QOTD: You Are More Than A CONQUEROR!

You are MORE THAN A CONQUEROR! From today onwards, think like a conqueror!
Speak like a conqueror! Walk like a conqueror! You are a CONQUEROR! 

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Romans 8:37, NKJV.

God Will Never Give Up On You.

No matter how hard you fight against the will of God, and how long it takes, God will never give up on you. Don’t ever give up on yourself!  

I cannot take credit for the woman that I am today. I resisted her, but God never gave up on me. 

Dear Friends, He who has called you is willing, able and equipped. You’re never too old, broken or lost for God to use you. Come to him just as you are. 

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have
not known.” Jeremiah‬ ‭33:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬.

Remember the prodigal son? He represents every one of us who have ever screwed up, messed up and lost. Yet, one day he came to himself, to his right mind and returned home to the Father. When his Father saw him from afar off, he didn’t wait for him but ran towards his son. That is the picture of our loving Father waiting for us to come home.  

Even if the whole world is against you and you truly deserved to be locked up and put to death: God will never give up on you. It’s never too late to run to God and although He’s the God of many chances, you are not promised tomorrow only today.

He who calls you is faithful; he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24, CSB.

Prayer: Thank You Lord for not leaving me to myself; as I was. Thank You for drawing me closer to You and giving me a bigger vision for my life. Amen!

QOTD: Call On Jesus.

Before you reach for the phone, pick up your bible. Before you call a friend, call on Jesus. In every season, Jesus Christ is truly the only friend who sticks closer than a brother.

In every season call on Jesus

Seen. Heard. Loved.

Everyone you meet wants to be seen, heard and loved. Loving someone does not mean you are in agreement with them. Love is a commandment, not an option.

The greatest need in the world is not money: It’s love! To love and be loved in return is what everyone longs for. The Majority of the world’s problem can be traced back to not being seen, heard and loved. Years of being ignored only turn a person to acts of hatred. You can’t give what you don’t have. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. Matthew 12:35, NIV.

Do You See Me?
How can we love people we don’t even see? How can we listen to people we’ve not spent time with? To be seen, heard and loved are the key ingredients of any great relationship. Relationships take time, it requires patience and understanding.

True Story: One day on a fine Sunday morning, honestly, I just wanted to stay home and have a pity party. Yep, it was that kind of day. But I knew better, so I dragged myself to church. I sat right at the back, so I could be alone. Not knowing that God had me sit there for a reason. The lady usher that day was in the spirit and knew something was not right. At the end of the service, she came over to me, made some small talk and asked if she could hug and pray for me. I lost it after that. With all my defenses down, I shed a tear or two. I needed the hug and prayer. See that! She saw me. She saw my pain, even though I hid it very well. Then she did something about it! I left church feeling great. Was my problem solved? No! But I had a better attitude and was able to think things through. Go bless ushers all over the world. May God give us eyes to see the unseen. Amen. 

Hello! Can You Hear Me?
Everyone wants to be heard. Little boys and girls. Adults of all ages and race need to be heard. Being ignored can only lead to something bad. Yet, we ignore each other’s need because they did it to us first. As a wife, I want to be heard by my husband and often times I remind him that “Listening is not agreement.”

Let’s be better listeners. Allow the other person to speak uninterrupted (just recently a friend told me off for doing just that). Give undivided attention, not rehearshing your reply while they’re still speaking!  God, give us hearing hearts and ears and let our words bring healing, peace, and love. 

Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.
Show me the angriest, obnoxious and hard to get along person and I will show you someone who is screaming out for love. Everyone needs love. Love disarms the strong and turns enemies into friends. Love breaks down barriers. Love bear one another’s load. 

Love is a language that can be relearned over time. But if we don’t make it a priority to see, hear and listen, we are incapable of loving well.

How to communicate love.
By investing quality time getting to know the person. We don’t determine how someone is loved. Each person has a unique way they want to be loved well and if in doubt, ask!. Love is not forced. And the heart that is loved, knows. God, teach us how to love one another. Help us to see behind the facade and walls of pain others hide behind. May everyone we come across leaves differently. Amen!

“I’ve talked to nearly 30,000 people on this show, and all 30,000 had one thing in common: They all wanted validation. If I could reach through this television and sit on your sofa or sit on a stool in your kitchen right now, I would tell you that every single person you will ever meet shares that common desire. They want to know: ‘Do you see me? Do you hear me? Does what I say mean anything to you?’ – Oprah Winfrey.

Charity Begins at Home – Start with your family, friends, colleagues, neighbors and everyone you meet. It will change your life and others.

No matter what you might be going through: God sees, hears and loves you.

Pray For One Another.

Dear Friends, Let us continue to pray for one another. Someone can use your prayers today. Prayer works! Right now God has placed a person in your heart, be obedience & engage heaven. Stand in the gap and intercede, lives will be transformed. Prayer works!  God still hears and answers prayers. Let us pray.

Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24, ESV. 

When Job prayed for his friends God answered and blessed Job in return. I’m praying for supernatural healing, the sick will be made whole, the deaf will hear, blind will see and any afflicted among you shall be delivered in Jesus name.

I’m praying for supernatural healing, the sick will be made whole, the deaf will hear, blind will see and any afflicted among you shall be delivered in Jesus name.

God will restore marriages: none shall be divorced. Separated spouse will return home. You will fall in love with one another again. You will find pleasure and satisfaction in each other like never before.

God is turning the heart of the parents back to their children, and every prodigal is coming home. Rejoice, dry up your tears, and praise God!

None shall be jobless, unemployed and in debt. You will be an employer of labor. God will bless you with uncommon ideas and strangers will pay off your outstanding debt. You will lend to God and never borrow from anyone again.

And two shall become one: for everyone who desires marriage, may the Holy Spirit lead you. And may the Lord bless you with the flesh of your flesh and may your home be established in Christ Jesus. Amen!

The Lord will heal all those who are brokenhearted from rejection, abandonment, unloved, backstabbing, injustice, mourning, loneliness, betrayal, humiliation, and much more. God will create in you a new heart and you will no longer remember the pain from the past. Amen!

None shall be barren! I declare healing and total restoration to your body, spirit, and soul of every mother reading this prayer. I command your womb to receive Holy Ghost fire, every cells and tissue in your body to supernaturally be regenerated in the mighty name of Jesus! Amen! Lord, we thank you for answered prayers, to you belong all praise, honor, and adoration. Amen!

Lord, I commit the desires of everyone in your capable hands – You know our needs, bless us with your desires. As we look to you alone, may we not be discouraged, disappointed or ashamed. We receive fresh anointing, grace upon grace and favor to increase in every area of our life in Jesus name. And everybody says???

If you’ve been blessed by this prayer, please share with others. May the Lord bless you in return. Thank you! 💕

It’s Time To Come Out From Hiding.

It’s time to come out from among them and stop hiding behind things that keep us living in sin bondage and a life less than God’s best, stepping into the Light, Truth, Sonship, Purpose, and Destiny.

Jeremiah 23:24 (NIV) “Can anyone hide in the secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.

Dear Friends, Nobody is coming to rescue you. No one is coming to save you. Sorry to burst your bubble single ladies: Prince Charming is not coming on a white horse to rescue you. And to my married sisters: Two lost people cannot become whole and one just because they put a ring on it. And my Brother, you know what time it is: It is time for you to step into your rightful place and divine calling. The world is waiting, and eternity is waiting for you to be revealed.

God is waiting for us to get our act together, by taking the first step, doing what we already know to do. Then favor, goodness, and mercy will follow and assist us as we step into who we were created to be.

Things We Hide Behind.

Career: Don’t we just love ourselves too much. What is one of the first question people ask: What do you do for a living? Yes? That is how much importance we have placed on our careers as if we are our titles. What happens after the job comes to an end?

Success: You are either winning or losing in life, right? Success is measured by what you own and how well you are doing in the income bracket. Let’s forget if we are in debt fighting for our dear life. That house of cards is going to come crashing down without God. Have you redefined success for yourself?

Talents: Have you discovered your calling yet? Hmmm… Too bad if you haven’t, because in the world – talent is everything. And those who have discovered theirs are the happening people, they’ve got it going on and life is great. And we all worship at the throne of their talents and only wished we have discovered ours. Be humble and thankful for your gifts and talents. Be careful: Don’t let pride go to your head. Are you using your talents for God?

Marriage: Oh yes this is the ultimate goal. Right? Everyone wants that perfect marriage which everyone else aspires to. The problem with this goal is even those who we think have that marriage don’t even know they have it because they are so aware of their flaws and know the true state of their marriage which may not be obvious to outsiders. Is your marriage Christ-centered?

Beauty: It’s true, beauty will open many doors if you’ve got it or can afford to buy it.  The downside of beauty is it cannot be sustained, the competition is fierce and like everything else, it is temporary. Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. Proverbs 31:30. Are you deeply rooted in Christ?

Children: Both the haves and have-nots complain about them. We outdo each other on how special, beautiful and talented they are. FYI: mine has been preaching and speaking in tongues straight from the womb. Lol! Seriously, our children will eventually grow up, leave home and what then?

Family: How much pride do we put on our name and family heritage. For some of us, it’s a case of my name is Bond, James Bond. It’s a great blessing having a godly heritage, but it’s not for hiding behind. Do you have a personal relationship with God?

You are not the family you were born into. Your family is not the making of you, God is!”

Education: Yep! Go to school, get good grades and you will be set for life! That’s what we were taught and we continue to feed our children the same lies. All the qualifications in the world are not going to save us from what’s coming. Education is great, but is that what God created you for?

Possession: Let’s be honest who doesn’t want to live in a great neighborhood and have decent stuff for their children? If you answer no, I’m praying for you. Lol! Of course, we want something for all our hard work. Just don’t let your possessions possess you. Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroy them, and where thieves break in and steal. Matthew 6:19, NLT. Where is your treasure stored?

Ministry: For sure this can’t be a bad thing, serving God? Yep! Even doing the Lord’s work can easily become an idol we hide behind. All in the name of the Lord: It is possible to be serving man while pretending to serve God. Not everyone is called to the pulpit ministry and not every church is ordained by God. Are you serving God or man?

No ministry or vocation is greater than a personal relationship with God.

Our History: What’s your story? Everyone’s got one. I was born this way. My family is like this. I’m this way because of my upbringing and past experience. I was rejected, abandoned and unloved. We’ve all been dealt a bad hand at some time and while not trying to downplay your unfortunate and no doubt sad story: It’s time to stop hiding behind it. 

Sin: If we refuse to confront our sins it becomes our prison and hiding place. In a matter of time, we end up in a vortex of lies and deceit. Convincing ourselves that’s our thorn in the flesh and we’ll stop trying. That’s not living, its hiding and dying slowly. Christ has set you free. Are you living free?

These are merely few of the things we hide behind. I hope you can identify which one pertains to you and ask God to show you the way out.

Is God against having a great marriage, career, family, and beautiful things? Absolutely not! Only if those things have you, have a hold and a grip on your life and has become your idol! Yes. God will not share you with anyone and anything, any longer. 

Transparency: One of the things I love about blogging is it allows me to confront my flaws and weaknesses. There have been many times in the past that I’ve delayed posts which convicted me until I was willing to lay that area of my life down to God. Don’t ever think that Pastors, leaders, Teachers and the writer of this blog are perfect and without sins. 

We can hide and run from people, but we cannot hide or outrun God. 

Are You Out Yet?
Dear Friends, It’s time to come out. It’s time to fulfill your God-given purpose. It’s time to live freely and be YOU!

If you don’t come out from amongst them and the things in which you’ve put your trust in, they would eventually oust and fail you.

Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord.Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” 2 Corinthians 6:17 (NKJV)

God loves you way too much to watch you daily reaffirm your commitment to bondage. 

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Beyond Blessed

You are blessed beyond measure, going out and coming in. Has the Lord been Good to you? Tell somebody, tell everyone, scream it from the mountaintop that God is good and His love endures forever! Amen!

Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
Deuteronomy 28:6

What Jesus did for you and me is a big DEAL. I can’t and won’t keep it to myself. If it makes someone uneasy or un-friend me that is a little price to pay. Jesus paid with His life. Are you kidding me!

beyond-blessedEven on your worst days, you are beyond blessed. 

Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace.bAnd your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace. – Jerry Bridges.

Reminding ourselves of our blessings leads to a grateful heart and a thankful spirit. Be grateful for where you are and what you have: many people will gladly trade places with you in a jiffy!.

Wishing everyone a blessed week ahead! 

God Favors The Bold.

Don’t be afraid to stand up for your beliefs, even if it means standing alone. It is better to speak up against the majority than to live with the regret of being a silent minority. Perhaps you may save a soul.

I expect and hope that I will not fail Christ in anything but that I will have the courage now,
as always, to show the greatness of Christ in my life here on earth, whether I live or die.
Philippians 1:20, NCV.

True faith in God will cause you to walk alone. Abram left his home for an unknown future. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone in faith. God favors the bold and He will not fail you.

You Will Never Regret Doing Good.

Even when we’re falling apart on the inside, we can still appear strong for others. Someone needs your strength today, be courageous. A little help, a word of encouragement can go a long way and give hope to others.

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
James 4:17

There is never a wrong time to do the right thing. Even if no one notices or appreciates your kindness and good deeds; God sees and rewards accordingly. You will never regret doing good.

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped. Proverbs 11:25 

When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others. Philippians 2:3-4, NCV.

Dear God, Teach us how to be caring and sensitive toward the needs of others. May your love be our only motive, and never driven by selfish gain and ambition. May all the glory belong to God alone. Amen!

QOTD: The Lord Is Your Constant Companion.

Dear Friends,
The Lord is your constant companion. Seasons and friends may come and go, but The Lord is forever with you. He is there with you in your darkest hours, never once leaving your side.

Have a blessed day!

Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord have never forsaken those who seek You.
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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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