The Greatest Gift


But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. This very day in David’s town your Saviour was born — Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10‭-‬11 GNB

The Greatest Gift

A few weeks ago,  I received a very clear instruction from my head. As I sat at the dining room table, my head walked in with a certain look on his face. He had this worried look, it was as though he wasn’t expecting me to be at home! It was a familiar look which I knew all to well. (Ladies, you know that look on your face, when your secret online orders arrive and for that brief moment you pray to God that your hubby doesn’t walk in at the same time!) Whew! Yes, that was my BC life, the postman and I had quite a great working relationship. I was spot on! He looked at me straight in the eye and said, “Do not open the door today, my online orders are coming.” Now, why couldn’t I have been this honest in my BC Life! 

“For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Saviour.” Ephesians 5: 23

As my husband opened the door, the postman handed him the order which he placed immediately into a black heavy-duty garbage bag. As he entered the dining room he carried with him the garbage bag containing this gift, tied at the top and filled with air. He had an air-filled bag with what I’m assuming to be a tiny present, he was now pretending it was a struggle to lift. Holding onto his back, he said wearily, “Oh wow, this gift is ever so heavy.”  As I looked at his face, I knew it was one of his innovative plans he had designed to deter me from ruining his Christmas surprise ! He had spent years mastering the art of outsmarting me with these clever ideas.  I’ll tell you why he did this.

For many years, the most exciting thing about Christmas for me, was receiving the most expensive gifts!  God bless my husband, he is certainly thanking Jesus for rescuing me from his wallet. Yes, I said it! As I watched my husband with this bag in his hand, a thought came to me. It was the first time in my life the type or the size of this gift didn’t matter, for I had the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of  lights whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift” 2 Corinthians 9.

The Grand Finale

I sat in church a few Sundays ago, and I was intrigued by the Christmas sermon. The minister reminded us about God’s never-ending love for us, from the beginning of creation. In demonstrating his concern for us, he sent prophets and judges to warn us about sin, yet we continued to sin.  Finally, God decided that it was important for him to do what love required of him, God decided it was time for the grand finale! Our Father loved us so much, he decided to demonstrate one final act of love, he sent his one and only son, Jesus Christ. 

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. John 3:16 

This was the grand finale!

The son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation (Colossians 1:15). God came to earth in human flesh.

How amazing is this!

Unity/Peace 


Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2:14 KJV

I have always enjoyed Christmas, but this Christmas is quite different for me. It’s my first Christian Christmas! It was the first time I truly realised the significance of  Christmas and I am truly thankful for the sacrifice which was made for us.  In the old testament, the Lord foretold the people of a future king who will come riding on a donkey.  Honestly, which king do you know is willing to travel in such humility? The Lord explained that this King will bring peace among nations and he will rule from sea to sea, from the river to the ends of the earths( Zechariah 9:9‭-‬10). Prior to this declaration, the Lord was angry with his people. Why was he so angry?

God commanded his people to show kindness and mercy to one another. He begged his people not to oppress widows, orphans, foreigners and those in need. However, they stubbornly refused, they closed their minds and made their hearts as hard as rock and because they didn’t listen he became very angry (Zechariah 7:8‭-‬12 GNB).

God sacrificed his son not only for us to receive eternal life, but he was sending a King who will be accepting of all people. Jesus didn’t care if your skin was blue, yellow or pink, he cared for us all. He was a Saviour for the rich and a Saviour for the poor. He was the King of the Jews and the King of the Gentiles (none Jewish people) and this was why he was hated.  Irrespective of race, culture and status, a King was born for us all! We all have a free gift in Christ! 

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind; to set free the oppressed and announce that the time has come when the Lord will save his people.” Jesus said
Luke 4:18‭-‬19 GNB

At the birth of baby Jesus, we see God’s plan for the world. Three wise men, all foreigners from the east had followed a star and brought gifts to praise this baby boy. 

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 

This was the first sign of something great! Today, it is assumed that we follow the Christmas tradition of exchanging gifts to honour these men, who were the first non Jews  to worship Jesus.  Yes, it’s assumed, I found this somewhere on the internet. It’s not Biblical, but it does make an interesting argument 🙂

Jesus- The reason for the season

In less than a week, we will celebrate Christmas, the most festive time of the year.  Finally, a celebration where 2.5 billion Christians, all unbelievers or the  “I think something is out there” kind of people can celebrate.  It’s the only time of the year I can get away with recruiting for Christ without someone looking at me funny. I do believe this was how God always intended for us all to live. I know we can still experience this peace on any ordinary day, but we must remain close to him. As we open our gifts and fill our rumbling tummies, it’s vital for us to remember that Jesus is the reason for this season.  It is through Jesus Christ we are made right with God. It is because of Jesus our sins are forgiven and we are given the gift of ever lasting life.

It is true that through the sin of one man death began to rule because of that one man. But how much greater is the result of what was done by the one man, Jesus Christ! All who receive God’s abundant grace and are freely put right with him will rule in life through Christ. Romans 5:17 

Tonight’s prayer

Tonight,  I pray that we celebrate this Christmas with Jesus on our minds. I also pray that we grow to become more like him. As we look at the sacrifice He made for us all, let us not grow weary of sacrificing for others.

I also pray for those who are oppressed and in need. I pray that what ever need it may be, God will supply for us all. Whether it be physical, financial or spiritual, I pray that he supplies that need for you.

As 2018 draws to a close, I pray that you and I can draw closer to God. This is the only way we can conquer 2019. Jesus died and was resurrected so that we can live forever, but we must remain in God to receive this great gift. God wants you to come to him freely.

I pray that 2019 is truly an amazing year for us all. Please pray for me as well, I hope for God to grant me the wisdom to continue to write and share His word with you. I pray that through this blog you will be inspired, uplifted and fall madly in love with Jesus.

May God richly bless you 🙂

Merry Christmas and a truly wonderful  2019 🙂

Sleep Well,

Ann

I still have issues!

Go down to the potter’s house, where I will give you my message.” So I went there and saw the potter working at his wheel. Whenever a piece of pottery turned out imperfect, he would take the clay and make it into something else.
Jeremiah 18:2‭-‬4 GNB

The Potter


My BC ( Before Christ) Life
There was a time in my BC life when I didn’t care about my afterlife! I had given the evil one complete reign over my life and was satisfied with him taking control. Totally unbothered as to whether I was escorted to hell or slid through the gates of heaven, I lived haphazardly. Like a pack of cards, I shuffled my chances in life with the hope of just acing it in the end.
If you’re reading this and this person sounds like you, please don’t stop reading!
Why did I live my life in such a risky way?
I always felt that God was looking for a perfect person! I lived most of my BC Life with the belief that I had to have it all together before I became a Christian. I felt that this was an impossible task, therefore, why even attempt to let God in.
How could I ever stop telling lies? How could I ever be good enough? How could I ever be a submissive wife? What would people think of me? How could I ever change? Tonight, God wants to tell you that it is impossible for you to do any of the above on your own. Almighty God, The Potter, will shape and mould you into the person He wants you to become.
“Go down to the potter’s house, where I will give you my message.” So I went there and saw the potter working at his wheel. Whenever a piece of pottery turned out imperfect, he would take the clay and make it into something else. Jeremiah 18:2‭-‬4 GN
The Potter
Like wet clay, we are placed in God’s hands, vulnerable and dependent on Him. It is the Potter who knows what that finished product should look like, therefore with patience He will mould that clay until it becomes perfect in His eyes. Clay remains just clay without the Potter, totally weak in nature, easily shattered if not completely formed. Therefore, we must always remain in his hands. We must always be connected to God, until His work is done.
“I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.
John 15:5 GNB
My Christian Life
I was at my desk one morning when my manager popped up out of nowhere. Totally unexpected she asked me a question and I responded by lying. It didn’t take a second before I realised what I had done and my heart ached. I was left with a feeling of great disappointment! I could not believe that I gave the evil one an opportunity to be joyful. In the blink of an eye, I found myself in the ladies room asking God’s forgiveness.
“If we confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Following this revelation, I informed my mother that I was not the best person to be dependent on in life or death situations. If I were to lie to save anyone, I would be visiting my family in prison.
Sin
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8
I am sharing this with you to show you that Christian or not, we will fall short. There will be a time when we will sin, but life does not end here. However, this is the perfect opportunity for the enemy to tell you that you are not good enough. This is what he does! The enemy wants you to continue to sin, so he will tell you these lies. The beautiful thing about being a child of God is that you are no longer a slave to sin.
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin. Romans 6:6
Your focus is now on getting rid of those sinful ways, now that they have been highlighted, instead of continuing to sin. We may still have sinful desires and temptations because there is always a constant battle between the desires of the Spirit and the flesh. However, our ultimate goal is to resist the evil one and live according to God’s desires. We can only do this by submitting to God (James 4:7). It is also refreshing to know that we have a Helper who will teach us how to become Christlike.
The Work of the Holy Spirit

