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

Why Is it Never Enough?

Have you ever wondered why things are never enough for us?

Never enough food,

Designer clothes,

Sports teams,

Hobbies,

Make up,

Jewelry,

Friends,

You can fill in the blank, of whatever for whatever the desire….

There seems to be a never ending longing, thirst, desire for all things, anything to fill a place in our hearts.

Why is it like that?

Why are we never satisfied?

Because our hearts contain The Divine Features of The Lord Who Created us this way.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says,

He has also set eternity in their heart; yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.”

Therefore, everything including our capabilities to dream to fill our heart with wonder are limitless.

Satan, knowing this perverts this gift, this desire. Sending us all on wild goose chases in an effort to fill our hearts with the worlds toys, that will not and were never made to fill the gap in our hearts between our Maker and eternity.

We were made with eternity in our hearts. And our Creator, that is God, Who Loves us so much that He came wrapped in human flesh to save us continues to reveal this to us in His Word.

There is a story I would like to share.

It is from Luke 12:13-21, where Jesus speaks to us about a “certain rich man” (which means he is a real life person) who spent his life accumulating material things. Day after day, night after night this man spent his life piling up his crops, money, everything. And he never stopped. He even ran out of room for his poesessions and instead of giving it away, he decided to build bigger storehouses to keep more of his things. God, was The One Who had blessed him with all this wealth. And in the end, as this man made plans to begin an early retirement, the Lord said:

‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’

Jesus ends the story by saying: “So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Jesus also reminds us:

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

He encourages us to “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”

But see

What will it be for you and I to get our focus on obtaining, accumulating, and hoarding material wealth and constantly distracting ourselves with the pleasures of this world. Jesus says to us today that we can not be filled, neither can we enter into eternity with our souls entangled with the things of this earth.

Use your time,your energy, resources, and yes, even your desires, for God and His amazing plan for your life. Use it all to be a blessing to others.

Because that is what will count in the end.
On earth it is overwhelming at times to have eternity in our hearts. We have a limitless capacity in a human frame. There is bound to be violent outbreaks and frustration (not saying that’s the only reason for our disobedience, or sin).

But for now and always, the only was can fulfill the desires in our hearts is by giving up the same heart to The One Who Created it.

There is a God shaped hole in our heart and it takes only the Creator to fill it.

The frustration stops here.

The healing starts there.

The answer starts here.

Nothing but The Truth of God’s Word and Love can take us to a place of endless starvation to complete wholeness in The One Who Created Us.

Nothing can make us Fulfilled then Jesus Himself.

For He made you in His Image, and created you for life with Him.

And it is He Alone that will fill it.

Don’t get discouraged if you feel like Satan has decieved you into filling yourself with the things of this world.

And don’t get discouraged if you feel like you have been trying to fill your life with the wrong things.
There is a solution. Abandon what you think is important. Abandon the needless things of this world that you have been trying to fill your life with. And cling to The One, The One and Only One Who Can Fill you.

Your Everlasting Strength.

Your Saving Grace.

For He Alone is The One you will answer to. Not the money, the good, clothes or friends. but God alone.

He is The One Who Cleansed You from your sins.

The One Who Saved You From all your fears.

He is The One Who is Forever.

And your Resting place for all eternity.

Pray this with me:

Help me Lord to stop chasing things that don’t mean or matter much and start seeking the life You have prepared for us. God, I love you. Thank you for placing eternity in my heart so I can seek and have the pleasure of knowing You and Your Ways for all eternity.

In Jesus Name, I pray Lord,

Amen.

I love you all.

Remember the things of this life can’t support us or fill us..it’s only God who will.

Amarachi

*All verses are from NASB Translation*

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

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

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

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

Worth Waiting For

I read in an email the other day…
“There is purpose in the waiting season. God is trying to produce something in your character and heart that will help you better steward and take care of what He has for you at the end of this waiting.

Listen to what James says: “Consider it nothing but joy, my [a]brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. 3 Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4 AMP).

Don’t let the growth in your waiting period be destroyed by worry and fear.

Don’t ask “Why God” ask “What, God, are you trying to teach me?”‘ —Jamal Miller, Married & Young Ministries

Be encouraged. Whatever you’re waiting for….

Your waiting is not for nothing. Take care if yourself and keep the faith. God rewards your obedience and diligence in the Lord.

I love you all.

Have an amazing time with the Lord this week.

God bless you,

Amarachi