Let God Heal You

Question of the day: What baggage have you been clinging unto that you need to release unto God? So many times, we cling unto people and things instead of clinging unto God. We dwell on the pain instead of casting our burdens unto God. In today’s audio, we are going to be taking a look at some ways to heal. I pray that as you take the time to listen, that God speaks to your heart.

https://youtu.be/LaoLCj6m2DM

Verse of the day: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. -Psalm 91:1

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. May God’s hands continue to rest upon you 🙏🏿. Stay Blessed & Rooted In Christ 🤗

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Matters Of The Heart//Identity 👩🏿👣💔

Welcome to Week 2 of “The Heart Project”. I hope the challenge is going well for you so far. If you haven’t joined yet and you are interested in partaking in this challenge, welcome. You can first start by reading about what “The Heart Project is all about here The Heart Project: Week 1 ❤️ In Week One of the challenge, we focused on the topic “Un-Forgiveness”. If you missed Week 1, please click here Matters Of The Heart// Un-Forgiveness 🥀💔

In today’s segment of The Heart Project, we are going to be taking a look at the word “Identity”

Questions for the day/week:

  • When you think about the word identity, what comes to mind?
  • How does knowing your identity shape your life?

With this questions in mind, let’s take a look at what identity means.

i·den·ti·ty

/the fact of being who or what a person or thing is./

Worldly vs. Kingdom Identity

According to world, our identity is based on what we do. This is very interesting because when you ask someone a question in regards to who they are, most times, their response is usually tied to their profession. Sometimes, people identity themselves by their race, a disease, or many times by a certain behavior.

According to the Bible, when we repent, surrender and give our lives to Christ, we are a new creation. According to 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” When we give our lives to Christ, our identity is not tied to what we do but much rather to Christ. We identify ourselves by what God says about us. It’s no longer what the world says. Yes, we may struggle here and there because of our flesh but the more we spend time in God’s word, the more we grow in understanding through His wisdom.

The truth is that, so many people spend a lifetime trying to figure out about their existence and their purpose in life. If only they knew that their identity is found in Christ alone, they will stop searching all around the world. God isn’t trying to play hide and seek. He is waiting for His children to seek His face. Your identity matters.

For instance, when you take a look at your palms, you have a different like streak than your parents. Yes, you mother have hurt to you but her fingerprint is not the same as yours. You are unique. Your fearfully she wonderfully made by God. Unfortunately, many believers still struggle in understanding their identity in Christ. The reason being is that their minds cannot grasp how God can forgive them of their sins. When you are so used to being identified by a certain name, when you are called something else, it boggles your mind. You see God calls us by our names. He doesn’t identify us by our sins. He created us. There is nothing that can be hidden from him. You can’t hide from God, He knows and sees you every day.

In psalm 139, we are reminded that God knew us even in our mother’s womb. It is written “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together  in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Before we make an appointment to get a sonogram, God is aware of everything that is occurring in our mothers womb. Nothing is hidden from the Sovereign Lord.

Chris Estrada once said “In the Kingdom, knowing Him, is knowing yourself. This is how you discover your true, Godly and kingdom identity.” I believe that when you know who you are in Christ, you make no room for others to identify you in any way or form. When you don’t know who you are in Christ, you search in the wrong places to find your identity. You are not at peace. You are like a puzzle in search of your missing piece. A mother in search of her lost child. The search will continue until your heart is at peace.

The journey begun way before you were born. You are not a mystery to God. You are His child. He cares for you. He has a plan for you. He loves you very much.

Seven times in the Bible, Jesus states the “I am” statement.

  • I am the Bread of Life (John 6:35)

  • I am the Light of the World (John 8:12)

  • I am the Gate (John 10:9)

  • I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11)

  • I am the Resurrection & The Life (John 11:25-26)

  • I am the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6)

  • I am the Vine (John 15:5)

We have learned about what Jesus says about Himself. Now let’s take a look at what God says about us. Personalize it (Insert your name)

  1. I am a child of God (John 1:12)
  2. I have become the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  3. I am no longer a slave but a child and an heir through Christ (Galatians 4:7)
  4. I am chosen, Holy and blameless before God (Ephesians 1:4)
  5. I am seated in Heavenly Places with Christ (Ephesians 2:6)
  6. Christ is my life and I will be revealed in Glory with Him (Colossians 3:4)
  7. God loves me and He has chosen me (1 Thessalonians 1:4)
  8. I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)

The list goes on and on.

