Ohana means family…

… family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” Lilo and Stitch

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That quote comes from a children’s show which is also a movie, such a small phrase with huge impact. The kingdom of God (which is the church) is composed of disciples which is the spiritual family.

“Since the one who saves and those who are saved have a common origin, Jesus does not hesitate to treat them as family…” Hebrews 2:11 MSG

To often I have heard disciples say that they do not feel as if they are part of a family or that no one cares. Unfortunately, that is usually also from the disciples that do not give their whole heart or are not (truly) vulnerable with others so they set up walls and barriers expecting others to overcome when they have set up traps surrounding the walls. The Hebrew verse says that Jesus does not hesitate to call us his family when we mess up all the time so why are there still some hesitating to really embrace the church as a family?

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household… In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”

Ephesians 2: 19 & 22 NIV

In this scripture, as one commentary pointed out, there are three metaphors for unity in (1) common citizenship, (2) membership in a single household, and (3) mutual parts of one holy temple. People take pride in what country they are from and what their last name is (though not always the case). As humans we recognise the need to identify ourselves with something. So why not fully embrace yourself as a member of God’s house? If you keep one foot outside while your standing in the front door way, I am sure your parent or guardian would tell you to make up your mind whether you are going to be in the house or stay outside and shut the door based on your decision.

Same thing with God’s family, if you declared “Jesus is Lord” and believe that you are part of the body, why do you keep the front door open where all the insects can come in?? Your passport no longer says *insert country name here* but it says Kingdom Of God. I am tired of disciples saying bro/sis out of tradition/compulsion when they do not fully believe it or else their actions would show it.

I believe the kingdom is it and there is nothing else out there. This is the one place everyone has the Bible as their standard and challenge each other to live like it. No unstable “one the preacher knows their Bible” type of church. Because of this conviction I have done two hospital A & E runs and stayed until the early hours of the morning, almost got police called on me trying to protect a sister, ran after a sister who ran out of church, showed up at disciple’s houses at night time to check in on them, topped up oysters, fed disciples, been to two funerals ( a disciple and a non-disciple) and commemoration of a brother’s mum who was not a disciple, and even bought housing items for disciples in need. This is not to make me big up myself but simply to show that my convictions are in my actions. So, when I call a disciple bro/sis I really mean it. Imagine how much closer the family of believers could be or even how greater of an impact we would have if we followed through with our convictions.

 “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood”. Acts 20: 28 NIV

Do you draw limits to the distance you’ll go for your spiritual family or is it really the Agape love we’re called to have?

Let’s keep an eye out of each other, even the ones that we are not so close to because they may be the ones who need our help the most!

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Back to University 

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It’s that time of year again where schools throughout the world have started up again, waving goodbye to long lazy summer days and hello to autumn, filled with pumpkin spice lattes, homework and essays. Mine starts in a month’s time so I’m enjoying every second that I can!

While reading through Daniel, I realized that the first two chapters can really apply to university students. I shows how we should be an example on our campuses as Christians. Daniel and the others were chosen to be trained for three years so they could go on to serve the king. In the United Kingdom, most BA degrees are completed in three years and after go off to get graduate jobs to serve under a boss, CEO, whomever it may be.

A few things that needs to be remembered…

  1. Be excellent

The King wanted those who were chosen to be “…young men without any physical defect, handsome,showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.” Daniel 1 :4

These men had criteria they needed to fill before they were accepted to study the “language and literature of the Babylonians”. The same way we fill in the criteria with our grades and take exams to get into university like the SAT in the USA. Since you were chosen to enter thatt university, you should be grateful and do the absolute best that you can because not everyone will have the opportunity that you have. The scripture says to chose people who “SHOW aptitude”. Aptitude, according to dictionary.com, is readiness or quickness in learning. So showing aptitude in uni is asking questions, engaging with the professor, working hard to get the best possible grade without anyone telling you to work hard. If someone has to tell you to work hard on something, you don’t really have an aptitude for it so you will not be excellent in that area.  Jesus never did things halfway and he instilled in those who follwed him, such as Paul, to work hard at everything they set out to do. Always have the mindset that all the essays, projects and presentations are not for the ones who will give you the grade but as if God is looking at it himself. You can not use church commitments or bible studies as an excuse to do not study diligently or complete assignments on time.

“Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.” 

Colossians 3:22‭-‬25 MSG

2. Don’t eat junk / fast food all the time

“The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table… But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel then said to the guard…, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.”

