly and confidently] looking forward to the city which has foundations, [an eternal, heavenly city] whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith even Sarah herself received the ability to conceive [a child], even [when she was long] past the normal age for it, because she considered Him who had given her the promise to be reliable and true [to His word]. 12 So from one man, though he was [physically] as good as dead, were born as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand on the seashore.

Many of you experienced a tremendous amount of pressure in 2018. The workload increased and you wondered whether you could handle it all. At times, you even felt like it was unmanageable and felt tempted to pull back. There might have even been a temptation to withdraw from the responsibility and people you have been called to. Sometimes, when you’re carrying a weight that’s heavier than what you’ve carried before you can be tempted to give up. It may feel as if the weight you’re carrying is so beyond your comfort zone that your arms are shaking. For some, this is how you felt last year, on the brink of giving up, tempted to throw the weight to the ground but I aim to encourage you to stay where you are.

Even though your arms are shaking due to carrying what may seem to be too heavy for you, don’t give up. You are uncomfortable because you’ve gone further than you’ve ever gone before. You keep saying to yourself, “what if I drop everything I’m holding, that’ll be a mess”. Fear has been creeping in, making you think of the worst case scenarios and having you imagine every possible outcome besides the possibility of it all going well.

It may seem as if you are carrying too much but if you are truly led by the Lord, you are carrying what you need to carry in order to develop muscles for your purpose. You are on the brink of all you’ve been praying for so you can’t give up now! If you forsake the pain, you will forsake the promise.

Like Abraham, you are living as a foreigner in the promised land. You can finally begin to Digging diamondsee the promise emerging and you are in the vicinity of it. You are no longer just believing but the fruit of the promise is budding. However, you haven’t seen the fullness of what God has promised you. As far as you may feel to fully experiencing the promise, don’t lose hope. Keep praying God’s will over your life into manifestation and most importantly keep believing. If you live in doubt, the Bible describes you as a ‘double minded’ person who ought not to expect to receive anything from God.  (James 1:6-7)

James 1:3 Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.

The enemy would love to steal your faith right now and sow seeds of doubt in order to keep you trapped but as excruciating as it is, you have to stand on the word of God. I’m not going to say that it’s going to get easier this year but I do believe that you will get stronger. You will see the fruit of your labour and experience the reward of hard work by doing exploits for the Lord. It’s only a matter of time but in due course you will reap what you have sown. Everything is changing and everything will change, so you cannot give up now. As we embark on the journey called 2019, understand that the increased pressure that you experienced in 2018 is not in vain but it is for the purpose of God. It is for the plan of God to come into manifestation. When God promised you what He promised you, He meant it. So let faith arise for you’re not at a dead end but you are on the brink of purpose.

#Shift || When a Caterpillar turns into a Butterfly Pt. 2

In my previous post, I discussed the first and second stages of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. I ended my last post with the caterpillar shedding its skin until the caterpillar’s skin comes off for the final time. Under this old skin, is a hard protective layer and this layer is called a Chrysalis.

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Chrysalis: What is it?

Chrysalis (pronounced Kry-sah-lis) comes from the Greek word ‘khrusallis’ which derives from ‘khrusos’ meaning gold (harūz’ in Hebrew). Continue reading “#Shift || When a Caterpillar turns into a Butterfly Pt. 2”

#Shift || When a Caterpillar turns into a Butterfly Pt. 1

Butterfly to CaterpillarRecently I’ve found myself meditating on the process that a caterpillar takes to become a butterfly. I mean… isn’t it fascinating? A creature that had to roll and heave in order to move, months later is able to take flight above the branches it used to struggle on.

I believe that for many, their season of flying is nearing. They’ve had their caterpillar season and they are dreaming of their flight. The Lord has spoken about what the nature of their flight will look like, what colour their wings will be and how He will change their surroundings according to their new Continue reading “#Shift || When a Caterpillar turns into a Butterfly Pt. 1”

#Shift || From the Wilderness to Eden

 

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Isaiah 51: 3b He will make her wilderness like Eden,
And her desert like the garden of the Lord

We cannot dictate when God puts us into a wilderness season but what we can dictate is how long we spend in the Wilderness season. Our obedience can allow us to move with the perfect timing of God whereas our disobedience can delay our process (Exodus 16:35).

