Just thinking…

Unlikely messages found on tombstones:

Worked for a fortune 500 company

Graduated cum laude

World known speaker

Best-selling author

Famous musician

Likely (heartfelt) messages written on tombstones:

Loving mother

loving father

Loving sister

Loving brother

Loving husband

Loving wife

Loving friend

 

What really matters in life?

How much time are we investing in the people and things that really matters?

Pause and think of that – Selah.

©2017 Catherine Maina

Shalom Israel

 The God of Israel is my God

I enjoy the benefits of being in a relationship with Him

Through His son Jesus Christ, He calls me His own

Though a gentile

Like Ruth I have been grafted into His family

By a loving Father.

He adopts anyone who will accept His son as their savior

Anyone!

Just as Ruth did I have made up my mind

“Your God will be my God, your people will be my people.”

I chose You oh God of Israel

I chose life

I stand with Your people

Shalom Israel

©2017 Catherine Maina

Deuteronomy 4:34 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Or has a god tried to go to take for himself a nation from within another nation by trials, by signs and wonders and by war and by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm and by great terrors, as the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?

Deuteronomy 4:37 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them. And He personally brought you from Egypt by His great power.

This amazing cake was backed by Ms. Ngozikaego Okwuosa aka Ngozi

for our church’s 10th year anniversary celebration. She asked us to share the pictures on social platforms and share the story of what happened as she was planning on how to decorate the cake.

 

God cares about us and cares about details!!

The bottom layer of the cake represents a rock which is the Lord Jesus. The solid rock, on which we stand. Our pastor is South African, he grew up in Cape Town and spent a lot of time at the Table Mountains. Ngozi, the lady who baked this cake felt the Holy Spirit prompting her to look up the Table Mountains and sure enough! It has similar edges and I believe that was a special message to our dear pastor Richard from our loving God.

 

Grace demands more because it enables more – Catherine Maina  

The second layer of the cake represents holiness. Gold represents holiness,

God sets very high standards for His children. Quality and perfection, nothing less! And he enables them to meet these standards through the grace of the Lord Jesus; “Be holy as I am holy”.

When His children complain, saying that it is too difficult to be holy. He reminds them that His has given them all that pertains to life and godliness and that His grace is sufficient in weakness.

God is love

The heart shaped layer represents love. God is love and Paul says it better than I ever could, “If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”

Our friend indeed

The top of the cake represents fire, or the Holy Spirit. The passionate zeal to save souls and restore what the devil has stolen. The love and the power of the Holy Spirit!

 

Kudos Ngozi for sharing your God-given gift with us! God bless you!

I forgive you

I forgive you my friend

You are free

Be who God created you to be

The ropes of unforgiveness, I unbind

I have learned the hard way

That holding on to grudges is a wearisome task

With the race ahead of me, I pack light now

I have great things ahead of me

I must learn how to love!

Go your way, God speed

I have been forgiven

Jesus has set me free

I will do the same for you

Lest my Savior see me holding you back

and throwing the first stone!

Blessings to you my friend

And blessings to your family as well .

I now go my way, to be what God created me to be.

So my friend, enough said

I forgive you.

©2017 Catherine Maina

“Master of the universe, behold, I forgive everyone who has injured me: and may no one be punished because of his wrong to me!” -Holocaust prisoner

From Our hands are stained with blood by Dr. Michael Brown

 

 

I wish vs Thank you.

I wish I had this or that

Thank you God that I have this and that

I wish I had a better job

Thank God for my job

I wish I had a bigger flat or a house with a garden

Lord Jesus thank you that I have a place to live, a roof over my head!

I wish I had this gift or that talent; just think of how I could change the world!

Dear Holy Spirit thank you for Your gifts, You have given me all I require for life and godliness in Christ!

I wish I could travel, I wish I had more money!

I am so grateful because life with You Lord is a journey. Every day I learn something new. For it is the glory of kings to search out a matter, what an adventure it is to walk with You Lord Jesus.

I wish I was smarter

Holy Spirit thank you that You have chosen to reside in me. You lead me and I do not rely on my own understanding. You whisper and reveal deep things to me, therefore I am wise and I never have to face life a lone again!

