Communication

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Communication in any relationship is important. Our communication with God is extremely as important as well. We communicate with Him through prayer. Communication requires two people to respond to each other. It’s like oxygen when people refuse to communicate it shuts off and closes that open air of communication in a relationship. Life without prayer is dead. Marriage without communication is dead. Social media is not communication, telling everybody who cares to hear about your problems is not communication. Direct communication with your spouse is what is required. Direct communication with God is our daily requirement. Amen!

 

 

Prayer for the one who is hurting

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In Spirit, To the one who is hurting right now; I pray that God wipes away all of your tears and give you peace. Whatever the situation may be, whatever is troubling you, whatever might be causing you pain, whatever may have caused you to hurt, I pray that God will bring healing to you. I pray that you will find room in your heart to allow God to minister to your spiritual needs. Let God arise in your life. May all your enemies be scattered and put to shame. I pray that God will perfect that which concerns you. I pray that God will turn your mourning into dancing again and lift you up on eagles wings. May your strength be renewed. May you be able to smile again. I pray that even though your weeping may endure for a night, may your joy come in the morning. Whatever you are finding difficult to let go of, may God strengthen you and enable you to let go and let God move you on. I believe God is saying you have to move on, you have to let go of the pain, the hurt and the disappointments. He cares for you. I pray that today will be the beginning of change in your life. May God bless you and keep you, may the countenance of the Almighty shine upon you, remain with you and abide with you. May the joy of the Lord be your strength today and always AMEN.

 

Say NO

IMG_6632When confronted with two choices between good and bad, you the one who has the power to say yes or no. Let’s look at Daniel and his friends they could have said “let’s just eat and gain favor at the court”. A simple yet a powerful answer “NO” goes a long way. Sometimes it doesn’t require a supernatural intervention to say NO, it is within our God’s given power and ability to resist temptation. We should train our minds to say no to temptation even how glittery and beautiful it looks, if it’s contrary to the Word of God we don’t have to give a little chance to it. Daniel 6:1-7 Daniel was one of God’s mighty men, a great prophet. A man of intellect and culture. He had no blemish on his character. In fact, this wasn’t his first temptation, many temptations came to him nevertheless he did not yield to any of them. Remember “you cannot stop birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair” _ Martin Luther. 1Corinthians 10:13 says; No temptation has over taken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, they you may be able to endure it.

King Nebuchadnezzar was feared throughout the world that time. He would invade a country and defeat it, then take the most talented and useful people. He would also take beautiful women and the wisest men back to Babylon. It was then a time king Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem and took Daniel and some of other young men captives to Babylon. He told his lieutenant to pick out several promising young men to be trained for leadership positions. Young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. And the lieutenant had to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. They were to be trained for three years and then after, enter the king’s service. Among those selected were Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. So, the meat and wine were set before the young men but they refused to eat nor drink. They stood firm on their ground and said no to temptation. How many of us can stand firm on the Word of God and refuse to yield to temptation that looks pleasing in one’s eyes? They could have said; “let’s just eat a little and then let it go” or “let’s just eat and find favor in the court”.

Don’t give in to pressure that will result to lowering your standard. Daniel 1:8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. They had already purposes in their hearts and made up their minds not to defile themselves with the portion of the king’s meat or the wine. Failure to say no to temptation has broken many relationship, marriages, families etc. Yielding to temptation leading to sins of omission as Christians, failing to pray or spend time with the Lord. Saying no to temptation you will always win. God rewards those who are true to their convictions.

 

Fathers take care of your children

Some long to spend just a little time with their children any chance given, some don’t even bother to give time to be with them. As simple as a phone call to child to find out they are ok means a whole lot to a child. The society we living in now the structure and a function of …in quote “family” has changed. There are children who are born out of marriage some due to consequence of cohabitation, adultery or promiscuousness resulting in innocent children being conceived. In that inconvenient scenery, you find some men having children with different women leading to lack of accountability to take care or be there for the child. My viewpoint however, whether a child is born out of wedlock/out of marriage, in the marriage or whatever the case might be, it is the responsibility for a man to take care of their children as well
To the mothers there is no way, no how to say you can be both a father and a mother figure to a child. There is no possible way to do both. Having a positive male role model on a child’s life is crucial as it is needed. Therefore, if a child’s father is willing to have a relationship with the child or children, mothers by all means do allow him to do so. It’s not about either of you, it’s about the children. I don’t understand mothers who use their children as a fighting tool with their children’s father. Why would someone in their right state of mind not allow a relationship between a father and a child, that’s illogical to me unless of cause it’s per court order. Now to dear father’s; whether you are with the child’s mother or not, as a seed of that child you must partake taking your role as a father. Remember that woman never conceived that child by herself, you both took part.
“How is that possible”? –a father promises to pick up a child How on a certain day and doesn’t show up. And not even a phone call of apology. Not calling a child to wish them a happy birthday. How is it for a mother to tell that child that its ok and apologize on your behalf.
I tuned in to this program on the radio station some time ago they were discussing about men who have children outside their marriages and it’s a hush hush situation, up until the child is grown and they take it upon themselves to search for their father. It cannot get any heartbreaking than that. The Word of God says husbands are the head of the house. I don’t believe as the head of the household you bring misery and pain in the family. Fathers be responsible, take care of your children and young man don’t have kids yet if you cannot take care of them. Young woman be responsible to one self, no one has the power of your body than you.

 

Do not procrastinate

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Recently I took courage and followed through with my doctor’s order and had mammogram done. I have been procrastinating this visit for the past year. Considering that I am at high risk through family history I was inclined to do the test as soon as possible. They say prevention is better than cure. There is no excuse for procrastination. Sometimes it is the result of laziness. I think a lot of us will identify with that. We delay things that we know should never delay.

Delay to offer your apology.
Delay to heal the broken relationship
Or dealing with anger.

Ephesians 4:26 In your anger do not sin; Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.
There was a certain man who had so much anger towards his father. He felt like the father was not there in his life so everything negative in his life he blamed his father for it. As a Christian, he knew about God’s principles on forgiveness. One day he heard a preacher saying, ‘if you do not forgive those who hurt you, you are in prison of your own.’

The Preacher’s words tormented him so much that he really wanted to talk to his father. Well, it was too little too late, his father was in a terminal condition in the hospital. He wasn’t verbal anymore and could not recognize his surroundings. The young man felt so bad about procrastinating. Now he couldn’t get to tell his father that he loves him. Life is too short for hatred and all the evils that the devil wants us to dwell on.

Hebrews 3:12-13,15 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But be encourage one another daily, if it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
15, As has just been said ” Today, is hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”

Procrastinating is a bad habit — why? You never seem to do anything because you are never ready.
Never ready to get married
Never ready to have children
Never ready to go church

Anytime is not always the right time. I will give you another example. People who live in the State of Indiana will understand this. On snowy days, will you leave your house wearing open toes shoes? You don’t have to pray hard to figure out if you must wear comfortable and safe-to-walk shoes. Just like LIFE, we should find out what season we are in and live it appropriately.
Is it too late not to procrastinate? No, God can redeem your time.

Joel 2:25 I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten….
We serve a God who will always give us another chance. Be reminded that small things will hinder us from our relationship with Christ and procrastinating is one of them. Now I have taught myself to have a ‘to do list’ for each day. If I don’t accomplish it then I reschedule. This makes me stay focused and disciplined.
The results of the mammogram came through. Before opening the letter, I prayed and said, ” Let your name be glorified, you who formed me in my mother’s womb knows and cares about me. Thank You for these results.” Then I opened the letter.
Proverbs 27: Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Let’s give our all to him the Lord of Lords.

(07/13/09)