Finish Strong!

Welcome into the last month of the year. It’s quite bitter sweet yet still a time of rejoicing. Where did time go? We are currently on day three hundred and thirty seven of three hundred and sixty five days. I cannot believe how time has flown by so quickly. Like an athlete, we are all running a race. We started together but not everyone made it. We are alive by God’s grace. God has been Faithful through these twelve months. As we embark into the final stretch of the year, this I pray for you. I pray for abundant grace upon your life. May you draw nearer unto God like never before. May you fix your eyes on God. May you not loose sight of Him. I pray that as you fix your eyes on the author and finisher of your faith, the eyes of your heart will be enlightened (See Ephesians 1:18)

In this month of December, may all that is hidden within you, come alive in Jesus name. Like a mother giving birth to her precious gift, may God release unto you a new gift. May He outpour many blessings upon your life. I pray that in this month of December, your faith will increase all the more. Even amidst the trials, may you remember who is in control of the storm. His name is Jesus. It’s the final month but we serve a God who is capable of doing the miraculous. Yes, you have been through some things, but we serve a God who restores that which has been stolen. Indeed there’s nothing impossible when God is in it. I pray that in this month, you will be filled with so much joy and peace. Joy uncontainable and peace undeniable.

Like a river flows, may the month of December be graced with God’s assurance and abundance of every perfect gift. Though the seasons change and the leaves fall, we serve a God who remains the same. He is there when we call. He loves us so much. In Jeremiah 31:3, we are reminded of God’s love and unfailing kindness. I pray that in this month of December, you will experience the outpouring of God’s love beyond your imagination. More than ever, you will find rest in the presence of the Lord. No matter what each storm may look like, you have learned in these past 12 months, that God is in Control. He is the Mighty Warrior, the one who saves and greatly delights in you.

It’s a new day, new breath, new life all because of Christ. The beginning of this year may not have started off so well, maybe the middle part too but what matters is not how you started but your willingness to finish strong. Right now and right here where you are amidst the canyons and mountains, I decree and declare that you are an Overcomer. You will finish the year strong. May you not grow tired and weary but even in those times, may you draw strength from God. I don’t know how this year been like for you but this I know, if God brought you this far, His grace is still able to carry you through every step of the way. I may not know your story and your journey but this I know, we serve a God who is trustworthy and dependable.

May this month of December be a time of celebration and reflection. May you raise your banner in praise for all that God has done for you! May the Lord place a new song within you. Be your heart overflow with thanksgiving. Yes, God is Good and so worthy to be praise. Magnify the Lord! Don’t keep silent. Shout unto the Lord for He has done so much for you. Give Him the Praise!

Greetings to you all from Uganda ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ. Due to internet connection, I was unable to release this post as planned but here it is. I hope your month has started off well. Wishing you all, a glorious month of December filled with joy, love and this seasons blessings ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ.

With love,

Karen ๐Ÿค—

Our Greatest Provider ๐Ÿ•Š

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” -Matthew 6:26

What a great joy it is to know that we have a Heavenly Father that cares so deeply about us. In a world where we see so many people competing to reach the status quo, it is such a great delight to know that we as believers can find rest in the Lord. He alone satisfies. You see, God’s promise of provision is not dependent on our performance. His daily pursuit of us simply displays His heart for His beloved children.

In our key scripture today, we are reminded to look at the birds of the air. So often, we overlook God’s creation because we are so entangled in chasing after perishable things of this world. We soar like a bird in pursuit of silver and gold, in turn neglecting one thing that truly matters – God. In Christ alone, all things are found. We lack no good thing because we serve a God who does not withhold any good thing from His children. He is the God of abundance. The one and only Jehovah Jireh. We can look to the East, West, North, and South in search of riches but even still yet our hearts will never be satisfied. When we take the time to observe God’s creation, we can clearly see that God had a purpose in every living thing He created.

In Colossians 1:17, scripture reminds us that “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” He is a God who holds all things together. He is not a partial God. He meets our every need. If He created the living things, He will provide for everything in the garden. If He can supply to the birds of the air, how much more will He not willingly do the same for us? He gracefully sent His only Son to die for us while we were yet sinners. He gave His all unto us for love’s sake. In doing so, He has tore the veil and given us access to Father. He is a God who outpours exceedingly abundantly beyond our expectations. His cup never runs dry but we must learn to find rest and lean on Him.

