Christmas Carol service

23 December 2008
Aww what an honor it was to be asked to participate in the Christmas carol service at my church. My friend told her other half that I write poems which I do. But have not written for awhile. So to start off with it took me a moment or two, to get my poetry in motion.

At first I was stuck on the concept of tying my thoughts with the Billie Holliday song "God bless the child". It felt strange and I could not understand why. So I naturally tried to talk myself out of taking part. Excuses no babysitter etc. Silly me. Christmas service is something to bring the little ones too. Its church but different to the usual praise and worship followed by prayers and sermon format. It is a night out.

So in a slight panic I reached out to my good friends Tan who spoke encouraging words and gave me feedback. After that call I turned that poem around. I removed the song bit and tied it in two the mood of the season and what Christmas is truly about.

The poem was well recieved. The points where well made. It turned out to be thought provoking. So much emphasis is placed on gifts material things etc. I can honestly say I cannot see the strong signs of Christmas like you got a few years ago. The christmas trees and their sparklies are there. One area where I live there are a few Christmas decorations but it is mainly diwalli. mmmm. no comment.

Well anyway I got my wish. I wanted to get more involved with church and what a way too. I even sang in the finale not by myself though.

In need of prayer

23 November 2008
Sometime I let people know my mood. On FB I had the tag -In need of prayer. One of my long time school and you could say family friends sent me this Bible verse which helped to put things in perspective. This was a few months ago. I need to log these more often.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.(1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

I have just re-read that verse. It is so true. Oh my days. I need to start running spiritually.

The Secret or is it?

I have partly read a book called The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. My friend noticed that I had been reading it and sent this message to me.

I have noticed you are reading quite alot of good books.Remeber those
books can really help you.Also i have noticed that one of you books is on the
secret. Those are univerasal laws that work for anyone that uses them. The bible
is also got these laws. God put them for us to use.I have watched The secret
Dvd. The only thing is these people use Gods law and claim all the gllory to
themselves as if they r gods themselves.I have done a little research on these
people they r into some funky stuff.What they say on the laws r true, that is as
far as it goes for me.It is fascinating.You will c it if you read the
bible.Jesus did these micracles by acknowedging the father & giving him the
glory.God of the universe is, is God all by himself. Adam & Eve claimed that
they want to be as God themselves to be come gods. This was in the garden by
listening 2 the serpent, thats when sin entered the world.We are created by God
& God gives us the ability 2 create.This what These people don't believe in
sin & we need a SAVIOUR.Thank God 4 Jesus that he came in fleshly form. The
sacrifice for mankind.I thought you might find this interesting.

God bless.

Now I haven't finished the book and might just get the dvd to watch. It just keeps telling me about the universe which conflicts with what I believe in. I have been reading it and wondering where is God in this. If I finish the book or watch the dvd I will indeed review it here.

TD Jakes - junk in your trunk

28 September 2008
I always love watching the Potters House on TV. TD Jakes style of preaching is so understandable. He speaks my language and I am sure people younger than me can understand what he says. He relates to people well.

Anyway I saw this sermon on the other day and was so happy to find on YouTube. There seems to be two channels on there said to belong his ministries

enjoy the video

Girl Look at You!

28 August 2008
Girl, just look at you, with your pretty self. You are so beautiful! Not only are you beautiful, but you have the nerve to be talented and gifted by God. Hold your head up Girl and
know that you are loved and appreciated. Don’t give the enemy any place to cause
you to have lowself-esteem or doubt. You are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made.
This is your year to decree it and speak it! This is the year of new beginnings.
So get your step on Girl, because God is faithful to
perform all that He has promised to you! Be confident in Him and His word. The
words you speak from your mouth determine your outcome. Why not speak good and
positive things over your life Girl? You are not defeated but rather you are more than
a conqueror. You have been through a lot in your life and look at you now, just as
pretty and as strong as ever! Oh, how blessed you are. Look what God has done and
look where He has brought you from. Begin to bless God and praise Him for all that
He has done, and for making you so beautiful! He had you in His precious hands all
the time. Your life is orchestrated by Him. He knows you and what is best for you.
Believe that He has even greater things in store for you and your family. Girl, get over
the silly stuff and grab hold of faith. Seek God as never
before. Sure, times are hard, but God is Good! Learn to love
who He has made you to be. There is no one like YOU. –
Author Unknown
Enjoy the Love of Jesus and Enjoy Life!

Shake Them Haters Off!

This email is said to be wriitten by TD Jakes, that I cant confirm but here you go

Shake Them Haters Off!By: Bishop T.D Jakes

A hater is someone that is jealous and envious and spends all their time trying to make you look small so they can look tall. They are very negative people. Nothing is ever good enough! When you make your mark, you will always attract some haters... That's why you have to be careful who you share your blessings and your dreams with because some folk can't handle seeing you blessed... It's dangerous to be like somebody else...

If God wanted you to be like somebody else. He would have given you what He gave them. You don't know what people have gone through to get what they have... The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don't know my story... If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you can rest assured that the water bill is higher there too. We've all got some haters among us. Some people don't like it that you can:
1. Have a relationship with God
2. Light up a room when you walk in
3. Start your own business
4. Tell a man/woman to get lost (if he/she ain't about the right thing)
5. Raise children without both parents being around and not ask for a dime from Anyone
6. Haters don't want to see you happy
7. Haters don't want to see you succeed
8. Haters don't want you to get the victory

Most of our haters are people that are supposed to be on our side. How do you handle the haters who you at least expect to have your guard up against? You can handle your haters by:

1. Knowing who you are and who your true friends are (VERY IMPORTANT!!)
2. Having a purpose to your life
3. By remembering what you have is by divine prerogative and not human manipulation.

