Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus

I found an effective way to be productive– listen to Christian hymns (at a very minimal volume) while I work, there is a change in atmosphere (you could try it for yourself). There is a particular song that does me lots of good – When I sing or hear this song playing it changes my mind-set.

‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus

‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His Word; Just to rest upon His promise, And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!” Refrain: Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er; Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! Oh, for grace to trust Him more! Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to trust His cleansing blood; And in simple faith to plunge me ‘Neath the healing, cleansing flood! Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus, Just from sin and self to cease; Just from Jesus simply taking Life and rest, and joy and peace. I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee, Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend; And I know that Thou art with me, Wilt be with me to the end.

It is indeed great and sweet to trust in Jesus. Believe me it is worth taking Jesus at his word. You might not understand it all, but yes we need to take him at His word.

What are some of his promises for us?

Hebrews 13:5

I will never leave you nor forsake you

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

 

Psalm 55:22

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

 

Sometimes these promises seem far-fetched, it seems it is a promise to your other sister or brother but not you – of course when you look at what you going through you can’t really relate to the fact that God says I will never leave you nor forsake you – but my dear one it is SWEET to trust in Jesus. That promise is for you as well. You might not understand it all but trust His word and in His promise. He who has promised is faithful.

Sometimes there is a lot going on in your life, the so called blessings seems to be a big challenge. But that is where this song comes in…. it is sweet to trust in Jesus. If He has brought you this far He has given you more than enough grace to go through that circumstance.

Don’t cease to pray, let nothing move you. Know who you are in Christ Jesus.

As I write this blog, it so much applies to me, there are many things I don’t really understand but my answer lies in the song above – It is so sweet to trust in Jesus and to take him at His word. I have tasted and seen the goodness of the Lord in the past and I can trust him for my now and the future.

In days/weeks/months/years to come I would understand why I had to go through all the challenges I have been through. Yes it would be clearer and I will even thank him for the challenge as it would make me a better person. But for now all I can say is it is so SWEET to trust in Jesus.

I pray for anyone out there going through hard times/ challenges – God’s promises are yes and amen. It applies to me and you. He would see us through every situation we are going through- there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Let us not give up hope but continue to trust in Jesus.

God bless and let me know if this post has been a blessing to you.

 

 

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2015 In Review

2015. Hmmm wow this year is one of my best years and am so so looking forward to the greater things God would do in 2016 and beyond. A lot has happened in this year that I am so grateful for. After years of praying, crying feeling like all hope is lost God had a greater plan for my life. What more can I say – while you are asleep God is working on your behalf. Never Give Up. Dream those Dreams, Write Them Down no matter how long they take they would surely come to pass. There were times I didn’t even want to take some risk or try new things cos I had already determined I couldn’t do them – how wrong I was. You know God has a way of beautifying your life – yes those challenges would turn into testimonies. Today if I can encourage someone all I want to tell you is Seek God First, NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS. Believe in Yourself. Trust God. Take that Step. Give Thanks To God Always (in the good and bad). I pray and know 2016 and beyond would bring into fulfilment bigger and better dreams because what God has planned for us eyes have not seen, ears have not heard. My life is a testimony. God bless you. ‪#‎mylifeisatestimony‬ ‪#‎grateful‬ ‪#‎blessed. I can’t believe another year has come and this has been my only post in 2015 – I pray and hope I make a regular post next year.

2014 BYE BYE

2014 Bye Bye

I promised to update my blog following a review I received that my messages had blessed a reader.

Hmm, as usual 2014 was the year of the unknown, but the fact is we know our GOD and we shall do exploits.

In summary 2014 started as a great year. I finally passed my driving test  in Jan (after 3 fails….lol) and the  best of that testimony is that I wanted to pass my test before Jo turned 3, I passed just a day before he turned 3… Lesson 1 – be specific with your expectations and never give up.

That was a start to a great year, then I started thinking oh my I am getting so close to 30 and do not even have a boyfriend, it never really bothered me initially but celebrating my birthday in January got me thinking when would I even start a relationship and come to think of possibly getting to know each other better and before even starting to think about settling down with the person… um…. On my birthday instead of being very grateful for an added year I was complaining… God forgive me. Good thing is I got out of that feeling of desperation, when would this ever be, will I ever get married feeling by leaving it to God, I prayed to God and rather than complain I decided to be grateful for the added year unto my life – Lesson 2 – My timetable might not be God’s timetable, enjoy everyday (I assumed by 25 I am already hitched and possibly expecting my baby…lol).

January, February, March was really busy and long hours at work as it was our busy season, it always feels like it would never end, but indeed nothing is permanent, it ended as everything else always does (Lesson 3 – nothing is permanent look past the situation you are in). By this time, I have started to look at cars and had decided on what type of car I wanted, but couldn’t afford it, not to talk of the huge car insurance bill awaiting me as a new driver…. And here is me again complaining and being so desperate to drive a car… Lesson 4 the period of waiting can be painful, but please don’t complain.

In mid- April, I finally sorted a car with insurance etc, but won’t drive past my neighbourhood or drive on motorways. But gradually things fell in place and I started driving. Well praise be to God for His goodness.

In April as well, I met a very wonderful, God fearing person (in due course this would be explained better).  This person has been a rock, God sent, I call him Honestito papa – he is honest to a fault, lol but I thank God for his life. (So you see why there really was no need to complain – God knows the desires of your heart – but don’t focus on the problem focus on God and what he can do).

May – July a lot of things didn’t go according to plan as I would have wanted a couple of things. I would cry my hearts out trying to figure out why God would allow certain things to happen, why it would seem that our enemies are winning – hmmm but don’t be deceived they have never won, they will never win. God says He would never leave you nor forsake you. If God allowed it there is a reason for it.

One other lesson I have learnt is about dreams – I have a gift whereby I do get revelations about certain things before they happen. It gets revealed to me, no matter how bad they are. But there is one lesson I hadn’t learnt, which honestito papa pointed out to me – God reveals to redeem – if He has revealed it (even if it is bad dream just believe God showed it to you for a reason and He has put a provision for your redemption so don’t let your dreams scare you, know God showed it to you for a reason, that battle has been won already).

The rest of the months leading to Dec 2014, has been tough but God always had great people beside me to encourage me, pray with me etc, one of my key dreams was answered after so many frustrations around getting it sorted, but when God starts something in your life, he would definitely bring it to good completion…don’t fret, just keep trusting.

The God that saw you through last year, last month, last week, yesterday is the Same God and no matter what He would see you through. Don’t give up – and anytime you really feel like giving up trust me that is where you break through is, I almost gave up in December was doing a pity party of myself, but that was not necessary – FOCUS is, GOD is.

2014 – thanks for all the lessons I have learnt…. Key thing is to relax and know that God is God.

I look forward to 2015, there would be so many breakthroughs coming my way in Jesus Name. Key thing is having Faith that our God who has called us, He is Faithful.

I look forward to a FAITH FILLED 2015.

Bless you if you have read this far.

Hope this blog has been a blessing to you…  kindly leave some comments or word of advice.

The Peace of God that surpasses human understanding

PEACE OF GOD

Definition of Peace: Quiet, Tranquillity, Freedom from disturbance, stillness.

MAIN VERSE: Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t be anxious about anything but by prayer & supplication with thanksgiving let your request be known to God. And the peace that surpasses human understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus

Prayer

Every Situation

Adoration/Thanksgiving

Common sense

Experience (Guarding your hearts & Minds)

                – Spend time with God (Reading his word)

                – Yours and people’s experience

Peace Checks – What do you do when you are hit by an unexpected situation (Your Heart & Mind)?

Verses related to what the peace of God is

  • Trust/Hope  in God
    • Ecc 3:11  – He makes all things beautiful in his time
    • Romans 15:13 – Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy & peace as you trust him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the holy spirit
    • 2Tim 1:7 – God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear & timidity but of power, love & self discipline
    •  Deu 31:6 – Be strong & courageous, I will never leave or forsake you
    • Isaiah 43:2 – when you go through the waters, I will be with thee, rivers would not overflow you, fire will not burn you, flame won’t kindle you.
    • Blessing /Gift from God – ask for it
      • Ps 29:11 – the Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace
      • John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you, I don’t give to you as the world gives, don’t let ya hearts be troubled and don’t be afraid
      • Calling from God
        • Colossians 3:15 – Peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members you are called to live in peace and always be thankful
        • Fruit of the spirit & when we walk in the spirit (Gal 5:22)
        • Exceeds human understanding (beyond common sense)

2Thess 3:16 – May the Lord of Peace himself give you peace at all times & in every way. The Lord be with all.

