10TWENTY

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My friends and I have a dream of starting our own magazine and naming it “10TWENTY”. We chose this name because we felt the typical scale of rating something 1-10 did not apply to us, because we are not typical or average. When everyone else has done their best and put in their full effort arriving at “10”, we see that as simply a starting point, so we rate ourselves on a scale of 10-20, 20 being excellent. I feel like that is such a powerful name and such a powerful message. I think it is how we should all think and the mindset we should have in all aspects of life, a mindset to BE and pursue excellence. And when I say ALL things, I mean everything, from working out in the gym, to our careers, to our relationships and most importantly our relationship with God. For me my relationship with God is the most important thing in my life and the way I see it is that I need to be going hard for him. He has blessed me in magnificent ways that I could have never imagined. When He blesses me He does not do it on a scale of 1-10, it is always in an excellent way, 20. If He gives me His absolute best when I don’t deserve it I feel like I need to give him mine since He truly does deserve it. All my life I have been coming to Him on a scale of 1-10 but no more is that the case. After realizing the call on my life and the things that I am supposed to do on this earth are on levels much greater than a 10 , levels that can only be measured on a scale of 10-20, I needed to start living my life fully on that scale, including my relationship with God. I needed to start giving Him my absolute best and spending more time with Him. I’ve noticed that the more time I spend with GOD the more connected I feel towards Him. As I’ve gotten closer to Him I have seen changes in my life, big changes. I feel like you get in what you put out. I was putting in average 1-10 work so I was just stuck, not growing, because I wasn’t going hard enough, I wasn’t pursuing GOD with excellence. It wasn’t until I jumped up to the 10-20 scale that I really started to see God move in my life. I was giving Him my very best(I can still do better). The closer we get to Him and the more time we put in the stronger our relationship becomes with Him and the greater the blessings and your whole outlook on life. After realizing that I started to apply it to other aspects of my life. I was putting in 1-10 work at my job and wondering why the boss didn’t like me… I started working on a scale of 10-20 and I started seeing changes in our relationships because it was now clear to my boss that my work ethic had changed. I started writing and reading more about my career path. I started pursuing excellence in understanding my chosen field and I am now beginning to see changes. Work that is done on a 10-20 scale yields huge results. I say all of this to encourage you all to strive for excellence because that is what God desires for us. He did not design us to be average and to do mediocre things because He is not an average or mediocre God. He designed us all, YOU included to be magnificent and to do excellent things in life with the gifts and talents that He has blessed us with. So do just that…carry out your life’s purpose of being an excellent and outstanding individual by approaching everything in life with a 10-20 mindset, especially your relationship with GOD. He is the one who blessed you with your skills and talent so use your gifts to bring glory to His name, and do that by working towards perfecting your skills and by serving GOD. Your pursuit of excellence in all things with a 10-20 mindset will only enhance your relationship with GOD. Try spending more time reading your Bible, more time praying and trying to seek God out and getting to know Him. Spend more time practicing and learning about whatever it is that your special gift and talent is and just go DUMB hard, harder than you ever went before. Give it your ALL, and then some. You are NOT an average person, you are an EXCELLENT person who was made by the excellent Creator, GOD, and you are not designed to be average so don’t be… Do everything with excellence and on a 10-20 scale.

5 Scriptures to help you live on a 10TWENTY scale:
1. Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”
2. 1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
3. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more.
4. Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
5. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials- gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13) But on judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a persons work has any value. 14) If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15) But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.

The importance of friendship

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  1. Proverbs 13:20 Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.

We need surround ourselves with wise and smart people who we can learn something from. We need to understand that we pick up the good and bad habits of our friends that we hang out with on a regular basis whether we know it or not. With that being said we need to be cautious of the people we’re hanging out with. If we surround ourselves with fools we pick up their foolish behavior which can lead us into harm’s way. If we hang out with people who are wiser and smarter than us we pick up their habits and behaviors and we can actually learn something from being around them. Choose your friends wisely

  1. Colossians 3:12-14Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

These verses explain very clearly how to treat our friends and everyone else we come in contact with. It says to treat people with kindness, to be patient, and to be FORGIVING if we have a complaint against them and above all to act in love….Note the verse does not include any “IF’s” “ANDs” or “BUTS” in regards to showing love to people. That is because showing love to one another is something that we should always do. It doesn’t say to show love and to be kind to people IF they are kind and show love to us. No this verse outlines how we as followers of Christ are to treat all people that we come in contact with especially our friends. Show your friends love, regardless of the time, day, or situation and this will bind the relationship together in perfect harmony.

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

Real, true friends are always trying to encourage each other and help one another be the best that they can be. So when you’re hanging out with your friends rather than talking for hours about what celebrity tweeted what or what so and so posted on Instagram or anything pointless like that, why not talk about something meaningful that can benefit and build each other up…Talk about your goals….set some goals, talk about what you want to do with your life, your plans for the future, spread the Word of God… Talk about something that is beneficial and actually meaningful to your lives so that way when everyone leaves and goes home they go home better than they were when they came. Build one another up and cherish the time that you have together with your friends because once that time is gone you can’t get it back. Make use of that time together, and build each other up, don’t waste it.

  1. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

I know a lot of us have had friends who have switched up on us or changed sides or did us dirty, but we don’t have to worry about any of that when it comes to Jesus Christ. He is the same yesterday and today and forever. The closer we get to Him, and the more we get to know Him the better our life becomes. He is everything we could ever need and so much more. He is our friend, our teacher, our provider, our Savior, and everything else in between. Friendships and relationships are important but not nearly as important as a relationship with Jesus Christ. If our relationship with God is first in our lives all our other relationships, and friendships, and everything else in life will fall right into place.  I am a living witness to this. Just a few months before I started this blog I was completely lost and felt like a total bum because I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and all the people around me did, I was on the verge of getting kicked out of college, and everything was just a mess. But I kid you not when I put GOD FIRST in my life and really started living for HIM everything else started to fall in place. My relationship got better, my grades got better, and now I know exactly what I want to do with my life and the only thing I did differently was put GOD FIRST. But you don’t have to take my word for it, come to Him and see for yourself.

Make it Personal

sky22 (1 of 1)Are you one of those people who believes in God and loves God but you don’t like organized religion? I know I was, but after giving my life to Christ I realized that God desires to have a RELATIONSHIP with us, we can miss out on so much that GOD has for us by focusing on RELIGION, rituals, traditions things that have nothing to do with GOD or his WORD.  I was in “the church” but not living for Christ, feeling like an outsider. I felt like I was observing people doing the most, dancing, shouting and being told what to do to make my life boring. But, NOW as I have grown with God I know that I was completely wrong. When I started truly living for God it was not specifically something that was said to me at church it was a string of events that happened to me that I knew only could be of God…For me it was personal things that I saw transpire in my life and me realizing that it was God who brought me out of them. It was what I PERSONALLY saw him do in my life that made me come to him and that’s how it should be for all of us, something personal between us and God. Yes I had been in church all my life but I still didn’t have a RELATIONSHIP with GOD. WE all need to find out where we personally are most connected to God and get to that place mentally and physically every day. The bible says, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be answered”. WE just simply have to do our part and seek God out. He’s always there waiting for us to come to him we just have to actually come to him…We need to realize that we can literally talk and have a conversation with God and ask Him for whatever we want. If you want a relationship with God, pray and tell God straight up that you are trying to develop a relationship with him. Tell him you’re here right now seeking him and trying to start a relationship with him. Throw out all of your past judgments on religion and organized church, PLEASE… and just focus on the RELATIONSHIP aspect. Make it PERSONAL between you and God. I am a living witness once I started to really just focus on me and Him I started seeing changes. You hear His voice more clearly and vividly when you stay in His WORD and remain connected to Him. If you’re only talking to Him once a week at church, you can’t readily recognize His voice. It won’t be familiar to you. The closer you get and the more time you spend with Him through prayer and reading your relationship will grow and things will suddenly become much clearer to you. You don’t just stop by and see your boyfriend or shorty once a week or talk to them once a week do you? No you don’t. You talk to and text them all day, every day and  see them daily and you’re getting to know them better;  what makes them happy and sad, angry and calm as the relationship grows. That’s how we should be with God. Constantly speaking to Him daily through prayer and reading the Bible, this will help us get to know what makes him happy and what disappoints Him. Focus on the relationship aspect between you and God, not the religious aspects, not what you feel about the church or how you feel about organized religion; then you will begin to see changes in your life and thoughts about Christianity.