Daniel 1:5‭, ‬8‭‭-‬12‭, ‬15‭ NIV

Who hasn’t fallen into the trap of snacking while studying or not eating properly because You forgot to cook the night before? I sure have! Daniel knew that his diet would affect his spiritual life even more so than his physical. If you don’t eat a balanced diet you will be more fatigue and emotional unable to focus 100% on anything. Eat fruits and vegetables. Stay away from munching on crisps all the time. Start having ready meals so you can grab it on the way out the door as you’re running to the train or bus. Wouldn’t you want to be “healthier and better nourished”? If you don’t take care of yourself spiritually and physical, how will you take care of others? Especially being a christian, if you aren’t strong spiritually you can’t help others get close to Jesus which hinders your mission.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

1 Corinthians 6:19‭-‬20 NIV

3. God will help you 

“To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning… The king talked with them, and he found none equal… so they entered the king’s service. In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than in his whole kingdom.”

Daniel 1:17‭, ‬19 – 20 NIV

Daniel received wisdom from God because he wouldn’t compromise on his convictions. He was a hard worker before anyone even noticed him and even stuck to being healthy when he had the perfect opportunity for some great free food! God will give you what you need as long as you put him first (Matthew 6:33). Disciples need to be the ones who set the standard on campus not follow what everyone else is doing so people can find “none equal” to those who practically apply the Bible to their lives daily.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

James 1:5 NIV

Hard work, healthy diet and God on your side! Have a great uni yeat! 

A Biblical Concept of Yourself 

Lately, I have been going through a series by J. Hampton Keathley III called Marks of Maturity: Biblical Concept of Christian Leadership, it has really heed me think through some of my thoughts. However, the chapter that has really helped me recently is chapter 3 which in the title of this entry A Biblical concept of oneself. When I got on to write this was looking at some of my drafts that didn’t make it to the published side. One those entries is called inferiority complex. Something I can struggle with in my christian walk is how I view myself which usually isn’t how the Bible says that God sees me. The study is quite long but I’ll share the things that really impacted me or greats points he makes.

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

– Romans 12:3 NIV

This scripture tells us to not think that we are not to think of ourselves as if we the best thing that has ever Wales on earth but to really look at ourselves as God sees us. What women hasn’t struggled with her image? Her worth? Her characteristics? I’m sure everyone has at one point but the beautiful thing is that we need to think of ourselves with SOBER judgement which means a real look at who we are and where we want to be. Better yet, where God wants us to be. If we have the right thoughts about God, we’ll have a right view about ourselves. On the oher hand, if we don’t like who we are, we will have the crazy notion that no one like us either. That’s a sad mental state to be in because it can paralyse yourself,  your ministry and the relationships around your (friends, family, etc). That mentality will put your further in isolation and selfishness and as Christians we need to consistently pour ourselves out (deny ourselves) as mentioned in Luke 9 : 23. If we live in a state of self hatred and hating others, we will focus on our own personal strength and not on the strength tat God provides us with and when failures come around it becomes a huge hindrance in the Christian walk. God has made us able to accomplish his plan into reality.

“Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant…”

– 2 Corinthians 3:4‭-‬6 NIV

If we focus on what people think about us, we’ll never really get anywhere past of what the limitations people will give us. You don’t want to be a slave to the opinions of people but be fully confident that God has equipped you and made you competent. I love what Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 2:4‭ & ‬6,

“On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority.” NIV

Paul had the mindset that he could honestly care less what the people thought about him because he was confident in his calling and how God saw him. Paul didn’t measure success by men’s standards but by God’s grace which helped him to be grateful and work harder.

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”

– 1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV

Paul also knew the danger of measuring up to men’s standard, instead of God’s. When you look at men to set your standard and give you approval, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Not only that, it’s sinful because you’re idolizing people.

“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. But, ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.’  For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.”

– 2 Corinthians 10:12‭, ‬17‭-‬18 NIV

Keathley gives a list of what false standards lead to which are:

  • False motives – Philippians 1 : 17
  • Guilt, frustration, depression – 1 Thessalonians 2 : 4 – 6
  • Feeling of pride and false success – 1 Timothy 3 : 6
  • Fear of failure and not wanting to go for the ministry – 2 Timothy 1 : 6 – 7
  • Self deprecation with the belief that we aren’t good enough

Falso standards -> false feelingso of significance

He continues to say that all those attributes lead to “handicapped people who are divisive and unloving because they compete with others and themselves for a sense of significance” and become defensive, argumentative and fearful. Have you ever been a person who is defensive, argumentative and fearful? I have and that was because I allowed my emotions to keep a hold of me and not rely on the word of God for the truth.

A mature believer… (From Keathley)

  • Act on the truth in their identity in Christ
  • Rest and act on God given abilities

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”

– 1 Corinthians 12:4‭-‬6 NIV

  • Act on God’s purpose and nature for this life

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

– Ephesians 2:10 NIV

To summarise what I learned from this lesson is that if I know who I am in Christ, I will act accordingly regardless of the response or success of others because I know of where I am going. Jesus knew who he was and where he was going that he did not really care for the negativity of the people of the leaders of the time. It’s always about the cross and our relationship with God. You should only measure yourself with Jesus and not other people because their sense of measurement is broken. God knows you more than anyone and even yourself and he has really made you one of a kind with gifts and talents! Find out what those are and excel in them and be okay with your weaknesses.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

– Psalm 139:13‭-‬14 NIV

Fearless Dreamer

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Have you ever been going to sleep and all of a sudden your body jerks because you thought you were falling? It felt pretty real, didn’t it? But then you wake up and realise it was just your imagination. Maybe you’ve been sitting in a long lecture and you start day dreaming about being at the beach as the sun warms your face or your bed that you begrudgingly rolled out of this morning……… oh wait I’m back! Dreams are something that can seem completely impossible, like once I dreamt that I ran, jumped and next thing you know I was flying overlooking the city. Now, in real life if I attempted to do that, it probably won’t be as successful. But what about the dreams that are possible? Dreams that are goals? We are halfway through February of 2016. Have you already giving up or forgotten about your goals for this year? I have a poster on my wall that has all my goals for this year. Some of them seem absolutely impossible to me and others are highly possible in my eyes.
My “impossible” goals for this year are reachable if I focus on God wholeheartedly. Next to my goals on the poster are scriptures that speak about God making the impossible possible and I try to focus on those every day. I’m thinking Nehemiah may have had the same mindset while trying to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He didn’t see a pile of ruble that was the city but he saw a better, bigger and stronger city that was to come.

“…I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem….” Nehemiah 2 : 12

God had put the dream in Nehemiah’s heart to rebuild the wall and he went after it without anyone knowing about it because he wanted for God to get the glory not himself. How are you helping to rebuild the wall in God’s modern day movement? What is your Kingdom dream?? Do you have a dream? Or better yet, are you afraid to dream out of insecurity? I can relate to that! I have two dreams that ever time I look at it, I stop and think, “God, I don’t know how this is going to happen….” but in order to be a fearless dreamer it takes the faith to say, “God, I don’t know how this is going to happen…. but I know that YOU can make it happen.

“…And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests.” Nehemiah 2 : 8 & 18

Therefore, as the scripture above states, my requests can be granted if I take them to God and they’re in accordance with God’s will. Even if those two specific dreams don’t become true in the sense that I want them to, I still need to have dreams but not just any dream. Dreams that actually scare me to think of because they’re so out of the ordinary. I saw a quote once that said “vision without action is fiction” and that’s completely true! For example, if you’re an entrepreneur you constantly have to think of new ideas and make them come alive. That’s putting action with your vision and making it nonfiction. How many people when they get older look back and think if I had only done… . Personally, I don’t want to get older and look back filled with regret of opportunities not taken.

Are you living an ordinary life or an extraordinary one? Not to quote Drake but YOLO (you only live once) is a true statement and “life is what you make it” is straightforward. If you’re bored being a christian, you’re doing it wrong. John 10 : 10 says Jesus came to give life to the full so if you feel like you’re not living a full life, are you close to Jesus?

“Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Proverbs 29 : 18

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Single but Taken

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Happy Valentine’s day!

It’s a worldwide day celebration of love. You see bouquets of roses everywhere, chocolates being sold for way more than it should be, people blushing and falling in love… and then there is the other side. Single women wondering why they don’t have that “special someone” but I am here to persuade you that you do have a special someone on this day and EVERY DAY! My some one special speaks to me through the Scriptures and tells me how much he loves me every day and how special I am to him and even compliments my hair *blushing*.

I find Song of Songs to be a very romantic book and it is perfect for today to remind us that even though we are “single”, we are completely taken in God’s eyes. These are some scriptures I found extremely encouraging and I hope you are encouraged as well…

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” Songs 4:7

I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he browses among the lilies.” Song of Songs 6: 3

“…but my dove, my perfect one, is unique, the only daughter of her mother, the favorite of the one who bore her. The young women saw her and called her blessed; the queens and concubines praised her.” Song of Songs 6 : 9

Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned.” Song of Songs 8 : 7

I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me.” Song of Songs 7 : 10

How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.” Song of Songs 1 : 15

“I’ll marry you for good—forever! I’ll marry you true and proper, in love and tenderness. Yes, I’ll marry you and neither leave you nor let you go. You’ll know me, God , for who I really am.” Hosea 2 : 19 – 20 MSG

God has a love that no person can fill. Reading these scriptures helped my heart to remember that I have a love that will never fade or go away. It is also a love that loved me first, when I was unlovable and kept pushing him away.

Below is one of my favourite songs about God’s love to me! ❤

 

 

*This is posted a day late*

Dating – What Good Women Want

So this post is a bit different than my usual. It is a collaborative between myself and some of my fellow Christian bloggers. It is a mix of married, single professional, university student and a recent graduate. I am posting on behalf of everyone else. Hope you enjoy it and leave feedback in the comment section! The links to the other blogs will be at the bottom.

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Guest editorial: What Good Women Want

(James Morgan of the London International Christian Church)

I don’t know what happened in my congregation last year but there was a veritable explosion of dating couples in the second half of the year. This kind of thing usually happens in the spring right? But there it is. One after another like dominoes the London church singles got Twitterpated! It was quite something to behold. Even guys who had held on to singleness for decades were going head-over-heels.
I don’t know if it was our ex-Hollywood actor Evangelist regularly encouraging dating in the congregation or the annual international conference attended by delegates from around the globe. Anyway a number of your men had the unusual situation all of a sudden of having to organize a date almost every week. That brings with it certain challenges. So I thought about what might help them in this Herculean task of fighting off the demon of Droopage, their brother Bashful and cousin Cancellation!
I decided to ask the ladies in the church (both married and single) an important question. Beatriz has edited the answers below to remove duplications. So it seems that the these good women agree on a number of things. I hope these answers presented here will really help the chivalrous men in the church who are busy planning dates. Here they are.

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I decided to ask the ladies in the church (both married and single) an important question. It went like this….

“Sister..  You’ve been around a while. I’d like to ask you a personal question. Hope that’s OK. I’m interested.. What is top 3 things that make a date memorable for you?”

I plan dates for singles at my place. My wife and I love to cook and offer hospitality to our friends. I thought it would be useful to have a variety of answers to help me improve on the dinner dates we do. I am sure the answers below from several sisters will be invaluable to brothers thrust into an organisational role that can be quite stressful at times.

 

1. Giving your heart with planning
The main concept that popped up with all the women is planning. Planning an outing makes a person feel special because they took time out of their days to think of that person and give their hearts fully. Here is what the women have said…

– I love it when a Brother plans a date to encourage me and not just jumping on another plan. I love doing things that are fun,  action packed , good quality time with a creative twist. Great dates have input from both sides.

– To be honest, an encouraging date starts for me before the actual date. When the brother really gives his heart to plan and doesn’t just muster up something last minute so i guess my number one thing is “Heartfelt planning”. It’s super encouraging when i just know that a brother is planning the date to specifically encourage me. I can tell he is when during the week, he asks me what i like eating, what i don’t like eating, activities i like/would like to try, etc. It doesn’t have to be something big, even if its just getting my favourite dessert or something for a dinner date. It shows the heart.

– Fun and creative dates. I love to have quality time than to have the most glamorous and expensive date. New activities really encourage me.

– I’ve always had a deep conviction about going on dates in order to build unity between everyone. I feel loved when brothers ask me what I like to do or to eat and plan it ahead of time. I appreciate when I am told in advance about the date so I can properly plan my day. When they ask, it shows that they’re putting their heart behind it and really trying to encourage me.

 

2. Personal conversation
Friendships are built on being honest and sharing your life with the person, allowing them to know who you are. It also gives them a glimpse into your life and your heart!

– I love when I see the heart of God in a brother where he can share deep insight on the word ,  tips on what God is teaching him and he helps me to further strengthen my walk with God. It is always great when a brother is interested in my power times; prayer needs, really listens; and tries to be my friend and really connect. This scripture comes to mind, Colossians 3 : 16

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

– This definitely is a huge one. Dates where the conversation is vague or superficial, where I don’t really learn anything new, deep or personal about the brother, to me aren’t really dates. I believe the type of questions a brother asks and the type of conversation we have really shows whether the brother actually wants to get to know me as his sister or is just on the date for the sake of it. For me, openness helps me draw closer to people and endear myself to them.

– I love God focused conversations where the brother can share deep insight on the word. I think the type of questions a brother asks and the type of conversations shows if the brother really wants to get to know the sister deeply. Openness helps me to draw closer to the brother and understand the brother better. Numbers 32:23,

“…and be sure that your sin will find you out.”

