Ooh Child, Forgive..

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Have you ever said to someone who offends or hurts you, “There is no way I am going to forgive you for what you did.” or maybe “I forgive you but i just can’t forget what you did.”

There are so many times I have been hurt by those I love and even mere acquaintances that I know how difficult it is to forgive the person and let go of all the pains and bad memories. The fact remains that as a Christian it is one of the things I must learn to embrace and do.

Based on my first post expressions of true christian spirituality, I am going to write on the next form of expression- Forgiveness.

“forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us….”

A portion of the Lord’s prayer we all struggle to embrace. But we have to. We must. It is part of who we are as Christians. I know how difficult it is to forgive and forget. I know because I have been hurt so many times by those I love and trust. sometimes, I feel there is just no way I can let go of the pain and even if I could I would not be able to forget the bad memories. Days and months pass and I realize that I have let go of the hurt and memories.

How was I able to do it?
Simple, I asked for help from the Holy Spirit and also confronted those who hurt me.

There is a saying, “It is better to debate a problem without settling it than to settle a problem without a debate.”

Talking to the person who has hurt you in instances where you can reach the person is a therapeutic way of confronting your hurt. It allows you the opportunity to let go of anger and resentment.

Another way is to just look forward to the next day. Look forward to the future and see beyond the pain however difficult it may seem at that moment. I achieve this by simply listening to songs that minister to the pain. There are many out there if you search and I find that they take me to a place far away from my anger and pain to the point I just forget.

Here is one of such songs,

THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS- OOH CHILD

Ooh-oo child
Things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child
Things’ll get brighter
Ooh-oo child
Things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child
Things’ll get brighter
Some day, yeah
We’ll get it together and we’ll get it all done
Some day
When your head is much lighter
Some day, yeah
We’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Some day
When the world is much brighter
Ooh-oo child
Things are gonna be easier
Ooh-oo child
Things’ll get be brighter
Ooh-oo child
Things are gonna be easier
Ooh-oo child
Things’ll get be brighter
Some day, yeah
We’ll get it together and we’ll get it all done
Some day
When your head is much lighter
Some day, yeah
We’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Some day
When the world is much brighter
Some day, yeah
We’ll get it together and we’ll get it all done
Some day
When your head is much lighter
Some day, yeah
We’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Some day
When the world is much brighter
Ooh-oo child
Things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child
Things’ll get brighter
Ooh-oo child
Things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child
Things’ll get brighter
Right now, right now

Remember, forgiveness is a gradual healing process and with time and God’s grace you will find yourself free of its hold and limitations.

Expressions of True Christian Spirituality

Hello,
Over the next series of post, I want to share some of the things I learnt a few months back on true Christian Spirituality. I hope they inspire you just as they did me.

Simply defined, Spirituality is the quality or state of being concerned with religion or religious matters.

Christian Spirituality is the life-long journey through which a person comes to discover Self in relationship to God and to God’s creation i.e. family, the Christian community, humanity, and the world.(Timothy W. Brock)

One of such expressions of true Christian Spirituality is LOVE

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Love is a language everyone understands. Every race, tribe and tongue understands the language of love. As a Christian, it is what makes us unique, our ability to love without limits. Our ability to look at the cross and see the greatest expression of love and then apply that love in our day-to-day lives. From our homes, to the streets to our offices to the church, each place offers an opportunity for us to show and express what Christianity is to us. Let us face it. Christianity is all about love. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son..John 3:16″. It is the reason we are who we are. It is the reason we are called Christians.

I will leave you with some quotes by one person who in her lifetime personified this expression of true Christianity, Mother Teresa.

“Love is a fruit in season at all times,
and within reach of every hand.

There is a terrible hunger for love.
We all experience that in our lives – the pain, the loneliness.
We must have the courage to recognize it.
The poor you may have right in your own family.
Find them.
Love them.

Speak tenderly to them.
Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting.
Always have a cheerful smile.
Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well.

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts,
there can be no more hurt, only more love.

I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus,
“Love one another as I have loved you.”
Ask yourself “How has he loved me?
Do I really love others in the same way?”
Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love.
Work without love is slavery.

- Mother Teresa

When God Speaks

Most times as Believers we ask ourselves this question.

Does God speak
?

I have asked myself that question many times especially at times when I am at a crossroad and indecisive as to which path to take. I have devoured through the holy book and after a recent preaching titled ‘When God Speaks’ I heard from a Pastor, I can confidently say:

Yes God truly Speaks.

God speaks but he is not a talkative.(Ezekiel 12:25)

When God Speaks his words can be an appeal. Isaiah 43: 18-19

When God Speaks his word does not agree with common sense. Isaiah 55:8

When God Speaks his words are creative. (Genesis 1:3)

When God Speaks his word can be a warning.

When God Speaks his words can be a blessing, a curse or an answer to your request.Numbers 23:19;Luke 8:24

When God Speaks there will be restoration John 11:43 Luke 7:12

When God Speaks darkness disappears and light is brought forth.

I can write many more instances where God speaks but I will stop at these few. For anyone reading this please know that God speaks to every situation we are going through. Read His word, you will hear His voice. Be still and you will Know that He is God.

Remain Blessed,

Edith

Timeless Love

Excerpt from Timeless Love

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A Loud Cry

The land of fragrance was in a flurry of activity. The loud voices of men filled the air as I sat down and waited in anticipation. In awe, I listened with rapt attention, absorbing all that was said about Him. They could not stop talking. Excitement filled their voices. Could this be? Was He truly passing by? I asked myself.

The stories the men told of Him were extraordinary. I have heard the stories and many more before. But as they spoke today, I believed. Sighing heavily I reminisced in anguish. This is my only chance. I cannot afford to miss this opportunity. I am tired of living this way; tired of living each day at the mercy of others. With great determination, I continued sitting down, waiting patiently for His arrival.

I could hear the crowd around me. The heavy footsteps of men walking, the beautiful sounds of children running, the echoes from the dancing feet of women all joined to create a rhythm that made my soul want to dance . A smile crept on my lips. Hope at last. He was coming.

By the road I waited. Not in reproachful misery but in joyful anticipation. The sounds changed. The shouts became louder, the singing more joyful and the laughter more contagious. At that moment all I wanted was to catch His attention as He passed by.

With the scores of people it seemed impossible. What could I do to make Him notice?
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Edith

Simple lessons…

The season of Easter is almost over and I admit that there are lessons to be learnt during this season. I have listed two of such lessons below.

- The voice of affection (from friends and loved ones) is not always good or right for you when you have decided to do the will of God.

- Christ died so that we may live for Him and die to self. Modesty is a very unpopular virtue in our world today. Modesty works in correlation with purity. To be modest is to willingly and consciously choose to die to self.

These are simple lessons I was taught this period and they resonate deeply with the season.

An Exhibition, A Painting and A Church

“I have never seen anything like it” John said in awe.

“Neither have I. I wonder what it means or what the artist is trying to show.”

“I have no Idea.” John replied. “Maybe the artist intention was to create an abstract concept.”

“You could be right. But I am still a bit confused. An abstract concept of what? I see what looks like a cross, I see people. But there is no background scenery. Nothing about it tells us what he is trying to depict.”

Both men stood among the art enthusiast in the gallery looking at the exhibition. Other people  close by also were discussing or staring in awe at the same painting. It drew people to it. It was painted with beautiful strokes that could rival the great works of Leonardo Da Vinci. Not one of them could say what the painting was about.

A young young woman walked up to the people gathered round the painting. After a minute of staring at the painting said,

“Oh Wow. It’s a church.”

John turned, looked at her and said,
“Why  do you think it’s a church? No church I know looks like this. Whether painted as real or as an abstract.”

She smiled then and replied,

“I believe that is the artist desire. If you really look at it, you will see it is a church. A church without walls.”

John laughed out loud and said,
“This artist is brilliant and gifted but I do not think he is borderline crazy.” he turned to look at his friend, “Can you believe what she is saying? That it is a painting of a church. Who would paint a church that has no walls? When has churches never had walls. Such churches don’t exist. I know my church has walls.”

“Yes they do exist.”

“No they don’t. John argued. When the young woman protested, John said

“If they do exist, give me an example of one.”

Smiling the young woman said,
“The Set Apart Church.”

“I have never heard of it. Where is it located?” John asked.

“It’s located everywhere.”

John could not help but laugh. This young woman definitely had lost her mind.

“Why do you laugh sir? Do you think it is impossible for a church to be everywhere? The set apart church is an online non denominational church built for individuals who have issues with going to church or can’t make it to church based on their busy schedule. It can be found everywhere there is internet access. It is a church online hence a church without walls.”

John laughed without mirth. The young woman on seeing he was not convinced asked,

“Sir if I may ask, what is a church?”
Shocked at her question John said with a huge smile,

“A building used for public Christian worship.” with a smirk, John added, “my dear, note the word ‘building’ for a building cannot exist without walls”

“Yes you are right. But it is only when you look at the definition of the church from a literal point of view. Without worshippers a church is just a building. With worshippers it becomes the body of Christ. Sir, remove the building and leave just the people, there will still be a church. Remove the people and leave the building, all you have left is a structure. Nothing more.”

John listened as she spoke. He looked at the painting again and only then did he start seeing what the painting was trully about.

“A church without walls is a place where man, woman and child of every race, tribe and tongue can gather to fellowship in God’s presence. Although it is a church online, it is still a place where people can come to worship and find peace. That’s what I think the artist is trying to show. That with God, there are no walls.” after a pause, she continued.

“I have a friend who is a geologist. The nature of his job demands he is always on the rig. A place where there is no church. He is one person I know whose life has been changed by The Set Apart Church.”

With that final comment, the young woman walked away leaving John and his friend to ponder at her words. After a few minutes, John turned to his friend and said with a smile,

“She is right. The painting truly is about a church without walls.”

