Monday Motivation: Victory Belongs To Jesus…

Monday Motivation: Victory Belongs To Jesus…

Hey guys!

So another NBA season has come to an end, and I can honestly say that it was probably one of the most interesting playoff seasons I’ve watched  in a long time. Now, I wasn’t invested in any particular team this season as I am a true die-hard New York Knicks fan and if you follow basketball, you know…. we’ve had a rough couple of years (LOL) I refused to jump on the bandwagon of this Steph Curry vs Lebron James battle of this last series. I mean people who I know don’t watch basketball all season long were hyping up these guys to the max! I saw people engaging in conversation ( or arguments)  on who was the best player in the NBA, who deserves the championship, was it rigged etc…  Alas, the Cleveland Cavaliers were victorious and were crowned the Champions.

Hmm… victorious…. that word kept resonating in my spirit all day today. If there’s  one thing about being submissive to God, is that He always makes plain the message He is trying to send you.

I started a new devotional today on my YouVersion bible app. It’s a devotional written by gospel artist Todd Dulaney wherein he uses his songs in written inspiration and encouragement. After I finished reading today I pulled up his album and put it on shuffle and can you guess what song came on first?? It was “Victory Belongs To Jesus”. ( Sidenote: get this album folks. It’s amazing 🙂 )

Aha! Things were slowly beginning to make sense! Let’s break down what it means to be victorious. The word victorious means ” having won a victory; triumphant.” . What is a victory?  A victory is an act of defeating an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or other competition ( dictionary.com) So then that must mean a victor is a person who defeats an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or other competition.

We can definitely say that Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were victorious and are victors after last nights achievements. We can also say that Steph Curry  and the Golden State Warriors are also victors coming off their record breaking season. Many people look up to these gentlemen ( and they are most certainly deserving of all the accolades they receive) but other than provide entertainment…. what have they done for you? Sometimes I think we ( myself included) get caught up in the hype and place strong praise on people who are just as ordinary as you and I .

The song “Victory Belongs to Jesus”  really spoke to me today and helped shift things into perspective. It’s easy to say that Lebron won the championship yesterday based on his skill alone…. but then who enabled him with that skill? We are giving all the applause to Lebron, yet forgetting the person who destined those skills over his life. ( God)

God wins battles for us everyday that we don’t even see!I am a firm believer that our lives were planned before  we were even existence. Meaning, any hardships  that come our way, were already planned in a sense, but we can take comfort in knowing that we are not fighting our battles alone and that the One who is battling on our behalf  reigns victorious!

So in happy times, remember God is victorious!
In sad times, remember God is victorious!

In your smallest accomplishments or your greatest feats, the Victory always belongs to Jesus!

 

Take a listen to this song by Todd Dulaney and have a powerful, exuberant week!
xoxo

Who can stand against the Lord.
No one can, No one will.
Who can stand against the king.
No one can, No one will.

ohhh, ohhh, Victory Belongs To Jesus
Victory belongs to Him.

We put our trust in you.
We put our hope in you.

You will deliver,
you’re a provider
I find my victory in you.
Forever victorious, forever we win.
I find my victory in you.

Victory Belongs To Jesus
Victory belongs to Him

. ohhh, ohhh,

Victory Belongs To Jesus
Victory belongs to Him.

Monday Motivation: Identity…

Monday Motivation: Identity…

Hey y’all

I hope this Monday is finding you all in good health and good spirits! After a busy weekend ( and an impending super busy week ahead!) nothing relaxes me more than popping in some headphones and listening to some music. However, this Monday I decided to give my trusty IPhone a good clearing out. I admit it, I am a memory hoarder. I hate to discard anything on my phone but when you are running out of gigs… some things gotta go. 🙂

I ran across a video of a praise dance I did with some amazing ladies from my church to the song “Identity” by James Fortune and it really got me thinking about my “identity”.

Recently, Canada went through the Census process. ( Every 5 years they do this) and this year I had to fill it out for my household( yay…. insert eye roll)  The questions that these people were asking were really ridiculous! The questions were similar to ” tell me about your ancestors, where do they come from/ how far back can you trace them?” Ummm.. I can actually honestly say I have no concrete evidence of where my ancestors come from. Clearly, being a woman of colour , I can attest to the fact that my ancestors, many generations removed.( I know at 4 generations back are Jamaican) come from the continent of Africa. But where in Africa… the jury is still out on that one.  That really got me thinking ! That’s actually sad! I don’t know who I am!

