People for Encouragement

God, thank you for providing me with godly loving people in my life. Thank you for allowing my strengths to help them in times of weakness. & thank you for supplying me with those people that can help me in any area that I am not strong in. I pray that you will continue to provide me with people who will encourage me to grow in my faith & into who you want me to be.

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints.”

Colossians 1:3-4 EVS

Envy Destroys You

Do you ever get jealous of someone? When we perceive another person we typically pick apart their weakest points or only consider the strengths that they put on display. We don’t usually see who they are when no one is around or what kinds of inner struggles they might have.

Honestly, I think most people who we think we know we really don’t. There is pain that many people tend to keep to themselves & or failures that they don’t share. Every single person has something they aren’t proud of or something they wouldn’t like to admit. Acknowledge that people may have been presented difficult obstacles to maneuver in their lives & or internal roadblocks that keep them from who they are. How we see someone is often not who they truly are.

In order to minimize envy, become more grateful for who you were created to be. & love others for how God shaped them to be. Look to God to help you enhance gratitude in your life. Sometimes you are better than who you were yesterday and that is who you should always aim to be.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful…”

Love Yourself

Are you exceptionally hard on yourself? Don’t be so critical of yourself that you become depressed and full of anxiety about your outward appearance or your internal motives. Cherish the battle scars you have, be grateful for the lessons you have learned and love who you are today.

I normally hold myself on this pedestal that I have to act and be a certain way. & if I’m not, then I start to harshly judge who I am. It’s been an uphill battle coming to terms with who I am and who society would want me to be. & it has also been a challenge to learn how to not be so hard on myself when I make a mistake. Instead, I ask myself, what I can learn from this mistake in order to not repeat it? How can I better myself? How can I grow from this?

Don’t have impossible expectations for yourself, rather love who you are & who God made you to be. You possess a combination of skills and talents that no one else does. So, build upon your strengths. God didn’t make you to be anyone else. Everyone on this earth has a weakness. Don’t let your weakness be the voice in your head telling you that you aren’t good enough. Be good enough every day. Be who you are and grow from who you were. Your experiences make you unique, embrace them.

Psalm 139:14

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

Choose Love

Loving your significant other, family and friends is important. It is not the only love that should be deeply considered in life. It is critical to love everyone. Okay, so loving people is hard, am I right? If you really think about it though, loving people is such an easy thing to do and brings some incredible happiness along with it.

When you love instead of hate you are able to let go of pain and resentment more easily that might be holding you back from truly moving forward in life. Someone may have really hurt you or completely broke your heart. Why not love them anyway? Love them because they too have been hurt and their heart will surely break in the future. Love people because loving takes less effort, brings more joy and expresses who you are. It isn’t about liking everyone you meet or staying in close connections with everyone you have completely been in love with. Love is caring and thoroughly acknowledges the existence of other people.

Everyone has their battle wounds. Everyone goes through pain. Everyone has a unique story to tell. So, love them for that. Love people because they are someone special to someone else. They are someone else’s reason to smile. Let the bitterness diminish and the love overflow.

John 13:34

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”

 

 

 

 

Importance of Family

As Christmas came to a close, I looked around the dinner table to take it all in. My grandma sitting across from me, my brother diagonal from me, my step-dad at the other end of the table, my sister sitting to my right and my mom to my left. I no longer see them as a single member of my family, but as a mirror image of myself. My grandma who is courageous and loving to each one of us. My brother who is compassionate and has a kind-heart that shows empathy and understanding. My step-dad who is humorous and hard-working and is a positive influence for my siblings. My sister who is fearless and moves graciously and beautifully through each day without grasping truly how amazing she is. Lastly, my mother who has demonstrated self-discipline and strength during both of our challenging trials and has moved through them with a strong heart and mind. I realized while examining each of them not only how vital family is to have, but how crucial it can be in order to really understand ourselves.

It takes years for some people to truly appreciate their family members. When my dad passed away, I started to treasure time with my loved ones more than ever. Some people grow up with minimal or no family. Some people are blessed with a big supportive family. The family you have may not be blood. They may be people you have accumulated over your lifetime make up a new family you never had. Whatever your family may look like, it is critical to be appreciative of that family.

 

Love vs. Lust

In today’s society love and lust are easily interchangeable. There is a reason why people typically seem to “fall in love” faster than ever before. It could also be because of the way media perceives love.

Usually it goes like this: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl sleep together. Now, the next part can go one of three ways. The boy and girl could pursue something more, continue just casually sleeping together or cut off contact altogether. & then something confusing happens if the boy & girl continue to sleep together. Most likely they will start to develop feelings. It is easier for the girl to become attached during this time. Even if the guy isn’t good for her the girl will convince herself based on what she feels in her heart instead of listening to her mind.

Sex clouds judgement. It makes people think that this person is “the one” because of the sexual compatibility. However, sex can make us overlook certain aspects of a person. Sex is the most intimate connection to gain with someone. & therefore, it is what can make us stay blindly in a relationship not good for us.

Lust is wanting to be intimate with someone constantly. Love is wanting to be with someone constantly. Love is sharing experiences. Lust is sharing the bed. Love is caring and selfless. Lust is selfish and carefree. Love is patient and kind. Lust is what gives us false hope for the future. Love is what makes us believe in a future.

This is why sex is suppose to be saved for marriage. Couples who wait until they are married are way less likely to become divorced. Sex is what connects people. If you aren’t the kind of person who can abstain from sex. It is critical to at least really take time to know someone before moving forward to the intimate relationship you want. Sex can make you settle, rob you of happiness and prevent you from finding true love. It is vital to wait for someone that is deserving of your heart, mind, body & soul. Anyone can be sexually compatible. It is the way we are made. However, not everyone is emotionally and spiritually compatible for you. It is important to fight the urge and wait for as long as you can to make the decision. It will be in your heart’s best interest. & will save you a lot of heartbreak down the road.

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