I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength. | I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. | And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Ephesians 1:18-19, 3:16-19, 6:18.
To have been with Moses and God’s people during that time would have been so exciting. #tbt #throwbackthursday #wayback #exodus24 #takeitbacknowyall #Godlovesnumbers #morningworship #iloveyouLord #covenant #sanctuary #adventist #biblestudy #gloryofGod #christatcenter

To have been with Moses and God’s people during that time would have been so exciting. #tbt #throwbackthursday #wayback #exodus24 #takeitbacknowyall #Godlovesnumbers #morningworship #iloveyouLord #covenant #sanctuary #adventist #biblestudy #gloryofGod #christatcenter

The Sabbath was hallowed at the creation… . “God saw everything that He had made, and , behold, it was very good;” and He rested in the joy of His completed work. Gen. 1:31. Because He had rested upon the sabbath, “God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it,” - set it apart to a holy use… . It was a memorial of the work of creation, and thus a sign of God’s power and His love… . In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. “… All things were made by Him; and without Him as not anything made that was made.” John 1:1-3. And since the sabbath is a memorial of the work of creation, it is a token of the love and power of Christ. The Sabbath calls our thoughts to nature, and brings us into communion with the Creator… . And as we behold His power in nature we find comfort, for the word that created all things is that which speaks life to the soul… . When the Lord bade Israel hallow His Sabbaths, He said, “They shall be a sign between Me and you, that ye may know that I am Jehovah your God.” Ezek. 20:20, R. V. The Sabbath was embodied in the law given from Sinai; but it was not then first made known as a day of rest. The people of Israel had a knowledge of it before they came to Sinai. On the way thither the Sabbath was kept. When some profaned it, the Lord reproved them, saying, “How long refuse ye to keep My commandments and My laws?” Ex. 16:28. The Sabbath was not for Israel merely, but for the world. It had been made known to man in Eden, and, like the other precepts of the Decalogue, it is of imperishable obligation. Of that law of which the fourth commandment forms a part, Christ declares, “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in nowise pass from the law.” So long as the heavens and the earth endure, the Sabbath will continue as a sign of the Creator’s power. And when Eden shall bloom on earth again, God’s holy rest day will be honored by all beneath the sun. “From one Sabbath to another” the inhabitants of the glorified new earth shall go up “to worship before Me, saith the Lord.” Matt. 5:18; Isa. 66:23. No other institution which was committed to the Jews tended so fully to distinguish them from surrounding nations as did the Sabbath. God designed that its observance should designate them as His worshipers. It was to be a token of their separation from idolatry, and their connection with the true God. But in order to keep the Sabbath holy, men must themselves be holy… . As the Jews departed from God, and failed to make the righteousness of Christ their own by faith, the Sabbath lost its significance to them. Satan was seeking to exalt himself and to draw men away from Christ, and he worked to pervert the Sabbath, because it is the sign of the power of Christ. The Jewish leaders accomplished the will of Satan by surrounding God’s rest day with burdensome requirements. In the days of Christ the Sabbath had become so perverted that its observance reflected the character of selfish and arbitrary men rather than the character of the loving heavenly Father… . Although the rabbis followed [Christ] with merciless hostility, He did not even appear to conform to their requirements, but went straight forward, keeping the Sabbath according to the law of God… . When accused of Sabbathbreaking at Bethesda, Jesus defended Himself by affirming His Sonship to God, and declaring that He worked in harmony with the Father. Now that the disciples are attacked, He cites His accusers to examples from the Old Testament, acts performed on the Sabbath by those who were in the service of God… . “Have ye not read so much as this,” He said, “what David did, when himself was an hungered, and they which were with
