Free To Worship

In the presence of God, there is freedom to worship. There is no place I’ll rather be than to dwell in the house of the Lord. You and I were created to worship. If the birds can sing a new song every morning unto the Lord, so will I. God is worthy of all our praise. Despite the currency of our nation, God has been faithful to us. Its been eight months and by His grace, we still alive and standing. As long as we have breath in our lungs, let us take the time to give God everything that He deserves; worship the Lord. With outstretched arms, release a new sound of worship. Magnify the Lord. Outpour your praise to the King of Kings.

As the month of August is drawing to a close, its officially that time, where I share with you all, the songs that ministered to me throughout the course of this month. I absolutely love listening to worship songs. I enjoy being in that atmosphere of worship; giving thanks to the Lord. Psalm 29:2 says, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.” Because of who the Lord is, let us give Him the praise. We worship the Lord not solely because of what He is doing in our lives but for the mere fact of who He is. So I’ve come to praise and share with you all song ministrations for this month. Sit back, relax and enjoy 🥁.

Praise & Worship

1. Victoria Tunde : You Give Life

2. Jada Mayson : Son of God, Son of Mine

3. Lydia Kabs : My Purpose*

4. Tasha Cobbs Leonard : This Is A Move

5. Jimmy D Psalmist : I Trust In You

6. Jason Nelson : Forever*

7. Folabi Nuel & Ty Bello : Thank You For Loving Me

8. MOG Music : Be Lifted

9. Lydia Kabs : Yesu Elonga ( Jesus, My Victory )

10. Joe Mettle : My Everything

11. Fred Hammond : Be Magnified*

12. Sinach : Great Are You Lord

13. Maverick City : Promises

14. Israel & New Breed : Trading My Sorrows

15. Brenden Praise : Hallelujah Nkateko

16. Deborah Darling : Victory

17. Common Hymnal : Come And Tear Down The Walls

18. Hillsong : Cornerstone

19. Benjamin Dube : You Will Never Leave Me

20. Brenden Praise : Jesus Be The Centre/ Semphete

21. Benjamin Dube ft Mahalia Buchanan: Sovereign God

22. Moses Bliss : Too Faithful*

23. Todd Dulaney : Victory Belongs To Jesus

24. Elevation Worship: Never Lost ft. Tauren Wells

25. Common Hymnal : New Name*

26. Jubilee Worship : Atmosphere Shift

27. Bethel Music : Champion

28. Common Hymnal : Heaven’s Here*

29. Vertical Worship: Faithful Now

30. William McDowell ft Tasha Cobbs Leonard : Even Now

31. Hillsong : Hosanna

32. Common Hymnal: The Kingdom Is Yours

33. Jon Jones & Dee Wilson : Yahweh

34. Common Hymnal : Grace Came Running

35. Hillsong : Valentine

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Feel free to share any worship songs that ministered to you 🙌🏿💃🏿🤗. Remain in the atmosphere of worship. Lay it all down and surrender. Give God your best, for He alone is worthy of all the praise. Stay Blessed & Rooted In Christ.

Love Reigns

Hi everyone. I hope that you are all doing well. How was your week? Did you do anything fun this weekend? If so, feel free to share with me in the comment section.

As the weekend is drawing to an end and another week is fast approaching, I’m just stopping by to remind you that God loves you so much. Yes, for some of us, we hear this saying a lot but don’t actually believe it. For a few of us, we need this reminder from time to time. Either ways, God still loves us and has never stopped and will continue to love on us. As a new week is around the the corner, it is my prayer that you will experience God’s love for you like never before. It will not just be mere words spoken to you but you will truly experience the outpouring of God’s love for you and walk in it.

As we take a step into another week, may our hearts be filled with praise and may we continue to lift the name of God above every other name. May we draw nearer unto God by being intentional in spending time in His presence. In the book of Joshua 1:8, we are reminded yet commanded to “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” The word of God is our sword. It is an essential in our lives. It’s not an option but rather a necessity. Without God, we are nothing. We need the Lord daily. As love overflows, may we spend time at the feet of the One who supplies all that we need. Have a blessed week ahead 🙏🏿🤗

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,

your faithfulness to the skies.

Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep.

Psalm 36:5-6

Acts of Kindness

*Think of one thing you can do for someone this week and just do it with all of your heart ❤️. You are blessed to be a blessing.

Take the time to reach out to your friends and loved ones as we thread upon a new week. Make time for those you love.

Cheers to a new week 🙌🏿. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Let’s conquer our goals and may we spread the love of Christ to everyone that we meet 😊. We are the salt & light for God’s Glory.

Gracefully Unfolding

For a new chapter to begin, some doors must close. So, it’s officially a day before my birthday. I must say, that it’s been a mixed emotion kind of day. I’m so excited and grateful to see another year but yet still I’m also nervous. I can’t describe the feeling precise but this I know that my life is in God’s hands. It belongs to Him. July, you are sweet. Every time, July arrives, I can’t help but smile and jubilate 💃🏿.

Like a seed planted in rich soil, God is still at work In my life. He continues to water me and He is watering you too. God has been good to me. Faithful is our God. Despite the challenges I’ve faced, when I look over my life, all I can say is thank you Lord. The Lord has been my helper. I want to take this time to say thank you to all my bloggers on here. What a blessing it has been to connect with you all. My heart is full of joy. Every moment we get to interact with each other through one another’s post has been a delightful experience. I look forward to what the rest of this year holds for us all.

Poem

If flowers can bloom

and trees can flourish

amidst the storms of life,

so will I.

There is beauty and purpose in every season of our lives. It is my prayer that you will look to the Lord. You will not lose sight of God in this season of your life. Many times, in our waiting season, we cling unto other things. I pray that your eyes will be fixed on the Lord. As you draw nearer unto God, may He draw nearer unto you.

Whatsoever you are trusting God for, may it be fulfilled in Jesus name 🙏🏿. Though the waiting may seem long, put your hope in the all time and all knowing God. God is faithful and His promises are sure concerning your life.

Let the gardener finish His work in you. May the Lord who makes all things beautiful in His own time, gracefully unfold all that He has prepared for you.

Joy like a flower blooms in places we least expect.

Limitless God!

A year from now, anything can happen to you for the better but do you believe? Do you still believe in the promise that God has made to you? Has your faith faltered because the miraculous thing you have been hoping for hasn’t come to pass yet? In times like these, where you cannot see the fulfillment of the promise, who do you turn to? What words are you speaking over your life while in your valley season? Like Sarah, we laugh at the report of the Lord. We wallow in doubt, fear, comparison and self-pity for so long that we lose focus on the Lord and forget the promise that God made to us.

Scripture reminds us of a woman named Hannah. Hannah was a chosen vessel by God to given birth to the promise (Samuel). Hannah was a resilient, devoted and purposeful woman. When we take a look at the story of Hannah, each of us, one way or the other, can relate to her story. Hannah, like each of us, are a gift to this world. We are the carriers of grace, light and hope. Like Hannah, we have faced different sets of challenges in our lives but through it all, we can truly say that God has been with us in every season. In the waiting, we have learned the essence of clinging unto God. In the valley, we have cried out to God and He has heard us. Though the journey hasn’t been easy, God continues to strengthens us.

The Promise

The word of God is filled with so many promises from Genesis to Revelation. The more we know God, the more His promises for us become realer to us. We will never know the promises of God when we don’t know the heart of our Heavenly Father. Scripture tells us that God knows the plans that He has for us. Jeremiah 29:11 tells as this truth “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” The truth is, God desires for each of us to prosper and to bear fruit in the land of the living. God’s will is His very best for for our lives.

Even though God’s promise still remains, we must learn to continually cling unto Him. Let’s take for example, Abram. In Genesis 12, God called Abram. The Lord instructed Abram to leave His place of comfort into a new land that God will show Him. It reads “The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your household to the land I will show you.”. Before the fulfillment of the promise, there is an assignment. God instructed Abram and he obeyed. For some of us, God has instructed us to do something in this season but we have not embarked on that journey of obedience. When we take a look at Genesis 12:2-3, we see clearly that God makes a promise to Abram. He says “I will make you Inyo a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on Earth will be blessed through you.” It was Abrams obedience and faith that played a role in the manifestation of the promise.

The Instruction

1. What has God instructed you to do in this season? 2. What is your attitude in your waiting season? 3. Are you seeking the Holy Spirit? What is He saying to you in this season?

How long must I wait to receive the promise?

Waiting on the promises of God is unlike a mother waiting for the birth of her child. God’s timing is unlike ours but the promise still remains. In Isaiah 55:8-9, we are reminded that God’s thoughts aren’t our thoughts. It states

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Abraham waited 25 years for a promised child. Job waited practically His whole life for God’s justice. Joseph waited 13 years in prison until He was released. Moses waited 40 years in order to enter the promised land with God’s people. Even in the waiting, God is still working. Though we must not know when the waiting will be over, may we continue fix our eyes on God. Whether you are trusting God to go back to school, get married, start a business, be reminded that God is Able. He is Faithful and in His time, He will show Himself strong.

Faith is a requirement!

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” –Hebrews 11:1

Banner of Praise

Even in the waiting, develop an attitude and lifestyle of praise. Yes, praising God in the midst of the storm isn’t always easy but start somewhere. Praise the Lord in advance. I don’t see the miracle but I choose to believe and walk in faith.

Prayer is our weapon

Cultivate a lifestyle of prayer. Scripture reminds us to pray without ceasing (See 1 Thessalonians 5:17). We must continue to arise and pray. Like Hannah, God hears us. The battle belongs to God. We must press on in prayer. As we pour out, our hearts to God and take delight in His presence, He will answer our hearts cry.

Speak Life

Declare the promises of God over your life. There is power in the words that we speak. Even as we speak, may we believe it. The promise is sure and it will surely come to pass.

Remember the Lord

“Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.” -Deuteronomy 8:1-5

Limitless God

Jesus looked at them and said “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” -Matthew 19:26

Daughter, fix your eyes on Jesus. Son, look to your Heavenly father. What is a limitation unto man, is limitless to God. Don’t abort the process or compromise the promise. Our timetable of sequence of events is not God’s ultimate plan. Let God finish the work He has started in you.

Our Plans

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” -Proverbs 19:21

As human beings, we love to be in control. Just the mere fact of knowing what is going to happen next brings about settlement to our souls. We take joy and pride in creating our schedules in hopes for everything to go as we have it planned but the truth is, it doesn’t always go as we have it fixed on our calendars. As believers, we have come to the knowledge of knowing that our life doesn’t belong to us. Even though, we are aware of this truth, we so often forget that God has an ultimate plan. In the very beginning, God created all things. In creating, He had a purpose for each and every living thing. As we may know, God doesn’t like unfruitful things. Though He is the greatest gardener in town, He prunes us, removing every dead branch in us, in order for new things to made alive in us.

In our key scripture today, we are reminded that “many” are the plans in a man’s heart. As humans beings, we have so many plans set for ourselves. For many people, before a new year approaches, the calendar for the following year is booked. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having plans. The problem is that so many of us, don’t seek God. We don’t feel the need to ask the Lord about “our plans”. So without asking, we march forward with our schedules. We make no room for the Lord to partake in our daily festivities. It’s either “our way” or nothing at all.

In James 4:13, we are reminded that “we are like mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Each breath we take is only by God’s grace. Every step we take, is by God’s grace. We can’t run ahead of God. We must include Him in everything that we do. So often, we make our plans and then ask God to bless it. We don’t seek His instructions and directions. We carry on with our business plans, spending money anyhow because we are trying to “live our best lives”. The truth is the best way of living our lives is found in Christ. Life without Christ is fruitless, meaningless and purposeless. Ecclesiastes says it best!

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.”

What do people gain from all their labors
at which they toil under the sun?Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.

The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.

Ecclesiastes 3:2-5

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

Proverbs 16:9

It is my prayer that as we venture throughout this week, we will learn to fix our eyes on God. We will choose to seek the Lord in everything that we do. We will not run this race alone but much rather lean on God throughout the course of this journey. He is God who is with us, for us and not against us. We can make our plans but God is the orchestrator and director of our lives. Choose to seek God first and listen to His voice as you go throughout your day.

Questions To Ask

1. Lord, what is on your heart today?

2. What have you called me to do? What is the assignment for today?

3. What is on your heart Holy Spirit?

Prayer Points

1. Father, I ask that you will guide me as I venture into this day that you have created. Be my helper and my guide. Lead me in your pathway everlasting.

2. Father, purify me. Every part of my being Lord, cleanse me and make me more like you.

3. Father, please open up my spiritual eyes, mind and every part of being. I long to know you more. More of you and less of me. Let your will be done in my life 🙏🏿

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. -Matthew 6:33

Happy New Week 🤗. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you. Have a blessed and lovely week ✨🌻

Power In Prayer

Question of the day: When was the last time you prayed?

Scripture reminds us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 that we should “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Prayer is not a seasonal task but much rather a mandate. It is the plug you need to connect to your Heavenly Father. Like a phone in need of battery life, Jesus is our source. Without Him, we are walking dead in this life. So many believers have neglected prayer. Prayer is seen as a requirement only when the storms of life arises. Whether we choose to pray or not, the battle is still going on. The enemy doesn’t take breaks. He is not a sleeping giant. He is dressed, armored up and ready at all times for battle. We are clearly informed that the enemy is a roaring lion. He seeks for whom to devour. His number one target is God’s children. His only job on the field is to kill, steal and destroy (See John 10:10).

As believers, it is our responsibility to pray and raise our banners in praise. Matthew 6:5-8 says “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” God sees and knows what we need.

So if God knows what I need, why then should I pray?

Prayer is not solely created for us to access God when we need something. You see, when you seek God only when you need something, you miss out on experiencing who God is in His very being. So many people only get a taste of God when they are in need but they do not know the heart of the one who gave unto them. It’s one thing to know God as your provider but is that all to God’s character? If people only knew you as a beggar, how would you feel?

Too often, we pray only when it is beneficial for us. We cry out to God when we are trusting Him for a job, a spouse, finances and etc. When the crying and the frustration is over, we neglect God. We return back to living our so called best life. God’s best is revealed to us when we seek His face. In Psalm 27:8, David said “My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.” When we seek ye first the Kingdom of God, all things will be added unto us. (See Matthew 6:33)

Everything that we need is found in Christ not outside of Christ. Psalm 37:4 reminds us to delight ourselves in the Lord and He will give us the desires of our hearts.” God desires our hearts. When we take delight in the Lord, our hearts become in sync with His heartbeat. Our hearts because realigned for His purpose and for His glory. God’s best for you is divine. Jeremiah 29:11 states “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Your beginning and end lies in the hands of the Lord. What may look like a surprise to you, is all apart of God’s plan.

I have been praying for so long concerning a matter and I still haven’t received the answer to my prayer. What then shall I do?

The truth is, God’s timing is not our timing. Isaiah 55:8-9 reminds us that God’s ways are not our own but He send forth His word and it never returns to Him void. He knows exactly when to answer but even in the waiting, we must learn seek Him. We must have faith and not grow tired and weary. Even when we do, God promises to give us strength (See Isaiah 40:29-31)

It is my prayer that you will not give up on seeking the heart of God. May you make room amidst your busy schedules to pray. Prayer is for everyone. It is not reserved for corporate gatherings, stormy weather and etc. It is a gift that so many have neglected for various reasons.

I can’t pray. I don’t know where to start. Will God even listen to me?

In Matthew 6, God illustrated to us the best model to use while prayer which reads

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”

You can start right there. Pray the above prayer illustrated by Jesus. Always ask the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart concerning the heart of the Father. God knows you before you even come to know Him. He awaits you.

The more we seek God, the more we know Him. It is my prayer that you get to know the Lord. Open up your heart/ears. Dwell in His presence, He is for you. He longs to hear from you. He is God alone. There is no one else like Him.

*How can I pray for you today? Feel free to leave your prayer requests in the comment section.