Edith

A Heart and a Pull

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“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” John 12:32 NIV

Most times when I go to church and seat on the front pew, the first thing I see is the crucifix at the altar. Immediately I look at it, I would feel the gentle pull of my heart towards the One who gave up everything that I might be saved. No matter the state of mind I walked into the church with, no matter the emotions going through my heart, I usually find complete release.

I would find myself letting go of all the baggage’s and anxiety I came into church with. I would remember His words, “It is finished” and find myself surrendering totally to His Grace. I always left church a renewed person.

Please do not get me wrong, I am not saying that in the next six hours I would still feel that way. No. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. To me that’s life as a Christian.

What I am saying is that I leave the church renewed and revived. However, in reality we know that once the pressures of the world and society sets in, we sometimes lose all the peace and contentment we get from been in His presence. Especially when we fail to continue dwelling in the gathering of the brethren and feeding on the word of God.

This brings me to the verse I stated earlier, no matter how far off we are from Jesus Christ, we should realize that the cross of Calvary is because of us. He came to “draw” all of us to himself. To draw means to pull or drag something so as to make it follow behind. It can also mean to gently pull or guide someone in a specified direction. Depending on the meaning we chose to embrace, Jesus Christ is clearly saying that when He is lifted up on the cross of Calvary all men shall be drawn to Him. Not a particular race or people, all men. Not the churchgoers or the drug addicts, not the virgins or the prostitutes, all men. There is no discrimination. From the corners of the earth, from the north, to the south, to the west and the east, every man, woman and child who looks to the cross for salvation shall be called to the saving power of His blood.

Truthfully, that’s what makes me what I am today. For in all things, whether good or bad, whether a sinner or a saint I know that I can always look up and feel the gentle pull of the love of God in my heart. That my dear friend’s is all that matters, God’s love.

Edith.

25 Robin Sharma And Richard Bach Life Changing Quotes

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Great quotes…

Originally posted on Vincent Egoro:

ROBIN SHARMA

1. We all travel different roads to our ultimate destinations. For some of us the path is rockier than for others. But no one reaches the end without feeling some form of adversity. So rather than fight it, why not accept it as the way of life? Why not detach yourself from the outcomes and simply experience every circumstance that enters your life to the fullest?

2. If you have never visited the valleys, the view from the mountain top is not breathtaking.

3. Remember, there are no real failures in life, only results. There are no true tragedies, only lessons. And there are no problems, only opportunities waiting to be recognized as solutions by the person of wisdom.

4. Time is your most precious commodity and yet most of us live our lives as if we have all the time in the world.

5. All too often…

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Anxiety…

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The new week is about to begin. So many thing on my planner that I need to do. I am worrying about each one day and night. Fretting that I may not get things done on time. But today in church, the sermon was on this scripture,

Can any of you add a single hour to the length of your life by worrying?  (Matt 6:27)

The truth is no one can add a single hour to the length of their life by worrying.

By worrying about mundane things or things we have no control over we inadvertently question the nature of God. To worry means to be anxious which in turn leads to anxiety.

Anxiety can be defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. It can also be defined as a strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen.

I know I have been anxious this past week but with the teaching in church today I realized that the nature of God is to love, to care and to bless. In been anxious I was dividing my attention. I was losing focus. I no longer saw where I was coming from which was and is a place of faith. Faith in God. Rather I saw only the obstacles and problems I felt I had in front of me.

When anxiety takes over our lives we loose the power of our faith. Faith begins to wobble, doubt sets in and the next thing is we gradually lose the essence of our being as Christians. So remember as the new week begins, plan, organize but also surrender all to the power of God and just enjoy every second of life. Live for Him and Him alone.

Remain Blessed,

Edith.

Little Opportunities to Serve

It is a fallacy  to think that God’s work in our lives must begin like a clap of thunder or a bolt of lighting; more often than not His work begins with something seemingly small, perhaps even mundane. Mother Theresa of Calcutta has often told the story of how she came to pick up the first destitute, dying person from the street:

“If I had not picked up that first man, I would not have picked up the thousands since then.”

St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) was another who spoke of the value of allowing God to change our behaviour in small things:

“Great opportunities to serve God rarely present themselves,” he wrote, “but little ones are frequent. Whoever will be ‘faithful over a few things’ will be placed ‘over many’ says the Saviour.”

It is easy to be blind to the to the undramatic ways God wants to work in our lives to heal the way we speak to members of our families or treat those with whom we work. Let us resolve to be obedient to the daily promptings of the Holy Spirit to turn away from sin, to accept forgiveness when we fall, to readily forgive all who hurt us and to spend time with the Lord in daily prayer and scripture reading. Then we may be confident that the kingdom of God will daily grow in our lives as a mustard seed becomes a great shrub or as yeast produces abundant bread.

(Excerpt from Abide in my word. copyright 2010 Abide in My Word Press. All rights reserved)