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2017: Looking Back

pexels-photo-737568.jpegIโ€™ve been seeing lots of posts on twitter & other social media about reflecting on the past year. Some are negative, but mostly every single post was positive & I think thatโ€™s a great thing! ๐Ÿ™‚ Itโ€™s good to be grateful for the blessings that God has provided throughout the year! ๐Ÿ™‚

So I wanted to share 3 accomplishments that God has helped me with this year (hey let’s give credit where credit is due, I didn’t do anything on my own! lol):

  1. My 1st & biggest accomplishment has been my relationship with Jesus. This year, I have renewed & strengthened my commitment to Him, & have learned to give Him control and how to stop relying on myself. I’ve never been happier! ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. Finding a new job! This was so unexpected. I had been applying to so many jobs & wasn’t even getting interviews! Then one day this month, almost at the end of the year, it happened! I never lost my faith just because I couldn’t find a job. I was grateful for what I had (a part time job). But I knew I needed to just keep the faith. Then suddenly, God did it. It was a real miracle. ๐Ÿ’•โค๐ŸŽ‰ God once again followed through on His promises, He is our provider. โค
  3. This blog! I believe starting this blog to be an accomplishment. It may not have a ton of readers rn, but that’s not what matters. I know God directed me to do this, to use this platform to reach people. So being obedient to Him in this way is a huge accomplishment for me bc itโ€™s something the old me would have never dared to do. I was too insecure & immature to be obedient. I’m not saying I am the perfect picture of maturity rn lol (I do use a crazy amount of emojis still lol), BUT I am developing more & more my identity in Christ & learning how to see life the way God wants me to see it, & to do His will. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’•

It’s weird, as you may or may not notice, 2 out of 3 accomplishments like literally JUST HAPPENED. Lol. In December. The year was basically over, not much had changed! My inside had changed, but not much else. I had not heard from God about anything else. But I wasn’t fretting. I just knew the breakthrough was coming. I didn’t know it would be right before the end of the year. As I think about it, I just want to cry. My eyes have tears (not sad but good ones lol). Im just pretty overwhelmed by God’s greatness & Im humbled. ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿคง๐Ÿ˜ญโค๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’ฏ

God is just amazing.

I know 2018 will be an amazing year full of more growth, changes, & new things! God promised me He will make all things new in my life. Heโ€™s already doing it, starting from my heart. โค๐Ÿ™

Revelation 21:5 English Standard Version (ESV)
5 And he who was seated on the throne said, โ€œBehold, I am making all things new.โ€ Also he said, โ€œWrite this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.โ€

Hebrews 8:13 English Standard Version (ESV)
13 In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

Isaiah 65:17 English Standard Version (ESV)
New Heavens and a New Earth
17 โ€œFor behold, I create new heavens
ย ย ย and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered
ย ย ย or come into mind.

What 3 accomplishments has God helped you with this past year? Post a comment below if you’d like! ๐Ÿ™‚

God bless xoxo ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜˜

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Finding a passion project!

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I really wanted to write about passion projects because itโ€™s something that has changed my life! Passion projects to me are a kind of hobby/ goal mix; They are things or projects you do because you are, well passionate about them! Lol.

Passion projects the way I see it, are things that you make time for on a regular basis, & that have some sort of an output or result, & end goal in mind (although the goal may be not very specific or may not be tied to a very strict or specific deadline either). You just do it because you love it, & because it helps you personally, & helps you to help others as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ Theyโ€™re a win- win. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜‰

To find a passion project, you should just choose something that you love! Think of something that you have always wanted to do, any sort of hobby. Passion projects are supposed to be FUN, aligned with Godโ€™s will for your life, & where you use your natural talents. Ideally they will help you use & develop your gifts for Godโ€™s kingdom! ๐Ÿ˜€ It really doesnโ€™t get any better than that! (See I told you passion projects are cool )๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ˜Ž Lol.

