Fill My Cup Lord

With my gaze, sharply on Him, ever calm and in control. Never moved by anything but full of compassion. I say to myself, I just want to be just like you Lord, my Father.

No doubt, at times in life, I am at ease, calm, swinging to the rhythm of my music, and perfectly so. Nothing getting me off guard, always ready to attack and conquer.

But you see there are times, when the above is not so. One battle after another, everything screaming for my attention, yet I am spread to the limits. Plans failing, promises not being fulfilled. Pressure from every side, bills staring at me, dreams dwindling off my arm reach.

So I turn, to Him, who knows the end from the beginning, He never changes, always constant. My heart desires His character, to be just like Him. I am filled with a longing and a thirst that pepsi cola won’t quench.

He looks at me with so much compassion that throws me into a moment of tears streaming down my cheeks. With my eyes on Him, I lift my cup to Him. See my cup is full of things that are draining me. The pressure of life, my dreams, my friends, my busy schedule, you name it, am sure you have the same story, if not now, there before.

He starts pouring Himself into me. His Character i.e Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, immediately, His calmness becomes my story, His peace becomes my testimony. It starts running over, I mean overflow reaching to all that come near me..

I cry out, Fill my Cup Lord, I lift it up to You…has become my secret!

MANY CHANGES, MANY FACES

They say that a change is as good as rest! That’s statement is 100% true!

A change ushers in freshness, new levels of energy, new ideas, new people to your social circle, and new depths in one’s character and so on.

What they don’t tell you is that, a change can be uncomfortable, can cause you to be nervous, and also make you unsure of yourself and the direction you are headed to. But at the end of the day, changes are inevitable. Change is permanent.

But if you wish to lead a fruitful and impactful life, changes are important. If you are not willing to change, then I doubt if you will ever grow.

Bearing the above in my mind, then you are able to embrace change with a positive attitude. It could be a change in your marriage, relationship/friendships, a certain way of doing things, moving from city to another and at times, a change can mean cutting off things that tend to draw you back.

Having gone through enough changes in my life, I have come to realize that, sooner or later, you learn to dance the new dance to suit your new change, and as a matter of fact, you enjoy the rhythm more since you know where you are coming from. A change ushers in a new level of maturity in one’s walk of life.

The first steps maybe rather uncomfortable, you may miss some steps too, but just keep at it, eventually, you will pick up the beat and groove smoothly into life as you enter another season of your life.

How well do you deal with change in any area of your life? Please share with the world.

This is your Inspired Minute with Sarah W.

I PRESS ON

I have come to learn that in life, I don’t loose, I either win or learn! Now that is real talk!

When you are a faith-filled person, many may label you a fanatic or delusional for not seeing the “reality”. Because faith demands seeing the possibilities out of many would call a dead situation or simply an impossible situation.

The truth is if your are Faith-filled, you happen not to have options like:

  • 1. Giving up.
  • 2. Living a lifeless life – I mean just an empty life
  • 3. Stop dreaming.
  • 4. Loose passion for what you know you are meant to do.
  • 5. Assume that there is no purpose God has deposited into your life for you know the purpose is in you.

 

Looking at the above -mentioned options, none appeals to me, for if I am Faith filled, I am wired to:

1. Never to give up.

2. Always speak life into my life situations

3. Always dream and dream even bigger dreams

4. Live passionately! Have a passion for anything you find yourself doing per time.

5. Live a life around the purpose God has placed over my life which is within my reach.

 

So I choose to press in and press on until I see the purpose God deposited into my life lived to the full measure.

Why don’t you join me and lets press in for more today! Life is so much fun this way.

Remember, whatever it is that you have been through in life, it will never be wasted!

 

Love you …SW.

PREPARATION FOR THE NEW YEAR

What an awesome time I have been having in this holiday season. Had a wonderful Christmas carols on the 24th night…yes in Dubai, the first I have ever been part of! Truly I can say 2012 has been a year of new things for me..a year I have been able to close unpleasant doors and behold new doors sprung open before my very own eyes…Freshness to be precise!

My heart is expectant, and waiting on the Lord for 2013! Excitement is in the air..because I know 2013 must surpass 2012 according to Prov 4:18

Seated here on this relaxed afternoon, doing what I love to do – write, I want to prepare for 2013 consciously as I wait for the 31st Dec 2012 to hear what the Lord has for me! Did I say I am EXPECTANT! For I know my expectations shall not be cut off…!

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE NEW YEAR – 2013.

1. Close/walk away  from anything that is not in God’s will for you.

I mean anything that is not of peace is not of God! I know it takes courage, but just take the first step and the rest will follow. You don’t need to walk into the new year with baggages upon baggages of 2012. Walk free!

2.Open your spirit for something new to be deposited in your life.

Just be open to receive newness. What you expect you experience, and I also know of a truth that expectation is the mother of manifestations.

3. Be specific and clear about your intentions for 2013.

If you want to have a close walk with God, put that down on a paper, if you want to loose weight, be specific on the weight you want to achieve, if you want to be a better spouse to your partner, be specific on which areas you want to improve as a husband/wife, this will help you to be accountable to yourself. Things don’t just happen, you make them..

Please share with us, how well we can get prepared for 2013!

Sarah W.

THANKSGIVING

2012 is almost over! How time flies when you are having fun.

Fresh memories of January are still here with me. I remember the many plans, the schedules and also the expectations I had when January was here with me, and now thinking we are in mid-December, counting them days and 2012 will be gone!

With nostalgia, I remember moments of the Lovely February, March, April, May, June, July August, September, October and November!

