God First, God Always!

Hey guys!

I will appreciate if I have your deepest attention on this post. It is what most of us go through eveyday as we try to get closer to God. Please read through, digest it, and share.

I only realized to record my awareness of this last night, but I feel closer to God when I vocally/verbally say my prayers rather than saying them in mind. Are you the same way? Every now and then I have a hard time mindfully praying especially in the early morning and night before sleeping. It’s because many other thoughts will compete with what I’m trying to tell God and I will not be successful at actually finishing the prayer. Instead I’ll either drift off to sleep or not sleep at all because I have these other random thoughts not properly dealt with. If I pay attention to those thoughts, my focus will not be on Him 100%. Anyway, I was laying in bed mindfully talking to God and all of a sudden doubt welled up in me. Maybe because I was laying down and not sitting up so I wasn’t completely in humility mode. If anyone here sends me prayer requests, I will usually type it up because it’s how I show that I really care and that I actually did pray for you. Typing it up comes more naturally to me than literally saying it because I’ve journaled my prayers for so long. Verbalizing/vocalizing them is something I’m getting better at. But for my friends who need help connecting with God on a deeper level, try literally saying them if you’ve never made it a habit, and always begin with praise and worship, then thanks, and confession, and lastly bring up your requests and all other desires…ACTS – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. This order will help you build a deep humility, which is perfect when you’re asking the LORD for anything, you’ll have more peace, hope, and faith that He heard you and that your prayers will be answered. 💗🙏🏼

Important:

Also if you want to give your life to Christ, say this after me: Lord Jesus, I thank you for the gift of salvation and grace. I believe truly you came to die for my sins. Today, I make you my Lord and personal saviour in Jesus name. Amen!

Welcome To The Month Of Divine Favour And Breakthrough

A donkey was tied to a tree. A demon came and released him. The donkey entered the field of a farmer and began to eat everything. The farmer’s wife saw the donkey and, afraid that it would destroy the farm, took the rifle and killed him.The donkey’s owner saw the dead donkey, got angry, and also took his rifle and fired at the woman, killing her. When the farmer got home and saw that his wife was dead, he killed the donkey’s owner.The donkey owner’s sons seeing their dead father, burned the farmers field. The farmer in retaliation killed them.When they asked the demon what he had done, he said:- “I did nothing, I just released the donkey.”Do you get it? The devil doesn’t have power to do much, but one simple thing he does triggers the evil intents of men’s hearts to harm one another. So, let’s think before seeking revenge! Be careful with your heart, because many times, the only thing the devil does is “release the donkey”

Happy New Month and Do have a great week ahead.

Thankful, Grateful and Humble No Matter What

Life has a way of taking you by surprise. No matter how much planning you do, you can’t predict it all. But in everything you can be thankful and humble.

Have you ever stepped back, evaluated your life and thought to yourself, “there’s no way I deserve these blessings… But God!” Even during struggles and trials I always remind myself that things could be much worse. God has this amazing way of taking events in our lives and turning them into miracles. Paths that we start on and maybe think will end a certain way, but then God blows our mind and makes it amazing.

My dad could have not seen his grandchildren, I could be without a job, my friend could have passed away from cancer or whatever sickness, my grandmother could have lived and still be in extreme pain, confusion, and suffering. There’s always the other side of the coin. It’s in these times, that I am thankful, grateful and humble,… no matter what.

Although scripture was written when Jesus was raises Lazarus from the tomb, it’s relevance is the same: “Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”” John‬ ‭11:40‬ ‭NIV

Believing and having faith through the noise is hard, trust me I know. I have experienced times where my faith was tested and tried. Whether it was when i lost my job, while my wife was pregnant, or even when my friend was hospitalized with sickness. It’s during these times we can often wonder how strong we really are.

Blind faith is what we are called to have.

After failing my professional exams and being discouraged and afraid to take the exam again, my faith was tried. I had lost hope in myself and doubted my abilities. After several months of losing my job, I was beginning to lose hope in the possibility of receiving an employment letter. Being humble and resolving myself to know that everything is in God’s hands, not my own, is one of the ways I was able to remain thankful and grateful.  Even in the midst of the unknown, I knew my heavenly Father would glorify it all.

