I Love You

by Nadia Gyane

 

sand-heartThere is just one important thing that I need to tell you.

 

I know you read a lot, listen to many different things and talk with your friends and family on various subjects and topics. But there is one main thing that you must know…..

 

I really love you!

 

That’s all.

 

I’ll be here waiting to tell you this again. Same time tomorrow.

 

Love Jesus

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Who am I…?

by Judd Nelson

readWho am I…?

This question is so simple, yet so hard to explain.  It has been studied for years, and caused some of the most famous and educated people to walk away stumped.  In today’s culture the answer might look different depending on how it’s asked.  You see, not only do we have an identity in relation to our families, but we also hold a different one when it comes to our friends, to our church, to our school, to sports teams, to our social media profiles…the list goes on and on.  Often times we change who we are to fit into the setting we are in, and before long “trying to fit in” leads us to lose sight of who we truly are and who we are meant to become.

The good news is that in a world that daily bombards us with who we aren’t by what we don’t have, there is a trustworthy unchanging place to go that tells us who we are because of who God is…the Bible.  God gave the Bible to us not only as a way to get to know who He is, but also to find out our identity as His children.  In its pages sits the keys to unlocking the truth about who we are in His eyes that allows us the courage to live out the purpose He chose us for.

When we allow ourselves to accept truth that nothing we’ve done can take away God’s love, forgiveness, and acceptance from us we will be freed from finding our value in what people say about us or the things we have.  We then no longer need to change who we are to fit into the environment we are in, but rather the environment we are in changes because of who we are.  In a day and age where people of this world are desperately seeking to find their identity and purpose, we who are more than conquerors and have been called to let our lights shine, have the ability to impact their future by finding and living our own.  So let me ask…who are you?

What Does It Mean To Continue?

What Does It Mean To Continue?

by Nadia Gyane

To continue means to keep at it.

To move forward.

To look forward.

To not give up or quit.

To keep doing it until you reach your goal, because you have what it takes to succeed and accomplish your dream, your vision and your purpose.

 

The bible says greater is He who is in you, than He that is in the world. So that means you have what it takes and you have more than enough to achieve your dream and live out your destiny.

 

So continue……

Sin Doesn’t Suit You

Sin Doesn’t Suit You

by Nadia Gyane

No matter how hard you try sin just doesn’t suit you. It doesn’t suit that person over there, that guy or that girl and it definitely doesn’t suit you. I mean just look at you when you try to wear sin, the places it takes you, the people you meet and the bad experiences you have. It’s just not worth it. You can’t carry it off and you look really bad trying. Like a hat that is too big for your head or a shoe that just wont fit is sin in your life, it just won’t fit. I know of only one person that could actually handle sin and even then he had to cover it with his own blood so that he could eradicate it totally. Trust me, sin is nothing but bad news even on a good day.

So believe me when I tell you, it just doesn’t suit you.

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.