Bible in 365 Days – Day 156

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Focus Chapters:

  • 1 Kings 11
  • 2 Chronicles 9:29-31
  • Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

 

Standout Verse(s):

1 Kings 11:1-3 NLT

Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites. The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, “You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.” Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Solomon disobeyed God’s instructions and married foreign women.

    Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites. The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, “You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.”

  2. Solomon’s love of his foreign wives was the root cause behind his heart straying away from the Lord.

    Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord.

Application:

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Did you know that the people you love can become your treasure? Deep love brings with it a deep desire to please, giving the recipient of that love, power that can be easily abused. The people you love have the power to lead you astray. It is, therefore, critical to choose companions who share your fundamental belief systems.

Throughout his youth, Solomon loved and pleased God, yet he made one fundamental mistake. In his wisdom, he understood the importance of marrying to form foreign political allies. However, he disobeyed God’s precise instructions and made room in his life for foreign princesses and their foreign gods. He grew to love these women, giving them the control and room to sway him from his beliefs. In his old age, his love, for these women, turned his heart away from God to them and their gods. 

Are you choosing your companions wisely? Do they add or detract from your spiritual life? Don’t be like Solomon whose love for his wives caused him to stray from God.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 121

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Samuel 22
  • Psalms 18

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 18:1-2 NLT

I love you, Lord;
you are my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.

 

Observation (s):

  1. David used the possessive pronoun “my” that declared his relationship with God.

    The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
    my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.

  2. David’s declaration of his relationship with God reached the point where he utilized adjectives and descriptive parts of speech to describe the role that God played in his life.

    He is my shield, the power that saves me,
    and my place of safety.

Application:

Who doesn’t love possessive pronouns and the ownership or relationships that they allow us to declare quite proudly. “My mother” is much more personal that “the lady who gave birth to me”. “My boy friend” declares a pride that “a guy friend” lacks. And who can argue about the different between “God” and “my God”. It screams love, personal relationship and a sense of belonging and ownership!

There is also something incredible which these relationships announced when our possessive pronouns are coupled with adjectives and descriptive parts of speech that show the specialness of our relationships. For example when “my friend” becomes “my best friend” or “my mother” becomes “my biggest cheerleader” or “my God” becomes “my strength”.

Are you like David who love and have such a special relationship with God that you use possessive pronouns and descriptive parts of speech to capture His active role in your life? God was David’s strength, his rock in whom he finds protection, his fortress, and savior. God was David’s shield, the power that saves him, and his place of safety. Who is God to you?


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Kings Exist! They Are Not Dead.

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A dedication to J, a king who loved me and taught me to love wholesomely.

Early last year, I grew to love someone romantically for the first time in years. He was perfect not because I couldn’t see his imperfections but because I did and I still wanted him. He made my day brighter just by being in it. He had the incredible ability to frustrate me in equal proportions as his ability to do something totally ridiculous that would have me squealing with laughter until tears ran down my face or smiled until my jaws hurt. He loved to make me smile! In his words, “What’s the world without the prettiest smile from the prettiest girl?”

He was the first man I’ve been involved with who wanted to pray with and for me. Although most of the times, he was thousands of miles away, travelling, there was never a night that we did not speak or a journey that he did not call to check that I had made it.

He understood that I wasn’t perfect but still he saw perfection in me despite my imperfections. He listened when I spoke. We spoke about the hard topics. We learned to agree to disagree on stuff that we both felt strongly about. He supported, motivated and pushed me to my limits. He was the type of guy who would spend hours learning and quizzing me about a topic that he knew nothing about just because I had an exam coming up. He made me want to be a better person on all levels. He forced me to be brave and let my voice be heard. He made me see the world in a more different and exciting way.

This guy was perfect! Incredibly, we synced and fit on everything but one…the one thing that turned out to be the deal-breaker. Before I knew it, I was planning to let my perfect guy go, overruling his protestations that he wanted me more than some childhood dream. Yet, I couldn’t bear the thought that maybe, just maybe, one day that special glow in his eyes, when he looked at me, would die when the conclusion sunk in that I was really serious and wouldn’t give him the one thing he has yearned for for as long as he could remember. And so, dying a little inside, I let him go and I walked away without looking back. We haven’t spoken since…

My heart aches whenever I hear a woman say that there are no good men out there. I know that’s a lie because I had one and he treated me as his queen. The queen in me rose and aligned to the king in him. But, before I could get there, the queen in me had to be readied so that she would see, acknowledge and respond wholesomely to the king he is. Only then did the incredible and rare thing occurs where we both connected, fitted and synced on another level. This is an experience I wish for all ladies. Only, when you find him, may you get to keep him.

 


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 27

Focus Chapters:

  • Job 30-31

 

Standout Verse(s):

Job 31:29-30 NLT

“Have I ever rejoiced when disaster struck my enemies,
or become excited when harm came their way?
No, I have never sinned by cursing anyone
or by asking for revenge.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Job considered the godless to be persons who rejoiced at the misfortune of their enemies.

    “Have I ever rejoiced when disaster struck my enemies,
    or become excited when harm came their way?

  2. Job considered it sinful to curse (wish bad on) an individual or seek or ask for revenge.

    No, I have never sinned by cursing anyone
    or by asking for revenge.

     

Application:

Job shame me! As I read today’s focus verses, my mind dashed back to times when I used “vengeance belongs to God.” to gloat at the comeuppance that would surely come my enemy’s way. God forbid if I got to see that comeuppance in action. I would be ecstatic! I can’t even begin to consider the number of times that I have cursed my enemies and wished a world of hurt for them or hurl my desire for revenge into the atmosphere. We all know the power of our words.

Job showed me that I still a far way in my journey to becoming pure as gold while reminding me of God’s command to “love my neighbor as myself.” As I consider my previous behaviour, I must admit that gloating at the misfortune of my enemies or wishing them bad are not acts of godly love. These are situations in which God is removed and self is at the forefront. Honestly, these are behaviours that I am certain I would not relish if, God forbid, I should reap what I have sown. From today and now on, I will extend godly love, even to my enemies.

 

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Chañel

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.

God is interested

I always find it so amazing when God pays attention to the little things in my life. It makes me realize just how much He cares about His relationship with us! Can you just imagine it? Having someone who listens to all your thoughts and worries and acts on them? It is incredible!

A few mornings ago, I got in a taxi. I didn’t pay much attention to who was inside because the taxi-stand was packed and I was more focused on getting to work on time.

When the taxi pulled away it took me a while to take stock of who I was commuting with. When the thought surfaced, I realized I was in a taxi with four men! The driver and three other male passengers! To make matters worse, I happened to be in the middle of the backseat.

Now I’m not the panicky sort but the moment the realization hit me, I grew uncomfortable. The thought, hoping for another female passenger flit through my mind. About 10 seconds later, the taxi stopped. The male in the front passenger seat got off and a female passenger got on.

Amused, I found myself asking the Lord if He couldn’t have let me complete the thought. To this He replied, “Well you asked.”

Isn’t God incredible! It was so great to be reminded that He cares about the little nitty-gritties of my life.When I’m sad, He is there! When I’m anxious, He is a constant presence!

My Daddy is ALWAYS INTERESTED!

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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