Alone Time With God

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Hey, lovely ladies, I am back! A few changes have happened over these past 2 months. All I can say is that I have learnt a few things that I know I must share with you all.

So, Ladies and those gentlemen who have stumbled here WELCOME! I urge you all to feel free in this place, be encouraged in the Lord, communicate and share your opinions.

Today’s topic: Alone time with God.
How is your alone time looking with God?
Strong, medium, weak, non-existent

This is the very question I have been asking myself. I realised it’s easy at first to get motivated to make time for God. For a solid week or so, you will really do the most, prayer, reading the word every day for 1-2 hours. Then just as you’re starting to feel good with the process life decides to get complicated. Now you find yourself struggling to scrap 30min of your time for God. It then slowly turns to barely fitting 5 mins and a short verse in there. Sounds familiar? If so please continue reading.

Why is it so hard for us to commit time to God? Well, it’s something I discovered today as I was writing this. As Humans, it’s easier for us to believe in things we can see “..because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29). Hence making it easier for us to commit to those things. Like with jobs, we can commit to them because we can see the immediate results of them in our bank’s accounts. However, with God, we can’t see Him and the uncertainty of the outcomes with God makes it difficult for us to commit to Him. Even this was evident with the 1st century Israelites’ behaviour. They could see the golden statuses they worshipped but they couldn’t see God this made it easier for them the commit to the others gods such as Baal than God.

This is not the way it should be right? With all God has evidently done in our lives we would assume it to be easier, well no. The Israelites had many wonders performed by God from crossing the red sea, manna provided in the wilderness to enemies handed to them in battle. Still, they turned back from God time and time again.

Commitment really comes down to how much do you love God? Because as far as I’m concerned He loved us so much as unto death (John 3:16). Surely the least we can do to show our love back is by making time to grow and communicate with Him through reading his word and prayer. Just as two people decide to love and commit to one another through marriage that is exactly how we should treat ourselves with God.

Don’t get it twisted I know we are all humans and we make mistakes. Even for myself, I know this is something easier said than done. Well lucky for those who are like me there is a solution. FAITH AND STRENGTH. These are gained by praying to God for the faith and strength to carry on growing with Him one step at a time. Stay blessed!

You don’t need to start with big steps, the little steady steps are the ones that are going to get you there.

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So Far From Perfect

Hey ladies, how has everybody’s day been? I’m excited about this week because it has started off on a good note. I was listening to this song “I am” by Kirk Franklin and it really gave me that extra boost I needed for this week.

Before the song came on, I was actually thinking of what an unproductive last week I had. Remembering all the mishaps and disappointing efforts I had made to connect more with God. It was like at that very moment God responded to my negative thoughts with this song. We are so far from perfect. Every day is not always going to be an award winning good day. There are times where it will be dark and still. In these moments we should think of what the Lord has done. How through His saving grace we found a purpose in life. We once thought life had no meaning but then God gave it a meaning.

With God, every day becomes a victorious day because He has fashioned them for you “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them” (Psalms 139:16). He wouldn’t put more on you than you can bear “but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able,” (1 Corinthians 10:13). And GIRL! don’t get it twisted, there will be times where you will surely fall. But that’s when the grace of God will be upon you and He will “MAKE ALL THINGS NEW”.

So, if you’re in the same position of thinking about all the negativity in your life, what you have and have not achieved. GURL, STOP! for your sake and His. Trust in the Lord, He will make you a winner. Stay blessed!

“I am, so far from perfect, I thought life was worthless until you showed me who I am”- I am by Kirk Franklin

The Way Of Salvation

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Okay, I have been meaning to post about this topic for a very long time. Many people don’t understand when you start to talk about salvation to them. Some believe salvation is when you choose to become a Christian, others think it’s when you believe that Jesus is real and is the Son of God.

Salvation is not only about believing in Christ but also RECEIVING Him. Salvation is the divine plan of God for us to be in connection with Him again. To not experience death through sin but be free from sin and have everlasting life in heaven.

1st we need to understand that we are all born sinner, through one man. and with sin came death. “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12)

2nd we need knowledge of the saviour. Jesus Christ came on this earth to fulfil this divine plan of God.”For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.” (1 Corinthians 15:21). Through the blood that was shed at the cross, we are free from the bondage of sin. We gain everlasting life in heaven. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free,[a] and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)

3rdly there is only 1 way to salvation, not 2, 5, or 10 but 1. Through Jesus Christ we obtain Salvation. I was on twitter the other day, you know doing my thang. I came across this tweet speaking of people in church complaining about how God only made 1 way and why not many ways. This is unacceptable, we should be grateful and rejoice that God loved us so much to even give us 1 way. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Okay, knowing this you are now aware of salvation. You’re probably thinking great, with this information surely I now have salvation. Girl, No! It’s not enough to just know it, you have to call on Jesus Christ and receive Him in your life. “For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Once you have received you are now born again and you are now a new creature. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” ( 2 Corinthians 5:17). You now have a connection to the Father through Jesus Christ. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6). Stay Blessed!

Guideline for A Prayer to receive Salvation
1. Acknowledge that you now understand that you are a sinner and Christ came so that you may be saved “Lord, God, I now know that I am a sinner and cannot save myself, but you sent your son, Jesus Christ. Who carried my sins at the cross and died, that I may be saved and be free from the bondage of sin.”
2. Ask for Jesus to come into your life “Lord, Jesus come into my life, be my personal saviour, wash me clean of all my sins, make me a new creature.”
3. Declare that you are no longer of the world but you now belong to the kingdom of God and resist the devil “Devil I resist you, you have no control over my life, I am not yours, I am no longer of the world but I now belong to God, I am now a child in the Kingdom of God.”
4. Thank God for salvation and receive it “Thanking God for this salvation through your son, Jesus Christ. I receive this salvation today. IN JESUS NAME. Amen.”

A Thank you Not A demand

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Firstly, just want to thank you all for viewing and supporting this blog. I hope what I write blesses someone out there. I want to continue to communicate with you ladies and just get to know all of you. So, do not fear to comment or go on my contacts page and send me a message. Also, many thanks to all the lovely women who have written posts for this blog and may God continue to bless each and every one of you.

You might be wondering, how odd, she’s starting with acknowledgements. Well, you bet I am. Last week was Thanksgiving at my church. It got me thinking and thanking God for everyone He has put in my path to build this blog and those of you who view it, many thanks to you all. Most importantly thanks be unto God for all He has done for me.

You know, we get so caught up in this mess we call life that we sometimes forget the reason we are living right now, it’s not that of luck but by the grace of God, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). We don’t realise how much we actually depend on God. So fixed on our problems and struggles that our prayers end up consisting of demands, pleads and sorrow. when it should actually be filled more with Thanksgiving, glorification and rejoicing.

See when you give thanks to God instead of demanding from him, it allows God to work more in your life. Like the philosophy looking at the glass as half full rather than half empty. Thank God for the half full things in your life and watch Him fill the rest of the cup with blessings until it over flows. God loves to be appreciated. When we appreciate it excites God, easily allowing Him to do His work in our lives.

Okay, probably at this point, you are thinking what is she talking about? Listen, GIRL! trust me, I’m a living testimony of this. Thanking and praising God does more in your life. But wait! there’s more! not only will you be blessed, you will also build your spiritual self and connection with God. With that, you start to build a stronger dependence and trust on God. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.” (Jeremiah 17:7)

Understanding the equation now? With thanks comes connection, which builds a trust, that leads to blessings. Be encouraged ladies give thanks to God even in times of darkness. “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). Stay blessed!

A little thank you unto God can go a long way in opening your doors.

Absence

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Absence

by Sieara DeLone

Absence.

As I walk down the street, I feel the absence.

The absence of needed souls.

They walk among us.

We’ve known them all

& it doesn’t really hit you until it hits YOU.

Presence.

Please present me with the present of presence.

Souls, all here to make a difference,

Make a change,

Make the world a better place,

Fill the w–

Fill.

But how can we fill through the absence?

Why do we kill through the nonsense?

Why sit still instead of conference?

Is it real? This is nonsense.

Because we are the epitome of our own issues.

All of our issues can be fixed by us fighting for a change & making a change,

But we drown in self-pity,

Wallow in depression,

Sink into death.

And  in this day & age we are victimizing ourselves.

And in this day & age we are victimizing ourselves.

AND IN THIS DAY AND AGE WE ARE VICTIMIZING OURSELVES.

We let others negatively impact our lives.

We let the opinions of others force us into the mindset of being stuck where we are.

We let ourselves forget about faith, consistency, and hard work.

We let successful imaging make us think the road is easy.

Thusforth forcing us into a mindset of a spoiled rich child being handed the world on a silver platter.

So while we are constantly blaming others, think again…

We let….

WE….

So if WE are to blame anyone,

Blame yourself for where you are

& thinking you’ll get anywhere else doing the exact same thing.

I dare you to look in the mirror & blame yourselves.

So are you past it?

Are you ready to take responsibility for your own life: career-wise, emotion-wise, etc.?

Good.

Because I dare you.

I dare you, if not satisfied with your money situation,

to stop whining about it, get off your butt, and WORK HARDER.

I dare you

If feeling alone,

to find a parent, or a friend, or a completely new person.

Find someone to trust.

Ventilate.

Confide in someone.

But that’s the easy part.

I dare you

To kill those thoughts of depression, and oppression, and recession, and death.

Replace it with the belief in a God more powerful than all that.

Replace it with faith.

Yes, sometimes you walk alone,

but God didn’t bring you this far to leave you

Don’t let the devil deceive you

Stop caring how people perceive you,

and learn how to stand up and be you.

I dare you to take the gun away from your head

I dare you not to take the easy way out

I dare you to draw up the courage

I dare you to live

I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU

And even if you don’t feel you have the strength to stand,

IT’S OKAY TO CRAWL FIRST.

Just live.

Live life to the fullest through its low points so you have an amazing story to tell at the end.

Don’t let your story be one of tragedy.

Don’t place the end at the middle.

Just live, live, and LIVE NOW,

because I refuse to live in a generation of absence.

And if these words are too harsh for you, let this come through.
When life is tough and you feel no one cares, baby I do.

And we all understand your pain, cause, hey, I’ve been through

And before you think of letting go, just know I love you

And babe, don’t turn ya back on God he’ll always come through

And the devil ain’t that powerful, don’t let him front you

Cause all this mess you going through, it’s almost done too.

I know that times is hard. You feel like planes are crashing.

But the world still needs your soul. We still need your passion.

This is just a thought to console you, while the time is passing.

 Cause I know you going through, and you done thought of passing.

But this is what I do, and yeah I’m taking action.

Cause I’d hate to live in a world without you, and live in a world of absence.

 

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Unveiling The Gem

Hello lovely ladies, I attended a Precious Stones convention for the past 4 days, which was about unveiling a gem in every single woman. It was an amazing experience and so uplifting. We must all become women of excellence, true beauty, wealth, fear of the lord, strength and honour, wisdom and Good works. All mentioned in this poem i was asked to present at the convention. I hope it blesses someone as much as it blessed me. Stay blessed!
Unveiling The Gem
Unveil the Gem Who can find a woman, Of Moral Excellency? She is rare, yet she is a pride to have, She is valuable, Her price is far above rubies, She is expensive to have, An uncommon jewel, We shall find her. She has an excellent spirit, She is meek, with a quiet spirit, Building her house with her hands, With wisdom and prayer; She is discreet, chaste and a keeper of her home, full of faith, grace and love, Adorned with wisdom, And the fear of the Lord; Truly decent, sober and beautiful, An unforgettable woman, She is creative and industrious, Adorable, desirable, and sensitive, She is designer made, Soft to touch and to be touched, Feminine, lovely and calm; She always will be, The Creator’s climax creation; Sister you are fearfully, And wonderfully made, And we shall find a virtuous woman in you.

 

For more information about the Precious Stones Ministry check out their Facebook page, click the link here: Precious Stones 

Personal Fasting

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“Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:16-18).

Fasting, some of you sigh at the very thought. Don’t worry I’m not judging, I do the same. It is one of the hardest things yet at the same time one of the most powerful tools. Restraining our bodies from food/water and focusing on God, what a rewarding sacrifice.

Last week I fasted and let me tell you it was not easy. God, however, is very faithful and true to His word. I remember things that I had prayed for months before hand suddenly happen after the fasting. I can tell you now I was overjoyed. He is truly a rewarder. Then I got to thinking what was so different this time around? It hit me, most people didn’t know I was fasting, nor did I show that I was. Nowadays Christians have become so used to complaining. Am I right? we are quick to forget Matthew 6:16-18. Those who fast in secret get their great reward from God. However, if we fast publically and complain we have already received our reward (the attention). We always want people to know of our sufferings and hardships. We forget sometimes it is best to keep secretive so that God will bless us.

So if you are wondering like I used to. Why is it that when you fast nothing seems to change? well, take a step back and review yourself. Were you doing a public fasting or a personal fasting? Stay blessed!

He is a Rewarder of those who do not publicise.

Rooted In Christ

By Chidi Udemezue 

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Job 14:7-9 (NIV)
“At least there is hope for a tree. If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.
Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil,
Yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.”

There’s something magical about trees, no? The root is the organ of the tree and typically a lot bigger than the tree itself.
Is it a coincidence that there are references made throughout the bible to our relationship with Christ to be like the roots of a tree? The root is the ORGAN – what is needed to keep the tree alive. Strong roots are not easily uprooted, they span so far and so long that you probably would be unable to get to the beginning.

Recently, I felt almost very restless and a stirring, so I took my Mums car to run some errands but ultimately to go for a drive to clear my head. I think my best when I am outside, uninterrupted just me, my thoughts and the Holy Spirit.
I ended up parking next to an old school which has turned into a construction site. Literally bricks, rubbish, mess everywhere.
I felt like the Holy Spirit was saying ‘Okay see that school, how much pressure do you reckon it has taken to pull that school all the way down? The resistance? The force? And then how much more pressure and resistance do you reckon it will take to re-build it up again?’
See maybe you are like me and you feel like there is some resistance or pressure in your life. You feel restless and almost jumpy like “come on, I’m ready!”
But from that encounter I realized, when God is breaking things off you, e.g. your character, personality traits, habits etc. it is not a comfortable place to be in. Likewise, when He is re-building you and instilling in you what you need to be all that you want to be and more.

But then I realized, once He has finished building you up, how much will it take for you to come tumbling down again? Our roots, our organs need to be rooted in Christ so that if and when we are cut down (because God and life will serve us slices of humble pie if we aren’t careful) when the Holy Spirit comes again, we can still grow and shoot forth again.

I shared this on snapchat when I caught the revelation, but I’m really glad I have the opportunity to share on a wider platform!
I pray that somehow it touches you and encourages you to seek Gods face a little bit more so that your roots become planted firmer in Him!

Stay blessed,
Chid x
www.mycameragodandi.weebly.com

To view more of the lovely Chidi’s post check out her blog 🙂 click the link above, stay blessed! 

Rooted In The Truth

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Rooted in the truth/in Christ, how do we get there? How does one become rooted?. These questions were running through my mind these past few weeks. And God showed an answer. It’s very simple yet comes with complications. Being rooted in Christ is when you know the word of God and having the ability to obey His commandments without compromising. Doing what the Lord says and building a personal relationship with Him. However ladies, don’t get it twisted, this is easier said than done.

One thing we must understand is that when we decide to become rooted it is not an overnight transformation. It is a long-term process, and it differs for everybody. I know sometimes we want to speed the process and get to where God wants us to be fast, becoming impatient. But we need to understand the best time is God’s time “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven”(Ecclesiastes 3:1). This process will be full of conflict, challenges, and spiritual warfare.

Even Jesus in the Gospel of Luke expressed how following him would cause conflict within families, “Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” (Luke 12:53). For some, there will be battles for Christ with their parents. Nevertheless, with conflict comes courage, to stand for what you believe in. To stand for the truth. To stand for Christ.

When Rooted In Christ there comes challenges. This world will bring forth many ideas that go against the word of God. We sometimes become afraid to stand up for Christ. Especially young people, we start to become ashamed of who we are. But it says in the word ” For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). We cannot be ashamed because we do not seek validation from this world but we seek it from God. Furthermore, commitment, we must be committed to change, to letting go of past behaviours and giving our all to God.

Lastly, we enter a spiritual warfare. We have one enemy and that enemy is the devil who comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). We need to understand that he will try and persuade us to go astray but we must remain grounded in the things of Christ and resist temptations. Like Jesus resist temptations by the devil himself in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13). Jesus also set an example of how we can also resist the devil’s temptations, through the word of God. Stay blessed!

Stay Rooted in the Truth

A Little Encouragement

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Hey ladies, apologies for not posting for the past two weeks. It was exam period and things had gotten a bit out of hand.
So, for anyone who was in my position and needs a little encouragement you have come to the right place.

Sometimes you can get wrapped up in the thought that you have reached your maximum, you can’t push any further, you can’t go on. Just remember to tell yourself NO! Say NO to falling down, say NO to giving up. For our Father who is in Heaven, the Lord, God, Almighty is faithful. He will lead you, He will cause your feet not to stumble. depend on Him always.

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”(Proverbs 3:16) Do not forget the Lord your God in times of hardships, His waiting on you to call on Him so He can direct the way for you. Stay blessed!

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord 🙂