Posted in Life

Talk With The Father

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It is not working! I try to keep up but i can’t. I am chasing shadows, a running after the wind according to Solomon. The schedules are increasing, the responsibilities are ever changing and never reducing. Finances, hmm, don’t get me started on that matter…

See the thing is, I asked for this life but was I ready for it? Did I prepare? Wouldn’t I be happier living like everyone else?

Wouldn’t you?

The price for the outstanding life is high. The cost can be a lot to bear BUT the benefits far outweigh the pressing challenges. Peek into a day in the life of Jesus; power hungry disciples, demanding crowds, a family that didn’t get him, disgruntled officials looking for ways to trap him, crown that with a fig tree that did not have the decency to bear fruit, amongst other things. It is recorded that He went to a quiet place to talk with his Father… habitually!

Today, remember and follow the Master. He knew that communication lines would not be jammed, network would not be busy, strength would be exchanged for weakness and peace for chaos. Remember to talk with the father.

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

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Posted in Hope, Life, Purpose

Try Faith

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“All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].”
Proverbs 15:15 (AMP)

Regardless of circumstances; how your week, day , month or even the year has been, carry a glad heart. Nobody else can carry that for you.

It will be alright! Everything’s going to be fine! Light shines brightest in darkness. Wear a smile. Be so optimistic and full of faith that you infect someone with it.

No, don’t think for a second that my life is perfect because it isn’t but I know that it is only a matter of time, things will turn around and I must play my part.I do not make light of your situation but today, let me invite you to dive in the depths of faith. We have tried all else, what do we have to lose?

‪#‎tryfaith‬
‪#‎believe‬
‪#‎keephopealive‬!

Posted in Life, Purpose

2016, Chapter 4

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It is the second quarter of the year, the 4th chapter in the 12-chaptered book called 2016. This book is a best seller and the author is well renowned. The book has actually been finished and it ends well but somewhere in the middle of this book, the characters thought to themselves, “We are better off on our own, let’s write a new script”. Bad idea! Some twisted their way out of the plot and got a not too pleasant ending. Some in the bid to be heroes, took on too much and died. BUT some chose to be obedient to the author’s penmanship. Even though the twists and turns of their lives where painful, with dents instead of climaxes, they followed the plot trusting that the Author knew what was best for them.

Oh, how their lives turned out!  Beautiful!

It was a bestseller!

The reviews? Amazing!

God knows how your story ends and we all do, after all we are witnesses in the story. So stand. Stand firm, don’t give up! The twists and turns in the desert lead you to a well watered place.You end in Rehoboth, your place of rest. So, keep following the Master as he writes your script and act accordingly.

‪How‬ blessed are all those in whom you live.
Whose lives become roads you travel.
They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks, discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain!
God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and at the last turn- ZION! God in full view!

The End.
Ibelema Greene

Posted in Life

I Am Not Afraid

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I don’t have much to say,
But just a word to maybe brighten your day.
A line from an old story,
Simple and true.

There was a man born afraid.
Didn’t take risks, lost opportunities and always had nothing to say.

One day, he took a look around at his dismal surroundings and thought to himself, “I am more than this,I carry greatness and I am not afraid”. In that instant, everything changed and nothing remained the same. All things started to work for his good.He will never be the same. See, his journey has not ended. It’s a new beginning.

I am that man. I remind you that you carry greatness, so do not be afraid.Let this line resonate in your heart- I carry greatness and I am not afraid!

Ibelema Greene
No.1 Teen Coach.
Writer, singer, speaker, entrepreneur.
Follower of Jesus.

I am not afraid.

Posted in Life

A New Life

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Simply extraordinary. Absolutely beautiful. Incredibly handsome. Wonderfully crafted. Perfectly organized. Fantastic administrator.

Don’t you just love adverbs like these? Well, get used to them, this is the new you!

Change the CD in your head. Yes, create a new playlist. Increase the volume. Let your head and heart move to this new rhythm.

You are not average. Never will be! Celebrate your victories, however small! You can! You will! You will make the time! You are sure! All things are working together for your good.

Change the CD! Welcome to a world where everything is possible!

… And don’t forget to dance 😀

Posted in Purpose of pain

Sinking to His Depths

 

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Navy seals have this saying that under pressure,you don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training. Going through pressure,stress or intense pain brings out the raw and real you.It reveals character in its truest form. It is a mirror of where you stand and the state of your heart.

Do you turn tail and run?
Do you hide?
Do you go out of your mind?
Do you take it in stride?

Are you stoic, nothing revealed under a facade of calm?
Indulge in a vice hoping temporary pleasure will ease the hurt?

Or do you sink to the depths of His love and anchor there?

