Musings 1.3|| “Not today, Satan!”

A couple of weeks ago, my old phone fell and broke its screen,

Normally, I would have been devastated 
But I reminded myself that “God sees”

There has been a power outage in my neighborhood for 2 days,
My initial response would have been despair

But I remind myself that “God knows”

Today, I boiled tomatoes to prepare stew, but burnt the entire pot instead,

It hurt so much that I wanted to stay in bed and cry

The devil whispered that God doesn’t care enough about me

I simply asked satan to “Get behind me.”


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DAY 22: LIFE IN PHASES

Welcome back.
About this time 4 years ago, I had just entered into med school. It was a different but remarkable experience for me.
Looking back in time, I had lots of questions; WHAT? WHEN? HOW?

My days were full of anticipations and expectations about the future.
My career and marital status were of primary concern to me…hehe.
Thank God for where he has brought me to and the values I’ve gathered over the years.
In a lot of ways, my life is better than I had imagined it would be.

“Life is better experienced than imagined.”

Today, I’m thankful for TOMORROW. I have hope about a good future because I believe God has already taken care of it.

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I came across this passage recently and I find it so comforting and reassuring.

“I am your God and will take care of you until you are old and your hair is grey.I made you and will care for you;I will give you help and rescue you”.

Isaiah 46: 3-4 GNB

3 helpful tips to embrace tomorrow:
1. Pray, don’t fret.
2. Plan by Faith.
3. Be courageous, life is an adventure.

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“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass”.

Psalm 37:5
What are you thankful for today?
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Stay fervent.
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Between THEN & NOW…

For a while now, the 25th of every month comes with an “unusual” impression in my mind. 

For some reasons, without any prior prompting I begin to feel uneasy and then I check my calendar. 

Lo and behold, it’s the 25th. Good grief.

More often than not, the 25th takes me back…down memory lane.

Of what was…and what could have been. 

If only…

And sometimes, it’s tempting to return to the past, my past.

That part of me that was left behind. 

The tiny, almost lifeless hope that longed for something that seemed beyond reach. 

The dreams I had. The future I had envisioned. The life I had designed by/for myself…

I particularly remember one December morning of the same date, how I sat in front of the TV in tears, with my soul naked and bare, as I tried to numb the pain in my mind with some junk food.

Oh, what pitiful condition I was in that Christmas morning. Of all days. 

I’d been depressed and frustrated for sometime. So I shed tears after tears, with no one to console me. I tried to pray too but that only brought more tears. 

There are days I really want to forget all about it, put a key to the lock and say goodbye FOREVER.

But some memories haunt and others hurt still. Crushed hopes and wasted dreams can hardly be recovered.

And there are days I’m not just sure, if the right thing I did was really the right thing to do…

In all of these, I’ve come to reflect on God’s grace that has brought me thus far between THEN and NOW. 

Here I am still…healing, learning and growing. As I mark yet another 25th on my calendar.

And today, I’m reminded of the lyrics of this song that was my favorite years back:

YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE:

Along life’s roads 

There will be sunshine and rain,

Roses and thorns,

Laughter and pain,

And ‘cross the miles,

You will face mountains so steep,

Deserts so long and valleys so deep.

Sometimes the Journey is gentle,

Sometimes the cold winds blow,

But I want you to remember, 

I want you to know…

You’ll never walk alone, 

As long as you have faith,

Jesus will be right beside you all the way…

And you may feel you’re far from home,

But home is where he is,

And he’ll be there down every road,

You’ll never walk alone.

~POINT OF GRACE~

I’m rest assured that through this Journey, I will never WALK ALONE. 

And I’m also reminded of this part of the scriptures that I love so much:

Psalm 25:1-5 (GNB)

“To you, O Lord I offer my prayer;

in you, my God, I trust. Save me from the shame of defeat; don’t let my enemies gloat over me!

Defeat does not come to those who trust in you, but to those who are quick to rebel against you.

Teach me your ways, O Lord; make them known to me.

Teach me to live according to your truth, for you are my God who saves me. I always trust in you.”

I know that as I continue to trust God with my PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE, I won’t be defeated. And like the Psalmist, my enemies will not gloat over me. But I will rejoice over them instead. Amen.

Thank you for reading,

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Your Dream Is Not Bigger Than Mine…

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Your dream is not bigger than mine, 

My dream is not bigger than yours. 
Your dream is what it is, yours…

To be the President, a great scientist or business tycoon.
My dream is what it is, mine…

To travel the world, care for the poor or become a nun.
The size of a dream is not determined by its loftiness,

but by the size of the hearts behind it. 
So your dream is not bigger than mine,

And my dream is not bigger than yours.

Keep your dream alive,

The world needs it.
~Requ1ne~ (2016)

GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT…

 

Good things come to those who wait,

Good things come and they won’t fail;


Good things come to those who pray,

Good things come so do not faint;


Good things come to people of faith,

Good things come to them and stay;


Good things come with joy and peace,

Good things come with much relief;




Good things come you wait and see,

Good things come, be still and know;


Good things come, O child of God,

Good things come, it won’t be long;


Good things come in God’s own time,

Good things come, right on time!


@REQUINE (2014)

LESSON 6: THERE WILL BE CHALLENGES!

FRIEND“Hi. How are you doing?”

ME“Oh…I’m doing great, thanks.”

FRIEND: “That’s good to know.”

Isn’t that the pattern in a lot of our daily random conversations (especially social media ones)?

Well for me, it is. My automatic response is always that of expected optimism. At least, initially. For the friend that takes the pain to ask a second or third time during the conversation, you might hear something like: 

“All is well” or “God is faithful”. Still trying to sound optimistic.

Sometimes I go on to vaguely mention something I’m dealing with at the moment, like school stress. And the friend tries to give some basic encouragement/support, which is usually soothing. 

There are some of my friends however that I’m more comfortable at being vulnerable with, that often get to hear the real gist of whatever is going on in my life right then.

The truth is, at any given time, many of us are faced with at least one challenge or the other. It could be minimum, medium or maximum in quantity; minor, moderate or major in quality. Challenges are inevitably part of our lives. From the difficulties at work or in our studies, to the strains we experience in relating with others, to issues with Money or Health or Family, the list of challenges is never ending.

I was faced with lots of them last year, and I’ve experienced a few this year already. I’ve learnt, and I’m still learning, to embrace the challenges, hand them completely over to God, and rely on his promises according to the Scriptures (Romans 8:28).

  

Too often, a lot of people try to shy away from this reality by hoping, and sometimes praying for a challenge-free ride as they embark on new jobs, projects, relationships and the likes. No one wants to experience anything but bliss and lifelong happiness. We were naturally wired for that. However, since we all live in a fallen world, with all sorts of imperfect people, including you and me, we need to grasp the fact that: There will ALWAYS be Challenges! 

Challenges are like broken pieces of a picture puzzle, which must be repaired and put back together to obtain a perfect picture. 

Another thing I picked up last year was, that it is the will of God for us to succeed at a given venture, doesn’t mean there won’t be circumstances that will try our faith. As believers we shouldn’t lose hope when faced with obstacles that seem to impede our progress. Challenges are opportunities for us to strive and thrive, rise and soar! If we keep our faith, we will always emerge victorious.   

So prepare your mind for unusual challenges this year in anticipation of the definite Victory that is found in Christ.

Cheers!!!

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