Monthly Archives: August 2021

Pray Today


Pray that your eyes may see God

Pray that your ears may know His voice

Pray that your heart may be connected to his

Pray that your mind will be the mind of Christ

Pray that your will be subjected to His

Pray that your mind will be renewed

Pray that your inner man will be strengthened

Pray that your joy will be found in Him

Pray that He hides you under His wings

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Pray for insight

Pray for salvation

Pray for knowledge

Pray for understanding

Pray for discernment

Pray for revelation

Pray for indescribably peace

Pray for firm hope

Pray for unwavering faith

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Pray for unshakable belief

Pray for unconditional love

Pray for all sufficient grace

Pray for the right companions

Pray for the right connections

Pray for the right understanding

Pray for favour,

Pray for success,

Pray for victory,

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Pray for deliverance,

Pray for healing,

Pray for breakthrough,

Pray for the help of the Holy Spirit,

Pray that God will guide you,

Pray that God will intervene in your work,

Pray that God would bless the work of your hands

Pray that God will use you as the vessel

Pray without EVER ceasing

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Get comfortable with failure.


In the past, failure was an abomination. I remember all the warnings we got about failing and the demand that we never do so. Growing up, we would be beaten or questioned when we fail. We were always told that if we fail in school or life, we could end up on the street like the street child or worse the local drunk. Some communities went as far as ridiculing people who failed and used them as examples in stories.

This attitude created a very intense personal drive to grow, stay afloat and rise into places of dominance but it also created a culture of hiding struggles at all costs. It created a generation who would rather show strength even when they are struggling and could barely stand than acknowledge something as going on. It made people despise asking for help and seeking counsel to handle the challenges of life.

Fast forward thirty years and the conversation changes…

Failure is still defined as the inability to do something or rise above a challenge. The change came in the value of failure. It all started with conversations about the value of failure, the lessons we can learn from failure and the strength it can give us. Imagine the response from those of us who were oriented to believe failure is bad…it was so confusing.

I must admit that I struggled with this change in definition. It seemed too out there to be true. How could failure be a blessing? How could it be helpful? How can I gain from it? I grappled with it for a long time, turning it over and over, until it made sense and I tried to deal with it.

It took a series of failures for me to understand its value.

The tipping point was failing in a series of businesses then in relationships. Every aspect in my neatly ordered life was affected by these failures. I could choose to remain stuck or walk through the pain. Who would help me? Who would hold me to account? Would I be able to find the strength to deal? I sought the help of a counsellor and shared the journey with my accountability partners.

This walk through some of the most trying times taught me to love failure.

Failure is the best classroom: school is a place we discover what we know and what we need to learn, and failure is just that. We can choose to complain about the things that didn’t work or identify them, understand the mitigating factors, find ways to deal with the challenges and catalogue the lessons so we don’t need to go back and others can learn from our lives.

Failure is a temperature gauge: You know the new thermal detectors we have at mall entrances? That is my image of failure. It is a warning system that indicates times of reflection, review, and recalibration. If temperature checks are a constant part of life, any rises are noticed quickly, and the right measures can be deployed in time to avoid total failure. It is important to watch the small failings.

Failure shows us where to grow: Think of the athlete who lost a race. They deal with the emotions, including crying then get back to the drawing board. They never give up, change training tactics, diet, and train diligently for the next race clearly focused on the areas of growth and strengthening the areas of strength.

Failure keeps us humble: The knowledge that I am not invincible keeps me humble and willing to keep learning all my days. My past failures have taught me valuable lessons and deal with ego and holds the simplicity and joy of life and the desire to change the world.

Failure changes our mindset: It will either break us or make us stronger and whichever way it goes, is our personal choice. When we view failure as bad we will avoid it like the plague but if we understand its value, we will accept the failings are tools and use it as such.

We must teach our generations accept failure as a key classroom in life.

