Celebrating Small Wins!

Hello and Happy New Month!!

Welcome to your new beginning. To your season of breaking boundaries and leaping over walls of limitation. It is your time to shine!

I am so excited about this particular month because we finally turn one! Yaaaaaaay!! Happy blogversary. I appreciate all the love that I get from you guys. The response has been overwhelming. Incase you are new here, welcome to the family.

For sure, I wouldn’t be here if not for your consistent support. Thank you for always taking time to read and share my work. Also for the constructive criticism. I thank God for all of you.

This month is also special because it brings us to a place of reflection being that 2019 is just a few months shy. However, this time ( in comparison to my first post which you can read here ) I would like us to do it a bit differently.

Today, let’s focus on our progress.

As I reflect on how this blog came to existence, I remember being in a season of so much uncertainty. My vision was very clouded. I had been asking God for ideas to create my own but writing never crossed my mind. I took up the challenge from a few friends and one year later, I can proudly say I am happy I did. I am grateful for where am at and excited about where I am going.

Thinking about the diversity of the seasons of life, we mostly hear people talking about coming out of a season but rarely do we hear about learning to celebrate the achievements we made while in the season.

I know you may not have accomplished all you had desired to by this time. Others may have even gone way ahead of you but as long as you’re rightly aligned in God’s time, it doesn’t matter.

I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the strong, and neither is bread to the wise nor riches to those of intelligence and understanding nor favor to men of ability; but time and chance overtake them all.

Ecclesiastes 9.11 AMP

In the words of my Father in the Lord, it is just a matter of time!

Maybe you can’t seem to think of anything to celebrate. How about I help you?

Remember that one time this year you did all that was expected of you or when you managed to wake up early yet you’re not a morning person? How about that time you managed to smile in the midst of pain and turmoil? Think of how God has used you to put a smile on someone else’s face. Celebrate that.

Clap for yourself. And if you can’t relate with any of that. Then celebrate God for being there for you in and out of season.

Light is not always at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes it’s within the tunnel. Take time today, celebrate how far you’ve come by God’s grace. Be proud of yourself, no victory is too small.

Love, Light and Life,

Gakenia

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Little Things!!

Hello lovelies,

How time flies!! I can’t believe it’s been that long since I last posted. 😕 My apologies guys, I really don’t have a good excuse 😊 Thank you for all the love and support.

It’s my favorite time of the year. Basically because half the year is over and done with. Also, because the other half is only 29 days old. Yaaaaaaay!! Happy New Year my people.

It’s a new season which is full of victory, power and of course, newness. A new season beckons that we approach it differently. A new mindset, character, attitude and yes, a vision of how far one wants to go.

The past six months have been a great time to learn. There were so many amazing lessons in the midst of intense circumstances. I have known God more deeply within this particular season than all my life combined and I believe that you too have a testimony of His Grace.

One lesson that has stood out among all is the simplicity that is found in Him yet He is the infinite God. The Alpha and Omega. The Great I am. Many a times, we seek to find Him in the big things yet He is in the little things that we overlook. And with that I have come to the solid conclusion that He is the God of the little things.

What do I mean you ask?

Little things like Love, Joy and Compassion. Those three words are so simple, so easily used but carry great power when deeply understood and exhibited.

He is a God that is interested to see us happy and satisfied. He has a deep desire within Him to see us at our best. I believe that is why He grants us new beginnings. A new opportunity to hope and try again. And eventually see the manifestation of His promises upon our lives.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43.18-19

As I pondered over His love this morning, it struck me that in the midst of 8 billion + of us who are alive, He loves each one of us the same yet He demonstrates it very uniquely. He loves you like you are the only one here. He even has your name engraved in the palm of His hands.

I don’t know about you but I picture God smiling every time He sees my name inscribed there. I picture His Holy angels seated around Him as He tells them about His endless love for me and how He intends to reveal it to me.

