Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring to Newness of Life

We tend to appreciate more what we long for but don’t have.

We appreciate more what we have lost or almost lost, when it is restored back to us.

We appreciate light when it is restored after a period of darkness. Our hearts are elated when we go through a dark tunnel and come out into light

We appreciate life when we come face to face with the stack reality of its brevity

We appreciate the warmth of the spring after the harsh cold winter.

When we peel off the layers of woolen clothing and step out into the radiant beams of sunshine warming our faces, the gentle breeze caressing our exposed skin and the extra light of longer days, we appreciate the arrival of a new season and its promise of a new beginning—new possibilities.

Spring is certainly on us. The seeds buried in the darkness under the soil are springing forth into light. Luscious green leaves are beginning to cover the once grey and twiggy trees.


I love April for these reasons and many more. It is also an unmissable reminder that one quarter of the year has flown past.

During an ice-breaker session in a conference, I was asked which is my favorite month of the year and why?

“April and October.” My answer was spontaneous.

Why?
I got married to the most admirable heaven-sent gift of a man on April 23rd, 1992.

Someone gave me one of the most precious gifts I have ever received in my life in April 2013, which gave me the opportunity of a second chance in life.

It was in April that I went to the darkest and scariest places of my life. I went into the deep pit but God delivered my soul from the place of death and brought me back to the place of light and life.

April will remain a constant reminder of the two who died for me; my Lord and Saviour who gave His life for me on the cross, and my unknown benefactor who gave me the precious gift of lungs, which God is using to keep alive—living full and vibrant life.


To whom much is given, much is required. I have been give much. So the month of April is also a reminder of my commitment to give back. It is a solemn celebration of life.

Read on Spring to Newness of Life at the Feet of Grace Foundation Website.

We are getting set for the Second Annual Feet of Grace Charity Walk tagged Hit The Street For Their Feet 2016. See flyer below. 
For more information, please visit the Feet of Grace Foundation Website.
Walk with us or support us to walk. Together, we can make the dreams of six amputees come true in 2016.




Saturday, February 13, 2016

Because I am

Love is in the air. It is that time again when we go the extra mile to express our love to our loved ones in words and action. Let me say upfront that I am a firm believer that while Valentine's Day provides us with an excellent opportunity to reaffirm our love to those we are in a relationship with, this reaffirmation can and should not be a once-a-year event. 

It is a reaffirmation we need to give to each other at every opportunity whether the relationship is between those in love like husbands and wives or between parents and their children or between friends who share life together. I read somewhere a short while ago that children need at least four hugs a day for survival. We thrive on the assurance that we are loved, wanted and cared for by our loved ones. 

Continue reading Because I am at the Feet of Grace Website.

I wish you a Happy Valentine




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Check Your Heart. Check Your Life.

Dear Friends

It has been a long time away from here. I am glad to be back here to touch base with you. I have been on the other side (the website) making sure that the transition process goes smoothly. As I mentioned in previous blog post last year, the blog Enriching Lives. Inspiring Hope. is moving to the Feet of Grace Foundation website at www.feetofgracefoundation.org

I am pleased to inform you that a new blog has been posted on the Website. Please click the link below to read the blog post. While you are there, please take a moment to subscribe for the newsletter and the blog posts. You don't need to do this if you are already subscribed on this blog. Your email address has already been exported and you would have received this blog post in your mailbox.

Check Your Heart. Check Your Life.

The beginning of a new year is an opportunity to review the previous year, learn lessons from the past and plan to do better in the year ahead. Part of that review includes identifying what worked well and what we need to improve on. It is a unique opportunity to recalibrate and then, launch out. So it was for me. I spent the first four weeks of 2016 having a critical review of my life. It is appropriate that my first blog post in 2016 and the first on this new platform be devoted to the lessons I learnt in the process.

To all of you that I am connecting with for the first time in 2016, let me use this opportunity to welcome you to the Feet of Grace Foundation website. I pray that 2016 will be a year of divine celebrations and total restoration in every sphere of your lives.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

The Dawn Of A New Day

"Behold, I am doing a new thing. Now it shall spring forth (come to light); 
can you not perceive and know it and give heed to it?" 
Isaiah 43:19.

A new day is a promise of new possibilities. It is a proclamation of new beginnings. It is a new era. The dawn of a new day encourages us to get ready to see long-harbored expectations and aspirations made manifested in every sphere of our lives. These and more were the definitions of a new day expounded by Pastor Mark Mordi on Sunday, December 6th in Zurich.

The message caught fire in my spirit and raised my level of expectations to see the manifestations of the goodness of God in our lives in a brand new way as 2015 rolls to an end. Even much more, I am fired up to look into 2016 with greater hope and anticipation.

