Love More and Hate Less…

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Before your eyes, this picture that I have taken has more than one meaning to it for myself. This candle was laid upon my grandmother’s mantel piece (shown) along with other burning candles (not shown) as well. When she first laid it on the mantel, this candle was gleaming so brightly, as you can see on her room’s wall a good reflection of the candle’s light. Each time I would stop by her room and look at the brightness of the candle, I had received this automatic message and idea, within my mind and spirit, that we all will continue to forever stand bright and strong just as long as we will never allow our spiritual lights grow dim. Together, my sisters and brothers in Christ, we are stronger bonded together, hand in hand with Jesus, and our walls will never fall, even when we leave the physical nature of this world.

Another meaning to me, in regards for this same candle, was that this candle was placed just a few days right before an aunt of mine took her final breath in a Hospice/Hospital bedroom. It aches your heart to receive a phone call between the late hours of a night that your loved one’s spirit has finally gone home to be with the Lord. Sure, I was hurt, and even more so that the enemy wanted to overcrowd my memories with painful memories of her. Example: One instance is of how I can recall when she would speak negatively about me to whomever she would speak to either on her phone or on a different section of our house sometimes. This line of thinking and remembering comes from no one but the Devil himself. He planned it from the beginning. How do I know this? Because I know that our Father in Heaven would never have me turn against my family and friends for no reason at all. So regardless of how much someone may ‘claim’ that they dislike or hate you, it’s better to still love them unconditionally and keep on moving and walking with Jesus by your side. Too much energy is being wasted for and on hate, and that’s what the enemy intends for us to hold, but I’m here to confess and tell you that the Heavenly Father didn’t create us to simply hate one another. He created us to help spread His Gospel around and so much more. Besides, the enemy is here to cloud up our greatest and plentiful memories we have of a deceased loved one. He had for me, but now, thanks to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, he has been clearing out those stormy clouds in my mind in order for me to recall the most happiest and memorable moments and years with my aunt.

Do not let your last words to  a loved one (friend or family member) be a regretful one being about a message of hate, but rather, despite everything, show more love than anything. You will be spiritually rewarded by God for making such an action in the long run.

It Is Time

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It’s Time… for us to be in agreement over the fact that the Holy God is indeed the main and everlasting being that will support us until our physical bodies return back to dust and our spirits return back to our Heavenly Father. It is Time… for us to appreciate each other’s presence while we have the chance to while we’re still living on earth before our time is up. It  is Time… for us to read and hold onto our Bibles as close to our hearts more than ever and let Him know that you will always and forever love Him. Who is Him? Jesus Christ. It is Time to talk to Him more and more every single day that we awake to a bright day and to at least pray or do a silent prayer (a prayer between you and God) that you acknowledge, love Him, and appreciate all of His Works on earth and many blessings that He has brought into your life. Everything that we have on earth, everyone that we know right now or have known, the abundance  of ‘free and extra gifts’ that we received DID NOT randomly appear by luck. It is Time for us to appreciate whom IT was that made the ultimate sacrifice for our lives. There’s no other God that deserves the higher Glory and Praise than our Heavenly Father. Don’t wait and postpone until later in order to give Him praises and gratitude. Do it now… while you still have your life on earth.

The Confessions of your sins is Powerful

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In James 5:16, it quotes “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

When we have committed some kind of sin or bothersome trouble, and keep it secretive within ourselves, it only bothers our spirits in terms of whatever that truth we are holding in may be. We know that “no one is perfect” and is not 100% sinless; the only person that ever was is the One that came on earth to die for our sins. You’ve guessed it: Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

But back to the confession of sins, as an example, can you recall a moment when you have held something in and away from your parents or friends for so long to where you felt as if you were about to explode like a volcano? My testimony is that I had so many experiences of recalling something like that. My chest would hurt (as if over-the-counter medications were of any help) and there were evenings and days where I could not sleep or rest, and believe me, playing music to calm myself to sleep was not of any help, since oddly enough, either my headset would break or my batteries would die. My insides would clog up in my chest until I finally spoke to my mother about what may have been on my mind, or to that best friend, or to that family member that I would talk to about my personal caged-in pain. Unknowingly, I soon learned from a dear friend that when you confess something, you are also having a spiritual conversation with God as well.

One of my testimonies was that I decided to have fun with my dormmate to close out the end of one school year. I decided to join in with her carpool of friends to attend her brother’s house party. Now, I never had liquor before, even though we were now in college. Something bothered or upset me some time before then, so I caved in and I still can’t recall all the names of the drinks or anything to this day. That same evening, I puked and my vision became so impaired that I didn’t know how many times the restroom toilet has moved. Lol. I will admit that I was a complete mess to where when it was time for me to sober up, my head would not stop hurting, and pretty soon, my mother called and was asking me what all groceries I needed for my dormitory refrigerator. Some how, and in some way, she could sense that something was wrong with me. She told me later that my grocery list wasn’t going together. She said that I kept repeating “Jelly Sandwiches and Milk… with Bread.” I had to laugh after I was fully aware the next day, and because she would often help me with any laundry I had in my dorm, the stench from the heavy drink smells, I confessed and told her about what I had done. But surprisingly, she wasn’t mad or upset with me. I was confused and surprised, but she told me that she was glad that I was safe and made it back home okay. As time passed on, I look back and realize how glorious God is and how far He has brought, saved, and rescued me.

What is odd is that I had a best friend whom did enjoy himself at his college party of fun, have a few drinks, and he was fine, until the next day, I had received a call early on a Sunday morning that he had passed away. Examiners told his mother that the only meal he had in his stomach was of french fries and that someone had put something in his drink before he passed out onto his dormitory floor. This friend was my prom date in high school and we were planning to be together in a relationship after his graduation that was to happen soon. My friend’s life was lost, but his mother learned how to forgive all of those that were involved in his death for the sake of believing that God Will take care of it all.

Back to the topic at hand, there is nothing wrong with confessing or telling the truth about something. The mindset that I placed in my mind was that I thought about what Jesus Christ had done for all of us: He was beaten, had been mocked (and still is in different ways), and He was a perfect man who never had committed a single sin in His Life. It is time for us to uplift and take off all the burdens that have been on our shoulders for years and years at time. It is time for us to finally realize and believe that Jesus Christ is and always will be here for us. All we have to do is trust and believe that everything will be alright just as long as we fully Trust in grabbing God’s Hand. We all know that no one on earth is perfect, but recall that there actually was someone: The Son of God. He was punished for no plausible reason and endured the pain just to die for our sins. So ask yourself: Who’s punishment was worse: Yours or His? The confession of your sins to someone or a friend may only allow that person to help you or possibly assist you, since we all are of like minds and we love Him. All we are meant to do is help, assist, and understand one another. We do not have the power to judge one another because the only Man that can do that is God Himself.

Being Engulfed in God’s Clouds

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In Matthew 17:1-8, an event occurred that made a question to remain in my mind: What would I have done if I was involved in something like that? This section of the bible speaks of transfiguration (a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state) of Jesus Christ). It reads “17After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” 6When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.”

After reading this selection, I prayed at my home that very second, praised His name and thanked Him so much for walking along this earth that it felt as if it was real and it could have been me, even though my time on earth was further along the family generations to ever begin, or my name has ever became a mere thought. But regardless of the time, I truly believe that I would have fallen on the ground and in prayer just as His disciples had in Matthew 17:6. Something like that would have been too much for my spirit to handle. In Matthew 17:7, this is one of the many quotes, verses, and parables that encouraged me and helped to push me forward every day and keep on moving nonstop. Even though we cannot physically see Him with our eyes or touch His garment does not mean that He is not around… because He is, with all of us and forever will be.

When people ask that question: “Where is your God when you prayed and where was He when this or that happened?” My answer is that He is always here to assist and help me when I need it most, or even before I pray to Him about a situation, He already knows my requests or issues beforehand. What God do you know can do something so great like that? No one. All we need is the Trinity: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

So I have a question for you: What would you have done if you too were in the presence of Jesus and God spoke to you from the heavens above to tell you to listen to in His Son? How would you feel?