Verses To Ponder

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” -Philippians 4:6

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.” -Psalm 27:8

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” -John 15:7

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” -Romans 8:26

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” -Colossians 4:2

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you 🙏🏿😊

10 Things That Makes Me Happy

It’s a new day. The sun is shinning so beautifully. The wind is pretty stiff today and the birds have been quite silent today but I’m so grateful to be alive. In today’s blog post, I will be sharing with you all “10 Things That Makes Me Happy”. I have been nominated by Mercy from herrychiccounsels.com. Thank you Mercy for nominating me.

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Let’s Get Started // 10 Things That Makes Me Happy

1. The Sound of the birds : My heart leaps for joy when I hear the new sound of the birds. When I don’t hear them, I remind God that I haven’t heard heavens song today.

2. Children : I couldn’t help but smile writing this one because children are my heartbeats. They are a breath of fresh air. They can be a hand full but they are precious gifts from God. Every time, I think about my babies in the orphanage in Uganda 🇺🇬, my heart overflows with joy.

3. God : The joy of my heart. Spending time with the Lord is pretty amazing. Abba and I are not distant lovers. We are so close. We aren’t neighbors. We are blood, the kind that’s thicker than water 😌. This is my personal person. I love having Bible Studies, spending time in worship, praising my way through every season.

4. Conversations With Friends : I am grateful for the people in my corner. Listen, you don’t need a bucket full of friends. You don’t need too many fishes. The ocean is wide but honey child, quality over quantity.

5. Watching Movies : I enjoy watching movies. It makes me happy with a good snack. 🍿

6. Surprising Someone With A Gift 🎁: I love giving whenever I am able to do so.

7. Food 😋: Let me tell you, this is one of God’s best creation. Man shall not live by bread alone. The word of God is so rich, nothing compares to it but whoa Lord, food is yummy to the tummy. I enjoy cooking but it’s also a blessing when someone throws it down in the kitchen. Prepare a feast so that I can also enjoy. ( Rice, Chicken, Fried Plantains, Mashed Potatoes, Corn Bread ). Dessert is essential to a king and a queens heart. We hope that there will be variety of food in Heaven after praise & worship. Lord, this is my desire 🧁 🍨 . I even have my plate 🍽 ready.

8. Reading A Book : I love the feel of holding a book. Reading is good for the soul. Education doesn’t stop in the classroom. Expanding our horizon by delving into new works by various authors enhances our knowledge.

9. Snapping Photo 📸 : I love taking pictures of nature, people and etc. Creating memories in every season is a thing for me.

10. New Beginnings: All things afresh. There’s nothing like the start of something new. It can be challenging at first to let go of a previous chapter, thing or person but at the end it’s worth it. I love newness. ( A change of bedsheet, the sunrise, taking a shower, the smell of clothes after washing them, a new notebook ).

Bonus : Writing ✍🏿 while listening to a worship instrumental. Also, I love quietness.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post ☺️. I had so much fun thinking 💭 and composing words. Mercy, love and light your way. Continue to shine for God’s glory! 💓

Happy Father’s Day

Today is a special day for all the men all around the world. Father’s Day is a big deal! For so many people, today is not the day they want to celebrate or remember for various reasons but if there’s anything I would like for you to take from today is the gentle reminder of knowing that you have a Good Good Father. His name is King Jesus. He loves you so much. As I meditated on Luke 15 today, I was reminded of the attributes of a Good Father. Some of the attributes illustrated in the scripture included the Father being compassionate, loving, forgiving, tender hearted and welcoming.

God loves His children so much. You and I are so special to Him. Though our earthly fathers are imperfect, God is perfect in all His ways. As we take time to spend with our fathers today, may we shower them with love. May we ask God for a forgiving heart. May we ask God for the grace to forgive our Earthly Father’s for whatever wrongs they have caused us. There is no wound that God cannot heal. It is my prayer that we will mirror the heart of our Heavenly Father.

Categories of People To Pray For

1. Every man that is broken. Let’s speak in faith declaring healing concerning every man in this category. There are so many broken men in need of healing but we know that the mender of broken hearts is still in the business of taking broken things and making them whole.

2. Strength to run this race and to fulfill purpose. Let’s pray for every man that is living in fear and not playing the role that God has called them to do.

