Happy Birthday Ibukun πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸŽ

Today is a big deal 😊. It is a good day and a great cause of celebration 🎊 . On this day, some years ago, a little boy made his way into this world. By force, by fire. This bountiful baby has grown so much into a man. There are so many reasons to celebrate in this life but I have chosen on this special day to celebrate a very good friend of mine who is dear to my heart. I am so grateful to have you in my life. Ibukun, you are a blessing. You are joy. You are light. You are pure laughter πŸ˜‚. A song bird. Oh, you are a man of wisdom. There is always something I learn from this friend of mine. If you don’t already know, he has a blog. Here it is ayansola. Don’t be afraid to follow. It is free of charge. Please head over and check it out. I pray that it will be blessing unto you.

OrαΊΉ mi ọwọn, happy birthday πŸŽ‚. Hip Hip Hooray πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ. May this day be filled with God’s goodness and faithfulness. May you experience God in a deeper measure in this new age. May you continue to have a reason to praise every day of your life. May your heart be filled with gladness. May the Lord give you a new song to sing. Here’s the mic 🎀. Receive it oo. May God order your footsteps in the way that you should go. May He command His angels concerning you. May His light continually dwell within you. May the Lord restore in greater manifold all that you have lost. The Lord who sees all things, will remember you. The Lord is your Great Reward. In Him, everything is found. May you pursue purpose and seek after the heart of God daily. May your life continually reflect the glory of God. May every good thing abound unto you and may all that your hands touch be blessed. It’s your special day πŸ™ŒπŸΏπŸŽ‰. I celebrate you my friend. Suya, Naija jollof for today, fried plantains and chilled drink on the side. Dessert is on me, chocolate cake for the entire community πŸ€—. Biscuits, Chocolate 🍫, Yogurt 🍦 and every finger licking food of choice. Blessings on Blessings. Have an awesome filled birthday 🎁☺️

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Rooted In Faith πŸƒ

Scripture : So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. -Colossians 2:7

To be rooted in faith, Christ must be our firm foundation. Being rooted is a choice we have to make daily. In Psalm 1, we are reminded of what it looks like for the believer to be rooted in Christ. It is illustrated as this “His pleasure and passion is remaining true to the Word of β€œI Am,”
meditating day and night in the true revelation of light. He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss,
bearing fruit in every season of his life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous.” We clearly see that the one who remains rooted in Christ, lacks no good thing. We cannot flourish on our own. In the same way, a tree cannot flourish on its own. It needs its nutrients. It needs to be planted in rich soil. It needs tender, care and love.

By faith, we accepted Jesus Christ as our Personal Lord and Savior. By faith, we open the doors of our hearts to our Heavenly Father. In Revelations 3:20, we are reminded of this “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” By faith, we respond to the voice of our Heavenly Father. We don’t allow fear to cripple us from being obedient to the call; the Voice of truth.

In our key verse, we are being reminded to continue to live in Christ, rooted and built up in Him. How can we live in Christ when our hearts are torn between the world and Him? The truth is, in order for us to continue to live in Christ, we must choose to dwell in His presence. We must cultivate a lifestyle of total surrender. If the presence of God is not our dwelling place, we can get easily distracted and shaken by the turbulent winds of this world. How can we be strengthened in the faith if we try to find strength outside of the presence of the One who giveth all strength? God is the Giver of Power and Strength. We need Him daily. He doesn’t need us but He wants us. He loves us. He is Our Source. He is our Friend. He is our Foundation. Without the Vine, we are Nothing. We cannot bear any fruit. It is so easy to give up on our branches because we cannot see any fruit in this season of lives but when we learn to include the greatest farmer in all that we do, change will begin to take place. We begin to see things in a different perspective. Our lives will be so evident of the God we serve and marked by our lifestyle of continual thanksgiving.