I long and desire to see the brilliance of the glory of God and the Light of the World, our Lord Jesus Christ, illuminating every corner and every sphere of my life and of the lives of all my loved ones. I long to see it radiating to touch the lives of everyone in our sphere of influence.

Indeed, a new beginning has dawned for the Feet of Grace Foundation. In my blog post of March 6th, 2015, Feet Of Grace In Motion, I shared with you how the idea to start the Foundation was conceived following the amputation of my feet in May 2013. I nurtured the dream of seeing the Foundation impacting lives in ways far beyond my imagination, reaching out to people far and wide.

The dream is coming to pass, and it is daily unfolding what God wants to do through the Feet of Grace Foundation. So, it is with great pleasure and gratitude to God that I announce that the Feet Of Grace Foundation website is now live. See it at http://feetofgracefoundation.org/

The dawn of a new day also means a change from where we were before. Therefore, the blog, Enriching Lives. Inspiring Hope will  relocate from this site to the Feet of Grace Foundation Website. News and information about the activities of the Foundation  will be posted from the new site. I will continue to share my story and testimonies of the amazing goodness of God in our lives at the new site.

To facilitate smooth transition, I will post a notice here each time there is a blog post at the new website and point you toward it. We will also export the mailing list for subscription there so that you can continue to receive the blog post by email. To this end, all the subscribers at this site and those on my mailing list will receive a notice welcoming you to the new site shortly.

In the long-term, my posting on this current site will be limited to messages to enrich relationships especially for those married and preparing for marriage, as the Lord gives me the grace.

Thank you for sharing this space with me for the past three years. I am looking forward to welcoming you to the new site.

Upcoming Events:

Shop With Purpose Christmas Charity Bazaar holds in Geneva, Switzerland on Saturday, December 12th, 2015. The purpose is to raise funds to support two physically-challenged women and put a smile on their faces this Christmas.



Joy lost her right arm in an accident. She needs a prosthetic arm and an income-generating activity.

Ana is a wheel-chair bound widow with children. She needs a new wheelchair and an income-generating activity to support her family.

About fifty friends from fourteen countries have contributed over four hundred new gift items which will be sold at the bazaar. If you are in Geneva area, please join us. Make your Christmas Shopping a double impact of blessings; for your loved ones and for these two dear daughters of God. Proceeds from the sales of these donated items will be used to support Joy and Ana.

Venue: Salle Presbytere, Route de Sauverny 7, Versoix 1290, Geneva.

Together, we will bring about the dawn of a new day of new possibilities for these women. Please contact me if you would like to contribute towards this initiative.

Many thanks to all of you who donated the gift items. May the Lord richly bless and reward you with the good measures and the overflowing. Your amazing generosity is much appreciated and valued.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Quest To See And Value Your Amazingness – Part 2

Watch what you are seeing or focusing your attention on. Because what you focus your attention on feeds your mind and what you think about the most affects your attitude.

When we focus our attention on the things we don’t have yet, we miss the opportunity to be grateful for the things we have. We miss the amazing goodness of God on display in our lives every day when we grumble and complain about the things we want and have yet to receive.

In the first part of this blog post, I shared an example of how I failed to take note of the amazingness of my husband while focussing more on what I desired of him. My husband champions my cause. He promotes my interest, and he acts with my best interest at heart. It is very easy to miss the many quiet and seemly little ways he does this. And in missing them, I also fail to acknowledge and appreciate them. This can happen to any of us, even with the best intentions, if we have not made a conscious and deliberate decision to pay attention to the good in our spouse; to seek to see and value the unique and amazing things they do, which we often take for granted.

Our arch-enemy, the devil, is hell-bent on attacking Christian marriages. And it seems unwittingly, we are collaborating with him. We are not fighting a good fight for our marriages. We have become lethargic and slothful in this battle to erode the foundation of Christian marriage. A friend once said to me that we, the Christians, are no longer making marriages attractive. The world cannot seem to see the difference between us who professes to have God as the cornerstone of our marriage and those who don’t.

A Conscious Decision:
Craig Groeschel in his article; “It can be as good as you decide” made a profound statement that he and his wife decided their marriage will be as good as they decide it to be. They decided. They made the decision that come what may; their marriage will be good. It was a deliberate, conscious decision. They decided that they would seek God together, pray together and put God first. They decided that they would always fight towards resolution instead of towards winning, which left plenty of room for forgiveness and love. Simply put, they decided that they will make their marriage as good as they can for each other with the help of God.

They, the two of them, decided. It is taking both of them working together as one. They chose a focus for their marriage. They decided what they were going to allow to guide their attention and what will keep them working at making their marriage work.

