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Fireworks!!!

 

Sitting down on my bed, very quiet and alone and all I hear are fireworks in the distance. The wonderful day where everyone goes to the park and celebrates the arrival of daffodils. It’s the Daffodil Festival at Hubbard Park and anyone and everyone is there; teens, adults, children. Rides, shows, and food, it’s a minnie amusement park. Everyone celebrates the time when they know that Spring is here, a good family fun-filled time. And sometimes not so fun. Either way, I sit here and listen to the non-stop boom of TNT while trying to work on getting my psychology assignment done in time to submit it. Yet, I can’t help but think of a time when everything seemed so innocent. When life didn’t seem as busy or confusing. There was a time where I didn’t care what people thought about me and I was determined to do what I wanted to do and when I wanted to do it and no one could tell me otherwise. Somehow, somewhere, it all stopped and changed. Responsibility became my best friend and busyness became my secret enemy, it was like a sickness, or a malignant cancer that spread quickly. Yet, I was caught and entangled in it with no way out. And so the boom of the fireworks that I was hearing has now become the pounding in my head. A fatigue filled body, weak and mentally exhausted. The past few months and weeks have been daunting. The trials of life have left me somewhat discouraged and unworthy. The words “Give Up” have been knocking at the door of my heart and it hurts from all the knocking it’s been doing. It no longer is a knocking but a persistent bang, like that of the fireworks. And I sometimes fear that my heart won’t be able to take that beating anymore forcing me to “Give Up!” It’s funny how when things happen and it seems overwhelming we just want to toss in the towel and call it a day. But as much as I want to I guess I just wasn’t built for that. I’m fighting it through. The funny thing is that God has been knocking too, just not as hard. And sometimes I wonder why. Is He giving up on me? I don’t think so, because I know that He who began a good work in me will finish it as the word says. So why is it such a small knock? Maybe it’s because right now I’m focused too much on the situations that the persistent bang is much bigger than God’s knock. The situation wants to hurt my heart and beat it to death and God wants only to bring healing and life. There is still hope and so I continue to stand on God’s promises. God’s knock is the knock of hope and it’s the one that says “Don’t You Give Up, because you are created in My image and likeness. I‘ve never given up, I have never left you nor forsaken you, therefore I didn’t create you to give up. It’s simply not in you. Now Get up and go forward.” When we are discouraged, God becomes THE Encourager. When we are weak, God becomes THE strength. When we are sad, God becomes THE joy. When we cry,who catches our tears? The word STAND comes to mind. Stand like a soldier armed and prepared for battle, because times that are hard are going to come. There is no stopping it, but are we a tree swaying back and forth with the wind, ready to be uprooted or are we a fortress made out of rock able to withstand any storm or the persistent boom of fireworks? That’s where you decide. Whose knock are you willing to open to?


The Burden that Compels the Heart

What does one see when they see our youth?

Photo taken by Crystal Image Photo Art

The generation of this time…

Can we say that our view of our youth is a good one? Or better yet, how is our youth portrayed in society?

If the answer to that question is a “no” or the way society or the “world” views our youth is a disturbing picture that we do not care to mention, than maybe that’s the problem!

Our view on this generation is so poor that we have given up caring one way or another about them. The thought bothers me. Lately, I have been losing sleep about it. Where is the sting of repentance? There is no true burden in our hearts anymore for this youth. I believe there are a rare few who have it, but what about the rest of us? There are how many billions of people in this world? Over half of them are youth, and many of those youth, according to society, will be highschool dropouts, end up in prison, many young teenage girls will become pregnant, and many already come from broken homes. According to an article in “Christian Today” from the youth that go to church 2 out of 3 of those youth will leave the church after graduating highschool.

What is wrong with THAT picture?

I say…EVERYTHING!

We, as adults, talk about our youth as if there is no hope for them anymore. That pains me, because instead of praying and fasting for them and weeping for them we have become spectators in a game of “Battle Ship”. What we fail to understand is that they need an encounter with God just as much as we do. But I think we are more so looking for our own encounter with God that we have forgotten that there are others fighting the same spiritual battle that we are fighting. 

I understand that we can grow tired of everyday life and we have our needs but the word of God says that we should not “grow weary in doing good for in due season we shall reap if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9), which means if we do not lose heart!

Our youth may be heading into a dark and dangerous path if we do not take a stand NOW and snatch them back from the darkness and into the light.

I, myself, have to repent of this lack of burden for this young generation. There is purpose for them still. Instead of tearing them down with our words, passing judgement on them because they lack respect or fail to see the right, we need to lead them. All they need is a leader who will guide them, love them and care for them. They are being misled by the lusts of this world and they do not see because there are not many who are willing to take on that HUGE burden in their hearts that will COMPEL them to move, compel them to advocate, and compel them to act, that come hell or high water no one is going to stop them from snatching back this youth from the fire and into God’s Holy light.

The youth of this generation is crying out for someone to save them, they are constantly being cast down by the words of society and they no longer know what it feels like to be free of the image that has been put upon them. They can’t tell you what real love is anymore because we have failed to show them what real love is. They no longer know what innocence is because we have only showed them corruption. They run from one thing to another seeking love and gratification but because we haven’t shown them how to seek the truth.

Beloved,

We MUST come to a point in our lives where we have to envision this youth as a key that will lead the coming generations to Christ. They have the potential to do that, but we have to see it.

If we don’t reach them first than the things that we dread the most will. It’s a scary thought isn’t it?

“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

(Matthew 19:14)

If Jesus thought of them in such a beautiful light, and He saw them as a priceless jewel that He would die for them just as He died for us…than how much more, because of His joy should we think them precious enough to fight for their salvation, fight for their innocence, and fight for their SOULS!

They need us to not give up on them, they need us to stand up on their behalf, they need us to…..

PRAY FOR THEM….

they need us to…..

STAND IN THE GAP FOR THEM….

they need us to….

 WEEP FOR THEM!!!

If there is no one to do it? If there is no one to lead them? How will THEY lead a generation? Unless we rise and take up the BURDEN, how will they hear the good news?

“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of good news, who bring glad tidings of good things!'”

(Romans 10:14-15)

The burden I’m talking about is not the burden that most might think. It’s not a burden that becomes a drag for doing it, but it’s the burden in our heart that compels us to take action. Such a burden is not just a weight on our shoulders but a heaviness in our hearts so deep that we can no longer go on seeing our youth in the disparity they are in.

They cry, they hurt, some want out, and some try to find a way out by drugs, alcohol, sex, and even suicide.

WE ARE NOT LISTENING!!! WE ARE NOT SEEING!!! WE ARE NOT LEADING!!!

Leaders……rise up and lead!!! They need us…all of us!

If we don’t, than someone else will. The question is, who is that someone?

Imagine a youth taking a stand, following Christ and leading others to Christ in the same way with a burden that is placed on their hearts.

I can! And I will!

Picture taken by Crystal Image Photo Art (www.tiffanylee22.wordpress.com)

THE BURDEN!!!!


Something A Little Different- Singing “Wait”

So I wanted to try something different, you know, something out of my comfort zone and out of the norm. I put this little video together for you. Yes, I have to give my cousin Crystal Garcia some credit for this because she inspired me to do something different. Instead of blogging, I thought I’d put a little video. Maybe it’s a little corny that I’m singing for my future husband, whoever God decides to send my way. But Hey, I’m single and I know there have to be some single young ladies and fellas out there who may need a little encouragement. Wait on the Lord!

So I’m singing just a little bit of this song acapella from Group 1 Crew who is a Christian group and the song is “Wait”

Enjoy!!!!

 


The Word of God is my Weapon!!!

What is my weapon?

 

Picture taken by Crystal Image Photo Art (www.typh22.wordpress.com)

August 8, 2010....The most joyous day of my life....My Baptism!!!

 

 

 

     When feelings of despair and loneliness seem to cloud my vision…What is my weapon?

*PRAISE*

When sickness seems to dim my light….What is my weapon?

*FAITH*

When lies bombard my mind with restless thoughts….What is my Weapon?

*TRUTH*

When chaos and confusion hit close to the heart….What is my weapon?

*CONFESSION OF PEACE*

When fear grips my sleep and cause anxiety….What is my weapon?

*LOVE AND PRAISE*

When unforgiveness and thoughts of the past haunts my present and my future….What is my weapon?

*FORGIVENESS*

When issues arise in my life….What is my weapon?

*THE BLOOD OF CHRIST*

When the enemy comes in like a flood and tries to fill me with hopelessness and shame….What is my weapon?

*THE WORD OF GOD*

WHAT IS MY WEAPON?

TOTAL AND COMPLETE RELIANCE IN AND SURRENDER TO MY GOD!!!

Nehemiah was a great example of someone who knew how to do the work he was called to do while relying on the Lord to protect them even when circumstance was against him. Nehemiah was mocked and threatened, but he did not allow himself to become discouraged because he knew God was well able to provide and honor his heart to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. And he called out to God so that he can intercede for his people. God honored him all the way. The wonderful thing about this story is how every single person who was building the wall became very watchful of their surroundings because of the threat of their enemies. So in that while they worked on the wall with one hand….they held a weapon in the other. In the same way…as we do the work of God with one hand…in the other we must have a weapon and be watchful of the times….and my weapon is the Word of God.

