Storms are challenging to go through, especially alone. Difficult times come to everybody now and then. ⛈
If you haven’t already I suggest reading my post (During A Storm) 👈🏾it’s the many lessons I have learnt during my storms that have strengthened my relationship and faith in God.
For He is a Calmer of Storms (Psalms 107:29, NKJV)
After that have a listen to these amazing songs by the Gospel singer/songwriter Kirk Franklin.
Top 5 Encouraging Songs To Listen To During A Storm -Kirk Franklin Edition
Just for me
The Storm is over Now
Wanna be Happy?
My Life, My Love, My All
I hope these songs can encourage someone out of their storms as they have done for me countless times. In these times and listening to these songs, be reminded that your deliverance from these situations comes from God. Allow Him to take control and lead you.🙏🏾✨❤️
Isaiah 41:13, NKJV
“For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.”
Stay blessed the most stylish way possible, being the you that God made you to be 😊
I know it’s been a long minute since I have blogged😅. To be brutally honest, I have been neglecting God’s work for a long while now. Shocking, I know! Nonetheless, I know that no excuse I give is permissible.🙅🏾♀️
I can just be truthful and say that I was in a big storm and hope what I learnt during this storm can resonate with you.
I can go on and on about the struggles, the distractions, the pain, COVID-19. However, God has a different purpose for this post.
It was only recently that I understood that the idea of my storm overpowering me was self conflicted.🤯
Philippians 4:6, NKJV
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”
How quickly I had forgotten the power in those few words. I had allowed my life to become complete chaos because I chose for it to be chaotic. 👀
Please, read that again because I know someone can resonate with those words. Yes, a lot goes on in our lives and there are plenty of storms, but it’s how we handle those storms that affect us the most. In those times, we forget that we have such a capable God, a calmer of storms. “He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.” (Psalms 107:29, NKJV). I’m giving myself a little smile right now because I know God is not only speaking to me but also to you.
When storms come we can decide to go through alone or with God. Another factor we forget is that in that storm the Devil is greatly excited because that is where we are vulnerable and He will use this opportunity to feed us lies, fear and panic.
John 10:10, NKJV
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Let me paint the picture.
Storm comes -> tries to act calm and handle it alone 😮💨-> storm increases -> Okay panic settles in 😰-> nothing is working, here comes fear and anxiety 😫+ devil’s happiness 😈-> Still tries to do everything alone😬😥😰😓, add it all up = chaos😱🤡
It’s scenarios like these that cause us to see our storms much bigger than they are. Causes us to feel so out of place and evidently more further from God. This is not a favourable root to take
Sadly, it happens time and time again. I still fathom why we forget God in these times🥺
As written in the scripture on how Jesus reacted to the disciples when the storm came (Luke 8:22-25, you can go read the whole story if you don’t know it) after calming the storm He said “Where is your faith?”(verse 25). Imagine how He reacts to us reacting to our storms.
I was reminded of the verse
Psalms 55:22, NKJV
“Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
God knew these storms will come and we will feel the way we do. That’s the part that gets me, He knew, He Knew there will be storms and He gave us the stools to overcome. Through His word, clinging more onto Him and trusting Him more❤️.
A champion example of total storms and chaos is David, I mean just read the Pslams. Nevertheless, David always looked to the Lord and indeed time and time again he was delivered👏🏾.
The thing I like about the storms is there’s always an outcome.
It can only go 2 ways
They pull you down
They bring you up
You can keep getting carried away with the storm even after it’s over😵
You can learn from the storm and get stronger.💪🏾😏
I recently listened to a Kirk Franklin song “just for me” which resonates a lot with this message
especially the part…
“But if necessary pain, Is the ingredient for change, Even when life may be bittersweet, It’s working, Just for me”
And those words are so true🙌🏾. At the end of it, all these storms are for your good. God allows them to build you and make necessary changes in your life. Moreover, they allow you to be ready to do what God has prepared for you to do in that season.
If you are in a storm right now and struggling to get out and need God to carry you through. This might be your firsts time getting to know God or you might be rediscovering your faith. There are 2 key steps to accomplish
Being born again
Being filled with the spirit
To understand the 1st please visit (Salvation). For the 2nd please reach out to me and I will be able to guide you, I have not yet posted upon this topic but will soon.
God loves you and wants to help you during these tough times but only IF you allow Him.🙏🏾
Stay blessed the most stylish was possible being the you that God made you to be 🙂
First post of 2021 🎉 What can I say? 🤔January or rather, 2020 2.0 flew by so quickly, can’t believe it’s already February.😨
Still, in the trial period of 2021, things are looking a little bit brighter than the beginning.
If anything 2020 was a reset button and January a reality check😬. Things don’t just magically put themselves together in the new year. I am excited to be making some changes and sharing my knowledge with you all this year.🤗
I got encouraged on Sunday about who God wants to be in us and how we must be to OURSELVES. A couple of days before I was feeling very down. Things were not going my way and 2021 was starting off a bit rocky. In simple terms, I was a mess for somedays and if you are like me and have mental breakdowns at the slightest change of plans then welcome to the club!😓
It was a hard brutal week leading up to that Sunday. I was very reluctant to listen to the sermon that day, but something in me told me it was something I had to hear. And boi was it a major game-changer🤯
I was reminded about what truly mattered, being unto God and God unto me and also being unto myself!
