Saturday, December 18, 2010
Psalm 121: 1-2 (KJV)
"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hill, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth."
I love the Psalms because it's so encouraging. I can be down in the dumps, but pick up my bible, flip through to Psamls and feel encouraged. My help definitley comes from Him! Family, friends and loved ones can be of great help, but when it comes to situations where I feel alone and depressed, I know who to go to!
The Christmas season in here!
Christmas is exactly one week from now! Although studying for finals is dimming the bright Chirstmas lights, I know that once I finish my last final exam, I'll feel that cuddly Christmas cheer.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
I hate it when I feel like my life is out of control. When things aren't going as planned and everything is in the unknown section!
I know that as a Christian, I'm not 'suppose' to feel this way (?), but I don't think that anyone, Christian or not, likes it when they don't know what's going to happen next.
When I was younger, I used to think that there was a point in life when everything will always be OK. Yeah, there would be moments of unhappiness, but then 99.9% of the time, things would be fantastic! Yeah, right!
I'm really in a down mood, and I know that the best thing to do in moments like these, is to pray.
So much easier said than done, when all I want to do is disappear for a couple months. *sigh*, but God is my strength. And times like these aren't here to stay!
Friday, December 3, 2010
I understand that everyone wants to be religiously 'open', but I don't understand calling a Christmas tree a Holiday tree. It is a Christmas tree! Why should people of other religions be offended by that??
I remember the days, now long gone, when It was alright for teachers to say "Merry Christmas" and it was alright to have the word "Christmas" in commercials.
If one's not a Christian and don't believe in/celebrate Christmas, then ignore it, don't try to get rid of it!
I never see the cross, which is a Christian symbol, in public places, but I have seen many Menorahs in public places. It seems just a little ridiculous to me.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Maybe I'm thinking too much into this? Casting my shadow on others perhaps.
But, I still can't shake the thought that a lot of Christians are trying to put themselves across as being perfect.
It's one thing to shun sin and another to act as though we have nothing to do with it! People sin daily, otherwise there wouldn't be a reason to repent and pray for forgiveness. Someone, correct me if I'm wrong.
Whether ''big sin''(Adultery, fornication, murder) or ''small sin''(lying, hatred, malice), intentional or unintentional, it's a part of our lives. No human is perfect.
I believe that the church should be like a hospital, not where the sick feels unwelcome and out of place. I am in no way saying the church should welcome sinners who is in the church praising God and still wallowing in their sin outside the church. What I am saying is, it's ridiculous for someone who commits a sin and is in the church fixing their wrongs, to feel like something is ''wrong'' with them and that they shouldn't be in the church. That's outrageous!
And the 'funny' thing is, the ones feeling superior to the sinner are usually the ones pretending to be perfect.
Which worse though? Committing a sin and striving to get above it or committing a sin but yet acting as though we don't know what sin is??
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
This was my first eight-pager paper and I completed it, and handed it in on time. And you know what else...there's no way I could have done it with God! Honestly!
I felt really frustrated and overwhelmed at times, because I had other assignment besides the paper that was due at the same time or before!
I'm happy to have it now a part of my past. And I know how to handle big papers.
What can't our God do? He's beyond amazing!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I've known about this paper at the beginning of the semester, but kept telling myself that "I have time" or "I'll start next week", but now The paper is due Wednesday, December 1st and I'm mostly still in the research phase! AHHHHHH!!
I keep procrastinating( ahem...blogging at this moment) to keep myself from having a meltdown!
And I still have a lot of planning to do, because this is a big paper and like all papers, you need a thesis to let the reader know which direction you're headed with the paper. So, I still have to narrow down the broad topic of 'Fredrick Douglass' into a part in his life that I can focus on!
I had to say a quick prayer asking God to be my hands, eyes and brain to help me get through this paper. I know once I get started it will seem easier, but for me, getting started on a paper is always the hardest part!
