Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Don't throw in the towel

Last year I wrote a blog post about going through dark, difficult times entitled "Afraid of the Dark" and you may be going through a hard time right now and wondering what to do...all I can say is God says not to give up.

You may feel hopeless and weary and can't take anymore. You wish the earth would open up and swallow you so that you can escape from all your problems.
Things may look more "bad" than MJ's BAD and it may seem like your life is headed for disaster but hear this word that I have for you from God...its not over yet!

God says, "I have not forgotten you. I will never leave you nor forsake you. Regardless of what you're going through, I love you my child. I have chosen you and I will restore to you everything which you have lost."

Read the extract below and I hope it will encourage you to keep holding on ... change will come...
It's funny but as I'm writing's a word to encourage even myself...

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
- Author unknown

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galations 6 : 9

May these songs bless you...

Monday, 28 June 2010

Born into Royalty...woop woop!!!

Have you ever gone through those kind of days where you don't even know whether you're coming or going? You know when you feel low and the enemy whispers all sorts of horrible things to you ... like "you'll never make it!" or "you ain't good enough" or "some bad stuff is gonna happen to you"... "God doesn't care about you" and blah blah... And to make it worse when you're in that situation it does seem like God is nowhere to be seen, it's as if He's forgotten all about you.
Well honey I've been there and I can tell you its not a great place to be...If you don't watch yourself you'll start believing everything the devil will tell you about yourself. It's no surprise that he would tell you a porky or two...after all he's Numero Uno when it comes to telling lies. Solution: You just have to get an identity check.

I found myself in this kind of situation and getting miserable and having no peace. My joy had even packed it's bags and taken off. I knew I had to go to God and find myself.
It was the best decision I could have made at that time. I prayed and asked God to remind me of who I am in Christ. Next I got out my bible and study guide and started looking for scriptures on that particular topic. I asked the Holy Spirit for a real revelation on this ...I didn't just want to know it in my head. I wanted to know it deep within me and experience it for real.

As I searched for scriptures, the Holy Spirit reminded me that I was a child of God 1 Peter 1:23 and also a citizen of Heaven. 
I am more than a conqueror Romans 8:37 and an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb. The Holy Spirit also reminded me that God would never forget me and that I was inscribed in the palm of his hand. Isaiah 49:16
From there he showed me scripture after scripture of who I really was. The scriptures below are the ones He showed me and they apply to every child of God... including you...
I can tell the time I was through I was on top of the world. I have begun confessing these scriptures on a regular basis and I now know beyond a shadow of doubt that I am a princess coz I am the daughter of a King. I will not only just say it but act like one. I will no longer tolerate nonsense from the enemy. I know my place and I won't settle for less than what's mine. Every thing a Princess should have , I'm getting ...
And should you bump into me on the street, be sure to courtesy and say to me "Great to see you, your highness..."

I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the blood
(Ephesians 1:7, 1 John 1:9)

A New Creature
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

Delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God's kingdom.
(Colossians 1:13)

Redeemed from the curse of the law
(1 Peter 1:18,19 Galatians 3:13)

The Head and not the tail
(Deuteronomy 20:13)

Holy and without blame before Him in love.
(1 Peter 1:1, Ephesians 1:4)

I am Victorious
(Revelation 21:7) 

Joint heir with Christ and Complete in Him.
((Romans 8:17) Colossians 2:10)

I am free from Condemnation
(Romans 8:1)

The Righteousness of God
(2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24)

I have been Chosen and I am royalty ...woop woop
 (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 2:9)

The Apple of My Father's Eye
(Deuteronomy 32:10; Psalm 17:8)

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Summer- where on earth are you?

Dear Summer

It is with sadness that I write this letter to ask you a question that's been on every one's mind (but most are not bold enough to ask it)What on earth do you think you're doing? I'm becoming a little worried because you seem to be suffering from an identity crisis. You dearest Summer, are supposed to be a period of hot, usually sunny weather, the lovely season between Spring and Autumn. Instead all we have is cloudy, cold and miserable days. Get your act together please!

You should normally visit us between the months of May to the middle of August in the UK.

We've had no real summer for a while now and we are wondering if you have been kidnapped, bribed or even killed. Many people are leaving the UK every year in search of you, they can't stand this sudden dissapering act you've pulled. I don't blame them and if I could afford it, I'd probably do the same.

The most frustrating thing for me is my summer wardrobe. Summer you should have seen how I hit the High Streets preparing myself for your visit. I went and got nothing but the best for you. Colourful Dresses, Shorts, Swimwear, Sandals, Bangles, Hats, Sunglasses ... you name it, I got it and then you show up for five seconds and disappear and you call that a visit. Its downright rude and inconsiderate, considering all that I have done to prepare for your arrival. 
Instead of milkshakes and cokes, we're having to settle for hot chocolate right in the middle of summer. Imagine that! Even the central heating is wishing it could get a break....
I'm saying this for everyone, we all long to go to the park, beach and so on and get to have bbqs and play games, sports, you name it.
For a long time you have continued to behave in an unpredictable and inappropriate way and I think its high time you mend your ways or else....
Summer zvibate and get yourself here, it's time for goch goch ... wasara wasara!

