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3 Apr 2009

Deo Volente*

Growing up, my mum trained my siblings and I to always say “By God’s grace” any time we wanted to say something futuristic. For example “I will be going to the market tomorrow by God’s grace”. Most people that know me, will know that I live (or I conscious try to) by this golden rule because I strongly believe that whatever I do, is by God and not my power.

I have been meaning to blog about this but reading Temite’s post on death, re-inspired me so I have decided to stop procrastinating.


James 4:13-16 says-

Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.


As human beings we plan, we strategise, we deliberate over our future. However we should remember that our lives is in the hands of God. A number of people sleep at night and do not wake up in the morning. What becomes of all their plans? No one can boast of tomorrow as only God knows tomorrow.

Remember the story of the rich fool who thought he had arrived but God told him he will die that night and he would not be able to enjoy all he had worked for. The problem was not that the man was rich but he thought he was invincible and could enjoy his riches anytime and all by himself but alas death came knocking.

This is just a short post to encourage us that as we wake up each day, let us be thankful for another opportunity to be in the land of the living as it is by the grace of God. Let us be a source of blessing to others and ensure God is directing our every step.


Have a great weekend and a Happy new month!


P.S-I have no internet at home as Baale and I just moved, so I shall be back on blogsville next week, by God's grace :)



*Deo volente means God Willing in Latin

47 comments:

  1. It's good to be grateful both for the spirit and the people around you. I hope you and your husband (i'm guessing that's Baale) settle well in your new home. Have a nice weekend.

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  2. woke up this morning angry with my folks over something irrelevant i even forgot to stop and give thanks to God. Thank you for the reminder....

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  3. More and more I'm being reminded of our mortality as human beings. Thanks for this reminder. I think I will endeavour to say and think "by God's grace" more often, recognizing that He is the only one who knows what tomorrow or even the next hour holds.

    I pray that our lives will be preserved though, by His Grace.

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  4. congrats in ur new house oh.
    yes oh,we shoudl always add "by God's grace" to anything we say cos its truly by his grace,
    av a nice weekend

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  5. have a blessed weekend

    not really a fan of the whole God is directing our every step because sometimes including today i have to wonder

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  6. Thanks for the reminder..

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  7. Yes! It is by HIs grace that we're not consumed!

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  8. Every breath I take is by God's grace.

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  9. my mum instilled the same thing in us too............ By God's grace.... hows d new house?

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  10. thankd for sharing. we need to be reminded everytime. have a lovely weekend too

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  11. I love how you said the rich fool "who thought he had arrived"
    It's so true though...

    Happy new month dear and thank you for reminding me that every day is a blessing :)

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  12. God is wonderful... Wishing you and Baale wonderful stay in your new house.. (Ile a tura oh, a so yin sowo, a soyin somo)

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  13. my mum taught us this too..she also taught us to be thankful in EVERY situation..kai, this one has been really hard to follow..

    thanks for the encouragement..take care..mwah!

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  14. We are called His own by Grace, we know Him daily by grace, we are led by grace...heck we are in a relationship with Him by grace. God's grace is totally amazing.

    CONGRATS on the move, hope it wasnt stressful for u guys...have a great weekend dear

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  16. My mum taught me to say the same thing! Initially, we all used to rebel against it and said "ma is too religious", but as I grew up to understand and know God more, I realised that the fact that I am able to go out and come back home, in one piece, is indeed by God's grace. So yes, anytime i want to say anything that concerns the next minute, that does not reside within the now,I always add "By God's grace"...

    Congrats on house move.. :-)
    Have an awesome weekend.. x

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  17. Hellllooooooo! Been a while. Must let you know that your other blog; Soulsistaz blessed me immensely and took me back to scriptures. God bless you ... I love you loads.

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  18. i am all i am because of who God is ..everything na by grace....nice one aloted

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  19. Grace. God's Grace. It's the beginning, the ending of all that we are and everything else in between!

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  20. it's always by His Grace!

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  21. But by the grace of God I am what I am.

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  22. THAT USED TO BE MY FAVORITE VERSE...Is 49!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  23. By God's grace you will be able to come back safely to blogsville next week :)

    AMEN

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  24. Yes o! It is by His Grace. Thanx for sharing...

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  25. Indeed we have a lot 2b thankful for....First time here,your header caught ma attention.

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  26. But for grace where would we be,
    Grace makes the difference. Nice post

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  27. this song comes to mind

    "it's by God's grace
    all things thru Christ Jesus
    No weapon formed against me shall prosper..."

    cant remember who sang it tho.

    My parents taught us thesame thing, so I say it all the time.

    how are u?

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  28. That is so right! That's way I love the word of God!! It is water for my soul. Thanks for the reminder! Love Ya sis!

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  29. Happy Birthday sweetie...wishing you God's blesing and guidance all the days of your life....

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  30. Happy birthday!!!!!!!!

    May God continue to add more years to youe life

    um er i still want that cake o

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  31. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
    May the favour of the Lord continually rest upon you.
    me too i want cake o

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  32. Hsppy Birthday Dearest,

    Wishing you many more fulfilling years ahead.

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  33. Happy Easter!!...and happy birthday too, seeing as Rita has concratulated you , lol...

    this post...has been a recurrent theme over the past few weeks..up to the point where it was a bit freaky reading your post...lol..Everything, evrery single thing is by His Grace. all our planning and backup making must look very very silly in His eyes, for if it does not have His blessing it is just a phenomenal waste of energy..so indeed, anything that we plan will be fulfilled only by His grace...

    theres even the bible quote that was by facebook atatus: "many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established" Proverbs 19:21

    Have a blessed Easter!!!..and congrats on the new house!

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  34. Someone told me it was your birthday. Happy birthday me dear. I hope your day was good. :)

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  35. nice one and happy birthday....thanx 4 ur mail

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  36. "I praise God for giving you another chapter that He has filled with the plans He has written just for you...
    I pray this year will be the beginning of new Joy & Special blessings in your life..."
    Happy Birthday (Belated)...Aloted

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  37. happy belated birthday!
    Found that from Writefreak that we are birthday mates. So tell me, who owes who royalties? Me or you?

    lol!

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  38. happy belated oh!

    Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  40. Great post...inspirational.

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  41. hmmn....may God bless you aloted...sincerely...I never come here without leaving with a word of faith to hold on to...

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  42. My primary school's motto used to be 'Dieu le Veult' (I think it still is, and I hope I got that French phrase right anyway). Many of us fail to realise that God has a hand in everything that happens in our lives and even when we do, we fail to acknowledge him most times. Indeed, his grace is abundant and in whatever we do, we should never forget to say a word of thanks to this great God that makes all things beautiful in His time.

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  43. happy belated birthday.off to read.

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  44. Very true, at first I thought it made me sound like a fanatic everytime i punctuated my speech with "by God's grace" but in reality it really is only by His grace..
    God bless you, your blog is lovely xx

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  45. ....learnt (consciously too) Deo volente.

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  47. It means 'God Willing' as in if God is willing it will happen.nice post.

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