Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Don't waste your time fasting!

If you are a follower of Christ & believer of the gospel, then your relationship with Christ should be more about intimacy with Christ & as we get intimate, we understand His purpose for our lives, we begin to hear audibly from Him & through love, the Holy Spirit enables us to model our lives in ways that are pleasing to Him.

January is a time of fasting for most people/congregations. However as I dwelt on fasting & its purpose last week, the holy spirit dropped this in my heart.

Whatever you do for the Lord, make sure your motive is right...



Sunday, 13 January 2019

Don’t meddle in other people’s business!

It should be no news if you follow this blog that UCB is my favourite devotional. I have been reading UCB devotional for over 15years so that  goes to show how this devotional has become a part of me. A few days ago, "minding ones business" was the topic which I couldn't agree more with. I always pray to God for understanding to know what to pursue and when to let go... so this here speaks my mind. 

This week I hope a thing or 2 from this devotional guide your decisions....



One day Peter looked at John and said to Jesus, ‘What about him, Lord?’ Jesus immediately rebuked Peter and said, ‘What is that to you? Just follow me’ (see John 21:21-22). Now, if the apostle Peter could get into trouble for meddling, any of us can. The issue here isn’t about helping others; it’s about knowing when to stay out of the middle and mind your own business. Sometimes we jump in and try to solve problems without being asked. And not only are our efforts fruitless, they’re resented. As you become spiritually mature and get over your need to ‘fix’ everybody, life becomes simpler. Now that you’re not ‘butting in’ where you’re not invited, you’re more available to help where you’re really needed. Not meddling, however, goes beyond avoiding the temptation to police, enlighten, or rescue others. It means not eavesdropping, gossiping, talking behind people’s backs, and needing to figure everybody out. 



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Recognise any of these traits in yourself? If so, deal with the problem before it costs you the respect of others. Do you know why we focus so much on other people’s shortcomings? You’ve guessed it – to keep from having to look closely at ourselves. The only thing you can change about others – is your attitude towards them. Paul writes, ‘Some…among you…are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort…that they work in quietness’ (2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 NKJV). One counsellor says: ‘Being a peacemaker doesn’t mean we get in the middle. We are bearers of peace by staying peaceful ourselves…not harbouring turmoil…not causing the extra chaos created when we get in the middle of other people’s affairs and relationships.’


https://www.ucb.co.uk/word-for-today/24670

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Travel Light...

I always marvel when I see backpackers. I tell my friends who are of a different race from mine that I can't do it and I ask them how they have been able to cope. I am the sort of a girl that comes to your house for the weekend and by the time I arrive at your door step, I arrive with a suitcase that makes you think that I am practically moving in with you😃.

Yesterday I was having a conversation with my mum and we were comparing & contrasting various cultures and its evident that peoples' perception & attitude to life is a reflection of the influence of culture. Some are ambitious & even borderline over ambitious, some believe in amassing wealth & the constant need/pressure to acquire more & more without limits but for others clutter spells disaster & its seen in how they live, what they need & what they acquire.





Yesterday I was going through my winter coats & there were some that I had not worn in 5 years!! I looked at them, smiled & put them back in position. I could not get myself to give them out & I ask myself why?? Especially seeing that I don't live in a mansion & I seriously need to de-clutter! If you ask me, that's a problem there!

Apart from possessions, what are you travelling with that is making your journey herculean? Is it bitterness, unforgiveness, jealousy, strife, unhealthy competition or even unhealthy ambition?
In 2019 forget about joining the bandwagon of those who say 2019 is going to be a fabulous year... its become so cliche! Rather let this be the year that you detox spiritually! Get rid of the lying, bitterness, strife, unforgiveness & the likes.... In essence in 2019, Travel light.... concentrate on what truly matters & will still matter in the next 2,5, & even 10 years & beyond!


May 2019 be your year of growth...

xx

Elly

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