Structured Ramblings Of a Dentdoc: Liberation

1.       The act of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression; release.
"the liberation of all political prisoners"
freeing, release, discharge, deliverance, salvation, rescue, relief,extrication, setting free; 
2.       Freedom from limits on thought or behavior.

So lately God has been teaching me a lot about Liberation and I think it’s selfish not to share with someone out there because everything that happens in our life is always a lesson or testimony to us and those around us.

Ok, moving on…for the past one week I have been feeling worthless and alone , you know I get this lonely episodes and thoughts run through my mind on how or why I don’t deserve somethings or some people. The good thing is that God keeps telling me audibly every day that I am not junk neither am I worthless and the voice of truth keeps reminding me of how much My Father in heaven loves me. The truth is that it was never about my Love for Him but His for me. He made the first attempt at creating a relationship with me….For he so loved me that he gave his only begotten son for me….oh wait not just for me but for the whole world. How awesome is that right? Very Liberating!!

Until a few weeks ago the word liberation to me was just another word that reminded me of slavery and the likes of Mandela and Martin Luther King, obviously I needed a reminder on who the author of Liberation is- Jesus  Christ himself.  ‘Whosoever the son sets free is truly free indeed’- You see many Christians today have been liberated yet they wear the robes of a slave simply because they don’t know how to let go of the shackles of what bounded them initially. The great thing about our liberation in Christ is that it is Instant, thorough, limitless and with no condition. Liberation from pain, sorrow, struggles, death and so much more.  How relieving is that?

So a few days ago I went to God in Prayer and I was like oh God, I need liberation from ‘My state of loneliness’ and I spent minutes upon minutes praying and ripping my heart out to God and he simply said to me why do you waste so much time focusing and praying about what you have? And I was like Father then why do I still feel the way I feel? And I got the most comforting reply from God- “It’s simply because you need to accept that there is that place in your heart that no man can fill, except me”. It was at this moment I understood what it meant, that God is and will forever be enough for you. That the emptiness I feel was not because I didn’t have enough friends, husband or children, but because I haven’t had enough of God yet!! It was at this point I realized that the only Liberation I needed was from my self-condemnation and the feeling of not being good enough!

The presence of God is so real, the more we draw near to him, the more he draws near to us and when the light of the knowledge of his glory is embedded in our heart we will never want or thirst for anything lesser than this. God has written the story of our lives but how much of it have we read and do we know? What God has in stuck for you and I is more than a best seller, it is simply a priceless gift from a loving father to his special children! For me this itself is Liberation.

Akure Chronicles part 4: An open note to my Alphabet friends.

Funny how our lives can be changed by so many things and so many people, a lot of people say life isn't complete without friendships. That you can't get through life's toughest challenges without the support of friends by your side. In the past nine months of staying in this city I have discovered for myself how true those sayings really are. I met them recently. Name, age, gender, all irrelevant. What is relevant is the fact that God put this people in my life for a reason. Here is to my Alphabet friends that has made this journey worthwhile so far:
A: You are that friend who came into my life when I was praying for a mentor, of sorts.  Someone who challenges me to be the best woman I can be….. and then be better. Someone who speaks truth into my life, even when you  know it’s hard for me to hear.  Someone who holds me accountable to the life I’ve chosen to live.  Someone who shares my love of jokes and sarcasm. You are invaluable to me and I am so grateful to and for you.

B: You have taught me more compassion. More patience. More tolerance. More empathy. More gratitude. More understanding of accepting who and what others are.

C: When I least expected it, you came into my life and helped me open my eyes to things I knew I needed to change and also reminded me of things that make me happy. I'd forgotten who I am because I've been so busy trying to make others happy.

D: Life works in strange and mysterious ways. But not often do we find that someone has so many of the same interests we have. Or who knows what we need before we even say it.  It may be fate or by chance. If you ever find yourself in a dark place, unsure of how you are going to deal with things, always know you have a friend in me, coz in you I found a loyal and understanding friend.

E:  No matter when I came to you, or for what reason I came, you are always ready with open ears and an open heart. You listened and cared. You helped me become a kinder and stronger person, and for that I’ll always be grateful. Your kind-heartedness inspires me to this day, and I can only hope to one day be able to change someone the way you changed me.

F: You taught me to be able to laugh at myself and to just live life in the moment. We’re there for each other in times of happiness. I learned to be open-minded and to never close myself off to anything. You affected my life one way or the other.

G: You are without a doubt, the hardest working person I know. No matter what task you are working on, you put 110 percent into it. Seeing your amazing work ethic has inspired me to be the driven person I am today, and seeing you work has helped me realize that with hard work, anything is possible.

H: Even though we fight like crazy and say we hate each other 99 percent of the time, I’m incredibly inspired by you. You worked so hard to get where you are today, and you surpassed the expectations that so many people had set for you. You have, and will always be one of the people who’ve made the biggest impact on my life.

I: You taught me how important it is to always follow my heart, find what makes me happy, and go for it at full speed. I can only hope one day that I find it in myself to be as strong and as kind as you are.

J: This person has loved me selflessly, unconditionally. Regardless of my somewhat fickle nature. You are just happy. Whenever, wherever, with whomever. I can't say I've met- well anyone really- that lives in the present moment. With you, friendship comes easy.

In the past few months I’ve been Changed, Saved, And Blessed.

I've met my share of great people. These people make me feel generally great. We've had many beautiful days, and we'll hopefully have many more. Thank you. I will always truly appreciate and cherish you guys.

Your Friend,

Day 19:30-Day True Woman Makeover Challenge

Tough Questions on Modesty

Listen in as Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Holly Elliff, and her daughter Bethany respond to women’s questions on modesty.

• Develop the ability to converse about everything with your kids. It may wear you out, but it keeps communication open as they enter their teen years.
• Ask your husband what he really enjoys you wearing, and then find appropriate times to wear what he likes.
• You’re responsible to live up to the truth that you know and to pray that God will teach others those same truths. If God brings you into relationship with someone, then you may have the privilege of being one of the people that helps share truth with them.

This is just a taste of what you'll learn from Nancy Leigh DeMoss in the series, “The Attractive Christian Woman.”

Day 18: 30-Day True Woman Makeover Challenge,

More Than a List

We send our kids to school. We give them piano lessons. We put them on sports teams. But who’s teaching them about modesty?

• There are formal, structured times to teach your children the ways of God, but more is taught in the course of everyday life using teachable moments and opportunities.
• Ask your children questions so they can discover truth themselves. Then they will have ownership of it and it will be much more valuable.
• If your children’s hearts are to please the Lord and to make choices that are based on the Word of God, then they won’t just conform to a list that you’ve come up with but will become difference-makers in their culture and in their generation.

This is just a taste of what you'll learn from Nancy Leigh DeMoss in the series, “The Attractive Christian Woman.”

Moving on….

If you could cheat on your spouse and know that you would not be caught, would you do it?  This was one of the questions that I heard in a commercial for a new television show.  I don’t remember the name of the show however.  A friend of mine had told me about this show previously.  Evidently they connect you to a lie detector while they ask you these questions.  It is just another silly television show.  However, what caught my attention is the context of the question.  It assumes that the only reason that we would have not cheated on our spouses is because we think we may be caught.

It is not laws that keep people from doing one thing or another for the most part.  It is what’s inside of the person that determines what he or she will or will not do.  If a person is honest then he will tend to do things honestly.  If a person is dishonest then he will tend to do things dishonestly regardless of the laws.  This is why people fight for what is right.  It is simply in them to do that.  For example, the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. could have been much better and perhaps much longer if he hadn’t gone on his civil rights campaign.  He knew it was risky, but he continued on the path.  It was in him.  It was who he was on the inside that caused him to do the things that he did.

Applying Godly discipline to our lives may sound unpopular in this laissez faire age we live in….. but it matters. Applying discipline has to start with the mind for the very obvious reason that the things we do are determined by the things we think.

Therefore, it appears that the real issue to effect change on the earth is not necessarily laws and such.  There must be a change of the inner person.  There has to be a change of the heart.  How do we do this?  How can we change who we are on the inside? 

First of all there has to be a desire to want to change.  A person is not going to change from dishonest to honest if there is no desire to do so.  What could make a person want to change?  Many things may do it.  For example, we may desire to change our eating habits because of health concerns.  With regards to Christianity, a person desires to change because he has seen his plight and realizes that he can do nothing about it.  We desire to get on the narrow way because we realize that the other path will lead us to destruction.  Even there, Jesus said that we have to be looking for it.

Our number one priority is God not the world.  So many professed Christians are seeking the things that the world has to offer at the expense of a relationship with the Lord.  We are taught to seek the new home, luxury car, money, jewelry, etc., but not the Lord.  There is something wrong indeed.

Trust God and live righteously.