An’Arresting’ Quote

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can.
-Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

That hits the spot for me… wholesome food for thought

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Soulful Saturday: Prayer & Righteousness

What does it actually take to make prayer work?

James 5:16b – The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man avails much.

First, lets look at what it means to be righteous. Its simple really > to so what is right.  Ofcourse, someone might say what’s right is relative.  But I believe its absolute. Like truth.

Next, what caught my attention was the word fervent, which refers to having or displaying a passionate intensity and also great warmth, intensity of spirit, feeling or enthusiasm. Also great emotion and zeal.

Finally – Effectual.  Now many people quote the above scripture but very few highlight this word. They speak on righteousness and fervency but not effectual.  And I believe its a vital component to this equation. So, what does it mean then?
Obviously it has something to do with being effective.  Its an adjective used here to describe prayer. In particular, the prayer of a righteous person. The best way I find to describe it is producing or able to produce a desired effect.

Now, lets put it all together. For prayer to work according to James 5:16b, it has to have the following components:
》It must be able to produce the desired effect, thereby answering its purpose. We cant just pray into the wind in the hope that something favourable might happen. No. This verse says our prayer ought to have clarity and purpose.
》It must be a passionate and intense endeavour.  No half-hearted attempts here again. Something that denotes purpose.
》Finally, it must be utilised by a righteous individual/s. Those who are doing it right.

Doing what is right helps you get to the ear of God, and He is so attentive to your cry. Ready to put in effect what you’ve requested.

Psalm 34:15 – The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their cry.

Let’s put it this way…
The person who does what is right may pray with intense passion and it will produce the desired effect.

Works for me! Hoping you put it into practice so it works for you too… 😀

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Free To Be Me

I know who I am.
It took me a while to figure it out. To understand and accept myself as well as who God has called me to be.

It is absolutely amazing to be able to say that. And its made me so passionate about the whole concept and truth surrounding identity. I want everyone to know who they are. To make the same breathtaking discovery that I have.

Yet, I admit, the process of having sought and found who I am has made me grateful for the knowing. I just wish I could help everybody find themselves.

Mainly because I have witnessed so many young people and women lost to themselves and struggling to live a pretend life while trying to convince themselves they are happy.
It breaks my heart.

I find great inspiration in music and lyrics and I would like to share this song with you… it makes my liver sing to know I have the fredom to be all God has intended me to be.

Free To Be Me by Francesca Battistelli
from the album My Paper Heart

At twenty years of age
I’m still looking for a dream
A war is already waged for my destiny
But You’ve already won the battle
And You’ve got great plans for me
Though I can’t always see

I got a couple dents in my fender
Got a couple rips in my jeans
Try to put the pieces together
But perfection is my enemy
And on my own I’m so clumsy
But on Your shoulders I can see
I’m free to be me

When I was just a girl
I thought I had it figured out
See my life will turn out right
And I’ll make it here somehow
But things don’t always come that easy
And sometimes I would doubt, ’cause…
I got a couple dents in my fender
Got a couple rips in my jeans
Try to put the pieces together
But perfection is my enemy
And on my own I’m so clumsy
But on Your shoulders I can see
I’m free to be me

Sometimes I believe
That I can do anything
Yet other times I think
I’ve got nothing good to bring
But You look at my heart and tell me
That I’ve got all You seek
And it’s easy to believe, even though…

I got a couple dents in my fender
Got a couple rips in my jeans
Try to put the pieces together
But perfection is my enemy
And on my own I’m so clumsy
But on Your shoulders I can see
I’m free to be me

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Thankful Thursday: Inspiration & Encouragement

I found this post  by a fellow “inspirational” and was pleasantly surprised.

Its called The Road to Love by Full of Roses Inspirationals and the way its written makes me feel as though the writer has taken a peek into my heart, seen some of the painful experiences there. Then they followed a link to my mind where questions and thoughts continue to buzz around each other like birds, butterflies and beez courting with pollen-laden flowers.

It reminds me to be grateful that somebody gets it. That I’m not alone in the kind of things I’ve experienced. That, contrary to what some people have said, I am not being selfish or self-absorbed in recognising God’s love as the first and the last in the matter.

I love Him because He loved me first.  I love others because its what His love for me has taught me to do. And in all this loving and hurting and rejecting I have learnt that its ok not to be loved exactly the same in return. Love rewards itself.

I am thankful that God uses people for people and in this case that He uses them and their experiences to encourage and inspire me daily.

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What’s the deal with soul mates?

Is it just me or is there a lot of hype around finding your soul mate and marrying them?

I think the definition of this term is quite tricky. So many believe its about romance.
Not me.

I once found a quote I believe adequately addresses the matter. It says… What is a friend? One soul in two bodies.
That made complete sense to me. I am privileged enough to have found my soul mate something like 16 years ago. What’s more is its a male and I am married, but not to him.

What sparked this particular post is a question I came across on Facebook asking whether or not soul mates are a biblical concept.

My initial response was no. Simply because I don’t recall ever coming across a scripture discussing soul mates as such.
My next thought was that most of the people who were commenting were under the impression it had to do with who you marry or are meant to marry.  This lead to some interesting answers. As well as my conclusion that there is a need for a proper definition if an adequate answer is to be given.

So I pondered for a little while…
If being a soul mate had nothing to do with being a predestined spouse, what exactly could I call it?

My answer: someone who is more than a friend. Closer and more connected. No. Not your bff.

Almost immediately after I came to that conclusion I found an answer to the original question posed…

Proverbs 18 : 24b – There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother…

Sounds like a soul mate to me… whats more is, it is possible to have more than one.

What do you think?

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We Are All Snowflakes

All of us are connected in some or other way.

Whether by close or very distant bloodline is not for this post right now.

We are all connected in that everything we do has a effect on something or somebody else.

The awesome thing for me about this is the extent of that effect. What I am doing right now is affecting billions of created things. It could be in both good or bad ways… and I believe if we knew exactly how we affected others it would change the way we do things drastically. We might be more compassionate or less lenient.
We might make the time to play with our toddlers before they grow up forever.
We might dance without music or fight the urge for a fourth scoop of Rocky Road ice cream.

Imagine the changes that would bring to the way we interact with each other. 

There’d be no litter and no poverty and no global warming.

Closer to home…. I think we’d b so much kinder.

(Unless you’re just plain ole nasty. In which case..  do let me know if you need help with that 😀 love still changes  things.)

We’re all snowflakes.  Made of the same thing but unique in awesome ways.

I love that ♥

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My Dream Space (One of them)

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I found this picture on a link posted by one of my Facebook friends. It showed numerous ways of utilising small spaces, mostly bedrooms.

I love this idea and I pray I get the opportunity to incorporate this into my future living space.

One problem… its too small! How will I get all my books in there?
However, I came up with an awesome solution: more than one book nook.
Oh yeah, that’s what I’ll call them.

It’s going to be epic!

Thank God my man can build it for me.

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Soulful Saturday: Grace

One of the things I am most thankful for on a daily basis is God’s grace. It overwhelms me.
No one can tell me better than me exactly how much I’ve done that makes me completely unworthy of it all. And still, God graces me with life and opportunity and liberty. Every single day.

God’s underserved grace is unfathomable. 
I was reminded today of the ever famous hymn, Amazing Grace. John Newton got it totally right I believe.

“When we’ve been there
ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing
God’s praise, Than when we first begun.”

There will never be enough time to give thanks for God’s awesome grace. It’s beyond reason and logic. That someone could accept me for me, faults and all, without requiring any sort of payment first? Wow! That’s mind blowing.

It will never make sense to my puny human brain but I am beyond grateful that God did what He did and still does it for me day by day, hour by hour, minute by blessed minute.

It gives me hope.
Hope to face each day no matter what pain it may bring.
Hope that assures me, God has it all under control.

He that lives in hope dances
without music. – George Herbert

I urge you. No matter what you are facing right now, God can be trusted. His love and grace is for you. The same way it is for me.

Let it bring forth hope in you.
Come and dance with me 😀

(This is my first Soulful Saturday post. Every week you can check back for an instalment. All other posts will be available on my Soulful Saturday page. I welcome your interaction 🙂 )

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A Day for Men

All my life I have head men complain about women’s day.

Always the same story, that we get a day (or month) to ourselves.

It seems a bit whiny to me. To hear men complain that they don’t get a day honouring them and all that…

Well… I’ve discovered something for all those complaining souls out there. 

November 19th is INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY!

My source for this day and more: National Awareness Days
I know we have much to be grateful for when it comes to men. Glad that there is something that commemorates the famous greats and, to me, the not so famous ones too.
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