I had a talk with the Lord today,
I asked him to guide and show me the way.
I told him I cannot make it through the day on my own,
I need his love to guide me, so I will never feel alone.
I had a talk with the Lord today,
I asked him to guide and show me the way.
I told him I cannot make it through the day on my own,
I need his love to guide me, so I will never feel alone.
I am different I have known this for many years,
I live one day at a time, I don’t try to keep up with my peers.
I am different and that is my preferred name.
Go ahead and criticise me I will remain the same.
I cannot just change into something that will fit,
I am different and that is all there is to it.
Life is not about fitting in, I try to do what’s right and do my best,
I love being different, I always stand out from the rest.
I am different and though you make me feel small,
I know by God’s grace I will forever stand tall.
I am different, God changed me from the inside out,
Cleansed me from my sins, took away my shame and doubt.
If I could be anyone else, I know exactly who that would be,
Unique and different from all the rest, I would choose to be me.
I look in the mirror and love what I see,
It’s okay to be different, different and free.
I am different, am a child of royal birth,
My Father is the King of heaven and earth.
I won’t try to convince you that I am different, or utter another word,
I only suggest that you think about, what it is that you have just heard.
~Copyright © September 14, 2019 Fay Ann Swearing ~
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 1 Peter 2:9
We face all types of storms in this life, physical, financial, family, spiritual and social.
Nahum 1:7 says, The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:
I love knowing that God is my refuge no matter how fiercely the storms are raging.
Looking back on the whole experience in the rain got me thinking about the Christian life and life in general. Life here on earth is not always going to be easy 24/7. However, we can take comfort in knowing that similar to the natural rain, the storms of life, be it sickness, financial difficulties, loss of job, relationship issues: none of them last forever. Storms are not permanent. There will be thunder. There will be lightning. There will be wind. There will be rain. Some of the storms of life will last for a short time while others may last for decades, but eventually, they too will pass.
It’s past six o’clock in the evening when I came out of the church and it began to drizzle. I continued walking as I needed to get across the street to board a taxi to get home. A few minutes later, the rain poured a little harder. I walked fast, then the rain drops became bigger. I walked even faster and managed to rush into a taxi. On reaching my destination I hurriedly got out of the taxi, walking very fast, although I knew I’d get wet sooner before I reach my home.
On a cold, dark, rainy night,
The sound of thunder blasted and brought a fright,
I heard the thunder rolled through the darkened skies,
I saw lightning flashed across my eyes.
This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psall 118:24
Today you might not be feeling well physically, financial, spiritually, mentally or otherwise. Just pause for a moment and tell your situation to relax, to be still and know that today is the day for you to rejoice. Struggles or no struggles today is day that the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it.
You might be feeling unloved, unrecognized, unimportant, unworthy and all the various kinds of ‘UN’. My brothers and sisters hear me well: Today is the day to rejoice, not tomorrow but today. Today is the day to laugh, to smile, to give thanks with a grateful heart. Today is the day to be happy and thank God for life and all his blessings, many people didn’t make it to this day.
This is indeed a brand new day the Lord has made and through Jesus we can rejoice and be glad no matter what challenges come our way. The troubles of this world don’t have to ruin our day.
It is my prayer that you have reasons to rejoice, too.
Please feel free to share at least one reason in the comment section why you can rejoice today.
Until we meet again…Much love
Sometimes storms can cause much damage and wreak havoc in our lives. While the news focuses on environmental storms, there are other storms just as devastating that people experience every day, such as unemployment, sickness, financial hardship, broken relationships and the list goes on. These storms of life threaten our peace, comfort, and joy, and often bring about fear, doubt and hopelessness.
Going through a tough season in your life? We have all been there! The question is, what are you doing when you get hit with a storm? When the downpour comes into your life, do you rant and rave?
It is true that as we go through life there will be storms: hard times, tragedies, difficulties, trials, troubles and loss. We will find ourselves in places and circumstances we never anticipated. We will experience pain and heartache beyond our belief.
Broken. Shattered. Forgotten. Pushed aside. You are going along through life, and suddenly it happens. You find yourself with a broken heart. And it hurts. Ever felt that way? 😭
So often we try to hide our pain, preferring instead to present to the world, a beautiful façade of who we are, more like a perfect version. We find it too difficult to risk the real vulnerability of exposing what once was or what really is.
Cherish your loved ones. You never know when God will call them home. Losing a loved one is never easy. But by the grace of God, things do get easier.
The pain will never go away completely, and you will always miss them, but you can dwell on the happy memories you have made with them over the years, along with knowing the joy and the promise that God gives us through His beautiful resurrection and life. You can have full confidence that you will see your loved ones again.
MISSING YOU DAD
Because of you I cried😭 today,
Wondering why you had to go away.
So many things I didn’t get to say,
My wish is to see you just one more day.
Have you ever been in love? If you are or have been, then you know the feeling.
Love is the most amazing thing in the world. They say it’s love at first sight but I really think it’s more like attraction at first sight. Attraction is what makes you want to get to know somebody. But it’s the more you get to know the person, that you begin to love them even more. That’s how our love for God deepens, because as our relationship with Him grows, we come to know so much more about who He is.
In a world of fleeting promises and people who cannot help but have the capability of letting us down, it is overwhelming to know that I have a God that I can love and trust because He cannot fail. He will not change because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever Hebrews 13:8.
My prayer is that as you read this poem and reflect you will come to the knowledge that there is a God who loves you passionately, and His love for you propels you to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. God’s love is real, unique and truly amazing.
My Saviour’s love is a healing balm,
His gentle whisper soothes and calms.
No purer love than His can be found,
His love redeemed me, am heaven bound.
His love extends beyond the cloud,
Exalts the humble and resist the proud.
I cannot fathom the depths of his love,
But by faith, I need only to look above.
Do you know and believe that God loves you? Many people don’t feel worthy of being loved by anybody not even God. When someone says, “I love you,” a negative tape begins to play that says, No, you don’t.
The God who loves us so much gave His only Son to die for us. That is the God I serve. That is the God who loves you and me.
When I first met you, something happened to me,
It was the sweetest thing that could ever be,
No longer was I sad and feeling blue,
It was not a fantasy, but a dream come true.
Slowly walking into the pool,
The atmosphere oh so cool.
Silent gazes from across the room,
Secret smiles, feelings that bloom.
The day we met my heart you took,
It felt like a fairy tale from a book.
Never before did I believe,
That such love could be so real.
Your love gives me a sense of security,
Your love fuels me when I feel empty.
The sweetest sound to me is your name,
I say it over and over again, and it’s not a game.
When I look back and see where I was and where I am today, I am in awe and sometimes wonder if I am having a dream. I flounder to find words that could even come close to express the magnificence of His closeness this past month. The presence of the Holy Spirit in my life right now is becoming a richer and joyous experience.
I have had some incredibly tough seasons in life, but this pass month has been life changing. I have been changed. During my break I spent most of my time in the word and in prayer and this brought me into a closer relationship with my Heavenly Father, which is the single most important thing in my life. I experienced an overwhelming sense of peace.
I hope you are all doing fine. It has been a bit quiet around here lately. Quiet on my blog yes, but quiet in my life? ABSOLUTELY NOT. It has been a life changing month for me. Today I am not the same person I used to be. I have moved to a new dimension in my christian walk. I have an overwhelming burning desire for more. This grand adventure with God continues…
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14: 27
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1:23-25
These verses warn us that we deceive ourselves when we hear the word of God without properly responding. If I look into a mirror, but then choose to ignore my unkempt reflection, the mirror has not benefited me.
The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say” Exodus 4:11-12
On the far side of a desert, high upon the mountain, a voice called out to Moses from within a curious, fiery bush. He had been tending the sheep of his father-in-law’s flock, going about his normal day-in-day-out tasks on the day that God spoke to him from the flames. On the day that God called Moses to a fresh and fiery mission. A mission of deliverance.
I did it! I got baptized, I took the plunge, I got immersed!!
Praise God today 15th June mark another milestone with the 33rd anniversary of my Baptism.
I must say it was a wonderful experience for me. I was nervous, but also excited at the same time.
I never expected to feel such a nervous shake in my legs as I stood at the altar in front of so many people. I was so thankful that my family was there to support me, I did not plan to be baptized, but I accepted the invitation that was extended to me that night.
I remember that night vividly. What a night that was. Heart-leaping, spirit-soaring, joyful jubilation! That was exactly the way I felt that night! I had never felt so utterly thrilled about anything before.
To enter and stay on the narrow path is no easy matter. All who enter this narrow path gain admittance to the “WAY” which “leads unto eternal life;” but all who enter not or discontinue on the narrow path are eternally barred from God’s presence. Many will take the easy way out.
The narrow path is not difficult because it has potholes, debris, or rocks on it. It is difficult because it is narrow and filled with specific and strict directions which must be followed through. The narrow path is more difficult than most Christians realize. This path is about self-denial, temptations must be resisted on a daily basis, keeping our bodies under subjection etc.
In contrast, the broad road is comfortable and many are walking this road. It is pleasant, enjoyable, and filled with friends. The broad road looks promising and prosperous at first, but if travelled for any length of time lead only to despair, defeat and death. Proverbs 14:12 tells us there is a way which seems right to a person, but its end is the way of death. Because of man’s finite wisdom and ability, his limited understanding of the facts coupled with his sinfulness, man simply cannot direct his steps. What seems right to him results in the way of destruction and death.
Sometimes we are able to hear something in our spirit that sounds to us like an actual audible voice. All of a sudden, you just know you heard someone or something. May I encourage you to pay attention to those occasions because it is very likely God is trying to tell you something.
A few days ago I was struggling to make a decision, just before going to bed that night I decided to pray about the situation. Shortly after falling asleep I was awakened, in my spirit I heard these words, “Stay on the Path”. Throughout the night at intervals I kept hearing those words, at times the sound seemed so real as though someone else was in bed beside me. The following morning I stopped to ponder those words and was prompted to search the scriptures for verses related to those words. The Holy Spirit directed me to the verse below.
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
There are two paths which lie before each of us every day. One is narrow, the other is broad. Although the broad path tends to look full of pleasure and adventure, it is a dangerous one that will surely lead to destruction in the long run. The narrow path, however, was created specifically for you and leads to eternal life.
Greetings my brothers and sisters. I trust that you are all doing well. I am so thrilled that you are visiting my blog. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will greatly encourage your heart as you reflect and ponder on my thoughts and these scripture verses today.
Today is the last day of the month of May and I am truly grateful to be alive. God has given me so much to be thankful for, if I only choose to take the time to recognize them.
What am I thankful for this past month?
Truly my heart is full of thankfulness because I am a Child of the King. Nothing can dissuade me from this fact. I cannot thank the Lord enough for the many blessings he has given me!
In Jeremiah 15:16, the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “Your words were found and I ate them, And your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart.”
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
This verse places us into two categories.
1. Doers of the Word
2. Hearers only
The question this morning is, “Which category am I in”?
The admonition before us in this verse is that every believer must be a hearer and a doer of the Word. James reminds us that simply hearing the word is nothing without actually living it out.
To be a “doer of the word” is of utmost importance, and should be a constant habit with the child of God. Just hearing it will not do. The Bible is not written merely to educate us, but to teach us how to live our everyday lives.
Today is a very special day… It is my mother’s birthday.
On this day, 14th May the best person entered this world and later she became my lovely mom. I’m so grateful to you my dear mother. Mom, I want to thank you for all the care and love you have given me throughout my life.
Psalm 34:8 says, O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
This verse means that you have to get to know God and see what he is really like.
David yearns for us to experience and enjoy what he has experienced and enjoyed. He is excited and has a passion and desire to bring others into his deep personal experience of God’s goodness. And so he is inviting us to experience what he has experienced with God. With assurance and confidence David knows and can testify about God and what he is like. He can tell us every day repeatedly about the goodness of God but until we actually experience that for ourselves we will not fully appreciate it.
Take for example the taste of sugar: What does sugar taste like? You can describe it, but until someone actually tastes the sugar for themselves they will not fully know. If you ask me if sugar is sweet, I will tell you, “Yes.” If you ask me if I am sure, I will say “Definitely.” Why? Because I have tasted sugar several times and every time it is sweet.
David encourages us to try out God. He wants us to experience His provision as he have. If we will only place our trust in God, we will find by experience that He is faithful and He is good. There is really no other way of knowing how good God is. David challenges us to put to the test what he affirms about God by trusting and serving God. Taste and see and experience the benefits of a personal relationship with God.
Until next time thank you for reading.
Psalm 46:2-4 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
Verse 2 of the Psalm says “will not we fear” – this is a strong affirmation of trusting God in the most troublesome situations. In spite of the fact that there will be trouble God is an ever present help willing and able to shield us, protect us, lead and guide us in and from the trouble that will come. The Psalmist said that even if the world was turned upside down he knew that God would take care of him. We should not fear because God is the one who takes care of us. We don’t need to rely on our own strength, but we can rely on God who will protect us.
Further in verse 2 and verse 3 David speaks of the instability of the world, saying “…though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof”, God is there; in all of the situations in life God is present. No matter what our circumstance, He shelters us from the troublesome issues of this life, provides us a shelter in the time of storm, friendship in times of loneliness, light in the midst of our darkest of days. This gives us great confidence in perilous times.
It is the presence of God that moves the earth from the shaking of the mountains and the roaring of the waters to a river and streams that make glad and a city that is not moved. With this realization there is no situation that is so daunting that I cannot get through it. I am assured of this: God is all powerful and as His child I need not fear. However painful or difficult our circumstances might be, there is a place we can go to for safety, protection and comfort. God is our refuge and shelter, we are safe under his care.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
Verse 1 of the Psalm declares some things about God, they are comforting, reassuring reminders. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. It is a great reminder for today and every day.
God is our refuge – a place of safety and shelter and is also our strength, the one who gives us strength when we are weak. As well as those emergency times, this verse reminds us that God is also a very present help in trouble.
What is it with this forest? Oh Lord, please give me at least an hint!!!
Dreams are said to be a representation of our emotions and desires, but did I have a desire to be in a forest deep within my heart? I have been on a journey, walking for a while in the forest and it doesn’t look like there will be a moment of waking up from my dream. I cannot fathom the reasons for these dreams.
There I was again stuck in the forest. Tears ran down my cheeks as I stood alone on a grassy hill side beneath the clear blue sky in this unfamiliar place. I started walking and before I knew it I was in this mysterious place. I said mysterious because all the trees around me looked evil; they have very long, sharp, pointy thorns on them. All around me was the sound of insects and birds. Though I could not see them, I knew they were there; as the sounds echoed all over the forest. There were also sounds of rustling bushes and the howl of the wind. There were these weird plants look alike things that I accidently stepped on that cut me on my leg. I kicked a rock and bit my lip as my leg surged with pain.
Have you ever found yourself in a “forest”?
Sometime before 3am I had a dream about being in a forest. I dreamt I was traveling to an unknown destination with family members, when suddenly I realized I was alone in an unfamiliar place. There I stood, no clue about my surroundings, a place I had never been before. I looked around and there were only trees and more trees. I then realized that I was lost in this unknown forest. I started walking in the direction that I thought was the way to get out but there was no end in sight. I was seriously doubting if I was even heading in the right direction as the bush was so thick. I tripped and fell over tree branches and rocks as I struggle to find my way home.
During my personal time with the Lord early this morning, I was prompted to meditate on some verses in Psalms that talk about God’s wings of protection. When I think of wings, I think of a mother bird and a hen taking care of their little ones.
Psalm 91: 1-4, He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
The first thing that I see in these verses is that the wings of God are, for me and for you, a place of protection, satisfaction and a place of refreshment.
The shadow of the Almighty is a safe place to dwell and ultimately it is the only safe place to dwell. God is faithful to protect and deliver. He is our fortress, high tower, the place where we can run to, to be safe. The key to this protection is in the first verse. We must stay close, abide in Him, let him be the Secret Safe place.
