What if we actually Prayed?

Good Morning Beloved,How are you today?

I hope and trust that  you had a good weekend… Mine was quite refreshing,I was able to get some rest in but more significantly I got to do quite a bit of soul searching…

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Lately I have been pondering the importance of Prayer in my own life and in  the life of every human… Every single person on this earth needs to be connected to God who is our life source.

One of the primary ways in which we maintain this connection is through Prayer…for a moment there I was tempted to say sincere prayer but is it really prayer if it’s not sincere?

This brings me to another question… What exactly is Prayer?

Merriam Webster defines it as “an earnest request or wish…”

But is that all it is?

I like this definition from Matt Slick,President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry,

Prayer is the practice of the presence of God.  It is the place where pride is abandoned, hope is lifted, and supplication is made.  Prayer is the place of admitting our need, of adopting humility, and claiming dependence upon God.  Prayer is the needful practice of the Christian.  Prayer is the exercise of faith and hope.  Prayer is the privilege of touching the heart of the Father through the Son of God, Jesus our Lord.

Prayer in essence then is communication with God.It is a deep unpretentious,real,raw exchange with God that involves the pouring out of one’s heart and soul.

Prayer is what  fuels the engine of our souls…

It is a matter of fact that no relationship can thrive without there being communication (by communication I do not mean one person talking,that is a monologue).

Communication involves shared meaning,there must be an exchange,each party must understand and connect with what the other person is saying,even if they do not agree.There must also be Feedback.

A significant aspect of Communication therefore, is listening.

Prayer  includes Listening to the voice of God .It is in our prayer time that God reveals His heart to us ,it is a time of deep intimacy and fellowship  between us and Him.

So if we know all of this,why is it so hard to pray?

  1. Prayer requires effort on our part,it involves reaching after God with everything that we have.Most times we just want a quick fix or a release or a breakthrough but we do not really want to spend time engaging the mind and heart of God
  2. Prayer requires us to be raw,vulnerable,unmasked…when we truly begin to pray,there will be no room for hypocrisy,we come in direct contact with who we truly are…We face the Mirror of God and  we are afraid…
  3. Prayer requires total surrender,we have to let go off pride and the grandiose illusions we have of our selves.In prayer we have to come off our high horse and often fall flat on our face, in a muddled heap or a pool of tears.In prayer we truly realise we are not all that and we release all false sense of control

At this stage of my life,more than ever I realise how desperately I need Prayer.Although we have Corporate  prayer where we all come together at church and send our petitions to God,I’ve come to understand that Personal Prayer time is Key to my own growth and development as a person.

My spiritual life overall is dependent on the strength of my prayer life….

Even Jesus while He walked this earth made it a point of duty to steal away multiple times during the day to pray and we can definitely see the fruits of that in His Ministry.

He changed lives everywhere He went.

For me to truly walk in Purpose,I must Pray…

Beloved,have a great week….I cannot share all that is on my heart in this one post but I hope it is enough for you to ponder…

While you are at it,here are some scriptures to consider :

1 Thessalonians 5:17 King James Version (KJV)Pray without ceasing.”
Matthew 14:23 “And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.”
Luke 6:12″He went of to the mountain to pray and spent the whole night in prayer to God”
Psalm 141:2″Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!”

One moment of time spent in prayer is an investment into eternity…

Pray on Beloved…

Have a blessed week!

A Fresh Start…

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Hello Beloved, Happy New Year!

How have you been ? I trust you are well….

I have decided it is time I came off my hiatus… I am out of excuses to give myself…

Moment of truth… 2019 was perhaps the most chaotic  seasons of my life and I did not handle it well at all.It  has been a real struggle…

I felt like I was stretching myself in every direction,doing everything but not really getting anything done… and I almost lost it…

I have been so disconnected…

But yesterday I was reminded that I need to get back into focus,it is not my job to do everything but I must do what I am called to do. After all,it is not about me…

Struggle is no excuse to abandon purpose…

So where do I go from here?

