Is Love On The Horizon?

We all aim to find that one person who we want to spend the rest of our lives with. But in the modern world, it can be a lot harder than it looks. In fact, endless scrolling through Tinder and chatting to guys can take its toll. And then once a relationship finishes, the heartbreak is the worst. In fact, you might feel like you will never meet someone you will fall in love with. Therefore, when you do meet a guy, you are not sure whether it could be the real deal. Here are some ways to know that love is on the horizon with this new chap.

Get to know them on a deeper level


Although there might be an attraction between the two of you, you need to get to know their personality too. After all, once those initial butterflies have passed, you need to be able to spend time together. You don’t want to be stuck dating someone who you have nothing in common with. And besides their looks, you don’t even like them as a person! Therefore, to know whether you could fall in love with this guy, spend time with them to get to know the real them. Ask them about their past and delve deeper to find out if there is a connection and see if you agree on the important issues of faith and family. Hopefully, they will ask you questions too, so that they get to know the real you! Once you have really got to know them as a person, you can decide whether you see any kind of future with this guy!

Go with your gut when it comes to your feelings

When you are in a new relationship, it’s easy to think about whether you could see this going the long-term. After all, you don’t want to waste your time on a dalliance which will end badly. And while some people opt for a horoscope to tell them if they have found the one, this should only be in fun and games. The best person to tell you whether you can see love in the future is yourself, and you will know the most clearly when you pray about this and ask God to help you know. After all, you should be listening to your gut when it comes to your feelings for the new guy, because often times this is the way God speaks to us. If you are already feeling doubts, there might be a good reason for them. You might know deep down that this guy isn’t right for you. On the other hand, if you are feeling positive about the relationship, you should see where this love takes you. Trust God to give you an answer and be willing to receive what He reveals. 

Give the relationship a chance

It’s so easy to give up on a relationship before it’s even begun. After all, you might let your insecurities and fears overwhelm you. And then you might miss out on the real deal. Therefore, to ensure you get to know whether this guy is the one, you need to take a chance on the relationship. Push your fears aside and get to know this guy. After all, the worst thing that could happen is it ends before it gets started. But at least you know you would have given the relationship a good shot!

And remember to let your new guy spend some time with your friends and family. It’s always good to see how they act around your nearest and dearest and hearing their opinions on him can be huge. Sometimes outsiders that know you best have insight that is real and valuable. After all, if it’s going to be a long-term thing, they need to get on well with your family and friends!

How To Find Real Love: The Inside Guide

The number one thing that most of us want in our future is a happy relationship and, later, a happy marriage. Does that sound sappy? Yeah, probably, but it’s true. The idea of having someone who’s a constant support for you and the real love of your life is a dream for many people. Here are some tips on how to form a happy and healthy relationship and meet the person God has chosen for you.

Get Out There

If you want to find a partner, then you need to be in places where it’s easy to meet people! A lot of people expect love to simply fall in their laps, but that doesn’t happen in real life all that often. If you want to find love, get involved at church, start new classes, get talking to people around you at work, and don’t dismiss people too quickly and easily. Download dating apps, but make sure you’re careful to let a friend know where you’re going and what time you expect to be home if you go to meet anyone from them. Remember that kindness and humour are much better qualities than a man who’s instantly attractive to you, if you’re looking for something long term.

Be Realistic

We’ve all been fed stories by the media, by movies and by romance novels about the perfect man, the perfect relationship, the perfect diamond engagement ring, the perfect marriage. But the truth is that perfection simply doesn’t exist in relationships. That doesn’t mean that you should settle for someone who doesn’t treat you well and who you’re not quite sure about – on the contrary, you deserve nothing less than to be extremely happy with whoever you share your life with. But you need to remember that even Mr Darcy, the most famous romantic hero of all time, was actually a pretty awkward, standoffish weirdo, and it took a little time before Lizzy Bennet saw through that to the good heart beneath his snobby exterior. Don’t dismiss a good guy because he isn’t perfect – chances are, you aren’t perfect either. Trust God to lead you to the right person.

Get What You Deserve

Although it’s important to be realistic, it’s even more important to make sure that you’re with someone who treats you well and who has the same moral values as you. Don’t expect to be treated like a queen – on the contrary, your relationship should be more to do with give and take than that. You should be just as kind to him as he is to you to create a healthy and happy relationship. It’s important that he treats you well, that he keeps talking to you, and that you feel you can trust him. Above all, you should both put God first and when those priorities are lined up your relationship will benefit.

Be Open And Honest

The truth is that no one really has time for mind games. At the end of the day, they simply aren’t worth it and they make no one truly happy. If you open your heart up to whoever you’re talking to, then sure – there’s a chance you could get hurt. But remember that you could also find something incredible by being open and honest about what you want. Good luck! Finding love is a challenge, but it’s one that you’re very equipped for and likely something God already has planned for your life.

 

My Adopted Sister and Me

by Evelyn Horan

huggingMy younger adopted sister, Alyssa, and I live with our mom and dad and our dog and cats.  To tell the truth, when I was little, I really didn’t like the idea of having either a sister or a brother because I wanted all my parents’ attention. I remember when I was about three years old I told my mom about adopting a baby: “Mommy, I only want you to bring home one.  No more.”

“I know honey,” Mom said. “It will only be one–one little baby sister. That’s all.”

When Mom and Dad brought my new adopted baby sister home, to my way of thinking, she immediately got all the attention.  “Oh, she’s so cute!  What a precious doll!” everyone said. But when I peeked in her crib, I couldn’t understand why all the adults were making such a fuss.  To me, Alyssa looked like a tiny, red-faced mouse.

As the months passed, I grew even more jealous of my new, sister.  I began to resent Alyssa.  I wondered why she got so much attention?  Why did she get to stay up late and be held by Mommy? Mom explained, “Emma, dear, Alyssa is just a little, tiny baby and needs Daddy and me to take extra-special care of her.”

After watching Alyssa for a while, I caught on.  Then I tried crying and screaming, but my parents weren’t very disturbed.  They just glanced at one another, smiled, and told me to be a “big girl” and stop acting like a baby.  As time passed, I tried to ignore Alyssa when she was near.  I wouldn’t share my toys with her, and I wouldn’t play with her unless Mom insisted.

During those early years, we kept the house in a noisy uproar.  It was about that time that I began to give close attention to my Sunday School lessons.  Slowly, I came to understand the teachings of Jesus.  One of His messages about how we should show love and kindness toward one another seemed to be just for me.  It bothered my conscience.

I realized, more and more, I was behaving like a spoiled child.  I was jealous and selfish in not wanting to share my parents with my adopted sister.   I’d been resenting her. When I finally faced those facts about myself, I asked Alyssa to forgive me for behaving so badly.  With a bright smile, Alyssa nodded and replied, “Of course, Emma, I forgive you.”

There were tears in my eyes when she reached out and hugged me and whispered,  ” We should always love and forgive one another.” Soon we began having fun-times together.  Alyssa often thought of ways to make me happy, and since I was older, she looked to me for advice on important matters.

When I became a teen,  I recognized the real proof of our friendship.  Alyssa went away for the first time to spend a weekend with her friend, and I found myself wandering about the house trying to keep busy.  I looked into her room several times, but she wasn’t there.  I missed my sister Alyssa so much that I fell across my bed and had a good cry.

In the past, I’d sometimes wondered how I’d feel if Alyssa were to leave my life forever.  Now, I knew, I’d be miserable and lonely without her. I needed her cheery smile and happy chatter, just as she needed me for “big sister” direction and advice.

I couldn’t wait for the weekend to end.  When Alyssa came home I’d give her a big hug and tell her how much I missed her!  I knew that even if we had disagreements in the future, there was still one thing I had come to realize.  I knew that I truly loved my adopted sister, Alyssa.

All through the years my little sister Alyssa had cared about me.  She’d been forgiving and understanding.  As I anxiously waited for her return, I felt happy knowing we’d always be close, held together by our strong bond of love for one another.

7 Ways You Can Explore Your Passion and Achieve Your Dreams!

computer-outsideEverybody has a passion in something or to do something. But, when our passion becomes our profession, our life starts heading towards the destination we’ve always dreamed of. There are many golfers but there is only one “Tiger Woods”. The world has seen many actors but no one can match the cinematic charisma of “Marlon Brando”.

We are able to create that magic only when we identify our true passion. Something that we love doing again and again or that we can do without asking a penny. Our passion channels our energies to achieve the gratification that every professional aspires in life.

When we pursue our dreams, we feel inner satisfaction and that happiness gives us the energy to fulfill our goals, even in worst circumstances. Winners know their passion and which is why they understand things that they want from life. When your passion becomes your profession, you do not have to struggle or work hard in order to prove yourself. Everything comes naturally and you tend to enjoy your work on a whole different level.

