The Sweetness Of A Thank you

My heart was full of joy and my day was made brighter all because of just one statement “Thank you”☺️. How do you feel when someone thanks you? For me the past few days, I have been thanked unexpectedly for unexpected things😳. If you’re like me, I don’t know how to act when I am thanked, I’m rather very awkward 😅 and just simply end up thanking them for thanking me🤣🤷🏾‍♀️. However, at the same time, I can’t help but be filled with a sense of joy😊😁. I bet some of you feel the same when thanked for something, it really just makes your day and you fill more positive and all in all in good vibes for the rest of the day🌸✨. So can you imagine how sweet our thanks is to God?

The sweetness of a thank you has the power to change one’s mood and course for the day. How does our thankfulness to God change His mood? does it give Him that sweetness?
As I began to wonder about this, something happened, I was reading my daily bible scripture and surprise surprise it was a passage on praising God.

David’s Song of Thanksgiving
“On that day David first delivered this psalm into the hand of Asaph and his brethren, to thank the LORD:
Oh, give thanks to the LORD!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!
Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!
Seek the LORD and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!” (1 Chronicles 16:7-11, NKJV)

“For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised;
He is also to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the LORD made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before Him;
Strength and gladness are in His place.” (1 Chronicles 16:25-27, NKJV)

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34, NKJV)

This caused a smile on my face 😏 I knew God was talking 😊because not only did it show how great God is but it also showed the importance of giving thanks to God. I think it is safe to say that the notion of giving thanks to God is mentioned multiple times in the bible and is a standard practice for a Christian to give thanks to God. But how often do we do this?

Especially now when we are facing such hard times in this pandemic. If you’re like me living in Australia, it went from fires 🔥 and floods 🌊 to a pandemic 😷 , I mean seriously! Who has the time to be thankful right?😰

In times like these, we are more inclined to question God as to why such things are happening🧐🤨. We become very consumed with our current situations 😫 trying to find man-made solutions when the key to our victory is in Him😲.
Would it then not be easier to trust God and give Him thanks through the good and the bad?🤔

Let’s dive a bit into the evidence of thanks (offering/sacrifice) by the Israelites that was a sweet aroma to the Lord.

“And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.” (Genesis 8:21, NKJV)

“I will accept you as a sweet aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered; and I will be hallowed in you before the Gentiles.” (Ezekiel 20:41, NKJV)

“and you make an offering by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering or a sacrifice, to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering or in your appointed feasts, to make a sweet aroma to the LORD, from the herd or the flock,” (Numbers 15:3, NKJV)

In these passages, people were giving thanks to God through their sacrifices and offerings and these were SWEET aromas to God, it pleased Him. And this provoked action from God. Firstly God promised never again to curse the earth. The others swayed God time and time again to forgive and save the Israelites and to keep His promise that He made with Abraham.

Giving thanks is a sweet aroma to God and it causing blessings in many ways.
Now I’m not saying give thanks expecting to get blessing back, no🙅🏾‍♀️, simply just give thanks to God sincerely showing your love towards Him and trust in Him🙏🏾🙌🏾.
These sweet aromas will allow God to work in our lives and continue to bless us even during these times.

I encourage you all today for the next seven days can you give thanks to God, not asking for anything but just recognising Him for who He is and giving thanks.

Okay I know we cannot sacrifice animals, make fires and offer them as they did back in the day but we can offer our thanks to Him through our lips.

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13:15, NKJV)

Note: To make it easier you can start on Monday or Sunday whenever your week begins and give thanks to God for the whole week.

For verses on glorifying God check out my other post (10 Bible Verses Glorifying God)

stay blessed the most stylish way possible, being the you that God made you to be 😊

Words Of Life

“The words of your mouth are very powerful” 🗣🗣 that’s what my mum always said growing up and sure enough it caught on with the whole family. The funny thing was when I was younger my siblings and I used it when we were teasing each other. If one said jokingly “you’re dumb😝” the other would respond ” Hey! don’t say that the words of your mouth are very powerful!😤😂”. As I look back at it now we probably didn’t realise the true power and truth in that statement.

“A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”(Proverbs 18:20-21)

When we look at the creation of the world and beginning of life, it all started with spoken words “Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.”(Genesis 1:3). Isn’t that amazing😲, God could have done everything by Himself, the verses could have said then God DID this then God DID that. But no God knew there was going to be a time as this when He needed us to understand the importance of what proceeds out of our mouths and what we speak into existence🙏🏾.

Words are so powerful that we sometimes don’t realise how they consistently form the lives we live. If you say you’re poor, guess what you will continue to be poor, if you say you’re successful, guess what you will be successful. The words we form do not discriminate they can bring both bad and good things into existence. That’s why we have to be cautious of what we are speaking into our own lives. Shift what you say about your situations, speak life into your situations, not death.

Even as mentioned in my previous post (Look to God) about coronavirus, we must speak life, God is beckoning us to use that which is so powerful, the words of our mouth to speak life into this world, to humble ourselves to Him and cry out (speak) to Him.

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”(2 Chronicles 7:14)

Let us speak to the Lord words that will spring life back to the world, not death.

I challenge you today to reflect on the words you have spoken into your life. What is it that you say to others and yourself about your situations? Is it something that must change?

And let us all speak life to the nations in these times of COVID-19 that God may hear our cries and deliver us. 

Stay blessed the most stylish way possible, being the you that God made you to be 😊

Pop That Bubble

First of all blessed Sunday everybody!

Let me start by saying this week was not the greatest😫.

Ever been in that position where everything seems to be going wrong in every shape and form. Then when you think it’s all over that’s when the biggest bombshell of pure misfortune happens. Yeah… that was me this week🤦🏾‍♀️.

During these moments it’s so easy to get lost in yourself. You become so consumed by your situation and thoughts that you end forgetting the world around you. Moreover, if you’re like me and love having full control over your own life then these situations become hard to handle. Sometimes you even lose your way, your clarity and it becomes hard to grasp a clear vision. If you’re nodding your head or saying yes, keep on reading👇🏾.

These type of situations are hard especially if you are a Christian like me because not only do you lose sight of yourself but God. It becomes harder to pray, seek God and even be grateful because all that is consuming you is stress and misery.

Okay, but how does one even overcome this ?!?

Listen, sometimes it’s not about you it’s about something bigger than you. What I mean by this is that we need to poke a hole out of our little bubble and focus on what matters, what God has called you to do. And for those who still don’t know what that is this is the perfect time to seek God for answers. These are times for less YOU YOU and more what YOU can do for OTHERS.

In these times I like to take a step back and think what is it I do for others that not only pleases God but brings me the greatest sense of accomplishment. And for me, it’s reaching out and encouraging at least one person, knowing I’m drawing someone closer to God gives me the greatest joy.

“Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10, NKJV)

You’ll be amazed at the realisation that the real blessings are not in what we have but what we give out to the world. This is enough to eradicate all stress and problems✨.

So what is it that God has called you to do for others?

Let’s put ourselves out of the way as the new week begins and let’s do more for others around us. Trust me your week will go from 0-100 real quick💯.

Stay blessed in the most stylish way possible, being the you that God has made you to be!❤️

TAKE THAT STEP!

Ever had that moment in life where out of nowhere you get a rush of adrenaline at like 2 am in the morning and suddenly have the urge to get things done or begin new things 💃🏾. Now, planning is always the easy bit but taking that first step into action is the struggle.

Okay if you are like me and need everything to be like near perfect before you can start something. Then you will know that sometimes this gets in the way because you feel like you’re not in the right mind space yet and need to reschedule everything 😫. This is a serious trap because then you keep delaying and delaying where action is required.

Even the bible stresses the importance of action,

“23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:23-25)

At times we struggle to plan and do things because of that fear of beginning something and failing.

Word of truth: This was totally me this morning as I struggled to start this post because it’s been a while and I feared to post the wrong thing 😅. But this ended up being my word of encouragement 😊🙌🏾.

God has given you special gifts and talents, don’t waste them by keeping them hidden in fear. This is a difficult lesson I had to learn and still am because I’m a person who likes to do things perfectly, and hence fear and end up delaying where God is requiring me to act. However, nothing can be perfect, we only become perfect in Christ when we follow His will and just take that first step into the path that He has prepared for us.

So let me ask you this what are you delaying from starting? What is it that God wants you to do? and finally what is stopping you?

Whatever answers you have for these questions I want you to decide to START TODAY! Don’t delay, even the smallest step is an accomplishment 💯.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24)

Stay blessed in the most stylish way possible, being the you that God made you to be!❤️

Staying In His Will

Okay, let me be real with you all. It’s HARD! It’s hard at times to know what the right thing to do in certain situations is. I was thinking about it these past weeks, like all the thoughts and plans that I have in my mind are they really the right things to do? Are they what God wants? Then I started worrying that maybe certain paths I’m heading are wrong, not in Gods will. Do you ever get that feeling of panic thinking that you might not be doing what God wants? I feel some of you nodding because it’s true! And you are not alone. The thing is it’s okay to feel like that sometimes, as He says “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” (Isaiah 55:8). So how can we possibly know what God’s will truly is?

As I was pondering on these questions, piece by piece God revealed to me certain things that give us the confidence in knowing that we are doing His will. Truth Time, I was totally putting off writing this post for a while now. It’s been shamefully near two months since my last post. But the Lord was urging me to write this post and I am glad to finally be posting it today. Because there might be one of you sitting there in this very position I was in. I pray that this touches your heart and blesses you as much as it has blessed me.

We Are His Sheep Who Hear His Voice
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)
When you know a person’s voice there is a sense of certainty in you when they speak, like yes this is them without a shadow of a doubt. The same thing applies to God when He speaks you have a sense of certainty that it is Him speaking. The only way to be able to hear the voice of God and to know the voice of God is by first receiving Salvation and then knowing His Word(The Bible). God’s voice will always go in line with what His word says about whatever situation you are facing. So whenever you feel uncertain just go back to The Word of God, pray about it and He will surely answer thee. Now you might be wondering, how do I find out what The Word says about it? Well, Google will now become your BEST FRIEND, trust me. It’s really simple, all you need to do is search what The Bible says about that certain situation on google. All that’s left is for you just take your bible look up the verses and read them, DONE!

He Is Not A God Of Confusion
“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:33).
If you are finding yourself doing something and being so confused, unclear and going about things blindly. I strongly suggest you take a step back. Ask yourself the question, is it really what God wants me to do? For when God speaks there is no confusion in what He has said. Therefore, if it is of the Lord your mind will be clear and free from confusion.

His Ways Are Great
The things that are in God plan will always come to pass, no matter the problems, hardships or obstacles. The things that are not of God will eventually fail and shutter because without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). What God has put together no man can take it apart. “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” (John 1:3). So do not worry when you start facing some troubles in a situation, it’s all parts of the process. God never promised flowers, rainbows and lollipops in the journey’s we take. However, He did promise that He will deliver us from all our troubles “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.”(Psalm 34:17)

God Is Faithful
God is faithful, He will show you His ways, He will be with you every step of the way. “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6). This is His promise to us that He will be with us and not forsake us. When it’s all according to His will and ways, even our enemies cannot stop us. There will be no need to fear anything because we are staying in His will. Stay blessed!

Beforehand…

Hey, lovely ladies, I hope your week was good, and your weekend is going great! Remember to make time for God as well this weekend 🙂

Here is a poem I made just talking about my journey with the Lord. Getting to know God is a difficult journey but He is faithful and has been with me during it all “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9). This poem just highlights that the past was the past and now I’m in the present. I’m now living a life that is dependent on God as my Lord, “Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, You are very great” (Psalms 104:1). By this has given me the desire to share with others of his goodness and saving Grace. Stay Blessed!

Beforehand
By Anashe Munene (Aka Stylishly Inspired)

Beforehand I would have gone about my day without you, would have gone without recognising your presence, would not have acknowledged your existence.

Beforehand I would have sort for any other, I would have chosen any other, I would have begged for any other.

Beforehand was a different time, we didn’t really know each other, we didn’t connect or talk. If you spoke I wouldn’t have been able to recognise your voice.

Now times are different, I can’t go a day without you, I need your presence, your existence is the reason I live. I sort you, found you, chose you and now would give up others for you.

Now we know each other all too well, you know me more than any other. Your voice is a voice I have grown to fully depend on.

Now I cry out ABBA FATHER for beforehand I didn’t know your name, now I know your name. THE LORD MY GOD who has taken me this far from BEFOREHAND to NOW.

Have You Proven Yourself?

Hey hey hey I’m back ladies! Greetings to all those who have stumbled upon this page, be encouraged in the Lord😊 and feel free to let me know how your week/day/year has been.

Today’s topic: proving yourself to God and not man

Firstly, come with me on a journey.
I was a young girl, the church was telling me one thing and the world was telling me another. At that time picking the choice that got the most affirmation from people was easy and a given. However, the days grew, it became more difficult because now the recipe for being liked had changed. To be liked, one now had to deny themselves in Christ. Covering up my love for Christ because I feared judgment and loneliness and desired to belong. The days aged and here I am a young lady, things are worse. You see more, you have to make more decisions and you have to at the same time discover who you are. But now I have decided not to prove myself to the world anymore, I have decided to prove myself to God.

Be very careful to not discover the you that is molded by others. This is an easy mistake we can make, people’s influence is very strong in our lives from family to culture to friends. It’s easy to form an identity based on how they see us or how society wants to see us. We can become so consumed with having their approval that we become fully convinced that this is who we must be. To feel a sense of belonging.

When Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,[a] and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
He meant deny our worldly self. The one formed by people’s expectations of us. And if we seek to prove ourselves to Him we have to carry up HIS expectations of us, HIS will for us daily and follow Him.

Jesus’ disciples denied themselves (Matthew 4:18-22). In those days honour was a valued thing and keeping the occupation of your fathers was a way of keeping honour in the society. When they left their fishing nets and followed Christ, they denied what the community/society expected them to be. We must be like the disciples of Christ, denying ourselves and following Jesus. This is how we will truly prove ourselves not to man but to God, the Almighty Father. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,”[a] says the Lord,[b] “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)

Don’t get me wrong this is no fairytale, it’s not a walk in the park. It’s going to be challenging. Nobody said being a Christian was easy, nobody said being unashamed of the Gospel of Christ (John: 1:16) was a breeze. But the Lord did promise that He is our strength and shield (Psalms 28:7) and He will help us to carry through. Stay blessed!

Be Bold, Strong and of Good Courage Sisters!

Dress Code As Ambassadors

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Hey lovelies ladies, how are you feeling on this day that the Lord has made? Over this side in Melbourne, it is absolutely boiling. Forreal, it’s like I’m sitting in an oven all day, who’s in the same situation?

Topic: The Dress code as Ambassadors of Christ

Okay, this is not going to be a post about don’t wear this, Don’t wear that, DON’T, DON’T, DON’T! Eh nope. This dress code is a spiritual dress code, the dress code of our inner man “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

Okay, so now you are thinking OH NO! Do I need to flip like 10 chapters and memorize 50 verses in the bible? Again no, so relax. This dress code can be found in 1 simple place. Colossians 3:12-17, Yes! in just 1 chapter and 5 verses, Hallelujah right!. This dress code comes when we ourselves as Christians are made new creatures being born again. If you are not born again that is alright, the good thing about God’s saving grace is that anybody can be born again. If you want to do so check out my blog post “The way of Salvation” or just email me through the contact page.

Colossians 3:12-17
“12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Now isn’t it weird how it say’s “put on” in this passage instead of having? Yes, these characteristics are ones we can’t just learn but need God to grant unto us. The reason we must put these on is so that they can become part of our inner man. Just as we put on normal clothes on our flesh, they become part of us, right? representing who we are, yes?. Exactly the same concept with the inner man, it needs clothes too. We are advised by God to put on these characteristics so that we may represent ourselves in the right manner as ambassadors of Christ. Just as the saying your clothes can reflect your personality more to others, so does the right clothing on our inner man reflect more of who we are in Christ.

So, where ever you go put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, and longsuffering. But above all put on LOVE, for it was through God’s love that we are saved, it is through His love that we are alive today. So that where ever we go people will know that Christ is with us. When we put on these characteristics in our everyday lives we benefit more, for our flesh is not the one that will be judged on judgment day but our inner man.

Even when we commit sins because we are still human, let that not take away this apparel. We must always have it on. Jesus understands our temptations and that is why we are given mercy, but our spiritual apparel must never be taken off. Not for our sake but for His sake as His ambassadors. Stay blessed!

Above all put on Love, let love not be taken away from your spiritual apparel 🙂

So Far From Perfect

Hey ladies, how has everybody’s day been? I’m excited about this week because it has started off on a good note. I was listening to this song “I am” by Kirk Franklin and it really gave me that extra boost I needed for this week.

Before the song came on, I was actually thinking of what an unproductive last week I had. Remembering all the mishaps and disappointing efforts I had made to connect more with God. It was like at that very moment God responded to my negative thoughts with this song. We are so far from perfect. Every day is not always going to be an award winning good day. There are times where it will be dark and still. In these moments we should think of what the Lord has done. How through His saving grace we found a purpose in life. We once thought life had no meaning but then God gave it a meaning.

With God, every day becomes a victorious day because He has fashioned them for you “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them” (Psalms 139:16). He wouldn’t put more on you than you can bear “but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able,” (1 Corinthians 10:13). And GIRL! don’t get it twisted, there will be times where you will surely fall. But that’s when the grace of God will be upon you and He will “MAKE ALL THINGS NEW”.

So, if you’re in the same position of thinking about all the negativity in your life, what you have and have not achieved. GURL, STOP! for your sake and His. Trust in the Lord, He will make you a winner. Stay blessed!

“I am, so far from perfect, I thought life was worthless until you showed me who I am”- I am by Kirk Franklin

A Thank you Not A demand

Firstly, just want to thank you all for viewing and supporting this blog. I hope what I write blesses someone out there. I want to continue to communicate with you ladies and just get to know all of you. So, do not fear to comment or go on my contacts page and send me a message. Also, many thanks to all the lovely women who have written posts for this blog and may God continue to bless each and every one of you.

You might be wondering, how odd, she’s starting with acknowledgements. Well, you bet I am. Last week was Thanksgiving at my church. It got me thinking and thanking God for everyone He has put in my path to build this blog and those of you who view it, many thanks to you all. Most importantly thanks be unto God for all He has done for me.

You know, we get so caught up in this mess we call life that we sometimes forget the reason we are living right now, it’s not that of luck but by the grace of God, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). We don’t realise how much we actually depend on God. So fixed on our problems and struggles that our prayers end up consisting of demands, pleads and sorrow. when it should actually be filled more with Thanksgiving, glorification and rejoicing.

See when you give thanks to God instead of demanding from him, it allows God to work more in your life. Like the philosophy looking at the glass as half full rather than half empty. Thank God for the half full things in your life and watch Him fill the rest of the cup with blessings until it over flows. God loves to be appreciated. When we appreciate it excites God, easily allowing Him to do His work in our lives.

Okay, probably at this point, you are thinking what is she talking about? Listen, GIRL! trust me, I’m a living testimony of this. Thanking and praising God does more in your life. But wait! there’s more! not only will you be blessed, you will also build your spiritual self and connection with God. With that, you start to build a stronger dependence and trust on God. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.” (Jeremiah 17:7)

Understanding the equation now? With thanks comes connection, which builds a trust, that leads to blessings. Be encouraged ladies give thanks to God even in times of darkness. “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). Stay blessed!

A little thank you unto God can go a long way in opening your doors.