Speak Over Your Life

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. -Proverbs 18:21

Like a flower, the words we speak can blossom into something beautiful or wither without notice in our own gardens. There is power in our words. Our words are seeds that germinate, either building us up or tearing us down. Growing up there was a song rhyme that went like this “Sticks and stones may break my bones. But words will never hurt me.” The truth is words when spoken spitefully whether consciously or unconsciously can have an effect in our lives. As a child, it’s easy to overlook things but as an adult, it is easier for us to absorb things like a sponge takes in water. Words are very powerful and can take a toll on our souls.

Scripture reminds us in Genesis 1:1-5 that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning the first day.” From the start of creation, God declared concerning a thing and it came to be. He didn’t allow darkness to dominate but much rather He saw a problem and right there and then, He spoke and it was evident and permanent.

As a child of God, we have been given the power and the authority. The keys have been given unto us but too many of us are not aware of our inheritance. The words we speak can cause an havoc in our lives and to those who surrounding us. Our words are like a spark. Little by little, when not careful, it can create a flame.

We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

James 3:2-6

You and I have been given the privilege to communicate with God, our Heavenly Father. Even much more, we have been graced with the opportunity to use our voices to communicate with people. Too often, we use our voices for unprofitable matters. Ephesians 4:29 reminds us of this “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” The weight of words can create a wound in our own lives or someone else’s or much rather heal a broken heart. Our words have transformative powers that can overtake or destroy the homes that has been built.

Reflective Questions

1. What words are you speaking over your life and those surrounding you?

2. Do you await for that opportune time for others to speak over your life?

3. What are some ways you can build yourself and speak over yourself and those surrounding you?

Speaking over your life requires discipline, confidence, boldness and faith. Jesus has set an example and our responsibility is to now follow in His ways. As believers, the words we speak to ourselves and to those around us matters. Colossians 4:6 tells us of this “Let your speech be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” We have an assignment as children belonging to God. We are created and called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We are ambassadors of Christ. In order for our light to shine, Christ must be apart of the factor. He is the seasoning that we need in our lives daily. As believers, we must never wait for others to speak over our lives. We must speak, rely confidently and stand firm on the words that God has said concerning us. His words are pure and truth. Speak over your life, daughter. Profess the words of God, son. Cling unto your Heavenly Father. Remember always, that the words you speak can either produce good fruit or bad fruit. Choose wisely. Be led by the Holy Spirit. Speak Life. Be the light. Shine bright. Let your words encourage; bearing fruit for all generations to come.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 4:8

Speak Over Your Life

Hello July

Welcome to the best month on the calendar. Sweet July is here bringing warm greetings, hugs with loads of sunshine to you all. It is the month of the overflow, joy, restoration and dreaming big. July is a big deal. God is resting but He hasn’t forgotten you and I. It is the seventh month and I hope that you are looking forward to what God has prepared. As it written in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him.”

As we have stepped into the month of July, it is my prayer that we will make room for the Lord and all that He has in stored for us. In Genesis 1, we are reminded that God created all things and on the seventh day, He rested. He perfected everything and saw that is was good. It is my prayer that even as we carry forth through this month, that we will commit our ways unto God. We will not lose sight of God but much rather we will fix our eyes on God. We will hunger and thirst for God all the more. Like Mary, we will be found at the feet of the Lord. As we draw nearer unto God, He will surely draw near unto us.

Prayer : Lord, open my eyes so that I may see things from your perspective. Help me to not miss all that you have already prepared for me. May my heart be settled on you at all times.

I pray that in this month of July, God will perfect all that concerns you. May every long standing issue be resolved. Receive your healing in Jesus name (See John 5). May you experience Jesus as your Jehovah Rapha. May you experience God as the impossibility specialist. In this month, may your faith increase. May you lean on God in every moment. May you call upon the name of the Lord (Jeremiah 33:3). May you remember that you are blessed to be a blessing. Your life is a testimony. May everyone that encounters you, see Christ the hope of Glory through your life. Rejoice! Sing a new song. Overflow with praise. Magnify the Lord and your blessings one by one.