Faith is a lifestyle and our response to the sacrifice that Jesus did for you and I on the Cross of Calvary. By faith, we believe and speak to that mountain in our life. We cast down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. By faith, we hold fast to the promises of the Lord. In Hebrews 11:1, we are reminded that “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” We weren’t present when Jesus died for us but by faith we believe and have accepted the free gift of salvation. This gift is precious. We didn’t have to work for it. We didn’t have to pay for it. It wasn’t on the clearance aisle. It was full price. Jesus got to the root of the issue. He died and rose again. He paid it all for our sins. He uprooted the seed that causes His people to sin. Because of His sacrifice, we are new and can live freely in Him.

As we carry forth throughout this week, may we take the time to reflect upon the areas where we are lacking faith. May we be reminded of this assurance we have in Christ. Even when disappointment tries to take its stance, may we be reminded of the faithfulness of God throughout all ages. Faith is the road we choose to take even though we cannot see what lies ahead but because of the posture of our hearts and assurance we have in Christ, we venture with purpose trusting that what lies ahead is better. May we have faith in every season; complete faith in God and not man/things. May today and the rest of the days ahead be gracefully filled with God’s best for you. Even in the waiting, when your faith starts to dwindle, may your heart be awakened by this truth that God is still God. Choose to live in light of the purpose and joy you have in Christ.

Verses To Ponder

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” -James 1:2-4

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” -Romans 8:18

“If we are faithless, he remains faithfulβ€”for he cannot deny himself.” -2 Timothy 2:13

“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” -Ephesians 6:16

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good. -Psalm 52:8-9

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you πŸ™πŸΏπŸ˜Š

Purposeful Pursuit

Happy October πŸ™ŒπŸΏ. Welcome into the month of new beginnings crowned with God’s faithfulness. Arise, the spirit of God lives in you. Light resides in you. Let it shine.

As we have marched into the 10th month of the year, I am quite excited about what this month has in stored. I don’t know what the last nine months have been for you but this I pray for you in this month of October. I pray that as a deer pants for streams of living water, so your soul will pant for the Lord. As you seek the Lord, you will find Him. I pray that in this month of October, you will experience God’s faithfulness. Even as you wait on the Lord, may you remain faithful. May you stand on the word of Lord and draw nearer unto Him. May you seek to know God more and more. Even as you seek, may the doors of heaven be opened unto you here on Earth. As for God, He will not fail you. Even when the storms of life arise, remember always that God will arise too. There is no storm as great as our God. I declare peace over each day. I pray that in this month, you will walk victoriously not as one that has been defeated. You will lift up your head. You will not be moved. You are a Conqueror. You are an Overcomer. Fix your eyes on the One who sits on the throne. His name is Jesus! He has the final say. Who can reverse that which the Lord has finalized? No one. May the Lord settle you in this month. May He set your feet upon a rock and give you firm place to stand. You, daughter of the King. You, son of the Living God, will not be shaken. God is your foundation. You have everything you need in Christ. He who does not withhold any good thing from His children will supply your every need.

I pray that in this month of October, you will experience the fullness of joy that God’s presence brings. Oil of gladness in every area of life. As joy overflows in your courtyard, may it pour profusely into the hearts of your loved ones.

Even as God outpours unto you, may you be a blessing unto those you meet. As you stretch your hands for others, may God send helpers your way. May the Lord who sees all things, reward you. The Lord is your Reward. May you experience the goodness of the Lord day in and day out throughout this month. May your life be a reflection of God’s Glory. May you represent God wherever He positions you. Share your testimony. Testify of the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Rejoice! It’s a new chapter. New beginnings. New zeal. Sing a new song. God isn’t finished yet. He is still at work, perfecting all that concerns you. You are a Masterpiece For His Glory!

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” -Jeremiah 31:3

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.” Isaiah 49:15

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. –Lamentations 3:22-23

He says, β€œBe still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,  I will be exalted in the earth.”
-Psalm 46:10

We thank God for allowing us to see the month of October πŸ’ƒπŸΏπŸ˜ŠπŸŒ». May God’s hands rest upon us. May we yearn for God more and more in this month. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” –Matthew 5:6.

πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬: Happy Independence Day to all my Nigerians all around the globe.

