|Posted by Mimi on March 6, 2011 at 12:43 PM||comments (0)|
I will be very clear: as soon as I feel a worrisome thought creep into my head, I am learning to immediately release the thought to God. If a problem arises, I am learning to (instead of saying "How will I solve this?") say "God, I am in your hands. You will lead me through, please show me the way." The more I do this, the easier it becomes. I cease to seek my own solutions. Instead I seek God's solution.
These days, my prayer is mostly: God, you know what I need. Please show me what I need to see, when I need to see it, and give me understanding at the right time - Your time. Keep me humble and full in your love.
I do pray for specific things as they arise, but as far as my personal prayers go, I just am asking God to show me the way. I just wake up and surrender, first thing, and declare each day to be the LORD's day, that He would be glorified through my thoughts, words and actions. I tell you, God has shown me how to live, so I can share what I have learned. I know that most Christians go through life without ever living so fully in Christ, because I used to be one! I grew up in a family and church full of them! Not that there's anything particularly wrong with simply living as a Christian, but that's not how God would have us live.
If you are not living fully for Christ, you are not living to your full potential. GOD is the only way to reach your full potential, and He will only bring up those who wish to get there. If you are willing to commit everything to God, He is faithful to bring you more [blessings, wisdom, comfort ~ what do you need?] than you will ever need. We all have different needs, and God is there to fill them all.
How amazing is the LORD our God, who is able to give me His undivided attention; that He would bend down to hear my cries, and that He would care so much for me, to die for me? How much more amazing, that He has done the same for you, and for all believers everywhere!
GOD IS SO GOOD! JESUS, I LOVE YOU!
|Posted by Mimi on March 3, 2011 at 12:28 PM||comments (0)|
I just had the most amazing experience, and have a message to share: Don't forget to ask God to bless you! I have been trying for over a year to reduce and eliminate stress in my life, by giving situations over to God, and by learning how to take care of myself. Yes, caring for my temple is an important part of maintaining a low-stress environment! When we are unhealthy, we are not equipped to handle stress, because our bodies are trying just to keep us from being diseased, sick, and broken. Have you ever noticed that when you are not eating well, not exercising, overworking, and over-stressing, you seem to get sick a lot more? Maybe you stay sick?
I was very sick... but God healed me! This last year has been such an eye-opener, and such an inspiration to me, that my life went from "I wonder if this is going to be it... if I am destined to be crippled for the rest of my life?" to "I HAVE EVERYTHING TO LIVE FOR!!! AND IT DOESN'T MATTER IF I HURT TODAY!!!!!!!" I had to take a healh and fitness class fall term, because it was going to be required to get a degree from PCC. There, I got back into stretching, and into regular cardio, endurance and strength training, and I felt so much better. I thank God for rescuing me from an evil workplace (literally, a lot of folks who work there were either wiccan or Christian haters, etc.,).
I thank Him that my new job is to learn about Him, to learn about people, and to share the message of Jesus Christ with people. I thank Him that I had to take that health class, so that I would have a jump-start back into regular exercise again, after physical therapy earlier in the year. I thank Him that I always did home exercise videos after giving birth (Tae-Bo after Adrian, and Yogalates after Millena), and walked, so that I would know it makes me feel better, to have regular exercise and stretching. I thank Him that after Millena, I was obsessed with losing baby weight; as a result, I learned how to enjoy eating raw and whole foods, so now this change back to whole foods is an easy transition.
I am thankful that last April, when I began reading the Bible, I stopped by the book section in Goodwill one day, and found "The Prayer of Jabez", by Bruce Wilkinson. I am thankful that God taught me to ask for my blessings, because that is what I've been doing ever since I read this verse:
"Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, 'Oh that Thou would bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast [territory], and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!' And God granted him that which he requested." 1 Chronicles 4:10
Now, the book even says that you might not be able to handle praying the prayer every day. Some days I feel like that. Not that I don't want more blessings, but territory can get overwhelming :/. However, I love this verse, because it shows that even for a man who only starred in a few Bible verses, Jabez knew how to touch God's heart; Jabez figured out that if he asks God for what God wants to give, then He will. God is faithful!
Just now, I got done exercising. I started doing the Yogalates video again, last month. I realized that I don't have to be so rough on myself, trying to do all of the fitness things I want to do, right now. Notice how I said "I"? God is faithful. God is my strength. I know God can do more wonders on my body than any video, so I know that I can trust Him to make me strong again, by just being faithful to do the video. There are four exercises, about 12 minutes each. I don't have to commit to doing them all, every day. I just need to do one, on three days. If I get in to do one, I will usually do three. And when I regularly exercise, I usually want to do it every day. If I will just do a little bit, God will do a lot.
