The Ant Life

The picture shows the folks I met on my walk on Saturday morning!😊 Diligent and smart! Moving to and fro across the road, they were swiftly going about their business.

Didn’t they know a car could drive over them or people could just step onto them? Well yes! But they “make hay while the sun shines”. Yes they can get run over, yes they can be trampled upon but that will not stop them and if it does happen, they will regroup and get going! No excuses!

Lord give me the wisdom of the ants! Wisdom that will make me;

  • Captain of my own destiny – leading myself as I am led by the Spirit of God and taking tough decisions when I have to 👩‍✈️
  • Diligent with all my assignments! Not wasting time or being slothful!⏰
  • Sensitive to the seasons of life – recognizing both sowing and reaping times and taking appropriate actions🌾🌾
  • Resilient enough to bounce back and pursue my goals after any ‘trampling’ experience! 💪🏾
  • Thankful for who you made me and expressing that gratitude through purposeful living!🙏🏽
  • And oh yes! Prosperous in all my ways -body, soul and spirit – as I live the ‘ant life’!🤑

“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest. How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep— So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭6:6-11‬

Higher Thoughts!

““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

God is higher than I am, He has a clear view of the future that I don’t have. I must trust Him to work everything out for my good according to His word. He has my life figured out. He will lead, I must follow.

Isaiah 55:8-9

God’s thoughts are grand and include a whole lot more than we can fathom this side of life!

I am small-minded compared to God! I think I know, I think I see, but it’s still way off the amazing things God has planned for me!

In Jeremiah 29:11, the Lord declares that the thoughts He has for me are for a future and a hope! No matter the schemes of the enemy, no matter the detours life may throw our way, they can’t interfere with God’s plans for our lives! He is in full control and will use every situation including adversity, to bring us even closer to His ultimate plan for our lives!

Hallelujah! Reflecting on this verse, we realize that if His thoughts are above ours, then His thoughts are also way above any evil devises against our lives and His ways even more so! When men plot evil and think they have you caught in their snare, God can use that snare to catapult you into a new season of favour! Look at Joseph, when he was sold out and betrayed by his brothers they thought they had finished him. Little did they know that they had released him into his destiny!

Child of God, we will never have all the answers to our whys but one thing I know is God is always in control and His plan and His purpose for our lives will prosper as long as we submit to Him and pursue a life of holiness onto Him.

Remember that the person, situation or encounter that may release you into your destiny may not come dressed or wrapped as you would expect!

It may come like a towering, cursing Goliath ready to devour you, but don’t let that stop you, because greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world!

“Lord, we thank you that Your thoughts of us are thoughts of peace, thoughts that are way above our frail human minds! Thank you that as we trust you, you will weave everything out for our good and reveal your perfect plans for our lives!”

AMEN!

Road Trip Reflections

Travelling from Accra to Oda this weekend, the ride had been smooth until we hit a terrible stretch of road. It was dark and raining hard and each pothole we hit made me wince.
At a point, Hubby seated next to me exclaimed in Twi; “Na ekwan papa no, asa anaa?” To wit, “is the good stretch of road exhausted”?
George, who was in the driver’s seat responded in an assuring voice; “ekwan papa no, ebi wo y’enim”, meaning there was or there would eventually be a smooth road ahead of us.

I smiled at the exchange and also because I sensed a God Moment right there! 😊

Life can get like that isn’t it? We hit a bad patch of road that never seems to end; it’s raining, it’s slippery, it’s dark and shaking us to the core! We cry out to God or to anyone who will listen, is there no end to this?

Often, all we can see is the roughness of the road and the challenges all around us and we wonder when it will come to an end. Sickness, financial crisis, marital issues, work and career challenges, bereavement and other trying life events can seem like a never-ending rough ride.

However, if we can cast our eyes beyond what we are going through, if we will listen for the still small voice of God, we will hear Him say; “ekwan papa no ebi wo y’enim”. As long as we allow Him in the driver’s seat, we can be sure we are safe no matter the state of the road! His highest purpose and desire is not just to take us to the good road but to teach us to trust Him and grow our faith in the process. Often He is saying to us; “I am journeying with you my child, I know it’s rough right now but I will bring you through it. And you know what else? This tough season is preparing you for the journey ahead and for the assignment I have for you”.


