Monday, 9 October 2017

music monday// every mile mattered

heyyyaaa! 
i hope you've been doing great! 
today i'm sharing one of nicole nordeman's songs that is so poignant and has totally captured my heart 
these days.

enjoy! 


every mile mattered~ nicole nordeman

Spread the map on the table, with the coffee stain

Put your finger on the places, show me where you've been

Is that California, where your teardrops dried?

You drew a circle around Georgia, can you tell me why?
I see shoulda beens, coulda beens

Written all over your face (your face, your face)

Wrong turns and bridges burned

Things you wanna change
It's history

You can't rewrite it

You're not meant to be trapped inside it

Every tear brought you here

Every sorrow gathered
Yeah, it's history
And every mile mattered
Get the box off the top shelf, with the black and white

Snapshots of your old self, in a better light

Ghosts and regrets back again, I can see it in your eyes

Send them home, let 'em go

Don't you think it’s time? Yeah
It's history

You can't rewrite it

You're not meant to be trapped inside it

Every tear brought you here

Every sorrow gathered
It's history
And every mile
And every road and every bend

Every bruise and bitter end

All you squandered, all you spent

It mattered, it mattered

Mercy always finds a way
To wrap your blisters up in grace
And every highway you'd erase
It mattered, it mattered
But it's history

It don't define you

You're free to leave

It all behind you

Every tear brought you here
Every sorrow gathered
It's history
And every mile mattered
Every mile mattered



"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." ~ phillipians 4:13

"You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book." // psalm 56:8

"Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."// hebrews 4:16
no matter where you have been, no matter what happened, no matter what happened to you, no matter what you wish you did or didn't do, no matter what you wish you said or didnt get to say or chose not to say, every mile you have covered in this life of yours mattered...the good, bad, difficult, horrible, confusing, exhilarating, joyful moments all mesh together in a way that has led you to be where you are now.

every
single
mile
you
have
travelled
mattered

and you my darling, you absolutly matter regadless of how yucky you feel sometimes. :)
here's to a lovely week!

xoxo,
Delali.

Monday, 25 September 2017

music monday// Christ in me

hi there! i hope you had a restful weekend. :) 
mine was productive and good! i spent a bit of it crafting new pieces of hand lettering art. you can check out my new crafts shop (Delali Creates Shop) here!

sooo today I'm sharing this song by jeremy camp that just wouldn't leave my head. 

i keep humming it unconsciously in between the buzz of these past days. 
the words carry so much weight and i'm hoping it means something to you as much as it does to me. :)


via 

Christ in me ~Jeremy Camp
In this obsession with the things this world says make us happy
Can't see the slaves we are in all the searching all the grasping
Like we deserve much more than all these blessing we're holding
So now I'm running free into an ocean of mercy unending

So come and empty me
So that it's you I breathe
I want my life to be
Only Christ in me
So I will fix my eyes
'Cause You're my source of life
I need the world to see
That it's Christ in me
That it's Christ in me

Done with what holds me down the things I once was chasing after
Throw off these heavy chains that I have let become my master
So now I'm running free into an ocean of mercy unending

So come and empty me
So that it's you I breathe
I want my life to be
Only Christ in me
So I will fix my eyes
'Cause you're my source of life
I need the world to see
That it's Christ in me
That it's Christ in me

In this obsession with the things this world says make us happy
Can't see the slaves we are in all the searching all the grasping

So come and empty me
So that it's you I breathe
I want my life to be
Only Christ in me
So I will fix my eyes
'Cause you're my source of life
I need the world to see
Only Christ in me
Only Christ in me
Only Christ in me
Christ in me 
 "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me."// galatians 2:20

I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me."// John 17:23

"If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness."// romans 8:10

"The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us."// 1 John 3:24

  This planet called earth is a world full of decay and sin and death and the only Source of life here is the Word of Father God as His Holy Spirit moves and brings the Word alive in the lives of those who seek salvation in Jesus Christ by believing in Him. 

