Keep them close!


old couple smack on the cheekFamily can be exasperating.  No matter, we love them anyway and endure life’s journey with their support.  Family.  God’s gift to us: just because He loves us so much.  Family – you are loved!

pope francis kisses babyPope Francis really kisses the babies on his walkabouts in the crowds.  He kisses the infirm and hugs those in need of a hug.  What a change to the papacy and the face of the Roman Catholic Church.  As an Evangelical, this is something I never expected in my lifetime.  Too cynical for my own good, after years of studying Church history through the ages. God is clearly at work here and the world is stunned but blessed.

love on youOh to be love and love right back!  Incomparable joy!  We need to keep family and friends close – loving them as we expect to be love, exceeding expectations where we can.  Why?  It is God’s idea and the best script to follow!  He loved us first before we could understand His love – indescribable, unfailing, unfathomable, unwavering and all-conquering, every day!

sunset kissThis Thanksgiving weekend, remember to love.  Keep them close and they will keep coming back to love you!

Thanksgiving

Keep them close.

 

What is your mirror telling you?


What’s your mirror telling you?

The Bible speaks to us God’s Words, reflecting our true selves right back at us.  And that is the best part!  God is no gossip and His approval or love for His people is not dependent on our own thoughts or emotions.  What a relief!  For many of us, it is that aging face and body staring back at us, after days and weeks at the gym, walking or running and wondering when the change is ever going to come!  God wants you loving yourself like the toddler kissing his reflection in the mirror, because all you can see is His reflection.  So go on, pucker-up and kiss away!  If you cannot love yourself then how on earth do you plan to share the love-bank deficit?

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As we read our Bibles, the Holy Spirit reflects our spirit-man right back at us, engaging us to permit the character-building He invest in us, bringing us to our best!  As we flow in obedience and His transformation, He births our gifting, to reveal the best you supernaturally possible.  As a follower of Christ, we can strive for change of heart, body, mind and spirit.  Lasting change (and improvement) only comes from God.  So cease the striving – that is for those who wish to live in the busy-ness of the rat race.  You, dear child of God are called to greater things – Holy Spirit transformation!

turtle in the mirrorGo with God’s flow and enjoy the Holy Spirit adventure of pure fulfillment, security, grace, immense, redeeming and unending love!  You are in the safest company with God, so love Him with wild abandon!

Thankful in praise


Thankful in praise

How can I ever thank you, Lord? What a wonderful and awesome sacrifice you paid on the Cross. So I will lift my voice in praise and song; all day long. As night draws near, fill my heart with prayer. As I arise the next day, help my spirit greet Yours in praise and prayer. May my days bless you from minute to minute as I think on the love you give so freely to each and every one of us. Help me Lord to remember You are there and worthy of my eternal praise!

Remembering JFK


JFKRemember John Fitzgerald Kennedy as a hero of his and future generations.  A man in his prime, who offered hope, served his country and impassioned others to change the world for the better, as far away as Kenya and across Africa.  We honour his memory and thank God for sending us a man who lived to change the world.

As a teen, I watched countless documentaries on the JFK conspiracy and recall asking my mother what it was like when they learned of his election to the White House.  ‘Ecstatic, hopeful, young, energetic and inspiring,’ were some of the words my parents used.  They spoke of him as if they knew him, which both touched and alarmed me.  Not many world leaders are remembered with either tenderness or respect and this moved me deeply.

The United States was forever changed by his election and later by his death.  America led and changed the world, with the hopes and dreams of Camelot. Today, I remember a hero, beloved and dearly missed by his family and the world!

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One Battle At a Time To Win the War!


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Isaiah 54:17

“no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,

and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.

This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord

cand their vindication5 from me, declares the Lord.”

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You may be in a time of spiritual battle, struggling from one thing to the next.  Allow me to comfort you and tell you, you are not alone and in fact, you are in good company!  There is so much shifting in the spirit realm that one feels isolated in their troubles.  Have no fear because the Holy Spirit is here!  Jesus Christ by His death, giving us full authority.  The Word reminds us that He left us a Comforter and Enabler, the Holy Spirit.

Last night, two friends and I attended the launch of ’emPowered Woman’ magazine, the brain-child of a friend and member of our Church.  The event although small, warm and so inspiring, gave testament to a very big dream that the Lord laid on the heart of Edith Kareko-Munene. One of the Pastors present noted that women in Kenyan society are expected to walk in their husband’s footsteps, but that God is indeed doing a new thing, breaking societal moulds and expectations.  There is no woman happier than I am!  I studied abroad and struggle with attitudes, perceptions and beliefs of a woman’s place in society.  I had two strong grandmothers, both bold, daring and commercially independent coffee farmers, well into the end of their days.  So  the idea that all my plans and activities are enirely dependent on the men in my life just saddens me beyond comprehension.

The good news?  It’s a new day dawning for the women of my nation and our God is in charge of this transition.  Nothing can stop God and thank God for that!  Pray with me that this battle will be won one battle at a time, as we take up our mantle and fight for what is Godly and right!

Ephesians 6:10-18

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in fthe strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints”

There are no chinks in this armour!  Victory is assured – press on, pray on, praise on!

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