1. Brainstorm

At times, we already know our passion but fail to sense it. We either take it for granted or fail to identify it. However, you can recognize talent with some brainstorming. List all the things that you enjoy doing. Ask yourself the following questions:

What everyone says I am good at?

What is one thing that I can do for free?

What I always aspired to become in life?

What is my one childhood hobby that I was crazy about?

The one ‘common answer’ of these questions should be the idea that you should focus on to find your passion.

2. Ask Your Confidant

Consult with your mentor or oldest friend who knows you from childhood. Ask him about the things that you should pursue as your passion. As he knows you since your childhood days, he can best advice you regarding your true potential. Work on that particular idea. It might be an idea that will change your life forever.

3. Listen to Your Gut Feeling

God has given us an inner instinct that guides us in a certain direction. It is just that we tend to ignore that whisper because we are too logical. When we perceive things in terms of their value in our life, we never get to know our true passion, and that feeling phases out with time. Truly successful people are those who listen to their inner voices and follow their dreams even at the cost of their time and money.

4. Explore Your Life

It is quite possible that your passion already exists in your life and you might not sense it. Collect all your personal belongings, such as your portfolios, DVDs, books and attire. Is there anything common or makes a pattern? If you find an answer, you have just found your passion.

5. Discover Life of Your Idol

Do you look up to someone? What is the one thing in him that inspires you and induces you to become like him? It might be a ‘common factor’ between you and him. If he is a celebrity, you need to read his biography. If you are able to identify with his talent, you might be the next person who can inspire others to pursue that same passion.

6. Try Doing New Things

Experiment with different things in life. Shed your inhibitions and come out of your comfort zone. . Do sports. Create portraits. Do photography. Unless you make serious efforts to find your latent talent, you cannot find it. It might be a matter of time and place. Just remain determined and resilient.

7. Work On an Existing Talent

If you are able to find something that you can relate to on a personal level, you need to work on it. Even if you are not sure about it, you should give it a try. It might develop into a passion later on. Create a blog if you have a flair for writing, for example. Get comments of your family and friends. Their suggestions will help you decide whether or not you should invest your time on that particular thing.

What Should I Be When I Grow Up?

by Diane Young

caring-teacherYou’ve heard it before: You can be anything you want to be – the sky’s the limit!

Some people actually do know what they want to be from a very early age. For example, Kelsey decided by the time she was in kindergarten she would be a teacher. Now 27 years old, she teaches high school English in Germany. Other people grow up planning to – and actually do – become pilots, nurses, dentists, fire fighters, musicians, and other popular careers.

Not everyone is quite so decisive – or realistic. Maybe you’ve heard your friends say, “I’m going to be a pro basketball player!” Or an astronaut. Or even President of the United States. Obviously, some people do grow up to be astronauts and basketball players, and forty-three people have grown up to be President. But most say the words without understanding how much work and dedication are required for these specialized jobs – they are dreaming, not actually career planning.

If you have no idea or even a dream of what you want to be when you grow up, you are not alone. About twenty-five percent of all college students have not declared their majors. Some sixty to seventy-five percent of college students change majors at least once. After college, according to the U.S .Department of Labor, the average American changes careers three to five times during adulthood and may have as many as fifteen jobs. In other words, even grownups don’t always know what they want to be when they grow up! This means that choosing your college major does not have to be a life sentence.

One wise piece of advice says, “Do what you love and the money will follow.” Doing what you love does not necessarily mean following a traditional career path. In fact, looking beyond the obvious job choices may lead to your dream career.

Maybe you love to garden. That doesn’t mean your only option is to open a vegetable stand. You might harvest and attractively package seeds to sell online. Or, as a landscape architect, not only will you create visually pleasing exterior designs, but you might preserve historic sites, reduce human impact on our environment, not to mention boost energy and water conservation efforts. Learn more at Landscape Architecture.

Are you the family photographer? Instead of coaxing clients to “say cheese” at a traditional photography studio, Marianne is a food photographer for a magazine. She artfully arranges food to accompany recipes or advertisements. Other ideas can be found at Photography Careers.

If you love horses and also enjoy helping people, hippotherapy is a fascinating emerging field, where clients receive mental health treatments while riding a horse. The movement of the horse affects the sensory and nervous systems, and can increase the effectiveness of various therapeutic practices, including occupational, speech and physical therapy. For a more in-depth description, go to Hippotherapy Introduction.

Do you have a stack of journals because your fingers itch to write? Only a relatively few authors will ever make the New York Times best seller list, but many others build a career writing other things besides books. Companies need technical writers, and the demand for online copy writing is rapidly growing. For more ideas, visit Online Writing Opportunities.

