Time With God Challenge//Week 3 📌

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 🙏🏿😊

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

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

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

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Celebrate Your Friends

Today is a special day. It is one of my friend’s birthday and I’m so excited as if it’s my own birthday. I’ve always loved the joy that birthdays bring. For many years, I didn’t always feel celebrated on my birthday. I would cry instead of celebrating. I would sit and ponder on what kind of friends I had in my life. It wasn’t until one sudden day a thought came to mind and it goes like this “When you learn to celebrate yourself, you don’t wait for others to celebrate you.” The Holy Spirit has many ways of reminding us of things. I must admit, it isn’t always easy when my birthday comes around because for years, my close friends forgot my birthday and when I expressed my thoughts to them in the nicest way possible, it seemed like every year I was repeating myself on the same matter. I just got tired. I could be petty and never wish them a happy birthday on their special day but it’s just not my character. I’m grateful for all the ones who take the time to say happy birthday. Some people may think it’s not a big deal whether someone says happy birthday or not, but to me, it matters. Someone didn’t make it to see another day. You have every reason to rejoice and celebrate. I understand that not everyone is good with remembering dates but at the same time, it’s no excuse to forget your friend’s/loved ones birthday. I do believe that if someone is important to you, you will take the time to write down their birthdays or things that matters to them. It is very annoying when people have to constantly repeat the same things over and over. It hurts when you are not remembered. It’s painful when your the one pouring into people all the time. If you can’t remember your friend’s birthday, write it down on your calendar section of your phone or jot it down in your journal. Birthdays are special. Your mother only gave birth to you once, so I believe that when it’s your birthday you are a King/Queen. You are a King/Queen everyday. Don’t let anyone take your crown away from you. When it’s your loved ones birthday, remember them. Take time to wish them a happy birthday. You may not have money to purchase them any gift and that is okay. When you do have the money and you want to purchase them something, feel free to do so. I love celebrating people. It’s an amazing feeling to see the joy on their faces. Many times, we may think it’s a female thing when it comes to being celebrated on their birthday. While in college, a male friend of mine shared how hard it is when people forget his birthday. So with this in mind, celebrate people while you can. Today, I celebrate a King. I celebrate a friend. Distance apart but close at heart. For everyone celebrating their birthdays on this special day, September 15th, 2018, God bless you. May this day be a glorious time of celebration. May God keep you and may His will concerning your life come to pass. You are loved. You are appreciated. You are a blessing.

 

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Update: Time With God Challenge

At the beginning of August, I shared a blog post in regards to a challenge that was laid upon my heart. The challenge consisted of not going on any social media handles. I mean absolutely nothing. Some of the social media handles include YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest and etc. This challenge has been so interesting by far. So the month of August is coming to an end, so I just wanted to update you guys on how this challenge has been for me.

At the start of the challenge, I felt that it would be difficult for me since I was including YouTube in this challenge. Everything else for the most part was not as difficult as YouTube. Weeks have passed by and I’m so glad to say that this challenge has been going great. It’s been a time well spent in the presence of God. A time of refreshing looking at the clouds, listening to the birds chirp, writing, listening to worship music on Spotify since YouTube is not allowed in this challenge. This challenge is doable, I promise you. When I started this challenge, I only told one of my friends. Though this challenge is about to be over, you are still welcomed to partake in this blessing. I pray that you are blessed. This challenge may seem difficult because you are so used to being on social media, but I promise you that you can do it. There’s a time for everything. There’s nothing that is impossible with God.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. -Proverbs 3

PODCASTS TO TUNE INTO ❤️

Happy Monday. Welcome to another week in August. I hope that you are all doing well. If not, I pray that things get better for you. God is with you. In today’s blog post, I have created a list of podcasts that I personally listen to throughout the week. Let’s be honest, I can’t listen to each podcast everyday but these are the ones I listen to for the most part. They have been a blessing unto me. I pray that they will be a blessing unto you. If you have an IPhone, there’s an app that comes with the phone titled podcasts. There, you can search for all these amazing podcasts. If you have an Android, you can search to see if these podcasts are available. You can listen to some of these podcasts on YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud and etc. May you learn and take away something from these podcasts I have enlisted for you all. Feel free to share any on the comment section or leave a comment if you do take the time to listen to any of these podcasts. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Have a blessed week. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ 🙏🏿😊

My Verse of the week:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time With God Challenge

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August I see you. You have arrived quicker than quick. Seven whole months have passed by the grace of God. God has seen us through these past months. Only the living can praise God. What an Awesome God we serve. In this month of August, I want to challenge you to go off all social media handles which includes Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter and etc. Let this month be you and God. If you want to listen to music, you can download it on your phone or use Pandora or Spotify. You can watch shows but honestly if you can go without it, feel free to do so. If you do watch shows, let it be glorifying to God. Yes, we are on the third day of the month but you can still partake in this challenge.

Initially, I was suppose to partake in this challenge in July but I was too busy posting verses that were laid upon my heart and other materials on social media. It’s a blessing to pour into people but there comes a time when we have to make room for the Holy Spirit to pour into us. There are so many distractions in this world. There are so many things vying for our attention but we must learn to fix our eyes on Jesus. This challenge was laid upon my heart for the month of July but I have started this challenge this month. It’s been refreshing. It was a bit hard because I’m so used to going on YouTube to watch shows like Skinny Girls In Transit & Rumour Has It. I spend most times listening to praise and worship for the most part but I wasn’t ready for this challenge. I was ready and excited to deactivate everything else but Youtube was a tough one. For now, I don’t mind using Spotify to listen to music but many times, it takes time before the song you want to listen to even plays but it’s not been a problem since I started the challenge. I’m not worried about what worship song plays first. I am ready to praise the Living God. This is a personal challenge for myself but I shared it with a friend and she said she’ll be partaking in it too. Feel free to partake in this challenge. This will not be my last time doing this challenge. It’s actually the first of many to come. I’ve titled it “Time With God Challenge”

The challenge consists of you reading your Bible every day. You can meditate on a verse each week. You can start a devotional in the Holy Bible App by yourself or with a friend. You can only listen to praise and worship. For myself, this is not hard but for some people, it can be difficult. Pray about it and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you. Start studying a book in the Bible. Have a notebook to take down notes . Pray before you start each study. You can also purchase a journal where you can write prayers to God. You can also buy a book for the month. I am currently reading Lead Me, Holy Spirit by Stormie Omartian. I have been reading this book since May 8th. 2018. It’s a book I’ll highly recommend. It’s not a book to be rushed. There’s so much to learn from the Holy Spirit. Remember this is your time with God. Don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of you seeking God. Feel free to ask your friends to partake in this challenge. We are currently on Day 3 of our challenge and it has been a blessing. I pray that as you partake in this challenge that God will reveal Himself to you in a new and special way. I pray that you will grow deeper in your relationship with God and that you will hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I pray that you were blessed. Continue to abide and stay rooted in Christ. Jesus loves you 😊

Places To Visit In NYC

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Places To Visit In New York

  1. Central Park
  2. Broadway
  3. Metropolitan Museum Of Art
  4. American Museum of Natural History
  5. Empire State Building
  6. Statue Of Liberty
  7. New York Transit Museum
  8. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

  8. Whitney Museum of American Art

  1. Museum Of Modern Art
  2. The High Line
  3. Brooklyn Bridge
  4. Bryant Park
  5. Fifth Avenue
  6. Radio City Music Hall
  7. Times Square
  8. Rockerfeller Center
  9. Apollo Theatre
  10. Bronx Zoo
  11. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  12. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum
  13. Grand Central Terminal
  14. Prospect Park
  15. Brooklyn Flee Market
  16. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
  17. Brooklyn Heights/Promenade
  18. Macy’s Herald Square
  19. Union Square
  20. Flatiron Building
  21. Lincoln Center
  22. Queens Museum
  23. Chinatown
  24. Madame Tussauds
  25. SoHO

Soul Food Restaurants (NYC)

