New Beginnings

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“And suddenly you know. It’s time for new beginnings. Let go of the old and make room for the new.” Peter J.Bone

What 2017 is looking like to me! Year of Bold moves because there comes a time when one must be more intentional about how we Live! no longer just accepting the status quo or worse still become comfortable, for we all know nothing brilliant really happens in our comfort zones.

What you move towards moves towards you. John Maxwell teaches that once a person moves towards his or her vision, resources begin to move toward that person. Those resources may be material, money or people- when a person stops moving, so do the resources. As you step into your story of significance and take action, you will find this is true.

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As I step out I’m also learning that indeed-“To be significant, all you have to do is make a difference with others wherever you are, with whatever you have, day by day. When you intentionally use your everyday life to bring about positive change in the lives of others, you begin to live a life that matters” Reese Witherspoon

To have a life that matters, you have to start. Start with yourself. Your best story begins when you put yourself back into it. Be in the picture. Stop looking— start living! Not only will that change your life and help others, but it will also give you the credibility and moral authority to inspire and team with others to make a difference.

“Experiment— Experience—Explore. Do not touch isn’t in our vocabulary.” Dive in! You never know how well you can swim until you are in over your head.

Stop putting limits on yourself and letting fear hold you back! but instead do it afraid!

A well- written story is built using elements that people think are important. When we live for significance, we are telling people around us that it is important to us. Almost everyone wants to live a life of meaning and significance, whether or not they express the desire. To put significance in our stories, we must do things out of our comfort zone(this term again) And we must make changes that we may find difficult. We often avoid trying to make those changes. But know this: though not everything that we face can be changed, nothing can be changed until we face it. To put significance in our stories, we must also take action. Being passive may feel safe. If you do nothing, nothing can go wrong. But while inaction cannot fail, it cannot succeed either. We can wait, and hope, and wish, but if we do, we miss the stories our lives could be. We cannot allow our fears and questions to keep us from starting. Are you tempted to wait until an ideal time? Do you worry that if you start on this journey without knowing exactly where it will go you might not do well? Are you concerned that you might fail? Let me help you by telling you something you need to know. You won’t do well the first time you do anything. You don’t know what you’re doing when you start. Nobody is good at the beginning of doing something new. Get over it. Novelist Ernest Hemingway said, “The first draft is always crap.” (Only he didn’t say crap!) And he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. If you want to live a life that matters, don’t start when you get good; start now so you become good. I’ve never known a star athlete who started out good. All start out as beginners, and with practice, some become good. Others become great. Everyone starts out bad, regardless of what they’re practicing for. We’ll start so we can improve. We start before we’re ready because we need and want to get better. The idea is to deliver our best each time we try until one day, we become good. And then one day, we may even have a chance to be great. That’s growth. But we can’t evolve if we don’t start. Your story won’t be perfect. A lot of things will change. But your heart will sing. It will sing the song of significance. It will sing, “I am making a difference!” And that will give you satisfaction down to the soul level. If you want to live a life that matters, don’t start when you get good; start now so you become good.
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So here I am facing my fears head on! because if not now then when? and most of all because as a Christian I always go back to Esther 4:14- “What if you were made for such a time as this!” When you have the fire in your belly you get moving and trust that God will order your steps! I firmly believe in seasons! never ignore them or you may regret ever giving it a shot!

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“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. . . . Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”— Steve Jobs

FAITH IT!!

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The End is BETTER!

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Ecclesiastes 7:8- “The end of a matter is better than it’s beginning”

Came across this scripture today and it spoke heaps!

You see many times we despise the days of small beginnings even though scripture in Zecharia 4:10 reminds us not to, because today your very small beginning is very significant in the eyes of the Lord!

Your Small bible study, your small contribution to a cause, or your small-time blogging;-) or even your small tithe and offering… God see’s and God is taking note each time!

The end of a matter is always better because the lessons are in the process, the journey to the destination is what God is most concerned about- The Pruning, The leaps of Faith, The complete Surrender, The full Trust in God and not yourself is what determines better latter days for us than our former- Haggai 2:9

Like Job, Ruth, Esther and David just to name a few- who all started with small but their consistent obedience and reverence to God gave them all Beautiful endings, so if it’s not good then believe me it’s not the end!

Trust the process, stay obedient and remember that in Christ you can only grow from Strength to Strength!

What a joy it is to know that the worlds best thing is in fact nowhere close to God’s best! This journey we’re on now cannot be compared to our ending seated next to Him on the Throne! For the end of a matter is always better even this life here on Earth.

Though even as we continue our life journey, you will see instances of our latter days being better- like when couples celebrate 50years of marriage because as they were starting off they could only trust God to see them thus far! Entrust your future in God’s hands whether it’s a relationship or parenting or even your career… Focus on how you’d like the future to look like and sow those seeds now! for you will surely reap what you sow and you will celebrate an even better ending.

Always Remember that the blessings of the Lord makes Rich and adds no sorrow- Proverbs 10:22.

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Look to the Hills!

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“The Hill”- Travis Greene

The Hill… Hill… Hill

Sin around me
Pain is in me
Stress is on me
But I gotta keep looking up

Tears are streaming
Heart is beating
Others leaving
But I gotta keep looking up

Some will trust in horses and chariots
But I will look to the hills and I will not fear
Some may say that they found another way
But my eyes are on you and I will not move from…
The Hill… Hill… Hill

Trouble has found me
Pressure is crowding
People doubting
But I gotta keep looking up

Ground is shaking
Walls are breaking
And my heart is racing
But I gotta keep looking up

Some will trust in horses and chariots
But I will look to the hills and I will not fear
Some may say that they found another way
But my heart’s on you and I will not move from…
The Hill…

Some may trust in horses and chariots
But I will look to the hills and I will not fear
Some may say that they found another way
But my eyes are on you and I will not move

On the hill there’s a cross
On the cross there is blood for me for me

Thank you for your blood Jesus [x2]
Thank you for you the blood
For you washed away my sins
Nothing but the blood

Oh Precious [x2]
Oh precious is that blood on the hill

On the hill there’s a cross
On the cross there is blood for me…for me
[x4]

Still have the power
Wonderful power
To heal our diseases
To cover our weakness
[x2]

Still have the power
Wonderful power
To heal our diseases
To cover our weakness
[x4]

Still have the power
Wonderful power
To heal our diseases
To cover our weakness
[x2]

On the hill there’s a cross on the cross there is blood for me [x2]

The cross don’t discriminate
The cross don’t discriminate
The cross don’t discriminate no..
There’s blood for you
There’s blood for you too

This POWERFUL! Song by Travis Greene has really ministered to me for a while now… Who do you turn to first when Life throws curve balls your way? I hope it’s not social media or even your girlfriends but GOD should be the first you turn to whether you have curve balls or not! at your highest and your lowest moments!

No one can love you like He does, no one really cares as much as He does for you… Trust me! Man’s love is conditional based on what you can do for them most of the time, unless marriage or family members, yet still with God you don’t have to do anything to receive His Love and Grace and even when you’re unfaithful He is so patient with You! My heart now breaks each time I re-call all the times I’ve let Him down to satisfy my own needs, each time I’ve compromised my purity or allowed myself to be objectified or allowed myself to be taken advantage off because deep down I was insecure and didn’t realize that my worth is found in Him and not what people say or think! or each time I’ve chosen my own path because mine was faster and His required too much patience… I’m convicted to ask- when will you get tired of being fed-up? fed up of running up short? fed-up of living in disobedience? fed up of just making due? fed up of letting go of your dream, your purpose, your vision?

Are you tired of messing up and just want to get it right this time? too many years wasted wandering like the Israelites for 40years! yet if only you took instruction and guidance from God, if only you said what is your Will for my life God? not mine- but yours!! Then maybe you wouldn’t have picked that major in Uni, or applied for that job that only drains you now or that relationship that only wasted your years- but if only you said What is your Will for my life God?

But Guess what- God is sooooooo FAITHFUL! When you just surrender all to Him! surrender all at His feet- He will restore all of the years that you lost with more than you can even handle, for He will surely supply for all of your needs according to His Riches and Glory in Christ Jesus- Philippians 4:19

To loose EVERYTHING! to gain Christ is to gain EVERYTHING! for seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all things shall be added unto you- Matthew 6:33 ALL THINGS! You don’t have to worry about provision of anything from Joy, to peace, to hope and restoration to food on your table, to a roof over your head or clothes on your back! He will supply… You just need to trust Him to give you all that you need and obey whatever instructions He gives you, because your obedience not only affects you but your family, your ministry, your followers, your supporters! what are you molding to the world? Are you showing them to walk in God’s obedience like Noah or Job who didn’t care who mocked them but pressed on to God and He surely rewarded them! or will you be like Abraham and obey God partially? Abraham was called by God to leave his country, his people and even his father’s house-hold, but Abraham left with his Father Terah and they reached a place called Harran, yet God didn’t tell him to settle there- the journey was to go to Cannan, but they settled at Harran for 5years because his father Terah questioned his call from God and for those 5years God was quiet! only until Terah died did Abraham continue his journey to Cannan and did he hear from God again.

What will it take for you to be obedient to God’s call? You keep praying and wondering why isn’t God hearing me!? God why aren’t you saying anything? Well maybe you can’t hear Him because you’re far from Him, your outside of His Presence, where you are right now He has not blessed! and there you are asking him to bless it, which He just won’t do!

We have to be bold enough and trust Him enough to just surrender all and let His will be done in our lives through and through! not certain parts of our life, but every part! Every single part and watch Him move in our lives😊

Blessings!

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EVERYTHING! is Beautiful in it’s TIME!

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Ecclesiastes 3

A Time for Everything

Vs. 11- “He has made everything beautiful in it’s time”

Today I want to remind us, specifically Single Girls that there is a time for everything! EVERYTHING!