Purpose does not mean having a job. You can have a job and still be unfulfilled. A purpose is having a clear sense of what God has called you to be. Your purpose is not defined by what others think about you. Fulfill your dreams!

You only have one life to live................when its your time to leave this earth, you want to be able to say,* I've lived my life and fulfilled my dreams, .........I'm ready to go HOME! When God gives you FAVOR, you can tell your haters, 'Don't look at me... Look at who is in charge of me...'

Watch out for Haters..........................BUT most of all don't become a HATER yourself!

He has given you the ability

7 August 2008
Here is another email from my good friend.

' you the ability to produce wealth...' Deuteronomy 8:18

Without struggle, you'll never develop your potential! Have you ever watched an ant carrying home a piece of bread that's bigger than him? Success belongs to those too small to carry what they believe in but too stubborn to leave it behind! If God the Creator lives within you, then you are 'creative'. That means when you can't find a job, you can go out and create one. If success doesn't come after you, get up and go after it. There are no risk-free plans. A young man once asked an old man, 'What's the secret of your success?' 'Good decisions,' he replied. 'How did you learn to make good decisions?' the young man asked. 'By making bad ones,' the old man replied. Once you discover your gift and identify your dream, get on your mark, get set and go! Stop waiting for opportunity. Opportunity is the breath in your body and the strength of your mind. If you use your God-given gifts wisely, there's no telling what you can do. But you must be a 'doer'! God does not give us wealth; He gives us the power to get wealth. There's a big difference. Too many of us sit down and wait for Him to drop everything into our lap. A dream without corresponding action only aggravates the soul and amounts to nothing. God will give you the power to succeed but you have to take it, develop a plan and work at it. Okay?

It Is Well

15 July 2008
Here is another email...This one I quite enjoyed reading
It Is Well!This week, God is encouraging you, His son and you His daughter with these simple words - IT IS WELL!!!
God is pleased with your offering,
Pleased with what you have done in and for His name,
For the support, the encouragement, the sacrifice of time and energy that you've poured into so many even when you thought it had gone unnoticed,
Heaven heard your heart,
Though the journey has not always been easy,
We can still give thanks to the Father for never leaving us, nor forsaking us, for IT IS WELL!!!
Well means: Pleasing, healthy, in a good way, favourable
So, today let's take a moment to thank God for being well, in health, in strength, for families, friends and neighbours.
Amidst the busyness of our lives
Amongst the pressures of our projects, mandates and assignments
In spite of our downfalls, successes or our failures
Despite the fact that we have much left to achieve in anticipation of His coming
On this day, at this time
God has assigned it for praise, a time to give thanks,
You see, some of us may not be where we want to be
Doing what we know we've been called to do
But right where you are
I believe the Father is saying
Thus far, sons, daughters, IT IS WELL!
Though the vision may tarry, wait for it,
For what is done in my name shall surely come to pass!!!
What the Father said He would do, He will do!
Be encouraged friends,

In Faith in me will continue to try

13 July 2008
I went out of town and visited my friends. I got to see all of them together. It was very nice. As the night slowed down we began speaking on a spiritual level.

First we spoke about spirits and people who practice obeah. It lead us to talk about having your spirit in the right place. I mentioned a conversation with my pastor about spirits and palm readers. Where basically he said that we are all spiritual people. Our flesh is limited but the spirit can reach further. We all have the ability to use the spirit to see. However what people must bare in mind is that....whenever someone tells you must ask yourself, who is the source of that information. If it is not of God than it is not for you.

We also explored levels of faith. I said to my friends I feel my faith is here but I want to be up there. One friend said, thats fine but I must think that I will get there I just have to continue to work towards achieving that goal. It doesnt neccessarily happen over night.

The will of God

5 July 2008
Here is another email I have been sent. Most of the emails end with you must pass on bla bla bla.

The Will of God
Concentrate on this sentence
"To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did"
When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence.....
'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.' Something good will happen to you today.
Something that you have been waiting to hear

God Chart

1 June 2008
Here is another email i have been sent. I do apologise as I have not kept up with this blog but hey I hope you enjoy.

HANDY LITTLE CHART God has a positive answer:

You say: 'It's impossible'
God says: All things are possible
(Luke 18:27)

You say: 'I'm too tired'
God says: I will give you rest
(Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: 'Nobody really loves me'
God says: I love you
(John 3:1 6 & John 3:34 )

You say: 'I can't go on'
God says: My grace is sufficient
(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: 'I can't figure things out'
God says: I will direct your steps
(Proverbs 3:5- 6)

You say: 'I can't do it'
God says: You can do all things
(Philippians 4:13)

You say: 'I'm not able'
God says: I am able
(II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: 'It's not worth it'
God says: It will be worth it
(Roman 8:28 )

You say: 'I can't forgive myself'
God says: I Forgive you
(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: 'I can't manage'
God says: I will supply all your needs
(Philippians 4:19)

You say: 'I'm afraid'
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear
(II Timothy 1:7)

You say: 'I'm always worried and frustrated'
God says: Cast all your cares on ME
(I Peter 5:7)

You say: 'I'm not smart enough'
God says: I give you wisdom
(I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: 'I feel all alone'
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you
(Hebrews 13:5)