~Do it for the Vine!~

“But the Lord said, ‘You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.'” -Jonah 4:10, NIV

So, to start off, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! My Christmas was AMAZING! I was truly blessed and I got to see all of my family. YAAAAYYYY! 🙂

Now, let’s get down to business. Today, I want to speak on Jonah. Of course, you’re probably thinking everyone knows the story of Jonah. He didn’t obey God. He got swallowed by a big fish and he was spit back out. Big whoop! However, there’s so much more to the story than this. I want you to get past the typical story of Jonah and really dig deep into this text.

Now, Jonah was supposed to go to Ninevah because the people were wicked and needed some spiritual healing. Jonah didn’t want to step foot in that city and chose to flee from the Lord. So, Jonah ran into some sailors, caught a ride, and caused a storm. He knew that the storm was his fault, so he asked the sailors to throw him overboard. Of course, we know he was swallowed by a large fish. He also was convicted while in this large fish, The fish spit him back up and Jonah went on to the city of Ninevah. The End!

NOT THE END! Jonah and the Lord were having a conversation about God’s compassion. Jonah just didn’t understand how God could be so compassionate towards these people. Jonah just wanted to die. God simply asked him if he had a right to be angry. God knew that Jonah didn’t have a right to be angry and chose to teach him. Jonah went outside to just chill and see what would happen to the city. The Lord provided a vine for Jonah to give him shade. Jonah was happy about this vine, but later that night God provided a worm to chew the vine so it would wither. God made the sun blaze on Jonah to the point that he grew faint. Jonah became angry and wanted to die (again 😐 ) Jonah was concerned about the vine, but he didn’t do anything to keep it healthy and make it grow. God compared this vine to Ninevah. God knew that Ninevah was in bad condition and that the people needed spiritual growth. God made the point to Jonah that He should be concerned about His people in Ninevah.

I know I’m being just a little bit lengthy, but God was concerned about His children. I feel that we should have this same compassion and be concerned about our brothers and sisters in Christ. We make up a large body. If we don’t keep each other spiritually strong, we can’t expect for the body of Christ to be healthy. I encourage you to be concerned about others and be encouraging. I knows sometimes life can get rough and we feel that we can’t be of any help to others. Just give it a try and you never know how you or some else might be blessed. Do it for the vine, or should I say body of Christ? Have a happy new year! I love you all! 🙂 ❤

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Loyalty <3

“But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.'” -Ruth 1:16, NIV

Hello, Readers. Long time, no see. (On my part). Today, I want to talk about loyalty. Have you read the story of Ruth? Well, here’s a little recap. Ruth was with her mother in law. They had lost family members. It was a sad time for them. Naomi was trying to get Ruth to leave like her other daughter in law, Orpah, but Ruth would not leave her. She remained loyal to her mother in law. She was willing to leave everything she had behind her in order to be with Naomi. Ruth was blessed and ended up marrying Boaz because she was a woman of noble character.

Now, what can we learn from Ruth? Well for starters, we can learn to just be godly and have godly character, but I really want to focus on the loyalty. Ruth showed great commitment to Naomi. She was willing to leave everything behind. I wonder what we would be like if we could show that kind of commitment to God. Sometimes, we fall short, but does He ever let us down? Sometimes, we get so caught up in doing what we do that we forget about God. God is always protecting us and blessing us, but we can’t give him some of our time in a day. That’s something to really think about. What if He didn’t make time for us? What would the world be like? What if God just forgot about us? We can all agree that life would not be the same.

This topic is something that I was truly convicted on today. I am so loyal to other things and other people that I don’t take a decent amount of time to read my bible and talk to God. Sure, I do these things, but I feel that I’m not giving God what is right. I’m giving Him what is left. So, I want to challenge you all to give God what is right. Be blessed my friends and have a great rest of the week! 🙂

~Be Focused and Prudent~

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” ~Proverbs 3:5, NIV

Hello Readers! It has been a while since I’ve been on here. Over a whole month! I’ve missed you all a lot. ❤

Anyway, I want to jump right to things. I’ve been studying the book of Proverbs for quite some time. Matter of fact, I’m still not finished! It takes a lot to fully understand and comprehend this book. It’s very (for lack of a better word) DEEP. So, I’ve been reading and reading and reading some more. Everything in this book wraps around prudence, which means wisdom. There are so many different proverbs that reflect on wisdom. This book mentions things like listening to advice, holding your tongue, and being humble. I thought these proverbs were magnificent because it shows just what true wisdom is. It’s not about how scholarly you are; it’s simply based on things as mentioned above.

I want you to look at the scripture that I have above. Take a moment to really think about what this means. We, as Christians, lose our focus sometimes. Personally, I can say that there have been times when I’ve thought that I knew something because it was what I wanted and I didn’t fully lean on the Lord as I should have. Things did not work out well, but it was all for the better. I really had to think about this scripture (some more) lol. I thought about how being focused on the Lord makes things flow so much easier in my life. We should not focus on pleasing humans or mere mortals. We should really focus on pleasing the Lord. He should get the glory in everything we do.