The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.
John 14:26 GNB
Yes, this is what the Holy Spirit does! The teaching of the Holy Spirit is specific. You would just know that you have done something wrong and no one needs to tell you. You will also know when you have done something right. More importantly, this is the Potter’s way of highlighting those areas which He will be working on.
Our God is not all “doom and gloom” though. God does not intend for you to dwell on the weaknesses of your life, God wants you to see how far you have come as well.
God intends to begin this good work in you and will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 GNB
So, last week I may have lied to my manager, this week I understand that there is no need for me to lie. Last week I became extremely distressed, this week I am growing stronger because my faith has increased. Last week, I didn’t do so well in one area, but this week I obeyed another commandment. You get the hang of it 🙂
Today I rejoice in where I am, because I know I am not the person I used to be. I know that I am a work in progress until God shapes me into the person I ought to be. We are not made perfect overnight 🙂

Tonight’s Prayer
Tonight, if you are reading this and you are feeling that this message is speaking to you, God is calling you.
Maybe you’re reading this and you are thinking of that addiction that has kept you in bondage for so many years or you are worried that others will judge you. Please do not worry, only God can judge you.
Tonight, I don’t know what is stopping you from following Christ, but please understand that God is not looking for a perfect person. He is longing for a heart that is willing to follow him. Is this your heart? If so, this is a calling for you. Open your hearts and let him in. God is ready and always waiting.
People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart ( 1 Samuel 16: 7).
May God bless your heart.
Sleep well,
Ann

Divine Connections

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. Psalms 121: 1-2 

From Test to Testimony

At age ten, I experienced my first real set back. I failed a very important “test”, this failure prevented me from entering secondary school with my peers. I started my early education with a group of friends and with sadness I watched as those childhood friendships disappeared. I was never a math genius, but a lover of words and  language. I spent most of my childhood stealing books from the school’s library in the hope of starting my own library, which I did!  This was my punishment! So, while my friends were jumping for joy, I had to wait.

He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but he never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does. Ecclesiastes 3:11

At age eleven, Shan came! That was almost twenty years ago. It took me many years to understand that I did not fail that test because I wasn’t good enough; I failed because it wasn’t my time. That test was now a testimony of God’s love and continuous guidance throughout my childhood to present day. As destiny helpers, Shan and I achieved the desires of our hearts and much more. Today, God continues to work in us to help us get to His next level

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

God will use others to connect to you
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4 vs 24

I’m sure we would have loved for God to literally take our hands and guide us to where we should be.  God is a Spirit, therefore, He will use a body to do His work.  In the book of Genesis (39:1-6),  Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. Joseph moved from slave, to a trusted employee,then a prisoner. While imprisoned, Joseph was able to interpret the dreams of a cup-bearer and a baker. It was through the chief cup-bearer, Joseph became known to the King.  When all the “wise” men of Egypt could not interpret King Pharaoh’s dreams, Joseph was able to do this with God’s help. God gave Joseph a heavenly assignment- Joseph was to use his wisdom to manage the future famine in the land. Through God’s strategic plans, Joseph was made the second most important man in Egypt. 

