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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Scent of Water

“For there is yet hope for a tree that is cut own, that it will sprout again. Though its roots grow old and its stock dies in the ground. Yet at the scent and breathing of water, it will bud and bring forth stems like a young plant” - Job 14 v 7 – 9

I simply love this Scripture! It speaks volumes to me about life. It is applicable in any situation and in any circumstance, and it is a reflection of the omnipotence, love and mercy of God. It is for me a major slice of the ‘hope’ pie. It is an encouragement from heaven above. It is a portion of Scripture which if we hold on to with tenacity, will help us navigate the tough seasons in our lives very successfully.

As I pondered about just how long I have been away from this forum, reading through a couple of half-written or near-completed posts which interruptions did not allow me finish; these verses in Job 14 ministered to me afresh. The Scripture fit even as relates to my commitment to growing with you on this forum, sis. Indeed, with my many responsibilities and engagements and travels, my writing was becoming a kind of ‘tree cut down’ situation. Best of intentions aside, I have really just been pressed down on every side such that at those times that I have even had a spare moment, I would find myself too tired to think. Ever been in those situations where your brain refuses to cooperate with you? Those times when you are staring at a book but can’t see the words on the pages? Those times when you are staring at your computer screen or your notebook, but you can’t see it much less articulate the words you want to type or pen? Those times when you find yourself staring at the television screen without actually seeing or hearing anything? Well, seems like I have been in those spaces more often than not over the past few weeks, lol. It is so well with me and us all, in Jesus name.

In recent times, I have found myself speaking on various platforms which curiously were all themed around the journey from your dreams to reality. One common thread in all these discussions was the fact that so many people are carrying dreams within them that they have no idea how to birth; or for which they lack the resources  - time, money, materials, required to birth the dream. I came across so many people who were frustrated because they had tried one thing or the other which had failed, or which they just didn’t seem to be able to progress past some initial stage. More interestingly though, I came across quite a lot of people who felt that the time or season for the dreams they once had had long since passed, and this really saddened me.

I guess that generally speaking, we can all agree that there are things we wish we had done when we were younger; stronger; had some money at hand; were single; became a parent; had lesser responsibilities; lived in a certain area; had access to a certain person; etc etc. This is true of all of us, generally speaking. However, methinks that when we begin to look at specifics, this would not be an argument that would hold water for everyone. Truth as I see it is that more often than not, it’s a fear factor that is playing out. And sadly, a lot of the time, it is fear about what people will say when we set out on a journey to achieve our dreams in the first place; followed by a fear of what they will say if we fail; and strangely enough, sometimes a fear of what people will say when we succeed.

I also think that sometimes it is easier to hide under the guise of the many reasons why we can’t progress our dreams than it is to admit to ourselves that whatever excuse we have drummed up, no matter how ‘logical’ it appears, is actually a cover for what we truly know is laziness – pure and simple. I mean we are busy enough already and thinking about that next thing can be tiring nes't pas?Nothing good comes easy – we know this. In knowing this, it is usually abundantly clear to us that moving forward towards our dreams requires effort, and already we sometimes feel we need 36 hours in a day, right? But hey, let’s call a spade a spade, sis. All around the world we hear of people who decided to get a degree at the age of 70 or 80 years. Most recently we had a 96-year old finish his high-school diploma. We hear about people who started a new career in an area they are passionate about, when they are well past the prime of their lives. So really, not pursuing your dream is not about how old you are. People walk out of high-profile well-paying jobs to go apply themselves to something totally unrelated that they have always dreamed of doing. And then there are those people  who stay in their intense jobs and just push themselves that little bit more so they can progress their passions. So no, it’s not about having a job, or being too busy. No ma’am. No!

Not to take away from the weight and reality of the challenges we sometimes face, but largely for whichever category of excuse any one has used to hold themselves back, there are numerous counter examples of people in the exact same situations that still do remarkable things out of their innate passions. And you and I know that those kinds of people are certainly happier for it. Nothing beats waking up each morning and being excited about the rest of your day. Nothing beats living your passion every day of your life. Not only is this completely fulfilling to you, but you impact lives around you so much more positively without really having to give it a thought. This sounds to me more like the abundant life the Lord has called us to live doesn't it? Sounds like it is worth that extra effort doesn't it?

I believe sis, that if you and I can look past all the seeming obstacles and convenient excuses for not walking into our dreams, we will surprise ourselves with what we are able to achieve; and we will certainly be happier people all-round. Dare I say that when we commit to our passions, then even when we find life pressing us in enough directions as to keep us away from those things which for us are purposeful and in which we find much joy; we will nonetheless find it easier to get back up again and continue to press forward. This is my experience and testimony, and this is why I resolutely keep coming back to the place of my gifting. I refuse to give up sis! Don't you give up either. 

