DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK.

 
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been enthralled by hip-hop music.  When I was younger I had a notebook that I reserved strictly for lyrics to my favorite songs. Play the tape and listen for lyrics. Stop, rewind, and listen again. Write them down.  Repeat. 

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ARE WE RAISING GOOD CITIZENS OR GOOD CHRISTIANS?

 

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

There is a ubiquitous desire of every good parent to raise good children who are healthy physically, emotionally, and mentally. Such children typically grow into responsible adults, good citizens and positive contributors to society. As a good Christian parent however, there is an additional layer – to raise good-hearted, authentic Christians who share your Christ-centered passion and values which may seem foreign in the world they are bound to experience.


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Your Word of the Year

 

 

Happy February Beautiful Ladies!!

In January, many people like to set resolutions and tons of goals for themselves, and by the beginning February, those resolutions are never spoken of again and those goals start to seem like lofty dreams. For the past few years, instead of a resolution, I have chosen a Word of the Year that serves as my theme for the rest of the year. Having a Word of the Year has been a great way to set my intentions for the New Year. It allows me to focus on creating positive changes and growth surrounding my particular Word. Throughout the year I strive to make every one of my actions, my decisions, my goals, and my dreams, mirror my Word of the Year. 

Recently Pastor Tayo, encouraged the congregation with choosing One Word for ourselves that will define and direct our year to come. That message came right on time for me, as I hope it did for you as well. Through trial and error, I know that the first step to achieving success is to be self-aware and very specific about your intentions. Having a Word of the Year sets you on the right path and pushes you to make sure everything aligns with one another. It’s a constant gentle reminder guiding you to your next level of greatness.
So I have gathered five (5) ways to choose your Word of the Year that have worked for me. 

 

How To Choose Your Word Of The Year:

  • Reflect and Pray. On a piece of paper or in your journal, reflect on the past year. Write down all the things that went well, your accomplishments, your happy thoughts; all the things that you may need to work on, where you fell short. Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for the past year and also ask the Lord to guide you for this new year. Then after, ask yourself questions like: 
    • What areas do I need help in?
    • What are some things I can change?
    • How do I want to feel each day? A year from now?
    • What characteristics would I like to embody?

Praying before answering these questions will point you in the right direction of how to move forward and being able to visualize areas that may need some change. 

  • Make a Word List. Spend a few minutes writing down all the words that come to mind. Words that feel good to you; words that you won’t mind seeing every day for the next year.
    While writing down the words, take time to look up these words in the Bible for scriptural reference. Ask yourself, ‘Which of the Lord’s Promises are tied to these words.’

A few of my past Words have been: 

  • Abundance
  • Love 
  • Surrender
  • Focus
  • Discipline
  • Consistency

*Feel free to use any of them*

  • Write Down Your Goals. Write down any goals or resolutions you may have made and plan to accomplish this year. Review these goals to see if you have a similar theme amongst them. For example, if most of your goals revolve around finances, a good word for you may be Abundance or Stewardship. 
  • Review. Review your list of words and narrow down your favorite ones. Maybe one will speak to you or maybe three. Choose the one that best aligns with your goals and how you want to feel for the year. 
  • Don’t Overthink It. Seriously, please don’t. There’s nothing worse than choosing a Word of the Year that doesn’t resonate with you or feels forced. Your Word of the Year is to uplift and encourage you, not to beat you down or stifle your progression.

Once you have chosen your Word, post it EVERYWHERE — on your bathroom mirror, as your phone’s lock screen, on your desk, in your car, etc. This will help you to always remind, direct and hold you accountable on your path of success throughout the year. 

I encourage you to pray and even fast during this process. There’s nothing better than having the Lord lead you to your Word.
 
Praying that this year is full of abundance, discipline, consistency, motivation, focus, overflow, and any great word you choose.
 

Have you chosen your Word of the Year? Do you plan to choose one? Let us know in the comments or tag us on Instagram @abundantlifechapel.

Forever In Awe,

C. Yejide


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The Journey to My True Self

Hey Ena… How do I find my purpose? Why do I have this personality? Where do I fit in the grand scheme of things? These are questions I have been asked and I have asked myself. Recently, I found my answers. Take this literary stroll with me as I share my journey of self-discovery.

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The Abundant Women Masterpiece Blog

Dear Gentle Reader,
 
We are excited to present The Abundant Women Masterpiece blog! Different women. Brilliant voices. Unique perspectives. One purpose – to help unveil the masterpiece that is you.
 
Like painting on a canvas, life can throw colorful situations at us which could be difficult to navigate but everything becomes beautiful in its time. Until then, we are women doing life together, making sense of life together and becoming masterpieces together. I hope that you indulge and enjoy each piece of writing. I guarantee it will bless you to the overflow!
 
Ena Tychus

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You Are The Light

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Light is bright, radiant, and brilliant — it illuminates the darkness and helps people to see. Through our actions, we should spread God’s love, His truth, His blessings, etc. Our light shines bright when we are in the will of God, following His way and plans for us. We learn His will for us by growing in the Word of God and in a relationship with Jesus. Our light should do what it was meant to do – SHINE! So let your light shine.

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Wisdom

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction“. To appreciate this scripture we must begin to understand what it means to fear the Lord? Fear in this context does not refer to terror, but the feeling that you have when you’re in the presence of greatness: awe and reverence. Therefore, the fear of the Lord is a consciousness of the true nature of God; that a GREAT GOD, the God of the heavens and the earth is always present and He watches over us and our actions. This reverence and consciousness of being in the presence of a Holy God inspires our actions to be pure, gentle, godly, full of mercy, and of good report, given that nothing escapes His attention. This translates into wise behaviors and an upright lifestyle; a lifestyle lived by godly instruction and according to the will of God. When we understand who God is, this is the beginning of wisdom since without godly counsel and direction we make decisions based on our human understanding, which is unwise according to proverbs 28:26 “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered“. When we live an godly lifestyle this is the path to wisdom and everyone benefits.

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Show Me Your Friends

1 Corinthians 15:33 “Be not misled: bad company corrupts good character.” The company you keep says a lot about you. Friends influence how you think and the choices you make. A godly friend will build up your faith and enhance your relationship with God. You cannot be friends with people that stand against everything you believe in — God, church, godly values, etc. 


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2 Areas We Struggle to Trust God With

#1, Money – Jesus said where our money is that’s where our heart is. Where you spend the most of your money is a reflection of what you value most.  
#2, Relationships – People struggle with a bad marriage or with singleness and the fear that depending on God for a godly partner will keep them alone for a long time. It’s easier to leave a bad marriage or compromise on our love life and take the easy way out. But if you can just trust God in a marriage or in the wait, He will always lead you to far better and greater and to a glorious end. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future“. 

 


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The Lord is Sufficient for all of our needs

2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Your trouble, circumstance, weakness, hardships, and persecution are not meant to overcome you. No, it is a good time for God to show Himself strong on your behalf; for God to turn the affliction for His good purpose to glorify Jesus and/or build godly confidence.

 


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