“But You, O Lord…are my glory and the lifter of my head.” ~Psalm:3:3

Life is a journey of many years. Another birthday, another day added to the journey. It’s time to worship and give honor to God my Heavenly Father, to Jesus my Savior, my Redeemer, my Rock my Refuge and shelter from all storms of life, He is my everything! God is a wonder, an awe, I marvel at His amazing love. Who am I that God is thinking of me at this very moment, His thoughts towards me are GOOD. “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.” (Psalm 18:16).

I will sing with David to the Lord, I will magnify Him, I declare before all as David the psalmist says, “But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.” ~Psalm 3:3. “I love you Lord, and I lift my voice, to worship you O my soul rejoice. Take joy my King, in what you hear, let it be a sweet sweet sound in your ear.”

God heals the bruises of sins, He restores and put the repentant hearts back together. “A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench…” (Isaiah 42:3,Matt.12:20). The world judges unfairly but God is the righteous Judge. My hope is in God. He values me, He is my just Judge, my Redeemer, my glory and the lifter of our my head.

The Lord is a treasure to be found by those who are in the darkness. David says, “You O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” (Psalm 18:28). And here’s more, For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus.” (2 Cor.4:6) It is Jesus, the Light of the world who transforms the deepest darkness – whether it be sorrow, pain or despair. WOW!

Dear God, I am in awe of You! Thank you for your amazing love, amazing grace, how sweet the sound…

Prayer: Lord, let Your Light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus, Amen.

Thank you for visiting God bless you!

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HOPE

My big word for today is “HOPE”!
So pick yourself up, chin up, look up, let’s be encouraged together!

Here’s Cindy Jacobs: “Cindy Jacobs Prophesies: The Lord Says, ‘I Am Going to Take Away Your Hopelessness’
“…God showed me that He is going to bring relationships that are going to be hope builders. He is going to bring people who will surround you when you feel abandoned, people to surround you when you are lonely.” (charismamag.com)

“The Bible says that God sets the solitary in families, and I see some of you, that even though you have people around you, they are not meeting your emotional needs, and it has been very hard for you. We can feel lonely even in a crowd, but the Lord says, “No!” There is a hope coming, and God has plans for you, to give you a future and a hope.”

There you are, stop waiting… you know that waiting is action! Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”. How do we wait? How do we renew our strength? Take action my friends. We’re in this journey together! Always willing to pray and walk alongside you… Shake off hopelessness… be delivered from fear and do something NOW! (private message me)

Love you my friends!❤️🙏
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God is with us!

Greetings everyone! Trust your Christmas was joyful and peaceful!

I really want this post to reflect how grateful I am to God for His faithfulness as the end of the year draws to an end. My heart is filled with thanksgiving as I acknowledge the goodness of God using the following scriptures.

“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail” (Lamentations 3:22). God remains true and faithful even when we forget about him and even at times when we have given up on Him. God has not abandoned us, he has not left us to remain discouraged and without hope. In the senior years of my life, it’s been a challenge to keep good health in order to manage each day and the challenges they bring. But God, is our Good Shepherd and He has taken good care of us along the journeying of life. His presence with us has brought us this far by His mercy and grace. Therefore, no matter what is happening in my life now, or despite what the future may bring, I will hold up the words of Paul, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6)

In Samuel 22:20, King David launches out into a song of praise after the Lord delivered him from the hands of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. David says, “…He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.” God delivers us from fear, sickness and hopelessness. Listen to what Isaiah 33:21 says, “The LORD will be our Mighty One. He will be like a wide river of protection that no enemy can cross, that no enemy ship can sail upon.” Say “Amen” if you are still standing, if God has brought you across the rivers of difficulties that almost drowned us, yet, with God’s help we have crossed safely to the other side!

In closing, I feel that it is very fitting to end this post with Psalm 103:1-5:

“Bless the LORD, O my soul; all that is within me, bless His holy name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all His kind deeds—

He who forgives all your iniquities and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, and crowns you with loving devotion and compassion, who satisfies you with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Let’s pray:

Father we thank you for Your Word. Thank you for being our rock and our fortress and our deliverer, the God of our strength in whom we trust. In Jesus Name, Amen.

God bless my friends!

Please leave a comment, and look forward to seeing you in the year 2021!

An overflowing heart

Happy Spring day from Auckland New Zealand my friends!🌻🌱

“My heart is bursting with a new song; lyrics to my king erupt like a spring for my king, to my king; my tongue is the pen of a poet, ready and willing.” (Psalm 45:1 The Voice)

Lord Jesus, you are so beautiful, so kind, so loving, so gentle and so gracious… My heart is filled with devotion to you!

Today is a beautiful time to reflect on the journey… Even in the midst of this pandemic invading our lives, bringing unprecedented changes, we have hope. I’m looking up to God, and remembering that there is one thing that will never change; no matter what life throws at us, “the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him…” (Psalm 103:17).

Despite Covid-19 pandemic, God is still with us and He has not forgotten us. God still answers our prayers even when we sometimes lack in faith to persevere. This last weekend, my son and his wife finally got married, surrounded by their three children and just some of our close family members.

New Zealand is a beautiful place and the location chosen was at a tiny town by the sea. It has meaning as its where my son’s wife is from. A most idyllic place – on the sand dunes by the sea – with beautiful sceneries of the sea and mountains, hills of (Port Waikato, Maraetai Bay). The special occasion has given our family some beautiful memories to look back to especially at unsettled times like we’re experiencing now.

God promises:

“I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV).

“For I know the thoughts that I think towards you says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV).

Therefore, how fitting it is to praise God from the bottom of my heart, giving Him honour for all He has done! God created time, and He is never late. No prayers are wasted for our loved ones…

And, I will continue to look up to God as the journey continues…

Be encouraged!

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“Trusting God”

“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me…” Psalm 138:8

We can easily trust in our own strength, abilities and experiences and say that we are doing well. We have God-given potential but we know we have so many limitations. Paul says, “We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

It is God alone that knows the end from the beginning, and He holds everything in His hands.

In Psalm 138, David is praising God “…with his whole heart” because of God’s faithfulness (vs.1). David goes on to say, “In the day when I cried out, You answered me and made me bold with strength in my soul” (vs.3). David knew where his strength comes from. Then he concludes the psalm saying, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands” ( vs.8).

God is in control. Paul reminds us in Philippians (1:6), “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Therefore, I will trust Him as He has a better view of His plan for my life from beginning to the end.

Will you trust Him too?

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Welcome Spring 2020!

Pics taken during my walk this morning

“Yes, God Loves You”

“…And I pray that you, bring rooted and established in love, may have power…to know this love that surpasses knowledge -that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” #Ephesians 3:17-19

God loves us!

And a new season is here for us to hope for new and better things.

Covid-19 has invaded our lives bringing changes that has restricted us from doing the things we normally do. But the good news is, it can never restrict us from our connection with our Heavenly Father through prayer.

Remember, God has loved us enough to give us victory in Jesus, our Lord.

Today, pause and reflect on the awesome ways God has blessed our lives from time to time. Those little things that happen daily, like waking up, breathing and being able to move around.

“…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power…to know this love that surpasses knowledge -that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

During my walk this morning, I noticed these three small flowers on a plant that looked like it was dying. They were almost hidden but the beautiful colours stood out just smiling at me (see pic above). I almost missed them. We can easily miss the ‘little things’ that give us ‘wow’ moments in our daily lives as we are driven through the rush of the day. If you take time to look, you will see God’s handiwork and they’re all around you!

Here again is the beautiful prayer of the apostle Paul,

“…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power…to know this love that surpasses knowledge -that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

In Jesus Name, Amen!

God bless you and thank you for visiting! 🌻🌱

WASTE YOURSELF

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Our service to the Lord has its challenges. Discouragement, fear of the unknown, fear of being rejected, being misunderstood. When people look down on you because you lack wealth, or also because of race and one’s history or family background.

We battle each day to destroy the enemy who tries to destroy our purpose and calling from God. I encourage you to keep praying, keep reading your bible, keep wrestling and keep prevailing in prayers like Jacob did in the bible (Genesis 32:22-32).

“And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.” But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me.” ~Matthew 26:6-11

From the beautiful story of – “Jesus anointed at Bethany”

My journey through brokenness… “In the crushing, in the pressing, you are making new wine.” (Hillsong)

This is the story of a poor young woman who takes an expensive alabaster box filled with a rich perfume and pours it out on Jesus. The disciples were angry and said “Why this waste”. Apparently, the box and ointment were worth a lot of money. And could have been sold for much to give to the poor. But Jesus disagreed and was pleased with what the woman did. He said to his disciples, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for me.”

I’ve been reflecting on my journey and I embrace this story as one of my favourites from the gospels. I found in this story a positive meaning to the word ‘waste’.

