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

Prayer Avails Much


Prayer Avails Much

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.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

God’s Word Is True


The last few months have been very interesting. I have never had a time of such great anticipation or anxiety at the same time. My few years on this planet have been very engaging and demanding for I have had to stand and believe in God for myself and let go of my parent’s faith. In the recent past so much has been at a stand still yet God has continued to speak more often and louder than ever before. He has confirmed His word to us and over our nation repeatedly yet so many of us have missed it. We have been caught up  focusing on our daily needs and personal desires and have even converted them to be what the Lord is saying. Many times we have heard God according to what we wanted and not according to He was actually saying.

In early Dec 2012, I found Him asking me to be still and seek the place of peace in Him. It was to be that in this place of peace I would find clarity and direction. Yes, clarity and direction. Suffice it to say that for a couple of weeks I was indeed able to hold on and keep the peace as instructed. However, things changed in the new year and the road was fraught with an abundance of challenges. Things that had already been agreed on and seemingly established shook and fell apart. Different things happened in my economic, social and political life that I could not see the hand of God as clearly as before. I felt blind and like I was flailing outside on a cloudy, dark, moonless night.

I lost traction and many times wondered whether there was really truth  in God’s word and if I really could be certain of the same. This led to a period of oscillating between abundant and believable truth and conviction to abundant doubt and questions. I hesitate as I use the word doubt because I don’t really think it was that. In my heart of hearts I knew He is God and doesn’t lie but life was making His word look like a figment of my imagination. Then again, is wondering about the realities of life and what will happen in the future the same as doubt????? Could be…the jury is out on that one for me.

All the same, I reached an impasse in my life and decided that if God said it then no man can change it and I would not allow the challenges in my way to overwhelm me any more and drown out the word of God. Believe me when I say this was easier said than done. No sooner had I decided to hold on regardless of the happenings of life than all the dams of trouble and struggle broke open. Cash was suddenly super tight, work was MIA, the political scenario went into limbo and many other things I would rather not document. So here I was, having made a public declaration of my walk of faith and suddenly everything I believed was called into question.

It hasn’t been easy since then but I have continued to walk. As often as doubt surfaced in my mind I simply reminded God that He said and He promised and I would stand on His promises even if I looked like a fool. Due dates came and went, payments were still delayed. work was still MIA and the political situation was still in disarray but I chose to stand and believe the word of God. In this on-going process I have learnt a couple of profound things that I would like to share today:

  1. Many are the plans of man but God is the executor – Proverbs 19:20-22 – the question I had to ask myself was whether I was looking at my plans of working on the plans of God. Had I passed my plans by Him for confirmation or was I going full steam ahead in my own ways. 
  2. The activities of my life were determined long before my conception and birth and my destiny sealed. I must therefore connect to Christ the source to unlock the truth and full meaning of that – Psalms 139:16: Jeremiah 29:10-12
  3. God is looking for a remnant to stand in faith so that His will and purpose will come to pass. I am delivered to this earth with a definite role to fulfill – Exodus 9:16 – But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.

As I found myself in this place I struggled to make head or tail of the situation. To be honest there have been times when I have despaired but God in His love and mercy has renewed me through His children. A word in season; a prayer on time; an encouragement said without really understanding the gravity; among many more. So I now live with the daily reminder that I am not as big or strong as I had always thought I was. I realise that I stand because of the love, compassion and strength of my loving Father in heaven. I stand because my destiny has not been completed and I stand because of the certainty of my calling. I realise a fresh that no matter what I find along the way, I must choose to stand in the place that God has called me stand and give up what He has asked me to give up. I realise that I am as frail as the next person and I walk by grace. It is therefore my humble submission that I must be different and it must show in my walk

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He reminds me many things these days through song so I share another onetoday:

‘All God’s Promises Are True’ By Shannon Wexelberg:

When the new day begins
Lord, Your mercies are new again
How my heart overflows with thanks to my King
When the night closes in
I’m so grateful You are my Friend
You said that You’d never leave
and Lord I believe — Lord, I believe

All your promises are true
I will lift up my eyes to You
For You’re all that I need
And my faith I receive
the wonderful things You will do.
All your promises are true; 

I will lift up my eyes to You.
When my heart starts to fail,
Lord, Your strength will prevail,
And all You have said You will do
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When the new day begins
Lord, Your mercies are new again
How my heart overflows with thanks to my King
When the night closes in
I’m so grateful You are my Friend
You said that You’d never leave
and Lord I believe — Lord, I believe

All your promises are true
I will lift up my eyes to You
For You’re all that I need
And my faith I receive
the wonderful things You will do.

All your promises are true;
I will lift up my eyes to You.
When my heart starts to fail,
Lord, Your strength will prevail,
And all You have said You will do DSC09292
Your promises are true

They are comfort and healing
Strength for the journey
Hope for the hopeless
Glad for the mourning
Life and salvation
Power and victory

Lord, I believe, Lord I believe 

They are comfort and healing
Strength for the journey
Hope for the hopeless
Glad for the mourning
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Power and victory
Lord, I believe, Lord I believe

All your promises are true
I will lift up my eyes to You
For You’re all that I need
And my faith I receive
the wonderful things You will do.
All your promises are true;
I will lift up my eyes to You.

When my heart starts to fail,
Lord, Your strength will prevail,
And all You have said You will do…(I know You will do)

All your promises are true lovely
I will lift up my eyes to You
For You’re all that I need

And my faith I receive
the wonderful things You will do. (I know You do)


All your promises are true;
I will lift up my eyes to You.
When my heart starts to fail, 

Lord, Your strength will prevail, 

And all You have said You will do
Your promises are true…(Your promises are true)
Your promises are true…(Oh, I know they’re true)
Your promises are true…(I believe, O Lord)
Your promises are true

Amen.my oh my

The Simple Life

No negativity


SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:

Take a stand, and refuse to be controlled by the negativity of others.  The enemy will use bitterness to defile you and everything it touches.  You must set a watch and not allow disagreement and opposition to hinder My purposes in and around you.  It is serious business for those who insist on defiling the atmosphere and quenching My Spirit, says the Lord.

Hebrews 12:15  Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.

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Often when we hear about negative energy we call it a new age thing. This reading today confirmed things for me that I have been thinking about for a while. Who I spend time with by choice or by default affects the atmosphere around me.

In the midst of my daily life I interact with people and bump into strangers who have opinions and attitudes. These could be positive or negative and I need to be on watch for the same.

 

Recently I was in the bank and heard an elderly foreign man telling off one of the customer service attendants. The bottom line of what he said was that we will never move forward as a nation because there is a critical flaw in us as a Kenyan people. He somehow believes that we will never really amount to much and we cannot see change through. I stood there thinking WHAT????

Okay some of the things he put forward made sense like the fact that we have got so much money as ‘aid’ that will need to be repaid yet most of us don’t think about that. Partly true but don’t we currently fund a bigger portion of our budget locally these days? Aren’t more of us working hard to build local businesses that are pushing the envelope and making greater economic progress? Aren’t we receiving more investment from Kenyans in the diaspora? They why did he feel that there was no hope for the nation? It must be based on the people he interacts with regularly.

 

So I got thinking…how much of the future of my life and this nation am I allowing to be affected and changed by the choices of others. How seriously am I thinking about what people are saying about me and the life around me? Do I know where I am headed? Do I declare success of my life and those around me? Do I focus on the good and achievable and not the bad? Do I care enough for the future to be conscious of what I say?

Let us choose today to remain focused on the things that are above and conscious of our impact with our thoughts, words and deeds. Let us be aware of the impact common thought has on our surrounds and be united in the same. Let us work with those around us especially the young people to teach the power of the spoken word. Let us commit our tongues to God that he may teach us to speak with care.

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Lasting Legacies


Today began just like any other ordinary day.  First was replenishing our water supply then preparations to go for morning fellowship. Little did I know that things had happened that would change our nation!

You see, we lost two national leaders and four members of our police force in a freak chopper crash early in the morning. Further to that, four years ago today, two members of parliament also perished in a plane crash. What a day!! The pain and sense of loss is greater for some more than others yet the whole nation of Kenya mourns the great men and woman we lost today.

Owing to the fact that we have become an expressive lot of people, I went online to see what others were thinking and what they had to say. I must say it took a lot of reading to just get through the posts on FB let alone Twitter. After loads of reading, I came across a comment that got me. It said, “Life is short, live your legacy so that you can leave a legacy.” Wagaki Mutonyi.

 Wow, is came alive to me…I was reminded that the only way we can leave a legacy is to live a life of purpose and conviction. It means we must be willing to stand and be counted for our convictions. Living a legacy comes from a clear knowledge of who I am, why I am here and what I can do for my community. This could mean I must be willing to give up something for the greater good of the community. The reality is that leaving a legacy is living for something that is greater than oneself.

I cannot leave a legacy if I am not convinced that my life is worth something and I can make a difference. It begins at home with my immediate family, then my extended family, friends, employees, colleagues and the world at large. Living a legacy demands that I remember that I could leave this world any time the Father calls me home after all, no one knows the time when God will call us home.

Then another thought came to mind. I realised that none of those who perished in the chopper crash or in the building that collapsed yesterday in Mlolongo, could have known that the goodbye they said to their loved ones in the morning was the last they would ever say. Imagine if one of them left after an argument or a harsh word was spoken. The day is over and the chance to change their words was gone never to return. Double wow!!

May my life be a living legacy of love, compassion, honesty, commitment and compassion. May I live my life according to the direction and instructions received from God everyday. May I find peace and strength in the knowledge that I have done the best I could do with everyday that I live. May I know for certain that if I lived this day again I would live it the same way because I have lived it to the best of my abilities.

Join me and aspire to live a legacy so we can leave great legacies.