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From where I left off

2015 is missing from my blog. Ideally it should’t be, because 2015 was the year when I took time off to discover who I am and understand myself better and if this is the space where I record my experiences as it relates to God, then this is the place where I should have at least tried to document 2015 right? I keep thinking that I should include an apology somewhere in this post but I’m not going to, because I think it’s okay for a person to stop and reassess their life and find peace amidst the storm in isolation. I’m not sorry for abandoning this space but I missed it immensely. I missed engaging with my readers and engaging with other writers.

I can’t say that I regret not writing about 2015 though. The year has passed and I haven’t documented anything anywhere, not even in my personal journals. 2015 was my year for living, learning and letting go. I’ve had so many challenges and life changing events take place and I never once stopped to add those to my online archive of experiences-had and lessons-learned. As I sit in my hotel room (I’m in Thessaloniki Greece at the moment) and I prepare to pick up the pieces when I get home in the next couple of days I find myself thinking on Philippians 4:6-8

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

I’m in desperate need for God’s peace. My mind races like a Ferrari on an open circuit and while I know that ultimately God’s plan will be revealed to me in time, I still struggle to find stillness amidst the madness that I see before me. My heart aches for a glimpse of the not so distant future so my mind would cease to run rampant with worrying thoughts and I can wait peacefully for God’s promises to unfold. However amidst the uncertainty there is a great expectation stirring within me because I’ve experienced God’s awesome move in my life before and I know it’s at times like these He shows up and shows off for me.

I continue to depend of God and I continue to rely on His love, grace and mercy as I move forward. My heart still longs for more of Christ and my desire is still to please Him in everything I do. I wish only to see God take complete control of my life, regardless of what that translates into. I may not have documented 2015 in this space but I am certain the lessons I’ve learned will be referenced from time to time as I pick up from where I left off in 2014.

This 2016 I stand on God’s promise in Philippians 1:6

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

I expect great things from my great God and I look forward to serving Him, His people and His kingdom this year. God continues to be good and I will continue to give Him all honour and glory and praise. I am blessed to be numbered amongst His children and I am proud to proclaim His name across the globe!

2016 will be amazing and I can hardly wait to take you on this journey with me 🙂

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Seed Conditions

13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

A seed determines what a farmer can plant. A farmer who has a lagoon in which to produce a crop, cannot grow fig trees because the seeds will not germinate under those conditions. The farmer will have to grow rice or another crop whose seed will bring forth fruit under those conditions if he wishes to have a fruitful harvest. 

In the same way when God reveals his word unto us the word needs certain conditions in order for it to grow. Sometimes we believe that we can force the seed to grow in conditions unintended for its growth. These methods may seem to work at first but in the end the plant would die or not bear fruit. 

ImageRecently I tried to germinate apple trees in the same way I would a bean plant (using tissue and water in a cup). None of the seeds grew. The seed was saying to me that I cannot grow here. Although I watered it and gave it sunlight, the conditions in which I was trying to bring forth fruit from the seed were not the conditions the seed required to grow. 

Sometimes as believers we try to do the same thing. We receive the word of God and instead of accepting it and acting in Faith and being obedient to it we try to force it to manifest itself in our lives without changing the conditions for its growth. We sometimes look for a “short-cut” and in doing so deprive ourselves of or delay our intended blessing. 

Let us allow the word of God to manifest itself in our lives by being fertile. Act in faith and remove those things, situations, habits and people that hinder our spiritual growth. In order to reach where we are going we need to choose our path now in faith. Faith does not work in the past or the future it works RIGHT NOW. So let us examine ourselves and make those necessary decisions to allow us to become fertile soil in which a seed can grow. 

 

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