One Desire

Scripture: One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. -Psalm 27:4

To seek God, is to know Him all the more. You and I were created to have fellowship with the Father but too often we get so caught up in the lifestyle of this world that we don’t make time in our schedule to seek the Lord wholeheartedly. God is calling each of us to return back to His presence. It is in the presence of our Heavenly Father that we experience communion and the depth of the Father’s love for us.

  • What are your heart desires in this season of your life?
  • What is seated on the throne of your heart, where God needs to be seated?
  • What are you willing to do to draw nearer unto God?

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? -Psalm 42:1-3

In our pursuit to know God, He encounters us. Pursuit began long ago before we came to the knowledge of God. Scripture tells us about David’s yearning for more of God’s presence. David understood that life without intimacy with God was unfulfilling. Instead of seeking things surrounding Him, David chose to dwell in the presence of His Maker. Each day, God invites us into His loving arms. He longs for us to draw nearer unto Him. For Christ alone, is our Rock Eternal. David was aware of God’s presence. His soul longed for the depth of God. He wasn’t comfortable with the basics. He wanted a deeper fellowship with the Father.

  • Do you know God as a living God?
  • Who and what have you been turning to instead of God?
  • How hungry and thirsty are you for the Lord?

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. -Psalm 63:1

Like David, we have been given the privilege to know God. In a world where so many people are searching for answers, the truth has been revealed to us. In fact, God is still unraveling so much of His character to us each day. God longs for each of us to know Him. What good is it for us to exist and not really live? In the same way, what good is it to roam this world without knowing the purpose by which you were created? David cried out to God. His hunger for God was so intense that He couldn’t help but pour out his heart before the Father. David was aware of the foundation of his faith. No one could tell David who his God was because His foundation was built on Christ alone. David desires the presence of God over the gifts that can be presented to Him. David sought the Lord and He surely encountered Him.

  • Do you truly know the Lord?
  • What is the basis of your relationship with God?
  • When was the last time you spent quality time with the Lord?

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” -Matthew 16:13-16

To know Jesus, is to fall more deeper in love with Him. For so many people, their knowledge of Jesus is based on information that others have told them. Knowing Jesus for themselves is a heart work that they are not willing to undergo. They rather stick to the pieces of the puzzles they are familiar with, than to pick up the pieces of the puzzle and learn more. In this scripture, we clearly see man’s description of Christ but not a revelatory one in the beginning stages. It wasn’t until Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Who do you say I am?” before He was able to give a response. See, Simon Peter was among the rest of the disciples but He didn’t make a remark until Jesus asked of Him. We have got to get to that point where we become comfortable with every information that is given to us without first seeking the Source. The world offers information but the word breathes revelation. Jesus is life and we are made alive in Him. It is His desire that all men will come to the knowledge of Him. Jesus desires intimacy not religion. His heart beats for a relationship with us but we’ve got to stop dabbling with the world.

  • Who do you say Jesus is?
  • Who are you surrounded by and what do they say about the Lord of your life?
  • What are some unbiblical doctrines you need to get rid of?
  • Are you ready to know the Lord for yourself if you don’t already know Him?

In order for us to make Christ known, we must first seek to know Him above all else. To know Christ is the foundation of our faith walk. May we take delight in knowing the Lord. As we make room for the King, the more we become kingdom minded and are able to receive His grace, love and everything else that His presence offers us. In receiving, we then are able to extend that which has been given unto those who haven’t experienced the abundant life which is found in Christ alone. Let us go deep and grow deeper in our walk with God. Return to your first love. Jesus, is waiting for you.

Free To Worship

In the presence of God, there is freedom to worship. There is no place I’ll rather be than to dwell in the house of the Lord. You and I were created to worship. If the birds can sing a new song every morning unto the Lord, so will I. God is worthy of all our praise. Despite the currency of our nation, God has been faithful to us. Its been eight months and by His grace, we still alive and standing. As long as we have breath in our lungs, let us take the time to give God everything that He deserves; worship the Lord. With outstretched arms, release a new sound of worship. Magnify the Lord. Outpour your praise to the King of Kings.

As the month of August is drawing to a close, its officially that time, where I share with you all, the songs that ministered to me throughout the course of this month. I absolutely love listening to worship songs. I enjoy being in that atmosphere of worship; giving thanks to the Lord. Psalm 29:2 says, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.” Because of who the Lord is, let us give Him the praise. We worship the Lord not solely because of what He is doing in our lives but for the mere fact of who He is. So I’ve come to praise and share with you all song ministrations for this month. Sit back, relax and enjoy 🥁.

Praise & Worship

1. Victoria Tunde : You Give Life

2. Jada Mayson : Son of God, Son of Mine

3. Lydia Kabs : My Purpose*

4. Tasha Cobbs Leonard : This Is A Move

5. Jimmy D Psalmist : I Trust In You

6. Jason Nelson : Forever*

7. Folabi Nuel & Ty Bello : Thank You For Loving Me

8. MOG Music : Be Lifted

9. Lydia Kabs : Yesu Elonga ( Jesus, My Victory )

10. Joe Mettle : My Everything

11. Fred Hammond : Be Magnified*

12. Sinach : Great Are You Lord

13. Maverick City : Promises

14. Israel & New Breed : Trading My Sorrows

15. Brenden Praise : Hallelujah Nkateko

16. Deborah Darling : Victory

17. Common Hymnal : Come And Tear Down The Walls

18. Hillsong : Cornerstone

19. Benjamin Dube : You Will Never Leave Me

20. Brenden Praise : Jesus Be The Centre/ Semphete

21. Benjamin Dube ft Mahalia Buchanan: Sovereign God

22. Moses Bliss : Too Faithful*

23. Todd Dulaney : Victory Belongs To Jesus

24. Elevation Worship: Never Lost ft. Tauren Wells

25. Common Hymnal : New Name*

26. Jubilee Worship : Atmosphere Shift

27. Bethel Music : Champion

28. Common Hymnal : Heaven’s Here*

29. Vertical Worship: Faithful Now

30. William McDowell ft Tasha Cobbs Leonard : Even Now

31. Hillsong : Hosanna

32. Common Hymnal: The Kingdom Is Yours

33. Jon Jones & Dee Wilson : Yahweh

34. Common Hymnal : Grace Came Running

35. Hillsong : Valentine

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Feel free to share any worship songs that ministered to you 🙌🏿💃🏿🤗. Remain in the atmosphere of worship. Lay it all down and surrender. Give God your best, for He alone is worthy of all the praise. Stay Blessed & Rooted In Christ.

Love Reigns

Hi everyone. I hope that you are all doing well. How was your week? Did you do anything fun this weekend? If so, feel free to share with me in the comment section.

As the weekend is drawing to an end and another week is fast approaching, I’m just stopping by to remind you that God loves you so much. Yes, for some of us, we hear this saying a lot but don’t actually believe it. For a few of us, we need this reminder from time to time. Either ways, God still loves us and has never stopped and will continue to love on us. As a new week is around the the corner, it is my prayer that you will experience God’s love for you like never before. It will not just be mere words spoken to you but you will truly experience the outpouring of God’s love for you and walk in it.

As we take a step into another week, may our hearts be filled with praise and may we continue to lift the name of God above every other name. May we draw nearer unto God by being intentional in spending time in His presence. In the book of Joshua 1:8, we are reminded yet commanded to “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” The word of God is our sword. It is an essential in our lives. It’s not an option but rather a necessity. Without God, we are nothing. We need the Lord daily. As love overflows, may we spend time at the feet of the One who supplies all that we need. Have a blessed week ahead 🙏🏿🤗

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,

your faithfulness to the skies.

Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep.

Psalm 36:5-6

Acts of Kindness

*Think of one thing you can do for someone this week and just do it with all of your heart ❤️. You are blessed to be a blessing.

Take the time to reach out to your friends and loved ones as we thread upon a new week. Make time for those you love.

Cheers to a new week 🙌🏿. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Let’s conquer our goals and may we spread the love of Christ to everyone that we meet 😊. We are the salt & light for God’s Glory.

Sacrifice of Praise

“You must not worship the Lord your God in their way. But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling.” Deuteronomy 12:4-5

Question of the day: When you think of the word sacrifice, what comes to mind? Now with your response, compare sacrifice and praise. What correlation/distinction do both words hold true to the character of Christ?

As believers, we are created to worship the Lord. From the very beginning of creation, God created all things (living) for His glory. We exist for a purpose. Our existence isn’t purposeless but much rather meaningful. When God created us, He had a great intent in mind. God made no mistake when He formed us in our mother’s womb. It was the genesis of all things made alive.

As children made in the image of God, we are created to worship. We have so much to be thankful for but so often throughout this journey with the Lord, we face different sets of trials that causes us to rather faint instead of leaning unto grace. Scripture reminds us that “And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (See 1 Peter 5:10). Though we face challenges, we are reminded that God will restore us and make as firm and strong in Him. John 4:23 reminds us that “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

Our hearts is what our Heavenly Father wants and desires for all His children. Matthew 15:8-9 points us to a powerful revelation. It reads, “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me.” What is the reason why you worship? Who are you worshipping? The truth is, the posture of our hearts make a difference when seeking the Lord. A divided heart is not what the Father desires for His children. God wants the entirety of our hearts. When we give unto the Father, we make room for Him to have His way in our lives.

Let’s take the time to ask God to give us a new heart. A heart that is centered on Him. A heart that longs to bring the Father Glory and Honor. Revive our hearts. Draw us nearer with each new day.

Sacrifice of Praise: When I think of the word sacrifice of praise, what comes to mind is one laying all things aside and giving glory and honor unto God. Praise is the secret to our breakthrough. It is our heart offering unto God for all that He has done and for who He is. Jesus died so that we may live life abundantly. He sacrificed for our sake although He had no blemishes, He poured out Himself demonstrating His love for us.

Let your praise arise from the inside and may it flow to the outer courts for all to know and be touched by the presence of the Lord.

So with that in mind, it’s another time of the month where I share my worship playlist with you all. In case, you forgot, we are in the month of July. It’s the seventh month and God has been good. By His grace, we are alive and for that reason alone, we ought to give God all the praise that is due to His Holy Name. Without further due, here are a few songs that ministered to me throughout the month of July 💃🏿🙌🏿😊

Worship Songs

1. Deborah Darling: Victory

2. Abel Chungu Musuku: Father’s Child

3. Solomon Lange: The Lord Is Good

4. Hillsong: The Potters Hand

5. Hlengiwe Mhlaba: Living Waters

6. Rebecca Aladiran: We Wait For You (Shekinah Glory)

7. Morgan Harper Nichols: Lead Me Back

8. Phil Thompson: My Worship

9. Nathaniel Bassey: Onise Iyanu

10. Todd Dulaney: Victory Belongs To Jesus

11. Collen Maluleke: You Are Glorious/Most High

12. Darlene Zschech: Victor’s Crown

13. Josie Buchanan: How Great Is Our God

14. Lor: Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

15. Kim Walker Smith: Just Be

16. Vertical Worship: Faithful Now

17. Sinach : I Know Who I Am

18. Lor: I’m Pressing On The Upward Way

19. Victoria Orenze: Jesus All I Have Is You

20. Hillsong: I Will Exalt You

21. Afy Douglas: Savior

22. Hillsong: Made Me Glad

23. Grace Brumley: Saturate Me In Your Anointing

24. MOGmusic: Be Lifted

25. Proclaim Music: Because You Love Me

26. Fred Hammond: Be Magnified ( Oh Lord)

27. Spirit of Praise for Mmatema: Make A Way

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

Glorious Beginnings

It’s officially my birthday 🍰. The sun is shining and the birds are singing their songs. It is the start of beautiful and glorious beginnings. It’s quite amazing how time just flies by so quickly like the wind. Looking back on this past year, all I can do is marvel at the goodness of God. Each year carries its shares of challenges and triumphs. Through it all, God has been good. The Lord is Good. His goodness is not reserved for certain seasons. The Lord remains true to Himself. Each day with Him gets sweeter and sweeter. My heart is so full of joy. I’m grateful for the gift of life. I’m thankful for everyone that I encountered this year and I look forward to what the Lord has in stored.

As another chapter has unfolded , I am so looking forward to what it holds for me and everyone surrounding me. God’s plans for His children are great. He will never fail us but we must continue to fix our eyes on Him. The promises of God are sure for His children. He is the covenant and promise keeper. What He said, He will do, He will bring it to completion.

To all my July babies, we rock. I thank God for you. As the Lord has caused you to see a new year, it is my prayer that you will surely experience the goodness of God in the land of the living. May God’s hands continue to rest upon you. May you call upon the name that is above every other name. His name is Jesus. Seventh months, God has been good to you and I. Despite everything that is going on in our world today, we can surely put our hope and trust in God. As you delight yourself in the Lord, may He give you all that your heart desires. May the Lord blow your mind. May He showcase His glory upon your life. All that your heart desires, may it be granted unto you. It’s your special day. Enjoy your day to the fullest ❤️

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 14:13

Poem 🌻

You are sunrise

on a new morning.

A ray of hope,

a special gift to the world.

You are light,

a soft poem

carrying joy in your smile

and butterflies in your heart.

You are radiant and bold.

You are more than gold.

You are God’s daughter,

crowned in grace.

Sweet July 🌻. You have been lovely. You have been fabulous but your heat has been not been a smooth sailing. Despite the your rays, I’m alive today. I’m grateful for the beauty that this day holds. Surprise me. It’s my day and I’m looking forward to all that this chapter holds.

Limitless God!

A year from now, anything can happen to you for the better but do you believe? Do you still believe in the promise that God has made to you? Has your faith faltered because the miraculous thing you have been hoping for hasn’t come to pass yet? In times like these, where you cannot see the fulfillment of the promise, who do you turn to? What words are you speaking over your life while in your valley season? Like Sarah, we laugh at the report of the Lord. We wallow in doubt, fear, comparison and self-pity for so long that we lose focus on the Lord and forget the promise that God made to us.

Scripture reminds us of a woman named Hannah. Hannah was a chosen vessel by God to given birth to the promise (Samuel). Hannah was a resilient, devoted and purposeful woman. When we take a look at the story of Hannah, each of us, one way or the other, can relate to her story. Hannah, like each of us, are a gift to this world. We are the carriers of grace, light and hope. Like Hannah, we have faced different sets of challenges in our lives but through it all, we can truly say that God has been with us in every season. In the waiting, we have learned the essence of clinging unto God. In the valley, we have cried out to God and He has heard us. Though the journey hasn’t been easy, God continues to strengthens us.

The Promise

The word of God is filled with so many promises from Genesis to Revelation. The more we know God, the more His promises for us become realer to us. We will never know the promises of God when we don’t know the heart of our Heavenly Father. Scripture tells us that God knows the plans that He has for us. Jeremiah 29:11 tells as this truth “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” The truth is, God desires for each of us to prosper and to bear fruit in the land of the living. God’s will is His very best for for our lives.

Even though God’s promise still remains, we must learn to continually cling unto Him. Let’s take for example, Abram. In Genesis 12, God called Abram. The Lord instructed Abram to leave His place of comfort into a new land that God will show Him. It reads “The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your household to the land I will show you.”. Before the fulfillment of the promise, there is an assignment. God instructed Abram and he obeyed. For some of us, God has instructed us to do something in this season but we have not embarked on that journey of obedience. When we take a look at Genesis 12:2-3, we see clearly that God makes a promise to Abram. He says “I will make you Inyo a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on Earth will be blessed through you.” It was Abrams obedience and faith that played a role in the manifestation of the promise.

The Instruction

1. What has God instructed you to do in this season? 2. What is your attitude in your waiting season? 3. Are you seeking the Holy Spirit? What is He saying to you in this season?

How long must I wait to receive the promise?

Waiting on the promises of God is unlike a mother waiting for the birth of her child. God’s timing is unlike ours but the promise still remains. In Isaiah 55:8-9, we are reminded that God’s thoughts aren’t our thoughts. It states

“For 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.”