Yesterday I had a very edifying conversation with a friend,she said something that really stood out to me…

The great thing about beginnings is that you can start anytime…

 

So,here’s to  beginning again…

I am turning over a new leaf…today I am starting over afresh..I will not hold myself hostage to the standards of my past.I will focus on my now and move forward.I will trust God that my future is bright.

 

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Have you been struggling as well? Is there something that you know in your heart of hearts that you should be doing but you are not doing?

It is time to restart,now is all we have so let us be intentional about it…

Just make that first step,God will give you the strength you need to continue…

Let us keep each other in prayer (we need each other).

God bless you beloved,have a very blessed and productive week. May this year be your year of Manifesting Purpose….

All my love,

Kera

When God says NO… dealing with disappointment His way

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Hello Beloved,

How has your week been? Mine has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster but God is good…

I just thought I’d drop by today to leave you a word of encouragement…

Have you ever invested so much (thought,prayer,energy,fiances ,time,etc.) into something only to have it not work out? Doesn’t feel too good right?

How do you deal with God’s no?

Well,I recently had to deal with some great disappointment myself and it wasn’t pleasant…I was actually a little upset at God if am honest…I thought He shouldn’t have let me go through all that stress and put in all that effort since He knew beforehand it wasn’t gonna work out…

But you know what I have come to realise? even in great disappointment ,God is still in control….even in great defeat,we have victory…

…sounds a little paradoxical right? permit me to explain for  a bit…better yet, let’s consider Isaiah 55 : 8-9 (NKJV),

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

The truth is Beloved,our minds are finite…our perception is often very limited to what we can immediately touch,taste,smell,see or feel… God on the other hand,does not operate in limitations…Not only does He know the beginning from the ending but He is in total control of our lives as well.

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This is why the Word of God always implores us to put our Faith and Trust in Him … these both step in where our natural sensual perceptions may fail… quite often what feels like the worst thing to us physically is actually the best thing for us spiritually…yes,even our disappointments!

What if I told you that God allowed them to turn you down because He has something way better in store for you?

Did you know that God wants better for you than you want for your own self? That’s how much He loves you….

Whenever you find that disappointments threaten to cause you   to lose sight of this fact,meditate on Jeremiah 29:11:

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Just remember today that man’s rejection may very well be God’s redirection… that very disappointing phone call or that harsh “No”, may have left you in tears but it could be your greatest turning point yet.

Don’t lose hope,now more than ever,activate your Faith in God,He will show up and right on time too.

It’s time to be still beloved…

Heaven bless you,

Kera

 

 

 

“Gratitude is a MUST…”

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Good morning beloved,

Happy Monday to you! I trust that you had  a very restful weekend and that you are ready to conquer the week ahead by God’s Grace…

I must apologise sincerely for my absence,I know it has been awhile.This is a very hectic season for me but I must be deliberate about my commitment here…Please pray my strength…

Today I just wanted to send a gentle reminder, Do not forget to count your blessings!

We sometimes get so caught up in where we want to get to that we fail to see how far we have come…or rather how far God has taken us… at least that happens to me,can you relate?

Last night the presence of God was so rich in the house and I could not help but begin to reflect on the goodness of God in my life…

Truth is,I am literally walking in answered prayers…

When I look back at my life,my family background,my childhood experiences,my life through to adulthood,I can truly say (like the Apostle Paul), “I am what I am today only because of the Grace of God…”

…my life could have turned out so much differently… Someday I will tell you my story (that’s a promise).

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You know beloved,when I sum it all up,I find that there is no reason not to give thanks… you know why? even the seemingly “bad” experiences are “working together for my good…” according to Romans 8:28… therefore,everything in my life is being Divinely orchestrated by God.I was reminded on Thursday night also that, it is “pressure that will propel me into His purpose.”

Let’s be honest, many of us love to be comfortable but God will have us know that there is no growth to be had in our comfort zones.If God does not turn up the pressure,none of us would move from where we are…

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With that being said, I just want to encourage you today to keep going,though things may be rough,troubles are a necessary part of the journey…things may not be going the way you planned but that’s all a part of God’s plan.

You my love, are blessed beyond measure…as a matter of fact,you would be surprised to know that the same things that you have now and take for granted, are the very things someone else is praying for…

…just take  a moment to think about your life and reflect on the journey that God has brought you through…you’d be amazed!

It’s a little early to “buss a toast…” but I would join with Koffee today and say,”Gratitude is a must!”

Enjoy your week beloved,

Let’s keep each other prayer…

Love,

Kera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Day At a Time…

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Hello there darling…

How are you ? I trust you had a great week…

Mine has been busy,busy,busy! I am truly looking forward to the weekend…

Just thought I’d stop in today and share a thought with you…

As humans we worry so much,we always want to be in control,always want to know what’s next…we don’t know how to live each day as it comes….

I think that mindset really robs us of our peace….

Let’s ponder this passage of scripture from Matthew 5:25-33 for a moment…

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Today I had to meditate on this for awhile and it did bring a sense of calm and peace to my mind…

You know beloved,I think this comes back to trust… if we really trust that God has our back and will take care of us,why do we worry so much? why get flustered? why become so overwhelmed and stressed?

I had to ask myself those questions today… I know the day I let go and learn to take things one day at a time, one step at a time,one task at a time, my mind will be set at ease…

How about you beloved? Are you willing to take things day by day? Do you trust God? Do you really believe that everything will be okay?

The sad thing about it is,we spend so much time and energy worrying and yet it doesn’t benefit us at all…The only thing worrying about the future does is to rob us of experiencing joy in the present.We miss the day to day joys of just living!

Have you ever meditated on the serenity prayer? I strongly recommend it! (It’s at the beginning of this post) My Best Friend shared it with me recently and it has really helped me to put things into perspective. I even have it on my desktop at work,when things threaten to  overwhelm me (especially on Mondays) I go back and I ponder on the words for a moment.

Say a prayer with me….

Lord,help me to trust you…

Help me to let go off worry and anxiety so that I can experience your peace…

Help me to understand that worrying will not help any situation…. help me instead to cast all my cares on you…

Help me to believe that you really care for me and that you truly have my best interests at heart…

Help me Lord to remember that you are The One in control…

There are some things that are just not within my power and all the worrying in this world will not change that.

Help me Oh Lord to actually change the things that are within my power to…

Thank you for being here Lord,Thank you for overwhelming me with your peace…

Amen.

Have a great weekend beloved…Make sure you get some rest and trust God…everything will be okay!

Love and Blessings…

Kera

 

 

“Unequivocably,Unapologetically… Woman.”

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 Hello Beloved,

I am a month late I know but here’s my contribution to National Women’s Day…

I have been thinking…

Who is a Woman? What defines a Woman?

Perhaps what immediately comes to your mind is something to do with body parts…maybe you see Woman as being synonymous with childbearing or you immediately equate being a Woman with home-making.

But What does God say?

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My worth or my value is not in the graceful sway of my hips or the lusciousness of my lips .I am so much more than that. I am more than the voluptuousness of my breasts, more than the slenderness of my legs or the silkiness of my hair,more than the firmness of my derriere.

I am Woman.

I am versatility.

I am  Class…

I am strength,I am courage,I am honour…

I am dignity.

I am Woman…

I am perseverance,I am grit…

I am loyalty,I am virtue.

I am Woman.

Do not limit me.

I will not be reduced to the rigid,vice-like grip of your cruel stereotypes.I refuse to be suffocated by your preconceived notions of who I am supposed to be.

I am Woman.Unapologetically….

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I am intelligence,I am ingenuity,I am profundity.

I am sass,I am substance.

I am.Woman.

I am fire,I am ice….

I am Woman.

I am curve,I am edge,I am treble,I am bass….

I am love, I am life.

I am the definition of sophistication.

I am the warmth of the summer sun and the cool crispness of the winter breeze.

I am Woman.

I am the gentle ebb and flow of the waves on a warm summer day, I am the pulsating beat of the conga drum, I am the tranquil strains of the violin…I am the shrillness of the flute and aggressiveness of the trumpet.

I am Woman.