Ours service to God isn’t like ‘a walk in the park’ it’s not about having a title, showing up to church, meetings, leading a group and so on. In my own experience, it is about my personal relationship with God. It’s about those times and hours that no one else knows about. The times you attend to family needs, work to earn a living, and times spent on improving yourself, disciplining yourself, educating yourself, prayer and bible reading, and the activities/actions you do that builds your passion and determination to be a better follower of Christ.

So I encourage myself to never feel like my time doing these things is wasted. Everything I do, I do for Christ who saved me and “brought me out into a better place.” (Psalm 18:19)

God has me in a place where I’m supposed to be. So I’m not wasting my time or my abilities. We cannot find fulfilment just by achieving tasks for the Lord. We are fulfilled only on wasting ourselves. Why? Because the goal is not the work. It is the pleasure of our Lord that we waste ourselves on Him! Jesus told the disciples not to trouble the woman, “For she has done a good work for me.” Think of those unplanned times with people who need your help. Those that draw on your personal time because they are in crisis. Holding someone’s hand, crying with them, lifting them up to God in prayer… To me, that’s the fragrant oil! I see prayer and intercession as a ‘feet-washing’ ministry. Those we pray for; sickness, weariness, grief, discouragement, frustration, anger, forgiveness…. As we lift those with needs up in prayers, God heals, restores, renews and give them fresh courage for the journey. That’s the place where we find contentment and fulfilment. When we spend time and resources to strengthen others. The psalmist says, “You, O God, did freely send the rain, giving strength to the weariness of your heritage.” (Psalm 68:9). God does it through us, so do not grow weary in wasting your precious time in the service of our Lord!

Let me leave you with this question, When was the last time you washed the Lord’s feet?

Let me know your thoughts, I’d love a discussion with you😊

Also, let me know how we can be praying for you and your family. God bless you!

Be encouraged!

(Readings, inspiration from K. Kumar “Waste Yourself” & Christopher Connors “The Value of You”)

“Arise shine…”

Arise, shine; For your light has come!And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1 NKJV

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Welcome everyone! And welcome the new month of June 2020👏

We give praise and glory to God the giver of life, our Healer, our Comforter, our restorer, our strong tower and refuge at all times and especially as we transition out of Covid-19 pandemic! Glory to God!

A brand new month is here with even greater opportunities to live out what God has purposed for us.

Yesterday, the Church celebrated ‘Pentecost’ Sunday. Praise God His Spirit is in us!

Like some of you, I have been seeking God, praying, watching, listening… and witnessing what God is doing in the lives of His Christian leaders and in governments both locally and nationwide. In my own corner, I’ve been actively promoting peace in my family, friends and others in obedience to what God’s call and purpose is for me. During the lockdown time, I see my seeds of prayers that need watering. I see some positive movements and for some seeds, God seems to withhold the rain on my seeds… But I keep going, praying over them and doing what I’m supposed to do to make this happen. Not that God is not willing to answer my prayers, His timing is not ours. He wakes me up in the early hours of the morning to lift up my prayers, some I pray willingly, some I’m reluctant and need faith…so with tears of intercession I trust Him that His grace is sufficient for me when I’m weak He is strong.

I see the mightiness of God in some of his children thriving and functioning in their giftings and calling in God. I see our God shifting environments, displacing and replacing… as we pray at a new level where, as individuals, we can understand our place to pray and “to call call those things that do not exist as though they did” (Romans 4:17). We are being emboldened by His Spirit in us to use the authority we have in Christ, to encourage, comfort, heal as we pray shine His light in the darkness through prayers and intercession. (“Arise shine” -Isaiah 60). Breakthroughs are happening, let’s admit it, God is in it all. No man will ever be able to do what God does! He has given each one of us our seasons in life…

Let’s pray,

Heavenly Father, thank you for the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives! Help us to learn and understand more about it so we can be fruitful and more effective in our lives as we serve you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

God bless and be encouraged!

“He is always with me”

Where shall I go from your Spirit?

Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there!
If I rise on the wings of the dawn
If I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me,
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
~PSALM 139: 7 – 12 NIV

God is always with you, He will never leave you nor forsake you!

Be encouraged my friends!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you that you are always with me during the good times and the bad times. It is impossible for me to escape Your presence because you are always with me. When I think that you’re such a loving God, who knows me so personally, I am overwhelmed by your presence.
Thank you, In Jesus Name.