Thursday, December 20, 2012

You've Been Faithful

My father, My Creator, God of Heaven and Earth, as we draw to the close of another calendar year, I am so thankful to you for your continued faithfulness in my life. Words cannot seem to quench my appetite in offering my thanks to you. 

You have kept my resources afloat, you have promoted me, you have kept me in good health, you have blessed my Mother in a remarkable way.  You continue to to be our guide, provider, protector, lover, friend...Our everything.  Thank you Jesus, thank you Daddy... Thank you Thank you Thank Yooooouuuuu!

As I approach this new year, there is this deep seated expectancy that I sense and I get exticed just thining about how you are going to bless me and answer my prayer.  I don't know what you have in store for me, but I know you are going to make me smile and continue to declare that My God is Awesome. 

Lord I love you more than anything else, I want to be saved in your kingdom.  I want to inherit the gift of eternal life when you return to earth to take us home.  I want to recieve your seal of salvation as the signs of the times we are living in point to your soon return.  Father please save me, please forgive me of all my sins.  Thank you for your faithfulness to me. I look forward to being even more faithful to you by investing more in our relationship.

In Jesus name I pray.  AMEN

Monday, December 17, 2012

Questions_ Answers...Solution_Preperation

Questions: For the past 3-4 days, the questions have been asked over and over again with heavy/sad hearts in various languages and expressions:  Why? why? WHY?...How, why????

Answer:

Ephesians 6:12  King James Version (KJV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Solution:
Ephesians 6:13-18 King James Version (KJV)
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Prepare:
Weapons and Gear needed for this spiritual Battle between Good and Evil
Ephesians 6:14-18
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Join me in Prayer:
God of heaven, God of Love, God of joy, God of peace....We take this time to lift up your holy name and the declare that you are Great and Mighty....that no weapon formed against us will stand or prosper...we are more than conquerors through you.   Cover the grieving hearts with your peace, supernatural strengh and comfort as only you know how. 

Thank you that one day very soon, you will put an end to sin, and the powers of darkness. We look forward to living in the ultimate promise of heaven and all that you have prepared for us.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Bruised Heart_Follow Up

Several months ago I did a post entitled, A Bruised Heart.  Since then, the 'admired one' traveled to the homeland over the summer, got married to his soul mate and has since brought his wife here to the States.  I discovered all of this from being nosy on 'social network'.

I would say about two/three months ago, I received an unexpected text message from him saying...My Friend, I just thought about you and wanted to say hello, hope you and your mom are doing well. Take care.   I read the message several times in disbelief and anger.  Why would you refer to me as your friend when you didn't even tell me of such an important occasion that was taking place in your life?????  I also discovered, on 'social network', that his mother passed away.  I met his mom and interacted with her on several occasions and don't understand why he wouldn't reach out to let his "Friend" know such a tragic thing took place in his life. Anyway, I quickly deleted this message so that I would not be tempted to respond.

Since the text message, I've had missed calls register on my phone from him and another most recent one yesterday.  I am aware that his bride is here and I think he is trying to connect with me so that perhaps myself and his wife can become friends and help her assimilate?  I don't know his motive, but I will say that the individuals he should consider friends are those who knew he was getting married and who he esteemed enough to let them know about his mom passing and any other important thing taking place in his life. 

The reality for me is that while I liked admired him deeply and was drawn to his self motivated, intelligent, ambitious, handsome characteristics, things would not work out for us due to major differences in culture, religion(we are both Christians but of different persuasions), family dynamics etc.  I know that he is a Christian and I know without a doubt that he fasted and prayed and sought counsel from his most trusted sources when the decision came to choose a wife.  I believe he made the best decision for himself.  I don't however want to be labeled as a friend for reasons of convenience.  Am I overreacting?

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Value of Time

Disclosure* The origin of this letter is unknown.
To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone who doesn't have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years: Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize

The value of one second:

Ask a person who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:

LOSE ONE.

Remember....

Hold on tight to the ones you love!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Questions_Thoughts_Choice_Decision_Allegiance

Just wanted to throw out a couple questions that are crucial at this time in history.  My personal responses includes 'food for thought'  what are your thoughts?

Who or What determines your moral compass(views,values,beliefs)?  For me, it is my upbringing and the word of God AKA the Bible. 

What about alliances?  Who or what determines the types of friends you choose, associations you join, place of worship?  For me, it is my values, upbringing, expectations,  input from a trusted source, and research.

What or Who can persuade you to change your values, beliefs, views ?  For me,  anything contrary to the word of God cannot, and by the help of God will, not persuade me otherwise. Are you aware that enemy has very subtle ways of stealing our allegiance from God?  In every way, the enemy tries to turn God's perfect plan into imperfection and trys confuse God's people.  If he is unsuccessful, he will use anyone he can in a subtle way, it may be someone of influence, who is generally respected and liked to cause a shift in opinion, beliefs and even allegiance. 

I am convinced that it is not a good idea as  bible believing Christians to support, endorse or  form alliances with someone whether through friendships, or political support, who's beliefs principles and convictions are openly out of line with God's word.  We are currently living in a time in America's history where the following phrases  "One Nation Under God" and  "In God We Trust" are being challenged in ways that are making these phrases null and void.

Have you ever heard the term that the truth mixed with error is a lie?  For illustration:  An apple tree will bear 10 different species of apples if you water it daily and ensure it gets adequate sunlight and fertilizer.  This statement is obvously false botanically incorrect, I have never heard of an apple tree or any tree for that matter bearing different species of the same fruit.

As stated before, the bible is the basis of my beliefs and values as a Christian. If you are not sure what you believe or not sure where the bible stands on one of the most controversial issue in this election; Research the following texts and decide if you are with God and his perfect order or Man made order:

Genesis 2:21-23
Romans 1:26-27
Leviticus 18:22
Revelation 21:8

Who's side are you leaning on?  


Friday, October 12, 2012

God Favors Me....# 3

I thank God for His continued mercy, grace, protection, deliverance and FAVORS that He displays in my life.  Hence the name of this Blog 'Highly Favored' 

I thank God for having the opportunity to experience the joys of motherhood.  I have two sons. Though I did not personally conceive them and give birth to them physically,  I have been blessed to be a part of sharing in their growth and everyday experiences which include both the good, pleasant and lovely as well as the not so fun experiences as well.

I am the 'God mother' of two remarkable boys. 

Son  #1

Isaiah was born in 2001. We share the same birth month April. He was and still is handsome and sweet as ever.  His mom and I were friends from middle school through high school.  I would take him on the weekends ever since he was about 8 months old.  He enjoyed going to Sabbath School on Saturday morning and learning and interacting with the other children.  when he became about 2-3 years he would cry if we were late and he missed the children's activities at church.  I know people tend to exaggerate the qualities of people they love but in this case there is no exaggeration to say that I am honored to know and be apart of Isaiah's life who is so obedient, respectful, intelligent, loving and kind.  My mother loves him to death and she often refers to him as "A Gift from God."  People would ask her, who is this and she would say, " This is my son, a gift from God."  he got so use to hearing that phrase that there were times where my mom would say, this is my son and forgot the Gift from God part, he would tap her and say, Mama....remember I'm a gift from God and she would say oh yes...this is my son, a Gift from God. 

Both my mom and I love Isaiah very much and we are so honored and grateful to be apart of his life.  Isaiah's mom contemplated having an abortion when she found out she was pregnant. She had an appointment set and her bag ready. Her main reason was that she was afraid of her mother's response if she found out.  I begged and pleaded with her not to and told her that I would pray for something bad to happen to her if she did. I am so thankful that the holy spirit worked on her heart and she decided against this horrible decision.  I can go on and on and on about the experiences we have shared with this blessed child but all I will say is that he fills my heart with joy.  He is now 11 years old and though he does not come over as often as when he was younger, every opportunity I get I counsel him on making the right choices with friends. We talk about drugs, peer pressure, school/college, career choices, promiscuity, predators, Gods Love etc.

Son #2

Josiah was born in 2011 in my birth month April.  His mom and I became friends in College while pursuing our undergraduate studies. Josiah's personality is spunky, energetic, loving, and a quick learner. At 18 months Josiah communicates better than any toddler that I've met.  He communicates clearly and says hungry, sleepy, Yes, No (appropriately), He says Thank you for anything you do for him without prompting.  He is a unique character. 

I am so honored to be involved in his early development and I feel so privileged to be apart of his life. He is a point of prayer in my household as he has a very strong willed personality.  My mom and I are privileged to help his mom grow him in the way of the Lord and I look forward to seeing what the future holds in store for Josiah.

My Prayer

Lord, I thank you for bringing these precious boys in my life who will one day become honorable men.  Thank you for allowing me to enjoy the pleasures of motherhood in grooming, nurturing, loving and caring for Isaiah and Josiah. I pray that you will continue to use me to be a positive instrument in their lives. Please continue to help me help them be well rounded and they will grow to know you and love you.

I am Highly Favored..

Friday, September 28, 2012

God Favors Me.....#2

I thank God for His continued mercy, grace, protection, deliverance and FAVORS that He displays in my life.  Hence the name of this Blog 'Highly Favored' 

What kind of person would I have become without the Mother that God appointed for me?  I am not sure, but I am grateful for the person I am because of my Mother. 

In High school, my Senior year English class had a lesson on writing rhythmic poems.  The topic of my poem was.... 'My Mother'  It was such a beautiful and Truthful poem I wish I could find it.  I remember some but not all the words but the few lines I remember makes me smile wide and proud. I would post it but don't know where to find it..I'ts been many years since High School.

Moving forward though, there are so many notable things to write about my mom and her influence in my life especially towards God and spiritual matters.    

My Mother taught me:

How to pray, not by repeating words, but by demonstrating in her own life over the years, how to tarry in the presence of God in prayer and fasting for a breakthrough.

How to depend on God by being a faithful thither.  Even as a single mom, she was faithful in tithing at times even going above the 10%without blinking or second guessing and even now God's window of blessing continues to pour out.  I have followed her example and GOD is Faithful concerning His promises. So many testimonies.....One of which is, I never received financial aid or needed student loans nor did I get a scholarship for tuition (undergrad or graduate school).  I have up to a Master's degree and no student debt.  Praise be to God for his financial blessings and a hard working Mother who was determined that her child would not have school related debt.

How to be a Lady.  Ever since a tiny tot, my mom has always taught me how to be a lady (how to sit properly, speak properly, comport myself, etc.)  Through the years...individuals seem to be drawn to me, even as a child and the mantle of Favor has followed allowing many doors to open up for me.

Lord I thank you for the Gift of my Mother.  She has been a strong tower in my life and without her encouragement, prayers, dedication, example, tears, determination, testimony, expectations, I would not have known how to acknowledge and appreciate you.  I would not have amounted, achieved or succeeded.  Please continue to teacm me how to honor my Mother in all ways and at all times.

I am Highly Favored.

Friday, September 21, 2012

God Favors Me....Entry #1

I thank God for His continued mercy, grace, protection, deliverance, FAVORS He displays in my life.  Hence the name of this Blog 'Highly Favored' 

I recently applied to a Fellowship program being sponsored at work.  One of the application requirements was an Essay in addition to several other factors which include the approving signature/endorsement of my immediate Director and her Director.

After submitting my application for signatures, this is the feedback I received from the Director:

" I am so excited you’ve decided to do the Fellows Program and I wholeheartedly support your decision.  Your essay was wonderful – I actually got goose bumps!  I believe you do have the makings of a great leader, and I look forward to watching you accomplish your dream."

Today I thank you God for your Favor and Favor among 'men' it is written in your word:

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

I am Highly Favored...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Don’t be Foolish

I am doing well in case anyone was wondering!  Yes, I am alive and doing well, Thanks to God.  I appreciate each and everyone that values this space enough to read my thoughts, inspirations, prayers, praise, longings/desires and anything else that inspires the writings in this space. 
My inspiration today comes from a story that most have heard before. The foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25.  There were 10 of them.  The story says 5 were wise and 5 were foolish. 
Both groups went to meet the groom, took their lamps and slept while waiting.  Now when the announcement was broadcasted that the groom is coming and the instructions was given to go out to meet him, the foolish requested that the wise give them some of their oil. But the wise refused and told them to go and buy their own as there would not be enough to share.
My thoughts:
How guarded do we keep our relationship with God including the influence of the Holy Spirit?
Do we allow circumstances and/or others to drain our ‘Oil’?
Individuals that appear to have the same spiritual goals and objectives can cause us to lose out on our blessing if we are not careful of who we let in our space.  Don’t be fooled by individuals who attend church service and have a desire to follow Christ.  We are all sinners in need of God’s grace and love however, we need to stand firm on our decisions, watch out for individuals who are undisciplined in their actions. don't allow anything or anyone to diminish the influence of the holy spirit in your life. Keep your focus and when it is time to arise from slumber (whatever slumber may be to you) don’t allow anyone to take, use or diminish your determination, your drive, your joy, your destiny in Jesus.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

For You

The words to the prayer below inspires me and I hope it will inspire, encourage and uplift you too...
My Prayer for You
May God remember you like Noah,
Favor you like Moses,
Honor you like Mary,
Fight for you like the Israelites,
Prosper you like Isaac,
Promote you like Joseph,
Intervene for you like Ester,
Protect you like Daniel,
Use you like Paul,
Heal you like Naaman,
Answer you like Elijah,
Anoint you like David,
Keep you safe like Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego
Amen!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

This is my Cry_This is my Plea

I feel so left out and abandoned.  Why not me Lord?  I know that you have not forsaken me, I know that you love me but there is this one thing that seems to be out of my reach.  I've prayed and cried, cried and prayed and you have been silent on this matter.  Is it me?  what is it that is blocking?  You said in your word  that you desire that I should prosper and I am convinced that you mean I should not only prosper in material things but emotionally, socially and relationally as well.  I trust you God,  I believe you, reveal any flaws that I need to change, anything that stands in my way that his holding back this blessing I bind in the name of Jesus Christ, Father I ask you to reverse every curse, every stumbling block, every shadow of doubt.  I ask you to release from the storehouse of heaven what I stand in desire of.... A Husband the one selected by you and will be sent by you.  You said if our earthy father knows how to give good gifts How much more my Heavenly Father.  God you said there isn't any good thing that you will withhold from those who love you and keep your commands.  Please continue to uphold me, please continue to teach me, please continue to have mercy upon me Oh God my Strength and my Redeemer.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Random Personal Updates

Career:  I praise God today that I received a promotion on my job Yesterday.  This is an excellent career opportunity and I'm excited about what the future holds.  God has truly favored me and I am eternally grateful to My God the Creator of Heaven and Earth and all living things.

Hair: Sometime ago I posted about my hair and contemplating perming.  Well, I did not perm, but I did cut my hair very low with the decision to start over and be purposeful with treating/moisturizing and conditioning well.  I did this back in February and have been doing well.  I don't wear my hear to work this way though...I have a couple lace fronts that I wear while out until I'm comfortable with the length and body to expose.

Relationship:  Not in any relationship.  I need to work on my social life in order to meet people.  I go to work, church and home.  Not sure what is in my future but still trusting God.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Not About Me

Sometimes I am unable to pray.  I think about talking to God and wanting to be closer in relationship with Him but sometimes there is a valley that I experience and the longer I take to start reading His word again and have consistent prayer the more guilty I feel and the more I stay away. 

This week the the Holy Spirit revealed to me that I worship God and acknowledge Him because of who HE is, not because of how right/wrong, righteous/unrighteous, worthy/unworthy, guilty/free I feel. I worship God because Worship is all about acknowledging HIM as Creator, Lord of lords and King of kings.  The frame of mind that I am In does not change those facts. As a result there is no need for me to feel that valley of guilt when I need to talk to my God even though I have not been purposeful in attending to our relationship.  He remains 'I AM' irrespective of anything else and for that He will always accept me as I acknowledge Him,  Praise Him and be mindful of Him; why? He is worthy to be Praised. 

 My favorite: Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line[a] has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.

In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Work With What I Have

My most recent inspiration comes from the biblical story about the Widow who's son and herself was near death and she had virtually no food left in her home.  A prophet came by and requested something to eat.

1Kings 17:12 (GNT) "By the living Lord your God I swear that I don't have any bread. All I have is a handful of flour in a bowl and a bit of olive oil in a jar. I came here to gather some firewood to take back home and prepare what little I have for my son and me. That will be our last meal, and then we will starve to death." 

The prophet then reassured her and gave her instructions which I am sure stretched/tested her faith as she knew what the food situation was in her house.

1Kings 17:13-15  Don't worry, Elijah said to her. Go on and prepare your meal. But first make a small loaf from what you have and bring it to me, and then prepare the rest for you and your son.14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says The bowl will not run out of flour or the jar run out of oil before the day that I, the Lord, send rain. The widow went and did as Elijah had told her, and all of them had enough food for many days.16 As the Lord had promised through Elijah, the bowl did not run out of flour nor did the jar run out of oil.

The inspired message I received from this account is that God has and will continue to bless what I have. It is a proven fact that "little becomes much, when we place it, in the Master's hand". I found myself lamenting on how I currently don't have a lot of friends, no current visible prospect of a husband, no children, this and that...

Then I realized a paralel through this story for personnal applicaiton.  This widow did not have meat...but she had a spoon full of flour that God blessed and multiplied.  Her husband passed away.....but she still had her son.  She thought her and her son would die....but God came through right on time.

I need to work with what I have while I practice obedience/exercise my faith.... God will continue to bless me and everything concerning me as he provided. I am learning to be more thankful and consious for what God has and is doing in my life and leaving my desires to God's good and perfect will. 

Not my will Lord, but yours be done in my life.  You are perfect in all your ways; you know me better than I know myself.  Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Anniversary

Tomorrow will be by birth anniversary.  God has truly been faithful to me over my lifespan- from birth to present. 

God has NEVER failed in providing all my needs.  This is not so say that there weren't some 'stormy times' and 'burning furnace' experiences, but I am proud to say that I did not bow and I did not let go of God's had.  When I was week...He was strength for me. He has opened doors and blessed me with Divine Favor.

Father God, I thank you for this life that you have given to me.  I thank you for being with me through the years, the good times..the challenging times.. the happy times...the testing times...through it all I've learned to depend on you and You have never failed me yet.  Thank you for loving me so much. I love you Jesus.

Song: My Tribute - by Aundre Crouch

How can I say thanks for the things
You have done for me?
Things so undeserved yet you gave
To prove your love for me
The voices of a million angels
Could not express my gratitude
All that I am, and ever hope to be
I owe it all to thee
To God be the glory, to God be the glory
To God be the glory for the things he has done
With his blood he has saved me
With his power he has raised me
To God be the glory for the things he has done
Just let me live my life and
Let it be pleasing lord to thee
And if I gain any praise, let it go to Calvary
With his blood he has saved me
With his power he has raised me
To God be the glory for the things he has done.

Song: More Than Anything- Lamar Campbell

I lift my hands in total admiration unto you
You reign on the throne
For you are God and God alone
Because of you my cloudy days are gone
I can sing to you this song
I just want to say that I love you more than anything

You hold me in your arms
You are my shelter from the storm
When all my friends were gone
You were right there all along
I never known a love like this before
I just want to say that I love you more than anything

I love you Jesus
I worship and adore you
Just want to tell you
Lord I love you more than anything

Friday, March 2, 2012

When I look back I thank God because HE had something better in store for me

I got an unexpected yet highly expected surprise yesterday.  I discovered that someone I had admired, hoped for, like and respect is engaged and will be getting married.  The title of this post gives some hidden reference to a related post I wrote about this person last year.

I am genuinely happy for him because he is a respectable and nice person.  Just disappointed that that I was not the chosen one. 

I am waiting Lord, you have been so faithful to me, you have given me all that I need but this want that I have has been delayed.  Is it your desire for me to be married to a Godly, respectful, ambitious, handsome loving Man?  It is my desire to be united in Marriage and have children, now I don't see any prospects as the one I hoped for is no longer available.

By Faith I declare that you Lord God Almighty have something better in store for ME.