Yet Another….SUNSHINE AWARD !

sunshine-award-sunflower2Wining an award is a clear sign of an appreciation of your efforts in a particular endeavour. Wining the same award more than once means that the other awards did not come by chance. This explains why this particular award carries a lot weight to me 🙂 So, I want to express my deep appreciation to my friend DON CHARISMA for this award. Also, big thanks to all the friends of my blog for the “sunshine” they have added to my efforts.

Aside from the fact that I love blogging….

1.  I appreciate God a lot for all He has done, is doing and would do for me

2. I love gadgets a lot, particular ICT gadgets

3. I am hardly contented with my achievements. Why? Because there is always a better way of going about what I have achieved

4. One day and very soon and as God lives, I will be globally recognised for my  achievements

5. I love “swimming” and what I can do with it

6. Outstanding performance is my best goal in life

7.  I cherish my peace of mind a lot

8.  GOD has proved that he is indeed merciful by giving a sinner like me two human beings as gifts…who can beat this?

9. I strongly feel that the world would be a wonderful place to live in if we ALL sang and lived by Michael Jackson‘s HEAL THE WORLD and MAN IN THE MIRROR

10. I cannot do without GOD in ALL my undertakings.

AWARDEES

My awardees, in no particular order, for this award are as follows:

Contact

http://spiritministries.wordpress.com/about/

http://talkingexperience.wordpress.com/about/

http://wanderlustryramblings.wordpress.com/about/

About

http://audrina1759.wordpress.com/about/

http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com/about/

About

About Don Charisma

http://kirstenstok.wordpress.com/about-me/

Once again, thanks for all your encouragement 🙂

 

NB : To accept this award, the awardee must do the following:

  1. Display the Award on your Blog.
  2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
  3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award – “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
  4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  5. Write 10 interesting things about you

Related link : https://justmikemon.wordpress.com/category/awards/

Using God’s Antecedents As FAITH BUILDERS

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“God is not a man, that he should lie;

neither the son of man, that he should repent:

hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken,

and shall he not make it good?” – Numbers 23:19

 

Have you ever finished praying and thereafter, start having doubts as to whether God will grant your request? Or perhaps there is a delay in your prayers being answered and you begin to wonder if GOD is able or still has the ability to do as you requested? If you have, then brighten up ‘cos you are not alone on this 🙂 I have found myself in this situation a number of times.

 Now faith is substance of things hoped for,

the evidence of things of things not seen – Heb 11:1

 One of the greatest problems Christians and indeed, most people who go to God for help, have been facing is the LACK OF FAITH. Even some Pastors, who are sincere, will open up and tell you that they have encountered this problem, at one time or another.

 But without faith it is impossible to please Him:

for he that cometh to God must belief that He is,

and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him – Heb 11:6

As someone who has grown up seeing God Almighty as an indispensable part of my existence, I just had to evolve a means of breaking free from this MONSTER that had constituted itself as a huge barrier between man and God Almighty. A sick acquaintance once concluded that God can never heal him. Imagine that!!! And with that belief, he, and like so many people like him, have distanced themselves from GOD and all He stands for, and consequently, have not been able to benefit from the awesome power of God.

Faith building is therefore an exercise that we have to do if we will not end up disconnecting ourselves from the most reliable, regret-free, potent, and powerful source of help. Have you been doing this?

 And the Lord said, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed,

ye might say unto this sycamine tree,

Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea,

and it should obey you – Luke 17:6

Read my recipe for faith building….

Once, my son’s (5 years+) friend did not allow him to touch his toy. My son said to him: “my daddy will buy me a better toy.” He turned to me and asked: ”daddy wouldn’t you?” I answered: “of course.” There was this confidence that he exuded when he told his friend what he knew I will do. That is not the first time something like that will happen. My son simply based his confidence on my antecedents.

Interestingly, this encounter between my son and his friend is similar to how I have been able to build my faith from the very low level it was before, to where it is today. All I do I do is to use God’s antecedents as my FAITH BUILDERS. I am not alone on this.

When David had to face Goliath, he did not depend on his ability, he said to Saul…..

 “The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion

and out of the paw of the bear,

he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.

And Saul said unto David, Go and the Lord be with thee – 1 Sam 17:36

He had confidence in God because of His antecedents. He believed that God was very reliable and could be trusted to do it again and again. He believed that God’s power was not seasonal and had no limit regardless of who or what the opposing power was. Like me, he pondered over what God had done for him in the past and used them as FAITH BUILDERS. At the end, David was not disappointed….

 And David put his hand in his bag and took thence a stone and slang it,

and smote the Philistine in his forehead,

that the stone sunk into his forehead;

and he fell upon his face to the earth –  1 Sam 17:49

I was not the stone that killed Goliath. It was the power of God that followed the stone to do the damage.

We put confidence in people because they have been tested and are trust worthy. Since they have fared well in a particular activity, we believe that they will always live up to expectations. If we can do this in respect of mere humans, why not with respect to God. The Bible and my blog are awash with awesome miracles and wonderful testimonies about God. In fact, I have labeled one chapter of the Bible MY COMFORTER. It’s Exodus 14. Please find time to read it. Please also find time to read one of my favourite posts centered on MY COMFORTER. It is one of my greatest FAITH BUILDERS.

So, like David, what I do when I pray is to put God in remembrance. I remind Him of His awesome deeds of the past. I don’t do this because God has a bad memory, but because He has instructed us to do so.…

Put me in remembrance: let us plead together :

declare thou, that thou mayest be justified – Isaiah 43:26

Faith building is a gradual thing. It does not just happen. It happens over time. It requires a deliberate and conscious effort and a strong determination to cleave to God. There are bound to be challenges. You will see, hear and read things that will attack your efforts to build up your faith. But since you expect these challenges to come, you look beyond them. Surmounting these challenges becomes easier when you have an attitude of “I expected it.” Feed your mind with positive things about God. Pray for His guidance and assistance. Go to church regularly. Read the Bible regularly. Read, listen to, and watch testimonies. These will help you build up a “basket of testimonies.” These will also help you build up your confidence in God and ultimately become FAITH BUILDERS for you. For if God can be awesome yesterday, He will be today and ALWAYS. For He has said…

For I am the Lord, I change not – (Malachi 3:6)

Wishing you loads of God’s luck in your FAITH BUILDING 🙂

Thanks for your time

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Seeking GOD’s Support In 2014

church-Prayer.jpgPraise God for making you and I and our lovely families to see 2014. We bless God for His mercies, grace and love in 2013. if not for Him a lot of things would have gone permanently wrong. Hallelujah !!!

As we set out in 2014, it makes a lot of sense to Ask God for His divine direction in all our endeavours. Man will forever be man in his reasoning and ways of doing things. God will forever be God too. His infinite wisdom and ever-reliable knowledge would be very useful for us in 2014. His regret-free guidance and mentoring will keep us from waste of scarce resources, especially time and money. His foresight will provide us with an excellent and rewarding guide throughout the year.

In John 21, we are told of how Peter went out fishing and caught nothing. He caught nothing because he relied on His ability, which failed Him. He also failed because he did not know the right side of the boat/water that would yield a good catch. Man will forever think and act like man. However, when Jesus intervened, the difference between the knowledge of man and that of God became obvious. No gambling. No guesses. No risk-taking. No mistakes. No flaws.

Hence, in 2014, I am looking forward to divine directions like this…

Throw your net on the right side of the boat

and you will find some. When they did, they

were unable to haul the net in because

of the large number of fish – John 21:6

The Lord is still performing these miracles in the lives of those who seek His intervention after toiling for so long without success.

My prayer for 2014:

Heavenly father, I am human and will always be. In 2014 (and beyond), I count on your divine direction. I count on your flawless decisions, direction, mentoring and guidance. I count on your ever-reliable wisdom and knowledge. I count on your abundant grace, mercy and unconditional love. I count on your ability to do what is seen to be impossible. As you live and because of the awesome things you have done for me in the past and knowing and believing that you change not, 2014 will be a testimony-packed year for me and my family, in Jesus awesome name I pray, amen!

NB: You can copy and paste this prayer on the comment box if you so desire 🙂

I wish you a blissful 2014 filled with God’s ever-reliable direction.

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

Do You Belief In Miracles?

IMG0405AThis a special year-end dedication to the God of Miracles….

I have sojourned in this world for a while. I have seen a lot of things happen. I have heard a lot of strange testimonies – all attesting to the awesome power of God. However, it was in 2001 God proved to me that all those strange testimonies were actually true.

Is it possible for a man’s heart to be beating for hours without blood in his system? I don’t have to be a Doctor to know that it will only take a miracle for that to be possible. Well, God visited that miracle on my brother in that fateful night of September 21(or thereabout), 2001. After that incident, I believed anything I am told that God did. Because, indeed, with God, all things are possible. I can’t think of a better way of expressing my gratitude to this God of Miracle other than “advertising” Him as much as I can.

As my year-end thanks giving post, the last post for the year, I have decided to share five memorable display of awesomeness by God, as a way of further telling my blog visitors that GOD is real and His power knows no limit or impossibility. Enjoy your read…

The miracle at the Red sea

Exodus 14 is my favourite Bible chapter. I call it My Comforter. It talks about how God turned hopelessness into victory. It sounded very unreasonable to me when God told Moses and the Israelites to match on towards the Red Sea. It sounded much more unreasonable when He told Moses to tell the Israelites to stand firm…..in the midst of absolute danger!!! But the God of Miracles showed His awesome power without weapons of war or any physical contact.

For me, many times, He has turned what seemed like a hopeless situation into testimonies. 2014 promises to be a year filled with miracles…for me and my family and for you too 🙂

Abraham and Sarah bear a child at 100 and 90 years old respectively

Sarah was childless until she was 90 and had lost hope completely. Sarah and Abraham laughed at God when He told them that they will have Isaac. As far as they were concerned it was impossible to have a child at their ages. But God asked..

Is anything too hard for the LORD –  Gen18:14

But to proof His awesome power…

…the LORD visited Sarah as He had said

and the Lord did unto Sarah as He has spoken

…at the set time of which He had spoken to him – Gen 21:1-2

If God can do it for a 90 and 100 year old, then what is the reason behind the lack of hope for a much more younger couple.

Feeding of 500 people with five loaves of bread and two fishes

These days, it costs so much to feed a small family, talk less of a large family, how much more 5000 people. But Jesus shocked a gathering of 5000 people when He…

…took the loaves and when He had given thanks,

he distributed to the disciples and

the disciples to them that were set down;

and likewise of the fishes as much as they would – John 6:11

Just when everyone was confused as to what had happened, 12 baskets of fragments that remained were gathered. This was not magic. It was the GOD of Miracle whose powers knows no impossibility, at work.

The great catch of fish

In John 21, we are told of how Peter went out fishing and caught nothing. Then Jesus said…

Throw your net on the right side of the boat

and you will find some. When they did they

were unable to haul the net in because

of the large number of fish – John 21:6

The Lord is still performing these miracles in the lives of those who seek His intervention after toiling for so long without success.

The fall of the wall of Jericho

Man fights using weaponry. God fights without coming down for any physical contact. The fall of the wall of Jericho (Joshua 6:20) by mere blowing of the horn and shouting to the Lord, is a clear indication of how powerful GOD can be. Jericho was a strong city, heavily fortified with double wall. But nothing stops the God of Miracles from doing what He wants to do. For it is written…

The weapons of our warfare are not canal,

but mighty through God to the

pulling down of strongholds – 2 Cor 10:4

At this juncture, I want to say a big thank you to this awesome God of miracles who has done so many miracles for me and my family in 2013, some of which I do not even know about. It has been a great privilege enjoying your grace, mercy and love in 2013. I humbly beg that this should continue in 2014. I also wish the person reading this post now the same thing.

Big thanks too for all that my blogs, https://justmikemon.wordpress.com and http://businessplaze.wordpress.com have been able to achieve so far. I look forward to greater achievements in 2014.

God bless 2014 for us all, amen !!!

My Best Christmas Gifts: The Inventive Blogger Award and The Blog Of The year 2013 Award…

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There are all sorts of Christmas gifts. Getting awards as a blogger is indeed a special one because it gives me the opportunity to share it with all the wonderful people from 100 countries (as at the time of doing this post) across the world who have taken out time and resources to visit, read, comment, follow, reblog and make useful criticisms of my blog/posts. I really appreciate you all 🙂 Thus, I am dedicating my gifts/awards, The Inventive Blogger Award and The Blog Of The year 2013 Award to you all. Thanks a lot for the inspiration and encouragement 🙂

Thus, my friend DON CHARISMA, has, indeed, given me my most appreciated Christmas gifts. Thanks a lot Don. I really appreciate the gifts and wonderful/thoughtful gesture 🙂

As part of the instructions for accepting The Inventive Blogger Award, I am supposed to state 5 things I enjoy about blogging. Here I go….

1. It has provided me a platform to do what I have wanted to do for long, and that is to write for a large audience, in this case, using an e-magazine

2. My blog/posts have been a source of blessing (in countless ways) to its visitors.

3. People now know me in 100 countries (as at the time of doing this post) 🙂 This is quite interesting to 🙂 It further portrays the power of the internet.

4. I have made a lot of friends and come across a lot of people from diverse background, one of which is a gentleman, DON CHARISMA, who have deemed me fit to be awarded this Christmas gifts of THE INVENTIVE BLOGGER AWARD and THE BLOG OF THE YEAR 2013 AWARD 🙂

5. For me, writing over 150 posts (so far) has been a very good mental exercise. You can only understand by joining us in blogging 🙂

MY AWARDEES

As required I am also expected to name my own awardees for these awards. In no particular order, my awardees for The Inventive Blogger Award and THE BLOG OF THE YEAR 2013 AWARD are as follows:-

http://doncharisma.org/about/

http://touchtheworldtoday.wordpress.com/about/

http://spiritbath.com/about/

http://alanamunroauthor.com/contact-alana/

http://opinionateher.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/still-alive/

http://womenmakingstrides.com/about-women-making-strides/

http://kirstenstok.wordpress.com/about-me/

http://throughthecrackedwindow.wordpress.com/about/

http://jslettodesigns.wordpress.com/contactme/

http://hodgepodge4thesoul.wordpress.com/me/

http://myprose.wordpress.com/about/

http://nancyloderick.com/about/

http://allaboutmanners.wordpress.com/about/

http://dcardiff.wordpress.com/about/

http://uchmorg.wordpress.com/about/

http://projectlighttolife.wordpress.com/about/

http://untanglingthetangles.wordpress.com/about/

http://www.ulawyss.com/about-me/

http://karenswritingblog.wordpress.com/about/

http://keyquotess.wordpress.com/about-me/

http://mittsandmeasures.com/about/

http://jimmy2hats.com/2013/07/03/this-weeks-blogging-advice/

http://jadereyner.com/about-2/

http://www.kristinschronicles.com/about-me/

http://karinasussanto.wordpress.com/about/

http://josephrathjen.wordpress.com/about/

http://workwithtanner.com/about-tanner/

http://kathunsworth.com/about/

http://inspiringevolution.wordpress.com/about/

http://letsreachsuccess.com/1022-2/

http://chrismartinwrites.com/contact/

http://ericalagan.net/ericalagan/

http://johnwhowell.com/about/

http://faith1stministries.com/about/

http://scottsholar.com/about/

http://poeticparfait.com/about/

http://becomingthebestme.com/my-goals/

http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com/about/

http://retireediary.wordpress.com/about/

http://rispainstyle.wordpress.com/about/

http://lisaelskerarvid.wordpress.com/om/

http://lessonsbyheart.wordpress.com/about/

http://tiarisingoutoftheashes.wordpress.com/aboutm/

http://thenomadicsoliloquist.wordpress.com/about/

http://audrina1759.wordpress.com/about/

http://testimonyandprayer.wordpress.com/blog-posts/

http://kerrichronicles.com/about/

http://talkingexperience.wordpress.com/about/

http://barbarastanley.net/about/

http://spiritministries.wordpress.com/about/

http://walterbright.org/contact-me/

http://highheelgourmet.com/about/

http://businessplaze.wordpress.com/about-me-and-my-blog/

http://wanderlustryramblings.wordpress.com/about/

http://patinspire.org/patinspire/

http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/about-2/

CONGRATULATIONS and season’s greetings to you all. Thanks a lot for appreciating my over 140 posts of 2013.

Once more, thanks a lot to all non-bloggers who supported this  blog and the sister-blog, http://businessplaze.wordpress.com . Thanks a lot 🙂 Please be rest assured of more inspiring, educating, informative and valuable posts in the days and years ahead.

Wishing you a blissful 2014 in advance 🙂

Thank you 🙂

 

NOTE TO AWARDEES: Please follow the following instructions to accept the awards –

A. THE INVENTIVE BLOGGER AWARD

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve The Inventive Blogger Award.

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3. Include in your blog post *FIVE* things that you enjoy about blogging.

4. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badge!)

5. Come over and say hello to the originator of the “The Inventive Blogger Award” via this link: http://DonCharisma.org/2013/12/24/christmas-awards-the-inventive-blogger-award

6. And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award, and then proudly display the award on your blog.

 B. THE BLOG OF THE YEAR 2013 AWARD

1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page. Click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

Share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!

Blog Of The Year 2013 badges

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Keep Your Head Up….Breakthrough Lies Ahead

IMG_20131227_113138 (1)Have you ever found yourself in a very difficult situation, where you find yourself in deep thoughts enmeshed in hopelessness and a feeling that seems to scream “GIVE UP. IT’S NO USE?” As such times, it seems as if it is all over. You don’t seem to see any light at the end of the tunnel. It seems you are the worst sinner on earth who is probably suffering for his/her sins. In extreme cases, you may have thought of doing some nasty things. And as such times, all you feel like doing is to put you head down, with or without you hand providing support and soak yourself in a feat of worry. Well, if you have, you are not alone because I have found myself in similar situations a number of times 🙂

I do not know where I got it from – I have a “die-hard” kind of attitude. My son also has this “daddy I can do it” attitude 🙂 I always believe that I am very close to my goal…my target…a solution to my problems or an answer to a nagging question. I am always afraid that I may later discover, painfully, that an option or action I shunned was actually my joker. Even though it is natural to worry, I have discovered over time, that worrying itself, is a monster on its own, which can destroy one, if one is not very careful. Many cases of hypertension have been traced to worrying and mental stress. Doctors said my mother died of complications arising from hypertension. This occurred after the death of my dad. How sad.

As I speak, I have some underachieved targets in life. One fact no can take away from me is that every problem under heaven, has a solution. I only need to look for it. In looking for it, I have discovered that obstacles have one mission; and that is, to live up to the meaning of the word itself – to prevent me from reaching my goals. I have also discovered that ALL obstacles can, have been and will always be surmountable. So, rather that brood over problems, I have developed an attitude which makes me to constantly search for “bridges” that will take me to my targets, my goals, my sweet dream and my happiness 🙂  As I do this, I am not oblivious of the fact that I can NEVER make good success without GOD’s help. His words provide me loads of hope.

My journey through life has shown that a lot of people have achieved huge successes in their endeavous mainly because they stayed on…they refused to give up….they believed in themselves….they believed that success and overcoming challenges usually require staying focused and excessively determined to follow the paths that will lead to breakthroughs.

Success stories abound everywhere – in all sectors and in all strata of life. Aside from those who inherit success/wealth from parents or other sources, all success stories are similar – loads of hard work, determination, refusal to accept failure and always keeping heads up when failure or challenges force heads down in order to avoid worrying into permanent failure. This is the path I have “planted” myself. So, when trouble, failure, problems or challenges force my head down, I put it up again and again 🙂 We can see clearer, hear better and think better with our heads up.  It takes courage, resilience and guts to stare problems in the face and mutter  “it shall come to pass” as I am used to muttering.

In all of this, problems and challenges are determined to stay with us for as long as we unable to do the right things to eliminate them. So, let’s keep our heads up….fight problems and challenges……and we shall overcome, by the grace of God 🙂

God bless and direct us all, amen.

Thanks for your time 🙂

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As 2013 Slowly Fades Away…

d-best-is-yet-to-com.jpgCount down to the end of 2013…..It might not be as rosy as I would have loved it to be, but I refuse to be an INGRATE. I refuse to close my eyes and heart to ALL that the King of Kings has done for me and my family, especially my lovely kids. Tanks a lot Daddy.I am eternally grateful and will forever be. As you live, we cross over to a BLISSFUL 2014 in Jesus name, AMEN !!!