Timing Is Everything

The same time and energy you spend worrying, stressing, talking and thinking about what you don’t want could have been invested in declaring, creating, focusing, and implementing the life you do want.

Right Time, Right Place.

When it was time for Isaac to get married, Abraham sent his servant to Canaan to search for a wife for his son. The servant stood by the well at evening time, a customary time when women go out to draw water.  Read Genesis 24.

Genesis 24:11 When he arrived, he made the camels kneel down at the well outside the city. It was late afternoon, the time when women came out to get water.

It just so happens that Rebekah, the daughter of Abraham’s brother was at the right place and at the right time.

Missing In Action.
At the time when kings were at war, on the battlefield, where was King David? David was walking about on the roof of the palace, where he saw more than his eyes could handle as Bathsheba just happens to be taking a bath. David sent for the irresistible wife of Uriah. This one event led to lies, the death of an innocent baby and murder. (Read 2 Samuel 11)

Had David been at the battlefield where he was supposed to be, the series of tragic events which followed would not have happened.

Be Prepared. 
Remember the wise and the foolish virgins? The five foolish virgins did not take extra oil for their lamps. While the wise virgins did. Since no one knows when the bridegroom would arrive. The foolish virgins were running low and asked the wise virgins for some of their oil.

The wise ones refused and the only option left for the foolish virgins was to go out and buy additional oil. The bridegroom arrived and took those who were there on time. Too late the door was shut on the poor foolish virgins. 

Your life is not a dress rehearsal. Be prepared and on time. 

Courage is the commitment to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right motive. What stands between us and our dreams are lies and fears called excuses.

I’ve seen God’s timing and divine alignment played out in my life. Right time, right place, right motive, and BOOM!  There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season. Ecclesiastes 3:1, NCV.

How to know God’s timing: By having a relationship with God. By walking with God. By committing all your plans into His hands. My being led by Him. By knowing what is the will of God for your life. By placing your trust in Him. 

We are created by God to operate according to His timetable, not our own timing. The sooner we get it right, the smoother the rhythm of our lives will flow.

PRAYER: May you not procrastinate yourself out of the will of God. May you not be found missing from your position. May you not miss your appointment with destiny. May God give you the courage to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right motive. 

Trust God and his timing. He may not deliver you in the way and time you think, but in the end, it will all work out for your good.

Question: Where are you in all of this? Are you missing in action? Have you gone rogue and AWOL?

Remembering 9/11

Let us take a moment today to remember those who lost their lives on 9/11. For many in our country and all over the world today is a painful day. They live with the reality of 9/11 every day, every occasion, every celebration and every setback.

May such affliction never ever again occur on our land, in our nation, and in our world. May God heal the sick and restore the brokenhearted. May God fulfill His promises to bless widows and orphans. May God bless the United States of America.

We put our hope in the LORD. He is our help and our shield” (Psalm 33:20).

1 The Lord is my light and the one who saves me.
    So why should I fear anyone?
The Lord protects my life.
    So why should I be afraid?
Evil people may try to destroy my body.
    My enemies and those who hate me attack me,
but they are overwhelmed and defeated.
If an army surrounds me,
    I will not be afraid.
If war breaks out,
    I will trust the Lord.

I ask only one thing from the Lord.
    This is what I want:
Let me live in the Lord’s house
    all my life.
Let me see the Lord’s beauty
    and look with my own eyes at his Temple.
During danger he will keep me safe in his shelter.
    He will hide me in his Holy Tent,
    or he will keep me safe on a high mountain.
My head is higher than my enemies around me.
I will offer joyful sacrifices in his Holy Tent.
    I will sing and praise the Lord.
Psalm 27:1-6, NCV.

Remember God’s Promises

There barely goes a day in our home without one of our children saying, Mom, do you remember… Dad, you promised…?

We learned early on never to make any promises to our children we can’t keep. Our answers are either Yes, No or One day. When we specify a date or time, we’re bound by our words and we have to deliver. They hold us accountable and in return, they are learning that their words are alive and powerful.

Remember can be found in both the Old and New Testament.
KJV – 148 times and in NIV – 166 times.

During Hurricane Harvey, after 3 days of none stop rainfall. Watching my beautiful city flooded, many lives lost and thousands displaced from their homes. Fear begins to set in my heart. I had to peel myself away from my windows, stop watching the News and shut out other noises. I had to remind myself of Whose I am and His promises to my family. Once I held on to the Word of God, all fear disappears. Did the rain stop immediately? No! But God’s word halts the raging storm gathering strength in me. I put His words before me and recited it over and over again until Hurricane Harvey ceased.

What Should We Remember?

God’s word and promises from the Bible. Not words of affirmation or positive quotes from another human being. I love quotes for their simplicity. But make no mistake: It cannot deliver, heal or give life. Only the word of God can redeem your soul from the pit, heal all your diseases, deliver from distractions, pardon all your iniquities and bring peace, joy, and wholeness to your life and situation.

We need to constantly remember the truth. The word of God is our Shield and Armor at all time.

Be Consistent: Be disciplined. Be diligent in studying the word of God. Do what works for you.

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away. Matthew 24:35

Remember God's Promises

Why Should We Remember?

Because we forget: Life happens to us daily, and very easily the cares of this world carry us away. We have to know what God has promised us in order to claim it.

Because of others: We can’t give what we don’t have. We can’t help others when we walk in error and darkness.

Because God said so. In Deuteronomy 8, He told us not to forget.

Because Jesus said so: And in 1 Corinthians 11:25 – This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. Did you know that the communion is one of the few things in the bible Jesus told us to do as many times?

Devil: The devil knows what the word of God says. Hence why He uses it against us constantly, to condemn us in his twisted and evil ways. In Matthew 4:6, he quotes “For it is written” back at Jesus! Imagine his effrontery! He means business and he’s after every Christ professing believer: that’s you.

To Receive: To remember is to not forget so you can claim what God had already made available for you. God is faithful to all His promises. God and His word are one. For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. Psalm 138:2

Claim What Is Yours!
When you remember, it is harvest time. Dig deep, quote God’s word back to Him. For it is written… God, according to Your words.

When Jesus was confronted by the devil after fasting for 40 days in the wilderness. Jesus didn’t get into some lengthy prayer, He used the WORD. Because He is the Word and knows His heavenly Father honors His word. Jesus simply said it is written….

Question: Do you know what is written about you? Do you have the written word of God in you to silence the enemy’s lies?

Lastly, You can’t claim what is yours without a relationship with Christ. God will not be mocked!

One Gift Leads To Another.

Have you ever wondered how come some people are blessed with so many gifts and talents? They can design, write and sing, cook, a domestic goddess with flawless makeup!

If we are honest, sometimes it can really rub us the wrong way. Yup! You’ll be so wrong to think they were born that way; born lucky and gifted. Hogwash! We’re all born with loaded potentials waiting to be discovered. God is a good God and a loving Father; He loves every one of us and has no favorite.

I love how God keeps using our children to teach me lessons! I’m not just raising them: God is raising me through them.

So our children’s aunt gave them a gift card for some goodies. The boys got some games, cookies, and candy. Faith got a coloring book, drawing pencils, candy and among others. They immediately got to work, having fun exploring, learning and enjoying their gifts. Faith got busy drawing, page after page. She’s coloring and showing off her creation. Days later, Faith was still at it, giddy with excitement and by now the boys were slightly driving me crazy fighting over their games.

Faith's drawing

I love how much they enjoyed their gifts. And I thought to myself “I would gladly buy them more gifts for no special occasion”, just because I enjoyed watching them put their gift to good use immediately. STOP! Hmmm… Wait a minute. Aha!

Here is a revelation! If I as a parent feels that way, how much more does our heavenly Father feel about us using our gift and talent? Think about that!

One gift leads to many… Could it be, that the reason why
others are discovering and doing new and greater things is that they are using their gift and talent now? They are not putting their gift on the shelf waiting for a better one. Hmm… Ponder on that.

Maybe that is why it seems like God isn’t blessing some of us with more? We keep asking Him to bless us with more, while God is wondering – Child, WHAT FOR? Why do you need another when you’ve not used what you have?

We won’t realize our potential if we don’t get on and use what God had already blessed us with.

NOTE TO SELF: Stop underestimating your gifts and talents. Not everyone can do what comes naturally and intuitively to you.

“Your gift will make room for you.” (Proverbs 18:16)

Each of us has a God-given gift. Because it’s a gift, we have done nothing to deserve or earn it: often we treat it as such.

We are born equal, but our paths are different. When we operate in our God-given gift –
no competing, no rivals.

Instead of asking God for another gift or talent, ask for courage, boldness and the confidence to step out in faith using what He has already blessed you with. Use what you’ve got and God will bless you with more. 

