The Invitation πŸ“Œ

Scripture: Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Reflection: To seek God is to know Him. Learning to seek the face of God is paramount to the growth of every believer. The truth is seeking the face of God is a choice. It is a decision that one has to make daily. In Psalm 63, David illustrates his hunger and thirst for God. He makes it known that God is whom He has come to seek by this statement.

You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.

David called upon the Lord and He heard his cry and satisfied his longing for more of Him. In our pursuit of drawing near to our Heavenly Father, many things (family, friends, circumstances) can stand in the way of us going deeper in our walk with God. Like David, we must prioritize and be intentional with our relationship with the Lord.

Will there ever be a time where the Lord may not be found?

The truth is God isn’t hiding somewhere. He wants to be known. We didn’t find Him; He found us. In Luke 15, we clearly see the heart of our Heavenly Father. He is a God who daily pursues us. I believe that the only time the Lord cannot be found is when our hearts are hardened and when He calls us home.

In Psalm 95, the Lord makes it very clear to His people by saying,

Today, if only you would hear his voice (God’s voice),
β€œDo not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness, where your ancestors tested me; they tried me, though they had seen what I did. For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, β€˜They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.

One of the greatest gifts we have been given through Jesus is the privilege of hearing the voice of the Father. John 10:27 reminds us that God’s sheep hear His voice. We are the sheep of His pasture and hearing the voice of God is a gift we have given. As it is written in John 10:27,

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Is there a specific way to seek to the Lord?

In fact, I don’t know if there’s a specific way that one can seek God because the way you may seek God may not be the way I seek Him. For me, seeking God is simply inviting Him into your life (total surrender). It is through prayer, worship, studying His word and etc. It’s coming into His presence and allowing Him to have His way. It’s pouring out your praise unto Him. Seeking God to me is yielding to the Holy Spirit and abiding in His presence. It’s asking God to create in me a clean heart and to renew a steadfast spirit within me. Seeking the Lord has many components but what matters most is the condition of your heart. Many come into the presence of the Lord to seek after His hand (riches and miracles) while a very few people come to seek after His face. It’s in the place of seeking that one’s character is revealed unto them.

In Matthew 7:7, we are reminded that to everyone who ask, they shall receive. To the one who seeks, they will find and for the one who knocks the door will be opened unto them. The problem isn’t one asking, seeking or even knocking but much rather the intent behind it. You can seek but what is the condition of your heart? It is a promise that when we seek, we will find. The truth is we live in a time and a generation where people are seeking after so many things. James 4:2-5 makes it very clear to us by this statement

You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that He jealously longs for the spirit He has caused to dwell in us?

God is sovereign but yet still He longs to have an intimate relationship with us. He wants to be encountered bu His children. The only requirements in seeking God is coming as you are and repenting of your sin. In our key verse, we are reminded that “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” In the same way as this scripture, Romans 3:23 reminds us that “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. We are all in need of God’s mercies which are new every morning (See Lamentations 3:22-23). Like David, may we get a point in our lives where we say,

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise (See Psalm 51:17)

Is there a time or specific place for God to be found?

There isn’t a specific time to seek God. He is to be sought at all times. I’ve heard people say time and time again that they will give their life to God completely when they turn a certain age or when they get married. The time to seek God is now! No one knows the time and hour the Lord will call them home. As children belonging to the King, we must prepare for our bridegroom. We must stop making excuses for the reason why we aren’t knocking on Heaven’s doors.

It is my prayer that we will accept God’s invitation. It’s in accepting the invitation that we take the steps necessary in growing spiritually in our walk with the Lord. Seeking the Lord is a choice. It is a gift and a wonderful privilege to know the heart of the Father. No matter where you are in your walk with God, He still desires to have fellowship with you. He dined with sinners. He didn’t come for the righteous. He came for you and I. We serve a God who deeply loves us and wants to know Him. As you make that choice to seek God daily, may He reveal Himself to you in ways you never imagined. May the eyes of your heart be enlightened and may you take delight and joy in the presence of your Heavenly Father.

