Day 12 – Thankful For Faith

Precious Faith

Today, I am thankful for my daughter Faith. You are my first miracle child. You are my pride and joy. You keep me grounded, focused and super busy!

I am thankful to God for blessing us with you and making me a joyful mother.

I would lay my life down for you; you are loved, wanted and adored.
You are not here by accident but you were birthed through prayer. You are my proof that God is merciful, compassionate and that He loves me.

Faith, at 9 months you were still in breech position and the doctor’s attempt to turn you over failed. I had to be operated on; some said having a C-Section would be painful and scary. I guess I didn’t have time to think about it.

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Day 11 – Thankful For My In-Laws

Day 11: Thankful for My In-Laws

Today, I am thankful for my wonderful in-laws. I am proud to be part of God’s family that truly love and care for each other.  Whatever misgivings I may have had about in-laws have been completely dispelled.

This year we celebrated our 6 yrs of marital bliss and my in-laws contributed to our happy marriage by not interfering or having an agenda. They simply supported us with their love and prayers. It is so clear to me that they wished us nothing but pure happiness and joy and they have demonstrated that by just loving us in return.

To My In-Laws
Thank you for supporting us always with prayers and treating us equally with love and respect.

Thank you for your wise counsel and constantly covering us with prayers. We can never get enough of that! By your conducts, you have been great examples for us to imitate. Thank you for stepping up to the plate and having a standard of excellence for us to follow

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The No.1 Lesson I’ve Learned in 2011

The No.1 Lesson I’ve Learned in 2011.

I have learned many lessons this year but one stands out the most. I can’t get away from it; everywhere I go it keeps popping up.

The last straw was at the women fellowship I had in my house in October. Finally, I got it and received it.

I can’t help wondering, why did it take me till October to finally get it? All along it was staring me in the face though?

I know the reasons why it took that long. I got busy with life and wasn’t paying attention. The other real reason was I didn’t want to face the truth.
Towards the end of each year I take a review of the entire year. I am doing exactly that around this time now.

There are many lessons to be learned this year, if you and I have been paying attention. If you have been present and honest in your life with yourself, you must have seen at least one lesson.

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Day 10 – Thankful For Past Failures

Today, I am thanking God for my past failures. All my past failures were necessary for me to be where I am now.  I am thankful that in spite of my shortcomings, weaknesses and past failures that God chose to use this broken vessel.

Thank You, Lord for turning my problems into opportunities, failures into successes, mistakes into a message and test into a testimony.

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead (Phil 3:13)

Throughout my life, I have sinned and at one point I didn’t think that I was worthy of God’s love. I was wrong. I’m worthy, we are all worthy.

God loves you and me just the way we are and he doesn’t require perfection just that we say YES and follow Him.

Through those past failures, I have learned more about myself and the power of God in transforming lives.

While God is putting the broken pieces of our lives back together. We must be careful
not to condemn, judge and write ourselves off. Most importantly be patient.
It’s a Process. Trust His timing. 
He makes all things beautiful in His time.

 

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Day 9 – Thankful For My Church HWC

Today, I am thanking God for my church family at HWC. We have been members for 5 years and it’s a great honor and privilege serve under the leadership of Pastor Randy and Lucie Needham.

When we discovered HWC, from the very first day we knew this is where we belong. We have experience love on a new level and they have redefined what family is for me.

Those that are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. (PS 92:13)

A church serves the local community and that is simply what we have experienced.

The church is not the building but community of believers, body of Christ.


35 Reasons Why I Am Thankful for My Church

  1. They preach the truth from the bible
  2. We believe in speaking in tongues.
  3. We are a multi cultural church
  4. They have excellent children church, our children love it
  5. They have a thriving youth ministry; I had to restrain myself from jumping up when I attended their service.
  6. The pastors are time conscious as they know and appreciate our time and that we have other life demands
  7. They have a heart for missions
  8. They run a wonderful bible school ~ All Nations School Of Ministry
  9. They are passionate about prayer and you can join several prayer groups

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Day 8 – Thankful For A Brand New Day

Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to see another day.God created 7 days so that you and I can always start afresh.

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

We are created to love God and people. The life that we live is not just for ourselves but also to glorify God

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Day 7 – Thankful For Teachers

Today, I am thankful for my children’s teachers at their daycare and church. I am thankful for great teachers all over the world.

Personally, I won’t volunteer or opt to be a teacher. It takes a unique kind of person to do the job. My attempt to teach our children simple things at home have led me to put myself in time-out.

I salute great all the teachers for the wonderful work that they do. Teachers are destiny shapers.

I have seen the positive influence they have impacted on our children lives. Their teachers go above and beyond their call of duty.

It takes a village to raise a child and teachers are part of our community. Our children tend to spend an ample amount of time with them and they’ve helped in making us parents look good.

Teachers/Nannies are valued members of my dream team. They have contributed to us being good parents.

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Day 6 – Thankful For My Neighbors

Today, I am thankful for my wonderful neighbors Steph and Buddy. We have lived at our current home for the past 5 years.

Our neighbors are my go to person whenever I need help. They made our transition to the neighborhood effortless. As a new mom and not knowing much, Steph recommended our children’s pediatrician and we are still with the same doctor.

They have been a blessing to our family and always looking out for us. Just a few weeks ago I had a bust pipe outside my house and a licking shower.

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Day 5 – Thankful For Houston

The City of Houston is very dear to my heart. For the first time in my life I can say that I have never felt at home more than when I am in Houston. I moved to Houston in 2005.

Houston is a great city and every nationality is here. It is indeed the melting pot and its people are the greatest asset. They are unique, gracious, generous, kind, courteous and southern hospitality at its best.

I love Houstonians and I feel right at home here. We are proud Houstonians and our children are proud Lil Texans.

What is there not to love about H-Town? The people are warm, friendly and upbeat. I am sure loneliness is not in their vocabulary. I can go to Wal-Mart and make friends just talking to a complete stranger.

Who doesn’t like a man in cowboy boots and a hat, YEA HAW! The best cuisines from around the world are at your fingertips. Their men are respectful and they can call me ma’am all day long. Their women are like sisters from another mother. I have been very blessed with finding favor with Houstonians and I couldn’t pray enough for God to continue to bless my City, Houston.

Of all the cities in the world God would have me found my husband, get married and have 3 Lil Texans, it had to be Houston! A lover of good food and appreciation for the hot weather of Houston.

Say what you like about Americans, they are the warmest people I have ever met. That is saying something from an African, as Africans are known for their warm hospitality and disposition.

Houston is the City of God, God loves Houstonians and we are truly blessed in all things Oil. We love our trucks, fishing and our right to bear arms.

There is no excuse for not attending a church, we are right on the Bible belt and there are a variety of churches all over Houston.

One of those great churches is our Houston Worship Centre. A church with a big heart for people.

All I have experienced in Houston is open arms and warm hearts. God bless the City of Houston. Yea haw!

Question ~ What City are you thankful for?

Day 4 – Thankful For Mammas

If you have been a follower of my blog then you know of the mammas already. The mammas have been to me what Naomi was to Ruth.

The mammas are the Titus women in Titus 2:4 “-that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children..”     .

This year I have experienced your love in a new way. God has sent me the best of the best mammas to guide, nurture and love me dearly. I hope in return I have been a wonderful sister, play-daughter.

At various stages in my journey, when facing a life changing decision,  God has always brought in mammas to surround me, to hold my hands, to share their wisdom and bring comfort to a troubled soul.

I thank God for you all. I love you all and I am eternally grateful for your presence in my life. Your presence has restored the maternal love I needed, as well as my faith in woman-kindness.

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Day 3 – Thankful For Favor

This year alone I have seen God’s favor in every area of our life. Lord, you have favored us the most this year.

Your favor also attracts some enemies. Then I remember Joseph and David the king of Israel, I rejoice for I am in good company.

I can do nothing of myself without God and there is nothing I have done that makes me warrant the level of favor He has bestowed on us as a family.

I know I’m nothing without God. I am grateful and will never forget all of Your faithfulness towards us.

This year has not been without ups and downs. To sum it all up, it’s the best year of our life. I have been blessed going in and out. I am a wonder to myself and those around me.

Lord, You have embarrassed us with your love, blessings, and mercy. Just when I think you have done too much, you continue to bombard us with more.

Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. (Psalm 102:13)

Question ~ Has the Lord been good to you?

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Day 2 – Thankful For Good Health

Today I am thankful to God for my health and that of my entire family. Health is wealth and without good health, life is a constant struggle and a challenge.

This year especially I have learned to have a greater appreciation for my health. In the past, I had taken my health for granted. I just assumed that it would always be there for me.

Since having Joshua in March 2011, I have experienced and dealt with chronic fatigue. For months I battled with persistent tiredness. While I put it down to being a new mom again, it was a joy stealer.

For the first four months of Joshua being born it was a real battle. Just getting through a day was harder for me as I struggled with being a mom and wife. It took its toll on my mind, as the doctor could not find anything physically wrong with me.

By the fifth month, I was done with being tired and just wanted to live again. Live life fully without being tired and to be able to enjoy life as I’d done in the past.

It took a rededication to prayer and a daily dose of Holy Communion to restore my whole health back. Divine health is our covenant right

So I’m especially grateful to God for total restoration. Allowing me to be the Mom and Wife He intended for me to be.

Our entire family is healthy; we are fruitful and multiplying in every facet of life. Thank you God for restoring my health and blessing us wholeheartedly

Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2)

How about you, are you thankful for your health?

