When I See This Cross (Poem)

The Cross

When I see the Lord's Cross...
I think of how Jesus Christ
sacrificed His perfect to help save my soul... my life.
When I see the Lord's Cross...
I think of how God wanted His children to carry on and save others,
to not move and think of our past hurts and pains, but to move forward.
When I see the Lord's Cross...
I think of how He was able to overcome the biggest of challenges,
regardless of where He was on the face of this planet,
and tell the Devil to flee from Him, despite the enemy's failed tactics.
When I see the Lord's Cross...
I think of the overflow of love
that He continuously blesses me to share from the Heavens above,
even proving His love's presence around me from the flying doves.
When I see the Lord's Cross...
I think of my Sisters and Brothers
in Christ's Name, that I will forever love 
as I would as I do with my own family; my fathers and mothers.
When I see the Lord's Cross...
I think of His open arms that I run into
for safety and security through and through
because His Love will never change and will always remain true.
When I see the Lord's Cross...
all I can do is praise His Holy Name,
praise His Name only for no other name deserves the same,
because He is my friend, my Father, my God in Heaven, in Jesus Name, Amen.
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Sending And Sharing God’s Love

Hugging Bear

Today, on my Facebook page, I have received this hugging bear from a relative. All I could do was to simply smile and do one thing that I have never done or rarely done: Try sending this image to all of my contacts through my Messenger.

My reason for forwarding this lovable bear to so many people is because I wished that I could personally hug all of my relatives, friends, and supporters. Spiritually, this is exactly how I feel about all of you that are on WordPress. I wish that I could give all of you a BIG HUG for all of your comments, inspiring me, and just simply reading and listening to me.

This is my hug to ALL OF YOU! This is my spiritual hug to all of you all around the world. I don’t know where you are, but know that I care about you and love you. No, I don’t need to know your name or anything. “With God, all things are possible” as mentioned in Matthew 19:26 (NIV), so my spirit is giving you a BIG HUG, and I know that Jesus Christ has been continuously giving us all a hug everyday. 🙂

Going Near To God

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In James 4:8 (NIV), it says “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” To further explain the ‘double-minded’ understanding, it is already mentioned to us in Matthew 6:24 (NIV) that “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

I bring this up because I had a dream last night that was kind of… awkward, meaning that I couldn’t understand it… but I did understand it’s message: To fully devote myself to the Lord rather to sacrifice my soul for materials on earth. Let me explain my dream to you.

I was in some kind of town or city that had about 4 or 5 homes that were in front of me along the side of a dirt road. Anyways, in my dream, for some reason, I wanted to be a comedian (not in real life) and entertain a grand amount of people that I could hear laughing from a center near my location. As soon as the thought popped in my head, a man, out of nowhere, was in front of me sitting at a dining room table of some kind in a home. He gave me a pen and told me that he can make my dreams come true, which sounds more of like a fairy tale story. In my dream, I signed this contract with the man smiling at me, but before I could see his face, I woke up out of my dream.

Lately, I have been reading headlines and I have viewed many videos that explained how fame and fortune isn’t worth selling your soul for. I kid you not that my dream felt too real, which I know that in real life, my soul or spirit belongs to our Lord in Heaven. When you sell your soul (to Satan), that means that he can have and do whatever he wants and whenever he desires you to do those things. God wants the best for us, whereas the enemy wants to break us to have our souls in whichever way he can gain a soul.

Someone might ask: “What does this have to do with my blog post?” Give me a second because I had recalled a similar dream that, after waking back up, I cried in my bedroom over.

Years ago, I had this dream where I was inside of a locker room with a younger child on the other side of the small locker room hall. As we were changing in our locker room, a tall-like beast in red bust through our door and looked at both of us as if he could read our minds, as we somehow also read his as well. He looked to the young girl and asked her if ‘she wants to die’? The girl said ‘no’, and then the beast turned to me and asked me the same question. As soon as I said ‘no’ in my mind, he turned back to the young girl… and by us simply “mind reading” each other’s thoughts, I heard the young girl ask me “Why” as the beast quickly approached her… and then killed her in front of me. 😥 I, then woke up, cried my tears, and I prayed to God for forgiveness and to help me grow closer to Him.

That was one dream that hit my heart so bad to where I still remember it and I felt responsible for a girl’s death in my dream, but know this for certain that I would never do that in real life. I would’ve sacrificed my life for the child. My room’s pillow was drenched in my tears… but  I kept trying to remind myself that it was only a dream.

I say all of this to you because we know, for certain, that the enemy of the Lord will do whatever he can to break us down, but guess what? There’s always light that comes in the morning. I love the Lord by my side daily and have His presence there, because without Him, my life would be full of so much darkness. No, I do not know what you’re going through in your life, but know that just because you are living that way, does not mean you have to remain that way for the rest of your life. You have a way out by following the Lord’s Light. That same ‘Light’ years ago that I had awaken to from what I classified as a ‘dark’ dream was God’s morning light. It helped to ease my pain and fears that day and to show me that He was there.

The closer you grow to God, the more at peace you will be physically, mentally, and spiritually. Stay strong everyone.

God Is Mathematically Amazing

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Mathematically, God is glorious;
His love is infinite and His Grace just flourishes.
He inspires and wishes to have a relationship with us
not being parallel to Him but to love more than to fuss.
Intersecting lines means two of the lines meets at some point.
Learning of His Word touched my spirit, my heart, and even my joints.
I want to gain a closer relationship with God that's nowhere obtuse,
but at least closer in degrees, so much that it's acute.
Help me make my spiritual walk linear to Your Will and Your Way.
Teach me how to stay silent, to listen, and to pray.
90 degrees is the weather forecast,
but I will continue to follow and fight until my time to rest at last.

His Ways Are Greater Than Ours

An Image from Whollyloved

Before I begin, I would like to thank the creators of the website ‘whollyloved.com’ for sharing this image from their blog article titled “When We Don’t Understand”, by Dawn Ford.

In Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV), the Lord mentioned something key for us to remember. He states “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” This was not to belittle anyone, but (as always), to share the truth with us.

Out of curiosity, a question arose: ‘What if God ONLY listened and done OUR HUMANLY requests and worked by our own thoughts? It’s a scary thought and feeling because, as sinners, the worst of the worst could have been the result; following the serpent’s intentions. Example: One of the 10 Commandments in the Bible is “Thou shalt not kill.” By worldly thoughts, situations, and standards right now, it is legal to kill a human if you have a permit to ‘Carry A Concealed Weapon’ (CCW) in the US in a few states; one of those states being my home state of Michigan. In the Book of Ephesians, Chapter 6, it speaks of us to keep and use the ‘Armor of God’ as our protection because it is more of a ‘spiritual warfare than a physical one.’ It is sad because, despite the age ranges, more people have been harmed or killed for various reasons. The only reason why the death-toll numbers, from weapons, are not HUGE is because of God.

He keeps us in order (as a parent), He comforts us (continuously giving us strength when we are down), and He remains walking along our sides 24/7. His Ways are way much higher than our thoughts and our ways. It was in Matthew 4 where it talks about how the Devil tempted Jesus, and each time, what did the Lord do? He refused the Devil’s offers every time.

In Matthew 4:8-10 (NIV), the third time the enemy tried to get the Lord to follow his ways, it says “‘Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'”

I will be honest: I, too, have my days of thinking about giving up on everything, but there was a problem. My heart would ache and it felt as if I was being pulled by someone or something to ‘do good and turn away from rage. If God is my supporter, why do I need to try to do things that are not obedient and of His ways? It is due to one evil spiritual being that wants to have the Heavenly throne: Satan himself.

God keeps us in order and the only thing He asks for us to do is turn to Him and speak to Him. He will be the one to avenge those that have harmed us. All we have to do is trust in Him, have faith in Him, and walk with Him.

He Overwhelms Me With Gifts – Poem

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To wake up and feel your warmth from the Sun you created,
to every morning's beautiful nature; I am ecstatic and elated.
You never stopped believing in me whenever I wanted to quit, 
but You've continued to send me more blessings that weren't a little bit.
Lord, I am choking up because tears are still flowing from my eyes
due to one of the greatest gifts You could ever give me as a surprise.
I praise Your Name, Lord, more than once... more than twice,
for blessing me to hug my niece for the first time in my life.
To me, it was one of the greatest gifts I couldn't stop from shouting out.
My love for You GREW, where it's You I cannot live without.
It's You that can make my saddest days into something of light.
It Is You who can turn the earth's gloomy days into something so bright.
Praising Your Name, Father, always and forever more.
Praising Your Name while I yearn to walk through Your Light of open doors.

Craving The Pure Milk of His Word

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In 1 Peter 2:2-3 (NIV), it says “like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

I remember the first time when I was studying and learning about the Word of God and the Lord with my job supervisor, who soon became my spiritual mother, a decade ago; I was 18-years old and just graduated from high school. At the same time, I wanted to learn more, read more, and hear more about the Lord… for some strange reason. Our studies even went for so long as to ending about 3 am in the morning, even with us knowing that we both had to get right back up at 5:45 – 6:00 am that morning for school (me) and for work (supervisor). I craved to want to learn more about the God so much that, while attending college, in my spare free time, I visited different bible study groups that were in sync with my schedule. On my 19th birthday, as the greatest gift I could ever receive in my life from anyone, my spiritual mother gave me my first bible; not the giant-sized bible but a personal one. In turn, I studied more, learned more, read more, and it felt as if I had experienced my own form of ‘ADDICTION’ for the first time in my life.

I say all of this to say that I had moments and days when I was afraid to ask questions, and to read about the creation of the world, Jesus’ time on Earth, and what he experienced, I felt bad for what He went through and even those described within the book. After just reviewing a scripture or attending church services with my grandmother to listen more, I soon heard, from my spiritual mother, that it was a form of “opening my heart and accepting His Word.”

My ‘ADDICTION’ was my ‘spiritual addiction’, and my bible became my medication. As I remember those first years of learning God’s Word, I was a ‘newborn baby’ learning, hearing, and listening to sounds, gospel music, and the like. There was no negative side effects to it, but rather, I felt safe by reading His Word, just as a child feels safe in their parent’s arms for the first time. That sense of feeling ‘safe’ is what God wanted us to understand and know, is that the more we believe, rely, and walk with Him, we can fully understand and learn that He is safely protecting us under His Wings. All of your answers to the questions you may have are all found in His Word for one reason: For all of us to learn, to know, and to spiritually grow.

I Am Strong… And So Are You

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Regardless of what challenges we face, always remember that you are strong. I recently ordered this bracelet from an Avon representative that I could not stop gazing on one of the page’s brochure. This bracelet meant a lot to me, instead of it being for fashion.

Instead of giving up on our dreams and giving up on helping our societies, our families, and our friends, “YOU” can affect and make a difference in this world, whether you believe me or not.

In Matthew 17:20 (NIV), the Lord made a statement on the topic of what it means to have faith in Him. He said “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

No amount of challenges can overcome you. When I think of ‘Faith’, I think of another word that I enjoy living by: ‘Bravery’. I have ‘faith’ in Him so much so that it causes me to feel ‘brave’ over my challenges and I can quickly sidestep and brush off those days of being overwhelmed with pain.

You might be asking “What does your testimony have to do with what the Lord has quoted in the bible?” My answer: One thing I always  gain whenever I read a quote, a prayer, a song, or even the laws within the bible is an increased Faith within my spirit. My faith and continued trust in our Heavenly Lord, Jesus, is what gives me that nudge and push to keep on fighting. The enemy of God is trying his hardest to tempt me and to force me to turn away from the Lord in any way that he can try to get hold a foothold on my spirit. Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV) says “in your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

I imagine the enemy as being my home’s rug mats that I would use to wipe my feet. I believe in the Lord and I know that despite us not being able to physically see the enemy, God is spiritually taking care of all of all of us that continue to believe and have faith in Him.

I will not yield or stop moving because of what the enemy expects for me to do. I will keep on moving, staying strong, and keeping my faith in Christ.

Lifting Someone Up

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I came across a scripture for the day, on the ‘Bible Gateway’ site, and I am thankful that I have. The scripture was in James 1:22 (NIV) that says “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Whenever I share my posts, messages, or replies with all of you, I am being honest with all of you about whatever topic that is mentioned; even if I just give you a simple “Like” with no comment to follow behind it. It’s not because I believe that the “Like” was enough, but on the other side of this blog, I tried to remain strong and focus on writing instead of worrying about my outside troubles, pain, and noises. For example: I made a previous post about overcoming fears, when in fact, I was dealing with my own personal forms of fears. One fear was that, since I have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), when will I die and how will I die? Am I taking the right medications and am I on the right injection (Rebif helps me) to help combat my MS? By my family and I just recently dealing with a massive of family losses in 2016 and ongoing through this year, the nerves in my body isn’t as settled as it had been before.

Now, I’m not writing this message to point out my pain, but rather, it’s a message to aid me and help me whenever I feel bad or feel like giving up on things in my life. Whenever I reply a good message to anyone or even give you a “Like”, that is a reminder for me to come back and reread all of your messages and words again ‘FOR MYSELF’ because I need to. I need to read those messages and listen to your messages and share with you whatever message I may have. At the same time, I, too, need to revisit and review my messages as well to help keep me in line and the direction God wants me to follow and pursue.

Little you may know is that you all have been helping ‘me’ to climb over my stockpile of trouble in my life, and I am truly blessed and grateful to all of you. I needed you in my life, despite the fact of how far I am physically away from all of you, but spiritually is a whole new different ballgame when it involves Jesus Christ. 🙂 So again, THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!

You Are The Light of This World

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John 3:16-17 (NIV) quotes “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Luke 19:10 (NIV) explains Jesus’ mission on earth being “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV) says that “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

John 8:12 (NIV) – “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.””

I needed to take some time and think about the question: “Who is the LIGHT of this world?” Ultimately, as mentioned in John 8:12, Jesus spoke that “He is the light of this world”, which is true. He is the Son of God, a lineage relationship that can never be broken away from our Father (God) in Heaven.

Question: “But if that is true, then how can I, a human being living on the plains of this earth, be a light?”

Inside of each of us is a spirit, a spirit full of energy and light that urges to break out and share God’s Words and urges to connect with everyone and anyone that needs to be helped. Your own spirit is a light onto this world that truly needs to be shared. How? Do what you love to do. Example: If you are an instrumentalist and loves to play music, use your blessings to, not only play for your friends and the community, but play it for God. The Head Man that is always blessing us with gifts that we don’t even deserve to have. Whatever your skill or talent may be, think of Him at the forefront of your mind, because (to be honest) we will not be here today without Him.

Yes, Jesus is the Light of our lives, but at the same time, it felt as if He has passed the baton to all of us. He wants us to love one another, help one another, and to even pass our knowledge and our words down for generations. I love to write my poetry and inspiring messages so that I can at least encourage a soul and help someone who may need it most. This… is my spiritual gift that I love to do and share.

We all are lights in this world in our own way and can inspire to save a soul from being immune to darkness and believing that their lives aren’t worth living. The truth is that it is and we can do something about helping them to replace their broken light bulbs. 🙂