Tis the Season, But what’s your Reason?

I love everything that Christmas truly stands for. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our savior. It is about Him, all He has done for us and continues to do for us. He is not only the reason for the season, He is the reason for existing. Unfortunately in this day and age it seems that some are trying to turn this significant celebration of the birth of Christ into a commercialized, material-driven “Holiday”. Jesus was not sent to us in the form of man in order to save us from our sin just so that 2,000 years later our trees could be jam packed with presents.

 

A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

I see people left and right getting into piles of debt just so that they can keep up with materialistic expectations that our kids have. What makes it worse is that they are learning these ways from us! I am not saying that gifts are bad and we should not buy anything for our kids at all. What I am trying to say is let’s start digging deeper into the true meaning of why we celebrate and let that pour over into our kids. We need to show our kids that even if we didn’t have a cent to buy them any toys we should be filled with joy because our savior is enough. Through His example we can show them ways to be kind to others in love and everything else Jesus Christ encompasses, in various ways, and not only during Christmas.

"The Best Things In Life Are Not Things."

“The Best Things In Life Are Not Things.”

 

Meet Janessa!! I said Cheese and I am guessing she thought she was going to eat cheese because she began praying.

Meet Janessa!! I said Cheese and I am guessing she thought she was going to eat cheese because she began praying.

My daughter is a bit over 2 years old but she is already so smart and absorbs information all around her. The things she remembers and knows astonishes me on a daily basis.

I want to start a tradition with her this year. I plan on having a present for Jesus Christ for His birthday so that I can explain to her why we are celebrating. My idea is to find a manger or have one made (my cousin works wonders with wood), have it wrapped so when she opens it she can see the scene of His birth. Then I will read to her the story of how our savior came to this world and as she is listening I will show her each and every person in the nativity scene so she can visually comprehend as well.

 

Be Intentional!

Be Intentional!

I believe we must be intentional when we are showing our kids who God is and why He so mercifully and graciously sent us a savior when we were least deserving. I want this tradition to carry out threw our lives and fill our years with joy. Perhaps Janessa will want to do the same when she has a child of her own one day. (One day far, far away lol)

I encourage you all, if you haven’t already, to start traditions with your families that encompass the values and beliefs that matter the most in this world. If you have a tradition like this or any other I would love to hear all about them. I pray you all have a wonderful and Merry Christmas this year enjoying what truly matters. God bless my brothers and sisters.

Sincerely,

4rm Party Girl To Praying Woman

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~ Hebrews 13:5

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” ~Luke 12:15

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God: A defense against defense mechanisms.

Anger and sarcasm have been my defense mechanisms since childhood. I wasn’t the most popular kid growing up whether I was being picked on because I came from a poor family who couldn’t afford the latest trends or because I was one of the lightest skinned kids in a predominately Hispanic school. You name it, I was probably teased about it. But as the years passed by I learned that I had a wit about me and I could tango with the best of them. When these kids picked on me it was all too easy to tear them down a notch as they have been doing to me. The temporary satisfaction of getting even only led me to believe that this is what I should have been doing all along. Defend myself at all costs, that’s what the world teaches us, right? Wrong. Had I known then that it never mattered what these kids thought of me, it only matters what God thinks of me, perhaps my anger and especially my attitude would not be such a battle I face so often today in my adulthood.

Anger in itself is not a sin; Actions carried out in Anger can be.

Anger in itself is not a sin;
Actions carried out in Anger can be.

There are days where my anger wins the battle and I walk away feeling defeated by my own actions but then there are days filled with glorious victories that eclipse whatever win the devil thought he had over me. On those days I realize how truly far God has brought me. He is my great defender and will right any wrong done against me. And furthermore that in the face of a trial a lesson can always be learned.

God can transform the most stubborn of hearts out there and use them for good just like He did with Paul(Saul). God has promised to finish the work He has begun in us and there isn’t a shadow of a doubt in my mind that it will be done. Piece by piece we will be chipped away until that precious day we are called up and will be made perfect like our savior Jesus Christ. I pray that each of us can extend grace especially to those we feel do not deserve it. I lift all those who are struggling with these same anger issues as me. May we be lifted up to the Lord so that He may remove every stem of bitterness and resentment in our hearts. Help us to forgive, let go and not sin in anger. In the precious name of Jesus Christ I pray this over every person who reads this message. Amen. God bless you all my brothers and sisters.

