January Reflections 💌

One door closed but God isn’t finished yet. I don’t know what January looked like for you, but I am glad that you are alive and you made it this far all by the grace of God. The valley, the tears, the frustration and the uncertainties tried to break you apart but through it all, you are alive and everyone of your heartbeats matter. As the month of January is winding down, lets take a few moments to reflect about our month. So wherever you are, feel free to partake in this time of reflection 😊.

1. Describe the month of January in one word?
2. How was your relationship with God?
3. What is something you learned about yourself in this month?
4. What is one or two Bible verses that really stood out to you?
5. Were you able to accomplish all your goals for this month?
6. What is one thing that you need to work on for the months that lie ahead?
7. Did you eat at home more or did you spend of money eating outside?
8. What are you looking forward to in the month of February?
Poem #1:
I am certain
that God will make a way.
For every valley
and mountaintop,
God has been there all along.
Sunrise and sunset,
He is still my God
who is worthy of all my praise.

Poem #2

For every closed chapter
and unexpected open doors.
God stood there all along
as his grace carried me through
every storm.
And I trust that He won’t stop
making a way amidst the wasteland.
My valley seasons won’t stop God for being who He is.
He will make all things new
for my sake and for His Glory.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Thank God for allowing us to see another day/month. Cheers to what lies ahead of us. I look forward to reading more blog posts and sharing what’s on my heart with you all. Take time to praise God for His goodness, mercy, loving kindness and faithfulness towards us. We can never thank God enough but our praises He alone deserves it 🙌🏿😊.

Sealed with love 💕

Karen O.

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Priority Check #3

note to self:

Don’t give up. Keep persevering. God isn’t finished yet but do your part. God will take care of the rest.

As we are approaching the final stretch of January, I believe it’s very important that we take that the time to reflect. The days are passing by and for some of us, it may feel like we are back at square one. It feels like nothing is happening or even working for us. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at a few questions that can help us target the root of our issue. Are you ready to sit and reflect? Alright, let’s go.

Questions:

1. If you can describe the past three weeks in one word, what would it be?

2. Are you accomplishing your goals? How are you managing your time on a day to day basis?

3. How are you doing? (Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, Spiritually, Financially). All the ally’s your way.

4. Are you planting or being lazy?

5. What is one thing you have learned about yourself since the year started? What are some habits your still struggling with and what are you willing to do, to break these habits?

6. What are some major things you need to take seriously?

7. Are you currently reading any books? If so, feel free to share?

8. Are you saving or spending more?

9. Are you consuming junk or eating fresh and so clean?

10. What can you do for someone this week that will lighten the burden they’re carrying?

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Thank you for taking the time to read/reflect with me. I hope that this was helpful. Have an awesome week 😊✨.

Prayer Request/Advice

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Verse To Ponder:

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 3:13-14

My Word For The Year 🙌🏿😊

So the year has begun. The days are flying by like the wind, awaiting for no one. The birds are minding their business, not worrying about what tomorrow holds or where food will come from because they know that their Heavenly Father will supply their needs. The weather is so cold. No warmth in the East Coast. The sun is nowhere to be found.

Around this time of the year is when people from all around the world have created their vision boards and goals. Some are still gathering their thoughts 💭 and boards to start writing down their goals. For two years now, I’ve been choosing a word to focus on for the year. Before this year started, I asked God what my word should be this year. I prayed about it. While walking around in the journal section at work, the words just flowed like water. To be exact on December 13th, 2018, the only words I heard in my spirit was Pray, Praise and Pursue Purpose. I held on to those words like it was my baby. I wrote it down and really took time to reflect on those words. At the start of 2018, my word was Consistency. I must say 2018 was all year round consistency in every area. What I put my mind to, I was able to accomplish with the Lord on my side. Consistency has carried itself to 2019. It refused to be left behind in 2018. So why pray, praise and pursue? It’s fascinating to me because now thinking back on all the notes and things I spoke to Lord about throughout 2018, it connects very well like a puzzle. Pray, Praise, Pursue Purpose. In all that I do, I will pray. Praise shall not depart my lips. The trials will come but I know my God. I will choose to magnify my God and not my circumstances. Pursue Purpose. I won’t allow fear to pursue the previous things the Lord has laid on my heart. I will choose to seek the Lord at all times even when times are tough and it seems like my goals are not being executed. I will choose to release my thoughts to God for His plans are of God and they are Greater.

My time spent with the Lord is my favorite part of my day. I talk to the Lord a lot. I mean He’s my friend so why not speak to Him? David spoke to the Lord and He heard the cries from his Holy Hill. If you don’t speak to the Lord, please make an effort to do so in 2019. The Lord is waiting on you. He’s got a lot to say to you. Before the year ended, I had plans on making an audio about not being silent about the gifts that God has given you. I didn’t have time to make that audio because I had so many things to do before the year ended so I pushed it to this month. So I will be making an audio soon.

At the start of the year, I was so excited for the new year to begin but let me be honest, I had my fears. See, my word of the year is pray, praise and pursue but I must say out of all the three words my biggest fear is PURSUE. God knew exactly why he laid the word PURSUE specifically in my spirit. Since the year started, I’ve heard the word PURSUE like an alarm ringing nonstop. First, I heard the word PURSUE while reading my devotional. Then the following day while watching a Youtube video by Kim Cash Tate, she mentioned the word pursue and it was so bold on her thumbnail. I’m like okay Lord, I know that’s you. Then, I was watching another video by a blogger who was sharing her experience about landing a three book signing deal and the release of her books in the year 2020. Then she mentioned the word PURSUE. My Lord, it’s only the second day of January and your already speaking to me like Moses in the burning bush. Oh to even top it off, my Pastor’s wife messaged me saying “Happy New Year Karen! This is your year! God wants you to shine this year, come out of your hiding and let your light shine.” When I read that message, I didn’t understand it until I spoke to one of my friends about this message. It was so funny because before the year started I was talking about making an audio about “Not being silent about our gifts”. That audio was supposed to be for me and to help others with their struggle of hiding their gift but God was probably saying “Slow down my child. I’m going to remind you again of the word Pursue.” Yesterday in church, praise was emphasized so many times, it was like whoa. For a while now, when I start a project, it takes a while to complete or even when I do start I keep it on the low. A few people will know but for the most part, it’s usually between me and God. I’m not someone that broadcast what I’m doing. If I am having a conversation with you, yes I will share without you even asking. Transparency is my middle name. Not on my birth certificate but you know what I mean. I love to share ideas or anything in general.

Through my conversation with my friend, she explained to me that I can’t hide my gifts and talents. I still don’t know how I am hiding my gifts. I love to write and I use my blog for that purpose and I do share from time to time my blog posts. I enjoy taking pictures but I don’t do it much unless its an occasion. I’m going to do my best to learn new skills and use them for God’s glory. I’ve shared my word for this year. I honestly wasn’t going to share my word of the year on my blog. It was between God and I but here I am. I’ve shared. So, what is your word for the year? If you don’t have one, you can still come up with one. I can’t wait to here what your word is for the year 🙂

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I really appreciate it 🌻.  I hope you were encouraged and blessed. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ 🙂

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

PC: Jozedelacruz

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