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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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Overflowing With Joy

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Happy Thursday.. I hope all of you are doing well. So I have great news for you all. DRUM ROLL PLEASE ….  Today is my 3rd year anniversary since I started this blog. Yayy. On October 27th, 2013, I started this blog. I remember trying to come up with the blog name and it was extremely difficult. So I called up a friend and I told her that I need to start this blog before October 27th was over. So we were on the phone from like 10pm trying to figure out a name. I already had a few names listed but if you ask me now, I can’t recall the any of the name. I describe my motive for why I wanted to start the blog and also my primarily focus and so she helped me to come up with the name of the blog I have now. At the time, the title made sense but I wasn’t feeling it. I don’t know what I was thinking because I absolutely love it. By the way my friend also has a blog, so please check it out. Her blog name is gracehopelove … My primarily focus was to encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ. I’m sure we can all  we can all attest that this journey isn’t easy but God still goes behind and before us. I’m filled with gratitude. So today, I will be doing something a little different than usual. I will share a few of my poems and also a few Bible verses that have encouraged me in this walk thus far. Please feel free to also share.

Poem #1:

You gather your pains and worries. Cast them unto God. breathe. say your prayers and go to bed. Next day, you thank God, unwind, stretch. Start your day. Return to yourself & Repeat. -Karen Owusu

Poem #2

Do not envy other people’s blessings/gifts. There’s a gift inside of you. God does not re-heap blessings. Sometimes, God is going to bring some people into your life to stir up that gift but you have to birth and deliver it to the Universe. Think about it. What has he already given you but your so afraid and unsure of what those around you will think? Spend time in prayer. It’s your gift. No one can snatch it. It has taken time for you to recognize that gift but you will birth and deliver it. -Karen Owusu

Poem #3

For all that I am
for all that I’m still learning
for all that I’ve surpassed
for all the blessings
for the lives I’ve touched
for the souls
that I’ve connected with.
for every breath I’ve taken
for being alive
for the woman I am today
the woman i’m becoming
I am thankful to be here.
all thanks.
glory be to my God.

-Karen Owusu

Some of the Bible verses that have encouraged me and also spoke to me includes:

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. (Psalm 139:13-15)

Isaiah 61:1-3

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.

Psalm 23

(A Psalm of David.) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4Yea, 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.

5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 34:5

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:21)

Romans 8

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[d] because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

Job 1:20-22

20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
    and naked I will depart.[a]
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
    may the name of the Lord be praised.”

22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Hebrews 13:5

“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”

Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

I had so many but I had to narrow it down.

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Thank you for all the time you take to read my blog. I thank God for leading you to my blog. I’m grateful for the opportunities to be able to encourage and also learn from you guys from your support. God bless you all. Sending you love, light and peace your way. May you continue to hold hands with God, grow and learn more about our Savior. Jesus is Risen. He is not sleeping. He is sitting on the throne, working it out for our good. Cheers to the months, days and years ahead. One thing I honestly struggle with is consistency. I just don’t posting for the sake of it. There has to be a purpose. So if there’s nothing for me to post, I don’t. I’ll pray on it and work on it. I can’t wait to see the future for this blog and what God has already begun because he alone will bring it to completions. Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus. Have a blessed night/weekend. Until next time, peace, love and many of God’s blessings to you, your family and loved ones. 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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The Power Of Prayer

Happy Monday. Welcome to another day that God has brought us to see. I hope all of you are doing well. Just wanted to share this amazing woman of God’s channel. I couldn’t keep it to myself. This channel has been a blessing and I hope that Zoe Siobhan’s channel will be a blessing unto you too. I want to share a few Bible verses along with quotes that are encouraging to help you through this journey.

For me, prayer is a way to communicate with God. It’s a way to express your heartfelt gratitude and concerns to God. The Bible reminds us that we should

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. It is God’s will that we fellowship and be thankful in every season in our life. You may not be in the season that your friend or family may be in. You may be in a season of pain, confusion, bitterness and so on. In all of this, though we may not understand why God causes us to go through these trials, God is molding us. Many times, we are in this season and this is God’s way of teaching us to draw closer to him. Hold on. Keep on Pushing. Know that your tears are still prayers. The Bible reminds us that God sees and knows all things.

   “You keep track of all my sorrows.
    You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
    You have recorded each one in your book.” –Psalm 56:8

Then again, we may wonder why does God collect all our tears and put it in a bottle? Why can’t God wipe away the tears or prevent a situation from occurring?

James 1:12 tells us that, “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.”