Sincerely,

4rm Partygirl to Praying Woman

 

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. ~Proverbs 29:11

A Slice of the Pie Can Feed Many

We could all use more slices of humble pie throughout our day. When you’re passionate about God’s word to the point where you cannot go a day without telling someone about Jesus something inside of you makes you never want to stop. And that’s more than great, it’s amazing. The Holy Spirit works wonders this way.

Such humility is the beautiful smile on the face of God

Such humility is the beautiful smile on the face of God

I pray we continue to show love and kindness when spreading God’s word. There are some that will be offended no matter how much love we tell the truth with and only God can change a hardened or shallow heart so let’s not take their offense personal. Rather truly pray for them because it is God they are truly attacking whether they know it or not. And Lord have mercy on a soul that picks a fight against the very creator of all the universe. God bless my brothers and sisters.

Sincerely,

4rm Party Girl to Praying Woman


Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:5-11

HIS Sheep

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When the image of ourselves comes to mind what does that image look like? Some of us may be more confident than others and the image that comes to their mind may be the image of someone who is strong, beautiful, courageous, smart or whatever the case may be. Others might have more insecurities and see themselves as weak, plain, small and so forth. We can be all these things yet none of them at the same time. Romans chapter 8:36 “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” Who do you think made you the way you are? We were made to be overcomers and the Lord made us that way. He put the desire in us to be more. We are sheep for the slaughter but we have a Good Shepherd and that Shepherd is Jesus Christ our Lord. Just as a shepherd protects his defenseless sheep against the wolves Jesus protects us against the evils that the Devil plots against us on a daily basis. We are smack dab in the middle of SPIRITUAL WARFARE and most people do not even realize this. The wolf(Devil) is a very tricky creature. I’m sure you are familiar with the expression “Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing.” This statement has the devil’s handy work written all over it. How many stories do we hear or read about the devil coming to people and telling them straight forward “I am the Devil and I want your soul so please commit this sin so that you may burn in Hell and be mine for all eternity?” Even an atheist would think twice before making that deal. Of course the devil will use lies and tricks to win our souls because he knows he would lose otherwise. He will disguise himself as seemingly harmless things that may start out innocent but the Devil knows better. He knows great evil can begin from good intentions. As the sheep for slaughter we must know what is at stake here. God has placed us with weapons to fight evil and it is up to us to accept Jesus Christ and rise to the challenge. We must challenge our pride, our way of thinking, our self-centeredness and realize this war is much bigger than you and I. This is a war we must fight to Glorify God! We must bare our own crosses in this life because Jesus is the only way.

“The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law nor can it do so.” Romans 8:7. This verse rings home for me, not only now that I have begun my spiritual journey and seem to run into a lot of retaliation but because before I was saved I myself acted out in the same manner. I remember the perpetual cliché “Don’t judge me!” shouting from my lips to those who would testify to me. Now having begun my studies of the Word I realize how ignorant that statement truly is. Don’t judge me?! Jesus did say “do not judge, or you too will be judged” and on the other hand we are also told to beware of evildoers and false prophets and to avoid those who practice all kinds of evil. How are we to distinguish who these people are if we do not make some kind of judgment about what they are doing? Believers of Christ are always being depicted as judgmental people when we speak out against sinful activity yet how can we separate ourselves from the sinful ways of the flesh if we do not exercise a sort of righteous judgment with careful discernment? We must judge the sin and know it is a matter of right from wrong. Sin has been judged by our Almighty God himself and left here on Earth in our Bibles as plain as day for us to implement. Jesus told us not to judge hypocritically. Meaning I can’t sit here and tell all my friends and loved ones that the Lord wants us to keep a sober mind and then go home and drink a bottle of liquor in secrecy. It is our Christian duty to LOVINGLY and RESPECTFULLY confront another believer who is sinning. This is not judging but rather pointing out the truth with love. A sinner is never without hope. We give hope with the ultimate goal of bringing repentance in the other person and restoration to the fellowship. Here’s a little nugget passed on to me by a beautiful Christian soul. She defined the word hypocrite to me not as someone who has done in the past what they are telling you NOT to do now. A hypocrite is someone who will tell you not to behave one way when they themselves are doing that very thing they are instructing you not to do and see no fault in themselves for doing so. As stated before we all fall but a true Christian will feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit, repent and truly strive to never make that same mistake again. Hypocrites will only make excuses as to why they did it and continue their destructive behavior without a second thought. I have in more or less words been called this because of my spotted past. I’ve learned from my mistakes and continue to learn from them and only wish to spare others from having to learn the hard way as I did. In this day in age hypocrite is viewed as more unacceptable than some of the worst curse words out there. Even murderers and such characters hate to be called hypocrites. They’ll say things like “Oh I may be a murderer but at least I’m not a hypocrite!” Imagine that. Nevertheless sin is sin. We must all strive to be more understanding and loving of each other instead of fighting over our differences.

