This are the simple things in life. God even shows us how to connect with Him and increase value in life.
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
There are simple truths. Simple life. Simple, simple, stuff…
Blessing and grace be your portion today and all the days of your life
Let us not forget how much we prayed for peace as a nation in the run up to the 2013 General Election. We spent time on our knees and begged God to keep us from fighting our neighbours, brothers and friends.
Let us not give up praying for the nation of Kenya because we are the gateway to East Africa and our mandate as a nation is great. Let us pray that our leaders will be reminded that they were elected to serve the people and not themselves, Let us pray for wisdom for our leaders as they navigate relationships, negotiations, foreign policy, development strategies, security concerns.
Let us pray for our neighbours that they will engage in dialogue and share in the responsibilities of region building. Let us pray for our neighbours that peace will prevail in their nations as it prevails on ours.
The prayers of a righteous man or woman availeth much…Let us join hands and pray for this beautiful nation that is our motherland.
A man is strongest when he is on his knees…may we take the example from our leaders as they took their oath office to kneel before God and man and submit to Divine guidance.
Let us Pray for our homes, neighbourhoods, estates, leaders, constituencies, wards, counties and nation. For all the people in the land that peace, love and compassion will prevail and the face of Africa will change because the face of Kenya has changed.
Let us pray…… for prayer avails much.
I saw this photo online and it stirred me deeply and the image stayed with me all day. I have thought about it repeatedly through the day. It got me thinking about passion.
Passion….this is something I have really come to appreciate over time and I now know that I cannot do much if I am not passionate.
I interpret passion to be the intense connection to a task, gift or point of interest. It very often opens up opportunities and options in life. The reality however is that many of us are driven by things that would give us the greatest income or recognition. Could there actually be more to life than that? Should we be driven by something deeper and richer than riches and recognition.
I dare say that we should be driven by something greater, deeper and stronger than ourselves, income or recognition.
I desire to be driven by passion because it gives me greater reach and strength. Passion is fuelled by divine assignment and gives strength to go on even when things look bleak or I am short on supplies. Passion means that I never give up but follow through to fulfil the dream regardless and in spite of the prevailing circumstances.
Let’s be driven by passion and let passion keep us working and moving toward the fulfilment of our divine assignment.
Live everyday alive and ignited by passion.
1 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 At the highest point along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gate leading into the city,
at the entrance, she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O people, I call out;
I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.[a]
6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right;
they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Seek wisdom and connect with God daily and life will never be the same.
In this day and age of super highways and by passes it is important to chart the route you will follow to anywhere. If you miss your exit on the super highway it will take you like ten to fifteen minutes to get back to the right place in the event there is no traffic on the side roads and you know where you are going. At times the easiest thing to do is ask for directions and work from there.
So is the same in life…look ahead and realise that you can only see as far as the next corner and you need to have as strong support system to make it through. What better support system than a relationship with God and a place in a community. Stop take stock, hear the instruction, formulate the plan, chart the route and start off. Walk by faith and in community and life will indeed be better than you expected.
Photo used is courtesy of Judy Niemeyer
June 5, 2013
SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:
Beloved, rejoice in small victories and little breakthroughs, for they are signs of a greater triumph. Your praise will be like a seed sown in good ground that will grow into a rousing shout of joy, says the Lord. Your faith will also grow as you recognize and appreciate the small steps of progression instead of waiting for the final outcome to give thanks. Gratitude is a mighty weapon against discouragement and defeat.
Psalms 5:11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.
I am amazed how much the attitude of gratitude has made a difference in my life. I have had the most amazing day today and met great people of great value and impact.
Patience comes when we realize that we only have as much control over response and life as we allow God the freedom to move in our live and bring His purpose to fulfillment. Stop, wait, watch, learn and life will evolve into something beautiful.
The last week has been an amazing week. I have learnt so much more than I ever thought possible and felt things deeper than I ever dreamed. I have been deliriously happy, desperately sad, totally lonely, terribly lost and certain beyond measure. It been nothing short of a roller coaster ride and is really hard to explain what is going on when you have no idea yourself.
Today we went to Mji wa Huruma an old people’s home in Runda. The drive to the venue was picturesque along a long route including Mombasa rd, through upper-hill, up Ngong Road, back down Ngong road, across Nyerere Rd onto the Bypass. The super highway is still a marvel for me. I have been on that road over and over again and I never tire of it’s awesome beauty. Kiambu road is even more picturesque after the recent rains with green and lush vegetation on either side. Runda is filled with stately houses shielded behind solid walls that makes the average driver like me wonder what is behind these fences. Smack in the middle of this estate is a little dirt road with a barrier that leads to Mji wa Huruma.
This place is a home for the aged and boy oh boy life can be hard. The first surprise for me was that my mum used to go here in the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. Believe it or not some of the buildings there then still stand. A testament of good workman ship and material. The second one was that one of the caretakers is from my mum’s home village. The third is that one of the people we went with met a former neighbour there. This neighbour has lived in the home for 30 years after he lost everything from family to property. He has nothing left of his past life and he has had to accept that this is the way to live now.
Well, the reason we were at Mji wa Huruma is because my sister is turning 40 this year and she chose to celebrate her birthday with this wonderful group of people and give them something special. Now I have known about this for a long time but today it really got me thinking again…would I do that? It took time and effort to plan the trip and rally the resources, find a kind supplier and call the people to action. And oh my she did and the response was overwhelming. We had the privilege of giving shoes, scarves, toiletries and socks. The atmosphere was electric with excitement as the dear ones recognised my sister and her family as they have done this countless times before. The warmth and love accompanied by lots of blessings and warm wishes changed my day and warmed by heart. It reminds me of Matthew 25:45 ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ So here’s to learning to living in love and compassion to the least of these and find greater meaning and value for my life.
This experience was unforgettable for several reasons:
- We can be happy and cheerful despite and in spite of the circumstances surrounding our lives
- There are people who have been productive in the past and worked hard but are left destitute in their old age
- There could be someone I know in the midst of a very serious challenge and I may have the key to unlock their break through
- Love and compassion are understood even where is a language barrier
- My personal battles are nothing compared to what some others are going through
Please allow me to find you and connect with you and your love and express your love run through me and to other people.