Dare I say sis, that you need to recognize that in the first place it is the God that you serve that has put the dreams in your heart, and that He has put them there because they serve a purpose in the scheme of things for the Kingdom? Dare I say that God is placing a fresh demand on you today to look again at the things He has put as a seed in your heart, and which He wants you to nurture and grow? Dare I say that nurturing requires time and effort, and that there is a sweating to it, but that it ends in joy when the tree begins to sprout? Dare I say sis, that we need to take our focus off what men will think and rather look up to the One Who is holding us accountable to deliver on His mandates? Dare I point out that if we fail to move forward in our assignments, He will move past us and raise stones to fulfill purpose? Dare I say that living a life that is fully pleasing to God also places a demand on us to be obedient to His call in every area of our lives? Dare I point out that obedience demands some sacrifice and that perhaps you need to look at what area of your life you have to make adjustments in, in order to deliver on your dreams?

Sis, it’s not too late and you are not too old or too busy, or too whatever has been the reason that has held you back so far. You are NOT, sis! What you are is well able! What you are is gifted! What you are is resourced! What you are is empowered! What you are is graced! The God Who is your Father does not put a dream in your heart without providing the resources to bring them to pass. All He asks is that you act on the dream and watch Him magnify your efforts. Your dreams are about more than you, sis. The call on your life is ‘blessed to be a blessing’ and this is a call that clearly transcends self. You need to take up the mantle and run with it, sis. You will be amazed at the number of people whose life and ministry is dependent on you going that extra mile. The Lord Who is your Strength and Provider will help and see you through as long as you purpose to do the work. And He will strengthen you too, sis. He will!

I am so passionate about my ministry. It is not easy to do the things I do in addition to the things I do, and those of you who know me personally can attest to this. But I am committed, and I am leaning solely on the Lord for strength, for inspiration, for provision, for wisdom, for clarity, for help. He is my ‘scent of water’ and each time it feels like my tree is dying, He it is that revives that which is in me again. He is my confidence that no matter how many times I slow down, I will get back up again. He is the confidence I have that busy as I get, I will follow through on this platform; I will still write the books He has laid on my heart to write; I will still do the conferences and events He has laid on my heart to do; I will still minister His word in the ways that He has assigned for me to do; I will still fulfill the dreams He has put in my heart. He is my stay and firm foundation. He is my inspiration. He is my assurance that my dreams will continue to bud and bring forth stems like young plants, and that my life shall indeed be a blessing unto generations as He has purposed. Yes sis, our father and God is my living water and His scent alone restores me. 

Can I encourage you today to be still for a few minutes and take in the Scent of His mighty Water ,sis? Allow the Lord speak to you and bring to your remembrance those things you have almost or completely given up on. Can you be still and let Him assure you afresh that you are well able; that He is holding you firmly by His right hand, that He will help you? Can you breathe in the scent of God’s water today afresh sis, and let your tree stumps receive His life and light once again? Lean on Him ,sis. There is nothing you cannot do through, with and in Him. I pray that you will receive the boldness to start again, sis. I look forward to your testimony of fruitfulness in your passions. The Lord will help you sis, as surely as He is helping me.

Be blessed sis…. for you surely are!



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Entrepreneur, Mentor, Wife, Mother, Sister, Friend. A firm believer in God. Walking in faith everyday that by His grace, I will achieve harmony in all areas of my life, and make measurable impact in the lives of other women of the world

WORD FOR THE WEEK

LUKE 1:

34“-How can this be, Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God

JEREMIAH 2:

5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am only a youth. 7 But the Lord said to me, Say not, I am only a youth; for you shall go to all to whom I shall send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.

8 Be not afraid of them [their faces], for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord. 9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. 10 See, I have this day appointed you to the oversight of the nations and of the kingdoms to root out and pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.

1st CORINTHIANS 1:

25 [This is] because the foolish thing [that has its source in] God is wiser than men, and the weak thing [that springs] from God is stronger than men. 26 For [simply] consider your own call, brethren; not many [of you were considered to be] wise according to human estimates and standards, not many influential and powerful, not many of high and noble birth. 27 [No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame. 28 And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are,

Colossians 1:

28 Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One).

29 For this I labor [[z]unto weariness], striving with all the superhuman energy which He so mightily enkindles and works within me.