However, going back to the song “Identity” I began to think about my identity as an individual. My physical identity is easy to pinpoint. 5’4, dark brown skin, brown eyes. But what about deeper than that. Those who really know me, know that as much as I appear extroverted on the surface, I’m truly an introvert! But what about even deeper than that? Who am I actually? What makes me who I am?

The answer to that is very simple for me. My identity lies in Jesus. Everything I am ( and aspire to be) is rooted in Him.

Even when I’ve made mistakes ( and trust me I’ve made a lot of them) and my identity didn’t live up to  who and what I proclaimed I was, God never gave up on me.

You can’t change history! You can’t change what ( and who) you were destined to be… a daughter or son of a KING! Royalty!

1 Peter 2:9-10 states:

…But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, to proclaim the virtues of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

God chose you!He created you in His own image.  Shouldn’t we let our lives be a mirror image of his? I love the lyrics of the bridge of this song. It says:

Oh Lord this is me
I’m asking you to please change my identity
I wanna be more like you
I’m asking you to please change my identity
Oh Lord this is me
I’m asking you to please change my identity
I don’t wanna be like this
This is my request, Lord please change my identity

That’s my desire tonight folks. To keep my identity as transparent as possible. When you see me, I want God to be evident. Whatever it takes, I want my true identity to shine. Daughter of a King!

Let your identity shine and if you haven’t discovered your identity yet, I pray you will dig deep and discover who you truly are!

Have a blessed week!

Monday Motivation: I Am…

Monday Motivation: I Am…
Hey guys!
I hope this Monday is finding you in good health and good spirits! This weekend while I was taking some time to relax I decided to scroll through my Instagram feed. Sometimes I like to take a look at old photos and reminisce. I came across one post in particular and that’s what birthed today’s post.
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I grew up in a Pentecostal family. At 10 years old, I made a choice to follow Christ. At 13 years old, I received the gift of water baptism. At 15 I was filled with the Holy Spirit and from 16-21…. ( and sometimes still today!) I made poor decisions, I lived a “one foot in one foot out”lifestyle. I  I struggled with anger and temper problems. I was in no way, shape or form a representation of the God I claimed to serve.  I always felt guilty when I went astray and could never really be comfortable outside of the presence of God.
From the outside looking in, I was a lost cause! Deep down inside, I always knew who I was supposed to be, I was just having trouble staying on the straight and narrow!
Now what inspired that Instagram post many years ago was because of an incident that happened to me at my church. Who wouldn’t feel discouraged when you overhear people who are supposed to be lifting you up, plotting and betting on your demise?
That really hurt my feelings but I really thank God for wise parents who simply told me, “Well prove them wrong!”
Now that I have matured physically and spiritually I can look back at where I was and be grateful that I made it through my “rebellious” stage.  But its also forced me to remember who I used to be when dealing with youth around me. It actually really hurts my feelings when somebody sees a young person struggling and automatically counts them out and doesn’t do anything to help them! What word of wisdom did you offer then while they were struggling?
That’s not to say that you condone their poor choices. But there is a way to reprimand with love! I always tell the young people I am around, “Don’t be like me, be better than me!” There’s only so much talking you can do. The best thing you can do is live by example and never stop praying and encouraging!  You never know what someone may be struggling with and your encouraging word ( or lack thereof ) could be the catalyst for change ( or a continued walk down a dangerous path)
Like my Instagram post said, I’m super grateful for those who never gave up on me and it’s my plan to be an example to others! Regardless of how people may behave, remember to “just love them anyway”!  ❤
One song that I actually had been listening all  week prior to even going through my Instagram ( funny how God brings things together isn’t it? 🙂 )  is called ” I Am” by Kirk Franklin. The part of the chorus that really made an impact on me this week was :
I am so far from perfect
I thought life was worthless
Until you showed me who I am
Not here by mistake
No luck, only grace
I’m on my way to
Who I am
To anybody out there who feels like you let yourself, others and more importantly God down, remember that you are on your way to being who God designed you to be! You are not a mistake, you have a purpose. Don’t let your past put chains on your future!  There is a quote by Joyce Meyer I love that states : “I’m not where I need to be, but thank God i’m not where I used to be.”
I’m so far from perfect or being a “perfect Christian” but God has truly shown up in my life and helped me realize who I am because of Him! Thank you Father! 🙂
Take a listen to the song down below! I hope it blesses you as it has me!
xoxo

How do you do?
I am a sinner
Born into sin and shaped in iniquity
Now I believe not who I was but still not what I shall be
You found me and gave me your name and
Things I desired have changed but
Inside you’ll see it’s still broken pieces
Deep in me reaches for you (hello)

