In the District weekly bulletin of our church was an advert for a ‘Ladies day’ my reaction was to think it may be one of those days where women would be talking about being good wives, good home makers none of which would interest me as my own marriage broke down. As I was free on that Saturday the 17th of September 2017, I registered myself for the day on condition I would slip away if the proceedings proved to be what I did not like.
I was surprised how the day developed despite my preconceived ideas of ladies events. The day was nothing but inspirational in that it was about the things I want and value which are spending time discovering who I was as woman in relation to God. The day was divided into three sessions which had an in put for 15 minutes and then a 20 minute reflection on your own exploring your own relationship with God. For the purpose of this post I will only share the session which had a great impact on me, the other two were brilliant I just want to share on the one.
This first session was about finding our identity in Christ, the input was about how we each deal with negative traits we may have as individuals, bad past memories which may result in self hatred. It was the best part of the day as I faced my hang ups from my past. Reflecting on biblical texts helped me to find my own identity in Christ. At the end of the input we had an opportunity to do an exercise based on Psalm 23 reflecting on what it meant to me personally after that we were each challenged to write our own personalised psalm and the following is my own version of a personalised Psalm 23. I hope it will inspire you as it came from my heart expressing how I feel about God:-
The Lord is my Sat Nav
The Lord is my sat nav, I shall not be diverted; He makes me stay on course for my sanity’s sake. He helps me gaze on my life’s journey, and makes me aware of others on the journey too.
When I take wrong turns and moves because of Life’s distractions He re-calculates my step and send me back on the road. I will trust in his guidance and concern, My confidence is enhanced.
He reminds me of all the dangers of the road He nudges me every time I doze off behind life’s wheel; And assures me of his presence and calms me down always keeping me safe.
Surely his guidance and direction will comfort me, all the days of my life. I will trust and lean on his leading; for ever and ever.
The year 2016 has been a very interesting year nothing seem to be going well, millions of people were displaced by conflicts ravaging their nations. Some nations are experiencing civil unrest while others like my own are reeling under dictatorships. Those who are supposed to be making people live a descent life are busy making themselves rich through corrupt ways. I got to a point I was no longer sure about the faith I have in God it felt like my world was falling apart.
One morning as I was having a quiet time with God reading the story of the cursing of the fig – tree which you can read from (Mark 11 : 12 – 26) I saw things differently. With all that is happening around us those of us who profess a faith need what I call ‘kingdom confidence’ that in the end God works his purposes out no matter how grim it may look and feel like at the present.
According to the story the fig-tree had been cursed the previous week as Jesus and his disciples were passing first time on their return journey the disciples saw a withered fig tree and recognized what had happened to it calling the attention of Jesus to dead fig-tree. What encourages me is Jesus’ response to their observation. His response to the disciples was simply to tell them that they should “have faith in God” Our world may be falling apart, God still stands, when everything is falling apart it is in his faithfulness that will sustain us in these difficult times.
The following song by B. Doerksen encourages me a lot when all hope has gone:-
‘You are my rock in times of trouble, You lift me up when I fall down. All through the storm Your love is the anchor My hope is in You alone.’
We can trust that God continues to work his purposes out even amidst seemingly hopeless situations. That is Kingdom confidence.
This post is for my fellow blogger and friend swo8 who has been encouraging me to write posts on Zimbabwean food and music. I thought I would begin with food which is not difficult. Here we go swo8. The photographs have been taken from http://www.zimbokitchen.com.
Each nation has its own staple food, in Zimbabwe we do eat rice, pasta and potatoes our staple food is ‘sadza’ which is made from maize mealie -meal. Kenyens call it ‘ugali’; Zambians call it ‘nshtima’ and South Africans call it ‘pap’
In this photograph sadza is served with ‘mupani worms’ which have a high protein content which is not bad for your health. You can also serve sadza with the following stews:
First up is an oxtail stew; second is road-runner chicken stew and traditional peanut butter beef stew.
Pumpkin leaves in peanut butter source as in the first photograph is a very delicious relish to serve with sadza and then last is the knuckle bones stew all these stews go very well with sadza.
In my next post I will share some other foods.
Alice Walker said “The most common way people give up power is by thinking they don’t have any.” That is how I feel sometimes every day I read news papers I feel like there is nothing which is going right and yet I feel powerless to try and bring about the change needed.
I have struggled in the past couple of months to say the Lord’s prayer especially the phrase thy kingdom come. I am fully aware that what is going on around the world is not God’s will. I feel I can not continue saying that line when I can not do anything to make that happen in situations where there is great suffering.
My faith has been challenged a lot lately as I asked why is it that some people seem to have the freedom to cause so much pain for others especially the most vulnerable in society like women, children and the elderly. As I watch people risk their lives crossing the oceans in search of safer places to lead a normal life away from conflict. I can not help but feel helpless.
Jesus once said in John 10:10 “I came that people may have life and have it in all its fullness.” Being uprooted by conflict from the country of your origin is not having life in its all its fullness. I know it is not God’s will that some people should experience such degree of suffering. I have now given up the power because I now believe I do not have the power to do anything to make a difference in this our broken world.
While my faith has been challenged I believe God is still in control and that he will restore his creation to what he intended it to be and that peace will prevail.