Pastor Lucy Paynter
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KEEP MOVING

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Proverbs 16:3 NIV


Do not say 2020 was a wasted year!.. It started like any other year but a global pandemic brought everything to a standstill but time never stopped.  The hours went to days, weeks, to months and now 2020 is almost over.

At first I was startled like everybody else and spent the first few weeks complaining or completely worried.
Then one day, I looked up and realized that a month has just gone by and we may not know how long this will go on.


I  remember looking at the calendar and asking myself what did I do with April? I have been on lockdown but how comes I allowed my brain to be on lockdown? I  stood there and I  addressed the calendar and declared, I  maybe on lock down or curfew or red zone,social distancing,  mask era or whatever terms we have gotten used to but I refuse to have any of those terms dominate my mind.!


I am sure you have heard of the terms, when life gives you lemon make lemonade.  Or when the enemy throws stones at you use them to build something.  You can add your quotes here …..


Eventually,  I stopped complaining and worrying and deciding to do what the time was doing.  Keep Moving. 

I kept moving.  The goals I had for 2020 although they had been delayed,  I resumed working on them and kept moving.  I completed my Book Perfected Praise Purview before the deadline because I Kept moving.


Today I  want to encourage someone to do as I did,  I  was inspired by Time it keeps moving no matter.  Do not worry about 2021 or what it will bring.  Do not be afraid of planning and committing those plans to God.
KEEP  MOVING.


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Presence versus Presents

The best gift of this holiday season is to spend time with the one you love.  I know we all go an extra mile this season and use money to buy gifts but nothing beats spending quality time with those dear ones.

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My Love

My childhood memories of this holiday season entails more of the things we did together as a family not necessarily the gifts I got. The tradition or let me call it the family norm of Maina’s Family was to receive a new outfit every Christmas. There was no feigning surprise or checking under a tree, to see if Santa brought you something.  We knew the truth,  Mum and Dad went shopping on Christmas eve and got the six of us what would be our next Sunday best for a whole year. Considering,  the weight of matter, the choice was not easily made and so they would spend hours shopping.  Looking back at how precise and accurate they were, I feel greatly indebted to them. On Christmas morning we would all dress up and attend the Christmas service.  I  loved Christmas service because it was the only service in a year we got driven to church as a family.  All the other sundays we got up and walked to church for either Sunday school or those teens service and mum and Dad would drive to church later for second service with the baby. But Christmas Service was no separation it was a family service.

Now you know why at Glorious Power Church we do not hold sunday school or Tweens and Teens on Sundays but on Saturdays, so that no child will feel what we felt on Sundays. To me Sundays are family Days.

From the service things just got better,  mum and dad allowed us to participate in the cooking and Christmas was always the day we ate more than we needed. From the era of record player to cassette player music and dance always crowned the day.

To the Maina’s Family it was not about the gifts it was always about having time together as a family.  Last year I  shared with you a tradition that mum introduced later on when God continued to bless us.

https://pastorlucypaynter.com/2019/12/25/christmas-traditions/

We learn from our parents mostly through observation and just like the other tradition we borrowed, we can borrow this one too.

During my years of youth and Teens ministry, the words used as the title of this article have been said more times as a form of a complaint. As a parent I understand we may not be able to be there 24/7 for the children but just like my parents did we can create special memories where they have our undivided attention.

As we give gifts let’s add time to the receiver. The gift of time is not only wonderful to children but to all people, your spouse, your friends, relatives, neighbors.

Merry Christmas and Remember to give not only gifts but Time.

Merry Christmas
Restful Bliss

I love nature,there is something calming and assuring in the way the trees flow with winds,whistling and sometimes clapping. The flow of waters on the rocky streams,or sometimes just flowing quietly and smoothly. But what I love most is to lie or sit on a well manicured, green land under the shade of a tree and just relax.

Whenever I do this I reflect on Psalms 23:2

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psalms 23:2 KJV

The Lord is concerned with our rest. In the midst of the busyness around us, He encourages us to take rest and reflect. I believe rest is a part of life that cannot be skipped or ignored. No wonder from the Genesis of the world rest was introduced on the seventh day.

Take time to rest from your busy schedules

Take time to rest from your worries and cares

Take time to rest from your pursuits and passions

A restful bliss brings rejuvenating energy and strength to go on. You may not have a budget to go for vacation but do something restful and relaxing often.

There are times in life when I have not practiced this concept of rest in life. Needless to say the results of continued work with no rest is a burnout and a rollercoaster of emotions that affect everything and everyone around me.

Enjoy some restful bliss moments and let me know how it turns out.

Blessings

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