Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Got exhaustion?

It’s that time of the year and you are looking at your goals for 2012 but they are nowhere near completion. Nothing seems to be happening, and you are just tired of doing the same day to day activities like you are running in a long boring circle. Don’t stop...keep going. There are days when you just want to stand on the roof and scream "GOD WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?" You are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Some people have gone through so many tests and trials and CANNOT wait for 2012 to be over in the hope that 2013 will be smoother. Embrace your setbacks, they put character in you (hopefully). Who knows? maybe God is trying to “wean” you from toxic, negative & hopeless situations you can’t even wrap your mind around. 

Have you realized when a mother is bathing her infant or toddler and the baby is crying and screaming their brains off, she’s washing away dirt and dead skin cells that have no business being on the baby BUT the baby could care less and just want to be out? It’s the exact way God is trying to wash away negative emotions, fake friendships, bad character and attitudes and we are complaining, rolling our eyes, yapping at the mouth about how everything is going wrong and what not. Stop! Let God work His magic in You and trust that He knows what He’s doing. You can’t know it all, and you definitely can’t understand everything. Yes! It is extremely hard and painful to lose certain relationships and friendships especially if you invested a lot of yourself into it, but If you sit back and assess the situation you know deep down you don’t need that person or that person doesn’t need or deserve you. 

I have gotten tired with zero tolerance to listening to people who always have one complain or the other about how nothing seems to go right. I absolutely cannot stand it and intentionally ignore calls and messages from certain people I KNOW just want to drain me internally (my sanity is way more important, and I can only function properly if I am internally and externally happy so I ignore that which needs to be). Where you are headed in life, not everyone can go with you. Those that don’t make the cut will find it hard to understand and accept but as long as you are in the right frame of mind and have peace inside, let it be. Understand that whenever you place your trust in man or things and not God, He will drag it from under you because He wants to be the phone you pick up to release your issues on, He wants to be the pillow you have drenched in tears when in reality He should be your first point of contact. “Deut. 6:15...The Lord your God is a jealous God....” 

If you are going through a time of extensive exhaustion, tiredness, emptiness and so on, be encouraged. God has not forgotten. He knows your name and every hair on your head. He is working at the background. If you have been asking non stop for something and you haven’t received it, may be God knows you are not ready for it yet, or He knows you don’t need it. Believe that this very moment, right now in this very space is where you are divinely supposed to be. That situation you are going through is on your divine “to-do” list, and thank God for trusting you with so much weight. You may also be going through something so that someone else in the same predicament will learn from you. Imagine a life with no pain, no heartbreaks and no disappointments? I don’t know about you but I feel it will be boring. I surely will not appreciate the rainbows and laughter as much as I do in this sinful world. Maybe God has closed a door and you keep fighting to keep it open-goodluck challenging or playing tug-of-war with God. 

In times when “no one understands”, run to God. If you lived a life that went hard for the devil, GO HARDER now that you know a God whose love is unconditional. When you get your head knitted into God, how you view situations and life will change. Don’t let go, don’t hurt them even though it will feel good. Don’t cuss her out. Pass that test. 

It’s thanksgiving month. Get a journal and write thank you notes to God every day. You don’t have much to thank Him for? are you reading this? does your brain work enough to understand what you see? oh you’re alive and breathing! You are not on life support! WOW! Your inhalation and exhalation is FREE! You ought to praise Him. Do something good for someone else. Those pair of shoes may look good on you, but it may look better on your neighbor. Let your life and love be infectious. Make others jealous and curious to find out about the God or joy you have ALL THE TIME. Don’t run to that guy you know is below your standards because “life” happened. You are strong and in control of your emotions. 

Let’s make a vow to thank God this month. (Don’t ask for anything else, Just praise Him like not a dang thing got in your way)....He will be your strength if you pour your weakness on Him, and give you beauty for ashes too #GetYoPraiseOn. 

You are beyond beautiful. Believe.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Excuse me...NOT!

So everyone that walks this earth has a “YOLO” excuse every now and then to act a fool (ME included). We all do stupid things or try to put logic to excuse an unacceptable behavior, or that act we know all too well we should not be engaging in. “YOLO”, “life is short”, “leggo!” are words we are too familiar with. 

Indeed, life is short so let’s live it in a way that when we cross-over to the other side and we are standing in front of God we are NOT ashamed.

 I was watching a show yesterday, and one of the casts was going through a tough and hard time in her life. She lost someone very dear to hear, and has been appearing to be under the influence on the show. As much as we should not be judging, I am of the opinion that people should not be left to handle situations wrongly because something happened in the past. I will never watch anyone I love mess up while I watch them from afar. It is never okay to excuse our reality on our circumstances....life and death, blessings and curses have been set before us. 

Yes! God understands every situation, but in my understanding of Him which is limited I believe He has given us wisdom and free will & we will be judged through and through of our every actions. 

I can never stress the importance of strong and supporting friends enough. People that are not just in your corner to be cheerleaders (the ones that are your “yayyy!” chanters without giving you honest feedback), but to really tell you “I love you, but you are about to act a fool.” 

People that have your best interest at heart, push you towards Christ and care for you like you are part of their flesh are those we should have in our corner. I know you’re extremely hurt, woe is you, the world is on your shoulders and no one understands you, BUT before you consume that entire bottle of your only “friends” (Jack & Daniel) that don’t judge you....HoldUp! Put that bottle down, God understands.

He is jealous for you and doesn’t want to share you with anything. Remember when God asked Eve what happened to her that she ate the forbidden fruit, AND like most of us sinners she tried to play down an excuse? and she even blamed the serpent saying it deceived her; while God maybe understood the temptation, she still had to face the consequences for her actions. 

Someone once said “excuses are monuments of nothingness, and those who practice those tools of incompetence are masters of nothing.”  Learn to master your emotions. When a stupid thought pops up in your head, silence it the best way you know how. Never give in to any stupid tricks that you know better than.  

If you know anyone that has become distant and is going through something, this is a charge to reach out to them and make sure they are handling their situation in the healthiest way possible.  No, I did not say you should go and call people out with violence and judgement because that will only turn ugly and unproductive. Make sure your motive is right and your emotions are centered. 

God forbid that anyone reading this stands before God with fear and trembling, and gives GOD an EXCUSE about why they lived life on earth on YOLO sprees. Totally ignoring the fact that you know you should have been more focused on eternal things. By God, we will ALL have testimonies on how we reflected His love on everyone we came across. 

We need to stop playing church y’all. Time is ticking. We don’t got time for none of that anymore. 

Being a real Christian will not come easy. There are things your peers will want to engage in but you can’t. Everyday you wake up, you will have to KILL your flesh. You will have to renew your mind and make the conscious daily decision to live for God. At first people will criticize you, call you boring and what not, but don’t let that stop you. Care ONLY about what God calls you at the end. FORGET ALL YOU DID IN THE PAST. As long as you have repented, he has wiped your slate clean and given you a new chance to try again. 

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life”-Matthew 11:28 MSG

You are crazy, silly Beauty-FULL! (In & Out).