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.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” -Matthew 7:24-27
One of the greatest determiner of a man’s foundation is usually factored in when the storms of life sets in unexpectedly. Scripture reminds us in John 16:33 that in this life, we will have trouble. It reads, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” In Isaiah 54:10, we are reminded that “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.” As believers, we will go through trying times in this world but we have Christ, who is our solid rock. In Him, we can stand secure.
What is your foundation? As believers, we must know our foundation. We can utter with our mouths that Christ is our foundation but when the storms of life crashes into our premises, what language does our heart speak in those times? Who do we cling unto in those times? What is the condition of our hearts when the rain pours uncontrollably and the sun hasn’t risen?
When we take a look at the illustration that Jesus made with the two builders, we can clearly see a distinction between the two constructors. The wise and the foolish builders both had a building but the foundation became more visible when the storm came unannounced. In this life, our foundations will be shaken and tested at any given season of our lives.
“And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house.” -Matthew 7:24
Though the rain pours and the winds blow, if our foundation is built on Christ, nothing will be shaken. The test will come but we will stand strong and undefeated. As believers, we must know our foundation. When we are unaware of our cornerstone, it is easy for us to get swayed by the systems of this world.
When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
As a mother knows her child and can determine the voice of her heartbeat, we too must know the Lord. Too many believers don’t know the Lord. They simply leave their belief on their doorstep and live life in search of newer grounds. When we don’t know our foundation, we find safety in the arms of our neighbors and make their belief our security blanket.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
Hearing the word of God isn’t enough just as building a home without the building blocks won’t keep the home grounded. James 1:22-23 stated it best “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” The word of God is our daily bread. It is the supplement we need to intake every day.
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.” Like 14:28-30
Check your foundation! Is it rooted in Christ?
As believers, we must recognize that the foundation has already been laid. Jesus is our foundation. He is the ultimate cornerstone. We must stop allowing people to determine who our God is and where He is seated. Scripture reminds us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (See Hebrews 13:8). Whether one believes that Jesus is real or not, He will continue to remain the same. The Lord changes not; He is still the constant in my life.
When you don’t know who you are in Christ, you make room for others to tell you who you are and what to believe in. You must know your position in Christ. The house is already built and your identity is found in Christ alone.
When our foundation is built on the systems of this world, when the rain starts falling, our home begins to shake but when our foundation is built on the Lord, even the rain can not destroy what is already established by the Maker of Heaven and Earth.
As I reflected upon this scripture, it reminded me of a folktale I read as a little girl about the three little pigs.
“Once upon a time there was an old mother pig who had three little pigs and not enough food to feed them. So when they were old enough, she sent them out into the world to seek their fortunes. The first little pig was very lazy. He didn’t want to work at all and he built his house out of straw. The second little pig worked a little bit harder but he was somewhat lazy too and he built his house out of sticks. Then, they sang and danced and played together the rest of the day.
The first little pig was very lazy. He didn’t want to work at all and he built his house out of straw. The second little pig worked a little bit harder but he was somewhat lazy too and he built his house out of sticks. Then, they sang and danced and played together the rest of the day. The third little pig worked hard all day and built his house with bricks. It was a sturdy house complete with a fine fireplace and chimney. It looked like it could withstand the strongest winds.
The next day, a wolf happened to pass by the lane where the three little pigs lived; and he saw the straw house, and he smelled the pig inside. He thought the pig would make a mighty fine meal and his mouth began to water. So he knocked on the door and said:
Little pig! Little pig! Let me in! Let me in!
But the little pig saw the wolf’s big paws through the keyhole, so he answered back:
No! No! No! Not by the hairs on my chinny chin chin!
To read more about the three little pigs, you can google it or get a copy at your library.
Quote: Let us not sigh, but sing. All is well however hard the wind blows. -Charles Spurgeon
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
May we stand firm in Christ alone in every season. He is our God who changes not. The storms of life may arise but so will our God! Know your foundation! Stay rooted and firmly planted so that when the storms of life draw near to your premises, you will not be shaken and tossed away. Know your foundation! When you know where you are seated and who is with you, you will not be moved. Know your foundation! It is the secret to living a victorious life through Christ Jesus.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I hope that you were blessed 🙏🏿. God bless you 😊
God always has a way of speaking to His children. While at the store, I saw this wall art and I couldn’t help but to take a picture of it. I just framed it. It was a gentle reminder for me to stay the course as I’m trusting God for somethings in my life. What blew my mind was the fact that when I got home, I came across one of the journals that I have which said the same exact words. It was just God! I’m a journal writer/lover. It’s what I love and enjoy doing. I want to also remind you today also to pray, trust and wait on God. Don’t try to get ahead of God. Seek His face in everything. Scripture reminds us in Psalm 27:14 that we should “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Somedays, are tougher than others but when we learn to fix our eyes on God, and cling unto Him through the process, He strengthens us. There is no mountain too high that can God will not climb to meet us. Whatever you are waiting for, look to God. Call on His Name. For the promise still remains the same. Isaiah 55:8 reminds us that God’s ways are not our own.