If you're a Christian i'd like to encourage you not to give up or compromise on your faith in Jesus no matter what.
If you're caught in a cyclone of doubts and unbelief and wondering if this Jesus you keep hearing about is real, well let me just say He is soooooo real, closer than your breath and He is waiting, yearning for the time when you would eventually put your faith and trust in Him.
it is worth it. i promise!

dear you, please do not allow yourself to be polluted by this obsession driven world. more money wouldn't satisfy the void inside, more stuff wouldn't bring fulfillment, more relationships with guys and ladies wouldn't do it either. we're all broken cisterns and only Jesus truly satisfies the thirst of the human soul. only He can fill the void in the human heart.
Christ in you and i is the hope of glory! :)

xoxo,
 Delali

Thursday, 7 September 2017

thursday tunes//I am no victim


hey, hey, hey, lovely humans! :)
although its only been a couple of months i've been away from this space it feels like forever since i spilled some of the sunshiny, colorful words Father has given to my care for you here.

it's not a monday nor a tuesday but who says i can't share a song on a thursday? hihihihi
 so this evening, i came across this song and in a few seconds it got me hooked.
it spoke to me so much that i just had to share. :)

 enjoy!


I am no victim~bethel music
I am no victim
I live with a vision
I'm covered by the force of love
Covered in my Savior's blood
I am no orphan
I'm not a poor man
The Kingdom's now become my own
And with the King I've found a home

He's not just reviving, not simply restoring
greater things have yet to come
greater things have yet to come

He is my Father
I do not wonder
If His plans for me are good
If He'll come through like He should
'Çause He is provision and enough wisdom
To usher in my brightest days
To turn my mourning into praise

He's not just reviving, not simply restoring
greater things have yet to come
greater things have yet to come

I am who He says I am
He is who He says He is
I'm defined by all His promises
Shaped by every word He says

I am no victim
I live with a vision
I'm covered by the force of love
Covered in my Savior's blood
I am no orphan
I'm not a poor man
The Kingdom's now become my own
And with the King I have a home


it took a while for me to come to this powerful understanding. I AM NOT A VICTIM!
no matter what I've had to painfully endure because of other people's terrible mistakes and poor life choices, no matter how their choking words have pierced my heart, i refuse to see myself as a victim and live with a victim mentality.

why? because I believe I have my loving Father in heaven and He cares about me, He adores me, He wants me, He loves me even when people I thought were best in displaying His love for me treat me with such absurdity, cruelty and shove me aside with their unbelievably cold and hurtful words and silently loud actions.

i've had to endure some things these past months that have left me wondering and questioning and just trying to really understand how some folks who say they are Christian leaders could say and do certain things that arr so way out of line as the leaders they say they are.

and after much introspection and lots of time spent with the Lord i've finally reached that understanding that ever human walking the surface of the earth is a broken cistern. no matter how 'good' of a person they are or pose to be and no human or thing could ever fill the void in the human heart. only God through Jesus Christ His Son and the power of His Holy Spirit can do that if we believe.

 i've come to the point where i've stopped looking forward to any human loving me perfectly as my Father in heaven does. His approval of me is enough for me and His love is all i've ever needed. and sometimes He uses humans who allow themselves to be the physical extension of His love to show me His care and love like one loving and thoughtful uncle I have in australia but not even he could ever love me perfectly as my Father in heaven.

i won't deny the yearning of  enjoying being part of a loving and peaceful home. but till then, i'm thankful for the beautiful glimpses Father God gives me of His amazing promises to me on earth and in Heaven. i am grateful for the short and sweet experiences He gives me as i taste what it is like to be loved by a set of humans i can call family who make me feel like i belong. as brief as those moments are, i cherish them.
i am grateful.
 i understand my Father God better now.
i understand myself better now, 
and i understand other humans better now and why they can be so unstable and cold, and hurtful and mean and insecure and envious and how it drives them to do the unthinkable.

i understand why i love anne of green gables and akeelah and the bee so much too. :D

my Father in Heaven has promised me that He has not left me as an orphan. He is right here with me through His Holy Spirit.
as i yield myself to Him, and obey Him and deeply depend on Him, i'm good to go!

it's true, we're all searching and looking to be loved.
i've stopped my search, thank God!!!

i am now the one allowing myself to be the vessel to pour my Father's love and hope into little hearts that are hungry for love and affection. hearts that are desperate to be seen, known, loved.

so no. i am not a victim!
i am a victor through my Jesus Christ!
i am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me.
i refuse to be the hurt who keeps hurting others.
i put an end to that demonic cycle.

i am not a victim.
 i am LOVED!

I don't know what you have endured in your journey till now, i don't know what you are currently enduring but what i do know is if you believe in Jesus, you are no longer an orphan left in this cold, difficult world. You are His child now, so stop striving to be loved. stop looking for love in all the wrong places. stop thinking God created you to suffer on your on in this life.
He sees you, He knows you! He wants you to stop striving. 
He wants you to accept His love (Jesus) and all that comes with Him as a gift to you.
just believe.
It's really worth it.
i have tasted and seen that He is good! :)

Psalm 68:5 says, “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows, is God in his holy habitation.”

Deuteronomy 10:18 says, “He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.”

Psalm 10:14 says, “But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted. You consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.


"I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you." ~ Jesus // John 14:18


"Let us acknowledge the Lord, let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear, He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. " ~ hosea 6:3


you are not a victim.
you are loved! :)

delali,
xoxo.

Monday, 3 July 2017

music monday// You make me brave


hi lovely folks! of course, it's mondayyy again!!! good thing for me is that it's a holiday back here in le ghana. ;) (this is actually a scheduled post because urm, i'd be caught up on monday with a number of things...like finishing up on my new booook! sshhhh... keep it down. i'm excited too! :D)

so yeah, scheduled post or not. i'm so glad i get to be a part of your monday. :)
so this song! i so love it. aside the lovely words, you should know the other reason why i love it. guessss.
okay, okay, i love it extra because it's sang by kidssss! :D i find myself laughing and dancing around whenever i have bethel music kids singing a tune. i promise, you'd love it.
soak it in all you can.


You make me brave// bethel music kids
I stand before You now
The greatness of your renown
I have heard of the majesty and wonder of you
King of Heaven, in humility, I bow


As Your love, in wave after wave
Crashes over me, crashes over me
For You are for us
You are not against us
Champion of Heaven
You made a way for all to enter in

I have heard You calling my name
I have heard the song of love that You sing
So I will let You draw me out beyond the shore
Into Your grace
Your grace


You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves


You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the love that made a way


You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves


You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the promises you made


You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the love that made a way




Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
7Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance.
  The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”// deuteronomy 31:6-8
 
whatever you're facing, you need to be brave and pray through it, sing through it, find a reason to laugh through it. the world needs you brave. :)
 
The Lord God Himself is for you.
 
be brave!
xoxo, delali. 

Monday, 12 June 2017

music monday// masterpiece

 hey, hey, hey! so itsss monday! yaaay!!! i hope this song i'm sharing today brightens your monday even if for a little while. i so love danny gokey. he sings from his soul. and this tune right here is food for the soul. enjoy! :)




 masterpiece// danny gokey
Heartbreaks a bittersweet sound
Know it well
It's ringing in my ears
And I can't understand
Why I'm not fixed by now
Begged and I pleaded
Take this pain but I'm still bleeding

Heart trusts you for certain
Head says it's not working
I'm stuck here still hurting
But you tell me

You're making a masterpiece
You shaping the soul in me
You're moving where I can't see
And all I am is in your hands
You're taking me all apart
Like it was your plan from the start
To finish your work of art for all to see you're making a masterpiece

Guess I'm your canvas
Beautiful black and blue
Painted in mercy's hue
I don't see past this
But you see me now
Who I'll be then
There at the end
Standing there as

Your Masterpiece
You're shaping the soul in me
You're moving where I can't see
And all I am is in your hands
You're taking me all apart
Like it was your plan from the start
To finish your work of art for all to see
You're making a masterpiece
You're making a masterpiece

Heart trust you for certain
Head says it's not working

You're making a masterpiece
You're shaping the soul in me
You're moving where I can't see
And all I am is in your hands
You're taking me all apart
Like it was your plan from the start
To finish your work of art for all to see you're making a masterpiece


 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.// ephesians 2:10

  And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.// romans 8:28

dear Christian, whatever you may facing, know that when you trust in Jesus He is making something beautiful out of your situation.
 be strong. He wants you strong! the humans He specially designed your purpose for need you strong.

you are a masterpiece, you can't give up now. :)

xoxo, delali. 

Monday, 5 June 2017

music monday// shoulders

itsss monndaayy!
this sonngg! i checked it out just this past weekend. and i loved, loved it! 
i've always been a big fan of for King & country. and when moriah peters got hitched to Joel i loved them even more. ;) hihihihi

aside the richness of the lyrics, i love this song because of how God mysteriously provides help to the characters in the music video through an angel who helps each of them. the whole hooded figure makes it so intriguing. 

have your fill! :)


shoulders// for King & country
When confusion's my companion
And despair holds me for ransom
I will feel no fear
I know that You are near

When I'm caught deep in the valley
With chaos for my company
I'll find my comfort here
‘Cause I know that You are near

My help comes from You
You're right here, pulling me through
You carry my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness all on Your shoulders
Your shoulders
My help comes from You
You are my rest, my rescue
I don't have to see to believe that You're lifting me up on Your shoulders
Your shoulders

You mend what once was shattered
And You turn my tears to laughter
Your forgiveness is my fortress
Oh Your mercy is relentless

My help is from You
Don't have to see it to believe it
My help is from you
Don't have to see it, ‘cause I know, ‘cause I know it's true

My help is from You
Don't have to see it to believe it
My help is from you
Don't have to see it, ‘cause I know, ‘cause I know it's true

 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from? 
 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
    He who watches over you will not slumber; 
 indeed, He who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

 The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 
 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    He will watch over your life; 
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going    both now and forevermore.// psalm 121:1-8

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling, 
 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
For He will command His angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways; 
 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.// psalm 91:9-12

 “Because He loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for He acknowledges my name. 
 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him. 
 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”// psalm 91:14-16

Praise the LORD, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out His plans, listening for each of His commands.// psalm 103:20
 
 our help really comes from the Lord. sometimes we kinda forget, right? in the video right before the crash Joel was all worried, so of course the enemy stood on that and made him lose his awareness of where he was and BAM! the other car hit right into his.

 moral? when something bugs you, channel all the worries into prayer instead. thankfully, we have angels on assignment who help us when we tell God what's going on in our lives and submit our requests a.k.a prayer. 

and sometimes we make it by the skin of our teeth like Joel did. and He sends help.
our angels are always with us, waiting for us to talk to God i prayer so that he can help us.
this song reminds me of a book on angels i finished reading earlier on this year titled Angels on Assignment by Charles and Frances Hunter. it gives much explanation to how angels operate.

angels are so real. they are the means by which God answers our prayers. they protect us, guide us, even communicate with us.
I've come to really understand that God loves us so much!
  as our Father, He wants the best for us. so if you're having a bad day or week or month do remember that God is waiting for you to talk to Him, and His answers are not always, yes. sometimes they are "no" or "wait."

He has us on His shoulders, He's cool like that! :)
xoxo, delali!

Friday, 2 June 2017

soulful hymns// to God be the glory

hi guysss! so today I'm sharing a hymn that has a special place in my heart. it soothes the soul so well! it's like chicken soup for the soul. 

 it amazes me how Fanny Crosby, the hymn writer was blind when she wrote her hymns. God is interesting, right?! He does wonderful things through the most unlikely of humans.

enjoy!
 
via

Fanny Crosby// To God be the glory


To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Refrain

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Refrain

Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

Refrain

Let them give glory to the LORD And declare His praise in the coastlands.// isaiah 42:12

"For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea.// hubakkuk 2:14

I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving.// psalm 69:30

I would like to encourage you that no matter what you're facing, praising the Lord is the answer to unlock the door He has promised to open for you. 

giving Him the glory makes you focus on Him despite the attacks and schemes of the enemy. and worship does something wonderful. never stop worshiping. give God the glory. 
and watch and see.
thank me later. :)

xoxo, delali.

Monday, 29 May 2017

music monday// the only name (Yours will be)

 it's another lovely monday! and yours truly is right here to share an equally lovely song with you. I was singing this song the whole of yesterday. i so love it! it's amazing how Jesus is the only Person who actually loves me without being manipulative. His friendship and affection is what I'll always long for and i hope the same for you too. enjoy! :)



 the only name (Yours will be)// big daddy weave

Yours will be the only Name that matters to me
The only One Whose favor I seek
The only Name that matters to me

Yours will be
The friendship and affection I need
To feel my Father smiling on me
The only Name that matters to me

Yours is the Name the Name that has saved me
Mercy and grace, the power that forgave me
And Your love is all I’ve ever needed

When I wake up in the Land of Glory
And with the saints I will tell my story
There will be one Name that I proclaim

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, just that Name 
 The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.// luke 1:30

But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.// genesis 39:21


For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."//romans 9:15

So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man.// proverbs 3:4

 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,    is God in His holy dwelling.//psalm 68:5

 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.// ephesians 2:8-9

 the wonderful Grace of God leaves me in wonder so much. His grace is what enables us to do the very humanly impossible things. 

He pours blessings I so don't deserve upon my life and tops up with mercy. His love is so devoted to me, and you too! 
when we have God as our Father we need to remember that He is the One that we're living for and it's only His applause that we should expect to hear.

Let's live for the audience of One, King Jesus! and no matter what anyone says or does to distract us from the assignments He has given us to fulfill, His name is all that should matter to us. :)

xoxo, delali.

Soaring Up In Sunshine

Soaring Up In Sunshine
//sharing my heart in the glow of the sun//
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