THE FIRST & LAST OPTION BY Lucy Donald

I know I need to be in constant communication with God through prayer, but how often do I need to pray? I’m either rushing off to work or coming back exhausted, I want to be more prayerful but with everything going on, I can’t seem to get around it.
I say this as I turn to Bella, hoping for some words of direction and advise.
Bella- That’s an easy one Elma, Pray without Ceasing-1 Thessalonians 5:17
I love how the TPT puts it, “Make your life a prayer”. Simply means adopt a prayer lifestyle, always be in a prayer mode, regardless of what you’re doing. 
it seems difficult to you because you’re thinking of prayer as a big ceremony but you have to understand that, Yes the quiet times we set aside for God is important to speak to and hear from God, but it is also important to turn your life into a prayer.

I heard Joyce meyer say one time that everything can be made into a prayer. From saying Good morning to God/Jesus/Spirit once your wake, to thanking God for water while in the shower and asking his spirit to lead you, to saying a quick word of protection before entering the car, to thanking God when you alight from the car, from asking the Holy Spirit to speak through you during an important meeting/interview, to thanking God when it’s over. Literally every step or action you take/make can be made into a prayer of thanksgiving, provision, protection, direction e.t.c.


See Elma, like i always tell you, prayer should be the first thing and not as a last resort- oh I’ve tried everything else so I guess I’ll just pray about it”. There is nothing too trivial to pray concerning.
*Elma cuts in* Yeah but another thing is, alot of times I feel like my prayers go unanswered & I tend to get tired of praying for the same thing over and over again, I feel like perhaps God doesn’t want to do is so I might as well move on from praying about. I mean doesn’t the bible say ask and you shall receive if I believe? Or is it that I don’t believe enough? Or?
I understand where you’re coming from, Bella said..This is a very important question and a struggle that I have personally have dealt and sometimes still deal with as matter of fact.


I’ll explain as I understood from speakers like George Muller, John McAuthur, Betsy St.Amant Haddox..
The first thing to know is, God is not our personal genie.. He is so much more. You shouldn’t expect to literally place a demand and have it magically appear to you. There’s so much to understand about asking & receiving.


To understand the conditions of a successful prayer and for proper context, we must compare scriptures, as well as take the bible as a whole.
You’re right, Jesus does say in Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” However, to fully gain context, that scripture must be compared with 1 John 5:14 which reads “We have courage in God’s presence, because we are sure that he hears us if we ask him for anything that is according to his will.
You can see there is an important distinction which clarifies what Jesus said in Mathew. Our request but be in accordance to God’s will.
Secondly John 14: 13-14, which is twofold, tells us we must ask in the name of Jesus, so that the father will be glorified through the son. So first ask in the name of Jesus, & then your request must glorify the Father, and what glorifies the father? His will.. You see how all scriptures are somehow intertwined?


Thirdly as put down in Mark 11:24 “For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you”- When you ask in the name of Jesus and in concordance to the will of the father, you must then exercise your faith in the power of God and his willingness to hear and answer you. We know that without faith no man can please God.
You excersie your faith by intentionally looking out for the answers to your prayers, signs God may be showing you and words he may be speaking to you. Be sensitive in your spirit and to the spirit of God & avoid speaking to others about a request you’ve tabled to God, with the intention of complaining about it or for the sake of getting their help. That hardly displays trust in God. If you trust God, hard as it may be, you must be satisfied to stand with him alone.


Fourthly, as in Psalms 66:18- you must not regard iniquity in your heart.
Now you see why I said its important to compare scriptures. You must know God’s word found in the bible..
Yes Yes, Elma said.. Makes so much sense to me now.
Bella continues; You see, Mathew 7:7-8- says to ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, knocking and keep on knocking. For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened.
So you can’t pray once or twice and give up, continue to wait on God until the answers comes. God’s ways and times are not ours, that’s why we can’t give up asking. Like I heard Pastor M. Todd say “The Kingdom of God is voice activated, so in order to receive, you must first Ask.


