Joy (Fruit of the Spirit)

In college, I was the annoying friend who always had something positive to say. When our senior project was overwhelming, I was the one uplifting my exhausted friends. It’s not like my life was perfect at that time. It was actually one of the stressful moments I endured in years.

 

 

I just ended a 3 years relationship and my parents were looking for me to become an adult. It was a time in my life when I was between the young girl phase trying to transition into a woman. Even though I didn’t know Jesus fully – I had a mustard seed of faith. My belief in God was the only thing that kept me going. My motto became “this is where I am in life and I’m not going to let anxiety ruin my last year of college.”

 
There is a big difference between happiness and joy. Happiness comes from the result of your current situation. “Hey things are going pretty good, I like my life. I guess I will be happy.”  Joy says “this season may not be what I want but I’m going to enjoy what I have. I’m not going to have a pity party.”

 
It doesn’t mean you don’t want more out of life or you are just going to sit and let life beat you up. It simply means you have to make the most out of the cards you were dealt.
Maybe you don’t feel good or pretty right now. Maybe situations in life are not going the way you hope them to be. Hey sometimes life isn’t fair and it’s hard. Joy comes from accepting where you are in life and making it work. Joy can sometimes mean making lemonade out of lemons.

 
The result of having joy is giving God the power to order your steps. I have so much to be thankful for now because I gave my troubles to Jesus. My life isn’t perfect but I’m blessed beyond measure. When you stop to accept what you have and let God handle the rest, the only way to go is up.


10 Then he said to them, “Go and eat what is rich, drink what is sweet, and send portions to those who have nothing prepared, since today is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, because the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Nehemiah 8:10

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The Prince of Peace

Isaiah is named “one of the most powerful books in the old testament.” Hardships and trouble have become part of the norm. With kingdoms in turmoil, a prophet wrote Isaiah to give people hope.

For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:5-7

Lets break down each thing:

Wonderful Counselor : a person who gives advice. Jesus was going to guide people out of trouble and help fix their lives.

Mighty God: Not only was he going to lead them out of trouble -it was through the greatest source. Before God’s child was sent – there were only temporary fixes. When God gives a gift – it is everlasting.

“Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your instruction is true.” Psalm 119:142

Eternal Father: Not only was he the savior’s father – he is an “infinite” father. Everything is his child. Because we are all sons and daughters he bless and take care of us. No matter who our earth parents are he is the highest parent.

Prince of Peace : In the New Testament was given a beautiful name : Jesus

What a mighty God we serve. He can deliver us from anything and call us his own. No matter the situation – he will keep his promise and deliver us from any evil.

In depth information about the book Isaiah.

The Book of Isaiah

Webster Dictionary

Anna Witnessed Jesus

The story of Jesus is amazing. There is always something new to learn. Even  when the story is heard every year – something new always pops out. One story people hardly ever mention is the story of Anna.

36 There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well along in years, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and was a widow for eighty-four years. She did not leave the temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers. 38 At that very moment, she came up and began to thank God and to speak about him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

In Latin- her name means favor and grace. Anna experienced life, but always stayed connected to God. Even though Jesus was a baby, she recognized the savior. She went out and spoke of the good news so all could experience God’s blessings.

Even during stressful times like the holiday season – it is good to be a part of the holy spirit. Even if it’s by example: we can show the grace and love God has given to us. As they say “Jesus is the reason for the season.” Let’s show this world the representation of Christ!

More info about Anna

Bible Verses for Overcoming Challenges

Your life is priceless.  Your are special. You matter. You have special gifts and qualities. Wipe away the doubt and tears. Put on your game face and conquer life.

Now when you go out for the day remember this:

10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by his vast strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens. 13 For this reason take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.  Ephesians 6:13

Don’t be afraid.  Those who follow Jesus are given peace and strength to conquer the world.

27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful. Isaiah 41:10

You got this – the lord is your strength. The power of God can conquer all.

Indeed, God is my salvation; I will trust him and not be afraid, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is my strengthand my song. He has become my salvation.” Psalm 18:2

Remember – if you fight according to God’s will and purpose for your life, you will always have victory.

Now I know that the Lord gives victory to his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with mighty victories from his right hand. Psalm 20:6

 

Here is a prayer I want to leave off with

God thank you for giving grace and the spirit to serve you.

I pray that you would protect me and guard my heart from anything that is not of you

I pray that everyone reading this will have peace and fulfilling joy

Please let them know they are worthy of your love and mercy for their lives

Let everything go well for them .

