Pursuing What Counts in 2013

This blog was first launched on December 29, 2010. Two years of triumphs and tragedies have passed since then, and I am thankful that I am still here to share this special moment with you – the end of yet another year.

We’ve seen significant changes financially, spiritually, socially, in politics, and in our communities all around us. We’ve buried many children due to violence, like the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School horror in Newtown, Connecticut (USA) and Trayvon Martin’s untimely death in Florida. Some cities like Chicago, Illinois (USA) have buried over 500 people in 2012 due to violence alone. Wars have erupted in the Middle East and in other world regions as governments and regimes fight for various rights or privileges. People crush each other any moment they get a chance (on social media, in the workplace) because of the fierce competition that is now ensuing.

What about our futures? What type of world are we creating for the generations coming up behind us? Are we proud to show our children how materialistic we’ve become? Is having all the latest gadgets, clothes, shoes and cars the only way to show that we’re “really living”? Do we make the effort to extend ourselves to help others, or are we content with the “us four, no more” mentality?

When we are at work, can anyone say that we genuinely care about their well-being, even if we are managers? Or is self-preservation the name of the game?

What about our church circles? The shame and embarrassment seems unending when news is broadcasted about our issues. Are we willing at all to step aside and allow God to take full control of our private appetites so they do not boil over and become public disgraces?

We need a revival of our souls. We are thirsty and are reaching for things that will never satisfy us!

2 Chronicles 7: 14 – 15 (NKJV, Holy Bible) states:
“….if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.”

I have such a spiritual hunger and thirst deep within me now that I cannot truly explain. I’m at a place in my life now where dressing in the latest labels and designs are a nice-to-have and is not required. Driving the latest model car means nothing to me now; I’ve done that twice before. Living in the “right” zip-code means very little; I’ve done that before too. What I NEED, more than anything else, is more of GOD. He speaks to me in the small things and in the big things. His care is evident. His love is precious. He speaks to my soul in ways I cannot describe adequately. Dreams, desires and ministries are birthed when we submit our lives into His hands.

As we embark on a new journey that begins in just a few hours (less than 12 hours), let us stop the busyness, step away from our electronic devices for some time and give God our undivided attention. He longs to commune with us. His presence gives us unexplainable peace of mind. His presence brings divine revelations on how to proceed in our lives. His love envelops us and heals us of past hurts and disappointments. These are not just cute sayings; these are REAL results when we stay and pray. Meditation on the Bible is vitally important in growing and developing us as living examples. Reading biblically-grounded books help as well. Take notes as you meditate, read and reflect. Allow God to push you into your next place of blessing (or testing).

I want to worship God with ALL my heart, mind, soul and spirit. I want to worship Him as I approach a new year with new challenges and new blessings.

Will you join me?

I wish a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2013 to you and your families!

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The Naked Truth (Sept 2009)

For many years I have struggled with loving who I am and fully embracing my unique personality. I have heard many descriptive words, but being misunderstood (or misinterpreted) must be ranked first on the list.

Today as I prepared to go to church I realized this:

1. Wishing you were someone else means you are assuming that God made a mistake when He created you.

2. When you see others’ lives and wish yours were something like theirs, you would need to see the entire  story first. You may not want what they have after learning the entire story.

3. If you are just like everyone else, that would make your existence unnecessary.

4. God created all of us to fill in a niche that no-one else can. That fact was demonstrated clearly to me when I attended a cafe spot recently. As various audience participants walked up to advertise whatever show/event/initiative they were promoting, it was interesting to note that no-one’s event was exactly the same as the other person’s. Each had a different angle; each person was tapping into the gifts and passionate pursuits that God had placed within them. For example, if 2 people did poetry, one was more thought-penetrating or funnier than the other. If 3 groups sang, all had a different sound.

If I am so different that many people shake their head in wonderment as I pass by, then God must have very interesting plans up ahead – just for me!

 

Thank you GOD!

 

Nothing to Fear – But Fear Itself

“There is nothing to fear but fear itself.”

How many of us have heard this quote before?

As I reviewed some recent events in my life I’ve learned first-hand that this statement is certainly true.

I began to realize that my hesitation in many aspects of life stem from deeply rooted fear:

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