Give God A Big Hug

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In Proverbs 18:2 (NIV), it quotes “Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.” Another key point to always quickly remember also is that in 1 Timothy 6:11 (NIV), it says “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.”

Sometimes, whenever you feel as if there is nothing left that you can do, as if everything seems too much for you to handle, complete, or finish, or when you may feel as if something is just “hopeless or pointless,” DO NOT BELIEVE IN SUCH WORDS! Whenever you feel like this, just call on and pray to God. Just because we cannot physically ‘see’ Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father does not mean that He is not listening to us or hear our calls and our cries out for Him. Sometimes, just like the man in this image, I just stop what I’m doing for a minute, reach up to God, and pretend as if I am giving Him a big-and-tight hug. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging that He is still watching over us and caring for His children. I am thankful and I will forever acknowledge His works and what all He has done in my life because let’s be honest: I will not be here (alive, talking, typing, etc.), without Him.

It’s sad to say, but it  is inevitably true, that we may continually be around an individual or people who choose to ignore some form of truth that someone speaks of or out to them. One main example is of God’s Word: The Bible. Yes, I, too, experienced times when speaking about the Bible seemed okay for some and yet bad, strange, and even weird for others. Despite what’s happening on the outside of us or around us does not mean we have to change what’s on the inside of us, which is our spirit.

According to Psalms 119:9 (NIV), it reads “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.” I will admit that whenever I slip up in reading and studying His Word, I would feel this form of a ‘tug’ that’s happening between the Lord and the enemy in regards for what I should do. I dislike turning away from God and will return back into my studies, like that of a student in a classroom. This is what we should do… and what I should continue training and practicing daily to do.

Most importantly is that there is, and will always be, a lost soul that is willing to open their heart and listen to what we have to say and teach them about the Lord we serve and listen to. I study so that I can one day inspire, study along with, and teach something to someone who is open to hear my voice. Some may delight in destruction, but I am one of those souls that will forever delight in serving the Lord. 🙂

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Staying Strong Despite Our Most Toughest Challenges

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In 1 John 4:12-13 (NIV), it reads “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.”

I have referenced this scripture for a reason: Despite anything we go through in life, the Lord will always be with us, within us, and will love and support us whenever we always remember that He continues to love us more abundantly. Continue to love one another more than anything because you are doing nothing but sharing the Lord’s love.

The reason for my absence from posting on my blog was due to the many unexpected family deaths within the whole year of 2016. The timeline of deaths from January to December was just too much to handle all at one. One instance was that my grandfather lost two brothers two weeks apart from one another within the month of April, however, within the month of July, my grandfather passed away soon after them. To briefly summarize how many have passed in 2016: 10-12 members. As I speak to you, both of my aunt’s ashes and my grandfather’s ashes are placed here at my home where my grandmother, mother, and I live.

Despite all of my tears and heart aches back to back, God was there to support and show His love for both me and my family by helping us all to stay strong for one another and show much more love to one another like we never have before. Besides all of the arguing and showing so much disgust with one another, ‘LOVE’ was one word that we needed more than anything that greatly needed to be shared. To this day, my heart still aches, but that doesn’t mean that I need to stop and quit doing what I’m doing because of all of the tragedies. What God did was continue to bless and give us strength to not only get through our hurt of losing a lost one, but He also blessed us with enough strength in order to support and love one another.

So beyond all of the many family quarrels, learn to overcome and look beyond that brief period, but rather, show and share in loving one another. It was and is the Lord’s Love that we are and intended to share. Death of a loved one is unpredictable, but while I am sitting here typing to all of you right now, I want to say to all of you that ‘I love you my fellow sisters and brothers, in Christ.’