Jesus, Hope for Tomorrow

For the vision is yet for an appointed time;But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come

Christ In Me…..! It's All About God I have been asked by so many people if I was born with Polio? But I wasn't. In fact I was born just like any normal child. I had started walking and playing around with other kids, before I had Polio. I love looking at those pictures I took back then, standing on my two feet. Polio started 34 years ago, precisely in 1980. This sickness turned my life around unexpectedly, and my family as well. However, I didn't allow it to define me. Although, as a child, there was practically nothing I could do, especially, when I had to start crawling again after the incident. But God who is always faithful and ever present in all situations, had prepared people ahead for me. HE carefully placed me in care of faithful, dedicated, committed, caring, confident, and most importantly, christian Parents. They nurtured me with every care and affection at their disposal. I wasn't given any preferential treatment, but wasn't maltreated either. I was fortuned to receive required medical care. I remembered those countless days spent on admission in the hospital, with my sweet mother on my bedside. She couldn't find a place to sleep, but she's always by my side, just placing her head on my bed. My precious Father drove down from Igbaja to Ogbomoso Baptist medical center, almost every day, just to be with me. At a point in time, I wanted to give up and just accept the situation. I became depressed, all I wanted to do was just sit in my room and cry all day, asking God, why this, why me? But my Parents wouldn't let me be. They are indeed God sent. I finally found Christ in 1988. I gave my life and my all unto Him, and that was my turning point. I was baptized on December 2nd 1989 & I started a new life. You might be wondering why I am all about Jesus. He took over my life even when I didn't know Him, and I am what I am today, because of Him. God sent me, my Special parents, and then gave me amazing siblings. My sisters were and still my closest friends. They got my back all the way. My immediate sister was one who was always by my side when we were still very young, people always thought we were twins because we were really close, she's the best. You know how kids are. When they see me walking with crutches, some will be staring, some even laughing at me, but my sister wouldn't take that. You dare not cross her path then. When it comes to her big sister, she'll do anything to protect me.....lol When God took over my life, I began to see things in a new light. His gifts and talents in me started manifesting. I first joined choir in 1986, and I can say with boldness in Christ, glorifying God with my voice is a continuous testimony. Though it has not been a smooth ride, Jesus told us that in this world, we will face trials and tribulations, but we should be of good courage, because He has overcame the world. I refused to allow my situation to define me or my future. It's been rough and bumpy, but I didn't give up, and I am not about to give up. I am too blessed to be stressed. I have been through a lot, but I am still living. I have so many testimonies. I might just published a book. This is not for me, but for you to know that you don't have to be a victim. You can choose to be a victor. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and He turned my life around. He turned the hopelessness in me into a hopeful situation. He can do the same for you. I have peace that transcends human understanding. He made me see hope in what once seem like a hopeless situation. Whatever you might be going through, whatever the situation or condition, He can turn it around and make it better. It's never too late. There is nothing God cannot fix. There is nothing impossible with God. He can make a way for you, and He will, if you let Him. Turn your life over unto Him, let Him do the mending. He can give you beauty for your ashes like He did for me. This page is all about God, Speaking to all and every situation of our lives daily!

[03/13/20]   OUR DAILY BREAD (Devotional Bible):
THE JOY OF WAITING - 1 Samuel 1:19-28

Nine months can seem like forever for a mother-to-be. In the first trimester, hormonal changes sometimes cause lingering morning sickness. Emotions rise to the surface, prolonging afternoon blues. Then a changing appetite stretches out evening hours with late-night cravings for pizza, chocolate, and dill pickles.

During the next three months, Mom outgrows her clothes and spends long hours looking for a new wardrobe. The last trimester turns normal activity into a chore as the final watch begins.

Then, suddenly the endless waiting is over. Nine months become like yesterday's newspaper. They are gone. They become insignificant, a faint memory-overcome by joy. Ask the new mom if she regrets enduring her pregnancy. Never!

Hannah's wait began even more slowly. For years she was unable to have a child. She felt so unfulfilled, so dishonored (1 Sam. 1). But the Lord remembered her, and she conceived. Her joy was complete.

Hannah waited patiently and saw the Lord turn her sorrow into overflowing joy. Her song (2:1-10) is a reminder that disappointment and the most bitter distress can lead to fulfillment and delight. For those who wait on the Lord, long hours of enduring will one day give way to rejoicing. -MRDII

My God, you know the unanswered questions and deep longing of my heart.
How I desire to see you move in my life and to experience the work of your hand! Yet I choose to wait in patient expectation. For I know that, in time, I will rejoice and praise you for your perfect works.

