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God Pursues You.

msunderstoodwoman: The idea is almost implausible. A God who rewards good behavior, we can fathom. A God who punishes the wicked- of course! What else would a God do with His spare time. Even a God who answers prayer is within our realm of possibility. But a God who pursues? One who persistently and relentlessly chases after YOU? We are skeptical on this one. Because as human beings, we don’t like to pursue anyone. Not even a significant other. The idea of rejection keeps us grounded waiting on the other party to make a move first. My brother even refuses to join twitter because he hates the idea of having to “follow” someone, much less actively pursue them.  Today in church we sang this song that said: No sin, no shameNo past, no painNo height, no depthNo fear, no death, Can separate me from Your love-You pursue me And my heart…

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Here’s to 7 out of 77…

What Lie Are You Believing? What false report? What words of negativity were spoken over your life that have taken root in your heart and sprouted seeds of doubt and fear without you even knowing it? Seeds that started off as tiny shoots but have grown to be a field of weeds in which nothing good can grow? In which the promises of God just can’t take root? We all have them, but to be honest, I didn’t think I had any till yesterday when God showed me just how much a single statement had made me a slave to a spirit of worthlessness – a slave to the same lie the enemy has used since Adam: ‘you are not enough’. It was a statement that was said supposedly to help me, but more likely to strike me. It cut so deep that over a year later I am still experiencing…

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The Cinderella Complex

I’m fairly certain everyone knows the story of Cinderella in some form or the other. If you don’t, it’s your typical fairy tale: Girl loses mother, gains evil stepmother, loses father, becomes servant to evil stepmother. That’s the storyline of like 1 out of every 2 fairy tales lol. Well, this story continues that she finds out she has a fairy godmother who grants her a wish and a new outfit and she’s able to go to the ball and meet Prince Charming against her stepmothers wishes. Catch 22 is that she has to leave before midnight because the magic wears off and she’s back to being a servant girl. She happens to leave a glass slipper behind as she makes her getaway, and the Prince goes on this crusade searching for the girl whose foot fits the glass slipper. After a long and arduous search, and attempts by her evil…

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When Are You getting Married?

I finally got asked. I thought I could escape the question for a while more – being the last-but-one grandchild on my Father’s side and all. My aunties had other plans. “So… when are you also getting married?” “Who me? I have been asking myself the same question. I’ll let you know when I figure out the answer!” I reply sarcastically. “So there’s no one special?” “Nope.” “Do you want me to introduce you to some people?” “Nooooope!” “Then that means there must be someone you have in mind!” “Errrr…. no. Not actually.” *Ghanaian aunty face of disbelief*  I have to admit, her logic was socially sound. If I don’t have a man, and I’m not looking for a man, then there must be a man in mind, right??  Wrong.  My own response kind of surprised me though! I used to be what my sister calls a ‘serial relationshipist’. Out one relationship,…

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The Missing Peace

How easy is it to lose your peace in this world???? There was a point in my life that I could actually never find mine – my family, friends (and exes) will testify to this lol. Moving back to the States on my own and living as a college student solely reliant on financial  aid and three part-time jobs to provide for myself, I was in a constant state of worry. Would I have enough to eat? Would I have enough to go home over break? Would I have enough to survive the winter??? Sometimes there was enough, but other times there was barely enough to go around. I spent a lot of time counting my pennies and running in circles about money. Then there was school. I think nine times out of ten that I took an exam, I called my father crying in fear that I had failed. I…

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Just a Few Thoughts I Had Today…

A lot of women (myself/ past self included) have sex before they’re actually ready and outside of the context of marriage because we have fallen prey to the cultural norm that relationships=sex. Like, if you have a man, you have to have sex to please/keep him or maintain the relationship. Like there can be no relationship without sex. Somehow sex has become synonymous with commitment. It’s such a lie. A lot of men get into relationships not because they actually want one or are ready for it but because relationships give them a pseudo-legitimate avenue to regular sex. Think about it: you can either hustle around every weekend hoping it will ‘tomu’ with some chick you meet and score for the night, or you can tell some girl ‘I love you’ and have a steady supply any time you feel like it – and THEN some on the side. Sex…

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Five Ideas Christians Need To Rethink

I’ve been in massive hibernation mode for the past few weeks, trying to do less of me and more of God. That means, spending a lot more time listening for what He has to say about every single situation instead of seeking Him after-the-fact.  I had this random epiphany on Monday about how we can fall into the habit of taking the Bible out of context to fit our own needs; and so I got to thinking: what are some Bible verses or ‘ideas’ that I have taken out of context in my own life that I could share now that I know better?  Here are five of them:  1. God will not give us more than we can bear.  I think I got this idea from a Kirk Franklin song I grew up with: More Than I Can Bear. While the song HAS walked me through more storms than…

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Dealing With Difficult People

C’mon – you know you know at least one of them. Whether it’s that person in your class project group who always criticizes your input (and never constructively), or that coworker who’s always trying to pull you into gossip, or that boss who works you into the ground without so much as an ounce of gratitude, or that colleague who always chastises your beliefs, or even that friend that betrays you again and again no matter how faithful or supportive you are – we have ALL had to deal with difficult people in our lives. The most annoying thing about difficult people is that they will be difficult whether you merit it or not. You can work hard, do all the right things, say all the right words, and put in the work, but they will always have something negative or challenging to say about you and/or the things you do….

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