Hello December. What a beautiful and challenging time it’s been leading to this point.
Hello December. What a beautiful and challenging time it’s been leading to this point.
Happy New Year!!
We’ve arrived in 2019. 2018 had been full of surprises, blessings, new opportunities. good and unexpected but it’s certainly been a rewarding journey.
We’ve been interviewed and have interviewed other visionaries. We hosted a series and several events focusing on youth enpowerment, mental health awareness, creative arts, and purity. It seems like just yesterday I was typing up my first blog post and here we are. 2018 has been one of the most fulfilling years of my life and Life to Your Soul journey. I pray you all utilize all the blessings that this year has available to you!
Take a look at this recap through pictures. (Click them to expand.)
Mental illness is bigger than putting a bandage on something and saying it will get better. Let’s open up the table for discussion. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post and hope you all will too!
I believe there are arguments when it comes to Christianity and sicknesses. People may ask, “I thought you are a Christian, so why does your God allow you to suffer from that extreme illnesses?”. People would question your faith and even the mere existence of God.
To be specific, let’s talk about mental illnesses.
“Why do you feel hopeless? Maybe you’re not reading your Bible.”
“Try fasting for days, attend the church services, always pray.”
Reading the Bible, prayer and fasting, and attending church are not bad. It actually helps you to rely more on to God despite the condition. It’s just that these activities may not entirely heal what you’re experiencing. It’s like putting a band-aid on a fresh wound without prior cleaning.
Remember, in the first place, we are not saved by good works, but by what Jesus did on the cross.
What sick people (specifically those who…
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Just like any other day, today is a great day.
I woke up the other morning feeling blessed. Thankful for the cool breeze and 70 degree weather. It was another beautiful day. With warm colored leaves all around. This was the day they called Halloween.
I grew up celebrating Halloween with my family. Mom dressed me up as a black cat one year using a pair of black tights for my cat ears! We’d go around the neighborhood, all 5 of us plus cousins and an Aunt, like the Brady Bunch knocking on doors. I don’t think I cared too much about it, I just knew that I liked the free candy!
As I got older and discovered the origin of Halloween, things started to change. I realized that it was a pagan holiday and the costume wearing originated from the concept of people attempting to ward of ghosts. On Halloween, it was believed that the boundaries between the worlds of the living and dead became blurred.
“” Matthew 5:14-16 ESV
I realized that although most festivities are done in fun, I must uphold a standard.
We must pray and ask God for guidance. After all, we are made in His likeness and image. We must choose to be the light no matter what day, hour, or age.
Royalty is my identity. Servanthood is my assignment. Intimacy with God is my life source.
As we all embrace this fall season, I commission you friends to find ways to show gratitude.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Spend initial time with family, friends, and those God has placed in your circle.
- Start reading a devotional.
- Laugh. Don’t be so serious!
- Thank God for something new every morning. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 KJV
- Appreciate nature. All around us are beautiful things to admire.
- Get a planner and plan out your day. Don’t be afraid of making changes or playing it by ear sometimes.
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I’m so grateful to have had this time to spend with friends and family, including you all. I pray your holidays have been festive, reflective, peaceful, and holy. Merry Christmas my friends!
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 NLT
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.” Psalm 100:4
As the seasons change, I am reminded of the beauty of fall. The leaves have turned this beautiful, auburn color with golden hues and hints of green. Even the air has felt more crisp and inviting. Tis the season of thanksgiving.
a capitalized :thanksgiving day
:a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness
2:the act of giving thanks
:a prayer expressing gratitude
Upon swift walks to and from work, beauty has captivated me. It’s as if the earth has been trying to get my attention. Meanwhile, I have been somewhat engrossed in getting to my destination.
Children out of their seats. Running around the classroom. Laughing, shouts, and paper planes. Welcome to my Thursday morning. As I stood there raising my voice and demanding respect I began to feel overwhelmed. I had one goal at that point: Get home on my lunch break. As I whisked through the next class, I swiftly got my things together. I was almost through those doors.
When I stepped outside everything was at a stand still. There was warm air, birds chirping, a gentle blowing breeze, and colorful leaves surrounding me. I felt slightly disappointed that I considered the day to be horrible when it was actually abundant. God encouraged me to embrace the moment and to be grateful for it. I sat on a nearby bench and took it all in.
Thanksgiving is a spirit. You don’t have to wait for Turkey day to be thankful and grateful. Show gratefulness in your life today. Don’t miss another moment!
Here are some reminders:
- Embrace the beauty in each moment.
- Learn from your mistakes. Grow stronger, not bitter.
- Shift your perspective. Don’t be narrow-minded. Think of the bigger picture.
- Give thanks to God in all things.
- Stop and smell the roses (or shall I say pinecone this season?!)
“Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.” Matthew 6:28-29 NLT
* Read Psalm 100 for more on thanksgiving. Peace and blessings! *
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When faced with a dire situation it is easy to result in fear. If you’re starting a new venture, you may be afraid it won’t be successful. If you’re moving without a job lined up, you may fear that things won’t work out the way you anticipated. What I am reminded of is how certain figures faced challenges and pivotal moments in the bible.
Abram, later named Abraham, was challenged to trust that God would bless him with innumerable descendants although he had currently had no children. Moses was entrusted with leading God’s people out of Egypt although he had a speech impediment.
The Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir. Genesis 15:1,2,4
Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith. Then the Lord told him, “I am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as your possession.” Genesis 15: 5-7
All or Nothing
What happens when we embark upon a new journey? A new beginning? We try to conceive the outcome in our minds. But things don’t add up sometimes. Here are five points that you should remind yourself of during those times.
Our protection is in God. (Declare: My protection is in God.)
The Lord is our Shepherd and he governs our lives. We not need to forget that He is protecting us even in times when we don’t understand.
Although it seems easier said than done we must not focus on our physical circumstances. Tap into the presence of God through praying, meditating, and worshipping Him in your daily activities.
Our faith is moving things. (Declare: My faith is moving things)
Check out this passage of how Jesus describes the power of operating in faith! Faith is our currency. ‘In God we trust’ is on our money. We can’t move without it.
Recall what has already taken place. Sometimes it takes us going back down memory lane to be empowered. For me, it’s when I check through my journals and read testimonies of what God has done that inspire. Check this one out!
Sacrifice is important.
There will be times when you have to give up things you cherish in order to move ahead. Sometimes relationships, houses, and jobs but just know that with God it is all worth it.
“When she looked ahead she smiled because she knew the best was yet to come.”