November Reflections

Are your petals blooming or withering? What is your foundation?

It’s that time again when we reflect on how the month of November was for all of us. The month of November flew by so fast just like the rest of the months that have passed. Can’t believe that tomorrow is officially December 1st.2018. It’s been one interesting month. I will describe my November as a focused month. It was a time of focusing on God, spending time in the word of God, accomplishing goals and learning so much. This month was also Time With God Challenge. So I wasn’t on any social media handles including YouTube. My month has been phenomenal and mind blowing. I truly believe that it’s important that we take the time to reflect on the goodness of God throughout the month. Through it all, God has been faithful. Through the trials and tribulations, He is still God. I pray that as you take the time to reflect, it will also be a time of refreshing/a time of setting goals that you will like to accomplish before the year ends. It’s never too late to accomplish something as long as you commit your ways unto God and also do your part. It’s one thing to attend conferences, sit behind the pew but until you learn to apply the word of God to your life, you will be like any believer who just accepts Jesus as their personal Savior. We have to be willing to grow as believers. There is so much that God has deposited within us but we have to do our parts as well as pray. Prayer is Key πŸ”. Yes, but we have to plant the seed and partnership with God for our dreams to come into fruition. You can’t bear good fruits if you refuse to spend time in the presence of God. It is in his presence where he removes the branches in us that aren’t bringing glory unto Him. We made it to November by the Grace of God, not because of anything that we have done to earn his Grace. Praise the Lord. Thank Him for his faithfulness and His everlasting love. As the month of November is drawing to an end, I will like for us to reflect on a few questions.

Questions of the day:

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

2. What is something you learned this month that will help you along the journey?

3. What are clinging unto that you need to let go of? (Dead relationships/friendships that you are trying to resurrect)

4. What goals did you have set for yourself in the month of November? Where you able to accomplish your goals? If not, what stopped you and what are you willing to do to accomplish your goals?

5. How would you describe your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being in this month? Did you find yourself worrying a lot?

6. Did you spend time with God? Reading the Bible, interacting with other believers, and etc.

7. Did you drink enough water? Did you eat healthy or were you feeding your body with junk food?

8. Did you take the time to rest or were you constantly on the go?

9. What areas in your life do you need to work on? Do you find yourself comparing yourself to others a lot? Do you find yourself complaining day in and day out? Do you take the time to reach out to your friends and loved ones? What excuses have you been making and what can you do to turn those excuses into priorities?

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

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. It’s always a pleasure to share what’s on my heart with you all. Cheers to what December holds for all of us. May God’s hands rest upon us and may we draw nearer to our King. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ πŸ™πŸΏπŸ˜Š

PC: Nicangela

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Time With God Challenge// Fasting & Prayer Points πŸ™πŸΏ

What is Fasting? “Fasting is essentially giving up food (or something else) for a period of time in order to focus your thoughts on God. While fasting, many people read the Bible, pray, or worship.

Benefits of Fasting and Prayer:

1. When one fasts and prays, it draws them closer to God. When one fasts/prays, it strengthens their relationship with God.

2. Prayer and Fasting also reveals sins you may be unaware of and the Holy Spirit convicts you.

3. Prayer and Fasting also makes you more focused. There are less distractions and you get to focus more on God.

Different Kinds Of Fast

1. Social Media Fast

2. Secular Music Fast

3. Daniel Fast

4. Regular Fast

5. Intermittent Fast

Verses In Regards To Fasting

1. Β β€œGo, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” -Esther 4:16

2. Take at a look at Isaiah 58

3. “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you”-Matthew 6:16-18

Fasting and prayer is not about not eating. It’s about hungering for more of God. Spending time with God.

Day 1: November 28th,2018

  • Thank God for waking you up as well as your family, friends and loved ones.
  • Ask God to cleanse you and create in you a clean heart.
  • Praise the Lord for gracing you with yet another day to be alive. Only the living fame praise God. Someone didn’t wake up but by the grace of God, you are alive.
  • Thank God for the opportunity to partake in this challenge. Thank God for the strength He has given you through the challenge. It wasn’t always easy but God was there through it all.

Day 2: November 29th,2018

  • Thank God for the gift of salvation. Ask the Lord to continue to draw you ever close to His presence.
  • Ask the Lord to fill you with more of His spirit as He draws you closer to Him. Ask the Lord to increase your faith in Him so that when situations arise in your life, your hope and trust will only be in God.
  • Ask the Lord to reveal anything in you that doesn’t glorify His name. Ask the Lord to prune you. Every branch that is not bearing fruit should be uprooted.

Day 3: November 30th, 2018

  • Thank God for who He is. Ask the Lord to pour His love on you. If you haven’t experienced the love of God, ask that you will be filled, overflowing that others will also experience the love of God.
  • Ask the Lord to give you a deeper revelation of his word every time you open up the Bible.
  • Ask the Lord (Personal Prayer Requests)
  • Thank God for all that you have learned throughout the challenge.
  • Take time to reflect for at least 30 minutes. Thank God for His faithfulness and the joy of knowing Him. Ask the Lord to reveal His purpose for your life.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. May the Lord gives us strength during this time of fasting and prayer. God bless you πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸΏ.

Time With God Challenge//Week 4 πŸŒ»πŸ™ŒπŸΏ

Hallelujah! Isn’t the Lord good? Oh yes He is. Who is like our God? No One. We call on His name and He answers. Excellent, Faithful, Loving, Majestic, Merciful, Kind, Always On Time God.

Welcome into the final week of “Time With God Challenge”. I’m excited and so grateful for God to have laid this challenge upon my heart in the month of July. It has been a blessing. I can’t never thank God enough. It is a great joy writing this blog post right now. As our challenge is drawing to an end, I just want to take the time to say thank you for all those who participated in the challenge. It isn’t an easy challenge in a culture where we are used to using technology and being on social media every day. With God on our side, we are almost close to finishing this challenge. I want to also remind you that this doesn’t have to be an end of the challenge for you. You can incorporate this in your lifestyle. Spending time God is a must as a believer. A challenge doesn’t have to called forth before we take our walk with God seriously. Opening the Bible and reflecting on the goodness of God is important In the same way as watering a seed. A seed will never grow if you just leave it in the soil. You have to do your part. God is Faithful. His faithfulness to us is never based on what we have done but solely because of who He is. His character exemplifies the traits we ought to emulate as children before unto Him. Continue to walk in the way of the Lord. Take time to pray and meditate on the word of God. Reflect on the faithfulness of God throughout your life.

Week 4:

November 26th: Thank God for bringing you this far throughout the challenge. Reflect on the goodness of the Lord.

November 27th: Continue studying the Book of the Bible that you started. Read a chapter in the book of Psalm. Meditate on it. Take notes of what your learned and what you can apply to your life

November 28th: Day 1 of Fasting & Prayer

November 29th: Day 2 of Fasting & Prayer

November 30th: Day 3 of Fasting & Prayer

In regards to the Fasting, I will share another blog post with more details.

Verse To Ponder:

β€œTheΒ LordΒ has done great things for them. TheΒ LordΒ has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. -Psalm 126:3

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I pray that this new week will be a refreshing week for you. A week where you will focus, accomplish your goals and daily seek the Lord in all that you do. Always remember that Jesus loves you. Stay Blessed & Rooted In Christ πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸΏ.