So If you don't see any blog updates until after Dec. 1st, you know why!!
I want to wish all my readers a (late) Happy Thanksgiving Day!!! I hoped you all enjoyed spending time with family and eating food, but most of all I hoped you took time out to give God a special thanks for all the wonderful things and people in your lives.
2. Good friends
3. Good family-friends and church family
5. Delicious food
6. The beauty of Autumn
7. An Education
......And much, much more!
God Bless!! :)
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Matthew 6:13 (KJV)
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you".
I am in love with this verse! So much so, that I've made it my motto for the upcoming new year!
I love it so much because I believe it's so true. I've had people from church tell me that when you turn your attention to Jesus, he'll allow everything to fall into place - what's meant to be yours will be yours when you seek Him first. I definitely believe that because, I've noticed that when I'm in tune with His spirit, I'm worry-free and at peace - things just seem to flow into place!
From this day on, I'm putting Jesus first and I'm gonna let Him provide my education, my career, my home, my husband, my children and everything else he has for me!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Although school's not yet finished, I still want to at least try and continue my little bible study.
God's word is so powerful! It teaches everything we need to know about being 'good Christians' and living for God the right way! It's very important to take some time everyday to read the Bible!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
I sometimes seem to got through cycles where I would slip up, give myself a slap on the wrist and pray a forgiveness prayer. Then a few weeks or months later, the whole thing happens again.
I get frustrated with myself, so I can't imagine how God feels.
I have realized that 'a slap on the wrist' isn't good enough. I need to stop telling myself that I need to grow closer to God and actually do it: get into some serious fasting and prayer to press thought the struggles, temptations and trials.
As long as we live on earth we will stumble and sometimes fall. However, God gives us the strength to get up and walk over the obstacles in our way instead of tripping over them again and again.
We need to get serious about our walk with God --a slap on the wrist, just isn't gonna cut it.
~God Bless! :)
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I especially love writing stories. Every summer since I was 17, I think, I would write my 'story' it's a novel that I've been working on in hopes of getting it published one day!
My English professor is trying to get to change my major to English, because she thinks I'm a good writer. I don't really consider myself a 'good' writer though. I'm not as good as I know I can be, at least not as yet.
I love writing and I put a lot into my writing--and I'm not talking essays and research papers, those I don't care for too much.
I think that because of how much I love to write, I put much more effort and thought into it and I think that's the reason my professor considers me a good writer.
When It come to research papers and essays and even my spelling and grammar sometimes (I don't know if it's obvious I have a problem with run-on sentences) I need a little work. But, creative writing I Love.
I thank God that I've found a passion. Something that I love to do and willing to become great at it!
P.S: We're studying poetry now in my English class and I found this lovely poem on http://www.poetryfoundation.org/ called "A Better Resurrection by Christina Rossetti. It's a really nice Christian poem. Hope you guys can check it out.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I was reading a devotional and it was speaking about Jesus being our co-pilot. The writer disagreed with the saying.
I also disagree. I don't think that Jesus should be out co-pilot-- I think he should be our pilot, period.
A co-pilot is the one that is there to help out when something goes wrong; they make decisions together.
I know that's not what I want Jesus to be in my life. I don't only want him around when things are going downhill and I need help.
I want Jesus to be my Pilot! I need him to be the one calling the shots the whole time!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
It is hard to not lose our mind, when someone is wrong (whether they know it or not) but yet keep insisting on being right. It can make anyone go insane.
Remaining humble is the best way to hand situations like that!
It's natural to want to prove our point and tell someone when they're wrong. However, remaing quiet and humbling ourselves is the best way to handle things.
LET GOD PROVIDE JUSTICE!
I am dealing with someone with that infallible attitude right now. Everytime we have a disagreement, the individual feels the need to raise their voice, speak over me and refuses to hear that they're wrong or mistaken.
It is so stressful!