As soon as I was done with the video I came to plug my phone in, next to my bed. I nearly fell to my knees, the need to pray was so strong! As soon as my hands were folded, head bowed, my ears were filled with muffled static... like a buzzzz but only wwsshhhshshshhhsh. I couldn't hear anything. I couldn't think anything. I could only think that God is here. God is going to speak. I didn't know if I needed to pray for someone, so I got about two names out before it was clearly not that.
"Blessings". Who needs blessings? Yes, I prayed blessings over the house, the family, the kids, Rico... all of this today, this morning already. "Blessings. Your blessings." MY BLESSINGS! YES, LORD, PLEASE BLESS ME!!! PLEASE BLESS ME TODAY, LORD!!!
As soon as I spoke those words: Bless me today, LORD, the sound stopped. The prayer was prayed. Now I am here to share the message. I am so excited too, because my first thought was: YAY something to blog about!!! Instead of posting the Jabez verse on FB ;).
God is good. Amazing. Amazing isn't even good enough. Supercalifragilisticexpialidotious. And then some. He's Heavenly. He's my Dad :D.
|Posted by Mimi on March 2, 2011 at 3:23 PM||comments (1)|
I've been busy the last few days, but oh so good and blessed. I finally finished that computer assignment that had me in a funk for a week. After I told Satan it didn't matter even if I failed the course, I would happily take it again, then I got the instructor's responses. I was able to fix the assignment and the next one (which I was sure would be late by default), and now have had a happy break from programming. Although, on Thursday, after working hard to get the computer labs done, I woke up sick, sick, sick. I slept all day, and Rico even stayed home, which was nice. Thursday also happened to be the snow day, so I didn't have to deal with the kids, or miss class! Thank you Jesus! Friday was a little better. We didn't do much this weekend, and Sunday night I started in on the ecosystem project, in earnest.
This is a whole term project, mind you, and every time I had set aside time to work on it these last nine weeks, the time was eeked away by something else more pressing. Homework time would be decimated by an untimely need, unexpected waits and interruptions, and I thought about stressing. Instead, I asked God for His help. I didn't even want to begin stressing, I am already ready for the term to be over... I didn't need to be clock watching on myself... so when I sat down to write, I asked for the strength to just move through completing the assignment.
Folks, I never wrote a 15 page paper that fast! When I sat to write, the words were there. When I had to research, I had the right terms (cause you know, using Google is hit or miss with research... usually miss, lol). One page would lead to the next page, as if to say "Here I am. I was waiting until today, because I knew that today would be the day you would use *that* search term." I didn't have time to perfect it as I might like. The bibliography was hastily created, only one graphic included, no time for a proof-read and I even forgot to include a section. But it got done, and all I have to get is a 70% to keep an A in the course.
Oh, did I mention that between Sunday night and Tuesday at noon, when the paper was due, I also slept Sunday night, went to Millena's song presentation at school, completed another programming assignment, went to Stats class, and to an exclusive OMSI night (for Lewelling and Ardenwald Elementary schools) on Monday, and slept another 4 hours Tuesday night?!?!
God helped me focus. He helped with the search terms. He helped with my attitude. He restored my body with little sleep. He does everything I need, and more, because He loves me. God is good. In addition, I am preparing to register for classes this Friday, and have learned that I will only need to take four courses, not five as I was told. This just keeps getting better and better!
Thank You LORD Jesus, for being so good to me. Thank You for loving me as I am. Because of your love, I am able to love myself for who I am. I am able to look past my own imperfections, because I can see how much you mean to me, too. I look at what I have done with my life, and the only thing I ever made of it was a mess. But when I ask You to help me with my life, you come in and do such wonderful, amazing things, I cannot deny that it is Your work and not mine. Who but You, LORD, could take a situation that should have been a struggle, and turned it into a wonderful blessing, into a dream made reality? None, but YOU, My God! How could I worry about my future on earth, about future financial stability, when the King of Kings is guiding my way? Faithful God, thank You for your mercy and grace, and for opening my eyes more and more each day. It is my honor to bring you glory. Without You I would be lost. Thank you for saving me, and for loving me. Thank you for your Spirit to guide my heart. Please guide my path, keep me from evil, and use me. Just, use me, LORD Jesus. Amen.
|Posted by Mimi on February 26, 2011 at 12:17 AM||comments (0)|
Luke 6:39 Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? 40 Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.
