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Day Ten: Gratitude Challenge

As I close this journey of gratitude and thanksgiving that has allowed me to look back with introspection at my life and stop long enough to reflect and be thankful, I am awed at the most precious gift that God has given me – the gift of life. So today I want to thank God for life. Jesus said that He came that I may have life and have it more abundantly. I thank God for abundant life. Life that is abundant in that it is full of purpose and meaning. I thank God for my life purpose. Thank you Lord for weaving your purpose and plan into my life. I exist to hasten travelers along the way.

I thank you Lord for physical life. I am alive and healthy. I walk in divine health. I am so thankful for physical strength to. Be able to fulfil my purpose by releasing my gifting. My life has been preserved by the working of God.

Today I thank God for a solid and purposeful soul life. I am strong in my emotions, in my mind and in my will. I thank God for the ability to think and exercise my intellect for His glory and for the advancement of the cause of the Kingdom. I thank God for the ability to make sound decisions that result in businesses and achievements that better other people. I thank you Lord that in my soul my emotions are solid, healthy and healed. I am thankful that I do not carry unnecessary emotional baggage that would hinder my life assignment. Thank you Lord for life.

I am grateful for a progressively expanding and growing spiritual life. Lord I thank you that the more that I serve you the stronger your love grows. The more that I love you the more love you bestow. The longer that I serve you the sweeter it grows. Through every struggle and every spiritual exertion and every defeat of sin, you are maturing my spiritual life. I thank you Lord for life.

I thank you Lord for success, survival, victory, prosperity, preservation, sustenance and deliverance that I have experienced in my life journey. May my life continue to be a testimony of your goodness. While I thank you for life may that life Lord reflect your glory! You clearly state in your word that everything that was created was created for your pleasure. May this life bring you pleasure Lord!

My Father I thank you for the life experiences that I have gone through and by your grace conquered. As I look back at my life I can only join Paul the Apostle in affirming, I am what I am only by the grace of God.

In closing I would like to thank my brother GP for nominating me for this gratitude or thanksgiving challenge. I am required by the rules of the Thanksgiving Challenge to nominate other people to embark on this challenge where they express gratitude on Facebook once a Day for at least one thing for a continuos ten day period. I therefore nominate everyone who has followed my own journey in the last 10 days and had not started this Thanksgiving challenge. If you accept this challenge please say I do below and start. Please note that the length and extent of your gratitude is entirely dependent on you. It maybe a one sentence, one paragraph or one page. Feel free to be yourself. Stay blessed

Day Eight: Gratitude Challenge

When I look back at my life I notice that the major milestones of my life are marked by one institution: The Church. Today I take time to thank God for the church. Without a doubt it is one of the most significant institutions in my life. My parents raised me in the church but the church became meaningful when in February 1982 I gave my life to Christ and God by His Spirit baptized me into the Body of Christ. One of my earliest discoveries was that my salvation was a personal matter but my Christian walk was a public matter as it had to be lived out within the context of a community of believers called the church. So today I reflect on the church and my life.

I was born again under the ministry of Mr Muti who was Headmaster of St Peters Kubatana when he came to preach for an SU meeting at St Augustine’s. He was a lay preacher in the AFM Church. I was then discipled and baptized by triune immersion within the context of the AFM Church. I thank God today for those early days within the AFM foundational faith. Thank God for the church.

In August 1982 I was invited by some fellow believers to the AWWW Heroes Campmeeting at Goromonzi High School and fell in love with the Family Of God Church. I transferred my membership to that church and served within it for almost 20 years. All the foundations of my faith were laid within that movement. Thank you Lord for FOG. Right there I met and married the love of my life. Thank God for the Church. I fellowshipped with FOG Mutare, Rusape, Marondera, Harare etc. There I made lifelong friends.

In 1989 I found myself in Greece with no known relationships and family. But thank God for the church because right within the Body of Christ I met my new family. I thank God for Abundant Life Church, Kala Nea and Word of Life Church. There in foreign land my family found a home in the hearts of the saints. Both of our children were born and dedicated to The Lord within the Greek Church family. They became a global breed indeed. At the altars surrounded by Greek speaking family we dedicated our children to The Lord. Thank God for the church.

In May 2001 we felt The Lord guide us to transfer our membership to Celebration Church where we have served faithful in various capacities ever since. In this place of the Lords planting our call to ministry matured. Thank God for the church. That why I am thankful and love the church of Jesus Christ. In this place our children grew up and were nurtured in the ways of The Lord. They made friends and explored their giftings. Thank God for the church.

Just after Christmas in 2002 we sadly bade farewell to my baby sister Venencia as we laid her body to the grave there to await the sound of the trumpet. There surrounded by the Church and reunited with my AFM roots we sang songs like Mwari Muri Zuva Rangu to find comfort and make sense of the pain in our hearts and to instil the hope of the resurrection. Thank God for the church of Jesus Christ.

For years we celebrated great victories, graduations, birthdays, weddings and moments of pain and sorrow around the family of believers. We thank God for the church which lifted us in our moments of pain, shared our burdens and celebrated with us our victories. Thank God for the church.

Last year when we bade farewell to my Dad it was the church that helped carry the burden and lighten the load. Our homestead was overwhelmed by hundreds of believers and tens of pastors who gathered to comfort and console us. We celebrated and sang songs of praise the whole night. Thank God for the church.

In August 2012 our son Emmanuel went off to College where many have wandered away from their faith. Instead of being alone and lonely in a strange land, he plugged into Victory Church of Lethbridge and immediately felt at home. Thank God for the church. Today he is an active worship leader in this amazing transformational church. I can never thank God enough for the Church.

Many people are surprised when I speak about my love of the church because they feel that I should love Jesus Christ and not the church. I argue that it is biblical to love the church. Jesus loved the church. I love Jesus and I love what He loves. So I love the Church of Jesus Christ because I love Jesus. Thank you Lord for conceptualising and creating the Church as the Body Of Christ on earth and an extension of your hand.

Gratitude Challenge Day 2

Today I thank God for the person who has stayed with me longest in my life. Thank you Lord for Audrey Ropafadzo Makoni who 24 years ago chose to join me in holy matrimony and we both left father and mother to start a new journey. Over the years I thank God for Au (my gold) who became my love, my friend, my business partner, my fellow minister and fellow nurturer of the dreams that God has given us. Thank you Lord for the woman you gave me who chose to follow me through the ups and downs of life. We have dreamt together. We have fought battles together by your grace. We have had moments of intense fellowship as we tried to discern Gods purpose and strategy for our life and destiny. We have had our dark nights of the soul. Thank God we have also had our great moments of triumph. But through it all we made it together. As our refrain continues Loving god, Loving each other too. And the story never ends.

Thank you Lord for the challenges we have had to face together and by your grace overcame. Thank you Lord for a steady anchor in my life. As the Bible says A virtuous woman who can find! I can safely state that I found you love.

I remember that first day in August 1982 when we met at Goromonzi High School at the Andrew Wutawunashe World Witness Campmeeting. It all started as simply young friends who were out for their first Campmmeeting. Now we can look back and say look what God has done for us. Indeed we declare Ebenezer. God has been faithful to watch over us and to preserve our marriage. We look forward to another 50 years declaring Having received help from God till this day, we continue. With a heartful of thanksgiving both to God for his sustaining hand and to you for your constancy, I can only summarise our journey through this Old Secular Song that we bumped into in Thessalonica Greece by Don Williams

Pressure Makes Diamonds

Well we’ve had our troubles, we’ve had our hard times
Were some might have stumbled, we’ve always survived
Sometimes love weakens, when the chips are all down
But what we’ve got together gets stronger somehow
Pressure makes Diamonds much harder than stone
And they only get finer as each day goes on
We’ve been through some bad times but we made it somehow
’cause if pressure makes diamonds, our love’s a diamond by now
Well we know the feelin’ when the world closes in
We’ve been there before, love, and we might go again
The road may get rocky life may get hard
But the whole world together can’t tear us apart
(repeat bridge)

Bva tovonga Nyasha DzaShe for it is only by grace that we stand. Thank you Lord for a helper meet for me.

And this God shall be our God forever and ever and our guide till death. Thank you Lord.

Day One: Gratitude Challenge

Having been nominated by my brother GP Makoni to undertake a 10 day challenge in which I daily post at least one thing I am grateful for, I heartily start the journey. I have an attitude of gratitude.

On this beginning day I remember my Creator, Lord, Saviour and Redeemer. Thank you Lord for thinking of me and bringing me onto the earth for such a time as this. I believe I am part of your deliberate and well thought out strategy to defeat Satan and bring solutions to the world. I thank you not only for creating me but for saving me from my sins and planting my feet on the paths of righteousness. Because of your gracious work on the Cross today I stand redeemed and saved. Though I was a sinner yet through your amazing grace you transformed me into the righteousness of God in Christ. Thanks a million Jesus!

Today I take time to thank you Lord for not only saving me but for also dealing with my faults and failures mercifully. I can identify with the songwriter who sang Here am I so unworthy of the Blood, unworthy of the Blood and yet it flows for me. Yes though sometimes I falter and bring you shame, yet just a drop of that blood makes me whiter than snow. Thank you for dealing gently with me. Yes you have always looked beyond my fault and seen my need. You see me with the eyes of mercy!

Finally I thank you for preserving, protecting, delivering, prospering and healing me. I can boldly declare that I am what I am today because of the grace of God. Thank you for your redeeming grace! I am indeed forever grateful for the Cross and the Resurrection of Christ. Today I am seated together with Christ in the heavenly places far above all principalities and powers. Right there where the devil cannot do me any harm!

Not to us. Not to us. But to you be the glory Lord! Ndinodzorera mbiri Yose kuGwayana! May my life always reflect your Glory Lord and bring you pleasure for that is what I was created to do!

Soli Dei Gloria! To God Alone be the Glory