This is the conclusion of the series on the Prophetic Opposite. Next Month Begins the series The Gift To ACTIVATE Gifts. Get Ready!
So many of you may already know that our theme for the year is called Raising the Standard. God has laid in my spirit 10 things that each and everyone of us needs to Raise The Standard in.
1. Reading the word – the word of God is a two edged sword necessary for everyday battles. Will a soldier go to war without his weapon? So why do you go a day without arming your spirit? Read the word everyday.
2. Quiet time – a relationship that does not involve spending time soon becomes estranged. Often wondered why your faith is low and you start doubting the word of God? Well this is because you have removed yourself from Gods presence. Any relationship that is not worked on dies. That’s why people backslide – they start to not feel Gods presence in their lives as result of them not spending time. The flesh becomes numb to God word.
3. Attend church regularly and plug in. The bible says that the Church is the bride of Jesus Christ. You cannot be of Christ and not be of His Church. Many people have a casual relationship with their church, not bothered whether it succeeds or not. If Christ is priority over your life so should be His bride – the Church. This year raise the standard move from being casual with God and have a zeal for His church. I dare you to take it further and serve. The word says it’s better to be a doorkeeper in the house of God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
4. Tithing and giving – it’s common sense that anything that is not funded dies. If you stop tithing to the house of God, the church shall not remain relevant and will not thrive. So many churches close because members hoard money for foolish reasons because they are not generous. Be generous especially in relation to Gods house. This gospel must be finance, it takes you and I to do it. Take ownership of it.
5. Eating healthy and exercising – it is important to make the health decision in the early days of your life. Don’t wait until the doctors diagnose food abuse related diseases for you to start eating healthy.
6. Spending more time with family. True riches are not derived from money but from family. Time we don’t spend with them is irrecoverable.
7. Work – give your best always and be faithful. Excel and give your best. Stop lingering on being average. Go above and beyond expectations. Work is a gift from God, don’t take it for granted.
8. Punctuality – if you want to go far in life address this fast. Always get to a meeting 15mins before it starts. People who are not punctual are master procrastinators and do not respect time.
9. Education – keep sharpening your knowledge. Information doesn’t stand still it grows. Those who keep improving themselves but educating themselves remain relevant.
10. Dress code – you dress how you want to be treated. Your dress codes sends messages to people how to treat you.
Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
The first part of the conclusion of the Series the Prophetic Opposite. In this Podcast, we look at the impact of the Christ on the ages.
I will open by indicating to you real early that every MAN has the capacity to fall into sexual sin. It doesn’t matter if they are called, Doctor, Banker, Janitor, Plumber, Priest, Bishop, Apostle, they all have the capacity to make a big mistake and fall in sexual sin. In the context of this blog we are limiting the definition of sexual sin to adultery, we are going to show the most vulnerable moments for a man in the context of marriage to end up cheating on his wife.
Many of you have asked me what my baby routine is like.
Here it goes:
7am – Bokang wakes up. Sometimes a bit earlier than this but let’s pin it at 7am. She gets 100mls of milk bottle to drink to start her day.
8am – it’s baby cereal time. Oats or cerelac. No sugar added cereals.
10am – nap time. Bokang is a bad napper she sleeps for just under an hour.
12pm – lunch is served. Strictly vegetables and protein. Occasionally I add a spoon of rice or mealie meal. All her food is made with no sugar, no salt. Babies should not have sugar or salt.
She can then quench her thirst with 30-40mls of boiled cooled water before her 3pm snack.
4pm – nap time. Every princess deserves some time out. She may also finish a bottle of 120ml of her milk.
5pm – best time of day for my little one. It’s bath time.
6pm – it’s dinner time. A different protein and veg to what she had at lunch time. This time with no carbs at all.
It’s then playtime and cuddle time until 730pm.
730pm – Mummy makes her 150mls of milk especially in this heat to quench the thirst. She has this a part of her wind down routine. Then it’s shut eye time.
1am – she ll cry for some milk which daddy assist with as he is a later night sleeper.
5am – she ll do the same as 1am. I am trying to make her give up the 1am drink shift but given how hot it currently is I have decided to permit it until autumn starts.
Every Sunday I prepare food for Boks. I am not one for ready made food bought from store as it has loads of preservatives. I make my own puréed food with the killer blender (actually a processor) I bought recently. It has made my life so much easier. Today I made:
Lightly boiled carrots, baby marrows, beetroot, mince meat, chicken breasts, salmon, butternut. All very quick to make. Picked up some things for the week to add to her grocery list:
Oats (sugar free), cottage cheese, mushrooms, sugar peas, avocado, kiwis, spanpek, beans, chickpeas.
What I have found with our daughter is that she thrives on consistency and routine. Often when we mess with the routine I am anxious and she’s irritable – definitely not good. So as she grows will adjust the routine to meet her growing needs.
My husband and I are strong believers that children do what they are taught. If they are not taught they also do that, and this alternative of find your own way often leads to undesirable habits.
We encourage you to be deliberate with your training of your kids. Our pediatrician said something so powerful to us, your kid is an empty box what you put in there is up to you. So we took this advise literally as it is fully aligned with the word of God.
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV)
This parenting thing…make it deliberate.
5 Lessons from Paris and Baga
Gen 1:28 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” #alllivesmatter
It is with great sadness that I write this blog concerning two tragic incidents that occurred in two separate places and befell two different groups of people with two different responses from the global community of humanity. The same tragedy befell both groups (terrorist attacks) but the response of the world was different. The first group affected by tragedy where the people of France under what is now known as the the Charlie Hebdo Shooting. It began On 7 January 2015, at the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France, where 12 people were killed (death toll is now 17), for drawing cartoon of Muhammad.
The second group are the people of Baga, Nigeria who got slaughtered by Boko Haram (terrorist group) and the death toll is estimated to be more than 2000 people. The shooting began on the 3 January and not a single report surfaced, yet 4 days later when 12 were sho in Paris, immediately the world media was reporting minute by minute as it was unfolding.
The first group of 17 in France received tremendous media coverage and it cumulated in a march of solitary of 3.5 million people in Paris including world leaders walking arm in arm in tribute to the 17 who died.
Meanwhile in Nigeria the media coverage for 2000 lives lost has been limited to non existence, there has been no march nor world leaders who have spoken out against the deaths of 2000 people.
There are some lessons I want to share from this incident. I will preface these nuggets with the scripture above, ALL human beings are created in the image of God and I believe that ALL lives matter, black, white, blue, yellow, green all lives matter. Here are some lessons.
1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.
How does God expect the baren to sing? Seems unreasonable. Listen and be blessed.