This verse is so special to me, for I know God planned for me to read it at the perfect time. God lead me to read the Bible last year, and when I opened up my reading on the very last day, this verse was there! What that said to me was that I needed to read the Bible, before I could ever explain it to someone; before I could be a good witness for Christ. I needed to understand the Word, and to know how to live as I'm called, before I could be a disciple. I needed to hear all that God had to say to me, so that I could truly learn to listen to Him.
Once I could listen (I used to be incredibly stubborn, now just sometimes ), I could learn about what He wanted me to do! God has a plan for us all! But first, we must learn to listen to Him, so we are moving towards His will (and not pushing a path of our own). One of the best ways I have learned to listen to God is to be in His Word, for the Word is God. I love to worship, praise and spend time in prayer with the Father, but in the Word is instruction; the comfort of a written message, something you can see with your own eyes. Before I learned to hear God's voice, I learned to feel Him speaking to me through the Word.
There is definitely a feeling of the Holy Spirit, and I believe it's a bit different for everyone. For me it's like I get chills, even when I shouldn't, but these chills accompanied by overwhelming feelings of "Oh my gosh, this is so true!", "I can't believe I never understood this before!", "Is this what God means?", and "I SOOO needed to hear this today". These are the types of thoughts that rush through my being, when God speaks to me. After some time, the same feeling would come while I was in prayer or worship.
Now I can feel God speaking to me often: every time I see someone hurting, in need. Every time I see someone who is lost, who needs Jesus. I am not so sure He is saying "They are hurting", so much as I am seeing them through Jesus eyes, and so am feeling His Spirit within my soul. I've asked to see the world through Jesus eyes, and to have a love like He loves. There is a lot more hurt out there than we imagine, and God will show it to you. He will also move you to love.
Yes, enrolling in God's training camp will open one's eyes. Some say that living for Jesus is like living with blinders on – but they are wrong! God will cut your blinders OFF, so that you can see everything more clearly! You will understand why people act the way they act, why living for Christ is different than being religions, why no matter what is going on in the world, the only thing that will ever make a difference in everyone's life, is JESUS CHRIST!
Lace your boots. I think training camp has begun 8).
|Posted by Mimi on February 25, 2011 at 4:06 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Mimi on February 25, 2011 at 2:34 PM||comments (0)|
Throughout Jesus' ministry he used parables to explain the message of God, so that it would be easier for people to understand. In one of the parables, Jesus teaches about a farmer, and uses seeds as an example of how the Gospel is received by people. Every time we share the Word, we are sowing seeds. Living a life that will bring God glory, as Jesus would have us live (IN HIM), is the ultimate in farming. Heavenly farming :D. Farming for souls. Here is the story, as it is told in Mark:
Mark 4:14 The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others. 15 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. 16 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 17 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 18The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. 20 And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
My greatest desire, and my purpose in life, is to bring God glory! Even when the struggles of life get me down, I am thankful, and praise God for blessing me as He has. I am thankful for the opportunity to minister to others, for this is a gift from God. I have no fear when I am writing for God, for I know it is His Spirit within me, and that it will be used for His purpose. And one day, when the trumpet sounds, I will see all that He has been working within me.
Until then, I want to be a hundred fold farmer 8).
|Posted by Mimi on February 25, 2011 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
This is from the Feb. 25, 2011 daily e-votion from Blue Letter Bible, Day by Day Grace. I didn't write any of this, but this is what life is all about ~ Walking the walk. I couldn't not share the whole thing:
Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh…If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16, 25)
The term "walk" is used dozens of times in the New Testament to describe the manner of life a person is leading. Many of these occurrences depict the Christian life: "walk in love… walk as children of light… walk circumspectly" (Ephesians 5:2, 8, 15). In our passages, we are told to "walk in the Spirit."
Walking is a very insightful description of spiritual life. A walk has a beginning and a destination. Our beginning was in new birth: "born of the Spirit" (John 3:6). Our destination is heaven forever with our Lord and Savior: "And thus we shall always be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:17). A good walk is steady and progressive. We are called to be faithful: "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:21). We are called to press ahead: "forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal" (Philippians 3:13-14). In addition, a walk has many potential adventures along the way. We are likely to encounter stretching challenges and paradoxical blessings: "in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness…as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things" (2 Corinthians 6:5, 10).
