Amani Ya Juu: Live, Love, Laugh

This morning, I am dancing to this song.

One of the things that I enjoy about being in Nairobi is that there are lots of places to go with young children, that you both enjoy. When I visited in 2016, a friend told me about a place that Ksena and I would enjoy, but we didn’t get a chance to visit it then.

A few weeks ago, we finally got a chance to go to to Amani Ya Juu. It was worth the wait. The serene atmosphere was exactly what our Monday needed. It has a nice playground for children under 10, a beautiful garden and a lovely gift shop. The gift shop is something to write home about. It has beautiful handmade goods with a card attached that includes the name of the person who made it and a bible verse.

“Amani ya Juu (Higher Peace) is a training project in sewing and marketing for African women who have been affected by wars and ethnic conflicts. The purpose of this project is twofold; one is to give African women an opportunity to improve their sewing and marketing skills to provide for the needs of their families and the other is to sow seeds of peace in the hearts of these women. Wonderful hand-made and hand dyed toys and home decorations, very African with a modern twist.” ~ Kenya Buzz

Above all, the peace of God, a higher peace is there. Amani ya juu! This is a place I would definitely go to read a lovely book, spend time with God and just be. And shop:).

These wall hangings from the gift shop are serving as a special reminder to live, love and laugh this year and for the years to come.

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Acts 17:28 New International Version (NIV)

28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

If I am not connected to God I will not live, move and be as He designed me. John 15:5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” To live the life that God desires me to live, I must remain connected to Him.

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1 John 3:16 New International Version (NIV)

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

Love is more than the warm fuzzy feelings. Love is laying down my life for others. I had an interesting conversation with a mum a few days ago, she said parenting is all about sacrifice and I responded that you are the sacrifice. A living sacrifice, whose mind is constantly being renewed by Christ.

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Psalm 126:2-3 New International Version (NIV)

Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.

God has done great things for me. When I take my eyes off Him I start to mumble and grumble, I lose the light in my eye and forget to laugh. Yet He has filled my mouth with laughter. Ksena has been reminding me to laugh from the bottom of my heart. This year, I will laugh.

I am really enjoying this ‘Sounds of Revival film’ by William McDowell.

http://www.williammcdowellmusic.com/watch-sounds-of-revival-film//

Blessings,

Bibi2be

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Sounds Of Revival

I absolutely love a good worship session. After a long day, Sounds of Revival, William McDowell’s new album is exactly what I needed to hear. The Lord was preparing my heart to hear His word loud and clear. I love how God works. He is ALL that we need. In seasons of plenty and enough, we need Him. Our desire for Him should not be based on our emotions and circumstances. Rather, it should be based on love. A steadfast love that never ceases.

The film is available for 24 hours on his website http://www.williammcdowellmusic.com/

Blessings,

Bibi2be

I Hear The Sound Of Rain Coming

I pray that the Lord will bless William McDowell and his ministry. His music has carried me through some of the darkest seasons and it has remained timeless. It is always an invitation to worship, to let the Lord’s Spirit minister to me.

Today was no different.

A friend sent me the link to this song this morning. What followed was tears and hope. As I listened and worshipped, something shifted within me. I was encouraged. Rain is coming my friends.

“Rain only matters to those who have seed in the ground. If you don’t have seed in the ground, rain is a nuisance; but if you’ve been planting somethings, if you’ve been praying somethings, when the rain comes you expect a harvest.

This is for everybody who has been sowing seed in a dry season and you keep saying, ‘I wonder where my harvest is?’. The harvest is connected to the rain.

I hear the sound of rain coming.

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Heaven is open, receive!” William McDowell

Blessings,

Bibi2be

 

Nothing Like The Presence

This song has really blessed me the last couple of weeks. It has a special place in my heart. This evening has been no different. As I listened to it, I felt such a heaviness; a need to share it; to encourage someone.

If you need a little encouragement, this song is for you. You are not forgotten.

I pray that the Lord will minister to you. That you will know that You are NOT alone. I pray that you will experience His love, compassion, grace, comfort and peace in a very vivid manner.

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As you seek His face, know that He is there in that place.

Indeed there is nothing like the presence of the Lord.

Blessings,

Bibi2be

Being With God In A Deliberate Way

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SOME people WANT it to happen, some WISH it could happen, OTHERS MAKE it happen.

My walk with God over the years has taught me that closeness with God does not just happen. It is a deliberate decision to follow Him and seek Him. This decision is made daily. When I don’t make the decision daily, I feel as though He has moved, yet it is quite the opposite. I am the one who has moved.

A couple of months ago I shared about God being the first thing on our minds and last thing on our minds at the tail end of the day. My husband models to me what it means to be deliberate about spending time with God. After he read the post, he changed how he does his quiet time, so that in the evening before he sleeps he finishes up on his daily readings.  His discipline as he seeks the Lord is admirable. Seeking God is a crucial part of his day and he is very intentional about it.

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My walk with God is not limited to the time that I sit and read my bible. God longs for me to invite Him into every aspect of my life, the grande and mundane. My prayer the last couple of days has been that as I am a wife to Mr K, a mum to Miss K, that His presence would be so tangible; that I would hear Him and experience Him. I am cognizant of the fact that they are my first ministry. I need Him to live the way that I was created to.

A couple of days ago I asked the Lord to speak to me as I cooked. My kitchen literally transformed in to a sanctuary. From pots and pans to unrestricted worship. God’s presence was tangible. It lifted me and encouraged me. God loved on me in a special way. Days later I was still telling my husband that I felt God’s love as if it was tangible. Not because of any material thing He had done, but because HE IS GOD. He is my father and I am His daughter. I am still smiling from the inside as I reflect on this encounter. In my folly, there are times I have reduced God’s love to the sensation after I experience God’s hand. Yet, God’s love for me was overflowing before I was born, and He made a public declaration at calvary.

This song was the declaration of my heart in my kitchen turned sanctuary.

As I worshiped, my daughter looked intently and sung along. I desire to teach her that God is in her heart and He is not restricted to a building once a week. Above all, my prayer is that she will experience God, that He will speak His love and promises to her heart. That she may know Him in a personal and intimate way. After all we were created to worship Him. The more we get to know Him, we can worship Him more accurately.

Have you been intentional about inviting God into your work and home space?

In Him, we live , move and have our being Acts 17:28a. We were created to live in His presence, there is no life apart from Him.

Blessings,

Bibi2be

Tangible Fruit : Day 8

A year ago, I was counting down days to holding my little girl in my arms. I honestly looked and felt like a different person. Anxiety and unease flooded my heart regarding delivery. I was all done nesting, save for a few items that I was waiting on to come from another town.

Fast forward to a year later, from the moment you enter our house, you know without a shadow of doubt that Miss K is a resident of our home. Over the last couple of weeks, she has managed a toy distribution service. Which she is excelling at by the way; her toys are all over the house. Her curiosity is at its best, she wants to know what everything is; if she can remove it she will, if she can pass under or over it, she will.

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Yesterday evening as I looked at her toys lying on the floor, the Holy Spirit convicted me that His presence in my life,in our lives, should be very evident. He should leave a trail of tangible fruit. If He doesn’t, then His tenancy is in question.

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The thing about God is that you can’t encounter Him and leave the same. He comes and overturns ‘monuments’ in your heart and reveals the rusty, dusty and nasty things that have been hiding under them.

Can the fruit of the Spirit be seen in your life?

Have you given the Spirit free reign in your life?

Can the people around you see God in your life?

The prayer of the day:

Dear God,

I thank you for your power and love. I am humbled that You love me yet You see the contents of my heart. You see what I think and feel behind closed doors, but You love me all the same. Thank you that Your invitation for me to experience You deeper is still open. Indeed You desire to transform me and grow me.

I want to be a better ambassador for Christ for the glory of Your name. Please forgive me for the times that I have brought shame to Your name. I desire to be Your hands and Your feet. For people to see You in me. Work in and through me Lord.

I declare that I am not going back to the way things used to be. Continue to lead me in your everlasting ways.

I love you and I worship you.

In Jesus name I pray and believe,

Amen

The song of the day is:

Blessings,

Bibi2Be

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

Be Magnified : Day 6

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I went to the beach yesterday, it was breathtakingly beautiful. There was a perfect peace that covered me. I couldn’t help but just stand in awe of God and join creation in worship Him. As I looked at the ocean and reflected, there was an impression over my heart. That I have made God too small in my eyes. This song was heavily on my heart and I wept as I sung it.

I was quiet for a few minutes, because it was true. I realized that I had begun to look at God from a very small lens, and in my folly I would measure Him against my circumstances. Folly of the highest order but my reality all the same. Considering I am a stay at home mum and writer, you can imagine what I measure Him against. I am chuckling as I write this because it is absolutely ridiculous. This past week, we have had blackouts every day without fail. It has made writing a bit tricky; but God’s power and might have nothing to do with Kenya Power. He is God in times when they supply us with electricity and in times when they don’t.

God is so gracious. Even as He convicted my heart of that wrong, He loved on me and begun to show me just how big He is.

I left there refreshed and challenged. In AWE of the most high God.

What circumstances have you been measuring God against?

When is the last time you just stood in AWE of Him and thanked Him for who He is?

The Prayer of the day is:

Dear Lord,

I thank you for the privilege that it is to know you and be known by you. I worship you Lord, because you are God. You are not defined by anything or anyone. You are sovereign.

Please forgive me for the times that I have made you too small in my eyes; the days that I have measured you against circumstances. Forgive me Lord, for the way that I have magnified situations and minimized you by sometimes looking for help from mere men. Yet you are the only one who can help me. Indeed some trust in chariots and some in horses but I choose to trust in the name of the Lord.

Help me to always see how big you are. To see you as you really are; God. There is nothing that you can’t do, and I declare that my eyes are on you, be magnified Lord, be magnified.

In Jesus name I pray and believe,

Amen

The song of the day is:

May the Lord encourage you. There is nothing to hard for Him. HE IS GOD. May He be magnified in every aspect of your life. Have a lovely day.

Blessings,

Bibi2Be

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