Word for 2014


 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
    in quietness and trust is your strength,
Isaiah 30:15 

And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters; but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod.” And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.And David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue after this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for thou shalt surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” 1 Samuel 30 : 6-8

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
Luke 1:45

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Appreciation for 2013

Another year gone, another blessing to count.

I am grateful to God, He has been ever present!

The verse I held to in 2013 was;

Psalms 92:10

 You have made me as strong as a wild ox;
    you have blessed me with happiness.

and the Lord did give me ox - like strength and lots of happiness in 2013;

  1.  I quit my job and He was my sufficient provider for the months I was out and indeed to the end of the year after I got a new job. The strength to walk away from my old job and strength to persevere in my new job can only be described as Ox strength and that, from God.
  2. I got married and that, at a time, when I was jobless and low on finance. God gathered my family and friends and gave us a wonderful simple wedding - my heart's desire sort of wedding and that, also took Ox strength from God.
  3. Its been 6 months of marriage, wonderful six months and that, truly has been a blessing of happiness. My husband, my family, my in-laws, all reflect your kind love for me....and am truly, so very happy and grateful for the gift of happiness.
  4. Good Health - am happy, Lord, that you have kept all my family and friends in good health. Some have been ill in the year, but you have healed and continue to heal....that's happiness.
  5. Sermons at church have been so timely each Sunday, God, you have fed me with the juiciest of soul foods these year...some swallowed easily...others required lots of chew...all in all....really good spiritual food, am real grateful.
  6. My bible study group, my sister, my friends, my family - Lord, you have brought me much joy by your faithfulness in their lives. Thank you.
  7. And finally, for my friend Muthoni, she remains in captivity, I had hoped the year would not end, that you would deliver her and bring her home....Lord, I bow to your will and timing....though it has not happened, I thank you for strength to pray for her daily, faith to believe that you fend for her needs daily, strength not to give up. I thank you for the happiness we experience, each time we receive news that she is ok.....and for the assurance in my heart, that, IT IS WELL WITH HER.
The year has been good, strength for trials and hard times....happiness for joyful and easy times.

I bow to you, God, YOU have been true to your word and fulfilled it.

I worship you now and always.

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To me - knowing thyself.

You are God’s

You are kind

You are gentle

You are loving

You love God and are desirous to please Him always

You have faith

You trust God

You are determined

You are focused

You want to pursue your purpose to the finish.

You value wisdom

You love to worship

You love justice

You value self discipline and self control.

You have hope

You want to prosper in all spheres of life.

You want your life to impact the less fortunate in society especially orphans.

You honor your parents.

You value personal space and time.

You are nice, pleasant character.

You value simplicity.

You are beautiful, soul and body.

You are tender.

You are spirited.

You are a good friend.

You are soulful.

You know you will make it.

You are God’s child in faith and by experience.

You are smart, mind, body and soul.

You are a friend of God.

You have all you need to live a fully victorious life.

You are rich.

You are merciful.

You are perseverant.

You are head strong.

You know who you are.

You know the power at work in you.

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I can’t get enough of you!

God—you’re my God!
    I can’t get enough of you!
I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God,
    traveling across dry and weary deserts.

2-4 So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open,
    drinking in your strength and glory.
In your generous love I am really living at last!
    My lips brim praises like fountains.
I bless you every time I take a breath;
    My arms wave like banners of praise to you.
5-8 I eat my fill of prime rib and gravy;
    I smack my lips. It’s time to shout praises!
If I’m sleepless at midnight,
    I spend the hours in grateful reflection.
Because you’ve always stood up for me,
    I’m free to run and play.
I hold on to you for dear life,
    and you hold me steady as a post.
9-11 Those who are out to get me are marked for doom,
    marked for death, bound for hell.
They’ll die violent deaths;
    jackals will tear them limb from limb.
But the king is glad in God;
    his true friends spread the joy,
While small-minded gossips
    are gagged for good.

Psalms 63 (Message Bible)

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Am I rich?

17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

1 Timothy 6 :17-19

Loved the commentary of the above verses in the blog below. 

Follow this link Stay Rich Financial Advisory

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Random thoughts on my journey through life.

Random thoughts on my journey through life - By Kate Muchoki

I've embarked on a cover to cover study of the Bible...again (one day i will actually finish!!) and I'm in Leviticus. So I was reading this chapter on uncleanness... Leviticus 15. It talks about the uncleanliness of a woman who has a discharge of blood for many days other than her monthly period. NIV puts it as below:

25“‘When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period.

26 Any bed she lies on while her discharge continues will be unclean, as is her bed during her monthly period, and anything she sits on will be unclean, as during her period.

27 Anyone who touches them will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.

One of my absolute best verses in the Bible is the one for "she touched the hem of his garment and she was healed"! The woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5: 25-34 had had it for 12 years!! 12 years people! For 12 years she had bled and for 12 years no doctor had been able to help her.

For 12 years she was considered unclean.... think about it from Lev 15: 25-27... any bed she lay on was unclean. That means if she was married, her husband couldn't sleep on the same bed with her and we can safely assume he didn't... for 12 years! He probably went off and got himself another woman and closed that chapter... in those days you could do that! If she wasn't married, it's likely there were no suitors knocking down her door... why bother with a woman you can't touch or share a bed with!

Leviticus continues to say...anything she sits on will be unclean and anyone who touches them will be unclean. Think about this for a second. You could not invite her to your house!! If you did she'd have to stand and probably not touch anything...otherwise you risk becoming unclean yourself! Her friends probably tried in the early days... they'd probably stand around with her chatting in the first month... but as time went by and life went on, they moved on and started hanging out with people they could sit in their houses with and chat. People they could sit on the same couch with... people who could give them a hug when they needed one or a shoulder to cry on... literally! Point is - they moved on!

In my thinking, this woman was probably a poor lonely shunned outcast who had spent all her money trying to get well...for 12 years...with no success. After 12 years, surely she must have thought she had seen it all...mganga kutoka Tanzania, miracle medicines, prayer crusades...you name it...she had been there, done that, bought a t-shirt, made a movie...and yet with no healing.... for 12 years. No friends, No money, No love...for 12 years.

And yet Mark 5: 27 says "...when she heard about Jesus..." and we all know how this story ends. She touched the hem of his garment and was healed. But think about that verse for a minute… "when she heard about Jesus." After 12 years of trying different doctors with no success, when she heard about Jesus...she knew. She knew her healing had come. I always wonder who was it that told her about Jesus and what did they say? The Bible doesn't say ... when she saw the miracles that Jesus performed...no, when she heard about Jesus.

What can you tell someone who has had an issue of blood for 12 years, tried different doctors and only gotten worse. What can you tell them to get them to the point of thinking... “if I just touch the hem of his garment I will be healed”? This challenges me so. I cannot be reciting to them something I learnt in Sunday school. I cannot be regurgitating bible verses or sermons to them. I cannot be telling them about doctrines that I believe in. I cannot even be selling them a text book Jesus. What kind of Jesus do I need to be talking about for someone to hear me and know in their heart of hearts that all they need to do is to touch the hem of his garment? 

How well do I need to know this Jesus myself and how well... and often... do I need to represent him? Am I preaching Jesus to the point where people hear me talk about Him and they know... they believe? Is my Jesus big enough, powerful enough, practical enough to solve everyday problems... big and small? Is the Jesus I am preaching the Jesus I should be preaching? 

Is the Jesus you are preaching the Jesus you should be preaching?

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His Love!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains, because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High. So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.

Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.

 Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunkards;they were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.

He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground, and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there. He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs; there he brought the hungry to live,and they founded a city where they could settle. They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish. Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow; he who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste. But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks. The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths.

 Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord. Psalms 107.

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