Abraham waited 25 years for a promised child. Job waited practically His whole life for God’s justice. Joseph waited 13 years in prison until He was released. Moses waited 40 years in order to enter the promised land with God’s people. Even in the waiting, God is still working. Though we must not know when the waiting will be over, may we continue fix our eyes on God. Whether you are trusting God to go back to school, get married, start a business, be reminded that God is Able. He is Faithful and in His time, He will show Himself strong.

Faith is a requirement!

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” –Hebrews 11:1

Banner of Praise

Even in the waiting, develop an attitude and lifestyle of praise. Yes, praising God in the midst of the storm isn’t always easy but start somewhere. Praise the Lord in advance. I don’t see the miracle but I choose to believe and walk in faith.

Prayer is our weapon

Cultivate a lifestyle of prayer. Scripture reminds us to pray without ceasing (See 1 Thessalonians 5:17). We must continue to arise and pray. Like Hannah, God hears us. The battle belongs to God. We must press on in prayer. As we pour out, our hearts to God and take delight in His presence, He will answer our hearts cry.

Speak Life

Declare the promises of God over your life. There is power in the words that we speak. Even as we speak, may we believe it. The promise is sure and it will surely come to pass.

Remember the Lord

“Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.” -Deuteronomy 8:1-5

Limitless God

Jesus looked at them and said “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” -Matthew 19:26

Daughter, fix your eyes on Jesus. Son, look to your Heavenly father. What is a limitation unto man, is limitless to God. Don’t abort the process or compromise the promise. Our timetable of sequence of events is not God’s ultimate plan. Let God finish the work He has started in you.

Overcomer

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” -1 Corinthians 15:57

The secret to living a victorious life is by first believing in what took place at Calvary and being rest assured that the battle has already been won through our Savior, Jesus Christ. Victory is a gift that can never be bought but much rather it is a promise and God’s desire for all who belong unto Him to experience the freedom that only He gives. Victory is God’s offering of His love for us, which has set us free from the captives snare.

If Jesus has already won the battle, why do we still face trials? A soldier doesn’t go to the battlefield, when there isn’t war, so why do we constantly face difficulties in every season?

In this life, we will face many trials. The battle has already been won but understand that the enemy is still at work. Scripture reminds us that “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (See Ephesians 6:12). The fight is taking place in the spiritual realm but too many times, we are trying to fight the battle with our own weapons in the physical. Instead of raging in anger, let us wage war in our prayer closets. Let us arise and pray. Fight the battle on your knees. There is nothing more powerful than stretching your hands to heaven and seeking the face of God. Too often, people talk about the problem but serve notice when it’s time to be strategic and prayerful. They opt out when there is fire on the mountain not realizing that walking away will not quench the first. Something has to be done before the fire quenches.

In the book of 1 Samuel chapter 17, we are reminded of the fight between Goliath and David. The story of these two men exemplifies a life centered around faith, courage and hope. Like David, we have an opponent who is always ready to fight us but what matters most is our response. Knowing that the battle belongs to God gives us a sense of peace. Acknowledging God as a believer is very essential in every season. David wasn’t just a shepherd boy, He was a man after God’s heart.

Looking at your life, can you truly say that you acknowledge the Lord?

When we look at the account of David throughout scripture, we clearly see that He was a man that acknowledged the Lord. Somehow throughout the life of David, in respective of all that He went through, His mouth continuously declared the goodness of God.

David knew the Lord. He had confidence and complete trust in Christ alone. No matter what battles we face in this life, we can always find rest in the Lord. There will be days you will find yourself crying; so tired of waging war but remember in those moments that God is with you. The enemy will not win. He is not in control.

Like David, we must take our stance and declare boldly to our opponent, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” We must arise and speak boldly in faith amidst the battle. We must not lay our weapons down. The enemy doesn’t rest at any given hour. He is always strategically planning his next mission.

What is your attitude when your faced with challenges?

As believers, our attitudes when faced with challenges can either hinder or prepare us for the battlefield. Let’s take for instance, the story of Job. Scripture tells of man who was blameless and upright who feared the Lord and shunned evil. In respective of the description of this man, He faced difficult challenges in His life. Job lost His children due to a great wind that caused a catastrophe in the land. Everything that Job had, was swept out in a blink of an eye. Even amidst the turbulence, scripture reminds us that “Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head [in mourning for the children], and he fell to the ground and worshiped [God]. He said, “Naked (without possessions) I came [into this world] from my mother’s womb,
And naked I will return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.” ( See Job 1:20-22)

Like Job, we will face different sets of challenges in our lives. Our attitude during those times, is a huge determiner of our heart posture.