(Nehemiah 4:8-20)

8  And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem, to injure and cause confusion and failure in it.9  But because of them we made our prayer to our God and set a watch against them day and night.10  And [the leaders of] Judah said, The strength of the burden bearers is weakening, and there is much rubbish; we are not able to work on the wall.11  And our enemies said, They will not know or see till we come into their midst and kill them and stop the work.12  And when the Jews who lived near them came, they said to us ten times, You must return [to guard our little villages]; from all places where they dwell they will be upon us.13  So I set [armed men] behind the wall in places where it was least protected; I even thus used the people as families with their swords, spears, and bows.14  I looked [them over] and rose up and said to the nobles and officials and the other people, Do not be afraid of the enemy; [earnestly] remember the Lord and imprint Him [on your minds], great and terrible, and [take from Him courage to] fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.15  And when our enemies heard that their plot was known to us and that God had frustrated their purpose, we all returned to the wall, everyone to his work.16  And from that time forth, half of my servants worked at the task, and the other half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail; and the leaders stood behind all the house of Judah.17  Those who built the wall and those who bore burdens loaded themselves so that everyone worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other hand,18  And every builder had his sword girded by his side, and so worked. And he who sounded the trumpet was at my side.19  And I said to the nobles and officials and the rest of the people, The work is great and scattered, and we are separated on the wall, one far from another.20  In whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us. 


SOMETHING GREAT FOR 2011 AND BEYOND!!!!

    In this day and age there are great people and there are GREAT people. I don’t use this term lightly.  There are people who were born great, ordinary people, wonderful personalities, caring and giving, modest and special. They were born with the laughter and smiles that light up the world, bringing joy to people everywhere they go even if they are weathering their own little storms. Those people are exceptional and okay with ordinary things of life, taking it one day at a time and enjoying what they have. And that’s great, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that because we sure do need a lot more people like that in the times we are living in. But than there are those people who were born to DO something GREAT. They are great because through the sweat, blood and tears, through many trials and adversities they did what no else could do or wanted to do. They did something GREAT. Of course, we also need people like that. If those people didn’t press through the hardships we wouldn’t have what we have now that so many take advantage of. For example, if Humphrey Davy never invented the lightbulb, Thomas Edison would have never perfected it and we’d still be using lanterns and candles for light. It would be as if we were living in the stone ages. If Wilbur and Orville Wright (the Wrights brothers) never invented the airplane we would be traveling on the ground or by boat to our destinations, and it would take us weeks or months to get to where we need to go instead of the 2-4 hour flights it takes now. If somone did not take the initiative to build the car engine or the car battery to make the car run, we’d still have to ride on horse and carriages. And with the luxuries we have now, like the computer or the cell phone, if all that was taken away it would be a nightmare. Everything we rely on is in the technology of this age and the ideas and inventions of others. Now bare with me because I’m actually going somewhere with this. You see, those people decided to step out, even when others may have thought they were crazy for thinking the way they did, or mocking them because they didn’t believe it could be done, that it was just there imaginations that were too much for their own limited and boxed up minds. They decided to go up against society and the limitations of what “could not” be done and they did it. No questions asked. They believed it and they made up their minds to accomplish the impossibilities and the unimaginable, no matter what the cost. Their non-wavering faith in what they believed in, many years later, resulted in people dwelling in houses that have electricity, light, they have a faster way of travel, technology beyond what anyone could comprehend. What people may have thought was impossible became the possible through certain individuals who decided to step up and stand out. Our society thrives on the technological advancements of those who believed in what they were born to do.

     Now take Jesus, a carpenter, a Son born of a human being, a Man that society rejected. Why? Because He knew that He was the Son of God. He was God in the flesh. He did things that many people did not believe in or struggled to believe in, even though He did the miraculous and impossible in front of their eyes. “Look, you scoffers and scorners, and marvel and perish and vanish away; for I am doing a deed in your days, a deed which you will never have confidence in or believe, [even] if someone [clearly describing it in detail] declares it to you” (Acts 13:41, Amplified). Also the Bible says in Habakkuk 1:5 “Look around you, replied the Lord, among the nations and see! And be astonished! Astounded! For I am putting into effect a work in your days [such] that you would not believe it if it were told you.” But either way Jesus made a huge impact. He challenged those who were so-called “spiritual” and He challenged those who were sinners and unworthy to stand before a God so righteous. But which one took the challenges He gave and actually did something with it? I’ll tell you that it was those who were less likely to be voted “Spiritual Leader of the Year”. They all had a decision to make. No one was exempt. And He didn’t give each one more or less than the other. It was all the same message, one Gospel. There was not one that was holier or full of more sin than the other. They were all given the same opportunity. But it was those who believed that Jesus was the Christ. It was those who believed in the power of the message. Those who believed the impossiblities with God can truly become possible. Those are the ones that took it and became something GREAT. Maybe not in societies eyes, because they were already rejected by society. But in the eyes of the most important One…God, and the eyes of those who actually believed. Those people, through Jesus Christ, did GREAT things because they knew that their were people who needed someone who was going to do what others wouldn’t normally do. Those specific people took God’s challenge, believed in it, and made a decision to serve God, serve people, bring the Gospel to ALL the nations, and come hell or high water they weren’t going to be silenced, they weren’t going to be stopped, and they weren’t going to be persuaded otherwise. They were going to take the whole cousel of God and bring it to the lost and dieing and the people who needed a Savior. These people were GREAT! They took what many generations thought they could do without and turned it around.

     Saul, who was a great pharisee, someone who imprisoned Christians and gave consent to have them killed and watched while it happened, was thrown off is “high horse” (literally) and came to the knowledge and revelation of Christ. Later being named Paul, He took that testimony and that gospel and became GREAT for Christ. He was one that didn’t stop when it was too hard or difficult. He decided that he was going to run the race until the end, even if it cost him his life. Which it did, later on. Proof that he was not just all talk and no action. I like the way James in the bible puts it, he says, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:18-20). Paul was this man that SHOWED his faith by what he did in Christ. He was ALL about ACTS!

     What is going to take for many of us to make a decision for Christ? I want to do great things for God…to do that is to start where I am at now. I don’t just want to be ordinary. We were all born to be great. But it’s the decision that we make that will lead us there. Everyday I have a conscious decision to make that when I wake up in the morning, I’m waking up to go to work. And then after work, I make the decision whether I should go home or hang out or do something else. I make a decision to eat at the time I’m going to eat and so forth. It’s the same with Christianity. I wake up in the morning and decide am I going to serve Christ today or am I going to serve the world? It is a decision we all have to make. The bible says to work out our own salvation, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absense, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasures” (Philippians 2:12-13).

     I decided for Christ a long time ago and I’m still choosing Him. But the decision to become great for Him still lies within us and our own ability to decide if we just want the ordinary things of life or the extra-ordinary things of life. Which is what God originally ordained for us. The GREAT commission. It’s not called GREAT for no reason. It’s a great responsibility to take on. We have to decide once and for all whose side are we on? If not God’s, then whose? You see, I have a thought that if I just do what is expected of me from society and culture, such as to settle down, get married, have children, become successful in my career and make money to live and retire comfortably, or to just be a simple ministry worker and nothing more…than I’m already empty, I’ve missed the mark that God had destined for me. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with those things, because I do desire those things…family, and a good home and be involved in ministry, and it’s great for those who want exactly that. But I just can’t help the feeling that there has to be something more. I don’t want to be recognized to be given a pat on the back and say ‘good job’. It’s more than that…I want to follow Christ to the point that there is nothing left for me but to continue following Him and when the time comes and I have to stand before Him God Himself will be able to tell me “Well Done!”

     In my life right now, there is this big hole, like something’s missing. When I’m telling someone about the gospel of Christ I can’t help feeling unsatisfied. Like I want more, I want miracles, I want God’s power moving through this city and nation. I want healings, not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, spiritually in people’s lives. I want to see that happen. So I leave that person I’m talking to with an unsatisfied feeling, if they do not accept Christ, what is it that I could have done more. It’s not enough for me. In Zechariah 3:1-2 “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to satan, ‘The Lord rebuke you, satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?’ ” Those words right there are powerful, to describe a man as a “burning stick snatched from the fire!” That’s how all Christians should see a soul. What else can I do but proclaim the glorious gospel to those who are headed for the fire. Which is why I am unsatisfied, I want more. I’m not saying I want to be the greatest person, I just want to help people, I don’t want to sit back and accomplish nothing. I don’t want to be an on-looker, I want to be in the race. I feel empty without God and if I’m not doing something for Him, I can’t escape the feeling I’m missing something big, and I’m not working to the full potential God has created me to do. I was not built for sitting back, I was built to stand up! As a massage therapist and a person who is in the medical field I can say that our bodies literally were not made for sitting down for long periods of time. It’s not good for our health. We can only sit for so long, than we’d have to start doing something and putting our legs to good use. Without movement there is very little blood circulation in the body. That is the same in Christianity.

     If we take a look at those people who defyed the impossible to do what they believed in doing and actually accomplished it even though they were mocked and society didn’t believe in it, than how much more can we do it if God is on our side and He is not limited by our own limitations. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to the Father” (John 14:12-13).  This year…2011…is a new year…we can’t change what we did in 2010 or in the years prior. But today is a new day, and “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him’ ” (Lamentations 3: 22-24).  So let’s take this year and make that great move to serve Him and live for Him with more passion and conviction than we ever have before!!!

AMEN!!!

Mark 16:15-20…..THE GREAT COMMISSION

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”


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