 

Thanksgiving Meal Ideas

November 22nd, 2018: Time spent with family and loved ones (Thanksgiving)

I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.-Psalm 9:1

I can’t believe how time has flew by since the last thanksgiving dinner. For many people, thanksgiving is a time spent with friends and loved one. For some of us, we don’t see our families throughout the year and this is the only time where we can gather up at a table to eat and celebrate one another. For another group of people, this is a time where they reminisce on the times shared with a loved one who is no longer here. Whatever your reason may be, celebrate and have fun. Take time to cook a meal. If grandma or mama is always doing the cooking, let your hands do the cooking this year. By the Grace of God, we get to see another year, sit at the table with our loved ones. Thank God for His goodness. As we sit and gobble till we wobble, may we take the time to pray for those who are unfortunate. If you offer some food to the needy, feel free to do so. If you are going to be cooking this year, this blog post is for you. I’m going to be sharing a few thanksgiving meal ideas to chef πŸ‘©πŸΏβ€πŸ³up. Let’s get started.

Breakfast Ideas:

  • 1. Pancakes + strawberries + chocolate chips/Syrup
  • 2. Chicken + Waffles
  • 3. Biscuits, hash browns, sausage
  • 4. Oatmeal with blueberries and granola
  • 5. Blueberry Scones with lemon drizzle
  • 6. French Toast with scrambled eggs
  • 7. Baked Beans, Luncheon Meat, Bacon, and eggs on the side
  • 8. Smoothie
  • 9. Scrambled eggs sprinkled with pepper and avocados πŸ₯‘ .
  • 10. Yogurt + cereal πŸ₯£ and toasted bread with cream cheese and jelly.
  • Drinks: Orange Juice, Strawberry Kiwi, Cranberry or Preferably Water
  • Fruits: Strawberry, Blueberry, Pineapple, Orange, Banana, Cantaloupe, Papaya, Grapes, Mangoes and etc.
  • Dinner Ideas:
  • 1. Mac N Cheese
  • 2. Candied Yams with Collard Greens and Fried Chicken/Corn Bread on the side
  • 3. Chicken Alfredo
  • 4. Mashed Potato Casserole
  • 5. Potato Puffs with honey garlic Roasted carrots
  • 6. Potato Salad with Corn on a Cobb
  • 7. Roasted Turkey or Chicken
  • 8. Fried Fish, Oxtail and Jerk Chicken with Rice and beans.
  • 9. Jollof Rice + Chicken/Salad
  • 10. Baked Potato wedges
  • *You can also cook your cultural food πŸ₯˜
  • Desserts:
  • 1. Caramel, Rum, Carrot, Red Velvet Cake
  • 2. Ice Cream 🍨 or Shortbread Cookie
  • 3. Banana Pudding
  • 4. Apple Pie
  • 5. Peach Cobbler or Rice Pudding
  • 6. Pound Cake with some Lemonade
  • 7. Banana Cake or Bread
  • 8. Cheesecake or Cinnamon Bun Roles
  • 9. Slutty Brownies or Chocolate Cake Skillet Cookie
  • 10. Sweet Potato Cobbler
  • Picture Credit: Brooke Lark
  • Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family, and loved ones β€οΈπŸ™ŒπŸΏπŸ˜Š
  • Time Management!

    Time: something you’re not in control of. something you won’t have forever. So what do you need to start working on now?

    As the year is drawing to an end, it’s so easy to feel bad about the things you haven’t accomplished, the goals you had set for yourself since January but yet still haven’t made any effort to execute. It’s so easy to get caught up on social media and envious about other people’s performance. There’s no reason to envy other people’s blessings when your blessing has been sitting face to face with you everyday. My question for you today is what are you doing with your time? Are you someone that procrastinates and put assignments to the side, saying I will do it tomorrow? Has that tomorrow turned into a year? If so what are you willing to sacrifice to execute your goals?

    Time management! Something that many of us don’t take seriously. We make excuses of how we don’t have time and how we are so busy. Maybe the things you are busy doing isn’t producing any fruit. You can busy just sitting down watching reality TV shows. You can be busy working on a book. There’s a huge difference here. You’ve got to evaluate your definition of business. If you don’t learn how to manage your time now, it will affect you later on in life when you’ve got major things to do and certain roles to play. Discipline is a key factor in why people can’t manage their time. By the grace of God, we are given 24 hours in a day. What you do with your time is up to you. If you refuse to plant, you can’t be upset when harvest time comes and there’s nothing at hand because you were being lazy. You’ve got to do your part. There are dreams that God has given you that need to become reality. Don’t sleep on your dreams. Pray but do your part. God has given you all that you need (See Matthew 25:14-30). If you need more resources, ask God. That’s something that I’m learning. Don’t keep silent in the presence of the Lord. Tell God what you want and He will give you what you need. Every blessing won’t be packaged the way you want it to be but God ‘s love will be sealed on what He gives. He is the Shepherd and we are His sheep.

    2018 is almost over. There’s still time left for you to start on what you said you were going to do. Don’t hesitate. Don’t procrastinate. Start now! Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and give you wisdom on what needs to be done. What are the assignments that God has given you? What are you waiting for? Your excuses won’t get you too far. Don’t bury your dreams quite yet. You are dead. God hasn’t called you home yet. Plant your seed and allow God to water you through the process. Set time aside to work. There’s a time for everything. Sow and reap the harvest later. Harvest time can be anytime. A farmer doesn’t wait to see other people produce before he plants his seed. Oh no. He does his part. It’s time for you to do your part. It’s a new week. Write down your goals. Pray about it and get to work. It’s time to rise up!

    Quote:

    The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry our their dream. –Les Brown

    Verse To Ponder:

    For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. -Ephesians 2:10

    Picture Credit: Jon Tyson

    Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope that you were able to take something away from this time. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ πŸ™πŸΏπŸ˜Š.

    Time With God Challenge//Week 3 πŸ“Œ

    Hey loves. I hope you’re all doing well on this Friday. How has your week been? What are you looking forward to?

    Welcome into another week of our “Time with God” Challenge. I trust that this challenge has been coming along well for you. I must say that this challenge has been going pretty well for me. I’m more focused and disciplined. It’s been refreshing this past few weeks. Not being on social media hasn’t been a big deal at all for me. This challenge is only for a month but hopefully next year, I want to increase the challenge to three months of no YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and etc. Not being on any of these handles since the start of this challenge has been a blessing. I love being on Facebook to encourage others in their walk with God but something that I learned this year was that inasmuch as it is a blessing to pour into people, it is also vital for you to sit at the feet of the One who pours. His name is Jesus. We can’t pour from an empty cup.

    Everyone uses their social media for many different reasons. I use mine to share the word of God and poetry. I love to write even though writers block is real. For months, it can be challenging to find something to compose but with the help of the Holy Spirit, I’m able to write. Whatever the reason may be for why you use your social media, it’s always good to take a break. Rest awhile. Spend time reading a book, cultivating healthy habits, taking a walk, drinking more water, using the gifts that God has given you, spend time with your friends, go on a date without using your cellphone and etc. Time With God Challenge serves as a time carved for the Lord as well as taking time to work on the assignments that God has laid upon your heart whether it be writing a book, starting a blog, composing a song and etc. It’s a time to open up your Bible more. There’s no excuses because social media is not taking up your time. You have plenty of time now unless you are using that time to sleep or focus on unnecessary tasks. As we are drawing into our final weeks of “Time With God Challenge”, I pray for God’s strength and the grace to finish this challenge. God has been good to us in one way or the other. Spending time with God should be a daily lifestyle but I must admit with lives demands, some seasons can be challenging than others but we thank God that He draws us closer to himself. Continue studying the book in the Bible you selected before the challenge, pray for others/yourself, reflect on the faithfulness of God, listen to praise and worship songs and take time to meditate on a verse.

    Week 3:

    November 17th: Reflect on the goodness of the Lord this year. What has God done for you? Take the time to praise the living One.

    November 18th: Spend time studying one chapter in the Book of Proverbs.

    November 19th: Meditate on one verse and apply it to your life.

    November 20th: Take time to write down seven things you are grateful for?

    November 21st: If there’s one thing you wish you could have done differently this year, what would it be?

    November 22nd: Take time to pray for those who don’t have anything this time around for Thanksgiving. Pray for God’s love, peace and joy to be present in their lives.

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

    Verse To Ponder:

    Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 3:13-14

    Β I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. -Psalm 9:1

    β€œI am theΒ Lord; that is my name!
    Β Β Β Β I will not yield my glory to another
    Β Β Β Β or my praise to idols.
    See, the former things have taken place,
    Β Β Β Β and new things I declare;
    before they spring into being
    Β Β Β Β I announceΒ them to you.” -Psalm 42:8-9

    PC: Jozedelacruz

    Priority Check #2

    November 12th, 2018

    What you refuse to prioritize now, can later affect you in so many ways you least expect. It is a new week. Your week can look the same as last week if you don’t take the proper measure to combat laziness, procrastination and habits that have been cultivated throughout the years.

    1. What is one thing you need to do today that can benefit your tomorrow?

    2. What are some habits in your life that need to be broken? Is it laziness? Do you spend more time sleeping than working? Is procrastination your first name? Who do you know that can hold you accountable this week?

    3. Are you still dreaming or are you turning those dreams into a reality? There’s nothing wrong with dreaming but for many of us, we are dreaming and saying what if I had this and that but the truth of the matter is that God has blessed us with what we need now. If we want more, ask God and He will surely provide. Don’t sleep on your dreams. Ask God to guide you so that those dreams will be brought to life.

    4. Do you spend too much time watching TV shows instead of focusing on tasks that need to be completed? This week, do your best to cut down on the amount of time you spend watching TV/being on YouTube.

    5. Are you consuming junk or eating healthy? Your definition of healthy may not be considered healthy. Do some research this week. It will help you in the long run.

    6. Do you take the time to reach out to your friends and loved ones or are they the ones continually reaching out to you? If that is your case, what can you do this week to check up on the well being of your loved ones?

    7. Is social media taking up so much of your time? You find yourself scrolling and before you know it an hour, two even three hours have passed and your still writing the essay you started at 3pm. It’s now 7pm. If this is your case, please do your best to stay the course. Have days you can go on social media. Discipline yourself. Social media will always be there but your goals will stare at you face to face.

    8. Throughout the week, do you take the time to open up your Bible? Do you spend time praying and drawing nearer to God? If this is an area of struggle for you, pray about it but take necessary action. If it means that you have to select a time every morning to study a chapter in the Bible, take those baby steps and eventually, you’ll get somewhere.

    9. Are you drinking more water or consuming soda and every beverage your eyes set upon? For some people, drinking water is not their cup of tea. I don’t understand how someone cannot like water. It is good for you. Try taking sips or finding a brand that is suitable for you.

    10. Do you find yourself always sleeping late? 2am, 3am. Times like this when the birds have fallen asleep, you are rather too busy doing nothing that is important. Binging on your favorite show when your bed is calling your name. What are you willing to do this week to combat this issue?

    The heightsΒ byΒ great men reached and kept were notΒ attainedΒ by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    A lazy man will remember he has not planted when his neighbour is harvesting. -African Proverb

    Laziness goes so slowly that poverty overtakes it. -British Proverb

    Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense. -Proverbs 12:11

    The Ants & the Grasshopper Fable

    One bright day in late autumn a family of Ants were bustling about in the warm sunshine, drying out the grain they had stored up during the summer, when a starving Grasshopper, his fiddle under his arm, came up and humbly begged for a bite to eat.

    “What!” cried the Ants in surprise, “haven’t you stored anything away for the winter? What in the world were you doing all last summer?”

    “I didn’t have time to store up any food,” whined the Grasshopper; “I was so busy making music that before I knew it the summer was gone.”

    The Ants shrugged their shoulders in disgust.

    “Making music, were you?” they cried. “Very well; now dance!” And they turned their backs on the Grasshopper and went on with their work.

    Lesson: There’s a time for work and a time for play.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I hope that this week will be focused yet fun-filled. Have a lovely week 😊🌻

    PC: LizzyCharney