God's gift of joy is worth the wait.

[03/12/20]   "You may be in a difficult season right now, but God is breathing new life into your spirit. Shake off discouragement and get a fresh vision. God has armed you with strength for every battle. You are closer than you think, and your victory is already on the way."

[03/11/20]   🎶 It Is Well With My Soul
Text: Horatio Gates Spafford
Music: Philip Bliss

1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot,
Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul

Chorus: It is well (it is well)
with my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

2. Though Satan should buffet,
though trials should come,
Let this blessed assurance control, That Christ has
regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

3. My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

4. And Lord haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

[03/09/20]   Fear Has a Really Big Mouth
by Gwen Smith

Today’s Truth

This I know: God is for me. (Psalm 56:9, CSB)

I often try to quiet fear by pretending it doesn’t exist. Clever... I know. But alas, it does exist and that’s not always a bad thing. To the contrary, it can actually keep us safe in proper context. When my house was struck by lightning and lit with fire, fear sounded an emotional alarm, insisting that I escape - and fast. In this instance, fear was good. It kept me safe.

In many instances, however, fear is not good. I’ve found that while it’s natural to be afraid at times - human, even - it’s best to not allow feelings of fear to consume and control large spaces of real estate in my heart. In Psalm 56, David handles the intersection of his fear and faith nicely.

In Psalm 56, captured by the Philistines in Gath, and in Psalm 57, hiding in a cave to escape the pursuit of Saul, David sifted through honest feelings of vulnerability and desperation. I imagine his reality was one of shaky hands, pulse raging wild and brows soaked in sweat. Yet fear was silenced as he made the powerful decision to redirect his emotions toward a more productive, more faith-filled response when David chose to trust God.

By choosing to trust God in the hiding and in the chains, David’s fear shifted to faith.

Faith shuts the mouth of fear.

“When I am afraid, I will trust you.” (Psalm 56:3, CSB)

“You yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me.” (Psalm 56:8-9, CSB)

These weren’t just flippant statements or memorized verses. These were sturdy declarations. Deliberate choices made by a deeply determined worshiper. The kind of choices that change and calm a frantic heart. The kind of choices that speak peace to anxiousness. The kind of choices we can make when we’re afraid. The kind of choice we can make when fear screams loud within.

Bring it. Fear is a liar. We can choose faith, knowing God is for us. Decision made.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Sometimes the anxiousness and fear in our heart can overwhelm us. But You promise to be faithful at all times and are deliberate to catch every tear in a bottle. This is true no matter what has us hiding or running. Please lead our heart to Your freedom, grace, strength, and peace today.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

[03/06/20]   This Is for My Good?

“It just can’t get any worse.”

How many times have you caught yourself saying this during your career transition? For me, it has been more times than I care to admit. And if I’m completely candid, my very next line is usually, “How much more, Lord? How much longer must I wait for a breakthrough?”

I often wonder why the Lord doesn’t just reveal to me exactly where he wants me to be. He has the power to do anything and everything, right? So why can’t he just show me? Maybe the reason for this mystery is so that we will turn to him.

After all, what do we need the Lord for if we already know what will happen?

I, for one, find myself neglecting my Bible reading and prayer time when my career journey is humming along on all cylinders. I simply don’t spend time with the Lord every day as I should. When things are hitting bottom, however, I guarantee that I will seek the Lord’s presence. Now the reason I seek God might be to blame him for my circumstances. I might cry out, “If you love me, why did I lose my job?” or “How much longer must I wait until I can provide for my family again?”. . .
Do you know what’s great about all of this?

God already knows what you and I are feeling! The Lord knows me better than I know myself. He knew, before I was even conceived, that this painful season of my life was going to take place; he knew exactly what was going to happen to me and exactly how I was going to react. He also knew that unless I fell upon the worst of circumstances I would not grow closer to him.

Let me put it to you this way. Have you noticed the times when you are closest to the Lord? Isn’t it when all else has failed and you are driven to cry out to your loving heavenly Father? Now imagine if those tough times had not occurred.

Your relationship with him might be less intimate than it is today. That’s why we are in the best position to grow closer to God when we are experiencing the perceived worst of circumstances.

He does know what is best for each one of us. Sometimes he just needs to get our attention so he is able to bless us beyond our greatest expectations. Why not give the Lord your fullest attention today by setting aside the job search for a while and spending some uninterrupted time with him? Just listen. Be still. And if the message doesn’t come through today, he may be saying, “Not yet. There is more I want to show you.”

If that’s his message, why not invest more time with him again tomorrow? Why? Because some things are more important than a job — like intimacy with the One who holds your life in his capable hands.

Taken from Why Did I Lose My Job if God Loves Me?

[03/04/20]   🎼What A Friend We Have in Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

[03/02/20]   "The doctor gave you bad news, and the question formed immediately: “Where are You, Lord?” You thought you had job security when your manager called you in. Now you’re unemployed and the question troubles you: “Where are You, Lord?”

You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you can’t escape the feeling that your teenage daughter is slipping away from you. Her new friends don’t share your values and her new attitudes are keeping you awake at night: “Where are You, Lord?”

You’re in good company. David must have wondered where God was when Saul was hunting him like an animal. Elijah wondered where God was when Jezebel threatened his life.

The truth is that God is there, and He is working – always. He is making something out of nothing. He is in the early stages of transforming your heartache into a heart song. He is making something glorious out of something hideous.

Quiet your heart and renew your faith. Regain your focus and take a new grip. God never checks out on anybody. You can’t see it and you don’t feel it, but you must believe it: God is working – and He is working all things for your good.

[03/01/20]   THIS NEW MONTH.......

8 This is what the Lord says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, 9 to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ “You will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill. 10 You will neither hunger nor thirst nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on you. He who has compassion on you will guide you and lead you beside springs of water. 11 He will turn your mountains into roads, and your highways will be raised up.

15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! 16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. 17 Your children hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you. 18 Lift up your eyes and look around; all your children gather and come to you. As surely as I live,” declares the Lord, “you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.

22 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I will beckon to the nations, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their hips. 23 Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”

24 Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives be rescued from the fierce? 25 But this is what the Lord says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. 26 I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine. Then all mankind will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”


Reference:: Isaiah 49:8-11; 15-18; 22-26

---When U're down to nothing, God is up to something!---

(c) 'Liz Olufunke Olaoye

[02/28/20]   YOUR DELIVERANCE IS AT HAND by David Wilkerson

God had given Moses and Israel ironclad promises of deliverance, so Moses went to the people with the good news. He performed signs for them and Scripture says they believed: “Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel. And Aaron spoke all the words which the Lord had spoken to Moses. Then he did signs in the sight of the people. So the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel and that He had looked on their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped” (Exodus 4:29-31).

It was a time of hope and rejoicing. Everyone cried, “Hallelujah! We are finally free! God has heard our cry and our bondage is over. Praise to Him!”

Yet, what happened next? Things only got worse. Israel’s bondage became absolutely unbearable. They were given no straw for making bricks and they endured heavy beatings from their taskmasters. Pharaoh raged at Israel’s leaders, “Get out of my sight. Back to work!”

Moses could not believe this terrible turn of events. He cried out, “God, why are You treating Your people this way? You haven’t delivered us at all; in fact, things are worse than ever. You haven’t kept Your Word and nothing You promised is happening.”

You must understand, the devil knew Israel’s deliverance was right at the door, so do you think he was going to sit by and not make one last attempt to wear out God’s people? The worsening of Israel’s condition wasn’t God’s doing. Rather, it was Satan rushing about madly—hurrying his work before the hour of deliverance came. Likewise, whenever the devil sees you driven to your knees, he knows your deliverance is at hand and he is not going to sit by in those final moments before victory comes!

Instead, he will intensify your temptations. He will enflame people against you and send lying spirits to falsely accuse you. He will lie to you that God has taken His Holy Spirit from you, that you are paying for past sins. He will try to flood you with all kinds of guilt and condemnation.

If you are praying, but things are only getting worse, start rejoicing because your deliverance is at hand!

---When U're down to nothing, God is up to something!---

[02/26/20]   Silence Is an Answer (John 11:4–7)

Have you ever wondered why Jesus, when he heard that his dear friend Lazarus was seriously ill, waited two days before going to be with him? Though Jesus’ delay seemed inexplicable—at least from the point of view of Lazarus’s sisters, who requested his presence—he would be “glorified” because of it. Jesus didn’t immediately respond to their request, and the end result revealed that he was indeed the Messiah, the Son of God.

In other words, “silence” was the answer he gave. Yes, the answer. That silence turned into an amazing demonstration of deliverance from a situation that Mary, Martha and their neighbors had never known was possible—the resurrection of a person who had died.

Here’s the connection to those of us on a transition journey. When we’re out of work we continuously ask God to answer our prayer for a new career opportunity. Like King David of Biblical times, we cry out, “Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint . . . My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long?” (Psalm 6:2–3). . . .