3. Let’s join our faith in asking God to awaken every dream in the men He has created.

4. Ask God to raise up more men to live a holy life to the Glory of His Name. Raise up men who treat God’s daughters in the way that they should be treated.

5. Let’s stand in agreement that no man will lose heart in fulfilling destiny. Their faith will be strengthened and they will seek God in all their ways. They will be strong and courageous in the Lord! They will not conform to the patterns of this world but they will look to God, continuously seeking wisdom from their greatest teacher.

6. Let’s ask God to pour out His love unto every man. Men need love! Respect is great but love is necessary.

7. Father, let your sons see themselves the way you see them. Open up their eyes to see what they have been blinded by for years. Lord, do what only you can do in their lives and may you be glorified.

8. Pray for every male in your life whether it be your friend, boyfriend, father and etc. Commit them unto God! Pray also for those of them that haven’t accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior!

Reflection Scriptures

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” – Luke 15:20

“As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” -Psalm 103:13

Celebrate the men in your lives today and always. Shower them with love. Appreciate them. They are special and worth being celebrated 🎈🎉🤗

My Salvation Story

Hi 👋. My name is Karen. Welcome to my blog. If you are new, warm greetings to you. If you have been here, hugs and smiles your way. So today marks five years since I got baptized so I thought what better way can I possibly celebrate this day than first sharing my journey with you all. This is my salvation story in a snippet. Lord knows we will be here forever if I have to tell it all. Let us begin.

Growing up, I wouldn’t necessarily say that I grew up in a Christ centered household. My mother took my siblings and I to church until I turned 18. She raised us in the best way that she knew how to as a mother. She encouraged us in the Lord but my father on the other hand, didn’t want anything to do with the church. My father was a huge hindrance in my journey with the Lord. There were many times where He will clearly inform me to stop reading the Bible and to stop going to church. There were times He refused to drop me off to church. I love my father but throughout this walk, I’ve learned that all I can do is pray and be a living testament of Christ. Before living with parents, I was raised by my aunt and grandmother for seven years alongside with my cousins. It was during that time period, that I would say that I gave my life to Christ. As a child, I enjoyed reading Bible stories and being intrigued by the color illustrations of each Bible character. I read the Bible, prayed, attended Sunday school but at the time, I didn’t have a personal relationship with God. I always taught that in order for a woman to have a child, all she had to do was pray and she will become pregnant like Mary. The Bible was very interesting and it still is to me.

Fast forward to high school. High school was cool but not my favorite moments I like to remember at all. I struggled with my low self esteem due to constant name calling. It was either my skin was too dark and I needed bleaching cream to lighten up. I struggled in my academics especial science and mathematics but I enjoyed English. Let’s go back memory lane. Eight grade! Yes, the grade I will always remember. I had the best English teacher by the name of Mr.Higgins. Every week, he will assign to my fellow classmates and I, a punctuation test. After every exam, there was a reward of $1 or $2 for the student(s) who received the highest mark. Every month, we were assigned a particular poetry forum. At the end of the month, each student had to stand on the podium to recite the poem to the class. It was in those early years that I developed a love for poetry. English was my heartbeat, although I wouldn’t say that I was strong in that course during those days. Fast forward to my first year in college. I was initially supposed to attend a four year university. I got accepted and I was so excited to leave home and embark on a new journey but that didn’t work out due to the misunderstanding and complications of the entire school requirements. I ended up attending a community college. It was one of the toughest decisions that I had to make which turned into a beautiful mystery. God knew exactly what He was doing, It all began in my music classroom. At the time, I couldn’t wrap my head around the reason why I needed to take a music course. After all, I wanted to pursue Nursing. What correlation did music have with Nursing? Anyway, God had it all planned out. It was through my music course, that I met my friend Hayat. She was a Muslim at the time we met. A simple hello is what transcended into a friendship. Through conversations, Hayat expressed to me about how she wanted to convert to become a Christian for a while. She heard about the Gospel through her friend who was a Muslim who converted to Christianity. Look at God! At the time I met Hayat, I didn’t have anything to offer to her besides the conversations we had with her about God. I wasn’t planted in a church because I had left my previous church in search of another one. A few weeks after our meeting, I received a call from Hayat, with great joy in her voice. She had found a church through a woman while at a park. She invited me. A week after, I attended the church. I walked 25-30 minutes to the church and till now, that’s the church that I still attend. At the time, I was the only one in my household going to church. I couldn’t keep the good news to myself. I told my family and friends about the Lord and informed them about the church I was attending. At first, my mom wasn’t happy because I made a decision to attend a new church on my own. It’s not easy at a young age to make such a decision but I can truly say that God has been my guide. To God be the Glory, a few of my friends and family are members of the church I attend. Hayat, my friend, relocated back to her country. We still keep in contact. She is still a follower of Christ while trusting God for her family to come to the knowledge of Christ too. God surely has a purpose in everything that He does. He is Purposeful. He is an Intentional God. It was on that very day that I attended the church for the first time that I re-dedicated my life to Christ.

