In pursuit of a life worth living – here and beyond

I attended the celebration of a man's life with a legacy of kindness. First, I listened as everyone talked about how he had impacted their lives and how much his life had inspired and influenced them. Then I meditated on the words of the various hymns we sang as we celebrated his faith and transitioned into a new life. Lastly, I listened to the preacher's message as he discussed the importance of living a good life here on earth and its influence on life afterwards.  As I listened, as started to think about the words of Solomon and how he sums up what life is truly about in Ecclesiastes 12:13 - Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. We are encouraged to value every moment on earth and use it wisely in reverence and service to our maker. Our time on earth, however long or short, is limited, and we need to approach living with grace, purpose and wisdom.  Teaching and after teaching in the bible encourage us to love God and love each other; beyond

Spring Forth - A Call to New Growth and Refreshing Life

Experience God's call to come alive again through the refreshing of his word and spirit, this month. Listen to Spring Forth - a lesson from the reading of Isaiah 43: 19 (NIV) "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."   Click to Listen to the Podcast  Available on the Lifestyle Store   Assembling puzzles is the perfect family bonding activity. Treat yourself to a unique puzzle based on Seye Oke's Young readers book, Who Will Wear The Crown. Gather your loved ones for an evening filled with joy and teamwork. Buy Now

Building God Confidence For An Exciting Faith Filled Life

An anchor, the central part of a person's life, usually holds everything in place. That anchor, the foundation from which everything else emerges, is critical to how balanced and smoothly a person's life rolls along the sand of time. Over the years, people have discovered different anchors and coping mechanisms for living. The one sure one I can recommend is a lifelong relationship with God. Nothing and no one on earth can stand the pressures of living, holding your life in balance, like the maker of time himself. We lose balance when we put our work, family, or money at the center of our lives. If you have been falling out of sorts, it's time to give God his place.   Here are a few tips to help you learn more about staying connected to God and keeping your life in sync:   Return:  that's a call for repentance. God wants all of us. He wants to be first in our hearts and minds. So turn your focus back to God and let him be the center

Now Available - Who Will Wear the Crown? by Seye Oke

    Hi Everyone!   I'm excited to introduce my new book for kids aged 7-11, " Who Will Wear the Crown? ". This Spring, follow the story of this castaway tree, Thorny Bee, who teaches the mean trees a lesson about love and respect for everyone's uniqueness. This story presents an excellent opportunity for kids to learn about love and acceptance. Buy Now on Amazon , Word Alive , Chapters Indigo , Barnes and Noble , Goodreads , Kobo , Book Bub and all other platforms where Christian books are sold.   I am raising funds for Compassion's Education and Training initiatives to celebrate this moment. I would love to invite you to this opportunity to join me in meeting the needs of children and families. Education is one of the most powerful ways to lift kids out of poverty. Still, with one in five kids not in school, according to UNESCO, the gift of education is as vital as ever.   With a gift of $10 or more,  you can support Compassion's effort to g

Healing For Emotional Drain and Burnout - God's Way.

Burnout is a real thing that stems from having life draining you of your mental strength and not having the right source refilling you. I have always had multiple parts of my life running full steam simultaneously and, for many years, had prided myself in keeping them all running. A successful marketing career, a writing ministry, an inspirational lifestyle business, my family, two amazing kids, and many other things all running at maximum capacity. And when asked how I could keep it all together, I always said by God's grace, good planning and excellent time management.    Well, last year, I had all three going well but ended up emotionally drained and ultimately burnout. I lost my energy, drive, inspiration, and motivation. I felt completely stressed out and on edge. My calm went out the window, my mind wholly blocked to creative ideas. My sleep was even shorter than usual. At some point, I noticed my joy was waning, and it was at that point I decided somet

Unlock God’s Awesome Favour When You Walk in Obedience

God's word for this year is righteousness.  He calls his people to step out of wrongdoing, serve him wholly, and wholeheartedly obey his words. The promise of God this year is that he will step into the affairs of men with vengeance and favour. He will show his judgement to those who do not obey his words and his favour to those who walk in righteousness.    So, what does walking in righteousness mean? Deuteronomy 28 verses 1 and 2 explains this with two simple phrases: we should all commit to memory. Diligently Obey  the voice of God and; Carefully Observe  all of his commands.   If you do this, you will unlock God's favour in 2023. However, if you don't, you will unleash his vengeance on your life this year. This year more than any other year, God's calling us to obey his words and live according to his standards. Not the standards of society or what men have accepted as the norm.    We are to be a light in this world and shine the tr

Emerge: God calls us out from dark clouds into glorious lives.

  "When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out." The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said   to them, "Unbind him, and let him go." John 11:43-44 ESV   When I hear the word 'emerge,' it stirs up powerful emotions of courage and faith deep within me. This word, emerge, paints a picture of a person or a thing coming out of a covering, solid and potent. Throughout the Bible, we read stories of God's mighty deliverance pulling his people out of situations and calling them into a divine purpose by words of his promises.    The story of Lazarus in John 11 is one such story and a favorite of mine. It offers one of the best descriptions of the power of God and its ability to call us out of difficult situations. The story, in a nutshell, tells us that Lazarus had died from a sickness, and it took Jesus a couple of days to reach where his body

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