Hey hey hey!
Happy new month efamily.
Here’s what God says about the month of September- Isaiah 55: 1-13 (NIV)
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.”
6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.”
Verse 12 stood out for me. I will leave with Joy and be led in peace. Isn’t that great? I will write about how God’s peace leads us soon, when I get a deeper understanding of it.
Here are my lessons learned this week (and last week):
- Don’t put your hope in a bank, they can disappoint: People of God, do you agree with me that most banks in Nigeria need to learn Customer Service? There is a particular bank I always pray before I step in- because they specialize in annoying people. Before it starts to seem like I’m complaining, my lesson earlier this week was that I can’t put hope in banks. Haha, I remember asking a Customer Care attendant this week- ‘Are we fighting?’ because the way she was speaking to me ehn…like I had flogged her in her dream the previous night. Anyway, try to make plan B whenever you have to do things in the bank.
2. Love isn’t really a feeling, but a decision: This week, I spent time meditating on 1 Corinthians 13. I put my name wherever I saw ‘Love’. One that stood out for me was- ‘Love keeps no records of wrong’. Bolaji keeps no records of wrong. It’s not easy to forgive and FORGET, but if we claim to love like Jesus, we should pray for grace to blot out transgressions- the way God blots out ours. The love walk isn’t easy, especially if it’s one you’re battling with for those closest to you. That’s why 1 Corinthians 13 comes handy. The Bible always has a word for everything.
3. God hears and answers prayers: I remember seeing someone’s post on Facebook, he said things aren’t changed through prayers, but through teaching. I don’t know where he got that and with the comments, I was sad for people. I would still write a post on following these ‘Social Media Men of God and Business gurus’. If you don’t read the Bible for yourself and accept everything a ‘role-model’ says, you’d only harm yourself. I agree that teaching changes things, but you can’t tell me that prayers don’t work. I had been asking God for a prayer partner for a while. I want to be more disciplined with my prayer life and wanted someone I could constantly pray with. A day after I said that prayer (in my heart) again, a friend from a group messaged me and shared how someone had asked her to ask me if I could be her prayer partner. Haha. I smiled because I didn’t have to beg or hustle for her attention, I prayed and God heard and answered. I love how He answers the simplest things, even those we don’t say out loud.
4. People disappear when it’s time to pay debt: I learned this one last week. LOL. If I tell this story ehn, it will not finish till 2025. People can swear and lick sand to show that they will pay you your money back- if you borrow them. But when you do, they forget your number and refuse to pick calls. Pastor Sam always says everyone should try not to owe- but that if you do, don’t become a ghost after that. Let the person you owe know what’s up and give a tentative date that you will able to pay- shikena!
These are my lessons this week. What are yours?
I believe that if we truly take out time to BE PRESENT, we would learn from any and everything. There’s a lesson learned everyday- if only we take out time to notice.
I’m thankful for my daily lessons. Some of them might not be nice, but they’re lessons all the same.
What have you learned this week? Remember to share!
P.S: Wednesday Posts should resume this month. By God’s grace. I hope you like social development like me?
This post was ready by 4am on Friday. Somehow, data & a host of other things got in it’s way. I apologize.
Something interesting is going to happen with this book this month…