Hope to see you soon

Yours faithfully

Gospel Girly aka GG (on behalf of the British public)

 image: courtesy of "fordesign".

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Gifted for Glory

Over the years as I've read biographies, memoirs and watched the lives of people around me, I've been amazed at how God has given us all different gifts to use for His glory and to have a positive impact on the world. Some people have a curious mind which has led them to explore things and invent all sorts of gadgets and medicines. Some people are creative and have penned many a book or sang songs which have brought comfort and hope to many. One of my favourite biographies is that of a man who God gave an incredible gift which has helped to save many lives. And that man is non other than, Ben Carson.

Ben Carson is the boy that went from being the biggest class dummy at school to being a world famous neuro surgeon. His mother not knowing how to help him, despaired over his academic failures in school. She wanted him to be successful and she knew that a good education would open doors to opportunities but she didn't know how she could motivate him until she studied how rich people behaved. She worked as a house maid for wealthy families and began studying how her employers and their children spent their free time; what they read and their kind of leisure activities. The most notable thing was they hardly watched television. Instead they read alot. That's not to say people should necessarily throw their TVs out the window, but consider for a minute, how many hours a week do you spend on things that do not really add to you in terms of knowledge or mental stimulation? (unless you're a nature fan and watching the Geographical Channel...which I know most of us don't.)

Its not to say that you shouldn't have any fun but if you're serious about becoming a great success at something, you'll have to pay a price. Managing your time will have to be a priority. It may mean cutting down on the time you spend watching TV, trawling through people's profiles on Facebook, playing video games, reading celebrity orientated magazines talking about nothing what Katie did next...duh who cares? Most of these people have very immoral lifestyles and there is nothing of significance that we can learn or even admire from them. One thing to bear in mind is those people have made their money, we should stop wasting our time gawking after them and handle our business...Selah.

When Ben Carson was 14, his temper made him almost hurt one of his friends fatally with a knife and led him to pray a prayer that brought him closer to God. He became a serious and committed child of God.

After he graduated from High School he got a place at Yale university to study medicine. When he was at Yale, despite all his efforts and determination, he started slipping in his classes until he was getting the lowest marks in his class. Ben was in despair but never gave up, but he sought God's face and prayed the night before one of his exams saying, "Lord I thought you wanted me to be a doctor and I can't be one since I'm failing." God showed him in a dream what was going to come out in the exam and lo and behold he managed to pass his exams.

Ben met his wife Candy in his third year at Yale and later they got married and have 3 children together.
Over the years Ben has been involved in a series of challenging neuro surgical operations including the separation of many Siamese twins who were attached to each other by their heads. Some of these included Patrick and Benjamin Binder from Germany and also Joseph and Luka Banda of Zambia.

The man was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by George Bush. Now if that's not an achievement, I don't know what is. 
Ben Carson has been awarded many other awards and numerous honorary degrees. He has also been invited by many institutions, organisations and schools to give talks and one of the things he always talks about is his "THINK BIG" concept :

Talent. God gives everyone a gift. Everyone is good at something, it could be sport, singing etc
Honesty. Integrity is key for one to be successful in life
Insight.   You learn from the mistakes and successes of others.
Nice. Be nice to people, if you see someone down give them a hand. Offer a seat to someone,
Knowledge.  Develop you talents. What you know can help you get ahead.

Books.  One of the greatest sources of information
In depth learning. Learn for the sake of getting knowledge, don't cram
God. Living by His word and principles can help us to be more effective and useful to people around us.

Let us all endeavour to THINK BIG and be the best that we can be and use our gifts for God's glory.

Friday, 4 June 2010

To Daddy with love....

The 4th of June....I remember this day every year, like it was yesterday. I wish I had known that Friday when I visited you in hospital that it would be the last time I was talking to you...I would have stayed longer, I would have hugged you longer. I would have told you so many things...and asked for advice on so many issues...
Even though so many years have passed Daddy it still hurts to think that I will never see your face again, or see your smile or feel your encouraging hand on my shoulder. I don't know why you had to go so soon but I guess God knew how wonderful you were and He must have wanted to have some good company in heaven so He grabbed one of the best.
This weekend we're having a special celebration to honour your life. You hold a very dear place in our hearts and we want to dedicate this time to your special memory. We're gonna pray and sing and then eat and be merry... we know you would have wanted us to do just that....
There's so much that's happened. You missed both of my graduations but if you were looking down I'm sure you would have been proud as I graduated summa cum laude. Imagine that!
Guess what? I have started writing again .... I remember making you read every story I wrote when I was younger....thank you for encouraging me ... it will pay off someday I'm sure.
You won't believe how grown up little T is ... she's a grown into a wonderful girl and is on her way to Uni. Doc is doing well ... still trying to convince her to buy me a new car....
Your little boy (who's not so little now) is hitched to a lovely woman whom you would have loved and approved of. And you have two lovely grandchildren now ... both of whom bear an uncanny resemblance to you ... lol

Dad, I miss you so much, in fact we all do. Even though time has passed the pain lingers...

You will always remain in my heart forever.

My Hero

I love you

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