Posted at 11:08 am , on August 30, 2018
In the states, it’s the time of year to head back to school. I’ve been out for a while but I wanted to write something special for all the students.
Up until Junior year of high school, I did not fit in anywhere. Everyone could tell I was different. I was really tiny with braces and glasses. My personality is still cute and dorky.
Once I got to the 11th grade, the outside began to change. I thought being “beautiful” would fix my life. The result of trying to be cool was my grades slipping and mixing with the wrong crowd.
I want to tell you that no matter what clique you are part of, it will not matter when you get older. I would also like to say that the things people make fun of you now will be what makes you special as an adult.
My label was the smart and sensitive one. No matter how hard I tried to fight these 2 things, they never went away. When I learned to accept these qualities about me, I started to attract people that I related to. Others began to appreciate how nice and witty I was.
God will bless a humble sincere spirit. Don’t feel like you have to change the way God made you. You’re beautiful!
Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Philippians 4:6-8
Posted at 11:30 pm , on May 16, 2018
2018 will be 4 years since I’ve been out of college. Whatever stage you are in your education, this is dedicated to you.
- Finding your learning style can solve a lot of problems. Are you a visual learner? Do you have to hear things in order for it to stick to your mind? Or maybe you have to use your hands. Knowing how your brain works can help you achieve your goals.
- Create a schedule. Once you figure out what is best for you, plan out an agenda. When I was in school, I had to study right after class. Waiting until the sunset was an automatic “not going to happen.”
- Self-discipline is key. Not everyone likes school. Let’s face it, education is a way to have a brighter future. Even during the rough times, pushing through is the only way to ace your classes.
- Find a community of supporters. Classmates, encouragers, anyone positive. Pep talks and help with your work will keep you motivated.
- And remember with a mustard of faith – all things are possible. When you work hard – you will see progress.
Posted at 11:41 pm , on November 22, 2017
Before I was a full-time Christian – I thought there were magical words that just makes things happen. -POOF!- It works. Maybe there is something I don’t know and there’s an awesome secret to prayer. To those who already believe or trying to start their prayer journey, I wanted to create something special for you.
I. Things to Remember:
- There is no such thing as a prayer expert. There are no perfect words. God understands every language, slang word, etc. He know’s what you are trying to say even if you don’t think it’s coming out the right way.
- When you pray, you are talking to your creator. If you like to pick your boogers then bite your fingernails – it’s not a secret to God. If that’s your thing, he already knew you were like that when you were in the womb. No sin or weird thing is going to keep God from loving you unconditionally.
- The purpose of prayer is an affirmation. Prayer creates a confirmation that you and God are on the same page. Nothing matters except your genuine heart expression. Its sort of like the world will stop just to connect with the father.
- (Still a hard one for me) : God always answers prayers as soon as you speak. I’ve heard it’s usually yes, not yet, or I have something better. Don’t get upset if you lose something or “something goes wrong.” If something is not healthy in your life, it will be revealed. You may not like it, but you must be obedient in order to receive the full blessing.
II. My Personal Prayer Structure
As I stated before – there is no right way. However, I wanted to give my outline of prayer just in case you’re a beginner or in a rut.
- Give thanks: Tell God everything you’re thankful for. “Thank you for this great day. Thank you for giving me a cup of coffee I didn’t ask for.” Big or small, I like to show God I’m paying attention to the things in my life.
- Go down the list of concerns – fears, things that made you angry, people that hurt you. This will probably be the longest part of the prayer. Be honest, open and real. As I’ve stated in a previous post – when I first started praying I used a lot of profanity. No, it was not right, but God met me where I was and changed my language as I grew in Christ.
- Pray for others. If they are on your mind pray. No matter if they hurt you or don’t want to talk to you – it builds your character and compassion for others. Believe it or not when you pray for other people God will reveal things about you that you probably didn’t know exist. For instance, you may have an entitlement issue.
- Bring it all in & conclude. I always like to end with “your kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Once I realized what that meant and how beautiful it was – it became my thing. Find what works for you.
If you have spiritual time keep these pointers and try this way of praying. Happy Thanksgiving!
14 This is the confidence we have before him: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14