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Strength in Your Voice


Sometimes I call just to hear your voice

Other times you call when  I need to hear it

Every time I hear it, hope rises

Every word, resonates

I love the sound of your voice.

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It is deep like a hidden ravine

It is gentle when encouraging

Stern when pushing

Light when teasing.

I love the sound of your voice.

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It is always confident

Cools the soul like rain,

Warms like sunshine

Soothes like an evening walk on the beach.

I love the sound of your voice.

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I love your laugh

It starts deep

Ends very light

Has notes of cheeky.

I love the sound of your voice.

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Knowing you are with me makes me smile

Knowing we are working together strengthens me

Knowing you are travelling with me, brings hope

Knowing you speak when needed, is right

I love the sound of your voice.

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Your voice signifies home

Your voice opens my heart’s doors

Your voice soothes me at night

Your voice calms our little ones

I love the sound of your voice

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The little ones smile when you call

They look up when you laugh

They lie on your chest to hear the echo

They ask for your at the end of the day

I love the sound of your voice

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I love the sound of your voice in prayer

When you lift us up to God

While you seek direction on how to lead us

When you pray for family members

I love the sound of your voice

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I love the sound of your voice in song

Lifting your praise to our Father

Giving thanks for the Life He gives

Raising the banner in war

I love the sound of your voice

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I love the sound of your voice in times of joy

When you laugh unstoppably

When you sigh sounds like a song

When you are contagious with joy

I love the sound of your voice

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I love the sound of your voice in grief

As you let out the sadness gently

Or when you scream out the pain

Or just groan as the pain flows through

I love the sound of your voice

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I love the sound of your voice

Every night as you lift your voice in prayer

Every morning when you call us out

Every afternoon when you check on me

I ALWAYS love the sound of your voice

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Inspired by a conversation about love

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Assigned Provision


When God sends you to an assignment, He tells you what, why and confirms the rest.

The first time I heard that statement I did not believe it because it felt like I knew what we were doing but nothing seemed to work. Everything looked like it was going burst and I could not make things happen no matter what. I could not turn one way or the other without losing something and I wanted to make the shift but keep everything as it was. Then he said, ‘Walk away!’

What? Why should I walk away? These are things I have always known, people I have always been with, and patterns that I have always had…how do I just walk away? What was I walking towards? Who would I be walking with? How do I sustain the ability to keep walking when I am alone? Was he really serious about the walking away? Then He sent confirmation after confirmation that walking away was the thing to do, so I walked away.

You can and indeed must walk away when He says so.

I have had a lot of time to thing and reflect and been reminded a lot of the whole walking away thing. I have had the opportunity to listen into many conversations in the faith sector and the uncertainty and fear is palpable and it is bothering me.

Isaiah 55:10-11 has come to life as I have thought about this season. God’s word is guaranteed to happen because He does not change His mind or move off path. It is as certain as the fact that rain comes from the sky, waters the earth, and provides food and seed. It is certain like the fact that he does not send rain to some and not others. If the accomplishment of God’s Word is a guarantee, why do so many of us struggle with standing on and believing in His word?

What is my part in this mix?

The one thing I am sure of is that God’s word will not fail no matter what; so why do some things in life fail? As I sat on that the questions begun to run through my mind. Do I really believe? Have I given him full control? Are there things I have held onto? Are there things standing in His way. Surely my part is to believe His Word, stand in faith and work on it.

My mind goes back to Daniel and all the madness around him including threats of death, yet he chose to live his life as he knew how. His patterns were predictable including praying every day, at the same time, with the window open; it was sure like clockwork. He had a critical assignment in government and faith, and he did both very well with faith as his foundation. It leaves me with many questions about my own life.

What is my foundation and established pattern?

If I believe that I am truly assigned and I walk in the fullness of the same, then I will proceed with every step no matter what resources are missing because they will come. Then I remember manna and quail in the desert, insight for the seven years of plenty, the fourth man in the fire, the coin in the fish’s mouth, five loaves and two fish…the list is endless in scripture and if we track it carefully, we can find the same stories in real life. People who live by faith and the word of God; who’s lives are having incredible impact.

As we walk our journey, provision awaits in the appropriate ideas and insights, connections, teams, contacts, clients, income, investments, impact and opportunities to serve. Our foundation must be the word spoken over us before the foundations of the earth.

Today I choose to once again BELIEVE the word He spoke, I choose to stand FIRM on it and walk in FAITH.

Join me!

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In His Shadow


When I sit enthroned under the shadow of Shaddai,
I am hidden in the strength of God Most High.
He’s the hope that holds me
The Stronghold to shelter me,
The only God for me,
My great confidence.

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He rescues me
From every hidden trap of the enemy,
He protects me
From false accusation and any deadly curse.
His massive arms are wrapped around me protecting me.

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I run under His covering of majesty and hide.
His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping me from harm.
I will never worry about an attack of demonic forces at night
Or have to fear a spirit of darkness coming against me.
I do not fear a thing!

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Whether by night or by day,
Demonic danger will not trouble me
Nor will the powers of evil launched against me
Even in a time of disaster,
with thousands and thousands being killed,
I will remain unscathed and unharmed.

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I will be a spectator as the wicked perish in judgment,
for they will be paid back for what they have done!
When I live my life within the shadow of God Most High,
My secret hiding place,
I will always be shielded from harm.
How then could evil prevail against me
Or disease infect me?

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God sends angels with special orders to protect me wherever I go,
Defending you from all harm.
If I walk into a trap,
They’ll ’ll be there for you
They’ll keep you from stumbling.

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I will even walk unharmed
Among the fiercest powers of darkness,
Trampling every one of them beneath your feet!

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For here is what the Lord has spoken to me:
“Because you have delighted in me as my great lover,
I will greatly protect you.
I will set you in a high place,
safe and secure before my face.
I will answer your cry for help
every time you pray,
You will find and feel my presence
Even in your time of pressure and trouble.
I will be your glorious hero
I will give you a feast.
You will be satisfied with a full life
with all that I do for you.
For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”

Inspired by Psalms 91:1‭-‬16 TPT

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The Value of Mistakes


I do not know if your upbringing was like mine but when we were younger, we were discouraged from trying things we could fail at by the adverse reaction we saw others receive. It was almost an abomination to make a mistake. Some of us were beaten for getting things wrong, grounded, given excess work, made to repeat classes or worse still denied things we wanted.

Mistakes were often seen as a sign of foolishness and a true lack of wisdom, so we learnt to avoid any scenarios that looked like they would lead to failure and focus on the few things we were guaranteed to do well. We were often discouraged from talking to people who tried things because they were seen as jokers when they failed or did not turn out as expected.

I begun to pay more attention to life.

I remember looking down at people who were not as good as we were because in our minds, they would not do much in life. We even teased people who made mistakes all the time because it was a sign that they didn’t think too much or assess things well. What we didn’t realise is just how narrow we were becoming. Later in life, I was surprised that some of the people who made mistakes had indeed become something worthwhile.

It was even harder in Christian circles because we were expected to be holy and righteous, following the example of those ahead and leaving an example for those behind. My friends, it was so hard to meet all the standards that many of us faked it and never made it or even got close. We were unhappy but used the lingo we had learnt through our lives to create the illusion of happiness and try and draw people to the faith.

Imagine my surprise when I learnt the value of mistakes. Yes, value!

It was hardest when my early businesses failed because I felt like a failure and though I had heard that failure was good, my heart and mind had not connected to rise above my understanding. In the midst of a very challenging season at the business, I realised that I as the leader was the biggest challenge because my mind was not shifting past the things I was failing at. To I begun to say to myself, ‘What can I learn from this failure? What do I need to let go and what do I retain?’