This journey isn’t easy but with God things will work out and fall in place according to his will. Don’t expect to gain Heavenly riches and rooms here on Earth. If that was the case why did Jesus say, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” If we don’t face life’s challenges, how would we learn and grow? Many times, the battles we face are preparing us for what God will use us to do. 

Lastly, I will like to discuss this matter regarding prayer. I’ve come across people who say they don’t know how to pray or so and so prays better than me. To me, it’s not about who prays better than you or how long one prays. The shortest prayer can be the one that flows from the heart than the one that prayed the longest and vice versa. If you don’t know how to pray, you can start with Matthew 6:9-13. Let God lead you. Speak to God like his your friend. Come boldly to the throne of Grace. God is waiting for you.

Quote:

SHE WAS THE GIRL WHO READ THE BIBLE,
THE GIRL WHO PUT HER HOPE IN HIS WORD
THE GIRL WHO STILL PRAYED EVEN WITHOUT ANSWERS

SHE WAS THE GIRL WHO HAD A SIMPLE HEART
THE GIRL WHO LOVED GOD ABOVE ALL THINGS
THE GIRL WHO FORGAVE WITHOUT RECEIVE AN APOLOGY

SHE WAS THE GIRL WHO BELIEVED, WHO WAS PATIENT
WHO DIDN’T GIVE UP AND IN THE END, SHE WAS THE GIRL
WHO WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED.

ANNE N. | THE GIRL WHO READ THE BIBLE

 

Thank you for stopping by my blog. May we continue to grow and intercede for others. God bless you as you do so and may you have a blessed week. I’ll be praying for you all. Know that the same power that lies within me, lies within you too. You can pray. You are capable of doing so. Allow the words to flow from your heart. Until next time, take care and may we walk in love. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Filthy Rags

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I AM ALL AROUND YOU, like a cocoon of Light. My Presence with you is a promise, independent of your awareness of Me. Many things can block this awareness, but the major culprit is worry. My children tend to accept worry as an inescapable fact of life. However, worry is a form of unbelief; it is anathema to Me.

Who is in charge of your life? If it is you, then you have good reason to worry. But if it is I, then worry is both unnecessary and counterproductive. When you start to feel anxious about something, relinquish the situation to Me. Back off a bit, redirecting your focus to Me. I will either take care of the problem Myself or show you how to handle it. In this world you will have problems, but you need not to lose sight of Me.” 

Luke 12:22-31 – And he said to his disciples: “Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. If how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.”

John 16:33 – I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart: I have overcome the world.

“Forgiveness…in accordance with the riches of…grace.”

Eph 1:7 NIV

LAVISH GRACE

Peter asked, “‘How many times should I forgive someone who does…wrong to me? Is seven times enough?’” Jesus answered: ‘Not…seven…but seventy-seven times!’” (Mt 18:21-22 CEV). But we shouldn’t stop there. If God gave each of us only seventy-seven “forgiveness passes,” we’d be in trouble! You can’t bankrupt your “forgiveness account” with God. But when you refuse to forgive others, you’re overlooking the fact that “You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out” (Gal 6:1 TM). Jesus said, “Forgive—only then will your heavenly Father…wipe your slate clean” (Mk 11:25 TM). Whether it’s seven, seventy-seven, or seven thousand times, you always reap what you sow (See Gal 6:7). We’re all human, and when somebody hurts us we want justice. But God wants you to forgive the wrongdoer before he asks or shows any sign of remorse. Does that mean he will escape the consequences of his actions? No, it just means you’re not responsible for making it happen, God is. Harboring grudges is spiritually, emotionally, and physically draining; forgiveness energizes and frees you to move on. Remember, you’ve been forgiven “in accordance with the riches of…grace…he lavished on us.” But it comes with the requirement that you forgive others! When you think about the debt God forgave you, anything anyone could ever do to you pales by comparison, right? “His love has no limits, His grace has no measure, His power no boundary known unto men; For out of his infinite riches in Jesus, He giveth and giveth and giveth again” (Annie Johnson Flint, 1866-1932). Now that’s lavish grace!

 

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Change Me

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“SEEK MY FACE, and you will find fulfillment of your deepest longings. My world is filled with beautiful things; they are meant to be pointers to Me, reminders of My abiding Presence. The earth still declares My Glory to those who have eyes that see and ears that hear.

You had a darkened mind before you sought Me wholeheartedly. I chose to pour My Light into you, so that you can be a beacon to others. There is no room for pride in this position. You part is to reflect My Glory. I am the Lord.”

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. -Psalm 105:4 

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. -Psalm 19:1-2 

See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. -Isaiah 60:2 

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
Mt 5:9 NKJV

DON’T BE A STIR-STICK!

