I Am Who He Says I Am…

I Am Who He Says I Am…

” I am chosen Not forsaken I am who You say I am… You are for me Not against me I am who You say I am…”

Loser…

Ugly…

Disruptive…

Stupid…

These are some words that have been used to describe me at one point or another in life.  I’m sure many people out there can relate to having words spoken about them that were extremely hurtful and that have probably left invisible scars on their self-esteem.

This weekend I attended a ladies retreat put on by my church organization (COGOP). The theme for the weekend was, “Yet, I will rejoice “. While the overall theme was rejoicing in your circumstances, quite a few of the session speakers and evening ministers really touched on the topic of mental wellness and knowing who you are through Christ.

I was having a conversation with my sister-friend this weekend, who shared with me an incident where an older church sister had made mention of her nose piercing. This particular sister told her in no uncertain terms that she needed to remove her nose ring and that it was “demonic”. My sister-friend shared with me how the sister made her feel so bad about herself and her choice to wear the nose ring, by basically discrediting her ability to have a relationship with Christ and minister ( she’s an amazing musician) because of it.

My sister-friend has spoken with me openly ( and I with her) about the struggle we have at times to maintain mental and spiritual wellness. Well as you can imagine, this older sister’s words didn’t help with her spiritual self-esteem: feeling worthy of acting in ministry because maybe the nose ring really did make her “less than”.

Unworthy

Distracting

Disobedient

In another event, I can recall being in the bathroom ( restroom for my American readers lol) and overhearing two sisters having a conversation that was so discrediting to my character that I won’t repeat it here. If I was a different person I would’ve let their words send me down a downward spiral. Thankfully, It had the opposite effect and I can still hold my head high knowing I’m still ( by God’s grace) proving them wrong.

Failure

Disappointment

Worthless 

We humans often forget that words are powerful! They have the power to uplift and they have the ability to tear down, as do the people who say them.

This is why I am so happy that God has left us some words of affirmation in His word (The Bible) that can remind of who He has made us!

1 Peter 2:9-  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

John 15:15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends since I have told you everything the Father told me.

Romans 8:17 -And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ, we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

1 Thessalonians 1:4-  We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people.

The theme song for the weekend was Hillsong’s “Who You Say I Am”

The lyrics are powerful and the ones that really stuck out to me are:

I am chosen
Not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me
Not against me
I am who You say I am

Christ has given us a title that nobody can take away. A title that nobody’s words can cancel:

Chosen

Special

His Child

Heir

Friend

Loved

I want to remind somebody that they are a product of God’s promise! The preacher Angela Grant had a tagline that she used in her message on Saturday night at the retreat. She reminded us ladies that we are ” CHOSEN NOT TOLERATED”

You are who God says you are. He made a choice and His choice was to LOVE US and make us HIS OWN.

You are loved!

You matter!

Take two minutes out of your busy schedule today and remind them of special they are! Take a look in the mirror and encourage yourself!

If you don’t hear it today: I love you and GOD LOVES YOU TOO!

Be Blessed!

xoxo

©justlovethemanyway

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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Monday Motivation: Nothing Blooms Before Its Time…

Monday Motivation: Nothing Blooms Before Its Time…

I’ve had a bit of writers block the past few months. I just haven’t been able to get the thoughts in my head to materialize into  content. Perhaps I was in a season where I needed to be still and allow the thoughts to manifest in the correct time.

That word “season” seems to be following me everywhere this year and I hate it. I find it so cliche when people say” This is your season” yet this year I found myself uttering that very same sentiment.  Y’all let me tell you… God has been taking me on a crazy journey this year and has really been forcing me to trust Him with some CRAZY FAITH.

So yesterday, I did, and I don’t really want to get into the situation as it’s a pretty sensitive one. But, just know I had a conversation with someone that I NEVER thought I would be able to. And because I stepped out on faith, I in myself felt God begin to move. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the outcome is going to fall in line with my idea of how things should be, but it brought me to a place of peace where I can truthfully be at rest knowing that no matter what happens my latter will be greater!

Anybody who knows me, knows that I’ve never been a huge fan of flowers. Lately however, I have really been really intrigued by flowers and plants and the beautiful process that brings a tiny seed into fruition.  The phrase that God has been ever so gently saying to me in my quiet moments ( or when my mind starts to overthink things) is that “Nothing blooms before its time”.  We oftentimes think that we should be farther ahead in life than you are or that you should have obtained things by certain age, but nothing blooms before its time…. before its season!

Just like a seed, we need time to grow. After a seed is planted it needs to be nurtured and taken care of.  That little seed that was planted must survive the winter. If your season of winter is anything like a Canadian winter, its long and harsh and sometimes seems unbearable. But after that seed survives the winter and we enter a new season, it is then that that seed begins to bloom.

Hillsong Worship has a new record out called “There is More” and on that album there is a track called “Seasons”. This song first appeared on their Christmas album and fell in love and felt so connected to the track. This week especially, I have been really listening to this quite a bit because one the lyrics spoke so deeply to me. The lyrics said,

I can see the promise
I can see the future
You’re the God of seasons
I’m just in the winter
If all I know of harvest
Is that it’s worth my patience
Then if You’re not done working
God I’m not done waiting….

I may be in the winter of my life right now but I can feel my seed on the brink of its bloom.  During this winter season, God has been really stretching me and strongly encouraging me to trust Him. He’s also been having me work on my patience  which is the hardest thing ever for me. But im doing it and you can too!

Its always important to remember that seeds don’t always bloom at the same time. Two seeds can be planted at the same time, nurtured the same way, but no seed will bloom before its time! Don’t get wrapped up in the fact that your seed didn’t bloom in this season, because after that season comes another! Eventually your season will come!

And when you finally see what your seed has bloomed into, you’ll be able to see why God had you wait through so many seasons for your final reveal!

God has not forgotten you and what is for you will always be. So don’t stress the seasons! Enjoy them and take care of your seeds till then!

It’s time for my harvest… whatever that entails.

I love you all! Thanks for sticking with me during my sporadic absences! I’m back now!
Let me leave you with one more lyric from the song…

Though the winter is long even richer
The harvest it brings
Though my waiting prolongs even greater
Your promise for me like a seed
I believe that my season will come

God Bless and have fabulous Monday 🙂
©justlovethemanyway

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