Divine Connections

A few months ago, I experienced something which I am yet to name. I am tempted to say that it was depression, but I am still trying to figure it all out. I had recently finished university and decided to take some time off. After studying for four years, I felt empty.  The devil saw an entrance and he squeeze his way through. As always, it started with one negative thought and when acted upon, feelings of fear and anxiety are the end product. I was imprisoned for approximately three weeks; I was unable to make sense of what was happening around me. As I was about to give up, God stepped in! 

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalms 46:1

God was about to do what no friend or family could have done for me at the time. As I looked through my Whats-app contacts, I sent numerous messages and thankfully an old friend responded. Unknown to me, God was about to give her a heavenly assignment. My Spiritual friend was that person who was chosen by God to connect me to another significant figure. Through this connection, my Reverend entered my life.  God was about to use this body, to connect me to Him. Remember, God is a Spirit!  The day I met Rev, was the day I truly believed in God’s power! 

God I am literally in awe of you 🙂

My imprisonment has taught me that God just shows up and shines in your weakness. This is when He gets the chance to just do His thing! This is when we see God’s glory! God continues to remind us that his power is greatest when we are weak, therefore we must be proud of our weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ’s power over our lives( 2 Corinthians 12:9). 

Through my imprisonment, I learnt about the nature of men. I realised that if I am to rely on a single individual to full-fill all my needs, then I will be disappointed. No, I am not looking to have two or more husbands.  Yes, I read your mind!  Instead, I was to accept that my husband, family or friends could not give me what they could not understand.  For each individual there is specific task which they will fulfill in our lives.  Abraham, Noah, Moses, Joshua and Jesus had specific tasks and it is God who gives whom he sees fit.

I have a number of friends. In times of trouble I will call on Shan, Georgina or my biological sisters. I see God sending me a bit more sisters, which I am extremely pleased about. I have learnt the importance of knowing who to call for specific situations and I’m thankful for this tiny bit of wisdom.  Unfortunately, the devil can direct us to the wrong person at times and sometimes it can be too late for us. Who you call on in time of trouble can literally make or break you! It can break or save your marriage! It can break or build your career! It can keep you captive or set you free. I pray for the wisdom to call on the right person when trouble comes. 

But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all. James 1:5 GNB

Separation

Then Abram said to Lot, “We are relatives, and your men and my men shouldn’t be quarreling. So let’s separate. Choose any part of the land you want. You go one way, and I’ll go the other.” Genesis 13: 8‭-‬9

The Bible clearly shows us that some connections are only meant for a short time. Not everyone will be in the next chapter of your journey and this is something I am learning to accept. However, as I now embrace my Christian life, I must try my best to live at peace with everyone, despite our bitter endings.

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12: 18

 I have moved on from the lives of others and I have had a lot of exits in my life. However,  through Christ a number of persons have returned in this new chapter of my life. I do believe that if it is God’s will, people will return to you in God’s time, I am to trust God’s perfect timing. 

Tonight’s Prayer
Tonight,  I don’t know your situation, but if you are feeling like there is no tomorrow please send me a message. I do understand what you are going through, but know that God has placed you in that prison for a future assignment.  Call on Him!! 

For those who have been waiting for a Divine Connection, I pray that as the year comes to an end, God will connect you to the right people for your breakthrough.

Tonight, I pray for God’s continuous guidance and protection over your life. Like He has provided me with destiny helpers, I pray that He provides you too

I pray that you continue to rely on God’s help in every situation and trust that he will direct your path until the end of your days. Every test is a testimony of God’s love for us, I hope you can one day share your testimonies with me. 

Sleep well, may God richly bless you.

Ann

Isn’t this the same person you told me about?

