Longing, Hunger and Thirst

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Do you know what it is to long for something MORE in your life and not know what or who it is you need to truly satisfy that feeling inside of you?

Do you know of a thirst and hunger that is so great that NO amount of food can satisfy?

Do you know how many people go to sleep at night FULL of sorrow and so much pain that the longing within them is just so much that only tears can release the pressure inside?

Do you know that ALL we have to do to address that longing, hunger and thirst is to look up and speak to the Almighty God and invite Him into our hearts and lives?

Do you know that the only thing keeping us stuck in these periods of longing and hunger is our unwillingness to accept there is more to us that what we see and know?

Every day we choose to just go through the motions of our everyday existence we deny ourselves our God-given inheritance because of fear, doubt, lies and stubbornness

Today, let us CHOOSE to embrace a difference path.  Let us choose to LOOK UP and SPEAK OUT.

Heavenly Father, as we come before today we thank you for this new day that only You could have created. We acknowledge all of our imperfections and wrong doing and ask that You forgive us for our stubbornness. 

Help us, Oh Lord! to make the changes we need in our lives so we can be free from the longing, thirst and hunger that has eluded us for so long. 

As we read these words, I believe that God will START the work in us that only He can do to bring us a sense of peace and joy that we have never known before Him.

Create in me Oh Lord, a spirit that hunger and thirst for You.

Create in me Oh Lord, a spirit that actively seeks You.

Create in me Oh Lord, a tongue that speaks life, promotion, positivity, prosperity and peace.

Create in me Oh Lord, a heart that is free from evil, resentment, hatred, jealousy and envy.

Create in me Oh Lord, a mind that is at peace with itself and You Oh Lord. 

Create in me Oh Lord, all of these things so that I can experience Your mercy, favour, blessing, healing, love, protection and guidance in every aspect of my life.

Let Your light shine within me so bright that darkness has no option but to retreat NEVER to return.

Let Your joy and love fill every corner of my being so that I NEVER forget that You are with me always.

Let Your peace comfort me when I feel weary or scared. 

Thank you Lord for never giving up on me. I receive all of these blessings. In Jesus name. Amen.

May God continue His work in us each and every day.

As I go, I leave you with this message: Although we would never be perfect we CAN become better than we are right now but we have to WORK on it. Put your trust in God for everything and He WILL see you through.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.

 

Music Reflection Mondays: A Spiritual Awakening

Happy Monday greetings to each of you.  I hope this Monday does not meet you feeling blue.  Music can activate movement and emotions within us without even trying.  I believe we all have a spirit or soul within us that is driven or moved to or by certain things in the same way.

With that said, I felt compelled to share this poem with you.  What is the music or murmur in your spirit saying to you. May God bless you as you read it.

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For a long time my spirit has been asleep

I can only imagine how much this made You weep

I can now feel You deep within my core

And this makes me want to know You even more

 

As I embark on this life-changing journey

I recognise there is a power lying dormant inside me

I ignored Your calls and instead chose to build up walls

While You had to look on and document my falls

 

My spirit has finally received the message,

“It’s time to come home but you must make some changes”.

I have chosen to accept this call and even though I may fall

I won’t put up my usual wall

Instead on Your Word I would call.

 

Thank You for choosing me.  I’m glad I’ve finally chosen You.

I will no longer insist on doing things my way

Instead I’ll pay special attention to what You have to say

I will TRUST in Your vision and purpose for my life

And obey Your word as disobedience brings strife

Thank You Lord for being apart of my life.

 

Be blessed and know that God loves you and will continue to love you as you learn to love yourself. Be washed with His grace and mercy as you listen to some of my new favourites below.

 

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.

 

 

 

The ‘Right’ Thing

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Knowing the right thing and doing the right thing is not always an automatic occurrence. 

I recognize that because of our own weaknesses, fears, doubts and sometimes even our upbringing that the ‘right’ thing may not always be clear and can be quite scary at times.

Thankfully, we have a choice to live life not by our own understanding but through someone greater than us. God has equipped us with His word that guides and directs us in the way we should go.

