Enduring

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[WARNING: The following post is both long and thought-provoking, depending on your attention span, it might need to be read in two days.]

I can’t help but consider the senseless and tragic events that happened yesterday. My heart sinks a bit every time the “breaking news” segment appears. I can’t help but think of all the time I have taken my loved ones for granted. My mind trembles a bit every time grieving family members are shown. This world can be a scary, heartbreaking and unsafe place. In moments like these when my heart and mind fail to understand the events occurring around me, I am reminded of one person that endures.

Any human being with a moral conscience is still reeling from the question of “why”.  “Why would God allow this to happen?” “Why would God give and take someone’s child/spouse/mother/friend away?” God doesn’t allow evil; He is not the ruler of darkness. God doesn’t permit destruction to be bestowed upon His children; Satan does. God doesn’t give and take away; He gives and continues to give.

If you truly believe that God gives and takes away, I respectfully ask you to do two things:

1) Read John 10:6-10 MSG

Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”

2) Ponder these questions

Why would God give His only Son as a sacrifice for you, only to curse/kill you later on?

Why would Jesus die to redeem you from sin, death and all of Satan’s devices, just to leave you to the wolves?

Why would God invite you to dwell in His presence of peace, protection and provision, only to abandon you?

I can’t serve a God who I believe plays a game of love me, love me not with my life and feelings. Bad things that occur are the direct result of either a) Satan, who is the prince of this world or b) lapses in judgement. As I look over my life, I can associate nothing but praise for all the amazing things that God has done and has continued to do. I refuse to dishonor the grace and mercy that He amply and daily showers on me, by attributing unpleasant circumstances to His doing!

In closing, let me say that I encourage you to believe what you wish. Anomalous Darlings is not a place of wrong or right, black or white, tall or short, skinny or fat, or any other superficial categories, but a safe haven of honesty amongst both yourself and others. The purpose of this post is to foster reflection on where our views of God come from. Have ever questioned the notion, “God gives and takes away.” or have you just went along with it, because its hundreds of years old? Whichever way you choose to view God is your choice. God is so omnipresent that He is large enough to be whoever we want Him to be!

Until Sunday,

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P.S. This post is much more lengthier and controversial than I anticipated! Oh, the places The Holy Spirit will take you, if you let Him…

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serenity

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Happy Valentine’s Week!

Serenity. Eight letters. One meaning. In the above picture “serenity” is written 9 times, in 9 different colors and fonts. Does that change the meaning of the word?

The correct answer is no, although for art fanatics, the argument of color connotations could be made. But I digress, my serenity during the Christmas break is much different than the serenity I am experiencing (or at least attempting to 🙂 now. Life is all about seasons and what makes Jesus so amazing and relatable is this: He has gone through all of life’s seasons and is more than willing to be our comfort, peace and tour guide as we navigate through them.

I’ve mentioned this before (or at least I think I did!), that God is One of excellence and authenticity! He doesn’t recycle ideas or plans for His children’s lives. Each and everyone of us having a gift or calling that is unique to us and us only. We get fresh grace and mercy every morning, not because God just wants something to do, but because He knows that both our needs yesterday and tomorrow will be different than what we are facing today.

Have serenity in the fact you are Jesus’ Valentine all year long and His love is always changing forms, in order to better serve us!

Until Thursday

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Antinegatives

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This is a microscopic picture of Bacillus subtilis, a species of bacteria under 1000x magnification. I’m taking Microbiology, this semester which roughly translates as the following: the study of all the little things you can’t see, but have the potential to kill you. I also must be double majoring in Busiology as my days aren’t getting any longer, but the list of commitments are on their own clock.
Antibiotics are naturally produced in nature by bacteria, as a tool to eradicate other competing bacteria. We then, subsequently harness those antibiotics and capsulate (or liquefy) them in order to ingest when we are battling bacterial infections or diseases.

 

Although bacteria, have significantly less things to worry about than us, they sure have developed an efficient way of removing people and objects from their lives that do not benefit them. What if we took a cue from our little microscopic friends and started thinking positive thoughts that would suffocate negative ones?

