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Hello. I know as Christians we have to follow the will of God and put Him first in all we do. Even in ‘simple’ things like the church you go to or the classes you take in college. How do we hear from Him and intentionally act on His will in our lives. In short how do I know this is the decision He wants me to make.

Hey Hun! God’s word is more practical than we think – and while the intricacies of our lives are not all going to be spelt out (like what classes you should take in college), it’s the best place to start. Too many times I’ve found God’s word just comes alive and suddenly becomes relevant to my situation when I need it most. For the things that we need extra guidance on, it’s really as simple as asking Him. We talk to God so often but never really expect to hear back from Him – it’s like making a call but not expecting the person you called to say anything back… why call at all? You have to believe that when you ask a question, God is able to answer. And you have to be attentive to the answer. Most important of all is to remember that God lives IN you….

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in Devotions, Faith

Whether You Like It Or Not

People think I’m crazy when I tell them I wake up between 4:30 and 5am every weekday morning (and most weekends too). My regular routine once I’m up consists of about an hour of quiet time, going to the gym for another hour/hour and a half, and then getting ready for work. I don’t think I’m crazy at all! To be clear, I don’t LIKE waking up at 4:30 every morning. I have a very comfortable bed, and I would spend the whole day sleeping in it if I could.  I don’t always LIKE going to the gym, and many days I have to drag myself out of bed to make it. I don’t always FEEL like praying or reading my Bible. But you know what? I do it because I understand that what I like or don’t like can often be inconsequential to what is good for me. I do this…

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Bad Roots, Good Fruits

For the past two months (though it really seems like a lifetime) I have been trudging through Chronicles and Kings in my morning devo. And not the interesting parts – I’m talking about the annals and stories of pre-pubescent Kings and their rebellion against God, and all the wonderful and exciting ways He punished them for it. Fun times. I was so tempted to just skip all those chapters – and honestly the entire books – and move on to some more stimulating content. Esther, Job, Psalms – even Obadiah would have been a welcome relief to the repetitiveness and gore of these chronicles. But I kept going!  And today I understand part of the impotence of reading them. How close of a look have you taken at the genealogy of Jesus? You know, that long list in the first chapter of the gospels? Well, in case you haven’t, here it is…

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in Dear Diary

I’m only realizing just how much social media is a tool for self validation for people. And it’s not just a ‘I want to be popular’ thing – we can become dependent on others’ responses to us (whether bad or good) to actually survive. Like, we say and do and post the right (or wrong) things to get a response that sustains us in some way. We might guise it as ‘self expression’ but we only deceive ourselves. We are only feeding off of the reactions of others, and that type of validation is so so empty. It doesn’t last.

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Go Fish!

I have never gone fishing. Not only because I’ve never had the opportunity, but because I think I’d be horrible at it. I’m told the key to being a good fisherman is to have patience (I got this mainly from one of Papa Pope’s well-executed rants, so correct me if you’re a skilled fisherman and I’m wrong lol), and as I’ve said before, I have the patience of a 4-year old. Can’t wait, don’t want to, won’t do it. And then there’s the process of cleaning the fish after you’ve caught it. Growing up as the youngest daughter in a Ghanaian household, you know I had to learn how to clean fish – and boy did I hate it. Getting off all the scales and pulling out all the disgusting innards and blood and guck everywhere – ick. It was such a painstaking, time-consuming, and gut-wrenching process. Needless to say, I like my…

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Can I say i’m so jealous of you and your life? In fact I’m jealous of anyone who has their life put together. Here I am with a sad life. Friends always rush to tell me good news, like I’m genuinely happy for them every time But when I’m alone all I do is cry. I used to be the smartest person in class receiving awards and now I can’t even get a job, not even Mickey d’s replied me. And all my parents do is nag, ‘we didn’t pay all this tuition for you to turn out like this’. I feel like God doesn’t exist :(

Darling, Don’t be fooled by outward appearances. A lot of people who ‘seem’ to have their lives together are struggling with the best of us. No one’s life is all ‘put together’, not even mine. If you judge and measure your own success or happiness by others’ outward appearances, you’ll live believing a running lie. Don’t do it! What you see here, what you see in my life in particular? It’s not perfection. It’s not having everything together. What I have is Stubborn Joy. Stubborn Joy says, even though everything is not going the way I planned it, even though I am not where I want to be (which I think I mention quite a bit), I trust and understand that there is a purpose. I understand that every season serves a purpose. I trust that if I have banged on every door and nothing has availed, it’s because where…

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in Dear Diary

The Build-A-Man Workshop

Welcome, Ladies, to the Build-A-Man Workshop – where you can create your Perfect Man simply with the click of a few buttons! Let me tell you how it works: First,  our state-of-the-art Man Generator will ask you a series of questions to ascertain what it is you want your Man to look like. Green eyes? Long hair? Maybe you’re into man buns? Beards? Do you want him six-foot-four, athletic build, and with a dashing smile? We’ve got you covered!  Next, tell us what attributes you want in a man – you name it, we can make it. Faithfulness and Kindness are our top picks, but we also offer Generosity, Sense of Humor, Passion, Confidence (with a dash of Cockiness), Dependability, among many, many others.  Of course, what would your Perfect Man be without his accessories? A six-figure job, a 2016 Porsche, a royal lineage, and good taste in clothing are just a few…

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Heart Check!

But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It’s from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That’s what pollutes. (Matthew 15: 18 & 19) The story of Jonah is one of those Bible stories that will be embedded in my brain for all of eternity. It’s one of those stories you’re told over and over again in Sunday School – and I low-key think it’s used to scare children into obedience: obey God or you’ll get swallowed by a big fish! I know I was definitely on my guard after hearing it lol.  It’s an important lesson though: how running away from God will, essentially, get you nowhere. But that’s not the part of the story I want to talk about today.  No, today, I want to talk about what happened after Jonah got OUT of the big…

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