Ultimately, a walk must have an available resource that provides sufficient vitality, strength, guidance, and assurance. Here, our passages offer special hope through the injunction to "walk in the Spirit." Day by day, each step of the way, we are to rely upon the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Every issue of life (whether at home, office, school, or church) is to be faced in this manner. Otherwise, the influence of our flesh (our natural humanity) will prevail. "Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." In ourselves we are not able to overcome the inadequacies and improper tendencies of the flesh. However, the Holy Spirit is more than able to become our sufficient provider of whatever we need for an effective and fruitful walk.
This perspective on Christian living makes complete biblical sense, when we connect our daily walk to how we found spiritual life in the first place. "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." It was strictly by the work of the Spirit that we received life initially; therefore, let us take each step of life, "walk[ing] in the Spirit."
Lord God Almighty, I am so weak and so easily enticed in my flesh. I cannot produce what is needed for the spiritual walk to which I am called. O Lord, I cry out to You for the indispensable work of Your Spirit within me. Lord, teach me to walk day by day by the grace that Your Spirit alone can provide, Amen.
|Posted by Mimi on February 23, 2011 at 8:56 PM||comments (0)|
I actually wrote this to a friend the other day, but ever since have been feeling that someone else could use it too...
OK well if you don't know by now, I'm gonna cut to the chase; also, I Iike to "fix" things, lol. It drives Rico nuts, but I must share how I got better! God works :-) [internet] sure isn't the right medium for some of this, but hey it's here ;-). I've spent the better part of the last year just getting better. So that's what I suggest you do: worry about you! Get greedy!
Yourself is important, the most important in fact, because you are in charge of your relationship with God! Get greedy for time with God. If you like music, listen to [Christian] music you like. Youtube is great for seeing what artists you like. Also 1041thefish.com has a bunch of music videos from the artists they play.
Read the Bible, if you don't already. One Year Bible Online is awesome. If you already do daily Bible study, even better. But for sure, you need to read the Word, because the Word is God, and God speaks to us through His word. So dig in, as much or as little as you can, but try to read some Bible every day.
On prayer. I had to read books on prayer to figure out how it works lol. But here's the idea:
Forgiveness is a must. Prayers won't be heard by God if we are harboring unforgiveness. However, God WILL hear our cries for help. He will help you forgive. He will give you a forgiving spirit, and replace any hate / resentment / guilt or anything with love for yourself, and anyone who has hurt you / your family. You must ask for His help with this. Forgiveness is so freeing. Once I started to forgive people who I was harboring bad feelings towards, and when I forgave myself for my own poor actions, I started to see people differently. I started to feel bad for people who were so mean, because I understood that they are just hurting themselves.
God showed me even more people that I needed to forgive, too - ones I didn't even know I secretly had bad feelings towards. And now I can honestly say I don't have negative feelings for people anymore. Yes, I can get mad, but I don't harbor bad feelings. I am able to forgive, even when the offender isn't remorseful. I know that God has forgiven me for everything I have, and ever will do against Him, and he calls me to be just as forgiving.
There is a lot that probably cannot be changed in your life - stuff you yourself cannot do anything to change. But prayer is unleashing the power of God to do mighty things in your life. Ask God to heal you. Ask God to show Himself to you. Speak these things out loud. Speak scriptures that you like, speak them over yourself and your family. Ask God to bless the people who have hurt you and your family, and ask that He would work a miracle in their life. Ask God to give you love like He has.
I know this is a lot just kind of bla at ya. I'm not saying either, that you should do all of this right now! But these are things I know, if you are able to start with one small change, then you WILL get closer to God. We have to seek Him before He can be found. Start chasing God, whichever way you enjoy best. But most of all, seek to just bless God by telling Him how much you do love Him and want Him close, and how much you need Him. When we are broken and needy, that is when we are most "attractive" is the Bible word used :-) God is drawn to brokenness, so don't be afraid to cry. Crying feels really good sometimes.
Just focus on God and you. Forgiveness will make the hurts go away, and it will give you the strength to make more changes. Just take baby steps.
|Posted by Mimi on February 23, 2011 at 8:48 PM||comments (0)|
Ephesians 2:8 Our love for God cannot save us, but His love for us can. It is because of His love that we are given His grace to enter the kingdom of heaven.
