Archive | February 2010

FOR MARRIED EYES ONLY

Ecclesiastes 9:8-9 Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. ENJOY LIFE WITH YOUR WIFE WHOM YOU LOVE, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun_ all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.

Do you love? Are you in love? Are you planning to love? Then this is for you. I loved this quote as soon as I first set my eyes on it.

WE COME TO LOVE
Not by finding a perfect person,
BUT BY LEARNING TO SEE
an imperfect person perfectly

HAVE A LOVELY, LOVING SUNDAY with the ONE YOU LOVE!!!!

HE KNOWS WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU

Isaiah 48:17 This is what the Lord says_ your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord, your God, who teaches you WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU, who directs you in the way you should go.

A NICHE is defined as: a position particularly suitable for the person occupying it; relating to or aimed at a small specialized group or market; the status of a plant or animal within its community which determines its activities, relationships with other organisms etc.

Of late, I have been thinking and wondering a lot. Why? Because...I AM LOOKING FOR MY NICHE. That place which goes beyond just bare existence or survival…into the place of REST and FULFILLMENT. Over five years ago, when God called me to write, I didn’t think much about it. I took a pen and slowly, began penning down the first sentence which, five years later has become a book…or rather a manuscript waiting for its time at the publishers. And while, deep down in my heart, I know God’s plans for me are interwoven in the pages of this yet-to published book, at times…I sit back and wonder. I wonder because like every one of you, at times, there seems to be no clear direction for me. What next? I asked the Lord this morning. Maybe, I should look for Continue reading

A NAGGING WIFE?

Proverbs 21:9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a QUARRELSOME WIFE.

Proverbs 27:15-16 A QUARRELSOME WIFE is like a constant dripping on a rainy day; restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil in the hand.

A quarrelsome wife? OR in other words…A NAGGER!

Nag means to scold or annoy CONSTANTLY; to be a CONSTANT source of discomfort or worry; a person, especially a woman, who nags.

Before I start, I need to say this. Do I scold or annoy my husband? That is if you would like to know. YES, I DO!!! But with this difference, I don’t nag him CONSTANTLY. Why, because…I might end up losing him for good.

Here is an example…a personal witness. There are a couple I know, unmarried but living together with three little children. The lady, I can say is an acquaintance. So, one day I ask her why they don’t want to get married and her answers are vague and evasive. It so happens that her partner comes home and as he joins in the conversation, I ask him the same question. Continue reading

WATCH THIS SPACE

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ASK or THINK, according to the POWER THAT WORKS IN US, to Him be GLORY in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

There you go again, as usually reaching out for your favorite morning newspaper. You want to be informed and of course, you flip over the pages with anticipation. Then all of a sudden, you turn the page over only to be met by a white blank sheet with these words on top; WATCH THIS SPACE. What might be your reaction? Wasted resources, one may say. Huh, I wonder what they are up to? another might put in. But for the most, our curiosity will get the better of us. Why, because that is human nature. We like to be kept at a state of high anticipation. This was actually what happened many Continue reading

FRIENDLY ADVICE

Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the WOUNDS OF A FRIEND, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Years ago, a good family friend took me along with her to a carpentry workshop. Unknown to me at the time, she had ordered for herself a Designer Wall-unit for her living room. So, when we got to the wall-unit section, she proceeded to ask of my opinion on a particular wall-unit which had a few remaining touches to the finish.
‘What do your think of this unit? Do you think I should buy it?’ she asked. And of course, my answer wasn’t what she wanted to her. “No, I don’t like the unit. And I gave her my reasons. Moments later, she made this confession. ‘Anyway, this is the one I have ordered. I will be picking it up in a few days.’ For a few seconds, I felt shocked but no, not upset. Why? Because, I knew that my advice could have been the same had I known from the beginning the unit was hers. You see, she was one of those friends that I could tell the truth without the fear of losing them. And hence, my Continue reading

SUFFERING: A COMPASS TO WHOLENESS

James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face TRIALS OF MANY KINDS, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be MATURE and COMPLETE, not lacking anything.

A COMPASS according to Wikipedia is a NAVIGATIONAL INSTRUMENT for determining direction relative to Earth’s magnetic poles.

Suffering for a Christian also works in the same way as the compass. I have heard this question asked over and over again. WHY DO GOOD PEOPLE SUFFER? Or, IS IT NECESSARY FOR A CHILD OF GOD TO GO THROUGH SUFFERING? Before I answer these questions let me put the record straight. SUFFERING is a part and parcel of our everyday life…e.i for the unbeliever and the believer alike.

Psalm 90:10 The length of our days is seventy years or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but TROUBLE AND SORROW for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

But here is the difference. For a believer, suffering is a means to an end and not the end itself. Like the above scripture puts it….trials of many kinds will come to test our faith. And when we have endured suffering, it produces in us, MATURE CHARACTER and makes us COMPLETE or in other words, gives us WHOLENESS! Hence, good people or the child of God will endured suffering because, we live in a fallen world, and secondly God allows us to suffer so that we may also share in the sufferings of Christ and in turn, we will be glorified in Him.

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MARRIED BUT UNLOVED

Genesis 29:30-31 Jacob lay with Rachel also, and HE LOVED RACHEL MORE THAN LEAH. And he worked for Laban another seven years. When the Lord saw the Leah was NOT LOVED, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.

LEAH in Hebrew means WEARY, TIRED, TENDER or WEAK.

A simple question for the single person. At what state are you approaching the idea of marriage?
For the married person. At what state did you enter into your marriage? Let’s put some substance into the above questions from the example of Leah’s love story in Genesis 29

Here is Leah, daughter of Laban. Leah had WEAK EYES and most probably unattractive, unlike her younger sister, Rachel who was lovely in form and beautiful. According to their custom, the younger sister could not get married before her elder sister. So here we see a problem. Even through the bible does not mention it, it is most probable that Rachel had many suitors. But NO, none of them were interested in her sister Leah. Hence, right from the start, Leah was always DISADVANTAGED. Not only because she was physically unattractive, but she was seen as Continue reading