How do you do?
I am a beggar (that means I’m)
Desperate for more
I hunger for your truth
See I am shattered
Though I may fall still you make all things new
You speak, the storm, it obeys and gone is the weight of mistakes and
Though I still feel you continue to heal, look close, and see (whoa)

[Chorus:]
I am so far from perfect
I thought life was worthless
Until you showed me who I am
Not here by mistake
No luck, only grace
I’m on my way to
Who I am (not who I was), I am (forgiven and loved)
I am (healed by your blood), I am (yes)
Thank God I am (still being changed)
I am (help me say), I am

How do you do?
I am a winner (it wasn’t easy)
I’ve lost a few and life’s knocked me to my knees
But now I am standing (hallelujah)
Not by my power, but your life inside of me (just like you, I’ve gone through)
Even through seasons and changes (no tear)
No tear has ever been wasted
Misunderstood still it worked for my good
look now and see
I am not the old me but still
(I am not the old me but still)

[Chorus:]
I am (I am) so far from perfect
I thought life was worthless
Until you showed me who I am (don’t forget you’re)
Not here by mistake (yes)
No luck, only grace
I’m on my way to
Who I am (now called your son), I am (forgiven for what I’ve done)
I am (forgiven for what I’ve done), I am (yes)
Thank God I am (sealed by your grace)
I am (still here, help me say), I am

[Bridge:]
Here and I’m closer, praise now is stronger
Stood up to fear, by faith I’m still here
Couldn’t walk away, love said not today
Times haven’t seen what God has for me
The hurt and the lies, through the pain, through the night
Cried and I cried but still I survived

[Chorus:]
I am so far from perfect
I thought life was worthless (yes God)
Until you showed me who I am (I am)
Not here by mistake
No luck, only grace
I’m on my way to
Who I am (and all of you), I am (I’m in love with you)
I am (here to worship you), I am (Jesus)
Thank God I am (ready to be closer)
I am (ready to go higher), I am

[Chorus:]
I am so far from perfect (so far)
I thought life was worthless (yes)
Until you showed me who I am (but you showed me)
Not here by mistake (thank you)
No luck, only grace (thank you)
I’m on my way to
Who I am (I’m not ashamed), I am (look, I’m not the same)
I am (I’m letting go of the pain), I am (yes Lord)
Thank God I am (more than what you see)
I am (not yet what I shall be), I am

Thank you
You didn’t give up on me while I was still in the process
Hallelujah God that you could see what I couldn’t see
Thank you

 

Monday Motivation: You Reign…

Monday Motivation: You Reign…

Hey guys!

Really quick post today. Today when I woke up, I woke up with one song lyric repeating in my head over and over. The lyric was, ” Over my Circumstance /Given me Another Chance
You Reign..”

I have been experiencing some health issues. While it is no where near  a life threatening situation, it is a situation that affects my daily semblance of normalcy. I have been battling through taking medication to help my throat and dealing with the possibility of surgery to rectify the problem. This would require 5-6 weeks recovery time. I have half a dozen friends getting married this year, one of whom I need to sing down the aisle sooo… aint nobody got time for that much down time!! (LOL)

So needless to say, I’ve been a little down. So this morning when that lyric came to me, I took it as a reminder ( and an answer to prayer!). Yes my circumstances right now are impeding , but in spite of all of that, God still reigns!

Often times we tend to wallow in self pity, in that “woe is me” state of mind. But I am encouraging anybody who is going through something to remember God reigns! He will see you through . It may not look like it right now, but watch and see what he can do for you!

I am encouraged by my friend Rose who is currently battling stage four cancer. She has truly been through it and has handled every setback and situation with such grace. Her faithfulness and trust in God truly reminds me that HE REIGNS! If you can literally be staring death in the face and still lift your hands to say “Thank you Jesus” that is evidence that there someone greater than I worthy of so much more than I could ever give! Mighty God! Healing Father! Most Sovereign  God!!!( We pray for complete and total healing for you Rosie! Keep fighting!!)

The song that this beautiful lyric belongs to is ” You Reign”, By William Murphy. Here are the lyrics and check out the song down below!

[Chorus:]
My God Reigns
Our God Reigns
Lord You Reign Above Every name

My God Reigns
Our God Reigns
Lord You Reign Above Every name

With Power and Majesty
Dominion Authority
You Reign

My God Reigns
Our God Reigns
Lord You Reign Above Every name

My God Reigns
Our God Reigns
Lord You Reign Above Every name

With Power and Majesty
Dominion Authority
You Reign

[Bridge:]
Over my Circumstance
Given me Another Chance
You Reign

[VAMP:]
You Reign [3x]
You Still Reign

“The LORD shall reign forever and ever.” Exodus 15:18

Amen!

