Tribute: Rev. Dr. Billy Graham

When I was in college, and depression from childhood covered me like a cloak, the only thing I looked forward to was my late night sessions with The Lord, watching TBN. On certain days, I would get the privilege of listening to Dr. Graham cry out repentance, provoke humility while teaching the gentle mercy, steadfast love and forgiveness of The One and Only Holy God.IMG_20180221_160615_604.jpg
I was delivered from that prison with the healing, convicting, inspired and truthful teaching from this small town Southern Baptist pastor who became a world-renowned minister, and general of faith for the world.
God comforted and healed my soul through this man…I am eternally grateful. And I will miss him.

We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. –2 Corinthians 5:8, NKJV

Yet.

There will always be a time for everything.

Rest in peace, Dr. Billy Graham. God, comfort and uplift the hearts of his close relatives and loved ones.

Your legacy meant the world to me and millions around the world.

Thank you for sharing light in a dark world.
Your steady heart for The Lord Jesus Christ, your integrity, courage, and faith was PIVOTAL to me truly following and developing my faith in Christ and sharing the truth with people around me. Your ministry literally changed my life.

May the Lord bless your legacy…may it prick the hearts of my generation to walk in the fullness of their calling and future generations to come. Amen.

 

What is your memory of Dr. Rev. Billy Graham? How did God use his life of faith to change yours? 

I look forward to hearing how God used him to touch your life and others around you.

Till we meet again,

Amarachi

 

Loving Others

“Love is not boastful or proud. – 1 Corinthians 13:4, NLT
When you look to give people unconditional love, pride will not work.
All pride is insecurity. We trick ourselves into being proud or “secure” alone in your accomplishments and use this insecurity to demean or look down on others. We’re “secure” in these things because we think we can not rely on God to be secure in. We’re scared of admitting that we can’t rely on ourselves…. because we can disappoint people….including ourselves.
The good thing is…
God’s Love for us is perfect. He gives our heart security to rest in, completely dissolves the shame and pride, and can continue to heal insecurity, when we let go of our own inadequacies.

How do I love others?

As I have come to understand and am embracing this now more and more:

We can’t love others until we experience God’s Perfect Love for ourselves.

We love because He first loved us.–1 John 4:19

His Love triumphs all…even our mistakes, our disappointments, heartache, and shame.
And learning how to love, without expecting anything in return will probably be the highest act of service I can do for God.

There’s no need to prove His Love for you.

No need to try and prove your worth to anyone.

He loves you. Completely. Irrevocably. Unconditionally. Stop trying to prove to others and yourself that He does.

He loves you. Let Him love you.

Help me Lord,

To learn how to love others. 

Just as you love me.

In Jesus Name,

Amen.

Amarachi

I have much to learn about loving others, especially the family of God…but I am willing to learn from Jesus.

I encourage you to too.

John 17:20-23

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
22 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.”–Jesus

Have a great week everyone. Remember, that God is with you–and I pray that you embrace His Perfect Love for you in your heart and that you and I will grow in understanding how to love others.

Thank you Lord…amen.

Thank you for reading my blog! God bless you, and I pray this helps you keep walking faithfully with The Lord and learn how to love others like He does…every day.

*All translations have come from the NLT and NASB*

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“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry” (James 1:19).

This past week I was fed up. I was frustrated. Restless.

I didn’t like how I was being treated or the memory of how I was being treated in the past.

I was weary of words shot at me.Words that cut me deep. Words long forgotten, were back to wound me.

I let it get to me.

So, I, a usually calm, and reserved person (not of my own doing, that’s for sure)

Snapped quick remarks, hit below the belt and revealed too much of my discouraged heart.

Nonetheless, God is good to me, and revealed, even with my newfound boldness, I NEEDED to understand something. And learn….

I must watch my words.

The Lord reminded me:

“You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry…” (James 1:19).

Watch your mouth. 

“Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.” James 3:2

I caused more confusion, anger, grief, and shame with words spoken carelessly.

Even in arguments.

I learned: I do not always have to respond.

Most of the time, your silence speaks louder.

Let others win. I found our inability to allow others win an argument is because of our own pride.

Pride comes before the fall (Proverbs 16:18).

I don’t have to right all the time. We certainly should not fight to have our voice be heard. (God already sees and knows us) Do whatever you can to keep strife between you and another person out– and keep the peace. (I am not saying to not try to correct someone, but do it with the sincerity, love and hope of God that they will understand you. If they don’t–it’s time to let it go. Your peace is not worth it.)

You can be right, not agree and still have peace.

“In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire…” James 3:5

And if you stay in offense or unforgiveness, the Lord says He will not forgive you (Mark 11:26).

Is it worth it?

My heart was revealed with what came out of my mouth:

“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good, and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart” (Luke 6:45).

It seems simple. But it is true.

I found that the bitterness of past years, undealt with, began to flow out of me during a time frustration and weariness.

Watch your heart.

But God is faithful.

From the beginning, He warned me to: “Watch over (my) heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23).

The blessing is–once the pain in our hearts is revealed– you and I can begin again to transform our mind and hearts with The Word of God.

Be slow to speak. Slow to anger.

Never, ever hesitate to listen, I learned–

To the Lord.

The Lord is speaking and desires to show us truths in His Word that will help guide us, mold us, heal us and transform us.

However, we have to be still.

And listen.

And know that He is God. (Psalm 46:10).

To be still can be many things.

However, you and I can start by simply putting aside time every day to read God’s Word. Whether it be a verse or chapter–make time for it.

Or delaying your plans just to hear His voice. Pausing in between tasks to acknowledge His Presence and His Love for you.

Something I am still growing in…but I am praying that you and I would be more sensitive to His Holy Spirit and be filled with wisdom concerning resting in His ability, Word, and power. All so that you and I can walk with Him more closely, and be directed by Him into all the blessings He has for us.

Be slow to speak. Slow to anger.

Never, ever hesitate to listen to people.

Listen for what is not said.

Even when people come to you in confidence, always listen before you speak–try to understand what they’re saying first.

“A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!”–Proverbs 15:23

Sometimes you don’t have to say anything at all.

Sometimes your presence is just enough.

Watching your words shows respect for the person coming to you in confidence and our Creator.

Sometimes people just want you to hear them, and yes, affirm their heart. The need to always talk robs moments of divine wisdom and vulnerability.

We get to watch and pray.

In these moments you and I have the privilege of listening to what is not being said and give The Holy Spirit to intercede through us on their behalf.

Even when you’re afraid for the person, or may not understand; when you trust The Holy Spirit to direct you and give you wisdom on what to see, how to help them, what to say, He will.

Let God in.

Open the Bible. Confess to God honestly about what has been coming out of your mouth. Repent and ask Him to show you how to overcome, and heal properly in your heart so that He can fill you up with His Word…and love.

Lord, help us learn how to listen to people. Really listen. And let your Holy Spirit direct us as we speak and pray for others. We thank you, Lord. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

In every season,

Amarachi

Here are some scriptures I will be praying and meditating on. I encourage you to ask God to show you where you need to improve so that we may all speak graciously 🙂 As you pray them, make them personal. It is between you and the Father.

* “The righteous” mentioned in these scriptures, according to God are those who have decided to accept Jesus as Lord of their lives and lead lives of honor before Him.*

Proverbs 10:21 (NASB)

“The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of understanding.

Example:

I pray Lord, my lips feed many.

Proverbs 10:11 (NASB)

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Psalm 37:30 (NASB)

“The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice.”

Psalm 49:3 (NLT)

“For my words are wise, and my thoughts are filled with insight.”

Psalm 19:14 (NLT)

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”

James 1:19 (NASB)

“You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”

I pray I am quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry. Amen.

Colossians 4:6 (NLT)

“Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”

I pray Lord you bless my speech that I speak with grace…that I know how to answer every one I meet.

1 Peter 3:15 (NLT)

“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.”

Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”

I missed you all, and I hope you have had a wonderful weekend!

Quick question: How do you feel when someone is not listening to you? What will you start doing now that you are more aware of your words?

*All translations are taken from NASB or NLT

Love Yourself

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”–Mark 12:30-31

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I gave up myself.

Always.

For the benefit of others.

And sometimes for the sake of pleasing others, I would sacrifice all I had to help them.

I would be so dried up.

Literally. Physically, mentally, emotionally.

My body began to suffer from anxiety and because I was so willing to be affirmed and loved, I took all forms of maltreatment, negativity, and abuse from those I loved and cared for.

I did not understand why I was so depressed.

I could not understand why I was being mistreated. Why I was being bullied, and why people who I thought had my best interest at heart were constantly reminding me of my mistakes, constantly reminding me of my failures, of who I used to be, and how stupid I looked.

I didn’t understand why I would give so much love, support, and affirmation to people but I would not get anything in return.

The truth is…

I did not love myself.

That is why I allowed people to walk all over me.

At first, it was due to feelings of inadequacy, and the desire to be affirmed, belong, or accepted in my family.

Then, when I got older, I deceived myself into believing that it was God’s Will to allow others to mistreat me over and over again.

I learned I was wrong.

As believers, I think we tend to take on that mentality. That we are to constantly put ourselves in positions where we will be used.

I know, that we all have reasons for why we do what we do.

Some of us have an unhealthy desire to be needed.

Some of us want approval from people.

And then, there are our hearts. Special, branded with God’s Word.

Sensitive to the spirit of truth, and plentiful with mercy.

For me, not only am I a lover of God but my personality, my heart, is filled with a gift of a mercy and compassion.

Tenderheart’s. Gullible and naive some call us–but God has placed His own heart in ours.

Even with a pure heart of good intentions, I would still find myself being misunderstood, belittled, used or even laughed at. I was at a loss. and I found myself angry, bitter, resentful, distant, and untrustworthy of people. My heart became stale. I did not extend God’s love and actually restrained being kind, generous, or open with people.

It’s a dangerous place to be in the offense.

It was not until God spoke to me through His scriptures of my hard heart, and offense toward people. These things were hindering my growth and my relationship with Him.

It is God’s desire for us to forgive, repent, to love and do good to those who hate us and despitefully use us (Matthew 5:44).

But God does not call us to be fools.

You can love someone from a distance.

You can respect their wishes to not support you.

You can allow them to sit in self-pity, ad their own self -hatred.

And move on.

You do not need to beg for love, beg for affection, beg for their approval or their help.

If you find that they are not helping you enter God’s best for your life, then respectfully part ways with them.

You are hindering your growth in the Lord when you stay in negative, or toxic relationships.

Even if your desire is to bless people–which is our calling as Christians–you still must remember a fundamental law, which is three in one.

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” –Mark 12:29-31

LOVE GOD

YOURSELF.

And then– OTHERS.

In this order alone!

Because if you don’t love God, you will never learn or know how to love.

True love was given to us when God, the Father sent His Son to shed His Blood for you and I.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”–Romans 5:8

You are that valuable to God.

And if you do not value, treasure, or esteem the worth God has on you–

How can you appreciate the value of another?

How can you love your neighbor, if you do not love yourself?

Again.

How can I love my neighbor,

My family, my boss, my friends, my landlord, my church,

if I do not love myself?

This is something God hit me with recently. I learned how to push myself to the back burner.

Even in the name of The Lord.

I thought I was serving Him–when in reality, I was serving man.

And even when I served people with good intentions, their heart was unable to receive the goodness God had placed within me. Nor was I in a position to do that emotionally.

Even then, I had to learn how to appropriate the blessings God gives me. I do not need to give everything away–especially to the wrong person. Now, I must use wisdom when it comes to interacting with people, especially if I giving up time, money, or love for them.

I have a choice to who I let in.

I have a choice of who can speak into my life.

Before I did not think I had a choice.

Or deserved a choice.

I know better now.

I don’t need to be trampled all over. I do not have to be used up and broken.

I do not have to be talked down to. I do not have to be mistreated any longer.

I deserve love. Appreciation. And honor.

So do you.

And The Lord will place people in your life or already have placed people around you to affirm what the Lord is doing in you. People who will speak life, love and pour gentle affection and honor into you. You don’t have time anymore to let people speak into your life that do not have your best interest in mind. You don’t need to settle for a relationship that is dragging you down. You have a right to claim your peace and move away from situations, people, even loved ones, who do not give respect for the gift inside of you.

The Lord has set a time for everything. I do believe that during this time, we will learn how to take care of what God has entrusted to us. And I believe that includes all of us: body, soul, and spirit.

This is the time God will reveal how to love. If we learn how to love, and His love for us, we can then learn how to love ourselves.

As He reveals the depths of His Love to you and me, then I can give endlessly to those around me.

As you spend time with Him, learning more about Who He is–He enlightens our eyes to see His Glory, Power, Might, Light and Overwhelming, Overflowing, supernatural love.

So you and I will not settle for anything.

We are worthy of love.

And the good this I don’t have to prove it.

Jesus revealed my worth by dying on the cross for me.

Again, it’s time for you and me to take the time to know how much God loves us. When we understand the God has a love for us, you can love yourself–and have more than enough love, to reach out to others in love.

I’ll be learning with Him what it means to love in my life–and how to love myself as His child.

I pray you take this message because this is for you too. Love God. Love yourself. For you are the only you in the world. God made you special and needs you to know that as well so you can conquer, and achieve all He has dreamed for you and me.

May He be with you, in this season and every season.

Have a wonderful week!

Loving Who He made,

Amarachi

P.S.

I’ll be reading John 15 today to help me understand how much God loves us and wants you and me to be dear friends with Him.

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What Are My Gifts?

We are all different.

And yet, we all serve a purpose in the family of God.

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the [d]saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the [e]knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature [f]which belongs to the fullness of Christ.” –Ephesians 4:11-13

God uses our specific gifts, the ones mentioned above and more to:

Perfect, Edify, Unify, and Protect The Body, or the Family of God so we will all one day be transformed into Christ.

“For the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12).

Perfect means” brought to consummation or completeness; completed; not defective nor redundant…without flaw, fault, or blemish; without error; mature; whole; pure; sound; right; correct.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1913).

Edify means “to build; to construct. To instruct and improve, especially in moral and religious knowledge; to teach.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1913)

“Until we all attain to the unity of the faith…” (Ephesians 4:13).

Unify means “to become one.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1913) (that one was simple, huh? 😉

TO protect us from–

Deception, a “false representation; artifice; cheat or fraud.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1913).

When we work side by side, building up our gifts we will not be so easily swayed in our faith. We will “no longer…be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming…” (Ephesians 4:15).

The goal is for all God’s people to work together by building each other up, with actions, words dipped in love so that we will become one–and fulfill God’s plan in the earth.

Notice that we all have a part to play.

“The whole body, being fitted and held together, what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”–Ephesians 4:16

When every single person is in their rightful place, doing what God has called them to do, not giving into the pressure of being like someone else, or desiring to do something other than what The Lord said…

When we find out who we are, the special unique gifts God has placed within us, and the courage to embrace and develop those gifts…

And give our all to it, heart, mind body and soul and spirit…

That is when and how we become more like Christ. We “supply” our gift to the family of God, fully, strengthening and building the Body of Christ, the Family of God.

But first.

Before we develop our gifts, we must discover them.

This can be only found by deep soul searching, which is always sufficed by spending quality time with God in prayer. By asking Him about your gifts, and what He has called you and you alone to do, then you give God the opportunity to reveal the truth.

Years ago, when I was lost, struggling with unbelief, and searching for my purpose and why I was here—I went down on my knees and began to pray.

I would ask God questions like why am I here?

What is my purpose?

What have you called me to do?

What are truly my gifts?

What are my spiritual gifts? And what can I do so it can help build the body?

And you know it is funny.

Once I began to pray and ask God to reveal to me what He created me to be, and the gifts He had placed within me—He revealed it.

In peculiar ways.

I began finding myself in situations where I was forced to use the gifts He has placed within me.

Without any inclination desire to, I felt compelled to start a blog.

I would have debates with those I loved and would fight tooth and nail for causes, and ideas which were close to my heart.

My eyes would light up and my heart would ignite with passion when a story idea hit my chest and ran through my brain.

My heart would burn and long for souls who were lost like I once was. He overwhelmed my heart with desires that I never paid attention to before.

Or had long forgotten. But He comforted me.

He set my feet on the solid ground of dreams that were once buried away.

Once God opened my eyes to the gifts He placed within me, then I began the tedious yet rewarding journey of discovering new heights of wonder and beauty in all God called me to be.

And even when it was hard, I began to find joy in the rudiments of our work as I train, seek wisdom, and understanding my gifts.

Doing all that it takes to naturally to develop those gifts.

For example, if you’re a painter and you know God has given you a divine eye for detail and vision for landscapes more than the average man or woman….

Then, do your part. I suggest taking classes, watching Youtube videos, and surrounding yourself with others who will help you prepare, and perfect that gift.

If you’re a writer…get some books of authors you admire, read, understand how they develop their craft. Join a community of writers. Learn from others.

If you love teaching…find out what you love to teach and practice teaching, even if it is to the wall or your phone recording.

If you’re called to preach, write those sermons, and practice preaching those words—to whoever will listen. Even if it’s just to God.

Whatever your gift is, take your time to do what is necessary to make it the best it can be.

And let God do the rest.

You will find that these simple steps will build your confidence, build your strength and ingenuity in the personal gifts God has already placed inside you.

Taking these steps expose your faith in God and His Plan for your life and even strengthen your trust and reliance on Him.

This can only come by spending time with Him, listening to The Holy Spirit, reading the Bible, and making room for God to respond. You and I give God the honor He deserves and prepares our hearts to receive divine direction.

If we, the body of believers, can get to a place of surrender to God, His Plan, and Purpose for us, and find out the gifts He has placed in us—we will be able to supply the body wholeheartedly, with joy, and fervent passion, expanding the Kingdom of Our Father in the earth.

Questions that you can ask yourself as you begin this journey with God:

What makes me angry? What really inspires me? What ignites my heart? What moves me to tears?

What fills me with joy? What could I do all day and not get bored of it?

May you find the gifts God has placed within you so you can become all He has created you to be.

For our Savior says:
“If you seek, you will find, knock, and the door shall be open unto you.” (paraphrase, Matthew 7:7-12).

Ask The Father, He will make it plan to you.

Just as He did for me.

To every season,

Amarachi

P.S.

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Have a wonderful week!

*All translations are taken from the NASB

Friends.

“Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
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For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
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Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone?” — Ecclesiastes 4:9-11

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There is a time for everything. And this is a time for FRIENDS. The Lord keeps reminding me of this scripture, and I do believe that in this season, that God will be connecting, or reconnecting godly friendships to assist us in fulfilling our destiny. Higher calls call for better relationships. Including friendships. It’s not good to fight alone. You need friends who will be there for you and go with you through this season and every season.

Surround yourself with people who will not only laugh, and have fun with you, (even though that is so important and unfortunately missed!) but with those who will fight with you and for you in prayer. Friends who will stand, when you are weary. Those who will lift you up when you are down.

Friends who will inspire you to keep on living when you don’t want to.

Friends who will fight at times to keep hope alive when you seem to have forgotten it.

Friends who will believe in your dream more than you do yourself.

Friends who are willing to sacrifice time, energy, money, and their hearts for you.

Friends who would die for you.

Those are true friends.

Every season will bring new friends for different reasons.

However, those God places to be our constant confidants will stand the test of time and remain faithful sisters and brothers during our seasons of change.

Even though God has given us this beautiful gift of friendship; we must not forget Who The Ultimate Friend is–The Lord Jesus.

Who is not only our Best Friend…or wants to be.

But is The Friend.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”–John 15:13

He showed us the very expression of love, and highest form of friendship when He sacrificed His life to give us ours.

He died so you and I would live.

That is what true friendship is.

Sacrifice.

Sin separated us from a holy God and someone had to sacrifice. The sacrifice required for Him to stand in the gap for you and me.

Love is bled through sacrifice, and the streams from His wounds show the heart and desire for humanity to be reconnected with God again.

The desire for one on one communication with The Creator.

A desire to be one with us and enjoy a life with Him now and into eternity.

Jesus is Friendship Personified.

In the in-between, as you walk through life, He will not only bless you with friends to help you complete the journey; but bless you with a deeper insight, about His unconditional love for you and the amazing friendship you can develop with Him.

If those friendships fail, they disappoint you, betray you, or hurt you, or even if they don’t, we can stand assured that the friendship we have with God is forever. People fail us all the time…but HE surely does not. He will always be there for you. He will always love you.

“Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His faithful love endures forever.”–Psalm 136:26

I pray the Lord helps you see the people He has placed around you to help you fight every battle in life. Friends who will stick closer than family. Time usually reveals who those lifelong friends truly are, but I pray He can reveal them to you now. I pray that myself included draw closer to God and learn from Him on how to be a better friend to Him, and others. I pray His love would fill us up to overflowing so we would have more than enough to pour in the lives of those we love–especially our godly friends. I pray we are all blessed with wisdom on how to develop real relationships and unselfishly bless them and that we all humbly grow strong in our faith together.

In Jesus Name,

Amen and AMEN!

To every season,

Amarachi

Let’s add to the list! What makes a good friend? And what do YOU desire in a friendship?

By the way–shout out the name of your friend today! Let them know you are thinking about them and you love them!

Love is…

Love is the best motive in all creation.

There was a plan created for our salvation.

A man,

Of 33.

Decided to die on the cross.

Just for you and me. Why?

Love.

Love sets free.

Delivers.

Love is a verb. Action is required to show it. But it’s not easy to do.

Though it is, we can be comforted that “our loving actions”, no matter what they are, “flow out of our faith and the empowering love of God inside us.”–Dave Branon.

He helps us love. Yes, as our hearts get to know the depth of His Love for us…it is easier for us to show love to others. When we can get to a place where our mind assent, our hearts accepts, and begins to understand the gravity, weight and overwhelming powerful unconditional Love of God; we will begin to desire showing His Love to others. For the love He gives eclipses our judgement, our own shame, violation and hurt. We can fill up with this knowledge and soak in His life for us. His Love is inevitable and we can not live without it.

This love is too good not to share. That is why we are to share the gospel in our everyday lives by sharing His love with others.

“We show God’s love when we are willing to help others; we show His strength when we take on the task He gives us to do.”–Dave Branon

Loving people, especially loving others like Christ does us is not only a supernaturally given as you and I grow in our understanding of God’s love for us; but helping others practically in the affairs of life.

“Lord, please open our eyes to the needs of others, open our hearts to those people, and open our hands so we can provide help in the time of need.” –Dave Branon

People need help, everywhere. But who do you know personally, in your world, that you know could use you?

Or who do you find around you today–that you don’t know–who looks like they could use the love of Jesus today?

It can be offering some help at the grocery store, moving to give someone with six kids a parking space, mowing your elderly neighbors lawn, praying for another person, or sharing your testimony. They are all ways that the life and love of Christ can shine in you.

However small, I pray He helps me show the Love of Jesus to someone who honestly needs it today.
I pray you can open your heart, slow down and look around to see the needs of people around you. And be used by Him to touch them in their situation today. In time, this world will know the truth and love of Christ–if we can take one step at a time, one day at a time, humbling ourselves to fit another’s person’s shoes; showing and sharing His Love.

The way we share His Love may all look differently.

And yet,

It does not diminish the height, depth, span or reach of the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

I pray we will be more like Jesus. Everyday. Thank you Lord.
In His Name,
Amen.

Thanks Our Daily Bread for the reminder. God bless you all. Take small steps to showing kindness and love toward others today.
In every season,
Amarachi

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My Shepherd

“The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,

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“Hand in Hand” by Greg Olsen

bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
forever.” ~ Psalm 23

I was in need of a Shepherd. One Who Cared about me. Dark skinned.

And all.

I needed a Shepherd.

He would lead me out.

I am loved by Him.

Divinely cherished.

This painting reminds me how we are to just take His hand like little children, and walk with Him (Matthew 18:24).

It also reminds me of how much Jesus loves you and I- no matter how we look like.

He desires closeness.

“Just deeper walk with my Savior…”

He would like for us to be one with Him.

You want to see glory?

You want to see miracles, signs, wonders?

That can only come when we make a decision to trust Him like a little child.

And not run.

Or leap.

But walk with Him.

He knows the path we’re journeying in far too well.

He knows it all.
The Shepherd calls. Rest in Him.
You are that little lamb. He cares for you. Rest in His arms today.
God wants you and I to cast all our cares on Him for He cares and loves us (1 Peter 5:7). Let God take your burdens. You were never meant to carry it all. You were NEVER meant to walk alone. Give Him your hand. Give Him your burdens. Let Him take your burdens. Let Him be your Shepherd.

I pray the peace of God for your lives. God, speak your truth to them more than ever before. I pray their hearts are tender, ready to believe and receive this truth that you give them. Jesus bless these men and women. Let God Your Spirit fall and bless them mightily. Give them joy they’ve never had before. I pray they experience Your Glory more and greater than ever.
In Your Name,
Amen.

Thank you Lord.

I’m praying for you all.

God bless you.

Walking with Him,

Amarachi

As you pray, and think of this scripture, pray for others today. So that they too will walk through it with Jesus.

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*Translations from NLT version*

For His Glory

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”–Philipians 1:6

I had two outbursts.
I was challenged to act like I have in the past and I chose the latter.
I was so disappointed.
And yet, I know that The Lord was encouraging me to not linger on the sin.
But rather trust Him.

“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.” Romans 8:18, NLT

Even if I feel like I can’t do this anymore. I’ll trust You. Even if I’m tempted to sulk and bury myself in grief. Mourning sin or what should have happened won’t change anything. Rather it will exacerbate everything.
So maybe the Lord is also testing my response to my sin. If I’ll run closer to Him? Or will I run further away from Him and people? Will I turn my back on life and try to excuse it by my own.

“You won’t respond in the flesh,
If you let me fill you all the way to overflowing.”–The Holy Spirit

Yet I know. Though it’s hard to accept. That this place I’m in is far more important than I realize. This place which I feel is so close to being over can not flow fulfilled till I am fulfilled in You. I’m so ready for situations to change. But yet, I’m still finishing it. Still learning how to be content in it. Still holding on preciously to the knowledge of my Savior even if my life looks incomplete. I sit here. I wait here. Gritting my teeth. Hoping that God delivers me. And hold my breath with praise wrapped up within me.
So that I can sing boldly,
Unashamedly that I was brave enough to smile.
Laugh and even when I did not want to,

For His Glory.
And all witnessing this decree. Type amen!

I pray your people experience power from Your Spirit more than ever before. Equipping them to walk out faithfully what you have given them. Let them prosper in all they do.

And let your perfect will be done.

In Jesus Name, I pray with you all.

Amen!

Remember this:

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6

What is it that comforts you about the above scripture?

Share with me in the comments below!

Have a peace filled day–

Amarachi

No Place I’d Rather Be

“There’s no place I’d rather be,
IMG_20180115_150557No place I’d rather be,
No place I’d rather be
Then here in Your Love
Here in Your Love…”

I love these moments.

I can pray. I can cry, sing and dance. I feel safe. I can be free. For He is listening to me. He is mine. And I am His. The Lord is my Shepherd.
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leadeth me down the paths of righteousness for His name sake… (Psalm 23)

In this season, my quiet place changes. Today, it sits under a window in my parents home. Tomorrow it could be the carpeted floor of my apartment bedroom. However,  it is still my quiet place with The Lord. My sanctuary. My place with Him. Even if it may change, I prepare a time, a place where I can hear Him and pray to Him. A quiet time where it’s just Him and I.
No matter how it looks…there must always be a place you go to every day to hear His voice, listen to His Word, read His Word, and write down what He speaks.
A place where you pour out your soul to Him. A place where you can shout. A place where you can speak freely.

A special place.

A quiet place.

Secret place.

Where it’s just you and God.

A place where you can be filled again with hope, life and love, a place where you can be intimate, closely waiting with God,

And listen to His heartbeat.

A place where you can be still, at peace. At rest. Knowing it is alright.

Because this world will carry us away with its vanity, distractions and hopelessness if we do not.
“There’s no place I’d rather be,
No place I’d rather be,
No place I’d rather be
Then here in Your Love
Here in Your Love…” –“Set A Fire”, by Will Reagen and United Pursuit

Let this be our prayer as we step into this new week,

Together

With Him.

In every season,

Amarachi

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