New Year bring on the Joy!

“Then he said to them, “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)

I feel this year is a year God is going to bless each and every one of us in abundance 😊. We shall experience the joy of the Lord which is our strength.

So I don’t know about you but I’m already smiling because I know He is going to bless you. OHH I CAN FEEL THE JOY NOW! Who else?

Y’all I’m so excited up in here, all giddy 😁 nothing but trust in God and smiles this year.

Stay blessed!

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Sunday Outfit #2: Celebrating Christ

It’s that time of year again where we remember the love and goodness of the Lord. Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, my saviour, who died for my sins so that I might be free and receive eternal life.

honestly in all my life so far that has been the BEST gift I have ever gotten and I am forever thankful to God.

Today rocking that seasonal skirt 😁 slaying that green and red!💁🏾‍♀️👸🏾 with a black long sleeve and black belt. And let’s not forget those POPPING Wittner shoes 😍🔥✨

It’s all about that smile game 😁 Happy to have received my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.🙌🏾❤️

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Beforehand…

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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?

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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!

Alone Time With God

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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.

Personal Fasting

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“Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:16-18).

Fasting, some of you sigh at the very thought. Don’t worry I’m not judging, I do the same. It is one of the hardest things yet at the same time one of the most powerful tools. Restraining our bodies from food/water and focusing on God, what a rewarding sacrifice.

Last week I fasted and let me tell you it was not easy. God, however, is very faithful and true to His word. I remember things that I had prayed for months before hand suddenly happen after the fasting. I can tell you now I was overjoyed. He is truly a rewarder. Then I got to thinking what was so different this time around? It hit me, most people didn’t know I was fasting, nor did I show that I was. Nowadays Christians have become so used to complaining. Am I right? we are quick to forget Matthew 6:16-18. Those who fast in secret get their great reward from God. However, if we fast publically and complain we have already received our reward (the attention). We always want people to know of our sufferings and hardships. We forget sometimes it is best to keep secretive so that God will bless us.

So if you are wondering like I used to. Why is it that when you fast nothing seems to change? well, take a step back and review yourself. Were you doing a public fasting or a personal fasting? Stay blessed!

He is a Rewarder of those who do not publicise.

Rooted In The Truth

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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

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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 🙂

Be Strong And Of Good Courage

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Scenario: You are with your friends and you are a very strong Christian and they are not so much. You begin to discuss the bible and they starting speaking of how it’s fake and not real. What would you do? What would you say? It’s easy right now to say yea I would totally speak up and defend the word of God. Educate them about the importance of the Bible, and how it is inspired by God and since God words are the truth “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”(John 17:17) then the Bible is true. Well, this might be the case for some but for others, easier said than done.

When alone you imagine you can and might convince yourself this is what you would do. However, when it becomes a reality you can completely switch up and find yourself afraid and silent. In a society where we desire to belong it can be hard to defend what we believe in. We become so afraid as Christian to talk about Christ, to spread the good news. We become so afraid of the outcome, what will they think of me? We become afraid of rejection, what if they walk away from me? We are afraid of not belonging.

“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). We are sent as children of God to go and minister the word and bring souls to Christ. Nevertheless, Nobody said it was going to be easy, It comes with fear and weakness. That’s why we need strength and courage from God to get us through. Knowing that as His children He will never leave us nor forsake us, we should not fear anything. “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”(Joshua 17:15-16). We should understand that we do not belong to the world anymore but we belong to Christ, who is not of the world. This gives us the good courage to minister to others, the God-given courage to do what He has sent us to do “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”(Mark 15:16). SISTERS! BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE. Stay blessed!

Hey Ladies, I dearly apologise for not posting yesterday, had some internet problems, but no matter here I am today. Chidi and I will be doing these themes here and there and posting our perspective on them. This month we decided to focus on courage. It is a great honour to be working with Chidi, she is a wonderful woman of God and if you wish to follow her (mycameragodandi.weebly.com) be blessed

Slow Down, Make Time For God

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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.