Be a Part of His-story

Be a Part of His-story

by Nadia Gyane

write nameBe a part of His story! It’s what will last, have your name written in the Lambs book of life. The world offers no form of insurance on your salvation, only Jesus Christ, He is the way, truth and the life!

The world claims that making an impact for yourself and for others is worthwhile, and you’ll be in their history books. But there is something better, being a part of God’s history. Be apart of His story, where your name contributes to His story and not just your own……

 I can see it now, you leading many to the Father, giving up your life, laying it down at the feet of the Saviour and Christ giving you His in return. The people you will meet and changes you will make because you chose to be famous for God. The places you will get to go to and the amazing people you will meet. Not forgetting the wonderful fellowship you will have with the Lord. How great it will be when you have reached the end of your life, for your name to be a part of Gods story, just like Moses, Noah, Abraham, Esther, Mary, Jesus, Peter and Paul but to name a few that have made it into Gods story. Aim to be a part of history, by being apart of His story, the one that He will get to tell and will last for all eternity!

You’re In Charge

You’re In Charge

by Nadia Gyane

open doorIt’s your house and you’re in charge of how it looks. God your father gave you that house (life) and now it’s yours. If it’s a mess, clean it. If it’s falling apart, fix it. It’s your responsibility, but God is there to help you, although He will not enter in unless you allow Him to. He will only fix what you reveal to Him. He will not impose, but will knock on the door and promote His services and all that he can do for you, and for free might I add. However, if you refuse, it rests upon you and you cannot complain that God should have intervened. He gave you a house that was in perfect and excellent condition. You cannot now turn around and complain about everything wrong that’s happening when you are the landlord and not the tenant. Either call for His help and let Him in or do it yourself and stop complaining. God is a good God and He wants to help. He loves to help you, so allow Him to. This world is a mess because mankind said, “No, I can do it myself”. So, when injustice reigns, children are neglected, families are broken and societies are in tatters, we have no one to blame but ourselves. You cannot now blame God for the mess you have created in your own house. You wanted to do it your way and this is the result. The alternative is to allow God in, because you and I both know that you’re not too good at being in charge.

We have all tried and failed, so let God in, He wants to help.

24 Hours

24 Hours

by Nadia Gyane

24 hoursEveryone gets twenty-four hours in a day, and to many that time is precious. You therefore have to be very careful how you spend it. However there are those who are not satisfied with the amount of time given to them, as they seem to want more than what they have been given and therefore demand and take it off of others. Whether it be five minutes, ten minutes of ten hours, some people are just not satisfied with the twenty-four hours given to them and instead seek ways to take others in order to increase theirs.

The devil works in the same way, any time you’re not using he has already planed to take and use it on something else. He will also try and steal the precious little time you are using and get you to waste it on something else like unnecessary sleep, arguments, the TV, day dreaming, food and unnecessary chit chat to take you away from doing what you are supposed to be doing and using your time and energy wisely.

So don’t waste time and don’t give your time away to a useless cause. Invest your time, instead of wasting your time, because you only get twenty-four hours in one day and eight of those have already been taking up in sleep.

So use it wisely!

