Always Carry & Check!

Question: What do you tend to forget while on the road that you wish you remembered?

To think of it, I would have to say I tend to forget my hand sanitizer or Vaseline. These items are important to me. I believe that these items should be carried in each bag. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few things we tend to forget from time to time.

Things to Carry With You

1. Drivers license

2. Tissue/Napkin

3. Lotion

4. Snacks/Food/Mint or candy

5. Lip Moisturizer

6. Hand Sanitizer

7. Money (Inasmuch as we live in a generation, where we carry credit cards around, having change is very important. You never know the places that won’t accept cards.) Also, carry your wallet.

8. Phone & your keys 🔑

9. Pencil ✏️ or Pen

10. Any necessary documents.

Women:

*Pads

Comb or brush for your hair

Things To Check:

Bathroom:

Always check to see if everything you flushed, has disappeared. Clean up after yourself.

Check to see if your surroundings is clean.

Kitchen:

Always check the expiration dates on the items in your cabinets and in your fridge. (Spices, eggs and snacks)

Always check to make sure the stove is turned off. Turn the lights off (Save some money)

If it helps for you to write things down, do it so that you won’t forget the important things before you leave the house.

Face:

Check to see if there’s anything on your face especially by the corners of your eyes. Take the time to check yourself.

There is probably more things we need to carry or check that I probably didn’t mention. Feel free to leave your comments/suggestions 😄.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I hope this was helpful to you. Have a lovely day 😊✨

PC: STIL

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Uganda Mission Trip// Testimony

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” -Isaiah 6:8

7,075 miles away from home. Away from the noise and lives demands. Going on my first mission trip was indeed a blessing and so fulfilling. It was everything my heart desired and God packaged it well well.

From a very long flight, to rainy days, to morning devotions, worship sessions, to water not running and having to shower with water bottles and jerrycans. To top it off, when the water was running, it was so cold. If I could bring a sample of Ugandan water, God knows I will. From van stopping on the road, and mosquitoes sucking the blood out of us, God still showed up and proved Himself faithful throughout the journey. He didn’t just send us but his presence was so evident on the mission field. Every moment spent at Caring Heart Breakthrough Ministry was precious and eye opening. From taking pictures, and engaging in conversation with a child, partaking in Medical Missions and VBS as a team, showcased a glimpse of heaven here on Earth.

Each day held its own beauty as well as challenges but through it all, we persevered through the help of the Holy Spirit. Before registering for this mission trip, I didn’t have a job so I had questions for the Lord in regards to where I was going to get the money to pay for this mission trip. I was a recent college graduate without a job for a year and a half. I applied for jobs, went on a few interviews and nothing amounted out of these experiences. Without a doubt, I knew this mission trip was mine. For as long as I can think back, I was always wanted to go on a mission trip and visit an orphanage. God has a way of reminding us of our heart desires just when we think, he has forgotten. On November 12th, 2018, while looking for more items to put inside the Hope Bags for the orphans, I came across a journal from 2013, where I wrote that I wanted to visit an orphanage. I was so blown, I couldn’t help but cry; so amazed at the faithfulness of God. After 5 years, what was written was being manifested. While in college, I will look into opportunities for missions but nothing really caught my eye. After graduating, when I couldn’t find a job, through a text, someone I know but not personally asked me if I ever thought about going on a mission trip. I was so surprised. So like I mentioned before, God is Faithful.

Before putting my deposit in, there were already signs that this mission trip was mine. From airplanes flying in my neighborhood everyday, to hearing an album in my friends car on our way to her ministry school in regards to going to all nations to preach the Gospel. There was a continuous emphasis on who will go to Africa and the nations to preach the Gospel. The following day, I listened to the album. Only to find out the title of the album was “Refresh Worship Live II: For The Nations: Psalmist Raine”. There were signs and God surely did wonders. At the time, August 6th, 2018, I hadn’t put my deposit in yet. No one knew I was going on a mission trip besides the Lord. Fear crippled in as the days passed on by but when I went outside and saw a plane, I will point my finger at it and declare, Uganda 🇺🇬, see you on December 2nd. I told a few friends. At the time, my parents didn’t know because I didn’t know how I was going to tell them but I prayed about it and eventually told them. It took a few moments for my mom to receive the news but all in all, she was happy for me. My dad on the other hand had a mouthful to say. From do you want to be a nun to do you know the history about Uganda, and how I have to Start looking for a sponsor. It was a lot especially coming from a parent but to God be the Glory, He saw me through it all.

With $500 in my bank account, the amount that I was using to pay for my student loans bit by bit, I was just wondering how Lord am I going to pay for this mission trip. I didn’t know where the money was going to come from but this I’ve learned, when you are obedient to the call, provision will come from the north, the south, the east and the west. God will make way for you and it will showcase his glory. I gave the Lord a set date on when I will make my deposit. I told the Lord August 17th, 2018. That day came and passed on by. I ended up putting my deposit in on August 25th, 2018. There were setbacks but God showed up continuously reminding me of his faithfulness when it seemed like things weren’t going to work out. He increased my faith in the wilderness and he hasn’t stopped increasing it. When God gives you an assignment, not everyone around us going to understand but you have to be obedient to the call. I found a part time job that I love and to top it off, being there for just one month, my manager gave me a leave for my mission trip. I mean look at God. I also created a GoFundMe page that a friend insisted for me to make. I didn’t want to because I’m aware that money can be a touchy subject for people. I shared it but yet still it was difficult. I ended up paying what I could and my friends and loved ones donated towards this mission trip. I’m grateful for the prayers and donations that were made. I am sharing this to remind you that God wants to partner with you too. God is not worried about your bank account after all, He is the provider of all that you have. The Lord is waiting on your obedience. Your disobedience can hinder others from seeing the hand of God in their lives. We serve a God Who is Faithful. He will provide for you. Going on a mission trip is not for Jesus phanatics. Missions is for everyone. It is the heartbeat of the Lord. The cost of following Jesus is the costly. The entire cost of the mission trip was costly but God is looking for available hearts. What is your heart beating for? There are people who need to hear about the Gospel. God has deposited so much within you. There are gifts that need to be unwrapped. The least you can do is say Yes to the call. God is waiting on you. Stop reminding the Lord of the other sheep in the His pasture that He can use. You are one of them. Will you be the hands and feet of Jesus wherever he calls you?

