Sorrow to Joy: A Song of Celebration

Psalm 126

It is a song of ascents.

(A song sung by ancient Israleties on pilgrimages back to Jerusalem during holy feasts.)

It is a song praise.

It is a song of expectation.

A song of celebration!

All this and more when it comes this beautifully written song.

But to help us remember Psalm 126 and what it means for us, today, in this very hour, and season of time..

I have written 4 Words to help you and I see, summarize, embrace, and live out the promise of God before this year ends.

Release.

God frees us.

“1 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

Have you ever had a time in your life when God just came through for you? You know that moment where you have prayed and waited. Waited and prayed, for a miracle, and yet–nothing. Till one day, everything, I mean everything changed. Whether it be freedom from an addiction, business deal goes through, college acceptance letter arrives, or you reach your goals and take a step into destiny, after spending days, month and years waiting for this prayer to be answered.

When God turns it.

It’s like dream.

And though it was a long time. What amazing testimony.

Recognition

“God did this.”

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.

God’s Power is put on display when He blesses you. Especially for those who do not believe.

We will say:

The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

I wonder if He waits purposely so that those around us will have the opportunity to share our experience so that they too will taste and see also, that God is real.

And He does miracles still.

And He is so good.

Especially for the people who trust Him.

4 Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.

This verse is different.

It starts off with a request. A prayer.

Why? Didn’t the Psalmist already say God had turned or delivered them?
We are traveling through different seasons, and yet experience similar type of obstacles.
We all will come to a situation, where we feel trapped.

Maybe even be still entangled in the sins of your past.

All bring us to the end of ourselves.

That’s okay.

We can call out to God in prayer, and He will hear us.

And deliver us from all our fears, addictions, and situations.

Whether you have to walk through the valley to get there, or wait for the Lord to come through for you.

He will.

And He promises to reward you.

Reap

Tears are seed too.

5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

When you sow your tears in the soil of God’s Word it will spring up leaves, a tree and fruit, that will produce such joy in your life. The Joy Unspeakable will come not only because He came through for you and the answer, turn around, were exceedingly abundantly more than you could ask or even think, but because now you know Him.

Or rather, have a better understanding of Who He is.

Reverse

6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

The years of pain, will be reversed to gain.

Years of bondage will be reversed for freedom.

Years of poverty, will be reversed with wealth.

Years of loss will be reversed to new life and reedemed time.

Years of weeping, will be reversed to rejoicing….

You may have gone forth, or left, leaving behind your past, or was left of it with tears.

A relationship, a dream job,

Maybe even a loved one.

Just know that He is on The Throne. He knows everything. So settle in this.

He which began a good work in you will continue till the day of Christ.

Your tears again, are seed.

He sees your pain. He has heard your cries. He will show you His deliverance and His Mighty Power–suddenly. So much so that you will be in awe and wonder at His Work in you that you will now know what to do but praise God!!

Psalm 126 will be a reminder to us all that true restoration can only come from The One Who knows the Times and Seasons and will definitely deliver you at the right time.

So that all will know that God is God. And He has done this in your life, hopefully opening their eyes to the freedom you have in Jesus.

Celebrate. Be merry! You’re free now. Rejoice and be glad over all that God has done!

God bless you today

Tune into the podcast on Psalm 126 “Celebrate”

And stayed tuned for more podcasts and faith filled resources to help you take one step and season

May the Lord God bless this week before us! Stay expectant. Great things are in store for you. A reward of blessings is on its way. Just keep staying humble. And expectant.

Staying ready,

Amarachi

Fly

You’ve waited long enough.
In the slumber of your dreams.
And waited quietly as your heart was broken by setting apart.
You’re free now.

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Used by God.
Set free.
As a bird flying high in the sky.
Your heart has made whole now.
Your heart has been strengthened.
Break free now. Break free.
Your heart has been illuminated. Like the Son you shine.
Your heart is free now from the chains of the past.
Your tears are heard. Are seen.
So break free now. Catapulted into your Destiny.
Your heart is free now from the chains of the past.
I strengthened your heart so now you can fly.
Now you can fly.
Now you can fly.
I’ve strengthened your heart,
So now I can fly.
Now. You. Can. Fly.
Fly. Fly.
Fly.
Fly baby, fly.”
Isaiah 40:31/Psalm 27:14/Psalm126

Have a great week flying everyone.

And don’t forget to share in the comments your view from above.

God bless you all.

Have a soaring week.

Amarachi

Jacob’s Song

The story is Jacob wrestled with an angel till morning for his blessing (Genesis 32:22-32)
Sometimes it can seem like that.
A constant battle of walking in truth before Him.

Yet. Never give up. Because once we set in our minds to give God our all and let Him use our hearts for His Kingdom….He will bless us.

Jacob got His blessing.

And so will you.

So,

Never let go.

Till the Lord blesses your soul. With whatever your seeking Him for. Whether it be deliverance, promotion, or healing.

The Lord will bless your soul, if you just keep holding on to Him.

I wanted to share this with you friends.

Here it is:

Sing this song as you meditate on His goodness and love for you, and go deeper with God into all He’s calling you to be. Asking Him to help you overcome your battles and make you new again.

There are struggles that are beyond what we can see know and understand. But He knows how to make it well with your soul. He knows how to make your heart new again. So continue asking, praying and resting in His Everlasting Love. For He cares for you.

God bless you all today.

Have a good weekend.

Don’t give up on seeking God and asking for His Light and Love to come and make you whole. For He will give you peace and make you whole.

Amen.

God Is With Us

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you”–Deuteronomy 31:6

Whatever the situation, whatever the problem; no matter the challenge or new calling, new venture, or opportunity the Lord has placed before you–do not be afraid. Just know that God is going before you and He will be with you….wherever you go. Go and poessess what He has for you. Move into The Lords best for your life. Inherit what He has called and set apart for you.

Again–

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.
And

The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you...” —Deuteronomy 31:6,8

So don’t be afraid. Only believe in Him. You can trust The Lord. He is faithful God Who will also do it.

My prayer for us today is that God shows us His Glory mightier than ever before in this season and keeps us grounded like never before.

I pray God’s peace and strength keep you as you step into all that He has for you.

I pray God’s gracious nature fills your heart with all joy and peace as you continue to walk into all that He has for you.

May The Lord bless you with His fire, strength and peace as you and I walk out together the calling He has given you and I and continue to seek His face for wisdom concerning the opportunities He has placed before us.

In His Name, I pray Amen.

God bless you all today,

I’ll continually pray for you as you do me.

Thank you for reading! And keep up to date with my new  blog posts every week by subscribing through your email below.

I love you all,

Amarachi

 

*All Bible verses came from the NASB translation*

Release Your Burdens to The Lord

I wanted share a devotional with you today. It is “an extra insight” piece written by Our Daily Bread Ministries for October 6th 2017.

And it says:
“During the Last Supper, Peter couldn’t imagine he would deny Jesus once—let alone three times (John 13:37–38). But then the unthinkable happened (Matt. 26:69–75). Later, however, Jesus gave Peter three opportunities to express love to the One who so mercifully forgave him (John 21:15–18).
In that love and forgiveness Peter found a way forward. We too can move forward from the sins of our past through the love and forgiveness of Christ.”

Pray this with me:

“Dear Lord, I’m so thankful that through You we can be free of the burdens of the past—the mistakes, the pain, the sins—that hang so heavy. We don’t need to carry around regret or shame. We can leave them with You.” –Our Daily Bread Ministries

Let God make you new by giving up your burdens.

There’s a lot going on in this world. Just keep your eyes focused on Him and keep moving forward. He has a plan for your life. Not your mistakes or failures. But you.

I love you all,

Amarachi

* Feel free to read the rest of the devotional here:

“If I Knew Then..” Our Daily Bread Ministries

Divine Interruptions

November 23rd, 2015 the Lord had laid on my heart to share my heart regarding what I had learned that past week. After going through a plethora of heart stirring thoughts, and lessons I had learned the day before, this is one of the many conclusions I had shared.

This is what I wrote:

“I also learned that interruptions in my life may be frustrating, but at times it is God’s way of centering us, humbling us into reality. His Way of completing us and making us less self absorbed.

Like if you still have homework to do, someone reminds you that the dishes need to be washed…

Or when you are in the middle of writing a great story and the dinner table just has to be set by you…..

Or when you are in the middle of writing a blog, and for some odd reason now is the time for someone to remind you that the trash needs to get done…..

God knows we can become burnt out, and single minded, when we only focus on our own goals and plans, that’s why His divine interruptions are our saving grace.

I love you all,

Whoever you are and whatever you do

Goodnight or good morning,

God bless you.

Amarachi

I Spoke Up

Everyone

knows that I was the good girl.
I did my best to make everyone happy with me.
But then I found out that,
It was impossible,

to please the whole crowd.

So I spoke up, I spoke out.
I learned that love don’t hold its tongue,
And passion doesn’t bow to what they think.
It’s you and me.
Sometimes it’s painful to be brave
To look fear in the face,
And know your name.

To find your strength.” — “I Spoke Up”, Steffany Gretzinger

Here is a song for the ones trying to hear, seek, and know God’s Voice.

As well as their own.

You are extraordinary. And your voice matters. So don’t let fear, or frustration keep you from speaking God’s Words in your life.

You’re not the only one that has difficulty raising her and his voice. But me and God are working through it. He’s helping me to speak up more and more, in love, in more ways than one.

Here’s to finding our voice.

Together.

Listen: “I Spoke Up” by Steffany Gretzinger

Love doesn’t keep quiet, even in the midst of controversy, disagreement and push back.

I pray you take

the journey with God so that you will find your voice too

.

God bless you today, I love you.

Amarachi

Look, See How Far You’ve Come

Sunday evening came and I was restless.

I was tired of being restless so I asked God to lead me.

So sat silently for a moment and was reminded how The Lord for the past week kept reminding me of a big bin I had forgotten to look through.

Therefore, I began slowly trying to sift through papers, wallets, cards; clearing things out that needed to be thrown out.

Now, I have a tendency to look through things thoroughly–especially if it has are words on it.

So. To curb my desire, I kept trying to rush through it all.

But The Lord told me to slow down.

Focus.

To read.

And listen.

From old notebooks, to old documents of blog entries from the past, I began seeing God’s handiwork everywhere.

I was still learning even from these old insights.

I painfully walked through the sucky parenthetical errors, and the run on sentences; and discovered His words of comfort in my despair and doubt, reflections from His source of wisdom- The Bible. Prophesies and healing words of correction from Him and words of inspiration and faith, even in the midst of my doubts.

Something happened.

My eyes opened to see the beauty of these scrawled words on the page to find that God wanted to bless me today through these works.

Through these words of hope for the future, and direction, and correction, I realized that He was there all along. That He is God. That He is All Sufficient. That He will never let me go.

God was saying to me, even though I was hesitant to look at the past words fleeing from my heart–

He wanted to share with me a gift.

A gift of rememberance.

A gift of inspiration.

A gift of encouragement.

A gift of praise. God wanted to show me, “Look and see how far you have come.”

Sometimes,

The Lord will make you go through things from your past, not only so you can give them away or declutter your lifestyle, but so that He can show you how far you have come.

He wants to show you amazing you really are and how exceptional His Grace truly is.

He reveals to you how far you have come.

God reveals His Heart and His Joy for you.

God reveals the excellence of His majesty through and in you.

God reveals the testimony of your faith and the evolution of your character and heart into becoming more like His Son Jesus Christ, through words, mementos of your past.

Through those words, your history, your past with God, He reveals Who You Really Are in Him. Your identity in Him. And that’s what truly matters.

I want you to read from the words I have written for the past 3 years and I pray you will be motivated, inspired, comforted and transformed, so can become all God has made you to be.

I love you all and God bless you,

Amarachi

I encourage you to go back and clean up your work space, clean up “junk” from your past, particularly your old notebooks and journals, and let God speak to you through those words and memories of your past.

He Looks To See What You Will Do

I wrote this awhile back when I was still writing on.

It was not an easy place for my heart to be in.

But He led me here again so I,
And you,

Can learn from this too.

We were just talking about this. My close friend and I, she told me about the lingering hurts of cutting words from a stranger into her life. She kept walking on, after some encouragement. And we realized that these words can be detremential..but at the end of the day are fleeting. Having no merit or weight about who we really are and what we have done.

I was feeling some sorts about my life.

And I scrolled through some work just to see what I could do.

Get inspired.

Encouraged again.

Looking at or even at least thinking about story ideas makes me feel better.

Then God led someplace else.

He wanted me to see how far I have come.

I heistated but I began to read.

He is always right.

And here I am sharing what I wrote.

And here I am again,

Receiving encouragement from what I never trusted as good work.

The truth is: I didn’t believe there were be words worth of value in here, the old document with words written from the earth of my heart in the past.

But it is. He led me back to this to show me how far I have come.

Here are some of this things God was speaking to me about during this time.

Here are words God is speaking to me now.

And I want you to read it.

And be touched and inspired by the words He spoke to me during this season of growth and learning.

Two years ago.

July 16th, 2015

A Time for Everything: He Looks to See What You Will Do

My self-esteem, I thought it was pretty high…but in particular with this week, I have noticed there were many things that were sent my way (from the enemy I am sure) that have challenged my heart’s ideas about who I am. My worthiness, my confidence and etc.

And I know many can relate to this. Maybe even little things, low blows from parents, siblings, even close friends. Snuffs from people you thought you were cool with. Even benign things such as misunderstandings, rushed conversations…failed social encounters. Which you know really don’t mean anything compared to the overall scheme of life, but those things just seem to bug you. You consider your thoughts and actions.

Your words are lost…..scriptures escape your mind…you lack focus…you keep rehearsing in your mind: “Maybe I could have done this…or this….or I could have said this…maybe I should have let her know, or did I do something wrong? Why are they mad at me? Was I to blame….Am I the problem? I am the problem….” We give room for the enemy to amplify the situation.

You get sad, forlorn. You stop your usual functions over something as little as a rude, or harsh word. A cold shoulder. Unfair treatment, an offence.

But good Lord. Aren’t I glad the Lord prepared me for this week!

God told me before this week began:

1. Don’t beat yourself up. it is a completely human thing to do, but it is also a very prideful thing to do. Why? You keep focusing on yourself. He cares about you, loves you, and still thinks the best of you. You are His child you know?

2. If people offend you, forgive them. God has a good way of getting people back for all the wrong they have caused you…trust me….believe me.

3. Protect and guard your heart with all diligence. For out of it come the issues of life. [paraphrased, Proverbs 4:25] Not only what comes into you. But what comes out of you. Speak with great clarity, but also remember to keep sound wisdom and discretion, which are the fruit of the Holy Spirit coming from your lips. Never speak without checking your spirit or thinking over it with God.

Protect your heart from being engaged in the issues, and cares of this world. You must understand. Disagreements, arguments with people, slander, hurtful words thrown your way, and mediating on that is still a care of this world. Why? Because most harmful arguments happen in the flesh. Gosh, I just learned this today. You can not be engaged in the affairs of this life, because you go into battle, only to please the one who has called you to be a soldier. Jesus Christ our Lord. And I know you would want Him to return with you musing about a dumb argument you have had with your sister upteen billion times! I think not! SO, please, be careful to not take these words to your heart. Pray to God, ask God to guard your heart and mind with peace [Philippians 4:7].

4. It is okay, it is more than okay, to be yourself. Why? Because you are free.

How? God bought you with a heavy price for you to be.

And what price was that?

The blood of His only Son–Yeshua. But we all know Him as, Jesus, the Son of the Living God.

I know it may seem hard to consider or imagine. But just think of it this way:

A. This life is waaay too short for you to be carried away in banal arguments.

B. We are all accountable to God for what we do, every little thing. Now, that can be a little scary to some. But it shouldn’t. If you are walking with God, there is nothing to fear! God is near and will help you. You may not like it, flesh wise, but it will be for your good!

C. In everything, at least this helps me, I want Jesus to be proud of the way I acted and my response to the circumstances of life.

Get stronger, and work on this. Because when we do, God will work it for our good. Our character will be stronger, and therefore, can support the greater power/anointing God will give us.

I love you all and may God bless you.

Remember/Meditate on Philippians 4:7. Ask God to rule your heart and mind with peace. And ask Him for strength and even courage to do the right thing before Him always.

Same Heart

There are just some people who don’t know how to love you.

And that’s okay.

Not everyone can love God and love people with a heart of intention like you can.

Not everyone can say that they love you to the moon back.

But God can.

So before you get angry or bitter of what others can not give you…

Just remember that God gave you the ability to love like He loves.

He gave you the ability, capacity, to give of yourself just like He did for us all.

Before the beginning of time came.

As He sealed Himself as a sacrifice for your life.

He declared.

That no one can love you like He can.

No one will love like He can.

No one has the same Heart as His.

Except if you have been made new in your soul, and your spirit remain in Him,

By accepting The Son Who gave His heart and life for thee.

Let our prayer be:

Not everyone can love You can, God.

But I want to.

Help me to love and have a heart like you. Help me to continue loving and caring for others so that they may experience Your Love through me.

Not everyone can love you can.

But that’s okay.

Jesus does.

He will give you a new heart to love one another.

And He will give you the best of His heart for all eternity.

Have a good week, holding on to this truth.

That He can love better than we can.
However, God can still give us the ability to love beyond our understanding. All so others can know Who He is. And so that you may learn to grow in His Love.

Thanks for reading.

May God bless your heart so you can dream big love like our very own Lord.

I love you all in Christ,

Amarachi