Later on after that disagreement, the individual would realize that they were wrong and still not say a word to me. At that moment, it is my job to be humble and not say "I told you so!"
It's tough, but humility is the only way to keep our heads above water.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I think it's so sad how it seems like so many young people are just spiraling downward, and couldn't care less.
I'm always shocked and in awe when I see a guy (females are a little better sometimes) around my age--mid teens to mid twenties--reading on the bus or train. Especially if he's of African decent. It's just so rare that I do a double take.
Most people my age are concerned with parties, drugs, sex, violence--all the stereotypes actually. I hate saying that because I hate stereotyping, but it's so true.
It makes me not want to have any kids. If things are like this now, then I really can't imagine how it's going to be in fifteen to twenty years.
This is the exact reason I have a close relationship with my little brother and sister. I don't want them to turn out like some of the kids I see. It makes me so sick. I talk to them and make sure I let them know that I think they're so much better and can do much better than that.
I'm really praying for a change, otherwise It's not going to be a bright future---at all!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
1 Corinthians 13:2
"And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity [love], I am nothing."
Friday, October 15, 2010
So, I'm gonna thank Him for what he's done and then ask him for what I need.
~My loving Family
~Great Friends and my sweetheart
~Opportunities/hope of a future
~Sunny skies and rainy days :)
~God's Forgiveness and mercy
My Prayer List
~Strength( in all the ways)
~A good job
Of course, I left out many things. If I were to post all my prayers and thanks--I would never finish.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Once I'm sure my heart is right with God, a good day at Church is...inspiration for the week.
Monday, October 4, 2010
I've been feeling really lonely for the past two months or so. I have people all around me, so it isn't a physical loneliness. I think that's it a spiritual loneliness that also affects me emotionally. I have been putting people and things before God. Times that I need to spend with God in some prayer and bible reading and singing, I spend it when other people or doing something else. And as a result I feel that the deeper relationship that my God and I have developed over the summer is becoming a little bit shallow.
The connection between me and God is what keeps me going. It's what puts a smile on my face everyday and not let things get me down. And I realize that the times when I get hurt and sad the easiest are the times when my heart is missing God's presence; times when I'm not spending enough alone time with him. And to fill the void, I may turn to someone else and generate temporary happiness from them, which never ends well.
I need to set a day and a back-up day(in case of emergency or something on the planned day), to have at least 2 hours of alone time with God. Although I read my bible and pray everyday, I think I need to have one day, just me and God, when I can sit for 2 hours and get refreshed for the week. I know that as long as I keep going to the power source, which is my God, to get my happiness...I wont need to rely on anyone or anything else for my permanant happiness! :)
Psalm 144: 15
"Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the lord."
Happy are the people whose God is the Lord. I am so happy that the God that serve...is truly Lord! He's not just in my head, or my heart, he's not just in the church...he is everywhere, he is Lord!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I'm back, from weeks of not being able to post. For those of you who have read my previous posts...you know why that was.
However, like always God has come through for me. I now have more internet access, I have the books I need for my classes...He's just been working everything out, just like I knew He would!
Until next time,
~God bless! :)
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Still having this incredibly annoying wi-fi problem, but I'm dealing. It's been about two weeks since school started and while the work is still light, this is the time of the semester when people are scrambling to get textbooks at low prices. An average math textbook at cost $100 and more! And then there's till other books to get!
I have been getting a little stressed, especially since I've been getting assignments from books that I haven't even purchased yet! But when I take some time and read my bible and have some one-and-one with God, he reminds me of who he is! And that I don't need to get stressed about this. Did I mention How much I love Him!!! So amazing!
I just wanted to give you guys a little update! Hopefully I can post again soon!
~God Bless! :)
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I'm so sorry for not having posted in so long. It's not because of school, because the work hasn't gotten so bad as yet. It's because the free public wifi (wireless Internet) that I have been depending on for Internet connection, is suddenly not working!
It's been working perfectly fine for months, but now all of a sudden (when school started back) it has decided not to work :-(
I'm trying to find a solution to this very inconvenient and annoying problem and in the meantime I'm using my relative's computers.
It's really getting to me because my professors post class assignments online and I would hate to miss an assignment because I have no Internet access.
However, I know who my God is! And that there is no aspect of my life that he can't handle. So like everything else, I'm putting this into his hands!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
It's back to school time for us students. About 3 weeks ago I was bored out of my mind and ready to be productive, but now that that's a reality, I wish I had 3 more weeks to enjoy summer! I'm going to miss staying up so late that I get to watch the morning news before going to bed :)
However, I do need something mind-stimulating to do. I enjoyed my summer, I had a lot of those 'lazy summer days' and they were as fun as going to Dorney park and the Women's Retreat in P.A.
Now it's back to late nights writing papers instead of watching T.V and not-so-lazy fall/winter days. I'm hoping to be able to make enough time for blogging and keeping up with my bible studies! I want to keep that closer and deeper relationship with God that developed this summer!
Hope summer leaves me with a smile on my face...see you next year 80- degree nights.
Monday, August 23, 2010
"Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit."
There are times that Christians go through tough times and we throw ourselves pity parties, but we have to remember, the God that we serve! We must remember that no matter what we go through, we are blessed because we have salvation. We serve a God that has already conquered the world and all it's problems.
I will pray this scripture when I'm feeling down.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Ever had the feeling that you're born to stand out and be different?
I have. All my life, I've tried to fit in. Fit in at school, fit in with a certain group of people and even fit in at church.
I've always thought that there was something wrong with me; that maybe I needed to change who I am. Maybe I need to change the way I speak to fit it at school, maybe I need to change the things I do to fit in with this certain group or maybe I need to change the way I dress to fit in with people at church! And unfortunately I have tried faking it. I tired to change myself to be more acceptable and to blend in more...but fortunately it didn't work!
I've tried wearing clothes I know that people at church would like and although they seemed to accept it; I completely hated it!
I've come to the point in my life where I love being different! As long as I know that God is pleased with me and my life, I feel comfortable when I stand out; I feel special.
I have had people tell me, with good intentions I'm sure, that I'm supposed to do this that way and have that this way, but as long as God is pleased with what I'm doing (and He always lets me know when He's displeased) I politely accept their advice, but keep being true to my God and myself!
About a year or two ago, I realized that everyone has different personalities and have had different experiences affects the way they see things. And so when someone tells us something or advises us on something, no matter how good-natured their intentions are, it will be tainted by their personality and their views and they probably wont be the only ones telling us things and giving us advice. So if we hang on to their every word, we will become a confused mess.
This has happened to me before, which is why I realized that I must stay true to God and the person he made me.
Remember though, that we learn new things everyday that we are alive and we grow as we see things in new ways. God uses people to help us along, but be sure to not let anyone change us!
I am very grateful for the people that God uses to speak to and enlighten me, and I am also very grateful that he has allowed me to be different from everyone around me! And that He is with me, so that every one's words and advice wont sway me, from the kind of person I am!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Splitting Harriet by Tamara Leigh
This novel is about a twenty something named Harriet. Harriet went through a vicious period of rebellion in her teenage years. Rebellion that cause a lot of hurt and loss to her family and others that care about her.
Now that she's returned her heart to Jesus. She's determined to to keep it there, by playing it safe. She only hangs out with elderly people at her church; staying away from friends her age.
Until she meets this guy, Maddox!
Harriet will learn that there can be balance when you're living for God.
Out of the 3 books by Tamara Leigh, this one is my favorite. I found it more entertaining and I liked the characters more than the ones in the previous two books. All 3 books are great though! I'm so happy Leigh brought together such a great blend of entertainment and spiritually up-lifting scenarios!
You can go to amazon.com and type in the name of this book (and other books mentioned) to read the description and everything. I hope you like it!!!