There is nothing we can do, by ourselves, to get to Heaven. The only way to Heaven is through faith in Jesus Christ, who died in our place, in your place, that we might all have eternal life. John 3:16 tells us “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son...” ~ because of God's love for us, Jesus was sent to bear our sins. Jesus was sent, He who had no sin was sent, so that we would be freed from the slavery of sin.
Jesus was sent to die in your place, so that you would choose to live for Him! God has known all of His children since the beginning of time. Nothing we can do will ever change the amount of love God has for us. As if His love is not enough, God gives us His grace to move us towards His own will. His grace brings us towards a closer relationship with Him, and towards fulfilling the plan He has for us. Run into His arms today! He is waiting for you!
|Posted by Mimi on February 23, 2011 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
Facebook was a nice starting point... a place to break the ice, and get my discipling "feet" wet. However, now I feel like God is calling me to go deeper. I'm going under. Although I have come to enjoy the FB relationships, I have allowed myself to be pulled away from my purpose: writing. I am trusting that God will make better use of me here, in deeper Bible study, than just spouting off verses, etc. on FB. I need to spend more time meditating on the Word, and with God, and less time putting out energy.
That is all for now. Again, I would love for anyone reading this to join Divine Walk. I love being in the loop on everyone's life, but now it is time for me to focus on my own life again. God has brought me through a lot, but there is a lot more that He is about to take me through!
As always, thanks for your prayers and well wishes. I do pray for you all, too. LORD God, show me Your way! I surrender to you!
|Posted by Mimi on February 19, 2011 at 2:48 PM||comments (0)|
I am a person of action – I like to see results – this is no secret. However, for the longest time in my life, it seemed like the harder I tried by myself, the more I pushed, and the more I struggled to “accomplish”, the fewer results I would see. Less forward motion, more problems, more hurt, regression, and eventually, defeat. I always came back to God, but I would always stray again. I never understood why until today.
Through this last year I have been going through a lot of changes, as I have learned to release control of my life into God’s hands. This has been a very long, hard journey; but now, I am blessed to know I came back for the last time. I understand that God has the answer for everything, and is able to give me everything I need, and more. He is my soul's answer for love, comfort, acceptance, encouragement, strength, spiritual nourishment… Jesus is my everything.
Now that I have found Him, really found out who God is to me, and what He has done in my life, I say with certainty that I will not go back; I do not need creature comforts to fulfill my needs. I have experienced the joy, peace, love, and rest that is in Christ Jesus. When the world turned is back on me, when I was drowning in despair, God was there. He gave me hope. He gave me a promise, that one day, no matter what I have to go through to get there, I will have a place with Him in Paradise!
Just writing this is overwhelming, as I remember the hardships I have faced, and realizing a place without pain or tears or sadness. Realizing that one day, if it is today or many years from now, I will have a perfect, holy body, the way God created and intended for me.
Thank You, LORD, for everything!
He promises this to you, too! There is so much hurt in this world, but you do not have to hurt anymore! Instead, you can have joy, and you can BE a source of joy for someone who is hurting! Wouldn’t you love to be overflowing with love? Choose to seek God - to chase His presence – that He would be with you always, through every challenge and every victory; that He will be given the glory for all He has given you, for even lessons are blessings.
When I chose to seek God, to actively seek HIS change in my life, I began to see more results than I had ever seen! I saw changes in myself, changes in my family, changes in the way I saw other people and the world, changes in how I should be… Now that I am outwardly living for Christ, I can see a lot more results and this is SO exciting and fulfilling!
As I try to seek God in all that I do, He keeps me from temptation, and gives me strength not to give in. Now, I know, what I need is not in things that will pass away. What I need is Light. I need Jesus. Since this factor will never change, I realize that He is the only input I will ever need. Jesus in = Joy out.
What are you putting in?
|Posted by Mimi on February 18, 2011 at 11:56 PM||comments (0)|
Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord,for He is good! His faithful love endures forever. 2 Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others He has redeemed you from your enemies.
Part of the way God works in people's hearts is through the testimonies of His children. As Christians, we are called to tell the world about God's goodness, and to share what He has done for us in our own lives. Although not everyone will believe in God, everyone has experienced hurt. Little is more convincing to the unbeliever than a heart-felt testimony, filled with emotional truths.
Everyone has experienced pain, disappointment, or lack of joy at some time or another. Life would not be life without some trials, some valleys to walk through. Not everyone will learn to find joy in their trials though. Not everyone will experience the joy that is found only in Jesus Christ! This is why it is so important for you to share what Jesus has done in your own life! Share with your friends, your family, how God has brought you through the storm. Perhaps you are still drudging through, but if you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, you have been saved from the grave!