You can decide how good your marriage will be. That is the starting point. It becomes the guiding principle for the marriage; that through the storms and the struggles we will do everything in our power to make our marriage good.

A critical element of making our marriage good is seeking to see the good in our spouse. It is paying attention to the good and unique qualities in them, acknowledging it, appreciating it and thanking God for it.

“One of the greatest secrets to a happy marriage is gratitude. Thankfulness. An overt recognition of your spouse’s amazingness” – Shauna Feldhahn.

What You Are Thinking About Matters:
You see, what you focus your attention on about your spouse will feed your thoughts about him/her—what you will be meditating on about your spouse. Eventually, what you are thinking about the most about your spouse will affect your attitude towards him/her. If your mind is filled with negative thoughts about your spouse, you will become emotionally disconnected with him/her. That will create a gap between the two of you.

Take a moment to ponder on this. Very often we find ourselves moody, cranky and sour towards our spouses. Check what you had been meditating on before your mood became foul and sour. It is most likely that you have been meditating on your spouse’s shortcomings, and weaknesses, and before long you are building an argument ready to react to him/her on the issue. Sometimes, what you are building an argument against in your heart has not even happen yet. It is simply an outcome of the subtle suggestions of the enemy. If you don’t pay attention to the negative suggestions that the enemy drops in your mind but spend time mulling over these negative suggestions, they will take root and begin to sour your attitude.

When the enemy turned on the bad channel, we need to consciously change the channel and keep changing it even when it appeared that it is automatically reverting to the bad channel. You actively change the channel by fixing your thoughts on what is right, true, pure, honourable, excellent, and of good report. Then you go a step further, and you speak it out so your ears can hear the truth of God’s Word against the lies suggested by the enemy.

Seek to see good:
Quit complaining, nagging and focusing on what your spouse is not doing right and where he/she is yet to come to par. But start taking note of and appreciating the good qualities in your spouse—there must be some if you have chosen to marry him/her. It is when you begin to notice the amazingness of your spouse, acknowledging and appreciating it that you will be able to draw out the other good qualities you desire to see in your spouse. The more we neglect to see and appreciate the good that is present now in our spouses, the less we are likely to attract the good we want to see in them. 

When we make a conscious and deliberate effort to value the amazing qualities in our spouses, it helps us to expect and have the confident hope that these qualities will show up in their lives and impact our relationship. You simply need to have eyes that seek to find the good in your spouse and be keenly aware of their amazing value or attributes. Train your eyes to see the good in your spouse and watch that good revealed at every turn. Take note of it when it is revealed and go the extra mile to acknowledge and appreciate it.

Bridging the gulf
Are there dark corners in your life and your relationships? Areas where you are not open and honest with each other, where you have hidden stuff from each other. When you have such dark corners in your relationship, it cannot be truly illuminated, flooded with light as it ought to be so that you can be deeply and truly intimate with each other.

These dark corners bring tension into the relationship and often obliterate our vision and prevents us from seeing the true value and amazingness of our spouse. They fester as they become a cesspool of filth the enemy dumps on our minds about our spouse and our relationship. Therefore, a quest to see and value your spouse amazingness requires that you have open and honest conversations so that you can deal with those dark areas that have created a gulf between you.

To have the kind of marriage that God desires for us to have, both husband and wife will have to do their fair share of forgiving. Especially forgiving what will be considered unforgivable. Perhaps, your relationship has gone sour—your spouse has broken faith, and you have experienced betrayal. Maybe you are at the point of giving up on the marriage, and you simply cannot see good anymore. This is also a pivotal point to put forgiveness into action. Forgiving the unforgivable is reflecting the forgiving nature of our God who forgave us our sins while we were still yet sinners. Whatever the outcome, forgiving your spouse will be liberating for you.

“Marriage means persevering. It means never giving up on each other.”

The principles shared in this blog post applies to all our relationships. When we complain and grumble about the things that are not going right, and we see only the things our children, our friends and government are not doing right, we will fail to see the good in anyone or situation. We, therefore, cannot be thankful for what we fail to see.

This is even more important in our relationship with God. Do you have an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness that seeks to see the goodness of God daily and in every situation even when it seems hard? An attitude of gratitude and a mindset that seeks to see good will attract God’s favour towards us. Seek to see God's goodness each day even when it seems least visible and you will find His goodness functioning at its best on your behalf.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends in the United States.

Let’s all develop a lifestyle of thanksgiving as we seek to see and value the amazingness of God in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones.

This post is dedicated to the my amazing husband. I am blessed to have you in my life. You are much loved, valued and appreciated.