Moving Forward 

Moving Forward 

How amazing is it that the month ‘ishineiwin’ comes back is the same month that my Pastor announces is the month of “Moving Forward”. 

The plan was to come back in introducing the “Word of the Month” Segment. #Destiny 🙆🙌😂.

It’s good to be back: The hiatus wasn’t planned, but then I realised I had to stop talking🗣 for moment, listen👂and gain more understanding🕵️‍♀️ before I could go on – which is what I’ve been doing the past two months and we’re back!💃.


“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” – Proverbs 4:7

During Pastor’s message of the month, the most important word for me which I took from it was that we shouldn’t ask God for progress and that we should make it. 


“But you, dear friends, use your most holy faith to build yourselves up even stronger.” – Jude 20a

In that scripture above, it says “build yourselves up”, that means it’s our responsibility to take the building materials God has given to us (His Word) and use that to advance in life, making our story one of success and victory. 

God has already given us everything we need, it’s already all inside of us and if we want something, all we have to do is reach in and take it and use it. Through His Word and answering His call, we have been given the ability to do all. 


“For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through [a] true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” – 2 Peter 1:3

I’m so happy that this was the word of the month because, it was like someone knocked me on the head and was like “hello? Why have you stopped building? Whose responsibility do you think it is to sort your life out, love?” For a while, I had become complacent and I was just thinking, yeah yeah, no, yeah, God knows what I want to do, he’ll handle it for me.👌

That’s like being employed and your employer gives you materials and an instruction manual, then you start working but halfway through think, “Oh, the boss knows what needs to be done, he’ll do the rest.” But it’s YOUR job😳🙄. The boss has already done his part, the rest is up to you. I was playing myself to be honest.😅

We need to put our faith to work continuously and not lose sight of the bigger plans. 


“The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right.” – 2 Timothy 3:16

We should use the word of God to build up are lives, to guide us in the right direction and keep us moving forward. 

Put your faith to work and make up your mind to win, always. 

Don’t choose to be a failure and don’t take your life lightly, God gave His son for us, I’d say that makes our lives pretty important and we should spend our time wisely; helping and inspiring others; spreading the gospel and always, consistently moving upwards and forwards. 

Don’t let your story stop here. God always has more instore for you. 


“God is able to make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more so that there will not only be enough for your own needs but plenty left over to give joyfully to others.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8

Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑
xoxo


– S.SAW

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A Sailor Went To Sea

A Sailor Went To Sea

            

A lot of times for us young people, when people ask us what we want to do with our lives it’s like “here we go again 🙄” And yes I agree, it can be annoying to be asked that all of your youthful life BUT really though, what are we doing? 

You can be anything and everything you want to be. You may not know it straight away but that is what prayer and The Holy Spirit is there for, to guide us on our right path to success and a victorious life. 

The Holy Spirit will help guide you to make the right choices. He lives inside of us and is ready to help us fulfil God’s best plan for our lives. 


Without guidance from God, law and order disappear, but God blesses everyone who obeys his Law. – Proverbs 29:18

You don’t have to feel lost or confused or as if you don’t know who you are or what to do or like there is not order to your life. 

The best thing to do is allow Him to lead and direct us and that way, we are sure we cannot fail in whatever it is we do.     


Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. – Isaiah 30:21 

We shouldn’t rely on just ourselves and our own knowledge of life and situations, but on God. He is the one who gives our lives a meaning and we should trust in Him to make our lives beautiful successes through listening, acting and confessing His word and following His plan. 


Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart. And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. – Proverbs 3:5 

As a child of God, we come from a line of winners, champions, the victors. We have been graced with the awesomeness of God🤔. To put it short – we’re pretty special👀😎 #Justsaying😄

So, never let anyone tell you that can’t do anything or be anything and don’t let anything stop you, including yourself. Dive deeper into what’s in store for you, think about and speak into your future. 

Don’t let only what you can see from your boat be all that there is. There’s always more under the surface …

Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑

xoxo


– S.SAW

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Acton Carnival

Acton Carnival


On the 9th of July 2016, Acton Carnival happened. And of course WE happened too. 

