Wednesday, 8 August 2018

A Lesson from Eli



Proverbs 16:25 King James Version (KJV)

25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death
Recently, I came across the story of Eli and his sons Hophni and Phinehas the story can be found in 1 Samuel 2:12-36. Eli was a high priest whose role was to serve and minister to God and man. To have compassion, plead for the sins of the congregation and for himself. The high priest was to be in right standing with God.
For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. Hebrews 5:1-4
Eli’s sons were wicked and a lot of this was due to their father. Eli over indulged his sons and in doing so fed their habit of rebellion
“Eli was an indulgent father. Loving peace and ease, he did not exercise his authority to correct the evil habits and passions of his children. Rather than contend with them or punish them, he would submit to their will and give them their own way…they had no proper appreciation of the character of God or of the sacredness of His law.”- White, 1890 p.575
For those who do not have children ask yourself the following are there habits that I am feeding that would encourage me to disregard the sacredness of God Law?
The habits which are formed during infancy will become developed in adulthood. However, in relation to bad habits that have been cultivated do not fret they can be unlearned! You must be willing to unlearn these habits and believe that by the grace of God an improved you is possible with Christ!

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”  John 15:5 

 

When we fall we are to recommit ourselves to God alone in that very moment. For we cannot do anything without him. Make it your desire to devote yourself to his service. “Devote your mental and physical powers to the service of your Redeemer, who has bought you. Sanctify your thoughts and feelings that all your works may be wrought in God.” White, 1952 p.53

 

If we go back and look at Eli it can be said Eli did not recommit himself to God. He did not fill the requirements of a high priest. His refusal to wholly commit himself to the service of God and to the development of his sons resulted in them being lost.

 

Warnings were sent to the house of Eli but no changes were made. (read 1 Samuel 2:27-36, 1 Samuel 3:11-21 & 1 Samuel 4:11). When God sends us, warnings may we not harden our heart nor ignore the Holy Spirit
Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness” Hebrews 3:7&8

 

When we come to a realisation of our wrong, regardless of the size of the conviction we are to devote ourselves to God there and then. The longer we dwell in a sin the more difficult it will become to overcome.

 

“It is by sinful indulgence that men give Satan access to their minds, and they go from one stage of wickedness to another. The rejection of light darkens the mind and hardens the heart, so that it is easier for them to take the next step in sin and to reject still clearer light, until at last their habits of wrongdoing become fixed. Sin ceases to appear sinful to them” White, 1890. p404


If Eli had acknowledged his sin and his obligation to mould the character of his children sooner their life may have taken a different course. When we come to a realisation of our wrong and do not hesitate to reconcile with Christ how much better would our lives be?!

References
White , 1890 'Patriarchs and Prophets' p 575
White, 1952 'Adventist Home'  
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Sunday, 5 August 2018

Quick and Easy Headwrap








Blue scarf
Measurements
63 inches length
24 inches width
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Kente
44 inches length
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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Dress to Impress

Dress to impress is a phrase often used to condone extravagance and vanity. The phrase does not imply a need to impress another by a display of character, ideas or intellect but rather to gain adoration through the adorning of the outward appearance.

The concept of dressing to impress does not need to just have a shallow notion. How we dress could be a way to impress God. As Christians every part of out being is to do that which will please God and give glory to his name.

“Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him” Isaiah 43:7 (KJV)
Dressing to impress does not need to be a vain notion but can be an action that reflects the glory of God. 

The outfit: 
Dress - H&M (Similar here and here)
Jacket- Zara (Similar here, here and here
Trainers - Nike factory 













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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Hidden treasure


In the past I have spoken about my gardening woes. This post is not another prose where I lament about the lack of my gardening skills but rather a gardening triumph.
Recently, we had some work done in the garden. The grass was cut, and the weeds uprooted. There was a patch which had what appeared to be over grown weeds. I was convinced that they were more than weeds. I recall about a year ago my mother sending me a picture when I was a way of some greenery asking what I had planted? I honestly did not know what was growing at the bottom of our garden.

Fast-forward to present day and the greenery was uprooted and lo and behold potatoes where at the root! My youngest sister sent me the text about the new additions to the gardens family. It all came back to me, a while ago I took a small potato from the kitchen that was starting to sprout and put it in the ground and basically forgot about it.

Some pest got in but from what I read they are still edible 

A lesson that can be taken from this is, do not be so quick to write yourself off. You may have prayed about something  particular and cannot seem to get a sense of whether God is going to answer that or those requests. Just leave it in God’s hand he is working on your situation.


Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27  (KJV)

 

“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 
Another lesson I learnt, is we are all full of hidden treasure! Family, friends or colleagues may not see anything good in you. On the surface you may just appear to be like the next person but there is greatness within you (Les Brown). God has filled you with abundant gifts and talents that are to be used for his glory! Soon opportunities will arise for you to share these gifts. Do not lose hope for you are full of hidden treasures.





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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Modest Fashion| 2 Dresses 6 Looks (Outfit 4)





"Let women themselves, instead of struggling to meet the demands of fashion, have the courage to dress healthfully and simply. Instead of sinking into a mere household drudge, let the wife and mother take time to read, to keep herself well informed, to be a companion to her husband, and to keep in touch with the developing minds of her children." - Ellen White 


Dressing in a modest way does not and should not be complicated. The quote above states that women should be brave to dress simply. In a world where the pride of life is rampant it is so refreshing to see women take pride in a more simplistic way of dressing.

A lot of us are afraid or loath the idea of being labelled as a 'plain Jane'. Such phrase suggests being boring but what is the issue with having a plainer dress sense?  Many in the world are obsessed with being seen but what is the benefit of that? A few more compliments? Your ego is stroked a little. What is benefit of dressing extravagantly?

I am in no way saying we are not to dress nicely neither am I implying extravagance is synonymous with looking good. You can still look good without having to break the bank, simple ensembles saves money.

Recently, I watched a video about some of the practises of those who are wealthy. It was noted many of the worlds rich wore the same style of clothes daily. In doing so they saved money and freed up time to focus on other things. 

" let the wife and mother take time to read, to keep herself well informed, to be a companion to her husband, and to keep in touch with the developing minds of her children."

Choosing to dress simpler allows more time to be spent on those things which are of greater importance. 


The Outfit


Shirt Dress- H&M (Similar here)
Shoes - Primark (similar here)
















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Reference 

White, E. 1905 'Ministry of Healing' p.294 

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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

What are you Doing with your Free time?


“Our time belongs to God. Every moment is His, and we are under the most solemn obligation to improve it to His glory. Of no talent He has given will He require a more strict account than of our time.

The value of time is beyond computation. Christ regarded every moment as precious, and it is thus that we should regard it. Life is too short to be trifled away.” – Ellen White

You may have heard the phrase tomorrow is not promised, this is quite a solemn expression but is nonetheless viable. Many often behave as if life is a given and fritter away precious moments and squander the expensive gift known as time.

Time is not always equally allocated hence why the lifespan of humanity varies. Some are given 15 years, to another 49 years and another 100 years. However, all are given 24 hours. What do you do with your 24 hours? Out of those 24 hours about 7/8 are spent sleeping, another 7 or 8 hours working therefore leaving about 6-8 hours to ‘spare’ .

I use this term loosely as if we look at the quote shared Christ regards very moment as precious, this must also include our spare time.

Some of this spare time could be the commute to work, breaks at work and the time you use to get ready. Each of these can be used more effectively. But how?

“A few moments here and a few there, that might be frittered away in aimless talk; the morning hours so often wasted in bed; the time spent in traveling on trams or railway cars, or waiting at the station; the moments of waiting for meals, waiting for those who are tardy in keeping an appointment--if a book were kept at hand, and these fragments of time were improved in study, reading, or careful thought, what might not be accomplished. A resolute purpose, persistent industry, and careful economy of time, will enable men to acquire knowledge and mental discipline which will qualify them for almost any position of influence and usefulness.”


I will refer to the above quote on how to use time effectively and outline Bible text that support that which was said.

Get up early:
Jesus is to be our ultimate example. Jesus himself was in the habit of getting up early to pray. “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” – Mark 1:35

Avoid pointless talk:
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” -Matthew 12:36
This text is also another solemn one. Imagine having to give an account of every single word and action you have done! I believe idle talk also involves talking about an idea repeatedly and not executing it. Our lives should involve profession and performance Think of the amount of time that would be saved and the thing we would have accomplished if we just spoke less and did more.
Maximise your time:
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest” – Ecclesiastes 9:10
Time is a by-product of life. Without life there is no time that can be maximised. Solomon admonishes us whatever we do it well because when death comes there is no time that can be redeemed.    
Thus far it has been established getting up early, talking less and doing as well as working diligently are ways to utilise our spare time.

Below I have listed some things that you can do in your space time.

Start a blog
Start a business
Do some fundraising  
Become a befriender
Travel
Call an old friend
Paint
Join a gym
Learn how to drive
Get a part time job
Give Bible studies
Read more
Set up a charity
Volunteer
Start a prayer group
Learn how to cook


















In the comments below let me know if you are doing any of the above in your spare time.

In conclusion, time is a gift it is not always allocated equally but is still given what you do with your time will determine your future.

Reference 

White, E. 'Christ Objective Lesson' 1900 p. 343 

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