Try to picture these two scenes. First: Christ in heaven defending you and acting as your advocate before God. “If anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ” (1Jn 2:1 NIV). Second: You here on earth, accusing someone. The Bible calls Satan “the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night” (Rev 12:10 NIV). Which side are you on? You say, “But I heard it on the grapevine.” Has it ever occurred to you that you might not be connected to the right vine? Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit” (Jn 15:5 NIV). The fruit Jesus referred to here is “good” fruit. He said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” And what’s the opposite of a peacemaker? A stir-stick! These are often people with inner turmoil, unresolved issues, or a chip on their shoulder who go through life stirring stuff up. When they see a tapestry, they look for a thread to unravel it. Some do it deliberately, others unwittingly. When you have little or no joy in your own life, it’s hard to celebrate joy in the lives of others. To be a peacemaker you must nip conflict, criticism, and complaining in the bud. Tactfully steer the conversation in a different direction. And if need be, talk to the person who is stirring things up. At best, you’ll help them to change. At second best, they’ll think twice about what they say to you.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Divine Grace

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“My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
2Co 12:9 NKJV

TEMPTATION (3)

You ask, “How long will this temptation last?” Sometimes the Enemy’s attack is short-term, other times it is long-term. Paul had a “thorn” in his flesh, one that wouldn’t go away. Why did he have it? Pride! “Lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me” (v. 7 NKJV). Paul spoke five languages and wrote half the New Testament. With credentials like that it’s easy to become arrogant. Finally he stopped praying for an exit strategy and began to understand God’s purpose: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (v. 9 NKJV). Pride is one of the most neglected subjects in church today. Perhaps that’s due to the fact that we receive our teaching from people who struggle with it themselves. Pride doesn’t necessarily show on your face, but when you’re under pressure it surfaces in your actions and attitudes. Pride originated with Satan: “I will make myself like the Most High” (Isa 14:14 NIV). Often the core of atheism is pride; a person with no God, plays God. Satan used this strategy in Eden. “God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God” (Ge 3:5 NKJV). That’s why Paul told the Philippians, “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God…he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave…Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor” (Php 2:5-9 NLT). The key to overcoming temptation is submitting to God and living in daily dependence on Him.

I WANT TO BE CENTRAL in your entire being. When your focus is entirely on Me, My Peace displaces fears and worries. They will encircle you, seeking entrance, so you must stay alert. Let TRUST and thankfulness stand guard, turning back fear before it can gain a foothold. There is no fear in My Love, which shines on you continually. Sit quietly in My Love-Light, while I bless you with radiant Peace. Turn your whole being to TRUSTING and loving Me.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
-2 Thessalonians 3:16

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
-1 John 4:18

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Leave It Up To Him

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When things don’t go as you would like, accept the situation immediately. If you indulge in feelings of regret, they can easily spill over the line into resentment. Remember that I am sovereign over your circumstances, and humble yourself under My mighty hand. Rejoice in what I am doing in your life, even though it is beyond your understanding.

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Me you have everything you need, both for this life and for the life yet to come. Don’t let the impact of the world shatter your thinking or draw you away from focusing on Me. The ultimate challenge is to keep fixing your eyes on Me, no matter what is going on around you. When I am central in your thinking, you are able to view circumstances from My perspective.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. -1 Peter 5:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6

“If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.”
Ro 12:8 NLT

Encouragement—It’s a Powerful Thing

Many a man and woman who quit would have kept going if they had just received a word of encouragement from someone. Encouragement is so vital that the Scriptures rank it up there with gifts like teaching and leadership (See Ro 12:6-8). Here are two stories that illustrate the power of encouragement. Story one: Not long ago the world watched as three gray whales, icebound off Point Barrow, Alaska, floated battered and bloody, gasping for breath at a hole in the ice. The whales’ only hope was to be somehow transported five miles past the ice pack to the open sea. Rescuers began cutting a string of breathing holes about twenty yards apart in the six-inch-thick ice. For eight days they painstakingly coaxed the whales from one hole to the next, mile after mile. Along the way one of the trio vanished and was presumed dead. But finally, with the help of Russian icebreakers, the other two whales, Putu and Siku, swam to freedom. Story two: Jackie Robinson was the first black player in the U.S. to play major league baseball. While breaking baseball’s color barrier, he faced jeering crowds in every stadium. Playing one day in his home stadium in Brooklyn, he made an error and his own fans began to boo him. As he stood, humiliated, at second base, “Pee Wee” Reese came over and stood next to him. He put his arm around Robinson and they faced the crowd together. The fans grew quiet; the game continued. Robinson later said that arm around his shoulder saved his career! Encouragement—it’s a powerful thing. So who can you encourage today?

 

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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