I am learning that how God shows His love to others doesn’t make them better than me. Just like me, He has made them worthy recipients of His precious love and grace. That simple fact has changed how I look at people.

The Holy Spirit has taught me that just because someone else sees the physical manifestation of their blessing before me doesn’t equate to the love He has for the person. All is according to His divine plan. It has been a hard lesson to see others go ahead of me especially when I didn’t think they deserved it but isn’t that Grace? Isn’t that what God is all about?

I recently read a tweet that said we are all like popcorn in the same pot but we don’t all pop at the same time..

I couldn’t agree more. And in all this, what I am simply trying to drive home is that God loves you and His heart beats for you distinctly.

God’s heart is in His people. In this new season, may God give you a heart for His people. A heart full of love and compassion for them. May your heart beat every time God’s heart beats for His people.

Love, Light and Life.

Gakenia

Climb the Mountain, hands wide open!!

Hello lovelies, I hope you were able to celebrate Easter even as you took sometime to rest.

I’m so glad to be writing today. I know, I know it’s been a month. I never thought that I could take that long to come up with content. More than once in March, I opened this app and started drafting but I always ended up deleting.

Lately, I’ve had so much to say but barely able to vocalize it leave alone write it down.

It’s April and I’m not where I wanted to be by now. Wait, where did I want to be? Eeerm, nowhere. Yes, you read that right. I didn’t have a clear vision.

If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.
Proverbs 29:18 MSG

I’ve been going through the motions of life, hoping for a better tomorrow but doing nothing beyond normal about it.

March was an exceptional month. So much going on in such a short time in very sensitive spheres of my life. Subsequently my sleep pattern was affected. I ended up substituting sleep time with YouTube, watching wildlife etc. Much later though, I realized that my lack of sleep was more of a wake up call to be alert.

It’s in this time that God graciously exposed the state of my heart to me. All the filth that I had allowed to infiltrate me. Yes, filth.

I’ve been having a challenge with someone. (To avoid repetition, I shall refer to her as Mary, not real name though). Mary had not done anything wrong to me but I found myself constantly hoping she would go away.

Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.

I never got to the point of saying anything negative but it would be exhibited in my character. In how I treated her. Awfully sad, I know. So I eventually shared my challenge with my Father in the Lord and Mentor. The solution that he gave me opened my eyes to how ignorant I had been all along.

It’s vital that I mention that Mary cares for me. That much I know. However, that didn’t change the fact that I felt and thought that she was invading my space. But come to think of it, who said it’s mine? 😏

So it’s safe to say, I was fighting God by praying her away. I may not divulge the details of the solution but I’ll tell you for sure, that her entrance into my life was God’s announcement of my increase but I couldn’t see it.

What’s the purpose of my story, you ask?

I have learnt the hard way that things will not always work the way you expect them to. Not everything will come coated in candy. Somethings will require you to get your hands dirty. Isn’t it amazing how eagerly we pray for things and when they don’t come how we expect them to we put up a fight? And that my dear darlings is how we end up remaining in the same place. Stagnant.

The past month has seen me outgrow some people and also learn to appreciate the ones I previously overlooked. In March, I learnt that I shouldn’t value some people more than others but should learn to love all unconditionally. There’s nothing wrong with valuing people. Some people will always have a special place in your heart like family etc. However, what I am against, atleast for myself is the idea of sidelining other people.

I’ve learnt that those I’ve overlooked the most, are the ones God uses to connect me to my blessing.

I had been praying for increase but when it came I wasn’t willing to give up what I was holding on to. There’s no way that I could have my cake and eat it too. I believe that’s why God exposed the deplorable state of my heart before he could allow me to proceed. He needed me to deal with me first. To acknowledge that I was the problem and let Him help me.

We all love new things but aren’t willing to pay the price. I think it’s only human that we resist change yet we crave it so badly. An aeroplane that’s taking off faces so much resistance. There’s so much turbulence before it finally manages to fly steady. Farming is very undesirable to the eyes. All the hard work and labor that’s required puts off people but when the table is set everyone wants to eat.