Update: After Hurricane Harvey

Hi everyone, thanks for all your prayers and well wishes. Thank God Hurricane Harvey is behind us. Phew! It was tough watching the news and the devastations around us. Not knowing how many more day we had to endure. But in all, we hunkered down and fixed our eyes on God. Our family is safe and dry. The rain has stopped and the sun is out. Water levels are gradually going down in my community. We give God the highest praise for keeping us safe and alive.

Houstonians are the warmest, kindest and most loving people you would ever meet. Houston is the most diverse city in America and one of the best things about Houston are the people. I ❤️ Houston. I 😍 Houstonians! There is no place I’d rather live.

Our City has a long road ahead before we can settle back to life as usual. Please continue to keep the State of Texas in your prayers. Thousands of people have been displaced, flooded out and homeless. Lives have been lost and many are without hope.

Let’s lift up all the First Responders: Emergency services, Law enforcement, Firefighters, medical personnel, local govt. and volunteers in prayer. May the Lord renew their strength and comfort the brokenhearted.

We who have been rescued have a responsibility to rescue others. ~ Christine Caine.

A giving person will receive much in return, and someone who gives water will also receive the water he needs. Proverbs 11:25

If you are alive, all is not lost. You have more than a fighting chance to recover all.

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Hunker Down: Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled.

As we battle Hurricane Harvey in my home City of Houston, Texas. Some of you are also facing spiritual storms in your lives. Hunker down, dear friends. Do not let your hearts be troubled by the things you see around you. Look only to Jesus, the Lord of the storm. He is our peace, the bridge over troubled water. 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27, ESV.

Surely the Lord’s power is enough to save you. He can hear you when you ask Him for help.
Isaiah 59:1, NCV.

You will experience peace when you seek God’s presence. Even in the midst of a storm, you will not be afraid. With your eyes, you will see the pandemonium but you will be UNTOUCHED. God has the final say for your life. God is on your side in every single storm you face.

Speak to your storm. You have the word of God in you, speak up and the enemy of your soul will flee. The Lord will see you through! What seems like the breaking of you may be your making. Trust God in the midst of the storm, He will see you through.

Where Do You Find Safety and Shelter?
In trouble times we find safety and shelter in God. We are not orphans, we are children of God.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me. Psalm 27:5, NASB. 

Our children are having the time of their lives; playing, eating and making so much noise. They are not worried about Hurricane Harvey, one bit. You know why? Because they know they are not alone by themselves. They know that their parents would do anything to protect them. Don’t forget whose you are, dear friends. You are gods; you are all children of the Most High. Psalms 82:6, NCV 

Stay safe my friends in Texas. To everyone else be encouraged. Storms never last, and tough times have never met someone like YOU before! You were created for such a time as this. Hang in there!
 

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I Refuse….

I refuse to give up on my dreams and aspirations. Giving up on me is giving up on you. I refuse. I’m taking a stand for myself and others coming after me. Even if no one stands with me: I’m standing for us. I refuse. 

Granted. Life is tough. There are many reasons to give up. Even the strongest among us have their day! Lord, I refuse!

I refuse to allow the past to determine my future. I refuse to live a life less than what God has called me to live. I refuse to allow what others say or do to change who I am. I refuse!

As long as I have a breath in me, I will pray and fast. I will take my stand and do the will of my Father. I refuse!

What about you? 

Solitude: Connecting With Your Inner Self.

Solitude is the act of connecting with your inner self. Solitude is intimacy with God. The best way to know yourself is by spending time with your Maker and yourself. Spending time alone is self-care. We need to daily check-in with our authentic self, otherwise, we become who others say we are.

It hasn’t always been this way: For many years I filled every waking moment of my life doing, chasing, stressing, striving, toiling and fussing over everything. I was running from myself and looking to others to fill the void and make me happy. If I don’t know myself, what chance does anyone has of making me happy?

Please don’t mistake Loneliness for Solitude. Solitude is a choice one makes with gladness. Loneliness is an overwhelming emotional state of mind. 

The truth is we are never alone, just alone with God. 

I am rarely bored by myself. I’ve come to love my own company.

I love spending time alone. I love being by myself. I love my own company. I enjoy talking to myself and replying myself. I love shutting out the world and just being by myself and my Maker. Spending time with God is my happy place.

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, NIV.

It is the Spirit that gives life. The flesh doesn’t give life. The words I told you are spirit, and they give life. John 6:63, NCV.

We are made of Spirit, Soul and Body. The Spirit gives life to the body. Don’t ignore your spirit. 

