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No Strings Attached

Closed doors are but for a reason and God knows why.

Closed doors are but for a reason and God knows why.

Sometimes when I needed something from my mom as a kid, I will go the extra mile in doing anything that pleased her especially with house6 chores. I knew what she expected of me, sometimes I fell short but on days when I needed something from her, oh boy! I made a conscious effort of being the world’s second best daughter to woo her to give me that which I wanted. Now when I get whatever I want… (I believe you have a better version of how this story goes).

This is how we get sometimes in our walk with God. I am trusting God for one blessing. If then, why don’t I get involved in doing the things He loves, get very busy serving and by so doing I may catch His attention and He will grant me the desires of my heart. I’m sorry but it appears most of us find ourselves in church because of the blessings we can get from Him. But God can’t be manipulated by our so called service.  

If our sole idea of sweeping church, ushering, or singing is centered on the blessings we can get from doing it, so that we do not wholly love God for who He is and not what we can get from Him, we miss the mark.

Maybe we should take a minute to check ourselves again. Should God deny me this one thing I earnestly desire, will I still pursue Him? Will I still sing even when I am not given awards on big platforms? Will they find me in church after I have sung in the choir my whole life yet no one wants to marry me?

When we grow in loving God, earthly desires will mean nothing to us anymore. If we genuinely delight ourselves in God, the rest will fall in place.
What is left for us to do now is to nurture our love to increase for God wholly with no strings attached.

Job, by all standards loved God, that even in his brokenness and nothingness he still did not curse God. He loved God and nothing could come between him and his love for God.
Not his children, his spouse, his health, his friends, his possession, his oxen or whatever could separate him from the love of God. His love for God compelled Him to trust Him that regardless the turmoil he was surrounded with on every side, he still won’t give up on God.

God already knows our hearts and what our reason for seeking Him is. He knows what’s best for us and knows the perfect timing when we can have it. He wants us to be true and genuine and not limit our service to Him by what He can give us. It’s a privilege we actually have to be in love with God cus the truth is, He could have chosen anyone else but He chose you to be in love with.

As we grow in our Christian walk, I pray the love of God consumes us and compel us to trust Him to grant our heart desires in His perfect time. I’ll spare you the sermon on why He shuts certain doors in our faces for today but know this, He loves you and knows what’s best for you.  

May God bring us to a place where we can testify like Job, that “though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…”  

We got to learn to love God, nothing beats knowing Him and falling in love with Him. God bless you!

Signed: Jackie Hanson
The Khayil Woman  

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Faith Over Desperation

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I gave my valued fabric to a tailor to fix for me. I got there on the day he promised me to pick them up and to my utter dismay he had messed them up completely. He manhandled them and didn’t do them the way I wanted. It was totally beyond repair and I got so angry at him, as if he cared… I paid for the mess.  
But why did I give them to him? I got  desperate waiting for my seamstress who never seemed to be on time though she had promised. Now I’m sitting here with no dress to wear to the event and oh my dear fabric is destroyed beyond alteration. If I had being still and waited patiently for my seamstress to come, I won’t be sitting here disappointed and bitter like a lost chicken. You know that feeling when a tailor messes you up?

So you promised God to honour Him with your body and soul in purity. You think you are growing, your mates are marrying and you don‘t even have a boyfriend. You are desperate and questioning God and praying and crying but God seems silent as though He hasn’t heard or seen what’s going on.  
You get tired of waiting and give up. You meet this guy, he have his way with you and leaves you broken without a ring. What now?

This is how we become when waiting on God. When we wait on God for quite a long time and we don’t see its fruits, it’s normal we get desperate along the way. But God is not moved by desperation. He’s moved by faith.

Sometimes in desperation we make deadly decisions only for us to learn a lesson of trusting in Him. Sometimes God keeps silent in our desperation to teach us to trust in Him because they that trust in the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall run and not get weary and they shall walk and not faint”

God is saying, next time when I ask you to wait you learn to trust and wait. God denies us some things because what may seem good to us, in the end, won’t be good for us. Let’s learn to thank God for closed doors, anyway.
If you have decided to honour God and flee sexual immorality, chill and go through the process. No one promised the journey will be smooth and getting desperate sometimes is one of the few challenges you would face but if you are able to hold on to faith in God, your end will be glorious.

In waiting our strength is renewed, our faith is nurtured, God takes us through the heat of refining and making process but the heat doesn’t burn us. Instead, they produce us much better and beautiful.

You have come too far to give in to someone who doesn’t even know his left from right to manhandle and leave you broken and helpless. If you get desperate, tired of waiting and fall into the hands of someone God didn’t intend you to be with, don’t trust Him to keep it together. It will fall on the rocks!

Look back on how far you’ve come on pursuing purity, focus on the prize and continue honouring God. It may not seem tangible noe but God saves the best for those who trust and obey. The weeping, loneliness may endure for the night but joy shall come in the morning. Hang in there! Hold onto faith! Your best is yet to come! Just believe…!

Signed: Jackie Hanson
The Khayil Woman

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Greatest Gift

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All those times I spent partaking in almost all the programs acting like the most spiritual person on earth were moments of my life I lived to please my mother. Yes because, I can never recall a time when I wouldn’t go to church and be home for no reason. I dared not miss or even be late for Sunday school. She will yell at me and give me a beating of a lifetime. She was a staunch Christian and a single mother who tried to inculcate in my little brother and I the fear of God. Yet, it always beat her mind why I would win the memory verse recitals competition and come back home that same day and tell a lie and commit other sins. What she didn’t know was that, the messages fell on deaf ears and the joy of going to Sunday school was to catch up with my friends.

I later grow up to realize that, all she did for me at that time was trying to give me a citadel of hope to rely on someday when she isn’t around.The best possession she could leave for me was to accept the hand of friendship Jesus Christ extends. Today is exactly nine (9) years after her demise and I now fathom that all the beatings were worth.

Now I understand what it means when people cry their hearts out and roll on the floor during worship. I understand when someone expresses how bad he/she desires to know the Lord and can’t have enough of Him. I get it when someone says they have been baptized by the Holy Spirit and are inspired by Him to will and do His will. I so much understand when someone says they are pursuing holiness and won’t make anything come between that. I get it when they say they got their eyes fixed on an eternal reward in Heaven. I relate to it perfectly. I admit i was only a church goer at the time but today, i can confidently say that I’ve been saved by grace and the logs from my eyes have been removed.

So you! You might have a similar story, better or worse. There’s still the opportunity to get to know Jesus Christ and build a personal relationship with Him. Not all the people who are in church all the time profess the faith. Just like everyone you see at the market goes to buy or sell. Nothing compares to knowing Him and possibly feeling Him so close like the garment we wear.

I wish I could have another phase of getting trained up again by her and to appreciate her better. I couldn’t have had a better mom. Everyone is proud of their mama for different reasons. I am proud of my mama for leading me to Christ and she deserves a standing ovation!

Mother, if you aren’t leading your baby to Christ, see Proverbs 22:6 “Train up the child the way he should go and when he grows he shall not depart from it”.

Ps: If your mother is still alive, savour every moment.

Why are you proud of your mama?

Signed: Jackie Hanson
The Khayil Woman

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Mediocrity Is Unacceptable!

God really wants us to have the real best things in life and not mediocre. May He grant us the spirit of endurance and patience to wait patiently for His next move in our lives. Don't settle for mediocre.

God really wants us to have the real best things in life and not mediocre. May He grant us the spirit of endurance and patience to wait patiently for His next move in our lives. Don’t settle for mediocre.

Often times when we settle for less, it can be said that we lack the patience to wait on God to give us what He has for us. Jesus assured us in 3 John 2:1 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
Clearly, from the scripture above, God desires that we have the best things on earth.
Mediocrity is unacceptable in the pursuit of excellence and as children of the light, let us consciously reject to live in mediocrity and also apply it in our service to  God.
When it looks like God is tarrying in providing what we pray from Him, may we never grow weary. May He give us the spirit of endurance and patience to wait patiently on Him for the next shift in our lives. Mediocrity is below the score. Don’t settle! The best is yet to come!

Signed: Jackie Hanson
The Khayil Woman
God’s Cover Girl

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