Declaration: I choose to praise you even amidst the storm. For you alone are God.

It’s the month of jubilee. The sound of joy is yours in Jesus name. Let your praise be louder than the mountain before you. Be at peace child of God. Find rest in God, your Savior. Arise in prayer. Stand firm in the Lord. Have faith in the Lord who does wondrous things. Fix your eyes on the King. Dwell in His presence. Be satisfied with the bread that He provides and overflow with the living water. God, our redeemer still lives.

July, you are sweet but Jesus is even sweeter.

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

Your promise for me still remains. Lord, you are Good. You are Faithful and I know that you will continue to remain the same.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.

Psalm 92:12-13

You will bloom where God has planted you. Continue to make His presence, your dwelling place.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

Happy New Month of July. Beautiful beginnings to you all. May God’s love overwhelm you. May His light shine through you. May the Lord surprise you. May the Lord restore you. May He blow your mind. May you experience God’s greatest blessings all throughout this month of July 🌻✨🤗

Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating their birthdays in this month. July babies, I celebrate with you. May God do a new thing in your life. May your heart be filled with joy and overflow with praise and thanksgiving. Enjoy your special day 🎁😊🎈

Light & Love

Karen ✨

June// Monthly Reflections

For a new chapter to begin, sometimes a door must close. It’s in that space of closure, that our eyes glean into the many life lessons we have learned along the way. It’s been six months and a whole one hundred and eighty two days. We are alive by God’s grace and that for me is more than enough reason to give God the praise. If we are being honest with ourselves, no one expected the year 2020 to be full of surprises. 2020 came with a package, no one could have imagined but still yet, God kept us. He sustained us throughout the storm. He is still holding our hands and reassuring us that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. -Psalm 107:29

June had its mind of its own but still yet we are still standing and alive by God’s grace. God has been good to us. With that in mind, let’s take the time to reflect upon this month. Are you ready? If so grab your pen and paper and let’s get right into our discussion.

Reflection Questions

1. Looking back on the month of June, what is one thing that you wish you could have done?

2. What are three things that you have learned through the pandemic?

3. What did you learn about yourself, your friends/family during this season of your life?

4. If you can describe the month of June in one word, what would you say?

5. Were you able to accomplish your goals you set for the month of June?

6. Were you able to cook any meals? If so, how was the turnout?

7. What scripture did you cling unto in the month of June?

8. What are some habits that needs to be broken in your life?

9. How was your relationship with God throughout the month of June?

10. What are you looking forward to in the month of July?

Outpour of Praise

Welcome to Day 181 of 366. The days have turned into months and now we are here. Soon and very soon, crossing into another quarter of the year. All in all, we thank God for gracing us with yet another day to see. 2020 is a year that will forever be in the books. Despite the challenges, I’m grateful to be alive and well. It’s still my year and I am looking forward to the months ahead. This pandemic season has taught us so many lessons we can all carry along with us throughout the journey. As long as we have breath in our lungs, may we continually give God all the praise that only He deserves. With that in mind, there have been some songs that have lifted up my spirit in this month of June. So I am here to share it with you all. Are you ready? Let’s go

