Quiet Time

I am somewhere between being a busybody and an intellectual junkie! Although there are benefits to seeking intellectual challenges and mentally-stimulating activities, there must be a balance. Spoiler alert: I haven’t found it yet, but everyday I know that I am getting closer 🙂

Today, God told me that I need more “quiet time”, time that I am not contemplating life, planning my life 10 years from now or doing any other mentally-draining activity.

We all have counterproductive habits that sometimes seem impossible to kick. However, whatever those weaknesses may be (mental/overthinking, physical/under exercising), you can be confident of two things:

  1. Jesus experienced the same struggle and was successful as a man (Hebrews 4:15)
  2. God is more than willing to supply wisdom and advice, when you ask (James 1:5)

Here’s the good news, you already have the victory and dominion over your bad habits! The process of changing them won’t be easy, but you can find comfort in knowing that you win in the end!

Until Sunday,

GRATEFUL

Happy Memorial Day!

My heart is appreciative to all the families that have lost loved ones and/or made sacrifices, so that my family and I could live in peace! It takes special people to willingly sign up for the military, knowing the (potentially fatal) risks involved.

There are many things we could complain about, but our blessings will always outnumber our gripes. Your life was ordained for a purpose, one that Jesus and soldiers both felt was worth dying for! We could never compensate for the price of a life, but we can govern our lives with intention and gratefulness!

Life is precious but expensive…I am so thankful that I didn’t have to pay the price!

Until Thursday,

Disposable

God am I disposable, or are you shielding me from those that don’t mean me well and are incapable of loving me the way I deserve?

God and I have been having discussions about my social life ever since I found my books to be more reliable than human beings! I hate to be bleak, but after a few not-so-pleasant encounters with some of God’s special children, I tend to keep to myself!

Sometimes, I feel like people only think of me when they need or want something. It’s like I am some sort of unfeeling, robotic voice-machine that is available at their disposal. However, it’s not my feelings that govern my life but what I know, which is that Jesus always prioritizes me and he never asks for anything in return!

Not everyone is interested in getting to know you or developing a relationship (business, platonic, romantic etc.) with you. Not everyone will be able to see past how advantageous you are to them. And that’s okay!

God always has a way of revealing people’s true intentions and protecting us from them. You’re not disposable, but irreplaceable and anyone who can’t perceive that, can be escorted out the door they came in 😉

Until Sunday,

With Kindness

If you want to know anything about me…ask God and my mother! Those two together, know me better than I know myself!

Apart from loving me unconditionally, I am grateful for how God convicts in the spirit and my mother corrects in the natural, both with kindness. The old saying is true…it’s not what you say, but how you say it!

Satan likes to paint mental pictures where constructive criticism towards us is perceived as a threat to our worth. And in moments, when we are hearing things from The Holy Spirit and/or our loved ones that we would prefer not to hear, it’s easy to mistake Satan’s counterfeits as authentic.

God always operates through grace, not spiritual condemnation and our loved ones (most of them) have sincere intentions!

Until Sunday,

Just an Ember

During Microbiology lab last year, my partner and I were required to light our Bunsen Burners and complete our lab work with them on. The fire was believed to purify our lab stations and kill the airborne microbes in the room.

After almost roasting my fingers a couple of times, I finally became comfortable around the fire. However, I was always fascinated with how one small innocent spark could ignite a large destructive fire.

Just as we happily roast marshmallows and hot dogs around fires, despite the dangers, we can still enjoy life, regardless of the unpredictability.

I don’t have all the pieces of my life together, but I am learning to enjoy the chaos of that! God knows what He is doing and when I walk through the fires of life, He shields me so that I don’t even smell like smoke (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3:27)

If life is a little uncomfortable, be reassured that God is working in your favor and embrace the journey!

Until Sunday,

Not a Fixer

I am the oldest of three with 10 years between my sister and I, and 3 years between my brother and I. Since, I don’t have an older sibling, I’ve always tried to be the big sister who keeps my younger siblings from harm’s way and teach them the hard lessons that I had to learn. Although, my intentions are always good, my executions are sometimes…abrasive. The love I have for them is often lost in my misguided attempts to “advise” them.

“Meet people where they are and do not attempt to remake them or “help them” but love them and allow Me to work through that love.” -God

I prayed about my conduct and that is what God revealed to me. Essentially, it is not my job to do the refining, but His. We all have someone (or someones) that we care for deeply and want God’s absolute best for them, but we cannot do for others the very things that we cannot do for ourselves. I didn’t remake myself, God did, so I can’t remake my siblings. You didn’t save yourself, Jesus did, so you can’t save your loved one(s).

Now, there is a thin line between a) loving and praying for them and b) loving and enabling them! For example, my siblings are candy addicts, so buying them a jumbo bag of lollipops would be enabling them. However, if they received candy at school, it would be better to pray that God (not me) would remind them that their bodies are the temple.

The beauty about trusting God with our loved ones is that He loves them exponentially more than we do and has an intimate knowledge of them that we don’t. We can be confident that they are in marvelous hands…the Hands of their Creator.

Until Sunday,

Awake

Hope you are your family had a wonderful Easter!

I wonder what Jesus was thinking when his spirit reunited with his body in the tomb? Relief that it was over? Hopeful that we would appreciate his sacrifice?

The daily trials that we face are in no comparison to the pain, humiliation and anguish that Jesus was subjected to for our sins. You haven’t resisted until blood begin to leak from your pores, but you probably have cried from the pressure. You didn’t carry a heavy cross, being tortured the entire way, but you probably have climbed mountains, with doubts swimming around down below. Nevertheless, we can still model our abilities to push through tribulations after Jesus’ unrelenting love for us.

Jesus rose again…walked again…loved again…prayed again. Those are the only four things that God asks of every day, to raise up with smiles on our faces, walk with proud in our steps, love Him and our neighbors and to pray continuously.

Every morning you get have the chance to awake and abandon the tombs that attempt to destroy you. If Jesus could do it, so can you J!

Until Thursday,

happy days

“This is the day the Eternal God has made; let us celebrate and be happy today.” -Psalm 118:24

GOOD NEWS: Happy days are ahead today, tomorrow and evermore!

There’s an old saying about how the sun is always shining, above and behind the clouds. You may be experiencing rain, snow or hail with cloudy skies, but through all of that, you can be sure that the sun is near!

Some days the sun shines bright for you and on other days, you have to go searching for it. Nevertheless, a daily amount of sunshine joy awaits you.

May we find an internal bright bliss this week that is undeterred and unaffected by the external factors of our lives!

Until Thursday,

Page Turners

There’s nothing quite like finding a book (or T.V. show) that is so enticing that you’re willing to sacrifice sleep and overdue to-do lists for!

I’ve read some pretty interesting books in my lifetime, but none have kept my attention like the live production of my own life. The way that things have fallen into and out of place, for my benefit. The details that I would have missed, that made all the difference. I couldn’t write a story more interesting than my life.

And the same goes for you, too. No heavily accoladed movie that has been produced or bestseller novel that has been published could top the plot of your life. God’s custom plans for you and all people and experiences that you will have throughout this journey of life are simply, second to none and without a doubt, the most gripping page turners of them all!

There isn’t one type of page turner. Some are happy, some are sad. Some are good things, some are bad. Yet, they all motivate us to keep reading (or watching) to see what happens next. Tomorrow is another page in the saga (or series) of your life. Embrace it for what it is, not the finale of your story, but added depth and meaning!

Until Sunday,

Imperfection Confection

On a whim today, I decided to bake a few cupcakes from scratch! Something that I have never done as I always either a) find myself at the closet bakery or b) use store brought cake mix.

Despite saving me from the sugar attack that I was in, they weren’t perfect. The cake texture was a little off and the buttercream frosting refused to hardened! Yet, I was still proud of and impressed with my efforts!

God is perfect in all His ways and if we were perfect too, we wouldn’t need Him. It is liberating to know we are free to take risks and embrace imperfection because God within us, is what perfects us.

Enjoy your hobbies and the choices that you make in life, even if they don’t produce spotless results! God specializes in correcting our blemishes and flaws! Isn’t that sweet?

Until Thursday,