Tea Party With The Teddies

Sometimes all we need is something new to breathe some life and excitement to our old collections.

On Sunday, Miss K got a beautiful Hello Kitty tea pot, while Ky got a slice of cake from a little shop, together these two toys have unified their troop of toys. Almost all our games now revolve around feeding a teddy or a ‘toto’, or even feeding ourselves.

One afternoon this week, while Ky napped, Miss K got a fraction of her teddies, put ’em on four little chairs and then begun to serve them tea. You should have seen the look on her face, one of sheer joy, and excitement. The girls love having visitors, they think that we should host people everyday. I am glad that our love for hosting has rubbed off on them, we did it a lot before we had little ones, and now that they are old enough, it is a joy to see them long to serve others and share with others.

Miss K hosted what I’d call a modern day miracle. She probably didn’t realize it, but in the moments that I watched her, my heart was so encouraged. Her fifteen teddies, varying in age and size, shared two pots of tea and shared one slice of cake. And, according to Miss K, they were so full afterwards, they needed to have a nap.

This reminded me of how Jesus fed the 5000 men.  While it was just a game for Miss K, I pray that she will apply that faith in her life. God is still in the business of performing miracles. Miracles happen when we share, then we realize how the power of God can transform little into a lot. How something that could only have benefited one or two people, can transform the lives of others.

What is it that you have in your hands? What is it that you are being called to share? I’ll leave you with this bridge that has been my heart’s song this week, as I take the limits off my faith.

I’ve seen You move, come move the mountains 
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again”

Cheeky Monkey Escapades

I have these lumps in my throat every time I watch Ksena climb something. She is in a phase where she just wants to climb, I need to find a good monkey bar, it will be a good exercise for both of us. She will practice her climbing and I, well, I will pray, and pray, and pray some more. That will keep me from calling out to her each time my heart skips a beat, it will also keep me from physically carrying her off the monkey bar.

She has recruited another cheeky monkey, Ky is now a climber, and they both have bumps, that look like dark potatoes on their foreheads. God forbid those become a K-squad trademark feature. I have found them on the window seal with hearts bursting with pride, while my heart was growing faint.

Do you believe in angels? I do! I also believe in miracles. I have seen these at work in our lives. You know the sound that a skull makes when it hits the ground? The loud thud that could be measured on a Richter scale, I have heard those severally and it is just by God’s grace that the girls are fine. I know that some say that children are resilient, but miracles and angels, my friends, are also very real.

The brain is an amazing organ. Isn’t it sad that we often underutilize it, yet we will have a new body in the afterlife? Miss K’s ability to remember things that happened more than half her lifetime ago blows me away. These memories are what she uses to decide if she can or can’t do something.

“When you go out to fight your enemies and you face horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, do not be afraid. The LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, is with you!

~ Deuteronomy 20:1 New Living Translation

This verse struck me earlier today. God’s character remains constant. He is not frazzled by circumstances, nothing is too difficult for Him. Our brains have the ability to store information and block it out as well, but remembering how God has carried you through situations in the past is crucial for you to go forth to new adventures.

The new adventure may seem complicated and daunting, you may feel inadequate, small and ill-equipped. Remember that God is greater than anything life may throw your way.

He is faithful. The question is, will you trust Him?

 

 

 

 

Miracles Still Happen

The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen. ~ G.K Chesterton

A few weeks ago, Miss K knocked her tooth on a wall and it started greying. She was rolling about in her bed and she bumped into the wall, and a few days later her tooth lost it’s resemblance to milk.

It helped that Ksena was able to articulate what had happened. There was no pain and no abscess it was just off-white in the beginning until it turned grey.

When we saw the doc and spoke to a dentist they both said, it’s not a big deal since it is a milk tooth. That was the good news, the bad news was that there was nothing that they could do, we were just going to have to embrace the grey until the milk tooth fell out.

For the next couple of days, we talked to Miss K about it and reassured her that her beauty wasn’t determined by her pearly whites. We told her what the doctor had said, that she would have to wait it out until her teeth started shaking. After considering that option, she purposed to pray for the tooth.

We stopped focusing on the tooth and experienced the peace that came from accepting the things that you cannot change. Our power was limited in this case, even our best intentions could not whiten the tooth.

