• “When They Go Low, We Go High”

    When Michelle Obama said that famous quote;  “when they go low, we go high”, she probably did not know the depth of the revelation she had tapped into. “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:9 Life’s situations and ups and downs affect the way we think about ourselves and our circumstances. Bumps and mishaps on the journey of life will make us think little of ourselves sometimes, thoughts of inadequacy, failure and helplessness.

  • Overcoming “Not Enough-ness”

    I sat around a table with yet another group of women who were confessing feelings of loneliness and shame. “I feel like I don’t belong anywhere.” “I see pictures on social media of people hanging out. Why aren’t they including me?” “When will I get over my teenage insecurities?” “Why are friendships with women so difficult?” “I was rejected again.” “I don’t feel good enough or capable enough to be used powerfully by God.” From my perspective, every woman around that table was strong, gifted, beautiful, well-liked, outgoing, creative, and generally wonderful. In fact, that happens to be true of most of the women I meet. So if all of…

  • An Open Letter To The Worried Girl

    Dear worried girl, I can honestly tell you i know what you are going through because not too long ago, i was exactly where you are right now. Waking up each day not exactly sure that things will be better than the day before. Like you, living from one day to the next was drudgery. I loved my job but i was not satisfied with it. I knew there was something more out there, but for some reason, i couldn’t manage to step out to experience it or get it. I was worried about my future too. I was so afraid of my life being average. regular. I knew i…

  • Protect Your Head…

    You won’t achieve all that you’ve been made to achieve if your head is continually assaulted by thoughts of inadequacy. God has great plans for everyone of his children and he desires that we know this, no matter what the physical,financial and emotional circumstances around us are. He wants us to know how deeply loved and valued we are because that knowledge produces in us, the ability to scale obstacles to be who we are meant to be. (Ephesians 3:16-19 ERV) Day and night, we are constantly assaulted by thoughts that lead to emotions that war against this knowledge. Voices in our head telling us God only loves us when…

  • The Freedom To Show Up Just The Way You Are…

    Over the years, we have beat people over the head with the pressure to change, to repent, to clean up their act and come to God.  A lot of them have been left traumatized and wounded by this pressure to change and clean up before coming because the more they try and fail, the more unworthy they feel.  But is that really the gospel? Check this out: Romans 1:17 (ERV) “The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself. God’s way of making people right begins and ends with faith. As the Scriptures say, “The one who is right with God by faith will live forever.” This completely…

  • We Need To Stop Trying To Win Arguments..

    News flash dear Christians; arguments about who is right and who is wrong has never brought anyone to Christ. It only makes us look unpleasant and the gospel unappealing. God is more interested in saving people’s souls and he wants everyone to come in genuine repentance and then do his will out of love and reverence. These days, it seems we have forgotten our primary assignment;  which is to “reconcile people back to God”.

  • Who Do I Become When I Hang Out With You?

    I never used to pay much attention before. But about a year ago, i had some friends and something happened that made me re-evaluate that friendship. it made me look inwards and take a hard critical look at myself. I discovered i was changing. I was morphing into a character my environment was creating. I was becoming influenced by the words i was hearing, the attitudes of those i was hanging out with and i had over time, put on a cloak of criticism and condemnation. I didn’t like it. so i stepped away. i kept my distance and started to learn how to let God clean me up and…

  • Copy With Care….

    “Remember your leaders. They taught God’s message to you. Remember how they lived and died, and copy their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 Don’t let all kinds of strange teachings lead you into the wrong way. Depend only on God’s grace for spiritual strength, not on rules about foods. Obeying those rules doesn’t help anyone.” Hebrews 13: 7-9 Copy their faith. That was the line that jumped out at me as I read the above passage. The writer of Hebrews was writing to Christians at a time when all sorts of teachings and ideas were prevalent. Christianity had been diluted with all sorts of ideologies and belief…

  • Big Potato or Small Potato?

    Potatoes come in different sizes, and sorting them could take several hours resulting in lots of work for farmers during harvest season, however, I read about a certain farmer who used a different approach. After harvesting the potatoes, the farmer would simply load them all on a truck and then take the roughest road to the market. Due to the bad state of the road, it was filled with lots of bumps, holes, and the entire journey itself wasn’t a pleasant one. Something however took place during that process. The small potatoes would fall to the bottom of the truck, while the big ones would rise to the top. No…

  • Fighting The Distortions – By Chude Jideonwo‏ (@Chude )

    There are many bible characters I don’t much like. If I had lived in their time, I wouldn’t sit down and have a drink with them. I would respect them, possibly even admire them. But I wouldn’t be friends with them. Like Isaiah, or Jeremiah; too angry, too bi-polar. Still conflicted about the Apostle Paul. The book of Romans is a seminal work on human frailty, but much of the rest is lacking in empathy. But Jesus. My God, Jesus!  It’s why it’s so important to me to fight back the distortions of his nature by fundamentalists. And it’s all there, in the Bible. In the words the gospels report.…

  • For The ‘Openly Christian’ On Social Media

    At every point we need to check WHY we really do the things we do. And i’m not talking about the bad stuff. I’m talking about the great stuff. The inspiring stuff, the the kind stuff, the stuff that blesses people. They look good. They get us applause. They get us noticed. The feedback is awesome. We may have even gotten awards. Its time to check if we have become so enamored of those amazing feedback that we do all we do just because we expect the feedback? Do we now love the fact that people tell us what a blessing we are that we now do more just so…

  • He Gives Us So We Can Give It…

    Whatever he gives us, we do not keep for ourselves. Just as he has blessed us so we can be a blessing to others, he has comforted us so we can comfort others in trouble. He has shown us love so we can love others. He has been merciful with us so we can show others mercy. He has been gracious to us so we can give grace to others. He wants us to treat others how he treats us. Whatever he gives you, pay it forward.

  • Mistakes And Miracles…..

    Mistakes they say, is all part of being human. As long as we remain alive on this earth, we will do some things in error, say some things in error, make erroneous judgement and decisions sometimes and it’s all part of the imperfect human experience. There are times your mistakes threaten to overwhelm you. You feel you’ve done that one thing and there’s no coming back. you’ve blown it this time and there’s no fixing it. You’re wrong.  Humans make mistakes, God does not.

  • Close The Door And Move On…

    Everyone has a past. Some more sordid than others. No matter how morally squeaky clean you are, you are not without sin. But what happens when the guilt of our sins overwhelm us so much that it’s a constant deterrent against our happiness and ability to live free? What happens when we are constantly being reminded of what we did and how we lived by people around us and even our own minds? What do we do when we can’t enjoy anything because we are constantly trying to make up and apologize for who we used to be? What happens when we feel we have no right to good things…

  • Let The Shepherd Lead…

    The Lord is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need.[a] 2 He gives me green pastures to lie in. He leads me by calm pools of water. 3 He restores my strength. He leads me on right paths[b] to show that he is good. Psalm 23:1-3 (ERV) “The Lord is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need”.  It’s a confident statement of assurance. The shepherd as a metaphor for God here is quite descriptive of how God pays particular attention to our individual needs. He loves and cares and protects and ensures that we are properly nourished. He is called the good shepherd. In this world of constant chaos, it’s a…