Focusing on presence rather than personalities


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The thought that Kenya is celebrating 49 years of Jubilee, as a nation just brings me such joy. Leviticus 25:8-24 brings such clarity to how God sees us and the possessions He has placed into our hands.  The land and the produce we grow on it belongs to God and we are to use it, as He directs.

That God would love us so much and create a mara crossingpeople He calls His own.  Fallen, He lamu beachesredeems with love an forgiveness.  Once redeemed, He restores and rebuilds us, always moulding us into His image.  God loves and protects us.  He makes provision and sustains us.  How awesome our God is! Psalms 30

My prayer for our nation is that we turn back in faith and genuine love for God.  That we honour God by singing Him praise as the God of this nation, as entrenched in our national anthem.

Let us pray for our families, for God’s precedence and presence in all things; in Kenya and the world over!

 

 

 

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The Grudge!


Cathy returned home from her studies in the United Kingdom a few years ago.  She began a round of interviews.  Soon, Cathy began her new role as a management trainee in a large international firm.  Life could only get better.

One evening, she found her parents in their living room with her ‘uncle’ Geoffrey. Uncle Geoff launched into a tirade about how westernized she had become by choosing her work over a marriage partner. Shocked and numb, Cathy sat still, head bowed and eyes to the ground.  Her parents never said a single thing.  He was a family friend and therefore she could not comprehend what would possess her parents to allow this man to cross all boundaries and have a say in the direction that her life is taking.

Geoff had come alone.  After his monologue drive, he rose, flashed his trade-mark smile and wished the family a good night.  Cathy sat stock still.  Unable and unwilling to move.

Her parents remained silent, unwilling to broach the subject.  Her parents asked her siblings to join them for dinner.  Cathy made her excuses and left for her room. Her siblings looked puzzled as Cathy rushed off to hide her tears. She lay awake most of the night, even as younger siblings came in after dinner to check on her.  They had no idea as to what had transpired.

Cathy’s place as a daughter, valued and treasured had just been reconfigured, with no regard for her feelings or her place in the family.  She tried to discuss it with her parents and realized her father chose to ignore it altogether.  Her mother chose a meek and mild response, claiming she did not know why the subject had come up in the first place.

This was the start of the rift with her father, that grew into a chasm and now in her forties, is a grand canyon of sorts. Her father redoubled his anger towards her when her first husband walked out on her in her late twenties.  He would not allow the rest of the family to attend her wedding a decade later.

Cathy struggled to come to terms with this new parent-daughter relationship by giving it up to God in prayer.  She stopped complaining and prayed more.  She found a calming joy in Christ, trusting that God the Father loved her more than any person ever could.

1 Corinthians 13:4-13

English Standard Version (ESV)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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Goodbye dysfunxia!


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Matthew 10:39  “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it”.

A verse that I tried desperately to ignore.  Truth is, I always chose to follow my path and be captain of my ship.  Well, my Father God also created the storms and waves. I cannot always navigate them or keep up confidence even in the calmest sea.  Is this what the verse that says, “When I am weak, then He is strong”? 2 Corinthians 12:10
“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

There are times I feel scattered, small and insignificant, as a result of chasing the things that society bids us to.  A career, a 2.4 child-family (?!), the right pay scale, car(s), home, other property investment, even a social set to compete in!  Exhausting.  When I immerse myself in these things, I soon find I am lost.

1 John 2:17 “And the world is passing away and the lusts of it; but he who does the will of the Father lives forever”.

Simple, right? Not really.  God is asking us to lose our pride and relinquish our fleshly desires and control.  When I give myself over to God, then all else simply fades away into insignificance.  Obedience is really way better than sacrifice!  Goodbye ‘dysfunxia’ and hello right living!

More of the Blue!


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I love a good holiday.  The chance to leave everything behind, run off and enjoy some sun.  No holiday in site just yet, but I cannot wait until then!  It is on some fronts.  It is time to simplify and detangle.  Time to take stock, kick back and relax.  Time to laugh, feel the sand between my toes and love my family without distraction.

Au revoir busy streets and winding lanes.  Sayonara hustle and bustle.  Hello beach!  Time to settle and pray. Listen to God and hear what He has to say.  Read and digest His Word; feed on it.  Praise and worship.  Listen and pray. Thank you Lord for the time to rest.

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?

The week after Shambolic!


The election primaries of two leading and competing parties in our great nation, ran over the past week.  We anticipated and reviewed every possible outcome from every possible angle, or so we thought.  Public outrage took centre-stage, as materials failed to reach outlying constituencies a day to the election.  As we rose to meet the new day, once again, most of us in various parts of the country were further dismayed by repeat non-delivery or receipt of crucial election material.  The true extent of an election in shambles emerged with the failure to deliver materials within easy reach of our capital.

Memories of past discussion of ‘banana republics’ flashed before me.  The shame too clear but the pain too real to imagine.  Our primaries are in shambles and the high hopes washed away on the shores of disappointment and mislaid trust.  What now?

Our family went to Church, as we do every Sunday.  Yesterday’s Service was really special, as everyone prayed out loud, in turn.  The atmosphere went electric with pregnant expectation.  Then came the heartfelt, hopeful and sombre prayers.  Our trust in God Almighty restored. With trust and faith put into their rightful place, the peace astounding but calming one and all.  We went home as a family, peaceful, happy and centred in God.

The week after Shambolic, is our call to prayer – a need to eagerly and honestly cry out to the True Father of Our Nation!  Yahweh.  Jehovah. The Great I am. Father God.  Come join me as we pray for a very special place on earth, named Kenya.  May God guide and bless you as we pray for our nations and the people.

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The Long Kiss Goodbye


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Ever felt trapped?  Ever worried and dithered over planning your escape route?  I recently fell into a deep hole by wrong associations.  Taking on a leadership role of a well-dressed project, after a well-dressed presentation.  I failed to ask myself some crucial questions, to base my response on good judgement.

Fatigued by a two-year stint at the most energy sapping project of all time, I was happy to take a break.  For one and a half months, I stayed home, taking care of my family.  The rest refreshed and revived my mind and body, as I fed my spirit on God’s Word.  The change was dramatic.

One area remained atrophied and severely under-nourished – my confidence and self-esteem.  The last project had a mixture of personal damage and over-compromised.  Fuelled by extensive and prolonged indecision and fear.

Fear is a spirit and cripples one in slow motion. Indecision drains the heart,mind, body and spirit, to leave one vacant and emotionally derailed.  This is the address the new project found me.

Starting on an all-time low was hard.  Little (and easy) milestones were a joy.  Within a month, I began to realise that this was no game but a battle for survival.  Only Godly and His strategy would get me out.

Now I know what decisions must be made, after a prolonged scrutiny of who I am in Christ (Psalms 139) where I am going (Matthew 11.28).

This is the best U-turn ever made – I think!  !  A change of attitude and heart, all thanks to Jesus and His Word.  What a mighty reward for listening.  I have great joy and expectation!

Back into the blue!