DO YOUR OWN PRAYING

Apr 24, 2018 || A Devotional

by Gloria Copeland

“Is anyone among you afflicted, (ill-treated, suffering evil)? He should pray.” James 5:13, The Amplified Bible

The Greek word translated afflicteddoesn’t mean the result of sickness and disease. It means “troubled.”

If you’re in trouble, you need to pray. That’s what the Word says. Notice it didn’t say your pastor needs to pray for you or your friends need to pray for you. It says you need to pray.

Too often we try to find a quick fix to our problems by asking everyone else to pray for us. There’s nothing wrong, of course, with having others pray for you, but you’ll never get your life to a place of permanent victory until you begin to pray yourself.

The biggest church in the world is in Seoul, Korea. It’s pastored by Dr. David Cho, and the last I heard, it had more than 700,000 members. How did that church grow to be so large? According to Dr. Cho, the key is prayer. Not just his prayers but the prayers of his people. Praying is a way of life in that church. They have a place called Prayer Mountain where thousands of people come every day to pray.

I once heard Dr. Cho’s mother-in-law on television talking about the emphasis they put on prayer. She said that when their church members are in trouble, when they have marriage problems or problems in their personal lives, before anything else is done, those church members are told to go and fast and pray for 24 hours.

We need to do more of that here in our churches in the United States. We need to quit training our people to run around asking others to pray for them and train them instead to do their own praying.

You see, if I pray for God to solve one problem for you, you may enjoy success for a while, but then another problem will come along because you’ll still be making the same old mistakes that got you in trouble the first time. But if you buckle down and do that praying for yourself, if you discipline yourself to start searching out the things of the Spirit, you’ll get permanent answers. You’ll learn how to make adjustments in your life that will keep those problems from cropping up again.

If you have made Jesus your Lord, you have access to the throne of Almighty God. He has every solution to every problem you’ll ever have, and He’s just waiting for you to come to Him, so He can give you the answer. It may take some private time alone with Him for you to hear it, but He will never disappoint you.

Don’t depend on others to do your praying for you. Go personally to the throne of God today.

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PROFESSIONALISM IN THE WORKPLACE

Professionalism is all about success, influence and excellence; having a reputation for excellence and when one exhibits professionalism under any circumstances it is rare to come across closed doors either in the workplace or in your personal ambition because everyone loves to associate with excellence.

Workplace professionalism is based on factors like Style, Charisma, Attitude, Communication Etiquette among others. Professionalism focuses on the competence or skill that’s expected of a someone who is a professional which goes beyond having a professional degree or wearing crisp suits, rather, a true professional possesses several important characteristics one can apply to any type of business.

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GOD CHOSE YOU BEFORE YOU CHOSE HIM

Apr 23, 2018 || A Devotional 

By Rick Warren

God chose you long before you chose Him. God took the initiative. The Good News translation puts it this way: “You were chosen according to the purpose of God.”

Why would God choose you or me to be a part of his family? Because he is a God of love; he is a God of grace. The more you understand grace, the more you’re going to be amazed by it. 

God chose you. Did you deserve it? Not a chance. Do you deserve to go to Heaven? No way! Are you good enough to be in God’s family? No. He just chose you. And that’s good news.

On what basis did He chose you? First Peter 1:3 says, “For it is His boundless mercy that has given us the privilege of being born again so that now we are members of God’s own family.” 

God chose you based on his mercy, not your performance. You’ll never earn it. You’ll never deserve it. You couldn’t work hard enough for it. You couldn’t be perfect enough. 

It’s only because of God’s grace and mercy that the Creator of the universe says, “I want you in my family.” If that doesn’t encourage you, you’d better check your pulse.

CONCERNING SALVATION 2

22. 04. 2018 || Sunday Sermon

The series by Alvin Osunde on Salvation continues. Check for the previous post here

Often times you hear people say they are saved. So one Easter day I asked so many believers what they mean by they are saved? And what are they saved from? Over 50 believers I asked, only 2 knew. The rest just kept saying Jesus died for me now. Or I am saved. They didn’t even know what Jesus died for them mean. I cried that day and was strengthened to teach passionately and convincingly on what Jesus did for us in His death, burial and Resurrection even unto His seating on Majesty on high.

Salvation means Deliverance, Preservation and being in Safety.

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VEGGIE CASHEW CURRY LETTUCE WRAPS

13. 04. 2018 || Food Friday

Hey guys

One of my favorite bloggers posted about a dish she made, and I’m like why not re-blog it. So here is a yummy tasty dish of Veggie 

This delightful dish is soooo GOOD.

Enjoy.

Crispy romaine leaves stuffed with spicy and flavorful, wholesome ingredients, all in a fun, interactive meal that will get your kids begging for more veggies!

Crispy romaine leaves stuffed with spicy and flavorful, wholesome ingredients, all in a fun, interactive meal that will get your kids begging for more veggies!

It’s Gluten Free, Vegan and Specific Carb Diet friendly. And it can be easily adapted – you can add some chicken or white fish on top for the carnivores at the table to add to their wraps. Or to make it fully SCD, sub riced cauliflower for the grain!

Speaking of grain, this particular recipe calls for millet, which is an ancient Gluten-free grain from Africa, that is actually in the seed family. It has a deliciously sweet and nutty flavor and is incredibly high in protein. But the best part is that it literally cooks up in 20 minutes!

But you could also sub quinoa or rice for the millet, if you’ve got those in the pantry.

Here’s What you Need: (Serves 4-5)

1 cup millet cooked in 2 cups vegetable stock (Or rice/quinoa) (SCD: Sub riced cauliflower)
1/2 head of cauliflower, broken into florets and steamed
1 bunch of asparagus, ends trimmed, and chopped
2 large carrots, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp fish ginger, grated on amicroplane
1 heaping Tbsp curry powder
1 cup vegetable stock
Juice of 1 lime
14 drops pure liquid stevia – or 2 tsp honey/agave
1/2 can of coconut milk (light or regular)
Romaine lettuce leaves – about 3 per person
Cilantro, chopped
Green onions, chopped
Chopped cashews or almonds

Tools:
Sauce Pan
Steamer Basket
Non-stick frying pan
Microplane Zester
Good Chef’s Knife (This is the one I use and love)

Directions:
Cook the millet per package directions, until it absorbs all the liquid, about 20-25 minutes. When it has absorbed all the stock, fluff it with a fork, and add salt to taste.

Meanwhile, prep the veggies and steam the cauliflower for about 5 minutes, until the florets are somewhat tender, but not fully cooked. Remove steamer basket, and shock them by rinsing under cold water. Set aside.

Then, in a big pan, sautè the onion and carrots in 1 Tbsp EVOO, salt, pepper, and curry powder. Allow them to cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat, until the onions have softened. Next, add the asparagus, and let it cook for about 3 minutes. Then, stir in the peppers. Let them cook for about 2-3 minutes. Then, stir in the garlic, ginger, and steamed cauliflower. Let those cook for about 4 minutes. Pour in the vegetable stock, lime juice, and stevia drops. Let that warm through. Finally, stir in the coconut milk and let it warm through.

Serve by filling a lettuce cup with millet (or grain of choice), your veggies and sauce, and garnish with cilantro, green ions, and chopped nuts. I also served a little extra sauce on the side for dipping. YUM!!

This meal was fabulous! Crunchy, fresh, spicy, cooling, slightly sweet – just perfect!

These Curry Lettuce Wraps had a lotgoing for them. Not only were they beautiful to the eye, but they were also really flavorful! There was a warm, sweet-heat from the ginger and curry, which was compliments do beautifully by the cold and crunchy lettuce cups!

And the millet was nutty and wonderfully chewy. It soaked up the sauce brilliantly. I’m telling ya – I made this for my family, and they joked that they could drink the sauce, it was so good! Creamy and luxurious – just how a curry should be!

The touch of fresh cilantro and crunch of the cashews finished the dish stupendously!

And any leftovers would be superb in a omelet in the morning for breakfast, or as topper for a salad or grain bowl for lunch, too!

OK – time to do a face mask and get ready for bed!

See ya tomorrow!

What are you watching on Netflix right now?

For more recipes, you can get my e-cookbook here, or visit my food blog,GlutenFreeHappyTummy!

GOD KNOWS YOUR FUTURE

Mar 06, 2018 || A Devotional

by Rick Warren

It’s interesting to me the things people will try in order to figure out what’s going to happen next: astrology, horoscopes, reading tea leaves, consulting with people, bio-rhythms.
But they’re going to the wrong source because the only one who knows what’s going to happen next is God.
The Bible says He’s able to be in the past, the present, and the future all at the same time. That should give us great confidence in God. He not only knows about the future, He’s there in the future.  He not only walks with us day-by-day, He can also walk in our future.
If I know that God knows all my tomorrows – today — then I should ask for advice. The things you don’t know, God can tell you about. He’s not going to lay out your whole life all at once, telling you everything that will happen in your life.  If He did, you’d likely get very discouraged or prideful or both. Instead, He gives it to you a little bit at a time.
Here’s what I’d suggest, when you get up in the morning, go over your schedule with the Lord.

Pray, “Father, You’ve already seen this day that I’m about to experience. Tell me the things that are important today and then help me to focus on them.”

So when Ogo Okwonna put up thus picture I couldn’t help but laugh and agree with her. It’s not like we don’t know our good and not-so-good qualities but we just like a form of assurance and conviction to it. We want others to see and know that “this is who I am o”. We are moved mostly by sight so anything for a physical “show off” isn’t bad, even me sef 😢 no doubt it feels good to see how you’d look when you’re 150 years old, or who can kill for you, where you’d meet your future hubby (mine said COZA Abuja, what a joy unspeakable!) etc which leads to in wonder how this astrologist come about this, I’m thinking long time deep research.

Now sometimes we find out that everything isn’t entirely true, guess work enters in it and then it makes us doubt our personalities. Does it mean I can be stubborn when actually you’re not or you are a little, this makes you want to “try out” the stubbornness since “they said” you have stubborn trait in you 😂😂😂 and when you exhibit it, you feel well that’s how my personality is!

Truth is you can be more, and that’s not who your personality is exactly! God knows your future. Now what let’s say i haven’t met my husband yet, does it mean I should carry a ply card saying “Husband this is me, I’m waiting” or “Dear hubby, I was told I can locate you here” in front of COZA Abuja (well wouldn’t mind doing this in that church o!) or the person that claims to be our friend that can kill for you ends up trying to destroy you?

All am saying is don’t baseyour hope in all those things, God knows your future and only Him can direct the course of your life.

SOMETIMES GOD SAYS “NOT YET”

Apr 19, 2018 || A Devotional 

By Rick Warren


If you’re discouraged because of God’s delay in answering your prayers, understand the delay is NOT a denial. Just because the answer hasn’t come – YET – that doesn’t mean God isn’t going to answer or that he’s forgotten you or that he doesn’t care about you. 

It simply means “not yet!”

Part of becoming spiritually mature is learning the difference between “no” and “not yet,” between a denial and a delay. The Bible tells us, “He who is coming will come and will not delay.” (Hebrews 10:37 NIV)

God’s delay may be a test of your patience. Anybody can be patient once. And, most people can be patient twice. And, a lot of us can be patient three times. So God tests our patience over and over and over. 

Why? So he can see how patient you are? No! 

He does it so you can see how patient you are. So you’ll know what’s inside you, and you’ll be able to know your level of commitment. God tests you so that you can know he is faithful, even if the answers you seek are delayed.

If you’re discouraged, turn it around by remembering God teaches you patience during delay. Ask him to transform your discouragement into patience.

STEPS TO LOCAL CLIMATE FINANCE

18. 04. 2018 || Eco-Posts

During my web research, I came across an article on climate finance. This I find useful and important for every Climate Change Entrepreneur and Activist.
Climate finance refers to financing channeled by national, regional and international entities for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects and programs.

STEPS TO LOCAL CLIMATE FINANCE.

By Marek Soanes and Clare Shakya

Evidence from community-focused initiatives suggests that climate and development funds can deliver local finance by adopting six key structural changes.

Countries are fast ratifying the Paris Agreementon climate change, which entered into force on 4 November 2016. Now comes the implementation phase. We may have got here sooner than expected but now that we are here, we will need a massive scale-up of climate finance, including international funds, to deliver on our promises.

But if such funds are to address the vulnerabilities of those most in need, they must make their way effectively and efficiently down to the local level. Are they up to the task? The short answer is probably not.

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STEP ACROSS THE FAITH LINE

Apr 18, 2018 || A Devotional 

by Kenneth Copeland

“And being not weak in faith, [Abraham] considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.” Romans 4:19-20

In the years I’ve spent living by faith, there’s something I’ve learned to do that helps me receive from God in the toughest of situations. It’s something I call stepping over the faith line.

faith line is what you need when you want God to do the “impossible” in your life. It’s what you need when you want to be firm in your faith and yet you keep wavering back and forth between your circumstances and God’s promises―believing first one, then the other.

It’s what can make you like faithful Abraham. You know, Abraham had natural facts to deal with just like we do. He knew there was no natural way for God’s promise to him to come true.

Yet the Word says Abraham considered not his own body. In other words, Abraham ignored the natural evidence around him and believed only God’s promise.

Somewhere he stepped across the line of faith.

He made an irreversible decision to go with the Word of God. He made a final commitment. He chose to step past the point of no return. And if you and I are ever going to see God do the impossible in our lives, we’re going to have to do the same thing!

How do you draw that faith line?

Begin with the Word. Search the promises of God and purposely believe what He has said, and is saying, about your need. Meditate on those promises until faith rises in your heart.

Then draw the line of faith. Draw it in your mind and heart. Draw it across the floor in your prayer room. Say, “In the presence of God, in the presence of all the angels in this room, and in the devil’s face, I am stepping across the line of faith. From this moment on, I consider this matter done. From this day forward, I give God the praise and the glory in the Name of Jesus.”

From that moment on, speak only as if your miracle has already happened. Turn your back on the problems, on the doubts, and turn your face toward Jesus.

God will do the impossible in your life. Dare to step across the faith line!

YORUBA DEMONS

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Hey Ladies, let’s talk!

I’m beginning to notice some awkward traits in some guys…. The Yoruba Demon Syndrome This syndrome is known to be significant in some men from the Western part of Nigeria. Actually, not everyone is inclusive however this syndrome is spreading so fast and we are researching daily and coming up with solutions as to how to curb this syndrome from totally taken over.

I am not here to be critical, sha.

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This set of guys are often confused for being in the “D” category because of their cool, call and calculated nature. They are exceptional nice and easy to rapport with. So when they introduce themselves to the female folk “Hi, my name is Rotimi”, immediately a signal spans through the ladies head ” Danger Zone, Keep Off!” But with further investigation, it can be gathered with substantial evidence that they are actually angels and should be regarded as thus. Due to the rising toll of the demon legion

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