Why Is Everyone So Angry

Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 4.48.14 PM.pngThese last few days has been very emotional for everyone. To some, it has been joyous while for others it seems like the end of the world. I understand for those who are not in the safety of God who feel angry or even uncertain about the future but what surprises me is how many Christians are reacting towards the inauguration. Some feel like boisterous winners and are blatantly trying to make others feel bad about the results while others are being disrespectful to not only voters who voted for Trump but also to the new President.

I understand that a few years ago that many people who are yelling for others to accept Trump as President and to respect him did not do the same to former President Obama. Instead, they criticized his every move and even refused to call him President Obama. However, treating President Trump the same way that those same voters did years ago does not make you any better than them.

In Matthew 5 Jesus said,

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth… But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also…But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you… For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?…And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?”

Instead of being hateful, especially Christians, should be the ones that the world should look up to at these times and show the love of God to others. Instead of liberals vs. conservatives, democrats vs. republicans, white vs. black, and Trump voters vs. Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 4.41.03 PM.pngHillary voters we as the Body of Christ need to come together and become the hope for those who feel hopeless and terrified about the future. But how can they look at the Body of Christ if we are debating with each other? There are people who love God with all of their hearts who voted for Hilary, and there are people who love God with all of their hearts who voted for Trump. There are preachers, parents, grandparents, lawyers, teachers, etc. who voted for Trump and vice versa who voted for Hillary. Just because a person voted a certain way does not make them a despicable person.

Even though I did not vote for Trump, I will still accept him as president even though it hurts me in my heart knowing that those same people who I looked up to years ago would not do the same for former President Obama. However, I refuse to be bitter and loathsome but instead optimistic about the future! It does not matter who the President may be, but God always has things under control. So I am not mad about what happened in the election or refusing to accept the presidency because God has always been my king since I accepted Him in my life.

If you are in the Body of Christ, you should not worry about the future. God told us in Proverbs 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart
s and your minds in Christ Jesus.

A few days ago at church when I was at the altar praying to God, I could feel Him giving me a wave of peace that I cannot even describe into words. I did not even know that I needed His peace at the moment until when I went back to school and saw how so many of my classmates and friends were upset. However, instead of feeling down with them I still had the peace of God in my heart, and He allowed me even to be a light for others so that they would not feel depressed.

People are looking for a new president to change this nation, but a man cannot do that. People make a mistake every election believing that a man will take care of their problems. However, instead of looking to man or the government, we need to look at God.

We should be praying instead arguing. God tells us to pray for our leaders instead of
critiquing them. Of course, we are not always are going to agree with the President, and even with each other, however, we should be different from the world and how they react towards these events. I am not saying to not to let your voice be heard when you see injustice being done or to not be involved in politics or social justice but remember that others are watching you in what you say and how you react to certain incidents. Romans 12:2 says,

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

While the world may be having violent protests or angry rants, Christians should not follow that behavior. We need to forge our way in dealing with problems in our nations. In other words, we have to be careful and prayerful in how we react. Instead of being
pessimistic we need to be a beacon of light for those who can only see darkness right now. Christians should be the happiest people in the world but if we are full of gloom why would anyone want our Jesus?

Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 4.45.13 PM.pngWe as citizens will never understand the weight upon a person’s shoulders when they accept the presidency. For those who criticized harshly former President Obama will never know what he had to deal with every single day and night so that he could help the nation any way he could. We will never understand what President Trump now faces as the new president, but instead of criticizing him as like with former presidents–PRAY! Only God can turn a man’s heart around. Prayer can do much more than what protesting, angry posts, and debating cannot. Prayer will change our nation. Prayer will help us to become hopeful even when we want to feel down. Prayer will make the people cry out once more to God. But that is only if we pray.

Proverbs 21:1. The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands. ~
Lyndon B. Johnson

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She’s A Fighter

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It felt like any other normal day. I was in my bedroom trying to finish up some school assignment when I heard my parents calling my sister and me downstairs in the kitchen. For some reason, I could feel my stomach drop although I had no idea what my parents wanted. I knew that they were gone most of the morning since I woke up. My parents were sitting at the kitchen table, smiling nervously at us. I automatically felt chills run up my spine. I couldn’t decipher whether if it was excitement or nervousness at the time. Once my sister and I sat down at the table finally my father began to speak.

“Your mother and I just came from the doctor’s office…your mother has breast cancer.”