God hates sin and to love God would be to hate sin as well. This brings me to my next and final point for the day, I promise.
The second perpetual cliché I hear spoken against Christians today, “I thought you were supposed to be a Christian?” or “I thought you were a Christian now; perfect?) along with being called a hypocrite. It is true that as Christians we are held to higher spiritual standards because we are fully aware of the spiritual warfare going on around us and yes the bible is considered my “How To” survival kit, my dearest possession. The bible holds all I need to know about life and how to develop my relationship with my Savior but let me be clear. I will stumble. I will fall. I will make mistakes and most importantly I will get back up, repent and ask God for forgiveness and strength to not fall as easily next time. Being Christian does not mean that I all of a sudden have all the answers or that one day if I pray enough or read enough that I will be perfect. Being a Christian means I know I am weak but my GOD is oh SO STRONG! I urge those of you who hold on to your fleshly desires as I myself fight the temptations of this world every day, to STOP playing church! If you do not fully commit to the Lord’s commands then how do you expect to fight the wolves at bay? We will surely be devoured and leave our children defenseless if we do not use our God given weapons to fight the flesh and the devil all in one. If God be for us then who dare be against us? God deserves your whole heart, will you give it to him?

Sincerely,
4rm Partygirl to Praying Woman

“I have a message in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Psalm 36:1

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” Romans 8:5.

Wisdom

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Wisdom, we all search for it. Scientists look to big bang theories or the evolutionary process in attempts to explain where we come from. They wish to be able to explain the unexplainable. All the answers we need are in God’s word. The bible is the Word; The Word is God; and God IS Wisdom. We can pray for God to bestow HIS wisdom upon us but we must first learn to humble ourselves. Knowledge by itself can make one very conceited. God is all knowing and it is by Faith and Trust that we walk with Him. We live in a very materialistic world where people go crazy if they forget their cell phones or misplace them. For this I am VERY guilty. Some who know me, know that my cell phone is glued to my hand. It is how I write, how I learn, communicate and stay in touch with clients. This is how we should treat HIS Word. I must treat my bible more precious than any of my possessions. Whatever questions about life or troubles I may encounter can and need to be faced with the bible. We value things such as jewels, money, and some of us even value people more than we do our relationship with God. I am witness to you that the most valuable jewels lay there in the bible. Be hungry for God’s wisdom for He sees all and knows all. Absolutely nothing being done in this day and age can be described as original or never been done before. There is nothing that is being done today that has not already been done and given judgment upon by God himself.
As humans we are always trying to make sense of life. Scholars will use their knowledge to try and disprove God. I pray for those lost souls who think by rationalizing biblical events that they can somehow deteriorate the value of God or even his existence at all. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Do not commit spiritual suicide by trying to please those in the way of the world. We are NOT in control. We have never been nor will we ever. God is a gracious God and he has unselfishly given us the free will in hopes that we make the right decisions and turn to him. Those who turn away from Christ, do not be fooled into thinking you have somehow garnered control of your own “manifest destiny” as to say, the Devil has won the battle of your soul the second you turned from God. The devil is the King of all liars and the inventor of arrogance. He was so arrogant as to think he could be equal to God. His fate is sealed. You know the saying misery loves company? The devil cannot wait to get his hands on you and your children. He will turn you against God if you let him. Ask God from the bottom of your heart for the desire to know him better and take the Word as your diamond nuggets of wisdom. Everything that we have been warned against by HIS word in the bible stays true to this day. It is just in recent years that science is catching up on such things being healthy for us for example circumcision and fasting. I don’t know about you but if 2000 years ago someone told me I needed to fast to grow spiritually closer to God I would have had many questions, not to mention had I been a man and I was asked to cut a piece of my manhood off to prove I am one of the chosen people I may have freaked out a little bit. The thing is all these things are proven to be cleansing rituals, better for our health and fasting actually helps rid our bodies of toxins.
God doesn’t wish to harm us, he only wishes to help us but people have to want to change for the betterment of their salvation. Just as we will let our children make mistakes to learn from sometimes it is necessary for us adults to learn through this message. God has laid out the way, HIS way and if we shall stumble He will be there to pick us up as any Father would.
Man has been separated from God. God is not to blame for this separation. Our sinful ways are to blame. God is not neutral. He hates sin and as we love our fellow mankind we must remember we should not hate each other but rather the sins in all of us for they are all the same before God. The apostle Paul always refers to our “sinful labels” as past tense. We are not ALL sinners. Sinners live in sin, while saints sin and feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Here in lies the difference. Once the conviction is no longer present in your life I urge you to reevaluate what you hold as your valued jewels. Jesus died to save us. We were all sinners when he sacrificed his life so that we may be born again. I had a very intimate moment when I was baptized last month. I died that morning but I live today. I live today in Jesus Christ and that means I will never be the same again. Sure I will fall, but I know God has control over my life. I will pray to him as I am weak but my God is strong. God built us to be overcomers and in this day and age it is ourselves we must overcome. Bare your cross as Jesus bore his and die to your sins. Declare you will live for the Lord and let Jesus take the wheel. Until then and only then will you have the Wisdom of which you seek.

