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Thanksgiving/ Erntedank

#Grapes from our balkony – #a big harvest – #good and healthy juice and gelee

In Germany we are celebrating „Thanksgiving“ today. So I feel inspired to write and share with you some impressions. If we would directly translate the German Word for „Thanksgiving“, „Erntedank“ into English, it would be „Harvestthanks“ or „thanking for the harvest“. In early days in Germany, most people were farmers and lived from their own harvest. The „Harvestthanks“ literally meant thanking God for all the harvested produce. Nowadays, since very few are farming, and most of us not, what is our “Harvestthanks”?

I’m today reflecting on all the things God has blessed me with.

I’m so grateful for the gift of  life.

When I look at my two wonderful daughters, I’m so amazed at how God has created them, how healthy, perfectly formed, no missing body parts… When I think about the way I look at my kids and marvel at them, I am reminded on how God our heavenly Father, the creator of our flesh and bones is looking at us and celebrating His perfect Work of creation.

Then I can really meditate on that scripture in Zephaniah 3:17 „the Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.“

How often are we discontent with ourselves? How often do we rather feel stuck with our human flaws than see the many little things that are actually good? God who created us, rejoices over us His creation. He knows the real value of what he has created.

My little daughters have no idea yet how precious they are to me, and they might never realise why I can simply look at them and rejoice over their lives (even with their excesses). I think that this is how it is with our own lives. We have no idea how much value we actually have before GOD, the Almighty, the Sovereign, and ever Faithful.

The same with the things that God has blessed us with. Do we really know and see the value of it? How often do we compare ourselves with others in terms of what they have and we don’t? Let’s look at our own lives today and take stock of what we actually have?

Maybe the working place comes with a lot of stress and imperfections, but it has helped to pay the bills last year?

Maybe the apartment you are living in is not the dream house you have in mind, but you have an address to retire to with a roof over your head; a protection from all kinds of weather.

Maybe you have problems or conflicts in your family but atleast you have people around you that you can share life with and who form you?

Maybe you don’t swim in money but atleast you have s.th. to eat, drink and to dress everyday.

I think a lot of times we tend to evaluate our lives too critically and as a result miss out on the precious moments making up our daily activities. So why not take today and think about the things that you can be grateful for, reflect on those things that you have planted this year where you can already see some progress or even a full harvest?

And please remember it’s not about perfection!

Especially not in the way we see and evaluate perfection. It can really help to see things in God’s eyes. God, the only one who is perfect.

„For with you (God) is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.“ Psalm 36:9

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Nigerians

I’m deeply shocked about the horrible news about Nigerians all over the world and especially right now in South-Africa. How can IT be that a whole people Group is persecuted just because of some bad people of the country? Isn’t it that every country has good and bad people? Why are Nigerians mostly known for the bad, the crimes and we don’t hear so much of the good they do and produce? I wish there is a day to come when Nigerians will be known for who they really are. I pray, that the inheritance that Nigeria has will come out for good. When I came to Nigeria the first time in 2012 for three months, God spoke to me: “See these great people that I have created, see the inheritance I have given to them, see the great gifts and talents I put in them. Unfortunately they are not known for this in the world. There is a cloud right now above this country that covers the good deeds. But I want them to shine and go into all the nations and be known for who they really are: the arts, music, dance, rhytm, academics, Stage performance.”

Emmanuel and me
Nigeria

Through my Nigerian husband I’ve gotten to know many amazing Nigerians. First of all with my husband I could have not found a better match. He is such a wise man with all time a good advice, encouraging word and He is so helpful. I really like his personality and I can learn so much from him. He is Not a Matcho as many people think in general about african men. He likes to do the dishes, cooks well and helps me in the household. He didn’t mind to stay at home to take care of the kids when I was working full-time and He did such a great job even with their dressing and their hair. He always wants the best for me and encourages me to go out to grow in my calling. I have met through my husband also other nigerian men who respect women and help in the kitchen, household and the kids when they come for visit as I have not seen it from any other people group. My husband even sets an example for his football colleagues when he goes for football camps and washes his boots and clothes, puts the things in order, airs the shoes and clothes at the right spot that the rooms wouldn’t smell and cooks delicous meals for everybody. Besides that I’ve met a lot of Nigerians who are one of the best in their academics and bring a special flavor into the group because they think outside of the box. So, as you can see there are a lot of positive things I can mention about Nigerians. And it pains me to see when Nigerians are not entrusted and even persecuted because of some people who do bad things. Some might even not be Nigerians but use the nationality to hide their own. So please stop persecuting Nigerians, stop your prejudices against any people group on this planet. And I want to encourage all Nigerians to take heart and press into till it gets better. Let’s pray for Nigeria and all Nigerians who suffer right now persecution or who have lost one of their loved ones.

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2019 – the year to SHINE and to Conquer



Dear readers!

In the front page I shortly wrote a bit about the year 2019. But now I actually want to take some more time to write about 2019 on a deeper level. For me it is all time important to find out in which season I am in because I believe that the Lord has created different seasons as we can read in the book of Eccl. 3,1-8, in the bible. It helps me to understand and to deal with every season, situation and circumstance.

On my 31st birthday with my beautiful family

ECCLESIASTES 3,1: “THERE IS A TIME FOR EVERYTHING, AND A SEASON FOR EVERY ACTIVITY UNDER THE HEAVENS: […].


Besides the different seasons that can be in one year or over several years, I believe there is s.th. about every year that concerns people individually, nationally and some things are for all people all over the globe. That’s why I love to hear prophecies from other people about the year, to see if it aligns with what I’m sensing.


In Germany we also have a particular scripture for each year, called ‘Jahreslosung’. The scripture for this year is in Psalm 34,15: “(TURN FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD); SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT. I think this is such a relevant scripture in a time like this when there are a lot of things going on in the world: wars, fights, catastrophes, corruption, injustice, crime etc.


Every year when the year goes to an end I like to reflect on the whole year. I think about what were the highlights, what am I grateful for, what happened, what did God do, what was challenging. I look through my journal and check my goals for the year and evaluate it. Last but not least I try to pick out the best pictures of the year and we watch them all together as a family for new year’s eve. That is the best part of it, cause pictures somehow show the beauty of a year, the best moments, the highlights. They help my negative emotions to cheer up and to see the good things of a year. They help me to draw a positive conclusion. At the same time I also like to look into the new year, already, before the year ends. I like to take some time out with God and to ask HIM prayerfully what I can expect for 2019.

The ‘Beauty-Table’ my birthday gift in 2019 from my thoughtful husband. I’ve wished for it mainly to make the Afro-hair of our two princesses at a place where they can feel special and have good experiences with it. But it means also a lot more for me as 2019 is meant to SHINE!!! 😀




I give you some impressions that I personally got for 2019:

When 2018 was the year of new beginnings and breakthrough then 2019 God will establish these new things more and will stabilise them. From the foundation to the top. HE will give you more understanding as you seek HIM.

Psalm 36,10: “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light” It is your time to SHINE. Try new things, go after your ideas. Focus. Never let your own fear stop you from moving forward. Don’t be afraid to shine or to do different. Be courageous, be, go with your creativity and let your loved ones live out their creativity as well. Stay opened for new ways. If you find yourself in a new situation take it optimistically and ask the Lord to show you the meaning of it before evaluating it negativeley. Seek things that have eternal values.

Following I have you summarised some prophecies from Lana Vawser’s website (https://lanavawser.com/) who posts for every year and whom I really respect because her previous prophesy for 2018 was so accurate:

2019 is going to be a year of significant OPPORTUNITY, it is going to be a year of significant INCREASE of heavenly vision and perspective

2019 is the year ASK (Jeremiah 33:3) and to move in divine wisdom and heavenly strategy like never before. 2019 will be a year where we will see the demonstration of the Lord’s “outstretched arm” to deliver and save in power, like never before. This is a time of great harvest. This is a time of great outpouring. This is a season of rain. The move of God that we are all anticipating and feel the Lord continually speaking about is upon us.

“I am decreeing over 2019 that it is a year to CONQUER and to ADVANCE. It is a year to take new ground and to move ‘off the beaten track’. […] For there will be many times in 2019 where it will require radical obedience and moving ‘against the grain’ in many ways, but where I guide, I will provide. Do not fear the testings that will come in this year for I have already given you the key to overcome. My Word and the decreeing of My Word will cause you to overcome. The ferocious focus of faith upon what I have spoken to you will cause you to move forward in the victory that is already yours in Me. For the enemy will come in 2019 with new strategies and new ways to ‘lure’, to ‘tempt’ and to ‘test’ but My people you will overcome and conquer as you stay close to My heart and decree My Word.”

“For these testing times and times of temptation are bringing a stretching and a fortification within you My people to carry My power in ways you have never experienced before. Do not despise the battles. Do not despise the time of testing, for I am giving you the keys to overcome. I am leading you into greater victory. There will be MAJOR demonstrations of My victory in and through your life in 2019 as you stay close to Me and hold onto My Word.”


UPGRADE YOUR VISION AND PERSPECTIVE

God is increasing, strengthening, maturing and fortifying His Bride and His decree over you is that you will SHINE in 2019, that you will CONQUER in 2019 and be part of the mighty move of His Spirit upon the earth that’s before us.

Sermons for the new year that I can recommend to listen to:

– “Joyce Meyer – Cry Out Sermon 2019” auf YouTube an
https://youtu.be/dLeuVyb5l94

– Steven Furtick, Elevation Church, Come through drippin: https://youtu.be/jVuar3a6uqs

– T. D. Jakes, God is pushing you to a place of more:
https://youtu.be/jS6HylYgwhA

Have a blessed and purposeful year ahead of you! 🙏🏽💖👑

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2018 the year of Breakthrough and New Beginnings

2018 was clear for us our time is up in our present place, we need a change, we are stuck, we can’t move forward like that. Several spiritual leaders proclaimed that 2018 would be a year of Breakthrough and of New Beginnings. Cause of the number 8 that stands for a new beginning. Number 7 stands for complete, perfection. With the number 8 s. Th. new starts. So we believed in it and were expectant and pumped up for the new year. But on the 2nd of January we already got a slap in our face with a rejection of the visa for my husband for Canada. We had booked a flight by faith for the whole family put our hope in moving to a country that is more opened for foreigners and an english speaking country. We were shocked, cause we were so sure that it would work out. But now, what did that mean for us? Did God close the door because it was not his will and He even wanted to protect us from s.th.? Or was it the devil who didn’t want us to make progress and wanted to kill our excitement for the year?

At the same time it was clear that my husband couldn’t continue with the Master that should have also ended in the same year but there were a lot of stones in his way and he had to leave his studies after the 3rd semester when we had already imagined how many great job possibilities he would have had as a graduate in Photonics, Master of Physics. It felt like s.o. took the ground of my feets. We both were discouraged, disappointed in life and God, had sleepless nights and were depressed at some point. All of a sudden we found us registered with Jobcenter, receiving money from the state which was all time s. th. we wanted to refuse. This time we didn’t have a choice. In the beginning it was really humiliating and embarrassing. So many changes and uncertainties over the years. We felt as such a failure. We were done with Germany. Too much injustice had we faced as a Cross-cultural couple, too much of racism for my black husband. We were just simply not fitting in the system, everywhere we went to people stirred at us, we were too exotic and too good for this country. With the 7 years that my husband served and invested in the country, what did he get back? Rejections of visas, discrimination because of his skin color and isolation from the society. It was heavy and I would not lie or exaggerate but we faced a lot in the five years of our marriage and I was so shocked how I got to know my home country from the time we got married.

At some point we took heart again, we had to fight, we couldn’t give up… My husband went all the 500 km again to apply for his Canadian visa and he started to do some courses in sports to become a sports agent and a sports coach.

At the end we can still say: 2018 was a wonderful year. There are so many highlights and things that I’m grateful for to mention:

1. Emmanuel and I had some very special dates. For example we could spend two days together in a wellness hotel while grandma and uncle took care of our kids. Later in the year the kids even stayed for 5 days alone with their grandparents the first time. That brought such a new freedom for us as a couple and refreshment to our marriage reminding us we are still young and in love with each other.

2. The biggest family highlight of the year was our long journey to Vancouver, Canada, that went sooo extraordinary smooth (after we had gotten the visa ;)) and was a very blessed, fun, favored time as a family where we experienced so much of the goodness of the Lord. Even so it didn’t work out as we expected that this great move of faith would bring a real movement out of Germany we are still grateful for the amazing 3 weeks we had in our dreamland Canada.

3. The journey out of Germany helped us to take the courage of canceling our apartment with the hope and faith of getting a job and apartment then at least in the south of Germany, close to my family. Last minute, thank God, God was so merciful and made Emmanuel overnight a teacher at a Christian school without him having a teaching degree. Two weeks later he started to teach and three weeks later we actually moved in our new well fitting apartment in the very south of Germany in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. The kids even got a kindergarten place in the same month and I also got a job one month later which I really like. God really shocked and surprised us with that move. We are still processing and trying to understand it cause itz amazing how HE worked all these things out for us but at the same time sure not completely as we had expected or could have even planned or ever prepared for. 😀

4. Besides that I also enjoyed some really good and special times alone – myself and God – mostly hiking in the mountains. And I could make a Two days trip together with a friend to US, from Vancouver. That was really exciting for me as a mum with two little kids and there were also some other good friend times that I’ve enjoyed and that I value because those times are more rare with family responsibilities.

5. We got to drive as many different cars in 2018 as never before. Our car broke down so we had to rent some cars. In Canada we even got blessed with some of Emmanuel’s dream cars that we could use althrough the time there for free. We really felt like big boys, the Lord really honored and blessed us beyond our level of living standard. But we have been definetley rich in Him – Blessed in a way as only HE can do it. With our last car rental we got a big bill cause the rental company wanted to make us pay for a damage that was not caused by us. It brought a lot of headache to us, in the midst of our movement, and time of financial challenges, exhaustion etc. I had to go to a lawyer and fight. But praise God we won the case.

6. As I mentioned already briefly, I’ve got a job that I really like. Only God and a little bit my spouse know how much that means to me. It’s been a long process of taking the courage again to search for a job. My Job experiences as a social worker have not been the best so far so I was afraid and doubted if I could ever find a place to work where I feel good, where there is a good atmosphere in the team and where I like the work. S. th. that would give me strength and that I could easily combine with my family. Besides that I was really confused what is the right thing for me to do as a mum and homemaker. Is it right at all that I would start to work already and put my little 2 year old girl to kindergarten? And would I be even able to combine work, household, family altogether? I’m so glad that I jumped in the water because it turns out with my new working place that it strengthes me and is gain for my family. Even the household goes better and it feels like as I’m fulfilling my destiny.

7. Last but not least we could register Attap/ JEA foundation this year in Nigeria. A church had strongly on their heart to give us a bigger donation to invest in our pet-project. That was sooo amazing and helped us to make a lot of progress.

All in all I’m so glad that I took some time to reflect on the last year and to prepare for the new year. Honestly, my heart was quite heavy as 2018 was ending because I had not found peace with the year yet and I lacked understanding. But the Lord really helped me in the process so that I’ve gained hope and peace again. In counting and reminding myself what the Lord has done already in one year shows me that HE has great plans for me, HE loves me, knows what’s best for me and has everything in control. God is a God who can change anything overnight. But He doesn’t like to rush things because He is ways more interested on the health of our soul and character than just on our circumstances. When He works s. th. out for us HE is interested on everything. He is interested that we would be able to enjoy when He would change our circumstances, that we would be changed and that we would be able to maintain the blessing.

