Bible in 365 Days – Day 78

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Focus Chapters:

  • Deuteronomy 26-28
  • Deuteronomy 29:1

 

Standout Verse(s):

Deuteronomy 26:6-9 NLT

When the Egyptians oppressed and humiliated us by making us their slaves, we cried out to the Lord, the God of our ancestors. He heard our cries and saw our hardship, toil, and oppression. So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and powerful arm, with overwhelming terror, and with miraculous signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land flowing with milk and honey!

 

Observation (s):

  1. The Israelites cried out to the Lord, the God of their ancestors, in their moment of oppression and humiliation.

    When the Egyptians oppressed and humiliated us by making us their slaves, we cried out to the Lord, the God of our ancestors.

  2. God heard the cry of the Israelites, saw their state and intervened. His intervention included demonstrating who He was, removing the Israelites from the state that they were in and placing them in a better location.

    He heard our cries and saw our hardship, toil, and oppression. So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and powerful arm, with overwhelming terror, and with miraculous signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land flowing with milk and honey!

     

Application:

The relationship status feature on Facebook allows persons to publicly declared their close connection to individuals that are critical to their lives. Through that feature (if people choose to use it), you are able to see all the members of a family. The message is clear, these connected individuals are owned and have a relationship that goes beyond friendship, acquaintanceship, fans or followers.

The Israelites called on the God of their ancestors because they did not yet have a personal experience or connection with God. They had only heard of Him. While God heard their cries for intercession, saw their distress and intervened, He also, gave them a personal experience of who He is by demonstrating His strong and powerful arm and His miraculous nature. Through that experience, His relationship status changed to the God of the Israelites who guided His people to a land flowing with milk and honey!

It is quite interesting to hear when long-standing Christians pray and call God: Daniel’s God, the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, etc. Is it that the only experience you have with God is through the experiences of persons in the Bible or your ancestors? Does this mean you don’t consider God, your God? If no, it is time you start owning Him privately and publicly! On the other hand, if you said yes and you are one of the persons who only know God through your ancestors, it is time for you to have a personal experience with Him. He eagerly awaits that upgrade in relationship status because He is proud to be your God.

P.S.: Personally, I love the ring that Chañel‘s God has to it. 🙂


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XOXO
Chañel

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Lift them cheeks. Show some teeth

Today I want to talk about one of my most favorite things to do in the whole world… If you said or thought  “SMILING” then you are most definitely correct! Whether a full or half smile, I just can’t seem to help myself! I just love to smile and you know what? This inability to stop this ability comes with the most amazing benefits.

  1. Smiling makes you more approachable People generally avoid strangers but if they need help, they are more likely to approach a person who looks nice and approachable. Studies have found that people are more willing to engage socially with others who are smiling. A smile is an inviting facial expression that tells people you are willing to talk and interact with them.
  1. Smiling improves your mood I’ve had cases where I started my day badly and even though I don’t feel like it, I put on a smile. You would be amazed at how many persons will respond to a smile and “good morning”. Within the 20 minutes it takes me to get to work, I begin to feel a lot better and my smile becomes totally genuine! This is because endorphins (endorphins are the same chemicals you get from working out or running, resulting in what is known as a runner’s high) released lift your mood.

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Lessons to live by

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Recently, while browsing Amazon for free books to add to my Kindle, I came across a couple of book titles by SJ McCoy that perfectly titled some of my philosophies in life. See the list below and the reasons why I believe you should make them your life philosophies as well.

  1. Love like you have never been hurt. Getting hurt stinks royally, that much I can attest to 100%. What stinks even more is when your inability to forgive the person who hurt you prevents you from getting and giving the love you deserve. Don’t let someone who callously hurt you in the past have a hold in your future because you can’t forgive him/her. The best revenge is to forgive, accept the lessons learnt then go ahead and find someone and love like you have never been hurt!
  1. Dance like nobody’s watching. I’m sure we have all watched that movie or seen a video where there is just that one guy/girl who is insecure about being themselves but then gets drunk and let loose (Katy Perry’s Last Friday night comes to mind). Don’t need a “MUST GET DRUNK” policy to loosen up. Learn to have fun. Be silly, be you. There is only one you and there certainly will never be another like you so be who you are and not who you think people want you to be.