So if you’re single today, don’t be down and out because you’ve not received a bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates or some special attention from a Man, but instead celebrate this time of single-hood. I wish I had enjoyed it more before all the responsibilities came, but even now as a Single Mother I’m learning to make the most of this time; This year in particular is already so BEAUTIFUL! because all the time I used to spent either catching up on a series or entertaining people I use that time to be in the presence of God.

My evenings involve getting an update from my kids on how their day was, eat dinner together(not as often as we should), home-work check, bed-time story, prayer time and then I tuck them in. I then use that quiet time to do my bible reading and get lost in His presence as I listen to my worship music or watch a sermon online or get on a christian blog or cozy up to one of my christian books and just constantly feed myself with His word! Because Faith comes by Hearing and by hearing the word of God.

I wouldn’t trade my time with Him for ANYTHING! and of-course this wouldn’t be the case if I was sharing my life with someone else other than my children, so instead of looking at the clock as I approach 31years old soon… I am so content and happy in Jesus to the point where if marriage is not in the books for me that is just fine, because my heart is happy and so full with Jesus as my everything.

Use your single-hood to know yourself better, to seek God with all of you and to serve Him!

I think relationships should only happen once you are living out your purpose and you find each-other busy fulfilling it and support each other to reach your fullest potential.

Don’t get into a relationship just for the sake of it or because you’re lonely, but wait until you’re ready- “Do not awaken love before it’s time”- Song of Songs 8:4 instead remember that relationships should be built on purpose, so are your purposes aligned? should be a question to ponder on and a prayer point. You are meant to help each-other fulfill each other’s purposes, so stay busy seeking yours & boldly living it out and at the right time your partner will find you.

Remember you are to be FOUND! “He who finds a wife, finds a good thing and obtains Favour from the Lord”- Proverbs 18:22

You don’t have to do anything my dear girls, please don’t chase- you weren’t made to chase-leave that to the men and instead just allow for your heart to be so lost in God that he will first have to seek God to find you. For in God’s appointed time He will find you.

Happy Valentines!

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First Ministry- REVIVAL TOUR

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My very First Ministry!! My version of Stepping out in Faith!

A couple of people have asked me, how was it for you? How was the first Edition of the Revival Tour for you? And in all honesty beyond the fear and all the doubts, I’m sitting here thinking why didn’t I start this earlier, because that experience was just what I needed to get me out of my comfort zone and into the necessary deep waters.

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Luke 12:48- “To Whom much is given, of him shall much be required; and of him to men entrust much, they will require and demand all the more.”

What Gifts has God placed in you yet we do nothing with them or down-play them? So many times we find ourselves in the wrong job or career where we know we’re not living out our Purpose on this Earth! We all have gifts within us that we need to own and nurture to enable us to live from our most Authentic Self!

As nervous as I was this weekend before I took the stage, or each time I doubted if I’d said the right thing or trying to remember what I may have left out… I had my light bulb moment, that moment when I realized that all along that was home for me, being on that stage sharing my testimony, sharing His Word, Sharing His TRUTH! That is home for me, always has been, always will be! that’s why I had the butterflies! that’s why I was nervous and that’s why I felt God’s presence with me all along, because after a very long time I was finally operating from my most Authentic place!

When we’re not in our zone- we hardly feel any of the above;- no fire! no butterflies! no excitement! no passion! We just do it because we have to and exist in that painful place that we unfortunately do not belong.

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This weekend got me wondering about our lives and whether we feel like where we spend our 9-5 every day is where we are the answer? where we actually offer the solution that makes us irreplaceable? Are you the Beyonce of your field? (for the purposes of a relatable example)

I think our life’s purpose is to discover why we have this life in the first place and seek that answer with all our hearts and live it out boldly once we do find it!

I’ve had the call to Ministry over my life for years now, but run away as fast as I could still based on Luke 12:48, because I feared carrying the load, I feared all that would be expected of me! because like Jesus said in John 10:37- “If do not do the works, then do not believe a thing I say” so I feared judgement and felt so unworthy!

But like I shared at the Revival Tour on the 11th of Feb from Luke 5- Simon Peter too felt unworthy and even asked Jesus to depart from him for he was a sinful man, but Jesus told him vs 10- “Have no FEAR, from now on you will be catching men!”

FEAR can paralyze you and keep you in the same place, the same painful place for years! So you need to fight that Fear with FAITH! Fear and Faith cannot occupy the same space. Have Faith, Obey God and Trust Him to have your back always and like Simon and the other disciples vs.11- “They left everything and joined Him as His disciples”

Are you willing to leave EVERYTHING for your purpose? That right there is the million dollar question!

What is God calling you to do but you are fearing? maybe because of past experience or because of doubt you’re stuck in that same place. Why not replace that Fear with Faith and take the plunge! God will honor your obedience and reveal the next step if you are obedient to step one.

1st Samuel 15:22- “Behold, to Obey is far much better than to sacrifice!” Will you stay in your situation instead and give a sacrifice or obey? God requires prompt, complete obedience; nothing less is acceptable. We may feel that some of the things He asks us to do are too hard, but we must remember that He promises to give us grace to do whatever He asks of us; we need only to be willing.

Don’t wander for 40years like the Israelites did for a journey that should have taken them 11days! Choose Obedience- however hard it may be, even if you’re not ready to make certain moves- DO IT AFRAID! Just Heed.

How incredibly humbling it was to be a part of The Revival Tour! My love for the Lindsey’s goes way back following their ministry online for about a year now, so for doors like this to open up is only more evidence of His Grace and Might and not by my works at all, but all because of Him & for His Glory and Purpose…

Another Amazing thing about living out your Purpose is you’re reminded of how small you are- just but a vessel to be used by God for His Glory, not your own!

If His Will looks like this, then this is further evidence that God is better than the world’s best thing!

Thank you Apostrophe Marketing and the lindsey’s for sowing these seeds into my life;sowing the seeds of Faith, Obedience and Purpose! I am forever humbled and Grateful. God Bless your Ministries beyond your wildest dreams! No man has seen or heard the miracles He is about to perform in you and through you in Jesus name.

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Stretched!

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“You can be so dependent on staying the same that you miss the flexibility that comes with Stretching” Sarah Jakes Roberts

Sarah shared a message on Stretching to capacity not too long ago and what a timely message for me… I’m in my season of stretching in every way, from my personal life to career life and what a Beautiful place to be! when everything around you just can’t remain the same.

2017 the year of being ready to be uncomfortable, ready to get out of your comfort zone and really discover what you’re made of! put your Faith to test and walk the talk!

I’ve had to learn that life doesn’t always go as you’d planned, but guess what I only felt secure the moment I decided to surrender to God’s plan and not mine… And the most amazing thing happened… God took over!

Situations that would have broken me to the point of giving up instead took me to a place of Peace that I honestly can’t explain to anyone even myself and that’s how I know it’s all Jesus… Grace in all situations that I naturally would have run away from- from as long as I could… but instead decided to face and realize that facing our fears is the only way to conquer them, the only way to heal, the only way to let go and the only way to move on…

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God is teaching me that sometimes in order for Him to Bless us, He first must stretch Us!… Stretch us to Capacity. For when you are stretched you can then fit through what God was doing in your life.

You cannot value success, until you have lost! so don’t fight loss, don’t mull over it for so long, instead pause and learn the lessons, embrace that journey and remember that your greatest weapon is your Obedience to God.

Joshua 8:1 “And The Lord said to Joshua, Fear not nor be dismayed. Take all the men of war with you, and arise go up to Ai; see, I have given into your hand the King of Ai, his people, his city, and his land”

No matter what we face in life, Jesus is the Mighty Warrior, the captain of the Host. He is our Leader, and He is leading His people in Victory. I do not believe that we have to live in fear. God has promised to provide for His Own. He has assured us, just as He did Joshua, that we will triumph if we listen to Him and Obey. Whatever obstacles are before you today, do not be afraid or dismayed, because God is with you.

Joshua 8:18 “Then the Lord said to Joshua, stretch out the javelin that is in your hand toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand. So Joshua stretched out the Javelin in his hand toward the city.”

In the middle of an Ambush God may ask you to be Still & to Heed to God’s word- like Joshua who was in the middle of battle & God instructed him to stop & STRETCH! So that He can take over, because by his own might Joshua would not have been able to conquer Ai.

God may be trying to speak to you in the midst of all the chaos… A Mind that is stretched can never go back to being the same! So Sometimes some stretching is necessary to get your breakthrough & most of all to remind us that we need some help, that we need His help. So as everything is happening pause for a minute & Heed to His instructions, Obey & have full & total surrender to Him & watch Him bring you to your Victory. Stop trying to face life alone! God’s got you & He will bring you through it & out of it.

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Your Beauty- Serves a Purpose!

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It’s been heavy on my heart to start the conversation about what True Beauty really means! and for me that would naturally be what does God define Beauty to be and scripture very clearly reveals the falsehood of physical beauty in Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who reverently fears the Lord is to be praised”

That portion of scripture in itself holds all the water we need as a guide, a starting point… And rightly so because it reminds us that the physical doesn’t last, only by God’s Grace do we make it day after day just as we are, but what if your face was scarred? would that then mean you’re not beautiful anymore? I beg to differ and that is why we must continually remind ourselves that Beauty is inward;- “Let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” Peter 3:4

Our Culture puts forth a standard of beauty that is unattainable by most. God puts forth a standard of beauty to which we can all attain if we respond to His work of Grace in our lives. Furthermore God encourages a beauty that will never fade and that will only grow more attractive with the passing of time.

Even pushing it Further, when we focus on only our physical- you will turn heads! yes you will! but that’s the end of it… A Fleeting, momentary impression. But a woman who cultivates inner beauty, who fears God and lives to serve others, makes a difference in peoples lives.

This has really challenged me to re-evaluate my life and allow for God to check me where I need to be checked and allow for Him to use me to impact Lives all for His Glory and if that means a lot will have to fade or be adjusted I am more than willing and ready for Him to do a new Thing in my life. Plus continually share that it’s all about God, we are just but vessels, in fact this body we think we call our own is actually not! but the Temple of  The Holy Spirit- 1st Corinthians 6:19-20 So I pray for the Grace to constantly be sensitive to His voice and heed to it.

And so far the journey of inner beauty comes with the Joy of the Lord, it comes with His Peace which surpasses understanding where no matter what is happening around you, you are at peace and safe and secure in His Presence!

And this journey makes it so much easier to embrace who we are! I get comments a lot like “I like that you easily walk around without make-up and even take pics without any” And my answer is because Jesus reminds me every day that beauty is not skin deep, but a Beautiful Spirit is the goal! Not that I am where I am supposed to be, so far from it actually! but the journey continues each and every day the pruning and the growing continues.

And not that we should neglect our personal appearance, but just spend time in God working on your Spirit and pure devotion to God will produce an appropriate concern for physical appearance and you will find yourself presenting an outward appearance that honors God and attracts others to your Character as opposed to just your physical appearance. This is a hard one to balance! but again it’s a journey…

And in the pursuit of True Beauty, we each need to acknowledge God’s providence and receive with gratefulness the body and appearance he has given us- meaning even with all the flaws we think we may have! He made us PERFECT to fulfill His Purpose and for His Glory, so like David said- “I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” Psalms 139:14 So instead of complaining about your height, or your hair, your hands or whatever- thank Him and Worship Him because anything less grieves God, so give Him gratitude and ask Him to use you to Glorify Him just the way He made you.

May your Beauty Serve a Purpose! Like Esther… (Please read her story if you haven’t or I’ll be forced to share her Beautiful story on my next blog:-)

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Edifying habits

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As we proceed with our New Year thought I’d share some edifying habits that have worked for me & continue to work for me…

SET THE TONE FOR YOUR DAY

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How you start your day usually determines how the rest of your day will pan out! So for me it’s become a practice to start with God, if it means waking up earlier than everyone else then pray for that Grace!

If you have a house with Children you know our most sacred moments are before sunrise & in the Still of the night, in fact right now I’m blogging at 11:30pm after my mediation session that has actually led me to share this.

It wasn’t always like this though, it can be a struggle & a challenge to rise early or only wake up when the baby cries or when your toddler comes to wake you up and the first thing that you turn to is your phone which is right next to your pillow or under it… Yeah I see you!

But before all those distractions, before you wear your Mommy hat or attend to your Twitter or Instagram feed! Be STILL! Spend an hour or even 30mins in His presence, thank Him for waking you up this Morning & ask Him to guide your day, to protect you & your family & for His Will to be done in your life & for you to bring Him Glory as you go about your daily routine.

It really does make a world of a difference when we practice this, because I notice that when I let myself get too frazzled I’m off balance! easily irritable & my day is just off!

So in 2017 I urge you to start with God, speak to Him, listen to Him, spend time in His word & then set off on your day.

WATCH WHAT YOU FEED YOURSELF- WHAT YOU FEED YOUR SPIRIT

So after you’ve had your fellowship with God & you’re out of the house, what do we all naturally do in the car? We put on the radio right? & what do we listen too?

Well for me & I’ve gotten into a lot of trouble for this! because I miss out on ads & campaigns that I’ve helped put together because I personally don’t listen to Radio! Instead I listen to my personal playlist of what I call my “Jesus Music” from mellow worship sessions to high tempo Praise music that my kids & I can jam to😊meditate on and use to offer our hearts and minds to God as we begin our day.

Again not a practice I’ve always done! In fact when I was so lost in sin I couldn’t listen to my Gospel music as much as I looooove & thrive the most when I’m in His presence in worship, but that’s what sin does- it separate’s you from God!

So I would play my secular favorites & some may seem harmless, but the mind & the tongue are very powerful! what you perceive as harmless- the mind wanders & takes you to dark places & the tongue will repeat back those lyrics which don’t edify you, instead depending on the song- it can make you angry, depressed, proud or sexually stimulated…

Now here’s the thing if your okay with the above that’s fine, I’m speaking to those who want to lead a life that pleases God & also puts you in a place of peace- so it really all boils down to where you are in life & what matters to you!

One of my major responsibilities is my children, so I have to be very aware of what I expose them to! So it’s always been a very conscious decision of mine even when I was lost in sin! that when my kids are in the car with me we’re on Jesus or Kiddy tunes😊 When one secular song slips here & there boy do I try & erase that memory of it! and probably over compensate the next time… Sigh

But I truly thank God for that habit- because now if they are to sing anything at the drop of a hat it would be a worship song! of which I am grateful for- because sowing seeds starts now before it gets a lot harder to redirect their path & we all know the scripture that says- “Train up a child in the way that He should go & when He is old He will not depart from it” Proverbs 22:6

Maybe it’s because I LOVE Music so this habit edifies me. Listening to Music with a  Wholesome, Uplifting & sometimes even challenging message sets my day off to a good start, a better start & with time I even found myself listening to the same playlist through the day even if in my office I am exposed to everything! but because I’ve already down the seed early in the day- that is all I desire- just to be in His Presence.

BE SELF AWARE

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Knowing who you are! Your strengths & your weakness! is so key in self development! You cannot grow if you do not know yourself & one way of knowing yourself is by

  • Asking others how would your Mom describe you, your siblings, your spouse, your colleague or even your kids? You may think you’re this pocket of sunshine! but maybe you’re a bitter pill to swallow & you don’t even know it! I know I struggled with this reality for a long time, even as I write this I’m surprised I can write about it- but I’m your text book example of an introvert who can get pretty moody! My family, my friends & colleagues are all pretty aware! And I should say I was aware to, but did I consciously do something about it? Not really! I just expected people to take me as I am & deal… But God calls us to co-exist in Harmony with all & above all He calls us to Love! So it’s kind of hard to communicate Love when you’re not giving it! So for me being aware of this flaw has made me all the more Intentional- intentionally choosing to Love; be it a family member, friend or stranger, in fact a reminder I feel led to share is Remember Ministry begins at home! Don’t be this sweetheart to the rest of the world but at home you’re unbearable to live with- that’s just not authentic living! Stop trying to keep up with the joneses & ask God to work on your heart and to fill you with His Love so that you too may move from a place of Love.
  • Maybe this should have been first, but aside from asking others also ask God to show you your heart & trust me He will, sometimes even more brutally than when others show you- but what I love most about consulting God is His Revelation is Beautiful. In Matthew Jesus says “When you Fast!” not if but when! You see prayer coupled with Fasting is the most powerful practice a Christian could do for their walk with Christ! He reveals stuff about you- you didn’t even know existed, stuff you thought you had dealt with, Strength you didn’t know you had until you are truly surrendered to Him & indeed believe that you can do all things through Christ who strengths you! The beauty about consulting God is He shows you what you can become, what you desire to become & He enables you to become that person.

Know yourself & watch yourself be a better person; for you, for your walk with the Lord & for those around you! Plus the devil takes advantage of what’s left in the dark & he will try to use that against you! Instead own up to it & deal with it & he won’t have power over it or you!

Which brings me to the Fundamental habit I’ve mentioned above!

FASTING

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As a Christian it is so critical for us to get into a habit of fasting! There are some strongholds that cannot be broken unless we pray & fast because some battles are not natural but spiritual! And fasting is the key to fighting spiritual battles!

Some answers you will never get unless you Fast, until you move closer to God and allow for Him to reveal! because Fasting doesn’t move God, Fasting moves You closer to Him.

Fasting is denying yourself food & other things that you like & need to show God that He is more important! that hearing from Him is more important than anything else!

During times that you would eat or watch tv or on spend time on social media, instead you spend that time in His presence! And sometimes that consecration may require for you to spend hours on end in His presence, be away from people & or places for a time so that you don’t have any distractions!

When I first felt the Lord leading me to do this I was terrified! I thought I would never make it! But with each day, with each victory I Blessed His name- because He not only revealed things to me that I would otherwise not see with my natural eyes but only through the Holy Spirit when you Fast!

But My Greatest Joy is my intimacy with God!… Like I said above, Fasting doesn’t move God, it moves you, it switches on your Spiritual antennas and enables you to hear Him more clearly! So every so often especially this first month of the new year I challenge you to give it a try & let the Holy Spirit guide you on how long you should do it, be it 3days, 7, 14 or like Daniel & Moses & Jesus 40 days! The Holy Spirit will lead you & there are several kinds of fasts; dry fast, liquid fast, Daniel Fast- all which should first be consulted in prayer. But a Beautiful habit I urge you to either try or keep in the New Year!

And Like Daniel, Moses, Jesus, Esther, John and David just to name a few who all got their breakthroughs or begun ministry or received the Lords favour or received healing & Restoration only after they fasted… You too can have your testimony after you take the step to pay the price and deny yourself so that He may increase in your Life! So ultimately what a Beautiful Gift it is.

JOURNAL

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One of my all time fave things to do is write! I write down notes all the time with my terrible handwriting🙉🙊🙈(Dear Jesus bring deliverance there) Lol! But for real- like most girls I’ve kept a journal since my teen years which was then a diary with secrets, which later progressed into a book of stories & songs & poems & then into a Prayer Journal & bible study & now I have several; one for work stuff, one for my ideas & another for my prayer & bible study & of course my note-pad on my phone-which I may use the most!

The benefits of taking Notes;-

  • You don’t forget- I literally write down everything! especially in meetings so that I’m not asking myself later what was that brief again!? or when I’m listening to a sermon whether in church or on my phone or my laptop- I will pause severally to take notes so that I can remember and later mediate on the word & also share what I learn with you.
  • To help you count your blessings- When you look back at your prayer journal you truly thank God for how far He has brought you & it also serves as a great reminder of how Faithful He is! And it gives you the boost to even pray more boldly & more earnestly.
  • I read somewhere that seeing your goals written down with your own handwriting has a trigger in your brain that gives you the momentum to go for it! Plan for it & realize that dream!
  • You can pass down lessons- Imagine passing on all the lessons you’ve learned over the years to your children! Like how in Uni we used to ask 2nd years to give us their 1st years books so that we could be a step ahead in class- well same concept here- You have an opportunity to leave something tangible for your children to refer to. In fact as I write this I am given even more affirmation to blog & if it is His Will one day by His Grace write a book that my children can refer too!

There’s a switch that goes on in your thirties that puts you on a legacy mode kind of vibe, it’s no longer about the now, but what will you leave behind?

Lastly for now, because I feel like there is a lot more I’m leaving out, but the last habit I would urge any single girl or guy is…

PRACTICE THE WAIT

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Practice Celibacy- Yup I said it! I’ve shared my excitement about Waiting on all my social media pages since Devon & Megan Franklin decided to bless us with their story & their book!

As Believers though, this is not news to us at all! We grew up knowing you keep yourself pure until after marriage! In fact my Mother was in utter shock when I told her I was sexually active & was now a single Mother at 24!

This was not the girl she raised! Even I didn’t recognize myself in my twenties! But that’s what happens when you step out of God’s will & feed your fleshy desires instead! But God is Gracious and He is a God of Restoration! He gave me my greatest Blessings and constant challenge to be a better mother, person and human being- My Children😊

So like me, you may have fallen from grace, and severally at that, but God is a God of second chances, you just need to go to Him with a repentant heart and truly Worship and Seek Him in Spirit and in truth!

Megan Franklin pointed out in her book that sometimes you may find yourself in a relationship that you know is not good for you at all & in no way bringing God Glory! but you stay because the sex is good! Yup I said it! Yet Sex cannot edify you outside of Love and outside of marriage!

It’s a gift God gave us to enjoy as married couple’s… because we all know that sex complicates EVERYTHING!

  • You don’t think soberly
  • You get your emotions in a tangled mess
  • Your heart wants more yet you’re probably not even compatible with this person but there you are forcing!
  • Sex comes with consequences that you are probably not ready to deal with e.g kids
  • Sex can come with diseases which non of us wants

So as great an act as it is! It’s all the more beautiful within the right context!

And a brilliant lesson that Devon reminds us of is;- if one can control Lust, if one can have power over their mind! You can almost probably handle anything that comes your way!

Which is such a POWERFUL Lesson! Having power over your mind and body is necessary for any human being! not being slaves to our desires but actually being able to have control over ourselves is a weapon only realized once you do have the control.

God rewards Purity & obedience! Your body is His temple, so Love & treat it as is! Our bodies don’t even belong to us, so to think that we can do whatever we want to do with it is a sin!

Because ultimately we are His! Through & Through! & God honors the marriage bed & takes pride when Wife & Husband honor it too & He also enjoys seeing married couples be intimate! It actually brings Him joy! It is a powerful ministry between married couples.

Whereas sex outside marriage only brings shame, yet the act itself is Beautiful but not before it’s time.

One of my biggest lessons, my biggest tests & most edifying practice! It’s not an easy road! not by a long shot! in fact if you are used to the act- you may fall severally! But get back up each time!!

And I strongly feel that we’re in the Season where it’s time for us to do the work because God will bring to completion what He has begun in you but you must do your part!

So as much as His Grace is sufficient! James 4:7 remind us to Submit ourselves then to God, resist the devil & he will flee! Because as much as the act is Beautiful! Outside of marriage as a Christian, no matter how you look at it- It is still sexual immorality! And I know this is a struggle even among Believers, so I urge prayer & fasting to break the habit and to break soul ties so that you are free to serve Him from a more wholesome place & keep yourself pure for Him and for the one that God has for you.

Try it… it will reveal so much about yourself & about the relationship.

From my heart to yours

Grace

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Faith is the Key that Unlocks

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Matthew 9:20-22″Just then a woman who had been subjected to bleeding for twelve years came up behind Him & touched the edge of His cloak, she said to herself, “If I only touch His cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her “Take heart, daughter, your Faith has healed you” And the woman was healed that Moment.”

This portion of scripture is my 2nd fave after the story of the woman at the well, because it captures what Faith can do! How the Faith of a Mustard seed can move mountains in your life!

You can imagine what this woman had to go through just to get next to Jesus; crowds were following Him, but she didn’t care, she knew this was her only moment to get close to Him, she was bloody & unclean & back in those days when women were on their menstrual cycle they were set apart for 7days, that’s how unclean they were viewed in those days… Yet this woman bled constantly for 12years! But in this moment she didn’t care, all she was after was her Healing.

So many lessons from this portion;-

FAITH!

Jesus felt power leave His body in the midst of the crowds that surrounded Him, when she touched Him He felt it & turned back to ask who has touched me… Jesus then turned & saw her & told her “Your Faith has healed you, and the woman was healed from that moment”

Faith brings healing… Jesus didn’t have to touch her or pray over her, but the simple act of touching His garment & believing that she would be healed, is what delivered her from years of struggle!