For many of us, the battle is currently going on right now and we are trying to fight it on our own. We have questions while patiently awaiting an answer. When will the battle be over? We are wondering why we go through so much and why our destinies are so hard. Somedays, we just want to throw in the towel and walk away and let God keep the crown. Some mornings, we just want to lay our heads in our beds and cry. The truth is, we have those moments where the tears outpouring from our eyes to our cheeks, touching the ground. I want to remind you that even in the midst of the battle God is with you. Everyone’s battle is different but the fight is still on. It’s in these times, that we need to cling to God more than ever.

The battle we face as believers is spiritual far more than natural.

I know that this concept is hard for so many believers to understand. Before anything is manifested in the physical, it first took place in the spirit realm. The battle we are trying to fight alone can only be conquered through fasting/prayer. Let’s be honest, there are so many believers who don’t even fast and pray. We spend too much time complaining and crying. Soldiers don’t complain, sit and cry. They are ready for battle because they have been trained.

As believers, we have been trained for battle. Scripture reminds us in Psalm 18 that God has prepared his children. “He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed. I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet. You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me. You gave me victory over my accusers. You appointed me ruler over nations; people I don’t even know now serve me.” God has armored us up for He knows that we are on the winning side.

Weapons For/While In Battle

1. Prayer

2. Praise/Worship

3. Shield of Faith

4. The Belt of Truth

5. The Breastplate of Righteousness

6. Gospel of Peace

7. Helmet of Salvation

8. Sword of the Spirit

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

1 John 5:4-5

Reflective Questions

1. What do you do when you’re on the battlefield?

2. What are your thoughts and what words do you speak over your life when challenges arise?

3. Who do you turn to when times get tough?

4. What is your first initial response when things aren’t going well?

5. When you think about the word “overcomer”, what comes to mind?

6. When the battle has been won, what do you do?

7. Is there any particular scripture that has encouraged you when times get tough?

Today, I want to remind you that you are an Overcomer. Whatsoever you are currently going through will surely come to pass. The battlefield is not greater than our God! Jesus said “It is Finished”. The work has been done and paid in full on Calvary. Stop trying to fight the battle on your own. Look to the Lord. He is your helper, fortress, buckler and strength. God is with you.

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

The Lord will fight for you. Be still, and know that He is God.

Cast your cares to the One who cares for He alone will sustain and be your guide.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you. I will be praying for you. Feel free to leave your comments below. Remain Blessed 🙏🏿

Choose Joy

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

When you hear the word joy, what comes to mind?

“You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.” Isaiah 55:12-13

Can you truly say that you have experienced the joy of the Lord?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” -Galatians 5:22

Right now in this season of your life, what fruit of the spirit are you lacking?

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

When the storms of life arise in your life, what is your attitude towards the mountain? Do you get frustrated, discouraged and throw in the towel or do you look at the situation through the lens of Christ?

“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

Gentle Reminder: As believers, God has promised that we will experience joy. In Psalm 16:11, we are reminded of this truth that God will fill us up with joy. Scripture says, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” In God’s presence, we will be filled. So as believers, it is very important for us to abide in the presence of our Maker. It is in the presence of the Lord that we experience the overflow of joy and everything that the Lord has promised to us. It is my prayer that we will choose joy. Joy is not conditional. Like love, it is unconditional. Joy is like a fragrance that spreads all around. It is contagious so wear it like a crown wherever you go. Joy is not the absence of pain. It is the anecdote, the evidence of Christ who lives in you. Joy is a sign. God is with us. He is for us. No matter what mountains are present before us, let’s ask God to fill our hearts with joy. Let it flow in our lives and to those surrounding us.

