Prayers for A New School Year

Dear God,

As we start a new school year, thank you for your peace that calms our anxieties.

Thank you for continuing to protect and strengthen all students, parents, educators, and support staff as this new school year begins and as it progresses.

We seek your wisdom, guidance and direction each day in matters big and small.

When we want to have all the answers and operate in our own control, may we surrender to Your perfect will.

Thank you for reminding us that you are with us during uncertain, challenging, and changing seasons.

May we place our faith in Your sovereignty, care and love for us as we start this new school year and beyond.

In Jesus’ name,


Question: What prayers do you have for the new school year? Please share them in the comments so I can pray for you. Have a wonderful week!

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Merciful Moments Devotional Journal Releases Today!

Hope your week is going well! I have exciting news to share! My first book, Merciful Moments: A Devotional Journal for Moving Forward With Grace Each Day releases today! Praise God! Thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered the book! I pray this message blesses every reader with encouragement, to keep the faith and receive the richness of God’s mercy every day.

Book Highlights:

  • 27 encouraging devotionals with scripture
  • Personal Prayer
  • Action Question & Step
  • Journal Pages for Further Reflection

How You Can Support

  • Continue to pray that God will minister to many through reading the book
  • Purchase the book and share it with others
  • Write a review on Amazon to share how the book ministered to you


In celebration of release day, I’ll be giving away an autographed copy of my book to one of you! I will pick the winner on this Friday, 8/6. To be eligible, please leave in the comments how you have seen God’s mercy move in your life?

Thanks so much for your support!



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Chat with me on IG Live!

Hope your day is going well! Chat with me tomorrow Wednesday 7/28@12:30PM EST on my IG page @kirstynsmayden when I read an excerpt from my upcoming devotional, Merciful Moments!

I’ll also be chatting with my friend Quinnise Pettway about how to maintain joy!

Hope to see you there!



Pre-Order my New Book!

If you haven’t already, I invite you to pre-order my first book Merciful Moments: A Devotional Journal for Moving Forward With Grace Each Day on Amazon.

It releases August 3rd.

Thanks for your prayers and support!

Merciful Moments Devotional Journal: Pre-Order Available

I hope you are doing well, and enjoying your Summer! I just wanted to share some great news that I’ve written a devotional book and it is available now for pre-ordering on Amazon. Merciful Moments: A Devotional Journal for Moving Forward With Grace Each Day will be released on August 3rd. I’m super excited and am asking for your support to pre-order and spread the word! Thanks so much and I know you will be blessed! 

Link to Purchase: To pre-order, please visit the link here.

Below is a description: Merciful Moments: A Devotional Journal for Moving Forward With Grace Each Day is designed to encourage, empower, and sustain you with uplifting scripture and practical strategies and actions to help you move courageously forward in God’s grace every day, with greater clarity.
Whether you are in a season of waiting, transition, frustration, or needing hope, Merciful Moments is your resource for real encouragement to help you keep the faith and receive the richness of God’s mercy each day.

Have a wonderful rest of the week and I’ll be sharing more about the book in the next several weeks and how it will benefit you!

Thanks for your support in advance!



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God is on the Move

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NIV)

Summertime is almost here and the excitement of warmer weather, outdoor activities, and vacation travel is extremely appealing after the many limitations of the last year and a half. Reconnecting with family and friends who we haven’t seen in a long time is highly anticipated! Recently, I reconnected with my family after not seeing them since before the pandemic, and spent some amazing quality time together. We now must learn how to re-enter society with vigor, but also remain cautious. As we move forward with both the small and big changes, God has already prepared the way.

God Is With You

With each new season and transition in your life, one thing remains constant: God is with you. God is on the move and going before you, covering, protecting and leading you forward. You may not have all the answers or understand the direction He is leading you, but God assures you that He will be with you wherever you go. Today, I invite you to trust God’s guidance as He moves on your behalf and leads you each day. When fear, doubt, and anxiety come, surrender them to God and lean on God’s promises of His Word.

