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. I contracted polio (poliomyletis) in 1979. 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!

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[06/04/21]   My Safe Place in the Storm
Mary Southerland

Today’s Truth

Lord, you are my strength and my protection, my safe place in times of trouble (Jeremiah 16:19, NIV).

The comfort of God is faithful and strong - even during the fiercest storms of life. I enjoy movies that have a happy ending. My family constantly teases me about my surreal perspective of movie entertainment, but honestly, life holds enough reality. Why would I want to pay good money to see even more reality made bigger and more frightening on a gigantic movie screen? When the movie “The Perfect Storm” was first released, the previews suggested it had a happy ending. I should have known better, but we love the water and I remember thinking it couldn’t possibly be that bad – right?

We bought tickets, popcorn and drinks, found the best seats in the theatre and prepared to be entertained. Wrong!

Every scene showed tiny boats caught in the grip of frightening waves and fierce winds. I kept waiting for the storm to die down so everyone could go home with a boat full of fish to their anxious families who were confidently waiting for them on dry land.

Crash! Another monstrous wave belted the boat and crew.

By the end of the movie, I never wanted to set foot on a boat again and was worn out from trying to get everyone home where they would live happily ever after. I was tempted to demand a refund because of false advertising. Believe me, there was definitely no happy ending, but I did come away with a new fascination and deep respect for the sea.

I have a friend who loves to sail. When I asked him if he had ever been caught in a bad storm, he responded, “Many times!” I shook my head in disbelief, concluding that my friend was obviously a glutton for punishment.

“Then why on earth do you keep sailing?” I asked him. His answer was profound. “Mary, every sailor knows there will be storms. You just learn what to do when the storm hits. In a severe storm, there is only one thing to do and only one way to survive. You have to put the ship in a certain position and keep her there.”

The same is true in our lives. When the fierce storms of life overwhelm us, there is only one thing to do if we want to survive. We must position ourselves in the right place – in the hands of God – and He will keep us safe and secure until the storm has passed.

The words of the psalmist are filled with confidence and hope. “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed” (Psalm 107:29). We really can trust God to bring peace and to reduce the fiercest storm to a mere whisper. The faithful provision and sustaining comfort of God at work in our life depends on the character and heart of God and our willingness to trust Him.

I love our children with all my heart. Naturally, there are times when they make me angry. They make wrong choices and sometimes even disappoint me. But if they are hurt, sick, or in trouble, the anger, disappointment and even disobedience is overruled by my love for them and a driving need to comfort them. If my imperfect heart responds to my imperfect children that way, think about how the perfect heart of our heavenly Father responds to us.

Richard Fuller writes: “This, Christian, is what you must do. Sometimes, like Paul, you can see neither sun nor stars, and no small tempest lies on you. Reason cannot help you. Past experiences give you no light. Only a single course is left. You must stay upon the Lord; and come what may - winds, waves, cross seas, thunder, lightening, frowning rocks, roaring breakers - no matter what, you must lash yourself to the helm and hold fast your confidence in God's faithfulness and His everlasting love in Christ Jesus.”

We can face every storm with confidence, knowing God will redeem it for good. We can trust few things in this life, but God’s faithfulness is one of them. When the hard times come, and the storms roll in, trust God and hold on. He is with you. He is your safe place.

Let’s Pray

Father, Thank You for Your faithfulness. Forgive us when we let fear and doubt rule our heart and mind instead of choosing to trust You. Give us eyes to see the treasure buried at the heart of every storm, and help us choose joy - even when we don’t understand what You are doing in our lives. Teach us, Lord. Let our lives be an illustration of Your strength perfected in my weakness.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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[06/01/21]   This New Month......!

4 “Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood. 5 For your Creator will be your husband; the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name! He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth. 6 For the Lord has called you back from your grief— as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband,” says your God. 7 “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great compassion, I will take you back. 8 In a burst of anger, I turned my face away for a little while. But with everlasting love, I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer.

9 “Just as I swore in the time of Noah that I would never again let a flood cover the earth, so now I swear that I will never again be angry and punish you. 10 For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you. 11 “O storm-battered city, troubled and desolate! I will rebuild you with precious jewels and make your foundations from lapis lazuli. 12 I will make your towers of sparkling rubies, your gates of shining gems, and your walls of precious stones. 13 I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace. 14 You will be secure under a government that is just and fair. Your enemies will stay far away. You will live in peace, and terror will not come near. 15 If any nation comes to fight you, it is not because I sent them. Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.

Reference: Isaiah 54

.........When you're down to nothing, God is up to something!.....

(c) 'Liz Olufunke Olaoye.

