Posted by: Kim Sweeting | September 2, 2015

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR STUDENTS & TEACHERS FOR THE 2015 SCHOOL YEAR

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR STUDENTS & TEACHERS

FOR THE 2015 SCHOOL YEAR

 

TO THE STUDENTS

STUDENTS, MAXIMIZE YOUR EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY

STUDENTS – MAXIMIZE YOUR EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY

 

BE ENCOURAGED TO:

Study your work every day

Treat your teachers, administrators, custodial staff and fellow students with respect

Understand and keep foremost in your minds that main reason you are at school is to learn

Do not hang out with anyone who will pull you away from what you know is right and hinder your success

Encourage your peers to do well and behave well

Never be afraid to ask questions

Take advantage of available extra classes and get involved in at least one extra-curricular activity

Set personal goals, aim high and stay focused

 

 

TO THE TEACHERS

TEACHERS WE APPRECIATE YOU!

 TEACHERS – KNOW FROM THE START THAT WE APPRECIATE YOU!

 

BE ENCOURAGED TO:

Teach with precision, purpose and passion

Encourage your students to maximize their abilities and soar

Acknowledge and praise all progress no matter how big or small

Choose to be the change you want to see – your actions will speak louder than any words you may say

Handle “problem students” with firmness, compassion, and care; remember there’s a story behind every story

Ensure you know your limits and take mini breaks to de-stress if you feel tempted to explode

Remember you have a strong, potentially life-altering influence on your students so use it well

Support each other when the going gets tough

 

 

TO THE STUDENTS & THE TEACHERS

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!”

(Proverbs 3:5-7 – The Message Bible)

HAVE A PRODUCTIVE, ENJOYABLE, ENRICHING, SUCCESSFUL 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR!

Blessings to all!

Kim

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | August 29, 2015

A BACK TO SCHOOL PRAYER FOR OUR STUDENTS & TEACHERS FOR 2015-2016

A BACK TO SCHOOL PRAYER FOR OUR STUDENTS & TEACHERS FOR 2015-2016

FATHER WE PLACE OUR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS BEFORE YOU

FATHER WE NEED YOU!

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the opportunity of another school year, a new beginning, a clean page, a fresh start.

Give our students and teachers a mind to work hard and the will, courage and grace to do well as they aim for excellence. Help them to make the most of each opportunity presented, and to put their best foot forward no matter the circumstance.

When things get difficult, grant them a spirit of perseverance to push through and not give up. May their faith not fail in times of trial, but indeed grow stronger. May they know that You are their God, their very present help in times of trouble even in the academic arena.

Cover our students and teachers in the precious blood of Jesus. Bless, keep and protect them. Shield them from all harm and danger and let your warring angels encamp around them and guard them in all of their ways.

Grant them discernment to see, and strategies to foil the plans of the enemy and to avoid every trap set by him. Help them not to be deceived by any doctrine, philosophy, or trend that tries to exalt itself above the Truth of Your Word; even if exposed to their minds, may it not enter their hearts. Let the Truth of Your Word always reign in their innermost being.

Help our students and teachers to work in an atmosphere of unity and cooperation. Should disagreement or conflict arise, empower peacemakers and ministers of reconciliation to move speedily and wisely to restore peace, harmony and order. May there be no room for violence or abuse on any level.

Strengthen and comfort those students and teachers who are coming from homes or personal situations filled with strife and trauma. Strengthen and comfort those who are secretly hurting and broken within, but still have to show up, focus, and do their duties.

Touch these students and teachers like only You can. By your grace, enable them to work well in spite of their situations. Intervene on their behalf. Minister to their needs seen and unseen. Let them know Your love and presence in a special way.

Father, remind each student and teacher of their responsibility to represent You well as Ambassadors of Your Kingdom. Let Your power and anointing rest upon them making them distinct and different, demonstrating godly character and principles.

Remind them that they are salt and light on their school campuses with an assignment to advance your Kingdom and influence those in their environment for Your honor and glory. May lives be changed, hearts transformed and your plans and purposes established as they obey Your will.

Father, thank You for all that You did during the past school years, known and unknown, and thank You in advance for what You will do in this 2015-2016 school year. We ask and pray these things in no other name but the mighty Name of Jesus, amen.

 

“WE NEED YOU LORD” – JONATHAN BUTLER

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | August 12, 2015

ALIGN ME LORD

ALIGN ME LORD

 

ALIGN ME LORD

ALIGN ME LORD

 

Align – “to bring into cooperation or agreement with a particular group, party, cause, etc.”

(Source – http://www.dictionary.com)

 

Align me Lord

Align my will with Your will

Align my thoughts with Your thoughts

Align my words with Your words

Align my motives with Your motives

Align my plans with Your plans

Align my desires with Your desires

Align my steps with Your steps

Align my goals with Your goals

Align my dreams with Your dreams

Align me Lord

 

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

(Amos 3:3 – KJV)

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | July 30, 2015

“WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED” – A WORD IN SEASON

“WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED” A WORD IN SEASON

Are you feeling pressure to keep quiet, pressure to not speak the Word into situations even though you know within your heart that God wants you to?

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. which I believe is a timely word for those who the enemy desires to silence.

Be encouraged…..be blessed!

Kim

 

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WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED

BY ELAINE TAVOLACCI

The Holy Spirit showed me an unusual metaphor today. I heard someone talking about an old movie titled “The silence of the lambs” and I thought to myself, that is exactly what the enemy is trying to do to the Christians. He is trying to silence our voices. Then I saw a large assembly of sheep in a pen. Some were trying to escape as they were looking for greener pastures, some were about to be groomed and sheared, some were about to be cloned, some were about to be sacrificed but there were those who were content. I saw that the enemies’ plans were to lead the sheep to the slaughter to stop them from fulfilling the plan of God on their lives. He is trying to silence the voice of God from speaking through us. This is what the Holy Spirit said. Although it may appear in the natural that the enemy has come to steal, kill and destroy, you shall not be defeated. Those who know their God will be strong and do exploits. “You will not be silenced”.

The Lord says; I am raising up those who will not be silenced from speaking what they believe. I am raising up many to be My voice in this season. Every generation of believers will come together and raise their voices in one accord. True believers will speak My word courageously. I am calling those in the marketplace to be My messengers without wavering in faith. I am calling those of you in the fivefold ministry to speak forth My word with boldness and without compromise. As you deliver My word, it will bring transformation to those who hear it. As you release the words that I give you to speak, they will become rhema and release life. There will be a clear distinction between the sheep and the goats. As you speak My word, demonstration will follow with miracles, signs and wonders.

Then I understood that the large barbed wire fence around the sheep was a hedge of protection to keep the predators out. The Shepherd then poured oil over the sheep to anoint their heads and keep the flies away. His rod and staff is not used to brutalize them, but to gently lead, guide and direct them. Jesus is our good Shepherd, and has already laid down His life for the sheep.

I am calling every believer to share the good news that I have in this season. I will use your voice to change atmospheres and transform lives. My words when spoken through you will bring edification, exaltation and encouragement. Never retreat when confronting the voices of darkness, because they cannot overtake the light that is on the inside of you. My words in your mouth will bring conviction as well as deliverance. Don’t allow those with religious doctrines to intimidate you, but speak the truth in love. Release My words of justice to an unjust world. Release words of righteousness to an unrighteous world. Release words of comfort and tell them that there is a comforter, who is The Holy Spirit and is willing to set them free. Release My prophetic words into the churches and release the voice of truth to the unbelievers says the Lord.

Psalm 23

Matthew 10:16
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

John 10:7-10
Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.,They will come in and go out, and find pasture.The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:11-13
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | July 25, 2015

“LET PRAISES RISE” – A SONG TO BLESS YOUR SOUL

“LET PRAISES RISE” – A SONG TO BLESS YOUR SOUL

 

A’Leithia Sweeeting’s song,  “LET PRAISES RISE” has been in my spirit continually for the past week.

It’s there in the morning when I wake up, during the day and at night as I prepare to go to sleep.

It has blessed me so much that I decided to post it today……always love to see my fellow Bahamians praising the Most High.

Hope it blesses you.

Kim

 

“LET PRAISES RISE” – A’LEITHIA SWEETING AND ORU WORSHIP CENTRE

 

“Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.”

(Psalm 103:1 – NIV)

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | July 20, 2015

IS THAT PERSON IN YOUR LIFE A FRIEND OR FOE?

IS THAT PERSON IN YOUR LIFE A FRIEND OR FOE?

IS THAT PERSON IN YOUR LIFE A FRIEND OR FOE?

IS THAT PERSON IN YOUR LIFE A FRIEND OR FOE?

 

As Believers, it is more important than ever to be wary of who we allow to draw near to us personally and speak into our lives under the label of friend.

Often times when God wants to bless you, He will send a person into your life and when the devil wants to destroy you, he will send a person into your life.

This is wty it is very important to discern who is really operating as a friend and who is really operating as a foe.

I originally wrote this post in 2011 and thought to reblog it today.

I pray that it sheds some light on this issue and better equips you to discern between the two.

Be blessed!

“FRIEND OR FOE – A KINGDOM VIEW”

 

Who are the friends in your life and who are the foes?

Before you answer this question, let’s look at this issue from a Kingdom perspective………………….what you find may surprise you!

Matthew 16:21-23

“From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

In this passage, Jesus began to explain to His disciples some events that must take place in His life.

These were not just any events; they were necessary events that were critical to the fulfillment of the purpose for which the Father sent Him to earth.

Jesus told His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Hearing this, Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke Him and tell Him that these things would never happen to Him.

What was Jesus’ response?

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

Whoa! – Is that strong response or what?

You may think, hold on a minute Jesus, this is Peter you are speaking to, not Judas! Don’t you think your response was a bit harsh especially considering that:-

Peter is one of your “boys”. He is a member of your “inner-circle”. You chose him, James and John to take part in things that you did not allow the other 9 disciples to experience, like the raising of Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8:40-42, 49-56), and your transfiguration and meeting with Moses and Elijah (Matthew 17:1-13) so he must be special to you.

Peter was the only one of the 12 disciples who trusted you enough to get out of a boat in the middle of a terrible storm in the wee hours of the morning and step on the water and walk toward you because you told Him to come (Matthew 14:22-29).

Just a while before this when you asked your disciples “Who do you say that I am?” Peter was the only one of the 12 who received the revelation that you were the Christ, the Son of the Living God and you called him blessed stating that this revelation did not come from man, but from your Father in heaven. (Matthew 16:15-17)

You told all 12 of your disciples about the events about to occur in your life, but it was only Peter who expressed concern to you about these events.

How can you, Jesus, the loving Son of God respond to Peter in this way? Why did you do this?

The answer lies in verse 23 so let’s examine that verse again.

“Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” (NIV-1984)

In essence Jesus was saying, “Get behind me satan! You are a stumbling block to me because you are not responding to me in a way that is mindful or harmonious with the things that God desires, but mindful and harmonious with the things which man desires.”

He responded to Peter this way because He recognized that Peter’s “concern” was not pure concern at all but a clever trap of satan enabled by Peter’s selfish desires and man-centered thinking.

Peter’s selfish, man-centered mindset as opposed to self-denying, God-centered mindset became an opportune vehicle through which satan could use him as a foe as opposed to a friend to Jesus; a foe in that his satanically inspired words were geared toward moving Jesus away from as opposed to toward His divine purpose.

Although on the surface Peter’s response to Jesus’ communication about His suffering, death and resurrection seemed caring, noble and good, a closer look at it revealed it as insidiously evil.

It was a trap of satan cloaked in the guise of concern but with the underlying goal of deterring Jesus from completing the divine purpose for which God had sent Him so when Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me satan”, He was not actually calling Peter satan, but was speaking directly to satan as he manifested through Peter.

I believe that the Biblical account of this event reveals a critical Kingdom principle that is important for us to keep in mind as we interact with others.

  • Anyone whose words or actions seek to move you away from or cause you to stumble in the face of God’s divine purpose for your life is acting as a foe.

CONVERSELY

  • Anyone whose words or actions seek to move you toward or cause you to stand in the face of God’s divine purpose for your life is acting as a friend.

That’s why in Matthew 26:47-50, when Judas approached, identified and betrayed Jesus, Jesus addressed Him as friend.

“While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.

Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

Jesus replied, “Friend, do what you came for.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.” (NIV-1984)

Although apparently ill-meaning on the surface, Judas’ words and actions were in agreement to God’s purpose for Jesus that He suffer, die, and be raised again so he was operating as a friend.

Although apparently well-meaning on the surface, Peter’s words and actions were in opposition to God’s purpose for Jesus that He suffer, die, and be raised again so he was operating as a foe.

SELAH!

Now in light of the above, as I did at the beginning, I ask again, who are the friends in your life and who are the foes?

Take an inventory of everyone – spouse, children, extended family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, classmates, co-workers, fellow Believers, etc. and with the help of the Holy Spirit ask yourself the following questions:-

1) Who tends to move me away from and/or discourage me from walking in God’s divine purpose for my life, i.e., to operate as a foe?

SELAH!

2) Who tends to move me toward and/or encourage me to walk in God’s divine purpose for my life, i.e., to operate as a friend?

SELAH!

Has this exercise been an eye-opener for you?

Are there any people in your life that you thought were operating as friends but are really operating as foes?

Are there any that you thought were operating as foes but are really operating as friends?

Whatever the case, even if your findings are surprising or even un-nerving, do not reject this new-found information.

Instead, ask the Lord to show you how to use it to benefit His Kingdom purposes in your life and to show you how best to handle each person whether they tend to operate as a friend or foe.

I hope that this post has helped you and will enable you to better discern the persons that come into your life not just in light of their actions and/or words, but in light of whether or not their actions and/or words serve to move you toward or away from God’s divine purpose for your life.

The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
(Proverbs 12:26 – NLT)

Be encouraged!

Kim

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | July 12, 2015

…….BUT CAN I TRUST YOU?

……….BUT CAN I TRUST YOU?

CAN GOD TRUST YOU?

CAN GOD TRUST YOU?

 

I want to endue you with a greater level of power and anointing,

 but can I trust you?

 

Can I trust you to speak when I say speak and to be silent when I say to be silent?

Can I trust you to go when I say go and to stay when I say stay?

Can I trust you to give when I say give and to withhold when I say to withhold?

 

I want to endue you with a greater level of power and anointing,

 but can I trust you?

 

Can I trust you to be who I’ve called you to be and not be like another?

Can I trust you to stand up and resist the pressure of pleasing the crowd and not bow to it?

Can I trust you to speak my pure unadulterated truth and not change it in any way to make it more acceptable?

 

I want to endue you with a greater level of power and anointing,

 but can I trust you?

 

Can I trust you to obey Me above all else and not let your responses to others be based on what they do or do not do, or on your feelings?

Can I trust you to use My methods even though you are mocked and ridiculed and viewed as foolish?

Can I trust you to abstain from which I tell you to abstain from and not worry about offending another?

 

I want to endue you with a greater level of power and anointing,

 but can I trust you?

 

SELAH!

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | July 10, 2015

HAPPY 42nd INDEPENDENCE BAHAMAS – GOD HAS BEEN GOOD TO US!

HAPPY 42nd INDEPENDENCE BAHAMAS – GOD HAS BEEN GOOD TO US!

GOD HAS BEEN GOOD TO THE BAHAMAS

GOD HAS BEEN GOOD TO THE BAHAMAS

 

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

(Proverbs 14:34 – KJV)

 

God has been good to the Bahamas over the past 42 years.

People let’s not forget Him or take His grace and mercy for granted.

 

“Uprightness and right standing with God (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) elevate a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

(Proverbs 14:34 – Amplified Bible)

 

THE BAHAMIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM – “MARCH ON,  BAHAMALAND” BY ANGELIQUE SABRINA

 

“MARCH ON, BAHAMALAND”

Bahamian National Anthem
Composed by the late, Timothy Gibson

Lift up your head to the rising sun, Bahamaland;
March on to glory, your bright banners waving high.

See how the world marks the manner of your bearing!
Pledge to excel through love and unity.
Pressing onward, march together
to a common loftier goal;

Steady sunward, tho’ the weather
hide the wide and treachrous shoal.

Lift up your head to the rising sun, Bahamaland,
‘Til the road you’ve trod lead unto your God,

MARCH ON, BAHAMALAND.

(Source: Lyrics of “March On, Bahamaland” on Bahamas.gov.bs)

 

“God-devotion makes a country strong;
God-avoidance leaves people weak.”

(Proverbs 14:34 – The Message Bible)

 

Father may Your Kingdom come and Your will be done on earth in the Bahamas as it is in heaven….Amen.

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | July 9, 2015

WHAT IS TRUE SUCCESS?

WHAT IS TRUE SUCCESS?

SUCCESS POSTER

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | July 6, 2015

FOR THOSE WHO WANT MORE – “I STILL WANT YOU”

FOR THOSE WHO WANT MORE – “I STILL WANT YOU”

Dr. Mattie Nottage’s music video and song “I Still Want You” aired on one of our local television stations last night and I woke up with it in my spirit this morning so I decided to post it today.

I found the following posted on her YouTube channel as the inspiration behind the song.

“Everyone from time to time goes through what I call “dry seasons.” This song, “I Still Want You”, was birthed during a time of desperation where I simply wanted to experience God’s presence in a greater way. It was originally produced for my personal time of worship but I felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to share it with other worshipers around the world.

In my pursuit for more of Him, I found myself walking the beaches in my beautiful Bahamaland, crying out for more of His glory. This ushered me into a realm of worship, where I experienced the power of God like never before.

This Prophetic “Soul Cry” will take you to a deeper place of payer, worship and intimacy with God. This inspirational anthem will transform your darkness into light and introduce a new yearning and desire for more of Him.

It is my prayer, as this song is played across the airwaves and around the world that people everywhere would be provoked to a deeper place of longing; seeking to know more of God. I believe that this hunger will propel them to soar with Him beyond boundaries and personal limitations.”

(Source: YouTube – mattienottagetv)

May you be blessed and encouraged as you listen.

 

DR. MATTIE NOTTAGE – “I STILL WANT YOU”

“As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God.”

(Psalm 42:1 – KJV)

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.”

(Psalm 63:1, 2 – KJV)

 

Dr. Nottage is married to Apostle Edison Nottage. She co-pastors, along with her husband, Believers Faith Outreach Ministries, International in Nassau, Bahamas.

Shalom!

Kim

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