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Day Thirty – #30DaysOfTheWord

Saturday, November 1

3:02

It’s Day Thirty!!!

Lamentations 4:1 – 5:22, Hebrews 2:1-18, Psalm 103:1-22 and Proverbs 26:23

I will close out with pure word tonight, from a recurring theme which popped up again in today’s reading from Psalms.

Psalm 103 (NLT)

A psalm of David.

1 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things.
My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

6 The Lord gives righteousness
and justice to all who are treated unfairly.

7 He revealed his character to Moses
and his deeds to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
9 He will not constantly accuse us,
nor remain angry forever.
10 He does not punish us for all our sins;
he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him
is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
12 He has removed our sins as far from us
as the east is from the west.
13 The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14 For he knows how weak we are;
he remembers we are only dust.
15 Our days on earth are like grass;
like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
16 The wind blows, and we are gone—
as though we had never been here.
17 But the love of the Lord remains forever
with those who fear him.
His salvation extends to the children’s children
18     of those who are faithful to his covenant,
of those who obey his commandments!

19 The Lord has made the heavens his throne;
from there he rules over everything.

20 Praise the Lord, you angels,
you mighty ones who carry out his plans,
listening for each of his commands.
21 Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels
who serve him and do his will!
22 Praise the Lord, everything he has created,
everything in all his kingdom.

Let all that I am praise the Lord.

Peace, Love and Great Praise,

Dami

P.S. There will be a recap of the full 30 Day Challenge up on here by Sunday!

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Days Twenty Eight & Twenty Nine – #30DaysOfTheWord

Thursday, October 30

22:22

OMG tomorrow is Day Thirty! Nooooooo I don’t want this to end! Where did the all the days go?

As for the recent ‘sandwich’ posts, I must explain: my schedule this week was extremely tight. I usually did my readings (except yesterday, sadly) but just couldn’t find time to post. Yesterday was an exception though, as I did not do my reading. That is all corrected now *smiles*. School’s been hectic but I’m loving it!

Part I

Lamentations 1:1 – 2:22, Philemon 1:1-25, Psalm 101:1-8 and Proverbs 26:20

The book of Lamentations begins today and it feels like a continuation of Jeremiah (I just did some googling and discovered Lamentations was most likely written by Jeremiah! I could feel the flow – same brooding personality!). The name gives it away too – this is another book of tears and sorrow. 2:18 speaks to me though, about praying desperately when things aren’t going right in my life, as was the case with the people of Israel and Judah.

“Cry aloud before the Lord, O walls of beautiful Jerusalem! Let your tears flow like a river day and night. Give yourselves no rest; give your eyes no relief. Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer…(NLT)”

During really dark times tearful prayers are sometimes all I have to offer up, but as someone who grew up in the Pentecostal church I always feel as though if I am not confessing, declaring and ‘skabashing’ (speaking loudly in tongues), I have not prayed an effective prayer. However sometimes my soul is so heavy that the only way it can express what my spirit wants to say to God is through tears. I see now that the form does not corrupt the content, and God does not judge tearful prayers as less effective. As this verse says, sometimes God actually requires pouring my heart to him in liquid form!

Part II

Lamentations 3:1-66, Hebrews 1:1-14, Psalm 102:1-28 and Proverbs 26:21-22

Lamentations has some soul-stirring words in this chapter! The writer is lamenting, as usual, about the sufferings he is going through because of God’s anger, and then all of a sudden, starting from verse 31, he says:

“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him…(NLT)”

The popular song culled from this verse is a staple in my repertoire of ‘christian choruses’, but I don’t think I have ever read it from the Bible in context. It is another beautiful reminder of God’s bottom-line goodness.

When I saw that the book of Hebrews starts today, I was excited. I love Hebrews – it is like Paul’s masterpiece – and I can’t wait to discover it for myself on a consistent, daily basis!

Peace, Love and Close To The Finish Line,

Dami

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Days Twenty Six & Twenty Seven – #30DaysOfTheWord

Tuesday, October 26

23:51

I can’t believe it’s almost Day Thirty! Time does fly when you’re having fun!

I had an exam today and there’s one tomorrow so I want to get this blog over and done with asaptually.

Part I

Jeremiah 51:1-53, Titus 2:1-15, Psalm 99:1-9 and Proverbs 26:17

Jeremiah says in 51: 5,

“For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has not abandoned Israel and Judah. He is still their God. (NLT)”

These words were comforting to me when I read them, for some reason. They make me think that irrespective of the craziness going on around me, God is still my God. Even when I’m wrong and have to suffer consequences of my foolishness, like the people of Israel and Judah, God is irrevocably committed to me. This is incredibly comforting, especially in the light of how humans can be so temperamental with their loyalty.

Proverbs 26:17 says:

“Interfering in someone else’s argument is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears.(NLT)”

When I read this yesterday, I meant to google “what happens when you yank a dog’s ears”, but I forgot. Will do after my exams! However I recently decided to stop giving advice/ meddling in other people’s affairs, and also to stop having people meddle in mine. This verse reminds me why that’s a good idea.

Part II

Jeremiah 51:54 – 52:34, Titus 3:1-15, Psalm 100:1-5 and Proverbs 26:18-19

Psalm 100 is a psalm of thanksgiving (I will not type it out right now, look it up!) I know that lately, it has been on my heart to thank God more deeply. There is a Yoruba proverb that says “eni ti o ba mo inu ro, a mo ope da,” i.e. “the person who knows how to think, knows how to thank”.

God sent me help last week – completely unsolicited and unexpected. I was thankful to Him, but still anxious about ‘the rest’, the seemingly countless things I am still expecting from Him. I don’t know how to shut that off (or if I should even shut it off), and just be thankful for everything He has done up till now.

Verse 3 of this psalm in the NLT saysAcknowledge that the Lord is God…” Like, take time to think about it, and to wrap your mind around it. Think, think, think. That seems to be a recurring theme. The more I keep in my mind the person and goodness and blessings of God, the more thankful I become.

Peace, Love and Thoughtful Thanksgiving,

Dami

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Days Twenty Four & Twenty Five – #30DaysOfTheWord

Sunday, October 26

17:57

I had a little mishap with my MacBook yesterday. Poured some hot tea on my keyboard. It was very little, and I’m sure it won’t damage the laptop, but just to be on the safe side, I have it switched off and turned upside down for the next few days so it can dry properly.

This is partially why I couldn’t blog yesterday. I say ‘partially’, because in the frenzy of spilling the tea and looking for alternative means to study for my two exams that come up this week, I completely forgot about the little laptop I brought from Nigeria. I laughed when I got home at 3am this morning and saw it sitting on my dining table looking lonely, but I gave in to tiredness instead of doing my reading and posting. I do not count it as a missed day though, but rather as a missed moment in time. Our God lives in eternity, remember? *wink*

Anyway, here we are with yesterday’s and today’s readings!

Part I

Jeremiah 48:1 – 49:22, 2 Timothy 4:1-22, Psalm 95:1 – 96:13 and Proverbs 26:9-12

Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 that:

“For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. (NLT)”

This verse evokes all types of thoughts and feelings in me.

Suffice to say that, I know that this verse definitely clearly depicts the state of the church today. So many sweet-sounding New Age doctrines have emerged that sound very similar to the message of truth, but leave me feeling confused and empty. There are very influential figures, motivational speakers, etc today who go around saying very warm and high sounding things, and people flock to them in tens and hundreds of thousands. How do I know if they are right or wrong? How do I embrace the dynamism and ever-relevant message of the truth without falling pray to itching ears?

I just took a moment to think about it and the Holy Spirit gave me a response – “Jesus,” He said. Any preacher or teacher that does not preach or teach through the lens of Jesus and his finished work, is one who would be prone to preaching and teaching what itching ears want to hear. I also believe that the Holy Spirit, and my conscience are other tools that I can use to distinguish between doctrines that are true and those that are false. Going forward I will  pass everything I hear through these three filters.

Part II

Jeremiah 49:23 – 50:46, Titus 1:1-16, Psalm 97:1 – 98:9 and Proverbs 26:13-16

As I have shared in a past blog post during this challenge, I struggle with inconsistency and a lethargic attitude that prevents me from excelling at the things I do (although I see that God is taking this period of my life to break the hold of those behavioural patterns, as He launches me into the next phase of my walk on earth. I hope to share more on this soon). I have two exams this coming week, and three assignments to hand in, and to put it very mildly, I could be way more on top of things than I am right now. The reading from Proverbs 26:13-16 today is definitely a word in season.

“The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes I’m sure there’s a lion out there!” As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed. Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth. Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors. (NLT)”

The underlined verse particularly speaks to me about not making the most of God’s blessings. Getting to the 11th hour, and not making the little effort required to reap the benefit of all the things I have worked for, and God has blessed me with.

I stand reprimanded, and will do better starting now.

Peace, Love and Hardwork,

Dami

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Day Twenty Three – #30DaysOfTheWord

Saturday, October 25

00:02

Jeremiah 44:24 – 47:7, 2 Timothy 2:22 – 3:17, Psalm 94:1–23 and Proverbs 26:6-8

I’m currently listening to Nosa’s album ‘Open Doors’ and feeling myself. It is such an album. Just an absolute album. 100/100. Too much. In fact, I’m short of words.

Today’s key scripture that jumped at me and punched me in the throat is 2 Timothy 2:22,

Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. (NLT)”

It is pretty simple and self explanatory, which makes it all the more powerful.

To be honest, I hardly walk away from the things that “stimulate youthful lusts”, let alone run. “Youthful lusts” are sweet, why lie. And righteous living, faithfulness et al sometimes feels like a lot of hardwork. Sigh.

However I have found, in my walk with God, that on days when I don’t pray and I’m not in tune with the Holy Spirit, I try to do the right thing and it feels like a lot of hard work. I get cranky and feel guilty. On the other hand, when I am “prayed up” and in tune with the Holy Spirit, I kind of glide through the day, and there is an underlying sense of strength that keeps me on the right path.

Truth is, God never intended for me to run from the things that cause me to sin, and to pursue righteousness on my own. There is Help available, and all I need to do is ask for it in prayer, with a sincere heart, on a regular basis.

Peace, Love and Righteous Living et al,

Dami

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Day Twenty Two – #30DaysOfTheWord

Thursday, October 23

23:23

Jeremiah 42:1 – 44:23, 2 Timothy 2:1-21, Psalm 92:1 – 93:5 and Proverbs 26:3-5

“If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is. (NLT)” – 2 Timothy 2:13

Peace, Love and Faithfulness,

Dami

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Day Twenty One – #30DaysOfTheWord

Wednesday, October 22

23:49

Jeremiah 39:1 – 41:18, 2 Timothy 1:1-18, Psalm 90:1 – 91:16 and Proverbs 26:1-2

It is Day Twenty One and according scientific evidence the day when this becomes a habit! I know this consistency game has worked to an extent because on the bus home tonight, I briefly considered not doing my Bible reading and posting for today, but my mind repelled the idea immediately. Win!

Today, Paul’s description of himself in 2 Timothy 1:1 gets me thinking. He refers to himself as:

“…Paul, chosen by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I have been sent out to tell others about the life he has promised through faith in Christ Jesus. (NLT)”

Paul knows exactly what God has chosen and sent him to do on this earth and identifies with it completely. This inspires me to seek God’s will for my life to the extent that you would wake me up from sleep and I would tell you what my calling is. The verse of scripture also inspires me to identify with who I am in Christ, and not just my gender, nationality, or any other demographic indicator.

