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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00038_18, Serbia, Yugoslavia, 11/1989, YUGOSLAVIA-10127.Serbia

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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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