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Buckingham Palace, London, England

                                                                                                                 Photo: The New York Times

In 2016, I visited my beloved goddaughter in England, where she was attending the University of Nottingham.

We spent some time however in London and of course, who visits the city without checking out Buckingham Palace?

I – like multiple visitors from around the world – posed and took photos at the large fortress-like iron gates. But that was it! That was as far as we could go. The hoisted flag was an indication Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II was in residence; however, none of us had the privilege to walk through those gates and meet with her.

As I am presently in the book of Hebrews, I am reminded of the privilege I have to “boldly approach the throne of grace…” (Hebrews 4:16). I do not have to go through a human high priest, who first has to pray for his own sins, then mine before offering sacrifices for forgiveness (Hebrews 7:27). Because Jesus paid it all and only needed to shed His blood once for the remission of our sins, we have access to the longest reigning head of state: the King of ALL kings!!!! HALLELUJAH!!!!

Because of the blood, and faith in what is wrapped up in that blood – healing, deliverance, salvation etc. – I have an ALL ACCESS PASS to MY FATHER, MY KING.

NO guard could stop me from approaching MY GOD at anytime within the 24 hours in a day…365 days a year! I do not have to wait in line, nor do I have to write a letter requesting permission to meet with the God of the universe. In faith, I simply approach Him. In fact, I love when I turn off the two-station radio in my car (yes, TWO stations) and literally talk aloud in prayer or when I take time out at my desk to pray. It’s me and God – anywhere…anytime. No appointment necessary. And guess what? He’s ALWAYS in residence!! NEVER on vacation or too busy! Thank you Jesus!!! Although many people worldwide might be praying to Him simultaneously, I KNOW I have his attention when I pray. Isn’t that amazing??!!! He cares enough to listen to YOU, while listening to ME and many others worldwide. Our omnipresent, omniscient God!

So as we are already halfway through January (can you believe it?!), I pray that 2020 be the year we draw closer to God in prayer and study of His Word. And as you pray, do so boldly in faith and in the name of Jesus. 

Growing in Christ,
Hadassah

Just ONE Belly Breakdown

 

If you have never had your belly breakdown on you, perhaps you are not human.

Let’s be real: you’ve had AT LEAST one belly breakdown in your life – right? At least one.

Look, in recent weeks, I’ve been focusing more on allowing God to be glorified in my life as opposed to me. Trust me, it is EASY to glorify self. Just think about it the next time you take a “selfie.” It’s ALL about you. Let’s be real. And of course, you are entitled to do as you wish.

Whether you are the head of a nation, the CEO of a company, the richest kid in your class, someone who is making minimum wage, black, white, living in the suburbs or the inner city, we all are but flesh and blood. In fact, Job 19: 26 says, “And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God…” It’s a riveting description and some might see it as offensive, but it’s reality. The rich, the poor and the middle class all meet at the cemetery. It’s that one, common meeting place. “For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return”  ~ Genesis 3:19.

Source: http://www.dalmeny.org/history/history-graveyard

There is no doubt that one sickness, one disease, one accident…one belly breakdown and human beings could easily be humbled. However, I implore you to not wait for something drastic to happen to become humble. Choose today to recognize that your beauty, your hot body, your Louis Vuitton bag, those red bottom Christian Louboutin shoes, that Ivy league university degree, the money in the bank, your swag…they all shall come to nothing at some point.

As we are in the final month of the year 2019, standing on the precipice of not only a new year, but a new decade, let us seriously think about the importance of humbling ourselves in the sight of the Lord. One belly breakdown is enough to remind us that this body could easily disintegrate. Hence, don’t get caught up in the things of the world and of the flesh and forget that the breath in your body is not yours.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36.

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah

Stop Complaining!

This is going to be short. I’ve decided to get straight to the point.

STOP COMPLAINING! Simple.

The Israelites did not remain in the wilderness for 40 years simply because of a lack of faith. They also stayed there because of complaining.

Angels’ food was not good enough. I suppose they wanted rosemary, thyme, garlic etc. Springs of water were not good enough either. I guess they wanted ginger tea, orange juice and the like. And they didn’t recognize that their clothes never got old nor did holes burn into their shoes.

What is God providing for you that you are complaining about?

I am convinced that the longer you complain, the longer you stay in the wilderness. I’m not saying you shouldn’t want better. But do yourself a favour and start being thankful for what you do have and the many blessings God has bestowed upon you.

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah

Need Some Encouragement?

There is someone who needs an encouraging word at this very moment. Life has beaten you up quite badly. You feel weary. You are hurt, disappointed…quite frankly – you’re tired. At times, you have been at the brink of despair.

Each of us, at various points in life, have gone through painful situations. Someone after just a year or two of marriage, has had a spouse walk out. Another person has had a young child die of cancer. Someone is struggling financially. Yet, someone else has had to endure watching a dear relative making poor decisions which result in heartache.

Whatever your situation, as I told someone earlier today, push through, press on…do not give up. Galatians 6 v. 9 says, ” And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” And of course, only he who feels it knows it, but the reality is humans sometimes fail us. Situations present themselves that test your will power…your faith…your resilience. The vicissitudes of life might sometimes make you feel like you’re drowning or perhaps you are suffocating beneath the rubble. The situation might have you on the brink of collapse, but keep on keeping on. Hang on, even if just by a thread – HANG ON!

I encourage you to pray your way through. In fact, pray the Word. I remember a situation I went through about 15 years ago; it felt like a death. I was literally in mourning. I was so low that it affected me physically. Evenings were the saddest time for me. There was just something about watching the setting of the sun and lowering of its rays from my window that saddened me. Perhaps it was the approach of darkness and the quietness…stillness of the night that I preferred to not experience. I couldn’t wait for mornings; they signaled a new start…a new beginning…sunshine…another attempt to muster some strength.

The ONE text I came across that resonated with me at that time and gave me great comfort was Psalm 147 v. 3, “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” Even to this day, I could never forget how that ONE text was what I held on to. I repeated that in every prayer, reminding God of His promise. I clung to it with everything I had. I spoke it. I prayed it. And eventually it came to past. I encourage you to pray yourself through. Again, pray the Word. God’s Word is true.

Remember, God tells you in 1 Peter 5 v. 7 to “(Cast) all your care upon him; for he careth for you. He further encourages us through Philippians 4 verses 7 and 8 to, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Yes, God is saying, not to worry. It’s easier said than done, but either we worry and carry the load or give Him the burden and trust the process that ALL – not some – things are working together for our good (Romans 8 v. 28). We have a choice. And yes, something good is going to come out of this situation for you. Believe.

I pray God’s peace over your life and your situation in the name of Jesus. Give it to Him. He wants to carry that burden. May you experience God’s peace today in the name of Jesus.

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah