Studying Together Diligently

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In Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NIV), it quotes “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Diligently means to show care and being attentive towards someone and something; distributing patience.

It was the Lord that wanted us to ‘Listen and Know’ this information, as mentioned in Deuteronomy 6:1-2 (NIV):  “These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.”

We would not make it very far in our lives without Him. This is not to say that the souls that are gone and resting with the Lord now was not of any importance. Of course everyone one’s life was important. They were here to inspire you, encourage you, love you, and push you forward. That ‘Love’ is the same kind of love God has been showing us all along.

I understand that nowadays, technology has been a major concern nowadays and it’s as if that sense of “family” may have dissolved at this point… but I say that it’s further from the truth. It is not too late to teach, help, and support your “Family”, which goes beyond your personal home siblings, but your family that seeks help in Christ’s Name.

Recently, I watched an online Bible Study with speaker Gwen Smith at gwensmith.net over the Facebook page. The thing about our first session together with her was that our signals with her kept disrupting and breaking up. Her signal would strangely disconnect us from hearing her words about God, but I was able to hear her make a sound truth. She said that “When we seek Him, we will find Him”, referencing how Joshua and the Israelites walked over dry land to follow the Lord. At the same time, I thought of how long it took us to keep a connection and find her new live videos and searching for them in order to locate her. Altogether, it came to be four videos, but wherever she had switched or moved to, we were able to find her, once again, and kept on moving forward with our study.

Never stopping, being diligent, and focused on God’s Word is a miracle within itself because we were sharing God’s Love in the process. Although Sister Gwen constantly apologized to us for the interruptions, we didn’t blame her for the mistake, but the Devil instead. Lol. 🙂 It was obvious because the enemy hates for us to listen, read, and learn anything about God, but it’s been time for us to shut his service down this time.

Although my age classifies me as an adult, I am still learning about the Lord as a child of God. I just have a thirst and hunger for His Word and I can’t wait until I am prepared to teach others as well. Of course, I may not be able to comment on all of your posts, but I do glance and read them because ‘YOU ARE TEACHING ME’. What am I talking about? All of your messages are coming from the same being: God. As I read through all of your posts, comments, poems, pictures, and articles, I notice how wonderful and strong God’s blessings have been to all of you and I can only become speechless in the end. You have taught and showed me an example of God’s Love and how He speaks to and through all of you… and I am thankful for that.

You can never be too old or too young to learn more of His Word. I love that because every time I reread and study His Word, it always feels as if I’m learning something new and as if His Word can morph and change a lot. Wow! What a miracle! 🙂

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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”.

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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. 🙂

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! 🙂

‘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. 🙂

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.

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.

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. 🙂

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.