Longing….My Love, My Life, My Art

My Love, My Life, My Art

I long to write every single time I stop by my blog. And if it’s any help, I stop by every. single. day.

I think it gives me some sense of accomplishment that I haven’t given up on my dreams and that soon, I’ll be reunited with Koltureshoq again.

So, just so you know, I think about you everyday. Every. Single. Day.

All my love,

Renah

Day 7 #7daysofgratitude

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1.  I am thankful for life. 6 days ago when I started this challenge, I naturally assumed I was going to see day 7. But this is a gift not to be taken for granted because many people ‘slept’ within these 7 days and I’m not one of them. It’s not because of any good thing I did; it is His grace upon me and for that I am grateful. And I pray that while I still have life in me, I will do all I can to bring Him glory and be a benefit to mankind.

2.  I am thankful for the gift of giving; for it more blessed to give than to receive. If you are able to give, it is because are privileged to have something to give in the first place. You are therefore doing yourself a bigger favour in giving that the one being given. Get it?

Recently, my brother was filling up the generator with petrol using a funnel and I said to him, “I always want to be the funnel. I always want to be the conduit. Because the generator will always be filled with fuel; but blessed is the funnel that is used to fill the generator. It can never lack petrol”. Enough said.

 

3.  I am thankful that I even have so much to be thankful for. I would never have thought it possible to write 21 things for which I am grateful. And that’s the point of this exercise; to dig deep and appreciate all that has ever been to (or taken) from you.

My devotional today was on gratitude (perfect timing, right?) and it recounted the story of the 1 leper, out of 10, that went back to thank Jesus after being healed by Him. Were they excited? Yes. But wouldn’t it have been better if they realized how great a blessing they had received and had given thanks?

DO YOU TALK TOO MUCH?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Good morning,

Read: James 3:1-12

“Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James. 1:19)

We all talk too much! What heartaches are caused, homes broken up, friends separated, wars incited by some hasty, angry words! Much of the conflict in the world is caused by a combination of narrow minds and wide mouths.

You will not often get into trouble by listening; and most of us can learn more from what others say than what we have to say.

A man once said, I have a confession to make. Many of the troubles I have encountered in the past I brought on myself because I opened my mouth at the wrong time. I have caused much heartache to myself because I did not keep to the biblical injunction, “swift to hear, slow to speak” (Jas.1:19). I opened my mouth too wide.

Jesus said, “Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment (Mt. 12:36). If you don’t hold your tongue, you may have to eat your words!

Prayer: Lord teach me when to speak, and when to be silent; in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 210. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).

SEASONED FOR SERVICE

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Good morning,

Read: Matthew 5:13-16

“Ye are the salt of the earth:  but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?” Matthew 5:13

Should you and I watch Hollywood movies, read the latest best-selling novel, or listen to music that doesn’t mention Jesus by name? Is a woman working in a dentist’s office doing “secular” work while her pastor is doing more important “spiritual” work? Christians have long grappled with how we should engage in the culture of the world around us.

Today we’re looking at the first of two metaphors Jesus uses to help us understand what our relationship with the world around us ought to look like. In ancient cultures, salt served many purposes. Since it was a preservative, it was often seen as a life-giving agent. For that reason, God instructed his people to season their offerings with salt (Leviticus 2:13). This was a sign of God’s life-giving relationship with his people.

Jesus suggests that we are the life-giving agent in this broken world. God calls us to bring renewal into politics, science, art, education, and every other area of culture. When we live out our Christian faith in all of these spheres of life, we give our world a foretaste of the world to come. This is not a mere human effort. It is the out-flowing of what God has begun in us, through Jesus.

God kept his promise to preserve the world even though it meant going to the cross. Now he expects us to be agents of preservation and life. How will you do that today?

Prayer: Faithful God, you preserved this broken world at a cost we cannot imagine. Help us live out our faith so that the world may glimpse your life-giving power in us. Amen.

PEACE ON EARTH!

(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 119. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).

IT IS FINISHED!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good morning,

Read: John 19:30

“…he said, It is finished……and gave up the ghost” (Jn. 19:30)

Imagine looking at Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting in the Louvre museum. Would you think of adding more brush strokes to it? Of course not! It is a masterpiece done by a master, with no need of improvement.

We are to look at Jesus’ work on the cross in an even greater way. We cannot improve on a completed work. Our salvation is won, all our sins are all forgiven, we are made forever righteous by His blood! Christ paid completely and perfectly for our total forgiveness, righteousness and every blessing! So that was why he cried out, “It is finished!”

Today, it is not our works that will bring us salvation and blessings. It is Christ’s finished work. Christian living is not about doing, but believing in His finished work. Under the law, we must do, but under grace, it is done!

Maybe you are faced with overwhelming odds today. Jesus promises, “It is finished!” In Christ, you are not going to be, because you are already healed and delivered. The work is finished. The victory is won. Our blessings have been bought by His blood! Live life knowing that there is victory for you already won by Jesus – only believe! It is finished!

Prayer: Dear God, let me live my life, knowing that there is victory for me already won by Jesus. I strongly believe that it is finished!

PEACE ON EARTH!

(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 114. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).

A HOUSE OF PRAYER

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Good morning,

Read: Mark 11:15-18

 

And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.”Mark 11:17

Once again, we learn from Jesus—not only from what he said, but also from what he did. God’s temple was a symbol of God’s presence among his people, but the religious leaders had allowed the courts of the Gentiles to be filled with vendors and money changers. They were providing helpful services by selling animals for use in the temple sacrifices and by providing currency exchanges for travellers from all parts of the empire. But they were robbing people of a place to pray and offer worship to God with praise and offerings. And all this was in the part of the temple where God welcomed people from all nations.

So Jesus drove the buyers and sellers and money changers out of there. Just imagine the scene! Can you see Jesus overturning tables, hear the changers and dove sellers yelling, their coins scattering and doves fluttering with feathers flying?

Jesus wasn’t smiling as he banned this merchandise traffic. He was rightly angered by the exploitation of his Father’s house. And he was determined to make this a house of prayer for all nations, as God had intended it to be.

The church today should be a place of prayer and worship for God’s people from all nations as well. Is yours so?

Prayer: Father God, thank you for Jesus’ teaching by his words and actions, showing us what is most important. May our churches today honour you in everything they do, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

PEACE ON EARTH!

(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 104. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).

LIVING IN FEAR

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Good morning,

Read: Genesis 26:7-11

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2Timothy 1:7)

Isaac, a Patriarch of faith, deceived Abimelech. Isaac cowardly went behind Rebecca in fear, because he was new in town. When the men of Gerar inquired about Rebecca, Isaac basically said, “she is my sister”. He feared to say, “she is my wife”. He feared they would kill him to get her because she was so beautiful (Gen. 26:7). Eventually, the king of the Philistines stepped in to defend Rebecca, but not before saying indignantly, “one of my people might easily have taken your wife and slept with her, and you would have made us guilty of great sin” (Gen. 26:10).

Fear can cause us to do things we wouldn’t normally do. It can paralyze us into inaction or induce us to sacrifice those closest to us. It entices us to violate our core values. Have you ever lied to protect yourself? God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.

So, what are we to do with our fear?

If we focus on God’s faithfulness in the past, we can face crises with confidence rather than with fear, despair and complaining. To overcome fear we must think more about God’s love. Perfect love expels all fear (1Jn 4:18).

Prayer: O Lord, in your Holy name, I declare myself free from the spirit of fear and frustration.

PEACE ON EARTH!

(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 92. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).