God Has Not Forgotten You…

God Has Not Forgotten You…

Hey guys!

I was in a moment of quiet time with God this week and I was reminded of a song I hadn’t listened to in many many years; God Has Not 4Got by Tonex .  ( I know Tonex has made some life choices that no longer coincide with the word of God but this song of his speaks volumes still!)

The song led me to go back and look at the story of Noah and the Ark.  I’ve often wondered how Noah must have felt during this process.  Noah was living in a time where  the people God had created were at their utmost worst. God had had enough with them and was going to destroy them. However, Noah found favour with God because of his blameless behaviour. God established a covenant with Noah  and his family.

However, God had a few instructions for  Noah. First off, He was told by God to build this huge ark for this supposed flood that was going to happen one day. Although he was ridiculed and ostracized by the very people God was set to destroy , Noah persevered and did what he was told .  He was to bring his family, creatures of the earth, sea and sky aboard this ark and then await God’s instructions.

So for years on end Noah built this ark always remembering the promise God made with him. He was mocked mercilessly  but one day….finally, the flood waters came down, raining non stop for 40 days and 40 nights. Now if I was Noah, I would have been starting to get a little stir crazy at this point.

Then, after that 40th day the rains stopped…. but the earth was still flooded and for an additional 150 days. 150 days is just about 5 months.  Personally,  5 months cooped up in a boat with my family and animals and creatures of the land, sky and the sea…. is frightening! (lol) Even though God had saved us, I would honestly be thinking, ” Has God forgotten about us in here?”

But Noah still had faith and he waited patiently to hear from God. However, after the initial  5 months there was still almost a year before the waters receded completely.

Still Noah waited.

He sent out a raven and the raven came back confirming that the earth was still flooded…. Noah sent out a dove several times…

The earth was still flooded…

Finally after over a year of patiently waiting on God, The earth was finally was dry and God commanded Noah and his family to come out of the ark.
In the end, is where we find the covenant that God made with Noah and His people that still stands today. It is here that we learn the significance of the rainbow

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.

The bible doesn’t specify if Noah and God had any communication during this time but what I love about  this whole story   ( and what ties this whole story into the song) is in the beginning of Genesis chapter 8 verse 1 which simply states:

“But God remembered Noah….”

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Through all of this, God remembered Noah.

No matter what you are going through or where God has placed you, He has not forgotten you!

Just like God made a covenant with Noah, He also made a promise with us . He promised to never leave us or forsake us. You may be going through some serious hardships, but remember  God has not forgotten you. As we see with Noah, It took what seemed like  a long time for God’s promise to come to fruition. But what did we see? God came through!  Everything that God has predestined and planned for your life will come to pass! Why? Simply because He is God and He has yet to break a promise.

Don’t give up.

Keep pushing.

Keep persevering.

You are not forgotten! Sometime promises take time to be fulfilled…

So just like Noah stay faithful, stay humble and be patient!

GOD

HAS

NOT

FORGOTTEN

YOU

Till next time,
xoxo

©justlovethemayway

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Fall Worship Playlist 2018..

Fall Worship Playlist 2018..

Hey y’all ,

I just wanted to share with you some of my favourite worship songs this season.( and a few golden oldies that never seem to leave my rotation 🙂 Hope you find new favourites to add to your playlists! Enjoy!

  1. Great and Mighty- Jonathan Nelson
    Album: Declarations
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  2. Hallelujah Here Below – Elevation Worship
    Album: Hallelujah Here Below
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  3. Promise Keeper- Israel Houghton (feat. Travis Greene)
    Album:  Road to Demaskus

