Remember Who Was There For You

Dear Someone,

I want you to always remember who was there for you when NO ONE else was. Remember who was there for you when you were at your lowest. Remember who was there for you when you didn’t have anything. Remember who was there for you when you needed a shoulder to cry on. Remember who was there for you when you felt the weakest and not who’s there to have a good time

No matter what you have been through, remember those that were there for you when your world or marriage was like a silent hell. Remember those that were there for you when times were tough. Not everyone actually cares for you the way YOU think they do. Remember those that were there for you when everybody else turned their back on you. Remember those that were there for you when everything around you was falling apart. Remember those that were there for you when no one else wanted to be there and those that answered your call at 2 am when you were loosing it.

Never ignore a person who loves you and cares for you. Keep them close, for such people are rare.

In Him,
~Ali Papa.

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Forgive Yourself And Move On

Dear Someone,

Many people today are under so much stress because of too many concerns. There are those who are concerned about their finances, jobs, health, family, looks, reputation, marriages, pregnancy, country, church and the souls of men. The list is endless and chances are that you are definitely not excempted from one of these issues or concerns.

Many at times we live in the future instead of the present. We are concerned more with tomorrow and yesterday instead of today. For as long as your focus is on yesterday and tomorrow much of your stress and many of your problems will not disappear.

For a few minutes, do a self-assessment, ask yourself: what are those things that are more of concern to me? What are those things that are giving me sleepless nights? What are my greatest fears? Why are my not happy with my job? Why are my in debt? Why are my not happy in my marraige or relationship? Why are my out of job? Why are my so lonely? Why are my depressed? What is that burden that you wish to see a miracle turn it around for you? Ask yourself, why is my life the way it is especially if it’s?

Don’t tell me it’s difficult to determine or know the reason or cause of your stress, pain, anger, disappointment, frustration, bitterness, depression, insecurity, fears, divorce, separation, etc. You do if you are sincere to yourself. Don’t get me wrong, until people have been through what you have been through they have no authority to judge you! But Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) says, “In his heart a man plans his course”. You didn’t arrive where you are right now by accident. You are in your present situation because of the choices you have made overtime – good or bad. Proverbs 27:19 (NIV) says, “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man”. Your current situation is actually a reflection of what’s going on in your heart. Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) says, “for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”.

What are the dominating thoughts in your mind? Are you living your tomorrows before they get here? If you do then you can miss today completely. The Bible tells us in Psalms 118:24 (KJV), “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it”. You can’t live yesterday today and you can’t live today tomorrow. You can only live today, today. Worry will not change your situation. Complaining about your situation will not change it. Blaming yourself and everyone for your circumstances will not change anything. Proverbs 12:25 (NIV) says, “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up”. A kind word will only cheer you up it won’t take the problem away. But it’s a starting point. Proverbs 15:13 (KJV) says, “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance” and Proverbs 15:15 (KJV) says, “he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast”.

For you to see a desired change in your situation, there must be a starting point – responsibility. For that miracle to take place, there must be a starting point – your faith. Everything in nature returns to it’s source, their are no exceptions. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. You must do something awesome today. You must start from somewhere today. You must live in the here and now. Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy.

If your problem is overeating, then decide not to overeat today, not yesterday. Yesterday’s gone. Not tomorrow, tomorrow is not here yet. Just don’t overeat today. If you have a temper and argue with your family, then decide not to argue today – just today. One day is much easier to deal with. If you are in a blessed mess, then decide that enough is enough for today. If your marriage has hit a rock, then take the first step and fix yourself. No one is going to fix you. Life will never be perfect and it doesn’t matter if you have failed (a lot), the past is already written and tomorrow is not guaranteed. So clear yourself of worry and focus on what is important.

Beloved of God, pause and remember: If you are reading this. You are blessed to be alive. Today is just a gift, it is not refundable and tomorrow is not guaranteed. So be happy. Live your dreams and passion. Stop worrying about the economy. You can’t control it neither can you alone fix it. Stop spending your energy and time on things and people that don’t bring you joy. Don’t die in a marriage or relationship that is not taking you anywhere. If you are divorced or separated and a reconciliation seems far off, don’t try to fast and pray for what God has delivered you from.

