Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Let Us Pray

Hi Friends,


There is so much taking place in our world these days. Although the present events from the news headlines may be alarming and/or frightening to some,  nothing happening today is new to our world.  War is not new; poverty is not new; nuclear concerns is not new; race relations is not new, Women's rights issues not new; humanitarian crisis not new; War on drugs not new; catastrophic weather, also not new.


I enjoy listening to Public Radio and Public TV news/documentaries because you get to hear and see things on a personal everyday life level that are not covered by mainstream media.  One such coverage that I watched recently is about women and little girls in Syria during this war that witness their fathers, brothers, uncles being murdered and then they are taken away as sex slaves.  The one that is so disturbing is an 11 year old girl that was rescued however she is SOOOO traumatized that she refuses to speak or even eat..... Lord Have Mercy.


My heart is just so overwhelmed right now, because We are I am so spoiled with the comforts of life. If we just take the time to listen and watch what people are existing through, we have no problems really.....


Can we take the focus from ourselves today and pray for our world and our fellow human beings that are really suffering today?  I just feel that there are a few people crying out to the true and living God for help, desperate for relief, in some way or the other. Can we pray for those who have sacrificed the comforts of life to seek out and help our fellow humans suffering in one way or the other?  Can we also make the sacrifice at this time to support financially an organization or two that is helping meet the desperate needs of our fellow humans around the world?


Let us Pray....


Our loving Father, we know that you see and hear the desperate cry of your people. We know you care, and we know you love.  We know that because you have given us the freedom of choice and some will chose evil rather than good; and we know and believe that you will fulfill your promise to destroy all wicked, evil, and sin once and for all, and that we will inherit a new life with no more suffering, sin, evil and the desire for disobedience. Thank you for dying for us so that when you come back, those of us who believe and accept will have the rights to your promise and enter in the eternal rest and place that you have prepared for us. 

Have mercy on our world Lord, we pray that more will believe in you and learn to know and trust you, The true and Living God, even during these uncertain, difficult and trying times.  We pray that our lives will be of influence  for your Kingdom wherever we find ourselves.  We pray that we will find ways to help those in need around us whenever we see a need and even seek out ways in which to help. We pray that you will equip us and prepare us to be your helpers in the Mighty Name of Jesus we pray....Amen.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Continued....

I could not make up my mind with what to title the continuation of this update.  So I kept it simple as "Continued". Perhaps you can help me after reading to come up with a suitable title. 


So during the course of our initial conversations and subsequent ones after returning home there were some very direct questions that I asked Pastor. 


I'll share just a few selected ones.  I asked Pastor, who is African by the way, on his views on Domestic Violence.  He gave me a very way out response along the lines of he would never use a gun to kill/harm a woman.  I told him that was a bit extreme and I was more asking along the lines of beating a woman etc.  He did not answer my question directly, but only stated that women do the same thing with their mouth.  πŸš© Red Flag #1


I asked Pastor, what attributes is most important to him in a wife.  His response was Respect and Loyalty.  He decided to explain that by loyalty, he needs someone that no matter what happens between them, and the example he chose to use was, even if the husband beats his wife, this should not be reported to any family member. 🚩 Red Flag #2 
He then went on to "explain" that in his culture, you don't discuss disputes with your husband to your own family because they will never forgive, instead you should discuss your unresolvable disputes/issues with your spouses family because they would have more influence.
I quickly told him that I'm Jamaican, I'm not African and my family and I would kill harm him.


After a while I decided to stop answering his calls because after a while he wasn't talking about anything just childish chit chat and he was always so busy on his way somewhere or just distracted.  I finally decided to respond to a message he sent asking why I was not answering or returning his calls etc.  I responded and told him that this is not leading anywhere and I don't want to waste my time.


 He told me when we met to talk initially while I was in Canada that there was something he wanted to tell me but he was too emotional to talk about it at the time.  I already knew that it was. He was married previously because our "arranges" told me that he confided this information to them.  I patiently waited for him to bring it up but it never happened. So, when he called to talk through why I wasn't responding to him, one of the things I reminded him that there was something that he mentioned he needed to talk to me about.  Then the excuses came, oh I would need to talk to you in person.....I reminded him he had the opportunity to talk to me while I was there.  Oh, I just met you at the time.....I told him that we have been talking for a while now.....Oh, I cant talk about these things over the phone......one excuse after the other.   πŸš© Red Flag #3


During the course of this conversation I asked him what are we doing, what is the purpose, where are we heading? I'm not interested in entertaining anything that has do direction/purpose.  (I could sense that this situation was fastly becoming a "situationship").   He reminded me that I didn't want to move to Canada and that he is not going to leave his job and then started asking me questions about marriage arrangements as if he made a proposal.   After that conversation, I knew I was done with him and I blocked his number. I refuse to emotionally entertain nothingness. 


I am disappointed but not disappointed if you know what I mean.  But I keep faith that my journey to marriage is still in the making and to be continued.


This is a short condensed synopsis of this encounter.  What are your thoughts? Do you think I made the right decision?  What would you title this post?





Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A virtual Mini Concert~Featuring Marion Hall

This artist has been burning in my heart for a long time to share with you.  Minister Marion Hall was once a Reggae Dance Hall icon, as raunchy as they come,.....But God.


She shares her testimony of how God has been calling to her for a long time, calling her from the world and that type of entertainment to rest in his presence and to use her talents for Him instead.


She brings her fiery style and very talented Gifts to the world and for the Kingdom and it is very evident and felt through her music.


Let me introduce to some and present to other's Minister Marion Hall


Room in My House


Enemy




Devil Have a Way



 I Wont Worry

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book Review: Remember the Roses

In my last post I shared about the amazing time I had while visiting my sister in Canada.  While preparing the trip, my Sister asked me to see if I could find this book for her, Remember the Roses by Lynette Lewis.  I told her I would try but made no promises because it was a short window. I was able to order the book through Barnes and Nobles for it to be delivered just in time before I left.


I surprised my Sister after settling in as she didn't know that I actually got the book for her.  My Sister read the book in a few short days and I got to read it right after her in just 2 hours (IT was a page turner for me/very encouraging).


Remember the Roses is such an encouraging and inspiring read for matured singles hoping for marriage.  Lynette takes us on her own personal journey of waiting for marriage while experiencing all her close friends and acquaintances getting married all around her.  She had the dream, like most women, of getting married by age 25 but there were many disappointments and setbacks for her along the way, but she did eventually get married to the Man of her dreams while pursuing her purpose albeit at the age of 42. 

Her story is so ratable on so many levels and definitely gives one hope to keep dreaming, living, and hoping for the actualization of ones desires.



Image result for remember the roses lynette lewis married at age

Ironically, my second day in Canada, arrangements were made for me to meet a handsome, single Pastor.  All arranged by my Sister's other Sister and her FiancΓ©.  We all went to meet Pastor at a restaurant for the introduction and it wasn't long before we got to having great conversation between us.  He invited me to his church the next day and was interested in knowing my plans for the rest of my time while in Canada.  I attended the Church service and we got the chance to meet again during the week for some 1x1 time to talk.

We met 1x1 and talked for hours on so many different topics while getting to know each others thoughts and ideas and background to see if perhaps we are compatible for marriage, I guess?!  Oh, and he requested that we prayed at the end of our meeting/chat......My heart was saying YES, Lord this is IT!!

This whole time I am confident he is the answer to my prayers and my 'checklist' for what I desire and plus, this Book I just read!

He made sure to get my number and kept in touch consistently for the first few weeks after I returned home via Whats App video calls.

To Be Continued....


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Favor Travels: Edmonton Alberta, Canada

Hi Friends,


It's been a while since I've posted so I decided to share my latest 'Favor Travels' adventure.   Earlier in the year I blocked off a week in June for vacation. Although I had no specific plans, I knew I would do something with that time but I just didn't know exactly what at that time.

So in early May, my mom suggested that I should visit my Sister in Canada.  So I called her and revealed my plans to come visit her in June and there was just excitement everywhere.

This would be the very first time I would visit my Sister (don't judge me) and going to Edmonton Canada.  This was obviously a LONG OVERDUE visit.

I TOTALLY enjoyed myself SO much......ahhh God is Good. The hospitality was superb and I met great people, that has become lifelong friends and family.


Below are a few pictures from my stay:


West Edmonton is know as the biggest Mall in the World.  The mall contains a beach, amusement park and a host of other attractions.  This is a small clip of a seal show taking place



One of My sister's close friend who is so super sweet, she wanted to host us for dinner one afternoon .  She is originally from Columbia (on the left my Sister's friend, my sister, a friend with her two daughters originally from South Africa and me).


Me Getting ready to go to Church. I love fellowshipping with other believers wherever I go.


We took a Road Trip to Banff National Park in Alberta and the scenery on the drive there was just absolutely breathtaking









There is so much more I could share about my trip but I'll end it here for now.

Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
    who bring good tidings,
    who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!”






Thursday, May 11, 2017

Introducing:: A Virtual Mini Concert (AVMC) ~Featuring Sherwin Gardner

Hi Friends,

As you know I enjoy sharing music/songs that I listen to, or that is "speaking" to me at the moment here on my blog.

I'm going to mix it up a bit.  Recently I've been inspired to explore a virtual concert style format.  I plan to present a short bio on a specific musician/artist and share in a mini concert style a minimum of three/four songs from the musician/artist (my idea of a virtual mini concert, blogger style 😊).

To kick off our FIRST Virtual MINI Concert, I'm introducing to some and presenting to others......... ...............Sherwin Gardner.

Sherwin is a Trinidadian Gospel reggae singer noted for his use of dancehall style and patois (Pat-Waah) in his music.

The first time I heard his music I was sure he was Jamaican and could not understand how I never heard of him before.  After doing some research I found out he is from Trinidad and I was blow away by his mastery of his Reggae stylistic presentation being he was not from Jamaica.  Very talented musician.  You can lean more about Sherwin Gardner Here

Sherwin has several albums and many songs, below are just a few selections that I enjoy








You can listen to more Sherwin Gardner on iTunes, Pandora, Play Music, YouTube.

Hope you enjoyed!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Singing...

Did you stop to pray this Morning?
As you started on you way,

Did you ask the Lord to guide you?
As you started on your Day...






Thursday, April 27, 2017

Favor Travels: Longwood Gardens PA

I LOVE nature accentuated by beautiful flowers, trees, water etc.  It was such a pleasure to visit Longwood Gardens in PA a few weeks ago.  



The weather was LOVELY, Bright and Sunny.  I snapped a few photos that I'll share some below but they don't do justice to the beauty of the gardens.  


 Makes me imagine what it was like in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve's home, before sin and all.


 
 
Beautiful Spring Tulips in various, shapes, colors and sizes
 


Immaculate Landscaping


 










Pretty Orchids







Was truly a Beautiful day spent in the Gardens.

The scenes from the day reminded me of this song:

All things Bright and Beautiful
All Creatures great and small

All things bright and wonderful
Our Lord God made them all

He gave us eyes to see them
And lips that we might tell
How Great is God Almighty
Who has made all things well


P.S. Additional scenes were shared on Instagram, your welcome to follow me there (Here is a link):  High_Favor my symbol/profile picture is a crown.Highly Favored



Have a Great Day Friends!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Singing He's Alive


Don't try to tell me that God is dead
He woke me up this morning

Don't try to tell me He's not alive
He lives within my heart...


The Lamb that was slain, He's alive
Forever He shall reign, He's alive

They crucified Him at Calvary
But He rose in Victory
He's alive!!


He's Alive!He's Alive!
King Jesus is alive
King Jesus is ALIVE


Thursday, April 6, 2017

It's My Anniversary

Celebrating another Birth Anniversary today only because God has been so good to me.



Somehow I didn't want to write write about it, then I decided it's not about me. God has been so FAITHFUL to me,  I want to declare and give him all the Glory and Praise for sparing my life, blessing me abundantly, and providing for all my needs.  I do have a few wants still πŸ˜‰ however I have everything I need, thank you Jesus.

How Did I make it All these years?!  God's Grace....I appreciate you, Thank you Daddy. As I continue on this Journey of life, I appreciate you more, your will is perfect.  I trust you Lord.

I dedicate this song to me and God🎼🎢




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Singing A Love Song to My ALL - My ALWAYS


MY LOVE- MY LIFE- MY ALL

My hands 
Were made
To worship you

My heart
My king
It beats
For you

Oh lamb so true
I surrender to you
My life (I give you)
My love ( I give you)
My all (all)...



MY ALWAYS

But there's someone whose love is real
Who cares about the way I feel

Every pain and erase every stain
Theres peace when I call out Your name

Jesus, Youre my everything
The cross, You did that just for me
So whatever You take me through
I promise You
Ill spend my always with You

No one can touch my heart like You
Or make me smile the way You do
Ive finally found someone who
Who really, truly loves me...


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Women Recognition Day πŸ‘© One Day at a Time

Happy Women's Day Friends!!

Looking at history, Women in general have made so many sacrifices and fought so many social battles so that you and I can do and be anything we aspire to be and do.

Let's continue to support, uplift and encourage each other and be role models for those coming behind us.

Sharing this song to celebrate us today....

I'm only human
I'm just a woman
Help me believe in all I can be And all that I am...





Monday, March 6, 2017

Starvation As a Weapon of War?!

Have you been hearing in the news lately about the starvation crisis sweeping Somalia, parts of Sudan, some parts of Kenya, Nothern Nigeria and parts of the Middle East?

A news report I watched recently stated the starvation, which has been claiming over 100 people per day, in a few of these countries are due to strategies of war.  Others are claimed to be related to extreme drought conditions.

My heart grieves for our fellow human beings.  While I have so much and waste so much, it pains me to think of the unimaginable suffering/pain of people/humans like myself are experiencing right now.

Lord have mercy on your people.  For the causes of starvation due to drought, please send rain and a harvest for your people.  For the causes of war that produces starvation, I petition your throne for peace and restoration, order and aide for your people God.  Please in the Name of Jesus have mercy and make a way to relieve the suffering, heal your lands God and bless your people is my prayer today.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Singing You Give Me JOY




There's beauty in my brokenness,
 I've got True LOVE instead of pain
There's freedom though you captured me,

I've got JOY instead of mourning,
You give me JOY, down deep in my soul..

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Second Coming

I've often tried to imagine what Heaven is like. Have you ever tried to think about or imagine Heaven?

When I read for example the first chapter of Ezekiel that describes Heavenly beings, the sounds, the Glory of God, and Revelation 20: 9-20I try to imagine it, albeit frustrating because it's hard to imagine things that I have never seen before.


I'm always intrigued by the descriptions and I just want to experience Heaven when Jesus returns.... I just want to make it in.

As I wrap up this short series on Spiritual counterfeits, I want to expose some lies deceitful notions about God's second coming, judgement and death.

I thought about breaking them into separate and distinct posts, but decided to combine the topics because they are all interrelated.

Why would Counterfeits exist in Christian teachings/doctrines you might ask? hmm... just think about it, the devil is a liar and the father of lies. Think about the fall of Man (Adam/Eve) in the Garden of Eden. God gave Adam/Eve specific instructions and the devil came after and deceived them by subtly mixing lies with a dash of some truth, very cunning.

Everything God has created, the devil presents a counterfeit, why? he want's us to worship him instead of God, the devil wants to take Gods place in our lives, simply put.


  • On Death

I've experienced my fair share of the deaths of friends, family and acquaintances over the years which have included the young, middle aged and old.  I've shared just one or two of my experiences of loosing a friend to death  here on the blog.  Most recently I shared my own experience from the death of my Father.

According to the bible, none of my loved ones who have died are in Heaven right now. No, they are not in Heaven, they are in the grave where they were buried awaiting the second coming of God.  The bible says...

1 Thessalonians 4:14-18  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.


For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 


Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.


According to these verses of scripture above, the righteous do not to go heaven when they die. They remain asleep in the grave until Jesus returns and raises them to immortal life.

Also, the scripture also states in 1 Corinthians 15:52  in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 

I'm so looking forward to God's second Coming and being reunited with loved ones.


  • On God's Second Coming
God's coming will not be a secret and there is no such thing as a secret rapture.  As stated in the scripture texts above, God is coming with a shout and with the sound of trumpets. Nothing silent or secret about a shout or the sound of a trumpet. 

Also, as stated in Revelation 1:7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

  •  Judgement Day?
  • On Hell/Lake of Fire
 These are very heavy topics that are also miss understood and I've heard some contrary presentations at one point or another.  Let me know if you'd like to know the truths about these topics or more info on any of the ones that I've shared so far on this post or in this series.

I love good preaching and great teaching, Yes I do....they both have their place in edifying and enlightening us; However know the scriptures for yourself, read the bible. By Faith, I trust God's word.

John 4:23-24 

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truthfor the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Prosper

Wasn't my intent to have a long gap since the first post in this Counterfeit series πŸ˜•.  I have some catching up to do! How have you been?  I've been busy these days and really miss blogging and connecting.  I try to keep up with reading my favorite blogs at the expense of writing when I have some down time.

Have you been following along so far?

 The the first post we uncovered the truth about how we approach our favorite Holiday vs. God's Holy Day.

In this post we will uncover the truths about wealth and prosperity.  


What images comes to mind when you think of a rich person?


Image result for rich person

How about a Wealthy person, What image comes to mind?

Image result for staircase entrance 

Who doesn't want to be rich, wealthy and Prosperous?!

The prosperity that often come to mind for most are tied up with having loads of of money and all the physical tangibles to show for it. The issue is having  the tangibles of 'Prosperity' by owning material possessions often leaves a person still feeling empty....... Have you ever wondered why so many people that appear to prosper to us commit suicide, suffer with depression or are heavily addicted to harmful substances?


Image result for house vs home food vs appetite

Remember a counterfeit is defined as:
  • An imitation or copy of something, usually with the intent to defraud.  
  • To carry on a deception; make fraudulent copies of something valuable.
  • Made in imitation of what is genuine with intent to defraud
The truth is, Prosperity through Spiritual eyes has nothing to do with material things.

Having peace of mind is a sign of Prosperity
Having Joy deep down in your soul is a sign of Prosperity
Extending forgiveness is a sign of Prosperity
Serving others is living a Prosperous life
Humility is a sign of  Prosperity
Extending Kindness is living the Prosperous life
In addition to Patience, Faith and Obedience



Psalm 128

          Blessed are all who fear the Lord,


    who walk in obedience to him.
 
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
    blessings and prosperity will be yours.
 
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
 
Yes, this will be the blessing
    for the man who fears the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion;

    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.

May you live to see your children’s children—
    peace be on Israel.

Proverbs 14:21It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.

Psalm 37:1-19 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s  and their inheritance will endure forever. In times of disaster they will not wither;in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

Let us not be deceived about prosperity. 

Are you living a Prosperous life??

Monday, January 2, 2017

HolyDay Time

Welcome to 2017 Friends!

Congratulations!!!!  We made it to the beginning of another Calendar Year by the Grace and Mercy of God. I pray that we will all accomplish our aspirations and have many more testimonies to share during the course of this year.

I'm excited to share the first post of our Exposing Spiritual Counterfeits series.

In the spiritual context, everything God created, the enemy presents a counterfeit.  The main purpose of the enemy is to deceive God's people, to keep us unaware and uninformed of the truth.  Keeping us ignorant of truth keeps us unable to detect his counterfeit presentations. 

The best way to detect a counterfeit bill of currency is to study the original.

close-up of dollar


Once we have studied the intricate details of the original, upon close inspection we can detect the defects in the counterfeit. The key is knowing the original well enough.


Holiday vs Holy Day


What is your Favorite all time Holiday?

Just a few weeks ago, we were in the midst of a major πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„Holiday Season.

Oftentimes our favorite holiday incites feelings of Nostalgia; Reminiscent memories brings a smile, a sense of peace, perhaps a sense of Joy for that season?

Usually we invest time to set the atmosphere and build excitement in anticipation of the 'day' by playing specific types of music, decorating our home, baking, and preparing gifts etc.

Some of us look forward to spending this special time with family and friends, lots of laughter and experiencing favorite traditions once more. A longing for the euphoria not to end.

In this post of, Exposing Spiritual Counterfeits, we will compare and contrast Holy Day vs. Holiday.
  • A counterfeit is described as an exact imitation of something valuable or important with the intention to deceive or defraud.
There have been many questions, arguments, theories and analysis on the origins, traditions and customs of how certain 'holidays' evolved and its relevance in Christianity. In the final analysis, several present themselves as Counterfeits.

Our focus however is to examine the attributes of the ORIGINAL....... Holy Day.

Exodus 20:8-11(ICB) 
Remember to keep the Sabbath as a holy day.   You may work and get everything done during six days each week.   But the seventh day is a day of rest to honor the Lord your God. On that day no one may do any work: not you, your son or daughter, or your men or women slaves. Neither your animals nor the foreigners living in your cities may work.  The reason is that in six days the Lord made everything. He made the sky, earth, sea and everything in them. And on the seventh day, he rested. So the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
 
 
Many people argue that the Sabbath is for the Jews. Would you be surprised to know that the Sabbath was established during the Creation of our world long before a Jewish nation existed?
 
 Genesis 2:1-3 
So the sky, the earth and all that filled them were finished.   By the seventh day God finished the work he had been doing. So on the seventh day he rested from all his work.   God blessed the seventh day and made it a holy day. He made it holy because on that day he rested. He rested from all the work he had done in creating the world.
 
 
Why is the Holy Day Sabbath a target for Spiritual Counterfeit?  The Sabbath contains the seal of God.
 
We know that a seal has something to do with legal affairs.  Official documents are stamped with the seal of the ruling official of the Government whether they are Kings or Presidents. For Instance, America's official Presidential seal, as to the seals of all Countries has three parts. (1) The President's name, (2) His title: President, (3) The territory over which he presides: America

 In the same way God's Seal [as revealed in Exodus 20 8-11]: has three parts:
 
  1. His name: The Lord thy God
  2. His Title: Creator
  3. His Territory or Domain: The Heavens and Earth, the Sea and everything in them.
 
The seal of God is the Sabbath, He blessed the 7th day and made it Holy. He declared the 7th day Sabbath a Holy Day of rest for His Creation.
 
Like our Birthday and Anniversary dates, we can celebrate at anytime we choose, however there is no denying that there is something very special about the actual date/day we were born or wedded. 
 
Do you currently acknowledge the 7th Day Sabbath as a Holy Day?
 
Growing up on sundown Friday evenings my Family would be prepared to usher in the Sabbath with family worship (singing, scripture reading/study, prayer). Some families have Sabbath traditions, and set the atmosphere all week in anticipation of the next Sabbath.
 
Do we put the same effort into welcoming and preparing for the Sabbath each week? to acknowledge and worship our Creator God? Yes, we ought to worship and acknowledge God everyday ; just know that like our Birthday, Anniversary or your favorite 'holiday' there is something EXTRA special about the actual day of rest that God set aside, Blessed and made Holy.