    ** I  was a little iffy on this album, but I decided to give it a try. While I’m not a huge  fan of the album, I do really like this particular track**
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  4. Just As Sure- Tori Kelly ( feat. Jonathan McReynolds)
    Album: Hiding Place
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  5. While I’m waiting- Travis Greene
    Album: Crossover
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  6. Nara- Tim Godfrey ( feat Travis Greene)
    **Beautiful song, loosely translated from the Igbo language to “Accept my Praise”**
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  7. Known- Tauren Wells
    Album:  Hills and Valleys
    ** I’m super late to the Tauren Wells train! My homegirl and I went to conference this summer and as we were road tripping from Nashville to Chattanooga, she played a few tracks for me. I wasn’t sold. Fast forward to the same conference… who was the guest artist…. you guessed it Tauren Wells (lol) we had no idea he was even going to be ministering there! He sang this song “Known” and I’ve been a fan ever since.  He’s  also a pretty dope preacher too! Check him out!**

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  8. Still God- Elevation Worship
    Album: Hallelujah Here Below
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  9. God Is Good- Jonathan McReynolds
    Album: Make More Room

    ** This is probably one of the more recent gospel albums that I love in its in entirety! From top to bottom , every.. single… track… This track is one that made my cry with gratitude from the first listen.**
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjNEDbrXpH8

  10. Seasons- Hillsong Worship
    Album: There is More
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  11. Open Heaven/River Wild – Hillsong Worship
    **This is probably one of my favourite songs of all time! Anybody who has been on vacation with me from 2015 to present day has heard this song on REPEAT. Its such a simple song but it’s so calming to my spirit:) **
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  12. Victory- Fred Jerkins
    Album: A Project of Healing
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  13. My Worship- Phil Thompson
    Album: My Worship

    ** ” And I will not be silent, I will always worship you/ As long as I am breathing, I will always worship you.”  Literally my testimony, and the essence of my heart….**

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It seems I have a strong affinity for Hillsong, Jonathan McReynolds and Travis Greene… LOL! Oh well I like what I like:)

What are you guys listening to? I’m always. looking for new music to add to my collection!

xoxo

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Make Room

Make Room

Jonathan McReynolds has a beautiful song called “Make Room” that really speaks about making room for God in your life. About preparing your heart for God to dwell there. This is the song that really inspired this post. During my summer travels, as my friend and I drove through the lush greenery that is the state of Tennessee, God dropped this song right into our laps and for 3+ hours from Chattanooga to Memphis this song was on repeat. We worshipped, we meditated on the goodness of God and for me… I felt convicted…  I need to make even more room for God.

I am a LOVER of schedules. I have a planner that each week is updated with my plans and commitments for the week. Colour coded so its easy to see what things are a priority and what things can be shuffled around and done on another day.

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It seems that time is something that we never have enough of. Somebody will mention that they need help with something at the church, or your neighbour may need a hand moving and out comes the classic line, “Oh I don’t have any time to do that.”  Yet oddly enough if its something that we feel like doing or are super intrigued by, magically the hours for productivity suddenly appear? Funny how that happens!

Recently, an acquaintance of mine and I were making plans to hit up the gym together, I suggested we meet up in the evening after work and she wanted to meet up in the early morning . While I’m not particularly fond of getting up early, my body wakes me up at 6 am rain or shine, sleet or snow, vacation or work day. So naturally, knowing this , she thought that  going to the gym in the early morning would seem to be of no problem to me right? Wrong. It’s in that early part of the morning that I like to spend my quiet time with God in prayer and bible study as it’s the time of day that I feel that I can give God my  undivided attention and frankly I’m the most alert. When I explained this her she responded,  “Well can’t you just do that later?” Ok I thought, just this once I’ll move things around  and spend time with God later. And you know what happened, Later on came… and so did the sleep….  a day of sweet commune with God missed, never to be regained.

In that moment it dawned me; it shouldn’t be so easy for me to rearrange my schedule when it means bumping God out of the priority spot.  We often rearrange our time with God for something as trivial as a television program.  I can vividly remember in junior high and high school being so mad at my parents for making me go back to church on a Sunday evening when all I wanted to do was stay home and watch the Grammy’s or the BET awards ( remember this was in a time where live streaming and PVR weren’t an option, so if you missed it you missed it!) where as now I could care less!

What if God rearranged His schedule to only be available for us when He felt like it? This society would be even more in shambles than it already is ( hard to imagine!)  We oftentimes take for granted the gift that is Jesus. Someone who is always available morning, noon or night to hear our EVERY need. All He wants from us is for us to make room for Him in our heart and in our lives.

How many times have we prayed this prayer: ” God if you just give me one more day, I promise to  be better to You than  I was today. To give you all of me not just the leftovers?” Then tomorrow comes and again out of mouth comes the exact same words? I don’t know about you, but there are only so many times I can eat leftovers before getting sick of them and before they get stale. In the same way we don’t want to eat leftovers everyday, we need to stop giving God our leftover worship and our reheated praise! Come guys we have to give Him something new to eat once in awhile! There is nothing better than fresh food!

How do you make room for God in your life? Here are 4 ways to make room for God in your everyday life :

Make time for Him:
Make God a priority. The new Netflix series will wait. The phone call will go to voicemail. Give God your undivided attention.

Get rid of and negativity:
Make your heart comfortable for God to enter in. It will be hard for Him to navigate through negative space.  Release and let go of anything that is holding your heart and a prisoner to anger or resentment.

Physically create space for Him:
Find a room or a closet; perhaps your bathroom. Create a space where you will not be surrounded by any distractions, where you can have some personal alone time with God.

Meditate on His word:
Seeking out and studying the word of God is a good way to get to know Him, to learn from Him and to hear from Him.

Where I live, the children are heading back to school today. I am an Educator so this means back to work as regularly scheduled for me as well. ( farewell leisurely summer days 😦 lol )  This is a challenge and reminder to me ( and you) that no matter how hectic life gets, how busy our schedules may seem, make room for God FIRST!

 

 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. ( Matthew 6:33)

Have a blessed day!
Til next time…
xoxo

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©justlovethemanyway

Monday Motivation: Better Days Are Coming!

Monday Motivation: Better Days Are Coming!

Hey y’all

Quick post today.  It seems like the last few weeks I have been focused on the topic of “better” as last week’s post followed the same theme. But that’s because last week was such a horrible week for me. Now I’m in no way naive to the point that my trivial problems are nothing in comparison to the trials many people are facing in our world, but hey stress is  serious thing and can really be a detriment to you! Such was my predicament this week. I noticed all over my social media and even with people in my close circle, people were having a rough go of it this week!

By happenstance , a song was suggested to me on my Apple Music by the artist Leandria Johnson. I have been following this artist since she appeared on BET’s “Sunday best” television program and fell in love with her voice and her realness (she has struggled at times in her walk with God but she has never pretended to be perfect ) The song was called “Better Days” . I don’t know how I missed this song as it came out last year, but I guess God wasn’t ready for me to hear it then. It came to me at just the right time.

I want to leave you guys with the song and lyrics today and pray it brings hope and peace to you as it did this for me this week! Be assured dear friends that better days are just around the corner. Cling close to God and don’t give up even though you may not be able to see how things can get better! God’s working it out! This is a much a reminder for myself as it is an encouragement for you lovely people out there!

Say it with me: “Better Days Are COMING!!! Sooner than you think!
God Bless 🙂

Sometimes it feels cold
And you feel all alone
But hold on, better days are coming
It can be rough in this world
I know it ain’t easy but hang on in there
I know better days are coming
You seen good, you seen bad
You been happy and sad
But just remember that better days
Better days are coming
Friends will leave you
all by yourself
But don’t cry
‘Cause better days are coming, oh
Better days (better days)
Better days
Better days are coming
It’s only a season
Hang on in for you going through, yeah
But stay focused
and never lose sight
I know people, people
They don’t see the hurt you feel inside
But keep on smiling
’cause everything will be alright
Better days (it’s here now)
Better days (I feel it)
Better days are coming (You’ve got to believe in better days)

Better days (for your mother and your father and your sister and your brother)
Better days
Better days are coming

Hey yeah
Better days are coming
Better days are coming your way soon
(Songwriters: Ronnie Jackson / Leandria Johnson / Michael Johnson / Forrest Lambdon Walker
Better Days lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc)

Monday Motivation: Fall Worship Playlist…

Monday Motivation: Fall Worship Playlist…

Hey guys!

I wanted to share with you some of my favourite worship songs I have had in rotation as of late! Hopefully you will discover some new faves to add to your current rotation! Have a blessed Monday! Back to regularly scheduled posts next Monday! Forgive me! Trying to wrap my head around my new schedule which includes working full time, school part time, ministry all the time 🙂 #adulting 🙂

  1. What a Beautiful Name-  Hillsong Worship
  2. My Worship- Phil Thompson
  3. More Than I- Commissioned
  4. Trust In You- Anthony Brown & group therAPy
  5. Gracefully Broken- Tasha Cobbs
  6. God Held Me- Zacari Cortez
  7. Way Maker- Sinach
  8. So Will I ( 100 Billion X)- Hillsong United
  9. I’m Healed By The Blood Of The Lamb: James Fortune & FIYA
  10. Let Praises Rise- Myron Butler and Levi
  11. Instrument -Travis Greene
  12. See You Again-Anthony Evans
  13.  Craving- Tye Tribbett

…and last but not least and oldie but a goodie that has been on repeat the past few weeks: You are the Living Word- Fred Hammond

 

xoxo

(All these lovely songs can be found on Apple Music, Youtube etc… I am in no way affiliated with these services. )

Monday Motivation: Touch The Hem…

Monday Motivation: Touch The Hem…

Hey guys!

There are some biblical stories that are always talked about; David and Goliath, Adam and Eve, The birth of Jesus and his subsequent Crucifixion and so forth .But there is a story in the bible that is not often talked about.  It is the story of the woman with the issue of blood .

In this story there was a woman who was suffering with the condition of constant and continuous bleeding for TWELVE YEARS, Now in biblical times, when a woman was bleeding, it was a sign of being “unclean”. Now imagine, for twelve long years you are basically a pariah in your community.  She was prohibited from entering the synagogue and anything she touched became unclean as well.  Even if anybody bumped into her and came into contact with her they too became unclean. I can’t even begin to imagine what she must’ve been feeling. Isolated, alone, without hope.

Anyway, she had tried everything to get well. Seen doctors,  spent all she had on treatments. She was down to her last bit of will! She was looking for a miracle. She heard Jesus was passing by and decided within herself that  If she could only touch the hem of his garment ( robes) that she would be made well.

Now lets put this is perspective for a minute. Jesus drew a big crowd wherever he went. She was deemed unclean…. she entered this crowd. What do you think the people around her were thinking? What do you think they were saying? She didn’t care ! She was determined to just touch his hem and receive her miracle that day!

So, she reached out and touched the hem of his garment and instantly  the blood dried up and she was healed. Jesus, feeling the power come out of Him turned around and said, ,”Who touched me?”. He looked down and saw the woman and said to her, “Daughter your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed! ( Mark 5:22)

It seems that there is something new to learn every time you read a story in the bible and here’s what I took from this story this time:

What really inspired me was her  faith and determination. No matter what people were saying about her, despite her condition, she was not going to miss her opportunity for healing. She was determined to touch Jesus and be made well! Now Jesus could have felt the power of healing leave His body and kept on walking to where he was going. Nobody would  have known what had taken place except for Him and the woman. But instead , He acknowledged her and her perseverance. I say all that to say that Jesus sees and hears you when you cry out to Him! Keep listening! He’s acknowledging your faithfulness!

If only we could have faith like the woman with the issue of blood. That no matter our circumstances, we aren’t going to let any opportunity to touch Jesus pass us by! It’s obvious that while we are unable to physically touch Jesus while we are here on earth, there is another way “touch his hem” and that is…. PRAYER!

Prayer= Communication with God

Hebrews 4:16 states, “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”

Whatever it is you need from God whether it be a physical healing or even a mental or spiritual healing, reach out and touch his hem! Don’t miss your opportunity!

There is a song by Fred Hammond called “Let Me Touch The Hem” that is so fitting for this post. The lyrics are simply:

Let me touch the hem of His garment
touch the hem of His garment
and I will be made whole
(Repeat)

For the Lord is passsing by
Yes the Lord is passing by
His wondrous healing virture just take hold
So as He’s drawing nigh
Don’t let this moment pass you by
He can heal your body, your spirtit, and your soul
(Repeat)
Read more: Fred Hammond – Let Me Touch The Hem Lyrics | MetroLyrics

You can find the story of the woman with the issue of blood in various parts of the New Testament: Matthew 9: 19-22, Mark 5:25-34 and Luke 8:43-48

Be blessed guys! Have beautiful and blessed week!
xoxo

 

 

 

Monday Motivation : That Is Who You Are…

Monday Motivation : That Is Who You Are…

Hey my lovelies!

I hope this Monday is finding you well mentally, emotionally and spiritually! What a whirlwind couple of weeks it has been for me. I had to take a break from regularly scheduled blogging and just regroup . Image result for regroup

Do you ever find that when you go through some tough times, and you finally get a break… the stupid old devil just seems to rear his head and cause things to crumble again? Well, that has  been my reality over the past few weeks, and not only me, countless friends and family members around me seem to be experiencing the same thing.

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I was perusing my Facebook feed last night and one persons status kind of stopped me in my tracks..  It simply read, ” Overwhelmed…. breathe”

So many people are going through things and the people around them don’t even know! So many people are without hope and we all know that no hope leads people down a very dangerous path. Which is why I am so grateful to know God , who provides me with an insurmountable, indescribable hope. Trust me, I’ve been through things that have shaken my faith, but never have I been without hope. I really don’t know how people who feel all hope is lost survive and bounce back from their situations.  Without the hope that God provides, I certainly don’t think I would have.

This week alone, I had 3 people, from 3 different areas of my life, reach out to me and let me know that they were praying for me… and with that, my hope was strengthened. This week showed me that God is still in the business of answering prayers.

Yesterday, the worship team sang a song by Sinach called “Way Maker” that just spoke to me so deeply. There were a few lyrics that I truly connected with in that moment

” You wipe away all tears, you mend the broken hearts, you’re the answer to it all Jesus!”
( YES HE IS! )

But the lyrics that really got me were the ones in the chorus that said,”

“Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are!”

He makes a way when there is no way!
He works miracles every single day!
There is not a promise He has made, that He has not kept!

That’s the God I serve! If he did it for me,  He can and will do it for you!

Tonight, I want to leave you with this song… but most importantly I want to leave you with this prayer:

Dear God,
Thank you for being who you are. Thank you for the gift of your son Jesus Christ. Thank you for sending Him to die on a cross for someone as lowly and unworthy as me. Tonight Father, I just come to you on behalf of the brokenhearted, the down in spirit, those who have lost all hope. Wherever they are Lord, I ask that you wrap your arms around them and let them know that you are near. Lord let  them realize that if they let go of their situations and put them in your capable hands, you will do the rest. God I ask that you send the right people to physically meet them where they are. Let them know that you will never leave them or forsake them, and even when they can’t see you working, help them to remember that you are always working on their behalf. God I’m thanking you in advance for the breakthroughs you are going to disperse all over this world to those who have put their trust and hope in YOU!  ( me included :). )

Amen!

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Keep praying for me as I continue to pray for you!

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Have a blessed Monday y’all
P.S Your girl is back!!!

xoxo