I Have Love For My Brothers and Sisters

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1 Thessalonians 1:4-10 (NIV) is a needed and an important reminder and message that we, on earth today, should be grateful for and appreciate to have. It reads: “For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia (regions). The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.”

Just because we all may be physically, socially, and spiritually different DOES NOT MEAN that I could not appreciate you and love you in my life. I love my family, but that does not mean that because you do not own my family’s last name DOES NOT MEAN that I don’t love you and appreciate you as my sisters and brothers, in Christ. This picture above proves how close and how much we love each other and how we should continue to pray for one another, despite of what is yet to come.

Nowadays, more than ever, I hear about how my brothers and sisters are in pain, crying, and even shouting out loud to be heard, which pains my heart. Just as my picture up above, I will pray along with you, for you, and will forever love you as my own sister and my own brother, in Christ. Imagine that in that picture is all of us holding hands together and praying and calling on the Lord to help support and ease the pains and wipe away the tears off of our fellow members.

There is no such thing as you being exiled out of my family and out of my life… because THERE IS NO LEGITIMATE REASON for you to be. Together, under God, we are much stronger than the enemy’s idea schemes on how we ‘ought to’ or ‘should be’.

I will eternally love you within the depths of my heart because we ALL are family.

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His Word Is Our Spiritual Instructor

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In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV), it says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

We hold a mighty book in our possession and within our homes. Let’s say that you are someone that doesn’t own or have a bible within your hand or your home that is not within your grasp. As substitutes, there are many bible platforms and study resources that are available to you. One site I use is Bible Gateway. I will admit that I was referred to this site by a close friend, who also was the one that taught me about Jesus Christ and why I should always stay in prayer and have faith in Him. She is my Sister in Christ and she also bought me my first bible.

I bring all of this up because not only do we have biblical resources (bible, internet, friends, family, bible study groups, etc), but what we have even closer is being able to ‘hear’ God’s messages, the tool to teach others, and we can begin to let it bloom within our brother’s and sister’s hearts as that of a mere seed that needs to sprout. In Matthew 17:20 (NIV), it mentions “He replied, “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.”

It is not impossible for us to share, talk about, and teach others of God’s Word. It is not impossible for us to slow down our busy days, take a moment to relax, and to seek peace within our spirits that came from God. It is not impossible for us to also learn something new and our students are learning something new as well.

In our hands, online, or on paper, we have notes that spoke of the most powerful Words that came from our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came down to earth and is known as the human form of our Heavenly Father.

I will assure you that every time you read of His Words and what He has done, it is as if there is always a new lesson, a new story, and a new verse that is always teaching us something new that we never had paid attention to the first time we have read the same sentence. It will be all worth it in the long run.

Urge of Late-Night Poetry

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This came to me late last night and I made sure to quickly jot down my poetry into my phone before turning into bed. When God has a message for me to hear, I will listen to Him.

1 Corinthians 6:19 (NIV), it quotes “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own…”

I will fight for Jesus Christ, 
He is the Head of my life. 
I can't stand how some Christian voices seems to be hidden,
for this world seems to be turning; we all have a voice that God has given.
I see and hear about how Satan chose to corrupt us,
but let me say that I'd rather him and his minions fly away or catch a bus.
It pains me to hear lost souls 
accept the enemy's contract in order to obtain material pleasure such as 
gold.
But beyond any and everything, I will keep praying for my sisters and
brothers,
for in Christ Jesus, we are stronger in unity to strengthen our spirits and
to love one another.
God is VICTORIOUS, and let that be known.
Remember that the life that you are living 'is not our own'. 1 Corin. 6:19

You’ve Been There For Me

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Despite the times
when I believed that everything was fine...
You've been there for me.
When I was a kid, too afraid to go to sleep at night; 
under the covers, I felt safer when I hid,
then you've played a jazz tune on my radio... a song
which has proven to me that you've been there all along.
Why did I reach up to you,
at age 13, before going into a hospital's surgical room?
It was as if, although I couldn't 'see' you, I 'knew' you were there.
Easing my emotional uneasiness, making me feel calm, at peace, and fair.
I can't believe how long it took me to recognize You;
the Lord of my life, the creator of my life,
preparing me to become or continuing to be to my husband a perfect wife.
I know that I would love to have that super car...
but You supply me with the things I Need, which is Your Love by far.
I can go on and on
because I want to shout out my deepest appreciation
for life and the lives of others that are here with me
all across the world and among many nations.
You are my teacher, leading me to help and teach others about Your Love.
Thank you Jesus for I feel extremely blessed sharing my spiritual care  
before my life's final flight of my spiritual dove.
Thank you, Jesus... Thank you.

The Lord’s Prayer For Us To Remember

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In Matthew 6:9-13 (King James Version), it quotes “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

Before my walk with Christ and understanding what it means to connect with an invisible God, I had so many misinterpretations of Him within my mind. When I was a kid, I remember my grandmother one day teaching me of the Lord’s Prayer… and to (of course) repeat what she said while we were on our knees and turning into bed to rest. As I had grown through my teenage years and into adulthood, it felt as if I was still affected and impacted by this prayer somehow. My curiosity finally got the best of me because that was a time when I had too many questions about ‘who is the Lord’ and ‘why was His prayer so significant in my life? the image of me praying beside my grandmother stuck within my heart for so long. I was soon blessed, within my life, with a grand amount of new friends that were supportive, including my family and home church members, about how valuable, important and precious this prayer is: the Lord’s Prayer that grabbed and held onto my heart.

Whenever you pray, you are having a personal talk, a moment, and growing a spiritual connection with God and are speaking to Him. In turn, you are growing and showing that you have Faith in Him and Believe in His Words. Perhaps He may not be physically standing in front of you on earth, but what if Spiritually is comforting you before I even made this blog entry. Have Faith, stay strong, and believe His Words in scriptures because He hears our prayers, He hears our cries, and He hears our voices, our hearts, and our spirits within us whenever and whatever time we want to speak to Him. 🙂

 

Exchange Good for Good For God

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In Proverbs 20:22 (NIV), it quotes “Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”  Wait for the Lord and he will avenge you.” Similarly, in 1 Thessalonians 5:15, it mentions the same lessons to keep in mind to “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong,  but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.”

Too often, and too much, we would either see or hear someone bringing up or speaking about some kind of idea of ‘Retaliation’, but not in a positive way as it should be. No, I cannot imagine the pain and hurt that you currently feel or had felt in regards for losing a loved one due to an action that could’ve been avoided; I have no idea of your experiences. However, I still stand and agree with the Lord on this subject: I will wait on the Lord because He is my avenger (Prov. 20:22).

It’s true that situations happen that can be too painful to bear, especially when losing a loved one, but at the same time, God has never abandoned us, despite how long Satan has been trying to gain the power the Lord has over us; the lost sheep. It pains me hearing about how many believe that a physical weapon is stronger than the Word of God or Prayer, which in truth, it isn’t and never can be.

A gun for a gun isn’t right. The Word of God is. Threatening and seeking retaliation against one another isn’t right. Believing in the Lord and His Word is. Hearing the news about how children are playing, firing, and harming someone or themselves with a loaded gun DOES NOT SOUND AT ALL RIGHT. Praying with our children and raising them to live and be the best that they can be is. To, at least, be given the chance to witness your child walk across a graduation stage or be promoted up a grade in school or even learning how to count is a miracle and more  amazing and precious than discovering devastation to be in their future.

If we are adults, lower guns quicker than firing them at one another; at least make the sacrifice for the Lord Himself. It’ll be worth it in the end.

I Cannot…

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I cannot believe my eyes;
You have brought so much happiness that has changed my life.
Daily I read and cannot wait until I can work for you again.
You've taught me how to follow You, to listen, and to understand.
I cannot believe how you fixed and repaired my broken heart.
You made it happen. How? Where should I start?
Just to wake up and breathe is a blessing which means so much.
Every day I wake, I yearn to feel your touch.
My nightmares are nothing but like a shadow on the wall.
Your Words comforted me so much to show me that the images are small.
Thank You, Jesus, for Your massive love and support.
Thank You, Jesus, for offering peace whenever I feel pain or hurt.
THANK YOU!! :)

 

Remain the Fighter That You Are

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In the Book of Revelation 3:11 (NIV), the Lord said “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” Later, in the Book of Revelation, the Judgment of Satan has been revealed to us in Revelation 20:7-10 (NIV) as quoted “When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth – Gog and Magog (names in reference to the men and women of the devilish in heart) – and to gather them for battle. In number, they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night, for ever and ever.”

It is time for us to get back at the enemy and do the opposite of all the evil things he expects us to do. For example, the devil will find you in your most vulnerable and weakest state of mind where he tries to convince you to do something rule breaking and heart breaking to God. I know that no one can escape the evil influences the devil attempts to use as persuasion within all of us, but recall one thing: The Lord can make a way out of no way AND there is always a way to escape the enemy’s clutches.

This is a secret the enemy doesn’t want you to understand and know. He desires to negatively influence you to follow his way and deceitful plans, which, in the end, leads to nothing but destruction if he is the one to be followed.

Tell the Devil to back off and remember where he is heading: “To the lake of burning sulfur… ” and to begone with bringing up your past pains within your life, because guess what? We can never return to our past, but we can only make our futures bigger, better, and brighter than those years before. Any pain I may have and experience in life is only temporary… but Jesus Christ’s Word will be forever… and HE IS LIFE AND LIGHT!

I Will Work And Wait For You

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In the Book of Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV), it quotes “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Regardless of how your work environment may be, where you may have your ups and downs kind of experiences, keep in mind that you are performing services for the Lord. Perhaps what you are doing doesn’t coincide with what you may believe could be a form of “servicing” Him. The truth is that you are. As long as you are “working at it with all your heart”, you are doing service for Him. For example: I may earn a paycheck or work at a business of any kind, but I do like to write inspirational poetry to help uplift others.

I just learned something new in my spirit: That is a service to the Lord. I am happy and proud of that, and for those of you that may have hard days and times at your current job, think about the Lord, calm yourself, and keep in mind that you are servicing Him and Him only; not the human being that you see before you. Even if you may be self-employed or unemployed, I’m pretty sure you are servicing the Lord as well. How? If you care for any children, or even when you decide to push yourself to complete or do a presentation in front of others, you can count that as doing a form of service for the Lord. Just think of Him first, do a silent pray (if you need to stay calm), and always remember that He is watching over you.

Happy Mother’s Day Everyone

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I intended to include a scripture on my post, but I’d rather use this brief moment and time to thank all of the mothers, whether on Earth or no longer here, for what you have done and sacrificed for your children.

The Lord has directed me to locate one scripture to share: Job 31:15 (NIV). It reads “Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?” This is so true. Regardless of where and whom they all are, they made a sacrifice alone to bore us and help to give us the present life that we have on earth, whether we are still close to them or have grown apart from them. One fact still remains that they made a sacrifice to still bore us while God was molding us inside of our mothers’ stomachs. There’s a reason why, if you have a twin or a sister or brother with the same parents, that you do not look EXACTLY like one another. Now if you both do indeed look the same, both of your personalities are different somehow.

As I continued to grow, my knowledge of what a mother can do and will do for her child expanded. At one point, I can recall a time when I believed that multi-tasking couldn’t be done, but my mother proved me wrong. She was cooking, talking on the phone, ironing my school clothes, and helping me with homework while still answering any questions I had to ask of her. Mothers, I have one question for you: HOW IS IT POSSIBLE?! 🙂 As life progressed, I came across a multitude of different mothers; this includes teachers as well.

Dear Mothers,

I cannot imagine everything that you have been through just to show us how much you love us, protect us, and sacrifice for us. What you have done was nothing but prepare us to grow to become smarter, sweet, and intelligent seeds of youth. It was because of you that we have learned to grow and learned how to love our own children. It is because of you that I am standing strong and I am staying strong and grateful for everything you have done for me. Whether you are now resting in peace in Heaven with our Lord or are here on Earth, a million times over… thank you… Thank You… THANK YOU for everything you have done for us. It is because of you that I am still here, standing here, and I am still smiling. Thank you… and Happy Mother’s Day.

Shakiya