I love the imagery in verse 4 of the Psalm, “He will cover you with his feathers“, and under his wings you will find protection. The picture of a parent bird, or a mother hen, wooing its’ chicks and putting them in safety underneath her wings. As the offspring of the bird finds refuge under the wings of his parent, so we can find our refuge under the protection of Almighty God. Too often in this world, we turn to God when it is either convenient for us, or when we have messed up so bad we have nowhere else to turn.
Friends, we are compelled to always be prepared to share the Gospel; we are NOT compelled to chase rabbits with those who don’t want to hear it. We are also not compelled to roll over belly up. 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an […]
If you are looking for an example of God’s grace, look no further. This is ME! It is by God’s grace I am celebrating another year of fulfilment. Without God I am nothing and for this I appreciate Him for the gift of life.
Today I woke up and realized I have been blessed with another year on earth, with my family and friends to share it with, and with a grateful heart I say thank you Heavenly Father.
It is stunningly humbling and awe-inspiring to be alive today that I cannot help but think that having the opportunity to grow older is a total privilege worth celebrating. The joy I am feeling today is epic, I am blessed and honoured that another year has been added to my life. Whilst I am experiencing a little discomfort physically, I am able to get out of bed and move around without anyone assisting me, here I am feeling bubbly, and thanking God for being alive.
Gratitude is a powerful thing. Or perhaps more accurately, gratitude is an empowering thing. Having an attitude of gratitude is wonderful. It’s so easy to be fixated on gaps or our faults. But our perspective certainly changes when we start to focus on things to be grateful for.
I can tell you that when you intentionally look for opportunities to be thankful then they will never run out.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”(Galatians 5:22-23)
As I ponder the nine attributes of the fruit of the spirit I have concluded that the first evidence or fruit of the Holy Spirit residing in you, the first fruit love, is one that pretty much sums up the whole bible.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
The true evidence that you are truly a new creation is that you live your life for Jesus Christ and not yourself. In order for us to be able to look like and act like Jesus on the outside, first we must become like Him on the inside.
We are called to imitate God in our daily living. Can the world smell the fragrance of Christ and see him in our lives?
“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” Matthew 7:16 & 20.
It is easy to say that we are Christians, however, the truth is, our character, not our tongues will reveal who we really are.
As Christians, our character should be like Christ’s character. We are to strive to be like Jesus.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
You may notice that the word, “fruit,” is in the singular number. There is only one fruit of the Spirit, but it contains nine virtues. If one of the virtues is missing then we do not have the fruit of the Spirit.
Having an attitude of gratitude is important because it helps us to see the bright side of life. I believe if we are grateful for everything big or small our actions have a positive impact.
Gratitude and appreciation go hand in hand. It is a mind managing tool which has the power to change how we feel about a certain situation. It also helps to set our goal and achieve them in the right manner.
No matter how bad the situations around you are, you can always choose to respond positively. Being grateful makes you look at the world through positive lens. We are surrounded by so many blessings, it is easy to overlook the multitude of little things God gives every day. Let us not take things for granted but be grateful even for simple things.
We all have the ability and opportunity to choose our perspective. I choose to be grateful. There are a lot of benefits that come from cultivating an attitude of gratitude.
I have come to realize that gratitude is cultivated and practiced rather than achieved and it has the power to change one’s life. There is a distinctive feeling associated with gratitude; a kind of awe, indescribable and beyond expression. When I am immersed in true gratitude it is one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had. It is so overwhelming it almost always brings me to tears.
Practicing gratitude and appreciation is probably one of the highest returns on investment of any action we can take. It costs us nothing and creates incredible energy and impact. Learning to be grateful helps to increase our well-being.
Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions, because it not only enables us to appreciate what we already have, but also helps to attract new blessings into our lives.
This day, as you are reading this, whether it be at the start of your day, or at the end of it, take a moment to think about all that you have to be grateful for, regardless of how hard life can be and the many challenges you encounter.
There are times when I have been ungrateful, when I complain and grumble about life and its circumstances, about suffering, disappointments, and going through what seems endless trials and tribulations. Yet the Lord is always there with me, even when it seems like I am forever in the wilderness.
I thought it would be good to share my testimony on tithing, so that anyone out there who may be doubting or even just without the know how, can start trusting God because He honors His word above His name.
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10