What Do I Live For?

What Do I Live For?

The average human being is always caught up with happiness. How to get this and that, how to have fun, how to mask pain, and somewhere in between, we get proud of having such experience that we express in our social media accounts.

What happens when all of it is gone? When time has outgrown it? When the experience only produces pain of recalling what is past? There is nothing but a big void left in one’s heart.

So often I see a lot of people wear their pride whether it be their sexuality, place, knowledge, group, business, religion and reputation. Admittedly, I care about my reputation (future) that much, but I get blown away by the fact that “Whatever the future holds, I am held so firm by a great and powerful force of love—JESUS.

“Jesus loves you,” you hear these words often from those who believe in him, and some rejoice, some sulk and some just don’t get it and they’re thinking this person is weird. These are just how people REACT to His love and sadly, there hasn’t been any room to ACCEPT that love in our hearts, because all day long, we fill our hearts with our SELFISH desires. All week long, we PRACTICE what has been preached, yet there’s really no value in STRIVING TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT IN HIS WORD because we love to be comforted and hate to be tested. 

Nobody likes to suffer, so we play the roles we like for ourselves. 

Let me tell those that suffer now, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18, ESV


We have got to put to death the notion that we can skip suffering and enjoy shortcuts that compromise our faith—sexual immorality, covetousness, impurity, foolish talk, crude joking, flattery, debauchery, sorcery and the like. (Read Ephesians 5:1-21)

2 Timothy 2:22-26 “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”

What Do You Live For?

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The Frustrated Woman Versus The Faithful Woman

The Frustrated Woman Versus The Faithful Woman

Getting caught up with a lot of things…

Serving complaints instead of love…

Overthinking circumstances instead of trusting God…

At some point, these things consume most women. The desire to land a stress-free high-paying job, to find the right one and to fulfill the dream of a nurturing a Christian family. are very much the vanity of single Christian women.

Flashback to the day we accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, it should be rooted in our hearts that from that day on until forever we live for Christ. This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 “So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11

This reflection enabled me to look at the life of Jesus and his mission: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28

He is the ultimate example and those that do not know him and imitate him fall into the trap of conceit.

It takes building a relationship with him daily to know him, it takes faithfulness and courage to follow him where he might take you and it takes killing one’s desires to experience pure joy in resting upon his perfect will for your life.

Every day will always be difficult, but believe when he says “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Women around the world shouldn’t be claiming the things the world labels them—“Seductress”, “temptation”, “whore”, “bitch”, “sex symbols”, “weak”, “vulnerable”, “play toy”, “bossy”, “judgmental”, “backbiter”, “hopeless romantic”, “naive”, “forever alone”, “gossiper”, “damsel in distress”, “haughty” and all others that our Holy Father didn’t design us to be.

You are far more precious to Him than you think and no amount of riches, no man, no loved one, nothing in this world will ever make God’s love for you any less than what He already does think of you.

Proverbs 31:30-31: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who greatly fears the Lord shall be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done, let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

The verses above do not serve as a weapon to attack the people who are mean to us, but they are our weapons for assurance, that when we go through very difficult situations and even people, we will remember our priceless worth in God’s eyes. I highlighted the last verse in red also because it only means that by doing as God had told us, we show that we truly love God.

If you feel like this is something you are struggling with as a woman, feel free to reach out through this blog.

 

Our Heavenly Home

Our Heavenly Home

A lot of times I think, “God would you please comeback here or could I just come to you, so I’d be done dealing with struggles here on earth,” but then he said, “I gave you life, so that you may have it abundantly.” 

John 10:10: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Life was not meant for survival or a bootcamp in any way; it was meant for praise, not because we have these blessings around us, but because His presence supersedes the petty things we worry about, and for those who believe in Him, we go up to another level until we become like Christ. A heart like heaven, never offended, never looking down on one’s self and other people, but always looking up to The glory of His Father. 

Ephesians 3:20: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Life was meant for praising God, in every season of life, so smile, pray, and worship God in His holiness!
Psalm 29:1: Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.

The purpose of praising God is knowing He is there with us in joy or trials, in times of loneliness and when we are overwhelmed. To those who trust Him, there is great comfort, peace and love that you cannot help but praise Him for all His wonderful works towards you.
This is the reason why you and I can truly share Jesus to others. He has given us all that we need, and that is His presence out of His unfailing love for us.

24/7 Praising God

24/7 Praising God

1. Praising God does not hype up on a Sunday and fall short on a Monday. Instead it continues to rise with each passing day.

2. Praising God is not removing yourself from the world, rather being joyful in a world where God placed you to be a light of his glory.

3. Praising God is being convicted of sin and being able to see and stay in his mighty grace.

4. Praising God is recognizing that you can only be right with God when you run to Him for counsel.

5. Praising God is knowing He loves you and does not count your sin. His steadfast love is forever.

6. Praising God means obeying His voice and keeping His promises.

7. Praising God is rejoicing in His plan even when it hurts inside. He is working in us, so everyday we are being freed of pride, lust, selfishness and entitlement, so we can receive his heavenly inheritance fully.

8. The world is passing, and yes, problems pass, but praise be to God whose love never fades.

9. He is perfection. He allows pain designed for growing your faith, one of the things you prayed for.

10. Praise God for everyday miracles, for every day I am by His side, not lacking of every good thing. 

There is power in His love. His love is too mighty, to big for me to contain, so I’m sharing this to you!

A Friend Closer Than One’s Brother

A Friend Closer Than One’s Brother

He gives me breath and I rise from my sleep.

His goodness plays like a tune in my mind.

Though I fathom what the day brings,

He is quick to forgive.