It was not easy at first but as I pursued that line of thinking I say a change happen. I did not love mistakes, I just begun to see them as a classroom, a course, a learning curve. I hid my face less when it was not working and assessed a lot more. I remembered sounding crazy when I kept asking what can we learn? However, in time, it because the reason I kept going.

Mistakes can be your greatest blessing in life.

I cannot say I have stopped making mistakes, but I have learnt a lot from the ones I have made and a catalogue of lessons that I live by. I have also learnt to look for stories of people who made mistakes and how they recovered as opposed to looking for success stories because ‘Other people’s experience is the best teacher,’ in my books

I have however come face to face with the fear of failure again as I raise the young king. Recently after months of wondering what was going on, I realised that our education system does not allow them to think outside the lines. I realised that the system is looking for a certain set of answers in a certain order and if you miss one your get a bad grade. Ever wonder how they learn to cram? There it is.

The young king loves the kitchen, and he is learning but is has been hard because he thought he had to get things right the first time. when he did not, he would be so frustrated and ready to give up. The day I realised that he thought I never failed blew my mind. So, we began tracking times I failed and how it became a place of learning and growth.

We must teach our children differently about mistakes.

Our generations must understand that unlike the past, making a mistake is not:

  • A bad thing
  • The end of the line
  • Final

A mistake is and will always be:

  • A great classroom
  • A lab for experimentation
  • A quick learning curve
  • A way to build your inner strength and culture

Let us teach ourselves and our children to:

  • Acknowledge the mistake
  • Unpack what allowed us to make the mistake
  • Find what could have or can be done different
  • Apply the lessons learnt from the mistake to life ahead

Shalom

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Time


To everything there is a season,

A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,

And a time to die;

A time to plant,

And a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill, And a time to heal;

A time to break down, And a time to build up;

A time to weep, And a time to laugh;

A time to mourn, And a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to gain, And a time to lose;

A time to keep, And a time to throw away;

A time to tear, And a time to sew;

A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;

A time to love, And a time to hate;

A time of war, And a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1‭-‬8 NKJV

It is well my soul ❤

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Never Static


Introspection is a part of my life that jumps up daily and calls for attention. It is more evident when I am processing things. 2020 has been about lots of processing and though it has been a little taxing, I have come to really love it.

I was thinking about my life looking back 20 and drawing parallels to today. It was interesting that I loved emerald green and cream. I would gladly have those colours in as many pieces of clothing as possible. I also needed to find ways to hid so I hid behind flared skirts and trousers a lot. This helped me fade into the background or so I thought.

Fast forward a few years and I went to dark colours so it was all about black, navy blue and brown trousers with long tops. Some tops were coloured some were muted, and I stayed in this place for many years because it provided safety and comfort in a turbulent season.

Life is never static, so the tide begun to turn and I found my life changing. My mind was shifting, my thoughts were challenged, my patterns of life were challenged to be place of breaking. It took a while, but the change in my inside brought changes on the outside. As I stabilised in my thoughts and was more accepting of the new position, my colour palette changed first to pastels then to bright colours and finally to large bold prints.

The next change was my perception of self and that was hard. I faced off with who I was, how I looked, all my gifts and skills, the failings and risings; all brought together on one page. As self-acceptance rose, I saw changes. The biggest change was when I could wear fitted clothing instead of all flared and baggy. One day entered a room and my sister gasp in shock at the gravity of the change that brought understanding to her of the true meaning of shifting.

The external shift speaks of an internal shift previously invisible.

I can now see how the changes in the colours I wore have always signified different phases of my life linked with spiritual growth, emotional cycles, and different states of physical wellbeing. You would not know the gravity of each season or related colour change as an onlooker, just understand that each season needed a different focus to keep on track and get through. 

Every change brought forth a new version of me daily growing towards better. It has really been an intense journey and for a long time I couldn’t see the depth of change. It all broke forth when Papa said he could see things were changing. I was perplexed because I couldn’t see them so I asked him how? His answer was insanely simple, “You now wear colour.” I thought I was hidden but his man, who prays for me and calls God’s purpose to account in me had been watching and smiling as he saw the shift.

