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.

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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. 

Overcoming Anxiety With Thanksgiving 

Feeling thankful during a flash of anxiety sounds counter- initiative, but it’s exactly what allows us to embrace the truth (God is in control) grow in faith (I’m giving this to You, Lord. Please help me) and remain joyful in miserable moments.

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

Back then when I get worried about something, it would get me down a drainage, sinking in my worries and anxious state. Still in progress in conquering the spirit of worry because it gets to.me some times, but have learnt how to overcome it, by praying and leaving all to God to handle.

God works in our lives and does miracles. I have prayer about situations and have seen God change the outcome- prayed for help in times of tension and have seen God clear the air. I pray for my family, friends and see them receive breakthrough.

God is faithful and He wants the best for us. When we trust that, we don’t need to fear evil. Jeremiah 29:11 states that I know the plans I have for you, declares the lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God offers the kind of healing that goes to the soul- it goes straight through us into the darkest of the dark.

For anyone who has ever dealt with stress, worry or anxiety, you know how tormenting it can be when it grabs hold. Without God in control, we are left feeling vulnerable and unprotected. Let Him be the one who grabs hold. I’m praying to die to myself day after day. Sometimes even moment after moment, so that God can prevail in my life.

We turn to Him and say “I need you Lord” He is there, holding us as we manage to put one foot in front of the other and make it through another day.

True peace, true courage and true love comes from God. The Lord Jesus Christ  died for us so that we would be set free from the evil of the world. Nothing can win against the one who conquered death. Keep in my mind.

  • Psalm 56:11 says, in God i trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
  • For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, Love and self- discipline. (II Timothy 1:7)
  • And if you’re still worried about what tomorrow could bring: therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Mathew 6:34)

A Year of Tragedies: 2017 In Review

A lot of tragedies has happened since te beginning of the year. We lost some great and dear people to our hearts, while some we experienced a great loss of our homes, jobs, divorce, and many more. Most of the credits goes to “Christian Headlines”. Here are some highlight tragedies that happened this year.. 

For Americans, the past twelve months have been marked by tragedy. It’s been a year of shootings, natural disasters, and scarred relationships.


In October, fifty-eight people died in a mass shooting in Las Vegas. As the Wall Street Journal reports, this massacre “ranks as the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.” Just a few weeks later, another gunman slaughtered twenty-six more defenseless victims in a rural Texas church. It became the “fifth deadliest such attack.” But these are only two of the many violent killings that happened this year. Zusha Elionson with WSJ writes, “[T]he number of people killed or injured in mass incidents in 2017 is higher than in the three previous years.”


Natural disasters have also battered the nation from all sides. As the article reports, more than 200 people died in hurricanes and tropical storms that overwhelmed the Gulf Coast and Caribbean. On the western side of the country, wildfires ravaged California in October and December. These fires wiped out “more than 8,400 houses and other structures,” killed forty-two people, and burned thousands of acres.


Meanwhile, rifts between races have continued to grow under the pressure of rallies and extremist groups. The distrust between genders has also increased with the widespread revelations of sexual misconduct. Allegations reached to some of the most respected positions in modern society, forcing many Americans to think twice about where they put their trust.


We cannot finish the tragedies in Nigeria without Boko Haram. On the 25th of July, Boko Haram laid ambush on an Oil exploration team and killed over 50 people in the North East (Borno) area of Nigeria, it was classified as one of the deadliest attacks of Boko Haram in months. On the 31st of August they raided a camp in Banki area of Maiduguri, Borno State killing at least 11 people

Bomb blast killings in Maiduguri Northern part of Nigeria by Islamic terrorist group “Book Haram”. It’s just sad as the people of this area are threatened everyday. No sleep, No peace. Girls are kidnapped, rapped and brain washed. I really appreciate the efforts of the Nigerian Army in suppressing this terror. God will always win over devils and demons. 

Biafra is like the most sensitive topic in Nigeria. This year group of army individuals called Operation Python dance invaded the home of Biafrain’s Activist and leader Nnamdi Kanu killing 5 people and injuring over 30 individuals. Although federal government proscribed IPOB a terrorist group. US refuses to acknowledge IPOB as a terrorist group.

On August 14th, over 14 people were killed and 100injured in a terrorist attack in Spain, when a van rammed into a crowd of Barcelonans.

UK has seen its own share of tragedies; most recent tragedy September 15th is the improvised bomb blast at London underground station at parson’s green station central London injuring over 25 people.

June 19: Van hits Pedestrians outside Mosque killing one and injuring 11 people.

To the fire which engulfed Grenfell tower in the early hours of 14th of June in North Kensington West London killing over 50 people,



June 3RD: London bridge and Borough Market attack

May 22nd: Ariana Grand Concert Bomb Blast in Manchester.

March 22ND: Westminster Bridge Vehicle Attack & Stabbing killing 5 people and injuring over 50 people. 

In all of these tragedies, that very question of trust is just what we should be evaluating as a nation. If nothing else, this year has proven that there isn’t much in the world worth trusting in—not the weather, not politicians, not even our fellow “average” people. All these things, along with most other things that we treat as trustworthy, have failed us in 2017. And none of those failures are unprecedented. In a sense, we’ve seen it all before in the pages of history books. So, none of these things even deserved our trust in the first place.

As we move forward from this year of sorrows, let’s turn our thoughts to the One that we can trust in. This life is truly one of tragedy, but we serve a God of restoration. He—who alone holds the power of taming the weather and transforming the human heart—will one day banish tragedy forever and wipe every tear from our eyes. Put your hope in him.

For you to be alive today is a big joy and blessing. The victims of these tragedies are far better than we leaving now. We cry to God why this person or that person. We don’t even deserve anything from God, we need to just glorify and thank Him. Am forever grateful and thankful to God for Life!!!