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I Choose Joy!

Posted on: December 1st, 2016 by Sandi A No Comments

But the fruit of the spirit is unconditional … joy … – Galatians 5:28 (the Voice)

Joy is very different from happiness. In simple terms, happiness is fleeting and temporary. One hour you can be happy about something great that’s happened, and then the next hour something goes wrong and all of a sudden moods change. That was me yesterday – I was so happy all day at a friend’s wedding. And as soon as it was all over, my environment changed and I allowed myself to be preoccupied with different {somewhat challenging} situations. And voila, happy Sandra was no more there.

See joy is different. Joy is the deep inner-knowing that no matter what is going around you, God is still in control. It is the deep-seated assurance and the quiet confidence that everything is going to be alright because God has not abandoned you. It is the determined choice to praise God in every situation.

Looking back over the past few hours, I had a choice to allow my mind to be preoccupied with the circumstances around me, or I could choose joy. I could have chosen to be grateful which would definitely have helped to put things into perspective.

But now I know. 

In any and every situation we encounter in life we always have a choice. We can either choose joy, or as I would sometimes say, we can also choose to be a moody cow.

I don’t say this without any empathy for the circumstances surrounding you. But I do say that God has given us the free will to choose. As Christians, we are called to be believers and not feelers. Sometimes we need to be reminded that we have to stand up and opt to believe the truth. We have to believe that God is in control of the grand and miniscule details of our lives. We have to choose to believe that He has not abandoned us. We have to choose to praise Him.

So friend, I encourage you to choose joy this week. You can do it!

And if you think you can’t, just listen to this song ‘I choose to be dancing by Donnie McClurkin (this man can saaaaang)!

Keep smiling =)

18 verses to remind you that you are royalty

Posted on: November 22nd, 2016 by Sandi A No Comments

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I hope you are having a great start to the week so far.

Several years ago someone gave me a poem that is made up of paraphrased Bible verses. I pray that as you read and meditate on the words God’s amazing peace and love would blanket your heart and mind.

Royal Princess

My precious daughter, I long for you to seek me and I will be found by you, says the Lord. Jeremiah 29:13-14

A garment of ashes is not worthy of your royal status my child for I have already called you by name, You are mine. Isaiah 43:1 

Follow me, to breathe new life into your weary soul and blow away your dust and the ashes that have veiled you too long. John 20:22

It is my delight to adorn you my royal daughter, with new robes. For see, I make all things new. Revelation 21:5

No longer shall you be called worthless. Your new name shall be holy to the Lord. 1 Peter 1:16

No longer shall you kneel on the dust, for I have raised you up to be seated in the heavenly realms to be united with Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6

No longer shall you be unprotected, for I shall guard all that is yours. Psalm 16:5

I am the guardian of your soul. 1 Peter 2:25

No longer shall you drown in your situation, for I shall reach down and draw you out of deep water. Psalm 18:16

Listen to me, Oh royal daughter, take heart what I say, for I delight in your beauty. Psalm 45:10-11

My princess shall be glorious in  her golden gown. Psalm 45:13

I have perfumed your beautiful robes with myrrh, aloes and cassia. Psalm 45:8

I have crowned you with glory and honour. Psalm 8:5

Humble yourself before me and I will place my crown of victory upon you. Psalm 149:4

My daughter you are my own possession, I will make you as a signet ring on my finger, for I have chosen you. Haggai 2:23

Now repent of your sins and turn to me so that your sins can be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from my presence. Acts 3:19-20

Because no matter how deep the stains of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as the freshly driven snow. Isaiah 1:18

And then my precious one, I will crown you with beauty for ashes. Isaiah 61:3

Happy Adar II

Posted on: March 16th, 2016 by Sandi A No Comments

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What is Adar? 

It is the last month in the Jewish calendar year.

It’s the month when Haman planned to annihilate all the Jews but after 3 days of fasting, God showed His favour upon the Jews. They ended up victorious after a decree was made that allowed them to protect themselves from anyone who came up against them (see book of Esther). Purim is celebrated on this month; it celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman.

Why Adar II? 

The Jewish calendar is in lunar months whereby the last month is Adar. When it is a leap year an additional month is added to the calendar in order for it to remain in sync with the solar calendar. The additional month that is added is Adar II. During a leap year, Purim is normally celebrated on Adar II.

According to Jews, joy increases in the month of Adar. This month is normally a time of rejoicing and celebration over their triumph during Queen Esther’s time. It’s a time of miracles! It’s a time when a decree was made by Esther that reversed Haman’s initial wicked decree. It is also the month preceding passover!

What does this mean for me?

Jesus was a Jew. He would have followed the Jewish calendar and celebrated Purim. As Christians we can also partake in the month of Adar and like Esther, we can declare and decree that God’s favour would rest on us.

How am I applying ‘Adar’ in my life? 

I have written down declarations and decrees that I have (at most times) daily spoken out loud. I have been declaring, praying and believing for situations in my life where I am desperate to see a change. You see, this month was a time of divine reversal for the Jews. It can be the same for you and for me because the same God who delivered them is the same God we serve today.

Any thoughts so far? 

Honestly speaking, I have actually seen prayers being answered speedily these last 5 weeks (Adar and part of Adar II).

I am planning for my wedding and I have seen God releasing favour with service providers and vendors, for example, our videographer agreed to shave off 50% of the ‘marked price’, and our venue provider was content with less than 50% deposit which is not the norm according to their policy. I also have other miracles that I am seeing God working in, especially when it comes to the area of relationships.

Final words of encouragement

I would wholeheartedly encourage you to:

#1: take the situations that you are facing right now.

#2: Look up what the Bible says about them.

#3: Write those verses down.

#4: Decree and declare them out loud.

#5: Pray into those situations.

#6: Believe what you are declaring and decreeing.

#7: Trust and wait for God to move as you do this.

Prayer

Lord I pray that you would increase our joy at this time. Not only in this month of Adar II but daily. Open our eyes to see the blessings you have given to us. I declare and decree that there would be an outpouring of miracles in the lives of those reading this in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

More info on Adar (I & II) and the Jewish months can be found here , here and here.

The site Hebrew for Christians is also very interesting.

Bless you!