Worship Songs

1. Afy Savior: Savior

2. William McDowell: Show Me Your Face

3. Casting Crown: Great Are You Lord

4. Spirit of Praise: Make A Way

5. Bethel: God I Look To You

6. Jesus Culture: Holy Spirit

7. Psalmist Raine: We Commune With You

8. William Murphy: Settle Here

9. Brenden Praise: Jesus Be The Centre// Semphete ( Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior)

10. Jekalyn Carr: Changing Your Story

11. Steffany Gretzinger: You Know Me

12. Proclaim Music: Because You Love Me

13. Hillsong: Christ Is Enough

14. David & Nicole Binion, MDSN: Hunger

15. Hillsong: Thank You Jesus

16. Elevation Worship: Resurrecting

17. Casey J: If God/Nothing But The Blood

18. Kim Walker Smith: Insatiable

19. Kalley Heiligenthal : Spirit Move

20. William Matthews: Glory To Glory

21. Eddie James: Freedom

22. William McDowell: I Give Myself Away

23. Jimmy D Psalmist : I Trust You

24. We Will Worship: This I Know

25. Jesus Culture: One Thing Remains

26. Jubilee Worship: Atmosphere Shift

27. Nicole Mullen: Redeemer

28. William McDowell: I’m Yours

29. Neyi Zimu: He Loves Me

30. Maverick City: Such An Awesome God

31. Hillsong: I Will Exalt You

32. Jeremy Riddle: Be enthroned

33. Neyi Zimu: Lamb of God

34. Hillsong: So Will I

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you. Please feel free to share any worship songs that ministered to you throughout the course of this month. Remain Blessed 🙏🏿

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

1 Chronicles 29:13

10 Things That Makes Me Happy

It’s a new day. The sun is shinning so beautifully. The wind is pretty stiff today and the birds have been quite silent today but I’m so grateful to be alive. In today’s blog post, I will be sharing with you all “10 Things That Makes Me Happy”. I have been nominated by Mercy from herrychiccounsels.com. Thank you Mercy for nominating me.

Reflection of Mercy: Mercy, is a woman of substance and purpose. This woman is a gem whose light shines radiantly, touching lives for God to be glorified. She uses her voice on her platform to encourage and empower her audience with the truth of God’s word. Please do take the time to visit and kindly subscribe to her blog.

Let’s Get Started // 10 Things That Makes Me Happy

1. The Sound of the birds : My heart leaps for joy when I hear the new sound of the birds. When I don’t hear them, I remind God that I haven’t heard heavens song today.

2. Children : I couldn’t help but smile writing this one because children are my heartbeats. They are a breath of fresh air. They can be a hand full but they are precious gifts from God. Every time, I think about my babies in the orphanage in Uganda 🇺🇬, my heart overflows with joy.

3. God : The joy of my heart. Spending time with the Lord is pretty amazing. Abba and I are not distant lovers. We are so close. We aren’t neighbors. We are blood, the kind that’s thicker than water 😌. This is my personal person. I love having Bible Studies, spending time in worship, praising my way through every season.

4. Conversations With Friends : I am grateful for the people in my corner. Listen, you don’t need a bucket full of friends. You don’t need too many fishes. The ocean is wide but honey child, quality over quantity.

5. Watching Movies : I enjoy watching movies. It makes me happy with a good snack. 🍿

6. Surprising Someone With A Gift 🎁: I love giving whenever I am able to do so.

7. Food 😋: Let me tell you, this is one of God’s best creation. Man shall not live by bread alone. The word of God is so rich, nothing compares to it but whoa Lord, food is yummy to the tummy. I enjoy cooking but it’s also a blessing when someone throws it down in the kitchen. Prepare a feast so that I can also enjoy. ( Rice, Chicken, Fried Plantains, Mashed Potatoes, Corn Bread ). Dessert is essential to a king and a queens heart. We hope that there will be variety of food in Heaven after praise & worship. Lord, this is my desire 🧁 🍨 . I even have my plate 🍽 ready.

8. Reading A Book : I love the feel of holding a book. Reading is good for the soul. Education doesn’t stop in the classroom. Expanding our horizon by delving into new works by various authors enhances our knowledge.

9. Snapping Photo 📸 : I love taking pictures of nature, people and etc. Creating memories in every season is a thing for me.

10. New Beginnings: All things afresh. There’s nothing like the start of something new. It can be challenging at first to let go of a previous chapter, thing or person but at the end it’s worth it. I love newness. ( A change of bedsheet, the sunrise, taking a shower, the smell of clothes after washing them, a new notebook ).