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. -Psalm 34:8

Verses To Ponder

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.-Revelations 3:20

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. -Hebrews 11:6

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. -James 4:8

Thank you for taking the time to read. Feel free to leave any takeaways or anything in mind. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ πŸ˜ŠπŸ•Š

Renewal of Joy πŸ•Š

Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
-Psalm 51:12

Reflection: Do you remember the day you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? How did you feel? What was your initial reaction? Looking back at that very moment, would you say that you have experienced joy in anyway possible throughout the course of this journey?

You see, as a child of God, we have been given the privilege to experience all that our Heavenly Father has in stored. For instance when we take a look at Luke 15, we are reminded of the prodigal son and the older son. I can count how times I’ve read this passage before but what has stood out to me within the course of these years has been this verse:

My son, the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.”

For as long as I can remember, I always related to the oldest son every time I read this parable. I understood his frustration and anger as the oldest son until someone else explained it during Bible study. My perspective changed from that day. I share this scripture to remind us that as sons and daughters of Christ, we have an inheritance in Christ Jesus. We are reminded in Psalm 16:11 that the Lord has made known to you and I the path of life. He will fill us with joy in His presence with eternal pleasures at His right hand.

If you were asked to describe the word joy, what would you say? After defining what joy means to you, would you say that you have experienced joy? Having defined what joy is, would you say it is the same as happiness?

Joy is not found in the things that we have or need to acquire. Joy is pure and is found in the presence of the Lord. Joy is the fruit of the spirit. It lives in us. We don’t have to work in order for us to experience joy. For many of us, we see joy as someone having everything in life. The life we live is not marked by how much we have or what we have accomplished because as believers we know that everything that have is because of Christ. Through the Holy Spirit, we have access supplies. We serve a God who is all sufficient and all knowing. We lack nothing in Christ because He meets every one of needs.

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

If God can give us this precious gift of His beloved son, how much more will He not be willing to supply us with joy? As it is written in James 4:2 “You do not have because you do not ask God.” The truth is, God longs to fill us with joy. We are called to be imitators of Christ not just in our character but through our lifestyle. When we reflect Christ, we will lead others into having fellowship with our Savior. Being a carrier of God’s presence requires us (the believer) to take up our Cross daily. It requires us saying No to fruitless activities of the flesh and making a decision to yield to the Holy Spirit daily. We can experience joy. It is not reserved for people who don’t have problems. It is made available unto us every day. Joy is not a seasonal feeling. It is not fleeting. It is steadfast, and unshakable. We just need to ask God just as David did in Psalm 51:12 “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

It is my prayer that we will experience joy in every season of our lives. No matter what circumstance we face, may we find it in our hearts to ask God to fill us with joy. When you are a carrier of joy, it is contagious yet still undeniable. Joy is a fragrance that the world needs. May it overflow in your life and also be a refreshing source of hope to everyone you meet and greet.

Verses To Ponder

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” -Matthew 13:44

“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” -Isaiah 55:12

Thank you for stopping by my blog. God bless you. I hope that you were able to take something away from this post. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ŒπŸΏπŸ•Š

Amazing Grace! πŸ•Š

But he said to me, β€œMy grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Grace : unmerited favor of God towards man.

One of the greatest gifts that we have been given as believers is the precious gift of Jesus, our embodiment of grace. In a world where we are taught to work in order for us to earn certain things in life, understanding the concept of grace can be difficult when not seen through the lens of Christ.

Looking at our key scripture today, which is taken from 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul reminds us that in his time of weakness, he found strength in the Lord. Paul acknowledges the Lord. In the same way as believers, we must get to that place where we acknowledge the Lord in all that we do. I love how Paul made it known to the Corinthian church that it was the Lord who encouraged him at his weakest moment. As believers, we have been given this opportunity to receive God’s grace and outpouring of strength in our times of weakness.

The demonstration of grace begun on the Cross of Calvary where Jesus died and bled for you and I. He remembered us. He laid down His life for our sake. He made a way for us to experience light by laying down his life that we might live through him. We serve a God who is willing to do whatsoever it takes for His children to commune and have fellowship with Him. In Christ, we have this grace that never runs out; that is so ever sufficient. The truth is, though the grace of God is made available unto us, it is so easy to take it for granted.

To encounter God is to experience His grace. Its the core of His character. We are reminded in Psalm 145:8-9 that “The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” It’s in His presence, that we receive this gift of grace. The requirement of receiving this gift is simply having an open heart. We can never work hard to earn grace. It is free. It was never by our own doing but by the blood of the lamb.

As we go forth into our day, may we take the time to meditate on this precious gift of grace. As it is written in 1 John 3:1,

See what great loveοΏΌ the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!οΏΌ And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

We have come to the knowledge of Christ by His grace. We have experienced His love, abundant peace, undeniable joy and so many things that only He can give unto us. In showing grace to others, those surrounding us will get a foretaste of Christ and one day come to the knowledge of Christ and experience the love of our Heavenly Father. It is my prayer that as we have experienced God’s limitless grace, we will walk in step by exemplifying this outpouring unto everyone that we meet. Grace is not for pocket keeping sake. It is for everyone. It is a glorious gift that everyone must experience. It is the foundation by which we have a restored relationship with Christ. Run into the arms of grace. Just as we have received the gift, may we learn to be ministers of God’s grace wherever we go, that His light and glory will shine in and through us.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I hope that your year is coming along well by far 😊. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ πŸ™πŸΏπŸ•Š

Merry Christmas πŸŽ„πŸ•ŠπŸŽ

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Merry Christmas everybody πŸ™ŒπŸΏπŸŽ„πŸ˜Š. Jesus is the reason for the season. He is the Ultimate Sacrifice. It’s all about Christ, the King. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus today, may we take the time to spend time with the Father. The greatest gift that has ever been to mankind is the precious gift of Jesus. We can have many gifts under the tree but it can never compare to this true, and purest gift. This gift of Jesus can never be bought or resold. We don’t have to stand in line to receive it. It is available wherever you are (See Romans 10:9). I pray that as we all go throughout our day, we will take the time to reflect and have a grateful heart. There is so much for us to be thankful for but many times, we allow the thought of what we don’t have or have lost in the fire get in the way of us appreciating all that we have.

It’s a blessing to receive gifts but the truth is, not everyone will receive anything on this day. As a little girl, I remember my family putting up a Christmas tree with gifts wrapped under it. More than eight years now, we don’t put up a tree. There have been times when my mother will tell us that she didn’t have anything to give us. I share this to say that, Christmas is not about receiving gifts. Its a great joy to look forward to what you will receive. It’s so easy for one to get upset because they didn’t receive anything. I want to remind you on this day that even if you don’t receive anything, you have Jesus who loves you so much. He cares for you. He is the lover of your soul. Jesus is the gift. It is all about Him. You don’t have to wait for someone to get you a gift. Go ahead and be a blessing unto someone today.

There are so many people all around the world today who are struggling to make ends meet. For many, Christmas is just another day but we understand that Christ is the reason, we will make a joyful sound all the more. Today, take the time to pray for these set of people.

Pray for those who have suffered loss in the course of this year and the years passed. Pray for those who are hurting. Pray for those who have not accepted Jesus as their Personal Lord and Savior. Pray that God’s love, abundant peace and joy will abound in every household in this season. Pray we as believers will look to Jesus in every season.

The greatest gift that we can offer anyone in this time and season is “The Good News Of Jesus Christ”. We can also pray for one another. Prayer is a weapon that can never be taken away from us. We have been given this gift that exerts power and authority. We must rise up and pray for our brothers and sisters all around the world.

Nonetheless, I pray that this day is filled with so much joy, abundant peace, laughter and good food. I love Christmas. Though it hasn’t been the same as when I was a little girl, it’s still a wonderful time of celebration. Watch some movies, rest, snack on some shortbread cookies and take pictures with your friends and family. Take the time to reach out to your friends and loved ones. Lastly, always remember that God is with you. You are deeply loved by the Father now and forever!

Immanuel: God with us! (Matthew 1:22-23)

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And  the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,  Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

-Isaiah 9:6-7

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign  to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

β€œGlory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” -Luke 2:11-14

“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” – Philippians 4:4

β€œWhen Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, β€˜I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” –John 8:12

Celebrate children of the Lord 🎁. Let your light shine. Rejoice in the Lord. May the remembrance of the precious gift of Jesus bring forth joy this day. Have a wonderful time and remember always that the King has been born. Our Redeemer Lives! He is the gift for today and forevermore.

*What’s your favorite Christmas movie and song? Are there any festivities on this day?

Until next time, my people, know that you are loved and crowned with God’s favor, joy and abundant peace πŸ˜ŠπŸ•Š

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.

October Reflections πŸ“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 πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ. Happy Anniversary πŸ™ŒπŸΏπŸ˜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 πŸ™πŸΏπŸ˜Š.

Praise From The Inside πŸ™ŒπŸΏπŸ’ƒπŸΏ

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” -Psalm 100:4

The highest form of praise is the one that overflows with thanksgiving. We can never thank God enough. If we had a thousand tongues, it wouldn’t still be enough to praise the One who is Holy and so Worthy. Today, we have gathered from every tribe and nation to give thanks to God for who He is and all that He has done for us. From generation to generation, God remains the Same. He is God. He changes not. He is seated on throne. He is King over all things. He is above not beneath but He dwells within us. He is Elohim. He is Christ alone. Who can ever compare to the name above all names? The one and only Sovereign King. Wherever you are, take three minutes to just thank God. Thank God for the gift of life, the gift of salvation, breath in your lungs, peace of mind, and so much more. You know what God has done for you. Worship Him! Lay it all down at the altar. Exalt His Holy Name! Crown Him As King, Ruler And Lord Over Your Life.

It’s been ten months of God’s goodness, grace, faithfulness, kindness and love upon our lives. We are alive. We may not have what we want and may not be where we want to be but as along as we have breath, we have it all. We have it (all) because of Christ. In Him, we have glorious riches in His presence. We have because He gave (His Only Son) for our sake. We are whole, righteous, favored, secured and remembered by God. As long as we have breath, may we continually praise God with everything within us. With that in mind, I’ll be sharing some of the worship songs that ministered to me in the month of October.

Praise & Worship Songs

1. Brian & Katie Torwalt: Remember

2. Watoto Children’s Choir: Amen

3. Maverick City Music: You Keep On Getting Better ft. Majesty Rose

4. Edward Rivera : Nothing Else

5. Afy Douglas: Savior

6. Matt Maher: Lord, I Need You

7. Ty Bello : It’s Your Time

8. Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir ft. Shane & Shane: O Taste And See

9. Hillsong : Here I Am To Worship

10. Tasha Cobbs-Leonard : Gracefully Broken

11. Brian Doerkson: Everlasting

12. Keion D. Henderson: The River

13. Elevation Worship : First And Only

14. Chandler Moore: Never Runs Out

15. Hillsong : Unending Love

16. William McDowell: Deep Places

17. Hillsong: I Give You My Heart

18. Kahelo : We Give You Glory Lord

It is the Lord who is worthy of all the praise. No one else is worthy of all the praise. May praise arise from the inside and out of our life. We are instruments for God’s Glory. May our light shine and may we hunger and thirst for more of righteous.

Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ. Jesus loves you 😊.

With love,

Karen 🌻