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I know today is not first of January but we are still within the first month of the year so at least the year is still young.

We all get excited about the New Year and there is always this high positive energy in us. We go to church and pray so hard about all the good things that we are expecting in 2015 and then it just feels like 2015 is that year things will eventually fall into place for us. However, we often forget to prepare ourselves for the obstacles and challenges that will come. Yes they will come and we can’t escape them.

I know we pray; binding and casting every bad thing but I have learned (especially in 2014) that it is not about binding and casting them. It is more about praying to God just like we pray to become richer and successful, we should also remember to pray to him to help us go through challenges and obstacles that will come. Especially at this stage in our lives; we are young and energetic and then between social media and friends, keeping up with trends and the relationships we find ourselves and lots more.

Well, it is going to be hard if I keep trying to explain to you why we should always expect obstacles and challenges and why we should pray for them. Since we all love music, I decided to get this song – It explains it all and it will bore you less…

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, you hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know you’re near
What if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise?

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It’s not our home

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know you’re near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy?
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise?


-by Hadassah Hussaini

A-T -4-G!

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The Power of One Word…

New Year’s Resolutions don’t work!


50% of resolution-makers fail by the end of January and 9 out of 10 quit by March!


So instead of resolutions, get One Word for the year…but be careful! It might just change you.


If you have the “get-it-done” mindset like we do, you’ve done your fair share of goal–setting at the start of each New Year. However, as time goes by, we felt frustration as we fell short on our ambitious plans. We tried to do too much and as a result, we didn’t do anything very well.

In 1999, we started the simple discipline of developing a One Word theme for the upcoming year. That’s right—One Word. Not a phrase or a statement, just a single word. By focusing on just One Word we have experienced incredible life-change year after year. When you discover your One Word for the year, it gives you more clarity, passion and purpose for life.


The One Word exercise brings simplicity and focus. It cuts through the distractions and keeps us focused on what really matters. It has stretched us in all areas: spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally and financially. God has transformed us through this exercise; God delights in life change.

There is a reason why we say, “Get One Word for the year…but be careful.” As soon as you discover your word, the battle will begin. It will initiate a process of teaching, developing, refining, and molding. God will use your word as a light and a mirror – illuminating your path and revealing things that need to change. It facilitates a great journey of highs and lows all designed to make you into the person you are created to be.

It has been our experience that God quickly reveals His plans for the year regarding your One Word. That word (be it a discipline, fruit of the Spirit, character trait, or attribute of God) will brand you for the year! So discover your One Word for the year and share it with others! It might just change your life!

1. What is God saying to you this past year?
2. What area does God want to take hold of in your life and use for His glory?
3. How does God want to position you for the upcoming year?

Psalm 27:1-14; Luke 18:22; Mark 10:21

“Dear Lord, I ask that you will make it a life-changing year. Reveal Yourself to me as You show me what my One Word theme will be. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I realize that it is a journey of learning not a task to accomplish. Strengthen me as I live out my One Word every day. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Culled from “One Word” four day devotional.

Want to get the One Word Action Plan? Download it for free at

N.B: A Teen For God “one-word” theme…


…more info coming up soon and a Happy New Year beautiful people!!!

A-T -4-G!