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When Jesus say Yes, Nobody can say No

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What I learnt today...


Yesterday was a little bit of a stressful day for me.

My 4 year-old daughter went for an interview at the primary school (Private English Medium) where we would like her to start schooling next year. She will only go to "reception", standard 0 or kindergarten as we call it in America.

This private school seems to be one of the best in the country in terms of their standards and all-in-all achievements in terms of  academic/ sports performance.

It is actually my first time to see 4 year-old children having to undergo an interview in order to get a chance to be accepted...just crazy, but this is school is so in  high demand that they came with that "policy".

When I left her at 8:00 am I was feeling a bit apprehensive, a bit anxious..I wanted her to do well, I wanted her to remember what she has learnt. I really felt like she was being interviewed for Harvard University ha ha! ;-)

BUT this morning, on our way to her school a song started playing in my car, a song my daughter loves and knows at heart -Michelle Williams - Say Yes ft. BeyoncĂ©, Kelly Rowland , she started singing so loudly and so joyfully that it just touched my heart, as I looked at her through the mirror she was having a big smile on her face...a big smile that "told me " to trust God, to trust God as she does...to declare His goodness and His promises as she does. to believe that "when Jesus say Yes, Nobody can say No". His promises are yes and amen...and I just got to believe it. He's been faithful for all my years, why would he ever stopped being who HE IS? He's grace is sufficient...

What I did Today:

I Finished the 3rd day or first week for Running for weight-loss which consisted in:
-Warm up 05:00
-(Run 01:30 + Walk 02:00)x6
-Run 01:00 + Walk 02:00
-Run 01:00 + Walk 01:00
-Cool Down

What I Read:



so far, what it stuck with me, is:

"Successful women think differently. They make decisions differently. They set goals differently. They bounce back from failure and adversity differently." -Valorie Burton, Successful women think differently, page 8

"Wherever you are on your life’s journey, if you find a way to embrace it and enjoy it, you will already have found some measure of success."

Successful Women vs Unsuccessful Women comparison chart
Which one you wanna be?



What I studied:

I studied the life of Sarah along a friend of mine who came to discuss the lesson (we meet once a week to discuss what we learnt).

Today He reminded me that He accomplishes his purposes despite my frailties, my little faith and entrenched self-reliance, also that HE LONGS TO BE GRACIOUS TO ME.

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him! - Isaiah 30:18

What I'm grateful for:


God teaching me great lessons through my little girl. This girl taught me the kind of FAITH that pleases God, and what living with true joy really is.

For my parents' lives...though they're very far a away, their lives continue to inspire me. I'm also grateful for God's mercies and protection upon their lives.

My Bookshelf- August 2016 Reads

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Love and Respect


I've read the first chapter so far and can't wait to read the rest! Once you start reading it you'll have many "AHA! moments" and you won't want to put it down!

Based on over three decades of counseling, as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah, have already taken the Love and Respect message across America and are changing the way couples talk to, think about, and treat each other. 

The book teaches a Simple yet powerful message:


A wife has one driving need―to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy. A husband has one driving need―to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy. When either of these needs isn’t met, things get crazy. Love and Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily, and biblically.

What do you want for your marriage? Want some peace? Want to feel close? Want to feel valued? Want to experience marriage the way God intended? Then why not try some Love and Respect

Bringing Up Girls


As a mom of girls I always wanted to read this book. So far, so good! I've read other books from Dr. Dobson and I just love the tone he always uses to instruct parents...it's like straight to the point but in love! :-)

This is a great guide to raising our daughters right―from parenting authority and trusted family counselor Dr. James Dobson.

Peer pressure. Eating disorders. Decisions about love, romance, and sex. Academic demands. Life goals and how to achieve them. These are just some of the challenges that girls face today―and the age at which they encounter them is getting younger and younger. As a parent, how are you guiding your daughter on her journey to womanhood? Are you equipping her to make wise choices? Whether she’s still playing with dolls or in the midst of the often-turbulent teen years, is she truly secure in her identity as your valued and loved daughter? In the New York Times bestseller Bringing Up Girls, Dr. James Dobson will help you face the challenges of raising your daughters to become strong, healthy, and confident women who excel in life. (This new edition is part of Dr. James Dobson’s Building A Family Legacy initiative.)

