What it means to be free.

Today is a special day for me. I am Zambian and this day 50 years ago we broke free from British colonial rule. Since then we have enjoyed peace. I thank God. I won’t go into the politics of our economy because that just invites too many questions and arguments. Instead I choose to reflect on what it means to be free personally.

I believe that a Nation gains strength when the individuals one by one live to the best of their ability; seeking to love and build one another. When each is invested in each other and loves their brother and sister equally, if not more than themselves. But above all, I believe personal freedom in mind, body and soul can only and will only be achieved when the first love is God and all focus is on loving Him.

You see love is a complete way of being. No single action can ever ‘prove’ you love someone or something. Instead a way of living where we are devoted to a life of serving; committed to doing the true, helpful, valuable things that set ourselves and others free to be our best self. The self God designed us to be.

So today I pray that we will all make that freedom our focus. For Zambia I pray in the powerful Name of Jesus that from today and every day after, all of us will seek that freedom so that as a Nation we become God’s best for us. Amen.  One Zambia One Nation.

We fought to be free from human oppression by a foreign nation.
Let us not be our own captives.
Looking forward to all that is before us, optimistic that the change ahead will be greatest.
Let us not be our own captives.
To invest is to strengthen the people, creating opportunities that benefit all.
Let us not be our own captives.
The diamond in the rough, like our people: hidden stars.
Let us not be our own captives.
Shine Jesus Shine, through our people show your light.
Let us…

NM x

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The progress-commitment connection

Some months ago I came to what I like to call a ‘shake-up’ realisation. Following a period of several months of self reflection, I discovered I was a flake in a lot of areas. By flake I mean: heavily reliant on my feelings; only doing something if I felt like it. Letting my feelings rule my life; so buried in myself I had lost sight of the bigger picture. So consumed by my little world, I was shut off to the real world and other people’s concerns, joys, hurts etc. I knew and have known somewhere in me that God did not want that for me. I knew that I had to commit to focusing on God’s words instead of how I felt.

One of the first things I did was to commit myself to peace. If something started scratching at my peace, I immediately looked at God’s Word and shut that fear down with it. That led me to my next thing, prayer. I started studying prayer and focused on hearing from God, understanding and applying His Word. Last I committed to taking the actions that are in my power to bring change. You see I started to see that I was waiting for a miracle when what I really needed to do was get off my backside and act!

I am still on this journey and am loving exploring prayer. Communicating with God is such an honour and a beautiful thing. I am in the best shape I have been emotionally and spiritually for a long time. I walk in peace and I am passionate about keeping it so my focus is on God.

Today commit to committing. It is essential for progress. I have done the flake thing. Let me save you the trouble, it doesn’t work.

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What do you expect from life?

On the train this morning I was running through what I had to do today at work. I thought also about the calls I had to make outside work, the food I was going to eat, my gym workout and some songs I’ve been needing to record. You see I am really excited because I have challenged myself to achieve certain things before the end of the year. When I have felt fear, I have prayed and pushed forward to find the root of that fear and pull those sucker weeds out. Why? Because I am on a mission to live the life God has for me. The only best.

I focus on Him and who I am supposed to be in Him. Then I take a step at a time. I expect good things to happen; to excel and be and do more than I or anyone else ever expected.  Again, why? Because l love God and His way is to continually amaze us. I find that without this understanding, we can rob ourselves of the freely given joy Jesus died to give us. Yes, life is a challenge and we will get things that seem to knock the life out of us. Nevertheless trust God and expect good to happen.

Peace!

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NM x

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Unique: To be a once in a lifetime person

I am just beginning to really understand what it means to be unique. I thought it was something I had to try to be. I went out of my way to be different. Tried to stand out from the crowd. Doing something because no-one else was doing it, or stopped doing something because everyone else did it. I know now it is less trouble than that. To simply live as God designed me; being bold, loving and making my only mission to be led by Him. That is unique.

You see I think somewhere along the line, we lost the plot. Got confused and that confusion (if we are not careful) can be what leads us. God Forbid! I pray that you live as the person God has already uniquely designed you to be in Jesus Name Amen. There has never been and never will ne another you.

Peace!

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NM x

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A new approach: Good Morning Monday!

Glorious Monday Morning! Welcome!
Thank you for meeting me with your necessary reality check. For showing me all I need to embrace, challenge and change. Thank you for bringing perspective and clarity. For helping me to take a long hard look at myself. Thank you.

You see whether you love or hate Mondays, it is a perfect time to get real with yourself. After weekend peace or revelry,  you wake up to a job, school or home life that you hate, love or could not careless about. If you love it, great!  Continue as you are. Onwards and upwards. Keep the positivity and push forward. However if you hate (or don’t care) what life is serving you at the moment, check your attitude or your actions, (or both!). Something has to change. Idol complaining will not help you. So this monday morning, smile! Take a reality check, pray and ask God for guidance to take actions to help you live your best.

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NM x

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The problem with ‘same old, same old’.

still broke, still complaining about the same situation, still chasing the same man or woman, still insecure, still childish etc etc….these are the people/ things to avoid. Or if it is you, today it needs to change. I know that sometimes it is hard, I mean really hard to change some things but is it really necessary to advertise, exalt and ultimately continue being defeated by it? I am learning that talking about things has its season. And that season should expire. There comes a time when the only conversation should be with God and all energy put towards overcoming by His strength. Sometimes re-living past and present problems in conversation just keeps the problem alive; talking about and doing the same thing, then feeling defeated. 

Today take that thing to God and leave it there. You have overcome in Jesus Name Amen.

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NM x

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Is there a way to have a better life?

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Self-reflection is so important. Why? Because only when we take an honest look at ourselves can we start steering our hearts, mind and actions to become who we want to be. If we only rely on other people to tell us what to do every second and each stage of our lives, we can (and often do) start to feel like we are losing ourselves. Yes, it is good to listen to people that care about you and have your best interests at heart. But to blindly only listen to them is dangerous.
So I called this post ‘Is there a way to have a better life?’ and I have the picture showing all the ways we can love more. What is the connection between what I have just said, the post and the picture? Well…YES you can have a better life and the way to do it is by self -reflecting and doing your bit to reach out and love more. You will be amazed to see what happens when you use your time and energy to build yourself and others instead of sinking in defeat.

Of course God’s Word (The Bible) is the best place to start as a thermometer.  Look at what it says and review your own life in light of it.

Have an amazing Day!

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NM x

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