Inspiration || Redeemed Remade Beautified

Wretched and forsaken
Rejected and forgotten
Messed up and broken
Battered or beaten?

He wouldn’t judge you by your past
He doesn’t describe you by that
He wouldn’t even remember it
He’ll give you a new name

You’ll be found and forgiven
You’ll be redeemed and remade
You’ll be transformed from within out
You’ll be wholly made whole

From the miry clay to the solid rock
From pit to the palace
From grass to grace
He’ll change your story

His love and grace will pursue you
His compassion will chase you down
His goodness and mercy will follow you
You’ll be clothed with His B E A U T Y

Just come as you are! Amen.

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Faith || Trusting God’s Ways: Believing God is Good Even When We Don’t Get What We Want

There are things I’ve desperately asked God for this year and I didn’t get them, not because of my lack of faith but for work of patience and trust.

I remember a particular month when all my prayers were just ‘Lord, please give me a miracle!’ย 

But I only got the miracle of learning delayed gratification, a miracle of knowing the goodness of God even when what I wanted wasn’t granted.ย 

Moreover, we can only pray, we cannot tell God when and how He chooses to answer our prayers.

Our walk with God is a walk of faith! And faith breeds patience and hope and strength!

The truth is, I felt very bad, I was disappointed and I grieved but I learnt to accept God’s ways knowing that His ways are designed as much for my good as they are for His glory!

Sometimes, God takes us through the longer route so we can learn to trust Him through the process. He develops us through this process that transforms us, I guess perhaps, I wasn’t ready for that blessing I was asking for so God needed to begin some work in me. Glad I’m yielding!

I said all of that to say this, whatever season you’re going through, learn the lessons the Lord is teaching you, receive it with an open heart. He’s not a wicked God, He knows what’s best for us and even if we throw some tantrums, His sovereignty is not dependent on how we feel anyway, lol!

More importantly, He wants to draw us nearer to Himself, and prepare/develop us for the glory ahead.

Everything God does is strategic! Looking at the life of Joseph, we saw how God took him through all those life’s seasons at His pace, in His time and His ways just to make him a prime minister.

So, with God, the end result is always worth the wait!

God’s timing is flawless, His ways are perfect and His plans are always better than ours! We only need to trust Him!

Be strengthened!
Keep Flourishing!๐Ÿ’‹


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Inspiration || Experiencing The Goodness of God โ€“ Word for The Month of November

The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth. (Exodus 34:6)

Please note the word ‘abounding’
It means exceeding, generous, superabundant, it means the goodness of God exists in large amounts…

I wrote about how good God is in my last blog post, you can read it here

This is what the Lord has been impressing on my heart lately and I believe He’s ready to manifest Himself in this area like never before in our lives this month and beyond.

No matter how fast the year might be coming to a close and it seems nothing has worked for you or your goals for the year are yet to be met or look unreachable, I will encourage you to still see the goodness of God in everything that’s happening in your life and around you, know that whatever the Lord does is good, there’s no shadow of turning with Him, every good and perfect gift comes from Him. (James 1:17)

Also, know that the very essence of God is His goodness, it is one of His attributes, and it also describes who He is by nature, God is inherently good! Nothing more, nothing else!

So whatever that’s happening in your life presently doesn’t reduce who God is. But appreciating His seen and unseen goodness in your life will rather make things better. If you look closely, you will see that there is one major thing God has done for you this year if not all and that’s LIFE! He has preserved you, only the living can make plans or set goals. So cheer up and be thankful for the goodness of God you have enjoyed this far!

I pray for you that this month…

May you taste and see the goodness of God
May you encounter the goodness of God afresh
May you experience it more before the year ends
May you express it all the days of your life

May the Lord show you His goodness like never before
May good things never cease in your life and family
May you experience the outstretched arms of the good Lord
May His goodness chase you every day of this month and beyond
May your life prove that, indeed, He is good!
Amen!

Happy New Month Beloveds!๐Ÿ’ƒ
Welcome to November!
Keep Flourishing!๐Ÿ’‹


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Faith || God Is Good

God is Good…
Our experience doesn’t change who He is
Our situation or life circumstances cannot either
He is God when things are going well and even when they are not
He is, always has been and always will be, Good.

God is good…
When the tornado of life swirls around you
When the storms of life are raging
When the world hurls you like a ship upon the sea
Even in the midst of trials and tribulations.

God is a good God…
Our ability or inability doesn’t change who is He
Goodness is who He is! He cannot be something He isn’t
He remains God in every situation, nothing alters the fact that He is good
In the darkest of nights and the flashes of the morning.

God is God…
His goodness is immeasurable and His thoughts toward us are of good
His heart is kind, His mercy is unfailing and His faithfulness endures forever
He wouldnโ€™t let anything bad happen to us unless something good was going to come out of it
He reveals His glory through the suffering He allows in our lives.

God is good…
Our minds cannot even comprehend the breadth and the depth of His goodness
His goodness is far greater than we can unravel
And even when we cannot understanding why some things happen, we can rest in the assurance that, everything He does is good
No matter what is going on in your life, there will always be a spur to remember the goodness of God.

God is good…
He’s got a purpose for every season and occurrence in our lives
He is too good to lead us astray
He has our life’s journey all well planned out
When we see in His light, we experience His goodness. Amen!

Keep Flourishing! ๐Ÿ’‹


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Inspiration || You Attract Who You Are

One of my motivating scriptures is Matthew 12:35 and it says “A good man produces good things from his storeroom of good…”

No good man can produce good if he hasn’t first stored up good things. It means there can’t be output if there was no input, and the quality of the input will also determine the quality of the output. While the quality refers to the fruit (result), we must also consider the quality in terms of depth.

You see, what you read, what you hear or who you listen to and the company you keep are all things that shape your thought life!

You are what you think (‘As a man thinks, so is he’Proverbs 23:7) and you attract who you are.

The quality of your life is inferred by all these things, you know, the input shapes the output.

The kind of knowledge that your mind has access to informs your thinking patterns and this, in turn, has a great impact on the kind of result you produce in life because it influences the outcome of the decisions you make.

Who you allow into your life (your association) is as much a big deal as what you allow into your mind. You are defined by the company you keep and the company you keep determines what accompanies you.

You may want to reconsider to purposefully shape the direction of your mind (life) by being deliberate about things that make up who you are because you attract your kind. #Selah!

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Inspiration || WATCH ME

Watch Me split the sea for you to walk on dry land
Watch Me shut the mouth of lions that surround you
Watch Me calm the raging sea and all your fears disappear
Watch Me break the prison gate for your freedom

If I’ve done for one, I can do for another
If I’ve done some before, I can again do many more
I AM the same forever, I change not
Yesterday, today, tomorrow and till eternity

Watch Me take over your battle and give you victory
Watch Me turn your secret tears to public laughter
Watch Me give you beauty for ashes
Watch Me make you a showpiece

Just like Jacob or Saul, I will give you a new name
Like Jabez or Esther, I am still able to rewrite your story
Is it like Jephthah or Gideon?ย  I can make a great man out of you
I will overturn and overturn until it’s your turn.

Watch Me make a king out of your shepherd boy
Watch Me dethrone king for your enthronement
Watch Me bless you and make you a blessing
Be still and know that I am Lord! Just Watch Me!

Keep Flourishing! ๐Ÿ’‹


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Faith || W A I T! โ€“ Word for The Month of October

Sometimes last week, the Lord said to me, “Oluwadamilola, I know you feel frustrated, tired and want to give up on everything but before you do that, wait! Wait on Me, I am working! Even if you cannot see it yet, I am up to something, just wait for me, wait patiently.”

Guess what? I cried my eyes out!

See, I know and I just don’t know it by reading it from a book, I have been there a lot of times, I have seen and experienced what it means to wait on the Lord for a particular season to end and a new one to begin.

The scripture tells us in Romans 8:25 that “But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasnโ€™t happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently.”

I agree that the season of waiting is a very tough one, it is not for the faint-hearted, it takes faith to wait, waiting requires patience and patience is a virtue that is developed over time but the good news is waiting can be more beneficial when we wait aright on God while He’s working all things out in our favor at the secret place which of course, we cannot see, and just because we cannot see it with our physical eyes doesn’t mean the Lord isn’t working on our behalf.

Life won’t always be like this, this season will not last forever, trust me, we just need to patiently wait on the Lord. Our waiting is part of the process of becoming what He wants us to be.

I believe our waiting period is a tool in God’s hands and when we get to the fullness of the appointed time, we will see how the period of waiting fitted into His plans for us. Waiting is not wasting, we are only being prepared for what’s to come.

God’s timing is flawless and even though it may not reflect our expectations but we must practice patience and trust His perfect knowledge of the time required for us to get to our next season.

I encourage you to wait and wait aright! Remember, only those who wait enjoy the renewal of strength. (Isaiah 40:31) And it takes faith and patience to inherit the promise. (Hebrews 6:12b)

This month, I pray for you that your strength never fails, you will be patient enough for the Lord to work through your waiting season. You will not throw in the towel before your appointed time of blessing and when your long-awaited season comes, it will be worth the wait. Amen.

Happy New Month Beloveds!
Welcome to October!

Keep Flourishing! ๐Ÿ’‹


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Inspiration || Tired, Weary, or Burdened?

Tired?
Come find rest for your soul
Weary?
Come and be refreshed
Burdened?
Come and be relieved

He gives power to the faint
He increases the strength to the weak
He satisfies the weary soul
His yoke is easy and His burden is light

Come to the Yoke Breaker
Come to the Peace Giver
Come to the Burden Lifter
Come find rest in Jesus

You can cast ALL your cares on Him
He truly cares for you
He is an endless source of peace and strength
He bestows life forevermore!

Keep Flourishing! ๐Ÿ’‹


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Faith || You Desire It? Sow The Seed

I watched a friend’s Vlog yesterday and she shared about how she was all out for people who have laid hold on their promises while she awaited hers, and this reminded me of a post I wrote sometimes in 2016 about praying for others, I’m sharing it below.

But before you jump right into the post, I will like to say that whatever you make happen for others, God will equally make happen for you.

Life is a seed and sometimes, we usually feel some seeds are not worth sowing but that’s not true, every seed carries in it fruits and harvest, however, this seed can be in any form, it could be monetary, gifts, service, an act of kindness, words of encouragement, prayers, listening ears, even a smile and while it takes some seeds a short time to produce harvest, it takes some seeds a long time to bring harvest but the good news is, no matter how long your seed takes to produce fruits, harvest is certain and harvest is always bigger than the amount of seed sown. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, to the post first written in 2016…

Over time, I’ve come to understand better the power of praying for others even when you think they don’t deserve your prayers.

It might sound weird but our prayers and personal requests are easily met when we refuse to pray about them and intentionally pray for others instead. It works like fire, I’ve seen and heard of numerous testimonies about it.

There was this revelation I got recently (2016) about going on your knees for others, as you pray for that unlovable person who has never for once shown you love, you begin to grow in love because you can’t even pray for someone except there’s an iota of love within you, even if it’s the love of God, lol!

So, as you pray for that rude and troublesome neighbor, colleague or friend of yours, you grow in love, patience, and kindness.

The essence is that the fruit of the Spirit is grown in us as we stay in the place of prayer for others and once the fruit of Spirit is in place in our lives, the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit will then make a lot of sense and most especially to unbelievers around us.

Mind you, prayer doesn’t only change the ones we are standing in the gap for but the effect of it first begins with us, and that’s one of the major efficacies of prayer, it changes us, it transforms us, and makes us feel better and stronger.

When we allow love and passion for souls to drive us on our knees, more sons and daughters will be raised to God as a result of it!… ‘The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].’ James 5:16bย 

So like I’ve always done and heard a friend said she did also, I encourage you to sow into whatever thing you’re trusting God for, whatever you’ve seen Him done in the lives of others that your desire, as I mentioned earlier, seeds could be in any form.

And if you find yourself being weary like I was sometimes ago, you’re not alone but keep at it, as we were encouraged in Ecclesiastes 11:6 to keep on sowing our seed, for we never know which will growโ€”perhaps it all will.

Also, remember, God is forever faithful and the rewards will come if we faint not.

‘So letโ€™s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we donโ€™t give up.’ย Galatians 6:9

Keep Flourishing! ๐Ÿ’‹


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Inspiration || Lay Out Your Fleece If You Have To

Even if you have to lay out your fleece
Don’t stop depending on Him
If you have to cry out for help, do so
But never rely on your own understanding
Rather go all the way with God

Your unbelief or burden
Your troubles or struggles
Your desires or dreams
Your today or tomorrow
It’s OK to lay them all at His feet

His love, His grace
His word, His truth
His will, His way
His plan, His purpose
The best place to be is at the center of them all

Yield, obey, and surrender to His commands
There’s great peace in obedience
You just be content in His will
Be confident in His ways, and
Be comfortable with His plans

Knowing that surrendering precedes success
Obedience brings victory
Faith delivers miracles
Expectation births manifestation
The supernatural is not farfetched

Do not be afraid to follow the pillar
Either fire by night or cloud by day
You will be directed and guided aright
God delights in guiding His children
Just act according to His directives.

Keep Flourishing!๐Ÿ’‹


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