Shifts are visible to the discerning eye, but invisible to all others. 

Know that even if you have not seen it, every day creates or produces subtle changes in your life that can and must be tracked. Every change alerts you of possibilities, realities and opportunities. Be present in your life and track it, you will learn a lot and you will thrive.

Shalom.

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Allow Me To Bring LOVE


Everyone wants to give themselves completely to someone

To have a deep lasting relationship with another

To be loved thoroughly and exclusively

Please allow me to bring it to you

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God says to every child

No! not until you are satisfied

Not until you are fulfilled and content

with being loved by me

Please allow me to bring it to you

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When you are completely satisfied

To have an intensely personal & unique relationship with me

Discovering that only in me

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Not until your satisfaction is found in me

Will you be capable of the perfect human relationship

I have planned for you

Please allow me to bring it to you

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You will never be completely united with another

Until you are completely united with me

Exclusive of anyone or anything else

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Until you are exclusive of any other desire or longing

I want you to stop planning

Stop wishing

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Allow me to give you

The most thrilling plan existing

One you cannot imagine

Please allow me to bring it to you

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I want you to have the best

You must keep watching me

Expecting the greatest things

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I am

Keep listening and learning

The things I promise and mean

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Be patient that it is all well

Don’t be anxious

Do not worry

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Don’t look around all the things others have

Or the things I have given them

Don’t look at all the things you think you want

Please allow me to bring it to you

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You just keep looking off and away up to me

Or you will miss what I want to show you

When you are ready,

Please allow me to bring it to you

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I will surprise you

With a love more wonderful

That any you would dream of

Please allow me to bring it to you

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You see,

Until you are ready

Until the one I have for you is ready

Please allow me to bring it to you

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I am working even this moment

To have both of you ready at the same time

Until you are both satisfied with me

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Until you learn the life I want you to live

You will not be able to experience

The love that exemplifies your relationship with me

Please allow me to bring it to you

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There is a perfect love Dear one,

I want to have this most wonderful love

I want you to be in the flesh

Please allow me to bring it to you

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A picture of your relationship with me

A life that enjoys my perfection

To love what only I offer

Please allow me to bring it to you

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Know I love you utterly

I am God Almighty

Believe it; Be satisfied

Please allow me to bring it to you

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shalom

Adapted from an anonymous poem I found in my archives

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Secure


My calling is sure

My challenge is big.

My vision is clear. 

My desire is strong.

My influence is eternal.

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My impact is critical.

My values are solid.

My faith is tough.

My mission is urgent.

My purpose is unmistakable.

My direction is forward.

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My heart is genuine.

My strength is supernatural.

My reward is promised. 

And My God is real.

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I refuse to be 

Dismayed, 

Disengaged, 

Disgruntled, 

Discouraged, 

Or distracted. 

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Neither will I 

Look back, 

Stand back, 

Fall back, 

Go back 

Or sit back.

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I do not need applause, 

Flattery, 

Adulation, 

Prestige, 

Stature 

Or veneration. 

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I have no time for

Business as usual,

Mediocre standards,

Small thinking,

Normal expectations,

Average results,

Ordinary ideas,

Petty disputes

Or low vision.

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I will not

Give up,

Give in,

Bail out,

Lie down,

Turn over,

Quit

Or surrender.

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Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Original piece by Collins Ambani

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The Allure of Things:


It is easy to be caught up watching what others have and get jealous. It is indeed a human emotion because of the fall but it must be handled well. It is easier to look at what people have and desire it than to work for something. It is easy to compare your life to others are feel like it is unfair but is it? Of course not! I will not talk a lot about it because we know it.

One conversation changed my heart on this one.

It was at the end of a long month and Jenny, (not her real name), is down an her head was hanging low because she could not figure how her family would eat or even go to school that month. She did not know how to get to work or support her parents. She had done all she could but every time she seemed to hit one wall after another. She worked harder, longer and smarter (or so she thought) but alas. Nothing was changing.

Looking around her, she found that everyone seemed to be doing super well but for one reason or another she was not rising. The opportunities she found did not turn out as planned. Job after job, hope after hope, dream after dream did not pan out as expected. It was so hard to keep dealing and walking but she had no choice but to hold onto hope, whatever that meant. Every day she battled discouragement and sadness but kept a lid on it so that no one around her noticed so they would leave her alone. Hiding had become her norm

One day a confrontation flipped a switch big time.

She had a session with a coach in a last-ditch effort to get things going. They were talking about finding one’s way and though intriguing, it just did not make sense. Coach talked about finding peace in the process and doing the work and the goal would be attained. How was it possible that everything would work just because one put in the effort? She had been trying to do that for so long to no avail. However, she was determined to understand and make the needed changes to get out of the rut.

It all made sense when coach broke it down to five simple things needed to keep the dream alive and on track. Initially, it was hard to understand but as the conversation continued things got clearer.

  • Assess: look deep and understand exactly what ails you. What is holding you back? What are your thoughts? What do you believe? Where did this come from? It is important to dig deep because the truth of the situation is rarely on the surface. Whenever you find a ‘reason’ challenge it, question its validity, break it down until you get to the root.
  • Accept: Understand who you are, how you were created and become comfortable with yourself. You are unique and have a very specific path established for you. There is a space in the world that looks like you and fits your shape, connect to that.
  • Articulate: when you know who you are, stand up and speak what God has spoken to you and what you expect of your life. Have a clear vision, know what you bring to the world and live it out every day. Speak it to yourself every day. Write it out and read it every day. When things are out of whack speak out what you believe and stand firm, speaking out!
  • Act: Rise up and move towards your goal. take a step every day. Make clear effort to move forward. No looking back or turning away from the path. Anyone who wants to make progress, must take decisive action not aimless action. Be sure to be making progress in the desired direction not just move around aimlessly.
  • Account: Track the journey on paper and with your people. Let the team ask the hard questions and challenge your actions to ensure your heart is right, your mind is on point and your goal is still in sight.

Beloved, it is possible to become everything you are established and created to be but you have to do the work. Nothing in this world happens by magic or chance; it is all through hard work and commitment. Even a deeper relationship with God takes discipline and desire to know Him better. Do the work and the rest falls into place.

Stand on the WORD in hope and become everything that you were established to be.

Shalom.

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Afrika, My Afrika


Afrika has broken me

Afrika has torn me apart

Afrika has built me

Afrika has beautified me

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Afrika is my heart

Every person

Every plant

Every creature

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Afrika is my home

My very breath

My heart beat

My inner solace

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Afrika is in the heart of God

She is the mother of creation

She is the home of healing

She is the life of all men

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Yet Afrika is in pain

She is groaning with birth pain

She is pushing a hard to deliver

She is bent over in pain

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Hold on beloved Afrika

Your time has come

Your delivery will bear fruit

Your child is coming on time

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Though it hurts right now

It will get better

Joy will fill your heart

Your peace is at the door

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Afrika oh Afrika

Your time is now

Your hope has come

Your peace is here

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Afrika oh Afrika

Your children are rising

Their voices are being heart

Their cries have been answered

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Afrika oh Afrika

You are God’s beloved

You are appointed and assigned

You are prepared and provisioned

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Afrika of Afrika

Hold on in faith

Stand firm in your truth

Your deliverance is at hand

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Afrika oh Afrika

You cannot fail

You cannot be stumped

You cannot be silenced

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Afrika oh Afrika

You are the light of the world

You are city that cant be hidden

You are a great light in the dark

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Afrika oh Afrika

Your past can no longer bind you

Your suffering no longer destroy you

Your hope is on the right

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Afrika oh Afrika

Arise shine for your light has come

The glory of the Lord is risen on you

Kings are coming to your rising

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