THABILE

I have been asked what Thabile meant. I took it from my second name Sithabile, a ndebele name which means “we are happy” 

When i thought of naming my blog and my brand this is what Thabile meant to me:

T eachable spirit you have

H appiness you always bring to others

ccomplished in all that you do

B eauty that comes from inside and glows outside 

I nvincible, nothing can completely destroy you because your roots are in God

L ove for God and love for his people

E xcellence is your standard 

Dress by: Thabile😊

Finding God in difficult times

Many of my friends, family and myself too have gone or are going through the most this season. From financial,relationship,health,career to job difficulties, it has really been so hard to comprehend and even harder to remember that God has a plan. 

The interesting thing is, it’s not that we do not know what the scripture says;  we know that He will never leave or forsake us, we know that He works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose and that we are to trust Him. But the question many keep asking including myself is when life is falling apart how in the world are we supposed to practically do that??? When you are jobless and broke and you have bills to take care of, when you’re sick and cannot go about your normal life routine or when your heart has been hurt. Sometimes you just want to close your eyes and hope life fast forwards to the fruition of His plan.

I read an article that said;

He is found as we engage with the character of Christ, whose life and Spirit direct us to the Father. And I want you to know that God is a good Father. Our life does not always tell that story; but it’s true…I (the author of the article) have personally fought to find Him at every stage of my life…

When I read this, I felt this was soo true, we literally have to fight to find him in the midst of our mess. Our lives can be so cluttered with the noise of our struggles that if we do not fight to remember God, we can end up letting go of Him easily and completely as we are figuring out this life thing.

Another thing that got me thinking was when i look back at my life, i can see God’s hand, His faithfulness and His mercy. In fact, I would not be here if it wasn’t for Him. So maybe if we try to remember where we were before we met Him, the things He has rescued us from. It will help in making us see that He is in control. It’s like looking at God’s track record lol..and hopefully help us believe that He is working all things for your good.

It’s also good to have a person or people that can help you remember God, that you can be accountable to. We can never walk alone (sidetrack,this is why i love liverpool😂❤),there are areas where we are weak and we need the help of a friend/s to lift us up and get us back in alignment with God’s plan and vice versa. We can also be that friend for others.

This is what God says:

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jer 29:12‭-‬13 NIV

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

 Mt 11:29 NIV

I hope this helps you find God in your hard situation. 😊

Destiny awaits…move

Have you ever listened to a great sermon, or had a revelation from God through his word and then thought, wow, that was deep, but i will act on it tomorrow? I have, many times, recently while i was listening to a sermon by Christine Caine at the Code Orange Revival, (amazing sermon by the way!) i got a revelation!

Remember the story of Moses, Pharaoh and the plagues? Particularly the “Frogs plague” Exodus 8:1-15 just read what Pharaoh said here:

“8…Pray to the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord.”

Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.”

10 “Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said.

You know i have read this passage many times and i never thought of verse 10 that way, “tomorrow” he said, i don’t know maybe he just wanted one more night with his frogs, but he had the opportunity to get them taken care of instantly but he said tomorrow. By the way these are frogs yea, all over his country:

The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. The frogs will come up on you and your people and all your officials.’”

But he said, “tomorrow”. Which made me wonder, what “frogs” do we hold on to? What excuses do we give to continue holding on to them and delay our freedom and destiny?

  1. Procastination

You read a word or you listen to a good sermon on the power of persistant prayer, and you think, this is awesome, i need to improve my prayer life, i will do it….tomorrow. Or you even pay money to attend a financial management seminar, you know your finances are on the rocks, you get useful tips, and you think to yourself, those were amazing, I will implement them….tomorrow. Sounds familiar?

Isaiah 43:19 says; “See, I am doing a new thing! NOW it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

God wants to do a new thing NOW, not tomorrow. Allow yourself to be quickened in your spirit and move as the holy spirit moves.

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2. Stuck in past moments of pain

Maybe you’ve been hurt or abused in the past and you are full of shame or regret. You want God to use you, you look around and you see others walking in their destinies and you want that too but you think, man, i have waaaayyy too much baggage, you just don’t know where i’ve been and God cannot surely use someone like me? That moment of pain becomes what defines your whole being and stops you from stepping in what God called you to be.

Can we change the past? Can we undo some of the things that we have been through?No! Being freed doesn’t mean you suddenly have amnesia and you forget what happened, but it means we can begin to accept and deal with those pains with strength from God. The process of recovery is more painful than the injury that took place, but you have to allow God in to break you apart, get into that place and start healing you. Freedom has no personality, background or past, freedom comes through the blood of Jesus and everyone qualifies!

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You can spend your whole life defining yourself with your past, or you can go into the fullness of what he says about you. He says:

 

I am the Creator and you are my creation. I breathed into your nostrils the breath of life (Genesis 2:7). I created you in my own image (Genesis 1:27). My eyes saw your unformed substance (Psalm 139:16). I knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). I know the number of hairs on your head, and before a word is on your tongue I know it (Matthew 10:30; Psalm 139:4). You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).

