A lifetime of dreaming

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From children to old age, we dream. I don’t fully understand why and how we dream but it’s something that is within each of us. God’s given us the ability to dream.

I believe God gives us the ability to dream in order to see into our future. To propel us forward and to give us a hope towards our future.

Ever since I was a little girl, I had dreams about what I wanted to do when I was older. One of those dreams was to be married and have my own family and live in a big house, unfortunately that dream has not come to pass yet but I know it will. God has given me a dream about my husband and given me dreams about my future family. I know it will happen because I’ve learnt to trust Him.

God’s given me so many dreams that I’m so certain of my future and that He has everything sorted for me. I don’t even need to worry.

I find that our dreams are closely related to the desires that we have in our hearts.

I guess in school and growing up we are not really encouraged how and what to do to make our dreams become a reality. It’s only now at the age of 32 that I’m starting to live my dreams, they are slowly coming to life but I’ve finally allowed myself to dream and have faith in God that He will give me the desires of my heart.

Yes we can have what we want but God’s word is the absolute truth and His word works. Gods word does not tarry and it does not return void. Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.”

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I wondered why I could never accomplish anything in life. It was because I never had a relationship with God, I didn’t understand why I kept dreaming and imagining a bright future only to look at my miserable circumstances and get depressed.

Once I received Jesus as my Lord and saviour, I still didn’t put God first, I put Him at the bottom of the list or second, I tried to do everything in my own strength. I did everything out of works.

2017 has been the year where my dreams have actually become a reality. There are countless things that God has done in my life over the last 12 months but one thing is for sure…He loves me and wants to bless me. I need only follow Him, serve Him, rest and trust Him.

I re-dedicated my life to Jesus earlier this year and I said “Lord, this time I’m doing things Your way, I’m giving every part of my life over to You”. Slowly, God has weaved a fine tapestry of His goodness into my heart and life. 32 years is a long time to start making your dreams become a reality but in fact it’s been the best 12 months of my life for a long time and I’ve not done anything but to say “I choose You God”.

God has brought amazing people into my life and has given me opportunities to pursue my dreams. I thought it was too late but it’s never too late to start dreaming.

In fact, never stop dreaming. Never stop reaching for the stars, never stop running after God because the more you run after Him, the more He will reign His blessings and goodness all over your life. So much so that you will want nothing more than just to have Him love you alone. So much so that nothing else in the world will matter but His love alone, that’s when you will know the true meaning of “delighting” yourself in the Lord.

Whatever you dream and desire right now, God wants to bless you. Seek Him first and EVERYTHING else will be added. ~ Blessings Jonda

 

 

Yielding to God and enduring the fire

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Fire, heat and pressure are all essential elements to producing quality diamonds and gems. These are also elements to creating, refining, redefining and shaping a person’s character.
You can’t expect quality and character without standing in the fire and ENDURING. Similarly if we’re praying and asking God about things, expect to be tested and put through the fire.
God WILL shape you in the fire but He will sustain you, you will come out the other end better than you were before IF you YIELD to God.
The purpose of God shaping you in the fire is to get you ready to RECEIVE the blessings, the breakthrough and to prepare you for the next season, chapter, assignment or whatever you are being called to. It’s a painful process but absolutely essential if you want to minister to others and be a leader, forerunner for Jesus.
You MUST go through the process. Be encouraged friends. God’s taking some of you into a higher and deeper lever. He’s going to put burdens on your heart and mantles upon you that will be heavy, weighty and He expects us to yield to Him, in that yielding we actually allow God to do what He needs to do to prepare us. The load then becomes light and then we start running. I see many people taking on new things now and in 2018.
To whom much has been given, much is required. Persue excellence, allow God to shape your character and get rid of self promotion, self glory and jealousy, envy, strife, doubt and anything that is not of God.
Let people and things go. This is a time to YIELD and ENDURE as God pours out His love and His Spirit onto you.
Love and blessings ~ Jonda

Seven days of captured moments

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I thought I’d do something a little different on my blog.

Some friends of mine on Facebook started this little photo challenge. Seven days, seven black and white photos of my life. No people, no explanations.

Then you get to nominate someone else every day to take the challenge. It’s quite fun and if you’re like me and get excited about photography and love taking photos then this is a great little interruption into your schedule.

An interruption to stop, focus and capture a moment. Life is all about moments and cameras and pictures have the ability to capture and express things that we cannot express in words or any other way.

Photography is a passion of mine. I miss it so much. When I had my own camera, I used to pick up my camera, put on my walking shoes and go out for a whole day or a few hours and just take photos. I miss doing that as I no longer have my own camera.

I would hold my camera and look through the lens at everything. I’d look at everything differently, my focus was different. I’d look at angles, colours, change the focus, reposition myself then afterwards I got to upload the pictures onto my laptop,  look at the pictures that I had captured and edit them. It is as addictive as playing candy crush or watching your favourite TV series.

Photos tell stories, they even tell a thousand words.

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So I thought I’d share my 7 day challenge with you starting today. I invite you to do the same also. For this challenge as I don’t have a camera of my own anymore (or yet), I have sufficed to using my iPhone camera which will do for now.

I hope you can join me.

Blessings ~ Jonda

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Seven days, seven black & white photos of my life. No people, no explanation. Day 1 of 7.

 

Give it a go, you just never know

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I’ve been unwell for a good 10 days or more and I’m still recovering so not a lot of writing has been done over that time. However, I’ve had plenty of time to think, to think and think some more, to ask God some questions and seek Him about a few things.

One thing I always seek God about is “Lord is what I’m doing giving You Glory”? and “Is what I’m doing taking me closer to Your calling on my life”?

I’ve been thinking about some open doors that God has created in terms of my worship. I’m ever so thankful. Earlier this year, I would pray specific prayers and one of those prayers was for God to open divine doors, bring divine connections with people that will be a part of my journey, purpose and calling for my life.

I’ve literally not had to do anything except step out in faith and God has done the rest and brought so many people into my life. There has been divine connections and appointments and my worship has accelerated like never before.

I didn’t have to do anything except to be obedient, to pray, worship Him, to listen to His voice and wait for His leading and the prompting of The Holy Spirit then step out. Even when there’s been doubt and uncertainty, I step out and I ask God to meet me.

To be completely honest, I have not always been on target and that’s because I’ve tried to do things in my own strength or I’ve just sought after “opportunities” and to be recognised when that is not necessary. I don’t need to do that.

God has been telling me “WAIT”.

God will exalt the humble.

Matthew 23:12 ~ For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted (NIV).

1 Peter 5:6 ~ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time (NIV).

There is a reason why the bible speaks of being humble and one of them is so that we live a quiet and meek life in character and that we are not exalting ourselves and being prideful.

So whatever God is asking you to do or whatever The Holy Spirit is prompting you to do, pray first, step out in faith and ask God to meet you and He will. You just never know what will come out of your step of faith. Go for it, you can do it. What have you got to loose? Nothing, you will only learn, whether good or bad, you will learn.

STEP OUT

Blessings ~ Jonda

 

Love like God loves

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I have been challenged by someone close to me and whom I love about that thing called love. In fact I thought I knew what love was and is, until recently. In fact, God is always teaching me and I’m ALWAYS learning about love.

God wants us to love the ones that are near to us. I’m talking about people that we live with day in and day out and see all the time, our friends and family, the ones who we know intimately.

See of course it’s easy to love strangers. It’s easy for me to go out Evangelising and loving on strangers, because I value that short time that I have with them so I put my best efforts into speaking with them, ministering to them, loving on them, encouraging them, praying for them and hopefully leading them to Christ and a lot of the time, I don’t see that person again. That is the nature of ministry and street Evangelism.

So, can we apply the same principles and dedication to the loved ones around us. As I’m writing this, I’m challenging myself, I often preach to myself. I often write about what God is teaching me at the time. Look I know I’m not the only one that struggles with loving people and so this is why I’m sharing this revelation that God has given me over the last 24 hours.

The world will know us as Christians by our love for one another, so it’s important we explore this subject regularly and keep checking in on where our love level is at.

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Okay, back to loving the ones near to us. The reason why we let our guard down on love is because we become “familiar”. We get to know almost all the flaws, imperfections, character defects, insecurities, fears as well as dreams, goals, passions, and the things that excite and motivate the ones we love.

This is actually a gift, its special, its a privilege. However, when we are challenged and confronted with other peoples flaws and inadequacies and short falls, how do we deal with those people? How do you deal with loved ones with mental illness, how do you deal with loved ones who display controlling and manipulative personality traits, how do you deal with men in our lives who are passive and complacent or how do you deal with children who are rebelling and just not honouring you in your home.

I have one answer for this and it’s a confronting and challenging answer for all Christians to face. The answer is we need to love them unconditionally as GOD loved the world. John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. (King James Version). What an extraordinary statement and declaration of love.

Now Gods Son was Christ Jesus, The Messiah, The bright and morning star, The light of the world. Jesus was God manifested in flesh, not separate but One and the same, united. Now Jesus loved His heavenly Father so much that He was willing and obedient unto death on the cross. Jesus died a glorified and horrific death by crucifixion for the sins of the world, for us, for you and I, for our families, our children, our loved ones and every single human being that has ever lived and will ever live. Now that Is some kind of love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – New International Version (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Now what an amazing scripture that is.  Now God not only displayed through His Son Jesus Christ how much He loves us but He also tells us how to love others. He also tells us to pick up our cross daily and follow Christ, why? Because Christ Jesus was the perfect and the only perfect example of how to love and how to walk in love. Everything He did was out of love, because everything Christ did was the will of the father so that means that God is the Creator of love. God is LOVE. But it’s not the love that we think or feel, it’s Heavenly, pure, holy and righteous love that God has for His children, us.

We need to be vessels and carriers of God’s love, we need to love like Jesus. We need to love unconditionally and persevere, trust and hope in our loved ones when they are going through the storms of life or when they are angry and bitter, when they hurt you, when they abandon you.

There is nothing in life that you could ever go through or experience that Christ has not endured. He walked that path of pain, rejection, fear, sickness, hate, ridicule, mockery for our sake and it led Him to the cross so that we can have the victory through Him.

Now isn’t that the love that makes you want to weep. Isn’t that the love that makes you dance and sing. Isn’t that the love that we all want? Our first and foremost calling as Christians is to Love God and to love others.

Matthew 22:37-38 – Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 

This is NOT A CHOICE. It is a commandment from Jesus. Remember Jesus did what the Father did, therefore He was only reflecting the LOVE of God.

Turn your gaze off everything and everyone and look to Jesus. He is our example of how to love. Jesus will strengthen you and teach you, but you have to be willing to learn, willing to change, willing to SACRIFICE yourself in order to love others.

You have to be willing to ask God for help in this area if you are struggling as I have had to yesterday. I know this is a hard word, but it’s so important. It is the number one thing we must grasp as Christians.

In order for us to win souls and rule and reign for God on earth is to learn how God wants us to love. All you have to do is follow the example of our Lord and saviour Jesus. Love and blessings in His name. ~ Jonda

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Stop waiting for God when He’s done it all

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The biggest mistake/excuse we can make as Christians is to say “I’m waiting on God”. Now there is a time and place for waiting on God, yes. I believe that. But hasn’t Jesus done everything for us on the cross, so what are we waiting for? We have inherited so much. We can sometimes “wait on God” when He’s waiting for us to get up and do something.

Faith without works is dead so if we’re sitting around for months, years saying “I’m waiting” and not stepping out in faith then there’s going to be a lot of stagnant water and you won’t bear any fruit and God cannot do anything unless you’re willing to do your part. Take that first step of faith, then the next step, then the next step, but keep moving forward. DON’T STAND STILL for too long.

Get up and do something. The only way I was going to go out and win souls and to Evangelize was by stepping out even with my doubts and fears but I know I had the desire to do it and I knew what the Word of God said about faith without works is dead and to go out and preach the gospel, heal the sick etc. so I thought well God, I’m stepping out in faith and I expect that you’re going to meet me where I’m at.

I didn’t win any souls in my first try, I stood back and watched and learned and started with giving words of knowledge and treasure hunting and then boom, I had one victory and it sparked so much joy and excitement in me that I wanted to keep doing it.

Each time I stepped out, I learned something new and I praised God and gave myself a pat on the back for trying. I just kept going until I saw results and now I’m so thankful I stepped out. Same with everything in my life, you have to work hard, you have to make an effort and often you fail and fail and fail until you get a victory and then it gets better.

EVERY TIME this year that I’ve stepped out in faith (faith in GOD, not in my owns strength) I have been blessed immensely, I’ve have favour on my life and my gift as a worshiper and Evangelist and now I’ve taken a big leap of faith in pursuing being an author.

I can’t see what’s in front of me or what tomorrow holds but I don’t need to worry about that because that’s God’s role. He sees the end from the start and everything in between, all I have to do is trust him, do my part, step out in faith and He will do the rest because I know that If I stumble, I will stumble into His grace and mercy and love and He will pick me up again and lead me on because that is His job. That is the wonderful God that He is.

We need to led go of our pride and our need for constant control of our environment and lives but God tells us not to lean on our own understanding.

Take a deep breath, step out and let God do the rest, everything else will fall into place but let God do His job. ~ Jonda

 

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