Saturday, 30 June 2012

I'M A SHEEP

 








This email I got from one of my many subscriptions (without the sheep of cos. lol). It's a perfect focus for my next month study.... I'm inviting you to make it yours too...
LOL... at the title, got the concept from DNW. I laughed and laughed...
So....
 I'm a sheep, following after the voice of the Spirit
I'm foolish for Jesus...
I'm a Murderer.... lol (murdering all this)
and all the other weird titles you can think of.

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Whose Voice Do You Hear?
Today's Truth
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27, NIV).
lol @ this image oh
Friend to Friend
Dan and I had been married one year when we moved to Fort Worth, Texas, so Dan could attend seminary. I desperately wanted a teaching job, but none was available. Instead I was hired as a secretary in an insurance office. It was definitely not my idea of a dream job, but I had a plan. Every day, on my lunch hour, I call the school district's personnel office to ask, "Do you have a job or me yet?" After several weeks, a frustrated voice finally responded with the words I had been longing to hear. "Mary, will you teach anything anywhere?" she asked. Finally! I jumped at the job offer and made an appointment to visit my new classroom that afternoon. The principal escorted me up a flight of stairs, pointed to a door, and said, "That's your classroom. Good luck!" With a knowing smile, he turned and walked away...quickly.
Stepping into the classroom, I froze at the astonishing sight before me. Some children were jumping on desks while others crawled under tables, all screaming and yelling at the top of their lungs. Paper and food littered the floor. In the corner sat an obviously frazzled substitute teacher, who was desperately trying to gain control of her students...uh, make that mystudents. The classroom was in total chaos. My first thought was, "What have I gotten myself into?" The next few weeks certainly answered that question.
Each classroom was arranged in learning centers instead of desks. The students moved from center to center as they completed assignments, a plan that naturally invited noise. I learned that because of overcrowding, each teacher had been asked to select two children to form a new classroom...my classroom...and of course, each teacher had chosen his or her two most difficult students.
The first few weeks were a nightmarish battle for control. After losing my voice twice, my sister, Betty, a veteran first grade teacher, gave me some great advice. "The louder you are, the louder the children will be. If you want to get their attention, speak softly so they will have to be quiet in order to hear your voice." I put her advice into action the very next day. As the children entered the classroom, I greeted each one with a silent smile. In my hands was a brightly wrapped box. Curious, they asked, "What is that, Mrs. Southerland?" I merely smiled and said nothing until every student was quietly seated. "I have a new plan," I began. "Sometime during the day, I will call your name once. If you hear my voice, you may choose one prize from our new prize box. If you don't hear my voice, you will miss the opportunity to select a prize and I will call another student's name." It worked like a charm! In a matter of days, my students learned to listen for my voice above all others.
Stress comes when we allow the many voices in life to drown out the only voice that really matters, the voice of God. We can't obey every voice we hear. If we try, we will end up in total failure, carrying a heavy load we were never created to carry. Obedience to God is not a heavy load because we don't have to carry it alone. God's strength and power bear the burden of our obedience to Him. The more time we spend in God's Word and in prayer, the easier it will be to recognize His voice.
Let's Pray
Father, I come to You today, wanting and needing to hear Your voice. I am drowning in the expectations of others and am so confused about the next step I need to take. Please give me Your direction and the strength to follow Your plan for my life.
In Jesus' name,
Amen.
Now It's Your Turn 
Read Psalm 32:8 (NLT) "The LORD says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you." What comfort does this verse give you about God's plan for your life as opposed to your plans or the plans of others?
Read John 10:4 (NLT) "After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they recognize his voice." Notice that the shepherd walks ahead of his sheep, gently calling them to follow. What change do you need to make in your life so that you can look for God's hand at work and listen for His voice alone?
By faith, accept the truth that God is always at work in your life and thank Him for His steadfast provision. Look back over the last few days, weeks and months of your life. Now praise Him for the things He has done. Identify the "voices" that you tend to listen to instead of listening for the voice of God.

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Happy new month
& next half of the year..... Enjoy great days ahead.


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Book Review - Saving Grace

I decided to do a little bit of book reviewing and recommendation. Only books I like and I'm really excited about though. Will definitely read lots more and never get to review them. 
Saving Grace-2005

As the only daughter of a successful businesswoman, 

Grace has grown up with nothing but the best. 
Through a chance encounter, she meets Mike, 
a successful design artist who introduces her to a relationship 
very different from her usual one-night-stands and affairs with married men. 


I enjoyed reading this book and for me to say 'I like a book', it has to have a great ending (I'm big on *endings*). And I was happy with the way Saving Grace ended. I liked the way the Hero and Heroin connected and complimented each other, I liked Michael for his job, interests and the fact that he was a gadget person. Also while reading this book, I couldn't but think that the author was describing herself, she came through alot in this novel. 
The book had a lot of reality in it, I never rolled my eyes once going, "get real please", you know, some books after you're done reading, you wonder if the people really existed on planet earth. More than half way through the book, I went to read the summary on the back cover only to discover that all the hyp behind was inconsistent with the story within and she was just getting into the summary behind at this point in the book (just wondering why). Sha, in the end it was a goodread and I recommend it for you'll.

Wondering K

I'm a fan of christian fiction and have read quiet a number. Even some secular title before I got saved ***you know, the ones***. I just say make I ask...
  • Fat people no de marry....? Big boned and chubby girls and pot bellied guys.... 
  • Poor people no the marry...? the girl or the guy the always get money oh... ah
  • People no the get spot or wrinkle and thanks to Dee Henderson and Lynette Eason, at least some fourty something year olds don the fall in-love the marry? Old people no the fall-in love the marry... lol
  • Wetin them mean, if you no get electric shock, breath stopping moments.... bla bla bla, you no dey in love....?
  • Na for only book people de meet angel or spirit play love... loooool
  • Abegi.... ah, dey too plenty...
  • Add to the list if you enjoy reading fiction
31st Chain
Habk 2:2-3

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

A FREE GIFT


Keith Moore

I love this man of God. I’ve learnt so much from him. Any time I’m studying along a certain line, all I have to do is go to His ministry web-site and get a message relating to my study ***for free*** I must add. He is the only preacher I know who’s ministry materials are free (messages, books etc) *pray tell if you know others* (I be nija babe abi… we like free things abi J).
Anyway, though Keith Moore’s messages are free to you and I, they *cost something* and actually have monetary equivalents… All materials are paid for by friends and partners of the ministry. Meaning all the work is done and the price is paid for us to get them for free.
Friends… that’s what Jesus Christ did for us. Salvation and all that we enjoy is not for free, it was paid for. ***Free to us, but cost to Jesus***. I believe the life we live in Christ will make more sense to us when we bear in heart the cost of it, We’ll beginning to value it more when we are conscious of the fact that…
He came that We may have the God life.. and that life more abundantly (John 10:10)
He was wondered for our transgression…. (Isaiah 53)
By His wounds we are healed
He saw the travail of His soul and is satisfied with us
He became poor that I through His poverty might become rich (2 cor 8:9)
We reign in life through Jesus Christ… (Rom 5:17) 
And much more that He has done for us…

Indeed only He could do the things He did for us, and, because of His great Love for us. He loves us without restrain. I love Him too… more than words can say… I hope You do too.
To help me value this free gift more

Dear Lord,

Lord thank You for ….* and I prayed - Eph 1: 17-23*

In Jesus Name
Amen

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Isaiah 53

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Cloud of Witness


   I was at the funeral service for Pst Akin of House on the Rock Abuja, who died in the June 3rd 2012 Dana plane crash. ( In the end I believe I was led there as I was supposed to be in my church service, but some how ended up there with a friend).
   The service was called "songs of Hymns" and it was a really touching service, with many wet eyes. It was a tragic event that awakened me to the reality that people die everyday... by the minute all over the world [and others are born by the minute all over the world]. A plane crash was a way for some to pass-on.
***Death is a Spirit***
   They sang songs that focused your thought on the fact that 'we'll all go to meet Jesus some day', and people that knew Pst Akin gave Tribute to him, including Pst Goodheart O. Ekweme. All that kept going through my head as I listened to people talk was... " Wao... He knew people... people knew him... but most significantly,  'he touched lifes'. He was a servant through and true. I didn't know him personally, never meet him, but this was my conclusion. He served God with a passion and it came through in the way he lived his life "with a passion".
   It came to me, 'if I fall plum dead today, what would people say of me...'?
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   It comes right back to the people around you... my brother... my sister... the lifes we were able to affect and change for good. It's not about powers or authority or positions or SELF... It's about God and the people around you... the people around me. God never fought for the world (earth), His fight has always been for MAN... for YOU... for ME. God's fight has always been for us. If he's got us, He's got every thing. And if you've got God and you've got your neighbour, you've got everything.
   Pst Akin and other believers have joined the 'Great Cloud of Witness' (Heb 12:1) cheering us on in this journey to be who God has designed for us to be. What would be said of you when, you turn your back and walk out a room?
But it's so simple....
   God is all that matters. If we cross the line, are we joining that 'great cloud of witness' to cheer others on?
Rev 3:20
Behold, I stand at the door and knock:
if any man hear my voice, and open the door,
I will sup with him and he with me.
My People,

31st Chain
Rev 3:20

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

SPEAK LORD...



   One time I needed direction in a certain area... and I sort Elyon’s face in the matter. I kept going, "speak Lord.".. What do I do about such and such, where do I go.... and on and on...
Well, He let me rant a while in my activity and when I got quiet for a bit... in my heart I heard

***Are you looking to God to speak so when the storms come – 
[it doesn’t work out or something goes wrong]-, we can say... 
“Lord, You told me to do this and look how it turned out” – accusing
 OR 
Do we look to Him to speak knowing that His word is SURE and that the ABILITY and the ALL to do are lined-up in those words”.***

   Needless to say, I repented and began to look to those words and they assured my heart. My brother... My Sister, it comes right back to God and His word.... ***THIS WORD IS ALIVE*** (John 6:68, 1:1).

And I prayed... I’m inviting you to pray with me also...

Dear Lord,
My God... The One I love.
I’m sorry if I came out accusing based on the things I see happening around me. Lord let your will be done... and when You lead me Abba, I’ll go knowing you have gone ahead of me and done all things well. I praise You for Your word is Yea and Amen and I believe.
In Jesus Name
Amen.

   Maybe He spoke and it didn’t turn out as you hoped, maybe you even let the words slip in the storm, maybe its the stuff we see happening around us... The Word is alive... and is still working... Just believe, 'light will surely come'.


So much has been said on the tragedy we witnessed in our country... As for me, I speak life to Nigeria and I speak comfort ... the kind only God can give to the families of those involved.

31st Chain.
God is Love.


PS: while thinking on this post I read this post and liked it, it was just in line with this light for me...
Enjoy: Just Move On