Grateful, Thankful

If my mindset was different, I would not have been able to push through every day, going to offices or sending my resume to apply for jobs, studying everyday to improve myself and also to write my exams.  I would have stopped, given up, thrown my hands up in the air, and said, “screw it all.” And trust me, that would have been the easy route.  Running away and taking my ball home to play by myself.

Trusting God during difficult times takes work.

Choosing what has your focus is key. If all of your issues have your focus, then you will never have light in your life.  If you are focusing on different options and the many ways to improve your situations, you will have more of a positive outlook on things. Be humble and allow God to be your focus, not other things.  Those “other things” are complicating your life.

Calming the noise and finding peace in the quite is also important. We all get busy with the hustle and bustle of life and when we are in the throws of life, we don’t have peace.  Without peace, we can’t hear from God.  If we are not hearing from God, we are not able to find rest in his love and comfort.

Giving everything over to God and trusting in His perfect timing is a must. I don’t know about you, but I have control issues… hi my name is Virginia, ha! But seriously, I feel better when I know I have control of things. The when, the how, everything under the sun. But I find that I have peace when I give every timeline to God.“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

Being humble allows you the time to let God lift you to greater and more amazing doors in life. Staying humble means recognizing that we are not on this earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.

 Virginia A. DePratter, inspired me to post this. Am grateful!

Good To Be Back After a Long Break

Good day,

It is good to be back after 3 months of not posting as always. I was privileged to be the handler of one of the housemates in the just concluded Big Brother Naija 2019. This was a great experience for me to be able to learn more about Public relations, and also how to manage my temper and character towards people. In the space of 3 months, I lost my job, but never will i fret knowing God has opened a better door for me again.

Also, the Lord blessed my home with an handsome baby boy, who looks so much like his dad😁 Am delighted to share this with you fam, because I know your prayers will go a long way for me and my family.

Jesse Cardozo Johnson

Am happy to be back, to do what I do best by inspiring and motivating people around. I really miss you guys!

I hope have not gotten rusty though 😄😂

Have a wonderful, fulfilled day guys.

The Benefit Of Believing God

It’s a wonderful thing that God has done for us to be able to look at a negative thing in a positive way and actually say, “You cannot defeat me because God is on my side.”

I want to have a good attitude because that’s what will glorify God. He has promised that if we will do three simple things—continue to pray, to love Him, and to want His will—that all things will work together for our good (see Romans 8:28). That’s a 100 percent, ironclad guarantee that no matter how messy life gets, God will make good out of it. If you want victory in your life, all you have to do is adopt a lifestyle of thanksgiving.

If you can manage to be thankful in every situation, really believing that God is working everything out for your good, you will end up with the victory every single time.

Appreciating Your Time In The Wilderness

This is a guest post.
You may think it’s a little bit strange to say this, but I think we need to learn to appreciate our trials a lot more than we do because they’re what make us grow and mature in godly character.

You see, in hard times, we tend to experience more of His nearness and power in our lives. It’s in those times that we really come to know Him.

Complaining actually opens a door for the devil. We need to learn to thank God in everything.

Don’t go to lunch with someone and spend the whole time talking about your problems. Remember, recall and recount the good things God is doing in your life.


Talk about your Red Sea moments. Remember the manna He gave you last week. Remember the resurrections you’ve had in your life. The Bible says to fix your mind on those things that are worthy of praise (see Philippians 4:8). Remember those things. Talk about those things.

I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy to do. It’s much easier to make excuses and feel sorry for yourself because things will happen to you that don’t seem fair. The key is to keep saying, “I trust You, God, and I believe You will work it all out for my good.”

Talk about your blessings and not your problems..

Podcast: Count Your Blessings Instead Of Your Problems.

Hi guys,

Trust your day is going great as always.

This post is for anyone focusing on their problems instead of counting their blessings.

Psalm 103:2 says, “Praise the lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits”

I don’t know how many blessings God has favoured you with but these are some tips to thank God for whenever you faced with problems that are difficult for you.

