Friday, May 5, 2017

Be kind to yourself. Manage expectations well.

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I took a sweet nap in Church last Sunday. So wrong, yeah? I shamelessly rested my head and just allowed myself doze off. My neighbour (the young man who sat beside me) nudged me once to wake up but I gave him a power-nod. You know, one of those nods that confuses even the guy trying to wake you up-- is she sleeping or in the spirit?

As a child I used to hear that when you feel drowsy in church it meant that the devil was beside you fanning you to sleep in order to steal your blessings. That memory must have been one of the things that jolted me back to reality. The nap was for like five minutes but it felt way longer.

The message for that day was about managing expectations in order to reduce the amount of disappointments we experience in life. As the passion of the preacher roared through the hall, I took some notes.

The jenniferized version:

Most times disappointment comes when we are the ones engineering things...we set goals with a now-now attitude. And so when things don't happen as we "engineered", we hit the rock bottom. Disappointed. 

He also said something about the risk of comparing ourselves with others. You know. We sometimes forget that we all have our times and seasons. Living by another person's timing is risky. A big catalyst for disappointment.

It is okay to fail. Life is about winning some and loosing some. But the latter can be better managed to become a stepping stone for something greater. 

The preacher man pointed out a few examples from the Bible to back each point he made. I caught some: 

2 Kings 5 -- Naaman who almost missed the opportunity to be healed because he was expecting the Prophet to give him a VIP treatment. His high expectation did not match the simple instruction that he was given. If not that he tucked away his pride, God knows...  Some of us have lost so many things because of pride. 

Psalm 38- But God is merciful. David understood that so well. 

Psalm 37:4- that key!

Yo! Have a fantastic Friday! Manage your expectations well and be kind to yourself. I am learning too.

Shalom!

--
Jennifer 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Oriki: For my Master Lover

Alagbada ina,

the I AM 

who is clothed in fire

and makes the impossible possible,

the wait was long, Lord,

but thank you

for finally giving me

your unquestionable stamp of approval.

I love you, Love!

Despite my many failings,

You alone still fuel my fire,

and teach my soul

the art of being patient.

Thirty two tongues 

are not enough to thank you-

but my soul still sings:

bäṭam amäsäggänallähun!

Master Lover, my chief warrior,

bless the king and queens

who threw the honeycomb my way,

The bees will buzz

but I shall fear no evil.

May peace reign in Jerusalem.

Now, unto the next!


 

--
Jennifer 

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Death was arrested!


"Death Was Arrested"
Artist: Laura Story
Album: Open Hands
Released: 2017
Genre: Christian/gospel

Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin
Lost without hope with no place to begin
Your love made a way to let mercy come in
When death was arrested and my life began

Ash was redeemed only beauty remains
My orphan heart, was given a name
My mourning grew quiet, my feet rose to dance
When death was arrested and my life began

Oh Your grace, so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with You

Released from my chains I'm a prisoner no more
My shame was a ransom He faithfully bore
He cancelled my debt and He called me His friend
When death was arrested and my life began

Oh Your grace, so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with You

It's Your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with You
Ohh with You

Our Saviour displayed on a criminal's cross
Darkness rejoiced as though Heaven had lost
But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand
That's when death was arrested and my life began, ohhh!

Oh Your grace, so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with You

Ohh, it's Your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with You

Oh we're free, free
Forever we're free
Come join the song
Of all the redeemed

Yes we're free, free
Forever amen
When death was arrested and my life began

We're free, free
Forever we're free
Come join the song
Of all the redeemed

Yes we're free, free
Forever amen
When death was arrested and my life began
When death was arrested and my life, began.
--
Jennifer 

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Relationship over religion: The message from an old man...


Had a sweet conversation with an old man in a bus yesterday (Sunday). Learnt a lot from him! He said that I would tell people about our meeting. He was right 😁.

Summary: 
Stop making noise that you are a christian. Let them see the LORD reflected in you. Context: the early apostles did not call themselves christians. The people saw them model everything Jesus taught and called them "christians". They were like Christ. Are you? Am I? 🤔 Are we?

Shalom!


--
Jennifer 

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Queen Esther (the movie)

Trying to watch at least one movie per month. I've just seen Queen Esther... one of my favorite scenes is the tête–à–tête the king had with Esther after Vashti lost her throne due to "rebellion". The king fearing that Esther might rise up to become another activist within his palace asked, "Will you be an obedient queen?". Esther's response included, "Will you be a faithful king?". I liked that she had a very "strong voice" (confidence and wisdom) in the presence of the king. Any royalty will be attracted to that. The rest of the discussion is pure poetry. You 'll enjoy it. But I still prefer the book as it is recorded in the Bible 😊. I guess I'm just a bookaholic.

--
Jennifer 

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tongue-Power: How do you use your tongue?

 "An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered," Proverbs 11:9

"There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health," Proverbs 12:18

"A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit," Proverbs 15:4

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof," Proverbs 18:21

Speak life! 

Shalom.


Photo Credit: Emmanuella C.







--
Jennifer 

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Pay Attention: Hebrew 12:1 - 2

"Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times..."
Luke 22:54-62

I heard something profound during communion service last night that I would like to share...

The message that was preached was drawn from Hebrew 12:1-2. 

Pastor Ghandi explained how we as christians need to let go of some weights slowing us down from running the race set before us effectively... 

Jesus Christ endured all manners of things in order to fulfill His calling and finish His race. He endured the shame, loneliness and pain that came with the cross. His follower, Peter, who was always quick to pledge his loyalty even denied Him during the most trying period of His life. So basically, in this race, don't expect everything to go smoothly. 

We have to learn to focus and not compare our journey and experiences with other's. Sometimes people will think that you are crazy and all that. They will not understand because the blue-print that you are following is eternal and different from the world system. 

Sometimes we falter, other times we stumble. But the key is to shed the weight and press on towards the mark of high calling. Somewhere along the line, the preacher used Peter's experience as an example. 

You see, when the cock crowed the third time, everyone else heard an ordinary cock crow but for Peter it was a confirmation of something deeper that made him weep bitterly. 

Any way, we all know that Peter later got a chance to publicly proclaim his love for our Lord Jesus three times to replace his earlier denial. It is a good thing to know that we have the hope of redemption. 


Back to the point, the message spoke to me personally. With all the happenings in the world today, we need to be more conscious of our connections and remember that our journeys are different. While some may hear an ordinary cock crow today or tomorrow, for you or me it might be a message that should not be ignored. Your cock crow could come in different forms. Pay attention.

You might need to study Luke 22:54-62 and John 21:15-18 to get the full picture.

Shalom!
--
Jennifer 

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