What The Bible Says About Being Healthy

I believe that good health is extremely important to a good life here on earth. This includes physical health, mental health and spiritual health. In the bible God makes it very clear that we are to take care of ourselves holistically. He designed and handcrafted us with love, purpose and care so we need to treat ourselves accordingly. God has given us the task of taking care of the body, mind and soul of ourselves here on earth. In the bible it states,  Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Don’t you know that you have the Holy Spirit from God, and you don’t belong to yourselves? You have been bought and paid for, so honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20). Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit; our bodies are not mistakes, they are perfectly designed by the creator of the universe. Because of this we must practice self-care in all ways, taking care of the whole person God has designed you specifically to be. 

As I mentioned before, health is not just physical; it is also mental and spiritual. Mental health is extremely important in being a follower of Jesus Christ. There are so many verses in the bible that are referring specifically to your mental health, some examples are verses about not being anxious. God says in Proverbs 12:25 that “anxiety weights down the heart.” Fear is the enemy of being mentally healthy. Fear is something that God did not originally design for us. Many times it is used as an attack on us by Satan to make sure that we do not make too big of an impact for God.  For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7). Having the mental healthiness to resist fear is extremely important in following Jesus. God is so serious about mental health that the bible says to not be afraid 365 times. That is one reminder for every day of the year! So take the time to care for your mental health. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9).

Spiritual health is something that can be slowly built over time. It is arguably the most important of all the types of healthiness. Our souls are real, they are the true us. When our bodies die, our souls continue to either Heaven or Hell. If you accept Jesus as your savior your soul will go to Heaven. Because of this our souls are more real than our bodies could ever be, our bodies are temporary but our soul is forever. So, taking care of it is a very important job. How do we take care of our souls? We do this by praying, reading the bible and having a personal relationship with God. Getting closer to God is something that will be a life-long journey, but it is the most important journey you can take in this life. Make it a point each day to spend time building your spiritual health.

God meant for us to have happy, joyful and healthy lives. Once humans invited evil in, these things were torn down in many ways on earth. We must resist and try to stay healthy physically, mentally and spiritually- so we can live out our true purpose. But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.” (1 Corinthians 12: 18-20). We are all part of one body. So it is important to make it a priority to stay healthy in these three ways because of this: when one organ shuts down, others start to follow in both the physical human body and the body of believers. We must stay healthy and strong as believers and followers of Jesus Christ! 

“And he said to him, “You should love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Mathew 22:37).

Money Isn’t Everything

Money isn’t everything, yet we depend full-heartedly on it for what we consider “happiness.” So why are people still searching? Why when we gain money do we want more? Why do some of the wealthiest people in the world end up broken, addicted, suicidal? Money is not the answer to joy in this life. The bible clearly states that money, in an eternal sense, doesn’t mean anything at all. So why is this important? The more we depend on money for our happiness, the less we depend on God. We think having money means security, when in reality security comes from within yourself, it comes from God. I want to share with you a few verses in the bible that humble me and remind me that this world and the money in it are temporary.

“When a wicked person dies, his expectation comes to nothing, and hope placed in wealth vanishes.” (Proverbs 11:7). Main point here… money is meaningless in the end. We spend most of our time earning money, spending money or saving money. Yet in the end we literally take nothing with us. Yes, we need money to survive and yes, it is important to save some money for emergencies. It’s important to understand the difference between being content with what we are earning for our needs versus becoming a person whose main goal in life is to make money. The goal of more money, or going into a certain career because of the money is a waste of time. Doing so would mean we are working for something that doesn’t exist in the end. The “status” and wealth we have here on earth are not related to the wealth we have in Heaven. Place all your hope in God, not in your next paycheck. “Whoever loves money never has enough, whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10).

