THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

It’s not that hard…just ask


Last week I posted the lesson below on my Facebook page…

#‎WeeklyLessons‬….

This week I have been reminded that I don’t know it all and I need to learn to ask for help when I’m not sure what to do…
Asking for help provides insight and knowledge
Asking for help gives another person a chance to share knowledge
Asking for help isn’t easy by any length of string
Asking for help is very humbling

One step at a time…but one step everyday…one move all the way…

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Once written it seems so easy but in all honesty it is much harder in practice. Remember how we mull over the issues going on in our lives and feel the need to be all to all and find the answers for ourselves? How much easier would life be if we realised that we cannot indeed find all the answers in ourselves. There are important external sources of information and ideas and neither of us is the custodian of all the information.

I found that the inability to ask for help is born from FEAR…not one kind but fear of many things. Some of the options are…the Fear of:
1. Being vulnerable
2. Losing control
3. Confirming the thoughts of others
4. Loss of image or influence
5. And anything else that you can add as you recognise what scares you

My reality became that not everyone is out to make me look bad and I could actually use the different point of view. In the family that God has positioned around me I have found the strength to seek support and ask questions and get guidance. However, the greatest source of answers I am finding is in my relationship with Papa.

May we all find courage to follow Papa and all the instructions to get help and support.

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THE CHRISTIAN WALK

2014 Best year yet for Your Business?


2014 Best Year yet???
I read this and realised that we need to ask questions about how we are assessing our lives so I opted to share and I hope it makes the same kind of sense. I know it is about business but there are such incredible parallels we can find to our lives. The reality is that unless we are looking back and asking and answering questions honestly there is no real level of cmparison or assessment of growth.
Enjoy….it is well worth it

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plan track2014 in now in well underway, a question I want you to ask yourself about your business is: How was 2013 for us?

If your answer to this is “it was a GOOD YEAR!” the next question to ask is “What made it a good year?”  Are you able to give feedback on HOW exactly your business performed in 2013?

–       Was there an increase in cash flow over the year? Did you have more income? How did you manage your expenses? Did you make a profit?

–       Did you have more customers / jobs in 2013 than 2012? How many of these were new clients? How many were referrals? How many clients did you lose and why?

–       Were your business processes better in 2013? Did your business Culture and Brand improve over the year?

–       Which was your best quarter in 2013, and why?

The point is…

If…

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THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

Tribute to Greatness and Change


Today, my life has changed forever….no explanation is possible so I share the only thing that makes a form of sense…

TO GOD BE THE GLORY Andrae Crouch

How can I say thanks
for the things you have done for me
Things so undeserved
Yet you give to prove your love for me
The voices of a million angels
Cannot express my gratitude
All that I am or ever hope to be
I owe it all to Thee

(Chorus)
To God be the glory
To God be the glory
To God be the glory
For the things He has done
With His blood, He has saved me
By His power, He has raised me.
To God be the glory
For the things he has done

(Bridge)
Just let me live my life
And let it be pleasing, Lord to Thee
And should I gain any praise,
Let it go to Calvary.

With His blood, He has saved me
By His power, He has raised me.
To God be the glory
For the things he has done.

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(Photo courtesy of Moses Nderitu)

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

OUTRAGEOUS LIVING REPOSTED


I am re-posting a blog I did last year that had just turned things on the head for me…a reminder that all is on track

Outrageous living
Jul12 2013

I have just finished reading “The OUTRAGEOUS life: Letting God Take You From Ordinary to Outrageous” by Dwayne Morris,….I have to quote an excerpt here that rocked my life…

“My favourite story about perspective involves a father and his two little sons, one of whom was an eternal optimist, while the other was a perpetual pessimist. One Christmas, he decided to try to temper both of their perspectives − in addition to their standard gifts, he told them they’d each get something “chosen especially for you!” His plan was to give the pessimist every toy and game he could possibly desire, while the optimist would be directed to the basement filled with manure. On Christmas, after the normal presents were opened, the father sent the optimist to the cellar, while leading the pessimist to the room filled with presents.

After the pessimist opened all the gifts, he turned to his father with a sad face and said, “How can I possibly use all these? The TV will wear out, the PlayStation will get smashed, and all the other toys will be broken!”

After a few minutes of listening to such woe, the father remembered his optimistic son and ran to the basement steps. There in the basement was his other son, swimming through the manure with a gleeful smile. The father asked him why he was so happy, to which the boy exclaimed, “With this much manure, there must be a pony in here somewhere!”

This little story has had a profound effect on my day. it has brought many things into question and reality. Some of the questions I have been left working through are:

1. What is my view of life?
2. Am I joyful and gleeful despite and in spite of the
circumstances?
3. How well do I live my life and enjoy the circumstances?
4. Do I trust my Papa to have my best interests at heart even
when He gives me something ‘not nice’ like manure?

I have no answers for the above as the thought process is on and I am trusting that by the end of the day I’ll be closer to the right place than I was at the day’s break. One thing I realised as I read the book is that this walk is a daily and moment by moment affair and I will never get to the place where I have arrived. When I arrive and reach perfection I will be at home in heaven…astounding thought but totally true. I look forward to a richer, deeper and more fulfilling relationship with Papa.

Here is to a new start every day.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

Glory of Creation


Glory of Creation

#SimpleThings…this photo was shared by Moses Nderitu part of the Jubilee Ride from Nairobi to the Cape and back to raise money for scholarships.

I have followed the ride on Twitter and Facebook and have seen some of the most astounding pictures I have ever seen. Everyday I see another expression of the majesty of creation

I stand amazed…every day I see the pictures I remember the anthem…the great prayer for and blessing over us…

O God of all creation
Bless this our land and nation
Justice be our shield and defender
May we dwell in unity
Peace and liberty
Plenty be found within our borders.

Let one and all arise
With hearts both strong and true
Service be our earnest endeavour
And our homeland of Kenya
Heritage of splendour
Firm may we stand to defend.

Let all with one accord
In common bond united
Build this our nation together
And the glory of Kenya
The fruit of our labour
Fill every heart with thanksgiving.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

It’s Different Now


There is no longer a time to eat indiscriminately or do things for our personal use only. It is time to move to the place of purpose and find the will of God for each of us and to operate in that sphere…I have had the simple and humble opportunity to have my own thoughts challenged over and over in the last few weeks.

As this year has started I have found myself unbound by the pressure and frustrations of the month. In Kenya, January for most is the month we love to hate. It is fraught with the pressure of the just ended holidays, celebrations and travel to see family closely followed by the start of the new academic year. This is as intense as intense could be.

In the midst of all this I found myself surprisingly unmoved and unpressured. I only find that the desire and cry of my heart had become to find greater inner peace and rest. True rest that could only be found in the arms of Papa. Peace that would remain even in the midst of the upheaval of life.

During the Christmas holidays We had a long discussion around a very simple story that we all know. Judges 4:4-5 tells us about Deborah the prophetess. “Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment.”

The things that stood out from that conversation are as follows:
1. She is introduced – Deborah, prophetess, wife of Lappidoth
2. Her role described – judging Israel
3. The time of her role indicated – judging…at that time
4. Location specified – she used to sit under the palm of
Deborah between Ramah & Bethel in the hill country of Ephrahim
5. Her audience defined – the people of Israel came to her

The rest of Judges 4 & 5, tells us of the exploits of Deborah and how she heard from God and acted and provided clear guidance to the people. Everything that had to be said and done was said and done because she was willing and able to hear, utter and follow through. Wow…..In Judges 5 we see the celebration of the works of God through His servant. Judges 5:31tells us that, “…And the land had rest for forty years.” The outcome of her obedience displayed.

Judges 4, also showcases another woman who was in position and ready to do her job. This is Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite. She:
1. She is introduced – Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite
2. Her role described – to help free Israel
3. The time of her role indicated – to serve…at that time
4. Location specified – in her tent
5. Her audience defined – Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army,

Looking at these two women I see several key lessons:
1. Know who you are – not who you think you are but who God
created you to be
2. Know your purpose – what God designed you to do for Him?
3. Know your time – what is your appointed season?
4. Know your determined location – what is your appointed place
of operation & impact
5. Know who you are sent to – whose voice are you? Whose
defence are you? What do you represent?

The thing that struck me was that neither woman actively sought recognition, yet God ensured it happened. Each simply took her position and served to the very best of her abilities and nothing could keep her hidden from the limelight.

This reminded me that my role is to be seek God for clarity on my calling and station and then do what I am called to do and be who am destined to be. The rest is up to God. My purpose will call for different skills, friends, connections, possessions etc than the same for someone else. I must therefore learn to pursue my life and not that of another.

Where is your palm tree?
Are you living your life to the fullness of your palm tree or not?