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Open Wounds

And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and who had endured much suffering under [the hands of] many physicians and had spent all that she had, and was no better but instead grew worse. She had heard the reports concerning Jesus, and she came up behind Him in the throng and touched His garment, for she kept saying, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health. And immediately her flow of blood was dried up at the source, and [suddenly] she felt in her body that she was healed of her [distressing] ailment. (Mark 5:25-29)

I love the story of the woman with the issue of blood.

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Use the Name of Jesus

At some point in my walk I realized that as Christians we can fall into the habit of connecting with only one part of the God-head. For me, it was God the Father. He is the one who supplies our needs and offers us protection and forgiveness. And so I would always use the word God – in reference to the Father – but never the name Jesus, thinking it was one and the same thing.
Another reason I refrained using the name Jesus was because I knew it felt offensive to some people. I wanted to be all encompassing, and God was Jesus anyway, so what did it matter?
But it does. It does matter. 
There are many gods, but only one TRUE God. Only one Jesus.

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God Pursues You.

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The idea is almost implausible.
A God who rewards good behavior, we can fathom.
A God who punishes the wicked- of course! What else would a God do with His spare time.
Even a God who answers prayer is within our realm of possibility.
But a God who pursues? One who persistently and relentlessly chases after YOU? We are skeptical on this one.
Because as human beings, we don’t like to pursue anyone. Not even a significant other. The idea of rejection keeps us grounded waiting on the other party to make a move first. My brother even refuses to join twitter because he hates the idea of having to “follow” someone, much less actively pursue them.

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The Missing Peace

How easy is it to lose your peace in this world????
There was a point in my life that I could actually never find mine – my family, friends (and exes) will testify to this lol. Moving back to the States on my own and living as a college student solely reliant on financial  aid and three part-time jobs to provide for myself, I was in a constant state of worry. Would I have enough to eat? Would I have enough to go home over break? Would I have enough to survive the winter??? Sometimes there was enough, but other times there was barely enough to go around. I spent a lot of time counting my pennies and running in circles about money.
Then there was school.

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Five Ideas Christians Need To Rethink

I’ve been in massive hibernation mode for the past few weeks, trying to do less of me and more of God. That means, spending a lot more time listening for what He has to say about every single situation instead of seeking Him after-the-fact.
 I had this random epiphany on Monday about how we can fall into the habit of taking the Bible out of context to fit our own needs; and so I got to thinking: what are some Bible verses or ‘ideas’ that I have taken out of context in my own life that I could share now that I know better?
 Here are five of them:
 1. God will not give us more than we can bear.

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Still Fighting Temptations…

When we last met (or when I last wrote) we were in the desert with Jesus as he prepared for an encounter with the devil by fasting forty days and forty nights. We learnt he did this because he knew the winning strategy – that winning wasn’t about getting stronger in our own strength and ability, but getting weaker so God can get stronger through us…
So here we are, the fasting period is over, and Jesus is starving. I’m talking EXTREME hunger. I can’t even begin to imagine his level of hunger after 40 days, because I just woke up an hour ago and I’m already starving.

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Whether You Like It Or Not

People think I’m crazy when I tell them I wake up between 4:30 and 5am every weekday morning (and most weekends too). My regular routine once I’m up consists of about an hour of quiet time, going to the gym for another hour/hour and a half, and then getting ready for work.
I don’t think I’m crazy at all! To be clear, I don’t LIKE waking up at 4:30 every morning. I have a very comfortable bed, and I would spend the whole day sleeping in it if I could.  I don’t always LIKE going to the gym, and many days I have to drag myself out of bed to make it. I don’t always FEEL like praying or reading my Bible.

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Bad Roots, Good Fruits

For the past two months (though it really seems like a lifetime) I have been trudging through Chronicles and Kings in my morning devo. And not the interesting parts – I’m talking about the annals and stories of pre-pubescent Kings and their rebellion against God, and all the wonderful and exciting ways He punished them for it.
Fun times.
I was so tempted to just skip all those chapters – and honestly the entire books – and move on to some more stimulating content. Esther, Job, Psalms – even Obadiah would have been a welcome relief to the repetitiveness and gore of these chronicles.

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Go Fish!

I have never gone fishing. Not only because I’ve never had the opportunity, but because I think I’d be horrible at it.
I’m told the key to being a good fisherman is to have patience (I got this mainly from one of Papa Pope’s well-executed rants, so correct me if you’re a skilled fisherman and I’m wrong lol), and as I’ve said before, I have the patience of a 4-year old. Can’t wait, don’t want to, won’t do it.
And then there’s the process of cleaning the fish after you’ve caught it. Growing up as the youngest daughter in a Ghanaian household, you know I had to learn how to clean fish – and boy did I hate it.

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Heart Check!

But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It’s from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That’s what pollutes. (Matthew 15: 18 & 19)

The story of Jonah is one of those Bible stories that will be embedded in my brain for all of eternity. It’s one of those stories you’re told over and over again in Sunday School – and I low-key think it’s used to scare children into obedience: obey God or you’ll get swallowed by a big fish! I know I was definitely on my guard after hearing it lol.

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Acting on Faith

I was talking to a friend this past weekend about how I’ve always had difficulty balancing waiting with moving.
 That is, do I ‘Be still and know that He is God’, or do I start commanding mountains to move in the faith that they budge?
 “But what if I move and it’s not God’s time? Or what if it’s not God’s will?” I ask. “Or what if I just move and nothing happens?”
 So 9 times out of 10 I find myself with one foot through the door and the other still stuck inside not sure what to do.
 And yet, as I searched the Bible, I couldn’t find one instance where faith was unaccompanied by action.

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Getting To Know God

Over the past couple weeks I’ve had the opportunity to ‘debate’ my faith, and one of the questions that kept coming up was, why would I want to serve/believe in a God who demands your obedience? There are good people in this world, but your God says if they don’t believe in Jesus, they’re going to burn in Hell. What kind of God would do that? Let good people be punished because they don’t choose HIS path? What then is the point of free will?
And honestly I didn’t know the answer when these questions were posed to me. I myself had questioned these things at times.

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Taking the Promised Land

I’m going to ask that, for a second, you imagine yourself in Joshua’s shoes.
Moses has just passed, and you’re now proud leader of an estimated 2 million loud-spoken and stubborn Hebrews. Your objective? To [finally] get these people into the land God has promised them – a land that you’ve spent 40 years waiting for. You’ve seen the land and how good it is, so you know God’s word about it and promise to be true – now all you have to do is actually get there. Easy right?
Errrr…Not so much. And you’ll soon see why.
SO! God gives you your first set of instructions to get to the promised land:
“Cross the Jordan!” He says.

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“Come, see for yourself!”

I have always found immense comfort and understanding in the lives of Jesus’ disciples. While Jesus himself may honestly sometimes be hard for my human mind to relate to (being the son of God and God himself and all), the disciples I REALLY get. I get their fears. I get their doubt. I get their hesitations, their enthusiasm and their over-zealousness. They were doing back then what we are essentially trying to do today – follow Jesus! And so in looking at what Jesus taught them, what he asked them to do, what they did (or didn’t do), and what they were inspired by the Holy Spirit to do, we find a simple understanding of the very basics of what it means to be a follower of Christ.

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But Even If He Doesn’t

Growing up, the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego was my absolute favorite. There was something spectacular about knowing there was a God who could deliver me from fire… aaaand Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were the coolest Bible names ever lol.
I’ve been meditating on the story and I’ve known there was a message in there I wanted to share, but it was one I was in a battle with myself, so I shoved to the back of my mind. Yesterday, I was reminded of it, and I just have to share.