My heart stopped for a moment. I actually was waiting for my parents to just begin laughing and to tell us that they were kidding (but thinking back on it now, that would have been a very sick joke to play on us). However, I could tell from the way they looked at us that this was very serious.
the-social-web-takes-on-breast-cancer-awareness-month-5ae68dc0c6I didn’t say anything at all. I mean, what words could you say after your parents just dropped this huge bombshell. I am not even sure if any emotions displayed on my face but my mind was whirling at a million miles an hour. I actually don’t remember the rest of the conversation because I was having my own conversation in my mind. I kept thinking how did this happen to us?

I am not a person who blames God when tragedy strikes. I’ve known Him practically all my life and He had always taken care of me no matter what. Even though I was not mad at God that my mother had breast cancer but I couldn’t stop asking Him why did this happen?

Everything seemed to pass like a blur. I remember the conversation with my parents that I immediately went upstairs to my room and changed into some workout clothes before going outside to jog. Jogging always seemed to calm me down when I was stressed about my classes or if I just wanted to blow off some steam, however, this time, it couldn’t calm me down. Instead, while I was jogging I felt like I wanted to scream. My mom had cancer and I felt as if I was in some sort of nightmare. I was completely helpless to do anything and I did not know what to think.

I just stopped jogging for a while and just began walking. While I was walking I was talking to God. “Lord, I have no idea what is going on. I don’t blame You that my mother has cancer but I just don’t understand why. I guess I am not supposed to understand the reasoning but I really need You right now. I can’t deal with this on my own.”

Suddenly, I felt this rush of peace filling me that I never experienced before. I could almost hear God saying “I got this, the daughter. Just trust me. Your mother is going to be ok.” It made me think of Psalm 34:17 when it says, “When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.”

It is during those rough times that forces you to see where you have your hope in. This time, it tested me to see whether I had my own faith or whether I was just holding on my parent’s and grandparent’s beliefs. I had to fight for my faith because that was all that I could cling to. I had to trust that God would make a way for us because if I didn’t lean on Him I did not have anything else to support me. But I am so glad that I am able to have my trust in Him because I know that despite whatever I go through that God will always be right there. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV 

My mother was (and still is) a fighter. Although it was my mom’s struggle, we all fought with her. She not only fought through cancer but fought for her faith. I never saw her waver in her love and dedication for God. Even when she had to go through chemotherapy, which practically took much of her physical strength, she still praised God in the middle of 11535912_10205704250383839_5609092937280356906_nthe storm. My mom is actually the praise and worship leader at my church and no one in our church knew she had breast cancer. The only ones who knew about it were my
immediate family and very close friends. We did not want others to feel sorry for us but to see how God was going to do something miraculous in our family’s life. So there were church services while she was still going through chemo and felt sick in her body, but she still sang her heart out to God. I could see how her praise and worship to Him literally gave her not only spiritual but physical strength as well.

Not only did God give her strength but He also completely healed her of breast cancer so quickly that the doctors were puzzled. They had never seen breast cancer just disappear like that. However, we all knew it was a miracle. God truly did have everything in His control.

So  I just want to encourage you that no matter what you’re going through, God will be with you in every storm like He did with my family. We may not understand the reasons behind why we have to go through certain situations, but throughout it, all God still can give us a peace that is beyond our understanding and in the end give us victory.

Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

College Survival Kit

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So you’ve just graduated from high school and now you’re ready to move on to this new and exciting chapter of your life. CONGRATS!!! I just finished my freshman year of college and I completely understand the feeling of uncertainty yet excitement that is flooding your veins right now. So many questions are filling your mind and you have probably searched
on so many college blogs or websites to at least get a glimpse of what college life will be like.

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However, unlike other articles that will just tell how to be physically prepared for college and give you a list of supplies that you will need (even though I have one at the end of this post), you cannot forget your walk with God on this new journey. I understand that it is vital that you must maintain your grades because that is the reason you’re in college in the first place. (I know I sound like your parents right now) However, what I learned my first year in school was that I found myself focusing too much on what was going on around me and the excitement of finally making it at the college of my dreams, that I was failing to keep my spiritual life in check. I do not want you to make the same mistake. Maintaining your walk with God is how not only will you survive college but thrive!

  1. Have a Prayer Life

If you never had a decent prayer life before, you will definitely need to make sure that you spend some quality time with God once you walk on that college campus. This is the most vital thing you can ever do if you do not remember anything else from this post.unknown

My pastor always reminded me, even before I went to college, of the importance of prayer. The times when I slacked up on my prayer life were the moments I felt the most stressed, anxious, and worried about life. It was not until I forced myself to slow down and to make time in my schedule to really pour out my heart to God and also listen to Him did I feel peace and comfort in His presence. During those quiet times, God will always give you the answers you need, the peace you desire, and the courage to keep moving forward just like it says in Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” I will be honest, there will be days when you are so much in a rush that you may not have time in the morning to have that quality time with God, but my pastor has always reminded me that you can still pray throughout the day or make up that time later in the evening.