Our toiling and striving will only leave us restless. Our need to be successful based on the standard and wisdom of this world will only create a burden far more than we can carry. This is not by any means to say that we shouldn’t work for the things we want in life. It is clearly written in Proverbs 10:4 that “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” The truth is, in all our doings, we must first learn to seek the author and finisher of our faith. He is the true and only giver of Life. When we are sure of the One we seek (God), we won’t find ourselves continuously trying to grab hold of the entities of this world. We won’t become so easily burnt out time and time again. Much rather, we will draw strength from God.

Everything we have is because of God. We are not entitled to anything. It is so easy to have an entitlement mindset. “I deserve this and that. If I cannot have this, I would go crazy.” Craig Denison states this in regards to entitlementEntitlement is a disease that’s spread decay and death too far throughout the body of Christ. It kills any area in which it is allowed to enter by leading us to a life of pride and selfishness rather than hope and joy.” As believers, we must continually renew our minds. We must stay rooted in the word of God and continually ask the Lord to purify our hearts.

When we were once in darkness, we weren’t aware of this truth that all that we have is because of Christ. Now that we have been brought into the marvelous light of Christ, may we not be a people who keep silent about the goodness of the Lord. So many times, people fail to acknowledge God for anything that they have or have accomplished but even in one’s refusal to acknowledge God, He is still God. He changes not because we choose not to acknowledge His Sovereignty. He is still the same yesterday, today and forever (See Hebrews 13:8)

As we venture into another day, may we be reminded of this truth that “God is a Good Shepherd”. He will provide and supply our needs according to His Glory in Christ Jesus. (See Philippians 4:19). Though some seasons are tougher than others, may we not loose hope in Christ. May we learn to lean unto our Heavenly Father. He is God for all seasons. He doesn’t carve out time for harvest season and abandon us in drought season. He alone opens the flood gates of Heaven concerning us. No matter where we are in our journey, God will always be with us. He has promised to provide and He is always doing it. It may not look like God is making way because you are not where you want to be or may not have all the desires of your heart but continue to abide in Him. Whether you are trusting God for a job, a child, joy overflow, or food for your children, believe in your heart and declare His promises over your life. Your current situation is not current to God. He is with you. He walks with you so therefore no mountain in your life is a surprise to Him. You are Victorious already but you have to learn to walk in the lane of victory instead of defeat. Walk in victory. Let the Glory of God shine through your life. May we all experience peace and satisfaction in the knowledge and character of our Heavenly Father. No matter how young or old we are, God grows with us. He is drawing us nearer unto Himself. May we learn to put our faith, hope and trust in Him. He will always be our Heavenly Father who deeply loves and outpours abundantly into our jars of clay, continually molding us yet still preparing us for greater things to come.

Verses To Ponder

“I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.” -Psalm 37:25-26

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” -2 Corinthians 9:8-11

“Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” -Proverbs 23:4-5

“Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.” -Proverbs 30:8

Backstory of this Blog Post

For sometime now, I’ve been seeing birds fly a lot. There are times, I will take my phone to capture them. I will count the birds flying whether I’m walking or sitting on the bus on my way to work. I will document the numbers and color of them on my phone. On Tuesday, November 19th, one my way back from work, I saw approximately 40 birds on someone’s grass and they were just eating. I was so mind blow on how they all migrated and gathered all at once to feast. In that moment, I was just in awe and reminded of the verse Matthew 6:26. There are so many times in my life where I desired more in a sense of doing more for God but feeling like I didn’t have enough resources (money specifically). Back in December of 2018, I shared about how I went on my first Mission Trip to Uganda. The cost of the trip was all together $1,800. I didn’t have a job at the time the mission trip was mentioned at my church on July 1st, 2018 but deep down I knew that God has answered my prayer on wanting to go on a mission trip. He had a package deal waiting for me. I was not only going on a mission trip but an orphanage. I looked for opportunities to go on a mission trip. I read books on mission trip and testimonials from time to time but God. My God! Who is like you? I didn’t have it all but my obedience wrapped in God’s grace and sufficiency made a way. God is not concerned about how much we have in our bank accounts, He is the giver of it all. I share this to say that we serve an all-sufficient, all-rounded God who is Faithful. God will make a way for you. I join my faith with yours wherever you are and whatsoever you are trusting God for, that He is already releasing every perfect gift unto you. You will testify in the land of the living.

Happy Sunday ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฟ. I hope you are all doing well. If not, I do hope that things get better for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I hope that you have a wonderful day ๐Ÿค—



Love In Action!

Scripture: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16

Observation: God loved the world, we who are sinners but yet still He gave His one and only gift unto us (His Son) for our sake. He ask of just one thing (that we believe) in Him. We must surrender and truly seek the Father. It is a promise that whoever “believes” in Him shall not person but have eternal life.

Application: Love is God. He is the true and living embodiment of love. Just as Christ demonstrated His love for me, I must walk and exemplify Christ love in every way possible in my conduct and lifestyle.

Prayer: Father, I thank you for your love. Thank you for sending your only begotten Son to die on the cross for my sins. I am that I am because of your grace. Thank you for new life in you. I live because you live in me. Teach me Lord to love everyone that I meet. May my life be a reflection of who you are. Thank you for your everlasting love. Thank you Lord for everything.

Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” -Mark 12:32-33

As we go forth into another week, I pray that we will experience the love of God in afresh way. May we gain a fresh perspective of God’s unconditional love for us. God’s love is enough. Love in itself can never be bought. It is a fruit that is birthed through Christ. It is my prayer that as we enter into a new week, we will make room for God to pour His love unto us. You see, God’s love has no prerequisite. It has no boundaries. It remains grounded despite our instability. It is not based on conditions. Love is like a river that flows. It cannot be stopped but when we build a dam, it prevents the water from flowing naturally.

As we venture into a new week, may we find rest in knowing that God loves us. He demonstrated His love for all of humanity by this one thing “The gift of Son Jesus Christ”. We have accepted this gift and daily we experience His love for us in so many ways. God (gave) and continually (gives) unto us. To give is a matter of one’s heart posture. May we continually learn the essence in abiding in presence of the Lord. His arms are wide open. There’s nothing we can ever do to earn the Fathers love. It is readily available unto us. If only we will seek the Heart of Father, is when we can truly experience His perfect love. May you experience God’s love for you as you march on into a new week. You are loved!

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I pray that you had a wonderful, restful week. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ.

Sound of Praise! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฟ

Welcome into the month of November. It is a month of remembrance of all that God has done for us. When we look back upon the months that have passed, we will realize that if it wasn’t for the grace of God, we wouldn’t be here today. It was grace that carried us through each new day. The eleventh month has arrived so fast and it will surely pass by much quicker. As we approach this month, may we recall all that God has done for us. May we take the time out of each day to say “Thank You Lord”. You see, it so easier for us to get caught up in the charades of life and neglect God until the hour of our very need. May this not be our portion in this month. God has been faithful and His goodness continues to overflow in our lives not because of anything we have done but solely because of who He is. It is a great privilege to know our Heavenly Father right here on Earth. His spirit lives within us and He longs to reveal Himself unto us daily.

In this month of November, it is my prayer that our hearts will overflow with thanksgiving unto God. From the the start of a new day to the time of sunset, may we arise with praise. I pray that with each new day, we will lift up our praises unto the Father. May our complaints become an anthem of praise. Even in those moments when things don’t go as we envisioned, may we take a moment to thank God. His plans are far greater. May we not limit God in this month but may we make room for more of Him. May He increase as we decrease. I pray that in this month, your faith will be made stronger. May you be reminded of this truth as we carry forward into the month of November “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” (See Isaiah 54:10). I pray that you will experience the peace of God like never before. May it calm every raging sea in your life. May the peace of God which transcends all understanding overflow bountifully without restraints. May you experience abundant peace in this season. Don’t let anything trouble your heart. When trouble knocks at your door, pray to God. Seek the face of God above all other things. I pray that in this month, your mouth will be filled with praises you cannot contain. May the Lord place a new song upon your lips. It is in your praise that you will receive a sound of Victory. May you break forth in praise like a bird with each new morning.

There are so many reasons to be thankful. We are alive and well. Someone else is taking their final breath. Someone else is in a position where they are relying on oxygen to breathe. We have water to brush our teeth, take a shower, wash our clothes. We have food to eat by God’s grace. Many of us have jobs while others are putting in applications and awaiting phone calls. It’s the eleventh month but not everyone made it to see this day. May we not take the things we have in life for granted. In this month, choose to be grateful. Take time to write down, all the things you are grateful for; for the many things that happened in the past months. I pray that in this month of November, may the words you speak bring life rather than death to those around you. May all those who encounter you see the light of Christ in you. May hope arise. May joy bloom in unexpected places. May peace reign amidst the mountains that try to take charge over you. May God who remembers all things, surprise you. May your name be a declaration of victory in this season. May your heart and mind be set on Christ. May you find satisfaction in Christ alone. Everywhere you go, may God’s presence go ahead of you. May you remember those who don’t have much and may you take the time to be a blessing unto them. All in all, may you experience the everlasting promises of God. May your life be a sign and wonder of the God you serve. Have a wonderful, blessed and fun filled month of November. Rejoice! Victory is yours in Jesus name. Be clothed in righteousness, goodness, favor, joy, new life, grace, light, love and a sound mind.

Verses To Ponder

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57

But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10

I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.โ€ Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.

A few things you can do this month

1. Take the time to pray for those who don’t have anything. The families/Individuals who are struggling to make ends meet. Pray for those who have experienced loss whether it be this year or the months that have passed.

2. Praise like never before. Exalt the King of Kings.

3. Volunteer at a clothing drive or anything of that nature. Give back to your community.

4. Take the time to reach out to your friends and loved ones. Check up on their well-being. Spend time with them.

5. Write down at least 10 things that you are grateful for. Expand the list if you have to because honestly there is so much to be thankful for not just in this season but every day of our lives.

6. Treat yourself. It’s a blessing to shower people with gifts but it’s also good to take care of yourself too.

7. Ask the Lord to lay someone in your heart and take heed to that in which He asks of you to do. Obedience is better than compromise. It’s better than sacrifice.

With love,

Karen ๐ŸŒป

October Reflections ๐Ÿ“Œ

One of the greatest things that one can ever do throughout the course of their day, week and months is to sit and reflect. In spite of the hustle and bustle, we must learn to make time to reflect upon our lives. We spend so much time watching TV and engaging in other activities throughout our days. If only we can make the time to reflect on every area of lives including our finances, spiritual walk, mental, emotional, and physical health, we will begin to see change not only in our lifestyle but also in the thoughts that linger in our mind.

It’s been ten months of God’s grace, goodness and faithfulness upon our lives. If were to give an account of what we did in the course of these 10 months, some of us, will not be able to recall. Reflection is very vital. It serves as a reminder of where we are currently and what changes we can make gradually. When we learn to be intentional about taking the time to reflect, we grow in ways we never expect. With that in mind, let’s reflect upon this month of October.

Reflection Questions

1. If you can describe the start/end of this month, what three words will best describe the month of October for you?

2. What are some of the lessons you learned in this month?

3. What are some of the challenges you faced in this month? Did you overcome them?

4. If you celebrated your birthday or wedding anniversary in this month, Happy Birthday ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽˆ. Happy Anniversary ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ˜Š. How was your special day? Did you enjoy it?

5. Did you read any books in this month? Would you recommend it to anyone?

6. Did you make procrastination your friend in this month or did you complete the tasks you had in mind to accomplish?

7. Did you save or spend more money?

8. Did you watch any new movies? If so, what are the titles?

9. Did you visit any places? If so, what did you love most about these places?

10. If you can describe your financial, physical, spiritual, emotional and mental state in three words, what would it be?

11. Did you study any books in the Bible? What scripture stood out to you in this month?

12. What is one things you wished you did differently in this month of October?

13. Did you take the time to check up on your loved ones?

14. In this month of October, what is something that blew your mind? (Surprised you)

15. Did you cook more or did you purchase food outside? What are some ways you can reduce your eating outside habit?

16. Was Jesus your first resort or your spare tire in this month?

17. What is something you learned about yourself in this month?

18. If you can write a book designated towards the series of events that took place in the month (good/not so good), what would you title it?

19. What are few things that you learned during Bible Study/personal time with the Lord?

20. What are a few things that a friend or loved one taught you in this month?

21. What do you need to let go of in this month of October? What are you looking forward to in the month of November?

I just want to thank this time to say thank you all for your contributions throughout this journey. May God bless you. I pray that as we carry on into a new month, our heart will overflow with thanksgiving in all that we do. May our lives represent Christ and may we seek to know the Lord more with each new day. I pray that this month October was crowned with God’s faithfulness and goodness upon your life. You are loved. You are unique. You are the daughter/son of the Most High God. Until next time, be refreshed. Stay blessed and rooted in Christ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ˜Š.

Heart of Gold! ๐Ÿ’Œ

“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” -Isaiah 64:8

What a great joy it is to be loved by the Father; to be showered with the gift of grace, favor, peace, and every perfect gift from above. With each new day, we are given opportunities to display God’s love to those around us. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at 10 things we can do as we go forth into our days to showcase God’s goodness and incomparable love to those surrounding us. Let’s get started!