You are more valuable than many sparrows (Matthew 10:31). I have given you dominion over all sheep and oxen and all beasts of the field and birds of the heavens and fish of the sea (Psalm 8:6–8; Genesis 1:26, 28). I have crowned you with glory and honor as the pinnacle and final act of the six days of creation (Psalm 8:5; Genesis 1:26).

Quoted from: “Desiring God” blogpost 24/09/15  http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-god-thinks-about-you

The key to stepping into your destiny is to move, make that predetermined step to get yourself out of that funk that is holding you back. There is life beyond pain, but you need to want to MOVE past it.

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Another thing is to BELIEVE God is who he says he is, the world is full of unbelieving believers who sing praises and quote verses about a God who is almighty, but when it comes to believing it for our own situations, suddenly we don’t believe He will do what He says he will do. I pray that you become truly convicted and believe what He says about you, who He created you to be; God’s destiny awaits he who has faith in Him.

Let it go…

Forgiveness, an area in my life where God has really been dealing with me quite severely. It is easy to talk about it, but actually going through with it is the hardest part. So I decided to take my time and learn about how i can do it, mainly because it is such an important aspect in my walk with God and I was just tired of holding on to my pain, i was tired of being a slave to it. It was time to let it go!

Forgiveness is about you and your heart, Matthew 5:8 says: “Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.” Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Pastor Tom Deuaschle spoke about this just this morning (lol, when God is subbing you big time in church) he said, “We harbour emotions when we do not know how to release and forgive others to avoid the inevitable destruction of our heart.” When you have unforgiveness your heart is full of bitterness, resentment and anger and that is not good for you, in fact you become “dis-eased” literally. When we keep our hearts pure we have more clarity about what God wants us to do. So how do we keep our hearts pure?

  1. By choosing not to take offence, yeah, you can do that sometimes. Choose your peace, even if it means you’ll look weak or too soft, protect your peace and look the other way.
  2. Choose mercy over judgement James 2:13 says, “Because judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgement.” God wants us to offer others the same mercy he has given us, Matthew 6:12 Amp “And forgive our debts, as we have forgiven out debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment].”  Matthew 6:14-15 says, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly father will also forgive you. But if you don’t forgive others their sins, your father will not forgive yours…” Yea, i know, i know, it’s such a hard pill to swallow, like when i heard/read that i was like but God, that’s not fair, you don’t even know what’s been done to me and He said, what about what you do to me, what about the many things I have forgiven you, surely you were not deserving, but i did anyway. Forgive them too, let it go, surrender it all to me. Which brings me to the third thing…a-soul-that-never-lose-faith
  3. Release your offences to God, he is your vindicator. Tell him, God it hurts, it’s painful, i didn’t deserve it, but i trust that you are my vindicator and you will fight for me. Don’t hold on to the pain and become a slave to it, hold on to God and conquer it. Ephesians 4:26-27 “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you’re still angry, and do NOT give the devil a foothold” The devil just luurrrves chaos, anger and discord among God’s people, he thrives in it, do not give him the victory, he doesn’t deserve it! “God can break the cycle of pain and use the situation to bring others to him.” Which takes me to my 4th point….ngg54ra
  4. This one is not easy, in your own strength you may not be able to do this, that’s why you need God’s strength and the Holy spirit to take over. You need to put on the face of Christ and look past your pain but to the reason why the person that offended you did that, where they were hurting so much that they’d do that and pray for them. Right, i know, i know, vice Jesus gwans-that’s why i said it’s not easy, but you can do it, you can have that Christ-like mind, our carnal minds may not comprehend this, but there is much reward in doing this, so seek help from God, pray about it, read the word and the instruction it’s giving on how you can get to this place.                                                                       mistakesweakforgivequote-b201aa69b1999f40f1dd7ff3c5710d63_h
  5. Ask God to reveal to you the issues causing bitterness in your heart.Look in his word, learn how to have a mind like Christ. It is not easy when you think about it, but when you decide to trust God with that situation, the peace that will prevail will surpass all understanding.                                                                                                                                                                           beach-dancing-freedom-girl-favim-com-674569

When we are offended or deeply hurt by the people around us the seemingly easy thing to do is to hold grudges, hold on to that pain, tweet about it, slander the offenders, change whatsapp statuses or seek revenge whatever seemingly more hurtful things we do these days (which do not ease your pain by the way). However, revenge is not ours, it is God’s, surrender it to Him, resist the urge to take control of it because in the end it will destroy your heart. God has called us to be beautiful beings with pure hearts, and NOTHING is worth losing that. It’s not easy, it doesn’t happen overnight, it may still hurt, but begin today to give it to God, do yourself a favor- forgive.