~God Bless! :)
*Photo Credit: www.amazon.com
1 Samuel 2:2
"There is none as holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God."
This verse explains itself! I just Love it!
There is no one as holy as God!
There is no one that compares to Him; No One that can be a substitute to Him!
There is no one, no thing...not even a rock or anything as strong as a rock, that is as strong and stable and reliable and dependable...as our God! Praise His name! :-)
~God Bless! :)
I need to start fasting. I'm not sure where in the Bible (hence my reason for my Bible study), but I know it says that certain things will only be done, by fasting and prayer.
No one has really, thoroughly explained fasting to me ( and I haven't bothered to find out myself, I know, shame on me), but what I've picked up along the way is that, fasting is a sacrifice unto God. Food is something that the human body needs, and so fasting is like saying "LORD, I know that I need food, but I am putting aside my need for food, as a sacrifice for you, so that you will do such and such for me."
I'm not sure if I'm right (obviously I need to do some information-seeking prayers), but this is the concept I have in mind when making the decision to fast.
I'm starting today, I will be fasting from 1pm to 6pm today. During that time, I will also be praying, (fasting and prayer goes together like 'Pb' and 'J'). I am praying for all the things that I need God to do in my life, things I need him to do for me [give me strength, courage/confidence/boldness to his work...etc,], people I need him to bless and speak to, and so on.
Also with fasting, we have to make sure that we don't 'show off' to others. Like Matthew 6:16 says (NLT): "And when you fast, don't make it obvious like hypocrites do, who try to look pale and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I assure you, that is the only reward they will ever get."
I used to do that :( When I was younger, I used to skip breakfast and look the part, and when people asked me what's wrong, I would say in the most depressed voice "I'm fasting." Like it was a burden on me or something.
Now, I know better and will not be doing that! I'm going to make sure that people won't be able to look at me and think something is wrong. I'm doing this for God, so I will be happy about it...despite the growling noises my tummy makes.
Happy fasting! :)
~God Bless! :)
I finished my Bible study (the book of Esther) about an hour ago, then I was just flipping through my Bible and then stopped on Jeremiah 17 and my eyes kind of scrolled down to the 7th and 8th verses which says:
(In King James Version) "Blessed be the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. (verse 8) For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."
And in New Living translation says "Blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. (Verse 8) They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they go right on producing delicious fruit."
I stopped and re-read those verses over and over and then I realized what God was saying to me. NO MATTER WHAT is going on, just Trust in the LORD and everything is going to be alright!
Can you imagine how hard that can be? Imagine being sent eviction or foreclosure letters, not having enough money to get your next meal; family, friends and loved ones saying "see ya!" And still having a smile on your face saying "God I Trust you!" ???!!! The easier/natural and more human thing to do, might be to break down crying screaming "I give up!" or "I don't know what the [insert obscenities here] I'm going to do!"
BUT...remember Who made the Heavens and the Earth, who keeps the sun from crashing into the us, whose words alone can calm a storm! Why wouldn't He come to our rescue and save us from our little problems?? Yes, I said little, because compared to everything mentioned before, our problems are little, tiny, minute!
He make sure to provide for the animals, one way or the other, so WHY would he not do the same for us, who he loves and cares more for?
I hope this scripture verse encourages you as much as it encouraged me!!!
~God Bless! :)
Esther 4:16 (New King James Version)
"Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish."
This is a famous verse for me...I've heard this many times during preachings and such. But I haven't (in a long time anyway), read and study this verse in-depth. Esther, this young woman that God chose to do his work, was faced with a choice of her life or saving her people. She told her people to pray and fast for her because she decided to do what God wants her to do; and if she dies...then she dies! That's so amazing. Knowing that I can possibly die doing what God wants me to do...what will be my answer? Yes, Lord yes...with Your help, of course! :)
~God Bless! :)
I decided that I need to strengthen some of the weakest parts of my spiritual life, starting with: my knowledge of the Bible.
