Challenges and Separation | Transparency and Encouragement From Kanayo

26 Mar

Separation is the word for today.

Watch the video below as I share in total transparency about what I’ve been going through in this season.

Your purpose, assignment, mission, mandate, cause, choices will SEPARATE you from some folk.

God doesn’t separate you to leave you on your ones. He separates to:

A) join you with Him.

B) join you with divine destiny helpers.

Embrace the separation period. Don’t force certain relationships, whether with family or friends.

God will use His word, sharper than any two-edged sword to separate you from everything that is not of Him. Everything that was not initiated by Him must come to an abrupt end. Everything that was initiated by Him will prosper.

Be separate to be distinct. Be separate and cleave onto God!

Testimony Behind The Photos

9 Mar
My fiance and I recently had our engagement shoot done and guess what. God’s favour was all over it as always.
We did not pay one kobo, penny, cent, nada.
Alakija Studios is a renowned photography company, they shoot for the elites all over the world, so why and how did we, young, recently engaged, with hazardly low bank accounts get to shoot with Alakija for free? I’ll tell you why…Favour.
Alakija were coming to London from New York to run a workshop for photographers and said they were looking for a couple for the attendees to practice. Initially, they were only looking for one and when I messaged Jide (big boss of Alakija) who I have on facebook, he said that they’d already got a couple. So I was like, ah well, ’twas worth a try. We still have our lovely gift from sister Tolu which is another photoshoot experience and we’ll get a photo printed, so all hope isn’t lost ayy.
I left it. And then three days before the workshop. Jide messaged me to say that they need more couples and asked if we were available. Of course we were available, calendar got cleared real quick lool. God blessed us, with one of the best photography sessions and the pictures came out beautifully, if I do say so myself.
Children of God. We are favoured. When things don’t work out the way that you’d expect, just trust that God has a better plan. God hears the sighs of your heart, continue to trust Him for the best, even when it seems illogical.
Have a look at some of the pictures below and help us to thank God for His favour :)

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Major shout out to Alakija Studios – Jide and his wife Dele (she did my make up)! Also thank you to the other photographers, Jeffrey (jotmms.com), Ronke (picturesbyronky.com) and Nims, who will be sending us their shots soon.

WhenPurposeMeetsPurpose.com

9 Mar

My fiancé and I are super excited to release our pre-wedding blog! Check it out here:

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We want to invite you to be a part of our journey, as we head towards sealing our union in God’s eyes, through marriage.
We will use this blog to encourage our fellow brothers and sisters on their personal journeys. In addition, we will use this blog to encourage those pursuing Christ-centred relationships by being transparent about our struggles and testimonies, both individually and as a couple.
We pray that this blog along with fellowships, meetings and more, will serve as a great foundation for the ministry that God has placed in our hearts. Which is Purpose!
The simple mission God gave us is; ‘I want a generation that love Me’ (Psalm 24:1-6).
  • Women that love God…Women of Purpose!
  • Men that love God…Men of Purpose!
  • Couples that love God…When Purpose Meets Purpose.

 

 

He Sees The Tears That No One Sees

20 Feb
God sees.He sees the tears that no one sees.
He sees the battles we fight behind our smiles.He honours our selfless obedience to encourage others when we ourselves are in desperate need of encouragement.He sees it all.

I want to encourage you to find hope and comfort in the Almighty God who knows the end from the beginning. The one who allows us to pass through trials, knowing that it will strengthen us when we rest in His strength. He begins when we end.

As I write this I weep not only for my trial but for those like me who sometimes feel like though they pour out to the masses, no one is there to understand or bear their burdens. Those who feel like they are constantly carrying their problems and also the problems of others.

But realise that we have the liberty of casting all our burdens on Jesus and that is a choice. Holding onto your burdens will not change the fact that Jesus already died for them. His blood was shed so that we might live and live abundantly. Not simply to be abundant in the physical with material things, but abundant in our spirits, in ALL seasons.

Abundant Joy is your portion in the midst of your trial.

Abundant Peace is your portion in the midst of the storm.

Abundant Hope is your portion when things look hopeless.

Abundant Faith is your portion when you want to give up.

Abundant Love is your portion when you experience hate.

downloadSometimes you just have to encourage yourself, other times you need to smash down the wall of pride and actually ask others to pray for you.

So here I am asking you to pray for me and if you need to reach out to someone now to pray for you, then do it!

Transparency is your weapon.

It’s through my transparency that I can encourage you. Your transparency will encourage others and lead them to their breakthrough.

It’s through my transparency that I can expose and shatter the plans of the enemy with prayer. Your transparency silences the enemy, He has no hold over what has been exposed in prayer.

My message ahead of the weekend is:

  • Take comfort in the fact that God sees everything, He is omnipresent.
  • Cast all your burdens…withholding nothing! His blood paid for it all.
  • Encourage yourself, but also get others to pray for you.
  • Transparency is your weapon.

I love you all! God bless and keep you!

Still have so much to share on this, but I’ll save it for the next newsletter! 

— Kanayo Dike-Oduah
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Verse To Meditate On This Week

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

- Psalm 55: 22

 

Upcoming Events in February and March

5 Feb

Hey friends! Get your diaries out, here are a few upcoming events!

March

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February!

Events Are In Chronological Order

SOUL SAKESoul sake 2

DATE: 07/02/2015

TIME: 5:30-8PM

LOCATION: CROYDON

Three simple words “HAVE YOUR WAY” can change your life forever.
We need to surrender ALL to God and allow Him HAVE HIS WAY in our lives.

 

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DATE: 07/02/2015

TIME: 5-9PM

LOCATION: NORTH LONDON

Are you in a relationship, courting, engaged or even divorced? Well this is not the event to miss! Come and receieve something special from amazing women from all different walks of life. Ladies it’s time to work on ourselves, our callings and our purposes!

Register here

VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL: SINGLES SEMINAR

LOCATION: KHARIS MINISTRIES

DATE: 14/02/2015

TIME: 12-4PM

Calling all singles! Whether you are waiting or courting come and join us on Saturday 14th February, 12pm-4pm.
eventThis promises to be our best event yet as we bring you another Singles’ Seminar.

The seminar will feature teaching, counselling sessions, a chat show with a twist and our popular Q&A session with Rev Dr David Antwi. Come and learn how to build good foundations for courting and for your future marriage!

Not to be missed ! FREE admission. Refreshments provided.

RELATIONSHIP MATTERS CONFERENCEevenr

DATE: 22/02/2015

TIME: 3-6:30PM

LOCATION: Hilton London Tower Bridge

The conference is free however spaces are limited. CAPACITY EXTENDED on a first come first serve basis.

Register now to secure your place!

Strengthening relationships with separate workshops for married couples, courting and singles, networking and joint sessions for all.

UPC 2015 

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A branch of Bright Serenity set to empower University Students and Prospective University Students across the UK!
Attention all university Christian union/society/fellowship leaders and members. UPC are planning our Semester 2 tour!

We’ve been to:
✔️Cardiff (South Wales)
✔️Essex
✔️Surrey
✔️Hull

Will your university be next?

YOU DECIDE!

Let your CU and Campus fellowship leaders know!

Email us at upc@brightserenity.co.uk or me at kanayo@brightserenity.co.uk

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The Daily War Over Your Joy

25 Jan

Hello! I pray that you are well. It’s been a while, do forgive my quietness. You might be able to relate to the pressure of exam season. As I pass through this season, I’m praying for all of you in the same boat. Have a read of the short prayer on my blog concerning exams: ‘Loving you with prayer this exam season’. 


There is a war..and you need to be on the winning side.

This war is over your joy!

So many things will come at you to take your focus away from God and steal your joy.

People will be people and do hurtful things. Life will be life and hurl tough situations at you.

You may feel misunderstood, ignored and unloved. You may feel down, to the point where you struggle to pray or worship God.

But in spite of your feelings you have to choose joy in all things. Joy is not a feeling, it is the evidence of God’s spirit working in you! (Galatians 5:22-24). Choose your focus.

Whatever you focus on, is what you will head towards. Whatever you focus on, consumes your thoughts and determines your behaviour.

Therefore, choose to focus on God in spite of what may be going on in your peripheral and regardless of how you feel!

After Job’s first trial (Job Chapter 1), the first thing He did in response to all the terrible things that happened to Him, was WORSHIP!

 
 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. – Job 1:20
 
The enemy gets confused when we choose Joy. The enemy is baffled when we choose to worship in the battle. The enemy loses the war based on your CHOICE.
So instead of all the ‘die by fire’ or ‘God consume all my enemies’ radical prayers that we may hear. Why not worship? Your praise to God is the best weapon! Your praise to God ensures that you are on the winning side of this daily war over your joy.I encourage you, as I encourage myself. What will you choose?
— Kanayo Dike-Oduah
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Upcoming events!


Women’s conference this Saturday! London Waterloo!
More information here!

Verses To Meditate On This Week

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

- James 1:2-4

Psalm A Night!


What a way to prepare for bed.If you want to join the Psalms bedtime read just be ready with your bible every evening! I post up the Psalm on my twitter!

Loving You With Prayer For The Exam Season

12 Jan
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Revision Flow…

Like many of my brothers and sisters, I have the privilege of studying and with that comes some tough seasons of intense revision and studying.
It can get overwhelming, but I want to encourage you as I encourage myself.
We are incredibly blessed as children of God. We have the privilege of resting in our Father’s word and living in His peace in ALL things…including exams.
So I have a short prayer for us in this season.
Lord, give all students that love You, peace of mind as we study. Help us to focus and make the best use of the time that is available.
Give us insight, wisdom and understanding (Daniel 1:17) of our work and help us to remember it all, when the time comes.
Above all, we thank you for the ability to be able to study and for the wisdom, gifts and talents you have given us.
Help us to use our studies and everything else in our lives, in such a way that they honour and bring glory to you (Colossians 3:17).
In Jesus Name! Amen :)
If you get stressed or go into panic mode, take a break to worship and ask God for His peace.
My personal favourite chilled out revision/studying gospel albums are:

Loving you all with prayer. God bless you and all the best with your studies/revision.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

Change Your Declaration 

5 Jan

Happy New Year!

May His peace guard you in all seasons. May His word be your daily bread! May His goodness, mercy and love pursue you! Amen.

They Will Have No FearMatthew 12:34-37 (Message)

“It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21

This year, I want to encourage you to change your declaration! Forget saying:

  • Oh life is so hard.
  • Exams are going to be difficult.
  • This year is going to be crazy (one that I corrected my Mr on today)
  • I feel like crap (one that I corrected myself on today).

Speak LIFE. Speak positivity. Change such remarks to:

  • Life may look hard but its easy because I’m an overcomer through Jesus! I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)
  • Exams are going to be sweet, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). I’m believing God for the same wisdom, knowledge and understanding that He gave Daniel and his boys (Daniel 1:17).
  • This year is going to be so peaceful. His Peace will be my empire, my dwelling place. Philippians 4:7
  • I refuse to listen to my feelings. I am beautiful. Psalm 139:14

There is so much power in our words. We have to be so careful with what we utter from our lips because they shape our world, and can literally bring life or death.

It is words that brought the world into existence. It is words that are used to call the things that be not as though they are (Romans 4:17)

So you get it…words are powerful. We use words in prayer, we use words in worship and we use words to encourage. Let us not use words to curse, slander or discourage from the same mouth. Let us not give the enemy legal rights because of something we’ve said with our mouths.

Change your declaration! Speak LIFE! :)
- Kanayo Dike-Oduah

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Verse To Meditate On This Week

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

- Ephesians 4:29

Upcoming Events in January 2015

1 Jan

Hey guys! Get your diaries out, here are a few upcoming events to kick off the new year in January 2015!

Events Are In Chronological Order

The Resurrection – SOVEL (PAST)

Date: 10.01.2015

Time: 5pm

Location: Jury’s Inn Hotel, Milton Keynes

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We have transport arrangements for the following cities; London, Birmingham, Kent, Luton, Cambridge, Northampton, Nottingham. Contact our general enquiries line on 07984699006 for more info.

Register via Eventbrite 

The vision of this conference finds itself in Psalm 85, therefore our desire is for God to resurrect the spirit man and reignite the fire within our young Christian generation. In todays world we find many young people are either oblivious to the existence of God, strayed away from the faith or simply need that encounter. Through various types of ministrations such as mime, spoken word, worship and many others we believe that by the resurrection power of the spirit, our generation will encounter the true presence and power of God.

We welcome everyone to an event filled with anointed guest ministers for this chosen generation. Visit www.the-resurrection.eventbrite.co.uk to reserve your FREE ticket. Follow us on Twitter @TResurrection.

MAKE HIS NAME KNOWN (PAST)

Date: 24.01.2015

Time: 6-9pm

Location: Croydon

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It’s pretty simple, it’s all about Jesus.

Find out who He is and what He has done for this world through what we portray leading up to the event and on the day. We wanna tell the world that He’s not a dead being, but alive and so real.

We live to make His name famous. If you have noticed, the news usually spreads bad news about bad people, but we want to share GOOD news about the only good person to walk the earth.

It’s quite contradictory to what we are used to in this day and age; on social media there’s a race to become the most fashionable, trendy, cool, photogenic, best speaker, etc. we make ourselves famous forgetting who should be more famous. We wanna make HIS name famous because He’s coming back soon and there will be no time for selfies if you miss it!

On the night there will be live music, poetry and drama **featuring MOBO nominee and Time2Shine Winner Annastasia Baker and guest speaker, Pastor of Cityhill Church Andy Gray**

More information: Facebook event page

RELENTLESS: ARISE

Date: 31.01.2015

Time: 7pm

Location: New Charlton Community Centre, 217 Maryon Road, London SE7 8DB

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Relentless…celebrating what God has done in Charlton since we started in October and sharing the vision.

My PURPOSE – Bright Serenity

Date: 31.01.2015

Time: 6pm

Location: London Waterloo

Register via Eventbrite

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Joel 2:7 “They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course”

Many of us know that we have a unique purpose, many of us have discovered our purpose but not many of us are walking in that purpose or even towards it. The issue is not that we do not want to be a woman of purpose. The issue is we do not know the actual steps to take to discover purpose for those still seeking and for those who are not walking in it, life just seems to be pushing you off course.

Well when God created you for purpose He knew that you were capable of fulfilling it. But there are many snares on the road to destiny. The reason why you may be struggling with purpose is that something is fighting against you to ensure you don’t fulfil destiny. So fight back!!! Know the enemy’s strategy and WIN! Your destiny is for your taking. Do you want to be a woman of Purpose or do you want destiny to pass you by?

This conference will empower you to live in purpose so make plans not to miss it! See you there!

What is “#Vermin”?

23 Dec

Kanayo Dike-Oduah:

#Vermin

A great campaign raising awareness of homeless people and how they are treated. Please read and support! x

Originally posted on Writings of Luo:

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Hello reader..

If you’ve been on social media sites recently, you might’ve seen people tweeting and posting with the hashtag “Vermin”. I want to explain what it is we’re trying to do and how you can be a part of this online campaign.

This campaign has been started to raise awareness of homeless people and how they are treated. We are campaigning to let people know that no one should be treated less than human because of their circumstance.

A Spoken Word video is to be released. In this video, I speak from the perspective of three homeless men I have spoken to and interviewed. We’re going to get the video viral!

I am praying that this campaign changes mindsets concerning homeless people. They are not all druggies. They do not all choose to be there. Some of them have made some mistakes. Some of them are the victims of circumstances…

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