If eternal life does not stir in your soul a desire to shout, to dance and to praise God, what will? Seek He who can deliver you from Satan's firm grip, and live to tell the world of His boundless mercy and grace! You may be the only Jesus someone hears today.
|Posted by Mimi on February 18, 2011 at 11:19 PM||comments (0)|
Psalm 25:4 Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. 5 Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.
God is so good to His children, so loving, so faithful, and so willing to guide all who come to Him. Place your cares, your needs, your desires, your hopes, your dreams, and your future, into God's hands. God is more than capable of showing you more joy, more love, and more blessings than you have ever imagined ~ but you must seek Him first!
Seek the Good Shepherd, for He is calling to you! Let Jesus guide your path, for Jesus is the true Bread of Life. He is the living Word of God, and has everything you need to be filled, and overflowing with love. There is no longer a reason to be lacking. Seek God in all that you do, and your days will be filled with everlasting joy.
|Posted by Mimi on February 18, 2011 at 2:29 PM||comments (0)|
God continues to do amazing things in our lives! Without telling everything, basically my boyfriend and I have been going through our own learning periods with God, to prepare us for marriage. I began seeking God again, and in just living for Christ ~ showing him I am committed to God first, to learning the Word, to prayer, and to serving and loving others ~ God worked in his heart, to bring about a change in him too. A few weeks ago he told me he is almost ready, and that I will know if he’s ready before he knows.
Let me tell you, nearly every single DAY I have been shown ways that he is ready to be all that I ever dreamed in a husband! Mostly though, that he’s ready to be the leader and spiritual head of our home, committed to serving God with me, and also a father to my children. All these things were lacking the last time I was married (though I realize now, had I stayed and changed, it could have been different), and I was determined to never remarry. But God showed me a man who was willing to take care of me at any cost, who was willing to do anything I asked to make me happy. This shocked me into loving him so much, I knew I wouldn’t be leaving… so that’s how God got me started in my preparation to being a wife. That was about a year ago.
I realize now that we were absolutely brought together by God. We were both brought up in church, but by the time we were adults, religiosity had turned us both off the church – and subsequently off God. We both realize now, that we probably could have had a beautiful life without so much misery, if we had met earlier… if we had been able to go through these preparations before. However, if that had happened, we would not be looking into the future as we are.
You see, Rico is a comedian now. And now I am sick of working for other people, and of corporate culture, among other things. I want to work in a place where I can help people, most likely consulting out my skills learned in school.. business school, for marketing :). Not all comedians are business people :D. I also always wanted to travel, and just be able to work when and where I needed, but to simply enjoy life. Now, I want to enjoy sharing my Joy, my Jesus, with everyone I know. I realized the other day, it is possible that all of my dreams could come true: work with the man I love, travel with him, share Jesus everywhere we go, and use my skills learned as needed.
You may say this is a fine pipe dream. I tell you, I would have never imagined anything like this, before I came back to God. No matter what happens, I know I am in good hands, and the journey will be nothing less than incredible!
God will show you things you never thought possible. HE IS THE DREAM GIVER. DREAM BIGGER. DREAM JESUS.
|Posted by Mimi on February 18, 2011 at 1:48 PM||comments (0)|
Jesus had to come to earth, so that the law could be fulfilled. Yes, God could have left us to the laws (10 Commandments) and the sacrifices (cleansing) that were done in the Old Testament. However, God wants so much more for us! He wants us to be free from the chains and slavery of SIN, and THAT is why Jesus came: TO FREE US FROM SIN!
Now because of this New Covenant, if we only believe in Jesus, and ask Him to forgive and cleanse us of our sins, we become like a new creature. We are born into the Kingdom of Heaven, brothers and sisters with Christ. This is how God sees us too: as His sons and daughters IN CHRIST!
Are we getting the picture yet?
