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This past week i have been reflecting on “God’s Will” a lot - a term very commonly used in the Christian Community. So common that you would think God’s will is very easy and always comfortable. • • Surely He is God(all knowing, all powerful, mighty) so his will must be comfortable and fun right? Joke’s on me😩. Sometimes in His will is when you will cry the most, when you will lose your mind, you will pray but things actually get harder😂 sometimes doors will be closed more than they will be opened lol. - - • A. W Tozer, the author of “Pursuit of God”puts it this way “it is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until until He has hurt him deeply”. When i think about this quote i remember Paul who was in God’s will yet encountered one persecution after the other, then there was Abraham who did not see a promise fulfilled until 20+ years later, David who kept fighting for his life even though he was blessed i.e anointed King at an early age. • • - God will not stop every difficulty just because you are in His will. Sometimes His will means having a Goliath infront you, a Judas Iscariot, even a Peter who will deny you at the 11th hour. Heck!! sometimes being in His will is when you will lose everything like Job. • • - • His will doesn’t mean every “bad” thing is from the devil. Did you hear God tell Moses “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart”. Ain’t that funny? The same God performing the signs and wonders to free His people was responsible for Pharaoh’s hardened heart lol. What does that tell you? - He is Savage sometimes😂 - - This walk is a sacrificial walk, you will be stretched, disciplined and refined by His Fire - Oh how that burns and hurts deeply sometimes. Infact, you may have a sense of near drowning. it is a tough place to be and you may find yourself wanting to throw in the towel like Jonah(I stopped giving Jonah the side eye👀 😂. He is not a bad guy, this thing is hard man!) • • - - But no matter how uncomfortable it is, to be saved means to be dedicated so we have to be willing to submit to His process - whatever it takes to produce real and resilient faith. - - I will end this post with Pauls words “I DIE DAILY” (1 Corinthians 15:31)

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Because red is always a classy and sophisticated way to do a pop of color especially when done with black.❤️

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This is called the |THRIFT SLAY| - When you are looking expensive😀 in a thrifted fit. Sweater Jacket: thrifted Belt: thrifted Crossbody bag: Forever21

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It is very easy to focus on the HERE and NOW because this world is filled with temporary excitements. We can’t help that this world encourages us to take the short view - HERE, NOW. In a society where “success” is characterized by what is seen, we are tempted to think that “This is it”. Even though the Lord makes us aware of the fact that a time and a day is coming when all this(here, Now) will pass away. But i guess we (myself included) would rather shy away from that reality because we like to “feel good” and we enjoy personal gratification. — But if you profess to be a Christian and a child of God then it is necessary to take a long view. So Today i humbly ask you to reflect on this question; - • - DO I LIVE WITH ETERNITY IN MIND? : : : : “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭2:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Last week i was just in a blah mood, feeling so unmotivated. I struggled through my prayer time and God seemed so far, beyond my reach. • • • By Friday i realized that i simply wasn’t being honest with my feelings. No matter how hard we try, God simply doesn’t accept the lie - that is not who is. The world may but God will never. You can’t fake it till you make it with Him - it defeats His call to surrender to Him. I thought maybe if i go to my prayer room and just do what i do i will be ok. • • - - There are so many names used to describe God/His nature and believe it or not you can experience Him through all of His names if you are willing to be open, vulnerable and honest. On Saturday I was in the elevator by myself and i just started talking to Him - The beauty of His presence is the fact that it is not limited to time or space. Somewhere in my talking i just let it out that i was not excited or looking forward to 2019. Ha! After i said it i was like ooops😩 But i kept going...i just could not help myself or my mouth 😀 I wish i could write the whole experience but caption limit won’t let me be great😄However if you asked for a few words to describe my experience on Saturday i would say refreshing, empowering and comforting. • • • But you know how God does “weird” stuff lol so it did not just end there. On Sunday a friend texted me that she was burdened about 2019. She was basically feeling exactly how i felt. She said “He led me to you”. I laughed because i knew why. I was able to give her the refreshing and peace the Lord gave me. What would have happened if i had not been honest with God the day before? I probably would not have experienced His power enough to even pour out to this friend. - - - A relationship with God allows Him to meet you at the point of your need for Him. It is not about how “christian” you look on the outside, it is about your personal relationship and encounters with Him. The greatest comfort in life is having a soul that constantly gazes on a saving God.

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One of my greatest fears in life is missing Him - His voice, His direction, His Will, His plan, His way, His purpose. So everyday i wakeup with a new thirst for Him. If i have to miss everything else for Him👌🏽👌🏽But if i have to gain everything else and miss him , it’s simply not worth it for me. • • • • “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭8:36-38‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Me: I want Abs Also Me: Dreaming about crepes i had last month🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️ It’s a long shot but i’m hopeful😩🤣😄😄 : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : . . . . . . #christiancreative #christianlifestyle #boldbraveyou #faithfilledcaptions #lifestyleblogger #womenintheword #foodie #faithblogger #ootdinspo #fashiondiaries #ootd #christianinfluencer #bloggerstyle #ootdfashion #styleblogger #flashesofdelight #streetfashionstyle #streetchic #christianwoman #microinfluencer #deeplyrooted #blackgirlswhoblog #lifestylebloggers #fashiondaily #ootd #lookoftheday #shereadstruth

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I do not believe in myself, i believe in GOD. • • Self-love quotes and messages got us feeling like we can do whatever we want. But 🗣🗣doing whatever you want is a hinderance to your walk with God. We are a generation that hates to be offended. We twist the truth to suit our canal lifestyle because the unadulterated truth(THE WORD) hurts and it confronts the worldly patterns within us, It is NOT biblical to exalt self. The word of God must always offend and confront the worldliness within you. It is the only way you can be truly transformed - - • • “And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it”. - Luke 9:23-24 ESV #shewritestruth #christculturedwoman

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Fun Fact : THERE IS NOTHING IN THE CUP. - But you would never have known if i did not tell you. Social media platforms capture moments - some are real and some are not, so you will be doing yourself a great disservice if you compare your reality to single momentary shots. Life ain’t perfect for all of us - We all have fun, good and memorable moments. But guess what? We also have real life struggles we may not put out there. • • These platforms give the idea of *immediacy* - by looking at a single shot you are tempted to think that Life just happened for people. I love the fact these platforms can be used positively to impact people but don’t allow them to create jealous and ungrateful behavior over illusions. • • • People can choose to be transparent or not (They do NOT owe it to you) but YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO BE TRUE TO WHO YOU ARE. You alone are responsible for your process. This is a dangerous place to seek validation, affirmation and acceptance - because sometimes things ain’t real. Nobody has time to capture themselves struggling - i mean i don’t have the time to capture myself crying (who does that?), i just wonna cry in peace lol 😭😩😩. But naturally it is much more easier to capture a shot of me happy and pretending to be drinking coffee. - - As i type this i am looking a mess with no makeup, messy hair, but guess what? I am posting what makes my feed “nice”. ——- Just like you can be rich on Monopoly(i always wished that game could be real😂) without being actually rich; you can also have a “perfect” life on social media even when your reality ain’t that perfect. • • Engage, Interact but Inform your thinking! And be more captivated with Christ and your purpose. 💕 #shewritestruth

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One thing i love about intimacy with God is the fact that my joy and peace is not tied to anything but Him. I am content and satisfied with whatever the Lord gives me because He is enough. • • • • “Contentment is not by addition but by subtraction: seeking to add a thing will not bring contentment. Instead subtracting from your desires until you are satisfied with only Christ brings contentment”. - Jeremiah Burroughs.

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Me: What is the difference between chai latte and latte? Host: Chai Everybody(Me + Hubby+ Host) : 🤣🤣🤣 Host: i think you should try it, i will give you a refund if you don’t like it Me: Tries it 😋😋 Greedy Me: Orders a second cup (Judge me all you want 🤣) Husband: WOW! Can’t take you nowhere🤣 Host: i guess you loved it then Me: Yes! I think i’ve found my signature drink for the cold💃💃💃💃 • • Long story short, i tried chai latte for the first time few weeks ago and i loved it. —————- Have a lovely Saturday and Oh! Happy New Month💕

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Once upon a time, this tree was so beautiful with pink flowers. I would walk to it in the mornings just to pluck some flowers for my vase and flatlays. Now it stands bare with no leaves or beautiful flowers to pluck but i still appreciate what it did for me in the spring and summer. I know what this tree is capable of producing(beautiful pink flowers) even though it is in a hard season right now, so i am looking forward to the future (spring/summer). ————— • • No season is meant to stretch into a lifetime. Sometimes we deny ourselves the joy and beauty in our seasons because we believe that we are going stay there for a lifetime. But today i am thankful for the different seasons i have encountered in my life. In some seasons like my current season, it is hard to allow the mind, body and spirit to fully cycle through but thank God for grace and strength. • • —————- Your life changes with seasons and though some seasons are hard and feel eternal each one births something - it could be strength, creativity, love, patience, kindness, etc. My seasons made me who i am - A girl who is resilient. • • ✨ ——— Your personal struggle and chaos are not permanent. Each season gives way to the next. You will be OK. Embrace your seasons.❤️ ——————————————-

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Pure deliciousness in a glass. One of my favorite things to make is Parfaits. Made this Chia Yoghurt Parfait with Homemade Cinnamon Granola for breakfast😋😋 The layers are granola, coconut flakes, raspberries, cherries and blackberries - - Quick Skillet Granola Recipe👇🏽👇🏽 I cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats. 1/2 Cup Walnuts - (or other nut of your choice). I/2 Cup Dried Cranberries (or any dried fruit of your choice). 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (or honey) for sweetness I teaspoon cinnamon. Pinch of salt ———— ✨✨✨ Directions: Mix all ingredients(oats, walnuts, cranberries, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt) in a large bowl. Place a skillet/pan on a stove over medium heat. Melt coconut oil (you can substitute with butter). Stir in mixed ingredients. Continue moving mixture around in the pan until it starts to turn golden brown. Cook and stir for 5 mins or so. Transfer to baking sheet to cool. * * * : : : : : : : : : : #healthyrecipes #healthylifestyle #healthybreakfast #christianlifestyle #faithfilledcaptions #lifestyleblogger #womenintheword #girlswhoblog #faithblogger #ootdinspo #fashiondiaries #ootd #christianinfluencer #bloggerstyle #ootdfashion #styleblogger #flashesofdelight #streetfashionstyle #streetchic #christianwoman #microinfluencer #deeplyrooted #blackgirlswhoblog #foodpic #foodphotograpy #beautifulcuisines #foodstagram #foodshare #mjbfoodshare #foodspiration

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Be the best version of yourself by growing through what you go through. Every path has obstacles, but it is up to you to continue walking trusting and believing that God will perfect all that concerns you. • • - - “The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” Psalms‬ ‭138:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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When i was a child there was one statement my mum used to make every time i had an attitude about not getting what i wanted. She would say “I can’t give you everything and only God can be enough”. • • Of course as a kid, it was the last thing i wanted to hear - my mindset was; you can afford it so just give me what i want and let’s call it a day😩😩. - - Now as a grown woman with everything i have experienced that statement has proven to be True - ONLY GOD CAN BE ENOUGH. - - Nothing can satisfy like He does. We don’t have to wait for things to get bad, for everything we put our hope in to disappoint before we start we reaching for God - God should be enough for you in EVERY season. Sometimes we treat God like an ATM machine, where we only make withdrawals(prayer requests) when we you need Him or when things get bad. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “Pray without ceasing” (a very short but powerful scripture). it means have a consistent, constant and continuous relationship with God. We have to cultivate a spirit that is habitually aware and receptive of the presence of God. - - As a child i did not want to hear that statement from my mum, maybe because her timing was off😀 - a child just wants what they want😬😬. But as a grown woman all i desire is for God to be enough for Me. - Beth Moore puts it this way; “Blessed are those who need God enough to know him enough to know He’s enough”. • : : : : : : . . . . . #christianwoman #christianlifestyle #boldbraveyou #faithfilledcaptions #lifestyleblogger #christianliving #girlswhoblog #faithblogger #ootdinspo #fashiondiaries #ootd #christianinfluencer #bloggerstyle #ootdfashion #styleblogger #flashesofdelight #godlywoman #streetfashionstyle #streetchic #shewritestruth #shetheroar #microinfluencer #deeplyrooted #blackgirlswhoblog #lifestylebloggers #fashiondaily #ootdfashion #fashionable #fashionaddict #browngirlbloggers #styleblogger #christculturedwoman

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