Before re-dedicating my life to Christ, my first name was worry. Ask about this child. Lord, knows I worried even when I was asleep, eating and even praying. My middle name was fear and my last name was pain dweller from past friendships. The battle of hurt continued for a while even after rededicating my life to God but through the process, He birthed purpose but most importantly, He set me free. He healed my heart and reminded me that He was my Father, Friend, King and Savior. On June 17th, 2015, I made a decision to get baptized. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I remember what I wore and emotions that ran through my body. Today is Wednesday, June 17th, 2020. Interestingly enough, I got baptized on a Wednesday too, five years ago. These five years have surely been a journey I’m still trodding upon. I’ve come to understand that I am not alone. God is with me. He has surrounded me with the right people and I am forever grateful. Through life’s battles, God has shown Himself strong. Through the tears, He has been my helper and my closest friend. I am no longer broken but much rather whole in Christ. Like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly, God is still at work in my life.

Reflection of Today

Today was a joyful day. It all began at 12am when I decided to celebrate this day in remembrance of when I got baptized. I celebrated by watching a clip of a video I took of my babies back in the orphanage in Uganda for a mission trip 🇺🇬. I miss my babies so much but every time I look back at the memories, I’m filled with joy. Fast forward, to the rest of the day. So back to memory lane, June 17th, 2015. As I mentioned, it was the day I got baptized. On that very day, a young girl by the name of ChiChi was supposed to get baptized too. Unfortunately, she was unable to because her family had to urgently move to another state. Two years later, God who forever blows my mind connected me with her. Listen this connection was divine. She messaged me via tumblr not realizing that she was messaging me. She was going through a rough time in her life (depression and etc). I didn’t have a profile picture so she couldn’t identity me. We continued our long conversations for years but on this day June 17th, 2020, she messaged me. I asked her for her number. I called her and the rest is history. God made a way. We spoke to each other on the phone for the first time ever. We shared our testimonies and just shared laughter briefly before her mentioning to me that she was in another country. She had relocated and if you know what that means, if I stay on the line for long, my phone bill will be out of this world. So we had to cut the phone call short but it was a lovely and blessed conversation.

I called a friend to testify of God’s goodness. She was so surprised by my level of joy today. She was even wondering if I found a job and I’m like not yet. Like I mentioned, this journey hasn’t been easy but I know that God is Faithful. I’ve learned and I am still learning to put my hope, faith and trust in God alone. No matter how steep the valley is, God will surely carry you through and set your feet upon a solid rock. When I tell you today was special, God knows and I’m sure the angels are rejoicing. I couldn’t help but smile. ‘Twas a beautiful and glorious day ✨😊.

My little heartbeats 💓 ( Orphans, God’s precious children)

Lessons Learned In Five Years

1. Where you are in your walk with God is not where everyone is in their journey. Walking is a choice. Being a follower is a daily decision and everyone makes a choice but learn to pray for them.

2. Lean in on God in every season. Cling unto Him like a root to a tree. You need God every day. He is not a seasonal God. He is a timeless God.

3. Whatever struggles you are facing, first come to God. God is relatable. He is your Father, Friend, Savior and so much more. Speak to the Lord. Be transparent. He listens and He is there for you. Don’t let fear hinder you from speaking to the One who cares and loves you. There is no wound too deep that God cannot heal.

