Update

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It has been quite a few months since my last post and sooo many changes have taken place in my life, the most important being my spiritual growth. Over the past few months, my walk with Jesus has developed far more than I had ever expected. I was living in darkness and God called me from that darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9) For that, I am grateful. With the risk of sounding cliche, I’ll add that it has not been easy but it has truly been worthwhile.

I can’t begin to share how many eyeopeners I’ve had over the course of the past few months and they ALL have been orchestrated by the ONE, TRUE and LIVING GOD. Don’t get me wrong, I still sin and I still have struggles. I stumble everyday but by God’s grace I am being renewed and transforming into the woman he has called me to be. It is through his grace and mercy and loving kindness that I able to stand and declare his goodness and praise.

My hiatus was brought on when my laptop stopped working. I’ve come to believe that it was one of God’s orchestrations because not having my laptop was a catalyst to many changes which occurred and here I am today, writing again, but with a different story. A story of praise. To God Be The Glory!

I’ve missed blogging and recently I’ve felt the urge to begin writing again. I believe God has put the desire in my heart again, but with new purpose. Now, I write to share my story and give him glory.

I didn’t intend to write a post tonight but through a series of divine (to say the least) occurrences, here I am. Isn’t it truly wonderful to view things in hindsight and see God’s fingerprints throughout our story? I don’t know about you, but I feel incredibly loved in those moments.

Anywho.. I hope my desire to write continues and that this post doesn’t precede another long pause :-)

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” – Isaiah 43:18-19

 If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, I pray that you come to the knowledge of his love. If you have already, I pray that you will be strengthened to continue your journey with Christ. Either way, may the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, bless and keep you.

Peace, Love and Blessings,

From lionesssontherise…

 

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A beautiful summer weekend in NY

I feel as though I’ve neglected my page for a few days so just a quick update on how I’ve spent the last few days.

The weekend was eventful. To say the least. I don’t think I’m quite ready for summer to come to an end.

So here’s my weekend in review..

Friday was a first for me. I attended a concert. ALONE. And I lived through it. Not to mention, I enjoyed myself. I’m happy to say that I look forward to doing it again.

For anyone who has been to New York City in the summer, you know that one of the best things about summertime here are the free concerts. From Prospect Park in Brooklyn to Central Park in Manhattan, the summer months are filled with wonderful outdoor concerts (all genres). I love it.

A few weeks ago I attended one in Central Park where my girlcrush Lianne LaHavas was performing. I did so with friends and we enjoyed every moment. However, this time Shaggy, a reggae/dancehall artist (best known for his songs “Mr. Bombastic” and “It Wasn’t Me”, was performing in Prospect Park.

Since I live in Brooklyn and I’m a lover of all things reggae, I thought this would be another great opportunity to get out of the house and have fun. The only problem was, my friends were all busy. What should I do? I can’t go to a concert alone. Can I?

After battling with the decision for days, I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to attend. If I felt uncomfortable I would just leave. The concert was, after all, FREE!

So Friday morning came and I came up with every excuse imaginable why I should not go. The weather forecast showed signs of heavy rains. I might get lost. The excuses flooded my brain.

I wasn’t going to allow myself to cancel on this date I had with myself. I was going to this concert. Rain or Sunshine.

And so I dressed myself, dabbed on some makeup, fixed my hair and ventured out armed with my rainbow colored umbrella and my courage.

The commute over was much easier than I had anticipated. Within 30 minutes, I was entering the beautiful Prospect Park. On my way in, the drizzle began. Another excuse to turn around and return home. But I kept walking towards the entrance.

On entering, I was pleasantly surprised that representatives of TD Bank were distributing free rain ponchos.

I found a seat close enough to the stage and the food vendors (I love food) and patiently waited for the concert to begin.

After an eclectic performance by a young lady that goes by the stage name “TK Wonder”, and a brief intermission, Shaggy graced the stage. Energetic from beginning to end.

Over an hour of high energy performances.. a run down memory lane with his old hit songs and a few teasers from his upcoming album. I danced, I sang, I laughed, I smiled. I enjoyed myself. I had a date with myself. And I enjoyed my company.

With ease, I found my way to a nearby subway station and found my way home.

I was pleased with myself. Friday was a first but that night I made a vow to myself that it would not be the last. I look forward to many more date nights with me.

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Saturday was spent at a backyard cookout with West Indian food, music and people. Of course I enjoyed that.

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Sunday I attended church. I had not been for months so I had vowed to myself that I would start this week off right and visit the house of the Lord. Since I recently relocated and haven’t found a “home church”, I attended the church that my father attends.

I left feeling refreshed. Happy I decided to attend.

The evening was spent with family. My cousin is heading off to college in less than 2 weeks so a Bon Voyage was necessary. Another evening of food, music and good company. Let’s not forget the al-co-hol.

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A weekend well spent. Thank you Lord for small mercies.

It’s Monday, I have a volunteer training meeting in less than 2 hours. Great project called “Safe Surrender” (more details coming in another post).

