A Prayer for Direction

Lord, We thank you for your steadfast love and your word.We ask that you will forgive us for doubting your great love for us and your power at work in our lives. Help us to remember that you are the author and finisher of faith, our saviour, and deliverer.

You are our strong tower and refuge in times of trouble. Father, your word is a light unto our feet and lamp unto our paths. Lord, we pray that in these times of uncertainty, that you will guide us with your light. We pray that in moments when darkness tries to whisper to us that your word will speak even louder. Let your perfect love cast out all fear and cause our hearts to be arrested by what your word declares for our lives. You’ve promised us that you’ll never leave or forsake us and we can call on your great name. You are faithful to keep us. Help us to fix our hearts and minds on things that bring us spiritual life. Give us grace for this journey and lead us in your righteousness. May your spirit give us clarity and peace.We thank you.

In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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Stay With the Flock!

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Happy New Year WordPress Family! 

Thank you for your support and for connecting with FREE over the past two years. I am very grateful for the sense of community here. The connections built with many of you via my posts and yours have been a tremendous blessing. I have been so inspired by you sharing your hearts through your writings.

Today, I just wanted to encourage you. We are experiencing another surge in COVID cases and many other pandemic-related issues. However, I want to remind you to stay hopeful. Stay steadfast and immovable in your faith. Last night, I was re-reading my friend Shaniqua Rischer’s book, “The Boy Who Would Be King: 7 Lessons from the Life of David”. Chapter 7 talks about the 23rd Psalm and how David describes The Lord, Our God as The Good Shepherd. She states, “David tells us that in his darkest valleys, he is not alone (133).” Rischer continues, “But we must recognize who exactly was with David- and is with all of us- during each valley (133).” Remember, that we are sheep of The Good Shepherd. 

He was with us before the pandemic. The Lord will also be with us after the pandemic. He has promised never to leave or forsake us. Rischer states, “That sounds like a Shepherd to me! It is the Shepherd that leads the sheep through the darkest of valleys. God never promises the absence of challenges and difficulties, but He did promise to walk through them with us. So that no matter how dark, His light shines as the guide (134).”

Do you believe that? If you have forgotten, allow her words to resonate and calm your spirit. Stay with the flock! Stay connected to The Good Shepherd! Don’t allow the enemy to drive you out by fear, uncertainty, and doubt. There is provision, protection, peace, and anything else we need in the midst of the fold. Although we are in this world, we are still under the care of The Father. We are still His sheep, His beloved. Nothing in this world can change that and His promises regarding our future. Our God is still on the throne and COVID or any other challenge can’t take Him off. In spite of all that 2021 brought, we made it to another year, another new beginning, another opportunity, and the possibility of a blessed future. Regardless of how bad things may get or seem, He will remain the same, yesterday, today, and forevermore.” His promises are,” Yes and Amen”.

Be Blessed,

Nia

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Be…

While revisiting and sharing my 3 day devotional “Wanted”, I’ve been meditating alot on the idea of belonging. The truth is I have never really felt like I belonged to many things in my life. There was a time in my life where I tried the very best I could to assimilate into different spaces. The strange thing is that regardless of my efforts, it never really happened. No matter how hard I tried to blend in, the light inside of me would always find a way to show itself. At first, I was afraid to let it shine. However,the older I got, I refused to dim my light in order to make others comfortable in my presence. I began to own it. I started to see myself as a force whose power laid in my uniqueness. You see. Being my true authentic self was my superpower. It was what made me who I was and I will no longer apologize for being who I AM.

Yet, there have been times in my life since that I have sometimes tried to retreat or allow others to diminish my sense of self. In those times, I’d eventually come to my senses. I’d ask. Who am I? I am a daughter of the most high God. I am made in His image. Therefore, I bear His light as a vessel of His glory. Although I am imperfect and at times shattered from the impact of live, His light shines even brighter through the cracks.

Due to the simple fact that I AM an heir and reflection of the Great I AM, I belong to His kingdom. Such belonging entitles me to possess and experience all that belongs to Him. No- Thing Less. I don’t assimilate to anything. Because of His authority at work in me, I can cause the atmosphere to shift and assimilate to me. For that reason, I belong right where He has me in this particular space and time until He changes it.

I have decided that from now on, I will longer apologize for who I am or explain it.. I will embrace it and walk in my God-given right to just Be. Be great. Be honorable. Be strong. Be beautiful. Be courageous. Be humble. Be wise. Be prosperous. Be loved and love. Be hopeful. Be joyful. Be peaceful. Be…

You’ve been given the same right. We are so quick to forget that. Let it marinate into your innermost being. Declare It.

Who do you say you are? Who does He say you are? Who will you chose to be today?

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Mary Had a Baby

Mary had a baby,
While she herself was still a baby too.

An angel gave instructions,
But she knew little of what she had to do.

Yet, she surrendered to the will of God,
Although, she knew her sweet baby had to die.
So, all that came after Him could have everlasting life.

Mary had a baby,
Although by no man she’d been touched.

Still, she obeyed the words of the Father,
Because Mary loved her Lord so much.

No room at the inn so she labored in a manger,
Under angelic protection for her and the baby were in danger.
Prophetic confirmation came by three wise strangers.

Mary had a baby,
Who grew up to be very wise.

To fulfill divine prophetic promises, and open the eyes of the blind.
To save the world from sin and with hopes, no one is left behind.

Baby, strong as a lion, yet gentle as a lamb,
Is in majesty, full of power, seated at the Father’s right hand.
Because He shed His blood on the cross as the ransom for man.

Mary had a baby,
Who was innocent and His soul as pure as white snow.
The baby was on a mission where Mary went, He couldn’t go.

He had to do the will of the one who sent Him,
His days were numbered and things would get dim.
But He had to be the sacrifice to make us free from sin.

Yes, it is true. A baby does change everything.
Especially if the baby became King of Kings and is soon to come again.

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Wanted: Day 3

Ambitiously Adopted

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 

Ephesians 1:5(NLT)

As a child, I had many questions because I was not raised by my biological parents. Therefore, I struggled with not feeling like I belonged for most of my childhood and was always surrounded by constant reminders. There was an unspoken distinction that lingered like an elephant in the room and it grew with time. My efforts to gain affection increased as well. I aimed to work hard in school and make good grades because I thought it would earn more love. Eventually, I came to realize that it didn’t matter. Don’t get me wrong my grandparents did the best they could and I am very grateful for all they have done for me. I know they love me and I love them without a shadow of a doubt. However, I needed verbal reassurance growing up. Although they provided for me, I needed to hear them say they wanted me there.

Naturally, parents don’t get to choose their children. However, they do in adoption. God chose us when He adopted us. The idea of being separated from us was too much for Him to bear. He was determined to make a way and seal the deal.  Jesus was the remedy. Jesus was the way. Our adoption into God’s divine family is a reflection of His deep love for us. It’s the seal of our Father’s approval.

And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters”, says the Lord Almighty. 

2 Cor. 6:18 

I have come to know that there is no amount of hard work we can do to gain His affections or approval. As Ephesians 1:5 states, God wanted us and it gave Him pleasure to adopt us. We don’t have to wonder whether or not He loves us. His love is evident in every breath we take. It is in the beautiful majesty of His creation we behold each day we open our eyes. His love is in the gentle kiss of a spouse and child. He sings His love song to us throughout the day while encouraging our hearts with His truth and provision. Let us be fully persuaded that we are the most wanted part of the creation and nothing can separate us from His great love. (Rom. 8:38-39) 

If you ever feel rejected or unloved, remind yourself that you are God’s choice and there is a place for you in His kingdom. All you have to do is accept His love and invitation into His divine family. When we walk in the full acceptance and awareness of His love, our lives are changed. We can change the lives of others by sharing His real love with them. Beloved, be sure to live every day with the confidence that you are WANTED and loved by the Almighty God.

We were Ambitiously Adopted!

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Wanted: Day 2

We Are SO Loved!

For God SO loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

Can you think of someone who wouldn’t hesitate to give their life for you? A dear loved one was probably the first to come to mind. Did you know someone loved you that much before you were even born? 

If you traded an item, I’m sure you would want an even exchange. You would not want something of lesser value. That’s what God did when He gave Christ to die for us while we were yet sinners. He exchanged His beloved, sinless Son for the sinful. The real beauty of the story is that He knew our condition yet He was driven by His profound love for us. Our Father bridged the gap to bring us into fellowship with Him.

God SO wanted us.

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Wanted: Day 1

Dear Friends, I wrote this devotional for the YouVersion Bible app over a year ago and I wanted to share it with you over the next week. As you read it, I pray that you will be reminded of God’s great love for you and how his love is the core of His relentless pursuit to call you His own. I pray that you will feel His presence. I hope you will find comfort in knowing that you are intimately loved and adored by the Father. I pray that you will share it with others via the app and this blog. So, they too can be reminded of this truth because it changes everything.

Beloved, be blessed. Nia

Day 1

We are born with an innate desire to love and be loved. Our desire for intimacy comes from the Father. The essence of His very existence is based upon the unity of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This unit was extended to earth via the birth of Jesus and furthered by the coming of the Holy Spirit after His ascension into Heaven. The Father desired direct fellowship with us. His heart was broken by the chasm created by the sin of the Garden. Therefore, He made a way to reconnect us to Him. Jesus was the way. 

However, He didn’t just stop with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. God intended for us to experience His great love through human relationships. Ultimately, He wanted us—imperfectly flawed beings—to walk in His perfect love. Unfortunately, we know that this isn’t always the case. The reality is that many of our relationships are just as flawed as we are. When we look for our identity in those we love and not in the one who is love, we are bound to fail in love. Failure can separate us and leave us with feelings of inadequacy. Nevertheless, God wants us to know that He wants us. He wants us even in the ugliness of our truth and at the apex of our greatness.

Beloved, we are wanted.

W-A-N-T-E-D

You and I are W-A-N-T-E-D.

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The Holy Spirit: Our Teacher, Our Helper

John 14:26

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all the things that I said to you.

In John 14, Jesus tells the disciples that the Father is going to send His Spirit to teach and help them. He wanted to assure them that in spite of His physical absence, provision had been made. He wanted them to know that the Father had covered all bases regarding them. When I think about the comprehensive plan of salvation, I can’t help but see the imprint of God’s great love all over it. He has every detail covered. Literally, He has left no stone unturned. The Father set everything in place to ensure us a victorious life.

Let us look a little closer. During Jesus’ time with them, they had the Living Word in front of them, the Word made flesh. He would soon ascend to heaven but they would not be abandoned. Neither are we. However, we often forget that we have eternal, supernatural help. The Spirit is here within us. He is God in us. He not only resides in us but He empowers us to walk uprightly as we yield to His direction.

In retrospect, I can recall how the Spirit has functioned as a teacher in my life. I didn’t grow up in the church. The Bible wasn’t taught to me as a child so I didn’t know a lot when I came to the Lord. As I surrendered to the will and power of God in my life, the Spirit began to “teach” me the word of God. My understanding was opened so I could receive instruction for my life. It is the Holy Spirit that brings revelation and life to God’s written word. He not only illuminates the meaning of the Word but enables us to obey . The scriptures are just mere words on a page without the power of the Holy Spirit.

Also, I’ve had times in my professional life when the Holy Spirit revealed a deeper understanding of the content I was teaching in class. I’ve found myself praising God during lessons many times because of His help. The Spirit is so powerful that He not only shines the light on spiritual but also natural nuggets of wisdom.

One of the things I love the most about the teaching of the Holy Spirit is His timeless essence. He faithfully reveals what we need from His Word for that particular point in time in our lives. That is why we can study the same scripture repeatedly and get an entirely new meaning from it each time it’s read. I’m sure you have witnessed this in your own life as well. Have you ever received a right now word? Weren’t you blessed by it?

Ultimately, it is not the Father’s desire that we walk in darkness under any circumstances. His truth is the light unto our paths. We would walk in darkness without the teaching power of the Spirit. He wants victory for us so much that His Spirit brings His word back to our remembrance to keep us aligned with His purpose. The Spirit is our internal GPS. I am a witness of His ability to give save spiritual routes that help us to avoid ” traffic jams” and pitfalls. However, we must be in tune with His frequency. This doesn’t happen when we treat the Spirit like Alexa and try to tell Him what to do. We must humbly submit ourselves and listen attentively. Then, we will walk in the purpose and power of the Lord.

Be blessed.

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Mirror

When I look in the mirror, what do I see,

I see the image that others get of me.

Do they see every blemish? Do they see every scar?

That serve as reminders of what I’ve endured thus far.

Do they see that I am broken? Do they see that I am whole?

Do they see me as warm or do they see as cold?

Do they see my intellect or are they distracted by my clothes?

Do they see my real beauty or the imperfection of my nose?

They can see the shirt I’m wearing but not the heart beneath.

That has been happy but also at times overtaken by grief.

Do they look past the outward so they can see my soul?

So, they can see the rawness and the love as it unfolds.

Do they even care to know who I really am or simply hang on to a thought?

Are they interested in the wisdom from all the lessons I’ve caught and taught?

Mirror, let me tell you as you hang on this wall.

There have been days when I’ve felt hurt and so small.

There have been days I was lonely and had no one at all.

But I’m content because by faith I can look beyond what I see,

For I know my Father isn’t done until He is reflected in me.

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