Choices have consequences. This has become such a common statement in my world following a statement that was made by US top diplomat as Kenya went into elections. This statement has come to mean different things to different people depending on the political divide you sympathize with. For those who are sympathizers of the current administration, they will often be heard ridiculing this statement. For those against the current administration, every time there is an event that is going wrong, this statement is thrust into the open as a reminder of how the administration is all wrong. (more…)
If I could ask God to give me a specific gift it would be the gift of encouragement. I would ask Him to create in me an ability to encourage those around me; I would ask for the ability to see people as He sees them; I would ask for the gift of loving people the way He loves me. You see we live in a world that is full of reasons to bring us down. In between all that, we as people also have a tendency to see the worst in situations and people and hammer it away. (more…)
Ever been to an alcoholic anonymous (AA) class? No, well neither have I. However, I have watched enough movies to love these classes. My favorite moment is when the drug addicts introduce themselves; I find the confession of being an addict so powerful. So this week I start there. My name is Esther and I serve in Mavuno church. That statement does not ordinarily sound like an AA statement but with the week we have had as a church, I know this statement is very similar to an AA intro. (more…)
We live in a world where we often will take seemingly foolish things and either complicate them, fix them, or just find a way of removing the foolishness. It is the self-reliant in many of us; it needs to add up, to make sense. Sometimes I think we do that with the gospel as well. It is too simple, so we complicate it. We complicate how we pray, the Lord’s Prayer is too simple, we complicate how we live, Grace is too painless. We move away from the basics to what our minds can fathom, complicated. (more…)
Last week Bishop TD Jakes apologized for remarks he made at his church which rubbed off some Kenyans the wrong way. He had previously been reported as saying “The natives all over Kenya drink water because of this ministry. And the hospital in Nairobi survives because of this ministry.” When the video of his comments surfaced, Kenyans on social media were up in arms with many demanding an apology from the Bishop. Many saw the comments as an exaggeration of the Bishop’s work in Kenya. We actually do have waters even without this ministry you know.
I have enjoyed this walk. It has been refreshing, a breath of fresh air, and music to my ears, just what my soul needed. I have truly loved hanging out with this book of Nehemiah. A blessing that has been on the mark in the season I am in.
Today this walk took me to Chapter 10 of this book. In this chapter the rebuilding of the walls has been completed. The Israelites have rediscovered the place prayer in their lives, they have rediscovered the place for the word of God and they are being transformed by it. This is the natural consequence to walls that are intact; we go back to the Heart of Worship. This is the sole reason I have desired for the Lord to help me rebuild my walls. When my walls are broken, my focus is away from the Lord, from the works He created me for. Yet as the walls are rebuilt, I go back to my first love, Him. And this is what has happened to the Israelites in chapter 10. (more…)
I love these things called emoticons. They make life so easy. Somehow they always have the right picture that represents my emotions; sometimes I think they know how to express my emotions better than I do. The things even have a sign for clapping, hi five, soon there will be no need for words, emoticons will rule. Oh how I wish! (more…)