Whenever I listen to a message by Sarah Jakes Roberts, I can’t help but scream! Her words have a way of cutting deep. I guess it’s not just the words but the energy behind the words. Looking at her life story, all that she has been through I’m inspired. Being a mum at 14, going through a public divorce while being the daughter of a pastor. Not just any kind of pastor but the well renowned bishop TD Jakes. I can’t even imagine the pressure, pain and shame she experienced. After going through all that, yet she was able to turn her pain into purpose.
Now being a mom of 4, wife, ministry leader, entrepreneur and creating her own fashion line, I’m convinced that any woman, no matter what she has gone through or is going through will be able to relate with her messages. I believe these quotes from Sarah Jakes Roberts will inspire you to become all that you were born to be.
When asked by black enterprise how she plans her content and prioritizes the messages she delivers, she said …
I deliver messages that resonate with where I am. It probably has a lot to do with the passion that I end up bringing to the message. I don’t look at what’s going wrong in the world and say, okay I’m going to preach about this because it’s the headlines. I think some people do that and that works for them. But I literally go into prayer and access my own life. I focus on where am I and what do I need to hear.
1) Sarah Jakes Roberts – Don’t settle for safe, embrace the uncomfortable to become unstoppable
“Despite the many tears that threatened to dilute it, your faith did not dissolve. Your heart is still pumping. Your pulse is a sign that this world needs you.”
“She caved into the pressure to be like everyone else and robbed the world of the wealth assigned to her truth.”
link to message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFqTtcvbTmM
2) Random quotes- Sarah Jakes Roberts
“Remember this: you are strong enough to confront your history. Don’t turn away from your brokenness. Remember that you’re not doing this alone. God foreknew this moment would come. Every now and then we need a reminder that someone else has defeated a giant we must face. Allow this book to be that reminder. Instead of counting the reasons you have to be afraid, give yourself permission to be brave. You’ve already survived the trauma, but you can’t transform your pain into purpose until you’re willing to pick it up again. Roll up your sleeves, wipe your tears.
“Instant gratification often results in long-term disappointment. The many broken promises I have made to myself have created wounds I am still discovering. Growth occurs when we confront our personal experiences and how they’ve changed us.”
“Imagine where your Light will take you when you begin to trust God and not the negative opinions or thoughts that live in your heart.”
3) Come out of hiding- Sarah Jakes Roberts
I don’t know who you are but this is the year of revolution of you. You’ve been dipping your toe in the water and I hear God saying that it is time for you to jump all the way in. That all of us come to a time in a season of our life where we can no longer afford to just dip our toe in and we are saying, ” I don’t want to fail so I’ll just keep my hand on the plough over here and I don’t want to fully commit so imma just keep my options over here.” I hear God saying that you are never going to experience the miracle transformation power of God unless you dive all the way in… I hear God saying that your fear is keeping you from diving in but if only you’ll dive all the way in. Then I’ll show you how to swim in this water. I’ll show you how to show up in that boardroom, I’ll show you how to navigate this relationship, I’ll show you how to raise that child… If you would speak the words I speak over you and do what I say do then you will recognize that it’s time for you to COME OUT OF HIDING.
link to message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hwc5XxATWlM&t=982s
4) Victory over insecurities
… And I was thinking about this in the context of our insecurities. I’ve always wanted them to disappear, does anybody else feel this way too? I just want them to disappear… But I realise that maybe we are praying the wrong prayers. Maybe the prayer should be instead God help me to navigate my insecurities.
link to message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4OsEiwHZPs
5) Girl Get Up- Sarah Jakes Roberts
I’m hungry, I’m thirsty, God I need you like never before, there is something sick down on the inside of me and I need it to be healed. I’m tired of making love with the thing that’s trying to kill me. God make me lose the taste out of my mouth, so all I want is righteousness, so that all I want is wholeness. God help me to forgive, God help me to release bitterness.
We have to break through some things before we can get to where God has us. Saturate…I hear the word saturate. His glory is going to saturate your life. He’s coming for your children’s, children’s, children, coming for your finances, to saturate it. You’re the gate. If you open yourself up, God will saturate everything connected to you.
I need a move of God, I need a miracle, I need weight again. Without weight, I can’t be the force that God has called me to be.
link to message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWIusnIHCSE
I pray that as you read these words may they come alive in you and begin to revitalize your soul in Jesus name, Amen.
Are you a female christian with a strong desire to fully represent the Kingdom of God? contributing to the family, community development and nation building while upholding true christian value? Do you seek a platform to express yourself and possible funding for your attainable projects? Have you heard about Miss Christian Cameroon and your wondering what it is, how and when you can register? I hope this article will give you more insight about this pageant.
‘The purpose of beauty pageants is to find ones personality, their own strengths and weakness as a person, gain confidence and raise their self-esteem, and prove to people that it is not impossible to have beauty and brains.’
