Bible in 365 Days – Day 213

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Kings 23:1-20
  • 2 Chronicles 34:29-33
  • 2 Kings 23:21-28
  • 2 Chronicles 35:1-19
  • Nahum 1-3

 

Standout Verse(s):

2 Kings 23:25 NLT

Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Josiah turned to God with everything that was in him.

    Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses.

  2. His wholehearted chasing after God resulted in him being declared as being one of a kind.

    Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since.

Application:

Can you think of some of some of your most iconic incomparable “one-of-a-kind” things or moments? Well I can! There is the last gift I received from my father before his death. Then there is God’s love for me and His willingness to lead the imperfect creature that I am.

What about in the Bible? Who are some of the most iconic characters whose works and heart made them incomparable in the sight of God? For me, there is David, a man whom God declared as modelling His heart. There is Methuselah, the man God allowed never to see death. There is Job whom God boasted about and then there is Josiah whom the Bible declares to be a king who turned to God with his whole heart, soul and strength.

Josiah was eight years old when he inherited the leadership of Israel. Despite his age, he sought to lead his people to God. His dedication to the cause was such that the Bible deemed his actions incomparable! His passion for God’s law made a difference then and continues to make a difference even today.

What will you be remembered for? Will you be like the persons in Ecclesiastes who gain fame and favour today but are forgotten tomorrow? Strive to be one of a kind like Josiah. Make God proud. Have a godly passion and dedication that is incomparable. Chase after God wholeheartedly! Turn to the Lord with your whole heart, soul and strength.


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May the Peace of God go with you!

XOXO
Chañel

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My Perfect Mistake

​Headiness was catching
Talking, laughing
Mind alighting
Yearning…
Touching?
Forced to face
You weren’t surface but buried flesh-deep
A thorn, you are
My perfect mistake.

Ravaged by a few
Perfect-imperfect moments
Lolled into a false sense of security.
Awakened with the knowledge
Nothing is as it seems.
I was the surface
Just goosebumps, I am
Your unacknowledged mistake
While you were buried flesh-deep
A thorn, you are
My perfect mistake.

Distracted. 
Lost to space and time.
While wise mind screams, “Let it go.”
Hurt heart wonders, “Why?”
And worries bout you.
Body and soul steels and suffers
Forced to face each day
The evidence of my perfect mistake.
The thief? The deceiver?
Buried flesh-deep
A thorn, you are
My perfect mistake.

XOXO,
Chañel.

Je Ne Regrette Rien! (I Don’t Regret Anything!)


I sat at my desk working while listening music and the strangest thing happened! James Blunt’s You’re Beautiful started playing and immediately I had a flashback concerning my ex that left me with the hugest grin on my face.

It was two weeks before my 18th birthday at 2am. We were up on the phone again after I had weaseled him into staying up, for the third night in a row. I still can’t believe how he always yielded to me. This time, he was the one asking me to do something. He wanted me to sing him something before we headed to bed. I refused as a plan formulated in my head. The next morning, as I headed off to school, I called him and sang him a rendition of “You’re Beautiful.”

In the early stages of the last few years, my brain focused on the ugly aspects of my past relationship. I was hurt and angry and so, my heart focused on all the reasons he was the enemy. I forgot our good times and the lessons these experiences taught me. Here are a few lessons these better moments taught me:

  1. He gave me my first impromptu driving lesson although, I didn’t get far before he started yelling at me to turn the wheel correctly and I yelled back. That was my first and last lesson from him but it taught me the importance of helping your partner in anyway you can. This means that you should always be open to teaching your partner because neither will know everything.
  2. The first time we met, he tried to flirt with me but called me the wrong name. I ignored him. Later in the day, being the tomboy I was, I climbed up to a cliff only to realize that I couldn’t get down by myself. He ended up being the one to lift me down. That bit of kindness opened my mind to him. This taught me the importance of being careful of how you treat people. You never know when you will need their help.
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It Was Your Eyes

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Lonely.
All alone in a crowded world.
Two orbs meet two.
No words spoken,
Conversation beholden,
Crinkles greet,
Face red heat.
I’m lost and held
In a moment
I see,
In a sea.
A sea that was your eyes.


XOXO
Chañel

The Subject of Crying

Maybe no one told you that there was strength in your tears. – Kelly Clarkson

I used to be one of those females who believed that crying was a sign of weakness. Well, it should be the flip as crying doesn’t show that you are weak but rather that you have strength. It takes strength to show others that you are vulnerable. One of the things that have really struck me is that although tears show considerable strength, we tend to apologize anytime we become emotional in the presence of a group or others – especially if we don’t know them well. I had to ask myself: ” Why do we do that?  Why is it not okay to become emotional whenever we want?”

Here are a few reasons why tears, whether in public or private, are okay.

  1. Tears enable us to get in touch with our deepest feelings. Unless you’re putting on a really good act, eating onions, or acting in a movie scene, tears express the rawest emotions within. We have all had moments when a really amazing gift or gesture had brought tears to our eyes. We cry when we share moments of great elation with others. There are many times, I’ve laughed until I began crying. Tears are also an expression of grief at endings or the loss of those who are precious to us.

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Put Your Heart In It

In July of 2010, this song rang throughout an auditorium filled with youngsters full of dreams as they headed on to 6th form and university.

As 2016 came to a close, the chorus of this song played repeatedly in my head. “When you put your heart in it, it can take you anywhere…” This is the key lesson I learned in 2016. Put your heart in it! That’s the action I bid you to adopt in 2017.

If you want your spiritual life to soar, put your heart in it. If you want your professional and personal life to soar, put your heart in it. Become an honorary Wolmerian and adopt the Wolmers’ Group of Schools “Age Quod Agis” motto. Whatever you choose to do in 2017, do it well. Whatever you set your heart on in 2017, execute well. PUT YOUR HEART IN IT!!! No more halfhearted attempts! When you execute well on the first opportunity, I can assure you that you will live without regrets.

As you step into 2017 with purpose, I wish you all the love, joy, happiness and good things that the Lord has in store for you in 2017. May the favor of God continually smile upon you as you PUT YOUR HEART IN IT!

XOXO,
Chañel.