Sow Those Tears

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” –Psalm 125:5-6

The Lord reminded me today, while I was in prayer about this scripture.
He said: “Sometimes if you don’t sow in tears, you will not be able to reap in joy.”
Wow.
God,
I had been holding in my tears because I didn’t want to give away that I was hurting or that I was weak. It hurts to see my mother and father broken.
Red eyes,
Wrinkled,
dismayed
Shaken,
looking downward because their ashamed.
Because life dealt them a hand that they just didn’t expect.
And we,
their children are caught up in it.
We hate to see them
This way.
It brought tears to my eyes.
Bitterness kept trying hold my heart captive and rip into seams.
I couldn’t take it. My heart almost exploded. I was so disappointed. In God. Myself. My world. And my life.
Pain.
The pain was too real.
Now I understood what the psalmist meant when they wrote: “my reproach returned to my bosom.”
My heart cried.
It was a pain that is beyond physical pain.
It was deep in my soul.
It was the type of pain that rips you apart.
It burned in my heart.
It filled me up and my heart felt like exploding. I kept shaking my head. Grieved. Cursing myself, I kept wondering…saying…
God…..
I couldn’t believe that this was happening to me or my family.
I couldn’t believe we were going through this.
God, why aren’t you coming to our rescue?
This pain was too much, it was so real.
The hurt, frustration. betrayal, injustice, the shame, the agony of despair,
The disappointment
burned in my heart and came up into my heart as a bitter cry.
Why?
My heart cried out.
Why God, why have You forsaken me?
But I kept it in.
And tucked it away for a later time.
A time when I would be alone with Him. And call out to Him.
And then. Then I would pour out my soul to Him.
I looked up to Heaven and said, these tears are only for you Father. Not because of what Satan did, of what my parents did, or what life did,
But for you alone, God. You only for you do I cry out to you. You only. Only for You.
But for now, I won’t let myself cry.
No, I will cry out to you only some other time. I gotta keep going. I can’t stop to cry. What will crying do for my situation?
So, let me keep walking. One day, I will give God this pain. One day I will cry out to Him.
You are walking in pride.
I can handle it. I will put it away. I don’t have time to deal with this.
I, I, I,
You think He forgot the pain? You think He will let that go? No.
God keeps a careful record of the righteous. What we do, how we do it, and the inner workings of our heart.
In Heaven, there is a scroll.
Not only of our sins and righteous deeds.
But of our everyday walk with God. God keeps a careful record of our lives.
Our past, present, future.

Psalm 139:16
“Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.”

Malachi 3:16
“Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.”

God knows about it all. He knows what we are going through:
He sees it all.

Psalm 139:3
“Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.”

 

Job 31:4
“Does He not see my ways And number all my steps?

 

Psalm 121:8
“The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. “

 

Proverbs 2:8
“He keeps the paths of judgment, and preserves the way of his saints.”

He sees it all.
Our triumphs,
Our victories.
Our moments of joy, and utter jubilation. Moments of fear, questions, apprehension, answers to God, and reconciliation. There is a record of our pain, grief, shame, loss, failure….
And there is a record of our tears.
It says in Psalm 56:8,
“You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?” (NASB)

He cares about the pain you have been through, and keeps a careful record of them.

When you give Him your pain–He will fight for you and right all wrongs.

God loves you, and will heal your pain.

Sow those tears.

They are not in vain.

He hears, sees, knows and keeps record of each one.

I am praying for your wholeness as well as mine.

In every season.

Amarachi

 

 

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A time and purpose under heaven.

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Rise Again Pt. 2

As believers…we are going to mess up.

We are going to fall.

We need one another.

One thing we should not do is isolate ourselves, because we make ourselves vulnerable to the attacks, and tactics of satan.
We must understand if one of us falls, when one of us suffers, because we are all made up of each other, we all are apart of the same body; it affects our ability to carry out God’s plan in the earth.
We must encourage one another.
We must allow God to lift us up.
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:10).
Humbling ourselves includes allowing God to correct us–through His Word, through others, and through the leading of The Holy Spirit.
God will lift you up. You will rise again.
You will be resurrected from your fallen state, and receive the strength needed to finish all God has called you to be.
After reading Psalm 41, I realized that there are conditions to God’s promise of being delivered and lifted up:
1. Consider the poor (Psalm 41:1,2).
Consider, pray, help, uplift, encourage those who are discouraged, helpless, powerless, afflicted and wronged–God promises to deliver you in your time of trouble.
2. Keep your integrity intact (Psalm 41:12).
In times of persecution, oppression, problems and it can be easy to let things slip–but God promises us that if we keep our good character intact, by walking in love, speaking and doing good, sowing righteousness, and good deeds before and behind closed doors, He will keep blessing us, and He will upholds us, and set us before His face forever. (Psalm 41:12).
3. Keep placing your hope in God alone (Psalm 43:11).
We all get discouraged. Whether it is because we are unfairly persecuted for righteousness sake, stumble in our walk of faith because of our own failures and mistakes, we can get to a place where we can not even function because we are so depressed, so disappointed, so cast down that we feel like we can never be picked back up again.
These are the very moments we need to push into His Presence and draw closer to God. I came to a place where I could not even think straight because I felt my failures could never be reconciled. But I came to God, cried out and spoke the truth of my pain to Him. God came rushing in with His love forgave me, and came to my rescue. He lifted me, making me stand on two feet, planted on the rock of His Word, and began making me whole that same hour.
By pouring out your soul before Him in sincerity, transferring the weight of your suppressed sorrow, pain, anger, fear and grief to Him, your heart opens up, and now He can enter in to heal you. You allow God’s healing power to fill you with joy, hope, and love and make you whole again.
Draw close to Him, and He will comfort you and strengthen your heart (Psalm 27:14).Take courage–have hope in Christ.
Keep your expectation up when it comes to receiving from The Lord. When you expect good from Him alone, keeping your faith in God and trusting in Him alone; God will not only give you the peace and strength to walk through hard times, BUT, He promises to save you and deliver you.
A just man falls seven times…and more. But he, she, rises again.
Do not get discouraged.
You will rise again.
And the Lord, through other believers will lift you up.
Just keep trusting Him, and allow Him to speak to your heart, heal your heart, so you will continue the journey of faith with other believers, disciples of The Lord, and spread the Kingdom of Jesus Christ all over the world.
Therefore dear ones, may you keep going, allowing the Lord to continually humble you, so He may lift you up again.

Jesus, thank you for your promises of lifting me up. I ask you to help me humble myself so you can keep me grounded in Your Kingdom, Your Will, and lift me up from this place. Jesus, forgive me. I turn away from it. Keep me, and help me. Thank you for surrounding me with other disciples who love you that will stand with me. Give me strength as I go forward, just like you did for Paul.
I love you, thank you for everything.

In Jesus Christ Name I pray, amen.

 

I love you all.

Till next time,

Have a peaceful Sunday.

Amarachi

 

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Rise Again Pt.1

“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again…” Proverbs 24:16

I was walking, rushing briskly, through the linoleum whitewashed hallway to catch a ride with my mom after serving the youth for Wednesday night bible study. As I was about to walk out the hallway, a cute, little girl, in a tiny dressy white sweater, with neat braids and caramel skin, skipped alongside her sisters and her mother down the hallway. But her shiny, suede shoes did not grip too well with the floor, and she fell belly first on the floor. The fall knocked the wind out of her, and she laid there in shock. Everyone walking in the hallway began to surround her, and ask: “Are you okay, are you okay…are you alright sweetie….?” I reached for her, along with many others, to lift her up.
Her mother pulled her up gently to her feet. Her older sister comforted her.
She nodded slowly, still in shock, at her fall. She walked slowly with her mother as everyone went on their merry way to their cars.
But I, looked right at her, and said, before the threat of further embarrassment hit her: “It’s okay, everyone falls sometimes…I even fall sometimes.” And walked away.

I almost forgot about this moment, when God brought it to my attention again.
It can be discouraging, quite devastating…actually depressing when we fall as followers of Jesus Christ.
It can even shock us.
How did I get here?
One minute I was walking with Christ, doing what it takes, walking in faith and love, and now….here I am…lower than low.
How did end up at the bottom?
How did I get here?
Will I ever get out of this?

It could be an addiction.
A deadly secret revealed.
A financial catastrophe.
A family betrayal.
A debilitating disease…
Whatever it may be, it may have caused your faith to dwindle. And here you are, lying flat on your belly, looking up, wondering how in the world did you get there?
And if it was something you caused: how did I let myself fall? God, warned me… God tried to protect me…why did I not listen? Why did I get in the way of God’s best for me? 
God, why did I do that? Why? Why? 
Before shame begins to overtake you, before satan can whisper lies in your ears:
God still loves you. God will still save you.
If you let God in so He can correct you.
If you let Him humble you, and redirect you–
If you let God in to transform you, and heal you.
God will lift you up, high above the mess, high above the mistakes and bring you back to where you should be.
When we fall, God lifts us up.
And–
God uses each and every one of us, to lift each other up.
We are a family, His Body, The Body of Christ, that is. And we are to lift each other up, whether in prayer, or through words of encouragement so that we can continue spreading the kingdom of God.
We are, as believers and disciples of Christ Jesus, are to encourage, surround, protect, defend, lift up those who are weak, feeble, and weary among us (1 Thess 5:14).
We are to bear each others burdens (Gal. 6:4).

I recall a moment recorded in Acts 14.
Paul.

The outspoken unapologetic apostle, is stoned and left for dead by a group of dissenting Jews from the city of Iconium and Antioch.
I know that Paul had many low moments.

Soul crushing experiences as a believer and as an apostle–but these people, whom he preached with such conviction and supposed success,

Now, had turned on him and almost murdered him.

This must have been painful.
But something beautiful happened.
God did not leave Paul there.

 “Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. 20 But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe” (Acts 14:19-20).

A group of disciples surround Paul, sprawled on the ground–black, blue, and bruised.
Fallen, broken in more ways than one.
The disciples stand quietly for a moment around him, not leaving his side.
But Paul is still lying on the ground.
Fallen.
Broken
In more ways than one.
But the disciples of the Lord would not leave him. They keep standing there, waiting, willing him to get back up–to not die, declare His Glory.
Will I ever get back up from this?

And then…..
Paul raises slowly from the ground and goes right back into the same city that stoned him to preach the gospel and spread The Lord’s Kingdom.
It is almost as if the silent support of the believers surrounding him that day, reminded Paul he was not alone, neither was he going to finish this alone….and to keep on going. It gave Paul the strength to complete the mission Jesus Christ gave Him.
He will send people, disciples, dedicated to The Lord, to you–to stand and surround you. Their testimony silently penetrating your broken heart, awakening it to their pain, failures, struggles, which are now non-consequential, because there they stand– conquering it all. Their silent testimony. invigorates your bones to rise, and keep going.

Keep going.

For a just man,

A just woman of God,

Though fallen…

Can

And will

Get back up again.

 

May He help us rise above the pain of our weaknesses.

In His Name,

I pray.

Amen.


God bless you,

Amarachi

 

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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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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.

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

*Translations from NLT version*

Unspeakable Gift

This post uploaded a bit late…but is never late to say:

“Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15 The gift that no words can contain the glory, beauty and mercy of it all. Yet, we speak one word and that it remains and we know, even if we can’t articulate it Who He is: JESUS. The name where there will never be enough thanks or praise. The gift that keeps on giving. JESUS. Thank you Lord for Him. Without Him there is no life. I would not be saved. I would not be rescued from the very life that would have destroyed me. Thank you God for Him! The Unspeakable, Undeniably Endlessly Beautiful Gift. God bless you all,

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

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 you 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

Trust in The Lord.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct (make smooth) your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Sometimes it can be hard to follow God’s instructions because your not sure where you are going.

But The Lord knows what’s best and He is the One Who Directs our steps.

This lack of knowing has occurred so many times in my life.

I will have a plan in my heart for the day, written out, cataloged. Down to the “t”. However, when I start moving forward, I keep hitting walls in my heart, that I can not override….because it is God’s way of showing me He has something better.

All I need to do is take my hands off, and allow Him to take charge.

Allow Him to speak.

Let Him control my day.

I may have plans, but the best always happens when he directs my steps.

He has the best intentions.

To bring you an expected, GOOD end.

So try to not fret, force or…whatever you do, to complicate the process.

He loves you. And He only has the best in store for you. Just how you get there may not be what you expect.

Nonetheless…

Trust Him.

For your trust in God shows Him how much you love Him.

Thank you Father.

I pray you let Him take the reigns of your life today.

Take courage, it will all make sense in the end.

I’m praying for you,

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.