๐ŸŒผ DESPITE ALL ODDS ๐ŸŒธ

Look out the window - Green grass

I was seated in my room on a particular afternoon and then I gazed out through the window and I couldn’t help but admire the green leaves on the Moringa tree in the compound. Although this tree had always been there; even so close to my window but I paid more attention to it than usual on this faithful day. I always saw it but it never meant so much to me until this particular time. I was thanking God for life and sustenance and my gaze went through the window and the tree came to sight. You know we’ve not had so much rainfall in a while, but this tree and so many others still maintain their green leaves despite the low and sometimes, no rainfall.

It is rather amazing that even in the odds of the weather, these plants and trees still maintain their green leaves when the reverse would have been the case because of the little/no rainfall, which every plant needs to thrive.

Green life - Trees

These plants despite the odds they are faced with are still thriving. They still bear their green leaves and we can still admire them even in the odd times.

I can’t help but relate our current time to this scenario. Because despite the odds of the pandemic, despite the spread of one disease or the other. Despite everything we all have had to face at one time or another, we are still here standing, thriving, and living. ๐Ÿ™Œ

This tree and other trees I see thrive despite all the odds they face. And we too thrive despite all the current happenings, because a being is holding us together.

The hand that holds us - God

We are being kept in one piece because an upper hand holds us in place. We are indeed not swept away by the storms because someone is constantly speaking peace to our storms saying “Peace, be still”.

We are not left to submerge into the many pits the enemy dugout for us because He is constantly commanding a fill in, to all these traps. I remember the “booby traps” mentioned in cartoons. The Lord is the anchor and leverage above all the “booby traps” the enemy lays before us. And He is the one making all of the crooked ways before us straightened out.

The Lord takes charge of us - Steps ahead of our enemies

We are safely held in a hand that can not be contended with. And who is this “being” that has been for us despite all the odds? It is He who made us and upholds our lot!.

Reference verses:

The Lord is the portion of my inheritance, my cup [He is all I need]; You support my lot. I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my innermost self] rejoices; My body too will dwell [confidently] in safety,

Psalms 16:5โ€ญ, โ€ฌ8โ€ญ-โ€ฌ9 (AMP)

And,

I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow of My hand, to establish the [renewed] heavens and lay the foundations of the [renewed] earth, and to say to Zion (Jerusalem), โ€˜You are My people.โ€™โ€‰โ€

Isaiah 51:16 (AMP)

And,

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I have given Egypt [to the Babylonians] as your ransom, Cush (ancient Ethiopia), and Seba [its province] in exchange for you.

Isaiah 43:2โ€ญ-โ€ฌ3 (AMP)

These are some of the promises that come to mind when I look back at everything. If it really hasn’t been the Lord on our side. Where would we really be?. Where would I be? I also ask myself. ๐Ÿค”

Let us look back at the days gone by and reflect on the goodness of God over us, despite all the odds.
Because despite it all, we are still here – standing, living, and being sustained!. Glory to God. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Thriving - Living - despite all odds

Wishing you a great new week. ๐Ÿค—

Blessings. โค

๐Ÿ’ฎ#HCCounsels#๐ŸŒธ

71 Comments Add yours

  1. Maurice says:

    Very nice tree Herry and it carries a lot of values. God uses everything in nature to teach us. Isaiah 43 is a very important scripture to me

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    1. Smiles. I had to use a Google picture because of the picture quality. ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Yes, Maurice. Every single detail is for our greater good.
      Smiles. It’s a great reminder of God’s ever presence with us. ๐Ÿ’ฏ
      A blessed day ahead bro. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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      1. Maurice says:

        Thank you Herry You keep safe as the days goes by

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        1. Israel says:

          ๐Ÿ‘
          God is good

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        2. You are welcome. ๐Ÿค—
          I will do and you too. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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        3. Maurice says:

          God bless you beyond measures

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        4. Maurice says:

          Rest well and stay in the presence of Jesus Christ

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  2. clearreveal says:

    Beautiful post. We can thrive because of God and we have peace with Him because He will never leave us.