Bonus : Writing ✍🏿 while listening to a worship instrumental. Also, I love quietness.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post ☺️. I had so much fun thinking 💭 and composing words. Mercy, love and light your way. Continue to shine for God’s glory! 💓

Happy Father’s Day

Today is a special day for all the men all around the world. Father’s Day is a big deal! For so many people, today is not the day they want to celebrate or remember for various reasons but if there’s anything I would like for you to take from today is the gentle reminder of knowing that you have a Good Good Father. His name is King Jesus. He loves you so much. As I meditated on Luke 15 today, I was reminded of the attributes of a Good Father. Some of the attributes illustrated in the scripture included the Father being compassionate, loving, forgiving, tender hearted and welcoming.

God loves His children so much. You and I are so special to Him. Though our earthly fathers are imperfect, God is perfect in all His ways. As we take time to spend with our fathers today, may we shower them with love. May we ask God for a forgiving heart. May we ask God for the grace to forgive our Earthly Father’s for whatever wrongs they have caused us. There is no wound that God cannot heal. It is my prayer that we will mirror the heart of our Heavenly Father.

Categories of People To Pray For

1. Every man that is broken. Let’s speak in faith declaring healing concerning every man in this category. There are so many broken men in need of healing but we know that the mender of broken hearts is still in the business of taking broken things and making them whole.

2. Strength to run this race and to fulfill purpose. Let’s pray for every man that is living in fear and not playing the role that God has called them to do.

3. Let’s join our faith in asking God to awaken every dream in the men He has created.

4. Ask God to raise up more men to live a holy life to the Glory of His Name. Raise up men who treat God’s daughters in the way that they should be treated.

5. Let’s stand in agreement that no man will lose heart in fulfilling destiny. Their faith will be strengthened and they will seek God in all their ways. They will be strong and courageous in the Lord! They will not conform to the patterns of this world but they will look to God, continuously seeking wisdom from their greatest teacher.

6. Let’s ask God to pour out His love unto every man. Men need love! Respect is great but love is necessary.

7. Father, let your sons see themselves the way you see them. Open up their eyes to see what they have been blinded by for years. Lord, do what only you can do in their lives and may you be glorified.

8. Pray for every male in your life whether it be your friend, boyfriend, father and etc. Commit them unto God! Pray also for those of them that haven’t accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior!

Reflection Scriptures

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” – Luke 15:20

“As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” -Psalm 103:13

Celebrate the men in your lives today and always. Shower them with love. Appreciate them. They are special and worth being celebrated 🎈🎉🤗

My Salvation Story

Hi 👋. My name is Karen. Welcome to my blog. If you are new, warm greetings to you. If you have been here, hugs and smiles your way. So today marks five years since I got baptized so I thought what better way can I possibly celebrate this day than first sharing my journey with you all. This is my salvation story in a snippet. Lord knows we will be here forever if I have to tell it all. Let us begin.

Growing up, I wouldn’t necessarily say that I grew up in a Christ centered household. My mother took my siblings and I to church until I turned 18. She raised us in the best way that she knew how to as a mother. She encouraged us in the Lord but my father on the other hand, didn’t want anything to do with the church. My father was a huge hindrance in my journey with the Lord. There were many times where He will clearly inform me to stop reading the Bible and to stop going to church. There were times He refused to drop me off to church. I love my father but throughout this walk, I’ve learned that all I can do is pray and be a living testament of Christ. Before living with parents, I was raised by my aunt and grandmother for seven years alongside with my cousins. It was during that time period, that I would say that I gave my life to Christ. As a child, I enjoyed reading Bible stories and being intrigued by the color illustrations of each Bible character. I read the Bible, prayed, attended Sunday school but at the time, I didn’t have a personal relationship with God. I always taught that in order for a woman to have a child, all she had to do was pray and she will become pregnant like Mary. The Bible was very interesting and it still is to me.

Fast forward to high school. High school was cool but not my favorite moments I like to remember at all. I struggled with my low self esteem due to constant name calling. It was either my skin was too dark and I needed bleaching cream to lighten up. I struggled in my academics especial science and mathematics but I enjoyed English. Let’s go back memory lane. Eight grade! Yes, the grade I will always remember. I had the best English teacher by the name of Mr.Higgins. Every week, he will assign to my fellow classmates and I, a punctuation test. After every exam, there was a reward of $1 or $2 for the student(s) who received the highest mark. Every month, we were assigned a particular poetry forum. At the end of the month, each student had to stand on the podium to recite the poem to the class. It was in those early years that I developed a love for poetry. English was my heartbeat, although I wouldn’t say that I was strong in that course during those days. Fast forward to my first year in college. I was initially supposed to attend a four year university. I got accepted and I was so excited to leave home and embark on a new journey but that didn’t work out due to the misunderstanding and complications of the entire school requirements. I ended up attending a community college. It was one of the toughest decisions that I had to make which turned into a beautiful mystery. God knew exactly what He was doing, It all began in my music classroom. At the time, I couldn’t wrap my head around the reason why I needed to take a music course. After all, I wanted to pursue Nursing. What correlation did music have with Nursing? Anyway, God had it all planned out. It was through my music course, that I met my friend Hayat. She was a Muslim at the time we met. A simple hello is what transcended into a friendship. Through conversations, Hayat expressed to me about how she wanted to convert to become a Christian for a while. She heard about the Gospel through her friend who was a Muslim who converted to Christianity. Look at God! At the time I met Hayat, I didn’t have anything to offer to her besides the conversations we had with her about God. I wasn’t planted in a church because I had left my previous church in search of another one. A few weeks after our meeting, I received a call from Hayat, with great joy in her voice. She had found a church through a woman while at a park. She invited me. A week after, I attended the church. I walked 25-30 minutes to the church and till now, that’s the church that I still attend. At the time, I was the only one in my household going to church. I couldn’t keep the good news to myself. I told my family and friends about the Lord and informed them about the church I was attending. At first, my mom wasn’t happy because I made a decision to attend a new church on my own. It’s not easy at a young age to make such a decision but I can truly say that God has been my guide. To God be the Glory, a few of my friends and family are members of the church I attend. Hayat, my friend, relocated back to her country. We still keep in contact. She is still a follower of Christ while trusting God for her family to come to the knowledge of Christ too. God surely has a purpose in everything that He does. He is Purposeful. He is an Intentional God. It was on that very day that I attended the church for the first time that I re-dedicated my life to Christ.

Before re-dedicating my life to Christ, my first name was worry. Ask about this child. Lord, knows I worried even when I was asleep, eating and even praying. My middle name was fear and my last name was pain dweller from past friendships. The battle of hurt continued for a while even after rededicating my life to God but through the process, He birthed purpose but most importantly, He set me free. He healed my heart and reminded me that He was my Father, Friend, King and Savior. On June 17th, 2015, I made a decision to get baptized. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I remember what I wore and emotions that ran through my body. Today is Wednesday, June 17th, 2020. Interestingly enough, I got baptized on a Wednesday too, five years ago. These five years have surely been a journey I’m still trodding upon. I’ve come to understand that I am not alone. God is with me. He has surrounded me with the right people and I am forever grateful. Through life’s battles, God has shown Himself strong. Through the tears, He has been my helper and my closest friend. I am no longer broken but much rather whole in Christ. Like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly, God is still at work in my life.

Reflection of Today

Today was a joyful day. It all began at 12am when I decided to celebrate this day in remembrance of when I got baptized. I celebrated by watching a clip of a video I took of my babies back in the orphanage in Uganda for a mission trip 🇺🇬. I miss my babies so much but every time I look back at the memories, I’m filled with joy. Fast forward, to the rest of the day. So back to memory lane, June 17th, 2015. As I mentioned, it was the day I got baptized. On that very day, a young girl by the name of ChiChi was supposed to get baptized too. Unfortunately, she was unable to because her family had to urgently move to another state. Two years later, God who forever blows my mind connected me with her. Listen this connection was divine. She messaged me via tumblr not realizing that she was messaging me. She was going through a rough time in her life (depression and etc). I didn’t have a profile picture so she couldn’t identity me. We continued our long conversations for years but on this day June 17th, 2020, she messaged me. I asked her for her number. I called her and the rest is history. God made a way. We spoke to each other on the phone for the first time ever. We shared our testimonies and just shared laughter briefly before her mentioning to me that she was in another country. She had relocated and if you know what that means, if I stay on the line for long, my phone bill will be out of this world. So we had to cut the phone call short but it was a lovely and blessed conversation.

I called a friend to testify of God’s goodness. She was so surprised by my level of joy today. She was even wondering if I found a job and I’m like not yet. Like I mentioned, this journey hasn’t been easy but I know that God is Faithful. I’ve learned and I am still learning to put my hope, faith and trust in God alone. No matter how steep the valley is, God will surely carry you through and set your feet upon a solid rock. When I tell you today was special, God knows and I’m sure the angels are rejoicing. I couldn’t help but smile. ‘Twas a beautiful and glorious day ✨😊.

My little heartbeats 💓 ( Orphans, God’s precious children)

Lessons Learned In Five Years

1. Where you are in your walk with God is not where everyone is in their journey. Walking is a choice. Being a follower is a daily decision and everyone makes a choice but learn to pray for them.

2. Lean in on God in every season. Cling unto Him like a root to a tree. You need God every day. He is not a seasonal God. He is a timeless God.

3. Whatever struggles you are facing, first come to God. God is relatable. He is your Father, Friend, Savior and so much more. Speak to the Lord. Be transparent. He listens and He is there for you. Don’t let fear hinder you from speaking to the One who cares and loves you. There is no wound too deep that God cannot heal.

4. Spend time with God every day. The presence of God is a gift. Read your Bible. Fellowship with other believers. Pray 🙏🏿. Read books that will enhance your spiritual walk. Set your priorities straight. Make room in your schedule for God. Let your life be centered on Christ.

5. Where you are is not where you are going. God is the director of your life. Key into what He is saying and be obedient.

6. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Be led by His Spirit.

7. Everyone you meet serves a purpose in your life. Don’t cling too tightly. Some people are visitors and that is okay. Some people will arrive during your wilderness and some will show up during harvest but there is a purpose for both the arrival and departure. Be welcoming and allow God to have His way in your life and those He sends your way.

8. Be careful of the people you surround yourself with, the music you listen to, the books you read, the movies you watch and etc.

9. If you say you want to grow in your walk, stop becoming comfortable with milk and be ready to intake spiritual food. God is ready but are you willing to take in what He is ready to feed you?

10. Surrender every part of your life to God. Don’t be a partial Christ. Jesus is a full course meal. Be ready to feast with the Lord. Ask the Lord for a teachable spirit. Humility is the way to the Father. Be willing to learn and be taught.

The Invitation

Today is the day of salvation. Don’t wait another day to make Jesus, your personal Lord and Savior. Understand that you don’t have to be in church for God to hear you. It’s a matter of declaring with your mouth and believing in your heart in faith that Jesus died and saved your life. He has been waiting for you. He has been knocking on the doors of your heart.

Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? If you haven’t, I would like to join you in prayer. For it is written in Romans 10:9, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Let us pray.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I thank you for this day. I come before your throne of mercy and grace. I thank you for what did for me at the Cross of Calvary. I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I am not worthy to stand before you but because of what you did for me at the Cross of Calvary, I’ve been given this privilege to know you. Cleanse me O’ God. Make me anew. I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart today that Jesus is Lord. Come into my heart O’ God. I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for a new beginning. I am yours forevermore. In Jesus name I pray. Amen 🙏🏿

If you accepted Jesus as your Personal Lord and Savior, I rejoice with you my friend.

*Share your testimony. Tell someone. Testify about the Goodness of God!

As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” -Romans 10:15

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. May we continue to share our God-Given stories. Testify of the Goodness of God. May we never stop encouraging and praying for one another. God bless you 🙏🏿🥁✨

The Original Outstanding Blogger Award

I want to take this time to say thank you to Emma from blogitwithem.wordpress.com. It is such an honor to accept this award. Emma is an exceptional writer who shares her journey of faith, short stories and so much more. Please do take the time to check out Emma’s blog.

  1. What is the biggest fear you have ever had to overcome? The biggest fear that I’ve had to overcome would be public speaking. Looking back on years, I can definitely say that I’ve had courage to speak among crowds. It’s still not easy but it’s gotten better.
  2. What is that one nickname that you absolutely hate? I don’t actually have a nickname I hate.
  3. Who was your childhood celebrity obsession and why? I loved Usher Raymond. Growing up, I was in love with all his songs. I will buy his CD’s and play it while doing my chores. I enjoyed the tune and his voice.
  4. Which cartoon character in any animation do you relate to the most? Emma, you are taking me back to memory lane. I would have to say Penny Proud from the Proud Family ( Disney Channel )
  5. What is the biggest misconception that people have about you? I think one of the biggest misconceptions that people have of me is that I am strict which is not necessarily true. From afar people will make their assumptions about someone but when they get to know them, they become surprised. Yes, I’m stern yet sarcastic at times. I love heart to heart conversations and when I’m passionate about a particular subject, my face expression can give it all away.
  6. How would you define love? Love is God. God is the epitome of love. Love is genuine and pure at heart. I used to think love was that mushiness they do in movies but it’s far beyond all of that emotion.
  7. What’s your favourite food? Emma, which restaurant are we stopping at first? As for me, I love pizza 🍕 and meat pie. I like jollof rice with some chicken, fried plantains and salad. Food is yummy 😋.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I really enjoyed answering these questions Emma. Thank you once again for nominating me 😊

The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers who exhibit creativity, positivity and an array of light to the blogging community.

It is an honor and a privilege to be nominated by my fellow blogger by the name of Sparkle Tumu ✨. She’s radiant and her blog exudes light, grace and growth. Sparkle, just recently joined the bloggers sphere. Please do take the time to check out her content and also follow her blog. It’s free of charge. Kindly click the link sparkletumu.wordpress.com/ 😊

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger award logo in your blog post.

Sparkle’s Questions

These are my eleven questions:

  1. What’s your favourite animal? I don’t have a favorite animal. I like the sound of birds but that’s it. Animals and I are not friends.
  2. Name that day of the week that causes your heart to feel lighter. I would have to say Sunday’s. It’s my rest day even though it doesn’t always as such depending on the week.
  3. Dream destination? I have so many dream destinations. I want to travel to Malawi, Tanzania, Italy
  4. Funniest school memory. I honestly can’t recall any memories as I write but I’m sure there is something that took place that was funny.
  5. If you could turn back time, what would you change about your life? I wouldn’t change anything. I truly believe that everything that happens is for a purpose. Each step we take is apart of the journey.
  6. What’s your favourite colour? My favorite colour is mustard yellow and gray. I like the color blue too but it depends on its shade.
  7. Movies vs. Series. Take your pick. I would have to say movies for sure.
  8. In two words, describe your lockdown/quarantine experience. The two words that perfectly describes my quarantine experience is challenging and refreshing. I chose the word challenging because this lockdown had things in stored that I didn’t expect. One of them being my father having the Coronavirus which took a toll on me being the caretaker. At the same time, trying to situate things with my life. It was a tough time for me but by God’s grace, he’s much better. Through it all, God is Good. This season of my life is just amazing. It’s a time for rest, working on goals and feasting with Jesus. Yes I don’t have a job currently but it’s still so refreshing. Perspective is key. God has been good. Like Lord, can this quarantine be for a year? 😂. I’m loving it. Every sound of the birds and the sun finding its way into my room makes me smile. It’s honestly a blessing and a gift wrapped in one. I love my peace.
  9. What are you most grateful for? I am grateful or the gift of life. It’s a blessing to be alive. To be able to have food to eat, a place to lay my head to rest is more than enough for me. I’m grateful for the genuine friends in my corner. I am grateful for the little children. Just today I was thinking of my babies in the orphanage in Uganda and my heart just smiled.
  10. What do you miss about your childhood? I can go on and on about this question. I honestly miss my childhood but I have more than enough pictures that can tell a thousand stories. I miss just being free and not having to worry about certain things like finding a job and etc. This little girl was jumping rope, eating ice cream and walking down the roads without a concern.
  11. What’s the first thing you will do/you did after lockdown/quarantine? The first I will do after the quarantine is honestly go and walk around the stores and possibly buy dessert 🧁 and journals 😊.

