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You Prayed But Are You Ready?

steveI rarely watch television. Not that I don’t want to but I rarely have the time or patience to devote to a program excluding Scandal of course. That is the one television goodness I allow myself. My hubby considers me an addict. But hey an addict for Olitz is alright by me.

Anyway, in April and May I was recuperating at home so I was on an extended leave from work. I watched a lot of tv, some of the programs I saw, I didn’t even know existed. What I loved watching the most was Racheal Ray, Steve Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres. It worked out perfectly too, because they were at 2,3 and 4 pm then the kids would get home. One thing these stars did well was making others laugh, and feel good. Then you know there’s always the segment where they give away stuff and it makes the recipient’s life a little better. I loved hearing those deserving stories.

In one particular episode, an 18 year old boy wrote into the Steve Harvey Show, he talked about the difficulties he had experienced since losing his father. He said he didn’t know how to be a man, didn’t have an apartment, couldn’t tie a tie and so on and so forth. For lack of a better word I will call it “whining” (don’t crucify me here…stay with me I’m going somewhere with this)

So he gets on the show and Steve does everything he asked for, dressing allowance, job interviews lined up, got him an apartment and paid his first and last month’s rent, and got him a mentor. Essentially everything he had asked for and more. He smiled until Steve Harvey said “don’t mess this up.” His whole demeanor changed.

scaredI expected to see a person who was so grateful that he would get up out of his seat shouting and thanking Steve Harvey for what I considered a generous gesture….instead I saw an 18 year old literally shaking in fear. He looked so stunned  like he would have a heart attack. I became somewhat mad. You whined, the man came through with more and you are just moping. I thought. Did he just expect to complain and not get an answer? Wasn’t he prepared to receive what he asked for? Why whine about it if you don’t want to do anything about it?

 

Sometimes, we whine and complain to God. “Woe is me, woe is me…give me this, give me that. Please, so so and so has this and if I just can have it my life would be great….” But do you know what hard work came with what they have? Are you prepared to receive what you ask for? It’s not about asking but you have to be prepared and faithful.

I love the Devon Franklin quote: “ Anything you pray for, you need to prepare for.” But remember now, when you get it, know that the devil will be busy so you have to stay prayed up and diligent. Mary Englebreit’s quote comes to mind here, “When you pray for rain, be prepared to deal with the mud.”

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Are you prepared for what you are praying for?

By the way, today marks my one year anniversary as a published author. I’m grateful to each and every one of you that subscribe to this blog , like, comment or share. Without you, this dream of mine would just be like any other.

Blessings,

The Easy Life.

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Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer~Romans 12:12

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle.”

— Phillips Brooks
U.S. Episcopal bishop (1835–1893)

Blessings,

Unoma

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Protect Your Seed

seedHi everyone!  This is one rainy and gloomy Saturday, in my neck of the woods. But for the second weekend in a row, I get to leave the laptop for a few hours and take a break from writing or running my business. You see last weekend I went to the circus with the kids, today I’m attending a baby shower. I’m super excited cos this is personal. I’m about to have another nephew!! Yay!!.

I read something this morning and my heart itched to share. My devotion took me to the book of Mathew ,chapter 2 to be precise.  You can read it for your self but to summarize, it was about  Herod  being mad that the three wise men deceived him by not coming back to tell him of the birth of baby Jesus and where He was located. His sole aim was to get hold of the seed ( Jesus Christ) that God had given us. That seed that would reconcile us to Him.  He was dedicated to his mission that he resulted to killing  male children in the hope that one of them would be Jesus. That’s just the devil!!

So also  it was with Pharaoh and Moses, the devil did all he deemed necessary through Pharaoh, trying to stop the germination of the seed God was going to use to save His people; Moses.  There are so many other instances in the bible that this trend continues; when God is about to do a big thing, the devil will look for his helpers that will be motivated to do anything to kill it or thwart the plan. One thing is sure Gods plan will always come to pass one way or the other, it might come in another way but it will be fulfilled.

Christians have to always put on the armor of God so that we will be ready and vigilant to stand up against the devices of the devil to steal our seed.

What is your seed? A lifestyle change, a closer relationship to God, your kids, your job. Being vigilant to beat the devil at his own game is to be aware  that he can come in many forms.

Protect your seed with prayer. After all remember those that kneel to God can stand to anything.

Have a blessed day

Unoma

Small Things..

small_deeds_are_like_little_prayers_notecard-p137957173449561117bf3b5_400   In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.~ John 9:12

Good Morning,

Woke up this morning and the air seemed different. Well I guess it wasn’t really different it was all in the mind because through the grace of God my family and I had gotten to see the last year of the month roll around. For this I’m grateful. During devotion I was reading the book of Act, chapter 9 to be precise. The conversion of Saul.  God used Ananias to help Saul now turned to Paul to fulfill his destiny. God used him to heal Saul’s eyes so he could see again. After this Ananias is not really mentioned again as doing any other thing significant. But the role he played in God’s divine plan has not gone unnoticed. Despite his fears on the kind of man Saul was he heeded the call. Paul went on to become a powerful apostle and the author of a good part of the New Testament.

Got me to thinking, sometimes the things we do, big or small can contribute in other fulfilling or derailing  the destiny of others without us knowing it.  Also some of the things people do to us, good or bad is there for us to fulfill ours. According to one of the great motivational speakers of our time; “You can have everything in your life you want if you just help others get what they want”~ Zig Ziglar RIP.

Lord, let me always be so in tuned with you that I heed your call just like Ananias in playing my part in your divine plan for my life and those around me.

Be Blessed

Unoma