The Time is Now

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If you have done the wrong thing, who hasn’t. If you feel like the world is judging you, don’t look at them. Look up.

God is there looking down on you. He is speaking Words of love to you. Just open up your heart.

No matter how long it has been. No matter how many times you have tried and given up. You can always start over. You can always turn around.

God is everywhere, so start where you are, and He will be there! Nothing matters but the longing in your heart and the love that He has to offer you. Put the past in the past.

You are able to come to God as you are (John 6:35). Just come to Him now. Tomorrow is not a guarantee, and neither is the next breath.

You don’t have to know all the answers. It is not needed to know all the verses in the Bible. Being without sin is not expected to come to Christ (1 John 2:2).

In fact, having sin in your life is what qualifies you to have His forgiveness (Romans 4:5). You only need to believe in Him and confess (Romans 10:9). You see, God didn’t send His Son Jesus for people without sin (John 3:16). Jesus came for the broken and the lost.

This includes myself. When I came to Christ, I only knew of Jesus, but I didn’t have the relationship with Him that I have now! However, I believed, in my soul, that Jesus loves me and that He took my sin and my shame, so He could die in my place!

Since the day I gave my life to Him, I have walked with Christ, and I have learned how to hold His hand. Though I sometimes fall short, His love for me has taught me how to be more like Him (Psalm 94:12).

I can’t promise you that you won’t ever have trouble in your life, while following Christ. I can’t say you won’t have some sorrows or any pain. One thing I can tell you is that Jesus walks with me, and He promised that I would never go through anything alone (Hebrews 13:5). My life is so much more fruitful with Him than without Him! I can’t imagine my life without Him, and I pray you will consider your life with Him. He love and forgiveness is waiting for you today.

Thank You for Shining Your Light

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I know you are excited about what you do for God. Thank you for not hiding it. You know that you are making a difference in the lives of others when you share Jesus with them (Matthew 5:14-16).

You could be doing anything else, but you choose to keep letting your light shine for Jesus! Your excitement excites me. It gives me a boost to keep shining too.

Keep shining, and let the world know that you love God. Let them know in your art, song, music, dance, or how you care for others that you know the Lord. Thank you for living life with joy. In everything, give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

I appreciate those of you who post scriptures, videos, or sing songs of praise on social media. Thanks for doing this, in the midst of the bad and negative things going on in the world. Seeing your joy and hearing your testimonies help me to stay positive and hopeful.

Just went it seems like no one cares about love or the Word of God, I see one of you willingly revealing your love for Him! This is why I know there are still those who love Jesus like I do! You are out there, and I know that there are more.

I know God is pleased with you shining your light. Though being bold can have consequences, I thank you for not letting that stop you. We must encourage our friends and loved ones, who know the Lord, to be bold for God as well.

God’s people can set the tone and change the atmosphere with our love and joy that He placed inside of us. Just as we encourage each other, let’s continue to do this for the rest of the world (1 Timothy 2). So many people are down, sad, and hurting.

That is how I feel today. Even though I woke up in pain today, I am still celebrating Jesus and His goodness, anyway. I will go out into the world today knowing that I will be taking His love, joy, and peace wherever I go! I will show that I love Jesus with my life today. I know that you will too. Be blessed, and be safe!

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Happy Thanksgiving

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As Thanksgiving draws to a close, I am thankful for the new memories my family and I made today. Although all of us were not together, we had phone calls, text messages, and short visits with each other throughout the day. Since my father passed away, 18 years ago, this holiday feels different and bittersweet.

Growing up, Thanksgiving was a big event for our family. While today was a special time, I must admit how much has changed. Besides dad, my older sister, and uncle are not with us anymore.

Also missing were several other family members celebrating elsewhere. Some were with their own families or other loved ones. Yet, no matter where we are, we will never forget what this time of year is all about.

For us, it is all about Jesus. Just like Christmas, our family knows and understands that Jesus is the reason we should give thanks. Who else can we thank for the fact that we have a warm bed, food to eat, and are able to see another day!

Jesus also helps us to love each other and to be there when it counts. Though we may not get together as much as we would like, when we do come together, it is all love. Therefore, I pray that you were able to spend this holiday with someone that you love. Be blessed!

Guard Your Heart

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We protect our phones with a password and malware protection. Our cars have alarms and locks for the doors. Our homes have security systems with hi-tech capabilities to ensure our possessions and loved ones are safe.

Yet, we often forget and neglect the one thing that needs to be protected the most. This one thing is our heart. For some reason, we just don’t think about protecting it like we should!

Ultimately, we protect our heart when we put God and His Word first. He is love, and we must be taught how to be love and be loved. Only He can teach us this, so it is wise to love Him and put Him first (1 John 4:16)!

By allowing God into our heart, He will be there to heal what hurts our heart. We will soon find that Holy Spirit is securing and standing watch over our heart (2 Timothy 1:14). However, this can’t happen if we don’t allow God to be our first love.

With Whom we spend the most time and what we spend the most time doing, that is what we value and love. It will be what consumes our thoughts and our desires. Let’s desire to have our hearts burn for Christ and His ways (Hebrews 12:28-29).

Let’s make Christ our deepest desire and with Whom we want to spend our time. Even when we are with others, God should be in our heart and guiding our decisions and deeds. When His Spirit consumes us, we will know who is for us and who means us no good. This is because He will give us spiritual discernment.

When we seek God’s counsel and not our own, we will have His protection (Proverbs 2). We cannot trust our own judgement. Our own understanding will always lead us astray.

We can’t see inside the hearts of others or their true intentions. Only God can do that. I encourage you to allow Him to be the King and protector of your heart today!

God is Here

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As we go through life, we may ask where God is in our situations. We may even act as if He has failed us and has not kept His end of the bargain. Sure, there are even times when we wonder if God is really good.

We’ll say that we don’t see His mercy. We will even say He is not always good to us. However, His goodness can only be felt and recognized by those that He knows and those who know Him (Romans 8:28). This is not to say God only does good to certain people (2 Chronicles 19:7).

God is available to all of us. However, it is necessary to come to Him through, His Son, Jesus (John 3:16). Until then, the availability of God in our lives will be up to us (Romans 10:9).

We may push Him away. We might ignore Him. Even worse, we may find more “important” things to do with our time, or so we may feel.

Thank God! Thank God. He does not do us the way that we do Him. To God, there is nothing more important to Him than you and me (Jeremiah 29:11).

We are always on His mind. Even when He is not on ours, and we are thinking on other things, He thinks about us. He cares about what we need and what matters to us (Jeremiah 1:8).

Most of all, God cares about our souls and our salvation (Psalm 62:1). When we do things that will harm us, He steps in by setting things in motion or slowing them down (Romans 8:34). He will whisper to us, show us signs, or send a word of wisdom and warning through someone we trust and respect.

God does all of these things to show us that He is here and everywhere that we need Him to be (Proverbs 15:3). When we least expect it, we get a promotion, a phone call, or a heartfelt card out of nowhere. There will be a kind word, someone will let us in front of them in line, or someone will make us dinner and bring it over when we are sick.

Hopefully, we see. Surely, we recognize that all of these things are from God. Every good deed and every blessing is from Him (James 1:17)! He is always looking out for us.

Even when we don’t ask for it, there will be those unspoken blessings to come right when we need them (Isaiah 65:24). The desires of our heart, the wishes and whims that we wish we could fulfill…He makes them a reality. Unfortunately, instead of saying thank you or giving Him the credit, we often don’t.

To help us learn better, God chastises us in love (Hebrews 12:6-11). He allows us to see that He is more than just a gift giver. He is more than just a provider.

He wants to spend time with us (John 15:7). He wants us to desire spending time with Him. Therefore, He allows us to see that our time with Him is not always what it should be and that we can do so much better.

Even still, He is waiting with open arms (Revelation 3:20). He is glad to hear from us, but most importantly, He has so much to share with us. This requires us to not do all of the talking but to listen.

When we come to the end of ourselves, when we finally realize that nothing else fulfills us like He can, He is here. He is forgiving. He doesn’t hold anything against us (Micah 7:19).

He just wants to walk through life with us. He desires to be our guide (Isaiah 30:21). I’m so glad that He walks with me. Aren’t you glad? God is here!

Choose Purpose

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In this life, there are so many things competing for our attention. It even seems like so many things want to steal our focus. Many people seem to be focused on doing whatever they want with their time. Meanwhile, others may feel that it doesn’t matter what they believe in or if they don’t believe in anything at all.

While God has given us the freedom to make our own choices, it is important to consider your choices wisely (Joshua 24:14-15). We cannot allow people, places, or things to take our focus and our attention. If we are not careful, we may look up and discover that we are not free anymore but in bondage!

If we allow our minds to be overtaken in sin, it won’t be long before our body and spirit will follow. Sadly, many of us let this vicious cycle happen because we are consumed by our need to be liked or to fit in. We may find ourselves becoming more like the world and losing our own way.

Before too long, we may be afraid to stand up, stand out, or tell others what we know is right. Though we will recognize that what we are doing is wrong, there may come a point when we don’t even recognize ourselves anymore. By then, who we really are may cease to exist.

Furthermore, we could choose to hide or turn away from the morals and beliefs that we once held as truth-all for the sake of conforming. Conforming is not always a bad thing. However, what we conform to can be a bad thing.

For example, when the thoughts and opinions of others cause us to hurt ourselves, dishonor ourselves, or hurt and harm others, conforming is a bad thing! It is also a bad thing when we are shocked by what we have become and are left to wonder how we got there. We might also find ourselves wondering why we chose to hide our glow, dim our light, or negate who we are?

Why would we want to follow after people who don’t even know who they are and disrespect themselves? Frankly, if we don’t know who we are, if we don’t know our purpose in life, we can easily find ourselves going with the flow of the world. It can happen without us even realizing it, at first. Still, we don’t have to stay there. There is a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13).

However, it is time to wake up! It is time to stop listening as others say not worry about how we live or who we hurt. It is time to stop believing that the world is our playground.

In reality, God wants us to be concerned about how we live and who we hurt. He wants us to choose righteousness over sin (Romans 6:13). How can we do this? Let’s turn to God and His Word.

In Micah, He says to do justly, love mercy, and to humbly walk with God (Micah 6:8). In Matthew 22:37, God says to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind. Then, in Mark 12:31, He says to love your neighbor as yourself.

Let me be clear. We can’t do any of these things by ourselves. Yet, when we let the Holy Spirit teach us how to do these things, then we will have the desire and the ability to do what God requires (John 14:26). Then, we can encourage someone else to do the same!

Are You Missing Something?

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This is it! Everything is going according to your plan. Just one more accomplishment. One more goal to reach. Then, you will be happy and where you want to be in your life.

All you need is just one more big break. One more opportunity. You just need to meet the right person, and things will fall into place!

You just need to focus more on what you want. That’s it! Maybe, you just aren’t trying hard enough to get what you want.

These are some of the things you tell yourself, right? You have these same conversations with yourself. Sitting in your kitchen, driving to work, or when scrolling through your phone between classes.

You feel the hopelessness rise inside of you. You just can’t help feeling defeated! Every other person at work, church, or on social media, seems so happy.

It feels like everyone else is living their dreams and reaching their goals but you. What is it? Are you missing something?

What is it that you need to do? What haven’t you already done or tried to make things work out? Gosh!

Every time. It always looks like you are about to make it to the next level, but something else goes wrong. Something stalls, and you are alone again with shattered dreams.

Why? You try to be a good person. You try to pray. You work hard. Plus, you deserve to have the life you have dreamed of too, right?

Well, don’t be offended when I say this, but I want you to know that no one is good but God (Luke 18:19). This is why we need Him in our lives (John 15:5). I am not saying you don’t have what it takes to make it.

You may have put forth incredible efforts. There may be no one that works harder than you. Regardless, there is only a 50-50 chance that things will work out. However, with Christ on your side, there is ALWAYS a 100% guarantee that you will have what you need (Joshua 21:45).

While things may not always go the way you plan, they will always go according to His plan (Jeremiah 29:11). If you have never tried God’s plan in your life, THIS is what you are missing!

I get it. I don’t know where you are in your life right now. I don’t know what you have planned or if you are following God’s plan. You very well could be trying to follow God’s lead right now.

If so, that is so awesome! Keep following Him, and it will always pay off in the end (Romans 8:28). I can say this because I know that God is all-knowing (Psalm 139:12). You deserve the best, and with God, you will definitely have it (John 14:13)!