Be therewith content….

The below is a piece written by my dear sister in law – AYOMITIDE OYEDEPO. It will be a blessing to you. Enjoy….

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There is so much joy and peace in contentment, so much that if you put pressure on yourself to satisfy the world, you will never enjoy your life. 1 Timothy 6:8 says, “..And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” The Bible also tells us that godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6). That scripture basically means that once you have God on your side, practice contentment, and what you will get is great gain; even gains that money cannot buy. Ensure that despite the pressures of the world on you, you do not put pressure on your own self. Be satisfied with each stage you are in per time, fully assured that God has the best in store for you and He will make it available when you need it. Sometimes, people make statements like “I’ve done all I know to do, but it looks like God is still not blessing me.” I tell them that if they have truly done all, the next step is to wait; God is not blind, He will honour you in due season. I will like to paint this picture for you, which has helped me in no small measure: my 3 year old son LOVES cars to a fault and he sometimes wants to drive himself and everyone so desperately, but as much as he loves the car, I can never give him the keys at this time, despite his tears. Why don’t I give the keys to him? First, because I love him so much; secondly, because I know better and thirdly, I don’t want his life or the life of the people he wants to drive, to be cut short.  When he becomes of age, and he can handle the responsibilities that come with driving a car, he will get the keys. That is exactly how it is with many children of God; they feel they know better than God and are not satisfied with their current state, not realizing that God is saving them from many disasters that may arise. The truth is that even if God were to explain His reasons to them, they wouldn’t understand; they want what they want and they want it NOW. As long as you’re walking in God’s Will for your life, be too convinced that your story can only get better and what you don’t have right now, you truly don’t need. God knows the best time to give you those things you desperately desire, and trust me, you’d be thankful to God that He actually didn’t hearken to your own timing. Hebrews 13:5 tell us that “…..and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”. He will never leave you nor forsake you – that should give you so much comfort. Don’t let your heart be troubled, simply remain content even in the challenges you may be facing. Hold your peace and at the right time, God Himself will bring you out!

The Most Authentic Navigation System….

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One day, while my husband and I were heading somewhere, we relied on the navigation system or sat nav to lead us on the journey. As the system was directing us, it began to lead us  down a particular route  that we felt would take much longer to get to our destination. We had been to this place before so we felt we knew a better route and decided not to follow the directions of the system anymore.  As we carried on, we suddenly got caught up in VERY HEAVY traffic; I mean we were literally at a stand still for a long time. My husband looked at me and said “ah! This must be why the nav was telling us to take a seemingly longer route.” I simply laughed and agreed with him. I pondered on our predicament for some time and considering the fact that I always relate all my experiences to spiritual things, I told him that this must be how a lot of people and the Holy Spirit are; this must be how many miss their appointment in the journey of life because they feel they know a better route to take. I am sure you can relate to our experience in some way!

You may have heard or read about the comparison of the navigation system to the The Holy Spirit. I call Him the most authentic sat nav that exists. In fact the bible states in Romans 8:14, that  “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons (or children) of God“. Also, in John 16:13, when Jesus talked about Him, He said “….he will guide you into all truth…”. Doesn’t that make you glad? As long as you are born again, God has given you a personal sat nav who is with you all the time, who has the responsibility to look ahead and direct us through the journey of life! The truth is that just like in our experience, He tries to take many down the right path but a lot of us may consider His path too long, and feel like we know a better way. So many times, His instructions are ignored and this has caused many to  get stuck in the traffic of life. Just like the physical system, when the Holy Spirit sees impending danger, He redirects our route to take us out of harms way. That is why it is so important to be sensitive to Him, take the time to build yourself up in Spiritual things. Don’t isolate this priceless navigation system to just your finances or your career, engage Him in everything – even in your marriage or courtship. Many single ladies and gentlemen have been saved from a crisis filled marriage just because they heeded to the Holy Spirit and did not let their emotions get in the way. You may be in a relationship now that seems so rosy but if your spirit man is still not at peace, that is the Holy Spirit warning you; DO NOT IGNORE HIM! In your marriage, let the Holy Spirit be your guide in how you handle the affairs of your home. Before you speak to your spouse or in dealing with your children, for example, ask the Holy Spirit to give you utterance that would gain entrance into his/her heart; and if you consciously engage the Him, the fruit of the Spirit will be demonstrated in all you do; use this priceless gift from God for absolutely EVERYTHING!

Just in case you feel like you may have missed it for whatever reason, it is never to late to go back to God and reconcile with Him, then once you do, redirect your focus to the most authentic navigation system to aid you in the journey of life!

Back to our experience; by deciding to follow our own directions, guess what happened? We missed our appointment and had to reschedule! Thank God it was just a dinner reservation!!

I pray for you that you will not miss any appointment, in your family & otherwise, that God has prepared for you!

ORIGINAL LOVE IS….

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Anything that is original, endures. That is why fake leather bags, shoes, clothes don’t last long because they are not original. That is also why everybody strives to get what is original. While whatever is original may cost more than what is not, most of us do all we can to get it why? Because it is durable and it endures!

When the love between a husband and a wife is absolutely original, not counterfeit, it will last through anything.

When you have an original leather jacket or bag, for example, it weathers the storm, it remains strong over the years come hell or high water. It will take a lot for it to be damaged. However, a fake leather jacket or bag has holes after one or two wears and depending on the quality, the holes may be there even before you wear it for the first time.

Original love says I am here despite the challenges!
Original love says I won’t let anything separate us!
Original love says I remain loyal to you!
Original love is Christ laying down His life for us (1 John 3:16-18)!
Original love is selflessness!
Original love is God sending His one and only son to die for our sins (John 3:16)!
Original love is the kind of love that Christ has for the church (Ephesians 5:25-30)!
Original love is a husband and wife displaying all of the above!

That is exactly how love is; it’s either original or counterfeit, it’s either leather or pleather – imitation leather!

Many marriages and relationships are filled with imitation love. The man is there when the going is good but when something goes wrong, he is missing in action. The woman is happy as long as the finances are stable but if, for whatever reason the finances slow down or stop coming in, she questions if the man is really for her. Original love requires tough skin because it knows that the road may become bumpy but it is fully prepared to endure till the end. That is what most marriages need.

Original loves costs more than counterfeit or imitation love! It requires more time, energy, resources and a lot of determination to build and maintain it. Not everybody can give original love easily but everybody can ask God (The Original love – 1 John 4:8) for grace to give this kind of love. If you are finding it difficult, cast your cares on Him and He would teach you what it means to love through every season of life.

Original love is real love; it is genuine love; it is actual love; it is durable love; it is authentic love!

If the love is not original in any marriage or relationship, it will eventually disintegrate!

Inspire, they do….

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
― William Arthur Ward

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I am so grateful to God for these two teachers (who happen to be my parents in law) who do not only demonstrate, but inspire my husband and I in everything that we do. They particularly inspire me when it comes to an area I love with all my heart and where I am 100% confident God has given me a vision for: Family Life! I first heard about a peaceful family life from my husband before we began our relationship, and he had caught such a picture from his parents. Till my life is over on earth, I will keep thanking God for changing my prospective on this subject matter and giving me so much light from His Word. To me, family success is the foundation of any other success in life and I thank God that as we have followed hard, we also have proofs and can confidently pass the message across to others, without apologies. They do not only inspire us but encourage and challenge us to locate our own specific assignments in life, and be diligent at them so that we also can stand out in life. I just feel like thanking God for them. And this picture – I absolutely love and I will cherish for life!