God’s desire is not for us to live in the Wilderness. God intentionally made the Garden of Eden and put man there to dwell (Genesis 2:4) . Eden was meant to be man’s habitation on earth and man was simply suppose to Continue reading “#Shift || From the Wilderness to Eden”

The Valentine after the break-up

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For some, Valentine can be a rough period for various reasons. It can make people feel inadequate for not being in a relationship. It can lead people to want to compromise and spend the day with someone they see no future with just to escape loneliness (if you are struggling with that click here). Alongside this, it can be painful for those experiencing their first Valentine’s after a break-up. This, of course, is dependent on the circumstance of the break-up. However, if you are currently in the process of moving on from a breakup and adjusting to life without a significant other – it can be particularly difficult.

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The pain of 2017; The glory of 2018

 

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My mum often crushes pepper and spices. She likes to use a mixture of ingredients and crush them together by hand instead of using the blender. She argues that the pressure placed when she crushes the spices again and again together in a wooden pot is what truly gets all the juices out. The blender works… to some extent but nothing can replace the crushing of strong hands.
So as it is in the natural, it often is in the spiritual and 2017 for myself and I believe for many of you, was a crushing year. It was a year where the pressure applied to you was more than you’ve ever known. I’m referring to the kind of pressure that forces you to change in order to withstand it and brings out both the good and bad juices in you.

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Don’t fall in love with your jail cell

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So you were told that you could be free from bondage – and you believed it. You got the scriptures and you started to fight only to find out that the thing isn’t budging or it seems to be getting even worse. Maybe you’ve been trying to fight a pornography addiction for a while but now that you’re trying to be direct with it, the temptation is getting worse. Perhaps your situation is one related to mental health but the more you desired freedom, the more the sporadic thoughts, panic attacks and heaviness. So after a period of trying to break free, you began to stop and accept your situation. You began to plan how you would live life bound. You began to think about how you could make yourself comfortable in your jail cell. But guess what, it doesn’t matter if you add a TV, if you add a sofa or if you change the bed, you are still behind bars when the Lord has declared you free. Don’t try to renovate a place that God has called you out of.

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Don’t compromise this Valentine’s

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So Valentine’s is coming up and the advertisements are all around to let us know. I myself was bombarded by Valentine’s day when I went into my local Tesco to buy some hot chocolate. I went to the aisle where I normally find it and that’s when I realised that the whole of the opposite aisle had been turned into an aisle for Valentine’s. Afterwards, I found myself thinking about Valentine’s with complete peace regarding my singleness.

Sometimes, we forget that we have improved in an area until we’re confronted with that which would have previously bothered us. I remember thinking “Huh? I’m in peace, I used to struggle with this”. I was surprised by my hopeful expectancy regarding my future season whilst being content with my present one. I remember in 2011 Valentine’s, I based my whole entire identity on having a Valentine. I thought I had made it in life and I remember basing my worth and value from that. Little did I know that I was a broken girl Continue reading “Don’t compromise this Valentine’s”

One year of My Heart’s Cry!

 

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Today is the 2nd of February 2017. Do you all know what that means??? It has officially been a year since I started My Heart’s Cry !! *whoop whoop*

I know for someone else, one year might not be anything and in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t much. However for me, it’s a testament of the faithfulness and sustaining power of God! When I first started, I really was fearful. I felt like I had to be perfect before I could start anything like this. God really had to show me that He can continue to mend and encourage me simultaneously whilst He uses me to mend and encourage others. That’s what makes my heart just melt… God is so faithful.

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Why 2017 no longer scares me

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I have something to confess. A few months ago, I was scared to enter 2017. I don’t know how 2016 was for you but for me, I know it was a trying year. It has been a year where the unexpected happened. One of my immediate family members was diagnosed with cancer and then later cleared (glory to God), I spent my birthday this year in a hospital, depression tried to knock on my door numerous times, lost some friends on the way and experienced rejection in a new way. Whilst 2016 did have some great times, it came with unexpected circumstances and in addition to this, certain things which I was believing for didn’t come to pass.

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As I got to around September this year, I began to really reflect on the last few years of my life and how they’ve been. I began to think about how different 2016 had been in comparison to how I thought it would be and then I began to consider if 2017 would be Continue reading “Why 2017 no longer scares me”