Before you start asking, be sure to CONFESS your sins, ADMIT to God that only him can do for you what no one can, SEEK his will through & in connection with his word and his Holy Spirit, ALIGN yourself with his will andpray with a surrendered mindset that “father knows best” ACCEPT his answer however it comes, ACTIVATE his word in your life and APPRECIATE him for prayers answered.


I personally always feel better about an outcome of a thing/situation I prayed about. It keeps me from wondering “what if” because I know I handed it over to God, so it turned out his way. I may not always like it but I know God’s grace will sustain me, and even if I never understand why, I know I’m living my life in line with his will. The first purpose for which we were all put on earth is to serve God.
*Elma with a smile on her face* having conversations with you are always the best, From today I will pray pray pray all the time and most importantly pray believe and have faith. It’ll be nice if you can also share your insight on how to decidpher God’s will.
Certainly, Bella said…


Hello, Lucy Donald here ,it was an honor to handle the blog post today . thank you so much for taking out your time to read my article . If & when you have questions or just want to chat please click on the contact icon above and message me .I would love to pray with you & be friends with you too💕. Keep shining like the light that you are . Love Lucy 💓

LET IT ALL OUT By SANDY DONALD

Big day today, everything all planned out in my head and I am ready to kill my presentation… or so i thought to myself.

I wore my favourite blue jacket for good luck, before I walked out the door, I look at my reflection in the mirror and try to hype myself “You got this”.. But it seemed my reflection was not cooperating with the words I said.

I wondered, do I not have enough confidence or just trust myself?

Trust, yes, that is the key word I was looking for. I learnt from a wise man that trust is not putting half and half in the trust jar but trust is putting all in and letting go.

Trust is exercised in our action and believes; you cannot beat your chest and just say words but don’t trust or believe in what you say

This is the same as our walk with Christ. We sing Hallelujah, I trust you lord,

you say I trust God is fighting my battle but then you are worried and sleep with one eye open because you said it but you don’t actually believe it, or do you?

Trust is more than just words; you don’t just say it you put it into action to support.

when God said “trust in me with all your heart and I shall direct your whole understanding”, God was not saying you should give him half of your trust and put it somewhere else, nope he said put it all in .

He didn’t say spread your trust like you spread your money in different banks because you can’t trust one banking system.

God is not your bank that can suddenly start having issues.

Trust is following the lord with NO backup plan.

God is not your mobile network that can decide to mess up some days and be good on other days.

God is not a man that you spread your trust

God is not your ex-partner that you trusted and they broke that trust

Some put their trust in horses but we put our trust in God, we get disappointed because we put our full trust in men but give God half of ours.


The Big question is how do we trust God ?

It is simply, he is not a man that he lies or takes back his words, you trust God by believing, just believing.

You trust God by knowing him more, you cannot put your trust in someone you don’t know and that is where the bible comes in.

Knowledge of God helps us to know him more and understand him better.

Understanding creates a big avenue of trust, once you understand God and know he has plans for you through his word then you trust him more.

Don’t trust God because you feel he will do it; trust him because you know he will do it.

God said it; I believe it and that settles everything.

So today take one bold step and LET IT ALL OUT

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WHO I THOUGHT I WAS By SANDY DONALD

Who you are is a relatively simple question to answer… or so I thought.

I didn’t think it was a hard question until I couldn’t answer it. I let my feelings decide who I was.

My everyday answer to this question was easy for me; I thought of myself as weak, lonely, not good enough and a failure.

I hated to see my reflection. I will scream at myself doubting and blaming myself; yelling out, “why are you a failure”? Why do you ever get anything right?  Why do you still feel lost and lonely even when everyone is around you? Why are you not normal? Why can’t you be like everyone else?

I let how I felt take a tow on me, I thought of myself as weak and ugly when I failed, I called myself a big failure saying I would never do better because it felt like failure and disappointment had become a regular routine .I thought oh that’s who I am let’s not fight this and don’t get used to little wins, I thought to myself.