Never take prayer for granted. Also, do not just pray when you are in trouble or when exam week approaches (and it approaches pretty quickly) to finally pray. Instead we should life or routine of prayer. Pray when times are good and when times are bad. Pray in your heart while you are walking to your next class or while you are studying the library. I am still working on praying throughout the day because sometimes my mind can wander from one thing to another, but practice makes perfect. So don’t be upset if you having trouble at first to keep a consistent prayer life. It takes time to really get that life of prayer going. Prayer will keep you from the various temptations that will try to seduce you on the campus or attempt to deter you from the truth.  Believe me, there will be many oppositions to your faith, nevertheless, you do not have to conform to the beliefs that society is trying to force us to believe in. Yet you can only do this through prayer.

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 NIV

2. Ask God for Wisdom Daily

Adulthood can be tough, especially when you have absolutely no idea what you are doing half of the time. One my favorite Bible verses say,

unknown“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” ~ Jame 1:5 NIV

It does not matter what situation you are in if you ask the Lord for wisdom, He will give it to you. Whether it is about how to handle a dispute with your room mate(s), how to witness to others about your faith, or even how to work in a group, God will give you the wisdom work through anything. All you have to do is ask.

3.Keep the Word of God in Your Heart (Or Book bag)

It is time to crack open that Bible if you have not done that often during high school. You cannot survive on the college campus without God’s Word guiding your path. You will be faced with various temptations and obstacles on the campus, that only God’s wisdom will be able to keep you. Psalms 119:105 NIV says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”

We now do not have any excuse to not read the Bible anymore. There are so many Bible apps and podcasts, that we can literally take God’s Word wherever we go. Sometimes, I would just listen to podcasts while sitting in school’s cafeteria or while walking to class to strengthen my spirit.

4. Turn the Music Up

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I remember those times while I was trying to study or just sitting by myself in the cafeteria how listening to praise and worship really calmed me and strengthened my spirit. Whether I was rapping with Lecrae and Toby Mac, worshiping with Casting Crowns, or praising with Kirk Franklin, Christian music always has a way of keeping me uplifted. Praise and worship also brings you closer to God when you are reminded of how great He is rather than how great your situations may seem. No matter what is going on in your life, there is always something that you can praise God for.

The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will extol Him ... “Exodus 15:2.

5. Find Friends Who Share Your Faith

Although I’m an introvert, I quickly discovered the importance of having friends. It took me a while, but God answered my prayers by giving me a great group of friends who are loving and who I can have good, clean fun with too! Times when I feel overwhelmed, I’m so blessed to have a friend who is always encouraging or praying with me. You will need strong Christian friends who will keep encouraged in the faith.

6. Stay focused 

College is a great opportunity to met new people, to stretch out your faith, and yes, to have fun too. But do not forget the reason that you are in school in the first place.

It is good to write down your goals and to keep them somewhere you can always see them. Even in Habakkuk 2:2 KJV says, “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Writing your goals down will help you keep your vision alive and give you a reason to wake up in the morning for classes (you will definitely need inspiration in the morning if you’re not a morning person like I am) For a while, I had my goals written on a dry erase board that was pinned to my dorm wall. It reminded what my long term and short term goals were. I also had some encouraging Bible verses on my board to keep me inspired in the morning as well.

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7. Keep Your Faith in God 

I know I already mentioned that your faith will be challenged, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be shaken. That is why it is important to never take your devotion time with God for granted because you will need His guidance. This is not to frighten you but to encourage you to get a closer relationship with God and to place your complete trust in Him if you haven’t before.

My favorite Bible verse, Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” I can truly testify that this verse has been my lifeline. When you trust God and lay aside all of your doubts and thoughts of how a situation should be handled, you give God the chance to move in your life. You will never experience a peace that God gives when you give Him control over your life.

So do not worry about college, which can sound weird coming from the girl who almost had a panic attack when my parents and I arrived on campus. Ok, I may be exaggerating a little but I know I was absolutely terrified of going off to college. Nevertheless, I had to place my faith in God despite pounding of my heart and the sweating of my palms. But looking back now, I cannot believe that I was that nervous. Not only did I survive my first year, I even made the Dean’s list both semesters, got a job, even joined various organizations and became the secretary of one of them. But I could not have done any of that if I did not place my complete trust in God. So if I can do it, I know you guys can with God’s help, just like in Philippians 4:13 when is says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” 

College is a great experience and I hope that you will enjoy every moment of it because it will pass pretty quickly. I still cannot believe that I made it through my freshman year already, but I am grateful for the experiences that I gained from that time.

But before you go to school, here is the ultimate college supply list in the following link that I found online. You will not need everything that is listed on the document. It all depends on your living situation and your individual life styles. For example, you may not need a mini fridge because your dorm may already provide one. However, this will give a great idea on what you should pack before you head off.

Ultimate College Supply List

College Supply List – Printable Girls Dorm Checklist

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If you have any questions regarding college life, how to live your faith out on campus, or etc. feel free to comment below.

I love hearing from you guys!

From Model to Role Model

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Nicole Wieder is an amazing role model for young, Christian girls everywhere. She is the creator of  Project Inspired, a Christian website for Christian teen girls, with plenty of wisdom from dating, beauty, fashion, and etc. However, before she became a role model she was first an actual Hollywood model. She has an amazing testimony and I am glad to be able to share her story with you.

I have been modeling and acting since I was 5 years old. I had been with the same agency in Portland, Oregon for about 8 years, and had appeared in numerous publications, ads, magazines, television commercials. I had my own checking account by the age of 12, and saw billboards with my face on them as I was being driven to junior high dances. But I was a “big fish in a small pond”. I was ready for the big time, and wanted to make it in Hollywood.

I moved to Hollywood when I was 16 and plunged headfirst into the task of becoming an “it” girl. Although I was still in high school, I partied with well-known actors, had an all-access pass to the hottest clubs, and mingled with the see-and-be-seen celebrities.

I signed with a small agency and began modeling to pay the bills while making my way through the cutthroat industry that is the devil’s playground. I witnessed many people compromise their dignity to be accepted amongst the superficial Hollywood standards. From up close, I saw the ‘famous’ people ruining their lives with drugs and excessive partying. I even knew some who sadly died as a result of their extreme lifestyles.

The glamour, glitz and the lights had a dark side that terrified me. Although I was running around with the cool kids and living the life of a starlet, I was still a small town girl in my heart. Not only that, but something never felt quite right when it came time to actually audition. Each time a camera was focused on me, I didn’t feel prepared enough, pretty enough, or completely ready to be scrutinized by the people who make it all “happen”.

e2c32de4e75bc949a45e5b8ec82135afI now believe that the fear that prevented me from achieving Hollywood stardom was actually God’s way of protecting me from an industry that chews up and destroys young women like me. But at the time, I was just heartbroken.
At 23, I fell into a deep depression. I felt helpless and foolish that had I allowed myself to get into this position. With no college degree and no alternate plan for my life, I knew I had made a huge mistake. I didn’t know where to go.

I turned to every self-help book available: The Law of Attraction, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, all the Anthony Robbins books – but nothing helped me.

Then everything changed.

Every single night I would look up into the stars and pray for a miracle. I completely gave my life to God. I asked for guidance to lift me out of the horrible situation I was in. I saw what “making it” did to others in this industry and knew I didn’t want that for my life. It was at that point that I realized my great truth:

Everything I went through – all I experienced in that dark city – was for a bigger purpose.

I now see the kind of hold that Hollywood’s harmful message had on me since the time I was a young girl. This influence led me to make decisions in my late teens that I now regret. I now see that the body truly is a temple and young girls and women for instance shouldn’t have sex so easily. Girls often look to sex to feel loved but in the hands of the wrong guy it can destroy self-esteem.

It was Hollywood that made me want to be an actress. I was so infatuated with the fame game – it all looked so glamorous – but in the end it was quite the opposite. I’m not saying everyone in Hollywood is bad. In fact, the Hollywood experience helped me to look at what I really wanted for myself. My mistakes were part of my journey and my value system has completely changed as a result of it. I found Christianity and it turned my life around.

My bigger purpose is this: I want to help other young women avoid some of the same mistakes I’ve made.

Using my experience as a platform, I’d like to be a voice that’s out there to help others – especially young women – be their best selves. By questioning cultural norms, exposing the truth of media exploitation and finding and sharing inspiration from scripture and my own life, I can show those who seek it what it means to be a person of value and confidence.

imagesChristianity needs to be redefined for young girls. There is a certain stereotype of how a Christian girl should look, dress and act. I want to show young women that you can be a good Christian and still embrace many parts of the popular culture.

God listened to my prayers. His power helped deliver me through the depression I was in, financially and spiritually. Every single thing I am now blessed with – material and emotional – is because God knew that once I received these great blessings, I would give myself over to Him and in turn show others the power of God to make anything happen. I just hope through my story – and through God’s will – that I can inspire you to lead a more meaningful life.