Monday Motivation: Welcome Home Kanye…

Monday Motivation: Welcome Home Kanye…

Hey y’all,

As many of you probably know, Kanye West released his long-awaited gospel album. Kanye, last year began a spiritual journey, which has led us to where he stands now: a self-proclaimed born again Christian and ambassador for Christ. Now, if you know the Kanye that I know… The Jesus Walks to Gold digger Kanye, the words Kanye and Christian are not synonymous. In fact, they are as far apart as can be.

So where do I stand? Where should we stand as Christians today? Here are some of the thoughts that have been swirling around in my head over the past year:

I must admit I have been watching Kanye’s transformation very closely. When he first started doing his Sunday services I was extremely skeptical. Not because I thought the transformation wasn’t possible, but because of the way it was being implemented. I’ll be the first to admit that I thought they this was just another ploy by his famous family to get ratings or another breakdown of his mental health.  The way his Sunday services were being implemented at the beginning of his journey, bordered on cultish behaviour in my personal opinion. ( in a dome, all dressed alike etc..)

Mind you, I made these assumptions long before I ever watched a full service. I saw clips of him taking secular music and mixing it with gospel music and right away my Jamaican Pentecostal upbringing had me denouncing it and him. Mind you, Mr Vegas ( a Jamaican dancehall artist) has a rendition of the gospel reggae track ” I am Blessed” that I had absolutely no problem with. (it’s been played at every single Jamaican CHRISTIAN wedding I have been at in the last 10 years lol)  and I myself used to turn secular songs into Christian songs by changing the lyrics all the time! Why fault Kanye if I wasn’t going to fault Mr Vegas as well?

So finally I watched a few of the Sunday services in Atlanta  Chicago And Detroit. And what I saw in place of Kanye the persona I knew, was simply a soul searching, seeking and trying to find its way home.

What I saw was Kanye’s heart. A man who is truly on a journey to find God and learn how to use his gifts to serve a greater purpose.

When I had this conversation with a group of peers, there were varied opinions. Many statements were made about being aware of false prophets. Which I think is a valid point. The bible does speak about this in 2 Timothy 4 where Timothy is encouraged by Paul to preach the gospel of  Jesus Christ because there is coming a day where the people will not want to hear sound doctrine but will gravitate towards preachers or teachers who tell them what they want to hear. It also says that people will denounce the faith and will run after myths,( 2 Timothy 4: 1-4) and to be perfectly honest when you look at Kanye and the following he has and has garnered through this spiritual journey, it seems like he is a perfect example of the people Paul was warning Timothy about.

But honestly, after watching his services, and leaning into my own relationship with Jesus, Kanye is no different than myself or anybody who has made a choice to follow God, to be honest. Kanye is just at an unfair advantage because of the persona he has created for himself and because he has made such a drastic declaration, it is really hard for people who have seen him one way for so long to truly believe the change is real.

But y’all this is why grace is so powerful. It overshadows everybody’s perception of you. God sees you. The true you. He sees the willing heart even if the world isn’t ready to accept it.

So, like I mentioned before, Kanye released his album and one track in particular really spoke to and convicted me, “Hands On” which features one of my all-time favourite gospel artists Fred Hammond. On this track, there is a line that really made me check myself as it should many people who call themselves a believer and follower of Christ:

“Told people God was my mission/What have you been hearing from the Christians/ they’ll be the first one to judge me/ make it seem like nobody love me”

This is exactly what many of us believers do. We judge people by their past and the persona first forgetting that grace extends to everyone… to celebrities too.  The same grace we live under is the same grace that Kanye has access to through Jesus Christ.

You may not know Kanye personally, but now is the time to pray for him! He is clearly on a journey and needs some guidance to keep him focused on the gift that is eternal life. This is a man who has had the entire world at his fingertips and is now in a place to give that all up in order to serve the one true and living God. To me… that’s commendable.

What the world sees as a plot or even as mental health issues, is really God taking back His child.  Putting him back on track to walk in the purpose that he was created for which is worship…

I’m not God and I can’t say with 100 per cent conviction that this a true declaration that Kanye has made forever. But what I can say right now at this very moment, is that I respect the fact that he has so boldly declared his desire to serve God. All we in Christendom can do is pray for discernment and pray that God will align Kanye with good shepherds that will walk alongside him and guide and help keep him on the path of righteousness.

So I say, welcome home brother Kanye. I’m praying for you!

 

Great Things…

Great Things…

Hey loves!

Quick post tonight!

Sorry… I know its been awhile since I posted but I kinda took a little bit of a social media break while on my 21 days of fasting. Well, we are winding up this fasting at the end of this week, so it’s time to get back to the grind! Thank you for sticking with me 🙂

I was scrolling through my instagram and an  old Ricky Dillard song popped up. The song “Great Things” really had me reflecting.  The lyrics are so simple yet so powerful:

God has so many great things in store for me
Can’t you see, many great things in store for me

Eyes have not seen, nor ears heard
Great things, great things in store for me
I’ll trust His word, and believe
Great things, great things in store for me

The one part of the song that stuck out to me was the lyric, ” I’ll trust HIs word and believe…”  That’s one thing I often have trouble doing. I like to believe I have crazy faith… but in reality,  it’s more like “Hail Mary” faith :  faith because I’ve already run out of options….  so why not trust and believe??? ( smh)

That’s not the type of faith I’m walking through 2019 with. I want to journey through this year with faith being my ONLY option.

Now I don’t know about you but for the last couple of years I’ve been hearing, ” This is your year!”, and after the past 5 years that I’ve had chiiiillllleeeeee …. forgive me for rolling my eyes when I hear this. Now 2018 wasn’t a HORRIBLE year but it definitely wouldn’t have qualified as “my year”… until the last 2 weeks of the year. In my previous post I spoke about 2018 being my “refining” year, but in the last two weeks God truly showed me that not only was He listening to my prayers , He was doing His best to make sure I was prepared for what I had been praying for.

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Oftentimes we pray for things that we are in no position to receive! In order to receive “great things” you need to get yourself to a “great place” mentally, emotionally, physically and most importantly SPIRITUALLY!

One thing I’ve learned is that God will never give you anything you aren’t prepared for…

Romans 8:28 says; (NKJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose

Everything that you have ever wanted or desired for yourself absolutely pales in comparison to what God has in store for you… if you’ll just step out in crazy faith and trust Him… and His TIMING!

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What is really helping me activate my faith this year is digging even deeper into God’s word and resting in knowing that His promises are true!

Jeremiah 29:11-12 (NKJV)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)
That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard,  and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”[a]

I’m anxiously awaiting the great things that God has in store for me!
I think I’m QUITE overdo! 😉 ❤

Til next time,
xoxo

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May Your Bad Days Prove That God is Good…

May Your Bad Days Prove That God is Good…

Hey loves!

As 2018 is drawing to a close, I have been doing some reflecting ( as most of us do). I began to think about my year.. and honestly how “bad” it’s been. At the beginning of the year I had multiple people from different areas of my life tell me that “2018 is my year” and let me tell you after the past few years I have experienced,  I was in need of “something good”. But in no uncertain terms was 2018 my year. While it wasn’t my worst year, it wasn’t what I would   refer to as “my year”.  I was still met with exceeding disappointment, overwhelming anxiety and “unanswered prayers.”

It was in talking with a friend, that caused me to really take a step back and reevaluate what “my year” really meant. I was looking for the physical manifestation of my prayers while not really taking into consideration the work that God was doing on the inside of me.  I spent too much of 2018 in anticipation of the “what’s coming for me” and not enough time in the awe of “what God is doing for me right now”.

I look at 2018 as my year of refinement. What does it mean to be refined?  According to google dictionary ,  to be refined is defined as

” with impurities or unwanted elements having been removed by processing.”
“elegant and cultured in appearance, manner, or taste.”
“developed or improved so as to be precise or subtle.”

This year forced me to take stock of all the parts of myself that needed refining. There were several areas of my life that God really needed to refine within me this year and while it may have seemed long and tedious, or that God wasn’t hearing me this year, He had to take me through the process.  The refining process is not a simple or quick task. It takes time! We live in this microwave generation where we want everything in 2 minutes or less. But God doesn’t work on our time schedule. He takes His time refining His people because He wants us to be the best version of ourselves, which in turn is the best representation of Him.

So yes, while 2018 was filled with “bad days” it has taught me so much about myself. It has always caused me to reflect that my bad day is a walk in the park for somebody else. Yes, I know that’s cliche to say but it’s really true. I have a friend ( I won’t name him because I didn’t ask permission to share his story… hopefully in the future I can interview him) who has battled more in 2018 than I probably have in my whole life and He still manages to lift his hands in worship to the almighty God. That has inspired me and blessed me in more ways than you could ever imagine. As I look at him, the song “God is Good” by Jonathan McReynolds  comes to mind.  The song is simple prayer:

May your struggles keep you near the cross
And may your troubles show that you need God
And may your battles end the way they should
And may your bad days prove that God is good
And may your whole life prove that God is good

May your bad days prove that God is GOOD! Even in the “bad days” God is still God. I’ve learned to stop asking God why and when things will happen for me and learned to trust His timing. Also, to take stock of what He is refining in the process!

Trouble with your health? (yup have that) GOD IS GOOD
Sick loved ones? ( yup have that ) God IS GOOD
Relationship disappointments? ( going through that) but GOD IS STILL GOOD)
Anxiety? ( yessssssssssssss) GOD IS STILL GOOD
“Unanswered prayers” ?( yessssss lord lol) HE’S STILL GOOD

End of the story is no matter what you’re going through,  GOD IS STILL GOOD! Refining hurts sometimes but it is for your betterment in the long run!

I encourage anyone out here reading this to not lose hope during the refining process! Trust that you will come out of refinement better than you were before. New, refreshed and ready to tackle anything that comes your way! I pray that your 2019 is a year of blessings in abundance and overflow for you!

2018 was the year of refinement for me. 2019 is the time to shine! May my whole life prove that God is GOOD!

A huge shoutout to everyone who played a part in my “refining year”. I couldn’t have survived this year without your help. prayers and sometimes strong reprimands that knocked some much needed sense into me!

Onward and upward from here on out! 2019 lets get it!!

Take a listen to this song by Jonathan McReynolds. I hope its simple yet powerful message speaks to you as it has spoken to me ❤

Blessings!
Til next time,
xoxo
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Monday Motivation: The Prayer of Jabez…

Monday Motivation: The Prayer of Jabez…

Hey guys!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that your week is starting off beautifully. I’m not going to spend a lot of time with you today as it’s finally warm consistently here where  I live and its my day off! I wanna get outside !! 🙂

Yesterday I was singing at a concert where the headliner was a Jamaican gospel artist by the name of Jabez.  Every time I hear his name I am reminded of the prayer of Jabez and a book of the same title that I read many years ago and when I woke up this morning I had this one particular song on loop in my head (I’ll share it with you soon)

In the book of 1 Chronicles, the first couple of chapters deal with  genealogy/lineage. In chapter 4 we meet a man named Jabez who was given his name which means (loosely) “sorrow maker” because she ( his mother) bore him in pain. The bible describes Jabez as honourable above his brothers. When he made a request to God, a simple request, it was granted.

That request is found in 1 Chronicles 4: 10 and it reads:

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

When you break down that prayer , Jabez actually asks for four things:

  1. That God would bless him
  2. That God would enlarge his territory
  3. That Gods hands would be upon him and that He would keep him (jabez) from harm
  4. That he would be free from pain

 ( I find it so interesting that in the middle of this genealogy  list the author of Chronicles found it important enough to highlight the prayer of Jabez.)

What an incredibly beautiful prayer that encompasses everything I ( and possibly many of you ) need right now.  Oh that God would bless me and enlarge my territory, and not only that but that He will protect me and keep me from pain.  In a world filled with such turmoil and sorrow,I think that this prayer is pretty relevant for the times we are living in.

Stay faithful my friends and make your requests known to God! Even the smallest of requests God wants to tell Him. There is nothing to small or big for God!

The prayer of Jabez has found its way back into my life and has provided so much comfort! May it bless you as it’s continuing to bless me!

Increase!
Enlarge!!
Bless Me Indeed!!!!! ( and you all ❤ )

The song I mentioned earlier that was on loop in my head is by Donald Lawrence and it’s called ” Bless Me ( Prayer of Jabez), an oldie but a goodie!

Bless me, bless me
Oh Lord, bless me indeed,
Enlarge my territory
Oh Lord, bless me indeed
(I pray for increase)
Bless me indeed
(I pray for increase)

Increase, increase
Oh Lord, bless me indeed,
Enlarge my territory
Oh Lord, bless me indeed
(I pray for increase)
Bless me indeed

Soloist:
Keep Your hands upon me
So that evil cannot harm me
Sunshine and rain, sickness and pain
God, I humbly come to You
Enlarge my territory
Enlarge my territory

Choir:
Oh Lord, bless me indeed
(I pray for increase)
Bless me indeed

Keep Your hands upon me
So that evil cannot harm me
Sunshine and rain, sickness and pain
God, I humbly come to You
Enlarge my territory (x2)
Oh Lord, bless me indeed
(I pray for increase)

Soloist:
Keep Your hands upon me
So that evil cannot harm me
Sunshine and rain, sickness and pain
God, I humbly come to You
(I want you to…)

Choir:
Enlarge my territory (x2)
Enlarge my territory (x4)
Enlarge my territory (x2)

Oh Lord, bless me indeed
(I pray for increase)
bless me indeed
(I pray for increase)

Have a blessed Monday!
xoxo

Somebody Was Praying For Me…

Somebody Was Praying For Me…

Somebody.. somewhere was praying for me….

It was a regular Wednesday afternoon. On our lunch break, my co-workers and I decided to carpool together to grocery to pick up a few items, and then across the street to good old KFC fot a popcorn chicken poutine. We jumped in the car and made it safely to the grocery store. As we pulled out of the grocery store into the intersection…BAM! a oncoming car T-boned us and shook the car ( and the people in it) to the core. We luckily escaped with minimal injuries ( a few bumps and bruises and a teeny bit of pain thus far) but man…what an experience.

My mother always stresses the importance of praying over yourself and those you love before you leave the house. It’s just something  I have always done, but really more out of habit. Well now I have first hand experience of why it is so important to ask for God’s covering on you. Yesterday could have been much worse than it was and I truly know its was prayer (  mine and countless others who are always praying for me) that saved our lives yesterday.

While this whole experience was happening, I was so calm. The Holy Spirit the comforter truly manifested himself in me in that moment… ( It seems I may have a gift for being calm in high stress situations… its after when the adrenaline calms down that my weakness pours through)

Sometimes God allows things to happen as a wake up call. Would I truly be ready if God had decided to call me home in that moment? Hmm….

A lot of things are great in my spiritual life…. and a lot of things need work. But that’s why I will be eternally grateful for another chance to right my wrongs! God knows sometimes I stubborn and need a physical reminder that He is in control and not I…

A church mother was visiting my house yesterday and heard about the accident . As she was preparing to leave as she prayed with the family as normal. In no uncertain terms, she spoke everything about my life…. the  good and the not so good and she ended the prayer with : “People are out to hurt you.. and you are letting them… you are letting their demons follow you…and its not one or two… its a whole gang of them out to get you…so be careful… you’ve come too far… be careful.

Well message received. Some things have got to be shifted. The devil is liar. he didn’t win this battle and he most definitely won’t win the war.

I’ll leave this song by Bryan Andrew Wilson called “Turning Away” . The words are so timely to this situation.

Be blessed and continue to pray for me!
xoxo

#PrayforRose

#PrayforRose

Hey y’all,

Quick blog post… asking all my prayer warriors out there to send up a special round of prayers for my friend Rose who is battling cancer. She has chosen to take the natural path of healing rather than choosing chemotherapy or radiation as her method. She has a tumor that she needs removed that no surgeon in Canada will remove from her body because of the medical method she has chosen. Last night she had a setback. Please send your prayers and positive energy her way. To find out more about her journey please follow her on her YouTube Channel : Journey de AbenaRose. Please find out how you can help her. A beautiful girl, who just wants a fair chance at life! Tonight we’re trusting the God we serve for a miracle! Stay strong girl! #PrayforRose.

xoxo

[Verse 1:]
Even though I can’t see
And I can’t feel your touch
I will trust you lord
How I love you so much
Though my nights my seem long
And I feel so alone
Lord my trust is in you
I surrender to you

[Bridge:]
So many painful thoughts
Travel through my mind
And I wonder how
I will make it through this time

[Chorus:]
But I trust you
Lord it’s not easy
Sometimes the pain in my life
Makes you seem far away
But I’ll trust you
I need to know you’re here
Through the tears and the pain
Through the heartache and rain

I’ll trust you

[Verse 2:]
Everything that I see
Tells me not to believe
But I’ll trust you lord
You have never failed me
My past still controls me
Will this hurt ever leave?
I can only trust you
No one else like you do

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