I remember the places I walked out of with anxiety, following the leading of the Lord, just for the Lord to usher me into “the place”, He had prepared for me to lie down in green pastures!

What is left with me is just but a list of the things the Lord has done for me.  From where I come from we call those things “BLESSINGS”. I am compelled to start counting them, but they are just too many to count! I can comfortably say that they are countless!, and all I can say is “ Father I thank you”, in Swahili we say, “ Asante Baba”! As I write this piece my mind is still stayed in that long list of blessings and I cannot help but whisper, “Father, Lord, I thank you!

Probably you are seated there reading this piece and thinking well, that could your story which seems to be too good to be true. Well, let me encourage you and tell you, yes, there might have been some storms here and there, but the truth of the matter is that the Lord brought me through those storms and I am still standing! Some disappointments here and there which later on the Lord turned them and made them major appointments!

Bottom line is those things which worked in my favor are too many compared to those which didn’t line up in my favor! Take you deeper, in the course of the year I encountered some small disappointment and my Man of God told me, “Nothing to worry about, because you are in God’s plan, it can only be for your good. Talk of slapping the disappointment in the face!

So please join me in thanking the Almighty God and say “Father, I thank you for 2012! 2013 can only get better, that I know!

God bless you!

HOW DO I STAY FOCUSED

The door bell goes off, your alarm goes off, your phone beeps, you baby calls you up crying from his/her room, your partner is calling you from another room! At that point you get confused and wonder who do you answer first, who can wait for you a few moments and who you really don’t need to answer at all.

Aren’t we living in this kind of environment,  day in day out so many things are screaming for our attention and at times you just stand in one place dazed and wondering how do you handle all these situations at the same time.

Unfortunately, it requires a stable mind to be able to know which area needs to be given your undivided attention and which area is just but a distraction. For you to be able to know what to do per time is just a matter of knowing what really is important.

Will with you just a few points on how you can stay focused.

 1.       Vision is vital.

Always go back and refresh your fundamental goals in life. When you know clearly what you are supposed to do/accomplish in your life, staying committed to it becomes easier. Living a life without knowing what you are really living for can make you run from pillar to post, or be swayed by any wind that comes along and you end up getting weary of life.

 2.       Understand your Vision.

Getting to know where you need to go or what you want to achieve is one thing but how to get it done is also is very important. When you understand your journey/vision, then distractions and whispers will not get your focus off you goals. Your vision must be bigger than you for it to be worth going for!

 3.       Get the necessary information and knowledge.

It is true nothing is new under the sun! The same journey you seek to walk, so many people have walked before you and what you just need to do is to sit down under their feet and be taught. Enroll yourself to learn more about your journey. If it is business you are doing, look for people who have excelled in that kind of business and learn from their exploits! The minute you stop learning you start dying. You will not perish for lack of knowledge.

 4.       Stay faith-filled.

For your journey to be great, it has to take God. Every great testimony in ones journey it is traced to ones walk of faith. If your journey does not take God, then it is not worth going for. The need to acknowledge God as the author and the finisher of your journey is core otherwise, your journey will be tiresome because you are relying on your own strength to succeed whereas you are supposed to depend only on God!

Ever felt like you are losing your focus on a journey/call/duty (Marriage, job, business venture, a call to Ministry), you set out to accomplish? Share with us how you have been able to pull yourself together and get your focus on!

 Stay focused to remain relevant!

CREATING ANOTHER CHANCE

Sitting up here in my room, thinking how did I get here?! How could I be so wrong? How could I bring the people I love so much pain? I was so wrong! I admit it, I was wrong! I was foolish, acting the way I did…mess; poor choices which had made have some bad consequences. Addictions and all….and I am wondering, is there a chance for me to live life as God designed it for me – A life of Victory?

I can go on and on and on, about our human shortcomings, those things that keep us from doing what we are supposed to do because we are caught up in the guilt of the past. Out of our moment of weaknesses, we make some mistakes and with that we open a door to an enemy called GUILT AND SELF- CONDEMNATION.

Ever been caught up in the guilt of your past??! It looks like you can’t shake your past off. People have written you off, no one sees what can come off your life. They branded you with some negative names, “You are a failure, you can never make it, and you are a fool”. You too have written yourself off, and you feel like no one has sinned and fallen so far off from His ways on this earth more than you have!

There is one person who will never lose His faith in you, God!

How can I have another chance you may ask?

1.       Take only one step towards God.

What you need to realize is that our God is a God of many chances. Once you take only one step towards Him, He will come running to get to you and rescue you. Remember the story of the prodigal son? The father ran to meet him!!! What He needs you to do is just turn back to Him. If He forgave Moses and used him, if He forgave David and used Him, so can he forgive you and use you too. His love is not determined by our actions, whether good or bad, His love is constant. His name is LOVE. Just reach out to Him.

2.       Don’t listen to negative people

Anyone who offers condemnations instead of hope and restoration is the last person you need in your camp! See yourself in the eyes of God, “don’t you know that you are the apple of God’s eye”? , don’t see yourself the way men see you. Men see your faults; God sees your grateful future. Just turn to Him.

3.       Love yourself again.

By loving yourself, I mean, give yourself another chance to live, believe and enjoy life again as God created you. Love yourself enough to forgive yourself. You must want it for yourself! God already forgave you, so walk in freedom.

4.       Get back up again.

Yes dust yourself: past failures, wrong relationships, bad decisions and everything that has kept you down, and walk tall in this brand new life! A new season of your life! Dream new dreams! Confidence is on again, the world is ready for your taking! You are a new creature, all things have passed! Get back up again! Let nothing hold you back!

You will never sink too deep where His Grace won’t reach you!