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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Prayers for the Month of April

Happy April ladies!

We are officially in the month where we commemorate the Lord's death and resurrection. It is so important to reflect on such an historic event because without Christ dying for our sins and loving us so much we would not have the abundant life, the many blessings and access to Him because of this event. For this month I want us not to only reflect on Christ's death and resurrection, but to pray for these three things:

1) Pray that we will learn to trust God and give EVERYTHING, and not somethings over to Him. For me it was one of the hardest things to do in my walk with God because it is hard to give over all control and not know what is going to happen ahead. But when we decide to accept Him into our lives we must submit to His will, His way and the plans He has for our lives and in order to grow and increase our faith in Him we have to trust Him more. 


“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" Matthew 6:25-27 (NIV)

2) Pray that we will continue to wait patiently for the promises that God has given to us whether they be plans for a job, spouse, school, whatever they may be let's continue to wait!


"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

3) Pray that we will trust in God's timing! I know it is hard and I know we sometimes loose faith and wish God can work in our time! But let's put our unknown future in the hands of a known God!

"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is." Jeremiah 17:7 (KJV)

Love you all! Let's remember that we must continue to pray! This is a spiritual warfare we are fighting! My prayers are always with you!

Raven








Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Are You Like Sarah?

Good morning to all, I am sorry I have been away for a while, but I am back. School has truly been a balancing act this year. However, I have still been busy studying and growing in Christ along with balancing family, school and friends. At the beginning of the year I decided to start studying women of the Bible and it has been a truly life changing experience to really look into the lives of these women and see myself. The first woman I want to talk about is Sarah.
            Sarah is one of the most beautiful women in the Bible and, her name means, “Chieftainness” or “Princess”.  Every time I reflect on the story of Sarah I remember her precisely as the wife of Abraham who could not wait on God and took matters into her own hands, a strong willed woman. Then after creating the problem, she treated Hagar, her handmaid, horribly. One could term Sarah as a “diva.” Beautiful, married to such a rich, intelligent and most important a faithful man of God. Sarah had all that she could ask for and more, God promised to make Abraham’s offspring to outnumber the stars in the sky, yet this promise was unfulfilled and she was still unhappy.
            I always looked at Sarah as the woman who just could not wait. As I studied the story in Genesis once again I saw it in a different light because I was in a different stage in my Christian walk, I was in my waiting period. As I always tell people every time that you read a scripture or story over and over you discover something new each and every time.  God’s word is constantly new and refreshing each time that you read it.
Because I was now in my waiting period, I could relate to Sarah. At first, when God made the promise to her and Abraham, I am sure that Sarah received it with joy but as time passed by and she saw that she was getting older and her child bearing age would soon be done, she began to lose faith. She just longed to have a baby of her own, one she could cradle and love. So she decided to “help” God because I feel she did not know how powerful God truly was or what He could do. So she gave Abraham Hagar, her handmaiden, and she conceived and gave birth to Ishmael. However, Sarah was jealous, her taking matters into her own hands did not make things any better, but worse. To make a long story short, God’s promise finally was fulfilled and she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy whom she named Isaac. It was through him that the promise of God was fulfilled. Even though Sarah created a mess today as we can see Ishmael’s generation in the Middle East, God still fulfilled His promise.
So I looked at my life and the season of waiting I was in. God made promises to me and I can relate to Sarah of becoming weary of waiting and wondering if the promise will ever be fulfilled. We lose faith.  And like Sarah we do take matters into our own hands. For example, those of us waiting on a husband, we change the way we dress to get more attention from men hoping to attract “the one”. We get involved with a man knowing he is not the one. Sometimes we find a man who is not saved and try to save him and make him become a man of God. We do all of these things in an attempt to “help” God fulfill the promise of a spouse.
I have looked at Sarah in a different light and realized that at times I have been just like Sarah. I have a longing to be married and I have taken things into my own hands thinking I was helping God, and it resulted in disaster. Through it all, I’ve learned that waiting patiently for God to work may be one of the most difficult experiences of our Christian walk. We live in an age of right now and we are great “do-it-yourselfers,” but we often get in God’s way when we take things into our own hands.
            So sisters, do you have something you’re waiting for God to do? Wait, I want you to know that you are beautiful and whatever you are waiting for whether it’s a husband, or an answer on which steps to take in life, wait. Whatever the circumstances, God’s timing is the best timing. When you’re tempted to step in and make things happen on your own, think of Sarah. Her attempts to fulfill God’s promise of a son through her servant had disastrous results. Remember that God has His own timetable and rest in the assurance that He loves you and will fulfill His promises to you. “God is not a man, that he should lie.” Numbers 23:19

Love you all,

Raven


Be blessed by "Still" by Hillsong





Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Prayers for The Remainder of March

Good morning ladies!

I know the month is near its ending, but it's never too late to pray. Lately I've been noticing changes in people in my life. It's like a new spirit is inhabiting their bodies and taking over. This is a spiritual warfare that we are in ladies. If you aren't protecting all of your senses and what you feed into your spirit, you are liable for anything to happen. So if you know that your are not that strong spiritually please, and I'll repeat, please be careful what music you listen to, what TV shows you are watching and feeding into your spirit and also the people you hang around with. If you aren't serving God, you are serving the devil. Be careful! If you have not been filled with the Holy Spirit, please seek it! It is a guide and a teacher to help you on this Christian walk. So pray for:

1) Spiritual Strength for your mind (So that the enemy will not  have easy access to your thoughts)


2) Discernment (To see the enemy's plans and traps before he attacks)


3) God To Cancel The Enemies Plans 


"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." 

Ephesians 6:12 


I will be praying for these things and for you all also!

Love you all,



Raven


Be Blessed by "Break Every Chain" by Tasha Cobbs