So if you have a struggle that has challenged you for years, it doesn’t matter how long! All you need to do is work on your Faith & stand on His word;

Matthew 21:22 says “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive if you have Faith” Romans 10:17 says “Faith comes by hearing & by hearing the word of God” Hebrews 11:26- “And without Faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever who would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him” & lastly for now Hebrews 11:1-“Now Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”. All these scriptures show you that Faith is the Key that unlocks, Faith is the Promise of things hoped for & not seen & without it we can’t please God & neither will we see our promise. And Faith is the courage to ignore your reality and see through hopeful eyes, that your situation can be different! It all boils down to Faith! So I challenge you this new year to have more Faith! For Faith will heal, Faith will restore & Faith will make you bold!

INSTANT POWER

Faith unlocks the door to instant Power! The woman struggled for 12years & in an instant she touched His Garment & her faith finally healed her! This was her last straw! This desperate move was all she had and was the thing that finally brought her healing! instant healing!

So you may be seeking for answers in the wrong place, but the moment you seek His face, desperately & earnestly seek Him & only Him! Your healing will come faster than you know it, for your Faith will please Him & your Faith has the power to cause Supernatural change! Imagine deciding to not see life as it is, but instead as the things you hope for & in an instant that comes to pass because you were bold enough to have the faith to Believe.

BE BOLD

To get the results this woman got! You have to be Bold! You have to be willing to leave where you are & go & seek! She left her house because she heard that Jesus will be passing in her town so in her bad state she desperately & boldly made it through the crowds, probably pushed & shoved until she could touch His Garment!

To receive healing you must be bold & intentional, walking in Purpose! What is your Purpose? And what are you willing to do to get it? Or are you just passing time, hoping & waiting! James 2:17 says Faith without works is dead!! so you have to be bold & act on your Faith to see results!

FAVOUR

Faith will give you Favour from the Lord! above I shared that Faith pleases God! And indeed in this story we we see that truth! There were crowds following Jesus all seeking His miracles, I’m sure many touched Him, reached out to Him, asking for a thing or two, but Jesus felt her, He stopped His journey & turned to speak to the woman & called her daughter!

I don’t know about you, but my heart swells each time I read His response to her! Because it shows that Faith grabs His attention! Faith can make Jesus change direction & focus on you! And recognize you as His Child. Faith can set you apart from everyone else and give you favour from God! Hallelujah🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

Faith is the answer… That desperate cry of Faith is what God needs to hear from you, that honest call for help, that brokenness & desire to just be where He is… Is your breakthrough!

Have Faith & watch as 2017 becomes your year of miracles, breakthroughs & restoration… Healing is here if only we just have more Faith.

Bless His name🙏🏾

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Forgiveness

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Matthew 6:14- “If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you.”

We all have that one person or for some even a couple of people who’ve tested our patience, broken our hearts and driven us to limits that we are not proud of & it’s usually easier to just walk away or even run away and try to forget and hope to never have to deal with them again… But when you read this portion of scripture, God is very clear that in order for Him to forgive us, we first must forgive all those who hurt us, forgive as we would like Christ to forgive us! Not just a half-hearted we good kinda vibe, but forgive & keep showing Christs love & Grace!

Wow! I don’t know about you, but this is still a tough one for me, because I’m an introvert & usually introverts are very sensitive people who take a while to allow anyone into their space, but when we do, we really do, so when the trust is broken… It can take us years to recover! Yet God says Forgive, forgive despite the hurt, despite the disappointment, despite the pain & Forgive & extend Grace & Love to your enemies… Share a Smile, Give of yourself, forgive & forget.

Forgive… It’s healing for your heart. Forgive! And Christ will forgive you too! Same measure, pressed down & shaken together! I want His Grace on my life always, so extend Grace to others & watch as God does the same for you.

So as we enter 2017! Let’s go in with Forgiving hearts, loving hearts & let’s ask God to give us His Heart.

One of my favorite meditation songs by Casey J Beautifully captures one’s desire to have a heart like God… A Heart of Love❤

Your Heart- Casey J
These hands will wipe the tears for those who cry to you at night
And these feet will walk the miles to the place of those broken-hearted
And my voice will cry out for those who cry out for you
I’ll be your heart to the ones I meet
I’ll show love to the least of these
I would have never known if you didn’t first love me
I’ve learned to love when I’m your hands and feet
I’ve learned to love Ill be your hands and feet

These eyes will see the hurt of those who suffer silently
And this mind will be like yours and believe what you called us to be
Unselfish, unchanging, unfailing love

I’ll be your heart to the ones I meet
I’ll show love to the least of these
I would have never known if u didn’t first love me
I’ve learned to love when I’m your hands and feet
I’ve learned to love Ill be your hands and feet

I want more
I want more
I want more
Of you

Make me more
Make me more
Make me more
Like you

I’ve learned to love Ill be your hands and feet

I’ll be your heart to the ones I meet
I’ll show love to the least of these
I would have never known if u didn’t first love me
I’ve learned to love when I’m your hands and feet
I’ve learned to love Ill be your hands and feet

I’ve learned to love when I’m your hands and feet
I’ve learned to love Ill be your hands and feet

Unselfish, Unchanging, Unfailing love

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