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I’ll Praise Him

Hi everyone. I hope your doing well. So today, I just want to share this song I came across on my Youtube feed. I absolutely love listening to Hillsong along with other Christian bands. While in college, I got the opportunity to fellowship with Hillsong Church. It was beyond a blessing. This song has been on repeat. I couldn’t help but smile as I listened to song. There’s so much joy in the presence of the Lord. I hope you are blessed & filled with more joy as you listen to this song. 🙂

Lyrics:

Who am i that the highest king Would welcome me I was lost but he brought me in His love for me Oh His love for me

Who the Son sets free Oh its free indeed I am a child of God Yes I am

Free at last he has ransomed me His grace runs deep While i was a slave to sin Jesus died for me Yes he died for me

Who the Son sets free Oh its free indeed I am a child of God Yes I am

In my Father’s house There’s a place for me Im a child of God Yes I am

I am chosen not forsaken I am who you say I am You are for me not against me I am who you say I am

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Posted by on January 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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It’s Time To Move On

grace–upon–grace:
“ Tommy Blades
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But forget all that–it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. -Isaiah 43:18

What have you been holding on to? Is it pain from a previous relationship, bitterness from your family or even betrayal/hurt from friendships? Whatever it may be, know that there comes a time when you have to let go. Yes, I must admit that letting go isn’t easy at all. It’s actually one of the hardest things to do for the most part but at the same time it is a blessing. It’s so easy to hold on to everything but we must learn to release everything unto God. We must learn to trust that what we release unto God is for a greater purpose far beyond our understanding. So my question for you today is, what do you need to go of? Why are you clinging on to that very thing God has told you to let go of? What will it take before you release? Regardless of what it may be, you can take it to prayer. There’s nothing too hard for God. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring into mind, the things that you need to release.

For me personally, I’ve struggled with holding unto friendships. It was so hard to let go of those who made it clear to me that they weren’t my friends. I always had this mentality that no matter what trials came along in my friendships, I will forgive and carry on. After all, life is full of many tests. The more that I tried to cling on to these friendships, I was hurting myself. I’ve come to the understanding that not everyone you think is your friend is your friend. Everyone that comes into your life is for a purpose. You can’t fight for everything you want in your life. A friend once told me that “I need to stop trying to maintain friendships with people who aren’t willing to do the same.” I sat down and evaluated myself and the people around me. My friends aren’t necessarily bad friends but they have habits that they have carried on for a while. I always believe that if you desire to have good friends, you have to display the qualities of what a good friend is. We are living in a generation now where people don’t know what it truly means to be a friend. It’s all about benefits. What can this person do me for me? One thing that I have learned over the years when it comes to friendship is that if people don’t prioritize you, don’t make them a priority either. If you find yourself always constantly stretching yourself to maintain a relationship with someone, sometimes you have to step back. You have re-evaluate your circle of friends. Take the time to pray and allow God to do what he needs to do in your relationships. If your desire is to have Godly relationships and the relationships that you have now aren’t up to fit, it may be that some of the people in your life are parting ways with you.  They have played the role they needed to play in your life.Whether it may be that they taught you a few or an ample amount of lessons, either ways, there was a purpose for their existence in your life.  My mentor once told me that God was removing certain people out of my life. I just cried as she told me. At the time, I didn’t really understand because I already had people leaving my life naturally. It was so painful when she pronounced that news to me but sometimes the truth has to be told. It wasn’t easy but now looking back, I’m so grateful. I’m here to tell you that whatever you have been holding unto, it is time to let go. It’s time to release all the bitterness, hurt and pain. Yes, it’s never easy and I’m not here to tell you that it would be but clinging unto pain because you’ve become so comfortable with talking about what others have done to you is causing more pain. In my previous post, I discussed about a disease called unforgiveness. A disease that is spreading so rapidly among our families, friends and most importantly ourselves. This epidemic must come to an end. It’s about time we speak up about what we are going through. Harboring pain isn’t going to give birth to joy, love or peace. If we say we want the peace of God to reign in our lives, we must be willing to leave our gift at the altar and go and make amends with our brothers and sisters. Stop waiting for your offender to come and make amends with you. Rise Up. Be the bigger person not for yourself but for Christ. Ask God for the grace to forgive. We are not called to be like the world. We are citizens belonging to Christ. I believe that this year is going to be a year of reconciliation and restoration in our family, friendship/relationship dynamics. God is trying to renew, restore our relationships but we must also be willing to partner with God in fulfilling his promises. It’s time to let go. Allow God to break the chain of unforgiveness. God is ready to do a new thing. It’s your year. Don’t let anything hinder you from receiving your blessings. It’s your time to rise up.