What’s more, we believe anything short of getting a job means that the Lord is ignoring our prayer. We are tempted to believe that he has forsaken us if our prayer isn’t answered with a new job. Doesn’t God realize that I am afraid? That I need money? That I need self-esteem? That I need to rebuild my sense of self-worth?

Actually, God realizes much more than that. He is well aware of our needs, yet his desire is for us to grow closer to him, to trust in him, to experience the marvelous feeling of contentment that comes from a closer walk with him. The fact that Jesus didn’t drop everything and rush to Mary and Martha’s aid demonstrates that God doesn’t operate on our schedule. Clearly we are to operate on his schedule. That new job will come through on the exact day and at the exact moment he has planned it for us—and not one minute of worrying will change this.

We can make any bargains we wish with God, we can promise to be all he would want us to be—when we get that new job. But the Lord knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows that once we get that new job, we will revert to work-schedule mode and he will take the backseat again—that is, until we need him again.

Granted, we might be afraid; we might be unsure of ourselves and our abilities. We might feel rejected, overlooked and embarrassed, having heard nothing but silence from the Lord in answer to our prayers. If that’s you, I encourage you to take this time to know that he is God (see Psalm 46:10; 100:3). Silence is sometimes his answer. Why? Because he wants us to spend more time working on our relationship with him.

Taken from Why Did I Lose My Job if God Loves Me?

Christ In Me…..!

It's All About God I have been asked by so many people if I was born with Polio, but I wasn't. In fact, I was born just like any healthy child. I had started walking and playing around with other kids before I had Polio. I love looking at those pictures I took back then, standing on my two feet.

Polio started 37 years ago, precisely in 1980. This sickness turned my life around unexpectedly, and my family as well. However, I didn't allow it to define me. Although, as a child, there was practically nothing I could do, especially, when I had to start crawling again after the incident. But God who is always faithful and ever present in all situations had prepared people ahead for me. HE carefully placed me in care of committed, dedicated, committed, caring, confident, and most importantly, Christian Parents. They nurtured me with every care and affection at their disposal. I wasn't given any preferential treatment but wasn't maltreated either.

I was fortuned to receive required medical care. I remembered those countless days spent on admission in the hospital, with my sweet mother on my bedside. She couldn't find a place to sleep, but she's always by my side, just placing her head on my bed. My precious Father drove down from Igbaja to Ogbomoso Baptist medical center, almost every day, just to be with me.

At a point in time, I wanted to give up and just accept the situation. I became depressed, all I wanted to do was just sit in my room and cry all day, asking God, why this, why me? But my Parents wouldn't let me be. They are indeed God sent. I finally found Christ in 1988. I gave my life and my all unto Him, and that was my turning point. I was baptized on December 2nd 1989 & I started a new life.

You might be wondering why I am all for Jesus. He took over my life even when I didn't know Him, and I am what I am today, because of Him.

God sent me, my Special parents, and then gave me amazing siblings. My sisters were and still my closest friends. They got my back all the way. My immediate sister was one who was always by my side when we were still very young, people always thought we were twins because we were really close, she's the best. You know how kids are. When they see me walking with crutches, some will be staring, some even laughing at me, but my sister wouldn't take that. You dare not cross her path then. When it comes to her big sister, she'll do anything to protect me.....lol.

When God took over my life, I began to see things in a new light. His gifts and talents in me started manifesting. I first joined the choir in 1986, and I can say with boldness in Christ, glorifying God with my voice is a continuous testimony. Though it has not been a smooth ride, Jesus told us that in this world, we will face trials and tribulations, but we should be of good courage because He has overcome the world. I refused to allow my situation to define me or my future. It's been rough and bumpy, but I didn't give up, and I am not about to give up. I am too blessed to be stressed. I have been through a lot, but I am still living. I have so many testimonies. I might just publish a book. This is not for me, but for you to know that you don't have to be a victim. You can choose to be a victor.

I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and He turned my life around. He turned the hopelessness in me into a hopeful situation. He can do the same for you. I have peace that transcends human understanding. He made me see hope in what once seemed like a hopeless situation.

Whatever you might be going through, whatever the situation or condition, He can turn it around and make it better. It's never too late. There is nothing God cannot fix. There is nothing impossible with God. He can make way for you, and He will if you let Him. Turn your life over unto Him, let Him do the mending. He can give you beauty for your ashes like He did for me. This page is all about God, Speaking to all and every situation of our lives daily!

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