– To me this is a big one. Conversation is such a powerful tool. Superficial conversation does not help me to know who you really are. When brothers are open and vulnerable, it shows that they trust me and aren’t trying to just say the right thing. Also, with a good conversation there’s no awkward moments.

3. Feeling appreciated

Appreciation (according to Google) is defined as recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.
– There is a brother; who has a hash tag on Facebook called #everysisterdeservesflowers.
He sets the standard for how all Kingdom dates should be planned, led, conducted and ended. He always ends the date with flowers and cards for the sister just to say thank you and I love that you are my sister in the Lord. He has this focus for all sisters to be encouraged just because he has the heart of a great man of God not just because he has an interest in a sister.

– Fun! Absolutely! If a date has no fun, its totally discouraging. Fun doesn’t have to be big like going to Thorpe Park or the London Eye or something. It can just be something we do at the dinner table that causes laughs and great memories. Having fun makes a date memorable and encouraging for me. I’ll always remember and be grateful for the laughter and the memories even when I am far away from those with whom I had them.

– As a student in university, I feel appreciated and supported of when a brother offers to pay; that really shows care in the sense that he’ll be there for me when times are tight. I have also had brothers make me a card after a date and it puts a smile on my face because they took even a little bit more time after encouraging me to go beyond!
– It’s fun to consider that not only what I would like. Show genuine love on a date even if the brother doesn’t like it. He sets the standard for how the date should start, conduct and end. Ending the date with a thank you the brother doesn’t have to end with flowers and a card the brother who shows love through words of affirmation is great. He has a focus for all the sisters because he is a great man of God.

 

So there it is. Many thanks to the sisters. I’ve already adjusted how I plan dates myself. Below are the urls of the personal blogs of some of the awesome women who contributed to this article. Love. James

http://teephuong.tumblr.com/
http://www.lydiasladies.com
https://morganites.wordpress.com/
https://diaryofanewdisciple.wordpress.com/

It’s not over

I haven’t posted since last year *hides face* but just as the title says it’s not over! This will not be a new year new me type of post because I’m sure all of us have seen enough of that but I guess you can see this as a reflective one. Last year I loved and lost, frozen in my fear and pushed through my insecurities, laughed, cried, messed up, helped others, experienced new things, traveled and fell asleep under the sunshine. All in all it was great. Some parts I would’ve loved to skip over but that wouldn’t be a life to the full now, would it?

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Change is something that happens consistently but I’m the type of person that likes to know what’s going to happen next, even if it’s good or bad, I don’t really mind as long as I know what’s going to happen. That’s how I view butterflies. Animals that are always changing. Butterflies go through a dramatic change from chunky ugly caterpillars that may get eaten by a bird to beautiful colorful flying creatures. They don’t know if they’ll make it to the butterfly stage of their life but they keep going with the faith that they will. The same way I need to simply trust the best things will happen.

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LordAs the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55 : 8 – 9

Last year was one that really pushed my faith in terms of changing my heart to having a optimistic outlook to whatever the situation. In the beginning of 2015, my heart finally changed and I truly forgave someone who I had spent years being angry towards. I did not want to forgive but looking at how much Christ forgave and loved me, I eventually just gave it up. It felt like a giant weight coming off my shoulders which was something I never thought would happen. I messed up while trying to co – lead a Bible discussion group, not being able to help anyone to become a christian except for months later and the end of a relationship. These are some things that I wanted to get angry at God and ask him why why why why? It’s not fair, I don’t like it. Why does this person get to do this and do that and I have to go through pain. Maybe the grass is greener on the other side…

But as the earlier verse said, God’s ways are not my ways and his thoughts are not my thoughts so I can’t even begin to imagine all the things that he’s doing for my good and all in His timing. In Jeremiah 29 : 11, it says that God has a plan to prosper and not harm to give me a hope and a future. That’s a promise that God gave specifically to me and to you as well! Right now I may not completely see God’s plan for me life or what He wants for me to do but I can trust in Him that whatever comes next despite the troubles that come my way. I can’t keep looking at someone else’s life thinking it’s better than mine because many things can be happening behind a picture that I don’t even know of. A scripture that’s helping me to hold on to this is Psalms 16 : 5 -6,

“Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places, surely I have a delightful inheritance.”

I love that psalm because it just echoes that things I got through is for a reason which will take me to a delightful inheritance! That inheritance is heaven and nothing on earth will compare to it!

I plan on writing more on here to keep it updated with my life and hopefully help others put that may be going through the same things.