 

Becoming a better me (Part 2)

KEEPING MY PEACE   (Emotional healing)

So glad to be back and writing again 🙂 I had such a revelation recently while listening to Paula White’s sermon “Emotional Healing”. One of the things i decided to do to become a better me was to guard my peace always. Like the woman in Mark 5: 25-34 I had to pick myself up and touch the hem of the Lord.

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Many of us are bent over backwards because of unresolved issues and we are sometimes waiting on somebody to come and rescue us, but reality is, you need to rescue yourself from it. You need to make a decision today not to have emotional baggage, bitterness, unforgiveness and anger rule your life. You just got to let it go, a certain preacher once said, holding on to such baggage is like making a decision everyday to carry a bag of rotten potatoes on your back. “Nemumvura mese, naro bheg rako” Can you see who is suffering here, not those people who rejected you, not that aunt who gossiped about you, not that dude that cheated on you, but YOU. So why do we choose to carry these around? Because the devil knows exactly  where to get you, your peace, he knows that once he steals your peace, your heart continues to break. Proverbs 4: 23 (Amp) says:

“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.”

From the heart flows the springs of life, now when it’s broken, life starts to leak out of you and you cannot contain what God has in store for you and this is what the devil is trying to achieve in your life. So what is “watching over your heart” or “guarding your heart” as other bible versions call it? There are times when you cannot prevent things from happening to you, you cannot see everything coming, so guarding your heart is guarding the way you respond to situations or how you feel about things. Your life may be in complete turmoil, but the way you look at it will determine whether you come out a victor or a victim.

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God knows of all your hurt, your rejection, your heartbreak and your heavy heart, but he says in Philippians 4: 6-7 (Msg)

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.”

The bible instructs us to pray, the enemy also knows this, so he will prevent you from praying. You become too tired, or too depressed to pray, but what you need to force yourself to do is have a conversation with your father, let him know, “daddy, I hate what i am going through, I don’t think it’s fair, my heart is bleeding, it’s uncomfortable, I’m broke, I’m tired, BUT i will trust in you and know that you have it under control, I pray you give me strength and peace to go through this” and he will.

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Friends, i can testify that when you surrender it all to him and ask for peace, he will give it to you. The world around you can literally be up side down, but you will feel peace, peace that surpasses all understanding, peace that is beyond your heart break, your brokeness, your distress, your anxiety. You will experience this, all you have to do is ask your father. Don’t let the devil steal your peace, make a decision today and everyday to conquer your emotions. Affirm yourself with God’s promises, remove yourself from that place of torment, pursue your goals, don’t waste time with things God is/has already taken care of. Trust in His plans, He will not withhold anything good from you. He loves you that much!

 

My life, my journey

One of the most crucial things I’ve learnt is that Life is a journey. To live your life is to walk, run or crawl down this life road.

As much as I may desire a perfect life, it is impossible to have in an imperfect world. The only way I could imagine it is if everything would work out according to my plan, if everyone would see things and feel as i did, in other words if the world was full of Sammys, lol. But that’s not possible, in fact, where is the fun in all that? After all Sammy isn’t perfect, so imagine that.

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Though there are many things I would love to forget ever happened or completely erase from my “Sam’s life journey” I cannot, it’s impossible and not trying to be cliche or anything, but they happened for a reason. Ofcourse I will not continue to be a victim, or carry the guilt of my mistakes forever because Jesus died for my that, as one of my favourite song goes: “He took it to the cross, nothing left to chance, covered by his blood….life has been restored”  I cannot imagine sometimes who I would be right now if I hadn’t been through some of the things I have been through. To be honest I may not see things the way I do if I hadn’t. The people I’ve met in this journey, those who hurt me and those I hurt, there were all lessons, lessons meant to not only make me stronger but to see the goodness of God. I have discovered some truths about myself that I didn’t know existed. It’s no surprise to God. He knew me, He chose me through the twists and turns of this life journey, He still chose me.

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“In the days of Jeremiah all pottery was for some specific use. The clay was shaped and formed into vessels . All vessels were not alike. Each vessel was unique in some way and were designed according to need. Each vessel was important . No vessels were created that were not useful or needed.”

I believe I am a unique vessel on my unique journey created to serve God DESPITE my flaws. My journey is important, my lessons are important, my potter is patient . Sometimes as a vessel I may crack, life may throw stones at me, but my potter never lets go, He reshapes me again and again and works out the marred places in me. He loves me and never throws me away.

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The journey may have been tough, but there is much road to be covered because his plans are to make me happy and for me to have a fulfilled life in Him. There is still the opportunity to be what he created me to be. Everyday he is working within me so that my outside can be more and more like Christ.

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“Being like Christ is not the destination, it is the journey”

I am confident knowing that God is the pioneer of my journey, I accept everything and everyone who has been part of the journey as lessons, pillars, inspiration and God sent. Appreciate the journey knowing that you’re being made stronger and more beautiful.

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6