him; how he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, … which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?” “And He said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man
for the Sabbath.” “Have ye not read in the law, how that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the
temple.” “The Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” Luke 6:3, 4; Mark 2:27, 28; Matt. 12:5, 6… . Christ would teach His disciples and His enemies that the service of God is first of all. The object of
God’s work in this world is the redemption of man; therefore that which is necessary to be done on the Sabbath in the accomplishment of this work is in accord with the Sabbath law. Jesus then crowned His
argument by declaring Himself the “Lord of the Sabbath,”—One above all question and above all law… . It is the service of love that God values. When this is lacking, the mere round of ceremony is an
offense to Him. So with the Sabbath. It was designed to bring men into communion with God; but when the mind was absorbed with wearisome rites, the object of the Sabbath was thwarted. Its mere outward observance was a mockery… . “It is lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill?” … When questioned, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath days?” Jesus answered, “What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold on
it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days.” Matt. 12:10-12… .Jesus condemned the custom of the Jews, and left the fourth commandment standing as God had given it. “It is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days,” He declared. By sweeping away the senseless restrictions of the Jews, Christ honored the Sabbath, while those who
complained of Him were dishonoring God’s holy day. Those who hold that Christ abolished the law teach that He broke the Sabbath and justified His disciples in doing the same. Thus they are really taking the same ground as did the caviling Jews. In this they contradict the testimony of Christ Himself, who declared, “I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.” John 15:10. Neither the Saviour nor His followers broke the law of the Sabbath. Christ was a living representative of the law… . By its connection with error, the truth had been serving the cause of the enemy of God and man. Christ had come to place it where it would glorify God, and work the salvation of humanity. “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath,” Jesus said. The institutions that God has established are for the benefit of mankind. “All things are for your sakes.” “Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.” 2 Cor. 4:15; 1 Cor. 3:22, 23. The law of Ten Commandments,
of which the Sabbath forms a part, God gave to His people as a blessing. “The Lord commanded us,” said Moses, “to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that He might
preserve us alive.” Deut. 6:24… . And of all who keep “the Sabbath from polluting it,” the Lord declares, “Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer.” Isa. 56:6, 7.
“Wherefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” These words are full of instruction and comfort. Because the Sabbath was made for man, it is the Lord’s day. It belongs to Christ… . By Him it was set apart as a memorial of the work of creation. It points to Him as both the Creator and the Sanctifier. It declares that He who created all
things in heaven and in earth, and by whom all things hold together, is the head of the church, and that by His power we are reconciled to God. For, speaking of Israel, He said, “I gave them My Sabbaths, to
be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them,”—make them holy. Ezek. 20:12. Then the Sabbath is a sign of Christ’s power to make us holy. And it is given to
all whom Christ makes holy. As a sign of His sanctifying power, the Sabbath is given to all who through Christ become a part of the Israel of God. And the Lord says, “If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; … then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord.” Isa. 58:13, 14. To all who receive the Sabbath as a sign of Christ’s creative and redeeming power, it will be a delight. Seeing Christ in it, they delight themselves in Him. The Sabbath points them to the works of creation as an evidence of His mighty power in redemption. While it calls to mind the lost peace of Eden, it tells of peace restored through the Saviour. And every object in nature repeats His invitation, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28.

