Tuesday 15 November 2016

Relax! Do not be anxious or worried about anything

A lot is going on in the world at the moment, from Mr Donald Trump winning the US election to the UK's Brexit. In addition, various families are fleeing from war zone countries looking for a safe haven; there are also families that are not able to afford their everyday meal. 

Some of you are questioning where God is and some have continued to wonder how God can be allowing things that make them anxious to be happening. Even Jesus acknowledged that we live in a world where trouble is never farfetched (Jh 16:33). 

Nevertheless, The Lord said you should not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything (every circumstance and situation), tell God everything and trust that He has heard you (Philippians 4:6 Paraphrased).  Why not take a few seconds to tell God about your worries and fears? I am very confident that He will work everything out at the best time.

Have a lovely week!

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Are Your Words Gracious?

It's a new month. Can you believe it's November 2016 already? I mentioned to someone yesterday that November is still very far away, not realising that November starts tomorrow until I was reminded. Thank God for keeping us alive. Glory be to God. Once again, I officially welcome you to the month of November.  Please, keep reading for this week's post. This week's post allows us to individually reflect on how gracious we are. 

According to the dictionary, to be gracious means

- to be courteous, kind, and pleasant, especially towards someone of lower social status.- The word gracious is synonyms to being:  courteous, polite, chivalrous, well mannered, decorous, gentlemanly, ladylike, tactful, diplomatic and civilised.

Looking at the meaning of the word 'gracious', can you confidently describe yourself as being gracious at all times? Are there situations that may trigger you not to be gracious? 

Do a self evaluation of when you are gracious and not gracious, try and identify ways that you can be gracious in line with the above definition. Also, think about your triggers, what are the things that influence you to speak graciously or not? 

There was a time that I was challenged to be gracious with my words for a whole month; I had to regular evaluate my progress at the end of the week. From my reflection, I was able to identify that sometimes my thoughts would think ungraciously, however, before the words came out, I had controlled what I said. Also, I noticed the Word of God that is inside me influenced the choice of words that I use. Furthermore, I noticed that my environment, and the closest people to me also subtly influenced the choice of words that I had used and still regularly use. 
You can also give the challenge a go. Perhaps challenge yourself for one day, two days, a week? Two weeks? One month?
You can teach your children, siblings, Sunday school children about what it means to be gracious and what God expects us of His children when it comes to our words. 
There's a scripture that I usually remember with regards to my use of words. It says: we will give an account for every careless word that we speak (Matthew 12:36).

Let me leave you with a few biblical scriptures about being gracious

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”
Proverbs 16:24 ESV.

- “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure.”
Proverbs 15:26 ESV.

“And all spoke well of him  (Jesus) and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, "Is not this Joseph's son?"”
Luke 4:22 ESV.

Have a lovely month ahead.

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