Isn’t he the carpenter’s son? Isn’t Mary his mother, and aren’t James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas his brothers? Aren’t all his sisters living here? Where did he get all this?” And so they rejected him. Matthew 13:55
Acceptance

Last week, my mother visited the United Kingdom for the first time. We celebrated my university graduation and it was truly wonderful. As we sat in her bedroom, we spoke about the goodness of God and the wonderful things He bestowed upon us. We discussed the importance of forgiveness, in relation to my new relationship with my dad and we meditated on scriptures of healing and forgiveness. Mother found our quiet time quite therapeutic, she purchased a Good News Bible for herself. A friend recommended this Bible to me as it is great for beginners. It is simple and effective.

I took my family shopping during our short time together. During one of outings, my sister turned to our mother and said, ” I am now the diva of this family, I have taken the crown from sissy.” I was so taken aback, I bursted into laughter. I handed my sister the invisible crown. Oh how we laughed !

Prior to our mother’s visit, my sister went shopping in my closet and took most of my clothing from my BC Life. I felt like my old self was being stripped away and a new self was given to me. As we sat on the bed, she looked at me and said ” I have tons of “juice” (gossip) to give you, but you’re a Christian now.” We laughed hysterically. I was pleased that my family accepted and respected my new self. More importantly, they were keen to experience this beautiful journey with me. We spent the week praying and worshipping together.

So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to — the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy. Ephesians 4:22‭-‬24

For weeks, I questioned my worthiness, particularly in relation to sharing the gospel. Like Jesus, I felt that people may not accept the message for many reasons: my past, my family, my race and social status. I also considered myself a “baby” Christian. I was happy when my Spiritual Father , Rev, reminded us that if Jesus wasn’t accepted, we shouldn’t be worried. More importantly, we should be happy, for we must suffer like Jesus did. That’s good enough for me 🙂

You might be reading this and you might be thinking that I might have killed someone in my BC Life. No, I have never committed any murders, except for killing flies (I killed a lot of flies during the summer, I honestly didn’t know where these flies were coming from, I wasn’t a Christian then). However, we all have a sin list that the devil flashes in our faces from time to time. The devil will whisper our sins to us or he appears in the form of men who are happy to remind us of our imperfections.
Tonight, rest assured that no weapon formed against you will prosper when you are in Christ. You will have an answer for all who accuse you. God will defend his servants and give them victory.” Isiah 57 vs 14. Isn’t this wonderful 🙂

No one is perfect.
By writing this blog, I do not claim to be perfect. It is difficult to be a Christian in well developed countries. I constantly ask for advice, because I am far from wise. Thankfully, I have the support of my spiritual father to guide me through this journey. The truth is, we are all imperfect, but we should be a work in progress until we get to where we should be.

I do not claim that I have already succeeded or have already become perfect. I keep striving to win the prize for which Christ Jesus has already won me to himself. Of course, my brothers and sisters, I really do not think that I have already won it; the one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead. Philippians 3:12‭-‬13

God can use anyone
I sat in my room and explained Paul’s past to my mother. Apostle Paul wrote thirteen books in the new testament. Paul persecuted those who believed that Jesus was the promised Messiah (1 Corinthians 15 vs 9). However, Paul had an encounter with Jesus that changed his life. Despite being a blasphemer, he was the vessel chosen by God to spread the gospel of Christ. Paul did not waste anytime worrying about what others thought about him, he had a mission to complete. The mission was to please God, not man.
Paul said “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the Worst.” 1 Timothy 1:1

I was comforted by Paul’s words. If God can save Paul, then he can save me too. If God can use Paul, he can use me too. If God chose Jeremiah to be a Prophet even before his birth, why should we be worried ? Therefore, we need not worry about our age, past, class or status; God will put his words in our mouths. Even if you cannot speak, God will bless you with an instrument which can be used to spread his word.

Tonight’s prayer
Tonight, I don’t know the situation you are facing, please know that God can change you. However, you must be humble and repent. God desires to bring you a peace that surpasses any human understanding. God is always willing to forgive his children.