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Day 1 – Thankful For Unanswered Prayers


November is the month when we as Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thanksgiving is a big celebration in America and I am starting Day 1 of Thankfulness
today. I hope you will join me for the next 30 days. Let us be thankful together. I look
forward to all your comments on why you are thankful.


Day 1: Thankful For Unanswered Prayers.

It’s only natural to be thankful for answered prayers. We all rejoice when our prayers are answered. It feels great when I can tick off another answered prayer request on my list.

There has been many times also that some of my prayers have gone unanswered and I often wondered what went wrong? With patience and time, the reason is revealed later. Many times I have thanked God for unanswered prayers. In time, He has revealed to me that some of my prayers are out of my selfish desires and they are dangerous to my life.

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Common Mistakes Single Women Make Before Marriage

There are common mistakes we make before marriage that have consequences to our future happiness. Ignorance is not bliss and it’s very important to get the foundation right.

A building is only as strong as its foundation. So it stands to reason that a marriage that is built on shaky ground will soon start to show cracks. A right foundation sets the pace for a successful home. By wisdom is a house built and by understanding it is established (Prov. 24:3-4)
Starting off on the right foundation can make the difference to your future marriage. Success in marriage starts before a couple enters into engagement.  When preparation meets opportunity it’s a good formula for success.

For a lasting marriage, this means being grounded first and foremost in a life lived for Christ. 
 Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain that build it: unless the LORD keeps the city, the watchman wakes, but in vain (Ps 127:1)

So let’s talk about the common mistakes women make before marriage.

Co-Habitation
Do not move in with a man you are not married to – ever heard the expression of “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?”

Don’t let a man move in with you – A man who wants to marry you should at least be able to lease an apartment when he is ready for marriage. Stop trying to be the man, let the man be the man. This may come back to haunt you later on.

Not Knowing Who You Are
Getting to know who you set the foundation which you can build your core values and life goals upon.  How can anyone truly know who you are if you are constantly evolving from multiple personalities? Having a sense of self; an identity helps in the process of attracting and elimination. Not know who you are will likely lead to settling for the wrong person, getting stuck in an unhappy marriage, and ultimately heading for the divorce court. 

Invest In Yourself
Even if you plan on being a SAHM, it is wise to have a career, a skill, a trade, something to fall back on. Life can be challenging and you may find the roles reverse later on and you may have to support your family.

The Pregnancy Trap
Having a child out-of-wedlock doesn’t guarantee that he will marry you. You can’t force a man to love you and he will eventually abandon you and the baby. While it may work initially, it won’t last and secretly he will despise you.

Sex Before Marriage
Dare to be different and let him wait. Don’t give it all away too soon. Even more so for those that are divorced and single parents.  It is God’s desire that sex should be practiced only in marriage. A man who loves God will wait and honor you.

Not Meeting The In-laws Beforehand.
Get to know your in-laws before you marry. You will be amazed by the information you may pick up by meeting them beforehand, which may help with your final decision.

With families living on different continents, this may be difficult. Make the trip if you can or spend some time on the phone with them.  Skype anyone?

Failure to Discuss Family’s Medical History
Any medical concerns and family history should be discussed before things get serious and you say I do. Don’t leave it to chance; it’s wrong and deceptive. This point alone may either seal or break the deal in choosing the right person to weather the storm of life with you.

Not Financially Secured
Marrying a man to improve your financial status is not marriage, its a Not knowing Make sure you are financially compatible. You may love each other, but are you marrying a spender or a saver?

Get Tested
Getting a blood test is essential especially for those of African descent. Sickle Cell is a big issue that cannot be ignored.  Get tested for STDs before you say “I do”. You don’t know where your partner has been. Most times they are not even aware that they have anything themselves.

Meet The Friends
Let your friends meet who you are dating before you get too serious. Your friends know you better and can serve as the voice of truth when you are infatuated.  You will be amazed what your friends can pick up on in just one sitting with him.

I Dethrone Myself

We are often the biggest obstacles to achieving our dreams and goals. As I reflect on my life, the struggles and many poor choices I made,  I know that I have contributed to some of the setbacks I had experienced.

In all honesty, I may have given the devil too much credit.  The biggest obstacle in my way was staring back in the mirror, ME!

With time comes maturity, wisdom, and acceptance. It’s easier for me to admit it to myself now. I believe some of my actions were not good; although my intentions may have been.  The Bible talks about the heart, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah.17:9, NASB.

Wrong thinking can take us to hell and back. Faulty reasoning can be ideas and misconceptions we believe. Many have missed their destiny because of wrong thinking that they believed was right at the time.

Our thoughts shape by our world whether they are right or wrong. Our thoughts have creative power, For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he – Proverbs. 23:7, KJB.

