FIND JOY


December is the last month of the year

I start every month thankful and for this month of December I am eternally grateful. I am worthy of love, to give and receive. I have value and self-respect, no one has the ability to oppress, suppress or depress me. I am enough and complete in God. My today is better than yesterday. I have come to a place of wholeness, strength and joy. God pulled me out of mess; I have a happy life free from abuse.

No one can take the place of God; he is sovereign and reigns forever. Man is mortal and his days on earth are numbered. When the end comes, it is a glorious thing to return to our maker, to dwell in His holiness and truth.

The end of the year brings a rebirth of another year. The death of something can be the rebirth of another thing. All is not lost.

Whatever happens in your life, no matter how distressing things might seem. When darkness appears endless, watch out for that tiny spark of light, when you can muster up the courage to thank God for closed doors. In the process of counting your blessings, you find joy!

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Golden
Nice piece! I admire your strength. Often times people suffer so much pain in the name of marriage. Am glad you are much happier, as you rediscover your self. Love you and God continually strengthen you
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Jennifer
I love uuuuuuuu Pst. Anita. I am so glad and joyful for you! Yes indeed! No one can take the place of God. He is sovereign and reigns forever! AMEN. AMEN. Joy; Joy; Joy. So full of joy.
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Nicki
Yes Pastor Anita, you are worthy of love. You are more than enough. You are beautiful, smart, graceful & worthy to be loved. Remember that greater is the later than the former. The best You is yet to come & I look forward to reading about it in your blog. Be at peace my Dearest Pastor Anita. Rest free knowing that I appreciate you, I'm sure millions of people all over the work can testify to the fruitful seeds you've sown into our lives through your words, actions & the life you live. It is well with you & your loved ones Pastor Anita. God bless you. Nkechi.
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ngonidzashe
Please start a church ma!!!
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Maureen
Rejoice! again I say rejoice, Only with joy shall you draw water from the well of salvation. The lord is your strength.
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Deji
Love this piece. No one can steal my joy.
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MoonChild
Dear Pastor Anita ,thank you for your posts you are an inspiration especially for daring to tear away from what to outsiders was picture perfect . May God bless you
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Chinenye
Thank you Pastor for sharing this. It was meant for me. Kindly remember to share your experience going to church after a long time. You promised to share it sometimes back.
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Rose Edugie
Thank you very much Pastor Anita, for this encouraging words. My day is filled with His Presences, am entirely grateful, am worthy of love to give and receive. I have value and self-respect, no one has the ability to oppress, suppress or depress me. I am enough and complete in Him. Thank you very much ma, some wonderful nugget to run with
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Kolade
Bravo! It's better to choose Joy as this is the best option. I love this piece and it's quite encouraging. Please, keep the good work as the our good Lord will continue to enrich your wisdom.
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Emeka
Pastor Anita, I'm so happy for you ma'am. Thanks for those words of encouragement, surely God is taking you to greater heights IJN. Merry Christmas in advance!
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Sue
Beautiful!
Thank you so much ma,am grateful to God for your strength it has helped me a lot today.God's grace will continue to abound for you .Love you
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JYM,Nigeria
God blessed me with these message on the 1st of this month...I heard clearly as he said "what you have, is enough! " I am so grateful to God for where I am and where he is taking me. Thank you Pastor ma for being a blessing. I love you.
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LD
I am so happy for you ma. Everyone deserves love, happiness and joy and what a lovely and appropriate topic as gradually we are being ushered into the new year!! God bless you
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Geraldine
May the good Lord continue to strengthen you Pastor Anita...it is well with you...Thankful always...
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Teneil
Wow, Thank you Pastor Anita. I am so grateful. When one door closes, another one opens. There are so many things to be grateful and glad about. I am thankful for the dreams, aspirations and inspirations that God has put in my heart for the coming years. He has also granted me grace, wisdom and ability to accomplish great things. Have a great month Pastor and all who would be reading this.
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sandra
Am happy you are finding yourself ma,am praying for wholeness for you. I wish you genuine happiness with those who love you and those you really crave to be in your life. God bless.
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Onyeka
Pastor, i thank God for your wisdom and insight, your platform, arouses deep thought in my spirit. On going through this article, i just realized that this year, witnessed major challenges and decisions in my life, its not been easy, but i couldn't be more sure that God is leading my every step. As this year is drawing to a close, i sense a shout of joy unspeakable in my spirit, This is a time of taking stock, putting behind the past and pressing forward, determining more than ever, to keep increasing my pace in my daily walk with God, with joy that no man can give.
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Samantha
This is priceless, an amazing & heartfelt piece, keep them coming Pastor Anita, your Light is burning brighter & brighter. ??????????
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Nelie
Dear Pastor Anita Be at peace; I love your blog you are a mighty warrior the Best is yet to come. I can't wait to watch your sermons Love you always Mme CapeTown
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Natasha
Have a Happy December Pastor! x
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Vanessa
Amen! Praise the Lord. We are grateful indeed, for everything. Continue to live a happier and blessed life, in Jesus' name. Amen.
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Flourish
Beloved Pastor, Thank you for this Blog is bringing the Souls of Men back to God. Indeed you are the Beauty of God,the Expression of God's love radiates through your Eyes,Words and Presence. You are Love Personified,Selfless,Considerate and there,s no Match for your Sense of Humour. You just reminded me of Colosians 2:8. Your Blog is so timely especially at this end time. God is using this blog to make us aware to redeem the time because the days are evil. More Grace,Strength and Ability .You are the light that shines in darkness and darkness cannot comprehend the Glory of God upon you. I love you pastor and you are so Special.
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Tony
Love this peom by Anita I want to write poems that make me a dreamer, Yet never lose sight of my redeemer. Whose hands I hold in this journey I travel, To help us find peace in ourselves to value. This give me so much joy
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Didi
Pastor Anita thank God for your courage, I know you must have needed a lot of it and God's grace to walk out, it is better than deceiving the world and that meant living a lie and helping the evil that men do to keep going on. I also know that for the sake of the elect, you're keeping a lt back. Let no man judge you, only you know what you've been through but God will continue to heal you and use you to free others. I can only say we should be careful as human beings and stop elevating man to the position of God because we help him to become God. People become sycophants because of material gains, even in church, we close our hearts to the truth because of material gains, we fall at the feet of man because of material gains, we refer to man as father, life coach, lord, master etc because of material gains, I weep because when we stand before God, there's nothing remaining to call Him, and that is when we really need all these actions but we would have handed them all to man, and you know what? When we look around, we see that man standing with us before God for judgement, then will the guilty ones wish they had done the right things because the materials gained will follow noone to heaven. Let's do the right things now.
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Rosalyn
Thanks. Pastor Anita for your inspiring words as always We are moving forward and upward only Counting Gid's blessings and naming them one by one and praising Him from the bottom of our hearts for Zhus faithfulness and mercy which endureth for ever Happy Christmas to you The hand of Almighty God will continue to lift you up and take you to a higher level in 2016
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Olohitae
Reading this piece Pastor Anita reminds me so much that God is eternal paternity for me. I am his responsibility and so no matter the uncertainty and darkness I feel, He is the driver that has never lost his way. So I can rest easy knowing that he'll bring me over to the other side. God bless you.
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John
You are a woman of courage. Only the courageous can speak the truth.
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Anonymous
Thank you so much Pastor Anita. Your testimony is so encouraging. God has been trying to pull me out of a mess for the past 6 years. I've always resisted because moving out would mean giving up my little fame and all that came with it. It's hard but I have to let it all go and embrace the peace I've always longed for. My whole world is crashing now and I'm gonna let it because it was built largely on falsehood and denial of the truth I've always felt deep inside me. It feels like a death experience but I'm certain of resurection into a truly glorious life both here and beyond. I'll never lose sight of my redeemer...Whose hands I hold in this journey I travel...To help me find peace in me to value...
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Success
Amen. Thank you so much for this powerful words of encouragement and clear direction. My spirit has been lifted up just reading this blog. Thank you so much Pastor Anita and God bless you abundantly.
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Frau Glauben
Dear Pastor Anita, After reading your blog, commenting and reading the responses of others, the Lord reminded me of this beautiful christian song written by a contemporary christian music artist named Francesca Battiselli. If you do not already have this music, you can listen to it online or get it on iTunes. The lyrics are a blessing, because they remind us of who is our most important audience is -JESUS. Here is the lyrics pasted here. It is a great song. God knows your name! "He Knows My Name" Spent today in a conversation In the mirror face to face with somebody less than perfect I wouldn't choose me first if I was looking for a champion In fact I'd understand if You picked everyone before me But that's just not my story True to who You are You saw my heart and made Something out of nothing [Chorus:] I don't need my name in lights I'm famous in my Father's eyes Make no mistake He knows my name I'm not living for applause I'm already so adored It's all His stage He knows my name oh, oh, He knows my name oh, oh I'm not meant to just stay quiet I'm meant to be a lion I'll roar beyond a song With every moment that I've got True to who You are You saw my heart and made Something out of nothing [Chorus] He calls me chosen, free forgiven, wanted, child of the King, His forever, held in treasure... I am loved I don't need my name in lights... I'm famous in my Father's eyes...
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Frau Glauben
All I can say is wow! Lord have mercy !!
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Frau Glauben
Pastor Anita, I am glad that you are full of gratitude to God and encouraged. Indeed you are enough and complete in God. Glorious things are spoken concerning you as a citizen of Zion. You cannot be discouraged, oppressed or suppressed. Your testimony strengthens our faith. God is supreme and he has the first and last say- because he saw the situation before it occurred. May Gods glory increase in your life. You are full of strength and you are blessed in Jesus name Amen. We thank God for your courage and the grace to recognize that you are valuable to God- even if man refuses to recognize you. The path of the righteous shines brighter unto perfection. Concerning you, all things are working together for your good. The same word or scriptures that others may try to use against you or to justify themselves, can only work for your good because you are aborn of God and a daughter of the Most High God. No weapon formed against you shall prosper in Jesus name. Amen.
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Debs
Praise God! What a great year it has been.
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Valentine Ugbeide
Pastor Anita, I am enough and complete in God...I like it. God is our light and Salvation, whom will I fear? Psalm 27:1 Have a lovely Christmas....
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Regina Aluba OKey-Oguej
Thank you so much Didi for this post. You just spoke the gospel truth. God bless you
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Ephesians In Christ
Thank you Pastor Anita. "No one can take the place of God". In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and THE WORD WAS GOD (John 1:1). All glory and praise to Him
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Vanessa
Good day Pastor Anita, let God’s goodness, mercy, and unfailing love follow you every single day. And that you receive all His blessings with joy, in Jesus’ name. Amen. Psalm 23:6; 2 Timothy 4:18; and 1 John 4:10.
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adams
Judging the matter before the time would not be an expedient response. It is well.
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Kenny S
f one thinks standing firm in God's assurance is not real, let them try ignorance and compare .....
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Ephesians In Christ
Dear Pastor Anita, we are complete in Him. Blessed and a blessing. You trust in Him! All glory and praise to Father God! Psalm 84 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee (Psalm 84 KJV)
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Goa
Pastor, I love and respect you
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Chidi
Happy new year Pastor Anita. Thank u ma for providing a platform like this where we can hear from u and also speak our thoughts on issues. Your words of faith and courage is second to none especially for people going through difficult times. I was in a similar situation where I separated from my wife for two years plus. I felt just the same way u felt. I felt abused and spited by my spouse. I was even thinking of getting another wife! But I paused and sincerely told God to come in to the situation. I consecrated myself and depended solely on him and he did it! Yes am back with my wife and two kids after more than 2 years of separation! God opened my eyes to see the root causes of the quarrels. He opened my mind to understand my spouse better and helped her also to understand my person too. Today we have a whole new life with a bright future. Pastor ma, u are an inspiration to all of us. Even words u spoke as far back as 1997 still echoes in my spirit today. The God who performed this miracle in my home can do the same in your home! We should pray for our spouses and not give up on them. The bible says that "a woman is bound to her husband as long as she lives..." We don't have alternative spouses. God created marriage to help us in life. It is the devil that causes problems in it. With prayer we can help our spouses see! With obedience we can influence our husbands. Husbands have authority, wives have influence. But I dare say influence is more powerful than authority! My pastor u are influential! U can reverse every negative situation in your home! Yes u can! I urge people around the world to be reconciliatory in their speech when commenting on issues of marital dischord because if the couples reconcile tomorrow, u who have been taking sides with one of the spouse will be seen as an enemy. U might even be labelled the root cause of the problem. I am talking out of experience. In marriage pride should be totally eliminated. Compromises have to be reached for the marriage to work again. We should be ready to endure some unpleasant conditions. Patience is the word. The scar of separation or divorce is way to heavy than many realise. Many have gone to hell because of fall out of marriages. We must not let this be our story after running the race in Christ.