We must help them learn the value of failure as an integral part of life. Let’s help them to expect to fail first and fast and learn from each failure. Understand why they failed, catalogue signs missed, and errors made, identify the lessons and learn them, practice, practise, practise. When you anticipate that things won’t always work, you are set to go further because failure loses its power to stall you permanently.

Failure is a great place of learning and can trigger great growth when handled right. Choose your attitude towards failure and either thrive or get stuck. Whatever option you choose will determine how far you will go.

Prayer


Do you have time to pray?

God has all time to listen

He is waiting for your prayers now,

Talk to him

He is your Heavenly Father

Speak to him he is our creator

Talk to him he is our provider,

Approach him he is our refuge,

Connect to him he is our healer,

Lean on him he is our protection,

Rest in him he is our Saviour,

Understand he is our present help in times of trouble.

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Prayers is not complaining,

Prayers is not murmuring,

Prayers are not made without faith or trust.

Stop complaining and start praying

I pray that you receive the grace to pray without ceasing

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Wake up brethren and pray now

Pray in the mighty name of Jesus Christ

Pray and exercise your faith,

Pray believing Jesus Christ hears your prayers and your request,

Pray by faith,

Pray and mention the word of God

Pray and ask,

Pray and seek,

Pray and knock the door of heaven blessings

Pray without ceasing,

Pray pray pray

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Prayers move every mountain that is standing before your success,

Prayer changes situations that are troubling your life,

Prayers can do marvellous 

Prayers is the only language that god hears and answer,

Pray pray pray

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I pray that God restores your prayer life again,

I pray that you become a prayer warrior

I pray you grow strong in the mighty name of Jesus Christ

Arise now and kneel down and pray.

~ Collins Ambani

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Your Voice Matters


When was the last time you shared your life’s journey with someone in need or you shared a lesson, you learnt? Not necessarily the whole story of the mess, but the lesson learnt and how applying that lesson has changed your life.

The season has been very hard for many of us taking us to the brink and even thrown some of us off the cliff. Some of those who haven’t gone over the edge are tethering right there, hanging by a thread that is breaking as we speak. Walking around smiling or at least seeming to smile but broken, shattered to smithereens but keeping on walking as if nothing going on.

Recent conversations have taught me that my journey can help others become more. In some, I was the encourager while in others, I was the encouraged. These conversations didn’t have a set formula rather they evolved from the honesty and vulnerability of the conversation. Some of the questions were so heart rending because they demanded raw honesty that if you weren’t in a space of growth you wouldn’t say anything. The bottom line is, in this season, candid conversations are even more important to keep each one balanced and growing.

Sometimes it was just listening and allowing people to unload the things on their minds in a safe space. Knowing full well that that they are not being judged and will not be judged no matter what and that their stories will not be heard on the streets. Other times it is in sharing the truths learnt, the tears cried, the rants at God and the peace that comes from unloading ones heart. Others it is infusing just the right kind of humour to break the sadness, change the narrative and add life. Finally, there is the deep silence and quiet hangouts that show love, compassion and acceptance.

Sometimes when you have been in a difficult place, you lose connection with your personal worth and value for one reason or another but in a moment of deep conversation you may find that there is value in what you know and what you can say to others. Do not let the struggle you find yourself in dilute your understanding of your value. The path you are on is useful to grow you and then to help others. Your voice when fully developed will change your corner of the world when you allow it to take root.

No matter how insignificant your role, there is a reason it was requested. Your voice is powerful. Use it for good. No experience is insignificant, no voice is valueless. Speak…share the power of your learning. Realise that a lot in your journey can help someone else rise up again, keep walking, hold onto hope, smile again and live free.

You are valuable, share what you learn.

Shalom.

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Becoming


I read this piece and know someone around here needs to read it so here goes…

You are in the perfect place, position, path to grow and BECOME all God said you are and created you to be.

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Me: Hey God.

God: Hello, my love.

Me: I’m falling apart. Can you put me back together?

God: I would rather not.

Me: 🤔

God: Because you are not a puzzle.

Me: What about all of the pieces of my life that are falling down onto the ground?

God: Let them stay there for a while.They fell off for a reason. Take some time and decide if you need any of those pieces back.

Me: You don’t understand! I’m breaking down!

God: No – you don’t understand. You are breaking through. What you are feeling is just growing pains. You are shedding the things and the people in your life that are holding you back. You are not falling apart. You are falling into place. Relax. Take some deep breaths and allow those things you don’t need anymore to fall off of you. Quit holding onto the pieces that don’t fit you anymore. Let them fall off. Let them go.

Me: Once I start doing that, what will be left of me?

God: Only the very best pieces of you.

Me: I’m scared of changing.

God: I keep telling you – YOU ARE NOT CHANGING!! YOU ARE BECOMING!

Me: Becoming who?

God: Becoming who I created you to be! A person of light and love and charity and hope and courage and joy and mercy and grace and compassion. I made you for more than the shallow pieces you have decided adorn yourself with that you cling to with such greed and fear. Let those things fall off of you. I love you! Don’t change! Become! Become! Become! Become who I made you to be. I’m going to keep telling you this until you remember it.

Me: There goes another piece.

God: Yep. Let it be.

Me: So…I’m not broken?

God: No – but you are breaking like the dawn. It’s a new day. Become!! Become!!

#IAM #BECOMING

~ Joanna Wellington ~

4 Keys to an Outstanding Life


There are people who speak and do it for long because they have time and others who are clear about their content and speak shot but clear messages. Recently I listened to Randolph Tindika and it really shifted a few things for me.

First off, it was simple, short and sweet and in the same breath it was extensively deep. As I thought about it, I realised that these are elements we need to share with one another.  

Prepare thoroughly: Do not assume that the journey will be easy or that you will always gave provision. Prepare to carry what you need for the journey yet travel light. Carry only what you need and can carry. My first major continental trip was from Nairobi to Johannesburg by bus. We were travelling for several weeks, and I had carried a wide variety of clothes and needed accessories; a big back pack and two other smaller bags. All was well until we crossed into Zambia and the Botswana and the distance, we had to walk with our bags was long. Suffice it to say, I changed how I packed after that day, focusing on things I could reuse and only what I absolutely needed and could carry myself. The same applies to life. Let go of everything that hinders and travel with a clear focus on where you are going.

Do not fall for the shining stars: along the journey, there will always be things that are attractive enough to take our attention away from the real things. They look pretty and like blessings yet they are simple distractions that will take us in the wrong direction. We must learn to test everything and be sure that what we are focusing on is not just a pretty thing but are the real reward for us.

Sacrifice is the tool of promotion: I keep thinking about David, Daniel and joseph. I think we can also add Esther to this list. They lost almost everything, a word was given but it took a while to manifest. Some really suffered for a very long time and didn’t lose heart of the prize God had set out for them. At the end of the journey, they earned recognition, position and impact like never before. We do things not for the outer recognition but for the realisation that what we are doing and the path we are walking will being us all the way young into to the word of God and the plan as it had been set out. When we let go of the need to have it all and lay our lives down for the plan of God, elevation is the end result. Isn’t that worth more than simple manipulation of the process?

Determine to make the greatest impact: What can your life produce? How many people can you influence? What can God do with your life if you allow him? Our lives are the sum total of our choices and commitment to stay the course. We are destined to leave footprints in the sand for other to follow or trails in uncharted lands for people to follow. How then can we settle to be average and boring? Now can we settle to be the ones who repeat the same tactics over and over expecting different results? We can’t.

Our calling in the name of our Lord and Saviour is to be utterly outstanding and influential in everything we do, but not of ourselves. “Every good and prefect thing comes from above from the lord of love…” He knows the end from the beginning, He has already predetermined our place and the way we interact with life. He is the one who deserves all our energy and focus because “He who begun the good work in us is faithful and just to forgive us and cleans us from all unrighteousness.” There is no excuse as to why we cannot rise into our fullness in the plan of God.

My charge is to know who I am in the presence of God and live that out all the days of my life and behold His greatness and live by it.