Personally, I like having at least 1 passion project that has a sense of PURPOSE bc as Christians I truly believe we need to make use of our time purposefully. And I like creative projects as well, because these are just my natural skills. ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ–Œ

The new year is the perfect time to start! I decided I am doing 2 passion projects to start in the new year. I chose as my first passion project this BLOG!! It really is something God put in my โค.

You will find out about my 2nd passion project in a soon-to- come blog post! ๐Ÿ˜€

But you get the idea!ย 

What are your passion projects? Do you already have some, or do you plan on starting one? If you donโ€™t have one just ask God to use you. In what area does God want to use or develop you? And just patiently wait, & you will feel it in your โค.

6ย We have different gifts,ย according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying,ย then prophesy in accordance with your[a]ย faith;ย 7ย if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;ย 8ย if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;ย if it is giving, then give generously;ย if it is to lead,[b]do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Romans 12: 6-8 NIV

Hope youโ€™re having a great Xmas week!๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŽ„

God bless xoxo ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜—

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Merry Christmas

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Hey ya’ll! Merry Christmas from God Makes all Things New!! (me lol)โค๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ„

No matter what you are going through, remember to keep your hope in Christ. The salvation we receive through Jesus is reason enough for us to celebrate every day of the year. We have hope & true freedom, & that is priceless.

11ย For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12ย And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13ย And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14ย Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. —ย  Luke 2: 11-14 kjv

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Giving too much of ourselves? Boundaries pt.2

pexels-photo-38865.jpegBoundaries, if you’re not familiar, are basically how we tell people how to and how not to treat us. Yet surprisingly, most people aren’t even really aware of what their boundaries are! Boundaries are ESPECIALLY important for us women. Nowadays it seems someone is always out there trying to take advantage, cheat us, & rob us of our dignity, value, & self-respect.


We cannot allow this to happen. By setting strong boundaries, i.e. LIMITS, you are protecting yourself from people who come into your life trying to harm you. With strong boundaries in place, you will surely save yourself a LOT of the heartbreak & drama that comes with mixing with the wrong people. It’s not easy keeping boundaries, especially in this culture that heavily rewards promiscuity & being โ€œfreeโ€ (by the worldโ€™s definition, they don’t abide by the REAL freedom which is found through Jesus Christ!). Enforcing boundaries might seem tough at times yes, especially when youโ€™re being tested, but it will sure be worth it!!! ๐Ÿ’–


I think of boundaries in terms of:
Romantic/ Sexual- What you allow/ don’t allow partners to do, how you allow them to treat you, how do you treat your partner?


Time/ Favors- Do you do too many things for others? Do you have enough time for yourself? Giving too much money away?


Self respect- How you talk to & treat people & how we allow to ppl to talk & treat us. Do you allow people to yell at you or call you names? Or do you do that to others?


โ€œInner boundariesโ€ – boundaries with yourself. How you treat yourself. Do you treat yourself with respect? Do you use negative self talk? Do you take care of yourself & look out for yourself? Do you have goals you want to achieve or do you constantly neglect your goals, or not have any at all?

These are just categories I used personally to think about my boundaries. I literally thought about my life & wrote these out but Iโ€™m sure there are more. If you’re interested in the topic, there’s many Christian books or articles, even counselors who can help with setting boundaries. (Links below!!)

Remember, NOBODY is perfect, BUT that of course does not give anyone the right to constantly disrespect you, put you down, or purposefully try to trespass, make fun of, or violate the boundaries youโ€™ve set up!

Being a Christian woman does not mean being a doormat. Many people seem to have this impression, but it actually couldn’t be further from the truth! As Christians, we have MAJOR VALUE in the eyes of the Lord. Think about that. The Creator, God of everything & everyone thinks of you & I as His own!!

Now Iโ€™m not saying people need to roll out the red carpet for us every single time & that we should walk around feeling entitled lol. I’m just saying we have value, our feelings, thoughts, etc. And especially the dreams & desires God put in your heart. With a good set of boundaries, you can keep your values & dignity no matter if someone tries to manipulate you. You can surround yourself with people who really care about you & your success & arenโ€™t just trying to use you for whatever reason.

0ย Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.โ€™[a]ย 31ย The second is this: โ€˜Love your neighbor as yourself.โ€™[b]ย There is no commandment greater than these.โ€ Mark 12: 30-31 NIV

Jesus LOVES us. He TRULY LOVES us. At our worst possible moments, when we think weโ€™re unlovable, He still loves us & desires a relationship with us. There’s no love more perfect than this. So we should love one another based on His example. And we should remember that people arenโ€™t perfect, weโ€™re all bound to screw up. But when looking for a relationship, we should look for one that models Christโ€™s love for us! We should look for men who love God, respect us, respect our boundaries based on God & actually agree with them & have similar boundaries themselves!! This applies to our friendships as well, family relationships, neighbors, & even our workplaces!!

Do you believe you are worthy of this kind of love? Guess what? YOU ARE! Start praying to God for guidance & wisdom if this is an area where you struggle. You will not regret it. It is a great step toward self- respect & creating a life more focused on how God wants us to live it.

I hope this helps someone out there & as usual please reach out w any questions, comments!!

God bless xoxo ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜—

PS- Here are some links I found helpful!

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/do-you-love-yourself-enough

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.gotquestions.org/amp/self-love.html

http://crossroadsindy.com/counseling-and-mental-health-articles/couples-and-marriage/boundaries-definition-and-types-of-boundaries

https://psychcentral.com/lib/the-importance-of-personal-boundaries/

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Spiritual Attacks

lion-predator-big-cat-cat-162093.jpegHow to recognize, how to ward off, what to do when you feel like you are being attacked.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. — 1 Peter 5:8 NIV

Recently, I felt like I was being spiritually attacked. If you know how to recognize the signs, you already know what they are & how awful this is. Spiritual attacks are from the enemy and they are meant to destroy us physically, mentally, & most of all, spiritually. They are meant to separate us from the love of God, with thoughts that bombard our mind & fill our hearts with angst, mentally blocking us & often even physically crippling us with overwhelming sadness & tiredness. Often times it seems like they happen when weโ€™ve had a major breakthrough or are about to do something for the Kingdom of God (as big or small as it may seem). At least this has been my experience. The devil will do WHATEVER IT TAKES to see us down, defeated, & most of all SEPARATED from the love of God. But in the name of Jesus that will NOT happen!! The victory is already ours if we just claim it!!


Whenever I hear any form of negative voice in my mind going against the will of the Lord in my life, questioning it, accusing me, & putting me down, or telling me to question God, I know its a spiritual attack. The problem is, often times it starts in such a subtle way, that you wouldn’t even recognize it unless you were really paying attention. Thats where the Holy Spirit alerts us. We CANNOT do it on our own strength, we MUST RELY on the Holy Spirit to recognize & ward off these attacks from the enemy.


But if we’ve been disconnected from God, we may not even recognize it & leave the door opened to an attack from the enemy into our lives.


So what can we do to prevent an attack?


Short answer: Stay prayed up! Pray everyday, read your Bible, & be in touch with the Holy Spirit.


What if you are already experiencing one?
โค๐Ÿ™Pray, & ask for prayer!!! This is important.โค๐Ÿ™


I think in life weโ€™re going to go through moments of hardship, but imo spiritual attacks are just different. They’re a door that was left cracked open & the devil is trying to sneak in.


Shut the door on his face. Better yet, let God show the devil his place, OUT of your life completely!! God will fight the battle, but we MUST do our part as well. Stay in obedience, & stay in prayer. ASK God for strenght. โคโค


Here are two links I found with some great info on this topic. I am by no means an expert on this lol, I can only speak on my own experience. But I hope this helps anyone out there who may experiencing this. โคโคโค

Gotquestions.org– What can I do when I am under spiritual attack?

http://www.beliefnet.com — 6 vulnerability points the devil uses to attack you

God bless & PRAY!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย โค๐Ÿ™

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Giving too much of ourselves

pexels-photo-714697.jpegI am a generous person. It’s in my blood, in my DNA, itโ€™s my personality, I simply love to give! Unfortunately, people like me often get taken advantage of. How much giving is too much? Is there a limit, should there be?

This is something that Iโ€™ve struggled with personally. I’m not talking about just money here, although that does play a role. I mean time, affection, & attention; are we giving away these precious commodities to people & things that are simply not worth it & do not deserve it?

I believe when it comes down to it, it all boils down to having strong personal boundaries in EVERY area of your life, & defending those boundaries regardless of how you may feel at the moment, because you know, deep down inside, those boundaries are correct & the present feeling may cloud your judgement of a situation. While those feelings subside, strong personal boundaries serve as a barrier or as a defense against any form of manipulation that may be occurring.

The importance of strong personal boundaries in every area of life cannot be overstated!! Boundaries will save you from bad business deals, toxic friendships & relationships, basically they will save your life. Boundaries, imo, must be rooted in the word of God. Because if we know Him, then we know how we should be treated, & how we need to be treating others as well. They also need to follow Godโ€™s teachings for our lives, as we are expected to be obedient to Him as His followers.

This takes a lot of effort! Itโ€™s not easy creating these boundaries, let alone enforcing them. But youโ€™ll find that over time, it not only becomes easy but its 2nd nature. You wouldn’t live any other way & you’ll wonder how you ever survived without these boundaries based on God!!

Iโ€™m going to write more on this topic because I want to share my personal tips on creating boundaries that are in line with God & the Bible. For now, if this is an area where you struggle, pray to God that He helps you create those boundaries. Pray for wisdom. Let God show you the areas where you may be a little too generous & could use some more boundaries or limits.

I will be praying for you as well! Please comment if you would like prayer or anything else! โคโคโค

Happy Sunday, Xoxo๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

 

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Lord, just help me through today! :)

pexels-photo-247074.jpegLord, just help us through today. Whatever it is you’re going through, know that we all struggle. Don’t let the stress get to you, ask God for peace. Guard your heart & don’t let others pass their stress, worry, & anxiety onto you. Keep an attitude of forgiveness & gratefulness constantly. We need you Lord! โค๐Ÿ™Œย Cleanse our hearts & minds! โค

7ย Cast all your anxiety on himย because he cares for you — 1 Peter 5:7

I personally like to listen to worship music, well all day long lol, but especially in the morning!!! Here’s an “oldie” but a goodie, this song is so beautiful.

Turn it up! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽค

Finding Favour- Cast my Cares

Another oldie but goodie… This is a xmas song… Josh Wilson- Angels we have heard on high

Have a great day, xoxo๐Ÿ˜—โค

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Time Management- Making time for God

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How we manage our time is extremely important for us Christians simply because the way in which we choose to spend our time has to honor God.

It’s totally ok to relax & have down time. We need this. We really shouldn’t be stressed out. And it’s also great to be busy with things in your schedule that are productive & that we love. However, (& I’m sure you’ve heard this before bc it’s SO prevalent!!), we must have BALANCE in our lives & make a little time everyday for God! โค

There will never be enough time in the world to do all the things we would ideally like to do. That’s why it’s important to figure what matters, prioritize, & carve time in our busy schedules for these things. It’s ok to say no & turn down activities or people that don’t matter to you that much, that are toxic, or aren’t productive (without being rude of course lol). Ultimately, being too busy not only causes burnout, but your work quality can suffer and if you aren’t able to follow through & often cancel, it will cause people to stop relying on you. God’s word says in Matthew 5:37:

37ย But let your โ€˜Yesโ€™ be โ€˜Yes,โ€™ and your โ€˜No,โ€™ โ€˜No.โ€™ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

I don’t think this means you’re evil if you cancel plans lol๐Ÿ˜‚,(hopefully! Haha) but I think it means we need to be diligent & follow through if we give our word, as much as humanly possible. That way, people know that when we say yes, it will be for real. They will believe our word.

For a long time, I used to feel guilty saying no to people. Even those close to me. But now I’m understanding more & more that my relationship with God is a duty for me as a Christian! I cannot let distractions get in the way of that. Of course there are exceptions lol, life is busy. But it’s ok to be zealous about your time doing the things you love or need to do. If you’re not, there will always be a distraction to take you away from your passions & goals.

If we just try to get in the habit of spending just a little time with God everyday, prioritizing Him firstly, & also the activities & people that matter to us, we’ll see the results in our lives in an amazing way. Let’s make this a goal for 2018!ย ๐ŸŽ‰โค๐ŸŽ†

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Goal setting for 2018-Pt.2

pexels-photo-373984.jpegOk, so I just want to share how I personally organized my goal setting, then you can use this to reflect upon your own life as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

I thought about 6 differents kinds areas in my life, then for each of these areas, I figured out short- term & the long- term goal(s). The 6 areas are:

  • Spiritual
  • Relationships/ emotional
  • Education & career/ professional
  • Financial
  • Health
  • Personal- hobbies, travel, passion projects, etc.
  1. What are your short & long term goals in each of these areas?
  2. What are the small steps you need to take in order to get yourself started?
  3. How does God fit into each of these categories?
    Note: Our identity in Christ, in my opinion, our relationship with Him, should be a top goal for us! It will make everything else fall into place. ๐Ÿ™‚

This isn’t really a professional “guideline” about setting goals or anything lol, but it’s been really helpful to visualize my life this way & map things out. It also made me reflect on what I really want out of life, as it forced me to think about the long- term. I like to evaluate my progress like twice a week, plan the week ahead, as well as prepare the night before… (But more time management later!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can even re-work goals as needed. Also I personally do not set time limits on most goals. I know it sounds odd lol, but for me personally, I noticed time constraints just do not work. Like I have a “range” but no SPECIFIC dates. Like for losing weight… weight may fluctuate & its silly to feel “let down” just bc Im not at a certain weight by a certain date, when the next week I could be! Lol. As long as I am putting in effort, that’s the most important thing imo.

Anyway I hope this helps someone out there! ๐Ÿ™‚ Remember don’t stress, just take it easy & enjoy God’s blessings. โค

Xoxo โค๐Ÿ˜—

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Goal setting for 2018

pexels-photo-374897.jpegSo one huge problem I’ve always had in my life has been with goal setting. It seems like a simple enough task, but I am just now figuring out how to break it down & get things done! Hey, better late than never amirite? ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜Š

In all seriousness, it’s NEVER too late or too early to set goals for yourself; I truly believe we should all have long- term & short-term goals, at every stage of our lives. We should constantly be striving to learn more, to be better people, strenghten our relationships, & the biggest one of all, improve our relationship with God.

It seems like such a daunting, overwhelming task!!!! ๐Ÿคค

The very thought used to paralyze me on my tracks… I’m here to tell you: DON’T LET IT! Don’t let these goals & dreams seem intimidating or daunting. Don’t let PERFECTIONISM get the best of you. Perfectionism is the enemy of action imo, & action is required to achieve our goals!! And not huge actions, little tiny steps make all the difference.

Whatever your goal is. Getting fit. Losing weight. Saving money. Paying off debt. Traveling. WHATEVER it is! Just figure out what would be the 1st small step required, and take it. Don’t think, oh this is too little, too small. Look at what this other person did. Comparisons WILL KILL your dreams. Just take that first small step. Then the next small step, then the next. Take it in faith.

God has put certain dreams inside each & every one of us for a reason. We all have unique talents & abilities that we need to share with the world in order to further His kingdom! It’s actually our duty here on earth!

So give your fears to the Lord & trust in Him. Don’t leave God out of your plans. Present them to Him in prayer. Make sure your plans are according to His will, & don’t be discouraged. I will be posting more about goal setting (currently obsessed with this topic lol), but for now I will leave this verse, another promise that we need to hold on to:

Delight yourself in theย Lord,
ย ย ย ย and He willย give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4 ESV

Xoxo ๐Ÿ˜—โค