No longer slaves…

It’s a few hours before dawn where I am and I just can’t go back to sleep. I kind of have this thing of waking up at night and for some reason i can’t put my self to sleep again…at least not till it’s a little over 2-3 hours. So as I wait “for sleep” I usually read my Bible on the phone, check my social media, or read one of those books my friends have sent me online (PDF versions). All this as I listen to my music in the background. Tonight i am listening to a new favourite. It has been around (on my playlist) for awhile but it’s really recent that I began to really listen to it and let the words sink in. No longer slaves by Bethel Music is one song that speakers directly to me and all my fears. I’m not a musical genius or whatever but I think before any syllable of that song was written, the composers and Holy Spirit behind this song intended it for a person just like me. I literally speak those words over me! I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God.”  And on that note here are the lyrics, go download it and listen to it if you haven’t done so yet. You’ll love it, I promise. 

 
[Verse 1: Jonathan David]

You unravel me, with a melod

You surround me with a song

Of deliverance, from my enemies

Till all my fears are gone

[Chorus: Jonathan David]

I’m no longer a slave to fear

I am a child of God

I’m no longer a slave to fear

I am a child of God

[Verse 2: Jonathan David]

From my mothers womb

You have chosen me

Love has called my name

I’ve been born again, into a family

Your blood flows through my veins

[Chorus: Jonathan David]

I’m no longer a slave to fear

I am a child of God

I’m no longer a slave to fear

I am a child of God

I’m no longer a slave to fear

I am a child of God

I’m no longer a slave to fear

I am a child of God

[Interlude: Jonathan David]

I am surrounded

By the arms of the father

I am surrounded

By songs of deliverance

We’ve been liberated

From our bondage

We’re the sons and the daughters

Let us sing our freedom

[Bridge: Jonathan David & Melissa Helser]

You split the sea So I could walk right through it

My fears were drowned in perfect love

You rescued me

And I will stand and sing

I am the child of God

You split the sea

So I could walk right through it

You drowned my fears in perfect love

You rescued me

And I will stand and sing

I am the child of God (yes I am)

I am a Child of GodI am a Child of God (yes I am)

I am a Child of God (full of faith yes)

I am a Child of GodI am a Child of God

[Chorus: Jonathan David]

I’m no longer a slave to fearI am a child of GodI’m no longer a slave to fearI am a child of God

Nails in the Wall…

There was once a little boy who had a bad temper.
His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper,he must hammer a nail into the back of the wall.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the wall.

Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down.

He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the wall.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the wall.

He said, ‘You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the wall.

The wall will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one.

Once you hurt ur loved ones, It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound will still be there.’

A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.

Remember that friends are very rare jewels indeed….
They make you smile and encourage you to succeed; 

They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us. 

Show your friends how much you care.

TO ALL THE PEOPLE I AM HONORED TO CALL MY FRIENDS…Please forgive me if I have ever left a hole in your life.

My shepherd…

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I love how the first part of Psalm 23 is about God and what He does by His grace for me…

HE makes me to lay down in green pastures.

HE leads me besides the still waters.

HE restores my soul.

HE leads me in the paths of righteousness for His names sake.

Then it switches over to me…

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

I will fear no evil…

This simple prayer, that I learnt back in sunday school encourages me to-date.

My shepherd, My Lord is with me and will never leave me. I will never be in want! How amazing.

I truly and with all honesty love this Psalm. I love my GOD much more.

Happy birthday to us…

*Breaks into a song*

“Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!’

Heee I bet you’re wondering, “US?” Yes! You read that right …

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!”

I and my twin sister were born on this day. I am a twin and very proud of it.

Well, today, I and Babs celebrate God’s faithfulness. Looking back on our lives, we have every reason to be thankful that we are still here today. I won’t go into the nitty-gritty of things but believe me when I say, it hasn’t been all good. Mehhhhnn, the devil tried, he really tried, but failed (tremendously)….we are still here.

It still amazes me how far our God has brought us. The ups and downs, health issues, heart aches, disappointments, rejection from (some) family and friends. We have endured all….TOGETHER. I couldn’t have asked for another. God knew you would fit this part so well.

We have seen God’s provision, protection, guidance, strength, favor. He has tested us but still we stand.

Boy, we have testimonies!

Today we celebrate another year, a milestone infact.

Today we celebrate Abba, our heavenly Father. He has been with us through the darkness, through the tunnels of life and guiding us to the light.

Today we celebrate a new day and year with the people we love while excited about what’s to come. I know HE is going to do new amazing things this year in both our lives…I am sure we ain’t seen nothing yet!

“Forget about what happened :
dont keep going over old history,
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand new.
Its bursting out! Don’t you see it”
-Isaiah 43:18-19

*Babs, you’ll probably not read this…or maybe you will….i donno know…but still…thank you for being an amazing friend and sister. Here is to a new year, with new exciting things in store for us. Love you sis.*

Cheers to US!

Extend Compassion: #SaveCarol

3 years ago what seemed like a bad cold and which I thought would eventually clear out turned into a full blown bacterial infection. I went to the doctor’s and I was told i’d developed an inflammatory condition which later on affected my vocal cords so I couldn’t speak and eating was painful and nearly impossible. I lost my voice for close to 6months. It was a trying time for me and the physical pain was unbearable  Thankfully, with intensive treatment and care, I got better and though my voice is now permanently ‘hoarse’ (those who knew me before think I sound funny) I’m extremely grateful that I got my speaking voice back.

(Disclaimer: my story up there isn’t in any way a solicition for sympathy…please read on below)

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Fast forward…. Carol Atuhirwe is a beautiful 25year old (with the cutest smile) battling throat cancer for the last 5years and lung cancer for the last 3years. So, altogether Carol has had cancer for 8 long years. She can’t talk and also feeds through a tube but her resilience is amazing, her smile radiates through her pain.  I won’t claim to know the extent of physical pain Carol is experiencing…I could not even dare to. When I saw her plight headlining on social media,  I was compelled to be “her voice” by joining the many people on the #savecarol campaign trending to raise 270 million shillings for her operation in the USA.
Incase you want to send in any financial contribution, you can deposit or wire the money to her bank account: ATUHIRWE CAROL, Equity Bank, Ac No 1036100855574 or you can send mobile money contributions to Carol’s personal number MTN mobile money +256 784 168178 AIRTEL +256 701 930150

Please reach out. Be generous. Save carol.

Even if you can’t give financially, atleast offer a prayer for her and everyone battling cancer.

1 John 3:18 resonates so deeply inside me as I write this… “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and truth.”

God bless you as you give.