  1. Sylvia’s Restaurant
  2. Amy Ruth’s
  3. Taste Of Heaven
  4. Soco
  5. Jacob’s Restaurant
  6. Freda’s Carribean & Soul Cuisine
  7. Melba’s
  8. Sweet Mama’s Soul Food Restaurant & Salad Bar
  9. Soul City
  10. BLVD Bistro NY
  11. ButterFunk Kitchen
  12. Root & Bone
  13. Londel’s
  14. Black Nile
  15. Peaches Hot House

African Restaurants

  1. La Savane
  2. Buka
  3. Joloff
  4. Lenox Saphire Harlem
  5. Le Baobab Gouygui
  6. Pikine
  7. Ponty Bistro Harlem
  8. B & B
  9. Accra
  10. Papaye
  11. Safari (East African)
  12. Amarachi
  13. Bognan
  14. Ebe Ye Yie
  15. Nomad Restaurant (Moroccan)
  16. Honey Bee’s
  17. Akwaaba

Chill Spots (Desserts):

  1. Milk & Cream Cereal Bar
  2. Laduree
  3. Cha Cha Macha
  4. Upland
  5. Los Tacos
  6. Milk Bar East Village
  7. New Territories
  8. Teriyaki NYC
  9. Soft Swerve Ice Cream
  10. Davey’s Ice-cream
  11. Mo Gelato
  12. The Sweet Shop NYC
  13. City Cakes
  14. Breads Bakery
  15. Van Leeuwen Ice-cream (Vegan)
  16. Eileen’s Special Cheesecake
  17. Ice & Vice
  18. Holy Cream
  19. The Original Chinatown Ice-cream Factory
  20. ChikaLicious Dessert Bar
  21. Morgenstern’s Finest Icream
  22. Ice Cream Shop
  23. Billy’s Bakery (Best Cupcakes In New York
  24. Mikey Likes It Ice Cream
  25. Mango Mango Dessert
  26. Sherry B Dessert Studio
  27. Melt Bakery
  28. Cupcake Market
  29. Avalon New York

Pizza Shops In NYC

  1. Sofia’s Pizza Shoppe
  2. Jumbo’s Pizza
  3. Milano Pizza Shop
  4. Best Pizza
  5. Joe’s Pizza
  6. Previti Pizza
  7. Grimaldi’s Pizza

Chill Restaurants

  1. Shake Shack
  2. Galli
  3. Sauce (Italian)
  4. Woodland
  5. Peaches Shrimp & Crab
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Start Reading!

Education doesn’t end in the classroom. The month of April is almost over. What book are you currently reading? So for me, I am reading “Through The Eyes Of A Lion” by Levi Lusko. He shared his testimony while I attended Hillsong Church. It was a blessing and it led me to purchase his book immediately. I bought his book in November 2016 and I’m now reading it. Why? Well I was in college. Though I read while in college, I didn’t get to read this precious book. I’m almost finished. It’s a sad book but yet contains so many nuggets. The books enlisted are the ones I’ve read for the past three months. I’m getting my book ready for the Month of May. God is doing a new thing. My word for this year is Consistency. I will stay focused and not lose sight of what God is doing in my life and around me. It’s very important for us to read. There’s always something to learn when we expand our horizons. You learn so much through other people’s experiences. You don’t always have to wait to be in the situation to have knowledge on how to approach it. There are people who have been through the trials we have faced. They don’t write to share their experiences just for the sake of it. They write to help us when we are also faced with a similar trial. Many times, we can take reading for granted. We don’t value it. If it’s not a requirement for a college assignment, we don’t consider it to be a priority. As a child, my father would always take us to the library to pick up a book. He always taught me the importance of having a dictionary. When you don’t understand a word, look in the dictionary. When you read, you enhance your vocabulary. Though, I don’t always pick up a dictionary, I google the word to get the meaning. I admit that they have been times when I just overlook the word but for the most part, I carry the words my father taught me as a child. So my suggestion for you today is consider reading a book every month, If you haven’t started, it’s not too late. Look for a book on Amazon or pick up a book at your library. Join the fun and adventure :).

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Feel free to leave any book recommendations for me. Jesus loves you. Have a lovely day 🙂