Good morning all! I can’t believe we are smack in the middle of March! It is officially no more a new year. We must all sit up and ensure we are all living the lives we planned for the year 2018. No better time than now. Today’s post is my weekly edition of My Sunday Style; a fusion of Fashion and Faith, chronicling my Sunday Style as well as a breakdown of the Sermon preached at church. I shall get right to it!
What I wore
I woke up bright and early today for a quick 7 am service at my family’s Anglican Church. My parents are both not around this Sunday, so I set off for the early service all by myself. I wore an old olive green lace dress by Self portrait. I matched it with the new gorgeous lace kaftans by Abaya Lagos from Zinkata. It is available in store in different sizes and is such an easy, elegant piece. I accessorised with a Black braided Velvet Turban by Abaya Lagos and Black sandals.
Today’s sermon was titled “Carrying the Cross”. It was a solemn and very reflective one; almost scary at first to be honest but once pondered upon deeply, I found peace with the message.
Right from the time of Adam & Eve’s temptation by the serpent, the resultant sin marred the purity of the world and introduced trials and tribulations into the world. Jesus Christ came to the world to seek and save the lost sheep and all who would believe in him. He said to the crowd, if any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways , take up your cross daily, and follow me(Luke 9:23).
The moment we decide to follow Christ, the resultant effect is as illustrated in Psalm 34:19. “Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution”.The Lord has already promised us this. He shall also give us the grace to persevere. Some crosses are downright painful.It is important to be powered by faith with God. Paul spoke so profoundly in 1 Corinthians 10 as follows:
12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation[c] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[d] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[e] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Our life’s pursuits and things of the world count for nothing. We should always strive for the ultimate goal of true Christian living, which is making eternity. Never give up even when you don’t understand the cross. Always pray for God to give you the grace to embrace it . Sometimes, we question the cross we are carrying and wonder why the Lord allows it to happen in the first place. Everyone is in this frame of mind from time to time as Christians. Being a saved child of the most high does not in any way mean bad things would not come upon us sometimes. What matters is how we handle it and clinging to Christ even at the hardest times. In the end, he will make it alright. I found some of these comments from the recently buried acclaimed follower of Jesus Chirst, Billy Graham very comforting and will share it with you all. He spoke at the Washington National Cathedral three days after the 11 September attacks. He admitted to struggling to find answers; “I have been asked hundreds of times why God allows tragedy and suffering. I have to confess that I do not know the answer,” he said, adding that the disaster was “a lesson about our need for each other”.
“Now we have a choice – whether to implode and disintegrate emotionally and spiritually as a people and a nation; or to choose to become stronger through all of this struggle, to rebuild on a solid foundation.”
As a growing Christian, my faith is continually tried on a daily basis. I am however growing and understanding the word daily as I go along. I have trials, crosses, triumphs, joy, peace and troubles. In all this, I am calm in the knowledge that Jesus loves me and died on the cross for my sins. There is no love greater than this, and I shall continue to draw peace through clinging to his word and desisting from self pity. I am already victorious for the Lord has done it all for us!
…. I am confident that Christ is there for all who turn to him with all their hearts and soul! ETERNAL VICTORY SHALL BE THEIRS.Be anxious for nothing all! We are blessed, loved and highly favoured through Christ!
We should always look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2) and he will give us the grace to run the race and in the end, we shall receive the crown of righteousness.
Let us all remember to say a prayer for all those carrying different crosses around the world. May the Lord meet them at the point of their needs and give them the grace, tenacity and perseverance to soldier on!
Have a blessed week all.