Jesus- Our Best Buddy Ever!

What a friend we have in Jesus! All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.
Oh, what peace we often forfeit! Oh, what needless pain we bear!
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Hymn by Joseph M. Scriven

When we think of all the challenges life throws our ways;
When sickness ravages the body that the doctors and physicians are confused;
When the death of a loved one leaves us vulnerable and burdened with pain;
When despite our faith and unending prayers, the matter seems to persist;
When debts and financial crisis attempts to steal our joy;
When at the crossroads of life’s decisions we don’t know what to do;
When we are all alone struggling to keep up and there’s no one who understands; When war and terrorism attempts to bind us with fear;
When the hurt of the past stops us from moving forward;
When life comes to a halt and nothing seems to be working no matter how hard we try;
When we are in dire need of forgiveness and restoration;
When we’ve been lied to, betrayed, despised and forgotten.

In such times, we realise there’s one buddy, one friend we can count on any day, any time, anywhere.
He’s never tired or weary of us, He’s always there in good times, bad times, middle times.
He never fails and we can count on
His unending love,
His redeeming mercy,
His unfailing compassion and
HIS matchless faithfulness
To see us through the times.
No matter how we beat His chest in pain or in anger, He is never broken.
His arms are always there wrapped around us, keeping us safe and secure in Him, comforting and consoling us. And if we wipe our tears and listen closely to His heart, we will hear Him saying,
“Trust Me child, I will never leave you nor forsake you”.

Jesus, the best Buddy we can ever have!

Originally published on 26/05/2016

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Be Like A Child… Believe

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We can reach for that peak but…
We must

First become like children again;

For doubt and unbelief
Has no resting place,
On the pure soil
Of a child’s heart,
To believe, to trust and to rely
Completely and unreservedly,
Is no coincidence to them,

Rather an inherent nature, it is;

Be like a child…
Believe
.

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Valued Added Type

Every product on the shelf in any grocery store is valued based on the pice and the Value Added Tax placed on it. Comparatively, every life on this earth is valued based on the price and the VAT added to it. Well, unlike the Value Added Tax from the unwelcomed tax man, mine is rather a “Value Added Type“.

The price you place on your life and the type of value you add to it depends entirely on you. As the saying goes, “how you dress is how you are addressed”; how you project your life is how the world will perceive it. Nobody is a mind reader, hence, we only react based on how you act.

If the price you place on your life is based on the notions of low esteem, low self confidence, not worth more than a farthing, just getting by, living by the penny till the next pay date, just an average person, just an ordinary fella, got nothing to give, etc. then, the type of value you will add to it will be next to nothing. You may have great talents and potentials but if you don’t see your life as worth something, you will see nothing to fight for and will lose the battle even before the war actually started.

On the contrary, if the price you place on your life is worth more than a thousand diamonds, if you know that you are unique and special, that’s there’s only one you on this whole earth, you’re the only original God made and there’s no fake or duplicates anywhere, that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God, that you are beautiful, that you can change your community and your world, that you can make a difference in someone’s life, that someone’s victorious song depends on you, that you are a hope, a hero and an inspiration to someone; then you will make every effort to add to it the type of value it sure deserves. If you know this, you will get up and fight for your life, for your love, for your passion, for your dreams and aspirations.

By the time you have added all the necessary quality values to your life, you will become someone people love, look forward to see and to hear, someone they aspire to be like. You will have something to give back to your community, to your world. You will be a beacon of hope, of light, of courage, of faith, of love, of perseverance and of encouragement.
20 years after you’ve gone, your name would have become indelible in the sands of time and more importantly, you would still be remembered, you would still be making a great difference in the lifes of many.

Think about your life: what’s your price? What’s your Value Added Type?

Daily Prompt: Value

Hebrews 11:1

Hebrews 11:1
“Now faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE of things not seen.”

Substance means – the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists and which has a tangible, solid presence; the most important or essential part of something; the real or essential meaning (Oxford dictionary)

The most important? The essential part? Who else in heaven or on earth can such meaning fit so perfectly?  Who is the essential and important part of our faith? The real meaning and the Solid proof our faith?

There’s none other except our Lord Jesus Christ. The fullness of God dwells in Him bodily which includes the fullness of our faith. He is the Substance, the Evidence, the Tangibility, the Reality of  our hope in God, the Author and the Finisher of everything we pray and desire from God. The Proof that God answers prayers, the core undeniable evidence that with God all things are possible. For how can we explain the miracle of the virgin birth? Or fathom a logical reason for how God came and dwelt with man? Or even explain the empty grave and resurrection? The evidence of these truths is found in Him alone.
Jesus- the absolute evidence of God’s existence to man.

Romans 8:32
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

See next post on Hebrews 11:2

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The Giant in You

Judges 6:11-12b
“And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us?…”

Gideon was busy complaining and been grumpy about the state of his country that he overlooked what was inside of him- the ability to be the change he was looking for. He was busy focusing on how little he was, how insignificant his family was in Israel, he underestimated his own abilities and what God can achieve through him. Later on in the story, he allowed God to work through him and he lead an army that brought great victory for his country.

No matter how everybody sees you, how you see yourself is very important. Don’t underestimate your abilities, don’t underestimate what you can achieve. You need to believe in yourself, believe that with God nothing shall be impossible. The grave, they say has the best pool of talents, for therein lies great potentials undiscovered.

What are you waiting for? If you can dream it, it’s possible. Every technological  development and every item we use today-  iPhones, Lcd televisions, blue ray DVDs, 3D movies, skyscrapers, washing machines, toasters, microwaves, laptops, cars, planes, books and bestsellers, etc etc. was once a thought in someone’s mind, then in the drawing paper, and down the lane becomes a completed project. Don’t underestimate your passions and your dreams, fuel it, ignite it and awake the giant in you for where there’s a will, there’s a way.

In response to today’s prompt:  Underestimate, Dream, Giant

Be Thou my Vision

“Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best thought, by day or by night;
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light”

This song is a prayer, a desire for God to be our vision. For God to be all we see. For when we lose sight of God, we see the glitters of sin beckoning our lust-filled hearts, we see the ostentatious gifts of life seducing our minds, we become consumed with all our own plans and desires, we become selfish and self-centred. We may become bitter, unforgiving, proud, stubborn and sometimes foul-mouthed.

Problems become enlarged and solutions miles away. We may become hopeless, in despair and depressed, tearful and sad, blaming everybody and anybody. We may feel like the weight of the world is on our shoulders and we focus only on the things that are wrong in our lifes. Some even attempt or do commit suicide.

But when we make God our vision, when we look unto Him who is the Author and Finisher of our faith, earth’s glooms and glitters grow dim. We see who He is and who He made us to be. When we make Him our Vision, He fills us with the desire to be more like Him, we become more loving, more hopeful, content, joyful, peaceful, spirit-filled, and all that God is. His character begins to rub off on us, we discover that we are increasing in His image from day to day.

Our problems may not go away but we discover an inner strength to keep fighting, keep hoping and to keep believing that because He lives we can face of tomorrow. We find a reason to love, to live and to be a blessing to others. Even when reasons are inexplicable, we find that love, joy and peace flows regardless.

May the good Lord be our daily vision indeed, Amen.

“Lord, help us not to lose sight of You, in our waking thoughts or when asleep; and may we become more like You as we behold Your lovely face day by day, Amen.”

In response to the daily prompt: Vision, Glitter

Where there is Life…

Life– a path of struggles that leaves you breathless, winding paths from rags to riches, from grace to grass.
Life– an endless flurries of activities from dawn to dusk, accompanied by the fleeting unstoppable time.
Life– unpredictable, erratic, impulsive and dynamic in its dealings with its earthly creatures.
Life– filled with blessings and bad days, accidents and near-misses, disappointments and disagreements, favours and flavours of circumstances.
Life– a compendium of certainties and uncertainties.
But…

Where there is life, there is hope
Where there is hope, there is a faith, there is second chance, there is optimism. Abandoned projects come alive, aspirations thrive again, opportunities avail, success is within sight, feeble knees receive strength and men dare to dream and believe again.

Where there is life, there is hope for to him that is joined to the living, there is hope. A living dog is better than a dead lion. (Ecclesiastics 9:4)

Hope

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