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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 🙂

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Posted by on July 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Psalm 23

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Good evening. I hope all is well with you. Today, I’ll be sharing a few key points I got from reading Psalm 23. Okay let take a few minutes to talk about the Book of Psalm. So who wrote the Book of Psalm? According to research, half of this book was written by David. So who is David? David is the anointed King of Israel. More information can be found in the Book of First and Second Samuel. So let’s get started. So for me, I absolutely like reading and analyzing when I am reading the word of God. The first time I was introduced to Psalm 23, was many years ago. I believe I was around the age of 7 or 8, when my aunt read Psalm 23 to me. I remember that day like it was yesterday. So lets forward to May 2016, I went to a retreat. At the retreat, I read Psalm 23 and wrote down what each stanza meant to me. I usually read from the NIV version which is more understandable to me but for this one, the text will be taken from the KJV. This was the version my art read to me as a little girl. Let’s begin. Here below is the text. Please take some time to read it.

Psalm 23: King James Version (KJV)

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Okay, I hope you have taken all the time you need to read this text. In lines 1, we are reminded that (God is our Provider). We shall not lack in anything. It states that “The Lord is my Shepherd”. When I researched, it stated that a shepherd is one who tends and rears his sheep. In John 10:27, we are reminded that God knows us and as his sheep, we must learn to listen to his voice. When we listen to the voice of the Lord, he directs us in the we should go whether it be us helping those in need. When we put our trust in God, we know and believe it in our hearts, that God is working it out for our good. The first line is a promise to us.

 

Verse 2:  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters: As I read this line, I was reminded that God wants to give us peace. The word still caught my eyes. When I researched the meaning of still, so many definitions appeared but the one that stood out to me was, “up to and including the present or the time mentioned; even now (or then) as formerly.” The reason being is that it makes it clear that about the present or before. Though we have been through our storms and obstacles, God is present and he never change. He is present in our absence, when we run astray, he is still available. God is a (Peacemaker)

Verse 3: He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. God is still in the business of restoring everything that the enemy has stolen from us and in our family. He is a God that cares. Many times, we receive things in our lives that we do not deserve. God is faithful. We ought to thank him for everything. God is our (Instructor/Restorer)

Verse 4:  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Even in the midst of our troubles, darkest hours, God is still there. Every morning, we wake up and leave our houses, we are unaware of the things that will take place but when we learn to commit and surrender our day to Lord, we know that it is well with our soul. For me, this verse reminds me that Christ goes before me and behind me. I am covered by his blood. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. In Psalm 91, we are reminded “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.” God will protect you. Man may plot their schemes but God will not allow it to prevail. God is our (Protector)

Verse 5: Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. As we are given another day to live, we do not know what the day holds. We wake up ready to do the same thing as the day before but God has something prepared. Sometimes, our day doesn’t go as we have prepared and for many of us, we get upset and question God but we must always remember that God knows best. As we go forth, we can meet someone that God wants us to be a blessing to but when get so caught up in our own plans, we miss out on what God wants to do. He leads in the way we should go when we learn to entrust everything including ourselves to him. Lord have your way in us. God is the (Preparer)

Verse 6: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (Restorer/Keeper of Promises). In the final lines of Psalm 23, we are reminded that though it all, God is Faithful and he will replenish us with goodness and his mercy. His promises still remains. God still has a plan for lives. He is always available. God forgives, loves and cares for us. 

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Welcome to all the new comers and visitors that stop by my blog. May God continue to bless you and your families. I hope you are blessed and encouraged as you read my blog posts. I’m grateful for every opportunity I am given to share what is on my heart. May God bless and use you also to do great exploits for his Kingdom. Have a blessed week. 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Lean on the Lord

Happy Friday. I hope all is well with you and your families. Just stopping by to share my devotion with you all. Below is my devotion for today. Be encouraged and Stay blessed. 🙂

Friday, July 15

“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.” –Psalm 118:6 NIV

FOUR STEPS TO OVERCOMING FEAR

First, be willing to take a risk. Yes, you might be hurt or embarrassed—so what? To overcome insecurity and gain confidence you must allow yourself the freedom to take a chance. Start writing that book, take those music lessons, stand up and speak at the meeting! Feel the fear and do it anyway! “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe” (Pr 29:25 NIV). Second, learn to laugh at yourself. Get over your obsessive need for approval and acceptance and learn to laugh at your mistakes. We’re all human; stop taking yourself so seriously! When you make a mistake, be the first to see the funny side, and you’ll find people more supportive than you think. Third, start thinking realistically. It’s time to drop the security blanket and realize it’s not all about you. You are not the center of the universe, and your little faux pas don’t mean that much in the bigger scheme of things. Besides, mistakes are often better teachers than success. Fourth, reward yourself for little victories. When you complete a project, reward yourself. When you take advice or correction without retaliating, reward yourself. Often the people we lash out at, are those trying the hardest to help us. Get used to the idea that you’re valuable, talented, and skilled, and your worth in God’s eyes is inestimable. Stop scrutinizing yourself through distorted lenses and start seeing yourself with 20/20 vision. Once you can do that, your fears will be replaced by confidence in yourself and in your future.

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Have a great day/weekend. Stay blessed 🙂

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy New Month


We are already in July. Time flies so quickly. I hope you all are doing well. For just a moment at least five minutes, take time to reflect on what God is, has been and has done for you. Tick, Tock, Tick and Tock. If you feel like taking more than 5 minutes, carry on. I’m sure there’s so much that God has done for us all. From January till July, God has given me another breath to be alive. Yes, life isn’t always sunshine. Somedays are filled with dark clouds and heavy rain but through every storm and trial, Christ remains the same. As you reflect on all that God has done for you and your family, I ask that you pray for those who don’t have anyone to lean on. As we enter into this month, I ask that God keeps and blesses your family. All that God has in stored for you and your family, may it come to pass. Whatsoever you are trusting God for, may you continue to trust in him, believing in your heart that your time will come. May the peace, joy, good health, strength, favor of God be of your portion in this month of July.

“I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.

2 Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.

3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” -Psalm 145


No matter what you are facing at this moment or season of your life,  know God is still on the throne working it out for your good. I’ll keep you in my prayers. Keep pushing. The promise of God still remains for your life. Trust and lean on God more. It isn’t always easy but he is available for all of us. As this weekend approaches, I hope that everything goes well for you, your family and loved ones. Until next time, God bless you and take care. 😊

I present these flowers below to you. Whatever you are going through, know that it won’t last long. There will be a season where you will blossom. You may be in a season and time where you are asking God where he is and you may seem confused but know that it is well with your soul. Things fall in place. Stay blessed and take care ✨☺️💐


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Posted by on July 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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A Tribute To A Leader: Nelson Mandela

The father of Africa, our hero and a man of great leadership. A true activist. R.I.P in the arms of your creator. It’s so heavy on my heart. This year by far I can say has been a year that my eyes has opened up to many things. Mandela was such an inspiration to the world. He brought so much change. A man of wisdom and true sacrifice. His devotion to humanity has been a great one. I loved his quotes and the life that he lived. His legacy will forever live on. Heaven rejoice. God has called another angel. Rest in the bosom of your creator. Farewell, Mr. Mandela.

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” -Nelson Mandela

“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”-Nelson Mandela

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”-Nelson Mandela

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”-Nelson Mandela

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”-Nelson Mandela

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”-Nelson Mandela

“ As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” -Nelson Mandela

 

 

 
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