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    1. Thank you so much. ๐Ÿค—โค
      Absolutely. We have Him with us and this is a great comfort to us. ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Blessings. ๐Ÿค—

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  3. jesusluvsall says:

    Amen little sister. I love your post. I have experienced in many ways during this pandemic Jesus holding me up. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Smiles. ๐Ÿ™Œ
      Thank you so much big bro. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—
      Yes and He will continue to be. ๐Ÿ’ฏ
      He is forever faithful unto us. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. Great post, my friend. Very encouraging and uplifting, truly our Lord has kept me and my family during this time

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    1. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ Thank you so much ma’am. โค
      Smiles. I am really glad to know this. He is a great father unto us. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Blessings to you and the family. ๐Ÿค—

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  5. Ruelha says:

    Ooh, I love the scripture you quoted from Isaiah….thank you for that…..I’m gonna be pondering over it. Have a lovely day Mercy. Lovely post.๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒป

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    1. Smiles. I am glad to know you do. โค
      That will be great. ๐Ÿค—
      Thank you so much, Ruelha. ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Blessings to you and the family. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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      1. Ruelha says:

        ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜

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  6. Great article. Yes, it is so reassuring that Father God holds us in His awesome hands.๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ‘ฃ

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    1. Thank you so much, ma’am. ๐Ÿค—
      Yes! And this gives us great comfort. ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Blessings to you and the family. โค

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      1. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

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  7. Hephzibah says:

    Loved the โ€œwe are still thrivingโ€ picture quote! ๐Ÿ˜Š Yes, the Lord upholds us in His almighty hands and despite all odds against us, He will never forsake us! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

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    1. Smiles. Thank you so much sis. โค
      Absolutely!. We can rest in His assuring presence. He is the God that never sleeps nor slumbers. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  8. Precious One says:

    Hallelujah! Despite it all…through it all…inspite of it all…He has kept His many promises, come through in extraordinary ways and continues to be faithful. Lovely segue from the moringaโ€™s flourishing, sis. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝโค๏ธ

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    1. Glory to Him. ๐Ÿ™Œ
      Yes big sis. ๐Ÿ’ฏ
      I totally agree with you. He has been most faithful. ๐Ÿ™Œ
      Smiles. Thank you so much. โค๐Ÿค—

      P.S: Learnt a new word – Segue. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Precious One says:

        Giggles, youโ€™re very welcome.
        Iโ€™m happy to be your lexicon – every now and again โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—

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        1. Smiles. ๐Ÿ˜Š
          Yippee. ๐Ÿ’ƒโคโค

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  9. Many times, in the face of contrary situations, we are quick to forget the victories God wrought for us in time past. Regardless of the situation, God is always faithful. If he did it before, he’ll surely do it again.

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    1. True! The human mind is so quick to see the “not too well”.
      Yes He is!.
      Totally. And He will even do more. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Thanks for the comment, Ibukun. ๐Ÿค—

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      1. You’re always welcome!

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  10. ecohorizons says:

    When the night gets dark
    And the clouds emit a lightening spark ,
    Water would nourish us with rain ,
    to bring joy and transcend the pain ,
    All things happen through us to gain ,
    For our balance to regain ,

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    1. Loved your outlook here. So much truth.

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      1. Smiles. Me too.
        Thank you ma’am. โค

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    2. Lovely poem. ๐Ÿค—
      Thank you so much. ๐Ÿค—
      And for the video too. God indeed has been our sustenance. I love the view. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. ecohorizons says:

        I appreciate your feedback. ..Infinite blessings …

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        1. Glad to. ๐Ÿค—
          Amen. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  11. Yes!!! Against all odds we are still thriving. Thanks for the timely reminder๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Smiles. Yes we are. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’ƒ
      Glad to. ๐Ÿค—
      Thanks for your comment, bro. ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Blessings. ๐Ÿค—

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  12. thesupermode says:

    Such a positive post that has helped spread good vibes. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Smiles. Glory to God. ๐Ÿ™Œ
      I am really glad reading your comment. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜Š
      Thank you so much. Blessings. ๐Ÿค—

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  13. doriskoki says:

    Despite it all, there’s still so much to be grateful about. Plus God is always fighting battles for us, battles that we never get to know about. For sure, if He had not been on our side….๐Ÿ™Œ

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    1. Yes ma’am. ๐Ÿ˜Š
      I totally agree with you on this.
      And yes if it hasn’t been for Him, we would have been long gone. Lately, I was sharing with a dear friend that thank God we have a God that neither sleeps nor slumbers. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜Š
      God is good. ๐Ÿ˜Šโค
      Blessings to you and the family. ๐Ÿค—

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      1. doriskoki says:

        So good โค
        Blessings to you too ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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        1. โค๐Ÿค—โค

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  14. “Above all the booby traps” I like that!!

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    1. Smiles. Thanks big sis. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Love you! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜Š

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        1. Aww. ๐Ÿ˜Š
          Love you too. โค

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  15. King_David says:

    Reminds me of that verse of the scripture, “…He shall be like a tree planted by rivers of living waters. His leaves, also shall not wither and whatsoever he does shall prosper.”

    Thank you Herry!!!

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    1. Smiles. Such a great verse you referenced. ๐Ÿ˜‡
      You are welcome. Thank you too Dave. ๐Ÿค—

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  16. Marie says:

    Great post! Loved what you said about reflecting on the goodness of God despite the odds and how despite the odds we are still standing, living, and being sustained. So true. It’s when we take our eyes off of God that we find ourselves faltering. God bless and thank you so much for your encouraging words!

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    1. Smiles. Glad to know you do. โค Praise God!. ๐Ÿ™Œ
      Absolutely. Keeping our eyes on Him!.
      Amen. You are welcome. ๐Ÿค—
      Thank you so much for your comment, ma’am. ๐Ÿค—
      Blessings to you and your family. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  17. gifted50 says:

    What a great lesson. Your posts always enriches me with awareness and wisdom. YES God sustains us through everything ( as I am so aware of recently).

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    1. Yes sis. ๐Ÿ™Œ
      Smiles. I am glad to know this abd read your comment. โค
      Yes He does – always. ๐Ÿค—
      And He will guide and sustain you through, to the end. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Happy Sunday sis. ๐Ÿค—

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      1. gifted50 says:

        Happy Sunday to you as well.

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        1. Thank you so much. ๐Ÿค—
          Greetings to the family. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. Despite all odds!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

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    1. Yes sis. He keeps us going. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. As long as we see the light at the end of the tunnel, we are encouraged to keep advancing.
    Hope keeps us optimistic.
    Faith moves mountains.
    Love is the greatest!
    Thatโ€™s why we say; God is Love.
    With love for one another, weโ€™ll truly be assets to our world.
    Despite all odds…
    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Yes!. The light keeps us encouraged!.
      Absolutely!. I agree with you on this. Love leads!.
      Yes. ๐Ÿ™Œ
      Glad I did. Thank you so much for your comments too. ๐Ÿค—
      Happy Sunday. ๐Ÿค—

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      1. You are always welcome, dear.
        Happy Sunday to you too.

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        1. Smiles. ๐Ÿค—
          Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜‡

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        2. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

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  20. PoojaG says:

    Really inspiring and positive post!

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    1. Smiles. I am glad to know it is.
      Thanks Pooja. ๐Ÿค—โค

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      1. PoojaG says:

        ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  21. Nice… I am nominationing you for the Great Achiever Mahasiddhi Blogger Award. For details: https://kamalsbloggingcafe.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/great-achiever-mahasiddhi-blogger-award-gamba/. Please help spread PEACE & SAVE ENVIRONMENT through this small step. Thanks a lot.๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™

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    1. Thank you for the nomination. ๐Ÿค—
      Wishing you a blessed week ahead, Kamal. ๐Ÿค—

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      1. You are most welcome. Have a nice time there….

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  22. Kally says:

    Such a beautiful post penned by you.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kally. โค

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  23. Vanessa Lynn says:

    Yes and Yes! And I also have a Moringa tree in my yard. They are such durable, miraculous trees. And they grow so fast.

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    1. Smiles. Yes!. ๐Ÿ˜Š
      That is really great to know. Yes they are. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Yes – they find it so easy to sprout and expand too!.
      Happy Sunday to you and the family. ๐Ÿค—โค

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