Saturday, July 31, 2010

Books I've Read: Perfecting Kate By Tamara Leigh

Perfecting Kate By Tamara Leigh

This is another good Christian- fiction read. The main character Kate Meadows, feels self conscious especially around her gorgeous roommate Mia. So much so, that when not one but two guys show interest in her, she's still baffled as to why.
Kate wants a guy to settle down with but she wants a Christian guy. One seems more 'religious' than the other but also makes her feel ugly by pointing out all her flaws. The other a Christian who's backslid, and has his own heavy burdens that he's still carrying.
Kate trusts God to send her a man that will accept her outward flaws and well as a serious 'inward' problem she has.
I like this book. This is the book that put the idea of keeping a Prayer Journal in my mind.
Check it out! ;)
~God Bless! :)

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Talkin' the Talk, Huh?

Hello Readers,

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

That Sneaky Little...

Hello Readers,

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'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! :)

Stay strong!
~God Bless! :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

God's Word!

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! :)

Book Review: Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh

Hello Readers,

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'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

God's Word

Romans 12: 2 (KJV)
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
This is what I strive to do everyday. I want to have a new mindset; a Godly mindset, that I will not think like people who don't live for God. I want for my Godly way of thinking to transform my entire life: the way I speak, the way I dress, the things I do, the places I go, the kind of company I keep. Not to have other people change me through their good-intent lectures, but to have God change me...through the renewal of my mind. That I will do his good, acceptable and perfect will!!!
~God Bless! :)

Spirit-Lifting Songs

Hello Readers,

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

Trusting God...Even When It Hurts

Hello Readers,

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

God's Word

Psalm 150:2 (KJV)
"Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His excellent greatness."
Yes! I will praise God for what He has done, for what He is doing and for what He's going to do. But no matter what, I will make sure I will praise God because...He is God!

He's Always On Time!

Hello Readers,

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

God's Word

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

With Him It's Personal!

Hey Readers,

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

Introduction: My God IS My Life!

Hello Readers,

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 all :)
I am just a young Christian living (for God) as I learn and learning (about God) as I live.

~God Bless! :-)