Click to listen to the Podcast

Victory Over Attackers And Challenges

Hey Guys,

This topic came to my mind on Friday when I was observing a Night Vigil. It is about victory over attackers and challenges.

What is victory?

Victory is when you have power over any boulder that may stand on your way.

Being a believer or not, the first thing that one needs to do is to have faith in God.

As such, you will receive guidance to find out where fear comes from.

Jesus gave all of us victory over death and other iniquities when he dies on the cross.

It is therefore through prayer that we get to reconnect with our savior who intercedes on our behalf.

You have to trust in God, as he is able to provide us with an inner boldness image.

Having unlimited hope means that you get to have expectant anticipation.


We get all our strength from God

No matter what is happening at any point of our life, hope helps us to grasp on all the promises that God has for us and holding tight to it with prayers hoping that things will get to turn around.

Having hope in Jesus will give us power that will lead us into victory.

Today I declare victory over all the challenges of life that you may be facing.

In life, especially as students, there are many challenges that may make life a little hard and complicated. However, this is part of life.

Challenges and tribulations are part of life and victory is when we are able to triumph above all of them.

With God’s presence, Victory is possible

It is very important for one to speak and believe from the very onset of any challenge that they already have victory over it and they sure will.

Putting their hope in Christ as the guide, it is pretty easy to face all bumps that are on our paths and emerge as victors.

Let me use a character in the bible who was faced with a heavy challenge from attackers and enemies.

Jehoshaphat encountered a big problem. A great multitude of his enemy was readying themselves for battle against him and his people. At first, he didn’t see a solution. Perhaps you feel that way today. But just wait. We are about to see how that problem is a blessing in disguise.

One of the first things we need to do when we have a problem is to establish a purpose. Jehoshaphat didn’t turn to the Lord after he’d tried everything else like so many of us do. Instead, the very first thing he did when trouble came was to seek the Lord. We can come boldly to God’s throne of mercy as Jehoshaphat did (see Hebrews 4:14-16).


When you encounter a problem, it is helpful to look back over your shoulder and see what God did for you in the past. That’s what Jehoshaphat did. God did not save you to abandon you. His name is I AM, not I WAS. If you have seen Him work in your life in the past, believe that He will do so in the future. He is able to bring something good out of every circumstance in your life (see Romans 8:28).


King Jehoshaphat unashamedly poured out to the Lord that the enemy was trying to take away the possessions God had given them. You’re not going to embarrass God by standing on His promises. When trouble comes, you are to copy what King Jehoshaphat did. Look back in your past and see how God has brought you thus far. Then find a promise in the Word of God and stand on it.


Before the battle even began, Jehoshaphat offered praises to God. So many times we want to get in the battle or get to work without as much as a thought to worship God for the blessings and victories He will bring. There is simply nothing more important than worship in preparing to battle problems. The man who kneels before God can stand before any problem.


God is ready to move on your behalf in victory but He will not do one solitary thing until you praise Him. Sadly we secure our defeat by our lack of praise. Prayer infuses us with the energy of God and confuses the enemies of God. If you know your problem is caused by the enemy, then praise the Lord! It doesn’t fit the devil’s grid of how we are to attack problems.


When we attack problems God’s way, we will enjoy His provisions. Confusion came into the camp of the enemy as a result of their praises to God. The battle was won and they gathered all the silver, gold and jewels. The same will happen for you. If the devil attacks you and you praise God, then you’re going to find that the devil becomes God’s messenger boy to bring you riches. When we praise Him, embrace His promises, and stand upon them, that He always brings victory.

Victory is achieved from inside until it overflows to be felt

It is thus necessary to start by having faith and hope and working towards overcoming all challenges and you sure will be able to emerge victorious.

When Do We Offer Thanksgiving? At All Times

Thanksgiving background

In every situation, in all things and by so doing we enter into the victorious life where the devil cannot control us.

How can he control us if we are going to be joyful and thankful no matter what the circumstances are? Admittedly, this kind of lifestyle sometimes requires a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, but i would rather sacrifice my thanksgiving to God than sacrifice my joy to satan.

Be grateful at all times, one filled with gratitude not only toward God, but also toward people. When someone does something nice to you, let him/her know that you appreciate it.

Show appreciation in your family among the various members. So often, we take for granted the things that God has blessed us with. A sure way to lose something is not to appreciate it.

Have you told your wife/girlfriend how you appreciate her each day?

Meditate daily on all the things you have to be thankful for. Rehearse them to the Lord in prayer, and as you do you will find your heart filling up with life and light.

“Through Him, therefore, let us at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name”.


Hebrews 13:15

Things I Am Grateful For Today (And Always)

1. That humans are a self-healing species.

2. The infinitude of people wiser and more talented than I, because of whom I will always be able to learn more, see differently, understand better, and generally be entertained.

3. That anytime something hasn’t worked out the way I wanted it to initially, something better did. Always. Without fail.

4. My wife is with me when I was researching this. Been thankful for everything God has done for us.

5. The abundance of foods and cultures and restaurants and diners that exist in my little corner of the world, and that I get to taste a little bit of everything as often as I like.

6. I have never once in my life worried about being too cold in the winter because I couldn’t afford a sweater or jacket.

7. Friends who have loved me more than I loved myself, and who taught me how to love myself.

8. Hugs.

9. Cooking, and sharing it with others. It’s been something I have really grown a love for this past year.

10. That nothing lasts forever, which is, essentially, just a call to be present.

11. That I live in a hemisphere that experiences all four seasons.

12. Second chances. Third chances. Forgiveness. The ability to say: thank you for that experience, and mean it.

13. Nature. And trees. The after-rain smell, the springtime smell. Mountains and trails and and the fact that I have feet and legs to walk them.

14. The funny fact that the nature of realizing a problem is also you recognizing that there is a solution.

15. My job. The fact that I get to write every day. The other amazing writers and producers I get to read and work with and publish.

16. Coffee, and coffee shops at night.

17. A long meal in a dimly lit restaurant with a bottle of wine and someone you love.

18. The excitement of knowing you have reservations for a long meal in a dimly lit restaurant with a bottle of wine and someone you love.

19. That I have rent to pay, dishes to do, laundry to fold, and dinner to cook; because it means I have my own home, have eaten, am clothed, and have more food available to me.

20. How much joy the little things bring (knowing that that joy is always accessible.)

21. Finding a song you love so much you listen to it 20 times in a row and it just gets better and better with every word and riff and beat you start to memorize.

22. Handwriting anything.

23. Farmers markets.

24. The smell of someone you’re falling in love with, right when you’re falling in love with them.

25. The fact that there is no limit to the number of people we can fall in love with – and that it is possible to do so, each time, as wholly as we did before.

26. Confident people who live their lives and speak their truths and redefine beauty and greatness and wonder and what it means to LIVE just by the nature of their living. (People don’t become inspiring by trying to help others, just by being themselves.)

27. Kids. I envy teachers (though I acknowledge how much work they do and how crappy I’d be as one). Regardless, my real joy in life is playing games in my comfort zone and eating biscuit with a cup of fresh juice, watching my favourite season movies.

28. Warm, comfy beds.

29. The simple, perfect knowledge that my only real purpose is to be. Right here, just like this. My name will fade with successions of generations, and eventually, one day, nobody will know I existed. But for now, just for today, I am awake and alive to see and feel and breathe and live in a foreign, temporary body. If there is something more beautiful than that, show it to me, I’ll be surprised.

30. Everything I have healed, everything I have learned, and how being happy, being present, creating more, and being abundant in every way, always begins with thankfulness.

Things You Forgot To Thank Yourself For

Things You Forgot To Thank Yourself For

We’re always thanking our friends and family for their support and the incredible things they do for us but we sometimes forget that we should thank ourselves as well for the things we go through and how at certain times we make it completely on our own. Here are some of the things you should thank yourself for:

1. For trying to be a better person. Thank yourself for trying to be a better friend, or a better partner or better to your parents. Thank yourself for going out of your way to help someone. Thank yourself for going the extra mile for a friend who truly needed your support.

2. For not giving up. During your finals, during stressful work weeks and during difficult times. Thank yourself for pulling yourself together and enduring the anxiety and the pain that you had to go through. Thank yourself for making it out of the storm in one piece.

3. For taking care of yourself. Thank yourself for trying to take care of yourself first before you can take care of others. Thank yourself for the times you had to focus on yourself and did a great job. Thank yourself for understanding that you have to always work on yourself because this is the person you will truly live with forever.

4. For trying to achieve your dreams even if they didn’t happen yet. Thank yourself for trying to go to school again, for trying to ask for a raise, for trying to look for another job, for trying to move to a new country. Thank yourself for the awareness you have that you need to dream bigger and do better.

5. For letting someone you loved go. Thank yourself for letting them be, for moving on even when it was hard, for trying to forget them when you didn’t want to and for doing your best not to contact them when it was all you ever wanted. Thank yourself for protecting your own heart.

6. For the moments of weakness. Thank yourself for giving yourself permission to eat that cheeseburger or skip the gym for a few weeks. Thank yourself for telling someone how you truly felt. Thank yourself for knowing that you are not perfect but there are perfect moments where you just have to be unapologetically you.

7. For making mistakes. Thank yourself for the decisions that were not so great, it means you’re learning, it means you’re evolving and it means you’re growing wiser and stronger. Thank yourself for not allowing your mistakes to define you.

8. For your kindness. Thank yourself for doing something selflessly, for giving something without expecting anything in return, for sharing your experiences or stories with people who could benefit from it and for being kind to yourself when the world is being hard on you.

9. For embracing the chaos of life. Thank yourself for keeping a smile on your face when you’re sad, for waking up and participating in life when you feel the weight of the world crashing down on you, for going out when all you want to do is stay home and for believing that things will get better even though you’re not sure. Thank yourself for trying to live your life – no matter how unpredictable and messy it can be.

10. For all the things you do that make you proud. For the little things and the big things. For the things that make you happy and the things that make you look forward to tomorrow. For the beautiful things you do that go unnoticed, for the sincere prayers you say to the ones you love, for the compromises you make, for the risky chances you take and for the silly things you do to make people smile. Thank yourself for any moment that made you grateful to be alive and made you love yourself a little bit more.

Life as they say is not easy. But each day you try your best to make it more suitable and easy for yourselves. Don’t forget to thank yourself each day for not giving up on life.

Dear God, Thank You For Everything

Thank you for always guiding me in the right direction and for knowing what is best for me more than I do.

Thank you for the many times you have forgiven me whenever I deviated from your path.

Thank you for always reminding me that sometimes you are the only one I can trust, you are the only I can talk to and you are the only one who is truly listening.

Thank you for all these blessings that I take for granted on a daily basis.

Thank you for not hating me when I was ungrateful or rude or when my faith was shaken.

Thank you for the times you have inspired me to seek knowledge and know more about the world and about myself.

Thank you for giving me the spirituality I need to contemplate the wonders of the world and the wonders of your creation and the magic of your words and your daily miracles.

Thank you for the thousands of chances you have given me.

Thank you for all the lessons, especially the hard ones.

Thank you for the love you have shown me through family and friends.

Thank you for the hardships — indeed, every hardship was followed by ease.

Thank you for always being in my heart and embracing me in my lonely nights.

Thank you for sending me all these warning signs through your messengers who were disguised as people or books or just gut feelings.

Thank you for giving me the strength I needed to endure pain and be comfortable with my loneliness.

Thank you for giving me a reason to wake up every day.

Thank you for giving me people to look up to.

Thank you for sending me people to love.

Thank you for inspiring me to keep trying to be a better person.

Thank you for giving me that faith I need when there seems to be no hope.

Thank you for being patient with me when I can’t even be patient with myself.

Thank you for whispering into my soul when I almost felt dead inside.

Thank you for showing me that this life is fleeting and unpredictable and that I shouldn’t take it for granted.

Thank you for showing me that you are the truth.

Thank you for health, for shelter, and for food.

Thank you for healing me when I was broken.

Thank you for being there when no one else was.

Thank you for everything.