With all this feeling hiding inside me it was more difficult to know who I am and answer the answer of who I am.

After so many years of being confused about my identity; on a random day I brought out my phone to record myself answering the question “who are you”?

The first thing I said was I am God’s child and that is who I really am. Honestly, from that day I understood that all I did for so long was let my feelings confuse my true identity. Even when I won I still felt weak because that was what I thought I was.

Feelings are just a phase of how you feel today or in this minute and that can change in seconds, however, who you are can never change because who you are is a fact and stamp on your life, who you are is who you believe you are in Christ and that’s the fact about your life . I may feel weak but I believe I am strong because Isaiah 40 v. 31 says my strength is renewed in Christ. Moses felt weak but God used him regardless, Abraham and Sarah were old and weak and God still used them, David was young and an inexperienced fighter but he slayed goliath.

Who you are is more than your feeling or physical strength and most importantly, more than what you see. I had to find out my true identity in Christ and not in my feelings. who you are is what is written in God’s words who you are is what the light in the darkness says you are; you see darkness but he still says you are the light and there is no darkness in you, Isn’t that just amazing. You may feel rejected sad and lonely but who you are is loved by God, chosen by him and he comforts you every day. You may feel like a sinner because of the dirt you did in the past but who you really are is cleansed by the blood of Jesus. God said when he sees you, he sees you through the blood of Jesus, he sees the righteous of Christ in you, and he sees his son and his blood and not the sinner.

No matter how you feel or who you think you are, it can never replace the true stamp of who you really are in Christ and who you are, cannot be changed because the only constant thing in our life is our salvation in Christ Jesus and the love of God, which Romans 8:38 tells us nothing can ever separate.

What God calls you is more important than anything else, so I challenge you today to wipe out those negative feelings and bring those voices exalting themselves above the knowledge of God in your life, under the captivity of the obedience of Christ.

Tell yourself aloud who God says you are and most importantly believe it because that is your real identity.


Simple Daily Affirmation

Say these words until you become them. Write them down or even record yourself saying it and play it back daily.

I am blessed

I am beautiful because I am made in the image of my father

I am chosen because he sent his only son to die for me and set me free

I am loved; He comforts me, He blesses those who bless me and curses those who curse me.

I am a winner, I am victorious

My God is NOT dead

I lay hands on the sick and they are healed, I raise the dead and perform miracles through the power of Christ that is in me.

I am not ashamed of the Gospel because today I declare that I am loud for Christ.

I move with Christ, I walk with Christ, I work for him and he works through me.

My praise is in God.


Bible verses to study ….

( 2Corinthians 5:17 ) Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come.

( John 8:36 ) If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free.

(John 1:12 )Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God’s children.

(Galatians 4:7 )So then, you are no longer a slave but a son or daughter. And since that is what you are, God will give you all that he has for his heirs.

Hello, Sandy here thank you so much for taking out your time to read my blog . If & when you have questions or just want to chat please click on the contact icon above and message me i would love to pray with you & be friends with you too💕.Stay updated on my new blog posts every sunday , Keep shining like the light that you are . Love sandy

LIGHT OVER DARKNESS BY Lucy Donald

Hello cindy, my hairdresser says as she pulls out the chair for me to sit while asking for 2 mins to finish her call.

(she continues on the phone) I’ve told you Alfred, stop using grace as an excuse to habitually commit sin, we’ll continue this conversation when I get home, I have a client.

From her conversation, her son Alfred was at it again. Alfred and I practically grew up together because his mum has been my family’s hairdresser for like ever. He always had a way of twisting his faith to fit his lifestyle.

Mrs. Jane don’t mind my friend, I said, He likes to think he has sense. (We both laugh out loud ) 

Mrs. Jane: He heard a sermon on God’s grace and since then he keeps misbehaving and then uses grace as an excuse all the time . I don’t know how else to explain to him that spiritual Ignorance is NOT bliss and GRACE is NOT an excuse for Ignorance. 

I smile knowing how obstinate Alfred can be, once he puts his mind to something,  there’s no talking him out it. 