1. Smile : Smile, it doesn’t cost you anything. Let the light of God radiate through your smile. Your smile can make a difference in someone’s life.

2. Call/Text : Take the time to reach out to your friends and loved ones. Don’t allow the busyness in your life to get in the way of you make time for those who matter. Texting someone “Good morning. How are you?” makes a huge difference in someone’s life”. By God’s grace, we are all given 24 hours in a day. May we take the time to check up on those we love.

3. Pray : It’s one thing to say “I’m going to pray for you” and another thing to actually pray for someone. So many times, we take down prayer requests but due to our busyness and forgetfulness, we don’t take the time to pray for others.

4. Quality Time : Spend time with those you love. Go to breakfast, brunch or dinner with them. You can even take a walk or simply sit in a place and just catch up. Tim is of essence and there’s no better way than spending it with those you profess you love.

5. Be A Giver : To give doesn’t necessarily mean spending money. There are so many ways we can give to others. Examples: Cook a meal, pay for someone’s lunch or groceries.

6. Encourage Others : As we go forth throughout our week, there are people we encounter who are going through tough times. Speaking life into their situations make a difference. It can give them hope. You can encourage someone by speaking life or writing a note to them.

7. Compliment Someone : Do it genuinely. Believe me when I say, giving someone a compliment goes a long way. You never know what someone is going through but your kind words can put a smile on their face. It doesn’t take five minutes to tell someone you like their hair, outfit or the cologne they are wearing.

8. Be Kind : Let the fruit of Christ character be so eminent in your lifestyle. It doesn’t hurt to be kind to other. Kindness is not to be demonstrated only when someone shows your kindness. We must continually ask the Holy Spirit to teach us how to bear this fruit. For it is written “By their fruit you will recognize them.” -Matthew 7:16. In the same way, one can differentiate a mango from a banana, may those who encounter you see the light of Christ through your life.

9. Share Your Testimony : God has been good to me and there’s no greater joy than sharing my testimony with those surrounding me. We are given opportunities to share of God’s goodness but we must learn to cease those opportunities. The Glory belongs unto God. He is continually working in each one of us. We all have been tested but through it all, we have the Victory through Christ alone. There are people who need to hear the sound of Victory. There are people who are lost, discouraged, depressed who need to hear that God is waiting for them. He has not forsaken them. Like a father, He awaits His children with open arms. Ask God to give you the Spirit of Boldness to share about the wonderful deeds He has done for you.

10. Live : Live as children of the light. We have tasted and seen God’s goodness. We have experienced the light Himself (Savior Of the world). There are so many people who have not experienced Christ. If we live our lives as people who are dead, how can those surrounding us be awakened by the truth? Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (see John 14:6). Because Christ lives, we also live. Despite the challenges we face in this life, He is our living hope. Because of the hope we have in Christ, we are rest assured that everything we need is Him. We are secure in Christ. Our identity is found in Him. We belong to the One who lives now and forevermore. May we take delight in this knowledge of knowing Christ and who we are in Him.

Verses To Ponder

“Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, โ€œLive!” -Ezekiel 16:6

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:14-16

๐Ÿ“ธ: Annie Spratt

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this blog post. I hope that you were able to take something away from this post today. Have a lovely day ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒป

Poem|Fresh Start

This is to new beginnings

and new chapters.

Smile.

For every closed door,

there is an open door.

For the days ahead of you,

amidst the unknowns

of what each minute, moment and season

may bring,

may you

make room in your heart

for what God

wants to do in this season of your life.

Donโ€™t create borders

for God.

Let go

and make way

in your heart

for the seeds you have planted

from months ago to flourish.

Your time has come

and light is so evident

of Godโ€™s grace upon your life.

Even in this place of uncertainty,

beautiful things are still arising.

What looked dead

in your life is coming alive.

God is turning things around.

Despite all the detours you had

to make,

God held your hands

and walked with you through

each step of the way.

So journey along,

but free your mind.

For God is in control

of the sunrise and the sunset.

He is the Master of it all.

Your life is in His hands.

Hope more.

Pray more.

Praise more.

Rest more.

Trust more.

Daughter,

have faith in God.

Everything will be okay.

ยฉ๏ธKaren Owusu

โ€œForget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!๏ฟผ Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness๏ฟผ and streams in the wasteland.” -Isaiah 43:18-19