Sincerely,
4rm Partygirl to Praying Woman

 

“For the Lord giveth wisdom; out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”
Prov. 2:6

 

God is Love

god is love                                                                                                             God IS Love

God, my Lord and savior is many great things. He is known as the Holy Spirit, God of Angel Armies, Prince of Peace, Alpha & Omega, The Great I Am, and so much more that the list can go on and on. As I began this journey after God’s heart I soon realized all that He truly is. One of the many great things God is, is love. God is Love! He is the one true definition of the word. In the book of Corinthians it speaks about love. “Love is patient and kind, love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away, as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

This to me speaks volumes on my generation and where I personally have been in my life before. I know now I’ve never truly loved because how could I love myself or another when I go against the very true essence of love defined by the word? I truly believe we cannot learn to love ourselves or anyone else until we can know and love God. God is all of these things. He is kind and patient and wishes no harm to us. He gave us life and free will even though HE is all knowing. He knows the evil that lies in each and every one of our hearts yet He loves us anyway because we are HIS children.

If you have a child I can explain it to you this way. You will always love your child because you gave them life and it is a natural instinct. They may disappoint you or get involved with horrible things which cause you to step back but your love for them will always exist and you will always hope for them to come back to you and do the right things in their lives. Well imagine that love and multiply it by infinity because God loves us more than we can even fathom. He is our Father whom we should strive to always please. If you feel like God has never done one thing great in your life or he has never favored you, remind yourself that HE gave you life!

In Romans 12:19-21 Paul talks about not taking revenge or feeding into your Wrath because the Lord’s wrath is sufficient. Make no mistake about our Lord. He IS love but HIS wrath is very real as well. If someone was messing with your child would you not feel some type of anger or a need to protect your child against harm? He feels this way towards us. We belong to him and he watches over us. He doesn’t want us to take any steps towards vengeance because we are all born sinners and even our judgement against wrong doing can be misplaced. God can see one’s heart when all we can see is the outside.

What If This Was Everyone's Motto?!

What If This Was Everyone’s Motto?!

To judge another for a sin they may have committed to you chances are you have probably done the same or are capable of doing it in the future is misplaced judgment. I find that some of the things that offend us or upset us the most are some of the very same things we ourselves are guilty of. How weird is that?

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 When we judge others we have no room to love them. Instead of judging each other we can speak truth in love according to God’s word. I am convinced that even righteous judgement should be treaded very lightly. We all fall short of perfection and is why our need for our savior becomes vital. Self-righteousness is all too easily found in the human psyche. I am still learning in my walk to keep true judgement up to God because if I am too busy judging what someone is or isn’t doing correctly where is the time to love them and point them back to God?

God doesn’t hold ANY sin higher than another. To Him it is all sin and HE is holy. Where there is holiness, sin cannot be. That is why when you live in sin the presence of the Holy Spirit dwindles. We do not know the intentions of other’s hearts but God does and if the true intentions are evil they will have HIM to answer to and may He have mercy on their souls. God bless you all my brothers and sisters and I pray this post encourages you all to love God’s way.

Sincerely,
4rm Partygirl to Praying Woman

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

Romans 12:19-21

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 3:23

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Isaiah 13:9

Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it.