So why is the love of money so bad? The love of money is bad because there is never enough to satisfy. Gaining money can be difficult, so the love of money leads to many different addictions and hobbies that have a negative impact on lives, bank accounts, relationships, etc. “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:10). Money itself is not bad, but the love of it, the dependence on it, the obsession over it leads to pain. I think all of us have seen this happen in our lives or people’s lives around us. God is also very clear in understanding the power money can have over us, when we let it. He even mentions it as being able to become a master of our lives.  “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Mathew 6:24). You cannot serve God and money…

In the bible it is stated that there are treasures in Heaven. These treasures are described as being so much better, actually, immeasurably better than treasures on earth. These treasures are built by our lives and our hearts here on earth. They are built up in many ways, one very important way is by giving. Joyfully giving to the needy and the poor is a blessing, it is an opportunity. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.” (Luke 12:33). Give, give freely and joyfully, and give often. Even if you feel like you have nothing to give, try because God will always provide for you if you’re putting Him first.

One of my favorite stories in the bible has to do with giving. Jesus sat across from the collection box for the temple treasury and observed how the crowd gave their money. Many rich people were throwing in lots of money. One poor widow came forward and put in two small copper coins worth a penny. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I assure you that this poor widow has put in more than everyone who’s been putting money in the treasury. All of them are giving out of their spare change. But she from her hopeless poverty has given everything she had, even what she needed to live on.” (Mark 12: 41-44). This story is still very relevant today. The people who had money were putting in a lot more money than others, but they did it for all to see, and it was just spare change. While a poor woman put in her penny, which is all she had. I bet that woman’s treasures in Heaven are great. 

So, work hard and honestly for the money you need to live off of. Do not make money a goal in life. Rather put God first and he will always provide for you. Give and don’t stop giving even when money seems tight. It will be worth it in the end, because earthly money won’t exist but treasures in Heaven are forever.  “Your way of life should be free from the love of money, and you should be content with what you have. After all, he has said, I will never leave you or abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5).

 

 

My New Years Resolution

Hi everyone! I decided that I want to share my new years resolution with you, because it is something I believe many of us forget to do. So here it is.. slow down. That’s it, just slow down and experience the world that God has designed for us. I want to take the time to appreciate every moment for what it is. I want to live my life paying attention to the journey, not just impatiently waiting for the arrival. I don’t want to chase someone else’s life or waste my time comparing myself to another person. “Do not make an idol for yourself—no form whatsoever—of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth (Exodus 20:4).” I want to be able to wake up everyday with the perspective that it is a new day that God has given to me for a reason, it is a chance to experience something new, a chance at learning something new, and a new chance at sharing the love of Jesus with other people.

I believe it is so easy for us to get caught up in the everyday routine. Rushing back and forth, finding the next thing to do seems like our default setting. Fortunately, that is not what we were made to do. We are made to slow down and enjoy this life. We must take time for God first, then everything else second; we are meant to work but not make our career an idol. The point of this life is not to waste time searching for earthly treasures, but to instead spend time slowing down to focus on eternal treasures.  “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever (1 John 2:17).” This life is so temporary, it is just a time of passing through. Spending life trying to gain more money, trying to please people, or trying to be exactly what others or society wants us to be just doesn’t make sense. We spend our lives chasing things that have no meaning in the end.

My suggestion is to constantly remind ourselves to slow down. Stop to think, relax, pray, praise… whatever it is. Just stop rushing and stop wasting time. We are not made to just kill time here on earth. “Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry? Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway? (Jeremiah 2:25 MSG).” God wants us to slow down and He tells us that many times in the bible. Our priority should be to make time for Him, because only then will everything else fall into place. Saying we’re to busy to pray, we’re to busy for Him right now, or we have to much to do to read a verse or two everyday, is a false sense of control on our lives. When we put God first all else falls into place. When we stop to slow down and realize our true purpose and forget the meaningless things going on around us, we will be living out God’s will. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need (Luke 12:31).”

So, as we go into this new year of 2018 lets decide to slow everything down, so we can grasp the true meaning in this life.