About two weeks later, the tooth turned back to white, like nothing had happened. It is white. There are no hints of grey. It is back to normal. Praise be to God. When I told the dentist what had happened, she was overjoyed. She could see God’s footprints all over this.

I don’t know what grey situation you are facing, but even as you are in the midst of the storm, I urge you not to write God off. He is a miracle working God. Nothing is permanent unless He says so. He has power over the elements, the seasons and time. He is the only one that we should put our trust in.

My prayer is that my children will encounter the Lord from a tender age, that as we teach them about God’s word and the bible stories, that they will experience His power and see Him in their lives.

I believe in miracles.

Never Lose Your Sense Of Wonder

One of the humbling things about motherhood is getting to see the world from a fresh perspective; through a babies eyes. It is possible to think that you know it all, because you have been alive much longer, but, a baby’s perspective has a way of shedding new light on the simple mundane things.

Miss K wants to take in every moment, savor it and then draw a conclusion. She is constantly awed by new things, she points up and says ‘this’ or ‘that’. Some new things are scary, like her father’s motorbike, and some are extremely exciting like the bouncing castle she played on this past weekend.

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She enjoys the feeling of the sand on her little toes; watching Palm tree branches sway to the tempo of the breeze; watching the waves ebb and flow; playing with the shadows caused by sun in the afternoon.

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Social media and gadgets have not stolen her sense of wonder from the present moment.

Do you often get cross eyed from catching up with your news feed that you fail to notice the beautiful music playing in the background?

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The magic and miracles lie in the simple moments. Have you been feeling like God isn’t moving? Like the miracles, signs and wonders are a thing of the past? Have you gotten so used God’s blessings that you don’t even recognize them as things to be thankful for anymore?

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Pause and enjoy the moment, savor the tastes , enjoy the sounds, colors and textures.

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Above all, stand in awe of the One who made it all. He is the one who deserves all the glory and the praise.

Blessings,

Bibi2be

Have You Given Up? Linger On A Little Longer : Day 19

Have you given up on God?

Sometimes I feel so exasperated, having prayed about certain things for so long yet I haven’t received a response. Or should I say, a favorable response. Over the years, I have become more cautious as I make requests of God. More recently, I have learned to pray ‘safe’ prayers. You know, those that I don’t peg too much hope on. Folly.

Yet, God has convicted my heart, asking me if I really trust Him. And, if I don’t trust Him, who do I trust? The thing about my relationship with God, is that I know that there is no one else I can trust. So, even as I give up, I end up back at square one; trusting Him.

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I love the story about the lady with the issue of blood. She pressed in, past the crowd. She knew where the power lay and believed that if she just touched the hem of His garment she would be healed. Her touching the hem of His garment did not go without Him noticing.

43 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding,[a] and she could find no cure. 44 Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped.

45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.

Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.”

46 But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” 47 When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. 48 “Daughter,” he said to her,“your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” Luke 8

What is the cry of your heart?

What are you battling with?

What do you need God to do?

Have you given up on pressing in to touch the hem of his garment?

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Press in. He is God. Refuse to leave without a touch from Him, let Him know that you are desperate for Him, that you need Him; that you are nothing without Him.

He is God.

The prayer of the day:

Dear God,

I acknowledge that you are God, regardless of any battle I face, regardless of any situation in my life. You see my heart, you know how weary it is, but with the little energy I have, I choose to pursue you. I need a touch from you, no one, nothing else will do. It is You that I want, you that I need, You that I desire.

I declare that there is no other name but Jesus that has power, freedom and victory. Here I am, calling on your name Jesus. Saying that while on others you are waiting do not pass me by. Set me free from anything that holds me captive, heal me from every hurt and disease that courses through my body, show yourself strong in my life. Encourage me, let your light shine as you lift me from the dark hole that I have slipped in to. Speak to me, love on me, satisfy me.

Jesus, I need you. Only You can set me free. Only You can satisfy me.

In Jesus name I pray and believe,

Amen

My heart is at peace now. May the Lord pursue you and touch you in a very personal way.

The song of the day:

I love this song.

Indeed there is no other name but Jesus.

Blessings,

Bibi2be

P.S if you would like me to stand with you in prayer, send me an email on ess@bibi2be.com

Cheerleader

Once in a while, we all get discouraged. Though, it is important to know how to cheer yourself on, there are times that one needs a cheerleader to cheer them on and let them know that they are doing great. Even though they are currently losing the fight; remind them that the battle is not lost.

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A couple of months ago, I had this grand idea to write a book and I did. Writing it was one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done. It made me realize I want to write for life. By the time I was done with book one, I had book two and three racing through my mind. I was a living, breathing, mobile inspiration.

Three months down the line, I am still walking with the ideas in my head, not as excited though. Reason being: I wanted book one to be published before I start on the next ones.

Yesterday I was a bit discouraged as I discussed this with my hubby. He told me that the most important thing is, to do what God has asked me to do. So what if finding a publisher locally is difficult? So what if the technology needed to print the type of book I want is locally unavailable? I shouldn’t get derailed by the details but do what God has asked me to do.

He went on to tell me a little story about a man named Omi who is behind this song.

Here is his story borrowed from Mitchell Wigg’s  Facebook page.

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This story!!!!

I was left dumbfounded. So many lessons can be drawn from it, it is like a little sermon.

1)The truth is, sometimes God asks us to do things that are ahead of our time. And, just because some people around us do not see the value in what we are doing does not negate it’s greatness.

2)Everybody needs a cheerleader! This lady deserves a round of applause. She truly believed in his dream and treated it like her own. When he had given up she still believed in Him and his dream. She didn’t ditch him because his great plan didn’t work.

I thank God for my cheerleader and pray that I too will be a ride or die cheerleader, believe in the dream and pursue it as my own.

3) There is a God. This should be number 1. He works in miraculous ways (His wonders to perform). He makes divine connections happen.

There is no situation too difficult or dead for Him. You may have given up but never give up on Him. He is able.

So here I am, thanking God for my cheerleader 🙂 , inspired that God still works in the background. Ready to write for the glory of His name.

When the books are published I’ll be sure to reference this day.

What has God asked you to do? Who can you cheer on today?

Blessings,

Bibi2be

Sunshine after the rain #EndoNoMore

Happy New Month 🙂

March is HERE. Woop Woop.

It is a month that is very close to my heart. It is the Endometriosis Awareness Month. I was diagnosed with Endo 8 years ago and it turned my world upside down. The pain was unbearable; the emergency room was like my second home. I’ll be sharing my experience in detail in the days to come.

A couple of days ago, I had the opportunity to share my Endo story with some women and I realized that there are so many women suffering in silence. Endo is a physically painful illness but the emotional pain is what makes it even harder to deal with. This month I’d like to break the silence and stop the shame. Sometimes the shame is perceived  but most of the times it is as real and evident as a zit on your face. It may seem small to others, but when you stand in front of the mirror it seems like a little mountain is renting space on your face.

The theme colour for the month is Yellow 🙂 Endo makes life quite gloomy BUT there is a light at the end of the tunnel. One day the Sun will shine.

My yellow accessory for today is my little ones shoes.

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They are my reminder that God heals Endo!! I feel like I should say that again, a little louder this time, GOD HEALS ENDO! There are rays of sunshine after the storm. Many are the days that I cried and lamented but there is nothing too difficult for God.

In Luke chapter 1, Angel Gabriel visited Elizabeth (a barren woman) and told her that she would have a child. When she was in her sixth month of pregnancy, Angel Gabriel visited her relative Mary to give her good news as well.

Luke 1:35-37 9 (NLT)

35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail.”( Some manuscripts say: For nothing is impossible with God)

Angel Gabriel told Mary that God would do something out of the ordinary for her. It would have been hard for her to believe that she would be a mother and a virgin at the same time. It does sound like something out of this world, but God displayed His power to her in Elizabeth’s life by making her barren womb conceive so that she would see that nothing is impossible for God.

To those in the thick of the Endo storm, you are not forgotten. May I be your Elizabeth, may you see through me that He is able to heal. Thought= there is no known scientific cure for Endo, our Creator is able to heal Endo and more.

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her! (Luke 1:45 NIV)

The sun shines after the rain. You will smile again and laugh from the bottom of your heart.

This month, encourage someone who is struggling with an aspect of Endo, be it the pain, miscarriages or infertility, let them know that our God is able.

Hugs and blessings,

Bibi2Be