The Heavy Burden of Perfection

Heavy Burden of perfection

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. -Psalm 127:1

As humans, most of us strive so hard for perfection.

Feeling the need to be perfect, we stress over what we look like, what others think of us, our performance at work/school, our relationship with others and our many flaws and imperfections.

And by doing this, our gaze is sometimes set so low because all we can think about is “me, myself and I” when our gaze should be up and set on Christ. We obsess over having control over everything in our lives without realizing that what we have control over is pretty limited.

And when we finally fail because we will fail, when we run out of breath or when the weight that we’ve put on our self is now too much to bear, we realize that the little house of perfection we’ve been building all along is about to fall apart.
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Bearing With One Another

Bearing With One Another
I’m noticing some interesting things in my relationships and interactions with those that I’m walking this walk of faith with.

I’m understanding more and more that although we are Christians and are striving to grow in Christ and in holiness together, we are all totally different people.

God has created us all very differently and this is not by mistake. Not only are we different but we are also sinners.

And with different personalities and attitudes, it can get really messy and hard sometimes trying to understand each other. Continue reading

Mere Fan Or True Follower?

Mere Fan

“This is a hard saying, who can understand it?” (John 6:60)

I am currently reading a christian book on what it means to be a woman of God and His purpose in creating me a woman.

And although the book is scriptural, I initially found it difficult to read because the author’s points on God’s purpose in creating a woman, the single life and the married life are all contrary to what the world has taught me on what it means to be a woman.

More than once was I tempted to skip the book on my kindle and move on to something else but for some reason I kept on with it.

After a few days of finding myself still on the same book, I found myself asking some questions along the lines of: Is it your will or God’s will that you want to be done in your life? Do you love God enough to obey and live your life based on His word even if you don’t fully understand the reasons why He created man as man or woman as woman? If this is God’s will for marriage between man and wife, the single life and the married life; are you willing to die to yourself and your preconceived ideas that is based on worldly knowledge?

I’m actually not here to talk about the book but the main question that the questions above points to, a question many of us need to ask ourselves: are you a mere fan or true follower of Christ? Continue reading

Grieving The Spirit

Grieving The Spirit
Beating yourself up because you feel like you keep disappointing God?

You’re wondering why your words, thoughts and actions are not glorifying God. Your relationship and walk with Christ is not at the place where you would like for it to be. You most likely feel stagnant.

It seems like we live in a world that makes being a Christian difficult. But the truth is that there are things that we as individuals can do to distinguish ourselves from the world.

The bible says that we are a peculiar people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation (1 Peter 2:19).

So how can we be the light in the midst of darkness (the world)? How can we be the salt that gives taste to the world?

There are books that we read, TV shows we find entertaining, certain types of music we like listening to, people we follow on social media networks, friends we interact with and many other things that we surround ourselves with. But are these things glorifying God? Continue reading

Our Bones Are Dried Up

Valley Of Dry Bones
“And indeed, the bones were very dry.”

When God took Ezekiel, in a vision, to the valley of dry bones, He commanded him to prophesy life into the bones. He prophesied, commanded and brought back to life the “very dead” and very dry bones.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord ! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord .’ -Ezekiel 37:4-6

And through the word of God, the bones lived. Continue reading

In The Deepest Valleys

Deepest Valleys

“How long, Lord ? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” (Psalm 13:1-2)

There are moments when I’m really good and I feel like my faith is strong.

And then there are moments when I feel really low and I just want to cry and ask why.

These moments can occur more than once in a day. Of course, it seems confusing that a person can experience these surge of emotions, these highs and lows a few hours apart from each other.

But there is someone that we can all relate to in this, King David. Continue reading

Liebster Award

So I was nominated for a Liebster award by favoredwoman (make sure you check out her blog). I was curious to know the meaning of the word ‘liebster’ and the main purpose of this award, so this is what I got from Google.
The Liebster award is given to up and coming bloggers to encourage them to continue their work. What is a Liebster? The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

 

1) What is your favorite post on my blog? How to genuinely forgive anyone

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Faith In The Midst Of Uncertainty

Faith In The Midst Of Uncertainty

Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. (Hebrews 11:1 AMP)

While I’m currently waiting on God to do something significant in my life, I’ve come to the realization that faith is not about mustering up enough faith to get God to do what we want.

Rather it is about trusting that God will work everything out for our good.

Faith is about trusting that God’s will is always good and better than what we may currently want.

It is being sure and holding on to the fact that God is still good no matter the outcome of our situation. Faith is believing that God is never against us no matter what we may or may not get from Him.

The moment we start believing that we can propel God to do something for us through our faith, we are in danger.

Danger of feeling like a failure for our inability to muster up enough faith. Continue reading

Suitable Covering For Shame

Covering for Shame

As humans, we tend to believe that we are capable of covering up our shame.

And of course we do try, we cover it up with flimsy things that can never last, things that have no substance and will soon fade away.

We cover up our shame with lies, denial and/or blaming others.

When Adam and Eve sinned, they realized their nakedness and this gave birth to shame. Not only did they realize that they were naked but they went on to believe that they could cover up their shame with clothing made out of fig leaves.

At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. (Genesis 3:7)

But God had a better plan. Continue reading