Have an awesome month of October. I’ll be praying for you all. God bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you my loves. Let your light shine πŸ€—πŸŒ»

September Reflections 🌾

It’s that time again when we take the time to reflect upon the month. A time of reflection is a big deal for me. I love reflecting day in and day out but there’s something special about the end of the month. It’s that time where I get out my paper to calculate my expenses and check myself in every area of my life. Reflection is very vital to one’s growth. If you refuse to reflect upon your life, it can be difficult to detect the areas where improvement need to made.

Reflection for me is a time to sit down, sip some tea and get to the nitty gritty. So we are currently on day 273 of 365. We are fast approaching into another month. Before we know it, another year. We thank God for His goodness, faithfulness, protection, grace and love over our lives. May we never take for granted each day that God blesses us to see. Waking up in your bed in your right mind, having clean water, food to eat is not a reality for so many people. May we continually have a heart of thanksgiving with each day that that Lord blesses us to see. With that in mind, let’s get into our monthly reflection.

September Reflections

1. Describe the month of September in three words for you?

2. What were some of the challenges you faced in this month? What lessons did you carry with you?

3. Did you read any books? Did you finish the book? Would you recommend it?

4. What is one thing you did in the month of September that was quite interesting?

5. How would you rate yourself (physically, mentally, emotionally, financially)?

6. Did you spend more money eating outside or did you save more than expected?

7. Did you work on any projects? Were you able to accomplish your goals in this month?

8. What are three things that you learned about yourself in this month?

9. In terms of Bible study, what book did you study? What are three things you learned?

10. What habits do you need to let go of in this month of September?

11. Did you cook any meals?

12. Did you make any new friends? How is that going?

13. When it comes to your beverage intake, did you consume more water or juice/soda?

14. Did you learn any new skill? Did you watch any movie (s)? 🎟🍿

15. Did you take the time to reach out to your friends/loved ones?

16. What is something you could’ve done in this month that you end up not doing?

17. Did you find yourself worrying a lot in this month? If so, what did you do about it?

18. What are three things you are looking forward to in the month of October?

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I pray that you were able to take something away. I hope that the month of September was well for you and your loved one. I know for me, September had its shares of challenges and unexpected situations but all in all, I thank God for the gift of life, and His faithfulness through it all. Until next time, may God’s hands rest upon all of us. Have a lovely night πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸΏ

Fountain of Praise

“Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim His salvation day after day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.

Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, β€œThe Lord reigns!” -1 Chronicles 16:23-31

We are currently on Day 272 of the year. Time has flown by and by the grace of God, we are alive. Not by our power or might but by the power and spirit of the Lord. God is so worthy of all our praise. If you have breath, praise the Lord. He is so greatly to praised. No one else is worthy of our praise. Rejoice, it’s a new day. Nine months of God’s goodness, kindness, faithfulness, grace and glory. Who is like the King of Glory? No One.

It’s another day. Not just any ordinary day but a glorious day filled with God’s greatest blessings. You are part of the blessing. God woke you up. Someone didn’t wake up today but God chose to wake you up. Give thanks. Shout for joy. Sing a song unto the Lord πŸ™ŒπŸΏ.

Today, I will be sharing with you all some of the worship songs that ministered unto me in this month of September. I love worshiping the Lord. Just being in His presence brings joy to my heart. I pray that as you take the time to listen to any of the songs, I hope that it ministers unto you too.