Resurrected Lily

Resurrected Lily

by Brittany Dukes

lily
“Eyes widen and focus on the blurred images standing over the once brittle frame.
As the individual allow God’s breath to flow into the cavities,
     Restoration slowly begins to take place,
Taking the Queen to places that even her wildest nightmares,
     Hadn’t prepared the mental state,
But it was the spiritual strength and stamina that permitted the sweet spirit to endure the race.
     Patience, was not just a vintage key to the door of a new life,
But it was the key to emotional breakthroughs,
     Instead of bowing down to the enemy and breaking down.
Even when brown strands broke the naked grounds like the first cut of the day.
     Inviting a new meaning to barbershop,
         for the grand barber was the one she submitted her heart and life to,
     In only her pupils elementary stages.
As the curls danced into the air,
    Her life was slowly transforming into something fresh.
Like lilies in the spring, stretching out to every so slowly, draw in the positivity.
    “I am not my hair” was no longer just a musical piece,
 But not it was a musical healing and inspiration to go on.
    So one mountainous step at a time, she kept moving.
Not knowing that the world was watching her progress and eliminate the stress.
    Becoming victorious came through a test,
And it was now that she sat in the seat as was instructed by God to hold on to the primary principles that he had once taught.
    As as he poured water on the once infertile soil,
She sprouted and her stem was made of determination, strength, purity, and love.
    The Queen rose with a smile from the bed and looked each set of pupils in the eyes,
and the words she spoke were musical,
“Faith is believing in things we cannot see and I’m thankful that God is working on me,
    I made it this far and he declared that he would never leave. living life cancer free. HE is the cure.”

Prayer Warriors For God

Prayer Warriors For God

by Kelsi Barkman

prayingAre you a praying warrior? Are you even a praying person? Do you know how to pray?

Recently, I’ve been asking myself these questions and I have to confess that I can’t say that I always am. But my desire is that God would show me and that He would teach me how to pray and to become a prayer warrior. Someone that spends more that just a a couple minutes in prayer but is in tune with God all day. You don’t even have to stop what your doing but PRAY. Pray about everything. Pray when your depressed or stressed or in a hard situation. Pray also and thank God for the way He HAS blessed you. God hears our prayers and he cares…he really does. And we might ask the question…why doesn’t he always answer our prayers?Sometimes we’ve prayed and prayed…and God still chooses to not answer the way we want. Your prayers are not in vain. Just because he answers differently than we think doesn’t mean he hasn’t heard us. It takes sacrificing our own wants and wishes to become at rest with God’s plan. We may not always understand but God really does know best. Surrendering of ourselves and letting go is difficult…but with it comes peace. and rest.

There is a desperate need for prayer warriors in our world today. People that are committed to prayer and seeking souls for God’s kingdom. You know…we hang out friends late into the night, when was the last time we hung out with God for awhile? When was the last time we interceded for a friend? Or just spent time with God, seeking His face and being open before Him so he can fill us with His love and strength. The Christian life can’t be lived on our own. It’s when we can’t, that God CAN. In our weaknesses, God can be strong in us and be glorified.

When we pray, are we asking God to fill us with his Holy Spirit?And when the Holy Spirit tells us to do something, do we listen?Pray. Ask God to show you what he wants from you and if He’s telling you to go and pray with someone, go. If he’s telling you that you need to forgive, forgive. If he’s asking you to let go, give everything to Him.

So my challenge is: become a prayer warrior. Stand strong in your faith. Stay in tune with God and when He speaks to you, LISTEN.

Strand of Pearls

Strand of Pearls

by Deb Livingston

In my memoir, Strand of Pearls, I describe the moment that broke my spirit. When I was two years old, I broke my mom’s pearl necklace. It was the first time my father beat my little hands purple. I begged him to stop through my terrified eyes as tears of pain rolled down my innocent face. That day I broke as well. I was the broken strand and the pearls are my life lessons. It took a life time of synchronistic events for the Universe to prepare me to find peace within myself and repair my strand. One of my sparkling lessons after self-realization, that I was able to string on my strand was forgiveness but it didn’t happen until I endured 16 years of abuse and decades of self-destruction, tragedy and addiction. I suffered for decades in the darkness.

My message is based on personal experience and I believe that the essence of life is a graceful balancing practice of polarities using the natural state we are all born with inside of us, peace. For every life challenge there is a lesson. Without darkness we wouldn’t know or be grateful for light. For every negative there IS a positive. For every sorry there is happiness. For every hurt there is healing and for every ego there is a heart. They key is to be open minded and open hearted enough to acknowledge these as the seeds with. We then cultivate them into luminous pearls of lessons and knowledge that shine uniquely and individually but all are connected on our strand of life.

