Devotional: With the measure you mete

Devotional With the measure you mete it shall be measured for you.

With the measure you mete, it shall be measured for you. (Mark 4:24)

The Bible contains several examples of persons who inadvertently measured out things for themselves while thinking they were measuring them for others. 

One good example is Haman who meted out death for Mordechai simply because he did not like him by asking for gallows to be built to hang him. However, Haman ended up being hung on those same gallows when King Ahaseurus discovered that he had plotted to annihilate the Israelites. (Esther 7:9) 

Mordechai also received what he had measured out when he reported the eunuchs who had plotted to harm the king because the king later saved his life from Haman. (Esther 6:6) 

Therefore be careful when you are measuring things for others because it is written Give and it shall be given back to you (Luke 6:38) which ensures that A  person reaps what they sow. (Galatians 6:7)  

With the measure you mete, it shall be measured for you. Mark 4;24
Prayer
Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to help me remember that when I am measuring out things for people, I am also measuring them out for myself because I will receive what I have given.


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Devotional: Where your go, I will go

Devotional Where you go I will go

Where you go, I will go. Where you live, I will live. Your people shall be my people and your God shall be my God. (Ruth 1:16)

Naomi had gone to Moab because of a famine in Bethlehem. While living there, her husband Elimelech had died together with her two sons Mahlon and Chilion. 

When she heard that God had provided the Israelites with food, Naomi decided to go back to her home. She thus bid farewell to her daughters-in-law Ruth and Orpah, and begged them not to go with her since she could not provide them with other sons to marry. 

Orpah chose to remain but Ruth decided to go with her mother-in-law and said, "Where you go, I will go. Where you live, I will live. Your people shall be my people and your God my God. (Ruth 1:16) 



Where you go, I will go
What had Ruth seen in Naomi that made her say, "Where you go, I will go"?

This statement "Where you go, I will go' shows us that Ruth trusted Naomi as a person and she also trusted her judgment so that she was willing to leave her people and follow her wherever we went. 

This then begs the questions, "Do people trust you as a person?' and "Do people trust your judgment?"

To develop trustworthiness of this magnitude, you must rely on God by acknowledging Him so that He can direct your paths.

Therefore involve God when you are making both the "small decisions" and the "large decisions" of your life and soon people will notice that you operate under divine guidance and begin trusting your decision-making capacity.


Where you live, I will live
What had Ruth seen in Naomi that made her say, "Where you live, I will live"?

This statement suggests that Naomi was a pleasant person to live with because that is the meaning of her name.

This is further confirmed by the fact that when she and Ruth came to Bethlehem, All of Bethlehem was excited because of them. (Ruth 1:19)

The whole town could not have been excited because of a bad person and this proves that Naomi was a good person and people were happy that she was returning to her home.

We can even see that when Naomi and Ruth began living in Bethlehem, Naomi was concerned about Ruth's well-being and she advised her on how to relate with Boaz. Thus Ruth knew that she could not go wrong by choosing to live with Naomi. 

Therefore be a pleasant person to live with so that the people you live with will not want you to leave them and those you are going to, will be happy you have come to live with them.


Your people shall be my people
What had Ruth seen in Naomi's people that made her say, "Your people shall be my people"?

This statement suggests that Naomi's people were good people - the type of people that one would like to be identified with.

We can see Naomi's people did not disappoint Ruth because of the way Boaz showed exceptional kindness to her when she went to glean in his field. 

Therefore, even if you cannot choose your kinsmen, chose to associate with people with good morals and those that someone would love to be associated with.


Your God shall be my God
What had Ruth learned about Naomi's God that made her say, "Your God shall be my God"?

Without a doubt, Ruth had learned great things about Naomi's God because she was uttering these words after Naomi had lost her husband and two sons.

These words suggest that God had proved Himself as a good God to Naomi in Moab and that is why Ruth chose Him over the gods of the Moabites.

God also proved Himself worthy of being served in Bethlehem because of the way He orchestrated Ruth to land in Boaz's field and eventually get married to him.

We can see that God helped Naomi in a mighty way because of her faith in Him for the child who was born to Boaz and Naomi ended up being the grandfather of King David.

Therefore chose God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and should I dare say the God of Naomie and Ruth, to be your God even if you have suffered devastating losses in your life because He knows how He can use those losses to bring profit to your life.


Points to Ponder
What changes do I need to make in my life so that the people around me can say to me, "Where you go, I will go"? 

What changes do I need to make in my life so that the people around me can say to me, "Where you live, I will live"? 

What changes do I need to make in the people I associate with so that people can say to me, "Your people shall be my people"? 

What changes do I need to make in my life so that the people around me can say to me, "Your God shall be my God"?

Prayer
Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to help me  so that people who interact with me say to me, "Where you go, I will go" and "Where you live, I will live". 
Help me to chose the right friends so that the people who interact with me can say, "Your people shall be my people".

Father God help me to have a relationship with You that would enable people to say to me, "Your God shall be my God". This I ask in Jesus' name, Amen.

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Devotional: Whoever does not control his spirit

Devotional: Whoever does not control his spirit is like a broken down city

Whoever does not control his spirit is like a broken down city without walls. (Proverbs 25:28)




In ancient times, walls were built around cities to protect them from attacks by their enemies. 

A person who does not control his spirit or in other words, a person without self-control, is similar to such a city because they cannot protect themselves from attacks by their enemies.

This is due to the fact that their enemies can do things to them to trigger the responses they want. For example, the enemies of a person without self-control can leave cookies close to their desk to trigger them to eat and break their diet. Their enemies can also say the words that make them lose their temper so that they can throw a tantrum. 

A person who does not control their spirit is therefore virtually defenseless from the attacks of their enemies. 



Self control fruit of the Holy Spirit challenge

In addition to taking the self-control challenge, strengthen your control of yourself by having set goals for all the facets of your life since your goals can serve as walls that keep you on the right track. 

For example, if you have set a spiritual goal of going to Heaven, if your enemies tempt you to break any of the commandments, you will be less likely to succumb to the temptation if you remind yourself of your Heavenly goal.

If on the other hand, you have set a physical goal of losing 20 kgs, if your enemies tempt you to eat cookies, you will be less likely to succumb to the temptation if you remind yourself of your weight loss goal.

Therefore set goals for each aspect of your life and write them down. If you find that your "goal walls" are not strong enough to keep you from caving into your enemies' temptations, strengthen them by praying over them and speaking positive declarations over your life.
Whoever does not control his spirit is like a broken down city without walls Proverbs 25:28

Prayer
Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to help me strengthen my self-control so that I can live a life that pleases You rather than one that pleases the enemy. 

Father God help me to rebuild the broken down walls of my life so that I can fulfill the purpose you created me fulfill instead of doing what the enemy wants me to do. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.  

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Relaxation Tips for Sleep

Relaxation Tips for Sleep

The following relaxation tips for sleep can help you unwind after a stressful day and sleep comfortably:

Eat a relaxing dinner
Eat a relaxing dinner by avoiding foods that can trigger the release of stress hormones like coffee and those made from white flour. Up the ante by eating those which reduce stress hormone levels like dark chocolate and green tea.


Eat mindfully
As you eat, focus your mind on the food rather than on your problems since this mindfulness is a very effective relaxation technique.


Engage in repetitive activities
Before going to bed, engage in activities with repetitive motions since they are known to help the body relax. For example, you can sew or knit after dinner to prepare your body for sleep.




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Establish a pre-bed relaxation routine
Engaging in a relaxation routine that includes the activities you have to do before sleep can also help you enter bed when you are fully relaxed. For optimum results, ensure that this routine also includes repetitive motion activities. For example, you can you can brush your hair 40 times, brush your teeth and read your Bible while listening to soothing Christian worship songs.


Breathe
After you enter bed, take several deep breaths to continue relaxing your body. As you breathe in, ensure that your belly rises so as to fill your lungs completely. When you exhale, make sure it falls so that you empty your lungs.  


Progressive muscle relaxation
Progressive muscle relaxation is another relaxation technique that you can do once you are in your bed. 

To do it, simply tighten the muscles of your right foot for a few seconds and notice how it feels before and after relaxing them. Follow this with tensing the muscles of the left foot, registering the sensation and relaxing them. Do this for all the muscle groups as you work your way up your body while ensuring that you become aware of the sensations of tension and relaxation.


Meditation
Meditating while in bed will help you relax even more. 

To do this, focus your mind on reassuring Bible verses like Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late and to eat the bread of sorrows for so He gives His beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:1-2)

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Devotional: Which of you intending to build

Devotional: Which of you intending to build

Which of you intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost to see whether he has enough to finish it. Lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish building, all who see it mock him. (Luke 14:28-29)


If you are intending to build a tower or something else, follow these Christian project planning steps from the Bible:


1. Decide on the finished project
Ask yourself, "What type of tower do I want to build?" or "What type of blog do I want to make?"

For example, you can decide to build a stone tower or make a lifestyle blog.



2. Map the phases needed to finish the project
Ask yourself, "How many storeys will the tower have?" or "How many niches will the blog cover?"

For example, you can decide to build a stone tower with 10 storeys or make a lifestyle blog with 3 niches - food, fashion and social media. 

Which of you intending to build a tower does not first sit down Luke 14:28


3. Calculate the total cost of the resources needed 

Ask yourself, "How much will I need to finish building the tower?" or "How much will I need to make the blog successful?"

As you sit down to calculate the total cost needed to finish your project, know that you will need physical resources and emotional resources.

Physical resources include the people who will work with you as well as the money you will pay them. 

Emotional resources include positive feelings about the project that you will need to motivate yourself to continue until its completion. 

Therefore calculate the total amount of resources you will need to finish building your tower or making your blog successful.

For example, you can calculate and conclude that you will need 10 million to build the tower or that you need 10,000 hours to make your blog successful.


4. Evaluate if your budget can afford the total cost
Ask yourself, "Can I afford to build this tower?" or Can I afford to make this blog?"

As you do this, ensure that you Acknowledge God and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:4-6) and show you how to proceed with your project.

For example, He might tell you to go ahead if you have all the resources at your disposal.
If you are lacking some of the resources, He might open your eyes and reveal to you where you will source them from and this will help you move forward to step 5.

God can also tell you to move back to step 2 and cut out some of the storeys from your tower or niches from your blog before you proceed with step 3. 

In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths Proverbs 3:5-6



5. Begin taking active steps to complete your project

Begin digging the foundation to build your tower or writing the first posts for your blog after you get clearance from God  


Prayer
Heavenly Father I  ask You in the name of Jesus to be with me from the beginning of this project until its end. Guide me as I make the decisions for all the steps of this project and protect me as I work on it. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. 



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