Lord I just want to say thank you for never giving up on me, for never forsaking me, for your mercies, lessons, and for always loving me. Thank You Jesus!!
Lord I pray that you will comfort everyone going through a trial right now from every side, may the holy spirit guide them in their steps and encourage them as you are our Comforter. Help us to understand the depths of the love you have for us and the joy you bring to us in every season. Strengthen us and carry us through our current season oh Lord, help us not to miss the lesson within our current season. Add virtue to our faith and help us to trust in you more deeply. In Jesus Name Amen
Contentment and Storm sounds like a strange combination, how do you feel content when things are not going as you hoped? Family breakdown, breakup, lack of income, singleness, cheated on, been let down? How are you meant to smile when things around you are falling apart?
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, Knowing that the testing of faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4
Contentment: A state of
happiness joy and satisfaction. I replaced happiness with joy because happiness is short-lived as it, often depends on things outside of ourselves. JOY is eternal because it is based on our relationship with Jesus Christ, which is itself an everlasting source of joy.
Have you ever been in a situation and thought God please remove me. I have. There were moments in America where I was like Lord why am I here? What is my purpose? Should I be here? So many things were going wrong around me and I was so far away from home. I remember asking my agency to move me to a different camp but long story short I was stuck there. It was so weird so many things around me were not right but inside I was at peace. I was experiencing my season of trials.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
And not only that but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance. And perseverance, character, and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4
God was not going to remove me from the situation he was working on removing attributes of myself which did not fit anymore. I went to America nervous about being a newborn christian in another country with no access to my comforts. I went with a desire to grow in my relationship with God but scared that I was not ready to go it alone without my comforts. As my outward life was chaos I had to search deep within to find joy, the joy of not going through a rough time alone, the joy of having my comforter, the joy of the Holy Spirits guidance and the joy of salvation. I began to understand why people who have not accepted the need for Jesus to be the centre, could have so many things and not have joy. Due to their happiness coming from creations instead of the Creator. When our happiness is found in temporary things then our hope is determined by it.
This season taught me that my ultimate joy cannot come from my family, church, friends, job, holidays or relationships. Even though I love all the above God is the only unchangeable factor to my life, God will never let you down he remains faithful, God alone is sufficient.
Live through it, Grow through it, Pray through it
Just want to take a moment out to really think about the love you have for your Family, Friends, Colleagues.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Lord Almighty God may you guide us by the Holy Spirit as you reveal to us who we have not spared enough time to help, help us to not labor in vain but to reach the people you are calling us to. Have mercy upon us and thank you lord for your grace and realizations. In Jesus Name Amen
I thank you God for revelation today , I thank God for your mercy which endures forever!
I have recently been adjusting to moving back home from University after my travels around America. I just missed all the work that God had done in my life whilst I was in Coventry, I miss the church, the kids I served in RG as their teacher, and just serving there all together. Even though I loved everything I had in Coventry, I knew God called me to use all the skills, gifts and talents he gave me back home. I was needed to be a light to those around me here. Even though I knew it was right for me to come home, it was a struggle none the less, accepting that God has a new plan for me. I always referred to Coventry as my place of peace, my happy place. Deep down I knew that at this time in my life I was needed here.
One day as I was listening to my little brother read I noticed he was struggling to flow and around the same time he told me he hasn’t been consistent in his time with God for a while. How did I forget to build up my own little brother?…I was so wrapped up in wanting to be in my comfort serving and building my kids in Coventry, that I was missing my own brothers needs.
Since then we have been doing bible study everyday, praying together and learning together. It has been a true blessing within 3 days he was speaking more fluent and we have learnt a memory verse together a day. He loves it, it has become our thing! I thank God for the way he is already using me here. Gods plan is definitely better than our own!
Continue to trust in the Lord even if you miss what you have put down to follow him.
It is great to serve in your community and in your church and I love my church, but just don’t forget to make sure your own family and friends are also encouraged, do not neglect them. You are a light to all. This is a hard thing to do but with our God all things are possible, don’t leave it for your parents to deal with if you see your siblings needing help don’t brush it aside. Use all God has placed in you to encourage and guide them in the right path.
The name Lamp for Christ was inspired by :
No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lamp stand, that those who come in may see the light. Luke 11:33
We are not meant to blend into this world but we are meant to be a light to others. Be a light in the time of someone else’s darkness. We are not meant to hide but we are to be full of courage. We are meant to stand out.
It’s really hard to be a light to others when you do not even know how to be this, do we let our emotions and our own circumstances get in the way of the light that is in us?
The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Luke 11:34
At my summer camp in America I arrived so enthusiastic, ready to help and make a difference. I definitely got a reality check, I started to put my light in a secret place getting bogged down with how external factors weren’t up to my standard of living. I became ungrateful and selfish and just focused on how I felt. Then on my day off I watched this movie and God spoke to me and corrected me. Through me loosing focus on my purpose to serve others and through my focus upon my own circumstances and feeling I deserved more. I unknowingly, began to dim my own lamp and was making it hard for God to use me because I was so caught up. I thank God for his wisdom and correction.
This song reminds me that God should be glorified through our lives, there is so much pain in this world and so many people turning away and worshiping idols. It is so important for us to be a light to the people in our lives from our family, to colleagues, lecturers, neighbors, etc. I love the line ‘the change I want to see must first begin in me. I SURRENDER so your world can be changed’and ‘If their looking for you Jesus let them find you in me’ WOW so powerful!!
What is your eye focused on is it hindering your light to shine?
I just want to thank God for being patient with me and for his tender mercies upon my life.
I pray that this blog will be led by the spirit and that myself and everyone who comes across it will gain something. I want you to flow Lord. In Jesus Name Amen
God placed a thought in my mind to start a blog during my travels to America. I have never really thought about doing this before then and honestly I have been putting it off, I was overwhelmed about where I would start and doubted that I would be able to do it.
Do not quench the spirit 1 Thessalonians 5:19
I want to say sorry for delaying action and for not listening to your direction Lord, So many times I ask god to do something without doing what has already been placed in my heart.
The book of Jonah came to my attention today. He disobeyed gods command to go to Nineveh to save the people, he delayed and went and did his own thing. Through Jonah not listening to god he actually put other people in danger, from his unwillingness to follow direction.
It made me think am I really willing to follow God’s direction when he calls or am I going to delay responding to God and what are the damaging factors to my idleness to act?