7 Day Prayer Series: Day 4

Day 4.

Teach me your ways.

“Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth” (Psalm 86:11)

Here I’m focusing on the wonderful request of verse 11 for God to teach us his ways. In any trial, a teachable heart is essential. Ask God what you should be learning about Him and about yourself in the difficult situation because there is truth in his ways. Most of us instinctively pray for quick deliverance, but David prays that he will learn God’s ways so that in his trials he will walk in obedience to God’s truth. He prays that his loyalty will not be scattered or divided, but rather be united or single-minded in God’s truth.

Have you ever heard the saying, “the truth shall set you free”? I’m pretty sure that saying comes from the Bible because walking in God’s truth we see the truth come alive in us — in our priorities, in our relationships, and in our heart’s.

God doesn’t expect us to just figure it out on our own. He wants us to rely on his teaching and ask him for wisdom and guidance. Start with, “God, teach me your way” and then fill in the blanks with whatever it is you need his guidance on.

If we are willing to be taught, the Lord will use various means for our enlightenment.

Tune in for Day 5 tomorrow with a prayer on strength.

Blessings ❤

P.S If anyone has any prayer requests please make them known via comments or email and I’d be pleased to make my requests for you known.

7 Day Prayer Series: Day Two

Day 2.

Save me, and keep me.

“Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you — you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day” (Psalm 86:2–3)

There are many of us who face all sorts of people, some who mean well and others who don’t. As a result, we pray quite often for our friends and neglect our enemies. David had the same issue, but in the face of all his enemies, David looked to our God for protection and deliverance. He was often surrounded on every side, threatened in every way imaginable. But he recognized that hope and confidence is found in God and can only be complete in regular prayer for preservation. While he recognized those who meant well around him he also noted his enemies and made sure to pray against their evildoings. 

Our enemies may be a former friend, a coworker, or even a relative but I have news for you. We have an enemy far greater than them, an enemy more fearful than all of David’s enemies combined. His name is Satan. He has planted his mercenaries at every turn. And we are helpless against his schemes without a warrior fighting for us. We mustn’t fall into the trap set up by Satan or our enemies and believe that because we are saved we are shielded. The fact that David cries out for God to save him (86:2, 16) shows that he knew that he could not save himself.

Being saved is not an isolated, single occurrence but a daily commitment, much like prayer. You are being saved every day. But not without prayer. Each day should welcome a plea for protection and keeping, not a reliance on a committed made in the past. 

We set ourselves up for problems when we neglect to take seriously the plans of the enemy and rely on our salvation than our prayer for preservation.

Tune in for Day 3 tomorrow with a focus on joy in the Rescuer.

Blessings ❤

P.S If anyone has any prayer requests please make them known via comments or email and I’d be pleased to make my requests for you known.

It Ain’t Over Until God Says It’s Over

Proverbs 3:5 NIV
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”

God is so good! Not only is He good; He’s faithful. He’s merciful. He’s just. He is a loving God. He’s kind. He’s a provider. He’s a way-maker. He’s a deliverer. He’s a healer.

Today’s devotional will ignite your fire, faith, hope and your trust in God. I am here to tell you God has a plan for you.

With the first day of class several hours away it brings me to a time where I wasn’t able to eat, sleep and even pray. This past year my future was put on hold and with that my faith. I was asked over the weekend by a friend what my passion was and I didn’t need a second to tell him PEOPLE, people are my passion. I knew God had a purpose for me to work alongside people, explains my extroverted nature. All my life I got a sense of joy making people laugh, smile and feel something good. For years I was the class clown that also specialized in therapy sessions. I worked only customer services jobs that had me completely involved firsthand with people. I can say with boldness that I wake everyday to the thought of helping at least one person and sleep well only when I know it’s been done. With this being said it was my dream to not only make people happy but to be a voice to the voiceless, that desire led me to my future plans of being a Lawyer. Not being in school this past year meant I was further from making my impact on people and being a voice than I had always dreamt. With a period of sadness I refused to allow the enemy to steal my joy so I started this blog and realized that in doing that I was much closer to my future than school could ever allow. Even if the degree never came I’d still be that influence on the people that I wished.