(Our Church stand where people were able to stop and talk to our appointed members behind the desk, find out information and be blessed by the word.)

Acton Carnival is one of the summer festivals that takes place in Ealing [London]. It is an amazing event celebrating the community and culture of everyone with live music, good food and beautiful stands.

My church, BLW Hammersmith actively took part in this carnival having our own stand in Acton Park and evangelising throughout the day with our daily devotional Rhapsody of Realities (ROR). 


We had a glorious time giving out ROR and preaching the gospel to the many people that attended the carnival. I personally really enjoyed this opportunity because there were a lot of young people who came out on this beautiful day, who I and my other teens were able to reach out to and talk to about God and Jesus Christ. 

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” – Mark 16:15

We have a job to do, and no one said we couldn’t have fun while doing it! 


The atmosphere of love and laughter and life was very present and strong. But so was the presence of the Holy Spirit who was our guide and also doing his job as we did ours, planting the seed, the gospel into the people of the Acton community and all those who came to celebrate with us. 

“And let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds, not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24-25

As children of God, we need to take advantage of opportunities like this, to reach the masses, bring them into God’s loving arms, help each other grow in the Word and go back out there to reach more. 

From the prayers leading up to the carnival to partaking on the day itself, it was a lovely experience and I cannot wait for next year!


#Spreadingoneveryside


Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑

xoxo

– S.SAW


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Attitude of Gratitude 

Attitude of Gratitude 


Sometimes saying “Thank You” feels like a hard task. Especially when you feel like you have nothing to be thankful or grateful for.

However, God says we should Thankful.

And if “Because God (who made us AND gave his son for us👀☕️) said so” isn’t enough, remember that it is us who benefits from giving thanks. So, be grateful and thankful and happy. Gratitude opens the door to more blessings and the peace of God comes from having a thankful heart.

Also, really, we have everything to be thankful for. God has done so much for us and has so much still in store for us and we should give Him thanks because of this and who He is.

“Come before him with thankful hearts. Let us sing him psalms of praise. For the Lord is a great God, the great King of all gods.” 

– Psalm 95:2-3

When you actually take time out to count your blessings and go through your testimonies you realise that actually, there’s a lot to be grateful for.

Before my mid-year thanksgiving service I reserved time to sit down and think about the year passed (from the last thanksgiving service) and in less than a second I was up again just laughing and smiling to myself and thanking God because there was just so many great and wonderful things He had done for my life, some I didn’t even really think of thanking Him for at the time because they seemed like nothing. But after I was just like “wow, I’m so blessed, Thank you. Thank you.”

Everyday I wake up, I make sure to Thank God, sometimes not even for anything in particular but just because of the fact that He is great.

Again, you may be thinking now that there are things that happened this year that you think shouldn’t have or there may be circumstances and situations that you think you are definitely not thankful for. But the bible says,

“In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

In EVERY situation, NO MATTER what the circumstances were or are. God is a good God and He has a plan for you and that plan is not failure or a plan for a life full of regrets and ungratefulness. Always give thanks, it’s one of the best way to receive. 🙌

“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.” 

– Philippians 4:6

We shouldn’t worry about things, but rather pray about them and thank God for the wonderful outcome you know is on its way. Have faith in the one who gave you life. As we give thanks we are made whole. (Luke 17:11-19)

“For everything God has created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified [set apart, dedicated to God] by means of the word of God and prayer.” – 1 Timothy 4:4-5

Don’t forget to thank God for all He has done for you and all that is to come. Your life is complete in Him, just be grateful and tap into your blessings. You’re alive and well and so so SO beautiful and that’s because of Him and who He made you to be.

P.S. – Thanks dad for the blogpost title 👌😄

Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑

xoxo

– S.SAW


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The Power Within

The Power Within

It’s one thing to know you have something, it’s another to know how to use it.

That’s what the Bible and The Holy Spirit is for also. To guide you and show you how to use that power within.

