Soulful Saturday: Quiet Time

My pastor has been teaching quite a bit on the importance of having quiet time with God.

It is vital and should also be seen as quality time.

In quietness and confidence shall be your strength ~ Proverbs

This is not your routine scripture-a-day devotional situation.
It’s a time to give and receive so much.

I’d like to share some of what I have learnt with you.

Quiet time essentials:
-proper attitude
-expectancy
-specific time set aside

What are some guidelines for spending quiet time?

-wait on God
-pray briefly
-read scripture
-meditate and memorise
-write down what God says
-spend some time in prayer with God

And finally… when spending time alone with God, use this acronym to identify what you need to apply :

Ask yourself – is there any of the following?

S- SIN to confess
P- PROMISE to claim
A- ATTITUDE to change
C- COMMAND to obey
E- EXAMPLE to follow
P- PRAYER to pray
E- ERROR to avoid
T- TRUTH to believe
S- SOMETHING to praise God for

Then apply it

Hope you enjoy.

My prayer today: Psalm 119:18 –
  Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

Soulful Saturday: All or Nothing

Something I have issue with sometimes is how lacksy daisy people have become in their walk with Christ.

I look at all the crazy and evil happening in this world and I wonder how some souls can still mess around with faith and semantics and all the other games people play that keeps them from just basically doing what is right.

It’s not complicated.  Every thing you have and will ever experience has been covered. Its just a matter of either you do what is right or you don’t.

Just needed to get that out there.

Today’s contribution to Soulful Saturdays is found in Exodus 14:14

  The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Another version says The Lord will fight for you. You need only be still.

I cannot tell you how many times I have found myself in a place where I am frantic about what I need to say or do next.
I used to have control issues aka being a bit of a control freak.
Any situation I found myself in could be solved or dealt with by something I needed to do or fix. Or so I thought.

I made a mess of things many times. In the name of good intentions too.

But the day I accepted and applied Exodus 14:14 was the day I knew peacd.

There is no one better than God to fight on your behalf.
I used to negotiate, argue, debate and all sorts of things to state or prove my case. Until I met people who wouldn’t back down. Not even when I was right. So I realised that if they wouldn’t heed what I said they had no choice but to heed Gods.

That’s when I started giving things to Him. I stood back and let Him fight for me.
It was one of the best things I have ever done.
He does it well.

Thank You Lord for being so very gracious to us as Your children. I do not know where I’d be if You had not saved me from my headstrong self. Thank You for handling my battles and doing so excellently.
Amen

Eggless Chocolatey Cupcakes

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A lack of eggs and a craving for moist chocolate cake led me to this recipe on mariasmenu.com

I am not disappointed!  It’s moist. It’s rich tasting. And oh so easy to make.

I opted for making cupcakes and for the very first time I decorated them with a proper piping nozzle.
I had one mishap…

Due to my penchant for slight excessiveness (is that a word?) and for some reason that pic won’t load.

Once I got going though…it was ALL Good!

This recipe is definitely a keeper!

Thankful Thursday: In not Of

Just quick post to express gratitude for the truth.

I am in this world and thankfully not of it and that gives me reason to be grateful.
A couple of years ago I fell headlong into a state of depression.
Most of it fuelled by the wicked nature of what this world was dishing out. Not only to me, but also to the innocent and helpless.
Life was not fair. It still isn’t.

But I am grateful that I have  received a new hope for a new life where justice reigns. 

This world is not my home. I’m just passing through. While I do, I am thankful for the strength and wisdom this journey affords me.
Thankful that while I am in it I am not of it.

So doing, I strive to embrace each challenge because it brings me closer to my hometown and my Abba

Wash n Go Success

I really love the whole wash n go aspect of my hair. I love the curls and ringlets and yes, even the shrinkage.

But! As a rule I don’t do WnG’s often. My hair hates it or I’m doing something wrong.
I’ve read that its actually supposed to be a good way to retain length because it should be either low maintenance or low manipulation. 
Not for me.
If I do a wash n go and go to sleep without detangling and either twisting or braiding it up, I am guaranteed insanely vicious tangles and breakage whenever I do decide to do anything else to it.

It breaks my heart. Especially since I have fine or little hair and it takes some creative protective styles to not walk around looking scalpy. Wash n go’s should be my saving grace. Its not. So I stay away.
I’m actually hoping someone will read this and tell me ‘girl, you’re just doing it wrong!’

Anyhow, back to my story. Yesterday I decided to do a wash n go for church. My decision was based on not wanting to be controlled by my hair issues. Life is too short!

I know there are many techniques out there on how to achieve the perfect WnG but in my humble opinon it should not be as complicated as all that.

A wash n go should be just that. Wash your hair. Then go.
Now I realise there is a lot of factors that come into play for different people. Mostly based on texture, curl pattern and moisture levels. Perhaps some could say I’m lucky in mine but still it shouldn’t be a stressed over issue.

I have been there though. Tried different methods and products all in the name of seeking perfection.
But yesterday, I threw caution to the wind in more ways than one. Firstly, I kinda prepoo’d. With amla oil. Only because my little girl managed to empty about a quarter of a bottle on the bathroom floor.
I say kinda because all I did was put on as much oil on my hair. That’s it. No plastic cap or anything.
I left it on for quite a while. Overnight in fact. Then yesterday morning I washed my hair in the shower after giving it a good soaking/rinsing.
Instead of my normal conditioning routine I applied coconut oil generously, left it on while I washed myself then detangled and rinsed my hair with warmer than cool water.
I put it in two braids and squeezed out as much water as I could with my hands.
After about 20 – 30 minutes my hair was still quite damp. I loosened it (didn’t want a braid out after all) and left it to do its thing.

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And that was it. I added some decor and was ready to go.

I actually took the pic to show my only natural friend my growth as well as highlight shrinkage. Wish I had another to show my curls. Hopefully next time.

Sadly, last night was a twisting event as anything else would hav resulted in a mess of tangles this morning. I am now sporting some quite wild looking two-strand twists.
Wild looking because I didn’t do them in any particular style or pattern.  I’m basically stretching my curls so I can either cornrow or bun them up.

Till next time.
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Does God Hear Me?

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Psalm 17:6 (NIV) – “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.”

Sometimes prayers feel as though they are lingering and waiting to be heard.  Rest assured, God hears you and is answering your petitions according to His will for you.  1 John 5:14 (NIV) – “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”  God hears you!

God heard Hagar and told him not to be afraid (Genesis 21:17)

God answered Hannah’s prayer and she gave birth to a son. (1 Samuel 1:20)

God heard the Israelites. (Exodus 3:9)

God hears the whispers in your heart and He is never to busy to listen.  Praise Him, confess to Him, Thank Him and ask Him.  He is waiting to hear from you.

Heavenly Father, “I call…

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Soulful Saturday: God is Love

I love that God loved me first.

He didn’t wait for me to ‘come right’ ‘shape up’ or ‘earn it’.
God’s undeniable, unconditional love for me is not dependant on anything I do or even anything I fail to do.
God just loves me!

I find that absolutely incredible and awesome.

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. -1 John 4:10

Wow. Isn’t that great? What an awesome example given to us by our Father.

We love him, because He first loved us. – 1 John 4 :19

I wouldn’t know how to love God if it wasn’t God who first showed me.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. – 1 John 4 :11

My prayer is that I will love as He does and that my love for Him will be tangible and evident in all I do and say.

Life is too short to waste even a millisecond on hate or fear.

Thank God. His love perfects me

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