Romans 12:9

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

Traits of Saints

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When you hear the word “Saint” certain images or behavior come to mind or at the very least in my thought process growing up it did. I grew up in a Catholic church. We prayed in the name of many saints and each saint even had their own candle and strength to which we prayed to them for. Growing up I never truly questioned our family’s belief and in the same respect never did I have the relationship I now have with my savior or any relationship with him for that matter. In my experiences it never became personal with God and I. I remember lighting candles and praying to the Virgin Mary or St. Joseph for such things as this prayer: “Oh St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.” Saints were depicted to me as ones who we should pray to and even felt as if we were worshiping these saints. This is not the desire of our God. There is no name above his and all glory must go to God himself, Jesus Christ and the Holy spirit for they are the trinity. While distinct in their relations with one another, they are one in all else.

In the book of Colossians Paul’s purpose was to bring encouragement on what to believe about Christ and how to act on that belief. Saints are described as meaning “Holy Ones” who have faith in Christ and love other believers according to the Word. This is not to say saints are perfect and are people who never do wrong. God has an awesome habit of picking nobodies with weaknesses because he sees their strengths. God loves us and he wants that personal relationship with us. It does not bring him joy to see us praying to others rather than himself. HE is our God and he alone can answer our prayers. We do not need interpreters to speak to God. God can see our true hearts desires without us even speaking one word so why have a middle man? This is not to confuse with praying in numbers. There is no greater love then worshiping with your fellow believers in God’s name. So many people know God’s word and so many other people do not take the time to read HIS word. I must admit I was very much guilty of not reading the word but having a strong opinion on who God is and what he doesn’t do to his people and how he believes we should live. This whole time I was creating a God to fit my lifestyle. In order to do the right thing you have to know what is right, believe it is right and then execute the right thing.

Think of the bible as your B.asic I.nstructions B.efore L.eaving E.arth. We will always be a work in progress constantly hungering to be creating ourselves closer and closer to the image of Jesus Christ. That is the love we should all strive to have for God. It will take conviction, sacrifice and turning against our Earthly desires. Some people I know have knowledge of the word. Way more than I know now as I am just beginning this journey of mine yet they do not possess the wisdom. Wisdom is the appropriate use of knowledge. Using your knowledge of the word in life for God is wisdom but using that same knowledge against a fellow child of god is a far cry from the very concept of ever even having this knowledge. I myself love to dance and in my outings would also drink like a fish. But I have been born again in Jesus Christ yet I know I am weak. I do not wish to put myself in situations where I know I may be tempted to go back to who I was before I accepted God in my heart. The devils wishes for us to succumb even if it is just me going out to a club just to dance he will see me in a weak stage surrounded by non-believers and I may crumble and have crumbled in the past accepting the lie that I was that person again. God knows we can’t and never will measure up to HIS perfection but God’s grace and mercy is shown when he sent his only PERFECT son to die on the cross for OUR sins. I am struggling with this very thing and I thank God for the inspiration he has given me to write this for his beautiful children to see.

I do not wish to put down any fellow believers in any religion because that is not my intent. I only wish to share my knowledge and pray that God blesses that knowledge I am gaining and guide me into wisdom to share to all. My belief in Jesus Christ is not my religion but he is my savior, my love, my husband, my everything. I only wish to share my knowledge that I am slowly gaining everyday worshiping and bible studying with my fellow believers on what the Word says to do. I urge all believers whether you are Catholic, Pentecostal, Christian etc. that you gain that personal relationship with your savior. That relationship alone will bring you so much joy, happiness and strength you never thought possible. I am walking proof of this my friends. I don’t have much by this Earth’s standards but I have EVERYTHING in my love for Jesus! A saint receives strength from God and does NOT give up easily. (Colossians VS.11)

I’ve met some of the strongest worshipers with faith the size of mountains who within the uncertainty of the inevitable “backsliding” back into a life without God it scares them to their very core. Yet these same people know that through God all things are possible. He is the great I AM! This is something even people who have been saved for over 20 years know that they have to constantly work for. We will ALWAYS be a work in progress and not one person will be righteous enough to stop learning about God and stop trying to grow closer to him. Until that day our lord calls us up to be with him and be made like him in spirit out of this early flesh we carry with us, we must never stop gaining the wisdom of HIS word. God’s grace saves me from always giving up. His strength gives me strength to handle circumstances and as my preacher stated even joyfully at times I will face hardships. If you leave this post today with one thing I would pray that it would be to re-evaluate the relationship you have with your savior. It should be intimate as only you and HIM could be together. He lives in all of us waiting for the day for us to accept him so that we may be saved under his grace. No matter what you say or think God will always love you.

Sincerely,
4rm Partygirl to Praying Woman