Celebrating Life, A Time of Healing and Thanksgiving Part 3

Extravagant Praise

My next stop on this musical journey was at the COGIC (UK) Centre, to experience three nights of Extravagant Praise. The three nights of praise were in June, August and September of 2010. I knew God had something special in stored for my family and I. We were not disappointed! It brought tears to my eyes, blessed my heart, brought confirmation of the direction in which God was leading me and I felt renewed in my spirit. I had been longing for this form of freedom to express my love to God, through uninterrupted, prayerful songs of thanksgiving. God granted my heart’s desire by connecting me with Extravagant Praise.
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Celebrating Life, A Time of Healing and Thanksgiving part1

Celebrating life! A Time of Healing and Thanksgiving (Part 1)
Janice S Ramkissoon
01st November 2011.

Our family is in mourning. As you read this article, you too may be experiencing grief similar to the various members of my family today. In our circle, some are grieving the loss of loved ones; others are watching their dearly beloved deteriorating. Throughout the month of October there are usually two things on my mind, ‘the death of my maternal grandmother’ in conjunction with ‘cancer awareness’ and as November approaches I think of my maternal grandfather who would have been celebrating his birthday if he was still with us—he died of a heart attack.
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A Hurting Soul Speaks Out Part 3

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).

If you are a leader who have fallen from grace, God is calling you to accountability. It is not too late to start living the way God intended you to live. He has called you as a servant-leader and so, you should no longer abuse your leadership position. Whatever sin you struggle with today, God is able to deliver you. God gave you the authority and placed you in a position from where you can use that authority to be a vessel of honour.
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A Hurting Soul Speaks Out Part 2

You may have to wait for many years to experience your morning breeze, which will naturally take you into the brightness of the day. Some individuals will find that it takes decades while others will have a much shorter time to endure the pain.

However long your night is, remember that God designed us and He knows our threshold. He alone knows how much we can bear and He promised that He will not give us more than we can bear. So know that the challenges you currently face, God has already granted you the strength to endure and He says, ‘My grace is sufficient for you.’ The enemy of our souls will try to make us think otherwise, when things do not seem to be happening in the time that we expected it. But they were never going to happen within our timescale; God is always in control.
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A Hurting Soul Speaks Out Part 1

“If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered” (Proverbs 21:13, NIV).

When I hurt I want to share with someone who understands what it is like to need a ‘shoulder to cry on’. But often I bear the pain alone. It is not that my loved ones don’t care about me but often, due to the cares of this world (which sometimes find them dealing with their own pain) they have no time for me or patience to help me deal with the issues causing me pain. This scenario is not unique to me. We see this in all aspects of life as we journey through.
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Suppressed Grief

Suppressed Grief
By Janice S Ramkissoon
12th May 2011

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2nd Timothy 1:7, KJV).

My experience of the various unprocessed grief in my life (from childhood to adult pain) became ‘a thorn in my flesh’. Some of these losses included: The death of loved ones; Our miscarriages; My loss of employment and financial independence; The loss of friends and community support, through relocation (including schooling and places of fellowship) and also through misunderstanding. Facing the struggles of adult life with all that unprocessed grief added to the fact that I was also grieving the loss of my childhood was disaster waiting to happen.
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