This guy owns my internet for now. He’s my #PersonOfTheMonth and I’m glad it’s in my birth month all this is happening. Happy for his salvation and evangelism style ☺ And his wife @haileybieber, a sweeeeeet gal! I vote his documentary #Seasons & this interview with @zanelowe BEST USE OF INTERNET 2020! Thank You Jesus!
We live in such simple times, yet finding happiness is much more complicated.
How can this be, when looking at our everyday lives, we have literally the entire world at our fingertips. We can search how many centimeters are in a mile, how to spell correctly, how to cook; heck there’s even a WikiHow tutorial on how to kiss.
Yet, we aren’t satisfied.
We throw our phones when they crash. We throw a fit when the internet’s down. We flip off the person carefully driving. We groan when the printer’s too slow. We roll our eyes when there is “nothing to eat,” because apples, milk, and cereal don’t count as food. We swerve through traffic. We don’t hold the door open. We don’t thank those who hold the door open for us. We briskly pass past the men in the red aprons that read “Salvation Army” in white stitch: we’re just trying to get our groceries and get the hell home. We snark hellish things, just to get a good laugh from a crowd of people we don’t care about.
Yet, we continue to ask ourselves, “why me?” We desperately search for the answer to this devastating question by drowning ourselves in everything any podcast, book, or youtuber titles as self-care or self-help. We meditate, journal, list five things we’re grateful for daily, read, find new creative outlets to express ourselves, cut out any toxicity in our lives, drown ourselves in work, drink more water, eat healthier, start working out, take days to ourselves to reset. We start to shut out friends once they’ve wronged us and we declare them “toxic” because our self help book told us that’s the only way to grow. We leave our spouses or girlfriends or boyfriends and friends because a podcast said we “deserve better” which translates into not wanting to communicate because we feel a sense of entitlement. If not, then the reason is that they “no longer serve a purpose.”
Yet, after all this searching, we find ourselves still not happy. We look around us, and we’ve shut out all of our friends, our significant others, and even family. We’re frustrated and confused thinking, “I’m doing everything this book/podcast/youtuber said.”
Imagine if it wasn’t this complicated.
Well, it isn’t. We just have to look. If we focus on the microscopic things, we’ll only set our sights on the negatives. Yet there’s so much to be happy about. We get to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. We get to drink water. We sleep in a bed, under a roof. We’re able to get jobs. We can walk. We can talk. We can communicate. We can see. We can hear. We can drive. You have a phone, tablet, or computer that you can read this article on with internet. Happiness can be found in the simplest things, and it’s when we overlook them that we aren’t happy.
This beautiful post about positivity and happiness in our daily lives is inspired by Jaelyn Decena.
There is no right or wrong way for Christians to conduct themselves on Valentine’s Day that is different from any other day of the year. There are, however, attitudes and actions that we should adopt in honor of the day of love.
You can find the internet littered with articles and entries on the origin of Valentine’s Day: who St. Valentine was, or if he inspired the holiday. Those are trivial details. As it is today, whether or not it was ever religious, Valentine’s Day is a secular holiday for which Hallmark sells a lot of greeting cards, candy stores sell a lot of chocolate, and florists sell a lot of bouquets.
It is not important that you support, condemn, or ignore the consumerism associated with Valentine’s Day. It is important, however, that we, as Christians, consider how and why we should celebrate Valentine’s Day rather than restrict our views to the romantic exploitation of the secular world.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27.
On Valentine’s Day, if there is a void in someone’s life where love should be, that emptiness is magnified by expectation. Think about your widowed grandmother or your divorced uncle. Seek out those who don’t have a home or a family or those who are caught in a cycle of poor decisions. Take the time to express love to those who feel unlovable.
Be thankful in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
Valentine’s Day is a reminder of how we have been loved and who has loved us. Let your parents and grandparents know that you are grateful to have them as examples of how to love your own children and spouse. Call your friends to tell them how much you appreciate the love you’ve shared through laughter, shopping sprees, Harry Potter marathons, and sleepovers. A faithful source of love is precious, and whether it is familial, platonic, or romantic, it has the capacity to inspire, encourage, and heal.
I have found the one whom my soul loves. Song of Solomon 3:4.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day with your significant other is not wrong. I hope that I have not given you that impression. Romantic love is a gift from God, and he wants us to revel in the love that He shows to us by giving us another person to know and love in a holy, intimate way. Yes, Valentine’s Day can be a cheesy time to celebrate your relationship. I say go ahead and cheese it up.
Too often, we ignore the opportunity to share Christ’s love through the simplest actions. Our faith sends us into the world to love unconditionally, but if we are not exhibiting that love, how are we going to make disciples in His name? Let Valentine’s Day serve as a reminder of God’s love and the command He has given us to show love to others.
Why Am I in Pain, God?
Remember, Pain Isn’t Punishment from God
Verses for When You’re Grieving
Verses for When You’re Battling Chronic Illness
Verses to Remind You of God’s Presence in Your Pain
Verses to Remind you That You Matter to God
A Prayer for When You’re in Pain
Most of us are quick to answer this question with “God’s approval”. But is that really the truth? Man’s approval can challenge our hearts.
God has a great call on each of us to achieve a unique purpose during our lifetime. However, I believe that many of us have no idea what this call or purpose looks like for us. Today I can help give some clarity in this. Are you ready? The first step in understanding your unique purpose in life is to set your focus entirely on gaining God’s approval. It is that simple!
If you decide in your heart that your focus is to be pleasing toward God and you care about His approval above all else, He will begin to lead you into the purpose that He has for your life!
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13
What I’m sharing in this post sounds simple so far, doesn’t it?
Seek God’s approval and follow Him above man’s approval. Then, in turn, He will show you your purpose! Truthfully this isn’t extremely difficult to understand or to apply. However, where the challenge comes into play is when people get brought into the mix. Family, significant others, friends, managers, pastors, and others can unintentionally get in the way of us seeking God’s approval first.
Due to the influence these individuals have in our lives, we often begin seeking their approval above God’s approval. The moment you shift your priority from seeking God’s approval to focusing on man’s approval, you will step further from God’s purpose for your life.
Yet at the same time, many even among the leaders believed in Jesus. But because of the Pharisees, they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear, they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God. – John 12:42-43
The desire to be loved and noticed is within each of us. When we are seeking God’s approval above all else, people see where we are going and often want to help, or they want to acknowledge how well you are doing, or even push us in the ‘right direction.’ Often this leads us to want more of man’s approval. We enjoy the attention. I completely understand this, and it is a battle that we all face. (Please note: The solution is not to avoid people altogether; people are part of every believer’s calling. Mentors and an inner circle of friends are from God to lead us to our purpose.)
How can I seek God’s approval above man’s approval?
When we get around the people that God has placed in our lives, we need to remember that, above all, we are first seeking God’s approval for our lives. If we have the right people close to us in our lives, they will encourage us to seek God’s approval above theirs.
But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak. Not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. – 1 Thessalonians 2:4
Let’s each decide to seek God’s approval above the approval of men so we can continue to walk in His calling and fulfill the purpose that He has for our lives. You may be rejected by some, but if you are accepted by One, you have all you need. Stay faithful and seek God’s approval above man’s approval. As a result, you’ll step more into the purpose that God has on your life.
NB: I normally say this to my friends and followers, you don’t need a large crowd to be aware you doing well. You just need one person and you good to go. This year is a year of pleasant surprises, let’s keep seeking the approval of God over the approval of men in our lives. When God steps in your life, He changes everything and it’s permanent, but when men steps in, disappointment is sure to happen.
Right now I want to give you the opportunity to come to our Lord Jesus Christ if you haven’t given your life to Him. He is the only one that will step in to your life and change it for good. Please say this after me:
Lord Jesus, I thank you for your love and mercy over my life. I believe you came to this world to die for my sins and gave me the gift of salvation. Today I accept you as my Lord and Saviour in Jesus name Amen.
If you just said this words, I welcome you to the family of Christ. Expect uncontainable blessings and favour in your life in Jesus name.
Lots of appreciation and credit to Alex Sanfilippo.
I will appreciate if I have your deepest attention on this post. It is what most of us go through eveyday as we try to get closer to God. Please read through, digest it, and share.
I only realized to record my awareness of this last night, but I feel closer to God when I vocally/verbally say my prayers rather than saying them in mind. Are you the same way? Every now and then I have a hard time mindfully praying especially in the early morning and night before sleeping. It’s because many other thoughts will compete with what I’m trying to tell God and I will not be successful at actually finishing the prayer. Instead I’ll either drift off to sleep or not sleep at all because I have these other random thoughts not properly dealt with. If I pay attention to those thoughts, my focus will not be on Him 100%. Anyway, I was laying in bed mindfully talking to God and all of a sudden doubt welled up in me. Maybe because I was laying down and not sitting up so I wasn’t completely in humility mode. If anyone here sends me prayer requests, I will usually type it up because it’s how I show that I really care and that I actually did pray for you. Typing it up comes more naturally to me than literally saying it because I’ve journaled my prayers for so long. Verbalizing/vocalizing them is something I’m getting better at. But for my friends who need help connecting with God on a deeper level, try literally saying them if you’ve never made it a habit, and always begin with praise and worship, then thanks, and confession, and lastly bring up your requests and all other desires…ACTS – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. This order will help you build a deep humility, which is perfect when you’re asking the LORD for anything, you’ll have more peace, hope, and faith that He heard you and that your prayers will be answered. 💗🙏🏼
Also if you want to give your life to Christ, say this after me: Lord Jesus, I thank you for the gift of salvation and grace. I believe truly you came to die for my sins. Today, I make you my Lord and personal saviour in Jesus name. Amen!
