Happy Fatherโ€™s Day ๐Ÿง”๐Ÿพ

Happy Father’s Day to all the men all around the world ๐ŸŒ . Know that you are loved, appreciated, hilarious, strong, hardworking and so much more. Today is a special day of celebration. It’s your day. I pray that God will continue to bless you and your family.

For so many people, Father’s Day can be hard time of celebration due to the loss of their father. This I hope for anyone in this category: I pray that the God of all comfort will see you through. May this day serve as a time of remembrance, of the good times you shared with your dad. May your heart not be troubled but much rather may God grant you peace this day and your whole life through.

For the souls who find it hard to keep in touch with their fathers because of the pain they have caused, may you find it in your heart to forgive. Take the time to heal. May you find strength through Christ. I pray that one of these days, you will take the time to reunite with your father.

For every father, may you look to God in everything that you do. May you lead and be an example to your kids and those around you. May you embody love and may God grant you wisdom and grace as you take on the role of being a father. May God order your footsteps and may you be that lighthouse where everyone who comes in contact with you, will be enlightened and filled with joy. God bless you for all you do and who you are.

Categories of people to pray for

1. Father & Child Relationships

2. Mother & Father Relationships

3. Married couples trusting God for a child

4. Any family who have lost their son or father

5. For any father who hasn’t accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. (Gift Of Salvation)

6. Any father carrying a burden. Trying to provide for their family but finding it very difficult of their current circumstances.

It’s Father’s Day. Celebrate the men in your life. Shower them with love and gifts. Let them know that they are loved. Have a wonderful time of celebration with your fathers ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ˜Š

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April Reflection// Bingo ๐Ÿ˜Š

Good morning loves. I hope your all doing well on this day. We thank God for blessing us with another day to be alive. I wanted to do something different today on my blog. So I decided to create a Bingo game for you all. This will serve as a fun-filled reflection for the month of April. I pray that this month of April has been a blessed one for each of you. As we draw towards the final stretch of this day, I will advice that you take some time to rest. Many times, we tend to be on the go that we don’t take the time to rest our soul. Resting is not for the weak. Even God rested after creating everything. Bask in the presence of God and rest in your Saviors arms today. Have a wonderful day ๐Ÿ˜Š.

Reflection Questions:

1. What did you love about the month of April?

2. Were you able to accomplish your goals?

3. Did you consume at least 5-6 cups of water each day?

4. When it comes to your finances, did you spend more or less than you expected?

5. How are you doing physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually?

6. Who can you pray for today?

7. Who can you encourage today?

8. What are you trusting God for? Have you sought Him?

9. What are some things that you need to work on about yourself?

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

With love,

Karen ๐Ÿ˜˜

Happy World Poetry Day ๐Ÿ“š

Apparently, today is World Poetry Day. I totally forgot until I came across a blog post that served as a reminder for me. I’m a poet myself so today is a special day. So with that in mind, I’m going to be sharing some poems/quotes that I love as well as some African Proverbs that are insightful. Are you ready? Let’s go.

“Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just start.” -Ijeoma Umebinyuo

“I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me “I love you.” There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” -Maya Angelou

“I found flaws and they were beautiful.” -Nayyirah Waheed

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” -Maya Angelou

“You are beautiful but learn to work, for you cannot eat your beauty.” -Congolese Proverb

“He is who is afraid of doing too much always does too little.” -Nigerian Proverb

“However far the stream flows, it never forgets its source. -Nigerian Proverb

“He who eats another mans food, will have his own own eaten by others. -Swahili Proverb

“The road doesn’t tell the traveler what lies ahead” -Bantu Proverb

“Our daughters are prepared to run where your sons are taught to never go.” -Tapiwa Mugabe

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dream die. Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field, frozen with snow.” -Langston Hughes

“One day, you will be drained and tired of those that come fetching your love and light, as though you’re a well.” -Akosua Atuah

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” -Corrie ten Boom

The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman.” -Elisabeth Elliot

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. If I can list all the quotes and poems I love, I will be here forever. I hope that you were able to resonate with these words written by fellow writers. If you have any quotes or poems that you love, feel free to share it in the comment section.

Until next time, stay blessed & Lovely. Have a wonderful day ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒป

January Reflections ๐Ÿ’Œ

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š.

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 wonโ€™t stop
making a way amidst the wasteland.
My valley seasons wonโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ˜Š.

Sealed with love ๐Ÿ’•

Karen O. โœจ

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 ๐Ÿ˜Šโœจ.

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 ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ˜Š

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 ๐Ÿ’ญ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I really appreciate it ๐ŸŒป.  I hope you were encouraged and blessed. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ ๐Ÿ™‚

Time With God Challenge//Week 3 ๐Ÿ“Œ

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

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

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

Week 3:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ˜Š

Verse To Ponder:

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

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

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

PC: Jozedelacruz