Journal Entry #2

  • What areas am I struggling to understand in regards to my identity?
  • Do I find myself identifying myself with the things of the world? If so why?

*You have a three days to complete the journal entry.

Heart Conversations (From Me To You)

When you get a revelation of the truth of who God is and who are you in Him, you walk in freedom. You can never work to earn God’s love got you. He made a way for you to enter His rest, into his presence. You are His child forevermore.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I pray that you took something away from this post. I pray that you see yourself the way that God see you. Until next time, stay blessed & rooted in Christ. God bless you 🙏🏿😊

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Matters Of The Heart// Un-Forgiveness 🥀💔

Its officially Day 1 of “The Heart Project. Welcome! If you are partaking in this challenge, hooray 🎈. If you are new and aren’t familiar with what “The Heart Project is all about, please take a look here The Heart Project: Week 1 ❤️ .

In today’s segment, we are going to be focusing on the topic “Un-Forgiveness”. Let us first start by taking a look at what forgiveness means.

for•give•ness
/ ˌfərˈɡivnəs/ : the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven.

What does it mean to forgive someone?For me, to forgive someone is to set yourself free from the entanglement of bondage. It also means to walk in freedom and not allow the pain that someone has caused to have power over your life.

What does the Bible say about forgiveness and un-forgiveness?

According to the Bible, God commands us to forgive another. Time and again, God tells us to love one another. We can’t love someone the way God tells us to when we keep records of all the pain they have caused us. In Ephesians 4:32, we are reminded that we ought “To be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as Christ forgave us”

When it comes to Un-forgiveness, the Bible makes it clear in Matthew 5:23-25 which says “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First, go and be reconciled with them; then come and offer your gift. Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on your way, or your adversary may have you over the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into jail.” There is a consequence for refusing to forgive others.

Why do people find it difficult to forgive others?

With all honesty, forgiveness is not an easy task. It’s not something that can be done in the natural. For many of us, if we didn’t have to forgive others for their offense, we wouldn’t at all. We will rather punish them so that they can taste their own medicine. Another reason why people find it difficult to forgive is because they focus so much on the offense for a long while that they cannot see themselves healing from the wounds. If they can walk around with the wound for everyone to see the bruises, they would do just that instead of going through the healing process. Many times, people find it difficult to forgive because they feel that if they forgive, they are letting that person off the chain. They can’t wrap their heads around why did need to forgive someone who doesn’t deserve it and someone they can never trust again.

What are some traits of an individual who hasn’t forgiven the one who caused the offense?

Some traits that come to mind of an individual that hasn’t forgiven someone includes bitterness, anger, continual repetition of the pain or situation, refusal to make amends with the offender, unable to sleep without the thought 💭 of the issue, upset when the persons name is mentioned or around.

A few things that the offender tends to say…

1. I can never forgive him or her.

2. I regret ever meeting him or her.

3. How can he or she do this to me after all that I have done for them?

*The list can go on.

At the moment, when you have a bruise, it is painful without a doubt. In the same way, when someone you call or friend or someone you love hurts you, it’s so difficult to wrap your head around why they went so far to hurt you. It’s okay to feel hurt. You are human but it’s not okay to hate that person. Hating someone is not going to turn back the hands of time and it’s not going to heal you.

What steps do I need to take to forgive the one who caused me pain?

First, you have to acknowledge that you are hurt. You have to get to the root of the issue. You will never heal when you don’t to do the groundwork. There’s a seed of bitterness, anger rooted in your soul. If you refuse to talk about it, you are burying the seed but the seed will always be there. Un-Forgiveness is a seed that needs to be uprooted. For many people, walking around pretending that they aren’t hurt soothe their souls until they see the person around their premises is when their smiles turn into frowns. Next, you need to bring the matter to God. That should be first but let’s be honest, when we are faced with situations, we try to analyze the situation for a long time that it builds up more unnecessary issues. It’s very important that we get to the point in our lives, where we can bring every matter to God. We must never allow any situation to get in between our relationship with God. Ask the Holy Spirit to help and teach you how to forgive others. Be specific about what you are feeling to the Lord. Take the time to pray continually. Lastly, if you can meet the person to discuss matters, feel free to in order to heal. Is it necessary for me to meet the person? Honestly, it is up to you. From experience, it helps a lot. It’s brings clarity to the situation and where you stand in that persons life. If you are not someone that likes confrontation, you can schedule a phone call with the person. You can write a letter to the person and give it to them or mail it.

Areas of Pain (In Need Of Forgiveness)

Abuse, Divorce, Parents, Church folks, Co-workers, Siblings, Family, Friendships, Relationships.

* Forgive Yourself

For the one who finds it difficult to forgive others.1. Why is it difficult for you to forgive?

2. Is it a pride issue? If you forgive, that person will be set free?

3. What are willing to do, in order to learn the concept of forgiveness?

4. Have you never hurt someone before?

For the one who hasn’t forgiven.

1. Who do you need to forgive?2. Why haven’t you forgiven?

3. Hasn’t God forgiven you of your sins?

4. What will it take for you to forgive?

5. Are your hurting aloud, in silence or walking in freedom?

Why does the person who caused me pain refuse to apologize and are living their lives while I’m hurting? Is God punishing me?

1. No one is going to stop living their lives because you are expecting an apology from them. Stop checking for updates on the one who caused you pain. Looking at their Snapchat’s will not heal your wounds any faster.

2. Some people will never apologize because it’s not in their nature to admit their wrongs. For a few, they may be aware of the hurt they have caused but shy away from confrontation. Many times, the offender has to tell the wrongdoer of the hurt they have caused. Inasmuch as it may seem like common sense, not everyone sees forgiveness in that way.

3. No, God is not punishing you but must learn to forgive. The healing process is necessary for you. Don’t prolong your healing process because you are waiting for an apology.

Am I an expect once I have forgiven someone multiple of times?

Forgiving someone is not the matter of becoming a master at it. You do learn many things as you journey along. Through your experiences, God can use you to speak to someone you know or don’t know who is struggling with the concept of forgiveness.

Verses To Ponder:

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive us as the Lord forgave you. -Colossians 3:13

Come now, let us settle the matter, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18

The Lord our God it merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. -Daniel 9:9

Who is like a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again love compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl our iniquities into the depths of the sea. -Micah 7:18-19

Bible Readings on Forgiveness

The Samaritan Woman (John 4)

The Parable Of the Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:21-35)

The Parable Of The Lost Son (Luke 15:11-31)

Quote:

“Forgiveness doesn’t make the other person right, it makes you free.” -Stormie Omartian

“When we forgive someone, it doesn’t make them right or justify what they have done. It releases them into God’s hands so He can deal with them. Forgiveness is actually the best revenge because it not only sets us free from the person we forgive but it frees us to move into all God has for us.” -Stormie Omartian

Prayer Points Examples:

1. Lord, I bring _______ into your hands. I am hurt be the pain _______ caused me. Teach me Lord to forgive ________. Thank you for forgiving me. I am not worthy to even come before your presence. So, help me God. In Jesus name. Amen 🙏🏿

2. Lord, I thank you that I can come to you. I admit that I am so upset at ________. The thought of what _________ did is so painful. I want to be at peace. I want to forgive but it is so hard. You word says with men it is impossible but with you all things are possible. So, teach me Lord. Help me to release everything to you. Reveal the areas where I need to forgive. In Jesus name. Amen 🙏🏿

3. Father, it is me (your name). Thank you for who you are. Thank you that I can come to you as I am. Lord I am hurt. I can’t wrap my head around what ______ did to me but I want to forgive. I want to be free. I want to be at peace but it is hard. My heart is troubled. I even feel pain at the thought and the mentioning of ________. Lord, please help me. Hear me cries Lord. I cannot do this on my own. I want to forgive but God some days, I would rather just sleep and forget the pain. Teach me how to genuinely forgive those who have hurt me. I release ________ into your hands. Thank you for our friendship (relationship). Lord have your way in this matter. In Jesus name. Amen 🙏🏿

For the one who has forgiven?

1. How does it feel to be free at last?

2. What are three things you would say to someone who needs to forgive someone in their lives?

3. Looking back, was it worth it not forgiving the one who hurt you?

Example of a time when it was difficult for me to forgive someone.

I had a friend who stopped talking to me for almost two years. We stopped talking because I refused to take a shot for her birthday. I don’t drink and she knew it. I only came to the birthday celebration to celebrate my friend. Well that was what I thought all along. It was really painful when we stopped talking because we had been friend for over 6 years. I was hurt and couldn’t wrap my head around the situation. Long story short, after trying time and again, I sought for advice and I met up with that person. I didn’t consider that person my friend at that point. Before our meet up, I prayed to God. I asked God to speak through me and for Him to have his way. It’s interesting because I had so much I wanted to say. My sister even advised me to write every point down but I wanted everything to flow from my heart. I ended up not saying the things I wanted to say such as “Is that how you treat your other friends?”. God knew exactly what he was doing. I received clarity on where I stood in that persons life. God gave me peace. Through that phase in my life, I learned that forgiveness doesn’t mean re-entry. You can forgive someone but you don’t have to tolerate them. Some people are toxic and they aren’t meant to be in your life. Some people are in your life for a season. You have to accept it. You can’t force anyone to remain in your life. Not everyone is connected to where God is taking you. God will bring the bring people in your life at the right place, and at the right time. Remember always, everyone you meet serves a purpose in your life.

Book Recommendation

Lead Me Holy Spirit: Stormie Omartian

Journal Entry #1:

What has been worrying you lately?

Poem for the one is still hurting and needs to forgive.

Cast you burdens unto the one who cares. Unto the one who hasn’t forgotten you. Unto the one who nailed your worries on the Cross of Calvary. Lay it all down, the hurt, the brokenness, the names of the one you haven’t forgiven. The ones whose words pierced your heart through the night. Come to the altar, lay it all down at the feet of your Savior. Abba Father, is waiting here for you.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Yes this blog post was very long. Sorry, I had to spill everything in regards to this topic. All in all, I am so glad that you are here, alive and breathing. If you have any book recommendation, feel free to leave them in the comment section. If you have any questions or prayer requests, please feel free to message me on 💌: beautyinmylanguage.gmail.com

Until next time, be the woman/man, God has created you to be. Bloom 🌻

With love,

Karen 😘

©Karen Owusu

Strength Amidst The Trauma

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Mission Statement:

We’re a nonprofit organization that educates children and adolescents in Ghana about Child Sexual Abuse prevention. Our safety lessons educate children from ages 4 to 18. The organization visits schools to educate children on the topic of Child Sexual Abuse and its prevalence at schools, homes, and on the streets. We let children know what touches are deemed inappropriate. At schools, we focus on safety lessons. Students are educated in interactive group settings with handouts and informative videos. The organization also host various “Street Editions” where young traders and hawkers are educated on the prevention of Sexual Abuse.

Establishment: 

CSA was established in 2016 in Accra Ghana. This vision of Combating Child Sexual Abuse was birth by Emma T. Akuffo. The founder states, “there’s an immense inattention to child sexual abuse in Ghana, this topic brings discomfort to many but we must acknowledge this as a problem and educate our young ones”. The organization utilizes young dedicated volunteers from various universities in Ghana to educate Children in schools and streets.

Goal:

The organization visits school and conducts sexual abuse prevention workshops. Each week the organization focuses on one school and educate on average, fifty students about child sexual abuse and how to prevent it. Our trained teaching volunteers present safety lessons to students. We let children know what touches are deemed inappropriate, and how to avoid and deal with leading situations. Students are educated in an interactive group settings with handouts and informative videos. The organization also host various “Street Editions” where young traders and hawkers are educated on the prevention of Sexual Abuse.

For more information, please visit our website and our contacts below

http://combatingcsa.org/

https://emmaadvocates.com/

 

Photographers + Poets

Today is for the women and men who share their heart works. Sometimes, trying to find photographers and writers in general on Instagram can be difficult. It’s been on my heart to share a few of them with you. So below is the list. Please check them out.

Photographers:

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  1. Kwame Freddy
  2. Joshua Kissi
  3. SophieVisually
  4. Raat_Fashion
  5. kymberlibrenzell
  6. Asiyami_Gold
  7. zay.ira
  8. Theforgetterseye
  9. Mrcheyl
  10. Oye_diran
  11. maxwelljennings
  12. mrigwe
  13. Everydaypeoplestories
  14. dapperlou
  15. ondoa
  16. Nyarko_photography
  17. stephenobisanya
  18. Tamon_
  19. Temi.Coker
  20. chimodu
  21. Kofmotivation
  22. _lloydfoster
  23. A_kid_named_trav
  24. Islandboiphotography
  25. _heiwatoi
  26. Deun Ivory
  27. _tse
  28. fartatoes
  29. erikalaynephoto
  30. angelzheng
  31. Quazimottoonwx
  32. Yagazieemezi
  33. malachiajose
  34. Maximushka
  35. Edmaximus
  36. Amaalsaid
  37. Stevenchikosi
  38. Lawrence Agyei
  39. Joe Kenneth
  40. Beewalker_
  41. Adrienradford
  42. goldenpolaroid
  43. Kjohn_lasoul
  44. Foxyneela
  45. Bynwabugo
  46. Nadineijewere
  47. Photodre
  48. raisaaziz
  49. Justinamoafo
  50. Ericmichaelw
  51. Hannahfaith_
  52. Seunx
  53. Storyofkai
  54. Sambitionphotos
  55. Sirnoahbility
  56. Lauren_zoe
  57. xxjmitch
  58. eltonpeters
  59. gregnoire
  60. adeledejak
  61. aqut
  62. daviduzochukwu
  63. nixon
  64. desertedinurban
  65. carlnard
  66. dnactherealist
  67. afrikingi
  68. sohrachsoh
  69. najrashad
  70. ronhill
  71. lovejonesphoto_
  72. e_fresh_
  73. oabphotography
  74. lyraoko
  75. jaydabliu
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Poets:

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  1. _akosuawrites : Outburst (Book)
  2. ijeoma umebinyuo: Questions For Ada
  3. Akosua Peprah
  4. Poeticharmonylove
  5. Poppyinthewheat
  6. Preston_n_perry
  7. Poetesscynthia
  8. Poetra_asantewaa
  9. Beingupile
  10. Nlshompole
  11. Q. Gibson:
  12. Dellahickswilson
  13. Poetjasminemans
  14. wordsbyezekiel
  15. Nayyirah waheed
  16. Yrsa Daley Ward
  17. Tapiwa Mugabe
  18. Alex_elle
  19. Ry.spear
  20. Reyna Biddy
  21. najwazebian
  22. Rupikaur_
  23. Elusivemetaphors
  24. isra.althibeh
  25. Karl_lokko
  26. jo. essence
  27. Tryphenayeboah
  28. Uncensoredfeminist
  29. Cyrusspeaks
  30. Tevsmith
  31. Whatisjoedoing
  32. Tribecalledvision
  33. Rudyfrancisco
  34. Keyballah
  35. Maxwelldpoetry
  36. alison.malee
  37. Goldwomyn
  38. Isthispoetry
  39. Writingsofvinati
  40. Nesimaa
  41. Sarah_aluko
  42. Theaureliapearl
  43. Jackiehillperry
  44. Iammyss
  45. F Gabdon
  46. Daeizm
  47. Mazadohta
  48. _dkaur
  49. wu_shire
  50. Lang Leav
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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. -Maya Angelou 🙂

All pictures on this post aren’t mine. They are all found on google.  All the names above are the artist/photographer’s names. There were so many names but the list would have been too long so I’ll post more when I can. For now, tell your friends and their friends. I know sometimes people don’t like to share but this platform is different. Support creatives. Invest in people. Empower one another. Stay tuned for the next set of creatives I will share. Until next time, shine bright. Hold hands with God. Take care. 🙂