Live Beyond The Bubble

Simple Ways To Touch Lives Everyday.

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6: 2

I used to think that Northeast was so far away that I could not be touched by anything that was happening there. Many times, when I read about cases of extreme violence in states like Zamfara or Borno as a result of the activities of the insurgents, I’d shudder in fear or sympathize with those who had been affected or who still lived there, but those feelings didn’t run deep primarily because I don’t live there,and I didn’t have any close friends or relatives who did. All that has changed with news that a very close loved one will be moving to that region, Adamawa state to be precise, for work related reasons.

Now, Northeast that used to be ‘ so far away’ has become close, very close to my heart. News coming from Yola, in particular or the north in general, captures my attention and I pray about the place more. Prior to this, I felt I was just living my life and minding my business but it was just a mask of indifference.

All this has taught me a huge lesson about life and love. Oceans and vast lands; languages and cultures give definition to who we are but at the core of it all, we are all one. Isn’t that the message Jesus preached ? Love for mankind regardless of race or creed.

In error, we use our differences to create bubbles and we try our best to ensure that nothing or no one bursts our bubbles. But a life meaningfully lived cannot exist in a bubble, we are to reach out to one another and help as much and as often as is needed. The Bible tells us to bear one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ. The true foundation of the Christian faith is love.

Our prayer life also says a lot about who we are and how much of God’s love we are willing to share. You don’t have to wait for something to happen to you directly before you feel the need to pray about it. If it has happened or is happening to someone, pray for the person regardless of whether you know them or not. Your prayers may seem like a drop in the ocean but it does make a difference, a huge difference because God is constantly seeking intercessors. It was Abraham’s intercessory prayers on behalf of his nephew that saved Lot and his household, apart from his wife who chose to look back, from being wiped out when God’s wrath descended on Sodom and Gomorrah.

The Bible tells us about the good Samaritan, who, even though he had a destination he wanted to reach, took time out of his busy schedule to care for an injured man he saw lying helpless along the road. He also gave of his resources even though he had never met the man before.

What can you and I do to close the gap and make the world a better place? I once heard a radio presenter say that the most profound way to make each day meaningful is to purposefully decide to put a smile on someone’s face everyday, especially someone who’s not even expecting it. I’m implementing it, so help me God. Near or far, somebody today, needs to feel the love of God and it won’t be right to close our hearts to the needs around us.

10 Bible Verses To Boost Your Confidence When Self Doubt Arises

Meditate On These Scriptures For Victory Over Self Doubt.

I recently shared vital tips for victory over Self Doubt.

Today I’ve outlined related key bible verses you can read and meditate on. They will definitely uplift you as they show how God was able to encourage and divinely inspire those He had called for different purposes but who expressed fear or doubt ( or both) for one reason or the other.

• Deuteronomy 31: 6 – So be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. D your god will personally go ahead of you. He will never fail you nor abandon you. (NLT )

• JOSHUA 1: 9 – I’ve commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord your God and I will be there to help you wherever you go. (CEV )

•PROVERBS 3: 26 – For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. ( KJV)

• ROMANS 8 : 28 – And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. ( NLT )

• 1 CORINTHIANS 15:58 – Therefore my dear brothers and sisters. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain. ( NIV)

• EPHESIANS 6: 10 – Be strong in the lord and in His mighty power. ( NLT )

• PHILIPPIANS 4: 13 – For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.( NLT )

• 2 TIMOTHY 1: 7 – For God has not given us the spirit of fear and timidity; but of power, love and self discipline. ( NLT )

HEBREWS 10: 35 – So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you. ( NLT)

• JAMES 1: 6 – But when you ask for something, you must have faith and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like an ocean wave, tossed around in a storm. (CEV )

Stones And The Message Of Easter

The Life Transforming Message Of Easter

It doesn’t matter how many people hurl condemnation, criticisms at you or revile you, Jesus isn’t one of them. He is so not a stone thrower, he is the lover of your soul.

I don’t know about you but that’s what keeps me going back to Him again and again. What I would do without the all embracing love of Jesus ?Wholesome healing love, never approval based – Just come as you are.

He told Zacchaeus, the fraudulent tax collector, “ Hey, I’m having lunch at your place today, come down immediately. ”

He told the condemned thief on the cross, who had turned to him for mercy and hope; “ Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise. ”

He had a chat with the Samaritan woman, and after their conversation, she left his presence liberated and full of joy because that divine encounter connected her with the grace she needed to forge ahead. He let her know ; “ I know everything about you and your past relationships because of your quest for love but I do not in any way condemn you. ”

“ What do you say Jesus? The angry mob pressed towards Him, questioning angrily. Pick up a stone and join us. Man, we have proof, she was caught in the very act. Look at her, just look at the mess she is. ” Instead of standing up to join her accusers, he stooped down; rather than being quick to judge, he wrote on the ground.

….“ All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone! ” John 8 : 7

I wonder what was going through her mind as she stood, surrounded by very angry and vengeful people. Each holding large rocks, ready to hurl them in exchange for her blood – her life. I imagine myself standing there, what would have been going through my mind? “ It’s over Oris, say your last prayer. ” When Jesus comes on the scene though, he turns what seems like a sad ending into a wonderful beginning. See! I’m doing all things new. ( Revelations 21:4 ). He not only made every one of her accusers drop their stones, he gave her a new lease of life.

“ How could she have done that ” ? I simply cannot believe she would have done so and so. ” That’s what we do to each other, hurting, judging and refusing to forgive. Forgetting that only God has the right to ask such questions but he chooses not to. He came to bind up not tear down. He came to set free, not cast into prison. “ I’m here with love in my heart not stones. ”

That’s the simple essence of Easter – Love that is so perfect and unfailing, it seems to good to be true. How can one so holy and perfect love someone like me? He gave up His life for us and by doing that, restored hope, faith and abundant life to mankind. Jesus lovingly took all our sin, pain and infirmities and nailed them all on the cross. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it.

Recently someone I truly loved hurt me so much. I literally felt the pain in my heart. Felt ? That’s not true, I still feel the pain so much so that I don’t even know how else to pray about it besides , “ Jesus please take this pain away. ”

As I write this post though, I feel an outpouring of God’s love. How can I expect perfect love from a human as I? Forgiveness is easier when you remember that you’re also human. The Bible tells us to forgive others because He also forgives us. Oh! the healing power of love, we love Him because He first loved us. That’s what Easter is about, a celebration of true love. Happy Easter everyone!

What does Easter mean to you?

4 Tips To Push Through Self Doubt

How to rise above self doubt so you can fulfil your calling.

Can I make it work ?

Do I have what it takes ?

Will my voice be heard?

YES YOU CAN TO ALL OF THE ABOVE !

If you’re passionate about fulfilling your calling, then always be ready to be your number one cheerleader. I want to share four tips I know will help anytime discouragement sets in and you begin to doubt your ability to push through and make success happen.

YOU ARE LOADED

I’m talking about the deposits of Promise and Potential ; Treasure and Talents you were born with. God did not make a mistake when He put them in you and it’s time to use them for the benefit of mankind. It also simply means that you have what it takes, in fact, all it takes to do what He’s called you to do. This silences all doubts about your ability to perform. What do you have? What can you do today with what you have? If you keep thinking about what you don’t have, you won’t be able to get much done. Appreciate what you have, get to work and watch it multiply.

DON’T LOOK BACK

God’s call is about your future not your past, so don’t allow anything or anyone pull you back from behind. If your past was an issue, God wouldn’t have called you. It’s not about your past but your potential. Looking back on your mistakes and regrets is very draining so please shake it off. Keep your focus on the wonderful future that is yours through faith in Christ. Any woman who has fulfilled her calling will tell you that questions about your ability to deliver will arise. What’s most important is that you have your answers ready – Faith filled answers. Approach your calling always from the perspective of faith, let the past go and never give up.

NEVER BE INTIMIDATED

When you come across a stunning website, or read about someone achieving fantastic feats, choose to be inspired rather than intimidated by their success stories. Remember that it’s not about what you can do but what God can do through you. In fact be secure enough to celebrate them and wish them well. As you do that, you are watering the ground for your own increase and success. There’s something about offense and envy that stifles creativity or productivity. It’s their time to shine and so will you.

DON’T DELAY, DECIDE !

I encourage you to press through the barriers of self doubt. Take steps everyday and watch how you will make giant strides because truly, all giant strides begin with a step. Decide today that you’re going to do something everyday to push and birth greatness. Continuous delay will build a wall of resistance in your heart and it can even make you turn away from your calling totally, leaving you unfulfilled. Decide that you’re going to do something everyday to push and birth greatness. The steps you start with may seem little but as you take it, your confidence will build up, and you’ll be to accomplish more and more.

Choose faith over fear

How To Choose Faith Over Fear

Quit letting fear get in the way of living a more joyful and purposeful life.