Prayer 🙏🏿

Dear God, Thank you for the gift of your presence. Thank you for the privilege to come before you today. It is only by your grace that we are alive and still standing. Father, we thank you. As we come before you, we repent of all our sins. We are not worthy to come into your presence but Lord, we are grateful for this time we have been given. Today, we ask for your in filling of your joy, that only you can give. Fill us up Lord. We want to experience your joy more and more each day. We want others to experience it too. So Father, do what only you can do. In Jesus name, Amen!

Tell me, what brings you joy? I’m all ears 🤗.

Saw this wall art while at the store 🌻😊

Light & Love,

Karen 🌻

Our Plans

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” -Proverbs 19:21

As human beings, we love to be in control. Just the mere fact of knowing what is going to happen next brings about settlement to our souls. We take joy and pride in creating our schedules in hopes for everything to go as we have it planned but the truth is, it doesn’t always go as we have it fixed on our calendars. As believers, we have come to the knowledge of knowing that our life doesn’t belong to us. Even though, we are aware of this truth, we so often forget that God has an ultimate plan. In the very beginning, God created all things. In creating, He had a purpose for each and every living thing. As we may know, God doesn’t like unfruitful things. Though He is the greatest gardener in town, He prunes us, removing every dead branch in us, in order for new things to made alive in us.

In our key scripture today, we are reminded that “many” are the plans in a man’s heart. As humans beings, we have so many plans set for ourselves. For many people, before a new year approaches, the calendar for the following year is booked. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having plans. The problem is that so many of us, don’t seek God. We don’t feel the need to ask the Lord about “our plans”. So without asking, we march forward with our schedules. We make no room for the Lord to partake in our daily festivities. It’s either “our way” or nothing at all.

In James 4:13, we are reminded that “we are like mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Each breath we take is only by God’s grace. Every step we take, is by God’s grace. We can’t run ahead of God. We must include Him in everything that we do. So often, we make our plans and then ask God to bless it. We don’t seek His instructions and directions. We carry on with our business plans, spending money anyhow because we are trying to “live our best lives”. The truth is the best way of living our lives is found in Christ. Life without Christ is fruitless, meaningless and purposeless. Ecclesiastes says it best!

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.”

What do people gain from all their labors
at which they toil under the sun?Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.

The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.

Ecclesiastes 3:2-5

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

Proverbs 16:9

It is my prayer that as we venture throughout this week, we will learn to fix our eyes on God. We will choose to seek the Lord in everything that we do. We will not run this race alone but much rather lean on God throughout the course of this journey. He is God who is with us, for us and not against us. We can make our plans but God is the orchestrator and director of our lives. Choose to seek God first and listen to His voice as you go throughout your day.

Questions To Ask

1. Lord, what is on your heart today?

2. What have you called me to do? What is the assignment for today?

3. What is on your heart Holy Spirit?

Prayer Points

1. Father, I ask that you will guide me as I venture into this day that you have created. Be my helper and my guide. Lead me in your pathway everlasting.

2. Father, purify me. Every part of my being Lord, cleanse me and make me more like you.

3. Father, please open up my spiritual eyes, mind and every part of being. I long to know you more. More of you and less of me. Let your will be done in my life 🙏🏿

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. -Matthew 6:33

Happy New Week 🤗. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you. Have a blessed and lovely week ✨🌻

The Weekend

Happy Sunday my lovely people. I hope that you are all doing well. It’s yet another day that the Lord has blessed us to see. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. I look forward to the weekends. Somedays, I wish we can pause on Friday’s. Tell me, how has the weekend been for you? Are you sipping on your water and drinking your smoothies?

1. Which day of the weekend do you love the most? ( Friday, Saturday, or Sunday)

2. What do you love about the weekend?

3. Would you say that your weekend is usually loaded or much more restful?

4. What is one thing that you did this weekend that you are proud of?

5. Did you watch any movies? Would you recommend it to anyone?

6. Looking at your weekend schedule, what do you find yourself doing the most?

7. Were you able to tune into church service? If so, what was the message this week?

8. What are you looking forward to in this new week we are approaching?

9. Did you take the time to reach out to your loved ones?

10. What are three things that you learned this weekend?

Thank you for taking the time to reflect upon the weekend with me. I hope that the week ahead will be a blessed one for you all. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ.