Dont underestimate the power of LOVE

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Just yesterday my brother and I got into the biggest fight that we’ve ever been in. After it was all said and done the living room and kitchen looked like a tornado had just hit it, I mean there was barbeque sauce and tortilla chips everywhere… And it was all because I called him a “retard” which is pretty normal for brothers to call each other (not condoning it or saying its right or okay just because it’s the “norm” by any means) but I had no idea that calling him that was an internal trigger for him and something that hurts his feelings more than anything. After the fact I felt so bad and realize that I was completely in the wrong for what I said to him. I didn’t feel bad just because he’s my brother and because I called him something that hurts his feelings more than anything, that’s beside the point I was wrong and felt bad because I am a Self-proclaimed Christian, a follower and believer in Jesus Christ. This means that I should be walking and acting in LOVE at all times and in all circumstances, just like Christ did. Had I been acting in LOVE as opposed to acting in ignorance and anger the whole situation with my brother could have easily been avoided. Had I been walking in LOVE when we were younger and not been a jerkoff and called him a retard so much then it wouldn’t affect him so heavily today and cause him to have so much anger towards me.  Love is patient, love is kind. Me calling him a retard was not kind or loving at all. With that said I feel like the fight was a blessing in disguise from God because it really opened my eyes to the fact that so much drama can easily be avoided and prevented by showing love and it reminded me that showing LOVE is the most important characteristic of a Christian. So I encourage you all TODAY to show love to one another at ALL TIMES and in ALL circumstances. I encourage you all to be very mindful of what you say to people because you never know how deep your words cut. Even if you don’t see personally the after effects of what you said to someone, you never know how those mean words are haunting them and affecting them late at night behind closed doors. So show love to people at all times because a little love goes a long way. You never know what someone is going through, so don’t hold your love back. So much of the drama and turmoil and evil in the world could so easily be avoided if all of us came together and started acting in real true love the way GOD desires us to, I truly believe that. Don’t wait until tomorrow or the next day to start being a loving person, no start now. Do your part and be a LIGHT in this seemingly dark world by always showing love. No matter the circumstance, or the situation, regardless of how you’re feeling that day or how someone is acting or has acted towards you in the past, you step up and be the bigger person and follow Christ example and show love to everyone just as Christ has shown to you and most importantly love the Lord your God with all your heart.  Do not underestimate the power of love.

READ THESE VERSES:

  1. 1 John 4:7-8 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
  2. John 13:34-35 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. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
  3. 1 Peter 4:8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
  4. 1 John 3:16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters
  5. 1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all that you do be done in love.
  6. Mark 12:31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
  7. Romans 13:10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.
  8. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
  9. Luke 6:35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.
  10. Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

Trust Gods Timing

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I know there are a lot of you who are probably doubting God and doubting yourself right now. I want to encourage you all to keep holding on. Don’t give up, because your time for increase is coming. Please understand God is constantly moving and constantly working and that he is ALL knowing. God has a plan for us all. “Worldly” standards of where we are supposed to be in life and what we’re supposed to be doing at a certain age, and how race and backgrounds play into it are not the same standards that God has for us. WE need to all learn to trust GODS timing and HIS plan for our lives not our own timing or the timetable set by society. When God says that your ready you’re ready, when He says it’s time, it’s time, when He says go, go, not your will, not your time, or anyone else’s. He knows all, not you. Trust in Him. A lot of us are questioning God at this particular point in our life and wondering is He hearing us and wondering why we aren’t increasing and moving up in life at the rate we feel like we should be. WE get so focused on the FUTURE, (myself included) and start looking 10 steps ahead and we lose sight of what is right in front of us. WE need to all understand that to move forward in life we have to be FAITHFUL where we are and with what we have NOW. Make no mistake about it, God desires to move us up in life but He won’t move us up in life if He sees that we aren’t faithful with what we currently have. God needs to KNOW that if He moves you up to the next step in your life that you won’t dip out on Him. (This comes from building a healthy and strong relationship with God.)I had been praying and asking God to bless me with job for like a month and some change because I was broke as a joke. I felt like it was definitely time for me to have a job and a steady income but God knew that I was not ready at that moment. He knew that I wasn’t ready for more money and a steady income at that point in my life because the little bit of money that He was blessing me with I was only using to get high…So He knew and I knew that if I was getting a steady income at that stage of my life the amount of drugs I was buying was only going to increase. So He waited until He could trust me before blessing me with a job. It took some time, a lot longer than I would have liked but in the end I know it all worked out for my good. God’s timing is always perfect; no it may not always line up with OUR personal time table but it is still perfect! It really showed me that God is never late, He is ALWAYS on time. The same goes for you. Be faithful where you are now. Faithful at your job, in your relationship, in your studying, in your practicing, whatever it is that you’ve got going on in life be faithful NOW and take care of business NOW before you start looking deep into the future. Do everything with excellence now with whatever you’ve got and put God 1st. Let your ACTIONS, THOUGHTS, and WORDS show and prove that once God blesses you and gives you the increase you’ve been praying for that you and Gods relationship will get better and stronger and not weaker. Put it in is His hands, ask for everything to be done on HIS time. God knows exactly what He’s doing and He knows exactly when to move us up. I know there are a lot of us, myself included who feel like we should be living out our dreams and that we’re ready for the” big leagues” NOW but we need to understand that God has everything under control. WE have to learn to sit back and be patient. WE need to understand God is moving in us. He is constantly molding and shaping us and that He’s just working out some kinks right now. God understands that there’s still a lot that we need to learn and go through before we can go any further so that once we do arrive at that next level we will be fully prepared and can be productive! Pray for patience, pray for HIS will to be done in your life. Trust God and His timing.  Keep dreaming big, and don’t let the world or the haters and naysayers get to you. Don’t doubt God and don’t give up on Him or yourself. Understand God can do things that the world deems “impossible”. Prime example of someone with haters was David. When he went out to fight Goliath people were telling him he was too young, too small, too this , too that but David had faith in GOD and knew that he would deliver him from Goliath, and that is exactly what happened. He didn’t listen to the haters and the naysayers and not go fight because of what they said; he followed GOD and trusted him. Don’t let them get to you. Trust GOD, put your faith in Christ, walk with Him, submit to Him and His word, and trust His perfect timing. So what if it’s taking a little longer than you thought, just know that if it’s in GODS hand and you’re asking for His will to be done and according to His time that it will be that much sweeter. This is not the time to give up or throw in the towel. This is the time to work harder and go harder than you ever have in whatever you’re pursing and especially your relationship with God. Your breakthrough and increase are coming, you just need to submit to God and trust HIS timing and His plan for you.

Let me put some Word on it: 

  1. Isaiah 40:31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles.They will run and not grow weary.They will walk and not faint.

  2. Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
  3. Galatians 6:9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
  4. Ecclesiastes 3:11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
  5. Psalm 37: 3-4 (3) Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires

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