Negative thought:
I can’t juggle all of these obligations, something is bound to fail.

 

Antinegative thought:
I can’t wait to see how grace propels me to accomplish everything that is before me.
You see, positivity and negativity are like people that can’t coexist in the same neighborhood, especially our neighborhoods of mentality.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend and an abundance of optimism!

 

Until Sunday,

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Progress

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Happy February 1st!

At this point, you’ve probably tripped up on a few of your goals. Skipped that gym session…ate that cupcake…said that negative word…[insert anything applicable].

And yes, I’ve done all of the above, if you’re wondering! One thing I love about Jesus is that He loves me, graces me and chases me. He cherishes me even when life tells me I’m unlovable. He favors me even when the world says I’m last pick. He runs me down even when I try to run away.

Just as a baby slowly, through the years, mature into an adult, do we. Even Jesus, in the flesh went through the phases of life. If we could become perfect overnight, then we wouldn’t have new mercy every morning. If we could fix all our problems, then we wouldn’t have a need for God.

Wherever you are right now, is right where you need to be! Progressing piece by piece to perfection.

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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Numbered Days

Numbered Days

A few days ago, God and I were contemplating life when He said, “You know your days are numbered, right? There’s not a infinite number of days on the earth, remember that.”

Psalm 139:16 from The Message Bible reads as follow: “Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”

Instead of fearing the inevitable death, we can feel invincible life. Whether you are consciously counting or not, the days are ticking down. Good days. Bad days. Happy days. Sad days. They’re all collectively part of your already assigned days! We’re not getting any more time, people and there’s never going to be a better time than now.

I trust that you will have a wonderful week, not because everything will go right (which if it does, great), but because your perspective on life is one that is timeless and on a higher level…above this world!

Until Thursday,

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Dream Higher

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For those of you who may not like to read, this post is going to make you happy. The drawback? You are going to have to think a bit!

  1. Take a moment to envision your idyllic life? Where is it? Who is involved?
  2. Now try to think of a life greater than your idyllic life?

Were you able to successfully imagine it or was your attempt at a greater idyllic life from question 2 just a more elaborate vision of your idyllic life from question 1? Chances are your second undertaking was probably more of the latter.

While writing this post, God said “dream higher” laying Isaiah 55:8-9 and Ephesians 3:20 on my heart. From those verses we know that God’s thoughts are higher and that He is able to do infinitely more than our wildest dreams could ever conceive.

I keep my promises, so this is my closing statements (in case you didn’t notice). If you are living your best life…dream higher. If you are unsure about God’s plans for you…dream higher. Whatever state you are in, go higher, because that is where God is and where God is, even your wildest dreams seem underwhelming!

Until Sunday,

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Too Well

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In a competition against someone, chances are not probable that you will choose a game/sport that you have never played or know nothing about! You’re going to choose something of familiarity…something that you know the ins and outs of, with your eyes closed.

Our adversary, Satan is no different. When he plans he attack against us, he doesn’t employ love, truth or kindness, his weapons of choice are worry, fear and anxiety. He is excellent at hitting us where it hurts, giving us a virtual theatre to play out our worst fears. “You’ll never make it, and when you don’t, this how your life will fall apart.” & “You’re irretrievably broken, look at all the times you have had a ‘fresh start’” to name a few. These visions of demise are always so vivid and real, putting 2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV to the absolute test.

Satan is great at imposing stress and insecurity into our lives, because he knows the feeling all too well. His endgame of disintegration is just about as cemented as Lot’s wife and the layers of sediment on the ocean’s floors. He’s been nervous about how rough his end is going to be since he was promptly ejected out of heaven, which if it’s anything like Romans 16:20 MSG says (“… the God of peace will come down on Satan with both feet, stomping him into the dirt.”), then he has ample grounds to be worried! Like most villains, Satan wasn’t evil from the beginning. He was actually an angel that dwelled with and worshipped God, until one day he became unsure of his identity and bumped his head on an evil ego rock, knocking him unconscious. When Lucifer woke a few hours later, he declared to himself, “I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High”, Isaiah 14:14 NIV and the rest is history.

