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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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.

Why Christians Shouldn’t Ignore #BlackLivesMatter

I started this blog, not for high ratings from people but rather to share my heart and the love of God with others instead of staying silent. In recent events, the news has been pouring out horrid details of the ruthless deaths of so many young black men and women. Although this has been occurring for years, many have believed that racism ended with the Civil War or when the Jim Crow Laws were abolished. Yet that is not true. Instead, the heat has been raised even higher than before whether we want to believe it or not. It took l_shutterstock_multiracial_1200x675the news stations the longest to help expose what was happening in our black communities and it was not until so civilians used social media to pour out the sad details before the nation would adhere to the truth.

Racism still haunts our nation today. Even in many of our churches are still segregated. And we as Christians should not ignore that. The #BlackLivesMatter was not started to say that only black lives matter, but for so long black lives did not matter to the world. It forced people to finally realize that we are still fighting racism in our nation and made many to look at their own actions.

Instead of debating whether #BlackLivesMatter or not, we as the Body of Christ should the forerunners in aiding our fellow brothers and sisters who have been hurting for so long. Instead of debating whether a person deserved to be executed or not, we need to remember that there is a mother crying for the lost of her chilblack-and-white-love-people-Favim.com-413552.jpgd. A son or daughter just lost their father or mother on the streets. Instead of debating we need to be praying. Instead of judging we need to be loving one another. Do not pray to see who is right or wrong but that as the Body of Christ that we can finally come together.

So why should Christians not ignore #BlackLivesMatter or the crises erupting in our nation? Because our fellow brothers and sisters are hurting too. When one part of the body is hurting doesn’t the whole body feel the pain?

“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:26 NIV

Even if we do not understand our brother’s and sister’s pain, we should not ignore it or turn a blind eye to the problem. We should be praying. We should be coming together. We as Christians should be the front runners against injustice. During the Civil Rights Movement, the church was the head of the movement. People met at the church to plan how to fight injustice in their neighborhoods. But why are so many churches silent now?

It is not a black vs. white issue but a right vs. wrong issue. I should not have to worry about my family members being stopped just for appearing like a suspect on the news or because they just seem suspicious. I don’t want to see a family member of mine becoming a hashtag on social media due to injustice. I don’t want to see hatred towards law enforcement due to a few bad apples in the bunch. I am not saying that everyone should join the Black Lives Matter organization, but at least try understand the message behind it and why so many of us are upset and on our knees praying even harder like never before. It is also not being opposed to or hating law enforcement but against the injustice placed upon many innocent people every day.

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But we can counterattack all of the hate, unforgiveness, and anger with love!

We can show acts of love and kindness with our brothers and sisters in Christ and with the world. We as the church shouldn’t be the last ones responding to the times or look to the world to make a response. We need to be the ones changing the climate and be examples of what to do during tragedies. Even when our nation seems divided as ever, especially in the church, I know that God can restore us. Even when it seems that no one is listening to your cries, I know God hears (Psalm 34:17).

So instead of just picking sides or arguing whether Black Lives Matter or not, let us stand together like never before. Let’s pray. Pray for those in law enforcement, pray for those whose lost their loved ones through violence, pray for our nation. And again, we shouldn’t have to wait when tragedy hits to pray but the Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. I know many people are saying that we should do more than just pray, however, prayer can do more than what our words can do. Sometimes our actions are not enough because we are attempting to work miracles in our own strength. But when we allow God to work through us, so much can happen, yet that can only happen through prayer! So let us love like never before because that is what Jesus would want us to do.

“16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

1 John 3:16-18 NIV

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