All posts by Sarah A Dickens

About Sarah A Dickens

I am the News Editor of Atlanta Christian Voice and a Christian blogger for www.sarahadickens.org. I have a B.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia College and State University, an M.A. in Global Studies from Liberty University, and an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies from Liberty University. I am currently working on my M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and hope to be licensed to practice counseling in the next few years. My favorite hobbies include ballroom dancing, making and creating art, writing, and reading books by famous Christian authors through means of self-care. Feel free to follow my blog @sarahadickens and contact me for story ideas for Atlanta Christian Voice: Contact Information: P. (404)-921-8868 E: news@atlantachristianvoice.com

Come Holy Spirit, Come

It has been almost one year since the Coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020.

My birthday was a few weeks ago (March 25, 2021), and I turned thirty years old. I marked this year as the year of the beginning of a new decade, new friends, and new memories for me in spite of the pandemic.

Lately, I have been opening myself to try new things so that I can meet new people. One of these things was that I signed up for a Connect Group at Passion City Church. I did this with the hope of meeting new people and expanding my social circle of Christian friends, who I can grow and do life with in my own life.

~”A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”~Proverbs 17:17, New International Version~

Now, do not get me wrong. I am not leaving my home church, First Baptist Church of Atlanta because I have a God-given responsibility to be the light and love of Christ through greeting and other church-related activities at this church. I am just trying out the Connect Group at Passion City Church in a few weeks so that I can expand my social network of Christian friends in my social circle and grow in the Lord with them.

I also made an account on the website, Hey Vina! I created this account with the hope of meeting new friends, who have the same hobbies, common interests, and common goals as myself.

I have not met people on this website yet, but hope to soon so that I can be the light and love of God to my friends, who I hope to meet and make, through this app.

~“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”~John 3:16, English Standard Version~

Besides looking to expand on my social network of friends, I am using this season of life to focus on growing myself inside and out in many ways. One of these ways is that I am working on editing my first book, “A Victory Song.”

This book, “A Victory Song,” is in the process of going through the second round of edits that are needed before it moves into the second stage of the publishing process of my book, which is the page design stage of the book. My hope and prayer is that, “A Victory Song,” will captivate and touch many lives in the Atlanta community and outside of my Atlanta community. As I put my heart and my soul in investing in this project, I hope that it inspires many lives to turn to Jesus Christ.

Another way that I am focusing on growing on myself is through writing to inspire. The only time that I write is if I am inspired to write. I write to glorify God first in my life as I let His Holy Spirit use me as His vessel to inspire many on this journey of my life.

A third way that I am focusing on growing myself is through setting boundaries in terms of spending and saving money. Recently, I set a budget to shop for clothes and items that I needed for the upcoming seasons of Spring and Summer 2021. I bought three of each item (three tops, three dresses, and three pairs of shoes) at the clothing store. Even though it was tempting for me to buy more than what I needed at the time, I stuck to what I originally planned in terms of my budget amount. It was worth it as the Holy Spirit of God is guiding me to be more practical, sensible, and discerning with my money.

God has been so good in my life lately! And it is with as I end this blog post that I challenge you: In what ways has God prompted you to expand your social network and work on growing in your walk and relationship with Him? All comments are welcomed. God bless you!

He Restores My Soul (For His Name’s Sake)

These past three and a half months have been a whirlwind!

Just in case my Facebook and Instagram followers have been wondering why I have not been posting on social media as much, I am thankful to God that I am back online and that the Lord is healing me.

I was recently hospitalized in March 2021. This was my second time that I was hospitalized since November 2020. While I choose to not disclose the reasons as to why or what led me to be hospitalized, I would like to extend my utmost thanks to my two friends (I will not disclose their names on this blog post) for praying and interceding for me. I even thank YOU especially for praying for me to not give up on my life or on my hopes and dreams for the future because God has great plans for me!

~”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”~Jeremiah 29:11, NIV~

Before I went into the hospital in March 2021, a Christian prophet spoke into my life that many people that I know would leave me and betray me in this season (this past season). This same prophet also prophesized to me that I would be called to walk alone (this does not mean that I cut myself off from my loved ones——it just means that I am doing the Lord’s work by walking in His divine will for me as I choose to walk alone with Him due to events that are out of my control and that are divinely orchestrated by the will of God to happen for His glory).

One of the reasons why I believe that God allowed me to be hospitalized a second time was for me to draw closer to Him as I soaked in the presence of the Lord during my time at the hospital. It is my conviction that during my second time at the hospital that the Lord wanted me to receive a sense of rest, but at the same time to enter into a sense of peace with who I am, as a child of God.

As I entered into the rest of the Lord for a second time at the hospital, I carried my Bible everywhere. I did not approach people and talk to them as I wanted to talk to them. I only talked to them as the Holy Spirit of God led me not only so that I could be a witness for them, but so that they could receive an encouraging Scripture or Scriptures that would empower them to get through the harsh time that or be equipped to handle the baggage that they were dealing with at the time.

There were a couple of instances, in which people at the hospital, would gather around me solely because they wanted to hear me read from the Bible to them. I read from the Bible to the people at the hospital and they would receive it (most of them) with joy and gladness in their hearts. A couple of people from the hospital even asked me to borrow my Bible so that they could read it themselves at the hospital. I believe that people from the hospital asked me if they could read my Bible because they were hungry for the Word of God and wanted to be encouraged.

I am glad that the Lord was able to use me during the time and season that He allowed for me to be hospitalized so that I could be a testimony and witness to the doctors and counselors and be the light and love of Christ while at the hospital.

Even while at the hospital, I did not give up praying for my hopes and dreams (such as, to graduate with my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, get my first book published, etc.), or for my friends (even though I don’t have many close friends ) and family. There were moments in which I would walk around the hospital and pray out loud or to myself as the Holy Spirit of God led me. Those moments were wonderfully relaxing as I remained in the presence and rest of the Lord.

~”And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.””~Exodus 33:14, ESV~

~”There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.”~1 John 4:18-19, NIV~

I bless my friends. I bless my family. I bless those who did not betray me or leave me alone when mostly everyone did choose to betray me and to leave me alone. I speak the love of God over you and your families, husbands, wives, and children as I end this blog post, which much love from the Father and myself. God bless you!

So Glorious

I’m moving forward. And this time, I’m not looking back.

The Lord opened my spiritual eyes. For the first time in years, I see the works of the hands of Jehovah in my life. I see His purpose. I see His plans for me. My future is glorious!

~”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”~Jeremiah 29:11, NIV~

For the first time in my life, I have a new understanding of the revelation knowledge of God. I have wisdom beyond my years. And the Holy Spirit of God wants me to impart this understanding and wisdom to those in the world.

I am holy because He is holy. I am pure because the sight that God has given me is pure. I am healed because God has blessed me with healing as my portion, on earth as it is in heaven. I am selfless because the Lord ordained me to bring joy and blessings in place of lack to the helpless. If I cannot show the love of God to others around me, then I am not fulfilled in Christ.

God loved me first, even in the moments when I thought of myself as unlovable or when others chose to not love me or misunderstood me. God loved me first, even in the moments when I could not love myself back because of lack of strength from the divine. God loved me first, even in the moments when I gave selflessly of my spiritual talents and did not receive love in return. And it is with that, I chose to make God my first love.

People disappoint. People fail. People betray. People hurt. People lie. People deceive. But, in spite of treachery, that does not make me a victim. I am a victor in the Lord! Victory is my portion!

I forgive myself for causing hurt that my spiritual eyes could not see. I forgive myself for being too judgemental. I forgive myself for not understanding why…..why……why it had to be this way.

I forgive and go forward, knowing that love covers a multitude of sins. My life is in the hands of Jehovah.

It was the will of God through the divine. He orchestrates things to happen for a reason. My hope for the future is bright and brilliant, even when I cannot see the light of God at the end of the tunnel yet.

~”But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”~Matthew 5:44-45, NIV~

~”Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”~Romans 12:9, NIV~

Even if people turn their back on me…..even if people misunderstand me….even if people judge my relationship with God….I will pray for them!

Jesus never turned His back on anyone that judged Him. Jesus put Himself in the understanding of others (irregardless of what they thought of Him) in order to selflessly meet their needs. Jesus always loved the Lord and stayed in relationship with Him, even when others judged Him for desiring to get closer to God…..And He prayed for them!

And it is with that I go into that secret place, shut myself from the world, abide in that resting place with the Lord, and pray! The works of my hands will be fruitful and multiplied across the ends of the earth with the Word of the Lord that I speak out loud and over my life, stretching to the end of the earth. To God be the glory!

I Choose Patience

Lately, I am learning to become more patient with myself and others.

As a child of God with Bi Polar Disorder, I am learning that patience must be exercised so that God’s love and grace can be put on full display as Jesus Christ is glorified. Patience is my portion, in the name of Jesus Christ.

~”Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”~Ecclesiastes 7:8, KJV~

I exercise patience through the words that I speak. I exercise patience through my deeds. This is because faith without the actions of Christ is dead.

