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Always A Hostess

For a woman, your status at a wedding is surprisingly similar to the temple of God. I know I said it was similar to your current relationship with your crush, but bear with me. #INeedNewMaterial

You can be either one of many levels: the hostess, the bridesmaid or the bride. I’ve been granted access to 2 out of 3 of the levels. I’m still trying to present myself without a “spot or wrinkle or any other blemish” and to “be holy and without fault.” But no worries, the time will come. As of now, I can only enjoy the levels I have been able to master.


Hostess

A time of service


Growing up I never considered ever wanting to be a hostess in someone’s wedding. I only imagined myself as a bride or a bridesmaid. One or the other. Or just be a guest member, crying my eyes out during the exchange of vows. When I got saved, I noticed a lot of couples had younger people serve at their weddings and they used this cute phrase “hostess” to make it seem official. The only place I heard the word was when I went to TGI Friday's or when I stuff my face with a Hostess donuts. Apparently, a hostess is basically someone who works for free at your wedding. Being young, it was so much fun. Free food and I can attend your wedding. But now, things done changed, Hunny. The word is a thorn in my flesh. As a “late mid” twenty-year-old, a hostess is like Cinderella serving her step-sisters as they got to go to the Ball. You work and sweat, while they dance and laugh.

A few months ago, a dear sister of mine asked me to be her hostess. Because of love, I agreed. Because of the body pain and sore feet the day after, I promised that was my last wedding being a hostess for. All my big sisters and brother in the Lord were married at this point. However, that didn't take my resume off the “Hostess with the most-est” job portal.

A friend asked me to be a “wedding coordinator” at her wedding. The title sounded so sweet to my ears, I immediately agreed.

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I should have asked for the job description because I soon learned that it was basically a hostess that studied abroad.

We all know where this is going. I was plotting how I could break the news to her that I couldn't be able to do it.

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“Why not?” you ask.

Essentially, I was just being prideful. She was a younger bride asking me, who is one breath away from thirty, to work and slave at her wedding, as she dances the night away with her the love of her life. Other “reasons” came to my mind to say no. Many of which I am too ashamed to admit to.

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I couldn't think of a gracious way to decline to be a hostess at her wedding.

One Sunday, while service was going on, sitting next to her, I extended my right hand over her thigh to hold her last two right fingers. We were barely holding hands when I felt this subtle, but overwhelming sensation run through my body. It was as if embracing her reset my mind. I felt this peace take over and it was then that I knew that the Holy Spirit was speaking. In that moment, I was reminded of my particular love for her, thus compelling me to desire to assist her on her big day. Looking back, I realized that she has a servant’s heart. She loves to serve others and lay down her life for others. But the irony is that as much she sacrifices for others, she tends to not receive the same honor when it's her turn. But that's the scandal of it all, she serves with no anticipation of a favor returned. And this led me to my ultimate decision to take my hostess assignment with honor.

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So catch your girl in the corner at the wedding, stuffing my face as I cry over the couple’s first dance.

*end of part 1/3*


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Alpha Woman

This post is dedicated to all the extraordinary women of God that serve the body and love the church beyond ordinary human capabilities. And also to the men that are fortunate to do life with them. 


 

Are you saved? Are you dedicated to the house of the Lord? Are you single? 
Well, this post might be for you.

 

As you get older, you tend to go through this season where there is an increase of bridal shower, wedding and baby shower invites being sent to your house, that your parents believe they can open and read as well. But that, of course, proceeds after the season when couples announce to the single community that they are no longer affiliated with them and have joined the ranks of those walking towards marriage. It’s a very nice ceremony, sort of something out of Divergent.   

 

Just like Divergent, in the Kingdom, we have various types of personalities. According to Danny Silk, there are four types: Dominant, Steadfast, Conscientious, and Influencer. A better way to think of the first two is as — Alpha and Beta. Alphas are of course dominant, natural born leaders, who take initiative and are dedicated to whatever they are involved in.

 

By default, people would classify me as an Alpha, because of my personality. But deep down, I am really just a Beta with a loud mouth. 

 

In the summer of 2013, I was simply discussing the meaning of some scriptures with an aunt, when she abruptly looked at me with a deep stare. I was expecting her to ask me when did I become so knowledgeable about the bible. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Instead, she asked, "do you think you can be intimidating to men?"

 

Whoa! Was that even seasoned with salt? Instead of rebuking the thought and taking it captive, I did what any girl would do. I pondered on the thought. I mean I never thought of singleness like that. I assumed I was just being me; bold, dominant and an overachiever.  I asked Gabe, “am I intimidating to ‘men’?” He assured me that I wasn't to him, but I could be to others because I’m “confident when [I] speak.” 

 

Am I single because I am so ‘gong ho’ for the Lord like my other counterparts? Am I doing too much? Am I alone here? Nah, I’m not alone. I’m in the friendzone with other Alpha women. You probably think there is a lack of Alpha men. Or a lot of brothers probably overlooking you, and pursuing “newly saved, recently saved, barely saved or everything, but saved” women. 

 

Then, you start to feel like “Am I doing too much?” 

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Don’t let that thought take root. You may see ministry as a burden that’s hindering you from looking “appealing” to Brothers in Christ, but actually, you are right where you need to be.

 
When I look back at all the great women of God in the bible, I can't help to think that I’m right where God wants me to be.   

 

Eve | Esther | Rachel | Rebecca | Ruth


These women were all in ministry, going about their business, totally focused on the Lord when they caught the attention of Adam, King Xerxes, Jacob, Isaac, and Boaz. They were doing what they were called to do. Not avoiding ministry in hopes of marriage, but being empowered to be all that God had called them to be. 

An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit.
— 1st Corinthians 7:34

As single individuals, we are called to devote ourselves to the work of the Lord and seek His righteousness, trusting that He would reward us according to our diligent service. Even as married women, our pursuit for the Lord shouldn’t cease. 

 

Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
— Matthew 22:37

So surrender all your cares and worries to the Lord. He has every aspect of your life planned out. It’s literally mapped out in His hand. He will order your steps and He will make a path for you. Because at the end of the day, it’s not you, but God that leads you into a relationship. God is faithful to His servants. 

 

Don’t let the enemy feed you lies. And don’t feel insecure about your involvement in ministry. If you feel that it makes you less “attractive” to brothers in Christ, then realize you are avoiding men who need to deal with their insecurities before entering into a real relationship. 

 

So in the meanwhile, as you “wait,” please keep pursuing the Lord with all your heart. It may lead you to your partner or just help present you before him as you cross paths. 


 

I pray this blog post blesses you. As you continue to walk with the Lord, trust He will lead you in all aspects of your life, including marriage. In the meanwhile, check out "The Pursuit." 

- Olamide

Go: The Underlining Message We Don't Hear

I pray these words are not in vain. That whatever eyes gaze upon this post, may that soul finds the peace and assurance they need to endure and persevere in this season.

Amen.


Then David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

2 Samuel 5:12

A few months ago, I was thinking. You know how that goes; I can get pretty deep, pretty quickly. And I began to ask the Lord, “when will it be my time?” My time in terms of doing what God has created me to do. To start walking in my “calling,” as we call it. The Lord didn’t give me a direct answer, but He gave me an answer nonetheless. The Lord didn't say when the time will come, but He did tell me this: “Prepare.”

Preparation Before Action

Many times, we want to be used by God: we want to be the one to preach; the one to lead worship;  the ones to lead the flock. We desire to be earthen vessels, who bring Heaven to Earth. The issue many times isn’t that it’s impossible to do these signs and wonders, but that it’s impossible to do these signs and wonders if we fail to prepare and get equipped for the possible.

When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.

“He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.”

Proverbs 10:5 NKJV


Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler. Provides her supplies in the summer,

And gathers her food in the harvest.

Proverbs 6:6-8 NKJV


We want to preach, but we barely know the Word from which we must draw our source. We want to lead worship, but we don’t know how to lead people into the intimacy of worship, from the intimacy, we should already have with the Father. We want to lead the flock, but we fail to submit to the authority in our own lives—if we even have authority. We want to administer deliverance to others, but we, ourselves, are failing to know what the Lord is saying in our own lives.


