Drowning

Are you in so deep that you don’t feel an escape?

Recently, I have noticed that many people are walking around with so many burdens but when faced with the opportunity, they pass this up and continue feeling like they are drowning. This drowning feeling is like a sensation where things just spiral out of your control, one thing happens and you pray to God asking him to have his way in that situation but then something else comes up. This next situation feels even bigger than the last one, but just as you think you’re getting past this, something else hits you and this time you feel winded. You feel as though you cannot get back up. You want to scream but because you are in too deep you feel as though no one will hear you.

You walk around with the heaviness, you are screaming from the inside just hoping that someone will hear your cry. Let me tell you that God can hear you. In that moment where you think you should give up because everything is happening all at once please be reminded that all things are working for your good. Just like it says in Romans 8:28 ‘’all things work together for the good of those that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose’’. Everything that is happening to you, is happening to make you stronger. All the struggles and challenges are set to make you tougher because when bad situations to do arise next time you will know how to handle it.
Looking at 2 Chronicles 15:7 ‘’but as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded’’. This scripture tells us to carry on fighting, we have to push through, this makes us stronger people. We can get knocked down so many times and stay down but what do we learn from that? Nothing. It is important to always find your way back up when you get knocked down so that you have a lesson to teach others and a lesson to learn from so that next time you get hit, you have learned something new about God. Each time you get back up, God has taught you something different about his character and each time you see God in a different light. Choose to get back up each time, adding strength.

Remember that when Jesus shows up for one person, he shows up for all of us. Keep pushing through because by you pushing, you are showing diligence and faith in God knowing that he will pull you out of this. This is the work that’ll get rewarded.

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

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Help

In this new season, are you struggling to ask for help?

With this week being so busy for me, one main lesson I have got from it is that people are open to help each other even if they don’t ask for help. Just by looking at someone they have managed to see that this person needs help. This is such a skill that I think the body of Christ need to tap into. We pass so many people that are crying out loud yet we are wrapped up in our own desires and paths that we miss it. That person that you pass each day, but you never say anything. You both just look at each other and never speak. People will not know about Christ if we don’t speak up and tell them.
Asking God for help is the first step to gaining what you need but the way you ask God should reflect how eager you are in receiving what you’ve asked for and if you are ready to receive what you’re asking for. I have been looking at the story of Job lately and will give a quick summary; Job was a man of God, who did everything according. He always sacrificed animals for his children when they had parties in case they had sinned without him knowing so that God could forgive them. One day God was with his angels and satan was there, God asked satan if he had tried testing his son Job knowing that Job could withstand anything thrown at him as long as he shouldn’t hurt his family.
Job’s three friends then came to visit him and when they saw him, they sat by his side and didn’t say a word. To have friends that will come and be with you in your time of need is rare but Job had his three friends come and just sit with him. They didn’t eat or speak and they mourned with him. This is another type of help, the silent help. When those around you that genuinely know you for who you really are can see that you need help but you haven’t voiced it to them. They come to you and just sit, they wait for you to tell them what is happening and they stick with you through it all. The same way that Jesus had his main three disciples, let me pose the question in your time of help, who is by your side?

Psalm 121:2 ‘’my help comes from The Lord, who made heaven and Earth’’. Breaking this scripture down; it tells us that our help should come from The Lord who created the Earth we are living in. However, our help can only come from The Lord when we ask him to help us. As it says in Job 5:8 ‘’as for me, I would seek God and inquire him, and I would commit my cause to God’’.  Let us learn from Job and seek God diligently so that we can commit our causes to him, this being us asking God to help us to help him.

Help will only come when you ask for it. Surround yourself with the correct people and you’ll find that what you have been asking God for was within your reach, you just never stepped out of your comfort zone to find it.

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

Not Fitting In

I wrote this post 2 years ago and felt that it was time people heard/read this again!

What does it require for me to fit in? Does it mean that I have to change who I am in order to conform to society’s ways? Will I have to go against everything that I believe in to make others happy?

Now, trust me, whether you like to admit it or not, we have ALL tried to fit in. Some way. Somehow. We have TRIED to fit in. But then suddenly, we all realised that ‘fitting’ in was just too much work and gave up. Trying to conform to the image that society has for you, comes with so many consequences. The media doesn’t help either: one month they want girls to be thin but when I make it thin, its changed to thick girls. Boy, the media changes their mind quicker than I change my socks.

So, what happens when I don’t fit in?

Bullying? Hatred? Anger? Loneliness?

Why do you let society and the media dictate who you are and who you can be?

For me, not fitting in didn’t become a problem that I faced until I came to university. You go from being a big fish in a small pond, to a small fish in a big pond and it seemed as though my pond had some chlorine or some pesticide in it. Because, when I tell you that I found it hard to make friends. I FOUND IT HARD TO MAKE FRIENDS.

I prayed that God will bring the correct people in my life when the time is right. I guess that previously, I had spent so much time claiming that I was a Christian but doing things totally against that. That God wanted me to spend time with him. GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD. God will make sure that your relationship with him is consistent before placing anyone else in your life. Once God felt I was focusing on him and spending more time with him, he placed people in my life. People that in a million years I didn’t think would accept me for who I am.

The way I see it is, God is an awesome God. Think. We all have the same characteristics: 2 eyes, 1 nose, 1 mouth and 2 ears. How do we all look so different? Genesis 1:27Therefore, God created mankind in his own image. As God created you to be the image he wants you to be. What authority do we have to change because we feel as though we are not fitting into society’s image of us? Is society greater to you than your creator?

I know this is cliche but prayer conquers all. Prayer changes things. You have to be consistent with God. God will not give you everything you desire straight away for you to just go on and forget about him. He will make sure that you receive your blessings but we are living in testing times. The enemy is out there. Everywhere. The things that you watch, are you watching them because you enjoy them or because you will feel left out if you don’t watch it? The music you listen to, would you play it in front of your parents? If not then, that’s an issue between you and God. Music has a spiritual notion to it. It influences you and the way you live. But only if you let it.

Does it really matter if you don’t fit in though?

Like, is there a rule book that I haven’t read where it clearly states that we must fit in?

Cheez, if anyone tries telling you that you don’t fit in then you need to distance yourself from these people.  Proverbs 27:17 An iron sharpens an iron, and one man sharpens another. In order for you to grow you need to surround yourself with people that will encourage and support you. Friends are supposed to help each other grow that means correcting us when we are wrong and helping us when we are down. Having a great circle of friends is vitally important when you want to grow. These friends are the ones that you can go two weeks without speaking to and when you call each other you’re speaking for a good good two hours. These friends accept you and all your mistakes. These friends become family. Yeah, that’s right. FRIENDS BECOME FAMILY. Allow yourself for God to change you so that you can find people like this. Without God and my closest friends, my toughest battles would have defeated me.

All this rubbish about doing abc to fit in, is not important. What matters is you. Focus on you. Focus on who God has called YOU to be. The rest will follow. Once you begin your walk with Christ, you realise all the things of the world do not matter to you. Yes, the world is an evil place. Once you are sucked into this, it is hard to come out the other side. But, just think how AWESOME God is and he has amazing plans for you to prosper and achieve all things through him.

Most importantly though, Matthew 6:13 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

SEEKING God before anything, means looking to God before man. Look to seek God and he shall reveal things to you.

FIRST- This means before anything or anyone. God should be your first port of call.

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

Not Fitting In

What does it require for me to fit in? Does it mean that I have to change who I am in order to conform to societies ways? Will I have to go against everything that I believe in to make others happy?

 

Now, trust me, whether you like to admit it or not, we have ALL tried to fit in. Some way. Somehow. We have TRIED to fit in. But then suddenly, we all realised that ‘fitting’ in was just too much work and gave up. Trying to conform to the image that society has for you, comes with so many consequences. The media doesn’t help either: one month they want girls to be thin but when I make it thin, its changed to thick girls. Boy, the media changes their mind quicker than I change my socks.

 

So, what happens when I don’t fit in? 

Bullying?

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Balance

Apologies for the LONG break guys, I was on holiday but I am back and have adjusted to the time and weather here. So, as many of us enter into a new season of work and university this week I will be releasing two posts on this new season that people are entering. The main scripture that I will be focusing on is Ecclesiastes 3:1 ‘’to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven’’.

This first post as you can see is named ‘balance’ it is hard to find a balance between everything that you are committed to especially if you are going into your final year of Uni or you are just starting work, trying to find a balance to  maintain everything will be tough. As much as you want to attend all the societies and maintain the life you had before work let’s be real you cannot. This is where you have to take time in reflecting about who you are as a person and what God is saying for your life at that given moment. It may be that God says that he needs you in all these places and he will grant you favour upon all man.

You need to consider yourself as a person and have great discipline, it may require you to wake up 30 minutes earlier and spend that time in prayer or having your morning devotion or for some people it will require them going to bed 30 minutes earlier so that they can have some quiet time before God. There are many different things that you can do to make sure that you are balancing everything to your capacity.
One thing I will say is that you should NEVER compare the activities another person does and look at yourself and think that you are not doing enough. Whatever it is God has asked you to do, stay committed to that very thing and God will reward you. You can easily get lost in the spirit of comparison, you see how others are living and you begin to compare yourself based on their lives but they are only showing you the surface level of themselves. The best thing to do is focus on yourself and continue to build on your relationship with God. If people begin to talk, then let them talk, at the end of the day you’re the only person that knows what God has told you and you need to receive and believe in what he has told you. Build yourself in the eyes of God and don’t look to man for verification.
Looking at the scripture Ecclesiastes 3:1 ‘’to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven’’. There is a season for everything, there are things that you did last month that you do not do now, a season means that there is a transition and it will require growth. You have to change and adjust to this new season, yes, it is uncomfortable but will cause you to release more who you are based on what God is telling you. There is a time for every purpose, this means that there will be new dynamics within this season that you’re in, but NEVER GET LOST IN A SEASON. What I mean by this is that often you can think of all the things you went through in a particular season and see how great it was and then get stuck asking God to do all those things he was doing for you back in that old season when God is telling you that he is doing a new thing, it is just up to you to believe and receive it.

Peace and love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

Feelings

Don’t have your relationship with God based on your feelings otherwise you’ll always be disappointed

This week I will be looking at one scripture in particular and basing it on the topic of feelings. Now, we all get in our feelings most probably once a day, whether it is with people or with God we cannot deny the fact that as humans we love to operate based on our feelings and this is what gets us in trouble. When you move based on your feelings, you can often feel lost or confused and this is because you have done something without consulting God and don’t know which direction to go in. You have moved because you felt as though it was the right move, you are now feeling like you should have waited and are stuck. Even though you went on your own accord, SUDDENLY God shines his light and gives you hope through the situation.

Looking at the scripture Romans 5:7-8 it says ‘’Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to willingly give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a good man [one who is noble and selfless and worthy] someone might even dare to die. But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’’ Breaking down this scripture it shows how we are not to base our relationship with God based on the way that we feel, we need to base our relationship with God from his word which is the truth.

Verse 7 talks about how someone willingly, on their own accord would even give up their life for someone else. Think about it, would you give up your life for someone? Let’s say, someone you love, you are both walking and someone pulls out a gun, would you jump in front of the gun for the person you love? Most of us would think twice and that time we take to think it’ll be too late. Now, as humans we have that mentality of every man for himself and would rather live than die. For it to be an extraordinary thing it is because this is not likely to us, it is one thing to give up your life for a good person. Someone that lives a quiet life, always does good and is a noble citizen.

Then, studying verse 8 ‘’but God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us’’. The love that God has for us, never changes. It does not shift based on how we feel towards him, the amount of times we have felt like God let us down or that God was not present within our lives do you think that stopped him from loving us? If anything, God loved us even more then. One way that God proves his love for us is by the fact that he sent his only son to die on the cross for us. Now, if that is not an extraordinary love then I don’t know what is. God didn’t wait until we got ourselves together or felt like we deserved it then sent his Son, the scripture is clear and it tells us that ‘’while we were STILL sinners, Christ died for us’’. When we are sinning, when we are thinking of going back to our old ways we have to remember and think of this scripture that regardless of what we were, Christ came to change that by dying on the cross for us.

If God moved based on his feelings, do you think you would be who you are today?

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18

Favour

Are you walking in the favour that God has given you?

As we are enjoying our summer break, I have come to realise that many of us go through a stage in our lives where we lack confidence of ourselves and our abilities. There are various reasons for this, maybe you’re not being fed enough or you are not staying connected through fellowship which leaves you feeling isolated but one thing to remember is that God’s grace has carried you this far and it is that same grace that’ll lead you on for the rest of your life.

Many of you are thinking of the next step in life whether that be a job, the goals you want to achieve academically next year, the changes you want to make to better yourself and these are very important but thinking about such things with the wrong mindset is very dangerous. You witness all those around you thriving. It seems like what you are praying for everyone else is achieving. You’re praying to God for a job, you’ve been praying for months and then someone that just prayed last night has already received a call back. Do not get discouraged in your prayers and time alone with God.

Looking at the scripture I will break it down Proverbs 3:4 ‘’so find favour and high esteem in the sight of God & man’’.

  • Find favour– God has given us grace which is the unmerited favour, but we need to source this out from God ourselves. Once we get to know more of God we will then begin to understand the level of grace that he has entitled us to. Knowing that God has given us more than we deserve should give us the confidence to carry out the purpose he has created us for.

 

  • High esteem– In order to find high esteem we must be happy within ourselves and the person that we are becoming. We have to continually ask God to mould us into the person that he has created us to be and to rid us from things that are taking us away from him. This is a bold statement to say to God so be ready to lose people as well as materialistic factors. Once we are of high esteem, we have an understanding of who we are and whose we are.

 

  • Sight of God– What we see and what God sees are two very different matters. We as humans see with our physical and natural eyes but God goes beyond us and sees the supernatural but it is our job to align with God so that we see the supernatural in the natural to bring about change.

 

  • Sight of man– God grants us favour with man but we need to believe this. It is clear in the scripture but instead of just talking and meditating on the word we need to start acting like we believe what God says about us.

Walk in the favour that God has given you and be ready for goodness and mercies shall follow you.  

Peace & Love

Natasha

Twitter: @NatashaK18