Song: Let the peace of God, fill me now, let your healing power breathe life and make me whole

True peace of God is ONLY IN GOD, and will sustain you in ALL SITUATIONS

Father of life draw me closer
Lord, my heart is set on You
Let me run the race of time
With You life unfolding mine
And let the peace of God, let it reign

Oh Holy Spirit, Lord my comfort
Strengthen me hold my head up high
And I stand upon Your truth
Bringing glory unto You
And let the peace of God, let it reign

Oh Lord, I hunger for more of You
Rise up within me let me know Your truth
Oh Holy Spirit, saturate my soul
And let the life of God, fill me now
Let Your healing power
Breathe life and make me whole
And let the peace of God, let it reign

Oh Holy Spirit, Lord my comfort
Strengthen me hold my head up high
And I stand upon Your truth
Bringing glory unto You
And let the peace of God, let it reign

Oh Lord, I hunger for more of You
Rise up within me let me know Your truth
Oh Holy Spirit, saturate my soul
And let the life of God, fill me now
Let Your healing power
Breathe life and make me whole
And let the peace of God, let it reign

Oh Lord, I hunger for more of You
Rise up within me let me know Your truth
Oh Holy Spirit, saturate my soul
And let the life of God, fill me now
Let Your healing power
Breathe life and make me whole
And let the peace of God, let it reign

And let the life of God, fill me now
Let Your healing power
Breathe life and make me whole
And the peace of God, let it reign

And let the life of God, fill me now
Let Your healing power
Breathe life and make me whole
And the peace of God, let it reign

Songwriters
Darlene Zschech

Food for thought for the week… stay blessed and work hard

WORKING IN THE KINGDOM (2)
‘To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given…’ MATTHEW 25:29
Your value in a job is determined by the value you add to the job. When a Christian goes to work each day, God holds them accountable for adding, enhancing and improving things in their workplace. Jesus told the story of three men who were each given money. One was given five bags of it, another two, and another one. The first two ‘…went and traded with them, and gained…’ (Matthew 25:16 NAS). They showed skill, initiative, and made 100 percent profit. So they were commended by their master. But the third man just punched the clock, called in sick, didn’t train, try, dare, or do. So his job review didn’t go too well. And Jesus said something that ought to make us all sit up and take notice: ‘To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.’ That means if your attitude and work ethic are poor, you’re in trouble with God. So, let’s stop and think about your job. If Jesus were your supervisor, would you do your work any differently? How would you answer the phone, type documents, treat your employees, or teach your pupils if Jesus were checking your work? As a citizen of God’s kingdom you need to periodically review your attitude on the job, solicit feedback on how you can grow, demonstrate love and grace to those you work with, make your company profitable, and enjoy the work you do.
Ref: UCB Word for Today 11th August 2013

July my month of Drawing closer to God

 

I know it’s being three weeks since you last heard from me. I have been really counting my blessings, naming them one by one and thanking God for what he did for me and trying to put a bit of focus into my life.

For the w/c 24th June I travelled to London or more precisely Theobalds Park for a week’s training. I have started to think about the opportunities available where I work and being open to new ideas from friends and people on doing new things. It has been amazing

One of the speakers who spoke during the career event said something that struck me so hard, in summary he said FOCUS is key to succeed in every area of one’s life, and of course with a bit of discipline and God factor.

I had the chance to reflect on my life where I was, where I wanted to go and believe me I appreciated the so called little things in life. I took pictures of my breakfast, enjoyed my bed to maximum and took time to get more organised since I didn’t have any other stuff to do than wake up, bath. I didn’t have to think about what to sort out for breakfast, lunch and dinner . It was a good way to relax and celebrate my success. I came back so refreshened that I took to ensuring I am more organised and putting a focus in my life.

I had the chance to count my blessings as that was my first time visiting Theobalds without having an impending exam, I was free to enjoy every bit of workplace pampering (not sure that is what you will call it, but I have learnt to appreciate even the tiniest things in life)

Something really sad happened on 30th June 2013, we had just closed from church and were organising ourselves to visit 2 members of our church who have just had babies…an unfortunate event happened and a very good friend of mine’s daughter got knocked down by a car. She was in a pool of blood but the good Lord saved her from the jaws of death. She was jumping up and down by 7pm in the evening to the glory of God.

To me, it means one ought to continue praying and seeking the face of God more and more.

For the w/c 1st July, I have dedicated this month to drawing closer to God. I am believing Him for greater things will update you on what I have been up to after.

I am currently on a fashion course 101 (since 7th July 2013), a friend gave me a gift which changed the way I look. I am not so used to it and I can remember being stuck to my seat the whole of Monday not that it wasn’t nice just that I am the more reserved kind of person (not really though!) and can’t really make do with colors in my hair. However, am trying to adapt to it.

I could go on and on, but need to stop here.

As usual keep bearing me in your prayers.

God bless

Joana