AikoCreates – Life is Beautiful wallpaper  

(ℹ️Wallpaper image below)

I have decided to use my blog as a temporary space for my digital stationary/home decor business – AikoCreates (till my website is complete) , I started officially in May 2015.

My etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AikoCreates

Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/AikoCreates/

Also I also failed to inform you all (apologies) that my husband and I were blessed with twin girls in July 2014 – so life has been extremely busy!

I felt inspired last night and designed a lovely wallpaper for you to download for free – daily inspiration and appreciation for all those who have supported both my blog and AikoCreates!

Just ‘save image’ as you usually would and set as wallpaper!


Thank you!

Stay inspired…

A Fierce word!

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“If I were in your shoes, I’d go straight to God, I’d throw myself on the mercy of God. After all, he’s famous for great and unexpected acts; there’s no end to his surprises. He gives rain, for instance, across the wide earth, sends water to irrigate the fields. He raises up the down-and-out, gives firm footing to those sinking in grief. He aborts the schemes of conniving crooks, so that none of their plots come to term. He catches the know-it-alls in their conspiracies— all that intricate intrigue swept out with the trash! Suddenly they’re disoriented, plunged into darkness; they can’t see to put one foot in front of the other. But the downtrodden are saved by God, saved from the murderous plots, saved from the iron fist. And so the poor continue to hope, while injustice is bound and gagged. (Job 5:8-16 MSG)

This has to be the most amazing love letter to us from God Almighty

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How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth. It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life. (Ephesians 1:3-14 MSG)

*just had to share- sink in the promises of our Lord and peace of the Lord will consume all that troubles you*

Stop worrying: The reality of worrying!

Worrying is not faith.

Sometimes I find myself lost in relentless worry – especially about things that are not even realistically possible – can you imagine the painful experience of worrying about nothing! It hurts the mind!

I now regard worry as a naïve form of procrastination – especially when one worries about something or someone they have no business with – isn’t that just a pure waste of useful time.

Worrying can really choke the life out of an individual – and lead on to very unfair and selfish thoughts. Society has conditioned us to believe that worry is a necessary tool in life – for instance television adverts that chant on about sickness and reasons why we must become obsessed with the tiniest of details.

A common UK message via advertising on television- “1 in 4 of you will be diagnosed with cancer.” What a shock right? In the middle of watching your favourite tv show and this government message is delivered! 10 seconds of a message about cancer has the power to lead an individual into an array of different thoughts, possibilities and what if’s. Suddenly every body pain experienced may in your mind be linked to cancer and obviously linked to that morbid advert. The vicious cycle of worrying begins…just imagine having such an advert shown 7 to 10 times a day.

My reaction to such messages these days – is an instant rejection of the words spoken – and we should all react in this way to such negativity.

I have come to realise that worrying “does not empty tomorrow of its troubles – it empties today of its strength” (anon)

Why waste valuable time holding on to a non-existent tomorrow – all we have is today – today is our gift and we must learn to appreciate it. The new gift of life is our ‘next day’ – it is new so why worry so much about it – it has not even had time to evolve yet and we are busy worrying about it.

I write this piece as a therapy to myself as well as to you – if worrying is holding you back in life – just let go and live that joyous life Jehovah has intended for us. Remember that “I (you) can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Let’s live our days in satisfaction and enjoyment – knowing that we have been gifted another day to live!

My personal solutions

    1. write down my fears/worries (from this I define which issue I can deal with now or ones that are unrealistic)
    2. Talk about my issues (I know it may seem easier said than done – but this really helps)
    3. Read the Word of God – our comfort

God bless & Stay inspired!

♥ ℓavergnéaiko™

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Food for thought: Bible Bliss…

It may roar but in stillness it remains at home

It may roar but in stillness it remains at home

Hope you all had a glorious Christmas and are geared up for the New Year – 2013

The words below hit me like a ton of bricks just yesterday – the almighty presence of the Lord is forever around us, forever present and these verses just cemented my understanding of God and His unique ways…

(Please note I interchange God with Jehovah at times)

Jeremiah 5

(New Kings James Version)

Verse 22: Do you not fear Me?’ says the Lord. ‘Will you not tremble at My presence, Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? And though its waves toss to and fro, Yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.

Verse 23: But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart;
They have revolted and departed.

Verse 24: They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the Lord our God, Who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.”

Verse 25: Your iniquities have turned these things away,
And your sins have withheld good from you.

(New Living Translation Version)

22 Have you no respect for me? Why don’t you tremble in my presence?
I, the LORD , define the ocean’s sandy shoreline
as an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross.
The waves may toss and roar,
but they can never pass the boundaries I set.

23 But my people have stubborn and rebellious hearts.
They have turned away and abandoned me.

24 They do not say from the heart,
`Let us live in awe of the LORD our God,
for he gives us rain each spring and fall,
assuring us of a harvest when the time is right.’

25 Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings.
Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.

My notes: The Lord is mighty in all His ways. In this chapter of Jeremiah, God was reminding the Israelites about exactly who He is (not was) and his control over the universe we reside on comfortably and freely. He pressed for them to realise that He was the One who freed them from Egypt, separated the Red Sea for their safety and led them for 40 years through a scorching desert by day and a freezing cold desert by night. We cannot only remember Jehovah when we are going through the hard times – he appreciates our praise and worship when we are filled with joy.

He described his awesome power – Jehovah in doing this is showing us the abundance of His grace on our lives. We must remember that we are not here by accident – every step we take is ordained by Jehovah, we are allowed to be here because of Him. This very earth is His footstool. We need to begin to focus on his greatness in our lives, just the very fact of being alive is His mercy shown to us everyday we arise from bed. Be in awe of Him – and the order in which he has set the universe to respect our presence here on Earth.

The sea filled with endless gallons of water is bound by sand – commanded (perpetual decree) by the Lord of Hosts. This is astonishing – that for all the years that the Earth has existed – the sea is still in its designated place. The Sea may overflow on to land – or violently roar during storms against bulging rocks but when all is still it remains within its bounds. Isn’t this incredible! No human can manage such a creation as the sea – we just adjust to its vastness – build around it, use it for travel and feed on its inhabitants. But as for managing the sea and its operations – we are simply helpless – the Lord has sorted it all out for us!

An even greater creation is our bodies – functioning by the perpetual decree of the Lord – he has ordered each organ, each blood cell – each vessel to function together – as one to form an operational human body. Our bodies have the capabilities of healing itself – alerting us when extra help is required such as hunger pangs- Bear in mind that this same body survived for hundreds of years and I means hundreds. No organ has been changed or downgraded by Jehovah our God – we still possess the same powerful organs as Noah who lived till the very ripe age of 950 years (Genesis 9:29)!

After the great flood during the days of Noah, lifespan dramatically declined.

Could this be an example of God distancing Himself from us?

Most sceptics wonder ‘if there is a God why does He allow earthquakes, tsunamis to wipe us out’ – well check out verse 25 above – our sins, in fact our deliberate sins are pushing God further away from us – Jehovah is watching us turn away from Him and so turn away from His blessings. Jehovah is where our blessings lie – so if we move away from Him we loose His hold on us. This is an active choice we are making!

In our bid to be God-led individuals we need to draw God closer – much closer – be in awe of His glory – and appreciate His work on this earth for our benefit! He arranged the earth this way to accommodate us – He cares!

Just remember that Jehovah has maintained order in the universe by perpetual decree – an everlasting decree – a law that can never be broken accept by His own power. Therefore we should ask God to perpetually decree on our behalf in our lives- the spirit to seek His face more – prioritise Him and love him especially as He loved us first. We have had the best head-start ever!

This is my personal reflection on the verses above – I’ll love to know how you have interpreted it. Please send an email or drop a comment here!!!

(Long distance relationship series – still active😉👍)

♥ ℓavergnéaiko™

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Hey all,

The Long distance series 2011 has not been forgotten nor ignored. It shall continue as promised. This blog is forever active although posts come at random intervals, I write when hit with an inspirational message though I tend to note my thoughts in my memo pad. Maybe I’ll condition myself to write straight σn too here, who knows!!!

Thanks for the support and loyal following!!! 🙂