It Is Time!

Isaiah 66:8-9 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Who ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment? But by the time Jerusalem’s[a] birth pains begin, her children will be born.

9 Would I ever bring this nation to the point of birth and then not deliver it?” asks the Lord.“No! I would never keep this nation from being born,”says your God.

I have never been to a labor ward, am a mother of three though. Yeah, all my three babies came through cesarean section.

So l had this dream last night, was heavily pregnant and l felt that my baby would come anytime. The natural thing was to get myself to a hospital. I got there somehow and was made to sit outside the labor ward. I couldn’t understand why because in me l felt it was time.

The nurse on duty kept ignoring me as she attended to many others, she seemed to know exactly which baby was coming when. I kept hearing her snap her fingers and say ‘now!’, then there would be a scream and the cry of a baby. This scared me and irritated me at the same time, ‘ when is my time coming, will it be painful?’. It sounded easy and fast for those who went before me.

Finally my time came, the fingers snapped and ‘now!’ Before l knew it l was pushing and the baby came, quite big. Amazing! so easy and not as much pain as l expected, actually it was like no pain at all.
Ever woken up from a dream that was so real? That was me, ‘ what is the meaning of all this?’ After much thinking and meditation l got some insight:

1 .We are all pregnant in one area or another, be it ministry, career, business, money making ideas, etc.
2. The nurse in charge is well aware of the exact time when the baby will come. We should therefore be alert to hear the ‘snap and now!’ instruction.
3. Pushing before time or just because others are doing it, can cause you unnecessary pain and probably the loss of the baby.

  • We are all pregnant in one area or another, be it ministry, career, business, money making ideas, etc.
  • The nurse in charge is well aware of the exact time when the baby will come. We should therefore be alert to hear the ‘snap and now!’ instruction.
  • Pushing before time or just because others are doing it, can cause you unnecessary pain and probably the loss of the baby.

Can you hear it in the Spirit? The fingers are snapping and the ‘now!’ is loud and clear. It’s time to push and bring forth….

Do It Anyway!

Nehemiah 2:5 (NKJV)

And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”

Nehemiah 2:18 (NKJV)

18 And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me.

So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set[a] their hands to this good work.

The minute you make up your mind to do something, opposition arises.

Immediately Nehemiah decided to do something about his situation and that of his people; Sanballat and Tobias appeared.

In this season, we and our loved ones are suffering and someone needs to arise and do something. We cannot sit back and watch the enemy ‘party’ at our expense.

We are being called upon to repent, repair the family altar and also rebuild the walls around our families and nations. There is a call to come back to the place of worship.

Arise and do something …….

Nehemiah 2:12 (NKJV)

12 Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me; I told no one what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem; nor was there any animal with me, except the one on which I rode.

Be warned….

 1. There are those that will be disturbed by your actions.

Nehemiah 2:10  (NKJV)

10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite [a]official heard of it, they were deeply disturbed that a man had come to seek the well-being of the children of Israel.

2. Others will laugh at you and despise you.

Nehemiah 2:19 (NKJV)

19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?

3.The furious and indignant (offended) will also be there.

Nehemiah 4:1 (NKJV)

But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews.

4.They will conspire against and even attack what you are doing

Nehemiah 4:8 (NKJV)

and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion.

5.And even after you have completed the work, they will still plot against you.

Nehemiah 6:1 —–

Do It Anyway!

4 Bad Habits That Are Damaging Your Relationships

Relationships play a very important role in your life. They maintain your emotional well being, give you stability and teach you how to be a good friend.

Most, if not all damaged relationships are due to bad habits. While you keep blaming each other, it is important to evaluate your repeated actions – habits. You need to be a good listener, do not quickly dismiss complaints or suggestions. Try out different ways of doing the same thing and come up with one that suits all.

All your relationships are interdependent. How you relate to your family will affect how you relate with colleagues. Toxic family relationships drain your energy while healthy ones build up positive energy. This can be clearly seen in your level of confidence while relating to colleagues, neighbors, and friends.

Therefore, it is important to identify and change these damaging habits early enough.

Here are 4 habits that are killing your relationships

  1. Being Slow In Or Not Forgiving

In every normal relationship, mistakes are bound to happen. Sometimes a sorry will come easily from the people you relate with. If no apology is made you should learn to forgive.

So you are the one on the wrong? The weight of guilt on your shoulders negatively affects how you relate with others. Forgive yourself, apologize and correct your mistakes.

2.Bottling It Up

Expecting the people you relate with to automatically know your thoughts and feelings is wrong. Voice what you think or feel whether positive or negative.

Bottled up feelings can burst out at an unexpected time and on undeserving people.

For more information; 11 Hidden Things That Happen When You Hide Your Feelings

3. Lack of Personal time

Reflecting on your day to day activities, your focus is on “mothers/wives.” This should not be the case. Anyone can lack personal time.

You need time to improve on and do things for yourself. An improved self is equal to an improved relationship.

4. Taking Others For Granted

In every relationship, everybody has their duty and part to play. Taking for granted what others do for you without a reminder is detrimental.

When you do not appreciate people, they grow resentful of you. They also feel worthless and with time experience a drop in their self-esteem.

This can have long-lasting negative effects on your relationships (10 Negative Effects of Taking Someone for Granted That You Can’t Undo)

Given time these habits can damage your relationship to a point of no return. Always be keen enough to notice the ‘red flags.’ Do not hesitate to discuss the same with those involved. Agree on what works for all.

When God is concerned.

Exodus 2:20 . So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.

1.When God is concerned about your suffering, He immediately interrupts another’s schedule. Moses was busy tending the flock of Jethro his father in law Exodus 3:1-3. The Lord appeared to him. Why? Exodus 3:7 The Lord said ” l have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them cry out because of their slave drivers and l am concerned about their suffering.

2.When God is concerned about your suffering, He comes down to rescue you and bring you out and bring you into Exodus 3;8 So l have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land flowing with milk and honey….

3. When God is concerned about your suffering, He sends someone to bring you out. Not only does He send someone He also accompanies the one He sends. Exodus 3:10 So now go l am sending you to pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt. Verse 12 And God said “l will be with you”

When God is concerned, He is not only concerned, He does something about it.

Whenever you have been through a tough time and it looks like it will last forever remember that God is concerned. It’s only a matter of time……You will not have to confront Pharaoh for your freedom.

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