“There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8)”

There is a time for each and every thing here on this earth, so don’t miss it. Slow down and seek God, it will be worth it. Think about this, Jesus was on the greatest rescue mission of all time, and He was still able to slow down and enjoy the blessings that God gives on earth.

 

Prayer: Lord, Today I want to pray for my new years resolutions. I want to use these resolutions for your glory, so I can be more like Jesus everyday. Lord help me to continue to slow down. This life is not a constant run, that is not what you made it to be. Help me to appreciate every moment made by you. Help me to be present in the life you have put me in. Help me to remember that my true purpose and goal is to share you and your heart. Be by my side this year, and help me to make it a of year of focusing on you. Amen. 

 

 

5 Ways to Keep God at the Center of Your Relationship

Hey everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Today I want to give out a few tips that I have learned, to make sure that God is at the center of your relationship. Having God at the center of your relationship is vital to a lasting, happy, healthy relationship. In my opinion without God, relationships can be easily broken, filled with jealously, filled with anger, with a constant focus on past mistakes and much more. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).” For apart from God we can do nothing, but with God all things are possible both individually and in your relationship. With God in the center, it seems to be so much easier to forgive, love and put the other above yourself.

The first tip is probably the most important: put God first in your own life. I know this is something that we may hear often, but putting God first is a very real way to living a joyful life. When we are putting God first we are telling Him that we are not the controllers of our lives, we are not the gods of our lives, and no matter how hard we may act like we have it all together, we need Him. God created you, He loves you and He controls the outcome. To not put Him first seems illogical right? By putting God first, we are also handing Him our relationships. The best thing about handing a relationship over to God, by putting Him first, is the wisdom He gives you. He is able to provide healing to a broken relationship, continue to add joy and excitement in dull relationships, and sometimes He saves us from toxic relationships because He has someone so much better in mind. This only happens as long as you put Him first.

The closer we move toward God the closer we move toward each other. 

The second tip is to pray for each other and pray for your relationship. Prayer is such an important aspect to any relationship. Praying for someone else is so powerful! Prayer works, prayer is real, God hears and answers every single prayer. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us (1 John 5:14).” So praying for your significant other and your relationship is so important, we must not look over it. We know what our loved ones are going through probably better than anyone else, if we don’t pray for them, do you think anyone else is? Even praying something as simple as: “Lord ___ is having a rough day today use me to give him/her comfort.” Or even prayers to thank God for the awesome characteristics of your relationship.

The third tip is to pray with each other. To many this may seem uncomfortable to pray with your significant others, but it is such a blessing to be able to do this. Trust me, the first time Ryan and I ever prayed together we were so awkward, we were embarrassed to say the wrong thing, or embarrassed to not say anything at all. Over time it became natural. Now it is so important for our relationship together and us as individuals. God says, “For when two or three gather in my name, there I am with them (Mathew 18:20).” This verse has held true in my experiences, when Ryan and I pray together God’s presence is strong.

Four, read the bible together. Reading the bible is so important in our daily lives to getting to know God and His heart. Reading the bible together helps both of us to not only learn more about God, but we get to learn more about each other, each time. One thing Ryan and I started doing was looking up 30 day bible studies on Pinterest. We take out time each day and read the verses that are suggested for that day. We read it to ourselves and write down anything we notice, think or feel about the verse. After this we both share what we wrote and discuss it. This has made a huge impact on our relationship, in making us not only put God at the center but it has also helped us get tremendously closer to each other. Another awesome thing about doing a bible study with another person is how much more you learn. So when we share what we learned, I have observed there is always something Ryan noticed that I didn’t notice, or there is always a perspective that He had that I had not thought about. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path (Psalm 119:105).”