“I am the high and holy God, who lives for ever. I live in a high and holy place, but I also live with people who are humble and repentant, so that I can restore their confidence and hope. Isaiah 57:15

Maybe, you’re waiting for someone to see that you are no longer the person you used to be. Please know that God can see what no man can see and it is Him who will reward you.

Tonight, I pray that you have an encounter with God that will change your life. I will one day share my encounter with you. I pray that God will use you as a vessel for Christ Jesus. A fearless vessel who will spread the good news like wild-fire to the four corners of the earth. It is only then we can all rejoice in the coming of the Lord. Oh how wonderful it will be 🙂

May God bless you abundantly 🙏🏿

Sleep well,
Ann

If you say you love God…

If we say we love God but hate any of our brothers or sisters in his family, we are liars. If we don’t love someone we have seen, how can we love God? We have never even seen him. 1 John 4:2‭0

My Before Christ (BC) Life

I spent most of my early adult life not speaking to my Dad. As a child, I knew him, but I never had a close relationship with him. I guess I felt I never really needed him, so I never reached out to my Dad. Interestingly, this was the way I saw God. I never thought I needed God; things were going well for me, so why make time for God? Consequently, I spent a number of years not understanding that I still had a right to love my Dad, despite the need for him.

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7

A few weeks before my baptism, God put me to shame. I have always been a dreamer, but the weeks leading up to my baptism, my dreams were on point. I dreamt about people whom I disliked, those who caused me great distressed and those whom I judged.

Don’t judge others, and God will not judge you. Don’t condemn others, and you will not be condemned. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37

Judging others prevented me from getting to know people for myself. It also limited my understanding of people and their situations; my judgements were based on my standards. My sister was brilliant at explaining this to me, she would say ” remember, not everyone thinks like you, you need to be open-minded”. My sister has a heart of gold! People just confides in her as she accepts you for who you are. I am happy that I can learn from her. Today, I ask the Holy Spirit to be my guide when it comes to understanding people. I also make a conscious effort to get to know others for myself.

Loving Others

Back to my dreams

Upon reflection, I do believe God wanted me to understand what baptism meant. If I am a child of God, I must love others. If I was to be made new, I had to leave the old me behind and understand what God was asking of me. This was the foundation of my new journey.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

In the book of Exodus, Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt and into the wilderness for forty years. Joshua then led the children of the Israelites into the promised land (Joshua 1-5). The children of the Israelites were physically fit, but not spiritually fit. In the promise land they turned to sin and worshipped idols. This shows the importance of having a sound foundation in the beginning of your Christian journey.

What is Love?

The Bible gives us a beautiful summary of what love should look like. Love is patient, it is kind, it is not jealous, it does not brag and it is not proud. Love is not rude, it is not selfish, it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember the wrongs done against it ( 1 Corinthians 13;4-5). This is the kind of love God has for us! This is the love he hopes for us to have for others. I must admit, I still struggle to forget past wrongs. Thankfully, we have a helper in the Holy Spirit who will teach us how to deal with the areas which we struggle with.

I spent a few weeks reaching out to people. I am not saying that I called everyone on my “enemy” list to ask for forgiveness. There are some cases which we can pray about and ask God’s forgiveness. On the other hand, there are some cases that require confession ; those are the difficult ones. The one where you see your enemy walking towards you, so you quickly take out your phone to have a pretend conversation with yourself! You’re praying that your phone is truly on vibrate, just in case someone decided it was the perfect time to call you! Yes, I was the Queen of this in my BC days. That’s the case I’m talking about. This is the one that will take the life out of you!

Loving your enemies a heavenly assignment

I strongly believe that loving your enemies can potentially be your ticket to heaven. Your most difficult assignments produce the greatest rewards. It takes all your strength and courage, but it is the heavenly assignment that will make you new. It will tick all the boxes needed to get into heaven!

