Pray for ALL Families in the Bryant Crash


13-year-old daughter, Gianna (Gigi) Bryant and her father, National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar, Kobe Bryant.


Yesterday when I heard about the tragic death of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna (Gigi), I was in shock. The next thought was, “We know not the day nor the hour.”

Kobe and his daughter were among the nine victims of a helicopter crash on a hillside in Calabasas, California. And to be honest, my initial heading was, ‘Pray for the Bryant Family.’ But I caught myself quickly and realized, this crash is exceptionally popular worldwide because of Kobe, a celebrity being involved, and his daughter. However, we must not forget the other seven victims, all of whom have family members who are in mourning.



As I ponder this situation, it is so real that we all have plans: Plans for today. Plans for tomorrow. Plans for later this year, next year…perhaps within the next five years. But though we plan, ultimately, God is in control. He knows the day of conception, the day of birth, the day we have an appointment with death. It’s an appointment we cannot cancel or be late for. The truth is, we know not the day nor the hour. Most important is to be ready to meet the Great God of the Universe.

Admittedly, I’m not big into basketball and as a child, I was a LA Laker, simply because my father was an LA Laker. And having a brother and several cousins who are into basketball, I knew Kobe’s name, face and was well aware that he was among the greatest basketball players of all time. I don’t know much about basketball, but there are names of some players who I know are at the top of the totem pole like Kobes, Shaq, Jordans and Steph Curry.

Meanwhile, I’ve been praying for Vanessa and her three daughters. My heart goes out to her as she has to deal with the loss of her husband of 18 years and her daughter, who had not too long become a teenager. It’s a double whammy. A blow. Heartbreaking is an understatement.

What I do love, is the fact that Kobe seemed to be a family man. Despite whatever past indiscretions he made, he seemed to relish in the love he had with his wife and children. He also seemed particularly close to Gigi, perhaps because of her love for basketball and her desire to play in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). They were often seen together. He was her father. He was her coach and mentor.


Gigi was a rising star in her own right.



I believe this photo sums up the relationship between Gigi and her father.


We need to pray for Vanessa. She and particularly the eldest daughter, 17-year-old, Natalia need strength. However, there are also Bianka, who is three and seven-month-old Capri Kobe Bryant, who will grow up without their father’s presence. Let us all who know what it is to pray to the Almighty God, pray for this family and the families of the other seven passengers of that helicopter, who have been plunged into mourning. It’s a call no one ever wants to receive.

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Christmas 2019


My prayer is that Matthew 5:4 becomes a reality to them all: “Blessed are those who weep and mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Growing in Christ,


All Access Pass

Buckingham Palace, London, England

                                                                                                                 Photo: The New York Times

In 2016, I visited my beloved goddaughter in England, where she was attending the University of Nottingham.

We spent some time however in London and of course, who visits the city without checking out Buckingham Palace?

I – like multiple visitors from around the world – posed and took photos at the large fortress-like iron gates. But that was it! That was as far as we could go. The hoisted flag was an indication Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II was in residence; however, none of us had the privilege to walk through those gates and meet with her.

As I am presently in the book of Hebrews, I am reminded of the privilege I have to “boldly approach the throne of grace…” (Hebrews 4:16). I do not have to go through a human high priest, who first has to pray for his own sins, then mine before offering sacrifices for forgiveness (Hebrews 7:27). Because Jesus paid it all and only needed to shed His blood once for the remission of our sins, we have access to the longest reigning head of state: the King of ALL kings!!!! HALLELUJAH!!!!

Because of the blood, and faith in what is wrapped up in that blood – healing, deliverance, salvation etc. – I have an ALL ACCESS PASS to MY FATHER, MY KING.

NO guard could stop me from approaching MY GOD at anytime within the 24 hours in a day…365 days a year! I do not have to wait in line, nor do I have to write a letter requesting permission to meet with the God of the universe. In faith, I simply approach Him. In fact, I love when I turn off the two-station radio in my car (yes, TWO stations) and literally talk aloud in prayer or when I take time out at my desk to pray. It’s me and God – anywhere…anytime. No appointment necessary. And guess what? He’s ALWAYS in residence!! NEVER on vacation or too busy! Thank you Jesus!!! Although many people worldwide might be praying to Him simultaneously, I KNOW I have his attention when I pray. Isn’t that amazing??!!! He cares enough to listen to YOU, while listening to ME and many others worldwide. Our omnipresent, omniscient God!

So as we are already halfway through January (can you believe it?!), I pray that 2020 be the year we draw closer to God in prayer and study of His Word. And as you pray, do so boldly in faith and in the name of Jesus. 

Growing in Christ,

Tongue Dilemma!

One week ago, something strange happened to me.

I woke up one morning and oddly, my tongue was irritated. It’s almost inexplicable. Totally weird!!! I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that I had NOTHING hot (I was on fruits, veggies and water that whole week) and I did not bite my tongue.

If I just drank water, my tongue was heavy to lift, my mouth felt uncomfortable and I was now talking like I was tie-tongue. I investigated via the mirror and I could see the raw flesh under the original covering of my tongue. What happened??!!!

It was a rough few days as I couldn’t even eat a grape. And yes, I tried.

Grapes waiting to be eaten!!!

One day, my husband made me a hearty omelette and for lunch and dinner, he gave me mashed potatoes. That was the closest I got to meals that day and believe it or not, eating those simple meals was painful!!!! You see, the movement of the tongue to aid in swallowing was further troublesome. Even my own saliva was BURNING my tongue!

The previous day, I called my husband and asked him to bring me a green smoothie for lunch, which I thank God I could drink with a straw and my head basically tilted to the side in an effort not to further aggravate that side of the tongue. I was truly hungry and needed something in my stomach. I drank it like someone who found an oasis in the desert!

This whole situation was very humbling. I have taken my tongue for granted. I NEED my tongue to speak, to sing, to eat, to drink. I limited verbal conversations and even verbal prayers. Thank God we could pray within the spirit and God still hears. My tongue was certainly not functioning properly, so my 77-year-old mother advised I put raw aloe on it. I did that for about three days to no avail.

As I prayed through my tears one morning, I thought of how vital my tongue is and how helpless I felt. It’s amazing how we just expect every organ to work – automatically. We don’t give it a second thought.

I FINALLY started feeling the beginning of my healing on Sunday after taking the advice of one of my brothers, backed by my husband and approved by a pharmacist: one part peroxide, one part water. Combine and swash around the mouth.

Game changer!!!!!!

I can tell you that within hours I started feeling a difference and yesterday I was able to fully enjoy a Greek salad topped with a chicken salad – first meal without any pain!!!! PRAISE YE THE LORD!!!! I could eat without worrying about keeping food on one side of my mouth!!! I could chew minus the pain!!!!

Moreover, I thought of HOW I’ve been using my tongue. Do I always use it to uplift, to encourage, to speak life? James is my favourite book of the Bible because of its practicality. Chapter 3 speaks of the tongue being a “little member” that can cause a “fire.” The tongue is DANGEROUS. Use it wisely, people!!!!

Growing in Christ,


The Faith of Chesea Taylor’s Mom

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This is Chelsea Taylor. In this photo taken on Sunday past – just six days ago – she was lifting her hand and voice in praise and worship to the Lord, Almighty. The Hillsong worship leader fell ill shortly after exiting the stage of the church, headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and was rushed to the hospital, where she underwent a reported nine hours of brain surgery. She had an aneurysm.

Chelsea is still alive and we thank God! We pray that God would lift her off her sick bed and work a miracle. In fact, what is so amazing is Chelesa was out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) by Tuesday, when it was expected she would be in there for three weeks! And on Thursday, she was able to venture out of her room and down the hall – even eat breakfast! LOOKA OUR GOD!!!! Hallelujah!

But it’s Chelsea’s mother’s faith that resonated with me. Her mom said:

“She walked into church Sunday morning in her white sneakers! I am taking them into her room today as A declaration of Faith that she is going to walk out of this hospital 100 percent healed in Jesus’ mighty name.”

Chelsea in her white sneakers.

Chelsea’s mother is putting faith to action. Faith without works is DEAD (James 2 v 26)! She is believing for her daughter’s recovery. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5 v 7). It is my prayer that Chelsea would walk out of the hospital in these sneakers and eventually into that worship centre in them, to glorify God in the precious name of Jesus! May He raise her up that others would believe!

Take a listen to a sample of one of Hillsong’s beautiful worship songs, What a Beautiful Name. May Chelsea continue to call on that name!

Growing in Christ,