In spite of my Bi Polar Disorder diagnosis, I seek the Lord as I pray to Him for ways that I can be more patient. Whether it be as I interact with my roommate’s daughters as I attempt to understand them as they communicate to me or with having a conversation with my family members about Jesus, God is still working on me to be more patient.

I even have to pray to the Lord for ways that I can be more patient with myself in terms of my emotional state surrounding my Bi Polar Disorder. Instead of constantly texting my friends as I have in the past whenever they do not respond right away, I am patient. Instead of constantly making phone calls to my dad when he still chooses to not respond to me, I am patient. Instead of wanting to rush God and His plans for me in regards to my book being published, I am patient.

The Lord knows what He is doing in terms of His plans for my life, which is why I choose patience over pride. The Lord’s ways are higher than my ways because He sees the bigger picture when I do not, which is why I choose patience over pride. The Lord’s thoughts are higher than my thoughts, which is why I surrender to Him in order to work on me being more patient as opposed to prideful.

God is greater than my Bi Polar Disorder diagnosis. In the midst of my Bi Polar Disorder diagnosis, God is making me more patient with my emotions as I still myself in His presence.

I am calm because I am still in the presence of the Lord. Therefore, patience is my portion instead of pride. I am at peace with God because His presence fills me up with greater joy. Therefore, patience is my portion instead of pride. Peace of God overflows in abundance with my emotions in the midst of my Bi Polar Disorder. Therefore, patience is the key that unlocks greater blessings and abundance, as my portion. I am now free indeed, in the name of Jesus Christ.

May you ask of the Lord to teach you how to be more patient today. Walk in patience with yourself as you are patient with others. Be patient because it is not just a virtue that the world knows: it is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. God bless you!

I Yield to Self-Control

I see the light. I see the light of God that is through Jesus Christ. At last, my spiritual eyes have been opened.

As I see the light of God, I see clearer. I think more clearly. I can trust God as He gives me the sight to look at the bigger picture of what His Holy Spirit is allowing for me to see. I have faith as God shows me the bigger picture.

~”So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”~2 Corinthians 4:18, NIV~

I am diagnosed with Bi Polar Disorder. I have days in which my mood is positive and days in which my mood is negative. In other words, I have my good days and I have my bad days.

I carry this cross called Bi Polar Disorder daily. Recently, the Holy Spirit shed light into my emotions and showed me that I must claim self-control over my emotions as my portion. This is because self-control over my emotions is a fruit of the Holy Spirit of which I already have on the inside my heart.

I must claim this fruit of self-control that the Holy Spirit blessed me with as I seek the Lord to become more Christ-like. Self-control is my portion today, in the name of Jesus Christ!

~”But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”~Galatians 5:22-23, ESV~

While I am not perfect, I ask the Lord as I pray to give me the spirit of self-control over my emotions so that the circumstances associated with my Bi Polar Disorder submit to the will and power of God through Jesus Christ.

Through Christ, I can self-control my emotions. Through Christ, I am able to self-control my emotions. Through Christ, self-controlling my emotions is possible!

The Holy Spirit of God will continue to show me the route that I must take as I yield to the authority of God and let Him take control of my emotions as I self-control my emotions. I thank God for this revelation knowledge that He gave me, as my portion, and for self-control. Praise the Lord and bless His holy name today! Hallelujah!

Pray for me as I seek God’s will and take steps of faith concerning my mental health as well as for favor with my health as my portion. Thank you kindly everyone and God bless you!

God: My Immovable Anchor

I have no one. I have no one, except God, in my life.

God is my Comforter. God is my Rock. God is my Everything. I praise the Lord for being my Anchor in the midst of this storm.

~”We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.”~Hebrews 6:19, NIV~

Recently, I lost my job. While I will not go into the reason as to why I was let go, God is still good and still sovereign. God allowed me to lose my job so that I can depend upon Him to meet my needs.

Also, I feel really alone during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic. Not many of my Christian friends, both brothers and sisters in Christ, have taken the initiative to check in on me to see how I am doing these days. I’m not saying that all of them have not checked in on me. I am saying that most of them have not checked on me to see how I am doing. I pray that God will open their eyes and that they will repent for how they are treating me, even if it is unintentional.

I also opened up about my mental illness for the first time on social media because the Lord led me to open up about it. I cannot help but notice that since I opened up about it on social media that my friends on social media are commenting less and liking less. I knew that this would probably happen, but God is using this to prove to me to trust in Him and not in man to make me content.

~”Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.”~Philippians 4:11, ESV~

I have Bi Polar Disorder. I am also a child of God. God loves me. God loves me irregardless of my Bi Polar Disorder diagnosis. My friends on social media and outside of social media can change how and what they think of me because of my Bi Polar Disorder diagnosis. God’s Word never changes and will always remain constant in my life.

