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,

Reborn

This past weekend, my beloved orchid of three months, finally surrendered its blooms and entered a resting period. Although I was sad to throw away the-now lifeless blossoms, I knew that she would bloom again in next year. I always amazed by how perennial flowers die, lie dormant all winter and then burst out of the ground during the springtime!

In John 15, Jesus talks about how God is The Gardener, he is The Vine and we are The Branches. God is constantly revealing and pruning the ‘weeds’ in our lives, that drain our energy. In life, as we seek to act, love and look like God, we are regularly undergoing the process of dying and reawakening.

The ability to ‘die’ and rise again, better than before, is testament to inner strength and determination! As a healthy, living man, Jesus wasn’t much help to us, concerning our salvation. Yet, as a resurrected man, he was the antidote for sin, supplying us with grace and mercy!

Until Thursday,

Seeing You…

I like guarantees! Any company/business that is willing to guarantee their products and offer me a full refund, if I am not satisfied, have an edge over those that don’t. However, nine times out of ten, establishments boast those guarantees because they know that their quality is consistent from order to order.

God gifted us the most reliable and renowned invention to-date…Jesus! Through Jesus and grace, we have salvation and unlimited access to God.

“Every good gift bestowed, every perfect gift received comes to us from above, courtesy of the Father of lights. He is consistent. He won’t change His mind or play tricks in the shadows.” -James 1:17 VOICE

On top of guaranteeing us things we don’t deserve, He also gives us daily good gifts. Now, that’s a bargain bundle! We get air in our lungs, protection throughout the day, favor to guide us, a permanent home in Heaven and so, so much more!

Today I caught myself “pramplaining”, which is praying but complaining, at the same time. After taking the time to count the blessings in my life, I couldn’t help to say, “God, there is so much good around me and I am seeing You in all of it!”

Until Sunday,

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated by Dawn at Drawing Closer to Christ for the Sunshine Blogger Award. In the (almost) three years since I have been doing Anomalous Darlings, I have never been nominated for ‘blogger award’, so thank you Dawn! It truly is an honor and I am ecstatic!

Visit out Dawns’ blog at:

Drawing Closer to Christ

(She always has something interesting and refreshing to read <3)

Here are the rules:

• Thank the blogger who nominated you.

• Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

• Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.

Questions for me to answer:

1. 1. If you could move to another country, where would you go? A Spanish-speaking country, probably the Dominican Republic.

2. Are you a morning person? If I get eight hours of sleep, yes!

3. What is your favorite color? Anything in the red family.

4. Tell something about yourself you would want others to know? This is silly…when I was four, I ‘sharpened’ my finger…ouch!

5. Do you have a pet? No.

6. What is your favorite number? 13!

7. What is your most memorable vacation? Disney Cruise during my 8th grade Fall Break.

8. What is your favorite memory? Ones that involve my family, those always make me smile.

9. What is your worst memory? Getting lost and dropped by my GPS when I was 16.

10. What do you enjoy most about blogging? Three things: 1) Being vulnerable, 2) Connecting with others and most of all 3) Allowing God to speak through me.

11. What do you like most about yourself? My creativity, sometimes I think to myself, “Wow, you did that!”

I now nominate the following:

Joining the Human Race

https://joiningthehumanrace.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/review-quitter/

Fractured Faith Blog

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/129439239/posts/4490

Missionary Gamer

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/109020977/posts/776

Wizzymedpower

Laura Bon

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/38053813/posts/2265739285

Remnant Post by Sandy Gregory

Mrs. Holliman

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/153592232/posts/595

God’s Whispers of Truth

https://godswhispersoftruth.wordpress.com/2019/04/20/easter-brings-hope/

Pure Glory

Visionary

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/91364355/posts/2255451631

+- Life

https://plusminuslife.wordpress.com/2019/04/26/lifes-biggest-enemy/

Here are my questions for you to answer:

1. What is your favorite movie?

2. Paper books or e-books?

3. You’re snowed in, what are you going to do?

4. What is your favorite historical time period or event?

5. What is favorite pass time/hobby?

6. If you could be an animal/insect/plant, what would you be?

7. What life advice would give to others?

8. What is your go-to drink?

9. Who inspires you to get better?

10. Are you always 5 minutes early or 5 minutes late?

11. What is/was your favorite childhood treat?

Remember participation is optional. But thanks for your blog. You are an inspiration to me!

Huge thank yous to my family of readers and my fellow bloggers and for supporting Anomalous Darlings! ❤

With love,

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,

choices

What is empowering and incomprehensible? The fact our lives are basically the sum of choices. The smart, reckless and good-intention choices. Some are life-changing like going college and getting your first job, while others are minute such as your outfit from one day to the next.

And just as we make carnal decisions, we make spiritual ones too! Will you view your days through lenses of joy or sadness? Praise or complaints? Love or hate? God has given us sovereignty to choose what we do with our lives and how we choose to feel while doing it! That is why He set before us the options of life or death…

“I’m calling on the heavens and the earth to be the witnesses against you. I gave you the choice today between life and death, between being blessed or being cursed. Choose life, so that you and your descendants may live!” Deuteronomy 30:19 VOICE

Here’s to making choices that will foster all the things that God had in mind when He created you!

Until Thursday,


Settling

Was anybody else fascinated by snow globes when they were kids? I always found it ‘magical’ that I could shake them up and then watch the glittery snow slowly cascade down.

You can look at your life as if it is snow globe. You have your spirituality, such as your beliefs and relationship with God, which are stationary. Then you have your carnality, such as your emotions and human relationships, which are (relatively) unstable. When the carnal elements of your life are agitated, it is hard to differentiate between what is fixed and what is unsecured. However, thanks to gravity, we know that whatever goes up, must come back down!

It is at the settling point, when frenzies come to an end, that you can clearly see who and what your anchors are! Even the prodigal son, had a moment of settling amongst the lavish lifestyle that he lived and lost.

“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired men have food enough and to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger!” Luke 15:17 TLB

If you are in a “snow glow storm”, I pray that you will the have peace to hunker down, knowing that God is ever close, ever present and ever loving…

Until Sunday,