Today Psalm 91 came up! This is one of my favorite Psalms because it is packed with promises, and for me, making confessions out of this verse of Scripture is almost like a vitamin pill that I try to ‘take’ everyday. Just like real life vitamins, I inevitably miss a few days and sometimes go long periods without, but once I start ‘taking’ them again I feel stronger and healthier. Here’s Psalm 91:

“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras;  you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation. (NLT)”

AMEN, AMEN, AMEN, AND AMEN!

Peace, Love & Psalm 91,

Dami

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Day Twenty – #30DaysOfTheWord

Tuesday, October 21

22:40

Jeremiah 37:1 – 38:28, 1 Timothy 6:1-21, Psalm 89:38-52 and Proverbs 25:28

I can’t believe it is Day Twenty already! I must say that this challenge has helped me immensely. I will go into more details when I do a recap on/ after Day Thirty, but suffice to say I am in a much better frame of  mind than when I started, with practical solutions to many of the challenges I faced, unexpected blessings, joy in my heart in spite of my hectic schedule and academic-related fears… in short I am closer than when I first blogged! Haha.

Today I am reminded in 1 Timothy 6:6, that –

“Godliness with contentment is itself true wealth (NLT).”

Verse 9 goes on to say that –

“But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and distraction (NLT).”

I have never been one to lust after money, or make important decisions based on the need (greed) for financial gain. However, tonight I ask myself: in terms of other material things – fame, success, power, etc – am I content? Do I long for these things excessively and am I at risk of becoming trapped by these desires? Food for thought as I tuck myself into bed tonight.

Peace, Love & Godly Contentment,

Dami

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Day Nineteen – #30DaysOfTheWord

Monday, October 20

00:48 (Technically Tuesday morning)

Jeremiah 35:1 – 36:32, 1 Timothy 5:1-25, Psalm 89:14-37 and Proverbs 25:25-27

Today’s post is super short, but food for thought nonetheless. The verse that stuck with me today is from 1Timothy 5:4-25,

“Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgment. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later. In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.”

Peace, Love & Light,

Dami

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Day Eighteen – #30DaysOfTheWord

Sunday, October 19

22:48

Jeremiah 33:1 – 34:22, 1 Timothy 4:1-16, Psalm 89:1-13 and Proverbs 25:23-24

I am exhausted, but in a good way, This was a great weekend, as expected, though I do wish I got to do a little more studying!

I ran my first proper 10k race today! *insert every excited and happy emoticon known to smartphones*

I wasn’t able to train for the race because of the stress of settling into school, and I didn’t get much sleep last night (because I was getting my groove on with friends at a networking event), plus I had a couple of blisters at the back of my ankles from walking around the day before. I basically broke every rule in the book, but I sucked it up and just hoped for the best!

The race was grueling but I determined to have fun while doing it! As the race kicked off at 8:00am, I plugged my ears with the WOW Worship (Lime) album and got lost in the music. It was like having a different kind of Sunday service. I don’t know if it was the spirit-filled songs, the scenery, being with other racers, the adrenaline pumping or a combination of all of the above, but I literally had a running/worship session. I was lifting holy hands, punching the air and moving my lips to the music. One song in particular got me – ‘Never Once’ by Sonic Society. Here are some of the lyrics:

“Standing on this mountain top
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step 
You were with us
Kneeling on this battleground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful…”

This song is so true for me! It says everything about my walk with God so far. I got pretty emotional at this point of the race and had to get a hold of myself!

After what felt like an eternity, and with the help of Tamar Braxton’s Love & War album (I switched over close to the end when I needed an energy boost), I finished the race in 1 hour 13 minutes, and came in 665th of 765 racers! I am proud of myself, though of course I can do much better in future.

I got so many freebies, including a yoga mat, tons of food, hair and lip care products, a mini make over, a ‘massage’ and so much more!

After having a fabulous day which ended with dinner at a friend’s house, I settled in to do today’s reading, and smiled as I got to 1 Timothy 4:8-9:

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. (NLT)

Wow!

Trust God to keep his Word relevant and on point! Godliness has a far greater payoff than a 10k! I hear you Lord!

Peace, Love and Physical Training (and of course Godliness),

Dami

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