[05/31/21]   "I get it... and I’ve cried many tears because of it.

It’s hard when we are living in that space where our head knows God can do anything but our heart is heavy because He’s not doing what we are hoping for... what we’ve prayed for... what we’ve believed for, for a long while.

Three Helps for This Hurt

1. God often works in the unseen. Just because we can’t see it or feel it doesn’t mean He’s doing nothing.

2. Is there something God has been prompting you to do that you’ve been resisting or delaying? Ask for the grace and courage to take that step today. The one who obeys God’s instruction today will be able to more clearly discern His direction for tomorrow.

3. Don’t take what feels like a lack of intervention as a sign of His lack of affection. Look for ways today, God is showing you assurances of His love. His deep affection is all around you friend"

~Lysa TerKeurst

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[05/28/21]   "Amby made his high school junior varsity basketball team but he didn’t get to play, except for the last few seconds in blow-out games.

He was a poor player on a poor team, coached by a frustrated man. One day in practice the coach lost it: “You guys aren’t accomplishing anything on the court today. Get out there and run the cross-country course!” Nobody wanted to run the three-mile course behind the school, but when the coach says run – you had better run. Amby’s life changed that day. A mile into the run he realized that he was a better runner than the rest of the guys. He literally left them in his dust. The next year he went out for the track team. Eventually, Amby Burfoot won the Boston Marathon.

I wonder what would have happened to Amby, were it not for a frustrated coach and a run that came packaged as punishment. The coach didn’t know what he was doing when he sent the boys out to run, but God knows what He’s doing with every beat of our hearts.

The very thing you’re grumbling about may be God’s way of revealing your destiny. Amby Burfoot is now the executive editor of Runner’s World magazine and a successful author to boot. God knows who you will be. Trust Him in all ways to guide your steps."

~There is Hope

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[05/26/21]   SO THE WALL WAS FINISHED by David Wilkerson

Often Satan will attack you in order to stop a great work for God. He will put enemies in league together just to hinder your labors. They will come against you in unison, trying to discount the minister in order to stop the ministry.

You can be sure of this: If you are on a divine mission — if you are called to do a work for the Lord and are busy fulfilling that calling, trusting in Jesus — none of their plots will work against you.

Nehemiah was called by God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. The work was progressing wonderfully, with the walls going up steadily. Suddenly Satan stirred up a hornets' nest to hinder it all. Four prominent leaders joined in a plot against Nehemiah: “They thought to do me mischief” (Nehemiah 6:2).

Four times these leaders set a trap. They called out to Nehemiah, "Come down off your wall. We want to have a conference with you. We insist you talk to us!" But four times Nehemiah answered, "I'm not coming down off these walls! I have work to do here because God has ordained me to do it" (see Nehemiah 6:3).

Beloved, you cannot get involved in arguing with people just because they want to argue. It's all meant to be a distraction. You must go on with God's work.

The reason Satan comes against your prayer life, your consecration to God, your walk with Him, isn't just to bring you down. He also wants to ruin the ministry God has given you. He wants to destroy anything you're doing that brings glory to God!

These four VIPs started a rash of rumors against Nehemiah. They claimed, "You're doing this for yourself, not for God!" One of them, Tobiah, sent slanderous letters to other leaders in Israel. All the slander, plotting and snares were designed to put fear into Nehemiah's heart, in hopes that he would get discouraged and run. Nehemiah sums up the scheme in verse 13: “[He was] hired that I should be afraid . . . that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me.”

But none of those snares could stop the work of God! Scripture states: "So the wall was completed. . . . When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God” (verses 15-16, NIV).

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[05/24/21]   When you purchased an item, an electronic gadget, for instance, it always comes with a warranty. Depending on the item, it could be a lifetime warranty or just a year. So, if it’s faulty, you get it repaired for free, or you get a replacement.

God is our creator, our manufacturer, and we come with a lifetime warranty. So, if anything is broken, we go to Him, and he fixes it for free. It gets fixed as many times as we need fixing, no limitations, no story. But, if you bought an item and were not aware of a warranty or couldn’t get access to the manufacturer for a repair or replacement, then the item becomes obsolete. So, in other words, you came with a warranty, but if you are broken, and you don’t know where to go to get it fixed, then there is a problem.

If you know that God, your manufacturer, can fix you up without getting a dime, what will stop you from asking for a fix? You have a broken heart, a broken home, a broken part, illness, pain, lack…call it anything. He has a fix for free. But how many times have you gone to him to ask?

There is a difference between God; why would you allow me to suffer a broken heart? Why are you watching me suffer? Or, God, I need fixing, this….and this…..are broken. Please fix me up.

