RSS

Tag Archives: encouragement

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 🙂

 

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

His Promises Still Remain

“I will pour my blessing on your children.”
Isaiah 44:3 

BLESS FUTURE GENERATIONS

Parent, here’s a Bible promise you can stand on: “I will pour my Spirit into your descendants and my blessing on your children.” Your kids should be able to take up where you left off! Your ceiling should be their floor. They shouldn’t merely follow you; they should use the foundation you laid to build something greater. Don’t use the comfort of the status quo as an excuse for not challenging old thinking. To get beyond your mental barriers, you need to stop saying things like: “That’s just the way I am,” or “My family never amounted to much, so I won’t either.” When you say that, you’re contradicting God! When God delivered the Israelites from slavery, they started out for the Promised Land. The journey should have taken only eleven days but it ended up taking forty years. What happened? They complained endlessly, and as a result kept going around the same mountain again and again. Why? Because they’d been in slavery for four hundred years, and they thought and talked like slaves! They couldn’t grasp what God had promised them. Finally He told them, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give your descendants” (See Dt 2:3). If your past has been one of failure, draw a line in the sand today and declare, “Enough is enough. I’m going to trust God for bigger and better things!” It’s in such moments that destinies are changed. Bottom line: The decisions you make today will affect not only you, but your children—so ask God to help you make the right ones.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on July 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Refresh Us

simply-divine-creation:
“ Julia @humphreyandgrace.
”

Happy New Month Everyone. What a great joy it is to be able to see a new day rather yet a new month. I hope your’e all doing well. God has been good. I’m trusting that this month will be a refreshing one filled with God’s grace, love, peace and his bountiful blessings to you and your family/loved ones. It was just yesterday that we started a new year and already we are half way towards another chapter. I personally don’t know how your year is coming along by far but I want to remind you of what God’s word says. I came across this Bible verse on a sudden day back in May while studying the word. Lord knows it was for a purpose why I came across this verse. The interesting thing is that I had a dot by this verse but on this day my eyes was set on this verse for a while. The Bible verse is Psalm 77: 11-14

I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

13 Your ways, God, are holy.
    What god is as great as our God?
14 You are the God who performs miracles;
    you display your power among the peoples.

 

Many times, when we are faced with lives trials, we tend to forget about the God we serve. We fix our eyes on our circumstances and turn our gaze away from the Cross. We run away from his presence where he sacrificed himself for us. I came across this Bible verse two days after I graduated from college. For me, I saw it as a reminder to not forget how far God has brought me. A young woman (Sasha) once said this to me “Sometimes, God will take you around in circles not to take you in a loop but to remind you where you came from.” In all things, we must learn to give thanks to God. Just as the stream flows but never forgets its source, may we never forget all that God has done for us despite the trials we will face in this life. If it means, getting a journal to document the day and date of what took place in your life, write it down. Write down your prayer requests and give thanks to God before and after you receive the good news. Despite the trials you will face in this month or the days ahead, know that God is present in every season of your life. As you spend time in his presence, in prayer, speak his words over your life/circumstance.

Prayer:

Lord I come before you today as I am. I lay everything before you. I thank you for this day and what it holds. Though I do not know what lies ahead of me, I know that you go before me and behind me. According to your word in 1 Peter 5:7, you alone tell us that we should cast our anxiety on you because you care. So Lord, I am laying everything at your altar. This day is yours. Order my steps. I surrender all that I am to you. Have your way in me. Let your will be done. In Jesus name, Amen.

Challenge:

  • Take time to reach out to your friends. Ask them for their requests. If you can pray for them while on the phone or alongside side with them, do so. If they refuse, you can pray for them. It breaks my heart when someone I know is hurting but no one is aware because they don’t know who to confide in. I understand that we are busy and we have our problems but if someone is your friend, you’ll take the time to reach out to them.
  • Spend more time in the Secret Place. More time in God’s presence. With so many of life’s demands, sometimes, we can get entangled in the world’s expectation of us that we don’t even make time to be in the secret place.
  • Random Act Of Kindness. Do something for someone. As we know it is a blessing to give. So give. Whether it is your time, a gift or whatever is laid upon your heart, do so with love.
  • Be careful of what you feed your spirit. Take time to re-evaluate the people you surround yourself with, the music you listen to and also the movies/shows you watch.
  • Take time for yourself. Treat yourself. You deserve it.

Cheers to what this month and what it has in stored for us. I absolutely love the month of July. Though I don’t always like the heat, I love the feel this month always brings. Until next time, live, love, laugh, smile and continue being you. God bless you all. Have a lovely fun-filled month. Let your light shine 🙂

Song of the day:

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on July 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Outpouring Of His Love

Chepurnaya Svetlana

“Make yourselves at home in my love.”
John 15:9 

“AT HOME” IN GOD’S LOVE

When someone says, “Make yourself at home,” it means you’re welcome and accepted. And that’s what Jesus means when He says, “Make yourselves at home in my love.” You never have been and never will be loved by anyone as much as God loves you. The reason you have such a hard time grasping that concept is that you have nothing to compare His love to. Nothing could make God love you more than He does right now, and nothing could make Him love you less. The great irony is that we spend our lives trying to earn His love, when it can only be received by faith. John says: “What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to” (1Jn 3:1-2 TM). You may have grown up with parents who withheld their love, or weren’t capable of expressing it. God doesn’t do that. Throughout Scripture He keeps saying, “I love you. I love you. I love you!” C. S. Lewis wrote: “God created us to be the objects of His love! Sometimes our actions make us unlovely, but we’re never unloved. And because God loves us—we have value. And nobody can take that value away. God’s love revealed at Calvary fastens itself onto flawed creatures like us, and for reasons none of us can ever quite figure out, makes us precious and valued beyond calculation. This is love beyond reason. And this is the love with which God loves us.”

Devotional//Word For You. Stay Blessed & Encouraged 🙂

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Undeniable Grace

simply-divine-creation:
“ Even when you feel like you’ve used up all your passes
or when you think you’ve overstayed your welcome
when it seems like you’ve taken advantage
of this love freely bestowed
His grace for you will never run out
like the...

“The Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.”
Ac 20:23 NIV

UNDERSTANDING GOD’S WILL (Part #3)

About 75 percent of believers now live in Third World countries, often in anti-Christian environments. Xu Yonghai is one of them. He worked to see the legalization of house churches in China. The government responded by locking him up for two years in an eight-by-eight-foot cell in a Beijing prison. There was no bathroom, only a pipe in a corner from which water flowed onto the concrete. “My cell was the last stop for prisoners sentenced to die,” he said. “At times there were as many as three other prisoners in the tiny damp room, awaiting their date with the executioner.” Yonghai survived through prayer, meditation, and writing. Using a bar of soap to write on the walls of his cell, he outlined the major points of a book about God. When he was finished, he committed the thoughts to memory, and upon his release he turned his prison notes into a fifty-thousand-word book entitled God the Creator. More often than not, your difficulties and hardships confirm you’re in the will of God rather than out of it! Paul writes: “I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace” (vv. 23-24 NIV). Note the word grace. No matter how difficult the will of God may be, you can accomplish it by drawing each day on His limitless supply of grace.

Devotional//Word For You. Stay Blessed & Encouraged 🙂

 

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

A Day To Remember

IMG_8297

Where do I even start? I mean where do I really begin to share this part of my journey with you all. So yesterday, I graduated from college. All I can say is Glory Be To God. It been a long journey being in college but despite the obstacles and storms, I made it. Class of 2017, we made it. Trials turned into testimonies. Tears turned into Joy. If Not God Then Who?

Yesterday begun with me waking up at 5:00am. I wanted to have time to get ready for my special day. Woke up only to realize that it was pouring outside. It seems to me that it rains on special occasions. I don’t know but that’s something I have realized. Despite the rain, I got ready for graduation. I love to start off my day by praying and committing everything into God’s hands. After my time with the Lord, I made sure that I picked up my pronunciation card, my cap and gown, camera and etc.

Walked outside only to realize that it was raining harder than before. I placed my cap and gown in a bag to prevent it from being wrinkled. My family was ready so that was a great start. Prayed and headed out to graduation. For some reason, I started tearing in the car. I couldn’t believe that today was seriously my graduation day. The thought of missing my friends, the people who have made an impact on my life, the organizations on campus, and the people I met along the journey. Have you ever cried but no one realizes that you were crying? For the most part, that’s what usually happens but for some reason, my sister noticed and she handed me a tissue. It was getting real for me. It took as approximately 25-30 minutes to react the designated location that my graduation was going to take place. There was so much traffic and it was raining even more. Many of the graduates had to get out in the middle of traffic to cross the street because we had to be at the place at 7:30am because graduation was going to start at 9:00am.

When we arrived, the graduates had a location to stand. The doors were suppose to open at 7:30am but they were delaying. Once, it opened we had to go through metal detectors. Water bottles weren’t allowed along with other items. It was a long process but eventually we got in. I really liked how every graduate had a line to stand at depending on their majors. It made it easier for everything to flow. The only thing I didn’t like so much was that we waited on line until 9:00 before we walked into the auditorium. I still enjoyed every moment taking pictures with my classmates and exchanging words.

Upon our entrance to the commencement, we were escorted to our seats. It was such a beautiful feeling seeing how the auditorium was packed. The lights, the smiles on people’s face was a sight to see. We sat down and announcements were made. We had to stand up to sing the national anthem and then we sat down. It was really amazing to see that 98% of my graduating class designed their caps. My heart was filled with Joy. The speeches were decent. No extremely long speeches. It was straight to the point.