Have a wonderful Monday!

xoxo

Monday Motivation: He’ll Take The Pain Away…

Monday Motivation: He’ll Take The Pain Away…

Hi guys!

I must apologize for being so missing in action this past week. I have had some health issues that have kept me away from this blogging journey but I am on the mend and ready to share some awesome content with you! 🙂

The month of February is a month usually associated with love. However, the month of February is often a tough one for me.  Ten years ago, a dear friend of mine became a victim of a senseless crime. A beautiful girl who had her life cut short in a hail of bullets that weren’t intended for her…. . Rarely a day goes by that I don’t think of her and what she could’ve ( and would’ve) become. Her name was Chantel Dunn, and I miss her.

So while I was thinking about her a song dropped into my spirit. It’s a song that spoke to my spirit long before I knew what It would mean to me.

Let me set the stage: Sir Allan MacNab High school: 2001: Basketball Game.  Game was super boring so I whipped out my good old trusty Walkman! (For all you millennials out there a “Walkman” is the late 90’s to mid 2000’s version of a mp3 player! ) I popped in my good old Kirk Franklin cassette tape and the song that I fast forwarded it to was “He’ll Take The Pain Away”. I really loved the simple arrangement of this song and so I passed one part of my headphones to my bestie Slim and we began to sing! Now, we grew up singing together as children in church, but I actually think that was the first time we actually sang in harmony together.

It was a beautiful moment… one I hadn’t thought about in over a decade… until this February as the anniversary of Chan’s passing approached. I really began to take in the lyrics of the song. Read the lyrics down below:

He’ll take the pain away, I know
He’ll take the pain away
He’ll take the pain away, I know
He’ll take the pain away

Though you’ve been searchin’ for such a long time
Searchin’ for hope and some peace of mind
There’s a friend who would step in on time
He’ll take the pain away, He’ll take the pain away

He’ll take the pain away, I know
He’ll take the pain away
He’ll take the pain away, I know
He’ll take the pain away

You’ve been searching all of here and all of there
And all God can take the pain away
And I tried him for my self and
Oh, I’m a living witness that God will take the pain away

Though you’ve been searchin’ for such a long time
Searchin’ for hope and some peace of mind
There’s a friend who would step in on time
He’ll take the pain away, He’ll take the pain away

He’ll take the pain away, I know
He’ll take the pain away
He’ll take the pain away, I know
He’ll take the pain away

Hold on, don’t give up

If any man be in Jesus
He’ll take the pain away
If any man be in Jesus brand new
He’ll take the pain away

Years ago, when this tragedy occurred,  I would have said that It would be impossible for these wounds to heal. I found this quote that really resonated with me. It reads:

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”

Although my heart has never really recovered from this loss ( along with loss of many others) , I am so blessed to serve a God who steps in as a comforter!  One line of the song reads: “There’s a friend who would step in on time He’ll take the pain away” .

What an awesome God I serve! One that can take what looks like the bleakest of situations and bring some sunshine to the grayest of days! If you are hurting put your trust in Jesus Christ. He died on the cross for us, and along with Him comes the Holy Spirit the comforter. He can take the broken pieces of your heart and mend them, just like He has done with mine! It’s not easy getting over a loss, but with Jesus it is easier

Psalm 55:22 (NLT) reads

22 Give your burdens to the Lord,
    and he will take care of you.
    He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

“I’m a living witness that God can take the pain away!”

Have a blessed Monday folks!!

xoxo

Monday Motivation: Road Trip…

Monday Motivation: Road Trip…

Hey y’all!

Dropping by real quick to share some of what was on my heart today. I was listening to Kirk Franklin’s new album ( surprise surprise) and I got stuck on one track in particular entitled, “Road Trip”. Its a light fun sounding track but if you really take a moment to take in the lyrics… WOW! Let me break it down as how it spoke to me.

Pack a smile, cause this road won’t be easy
Doubt will come, believe me
Sometimes you’ll wonder if it’s alright
Hold on tight, it’s about to be amazing
When you see what God is making
I can’t wait for you to tell me that (it’s alright)

Have you ever felt like life is just unbearable?  I know I have! Sometimes obstacles present themselves in your life that can really throw you off track and have you believing that everything you are working hard for is for nothing. People think that because you are a Christian, you don’t have fears and doubts. But that’s not the case. Sometimes you really have to remind yourself that someone ( God) is working on your behalf and you just have to be patient!

