MY MARCH OF VICTORY

March has been our month of Victory this year in church, and like every other Christian in church, I prayed for victory on every side at the early morning service on the 1st of March!
What I didn’t understand was that by merely praying for Victory, I was “putting myself in trouble” 😂😂
Read below to find out how…

This month is barely half way through and it’s like everywhere I turn, all the things I’d prayed about are just “one kyn”… Receiving blows on every side!!!
Yesterday, God taught me that the mere term “Victorious” means someone who overcame a great trial (Freda’s definition)… we pray for victories and to win our battles but forget that we must actually go through the battle to win! If we’re praying for victory, that means we’re praying for a war 😂😂 … does that now mean that we sit in a shell and not pray for or accept our victory?
No! We gear up, prepare for our battles and overcome them as they come! Because, (and this is something most people don’t know), battles will come whether or not you’re ready or plan for them!
When people share their testimonies, we marvel at how strong they were and how God took them through… my daddy says “the greatest success stories are of those who started from lower down and who overcame more!”…
Till today, pastors, christians and even unbelievers alike talk about Job in the Bible. But we can only imagine how tough the trials he went through were… We can only create pictures in our heads and feel proud and sorry for him…
We talk of David and how God saw him through numerous BATTLES, but we don’t know how traumatizing all the blood and death around him was… living through each battle having maybe one or two ‘friends’ that didn’t make it through…
We’d celebrate Joseph for his victory in becoming Prime Minister of a foreign land but can’t even begin to comprehend his time in the prison or the test of potiphar’s wife!

I, like every other person in church said “Amen” to the proclamation of Victory this month and so far, I do not regret it. If the entire Bible has taught me anything, it’s that Girl + God = certain victory! I’m excited to face more trials because the end is certain… Victory because I’ve got God!

Have a blessed week!
Freda Fred-Addo
Twitter + IG: @El_freedah

Morning Motivation 5- Half Truths

Here’s something little to start your week… read and be blessed! Remember to hit the follow button and please leave a comment below!

Cheers!

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The first sin of the first man and woman on earth was not the disobedience of eating the fruit. As much as the entire world likes to blame the woman for making the man to eat of the tree which God had instructed them not to, that was not the first sin she committed! That’s not what caused us to be taken out of the Garden in Eden.

The first sin that was committed was doubt… and just as it was to then, it still is now. Satan never approaches us with fornication right there, there are always preambles and enticers he places here and there.

Genesis 3:4-5
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

The serpent offered the woman was a chance to be ‘as gods’ (Gen 3)… what she didn’t know is that God had already made her a god!
The devil offered a semblance of what God had already given her! The devil’s biggest weapon is half truths and not even lies! He blows at your faith! He causes us to question the words of God by quoting them and trying to discredit parts of it – “did God really say stealing is a sin? It must just depend on who you’re telling the lie or on your reasons for lying”…
He didn’t just go to the woman and declare that God was wrong about the tree but tried to steal her reverence for God by discrediting what he said about the tree… (God just doesn’t want you to be as He is…)

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This week, you need to make a conscious decision to not be swayed or distracted by the devil’s half truths. You must hold fast to what God has promised and instructed you! I’m convinced that your faith, trust and expectations would not be cut short!

Have a blessed week!

 

Freda Fred-Addo

Twitter + IG- @el_freedah

 

Album Review- Sounds of Revival II

I don’t normally do reviews of songs or albums (or books) but this one really had to be done!

I hope you like it…  For subsequent reviews, I would try to make sure I have the songs or at least a download link available… but that depends a lot on your thoughts on this one… so Please, let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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It’s really rare to find an album where EVERY SONG is a HIT…

I have albums where I’ve loved a few songs or maybe even just one and could only listen to others once or per season but Sounds of Revival II by Pastor William McDowell is an album for everyone, in every season!

It’s not just singing like most albums, it’s church! By the time I was through the first five songs, I was deep in worship! Screaming at the top of my voice and worshipping with all my being! It was like there was no one else around! I felt like God gave me a hug today! I could touch His Presence!

I don’t normally like worship albums… not because I don’t like to worship but because I always feel like they’re just doing ‘their thing’… Sounds of Revival II made me feel like I was right there! With Pastor William and his choir! Worshiping in the moment!

A few of my favorite tracks include… well every track on the album!

I particularly liked his short ‘sermons’ in the songs… he spoke of how in some countries, people aren’t allowed to say the name of Jesus! I know as believers in countries where there’s at least a semblance of freedom of religion, we tend to forget that the Jesus we use and abuse here is a sanction for death in some places. So he said to say the name of Jesus for those who need the strength of our voices, those who can’t do say It for fear of persecution.

I also liked “Falling on My Knees”… my favorite line – “somethings I can’t see/understand until I bow down”.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to kneel down and settle in the spirit what troubles my reality! Thank you Jesus for divine understanding! Thank you for insight! For knowing that persecution and troubles precede a great move!

All the featured artists too… on point!!

I know this is an album for EVERYONE! But don’t take my word for it! It’s on iTunes!

P.S. No, I can’t send it to you… my phone won’t let me… sorry! But it’s totally worth every dollar!

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Cheers!

Freda Fred-Addo
IG+ Twitter- @el_freedah

DEAR SON… WHEN FRIENDS LEAVE

Tonight, I leave you with another one from the “Dear Son” series by Pastor Daniel Addo. Many of us have lost friends as we’ve aged. This one helps us deal with it and get through it. I hope it helps you like it has me.

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Dear Son,

 

I trust that you are doing well in school! Your mum and I talk often about how much we miss you. This has been a particularly difficult time in our lives. The other day, I caught your mum reading an online article titled, “How to handle the loneliness of an empty nest”. You should write her sometime; she really misses you.

 

Son, as with many of my other letters, I am writing to talk to you about life. Now that you are in College, and not under my direct supervision, my letters will be my primary way of communicating my heart to you. You know how much I love to let you in on the wisdom of the aged. I enjoy pouring all that I have learnt into you.

 

Son, I want to talk to you about friends, particularly about losing friends. I know that in your short life, you’ve already experienced it. You meet someone, and you immediately hit it off. Things are great, and you share a bond so strong. You imagine that this person will be in your life for a long time, and that you will always share this bond of friendship. However, after a while, things change. The person you once called friend, becomes more like a stranger. All you have is memories of the past, of sweetness experienced and laughter shared. It can be painful!

 

As one who has experienced this, I know that it is not a comfortable place to be. Sometimes, you’re the reason for the fallout. At other times, you simply have to let a person go for the benefit of your/their future. Yet at other times, life happens and people get busy, or move away. However, the point is losing a friend can be a heart wrenching experience!

 

Here’s my counsel for you:

 

When you are at fault, apologize! Do all you can to make sure that you have made peace with the person you hurt. Son, real men are not afraid to say sorry. I know that sometimes it’s difficult to let go of your manly pride, but remember that pride eats up your life. Don’t lose friends because you were too proud to apologize. Don’t be one who wounds others without being sensitive enough to bind those wounds. Godly men are humble enough to recognize their faults and apologize for them.

 

Similarly, I want you to realize that there will be times when though you are not at fault, you will still have to apologize. Talk about a test of humility! Sometimes the other person will not see their fault, no matter how hard you try to point it out. While you can’t control how others behave, you do have control over your responses. Follow peace my son, at all cost.

 

If after you have apologized, and tried to mend the friendship, the other person still needs space, give them some space. Sometimes the best gift we can give others is space to heal. I know that sometimes, space given is at the risk of losing the friendship. But this is a risk you must be willing to take. If a person wants to leave, you must be willing to let them go, however difficult it may be. We have not been called to cling too tightly to anyone. Any person or thing that we are clinging too tightly to is an idol. The only person you can’t live without is God!

 

Son, one of the greatest lessons I have learnt is that not every friendship was meant to last a lifetime. There is such a thing as seasonal friendships. God brings certain people into our lives for a season. We miss it when we think seasonal friends were meant to be lifetime friends. This is why we get hurt. Some relationships are scaffold relationships. They were never meant to progress – they were simply there for a particular time and season. Learn to discern when it’s time to let it go!

 

When people hurt you, forgive! As a matter of fact, forgive before they hurt you. Like I often say during family devotions, “forgiveness is to be fore-given.” You must realize that people will hurt you. We are all broken! The best gift you can give people is a forgiveness that is prior to offense. I like to call it a premeditated forgiveness! Hatred is not in our language. We are people of grace and love. We forgive those who hurt us, because we have received an undeserved forgiveness in Christ.

 

Son, don’t be afraid to let people know when they hurt you. I can’t tell you how many friends I would still have now, if I just addressed issues early enough. Sometimes we repress and repress, until one day we explode. If the friendship is genuine, it should be able to handle the truth. Don’t shy away from expressing your feelings.

 

Finally Son, no matter what happens in life, don’t ever write anyone off. Don’t give up on anyone. Don’t freeze anyone at the point of your last interaction. People change, people grow. Just because you knew someone, doesn’t mean that you know him or her. Change happens everyday! Remember the story of the Apostle Paul who at one time rejected John Mark, but later said, “he is profitable to me”. The people who have hurt you the most, can be profitable to you in the future.

 

One last thing before I drop my pen! Don’t let hurt from the past stop you from making new friends. Don’t allow the people in your present suffer for the mistakes of those in your past. There’s so much more out there for you my son. Forget the past and open your heart to the wonderful opportunities before you!

 

I Love you son, unconditionally!

Your Dad,

Dan.

MORNING MOTIVATION 4 – To the Broken Hearted

I was supposed to be studying my Bible but like most Christians in my generation, I’d gotten distracted by a Facebook notification that popped up on my screen… I closed my bible app, religiously apologized to the HolySpirit and moved on to Facebook. I said ‘Sorry Lord, let me just check this thing sharp sharp.’ and then I giggled because I was trying to bribe Him with my cuteness. I’d been studying 1Corinthians 13: 4-7

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT)

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

The HolySpirit had just taught me that LOVE as defined by this bible passage isn’t just all these things, but it’s all these things, all the time and at the same time! So, Love isn’t kind today and patient tomorrow, NO! Love is always kind and always patient. ALWAYS!! 

I was really excited at the new revelation or the reminder I had just gotten and I thought the lesson was over for the day but then I opened my Facebook to just reply a message and after almost an hour of scrolling through, I saw this… 
And then He said to me… Freda… Don’t blame Love for the mistakes men make– Freda Fred-Addo (HolySpirit inspired)

So someone hurt you… That doesn’t mean love is bad. Let go, and Love again! 
I hope this helps someone heal and learn to move on… 
P.S. – A lot of my posts have nothing to do with my personal life. I love you and I appreciate the care but y’all need to stop asking if I’m alright 😂😂
Moving on… I have a friend based in Kaduna who’s extremely hard working… He specializes in making really fashionable and durable shoes, slippers and sandals for men and I feel like he’s not getting as much publicity as he should for the quality of work he does… Here’s some of his work… 


You can contact him on Instagram as @lexissapparel , @iam_alexiss and on whatsapp- 07067823932. Let’s support him how best we can! 
Cheers!!

Freda Fred-Addo

IG + Twitter: el_freedah

Morning Motivation 3- Dear Diary

Good morning,
I woke up this morning feeling the urge to share one of my unconventional write ups… The ones that won’t normally make the cut. Not cuz they’re not good or nothing but simply because I wrote them specifically for myself…

Few weeks ago (maybe even months now) my friend who’s very dear to me texted me for one of our usual rant sessions… We’re really close and she’s such an amazing person! That kind of friend that you’d pray for even more than you’d pray for yourself sometimes. She’s extremely awesome!!
Every time she comes to mind and I imagine her in my future, I always picture her with this amazing man by her side!! The kind of man that you’d say ‘deserves’ her. But the boy she’s seeing now is ‘scoin scoin’… Everyone says she could do better and it’s not the kind of ‘you can do better’ that we’d say behind her back, we actually say it to her face! That’s how confident we are that she could aim higher… But you how love can be naa…

Anyway. One day we were talking about one of his ‘misbehaviors’ and I remembered something I’d written to myself a while back… I have these ‘reminder/pick me up’ messages I leave myself… I feel like everyone should do these… It really helps! I set alarms on my phone to remind me to check them once a while and they really help with my decision making process…

I shared this one with her and it helped a lot… I hope it helps you too! Feel free to share!

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Cheers!
Freda Fred-Addo
IG+Twitter- @el_freedah

Morning Motivation (MM) -Hey Sisters!

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Here’s one for the women…

Last night I had the opportunity to sleep next to my mum- Bishop Funbi Fred-Addo. And I just found out that she says ‘thank you Jesus’ in her sleep exactly how I do…
I’ve never known she did it and I don’t think I’ve ever been awake to hear her say it but last night… Cuz I barely sleep any more (God has been teaching me awesome stuff at night) … I heard her say it at intervals!
The things you learn unconsciously!

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Attending Christian Women’s Fellowship Internation (CWFI) Convention this weekend and people have walked up to mum to commend her on Pastor Daniel Addo’s achievements!
I believe the way your child turns out is dependent on how much time you’ve spent on your knees on their behalf!
At a tender age, mum taught me to pray for my husband and children! I’m too sure that neither can suffer in life or derail from Gods plans because He(God) and I have a relationship, an agreement and a covenant- and we all know he doesn’t break covenants even to a thousand generations!

So, mother, aunty, sister, daughter, friend… Start to talk to God about the things you want to see in the future! He hears, he’ll work it out!
#PrayingMummyPrayingChild

 

Cheers

Freda Fred-Addo

Twitter + IG- @el_freedah