You might design wigs for cancer patients, test computer game software, or educate people about marine life while leading kayaking tours. All of these are real occupations held by real people.

In other words, that limitless sky really is the limit. You really can be anything you are willing to work for – and then when you change your mind, you can be something else!

The Audacity of His Love

by Nadia Gyane

 

neon-loveEven when we make mistakes Gods love is there. It never goes away. His love is so relentless that it will never quit chasing after me. I sometimes wonder if it was not for the Love of God where would I be.

I could make one of the biggest mistakes in my life and feel guilty and ashamed and still He will beckon me home. His love, grace and mercy would all turn up to take me home.

He is always ready to forgive me when I do things that I know and don’t always know is wrong.

The audacity of His righteous love towards me, an unrighteous person. Who would have thought that  such a great God would have such great love for me. I can do nothing to increase or decrease His love, it’s exactly at a high level which is so unfathomable to me.

His love is so strong and forgives me of my wrongs, just because it’s love.

This wonder is so far beyond me that even when I try and turn away, it’s his love that keeps me.

What Great love, the sheer audacity of it overwhelms me to make me want to love Him so much more.

Remind Me

by Nadia Gyane

 

prayLord remind me when I’m having a bad day of your blessings and provisions you have given me for the day.

When my hair doesn’t look its best, that I am still beautiful.

When I feel unworthy and unloved that I am truly and unconditionally loved by you.

Remind me of your blessings that you send me each and every day, your caring hand upon my life and your gentle voice that guides me all day long.

Lord remind me of your forgiveness and your mercy’s which are new every morning. Remind me even when things don’t go my way that you are always there, and that you care.

Remind me that you are my Rock, my Life and my Salvation.

Remind me of your precious gifts sent to bless me.

Please Lord remind that you are my everything, my all and all and that I love you, because I may forget, so please Lord remind me.

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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A Girl’s Message To All Christians

Be The Change You Wish The World To See

Be The Change You Wish The World To See

girl in sunglassesHow many times have you awakened to find your thoughts are, “I really wish I could change them.” You know, change others because of what they are doing in the world to others or to you and you think that’s it, I am going to go out and change them. Yeah, so how’s that going for ya?

I laugh, as we all want to change each other. Thing is, the only thing we can actually change is our selves. The only thing we can do is look in our personal mirror of life and change what we see looking back at us.

Living in America, we usually live where bombs are not a common occurrence. Not long ago, a bomb went off and my daughter was right in the direct area where the bomb exploded. A few died and many were injured. She was working at the Boston Marathon when a bomb exploded. She would begin to witness it, as human beings would be carried in to a tent where she was working. One person’s legs were now gone because of another human beings choice to harm and hurt others.

My daughter would see the living in a whole new light She was always trying to change others instead of seeing the beauty in her. I was always so happy and contented to be me in her life, but she was always hoping to change me into what she wanted to see, but then in her very quiet part of the world a bomb went off. Now in her very quiet part of the world the living and the dead would speak with a voice she had never listened to before.

My daughter would be told, with others in her tent at the marathon, to go home, as they would not be able to help. For their personal safety, they were to go home. My daughter would return from a long walk about two hours later feeling a bit numb from what she had just witnessed in her quiet world called Boston. I remember her coming in the door as I was on the couch in the living room meditating in the silence, asking for peace. I remember asking love and peace to touch all, because I know I can change me, I can change the way I look at others, and in the change everything I see changes without judgment.

I sat on the couch in a state of peace of me. I couldn’t stop the bomber from bombing, but I could look at him or her with love. I could also show the world by my example, that creating a bomb with my words would not help anyone, but creating a space with love and understanding for all could help others. You see, anger would not be the answer. Judgment for what had been done would not be the answer either, but bringing peace and understanding to the moment would be the answer.

My daughter came in to the living room and threw her arms around me and said, “I love you, Padre”. I smiled and said, “I love you, too, Michalia.”

She then looked at me and said, “When the bomb went off, I saw this picture of you in my mind. I saw you peacefully meditating.”

I looked at her and smiled and said, “Guess what I was doing Michalia? I was meditating.”

I knew there would be so many who wanted to be angry and filled with finding blame. I knew I needed to be me, and me is happy knowing I will always do my best to change me to be loving and understanding because I know you can’t change the world, but you can change the way the world sees you and in that moment, the world does change. Because when you find peace within, peace is what the world sees.

Love Emmanuel