You are worth more than many sparrows

You are worth more than many sparrows

So I guess there are times when I feel quite forsaken by God…especially when things are extra bad. Like I’ve been quite teary over the past few days. And then He chooses to remind me of how much He cares.

So on Wednesday at work, I loaded the documents for our team meeting on my flash disk. After the meeting, and after getting my stuff ready I run out to get a car. As is typical of Angela, I was holding a lot of stuff that I hadn’t put in my bag. In the car, some of my stuff fell out and the mate helped me pick them up. Then I forgot about the stuff. Then on Thursday when I needed to copy some documents for the workshop we were having , I realised my the pen drive I had used for the team meeting was not in its usual place in my purse. Thankfully, I had my Grasag pen drive so I used that for the workshop.

I looked everywhere in my bag when I had the opportunity to but I still couldn’t find it. So then I wondered if it had fallen in the car with my other stuff but we couldn’t retrieve it. I got a little worried because it had a lot of my stuff on it.

So later I prayed. And prayed. I whispered prayers just to get my heart to calm down. I asked God to help the drive fall into safe hands and to protect the stuff on the drive. If possible, He should bring the drive back.

Well, today, Saturday, when I was washing…with no thought of the drive at all, I found the drive in the water. Apparently it was in the pocket of my yellow shirt…the one I wore on Wednesday. Honestly, finding the drive was a big reminder to me that He cares about everything that happens to me…especially after today’s tears which left me feeling sad and forlorn.

Glory to Jesus!

Angela Azumah Alu, 22:35. Legon

10/6/2017

 

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Evangelizing in season and out of season

Evangelizing in season and out of season

I love the passage in Acts 16:22-40 which tells the story of Paul and Silas in prison. They were thrown into jail falsely and around midnight while they were singing praises to God, there was a big earthquake that opened up the jail and caused their chains to come off. There jailer came out ready to kill himself because he was afraid the prisoners had escaped. Paul called out to him not to do so because they were all present. That was so amazing that the jailer converted and he and his whole household were baptized.
The next day when Paul and Silas were released, they asked why they were being released in secret when they had been publicly humiliated and arrested even though they were Roman citizens. The authorities apologized to them and let them go.
I learnt a lot from this passage that I’d like to share.
1. When bad and unjust things happen to me how do I react?  Do I see God’s hand in everything and choose to praise him or do I complain and gripe? Choose to praise always! It even breaks open prison doors.
2. And do I think of how my actions affect others? Imagine if Paul and Silas had taken the opening of the prison doors as an opportunity to escape. The poor jailer would have lost his job and been in disgrace. And if he had killed himself, his family would have lost their breadwinner. Instead by staying, they provided a witness that blew the jailer’s mind so much that he converted together with his family. How do I treat the witnessing opportunities I encounter?
3. Third lesson was about how Paul and Silas even bore the imprisonment. They only pointed out that they were Roman citizens after they had been released. Perhaps, you and I would have “fought” for our rights and taken the people to court. They let the people off with an apology….perhaps because they felt their work of evangelization was more important and urgent. They also left the people wondering…. who are these Romans who chose not to fight for their rights. Perhaps that wonder turned into  a seed of the word of God that bore fruit.
My prayer is that we will choose to praise at all times, see every encounter as an opportunity to evangelize and be willing to bear wrong for the sake of Christ. Impossible with man but possible with God!

Peace!
Angela Azumah Alu
23/5/17

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Happy birthday Annabel!

Happy birthday Annabel!

Dearest Anna,

Happy 13th birthday. It’s the beginning of your teens. I don’t remember too well the details of my teens (lol), but I’m sure God will see you through like He did for me.

You know, even though I’m the first born I was always the youngest girl till you came….and you’ve been an absolute blessing. The “reading gene” seemed to have skipped the boys….so it’s been amazing reading with you…even though you throw my books all over the place.

And of course, you! Your sense of style is amazing; your intelligence is breathtaking and you are generally wonderfully talented.  I really admire your music sense and your wit.

Baby, I pray that you grow up a confident and beautiful young woman….beautiful inside out. I pray that no matter the lies the devil tries to make you believe….you always stand on the word of God and let the devil know that you are a beloved child of the Great King.

Remember that the world is your oyster; you are in control. Don’t allow anyone to box you in. believe in yourself and trust God. Never be afraid to make mistakes; always try. No matter how difficult life gets, always remember that Christ is with you.

Know that I really love you and will always do my best to be there for you. You’re a miracle for me….coz I never thought that I too would have a little sister and get to do all those things sisters did as I read about in books.

I’m sorry for the times I’m not there for you. Always remember that my prayers are with you.

As you work out your life’s journey, remember to always trust God and know that God has a plan for you which He will reveal to you as you walk with Him. I commit you to His loving care and pray that He will always guide you.

Lots of love,

Angela.

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About the need for memory and writing

About the need for memory and writing

 

 

Psalm 102:18New International Version (NIV)

18 Let this be written for a future generation,
that a people not yet created may praise the Lord: (Biblegateway.com)

Lord, there are many times when I forget what you have done. Many times when I forget the battles you have won for me and end up repeating the same things.

Help me to celebrate every memory; every victory; every journey.

Teach me always that the journey is the reward not the destination alone and help me to enjoy every journey until I finally see you face to face.

As you have reminded me recently, I am very wealthy in memories. Help me to celebrate. And help me never to settle or try to do it by myself. May my trust in you only grow daily.