The motions are no strangers to me. Been there, done that. Written my name on the path of pain.But I encourage you as I encourage me. Sink to the depths of his Love. Find rest, find peace. He is your steady and your steadfast. When heart and flesh fail you, Jesus is your faithful strength.

Remember this and fall, underneath are everlasting arms.There is purpose to this pain. Don’t worry, He never leaves.

Rejoicing comes in the morning.

Posted in Hope, Values

Keep Hope Alive

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Failure is an event that passes and it passed yesterday.

Sometimes our current reality is in a thousand yesterdays- The “whys, hows, if onlys, I should haves”…

Hold up for a minute! Take a deep breath and pause. Did you see that? You couldn’t have missed it but I’m almost certain you did.

Well, let me show you what you missed while your head was buried in the sands of yesterday…

Your friend stopped trying to get your attention and went quiet. The husband stopped trying to have adult conversations with you and has made the TV his new companion.
Your boss is already looking for your replacement. Your teen caught the eye of the mysterious neighborhood bad boy.Your creativity took a vacation, it couldn’t thrive in such negativity.

While you slept, the enemy sowed weeds.

Like Prince charming to sleeping beauty, with feather light brushes, I urge you WAKE UP!

WAKE UP! GET UP!
Life didn’t stop. It went on. Nail your yesterdays to the cross.

ARISE!

Begin today. Mend the fence. Build the bridge. Talk to your family. Take the opportunity, prepare. Listen. Make the time. Today is the best day of your life.

The message is simple: He came so we can live. Really live.

So live!
Keep hope alive!

Ibelema Greene
No. 1 teen coach

Posted in Love, Uncategorized

Remembering Love’s Sacrifice

I am in a bind, heart and mind bind. A quandary of sorts. There is a tussle and clarity is needed on all fronts. Am I giving my very best? Am I being the me he deserves to be with or am I holding back. Thoughts flit in and out, I am very afraid I will not fit in with his picture. God knows, I have never fit in with anything or anyone for that matter, except of course with you.

My big and impossible dreams, you accommodate. You made me like this, so even if I am blamed as a misfit, at least I can point to you who created me in your image and likeness. I refuse to settle for less than your best. I have embraced mightiness; I know how big and wide you are.

I have danced with creator. I have experienced mercy in incredible dimensions. So forgive me if I can’t handle love on a small scale. It has to be bigger than me, than us. It has to be like what I have received,a love everlasting. S forever kind of love.

So, to whom it may concern, my heart has been seared by a love that is limitless and knows no boundaries. A big kind of love. I’m sorry I couldn’t stay but it just didn’t feel like the love I am used to The love that’s patient, kind, not self seeking,always, believing,hoping. The trusting type of love. The type of love that goes to the cross first before asking if I would follow Him. I’m sorry, but how do you walk away from a love like that?

I am a misfit! Yes I know, but I fit in the palms of His hands. I’m the apple of His eyes. I am redeemed! I can dance. I am free.

Thank you for love so amazing, so divine. I’m not there yet but I will never forget your sacrifice.

Thank you for giving me all.
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Posted in Humility, Values

Bragging Rights

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In the bid to be myself, something extraordinary happened and I would like to share.

Confidence suddenly became second nature. Risk taking was a daily decision. Out of the box thinking was standard and regular. Perspective changed. Doors opened, opportunities walked in and were taken but that was not all that walked in.

Following closely behind was a sense of pride! Suddenly, I thought I had arrived, surely, the strength of my hand has brought me before the brightest and the best!

In the midst of this, I was reminded and not a bit too soon about life and all its frailties.I was reminded that the race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong. I was reminded that gifts of God are without repentance. I was reminded that my design and shape is for a far greater purpose! I am but clay in the hands of the Potter and really, what clay has a say in how it is ultimately designed?

I brag but not in my abilities but about the giver of gifts. I brag in the One who can interpret a piece of thread interwoven in the tapestry of life.I make my boast in God.
Stay humble but stand tall.

You are important and relevant.

Posted in Uncategorized, Values

The Price of Values

I am at a crossroads and my values hold the answer. I want to ignore them but I can’t. When did it become so difficult to set aside things that I put in place?

What a dilemma!

Ignore the pain, away with the discipline, suppress the voices( I assure you, I am not mad), ditch the routine and be free to do what you like.. a great route to follow, but still I am hesitant!

The summation of a man is his values and they determine his actions, inactions and his decisions.

 

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What are your values?
Do you have any?
What do you stand for?

My decision, though painful, played out on the field of my values, volleying through the court that is my life and resting at my core. My heart had always known what my head was confused about. At the end of the day, I had peace!

Values define you. Don’t take them for granted.