The spirit knows all things; what the soul and body cannot conceive.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

“The emptiness within has driven many towards religion, illicit sex, drugs, and many destructive paths. Only GOD can fill the dry and empty places in your heart. Let Him quench your thirsty soul today by yielding to His Spirit.

Just as the physical body needs healthy food and water daily. Your spirit needs solitude and daily communion with God. 

It’s documented in the Bible, how Jesus pulled away from the multitude and his disciples to spend time alone. We see this also after Paul dramatic conversion, he was alone for 3 days in solitude. (Act 9:9)

Solitude is a way of replenishing your spirit, soul, and body. Personally, If I go for days without solitude, I won’t be pleasant to live with. My body becomes out of alignment and I don’t enjoy who I become. I’m no good to myself, my family and others.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, Fill us afresh with more of You. Draw us to your presence and may we find contentment in you. From the abundance we receive, may it flow and touch everyone we come in contact with. Fill our hearts with love and compassion. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

I can’t think of a better way to end the day other than in solitude and gratitude. The Spirit is always willing,  patiently waiting and calling. Find a quiet spot and enter in. Be filled and refreshed.

In closing, Jesus said to Martha: Only one thing is important. Mary has chosen the better thing, and it will never be taken away from her. Luke 10:24, NCV.

Question: What one thing have you discovered through Solitude?

Be Grateful: Accept What Is, Let Go Of What Was.

Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.
Accept what is and let go of what was.
Be grateful for the life you have.

Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful. Accept what is and let go of what was. Be grateful for the life you have.

As the month comes to an end, I’ve been thinking about the goodness of God to our family. So easily we can focus on what we lack instead of what we have. Like everyone else, I have a long list of things I’m waiting on the Lord for. The most important things in life which money cannot buy are indeed priceless. Good health, a loving family, great friends, a happy marriage, a peaceful home, amazing children, a positive heart and outlook, wonderful neighbors, and a great community that daily inspires me. I can go on and on! I’m thankful for each and every one of you who takes the time to read my blog post and daily spend your time with me on Facebook. Your love and words of encouragement truly make a huge difference in my life. I hope you’ll take the time to count your blessings and be grateful to God for all His blessings.

Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. Psalm 40:5, NIV.

Enjoy the goodness each day brings. Today is a gift. Tomorrow can wait. Life is temporary.

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Overcoming Life’s Disappointments.

Dear friends, it seems like just yesterday when I was unashamedly desperate to get married and have babies. I know the pain of waiting to be found by my Boaz. Learning to celebrate others while I wait for my turn. Learning to overcome life’s disappointments is the route to contentment and maturity.

You can choose to focus on your disappointments or your blessings
but you can’t have both.

Disappointments are a part of life, they happen to everyone and they are painful. This is one of the things we all have in common.

Marriage: how do you navigate a relationship where you feel miserable, alone, and unloved? Even after you’ve both read The 5 Love Languages. How do you continue to love and honor someone who isn’t fulfilling his or her part? How?

Parental Rejection: How do you overcome the rejection from a parent? Having done all you know to do, but never good enough, never measure up. While trying to Honor your parents so that your day be long. How can we work together?

Education: Many have invested years in education with the promise of a high income only to discover the opposite. Many have also come to realize that their calling is different from what they studied. And the student loan debt fiasco is a constant reminder of the unfulfilled dreams they now have to pay for. How do you not look back in anger and regret?

Relationship With God: When I gave my life to Christ, I was told my life would change for the better and I will be very blessed. Many of us interpreted that to be many things. I used to believe that all good things are from God and all bad things are from the devil. I was told that all I had to do was give my tithes and offerings and God will bless me abundantly. And as an immature and lazy believer, I believed this but my bible says differently. How do you overcome the reality of your walk with God?

Relationships With Fellow Christians: Dealing with fellow believers can sometimes be our thorn in the flesh. How do you face attending a church where your fellow believer refuses to bury the hatchet? How?

The lists are endless. We can go on and on, but the pain of disappointments is real.

10 Ways You Can Overcome Life’s Disappointments.

  • Acknowledgment: Acknowledging your disappointments is the first step to healing and freedom. Be honest with yourself. Get it out in the open. Life Sucks! This isn’t heaven. Our world is broken. Our relationships are broken. We are disappointed in one another. Our expectations have been dashed. And until we address our disappointments, uncover our wounds, reveal our pains – we’ll continue to get sick, bitter and twisted.
  • Invite God Into Your Disappointments. Invite God into your situation and He will give you the right perspective.
  • Understand Your Season. Knowing your season brings clarity and helps in managing expectations.
  • Learn From Your Disappointments. Until you turn your pain into gain, it will continue to haunt you. It will continue to show up in different areas of your life and relationships.
  • Disown Your Disappointments. Refer to them in the past tense. Your words are powerful; use them to transform your life.
  • Comparison: Love Yourself and don’t compare yourself to others. Loving yourself frees you to be you and accept others for who they are. Be the kindest, nicest, happiest and the most caring and loving version of yourself. Follow your own path.
  • Forgive Yourself and Others. The only person you’ve hurt the most is yourself. Unforgiveness is holding on to pain against self. Forgiving others is forgiving you. You have no business of being in relationships with someone you won’t forgive. It’s been said that “unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping it affects someone else”. Forgive, just as Christ has forgiven you.
  • Stop Blaming and Judging Others – Stop playing the victim. Once you are over 21, you are a bona fide adult. Blaming others make you look small and keeps you stuck in the rot. We are not fit to judge anyone. Look at the mess we’ve made of our lives? No one is fit to judge you. No one! We’ve all sinned. No one is without sin. No one! Can a sinner judge another? God is the ultimate Judge!
  • Mind Your Own Business – Remove the log from your own eyes. Knowing and learning how to love yourself is your business.
  • Be The Change: I can’t think of a better way to overcome life’s disappointments than to become who you’ve always wanted to be.

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FYI: Christians Are Not Normal

The days of ordinary, normal and doing business, as usual, died over 2000 years ago when Christ was born. His conception is unrivaled. His life and death are controversial. He’s the undisputed King of kings, and Lord of lords. Jesus Christ was and is the original, misfit, outcast, troublemaker, and the unassuming underdog: all others are wannabes. Taking up a towel instead of weapons of war, laying down His life for all mankind.

He’s gentle and meek, unpredictable and unapologetic; passionately detest sin, the ultimate Rule Breaker, and the one and only Revolutionary. All other kingdoms before Him are non-existent: His Kingdom is forever! He healed on the Sabbath, forgave a woman caught in adultery, loved the little children and called out hypocrites!

The Lord is King forever. Your God, O Zion, will reign for all time. Praise the Lord! Psalm 146:10

How then can we be normal, ordinary and trying to fit in? We shouldn’t, and we’ll never fit in. Christians are not normal! Christ was not normal and neither are we. Are we supposed to be a peculiar people, a holy nation?

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 1 Peter 2:9, KJV

 

It takes courage to have faith in a God you cannot see, living in a world that thinks you are crazy.  Normal people play it safe and are too sane to walk with Jesus because they walk by sight and not faith. 

You are unique and different. You are a masterpiece, one of a kind. God created you in His image. You are the child of the Most High God. You are an Ambassador Plenipotentiary of God’s Kingdom. You are not normal, You are special. Be You!

 

 

 If you belonged to the world, its people would love you. But you don’t belong to the world.
I have chosen you to leave the world behind, and that is why its people hate you.
John 15:19, CEV. 

Here’s to anyone who has ever been called: Bible-thumper, Misfit, Eccentric, Jesus Freak, Outcast, Troublemaker, Black sheep, Different, Rebel, Crazy, Rule-breaker, Controversial, Underdog, and Nerd. Embrace your uniqueness. Our world needs you now than ever. Resist the urge to conform to normal and ordinary. Stay true to yourself; An original, never a carbon copy!

A few names here and there never hurt anyone. Wear your peculiarity as a badge of honor. The world is waiting for you. 

I’m an outcast, I don’t’ fit in. I’m alright with that! Are you?

Go Directly To God

Go directly to God. Do not lean on anyone’s understanding. Man and religion cannot save, heal or deliver, only through Christ. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5, KJB.

I am all for Church and fellowship with others. But going to Church alone does not make you a Christian. Going to Church alone does not make you a child of God. Going to church without having a personal relationship with God, equate to Works. You cannot buy your way into God’s affection, favor and blessings through works. That is why many Christians are giving up on churches because all their best efforts to live the Christian life failed. There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. Act 4:12, NLT.

Go directly to God. These are not the days of Moses. We are living in the dispensation of the Holy Spirit. Get to know God for yourself. Talk to God, cry out to Him. Spend time with God in quietness. God wants to talk to you and you can hear His voice. My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. Psalm 62:5, NASB.

Think about this: You already know the voices of your pastors, Christian leaders and what good has that done for you? Isn’t it time you know God’s voice for yourself? 

Follow Jesus Christ alone. God’s word is the same yesterday, today and forever. The only one we can trust is the Holy Spirit. Man’s theology and doctrine will constantly change with time. We can always count on the Holy Spirit to speak the mind of God. Go directly to GOD!

I pray today you will cry out to God “Show Me Your Glory.” God will honor the cry of a desperate heart, diligently hungry for more of Him. Enough of man’s theology and religion in your life. More of Yeshua our Messiah. Amen.

Do Your Part.

It only takes ONE person to shine the light. Be the light, be the voice of encouragement. Your contribution is the only part that matters the most, you are fulfilling divine purpose by actively doing your part.

At 13 years old, I lost my father through a car accident – our lives changed. My world changed. As a child, I was blindsided. My life as I knew it was never the same again. I was forced to grow up pretty quickly. I was thrust into a life I was not prepared for and I was alone in my thoughts.

Almost everyone from my father’s side of the family disappeared! Totally! We went from having numerous families’ visitation and yearly vacations to naught. 

Here’s the game changer. Here is where your part matters. Here is how you can show up big-time for others, even just doing the minimum.

I had this one Uncle; we call him Dupe’s Dad – Mr. Abiona. He was the only relative from my Dad’s side of the family who visited us faithfully every year. . He might have visited us more than once, but faithfully he never missed visiting us around a festive holiday e.g. Easter / Christmas. He would always turn up with his family bearing gifts and spending quality time with us. He would ask about my schoolwork and grades, and made me promise him that by his next visit I would have improved even more. When leaving He would always give us money, as it was the custom. Writing this makes me teary even now. My Uncle is now deceased.

My uncle did his part. It may not have seemed much to him but to my mum and me, it was HUGE! And that’s what we all ought to do – OUR PART. 

Don’t sit on the fence thinking little old me what can I do. Just do your part! Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:17, NASB.

No one can do your part. Your part is all that matters. We all have the same 24 hours. Make every day count. Make a difference in someone’s life. Little is much when God’s in it.

Who has God been tugging on your heart to visit, call or text? Do it today. Tomorrow may be too late. When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the Lord, and the Lord will pay you back. Proverbs 19:17, GNT.

Years later, after I’d been through the school of hard knocks. I was living in London, working and fending for myself. One of my Uncle reached out to me – extending an olive branch. I was not in the mood. I’ve lost faith in the so-called “village”. Bitterness and unforgiveness had taken root in my heart. And I wasn’t prepared to step down from my sanctimonious throne. I enjoyed playing the victim and that story was working for me.

I rejected his hand of friendship. I was lacking in grace and wisdom. You see I’d tasted the dark side of life, learned how to depend on myself, and my heart was closed off. Little girls may have grown up but they become wounded, jaded and untrusting. Now by God’s grace I know better.

God has placed all the help we need around us. We just need to get our fingers out and do our part. It’s really that simple. Don’t complicate things. Just Do Your Part. Everyone can help someone, because everyone has something to offer. 

May the Lord open your eyes, touch your heart and lead you to someone who desperately needs your time, love, listening ears, a shoulder to cry on, some words of encouragement or anything your can offer. Your anything is more than enough for someone. Do the minimum. Don’t’ over commit yourself. Be a ray of sunshine in someone’s nightmare. Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. Psalm 82:3, AKJV.

If You Want Some Good News Read The Bible.

The World is full of fake and sad news. If you want some Good News read the Bible. 

Now, brothers and sisters, I want you to remember the Good News I brought to you. You received this Good News and continue strong in it. 2 And you are being saved by it if you continue believing what I told you. If you do not, then you believed for nothing. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2, NCV. 

We are living in perilous time. There is hardly a day gone by that we are not bombarded with fake and sad news. We are overwhelmed, and fast becoming desensitized to news in general.

It’s been 6 years since we cut off Cable TV. Yay! We still have access to local TV, and we get by with Roku TV.

Gone are the days when Television was something to cheer you up after a long day. Television is nothing but a marketing ploy that tell lies to your vision and dull your senses.  So if you are looking for some Good News read the Bible. Get the old concordance out and make some notes.

The word of God is all you need. What better than the Good News of Jesus Christ? Think about it: A book was written just for you! To guide, instruct and teach you in the way to go. Your personal owner’s manual. The Word of God gives life to dead bones. Makes the weak become strong. Gives hope to the simple and set the captive free. Take your pick; the Bible is full of Good News – Our Daily Bread.

The next time you find yourself channel surfing – that’s your cue to drop the remote control and pick up the Good News. Take it chapter by chapter; it will keep your heart tender, sensitive and humble. Out of you will flow rivers of living water. You will have peace like a river even when the world is going crazy, you will be as stable as a rock. Unleash the word of God like a grenade and it will illuminate your Body, Soul and Spirit.

If there is such a time when we’re in dire need of the Good News, it’s now. The world systems are fast changing, failing, it makes a mockery of the our education and financial system.

Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass,
for I do whatever I wish. Isaiah 46:10

What do you have to lose? What else is there?

Grace For Today

Embrace your season, for there you will find the grace for today.

I am thankful for every day, but I’m partial to Saturday. It’s like my morning off, I get to stay in bed while my husband is in charge. Dad’s homemade pancakes are the highlight of our week. Our children are learning that marriage is a teamwork. They have the front role seats in our marriage and they are most likely to replicate what they see in our home.

It hasn’t always been this way: for the first 7 years of our married life, my husband’s job took him all over the world. I’m talking Africa, North America, Europe, India, and Russia. Those days were tough on us as a family, the children were younger and we had never been down that path before. We were apart for weeks and sometimes a whole month. We sailed through because we had God’s grace for that season and the same vision for our family. We never lost sight of each other and extending grace to one another along the way. Although apart, we both knew we were contributing and committed to our vision from afar.

And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9, AKJB.

Taking it one day at a time is how we are meant to navigate this life. You have all the strength, wisdom, inspiration and perseverance for today. No matter what you are going through and the giant in your path, if you focus on now, you can handle it. There is a saying “How do you eat an elephant: One bite at a time.

God has made available to you a portion of grace just for today. Use it. Through grace, you will find contentment. Grace keeps us humble by daily learning to trust in God for everything and never leaning on our understanding.

God has given us the grace for each day. We are not promised tomorrow, only today. His grace is sufficient for today only. Stop investing your hopes and dreams in an uncertain future. God never promised you tomorrow only today.

Surrender, relinquish control to God – start afresh today!

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.  2 Corinthians 13:14, NIV.

You Get Back What You Put In.

This child of mine does not like getting her hair washed. And she refuse to have it cut. She wants to have her cake and eat it too. 🙄.  All she has to do is to sit down while I do the work. #NaturalHairDrama

God is not a magician with a magic wand. – Pope Francis

Isn’t that how we are with God? We don’t want to spend time doing Bible study and praying, but we want God to shower us with blessings beyond measure! We want something for nothing. Oh well how is that working out for you? You will get back what you put in it.

“I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and
I know you by name.”
(Ex 33:17, NIV) 

Sometimes in life, you have to do the very thing you don’t enjoy to have the life you desire.  

La Fin. The End!  

God’s Way Or No Way!

There is only one way: God’s way. Its God’s way or no way. A relationship with God is based on His terms and conditions. You cannot walk with God hoping to fulfill your agenda. It’s God’s way or No way! It’s not about us; It has never been about us. All along God has been waiting for your and I to figure out — IT’S ALL ABOUT HIM!


Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? Amos 3:3


God's way

Like a father He’s full of mercy and grace. When we were little children He treated us as such; He fed us with milk because we couldn’t digest solid food and meat. Now, as adults, He’s given us room to roam around to discover our strengths and gifts but to lean on Him for our weaknesses and calling. There is only so far we can go without Him. We cannot obtain our inheritance without fulfilling His terms and conditions.

There are no shortcuts to a relationship with God. We can’t pick and choose how we relate or communicate with God. It’s God way: Prayer, fellowship, worship, meditation and studying His word are some of the different ways He chooses to communicate. If we truly desire to know God, we must surrender and submit to His will, way and purpose.

You have the freedom to do whatever you like, but you must also be prepared to live with the consequences of your choice. God has given you a free will, be careful what you do with it.

Question
Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? 

Finding Your Happy Place

What Is Your Happy Place?
Your happy place can be a person, thing, place or an event.  It’s where you come alive, inspired, a safe haven to retreat and find solace. 

You are not designed to flourish in every terrain.
When you find your happy place, you will find your people.

Praying is my happy place.
Prayer is a place of intimacy with God. It takes being uncomfortable to be comforted by God. When my dear friend, Lisa, came over and asked if we could pray together? Joy, unspeakable joy! I enjoy praying alone, with my family and others. Doing what makes me happy with others makes my life and relationships richer and stronger.

When you find your happy place, you will find your people.