I am harmony, I am melody,I am Symphony.

I am…

Woman.

I am the toughness of steel and the softness of Silk…

I am Grace,I am Poise, I am  Elegance.

I am Woman.

I am an enigma…

I am dynamite.I am Serenity…

I am wisdom,I am discretion…

I will not be what the world defines me…

I will be who  God has called me to be…

Royalty.

And I make no apology.

I am Woman.

Unequivocally….

 

 

 

Chin up sis…

All my Love,

Kera

 

 

 

“…Hope thou in God…”

Hello Beloved,

How has your week been? TGIF right? Lol…

You know, lately I have been feeling so out of it…just downcast in my spirit and I couldn’t seem to put my finger on it…. couldn’t say exactly why ….

Is that something you can relate to?

 

We all battle feelings of discouragement or sadness from time to time but perhaps one of the worst things that can happen to us in this life is for us to lose hope…

In Psalm 43: 5 we see an all too familiar scenario of  the Psalmist David’s internal  struggle,perhaps due to his external circumstances. As humans we naturally become overwhelmed,especially when things do not seem to be going in our favour…we forget how far God has brought us from and we lose sight of past victories and blessings…Sometimes,like David we have to remind ourselves to Hope in God…

But what is hope?

John Piper (who happens to be one of my FAVOURITE Bible teachers of all time) expressed it this way….

“Biblical hope not only desires something good for the future — it expects it to happen.”

Hope then speaks to an earnest expectation that something good will happen in the future.So we hope to travel someday,, we hope to graduate from college,we hope Jesus will  return one day….

So where does this  hope come from?

What I have come to realise is that anything outside of God is fickle and therefore undependable…bound to fail…therefore our only hope comes from the Word of God.It is in the promises of God that we find that firm assurance that it shall be well…even inspite of our external circumstances….

Our emotions may change overtime depending on what is happening in and around us,(which is why we cannot be governed by how we feel in the moment) however,when we read His Word we are reminded of His Faithfulness and this builds our confidence…. this is why David said in Psalms 119:49, “… remember your words upon which you have caused me to hope…”

So How do we overcome these feelings of  discouragement or hopelessness?

In  Hebrews 10 : 35, we are admonished, “cast not away your confidence, in it is great reward…”

The answer to every problem we face is in the Word of God.Although it is natural for us to experience these  emotions,when we are grounded in God’s Word,we can live everyday in hope.The Apostle Paul explained it this way in 2 Corinthians 4:8-18:

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed…

14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you…

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

Here is something that I have come to realise…anytime I feel myself becoming overwhelmed,I find  that there is some kind of disconnect between me and God…

I  find that when I am slacking up in my quiet time and my devotion to Him,I start to become flustered…the more I spend time with God,the more at peace I am…. having a relationship with God is of Paramount importance….everything that we face in this life should be approached from a place of intimacy with God.

Let me encourage you Beloved, if you are feeling discouraged or downhearted,you are not alone…do not allow those feelings to overcome you and prevent you from living a victorious life…. God has the solution to EVERY problem you may face…Go to Him,in Him you will find Hope….

So then,“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope…” Romans 15:13 (ESV)

Heaven bless you….

I am praying for you.

I am your sister,

Kera

 

 

 

 

It’s National Heroes’ Day!

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The Word Hero as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is someone who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities…

Hello Everyone!!!

Today’s post will be a little different…

In recognition of National Heroes’ Day in Jamaica, I am sharing a quote from or an interesting fact about each of our Heroes/Heroine, hope you enjoy!

“If we as a people realised the greatness from which we came we would be less likely to disrespect ourselves.”

— Marcus Garvey

Nanny of The Maroons – a leader of the Maroons at the beginning of the 18th century, she was known by both the Maroons and the British settlers as an outstanding military leader who became, in her lifetime and after, a symbol of unity and strength for her people during times of crisis.

“I would rather die on yonder gallows than live in slavery…”

— Samuel Sharpe

(I have greatness in my blood…)

George William Gordon

Born to a slave mother and a planter father who was attorney to several sugar estates in Jamaica, George William Gordon was self-educated and a landowner in the parish of St. Thomas. In the face of attempts to crush the spirit of the freed people of Jamaica and again reduce them to slavery, Gordon entered politics. He faced severe odds, as the people whose interests he sought to serve did not qualify to vote. He subdivided his own lands, selling farm lots to the people as cheaply as possible, and organised a marketing system, through which they could sell their produce at fair prices.

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“The enslavement of the body which endured till 1838 was nothing to the enslavement of the mind which persisted since.”

–Norman Washington Manley

Paul Bogle

Paul Bogle was a Baptist deacon in Stony Gut, a few miles north of Morant Bay, and was eligible to vote at a time when there were only 104 voters in the parish of St. Thomas. Incensed by the poverty and injustice in the society and lack of public confidence in the central authority, he led a protest march to the Morant Bay courthouse on October 11, 1865.

 “Be not afraid, do your duty towards your countryman, towards humanity. They will thank you at least in silence, and at the right time when the good Lord sees fit, He will bless you, even though you might not be aware of it.”

— Sir Alexander Bustamante

That completes the list!

To all our Heroes, both Sung and Unsung

Those who are still here and those already gone….

We salute you….

I am,

Shakera

Walk Good!

 

 

Monday Musings:Who or what are you distracted with?

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Hello Beloved,

Today I want  to share a few nuggets with you from my devotion, but first I have some questions for you….

How is your Prayer Life?

How is your Personal Relationship with God?

When was the last time you really sat before The Lord?

…truth is,life can get so demanding that we find ourselves just going through the motions…having no real connection with God or with others….

I need to pray but…

I have these deadlines to meet

I need to read my Bible but…

Right after I make these calls…

God,I feel you prompting me to linger in your presence some more but my boss is counting on me…

….obligations

….bills,bills,bills

….before you know it months,even years pass without you actually COMMUNING with God…I don’t mean those haphazard,one sided “dialogues” where we reluctantly emerge from deep slumber with a, “thank you God for waking me this morning” then bolt out the door and proceed to check off items on our daily “To Do Lists.”

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In the book of Luke 10:38-42 we are introduced to two sisters,who were hosting a dinner with Jesus as the Special Guest.While Mary chose to position herself right at Jesus’ feet as He taught,Martha opted to busy herself with dinner preparations.

She could not understand how Mary could just be “sitting” there when there was so much to be done so she interrupted Jesus to air her protest…to her shock ,rather than upbraid Mary for being lazy,Jesus upbraided Martha for being “cumbered.”

The word “Cumbered” which means  distracted, is translated from the Greek word periespato, which implies being pulled and dragged in different directions.

I find myself in Martha’s place so many times…. so concerned about the goals that I set to accomplish and the time frame in which to accomplish them…so distracted with the work of the Master that I neglect the Master of the work….

Can you relate Beloved?

Don’t get me wrong…nothing is wrong with being busy but if our “busy-ness” is at the expense of our time to sit at Jesus’ feet, then it is pointless.

Martha was so  distracted and anxious about playing the perfect host that she neglected the One who all the fuss was supposed to be about….

….JESUS!

So here are the nuggets I promised…

1. When service does not come from a place of relationship with Jesus that service is void of love.

2. Whatever you are doing, do it unto the Lord, that way whether you are recognised or unappreciated it will not upset or unsettle you because you know your reward does not come from man.

3.  We cannot serve without first being nourished by God… being in His presence is essential!

4. It is just as important to sit at Jesus’ feet as it is to serve

5. Be careful that your desire to serve is not a mask for your desire to seek approval from others.

Who or what are you serving?

Why are you serving? What is your motive?

Are you serving out of a desire for approval from people?

Are you serving for your own glory or for God’s glory?

David was King over Israel and knew what it was like to have everything handed to him and yet this was his greatest plea…

…. one thing have I desired of the lord and that will I seek after,that I may dwell in the house of The Lord…

 

Have a blessed week …

Remember…You are Beloved….

I am  praying for you,

Grace and Peace…

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 even 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!