This reminded me of a song I wrote in a difficult period in my life; my last baby was going through health challenges and one of my sisters had just called me in the morning to share some difficulties she was encountering. As I sat feeding my son and reflecting on all that was going on in and around me, these words bubbled in my heart:


This too shall pass
This too shall pass
This season in my life is for a reason
The Lord will fulfill His plan and His will
This too shall pass away


The storm is raging round me
The battle is so fierce
And everywhere I turn there is no hope
But the Lord is standing by me
My victory to secure
And He says; “Be still and know that I am God”

That became my song and my confession and to the glory of God that season passed, God came through for my son and for my sister!
Since then there have been more bumps along the way, dark, rough roads I didn’t quite enjoy but through it all I have come to know a God who is Fiercely Faithful, Absolutely Amazing and more than able to perfect what concerns me!



So hang on my dear friend! If you are on a treacherous stretch right now, don’t despair, lift your eyes to Jesus, you can trust Him to carry you through. Like George, our experienced driver who knew the route we were traveling very well, God knows all about you and all about your journey. He knows the beginning from the end. He assures you in His Word that He will never leave or forsake you and further says that;

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”
Isaiah 41:10

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”
Isaiah 43:2

With Christ in your vessel, you can truly smile through every storm because you know with Him the outcome is always glorious! Yes there will be tears, yes there will be pain in the process, but God will be with you through it all to bear you up and grant you grace to journey on in faith! His Presence is our peace in the midst of it all!

Shalom!

The Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross

 On which the Prince of glory died

My richest gain I count but loss 

And pour contempt on all my pride

Singing this hymn in church on Good Friday reminded me of when I was a child. I used to hear this  song at church and from my Sweet Mum of blessed memory singing in her high soprano voice at home. 

I wondered about that last line of this verse which in my little ears sounded like “and Paul contend on all my pride” . I wondered what Apostle Paul had to do with all my pride!  😃😃😃

Off course as I got to know the lyrics I knew better! 😃

My richest gain I count but loss…the hymn writer reminds us that nothing we have or will ever have or achieve can compare to the excellency of knowing Christ. 

At the cross, we see a King become a servant, we see  God take the place of mortal man and exchange His royalty for our human frailty! 

At the cross we see the absurdity of God’s love for us! The sinless one took the place of the sinner, and the sentence of the guilty was passed on to the innocent, spotless Lamb of God!

No sacrifice is laid on the altar without blood being shed. God’s love was a bloody affair! Jesus had to bleed for my sins to be washed away! And the blood He shed established a new covenant for all who run to seek refuge in Him! 

When I consider that the Word through whom all things were created became flesh, that the Lord of all the Universe, the King Eternal, stepped into our time capsule in order to redeem us, I can’t find words enough to express my gratitude! 

Thank you Lord for the cross!

Thank you for your blood!

Thank you for the empty tomb! 

For with power you broke through to secure our victory! 

Confronted with the love of Christ at the cross, my pride is challenged. Who am I? I was an undeserving sinner yet He chose to take my place and brought me from darkness into light that I may declare His praises on the earth! 

All I have, all I ever will be, I owe it to the One who loved me enough to stare death in the face, succumb to its power and then break free of its hold to give me life and life abundantly! 

I will give my best to the One who saw my sin and shame and said to me; “Daughter, neither do  I condemn you, go and sin no more”!

Lord, here I am, casting my crowns at your feet, laying my life on your altar, let my life bring you glory! 

We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And GOD has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him. He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence. 
Justice miscarried, and he was led off— and did anyone really know what was happening? He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people. 
They buried him with the wicked, threw him in a grave with a rich man, Even though he’d never hurt a soul or said one word that wasn’t true. 
Still, it’s what GOD had in mind all along, to crush him with pain. The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin so that he’d see life come from it—life, life, and more life. And GOD’s plan will deeply prosper through him.