Serving Others.
Through serving others, I’ve discovered my spiritual gifts and my happy place. From ushering, to prayer partner, leading a group, working in the children ministry and much more have led to making new friends. Lisa is my people! And how did I meet Lisa? When I joined my church’s prayer team! Seriously, you can’t make this up!

Doing Life Together.
With my husband and children. Need I say more? We have weathered many storms together. It’s an honor to share our journey and the cares of this world together. Kissing and hugging my children and Hubby is my happy place. I can’t get enough of them. Doing life together joyfully with my husband and children is my happy place. They are my people!

Solitude.
My favorite thing to do is spending time alone with no agenda. Connecting my spirit with God is a daily must for me. Spending time with God is my happy place. Tuning out all the noise and chaos of this world is my lifeline.  I love it and I can’t get enough of it.

Encouraging others are my happy place.
Whether it’s sharing the good news through encouraging post, quotes or chatting to a total stranger or being a shoulder for others are my happy place. I’ve made life-long friendship, acquire new skills, and discovered my calling. I enjoy connecting with new friends on FB, Twitter & Instagram. 

When you find your happy place, you will find your people.
I met my friend, Bomi, about 7 years ago through blogging. True story: I reached out to her after months of stalking her blog, Jollynotes. I sent her an email telling her how much I’ve admired her blogging ministry and how much she had been a blessing to me. She replied with open hands and open heart. We’ve been friends ever since. She is a breath of fresh air, awesome encourager, and mega positive. Everyone needs a friend like Bomi. She is my people.

Praise and Worship
I can’t carry a tune to save my life. But I love to dance and worship My King, My Lord, and Savior. It is the one place where I don’t hold back my tears. With hands raised up and heart pounding to the rhythm of Heaven – I feel His presence. Our home is filled with worship songs. We are a family of worshipers.

Reading.
Give me a book anytime and day, and I’m happy! Bible, Christian books, Leadership, Financial, and Biographies. I just finished reading Five Little Questions That Reveal the Life God Designed for You – Dannah Gresh.  

Showing Kindness to Strangers.
Shopping for groceries is not that exciting. One of my favorite things to do at the store is letting others go before me on the queue. My cart is usually full shopping for a family of 5, and letting those with less go ahead makes my day! Random Acts of  Kindness is my happy place and shopping has a new meaning!

Spontaneous get-together.
I love it when we get together with our families of friends for no specific reason. It’s an awesome time for parents to catch-up and safe for children to run around crazy! Catching up with friends is my happy place.

A Relationship with Christ.
Seeking a deeper relationship with Christ is absolutely my Top happy place. Each time I think I know Christ a little, I find I don’t! This relationship keeps me alert and alive, leaves no room for complacency. I am forever growing; in and out of transitions and seasons. I am forever changed and learning more in my walk with Him

Wrong place and bad association can suffocate your gift and steal your joy.
Find your happy place and thrive.

I hope by sharing my happy places, you are inspired to discover yours. You are not designed to flourish in every terrain. When you find your happy place, you will find your people.

What is that place for you? Have you discovered your happy place?

Don’t Know When And What To Pray About?

Prayer is whatever you make of it. It can be boring, exciting or tedious. In this post I’ve put  together some ideas regarding when and what to pray about. Let’s make prayer fun and exciting again! Enjoy! 

Pray when you’re afraid.
Pray when you’re confused.
Pray when you’re happy.
Have a set time for prayer. 
Pray when you are desperate.
Pray when you’re happy.
Keep praying when you’re sick.
Pray for others.
Pray when you’re driving.
Pray over your children
Pray when you’re weak.
Pray for yourself.
Pray for your employer.
Pray for clarity and wisdom.
Pray for your country.
Pray for those who persecute you.
Pray especially for those who annoy you.
Keep praying when life doesn’t make sense.
Pray until prayer becomes second nature.  Pray when you don’t feel like praying. Read books on prayer.
Offer to pray at any opportune time. Keep records of your prayers. Start a prayer group. Pray the scriptures. Go on prayer walk. Start a prayer line. Tell others the impact of prayer on your life. Pray for the lost. Pray in tongues; in the spirit. Pray in the name of Jesus. Pray in secret. Pray according to the Word of God. Pray in faith. Confess your sins in prayer. Pray with a pure heart. Keep prayer simple and specific. Pray with expectations. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray for the will of God. Keep praying. Prayer works. Never stop praying!

Prayer is our spiritual exercise. No equipment or gym membership required.
You can pray anytime and anywhere. Why not pray right now!