“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.
As you seek the Lord, everything that you are waiting for will surely come at the right time. Daughter, God knows best. He is surely working things together for your good and for His glory. Son, remember to take heed to the instructions of the Lord. Fix your eyes on God, who is the author and the finisher of your faith. The way forward is with God. Even in the waiting, put your trust in God. May your hope arise as you rest on the Lord.
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.
Reflection of Mercy: Mercy, is a woman of substance and purpose. This woman is a gem whose light shines radiantly, touching lives for God to be glorified. She uses her voice on her platform to encourage and empower her audience with the truth of God’s word. Please do take the time to visit and kindly subscribe to her blog.
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! 💓
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!
“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 🎈🎉🤗
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 ✨😊.
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.
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 🙏🏿🥁✨
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.
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.
What is that one nickname that you absolutely hate? I don’t actually have a nickname I hate.
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.
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 )
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.
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.
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 😊
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
To know God is to experience the fullness of His character and presence. Scripture says “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Apart from Christ, we cannot experience freedom. In this corruptible world that we are living in, God has promised His freedom unto us. Scripture makes it clear to us that through the resurrection of Christ, we have been delivered from sin.
What is sin? Sin is anything that separates us from God. Romans 3:23 reminds us that “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”. Humanly speaking, we are sinful by nature but thanks be to God who sent His only son Jesus Christ to die for all humanity. Scripture reminds us that “For our sake He (God) made him (Christ) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Christ died for (all) humanity. He saved you and I from the law and gave us His grace. We couldn’t save ourselves so God who knew, sent His Son to free us. Jesus cancelled our debts and gave us access to have fellowship with our Heavenly Father.
So if we have been set free, why then do we continue to partake in sin?
Yes, as children belonging to Christ we have been set free but due to our flesh, sin can still take dominion over us. It is the reason why we have to seek the Holy Spirit at all times. We can do nothing by our own strength. Our flesh has many desires but so does our spirit being. It is the reason why must repent and draw nearer unto God. It is the reason why we have to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us. As children who have been freed from the penalty of sin ( the result of death ) that in which Christ bore for our sake, we must also walk in that freedom that has been given unto us. As it written in John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed.”
What has Christ freed me from?
Jesus has freed you and I from the bondage of sin. Before we accepted Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, we were intertwined with the culture of the world. We gave our flesh authority but now that we have been seated with Christ, our flesh has to bow for our Spirit to be made alive. We were like prisoners bound to the world, our flesh and it’s desires. Scripture reminds us that “For all that is in the world the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions is not from the Father but is from the world.” ( See 1 John 2:16 ). But now, we have been set free.
“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” -1 Corinthians 15:56-57
We have the victory in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit lives inside of us but we must not grieve the gift that was given to help us. Unfortunately so many believers aren’t aware of the gift of the Holy Spirit. They are awaiting for a special moment to come for them to receive the Holy Spirit but the truth is the Holy Spirit was there all along. It wasn’t until we accepted Jesus as our Personal Savior that the Holy Spirit became present to us. Today, we can celebrate and live life in abundance because of what Christ did for you and I. I am no longer a slave to sin. It is not my master. Christ is the key holder of my life. It is when we understand what Christ did for us that we have a renewed understanding of living righteously to the Glory of His Holy name.
If I have been set free, why do I find it difficult to let go of my sinful habits ( pornography, masturbation, anger, and etc.)
Inasmuch as Christ has set us free, there is still an enemy at work in our lives daily. In John 10:10, we are reminded that “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The enemy is consistent with His tactics but as believers, we have been given the previous gift of the Holy Spirit. We have the Holy Spirit but so many of us, cannot hear Him. The enemy loves noise and clutter. It is the best place He operates and does His greatest work. When we are led by the Holy Spirit, we are made aware of the devices of the enemy. I believe that the greatest tool the enemy uses today in our generation is our cell phones. The enemy knows our weaknesses and is always seeking souls to torment. You may wonder, why your still battling with a particular sin. It can possibly be that you are trying to fight the battle by your own strength or you’re ignoring the tactics of the enemy. Temptation is all around us but there is an escape in Christ. You don’t have to respond to what you flesh desires. You have been given the power but you must use your authority in Christ. Prayer is the key.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
I don’t know what you are currently facing at this time but know that there is no sin too deep that God cannot deliver. With God, all things are possible. If there’s anything I’ve come to understand is that the enemy loves manipulating all of God’s children. He looks for different loop holes to get access to the key. As believers, Christ has given us the key unlocks many secrets. Those who escape are those who allow the Holy Spirit to lead them. The enemy loves those who are silent about their battles. He loves those who don’t use their voices. You see there’s a time to speak up and a time to keep quiet. So many people are feasting with the enemy and are living in bondage. They are breaking bread with the Father of all lies. It is time to come out of the cage. You don’t have to remain in the dark. Light is here for you. Freedom is yours in Jesus name. Christ has tore the veil so that you may live and walk freely in Him.
There are many sins made mention in the Bible but there are some that are not mention such as pornography, masturbation and etc. So why are they still considered sins?
The truth is although there are some particular sins not mentioned in the Bible, they are still considered as sins whether we choose to believe it or not. Sin is defined as anything that separates us from God.
What aresome things I can do to walk in step with the Lord?
Great question. First thing, I would say is for you to dedicate your life to Christ if you haven’t done so. Make it a priority to spend time with the Lord daily. Be connected to a Bible teaching church. Be careful of the people you surround yourself with, the music you listen to, books you read and movies/shows you watch. Remain in the presence of the Lord. Meditate on scriptures day and night. Be prayerful. Repent of your sins daily. Engage with the Holy Spirit daily. Don’t be afraid to speak up when you don’t understand something or your struggling in one area or the other. Ask the Lord to connect you with the right people for the journey. Most importantly, seek the Lord in all your ways.
What if I am ashamed to share my struggles with someone?
Don’t be afraid to share your struggles but allow the Holy Spirit to lead you concerning home you should share your burdens with because the truth is not everyone will understand or will be able to give you sound advice.
Is there any particular scriptures I can meditate upon?
Yes, there are many scriptures in regards to the freedom we have in Christ but these are just a few of them.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. -1 Corinthians 10:13
But now that you have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. -Romans 6:22
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. -Roman 8:1-4
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. -Galatians 2:20
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16
“Sin seeks to enter, grace shuts the door; sin tries to get the mastery, but grace, which is stronger than sin, resists, and will not permit it. Sin gets us down at times, and puts its foot on our neck; grace comes to the rescue… Sin comes up like Noah’s flood, but grace rides over the tops of the mountains like the ark.” (Charles Spurgeon)
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Oh, precious is the flow That makes me white as snow No other fount I know Nothing but the blood of Jesus
There is power in the name of Jesus to heal, free, and deliverevery captive. Call upon His name. Stand on His word. Exercise the power and authority you have been given through Jesus. Remember always, that God is able to do that which seems impossible unto men. Child of God, “Walk in light of freedom! Come to the well and be refreshed. It is Christ alone, that can satisfy your thirsty soul.
On May 3rd, 2020, Evangelist Mike Bamiloye released a new film titled “The Train: The Journey Of Faith”. This movie is based on a true life story of Mike Bamiloye. From the starting to the end of the movie, the film was captivating and purposeful. The Train takes its passengers on a journey through life teaching each individual about perseverance, faith, hope and moreover about the author of our lives; God.
Casting: This movie stares Seun Adejumobi, Omolara Ayoola, Tolulope Mike-Bamiloye
Review: This movie was purposeful, thought-provoking and expertly written and directed. The story unfolds in seven parts. The beginning stage of this movie draws attention to the childhood days of young Ayobami who played the role of Evangelist Mike Bamiloye. From the music, costumes, language, subtitles, settings, actors and quality of the film, the script was intriguing and finely polished. Although the film was two hours and a couple of minutes, every minute was worth it. It simply reminded me home. It brought back childhood memories of going to the market, being silly yet still some struggles as a child. The film was powerful, remarkable, funny, and realistic. It interlocks stories untold and opens the eyes of the audience in so many dimensions. It’s a movie I will highly recommend.
Price of the Movie 🎥: It’s free. It can be watched on YouTube. Just simply type it up on the search tab and you will find it. Please don’t forget to subscribe to the channel ( Damilola Mike-Bamiloye). You can find many other films on this channel. Don’t forget to tell your friend and their friends. Tell your mama and your papa. Sit and enjoy with your family. Most importantly, do take the time to pray for this family. Take the time to pray for yourself. When I tell you that this movie is packed with lessons, I truly mean it.
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Life Lessons ✍🏾
1. The beginning stages of one’s life may be difficult like a woman in labor, but as the journey continues, there will be fruitfulness in the land but the key to seeing the produce is by continually seeking the face of the Lord.
2. No matter the challenges that we face in this life, God has promised to be with us through the journey. Nothing catches Him by surprise.
3. God, who plants the seed will surely nurture His gift and make sure that it is brought to fruition but we must be willing to walk through the journey with the sower. We have a role to play. We can’t expect to reap a harvest when we are so quick to leave the vineyard because of our unwillingness to be pruned.
4. God makes no mistake in anything He does or creates. There is purpose in everything that the manufacturer created.
5. What is misunderstood by mere man is completely understood by the Sovereign Lord. He is an intentional God.
6. Sometimes, letting go can be a difficult task but it a necessary step and a decision that one must make many times along the journey. There’s a blessing in releasing what you have in your hand and making room for what God has in stored for you.
7. Don’t give up on a child who He is stubborn because afterall, we are all stubborn in some way, shape or form but God is still patient with us and continually pursues us.
8. Somedays, the tears will fall but they are gentle reminders that we need God daily. They are rain pouring little by little preparing us for harvest season.
9. No situation is permanent. Every block is necessary for the house to be built. Foundation is very important and as believers we have the best that can never be shaken but only tested.
10. If you don’t know the Lord, get to know Him. He knows your name but do you know Him for yourself?
11. There is hope as long as you are alive, the sun will rise after the rain. Don’t give up on God.
12. Life with Christ is everything. Despite the hardships, we can surely rest in Christ, our Savior.
13. Don’t allow your past to determine your destiny. Your destiny is in the hands of God who created you. Seek the author of your life and stop being the commander of a life that doesn’t belong to you. Life begins with Christ and continues on and on.
14. You can choose to sail the boat alone but there will come a time when you will not be able to paddle alone and you will need somebody and that person will be the Lord.
15. No matter how far you may be on the journey, you always need God. He is saying “Come”. He is inviting you into your presence.
16. Your identity is found in Christ alone. There are many names the world would identify you by but the Lord call you by name.
17. When God gives you an assignment, not everyone is going to understand but you must be willing to go through the process. Don’t abort the dream because you haven’t seen it as a reality yet. Cling unto the giver of the vision and watch Him make it a reality for His glory. Don’t focus too much on people but rather fix your eyes on God.
18. Your life is still unfolding. God isn’t finished yet but are you willing to thread upon the journey with Him?
19. God gave unto us a free gift. Accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior is costly but it is the best decision one can make in their lifetime.
20. Not everyone is supposed to board the train with you but you must continue to journey right along. The journey is for everyone but the decision lies in heart of the passenger. The conductor doesn’t wait for the passenger to make a decision on whether they want to board but unlike God, He waits for us. He calls us, instructs us and journeys with us.
21. Tell someone about the Good News. Tell them about Jesus. Don’t keep the good news to yourself. Let the whole world know about the one who rescued your soul; the one whose heart beats for you daily. Share your testimony!
22. There is always someone who is praying for the good of your welfare. There are still people who genuinely care about you.
23. Don’t get so occupied with the busyness of this world that you start neglecting fellowship with believers in the body. God must be our first priority at all times.
24. The word of God is rich. Don’t allow your Bible to sit in a corner somewhere for it to collect dust. Open it and be nourished.
25. We must ask the Lord to restore unto us the joy of our salvation.
26. May we not grow tired and weary in spending time in the presence of the Lord. May we take delight in the Kings palace at all times.
27. Don’t belittle the vision that God gives you because you haven’t seen the manifestation of it. Hold fast to that vision. Seek God at all times, have faith and allow Him to steer the wheel in your life. You are the passenger. Learn to listen to instructions. Be obedient to the driver. He knows the way He is taking you. Rest In Him alone.
28. God is not a man of confusion. He directs His children in the way that they should go. Although we are presented with many choices in this world, God always know best.
29. Our wants are not necessarily God’s best for us. We must continually seek His face to know His heart desires for us.
30. Don’t run away from your calling. God has a purpose for the gifts He has given you. They are to be used for His glory! If you are not aware of your gift, ask the giver of the gift and He will show you what to do.
31. There is a purpose in your valley seasons. Don’t despite your wilderness season so much because you are in a rush to get to the mountaintop. God is only equipping you for what lies ahead of the journey. Trust in the Lord at all times. He means well for you.
32. Don’t allow one’s disbelief of the word of God to hinder you from preaching the Gospel. Be bold and Be led by the Holy Spirit.
33. Who is the passenger and the driver in your life?
34. The trials we face in this life are not by surprise to God. We will pass through the fire and not be burned. God will surely preserve us but we must look to Him like Daniel and Joseph. We must not bow to any other gods. We must worship the Lord!
35. God wants to use us but we must allow Him to empty us and fill us up. We must be humble fellows at the feet of the Master.
36. Take wise counsel. Have a teachable spirit. Be willing to learn at every stage of your life.
37. Who you marry is very important. Marriage is not an accomplishment. It is not a mere certificate for acknowledgment. It is a gift from God. Seek the face of God concerning this matter. God will lead you. You are His child and He knows best for you.
38. Don’t allow constant disappointments hinder you from pursing the dream that God has given you.
39. Prayer is the key 🔑. Faith is the ingredient that unlocks what God has already planted 🌱
40. Don’t overlook the gift that God has placed within your reach because you are too busy searching afar for your choice of selection.
41. What God has employed you to do, don’t allow anyone to deploy you. Continue to work for the Lord. Serve wholeheartedly in all that you do for the Kingdom.
42. The classification of a job in term of the is completely different than the assignment God has given you.
43. Use every opportunity to share the Gospel.
44. When God gives you a vision, He makes Himself clear. The vision may not be clear to everyone around you but remember the One who gave you the vision. Follow His instruction. Walk with Him. He is the Lord who will supply all your needs. He is the ultimate visionary. Seek His face always.
45. Follow God, not man. Man will disappoint you but God will never disappoint you. God uses everything that He creates for a purpose but man is not King over the Earth. First, listen to the instruction of the Lord. In all your ways, seek God above everything.
46. Following Christ is costly. It’s unlike a train where you are aware of your stop (destination). Getting on board with Christ requires faith, hope and trust.
47. The world has its own map but God is the director of every scene.
48. We need God everyday of our lives. We can do nothing without the Holy Spirit.
49. Where you are, is not your final destination. Even in that desolate place, God has a purpose and He has placed destiny helpers around you. Don’t miss out on your connection to your destination because your so fixated on your present circumstances.
50. In this life, we will face trials of many kinds but God is our helper and friend. On our journey of faith, we will meet different people with different backgrounds but there is lesson that we are meant to learn. Not every one of them will board the train with us but they were all necessary to play a role in our lives in some parts of our journey.
Draw near to God. Seek His face in all that you do. He will never leave you nor forsakes you.
Scripture: I will restore them because I have compassion on them. They will be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the Lord their God and I will answer them. -Zechariah 10:6
As you take the time to read this scripture which is taken from Zechariah 10, do ask the Holy Spirit, what He is saying. As the Holy Spirit outpours, take the time to write downall that He is saying to you. Meditate upon it. Pray 🙏🏿.
“Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime; it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone. The idols speak deceitfully, diviners see visions that lie; they tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain. Therefore the people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd.
My anger burns against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders; for the Lord Almighty will care for his flock, the people of Judah, and make them like a proud horse in battle. From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler. Together they will be like warriors in battle trampling their enemy into the mud of the streets. They will fight because the Lord is with them, and they will put the enemy horsemen to shame.
“I will strengthen Judah and save the tribes of Joseph. I will restore them because I have compassion on them. They will be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the Lord their God and I will answer them. The Ephraimites will become like warriors, and their hearts will be glad as with wine. Their children will see it and be joyful; their hearts will rejoice in the Lord. I will signal for them and gather them in.
Surely I will redeem them; they will be as numerous as before. Though I scatter them among the peoples, yet in distant lands they will remember me. They and their children will survive, and they will return. I will bring them back from Egypt and gather them from Assyria. I will bring them to Gilead and Lebanon, and there will not be room enough for them. They will pass through the sea of trouble; the surging sea will be subdued and all the depths of the Nile will dry up. Assyria’s pride will be brought down and Egypt’s scepter will pass away. I will strengthen them in the Lord and in his name they will live securely,” declares the Lord.
How has God been faithful to you in this season of your life? Have you thanked Him?
Father, we come before you today to say thank you. Thank you for who you are. Thank you for your goodness and your faithfulness towards us. You alone are our Good Good Father. We can surely put our trust in you. You are God who is for us and not against us. Even as we patiently wait on you, we can surely put our hope in you. Though we pass through the sea of trouble, we can be still and know that you are God. Thank you for your promise to restore and strengthen us. Teach us to cling unto you. Help us to remember of all your deeds done for us long ago. Guide us in your way everlasting. Thank you Abba. We love you.
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To the reader: Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you. May you continue to seek and trust in the Lord always, all of your days. Worship the Lord. Praise, God your Savior. Bow before the King. There is no one like the Lord. He alone is worthy of all the praise 💃🏿🙌🏿😊