At first, I thought pageants were really all about beauty or physical appearance, like who’s fairer, who has nicer teeth or a better body figure. But as I grew up, I began to understand that pageants go beyond beauty, people want to know what a beautiful girl has to offer other than her beauty. In this light, MCC has the following objectives,
Promote women to lead purpose
Teach the importance of God’s purpose
Nurture young girls to be active both in ministry, home and in the community
Educate young girls to apply God’s words in their daily activities by the fruits of the Spirit
Encourage young girls to study God’s word and rightly dividing the word of truth
Encourage young girls to win souls through their service to humanity
Miss Christian Cameroon is an initiative founded by Miss Florence Anyiaka Njang, a Cameroon based model, who emerged as Miss Christian Africa 2018 – 2019. As a result, The Miss Christian Cameroon Pageant is an initiative she conceived after her return from Nigeria.
Few months after her return, Miss Florence Anyiaka Njang decided to bring this initiative to reality; supported by a passionate team. Hence, the first edition of Miss Christian Cameroon came through successfully in 2019.
The Christian pageant which they planned and executed in a short time (two months) recorded great achievements and impact on the contestants and the church as well; despite the many challenges they encountered.
last year’s participants have done so many community projects so far and pictures and videos of these projects can be found on their Facebook page: MissChristianCameroon
Miss Christian Cameroon, is a pageant aimed at restoring women’s kingdom identity and equipping them to better create a positive impact in the church, the community and every sphere of influence.
Inner healing and restoration to ‘Sonship’
Resourceful tools to develop positive character traits.
Entrepreneurial talks on skills development and management.
Biblical Fundamentals on Kingdom identity.
Biblical Fundamentals on purpose and destiny.
Possible funding for their attainable projects.
Biblical Fundamentals on how to extend the government of Jesus Christ over the seven spheres of influence.
A platform to express themselves.
Before we conclude with this article, I’m sure you’ll love to hear from some of the contestants of the last edition. Fortunately, we got to some of them and here’s what they had to say. click here
Emojis are small pictures used on smart phones, tablets and other electronic devices to convey emotion or represent an object or symbol more succinctly than a text statement. Personally, I use emojis to add emotions into my text messages. Generally, unless I am very close to someone to get the tone in his/her message, I find it hard to guess the emotions in the message based on just mere words and without emojis. However, sometimes it’s just so hard to find the words to express how I really feel. So emojis always come true for me. In as much as we have emojis to help express how we feel, most at times we abuse them a lot. In this post I’ll be talking about my favorite emojis and their meanings. I was so amazed by how wrongly I used some of them.
Face with tears of joy
” I am laughing so hard that I can hardly keep myself on my chair! something is so incredibly funny that you cry laughing. Not to be confused with Rolling on the floor, laughing. I actually use them interchangeably depending on the intensity of the fun.
Smiley face with an open mouth and cold sweat
Speaking of wrongly used emojis! This emoji should be used to show relief that a tight situation went well or was coped with positively. However, I use it when I don’t want to sound too serious and to ease the tension. For example, I might have typed something funny and a little bit annoying ( in a joking way of course) but I don’t actually want you to get annoyed so I use this emoji. Works magic for me.
Smiley face with an open mouth
” Is in a positive mood, shows its teeth and laughs cheerfully. Expresses enthusiasm: from a cheerful greeting to boundless joy.” I think I get this right all the time. I often use at the end of a greeting. A simple good morning won’t feel so good unless it’s accompanied by this cute emoji. Without it, to me the greeting just feels so… ‘dry!’
Smiley face with smiling eyes
” Is grinning shyly and embarrassed. The red cheeks are an expression of joy. Represents happiness, contentment, peace of mind and gratitude.” This is so accurate! I use it mostly when I’m blushing . I use it interchangeably with the Smiling face emoji. Can’t really make out the difference between both.
Smiling face with heart eyes
” Happily beaming face with heart-shaped eyes. Insanely in love with a person, place or an object.” So, in one word, it expresses… LOVE! If you are someone who loves love like me, tell me how can you resist this emoji? I use it most at times to comment on a lovely picture or to reply to a lovely message. Now this is easily confused with Smiling face with smiling eyes and three hearts. This means you are in love, sitting on cloud number nine ( if you know what I mean)
Face throwing a kiss
Ok, now here’s one emoji I’ve used so wrongly. This emoji should be used to express affection or a romantic intent, as an expression of love. It is also a symbol of flirting and showing gratitude. I often misuse it for Kissing face, which is not so much a sign of an intimate kiss but rather a kiss to a friend or relative. ( So next time, before you throw kisses up and down, left and right, be sure that you are kissing the right person oh!)
” Expression of humor, has been pulling a practical joke, is flirting or has an ulterior motive. The wink weakens the message: do not take it seriously, regard it as humorous.” If I were to translate it in lay man’s language, I’ll say it means something like “you’re my man/ personal person, don’t take it serious”
Means, ” Everything went well! is happy that something unpleasant is over without having caused any harm. Relaxed, thankful and free of worries.” However, to me this emoji also gives a confident, self satisfying look but in a humble way. That kind of “yes I did it’, ‘I’m proud of myself’ look.
Face with hand over the mouth
“Expresses shock, surprise, or a sudden perception.” It doesn’t end there, “it is also a typical gesture which shows that the other person is not telling the truth. Thinks he’s been lied to.” Wow, It’s true I use it to express shock and surprise but that second part though???
Person with folded arms
” Two hands pressed together. Is currently introverted, saying a prayer or hoping for enlightenment. Is also used as a “high five” or to say thank you.” At least, I get this right almost all the time.
In total, there are 3304 emojis in the Unicode Standard as of March 2020. Obviously, they are so many and I can’t begin to list them here in as much as I want to. But I hope that reading this article will stimulate you to find out the meaning of an emoji before using it. Be careful that you aren’t sending the wrong message to the right person or the right message to the wrong person. Hope you enjoyed my favorite emojis and their meanings. You can share with me in the comments section what these emojis mean to you.
On the praise report page for this book, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, chairman and CEO, Dangote Group wrote: “An entertaining way to learn about money… ushering in a new narrative of Africa, specifically of the African woman in the 21st century- her perspective, her ambitions, her journey, flaws and all, but wholly hers.”
The Smart Money Woman is a 210 paged book written by Arese
Ukwu, who is out to help young Africans discover their power to build their
future and make smarter money decisions as in helping them get money, keep
money and grow money through her personal financial platform, Smart Money
The story revolves around a classic girl squad with Zuri being
the protagonist and her best friends; Tami (the fashion designer), Lara (the
oil and gas executive), Adesuwa (the lawyer) and Ladun (house wife). Zuri is a
senior manager in a real estate firm in Lagos called Richmond Developments and
earns six hundred thousand naira every month after taxes have been deducted.
Chapter one begins with this exclamation, ‘I can’t believe this is happening to me!’ At some point in time, most of us have asked ourselves this famous question. Often times, it’s a sign of being broke and that’s what this chapter is all about. Everyone thinks Zuri is wealthy and doing well, but no one sees her skeleton in the closet as she has just realized that the month is barely midway gone but there’s little or nothing in her bank account. At the end of the chapter, the author explains that being broke is if for example you lost your primary source of income today, you wouldn’t be able to maintain the lifestyle you have accustomed to because you have no assets to rely on. She also explains that being wealthy isn’t about how much you earn but how much you keep.
The best way to conquer your money fears- fear of failing in
business, fear of not being able to measure up to the lifestyle of your friends
and family, or the fear of not being able to afford the lifestyle you have, is to
face them. What you deny or ignore, you delay; what you accept and face, you
Where is your money going? Does the way you spend your money reflect your values? We have to learn to spend with intention by allocating our resources to reflect the lifestyle we want and are able to afford. If you don’t treat your money with respect, it will leave you with no respect.
It talks about dealing with debts. One of Zuri’s greatest ‘wahala’ is the fact that she owes her landlord. Debt can be a useful tool to attain financial success but how you use it matters. Only borrow to acquire an asset that will appreciate in value.
It talks about importance of building an emergency fund. Instead of worrying without action, plan for emergencies.
What marked me in this chapter is the conversation Zuri has with Tsola, her new found friend who is interested in her too. He’s one of those who play a major role in Zuri’s journey to financial freedom. I don’t really like being a movie spoiler, so i won’t go into much details but he asked her questions like what she wanted from life and if she had to narrow them down into three things what would they be.
This chapter is a vital one, it gives practical steps on how to develop a sustainable budget. Although, let’s not forget the deep conversation the ladies had on the different types of men they want to marry. They also shared their financial challenges and tried to come up with solutions.
Zuri is forced to attend the WIMBIZ conference for women after being very reluctant. But you know that feeling you get after coming into contact with highly energetic, fire-branded, purpose-driven, well-to-do women, at the end of the conference she found herself asking this question, ‘what have I being doing with my life?’
Your network is your net worth.
The author encourages conversations on family finances and
wills. She also talks on joint accounts and personal accounts and how to go
When it comes to finances, investment was the part where I could say I had little or no knowledge on but after reading this I got the big picture and even though I’m not a pro at it, at least I could check her guidelines from time to time.
Cardinal rule in investment is, do not invest in what you don’t undertand.
Chai, with the kind of mistakes one has made, I really need
to remember this more often.
The author talks about maximizing earning potential by
focusing on finding purpose. In other words, if you want to make more money,
find your purpose.
Become your own version of The Smart Money Woman- she’s the woman we should all aspire to be, financially!
I don’t want it to sound like a cliché but I really enjoyed
reading this book, I loved everything about it- the characters, the storyline,
the slangs, the lessons in fact , everything. I took three days to finish it
unlike the usual one week or month.
I love the fact that it was purely in an African context and i could totally relate with the characters which made it more fun. After reading, I had a burning desire to visit Nigeria.
I love African books, do you know of any books like this one which you could recommend and if you’ve read this one, what lesson did you get from it?