Don’t worry Mrs.Jane, I say with a smile. God has a way of working these things out.

It is Friday evening, I’m walking home from my volunteer work and I see Alfred. I am excited because he said he will drop me off at home.

Before we got to my house, I take a deep breath and say Aflred do you know spiritual Ignorance is Not bliss and Grace is Not an excuse for Ignorance or even sin? 

Great, you’ve been talking to my mum, he said. I was at the salon the other day & I heard her on the phone with you.

He smiles and say, well go on and explain’. 

I am shocked that he wants to hear me out without an argument. Okay, let me explain;

Darkness is Ignorance & (Spiritual) death. Do you know who the prince of Darkness is? 

Alfred : Hmm, Satan 

So when you’re Ignorant about certain spiritual things, satan the prince, is able to rule and win in those areas of your life which you are Ignorant. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12:- that we wrestle NOT against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers and against the rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.

The spiritual controls the physical so in order to conquer, you must be enlightened on spiritual matters.

(we just arrived in front of my house ) 

Do you understand Alfred ? 

I think I’m getting your point, can we stay and chat more ?

I smile and continue…

Okay, now I’ll tell you about Light which also means Knowledge.

In John 8:12, Jesus said “I am the light (knowledge) of the world, who ever follows me will never walk in darkness (Ignorance) but have the light (knowledge) of life. Jesus is Light so when you accept him into your heart/life, you walk in light not in darkness. 

Is knowledge alone enough though? No. With knowledge comes truth and the truth is in the word of God. We must know his word to know the truth – In John 8:31, Jesus said, “You shall know the truth & the truth will set you free”. Knowledge is the light that enables you see the truth. 

Alfred cuts in; But I know his word, I hear it  every Sunday.

While that is okay Alfred ,It is not enough to know God’s truth only from what you’ve been told, you must seek the truth for yourself with the help of the HolySpirit’s impartation. 

I read this somewhere & I’ll believe it’ll help you understand better,

“God’s truth is like a mirror, the mirror never changes but everybody who looks at it sees something different”-  

No matter what anyone, including your pastor, knows or thinks they know, there’s still so much we don’t know and so much there is to know. 

There’s only one person who I know who has all the answers and that person is God.

Through his Holy spirit, & with the intercession of his son, he can reveal all that you NEED to know, as it pleases him. All you need to do is ask him. He tells us in his word in Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me, and I’ll answer you and show you great and might things which you do not know.

When you have knowledge (Light) and know the truth, you know to seek the Holy Spirit, with that comes understanding and Revelation, revelation is truth you cannot know by reason. 

Following God also requires the willing obedience and application of his truth (word), which also means living a righteous lifestyle.

Alfred looks at me and say; Wow, my mind is blown away. I can’t  believe how much about God there is to know.

But, what about Grace? He asked, Why can’t I live how I like and still be covered by Grace?

Apostle Paul best answered that question in Roman’s 6:1-2, should be continue to live in sin so that grace may increase? The answer is no, because when you’re dead to sin how then can you live in sin?

Sin is basically anything that isn’t pleasing to God, including a reckless lifestyle.

The Book of 1 John really helped me understand better about “sinning habitually” and Righteousness. John said, Righteousness is simply seeking God’s will in thought, action and purpose. 

Read up on it when you have a chance and ask the holy spirit to direct you, you’ll be amazed by how he’ll direct your thoughts.

I really have to go now Alfred, my mom will be wondering what’s taking me so long.

Thank you so much cindy, my mind is still blown away, I can feel it. 

(we both laugh)

Let’s say a quick prayer.

Dear God, thank you for your word that has to come us, thank you that when you need to reach us you know how to and whom to use. Thank you for opening our hearts to seek you, and even as we genuinely seek you, may we find all of you. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

Hello, Lucy Donald here ,it was an honor to handle the blog post today . thank you so much for taking out your time to read my article . If & when you have questions or just want to chat please click on the contact icon above and message me .I would love to pray with you & be friends with you too💕. Keep shining like the light that you are . Love Lucy 💓

I SEE IT NOW (Final Part)

Hang on, I know who you are

Wait wait.. Is Jesus really here with me?? I ask with tears rolling down my eyes.

Wow

Mom  was not joking when she said you’ll leave the 99 to go after the one lost sheep

I knew you were real even though I never aaadmitted it to myself or to anyone else.

I see how my friends glow up when they talk about you. I see how you take care of mother.

The darkness was too heavy , I knew it was darkness because i felt empty and bitter.

No one understood me

Tears still uncontrollably rolling down my cheeks; 

When I hear your voice, the fear goes away and it feels like someone is carrying all my burdens for me, I don’t  feel empty when you are here, which is weird considering how empty I’m used to feeling. I know you are nothing like darkness because it feels like the sun is shining directly on me when you speak . 

Jesus speaks

My child I am not the kind of father that leaves his responsibilities and turns his back

I have been and will always be around 

I chose you, even before you knew me or chose me.

It maybe hard to believe but I gave up my life for you.

I continue to speak ; Jesus, I thought no one wanted me so i just wanted to hide forever. I always heard my mother pray for me , it always sounded so funny to me.

Still with tears in my eyes and down on my knees and break down;

Now I know why people talk about you

There’s no judgement in your voice 

You see light in me even though I don’t

You are a safe place 

I always want to be with you Jesus

But… how do i do it ?

I don’t want your voice to go away;

Jesus replied and said; now you have opened the door for me , the door cannot be shut.

Suddenly, there’s a knock on the door

It’s Ann.. (You see, Ann routinely checks up on me , she never ceases to talk to me about Jesus and she’s always praying for me.)

I open the door, sounding very sober i say ; Ann Jesus loves me i say these words shaking, with tears running down uncontrollably. I felt i had given someone my weakness to take care of, I felt strength from the inside, I felt like a light that can’t be turned off, I had so many positive feelings and emotions running through.

Ann wishpers, thank you Jesus.

she goes down on the floor, holds my hands in prayers and say these words to me;

He choose you first 

He loved you first , he takes care of his own and you’re his own. 

Finally, I feel accepted

I walked to the window and opened my blinds for light to shine into the room.

I turn to Ann and say ;

I see it Now !

Darkness really has no business were there’s light and it certainly cannot prevail over light.

I am the light of the world because that’s what my father calls me.

I am the child of the king that owns the world.

The End ….

Bible Verses To Study …

( John 3 Vs 16 ) God loves us to much , He sent his son to die for us now we can enjoy eternal life with him

( Romans 10 Vs 13) Anyone who calls out the name of the lord ; Shall be saved .

(Matthew 5vs 16) The light of God will shine upon us , and men will see this good deeds and praise our father in heaven

( 2Corinthians 3 vs 17) Where God is there is freedom .

( Ephesians 1 – end)

Hello, Sandy here thank you so much for taking out your time to read my blog . If & when you have questions or just want to chat please click on the contact icon above and message me i would love to pray with you & be friends with you too💕. This is the final part of the series i am so glad it blessed you .New posts will be up soon i will keep you updated, Keep shining like the light that you are . Love sandy

WHO ARE YOU ? Part (2)

WHO ARE YOU ?

Who are you ? I scream.

Why are  you here ?

why can I hear you so clearly?

How can anyone see light in someone like me who is blocked with so much darkness? Why are you trying to mess with my head and see what’s not there ? 

I stop to listen and I hear no reply ; I laugh out loud and say to myself well, they always leave don’t they ?

They eventually find out how crazy I am & they leave.

I can’t hear the voice again ; wait, the voice has clearly left !.

I still hear no voice and I say to myself  ‘Is it really gone’?

I thought that I would be happy if it did.

I become restless, I cry and scream .

I mutter with my last strength, please help me, I am really empty , I really am.

Still I hear nothing.

I pull out my phone and start to write a goodbye message to my mom.