While in the darkness of life challenges, sometimes it may seem impossible to ever see the light of hope and faith and we seek relief outside of ourselves and even find numbness in a chemical, drug, alcohol etc. but if we embrace these moments and the emotions that accompany them instead of resisting, the sun will shine again. There is peace within us all waiting to be unveiled. When send the dark clouds of processed emotions away that seem like the never ending storm, ultimately unlocking the luminous infinite treasures within our soul, we are finally able to live through our hearts and not our ego.

One of many treasures I was ever so blessed to discover within myself was/is the ability to accept. For many years, I was completely paralyzed to the thought of accepting life on life’s terms or other people for who they were. After years of suffering and turning to a destructive live and alcohol, today, after having a spiritual transformation and discovering and uncovering my heart and soul from under many layers of armor and releasing my ego from and it’s duty of protecting me, “letting go,” I am able to accept. Acceptance doesn’t mean we have to like what we are accepting; it allows us to stop resisting. Living through my ego and fear were my enemies. Facing our pain and emotions are our friends. Tears are little magnifying glasses to our inner most truths of our heart and soul.

Today living through my heart and going with the flow of life instead of trying to control it is what enables me to cultivate the pearls compassion and love and most important forgiveness. Forgiveness releases us from ourselves and others from limitations. It also enables us and those who we have forgiven to learn and grow from the lesson in the act of the forgiveness. Some of us view forgiveness as a weakness of defeat, losing, or giving in. In actuality, forgiveness is a pearl we find within us. It’s strength! Forgiveness is to abandon from judgments and fears of others and life, making space for positive attributes of peace and love and our own light within.

In my memoir Strand of Pearls, I have weaved my internal reactions to the experiences of my life’s adversities, varying from abuse, loss, tragedy and addiction with the thematic flow of pearls of life lessons and challenges. The following passage from my memoir is a declaration of forgiveness to my parents. “Today Mom has labeled herself an unfit mother for allowing those beatings to happen. When I was a child, I blamed her for not saving me. I’ve assured her that I no longer blame her. Forgiveness softens us and others. Now that I am an adult, I understand the position Mom was in. I don’t even blame my dad, because he was sick and didn’t know how to recover. I forgave him and have compassion for him.”

Forgiving is not always an easy act to follow through with but it is a form of healing oneself and extending a hand to help others heal as well. By forgiving my mother for circumstances out of her control it has enabled us both to heal and love. My father passed when I was 23 and it took me almost as many years to forgive him. The forgiveness of his abuse has released me from his control that he once had over me physically and for years mentally and emotionally. My body, mind and soul are now free and living in peace and love.

It’s Not Yours

It’s Not Yours

by Nadia Gyane

equationThis life is not yours but God’s. You are no longer in the equation.

You died a long time ago and you now live for Him. At work, at school and even at home, because your life belongs to Him; and because your life is not your own you must treat it with extra care. Just like a new jacket that is not yours or a precious set of earrings. We have to take care of His life because it does not belong to us, we therefore must stay healthy, keep fit, look good but most importantly be good.

This life is not yours so quit acting like it is. He did not die, rose from the grave on the third day for you to do things exactly the same. The life He has given you is very important.

Take care of yourself, your body and His life, because there is a reason why He has given it to you, to honor Him with it, because your life is not your own, its God’s!

Practice Makes Permanent

Practice Makes Permanent

by Autumn de Forest

autumn de forestMy name is Autumn de Forest and I love to paint.

I started painting in my “late fives”. One day, I hopped out in the garage and saw my father staining some wood. I asked him, “Dad, can I mess around?” “Sure”, he said. When I picked up a paint brush and I started to express myself, I realized that this was what I wanted to do to change the world.  My father turned around and was so surprised, but I did not understand why. My parents began putting canvases and paints in front of me, and I would take time and express myself everyday.

