Blessed in a bad time

God is constant faithful with every changing season

So much has continued to go on despite our seemingly unfortunate state. We continue to breathe and move and for that, we should be grateful.  This has caused me to realise that though it seems we are all affected by this global issue. we are not all in the same season. Ecclesiastes 3:1 would have us know “there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the sun.

I will first start by not saying happy new year since this is my first post of 2021. Instead, I can but pray that you are finding strength and hope in what remains to be a crazy season for the whole world.

I have experienced some tremendous highs during this time. I got married in December. So many were postponing their weddings but for me and mine we carried on. Don’t get me wrong, we didn’t know what was going to happen as November introduced itself with another lockdown. I had plans to get my dress altered flowers sorted and so on. It was then I began looking nervously at the situation. I soon had sense knocked into me and I went to my God who I know was and is in control. I asked for guidance and cast my anxieties onto Him(1 Peter 5:7).

Whilst contemplating what was happening it dawned on me that this season for me was one of blessing. I was immediately brought to 2 Kings 7:3-20. In this 4 leapers stumbled into the camp of the Syrians causing them to think they were being ambushed so they ran. See the leapers weren’t allowed in the city but there was a famine so they decided to go in the city. They were hungry and they thought they may die whether they stayed or went. God gave them favour as they went causing them to sound like an army. They were able to live off the resources of the Syrian army.  I say this because we were able to see the blessing in having a smaller wedding. We saved money and were doubly blessed financially. So as we stumbled through the limitation and the November lockdown and further cutbacks on the number of guests we, in turn, saved ourselves from potential financial discrepancies. We were also able to keep ourselves and others safe. We were still able to share the day virtually with friends and family around the world as well as getting everything done in ample time.

I want to encourage you all to not allow fear to drive your life. Giving your worries and your cares to God is the best you can do in this time. Another thing is to focus on His promises. I know it seems like people are dying but here’s a wake-up call people die every day. It’s apart of life. Don’t think I’m making light of death because I’m not. I just hope that you would let the hope of Christ Jesus lead you rather than fear and as I mentioned before you’re still here this is your time to live but make it count and live for Him.

The living stone

Jesus the rock that holds me up

With recent events around the world: elections, BLM, even Brexit talks still and the virus which we will refrain from naming, it is crystal clear that we are headed for shaky times or dare I say shakier times. I mean I say crystal clear but for some they haven’t got the foggiest idea of what is going on. The bible does relate that there will be those who” have eyes but do not see, ears but do not hear and hearts but do not understand” Ezekiel 12 verse 2.

As a child I always heard the expression “a rolling stone gathers no moss” . This non biblical proverb has been said to carry the meaning of someone not staying steadfast in something and therefore not reaping its rewards. It is dare I say no better time to be a Christian.For many of us the light of Christ has shone on the darkness that is sin drawing us to repentance and revealing things the bible says even angels long to look into Peter 1 verse 12. That God would chose us mere mortals to reveal these things to is a miracle and yet many shrug in disbelief at the signs of the return of Christ. We must be steadfast a vigilant always watchful of the things which are happening around us. We must be steady stones gathering the moss of the word of God, prayer,discernment and righteous living. We cannot afford to be rolling around the world because this will prove to be fruitless.

Since we’re on the topic of stones I think it only fair to mention our living stone Jesus Christ. I was reminded of Exodus 17 where the children of Israel went out to fight against Amalek. In their fight, Moses gets weary as he holds up his hands to see Israel prevail. These shaky times will be the  testing of our faith and allegiance to Christ and many even now are falling away. We will get weary but we must push through. The best way to do so is to remember the rock of our salvation. The scripture continues to show how they put stones under Moses’ hands to hold them up and Aaron and Hur helped to hold up his hands also. Where are the Aarons and Hurs of your life? These are the ones who will pray with you in the seasons of discouragement and weariness. They are quick to remind you to look to Jesus whom the bible calls our precious cornerstone. This is the same rock the wiseman built his house upon. Israel’s defeat of Amalek reminds us that we need not think ourselves alone in these times. God is with us and as we come to Christ with our weariness He will give you strength for they that wait upon the lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not get weary; they shall walk and not faint” Isaiah 40 verse 31. We are already victorious its just that our fight to meet victory seems tough but as God was with Israel then so is He  with His church and His people.