To make peace with the enemy, you need to meet them overdressed. You must be ready to fight for your place in the kingdom. You must put on the armour of peace! Patience must be your weapon and kindness your undergarment. From head to toe, you should be dressed in humility and your face must show remorse. You must be clothed with wisdom and have a listening ear. Your headpiece must be adorned with understanding and this is the only time you will need cupid’s arrow! In your left hand, you must hold the key to forgiveness and your right hand must be left empty. That right hand will be the hand extended to make peace with your brother. I promise you, this is how you win the war! This is how you get into heaven 🙂

Tonight’s prayer

Tonight, I don’t know who has wronged you. Probably your friend did not support you in your new business venture. Maybe you blame your parents for not caring for you as they should. You may have wronged others and you’re afraid to challenge this situation. Maybe, you blame your spouse for something that has happened in your past. It could be that you’re waiting for an apology that’s long overdue or you’re struggling to love and forgive yourself.

I pray that you can find it in your hearts to forgive those who have wronged you and to forgive yourself. The Bible says we must also confess our sins unto each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16)

Tonight, empty that hatred from your heart! God wants to refill that space with joy and peace. He wants to bless you abundantly, but you need to let go. You are blocking your blessings if your heart is closed! Tonight, if you truly say you love God, you must open your heart to receive healing from God and be prepared to love others again.

Do this and tonight you WILL sleep 🙂

Ann


The Man Behind The Scenes!

For I know the plans I have for ,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11


God is the greatest director!

Eight years ago, I questioned my purpose in life. I left my career behind and ventured to England, a land of many opportunities . After six months of unemployment, I grew tired of waiting for a teaching job to just pop up. “Luckily”, at the time, my best friend lived half hour away from me. Looking back, it was not luck, but part of the director’s plan. Shan and I decided that we were going to just take “any” job and with her by my side I dived in!

I remember our first shift like it was yesterday. It was approximately ten am when Shan spotted me in the hallway, I was pushing a wheelchair at the time. Shan looked at me and she bursted into laughter. I knew her thoughts. Best friends have a secret language, yes, you know what I’m talking about. At the time, I think she was saying, ” I cannot believe she is actually pushing a wheelchair.” At that age, I was full of pride and well full of myself. I looked down at my uniform and couldn’t believe it was me! Can I say this.

The Lord hates these seven things: eyes that show pride, tongues that tell lies, hands that kill innocent people, Proverbs 6:16‭-‬17

Back to the story 🙂

Our patience, courage and faith were tested one particular night. A patient “decided” that she was going to die. Yes, that was how I looked at it then. The sinner in me could not understand why this lady could not have waited until the morning shift. The nurse requested that we make her presentable and we were to ensure that her dentures were put back in. I could not believe what I was hearing! Was this lady ever going to eat again?

Shan and I stood over her body negotiating who should be doing what. In the end, we divided the task. Shan had the job of opening her mouth, while I pushed her dentures in. We did not even wait to find out if they were inserted correctly, we flew out of the room in fear! It was our first experience with the dead. At the time, I questioned the purpose of this job, each week I told my husband I’ll be leaving the following week. I just wanted a job! I didn’t ask for all of this. Today, it all makes sense 🙂

God – The Man Behind The Scenes!

“Trust in the lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him and he shall direct your path”. Proverbs 3:5-6

Eight years ago, God knew that his will for Shan was to be a nurse and I will be a social worker. This might then lead onto something else, but for now this is the holy hustle that brings us great joy. On the neonatal unit, Shan guards the premature babies, she cares for those who are coming into the world. Interestingly, I work with people in their final stages, the exit. We are God’s gate keepers.

God’s Plan

Have you ever planned a surprise baby shower or an engagement party? You have made all these plans, dropped all these hints and you are just praying that your partner or friend gets where you want them to be. God is busy making the preparations for us. He makes all these plans, drops all these hints and he is patiently waiting for us to follow his steps, so we can get to the beautiful ending. We may have to jump a few hurdles, but it’s all part of God’s plan.

Have you ever made a plan, but something gets in the way? That might be a good thing too, it’s probably not God’s plan for you. However, most times it’s the plan of the enemy. The devil plants worry, fear and excuses in our heads. As soon as we make a decision, he sends a “friend” to highlight your weaknesses instead of your strengths. He wants you to become so depressed, that you curse God. I am speaking from experience here. This is what the devil does!

