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In His Shadow


When I sit enthroned under the shadow of Shaddai,
I am hidden in the strength of God Most High.
He’s the hope that holds me
The Stronghold to shelter me,
The only God for me,
My great confidence.

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He rescues me
From every hidden trap of the enemy,
He protects me
From false accusation and any deadly curse.
His massive arms are wrapped around me protecting me.

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I run under His covering of majesty and hide.
His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping me from harm.
I will never worry about an attack of demonic forces at night
Or have to fear a spirit of darkness coming against me.
I do not fear a thing!

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Whether by night or by day,
Demonic danger will not trouble me
Nor will the powers of evil launched against me
Even in a time of disaster,
with thousands and thousands being killed,
I will remain unscathed and unharmed.

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I will be a spectator as the wicked perish in judgment,
for they will be paid back for what they have done!
When I live my life within the shadow of God Most High,
My secret hiding place,
I will always be shielded from harm.
How then could evil prevail against me
Or disease infect me?

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God sends angels with special orders to protect me wherever I go,
Defending you from all harm.
If I walk into a trap,
They’ll ’ll be there for you
They’ll keep you from stumbling.

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I will even walk unharmed
Among the fiercest powers of darkness,
Trampling every one of them beneath your feet!

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For here is what the Lord has spoken to me:
“Because you have delighted in me as my great lover,
I will greatly protect you.
I will set you in a high place,
safe and secure before my face.
I will answer your cry for help
every time you pray,
You will find and feel my presence
Even in your time of pressure and trouble.
I will be your glorious hero
I will give you a feast.
You will be satisfied with a full life
with all that I do for you.
For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”

Inspired by Psalms 91:1‭-‬16 TPT

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The Value of Mistakes


I do not know if your upbringing was like mine but when we were younger, we were discouraged from trying things we could fail at by the adverse reaction we saw others receive. It was almost an abomination to make a mistake. Some of us were beaten for getting things wrong, grounded, given excess work, made to repeat classes or worse still denied things we wanted.

Mistakes were often seen as a sign of foolishness and a true lack of wisdom, so we learnt to avoid any scenarios that looked like they would lead to failure and focus on the few things we were guaranteed to do well. We were often discouraged from talking to people who tried things because they were seen as jokers when they failed or did not turn out as expected.

I begun to pay more attention to life.

I remember looking down at people who were not as good as we were because in our minds, they would not do much in life. We even teased people who made mistakes all the time because it was a sign that they didn’t think too much or assess things well. What we didn’t realise is just how narrow we were becoming. Later in life, I was surprised that some of the people who made mistakes had indeed become something worthwhile.

It was even harder in Christian circles because we were expected to be holy and righteous, following the example of those ahead and leaving an example for those behind. My friends, it was so hard to meet all the standards that many of us faked it and never made it or even got close. We were unhappy but used the lingo we had learnt through our lives to create the illusion of happiness and try and draw people to the faith.

Imagine my surprise when I learnt the value of mistakes. Yes, value!

It was hardest when my early businesses failed because I felt like a failure and though I had heard that failure was good, my heart and mind had not connected to rise above my understanding. In the midst of a very challenging season at the business, I realised that I as the leader was the biggest challenge because my mind was not shifting past the things I was failing at. To I begun to say to myself, ‘What can I learn from this failure? What do I need to let go and what do I retain?’

It was not easy at first but as I pursued that line of thinking I say a change happen. I did not love mistakes, I just begun to see them as a classroom, a course, a learning curve. I hid my face less when it was not working and assessed a lot more. I remembered sounding crazy when I kept asking what can we learn? However, in time, it because the reason I kept going.

Mistakes can be your greatest blessing in life.

I cannot say I have stopped making mistakes, but I have learnt a lot from the ones I have made and a catalogue of lessons that I live by. I have also learnt to look for stories of people who made mistakes and how they recovered as opposed to looking for success stories because ‘Other people’s experience is the best teacher,’ in my books

I have however come face to face with the fear of failure again as I raise the young king. Recently after months of wondering what was going on, I realised that our education system does not allow them to think outside the lines. I realised that the system is looking for a certain set of answers in a certain order and if you miss one your get a bad grade. Ever wonder how they learn to cram? There it is.

The young king loves the kitchen, and he is learning but is has been hard because he thought he had to get things right the first time. when he did not, he would be so frustrated and ready to give up. The day I realised that he thought I never failed blew my mind. So, we began tracking times I failed and how it became a place of learning and growth.

We must teach our children differently about mistakes.

