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!

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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 be 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!

Three Gifts : Love, Give and Forgive

Three gifts we can offer to the world; Love, Give, Forgiveness. 

Love without motives. Give without expectations. Forgive without conditions. ― Buky Ojelabi

Three gifts - Love, Give and Forgive

Everyone can love through words and deeds. Love doesn’t mean approval. Love means I care for you the way I would care for myself. Love means I would do to you as I hope someone would do to me.  Love without motives is fearless love. 

Everyone has the capacity to give something and be of service to someone. A word of encouragement, a listening ear, a hug and giving of your time to others.  Giving without expectations is a gift that keeps giving. It reinforces our faith in humanity, the giver in us is awakened and it helps us to receive freely. That is how we keep the circle of life on-going.

Everyone can forgive because we have all been forgiven. When we forgive others, it frees us from our chains. Forgiveness is an act of self-love you can give to yourself and others.  

You Are Loved!

Imagine me holding your face in my hands looking straight into your beautiful eyes, saying those very words to you in my beautiful (so I have been told) African accent, “YOU ARE LOVED”. You are so loved by God and you deserve someone who will not only appreciate your good but love your bad too. Let’s be honest, we’ve all got a crazy side. Well, maybe just me! I know it and my darling husband of almost 11 years knows it too.

From my teenage years I noticed that I don’t have that great relationship with my mom like most girls do. A part of me wanted her to be the one I tell all my secrets to without repercussion. The one I run to in time of trouble, but sadly it wasn’t to be. It left me feeling like I was difficult to love, difficult to get along with. The more I tried the more misunderstood I felt and you could say rejected.

You Are Loved!

Those same feelings reappeared during my previous marriage and divorce. I sometimes wondered if I was loveable. In fact my divorce made me believe that no one would put up with me talk less stick around. Throughout my journey, mammas keeps showing up in my life, loving me and affirming me. Secretly I expected them to leave and I prepared myself so that it wouldn’t hurt so much.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19 NIV)

God’s love has been constant when others left; He’s always waiting with open arms. For so long I put others before God. You see, all I’ve ever known is how to love by what was demonstrated to me and around me. So I keep repeating the crazy cycle; Even when God was there I keep taking Him for granted. God’s love is different, unlike humans who love you when you are pleasing and they can get something from you. God’s love is unconditional, no ulterior motive, not based on my goodness. He loves you no matter what, you don’t have to perform to earn His love.

You are not difficult to love. You are perfect in your imperfections. And God has some amazing people who will love you faults and all.

God’s love is all-encompassing; it fills up the void, its overflowing and satisfying. We are able to forgive and love others out of His consuming love and able to withstand rejection.

God’s love is the ONLY LOVE that matters. You are well and truly loved!

PRAYER
My prayer for you today is that God Himself will fill your heart and soul with His love as you call out to Him to fill every void in your life. May you be rooted and established in the power of His love and you are able to forgive and love others. May your life and those around you be transformed forevermore. Amen!

Pray And Talk It Out With God

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

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QOTD: Don’t Forget To Say Thank You!


“Don’t hate those who oppose you. They’re there to provoke you into your destiny. Don’t forget to send them an anonymous thank you card later!” ― Buky Ojelabi


Hindsight is a beautiful thing. Don’t let resentment steal your blessing. You are too blessed to be bitter! 

Thank you!

Wait Training

 

What seems like a delay is God’s way of preparing you for your destiny. Use the down time to prepare yourself. Don’t go AWOL while on active duty!


Waiting time is God’s training time. Don’t put your life on hold while waiting on your future. Walk with God and let Him fill in the blanks! ― Buky Ojelabi


Your blessing is just around the corner! Don’t lose heart. Pray while waiting and be prepared to obey when God speaks.

Wait Training

PRAYER
O Lord, we wait on You to do that which no man can do.
Our eyes are set upon the hills where our help come from.
Lord, Help us to accept the things we cannot change.
Give us the strength to abide in you in this season.
Open our eyes to see the lessons in our failures
and the blessings in our obedience. Amen!

Change Your Thoughts

Our thoughts are a reflection of who we are on the inside. It frames how we see the world. We don’t have control over how others behave but we can change how we think. Change starts from within. Change is not a short-term plan, it’s a lifestyle. Change is a personal choice not an imposition. 

The world becomes a peaceful place once you realize how power-FULL your thoughts are. There is no need to give someone a piece of your mind. Keep your thoughts pure, peaceful and loving towards yourself and others. It really does change the world around you but most importantly it changes YOU!

Thinking well of others may not change them. It will change how you view the world and makes you feel great on the inside. Change starts from within! ― Buky Ojelabi

PRAYER
Dear God, Change us from the inside out into the image of your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things. Let us fix our eyes and thoughts on Jesus Christ the Author and Finisher of our faith. Fill our thoughts with what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable, excellent and worthy of praise. We cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. We take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Teach us how to love like you. Help us to see everyone through your eyes. Forgive us for judging and thinking ill of others. Amen! So shall it be in Jesus name, Amen. 

Own Your Uniqueness

What looks insignificant to you is mind-boggling to others. The right environment will showcase your talents. Don’t compare yourself to others. Your gift will make room for you if you don’t give up.

Stop underestimating your gifts and talents. Not everyone can do what comes naturally and intuitively to you. ― Buky Ojelabi

Own Your Uniqueness

PRAYER
My prayer for you today is that the Lord will give you the boldness and courage to step out and be who God has called you to be. In Jesus name, Amen.