National Mercy Week Begins Today

 

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Mercy…a beautiful quality that we all should have as human beings,not just today and the duration of “Mercy Week” but certainly everyday!

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The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven, Upon the place beneath.

What Portia was saying in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is that mercy should flow naturally from the human heart. I find the word “mercy” a little difficult, but liken it to “compassion” – a quality that I wish we had more of in our hearts… and, as the Sisters of Mercy say, in our actions too.

Please see more details on Jamaica’s National Mercy Week, below…

National Mercy Week begins today, September 24.  Last year, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen made a Proclamation that each year the week in which Mercy Day, September 24 falls, will be National Mercy Week. This was in response to an appeal from the Sisters of Mercy, who noted that it is not enough to feel compassion, as it is action that will relieve the world’s…

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“…Seventy Times Seven…”

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Blessings my Beloved,

I pray you and your family are safe following the devastation of Hurricane Irma.My prayers go out to our neighbours in the Caribbean and surrounding areas who were directly impacted by her rampage.

Disasters like these cause us as humans to remember our frailty. It also brings us face to face with the fact that God is ultimately in control, however there are some things that we can choose.Decisions like whether to heed hurricane warnings and flee for our lives, or refuse to listen and perish are entirely up to us.

This brings me to a topic  that has been on my heart for sometime now…Forgiveness.

You see Beloved,forgiveness is a conscious, deliberate decision we make to  release feelings of resentment or revenge toward someone who has hurt us, whether we think that one deserves clemency or not.

Can I be totally honest with you though sis? This is something that I struggled with  personally for several years!

I really thought that pardon should be granted based on the offender’s indication of remorse, but careful observation of the Word of God would have me know that this is between myself and God,and not necessarily the third person.This is explained in Matthew 5:23-24 (NLT),

So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.

Not only that, but our forgiveness from God is dependent on our forgiveness of  others! In Luke 11:13,The Lord taught His disciples to pray in this regard:

Forgive us our sins,
as we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

Forgiving someone does not mean downplaying the wrong they have done us or the intensity of the hurt they have caused.In fact,for us to really forgive someone we must fully accept what that person has done before deciding to let it go.

I can tell you though Beloved,as hard as it is to really let go,it is one of the most liberating experiences!

It brings a level of  joy and peace of mind that is simple inexplicable.When you reach that point where the person no longer has a hold over you…when you realise they no longer have the power to alter your mood…when you  can take an experience that was once too horrible to put into words and make it into life’s greatest lesson….that is the power of forgiveness.

Joseph experienced this,in Genesis  50:19-21.He realised that even though what his brothers did to him was evil,everything worked out for good in the end.God is able to bring forth a good thing out of a very bad situation…that is why He is God!

Beloved,unforgiveness is not something for us to cherish.It is something that destroys us from the inside out…slowly but surely stunting our spiritual growth.

We must allow God to transform our hearts and minds so that we begin to see each other as human beings with limitations…we are all subject to mistakes…we all cause each other hurt or heartbreak at some point.

Think about it my darling,we cause God so much heartbreak and yet we still expect Him to forgive us…so what about our own brothers and sisters?

The Grace of God will have us know that we do not deserve forgiveness more than anyone else.We all sin and come short of His glory,therefore we really have no authority to refuse mercy.

It is not the offender we are destroying but our own selves.We must  begin to see people as more than just the offense they committed.

I will leave you to ponder on Romans 12:21 for a moment, the only way we can overcome evil is by responding with good.Fire cannot fight fire,that is why we use water…

My dear sis,we must make a decision.Hold on to the hurt to our own detriment or let it go for our own benefit…I choose the latter… How about you Beloved?

I am your sister,

Kera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“…Power Under Control”

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When you think of humility, what comes to your mind?

If you immediately think of a wimp or a doormat who has no opinion of his or her own, then I am happy to inform you that you are sadly mistaken!

The general misconception is that a humble person must be reserved or quiet ; this is not necessarily the case. I will have you know that a reserved person can be full of pride while a humble person can be very expressive.Often when someone says something we do not like,we may not respond verbally but in our hearts we would have drawn and quartered that person many times over…

You see Beloved,being humble is not so much about how we appear on the outside;it is something that first begins in our heart,then manifests in our  general attitude and demeanor .

Meekness is not to be confused with cowardice or lack of conviction either.It is  a quality that requires much strength and courage from an individual,the kind that can only come from constant interaction with God through fervent prayer and meditation on His Word.

Jesus Christ was humility personified and He was certainly no wimp.Undoubtedly,the greatest example of humility ever witnessed by mankind  was when He willingly laid down His life for us so we might ultimately  live. Philippians 2:6-8 summed it up for us:

Who, being in very nature God,
 did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
 rather, he made himself nothing
 by taking the very nature of a servant,
 being made in human likeness.
 And being found in appearance as a man,
 he humbled himself
 by becoming obedient to death—
 even death on a cross!

In the words of John MacArthur,“Meekness is not weakness; it is power under control.”

Indeed,careful observation of scripture will reveal that meekness produces exponential benefits for the individual while pride attracts dire consequences.

In Acts 12:21,the writer gave us a very poignant reminder of this when he recounted the story of  King Herod who was eaten by worms because he refused to give due glory to God.I want you to note very carefully my darling that he did not necessarily give a verbal response to the adulation of the people but in his heart he was lifted up in pride.He chose to revel in the glory that was due only to God and as such he  met his ultimate demise.

We are reminded also in Luke 14:11 that if we glorify ourselves we will certainly be brought low but if we remain humble we will be elevated.

Beloved,I do not want to fall into King Herod’s trap at all.I have to ask God daily to help me to always have an attitude of humility. I have come to the realisation that if we really have a relationship with God then we cannot be full of pride.

You see, the closer we get to God is the more we see ourselves. We see our limitations, we see how insignificant we are in comparison to His magnificence and we also see how much we are valued and loved by Him. The realisation that He loves us so much knowing that we can offer Him NOTHING in return is what ultimately humbles us.

Therefore,anyone who has experienced the Grace of God firsthand cannot be full of pride. When we really come in contact with His  Grace it brings us to our knees before Him,at this point all trace of pride disappears.

After all Beloved,what do we have to praise our own selves for? Can we do anything at all without God? If there is even a shred of good in us,it is all due to Him!

We simply cannot deny that humility is certainly one of the hallmarks of  a true child of God…Think about it,If Jesus Himself could be humble,then what about us?

I pray this ministers to your heart…Have a blessed week my sister.

With all my love,

I am your sister

Kera

 

 

“As a Woman Thinketh…”

 

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Greetings to you my sister,

Do you find yourself struggling with feelings of doubt, anxiety, confusion or depression? Do you sometimes have difficulty sleeping as a result of overthinking?

If you do, then you are most certainly not alone!

I recently went through an episode where I just felt so low in my spirit… primarily because I just felt like my life was not headed in the right direction. I thought to myself, “I am not in the job I want to be in, I am renting when I should be in my own home, I am not doing the things I should be doing, I am not going the places I should be going…” I spent many hours awake when I should be sleeping just so worried about my future…

I almost broke down at work one day when God sent help through the encouraging words of a Beloved sister.

You see, Beloved it is in our minds that the fiercest battles are fought! As a result, we have to be extremely careful what we allow to get in. Quite often we become depressed because we let our guards down and so we are not thinking on the right things. This is precisely why we were exhorted by the Apostle Peter,

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ… 1 Peter 1:13 KJV.

As women, it is incumbent upon us to take control of our own thoughts…Just as how we recognise the need to regulate our diet to avoid chronic life threatening diseases like Cancer, Diabetes and Hypertension, so too must we deliberately feed our minds a balanced diet of positive, spiritually uplifting food.

We must consciously avoid mental toxins and free radicals that are a direct threat to our own mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Becoming what we think is not necessarily an instant magical process…it happens gradually. The thoughts that occupy our minds daily, combined with the principles we have been taught from childhood, are what essentially shape our worldview which then determine how we deal with challenges and also how we make decisions.

Once I discovered how damaging an unhealthy mental diet could be, I stopped listening to some of the music that I listened to, I no longer watch some of the movies I watched previously, and I am now very conscious of the people I allow to speak into my spirit…

The persons that we associate ourselves with, especially those we choose to take advice from are in direct correlation to how successful we will become.

You may be thinking to yourself, how do I still have a positive mindset in a world that is so full of negativity and toxicity? Let me answer your question Beloved…daily devotion spent with God plays a crucial role in this; we must spend time meditating on The Word of God if we are to keep our minds free from junk and clutter.

Paul in Romans 12:1 wrote,

“Be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

I cannot over emphasise how critical this is! The secret to living a victorious life therefore is first having a victorious mindset…

If we choose right thoughts, pure thoughts and positive thoughts then the inevitable result will be, right action, pure action and positive action.

What are you thinking about Beloved?

 

I am your sister,

Kera

 

 

 

 

WELCOME!

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Hello Beloved!

Welcome to my blog! It was so nice of you to stop by…

Are you looking for encouragement? Are you seeking inspiration? Do you sometimes feel alone in the struggle as you try to find your footing? Well,you have come to the right place!

We live in  a world that is so full of negativity,so much toxicity…It really breaks my heart to see the strong spirit of competition among the sisters.I firmly believe that I do not need to extinguish anyone’s light for mine to shine…in fact, if I can help a sister to shine then that will make my light shine brighter!

Too often we struggle alone because we believe we are the only one going through a particular situation…I have been there… I can tell you though that there have been times in my Christian walk where I felt like I was at my breaking point and a simple word of advice,a warm hug, or a well placed rebuke made all the difference in the world.

I hope to use this medium to share my experiences from a Christian woman’s perspective in the hope that this will strengthen,uplift, motivate and empower you….

Please feel free to leave your comments,follow and subscribe! Also share and encourage another sister…

With all my love,

Your sister,

Kera

You are Beloved!

True Beauty Defined…

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B.E.A.U.T.Y… When you think of beauty, what comes to your mind? Perhaps you think straight face, thin lips, aquiline nose…flat stomach, evenly proportioned body or curvaceous hips, flowing hair, luscious lips… Certainly that is what we see being portrayed via the media, on the billboards and almost everywhere else…

Daily we are bombarded with different variations of what the society deems beautiful and sometimes we find ourselves competing with that image.More often than not, the general notion is that  those who do not fit the ‘acceptable’ profile is supposedly woefully inadequate. But can I tell you today that beauty in it’s truest sense is far deeper than that?

Based on God’s definition, having a beautiful heart, mind and spirit is far more valuable.His Word reminds us that our “ beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of [our] inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” (1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV.)

Sure, a luminous smile is always a plus but no beauty shines brighter than a God-like heart! Isn’t it liberating to know that you do not have to subscribe to the world’s standard or model? The God who created us gives us the assurance that “He beautifies the meek with salvation.” (Psalm 149:4 KJV)

Having struggled with low esteem for most of my life, I am so glad that the world does not define me.I have come to the realisation that I will never satisfy their impossible standard anyway…but  guess what? that is ab-so-lute-Ly FINE with me!!!  Psalm 139:14  constantly reassures me that I am  “fearfully and wonderfully made,” therefore I do not need society’s approval…Isn’t that amazing?!

Moreover,man’s general concept of beauty is flawed.I say this because our interpretation of beauty is focused mainly outwards ; we fail to understand that the true essence of a person is his/her soul…the part of us that we cannot “see”…we are quick to focus on aesthetics…what is pleasing to the eye.I am sure you have heard the saying before, ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’; however, Solomon would have us know in Proverbs 31: that “…Beauty is vain,” but “a woman who fears the Lord,she shall be praised.”

In essence then,our interpretation of what is attractive is really meaningless.Have you ever looked at woman probably in her 70s or 80s and thought,oh my gosh! she must have been really beautiful when she was young! you see my sister,outer beauty is really fleeting…it only lasts for a time.I do not only want to look ‘pretty on someone’s phone screen’… I want that untainted,unspoilt,unfading beauty that can only come from God .

How do we attain to His standard of beauty? by daily building our relationship with Him! Gradually, He will purify,refine and mold  us into His likeness.There is no beautician or stylist as skilled as God Himself! He alone can groom the soul and whatever is on the inside must manifest on the outside…this is where  true beauty lies my sister…the kind that just exudes the Grace of God…the kind that resonates with everyone we come in contact with…I want to get there,how about you beloved?

Let Him beautify you today! God bless you beautiful! Keep sweet in Jesus…

From your sister,

Kera

With all my love…

 

 

 

“Apple of His Eye”

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Dear phenomenal lady,

First and foremost, know that you are beautiful, you are far more valuable than the world’s most precious jewels, and most of all, you are Beloved of God.

Today, I want to encourage you that you are the “Apple of His eyes;” He is always thinking about you and He always has your best interests at heart. Isn’t that amazing? When I think of the depth of  the love that The Almighty One has for me I find myself in awe…The realisation that God’s love for me is without boundary, without condition leaves me speechless!

My boss may love me because I always arrive on time for work, my parents may love me because I make them proud and my friends may love me because I am great company; perhaps if those conditions were to be removed they would no longer love me…but God loves me just because. He loves me in spite of my faults, in spite of my shortcomings; His love is not dependent on anything of my doing. His love for me is a gift! How can I not love Him in return?

Today, you have that same assurance…I hope this is reason enough for you to put on that beautiful smile, you, yes…you. May the God of heaven bless and keep you continually, may you always remember that you are Beloved!

From Your sister,

Kera (with love)

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