Praise & Worship Songs

1. Bethel Music// Edward Rivera : Nothing Else

2. Folabi Nuel, Ty Bello & Nosa : Thank You For Loving Me

3. Kim Walker Smith: Just Be

4. Hillsong: Jesus I Need You

5. Nathaniel Bassey: Great And Marvelous

6. Psalmist Raine: Our Answer To The Lord Is Yes.

7. Muyiwa & Riversongz: Holy Is The Lord

8. Lara George: Hallelujah

9. Orphan No More Co: I Belong

10. Psalmist Raine: We Commune With You

11. Glowreeyah Braimah : Miracle Worker

12. Hillsong : I Live To Know You

13. Shana-Wilson Williams: It’s In The Room

14. William McDowell : Wrap Me In Your Arms

15. Naomi Raine: I Am Loved/There Is Nothing Better

16. Dr. Tumi : Love On The Cross

17. Kim Walker Smith: Insatiable

18. Brian Doerksen : Refiner’s Fire

19. Brian Johnson: Living Hope

20. Bethel Music : Raise A Hallelujah

21. Israel Houghton: Jesus At The Center

22. Tsaone Muhwati: You Are The Pillar

23. Elijah Oyedele: Be Revealed

24. William Murphy: Everlasting God

25. Hillsong: Still

26. Sanctus Real : Confidence

27. Bethel Music: Worthy Of It All

28: Kim Walker Smith: Alive In You

29. Chandler Moore: Most Beautiful/So In Love

30. Ty Bello and Isi Igenegba : We Have Come To Mount Zion

31. John Dreher : Wait On The Lord

31. Jaye Thomas : We Love Your Name

32. Folabi Nuel, Ty Bello & Nosa : Deeper Still

33. Freddy Rodriquez: I Will Run

34. Ronke Adesokan ft. Nathaniel Bassey : Yahweh

35. Mariam Webster: Made Me Glad

36. Matt Maher : Run To The Father

37. Brian & Katie Torwalt : Remember

38. Elevation Worship : Yahweh

39. Eben: At The Center Of It All

40. Brian & Katie Torwalt : Canvas And Clay

41. William McDowell: I Give Myself Away

42. Israel Houghton: Your Presence Is Heaven

May our hearts be filled with gladness and our lips with continuous praise. May we never take for granted each day that God grants unto us. May we take the time to express our love and gratitude to the Lord. He is worthy to be praised.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. If you are new, welcome. It’s a pleasure to have you here. God bless you. Until next time, stay blessed & rooted in Christ πŸ™πŸΏπŸ˜Š

* If you have any songs you will like for me to listen to, please feel free to share in the comment section and I will take the time to listen. Thank you.

With love,

Karen 😊🌻

Learning To Trust !

Scripture: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Throughout scripture, we are reminded of the importance of trusting in the Lord in every season our lives. Trust in itself is a hard concept to grasp but yet still an essential component to our everyday lives. When we learn to put our complete trust in God and not man, our hearts become free and entangled from the expectations of mere human beings. Trusting God is not based on conditions. It is the groundwork in building our relationship with the Lord of our lives. When we learn the essence of trusting God, we draw ever closer unto Him in every season. Man may fail you countless of times but God will never fail you.

In our key scripture today, we are being reminded as believers to “trust” in the Lord. Looking at your life right now, what or who would you say you have placed your trust in? Have they failed you? If so, what motivates you to keep putting your trust in them?

You see, no human being can ever take the place of God. He alone is God. When we learn to put our trust in Him, we experience the fullness of His presence. There is no partiality in His presence. He longs for us to relinquish our ways of thinking and ultimately submit to His ways. When we put our trust completely in man, we must be prepared for failure and disappointments. God is our greatest supplier of every need. There are certain measures that man will never take to meet our needs but God is His infinite power is capable of doing so for us.

In order for us to learn to put our trust in God, we must first acknowledge Him. To acknowledge is to accept or admit the existence or truth of something. If we fail to acknowledge God, how then can we learn to trust in Him? It is when we acknowledge Him as our Lord and Savior, is when we come to the realization that He is the ruler of everything. We must learn to ask God to teach us how to put our trust in Him in every season. This in itself requires us spending time with God intentionally. Cultivating a lifestyle of intimacy is very important as believers because it draws our heart back unto our Heavenly Father. When we learn to place our trust in God alone, we find peace and rest for our souls. Trust is a word that is often misused and easily broken. Trust like a broken mirror can take years to repair. Certain pieces must be left alone for the Master to do His greatest work. It is Christ alone that can rebuild and restore that which has been broken.