Even though I am part of the Royal family of God and co-creator with Him, I cannot take the place of the King of kings and Lord of lords.  I must give up the throne and take my rightful place at His feet.

I dethrone myself. I relinquish power to You
I surrender my life to You God, take your rightful place on your throne.
Rule and reign over every aspect of my life
Your throne is eternal.

You, O LORD, rule forever; Your throne is from generation to generation. (Lamentations 5:19 NASM)

The Journey Continues

We are all on this journey called life. We are all at different stages of our journey. Your journey, your life experiences and all the hiccups and frustrations are not coincidences, they are part of the process and not always going to be easy or fun; its evolution.

You haven’t come this far to give up now. You are not alone on the journey; there were others before you and more coming behind you. We are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1)

Sometimes it feels like no progress have been made. Thank God for people who are quick to remind us “you haven’t changed one bit”. What would you do without the critics?  

I have come a long way and so have you. You are not who you used to be. You are not where you once were. God is transforming you from the inside out.

Everyone has a different path. Follow the one God has for you.

We are all apprentices attempting to master the lessons from our journey through life.   

We make mistakes, learn and we get back up. What makes you fall today would have killed you in the past. So you are not perfect but who is?

Guard your heart; guard your ears to how and whom you listen to. Don’t allow the criticism from friends and family to bring back your old nemesis.

Our current stop is not our final destination; we are merely sojourners. While we are here everything will fail except the word of God. Our current body/tent will give in and becomes ashes and we hope to return home to God’ original plan.

Be encouraged; keep your sight firmly on the One who called you my “beloved”. The only One who knows the end from the beginning. that can take and give life. The invisible God that is mighty in battle and does visible things.

Take time out and remember God’s faithfulness and how far He has brought you.

What if the LORD had not been on our side when people attacked us? They would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger. (Psalm 124:2-3) NLT

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Singles Talk: Beware of Counterfeit

Counterfeit means fake, imitation.  Some fakes are very, very good; but it can never be an original.  If you don’t know what an original looks like then you are more likely to buy into a counterfeit.

The counterfeit I am talking about is the one most women falls for when they are waiting for “the one”.

Ladies, the waiting time is a time to learn and to seek God for His plan for your life. This time is very precious and you must be very careful not to jump into a relationship out of desperation.

Not every man can embark on this life journey with you. It will take someone special and unique. If that is the case, then you deserve to take the time and chose wisely.

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Don’t Hate Your Critics

Everyone of us has one or two; they are called the critics. They seat in judgment of you, they are the judge and jury.

I’m no different from most people; I don’t like being criticized. Overtime I’ve learnt how to better deal with it now than in the past. Some criticism are good, especially if the source is credible.

Where can you find these people? They are everywhere–in your church, at work and especially within your family.

I have come to accept that as lovable as I think I am, not everyone will like me. That is all right, it’s important that I love myself and not allow others opinion to define me.    People opinions are subjective.

It’s just too easy to dislike your critics because they criticize you. You can’t go through life only hearing what you want to hear, you won’t grow in wisdom and maturity.

“If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.” – Malcolm X

Critics are a very important part of your journey. You will not make it without them. They will help you get to your destination faster through their negative criticism; albeit painful.

You will not believe how much criticism I’ve received since I started blogging. Usually they are from someone “anonymous” and very few to my face. One of the rules I live by is “let’s agree to disagree”
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Who Is On Your Dream Team?

Have you heard the saying “No Man Is An Island’?

I recently took a break from blogging and one of the lessons I learned on my break is to build my “Dream Team”.

Even though I didn’t realize it, I was trying to do everything by myself and it was killing my body. As a new mom of 3, I found myself really struggling this time around. I have never felt this lethargic before in my life. I did consider maybe I was suffering from some sort of depression or hormonal imbalance.

It was just my body telling me to take time out and learn to ask for help. I have come to realize that I need a team of people to help me function effectively.

The idea of building a support team is nothing new to those in the corporate world and celebrities but to SAHM, working moms, singles or college students we don’t think of ourselves as needing a “Dream Team”.

You already have a team whether you acknowledge it or not. These are people you are paying for services rendered such as your Doctor, counselor, dentist, Nanny and Life Coach etc.

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Summer Blog Break

 I will be taking time off from blogging.

 Lately, I have been struggling trying to  juggle too many things at the same  time.

Luke 10:41 ~ Martha, Martha,” the Lord  answered, “you are worried and upset about    many things.

~ 42 ~ but only one thing is needed. Mary  has chosen what is better, and it will not be  taken away from her.”

 If you are looking for me, I will be on  my knees with the lover of my soul in  the secret place of the most High God.  

Ps 91:1 ~ He that dwells in the secret place  of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I am thirsty for the living waters, my soul pants for the Lord.

Isa55:1 ~ Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.

2Chro 7:14 ~ if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 

See you next month.