Encouragement For Everyone

#WIFE: Keep On Believing

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I want to encourage you with the words of Jesus to Jarius when people came to tell him that his daughter had died.

The little girl, though critically ill, was apparently alive before he came to plead with Jesus to come heal her and whilst they were on their way to the house, there was a slight delay as they encountered the woman with issue of blood, it was while that was going on that people from the house came to tell Jairus, your daughter is dead, don’t bother Jesus now. Hmm. (Mark 5:21-35 paraphrased)

She was alive when he left, now she’s dead, that’s from bad to worse.

Isn’t death like the height of it? It seemed hopeless from then but not when Jesus is involved.

Mark 5:36 says;

Overhearing but ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing. (AMPC)

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. (KJV)

Jesus overheard what they were talking about and said to the leader, “Don’t listen to them; just trust me.” (MSG)

What are you saying Jesus? It’s over, she’s (its) dead, I messed up big time, I made a mistake, I’m too old now, I’m already born into this family, I already missed the opportunity, society says I should be married by so and so age  but I’m way passed that age now, they say if I’ve not done so and so by a certain age, then I’ve failed, there’s no way this or that can happen for me anymore, I don’t see a way, its hopeless now.

Well, Jesus says, be not afraid, keep on believing, just trust me.

Dear reader, whatever it is, that may be going in your life, looks dead, hopeless, people may even be saying, it’s over, it’s not going to happen…

I pray you choose to not be afraid, to not fear, to not listen to them, to keep looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith, it’s not over until He says so, He is the way so there’s always a way, just trust Him, keep on believing, “for nothing, you see, is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)

Is there something you’d like us to join you in prayers for, please leave a comment or send a mail to sherie.habeeb@gmail.com

It is well.

Be encouraged.

Happy Wednesday.

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Encouragement For Singles

#WIFE: You don’t think you deserve a good man?

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Dear girl,

So you have a past, things you’ve done that you are not proud of, some of them don’t even add up, you can’t believe you did them, some you even made sure nobody heard of but, you’ve received the mercy and forgiveness of God and you are walking in newness of life, yet, sometimes you wonder, do I deserve a good man, will a good man want me, I’ve made such a mess in the past, I’ll be lucky to even have anyone, I’ll just settle for anyone, at least that’s better than nothing.

Okay sis, hold that thought, can I tell you something, girl with a past to girl with a past?

Jesus didn’t die on the cross , He didn’t shed His precious blood, give His life, for you to have anything less than what He wants you to have, if He could give you His life when you didn’t even know Him, in your sinful state, how much more now that you know and are committed to Him?

He says, “I came that they may have and enjoy life and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” – John 10:10 AMPC, settling for less won’t give you that, you don’t have to settle girl.

Remember the story of the prodigal son, one of the lessons, for me, in that story is that, just because you’ve made a mess in the past doesn’t mean you have to settle for less, having returned to Jesus, there’s no room for less in Jesus.

When the prodigal son came back to his senses, he said I’ll go back to my father, I don’t mind being a servant, I’ll even ask him to make me one but when he got home what happened, simply put, He was reinstated. (Luke 15:11-32)

What about Abraham and Sarah, they went out of God’s will to get Ishmael but didn’t He still give them Isaac, the promise?

A friend of mine puts it this way, “when we return to God, in His mercies, he takes us back into His ARMS and PLANS”, you don’t have to settle for less, no mess you’ve made is bigger than the price Jesus paid, you may have blown it a few times but God can still blow your mind. Trust Him.

This is not to encourage sin, like, do what you like, God still got you, no.

For shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid.

It’s about now that you have repented and returned and about knowing that you are still family.

Do you deserve a good man?

Does any of us deserve anything good really? But for God’s mercy and grace.

It’s not about what you deserve, it’s about whose you are, who you serve.

“He who did not withhold or spare (even) His own son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously, give us all (other) things?” – Romans 8:32 AMPC

Jesus makes all the difference.

A man is good not because of what he has or hasn’t done but because of what Christ has done and a  man who is in Christ understands that he’s a recipient of grace, he’ll appreciate the work of God’s grace on your life and freely give you (grace) as he has received.

Trust that if God has marriage in His plans for you, then He has this kind of man reserved for you, one He has graced to love you unconditionally, past your past, as He loves you and intends for you to be loved. (Ephesians 5:25)

God did not save you for you to spend the rest of your life unhappy (because you settled).

Just like a good man, you are a ‘good thing’ girl not because of who you are or what you’ve done but because of who Jesus is and what He’s done.

Won’t a good man want a good thing? What’s not to want in the daughter of a King, who will bring him favor?

Rest in this girl, you have a good Father, who loves you, thinks good thoughts of you, has good plans for you, works all things out for your good, gives good gifts to His children not because they are good but because He is good, He’s got you.

Be encouraged.

 

Encouragement For Singles · Everything Else

Other things you can pray about for me apart from a husband (Birthday prayer guide)

birthdaySo, on my birthday last year, a lot of people sent kind wishes and prayers which was very sweet and greatly appreciated, the thing though is that, the prayers for a husband for me, had  the highest votes, the highest, as in I got more “the Lord will send him” than “May you live long and prosper”, but why?

Anyways, it’s my birthday in 3 days (yay!), so I thought to share a list of some other things you can pray about for me to give you more options when praying for me this time, sweet of me, right?

I know, you are welcome. 🙂

Please, this is not an anti marriage post, I’m not anti marriage, I do want a husband, I pray for and I’m waiting on God expectantly for mine, but then there are other things, just because someone is single doesn’t mean all they need is a husband, like I said, there are other things, here’s some of mine (this is a serious list);

  • A new television.
  • A generator – no comments on this please, just pray, thank you.
  • A new phone – Oh Jehovah Jireh.
  • Money, good money, lots of it.
  • Help – Pray it like this, say, “Father, let Sherie find the help she needs as she looks to you.”
  • Hair growth – my front hair especially aka my edges, no, I’m not planning to start making my hair, I just want my short hair fuller, please pray.
  • Deliverance from acne – for crying out loud, I’m turning 30 and I still have pimples like a teenager, perhaps one is trapped in me or is it my daughter? Maybe when I have her and she becomes a teenager, I’ll stop having pimples, I don’t even know what I’m saying, please just pray people.
  • Blog growth – more visitors, more readers, more traffic.
  • My family – yea, its okay to pray for them for me, on my birthday.
  • Peace, prosperity, safety & security in Nigeria – its okay too.

I’ll stop here, so it doesn’t look like we’re turning the birthday into some kind of revival but you see, so many others things to pray about.

Oh, one more thing, a car, rain don too beat me for this Lagos.

We trust God to hear and answer our prayers in Jesus name, Amen.

#FunnyNotFunny

Encouragement For Everyone

#WIFE: Small Potatoes

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It’s Wednesday and Wednesday is for?

ENCOURAGEMENT!!!

Hashtag?

WIFE!!!

Thank you. 🙂

Hard times, don’t we all have them sometimes?

Imagine my excitement when I read in the bible that these hard times (name it) are small potatoes, small potatoes compared to the coming good times. Wow!

Good times are coming, so you can’t give up now.

This too, whatever it is, shall pass, better days are up ahead, so you’ve got to keep going, you’ve come this far, you can’t stop now, you can’t let these small potatoes stop you, whatever difficulty you may be facing, can’t last forever.

Be strong, stay hopeful, good times are coming.

Can we say it together?

GOOD TIMES ARE COMING!!!

Yes. That’s it. You go girl!

Be encouraged.

Happy Wednesday!

Encouragement For Singles

#WIFE: Well Done For Not Settling

No settlingHappy New Month!

So last month, last week Wednesday precisely, #WIFE went live (I just like saying it like that 🙂 ), yea, so it did and in case you are just hearing about it, #WIFE stands for Wednesday Is For Encouragement, by God’s grace every Wednesday, you can find something encouraging here, especially for the single ladies

Today, I just want to say well done for making it through the month of  June without settling, well done sis, shabash!

Haven’t settled for first half of the year? Double well done! Some of us have,  thankfully, we didn’t stay settling. Choosing not to settle is not an easy feat, you should be very proud of yourself.

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Look at you knowing what you want and holding out for it, refusing to settle for less than God’s best for you, refusing to be with just anybody just to claim somebody, refusing to edit happiness out of your life just to accommodate someone, refusing to deal with one who doesn’t recognize or appreciate your worth, refusing to settle for games, projects & potential without progress, refusing to subtract for one who can not add, not because you’re being too picky or you have unrealistic standards or anything else but because you know your worth, you know who and whose you are, what you want and deserve and Who you are waiting on. Cheers to knowing your worth. You go girl!

I’m sure God’s proud of you too, for choosing to trust Him. No doubt, waiting can be hard, the temptation to settle can be seemingly irresistible, when it seems like you are being left out, coupled with pressures and whatnot but you are doing good, don’t stop getting better and keep not settling, you don’t have to settle with one you are not down with, just because you want to settle down.

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Remember, you’ve got this girl, because God’s got you and He says “…they shall not be put to shame who wait for, look for, hope for, and expect Me.” (Isaiah 49:23c)

Be encouraged.

Encouragement For Everyone

When God is involved, what can’t be resolved?

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Is anything too hard for the Lord?

The Lord who parted the red sea when the Israelites thought they were at a dead-end.

The Lord who kept Noah and his family alive in a flood that destroyed the whole world.

The Lord who gave a couple a child in their old age.

The Lord who caused a virgin to be with child.

The Lord who made and still makes barren women to be joyful mothers of children.

The Lord who restored everything that Job lost with so much more.

The Lord who fed 5000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fishes and there were leftovers.

The Lord who speaks to the storm and it obeys.

The Lord who walked upon the sea.

The Lord who raised a four-day old dead man.

The Lord who opens blind eyes & deaf ears, heals the sick.

The Lord who saves us.

The Lord who has done, does and will keep doing wonderful works.

The Lord who was, is and is to come.

Is there any situation He can’t turn around?

Is there anything He can’t do? (Think about it for a moment.)

Is there anything really? Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.

Have faith.

Trust God.

Be encouraged.