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Why It’s Hard To Find A Good Church To Attend

Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to find a good church? Yes, it most likely would have the same message to spread, but how and what to do can often bring more distance to possible new followers of Christ. Church should always be a place of kind and welcoming sanctuary for all. It’s just how Jesus is.

I know I’ve experienced a few places where people just seem so ‘cold’ and distant. It really didn’t make me want to stick around. I even started to wonder if that was what Christ was all about. I felt very uncomfortable at those places.

Eventually, I discovered the truth. Jesus Christ is very welcoming to all. He wants everyone to feel loved, accepted, and comfortable.

Yes, I understand that the sizes of the churches could seem overwhelming. Believe me, I almost ran away from one because of its size alone (gotta love being introverted problems). But, something inside of me, decided to stay and I’m glad that I did. Size doesn’t matter. It’s the love that counts. The love that we share to others.
So, if you ever see anyone who you don’t know at church (whether if they’re sitting alone or not), acknowledge them. That brief moment could be a life changing experience. Love and welcome others just like Jesus has done for you.

God bless.

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Is God Mean?

There is often debate amd controversy about all what God does is just filled with hate and judgement.

Not true. He is the light of the world! He wants us to have a great life. He’s our Father. Think about it. Think about your parents. They want you to be good and have a good life, but if you mess up, they would most likely want you to be willing suffer any consequences and be punished for our actions of wrong doing.

God is good. Everything He does is for good judgement.

He loved us so much that He let His only son die for us – to save us. Let’s live our lives for Him.

I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions. I hope you all have a great day and put a big smile on your face. You never know who is watching! 🙂

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How To Have Peace At Work

Do you often feel frustrated during the worktime? Is there at least one person who gets on your last nerves and you don’t know what to do? Are you afraid of loosing your temper and possibly your job because of it?

You are not alone. We all deal with that same situation at one time or another. Just don’t give up and focus on what truly matters.

Here are my tips that help me through the day:

1. Just breathe. A deep breath does wonders. Those breathing techniques you possibly learned in yoga aren’t just for show. They help calm the mind.

2. Ask yourself ‘What Would Jesus Do?’: Yes, that good ole WWJD moment from bible camp really spoke out to me recently and it’s true. In any situation, ask yourself those four words of what He would do in that situation. Think about it. When He got betrayed, did He rise up in pure anger to someone who thought had his back? No. He remained calm and dealt with it respectfully unlike any of us in a situation of betrayal. So, the next time we feel stressed or frustrated with anyone or anything, just remain calm and accept the outcome. We are here for a reason.

3. Earbuds: If possible anyway, but having a distraction from the outsiders can be such a stress reliever.

Don’t give up. Be calm. Be patient. Be caring. Be you. You are there for a purpose.

God bless.

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Are Christians Perfect?

Hmm…let me think this through…no!

I don’t know any Christians who think they are perfect or close to. Just because we believe in God and His ways does not mean we’re perfect by any means. God is the only perfect one.

If we were perfect, then we wouldn’t be struggling in every day life. Finances, emotions, and every battle we often come across on a daily basis.

With all of my struggles and tests I still find myself going through now, I’m surprised that God hasn’t given up on me it, but I will forever be grateful. It makes me lean on Him even more which is exactly what we should be doing anyway.

So, no, I am far away from perfection. I am a work-in-progress constantly saying no to demons and trying my best to focus on the Lord. What helps me through the battles is “What Would Jesus Do” in these situations? This usually calms me down.

There is nothing on earth that is close to perfection.

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What I Think About Free Will

Good evening everyone 😊
What do you think about free will? God gave us the freedom to do whatever we want, right? This is correct, but I had thoughts about it.
We are often told by our humanly parents that we can do whatever we want as long as if it makes us happy. But, they would like us to make good decisions and treat others with respect, love, and kindness.
Seem familiar?
Similarities between human parents and godly parents. God loves us all! He wants us to have a great life by honoring Him.
Think about it.
God is good!!

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Don’t Forget

It’s Monday. A new day. A new week. A new you.

It’s time to rise up and shine! Be the warrior that you know you are. Be that light in the dark for others to see.

You can do anything that you set your mind to.

Focus. Believe. Keep moving forward with what you believe in.

Never forget who you are. You’ve got anything that gets handed to you. Don’t give up. You never know how close you really are.

Be you!

Love. Honor. Joy.

