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Bible Studies ~ August 2020

As part of my mission, I have decided to share with you the bible topics and books I will be going through on a monthly basis. It’s really important to encourage each other in the Christian faith so I hope you will join me.

So here is my list for August.

Bible Reading

1 Chronicles & St Matthew. Using my Single Column Journaling Bible.

 

Bible Study

The Armour of God Bible Study by Pricilla Shirer

 

Book Reads

God’s Romantic Getaway by Jemma Regis

Angels, God’s Secret Agents by Billy Graham

 

Bible Devotionals Using You Version Bible App

Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer

 

Please click HERE to watch the video that accompanies this post and please let me know in the comments section below what you will be studying and reading.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Why I Became a Life Coach!

Life coaching is something I have been doing for many years with out realizing that I was actually doing it. I love the challenge of motivating and coaching someone to see that best in themselves and for them to run with the vision and dream in their heart!

A life coach can help you to:

1. Make substantial personal change
2.Balance work and family
3.Reduce your stress levels
4.Find direction and support during transition
5. Help you move forward with something you have put off for far too long
6.Move forward by being a sounding board and receive feedback
7.Receive motivation and have accountability
8.Accomplish a dream or something important to you
9. Overcome chaos and create a simpler, more organized life
10. Discover your passions and values
11.Have a deeper sense of purpose
12.Design a life plan so you can accomplish your business and personal goals.
13.Improve relationships
14. Have more passion, happiness and fun in life so you can live a fulfilled life.

A life coach will also be your cheer leader who will coach you to win in life. I am your life coach and I will coach you to WIN!!

Here is the link to my Youtube video where I share my 3 reasons for becoming a coach and don’t forget to subscribe!!: CLICK HERE

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God’s Grace is Tailored Made For You

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My mother learnt to sew in her mid teens during the early 1950’s in Jamaica. Mummy can sew. She can take a piece of fabric and turn it in anything. She is a master seamstress.

My mother can take an outfit that is made for a size 14 and tailor it so  someone who is a size 10 can wear it. She made all of our clothes growing up, its her therapy.  When she needed quiet time or to relax she would retreat with her patterns, thread, fabric and sewing machine.

Thinking about her made me think of God’s grace. It is tailor made for you and it is tailor made for me. A perfect fit for my heart!

Let’s take a look at a couple of verses that talk of God’s grace:

Hebrews 4:16 ~ Did you know that grace has a throne, a place where you can go and receive? You can go there and find help in the time of need.

Ephesians 2:6-8 ~ God’s grace has exceeding riches and it is His gift to me.

God’s grace is rich and it is a gift for you to receive and wear. It’s a beautiful garment. I dare you to try it on because it will be a perfect fit!

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Do you have idols in your Heart?

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Ezekiel 14:4-5       Colossians 3:5     Isaiah 44:9-20     Leviticus 4:19         Psalms 16:4 

As Christians it is so important for us to do consistent heart checks on our selves so that we do not allow idols to form in our heart. An idol is anything that takes the place of God in our heart.

Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines an idol as  “a picture or an object that is worshipped as a god”.

There are so many things that can be constituted as an idol such as our families, jobs, money, worries and cares, needs and desires and even our self.

In Tim Keller’s book “Counterfeit God’s: The empty promises of money, sex and power and the only hope that matters”, makes a powerful statement about “heart idols” in today’s society. He states that

…….Life only has meaning or I only have worth if …..

  1. I have power over others (power idolatry)
  2. I am loved and respected by …….. (approval idolatry)
  3. People are dependant on me and need me (helping idolatry)
  4. I have a particular kind of look or body image (image idolatry)
  5. I have a certain level of wealth, financial freedom and very nice possessions (materialism idolatry)

These are statements that we may have said or thought at one time or another. Do we secretly feel discontentment take root in our heart because we crave “nice things” and feel resentful about not having them. Materialism is not  necessarily about having nice things it is also about craving them. The discontentment can also prove to be an idol in our heart.

Ezekiel 14:4 the word “setteth up”  translates to transcend, to be high, to mount, arise up, to cast upward and to offer up. It also carried the connotation of an upward movement or an ascension to a higher place.

After reading this can you think for a moment and ask yourself the question, when I come to God in prayer do I come based on the multitude of idols in my heart?  Does  bitterness, unforgiveness, malice, pride or my own self importance occupy my heart more than who God is to me?