Tonight’s prayer

Tonight, get onto your knees and let God in! Ask him to reveal his will for you. Ask him to remove all the obstacles in your way, so your path will be crystal clear. Every night, pray into your situation until you get where you ought to be.

Do you want a new career?

Do you want to go back to college?

Do you want to start or extend your family?

Do you feel stuck?

Let the man behind the scenes direct your path. When he shows you his will, step out of your comfort zone and hold onto his word, this will give you the faith you need. Tonight, I wholeheartedly pray that our almighty God give you and I the desires of your heart and make all our plans succeed. Psalm 20:4.

If we believe in him, tonight, we WILL sleep 🙂

“Ann”

God is bigger than any and every situation.

The Lord has saved me from lions and bears; he will save me from this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:37.

Remember the story of David and Goliath? In the end, we learnt that David killed Goliath with his stick and five smooth stones.

Who or what is your Goliath? Who or what situation is costing your sleep? Write your situation on a piece of paper! Write the name of your Goliath! God is about to intervene, that enemy will be defeated!!

The Nature of God

A few months ago, I was in a terrible place. If someone had said to me that I would be writing about God, I would have laughed. Like David, I battled with lions and bears of my own and it was only by God’s grace that I am alive.Now, your situation may not be that extreme,but if it’s causing you to worry it’s just as big.

During my time in the lion’s den, I forgot that God was looking into my situation. He was watching and waiting. The moment I was about to give up, he stepped in and grabbed me. Unlike David, I was unsaved and not really a believer. Did that make a difference to the almighty, ever lasting, omnipotent, holy, forgiving God? No, he still rescued me from the lion’s mouth! God has no favourites, he loves us all, sinner or believer , it really doesn’t matter to him.

God is victorious in every battle and he will put all of you in our power” 1 Samuel 17: 47

The Promise

Throughout the bible,God continues to “show up and show out”. God just does his thing! His promise to Abraham was one of the many ways he showed his love for his people. In the new testament, he sent his son Jesus and left us with the holy spirit. He could have just left us on our own, but he didn’t.

How amazing is he?

One would think this will be enough for us humans. No, we are made of flesh, so we still doubt him. A friend/spiritual sister was telling me that although doubt is not one of God’s commandments, it’s one of those dreadful sins. When we doubt God, we put God in a tiny box, we compare him to humans, when he clearly is not!

God is not a man; he will not lie. God is not a human being; his decisions will not change. If he says he will do something, then he will do it. If he makes a promise, then he will do what he promised.
Numbers 23:19 ERV

Did David doubt God?

David was sure and he believed! I have to admit that I have doubted God a few times. At the time, I didn’t really know God. I heard about God, but I never really knew his word. Occasionally, I fall short, something you and I can work on together. Thankfully, we have the holy spirit to teach us God’s ways.

Back to that piece of paper I told you about. So you have written your Goliath, yes, I’m talking about that BIG situation that’s costing your sleep. Now, write all the other BIG situations you encountered in the past. You’re probably trying to remember a few and cannot. That’s because everything is temporary! The devil eventually gives up! God always steps in!

Rejoice in trials

Every situation serves a purpose and will be overcome through perseverance. The same God who delivered you from that situation, will deliver you from your Goliath. Same God back then,same God right now!God is watching and waiting, but you need to get onto your knees and pray!

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2‭-‬3 NIV

Tonight, ask God to forgive you for doubting him. Ask him to give you the wisdom needed to conquer Goliath. David had five stones and a stick.

What do you have in your hand which you can use?

What qualities do you possess which can be used to conquer your situation?

Can you speak to a spiritual friend?

Who do you know, who knows somebody, who knows somebody?Divine Connections!

You are never on your own.

Tonight, ask your father to help you defeat the enemy, pray to him and just believe that he will. Do this and tonight you WILL sleep.

This is a sure word from God 🙂

Ann