Our generations must understand that unlike the past, making a mistake is not:

  • A bad thing
  • The end of the line
  • Final

A mistake is and will always be:

  • A great classroom
  • A lab for experimentation
  • A quick learning curve
  • A way to build your inner strength and culture

Let us teach ourselves and our children to:

  • Acknowledge the mistake
  • Unpack what allowed us to make the mistake
  • Find what could have or can be done different
  • Apply the lessons learnt from the mistake to life ahead

Shalom

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Time


To everything there is a season,

A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,

And a time to die;

A time to plant,

And a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill, And a time to heal;

A time to break down, And a time to build up;

A time to weep, And a time to laugh;

A time to mourn, And a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to gain, And a time to lose;

A time to keep, And a time to throw away;

A time to tear, And a time to sew;

A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;

A time to love, And a time to hate;

A time of war, And a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1‭-‬8 NKJV

It is well my soul ❤

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Never Static


Introspection is a part of my life that jumps up daily and calls for attention. It is more evident when I am processing things. 2020 has been about lots of processing and though it has been a little taxing, I have come to really love it.

I was thinking about my life looking back 20 and drawing parallels to today. It was interesting that I loved emerald green and cream. I would gladly have those colours in as many pieces of clothing as possible. I also needed to find ways to hid so I hid behind flared skirts and trousers a lot. This helped me fade into the background or so I thought.

Fast forward a few years and I went to dark colours so it was all about black, navy blue and brown trousers with long tops. Some tops were coloured some were muted, and I stayed in this place for many years because it provided safety and comfort in a turbulent season.

Life is never static, so the tide begun to turn and I found my life changing. My mind was shifting, my thoughts were challenged, my patterns of life were challenged to be place of breaking. It took a while, but the change in my inside brought changes on the outside. As I stabilised in my thoughts and was more accepting of the new position, my colour palette changed first to pastels then to bright colours and finally to large bold prints.

The next change was my perception of self and that was hard. I faced off with who I was, how I looked, all my gifts and skills, the failings and risings; all brought together on one page. As self-acceptance rose, I saw changes. The biggest change was when I could wear fitted clothing instead of all flared and baggy. One day entered a room and my sister gasp in shock at the gravity of the change that brought understanding to her of the true meaning of shifting.

The external shift speaks of an internal shift previously invisible.

I can now see how the changes in the colours I wore have always signified different phases of my life linked with spiritual growth, emotional cycles, and different states of physical wellbeing. You would not know the gravity of each season or related colour change as an onlooker, just understand that each season needed a different focus to keep on track and get through. 

Every change brought forth a new version of me daily growing towards better. It has really been an intense journey and for a long time I couldn’t see the depth of change. It all broke forth when Papa said he could see things were changing. I was perplexed because I couldn’t see them so I asked him how? His answer was insanely simple, “You now wear colour.” I thought I was hidden but his man, who prays for me and calls God’s purpose to account in me had been watching and smiling as he saw the shift.

Shifts are visible to the discerning eye, but invisible to all others. 

Know that even if you have not seen it, every day creates or produces subtle changes in your life that can and must be tracked. Every change alerts you of possibilities, realities and opportunities. Be present in your life and track it, you will learn a lot and you will thrive.

Shalom.

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Allow Me To Bring LOVE


Everyone wants to give themselves completely to someone

To have a deep lasting relationship with another

To be loved thoroughly and exclusively

Please allow me to bring it to you

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God says to every child

No! not until you are satisfied

Not until you are fulfilled and content

with being loved by me

Please allow me to bring it to you

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When you are completely satisfied

To have an intensely personal & unique relationship with me

Discovering that only in me

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Not until your satisfaction is found in me

Will you be capable of the perfect human relationship

I have planned for you

Please allow me to bring it to you

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You will never be completely united with another

Until you are completely united with me

Exclusive of anyone or anything else

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Until you are exclusive of any other desire or longing

I want you to stop planning

Stop wishing

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Allow me to give you

The most thrilling plan existing

One you cannot imagine

Please allow me to bring it to you

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I want you to have the best

You must keep watching me

Expecting the greatest things

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I am

Keep listening and learning

The things I promise and mean

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Be patient that it is all well

Don’t be anxious

Do not worry

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Don’t look around all the things others have

Or the things I have given them

Don’t look at all the things you think you want

Please allow me to bring it to you

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You just keep looking off and away up to me

Or you will miss what I want to show you

When you are ready,

Please allow me to bring it to you

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I will surprise you

With a love more wonderful

That any you would dream of

Please allow me to bring it to you

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You see,

Until you are ready

Until the one I have for you is ready

Please allow me to bring it to you

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I am working even this moment

To have both of you ready at the same time

Until you are both satisfied with me

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Until you learn the life I want you to live

You will not be able to experience

The love that exemplifies your relationship with me

Please allow me to bring it to you

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There is a perfect love Dear one,

I want to have this most wonderful love

I want you to be in the flesh

Please allow me to bring it to you

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A picture of your relationship with me

A life that enjoys my perfection

To love what only I offer

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Know I love you utterly

I am God Almighty

Believe it; Be satisfied

Please allow me to bring it to you

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shalom

Adapted from an anonymous poem I found in my archives

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