Any doubt or fears they may have I pray they conquer it by the mighty name of Jesus 

And I pray as they go through the day they are given constant reminders of your faithful heart 

In Jesus Name

Amen

26 Things to do While You’re Waiting on “The One”

When I’m talking to a potential husband candidate I always ask “how have you been spending your 20s?” “If you’re 26, what have you been doing these past 6 years?” If he doesn’t have a good enough answer, I am not interested. Here’s a list of what I’ve been doing so I have the perfect answer if someone ask me the same thing.

  1. Building my relationship with Jesus
  2. Going to counseling so I won’t come with unnecessary baggage.
  3. Spending time with my family
  4. Building healthy relationships with god fearing ladies
  5. Updating my wardrobe
  6. Trying out cute hair styles
  7. Getting my nails done
  8. Reading self help books
  9. Watching relationship videos
  10. Experiencing life within limits
  11. Traveling
  12. Doing my makeup
  13. Learning new recopies
  14. Making it a habit to keep my apartment clean
  15. Making it a habit to keep my car clean
  16.  Reading scriptures on what being a wife is all about
  17. Learning parenting skills through my puppy
  18. Praying
  19. Focusing on my career
  20. Loving the life I have
  21. Making peace out of the life I have
  22. Analyzing my previous relationships so I know what to do next time
  23. Organizing my finances
  24. Going to the gym
  25. Not entertaining guys I don’t see a future with
  26. Letting God pick the one

Please don’t sit at home hoping wishing and praying for your husband to come. Get yourself in order so when he comes, you will be ready to have an equal partnership.

22 A man who finds a wife finds a good thing
and obtains favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22

God Loves You

Maybe you know and just need a reminder. Maybe you are doing your own thing and no one ever told you. I am writing this to you today to let you know God loves you.

You are so special. You were not a mistake. You created with perfect design. Every detail about you is known by the father. He loves you no matter how far you think you messed up.

See what great love[a] the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children—and we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know him. 1 John 3:1

When I was in the world, it was hard to understand I had a father in heaven. “A parent in heaven loves me? Why has bad things happen to me?”

We have free will to do what ever we want. Just like a hot stove there are consequences to everything.

A good parent allows their children to learn some things on their own in order for them to mature and grow. I promise you God is always there with you. He will not let you endure anything you were not equipped to handle. 

“Some things were out of my control especially as a child – that doesn’t make any sense.”

20 You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people. Genesis 50:20

It’s true that there are evil forces in the world that don’t mean well for your life. Sometimes things just happen.

I realized when I come out of hard situations – I can use those testimony’s to help other seek Jesus.  Sharing our stories with others in the body of Christ creates a community that pleases God. When we stand together against the enemy – we are honoring God’s will.

Know that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps his gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love him and keep his commands. Deuteronomy 7:9

No matter what this world has going on. We must stay close to a God that will keep us in perfect peace through good and bad times. God’s faithfulness gives his believers everything they need to leave a productive life.

I challenge you to talk to your creator. It doesn’t matter what you say – just get the communication going. Watch him unfold in your life. Here is a starter prayer to help:

“God I want to know your true everlasting love. Somethings may not be perfect in my life but I am coming to you in faith to ask you to show me who you are. I want to know more about you and your son Jesus Christ. I want to know what being your child feels like. Please show me your grace and mercy. I want your will to be done in my life the way it is done in heaven. In Jesus name Amen.”

The Simple Lesson Most People Forget

It is so simple, but it’s not always easy. Everyone can do it – but many choose not to. This lesson can save a lot of people from reading a 300 page self-help book that may or may not help. Now I know you’re dying to know. Ready ? Alright here goes.

 

The lesson is : If you do the right thing with everything, you will end up ok.
“That’s all you have for me really? Of course I knew that.”
I told you in the opening that it was so simple but you did not believe me. Now I’m not going to write you an entire essay – I’m just going to create a simple table for the most common problems people have.

 

If this happens…..

The right thing to do is…..

Someone hurts your feelings

Forgive them and pray for them. It takes time but please don’t become bitter over that person. You’re only hurting yourself

You feel like you’re not getting treated fair

Respectfully stand up for yourself, and walk away from the situation. You don’t have to spend time in a space that does not serve you

You are not in the best money situation

Pray for wisdom for you finances. After that, brainstorm how you can make things better. Example: Go back to school, get a second job, learn a different trade, get professional advice

  • Always treat people how you want to be treated even if they don’t treat you the same

  • Always have a strong work ethic with integrity even if you don’t see the reward ahead

  • Always forgive even if they don’t say I’m sorry or like you anymore

  • Always respect others even if you don’t get the respect you think you deserve

 

These things seem so difficult and like you will never get any where. I promise you will get everything you need in life if you do the right thing.

That’s it – that’s the secret.

Yet do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that when you are accused,those who disparage your good conduct in Christ will be put to shame.1 Peter 3:16