Jackie Hill-Perry,God’s own poetry.

Ever wondered what your purpose in life was? Like why are you here on earth? Have you ever wondered what impact does your talent possess towards other people? Or what your life story can do for others in their walk with Christ and other areas of their lives?

Well, aren’t I glad that Jack Hill-Perry heed the call for her life irrespective of the challenges she faced growing up. Jackie is a great living testimony of what God can do with us and within us when we surrender ourselves to him.

Mrs. Perry did not let the fact that she was abused at a young age, that she was a lesbian at the age of 17, that she lived her life before Christ in sexual promiscuity, struggling with drug and pornography addiction stop her being of service in God’s Kingdom once she converted to Christianity in 2008.

From then Jackie has used the podium at Passion for Christ Movement (P4CM) to share the gospel and also talk about matters of life through spoken words. Google Jackie and you most likely bound to stumble on the following pieces “My life is a stud”, “Jig-a-boo “and “The fall” , a piece she recited with her husband Preston Perry just to name a few.Jackie hill 2.JPG

Signed with the Christian based label Humble Beast, Jackie released a mind blowing debut album “The art of Joy” in 2014, but her works does not end there.

She has also written for various Christian organization such as The Resurgence and John Piper’s Desiring God on topics of Christianity and homosexuality.

The 27 year old Jackie born on 21 June 1989, serves locally as Female Mentorship Coordinator at Grip Outreach for Youth. A non-profit organization loving Chicago’s fatherless teens. At home, she is known as wife to Preston and mother to Eden.

I for one know her pieces has brought so much life lessons, revelation and comfort in my life. Seeing such zeal for Christ reminds me that not only does grace grant us salvation but it empowers us to live a life that God called us to live. That whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.

To see this phenomenal woman in action do come through on the 8th of April for the PIATOUR Johannesburg. General tickets going for R180 and VIP for R350.

For more on Jackie Hill-Perry visit www.humblebeast.com , www.onegodunited.com and www.P4CM.com

 

 

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Redefining beauty: A woman of worth.

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You have been told for a long time that dark skinned is ugly and being light in complexion is not good enough. Being curved is a liability rather than an asset and being slim is a form of sickness. That your natural hair is primitive, unprofessional and a weave is a symptom of identity crisis.

You have been told for a long time that the only thing you can offer is your body and perhaps prepare a meal for your family. You have been restricted to use your brain, skills and talents. You are cursed for getting married early and insulted for getting married at an older age, according to the society’s definition of the right age for marriage.

You have been told for a long time that your voice does not matter, and even if it did, it is not worth much. That if a man lays his hand on you then you must have provoked him. So you chose silence because it is the safest option.

You are a queen, made in the image of God. A woman of worth. Understand that all types of complexion is a display of God’s artistic eye. Allow your body to show the versatile of God’s imagination, the intelligence of God and your “kinky” hair the complexity of God. Your body is not a punching bag but rather the temple of the Holy Spirit.

You are a queen, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you see your worth, more so to know what being a queen entails.

A queen knows that it is in her imperfections that her beauty becomes radiant. She takes care of her family, and those she is able help while having time for herself and career. She respects her spouse without diminishing herself.

She cultivates her mind with knowledge, nurtures her skills and tune her talents, but fully understand that her qualifications does not change the order of things set by God. Mostly she knows that, wisdom is found at the feet of Jesus Christ and His direction is vital for every area of her life. She knows that her worth is build through her relationship with Christ, as a result she feeds her spirit with the word of God.

Dear queen, your majesty.

Today know that you have so much to offer , you were created for a purpose and irrespective of what society might say, you are beautiful in all shapes and sizes. You are more than your face, your body and more than your hair. You are a woman of identity. You are a woman of vision and action. A woman of worth, a woman of purpose . Dare to remain true to yourself .

Dare to dream and make them a reality, because when you get old, blaming the society or media for the path you chose will not be a valid excuse for forsaking who you were created to be.

Precious gift called life

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Birthdays are always joyous moments in our lives or at least they should be. One usually expects to celebrate with family and friends, even go as far as spending money carelessly in order to create great memories.

Our birthday is that one day when we allow ourselves to reminisce of what was as we plan of what should be. The excitement of planning our future usually excludes the reality of death, because we see life as a right rather than a privilege.

However life is not a right, it is a gift. A gift that God has granted upon everyone alive, whether good or bad. Sinner or saved. We have not done anything to deserve another day but God poured His mercy upon us and granted us another chance of life. For others it is simply to give them an opportunity to receive salvation, while for some, it is a chance to accomplish their task on earth, whatever the reason might be, God has spared us. No riches, no good deeds and not even our talents can give us the power to live if God’s will says otherwise.

Spending most of my birthday at a funeral yesterday made me appreciate my life more. Made me realise how special our birthdays are. How God has given us the greatest gift of life in each year that we lived and within that life He has given us the gift of salvation. What a blessing. What an honour.

How do we then celebrate this gift of life? We celebrate our life when we appreciate the relationships that God has entrusted us with. By living a life of excellency in all we do, so that God can be glorified. Allowing ourselves to be used by God in all aspects of life. Simply we celebrate our life when we live the life God intended for us.

Today will not repeat itself. Focus on what matters most and eliminate those things that entangles us unnecessarily. Explore what life has to offer and in this quest rely on God’s wisdom rather than your own. He has set the path for you, He knows what is best.

Knowing that life is a gift, should be a good enough reason to be grateful and to consider our bornday as great day, regardless of how we choose to celebrate it.

Dear Child

My opinion of what Jesus says to us at times.
“I have heard your cry and have seen your tears. I know you hurt and I know you want to give up, but don’t . keep trusting me and keep fighting. 

Sometimes you wonder if I care, and If do then where am I? I am in the very little strength you have to carry on. I am in the very breath you take. I am in the form of supporting friends you have, even if that may be a handful. I am in the unexpected peace even though it might be shortlived. I haven’t forsaken you. I got you. Every step of the way. I got you.

I know you wish I could just end this for you, but your end result is more important to me than anything else. You are being beautified.  It hurts I know and I hurt when you hurt but trust me when I say I have great plans for you. Trust me when I say I will never leave nor forsake you. Trust me when I say my grace is sufficient and that I love you now and forever. You don’t have to understand the process, but trust me enough to trust the process.

So take a deep breath, smile in your tears, not because you are at a pleasent state in life but because I got you. I got you now and forever. I will never fail you.

love Jesus your Lord.”

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Everything and nothing less.

For you are all loving, all powerful and all holy.
You do not lack as you possess all.
you can have anything and anyone, yet you chose me, you called me. 
Defined me while in my mother’s womb.
Who am I, a small creation worth of your unending love?
Who am I, that every detail of my life matters to thee?

I realise that it is in you that I am.
Without you I can not be, I exist but I don’t live.
Without you am a dead man walking.
So today I desire to give you everything, and nothing less.
The very best of me.
Although I desire , I realise that I do not know how.
So I come to you in my humble cry that you teach me how to give my all to you.

Every aspect of my life.
All my flaws and my perfection.
My fears and my confidence. 
All my hopes and dreams.
All my qualifications.
Take it all and use it for your glory.
Let my life be a melody of who you are. Let it be a testimony that above all else you are The Great I Am.
Remove everything that is not in line with your definition of me.
Make me more to what you envisioned when you created me.

I now know that you are more than enough for me.
That I stand because you hold me.
That your joy is my strength.
I have because you gave.
I dream because you envisioned,and with all I am, I give you everything and nothing less.
You derseve my very best.

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He is faithful

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It is 31st December 2015. The day where most of us take time to observe the events that has taken place in the past months. Some are excited about the new year to come as it is a symbol of new beginnings. Another chance to start over. While others, this day is a sad day with sad memories. Whatever the case might be, I believe one thing we can all come into agreement, is the faithfulness of God. His awesomeness and his great love. Truly no words can define his majestic favour upon our lives.

We had trials and tribulations but we are still here. That is a reason to thank God. We had blessings upon blessings , dare I say the open windows of heaven upon our lives? We have a reason to that God. The mere fact that we are alive today, that alone is a reason enough to thank God. For in all situations he has been there. In all seasons he has been faithful.

He promised not to leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He kept that promise. Sometimes we automatically conclude because we are facing tough times that God is not there, and yet he is the very present help in time of need (Psalms 46:1). He is closer to the broken hearted (Psalms 34:18). He is the father to the fatherless and a defender to the widows (Psalms 68:5). It is his sufficient grace (2 Corinthians 12:9) that helps us to face each storm. It is he, that renews our strength (Isaiah 40:31). Just because his presence does not come in the form that we want (specific way of answered prayer) doesn’t mean that he isn’t present.

He promised he will be with us always (Matthew 28:20) and because he is not man for him to lie (Numbers 23:19), and because his word does not return to him void (Isaiah 55:11) he remains faithful. Paul said it perfectly in 2 Timothy 2:13 ” if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself” 

So as we enter the new new year, with new hopes and new ambitions. Let us continue running the most important race of all. The race of eternity. Let us continue pursuing him who gives us breath and strength to be able to do those that we have set in motion. Let us remember that God above all deserves all the praise and honour. He deserves our time.

As we press on in 2016, as doors open for greener pastures. As we find ourselves in the desert. As we find ourselves in the season to plant and season to harvest let us continue to seek him who is faithful at all times.

I wish you all a blessed wonderful 2016, full of his mercies, blessings and everlasting love. Above all I wish you a year of deeper revelation of who God is and that we seek him for who is and not only for what he can give us.

Mark 8:36 “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”

Redefining beauty: The world versus the word of God

The majority of us have heard of the famous phrase beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. How true is that? For most women it is the media that defines whether they are beautiful or not. It is the media that beholds their beauty.

The society, media and everyone else has fed us a lie, that for a woman to be beautiful she has to be a certain size,  be a certain height and look a certain age.

We are told that our breast are not the right size, as a result we go for breast implants and all sort of surgeries towards our body in order to have the right body in accordance to the society’s requirement.

We are told “if you got it, flaunt it”. Covering up is boring, and makes one look like someone’s grand mother. So we show off a little bit of cleavage here, and a little bit there. Wearing revealing clothes that although are long, everything is on display. All in pursuit of fitting in the image of being beautiful.

We are told that there is shame in having wrinkles, one can’t afford to have gray hair because there is no beauty in aging.

We are made to believe that if you are not light in complexion then you aren’t quite beautiful enough, because dark can never be beautiful. As a result we bleach our faces. All in the effort of meeting the requirements of being beautiful.

We end up focusing on the exterior because society’s definition of a woman’s beauty, is based on her appearance and nothing to do with her character and her thinking abilities.

The media does not care that most of the issues highlighted above leads to health hazards,  it is said that implants increases the chance of cancer. Diets  lead to lack of health stability in the body.

But what does the word of God say?

The bible informs us that we were created by God and after He created He was pleased (Genesis 1:31). Meaning that there was no mistake in the work done. Everything was perfect. The bible further tells us that we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). God who happens to be the ultimate definition of perfect and spotless is who we look like.

Our light/dark skin, short/tall height,  small/big buttocks , small/big breasts , round or oval shape is not a mistake but a way of showing off God’s creativity, His ability to create such splendor beings for His glory.

God did not do any mediocre work when He created us , but we were wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalms 139:14 )

Although we are wonderfully and fearfully made, our physical appearance is not the focal point of being beautiful.  The interior is more important than the exterior. This is perfectly said in 1 Peter 3:3-4(NIV) which says the following;
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

The Lord himself informed Samuel that his definition of beauty differs from that of men, as His focus is on the inner man.  1 Samuel 16:7 NIV
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

The bible also makes it clear that the is beauty in aging. It is a privilege and a blessing to live for so many years on earth. Proverbs 16 :31 states this accordingly; Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.

It is vital that we as women take care of our body, dress accordingly, eat healthy and exercise, however we should also realise that our character is more precious.

We need to invest more on our inner person, spend time in the Lord, work, study , start a business. We were created for a purpose, let us be fruitful and be that light of the world. Embrace who we are and realise that we are beautiful (physically) just the way we are.

Proverbs 31:30 NIV
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.