Thank you Lord Jesus.

I pray for the discipline to obey your word to me to write so that future generations may praise you.

Christmas and babies

Christmas and babies

Having a baby at home has really deepened my Christmas. Watching her and her antics and how helpless she is makes me appreciate more and more just how awesome the Christmas story is.

How is it that the Creator of the Universe not just became man but a baby? It seems almost insane! What can a baby do? He/she can’t talk, walk, sit, stand or run let alone fight….and God sent His son to conquer sin and the devil.

But it shows God’s wisdom which surpasses the wisdom of this world. It was not war or fighting that would win the battle for men’s hearts but love…..pure unconditional love….which is best expressed by a mother taking care of an infant.

She breastfeeds, baths, cleans, changes and plays with her baby without ever hearing a word of thanks or even knowing for sure what exactly is wrong with baby.   Her life is completely disrupted and she has to adjust so baby is comfortable…..and this has to be done over and over again…..because baby is helpless and can do nothing.

Guess God was right after all…..at the appointed time, God sent His son, born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those who were under the law. The best gift to give out this season is the message of redemption. Tis the reason for the season!

Christus is born! Rejoice! Glory to God in the highest!

24/12/16
Angela Azumah Alu, Te

On change

On change

On change

Change has happened in Ghana….for good or for bad, we don’t know yet, only that it has happened. But that is not the subject for this article. What is then?

Well, lessons I learnt from the whole election story and how to apply those to my own life. I learnt that sometimes, no matter how things seem stacked against you, when it is just your time…..things will happen for you. I mean remember all the issues NPP has had to deal with from having to suspend their party chair and general secretary to many many other issues. No matter how bad things are, you can still win.

Then I learnt also about not giving up. Nana Addo has wanted to be president for God knows how long. It’s always seemed to elude him….yet by not giving up…at age 72 he finally is. Do I have an option? I’m not even 30 yet….so giving up is not even a question.

About how your opponents can do a lot for you….well, NDC actually did a lot for NPP by all the impunity and the many lies they told. Till it was so bad that even usually “non political” individuals like my friends Esther and Sophia all become very political and really wanted them out. Since many young people felt their intelligence had been insulted too much, they rallied behind the NPP and that made all the difference. Ghana is a youthful nation after all.

I learnt also that even your “world bank” can disappoint you. No one likes to  be taken for granted….as many NDC MPs and the NDC as a whole found out when the results came out. Warning to all democratically elected leaders: if you ignore us, we will vote you out. Same goes for all other leaders. God even promised to come as the Good Shepherd because the leaders had failed his people.

Finally lesson is not just to talk about change but to prepare for it. When you are working toward a goal, know what you will actually do when you get there….so you don’t get it and can’t deliver. On that note, I wish all winners in this election all the best…to the losers, better luck next time (if there is a next time). If not, change has still happened, enjoy it.

Remember, God is the only one who does not change and that is why we are not destroyed. His love and mercy endure forever. Trust in Him alone.

Peace

Angela Azumah Alu, 10/12/16
Legon

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On anticipation and planning

On anticipation and planning

I’m a serial planner…..that’s me. I love to tick things off my list. It makes me feel in control of my circumstances…no matter how small. I feel productive and feel like I’m making a difference. I think, it’s a carry over from the melancholic side of me trying to control the sanguine. I’m sure there may be lots of reasons assigned for why that may happen anyway.

Well, the point of this article is actually the opposite of the title. It’s not about planning. So though, my rational melancholic side will vouch for planning….from planning my days to weeks to months to years….and do my best to achieve them, I have found out and continue to find out that “best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley”. To wit, the best laid plans of Angie do not often happen.

I have found out that for the things that do not happen as I wish, especially where God is concerned, I get much better than I ever expected although it doesn’t even seem like that in the beginning. And yet sometimes, because I have already made up my mind, I get very disappointed when I do not get what I planned for and do not see what God has given me. I have spent many a time crying over things which I realized only made me stronger in the end and were much better than what I asked.

So what brought on this article? A rather interesting discussion is going on with myself and a friend about life choices. I don’t quite get why it started but I seem to have taken the view that planning is the all and he’s coming from the perspective of not being bogged down by your choices.

This evening, one of my girl friends put up a update on our whatsapp page. Our outreach to St. Catherine’s SHS (which I have already prepared my talk for and cancelled a funeral for) will not come off. Well, two ways of looking at it: either get disappointed that it won’t come off or appreciate the free Saturday and make the best of it.

There are many more examples of things that do not go exactly as we planned and of situations in which what we end up with is even better than what we planned for. So what’s my point in all of this?

That by all means plan and prepare….in fact commit your ways to God but by all means remember that by His sovereign will He knows what is best for you and thus will lead you there if only you give Him first place in your life. And because He knows the end from the beginning, He’s the best person to trust your life with.

Is there anything that is too hard for Him? No there is nothing. Do you think your sins impossible to forgive? They are not. Remember He forgave David for coveting, adultery, bearing false witness and murder. Will He not forgive you if you turn to Him? Do you think your sickness  is impossible to heal? No, it is not. He is the divine healer. Are your children wayward and you feel God cannot bring them back? Guess who the father of prodigal you and I is? He is more than able. Do you feel abandoned by Him? He promises never to forsake us. Only turn to Him. There are many more examples I could give but remember there is nothing that is too hard for Him. Only turn to Him and see how lavish His mercy is.

Peace.

Angela Azumah Alu
9/9/16, Legon

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