Music Monday: I Am Forgiven

I made mistakes.

I messed up.

I bumped my head.

I blew it.

I fell short.

I repented, but can God truly forgive me??!!

Yes, yes, and YES!   I AM FORGIVEN!    

 Romans 3:23-24 (NKJV)

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus


1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Psalm 103: 8-12 (NKJV)

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV)

22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness




Music Monday – Joyful, Joyful


Psalm 148 (NKJV)

Praise to the Lord from Creation

148 Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you stars of light!
Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.
He also established them forever and ever;
He made a decree which shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all the depths;
Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and flying fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
14 And He has exalted the horn of His people,
The praise of all His saints—
Of the children of Israel,
A people near to Him.

Praise the Lord!

My daughter and I have been dancing and singing along with this song all weekend.  

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, and praise His Holy Name! It will definitely make you smile!!! :) (click on ‘Watch on YouTube’ to watch this video in its entirety)


Monday Motivation: Your Life Matters!


 Pastor George C. Clausell and I.

This past weekend I traveled to Alabama to attend the 80th birthday celebration of my former pastor.  It was a quick trip, but one I was determined to make.

I was a student at Tuskegee University when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and the ministry he’s been called to shepherd, Greater New Life Church International, became my first church home.  It was there that I received an irreplaceable foundation in godly (Bible-based) knowledge and spiritual wisdom, forged life-long friendships with some incredible people, and became a part of a family that will always hold a special place in my heart.

Held at the Embassy Suites in Montgomery, the night was one to remember.  The 200 or so attendees were all dressed to the nines, the food was delectable, the entertainment was splendid, and the various presentations and tributes were awe-inspiring.  There were numerous highlights, but in all honesty nothing could begin to compare to simply being in a place full of people who so loved this man.  

As I surveyed the room, I saw men and women from numerous walks of life who traveled from all over the country (and even Nigeria!!) to show their appreciation for Pastor Clausell.  It was an incredible blessing to see him being honored in such a way, and it made me realize that it was much, much more than his accolades and achievements that brought so many people together.  It wasn’t about titles or specific accomplishments.  He could very well boast of the many things he’s done in his 80 years, but it’s his humility, integrity, and the example that he is as a man of Christ that brought us all there that night.  Not a perfect man, but one who, without a doubt, honors God first and desires to leave that as his legacy for his family.

I’m confident that Pastor Clausell has at least 20 more years in him, :) but regardless of the time we all have, let’s do the Lord justice and use it wisely!  Let us seek after God and shine our lights brightly in this darkened world.  Let us take the small and large opportunities to represent our Heavenly Father, and remember that with or without our “party” one day, our lives will always be significant when we glorify Christ.  In Him, our lives alway matter!!  

Matthew 5:16 (AMP)

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.