Influence

We started a young believers fellowship at work. When I suggested the start I had not thought of some dimensions of its necessity. Here is an important dimension I missed: Influence.We all need support in any endeavour. I agree that some of us are very resilient and we can achieve anything we put our minds to whether we have support or not…. However, most often than not, we need support. We thrive more in those areas that have support than those without.

We sent invites to those colleagues who were open about their faith. However, a lady came that had not been directly invited. We were happy to have her and her story off-set the thoughts leading to this post. She was strong in the faith until she joined our company and everything went south from there. Our company is extremely secular. I remember feeling that way when I 1st joined nearly 3 years ago. I struggled a lot at first because everyone I interacted with was not a believer and they were very vocal about that. They were constantly nagging me about my decision not to drink, not to curse, not to have sex before marriage….nagging nagging nagging. They tried for nearly the full 1st year to get me to drink and do other stuff I disagreed with. I have no idea how I survived all that pressure without giving in. It is just God! The lady explained how she had no avenue for encouragement in the faith so her colleagues got to her and she fell away…. When she heard about the fellowship she came even without a second thought because she still had the desire to resume her faith walk!! 🙂

Her story got me thinking of how many more people might have succumbed to the same pressure. What if we had reached out to them earlier?

There is also a new guy in the office. The people he got to know 1st in the office have encouraged his crazy side. He is a totally different person at his church. He seems to have this desire to know God hidden somewhere in his heart. However, what is readily available to him is ungodliness… The pressure is real. Maybe we should invite him to the fellowship too. Maybe if he realizes that he is not alone, that it is possible to be sane in the midst of all the insanity… maybe then he will choose to take the scary path of living out his salvation and getting serious with God.

Non Christians seem to be very proud of their stand. Flawed as that lifestyle maybe, they invite everyone they meet to join them. What makes them so willing to reach out while Christians shy away? We don’t go talking about God and the amazing things he has done for us. We don’t go talking about where God got us from. We are not eager to invite others to our church or our fellowship. We are afraid to mention anything, about anything, about God 😀 Where did this cowardice come from? Is it shame? 😦 😦 I agree that we need wisdom…but what might have began as wisdom has turned into shame! 😦

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Truth is that we carry in us the answers for this broken world but we are not sharing them. May God help us know the value of what we have. May He help us be His aroma, His feet, His hands, His mouth, His heart… in our different circles on this earth!! 🙂

An example of an answer God gave through me a few weeks ago: My colleague had been having serious pain on her shoulder for a long time. I asked her one day if I could pray for her and she agreed. The pain was gone in a few weeks and her surprise was evident. A small ‘faith fire’ had been lit in her. We prayed again for her womb while she was having serious trouble conceiving and had miscarried… Now she is pregnant. Faith fire is growing… Ain’t God good? 🙂 🙂 🙂 Let’s not keep all this goodness to ourselves!! \o/

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2 Cor 5:20

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.

Love,

Ndanu.

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Created to THRIVE!!!

I sat in the matatu early this morning thinking and praying! I am done fighting to have my way all the time. I am done getting frustrated when I am not getting my way. I am done with ‘me’ plans. They are so shallow. They only take me as far as I can see…. and man is my vision small!! 😀 Planning and scheming and fighting are so tiring! I want to flow like a leaf in the wind. I want to sow high, deep and even wild. No bird ever flew by being all uptight, they need the wind beneath their wings to push them, to help them soar. Wind makes flying much easier.

I could hear God whispering…. Do you know what kind of plans I have for you? Why does trusting me scare you so much? I have great plans for you but you refuse to trust me. You hold so tightly to what you want and because I refuse to let you embark on such small dreams, you end up hurting. It hurts me that you hurt so bad over your ‘failed’ plans but I still will not budge. I love you too much to budge. If you will let go, If you will trust me totally, I will show you just what perfect plans I have for your life. Life will not be all easy and smooth but you will be EVERYTHING I created you to be and you will be HAPPY and CONTENT!!! Trust me baby girl! 🙂 I got you!!! 🙂

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I surrendered this morning. I want to go everywhere He wants me to go! I want to meet everyone He wants me to meet! I want to feel and experience everything He wants me to feel and experience! I want to be exactly where He wants me to be! I want to fly in His plans. I know many of you struggle with trusting Him too. He seems so off, so awkward and so late sometimes (or even most times). Try making this prayer of surrender with me today and let Him lead. Give Him back the driver’s seat and enjoy the ride. ….With Him it ain’t a gamble, it’s for sure! He is GOD!

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

Love,

Ndanu.

Walking Away

My mind is becoming more random every day. I have just remembered this beautiful song and listening to it has taken me to a time in my life like two years ago.

A good man had fallen for me but I was not at the same place. One of the most painful and complicated times of my life… I was convinced that walking away was the best thing I would ever do for both him and I and so I did. I see now that it was a good decision because he is HAPPY with someone else and they will be walking down the aisle soon 🙂 🙂

This song reminds me of that season. He introduced me to it trying to explain how he felt. I loved the song! …so sincere, so sweet, so beautiful and sobering too….

This life is not easy. We have to make difficult decisions every now and then. However it is always OK in the end. Hang in there no matter what difficult times you are going through. Make the decisions you know you have to make and give the storm time. It will be still! 🙂 🙂

“It is always ok in the end. If it is not ok, it is not the end!!”, Anon.

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Love,

Ndanu.