All posts tagged: encourage

Another Hidden Gem

Hello friends, God must have heard our prayers for better weather because the past few days have been much warmer. One thing I’ve consciously tried to do is love winter. I remember once, while my friends and I were complaining incessantly about winter, a friend quietly mentioned that she did quite love seasons. She loved how we couldn’t get too comfortable with one season and how another one brought a sense of freshness and adventure. Personally, I love the seasons but I dislike how you need an entirely new wardrobe for every few months of the year. Although it’s expensive for a college student, it’s a fashionistas dream. So pray for me to become a fashionista. Lol.  In other news, I REGISTERED MY DOMAIN NAME! My domain is msalheri.com and it feels like my own personal home on the world wide web! Isn’t this exciting news? Another thing: I opened a Facebook page called Ms. Alheri. I created a twitter account, and an instagram account! Who is this girl, please?!   Here is my twitter, incase you’re …

Join me on The Struggle Bus…

Blogging, I have found, is like exercising. The more I blog, the more inspiration I find to blog about! When I get out of form, it becomes excruciating to get back into form, and the more time I spend not writing, the more difficult it becomes to actually write. But I’m grateful to God for His grace, despite all my senrenre.  As some of you may know, I have considered starting a series for my blog. Ideally, I want some form of structure, and I want to maintain consistency and increase accountability. I believe God has answered my prayer. So from now, I’m going to start an entire series focussing on sharing some of the struggles I face in my walk with God. About two weeks ago (and missing church due to traveling and weekend conferences and events), I was experiencing some form of dryness in my relationship with God. Honestly, I still did the usual things- I read my devotionals, and prayed when I felt like it. But I knew that I wasn’t giving as …

Your Blessings are Reserved!

I read this in my devotional yesterday, and honestly, I cannot explain the peace that washed over me afterwards! Please read and be blessed! Memorise: The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. Psalm 16:6   Read: Psalm 16:5-9 5  The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.  6  The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.   7  I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.    8  I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.  9  Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.    Message One thing that robs many people of peace is the uncertainty of the future. If you are living in right standing with God, your future is guaranteed not by man or by the economy of your …

What now?

Well, well, well! Friends, about my last post, ALA results are out! However, I won’t indulge your curiosity because this blog isn’t about my brother, and his school applications 🙂 This blog is about this often confused young girl (or woman, whaaa?) throwing herself into the strong muscular arms of a God that’s bigger than the biggest, and wiser than the wisest. This is me making sense of my thoughts, and hoping that as I share my journey, the Holy Spirit will inspire someone to lend me (or gain?) some wisdom. I write words I wish someone will speak to me in the different situations I face. So if you want to be creepy, you can call my number and read my blog posts aloud to me. I kid, I kid. That said, please remember that if there are things you want me to write about/ questions you have about stuff, I’m definitely open to writing about those! Anyway, here is today’s topic, which is a follow up from last time’s. Picture this: God has …

All is well that ends well!

Anyway, here are four things I learnt from my not-so-little episode (which I shared yesterday) especially after God clearly told me to shut my little trashy mouth because He is God. And I am just Alheri. God > Alheri. Forever has been. Is. Forever will be. Grace is NEVER earned– God already loves us to infinity- nothing can make Him love us more or less than He already does. Infinity no upper or lower boundaries, it is the be all and end of all. Similarly, we cannot earn the grace of God by what we do (or do not do). When we pray for people, or do good things for them, we are not to rely on them for appreciation. We cannot wait upon people for our motivation. We do things because God says we should, and not to win the admiration or praise of others. We cannot earn the respect of others by what we do for them. Promotion comes not from the east of the west, but from the Lord. It’s not that easy, I’m the biggest culprit. But our kindness should come …

…and who do you think you are?

Once upon a time, something happened. And I got upset. I got upset because I felt like I tried so hard and do all I could to serve God and to do His will (although I often fail terribly). So why, I thought, did all that happen to me? Why didn’t He warn me earlier, why did He watch me fall into the trap again? It was the same story of someone doing something, or I doing something, falling short, then feeling bad, getting upset, and finally asking “Oh Lord, why didn’t you warn me ahead of time? Why did you not also prevent me from this? Why do you not help me?” But that day, just as I was about to launch a big, annoying rant about how God is good to other people and bla bla bla, something in my heart told me to shut my mouth. A little detour. I find it very difficult sharing the struggles I face in my spiritual life, as I often fail in extremely embarrassing and shameful ways. But it always occurs to me that my mistake could be …

When Jesus Says No

This is the final trio of quoting Pastor Adeboye. My offer still stands, in fact, it is now a plea. Send me your email address, and I will pay for you to receive Open Heavens devotional in your inbox daily.  Today’s quote is about God saying “no” to our requests. There are some requests I have made in my life that God has said “no” to. He says no in order to discipline us, teach us to look to Him for sustenance, or to teach us patience. I pray that as we continue to walk with the Lord, He will help us to discern His voice especially in the dark times, and give us patience to wait for His time. Here is Pastor Adeboye’s quote: There are times God will say “No” to a beautiful request. When this happens, the one asking feels disappointed. But to the One who has all power, there are greater things compared to what is being asked for. In spite of all the prayer efforts you have invested in certain requests, God can …

Cords that cannot be broken

Yesterday, we spoke about Enoch, the man who did not die but was taken into heaven. I too, am wondering how to become like Enoch because honestly, not having to go through death but straight into eternal life with Jesus is probably the beyond amazing! To help us all, today, here is another blurb from pastor Adeboye about cultivating an eternal friendship with God. Do you want to be a friend of God? Then it is time to sit up. It is time to get serious with your salvation. You can’t be a friend of God when you are still tolerating some nonsense in your life, because God cannot behold iniquity. After 24 years of lack of seriousness, God warned Abraham to sit up. No more Lot. No more hanging around with Hagar. There is no one who partners with God and remains the same. They become role models. If you desire a meaningful relationship with God, you can no longer be fooling around with that strange woman. You can no longer be courting that wrong relationship. …

Guess who turned 17?!

Hello friends, please why is the weather so rude? It’s March for Pete’s sake! Anyway, to the main story for today- my little brother turned 17 last month and this post is for him. Dear Miko, (pronounced my-koh), The next year of your life will be marked by important milestones and transitions. You’re graduating secondary school, which means you are eligible to run for president of Nigeria. And by God’s Grace, you’ll leave home to for the next phase of your educational pursuits. Since I like lists, I humbly compiled this one for you. These are nuggets I have gathered thus far, and I hope you abide by them because I really wish someone shared these things with me as explicitly as I am about to! 1. God is the one and only one constant in life– Amidst all the change and transitions in this coming year, remember that there is one and only one constant in life. God. He will be with you through the thick and thin. If you find your identity in Him, you will never be …