Brief Overview:

Brussels, Kigali, Entebbe

Day 1-Day 8

Arose to birds chirping and prayers at the nearest mosque and church.

Showers and morning devotions. Some mornings, the water didn’t run so I ended up using water bottles and jerrycans to shower. I had to ask the hotel if they had water preserved so that I can use to shower.

We stayed at a hotel but some will describe it as a guest house because some things weren’t functioning. Wasn’t much of a problem to me because we didn’t come on a vacation, we came to do the Lord’s work.

Breakfast: Omelette & Sausage, samosas, Bread 🍞 and blue band butter, French toast, lemon leaf, Water, Ugandan tea and etc.

Arrival at orphanage. Spent 10 hours at the orphanage each day. VBS (Vacation Bible School), Medical Mission, Conference, Spending time with God’s beloved and so much more. We served 360+ kids. It was a very long day but a blessing in itself. Lunch was always good. We ate the same food every day but I still enjoyed it. There were variety of food selection. You select according to your preference. The food was really good 😋.

After lunch, we debriefed and went straight to Medical missions, which consisted of taking blood pressure, weight, eye check up and regular physical. Many children had ringworms, sores and etc.

We were also given a tour of the orphanage and where the children slept 🛏 and etc. It was heartbreaking. Over 70+ people slept in one room. The girls slept in one room and the boys had their own section too.

Every moment was precious. We are so blessed in America. If only we appreciated our privileges, we will see things in a different perspective. We know what we have but many times we take it for granted. People are struggling all around the world. These orphans didn’t have anything. Below is a picture of the children standing on line for food. The line was so long.There were children who wore the same clothes for two-three days straight. The sight of seeing these children who had any parents still overflowed with joy will blow your mind.

Everyone has a story. We all need each other in this life. It was a blessing every moment I got to spend with the children. Capturing and documenting each moment was priceless. I was assigned to be the scribe but I also volunteered to be the photographer. We all captured pictures as well as videos. We visited Victory Church in Kampala, Uganda. What an awesome time of fellowship it was in the presence of the Lord. I am so in awe of God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout this mission trip. He kept us, strengthened us and saw us through it all. My heart is full of joy. I can’t explain it. It’s uncontainable. If the Lord made it possible for me to go on a mission trip, He will surely do it for you too. I can’t help but to testify of what the Lord has done. He alone deserves the Glory.

“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy. -Psalm 126:2-3

Thank you taking the time to read this blog post. I pray that it was a blessing unto you. God bless you 🙏🏿😊

© Karen Owusu

 

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

Time With God Challenge// Week 2 🍂

Welcome to Week 2 of Time With God Challenge. I pray that the past week has been a blessing unto you. If you haven’t started the challenge yet, it’s not too late to partake in it. As we are entering into a new week of our challenge, I just want to encourage you to not give up. If you are struggling with not going on social media, pray about it. This challenge is to help us draw closer unto God. It’s not to overwhelm you or restrict you in anyway. As believers, we must learn to be disciplined. If we allow everything to vie for our attention, we will never get important task complete. As we approach Week 2 of our challenge, I want to encourage you to open up your Bible more. Spend time in worship. Meditate on a verse for the week. Start a devotional plan if you can on the Holy Bible App with a friend or by yourself. Take time to pray. As we go forth into the day, we can become so overwhelmed with lives demands that we don’t even take the time to pray. We don’t want that to be our portion. God has been good and His faithfulness continues in our lives. Eleven months, he has kept us by His grace. The greatest gift we can give to our Father is praise, thanksgiving, honor and adoration. He alone is worthy of all our praise.

Week Two Agenda:

November 9th: Select a chapter in the Book Of Psalms and meditate on it. Take a look at the character of David and see how you can exemplify that same characteristic in your daily life.

November 10th: Write a letter to God.

November 11th: Praise the Lord. Spend more time in worship. Magnify the Lord for He alone is worthy. There is no one else like Our God.

November 12th: Commit your week unto God. What is one thing you can do to accomplish a goal you had set for the year that you haven’t still accomplished?

November 13th: Tell God who He is to you. If it means you have to write it down, feel free to do so.

November 14: Pray for someone in your life that hasn’t accepted Jesus as their Personal Lord and Savior. Pray for those who have gone astray in their walk with God due to one thing or the other in their life.

November 15th: Take time to reflect about your week. Did you take the time to commune with God? What struggles did you have this week? Were you focused or distracted this week? What can you do to stay focused and remain faithful to God?

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I pray that it was a blessing unto you. May this week be delightful in the presence of the Lord. May we spend more time in God’s presence. Stay blessed & Rooted in Christ 🙏🏿😊

PC: Ellamcho

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.

 

gold 27 balloon

chocolate cupcake on white surface

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