BAFFLED & PERPLEXED

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I had a dream. Not the kind that Martin Luther King had, but I had a dream nonetheless. I’ve had dreams before but this one was quite baffling and perplexing.

One of the highlights was “catching” my cute next door neighbour stealing my mop and mop bucket and us having a small tiff  with him which then morphed into me squealing in delight upon seeing my long lost lady friend from my university days. How are the two connected? Well, I am asking myself the very same question. 🙂

The dream wasn’t done with me yet. Next scene featured yours truly, behind the wheel of a fancy car whose make I couldn’t quite tell. Driving is a skill I am yet to acquire but which I seemed to engage in effortlessly. This part of the dream still elicits a smile as it seems to be prodding me on what I should tackle next on my 33 challenges before turning 33 list. Can’t wait.

Next scene overwhelmed me and I guess it marked the end of my dream coz I woke up soon after and I could vividly remember the details. I was running late for something that I had never done before and one which would truly test my limits physically. In the dream, I was really, extremely late and I could not find my sling bag, the keys to the door or my shoes. However my determination to attend the event kept me going and then…I woke up!

I am truly perplexed by the contents of my dreams. Sijui niseme? The”perplexion/perplexity” continues.

Have you had any stranger than fiction dreams lately? Yes? Do jot them down and stash the note someplace and when the world seems like one giant webbed conundrum, retrieve the note(s) and have a laugh at the crazy things your mind has conjured up in the past.

Take a deep breath and remember…

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Take a breather.

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The fast paced, relentless duties of life often cause us to say with a sigh, ” I need a breather.” Medical researchers have discovered that for virtually every person who does any type of work, performance level improves when a person breathes properly.

Good breathing is defined as being regular, deep, and slow. It supplies oxygen to the blood stream, which is vital for the functioning of all bodily organs, especially the heart and brain.

The scriptures tell us that God breathes His life into us physically and spiritually. Jesus breathed upon His disciples to impart the Holy Spirit to them. (John 20:22). The early church experienced the Holy Spirit as a rushing mighty wind-a manifestation of the breath of God (Acts 2:1-2).

Today an  of God working in our personal lives is often experienced as a “breathe of fresh air”, one that cleanses and revives us in every part of our being. We need a “breather” in the Lord’s presence so that He can even out the rhythm of our lives. Our spirits will be deeply refreshed and renewed.

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Pause to receive from the Lord, and see if you don’t find yourself slowing down and releasing the tensions of fear, frustration, and futility. You will be able to think more clearly, God’s love will flow more freely, and creative ideas will begin to fill your mind. Inhale deeply of His goodness, strength and love.

 

Worry Wednesday!!

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Do you ever worry if you made the right decision yesterday or will do the wrong thing tonight or what tomorrow holds? One woman decided to set aside one day each week to worry. As difficult situations occurred, she would write them down and put them in her worry box. Then, on “Worry Wednesday” she would read them. To her amazement, most of the things had already worked out.

American poet Ellen M. Huntington Gates described God’s perfect rest for those with weary hearts in her poem “Sleep Sweet.”

Sleep sweet within this quiet room,

O thou, whoe’er thou art,

And let no mournful yesterdays

Disturb thy peaceful heart.

Nor let tomorrow mar thy rest

With dreams of coming ill:

Thy Maker is thy changeless friend,

His love surrounds thee still.

Forget thyself and all the world,

Put out each garish light:

The stars are shining overhead

Sleep sweet! Good night! Good night!

As a child of God, you can rest in the knowledge that you are surrounded by a loving Father who cares for you. The same Creator who placed each star in the sky, is watching over you.

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God whispers…

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We rush through our days like Olympic athletes pushing their bodies- and minds and spirits-to the limit. We pack 30 hours into 24 hour schedules, and usually our to-do lists exceed our ability to accomplish everything. Juggling work, family, community, church , and other commitments can often be so frustrating that the simple pleasures and the joy of living get lost in the shuffle.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Taking time for quiet moments with God is more than a pause that refreshes. It can be a lifeline for survival.

Throughout Scripture, God encourages His children to draw near Him, to come and experience His love and grace, to take shelter in His arms, to seek Him, to know Him, to trust in Him. His loving invitation to enter into His presence knows no boundaries of time or space or schedule or place. Believers throughout history have found joy and peace in His presence. Wherever you are, no matter what time of day, you can spend devotional moments with God.

Quiet time spent in prayer and reflection can be the most important part of your day. Whether you are a morning person or a night owl, a mother or an executive, a senior or a teen, you can meet with God and be refreshed by His presence and renewed by His tender love.

A quiet moment with God is the best part of the day.

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