What Do You See?

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,

For the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.

He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that the captives will be freed.

He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time for the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of the Lord’s anger against their enemies.

Isaiah 61: 1-2 (NLT)

Over the past week, the Lord has opened my eyes to see as I never have before. And this has caused me to make moves that I never knew I could. To many, it might not seem like much but I know where I am coming from. There are things I have done this week that I wouldn’t have let myself even think of doing two months ago. But like the Word says in Isaiah 61, the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me. And I can’t help but share today and encourage someone to make that bold move.

We live in times that require immense faith to believe that things can be different for us. Everyone who is anyone is spreading tales of gloom and doom everywhere. The Naira is tanking, the nation is bogged down by corruption and life here is so difficult. Why should we even waste our time hoping that our story could be a good one? Because that’s what the Lord would have us do in this season.

About 2,000 years ago, the Angel of the Lord appeared to a priest called Zechariah. The guy was just minding his business, attending to his priestly duties in the sanctuary. Out of nowhere, the Angel came to him and told him not to be afraid. Zechariah is informed that his wife will have a son and finds it difficult to believe. So he asks the angel for proof. He is made dumb because he found of what he could not see.

I watched the movie “The Big Short” yesterday and was reminded that there are huge opportunities for us in the face hard times. Christian Bale’s character predicted the burst of the housing bubble two years before it happened (true story). He bet about $1.3Bn (in 2005) on the demise of the housing bubble. The people around him thought he was crazy. His business partner asked for his money back (wrong move) and while he waited for the bubble to collapse, his company was even losing money. I won’t spoil the movie for you if you haven’t seen it, but most of you know about the financial crisis of 2007/08. Just know that while many people lost a lot, others made stupendous gains.

Yes, times are hard and things seem difficult. But it is in these times that we are required to rise up in faith and dare to believe that things can be different for us. What has God laid on your heart to do? Is it time to start that business? Make that move at work? Stand up to that member of your family that has intimidated you for a long time? Finally ask that girl out on a date? Whatever it is, do not let the logic of the world determine what you will do. What has God told you concerning that matter? That is the TRUTH!! And that is what we are called to cling to.

Blessings,

Grace’s Daughter.

Hello…

It’s been a really long time since I put up a post and it’s not for lack of trying. I just wasn’t sure that I had anything to say anymore. That, and the fact that I was no longer certain that I knew how to write here as well as I felt I ought to. There were many moments when I thought that I had written my last post back in August. But that didn’t sit well with me and so I’m glad to be back here today.

2015 was a year of immense personal growth for me; I increased immensely in spiritual capacity and saw God show up for me in so many ways. I grew in my knowledge of God as One with an agenda to execute – He is looking for soldiers who are fit for battle and He took me through the fire and the water to refine and purify me. God remained with me every step of the way. I look back on who I was at the start of last year and I marvel at what God has done with me. The year was also one of celebration and thanksgiving – I got married to my best friend and found out that two of my closest friends were pregnant. God is indeed awesome and continues to use my life and those of the people around me to illustrate His glory.

My heart for this blog has always been to make it a journal of sorts – a place where I can reflect on where I’ve been and where I am, with the hope that it helps someone in a similar place on their journey. I pray that it serves to point all who read to the Lord Jesus, who loves us all more than we can ever imagine and whose plan is for us to find our purpose in Him.

Which brings me to my brief message for today. There are two major things that God wants me to do as I enter into 2016: Slow down and go deeper. I’ve come to realize that I’m always in such a hurry to do things, that I forget to enjoy the moment. And this pervades various facets of my life; from spending time studying the Bible to reading long documents and emails at work and even spending time with my family. I get overwhelmed by the long list of things to do and I rush through my life to live my life instead of actually savoring my life – Every. Single. Moment. of it.

Going deeper simply means getting to know Jesus more. God has shown me that I do well to give attention and priority to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit in my mind and heart, but not so much God the Son. I’m not sure why this is, maybe I will find out soon enough. But one thing I know for sure is that they are each three distinct personalities, all in one and so they each deserve to have their special place in me.

So that’s part of where I am as I start the year. I am very curious to see what God has in store for 2016 and I remain excited for the growth and development that lies ahead. I pray that this year will be your best one yet and that God will show Himself to you in an undeniable way.

Happy New Year.