I don't know much about the Bible. I learned a lot of the popular stories and a few parables from Sunday school, but I know that I need to know more. I want to learn more about people in the Bible like, Ester, Daniel, Joshua and much more, who God used in mighty ways. Since I've offered up my life for God to use me to do His work; I might as well take some of these anointed people from the Bible as examples.
I'm starting with Ester (for no specific reason). I've read Ester 1-5 already and I've learned a good amount so far.
When a read a certain amount of chapters, I write about what I learned. I think that after the end of each book that I read, I'll write a post about it and how it does/can affect my (and your) life. So look out for that :)
~God Bless! :)
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I went to Barnes and Noble's today with my beau and in the Bibles section found this bright pink study Bible.
It's the Student's Life Application Study Bible NLT( New Living Translation)
I spent some time flipping through it with him and came to the conclusion that: I love it! I want this bible (or one similar...one that maybe didn't come in such a bright pink color).
What I Love About It...
The New Living Translation Bible versions are so much easier to read than New/King James version. The old biblical words are translated (with the meaning kept) to words that are used currently and easily understandable, as much as I love my New Kings James Version, it is a lot easier to read the NLT.
I also like the fact that within the Bible there are side notes such as other young Christians' experiences with real life situations, an "I wonder" list of questions about what the bible says about certain issues (tattoos, sexual temptations, revenge, etc.) and much more!
I really recommend this bible to teens and college students/young adults. I'm going to continue looking for a nice study Bible and if I don't find one as much as I do this one, I think I'll get it, hopefully in another than the pink...like sky blue or something :)
~God Bless! :)
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
From Thusday August 5th to Saturday August 7th I have been invited to and will be attending a Women's Retreat that my church is hosting.
I have never been to one before and I don't know what really to expect. I am very grateful because my ticket has been paid for through fund raisers and other donations, I believe, and I am planning on enjoying myself. I mean, it's fun hanging out with other Christians at a retreat, right? Yes!...I think so at least :)
I will be praying about it before I go, that there will be no problems and that I will have a very fun experience.
I will report back on it; hopefully that it was fun and fulfilling and that I hope that I can attend next year's :)
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Sorry For the delay. Life is Hard, but God is good.
Remember my last post(right below this one), That sneaky Little...? We'll apparently I've been put to the test!
The past few days have been really tough on me. I've had people (people that I care about and vice versa) saying things that really cut me. And time and time again my last post kept coming back to me. It's not about who is saying things or what they're saying...all that matters is how it makes me react. If these things and these people make me not want to pray, read my bible or live happily, then the devil's got me where he wants me.
I didn't think that I would be 'walkin the walk' so soon after talkin'.
I can't say that I didn't expect it or I wasn't prepared for it, but I still let it get the best of me. I let their words get me down and make me feel awful. That part I'm not too ashamed of, because I'm human and flesh and blood can get hurt, is the fact that I let it get to me so hard.
Even now it still hurts and I have vented hurt and resentment...something I need to pray about before it really overcomes me.
~God Bless! :)
Sunday, July 25, 2010
This past week I've learned and realized, (more than ever before) that the devil will use anything, anyone and any situation to get people down, and get them to stop praying, reading their bible, trusting in God and ultimately to draw further and further away from Him as possible.
Things that I never realized would happen, get me down, make me feel like not praying, reading my Bible and fasting... is doing exactly that!
Today I was in church and I realized that I wasn't giving God praise the way he should be praised. And it was because of this situation I was dealing with since Saturday night and it had put me out of the mood to praise (which, even as I'm typing it now sounds ridiculous). And I had to pray right there, I said "Lord, please forgive me. Help me to realize that no matter what the situation is, no matter who said what or who hurt me, that has nothing to do with me praising my God."