“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us…” – Ephesians 3:20 

The verse above shows that God wants to work through His power that is in you. He works with what you have, what He has given you and makes you and the things in your life great with the power within.

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If God has put His power in us, that means anything and everything is possible.

“I can do al things through Christ who strengthens me” – Philippians 4:13  

We’ve got to make this a personal testimony. Be bold in confession as God wants us to acknowledge that we are sufficient in His sufficiency.

We function by wisdom, might and excellence of the spirit always.

We should always acknowledge and declare that He is at work in us and take full advantage of the power of God at work in us.

Find out what God word says concerning you and the power that’s inside of you.

Use the power within to make things better. Make a change, make a difference.

We are Kings & Queens and we should act like it.

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“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].” – 2 Timothy 1:7 

Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑

xoxo

– S.SAW


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*Rhapsody of Realities (Daily Devotional) inspired post.

The Best 

The Best 

God only made one you. He only made one of us each and we all have our different characters, personalities, identities and DNA. ✨

It’s okay, to want to be like someone else or admire who they are and what they do, especially if they are successful. Draw inspiration and aspire, but don’t lose yourself and who God made you to be trying to become that person. (And remember only God knows a person’s true intentions and their heart, so be wise in who you decide to follow, always make sure The Holy Spirit is your number one advisor concerning the matters of your life.)

God has blessed us all and we are all capable of being our own successful person. When we came into Christ, we received everything wonderful and great that comes with that. 

For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.
– Jeremiah 29:11

God has big plans for you, YOU as an individual. Use His guidance and His word to become the best of you. 


We came into this world with our own special and distinctive personalities, with great talents and abilities.

God doesn’t make mistakes. Like, it’s not a thing. 😄 

He loves us like a Father who wants nothing but the best for his children.

Doesn’t that tell you something!? He must want YOU. He wants you to be the best version of you possible. Invest in yourself and your attitude, and add value to yourself. 

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. – 1 Peter 2:9

You have the ability to be awesome and great and so influential. Find that thing you’re good at or that you have a passion for, work on it, for it, improve yourself and become the best of you, the you that will be an advantage and favourable to the World. The you that not only has the power to cause changes but actually uses that power. 

Love yourself and the beautiful person God has made you to be in Christ. Use all that he has given you to be the best of you and give the best. 


Keep Shining & Winning!✨👑
xoxo
– S.SAW


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Know Your Worth 

This #TunesTuesday the song that’s being added to the playlist is ‘Gold’ by Britt Nicole.


I first discovered this song on LoveWorld TV Channel (A Christian network – check it out) and I remember thinking wow, I love this song, it’s catchy, upbeat and sends a good message. While the song was still playing I went straight on to google to find the lyrics and find out about the artist. I downloaded the song onto my phone, listening to it on repeat non-stop for about a week!😬😄

“So, hold your head up high, 
It’s your time to shine. ✨
From the inside out it shows, 
You’re worth more than Gold.”💕

The song is like a confession and it’s making a statement to yourself about who you are. 

“So don’t let anybody tell you 
That you’re not loved 
And don’t let anybody tell you 
That you’re not enough”🙌

God loves you no matter who or what you are, even before you came to him. He knew you and loved you as you were and as you are. Know your worth. 👌

The bible says, 

“You are the light of the World.” – Matthew 5:14

Yes, YOU! And we all know how important light is.
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So for us to be the light of the world that must mean we are some pretty important and special people. And don’t forget it. 

“You’re a King, you’re a Queen
Inside and out” 

When you come into this new life, you became joint-heirs with Christ. Royalty is in our DNA. 

Remember to love yourself always and love others too. Love is a great power, bringing everything and everyone together. ❤️

Here’s the song and video from YouTube, but if you want to download it – and the whole album, which is called “Gold” also – or listen to it on your phone (repeatedly like me😂) you can find it on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play etc. 

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10

Keep Shining & Winning✨👑
Xoxo 
-S.SAW