Praying in the midst of a personal storm.

Good morning purposeful people

I hope that this post meets you and your family well? I hope that you’ve all had the opportunity to enjoy the longer days, YAY more sunlight 😊. Without further ado I shall jump STRAIGHT to the point 😀.

Praying when things are ok, is a completely different ball game in comparison to praying when things are NOT ok. Personally prayer for me becomes increasingly difficult when things appear to be falling apart in my life! And lately the enemy has been attacking my mind with discouraging thoughts! In my moment of despair, it dawned upon me that my experience can be used to help encourage others. Me sharing my trials can help others who’re facing the same struggle!

Some things which have helped me stay prayed up during a storm, are as follows…

1. Sing songs of praise: Sometimes we may not have many words to say during prayer, if not any at all during our moments of weakness, but when a song rises up within, it’s a way in which our spirit man can communicate with the Lord. It provides us with the opportunity to feel encouraged, and to bless God. Praise is a powerful weapon!

Joshua 6:1-5 ~ “Now the gates of Jericho were tightly shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites. No one was allowed to go out or in. But the Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors. You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.”

2. Pray standing up: When laying down sometimes I drift away (fall asleep), or end up feeling like I have no energy (deflated), which leads me along a slippery slope towards self-pity, and I end up complaining A LOT! But when standing I kinda get energised, my body gets a rush simply from moving around and engaging my entire body in worship. I’m not saying that standing is a must, but I’ve found that it helps me! Some people prefer to kneel down, or raise their hands when praying, and I believe that it’s important to find what works well for YOU 😊.

Daniel 6:10 ~ “But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.”

3. Share your struggles: Speak with trusted believers. Communication with others can be extremely helpful and encouraging, especially if they’re in the same boat as you. Don’t struggle alone, instead pray with and for others!

James 5:16 ~ Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

4. Don’t waste your struggles: Build others up, and remember that your trial is only for a season. Your personal testimony of trusting God, and staying faithful to Him in the midst of your trial, can bless others. Document and note the progress made in your life. For example I blog my struggles, as it gives me the opportunity to study scripture, and encourage others!

5. Find a quiet place to be alone with God: Search for a place with minimal disturbances, so that you can pray freely without the worry of not being able to fully express yourself. It’ll be a chance for you to deepen your relationship with God, and you’ll also be able to pour out your heart to Him. Corporate prayer is great, but one still needs alone time with God. For example some married couples may feel comfortable with being affectionate with one another in public (holding hands), but when it comes to sexual intimacy, many would prefer a space away from the watching world, in order to get intimate without any distractions! When alone with God we have the chance to get very intimate with Him.

Mark 6:46 ~ “After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.”

Mark 1:35 ~ “Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.”

Matthew 6:6 ~ “But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”

6. Listen to sermons: Continuously strive to fill your mind with God’s word! This can help prevent you from falling into the trap of meditating upon Satan’s lies. The OnePlace app is a great place for one to gain access to a variety of Christian broadcast stations, as well as great teaching resources!

https://www.oneplace.com/mobile-app

A massive shoutout goes to my dad for introducing me to this awesome app.

When we don’t feel like praying, it’s a sure sign that we urgently need to start communicating with our Maker, so that we do not to give room to the devil!

[Side-note: Rememeber that encountering life storms is inevitable. But the most important thing is to have Jesus in your boat, allow Him to steer the course of your life, then you’ll have the assurance that your boat isn’t going to sink! You will not drown, therefore let peace fill your heart. Mark 4:37-39 ~ “But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm”.]

Love & blessings from

Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart

What I learnt this valentines-Plus 8 useful tips!

Good morning beautiful people

I hope that this blog post meets you well?

Today I’d like to remind us of the importance of appreciating, and celebrating the ones we love! I plan on keeping today’s post short and sweet! 😊

It’s taken me over 28 years to realise that Valentine’s Day is not just for couples! I’ve always known that one shouldn’t limit acts of kindness/love to ONE day, but recently my view on who should partake in valentines festivities has completely changed. February the 14th is a day for EVERYONE to celebrate. Why? Because EVERYONE is loved, and everyone NEEDS love! We mustn’t forget that showing acts of love to those we care about, shouldn’t happen only once a year.

John 3:16 ~ “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

^^^ You’re someone whom God adores! (His love for you is so deep, deep enough for Him to sacrifice Himself so that you may live).

This year I was greatly convicted to put more thought into blessing those around me. I received two bouquets of beautiful looking flowers from my dad, and little sister (middle sister). Their thoughtfulness greatly touched me, and made my heart glad. They caught my off guard because I thought Valentine’s Day was a day I shouldn’t celebrate at this point in my life.

I believe that it’s important for us to remember that everyone has different ways of expressing love (different love languages), and we mustn’t deem someone’s expression of love as meaningless, simply because they don’t do things the same way we do! It’s also very easy for us to bypass a persons act of kindness merely because we don’t recognise it as love (it appears as foreign language to us). We should make it our prayer to become more open minded, sensitive, patient, and understanding towards others!

Ephesians 4:2-3 ~ Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

My top 3 love languages are quality time, words of affirmation, and acts of service, whereas my little sister’s love language is receiving gifts. In the past I would get annoyed when she’d often asked for things, but now I understand that gift receiving is her love language. It’s my goal this year to put more effort into practically showing my family members that I appreciate them. I desire to put more thought into my acts of giving. As believers we’re called to love others, and we’re encouraged to be selfless in our actions.

Philippians 2:3-4 ~ “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

Here are some tips on how one can show love to those they care about, which don’t have to cost an arm and a leg, yet are still very thoughtful!

1. Leave them a note: I think it’s nice to wake up to a note that says ‘I love you’ or ‘I appreciate you’. You can be extremely creative with your notes by using coloured paper, or decorating your notes with glitter. You can stick the note on a bedroom door/bedside, or even on the fridge.

2. Hug your loved one: A surprise hug is always nice, especially if the hug giver isn’t a touchy feely person. A hug can equal a thousand words, and can help dissipate feelings of distress for the hug receiver!

3. Send a text message: You’ll be very surprised at how uplifted/encouraged someone can feel from receiving a text message. Your text to your beloved can come at just the right time! There are a lot of people feeling pretty low right now, so a friendly text message can go a very long way.

4. Call a sister or a brother: Sometimes it’s nice to hear a persons voice! We live in a tech savvy society, and just being able to converse verbally can be a breath of fresh air!

5. Leave them a surprise gift and hide it: I don’t know about you, but as a kid I LOVED playing hide and seek, and partaking in Easter egg hunts. And tbh, if someone told me they’d bought me chocolates and all I needed to do was find them, it would truly bring out the child in me, and make my day!

6. Cook up a treat: Cook a meal or make a smoothie. Since we’re in the midst of a pandemic, you could potentially package and drop off a cooked, or baked good to your loved ones home (without breaking social distancing rules of course).

7. Organise a games night: Have fun with your family, play a board game or engage in arts and crafts. If distance is a problem, organise a game night via zoom.

8. Surprise them with what they need: Help around the house, offer to do some chores, or purchase an item someone needs i.e. food or toiletries.

I hope that you could pick up a thing or two from today’s post. Remember that you are worth celebrating, and so are the people around you. Appreciate your loved ones more!

P.S. remember one should not give to receive, or give to out give! Give according to what you have, it’s the thought that counts. And you don’t have to spend like crazy in order to appreciate your loved one, something as simply as saying sorry first can make a persons day. Also giving your time to others is priceless, aspire to spend quality time with your loved ones.

2 Corinthians 8:12 ~ Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.

God bless

Love from

Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart