It & You

Hope you and your family had a fantastic Father’s Day!<3

Our minds are not good stewards over themselves. Left as the sole caretaker of our thoughts, emotions and feelings…it performs poorly every single time!

“I carry it and I care for you.” -God

There is “it” and then there is “you”. “It”, is the problem/challenge you are facing, a temporary irritant. Whereas “you”, is the spirit within, the dimension of you that will live forever in Heaven. Since we can’t identify God with our physical sense, it is easy to forget that He cares about our earthly existence and well-being, just as much as our eternal.

Whether you are struggling with an “it”, “you” or both, know that God is heavily invested in all that you are and is with you until the end of time and beyond!

Until Thursday,

Your River

Why am I thirsty for things that You are plentiful in, for Your River, God is overflowing?

Your River.
It flows through and to me

Your River.
It surrounds and engulfs me

Your River.
It moves and destroys obstacles for me.

Your River.
It cools and sustains me.

Your River.
It’s never-ending and available to me.

Your River.
It leads and guides me.

Your River.
It calms and stills me.

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God.” -Psalm 42:2 TLV

We all have innate desires in life, that only God can fulfill. The true test is running to Him and not the empty fillers of this world…

Until Thursday,

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,

490: REVISITED

Spring time must be ‘forgiveness time’ because I wrote about forgiveness around this time last year too! 70×7= 490…The number of times we are supposed to (daily) forgive those who offend us according to Matthew 18:21-22.

I am so thankful for the new mercy and fresh forgiveness that God bestows upon me every morning. Fathoming the thought of having only 490 second chances in life is harrowing. With 365 days in a year, I would have never even made it to my teens!

From our hearts, forgiveness should be a open highway with no traffic jams or accidents. We must consistently and intentionally eliminate offense, from both external and internal sources, leaving no room for Satan to promote resentment. Unforgiveness whether it is directed inwardly or outwardly imprisons us, letting the regret/pain go is a win-win situation, with no losers!

Until Thursday,

Happy Mother’s Day to you and/or your mother! Hope it was a special day!

XYZ Days

On the great days and iffy days, Jesus is consistent. Despite my best efforts, I always fail to obtain and maintain stability in this life. As soon as I get close, it seems to slip through my fingers and I am left with the one thing that remains…Jesus.

“Jesus, the Anointed One, is always the same—yesterday, today, and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8 TPT

Today, tonight and tomorrow, Jesus’ priority is us and our well-being! You can be confident that he is fully dedicated and heavily invested to you (blood, sweat and tears)!

Until Thursday,


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,