Please Lord, impact this community. Please Lord, heal your land. Please Lord, help us to know the things which truly have value in this life. Help us to see your face in everyone. Help us to be more like you in our thoughts of each other. Help us to end hunger all over the world - the goal is not small, but you are larger. Break our hearts for what breaks yours and lead us to action. Help us to use social platforms to shed light on ways to truly help one another. I pray that this post reaches someone who can and will help. The hunger problem is not only happening in one country, but all over the world the focus of money is greater than the focus on human suffering. Please Lord, Help Us.
As the presence of the Lord was clear and 'enough' was made known. . . . . . we serve a God of 'more than enough' and so it is so. I have personally had an experience very similar - at a time in my life when nothing was all I had and all I could see and hope for was that God could change my circumstances. . . . who was I that He would bless? In my mind I wasn't so special, I was just doing what God told me to do the best way I could - even though the abuse was taking it's toll on my soul. I could not imagine God using people to do something so amazing for me. Why me? Why not someone else? Why not you? said God. He has been pouring into my life my entire life. Even when I didn't even understand how my behaviors hurt God, He continued to speak to my heart. He has fed me when I was hungry. Provided shelter in some of the most unlikely places. He has and continues to restore me in my brokenness. He adds the reverence to every challenge and blesses me in my sorrow. It's not about the money in this video that draws me in and its not even about the cameras watching. I know in my heart that it is about the prayer to God and His faithfulness to answer that draws me in. I am reminded of the silent prayers I've prayed where there was ONLY in Jesus name that I knew to pray. Because of the camera, we were all witness to this act of God. They happen everyday all over the world - often where there is no camera to capture the act. When a need matches the purity of our hearts, within the request and is according to His purpose/will, God answers prayer in His way and in His timing. If God will bless one, He will bless another. He may not do it the same way, but He will do it. He will do it in the way that will change your life forever. He will do whatever you need done in your heart to show you why you are the love of His life. Sometimes we give people credit and we thank people and place them higher than God - some people want to be up there but that's between them and God. Give God the glory! He makes it happen! He changes the hearts of man! It has nothing to do with religion and EVERYTHING to do with relationship. There are people who hate and people who envy and every other thing on the planet can happen as a result of this video. I'll tell you one thing - the church was designed to care for the needs of those in need of a Savior, a Deliverer, A Provider, A Protector, etc. God uses people, whether we like it or not! People have lost faith in the church because people have forgotten that they actually 'are' the church! Don't let people keep you from a Savior who died for you. Who do you think God uses to bless others? WELL PEOPLE OF COURSE! We are suppose to get along and love each other and consider one another and stop saying you don't care - cause only people who are hurting from all the crap they've been through in life say that. The truth is, caring is connecting to loving and loving is connected to Christ. Ok. . . Sorry about my 'note post' for those of you offended by my passion on this matter. Otherwise, for those who needed a little inspiration and a little hope - this one is for you. Right where you stand, God can provide. Right in the midst of your pain, God can heal you. Just as people are stacking the deck against you, God is redeeming your circumstances. Serve God with your whole heart, give Him your whole heart, He wants the pain you can't tell anyone about and the stuff that clogs your mind with grief. He wants your accountability for the jacked-upness in your own will. He wants you to open your mouth and tell Him that it hurts and He wants you to open your bible and read it even if you think it can't help you 'right now'. The bible heals the soul if we let it. It is like vitamins we take everyday, it gets into our pores and completes healing in us that we don't know we need until we need it. He wants you to trust Him a little at a time and let Him be the love of your life so you can fellowship and experience true life everyday. God is faithful. . . . this video in my opinion is just a sign of His faithfulness. It could have happened in the park or the Chucky Cheese, or maybe the gas station - this video shows it happening at a Nigerian Wedding.
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I can't claim to understand why things happen the way they do. If everyone were raised the same, grew up the same and followed the same methods for success. Then we would all be on the same block, living the same dreams, making the same money. Our kids would attend the same schools. Instead, we are here, in different places. I pray that God will show us how to be authentic, loving and consistent in our relationships with one another. Poor people, wealthy people, leaders, servants, broken and etc.
Dec. 13th 2012
God does things that I can't explain. It just blows my mind to be loved by Him. I can't even imagine my life without Him. The relationships God forged, the hearts He transformed made every second, unimaginably wonderful. He is amazing!
War War War . . . .Please STOP! Please! There is a war in Israel, in Iraq, a war on the streets of Chicago, a war in education. The most difficult thing about wanting change is that it takes a number of people to want change with you. Many people see the need for help and find great comfort in patting you on the back and saying with great sincerity, 'it will be ok' - very seldom do people help you establish a 'blueprint' - a way to empower past the cycle that keeps a stagnant mindset. It takes those people to be willing to push past the nay sayers and the ego strokers to reach the expected end - CHANGE THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS. I could be excited about a lot of things but instead, I am just grateful and focused on the mark my own hands and feet must make in the world. No longer can we sit idle and watch life, facebook life and hide behind the selected ignorance of our times - WE MUST LIVE. I would just rather do it in a world without war but that world apparently doesn't exist. God be with us. Blessings, T
May God do amazing things in your life today. May He hold back the hand of enemy in places that you could never know about. May He yield your heart toward more of His presence and guide you in the way of everlasting life. May you find great discomfort in anything that does not come from God. May you feel overwhelmed with joy with the things that do. May you be challenged to be more in Him and allow His love to wash over your every thought. I pray that according to His will, God's favor will find you, edify you and encourage you. You are loved by God. You are beautiful to Him. He desires to hear from you even more. . . that is just how much He loves you. There is nothing you can do to separate God's love from you - choose Him and live the greatest life you have ever known. A life of joy that no earthly thing can ever fill. He cares, more than you know. Be well and encouraged. Blessings, T
Interesting conversations about Judgment today. . . . . My thoughts: To judge is a waste of time. It's like telling God that He does not know what He is doing and you can do it better. I am reminded of a question (paraphrased) God once asked in scripture, 'Where were you when the light was called day and the dark was called night?' We obviously were not here.... I believe that we can be honest without condemning people with our words. A wise man once told me that 'if you love someone, you will tell them the truth and if you are not honest, you may as well tell them you don't love them'. If we are to 'love our neighbor as we love ourselves', we obviously have a spiritual responsibility to tell the truth. When we speak to people from God's whisper, truth is what comes out - when we speak from our opinions, judgment, among many other things come out. Judging is just like complaining - it reminds me of opinions of ungratefulness. You can't be grateful for the mercy in your own life to judge someone else. You can't be grateful for what you have if you complain about what you don't have. Be just as cheerful giving as you do needing. I could not have a dime to my name, having the hardest time of my life but 'though the enemy slay me, yea will I trust Him'! I will dance for Him. I will rejoice. I will nurture my relationship with Him. I will worship Him. I will get out of bed and put my clothes on because I am just grateful to have breath in my lungs, joints that work....... etc. The enemy knows that he can do whatever my Lord allows, but I LOVE JESUS!! I may not know where the food is coming from but I know a man from Galilee! There was a time when I didn't want to live because the words of people who judged and manipulated my every step were stuck to the inside of my soul tormenting me. We are not made to save the world but we don't have to tear it down. A man died on a cross to save the sins of man, His name is Jesus - He paid the ultimate price. It is not our job to revive the world. It is our job to call on the name of the Lord, study His word, seek His face and allow Him to revive the world. He will give you words of truth. He will tell you what to say and who to say it to. He will do things His way, in His timing and for His purpose. Let's just get out of God's way. He has the power. Live a little more life. Stay in your lane. Let God lead you. God's got me and He's certainly got you. Be well & encouraged.
Toseima J is the author of this blog. One who has always been the type of person who looks forward to encouraging those around her. This blog is dedicated to the stories, experiences, and people who help make us all better, stronger, and wiser in all the ways God intended. SPEAK RESILIENCE I hope that this blog site will certainly encourage, inspire and uplift you no matter how you pray, how you live or who you choose to be in your life! Thank you for stopping by, sharing and posting your comments. I am encouraged knowing that you are here.