Pull Yourself Together

Dearly Beloved,

Life is filled with challenges and adversity – big and small. Storms will come, many will find their way to your front door according to Psalm 34:19. The relationship that you thought would last a lifetime has fallen off track. The marriage that was supposed to bring you joy and fulfillment has becomes a silent hell. While God has promised to help you in each one of them, it is you who determines how you face those challenges.

Psalms 34:19 (NIV) says, “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all”.

In whatever situation you are faced with today, your determination and your faith in God will be tested. Don’t give up because the quality of your character will be tested. You must keep moving. You can’t afford to lose focus or get discouraged because of situations that will pose themselves as threats. The challenges you are seeing today are for a reason. They are not there to defeat you. They came to pass! Only by these challenges can you act your faith, bring out your strength, your intelligence and your capacity.

Take time to appreciate the handiwork of God. See your challenges as moments of opportunity to persevere and put pressure on your faith. Accept the challenges before you and defeat them. Bend if you need to but don’t breakdown. Trust Him to teach and guide you. Find peace and take His direction because life will always be filled with challenges. And remember that everyone has them. So help someone else and they will surely return the favor.

May “God, your God, restore everything you lost”. May He “have compassion on you”. May He “come back and pick up the pieces” of the past year and restore you back to favor again – Deuteronomy 30:3 (MSG).

Keep praying and keep prevailing. Your leap of faith will not be in vain! Things might seem to be shifting and going out of the ordinary but God is still your restorer. Pull yourself together, stay anchored to hope, do what you can and God will do what you can’t. God can and will restore everything you lost and even give you more than you ever had before!

In Him,
Ali Papa.

Be a BLESSING and not a BURDEN

Dear Someone,

As an adult, the worst feeling in life is the feeling of being a burden to your family. Such feelings don’t  start overnight but gradually. For some, such feelings are due to poor health and for others poor choices.

It helps to pause and ask, “who am I to my family – a burden or a blessing?”. When you refuse to recognize your mistakes and own up to it, you will become a failure in life and possibly a burden to your family. If you are an underage smoker, you will likely have cancer because of your addiction and thereby becoming a burden to your family. If you are a new mum and you are depressed, you will become a burden to your family or friends if you do not seek for help. If you fail to realize that Cinderella was a fairy tale, your marriage can easily become a silent hell for you and a burden to your family.

Life is not meant to be that way. You are not supposed to be a burden to your family and you shouldn’t. It doesn’t matter the circumstances of your birth, God has an expected end for you and so does your family.

Ruth 4:13-15 (CEV) says, “Boaz married Ruth, and the LORD blessed her with a son. 14 After his birth, the women said to Naomi: Praise the LORD! Today he has given you a grandson to take care of you. We pray that the boy will grow up to be famous everywhere in Israel. 15 He will make you happy and take care of you in your old age, because he is the son of your daughter-in-law. And she loves you more than seven sons of your own would love you”.

Stop blaming your circumstances. Stop wishing things were different. Stop wishing that someone else is your father. Stop wishing you are an American or the child of a billionaire. You are never disadvantaged in life. You were born a son and daughter of consolation. You are in this world for a purpose. Stop living a defeated life. Arise from that depression that your circumstances have kept you and let your light so shine for all to see. You were born to be a blessing and not a burden. Make up your mind to be a blessing and not a burden to the man or woman you are with. Be a blessing and not a burden in every relationship in your life and every arena of your life. You were redeemed and commissioned  to be a blessing and not a burden to this world.

Today, I pray that you will never be a burden to your family but a source of hope, happiness and inspiration. May your family and your household be restored to favour through you. In Jesus Name, Amen!

Be blessed,
Ali Papa.