I was invited to participate in a few “Art-In-The-Park” type shows. I realized at that point that it was so much fun painting, but it was also fun speaking with people about my paintings, and finding ways to express myself verbally. My parents told me that the world did not need another artist. What the world needed was an artist who could also express the importance of the creativity and self-expression of art.

Then, the Discovery Channel called. They were doing a show about kids who they considered geniuses. They invited me to be included, and I appeared with a six year old math whiz, and another boy who was “the smartest child in the world”. Soon, The Today Show called, and I was interviewed by Matt Lauer. I was so excited.

I was invited to speak to kids and adults all over the country -  even at Harvard University  – about the importance of the arts in the schools. When kids have the opportunity to express themselves through creativity it strengthens their minds, imaginations, and empowers them to believe that they can do incredible things in their lives.

With every step I have made on this journey, I have learned how important it is to not be discouraged on your first try. Just because you are not perfect the first time, does not mean you will not grow. Practice, I have found, makes permanent. The more you practice, the more likely you will want to continue to make an effort, and the more likely you will grow as time goes by. I hope to inspire kids that they can do the same. Whatever it is you love – a sport, dancing, drawing – you can do it. Don’t focus on how good you are, focus on your love of doing it.

To learn more about Autumn and her amazing artist accomplishments check out our other article, Autumn de Forest: An Inspiration at 9

 

It’s Your Move

It’s Your Move

by Nadia Gyane

checkersSometimes we get frustrated and upset with God because we feel that He is not listening to us and not moving on our behalf. When the truth is He has been waiting on us to make a move.

Stop waiting on God to do something, because he has already equipped you with all that you need to make your move and follow your dreams. God has already done all that He needs to do, it is now your turn, so make a move.

You can make a move by living right, acting right, forgiving those who have hurt you, loving your enemies and being good to those who mistreat you. Applying for that job, going to that audition, sitting that exam. Do what you need to do, so that you can move onto what God has for you. God is waiting on you to make a move and won’t move until you do. He has provided you with a way and the tools that you need in order for you to make your next move, and even if you don’t have all the tools you need, you still have the first tool, so use that.

All you may have right now is a pen and paper, so use that to write down your ideas. That is a move, your move. God will guide you but He won’t make the move for you, that’s up to you. However He is patient and will not move until you make your move, because He already has.

Now, its your move.

Your Heart

Your Heart

by Nadia Gyane

heart_and_flowersYour heart was never meant to be broken. Your heart was never meant to be misused or taken for granted. Your love is to be treasured and catered to because it is precious. God never wanted you to have your heart broken, that was not His plan for you. You were meant to fall in love with Him, He was meant to be your first love, because He knows how to safeguard your heart and love you like no other. He sees your worth, values your beauty and knows how to keep your heart safe in his hands. You have a strong foundation of someone who truly loves you first, so that you know how you should be loved. You need to know that your love should not be taken for granted, because your heart was never meant to be broken, you were not meant to experience heartbreak. Your heart, your love, your life should be rooted in Christ and Him alone. Any man who wants your heart needs to go to the One who holds your heart in the palm of His hands. Your dad, your heavenly Father. He will test the suitors, the potential mates who will safeguard your heart, treasure your love and love you the way you should be loved, because God has, and will therefore never accept anything less than what He has already provided. No man can get to your heart without His permission.

Give God your heart today, He will keep it under lock and key. There’s no need to worry about those men who come and go, because they were turned away by your heavenly Father. Do not lose hope, the right person will come and pay a great price for your heart and will give His all to get it, because He knows where to seek permission for your treasured love, your heart. So give it to God, He’ll love you until the right man comes along and will still love you once he’s acquired your love because both hearts will be His, both joined together in love and kept in God’s hands to hold and secure with His love. God is the Father of Love and the maker and mender of hearts all over the world.

Give your heart to the Lord today, you know your heart deserves it.