14 August 2016

Run To Win

I was not sure what to expect when  I attended sports day at my daughter's school recently. it was her first so it was important that we went. We went to cheer her up and to also to ensure she was not going to be the only one whose mum or dad was not there. 

The day began in earnest as all the kids threw themselves in. I had instructed my daughter to run really fast during the race. Boy, she not only ran fast she took off like a bolt, and left everyone behind to come first. I was one proud mum… Afterwards when I asked her how she did it, she said,  mum you told me to run fast and that's what I did

This got me thinking, the olympics are currently under way and thousands of people are competing to win, they have trained for this event and now are ready to compete. They all want to win. 

We as Christians are also in a race, earth is our training ground, we have been instructed to run to win, but how? 

By training our minds on all that is true, good, honest, pure, and of a good report. Only by disciplining our bodies and subjecting it to the will of God will we win,... The price set aside for those who overcome. 

As I watch the Olympics it amazes me the commitment these athletes have towards their respective sports, some have trained hours and months on ends sacrificing time with loved one to train. They were ready in season and out of season. 2 Tim 4:2. They stayed ready. 

We cannot win if we are distracted by the pressures of life, the cares of this world and the pleasures we enjoy. 

To win in life we have to have a ready mind and a ready attitude, we need to build our muscles of faith to withstand the harsh circumstances we which may come our way. we have to look to him who has called us… 

Seeing my daughter win was a great delight imagine what it will be like  when we are welcome to receive the prize for winning here on earth and making it to hear these words “well done” good and faithful servant”. The joy will be incomparable.
 
So let us Run to win, that we may obtain a good reward. 

9 August 2016

Clear Out

It's summertime which means time to clear out for me. I often clear out the cupboards of old canned foods, clear out closet, sort out some old paper cabinets, my email box is not excluded, I go over mails I haven’t had the time to delete and get rid of these.  Nothing is left out during my summer clearing out. 

This got me thinking about our minds and brain which processed so much information daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. We clog them up with both wanted and unwanted stuff. We worry about any and everything. 
Just like our cupboards, closet and cabinets which needs sorting out, so does our minds, we need to daily Purge our minds of the stuff which we have allowed to settle. 

We are admonished to be of a clean mind, of a pure heart.,James 4:8 tells us to purify our hearts, Matthew 23.25. Jesus had strong words to say about the state of the heart. We take so much care of the exterior but inside is full of rotten bones “strong words” indeed. 

So straight from my heart is this encouragement for us to 

Empty out 
The negative
The offences
The hurt
The disappointment 
Bitterness 
Guilt 

Release all pain and live space within you for joy, love, peace and happiness. 
Holding on to things which should be flush out builds up toxin which contaminant the heart. Bitterness, guilt and worry are infections holding on to them infects us. 
Many things can bring these about, failing health, financial troubles, divorce.

Are you holding on to infections, angar and worry? Empty your mind of these feelings, daily clear out the debris which has settled on the corridors of your heart, soul and spirit. Take hold of the Word and be renewed afresh. 

When you make room, your life will be full of good things, joy indescribable and full of glory. 
Begin to clear out today for a clean fresh start. 

26 May 2016

Beat The Worry Habit


A few years ago, I use to worry about every little thing, my worries were so irrational, I knew something had to change. I had to change.

We all have things to think about, we have health, financial, career and family issues. We also need to makes plans about the future but there is a difference between planning and worrying.

Worry eats us up bit by bit and if left unchecked it leads to various diseases, headaches, palpitations, anxiety, depression.
Here are a few indicators that you are a worrier.
  • You analyse every possible outcome of any issue.
  • You stay awake thinking and when you do fall asleep you have an unsettled rest
  • You are not at peace
  • Constantly seeking out information from various sources.  For example, googling an illness to see if the symptoms you are having matches.
How do we get out of this habit and dwell in a peaceful and restful place? Below are 5 helpful tips to deal with anxious thoughts.

  1. Stop Being Anxious: Philippians 4:6-7 tells us not to be anxious about ANYTHING. Anything means anything. I used to be scare if I was at peace and have nothing to worry about. All I have to do is look around and find something.  This passage was a revelation to me. “Be anxious for nothing” absolutely nothing, But, in everything with prayer make your request known.
  2. Pray: In prayer we tell God our problems. Tell him your needs and leave it in his hands trusting that he knows what's best for you and will bring it to pass.
  3. Let go. The secret to enjoying life is to let go of every worry and release them to the all-seeing and knowing care of God. He cares for you and knows your future better than you. It is not enough to pray; you have to cede control to him. Do not retain ownership of the problem after praying.  Rather let go of your precious cargo… “The issues of life”. After praying make a conscious and deliberate choice not to think of the very thing you just prayed about. Dwell on the nature and goodness of God.
  4. Place your trust in God: Being anxious indicates lack of trust. If you are anxious about your husband cheating it means you don’t trust him. If you trust him, you will not be anxious, no matter the time he gets home. Same with God. Trust in God frees us from worry because we trust him to fulfil his promises concerning us. We take no anxious thoughts for tomorrow, our next pay cheque, kids, economy or health because we trust him and know he cares for us.
  5. Protect Your Heart: Close the door on negativity, people may be talking about you, trouble at work, set back in health and finances, stay in the secret place. Where you're protected from the cares of life's and the worries that comes with it.
  6. Dwell On Good Things: Worry springs primarily from what we think about. To control your thoughts feed your mind on things which encourages and build you up. (take no thought of yourself)? Why are we told to take no thought? Because persistent thinking leads to worry. Our daily thoughts affect our peace, it's easy to guard your heart if you do not read negative stuff.  



You can take control of your anxiety, you can begin today to modify your heart and be in peace. Decide to let go and trust God to take care of you.