Overcomer!

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” -Psalm 23:4

What comes to mind when you read this verse? What challenges are you currently facing in this season of your life that looks impossible? You see, in this life, we will walk through the valley and as the David describes it, the darkest valley. Though we walk through the darkest valley, we are rest assured that God is with us. *You will walk (through) the darkest valley but you will not stay in the valley. You will pass through it. It’s in our valley seasons, that we have a better understanding of our need for God. Our valley seasons prepare us for our mountaintop experiences. When your well has never been dry, you don’t have an understanding of those around you who are lacking. It’s in our valley seasons that we are challenged to see God as Our Shepherd. We hear that God is our Shepherd but many of us have not truly experienced God as our Shepherd. Many times, we see the term Shepherd, as God being just our Provider. A Shepherd protects His flocks. He leads them in the right way. He never leads them astray. Whether you are in the valley or on the mountaintop, may you be rest assured that God is your Shepherd. Personalize it “You are my Shepherd.” In the valley or on the mountaintop, God is still God. He still sits on the throne. He changes not by our circumstances. He remains the same.

No matter what this season may be looking like for you, ask the Lord to reveal Himself unto you. May the Lord remove any veil that stands in the way of seeing Him amidst your situation. I pray that God’s strength will be your portion. Your circumstances may look impossible, all of a sudden dead end but God, who makes all things new, will make a way amidst the wasteland. He’s a God who perfects all that concerns His children. May you experience the goodness and faithfulness of God throughout this day and the weeks to come. May you learn to call upon the name of the Lord even in your valley season. May the Lord increase your faith. Even when you don’t understand the storm, may you have that assurance that God is in Control. The storms of life will arise but so will the Lord. He will surely arise on your behalf. I will walk through the darkest valley. You will walk through the fire but none of us will be burned. I will still proclaim about the Lord. His praises will arise from my heart to my lips. Like Daniel, you will be unharmed and unbound. There will be no smell of fire on you but people will see the Glory of God surrounding you and wonder about the Lord. Be encouraged. Be at peace. Be still and know that God is God. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will comfort you. Your test will turn into testimonies. Hold on. Cling unto God. Speak the word of God over your life and your current circumstances. Have faith. Believe and stand firm in the Lord.

Verses To Ponder

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. –Psalm 91:7-8

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.Isaiah 43:2

He said, โ€œLook! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.โ€ Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, โ€œShadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!โ€ So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. -Daniel 3:25-27

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. May you be strengthened as you put your hope in the Lord. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Find Rest In God

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30

Amidst the hustle and bustle of this world, God is calling us to rest. If God who created the Heavens and the Earth, took the time to rest, we must also learn to abide in that living example demonstrated to us through our Heavenly Father. In our key verse, God is inviting us into His presence by simply telling us to come. For many people, coming into the presence of God is already difficult. Opening up the word of God is a hard pill for them to swallow. Finding rest in God is not meant to be complex but we live in a world that makes simplicity looks complex and vice versa.

In our pursuit of following Christ, we must learn to ask God to teach us what it really means to find rest in Him. You see, we live in a world that promotes busyness more than rest. Rest is seen as being lazy but if we are not careful we can become so easily entangled with the standards of this world and become burnt out. God’s work was not created for us to become burnt out. We are required to work. Adam worked in the garden. He had responsibilities but He leaned not on His own understanding and strength but much rather He drew strength from God. From the beginning of time, God illustrated unto us what it means to Rest. Looking at Genesis 2:3, we clearly see that “God blessed the seventh day and made it Holy, because on it God rested from all His work that He had done in creation.” Is this to say that we are only called to rest on the seventh day? No, not from my understanding. Rest in itself isn’t just sleeping. Sleep is good for your soul but rest is learning to surrender everything unto God who is capable of providing all that you need according His purpose and will for your life.

Finding rest in God requires you laying your burdens and getting in the habit of seeking God’s face in all that you do. Finding rest in God positions you in His presence where you learn more about His word which henceforth assures you of His character and promises. Amidst the noise and the chaos of this world, there is peace that awaits us when we learn to abide in Christ. In John 16:33, Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus was aware of the trouble this world gives because He walked in this world though He was not of it. We must learn from the Greatest Teacher.

Although busyness is advocated, understanding that busyness doesn’t equate to productivity and purpose is key. We live in a world that is composed of unnecessary stress that can lead one to fall into a state of depression. Our temples are created to honor God. God had a purpose when He created everything including us. How can we be vessels of honor when our souls are continuously in a state of flux? God has designed us for greater purposes. We are not created to live a mediocre lifestyle when God has come to give us life in abundance. We will never experience the true definition of rest through the lens of Christ when we emphasize so much value on worldly success. There is nothing wrong with working but in this day and age, people are working so hard trying to be in competition with their mates and trying to live by the status quo.

When we learn to find rest in God, we experience His grace and provision. It’s in that place of rest that we are renewed, rejuvenated, refreshed and satisfied. We as believers are not called to be in a race with the world. We are called to be “set apart” for God’s Glory but we are living in a a time when we can’t differentiate between the believer and the unbeliever. We are called to be living examples of light, joy, hope and peace for this world. I pray that as we set forth into our days, we take the time to rest in God. We learn to sit like Mary at the feet of our Master. Whatever burdens you may be carrying in this season of your life, may you learn to release it at the feet of the One who cares. His name is Jesus. His yoke is easy. His burdens are light. So come as you are into the presence of your Heavenly Father. He awaits you.

Verses To Ponder

“In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” -2 Timothy 2:20

“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” -Jeremiah 31:25

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 15:13

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” -Psalm 23:1-2

Happy Friday. I hope your all doing well. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you. Have a lovely day ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒป

The Richness of God’s Word!

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Scripture: Jesus answered, โ€œIt is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” -Matthew 4:4

 Reflection: The word of God is rich, filled with wisdom and everlasting treasures. It is everything that you need to enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. The truth is, you will never know the richness of God’s word when your soul is seeking after earthly things to satisfy your soul. David knew the secret of not living on bread alone. In Psalm 63:5, David says “I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” David describes the word/the presence of God as satisfying. With singing lips, David praised the Lord. We see clearly through the life of David and Jesus that in as much as physical bread/food is necessary, it is not the greatest necessity in order for us to survive. We eat to nourish our bodies but many times the food we consume are not good for our souls. In the same way, we run to our fridge to grab something to eat, we as believers must learn to run into the presence of God, ready to commune with the Bread of Life. The word of God is the food that we need daily. The word of God is not only reserved for a church service.
 Imagine feeding a baby once a week. How would the baby grow? It will face serious challenges. The more we feed our Spirit, the more we become more like Christ. The more we meditate on the word of God, the more we are able to stand firm, unshaken by the weapons of the enemy. The more time we make for God, the more we learn to apply scripture to our daily lives/circumstances. In the same way, when we make that decision of consciously or unconsciously saying “NO’ to feeding our Spirit with the word of God, we are starving our Spirit and saying Yes to our flesh. The Spirit gives Life which leads us in the pathway of light and truth. The word of God is gift but you will never know the purpose of the gift when you leave it unattended to collect dust. As you go forth throughout your day and week, may you hunger for God. May you take delight in spending time in His presence. May your heart be opened and sensitive to the Holy Spirit. May every misconception you have of God and His word be removed and may your mind be renewed as you dwell in His presence.
Verses To Ponder
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” -Matthew 5:6
 “Then Jesus declared, โ€œI am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” -John 6:35

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. -Hebrews 4:12

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you.

 Have a blessed day/week ๐Ÿ™‚

Glorious Embrace ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿฅฅ๐Ÿ˜Š

Perhaps, it is right here in this moment, in this very season that God is preparing you for all that your heart has been beating for. He is making your heart desires in alignment with His will.

Happy New Month Everyone. The best month of the year is finally here ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ˜Š. Welcome to Day 182 of 365. Glorious July packaged with phenomenal people. Sweet July, how I saw you from afar but you are surely here. On the seventh day, God rested but while resting, He couldnโ€™t help but smile. Iโ€™m filled with joy I canโ€™t explain. Itโ€™s a new month and a new day. This I pray for you as we have embarked into this month of July. I pray that this month of July will be surrounded with Godโ€™s glory, fragrance of love, fresh oil, overflow of joy, light for each step that you take, peace unexplainable and undeniable, increase faith, courage, vision and favor before God and man. May you make the presence of God your dwelling place. May you hunger and thirst more for Christ. May praise never cease from your lips. May the Lord connect you with the right people at the right place and at the right time. May He instruct you in the way you should go. As you spend time with God, may He give you afresh revelations of His word. Wisdom from above. May the Lord surprise you. People may have forgotten you but my God, He will remember you. May you take delight in the presence of God. May you be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in every season. When people see you, may they see Christ, the Hope of Glory in you. May the Lord blow your mind. May the Lord open up new doors of opportunities for you. The doors that have been shut in your life, I join my faith with yours that it will be opened in greater measure according to God’s will for your life in Jesus name. May you continually knock on Heaven doors. May the Lord perfect all that concerns you. May you not be ashamed about the word of God but may you proclaim it boldly that those who do not know Christ, will come to knowledge of knowing Him. May you not be silent but much rather may you declare of the goodness of the Lord in the Land of the Living! God isnโ€™t finished with me. Child, God isnโ€™t finished with you too. Greater Heights The Lord Will Take You. โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฟ๐ŸŒป

Verses To Ponder

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. -Matthew 5:6

I am the bread of life, he who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. -John 6:35

With love,

Karen ๐Ÿ˜Š

June Reflections ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒฆ

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

It is only the living that can praise God. So if you have breath in your lungs, magnify the Lord. Reflect on all His goodness and faithfulness throughout your life. Six months of God’s grace, mercies, kindness, peace, joy and so much more. I don’t know about you but this month of June was challenging. It had its good and bad moments but through it all, God stood with me. He gave me peace amidst the storm. He filled my heart with joy and praise. With each new day, the sound of the birds and the light in the sky reminded me of God. There is something about the birds, the trees and the clouds, I cannot explain. June brewed with it challenges and days of joy and delight but in spite of it all, I am here, alive and breathing by God’s grace. As we know, it is a custom in this blog space to reflect upon each month. So today, here we are once again, ready to reflect upon the month of June.

Reflection Questions

1. What is one thing that stood out to you in the month of June?

2. Describe the month of June for you in three words?

3. Was there any moment, where you almost gave up on a project because you were just tired and frustrated?

4. Did you read any books? If so what were they and would you recommend it to anyone to read?

5. Did you study any books in the Bible? What did you learn and what have you been applying to your life?

6. What were some of the challenges you faced in the month of June? How did you overcome it?

7. Did you visit a new place? Country, state, store?

8. When it comes to your finances, did you save more or spend more?

9. What is something you learned about God in this month of June that surprised you? How has your walk with God coming along?

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

*The promises of God still remains. God hasn’t forgotten. You are His child. He knows what you need. He will provide. He is making way in the wasteland. Nothing is wasted. God can use all things for His name to be Glorified. Let Go and Let God have His way in your life. Whatever you any have been clinging unto that you need to release, surrender it unto God. Let the King of Glory be magnified in your life.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I pray the month of July will be a glorious month for you all ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ.

Poem | Peace Like A River

Outpouring of Peace

There is peace

I cannot explain.

Day by day,

even amidst the pain and the calamities of

this life,

there is calmness in this space,

in this place where God reigns.

There is rain that refreshes

my soul,

that washes over me.

There is a fresh outpouring

of the wind of Glory.

The living water is here.

Right here,

Right now.

In Godโ€™s presence,

make room in your heart

for more.

Breathe and arise

with praise on your lips

declaring

of the wondrous things that God has done

for you.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. -John 14:27

๐Ÿ“ธ: John Jase

Words: Karen Owusu

The Essence of Being Content

Welcome to Day 179 of 365. I hope you’re doing well and the year is coming along well for you too. In today’s segment, we are going to be taking a look at what it means to be content through the lens of Christ & the standards of the world. Get your pens and paper. Let’s get right into it.

Key Verses: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21

“The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied.” -Proverbs 19:23

Question of the day: Where have you been seeking contentment/fulfillment? Who are you looking up to for satisfaction/validation?

If there is anywhere in scripture that describes the essence/secret of being content, Philippians 4 would have to be it. When we take a look at what contentment means, it is simply defined as a state of happiness and being satisfied. Looking at your life right now, would you say that you are content with where you are and what you have?

You see, being content doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have desires. In Matthew 6:21, we are reminded that “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” So the question for you is where have you stored your treasures? What are your intentions for the things that you desire to have? Do you really know the secret of being content? Paul knew the secret. David knew the secret. Jesus knew the secret. The secret is remaining in the Lord. Abiding in the presence of God and staying connected to the Vine is key. In Psalm 23, David acknowledges the Lord to be His Shepherd. You see, because David knew who the Lord was, He was also aware of what He is capable of doing. When you only know God for what He can do, you only come into His presence seeking after the hand of God and not His face. David knew the Lord and experienced the joy and the promises of God in His presence. In this life, there will always be trends and standards in every season. The world sees contentment through the lens of having plenty, the status quo and having the greatest assets/possessions.

As believers, we must ask the Lord to help us not to get caught up in the lifestyle of the world. In Proverbs 19:23, we are reminded that “The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied.” Life in abundance, total surrender, joy, peace, and the Holy Spirit is what the presence of God has in stored for all His children but unto those who choose to dwell in His tabernacle, experience it all the more. God is your Greatest Provider. He can exceed your expectations. Sometimes, you have to wait for what you are asking God for but that doesn’t mean that God won’t provide for you. If He can provide for the birds, how much more are you not valuable unto God? You are not in a competition with anyone. Work and treat yourself from time to time but know that God has the best interest at heart for you. His gifts for you are much greater than what you will ever have to work for in this life.

As you go forth throughout your day, may you find peace in knowing that God is your Provider. May you gain a renewed perspective of being content in every season whether you have plenty or little. May you fix your eyes on Jesus. In all your ways, may you seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. May you be rest assured that as you make God your focal point, He will surely meet all your needs according to the riches of His Glory in Christ Jesus.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you.

Have a lovely day. Stay blessed and rooted in Christ ๐Ÿ™‚