I wish I was richer, prettier, famous, powerful…

I wish I wish I wish

No!

I am so thankful to You Lord Jesus, You have given me all I need.

The Lord’s battles.

The Lord’s battles

Psalm 24:8 King James Version (KJV)

 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

Battles of justice

Battles to bring restoration

Battles to set the captives free

To bring good tidings to the poor

To restore sight to the blind

To heal and encouraged the brokenhearted

To bring back joy to those that moan

The battles to proclaim the good year of the Lord’s favor

To mankind, His creation

Man, created for Him by Him

To declare that man can be set free and free indeed.

“It is finished!” declared the Lord

The battles that raged, finally won

The Lord’s battles won!

John the Baptist said, “The kingdom of God suffers violence!”

Jesus said, “It is finished!” Done!

Dare we live in this victory?

Dare we believe?

Say Yes to the Winning team

Say YES to Him

For the battle is His and He has won the victory

The Lord our God, strong and mighty in battle!

John 6:44 King James Version (KJV)

 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

©2017 Catherine Maina

Perfect love cast out fear

Perfect love cast out  fear

Fear of rejection

Fear of losing a job

Fear of lack and having to borrow

Fear of sickness

Fear of past failures and mistakes being exposed

Fear of losing loved ones

Fear of falling short

Fear of death

Fear of being forgotten

Fear of being misunderstood out and being left out

Fear, fear, fear

Fear as opposed to faith

Yet the just shall live by faith

What if, just what if you discovered that the events you most feared would occur, will never take place?  What if you discovered that there was no need to fear and that everything was taken care of? Wouldn’t you sit back, let your hair down and take your mask off? 

Wouldn’t you be yourself?

Come to yourself my soul, you are known and loved. Be yourself!

His embrace engulfs you, receive this amazing love. No need to fear any more.

Perfect love cast out fear

In Your embrace

I find peace

I find reassurance, I am accepted and loved

A warm embrace

Undeserved gifts, all given by grace

Here in Your embrace

I am Your business

You will never desert me

I am Yours

I am safe

So I surrender everything to You

My failures, my successes and my attempts at success…

If I live then it is through You and for You

If I die then I will be with You

Either way it is an eternal bound

With You my God

Perfect love.

©2017 Catherine Maina

Joshua 18:3 King James Version (KJV)

And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you?

 

The Poem

The poem

The poet takes his pen

And begins to write

As he writes, he tries to understand

He wants to find the way in the maze of life

 

The poet

A simple man

Stuck in time

Living in a mortal body

Sometimes showing strength

But having weaknesses

 

But God

Supreme

Creator of heaven and earth

Determines the seasons

Is not stuck in time

The great I AM

I AM in the past

I AM in the present

I AM in the future

He sees the maze of life that the poet is looking at

He is the way in the maze of life

 

The poet

Acknowledges the difficulty

In writing the poem

About the way through the maze of life

While stuck in time

He realizes he needs a birds-eye view

To figure out the way in this maze

Then, he sees the cross

And runs towards it

Standing there is the King

 

Yet God

To whom nothing is Impossible

Created the poet

Knows the poet

Knows everything

He is the way, the truth and the life

This incredible God

Holds everything together in His hands

He holds everything in His hands, including the poet

 

The poet

Sees the Christ the King

The way, the truth and the life

He immediately picks up his pen

And writes the poem

About the way through the maze of life

The first line of the poem reads

“Jesus the Christ”

 

Selah

©2017 Catherine Maina

Lines are open!

Before you reach your end, pray

When you dislike someone, pray

When seasons change, pray

When friends leave, pray

When you reach the top, pray

When in doubt, pray

When you are certain, pray

When you face difficulties in your relationships, pray.

Pray for your friends

Pray for your enemies

Pray for your family

Pray for yourself

Lean not on your own understanding.

Pray,

Bring everything to Jesus. Lines are open!

©2017 Catherine Maina

Hope for single parents

 

Philippians 4:6-7  New King James Version

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.