Jeremiah 29,11:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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Black People bring colour!!!

Listen to this version of the song ‘Good Father’ by Chris Tomlin

This video inspired me to write about ‘why I love black people’!

The first thing that comes to my mind, which basically summarises everything:

Life WITHOUT BLACK people is LESS COLOURFUL!

I believe the Lord created the black man on a very good day, probably on a Sunday, when He had a lot of time. Just because of the fact that HE placed so much creativity and talent in these beautiful human beings. Besides, isn’t it that the very first human beings: Adam and Eve, were black!? So, we all actually carry the DNA.

When five years ago for the first time I set foot on this beautiful continent, ‘AFRICA’, more specifically ‘NIGERIA’, the very thing that just hit me and stuck out the most was: BLACK PEOPLE ARE TALENTED – Let me even say, for me, they are the most talented people in the world when it comes to MUSIC, DANCE and anything with rhythm. Somehow, we all know that. But when I watched these young people performing at a concert in Nigeria, I felt like the LORD was releasing a cry in my heart and saying: “see! that’s how I created them to be, powerful, dynamic, most talented ARTISTS. But that’s not what they are known for in the world. They are rather known for bad things like corruption, criminality, drugs, laziness and prostitution. But I want them to go back to their calling and shine all over the world!!!”

Believe me, BLACK PEOPLE, that is not even all! You are not just simply entertainers!!! You are called to RULE the world! When people accept or appreciate you, then they like you at least for your entertainment. But unfortunately, my experience in Germany so far has been that you are likely not to be given the top positions as leaders. And I’ve been wondering WHY? Because being married to a great and talented nigerian man of God, and also getting to know other great Africans in Europe, I’ve noticed that you’re not treated equally. This act is something so hidden that most white people are ignorant of. Little will they realize that this is discrimination. I have wondered if this is because of the root of slavery? or is it because of Fear? or is it that the media paints the wrong picture? or because black people still carry their own slave mentality and don’t take their stand. There might be different reasons that I hope to, from the revelation of the LORD with time, be able to address in the proper way to help us cast out every stronghold concerning this topic.

What I want to say is, that I also see that our community would be ways more richer (in wisdom, integrity, morality, “holy” success, …) if we would embrace, trust and give the platform to our black brothers and sisters. The LORD put consciously specific qualities in every nation that in the TOGETHER we would be made perfect. There is so much to learn from every nation and there is no one who has it all. At the same time, I could write a whole page on the qualities that the LORD put in Germans. But I think that is something for another day.

So, what are the qualities of black people besides arts?

It is the FAITH that they have in God. It is their fighting spirit. Their prayer mentality. Their heart of worship. Their positive mentality. Their positive thinking: believing that everything is possible through HIM. Their TRUST in God. Their dependency on HIM. Their ability to DREAM and not just think realistically in their own abilities rather, their believe in our ALMIGHTY GOD. Their easiness and how they take their time. In their perseverance and ability to wait on GOD! Their knowledge of the WORD of GOD and how they really believe and practice it. Getting their values and discernments from the word of God and NOT from the world. Perhaps, why they’ve got lots of WISDOM! Practicing leadership and discipleship as it is taught in the bible. Intelligence and smartness that can compete all over the world. Black people can be educated even when they might not have the same high standard tools to teach in their university. But interesting enough, if they have the possibility to study in our western universities, they can easily adjust and compete very well. Black people are not illiterates as many people think!!! And they are also not just poor people!!!

I feel so privileged to be called Mrs. Agbike. I thank God that the LORD put me in a cross-cultural marriage with a mirror that challenges me, that forms me and brings me in a better shape, that helps me to identify cultures and see how they differ from the kingdom culture.

There is no better or worse culture. There are just DIFFERENT CULTURES that GOD created for a reason!!! So let’s treat each other like that, as equals. Simply, people of God made to glorify HIM with the things that HE has put in us! We can learn from each other, We can live with each other without superiority or inferiority mentality!

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10 things that keep me alive…

Let me tell you here some of the secrets that keep Mirjam alive in the dry and weary land. 😜

But, let me give you first some background information. We, as a family, living right now in a little town in east of Germany where we are missing a lot of things. To mention some of the things: no church where we can nourish, depressed and perspectiveless people all around us, discrimination and at the same time a lot of admiration – both leave us with the feeling that we are different and we are not one of them. Financial challenges but most of all no real fellowship and friendship, no feeling of home (in my own country!), not being able to express our potential and the freedom to being ourselves. Heavy heart… just everything feeling like on my own motivation and initiative to stay alive. Sure that keeps me in a rollercoaster up and down and it causes me to fight, discipline myself and to get up again and again. To still keep active and alive, focussed and healthy (body, soul and spirit) I’m developing more and more things that help me to survive this time… and to mention beforehanded YES Jesus is the answer for all but I believe our body, mind and spirit, THREE of them need to be healthy to be able to stay balanced. That’s why when you only nourish yourself spiritually and trying to be only in the presence of the LORD can still leave you depressed!!! So let’s be practical, physical as well as to acknowledge the fact that we need to nourish our spirits.

1. Sports

As much as I like to go for runs in the nature or do sports courses in a group, practically for several reasons that hasn’t worked out so much in the place where I am right now. But since I know that sports help me to stay active, fit, healthy, strong and prevents back pain. I need to do s.th. that works for me even when it is not so much fun to do sports from home. There are soo many different exercises that you can find on youtube: cardio, zumba, yoga, exercises for the whole body or for specific body parts 😀 etc. Even nice prenatal courses (most fun so far, when you are pregnant, go for it! 😉 ) you can find! I personally prefer English speaking programmes since it’s more motivating and fun. Recently I’ve found out that there are also apps that you can download on your mobile phone. With time you will develop your own exercises and you can do sports when and wherever you want. For example we as a family like to combine our family outing with some exercises that we have learned and we have found a very nice field for that in the nature where our kids can also play easily and freely.

2. Spiritual inputs (online)

  • Joyce Meyer devotional (an app to download)
  • Daughter’s of the King devotional (also an app)
  • sermons: T.D. Jakes, Tony Evans, Joyce Meyer, Elevation Church, Bethel Church, Hillsong, Heidi Baker, Priscilla Shirer, Maria Prean (to just name some of my actual fovorites)
  • worship: Bethel Worship, Elevation Worship, Hillsong, Silent Worship, Sinach (my favorite NIGERIAN worship) (to just name some of my actual fovorites).

THANK GOD FOR YOUTUBE!!! 😁😁😁

3. Prayer

There are different ways of prayer. And I have also experienced that some prayers are mor powerful than the other, if you know what I mean. This topic could fill a whole chapter on its own so let me refer rather on a helpful side on prayer that I’ve just found with a lot of scriptures that can give you an understanding on the power of prayer:

http://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/prayer-bible-verses/

At the same time meditating on the WORD OF GOD and proclaiming it is sooo powerful.

But let me mention as well that the gift of speaking in tongues has been really helpful for me and I thank God for this beautiful gift; the Holy Spirit is such an encourager!!! Halleluja! If you have not received it yet I want to encourage you to ask and seek for it! 😉

And last but not least, if you still lack motivation to pray watch the movie “WAR ROOM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXgC_HLLcCQ”! Such an inspiring movie!!!

4. Relaxation

Relaxation is so important and such a need for our mind, soul and spirit! For example I can find relaxation in taking a bath with silent worship, drinking a cup of coffee or eating ice-cream or anyth. sweet during the day, drinking malt or a wine with chips on the couch at the end of the day, watching a sweet movie, going out with friends, going for a swim, to mention a few of them… 😀

Even changing the environment can help that your mind can relax and get refreshed and new inspiration; may it be a walk out of your home, a short trip out of your town or a longer journey or even holiday!

5. DREAM

What I’ve learned the past 4 years of being married to my nigerian husband who taught me so much about dreaming. It’s amazing and challenging at the same time how there are so many stories to tell how dreams have come through and how much power there is in dreaming, the right way. This will also help you to stay focussed. (I might write more details about this topic in the future 😉 ).

6. Speak and stay positive and try to do the Good works (while you are hoping for better days)

7. Try to enjoy life as much as possible and be joyful and thankful all time (while you are waiting for your breakthrough)

8. Worship, dance, easy and free yourself (even if it means to get redicoulous some times 😉 )

9. Forgive all time and Choose your friends wisely

People are not your enemies! Know who the true enemy is and rebuke him! And just simply try to stay away from people that are not healthy for you and identify people and things that are rather a destruction on your journey. Even if it means to rather stay at home and to not meet with people. Sometimes this way is better for me than to later come home with even more depression, conflicts and burdens. There is time for everything and honestly just meeting with people to not allow a feeling of lonelyness is not the solution. Choose your friends!

10. Know the SEASON you are in

Ecclesiastes 3 (NIV)
A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,

    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,

    a time to plant and a time to uproot,

    a time to kill and a time to heal,

    a time to tear down and a time to build,

    a time to weep and a time to laugh,

    a time to mourn and a time to dance,

    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

    a time to search and a time to give up,

    a time to keep and a time to throw away,

    a time to tear and a time to mend,

    a time to be silent and a time to speak,

    a time to love and a time to hate,

    a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

15 Whatever is has already been,

    and what will be has been before;

    and God will call the past to account.[b]

16 And I saw something else under the sun:

In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,

    in the place of justice—wickedness was there.

17 I said to myself,

“God will bring into judgment

    both the righteous and the wicked,

for there will be a time for every activity,

    a time to judge every deed.”

18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath[c]; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?

–> As you might have noticed, Ecclesiastes summarises my points 6 to 10 very well! 😉

To sum up… Some people who probably don’t know us well, might think, wow, Emmanuel and Mirjam they are really blessed and favored, things are just working out for them. And sure we don’t want to deny the fact that we are really blessed and the Lord has shown us sooo many times HIS favor and really at the end of the day it is HIS Grace and Mercy that keep us alive, that brings LIFE, who leads and guides us who inspires us. The Holy Spirit is so sweet, hearing God’s voice, sweet, getting revelations, sweet!!!

BUT believe me things are not just working out for us. If you would know the kind of circumstances we are facing as a family, the things we are going through, you wouldn’t envy us anymore! You would be just content with your own life! We are not in a comfort zone at all and we are not yet there where we wanne be but thank God we are not anymore where we used to be. We are sold out with our lifes. We belong to Jesus and let HIM do what HE wants to do as long as HE is glorified in our lifes I am more than satisfied. Let that be my JOY!!!

At the end let me leave you with one powerful scripture:

James 1 (NIV):

2Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,a whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 

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Jealousy/ Eifersucht

Several times in my life I’ve been confronted with jealousy. Me being jealous or others being jealous of me. I’ve realised that this is one of the big killers for good friendships. The biggest (negative) example in the bible for jealousy is Satan and he is the source of it until today. We’re not fighting against flesh and blood… When I’ve been recently confronted with this topic again I stumbled across this following article. Please if you start reading it, also read the comment. That’s where it explains more about Satan’s ways.. I’ll try to summarize and translate it into German later…

https://tapestrytreasures.wordpress.com/jenni-2/jenni-2/the-battlefield-of-the-mind-by-joyce-meyers-chp-24/