My God Experiences, Lessons from 2010.....

Reading the bible from Genesis to Revelations was my greatest achievement in 2010.

Over the years, I’ve read the bible in tit-bits – a verse here, a chapter here, a book here…but never back to back…and being a person who likes to see the whole picture….I liken my knowledge of the bible to an incomplete jigsaw….for which I needed fill up and have an abstract view from beginning to end….I use the word abstract because that’s the sort of painting my reading begot. When you look at an abstract painting, you sort of... can decipher the overall message of the painter, but every time you take a closer look, you find a new dimension….a mixture of colors that is quite hidden to a far look….


…The abstract has now infused curiosity to gaze longer…and this year will see me….dig deeper into the truths I read….to sort of… separate the strokes of color.


‘My God Experiences, Lessons from 2010" is what is on my mind to write….a memoir to myself lest I forget from whence He has brought me….


….November 2009…God signed me up into this “class” in the school of spiritual maturity where the ultimate certification was to be perfected in the knowledge and likeness of God under the headship of Jesus Christ, God’s Son.


This class was intense – like final year in college...where results either make or break. Once or twice, I wanted out…but I knew if I didn’t take this class and pass….my “transcript” would have an I – Incomplete…and I’d keep retaking the “class” till I passed to graduate to higher maturity in Christ. So I stayed put to the end.


Lesson1: Dealing with the fear of death.


Robbers broke into our home and brutally killed one of us, a close family friend and employee. The aftermath – fear! What did they want?? Rumor had it that he was killed for refusing to lure us out the house….what did they want from us?? Fear! Two days later, they tried to strike again…! More fear!!


For the next couple of days after the incident, my stomach only held liquefied fear….slept with lights on and ears perked – mental anguish robbed me of peace and sleep (and I love sleeping!!). It’s a time I learnt to pray prayers, I’d otherwise not prayed. Psalms 91 became a reality.


Here is what I learned;


“My life here on earth will come to an end. There’s no going round that. I have accepted this fact. I firmly believe if the rapture takes place before physical death, Jesus will not leave me down here :-)…and if the rapture is past the days allocated to my life, well then…I’ll succumb to physical death. With this in mind – I petitioned God thus… ‘not to be murdered, car wrecked or befall any other violent form of death….these I want not….I want an honorable death’…this, I prayed for my whole family…Hasn’t God asked me not to be anxious for anything but by prayer and petition make my requests known to Him?? I did regarding my ‘preferred’ exit. Long and short of this – I learnt not to get too attached to my life….It’ll end…whether I fear or not….I ZZzzzzzsleep soundly because of this.”


Lesson 2: Some days are just meant to be hard


Late November 2009, my landlord gave me the ultimatum to move house (...ehhhh… I’d given him notice of my intention to vacate…but on the d-day, had not found a suitable house to move into…talk about poor planning on my part…)…and well, he needed me out as he had leased the house to someone else. My trail of a hard day was thus ; Woke up very early following day…looked for an agent….found one….walked round my sunny neighborhood for 4 hours straight…. 5th hour, torrents broke…I got soaked to my foundations….at about 3pm, got a ‘not-to-my-liking flat’….had little choice. Mad dash to the bank to pay for the lease….long queue at the bank….hassled for movers….packed rather….huddled all my stuff in three hours, broke one or two…..8pm, movers arrived….9.30pm….commotion outside….accident by the movers….police are called in….this day could not get any worse…..10pm….movers compensate. 11pm….drive to flat….midnight….dump everything into flat…darkness…the last mover out of the flat left with all light bulbs?!! How’s that?? Taps are dry; the flat care-taker “forgot “to reconnect…seriously???. 2am – I remember tomorrow I have my finals exams – loud sigh, frustrated tears (…emotional reliever…)…and what side of my bed did I wake up on??? Before I could answer that question…I conked off! Slept….what does the bible say…God gives sleep to those He loves…..God just has a way of reassuring you that His is on top of things…..no matter how hard. I must mention that I scored real high on my finals. How’s that for God’s consistency?!


Lesson 3: Mind – Soul Sores.


One month later, I got the perfect house – comfortable and to my liking. The move was smooth…and I couldn’t have asked for a better landlord – an elderly man and his lovely wife – very hospitable. One evening, supervising the paintwork – the landlord remarks in passing that the former tenant was a doctor who performed abortions and he suspects that one or two were carried out in the house…he then reassures me not to worry, as he and I think clergy from his church had cleansed the house….and at that moment thought…’what the heck?! Why didn’t thou'st say this when I was signing the lease….??’. Mental anguish…for two weeks…I just kept thinking of them babies….the potential…that was not allowed to see the light of day…and I was so sad….I had real deep sadness…. And it was during this period that I came to learn that God is able to comfort the soul and still the mind.


