God in You!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 1 Comments A+ a-



Majority of the issues we deal with on a daily basis stem from our thought process. Thanks to Discipleship/Bible Study class, I am beginning to understand some fundamental truths in the Bible. For instance, when the Bible says evil communication corrupts good manners, I realize now that it’s not just those I associate with but actually what I hear from whatever associations I keep! Also, I am now conscious of how much I take what I hear to heart, that is, how deep I consider it. I have spent this past week meditating deeply on these truths and I arrived at this: wrong words sow wrong thoughts, thereby corrupting good manners!

Wrong words+ Wrong thoughts = Corrupt Manners 

(I choose to be conscious with this truth!)

Many times, I catch myself ‘considering’ wrong thoughts. They start with the popular ‘what ifs’. And end with peace provoking accusations and assumptions. The ‘what if’s’ are too numerous to mention and they usually tend to stimulate negative feelings in us. Personally, I recall siting in front of my psychiatrists when I was still a teenager and telling him, ‘People hate me’, ‘they don’t like me’, or ‘they think I am this or that….’ Those thoughts really taunted me and made me vulnerable in many ways. Eventually, I learned to pray over my thoughts, feelings and emotions; I still do! Here are some tips:

“Sweet Holy Spirit, please do not leave me to myself, because a child left to himself will bring you shame. Lord, please help me, I can’t help myself, I have never failed to acknowledge that! I need you now, now more than ever!”

“Father, it seems we are living in the last phases of the end time, Lord help us all to align to what is truly important and to consistently commit to doing the needful on a daily bases!"

Each time I mutter these words as prayers, tears well up in my eyes and my heart quakes with the need for God. We all need God. You don’t have to agree to make that statement true or false! Bottom line is that we all need God.

Irrespective of what you may be dealing with, where you are now, where you have been, how messed up you think you are or even how perfect you feel your life is, we all need God. Why? To start with, like I was recently reminded in our Discipleship/ Bible Study class, ‘this life we are living is not our life; it is God’s life in us’. Do you realize that? It is not your life, it is God’s life in you!

How do you honestly think you can maintain or live life without God? The story of the rich fool reflects this. He had accomplished so much, was so impressed with his life, his hard work and results, but failed to recognize God as his source and sustainer; he apparently believed the life was his. Soon the owner of his life showed up and took it. So you see, we really need God on a day by day, minute by minute, second by second basis.

My name is Precious, I was bipolar and I live a Full Life

References
Luke 12: 13 (NIV)

‘This life we are living is not our life; it is God’s life in us’. – Bidemi Mark-Mordi, Teacher, Bible Study/Discipleship Class. - http://www.bidemimarkmordi.com


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The Measure of Value

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

The world woke up one Friday morning to the news of Joan Rivers’ death which occurred the previous day, Thursday 4th, September, 2014. As we come to terms with this loss, and express our sincere condolences to her family through social media platforms and in person, we are again reminded about our lives. Personally, I am reminded to re-examine my values.

A lot has been said and will still be said concerning Joan Rivers’ death. One outstanding comment on her Facebook timeline, after her daughter, Melissa officially announced her mother’s death, was from a lady named Carol Berry. She wrote,

“Joan will be missed. The legacy she left behind is ‘laughter’. We will never forget that. My prayer to her family and friends. God needed a laugh so he took her home. Thank you Joan for the love and laughter. God Bless.” 

Just reading that compelled me to think about my life in terms of the measure of value invested in me by others and the measure of value I deliberately share with my friends and loved ones. I mean, Joan Rivers left behind a legacy – laughter; she had an unusual ability to make people laugh! Despite losing her second husband, Edgar Rosenberg, to suicide in 1987, somehow, she moved on and did not ignore her God given ability to make people laugh. What will be my legacy? What will I be remembered for? These are questions intended for everyone of us if we must live the life God will have us live - a life of value and impact not of selfishness, pity or depression.

When we talk about legacy, most people assume that having properties, an enviable amount of money in the bank, choice cars, access to the best holiday spots around the world, or even eating and living in luxury, is all that there is to legacy. I beg to differ.

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with the above, it is also important for us to give more attention to those things which we can’t see or hold but whose impact speaks volumes. Things like a smile, laughter, love, selfless service, commitment, diligence, tenacity, etc. These things have no physical appearance or tangible presence that can be touched but their impact creates value which can make our world a better place.

What will be your legacy? WikiEthica, in an article, titled, ‘Legacy: Leaving Your Mark’, defined legacy as,

“the story of someone’s life, the things they did, places they went, goals they accomplished, their failures, and more. Legacy is something that a person leaves behind to be remembered by”.

 If the way you are living your life does not bring upgrade to those in your little corner of the world, then you have to pause and think again. It’s never too late to start on the right path. Of what use is it for you to start your day thinking about ‘me’ and end it thinking about ‘me’? Self- centered thoughts or the ‘me’ thoughts could also express itself in the form of depression. Being consumed about what others think of you, or how they would have treated you better, or how they love or hate you, could make you develop the tendency to be self-centered.

Try to live your life one day at a time focusing on what is important. What is important is relative, depending on your Values. While figuring out what your values are, remember that you greatest sense of value will always come from how you respond to God and the special people He has placed in your life.

Interestingly, Deborah in the Bible was said to be ‘full of good works’, apparently, her relationship with her Heavenly Father made her commit to doing good consciously. You can also commit to good works, rather than invest time and resources in activities that do not make those around you better, invest in value adding activities and start to build a good legacy. What will be your legacy?

My name is Precious, I was bipolar and I live a full life.

Prayer

Father, I yield to your perfect will for my life. Let your value in me impact on the lives your bring my way daily, in Jesus Name, Amen.

Reference
Acts 9:36 (The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.)
https://wikiethica.wikidot.com/legacy-leaving-your-mark

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Take solace in the Truth!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

Recently, I read an anonymous story of a young lady who is nursing depression. Despite being on meds and having a psychiatrist, for her the battles with suicidal thoughts is real. In her words, “…sometimes I feel so tired, helpless, and unmotivated that I don't see a point to living”.

‘Tired, helpless and unmotivated’ those words got me thinking deeply because in the past I had experienced those words and have an idea of what she was going through.

Prior to the delivery of our son, the doctors advised me to be on bed rest till delivery. I was seven months pregnant and in their professional opinion, the pregnancy was high risk and needed close monitoring. With an astonished look on my face, brows wriggled with a frown, and shocked surprise in my eyes, I re-echoed to myself, ‘bed rest!’

What exactly does this phase of my life entails? What would I be doing on the bed- eat and sleep, right? And what would become of my family? - Who would care for them? What about my job? - would it still be available when am back from ‘bed rest’? The questions flooded my heart like a torrent, fear and depression accompanying each question.

After a while, I came to term with the situation by praying. I asked my Heavenly Father, “Why do I have to go on bed rest now?” I have long come to realize that asking God ‘why’ gives me an opportunity to see situations from God’s perspective and God’s perspective brings peace. My Father’s reply was, “I brought you here to preserve you and preserve this baby because you are precious to Me”.

If I did not have access to hearing God through redemption, being compelled to bed rest could have led to depression. It is so easy to outline what is not working in our favour and forget the benefits of hindsight that gives the privilege to be thankful.

When you find yourself in a non-negotiable situation, knowing what God has to say about the situation and cultivating an attitude of thanksgiving will keep you too busy for depression to gain entrance to your heart. Rather than spend the three months bed rest lamenting, I discovered that it was an unusual opportunity for me to truly rest-  I mean all the hustle and bustle of Lagos life, the demands of being a home maker coupled with the fact that I was an expectant working class mum of one! I really needed the rest.

The rest was beautiful, I found out later that God sent me there on a mission to encourage other women I met there with His word. I got acquainted with very unique set of women who have changed my life for the better. The essence of today’s post is to encourage us to deliberately look out for the good in every situation we find ourselves. It was Paulo Coelho who said “Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.” In every ugly situation lies a beautiful sight, if we will do the hard work of looking out for God’s perspective and be thankful.

 My pastor usually says, ‘If you have lost anything, God is the reason you have not lost everything’. Can you beat that? Take solace in the truth, that God has loved us with an everlasting love and has drawn us with his loving- kindness. Take solace in the truth, that God’s thoughts for us are thoughts of peace, not of evil to give us an expected end. Take solace in the truth, that our Redeemer is Strong and Mighty! Take solace in GOD and rest in Him.

My name is Precious, I was bipolar and I live a full Life


Prayer:
Thank you because you are close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Father, save me from myself and give me grace to stick to your perspective and to be thankful always.

Reference:
 Psalm 34:18 (NIV), Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV), Jeremiah 29:11 (King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition). www.goodreads.com/quotes

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