If you go read Isaiah 14, it won’t read about Satan being knocked unconscious, I just applied my own embellishments on how he went from riches to rags, for personal understanding. At any rate, dissecting Satan into the feeble, fearful failure that he is, helps us to decrease him in our eyes and increase Jesus in our spirits.

Now, in light of all that, do we even have an enemy or it is just the shadow of a stuffed animal?

Until Thursday,

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Contentment.

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Whew…2018 really came in with a bang! I’ve been so busy, running around like that coyote who could never catch the Road Runner. Ironically, the opportunity to slow down did present itself today, when my initial plans fell through and in that unplanned quiet time, God laid this on my spirit.

It’s being okay with pages left unread in a book.

It’s finding solace in the quiet moments.

It’s cherishing those who love you most, even when they have a “funny” way of showing it.

It’s relinquishing the need to control every aspect of your life.

Late for a class because of a previous class? Accidentally ordered the wrong thing online? Misread a recipe? Forgot to turn off the lights before leaving?

Yeah, you’re human.

It’s not getting complacently comfortable in life but being consistently grateful.

You don’t have to take the entire world all in one day, just a municipality a day.

Some will be large and easy, others will be small and hard.

Whatever the size or challenge, you’ll rise up to it!

It’s loving the bit of cellulite on your arms, when it calls attention to itself in the gym mirrors .

It’s sitting alone to the outside world, but in actuality sitting with your true friends, Jesus and your angels.

It’s saying, “Thank God, you’re the final editor on my life’s story and not me!”, when you make mistakes.

It’s picking yourself up when you fall and thinking, “I’m blessed to be able to move on my own.”

 

It’s having nothing but everything you’ve ever wanted in life

It’s having perfect peace during life’s roaring sea

It’s surety of your due season

It’s seeing yourself and announcing “I love me!”

God is enamored with you, irregardless of who you are, and where you are (and even where you have been), so much that He sent a invaluable jewel in your place!

Until Sunday,

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2018: A Year of Surety

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Happy New Year, 2018 is going to be an awesome year! I’m excited and you should be too, regardless of how things look or feel…

I would consider myself fairly intelligent, with a moderate level of knowledge. There are a lot of things that I know, like my ABC’s/123’s, multiplication/division/addition/subtraction tables, that science alleges my closest genetic relative to be a monkey and that God’s Word remains through it all. Now, how much of my knowledge am I sure of? Well, let’s see…

The numeric and alphabetic systems were created by man, so their reliability is questionable. Mathematical orders of operations are only accomplished through the means of numeric systems, making me a bit skeptical of their accuracy. And science, a branch of knowledge that hinges soley on the oscillation of “newfound research” is definitely not something I would depend on. Give it another 50 years and some great someone will be saying, “The earth isn’t flat or round…it’s trapezoidal!”.

Now, I’m all for education, hence why I will be back in school next Monday (and at least another 4 years after that)! However, there is a significant difference between knowing something and being sure of it.  I would bet that every Christian knows that Jesus died so that they could have a peaceful and prosperous life, but how many are sure…without a shadow of doubt.

I tried to fly in 2017, spread my wings and reach beyond the skies, but the wind got caught in wings, because I was unsure of my purpose and God’s promise of provision. The rain weighed me down, as I ducked for cover during the storm, because I was unsure of my freedom and identity. My wings and body were weak because I was unsure of whether to cope with 1 Corinthians 13 or cupcakes.

My prayer is that 2018 will be a year of complete surety for you and your life! When the test reads failure, you can be sure that God has already made you a winner. When life says broken, you can be sure that Jesus died for your wholeness. Even Satan himself is sure that while his end is total disaster, your is total victory both in heaven and on earth!

2018: A Year of Surety…still a year to fly

Until Thursday,

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