Thursday, 24 September 2015

Why I desire to be a Pastor's Wife?

Side-note: this post is in response to a comment I got on my previous post "My desire - To be a Pastor's wife ." I would like to thank Takalani Nemauluma for asking the question, it has helped me reflect more on this desire and here are the reasons why;

1. I have a passion for Ministry.
2. I would be privileged to be a co-labourer with my Pastor hubby in his efforts to win souls for Christ.
3. The responsibilities of  a Pastor's wife will keep me on my knees.
4. The role requires constant self denial hence I will be reminded of Luke 9:23 daily.
5. It's an opportunity to influence people (especially women) heavenward.
6. It's a role that requires constant prayer and supplication, not only for myself or family but for the greater family of God.
7. I wish to be a pillar of strength and support for my Pastor hubby.
8. I want to raise tofu-loving and scripture song-singing children.
9. I know it's a great challenge to raise faithful, God fearing Pastor's kids but I'm willing to go through the challenge with Jesus.
10. Bonus reason: I love it when a Pastor talks about his wife in a sermon. (This is me being a girl BUT I just melt!)

My Journey of Faith continues...

Sunday, 20 September 2015

My Desire - To be a Pastor's Wife!

I woke up at 4am today and the first thought on my mind was "I really do want to be a Pastor's wife." In my head I thought, "you are in Law school Nontie, how will you ever meet one?" Then something said to my heart "tell it to Jesus."

This has been my heart's desire for a long time. I have often told my friends that I want to be a pastor's wife BUT I just haven't prayed about it. Maybe because of my lack of faith. When I look around the position the Lord has placed me, in my eyes, it's just impossible to meet a young pastor who is not married yet. However the Lord bids us in his word, to walk by faith and not by sight. He also invited us to taste and see if the Lord is good. He promised that, if we ask anything in his name he will supply according to his riches in heaven.

When I look back in my own life, there are things that I wanted and knew my parents would never afford BUT the Lord provided.

Moral of the Story: Sometimes it's not about what we can lay our eyes on. We should never limit God's abilities based on what is before our eyes. God is greater than our own comprehension. He made all things and he has the ability to make the impossible possible.

My journey of Faith begins...

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Keep a Song in your Heart!

Today was music day at church. The theme was "In times like these - Sing a song! I learnt that music, when used in the right way, can be a powerful tool to overcome temptations. In times of discouragement, singing a song can help you divert your attention from the sad situation. It can give you hope in a hopeless moment. It can remind you that NO ABSENCE IS GREATER THAN GOD'S PRESENCE. Here are the lyrics to the song that is on my heart right now:

  1. Wide, wide as the ocean, high as the heaven above;
    Deep, deep as the deepest sea is my Savior’s love.
    I, though so unworthy, still am a child of His care;
    For His Word teaches me that His love reaches me everywhere.

Moral of the Story: We should always keep a song in our hearts. A song that will remind us of God's love. It will work in our favour, more than anyone else.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Visiting Other Churches...#LearningCurve!

Today after my Law of Contract test (which shockingly went well), I decided I would tag along to a prayer meeting with my friends.

When we got to the meeting, the people were singing with so much love in their voices. It was a simple song, that I have heard a couple of times before, but today it sounded different. The meaning was just too deep.

Then it was prayer time, everyone was praying individually. The prayers were heart felt. They were praying with such zeal and passion. My heart was just smiling the whole time. When the prayer meeting ended, I didn't need to be asked to come again, I just found myself saying "I want to come again."

Moral of the Story: Once we realise that we (Christians), are in this world as representatives of Christ, everything that we do will testify of God's goodness. The way we sing, the way we pray, will draw many to Christ.

Can Love REALLY be "at first sight"?

I was reading a very interesting blog written by a good friend. It was on love and relationships - the pain one experiences when they love someone who doesn't love them in the same manner. What caught my attention was the fact that he mentioned the idea of 'love at first sight.'

A lot of times when people are considering a particular person they are interested in, they automatically go from ATTRACTION to LIKE to LOVE.

I believe when it comes to LOVE we have to look at it as a timeline;

The first time you meet a person you have what is called ATTRACTION. That means you are drawn to them. There is something that makes you want to talk to them.

As you are drawn to them and maybe begin to talk to them - you realise they are funny or intelligent or have a vibrant personality. Then you begin to develop INTEREST. Interest is something that says I want to know more about this person. I want to spend more time with them.

After going from ATTRACTION to INTEREST then you go to LIKE. When you like someone, that means you prefer them over someone else. That assumes history, that assumes knowledge. Therefore you have to know someone for you to prefer them.