Travel light and leave room for tomorrow, expect delays
And sorrow, avoid left turns, don’t forget what’s right
Pray always, listen to that voice above you
Only let folk ride that love you, see you’ve come too far
You’ve gotta wrap on tight

Point, blank, period, life is always going to happen! Yes, God always has our back, but sometimes He allows situations to happen in our lives to happen to enable us to learn and grow. Example: I was in a relationship ( long distance) for a long time. I thought that this was it! I was totally in love! But… I let that relationship take precedence in my life and once God is not in the center….. it’s downhill from there. I was crushed and it took me a long time to recover from that situation. However, during those dark times, It allowed me to really turn my focus back to God and really listen to His voice and follow his map for my life! 

But every time that you’ve been through
For His glory God is using you
See it’s only in the darkest night
That you really see the stars shine bright

It’s so true! Everything you’ve been through is preparation for greater things! I tell you… I’ve been through some things in my life where I didn’t know how I was going to get through.  As I spend time with children and youth, both professionally, personally and in ministry, it is my hope that my story will encourage them in some way. 

So pack a smile, cause this road won’t be easy
Doubt will come, believe me
Sometimes you’ll wonder if it’s alright
Hold on tight, it’s about to be amazing
When you see what God is making
I can’t wait for you to tell me that (it’s alright)

See I know, dreams can take forever
Especially in stormy weather
It’s hard to see where the road will end
But good news, your destination is determined
It’s selected and predestined
Ain’t it good to know you win before you begin?

Man.. sometimes waiting for things is so hard! Have you ever read a book that was so interesting, but you just can’t wait to see what happens so you skip ahead? Well unfortunately, ( Or maybe fortunately)  we can’t just skip ahead through portions of our life that are unpleasing. We have to trust and believe that things will work out! Our life was already planned and predestined long before we were in existence and we are destined to win! Even winners get knocked down once in awhile( Ronda Rousey anyone lol) but a real champion gets back up and keeps going! 

But every time that you’ve been through
For His glory God is using you
See it’s only in the darkest night
That you really see the stars shine bright

So pack a smile, cause this road won’t be easy
Doubt will come, believe me
Sometimes you’ll wonder if it’s alright
Hold on tight, it’s about to be amazing
When you see what God is making
I can’t wait for you to tell me that (it’s alright)

It’s alright, it’s alright
It’s alright, it’s alright

The rear view mirror is smaller
Because when you can
You’re only supposed to look back at it real quick
Cause where you’re going is a lot greater

Don’t look back! When you drive, you really only use to rear view mirror to make sure things are safe behind you. Your real focus is what’s ahead! Keep your eyes on the prize!

Get tired of runnin’, but it’s alright
Cause I see what’s comin, and it’s alright
Wanted to give up, some days I tried
But your hand wouldn’t let me, now I’m alright

God’s always got your back! Even when you feel like giving up, remember He’s always there! Trust me, I’ve tried to give up and do things on my own….. and that didn’t work out so well for me! So, I’ll just let God to what He’s best at- taking care of me!

 

Take a listen to the track down here and have a blessed Monday!

xoxo

Lyrics found @: Kirk Franklin – Road Trip Lyrics | MetroLyrics

PS: Happy Thanksgiving to all American Readers this week!

Monday Motivation: I’ll Make It

Monday Motivation: I’ll Make It

Hey y’all

Your girl is SICK with the FLU! This flu is kicking my butt so bad it’s unbelievable. I have no energy, no strength and barely any voice. This flu hit me like a ton of bricks on Saturday. I had been feeling the starting effects ( scratchy throat, cough, low-grade fever) for a few days prior, but on Saturday evening,,,,  WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM!!  😦 I spent the day in Toronto with my bestie and my cousin. We had some things to take care of and some of my favourite YouTube personalities were going to be in the area we were. I was pumped! I held on until about 7:30 pm when I started to make my way home ( I  live about an hour west of Toronto) I could literally feel myself winding down. By the time I pushed my key in my door, I was finished. 😦

So in honor of my sick ( practically useless) self I’m going to make this a short post! A song came to me this morning as I was getting ready for work its ” I’ll Make It” by Hezekiah Walker and John P. Kee.

I want you to remember no matter how sick ( in body, mind or spirit) you feel or, how defeated you feel you will make it!! It may not seem like it right now, but Psalms 118:17 states: I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord

No matter and stuffy my nose is, how drained I feel, God is still good and still in control and I will forever speak about His goodness, even when my body doesn’t feel like it!

Pray for me y’all and check out this song down below! You will make it!! 🙂

xoxo