It Is Well

No matter how dark and scary life gets, there is always a ray of hope to wrap your faith around. See it with your eyes of faith and hold on tight.

Whatever you are going through I want you to keep in mind “God is already there.” He has gone ahead of you to make the crooked places straight. It is well.

God will make a way where there seems to be no way. Don’t give up hope, persevere and continue to trust God. It is well.

Whose help are you seeking?

The Shunammite woman sought Elisha’s help. Let God help you in all your endeavors. There is no honor in struggling alone; your help is only a prayer away.

It’s a new day! Forget yesterday’s mistakes. Sing a new song of redemption and victory. God is on your side, it is well. Amen!

I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope. (Psalm 130:5)

well

Take A Break From All Your Worries

The world will not come to an end if you put yourself first for a change. Life will go on without you. You are not in control of the universe – God is. Take a break from all your worries. Pray more – worry less. 

Worrying leads to depression. Praying leads to peace. Pray and talk it over with God. Meditate on His goodness and thank Him for answered prayers.

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. (Psalm 56:3)

Take a break from all your worries

 

December: Showers of Blessing.

I will bless my people and their homes around My holy hill. And in the proper season I will send the showers they need. There will be showers of blessing. (Ezekiel 34:26)

showers-of-blessing-2

PRAYER
In this new month may the LORD open the floodgates of heaven and pour you out a blessing so great that there shall not be room enough to receive it! May God send abundant blessing and favor your way that you can never repay. May the Lord has compassion on you and forgive all your debts. You will end this year better than you started with great joy and peace. The Lord will surprise you in ways words cannot express your heart. May His goodness and mercy reveal a new dimension of His glory to you.  May songs of thanksgiving never cease from your heart and mouth; lifting up holy hands in joyful praise to the Lord at all times.  

Being Yourself

Be firm in your convictions. You don’t have to change who you are to be accepted by others. At the rate the world is changing: Being yourself is all you can be.

Anyone who dislike, reject or exclude you for being yourself ultimately would not serve your life’s purpose well.

Being You

God Is Always Doing Something New

You Are Unstoppable!
God is always doing something new. Don’t get stuck on the past and miss out on your blessings. Don’t let your feelings get in the way of your future. When it’s your time and season to shine, no person or group can stop you. The race of life is open to all, but all power belongs to God.

People will have many opinions about you and they won’t always be kind. Don’t judge your future through other people’s lenses. Walk in love and stand on the truth. Ultimately God will vindicate you.

Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
(Psalm 127:1)

unstoppable

November: The Month of Thanksgiving

The Month of Thanksgiving 

God, Thank You for the finished work of Christ at Calvary. Thank You for health, family and friends. Thank You Lord for promises, provision and protection. I am grateful for each day added to my life. Guide me to work out and live out your purpose in my life.

May you not have room enough to receive the abundance of heaven over your life. The same God who sent men to help David until he became great shall send DIVINE HELPERS your way in Jesus name. Welcome to a new season of Divine help and thanksgiving. Happy New month of November!

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17thanksgiving

October Prayer: Month of Freedom

In this month of October, I decree and declare freedom over your lives. Freedom to serve God, freedom from the power of sin and death. Freedom to prosper, increase and own your businesses. Freedom from the fear of man, freedom to live out your kingdom purpose. Freedom from bondage and slavery; Freedom to step into your kingdom assignment and do the will of GOD!  Freedom from sickness and tiredness and fatigue. Freedom from generational curses, strongholds, control, religion and lawlessness. Live freely! So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. We stand firm, knowing the price that was paid for our freedom, never again to be slaves to sin and death. For the Son has set us free and we are free indeed!

HAPPY NEW MONTH OF OCTOBER!
Freedom

Book Review: Kisses from Katie

My Current Read: Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis – A story of relentless love and redemption.

Wow! I can’t put this book down “Kisses from Katie” is an amazing book that will inspire you to love more, give more and serve more.

What would make an eighteen year old leave the comfort of her home in Nashville, Tennessee move to Uganda, where she doesn’t speak the language and adopt 14 children! Yes, 14. All because she said YES to God. Kisses from Katie

What I love most about Katie’s story is that it’s unpretentious, real, honest and vulnerable. She shares her ups, downs, happiness, joy and doubts. This book points you back to Christ: learning to surrender, trust and rely on God.

Takeaway
You can do great things too right where you are. While it may seem simple, it won’t be easy but the blessings far outweigh the hardships.

Who should read this book
Everyone. Give this book to your teenagers, help them to see the bigger picture for their walk with God. Anyone that’s thinking of going on a mission trip would greatly benefit from Katie’s experience.

Overall, Katie shows us that little people can do big things when we say yes to God. And while it may not be easy we can do greater works through Him who has called us.

Jesus called His followers to be a lot of things, but I have yet to find where He warned us to be safe. – Katie Davis

Kisses from Katie

 

Relationships are give and take Once I’m done, I’m gone.

Relationships are give and take. We make deposits and withdrawals with no strings attached. While no one is keeping scores, be fair and considerate. Don’t take advantage of my kind nature. I am kind but not stupid: Once I’m done, I’m gone.

It takes two to make any relationship work. No matter how hard you try if the other person isn’t putting in any effort, you are on your own!

Relationships are give and take

 

September; Month of Completion

Happy New Month Everyone. Then number (9) Nine symbolizes divine completion, perfection, totality and a complete circle.  Can we come into agreement together that September is our month of Completion?

According to Psalm 138:8 God will perfect that which concerns you. I decree and declare you will enter into your new season with joy and thanksgiving. He who began a good work in you is more than able to complete it in Jesus’ name #September #Completion 

Psalm 138: 8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

How can I pray for you?

Completion

QOTD: Save Some Of You For Yourself

Exercise your right to not respond to everything vying for your attention. Save some of you for yourself. 

I have the freedom to do anything, but not everything is helpful. I have the freedom to do anything, but I won’t be controlled by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12

Save some of you for yourself

Hope Against Hope

After our weekly swimming lessons we usually pick up pizza for the children. I can hear them debating between themselves “I want extra cheese’’ says my youngest, “I’m having extra pepperoni says my middle son. I smiled to myself while glancing at my husband who was driving the car. As we drove towards the house instead of going to the pizza store, they fell silent and I can hear the music CD playing in the car for a change. I took a quick peek at them as if I’m unaware of the change in the car: They looked sad with arms across their chest. I thought to myself; they assume by us not stopping for pizza to mean no pizza today. My husband and I played along enjoying the music and the drive home.

As we arrived home with our 3 gloomy looking children, I quickly made my way straight to the freezer and proudly presented the large pizza I’d purchased a few days back.

Their eyes got wider and the chatter returned. ‘’Mom got the pizza, and we are having pizza after all’’ they told each other. 

This got me thinking; just because God had done it one way in the past doesn’t mean He will do it the same way again. His ways are past searching and GOD IS NOT SHORT OF IDEAS!

HOPE

Hope is not needed when there is hope, hope is needed when there is no hope. ~ Tolulope Ilesanmi

You may be in that season where it seems God has forgotten about you and all your efforts seems effortless. You may be struggling with many emotions: confused, afraid and anxious, because nothing is working out as planned.

In our desperation we sometimes look at other people blessings, asking God to do the same in our lives. God knows excatly what we need, but He’ll use our problems to show us what we don’t need.   

Can we let go of our preconceived ideas and plans? Can we trust Him even when we don’t feel like it? Are we so in love with our own agenda than His plans for us? These are some of the questions I’ve been asking myself also.

Whatever happens, I want God’s way more than mine. And as I type these words I am not 100% there yet, but that is my heart’s desire and my feelings will just have to catch up.

We cannot have the boldness of Esther if we are not willing to lay our lives down for others. God will never use us like Daniel if we are not willing to be set apart and honor Him above all else.

Our plans are mediocre compared to what GOD has in store for us. Even when our plans fail, God’s plan will never fail.

In the meanwhile, don’t overthink it, things are not as they appear to be. This is not the time to cast away your confidence. This is the time to hope against hope.

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. Hebrews 10:35-36

The distance to your blessing is a short drive away, be expectant and never put God in a box. 

Joshua Is Off To Kindergarten

I’ve had better days, today isn’t one for sure. I’ve been looking forward to Joshua starting kindergarten for a long time. I’ve watched him cry because he couldn’t get on the big yellow bus with Faith and David.

Finally it’s Joshua’s turn. I want to capture every moment, I want to remember everything about today because once it’s gone, that’s it.

I’m such an emotional basket today. I’m not strong; I’m simply Joshua’s mom! My baby boy is off to kindergarten to change the world.

When Faith left for kinder, I had my hand full with David and I welcome the change. When David left I had my hands full with Joshua. Now that he’s gone to experience his first day, I’m a total mess!

BUKYOJELABI.COM

A little confession: In the past I’ve listened to other moms expressed their sadness when their children left for school and I just didn’t get. I thought to myself “that will never be me”. See? Judge not! You probably won’t get it until it happens to you. I’ve always kid myself on being a strong Sistah and couldn’t wait for my children to go and make a difference in the world. Well today, I’m not strong; I’m simply Joshua’s momma!

Before long they will be off to Uni. and getting married. Ok, maybe not just yet. I’m glad life is in stages and not all at once. Each time we celebrate a new milestone, it’s life way of preparing us for the next transition.  They are growing too fast, where has the time gone?

All in all, my day ended on a happy note, Faith, David and Joshua had a great day and they can’t wait for school tomorrow.  It’s time for me to put on my super mom cape for tomorrow. 

Back To School Prayer

Dear God,
Watch over and keep all our children safe as they return back to school. May they find favor with their teachers and friends. They will be obedient, respectful and kind toward others. They are blessed with wisdom from above and they  have the mind of Christ.  They are set apart for your kingdom, they are for signs and wonders. May they not give in to peer pressure but by example lead others to Christ. They will shun evil and do good. I commit the entire school district, Principal, teachers, staffs,  school board committees and anyone who will make decisions affecting them.

BACK TO SCHOOL PRAYER

I lift up the new student children, make their transition smooth. Let this school year be their best year yet. As different personalities comes together may your peace rule in their hearts. Defend the voiceless, protect the introvert and gently calm the willful child. Lord, grant the teachers wisdom, understanding and love. Give them discerning spirit and loving-kindness to handle each child uniquely. Protect them from harm and evil, and may they complete the school year successfully in Jesus’ name. Amen!

As they leave the safety of our home may your presence go before them daily in Jesus’s name. Amen!

QOTD: What Is Mine Is Mine

What is mine is mine, it will not be taken away from me. I will not steal, envy or covet what belongs to another. My assurance is in the Lord not man.

Lord All-Powerful, you are God. You have promised me some very good things, and you can be trusted to do what you promise. 2 Samuel 7:28

What is mine is mine

You Are Lovable!

Back in 2011 I wrote this post because our children didn’t have any grandparents in their lives. Growing up and having a loving Grandma, I missed that for our children. Lo and behold a woman who would changed our lives appeared. We have our very own Abuela (grandmother in Spanish). How I prayed specifically for someone to show up and help us with our childcare needs so that mom and dad can have a bit of “we time”. With 2 years in-between, we had 3 children under the age of 5! What was I thinking? I wasn’t thinking. Lol. I didn’t know what I was in for.

Mama Gloria came into our lives to help with childcare, and we hit it off instantly. She was warm and oozes L-O-V-E. OMG! She loves to cook, clean, pray and be silly with the kids. What’s there not to love? We attended church together, we went shopping together. She surprised the children on Grandparents day at school. She would hang out after the children were in bed and chat. We talked into the night knocking back cups of tea and biscuits; yep we were living dangerously. Sometimes we would pray together too.

When mama Gloria wasn’t with us I was thinking of ways to make her happy. I started paying attention to her likes and dislikes. And she was doing the same; she would show up with our favorite snack and just little things that meant a lot to us. We hung out, we introduced each other to new things and we also cried together because that’s what family do. Yes mama Gloria won our hearts and she became a part of our family and vice visa. We supported each other, good times and not so good time because that is what family do.

I said all of that to say this; she brought out the loving daughter in me. I AM LOVABLE! I just don’t have a need to be loved but I have so much love to give too. God knows who we are and what we need.

You are lovable; you may have to redefine what love and family is for you. Be prepare not to settle for less than the love you deserve. Some people cannot love you; some people don’t know how to love you because they were not loved themselves.

God uses relationships to affirm His love, so don’t put God’s love in a box. At the appointed time with the right people of different race and background God can do amazing things!

Take Away
Don’t let what someone did make you stuck on your journey. Being stuck isn’t hurting them; it’s hurting you.

 

QOTD: Think Twice


Today will not last forever, neither are your feelings permanent.
Don’t make permanent decisions based on temporary emotions.
― Buky Ojelabi


Ride the waves of your emotions, your feelings are temporary nonetheless the impact of your words could be permanent. Pray and be led by faith not  feelings.

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters!
Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.
James 1:19

Think Twice

Fight Back!

My dear friend Betty Swann wrote this encouraging words to me and it blesses me so much, I hope it does the same for you!  

The devil is real and he does not want you moving into his territory. But guess what? He has new neighbors! ~ Betty Swann

Talk about a word in season! it reminds me of Matthew 11:12 “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.

By all means avoid any form of physical violence but do not hold back when it comes to praying violent prayers. Do not spare the enemy of your soul, he means business! His agenda is to steal, kill and destroy anything good in your life!

That’s right, some things won’t come easy, they require righteous violent and holy anger! Don’t sit back and watch the enemy push you out of your territory. Fight back with scriptures, fasting and prayers. You have the upper hand and the devil knows that but he’s counting on you being discouraged and giving up.

This is not the time to get cute and cocky; desperate times call for desperate measures. Don’t let the enemy rock you to sleep in the middle of the battle. God has angels on assignment fighting for you in the spirit realm to turn your situation around. You are closer than you think!

QOTD

PRAYER
God, It is You who trains our hands for war and fingers for battle. You will bring our enemy to his knees. You are our shield and deliver, our trust is in You. Thank You for fighting for us. Amen!