Truth be told, this topic isn’t new but it’s still a much needed lesson because even though most of us know not to give in to fear, it still manages to creep up on us and have it’s way in the most devastating of ways.

Fear is an emotion we all feel and that’s okay because it can act as a signal to back off from certain people or situations that are dangerous but what is not okay is when we LIVE in fear, as in set up shop there.

It stops us when we should be moving forward.

It’s the reason we procrastinate or hide.

What could be more paralyzing?

Don’t get me wrong, facing our fears can be pretty difficult but if were going g to be honest here, the reason why we refuse to take the bull by the horns is not always because it’s difficult but because it’s uncomfortable. There’s just something comforting about not confronting, but the down side is that it’s so self limiting.

Looking Unto Jesus The Author And Finisher Of Our Faith…..Hebrews 12 : 2

Peter achieved an amazing feat when he actually walked on water, but that was only because he fixed his gaze on Jesus. As soon as Peter shifted his focus to the billowing wind and stormy sea, he started to drown but thank God he didn’t because Jesus quickly reached out and saved him. We are bombarded daily with news or situations that attempt to shift our focus here and there but the question is, Are you going to hold on to faith and stay afloat or sink with fear?

When I Am Afraid, I Will Put My Trust In You. Psalm 56 : 3

If you don’t want to go through life running and hiding and then regretting that you hid and ran, then you will need to be courageous. Sometimes you will never know what’s around the corner until you make that turn. Courage is going ahead to get the job done even when you feel scared or uncertain. As you take steps of faith, fear retreats.

The LORD Himself Goes Before You And Will Be With You; He Will Never Leave You Nor Forsake You. Do Not Be Afraid; Do Not Be Discouraged. Deuteronomy 31 : 8

Here lies the key to victory over fear – The consciousness that God is with you always. There’s something so reassuring about the abiding presence of God. David put it this way; ” Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me “. He courageously confronted and defeated Goliath because he knew who he was and whose he was. I’m yet to find anyone who adopted David’s formula and failed. Put your confidence in God because He’s with you every step of the way. Everyone and everything may fail but His saving grace is unfailing.

DO THIS: Take Daily steps Of Faith And Watch Fear Retreat.

Write your personal vision

Simple Ways You Can Use Your Vision Optimally

I used to think a vision was something you wrote down, prayed over and kept safely like some very sentimental memento, now I know better. Having a personal vision may get you started, but going back to it as often as you can will keep you going – You’ve Got To Put It In Writing !

This is because the journey to the actualization of your dreams will not always be smooth. When you encounter bumps on the road, your vision will serve as a reminder of the need to keep going. Studies have shown that when you write things down, you’re more likely to remember and act on them. When everything seems hazy such that you don’t even know why you do what you do, going through your vision will also renew your clarity and keep you on track. Those words will scream at you ” Don’t Give Up !”

You’re also likely to be more disciplined and focused when you know what you want and where you are headed in life. You’ve got to be careful that your voice is not drowned out by the voices of others or you may find yourself dumping your own course and taking up the course of another person because theirs suddenly seems more attractive. The Bible puts it this way : Without prophetic vision people abandon restraint, but those who obey the law are happy. Proverbs 29 : 18.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie. Though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2 : 3

Tweak or review your vision to reflect changes like growth, new experiences or even a new perspective and as days turn into years, never become impatient to the point of turning your back on your purpose.

I know of many who use vision boards, which is a combination of words, images and photos that describe very clearly the future you desire – which is what a personal vision simply is – A Picture Of Your Desired Future. Images are said to stir up emotions and resonate on a deeper level. Whichever you choose, the general rule is to keep it concise, simple but exciting. Look at it, read it everyday ! What better way to motivate yourself – Your vision is your divine energy booster, revitalizing you and spurring you to action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Simple Lesson About Christmas

 Christmas Devotions

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Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Luke 2: 10

Christmas is good news! That’s the true message of the season and it’s something to cheer about but somewhere along the line, things have gotten complicated. We shouldn’t be carried away with how Christmas has been commercialized that we forget about how really simple it should be. The world shouldn’t tell us how to celebrate Christmas because it’s not about how much we have but how much we can give. It’s about sharing the good news and spreading joy. It’s not a time to be afraid or worry and fret about the things we don’t have or can’t afford. Hey, we’re not counting losses, we are celebrating the events surrounding the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, someone wonderful who was given to us as saviour, counselor and friend. That’s a plus and that’s why it’s good news!

REFLECT:  In what ways can you let go of the rush rush and keep things simple this season?