how to predict your future

Don’t you just wish you could predict your future? Sometimes that future is a near future, other times, it’s a far future. For any of the two, wouldn’t it be handy if you could just tell what that future is?

Well, you can. I’m here to tell you, you, to a large extent (especially of the things within your control) already do. Want to know how? Keep reading. Continue reading

Personal WORD (SS3)

Recommended read-listening: No Longer Slaves

A few months ago I listened to one of the pastors of Bethel Church, Seth Dahl and he shared how he discovered he had a need to be or feel significant, of significance (I’m probably not quoting him verbatim, excuse me biko). What he said was like a seed planted in my heart. A few weeks after listening to him, it was also confirmed to me that I had a need for recognition. Although I am quite introvert-ish and tend to keep to myself, taking a while to let people into my life, I like to be spotlight-ed. #trueconfession

In and of itself, wanting to be recognised is not an issue unless I now start pursuing it so much so that I strive to get it from all the wrong sources. One of the things Seth spoke about was making sure his significance wasn’t from the number of likes or comments or re-tweets or re-shares or reposts of his online content – he LOVES social media, he says. Continue reading

Haggai Body

A couple of weeks ago, at the start of the Christmas break, I was reading the book of Haggai for my quiet time (devotional) that morning. At the time also, it had been on my mind to resume my daily exercises that I had stopped since last summer. Even though my BMI index is alright, I couldn’t say I was fit as my only exercise was climbing up and down the stairs at work and walking about while teaching and going to and from the toilet and my car! I think my body was now accustomed to these, it did nothing for my strength nor energy levels by the end of the day.

So while reading the chapters of that book, I read them through the lens of exercising – one of the ways we can take care of our bodies, the temples of GOD (1 Corinthians 6:15-20). And shared next are the things I ‘saw’ through those lens and almost verbatim what I wrote down in my journal. Continue reading

BeAware (SS1)

Nah, not beware! Although sometimes you should beware, but not every time. But for this post and some of the ones coming after it, I mean Be Aware. Be very aware! Not sure what I am talking about? Then you may need to go here and read my last (related) post to get some context, then come back to this.

In that post, I introduced you to how I was introduced to becoming more aware of my thoughts and feelings and knowing how best to deal with them. I promised to share some of my experiences in a series of posts and hopefully get you to become more self aware. By the way, SS means Self Surgery, in honour of the ‘leader’ of this post. Continue reading

The ALL GOD

Today’s post is a tad bit different – loads of Bible verses. Yesterday*, as I was reading my Bible I got a verse in Ezra – chapter 7:6. In the later half of the verse (what I would call verse 6b!), it says,

“…and the king (Artaxerxes) granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.” (parenthesis & emphasis mine)

And this is what I wrote in my study book: Continue reading

Hidden women of the Bible

Imagine a Bible quiz where you’re being asked to reel off the names of popular women in the Bible, either mentioned directly – like Sarah, Mary and Deborah, or indirectly – like Lot’s wife, the Shunamite woman and the woman with the issue of blood. With some years in church under your belt and some thinking, I’m sure you can come up with a much longer list under either sub-heading.

As I go through my One Year Bible reading plan, I have since come across women that were in a sense hidden because their accomplishments or stories do not get much air time in today’s church world. I’m sure there are many more whose stories are popular for only a season of their lives and not other seasons. An example is Bathsheba, also known as Uriah the Hittite’s wife, who committed adultery with King David but was also very instrumental in making sure Solomon became king in David’s stead before Dave passed on. Continue reading