Preparing to Receive!

You wouldn’t believe some of the things I have done in faith. There are some things, if I share, I would be labelled desperate or crazy! Nevertheless, I am of the firm belief in preparing for what I’ve prayed for. The Word says in Psalm 84 v 11 that God will not withhold any good thing from them that walk uprightly. I also once read that the highest form of faith is preparation.

In fact, I remember when my daughter was in her final semester of college and had to do independent study for a course because she was the only one requiring it at that time to graduate. We certainly had some road blocks including her application reportedly being lost at one point. However, like I told her, she was in that institution for too long! I said, “Dis ya last semester!” And I was serious!

In faith, I took out my old graduation rob that she was also to wear and I hung it in the front of the closet in an act of faith. I eyed that rob everyday as it hung front and centre outside the closet. I prayed in faith, taking the matter to the Lord with expectation that He would open the door. And with the help of the Lord, she got the independent study release aproved the FINAL day of registration. She literally ran onto the line, slipping in moments before the line was cut off. That May, she graduated and it was not luck! Thanks be to God!

I also had a dear friend of mine whom I was joining in prayer for a baby. I believe faith without works is dead, so what did I do? In faith, I went to the store and bought her a few baby items and had them wrapped. I told her to open it with her husband. They were both pleasantly surprised. It was simply an act of preparing for what we were praying for!

And no, God is no magician with some magic wand, but I believe in calling those things that be not as though they were (Romans 4 v 17) and walking by faith – not by sight (2 Corinthians 5 v 7).

You might ask, “What if God doesn’t grant the desire?” Well, ultimately He is sovereign and His will be done, but don’t let it be because you lacked the faith that He is more than able! Trust Him even when you can’t trace Him.

Growing in Christ,


How’s Your Spiritual Hygiene?

I find it a pleasure when I read God’s Word and see how I could take what occurred millennia ago and apply it to my life. One example of this came about as I read in Daniel 1 last night. Verse eight stood out to me: “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”

Daniel spoke about not defiling himself with the king’s meat, but as Christians, there might be ways we are defiling ourselves too. And when we are spiritually defiled, the scent is not pleasure. Jesus, the Son of the Almighty God above, said himself in Matthew 15 v 17-20:

17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

Now this is in no way to say that we must not wash our hands before we eat; it simply means that it has nothing to do with our spirits being defiled. Now for the Christian, there are some things that we would partake in, but without speaking, you can hate someone; you may want that Marc Jacobs bag your colleague has, simply because you want to keep up with the style of other ladies in the office; without speaking, you can covet someone’s house or position; without going through with it, you can actually desire to be with someone else’s husband or wife or you might be married and fantasizing about the neighbour, a colleague, a deacon. Interestingly, Jesus said in Matthew 5 v. 28, “That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” This, itself, is proof that we become defiled from within our spirits.

Have you entertained gossip lately? Have you been judgmental – not knowing all the facts? Perhaps in your heart you know you are upset with someone and are finding ways to avoid the person as opposed to addressing the matter (I’ve been there, but had to repent to God and eventually say to the person how I felt). Maybe it’s those worldly movies you are watching, which are not spiritually enlightening.

These things and others shackle us spiritually. They tear at us and we become spiritually weak. This is just what the enemy wants.

I implore you not to eat the enemy’s dainties. Do not entertain him. Do not sit at his table. Like Daniel, we must purpose in our hearts to not defile ourselves. And we can only do that if we know what the Word says; we ought not simply be hearers of the Word, but doers.

How can you cleanse your ways from spiritual defilement? David says in Psalm 119 v 9: “…by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Growing in Christ,



Hi! My name is Hadassah Deleveaux (née Hall). I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, a writer who spent a decade working in newsrooms, but am now in public relations. More importantly, I am a Christian.

Welcome to my blog, Leap from the Pages! The pages I speak about are pages from the Bible. I unashamedly declare that Jesus is Lord of my life and I believe in the Bible – the Word of the Living God! Hence, everything I share with you will be based on the Word of God. It is my prayer that you would not simply read the Word, but allow the power that is in the Word to Leap from the Pages and be activated in your lives.

It is easy to just read the Bible, but we must connect it to our lives. The words inscribed on those pages must become real to us. It’s not good enough to go to Bible study, attend church, serve in the soup kitchen, sing in the choir or serve as an usher, yet we are holding something against our neighbour, gossiping about our colleague or not honouring our parents. You might not be committing adultery, robbing or trafficking humans, but as the Word says in Galatians 5:9, “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” The very foundation of Christianity is faith, love…obedience and it is because God Himself is love, and His son Jesus Christ demonstrated faith in His Father, obedience to His Father and love for mankind in the most sacrificial way possible, we are privileged to not only experience eternal life, but a life of power right here on this earth!

What I am doing through Leap from the Pages is sharing the Word of God in very simple, practical ways that are applicable to everyday life.

Don’t expect sermons. Don’t expect me to be preachy, as such. Just expect me to share with you, like friends chatting over vanilla chai tea at Dunkin Donuts (my FAVOURITE tea!).

My prayer is that you would not only be receptive, but responsive. I want to make you think and hopefully change certain thoughts and actions you might have – for the better. And don’t worry, I’m not sitting on a pedestal and pointing fingers; I’m still learning too! This Christian journey is indeed that – a journey! Although the destination is important, it’s what happens along the way that brings change, growth, endurance. These posts are my way to do what I love – write – but more importantly, minister to you.

Thank you for stopping by and please enter your email address at the bottom of the page or simply press the Follow button if you are a WordPress user, so whenever I post, you would be notified. Also, do share the blog with family, friends, co-workers – whomever – so others would get a cup of inspiration!

Finally, if you do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savour, I pray you would come to experience the beauty in knowing Him – whom to know is LIFE ETERNAL! Praise GOD!

Growing in Christ,


PS – Don’t be confused if you see my responses to your comment tagged with Over the Hill. That’s my other blog, which focuses on the inner city.