The last and fifth tip is to embrace God’s attitude when it comes to forgiveness. We make mistakes everyday and if you have accepted Jesus as your savior, you have been forgiven each time for those mistakes because of the tremendous love He has for us. God has new mercy every single morning for us. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).” Many times in our relationships we do the complete opposite of this. It is so easy to say to someone that you forgive them, but then the next fight you have you pull up the past that you said you had already forgiven them for. This type of grudge hurts a relationship into its core. This means 1. bringing up the past never ends well and 2. that you are holding on to something deep inside yourself that is still hurting you. Human nature is to make mistakes, with God these mistakes can be few but they still happen. When we say we forgive, we need to truly forgive, let it go, wipe the slate clean. God does this for us everyday, so we can try to forgive in our relationships too.

Those are five tips that I have learned to help keep God right in the center of my relationship. I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone with some of these and use them in your relationship. Write them down somewhere to remind you, practice and see God work wonders in your lives together!

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Corinthians 4-7).”

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday for many reasons: all of the lights, the decorations, the happiness and the birth of the Savior of the world, Jesus. I specifically love meditating on the Christmas story this time of year. The Christmas story is amazing to me because God used normal people to save this world. Understanding the reality behind Jesus’s birth reminds us that God can use each one of us in ways that we could never imagine, if we were to have the faith and trust that Mary and Joseph had.

Mary is just a girl, she is super young, engaged to be married. She is a faithful servant to God; and God noticed her and favored her. He decided she would be the one to mother His own son. So an angel appeared to Mary…

God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin. She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph from the family of David. Her name was Mary. 28 The angel came to her and said, “Greetings! The Lord has blessed you and is with you.”

29 But Mary was very startled by what the angel said and wondered what this greeting might mean.

30 The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has shown you his grace. 31 Listen! You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of King David, his ancestor. 33 He will rule over the people of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will never end.”

34 Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you. For this reason the baby will be holy and will be called the Son of God. 36 Now Elizabeth, your relative, is also pregnant with a son though she is very old. Everyone thought she could not have a baby, but she has been pregnant for six months. 37 God can do anything!” (Luke 1: 26-37). 

Okay what we have to understand here is that Mary is just a normal person, and an angel appeared to her. At this time, just like now, an angel appearing to someone is unthinkable, some would say it’s impossible, but an angel appeared to her and told her that she was to carry, birth and raise the savior of the world. Could you imagine if someone told you that? You would have thought she would of said, “let me sleep on it,” or “let me think about it,” “let me talk to everyone about it first.” But no, this is what she said, 38 Mary said, “I am the servant of the Lord. Let this happen to me as you say!” Then the angel went away. (Luke 1: 38). In that same conversation, in one setting she saw a supernatural being, that supernatural being told her that though she was a virgin she would become pregnant, and that baby is God’s son, Jesus. She said yes, she trusted the angels words to be true, she trusted the miracle that was about to come, and she trusted God’s plan for her. I wish I had that much faith!

So now Mary is pregnant, and getting pregnant unmarried was not okay, especially because she was engaged to be married. Can you imagine what other people thought of her, what other people said about her. I am sure everyone thought that she had cheated on Joseph, because getting pregnant with the baby Jesus was not a thought going through peoples minds. Joseph was planning on divorcing her and then an angel appeared to him in a dream.  Again, angels appearing is not a common thing…

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[b] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[d](which means “God with us”).

So, once again we would think that Joseph may ignore his dream, not believe his dream, or have to take the time to think about it! But no… the bible says, 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus (Mathew 1:25).

How amazing is that faith, that trust, that obedience, these are normal people guys… Could you imagine what we could do if we all had this kind of faith, trust and obedience?

So now to my favorite part of Christmas! It is not just a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It is a day to celebrate the birth of the hope that Jesus brought, the birth of being able to truly access God, the wiping away of sin and shame, the beginning of the end of the war, the start to the conquering of the world by Jesus. God humbled himself not only into flesh, but into a baby, to be born into the world and dwell among us, feel what we feel, and see what we see. He experienced this world, he experienced the evil, the hatred and He still loved us so much that He willing lived to die, for us.

So during this Christmas, try to do even more than just celebrating the birth of baby Jesus. Celebrate and think about the faith that Mary and Joseph had and how you can try to follow through with something God is telling you to do today. Celebrate the new life you have through Jesus, celebrate all that came with Jesus when He was born on December 25th in a manger. Celebrate that God is always good and Jesus covered all sins. Celebrate that we don’t need to worry, we don’t need to try to earn Heaven, God himself gave us the ultimate Christmas gift, salvation.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

 

Faith is Not Religion

Hi everyone! I want to share a very real truth with you today! So, here it is… faith is not religion. Let me explain further, there is a huge difference between faith and religion. You can have both together at the same time and many times this does happen, but they are not the same thing and they are not interchangeable. Religion can be defined as, “a personal set or institutionalized system of attitudes, beliefs and practices. While faith is defined as, complete trust or confidence in someone or something; in this case Jesus. As you can see these are very different definitions. Again, they can also be used together. Most religions and religious practices are based off of faith, but you can have faith and be completely saved without being religious. I personally see faith as, following the bible and Jesus’s heart alone, nothing else is added. This is why I do not identify myself as a religious person; I am simply a follower of Jesus and saved by grace and grace alone.

In the bible it is clear that Jesus comes to help distinguish between religion and faith, by explaining that people do not make the rules and following a set of religious rules and doing good deeds will not get you into Heaven. “Before faith came, we were guarded under the law, locked up until faith that was coming would be revealed, (Galatians 3:23).” So going to church every Sunday is an absolutely wonderful thing to do, to hear the word of God, but that alone doesn’t get you into Heaven. Being baptized without accepting Jesus as your savior doesn’t get you into Heaven. Doing charity work everyday does not get you into Heaven. Doing good works is a wonderful thing to do in accordance with your faith. Giving for the purpose of loving others and loving God is vital to living out your faith. “See, his faith was at work along with his actions. In fact, his faith was made complete in his faithful actions (James 2:22).” We should be careful how we live our life once we do have faith because we may be the only bible some will ever read.  But it is only through Jesus. 

Not a single person on this earth has not sinned, it is in our human nature to sin. Even though we are sinners God wanted to be with us. He didn’t need us at all, but He wanted us so much that He sent His one and only Son to earth. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).” God himself became flesh to dwell among us, and offer himself as the ultimate sacrifice so we could have a chance to live with Him in Heaven. Now when we accept Jesus as our savior, God sees the new us, He sees Jesus in us, He sees the forgiven us.

The most important point of this message is that no matter what you identify yourself as, no matter what religion you are or are not, there is only one way to Heaven and it is not through man-made rules or good works it is through accepting Jesus as your savior. It is by knowing that you are a sinner, knowing that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you and knowing that through accepting Him you will receive the ultimate salvation. One of the awesome things about faith is that there’s not any gray area, it is black and white. If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, you are not saved. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, you are saved. So I encourage you to ask yourself these questions, “Am I following a man-made religion without putting Jesus at the center?” and “Have I truly accepted Jesus Christ as my one and true savior?” “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). 

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My College Experience

Hey everyone, I am so excited to announce that I graduated!

This is not a story about my education though, it is about my experience through college and how God was there holding my hand through each step. I also want to share some tips I learned from my college career, that I wish I would have known or applied to my life sooner.

So, I’ll start at the beginning… I have never known what I wanted to be or what I wanted to do. I always thought it was so unnecessary for someone to have to choose and hold onto one subject for the rest of their life. During my senior year of high school, while I was applying to colleges, it was thrown into my face too many times to count that I had to choose a career choice. I even went to a professional who is supposed to tell you what you should or could do, but his answer was just as broad as mine. So finally at the very end of summer going into college I decided to try nursing. I thought, “maybe if I go for something specific and get in I will end up liking it.” So I went through my first year of pre-nursing prerequisites and got into nursing school. I was so excited… I thought, “this is it, this is obviously my path!” Unfortunately, I knew something was wrong the very first day in the very first class. The professor stood at the front of the class and said, “alright, I want everyone to go around the room and say why they want to become a nurse.” I thought, “well this should be easy,” but as everyone went around the room my mind was blank, I had absolutely no clue why I wanted to be a nurse… as I was panicking about my answer it became my turn to talk. I looked up, paused, and took a mixture of the answers I had already heard such as: “I am a caretaker, I love the medical field, this is my calling.” Though I felt like my heart couldn’t have been in any of those answers. Knowing that getting into nursing school was such an amazing opportunity, I ignored my first day and continued through nursing school for a year. I was miserable, I knew that I didn’t want to be a nurse.

There I was again back to square one; I had no idea what I wanted to do. So towards the end of that semester of nursing school, I searched through different majors that had a lot of the same prerequisites. I found Health Information Management, I thought, “yea this could be good, healthcare without the direct care.” So I went through the tedious process of switching majors. I spent a lot of hours and summer classes trying to catch up so that I could still graduate on time. At first it seemed fine, it seemed like a field I could tolerate. To no surprise I got to the end of my junior year to find out that not only was I starting to think this was not the right choice, but they were adding to the curriculum. So, I would have to attend an extra semester or two. At this point, I already knew that I didn’t want to do Health Information Management anymore, I especially didn’t want to have to extend my school career even longer for it.

So, I called my advisor, embarrassed and concerned. I asked her if I had any other options without having to add semesters. She said that there was one option I could choose. She explained that I could graduate a semester early with a Bachelors degree in General Studies of math and science and pursue a Sociology Minor. I reluctantly took this offer, remembering all of the bad thoughts and awkward silences that followed when someone said they were a General Studies major. I was embarrassed to switch my major again, I was embarrassed to major in General Studies and I was embarrassed to be a senior in college who didn’t have a single clue what to do with my life.

Then something changed, I found that switching my major to General Studies was the best thing that could have ever happened to me, because I was able to find out who I was without someone telling me who society wanted me to be. During this time I also realized one of the biggest mistakes I have ever made. This was that I did not include God in my decision making process throughout college. Though I didn’t try to include Him, He stayed by me. It was clear to see that I was tangled up in a mess of expectations of this world. Throughout my college career God slowly untangled me into the spot where I am now, perfectly happy to be me.

Through my last semester of college, as a General Studies major, God showed me so many things that I want to share with you in hope that you will apply them to your lives.

  1. Your strengths are not necessarily what you are good at, they are what gives you energy and life. Strengths that drain your energy are not strengths at all.
  2. Weaknesses are just strengths waiting to be noticed. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
  3. Curiosity creates passions and passions create values. Stay curious, be a life-long learner, do not stop trying new things! The things that you value most in life should be your compass to what you want to define yourself as or what you want your life to be like.
  4. IT IS OKAY TO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. Schools should be encouraging us to find out who we are, not who we want to work for.
  5. Its okay to not answer with a job title when someone asked you what you do. If you want to define yourself by something else, go ahead! If you want to define yourself as sister, golf player, follower of Jesus, or even just say I do too many things to choose one, that is perfectly fine because God doesn’t define you as the career you do.
  6. Most importantly, Put God first. When I stopped worrying, started praying and put my focus on finding Him, I found myself and my purpose.

So, I hope my experience and advice can help some of you to take steps toward being happy with who you are! Comment below and let me know what you think!

Why “Immeasurably More”

So, some of you may be wondering where the “Daily Dose of Christ” went…well it is still here! This is the same blog with the same posts and the same mission. I just wanted to change the identity of my website to something more personal and meaningful to my life and my relationship with God. Which is why the domain name or URL is now ephesians320.org and the website title is “Immeasurably More.”

Ephesians 3:20 is my all time favorite verse and it has been ever since I was saved. Ephesians 3:20 says, “now to Him, who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine.” That’s where the title “Immeasurably More” comes from. I know it seems like such a simple verse, but when you really think about the definition of immeasurably more, it changes shape! Immeasurably more means it cannot be measured; it is literally too large, too much or too great to measure. Think about it, the amount of blood cells in your body can be measured, the height of mountains can be measured, the depths of the seas can be measured, even the size of the earth can be measured, but the amount of what God can and will do for us cannot be measured!

This verse is something I hold in my heart for good times and bad; for when I feel everything falling into place, and when I feel like I have absolutely no control. When I read this verse I hear God telling me that His plan is much greater than my plan. He will do so much more than I could even think of asking for. Ephesians 3:20 also tells me that when my prayers aren’t answered, something better is coming along. It truly makes me feel encircled by His love and protection.

Having the opportunity to start writing this blog, and even having one single person read it, is immeasurably more than all I could have asked for or imagined. I never pictured myself doing something like this, but He lead me here and this is now my favorite thing to do! I feel I have been called to write for God and write for people.

So, I changed my website identity to represent a very important part of my identity through Jesus Christ. I encourage you to find a verse or multiple verses that you can hang on to during the good and bad times, a verse that describes your relationship with God, or a verse that just brings peace to your soul. God sent His word to us for the very purpose of guidance and comfort.

Thank you guys so much for reading! I appreciate every one of you!

Pray More Worry Less!

Prayer is one of the most fascinating and amazing parts of being a follower of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, I think that many people see prayer as a task and not as a privilege. Honestly, I used to feel that same way about prayer. I would say a prayer before I went to bed every night, just to be able to check it off my mental to do list. I realized though that I was treating prayer as if I was following a religion, and not following faith. I was not following the freedom that God has given me. So, I soon started praying multiple times daily, I prayed not as a task but with my full heart. From then on, I noticed what a blessing seeing prayer as an opportunity could be.

Prayer is power… how you might ask? We must realize that when we are praying we are literally standing or kneeling before God… the God of the whole universe! Not only are we standing before Him, we are able to speak to Him. The best part is that we don’t have to get permission to speak to Him, He is constantly listening and constantly waiting for your voice. What an honor it is to get to talk to the Lord of all. “The Lord is near all who call out to him, all who call out to him with integrity.” (Psalms 145:18). Come close to Him and He will come close to you, prayer is the best way to reach Him!

He not only hears our prayers, but He answers them too. “I took my troubles to the Lord, I cried out to Him and He answered my prayer.” (Psalms 120:1). We must understand that He ALWAYS answers every single prayer. It is just that the prayer may not be answered in the way you planned it too. God answers every prayer and sometimes it is simply a no, but there is meaning behind that no. God does not shut doors without opening others. It is true that when He says to be patient or when He says no, He has something else planned. His plans are much greater than our own. “As the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9). His understanding of us and our lives is much deeper than we could imagine.

Prayers do not necessarily have to be a cry for help… prayer can just be a happy everyday conversation with God. Simply talk to him… If you notice a beautiful sky on your way to work, let Him know that He makes such amazing things. If you see someone racing down the highway texting and driving pray for them to get to their destination safely. You can even just tell Him about how your day is going, good or bad. “Seek the Lord and His Strength; seek His face always.” (1 Chronicles 16:11). He is just waiting to hear you. Talking to Him and reading His word is how we are able to get to know Him and in turn how we get to know ourselves.

Pray without holding back who you are. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). He knows everything about you, so you can not hide anything from Him. He knows what is truly in your heart and He knows your needs. “…because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him.” (Mathew 6:8). 

Now I know many times it is difficult to stop and pray, many times we think we are just too busy to pray. I want to offer you this theory, maybe its not our lack of time that causes us not to pray; maybe it is the lack of prayer that causes us to feel like we don’t have enough time. “Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything.” (Philippians 4:6). Maybe if we could just take the time in our busy schedules to stop and pray, the day wouldn’t feel so busy anymore.