Change is not sweet but if you preserve through the transition you’ll be able to enjoy. It comes with fear of the unknown. To conquer or be conquered by it is your choice.

Pardon my composition, I hope that beyond all, you would understand where you are at and what you are expecting of yourself and that which pertains to you. After which, I would highly recommend that you get to work. Renew yourself. Prepare and familiarize yourself with what you anticipate so that when it comes, you won’t miss it.

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk (new) cloth on an old garment; otherwise the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear becomes worse. No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the [fermenting] wine will [expand and] burst the skins, and the wine is lost as well as the wineskins. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”
Mark 2:21‭-‬22 AMP

Love and blessings always.

Happy New Month!!

Trust the Process!! 

Happy Love Day!! 

Yes, I know it’s way past Valentines but I’ve chosen to name my day Love. In this day I will sow seeds of love. And how wonderful that today’s verse talks about love. 

Anyway amazing people how have you been?? It’s been forever, at least that’s what it feels like. 

I have all manner of excuses for not posting but I’ll just pin it all to the fact that I am in a process. A process of growth. 

Growth in itself is quite uncomfortable. I think with all that’s expected of me right now, I didn’t feel like I wanted to add on the pressure of having to post. It’s a good kind of pressure but it calls for a lot. It requires uniqueness, creativity, time, research, quiet time and a whole lot of the Holy Spirit.

We’ve been taught that in order to plant, you need to sow a seed in the ground right? When you sow, you cover it up. So that means the seed is literally in a dark place at the time. But if I remember my Science class well, they say air, water and light are vital for germination as well as growth. 

I’ve been thinking of the current place I’m in. Many of us are in this place actually. A place where we’ve been planted as seeds. Everything around us seems dark. You can hardly move as you can’t seem to find your way. But what if you were not meant to move to the left or right but first to grow 👆 ?

When the seed is planted, the light will not come from the sides but from the top. So that means when you’re in a dark place, look up that’s your only way out. Hence the saying, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Before a seed gets to the top, it has to be watered, it has to receive the appropriate amount of light and air as well. Those components are vital to help the seed find its way but it is God who makes the seed a plant. 

He is well able to create a mature plant by His thoughts leave alone His spoken word. However, He is a God who believes in the process. 

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. 

Genesis 8.22 NIV 

We live in a world of instant things – food, shower etc but that’s not how it works in God’s ways. Things don’t just happen though He has the power to make them to. I believe that it is in the process that character is built and value instilled. Whatever comes easy goes easily but that which has been tested will stand. Always. 

This brings me to a conversation I had with a friend a few hours ago as she likened the issue at hand to a baby. It got me thinking. When a lady is heavy with child, it gets uncomfortable especially when the baby’s time to be born approaches. The mum wants to sit but gets easily tired so she may choose to rest on the bed which also is uncomfortable cause there’s a certain posture to maintain. 

When it’s finally time to deliver, it’s time to deliver. There’s no two ways out. The baby has to be birthed out. It’s painful, it’s messy, it may not look cute but hey, baby is here. That’s all that matters. 

I don’t know where you are at right now in life, maybe you are in your first trimester or maybe you’re experiencing the labour pains. Perhaps, you may have just birthed the baby (seed). Whichever stage you’re at, one thing is key, you need to focus. Focus on keeping yourself rooted for the sake of what you’re carrying and are about to birth. For even after birth, you need to focus on growing the baby, nurturing it to the next level. 

This is not just meant for you as a person but for the words you speak daily. What kind of seed do you sow with your words? 

A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot be good fruit. 

Matthew 7.18 NIV 

You have power to create. It’s in your tongue. How are shaping your life with your words? Maybe you’ve been declaring but just don’t seem to see the manifestation. Remember the seed has to be grounded in the dark before it sprouts. Maybe you are in a place where everyone is sprouting but you seem to be the only one who is not coming forth. Do not despair. Allow God to make you in the darkness. In that secret place, develop deep roots. And when it’s finally time, you shall surely come forth.

Be consistent in growing when you’re on your knees so that one day you can gather enough strength to stand. And surely when you stand, you shall never fall for you are built on Jesus as the very cornerstone. It doesn’t matter how long it takes as long as you make progress daily. 

Love and blessings always. 

2018 💫

Happy New Year!

How have you been my lovely people? Yes, I know it’s been three weeks since I last posted. I am sorry for disappearing on you guys but I needed to take the Pause. I must admit though, I missed this space.

Anyway, it’s finally 2018 and I am so happy 2017 is over and done with. No hard feelings. It was a wonderful time to grow, to learn, to stretch and to heal. It was also a difficult year for them that lost loved ones and it saddens me that we lost a lot of young people. However, I believe that we can make a difference in 2018. We may not have control over who goes at what time but what we are able to live above the issues of life. We have the Greater One within us and we have the power to declare life into our circumstances.

It’s at this time of the year that the word and vision of the year will be released. In churches, in companies and other different spheres of life. It’s a wonderful thing. However, I have been asking myself, do I have a personal word from God about this new year? What season am I in? What is expected of me? How far am I supposed to go? 

I believe that when you seek for something you will ultimately find it. But how can you get what you’re not looking for? I don’t know where you started your New Year. You probably went to an overnight to crossover. I did too. A word was released. A prophecy for the new year. You got excited at what God has said He will do. That’s wonderful. I mean, you could have been anywhere else but you decided to start the new season in His Presence. 👏👏

How amazing it is that your theme is ‘ A Year of Favor ‘ (this is just random). But as long as you cannot grasp the deeper meaning of that word, you will never see it’s manifestion to the fullness. You’ll get sparks ✨ instead of the flame 🔥. It’s not enough that your church has a theme for the year. There’s a lot more that God desires to show and tell you but how can He if you’re not properly positioned? Waiting on Him. In the secret place. 

I believe that the theme you get in church should be a confirmation of what God already told you. Own the Word. Proclaim it. Work towards it. 

If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves, but when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed. 

Proverbs 29.18 (MSG)

Where there is no word from God, people are uncontrolled. But those who obey what they have been taught are happy. 

Proverbs 29.18 (ICB) 

I hope you already had time to take stock. If not please do so NOW. And while you’re at it, write down your goals. Spiritual, Financial, Health, Education, Career and yes, even Character. How far do you envision yourself?  It’s good to have a word but are there strategies that you’ve put together in order to achieve?

Don’t be a vagabond this year. Know what you want and go for it. Have weekly and monthly goals. Have a word daily, weekly, monthly. Narrow down your focus to what really matters. And while you’re at it Pause. Reflect

Musings 😳

Happy New Month!! 

What a time to be alive. It’s the most beautiful time of the year. 

Today’s post is a personal note from the Holy Spirit to all of us. I had initially started out on another topic but He took over. How happy am I that He did because He just confirmed the theme of this month – The month of the Holy Spirit. How I pray that we would know Him deeply in this season. 

I took a bus to town the other day and being that I didn’t want to be late, I got into the first bus that came. A short while later after we had gotten on the highway, I took my phone from my bag so as to catch up with what had happened during the day. 

It was then that the Holy Spirit brought my attention to the issue at hand. He asked a simple question. If you can trust a bus driver you don’t know to take you to your destination how much more am I capable of? Why do you find it difficult to trust me? I was puzzled to say the least when He asked that. I questioned why He would tell me that. It was then that the veil was removed and deplorable state of my heart was exposed. A heart full of worry, doubt, wonder and fear. 

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. 

Psalms 118.8

Sometimes I struggle. Yes. I struggle to believe. I struggle to perceive what He is doing. Sometimes, I fight doubt in my mind as I openly declare a statement of faith over something that’s just wishful thinking. I know you do too. Or atleast you have before. It’s a bad place to be in but it reveals one thing – Misplaced Trust. 

