Faith affirmations for personal transitions

It was April 15th, 1991, I stepped into my current employer’s office ready to start my first day on the job.  It was my second real job after College.  The doors of the Grenada Development Bank opened to me in so many ways.  I did not know then what I know now, I was green, not even twenty yet, a bit naive but eager to excel.  I count it a great blessing to be employed consistently at the same place for such a long time; I have heard others talk about experiencing depression as a result of not being able to find a job for up to one year or suddenly losing the one they had.  In some cases these persons were treated unfairly by their former employers.  This was not my experienced, God blessed me with economical stability.

Twenty-seven years later and I am exiting the place I spent thousands of hours, the place where I dedicated most of my work life.  Yes, I am moving on, transitioning from one job to another.  I have been there for so long, it feels strange to leave.   I feel so indebted, grateful, touched, honoured and so much more, to have been part of this Institution’s amazing journey through life, 20 years plus.  After being a part of an organisation’s transformation from a doubtful future to bright hopes and vision, I cannot be any less but grateful.  As an employee moving through the ranks,  I  had great moments, not so great moments and those in between but every experience taught me something valuable.

What warms me the most is the fact that I saw God walk with me through all these years, teaching me how to listen, showing me where I need to develop, drawing me to the company I need to keep and planting in my heart the desire for excellence.   It was a desire that kept my eyes fixed on the fact that my job was a gift from God and He was worthy to receive the recognition for every little bitty witty of success I achieve.  He walked with me and I sought to let him hold my hand and lead me, most of the times.

As I sat on my bed this morning, I felt a bit overwhelmed and disturbed to a lesser extent;  I believe it was a combination of the fact that I need to get a number of tasks completed before I depart and that there is a need to be extra careful about allowing anxiety in others to distort my calm demeanor.  There is an extra urge to allow God to influence my planning, doing and saying; I am concerned about leaving right and leaving tall.  My journey ends at my current work-home on November 9th, 2018.  I need my Lord to continue walking with me.

So this extra thrust is being matched with a desire to lean on the everlasting arms of  God, to rest on his shoulder, and to listen closely to every prompt, every cautionary note, and every empowering word.

In seeking God to take me through the last few days, I received affirming words of faith in my heart and I started to write.  The outcome was six affirmations, all of which are shared below for your encouragement:

  1. He (God) will never leave me, never, never.
  2. I can speak with Him (God) when I want to.
  3. He promises to keep me in a peaceful state when I trust him to work it out.
  4. There is no weapon so powerful that he (God) cannot stop it from harming me.
  5. He (God) promises to give me wisdom, there is no limitation to the amount.
  6. When I need to be comforted He extends his love to remind me that I am His.

These six statements did it for me!   I felt empowered.  You see while they are not actual verses  quoted they all come directly from the Word of God where immense power lies.

Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God  who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations”

These six affirmations are my testimony.  God does it for real friends!

Care to comment, would love if you would share what God’s word means to you.

Everyone should be chasing after God’s peace!

Have you ever noticed how many verses in the Bible speak about Peace?

You see, in order to pursue God’s purpose in your life, you need stability, confidence, a sound mind and a clear vision and healthy relationships.   God’s Peace allows us to have all these and more.

Tap into God’s peace daily by reading and meditating on God’s word and talking to him through-out the day about everything that concerns you.

Here are some verses to get you hooked on God’s peace:

Proverbs 16:7

“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

Psalm 37:11

“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

Psalm 119:165

“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

Romans 5: 1-5

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”

Philippians  4: 6&7

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

These are just some of the verses that would wake you up and help you realise that choosing a healthy relationship with God has awesome benefits.

Real, lasting, peace can be yours today, but you must be willing to let go of the unhealthy practices, habits and relationships that are feeding you conflict, torment and fear.  Instead embrace God’s word daily and allow him to guide you towards a life of true peace that even when storms arise, you would confidently walk through it, knowing that the Master of the sea is by your side.

You can’t pursue God’s purpose for your life if you do not know his Peace!.

Know God, Know Peace!

Discover a new Song! Song Scouting

I like sharing things that work for me.   Have you ever heard about song scouting?  Well, it’s no big promoted activity, it is simply searching for songs that you never heard before and listening to them for the first time.   I like scouting for songs when I need to relax a bit; when I wish to be refreshed in my spirit, and there is that stir within me to just bask in God’s goodness, on his character and on his promises.  

When I go song scouting, I would listen to a few songs and then, not too long after, I would hit “play” for the last time, because this time, the song I am listening too has caught my attention, some-how it connects with me and my story and my experiences.

Song scouting, is fun, I love the excitement of finding that new song; there is a thrill about it. Many times, it is a song that I can enjoy singing as well, or I can see myself ministering the said song to others. It is also rewarding to go deeper, researching the song and finding out about the Writer, his walk with God, and the story behind the song, I just fell in love with.  Recently, I scouted, and I found “As it is (In Heaven)” by Hillsong.     I love this song very much.  It speaks to me!  It’s now my newest favourite.

Let me say that many of these songs have ministered to me, and I am truly grateful to experience a true free spirit of Worship.   Contemporary worship has really helped me to relate to God on a deeper level that allows me to be broken and intimate at his feet.

Whenever you go song scouting, be sure to listen to the words carefully, try to understand the context or the story line and ask yourself, “Is this song in line with the Word of God?”

Here are the words of my newest favourite.

Verse 1
Whether now or then
Death is not my end
I know heaven waits for me
Though the road seems long
I’ll never walk alone
I’ve got all I need to sing

Pre-Chorus
I know You love me
I know You found me
I know You saved me
And Your grace will never fail me
And while I’m waiting
I’m not waiting
I know heaven lives in me

Verse 2
Should I suffer long
This is not my home
I know heaven waits for me
Though the night is dark
Heaven owns my heart
I’ve got all I need to sing

Chorus
So I will sing like I will there
In the fearless light of glory
Where the darkness cannot find me
And Your face is all I see
I will sing like a man
With no sickness in my body
Like no prison walls can hold me
I will sing like I am free

Bridge 1
I’ll sing holy holy
My heart cries holy
As it is in heaven
It is in me

Bridge 2
We’ll sing holy holy
The earth cries holy
As it is in heaven
So let it be

This song was written by Joel Houston and Ben Fielding.  This is the YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So97pmyDbVw

Joel Houston is the son of Brian and Bobbie Houston, Founders of Hillsong Church.  He is a Song Writer and Pastor.

Ben Fielding is an Australian born worship leader and songwriter. Some of his songs include
“Mighty to Save”, “This I believe”, “God is Able” and “Anchor”.

 

Worship Expressions – Seeking God!

My God, I need you!   I need you desperately!   My soul longs for your presence. Stay close by, Oh Awesome God!  Wrap me in your arms and breathe upon me.

Oh, awesome God, everything I am is because of you, I don’t want to be without you. You are my inspiration, when doubt sneaks up on me, you lovingly whisper in my ear. “When you are  weak, I’ll give you strength.”

My God, oh how I need you!    I need you constantly!  My heart longs for your comfort.  Stay close by, Oh Awesome God! Saturate me with your substance and renew my mind.

Matchless! Supreme! Master! Every minute is deserving of your PRAISE.  I seek to honour you only.

You are my motivation, when lies seek to redefine who you said I am, you lovingly remind me of my value.   You are always there!

I worship you!!

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The first two persons to subscribe and to get three (3) other people to subscribe will receive one of the lovely necklaces in the featured picture above.   This first offer is extended to readers in my home country, Grenada! Don’t worry, there will be other offers for other destinations.

Before I tell you how you can get this special offer, let me tell you more about the items being offered:

The pendants of the featured necklaces were hand-made by Roland Benjamin, a contemporary visual Artist, who is from Grenada.  He creates art using valuable resources that we find in our environment.  Roland believes in the power of creative ingenuity and design, and has a passion for working with wood, leather and other fine precious metal.

The Pendant on the left is made of White Cedar, decorated with Wilks’ (Sea Snails) Shells, with a strip of leather at the top.  The pieces are tied together using copper wire. The Pendant on the right is made of Campeche Wood, with a Ring of Coral and again Wilks’ Shells.  The pieces are tied together using stainless steel.

When I saw these pendants, I thought they were beautiful and I decided, while I would love to keep them, I would rather enjoy the thrill of giving them away.  So, with the help of “This and That” Craft Shop in Grenada, I added silk twine to the one on the left and a suede chord to the one on the right, with rings and clasps, making them into exquisite necklaces.  I really love them, and I hope whoever is blessed to get them would love them and take  very good care of them.   The pieces of wood (white Cedar & Campeche) can be maintained by applying a little mineral oil every now and them.

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Worship Expressions: A heart like yours

I desperately want to know you more.

My heart is always in need of your fixing,

your melting and your molding.

Could my heart be like your heart?

It’s my desire, so I press on!

Your heart is full of compassion,

unconditional love and patience!

Oh, how I desire to be like you!

I meditate upon my bed and I think

of how good and awesome you are!

You are the Good, Good, Father and we can run to you, day or night.

I am amazed of your love for me.

I shall pursue you, because in you I see everything

that makes me feel complete and fulfilled.

You are enough for me and I praise you and exalt you!

I worship and adore you, bowing my knees before you!

Only you deserve such worship!

King over all, excellence surround you.

You are glorious and mighty; your splendor engulfs me

and I am in awe of your presence.

I seek to know you more, to be like you, my heart, reflecting yours!

Worship Expressions – Saviour

 

He was wounded for me and it is touching to admit; he did it all for me.   What a demonstration of LOVE, Sacrificial, selfless love.  For me He endured the pain, the mockery and the shame.

I sing today, I sing out loud, He Arose! My Saviour Lives today!

I worship a Saviour who has gone to the deepest depths to redeem man.   I serve a Saviour who risked it all for me.

It is a Saviour with such love that I speak about, sing about, and shout about.

A Holy God left his glorious comfortable home in heaven and stepped into man’s corrupt environment to connect with us, to reach us and rescue us from a path of destruction.  He desires to call us his children, he wants our company, our fellowship and our worship. I worship a Saviour who has walked this Earth, experienced our pain and resisted temptation.

It is a Saviour with such love that I speak about, sing about and shout about.

He was betrayed by the Evil one, delivered to those who accused him falsely. He was beaten mercilessly, still he came to extend mercy.  I worship a Saviour who extends Grace to every man, woman and child.

It is a Saviour with such love that I speak about, sing about, and shout about.

So, for me, Easter is not just a memory, it is not just an exciting, religious moment, but it is a reminder of how great a gift I have received, ONLY because my God and Saviour dared to stoop so low, from heaven’s glory to earth’s corrupt domain.  He accepted our faults, our sins as his own, He took the Blame.

Because of such sacrificial love, I can choose to follow Christ and not be controlled by the Devil.   I can choose to be free from fear, resentment and anything from my past, that may keep me back from experiencing meaningful living.

I can worship a Saviour who loves me enough to die for me and I know that he is interested in my affairs, in spending time with me, in helping me to grow and to overcome every obstacle that comes my way.   I can experience true intimacy with the most powerful being of this universe.

I am certainly thankful for what he’s done, what he has given up.

He is truly Saviour of this world and His name is Jesus, the Resurrected King!

WORSHIP EXPRESSIONS! Creator & King

Oh Lord, early in the morning you are there!

I feel you in the warm sunshine,

caressing my face, reminding me that you exist.

You exist before all men existed;

before the very beginning of this earth you were there!

You are the beginning.   In you all things live and move!

There is no one who compares to you;

your foundation is before all ages!

God of all Ages!

The Universe obeys your voice.  Let there be light and there was light!

Indeed!

You command all things as you please!

The seas obey you, keeping their boundaries!

You can cause the waters to roar or you can say

“peace be still”.

The skies obey you, spreading its beauty above the land,

displaying your heavenly beauty.

The trees and the flowers display your delicate splendor,

and your care for even the temporary things.

The Animals reflect your thoughtfulness, and consideration for man

and the beautiful space he lives in.

You are the most creative being!  Father of Creation!

Your hands are full of greatness!

Your power and your might are Amazing!

My Creator and My King!

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