Heavenly Father thank you for this beautiful Friday morning that You have blessed us with. Lord my prayer for every person reading this message is that we would be gifted with Your strength, wisdom, understanding and courage to do the right thing in every situation we find ourselves in. When we seek You Lord may we always find clarity and guidance. In Jesus name, amen!

Have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend. 🙂

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life.

Check Your Alignment

Heavenly Father as I get ready to share this post guide and direct my words, help me deliver this post in a manner that would benefit all who read it.  Help us align ourselves to Your will and not our own so that we can see and experience the breakthroughs we so desperately need in our lives today. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen!

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Alignment speaks to the positioning or lining up of something.

In life many times when things or life does not go our way it could throw off our alignment.  However, more often than not I have noticed that it was my lack of alignment in the first place that got me into some of the situations I found myself in.

Take a look at some examples of my own situations and how lack of alignment affected my life.

  • My lack of respect and value for money lead me to misuse and abuse the money I had that behaviour and lack of discipline resulted in me acquiring large debt.
  • My lack of self-control and discipline saw me over indulging in unhealthy eating habits that resulted in an unhealthy and unhappy me.
  • My desire to find happiness everywhere else but within me and through God found me in unhealthy relationships and situations that did me more harm than good.
  • My lack of gratitude and appreciation for the small things in my life caused me to miss those blessings when they were gone.
  • My unwillingness to forgive myself and others kept me stuck in a cycle of unhappiness for a long time. This type of existence left me feeling alone, ashamed, regretful, angry, resentful and sad. I would portray a smile to the world but inside I was lost and hurting.
  • I would feel compelled to go to church sometimes but I would not go.
  • I would sometimes give the opinions, thoughts and perspectives of others more weight than my own thoughts or beliefs.  I soon learnt that when in doubt I should turn to God not man.
  • The words of defeat and negativity that I would have thought and spoken over my life became my reality because through my own thoughts and words I gave that possibility life.

I’ve shared experiences to highlight how our actions and sometimes our inaction could affect our alignment.  This lack of alignment can negatively affect our joy, happiness, peace of mind, relationships, health, business, families, success, behaviour, and spirit.

There is a tug- of- war over control for alignment that goes on inside of each of us daily.  To regain control of our lives and correct our alignment of mind, body and spirit we have to pray and put our trust in God daily.  It is not a one off-thing.

Take stock today, look at the various areas of your life, your thoughts, your words that you speak over yourself and others, your heart (is it filled with unforgiveness, resentment and anger) all of these areas affect your alignment in life and with God.

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We would not put a seed into an empty box then place it in the refrigerator and expect it to blossom into a tree and bear fruit.  Through the knowledge, wisdom and understanding of how seeds grow we know we must place it in nutrient rich soil, water it and make sure it gets sunlight for it grow.

We are like seeds planted here on earth and if we are to become the magnificent trees God has planted in our souls then we must align ourselves to get ALL that we need so that we can blossom here on earth.

Seek His face, His power, His forgiveness, His strength, His understanding, His wisdom, His courage, His mercy, His favour, His healing and His alignment to get yourself positioned where you need to be in your life.

Am I where I need to be? I’ll let you know when I get there. 🙂 Everyday I choose to submit to God’s will and my own I get nearer and nearer.  I can feel and trust that God is aligning me and positioning me to be exactly where He needs me to be. I am continually praising Him and asking Him to align my heart, body and soul so that I am where and who He needs me to become.

Thank you Lord for using me today.  Let this post be a blessing to all who read.

As always, thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.

 

12 Reasons Unhappiness can Linger

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We get up every morning and go through life doing what is expected and required of us most times. 🙂  We go to work, go home, take care of our families, and go to school, do chores and any other thing that we have given ourselves as a task to complete.

Does completion or pursuing these tasks make us happy? 

If we were to remove everything off of our ‘To Do List’ and we had nothing but time – with and for ourselves would we be genuinely happy right now where we are in life at this very moment?

Many of us would probably quietly utter, No.  Not because we don’t love our families or appreciate our jobs but probably because we have unresolved things deep inside of us that we’ve never truly dealt with.