Thank you for it all.

I wish I can carry out the message you have for me on this earth right –carry it with love and carry with peace.

I wish I can pass the message on and make a difference.

I am writing this for anyone who is feeling lost, desperate, sad, angry or heart broken. Someone who is going through a lot of hardships or feels betrayed by the world, I would like them to know that you are the answer and the only guidance.

That they don’t have to look outside or find someone else to heal them, all they have to do is look up and talk to you or just look for you inside their hearts.

This is the only way to deal with hardships and deal with life.

Thank you for always being there and for reassuring me that no matter what, I will never be alone.

Discontent But Content

I heard a sermon at church about God’s promise of strength for daily living. The main verses the message was based on were Phillipians 4:10-13 . Christians have a contentment so long as they hold to Christ for everything. Knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God gives us the ability to not be discontented by our circumstances. I am reminded of Romans 8:38-39.

However, in a way, we should never be content. We sell ourselves short if we become complacent; we should always be longing to have a closer relationship with God and eager to do more good for others in the name of Jesus Christ. This opportunity is a privilege. The sort of discontentment that motivates us to not miss this opportunity is different from discontentment that results from negative circumstances. It is a source of joy because though we were the lowest of the low, God has chosen us to be His children and called us to be involved in His holy work (Ephesians 2:10 ).

Worship Is A Lifestyle: Repost

By: Victoria

One of the hardest parts about ministry, or any other role in life that we immensely enjoy, is that our internal parameters are hard to find. Because it’s enjoyable to work hard and experience results, it can be difficult to know when it’s time to clock in and clock out. But, like anything, we need to have a day of rest. If God needed a day of rest then certainly we do also.” ~ Havilah Cunnington. 

The word “rest” for whatever reason always get swept under the rug when working for the Kingdom of God. We get so carried away on making sure that we are moving and doing everything that God wants us to do. We get bombarded with all the responsibilities that comes with the position that the Lord has blessed us in. We are so fueled with the thought that the Lord is using us, and want the momentum to keep going. Then we have our moments where our thought wants to remind us of all those counting on this vision or outcome. Little by little life spins it and creates this nonstop route of a circle in our life. When we finally decide to hit the brakes which is usually when we had enough; we realize that we been driving in this circle for too long. We realize that we haven’t gotten far but we’re continually retracing our steps. We realize that we are right back where we have started. Unfortunately we exhausted ourselves overthinking what God has given us and how we are going to run it; than moving and trusting that if he gave it, he will guide it.

It’s important to remember that it’s ok to hit the break paddle when needed. Working for God is by far one of the best things we can experience. However when we focus on working nonstop and not doing the self care steps that he provided; we end up halving all his works. It’s ok to rest. It’s ok to step back and look and redirect your methods. It’s ok to express the need of help. All these things are ok. What’s not ok is working nonstop with no boundaries and giving up on what God has called you to do, all at once.

The Lord remains is in scripture;

“Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it.” ~ Proverbs 15:16

“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You.” ~ Isaiah 26:3

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” ~ Philippians 4:6

“And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” ~ Exodus 33:14

“And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.” ~ Isaiah 32:17

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30

The way we work in God’s kingdom is an expression of our worship life. Worship is not singing or dancing in the alter only. Worship is a lifestyle. Worship is when all of you lives according to the Lord. When all of you wants to please the Lord with your life.

Is all of you worshipping the Lord in everything ?

Let worship be a lifestyle rather a scheduled expression.

In Everything, Give Thanks! 

When everything seem well,  giving thanks its quite easy but when things are upside down, how easy does thanksgiving come to you. 2017 is gone but there are a lot of things you wished came to pass last year before thr curtain closes.  It is not convenient,  yes but God’s admonition is to give thanks in everything. 

Your act of thanksgiving is an indication of your unreserved faith in God that you are still in control despite difficult circumstances. Stop focusing on things that seem not to be working so that thanks will not cease from your lips. This gives heaven the opportunity to do what they are good at doing- turning situations to favour you. 

NB: Don’t look at what is not going well in your life, instead appreciate what yiy have for heavens to bless you more than your expect.