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Project Sexy!

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Nothing boosts your ego like you stepping out of the house feeling that on the SEXY SCALE of 1-10 you rate a 11 for FREAKING HOT! And an added bonus to make your inner goddess don her stiletto boots and do a strut with an extra swing in her hips (borrowing the Ana Steele slang) is when the opposite sex not only notices but acknowledges it. Personally, although I hate the “Psssssstttt” tire-blown sound and won’t openly acknowledge it, sometimes I can’t help producing an inner grin as my inner goddess gives herself a high-five.

Later that night you return home, scrub the makeup off, take down your hair and if you have natural hair like me, you don a satin wrap. Next you kick off the stiletto boots and put on your favourite night-shirt (especially if it’s a hot summer night). Now as your inner goddess curls up on the couch and stretches, you flash a “I know something you don’t” smile and take a selfie. Within an hour, you have garnered over 100 likes.

Two different personas. One person. But they both have something in common. CONFIDENCE. Marcus Garvey is known for saying “If you don’t have confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.” While he is right and I do power through my general life on this quote, for this post I say “If you ain’t got confidence in self, then your sexy is worth nothing.” Confidence is a vital point in selling the sexy product. It is the fuel needed to drive the car. In essence you have to believe it in order to achieve it.

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Train Others How to Treat You!

After reading Steve Harvey’s  “Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man“, I decided to make some drastic changes in my life. Some of the lessons that Steve pointed out can be exercised in both your relationships and your day-to-day lives. One of the concepts that struck my heart was “Train Others How to Treat You”.

Perhaps we have all been to that point in our lives where we have had a lapse of judgement because we found a significant other who made our hearts do “bum-flicks” (aka cartwheels). Before we know it, we find ourselves compromising our beliefs and instead of being treated like the kings/queens we are, we are treated as though our affection and sacrifices made are worthless.

In hindsight, when we look back at our behaviors, we realize that we have no one to blame but ourselves because we never taught that significant other how to treat us. We never set any standards and demanded that they be met, we just gave and never asked for anything in return. Can we then wonder why we never got the respect we deserved? Can we wonder why our sacrifices were never appreciated? Continue reading

God Speaks

Last night I wrote my first post for the year. In this post, I spoke about taking a page from David’s book and executing my one point plan for the year which involves getting closer to God and watching the pieces fall in place. Imagine my surprise when I woke this morning to find this as my Bible Verse of the day!

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

God Speaks! He didn’t even have to take drastic measures for me to hear that if I listen and obey, He is willing to instruct and teach me in the way I should go. I now have no doubts about how my year will turn out, especially since I am leaving it in the hands of the omnipresent and omniscient God which eyes are all seeming! Can you think of a better pair of hands to handle things?

I end on this note:

When you get personal with God, God gets personal with you.

XOXO
Chañel.

Job Interviews

I had my first in-person job interview today. Strangely I should have been apprehensive but I was not. It was a really good experience. I liked my interviewers and felt like I was talking to old acquaintances. We started laughing when I assumed that one of my interviewers was reaching for my resume that was in an envelope in my hand lol when all she wanted was a hand shake smh and we laughed and smiled to the end.

For me this experience was a two-sided coin. I fear I am more conflicted than the first job offer I got and turned down. On one hand if I do get and take the job, I will be working with what seems to be some really great individuals in a company that seems to have a nice culture. I will also have the opportunity to work towards doing what I really want to do. Yet on the other hand, I will have to say good bye to the persons who have been my work family for almost five years. I can already feel the tears banking up.

*sigh* This is life. Making decisions which though can be very rewarding, can also be very heart-rending. Then one is left with following instincts and praying that you choose the right decision.

Feeling conflicted but PLEASED…. Talk about mixed feelings 🙂

 

XOXO

Chañel