I try to check my heart daily  and clear my heart iof anything that wants to exalt itself greater than my father. It is not always an easy process but it can be done and must be done because in the end these things destroy and the things of God will always build.

Take a moment now and check your heart and prayerfully ask God to show you any idol or idols you may  have that is competing with HIM in your heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God’s Best Kept Secret ~ Dahna Fearon

Finding Me Now 

The last three years have been life changing for me; I made the decision to obey God’s call to go on a journey that I could never have imagined would bring me to where I am right now. I am sure for those of you who are reading this right now, you have been through transition. You see transition is the psychological shift from one paradigm to the next. The physical manifestation of this is change- I liken my experience to that of the eagle. Around the age of thirty years old, the eagle starts to get tired, their wings become worn out, and its beak and talons become old. So in this place of frustration and being worn out, the eagle has to make a decision, it can either continue this way and die or go to the top of the mountain and experience the painful process of metamorphosis- where it rips out its talons and wait for it to grow back then it rips out the feathers from its wings and wait for it to grow back, then they beat their beak against the rock until it falls off and waits for it to grow back. After this process, the Eagle then gets a further forty years of life added to its existing life.

I see so many similarities in my own life like the eagle- because I got to a point where nothing was no longer working for me- the money stopped working, I was unemployed, I could barely keep up with my bills; and whilst all of this was happening, I was a minister preaching and teaching Sunday School. No one could tell the pain I was in because I hid behind my makeup and sophisticated outfits, you would have never known that I could barely afford to keep the electric or the gas on or the fact that I was suffering with depression, I would literally be in my house for days without opening up the curtains but by Sunday I would be back on the front row smiling as if nothing was wrong but deep down inside I was screaming “Help”.

But something happened in the midst of this hardship, purpose and destiny woke me up, it was the tragic death of my uncle in Florida that started this life changing journey. It was when I went for my uncle’s funeral in February to March 2014, where God filled me and ignited me with the passion to move to London. I did not know how I was going to make it but less than one year later; I took the leap of faith with one suitcase, my laptop, my handbag and £9 to my name. It was in this season that I surrendered to God and became vulnerable- I slept on my friend’s sofa for seven months, all I had was a dream, no money, no job, but I held on to the reason why I had to move- the purpose behind moving from my place of obscurity to my place of purpose and destiny. Brene Brown says that it is at the place of vulnerability where you experience innovation, creativity and change- it was in those seven months where I experienced a new burst of creativity, I started getting new ideas and I could see the change .I discovered my passion for writing. It was in those seven months where the book, I had started in Nottingham is now completed and will be published at some point this year. I started to master my craft. Just over one year later, I am seeing doors open. I am no longer the little girl who once looked in the mirror and would say daily “I hate you”. I am no longer that weak, timid little girl who allowed people to abuse or walk all over her. In this journey of my metamorphosis, I realised that God had to allow these things to happen in order for me to un-become everything that I was so that I could become everything who God had created me to be. It is only now that I can say I am Finding Me Now.

  
Dahna Fearon is the founder of the movement Release Me. After graduating with a Law with Psychology degree, she had a sense of a deeper purpose for her life. After one year of consistently being rejected by law firms, she decided to take rejection as direction and instead took a purpose driven journey with the Lord to discover herself. She encountered a long period of unemployment and it was at this point where she began to search within herself and started tapping into a creativity that was unknown to her.

It is during this time of extreme hardship and great loss where the project RELEASE ME was given to her by God whilst she was attending a work related training course. RELEASE ME was launched in October 2015. The aim of Release Me is to educate, empower and establish young men and women to walk in their purpose and destiny; she does this through her Release Me seminars and workshops, social media and through her blogs.

She is a passionate believer in the Lord and is excited about her relationship with the Lord and living her life on purpose. Dahna has accepted the mandate and mission to empower others to walk in their God given purpose and embrace their identity in Christ the way she did. Her life’s purpose is to educate, empower and establish individuals through speaking, writing and singing.

How to forgive yourself ~ Practising self forgiveness. Part 1


Forgiving someone for the wrongs they have do to us can be challenging but forgiving ourselves can be a greater challenge. The bible talks about the importance of forgiveness in Matthew 6:14-15 and Mark 11:25.

