God wants to “give us a future and a hope (i.e. an expected end – KJV)”. Trying to make sense of this I noticed that NKJV/NLT equate KJV’s “expected end” with “a future and a hope”. But why, what could these mean? There is surely an end i.e. a future that God has planned for us, but God gives it to us through hope. The future and hope come hand in hand, like the fist to a glove. It is an end that we actively expect, a future that we hope towards. God gives this hope to us. He puts visions of the future He desires for us into our heart and wants us to hope, long and work towards it. This is…(continue reading).
2 Chr 33 tells the story of King Manasseh, son of faithful King Hezekiah (see previous post). So evil was he that he overturned pretty much all the good acts of his father, acts that resultantly brought Judah so much prosperity. It’s amazing how swiftly the people forgot the goodness of God when life was good and how similarly they lived like pagans in their disobedience to God. This happened time and time again in the Bible, and remains a valid warning for us today when we receive our heart’s desires. That they had an evil ruler also played its part. The real beauty in this story however, is how great Manasseh’s repentance was. (continue reading…)
The story of Jesus walking on the stormy seas has some great encouraging lessons. It’s another story of where God moved suddenly. One needs to study the story across Matt 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52 and John 6:15-21 to get the full picture. The context: on some particular evening, Jesus had just finished feeding 5,000 men with 5 loaves and 2 fish. Afterwards, the people were so amazed that they wanted to force Him to be king. Jesus made the disciples get in their boat and cross to the other side while He sent the multitude away. There are so many takeaways. (continue reading…)
The story of Naaman’s healing has some good lessons for us when the answer to our prayer comes in a form totally different from what we were expecting. Naaman, a gentile, heard about the possibility of getting healed from an Israelite slave girl. In Rom 10:17, faith, Paul said, comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Naaman heard about God’s goodness and this was the foundation of his faith. So expectant was he that he not only instantly went looking for his healing but also went with money in hand for thanksgiving. (…continue reading)
Tonight I just want to share two stories that encouraged me this week. 2020 has taken turns absolutely noone expected and it’s easy for one to question everything and wonder if anything in this life is worth holding on to. For me, I continue to find that God is the one factor that remains unchanged. But why? How? Story 1 – Prayer still works – Winning the “Oscars” (continue reading…)
Have you found yourself developing unhealthy eating habits since the stay-at-home if possible guidelines came into effect?
• Are you snacking more?
• Or maybe you find yourself consuming more junk food than you did before?
• Are you less active?
• Have you gained a few extra pounds?
You are not alone.
For many of us, our daily routines and habits have changed significantly. Now is a great opportunity to create new habits to benefit your health.
Nutrition and Hydration
• Plan your meals and focus on simple healthy meals that don’t need a lot of time and effort
• Try not to skip breakfast. A healthy breakfast will give you the energy you need to last until lunch
• Stay hydrated (swap fizzy drinks for filtered water or sparkling water with a slice of lemon)
• Try to keep healthy snacks readily available, such as a piece of fruit, some vegetables or nuts
• Regular physical activity releases endorphins which can help reduce stress and improve mood
• Try a daily brisk walk for at least 30 mins (walk part of your journey to work/home
• Take part of your lunch break outdoors (build in a quick walk)
• Find an activity you enjoy doing such as cycling or gardening – and build the activity into your day
• Try to walk shorter journeys instead of using the car/bus
• Making small changes to your routine by including small bursts of activity all add up and help you move more.
• Try to limit the amount of time you spend sitting each day
• Walk around the house while on phone calls if possible.
• Aim to always use the stairs instead of the lifts
• Try completing strength and balance exercises on at least two days per week (these work all the major muscles legs, back abdomen, chest shoulders and arms)
• Use resistance bands and/or weights to help strengthen your muscles; If you don’t have weights you can use bottles of water or cans of food
There isn’t a one size fits all. If you don’t feel you can do it alone, try asking your family or friends to join you (at the moment no more than 6 people keeping within current social distancing rules) as you create new lifestyle habits.
NHS Live Well offer lots of practical advice, receipts , tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.
In Luke 13:23-25, Jesus said there’s a striving that we need to do to make it to heaven, to enter the narrow gate. Many will find the gate but they will not be able to enter. Why? Perhaps because they stopped at faith. They hung around the gate like the people in Noah’s days and took for granted how much time they had. They got to the door and thought simply claim it and it’s yours will get them through but it doesn’t. They still lived in the world. The Bible says there is a daily striving work expected of Christ’s children. Daily dying to self, daily choosing not to conform to the desires/passions of this world, daily striving to do things that please God (…continue reading).
God who lifts man high also brings him down. In His word, God has given us the formula to unlock the windows of heaven and how to revel in His blessings. But He’s also always cautioned about the risk of forgetting the source of our blessings. To help whip us in line is partly why God uses silent/wilderness seasons to refine us like gold, to re-calibrate our focus to Him when we lose track or to prepare us for the next level of our walk with Him (e.g. Moses, Joseph, David, Paul, Jesus etc.). Psalms 1:1-3 has the “secret sauce” (…continue reading)
Life. The journey we are all on. Different paths leading each of us on varied experiences. We rise, we fall and hope to share our story to the benefit of someone else. Mine is a story of persistence. Persistence in hoping and trusting in God, believing I could achieve what others thought impossible. The first was believing I could get into a top global business school without the ideal GMAT score. I sat that 2011 Saturday in Church with the MBA dream still in its infancy and I heard a voice – ‘you will go for your MBA, free of charge’. Yes I did hear a voice. And so the journey began… (continue reading)
Trials, hardships, detours etc. are all part of God’s way of refining His children so that we can bring even more glory to His name. If we respond as we ought, we will receive the guaranteed blessings on the other side of our trials. If we don’t, we risk losing the blessing and/or extending the length of our trials, just like the Israelites and their 40-yr journey in the wilderness which should have taken less than a year. Specifically in Isaiah 48:10-11, it says that it is in the furnace of affliction that God tests and chooses His true children…(continue reading).