What kind of woman do you want to be in 2015?

….I surely want to be a woman who chooses wisely and plans well.

I cam across this very interesting and motivating post on the Proverbs 31 Ministries Facebook page this morning. Be blessed!

“Maybe like me you sometimes include too many things in your schedule. Sure, we have good intentions and want to meet everyone’s needs. But how helpful can we really be if we’re rushing around all day, feeling anxious and unintentionally setting ourselves up for careless mistakes because we’re doing too much?

I long to be a woman who chooses wisely and plans well. A woman who seeks the Lord’s guidance before setting her schedule, so that she can experience the peace of His presence instead of the anxiety of her hurriedness.

Do you want to be that kind of woman too? What would our days look like if we embraced the pace of God’s steady grace rather than rushing ahead in our attempts to get more done? What if we actually lived like Proverbs 21:25 says, knowing that careful planning puts us ahead but hurry and scurry can put us further behind?

Would we be more helpful to others and ourselves by slowing down, giving attention to what we’re doing and being present in our circumstances, instead of daydreaming about the next thing on our to-do list? I think so.

As we enter the New Year, let’s decide to make a change and do things differently.

Let’s ask God for insight when we create our schedules and move at a pace that pleases Him. Let’s be wise women who
choose to avoid the trap of rushing which often leads us in the wrong direction.” – Leah DiPascal

Read the rest of today’s devotion as we walk in the gentle pace of God’s steady grace today: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/?p=3432

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2015 is Your Year…Don’t Wait Until 2015 to Declare Your Blessings…Make Some Declarations Now!

We often wait until Jan 1 to begin praying about the upcoming year. Hundreds of churches in Barbados go into a 21-day or 30-day fast to set things in order for the upcoming year. Why wait until when you are in 2015 to command the year?

Do it now! It’s not too late to set aside a period of praying and fasting over the next two days, to set the basis for 2015. Of course I embrace a period of fasting in January, but nothing is wrong with setting the ground work now.

Here are some declarations that you can speak now over your 2015:

  • I declare that…
    • God’s favour over my life and my family in 2015
    • I shall not want nor lack anything good in 2015
    • Every purpose which the Lord has created me for in 2015 will come to pass
    • I will walk in the Lord’s purpose
    • I will not be afraid, but God will give me great courage and strength
    • I shall be blessed financially and I will prosper in everything I put my hands to do
    • I shall walk in the overflow at all times
    • The enemy shall not take away but God will add continuously to my life
    • I shall be in good health at all times; both I and my family

ALL IN THE NAME OF JESUS OF NAZARETH.

EMBRACE YOUR SEASON OF SINGLENESS GIRLFRIEND

I just love 1 Corinthians 7 because it’s one of the chapters in the Bible which tells us all that we need to know about marriage in a nutshell. You should take some time to read the entire chapter, simply because its amazing guidance to us as women and even to married couples.

oor some time now 1 Corinthians 7:34 has been on my mind and it’s only recently that I really got to understand what God is saying to us in this verse:

It states:

There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. (KJV)

The word “virgin” here is used to mean “unmarried” as the second line states. God wants us unmarried to be caught up with His business first and foremost as single women.

We must be focused on being totally holy in body and spirit before God as the scripture states. It’s almost as if God is telling us that He wants to prepare us as single women to please Him first and foremost before anything else.

In singleness our main goal should be to serve and please God. We must be fixed in our God-given purpose. Once you do this you will see that over time and as you embrace your season of singleness, you will become the holy and righteous woman that God has called you to be. In addition, you will be more prepared to please and serve the man that God has for you.

Nothing happens before the time. So if you trust God and are believing God for that someone, when you complete every test and develop in your season, God will open doors and lead Mr. Right to you that you will be able to please him the way God wants you to as a godly woman.

MY STORY IN A NUTSHELL!

In my season of singleness I have gotten a chance to develop a deeper relationship with God. In my singleness I have found purpose and I have ben able to hear God’s voice clearer. The Holy Spirit has been guiding me on how to fulfil my dreams. God has been strengthening me and giving me the boldness and courage to fulfil the ministry which He has created me for. There is no one else to please and serve but God in this season. God has been preparing me without distraction for the next season.

In this season of singleness, not only is the word of God close to my heart, but I have also been reading awesome books written by godly men and women who give sound advice in areas of singleness, marriage, forgiveness, love etc. I can only say that the single life is an awesome experience. For me, pleasing God is prepares me more and more each day to please my future husband as a godly woman.

My encouragement to you today is simply this: Embrace Your Season of Singleness Girlfriend. There is much beauty to be created in you and things to be birthed in you in this season that will be used for God’s glory over time and will also prepare you for your next season with Mr. Right.

WHERE DO YOU STORE YOUR TREASURES…?

Matthew 6 - 19-20
Jesus’ sermon on the mount is one of my favourite Bible lessons. To just sit and listen to what Jesus had to say to His disciples and the multitude is priceless. If only we could have been there to witness it for ourselves… 🙂

In Matthew 6 Jesus continues to tell his listeners that they should not do good to be seen, neither should they position themselves in prayer just to be heard, but rather should consider praying in secret before God and when we do that He will reward us openly. Not that we should not pray loudly,  but Jesus was and still is saying to us today that His people shouldn’t do anything for the personal gain of being seen or heard by men, but everything must be done in sincerity and for God’s true purpose.

He then moves on in verse 9 to give them a model prayer which we today call “The Lord’s Prayer”. Then He begins to tell them about the stance of humility which should be taken when fasting.

Then in verse 19 to 21 He tells us about where our focus should be. Even at this time so many are focused on the gifts, lights, decorations, new furniture, curtains etc. The real question is, are we really focused on Jesus, the reason for His birth? I ask sometimes, are we really focused on God, our creator and what He has done for us?  Where do you store your treasures?

The answer to each of today’s reader will differ, but through all the hustle and bustle, God wants us to have our eyes fixed on eternity because when this world comes to an end, it will no longer be about the material things which will all go up in smoke, but rather about the soul and the state of your soul.

So today God is saying to all of us to remember not only the material aspects of the season, but remember Jesus also. Remember Heaven. Remember the place where He wants us to dwell with Him when all the world is destroyed by fire:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

God is telling us that if we lay our treasures up on earth, then our focus is not really on Him. Yes we live in a world and we have to exist, but the things of God should always take preeminence. If we are bogged down with things and all the mess that’s happening here on this earth, then we really don’t know Him who says trust in Him and lean not unto our own understanding and also tells us that He will never leave us nor forsake us. That’s why Jesus says in verse 21:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also

If your heart is with the world and the “things” of the world, then your result will not be as rewarding as if your heart was focused on heavenly things, such as God’s purpose, Jesus and His love, the birth of Christ and what it means to you as Christian etc….

WHERE DO YOU STORE YOUR TREASURES…?

TODAY’S PRAYER

Heavenly Father I first want to thank You for sending Jesus Christ to be the saviour of this world. I thank You for life and all things that you have done for me throughout this year. Father I recognise the need to be more focused on all heavenly things; to be focused on You and the purpose that You have placed me on this earth to fulfil. I recognise also that storing us treasures in heaven means having new outlook on life, where You are first. Father I am sorry for the times where things and the treasures of this world have taken place before You, but I confess I need You to help me refocus. Thank you in advance for helping me and may 2015 be a year of rededication to You and the things of Heaven. All this I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Amen

May you have a joyful and prosperous New Year!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS!!!

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

I know that I am a day late, but I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas. With all the beautiful lights, shopping, hustle and bustle, just remember that Jesus is the reason why we celebrate this holiday. Of course he is to be celebrated at all times, but somehow it seems like we really place too much emphasis on the gifts, food and lights at this time.

Here’s a beautiful song which I did as a solo piece yesterday at church. It’s Third Day’s Jesus, Light of the world. I hope you enjoy it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czh_t9mBLKI

REMEMBER THE TRUE LIGHT…JESUS

Merry Christmas and a prosperous and favour-filled new year to you and yours!

“I gotta be here to protect these children,” Man battling cancer on a mission

KFOR.com

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MOORE, Okla. – Gerald Carney is on a mission and has been for a number of years.

Every day, he makes sure the children of Briarwood Elementary make it to school safely.

However, he does more than stop traffic as a crossing guard on 19th St. in Moore.

He always has a friendly word or two for the youngsters and he gets to know them and their families.

That’s why Amanda Pham nominated him for Pay It Forward.

Pham is not only a mother of students at Briarwood but also a physician’s assistant.

“When I was dropping my kids off one day about four years ago, I was told that Mr. Carney had passed out.  I was told at that time he didn’t have a heartbeat,” said Pham.  “So, I ran to see how he was and he initially did not respond, and then I felt for…

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WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, BUT JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING

PSALM 30 - 5

WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, BUT JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING

 
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning(Psalm 30:5)
The first five verses in Psalm 30 talk about the saving power of God. God is able to save us. There is no doubt about that. Just think about the many persons He saved in the Bible whether it was from sickness, prison or being killed. God is a saving God.
This morning there are some who are reading this and are going through weeping for some reason or the other, but the Holy Spirit wants to remind you right now of God’s saving power to bring you out of what ever you are going through. He is telling you this morning not to worry because God has your back and though you weep for a night; though you are sorrowful for a night season, joy is right around the corner in the morning. Remember nights are dark, but mornings are bright.  So your season of brightness is right around the corner. Just trust God on this one. He will bring you out. We may not know how long your night season will be for, but we know for sure that brightness is about to come, so ensure, trust and believe in God.
TODAY’S PRAYER
Heavenly Father I thank You for Your saving power to deliver and set free. You have done it for many and You will do it again for me, my family, friends and colleagues. Father I thank You for life and though I may go through night seasons of weeping, I know that You are with me. Your rod and Your staff with continue to comfort me. Thank You for Your love and the joy and strength which You have right in front me in my morning season. In my night season I believe that You will teach me many things and give me strength so that when I enter my morning season, I can be a powerful testimony of strength to others. Give me Your strength to endure and hold on for my morning is right around the corner. I thank You for the joy which comes in the morning. I receive Your joy in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Amen