In the Meantime..

Jeremiah 29 vs. 11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

Oh how I love that verse. In earlier days after finding Christ, anytime I didn’t get what I wanted from God, when I wanted it,  I would use this verse to encourage myself that it will come just how I want it because as the verse said “….plans to prosper you….” I would read that and be encouraged after all, what I wanted was all that mattered (now I can’t believe I had that mindset). For a couple of days or even weeks, I would be the ‘most righteous’ Christian chick out there, singing and praising like no man’s business, with the belief that ok, now very soon the thing I wanted so bad will come through after all …”plans to prosper me”. Whatever I wanted at the time in my mind was just the thing to make me prosper. Days, weeks, even months will go by with me keeping the ‘faith’, but I still didn’t get what I wanted. So I will go and read that verse one more time, then couple it with what Jesus said, if   we humans give the best to our children how much more the Father? You know the verse….Mathew 7:10  “if you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him”. Putting those two passages together, I will be encouraged to push on a little further.

In the end, sometimes I will get what I want, sometimes I won’t. When I don’t, get whatever it is I thought would make me prosper I will sulk and not pray for days, but just like the prodigal son (well daughter in this case), I will find my way back to Him. Why? Because another need has presented itself- you know we humans are constantly in want of one thing or the other. In times like this I tend to forget all the good things He has already done, the fact that I’m alive, healthy, have a job, a roof over my head, a family, can walk, see, hear, taste, smell and other numerous blessings often taken for granted.

Sometimes we forget to praise Him ANYWAY, in the midst of whatever we are going through or whatever it is we want and haven’t yet received. The story of Job is a very popular one; it tells us how a man though stricken with all kinds of adversity, unwarranted for that matter stuck strong to his faith, refusing to curse God regardless of what He is going through. I’m quite sure that any of us going through adversity will not actually ‘curse’ God but I’m certain that we will, just like I used to do…push Him to the curb or just sulk till we get over whatever it is we are trying to get over, then we are back again wanting more, – a never ending cycle of  Job’s response to his wife’s demand that he curse God and die in Job 2: 10 was that if we rejoice with God in the good then why we can’t do it in the bad. Being a wonderful Father, He knows what is best for us, Jeremiah 29vs11 says He knows the plans He has for us, not the plans we have for ourselves, but the promise is we shall prosper and have hope for the future. I’m also reminded of Hannah who stayed steadfast and kept the faith year after year of not getting what she wanted- a child.

 The ‘big’ question is how do we conduct ourselves in the meantime? Before we come to our ‘promised land’ how do we act? Do we act flaky like the people of Israel before they entered the Promised Land, letting every wind of adversity sway us to the left or right, or do we stand firm like Job and Hannah? Knowing that HE is the I AM that I AM, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and Omega, the ever knowing God who commanded the universe be formed with just spoken word. Job had everything but God took it away and despite pressure from friends and family he stood firm and steadfast believing in the Lord his God. Hannah didn’t have that child yet but she trusted in God with the knowledge that someday her prayer would be answered,

Ok yes , we haven’t gotten that job, that husband, that contract, that promotion, that house, that child, or whatever it is that you are waiting for or going through…..God sees and HE knows, just as He told Jeremiah in 1:5,“before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…….” your plan and His plan just might not be the same or it isn’t time for the plan to come to pass. The challenge is for us to be steadfast and hold on seeking, praising and thanking Him wholeheartedly while we are in our meantime.




Christianty VS. Religion

“Whenyou cant hear his voice please trust His plan”….I love this line from the Smokie Norful classic. It reminds me of the story of Job. Once in a while I like to refer back to the book of Job cos it teaches or reminds me to be grateful and trust in God.

In reponse to critism by his friends,  Job in  8:7  said  “Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be”  and he was right because in Job 42:12 we are told that “…the Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life better that the former part ” We will still struggle and slip up from time to time in our walk with Christ. This trust things is sometimes hard to get all at once, after all that what makes us human.

 I’m in not where I want to be with trusting Him to bring me out of whatever Im facing but I am far better than where I came from. Sometimes as Christians we become weary but we esp. women have to learn to encourage and not tear down each other during our struggles. Let’s not get so religious that we forget to practise Christianity.

My prayer is that we encourage one another to “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”–Romans 12:12

Outstanding Performance!


John 3:27 “To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven” “

My baby brother’s favorite saying is “know your role”. It’s just a saying to him but it got me thinking. We all have different roles to play in this existence called life. Sometimes we love our roles, sometimes we dont! Therefore, instead of playing our role, we spend a majority of our lives trying to play or wish we had the role of another.

Finding contentment and happiness is a journey in life. This journey can be so beautiful and enjoyable if only we choose to have an outstanding performance in any role we find ourselves. The biggest mistake is trying to be someone else when God has made each of us a unique creature made out of His own image and likeness.

Now let me put in a disclaimer here, this is in no way meant to support mediocrity or laziness but encouragement that in any role you find yourself, you should always be the best there is at it. Now that’s what I understand to be purposeful living. With this mindset,  you will not spend your life looking for that ‘thing’  that will provide happiness for you. Happiness come from within.

John the Baptist came to make a path for our Savior. John was preaching the gospel, baptizing people and had so many followers that the people thought he was the Messiah. John knew his role, which was to prepare the way for Jesus. This did not stop him from doing what he was called to do with all his power and might. He did have people like we all do, that will try to discourage or bring us down about our choices and attitudes. As in John 3:26 “They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” It’s true what they say…misery does love company. However John’s attitude was evident in the reply he gave in verse 27  To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.”

He carried out the role of evangelist very well. He did not get upset or offended that when Christ came, his ‘thunder’ would die down. He was not jealous or envious that the people now gravitated towards Christ. But he was content in playing the role that he was called to play and he put on an outstanding performance. John the Baptist’s attitude about doing what he was sent to do as if his life depended on it is an attitude we can all emulate and is taught in Colossians 3:23…” And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

God made you as a unique individual. You have a special gift, which should be used to its full potential. Dont try to be the imitation of someone else or when you are an original YOU.

Everyone has a role they have to play at different seasons of their life. The key is to be the best there is with a good attitude so that when all is said and done you would be living a purposeful life and putting on an outstanding performance.

© 2012 by unoma nwankwor

Strength In My Weakness..

girl-and-woman-praying-132 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me

As Christians we are called to be followers of Christ which means to walk in His ways.  His commands like, love your neighbor as yourself, if anyone slaps you turn the other cheek, forgive those who have offended you seventy times seven times and the list goes on and one are often a tall order with us Christians but hey who said the walk with Christ will be an easy one?

Being a lover of God; which I’m positive that anybody who calls themselves a Christian is.  I strive every day to live a life that He will be proud of and make me worthy of the name Christian. So in my continuous journey the study of the bible- which started off as a “duty” -became one of my nightly rituals (even if it is one chapter). In reading Genesis again with more intent this time, I began to see the story of creation in a different light, especially Eve’s role, then onto Sarah, Rebecca, Rachael, I became intrigued by these women and a host of other great ones in the bible that were blessed and highly favored by God Almighty.  These women had one thing in common; they loved the Lord but were in no way perfect. Just like me…living my imperfect life serving a perfect God.

One of definitions of the word ‘perfect’ in the dictionary is “conforming absolutely to the description of an ideal type”. I use perfect because it is an unspoken myth that because one goes to church on Sundays and bible study on Wednesday and one is a choir member or one of the ushers then you must be perfect and people hold you almost to a non-human standard. Christ didn’t lay down His life because we are without sin but because we are imperfect and His blood has promised us salvation.

Live each day committed to obeying His commands, answering to an audience of One (God). It will never be by your power or might so celebrate yourself for the small things. Strive to make today better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today.

Have a fabulous week ahead!!



Copyright 2012 by Unoma Nwankwor

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