The Desire of Ages, by Ellen G. White

pp. 281-289

It’s hard to forget an incident that shook The United States at its core. Innocent lives were lost. Security got tighter. Faith and spirituality grew expoentially. The nation seemed to adopt the concept of “love your neighbour as yourself” seriously. Those who have fought for us, whether you’re living or whether they died, are remembered. May God bless the people residing in this nation. #remember911 #wherewereyou #2001 #foreverinourhearts #neverforget911

It’s hard to forget an incident that shook The United States at its core. Innocent lives were lost. Security got tighter. Faith and spirituality grew expoentially. The nation seemed to adopt the concept of “love your neighbour as yourself” seriously. Those who have fought for us, whether you’re living or whether they died, are remembered. May God bless the people residing in this nation. #remember911 #wherewereyou #2001 #foreverinourhearts #neverforget911

When you know, you know.
And you never let Him go.
When you see a counterfeit
You’ll flee away from it
You know Him by His voice
But to follow is your choice
You will see that He is rare
And that nothing can compare
What a value, what a price
To have been a sacrifice
Hold your Treasure, don’t depart
Hide your Treasure in your heart
But when the Light begins to glow
Do not fear, just let It show
Oh, when you know, you know
To the world, go share Him, go

The Treasure

by Yours Truly

The fact that these two still look at each other the same way they did on their wedding day 27 years ago gives me so much hope. True love is still alive, folks! Job 29 + Proverbs 31 = Ephesians 5:22-33. #tbt #takeitbacknowyall #summer2014 #happyanniversary #27yearsstrong #christatcenter #blessingsfromabove #myparents #truelove

The fact that these two still look at each other the same way they did on their wedding day 27 years ago gives me so much hope. True love is still alive, folks! Job 29 + Proverbs 31 = Ephesians 5:22-33. #tbt #takeitbacknowyall #summer2014 #happyanniversary #27yearsstrong #christatcenter #blessingsfromabove #myparents #truelove

When I got white coated at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony (Friday, 15 Aug 2014). #tbt #takeitbacknowyall #ukcop #co2018 #py1 #pharmacy #itstarts #whitecoat #healthcareprofessionalintraining #blessingsfromabove #thankYouLord

When I got white coated at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony (Friday, 15 Aug 2014). #tbt #takeitbacknowyall #ukcop #co2018 #py1 #pharmacy #itstarts #whitecoat #healthcareprofessionalintraining #blessingsfromabove #thankYouLord

Missing this guy today like a vegan-in-training misses chicken wings. #wealwaysmatch #christatcenter #teamnaija

Missing this guy today like a vegan-in-training misses chicken wings. #wealwaysmatch #christatcenter #teamnaija

Prayer

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Father, today I choose to believe You and increase my capacity to receive. I let go of limited thinking and old mindsets. I set my focus on Your Word and open myself to everything You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

My exact prayer for today.

That one summer I helped lead out VBS at my old church, the Owensboro Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Everyone returned to #SAU singing the same VBS theme song that year: “The journey begins. We’re all getting in, into the Word of God. His Word is our guide for all of our lifetime. Oh, oh, oh - HEY! Let the vast voyage begin, oh, oh - HEY! Let the vast voyage begin!” #tbt #throwbackthursday #takeitbacknowyall #iwouldrememberthethemesong #church #adventists #christatcenter #kytn #iheartvbs #kids

That one summer I helped lead out VBS at my old church, the Owensboro Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Everyone returned to #SAU singing the same VBS theme song that year: “The journey begins. We’re all getting in, into the Word of God. His Word is our guide for all of our lifetime. Oh, oh, oh - HEY! Let the vast voyage begin, oh, oh - HEY! Let the vast voyage begin!” #tbt #throwbackthursday #takeitbacknowyall #iwouldrememberthethemesong #church #adventists #christatcenter #kytn #iheartvbs #kids

My dear little sister and friend Sarah has requested that I post 5 pictures that I believe captures my beauty. My motto is “Inner Heart before Outer Art.” No matter what you see, true beauty comes from within, for the soul is the essence of a person. I now request that my dear sisters Khaeris, Joanna, Janelle, Geovanna, and Priscilla do the same. #beauty #IHBOA #christatcenter #youknowthatyourebeautiful

My dear little sister and friend Sarah has requested that I post 5 pictures that I believe captures my beauty. My motto is “Inner Heart before Outer Art.” No matter what you see, true beauty comes from within, for the soul is the essence of a person. I now request that my dear sisters Khaeris, Joanna, Janelle, Geovanna, and Priscilla do the same. #beauty #IHBOA #christatcenter #youknowthatyourebeautiful

What does being rich, healthy, beautiful, and intelligent mean to me?

Well, I can have a size four body. I can have solid abdominals. I can have buns and thighs of steel. I can have all those women on the insanity workout videos looking like silly puddy. I can have eyes of purity. I can have lips like honey. I can have the lifestyle of a vegetarian. I can have the thickest, longest, REAL hair. I can have the whitest, straightest teeth. I can have the most attractive natural scent. I can have the ability to turn heads without lifting a finger. I can have a wardrobe that makes Tyra look like a hobo. I can have the perfect hourglass shape. I can have the sexiest man on my arm. I can have the brains Einstein dreamed of having. I can have everything this world has to offer. But if I don’t have Jesus… If I don’t truly submit my life to Him… I will be the poorest, unhealthiest, most unattractive, and least intellectual person to ever walk the planet. I will have absolutely nothing. True riches, overall health, beauty, and wisdom all start with the fear of G-d and knowing that He is the reason I am even breathing today. With Him, I have everything I could ever dream of having and more.

