“…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

 

 

 

 

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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!

Monday Musings… Building Character

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Hello Beloved… Happy New Month!

How are you? I trust that you had a great day…

Just here reflecting on mine and I have to be transparent with you… it was really ROUGH!

What is it about Mondays that just have the proclivity to try a person’s last nerve?

You know,I rarely get angry … I  am usually ebullience personified…ask any of my friends…. but one of the surefire ways to see all that effervescence dissipate is to demonstrate  poor customer service… I don’t know why that  upsets me so much…

I tell you the truth beloved,today I almost lost it… I went into a business establishment early this morning and the level of unprofessionalism  there was appalling!

Well,let’s  just say I let them have it…

Now I am all for defending one’s rights and advocating for the wellbeing of others ,don’t get me wrong … but  I am not at all proud of the way I handled the situation…

I expressed exactly how I felt about the way they were treating the customers,(again, NOTHING’s wrong with being vocal) but the way I did it was not Christ-Like at all..

No,I certainly did not use profanities but I can tell you this much ,my tone and overall countenance was void of even an ounce of humility…

…and that was only the beginning of what would be one of my most exhausting days in AWHILE…

But rather than divulging all the gory details of this debacle I would much rather share with you a few nuggets that I took from the experience…

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1. I am only human…I have limitations and flaws.This is why I so desperately NEED Jesus…only in Him can perfection be found … I am not independent of Him.I NEED His guidance…only He  can mold and make  me into the person I ought to be…

2. It is in our most trying times that our true character is revealed,not when things are going the way we would want them to…

3. I cannot allow the world to corrupt me,I must be who God wants me to be regardless of external circumstances …

4. I cannot let my emotions govern my decisions… even when I am wronged,my reaction tells a lot more about me than it does the individual in question…

5. Some tests we will fail,some battles we will lose…but it’s not the end of the world…there is hope! We can always get up and try again…

6. There are some things that I just CANNOT control….The good thing about that is,The One who is really in control is God who loves me more than anything… even though I may not see it now,ALL things are working for my good…

7. I NEED to pray more…The Philippians 4: 6-7 principle teaches that a prayerful attitude emits God’s Divine peace no matter the situation…

I sincerely hope that this has encouraged your heart… We are all in the character building process …growth is never pleasant but it is very necessary… I really had to do a self check today and just thought I would share with you…

May the character of God continue to shine through you as you continue to grow in Him…

Every Blessing to you!

With Love,

Kera

Dealing with Heartbreak 101: The Dos and Don’ts

 

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…Sleepless Nights… Tear Soaked Pillows… Tear Stained Cheeks. ..Excruciating Pain… Loss of Appetite… Loss of Energy… Feelings of Hopelessness…Deep Depression…Deep Regret…Guilt…Sadness…

In case you haven’t already figured it out ,I am talking about  some of the symptoms that often accompany a heartbreak!

If you have experienced this before then let me be the first to tell you, you are most certainly not alone! This is an issue that is quite common!

Before we begin dealing with the issue let us first look at what exactly it entails….

Heartbreak can be described as an intense, emotional state of pain, distress, anguish, grief or stress arising from loss. This overpowering, crumbling, pain in the heart could be the result of varying experiences including, loss of a loved one, a business deal gone wrong, or a breakup. For the purpose of this post ,we will be dealing with heartbreak that stems from a breakup (that is the sudden severing of a romantic relationship).

How does one handle a heartbreak?

Well,different people use different methods… Some are healthy, others not so much…

I am no expert on the matter but I will share a few tips based on my own experience of a really heart-rending breakup a few years ago.

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1.Do Cry

God has created us as human beings with emotions, therefore we have a natural inclination to laugh when we are happy and cry when we are sad.

It is completely normal to cry!

In fact, it is healthier to cry and release all that pent up tension and hurt than to keep all those feelings bottled up.

Suppressed  emotions often lead to violent outbursts.

It is very essential that you acknowledge and accept what happened and just deal with the issue head on! I spent many nights just expressing all the pain in my heart through tears and this really helped me to move forward.Sometimes words are just not enough…

 So I encourage you, by all means to go ahead and CRY!

2. Do pray

It may not feel like it now but this is a great time to go to God in PRAYER… Communicate with God… just Pour out  EVERYTHING…tell Him exactly how you feel, when you can’t put into words what you want to express, God hears your heart…He hears your thoughts…I can assure you,He understands …

Sometimes when we experience heartbreak we may feel guilty and this causes us to be reluctant in approaching God.But I promise you,He is right there waiting to comfort you.

In my time of deepest despair,no friend,no family could help me…Only Jesus…

I went to Him and I  just gave Him everything..all the sadness,all the despair,all the regrets and God turned all my mess into a message…

Beloved,I  implore you…give your brokenness to  God and allow Him to make something beautiful out of you…

3. Do Something You Enjoy

One of the sure ways the enemy seeks to defeat us in our times of despair is by isolation… Being away from loved ones and things we enjoy only plunges us further into our depression and that is exactly what the old serpent wants….

I just want to encourage you beloved,don’t  give him the satisfaction.Tell yourself, “I shall not die!”… Jesus came so that I might live… devil you are a liar!”

While it is necessary for you to take some time alone to process what happened, it is equally important that you find yourself around positive, life- giving company. Surround yourself with praying people who love you and will encourage you and to  move forward…

Get up! Get out of the house and do something fun!

Channel all that energy into something positive.Go to the gym,get together with friends and play a game,go to the beach.,take  a nature walk,sit under  a tree and read a book,do something!

4. Do Treat Yourself

Girl,get you a nice dress or some accessory  for your hair,go and get your hair done,do something that builds your confidence…Have some ice-cream (not the entire carton now) watch that sugar!

Something that definitely helped me was walking on the beach…I LOVE the beach…there is something that is so calming about being surrounded by the awesome wonders of God…watching ocean meet sky or gazing at the sunset…watching the waves lapping at the shore..

What also helped a a lot was MUSIC, not the kind that will cause you to sink  deeper into the depression and keep reopening the wound… I mean WORSHIP songs, songs about JESUS and His LOVE for you…Songs about His Amazing Grace…

I definitely worshiped my way through,I can tell you that!

5. Do Something Meaningful..

Do Occupy your time…by this I mean get busy in Ministry… get involved in the Youth Group/Youth Fellowship at your local assembly…This is a great time to go out on the Mission field… visit the hospitals…go on food drives to feed the homeless  etc. I assure you this will spur you into action! There is something very inspiring about being around young people who are passionately pursuing God.

Seek God for your purpose and walk in it…

6. Don’t Look for a Rebound Relationship

The world will tell you that the best way to get over someone is to “get with” someone else,today we come to tear down those strongholds in Jesus Name.Romans 12:2 tells us that we are not  to be conformed to the world’s system and way of thinking but we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

It is VERY dangerous to enter into another relationship immediately after a breakup as  a means of soothing the pain or getting over the person who hurt you.

Not only are you entering into that relationship with the wrong motive but you are also taking all the baggage from the previous relationship.Please take time to heal and ensure that you are whole and your motives are right before you think of entering another relationship.

Let God lead you.

7. Don’t wallow in self-loathing and self-pity

I know it may not feel like it now but God’s Grace is enough for you.You may feel far from God but He is right there.It is you who have distanced yourself from Him because you know you may have gone against His will and made some poor choices.But I encourage you today,you are more than your mistakes.

God sees you (shortcomings and all) and He still loves you so much…

8. Don’t give up

Often God allows these relationships to break off because He has better for us even than we would choose for ourselves.That breakup is your blessing in disguise.Commit your ways unto the Lord.Work on your relationship with Him,this will help you to remain hopeful .

Do not think because of your mistakes you will not love again ,that is  a lie from the pit of hell.

9. Don’t Harbour Bitterness and Resentment… Learn to FORGIVE!!!

In order for you to TRULY HEAL from the experience it is essential that you FORGIVE the person or persons involved….It is also very important to FORGIVE YOURSELF!…

There is so much more I could say but just know that YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS IN JESUS NAME!!! This too shall pass! It’s all a part of your growing process…THE BEST LESSONS ARE LEARNT THROUGH PAIN….

God is building your character,you must decide if you are going to allow the experience to make you BITTER or BETTER…It’s gonna be alright…Weeping may endure for  a night but joy surely  comes in the morning…

God bless you Beloved..remember you are loved..you are valued… you are worth it…

I am praying for you…

All my Love,

Kera

 

 

 

 

Monday Musings…Planning with God

 

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Hello Beloved!

Happy New Year! I certainly hope this will be a beautiful year for you and your family… I am declaring 2018 to be the year of exponential growth,miracles and Divine Release!

January is a great month for new beginnings and fresh starts and so I want to begin this year with a series of devotionals around Godly planning.

I realise that so may times I have made decisions without careful planning and I have lived to regret them.I sincerely believe that the best laid plans are those inspired by Godly counsel and advice…

The writer in Proverbs 3:5 reminds us that if  we trust in God with all our hearts, He will certainly lead us in the right direction.Too often we find ourselves in situations we really do not want to be in,all because we neglected the counsel of God and relied on our own understanding…It is very important that we practise prayerful planning.

Psalm 37:5 assures us,

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Therefore,we really cannot go wrong if we trust God.He never breaks His promise,no matter what…

I know we all have the terrible habit of starting off the new year bright eyed and bushy tailed only to give up in the middle,however I sincerely want to do somethings differently this year.

We must first change if we want to see change…

I am making a conscious effort this year to include God in all the decisions I make,I certainly hope to have you on this journey as well…

After-all,what do you have to lose?

I am,

Your sister,

Shakera

 

 

“2017- Year of Restoration and Renewal”

 

 

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Hello Beautiful! I know you have not heard from me in awhile so I decided to leave  a little love note to close out the year…

Can you believe 2017 is actually finished?! Oh my God! I trust it was  a great year for you.It has really been one of the best years of my life! I remember emphatically declaring at the beginning how this would be my year of Restoration,Renewal and Overflow…Let me tell you,those words truly came alive!

I seriously felt the Divine Release of God! I have seen so many doors open for me,had some relationships mended,met some amazing friends… I am truly happy and I really felt like sharing my joy with you…

The reason I can smile so much is because of Jesus…Because of His transforming power…His love and Grace is so very real! I can honestly say that I had given up on life,I had given up on myself…I went through a terribly painful heartbreak in 2015 and my life has been on  a downward spiral since…But believe me when I say,I have recovered all that I lost and all my sorrow has been traded for joy!

I am beginning to understand that It is your Pain that will Propel you into your purpose!

I sincerely want to thank you all for supporting my blog! You are such an encouragement to me…I promise you next year (God’s Willing) it will be bigger and better! Pray with me as I work on my website…I am also looking forward to branching out more into the Vlogging platforms.

My prayer for you for 2018 is that you will come more and more into alignment with The Will of God for your life…May the new year bring you Love,Joy and Peace…the kind that is long lasting and fulfilling…Heaven bless you…

With all my love,

I am,

Your sister

Kera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dangers of Comparison-The Joys of Contentment…

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Good morning Beloved,

I just wanted to share a thought with you that I have been contemplating for some time now. What do I want to accomplish in this life and why do I want it…Am I living my life or am I living someone else’s?

We live in a world where everyone seems to be in competition… a kind of ‘keeping up with the Jones’ mentality. I find that especially with the proliferation of Social Media, people are increasingly unhappy with their lives because of the culture of comparison which has become so pervasive.

Social media seems to dictate to us how to live in every area of our lives…What to eat, where to live, what kind of house to live in, how many children to have, what schools to go to, the type of clothes or  hairstyles we should wear, what kind of man/woman to marry…and the list continues…

But I have come to understand that every single person on this earth has their own course to chart, their own path to follow and their own life to lead. How can we truly maximise our fullest potentials if we are constantly trying to be like everyone else?

The writer in Ecclesiastes 9:11, reminds us that the fastest runner does not necessarily win the race, nor does the most powerful warrior win the battle. We will never truly fulfill our calling in God if we continue to compete with each other.

The reality is, someone will always be richer, smarter, stronger or more talented than we are. We will not always graduate at the top of our class and that is okay. Instead of using these factors as deterrents to our own happiness we can decide to use what we have and make the most of it. We are the creators of our own happiness.

The secret to truly enjoying life therefore, lies in our ability to find contentment regardless of external conditions. Happiness is a state of mind. We must choose to be happy if we truly want to be…

Paul in Tim 6:6-7 summed it up beautifully when he wrote,

But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

When we truly begin to be grateful for what we have rather than worry and stress about what we do not have, then we will find true contentment…then we will find true peace. I submit to you that no matter how bad you think you have it, there is always someone who has it worse than you.

If we could replace every complaint with a song of thanksgiving, oh what a glorious life we would lead! I believe this is what Solomon meant when he admonished us in Ecclesiastes 6:9 that we should not spend so much energy on what we lack that we fail to enjoy what we have.

Perhaps we are not where we want to be, but certainly we are closer to our destination today than we were yesterday. Just keep going! Growth is not always instantaneous, sometimes it occurs gradually. Consistency is key, it is better to make slow, steady progress than make no progress at allgrowth is growth, whether it is rapid or prolonged.

So my advice to you today is this, tap into God… let Him reveal your purpose. Once you have found that purpose, strive to fulfill it with every ounce of your strength. I am fully confident that you will be so engrossed in your own development that you will have no time to compare yourself with anyone else!

Social Media is amazing but do not fall into the trap of allowing it to dominate your life. Be the person that God has called you to be, your uniqueness is what makes you so genuine, why spoil that by being a carbon copy?

Think about it Beloved, who are you living for? Are you truly living your best life? Why do you want what you want? Are those truly your goals or are you just doing it “for the likes?”

 

With all my love,

I am, your sister

Kera