Isaiah 53:6-10

Don’t Let the Facts Scare You!

“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”

Romans 4:18-21

Reading this scripture one morning I was hit by the word ‘fact’ in verse nineteen. Without weakening in his faith, Abraham faced the fact that his body was as good as dead….

In another story facing the fact may have meant giving in or giving up but the Bible goes on to tell us that “yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God!”

Walking in faith does not mean being oblivious to the reality of our challenges. Walking in faith means I acknowledge the facts, but I also know and believe in something superior to the facts!

When David faced Goliath, he said that; “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied”. (1 Samuel 17:45)

David saw a giant as everyone else did. He saw his stature, strength, weapons, experience, battle weathered face and yet he was not fazed. Or perhaps we can say that David looked at the giant in the light of His God while the others looked at the giant in the light of themselves. When we compare ourselves to our adversaries, challenges and trials, we can appear as grasshoppers against a giant. But when we see through the eyes of faith, we can see them for what they are, bite-sized in comparison to our God. We see this scenario play out with the twelve spies Moses sent to scout the Promised land. We see two different reports from the same expedition.

This was the report of ten of them:

“But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are too strong for us.”

There we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.””

Numbers 13:31, 33

But Joshua and Caleb were quick to respond from a perspective of faith. They too had scouted the land and they too had seen all it had to offer as well as its potential threats but they were looking at it through eyes of faith based on the promises of Jehovah and so they responded as follows;

“They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!””

Numbers 14:7-9 NLT

Unfortunately, Joshua and Caleb were outnumbered! The voice of the majorly carried the day! The Israelites responded in fear based on the report of the ten spies and we know where that story ended. Failure to walk in faith led to a forty year delay of their entry to the Promised land. May our fears not truncate our destiny!

Many times the facts we have to deal with are indisputable. King Saul told David that he couldn’t go against Goliath because the latter had been a warrior from his youth. In other words, he has years of experience and you are just a Shepherd boy. Who could argue with that fact? But what Saul did not know was that this was no ordinary shepherd boy, this was one whose hands had been trained for war by God himself! He was a little Shepherd boy with big faith in an Almighty God and so he could declare the outcome of the duel even before he stepped onto the battle ground! David declared exactly how it would end and it came to pass!

He looked past the facts to see the might of the God of Israel who was able to deliver Goliath into his hands. When confronted with challenges may we learn to focus on the faithfulness and power of our God than on the size of the problem!

When King Jehoshaphat faced a serious battle, the facts were that three armies were coming against him and the people of Judah, he was outnumbered! That is when he said to the Lord, “we do not know what to do but our eyes are on you” (2 chronicles 20:12). Jehoshaphat was saying, our eyes are not on the approaching kings, their horses, chariots and military might; our eyes are on you our God who is able to save us! And Jehovah indeed showed up to save them. All they had to do was praise God as they went into battle and by the time they came upon their enemies, the Lord had caused the three armies to rise up against each other! Jehoshaphat and his army merely went in to collect the spoil! You can find the full account in 2 Chronicles 20.

Oh, that we would set our eyes upon the Lord Jesus and His power to deliver us! He will move in defiance of the facts in our lives! If He did it for the dead womb of Sarah, if He turned water to wine, if He raised Lazarus from the dead, if indeed He defied death and the grave and rose in power to take His place at God’s right hand, what else can He not do?

So yes, the facts may be scary, daunting or overwhelming but that doesn’t have to water down our faith! Let’s present the facts to the One who is able to deliver us. Let’s hold onto His Word and trust Him to overshadow the impossible in our lives!

He is ABLE!

God Will Deliver You!

“So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed.”

Daniel 6:16-17

When men think your fate is sealed, when the enemy thinks he has you nailed, Jehovah still has the final say!

Indeed Daniel’s case seemed irreversible. How could he escape the hungry lions? And even if he did, who dared break the king’s seal? There was no way out of this! His enemies gloated and probably went on their way to feast in Celebration of their victory!

