August’s lessons

Happy September guys! So much has happened in the past eight months. Through it all, one thing I can boldly say is that God is faithful. He has kept us and He continues to do so. I pray that we all experience God’s guidance, goodness, love and mercy in a new way this month. May it be our best month yet! Amen?

August went by really quickly for me. I learnt a number of lessons while it lasted though. Check out some of them below.

Grudges are good-for-nothing

One of my friends once accused me of holding grudges. At the time my reply was that I couldn’t help the fact that I have a good memory. *yimu* During the month of August, God kept reminding me of His unwavering love, how it stays steadfast even when I purposefully turn from Him. Each time I felt wronged, He brought incidents to mind of times that I’ve offended people and they were still gracious to me, even before I apologised. So in August, God taught me to love people through the pain. I learnt and I’m continuing to learn how to love, how not to keep a record of wrongs. I’m now putting my “good memory” to better use.

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The ultimate priority.

Hey there! 🙂

I have two questions for you:

  1. Who do you speak to the most? Like, on a daily basis.
  2. When was the last time you had a conversation with God?

You may choose to share your answers by leaving a comment below, sending me an email, WhatsApp or text message. You could also opt to keep your answer to yourself. I’d love to hear from you but what I really need is for us all to take a moment to answer the questions above honestly. These are questions I asked myself yesterday and I wasn’t happy with the answers I got. So, let’s talk about talking to God, shall we?

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When life pats you on the back.

“Poetry is when life pats you on the back.” – Tiro Sebina

A few days ago I stumbled across a Facebook post advertising a poetry workshop by Badilisha Poetry X-Change. My friend Dee and I decided to attend it. We had no idea what to expect but since we’re both logophiles we figured that we had nothing to lose. The workshop was all shades of amazing so I just had to write about it and share what I picked up. I left the workshop with so many lessons but I will limit this post to the general ones. The more specific tips on things like what makes a good poem, how to identify a good title and so on can be discussed in another post, on request… 🙂

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Bible Brain Teaser // Books of the Bible

Hi guys! How far? Go jwang? Ki lo sele? Kedu k’ime? How are you doing? Biko if your language is not one of the above, leave a comment below and share how “warrup” is said in your language. 🙂

I hope we are all doing well at our different posts, be it work, home, school, holiday, vacation (yes, there’s a difference :p) or something in between.

As per mid-week things, I thought it would be cool to have a Bible brain teaser exercise. So here’s the deal, there are at least 16 books of the Bible mentioned in the paragraph below. The books are at times stand alone words and at other times they are part of two or three words. The goal is to find them all.

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But why …?

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One only has to observe the world we live in to see that sin has become synonymous with words like “courage”, “self-love”, “independence” and “doing you”. We hear phrases like “YOLO”* and “live a little”. So many ideas are presented as justification for calling evil good and good evil.

When one takes a particular stand and most people around seem to stand against it, it becomes even more difficult and more important to know which position is right. It is not enough to be satisfied with knowing what the correct stance is. We need to understand the source of that stance, the reason behind it, the consequences of deviating from it. We do this for ourselves and for those who question the way we live.

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Misfit on a Mission

One thing all believers have in common is that we all received a ring. We were all called from darkness into God’s marvellous light. Check out 1 Peter 2:9 and this AH-MA-ZING  spoken word piece for more on this. We are all called to bring glory to God, in fact we were created for this.

We were called to one God and we all have one ultimate goal – His glory alone. However, every believer has a task specific to him or her. There is a special something God has set aside for you to do. We were made for a purpose, saved for a purpose and we are alive for a purpose. Nothing God does is random or without purpose and meaning. My mom told me the other day that “the only sure way to measure success is by asking if you have become what God made you to be.” I totally agree.

Knowing one’s purpose is extremely important. Our purpose goes beyond our profession. Profession ideally should be a means to achieving one’s purpose but there is more to the matter. We’ll talk more on that in future posts, God willing. For now, suffice it to say that if you want to know God’s purpose for your life, you need to ask Him. He knows, He created you! So He is the best person to tell you why He chose to create you. I do not believe discovering that one’s purpose is something that can be accomplished in a rush. You need to be prepared to wait on God. I’m talking that distraction free space, pen and paper in hand kind of waiting. 🙂 If you genuinely want to know what your purpose is and you are committed to working at fulfilling it, God will surely reveal it to you. Fortunately for us, God is not like king Nebuchadnezzar who asked his magicians to interpret his dream but refused to tell them what the dream was and threatened to kill them if they failed to interpret his dream correctly. LOL. You can read all about that in Daniel 2.

Once God reveals your purpose to you, face it. Not in your own power (it won’t work), but with the power of the Holy Spirit. Don’t distract yourself by examining the lives of other believers and wondering why they are not living in line with the call you received. This really hit home for me a few days ago when I read John 21:21 – 22. In the preceding verses, Jesus had just informed Peter of His mission.  Peter then turns around, sees John, the disciple Jesus loved and asks “But Lord, what about this man?” Hahaha. I found that quite amusing. Especially because so often, I’m guilty of doing the exact same thing. Seeking to compare my mission to that of others. Wanting to know what God is demanding from the next person when He asks me to do a particular thing. Jesus’ reply to Peter is apt. He said “If I will that he remain til I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” GBAM! LOL. Jesus said it all, really.

At the end of the day, we must remember that we will all give account to God. With that in mind we should seek to please Him before all others. May we all discover our purpose and labour at it while we can. May we all hear Him say to us “well done, good and faithful servant.” Amen?

 

On Gratitude and Beginnings

Thanksgiving is always a good place to start.

And so it is only right that I begin by thanking all who made it possible for  this blog to become a reality.

My first “thank you” goes to God for His incomparable patience with me. I see it in so many ways, every day. A relevant example is the way He doesn’t give up on me on account of the many opportunities He gave me and I didn’t take. I have a terrible habit of procrastinating and it irritates even me, most times. You see, I have been blogging in my head for almost two years now. From time to time, I’d say to myself “I should probably write something on that, it just might help another believer and it would be useful to read on days when I need to be reminded of lessons God has already taught me.” But things would end there. But God did not give up on me. So I’m grateful to Him for this opportunity to share my journey, I do not take it lightly at all. Even if just one person is encouraged by something shared here, I believe that would be a big accomplishment.

I’m grateful for all the awesome people God has blessed me with. They listened to me even when I wasn’t listening to myself. And they followed me up on things I said, even those said absentmindedly. I’ll start with Dee, God’s special gift to me. She was there at the beginning, when I started to dream the right type of dreams, when I first considered starting a blog. She was also the first one to call me The Graced Misfit, the only one apart from myself who does, until now. Thank you Dee, for sharing your dreams, your story and your heart with me. and for always encouraging me to work towards accomplishing great things for God.

There are so many reasons to be thankful for the blessing epitomised in my Mommy. For one, she never for one moment let me feel comfortable with the way I kept procrastinating on starting up the blog. And she consistently sets such a good example for me on what it means to be a disciple of Christ in a world that glorifies self, and everything un-Christlike. I love you Mom.

I will always be grateful for Jeff, one of the most friendly souls I know. I met him at a conference a few months ago. We got to talking and I mentioned to him that I wanted to start a blog sometime. He made me set a deadline for myself and nagged (his words not mine) me until I just had to follow through. Again I say thank you Jeff, for not allowing me the luxury of not working towards my goals.

And of course I have to thank my friend Lenna for never failing to cut through every excuse I give not to do my best. And for giving me no rest until the blog became active. I mean, there would be a group conversation going on and Lenna would randomly say something along these lines: “Guys, The Graced Misfit is starting a blog soon. Has she told you about it?” LOL. In light of the above, how could I not ‘advise myself’ and do the necessary?

And to every single friend of mine; the ones I know in real life and the bloggers (and their followers) who are my friends in my head who I have come to regard as my friends, thank you for shining your light. Marianne Williamson was right, by letting your light shine you gave me the courage to do my bit too. And lastly but definitely not least, thank you to YOU for stopping by and for reading.

I’d love to hear what and who you are especially thankful for right now. Leave a comment below, will you?