God created us to have relationships. The most important relationship is the one we have with Him through our faith in Christ. And when we have a healthy, personal, intimate connection with God, we can have great relationships with the people in our lives.
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Two Ways to Keep Strife Out of Your Life
Here’s the Bottom Line on Strife
Credit: Joyce Meyer
This is a guest post from Jennifer Swets
The process of walking through a labyrinth can quiet the mind. It can connect us to the depths of our being so we can remember who we are.
My life looks like one big labyrinth. Beautiful in concept. Awe-inspiring from afar. But at a closer look, one finds a series of twists and turns that have no end in sight. Somedays I am excited to see where the path will lead, and other days I am like a stubborn child. My heels dug in, not wanting to take the next step forward. Other days I swear the center is mocking me.
Standing at the beginning of a labyrinth, all you can see is uncertainty.
You can’t fathom the end. You have no idea where the middle is. And have no clue where the twists and turns will take you. Soon you realize there is no short cut to get to the center. Kind of like the journey through healing where feelings of fear and uncertainty rule the process.
The labyrinth is an ancient symbol that represents wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and spiral into a purposeful path. Unlike a maze where many choices must be made to find the end, a labyrinth has only one option. The option to enter or not. Once in, the path takes you to the center and then back out again. All you have to do is have trust and keep going.
Ha! “All you have to do.” Trust. Keep going. Is that all?
The thought of even entering has me running the other way! Trust does not come easy to me and “keep going” is hard when all I want to do is lay down and give up.
And going to the center of yourself is scary! Heck, there are some days I don’t like to look in the mirror in fear of what’s staring back, let alone journey to the center of my being and settling there for a while. Or at times, avoiding the center all together in fear of what I would find there.
What if I find something I don’t want!
Find something I forgot I longed for.
The process of walking through a labyrinth quiets the mind and opens the soul. It connects us to the depths of our being so we can remember who we are. Through our choices, other people’s actions, hurt or trauma our identity may be lost, forgotten or abandoned. But this healing process reminds us that at our center is our true identity. An identity made in the image of God.
Colossians 3:10 ESV “And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”
God will be there with us.
Walking with us during the journey of healing and carrying us when we want to lay down and give up.
Scripture tells us “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NLT
Take note through your journey of healing that a power higher than you is with you. Guiding you forward. There may be stops, pauses or full-on sprints but know God is with you along the way. To restore you to your true self at the center of your being. Just trust and keep on going.
This is an opportunity for you to know God more by giving your life to Christ, the author and finisher of our faith.
Repeat after me, “Say Father! Thank you for all you’ve done for me, I believe you came to earth to die for me and my short comings. Thank you for salvation. Have mercy on me as I retrace myself back to you”. Amen!
This is a guest post from Joshua Reid.
Jesus Christ is enough. Spending time with Him, through praise and worship, reading the Bible, prayer and listening leads to being renewed.
A.W. Tozer once said, “It is simply not enough to know about God. We must know God in increasing levels of intimacy that lifts us up above all reason and into the world of adoration and praise and worship.” We must be renewed in Him.
What does it mean to be renewed in Christ?
Throughout the New Testament, we see not only Jesus Christ but also the Apostles and even Paul himself speak on this topic.
Colossians 3:9-10 (NKJV) says, “9. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10. And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him…”
As Christians, we are called to let our old sinful flesh die and become a new creation in Christ but it’s not easy. When we first begin our walk with God, it can become easy for us to indulge in the desires of our flesh but here’s the thing:
As we grow in our walk with God, renewing our hearts and minds should be paramount.
One story in the Bible that talks about being renewed in Christ is the story of Paul and how he went from killer of the Christians to becoming one of its most prominent speakers of the Gospel.
Through Paul’s life, we see the power of God and how He renews us and restores us, particularly when we feel that we are pursuing God’s calling for our lives and He corrects our misconceptions.
Through examining Paul’s life and how he went from a murderer of the followers of Jesus to one of Christ’s Apostles, there are several lessons we can learn about what it means to have renewal in Jesus Christ.