But Daniel’s story wasn’t over because God was in the picture and God hadn’t finished with him!

Child of God, your story isn’t over yet. You may be in the middle of a painful chapter right now but don’t despair, the God you serve continually will come through for you! There’s a new chapter unfolding with your breakthrough! Most importantly, every tough season is preparing you for what God has in store for you!

God came through for Daniel and He will come through for you! The king tried all he could to save Daniel but to no avail. Sometimes no power of man is sufficient to save. Doctors may have given the final prognosis, the judge’s verdict is final, a door has been closed in your face, but there is a God who is above all and over all! He overrules the verdicts of kings, judges, physicians! He overthrows the machinations of the wicked and destroys the workers of iniquity!

This was a test of Daniel’s faith and like him, our faith is tested through the trials we face. What will our response be? Daniel continued to pray even when he knew his life was at stake. He had absolute trust in God and God delivered him.

“My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.”

(Daniel 6:22-23 )

It’s amazing how God saved Daniel. The lions don’t touch him because He had angelic protection and he came out unscathed. No one could tell that he had been in the lion’s den! He didn’t look like what he had been through! (to borrow from Diana Hamilton’s hit song ‘Adom’)

The God we serve is a God of miracles! Wherever you are today, whatever you are going through, may Daniel’s story encourage you!

Even when people are writing your obituary with glee, your God will bring you out of captivity! He will deliver you from the brink of death and turn your test into a testimony!

When Jesus was laid in the tomb, it was a dark moment and it seemed everything was lost. Like Daniel, his fate was sealed. A stone was placed at the entrance to ensure no one could go in or come out! Soldiers were commanded to keep watch over His tomb. But glory Hallelujah! He rose from the grave in power and might, having defeated death and hades and won salvation for us!

Because of His victory on the cross, we are more than conquerors! In every trial we face, we fight from a point of victory.

So remember it doesn’t matter who is against you, what matters is who is for you! You are sealed in Christ! His seal says you are loved, chosen, covered and ordained for His purpose!

Just as the blood on the door posts of the Israelites, exempted them from the Angel of Death’s rampage, so the blood of Jesus the Precious Lamb of God, is a covering and source of deliverance for us as born again believers.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

Revelation 12:11

Cheer up child of God! Those lions will not eat your flesh! Stand on God’s Word! Trust in His promises! Because you are His, God will always fight for you! It will end in praise!

Relax! God’s Got You!

I was in the salon one afternoon to fix my nails. The young lady attending to me was so sweet. Often during the process she would say to me ‘Mummy, relax your hand’. She was trying to do her job but this client was not fully surrendering her hands for the fixing to go on smoothly.

As I watched her and learnt to relax and let her do her thing, I thought of the parallel lesson I could draw from our walk with God. Often we come to God and say “Lord I surrender, have your way in me” and yet we won’t be still and let Him do what He does best. I know there are times I have told God I am surrendering a situation to Him, yet I go right back and pick it up and fuss over it and only make matters worse!

Like I was learning to do at the nail salon, I know God needs me to learn to be still and know that He is God. Just as I had to trust the professional nail artist to do her job, well, I needed to trust God to do His!

Often we are impatient and fidgety instead of being still. You don’t get the best results when you fidget at the salon and will probably end up spending more time than you planned or getting poor results! So it is with walking with Jesus. We can’t be in a hurry with God. We must humble ourselves and wait on him to discover His purpose in every situation of our lives. Could it be that we delay our breakthroughs and miss out on the lessons God wants to teach us because we refuse to be still? Don’t waste the season you are in! Be still and discover what God has to teach you!

As I sat there admiring my now sparking nails I sensed God’s presence and in my heart that still small voice reminding me how important it is to yield control of my life to Him in every season, to quiet myself before the Lord to learn what He has to say to me and not the noise of other voices.

Remember Peter? When Jesus was trying to teach him a lesson in humility (washing his feet) he was protesting instead of being still and learning the lesson. When Jesus gave Him a revelation of why his feet were being washed he finally became still and in typical sanguine fashion even asked for a whole bath! 😄

Paul cried out to God to take away what he describes as a thorn in the flesh. God’s response?

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

There was a lesson for Paul to learn. A lesson he thankfully recorded so that we could also benefit from it. That verse has pulled me through some of the toughest moments of my life!

Being still requires us to trust. If I didn’t think that young lady knew her stuff, I wouldn’t venture my precious hands with her! If we have faith in our Loving Heavenly Father and believe that He knows what’s best for us, we need to be patient as He works out His purposes in our lives. When we know who He is and all He is capable of, we can be still and wait on Him. He says in Psalm 46:10 that;

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

‭‭Human as we are, it is not always easy to wait on the Lord. We look around us at others who are blossoming and we wonder “Lord what about me?” When will my breakthrough come?

But child of God remember the integrity of our God, never once has He failed on His promises! He knows the plans He has for you!

In my quiet time one day the Lord spoke these words to my heart as I poured my heart before him;

“ Remember that in my dealings with you, my integrity is at stake more than yours. I am the Great I Am, I cannot fail on my Word to you. All I need is your trust, your complete trust and surrender of your life into my hands. There is not one word I have spoken concerning you that will fall to the ground. Watch me and see me unravel the plans I have for you.”

Those words remain in my journal and remind me that God will always prove Himself faithful to me if only I will trust Him. Recently as I went through a trying period I meditated on these words, picked up every promise in God’s word that spoke to my situation and God brought me through!

So relax, God’s got you! No matter how rough it seems, His Word will prevail! His promises will stand!

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.”

(Isaiah 26:3-4)

Shalom!

The Cup That Won’t Run Dry!

Who is like You Lord in all the earth?

Matchless love and beauty, endless worth

Nothing in this world can satisfy

‘Cause Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry

Treasure of my heart and of my soul

In my weakness you are merciful

Redeemer of my past and present wrongs

Holder of my future days to come.

The words of this song from Israel & New Breed really ministered to me one night in church.

It echoed in my heart and woke me up the following morning. It encouraged me to drink deep from the Lord and focus my heart on Him. It helped me look beyond everything I felt was not exactly where it should be in my life at the time and focus my eyes on my Jesus!

My reflections took me to Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well as recounted by the Apostle John:

“Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.””

(John 4:10-14 )

Jesus is the only true source we can drink from and never thirst. Sometimes we live our lives in pursuit of something to quench our thirst. It may be a thirst for love, connection, recognition, acceptance, success, power, authority etc but how long can those things sustain us? When that love relationship turns sour, when the one who professes devotion now expresses revulsion that cup can no longer sustain our lives

The cup of love from friends, spouses, family can run dry, leaving you hurt, broken and disillusioned; the cup of success could be emptied in the twinkle of an eye, leaving you disappointed and knocked out; the cup of power can slip right out of your hands and leave you with no anchor to hold onto.

This woman at the well Jesus encountered had been drinking from the cup of  relationship or love that never seemed to be fulfilling enough. At first when Jesus offered her living water, she jumped at the opportunity to resolve an embarrassing situation, which was the shame she felt each time she had to encounter people on the way to the well. We can imagine the wagging tongues of other women and the accusing and disdainful looks she attracted. She was looking for a way out of that. A temporary relief.

However, Jesus was reaching out with so much more than she could ask for! Jesus was reaching out with living water, with redemption from her past and present wrongs. He was ministering to her heart to understand that all she really needed, all her soul really craved was in Him, the Living Water! She was looking for love, connection and fulfilment but five husbands and more hadn’t done it for her. Jesus saw an opportunity to draw this woman into His love, His heart and His mercy. The story ends with a woman who once avoided the people transformed into a woman who was now an ardent evangelist, unashamed to face the crowd (and most likely her one-time accusers) to share with them how the Living Water had quenched her thirst and given her a new lease of life!

That Jesus is still reaching out today. He says;

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

(Matthew 11:28-29)

Rest for your soul cannot and will not be in any man, woman, title, position etc. Rest for your soul and a deep fulfilment in life comes from staying connected to the Source of life Himself, Jesus our Redeemer, our Burden-Bearer, our Living Water!

