We need each other…

Granted, relationships are hard to maintain. People are bound to say and do things that get to us. But never allow yourself to believe that it’s better for you to isolate yourself from people, especially those that God has given you.

Isolation is an a trick of the enemy

There are times that l have found myself crying myself to sleep, stressing over things and never asking for help. Feeling alone yet l have such great people around me but l had believed a lie that l am better off alone.

The devil seeks to isolate you so that he can attack you and no one will be there to help you.

We have to pray for the ability to discern when the devil is at work in our relationships and in our minds. The devil is a liar he will whisper lies to you, that you are alone, that no one understands and there by putting a distance between you and your family, your friends and even your church brethren.

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated,

but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.

Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I have come to realise that the devil is busy, he seeks to isolate the hearts of children from their mothers, sisters from their brothers, husbands from their wives .

You find yourself suffering in silence yet you are surrounded by family and friends. People getting depressed, suicide rates are heart breaking, mostly because people won’t talk to each other.

If you’re feeling alone right now l want to encourage you that “God is with you”,

And if you’re overwhelmed and needing help find someone to help you.

In which relationships are you sensing a wage of distance? Do you find yourself constantly isolating yourself?

When you know the truth, you will recognise the lie.

I pray that this empowers you to fight for your relationships.

Much love 💖

Shalom

Beauty for ashes

My dearly beloved broken crayons still colour .

Your History doesn’t determine your destiny .

The current situation in your life doesn’t dictate your future.

Your pain serves as fuel for your testimony and your destiny.

Your mourning, your despair, your shame has qualified you to receive beauty, blessings and a double portion of honour.

God is in the habit of making the most out of the worst situation. Bringing out the best in us through the challenges we face.

To all who mourn in Israel,

1️⃣he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, 2️⃣a joyous blessing instead of mourning, 3️⃣festive praise instead of despair.

In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.” Isaiah‬ ‭61:3‬ ‭

Have you experienced shame?

“Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.” Isaiah‬ ‭61:7‬ ‭

God is so good 🙏, Every situation in your life that you thought would be the end of you, He uses it to make you a hundred times better .

There is beauty waiting for you on the other side, Hold on!

I hope you’re encouraged

Much love 💕

Shalom

Embracing the unpredictability of life..

Discomfort, disappointment , disruption, pain are part of life, so is comfort, celebration, love, joy and success. To go through life only expecting the good leaves room for nasty setbacks when things don’t go as planned.

I have decided to give up the notion of comfort and embrace the unpredictability of life .

I realised that when God says fear not He promises to be with us not take us away from the circumstances but to walk through them with us.

“When you pass through the waters,I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”Isaiah‬ ‭43:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Yea, though I walk through the valleyof the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalms‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Dear friends there will be valleys, there will be mountains, we may pass through waters, and may have to walk through fiery circumstances , but God is with us. At times your life may need to be disrupted so that there may be progress.

The challenge is in staying calm in the fire, staying alive, to keep praying and praising when everything is against you. Stay in the fight!

I used to get affected so much by circumstances. Functioning through storms of life has been a real struggle.

However life has taught me that not all things will go as planned. Whatever the situation l must keep on keeping on.

 

So my goal this year is to never stop , regardless of whatever comes my way. However painful the challenge, the heart break, the discomfort will find me ready and prepared. I have stopped too many times, and that has not kept disruptions from coming my way.

So what am l saying today?, As my Pastor would put it “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Embrace the unpredictability of life.

I hope you are encouraged

Much love 💖

Shalom

What crisis demands …

So l looked up the definition for crisis, it is “defined as a time of intense difficulty, hardship or even adversity”. After having been through a whirlwind of a year.

Let’s face it no one really wants to be in a crisis but life doesn’t give us the luxury of that choice. Things can take a turn at any given time and as children of God it’s best that “we know what crisis demands.”

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” I Peter‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Job is one of many in the Bible who experienced great difficulty :

  • The attack of his character
  • The attack of his protection
  • The attack of his family
  • The attack of his possession
  • The attack of his health

As l was reading through the book of Job, l wanted to learn how he reacted to such times of crisis. I for one am not a fan of problems and l tend to react the wrong way.😩 Doing what crisis demands

1️⃣Cry out to God ,the temptation is to complain, be anxious, be troubled and give up. But Job prayed.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”. Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬

Which ever the case refuse to let the situation cause you to lose faith in God..

2️⃣ Worship God, when crisis befell Job he bowed down and worshiped God.

“Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.”Job‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬Crisis demands that we keep giving God glory

3️⃣ Hold on to your integrity , your beliefs. People will question your beliefs when difficulty strikes, they will question your God. It’s important that we hold on to God and to his ways in crisis.

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?”In all this Job did not sin with his lips.Job‬ ‭2:9-10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

4️⃣Trusting God in such times is crucial. Knowing that we may not understand but He does. Leaning not on our understanding, {Proverbs 3:5-6}. Job keeps this trust in God.

5️⃣Acknowledge that God is God. Most of the times when we get into a crisis we try to figure things out, we may even utter words that offend God.

“You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” Job‬ ‭42:3‬

Job Repented, acknowledging that he had spoken of things he didn’t understand. Repentance brought restoration .

🔴“And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.” JOB‬ ‭42:12‬ ‭

Stay strong God will restore you. Do what crisis demands hold on.

Whatever the crisis God is with you.

Much love

Shalom❤️

Peace is a language of God.


Have you ever been in a situation where you are looking for answers, you are wanting God to say something but it seems He is not responding to you in the way that you are used to?. When you are trying to make a big decision that has the capacity to alter your life forever. 

I have now learnt that peace is a language of God. In situations where you can't seem to hear the voice of God ask yourself how much at peace you are with making that next move?.

Peace or lack of it is a language of God.

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people.”     ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭14:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace at all times and in every way [that peace and spiritual well-being that comes to those who walk with Him, regardless of life’s circumstances]. The Lord be with you all.”  ‭‭2 THESSALONIANS‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“May the God of peace be with you all! Amen."    ROMANS‬ ‭15:33 AMP

Considering that God is a God of peace, our lack of peace in times of decision making or at any stage of our lives may indicate disagreement with God and his will for us.

In other instances it may show our lack of trust in God, in the form of worry and anxiety.

It's important for us to know that God wants us to have peace whatever the circumstances. It is never in God's will for us to be frustrated.

Here are some instances l have found myself lacking peace 

  • When God is communicating my need to do what he instructed. 
  • When I'm about to make a bad decision.
  • When trying to fix issues that only God can fix, hence I'm troubled.
  • When my trust and focus is not on God.

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].” ‭‭PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭AMP‬‬

““For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, Nor will My covenant of peace be shaken,” Says the LORD who has compassion on you.” ‭‭ISAIAH‬ ‭54:10‬ ‭AMP‬

This just hit home with me, 🙌🏻God has a covenant of peace with us which can never be shaken!

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]”‭‭JOHN‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭AMP‬‬

☝🏽😢 Troubled hearts have no peace!.The amount of time l have wasted not claiming peace, allowing myself to be troubled. I'm angry at the devil for stealing my peace for all these years. I'm going to claim peace, pursue it and fight the devil with his schemes that steal my peace.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord GOD is the eternal Rock.”   Isaiah‬ ‭26:3-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

How perfect is this it's a promise to us that when we fix our thoughts on God and Trust Him, He will give us peace.

Lastly l believe that knowing that we have peace with God, through Jesus Christ is important. God loves us and wants us to have peace, he is not happy when we are troubled. 

“Therefore, since we have been justified [that is, acquitted of sin, declared blameless before God] by faith, [let us grasp the fact that] we have peace with God [and the joy of reconciliation with Him] through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed).”          ROMANS‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I hope this encourages you to seek peace, For God is a God of peace. And whenever you lack peace pursue it. It's yours and mine.

Much love 

Shalom 

Don’t let discouragement replace your faith in God..


The greatest challenge of Christianity in my view is discouragement.  Throughout our walk with God we have to fight being disheartened by circumstances. Discouragement has the capacity to replace your zeal and faith in God.  In my case l constantly find myself being discouraged by the very people l love, those that God actually gave to me. And in most cases it is probably my expectations that disappoint me.

I have leant now that  all disappointment is controlled by expectations . People will disappoint you.  I’m sure that even l disappoint some people unknowingly ..

Constantly God has brought me to situations that leave me shattered, just so he can get me back to him. It sounds like affliction but it is really growth.  Most of the times l would have grown into the bad habit of letting people have higher priority to me than God.  And when they disappoint me you can imagine how discouraged the lover in me is.  However trying those times are, l believe that they have brought me to a place of understanding..

It is therefore apparent to me that the only way to avoid being discouraged is to Let God be your Anchor, the one you hope in, depend on, rely on, look to and run to..God is steadfast, faithful, never failing, loving, gracious, Our God abounds in mercy. Many times we are looking for God answers in people. You may have been hurt by people, maybe you should forgive them because they never had what you were after, God has what you are after.

An anchor is a person or thing which provides stability or confidence in an otherwise uncertain situation.

 The reason we should look to Jesus is so that we are not discouraged. Our God remains faithful and constant, He will never let us down or put us to shame.

“If we are faithless, He remains faithful [true to His word and His righteous character], for He cannot deny Himself.” ‭‭2 TIMOTHY‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭AMP‬

“being fully convinced that God had the power to do what He had promised.” ‭ROMANS‬ ‭4:21‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to“Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own].‭‭1 THESSALONIANS‬ ‭5:24‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever.”   HEBREWS‬ ‭13:8‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Then the LORD passed by in front of him, and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth (faithfulness);” EXODUS‬ ‭34:6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

God is faithful [He is reliable, trustworthy and ever true to His promise–He can be depended on], and through Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”‭‭1 CORINTHIANS‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Whenever you feel discouraged, look to God. He is so faithful , so good, so loving, there is no one like Him. He will not leave you, He does not change. So there is no reason why l should be discouraged, yes people may disappoint me but God will not.

 So don’t let discouragement replace your faith in God . God is absolutely dependable.

I’m encouraged, l pray that you are too

Love 

Shalom