Our Family is Moving!

My husband, daughter and I are in the middle of packing right now and are moving from Maryland to West Virginia next week! While it’s an exciting time because my husband will be pastoring a new church and we have a new ministry assignment, everything is brand new. We will be moving to a new home, new city, and leaving the comfort and familiarity of our home for the last 13 years. However, we are standing on Joshua 1:9, and know that God has already prepared the way and will continue to provide for all of our needs. Please keep us in your prayers as we start this new adventure!

Question: How is God moving in your life? I would love to hear from you! Write in the comments below how God is moving in your life during this season. I would love to pray for you!


  1. With the move, I will be taking the next month off from blogging as we get settled. I will return in mid-July with exciting new content!
  2. I’ve written my first devotional to be released in August! Merciful Moments: A Devotional Journal to Move Forward with Grace Each Day! More details to come very soon!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!


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A Mother’s Day Poem: She Is Praised

Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her praise at the city gate. (Proverbs 31:31 NIV)

She wakes early before her household to start the day.

She loves, nurtures, and cares so deeply for those who are closest to her.

She stays up late just to have a “me” moment.

She is weary, but presses forward.

She smiles while also hurting.

She gives birth.

She is an empty nester.

She grieves the loss of her mother but finds the strength to live again.

She mourns the loss of a child.

She is pressed down, but not shaken.

She loves the Lord.

She is praised.

God loves her just the way she is.

She is enough.

On this Mother’s Day Weekend, I invite you to celebrate whatever season of motherhood you are in. You are enough!

Jesus Paid it All Just for You

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 NIV

On this Good Friday, may we sit with the suffering and pain that our Lord endured for you and I. The nails in His hands and feet. The mockery. The betrayal. The bloody death.

Jesus paid it all just for you and me.

As we journey to the Resurrection, may we sit with the suffering that God endured.

Thank you Jesus, for paying it all for us.

A Prayer for When You Feel Overwhelmed

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – I Peter 5:7 NIV

As you move forward this week, I wanted to share a prayer of encouragement if you are feeling overwhelmed, burdened, or needing a reminder that God is with and for you.

Dear God,

Thank you for your great love and care for me.

In seasons where I feel overwhelmed or burdened with the weight of the world or life’s responsibilities, thank you for reminding me that you are for me.

Thank you for your strength that sustains me when I feel overwhelmed, burdened and not wanting to press forward.

Thank you for allowing me to cast all of my anxieties, fears, dreams, and joys in your loving and capable hands.

Thank you for leading and guiding me and giving me the courage to move forward with boldness.

Remind me that I am not alone and that you are with me, and you have provided a community of support to encourage, uplift and assist me.

Grant me the courage and Your wisdom to reach out to those in my life to ask for assistance.

Thank you for encouraging me when I am down, and your word that reassures me that you have provided me with everything that I need to accomplish your purposes.

Thank you for each new day and your brand new mercies that allow me to start anew with clarity, courage, and peace.

In Jesus’ name,


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Guest Post: RUTH: Relentlessly Use the Heart

In celebration of Women’s History Month, today’s devotional is a guest post that shares on a powerful woman in the Bible, Ruth by Nicole Evans Gyimah. I invite you to read and be encouraged by this writing. It is important for me to highlight other powerful female writers who are encouraging others with the hope of Jesus Christ! Have a wonderful week!

RUTH: Relentlessly Use the Heart By: Nicole Evans Gyimah

“…Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.“ (Ruth 1:16-17 NIV)

Can you believe it’s March already? The weather gets a little warmer. Flowers bloom, nature wakes up and we lose an hour! The Easter season is arriving with a revived hope and life. It’s also Women’s History month! As we move forward in 2021, this third month of the year invites the opportunity to celebrate all women in modern and former society. Female trailblazers and heroines have been changing our world continuously, inspiring and influencing us to live on purpose with boldness unapologetically. A biblical champion showing her relentless use of the heart, Ruth, is an excellent victor to highlight. Her story represents commitment in relationship, friendship, and love with an available heart of service to people and God. 

The book of Ruth tells how God brings Naomi comfort as she experiences her greatest hurt, following the death of her husband and sons. Through Ruth’s love and kindness for her widowed mother-in-law and the remarkable friendship between the two of them, their adversities and sorrows lead them to a favorable future. She chooses Naomi and a godly Hebrew family. Ruth “…abandoned her lifelong home and her pagan gods. She became a Jew by choice.”

Ruth, meaning companion or friend in Hebrew, took care of her mother-in-law as if she was her own mother. She exhibited selfless behavior and valued relationships, specifically with Naomi and definitely with God. Ultimately, Naomi guided Ruth into a relationship with a distant relative, Boaz. He married Ruth keeping her from a desolate widow’s life in ancient times. Their union and offspring positioned Ruth in Jesus’ ancestry. God rewarded Ruth bringing her a husband’s protective care, security, motherhood and a place in Christ’s royal genealogy.

Ruth, an obedient servant, committed to Naomi’s welfare found her destiny in this role and through her pivotal decision. Her trust in Naomi, God, faithfulness and focus on others as she put her own desires aside honored the Lord. She was blessed because of her extraordinary character-including humility, loyalty, devotion and an available heart clearly directed toward benefiting her mother-in-law and God. How about you? Are you loyal? Do you relentlessly use the heart? Are you constantly trying to find opportunities to serve others?

I invite you to figure out an area, organization, cause or person needing assistance. This may be at work, next door, or in your home. Wherever the opportunity, start there. Live your story. Relentlessly use the heart and become the great woman (present and in history) God itended.   


Nicole Gyimah works for IEEE (Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers) Publishing. She received her B.S. in Telecommunication from Morgan State University in 1995 and her M.A. in Business Communication from Jones International University in 2007. Prior to moving from NJ to MD, Nicole was also an adjunct professor at the College of Communication and the Arts- Seton Hall University. Nicole loves serving at her church, through the local schools and is a Girl Scouts Troop Leader. She does advocacy work, serving various organizations in a volunteer capacity including the BUILD Health Challenge, Children’s National Hospital, Children’s Law Center in Washington DC, and at work-where she mentors youth in the TryEngineering Together eMentoring program. She is a soccer mom; enjoys reading, writing, connecting and creating. She currently resides in Waldorf, MD with her husband, son and daughters.

She can be reached in the following ways:


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FB @Nicole (Evans) Gyimah

Twitter @negyimah

Walk in Freedom

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”~ 2 Corinthians 3:17

Christ bled and died on the cross so that you and I could live in freedom. God wants us to be free from the bondage of sin to live full, abundant lives.  If you have accepted Christ, you are free from the guilt of your past, mistakes, and anything that is attempting to keep you bound. While the freedom that Christ provides is a benefit of salvation, we still do have a choice to walk in that freedom daily. 

Walking in freedom is not a one time event, but is a continual process that involves God’s grace, and your desire. There are times that God has delivered me from a strained relationship, repeated rejection, fear, or negative self-talk, only for me to revisit or hold onto the past too long.

Walking in freedom requires for you to move forward with boldness and don’t dwell in the past.  It is not easy to be fully free, but you must rely on the Holy Spirit to encourage and strengthen you.  I invite you to learn from your past, but not be controlled by it. At times when you are tempted to dwell on your past, I invite you to pause and move forward. 

Walk in the freedom of Christ today. You don’t have to be bound any longer.  That is great news today!

Be free to live in your God given purpose.

Be free to share your testimony with others.

Be free to be authentically you!

Be free to be victorious in Christ Jesus!

Daily Prayer:  Dear God, thank you for the freedom that is available and that I have in you. Please forgive me for times that I have been bound from my past and stuck. Thank you that there is no condemnation in you, and each day is a gift to receive your freedom. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Action:  What is one area in your life that you want to fully receive Christ’s freedom? Write it down and pray to God to be delivered.

Have a wonderful week!

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