Thank you for nominating me Sparkle. I enjoyed your questions. Remain Blessed 😊. Light & Love your way.

Hello June

Welcome to the month of June. It’s officially the sixth month of the year and we are still alive. Can somebody shout Hallelujah 🙌🏿. The Lord is Good. Brethren, as long as you opened your eyes today, you ought to thank the Lord. He has been good to us and so worthy of all the praise. We are moving forward. It may not look like we are moving right along due to the currency of events present in our world today but there’s still so much to be hopeful for. 2020 is still my year. God isn’t finished yet. Papa is still at work, reigning as King over the Earth.

So I’m welcome June with open arms because God is still in Control. He is still polishing things, refining His children and making way for all things to work out for good and for His glory. Scripture reminds us that “However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him” (See 1 Corinthians 2:9). God is still in the business of turning things around for you.

No matter what the last few months has looked like or has been for you, it is my prayer that as we have embarked to a new month, you will fix your eyes on things above. You will set your eyes on Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith. It’s a fresh month. The month is still young. Cradle it like a child and sing a new song as each day dawns. I pray that in this month of June, we will hunger and thirst for God more and more. May we be like children who dwell at the feet of our Maker. Every form of distraction, we cancel in Jesus name. Let’s ask God to open our eyes, hearts and minds. Like David, let us come into the throne room, and ask God to create in us a new heart and renew a steadfast spirit within us. We need a clean heart. Give us a heart Lord to love, serve and honor you.

As we all are aware, there is so much going on in the news. The world is on fire and it is only God that can quench it. There is news everywhere about racism and injustice. Let us not give up on prayer for our nation. We may not be the ones protesting but let’s do our parts. The war is raging but God is still in the midst. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Remember that we have the power and the authority to speak to the storm. May our faith increase in God all the more in this month of June. May we also remember that amidst the daily news reports in our world today, we still have Good News as believers. In the same as Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 26:11 “You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” God cares about everything going on right now in our world today. It may catch us by surprise but it’s not a surprise to God. Light has come and it’s exposing darkness and so many people cannot comprehend it yet. As we lift our nation up, let us also lift up every country worldwide Inyo the hands of God. It is currently raining but the sun will shine again. May we not lost hope but much rather may we draw near unto God. As He speaks, take note and be obedient to His instruction. June, we receive you with love. We draw near you with grace as we run this race. We commit this month to God, who has started a good work in each of us and will surely bring it to pass. We rejoice and raise our banner in praise because Jesus has won the victory.

I want to take the time to wish everyone who is celebrating their birthday in this month. May God bless your new age. May God do a new thing in your life. Greater heights the Lord will surely take you all. More grace, outpouring of God’s love, joy and every perfect gift from above. I celebrate you but know that the Lord is singing over you. Rejoice! Sing a new song. You are blessed, loved, and highly favored 🎉🥁🎂🤗🎈

The birds are singing 🎤. The sun has risen. The neighborhood is silent besides the cars passing. It’s a new day that the Lord has made and I choose to rejoice and be glad in it 😊.