Lesson 4: Faith Shields


A friend got promoted; another got a new exciting job – just what I’d been asking God for, for myself. Another and…other of my friends got babies – I want babies too – specifically twins. My colleague at work got a huge increment – I got an increment too…though I thought I deserved more. My friends got married – I wanted to get married too. A younger friend got engaged – I want to get engaged too. 2010 was a great year for my friends…..they got most of the things on my prayer request list….that I didn’t. Now – humanly…envy, jealously, anger, despair and such like feelings are the type of feelings that I should have battled with…right?? Probably – but I didn’t…why?? Because God gave me a gift, a shield called faith. And but for these blessings coming to my friends, I wouldn’t have known how powerfully the shield of faith blocks “pity” feelings and instead heightens expectations. My greatest highlights of 2010 were weddings, baby showers, celebratory coffee and lunch dates…because this I knew…I’d soon be calling my tribe of friends for my round of drinks in 2011. Faith Shields! Faith simply is the belief that God hears us and is willing to bless us, in His will.


Lesson 5: Heated Company


The three Hebrew boys – Meshack, Shadrack and Abednego….remember their story? They were thrown into the fiery furnace for their faith in God. Strange thing was, God didn’t get them out of the fire but instead joined them in the furnace. This has been my experience in 2010, what they say of God, that He doesn’t change is very true. I literally leaped around heaped fire last year and was thrust smack in the middle of it and God didn’t move me a flinch away from the heat…..He stood with me in the heat of it…all of it. Friends issues, family issues, church issues, country issues…I mean…it was an inferno…burnt out was the prominent feeling I carried for the better part of the year….but for those who know me, you can testify...there was no shadow of smoke on me! Neither the tang of burnt cloth or hair….no illness….physical or mental….I did my circles round the furnace and left unscathed – why….because Jesus sat with me through it!! He sat as a refiner and purifier of silver until He saw His image in me.


I learnt many more things…but the summary is this;


God is all sufficient. He sustains.


Trust His ways. Trust His process. Trust His answers. Trust his love. Trust GOD with your life.


My desire for 2011 is to know God more. He promises that those who search for Him…will find Him.

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H out of Whine....

....so maybe 2010 was a difficult year for many some....mine wasn't dandy all through...but there were grand moments...that evened the year out....

Circles around me are still whine-ing and wine-ing over the tilt of 2010 scales...and well, am getting tired ...am not enjoying the company of the whin - wines! 

I consider 2010, waters gone by...scale-wise it counts no more...I have moved on.

God is the author and the finisher of our faith. My devotion today expounds this thus : "God is the One who writes faith on your heart and then develops it to completion on the inside of you." 

 ...this if for someone some people " you know yourselves" out there who come here very often - 2011 will be different for you....should I even say, a dandy year for you...if only you let go of 2010's disappointments, losses and every other word that you use to describe all that went wrong during the year...and embrace this new year as a fresh beginning....to start all over again.

To hope again, to have faith again, to love again, to invest again, to do/ achieve that which is important to you again....

It is my firm belief that you can balance out a year...if tough stuff comes your way...then go out of your way, to do simple stuff that takes the tough away. Last year, a lot of stuff that was beyond my control was thrown at me, but I invested in God, family, friends, books, movies, music and lots of other stuff that makes me happy...and had a evened out life...

If you can, do the same for yourself. God always wills to help.

Let go of the duffel whine-wine bag of 2010, we just passed the border into newness!!!

For the wine - ers , the ching of the toast - glass may get louder or lower - whichever way, make 2011 a dance!- music or no music :-)

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My Father so Commands.....

I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you were slaves.

Worship no god but me.

Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth.

Do not bow down to any idol or worship it, because I am the Lord your God and I tolerate no rivals. I bring punishment on those who hate me and on their descendants down to the third and fourth generation. But I show my love to thousands of generations of those who love me and obey my laws.

Do not use my name for evil purposes, for I, the Lord your God, will punish anyone who misuses my name.

Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy.

You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me. On that day no one is to work — neither you, your children, your slaves, your animals, nor the foreigners who live in your country. In six days I, the Lord, made the earth, the sky, the sea, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That is why I, the Lord, blessed the Sabbath and made it holy.

Respect your father and your mother, so that you may live a long time in the land that I am giving you.

Do not commit murder.

Do not commit adultery.

Do not steal.

Do not accuse anyone falsely.

Do not desire another man's house; do not desire his wife, his slaves, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else that he owns.

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