And this might sound crazy to most (still sounds a bit crazy to me), but no matter what's going on: how much you're hurting, how worried you are...try and I mean really TRY to focus on God and praise him as if life is PERFECT. As if there's absolutely nothing to worry, hurt or cry about...just praise God.
That pisses the devil off but I believe that's exactly what God wants to see: that kind of faith in Him and faithfulness toward Him! :)
The details of the situation, the person nor the thing really doesn't matter, if it's getting you down and you don't feel like praying and reading your bible...it's the devil working. Simple as that! I saw it so clearly today. He has so many sneaky ways of getting people to take their mind off God: fear, pain, anger, being hurt and the list goes on!
However, I know that as a Child of God I have stronger weapons: Prayer and Praise. If I can only pray for the strength to praise...that sneaky little devil has gotta go! :)
~God Bless! :)
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Mark 16:16 (New Living Translation)
"Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned."
When I was younger I used to get confused when I'd hear people say "I'm saved". Later on, I learned that being 'saved' means saved from hell; accepting God's salvation.
When someone believes that Jesus is their personal Lord and savior and gets baptised, they are Saved. Saved from hell and delivered from the hands of The enemy.
It's just sad when people refuse to accept something that's free; the BEST thing they can ever have!
I'm thankful to God for his deliverence and his saving grace.
~God Bless! :)
I love reading. Not any 'ole book will have me spending hours flipping through it's pages. But when I do find a good book I like...I can spend all day reading.
About 2 years ago, I decided that I'm going to read every summer. It doesn't have to be anything school related or anything in particular; as long as I'm reading.
Since my summer vacation began, I've read approximately 4 novels. Three of which were Christian, romance novels. Yes, I love reading about romance. Not ''romance'' like one-night stands and other crap like that...but real love. I find it so beautiful.
Anyway, back to the book review!
Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh
This book is about a woman named Maizy Grace Stewart. Having been laid off from her previous Job, she seeks another. She comes across a Christian publishing company. Perfect right? No. They only hire Christians...which Maizy is not.
Maizy decides that she's going to fake it to get hired. So she gets all Christian-ed up. She has 'the look' of a Christian. Dress code, car decorations, speech...
Although her facade got her hired, as a result of all the drama going on in her life she has some decisions to make (I don't want to give away the whole story) and she learns that being a Christian isn't something that one outwardly shows...it's the working of God from the inside out.
If there's anything this book brought to my attention, it's that...being a Christian isn't an outward thing. It's something on the inside. Anyone can dress, speak and carry them self as a Christian, but only God knows your heart.
I am not a book critic or book reviewer but I like to read, comment on and recommend books that puts a smile on my face. I think that this is a book worth checking out. :)
I thank Christian authors like Tamara Leigh for giving Christian like me something that's fun and entertaining as well as spirit-lifting as apposed to trashy literature out there.
~God Bless! :)
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I've realized that when someone really loves the lord and is anointed by Him, songs that they sing can really minister to your heart, your spirit, your soul.
I've 'discovered' a couple of songs this week that really puts a smile on my face and make me feel like praising Him.
I've fallen in love with Nicole C. Mullen's "When I call on Jesus".
Here are the chorus lyrics:
"But when I call on Jesus
All things are possible
I can mount on wings like an eagle and soar
When I call on Jesus
Mountains are gonna fall
'Cause he'll move heaven and earth to come rescue me when I call."
I colored some of the words that really touched me and put a smile on my face.
God knows that I needed to hear those words...He never ceases to amaze me :)
~God Bless! :)
Monday, July 19, 2010
We all go through hard times. I've never met anyone who is always happy, and rightly so becausse in life there are ups and there are downs.
I'm going through some problems in my life right now, just like everyone, and I've realized that when things are going good, it's easy to say things like "trust God, everything will work out!".
However, when things start to collaspe around you and you feel hopeless and fustrated and hurt, those are the times when it hurts the most and it's the hardest to ignore all the madness around you and focus on God who is the provider and comforter.
I know that my God will never leave me or forsake me. This is something that I believe. And I know that when I feel like giving up and losing all hope, that God is there to catch me and carry me through.
Growing up, I used to depend on my parents for my sense of security and comfort and to assure me that everything will be alright and everything will work out fine. Whenever they were unsure, I would be scared, because I depended on them to make me feel like everything is going to be alright.
Now, I'm learning. Now, I know better. I know that my parents are simply humans, just as I and I need to look up to the one who made me, who made the wonder I see around me. Although I still struggle with focusing soly on God and depending only on him for my soultion, I'm getting stronger!
I'm trusting God, even when I feel hopeless, like no one understands, like giving up, even when it hurts...I'll Trust God!
God Bless! :)
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I love Jesus. I reaaally do. He gives what I need EXACTLY when I need. Not when I think I should get it, but when He knows that I should get it.
Trust God. That' the BEST thing to do...when you don't know what to do.
Sunday night at church, service was stopped for prayer. I don't know why, I do know that it wasn't in the plans...but I am so happy that God lead the service leader to stop for prayer.
As I was praying, God told me to just tell him everything. I didn't understand why I should especially because I know that God knows everything...but I did anyway. And as I began telling God everything (out loud...not just in my mind) I felt this amazing feeling! Like he just took all my problems from me and I couldn't help but cry.
My God, your God, our God is soooo amazing! :)
~God Bless! :)
P.S: I'm thanking my saviour and healer for healing my leg. On the 5th I pulled a muscle in my thigh and my whole thigh got really swollen and painful to walk on. Now, a week later I am walking with little to no pain. And yes, I am thanking no one but God.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Psalm 124: 2-6 (New Living Translation)
"If the Lord had not been on our side when people rose up against us, they would have swallowed us alive because of their burning anger against us. The waters would have engulfed us; a torrent would have overwhelmed us. Yes, the raging waters of their fury would have overwhelmed our very lives. Blessed be the Lord, who did not let their teeth tear us apart!"
I thank Jesus for his protection. Protection from the 'simple' things that go unnoticed as well as the big things.
He is so amazing and deserves all the praise.
~God Bless! :)
Saturday, July 3, 2010
I think that the best thing about being a Christian is knowing that God is a personal God.
He's not only my pastor's God or my mother's God...He is my God.
I dont have to go through someone else to get to him. I don't have to make any confessions to anyone else first. I can just pray from wherever I am and talk to him about anything.
To me that's one of the best things about being a Christian; knowing that I can have a conversation with my My God anytime and anywhere.
I can tell him whatever my problem is (he wants me to tell him even though he already knows...yes, God loves it when his people talk to him).
I can tell him what I'm struggling with, how I feel about it and that I need him to do something about it.
If I'm faithful to Him and really trying to live a holy, Godly life (I say trying, because nobody's perfect...everyone messes up) He will come through for me.
God knows everyone's heart...He knows who's putting on a show for others and who truly loves him and he will come through for people that loves, trust and obey Him.
I don't worry or care when other people judge, critize or try to put me down. They can say what they want, do what they want, or look at me anyway they want, because I know my heart and God knows my heart...and that's all that matters.
~God Bless! :)
Friday, July 2, 2010
I've created this blog to write about God and my life.
I want to live a God-centered life. Every aspect of my life: school, work, friends, dating/marriage, fun, entertainment...etc, should revolve around God somehow. I no longer want to seperate God from the rest of my life!
I have so many thoughts and musings and this blog will serve as an ear and encouragment to me and all those interested in reading. I want to be able to re-read my old posts when I'm down and be encouraged to keep living for God!
Feel free to follow, read and comment! I want to know your stories & feelings and I want you to encourage me too !
My disclaimer: I am not a pastor, preacher, I did not attend bible school, I am not a professional of any kind...at all :)
I am just a young Christian living (for God) as I learn and learning (about God) as I live.
~God Bless! :-)