God made you, and He knows everything about you, either faulty or broken. He can mend the broken part for free if you would ask him.

Do you need fixing? God got you!

(c) 2021 ‘Liz Olufunke Olaoye

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[05/19/21]   WAIT

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried
Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said, "Child, you must wait".

"Wait? You say, wait!" my indignant reply.
"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is Your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By Faith, I have asked, and am claiming Your Word.
My future and all to which I can relate hangs in the balance, and You tell me to Wait?

I'm needing a 'yes', a go-ahead sign,
or even a 'no' to which I can resign.
And Lord, I've been asking, and this is my cry:
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply!"
Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
As my Master replied once again, "You must wait."

So, I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut and grumbled to God,
"So, I'm waiting...for what?"
He seemed, then, to kneel, and His eyes wept with mine,
And He tenderly said, "I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens, and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead, and cause mountains to run.
All you seek, I could give, and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want -- but you wouldn't know Me.

You'd not know the depth of My love for each saint;
You'd not know the power that I give to the faint;
You'd not learn to see through the clouds of despair;
You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there'

You'd not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence were all you could see.
You'd never experience that fullness of love
As the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove;
You'd know that I give and I save...(for a start)
But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.

The glow of My comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight,
The depth that's beyond getting just what you asked
Of an infinite God, who makes what you have Last.
You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means is that "My grace is sufficient for Thee."

Yes, your dreams for your loved one overnight would come true,
But, Oh, the loss! If I lost what I'm doing in you!
So, be silent, My Child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.
And though oft' may My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still, "Wait.''

Anonymous

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[05/17/21]   Our flaws for His glory.

I recently read a story from Nicky Gumbel's devotional about a water bearer who had two large pots, both hang at the ends of a pole, and he carried it around his neck. One pot had a crack while the other pot was perfect, which consistently delivers a full portion of water while the cracked one delivers half of the portion.

The cracked pot spoke to the water bearer one day, after two years of what it termed bitter shame and failure, said to the water bearer: I’m ashamed of myself and would like to apologize to you for the loss I have caused you due to my inadequacy to deliver like the other full pot. Because of my flaws, I could only deliver half of my water, and you didn’t get full credit for your work and efforts.

Then the bearer said to the pot: Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s path? That’s because I have always known about your flaws, and I planted flower seeds on the side of your path, and every day while we walk back, you’ve watered them. For two years, I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be these great beauties to grace the house.

The moral of the story is this: God used the flaw of the cracked pot to bring beauty to the table. Your flaws have a purpose. God knows about your weaknesses, and He purposely made way for your flaw to serve a purpose, to beautify other’s lives, to meet other people’s needs or desires. You do not have to be perfect for God to use you. He takes delight in using cracked pots to fulfill His purpose. He uses your imperfection to perfect His glory.

So, do not feel ashamed or bitter about your cracks/flaws/imperfections. God is using them to glorify Himself through you.

(c) 2021 'Liz Olufunke Olaoye.

[05/14/21]   "God is positioning you for greatness!

And I’m not talking about greatness in just one area of your life — I’m talking about every area:

A great family life, a great career, great favor, great creativity, great opportunities, great increase.

You may not see it in the natural — you may not feel any different or notice any major progress — but that doesn’t mean greatness isn’t coming your way.

Almighty God is working behind the scenes on your behalf. He’s strategically shifting things in your favor. He’s preparing you for something new...

God is ordering your steps. He’s lining up the right people. He’s preparing the right breaks. This is the season of positioning — God is masterfully working His plan in your life.

I like what the scripture says about our response to God’s work...

The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy. (Psalm 126:3 NIV)

We can be “filled with joy” because God has done great things...God is doing great things...and God has even greater things in store.

But here is a special key I want you to receive:
You and I have an important part to play
in order to experience greatness.

Maybe it’s learning a new skill, building a friendship, starting a business, helping someone go higher, forgiving the person who hurt you, speaking an encouraging word.

Whatever it is, I want to encourage you to put your faith into practice. Get up, step up, dream big, act in faith, plant seeds and watch God do something miraculous in your life.

Dare to have a “brighter and brighter”
kind of faith today.

Don’t settle for good enough...
you’re positioned for greatness.

Don’t give up on that dream...
you’re positioned for greatness.

Don’t put limits on God...
you’re positioned for greatness.

Don’t focus on the adversity; focus on God. No matter what you go through, stay in faith, be your best each day and trust that God will use it to position you for greatness.

Remember that God has great things in store for your life!" ~ Joel Osteen's Ministries

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.

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