Trust is a like a seed that needs to be watered everyday. In order for it to bear fruit, we must be willing to do our part. A farmer does its part and the rest is taken care of but the greater supplier of all times. In order for any relationship to thrive, we have to be willing to feed it. When any relationship is broken, we must first get to the root of the issue. Restoration cannot take place when the root of the decay has not been observed. Trust according to our human way of thinking is to be earned but as children belonging unto God, we don’t have to earn God’s trust. It is freely given. God is trustworthy but we will never know that characteristic of our Heavenly Father when we try to be in control of this life that doesn’t belong unto us. God is the giver of life. Trusting God is not based on trial and error. When we take delight in the Lord, trusting Him becomes more natural to us rather than a chore we have to forcefully commit ourselves to doing as believers. Trust interlocks with faith. They are blood sisters. Without the Vine, it is impossible for the branch to produce any fruit. When we learn to trust God, we begin to see things in a renewed perspective; a heavenly perspective. It is in that place of trust that we experience the overflow of peace, joy, love, victory and everything that the presence of God has in stored for us.

May we learn to develop a lifestyle of total surrender. We can’t ultimately learn the essence of trust when we are not willing to lay it all down. In Psalm 9:10, we are reminded that “those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord have not forsaken those who seek you.” It’s one thing to know the name of the Lord but it’s another thing to put your trust in Him. As humans, it is so easy to take matters into our own hands. Trusting God requires us knowing His character. We will never know the character of our Heavenly Father when we allow other things/people to sit on the throne where He needs to be seated.

As we go forth into our days, may we grow in the knowledge of knowing our Heavenly Father. May we draw nearer unto God as He draws nearer unto us. May we continually ask God to teach us to trust in Him. May we learn to be still and know that He is God. We are not in control. In all our ways, may we seek first the Kingdom of God, trusting that all things will be added unto us.

Questions

1. Are you finding it difficult to lean on God in this season of your life? Why do you find it difficult to trust In Him?

2. What do you need to let go of in order for you to fully commit yourself unto God? What things/people have you been clinging unto, to supply your needs?

3. What are you willing to do in order for restoration to take place in your life?

Question For The People In My Life

When you think about the word trust, what does it mean to you as a believer?

For me, it means believing in God completely even when you don’t see anything happening. The song Trust & Obey comes to mind. Trust means believing that thing others say is impossible to be accomplished, God will come through. It means having one option and that’s Baba God. -Bamidele

I think the word trust means to believe in God with all you heart. The Bible reminds us that we must always trust in God. -Sonnie

Trust means to have faith in someone or something. Trust is to be confident about something or somebodies character. Trust is to be able to rely on something. Trust stems from God’s word. Trust is loyalty, it’s faithfulness, it means to be dependable, accountable, reliable and committed. So when I say that you are trustworthy, I can count on you. As humans, we have our faults and we are not perfect. As far as the spiritual aspect is concerned, God is trustworthy. He has displayed His faithfulness to us by giving us His son. He promised this a long time and fulfilled it. We can count and trust God and take Him by His word. God is the epitome of Trust. He is so faithful, you can trust Him, no matter the situation or circumstance. So if I say that I have trust, I understand from the nature of God. God has displayed that trust and because I have the nature of God, I can be trusted. In my conduct with people, I see myself as someone who is faithful. I am someone you can bank on. – Ibukun

Verses To Ponder

β€œFor my thoughts  are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth; so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. -Isaiah 55:8

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.Isaiah 26:3-4

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. -Hebrews 13:8

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I hope you were blessed and encouraged. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ 😊

©️Karen Owusu

The Painter At Work 🎨

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. -John 1:3

If there’s anything I absolutely love doing, it would have to be taking pictures of the sky and children of course. It fills my heart with joy. I love hearing the birds chirp. I love the breeze in the morning hours. I just love nature. It amazes me. Above, are a few pictures I took this month of the beautiful skies. God is amazing. We serve a God who is continually painting and making all thing beautiful. His works are marvelous, beautiful and so lovely. May we never overlook the beauty and creation of our Maker due to our busy schedules and current circumstances. May we always take some time throughout our days, to appreciate the handiwork of the Lord πŸ™ŒπŸΏπŸ˜Š.

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. -Psalm 96:11-12

Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ πŸ™πŸΏ. Always remember that Jesus love you. Have a lovely day.

©️Karen Owusu