~”Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”~Hebrews 13:8, NLT~

I thank God for these storms that He is allowing to take place in my life. I praise God for using these storms to reach me and teach me to lean in on Him and to trust in Him. I know that God will provide for me a better job. I know that God is still good and still sovereign, even in the midst of my Bi Polar Disorder diagnosis.

Even if I do not know what the outcome of these storms are in my life, God is still good and still sovereign. Even though I do not know how God is going to use me to make an impact on the world and those in it through the book that I wrote (once it is published), God is still good and still sovereign. Even when my family ostracizes me and my friends on social media comment and like less and less, God is still good and still sovereign.

I thank the Lord for these storms. I am excited to see how God is going to end these storms and still prove His goodness and sovereignty in the midst of these storms. I will continue to claim the promises of God and remain strong in Him. God is my Strength. God is good. And God is sovereign.

Please continue to pray for me and my book (it is not yet published and should be published by June or July 2021) and that God will favor the editing and publishing process with my book with the Christian self-publishing company that my book is with in this moment. Thank you and God bless you!

Fruitfulness in the Word of God (The Truth of His Word)

I thank God. I thank God that He opened up my eyes.

Jesus is the Way. Jesus is the Truth. Jesus is the Life of my life.

~”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”~John 14:5, NIV~

A few years ago, I was a part of a, “ministry,” that I did not realize was a part of the New Age Religion. I listened to the messages online and watched the leader of this ministry preach.

Then, the Lord led me to take a step back from this ministry and not participate in anything related to it anymore because one of my friends from my home church in Atlanta, Georgia warned me about it.

I took her warning very seriously. Then, I made an announcement on social media that I did not want any more phone calls from this ministry and that I did not want anything to do with the ministry anymore.

My friend from my home church commended me for what I did and said to me, “I told you.” Then, it was about one year later and I was deceived again.

The same ministry continued to call me and I answered the phone call after giving into what appeared to be harrassment from this, “ministry.” The reason why I answered the phone calls is because I felt as if I had to because of the loneliness and isolation that I felt during the Coronavirus pandemic. I was entirely deceived without realizing it. I was very vulnerable at the time due to the isolation that I felt due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Then, one of my friends reached out to me and shared a video to me about this same ministry and it had this message from the Bible in it.

~”Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.”~Matthew 24:23-25, KJV~

The leader of this ministry is a false christ and I did not realize it. The leader of this ministry may not be the antichrist, but he is an antichrist because he is demonstrating great signs and wonders and deceiving vulnerable people, like me, during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic.

It was after watching the video that my friend shared with me that God opened up my eyes to the truth. Jesus was, and is, and is to be the only Truth. No other prophets are the Truth like Jesus is the Truth to the multitudes.

I thank God for protecting me. I thank God for preserving my life. No weapon that antichrists have formed against me and my assignment, especially to become an author, shall prevail. I thank God for opening up my eyes!

Now that you have read my story, have you ever asked yourself, “Are there any changes that I need to make? Is there a, “ministry,” that claims to profess Christ in their teachings, and yet they claim to perform signs and wonders? Are the teachings false teachings and do you need to leave it?

I encourage you that after reading my story that you repent, leave the, “ministry,” and find a ministry that will be fruitful and that preaches the Truth of the Word of God and to claim that Truth today. Stay encouraged and God bless you!

My Revelation of Jesus Christ (The Book to Birth Forth To the Multitudes)

The name of Jesus is glorious. The name of Jesus brings glory all around me!

This morning, I prayed and as I prayed, the Holy Spirit of God fell upon me and began to show me my purpose and my destiny that is all a part of the great plans that Jehovah God has for me. I thank God for the great and mighty plans that He has for me. Thank You Jesus!

~”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”~Jeremiah 29:11, NIV~

God has plans. The plans that God has for me are great and prosperous plans. I believe in the plans that God has for me.

A few years ago, the Lord showed me in a vision that I would write a book. The book that I have written is not published yet, but it is expected to be published by June or July 2021.

The book that I wrote took one year for me to write. One year after I wrote it, I searched, and searched, and searched for a Christian self-publisher.

After many months of searching and canceling contracts with publishing companies, the Lord finally led me to a Christian self-publisher. I signed the contract and there is a chance that my book will be made into a movie by this same Christian self-publisher. Hallelujah!

I was so relieved when God showed me that part of my destiny that is to be fulfilled in the Lord is to become a Christian author in order for me to win the multitudes to Christ, both Christian and non-Christian.

I had a vision this morning as I was praying to God. He showed me a staircase and took me to Heaven. I walked up the stairs to meet Jesus and He was sitting in the throne room of Jehovah. He showed me the book that I had written. He told me in the vision, “It is finished!,” and slammed the book pages shut.

Then, the angels that God sent from His throne room descended from Heaven and were scattered to different parts of the world. These angels sent my book to the nations to touch the world and those who were in the world. I was in awe of the Lamb by what I saw in this vision that at the end of this vision, I bowed to the King.

Then, Jesus placed a crown of glory on my forehead and said to me, “Well done, my good and faithful daughter!”

I thanked God as I prayed for the revelation that He showed me. This revelation too shall come to pass in the glory, in the name of Jesus!

I have faith in God and believe in His begotten Son that my dream book shall come to pass. I shall have a crown. I shall be elevated to the next level of glory. And it shall be glorious!

Hallelujah!

To Show Mercy (Every Time You Pray)

Do you know mercy? Do you know the mercy of God the Father?

If you know the mercy of the Father, then you can extend that same mercy to others, whether they know Jesus as their Lord and Savior or do not know Him as their Lord and Savior.

~”Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”~Matthew 5:7, KJV~

By showing mercy to others, you are showing others agape love that is pure of the Lord and compassion. You are being loving. You are being tender. You are being kind. You are being compassionate. You are being merciful.

I remember when my two best friends from college, who I knew for five years, decided to end their friendship with me. It was for many reasons, and I had to forgive myself for hurting them and for sinning against them and for the horrible things that they did to me that hurt me. It was a process that took about two years, including counseling at my church.

I reached out to them. Many times. Through phone call, text, and messages on social media, asking for their forgiveness. One of them reached out to me, telling me that she, “forgave me of my offenses,” yet she did not show me mercy in re-kindling the friendship with me. The other friend told me that she would, “reach out to me,” but did not fulfill her promise to me. She lied to me.

I’m not saying that what these two friends did was entirely right. I believe that it was not entirely right because the first friend did not show mercy and the other friend did not show me mercy either by lying to me. This is the part of the story that I had to forgive them for not showing me mercy and bless them every time that I prayed before my Father.

I learned and God taught me through this experience that He is merciful and that I am commanded, as His daughter, to show mercy to others because Jesus demonstrated mercy to others through His death on the cross and resurrection from the grave.

It is important to God that as His children and to be a reflection of His mercy to others that we show mercy to others. I’m not saying that we enable sin. That is where boundaries come in and can be helpful. But, we are commanded by God to show mercy to others because it is what Christ did for us. We cannot shut people out and think that what we do is right because God never shut anyone out of Heaven. Jesus is Lord and He is the God of second and third chances. Not one time that an offense is committed and then, it is the end.

I eventually forgave these two friends. I have also moved forward with God by my side, as He always shows me mercy. They are new every morning in my heart and in my soul.

~”Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”~Lamentations 3:22-23, NIV~

What about you? Do you show mercy to others and do you have peace in your heart, whether you made the choice to show mercy or not to show mercy to others?

God: My Promisekeeper

What do you believe? What do you believe in God for?

All of the promises of the Lord are mentioned in the Bible. Not one thing does God leave out from His Word. He promises to fulfill all of His promises because He is a Promisekeeper.

~”For no word from God will ever fail.”~Luke 1:37, NIV~

The Lord is good in His sovereignty because He is sovereign. God has continually shown me His sovereignty in my life.

I remember when the Lord showed me, by the power of His Holy Spirit, that He wanted me to go back to school to become a counselor. He showed me this vision about two to three years before I even went back to school to become a counselor.

I waited. And I waited. And I patiently waited for the Lord to give me clear instruction as to when He wanted me to return to Liberty University to complete my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

It was in 2016 that the Lord showed me that I would return to school to complete this degree. Then, in the Fall 2019, I returned to school to complete my counseling degree.

I praise and thank God for showing me the exact day and time that He wanted me to return to school. I trusted and waited for God to give me clear instruction on when to act and I obeyed Him.

I obeyed God and my obedience in Him paid off. The Lord rewarded me with greater wisdom and understanding in this field of study as I stepped out on faith and obeyed the King of kings and Lord of lords.

~”(For we walk by faith, not by sight:).”~2 Corinthians 5:7, KJV~

Because I stepped out on faith and obeyed God in His divine timing, He blessed me with favor in getting into Liberty University in His diving timing. Amen!

I will never forget the promises of God. I will always remember them!

What about you? Do you believe in the promises of God? What do you believe? What do you believe in God for?