20 June 2015

8 International Praise Songs That Will Get You Moving To The Beat

Hey hey hey! God is good! So you guys may or may not know but I absolutely love to listen to / dance to praise and worship songs in different languages! I myself speak a few so anytime I find a worship or praise song in a language I know I listen to it like 949992929292 times. I love the idea that we all speak different languages but we can still worship + praise the same God, saying almost the same things! How mind-blowing is that? Or is it just me? So here is a compilation of some of my all time favorite praise songs! I absolutely cannot sit still listening to this songs! Always got to do a quick whip + nae-nae when these songs play! Okay I'm going to stop talking and get right into it!

La Buena Vida - Ken Reynolds + Lucia Parker (English + Spanish)
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I heard this song for the first time a couple of weeks ago and the second the beat + music started I had to get up and do a quick cha-cha. Super quickly.

Hi Hanya Mahala - Mercy Ndlovu ( Tsonga from South Africa)
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Hands down one of my favorite South African praise songs. I really just have to do a hip sashay when this song plays! If you'd like to know what it translates into in English, click here. The lyrics are basically "We win for free in Christ".

Ishokwadi - Mkhululi Bhebhe (Shona from Zimbabwe + English)
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I heard this song for the fist time before my floral design class on the radio, and I was so sad because  I couldn't remember the lyrics. Then on Sunday, the praise and worship team sang it and I WAS LIKE LORD YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I NEED! I had goosebumps you guys. It was amazing.

Calvary - Zaza (Sesotho from Southern Africa + English)
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Heard this jamalam at church and I just had to bring out all my dance moves! All of them.

Yahweh - Mali Music
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This one is a little slower, but I love it so much! It has such simple, yet God-glorifying lyrics.

Victory - Hillsong College
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I always have to fist pump and jump up and down when I hear this song! It's impossible not to. I heard this one at Kids Church Camp and I was likeeeeeee #done #thankYouJesus. Just listen to it.

Il est capable - ICC Mass Choir ( French version of Deitrick Haddon's "He's Able")
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I actually heard this song first in French and then in English and decided that I liked the French version better.

Tambira Jehovah - Mkhululi Bhebhe (Shona from Zimbabwe + English)
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UGH. I'm listening to this song as I type and I'm really trying not to hit that nae-nae right now. The lyrics translate into "Come and dance to the Lord". Don't mind if I dooo *hits whip*

I  also recently stumbled upon Hillsong Young and Free's album and I've been JAMMING and praising God like no other! To be honest, the only way you could get me to do exercise would be if Y&F's album was playing. No joke. So those are my all-time favorites! What are some of your favorite international worship or praise songs? I'd love to check them out!

On a more serious note, I want you to know, yes you reading this right now, that the Creator of the heavens and the earth, God, Yahweh, loves you with an everlasting love. In fact, He loves you so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die for your sins so that you could have a relationship with Him.

 He's calling your name today, He wants to restore, heal, complete and bless you. It's a choice that you can make today. It doesn't matter what you've done in the past, He can and will forgive you! So come as you are! Talk to Him today. I promise it's not as hard as you think it is.  If you want to talk or need some prayer, you can send me a quick message through the Contact Tab at the top of the blog. You are loved. More than you can ever imagine.

The world and it's desires pass way, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.  1 John 2:17

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13 June 2015

On Obedience to God + An Update!

Hello! *taps microphone* Is this thing even on? Heh, hiii! Yes I know I haven't blogged in what seems to be about a century or so, and I really don't have an excuse except for the fact that 1) I wasn't sure what I wanted to talk about and 2) I just haven't been feeling it. You know? So anyways here I am. I think Voyageuse Africaine is taking a different turn. I don't want to write just about myself but rather what God is doing to and around me. I've battled with this for quite a while, between what I wanted for my blog and what God wanted for my blog.

But if I am a [part of a] chosen generation, a holy nation, people belonging to God, then I must declare forth the praises of Him who has called me out of the darkness into His marvelous light! (1 Peter 2:9) Basically what's going to be happening around here is fist pumping for Jesus, clapping all around and just *hands raised* emoji because of Jesus. 

So I guess maybe I'll start from where we sort of left off. I traveled to Ghana sometime in April and it was AWESOME! I love being home. On my way back, I transited through Lagos and Kigali. Well Lagos was just a pick up not actual transit. That was 3 take offs and 3 landings just to get home to my momma. I don't quite remember on which part of the journey that there was horrible turbulence as we were taking off but I was  939108261% done with the pilot! I started freaking out, breaking out into cold sweat and praying it up in the cabin because I just wasn't having any of it.

 Then a still small voice said "Don't you trust Me? Relax!" Or something like that. I was likeee Lord You got it! You are my shield and my fortress. So from that point on I was just chilling. But it was SO profound for me because REALLY upon all the prayer I had prayed concerning my trip I was still freaking out, as if Yahweh doesn't hear the prayers of His children or doesn't answer them. As if I could save myself by freaking out 984873792917176378382 above the ground. So that was the first time I think I had heard that still small voice. It came out of nowhere and completely calmed me. 

I got to Kigali in one piece praise God, and jumped back onto another plane to take me home. I was seated next to a gentleman who could easily be  the age of my father. I read the in flight magazine, closed my eyes and relaxed for take off and then read a bit of Chronicles I think. Then I had a strong conviction to tell this man that Jesus loved him. Once again I started freaking out because I didn't know what I was going to say, or how I was going to say it! Yall I put it off till the cabin crew served us dinner and drinks. I knew I couldn't allow myself to get off this plane without telling this man that Jesus loved him.  I finished drinking my apple juice, and at this point I'm pretty much the most nervous person ever. Then I decided to tell him and this is how the conversation went:

"Excuse me sir, are you getting down in Nairobi or are you continuing to Entebbe?"
"I'm getting down in Nairobi, and you?"
"Oh me too! *pause* I just wanted to let you know that Jesus loves you!"
He chuckles 
"And how do you know that?"
"I just do!"
I can't remember what he said right after that but it was all good in the hood because he was a Christian! He even asked me whether my parents and I were saved. 

I was like LORD YOU HAVE DONE IT AGAIN!!!!! LIKE WOW WOW WOW LORD SO IN AWE OF YOU RIGHT NOW! *insert mental fist pumps* *tears rolling down cheeks* *clapping more than necessary*

We had an awesome conversation like really awesome and when we got to Nairobi he made sure I had a seat in the bus that took us to the arrivals hall and the correct form to fill out and everything! Such a blessing. I didn't get to say bye to him as I exited the airport. Lesson learnt? Sometimes it's really hard to obey God because we're frightened but I read in this book that said OBEDIENCE IS WORSHIP. AND awesome things occur when we obey God! Much wow. Such in awe! 

There's approximately nothing I can boast of myself because I was so nervous but God gave me the strength to tell this really nice man about Jesus. And even better he was already saved.  I can only boast of God and His goodness and faithfulness. 

I hope you've been great! Sorry not sorry for the hiatus. Prayers would be really appreciated as university is approaching and I'm just kind of sitting here like *side eye* *cringe*

Has God ever asked you to do something that felt really uncomfortable? I'd love to hear all about it! I have a lot to share with you guys :)

It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm then, and do not allow yourself to be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

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