Here are 4 reasons why it is important to practice self forgiveness.

  1. Diagnose why you need to forgive yourself  ~ Are your memories making you feel guilty and hindering your from self forgiveness?
  2. Accept that failures do not make you a bad person ~ remember failure does not make you a bad person.
  3. Do not be afraid to start again ~ Learn from your experiences and past mistakes and move on. Use them as stepping stones to a brighter future.
  4. Adapt a new mind set by learning from past mistakes ~ Set Goals for your future.

 

My prayer is that from this post you will take the necessary steps to start forgiving yourself  and live the life you were created to live.

 

Inhale Exhale

I woke up one night and as I was reading my bible the thought came to me inhale exhale inhale exhale.

We sit in church for so many years and we inhale so many messages, attend conferences, christian television etc. inhale inhale inhale! We have become fat on the word! When do we exhale? Exhale with encouraging someone, exhale in prayer for others, exhale in giving, etc. When was the last time you exhaled? 

We have a treasure in earthen vessels that need to be shared. We need to give Jesus away. We are his point of contact with the world. He touches others by using our hands, voice, smile, money and anything else we have. He needs us to exhale.

Can you imagine if all we did was inhale oxygen, we would die in a very short space of time. Exhaling always follows inhaling. It a process, it’s a divine bodly function. We can only hold our breath for a few seconds.

Take a moment to consider when was the last time you exhaled? If you can’t remember start exhaling today!

Would Jesus prefer hooped earrings or studs?

I was reading my Joyce Meyer bible devotional the other morning and she was talking about how use to be judgemental about how people use to dress to go to church. Then the Holy Spirit began to challenge her about the way she use to dress to minister, she was actually considering wether she should wear denim. Joyce could not make up her mind so her son said to her “Do you think God is worried about polyester or denim?”

It reminded me of an incident I witnessed once when I went to church and a young woman was wearing hooped earrings and she asked to remove the earrings. “Do you think Jesus prefers hoop earrings or studs? Skirts or trousers?”

I know some of you may be thinking that the type of trousers or skirts or whatever should not be worn because it maybe to tight or to short. I totally understand that when standing to minister that our apparel should not be distracting to the word preached. I totally understand that, but my concern is focus on the outer garment and not the garments of our heart.

I have also seen people dressed with the “appropriate” church attire and their attitude is questionable and Inhave seen people come to church in attire not considered acceptable by the church but their attitude is reflective of love, joy and peace.

Many of the lessons I have learnt  or from people who would be rejected by the church because of their clothing. Our rejection does not mean Jesus’ rejection. he died for them, he had his hands paired for them and Jesus is forever mindful of them.

So what do you think Jesus would prefer hooped earrings or studs?

A Thirsty Heart A Thirsty Soul.

                            

For I will give you abundant water for your thirst and for your parched fields……. Isaiah 44:3 (TLB)

we tend to associate thirst with lack of water. Have you ever considered that your heart or soul maybe thirsty. Our inner being tend to crave what we have not received like love, acceptance, care or nurture. We are thirsty souls.
In this scripture God promised to pour water on any one that is thirsty and flood wilderness areas of your life with what you need. 

Our thirsts tend to have roots in our childhood and what we did or did not receive from our parents. God is able to pour water in those areas and water those untendered roots.

Take a moment and let him know where you thirst. Tell him. I do it all the time and he pours his water always.

Jenny Allen’s Voice ~ Domestic Violence in the Church -Raising Awareness

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What can a church do to help and raise awareness? Here are 3 ways  a church can help.

  1. The church can liaise with local or national domestic violence forums and organisations to raise awareness. They could also raise awareness  in their sermons and by displaying information in their church.
  2. Pastors and leadership may be the first to hear of domestic violence situations in their church. The leadership can start to hold men accountable and be an effective change agent in the community.
  3. Leaders can refer victims to a DV agency or the police and have share information regarding safety plans.

The links below have additional resources for churches.

http://www.focusministries1.org/pastorstools.asp

http://www.hiddenhurt.co.uk/religion_and_domestic_violence.html

Click to access Role-of-Churches.pdf

Domestic abuse is very common is our society and will be reflected in the church. Please do all you can to raise awareness in your local church as it is a growing epidemic that the church cannot afford to ignore.

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