Romans 8:31-39, NKJV “31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
It clicked to me that WHY WAS I STRESSING?🧐 honestly over one thing that I could just pray to God about who was waiting to hear from me “Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalms 55:22, NKJV). I mean Jesus Christ died so that we could have LIFE and LIFE in abundance. (John 10:10, NKJV) There is no time to stress about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34) We should be enjoying the life that Christ laid down His life for – Our lives.🥳
We don’t have the time to be hating or criticising ourselves for Christ saw that we were worthy enough to be called His friends, worthy enough for Him to lay His life for us.
John 15:13-15, NKJV “13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”
As I began to realise, I was filled with tears, 😭I asked God for forgiveness and thanked Jesus for what He did for me at the cross.🙏🏾 When I had finished praying, I felt refreshed and new. I knew at that moment that I should appreciate me because God loves me and that I should not allow simple things to bring me down so easily, but rejoice in what Jesus has done for me.🙌🏾✨
If you are in the same position I was, I want you to know that God is for you. And that He cared so much that He died for you. Don’t be so hard on yourself, put all your burdens to Him.
BE UNTO YOURSELF! LOVE YOURSELF❤️ and ENJOY YOUR LIFE ✨ be refreshed with this realisation and grasp a new mindset 😌✨
Stay blessed the most stylsih way possible, being the you that God made you to be 😊
A continuum with the Presence of God theme this month (previous post). We now have identified what the presence of God is and how to connect with Him in this presence. Next is understanding that the presence of God is there for our BENEFIT😃. God wants to bless us 🥰 “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32, NKJV). The plans He has for every one of us is not of evil but of peace to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). God is a gracious God! 🙌🏾
There are 7 major benefits of the presence of God we will be exploring today.
In the presence of God we have:
1. Life “Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.” (Acts 17:25, NKJV)
Genesis 2:7, NKJV “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
God is the one who gave us life from the beginning to the present and even the reason we will wake up tomorrow is all by His grace and power. He is the giver of life, and in His presence there is life.
Psalms 91:16, NKJV “With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.” God is the only one who can prolong our lives. This verse ties in perfectly into the next benefit🤗
2. Salvation He will show us His salvation. As mentioned in the last post, the divine plan of God to send His only begotten son to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16) and through this not only did we obtain a right to salvation, to connect with Him again as His children (John1:12), but everlasting life.
John 10:9, NKJV “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” Through salvation, we have access to better things, to God’s blessings that He wants to give us, in all areas of life, health, wealth, education etc.💃🏾🎉
3. Works of God “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33, NKJV)
This applies to us as the children of God in His presence we must proceed to do our father’s work, just as Christ also did God’s work(Luke 2:49).When we do the business of the Kingdom of God, we don’t need to worry about other things, for EVERYTHING ELSE and yes EVERYTHING ELSE! will be added unto us. This really shows the value God holds on those who do His business here on earth. “19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20, NKJV)
This doesn’t exclude also performing signs and wonders, healing and miracles (John 14:12) (Mark 16:20). The presence of God allows us to do such works in Him.
4. Healthy relationships “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5, NKJV) and (Jeremiah 29:11)
The Lord has planned and ordained good things for your future, in His presence you can depend on Him, cling to Him and trust Him that He will provide someone for you far better than what you had imagined. God is a provider of healthy relationships👏🏾✨. In this category, there are also supernatural gatherings – where God’s presence is there and great things happen (Matthew 18:20). He is there when His people gather in agreeance.😍
5. The power and capacity to build and achieve “16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:16-19, NKJV)
Just as Peter was given power in the presence of God, so will we be given the power to build things for the glory of God. For some of you, it may be to build churches, ministries and other businesses that will glorify Him and any other sort of building. Moreover, whatever we bind or loose on earth will also bound and loosed in heaven🤯. That is real power!💪🏾 And this verse also blends well with the next benefit.
6. Defence, protection and victories
“…and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18) With the presence of God, we have His protection as we do His work and we build for His glory and in these things we have victory. (Joshua 1:6) This is one of my favourite verses as it assures us that in His presence we have to not fear for He will be with us and He will never leave nor forsake. People, families, even pets may leave you but God will never leave you. Here are more verses on his protection, defence (Isaiah 4:5, Zechariah 2:4-5)
7. Eternal states
This is our ability to be able to receive that eternal life to be with Christ at the end of days. And no one can get there unless through Jesus Christ, that salvation through receiving Him (John 14:1-6)
For all those who fill in their hearts that they want to receive Jesus, be in the presence of God and receive all these blessings. You can do what we call a sinner’s prayer to receive Him (sinner’s prayer) and once you have done this belief in your heart that you are saved.🙏🏾✨
Also, message me if you have and I will be happy to guide you on the next steps.❤️
Stay blessed the most stylish way possible, being the you that God made you to be😊
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!