Other cups we drink from can fail us. One day that position can be lost, that friendship can turn sour, that organization can kick you out, that job could be taken from you, but the cup Jesus invites us to is an everlasting source of refreshment that never runs out. You may be reading this and find yourself in that place where you realize the cup you were drinking from has run dry. I encourage you to turn to Jesus!

Jesus invites you to drink deep from the cup He sets before you; it’s the cup of life; it’s Jesus Himself! The one who gives true meaning to life and satisfies our thirst forever not just in this life but with a promise of eternity!

To Be Loved

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”

(I John 3:1)

To be loved is a beautiful feeling! To be loved by your parents, spouse, siblings, friends, boyfriend/girlfriend, family etc is such a blessing. But the ultimate is to be loved by God.

Even the best of relationships can go sour, and people don’t last forever! But wait! While these relationships are God’s way of keeping us in community and fellowship, none of these relationships can fill the God shaped void in our hearts. We were created for communion with God. Remember the Garden of Eden? The first loss Adam and Eve experienced was the loss of fellowship and closeness to God. Instead of embracing His presence they hid from Him. It took God to call them out of hiding.

They tried covering their nakedness with leaves but that was inadequate.

“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

(Genesis 3:7)

In spite of His judgement on them, God clothed them with a better covering. God loved them even then and He loves us still!

“Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.”

(Genesis 3:21)

Do you know God loves you? Abundantly! Wantonly! Lavishly!

Fast forward into God’s appointed time, God sent His son Jesus to come and save mankind. The Bible talks about God being so lovesick for you and I that He gave up His very best, the Treasure of Heaven -Jesus Christ- to come and die in our place to save us from sin. (John 3:16 paraphrased)

The Bible also tells us that;

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

(Romans 10:9)

Today I want to remind you that God loves you! It doesn’t matter how far you have tried to hide from Him or how futile your efforts at covering your nakedness with fig leaves. He sees you and is calling out to you. What will your answer be?

God loves you! He knew you before you were born; indeed He knit you together in your mother’s womb! Even if your mother or father reject you, friends or loved ones betray you or you feel all alone in this world, you have a place in God through Christ!

You are loved! Unconditionally! It is yours to accept or reject! I hope you will choose the latter!

It’s Valentine’s Day! A day we celebrate love! The love of God eclipses any earthly love we may experience. Indeed His love shed abroad in our hearts enables us to spread love generously to others!

Remember you are loved, you are cherished and treasured by God! He left His Heavenly Throne to visit earth with His grace and mercy and there is nothing that can separate you from His love if you place your life in His hands!

Bask in and celebrate the love of God today! He says to you;

“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

(Jeremiah 31:3)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Reflections

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

(John 3:16)

God sent His son Jesus to the world to come and fulfill His divine purpose. That purpose was to gain salvation for mankind through His sacrificial death.

“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”

(Galatians 4:4-5)

When Jesus had fulfilled His purpose He went back to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit to come and equip His disciples to fulfill the Great Commission. Jesus came, then Jesus left, but in between He accomplished great things! He triumphed over sin and death and paved the way back to fellowship with God the Father. That is why He cried out on the cross, “it is finished”!

You have come into the world and one day you will go, while you are in between, are you fulfilling your purpose?

““Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed.”

(Acts 13:36)

What legacy are you leaving behind? Jesus left a legacy of love, salvation,compassion, faith and so much more. What about you and I?

God plants us in this garden of earth for a reason and a season. May we each understand His divine purpose for our lives and pursue it with passion for the season He has given us.

If you don’t know Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, today is a good day to connect with Him and allow Him to govern your life! He offers free salvation to whoever is willing to accept His sacrifice on the cross. Accept His love today! ❤️

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:”

(John 1:12)

And for those of us who are already adopted as sons and daughters of God through Christ, let’s plug into His power and share His love with the world He so loved and gave His life for! Let’s make our time here count for eternity!

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

(Ephesians 2:10)

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