I Surrender

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Many of us have been going through life in a state of existence for so long but the time has come for us to start living our lives. All we have to do is surrender to Your will oh Lord. Help us Oh Lord, as we surrender today.

Thank You Lord for another day to witness Your mercy and grace in every area of my life.  Thank You that once I obey Your word and put my unwavering trust in You, I will receive Your blessing, favour, provision and protection in my life. All of which is more than I could ever do for myself.

It is with this understanding, that I surrender ALL that I am and have to You knowing that You have got me secure and safe in Your more than able hands. Give me Your comfort and peace as I LET GO of ALL of my fears, concerns, doubt, issues and challenges that come before me. Thank You for ALWAYS strengthening me from within so that I can grow in my faith and trust in You.

As I surrender unto You Oh Lord, BREAK every chain that has kept me from my fulfilling my destiny and my purpose. DESTROY and REMOVE every evil thing that has kept sickness in my family, my finances limited, my business stuck, my mind cloudy and my happiness far away.

I receive this blessing and FREEDOM gifted by You today and ask that everyone that reads this post and believe it be blessed with your mercy as they receive Your grace. In Jesus name. Amen.

ALWAYS remember to thank God for ALL He has done, is doing and WILL do in your life. Don’t lose hope because of what is before you KNOW that once Jesus Christ is a part of your life “no weapon formed against you shall prosper”. (Isaiah 54:17)

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

Have a blessed day.

 

 

 

 

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 a part 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.

 

 

 

Health and Wellness: Go Beyond the Surface

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Hello and welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!

I trust that your day is going well and if it is not, I want you to trust that it WILL get better.  Don’t allow your emotions or joy to be sucked away because of something someone said, did or did not do.

Look beyond that moment into your point of happiness within yourself and flood your mind with it and hold onto that. Life is just too short to hold on to the negative so free yourself from it.

Stay close as I prepare to venture beyond the surface. That is, beyond our aches, pains, weight loss goals, eating habits, among other things we wish we could physically change about ourselves.  Many of us have been told over the years that in order to live healthier and happier lives that we need to do certain things such as drink more water, exercise, don’t eat too much of this or eat more of that and so on.

I must admit that I have been one of those people who would have said some of those very things. In my own journey to improve my health I have learnt more than I honestly expected.  So don’t get me wrong, we should pay attention to what we put into our bodies.  The fact is, our actions have a direct impact on our health and overall well-being.

However, what we often miss or rather overlook, is the not so obvious things inside of us that also affect our health and overall well-being.  Many times our desire to become ‘healthy’ and ultimately improve our outward appearance tends to shift the focus away from some very important and real issues that we need to address inside of ourselves.

These underlying issues are often buried within us hiding among the physical issues that also plague us some known and unknown.   Some of these issues may include: anger, sadness, resentment, hatred, bitterness, regret, stress, and so much more.  Most of which often go unresolved, unchecked, dismissed or archived because we don’t want to deal with them or don’t have the time.

These emotions and unresolved issues within us cause more harm than drinking a sugar beverage or eating a piece of fried chicken in my humble opinion.  If we don’t address and actively treat with these issues we would be slowly killing ourselves no matter how many fruits, vegetables, smoothies or high fiber foods we eat.

So today, I’m asking God to help us with these unresolved issues within us that we’ve either avoided, neglected or ignored hoping that they would just go away. We all know that ignoring them does not make the pain and hurt go away.  It merely numbs us temporarily.  Let’s instead choose to go after a resolution that is more permanent as we ask God to heal our heart and create in us a new spirit.  Allow God to free us from the memories, limits and pain that have eaten away at us for so long.

Heavenly Father, as I come before today, I want to thank You for another opportunity to be a blessing in someone’s life.  I ask Oh Lord that every person reading and hearing this message that may have health and wellness issues beyond what the eyes can see be blessed and the healing process initiated in their life.

I ask for your intervention, your grace, your healing and mercy in our individual situations today.  Create within us a clean hearts Oh Lord and help us free ourselves from those shackles on our hearts and souls so that we can experience true health and wellness in our lives today and everyday.  In Jesus name, Amen.

 

 

 

 

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.