Over the years and many sermons later, I’ve come to learn that unresolved issues create limits to our happiness.  What limits have you set on your happiness? I’ve listed some limits that I allowed in my past to keep me unhappy until I learnt the truth.

Let’s take a look.

  1. We become dependent on other people to make us happy.
  2. We have taken on more than we could handle leaving us with feelings of anger, regret, stress and sometimes even depression.
  3. We’re too focused on our disappointments and failures.
  4. We don’t believe that we can be happy because we believe the stories and the lies that we have heard and lived all these years.
  5. We’ve developed and encouraged a spirit of fear or laziness that has kept us from  evening try.
  6. We’re so caught up in pointing fingers and laying blame that we don’t make time to create our own joy and happiness.
  7. We don’t recognize, understand or appreciate that our ability to be happy  and more importantly sustain happiness resides inside of us.  We keep missing it because we’re focusing on obtaining happiness from entities outside of us.
  8. We allow ourselves to remain mental and emotional prisoners of our past.
  9. We give our mouths and our minds freedom to speak and think negative things that only hold us back and keep us stuck in a pit of unhappiness.
  10. We have accepted unhappiness as our way of life.
  11. We really don’t know how to get out of this bed of unhappiness.
  12. We are merely existing in our lives and not actively living in them.

How did I overcome these?

It was not easy. Happiness is a choice and I had to make that decision daily not to allow anything or anyone from my past, present or future to control or dictate how much joy or happiness I am able to enjoy.

However, before I could get to that point, I had to forgive those people from my past through my words (through prayer and some face to face interaction.  I had to alter and correct my thinking. I had to pray and ask God to cleanse my heart and my spirit before the changes I needed could be activated.  Crucial to this however, was making the conscious decision once and for all to let go those painful experiences in order for me to free myself from the prison I had kept myself in all those years. 

It is an amazing feeling when you choose allow yourself to let go of all the stuff that has had you limited, constricted, angry,  guarded and restricted for so long. 🙂

Now that I’ve listed my top 12 reasons why unhappiness can linger, now what?

Well for starters, we’re going to wake up each morning and put a smile on our faces and in our hearts. Secondly, we’re going to actively seek God through prayer and reading His word, giving thanks for His mercy and favour in our lives.

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We’re going to ask Him to heal what is broken within us.  We going to ask for His strength to move pass the obstacles that we have allowed to keep us prisoners in our own lives.

We’re going to ask Him for the strength to forgive because forgiveness is never easy in the beginning.  We have many reasons why forgiving those people who hurt us would be hard but we have to forgive them to free ourselves from that hurt and pain before we can move forward and experience true happiness.

We’re going to declare victory over every area in our lives we’re struggling with. There’s no limit to what God can do be it: unresolved childhood wounds, financial breakthroughs, challenges in our relationships, issues with our kids, problems at work, issues at school, maybe you’re looking for work,  you have health concerns or just want to improve your relationship with God. Bring them before God!

We have the ability to improve our mental state and happiness but we must be willing to heal the fragile sections of our hearts and in so doing repair the scars that some of our life experiences have gifted us with.

It is a process. There’s no denying that and it requires practice and a shift in our thinking and behaviour. Once done from the heart with God as our guide and comforter – we won’t be the same people we use to be.  

We would have gained peace of mind, clarity, focus, joy, happiness and a sense of freedom that we’ve never had before.  Once freed from those self-imposed prisons we would be able to live and experience life to the fullest.

The only thing I had to be fearful of was remaining the same.  One step, one day, one moment at a time choose happiness – you can’t overcome your battles alone. Whatever our hearts desire all we have to do is ask and trust God to help us overcome them.

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Talk to God, He wants to help. The truth is, He is the only person who can help us obtain and sustain true happiness.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life.

 

Stop Holding Yourself Back- Give God Permission to Work in Your Life Today

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Beautiful Good Morning to each and every one of you! I thank God that I am able to come to you this morning to share this message that I have on my heart.

Let’s start with the facts.

  1. God loves us more than we could ever know.
  2. God wants only the best for us.
  3. God has equipped us with certain talents and abilities that are unique to us.
  4. God wants us to prosper on earth.
  5. God wants us to live happy, stress free lives.
  6. God is a forgiving and merciful Father.
  7. God is our Heavenly Father.  Although our earthly Fathers may have abandoned us we are not orphans.  Where our earthly Fathers have fallen short, God will not.
  8. God wants to help us in every area of our lives – relationships, finances, health, etc.
  9. God will not intervene in our lives if we don’t ask Him to.
  10. We can grow closer to God through living a prayerful life and reading His Word.

God is ALL of the above and so much more. 

However, in order for God to work and manifest in our lives the way He wants to we MUST pray not sometimes or just when we desperately need something but every day.  We need to praise His name daily because He has been more than good to us.  He is working behind the scenes but if we want Him to really show up in our lives we have to do the work. 

I’m seeing more and more that the more time I put into knowing God and seeking His Word the more He guides me to where I need to be and what I need to do. I have started to put my faith to work not only with the words that come out of my mouth but asking God to get my mind and heart in agreement.

God needs US to give Him permission and authority to work in and through us for the glory of His Kingdom here on earth.

God is not a pushy God.  Even with ALL of His power and might He wants us to willingly and freely choose Him.  When we do that, the whole game changes.  We start transforming and developing into the individuals we are destined to become but only if we submit unto God’s will not our own.

If you are tired of going around in circles, tired of failing under your own strength, tired of not having enough or not being enough.  God has asked me to tell you, it’s okay to let go and give him the authority and permission to move and improve your life today.

Trust in Him, Trust in His Word and He will take us to new heights. Let us take the limits off God and allow Him to move in and through us.

2018 is the beginning of a better, stronger, wiser and more prosperous You. Embrace, declare and receive that with me today.

Thank Lord for using me to get this message out.  May this be a blessing to all those who read and believe this.  May their lives not remain the same as You begin to work on their behalf as soon as they ask and believe.  In Jesus name, I pray and give thanks. Amen!

Nothing without God

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Heavenly Father thank you for this new day that allows us to say, Thank You!

Thank you for the strength to persevere when we are weak.

Thank you for the courage to face our fears when all we may want to do sometimes is run away.

Thank you for your understanding that opens up our mind, our eyes, our hearts and spirits.

Thank you for your forgiveness because it shows us your mercy.

Thank you for your Word because it is food to our soul.

Thank you for your son Jesus Christ because He made the ultimate sacrifice when He chose to die so we could have life.

Thank you for your protection because without YOU we would surely perish.

Thank you for your favour in every aspect of our lives because it opens doors that NO man can shut.

Thank you for our families because we were not meant to go through life alone.

Thank you for good health and on the days when we don’t feel 100%, we will thank you anyway and trust that our healing is on the way.

Thank you for the being the Light in the darkness guiding and directing our steps.

Thank you for being the provider that You are. That all we have to do is ask and put our trust in You and ALL of our cares, concerns and burdens will be taken care of.

Thank you that you are a God of purpose and as your children we also have a purpose.

Thank you that even in our weak moments all we have to do is call Your name and we will be strengthened.

Thank you for blessing us with gifts and talents not for our own amusement but for them to be a blessing to others.

Thank you for giving us peace of mind and spirit that we can seek and hear You more clearly as we walk through this journey called life.

Thank you for never leaving us for even in our stubbornness you are near.

Thank for loving us even in our imperfections because You know how great, special and amazing we are even when we can’t see it ourselves.

God, You continue to show us Your mercy and favour in our lives.  “Thank you” just does not seem sufficient so we will praise you everyday so we never forget where our peace, protection and prosperity comes from.

We understand that with every victory we receive in Your name that the challenges would become greater but we choose to praise your name even more because no challenge we could ever face is greater than YOU – so we know that our victory would be great also.

Thank you in advance for the victories and breakthroughs we will experience in Jesus name, Amen!

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life.

Have a blessed week.