After LIKE then you may get to the place of LOVE. Love means to choose to give your affections to this person. This is what it means when they say love is not a feeling BUT a principle. Love is NOT blind. Love should never be 'at first sight.' Love is an informed CHOICE you make.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Is it necessary to go to Church?

I have noticed a prevailing trend amongst my fellow Seventh Day Adventists (myself included). There is a tendency of choosing to "sleep-in" as opposed to actually going to church on Sabbath.

It's true, the Sabbath is a day set aside for rest. We are called to do NO work (Exodus 20:10) and to call the Sabbath a delight (Isaiah 58:13). However resting does not mean sleeping the whole day.

The precious hours of the Sabbath should not be wasted in bed. The Lord gave us SIX days for our temporal work then he blessed and sanctified the seventh day and set it apart for Himself. On this day He will, in a special manner, bless all who consecrate themselves to His service.

Author's Interjection: Sometimes I convince myself that I don't have to go to church. I can have church in my room and as long as I am not doing any work, then God will be fine with it. But the Lord led me to this passage in the book TESTIMONIES TO THE CHURCH - Volume 6 - Page 362 - by ELLEN WHITE which says;

"Communing together in regard to Christ will strengthen the soul for life's trials and conflicts. Never think that you can be Christians and yet withdraw yourself within yourself. Each one is part of the great web of humanity, and the experience of each will be largely determined by the experience of his associates."

"God teaches that we should assemble in His house to cultivate the attributes of perfect love."

Moral of the Story: The reason why we are not more joyful about going to church on Sabbath is that we have lost our first love. Hence my prayer is for nothing less than for you to love Jesus more. 

Saturday, 12 September 2015

A Praying Man!

I am that type of person that says "that's my favorite song" to every song that I know, that is sung in church or that pops up on my playlist. My favorite colour changes all the time (side note: I have even decided that I will let future hubby choose our wedding colour). My favorite food - ummh I won't even go there. BUT there is one thing that if you ask me what it is, I will tell you even in the middle of my dream. That one thing is my favorite sermon. I have listened to a whole lot of sermons, different preachers, but this ONE sermon has remained my favorite. I can't even recall how many times I have listened to it or watched it on YouTube. But I love it and I learn something new all the time. 

The title of the sermon is A PRAYING MAN by SEBASTIEN BRAXTON. Here is the highlight of the sermon:

"We are living in a time when our greatest need, I believe, is for a praying man. We have plenty of educated men. We have plenty of wealthy men. We have plenty of influential men. We have plenty of musical men. But there is a man that is often underestimated and under appreciated. The man of all men who yields greater power and greater results than all the educated, wealthy, influential, and musical men combined. That is a praying man."

If you want to listen to the sermon CLICK HERE for the AudioVerse link. Or if you want to watch it, CLICK HERE  for YouTube.

I hope you will ALL be blessed by this sermon. Above all my PRAYER is for nothing less than for you to love Jesus more.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Does God care How I dress on Sabbath?

Having been born into a Seventh Day Adventist family, there are certain things that are imposed on you, without having been explained. Worst still, in my case, I could be a 3rd or 4th generation Adventist, meaning my parents were simply not in the position to explain some things that were also imposed on them.

One of those things is that, I had to change into a dress or skirt before going to church. However upon reflection, I thought it was hypocrisy! My reasoning was that, if God can see me wearing pants the whole week, what is the point of changing how I dress, now that I am going to church. In my understanding, it was as if, I would be changing to please people and not God.

The Lord then led me to a passage in the book Testimonies to the Church - Volume 6 - Page 355 - by Ellen White which says;

"Many need instruction as to how they should appear in the assembly for worship on the Sabbath. They are not to enter the presence of God in the common clothing worn during the week. All should have a special Sabbath suit, to be worn when attending service in God's house. While we should NOT conform to worldly fashions, we are not to be indifferent in regard to our outward appearance."

Moral of the Story: The children of God should be pure WITHIN and WITHOUT.

Why I keep the 7th day Sabbath?

At the very beginning of the forth commandment the Lord said: "Remember." He knew that amid the multitude of cares we would  forget it's sacred importance. Therefore He said: "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." Exodus 20:8.

We are not called to observe the Sabbath as a legal matter. We are to understand its spiritual bearing upon all the transactions of life.

God has set His Sabbath at the end of the six working days, that men may stop and consider what they have gained during the week in preparation for the pure kingdom which admits no transgressor.

This direction (to remember the Sabbath day) from the lips of Jehovah is for our instruction. The Bible is a perfect guide, and if its pages are prayerfully studied by hearts willing to understand, none need err upon the question.

Moral of the Story: It means eternal salvation to keep the Sabbath holy unto the Lord. God says: "Them that honor Me I will honor." 1 Samuel 2:30.