Saturday, 21 February 2015

Biblical Truth NOT Subject to Democratic Opinion!

We are living in a society where democracy is the order of the day. They say majority rules. A decision to act or refrain from acting, many a time, depends on numbers rather than the morality of the action. Instead of principle being the first point of call, it has become a matter of convenience. We obey God only when his will and word is in line with our own plans. We seek to fit God in our plans rather than us fitting into his plans. 

As today's preacher alluded, biblical truth is not subject to democratic opinion. If a text in the bible testifies against us, we shouldn't take a black permanent marker and rub it out BUT instead our prayer should be 'Lord help my unbelief.' We should realize that, the prophecies of God do not come to entertain us or challenge our intellectual abilities, they come to impact change in our lives. If we embrace the word of God, we will surely be like Christ when he appears. 

Moral of the Story: We shouldn't hate the Word of God. We shouldn't hate him that tells us the truth. We ought to always remember that, the kisses of an enemy are worse than the wounds of a friend. We shouldn't be moved to follow the crowd, we should always seek to stand for principle.  

Stay Faithful!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Starting All Over!

God does give second chances.

Rewind - After a few attempts to drop out of school, I completed my pre-law school degree two years ago. Instead of continuing through to law school, I took a gap year, to think things thoroughly and decide what I really wanted to do with my life. At the back of my head, I just wanted to meet bae, get married and flourish away! Hence the many attempts to quit school.

Reflection - Being home for a year made me realize that marriage goes beyond living happily ever after and being a wife means giving away the 'princess' title every girl gets from her dad. It means taking up responsibilities, being there (and always) for your other half, being able to live with another and putting their desires before yours. Importantly, though women are called to be keepers at home, this doesn't imply that they should just laze around and wait for hubby to do everything - this is really what I had in mind when I decided I would be a stay at home mom.

Going Forward - I don't know what my future holds. I have no idea what the Lord has in store for me. I can't see the bigger picture of my life and I don't wish to, until such a time when the Lord decides to reveal it to me. I get scared sometimes, I get anxious, I'm tempted to give up and stop trying BUT one thing that constantly keeps me going is the thought that 'God did not bring me this far to leave me.' 

God has allowed me another opportunity to re-live my life. I never planned it to happen this way. I never anticipated to be where I am right now. I never knew I would fall in love with the idea of being in school (its a first for me) and studying what I have always hoped to study. It all seems like a big dream, but hey with God all things are possible. It really feels like God has given me a second chance to life, like I am starting all over again. 

Happily in Law School!

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Is being a Career Woman totally off Biblical Norms?

My experience as a stay-at-home daughter is not abnormal or exemplary. Many girls are choosing this less-traveled path and reaping a bountiful harvest of joy and contentment as they choose what is foolish in the eyes of the world. I believe that the Lord is raising up a generation of young women wholly dedicated to biblical values and traditional family roles; women who will be godly wives and mothers devoted to taking dominion of their spheres of influence in the home! It is exciting to watch as God turns many hearts toward the home and family, and the stay-at-home daughter movement is another exciting development in this monumental shift.

However in the same regard, there are also young women who have chosen to go to college, pursue a degree and career thereafter, but when and if opportunity arises to be a stay at home wife or mother, they are more than willing to grab it with both hands. They strongly believe in biblical womanhood, the headship of men in the home, biblical submission of the wife, among others. Of the two, this option is less popular and may even be confronted with questions like; 'Why go to college then if you are just going to stay at home?' Or 'Why not just be a full time stay at home daughter?' 

Then there is also another class of women, who have chosen to pursue their careers as they simultaneously care for their families and raise their children. I admit, I used to think this option was totally off biblical values and norms. However upon reflection I realized I was brought up this way. From my experience, I have no complains against it, though my mom would be at work for most of the day, she made sure she spent enough time with us whenever she was home. Knowing that she won't always be there to counsel with us, she taught us to pray, to turn to God whenever we were not sure about anything. In addition, when we were little, she was more than careful when choosing our baby sitters, we were either left under the care of her older sisters or our older cousins. We didn't turn out to be complete Angels but I believe she did her best in raising us and I have no doubt that she will receive the words "well done thou good and faithful servant...' at the end of time. 

Moral of the story: There is no One-Size-Fit-All approach to biblical womanhood. As opportunities avail and circumstances permit, we should always seek to do our best in whatever situation God places in our hands. Let's not be quick to judge those who decide to stay at home full time or those who choose to follow their careers, neither is superior over the other but it's simply a case where, God has different purposes for us.