Trusting His Heart

To everything, there is a season,
A time and purpose under heaven. Don’t worry. He loves you and is making all things Beautiful in its time. It may not seem like it now, and the very thought of God using your sin, brokenness or trauma suffered at the hands of others can seem even offensive. But believe me–God as my witness–
He heals you,
Restores you,
And makes you and all those around you
Brand New. I am a witness. I am a product of this restoration. He always keeps His Word to you and I. When you can’t see His hand,
Trust His heart.
God bless you.

As always,
Amarachi🌻

 

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A Letter to The Readers

Dear friends,
Happy Monday!
I pray that you are having or have had a great day and that you are taking one day at a time.
Today, I thought it may be best to explain and share the purpose of A Time 4 Everything.
THE PURPOSE OF A TIME 4 EVERYTHING
A Time 4 Everything is a ministry that encourages, inspires, and motivates you to GO and GROW through every season of change. Grow in your faith, in your relationship with God and become the person God has created you to be.
My desire is that God uses me to speak truth from The Bible, and reflections from my faith journey with Him that will deepen your walk of faith and equip you with the resources that you need to stay faithful to God in every trial, hard time, and victorious season of your life.
It is to help you see God’s plan–despite the challenges you face in life.
I know He will help me and you become like trees– standing grounded in the truth: that God loves us and has a plan in every season of our lives.
I am praying that we are Psalm 92:12-15:
“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
15 To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” Psalm 92:12-15
I am praying these reflections prepare you for the times ahead.
I am praying you will enter into His best for your life–and fulfill your purpose and enter God’s Promised Land for your life.
I am praying we will become more and more like Jesus..and stay obedient and fulfilled in His love for us at all times.
I am praying that we would grow together, stay unified and God will be glorified.
Amen.
I take such great pleasure in praying for you or encouraging you! So feel free to write me for specific things you need prayer for. 
God has great things planned for you and I.  I pray for His Peace to be with you every step of the journey.
God bless you. 
And remember-
To everything, there is a season,
A time and purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3)
We will walk through the seasons of life together.
P.S.
This is just the beginning, SO prayers are needed 🙂
PLEASE continue to pray for me that I stay willing and obedient to God and that whether it be through this blog or any other outlet, I am ready always to speak the truth of Jesus in love.
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I’m happy to hear from you!
 
To every season.
Love,
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,

Hand-in-Hand1

“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.

Tell me: What does this painting mean to you? Comment below!

*Translations from NLT version*

Pregnant With Promises

Many are waiting, full of expectation, waiting for the Promise of God to come.

Many have been waiting for years.

So was Mary.

Zacharias.

And Elizabeth.

And yet, all of their stories, though spoken and recorded centuries ago stand the test of time and speak a language of faith we all are able to hear, understand…and I pray…live by.

Mary was a virgin.

Living in Israel.

She was engaged to a carpenter, Joseph.

Until one day, an angel from The Lord God Himself came to her and said:

Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus” (Luke 1:30-31).

Zacharias, the husband of Elizabeth, was performing his duties as a priest in the temple when an angel of God appeared and said:

“Fear not, Zacharias: for they prayer us heard; and the wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son” (Luke 1:13).

Elizabeth was a woman of old age.

Barren. Since she was young. Then, one day she heard the news. That her womb would hold a son. And she would give birth to a child named John. John was going to be the person, the prophet ” ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17). He would be the person to prepare people for the Savior of the world.

She went to visit her relative Elizabeth, for an angel of The Lord had revealed to her that Elizabeth, who used to be barren was now holding a son–a promise of God in her womb.

Zacharias mouth was shut because he doubted the promise of God coming forth out of the angel’s mouth.

Elizabeth had waited for God to grant her desire and He did.
And Mary was unexpectedly blessed but she was being watched for her whole life to determine her faithfulness to the Lord.
God favored her above all women to conceive, nurture, hold and birth the son of God….
He chose the humble of heart to bear a promise.
He chose the supposedly barren where there seemed to be no hope.
All to prove that He is God, and that with Him nothing is impossible. (Luke 1:37).

Their subsequent actions determined their faith in God (Luke 37-56).

So, what should I do after receiving a Promise from God?

“For with God nothing will be impossible.”–Luke 1:37

The first act of faith is saying YES

Obedience.
Without knowing exactly the repercussions for her yes or the sacrifices she would make for this yes….
She just said yes.
The next thing she did was to go. She went to someone who had a promise of God about ready to birth that she could see and expect with them, and pray for, and help that her faith would be developed everyday just like the precious promise of God.

Their subsequent actions determine their faith in God’s ability in their lives (Luke 1:37-56).

And she stayed in this prophetic environment where the future God has declared was honored—until the manifestation of her promise was seen (Luke 1:56).

Your faith in God and His Promises to you is directly linked to the actions you take.

The promise of God, and its ability to be born, is connected with your ability to stay in faith.

As you pray God’s promises, stay faithful to what He says to you about your destiny, God is developing it. Preparing it. Getting it ready just for you.
But when you speak doubt-filled words, words of unbelief, scoff, laugh or joke around sarcastically even about the promises of God–you can abort the beautiful gift God had in store for you.
Zacharias prayed for his child, John, before he came to be. With those same lips he prayed for his son, he used it to doubt.
What’s wrong with asking questions? Shouldn’t I be able to ask God questions? 

The amazing thing about God is–yes. You can.
Both of their accounts, are parallel, told one after the other for a reason.
One is what to do.
And what not to do.
In both of these accounts, Mary and Zacharias ask HOW to the angel delivering the good news.
But there are two different WAYS they asked.
Zacharias asked HOW in this context:

How will I know this is true?
How is it possible for an old man like me and an old woman such as my wife to have sex and conceive?

Mary asked HOW in this context:

I believe with what you say, but how will I physically be able to have a child, since I am a virgin?

You see the difference?
Mary was confused about the steps needed in order for the Promise.
Zacharias was a lack of faith.

God is so merciful. In both instances.
The answer for his doubt was: “I will close your mouth so you will not affect the promise of God from happening”

“20 But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time” (Luke 1:20).

The answer to her questions:
Don’t worry, nothing with God is impossible…and the angel gave her the “how.”

“35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).

Which one are you?

Are you Mary?

Are you Elizabeth?

Or are you Zacharias?

Zacharias mouth had to be closed in order to keep God’s Promise’s protected.
His unbelief may have aborted the Promise of God.

If you are like Zacharias…repent. Ask God to forgive you. He will help you find the faith to believe in His Promises again, for real this time.

God loves you. He is always looking for ways to help you and redeem you. Even if you find it difficult to believe His Promise for you, He will help you understand, press on, hold onto and eventually give birth to the promise you have been waiting for.

God does this by always pairing us up with someone who is also pregnant with a similar promise. This helps us stay in faith and stand in expectation for our own Promise from Him to come to pass.

Mary and Elizabeth partnered with one another and shared each other’s testimony, and praised God together.
Uniting in faith. Encouraged in faith. Transformed in faith.
Enlivened by faith in God and His Power,
His Mercy and His Kindness.

In the end, my dear friends,

The Promises of God are yes and amen.
God chooses the humble of heart to birth His promises in. Believing God’s Promises helps us give birth to it.
The sound of a promise fulfilled is shouts of joy, gladness and rejoicing. Amen.

For Zacharias: “Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God” (Luke 1:64).

For Mary: “41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Luke 1:41-45).

And Elizabeth: “57 Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. 58 When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her” (Luke 1:57-58).
For the mercy God has shown you, others will rejoice with you.
Others will see The Lord’s faithfulness.  and they will praise God for answering your prayer.

You will praise God for His Mercy toward you.

You will praise Him wholeheartedly for His Faithfulness and for bringing His Promise to birth.

God promises joy and gladness with His joy and gladness-Jesus.

 

Thousands of years later, I am overwhelmed with so much joy! Not only because Mary chose to not only say yes to God in the beginning-but keep saying yes to God every.single. day.

Regardless of the stain on her reputation and the ridicule she must of have endured for the rest of her life.

Mary birthed Emmanuel. God with us. And now we can have Him in our hearts forever.

Many of you have waited for this Promise of God to come to pass. You’ve waited for the years of depression, shame, sin to be healed. 

He is here.  God sent His Son in human flesh so you and I can witness the birth of a miracle.  Jesus and your brand new life.  The Promise came so that you will have the promise of a brand new life.

Jesus is the open door for you to have a brand new life.

When you accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord, believing in Him as The Ruler of All things, including your life; you will have the opportunity to experience the peace and favor the angels sang about when He was born (Luke 2:14).

And The Joy!

The Joy of life after death. The Joy that Hope will win in the end.

The Joy of the truth: God loves you–forever!

Jesus is the reason for the season. So let’s celebrate Him as The Promise we all have waited for. Let us trust Him in all the steps we take. As we enter into this Christmas and the new year.

Together.

Thank you Father for the Promise you have given us. New life, a rebirth, and a new beginning with Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Savior and King. We love Him and we love You.

If you want this Promise God has given you today, or if you want to ask Jesus into your heart today. Pray this from your heart:

God,

I ask you to forgive me. I turn away from all my sins, my past, and my shame. I accept you Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Jesus come into my heart, make me brand new. I want you to help me live my life for Your Glory. Thank you for dying on the cross for me, for rising again from the dead so I can have new life in you.  I love you God. Thank you Jesus. In Your Name, I pray, amen.

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Friends, Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!

I pray you be filled with His Love and Joy today.

In love with His Promises,

Amarachi

 

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Faith ReVamped

Prelude

God,

No matter the costs,

I will keep the faith.
I will stand in the midst of trials.
I will hold on to You.
I will trust You.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.”–Hebrews 11:11

Truth? Your faith is going to be tested. But that does not mean you break under it. Instead. Stand. Your faith will never be in vain. God will make sure you’ll never be put to shame. He will never leave you hanging….

I recall many a time when my faith in Christ took me to the end of me.
End of my journey.

My life.

But God never left me.

I know it sounds strange to the normal hearing.

But it is so true.

I could have never done the things that I have done without divine blessings.

I could have never done what I have without His Help.

I could never be who I am, tender heart and all, without The Cleansing and healing Words of God in the Bible.

I could have never been set free from addiction on my own.

I could have never been set free from depression on my own.

Yes, there are those who say we have great power lined within our souls that enable us to do such great feats.

But can you, on your own, save yourself from a car accident that should have ended your life?

Can you escape yourself when you have been strangled under the currents of depression?

Can you fight off the bullies and naysayers once and for all?

Can you stop your own wrongdoing?

Can you in your own power, by your own strength…do any of these things?

No.

You can not.

And you were never meant to.

You see, faith to the outside world seems precarious, mystical and somewhat scary.

When in reality it’s not. It’s simple. Yet its results are so complex and can be beautiful.

In you.

And around you.

So stop thinking your faithless.

You have faith. But where are you placing it?

In people? Family, friends?

Jobs?

Circumstances?

Yourself?

You disappoint yourself.

Circumstances change all the time

Jobs come…and go.

People disappoint us all the time…even if they don’t intentionally mean to.

However, having faith in God is different. Having faith in the real one—brings about results. Faith in Him is always consistently…good. No matter what the outcome, even if it is not what you expected, is glorious.

Miraculous. Not only for you. But even those around you will marvel at God’s goodness in your life.

Faith in God, the real one brings about positive, long lasting, character building results.

Results that instantly change who you are, and bring about who you were meant to be.

Faith in God helps you understand Who God is, His intimate care and love for you.

Faith is what we hope for, and evidence of things (including God. Not diminishing Him to a thing, but I pray you understand) not seen.

God is so real.

He knows you. He loves you.

I’m praying your faith fails not, and when you come back, you strengthen other believers. God bless you, love you all.

Have faith. Stand stand. Trust in Him. Remain encouraged.

Your faith is not in vain. It is not for nothing. It will not be wasted.

Keep walking with Him, standing with Him, till He comes.

Amarachi