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 😊

10 Bible Verses Glorifying God

Glory to God in the highest🙌🏾🙏🏾✨

This week God has been so good in my life that I just felt an overwhelming sense of glorifying Him. Glorifying about who He is, what He has done and what He will do😩🙌🏾. I don’t know if y’all get like this too but the feeling are so real 😭

Glorifying God is an important part of a Christian’s life and God is very pleased when we give Him his due praise. We sometimes get so wrapped up in our lives and situations that we end up only praying about what WE want and OUR needs and forget to thank God on what we already have and what HE has already done. That’s why it’s important to set aside even a day to just give God glory, praising Him in prayer and song ✨ .

Prayer: Can be telling Him who He is by referring back to what the word (the bible) says about God. And glorifying all the goodness He has done on earth and in your life. 

Song: Singing praises unto Him and worshipping Him. These songs can be ones you know that really emphasis on who God is and how great He is.

Here are 10 Bible verses glorifying God that will help you to understand the importance of glorifying Him and also can be included in your prayers and songs.

  1. “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31, NKJV)
  2. “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.” (Psalm 34:1-3, NJKV)
  3. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21, NKJV)
  4. “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. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” (Hebrews 13:15-16, NKJV)
  5. “And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me, I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people, I must be glorified.’ ” (Leviticus 10:3, NKJV)
  6. “O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants, You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?” (Psalm 8:1-4, NKJV)
  7. “I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:1-3, NKJV)
  8. “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1, NKJV)
  9. “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, In His holy mountain.” (Psalm 48:1, NKJV)
  10. “You who fear the Lord, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!” (Psalm 22:23, NKJV)

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

New Month Encouragement..Share your Gifts

I was in my car and as I’m sure others love to do, just chilling in there before heading inside when I just thought to record myself encouraging someone about spreading their gifts and talents as this new month begins.

(1 Timothy 4:14, NKJV)
Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.

I encourage you all to deliver your gifts to the world. 🤲🏾

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

Alone Time With God

Hey, lovely ladies, I am back! A few changes have happened over these past 2 months. All I can say is that I have learnt a few things that I know I must share with you all.

So, Ladies and those gentlemen who have stumbled here WELCOME! I urge you all to feel free in this place, be encouraged in the Lord, communicate and share your opinions.

Today’s topic: Alone time with God.
How is your alone time looking with God?
Strong, medium, weak, non-existent

This is the very question I have been asking myself. I realised it’s easy at first to get motivated to make time for God. For a solid week or so, you will really do the most, prayer, reading the word every day for 1-2 hours. Then just as you’re starting to feel good with the process life decides to get complicated. Now you find yourself struggling to scrap 30min of your time for God. It then slowly turns to barely fitting 5 mins and a short verse in there. Sounds familiar? If so please continue reading.

Why is it so hard for us to commit time to God? Well, it’s something I discovered today as I was writing this. As Humans, it’s easier for us to believe in things we can see “..because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29). Hence making it easier for us to commit to those things. Like with jobs, we can commit to them because we can see the immediate results of them in our bank’s accounts. However, with God, we can’t see Him and the uncertainty of the outcomes with God makes it difficult for us to commit to Him. Even this was evident with the 1st century Israelites’ behaviour. They could see the golden statuses they worshipped but they couldn’t see God this made it easier for them the commit to the others gods such as Baal than God.

This is not the way it should be right? With all God has evidently done in our lives we would assume it to be easier, well no. The Israelites had many wonders performed by God from crossing the red sea, manna provided in the wilderness to enemies handed to them in battle. Still, they turned back from God time and time again.

Commitment really comes down to how much do you love God? Because as far as I’m concerned He loved us so much as unto death (John 3:16). Surely the least we can do to show our love back is by making time to grow and communicate with Him through reading his word and prayer. Just as two people decide to love and commit to one another through marriage that is exactly how we should treat ourselves with God.