Three things I need you to do:

  1. Pray and tell God that you are trying to build a relationship with him and that you are seeking him, and that you want the relationship to grow and become better (Jeremiah 9:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.)
  2. Start reading your Bible so that you can get to know Christ, gain a better understanding of who he is (baby steps: download Holy Bible app and read their daily word and visit my website and read my daily word so that you’re getting the word in you (mediate on it day and night). Grow from there
  3. Keep praying

Wont He do it

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Just last summer I got arrested for possession of marijuana at a place I had smoked many of times before, but on the day of my arrest  the vibe was completely different. There was just something off, something that was telling me that this may not be the best idea, signs that were trying to warn me but I didn’t listen, I just kept on going. I got arrested that day and was put on probation for 3 months which meant in order for me to have no record  that I could not smoke or drink or I’d run the risk of being arrested again and possibly having a criminal record. I needed strength to fight my temptations to smoke and drink and get on and from years of attending church I knew that the only way I could find strength to overcome my temptations was through GOD, so I started praying again during those 3 months, asking GOD for strength not to smoke or drink. To help give me more support and strength during my probation my mom reminded me of a prayer book that I had received as a gift, a book called Prayers that Avail Much, which by the way I highly recommend. This book had a specific prayer that I would pray every day and night about temptations and it really helped give me some much need strength to get through those 3 months, this book along with praying and talking to GOD on a daily basis helped get my relationship with GOD piped up a little bit. Once I was off of probation I tried to keep up the whole drug free thing but I soon realized that it was a lot easier not to get high when I knew that if I did I’d be risking being arrested vs. making a free will choice to do so, especially for someone like me with an addictive personality. So just about a month after getting off of probation I started getting high again. I promised myself and my mom that I wasn’t going to SMOKE so when I started getting back on I was popping a lot of pills and drinking, saying to myself well she can’t be mad because I’m not SMOKING… But eventually I started smoking again and doing other stuff and saw myself right back where I was just months before but now even worse off. What I realized was that I was never going to stop getting high if I was doing it for my mom or any other human because I’d always feel as if I could hide it and keep it from them. The only time I was ever serious about not getting high and trying to live right, was when I was doing it for GOD and not for anyone else. So long story short I kept on that path of getting geeked up for a while and then another troubling event took place in my life that really hit me hard and put me in a position where I had nowhere to turn but to GOD. After the second incident I realized that it was GOD trying to talk to me, trying to get my attention to come back to Him because I had strayed away. I realized that I needed Him and his strength for the rest of my life the same way I needed him when I was on probation. I was tired of living how I was living and getting into these F****d up situations and just really realized that I needed Him, Which was his plan for me all along, to recognize how much I needed him. We often times get upset and blame GOD when “bad” things happen in life but a lot of times these situations are for our own benefit and are blessings in disguise. While I was in the middle of my struggle of being arrested I was so mad at GOD and just couldn’t understand why it was happening but now looking back at it after a year I know that getting arrested was one of the best thing that ever happened to me because had I not gotten arrested I most likely would have continued my self-destructive behavior and would not have rekindled my relationship with GOD. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a dreadful event for GOD to get our attention, He doesn’t want us to have to be in tough situations but he will do whatever it takes to get us to come to Him because he loves us and desires to have a relationship with us. I’m sharing this and including it in my first blog post so that one, you can get to know me and understand that I am not acting like I’m some perfect saint who has been living for GOD his whole life…no. I’m young, looking for fun and ways to just enjoy life, I’m just like you, you name it I’ve probably done it or been around it, I’m not denying that, but God spoke to me and he had to put me through some things in my past to get my attention and I’m so glad that he did. I’ve given my life to Christ and choosing to live for him is truly the best decision I have ever made. I want this post, and all of the post that will come after this to encourage you to start and develop a relationship with Christ or to help you to improve on your relationship with Him. I want everyone to feel the love of GOD and to see the changes that he will make in your life when you start living for him and just how amazing he is. I’m speaking from my heart and from my REAL life experiences, I’m not gassing you up or trying to throw religion in your face, I see where I am NOW and remember where I WAS not that long ago and I know it’s because of GOD. I want to pass that on to you so that you can see for yourself what God can and WILL do for you and your life.