“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! 😀