Have you ever thought God, why have you allowed this to happen in my life? Remember to trust in the Lord. He has a divine plan for your life. He knows what He’s doing. He is mighty and powerful. God knows us better than we know ourselves, so we have to remember that He knows what’s best for us. If we can remember that, life will be better. You will definitely strengthen your faith. It’s a constant struggle to be a Christian, but hold on to His word and to Him and everything will be fine. Have a great week you all! 😀 ❤

#LIG

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” I John 4:16, NIV

“We love because he first loved us.” I John 4:19, NIV

Hello, Readers! It’s been a while! I have been pondering over exactly what I needed to talk about next. Well, today, I want to talk about forgiveness and loving unconditionally. I spoke on this topic at Fellowship of the Christian Athletes at my school. So, here’s the question. How can you forgive someone when they’ve done wrong towards you? How can you continue to love in spite of?

This was a tough one, you all. I’ve been through some things that I just haven’t let go of yet. I allowed myself to get bitter and angry, which means that I’ve been holding grudges. I guess I seek for a person to apologize to me, but in reality, you won’t always get that. I always have to search myself and make sure that I haven’t wronged that person in any kind of way, too. So, what am I getting at? I’m almost there! 😀

Have you ever thought about how God forgives us when we sin? Have you ever thought about how God continues to love us no matter what we’ve done? I couldn’t help but think about God’s goodness and mercy. God loves us unconditionally. His love is AGAPE. We have to forgive our brothers and sisters and love them. We cannot hold grudges and harden our hearts because that only hurts us. God, who is perfect, loves us imperfect people. We should be willing to take that into consideration and forgive our brothers and sisters.

Have you all seen the movie Frozen? The most popular song on that movie is “Let It Go.” We have to release our anger and let things go. We cannot hold on to these feelings and let ourselves become bitter. If we can’t forgive those who’ve wronged us, we are not loving the way God requires us to. Love is such a strong emotion and it conquers all. Love, love, love my friends!

The scriptures at the top can remind us to love unconditionally. We can love in spite of just as God does. If we remember to love, we can let go of a lot of situations. Remember to #LIG and move on. Life goes on and so should you. Enjoy your life and don’t form grudges. You will feel more alive and free! Take these things into consideration and apply them to your daily lives. I love you all! Have a blessed week! ❤

The Golden Rule

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” -Matthew 7:12, NIV

Hello, Readers! Today, I want to talk about treating others the way you want to be treated. As I walk around school and many other places, I see how people mistreat others everyday. People often think it’s not a big deal. Of course, friends joke and play around; they tease each other. It’s much different when people who aren’t friends are mistreating one another. I see people gossiping and making fun of others. I see people who are rude in the hallways. I see others who just don’t know how to be polite. The sad part is that people just don’t care and don’t see anything wrong with what they are doing. Where am I going with all of this? Just hang in there; I’m going! Haha 😀

Do you ever just think about how you are treating others? Do you really consider how others feel when you are making decisions? I have learned to really be conscious of these things. Everything that you do does not affect just YOU. People around you are also affected. I want you all to really think about things before you do or say them. You never know who’s life you could be affecting. People take things very seriously whether you think they do or not. (For example, people are committing suicide every day due to bullying.) Really let this sink in. If you wouldn’t do it to yourself, don’t do it to others.

I want to provide an example of how we don’t really think about the things we do. I am a very busy girl. I stay on the run! I recently had a conversation with someone today. I was aggravated at how we weren’t communicating consistently like we normally do. I couldn’t hold it in any much longer, so I thought it would be best to tell this person. Once I said what I had to say, this person told me that it wasn’t intentional. This person pointed out little things that really mattered in a relationship that I’m not giving 100% in.  In reality, I was getting a taste of my own medicine and I didn’t realize it! (This person was not trying to get revenge! lol) God orchestrated this whole situation. I needed to see that I can’t expect for someone to hold up their part of the relationship if I’m not doing so. We have to love one another and let each other know how we feel in a godly way. We are brothers and sisters in Christ, so we must communicate effectively. With that being said, I want to encourage you all to be mindful of how you are treating others. I promise things will flow more smoothly if you do. Have a good night! 🙂

Let’s Be Grateful

“… ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” -Job 1:21, NIV

Hello, Readers! Today, I want to talk about being grateful. How many times do you say “thank you” to the Lord for all that He’s done? Do you give praise to Him even when the situation is not what you want it to be? I just want to trigger your thinking. We often praise God when He blesses us, but somehow we forget to do this when things aren’t going our way. We tend to lash out without thinking that maybe the situation was all a part of God’s plan.

Job was an upright man. He loved the Lord with all of his heart. God chose Job to be tempted by the devil. God knew that Job would continue to serve Him no matter what happened. (I encourage you to read the book of Job by the way if you haven’t already.) Job lost everything including his land and family. In spite of this, Job continued to praise the Lord. He knew not to turn his back on God, even though his wife was tempting him to do so. It’s amazing how strong Job was, and the Lord was well pleased with him.

Readers, I encourage you to lift up God no matter what you’re going through. Praise God when you’re up and when you’re down. God is still the same and He will never change. I’ve faced so many disappointments in my life, and I tend to question God and doubt, forgetting who He really is. God always shows me that the things that I thought I wanted weren’t what I needed, and He always gives me exactly what I need. The things that He gives are far greater than the things that I wanted. He doesn’t allow anything to happen to you that He doesn’t want to happen. Know that trials and tribulations make you stronger. Use Job as an example of how to be a true server of the Lord. Stay encouraged my friends and Happy Labor Day! 😀