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Tough Seasons

Good evening. I hope all of you are doing well by God’s grace. Tonight, I’ll like to share a video with you all. Please do take the time to watch it and if you can, take notes. Stay Blessed & Encouraged.

Devotional//Word For Today

“All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize.”
1Co 9:25 NLT

ARE YOU BEING STRETCHED?

When you’re being stretched spiritually, your faith in God grows. When you’re being stretched mentally, your old ideas are challenged and replaced with new ones. When you’re being stretched relationally, selfishness dies and love grows. So, are you being stretched right now? God allows us to have stretching experiences that prepare us for the race He has called us to run in life—and every so often your soul will “hit the wall.” No amount of strength and no amount of pressing will move the problem. This is soul stretch! Often, these moments aren’t the real test; they are just warm-ups that prepare us for future challenges. They are points of reference designed to keep us from panicking when we’re in the midst of the real race. Remember that God never allows a person to run for Him, or with Him, who hasn’t been stretched in their thinking, their faith, and their ability to live and love. So when you face a problem that just won’t move, remember to take a deep breath and remind yourself that God is stretching you. It’s the stretching of the soul that enables us to face situations we think will kill us, but don’t—to endure times when we think we won’t make it, but do. Sooner or later we will all face difficult times and relationships, but they are just the deep knee bends of life. So when it feels like you’re being stretched to breaking point, don’t quit. See it for what it is—preparation for running and winning your God-assigned race in life.

Verses:

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. –James 1:2-4

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. –Psalm 27:4

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. –James 1:12

Take time to pray for others. Who has the Lord placed on your heart for you to reach out to? Have you done so or are you making excuses? May the Lord bless you as you take heed to his obedience. Have a lovely night 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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The Christian Tag

Hey everyone. I hope your doing well on this beautiful day. So today I’m coming to you all with something different. It’s called the Christian Tag. I don’t know if you’ve heard of it before but let’s get to it. Here are the questions. Below 🙂

  1. Who were you before Christ and who are you now? When did you become a Christian?

Before I came to Christ, I was quiet. I was still that social butterfly who love talking to people. I think many times, when people share their testimonies of how they gave their lives to Christ, people expect for them to tell a story of how bad they were and the things they used to do but honestly that’s not always the case for everyone. For some people, they give their lives to Christ because they have hit rock bottom and they want to give this whole “Jesus” thing a try. It’s beyond a Jesus thing. They just aren’t always aware of it at the moment. Giving your life to Christ is not a trial and error experiment. It’s a serious commitment. Jesus has already proposed to you on the Cross. He is waiting for you to accept him if you haven’t already done so.

Before I came to know Christ, I found it difficult to love my skin color because I was made fun of in middle school, high school and college. Before coming to America, I never saw anything wrong with my skin but over the years it became a struggle for me because in middle school, I was given bleaching cream to lighten my shade of color. P. S. My family is from Ghana. My skin color is another topic for another day. That’s another story in itself. I gave my life to Christ at the age of eighteen. I was invited to church by a Muslim girl who was tying to convert into Christianity. Before this I was going to church. I knew who Christ was but it wasn’t until I started having a personal relationship with Christ. It’s a journey but I’m learning and growing. It’s been a blessing. Through the difficult times, God has been my strength. We all go through obstacles in this life. Just because someone doesn’t share their story with you doesn’t mean they haven’t faced any trials. In all things, we must give thanks unto God and share of what he has done. So many testimonies, my mouth cannot even contain. So I tell it to people. Waking up in the morning is a testimony for me. Not everyone get the opportunity to see a new day. In spite of all that we go through, may we never forget God is. I am the daughter of a King. My identity is in Christ. I am complete in Christ alone. He has paid it all. He makes no mistake in what he molds. He is still working in and out of me daily.

2. What is my favorite Bible verse?

To be honest, I have so many Bible verses that I love but I would list three of them.

For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. -Colossians 2:5-7

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130

3. What is your favorite Gospel Song?

I have too many. To be honest, I can’t just list one. So I’m going to list as many as possible but just a short version for you.

  • We Will Worship// This I Know (P. S. Favorite Worship Team)
  • Jaye Thomas: We Love Your Name; Pursuit Of You  (P.S. Favorite Gospel Artist)
  • Elevation Worship: Resurrecting
  • Joe Mettle: All I Want Is You
  • Sinach: The Name Of Jesus
  • Joyous Celebration: I Press
  • Sophia Shepherd: Hide Me Away Lord
  • We Will Worship// Like Oil
  • Covenant Worship: How Great
  • William Murphy: Everlasting God
  • Hillsong: Cornerstone; Christ Alone

I mean I can go on with worship songs because that’s what I listen to majority of the time. I believe that it’s important what we feed our spirits.

4. What is your favorite Christian Book?

  • Priscilla Shirer: The Resolution For Women
  • Fifi Yorke: Expectation For Manifestation

A few book I’m looking forward to read includes,

Francis Chan: Crazy Love

Steven Furtick: Seven Mile Miracle (I’m telling Elevation Church/Worship is beyond a blessing).

Levi Lusko: Through The Eyes Of A Lion (He preached at Hillsong about looking his 5 year old daughter. The church sanctuary was in tears. I was so moved. I purchased the book and surprised a friend of mine. His testimony was a blessing to both of us. I can’t wait to read it.

5. Have you read the entire Bible?

No, I haven’t read the entire Bible.

