We all have special moments in our lives that we will never forget. Today I am going to take a moment to go down in memory lane. Hope you can join me. In my opinion, the place you grew up in has a great impact in your life. Haiti has been on my mind. I spent ten years of my life in Haiti. I am excited to share with you what I remember about growing up in Haiti.
The first person is my sweet old grandmother. She was amazing. Always waking up early to make coffee and to sweep the backyard while sprinkling water. Coffee and bread was always the to go breakfast. One thing I can never forget is that when it was bed time if I did not wash my feet. She would always have a basin of water and a towel to wash my feet as I sleep. Quite often when I think about what she did, it always brings me joy.
I also remember jumping rope with my neighborhood friends. We would do this at times and throwing our shoes off. This was the most exciting time for me.
Let’s talk about when it rained. It was like water was coming from heaven and bringing kids together. I remembered bathing in the rain water and laughter filled the air. The joy of being young and free.
Let’s not forget summer when all the cousins from the countryside visited. We would stay up for hours exchanging stories. I learned so much from my cousins. Such as, riddles, songs and games. Hope your childhood was awesome as mine. Please do share in the comment about the things you loved doing when you were a child.
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
1 Answer me when I call to you,
my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
3 Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.
4 Tremble and do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.
5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
and trust in the Lord.
6 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
Let the light of your face shine on us.
7 Fill my heart with joy
when their grain and new wine abound.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.
A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.
1 Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”
3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.
5 I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.
7 Arise, Lord!
Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.
8 From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people
I remember the years of going to school. I was so determined to finish college. I was afraid of the classes which I had to take in order to graduate. I would often pray and ask God to help me because the work load was too much for me. I would spend nights crying to God for him to allow me to graduate. I struggled at the beginning because I thought I could do it all by myself not realizing that only through his grace I could do it. Eventually , God sent a helper to assisted me, actually I would have to say he sent many helpers. Things got a little better for me. now, I must give the real reason why I titled this particular writing I can do all things through who strengthens me. I am well known for writing scriptures all over. I would write bible verses on my checkbooks, next to headboard, the wall where I do my work , and I mean everywhere. Nevertheless, when I was in college I did not stop doing that. I wrote in all my notebooks PHILIPPIANS 4: 13. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. In all honesty I don’t think I have made it without His strength.
Healing takes place in many forms. Reading from John chapter 4, we learned of a man who was paralyzed for thirty eight years. How could he be so patient and persistent? Many of us would have given up long before. But, this man believed that God could restore all the years he had lost. Waiting at the pool of Bethesda must have been unbearable. Year after year this poor man believe that for sure it would be his year, however each was a disappointment. Some of us are praying for something yet we have not received it. We watch others get their breakthroughs sometimes that can make us lose hope. I am here to tell you everything has its season and that God’s timing is the right time. He has always kept his promises. He made a promise to Abraham and He surely fulfilled it. He brought the people of Israel out of the wilderness. Be still! Your day is coming. Be courageous.
Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
As a Christian, God wants us to be selfless. When Jesus called us to be his followers he gave us precepts to follow. They are not simple. If you are like me there are times when living for Christ is not easy and that is when we most take up our crosses and follow him. This week I was learning a great lesson. I had to understand what it means to love our neighbors as ourselves. This is not just words. Giving our time to those who are in need, and helping one another is very essential. I believe what we do for others please God. There’s a passage in the bible which is Matthew 25:35-40” For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Reading this passage, I understand when we help others we are doing the will of our father in heaven. I also comprehend why we may have to put our needs in the backburner sometimes. I was very tired when one of my neighbor reached out to me for help. A part of me said go home and rest, another loud voice whispered you are sick yourself how can you be of a help. It was at that moment I had to remind myself that I also had my own moment of distress, and God dispatched his angels to my rescue. I also remembered days before I was praying to the lord asking him to use me for his glory. This was my moment to exercise and accept God’s assignment. I could not say not that way lord. God uses our circumstances too show his glory. I am on this earth for a purpose. God wants me to use every chance to represent his kingdom.
My illness is not a death sentence. I am now able to help and encourage others who are dealing with similar illness. Therefore, each time I am giving a chance to express my love towards others I seized the opportunity. Moving forward I have great news, my neighbor is doing much better. I am so happy to know that God is moving through his people. Each day you are giving a chance to show acts of kindness and it is up to you to recognize it.