We all make mistakes in relationship or marraiges but silent hell is the worst place to be. Ask for forgiveness and move on, knowing that God still wants to you do good things and have a good life. Move on with your life knowing that all things will eventually work together for your good. Move on, knowing that things can only get better. Move on, knowing that you have tried your best for them. Move on, knowing that you do deserve it. Move on, knowing that they were never good for you. Move on, knowing that there was never an us. Move on, knowing that you should. Put the past behind you and move on, knowing that you have done the best that you can with all that you had to give. Move on, knowing that from the start they were not willing to hold on.

No matter how much you do for some people, it’s never going to be enough, so you just have to move on, knowing that your blessings come from above, not below. Forgive yourself because you did the best you could at the time, and move on, knowing that you have the knowledge and tools to think differently next time. Move on, knowing that things are not working, and there is clearly evidence of that EVERYWHERE. Accept the negative and move on knowing that the many positives are what is to be enjoyed. Move on, knowing that you’re not carrying grudges from the past because that affects your future relationship with others. Accept your failures and move on, knowing that failure is a natural consequence of trying. Move on, knowing that you did everything you could. Move on, knowing that life still goes on.

Do what makes you happy, today. Be with those that made you smile and love life. If you are in someone’s life, be there for them for good or step aside. Step aside and move on knowing that God is going to replace what you settled for with what truly belongs to you. Pick up your pieces and move on knowing that you’re still an amazing person who gave your marriage or relationship the best while it lasted. Don’t regret your past. Learn from it and move on, knowing that your experiences helped you to choose growth.

Thank someone you love for the negative impact they have had over your life! Forgive them and move on …knowing that our God is a forgiving God too. Learn the lesson, move on knowing that there are certainly other fish in the sea, and one of them is yours. When big things in your life change you have to adapt and move on knowing that you’ll be a better person for it.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone. Go and find your happiness. Take a moment today to look at yourself and appreciate the fact that you are here and you are unique. Be anxious for nothing. Philippians 4:6 (AMP) says, “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God”.

You are not alone in your situation. Everyone is fighting a battle you have no idea about. Be thankful for this life and the memories you make because tomorrow is not guaranteed. It doesn’t matter what is happening in your life, the sun will rise tomorrow. The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence. God has a purpose for everything that you have been through and He will show up for you if you will make your requests known to him.

Remember, you don’t know when it’s the last time you’ll see a person. Tomorrow is not guaranteed, life changes in a second. Tell the people you love that you love them while you have a chance. Don’t take your life and the people that you love in your life for granted. Never postpone. Always show and express love. Life is so fragile. Love deeply and completely with all your heart.

I know it’s so hard to live in the moment even though tomorrow is not guaranteed but there’s nothing quite as sacred as today, right now, the present. Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. You’ll never get to go back to yesterday and tomorrow is not guaranteed. There will never be a moment in your life when it is not now. An hour ago, it was now. Tomorrow, it will still be now. Change the routine. Do something out of the ordinary. You won’t regret it. Learn to master happiness in the now, that is all you will ever need to do. Ask God to give you wisdom and understanding and to guide your steps through that day. God created each day for you and me. He wants today to be a good day. He wants us to be healthy, emotionally sound, prosperous and seeking Him and His will today.

In the meantime, please share your comments, observations and insight. Rest and be blessed in the Lord’s Grace as you move on with your life.

In Him,
@IAmAliPapa.

You Have  Come Too Far 

Dear Someone,

The enemy is working overtime, he’s working 24/7/365 days so as to be able to shake your confidence. The enemy is working overtime just to break you down. The enemy is working overtime to get you out of your place in God because his time is almost up. The enemy is working overtime to eliminate your work in the kingdom, don’t let ANYTHING stop you from building. He is working overtime to steal, kill and to destroy. You must stayed prayed up. You must resist him and and he will flee. James 4:7 (AMP) says, “be subject to God. Resist the devil , and he will flee from you”. You are not without help. The enemy is working but GOD is also working full time, over time 24/7/365.

Since the enemy is working overtime to make you believe following God will not pay off, remind yourself that you have come too far from where you started from. You can’t give up now. Stand firm knowing that no weapon formed or fashion against you can prosper.

Isaiah 54:15-17 (AMP) says, “Behold, they may gather together and stir up strife, but it is not from Me. Whoever stirs up strife against you shall fall and surrender to you. 16 Behold, I have created the smith who blows on the fire of coals and who produces a weapon for its purpose; and I have created the devastator to destroy. 17 But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This  is the heritage of the servants of the Lord ; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me , says the Lord”.

Don’t let him rob you of the blessings that’s tied to your faith. You have come too far to fail. You have come too far to give up on Him now. You have come too far to quit on His Word. You have come way too far from where you started from with God to quit. Success  happens for those that refuse to give up, give out or quit! Fight the good fight of faith. Fight and don’t give up. You have come too far. This might be your role in history, in demonstrating the character of God.

It is  when you are very close to your breakthrough sometimes that is when the pressure of life seems to be the greatest. But you have come too far to give up now. Continue to stay strong and  watch what happens in your situations. You might not have done all you wanted in the past 11 months of this glorious year of restoration but you have come too far to stop now. It doesn’t matter what you have been through, that’s life – they happen for your good. You have come too far to return empty.Whatever it’s that may have rattled  you to the core, it does NOT have to break you! You have come too far to stop now!

Look back on how far you have come and choose to believe God today. Choose to stay the course and on purpose. The universe has your back. Come into an  agreement with God and DECIDE you have come too far to turn back now! Don’t get weary, don’t give up! You have come too far to look back. Learn from your experiences, good or bad and stay the course. YOU HAVE COME TOO FAR TO END IT. You were made for so much more.

His Name is sufficient for you to go through whatever situation you are in right now. You have come a long way too far the Lord cannot allow you to go back and suffer shame. You have come too far to settle for less than HIS best: know your worth. You have come too far to give up who you are. There is a glorious celebration of your victory .Find your light and never let it go. When darkness closes in, don’t run away, be brave and turn to the light and love of His Word.

Most of your dreams will take time to come to realisation but  DON’T get discouraged and DON’T GIVE UP! You have come too far in that good work you are doing! You have come too far with God, not to believe! Today is not going to be as bad as your situation will want you to think. You have come too far to go back to your old way of living. Be strong and of good courage. Learn to rest in God. It’s a mark of absolute trust in Him. And remember, your times are in HIS hands. You have come too far, survived so much to give up now. God is up to something even when you don’t seem to see it. YOU have come too far to shrink back or hold back now.
You may have made mistakes but you are not the person you used to be, you have come too far to stop now. Refuse to be defined by your mistakes or your past. There will always be room for improvement. And your change is on the way. Don’t give up! You have come too far to give up. It won’t be long. Things are working together for your good. You have come too far to let the drama on the news get you down. You have come too far to start slacking. You didn’t come this far only to come this far. Keep pushing, Keep striving! Finish strong, you can do it!

God has never planned a defeat for you. He is not about to. You have come too far to give up on Him. You have come too far to believe God is not going to take you any further. You have come too far to give up now! So keep moving forward! Keep your eyes on the finish line. The Hand of God is heavy upon your life, you cannot give up. You have come too far not to go further, you have done too much not to do more.

You managed to get this far so there is absolutely no reason why you can’t go  on. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (AMP)  days, “For we walk by faith  not by sight or appearance”. Unfair things happen, stuffs happen – bad marriage or relationship, financial mess, poor health, lack of job, fear, depression, anxiety, benevolence – but you have come too far to let setbacks stop you from stepping forward. Leave it all behind you. Keep going one step at a time. It may look dark, but His grace has brought you this far. You can make it! You will make it! Let me get an Amen!

In Him,
@IAmAliPapa.

You Never Know What Life Will Throw At You

Beloved of God,

If you are a wife or a husband, chances are you will have a misunderstanding with your spouse. If you are in a relationship, you are not exempted. If you work in an organisation, chances are there for you to receive emails that you will find offensive. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you do, you will always have issues to deal with. Jesus said in John 16:33 (NIV), “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

If you are in a blessed mess today or your relationship or marriage is in crisis or you are out of work or struggling to hold on to your current job or you are in a financial mess, don’t let yourself stay sad because of these issues. Take heart knowing that Jesus has overcome the world for you. You can be devastated but refuse to be destroyed.

The thing about life is that sometimes we just do not know what it will throw at us. That is why Jesus never said life would be easy, but He said it would be worth it according to  Matthew 7:13-14 (MSG). He said  13 “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. 14 The way to life-to God!-is vigorous and requires total attention”.

Life will throw many surprises at you but no matter what happens be patient, be calm, be strong and always have faith in the One who created life. If life throws shade at you, maybe it is time to make art with the colors. Just because you are willing to learn doesn’t mean life will not throw you an extra 2-3 lessons. Life will throw all kinds of challenges your way, when it does, take a deep breathe, step back, aim and swing but most importantly, hold the faith!

