Do Not Give up on Your Dreams!!!

We all have dreams and dreams do not die. Sometimes it is hard to pursue our dreams but we have to understand each dream, will help us bless someone. I am not talking about the dreams we have when we go to sleep but, the dreams of doing something.

For example, my dream is to write and bless people with my words. It is not easy building up to our dreams because we have so much problems and things going on in our live. Other times, we feel like we cannot go on any longer because we do not have that sense of inspiration or encouragement. We have to surround ourselves with people who will push us to keep going. People who believe in us, and help us to make it.

Most importantly, we have to believe in ourselves!! The way I see it, the lack of encouragement we have the less of a dream it becomes. When we believe in ourselves, we are telling ourselves that,

“I can do this. I can make this dream become a reality.I can help people with my dream.”

When we do not believe in ourselves we are losing the faith that we know that this dream will become a reality. Think about a dream that you have or currently pursuing, how often do you work towards that dream? Are you pushing the process of that dream back? Like holding things off that you know you should be working on? Dreams do not come into our minds for no reason. There is a reason and a purpose. We have to remember that our dream is not for our own pleasure, but to reach out to others in this world. We cannot give up on our dreams because we do not know who it can help.

Dreams are not easy, the path to making our dreams become a reality will be a bumpy, deep, hard path. The path will have some blessings in it as well and it is worth fighting for. It is worth overcoming those trials because one day our dreams and how we made it into a reality will help others with theirs. So, Do not give give up if you feel like giving up on your dreams. DO NOT!!!

Have a Blessed day!!!!!!

Two or Three Gathered

Matthew 18:20

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Last Sunday I taught this verse to the kids at my church as a devotion. I am not sure how I got on this verse because this was not my original plan. My original plan was to talk about Isaiah 6:9 which says, “For unto us a child is born. Unto us a son is given..”

I was not upset about it because God placed that verse on my heart. There was about maybe seven or ten kids usually there would be more than that. I believe this is how we got to this verse. So I went on explaining to them I did not have to wait for more kids to come to start the children’s service because God is already here with us.

You see people think they have to wait until more people show up to church or an event to get it going. NO. Understand that God is pleased with the worship that you give him as long as you are giving him your all and not just the leftovers. God does not need a football stadium full of people to give him the glory. You can be in your room and God is there.

One thing I do not get is why wait for more people to show up for something when the time is ticking. If people do not show up then they do not show. The important thing is that God is there in the midst of it all. Just like on a wedding day, the bride and the groom will not wait for people to come as long as the bride and groom show up.

I went on explaining to the children that it does not matter where you are on earth, you still can worship God. No matter how many people is there with you. Furthermore, I explained that they do not need a building to give God the glory you know why? Because we are the church. So the moral of this is, we are the church and whether one person show up or no one else. Do not be afraid to give God the glory because God is there with you. You do not have to wait until all the seats are filled with people. God will be pleased but do not give God your leftovers.

Courting

Courting is a relationship between a man and a woman, determining if it is in God’s will for them to marry. Courting is not the same as dating because when it comes to courting both the man and the woman are courtship involves goals and seeks help from parents, mentors, or someone that is married.

Courting avoids temptation. It sets boundaries between the two. Undersand that if you decide to court with a man or a woman. Now there are rules when it comes to courting, I will only talk about a few:

  1. The man initiates the courting. Just like a man pursues a woman, the woman should chase after the man. If a man feels like God is leading him to a specific woman then the man has to get permission from the father of the woman. Now I know that some guys would not do that.
  2. The couple should get to know each other families. Getting to know each other families. It is important to know each other families because you will need their support.
  3. Avoid defrauding. Do not stir up desires while you are courting because the temptations will come. Ladies when you are courting with a man dress modestly because the clothes that you wear can tempt a man. Guys no improper touching. Guard your heart.
  4. Accountability is important. Having mentors is important because they will help the couples stay on track. As I mentioned before the couple parents can be a mentor as the couple support team and guiding them.