1). God will show us a different perspective on who He is
Acts 9:5-6 (NKJV) says, “5. And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads. 6. So he, trembling and astonished, said, ‘Lord, what do You want me to do?’ Then the Lord said to him ‘Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’”
In this passage of Scripture, we see how God is already beginning to correct Saul’s misconception of who He is. To Saul, those that followed Jesus were straying from the faith of their families and following a heretical teaching.
Later within the chapter, Saul’s sight restores to him through the disciple Ananias. When his sight restores, the first thing Saul did was get baptized. Then he spent time with the disciples in Damascus.
“Changing a person’s reality comes from changing a person’s mentality.”
Matthew 5:16 (NKJV) says, “16. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.”
2). Through faith, Christ lives within us.
Galatians 2:20 (NKJV) says, “20. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
This year, make it a compulsory action to win more souls to the kingdom of God. Also try as much as possible to do God’s will, in as much we live in a troubled and tempting world. We are different.
If you haven’t given your life to Christ and you reading this, I welcome you into the family of Jesus our Saviour. Accept Him as your Lord and Saviour.
When you believe that the blood that Jesus shed on the cross was for you, you then receive the life of Jesus in you. You are now born-again.
A new level of Monday Motivation.
I’m ready to pass the test. I’m ready for the final result. I’m ready to close the chapter of pain and loss. I’m ready to heal from my past heartbreak. I’m ready to close that door forever. I’m ready to put an end to the stormy days and the lonely nights. I’m ready for you to reveal to me the reasons behind my struggles. I’m ready for the blessings that you’ve kept me waiting for. I’m ready for the blessings that follow every hardship.
I’m ready to accept your blessings. I now feel like I deserve them. I now have faith in you and your plans. I will be able to cherish the blessings you bring me. I will be able to appreciate the little things and be grateful for them because I know how hard it was to get them. I know how hard it was without them. I’ve learned not to take your blessings for granted.
I’m ready for your miracle because I think I learned my lessons. I think I’m becoming the person you wanted me to become. I think I’m closer to you more than ever now. I know you’re my healer. I only run to you when I’m confused. I only talk to you when I’m sad. I’m ready for your miracle because I know you heard me and my prayers. I know you want to see me happy and I know you want what’s best for me and I’m ready for it. I’m the best version of myself these days and I am prepared to receive your best gifts.
I know this is my year. I know this is my time. I know this is the part of my story where everything changes for the better. I know this is the part of my story that takes me to a whole new universe.
Because you and I both know how hard the journey has been, how hard the past few years have been and how tired I am. We both know that I tried it all, fell down and got back up. We both know that things haven’t been easy or smooth. We both know that I almost gave up on myself and my life and we both know that I’ve used up all my energy and my strength to fight back and rise again. We both know that I only have very little left in me to fight or try again. We both know that anything more than that will be more than I can handle so this is where I leave it all up to you.
This is where I surrender to your power. This is where I sit back as you fight my battles. This is where I raise my hands and tell you that I’ve done my part and I can’t do this on my own anymore.
And I think, I believe , this is where you tell me that I’ve seen enough and dealt with enough and passed all your difficult tests so here’s my reward. Here’s my miracle. Here’s the blessings that will take all the pain away. Here’s the magic that happens when you have faith in me and allow me to finish your story. It’s always better than the one you had in mind. I’m full of beautiful surprises and I’m ready to unfold them to you one by one.
To everyone waiting and patient to recieve their breakthrough, I say to you today, your breakthrough is here already. Open your hearts and recieve it by faith!
A man’s favorite donkey falls into a deep precipice. He can’t pull it out no matter how hard he tries. He therefore decides to bury it alive.
Keep pushing and trying the best way you can when life throws a dynamite to you. Keep moving!
A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…
Don’t judge anyone without knowing the truth about them.
After reading this, you will be so amazed how the little boy reacted to the waitress.
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
‘How much is an ice cream sundae?’
’500 Naira,’ replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of notes in it.
‘How much is a dish of plain ice cream?’ he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient.
’300 naira,’ she said brusquely.
The little boy again counted the notes. ‘I’ll have the plain ice cream,’ he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed.
When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw.
There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were 150 naira – her tip.”
Whatever situation you are in life, be kind. Try to be patient, try to be a servant in whatever environment you find yourself. Your reward might not be from human but God.
Something to nourish your thoughts.
One afternoon, a fox was walking through the forest and spotted a bunch of grapes hanging from a lofty branch.
‘Just the thing to quench my thirst,’ he thought.
Taking a couple of steps back, the fox jumped and just missed the hanging grapes. The fox tried again but still failed to reach them.
Finally, giving up, the fox turned his nose up and said, ‘They’re probably sour anyway,’ and walked away.”