Don’t get it twisted I know we are all humans and we make mistakes. Even for myself, I know this is something easier said than done. Well lucky for those who are like me there is a solution. FAITH AND STRENGTH. These are gained by praying to God for the faith and strength to carry on growing with Him one step at a time. Stay blessed!

You don’t need to start with big steps, the little steady steps are the ones that are going to get you there.

Unveiling The Gem

Hello lovely ladies, I attended a Precious Stones convention for the past 4 days, which was about unveiling a gem in every single woman. It was an amazing experience and so uplifting. We must all become women of excellence, true beauty, wealth, fear of the lord, strength and honour, wisdom and Good works. All mentioned in this poem i was asked to present at the convention. I hope it blesses someone as much as it blessed me. Stay blessed!
Unveiling The Gem
Unveil the Gem Who can find a woman, Of Moral Excellency? She is rare, yet she is a pride to have, She is valuable, Her price is far above rubies, She is expensive to have, An uncommon jewel, We shall find her. She has an excellent spirit, She is meek, with a quiet spirit, Building her house with her hands, With wisdom and prayer; She is discreet, chaste and a keeper of her home, full of faith, grace and love, Adorned with wisdom, And the fear of the Lord; Truly decent, sober and beautiful, An unforgettable woman, She is creative and industrious, Adorable, desirable, and sensitive, She is designer made, Soft to touch and to be touched, Feminine, lovely and calm; She always will be, The Creator’s climax creation; Sister you are fearfully, And wonderfully made, And we shall find a virtuous woman in you.

 

For more information about the Precious Stones Ministry check out their Facebook page, click the link here: Precious Stones 

Rooted In The Truth

Rooted in the truth/in Christ, how do we get there? How does one become rooted?. These questions were running through my mind these past few weeks. And God showed an answer. It’s very simple yet comes with complications. Being rooted in Christ is when you know the word of God and having the ability to obey His commandments without compromising. Doing what the Lord says and building a personal relationship with Him. However ladies, don’t get it twisted, this is easier said than done.

One thing we must understand is that when we decide to become rooted it is not an overnight transformation. It is a long-term process, and it differs for everybody. I know sometimes we want to speed the process and get to where God wants us to be fast, becoming impatient. But we need to understand the best time is God’s time “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven”(Ecclesiastes 3:1). This process will be full of conflict, challenges, and spiritual warfare.

Even Jesus in the Gospel of Luke expressed how following him would cause conflict within families, “Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” (Luke 12:53). For some, there will be battles for Christ with their parents. Nevertheless, with conflict comes courage, to stand for what you believe in. To stand for the truth. To stand for Christ.

When Rooted In Christ there comes challenges. This world will bring forth many ideas that go against the word of God. We sometimes become afraid to stand up for Christ. Especially young people, we start to become ashamed of who we are. But it says in the word ” For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). We cannot be ashamed because we do not seek validation from this world but we seek it from God. Furthermore, commitment, we must be committed to change, to letting go of past behaviours and giving our all to God.

Lastly, we enter a spiritual warfare. We have one enemy and that enemy is the devil who comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). We need to understand that he will try and persuade us to go astray but we must remain grounded in the things of Christ and resist temptations. Like Jesus resist temptations by the devil himself in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13). Jesus also set an example of how we can also resist the devil’s temptations, through the word of God. Stay blessed!

Stay Rooted in the Truth

A Little Encouragement

Hey ladies, apologies for not posting for the past two weeks. It was exam period and things had gotten a bit out of hand.
So, for anyone who was in my position and needs a little encouragement you have come to the right place.

Sometimes you can get wrapped up in the thought that you have reached your maximum, you can’t push any further, you can’t go on. Just remember to tell yourself NO! Say NO to falling down, say NO to giving up. For our Father who is in Heaven, the Lord, God, Almighty is faithful. He will lead you, He will cause your feet not to stumble. depend on Him always.

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”(Proverbs 3:16) Do not forget the Lord your God in times of hardships, His waiting on you to call on Him so He can direct the way for you. Stay blessed!