Hope is Rising

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In 2017 I was at a place of despair. It’s crazy to think that I am writing this about myself on this blog format. I am normally personal through poetry, but this time, in as simple English as possible, let’s get personal.

So in 2017 as I said before I was at a place of despair. What? But Nicolette, You were a Christian even then! Yes, I was and still am for your information. I am and will never be exempt from anything life throws at us. As long as we’re involved, something’s bound to go wrong/ human beings; we break things, people and hearts and I was definitely heartbroken.

Trauma had set in. The dormant parts of my life that I thought I had under control, soon erupted causing me to relive past offences over and over again. Memories I was shocked existed, crept out of their holes. Like spiders in the corners of your house chilling in their webs, waiting for their prey to struggle to the death, so did these memories have me, my mind and I was almost consumed.    

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God saved me from my sins and is delivering me daily from the things that were laid upon me. I have mentioned before that even Christians are not without the issues of life nor the issues of people and violations. The bible says that we should hold on because we will overcome the trouble. It says that we do because Christ has overcome the world (John 16 verse 33. I have had to climb through the dirt and rubble of depression and anxiety. My faith wasn’t non-existent but my mind and body were just tired. I laid there with tears in my eyes and the feeling of someone digging a hole from underneath me. It was then I cried out to my God. The foundations of my faith had remained. Scriptures upon scriptures written upon my heart brought to recollection that Hope is risen.

Everything I was feeling at that moment was not permanent but temporary and soon would pass. Many times we make permanent decisions in temporary places. The words tried to come and eventually all that slipped out was “God I know what Your word says, help me!” I was not without counselling and I definitely prayed and to this date pray that I won’t slip back into that state. That was 2017. it’s now 2020 and I continue to fight against trauma and flashbacks, but I know I have hope because of Jesus. He went through suffering and pain temporarily. He went to the grave temporarily only to permanently defeat death, the and hell. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weakness…” Hebrews 4 verse 15 and so I remember this and know that I too can get through. In the end, it says in Revelation 12 verse 11 that one of the things that cause us as believers to win is the blood of the lamb (Jesus Christ).

 I did want to give up. I almost did, but I’m glad I didn’t. As time went on I was able to face 2018 and by 2019 I realised that the devil sometimes wants to kill the potential in you. I don’t even want to give him too much credit, but this trial tried to break me for sure. The true test of faith the bible speaks of is said to come by fiery trials (1st Peter 1 verse 7). I think its fair to say that I have experienced some fiery trials. Will be the last time I’m tested? I doubt it. I know that it’s hard, however, I’ve experienced hope rising in my life every day since. I will be able to pull through because experience, as they say, brings wisdom. Maybe not for all but for most. And, now I look on to 2020 with hope and love and gratefulness for life.

 I understand that if I hadn’t built my foundation on Christ I would be lost. If I had given up I would have missed out on dating this great person in my life. I would’ve forfeited my destiny and all that God has in store for me. What’s that you ask? We’ll just have to wait and see. “For eye has not seen ear has not heard nor has entered into the heart of man what is prepared for them who love Him.” 1st Corinthians 2 verse 9.   

A new start

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
1 Peter 3:12 ESV
https://bible.com/bible/59/1pe.3.12.ESV

Today’s scripture is a reminder that you cannot continue living the sinful(constant disobedience to God’s word) way and expect #God to be with you.

The world seems to think that you can have both. You always hear the world crying out #pray for… but who are you praying to when you reject God most days. There could be greater impact if there was relationship.

If not for the few saved people interceeding all over the world what would we be? Most importantly a #father in heaven who’s mercies are renewing every morning and who is so gracious. So in this new day is the chance for #life. Life because you woke up still breathing but most especially life because #salvation awaits you in God the son #Jesus.

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