And that, to me, is what being truly and completely rich, healthy, beautiful, and intelligent all mean to me. Take it, or leave it.

Your Truly, 10 Feb 2012

We can read the World’s Greatest Love Story (The Bible), the best non-fiction ever written, 1000 times in every possible 1-Year-Plan way. We can watch Passion of the Christ a 100 times. We can even fall in love, marry, have children, and spend the rest of our lives until our last breathe with the one G-d prepares for us. But we will never 100% understand what True Love feels or even looks like. We won’t even reach that point when we get to heaven. I mean, even the angels live in His presence and still don’t understand it all. The twelve men who walked and talked with Him daily didn’t even fully understand, and that is evident in their stories, too. We may get as close as humanly possible to understanding, sure. But that’s just it. It will only be as close as humanly possible because we were not in Jesus’ mind when He was praying in the Garden, when the blood dripped down his face from the crown of thorns, when he burned in agonizing pain from the lashes on his beaten back, we will never truly know how crazily, painfully, sacrificially, fulfillingly, or engulfingly miraculous True Love feels like. Buy all the chocolates, flowers, and cards you want tomorrow. Post as many “I love yous” on everyone’s wall. Text and email as many Valentine’s day forwards as you please. Play with as many internet cupids as your heart desires. But ponder on the story of the only man that has walked this earth knowing what it’s like to be so full of love that He was willing to carry the weight of ever person that ever breathed/is breathing/will breathe on this earth and die in their places even though they openly denied/deny/will deny and insulted/insult/will insult - and today with a stronger force than ever in the History of Hatred continue to deny and insult - the face of G-d Himself. I know I will. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.

Yours Truly, on the topic of Valentine’s Day & True Love, #1Corinthians13 #1John4

Blog #19: The Hoarder

Declutter. Release. Let go. We tend to hoard a lot of things. Clutter. Food. Bad memories. Learning to let go, to give away, to not have stress is a hard lesson to learn. But once we learn and let go and realize that it’s okay to let go… we can breathe!

This is how it is on the Christian walk. And as much as we try to give our problems to God in prayer, we, for some reason, like to pick up our problems right after the Amen! But that’s not the point. We’re to give our problems to Him, completely let go, and trust that He has drown them in the seas to never surface again. The enemy is the floaty on our problems. God pops the floaty. In fact, the power of God is the anchor tied to our problems. Nothing can resurface if we trust that He has a handle on them.

I’m tired of being a hoarder. I’m learning to let go and let God. Daily. Constantly. Let it go, my friend. Just… Let it all go.

Happy Sabbath.

Blog #20: Family

Family. There is what God ideally wanted and created family to be, then there is exceptional family by His love and mercy through sin. For those of you who weren’t raised in an ideal family situation, but have GOOD people in your life who you can see has a mother/father/brother/etc-figured in your life, you have family. God loves His children so much that He will send the right people at the right times (aka, the times He knows is right, since He is our ultimate parent and knows what’s best for us) to be our “family.” And for those who consistently post online “no one cares about me,” that’s a dark feeling to feel - have felt it myself many tines before. But have faith, stay strong, and keep your eyes open. You never know who’d be ready to “adopt” you. Christ ALWAYS cares even when it seems as though the ones around you don’t. Lean on Him as much as possible. He’ll lead you to “family.” For those of us in an “ideal” family situation should really count our blessings. We’re lucky to have both parents, happily married, siblings that love us, all close in our relationships with each other, supportive, etc… Not only should we count our blessings, but we should be examples, reaching out to those in situations like the ones mentioned above. We ought not only take notice, but take action, allow Christ love to shine through us and for them to understand and experience “family.”

"Beloved, let us love one another… For GOD is love." -1 John 4:7, 8.

#wearefamily