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New Beginnings…#Jubilee

The last two years we have heard so much about Jubilee in Kenya, I am sure some of us are tired. I will talk about it again here because I believe it is of great importance.

Over the past few days I have had the wonderful opportunity to sit with people from different walks of life and age brackets and I have indeed gained great clarity from these discussions. One common thread has been that we must move from the talk, song and dance about jubilee to the actual reality and out working of the same. We must make good on the promises set before us by doing our part and walking tall.

My understanding of jubilee is Restoration…of course that aspect or understanding is not unique to me. The restoration we need to focus on is not of the material and the like. True jubilee starts with the restoration of each individual to their purpose and relationship with God. This restoration of relationship gives focus, balance and clarity.

Once we grasp the true meaning of jubilee, we will find strength in relationships because we weren’t created to live alone. This new level of understanding will bring change in all aspects of our lives. We will lose some relationships and gain others. We will do new things and forsake some old ways. One of my greatest lessons of 2013 has been that when I change some people won’t be able to adjust to the new me. This will dictate that the only way we can remain connected is if I go back to who I was before. Going back there would mean that the lessons I have learnt have been in vain and am not willing. There is likely to be a fallout…no?

When we understand and connect to the life we are designed to live we connect to our intended purpose and have the impact we are designed for. We will be able to effect change in our personal lives, families, places of work, communities, the nation and the world at large. Our lives are designed to impact and change everyone we meet. Remember how people were healed by simply coming to Christ? Our presence should be an open channel for God to work through regardless of where we are.

Freedom to be all we can be based on our continued connection to Papa himself is true Jubilee…let’s pursue that connection tenaciously and find peace. Every day must be lived on and in purpose.



The year started so well that we forgot all about our power bill. I know it sounds totally unbelievable but it actually happened. So on Friday I leave the house and I am gone for about an hour and when I come back I decide to warm lunch…alas…the microwave is not working. I try the lights and figure that power is out. I call the neighbour’s to see how large the area in black out is but alas, they have power. MMMhhhhh, one look at the meter and …… Yup!!!! We’ve been disconnected us.

So I rally my hubby who is in town to sort it out but alas, the most important office for re-connection closes at 3.30pm on Friday and he got there close to 4pm. This simply means no power for the night. Oh my…well, I comfort myself and say it can’t be that bad and truly it wasn’t.  On Saturday I go out but when I get back home at 2.00pm there is still no power. My heart sinks and I start planning to take stuff to the neighbour’s house when I hear Papa say, “Don’t you think that is a bit premature?”

I stop and wonder for a moment, “Premature? No way, look at the facts. It’s 2pm on Saturday. The last time I checked the power guys work till noon on Saturday.” Papa says, “That is fatalist thinking.” So I pause to consider the statement and suddenly I see what He means. The lesson this week has been learning to believe that despite the situation everything will work out according to His plan and His will. So I figure that I must learn to allow Him to do His thing in His way. I accept that my thought was premature, and ask Papa to do His thing. Believe it or not, in  under 30min power was restored. Beat that!

Were my thoughts premature? Yes. Did God have an answer? Yes. Was he going to sort me out? Yes. Was my faith low? Yes. All I had to do was be patient and believe that in His time He would make all things beautiful. It made me realise that Papa allows things to happen that are not what I want, to get my attention and reinforce the lessons He is teaching me. He is in the business of confirming His word to me and making certain that I know and believe He is serious about all that He has said. It got me thinking….what has God said about me in the past and present? Who has He said I will become? What has He set for me as the plans for my life? Do I really believe Him or do I lose hope at the first sign of testing or trouble?

You see, God never promised me that there will be no trouble or challenges along the way. Rather, He promised that He would walk with me all the time and we will make it through together. Will there be days when the circumstances will look overwhelming? Yes. However, I must learn to stand up to the doubts and questions restating the word spoken over me and making an affirmation that no matter what lies ahead I will trust the word of God over all the circumstances surrounding me.

He reminded me of one of the greatest scriptures of all time Psalm 23 Amplified Bible (AMP)

  1. The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
  2. He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.
  3. He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.
  4. Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.
  5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with [a] oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.
  6. Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

This year, choose to trust in Papa and stand firm in His word no matter what comes your way. You will learn as I am that He is ever present and will provide comfort and assurance all the days of our lives.

This is the year of Jubilee.