Prayer eliminates anxiety; it puts your responsibilities and your worries in someone else’s hands. Not just anyones hands, the hands of God… The one who controls the outcome. So, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7).

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello everyone Happy Thanksgiving!

I don’t know about you, but I love this one day that it is socially acceptable to stuff your face until you can’t move. On Thanksgiving I am thinking about the turkey, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and then the black Friday deals. So, I often forget what today is really about. I think we all know that today is a day for being thankful but it is also a day to give.

I’m sure this is a busy morning and afternoon for many, but I want you to take time to stop right now and meditate upon what you are truly thankful for. If you want to write it down that is even better! When you are listing these items, I want you to dig deeper than family and friends. Think about some of the things that you probably have never thanked God for that you would be miserable without. Things such as a bed to sleep in at night, clean water to drink everyday, being able to get up and walk into a kitchen where you have coffee and breakfast; thank Him for the ability to have the option to choose what you want to eat, thank Him for freedom, thank Him for the ability to be able to openly go to church and to openly pray. When you start to think about the little things that fill up your day it is so easy to be thankful.

God not only asks us to be thankful but He asks us to be thankful in all circumstances. “Give thanks in every situation because this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Being thankful for the good things in your life is pretty easy, but being thankful for the challenges is a bit harder, but it can be a huge blessing. I’m sure you’ve heard someone sometime in your life say “its all in the mindset” and guys it really is. We see this practiced all throughout the bible. Jesus’s closest disciples, the people that God chose to do huge deeds for the kingdom of Heaven had big road blocks, they had pain and struggle but they saw these challenges as part of the plan, they knew that what they had done for Heaven was worth it and in the end they will be rewarded immeasurably more than they could imagine. So now think of some of the challenges in your life… I bet without some of those challenges you wouldn’t be where you are today, I bet you wouldn’t have gained the skills or knowledge you have today, I bet that person that is in your life now wasn’t there before that challenge, and maybe even your faith wasn’t there before that challenge.

Now to the second part of Thanksgiving, the giving. The past sermon at my church pointed something out to me that I had never thought of before. Giving is a result of being thankful and being thankful is also a result of giving. This cycle is an absolutely wonderful way to live life. “Generous people will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25. I love this verse because it reminds us that we get to give, we don’t have to give but we get to give. I am talking about giving not only money but giving time, giving patience, giving love, giving forgiveness. When it comes to money we also must remember that our earthly treasures we try so tightly to hold on to will have no meaning in the end, but the money and time we give will build up as our treasures in Heaven, our real home. “Whatever you do, whether in speech or action, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17. We should be thankful to give to others.

On Black Friday my family likes to go downtown to shop, during this time there are many homeless and needy people on the city streets. I want to encourage you and motivate you to give to everyone you see while you are shopping. Just give what you can, maybe you can even buy a couple of hot coffees and pass them out to people. Whatever you can and are able to do try to do it. “In everything I have shown you that, by working hard, we must help the weak. In this way we remember the Lord Jesus’ words: It is more blessed to give than receive.” Acts 20:35. Now we’re about to get real.. there are a lot of people who are probably looking at their screen thinking “but some of those people aren’t really homeless” or “some of those people won’t use my money for the right things.” I need to tell you that it does not matter one single bit. It is not our job to decide who is worthy of our money. God simply asked us to give, end of story. If you are giving with a generous heart and for the glory of God it will be worth it. So give without requirements because Jesus freely gave His life for you. He knew that every single one of us would still sin, He knew that many of us wouldn’t even believe in Him but He still gave. “You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed.” Ephesians 2:8.

“All these things are for your benefit. As grace increases to benefit more and more people, it will cause gratitude to increase, which results in God’s glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:15. So today remember the true meaning of Thanksgiving, remember that even a small act of kindness can change someone’s world.