Overcomer!

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” -Psalm 23:4

What comes to mind when you read this verse? What challenges are you currently facing in this season of your life that looks impossible? You see, in this life, we will walk through the valley and as the David describes it, the darkest valley. Though we walk through the darkest valley, we are rest assured that God is with us. *You will walk (through) the darkest valley but you will not stay in the valley. You will pass through it. It’s in our valley seasons, that we have a better understanding of our need for God. Our valley seasons prepare us for our mountaintop experiences. When your well has never been dry, you don’t have an understanding of those around you who are lacking. It’s in our valley seasons that we are challenged to see God as Our Shepherd. We hear that God is our Shepherd but many of us have not truly experienced God as our Shepherd. Many times, we see the term Shepherd, as God being just our Provider. A Shepherd protects His flocks. He leads them in the right way. He never leads them astray. Whether you are in the valley or on the mountaintop, may you be rest assured that God is your Shepherd. Personalize it “You are my Shepherd.” In the valley or on the mountaintop, God is still God. He still sits on the throne. He changes not by our circumstances. He remains the same.

No matter what this season may be looking like for you, ask the Lord to reveal Himself unto you. May the Lord remove any veil that stands in the way of seeing Him amidst your situation. I pray that God’s strength will be your portion. Your circumstances may look impossible, all of a sudden dead end but God, who makes all things new, will make a way amidst the wasteland. He’s a God who perfects all that concerns His children. May you experience the goodness and faithfulness of God throughout this day and the weeks to come. May you learn to call upon the name of the Lord even in your valley season. May the Lord increase your faith. Even when you don’t understand the storm, may you have that assurance that God is in Control. The storms of life will arise but so will the Lord. He will surely arise on your behalf. I will walk through the darkest valley. You will walk through the fire but none of us will be burned. I will still proclaim about the Lord. His praises will arise from my heart to my lips. Like Daniel, you will be unharmed and unbound. There will be no smell of fire on you but people will see the Glory of God surrounding you and wonder about the Lord. Be encouraged. Be at peace. Be still and know that God is God. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will comfort you. Your test will turn into testimonies. Hold on. Cling unto God. Speak the word of God over your life and your current circumstances. Have faith. Believe and stand firm in the Lord.

Verses To Ponder

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. –Psalm 91:7-8

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.Isaiah 43:2

He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. -Daniel 3:25-27

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. May you be strengthened as you put your hope in the Lord. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ 🙏🏿😊

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Glorious Embrace 🌻🥥😊

Perhaps, it is right here in this moment, in this very season that God is preparing you for all that your heart has been beating for. He is making your heart desires in alignment with His will.

Happy New Month Everyone. The best month of the year is finally here 💃🏿🙌🏿😊. Welcome to Day 182 of 365. Glorious July packaged with phenomenal people. Sweet July, how I saw you from afar but you are surely here. On the seventh day, God rested but while resting, He couldn’t help but smile. I’m filled with joy I can’t explain. It’s a new month and a new day. This I pray for you as we have embarked into this month of July. I pray that this month of July will be surrounded with God’s glory, fragrance of love, fresh oil, overflow of joy, light for each step that you take, peace unexplainable and undeniable, increase faith, courage, vision and favor before God and man. May you make the presence of God your dwelling place. May you hunger and thirst more for Christ. May praise never cease from your lips. May the Lord connect you with the right people at the right place and at the right time. May He instruct you in the way you should go. As you spend time with God, may He give you afresh revelations of His word. Wisdom from above. May the Lord surprise you. People may have forgotten you but my God, He will remember you. May you take delight in the presence of God. May you be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in every season. When people see you, may they see Christ, the Hope of Glory in you. May the Lord blow your mind. May the Lord open up new doors of opportunities for you. The doors that have been shut in your life, I join my faith with yours that it will be opened in greater measure according to God’s will for your life in Jesus name. May you continually knock on Heaven doors. May the Lord perfect all that concerns you. May you not be ashamed about the word of God but may you proclaim it boldly that those who do not know Christ, will come to knowledge of knowing Him. May you not be silent but much rather may you declare of the goodness of the Lord in the Land of the Living! God isn’t finished with me. Child, God isn’t finished with you too. Greater Heights The Lord Will Take You. ☺️🙌🏿🌻

Verses To Ponder

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. -Matthew 5:6

I am the bread of life, he who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. -John 6:35

With love,

Karen 😊

May Reflections

For certain doors to be opened, some doors have to be closed in our lives but the choice will always be ours. As the month of May is drawing to a close, please take the time to reflect. Reflection is key.

At this time, we are going to take some time to reflect upon this month with a few questions in mind. So let’s get to it.

Reflection Questions

1. Looking back on this month, what is one or two things you learned about yourself?

2. If you can describe the month of May in one word, what would you say?

3. Were you able to accomplish all your goals?

4. How were you mentally, physically, financially and spiritually?

5. Did you spend more money or did you save more?

6. What books did you read this month? Did you finish it or are you still reading?

7. When it comes to reaching out to your friends, did you take the time to check up on them? Did they do the same for you?

8. What are some things that you need to work on personally? What are somethings that you need to let go of?

9. Did you drink more water or more soda?

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

By God’s grace, we have made it to see another day. I hope that this month of May served you well. God’s blessings to you and I pray that the month of June will bring forth bountiful blessings from above. Stay blessed 🙏🏿😊

Poem|The Journey Ahead

As the month of May comes to a close,

this I hope for you.

Light, joy and peace

for each new day.

Grace, favor and love your way.

May the love of Christ

overflow in your life.

With step that you take,

may you never lose hope.

Though this road is not

easy, may you be reminded

of the One who has never left you,

the One that goes ahead of you

and stands before you.

His name is Jesus.

He is for you and not against you.

Here in this place

and season,

He’s making all things beautiful with you,

for His glory.

Until next time, stay blessed & rooted in Christ 🙏🏿😊🌻

Let’s Talk : Intentions & Motives

When desiring a thing, what is your intent & motive behind your desire?

mot•ive: a reason for doing something, especially one that is hidden or not obvious.

in•ten•tion: a thing intended; an aim or plan.

When you take a look at your life now, would you say that your heart desires are tied to what a friend has that you want to acquire or is it because that is what you truly desire? You see, we live in generation where people will do whatever it takes to acquire more than their friends. Its even got to the point where one will kill to have their friends possessions. It’s this mentality of “I need to show what I have”. Honestly, that shouldn’t be the case. We are not called as believers to be competitors with anyone. We are each running a race and keeping our eyes on the prize which is Jesus”

Is it wrong to have desires? No because the Bible makes it clear to us in Psalm 34:8 that one should delight themselves in the Lord. And it reads, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. The key here is delighting yourself in the Lord. When you learn what it truly means to delight yourself in the Lord, your perspective on life changes.

Let’s say for instance, a year ago, you desired to have a certain car because your friends had it but now that your heart & mind has been renewed, you have a renewed perspective. This time around, you want a car not because of the brand but because it’s your only way of transport to work and places. It’s very important to check our hearts as believers. God has put desires in our hearts but the world also has standards and things for us to follow. It’s a constant battle between our flesh and our spirit. We must learn to put God above all things and seek Him first. We are God’s children and His plans for us are of good and not evil. Following the standards of this world will only lead you into the pathway of destruction. Always take the time to reflect and check your heart, mind and soul.

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  • Why do I want that car and bag? Is it because my friend has it? Is it because people will respect me or look up to me?
  • What is my budget? Can I afford this thing at the moment or should I wait and save a bit more?
  • What are my desires? Are they in alignment with God’s will for my life?

There’s nothing wrong with having desires. We are human but as believers we must learn to allow God to order our footsteps. Every step we take leads us somewhere. When we learn to dwell in the presence of God, our heart desires become more of what He desires of us. Whatsoever the desire, bring it before God but let it be wrapped in faith.

Time and time again, people always wonder why God hasn’t given them their heart desires. Though I may not know the exact answer to why certain prayers aren’t answered, I do believe that God has a purpose. He is the Giver Of Perfect Gifts but God is more than a Giver. If we only know God for what He can do for us, we will never experience God truly for who He is. We will only come into His presence with our wants and needs instead of “God, what is your desires for me?” You see, many times we are reminded in the word of God to draw nearer unto Him and not to lean on our own understanding. God wants us to lean on Him not on His Gifts. The truth is God also gives us choices in life. We are given free will. God doesn’t force us to delight ourself in Him. It’s a choice we have to make daily. The secret is delighting ourselves in God and everything of Him. He wants all of me and all of you. He doesn’t want our heart desires to be solely based on what we saw on an Instagram highlight of someone’s life. A picture doesn’t tell half of the story. What you see is not the full montage. So before you rush to acquire what your friends have or what you see on your social media feed, check your heart. Don’t withdraw money from your bank account solely because of temporary validation and recognition. Learn to remain true to yourself. Be intentional. Cut your coat according your shoe size. Don’t try to be a duplicate when God has made you unique. Check your motives. Social media is not the beginning and the end of life. It’s not that deep for you to be breaking your back to show off what you got. The truth is not everyone will be happy for you when you excel. Choose to live your best life in Christ for His Glory. There is life (peace, joy, freedom, hope) in Christ. Delight yourself in the way of the Lord and watch what God will make happen for you in His time.

Verse To Ponder:

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. -Proverbs 4:23

Thank you for the time of your day to read this blog post. I pray that you were able to take something away from this time. Have a blessed day 😊.

All My Life!

Sometimes, the road taken may seem unnecessary, but God has a purpose with each step that we take. God is in the business of taking dust and making beautiful things out of it.

All my life, I had to walk. From walking 30 minutes to catch the bus to walking to church and so much more. There have been times when I’m asked “Why don’t you get a car”. And my response is “I don’t have the money right now and it’s not a matter of getting a car. You have to also pay car insurance. My job doesn’t pay much but I’m in search of a better job. I’m saving and I will get a car.” Looking at things now, maybe walking so much is the reason why I love checking to see how many steps I’ve taken each day.

So, yesterday I didn’t plan on going anywhere. I woke up, brushed my teeth, showered and carried about my morning. My church was hosting a Singles Conference and inasmuch as I wanted to attend, my finances weren’t shining bright for me to be attending this conference but I didn’t want to stay home. Even though my finances were flourishing, I still wanted to go. So I decided to attend this years Singles Conference in light of going to learn something new. I registered and started looking at the bus schedule only to realize that the bus was going to leave in less than 10 minutes. So there was no way I could have caught that bus. So I ended up walking. As I started walking, I just started reflecting upon the journey. I started thinking about my high school days when I had to walk 30 minutes to get to school. As I was walking, tears trickled down my eyes as I held my crackers in one hand.

After thirty minutes of walking, I finally arrived to church where the Singles Conference was being held. There were a few people there, breakfast was served and the conference began. We started off with worship, then moved to the prayer room where the speakers spoke to us. We played games. One of them being “Pick A Paper In The Basket With A Song”. We had to hum the song until we found the person that had the same song as us. It was so much fun. The theme for this years Singles Conference was “Standing Out Against the Odds” Standing out in the market place for Christ. Throughout the course of this conference, we learned about sharing our faith, also having mentors, sponsors and coaches. We talked about dreams, discernment and being faithful with where God has positioned us. I learned so many things but it was more of a blessing to be able to connect with different people as they shared their experiences about the workplace.

Despite my frustration of having to walk and pay a certain amount of money to attend the conference, I am grateful that I made that decision to go. Many times, we want to attend an event but because of our finances, we opt out. So many times, we may have the money but we have already made a vow that the money cannot be touched. I share this to say that in everything we must apply wisdom. For so many people, when events like the Singles Conference and other events are being held, they refuse to go not because they don’t have the money, but solely because they don’t take interest in such things. There’s so much to learn wherever you go. Invest in the things that matters. Evaluate yourself on where your money is going majority of the time. Yes, you may not have a decent job. Yes, there are other responsibilities that you have that can get in the way of you attending certain events but I do believe that when you evaluate and take a look at your spendings you will realize that you may be spending too much money in one area that shouldn’t be the case. Maybe you spend too much money when it comes to fast food, getting your nails done and other things. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself but don’t miss out on events that are impactful and valuable.

You may be struggling now financially but know that things are going to work out for you. If there’s anything I learned last year, I would have to say that God will provide but also understand that God has given you gifts that can make room for more income. You have to seek God first and all things will be added unto you. Pray but do your part. Don’t just sit and wait for the job to come to you. God is waiting for you to do your part. Use your gifts. Don’t sit on your gift and tell the giver that He hasn’t blessed you. God has given us all the resources but it’s a matter of asking Him for wisdom on how to use those gifts for His Kingdom and for His glory.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you and have a lovely day 😊🌻

The Resilient Woman

Every good and perfect gift is from above,coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. -James 1:17

I want to start by saying Happy Mother’s Day to every woman all around the world. We, women are clothed in strength, love, resilience and so much more.

re•sil•ient: able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult situations.

Today has been quite an interesting day and I can’t help but share with you all. It all began this morning during my prayer session. As we all know it is Mother’s Day. It is a special day. As I was praying, my heart was heavy particularly in the area of women who cannot conceive due to various reasons, those who have lost their mothers and for children who do not have a good relationship with their mother. Throughout this week, I met a customer who shared her story with me about not being able to conceive. She has been married for a while and the doctors have done their test and it has been made clear to her that she cannot conceive. So it was quite interesting how this subject of women not conceiving was upon Spirit this morning. After my prayer time, I got prepared for church. The rain was pouring hard but that did not stop me from going into the presence of God. I have to say that at times, I get to church a little late due to transportation. Anyway, so I arrived and my first stop always before entering the sanctuary is the bathroom. I have to make sure that I wee wee before I enter the sanctuary because honestly I don’t like leaving once I’ve entered. As I entered, praise and worship was taking place. I was escorted to my seat by one of the ushers of course. The choir was ministering the songIndescribable“. As I was worshiping, the only words that was on my heart was “The Resilient Woman”. I wrote it down in my note section of my phone. Praise and worship was over.

Now, it was time for the announcements. Today was a special service designated to all mothers, women and sisters. After the announcements, the MC of the service came on stage. And then he said, the theme for this Mother’s Day service is “The Resilient Woman”. All I said was Wow. The girl sitting next to me “Kemi” said what’s wrong. I then told her that during worship, that was the same exact words that the Lord laid upon my heart. She then said “Girl you are in the spirit”. We kept talking about this and we rejoiced in our corner. I share this to say that “God Still Speaks”. He doesn’t just speak to a certain group of people but know that He speaks to all His children but we must learn to be yielded to the Holy Spirit. God will never force us into His presence but He will always be Present. In John 15, we are reminded that Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. Apart from Him, we can bear no fruit. We are His sheep and He alone is the Shepherd. In John 10:27, we are reminded that God’s sheep hear His voice. It is written “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” God is not far fetched. He is nearer than we think and so much closer like the next breathe we will take.

As we celebrate all the mothers, all around the world, don’t forget to lift up those who are going through so much pain. We, women go through so much but like rubber band, we bounce right back. There are many wounds that are open but as we know it is God who heals the broken-hearted. Below is a list of categories of different women, you can pray for today, tomorrow and the days ahead.

Categories of people you can pray for:

  1. Women who have been abused
  2. Women who are trusting God for a child
  3. Women who struggle to love again after being hurt in multiple relationships
  4. Daughters who don’t have a good relationship with their mothers
  5. Women who are hurting and are broken-hearted.
  6. Mothers who are struggling to raise their child on their own.
  7. Women who are just tired of life.
  8. Women who feel forgotten

As you take the time to lift up these women in your prayers, may God also answer your own prayers. Every woman is a gift. They are precious and unique to God. This gift that cannot be exchanged. Your mother is a gift. No matter how your mother is, she will always be your mother. No one can take the place of your mother. She may not have been there all this while but please find it in your heart to forgive. Forgive your mother because she is not perfect. Forgive her just as Christ forgave you. Allow God to mend your hearts to become one again. From your mothers womb, you came into this world. Love her, cherish her and remember always that she will always be your mother through thick and thin. It’s Mother’s Day. Celebrate the Queen in your life and know that you are beautiful, loved and strong. God loves you. Continue to be you and know that you are worth fighting for. 💐😊

With love,

Karen 😘