6. Do you have a devotional?

Yes I do. I love reading Bible plans from the Holy Bible App. There’s also a devotional that my church gives us called “The Word Of the Day”. Also I enjoy and absolutely love reading devotionals from Rick Warren.

7. The oddest place you’ve prayed?

Great question because I have a few. I would have to say the oddest place I’ve prayed was sitting outside with my friend at an open space in University with our eyes closed while people were passing by. Another odd place would have to be the first time I did evangelism with my friend and we prayed for a person in the hallway by the Bookstore at my school. Lastly, just two days ago, my friend and I was praying for a friend of mine in one of the busiest places in my school where students pass by so much. Sometimes, I get a bit nervous to be honest but I still carry on.

8. What’s a passage or verse that has helped you during your walk with God?

Like I mentioned before, there’s a lot of passages that have helped me and encouraged me but I would have to say Psalm 23 and Proverbs 3:5-6. I learned Psalm 23 at the age of six or seven and that entire verse resonates to me.

9. What does it mean to follow Christ?

I believe that following Christ is to forsake your old life and picking up your Cross daily. Living and representing Christ through the way you live. We are reminded in Romans 12:2 that we shouldn’t conform to the patterns of the world but rather we should be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Then we will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

10. What advice would you give someone who wants to give their life to Christ?

Come as you are. God is waiting for you to be perfect. He is patiently waiting for you. Taste and see that the Lord is good for yourself. Don’t make judgements by what people have expressed to you. Don’t be afraid. Get to know God for yourself. It’s not about religion. It’s about having a personal  relationship. Just come as you are. God is waiting for you.

So who do I tag? Honey, I tag everyone. Come on. Share what the Lord has done for you. Until next time, stay blessed and encouraged.

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Posted by on March 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Divine Assurance

Trust is a golden pathway to heaven. When you walk on this path, you live above your circumstances. My glorious Light shines more brightly on those who follow this path of Life. Dare to walk on the high road with Me, for it is the most direct route to heaven. The low road is circuitous: twisting and turning in agonizing knots. There the air hangs heavy, and dark, ominous clouds predominate. Relying on your own understanding will weigh you down. Trust in Me absolutely, and I will make your path straight.

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Fathers house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
John 14:12

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:56

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Empty Me

Empty Me

Empty me is my outcry this morning. Anything that is not of you Lord rid out from me. More of you Jesus and less of myself. Less of my thoughts, bitterness, anger, and everything. Sometimes, you feel like your spiritual life has decreased. Have you ever felt a desire and a hunger for Jesus? Like you no longer want the things and materials of the world? They are not eternal but yet they still bring you happiness like shopping, drinking, going to the club and all other desires that the world desire. I tell you these things will make you happy momentarily. Choose Jesus & make him your Lord and Savior today. We should put our hope in God. Jesus loves you.

“The end of your rope is the beginning of God’s doorstep.” -Unknown

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Get Your Praise On

Has God been good to you? Has he delivered or transformed you? I know he has been good to me. Praise him for he is worthy to be praised. An incredible God deserves incredible praise. So there is nothing like Praise and Worship. It moves me to a different realm. Sometimes, I get teary-eyed amazed at the work of my King. So below are a list of songs that are just awesome.

  1. From The Inside Out: Trent Cory                            
  2. Conqueror: Vashawn Mitchell
  3. Waging War: Cece Winans
  4. Eagle’s Wing: Hillsong
  5. Chris Tomlin: Forever
  6. At the Cross: Hillsong
  7. Made Me Glad: Miriam Webster
  8. I lift My Hands: Chris Tomlin
  9. Corner Stone: Hillsong
  10. Your Grace Find Me: Matt Redman
  11. Courageous: Casting Crown
  12. Every Praise: Hezekiah Walker
  13. Break Every Chain: Tasha Cobbs
  14. Potter’s Hand: Hillsong
  15. Give Me You: Shana Wilson
  16. When I Speak Your Name: Kari Jobe
  17. Living Waters: Hlengiwe Mhlaba
  18. No Weapon: Fred Hammond
  19. Who Am I: Casting Crowns
  20. Everything: Lakewood Church
  21. More Beautiful You: Jonny Diaz
  22. Holy: Joyous Celebration
  23. How Loves Us: Kim Walker
  24. One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)
  25. 10,000 Reasons: Matt Redman
  26. East To West: Casting Crowns
  27. Love Has Come: Mark Schultz
  28. I Owe Your Worship: Nia Allen
  29. Whom Shall I Fear: Chris Tomlin
  30. You Are God: Javen
  31. Oceans Will Part: Hillsong
  32. Others: Israel Haughton
  33. Hallelujah: The Anthem/Planetshakers
  34. You Are For Me: Kari Jobe
  35. Freedom: Eddie James
  36. Awesome In This Place: Hillsong
  37. Awesome Wonder: Trent Cory
  38. I Shall Live And Not Die: Darlene Mccoy
  39. Identity: James Fortune
  40. Make Me New: Mali Music
  41. Free: Kierra Sheard
  42. Withholding Nothing: William Mcdowell
  43. Heritage: Jahdiel
  44. Ain’t No Rock
  45. Holy Spirit Come And Fill This Place: Beverly Crawford
  46. I Know Your There: Casting Crowns
  47. My Chariot: Gold
  48. Without You: Tasha Cobbs
  49. Not By Power: Sonnie Badu
  50. Find You On My Knees: Kari Jobe

There are so many other songs that I will like to list but it would be too long but if anyone has any suggestions, or other songs, please list them below. I like learning something new.. Thank you and God bless you.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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