He Wins She Wins


I couldn't have gotten this book in better timing! I've been married for over 5 years now and it has not always been rosy or a walk in the park hehe ;-) {I know many of you can relate!!! -Can you raise your hand?! }

"The Problem" is that when you get married, you expect your relationship to be a partnership in which you make decisions and face the world together, united. But often a husband's perspective and a wife's perspective on the same issue can be very different and unity in decision making can be tough. Should spouses take turns getting their way? Should they compromise? Can they avoid making decisions altogether? Dr. Harley says there's a better way--a way in which both partners get what they want and believe is best every time.

In He Wins, She Wins, Dr. Harley introduces the revolutionary concept of joint agreement in marriage that keeps both husband and wife on equal footing and equally satisfied. This win-win model for negotiation starts with a simple rule: Never do anything without enthusiastic agreement between you and your spouse. Dr. Harley walks couples through the five most common sources of conflict in marriage, (friends and family, career and time management, finances, children, and sex), applying the joint agreement rule in every situation. And he teaches readers how to resolve conflicts the right way, so that not only are those conflicts resolved once and for all but the couple's love for one another actually grows and is sustained for the rest of their lives.

Anyone who has been married long enough to have a disagreement will benefit from this unique new book from everyone's favorite marriage doctor.


matt chandler


I wish I had read this book in my late teens...I read many and I'm really grateful for them. They truly helped me when courting my now husband and gave me a good foundation for our marriage. I cannot recommend enough this book for young people looking for "the right one" ;-)

The Song of Solomon offers strikingly candid—and timeless—insights on romance, dating, marriage, and sex. We need it. Because emotions rise and fall with a single glance, touch, kiss, or word. And we are inundated with songs, movies, and advice that contradicts God's design for love and intimacy.

Matt Chandler helps navigate these issues for both singles and marrieds by revealing the process Solomon himself followed: Attraction, Courtship, Marriage ... even Arguing. The Mingling of Souls will forever change how you view and approach love.

What are you reading this month?

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Sarah: Beautiful Princess, Courageous and Loyal Wife

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Genesis 21:1 
Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. (NIV)

Hebrews 11:11 
And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. (NIV)


Sarah's loyalty {and obedience} to Abraham gave her the right of sharing in his blessings. She became the mother of the nation of Israel { God had promised her husband Abraham that he would be the father of the Jewish nation, with descendants more numerous than the stars in the sky.- Genesis 12-1-7} –

Even though Sarah struggled in her faith {and come on! who doesn’t? after waiting for more than 25 years for a baby!!! I remember waiting 4.5 years to marry my husband and I was totally getting so desperate!!! I can’t imagine 25 years!!!!} , God saw fit to include Sarah as the first woman named in the Hebrews 11 "Faith Hall of Fame." 

God's power and blessing was with Sarah and Abraham despite their situation and apparent lack of trust in Him.

Sarah was 90  years old when she had her baby. Certainly she had given up hope of ever seeing her dream of motherhood fulfilled. Sarah was looking at God's promise from her limited, human perspective. But  despite this shortcoming, the Lord used her life to unfold an extraordinary plan, proving that he is never limited by what usually happens.


Lessons from Sarah's Life.


Statement of Faith

God changed her name from Sarai to Sarah and promised her a child (Genesis 17).

Changing Sarah's name was more than playing with words. Sarah meant mother of nations. Every time someone called Sarah or anytime she introduced herself to someone she was making a statement of faith, calling herself the mother of many nations even before she had a child. By this time she was already 90 years old.

Faith calls those things that are not as if they are. This is what we all women of faith should be doing. Let us speak God's words and promises constantly over ourselves  and over our families and children. There is power in words.


God Promises are Always YES and AMEN


Waiting for God to act in our lives may be the hardest task we ever face. {God’s promises are expensive, they’ say “good things won’t come easy”} It's also true that we can become dissatisfied when God's solution does not match our expectations. Sarah's life teaches us that when we feel doubtful or afraid, we should remember what God said to Abraham, "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" (Genesis 18:14, NIV)


Perfect timing might not be our Timing


Sometimes we feel like God has placed our lives in a permanent holding pattern. Rather than taking matters into our own hands, we can let Sarah's story remind us that a time of waiting may be God's precise plan for us.

What promises of God are you waiting to have fulfilled in your life?

How can we be like Abraham and Sarah and wait with a heart full of faith?

God has great things in store for you and He will bring them to pass in His perfect timing. Let us be encouraged today to wait on HIM!, amen! 


