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

Give it to God

Originally written November 15th 2017

“Give it to God”

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.”–1 Peter 5:7

There was a little girl, walking outside of Speedway, with a sugar drink in a gigantic cup. She wobbled, as her mouth gripped the straw and slurped the cool, sweet drink. Her white outfit shined under the bright beams of my moms busted van. I smiled as I watched her desperately grip the drink, the drink that was almost as big as her entire torso. She walked and walked into the cool crisp night towards the filling stations.

Next to her was a man, most likely her father, who was silently walking beside her, reached out to her coax and encourage her to hand him the cup, for he knew it was too big for her. Too heavy for her.

Too much for her to handle.

But she stubbornly kept walking, with her face bent toward the ground, focusing, intently on carrying that gigantic cup.

After a few attempts, her father, allowed her to carry it, all the way back to the car.

Sometimes I feel we are just like that little girl.

We carry our lives in limbo, clinging to its very breath, hoping nothing will fall…worrying that something will crash. We will crash. We keep our head down, concentrating too hard, fixing our eyes on the wrong thing…..only to look up one day and find that our lives have passed us by.

And just like the loving Father that He is, God walks along side us, reaching out to us, encouraging us, coaxing us to give it to Him.

I’ll take it.

I’ll handle it.

I’ll take care of it.

But no.

We, just like this little girl, slurp greedily, clinging steadfastly on the very thing that will destroy us. We change our gait, and walk slowly and surely. And while our arms get sore, fingers smart, and thumbs swell, you say: “I”m almost there. I can make it on my own. And besides, I just can’t just give my life away.”

You start thinking: “I will never see it again. I will lose all control. And…I will never be happy then.”

When you’re actually saying: “I can’t trust any other person with my life. I can’t hand over everything to someone I can’t see. I can’t handle the uncertainty. I can”t handle the possibility of failure.”

Selfishly, willfully, pridefully, we continue to take these steps.

And yet all the while, God, Our Father, walks alongside us, watching our every move. Making sure we don’t slip, or crash, or fall. He walks quietly, carefully alongside us, waiting for us to give it up, and give it all for Him to carry.

He made us.

He knows our limits.

He knows what we can or can not handle.

God can take care of us.

Only if we allow Him.

God’s constant presence in our lives speaks volumes of truth.

We can hand everything over to Him because He is an all-powerful, and all seeing God. God knows the end from the beginning. He can prepare us for the future and save us from the memory of our mistakes.

We can trust Him because He is good, and takes care of the birds, how much more us?

We can cast our burdens on Him, because God fills the WHOLE UNIVERSE. God is BIGGER and STRONGER than we could ever imagine. He can handle and solve any problem, any challenge, any life that is given to Him.

God can not fail, because everything God does is a masterpiece. Look at the universe. Perfection! God also has your best interest at heart, and would never allow evil to conquer you, His prized creation. Everything God created is good, complete, and a masterpiece…including you.

If you are in a place where you feel it is too late for God to fix your problems, that you have lived too long ‘like this’ for God to fix it–you’re wrong. God loves you. God can fix any problem or life in an instant.

So, instead of allowing you to carry your burdens, frayed life and mind, God created a better plan:

Jesus.

You hand over everything to Him, asking Him to help you, asking Him to take your burdens, and take care of you, and He will help you.

If you feel that if you give it away you will lose your independence, your autonomy, your freedom, your acknowledgement of self pride and strength…..it’s not true.

He did not go through the hardships of life here on earth for nothing. He did not suffer persecution for nothing. He did get nailed to a cross, and hang there for three hours in vain.

He did not go to hell for nothing.

Wow.

He went to hell and back for who? You.

Me?

That’s right.

You.

You were that important to God that He sent a replacement to prevent you from ever going through shame, pain, and death.

And you were not created to bear the burdens you carry. You were not created to pretend you have it all together. You were not created to just survive! You were created and ransomed to live a life of freedom, grace, and truth.

You were created to live. So give it all to Him.

And live.

He alone can create something new out of your surrender.

God can.

So, why don’t you ask Him?

Ask Him to take it.

Try Him.

Because He will never fail you.

Thanks for reading.

Until next time friends,

Hand it over to him. Trust. He won’t ever let you down.

I love you,

Amarachi

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

Testimony

I was under pressure.

I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t live. Couldn’t stand.

I couldn’t sing.

I tried to become a good little girl.

But was rewarded for good grades and obedience to things I could not agree with or understand.

My questions were met with incredulous and disrespectful yells.

I was silenced.

For my inquisitiveness was too much for Nigerian parents to handle.

It didn’t match their expectation for who they thought I was

Or wanted me to be.

Stuck I was.

Between what I loved.

Dreamed of

And was expected of me.

They tried. Out of love.

But in effort to succeed they instead suffocated the treasure God had placed within me.

I was lost

In the wilderness

For sometime

Because of this.

II.

Violated.

Assaulted with suggestions.

Scared of saying no to what I knew was wrong.

Guilt ed for trying to keep myself pure.

But I forgot that I was worthy.

Therefore, stained

I began to turn on myself.

Mind corrupted.

Stories were my passion but it became complicated when my own heart could not fathom,

That my story which I had spent daydreams creating,

was now maligned.

Pride began to creep in. And innocence lost caused bitterness to settle in.

I used the very education my parents took pride in and the gifts God intended to bless me

On others as a weapon of my own inferiority.

Sinking deeper into a depression that never was mine.

Gone to the oblivion of a world that would see me as a little black girl.

Only

With no vital worth or imagination.

In agony.

I succumbed to the depression.

And the grief.

An early mourning of the voice I could not seek

Anymore.

To young to give up.

Feeling too old to work it out,

I lost my energy.

III.

I became ashamed.

No more proud of my accomplishments.

Because it did not seem to matter

For I was not free.

To enjoy the beauty of what God’s gift was doing for me.

In

And

Through
me.

I was mortified by my sin. Disgusted.

I hated myself.

So I settled for the lie.

That God would be ever angry with my addictions.

The doubt that clouded my thinking

Pervading almost every moment of my being.

How could He forgive me?

He would be forever punishing me with the shame that would not leave me.

He would never forgive me and therefore give me what I desired…to be a writer, creator, author, dreamer, actor, performer…for Him.

He became a religious being that I could lord over people with.

I could confess the scriptures.

Sing the songs.

And quote the Bible back and forth.

However, I was not convinced that He could love me enough out of my sin.

I became,

Withdrawn.

Punishing others for not seeing the brilliance in me.

For not seeing the gifts in me.

For not recognizing my cries for help in the endless seas of depression.

In reality,

I was punishing myself.

For I was confused.

Who was I?

Who I thought I was

Was gone

In the seas of depression.

Gone deeper into the oblivion.

Almost dead.

Desperate. In need of a Savior.

That was years ago.

IV.
Now.

He has taken the filthy,

Scarred,

Offended

Sinner.
The anxious

Little girl.

With nail pierced hands he has not objectified her, silenced her, abused her, taken advantaged, or forced himself on her to be what He wants her to be. He has excused her, quieted her, comforted her
Remained her rock.

And,

Her confidant.

Her friend.

A mystery

Yes.

But God saved me once again from a life of regret and a life of bondage to sin.

God saved me.

He recreated and healed me.

He restored my soul.

He made me new.

He forgave me.

He forgave me

For what I once was.

For who I had become.

He forgave me

For giving up.

For moving on.

For letting go of

Me.

He paid for me

To love

And live life freely.

Even when I didn’t want it.

When I didn’t want

Me.

Yet,

He forgave me. He forgave me. He forgave me.

You don’t how much I needed that.

Forgiveness. For one,

Forgetting The One Who could set me free.

And two, not allowing the soul He created in me to live.

And He brought my heart to it’s knees.

Humbled.

Awakening me for His Love for me again.

Breaking chains off,

That were there for years.

I now received the Creator’s gracious gift to the world.

The Son that He prepared since the day I was born.

V.

He told me, just a couple of sunsets ago that He does not condemn me.

I am free.

I am at peace.

VI.

My testimony is still being written.
And

I have fallen, a few times.

But even in the stumbles

And tumbles,

I find myself in,

He has never left me.

He ‘s stood there. Right there. My friend. Next to my heart. And waited for me.

To get back up.

Aiding me.

Through it all,

He never left me.

Even when I wanted to give up on Him.

Even when I wanted Him to give up on me.

Even when I wanted to give up on myself.

He stuck close to me. Like a true friend.

He never left me.

Jesus.

You set me free.

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Your testimony is the most powerful thing that can never be undone.

Share it.

Because just like Your Savior’s Blood….

It never loses it’s power.

I love you God. Thank you for giving your Son, so I can be free, and remaining my God even in my sin.

For Your Forgiveness, redemption and Unfailing Love.

Praise Jesus.

Amen.

I love you all.

God bless,

Amarachi

Prisoner of Hope

“Return to the stronghold, O prisoners who have the hope; This very day I am declaring that I will restore double to you.” –Zechariah 9:11-12

 

 

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What is the hope?

The Hope of humanity is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

All of humanity looks for a solution, a person, to wash them clean of their sins.

But because of the suffering, crucifixion and death of His Son,

We would be forever atoned for our sins.

To be remembered no more.

The glorious Resurrection of Jesus not only sealed the blessed plan of redemption but gave us the sure promise of everlasting life with The Lord.

And one day we shall come together as His own and be taken up to be with Him.

Forevermore (1 Corinthians 15:52).

That is THE HOPE. The Hope that we long wait for. It is the final redemption of our bodies to The Lord and the anchor our souls hold to as we wait to be caught up in the air to be with Him.

Now, this hope I not only for some future day.

The Hope is for every breathing moment for the life you live on this earth.

The anchor of hope when everything seems to be a lost cause.

When life seems pointless,

And you have no supposed reason to live,

When you think The Lord has forgotten you,

And you are not worthy of His Love.

When you think these constant battle with disease,

A constant battle with life’s failures. Disappointment after disappointment.

Stealing your heart, your courage, your tenacity of life,

Stealing your joy.

When time starts to close in on you and there is nothing left to do.

When all seems lost and you think there is no hope for you.

There is hope. It is The Hope that restores all humanity and keeps the world. It is Jesus. He is The Solution. He is The Answer.

Know this. He loves you. He really does. And He gave up His Only Son to prove this truth. It was written before you were ever even born.

God loves you. He has a special place for you in His Heart and He has The Hope for you. All you have to do is accept His Promise of salvation through Jesus. Accepting Jesus is the step you take so you can become a Prisoner of Hope.

Why should The Lord give us double for our trouble and deliver us from our fears? And how can I be sure?

It explains right in the verse before it.

“As for you also, because of the blood of My covenant with you, I have set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.” (Zechariah 9:11).

God promises to deliver us, not because of our good deeds, or because we deserve it but because God in His Mercy and Love for us wanted to save us from our sins and keep us from a life without The Hope of the world, Jesus (John 3:16-17).

Humanity will stay in it’s depraved and failing ways without a sacrifice to make us in right standing with The Lord. There is no remission, or forgiveness of sins without a shedding of blood. (Hebrews 9:22)

There is no forgiveness of sins without a blood sacrifice, a shedding of blood. 

And that sacrifice who shed His blood for humanity was Jesus.  He is The One and Only Who gave up His life so you and I can live free-guiltless without any sin before God the Father. And God promises, once you make a decision to believe Jesus, He makes you into a new creation and connects you into His Family.

The covenant, sealed with the Blood of His Son, who is alive now, is your secure Hope in the days to come. You can trust His sacrifice. It continues to cleanses you, carry you and keep you safe. The Blood constantly reminds the world that He is alive. Because He lives, and your hope is in Him, Who will remain forever, you will too.

This Hope promises to never leave you alone.

He even promises to save you from every dry, purposeless situation. He promises to give you double blessings, honor, and abundant Life (John 10:10) for all the hardships you have faced.

Jesus says in Matthew 5:10:

“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Hope had to die in order for us to live.

That is what makes you a Prisoner of Hope.

It can’t be taken and you can’t earn it by yourself

However, you must believe in the One who died and rose again with power to set you free.

Return to your strong foundation, receive The Hope of all humanity. Accept Jesus into your life and become a Prisoner of Hope so that he can make you an Ambassador of Hope the whole world can see, come to know Him and believe.

Jesus, help me to remain a Prisoner of Hope that I may inherit all things with you. I am sorry Father, I repent of all my sins and come into agreement with your will for my life. Thank you Father for hearing my prayer. Thank you because of the covenant you have with me because of Jesus I can stand blameless and clean before your Presence and your promise of giving me double for my trouble and delivering me out of the prison of despair still stands today. Father, thank you being with me. Thank you for helping me stand strong as Prisoner of Hope in this world. God, I do love you. Thank you for loving me.

In the name of Jesus, The Hope of All.

Amen.

Read Hebrews 9 and get more insight into what it all means for you to have a covenant with God and the strength of that covenant and relationship with God.

I love you all.

I leave you with this:

What does it mean to you to be a Prisoner of Hope?

Comment below!

A Prisoner of The One Who Gives Us Life,

Amarachi

Come Home.

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I want to tell you a story. It goes like this:

“A man had two sons. The younger son told his father,

‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve.

He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him.

But no one gave him anything.

“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’

So he returned home to his father.

And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.”

But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, and he asked one of the servants what was going on. ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’

The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in.

His father came out and begged him, but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf’

“His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”

–Luke 15:11-32, NLT

Regardless of who you are,

Where you have been,

What you have done

Or who you have done it with,

God loves you

And asks you:

“To Come Home, daughter

Come Home son,

Come Home to Me

I will come and clean you up.

I will fill you up.

I come to make you whole

Cut the ties

Break every chain,

Rescue you from darkness

And keep you safe.

Return home to me

You are dirty,

But I will make you clean.

I will wash away your sins.

So.

Come Home to Me, my son,

Come Home to Me my daughter

Come Home to Me

Back to Me

Back to Me.

I will take away your sins.

I will make you whole again.

I will make you holy.

I will restore you.

I will revive you.

I will make you new again.

Come Home to Me children,

For I make all things new.”

God said this word and God’s word is true.

God has you on His Mind and more and store for you.

God loves you.

Forget about the things that kept you from coming home in the past.

Just like the son in the story Jesus speaks about. God is better than this pigsty your living in.

God even promises to clean you up.

Won’t you let Him?

God, the Father of all

Asks you,

Calls you home.

Back to His Heart.

He can’t force you.

He will give you the respect to make the right decision.

You have not been alone.

God has caused you to come down to this moment.

He has had you on His Mind.

So,

“Just come Home to Me, God says

Your Lord

Your God

And Your Father.”

Pray this prayer with me so that you can come home:

God, I ask you to forgive me for all my sins. I ask you to receive me as your son or daughter. I ask you to help me live the life you have called for me to live. I ask you to help me embrace all of who You created me to be.

Jesus, come into my heart and change me now. I believe you are the very first son of God and you came to die for my sins. Thank you for that. I can now become God’s son/daughter because You loved me enough to come down and give Your LIFE. Thank you Jesus Christ for rising again so I can live with God forever. God, thank you for loving me, thank you for saving me, and for giving up Your only son to die on the cross for my sins.

Fill me up with your love Father, so I can have a heart for you and live for you and You alone. Thank you God for hearing my prayer and answering my prayer. Thank you God, that I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. Old things are passed away, look, all things have become new! Your perfect will is being done in my life.

Thank you God!

In Jesus Name I pray, amen.

WELCOME HOME!

I am excited to see what God has in store for you!

I come against everything that would cause you to become anything short of who God called you to be.

I speak blessings over you. Keep walking. Keep walking with God. Keep Jesus in the center of your life.

He is with you.

God bless you.

God loves you.

And I love you too,

Amarachi

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