He knows that I am weak, like dust blown by the wind.

 

As I go on with my activity, He waits patiently.

Finally, I sense with my ears, silence

with my eyes, solitude,

But in His eyes, I need no excuse not to be with Him every single second.

 

His spirit is with me, guiding me.

At times I may grieve when pain surrounds me.

But in my weakness, He strengthens me.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33, ESV

There is a friend that loves at all times,

a friend who sticks closer than a brother,

a man who is King yet acquainted with our sorrows.

“He is a hiding place for me; He preserves me from trouble; He surrounds me with shouts of deliverance. Selah [a pause]” Psalm 32:2

Therefore, all the days of my life I will walk abundantly lacking nothing.

I will give praise to Him!

“For He is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” Psalm 18:2

“But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children.” Psalm 103:17, NLT

Jesus is my greatest friend, a friend who sticks closer than a brother, who endured death on the cross so that we may be reconciled to our Father in heaven and receive new life through His Holy Spirit and live with the newness continually and share it with others.

Have we let Him in? Have we received him in our hearts?

Have we let go of our past and embraced the present?

No turning back.

The Lasting Benefits of Truly Caring for One’s Self

The Lasting Benefits of Truly Caring for One’s Self

Stress is an unavoidable physical condition that makes us physically, emotionally and spiritually imbalanced.

It is not treated with temporary pleasures like food and all sorts of activities designed for fun, yet it is fought with a wholesome habit of being a better version of yourself.

To be able to take that step to a better you, you must be able to take that leap of faith and trust God to transform your lifestyle.

I had been living with eczema or skin condition characterized by itchy and inflamed patches on your skin which can spread to your head down to your toes. Some even have it worse, but the key to it is managing stress the right way.

After years of going to the doctor and receiving steroidal medications, I gave up because of the pricey medications and looked for alternative methods that were affordable for young professionals like me with the same effectiveness as those pricey medications.

At first, I tried expensive branded topical creams and supplements to boost my immune system since my condition is an immune system defect; it worked but I just didn’t think I was a good steward of my finances knowing I had bills to pay and people to help out.

I decided scrolling on Pinterest for natural remedies which worked for awhile, until I noticed that the results were different from using a product backed with quality research and government approval.
What worked well for me which I still used up to today are organic products HALAL and BFAD approved products from Aromacology. I roll on the tea-tree oil on affected areas of my skin, and I found that it’s great for treating pimples and pimple scars too. 🙂

The Aromacology Scrub Bar is also a good facial scrub. It has eight kinds—Cacao, Seaweed and Peppermint (for nourishing and deodorizing), Pineapple (for whitening), Almond Coffee (which I’m currently using that is for Exfoliating), Soya Milk (for moisturizing), Lemon and Tea Tree (for acne treatment), Grape Seed (for anti-aging) and Virgin Coconut Oil (for multi-purpose use). It gently removes dust and oil from your skin while moisturizing it.

I learned it from a friend which is truly a blessing to me. Maybe you’ve recently given up on answers for healing your own illnesses. It may not be a physical illness, it may be something emotional, and that itself is what is causing stress that is too hard for you to bear.

Examine yourself. Are you constantly drained of energy because of the lack of joy? Joy isn’t temporary, although it may be synonymous to happiness, joy is felt even when things don’t turn out the way you want them to. You still go on rejoicing over life, because there is contentment inside of you.

To be joyful is the secret recipe to a better life, and it starts with you!
Truly caring for one’s self is recognizing someone greater than you and all the stress you’re experiencing right now. And that someone is a God who loves you and cares for you!

We have been given everything by Him to permanently deal with the stress of this world and that is God the Father’s son, Jesus Christ. Jesus makes a way for us to deal with stress. In my case, it was through a friend who introduced me to an awesome product.

Maybe this blog is God’s way of encouraging you to truly take care of yourself. If so, I’d love to hear from you. Comment below!

Apart From Love

Apart From Love

“But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18, ESV

It’s easier to love someone you like or love when you are in good terms, but how do you love when you disagree with what you believe?

It almost looks hypocritical to love others and not love your own family. To love God, and not forgive others. It requires a dying to self.

I totally disagree with what my family believes in, that’s why I am so driven to make our city a Christian city, but the change has to start with me, you can’t call it a city of Jesus by a common church with similar beliefs; it can only be recognized as such if Jesus’ followers actually live in the same way that God wants them to live.

Most of the time, emotions felt like irritation, anger, and tiredness get in the way of truly following Jesus. I quote Snapper in Super Girl when he said, “If it’s a half-truth, then it’s a whole lie.” Definitely what we as Christians need to do; to live the whole truth, and that is to love as Jesus loved his church and gave himself up for them.

At the brink of our passion to serve him we forget that “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” 1 Timothy 1:5, ESV

But all of these is only possible through faith in the Lord, and not by our own strength.

Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”[a]12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit[b] through faith.” Galatians 3:11-14, ESV

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5, ESV

And with these words of God in mind, both faith and good deeds are needed, but it can only be attained through God’s love. Your body, soul, and the Holy Spirit in you need to work together to attain the highest calling of serving God, and that is loving Him, loving yourself as His new creation and loving everyone whom He died for, whom he forgave, whom he remembered and included in his great inheritance, to be heirs of His kingdom, not of this world, but of eternity in heaven.

How great to have such a loving Lord that everytime we sin, we can freely come to him and ask forgiveness and He makes your life new again! Don’t wait for him to come back again, so you can ask forgiveness, come back to Him at this very moment, he is reaching out to you, ready to listen, ready to accept you. Surrender and His spirit will abide in you for you to do the greatest miracles with His love.