My Absence & Online Bible Study

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In 2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV), it says “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

So, besides having a daily monthly routine of attending doctor appointments for my Multiple Sclerosis (MS), playing my common hand-held games, and watching television episodes of some program, I wanted to change my routine up. Because I love God so much and wanted to connect with more of my brothers and sisters in the Lord, I’ve decided to take a chance in researching and see if there was an online bible study available anywhere. I wanted to make a change for the Lord to “… show myself approved to the Lord…” as mentioned in 2 Timothy 2:15.

Studying alone nowadays is just… boring. In addition, to be honest with all of you, there were times when I kept losing focus when it came to staying in my studies, reading His Word, and even ceasing to complete the spiritual poetry I had aimed to complete by this year. It’s like I have a drive to tell everyone about God one day, and then… I lose that energetic and spiritual drive due to distractions in my life. So, perhaps I feel like an introvert nowadays, but that doesn’t mean that I have to submit to that sedentary lifestyle. I miss having interaction with people, I miss hearing their point-of-views on a topic, and I miss learning more about God like never before.

So, what I have done recently, I sought a perfect online Bible Study with Gwen Smith titled “I Want It All”.

Gwen Smith's Online Bible Study

I’ve met and prayed for more of my brothers and sisters, in Christ, online hereon Facebook. Just as it is here on this site, everyone is from every where around the world. I love that. 🙂 I can’t wait for the session to begin on March 5, 2018.

To show myself approved to the Lord, I needed to make some kind of change in my life that was worth it. I craved more and more of God’s milk (scriptures) that I wanted to learn more. I do not have all the answers, but I’d rather feed, help, and teach my sisters and brothers, in Christ, that as big as our family is, WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. Just recently, a shooting occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Sadly, lives were loss, but I will tell you one thing: Prayer is needed like never before instead of using a physical weapon to seek retaliation against someone.

Brothers and sisters, I will do whatever I can to offer my support to you, to help you, to keep uplifting you. To everyone that has ever suffered from losing a loved one, losing ta job, losing a home, or has an illness or has any body issue, know that all of your challenges can always be solved by God and can never trample over you. I’m sorry for what ever life tragedy has befallen over you, but know that you are loved, in numbers, by so many people, including me.

I love you all and I will forever keep all of you in my prayers. I pray that God will comfort all of you, heal all of you, and bless you with everlasting gifts and love everyday. I pray that when you rest in your evenings, I pray that all of your stresses and worries of the day will blow away just as your day has, Never give up and never stop believing that you can make it because, no matter what, God is forever by your side. This is my prayer, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay strong and we all will chat again soon. 🙂

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What Does It Take?

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First, I would like to thank Gwen Smith at http://www.GwenSmith.net. Thank you for sharing this lovely image.

When I first came across this image, one question surfaced within my mind: What does it take for someone to believe God’s perspective of us and for us to believe in Him? In Proverbs 19:11 (NIV), it says “a person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 25:15 (NIV) says that “Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.” Last, but not least, it is further noted in Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NIV) that “the end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.”

From my own life experience, for me to ‘Grow up in the Lord’, it was not an easy task. It took me many years of reading, studying, and putting into practice the deeds God sought for me to perform. After first reading His Word, once in college, to my surprise, I had found many support groups that also studied the bible as well. Yes, I had my spiritual mother (the one who introduced me to His Word and gave me my first bible), but after awhile, I didn’t want to be that nuisance of a girl once I observed how our schedules were no longer aligning together once they had been. I will admit to you however, that she showed me a form of patience that I’ve never noticed from someone on the outside of my family before. As I recall my years of studying with her, I can also recall how I bombarded her with plenty of questions, and by her using a sense of “PATIENCE” with me, she helped me to resolve and answer them.

That level of “patience” she had shown me could only be a sign from God Himself. I say this because I would not have met more and more Christians during my walk and attended many church services and participated in my home church activities. I felt my spirit and my mind being directed to pursue my curiosity and find out the truth about God. Yes, I was highly nervous and scared (for some unknown reason), but I decided to take that first step in going with my gut to follow my heart. Besides, it seemed like everyone was always having fun in church services that I wanted to be a part of and enjoy as well.

In Ecclesiastes 7:8, yes… my ending (today) is so much greater and awesome than my beginning (years ago) when I first learned about Jesus Christ. Yes, I was a lost spirit, but at the same time, I was dealing with stress and depression at a young age. It scares me to think of where I would’ve been, but I’m happy that I know that God has been walking with me and helped me whenever I needed him most. So if I ever was asked, “Would you ever want to revisit the past?” Of course, a part of me would say ‘yes’ because of all the fun I used to have as a kid, but I would have to say ‘no’ as being my final answer. Reason? It’s because I don’t ever want to encounter my past pain ever again. I am more settled with appreciating every new day that God has blessed me to live and the new plans God has in my life. That is what I am anticipating and waiting for. I feel 100% better when I give Him the reigns over my life.

In our bibles, line after line, scripture after scripture, chapter after chapter, and book after book explains everything in grave detail how much God cares for us, sacrificed (Jesus) for us, and how He loves us. A well-known scripture is in John 3:16 (NIV), where it 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.” In verse 17, it further explains His reason for fighting for us by saying “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Him= Jesus (His One and Only Son).

What is He rescuing? Our souls.

Why? We know that no one is perfect on earth, the main cause is from the era of Adam and Eve when the serpent (the evil one) tempted Eve, who shared her fruit with Adam, which resulted in disrespecting God’s command (to not eat from the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil) and they both were cast out.

What does this have to do with me and how I’m living today? Everything. What I’m saying is that we know that we all were born into this world as sinners because of what happened centuries ago, but that does not mean that we have only that lifestyle to live and abide by. What I love about God is that He is always there and available to any and everyone. He loves us and delights in us grabbing and holding onto His Hand.

Don’t be afraid to call on Him and reach out for Him, because even though we can’t physically ‘SEE’ Him, He sees us 24/7 and whenever we call upon Him and believe in Him (Jesus).

I will share one thing about the bible that I never saw in other books before reading its same passages: His Words seem to change and gets compelling more and more that I picked up my book to read it. My words: It’s just THAT GOOD! 🙂

Stepping Into A Brand New Year

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As we enter into this brand new year,
without a doubt, it is You that allowed me to be here.
"I will never make a statement or even be heard"
were my words, so absurd, that echoed like the chirps from a bird.
I concede and learned to believe so heavily in You,
and I will do it over and over again for You, Lord, whenever I have to.
I've sacrificed my old ways in order to grow closer
in studying the hymns, Your Words, and smiling at my scripture poster.
Lord, thank you for giving me Your Grace
and allowing me to shine and smile every day across my face
because I know that wherever I am... at my home or in another place,
You've always been by my side sending spiritual gifts that can't be traced.
Thank you for sharing Your Love with me and helping me to pass it along
to my brothers and sisters, in Christ, that also is singing Your songs.
As we bring this year to a close,
I will wrap my words up tonight, I suppose.
Happy New Year to every single one of you, my sisters and brothers.
We've all stepped out of this year with God; how about another? :)

Merry Christmas & Happy New Years

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Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy 2018 New Years to all of you! 🙂 I will make this message a bit brief since my family and I are preparing for the family fun tomorrow on Christmas.

The least I can do is send out all of my love to all of you and thank you all so much for your inspirational words of wisdom, strength, and just… to let me know that I’m never alone and I have a friend and an online family waiting for me whenever I need to talk. The biggest thing and greatest accomplishments for me in 2017 was getting to share with all of you, my brothers and sisters in Christ. I will be honest: When I posted my first ever note and poem this year, I didn’t expect the love and comments from anyone. I didn’t expect that anyone would hear or read anything from me since I am not a well-known writer, but all of you have proven me wrong… and I ‘Thank You’ and appreciate all of you for that.

Matthew 19:26 (NIV) – “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”‘ 

‘To Study Or Not To Study? That’s The Question.’

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In 2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV), it quotes “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who currently handles the word of truth.”

I know that I am, in no way, a perfect woman to lie to any of you that I hold and carry my bible every day as a faithful Christian would because in truth… I’m not. But lately, I have been missing the bible study classes I used to attend with my family and friends instead of just… always studying my bible alone nowadays. There was something I always gained in terms of studying the Lord’s Word with someone or in a group. The joy and excitement I would always feel from learning something “NEW” and understanding the deeper meanings behind the Lord’s Words and the many parables and verses the Bible holds.

With this drive in my heart, it’s sad because I am alone, but I will admit to all of you this one thing: I am more than proud and happy to learn something encouraging and inspiring from all of you. All of you are my bible-study companions and connections. That ‘connection’ that I miss so much and so dearly.

Apologies everyone. I wanted to vent out for a moment. Onto the topic at hand.

This passage is expressed to all of us that we must always remember to keep the Lord’s Words in mind and to “… not be ashamed…” of it. It hurts me to read, watch, and hear about how more people are accepting the abolishment of the Lord’s Word around the world. It hurts… to witness how easy it has become, but then again, we were forewarned about this. In Matthew 5:11 (NIV), the Lord said “Blessed are you when people insult you,  persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” Later on, the Lord, in the book of Revelation 2:10 (NIV), quotes “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.” This gives my spiritual major push in wanting to learn more.

I may not be able to travel the world, but I am willing to learn more, share, and teach what I know in order to help someone and encourage someone to keep on moving forward in their walk with Jesus Christ. As far as the ‘teaching’ aspect goes, I really have a lot more to learn about that in regards for how to properly answer questions people may have about Jesus Christ and why they should walk with Him.

Stay strong everyone. 🙂

When I See This Cross (Poem)

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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.

Sending And Sharing God’s Love

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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. 🙂

His Ways Are Greater Than Ours

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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.

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. 🙂