Ephesians 6:13 (NIV) says, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand”.

It doesn’t matter if you you are experiencing your evil day right now but their is one for everyone. You must learn to let go and let your heart be filled with joy in whatever circumstances that you are in. When you look to the future, let your heart be filled with joy. When you celebrate your birthday, let your heart be filled with joy. Do not fear the unknown. It is with Gods great love for us that we are forgiven and redeemed.

Life is too short to worry about things you do not have control over. Learn to have fun. Regret nothing, and don’t let people bring you down. Just because they don’t like you doesn’t mean God won’t bless you. Walk with confidence, raise your head above, do not be afraid, God is watching over you so let your heart be filled with joy as He unleashes His glory and renews His mercy for you everyday.

Let go of the past. Don’t re-live it. Let your heart be filled with joy. Let your mind dwell on magnificence and beauty, and your life will blossom. Let your heart be filled with joy because there is more for you. This is not all that there is to your life. Life will throw so many unwanted things at you, but never let it distract you to loose focus. Focus on the goodness of God in your life rather than the dark patches you go through. Let your heart be filled with joy not sorrow. Today shouldn’t be the only day you show gratitude towards other people you love, constantly show them. Hang onto your loved ones tight. Remember to be thankful and surround yourself with loved ones. You never know what life will throw at you.

Expect great things today. Take note of every blessing large or small and let your heart be filled with joy! Life will throw you off track, but He welcomes you back even when you’ve been quiet towards Him. Let your heart be filled with joy and your actions be filled with purpose. Count your blessings. Seriously, you have no idea what life will throw at you.

It’s a new month and you may never know what life will throw at you. The good news is that no obstacle is too big for God! I pray He will meet you in this season of expectation! May He raise an angel to comfort you in Jesus Name. Stay the course today, endure with hope and be blessed in the Lord’s Grace.

In Him,
~Ali Papa.

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What Do You Need To Throw Away? 

wp-image-129052919png.pngDearly Beloved of God,

Life is beautiful. Life is worth living. Life is good. Life is a journey. Life is spiritual. Life is a highway. Life, is whatever you make it but most importantly, life is strange.

Where you start out and where you end up may not be the same. In whatever street of life you find yourself, stay the course and be happy. Stay the course and run your own race. Your journey is your journey and there is no need to compete and compare. Everyone cannot go where God is taking you. As you go higher, some will leave willingly; others will be forced to leave, and those who remain were granted permission by God.

Your relationship or marital situations are not permanent. It’s either you care too much and get hurt or you care too little and lose hope. But the good news is that they are not there to defeat you. Those situations will eventually work together for your good. Stop crying, stop blaming everyone and most importantly, stop blaming yourself. Instead, cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous (you) to be shaken – Psalm 55:22.

When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen. If your marriage is in a mess, turn it into a message but don’t die doing it. If you can’t go on, rest. If things don’t add up, start subtracting. Some people and situations had to be left behind. They were holding you back. God removed them from your life to make room for BIGGER blessings!

When your love is not accepted, given no attention and being rejected, it’s time to move on. There is a difference between loyalty and slavery. To move forward in life, somethings from the past must be thrown away. You can never force a person to see what they’re not looking for. Save yourself the headache and move on with your life. Don’t allow yourself to be anyone’s second choice. Those in your life shouldn’t be your headache but your peace. Thank them for showing you how little you mean to them and move on.

Every storm runs out of rain. Every trial has an expiration date. So don’t you dare faint before your due season. Don’t miss your harvest by quitting BUT if you have to quit, try. And before you talk, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. BEFORE YOU MOVE ON, FORGIVE. Forgive and press on knowing that you can’t change how people feel about you, so don’t try. Just live your life and be happy. Don’t be jealous when they give someone the kind of attention you want from them. Don’t be happy on the outside but breaking apart on the inside. At times you may think everything is going to go “wrong” without realising that God is just setting everything “right”. So be grateful for the good times and keep the faith during the bad times. Stay positive when life gives you every reason to be negative.

I pray that the Lord, who gives peace, will always bless you with peace. May the Lord be with you – (2Th 3:16 CEV).

You aren’t pressed, your season is here. God is going to keep opening doors for you just to shut the enemy’s mouth. The mistakes of your past will not block the blessings of your future. Stay the course today, endure with hope and be blessed in the Lord’s Grace. Your season of restoration has begun – Joel 2:25.

In Him,
~Ali Papa.

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