Isn’t It Time You Pick Yourself?


God personally handpicked you. Isn’t it time you pick yourself? 


Jesus’ birth was surrounded in mystery, shame and scandal. It was the talk of the town; an illegitimate child was not a joking matter back then and even now. People talked then, nothing has changed now. Joseph and Mary endured the shame and gossip. Oftentimes we think we are the only ones affected.

God chose Mary & Joseph. You are not here by accident; God chose you. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” (Luke 1:28) While Joseph ponder on what to do about their situation. “An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:20)

God handpicked Jesus from his name down to his purpose and destiny. Isn’t it time you discover what God says about you?

And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1: 31-33)

You have not chosen the way you were born. But from today onwards, you can choose the way you live your life. Don’t just live for living sake. Live for Christ. Live a life worth emulating. Live well. Be unforgettable.

Here’s what God says about you!
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)

Dwelling on the past will never change the present and future. Blaming others and not taking responsibility Is a hopeless and powerless way to live. Years of lie and deceit will never get you to fulfill your destiny talk less of being happy.  You can break the cycle by being truthful to yourself. You alone know the areas to work on. Take your life back.

Jesus was not immune from slander and gossip. He rose above it and so will you. You are here now. You made it against all odds. It hasn’t been easy, it’s never is.

Isn’t it time you pick yourself? 

Live Your Life Not The Joneses

You can live what some would call an average life and be blissfully happy with a humble and grateful heart. Or then again you can choose to live what others would call a successful life, up to your eyeballs in debt, totally stressed out and miserable. The choice is yours. Whatever you do, make sure you’ve defined success and happiness for yourself. It’s your life, live it – not the Joneses.


The rich and famous aren’t necessarily happier than you.


Live Your Life

Break Free To Dream Big

May you break out of the self-imposed prison of your mind. There is a giant in you, desperate to break free. Lose yourself from the shackles! Nobody is going to do it for you. You hold the KEY!


In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free. (Psalm 118:5)


You have to break free to dream BIG. Until you break free, you will not experience your breakthrough! 

Prayer:

God, Help us to break every bad habits we’ve formed that are holding us back from fulfilling our purpose and having a breakthrough. Amen!


Break free to dream big

Hush and Listen

Hush. Be quiet and listen.


It’s not the noise outside that silences the voice of God; It is the noise within.


After the earthquake there was a fire. But the Lord wasn’t in the fire. And after the fire there was a quiet, whispering voice. (1 Kings 19:12)

Sad truth; many believers do not know His voice but are well acquainted with the voices of Pastors and Celebrities. God is alway speaking but we don’t know His voice because we have not spent enough time to get to know His voice.

Now is the time to practice the act of seeking, hearing and knowing God’s voice for yourself. Every follower of Christ ought to know His voice.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20)

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It Is Well

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

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

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

Whose help are you seeking?

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

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

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

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Take A Break From All Your Worries

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

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

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

Take a break from all your worries

 

December: Showers of Blessing.

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

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

Being Yourself

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

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

Being You

God Is Always Doing Something New

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

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

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

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November: The Month of Thanksgiving

The Month of Thanksgiving 

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

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

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

October Prayer: Month of Freedom

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

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

HAPPY NEW MONTH OF OCTOBER!
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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?

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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!

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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!