I know. What a warped perception? But before you judge me, do some in-house assessment. Who is the first person that comes to mind when you’re happy? What about when you’re facing challenges? If your genuine answer is not God in both then you have no legal ground to form a perception about me. The least you could do is realize that like me you need help. Help that can only be given by the Holy Spirit.

We have quenched Him so many times. We have erected walls to keep Him from accessing us. We have imposed our disappointment from man on the precious Holy Spirit. We have built walls out of the pain or betrayal. We have believed in a lie – that it will happen again. But it will not. Just because things don’t look progressive in our eyes doesn’t mean nothing happens when we trust Him. We were meant to walk by faith not sight. So that means our physical eyes are blind to what is happening but the eyes of our understanding are open to see, right? 

I am super grateful that He asked me that. This goes to show that there’s stuff I was carrying that’s not mine but His. I am glad that He brought my attention to that to show me that He loves me and is willing to help me. However, He requires my pure, humble and innocent surrender. To fully understand that He is well able to carry me. To take me to my purpose. Irrespective of the hurdles, He is working things in my favor. He only asks one thing, that I would realize that we are working on His timezone. 

The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does. 

Psalms 145.13(b)

What I love about that is that He’s taking me where He has been. He is Alpha and Omega. He works from end to beginning. And that simply assures me that I am in good hands. 

Don’t let the Holy Spirit fight for your attention because you are distracted by material things. Those are just but tools to get you where you need to be but He is the key. He holds the mystery that has the ability to catapult you to your next level. Let Him have you. Body, soul and Spirit.

You have not lived until in complete surrender you are given to Him. Give your Yes to Him. Don’t just get born again, but let Him have the parts of you that you don’t like. I promise you, He can handle it all. 

 

Stay Positive!! 

Has your back ever been against the wall and all seemed like it was over? I have been in such a situation. And honestly, it’s not pretty. Everytime I get to a place like this, I am reminded of my mum’s words – Nothing good comes from a place that looks good. 

So what’s the key when you find yourself in a situation that looks like an impossibility? Hope 

Google defines hope as: 

  • Noun – A feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to a happen. A feeling of trust
  • Verb – A feeling of trust

But I beg to differ, I think hope is more than a feeling. Defining it as an emotion would mean that you are just wishing and waiting. In other words, you want something to happen or be. Hope is not wishful thinking. Hope is certainty. Hope is an anchor of the soul. Hope makes all things work. 

The Bible defines faith as the substance of things hoped for. So you cannot believe if you are not firmly convicted. Looking at Hebrews 11 as a case study, you will see that indeed hope is a knowledge of facts. 

And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. 

Hebrews 11.11 NIV

Sarah was able to have her child because she was aware of an attribute of God – Faithfulness. Hope is like land. It looks good on the surface and promises much but unless you are willing to do the work – to till the land, you will never know how much worth is found there. Hope is something you constantly work on. Like character, it needs to be developed. 

I believe that most of the people if not all, at one point have been in the place of wishful thinking and termed it as hope. How do I know this? Look at the expression on their faces when they say they are hoping for a better tomorrow. Or better yet, the tone of their voice. It reveals one thing – timidity. 

They are not even sure that what they are anticipating for will come to be. 

There is always if somewhere in the statements they make. When things don’t happen as desired or the situation gets more difficult, their hope is postponed. 

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. 

Proverbs 13.12 NIV 

As long you defer it, you’ll grow weary, that’s how people get stressed. You can only put off your hope if you don’t know who you are and what you have. Show me your source and I’ll tell you if what you define as hope is certainty or assumption.

Only three things remain

I pray that we may endeavour to access this realm of hope where it’s more of surety than possibility. Is He not able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine? Be encouraged, the storm will not destroy you. It’s only meant to wash you clean. 

May this song encourage you to continue holding on Brian Courtney Wilson – I’ll just say Yes 

Love and blessings,

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