Courting should be taken seriously and God needs to be first. I know some people that are courting and I believe that it is a great thing to do. Nowadays you would not hear a lot of people say that they are courting. In this generation it seems to be all about just jumping right into a relationship and then from then on going right into the next one, once that one is over. People do not really take time to really get to know someone. I mean there are some people who does take the time to know someone but it takes more than several weeks to get to really know someone.

Courting is different from dating. When you are courting you are typically dating but you are focused on that one particular man or woman. Also, the family is involved but when it comes to dating people secretly hide their relationship and there is no goals set. Courting is a step towards marriage. Remember that courting is a choice.

Being Used

No one likes being used especially when you are in a relationship. On one hand you have one person that loves and on the other hand one person is using the other for their personal gains. People get used for many things when it comes to a relationship, sometimes he or she doesn’t see it but other people do. There are signs that will tell you, if you are being used by the other person you are in a relationship with.

Finding out that your significant other or soulmate is using you is wrong. You wouldn’t have thought that he or she would do something like this to you but understand this there is no one that’s perfect on earth. People are bound to make mistakes but the same mistakes over and over again. That should tell you something. People do not like to be used by someone that they love. God uses his children, but in a good way of using his sons and daughters. He uses us for his work so that we can receive our reward which is in heaven.

One way that you can recognize if you are being used by someone is if they only come to you when they need a favor. All it takes is one favor then it is more likely to happen again and again but you can stop that. I will not talk about how to stop being used until later. Another way is you find yourself unable to say no to them. You feel like if you say no to them you will feel guilty. Do not feel guilty when you say no to them, your relationship should not be a one-sided relationship. There’s two people in the relationship not one, you cannot date yourself.

Stop letting your significant other drag you back into meeting their needs. What about your needs? If they care about you then why do you feel uncomfortable? Why do you find yourself unable to say no to them? Why is it that they only check up on you when they need something from you? There are times when you have to put your foot down. You are not his wife and you are not her husband!!

Now, there are ways to stop being used when you are in a relationship. Learn to say no, be courteous, and worry about your needs if you have a project or bills to pay for let them know that you can’t do them a favor. God will not send you he or she to use you. If you think he or she is the right one think again and ask yourself, ” Will God send me he or she to use me?” The answer is no because God knows the desires of your heart. (Psalms 37:4) It’s okay to say no, do not be afraid of the word no. Stop allowing yourself to be used.

KNOW YOUR WORTH!!!

Reaching Out to the Hopeless

As the days go by time is running out. As a believer in Christ it is our responsibility to reach out to those who doesn’t know Christ. We cannot hold the knowledge that we learn from the Bible to ourselves. The question is what is holding you back from doing God’s will? Which is reaching out to the hopeless. God placed us on this earth to do his will after all we are just passing through.

Ask yourself this question: how can you impress God? Surely not by joining every single ministry in church nor attending church every Sunday and Bible study. These things does not impress God but taking what you have been taught and leading others to Christ does. Soon this earth will be no more and calling on his name does not mean anything.

Matthew 7:24 says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

Basically, God’s word is our foundation, as believers, we need to evangelize to the unbelievers. Reaching out to the hopeless will impress God. I am a praise dancer and I know being part of this ministry will not let me hear the words “well done” from God himself. It’s teaching others about Christ and not letting them go astray like lost sheep in the pastures. We cannot save ourselves, it’s time that we step out of our comfort zones and step out on faith to help others. Earth will pass away and we have to do our part. Christ already did his and that’s saving us by dying for us. So, with that being said do not be afraid to go out of your comfort zone to do God’s will. Eventually, God will take you out of your comfort zone. Be blessed everyone.

Dear God,

I lift up to you those who are afraid to step out of their comfort zones to reach out to the hopeless. Lord I ask that you remove the spirit of fear that is within them so that they can go out and make disciples. Give them a humble a spirit to go out of their comfort zones.

In Jesus name I Pray

Amen.

Come Alive

When you think of the words, ‘come alive,’ what do you think of? A valley of dry bones? Someone coming back from the dead? Or maybe someone trying to come back from an emotional, physical, mental pain.

Let’s go back to Ezekiel 37:1-14, where the Prophet Ezekiel prophesied to the valley of dry bones. He had a vision of a valley filled with dry bones and God told him to prophesy to the bones. As he did what God commanded him to do the bones began to shake. Imagine that. You having a vision and you see dry bones everywhere. Just imagine being in Ezekiel shoes and what he must have felt when that happened.

The dry bones were the people of Israel, God spoke life into them and brought them back to their land. this chapter is God’s future restoration of Israel. Take this event and I would say compare it to a situation where you were broken down or dry bones. Then someone prophesies to you, telling you that what God said will happen. In order for that to happen, you have to come alive. Just like it was God’s future to restore Israel, It’s his future to restore your life again.

God spoke life back into the dry bones so why can’t you let him do the same in your life? Every day you try to fight and live through it all but you cannot handle all of it. Ezekiel would not know what to say if he did not have God on his side. The dry bones did not come alive again on their own, no, by God’s command through the Prophet Ezekiel they came alive. I know that some of you may be going through things but don’t you think it’s time for you to come alive again. Finish what God has planned for you even when you starting to become dry bones.

It’s amazing to read about God’s miraculous wonders and to experience them in our lives. God wants the dead hearts to come alive again, he does not want to see what he has created gone to waste. God cares enough for us to not give up on living, to not be like the dry bones in the valley. I pray that each and every one of you come alive again. As in the words of Lauren Daigle,

”As we call out to dry bones come alive, come alive

We call out to dead hearts come alive, come alive

Out of the ashes, we see an army rise

We call out to dry bones come alive.”

Live life again no matter what. Do not be just bones, let God speak life into you again. Be blessed everyone!!!!!!

Family

A family is a beautiful thing to have. Especially when you have twelve siblings. Yes twelve siblings. (Not including me.) Being part of a big family is the greatest gift that God has given me.

Every family has issues but at the same time we need to be there for one another, even if they feel like they do not need each other. God placed each and every person within that family for a reason. Stop wishing you or they was part of a different family. Just because you see a happy family does not mean that they are not going through something. They probably going a difficult time than your own family problem.

No family is perfect. You see for me and my siblings whenever one of us going through something they are always there to help. Yes we laugh and have fun with each other, and enjoy each other company but when one of us does something that makes everyone else shake their head. We get disappointed but then help each other understand the decision that we made.

You make think that you do not need your family because you have your friends well friends can come and go. For me i love my family no matter what i would not trade them or wish them for a different family. Why? That’s the family God placed me in. I know that family can turn their back on you but at the end of the day family is important no matter who started what, or said something or did something. Family is all there is.

Personally, I believe that family knows best. When you have older siblings, they understand because they were once your age. A family should not turn their backs on another family member but sometimes it might be the best thing to do for that member to realize the decision that they have made. It’s best that as a family to pray for every member of the family and each area of their life.

Be a family. Be there for each other. There are people out there who does not even have a family. A family supports, love, trust, respect each other. The house does not make up a family, it’s the people that’s inside of it. Just like the church the building does not make up a church it’s the people that’s inside of it. A family is the best thing, cherish your family and I will cherish mines and my future family. Understand this, you (whoever is reading this) do not know whenever the last time you will see your family. Forgive each other. Stop letting situations tear your family apart. Stop saying you do not have a family. Stop with all of it. Be a family!!!!

Cherish the Moments

I know I haven’t been writing as often I should, my apologies.

Do you ever have those little moments with family, friends, or loved ones? Like something that just melted your heart, the unexpected. Moments that leaves you speechless, all you can say “wow” moments. Those moments should be cherished. Including the big moments.

It’s important that you cherish those moments because you never know what will happen the next hour, second, day, week, month or year. Cherishing those littlest moments that you have, will help you smile through the bad times because your remembering all the happy moments. Smile through the worst. Don’t let those bad times break you down like a million pieces. If that’s the case, then get back up again, the biggest problem is when you let the tough times take over. Take over your emotions, thoughts, happiness, and take over your today. Cherish the moments and live for today. Be blessed everyone!!!!!

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!!!!