1. Word Journeys
Word Journeys is exactly that – using words, in poetic form, to give expression to thoughts and feelings about everyday issues that most of us face; the journeys we all take in accepting our worth, in loving and hurting, in experiencing joy and wonder. In short: In trying to make sense of it all while en route to a destination, an answer; and at other times, taking the journey for the scenery only. These poems aim to inspire and comfort. Many of the word journeys in this book take the form of conversations with or questions to God.
2. Blessing Leaders
“When the righteous are in authority and become great, the people rejoice; but when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh.” (Proverbs 29:2)
Leadership, no matter how insignificant in scope, will always be a challenge as its main tenet is responsibility for other human beings. We are told to pray for those in authority so that we can have peace (1 Timothy 2:1-4). But praying for our leaders can be tricky – because we often get in the way! Blessing Leaders is a tool to pray for and bless leaders from Scripture. Our opinions will never accomplish the change our communities need. However, voicing the truths of the Father over countless influential people, will. His Word will never return void, but will accomplish and prosper in the thing for which He sent it (Is 55:11).
And the Lord said to Moses: “Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight. And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient. (Numbers 27:18-20)
Leader, if you have been appointed to a position of authority in an ungodly situation, company or group, I bless you with the encouragement that this is also from God. Be reminded of Daniel who was taken captive to Babylon and through God’s intervention, appointed as chief of the magicians. That did not deter Daniel. He remained faithful to his God. Therefore, I bless you with the revelation – to yourself and to those around you – that the Spirit of the Holy God is in you and that no mystery will trouble you. I bless you that it will also be said of you that illumination, understanding and wisdom are found in you. May an excellent spirit, knowledge and insight be found in you to solve complex problems as the realisation that you were appointed by God sinks in.
“Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the Spirit of the Holy God is in you, and no secret troubles you, explain to me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and its interpretation. (Daniel 4:9)
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Kindly just; justly kind
Proverbs 19:22-23 What is desired in a man is kindness, and a poor man is better than a liar. The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil.
Leader, comparing the behaviour and way of living desired by God with what broad society classifies as aspirational, acceptable and ‘in’, is somewhat of a culture shock. I bless you with a heart that is filled with mercy towards others because you have a divine view of how God sees them, but I also bless you with a spine that is strengthened by a keen understanding of what is righteous and the wisdom to address unrighteous behaviour in the right way. I bless you with God satisfying you, your house and sphere of influence with good things, as you execute your stewardship responsibilities with excellence and kindness. I bless you with remaining teachable, so that your own storehouse of wisdom can overflow.
Proverbs 19:26-27 He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother is a son who causes shame and brings reproach. Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.