Depression

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression happens whenever a loved one is gone completely. Sometimes it can be frustration, anger, stress, and any negative emotional feeling. Even though there are many types of depression it’s still depression. I know that some of you reading this are dealing with it. This has been on my heart to talk about it.

This really gets to me to know that there are friends, family, and people around who are secretly going through this. I wrote because this was requested by a good friend of mine as well as for those who needs it or may know someone who does. Depression is not easy to cope with. It takes weeks or years to deal by seeing a therapist but my joy is in Jesus.

Sometimes people turn to alcohol or smoking or whatever to get them feeling high like on a better level. I tell you this even though drug use may get you felling high, the one who is high above is higher than depression. I must admit there were times when i felt depress but just because I felt like I didn’t feel important to anyone but I truly know in my heart that I am important to God.

Coping with depression, I suggest to seek God. Joy is found in him alone because he will always be there when you feel alone. On another note talking to someone can help with dealing with depression. I find just talking to God is the most amazing thing because even though you cannot see him, he’s there listening to your every word. Talking to someone can help relieve depression. Before I go, here’s a prayer for anyone dealing with it:

Dear God,

I lift up to you everyone that’s dealing with depression. God, I know that there are times when they are feeling hopeless and alone. God I asked that you let them know you are there and hope is found in you and you alone. God you have not given us a spirit of depression but the fruits of the spirit as it says in Galatians 5:22, ” But the fruits of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, faithfulness…”  Lord be with those who are depress. Hear their cry out to you.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

Encourage Yourself

“Encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

-2 Thessalonians 2:17

 

Sometimes you have to encourage yourself. Why? The enemy will create walls to stop you from winning the victory. One thing you need to know is that God will be present, life may try to destroy you until you feel as if you cannot go on any longer. In order to make the giants fall, you have to encourage yourself.

Speak victory during the test. No matter how you feel don’t get discourage from the pressure all around. I still remember my senior year of high school and some of you may know about it already. The time where I needed the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test also known as Fcat, in order to graduate.

Honestly, sometimes I did not encourage myself that i can make it because whenever i took this test or the SAT or ACT, I would just get so frustrated and then I would find myself saying, “I’m never going to pass” or “I won’t be able to walk across the stage.”

I would let the myself down but deep down in my heart i know i could do it. I just needed to encourage myself and let myself know that I can and I will. I needed to speak victory, I needed to believe because I have a someone who tells me that,

“All things are working together for my good…” 

-Romans 8:28

Everything is working for your own good as well. Encourage yourself in the Lord, don’t let the giants stomp you into pieces. It’s time to face the giants in the battle of your mind and in your heart. There’s no greater feeling when you have the victory. As long as you keep pushing yourself, and encourage yourself to strive for greatness. No giants can put up walls to stop you.

Be bless everyone!!!!

Dealing with Temptation

Temptation comes in a lot of ways. Whether it’s a diet, within a relationship, or something. We deal with temptation at different times and in different ways. There’s not one person on earth, who does not deal with temptation. Even Jesus dealt with temptation.

In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was tested in the wilderness by the devil. He was in the wilderness for forty days and nights without any food. Three times the devil tried to tempt Jesus by; telling him to turn the stones into bread, telling to throw himself down, and trying to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the world. Three time he tried and failed but when it comes to us all it takes is one try. Why?

Our spirit becomes weak. We start hearing that voice in our ear telling us to just give in, it won’t hurt, no one is watching, just one step… well you get the picture. Well sorry to break you, that one step can turn into even more steps and that voice is not God tempting you.

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  Matthew 26:41

If you noticed in Mark 14:38, it also says the same thing as the verse above. We need to flee from temptation. Focus on the Word of God. Temptation can lead us into to sin. Fleeing is not easy because if we did it once then it is more likely to happen again but if stick to the Word of God it will flee. I’ll leave you with this;

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, he will flee from you.” James 4:7

Seasons

Seasons change from Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall but, these are not the seasons that I am talking about. The seasons that I am talking about are the ones that we go through in life such seasons of happiness, sadness, blessings, and etcetera… Each of us go through these kind of seasons some point in our lives.

Everyone is experiencing one of these seasons right now but yet again the season of your pain and sadness is someone else’s season of blessings. Ecclesiastics 3, talks about the different seasons. There is a time for everything. Some of us may not know what season we are in because we are going through different situations that is sometimes up and sometimes down. In midst of it all we need to remember that we are going through that season of sadness, betrayal, hardship, and happiness for a reason.

In our seasons we need to reach out to God, not just in the season of sadness but in the season of blessings as well. To be honest with you I do not really know what season I am going through as of this moment. Sometimes I feel as if I am going through every season. Happiness, sadness, disappointment, joy, and regret.

Going through those kind of seasons is for our own good because in one of the seasons we will encounter Jesus. We will encounter him in a way we do not expect to encounter him. Some of us already have but be ready in and out of season. We are not alone in our seasons. We have a way maker.

2 Timothy 4:2, ” Preach the word; be prepared in and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage- with great patience and careful instruction.”

Why I Blog?

I started this blog in 2015. This is my passion not to judge people by the things I say but to encourage them. To be honest it is hard for me to think of what I should say. Everything that I put on this website comes from my heart. I believe that God wanted me to start this and so I did without hesitation, I know that it is not where I want to be as of right now but I have faith that it will get where I want it to be.

The purpose of this blog is to give hope to the hopeless, not only that as well as giving people something to look to and not be discourage when they cannot find the help or the inspiration they need. This is my passion and praise dance as well. When I started this blog I was not sure on how it will turn out to be, I was not sure what I should write about. Honestly, I can that I am glad that my blog is blessing people and I know that it will touch the lives of people that are going through a struggle in their lives.

I know this post is not like my other posts but I just wanted to do something different. I encourage whoever reads this  to tell others about this blog because there may be someone out there struggling and looking for words  of hope and wisdom. I strive to make an impact in the lives of people.

Have a blessed day everyone. Stay encouraged!!!

Faith Conquers All

The most important to have in life is faith. What is faith? There is two definitions of faith; complete trust or confidence in something or someone, and strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion.

  In Hebrews 11; 1-3, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what was unseen was not made out of what was visible.”

As I was listening to Dr. Tony Evans podcast, Heroes of Faith series, he goes in depth explaining what faith is. In the words of Dr. Tony Evans,

“Faith is simply acting like it is so, even when it is not so, in order it might be so because God said so.” 

Let’s go back to the beginning, Genesis. When God was creating the universe he did not take clay, or a piece of glob whatever you want to call it and create the universe from it. All he did was command it. Now you cannot tell me is not awesome. Speaking it into existence and then whoop there it is. Why rely on luck when there is faith.

Take a look at the weather person. A lot of us rely on that person to tell us if the weather outside will be sunny or horrible. Whenever the weather man says there is a thirty percent chance of rain we do not know if we should take an umbrella or not. That is what we do to God. We go bobbing for apples. If you can believe a man who is sometimes up sometimes down, what about God who is always right! Faith is the key to experience God. Anyone can have faith, in Hebrews 11 God uses ordinary people to tell about faith. He used a prostitute, a murderer, a liar, and etc…

Faith conquers all, ten years ago my sister dreamed of having her own salon. She worked hard for it and now she has it. There were times when her faith would go down but no matter what her faith conquered all. She experienced God. Even though she could not she her salon yet (ten years ago) but she knew that she will have own salon someday. Faith is confidence of things you do not see. Faith will not manifest itself until there is movement. Like my sister said, “Pray, plan, and push.”

Faith can reach the unreachable.

  “God wants you to trust his integrity so, you can say catch me in this this situation, catch me in this circumstance because I have learn to trust his integrity.”

– Dr. Tony Evans

Desire

We all have desires. There is not one person in this world who does not have a desire. Some of us has a desire to travel, make a difference, whatever may be the desire Gods desire for us to do his will. He does not want us to just think about ourselves while the rest of this nation is living in despair.

If your desire is to see God shift this nation then it starts with you and I. My desire is to have a deeper relationship with God. A deeper relationship where I not only just hear Gods voice but to see his power change this nation. Some of us has a desire to see all the things that God reveals to us but we need to decide to step up to the plate and believe.

God desire for us is to do what he wants. We did not get placed on this for no reason after all we are just passing through.

Psalms 37:4, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” 

We need to put our faith in God. How else will we get the desires of our heart? Not by the leprechaun and his pot of gold because he do not exist. You see God does not fail at giving us our desires. So why are we failing at what God desires for us? God wants us to intervene not on the behalf of ourselves but the nation. Our desires of the heart should not just be always about what we need or what we want. Instead, it should be the desires that God has planned for us. His will. Not ours.

The desires of our hearts will not come to us that easily. Yes, it will take time for us to get our desires but first take pleasure in God then he will provide our every need. Well, not every need because he knows what is best. Sometimes we know what our desire is, other times we do not. We get afraid to take the first step of our desires but sometimes we just do not see that we have taken the first step. We get so busy trying to get the desires of our hearts that sometimes we do not recognize that God is ready to provide us the desires but he is just waiting for us to set up. So, will you set to the plate? What is your desire?

Finish the Race

  Imagine you running on a track and after you have given all you got, you decide to just quit right in the middle of the race. Meanwhile ever else is finishing theirs. Why do we start something but do not finish? Maybe you are tired, maybe there is people whispering in your ear saying that you cannot or you won’t. Stop letting them bring negativity into your life. 

   2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 

  If you do not want to run the race then why start it if you know you are not going to finish it. I have to admit there are things that I started but have not finish or stop running but I will finish it because I started. Turn those can’ts into cans. Show then that you can finish the race because you have God. 

  Let us go back to the beginning when God was creating the world. What if he started creating and then just stop right in the middle of it? You and I would not be here but God does not stop. He did not stop creating what he started so, why do you stop? God did not stop on you. He kept going so why can’t you? Ignore what people are saying about you.  

   Negativity is like hurdles (you know those things when you on the track and you have to jump over them)  trying to stop you from finishing the race. Sometimes you get caught by them and fall to ground but you cannot stop there. Get back up again no matter how many times you trip over them. Stay in the race. Speak it into existence. Believe that you will. Walk like you have it. Finish the race!!!,

You Are not Alone

      There are times in life when we feel alone because we get betrayed or stab in the back by friends.  Sometimes, we do not hear the voice of God so we feel as if he is not there listening to us. God is with us every step of the way. Through the good and bad times, he’s there. God will always be there even if we turn our backs on him. He will not make us feel as if we are not important.

    Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

 Even if all of our friends or family betray us and we feel like we on our own, do not be afraid of being alone because we still have God, who is always there, at our right hand, walking with us. I know that there is someone out there reading this feeling as if there are alone. Now I am not saying it is good to be alone because God will send people into our lives for a reason and he will remove them as well. 

    What I am saying is do not feel as if you are alone in world. Just because you cannot hear Gods voice does not mean he is not there. I have to admit that sometimes I feel I am alone but yet again, in my heart and in my mind I know that God is there listening to me. There is a song by Kari Jobs called I Am not Alone, 

            “When I walk through the deep waters 

               I know that you will be with me

             When I’m standing in the fire
              I will not be overcome 

              Through the valley of  the shadow 

               I will not fear

                I am not alone 

                 I am not alone 

                You will go before me 

                You will never leave me.”

Let this song be a reminder to us everyday, whenever we feel alone just know that we are not alone. 

The Pain of Regret

Regret; feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over.

Have you ever did something that cause you to regret what you did? The pain of regret is not a good feeling because you’re constantly thinking about how you wish you could have changed it. How you wish you could just go back in time and erase that memory. I know that I am not the only one that wishes that life has a rewind button. The truth is life does not have a button for that, all you can do is move on from it. Yes, of course it will always be there. There will be things in life that keeps bringing you back to the pain of regret.

“Thinking before acting is wisdom; acting before thinking is regret.”

Honestly, I act before I think and it is not fun because when that happens, it seems like that life is just getting worse. I regret everything that I have done. The pain of regret will not live with me forever because I have a Savior who forgives. Understand this, regret is reminding us (me and you) that we need to do better. We need to pursue a life that we once have lived or still living in the pain of regret.

2 Corinthians 7:10, ” Godly sorrows brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regrets, but worldly sorrows brings death.”

When you repent to God the pain of regret will be no more. Do not let regret produce negative feedback ask God to help you turn those regrets into positive feedback. It is time to ask God to make different choices. You and I are not alone. Pray for one another. Give God your all, as I am willing to give him all of me.