1) Believing in Christ, believing that He is all we will ever need, IS the way to Heaven.(John 6:27-29)
2) Loving one another is what Jesus said to be the most important commandment. Note, Jesus doesn't say he wants us to follow each of the 10 commandments to a T... that's not his top priority. Instead, Jesus asks us to love one another, as He loved us (more than ourselves, to death)! This is how the world will know we are Jesus disciples, because of OUR love for others! (John 13:34-35; John 15:12-17)
In a way, I’m glad God created me to be addicted to sin more than to the law. If I were addicted to the law, addicted to following it, I would have no need for God! This is a big problem I’ve had with church for so long: too many addicts of the law, and not enough “sinners”. If everyone is right, and no one is willing to admit they are wrong, then how can Jesus save? We all sin, and since I’ve admitted my problem with sin, I was able to acknowledge my need for God. I've also been blessed to visit some very worshipful, God-loving and God-fearing churches recently, and am glad football season is over... a horrible excuse to not start going to church, so I'm glad at least I don't have it anymore
Now that I know I’ve been forgiven, I can be on to doing God’s work: believing on Jesus, and loving others. I need Jesus! He keeps me, and as long as I stay focused on Him, everything else is secondary. As long as I stay focused on Him, temptations are less and less. As long as I stay focused on Him, God continues to show me how I have grown, and how I need to grow, every day!
Oh, the blessings of being a child of God! LORD, thank you for everything you have done,and everything you are able to do, I will declare your glory for the rest of my days! I WILL FOLLOW YOU, LORD!
|Posted by Mimi on February 12, 2011 at 12:36 AM||comments (0)|
I admit, sometimes I don't like this... but here we go... Will the horoscope tell you something God can't? Or is it that the horoscope will tell you something you want to hear, while waiting on God requires effort on your part? Perhaps you don't want to hear no? You don't believe God wants the best for you? I just don't understand.
When I realized how offensive horoscopes are to God, I really couldn't read another one. Amusing yes. Slapping God's plan in the face, YES. Allowing Satan a small "in" in your life, your heart, your mind, Yes. Look up sorcery in the Bible, www.blueletterbible.org or www.biblegateway.org, or just in your own Bible. I don't want to tell you what it says, that would be too easy. If this note bothers you, then GOOD, it should, because horoscopes are NOT to be indulged! I never said I'm perfect, or that I know all the answers. But I DO know what I've learned through my own Bible study, and that's what I have to share online.
If the experiences I have had, and shared, can help someone else to choose God instead of [no matter what that situation entails], then my efforts are not in vain. I've asked God to use me, to share His message. Is He speaking to you? Then listen! Again, I don't speak on things I have not experienced in my own life. God convicted me of offending Him, and now I am pressed to share that message with you. Don't worry, God is still working on me. We are on to more than horoscopes...
|Posted by Mimi on February 11, 2011 at 9:34 PM||comments (0)|
No one likes to talk about their struggles. No one likes to admit to their failures. However, once you can admit defeat, once there is nothing left to lose... once you are broken, God can help you out of the pit. God can't help us out of our situations if WE don't want to be out of them. If you are fed up with your situation, but you are unwilling to make changes - to let God take control - then you are not ready to leave the pit.
Perhaps you have never even seen the pit, life has always been fairly stable, and you have never honestly needed for anything. Perhaps you've been in the pit your whole life, and you know nothing but pain and misery... if you are willing to continue living there, then there is where you will live. But when you are ready to give in, when you are ready to let God show you the way out - the way towards Him - then He is faithful to do just that.
I dug myself into a pit.. quite a deep one, actually, a pit of depression. This is a horrible place to be, a prisoner of your own mind. Living off what others say you are, and believing the mistreatment is all that you deserve. Depression kills. But without my knowing, God gave me the strength to get out of the pit of depression. At a point in my life when I no longer even desired to be a mother, death sounded better, I was given courage to make a change.
God led me out of the pit. Oh, it hurt, so badly to leave my husband, my children, my house... my future. I left it all, everything I thought I wanted, and went back home to my Dad ~ the only man in my life who ever showed me unconditional love. He took me back, of course, and today I am thankful that God saw me fit to have such a wonderful father figure - one who showed me how a man is supposed to be the head of a home, a marraige and a family. God knew I would need such a man in my life one day.
I thought I was doing well for myself, out of the pit of depression. But I had fallen into another pit: addiction. Addicted to anything and everything that would take me out of reality - for I was still living in misery. I missed most of two years of my kids lives. That hurts. I singlehandedly caused my family to be homeless. That hurt, too. But God rescued us when I cried out to Him. When I told Him I had nothing left. He sent us a home, and a landlord who accepted us (no background or credit check, or app fee, just met us and let us move in). To boot, our rent hasn't gone up in over 3 years.
Great, right? I stayed in my own pits. The addictions clung on until my health began to suffer. Right before the long climb, I started listening to Christian music again. It brought me to tears often. I knew I needed God in my life. I knew my family needed God in our lives, for we were all suffering.
I gave in for the last time, when I realized I couldn't drive anymore. I had mistreated my body, put in so much toxic waste, and dehydrated myself into having nerve compression in my back. I cried, because I worried about how my kids would get to school. I couldn't sit. I had to go on medical leave from work. I had to spend thousands to find out what was wrong, and trust that this treatment (something most insurance won't even cover) would heal me.
God saved me. He led me to the clinic: Portland Injury and Rehab. He made sure there was enough money, at the right time, and I got enough treatment. I learned how to take care of my body. I've been getting better, physically, mentally and most of all spiritually, since I began physical therapy at this time last year. I had to work from home for almost 3 months, which gave me plenty of time to get close to God again, and to begin learning His plan for my life.
Those in my life can attest, who I am today is nothing like who I was last year. God has changed me, healed me, and shown me more joy than I could even imagine. The best part is that life will only get better! I know there will be trials, but there will be no more pits... not as long as I keep God on my mind and in my heart. That's why He is my Life Giver. Without God, I would be dead. But with God, I have so much to be thankful for! And eternal life to look forward to!
I LIVE TO GIVE GOD THE GLORY! THANK YOU FATHER, FOR BRINGING ME OUT OF THE PIT!! I CANNOT HELP BUT TO BOAST IN YOU, FOR YOU ARE ETERNAL LOVE AND JOY! YOU ARE THE REASON TO WAKE UP, AND THE REASON I SING! ALL GLORY BELONGS TO YOU, GOD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, WHO SENT JESUS CHRIST YOUR SON, TO DIE FOR ME!!!
THERE ARE NO WORDS ADEQUATE TO DESCRIBE YOU!
I can't help but to shout, and praise God. Satan tries to keep me down, but in Christ is my victory, so I will gladly praise JESUS for the rest of my days!!!!!!!!!! HEAVENBOUND!
|Posted by Mimi on February 7, 2011 at 2:23 AM||comments (0)|
Proverbs 16:26 It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on.
We are all born with an appetite for the Eternal Word of God, Jesus Christ. He alone is the Bread of Life, the Living Water for which each lonely soul thirsts. In God alone there is rest for the weary, and peace for broken. Therefore, it is right that we, God's workers, have an appetite for Him.
Hunger for God drives us ever towards Him. Once we discover God's infinite love, grace and wisdom, the desire to be in His presence, to see Him shine in Glory, becomes insatiable. To be in His Word, to be singing His praises, to be sharing His message, to give Love in the name of Jesus Christ, and to bring Honor and Glory to the LORD of Hosts.
Rest assured, good worker, your appetite is good for you. Your appetite is driving you towards your destiny, towards Eternity. Stay hungry for the LORD, who alone can provide for all of your needs. You are in His hands.
|Posted by Mimi on February 5, 2011 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
I'm so glad this day is over, and looking forward to what the future has in store. There was a shift tonight. Out with the old, in with the new. God is getting us ready. The road has been long and hard, and there will be more trials for sure, but I'm so excited! I can't wait! The future is Bright 8)!
|Posted by Mimi on February 4, 2011 at 9:03 PM||comments (0)|
I no longer care what people think of me. I'm a student. I study. People, things, places, current events, politics... but there's only one thing worth really sharing, and that's the truth. I don't believe all the hype, but I can see the lies more clearly. My blinders have been cut off. I no longer see through a screen. Black and white, no grey area. Shady is shady, and the love of money over God is a lie. Getting people to worship MONEY.
Think about it. Worshiping money. How many celeb's you know, that don't at least put on the air of worshipping money? Be honest. Money is everything in America. If you're broke, you ain't ish, right? Not for me. I'm so glad I'm no longer caught up in that lie. Cause that lie killed me, for a long, long time. But I found out, that no matter how much money I got, it couldn't make me happy. Money can't fix a broken marraige. You can't buy your way out of depression. Only God can fix your broken life.
You can't buy your way into Heaven, either. If money is your god, if you idolize money-worshippers, then YES, you have been blinded! You're drinkin the kool-aid right now. Again, I don't care what you think.
Money is good for taking care of your needs, yes. It's also good for stirring greed, lust, selfishness, self-adoration, idolization, boasting, jealousy, hatred, lying, laziness... need I go on?
How dedicated are you to money? Are your money blinders on? Can you hear the lie? Or do you believe the hype?
God over money.