“But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

James 1:4


Before we can receive the “mantle,” we have to first submit ourselves to the grooming and cultivation of the Lord. We need to allow the Lord to shape and mold our character before He can place us in a position to impact the world. God isn’t going to throw us to the wolves without preparing us for the battle. The question is “Are we ready to die to our desires of being used, and ready to focus and embrace all that God has in store for us in the process?


“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

John 15:5


If you said “yes,” be ready to enter a place of refining and maturing. But how does one prepare to be used by God? The answer is simple. The same way we maintain our walk with the Lord; through a consistent and intentional relationship with Him. Many times, we think that there are shortcuts to success and greatness. But both are really found in being consistent, faithful and available. Our faithfulness and consistency in prayer, worship, and reading of the Word are the key acts that will not only sustain us in our walk but also help us mature into someone God can use for His people. Yielding our desires and plans to God is pivotal for us to be available for God, as it positions us for God to empower and work through us. There are no “5 Things You Can Do To Become A Super Sayian Christian Overnight.” If someone is selling you this, they are indirectly setting you up for failure. We can’t avoid the preparation or process, and expect to finesse when we get to our destination.

If the desire to be used has been placed in your heart, please realize that God is calling you to a place of maturity and inviting you to step into being intentional with your walk;  that is where the keys to be used lies—in the secret place. This is the place that God prepares His disciples to go out and influence their calling.


“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Ephesians 2:10 NIV


So let’s cease to have itching ears when we hear the call of the Lord, but prepare our hearts for the process leading to the destination.

UD Turns Three

Not everyone is aware, but Urban Disciple has been up and running for three years now. On January 27th, 2013, I created this blog. I was not sure what it would be used for, but God knew. I ran the blog singlehandedly for two years, but last year I ran the blog with a full blown team. In 2014, through small talk here and there, a team was being formed for Urban Disciple. I shared the vision with some people, and soon they, too, wanted to be apart of what God was doing.


I learned a lot last year, more than I experienced in the first two years of the blog. The same can be said for the rest of the team. As  #UDTurns3, we wanted to reflect on the highs and lows of 2015, and glorify the Father in His faithfulness to this blog. Prepare your hearts, it’s about to get real.


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The last year taught me many things about myself, I can legit write a blog post on it, but some things should remain unknown. You know, I need material for my autobiography *winks*.

My High: The Trials and Tribulations That Came With Working With A Team

If You Want To Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want To Go Far, Go Together

-Your African Uncle Visiting You in America

I love my team. With no benefit of a doubt, I am grateful to serve with them. But it took some time for me to say this statement. Most of us just knew each other by name, but weren’t close friends. We were five individuals, who came together because we each saw the vision with a unique way we could contribute to it. Although, we all weren’t closest of friends, we were definitely a strong team. Through them, I learned how to work with others, as well as to trust them with the blog. At the end of the day, this wasn't my blog anymore, but ours. With our different personalities, I learned the culture of honor had to be established amongst us in order for everyone to feel apart of the team and vision. Even to this day, I am still learning ways to communicate to them and ways to honor their ideas and suggestions.

Low: The Lack of Support.

God is faithful to His word and His promises. His words don't return back to Him void, but fulfilled. This blog was fully funded on my 24th birthday by my awesome friends, who believed in the blog and I. I honestly can’t thank them enough. But regardless of that, I learned that ‘friends’ is not synonymous for ‘supporters’. I was so accustomed to people supporting UD back when it was ran by me, I assumed it would continue with the new blog. However, that wasn't the case. I reflected back on the night where I had one guest visit the former blog. Someone from Saudi Arabia, a predominantly Islamic country, who probably didn't know Jesus or had ever been to a church, read MY blog. That fueled me. That’s who I write for and desire “support” from - people who don’t know Jesus. God helped me realize that this blog wasn't for my friends, but the individuals who I will probably never meet,  yet I could impact their relationship with Jesus.

Low: The “Illusion of Competition”

*insert cliche quote about a flower blooming and not competing* Blazay blazay blah. I don’t like competition, even though I tend to be an overachiever at times. I don’t think I will go into details with this “low.” But I believed when I came out with the relaunching of the blog, there were other Christians bloggers on the scene as well. Instead of it being mutual support for all parties, it was more so of an environment of competition. It made it hard to run a blog in freedom because every move was cloudy by the thought of imitating the style and ways of another blog. We have one common goal - to proclaim the Kingdom until the glorious return of Jesus Christ. We are on the same team. Can a house divided stand?


Toyin

Working with Olamide and the whole UD team has been a very fun and challenging experience since the very beginning. When I was initially asked to join, I was so nervous and felt inadequate to take on a role of writing on Christian topics in areas I was struggling with myself, never mind being Editor-in-Chief! But still I said yes, and I haven’t looked back since.

High: Working with a Team

Working with a team has helped me find the confidence I needed to put my skills to use and learn more skills that I would not have been able to learn on my own. They are very supportive and encouraging, and if the content of our work does not make sense we will not only let each other know, but we will work collectively to make each article that gets published is clear, concise, and accurate. They continue to inspire and help me grow in my walk with God because I see Him working through them. I am always amazed by the stuff we are learning individually just from reading the articles. We are a family, and I enjoy doing life virtually with them :)

Low: Finding my Niche

When I first started out at UD, I had a hard time understanding my role in the team. I was not sure what an ‘Editor-in-Chief’ was supposed to do or how to act, so I can admit that I was a bit aggressive. Aside from that, I felt like I was not being heard or taken seriously, but most of it was all in my head. All I needed to do was speak up! I would ask the group so often if I should just change the title of my role, but they of course encouraged me to keep it. As time went on we all became comfortable with each other and sharing our ideas, and we fell into our roles soon enough.


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I love my team. Jume Bug is my favorite. Toy Toy is always random, but hilarious and stern. Gabe is bae of life. Lamz is actually annoying great. I don’t know how God made her, but He’s lit for doing so. I always wanted to have a blog and share my life foreal, because we all have powerful testimonies and I knew that if nothing else, God would receive the glory for all that He’s done in my life. So to be apart of a very lit lit litttttt group of people who desire the same thing? I couldn’t ask for any better.

High: Sharing stories

I think my biggest triumph was being able to share stories about struggles and really offer advice. Hebrews 10 talks about never failing to meet up and fellowship with one another, and I felt like Urban Disciple kind of acted as that. It can be very easy to feel isolated from the Christian community as if we aren’t all thinking, living, or experiencing the same thing. So I think just having a place where we can talk about the awkwardness of being intentional, dealing with sexual sin, and struggling with our walks is what God calls us to. We need to know we are not alone, that there is hope, and that there is comfort in God through people. There is a power in our stories and I just want to share them with people so they know they are not alone.

Low: NOT Being Able to Share Stories..and Life Happening & Finding My Worth

So, my life just decided to change in 2015. I graduated, got a new job, and moved back home….things got real. Because things got real, I wasn’t able to write as much and share as much with people. Writing is my outlet, I have endless journals and I’m super pressed for the perfect ones to write my thoughts and prayers to God. It’s my love language so not being able to do it as much and sharing my thoughts and heart with people really sucks. So I don’t like real life….my team even clowned me for being on sabbatical longer than God was after Malachi (shoutout to Olamide)...but I wanna get back, and I hope to soon. I miss y’all.

My other low was feeling was the feeling of unworthiness and comparison. God has gifted all of us on the team with different skills to reach different people, but when you don’t receive feedback or comments on what a great blog you wrote and someone else does, it was like my articles weren’t as impacting. But that’s exactly how the devil works. He wants to discourage and divide the body of Christ, and as Olamide mentioned earlier, there is no competition in the Kingdom. Toyin could be an ear, Gabe a leg, Jummy a foot, Lamz, a hand, and I the eyes. We all serve different roles in the body and thus, we serve different roles on this team. We won’t look the same OR impact the same people. All I need to be concerned about is ensuring my heart is to glorify and honor God.


Jummy

These four right here need me (1 Corinthians 12:21). And I need them. It’s been an interesting year, nevertheless, with this Urban Disciple body. Since I internally determined to become a writer, I knew having a blog, whether a sports blog or a lifestyle blog, was something I had to incept in my everyday living. Just being able to share what God did for me, to me, and through me, while He inspired and wrote with me, became one of the greatest feelings I could ever have, and I knew I had to have, and do more. I knew this was to be a part of my life forever. Personally, this has been the hardest group I’ve had to work with because they never take my crap. It’s almost as if they beat me with rods to get what they wanted out of me. But it works….and I’m mad grateful for that.

High

We thank God, that through all that I’ve endured... I’m not dead. I kid, but I think the high for me, as cliche as it may be, is that we’ve been, and continue to be, bound together in love. I’ve come to learn that there are very few things more beautiful than unison, unity, and cohesiveness--oneness within the body--within one body. And I believe that’s where we’ve come to. Throughout everything: from the weeks were our producing was outstanding and we were dropping posts almost daily, to those dry, dry, dry times where nothing seemed to be produced---God still grew us as a family, and He’ll continue to grow us in Jesus name. Take note, this is one of those moments where I’m not being complicatedly deep...I think. :).

Low

“They keep bullying me...where’s my lawyer?” Jesus is my refuge, shield and buckler. I think the low for me last year, in more forms than one, was insecurity. I don’t know how it happened, I don’t know why it happened, but my heart became very tender and overly apt to absorbing pain. I foolishly took everything to heart. I was prideful, bitter, and indifferent at various moments in the year towards the UD team and myself. But I realized, thanks to Debbie being led by God, that I did a lot of self-condemning. I was very quick to scoff at myself for my shortcomings, not meeting a bar, or just not getting something done, that I wouldn’t tolerate advice, rebuke, and even encouragement from the team. I think this is where I say, ‘I’m my biggest critic.’ It’s true, I take everything I do personally and passionately. I think that understanding that aspect of myself and revealing it to the team, has helped us grow in understanding and patience. These guys have been ever so patient with me, and I love them for that. #UDtheBest #HashtagsArentMyThing #ImeanMyFirstBlogPostWasALongHashtag #WhyDidTheyLetMePostThatThingWithThatTitle


Gabriel

Oh man this team, there are so many things that I can say really. We are cohesive, but it’s a strange cohesive like double sided tape. Its annoying sometimes, but when you get to use it, it is clutch and can patch up many things. Everyone one on this team is valuable to me, including Jummy, whom I both love and don’t like. He can probably tell you why. He’s still great though. I know we have the potential for something big here.

Low: Having Heavy Hitters

Our team is full of people who do many things in life, so when it comes to doing things for Urban Disciple, we’re not able to bring our full energy to the table a lot of times. It just really stinks because we have great folks here, but we’re not as dedicated as we can be and it is because we are kind of spread thin. Not only do we do a lot, but we probably have 2 to 3 things to do for Urban Disciple. I pray that God adds more people to use so that our energies can be more direct and focused.

High: Diversely Like Minded  

We all kind of think the same way, but we don’t. It is really cool actually like we have a variety of thoughts and ideas and they work because we are able to compliment each other well. It makes bringing ideas to the table much easier because you can trust that someone will assist and add to what you have to bring to the table.


Despite the highs and lows we all may have experienced collectively or individually, God is definitely doing something at UD. We can't wait to see what this year has in store for us. Stay tuned!


 

Sticks & Stones

As unique humans beings, we all receive and perceive love differently. Ideally, there are five ways we “receive” love from other people: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time and Physical Touch. My love language is words of affirmation (as well as quality time). But no really, I really admire and cherish people sharing their hearts about me, to me. To this day, I still have birthday and graduation cards that I read randomly to rehear people’s words of affection towards me. I’m that person who has a journal of recorded and documented prophesies.

Although receiving words of affirmation, is a way for me to experience God’s love through His people, they had started to become a snare in my walk as a believer. Words of affirmation are suppose to bring out the best in me, but instead they’ve revealed how ugly my heart really was.

I’m sure we’re all familiar with popular Christianese phrase “if you don’t live by the praise of man, you wouldn’t die by their criticisms.” I wish that was my case, but I was dying internally from the lack of affirmation. Weird, right? But the weird part was that I wasn’t looking for affirmation in the sense of people complimenting how amazing my outfit was, or how white my teeth were, or how beautiful I was. It was the lack of affirmation in ministry that was causing me to lose my grip on life and creating tension between the friends I served with and I.

A friend once said, “You can’t say you don’t deal with something anymore if the opportunity to do it hasn’t presented itself to test you.” Meaning that you could possibly still have something residing in your heart, but because there hasn’t been an incident to test you, that thing hasn’t had it chance to manifest itself in your outward actions. Capishe?

The opportunity to see the inner battles of my heart presented itself this past summer when I was asked to join my ministry's Discipleship leadership board as the administer director. I had been involved with the department for two years and was a by-product of the discipleship program, so I was honored and excited to continue serving, but also ecstatic that it was on a higher capacity. And the plus side was I was serving with some of my closest friends. But these weren’t just any friends. These were the people you called to lead bible study, or administer deliverance, or even for godly advice on everyday life situations. It is one thing to do life with people like this, but another to serve with them.

Now that the opportunity had presented itself, it was a matter of time before the heart issue manifested. So as I mentioned, I was the administrative director. With a distorted view, I found myself being frustrated because I was under the impression that my role was insignificant. I wasn’t leading the training calls and I wasn’t teaching, so I indirectly assumed I wasn’t an adequate teacher, which led to my childhood battle with speech insecurities to resurface. But mainly, I wasn’t being affirmed like the other leaders. All I seemed to be doing was sending emails. Because I had no one telling me the significance of my role, I began believing my role wasn’t significant. Because I failed to see the great need for it in the department, I didn't take full advantage of my role.

In December, a group of us were at IHOP-KC Onething Conference. It was during a worship set one night, when Misty Edward ministered “I Shall Not Want.” It was right there and then when God affirmed me. As Misty sang, I could feel God comfort me and also remove the insecurities I was dealing with. Even in the prophesy room, God spoke through two fatherly mannered men about things God delighted in me. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom indeed. I was free, or so I thought. Remember the opportunity had to presents itself for me to be tested.

The opportunity presented itself once again. And it led to jealousy and offense towards people I really loved. After a week of the frustration, I called my personal prophet. He said one thing that put a halt to my inner battle: “Ask God what He has for Olamide. You need God to tell you what He sees in you.*Boom* Shots fired. Who got hit? I was silent. My issue was I needed to hear that I was valuable and needed; but my solution wasn’t found in man, it was literally found in Christ.

My life verse is Colossians 3:3

"For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Well, my identity is hiding in Him as well.


 “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!”

Psalm 139:17 NKJV


While recently studying the Book of John, the Holy Spirit highlighted how Jesus really wasn’t seeking public recognition, but was secure in His identity, because He knew where it lied. Jesus proclaimed to be the Son of God, but yet many people didn’t believe Him. Including His family.


“‘For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.’ For even His brothers did not believe in Him.

John 7:4-6


But that’s the thing. Man will affirm you for what they see in public. We affirm traits we see people display and attributes they personify in their demeanor.

But God...God is different. He affirms us on what we do in the secret place, what we do in the heart. He affirms what is concealed to the human eye, revealing our inward nature and calling us by that. With God, it's not a matter of doing, but of simply being.


But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’”

1st Samuel 16:17


“... and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
Matthew 6:18


Affirmation from man is temporary, but affirmation from God is eternal, for two keys reasons: 1. God is not a man that he should (or even could) lie and 2. God’s word doesn’t come back void, but fulfilled.

But God will affirm you at the appointed time, and before the right people.


"When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’”

Matthew 3:16-17


How we receive love shapes and forms how we perceive the relationships we have. Once I knew the state of my heart, I was able to be vulnerable with those around me. I began to confess to my friends the battles I was secretly dealing with. With full transparency, I shared how I felt and was able to receive my much needed healing, peace, and assurance.


”Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.”

James 5:16


“Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Roman 8:30


Until the time, when God raises me up in His hands, I will be here dwelling in His Heart. There is no better feeling to know you are His and He is your’s.