Verses I Leave With You:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. -John 14:27

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. -1 Peter 5:7

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do:forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. -Philippians 3:13

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

Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged. Jesus loves you 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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In Christ Alone

“In Your name they rejoice all day long.”
Ps 89:16 NKJV

DON’T LET BAD NEWS STEAL YOUR JOY

Yes, segments of our culture have grown hostile to the Christian faith. But the popularity of faith-based films has caught Hollywood by surprise during the last few years. Meanwhile, popular Bible teachers get as much traction on social media as secular celebrities like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. The amount of Christian content on YouTube is staggering. Let’s stay informed and engaged with the culture around us so we can answer their questions. And let’s keep in mind that Jesus said, “I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mt 16:18). God is still on the throne. The last book of the Bible reminds us that when it’s time for Jesus to come back, He will return victorious. All His enemies will bow down and acknowledge His lordship. “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Php 2:9-11 NKJV). God has called you to walk in supernatural peace, love, and joy. As His redeemed child, you are the citizen of a different kingdom: God’s kingdom on earth. Do you want to know how it all ends? “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Rev 11:15 NKJV). Do you want to know your destiny? Picture the excitement of fans whose team just won the World Cup or the Super Bowl—that’s us!

Devotional//Word For You Today

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Fresh Oil

simply-divine-creation:
“ Dian || @thehappycandle
”

Happy New Month. We thank God for allowing us to see a new day/month. God has been faithful. If not God, then who? As we embark into this new month, I pray that the love of God will overflow in your life and those around you. May the peace of God which transcends all understanding rest upon every storm in your life. May joy come every morning amidst the trials you are facing. May you call upon the name of the Lord at all times. May you go deeper in your walk with God. May God carry us through every single day and we continue to remain in his presence at all times. Have a blessed month 🙂

Verses:

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. -Lamentations 3:22-24

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”  -Isaiah 43:18-19

“And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation” -Revelations 5:9

Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable. -Psalm 145:3

 

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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His Peace I Receive

 

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“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace.”
Isa 26:3

A PRAYER FOR PEACE

Here is a prayer for peace: “Lord, Your Word says, ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.’ Your Word says, ‘The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace’ (Ps 29:11 NIV). Your Word says, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid’ (Jn 14:27 NIV). Your Word says, ‘The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus’ (Php 4:7 NIV). Today I need this peace which transcends understanding to settle my nerves and calm my mind. Instead of thinking about my fears and worries, help me to focus on Your goodness, Your faithfulness, Your healing power, Your overflowing resources, and Your forgiving heart. Take up residence within me and fill me with Your peace. Show me what’s robbing me of it. I really want to know, Father, so I can be specific in what I need to confess, what I need to commit to, and what I need to change. I open myself to You now. Teach me the secret of lasting peace. I thank You now for whatever it will take to help me receive the peace You have so generously offered to me. Your Word says, ‘Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts’ (Col 3:15 NIV). Today I want to be ruled by Your peace instead of my fears and worries. So I give all my concerns to You, trusting You to work them out for my good and Your glory. In Jesus’ Name I pray: Amen.”

Devotional//Word Of The Day. Picture Credit: Me. Have a lovely day 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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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 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Living Example

grace–upon–grace:
“Eva M. Winters
”

Question of the day: How does your life represent Christ?

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
Php 2:5 NLT

HAVING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

How many jobs do people lose every day because of poor attitudes? How many are passed over for promotion because of the way they approach their work and the people around them? How many marriages fall apart? It would be impossible to calculate. No one should ever lose a job, miss a promotion, or destroy a marriage because of a poor attitude. Why? Because a person’s attitude isn’t set; it’s a choice. Chuck Swindoll writes: “Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It’s more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I’m convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you…We are in charge of our attitudes.” Paul writes, “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” He always approached people with love, grace, acceptance, and a heart to serve rather than be served. So if your attitude hasn’t been as good as it could be, make this your starting point. Pray: “Father, give me a Christlike attitude toward everyone I meet.”

Reflection:

Take time to reflect. As you do so, invite the Holy Spirit. Allow God to reveal to you the areas in which you can grow spiritually. Write it down. Ponder on it. What are some ways you can grow in your walk with Christ? Until next time,  God bless you all. 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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