So much for “quick” update. More like an epistle. But I warned y’all.. I can be long-winded. Bear with me.

Anyways.. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, whether it was busy like mine or full of rest (which I usually prefer).

Wishing you a blessed and productive week!

Peace, Love & Blessings..

From lionesssontherise

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“I Need You Now” by Smokie Norful

“I Need You Now” by Smokie Norful

 

 

“Not a second or another minute
Not an hour of another day
But at this moment with my arms outstretched
I need you to make a way as you have done so many times before.
Through a window or an open door,
I stretch my hands to thee
Come rescue me
I need you right away.”

 

Praise Report. Or something of that nature.

I had no intentions of writing another post this quickly but something extremely wonderful (in my opinion) just occurred and I’d like to share before the details become vague. Actually, I’m just happy about the whole experience :)

So here we go..

As with most social networking sites, we become somewhat invested in the lives of our followers and vice versa. We build friendships. We share inspiration. We share our trials & burdens. We share a little bit (in some cases, a lot) of ourselves and our lives.

It is no different with Instagram, an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service. Instagram allows you to share tidbits of your life and interests through photos. Some of these photos happen to be presented with quotes intended to inspire and motivate.

Since I am THEE quote junkie, I post quotes on a regular basis (in fact you might find that most of my posts consists of inspirational/motivational/spiritual quotes) and I also find great pleasure in “following” users with the same passion.

One of my followers (we’ll call her “B.E.” to maintain her anonymity), happens to be a young entrepreneur who hosts her own talk show. I am not familiar with all the details of her business or craft but through her posts, I have come to realize how passionate she is about her dreams and her vision (hence, me following her).

Anywho, this morning while “scrolling down my timeline”, I came across a post by B.E. with a motivational quote. Nothing out of the ordinary about that because she usually posts motivational quotes. So I read her post, determined that it did something positive for my spirit, clicked the “like” button and kept it scrolling (so to speak).

Something in my spirit spoke to me. “You should leave a comment”. I disregarded the voice and kept it scrolling.

A few minutes later, while scrolling through (Instagram or IG as we “professional instagrammers” call it has a way of becoming addictive if you allow it), I came across B.E.’s post again. The voice spoke, “Leave a comment. Write a word of encouragement”. I disregarded the voice, once again and guess what? I kept it scrolling.

On the third instance that I came across the post, I decided I had not perused B.E.’s page in a quite some time so I clicked on her page to see if I had missed any recent posts. After taking a quick scan of her most recent posts, clicking the “like” button a few times, I figured I had done enough perusing and that it was time to get back to scrolling.

But now my heart was heavy, the voice inside had gotten louder and was now insisting that I left a word of encouragement on B.E.’s page. What do I say? What should I do? I don’t know her personal story so how can I craft a message to suit her specifically? The questions kept coming but I quieted the voice of doubt and began typing the words out on the tiny keyboard of my iPhone.

The comment read as follows:

“It’s really on my heart this morning to tell you to stay focused on the God given vision you have. You might get doors closed in your face but God opens doors (and windows) that no (wo)man can close. People might not understand your dreams but don’t let that stop you. Your dream will come into fruition at the appointed time. ‘There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.’ Be Blessed”

Where did that come from? Only God knows. Those words I wrote were directly from him.

I was reminded of the story of Moses in Exodus. When God called Moses to do his good work and free his people, Moses was fearful that he would not know what to say but God quieted his fears and responded saying “Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say” (Exodus 4:12)

Today I had a “Moses moment”. God spoke through me. He quieted my fears and spoke through me. How amazing is that? Pretty darn amazing if I may say so myself! :)

I know it was God’s handiwork because of B.E.’s response. She was so happy to have received the message. Apparently, she had been “teetering on the edge of self doubt” about her passion and God used me to give her words of encouragement to quiet her self doubt and silence the spirit of fear in her.

Not only was she blessed by the encouragement I left on her page, but I was blessed because I was reminded in no uncertain terms.. When God speaks to your heart, LISTEN and FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS.

What a blessing! I began the day with the intention to have a good day and through positive intention, a positive attitude, and a dose of divine intervention, my day is off to a wonderful start.

It is a blessing to spread encouragement. It is a blessing to be an instrument of God. It is a blessing to be a messenger of the Most High. It just a blessing to be a blessing. So Be Blessed be-YOU-ti-ful people!

I truly hope this post blesses you today!

Peace, Love & Blessings..

From lionesssontherise

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It is a good day to have a good day

I woke up this morning with love in my heart and a smile on my face, grateful for the blessing of life and a new day. 

Sharing this post is my way of sharing some love and enthusiasm to face this day.

Face the day ahead with a positive mind, a bold spirit and a courageous heart. Leave yesterday’s troubles where they are (the past) and focus on enjoying today (the present). It is after all, A NEW DAY. A new day with new mercies, new blessings and new experiences to be had.

It is a good day to have a good day. So have a good day beautiful people!

Peace, Love & Blessings..

From lionesssontherise

A Cup Of New Day