Give it Time

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Fun fact, yesterday was AD’s 1 year and 8-month anniversary and I just want to say thank you for embarking on this journey with me! Oh, how time flies…

Give it Time

Time.

It’s the one thing we all are blessed with

Irregardless of our race or birth year

Or the space between our teeth

Disregarding our bank accounts

Along with the name brands and facades we wear

 

Time.

24 hours ticks down

Each and everyday

No quicker or slower

For you nor me

7 days a week

Come and go

Faster than you & I liked to know

Yet even at this very moment

The seconds, minutes and hours are still rolling

And this precious gift of time shows no signs of stopping

 

Time.

A manmade phenomenon that God doesn’t regard

Notwithstanding of our bustling schedules (ignoring Him)

Or our countless demands (summoning Him)

He carries on perfecting His goodness

While we are privy to our wants, He is conscious to our needs

For there’s a reason why of you, there should always be less

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is an explicit and exhaustive list about the aspects of life that require time. There isn’t one milestone or heartbreak in life that doesn’t demand time to process, mercy to forgive and grace to move on.

Whatever it is you are going through and praying for has already been settled by Jesus in your favor and though it doesn’t look or feel like it, just give it time

Until Sunday,

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Realistic

Realistic

Merriam Webster describes realistic as the following: “willing to see things as they really are and deal with them sensibly”.

Things as they really are? With that definition, I suppose Jesus feeding a multitude with  five fish and two loaves and Peter walking on the water in Matthew 14, weren’t realistic events. And neither was Joshua and Caleb’s courageous, yet contradictory report concerning Canaan, when compared to the other 10 spies in Numbers 13. We could go on and on with a never-ending list of stories showing just how unrealistic The Bible is and I won’t even touch on Jesus ascending to Heaven after being raised from the dead!

By the world’s assessment, the miracles that Jesus did while on earth during the New Testament and the acts that God did while in Heaven during the Old Testament are simply too incredulous. They defy logic and truly surpass the human mind’s ability to comprehend.

But God is willing to go as unbelievable and unimaginable as we are! Wherever our minds can go and our faith can sustain us, God will meet us there, amply supplying grace, mercy and favor. With His almighty power in store, He does what only He can, which is take the unrealistic, increase its unthinkability and then weave it into our everyday realities…

Don’t let satan, this world, an acquaintance or anyone dictate what your reality can/will be; the Heaven’s the limit…

Until Thursday,

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Love is Patient

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Yesterday I discovered an unknown fact about myself…I have impatient tendencies!

God is Love and Love is God, they are interchangeable! Boil down all the ways that God has moved in your life thus far, and you will be left with a power substance, love.

I’m going to go out on an audacious limb and say that Believers wrestle with God’s Love for them as a result of their own imperfect interpretations and not because they don’t believe it.

The manifestation of love can be equated to a recipe for baking cupcakes. Patience, kindness, humility, one’s composure are much like the sugar, flour, eggs and extract flavoring needed for an edible outcome. If one of the ingredients of love is missing or expired then the spiritual result will be subpar, just as buttercream frosting made without butter will be lacking in taste.

Note: Psalm 136 and 1 Corinthians 13 are great places to hone in on the most successful recipe for love.

My countless loses in the boxing ring against God’s affection for me were all due to my penchant of impatience as I couldn’t comprehend a love that I wasn’t even displaying to myself and others.

It’s true, your loved ones bring out the absolute the best and worse in you. Special thanks to the four beats of my heart for showing me the beautiful and needs-improvement pieces of my life.

Until Sunday & Happy Love-Baking,

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Delicate

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘delicate’? Is it dainty centerpieces and newborn babies or fresh picked flowers and gentle rain showers? What about yourself?

Not even the most exquisite jewels and softest linens can compare to how God views you. He would gladly leave all those things behind in an field, open to anybody who would walk by, in order to chase after you. When you cry in pain, He hearkens to comfort you through it. When you rejoice in happiness, He hearkens to accompany you in the celebration.

When delicate things are transported, labels are printed, bubble wrap is added and people often move in haste. That is how God and his angels are:

“God has set his throne in heaven; he rules over us all. He’s the King! So bless God, you angels, ready and able to fly at his bidding, quick to hear and do what he says. Bless God, all you armies of angels, alert to respond to whatever he wills. Bless God, all creatures, wherever you are—everything and everyone made by God. And you, O my soul, bless God!” -Psalm 103:19-22

 

You are one of God’s most delicate creatures, worth more than Jesus’ own life. Never forget or compromise your worth, as God has set standards for your life that only He and people that He has appointed for your life can perceive…

Until Thursday,

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Silent Thoughts

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Jesus knows the contents of your heart and even hears your silent thoughts…

Silent thoughts. The things that you think but don’t dare say to anyone. The emotions that you feel but can’t express fully. The faith that you carry but struggle to maintain. The love that you walk in but wrestle to gift to the underserving. Much like a chicken’s egg or an expectant mother, there are many things that occur in life without even a single jingle. However, it is only though that period of unrevealed supernaturalism that new life is ushered into existence.

Lately my silent thoughts have been pestering me more than usual. Their heightened presence in my life have made me feel as if I am losing the battle of my life. It is easy to fall into the trap of second guessing your prayers and confessions, as the manifestation of the promises remain pending.

“Feelings don’t change anything, decisions do!” -Holy Spirit

Your feelings of failure dissipate, when you decide to think victory. Your feelings of worthlessness melt away, when you decide to leave that place of mental self-suppression. Your feelings of inadequacy must take the next flight out of town when you decide to choose Jesus’ appraisal of you and not anyone else’s.

The thoughts will come, but it is our choice to adopt them as our truth. It is the blessing and miracles that lie on the other side of our silent thoughts that we must hold tight to!

Until Sunday,

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Love Staring Back

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My mother always says that overly boisterous people are like empty wagons, as they make a lot of noises but are full of nothing. We all know that one person who talks over themselves ten times and lacks the credibility of 3-year old. As an observer, people like that always peak my interest. What are they lacking internally, where they feel the need to over compensate externally? Then with that same thought in mind, I watch nature and though bustling with beauty, the flowers and fruits of the earth, remain more silent than a scheming mouse.

1 Corinthians 13, along with Psalm 136 does an excellent job at informing us of what love really looks like. Love is patient, kind, not boastful, persevering and much more! In essence, love is everything that God is and everything that Satan isn’t! If you ever have a doubt about whether your actions, words and thoughts are or are not of love, ask yourself this: Who is going to rejoice in this, Heaven or hell, Angels or demons? Challenging actions, words and thoughts to that question will surely keep you in the light of love!

Awhile back, I promised a further explanation about how nature and our personal relationships with God are intertwined. Although, our bodies and lives are much more complex than that of grass and algae, we are still just as much God’s creation as they are. Psalm 100:1 is explicit in saying that all the earth should shout for joy to the Lord! Everything that God expects of us, He expects of them! I’ve never seen a flower boast about its radiant colors to another or droop downward on scorching afternoon. Even a grasshopper can get away from my inquiring eyes on his worst day!

No Christian can ever say that they didn’t have models of how to live in this life. From Jesus in Heaven to Jaguars in Central America, God has provided a plethora of support tools for us. Struggling to forgive? Consider Jesus on the Cross. Questioning God’s plans? Look at the red oaks standing tall.

When you look out to observe nature and up to regard Christ, you will always find love staring back at you…

Until Thursday,

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P.S. I have to thank one of my earthly loves, my brother for lending his hand for this picture and angling it so that the sun could produce a rainbow…another one of God’s creations 🙂

 

 

The Simple Life

The Simple Life

Ponder a flower’s life for a moment. Sprouting from a seed that is activated by water in the soil. Pushing through the dirt and hummus of the soil to surpass the surface. Blooming slowly day by day into something spectacular.

It is not hard to find ourselves burdened by the cares, mistakes and imperfections of life. One by one, they attempt to snuffle out the life that God has breathed into our nostrils (Genesis 2:7), but Satan underestimates the blessings of being overwhelmed. Breathless and panting is a wonderful place to be, as we are fully available to receive His living waters of peace (Psalm 42:1).

If you’ve been running around like a robot, putting out fire after fire, take a load off and rest. Rest in Jesus’s love for you. Rest in God’s grace freely given to you. Rest and let His goodness flow to and through you. Life doesn’t have be complicated or tiring. Simplicity and serenity are found not down below, as we toil with the world but up above, as we dwell in the Word.

Where are you going to live, underground or above-ground?

Until Sunday,

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Your Lenses

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What is the condition of your lenses, Cracked or pristine? How about the color, black or clear? And the biggest question of all: Can you find your lenses?

My dad and I are the only four-eyed people in our family. Unlike him, my glasses are typically on my face, so I typically have a general idea about where they are at. Locating my dad’s glasses on the other hand always warrants a reward, as they are normally in precarious places…hiding on the hood of a car…sliding off of the recycle bin…camouflaging with the kitchen counters. We never know where they might be!

You may not have physical lenses like my dad and I but accompanying your 20/20 vision is a pair of spiritual lenses. If you can’t seem to think a positive thought or rise above an emotional rut, chances are your spiritual lenses are either broken, blurred or lost.

Jesus had to put his UV lenses on to shade his spirit from the negativity of his disciples in Luke 9:12-17. His faith allowed him to visualize feeding a multitude of many with just five loaves and two fish. It was his water proof lenses that allowed him to surrender to God’s Will instead of his own in the Garden of Gethsemane, Matthew 26:39. Jesus even saw Lazarus with a pair unthinkable lenses as he called to the dead man, who miraculously became, the living man, John 11:38-43.

We all can agree that Jesus is a wonderful high priest and role model, who empathizes with us on all levels, Hebrews 4:14-16. If we want the peace, rest and faith that he had on earth in a living body just like ours, then we must do the things he did…

Happy lens cleaning!

Until Sunday,

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The Garment of Love

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 “So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” –Colossians 3:12-14 MSG

I can’t think of a better feeling than warring with something in life and then having the Holy Spirit point you to a scripture that has your name and current situation on it.

Satan has been on the prowl again testing that whole “seventy times seven times” forgiveness commandment in my life. I’ll be honest and confess that my flesh was unfortunately the first to respond, but after a moment of coming to myself, my spirit kicked in! Love is hard, especially when it involves people whose actions are not the most lovable. The carnal view of love entails others saying and doing things that are pleasing to you. While, the spiritual view of love is just the opposite. It’s having genuine compassion for others, even when they seemingly have none for you.

I bet Satan didn’t anticipate me reading Colossians 3:12-14 and gaining a less self-serving perspective on love. Chances are, he also didn’t see Jesus putting the garment of love on me while demonstrating how to pray sincere prayers for my adversaries!

One of the best revenges on Satan is the element of surprise! Scare him out of your life and thoughts by choosing goodwill and not disdain towards your enemies.

Isn’t the garment of love so light and freeing? Dr. MLK was right “Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Until Sunday,

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You & Me

You & Me

“Sometimes, I need to remember who loves my soul. When the dust settles all need is You & Me time.”

You, as in Jesus. Me, as in you.

There are a lot of moving parts in my life right now! At times, it can feel like I am being pulled into many different directions, as everyone is wanting a piece of my time, effort, attention etc. This week has definitely been one of those weeks, but I am reminded of one person who asks nothing of me. Jesus. He didn’t request payment for trading places with me on the Cross. He didn’t count up all the breaths God has given me and then ask for reimbursement.

When we reflect on life, you’ll see that everyone is requiring something from us, parents, siblings, friends, spouses, employers, instructors etc. Even still, through the chaos and stress of having multiple hands out, we deliver. Yet, how many times do we give Jesus contemplation, love and adoration?

This week, my prayer is that we will return the love of the person who never asked to be loved, and make time for the one, who first made time for us.

Until Thursday,

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