First, the college of arts was introduced. There were so many graduated from this department. It was remarkable. Then came the college of education and human services which was the department I belong to along with my classmates. #TeamPublicHealth. Ayeee. I’m still here thinking about how amazing yesterday’s commencement was astounding. A day I will always remember. The joy and radiance of seeing my classmates alongside with friends go on stage to be recognized for the accomplishments. I was afraid that my last name was going to be butchered but it wasn’t at all. I was all smiles when I got on stage. I waved at the camera and proceeded to take my seat after. It was interesting some of the things that people did as they walked across the stage. It was too funny. Overall, yesterday was beyond a blessing. I was grateful that my friends, family, loved ones and even a bus driver from college who came to support me on this day. This day was a testimony my mouth cannot contain. All glory be to God. Being surrounded with my fellow classmates was awesome. I’m thankful for everyone God allowed me to cross paths in this journey of life. This is just the beginning of what is yet to come. God is good. Faithful Is Here. No matter where you may be in your life, never give up. Seek God in all your Earthly doings. With him, all things are possible.

Verses That Helped Me Along The Journey.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. -Psalm 32:8

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. -Jeremiah 29:11

Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame. -Psalm 34:5

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

God has been Good. In all things, give thanks unto him. Celebrate your shortcomings. Don’t compare yourself with others. God has a purpose for where you are right now. Embrace the season you are in and the people he has placed in your life. There is a purpose to every encounter. Cheers to what the future holds. Greater is ahead of you. Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged. 🙂

 

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Seek Him In All Things

Please fight for me Lord, and uphold me with your Righteous Right hand. Praise be to God. He's in the business of restoring all things!:

When Jesus Prayed Part #1

“Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Lk 5:16 NIV If you want to know about prayer, examine the life of Jesus: (1) He prayed when the pressures of life increased. “News about him spread…so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed…But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (vv.15-16 NIV). It’s when you think you don’t have time to pray, that you need to pray most. Spending time with God is the secret to having power with Him. (2) He prayed when important decisions had to be made. When it came to picking His closest friends, Jesus sought His Father’s guidance. He “went out to a mountainside…and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve…[as] apostles” (Lk 6:12-13 NIV). When you really think about it—the truth hits you up the side of the head! We can spend a year, not to mention a small fortune, planning a wedding. Yet amazingly we won’t seek God’s guidance when it comes to choosing a mate to spend the rest of our life with. God is not just the creator of the universe; He’s the CEO who runs it. Can you imagine what He knows about operating a successful business? His résumé reads: “I am the Lord…Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go” (Isa 48:17 NKJV). Before you hire an employee, form a partnership, formulate a plan, or invest a penny, God invites you to discuss it with Him and get His input. “Listen for God’s voice in everything you do…he’s the one who will keep you on track” (Pr 3:6 TM).

“He went…to a solitary place; and…prayed.”
Mk 1:35 NKJV

WHEN JESUS PRAYED Part #2

By failing to pray—you set yourself up to fail. The reason Jesus never failed is because He never failed to pray. Note the times when He prayed: When His heart was heavy. During His ministry on earth, His cousin John the Baptist was arrested and publicly beheaded for confronting a king about his sin. “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew…privately to a solitary place” (Mt 14:13 NIV). Disappointment, desertion, divorce, and death will write their chapters in the book of our lives. Thank God for therapists and doctors, but ultimately there’s no one who can heal a broken heart like God. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power” (Ps 147:3-5 NIV). Whether placing stars or healing scars, no situation is too big or too small to get the attention of our loving God. To understand God’s healing expertise, look at the life of Job. No one in history lost more than Job did, yet God brought him through it all. In Job chapter eleven we read: “You will forget your misery; it will be like water flowing away. Your life will be brighter than the noonday. Even darkness will be as bright as morning. Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety. You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help” (vv. 16-19 NLT). Are you sad and heavy-hearted today? Do what Jesus did. Take time to pray about it.

“He departed to the mountain to pray.”
Mk 6:46 NKJV

WHEN JESUS PRAYED Part #3

Let’s look at another point at which Jesus prayed: When the pressures and expectations of others threatened to derail God’s plan for His life. The Bible says: “While it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’ Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’ So He traveled throughout Galilee, preaching” (Mk 1:35-39 NIV). The lesson here is this: Unless you get God’s plan and stick with it, others will try to plan your life for you. Given the success Jesus enjoyed in every town He visited, many preachers would have stayed and built a church and enjoyed the accolades and rewards of their ministry. Not Jesus; He marched to the beat of a different drum. As you look back on some of your mistakes, you find decisions made in response to pressure instead of prayer. When you’re prayer-less you get careless. God has a plan for your life, and a schedule. To stay in sync with both you must pray regularly. Jesus realized He had only enough time to do what His Father wanted done, and that gave Him the ability to say no to other things. You’ve been called to love people—but please God. And your confidence in prayer comes from knowing you’re operating within His will (See 1Jn 3:21-22 NIV).

Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged. God bless you all 🙂

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on April 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

 
%d bloggers like this: