Being a Christian isn’t easy….

This post is not to complain, because I LOVE my life in Christ. It’s to shed light on the simple truths that people may not tell you when you welcome salvation….

1. You lose people

You start falling in love with God, and sometimes you may be the only person for a while that is committing and one by one they all flee. When those people flee, God replaces them with incredible, God-fearing, world shakers that awaken something in you and causes you to be a better you.

2. Self-condemnation

You begin to feel guilty with every single thing you do, sometimes it’s hard to sleep because you can’t stop thinking about yesterday’s mistake, but in those moments God gently whispers in your ears “Christ died for you, so you can live. I LOVE YOU and nothing will ever change that.”

3. You have to reassess everything

You may have been going down a path that doesn’t align with the path that God uniquely created for you, so now you have to start from point A and figure it all out……..actually, you just start from where you are because God has it all already figured it out and He knew you would get to this point before you did.

You know now that I think about it being a Christian isn’t hard at all, life without God is hard. Waking up everyday relying on your strength, depending on your own schemes, self-soothing with temporary things. Been there done that and I wouldn’t trade my new found freedom with anything.

 

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FOCUS.

Without a doubt, I believe that Christ is working through you to be the answer to a crying world.

BUT YOU HAVE TO STAY FOCUSED!

To think that the stranger you just walked by is waiting to hear your story and how God brought you through, but you’re distracted by pointless things.

We blame the enemy for illnesses, drugs, alcohol, basically items. Guess what the enemy is doing the most of, but you have no idea….DISTRACTING YOU!…..what?!

How many hours are you on social media? How many times do you put off something for tomorrow? How many times do you say I don’t have time?

If you’re on social media, use it to shed light. If you get that thing done today, you can do something totally different tomorrow and you would obviously have more time, if you stopped putting things off and prioritized.

This may be coming off harsh, but you’re SO VALUABLE to lives being changed for the better around the world, but you’re distracted by things that ultimately don’t matter.

This is the year for authenticity. Dive in and be uniquely you and most of all stay FOCUSED.

Tears.

 

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This beautiful soul committed suicide today. Simone Battle is her name. I never heard of her and I am not sure that I have ever seen her picture, but today on my Instagram her picture is everywhere.

They say “RIP” as the caption. My first thought……oh no I wonder what happened?!

I read on only to find out, she’s pretty famous and the saddest part….she didn’t die, because she had an illness or got into a fatal accident-but, at some point she felt completely worthless and saw that the “only” way out was taking her life.

Several things, break my heart with this story, ONE THING completely frustrates me. 

All of the captions and I mean ALL of the captions that I SAW, referenced her beauty. Like the only reason you are sad that she took her life is because she’s beautiful ?? Now, I know alot of people didn’t know her personally, so they can only speak on what they see…….BUT, as you can see she is BEAUTIFUL, BUT her beauty couldn’t save her from the hands of depression.

We live in a society where everyone is completely obsessed with the way they look, not even necessarily for themselves, but for those watching. We have to look like we have it all together, even if we don’t. As, women some of us hide behind our make-up and some men hide behind the price tag of whatever they own. NONE OF THAT CAN SAVE YOU FROM THE HANDS OF DEPRESSION.

I know nothing about this young lady, besides the things that I’ve read online. One thing I didn’t read online, but that I’m sure of is, 24/7 people could have been telling her that she is beautiful, but that didn’t help her from depression. The crazy part would be if she got to a point where she didn’t even like the way she looked….wouldn’t that be something?!

My point is, we have to dig deeper in our relationships with people. My friends dress nice and are attractive, but I am connected with them to know when there is problem even when their hair is nice and make-up on point. Love people as deeply as you can. Honestly, care even for strangers. Say hello more often. Smile when walking down the street. Say thank you and let someone know they are appreciated. Never stop telling the ones you love that you love them. Lastly, be more compassionate, because if the first thing you think about when you hear about suicide is “they are so selfish”, then you’ve completely missed the point. I’ve never heard a depressed person say how much they love themselves and this is why they are committing suicide. Try to be more understanding. There are so many people who genuinely need help and love. Let’s stop being so selfish and be a positive impact to a crying world.

And if you haven’t heard it today I LOVE YOU AND CARE ABOUT YOU!!!

 

Are you a “hoarder”?

We can have a hoarder’s mentality without ever collecting or keeping a physical object.

We can be hoarders over yesterday’s troubles. Yesterday, in this doesn’t necessarily mean 24 hours ago. Many people are holding on to trash from 6 days ago, 4 months ago, 10 years ago.

Wherever you fit in numerically, you need to ask yourself “am I a hoarder?”

Why am I holding on to this junk? It’s killing me from the inside out, but I can’t let it go!

I read a quote that said “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”. Your “junk” may not be anger. It may be resentment, self-esteem issues,  abuse,  etc. Either way its killing you and you HAVE to let it go.

Some things are easier to let go of than others. Some things take a little more time…..but, guess what?! With one simple act of surrender, God can and will take those burdens from you and give you the grace to move past them. He will strengthen you and give you the freedom you were always looking for.

ALL OF THIS is coming from an ex-hoarder! I’ve been there and I’m still on a journey of letting things go. The thing is, it may be scary, because you’ve become so used to living this way that any other way seems foreign. Be brave, like I know you are! The life without this “junk” is peace, freedom, joy, wholeness and its waiting for you! “Let go and let God” may have become a bit of a cliché, but it’s so true. Give it to the craftsman of all craftsman, and let Him make a masterpiece out of you!

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NIV

iMessage.

“I met a cool guy today!”

“Really?! I need details!”

“He’s INCREDIBLE! I’ve never met anyone like him before.”

“Where’d you meet him?”

“I was just walking home from the bar last night, and I heard him call my name”

“Wait! He knew your name?”

“Yeah”

“Soo, you knew him already?”

“Umm, no”

“UMMM?”

“He knows me, more than I know him”

“Okay…how long has he known you?”

“My whole life”

“Wow!And he just randomly bumps into you, how cute!”

“Yeah!”

“What’s he like?”

“Beautiful, passionate, loving, protecting, incredible, amazing”

“HOLD ON! You met this guy last night and you’re already drooling over him?!”

“If you spent 60 seconds with him, you would feel the same way”

“Well, don’t be stingy! Does he have anyone for me?!”

“He has a son, that will blow your mind!”

“YES! LOL” 

“Can I meet your guy first?”

“You actually have to meet his son first, when you get to know him, you’ll get to know what his dad is like”

“Okay!When?”

“Right now is good!”

“Right now?! I have to fix my hair and change my clothes!”

“He doesn’t care how you look or what you wear!”

“He MUST be special, cause every guy cares!”

“I told you, there’s no one else like him!”

“Okay! I’m getting really excited! You better not be tricking me!”

“I’m not! He’s more than words can describe, seriously!”

“Well, can I have a first and last name, so I can google him just to make sure?”

“Jesus Christ”

 

What would life be like, if we were just as passionate about our Savior as we are about things of no value?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If Jesus Walked the Earth Today.

Excerpt from a friend:

If Jesus walked the Earth today, how would He look?

He would look a little like you, a little like me

He would be clothed with humility and integrity

With a hat of understanding and hoodie of compassion 

With a shirt that reads:

Keep Calm and Follow Me

He would be transparent, so when you looked at Him

You would see your reflection

and when He saw you, He would see

PERFECTION…

 

 

Thoughts. Random Thoughts.

I have far too many thoughts in my head right now to just pick one, sooooo……I’LL BRIEFLY PUT ALL OF THEM IN ONE BLOG 😉

First topic: Waiting

Why is it so hard to wait for things God has promised? Why do we get so frustrated and start doubting? Why do we act like God will change His mind?…..I said “we”, because I’ve been there and I’m still working to do better.

First, off God will not say anything and then decide to change His mind, as if He’s saying “Oops, made a mistake!” NOT MY GOD! (Isaiah 55:11)

Second, we wait on God, instead of IN God. Waiting IN God, taps into His peace and grace to pass the time.(2 Cor 12:9)

Lastly, KNOW THE GOD YOU SERVE. He is ALPHA AND OMEGA. He has written your story and planned it out perfectly, in the beginning of time. (Psalm 139:16) 

Wait, patiently and don’t doubt. God is the beginning and the end, meaning the story is written in completion, meaning…..YOU ALREADY HAVE IT! IT’S ALREADY YOURS! NO WORRIES!!

Second topic: Addiction

Transparency Time: I struggle with an addiction, expressing my way out publicly, hopefully will help bring healing and deliverance to someone else.

It wasn’t until recently that I realized that a lot of the times we aren’t delivered from our struggles, because we make it personal instead of it being about God..”What do you mean?”

We selfishly want to be delivered, because we’re scared of what will happen to us, what people may think, etc. Instead, of wanting to be delivered,  because we want an authentic relationship with God. When your desires shift from selfishly wanting to be delivered vs wanting it, because you crave intimacy with God; then and only then will you be delivered(James 4:7). You need to desire God and want God, doing it for your own reasons will only be temporary and you will continue to struggle with an on-going addiction. The devil can only entice you with things you desire

Last topic: Humor

PLEASE PEOPLE OF GOD SMILE AND LAUGH MORE!!! Stop walking around with that “deep worship face” (some of you know what I mean 😉 ) Smile! You’ll be a better witness of God, if you simply smile more (Psalm 126:2)