She had always wanted me to be better but I didn’t know how to go about that.

I get lost in my thoughts

I will miss you mom I said ; suddenly the voice speaks again clearly, “I am your mothers father,

 she placed you in my care .

I am the light of the world

I am the light you are looking for, Because in me you can’t find even a trace of darkness

I laughed and then I said, my mother kept someone in charge of me ?

Wait!, I know I am not stable but have I become full blown mad?

Is there something wrong happening to me ? I say all this out loud whilst looking for a mirror to see my reflection.

The voice continues to speak. It says, “I have so many children, they disobey me and think I would leave them because of what they do’.

I replied the voice saying ; I am pretty sure you leave them ,No one wants a troubled and confused person around them .

The voice laughs and says , Has your mother given up on you ?

If your mother cannot leave how then can your father who your mother has placed in charge of you , leave you ?

This got me thinking and so I asked, ‘ since my mother placed you in charge over me , why are you just coming into my life’?

“The voice answers,’ child I only knock and wait for the door to be opened, I have been knocking but this is the first time you opened the door to know who is there’.

These words resonated within me and took me  back to what my mom told me about a man she calls her father.

I pause for a while trying to place things.

Wait!! I exclaim , you sound so much like my mom!

What am I missing here really ?

I think I know who you are ………..

THE END ………….

Bible verses to study

(John 8 vs 12 )- He said i am the light of the world , whoever follows me shall walk in the light and not in darkness.

(Revelation 3 vs 20 )- Behold i stand at the door and knock , If anyone hears my voice and open i will restore him to me

1John 1 vs 5 )- God is pure light you will never find a trace of darkness in him

(Psalm 23 – end )

Hello, Sandy here thank you so much for taking out your time to read my blog . If & when you have questions or just want to chat please click on the contact icon above and message me i would love to pray with you & be friends with you too💕. The final part of the series will be up soon i will keep you updated, Keep shining like the light that you are . Love sandy

THE LIGHT Part (1) By Sandy Donald

Everyday I hear the voice of a certain man but I always Ignore him like i’ve done for many years.
I love to see my self as dark, not in color but inside. Everything just always feels so dark so accepted that is who I am. I wear black all day, I never want to be seen with bright colours because people may mistake me for a happy person. My sheets are covered in the darkest linen, my walls are black, all my clothings and literally everything around me is covered in black. Everyday is such a drag for me, I zoned out all my friends and family who constantly tell me how that certain man whose voice I hear, can help me.
Today,I stopped to listen and i heard the voice say to me “Hey, I see light”.
Light? what light I wondered, there’s no light around me and there’s certainly no light in me.
I turned up the volume of my music in a bid to tune out the voice, I was so sure I had escaped the voice and then I heard him say again “Hey, I see the light”.
But how can this be? My past is dark, my future is heading towards darkness, I see no light , I feel no light and even the sun shines dark to me. I mean no one likes darkness but i know where i fit in.
Strangely, in all this I felt unusually calm, I felt so strange that I decided next time the voice comes back I’ll ask where he sees this light.
As usual, the next day the voice came back and this time around I said
Dear stranger, who are you ? where do you see the light? He replied and said,
It is not far from where you stand, the light is inside of you, the sun shines bright but what you have is brighter. Darkness was taken out of light meaning light was before darkness.
You are light, the past is darkness and your future in me is filled with light. You may not see it or feel it, but I am the source of all light and I see your light.
Stop trying to dim your light, he said
Stop trying to hide from your light
The sun doesn’t shine when the rain comes
but your light shines even when the storm arises .
You see darkness because you look at yourself through the eyes of what you see in the world and in your past. Look at yourself through me, I am light and I have no darkness in me.

Those words sounded so pure and heavy I asked, Dear stranger, What makes you the light? Who are you?

The End ……

Hello Sandy here ,this is the end of part 1 of ‘The Light’ it is a three part series. please drop a comment i will love to know your thoughts and share with your friends to bless them too. Will keep you updated on new posts ,Glad you are here Thank you

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