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The Fruit of the Spirit Series

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Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit

What is meant by “Fruit of the Spirit”, Anyway?

The “Fruit of the Spirit” is made up of nine visible attributes of a true Christian’s life. 

The Fruit of the Spirit is actually a term that the apostle Paul uses to sum up nine visible attributes of a true Christian life.

They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22).

Note too that these are not individual ‘fruits’ that we pick and choose but one ninefold fruit that is ‘a physical manifestation of a Christian’s transformed life’. It is only by Christ living in us and transforming us, that we will be able display this fruit.


When we live our lives by these qualities, the world sees the result. That result is someone walking in the Holy Spirit – hence the name “Fruit of the Spirit.” 

We will mature in our walk by studying and then applying each of these characteristics in our lives.  It is important to understand that these nine qualities come directly from God Himself and every Christian’s goal should be to incorporate them into their own personality.  This is not done through willpower or human strength, but by the incredible workings of the Holy Spirit in that person’s heart and life.

The Fruit of the Spirit gives us the power to fulfill your destiny in Christ. 


Without the Holy Spirit bearing spiritual fruit inside of us, we would be powerless. We wouldn't have the endurance and faithfulness to complete the calling that God has given us. 

We wouldn't even have the self-discipline to study your Bible or pray.

Without the Fruit of the Spirit, the gifts that God has hidden inside of us, would stay locked away forever.


God uses the Fruit of the Spirit to draw people to Himself through us.

Do you know anyone who, no matter the situation, always radiates a godly peace - They are
unshakable. 

People in this world are drawn to that kind of peace. With all of the chaos surrounding them every day, they search their entire lives for whatever peace and joy they can get their hands on.  

Sadly, most of the times, they end up trying to fill the void with fleeting counterfeits like alcohol and illicit sex. Things that merely numb their pain for a short while, but leave them longing once again, after the party is over. When they look at us in a time of crisis, and see God's unshakable peace and joy staring back at them through your eyes, they want to know what we know. Then, we can
introduce them to Who we know. God....dwelling in us through His Holy Spirit.


Source


Made in His Image


God wants to transmit His own divine qualities into His people to enable them to be the reflection of Himself to the rest of the world.  He realizes that due to the faulty human nature, it is only by His Spirit that Christians can actually live out these qualities on a daily basis.  He literally infuses the believer with fresh doses of His godly characteristics to then pour out to those around them.


It Only Takes One Thing to Receive the Fruits of the Holy Spirit


In order to possess all nine attributes, we must first die to self and allow Christ to dwell in and show through us.  What a relief to know as believers all that must be done is for us to surrender our fleshly personalities to the work of the Spirit in us..  Easier said than done, yes, but rewarding beyond words once it has been completed. Once we have completely surrendered, and only then, we can watch as God's mighty provision of these qualities flows through our own lives and into others around us..  

There’s No Room for Anything Less than Complete Humbleness


This takes a fully humbled and surrendered heart to the Holy Spirit and an awareness of our intense need for the Spirit’s power at work in our lives.  Then the “Fruit of the Spirit” will truly be seen by the world for what it is - a living proof of God’s nature in His people.     

What Fruits of the Spirit do you already see manifesting in your life?
Which of the 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit do you still need God to manifest inside of
you?




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Created in His Image

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God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth. [Ps.104:30; Heb. 1:2;11:3.]*Colossians 1:16 So 

God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness ofs of God He created him; male and female He created them. [Col.3:9,10; James 3:8,9.] 
Genesis 1:26-27 AMP 

Created in His Image
Created in His Image

 God created us, living beings in His image. Not exactly like Him, since God has no physical body but to reflect all of His attributes and Glory.

 Our entire being reflects the image of God...we are reflections of God's glory!

 God gifted us with our reason, creativity, speech and self-determination. Another amazing gift God has given us is free will. He gave us authority and the freedom to subdue the rest of what He created.

God is too loving to force submission from anyone. He wants us to freely choose to love and serve Him.

When we finally understand the fact that we are God-like, we would live a life of joy and confidence. knowing that our self-worth does not come from possessions, achievements, physical attractiveness, or the opinions or approval from other people.

Knowing our worth in God will help us to love God, to know Him personally and make an impact in those around us.

Today I pray for a new revelation of God's love for you, and at the same time that fresh and willful commitment to love and serve God comes straight from your heart. Amen