God is still God even when bad things happen

Big question – why does God allow bad things to happen? More often than not when we hear bad news of deaths, bombings, acts of terrorism etc. we are tempted to ask – where was God in all this?

Personally, I believe that no matter what happens, God is still God. He sees, He hears and He knows… He is not ignoring, He is Omniscient and Omnipresent. We might not understand His ways, but he always He has a plan.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

Isaiah 55:8
Evil things happen and it is really disheartening when human beings become the vessels through which evil is perpetuated.  We are often riddled with a lot of questions such as why doesn’t God intervene? Why does He allow evil?  And so forth.

One thing we must understand is that God has given us free will.  He guides us to do His will, but He does not force us to do His will. At the end of the day, we have the choice to make … We have to choose whether to love or hate, be good or bad, to be joyful or miserable…The choice is really ours…In 1 Corinthians 10:23, the Bible tells us that

“All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.”

Because of this free will, we can safely say that an act of evil carried out by one man to another is a choice. We choose to hurt one another.

We have many choices to make in our lifetime, but it is important to note that God has not left us to fumble in the dark and fall. He has provided guidelines and directions in His word so that we can make the right choices. For instance, when our neighbor or enemy offends us, we have the choice to either retaliate or forgive. If we go by our human desires, we would most likely retaliate but the Bible tells us to forgive. In Ephesians 4:31-32, we are encouraged to;

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

You would think that with all these directions and guidance, man would make the right choices, but we don’t. Sometimes we choose sadness instead of happiness, hate instead of love, to retaliate instead of forgive and hold back instead of give.

What our “mischoices” have resulted in is a world of chaos! The kind or world where a man looks another in the eye and then pulls a trigger.

God sees this and it hurts Him because He loves us but remember, He gave us a choice….

God put us here on earth to love one another and to be each other’s keeper. One of the best choices we can make is to act as the physical manifestation of God’s goodness here on earth.

Imagine how the world would be if we acted like the hands and feet of Christ.

If not us then who?

Enjoy this song by Matthew West

Life & Hope

Hello People,

I hope you are all good! I just wanted to send some words of encouragement your way !

In life, we sometimes encounter situations that bring us down and cause us to think little of ourselves.

When you start to feel that way , realize that it is time to take stock. Look back at your life and look how far you have come ! Consider all the things you have overcome … You stronger than you think you are. You are more blessed than you recognize You are still here, alive and breathing! This might sound cliche but know that once there is life, there is hope.

May we constantly be reminded of how blessed we are each and everyday. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus #riseabove

Be blessed and stay blessed!

This morning …

This morning I woke up feeling so blessed and grateful. I don’t know why? It was just an overwhelming feeling. As I took my usual walk to the bus stop to catch the morning bus, I kept thanking God for my life and really appreciating all that he has done for me and my family.
I got to the bus stop and was sitting there minding my business when I see this young African American man. He walked in front of me turned back and walked towards me. In my head I was thinking now what ? I hope he is not going try to get my number or anything like that. Thankfully, he only wanted to know how he could get downtown. I showed him how. He thanked me and started to walk off. Then he stopped and started towards me again. At this point I was thinking oh here comes the part where he says ” can I have your number? “But to my surprise he wanted more information about the bus route and some how, he started telling me about he got stabbed on 4th of July while getting on the bus . It was over a woman he said.
He lifted his shirt to show me the wounds. Oh boy! Had not seen anything like that in my life! And he kept saying that God kept him alive. At that point, I felt prompted to tell him about Jesus Christ. But honestly, I did not know how… Or where to start or what he would think of me. So I just listened to him.
Anyways there happened to be a senior citizen sitting by me who after seeing those wounds started to engage him in a conversation. The older man told the younger one about how he too had been a target of violence several times in his 68 year old life. And that God had saved him. He asked the younger guy if he had been saved. The younger one replied that he had heard about it but did not know what that meant.The old man began to explain what it meant to be saved and that there was a reason why God saved him from the stab wounds and gave him another chance…
And there I was, sitting there stunned at what just happened. I felt like God had used this old man to show me how to go about telling people about him. There have many instances like this where I have been prompted to tell people about Christ but haven’t done it because of several reasons.
This morning, I learnt one thing. That if God wants you to do something at a certain point and you don’t do it, he will raise someone to do it in order for his plan to be fulfilled.
So guys this is how my morning went. And I pray that God gives us the grace to reach out to people and share the good news about Jesus Christ.

Have a beautiful day!

Xo
-S

To trust…or not to trust

I’lld say not to trust. One of the best advice I have ever received in my life was from my mother. One day, someone hurt me and when I run to tell her she told me, “never put your full trust in anyone, not even me -your mother”. I walked away asking myself did she really say that?
But I soon realized thereafter that when push comes to shove and it comes down to survival, man can stab you in the front or back intentionally or unintentionally.
Since then, one of my guiding principles has been to trust in God, not people. God has never and will never let me down but humans, we are full of surprises…

Xo
-S

To Read is to Fly

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Reading takes me to different worlds . Its amazing !

Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which
gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety,
ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.”
 – A C Grayling, Financial Times
(in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)

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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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There is no frigate like a book 
To take us lands away, 
Nor any coursers like a page 
Of prancing poetry. 
This traverse may the poorest take 
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot 
That bears a human soul.
- Emily Dickinson

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We read to know we’re not alone.
-  C.S. Lewis

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When I get a little money I buy books;
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Divergent

I just watched the movie divergent. Review? I think it was a good movie. if you liked the Hunger Games, you might like this one. it is pretty much like Hunger Games except that it had a different twist – the world is divided into factions based on virtues instead of districts. There were 5 factions –  Amity, for the peaceful; Abnegation, for the selfless; Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite, for the Intelligent; Candor, for the honest. When a person came of age, they went through an aptitude test  which determined which faction best suited them. Now if you were not welcome in any faction, you were known as factionless. Those were the outcasts.

There was also a group of people who belonged to all factions. Their test results usually read inconclusive. They were known as divergent. They were the ones to watch out for because they were different. They did not conform to the norms. They challenged the status quo. You could not define/confine them. They can simply be regarded as a non-conformists. 

They were exactly the kind of people society did not want and they had to be gotten rid off. This got me thinking about how society treats people who are different. Which is actually what everyone is supposed to be – different. No man was made the same. But guess what, we live in a world that tries to make everyone like everyone else. 

If I lived in a society/world that was divided into factions, I would probably belong to all of them. I would be brave,peaceful,selfless,kind and intelligent.  Now what would that make me? Answer : A young girl asking for trouble. Thank God in my world, I am allowed to be all these things and more . People may not like me for who I really am, but thank God that the choice to embrace my difference or uniqueness is really up to me. 

So if you had to choose where would you want belong? Or would you rather be divergent?

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You have not because you ask not

It’s actually 3:39 am and I am lying in my bed. Lights out. Thinking about a message I heard from Joel Osteen just a few minutes ago. It’s titled pray God- sized prayers. And yes, I do listen to Joel once in a while. I have had people tell me about how skeptical they are about him but personally, I don’t care what anyone has on him. I think his ministry is great and his messages have been such a blessing to me. Come to think of it, which man of God hadn’t ever come under scrutiny or not been criticized before ?

Anyways… before I decided to make good use of my precious time and tune in to Joel on my podcast, I was thinking about life … Where I am, where I want to be … how I could make my dreams come true , and wondering if I was dreaming too big or asking too much.

The answer to my questions came in this verse ;

You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.

James 4:2

I realized that I was thinking to myself all these thoughts and I had not even told the One who could make these things possible about them. I was just stressing and worrying about how I was going get all the things I wanted when I had not done the most important thing – ask God for them.

Of course the asking should be backed by faith. But I also believe that getting to the point of asking , that is opening your mouth to say “Lord, I need this” requires some amount of faith. No matter how little your faith might be, as long as there is a glimmer of faith, it’s still enough to move mountains. Remember the mustard seed?

I see it like this, sometimes when children ask their parents for something (mostly ridiculous stuff) lol. they don’t think about whether or not their parents are in the position to provide. They just ask believing that somehow their parents can provide that which they asked for. The parents may not be able to fulfill the child’s request, but the important thing here is that child believed enough to ask and even dared to keep persisting until he got his dream super-duper toy in hand.

The good news is that our Heavenly Father is Jehovah our provider. He provides our needs according to His riches in glory. He is just waiting for us to just ask Him. So that He provides.

After reading that wonderful verse, I have faith that I am not going to have the things I asked for, but I already have these things just because I asked! Not because I’m the most well behaved /obedient daughter of all times but because I asked!

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Matthew 7:7

Happy Sunday y’all :)

You are not alone

Hello lovely people!

How is this month so far?
Oh how I have missed blogging . Over the past few months, so much has happened in my life (Praise The Lord). I have made some really big moves and although I don’t know exactly how things are going to pan out. I am sure of one thing – that is that God’s plans for me are way bigger than what I perceive. So I am trusting in Him to work everything out. And I can’t wait to post my testimony here…

So far God has been very good
to me and He constantly reminds me of His presence in my life. I feel so blessed to be a daughter of the Most High.

And I hope that as you go through your day, you are constantly reminded that the God of Angel armies is always by your side.
Stay encouraged!

My top 5 Movies of All Time…

I love watching movies. But anyone who knows me well enough knows that I do not like to watch them twice. So whenever I am watching a movie that is worth my time, I want zero interruptions. I do not want to miss a thing.Sometimes I immerse myself  in a movie so much so that I feel I am actually a part of the cast. Its like I am able to feel the kind of emotions the actors try  to portray, especially, if its a really good movie. I would cry , laugh, pace up and down, jump out of my seat….(you don’t want to watch a horror movie with me).

I remember some time ago I went to see Twilight (one of them, i don’t really remember which one) at the Silverbird Cinema. I got so engrossed in the movie that I totally forgot I was in the midst of people. Bella (the protagonist) made a stupid move and I screamed at her…I think I said something like ” Silly girl !”. Suddenly, I could feel some cold stares and hear a few whispers here and there. That was when I came out of my ‘trance’ and realized what I had done. How embarrassing! My consolation was the fact the that the room was dark and the hope that most people would have forgotten what happened by the time the suspense filled movie ended. Whew.

Well, in spite of my I-don’t-watch-movies-twice rule. Here are 5 of my all time favorite movies that I would not mind watching more than once.  And Oh, I love the theme songs of these movies.  I  am very big on theme songs. Apart from the storyline and cast, theme songs can take me from liking a movie to loving it!

Okay so number one on my chart is…drum roll…

MV5BMjExNzM0NDM0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzkxOTUwNw@@._V1_TITANIC. I know some people think it was  just another sad love story. But I think it was a classic. Even my grandmother of blessed memory loved it. And to think that it was actually a true story that was reenacted so well…. In fact, the actors took me way back to 15th April 1912, when the unfortunate incident took place. I remember I was about 9 years old when I first watched it.  I cried. I was not able to sleep that night after watching it. I played it over and over  again in my head. Certain scenes really got to me. One was where  an old man and woman seeing that there was nothing they could  do in their frailty, went to bed , hugged each other and waited to drown. The captain of the ship locked himself up and waited for the water to engulf him. One lover – Jack played by Leonardo DiCaprio sacrificed his life or should I say life plank for his love Rose. I don’t want to go into details but those were really sad scenes. When I was finally able to sleep, I had a nightmare. I was on the TITANIC. lol. I woke up and wasn’t able to sleep till it was almost time to wake up for school. When a movie has such an effect on you, you know its a good one. The theme song was My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion.

original.0 Next on the list is LION KING. Hakunah Matata. It means don’t worry…(singing it right now). That was one of the theme songs of the movie . The storyline I think, was fantastic. It appealed to  both young and old and had some very important lessons about life that different generations could identify with. Mufasa and Scar were symbols  of good and evil. Darkness and light. Personally, I learnt that no matter what, evil will never prevail. In the beginning it might look like its winning, but it will never win. The African setting was a good idea. Loved it. I loved every single one of the sound tracks – Circle of Life , Can you Feel the Love Tonight,This Land… goes on and on . Amazing sound tracks. Good lyrics. Elton John sang most of the songs, Tim Rice wrote the lyrics and Hans Zimmer worked on the instrumental Compositions. Pure talent. And thanks to Walt Disney. And Bigger thanks to God who made all these talented people. :)

Pearl_Harbor_OST_Front_Cover_Amazon PEARL HARBOR .Pearl Harbor is actually a United States Navy deep-water naval base in Hawaii. But the movie was made to reenact the  the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941 (This explains why the US and Japan are ‘best friends’). The Americans were completely caught unawares. The Japanese were able to damage eight U.S. Navy battleships and sunk four  of them. Not to mention the lives that were lost as a result. This movie did well to depict the war at Pearl Harbor but it was not all war war war.  It was able to bring to bear the personal lives of the warriors/soldiers , those who found love and lost it forever ….and those who found it and managed to survive against all odds. It made the world see what America as whole went through in order to recover and the sacrifices that people made to defend the home of the brave. Theme song was There you’ll Be by Faith Hill.

armageddon_1998_580x745_848715Number 4 on my list is Armageddon. I did not watch this when it came out in in 1998. I watched it 12 years later! I had heard of it before I finally watched it but I was not so keen on it because I thought it was going to be one scary movie. Particularly because of the name . Y’all know Armageddon = end of the world. period. It wasn’t until I found out that the song , I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing was actually the theme song for the movie, that I decided to watch it. I figured if that song was the theme song, then the end of the world might not be too bad after all. So I watched it on Youtube. Full movie. It was … permit me to say captivating. lol. Another love story with drama , asteroids and deep-core drillers. Interesting. I have not watched it again since the last time I did but I would not mind watching it again.

Last but not the least is….

THE TWIGHLIGHT SAGA: NEW MOONTwilight. Fortunately or unfortunately  I was one of the peeples bitten by the Twilight bug. #TeamJacob. Yaaay. Twilight is a vampire-themed fantasy romance  that almost got me into trouble at the Cinema remember? I even have a T-shirt for team Edward . I switched between team Edward and Jacob over the years but by the end of the Breaking Dawn (Part One) I knew team Jacob was the way to go. I really think Bella would not have suffered so much if she had gone with Jacob. He or it was safer . I don’t know how to qualify Jacob because he was an animal too.Anyways.. I liked how suspense was sustained throughout the Twilight Saga. It made me look forward to every release. My favorite theme song was from breaking dawn (Part 1) – A thousand years by Christina Perri. Enjoy..