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When I Am Afraid…

When I Am Afraid

I had a moment the other day in church.

Everything was going great until the kids, who were all practically resuming school the next day, were called out for prayers, as they go back to school. As I watched them come out to the front, I felt a lump in my throat, it felt like the lump grew bigger when some mothers also came out carrying their babies, I tried to dismiss how I was suddenly feeling and focus on praying for the kids but instead, like monkeys on a tree, swinging from branch to branch, different thoughts started swinging through my mind…

“When will I have my own kids, that will call me mummy not Auntie Sherie.”

“What if I never get married and never have kids?”

“Aww, look at sis … carrying her baby,  I wish that was me.”

With no time to recover at all, just as prayers for the kids rounded up, the pastor called out an intending couple. (Oh, come on!)

As the pastor talked about their upcoming wedding, more thoughts joined the others who were still swinging.

“When will it be my turn to be called out like this and my wedding announced?”

“How much longer?”

I’d like to tell you that in the midst of all that swinging, I immediately received a calming scripture or something like that, but no, I didn’t, I left church feeling rather upset.

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The next day, as I went through some devotional materials, I came across ‘the calming scripture’, Psalms 56:3-4;

“But when I am afraid,  I will put my trust in You. I praise God for what He has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?”

I felt like God was saying to me, “about yesterday, don’t be afraid, just trust Me”.

Oh, how it encouraged and strengthened my heart.

So, I thought to share and encourage you with it too, for when you are afraid, wondering if, why, when and how, know that you are not alone and choose to trust God, to keep trusting Him.

When you get anxious and have all these cares for today, about tomorrow or even from yesterday, you don’t have to carry it, letting it weigh you down, God cares about you and He wants you to cast them on Him, trust Him enough and do just that. (1 Peter 5:7)

“Our God is good and He loves us. Even when we can’t see His hands, we can still trust His heart.”

Be encouraged.

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31 Random Thoughts As I Turn 31

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Hi there,

Birthday girl here.

It’s my birthday and to celebrate here, I’m sharing some thoughts that’ll probably make you go hmmm, huh or perhaps, hahaha…

Here we go;

      1. God is good, His plans are better, He knows best. Trust Him.
      2. God’s going to do what He’s going to do, no one or thing can thwart His plans and purpose.
      3. You can totally trust God, He loves you and He’s got your best interest at heart.
      4. Yes, God loves you but He also wants you to grow up.
      5. You can’t have a godly relationship without having a relationship with God.
      6. Relationships don’t make you happy, happy people make happy relationships.
      7. “The one” is human just like you.
      8. You want to submit to a man who submits to God.
      9. God heals the brokenhearted. Yes, broken hearts heal, mine did.
      10. If life had a remote control, I bet singleness won’t be its pause button.
      11. You don’t have to have a life partner to enjoy your life, you just need to partner with “The Life”.
      12. It matters to make Jesus the heart of the matter in matters of the heart.
      13. Your mistakes do not define you, don’t let them confine you.
      14. To thyself be loving.
      15. Waiting on God is never a waste of time.
      16. It’s okay if your life looks different from other people, even if they are the same sex or the same age as you, know that no matter how wonderful someone’s life looks to you because of what they have that you don’t or what they are doing that you’re not, your life isn’t any less wonderful.
      17. You don’t have to have it all figured out, you couldn’t if you tried but what you can do and should do, is trust God, He has it all figured out.
      18. Rest but don’t quit.
      19. Cast, not carry. Cast your cares.
      20. Lose control to God.
      21. I’ll never understand people who argue with me that I’m not single. I say I’m single, you say I’m not, is it your single?
      22. Two things are hard for a girl; Letting shoes that don’t fit go and listening to herself when she can tell a guy doesn’t really like her.
      23. Final answer, not settling? Final answer, not settling.
      24. know your worth. You’re who God says you are, your worth is found in Him, not in their validation or your acquisitions.
      25. Sometimes, singleness feels like being stuck between looking at the time and looking at God. Not looking at God like looking onto Him for help and strength now, but looking at Him like, Lord, can you see the time sir?
      26. Don’t fret when anyone tells you “time is going”, the way I see it , you should rejoice and be glad because if time is going, that means it’s moving , not stuck and as it moves, it will get to your turn, so in actual sense, it just means your time is coming.
      27. Y’all, everyday of my life, I need Jesus and if I’m going to share my life with anyone, it has to be with someone who loves Jesus and will love me like Jesus.
      28. The God who sent His son, Jesus, to establish a relationship with you and save you from hell, won’t send you someone, who will put you through hell in a relationship, that’s how you’ll know.
      29. Hear ye me sis, “man no be man & no be just to marry o” – you can’t marry just anyone & you don’t just marry for the fun of it.
      30. “The most wonderful people don’t always marry first”? Oook, I think I’ve been wonderful enough, I’m done, can I marry now please?
      31. Life please don’t give me lemons, I don’t like lemonade. Got a man? I mean, mangoes, got some mangoes?

Thanks for reading, so which ones made you go hmmm or huh or hahaha?

PS: If you wanted an update on No.7 from the 29 things I shared about me here, this photo below says it all. 🙂  

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#WIFE: If God Has A To-Do List…

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If God has a to-do list, I believe working out His plans for my life, fulfilling His purpose for me, is on it.

“The Lord will work out his plans for my life- for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.” – Psalms 138:8a NLT

I believe He has it all figured out, so I’ll simply trust Him and not try to figure out everything on my own. (Proverbs 3:5 MSG)

I believe He will finish what He has started, it will go from to-do to done.

For He says, “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you…” – Jeremiah 29:11 MSG

He also says, “timing is His business” (Acts 1:7 MSG), so I believe at the right time, it will be checked off.

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#WIFE: 5 Reminders For When You Get Weary Of Waiting

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Dear girl who’s waiting,

Do you know that the bible calls you BLESSED for waiting?

Blessed are all they that wait for Him. – Isaiah 30:18b

If you are blessed for waiting, how much more when you receive what you are waiting for?

No question about it, waiting can be hard but you know what’s harder? Wishing you waited.

Waiting on God can feel more like a journey through the desert than a  walk in the park, but stick with God and you’ll get the promise.

As hard as it can be, it’s still the way to go and know this sweet girl, you are not alone, God’s got you and He’s got some of us waiting too, just like you.

In those times, when it’s downright hard, when you feel like you can’t keep on waiting, you know, the Lord-how-much-longer times, may these reminders encourage you to hold on;

  • It is good to wait on God.

“It is good that one should hope in and wait quietly for the salvation (the safety and ease) of the Lord.” – Lamentations 3:26

  • You are not wasting time, God is working.

“For from of old no one has heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who works and shows Himself active on behalf of him who [earnestly] waits for Him.” – Isaiah 64:4

  • You won’t regret waiting on the Lord.

“for they shall not be put to shame who wait for, look for, hope for, and expect Me.” – Isaiah 49:23b

  • God’s grace is available and sufficient.

But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

  • God will settle you, don’t settle.

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.” – 1 Peter 5:10

Be encouraged and if you want to talk, just buzz me here, perhaps we could meet and hug it out.

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10 Psalms To Encourage You As You Trust & Wait On God

 

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The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack. – Psalm 23:1

Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for and expect You. – Psalm 25:21

[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living! Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord. – Psalm 27:13-14

Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord! – Psalm 31:24

Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. – Psalm 37:3

 I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings. And He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many shall see and fear (revere and worship) and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord. – Psalm 40:1-3

I will cry to God Most High, Who performs on my behalf and rewards me [Who brings to pass His purposes for me and surely completes them]! – Psalm 57:2

Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us (a fortress and a high tower). – Psalm 62:8

The Lord remembers us and will bless us. – Psalm 115:12

It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man. – Psalm 118:8

 

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#WIFE: Praying That You’re Strengthened As You Wait

Praying that you are strengthened

Hey there sis,

Praying for you, that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of God’s glory, to exercise every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy, in Jesus name, amen.

(Adapted from Colossians 1:11)

Be encouraged.