4. Spend time with God every day. The presence of God is a gift. Read your Bible. Fellowship with other believers. Pray 🙏🏿. Read books that will enhance your spiritual walk. Set your priorities straight. Make room in your schedule for God. Let your life be centered on Christ.

5. Where you are is not where you are going. God is the director of your life. Key into what He is saying and be obedient.

6. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Be led by His Spirit.

7. Everyone you meet serves a purpose in your life. Don’t cling too tightly. Some people are visitors and that is okay. Some people will arrive during your wilderness and some will show up during harvest but there is a purpose for both the arrival and departure. Be welcoming and allow God to have His way in your life and those He sends your way.

8. Be careful of the people you surround yourself with, the music you listen to, the books you read, the movies you watch and etc.

9. If you say you want to grow in your walk, stop becoming comfortable with milk and be ready to intake spiritual food. God is ready but are you willing to take in what He is ready to feed you?

10. Surrender every part of your life to God. Don’t be a partial Christ. Jesus is a full course meal. Be ready to feast with the Lord. Ask the Lord for a teachable spirit. Humility is the way to the Father. Be willing to learn and be taught.

The Invitation

Today is the day of salvation. Don’t wait another day to make Jesus, your personal Lord and Savior. Understand that you don’t have to be in church for God to hear you. It’s a matter of declaring with your mouth and believing in your heart in faith that Jesus died and saved your life. He has been waiting for you. He has been knocking on the doors of your heart.

Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? If you haven’t, I would like to join you in prayer. For it is written in Romans 10:9, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Let us pray.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I thank you for this day. I come before your throne of mercy and grace. I thank you for what did for me at the Cross of Calvary. I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I am not worthy to stand before you but because of what you did for me at the Cross of Calvary, I’ve been given this privilege to know you. Cleanse me O’ God. Make me anew. I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart today that Jesus is Lord. Come into my heart O’ God. I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for a new beginning. I am yours forevermore. In Jesus name I pray. Amen 🙏🏿

If you accepted Jesus as your Personal Lord and Savior, I rejoice with you my friend.

*Share your testimony. Tell someone. Testify about the Goodness of God!

As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” -Romans 10:15

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. May we continue to share our God-Given stories. Testify of the Goodness of God. May we never stop encouraging and praying for one another. God bless you 🙏🏿🥁✨

The Original Outstanding Blogger Award

I want to take this time to say thank you to Emma from blogitwithem.wordpress.com. It is such an honor to accept this award. Emma is an exceptional writer who shares her journey of faith, short stories and so much more. Please do take the time to check out Emma’s blog.

  1. What is the biggest fear you have ever had to overcome? The biggest fear that I’ve had to overcome would be public speaking. Looking back on years, I can definitely say that I’ve had courage to speak among crowds. It’s still not easy but it’s gotten better.
  2. What is that one nickname that you absolutely hate? I don’t actually have a nickname I hate.
  3. Who was your childhood celebrity obsession and why? I loved Usher Raymond. Growing up, I was in love with all his songs. I will buy his CD’s and play it while doing my chores. I enjoyed the tune and his voice.
  4. Which cartoon character in any animation do you relate to the most? Emma, you are taking me back to memory lane. I would have to say Penny Proud from the Proud Family ( Disney Channel )
  5. What is the biggest misconception that people have about you? I think one of the biggest misconceptions that people have of me is that I am strict which is not necessarily true. From afar people will make their assumptions about someone but when they get to know them, they become surprised. Yes, I’m stern yet sarcastic at times. I love heart to heart conversations and when I’m passionate about a particular subject, my face expression can give it all away.
  6. How would you define love? Love is God. God is the epitome of love. Love is genuine and pure at heart. I used to think love was that mushiness they do in movies but it’s far beyond all of that emotion.
  7. What’s your favourite food? Emma, which restaurant are we stopping at first? As for me, I love pizza 🍕 and meat pie. I like jollof rice with some chicken, fried plantains and salad. Food is yummy 😋.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I really enjoyed answering these questions Emma. Thank you once again for nominating me 😊