I’ve come a long way this past year and I know my situation was NOT in vain.  The Lord wanted me to see that I was sidetracked in the end goal, the future and began neglecting those who need me in my present. This journey was not easy but God never said it would be. Even if the opportunity to resume my studies didn’t come for another several years I’m reminded that “it ain’t over until God says it’s over,” although at the time it felt as if I was down to the last count that the odds were stacked against me, that I cried my final tears, I knew God had the final say and if I was alive that was for a reason, to make an impact!

Today, I know many want to quit due to the various situations and trials they are facing in their life. However, God has blessings for you, if you don’t quit you will see His promises for your life. You may not have it all together right now but right now situations are not forever situations.

I’m speaking to those who are in a hopeless situation at the moment like I’ve come from. A hopeless situation does not mean that God has left you. Just because things don’t work out exactly how we planned them does not mean that God is not at work in your life. Our plans fail, we fail but one thing that doesn’t is God! It doesn’t matter what your situation is saying, I can tell you that God is at work in your life at the moment.

Keep fighting. Keep praying. Keep fasting. Keep progressing. Keep moving. Keep reading…interceding. Keep believing. Keep trusting. Keep trying. Keep travailing. Keep living. Keep giving.  Keep fighting until your victory is won!

I know without a doubt that God will too bring you out ❤

This weeks song is It Ain’t Over by Maurette Brown Clark

I know the odds look stacked against you
And it seems there’s no way out
I know the issue seems unchangeable
And that there’s no reason to shout
But the impossible is God’s chance
To work a miracle, a miracle
So just know

It ain’t over until God says it’s over
It ain’t over until God says it’s done
It ain’t over until God says it’s over
Keep fighting until your victory is won

He never said it would be easy
But you’re a winner in the end
Jesus defeated all your enemies
Way before the fight began
But the impossible is God’s chance
To work a miracle, a miracle
So just know

It ain’t over until God says it’s over
It ain’t over until God says it’s done
It ain’t over until God says it’s over
Keep fighting until your victory is won

When people say you can’t, remember
(He can, He will)
When you don’t know what you’re gonna do,
Please remember
(He has the master plan)
He will free you from your sin
And give you peace within
So you better hold your head up high
You’re gonna win
(You’re gonna win)

It ain’t over until God says it’s over
It ain’t over until God says it’s done
It ain’t over until God says it’s over
Keep fighting until your victory is won

Keep fighting, keep praying, keep fasting
It ain’t over, no
Keep pressing, progressing, keep moving
It ain’t over, no
Keep reading, interceding, keep believing
It ain’t over, no
Keep trusting, keep trying, keep travailing
It ain’t over, no
Keep living, keep giving, keep going
It ain’t over, no
Keep fighting until your victory is won

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

Fight of Faith

Keep fighting the GOOD fight, keep letting your light shine.

Here comes another dose of Music Monday 🙂

This week let us focus on fighting the good fight! Key word being GOOD.

Who said Christians can’t fight? Look at the story of David and Goliath. Fighting for victory in Jesus is the only fight we should be apart of.

The apostle Paul writes, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Eph 6:12

Life in this world is a fight – a wrestling match if you would between believers and unbelievers. We have allowed too many negative connotations of the term “fight” hold us back from speaking out on matters God is adamant about. However, the good fight of faith allows our light to shine. We as believers need to bring a new, better way of looking at a fight. We must fight alongside God with our faith throwing the punches at the enemy. We mustn’t back down to the unbelievers voice that may be louder or more powerful, we must both keep fighting to keep the faith and fight with our faith to bring glory to His name. It will not be easy – it will be a struggle, a wrestling match, a fight. We must persevere – we must continue on in the faith – the stakes are high – eternal, in fact!

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses” – 1 Timothy 6:12

There are two branching concepts to this fight:
Fight to keep the Faith.
There is a sense in which every one of us must keep on pursuing faith. We mustn’t be content in the faith we have thinking the faith we have will remain in our hearts and is all we need without a fight against the forces of unbelief. If we begin to coast in our Christian life, or begin to let our guard down in thinking that some past act of faith will be enough without any struggle to persevere then we will be put to shame on judgment day.

We read in 2 Timothy 4:7 that at the very end of Paul’s life he has “fought the good fight, [he has] finished the race, [he has] kept the faith.” Fighting the fight of faith, finishing the race, and keeping faith all mean the same thing. Fighting the fight of faith is the struggle to keep the faith in a world of uncertainty. It’s a struggle that a true Christian never finally abandons until they attain the crown of righteousness from the Lord. So the first meaning of the term “fight of faith,” is the fight to maintain faith, and it comes from  2 Timothy 4:7.

Fight with Faith as a weapon of victory.
The fight of faith is not just a fight to maintain faith (as seen above); it is also a fight to use faith as a weapon for attaining victory for the Kingdom of God. So, in this fight with faith we attain the ultimate medal, the crown of eternal life.

This week’s song is Good Fight by Unspoken

Until you stop breathing
Until you stop bleeding
Until your heart stops kick-drum beating
When it’s hard times
When it’s long days
And the enemy is right up in your face
When your back’s against the ropes and you’re feeling all alone

Keep fighting the good fight (Never give up, never give up)
Keep letting your light shine (Holding it high as long as you live)
‘Cause I’m never gonna leave you
Always gonna see you through to the other side
Keep fighting the good fight, fighting the good, fighting the good fight, good fight

Even in the road blocks (yeah)
Even through the rough spots
When you’re feeling you’ve given all that you’ve got
I’m with you in the next step
Giving you in the next breath
I’ll be the voice saying “You’re gonna make it”
When you’re out there on your own
You are never alone

Keep fighting the good fight (Keep fighting the good fight) (Never give up, never give up)
Keep letting your light shine (Keep letting your light shine) (Holding it high as long as you live)
‘Cause I’m never gonna leave you
Always gonna see you through to the other side
Keep fighting the good fight, fighting the good, fighting the good fight, good fight

Just keep on singing (Keep on singing)
And keep on dancing (Just keep on dancing)
Joy will be your banner
And My love will be your anthem
And you may never know what your tomorrow holds
But you can know that I am holding your tomorrow

Keep fighting the good fight
Keep letting your light shine
Keep fighting the good fight (Keep fighting the good fight) (Never give up, never give up)
Keep letting your light shine (Keep letting your light shine) (Holding it high as long as you live)
‘Cause I’m never gonna leave you
Always gonna see you through to the other side
Keep fighting the good fight, fighting the good, fighting the good fight, good fight

Fighting the good fight

Grace of God

Happy Monday! 🙂

Ephesians 2:8
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God

This Monday almost didn’t come for me like it hasn’t for many others. With icy, snow filled roads with no salt truck or plower in sight both myself and my car went through the worst. It was literally ONLY by the GRACE of GOD that I made it through. This is so far from a cliche because as my car stopped parallel to oncoming traffic on the highway with high beams faced my way and cars swerving past God was there. Can you believe not ONE car hit me, even with myself having spun out of control repeatedly. Although my car smashed against the shoulder of the highway which could have released my air bags, I remained there, still and safe. At the time I didn’t know whether it was because I was numb to the entire thing but I felt nothing, no fear, no pain and I realize now that’s because of my faith. I had complete trust in God even though the situation didn’t look good, I knew God is good.

For Grace comes through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God; salvation is through faith, not as a cause or condition of salvation, or as what adds anything to the blessing itself. It is the way, or means, or instrument, which God has appointed, for the receiving and enjoying it, that so it might appear to be all of grace; and this faith is not the produce of man’s ability, but it is the free gift of God. It is not of our desiring nor of our deserving, nor of our performing, but is of the free grace of God.

God decided to save me because of my faith.

This week’s Music Motivation song is Grace of God by Sheri Jones Moffett

I still have peace
I still believe
I can conquer anything
And it still by the grace of God

Still have hope
I’ve come through worse before
I have never walked alone
I’ve been kept by the grace of God

I still have peace
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh)
I still believe
(Still believed)
I can conquer anything
And it still by the grace of God

(Still have hope)
Still have hope
I’ve come through worse before
(Worse before)
I have never walked alone
(Never ever)
I’ve been kept by the grace of God

So as long a Jesus reigns
This too shall pass away
Through it all I can say that it’s
(Still by the grace of God)

It’s been a trying last few years
I’ve had to shed many tears
But I would not be standing here
No, If not for the grace of God

Don’t need another cliche
When you’ve had to deal with real pain
Is there a witness that can say?
That it’s still by the grace of God

So as long a Jesus reigns
This too shall pass away
Through it all I can say that it’s
(Still by the grace of God)

For every challenge you face
There’s a way to escape
Don’t let it take away you faith
You’ve come through by the grace of God
(By grace)

No Fear, Know Peace

Say no to fear.

At one level fear is healthy. “Fear” is an emotion introduced by a perceived threat. It is a guiding emotion. It is God-given. It is a basic survival mechanism. It keeps us alive. It keeps us from danger.

However, there is also unhealthy fear. The Greek word commonly used is phobos – from the English word ‘phobia.’ This is unhealthy fear that disproportionately views danger. This is when ‘False Evidence Appears Real,’ in the overestimating danger and underestimating one’s ability to cope.

In my own life I have experienced many fears – from a fear of spiders to blood and a fear of doing anything that might bring dishonor to God.

The difference we see in the Bible is the healthy fear – the fear of God. This does not mean a fear of God; in fact it means a deeper understanding of who God is in relation to us. Fear God and you need not fear anything else or anyone else.

It is no wonder we’ve turned to unhealthy fear, because the fear of God has decreased in our society while all other fears increased. The fear of aging, or unpopularity, etc. we need to return to the right relationship with God.

The expression ‘do not be afraid’ appears in the Bible 366 times – one for every say of the year (including leap years, like this year).

Proverbs 1:20-32 talks to us about choosing to fear God, to listen to him and repent when he corrects.

In Matthew 10:1-31 Jesus uses the very words of ‘do not be afraid’ three times as he is sending his disciples to preach the gospel. They will be opposed by ‘local councils’ (v.17), face hatred (v.22), be persecuted (v.23) and be called demonic (v.25). How many of us still see the relevance of this passage today and face very similar oppositions? *Raises hand*

There is nothing new under the sun; Jesus and his disciples faced it and we are still facing it. Our blueprint to life is in these passages, in the Bible. We don’t need any more keys to life (sorry DJ Khaled), there’s just one… and it’s available to everyone

“I Am Who I Am”

Here’s another post for your Monday blues, something to bring you not only into this new week but this new month of February with God on your mind.

Exodus 3:13–15 says,

Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.”

Right now there are many of you who are facing some really tough times some in finances, some in family relationships, some in your relationship with the Lord, some in physical health, and some of you might be facing all of these. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely times in the life of a Christian where things just don’t seem to go very well and those are the times that Satan tends to hit you the hardest. But, if we would just let God be God and do what He promised without intruding and running from faith to fear we would be set.

We must never forget one thing – just because we love the Lord and we are doing our best to serve Him, does not guarantee that we will go through life without facing some really tough times.

God say’s He is the one who sees a need and always provides. He is the one who’s name is a tower where we can run and hide. He is the one has all power in His hand. If we believe in His word we can stand. He is healer, mender of broken hearts. Alpha and Omega, where we start and end. He is the one who does impossible things. What in your life is too impossible for our “I AM”?

Trust Him in spite of it all and Jesus will bring you through. The time and manner in which your deliverance will come is in the hands of our Sovereign God and changes for every individual. Do you trust Him enough to just let go and let God? The victory is yours if you will only trust Him until the answer comes.

In Jesus Christ we who are born of God have the unspeakable privilege of knowing Yahweh as our Father — I AM WHO I AM — the God

  • who exists
  • whose personality and power is owing solely to himself
  • who never changes
  • from whom all power and energy in the universe flows
  • and to whom all creation should conform its life.

This is the name of God: I AM WHO I AM! And may those who know the name of God put their trust in him.

This week’s song is I Am by Jason Nelson as it encloses all that God proclaimed He is.

I AM the Creator,
I AM the Maker
Of the Universe.
I AM the ONE who, spoke into nothing
And all creation heard.

Who has all Power in my hands.
And if you believe
On My Word you can stand.

I AM Healer
Mender of broken hearts.
Alpha Omega
Your destiny and where you start.
I AM the ONE
Who does impossible things.
That’s who I AM, just let me be who I AM
To you.
That’s who I AM, just let me be who I AM
For you.

I AM the ONE who
Sees a need and always provides.
I AM the ONE whose
Name is a tower, where you can run and hide
I AM He, who has all Power in my hands.
And if you believe, on My Word you can stand.

And if there’s a need…
When you are sick
You’re overwhelmed in the moment right now, but…
You can’t see your way
oo-oo that’s who I AM
That’s who I AM
Just let Me be who I AM
For you.

The doctor says cancer but…
The lawyer says jail time…
You can’t see your way
And you’re losing your mind….
You gotta know it’s not too hard for ME
You gotta know that I can handle it
Hear the word of the Lord, Just let me fix it
Just let me fix it

That’s who I AM, just let me be who I AM
To you.
That’s who I AM
Just let Me be who I AM
For you.


Bianca Blessed: He Brought Me Through

Introducing a NEW testimony for Testimonial Tuesday this month of January! I bring to you a wonderful story of faith by the lovely Bianca Blessed.

From a hustler, club girl, lost girl, to a church girl, SAVED girl, Jesus’ girl!

Knowing where I came from, and seeing where I am today, I can truly say that I AM a product of His grace!

I remember at one point in my life, I had this void and I was trying so hard to fill it…I tried filling it with money, popularity, materialistic things, & although I had all of those things in abundance, it just couldn’t fill that emptiness I had. That feeling of being lost, being unable to trust anyone, that yearning for wanting more out of life but not knowing what, running in directions that would inevitably lead me to my grave, was plaguing me & I was TIRED of it. I remember one night I said to myself, this can’t be all there is to life..this can’t be life…this can’t be my life…but then, one wonderful day, I got introduced to Jesus…and I’ll tell you with confidence, that I have never been more satisfied in all my life. I’ve never experienced such fulfillment, I’ve never been able to escape that void I had, until I met and surrendered my life to Jesus. Now, I experience this richness, quality, PEACE, this newness of life…

Folks, there is nothing in this entire universe that could satisfy you like Jesus can. I put that on everything!!! Jesus is the best thing that has ever happened to me!! I’m just so grateful, so incredibly thankful that He allowed me to know Him & become apart of His movement…it’s a great privilege!!

Now… finally after all this time, I have a solid reason to live, to love, to care for others sometimes more than I do for myself…I understand that my past is not who I am because I am now a new creation, chosen to put in work for the Most High God! I’m very mindful that although God is not finished with me yet, I know that the good work He started in me, He WILL finish. I understand that because I’ve been forgiven I can let go of my past, move forward and be all that I can be in Christ, reaching my full potential in life. I understand that I have purpose…& part of my purpose, is to help lead you, whomever you are that is reading this, closer to Jesus!

I’m telling you, He’s cleaned me up, turned me around and planted my feet on higher ground!

Much more than that, what He’s done for me, He can certainly do for you!! He’s more than able, please try Him!!! Get to know Him!!!

What a wonderful testament of God’s mighty hand in Bianca’s life!

**If you’re interested in joining this movement to step out in faith and share your testimony email me at rishaepinnock05@live.ca 🙂

Limp into Your Blessing

Happy Monday 🙂

Can you imagine wrestling with God?

Genesis 32:22-24 Reveals that before Jacob could cross the Jabbok River, a man attacked and fought with him. The fight was real, and it was physical. “Now he arose that same night and took his two wives and his two maids and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream. And he sent across whatever he had. Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.” They wrestled all night in a long decisive battle until daybreak. The man with whom Jacob wrestled refused to reveal Himself directly (v.29). This was probably because if Jacob realized he was fighting against God he never would have engaged.

Even if we have to limp away from our past mistakes and into a future with Jesus let’s keep on going.

The interesting thing about the fight was that Jacob was not defeated until the Man “touched the socket of his thigh, so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him” (v.25).

It took a crippled Jacob to receive a blessing that took the form of a new name. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel – “he who strives with God.”

Saints, has God had to cripple you to bless you? Jacob, now Israel, limped for the rest of his life. Everywhere he went people would ask, “Jacob, why are you limping?”

Jacob although beaten and crippled won. God crippled Jacob to the corruption that consumed him of his being a deceiver and attacker.

Every time Jacob limped, it was a constant reminder that God won at last.

Has God humbled you by placing His finger in the socket of your thigh and made you leave limping because you wrestled with Him?

God cannot bless and use us until He has broken us. He has to put a limp in our lives to remind us what our lives are without His abiding presence to bless us.

Let’s limp into truth and our blessings Saints.

This week’s song is Limp by Jonathan McReynolds!! ❤

Hey now
It’s a little deep
I’m tired, broken
Innocence stolen
And I know I’m
A different man

See life hits and life hurts
Think I’ve seen
Some of life’s worst
But you’ve been here
So you understand

See I fell
and I broke something
But I couldn’t tell cause I kept running
Away from your love and grace

So my trips
And my pains
My failures they only make
Me desperate
To seek your face

The devil hoped this injury would make me stop
And take defeat
But I know Jesus walks with me

So I’ll just keep on walking with my limp limp limp limp
Just keep on walking with my limp limp limp limp
Just keep on walking with limp limp limp limp
Just keep on walking with my limp limp limp limp

I’m imperfect, so I slipped up
And I had my heart ripped up
But you’re the lifter
Of my head
(of my head)

So please come
And please heal
How I think and how I feel
And I’ll live by what you say

And you said
Heavy laden come to me
The sick, the flawed, the lame, the weak
And I’ll be everything you need

So I’ll just keep on walking with my limp limp limp limp
Just keep on walking with my limp limp limp limp
Just keep on walking with my limp limp limp limp
Just keep on walking with my limp limp limp limp

Limps are
Every weakness
Limps are every flaw
That keeps us from having
An otherwise perfect walk

And we were born
But God gives us strength back
And all that you lack
If you just keep on walking with your Limp

I’ll pursue, victory
Cause when they beat you
You look just like me
You were struggling with your passion
And your love
It kept you walking with your limp
Calvary walking with your limp
No matter what they said you kept walking with your limp
Yea that’s my savior with his limp
Just so one day

I could walk with my limp limp limp limp
And I could still be loved even with my limp limp limp limp
And I could still be used even with my limp limp limp limp and I could still be saved even with my limp

So I’ll just keep on walking with my limp

2016, Year of “Re…”

First Music Monday of 2016 🙂

2015. I part with you and it’s an easy part.

The past year has been far from easy.

2015 wasn’t my best. This year I should have started my third year at the University of Toronto but I didn’t and I still don’t know how to adequately put into words what that did to me. For some odd months God and I didn’t speak the way we use to. My tongue struggled to confess His name.

I have always considered myself good with money. Being in debt was one of my biggest fears which is why I never missed a deadline on my phone bill or refused to get a credit card. But the biggest shock of my life came when even after my careful financial watch I still had an overdue fee on my student account. With two other siblings in University living on campus being funded through my Father instead of OSAP, it gets hard. With that being said, 2015 hit me hard. As I logged into my student account in the summer I noticed a overdue warning and laughed at how the University got it wrong. Me? Late in a payment… yea right! Both my Father and I weren’t the type to miss a payment. But my negligence looking back at it was my biggest downfall. If I had just checked my student account periodically instead of assuming all fees were taken care of by my Father as they have been the 2 years previously I would’ve known the payments weren’t being made by my Father. So there I was… struck out of luck and looking to pay off the balance in one month. I knew my God was awesome but He wouldn’t reward my negligence. With nothing left to do but raise the money I was working two jobs sometimes working 18 hours days just to make it back to school. It’s funny, I was working with little to no sleep all to get into school while many were skipping classes or contemplating dropping out I was killing myself slowly trying to get where they were.

I would go to work and hear people complaining about working 5 hours without a break while I was begging no to take a break because I couldn’t afford to lose more pay. That’s when it happened, I fought with God. I yelled, screamed and cried. Since I was a child I had dreamt about being a Judge, like our great Lord is our advocate and judge and to see that dream dissolving in front of me was scary. My fight to return to school became less important to me because I felt I was all alone. I started using my savings and going on trips and even went as far as planning to drop out of school. It took a praying family and a wise best friend to reveal something I forgot about… God’s love is relentless and won’t stand to see His child miserable. Love keeps its promises and I was promised as a child that I would do great things for the Kingdom as a Judge making rulings for the Lord. Kyle (my best friend) were on our way to watch the Nutcracker a couple nights ago and the route called for us to pass my campus and I cried, he turned to me and said “don’t worry, you’ll be back soon.” My tears turned into joy and for the first time in a while I believed it.

2016, this year I KNOW I will make it back to school but not on my own like I had been doing in 2015.

This year saints is OUR year to make a move for the Kingdom. This post wasn’t easy and neither was 2015 but with God we can do it all.

As we venture into 2016 let us focus our attention on Jesus, and feel Him because He is all around. When the storm arises we won’t be shaken and we won’t move. Through the shadows His light appears. Let us not walk into 2016 without acknowledging His presence.

This is the year of “RE”
REbirth – Being born again
REstoration – Returning to our Father up above
REmembering – Focusing on where we’ve come from and seeking to go further
REdirection – Allowing God to change our path
REnewal – Renewing our membership with God
REmoval – Getting rid of the waste of our past
REvitalization – Impacting a new life with God
REstore – Renovate our lives so it returns to it’s original condition
REbuild – Creating new things rooted in God
REdo – Let’s do it all again…differently!

Please do not judge me for my candidness, I am done being closed off because that didn’t work for me in 2015.

This week’s song is City of Hope by Amanda Cook & Bethel Music

Once we were a barren land Dry from disappointment
But heaven like a heavy rain
Revealed Your heart for us
Now we’re dusting off our instruments
In You we found our will to live
What was once a wilderness
Is seeming with new life
Cuz You are mending the broken-hearted
You are making all things new
And You’re rebuilding out of the ruins
A city of hope with the ones You love
Adoption is our heritage
Chosen from the orphanage
The Father’s great inheritance
Bestowed upon us all
Cuz You are mending the broken-hearted
You are making all things new
And You’re rebuilding out of the ruins
A city of hope with the ones You love

And we’re the ones You love
We’re the ones You love
We’re the ones you love
We’re the ones you love
You’re rebuilding out of the ruins
A city of hope with the ones You love (You love, You love, You love)

Cuz You are mending the broken-hearted
You are making all things new
You’re rebuilding out of the ruins a city of hope with the ones You love

No longer shall we be dry from disappointment. Let’s dust of our instruments and sing again, sing a new song to the Lord for He is good. God is mending our broken hearts, He is making new things and rebuilding us out of the ruins.