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What God Thinks About Debt and Finances

In today’s society, we have grown accustomed about debt being normal. Credit cards, student loans, mortgages, and more have been taken over our households. This can’t be what life is supposed to be like forever, right? I believe God wants us to be free especially with our finances. I keep finding myself going back to these Bible verses whenever I try to work on my own finances:

Proverbs 6:1-5

“My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger – if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said – follow my advice and save yourself, for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy. Now swallow your pride; go and beg to have your name erased. Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do. Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net.”

This verse could have a totally different meaning that what I think it is, but it’s just what helps me out when times get tough. We are not meant for all sorts of debts onto our names. We need to be compassionate and caring with our finances. So, go! Hurry up! Be careful to who you give your money to even to people who you think you’d trust.

Society’s norm has taken over many households. Our names are scattered across many companies who are eager to take money from our hard-earned paychecks without a care in the world!

God wants us to be free. Let’s take charge of our own finances and be the boss to overcome financial burdens. Finances don’t have to be stressful. Anything is possible with God on our sides. Take action and conquer any debt. Flee from the burdens which the society says what normal is. Follow what God intended us to have for our lives.

Never give up. Financial freedom and independence can be closer than you might think.

Have faith and follow through.

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5 Things

It’s Friday!!!!! Or Fri-Yay as many of you probably already know 🙂

I will be starting a new series called “5 Things”. It will reflect 5 things that I am truly grateful for and appreciate every week. Once a week I will share what brought me extreme gratitude during this crazy thing called life. 

My 5 things are:

1. God. This might seem really obvious, but over the past couple weeks, I have felt very low of myself with little hope and faith of my future. This week changed. I feel so renewed and know that God is right beside me cheering me on and telling myself to never give up. If you ever feel alone, just have a moment and read the Bible and to pray. Don’t give up hope. Keep on believing and moving forward. Don’t let the demons win.

2. Ability to drive. Yes, traffic and the long routes can certainly be a pain, but having the freedom to get up and go drive somewhere just because you want to is an amazing feeling. I kmow others who can’t due to disabilities and I realize their frustrations of not being able to drive and always having to rely on others for a ride. There is more freedom than what we think. Enjoy what you CAN do.

3. Ability to pay bills. Not exactly the best thing in the planet, but a necessity of life. I may not have the greatest life, but I’m glad that I have the ability to provide for myself. I have shelter. I have food. Every month without any assistance. It’s a great feeling.

4. My health. I experienced a headache earlier. I disliked it and wished it would just go away!! But, after thinking it over, I am glad for it. It was just a minor and temporary issue. There are many people going through much more worse health issues so who am I to complain? I don’t have cancer. I’m not diabetic. I don’t have any disorders. I’m good. I’m healthy. Life is good.

5. Changing of seasons. October is here already. Autumn started recently and it’s amazing to see the leaves start changing colors. It’s nice to still be able to see the different seasons. Many die daily or at least stuck indoors for various reasons. It’s nice to experience these changes while I still can.

Life can get complicated and messy, but there is always good in every situation. Take a look around. What brings you gratitude for this week?

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What Bible Do I Have?

Does it matter which Bible you own or look through? I think no. They all tell the same stories, but with a different translation. The Bible that I have grown accustomed to is the NLT (New Living Translation) Holy Bible. I still remember when I received this one. A friend of mine gave each of us a new one around the time when fall semester was ending. It was from the occasion of the Christmas season of 2011. We just got done with our weekly small Bible Study group when she handed them out to the three of us. Two of which received large print due to being visually impaired. Kayla is one of the sweetest people I have ever known. I will never forget our friendship during those college years. I hope I could be a friend to someone else in the future like she was to me.

I find this Bible very easy to read through and study. I often find myself reading it through alone so it definitely helps a lot to have one that you can easily translate.

What kind of Bible do you have? I would love to know your thoughts and stories.

I hope you all have a beautiful day.

God bless.

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When You’re Feeling Down….

Do you ever find yourself feeling down and blue on any particular day? We’ve all been there! I’ve been there. No matter what situation – professional or personal – it’s hard to just “shake things off” when you have to go through it every day.

Here are my secrets to get through any obstacle:

Lean on God for support. He sees your pain and frustration and anxiety moments. Lean on Him and ask for guidance with your whole heart. It’s just as simple as that. He doesn’t ever want us to feel this way. He wants us to be happy and content.

Read the bible and pray. Again, it’s that simple. He gives us the most simplest things to endure.

Lastly, keep your head up. Repeat these words daily: “Not Today!” Control your mind before it controls you. The mind is the most powerful thing you have. I struggle with this on a daily basis still, but I never give up. I still wholeheartedly believe these words so much. They truly are a lifesaver.

Let me know what helps you through the week. Family? Nature? Faith? I would love to know your thoughts! 🙂