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord 🙂

Courage

By Chidi Udemezue 

When I think of courage, the very next thing that I think of is overcoming fear.
You have to overcome fear first to then have courage.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER, of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND.”

For me, to have power and to exercise that power is also to be courageous. So, keeping in context with the scripture, power = courage and therefore in order to have courage we must first overcome the spirit of fear.

Fear is ugly. It sits in your stomach and eats at you. Literally. When you’re fearful about something, you can feel it gnawing at your insides until you’ve convinced yourself that you don’t actually need to do the thing that you’re fearful about.

What if unlocking the key to your fear and tapping into your power, was what stood between you and your destiny?

If David had fear, would he have beaten Goliath?

If Daniel and his friends had fear, would they have been able to withstand the fire and the lions’ den?

If Jesus had fear, would He have been able to die on the cross for our sins?

Fear I think is needed because it pushes you to realise that you can’t do life on your own. We need the help of others and of Jesus to get to where we want to be.

In all of the above questions, I can only assume that all three of them had massive amounts of fear!!! But the scripture tells us that each time, they fell on their face before God, confronting their fear and therefore gaining courage!

This is something that I’m definitely still learning – behind every courageous person that I know, is someone who overcomes the spirit of fear in their prayer closet.

In order to have courage, don’t let fear cripple you.

Stay blessed,
Chidi x

Chidi Udemezue mycameragodandi   

Slow Down, Make Time For God

Have you come to that time of year where the struggle is truly real? Things are starting to pile up and you are just getting lazier and lazier? Well, welcome to the club! Honestly, for these past 2 weeks, I have been a complete mess (yes laugh with me, because I know some of you feel the same).

To make matter worse the demands of so many things in life such as money (haha I know we all struggle with that one), education, study, socialising etc. It can be draining on a woman. I mean come on! can’t a girl get a beauty rest for a second? Anywho enough of that, this can also cause a decrease in the amount of time we spend with God. We can become so busy at times we forget to just sit down and meditate on God’s word “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night”(Psalm 1:2). Okay, let’s be real for a moment who else at times feels so tired that when it gets to that time with God, you end up making a short prayer, reading a quick verse and giving yourself a pat well done on the back. Don’t get me wrong that’s still a great effort, better that than nothing. However, it’s also essential to really sit down, read the word, understand it and just let it manifest in your everyday life.

I know easier said than done. This is why I also have a few suggestions, to make sure you are keeping in touch with God.

1. Plan a bible study with someone. It can be once a week or as many times as you wish where you meet up and just enjoy the presence of the lord. This can be very effective if you plan with someone who is as committed as yourself. Someone you know and trust. It will surely make it more enjoyable sharing ideas and getting closer to God.
2. As I have said before in a past post, always pray before and after you read the bible. This will get you into the spirit and prepare you for whatever God has to reveal through the chapter/verse.
3. After bible Study or alone reading, always make sure before you go to bed to meditate upon what you have read. Take the time to fully understand the word and thank God for it.
4. Lastly, whenever you are in a moment of peace and silence just take the time to appreciate God. Even after managing to get that morning coffee before work. THANK GOD! Little appreciations like that also matter to God. Stay blessed!

So just a little reminder for all you lovely ladies and myself. Slow down and make time for God, it’s important to Him and you as well, it will build your relationship.

The Shepherd

Hey, lovely ladies, I hope you are all having a blessed week. This week I decided to just share a chapter from the bible that has been touching me so far this week and that’s Psalm 23

Although it is short and simple, it is one of the most power chapters in the bible. This is my go to verse when I feel fear, stress, doubt and even when I’m down. He is our shepherd, He will guide us and bring peace in our lives. He is our protector, no need to fear the terrors of the night nor the arrows that fly by day (Psalm 91:5). He will mount us with blessings upon blessings. Stay blessed!

The Lord the Shepherd of His People
A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
Forever.”(Psalm 23)

The simple things are the ones that are most effective – Stylishly Inspired