Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Author Post: Blog #27, "God Made You who You Are on Purpose"

Life is pretty amazing. We are born into a world so vast and promising. We depend on our caregivers to nurture us and teach us how to live, sometimes learning from example, and other times exploring on our own. We make mistakes, and try our very best to seek new adventures and new opportunities. However, things sometimes become mundane and common. We try to renew our way of thinking, but somehow our thoughts tend to revert back to the similar and we stay planted in our comfortable place. We think thoughts like, "I want to make some kind of difference in this world." "How can I get out of this rut?" "Will my life ever be anything but a struggle?" "How can I break out of this every day routine?" These types of thoughts will keep you in the very same place, grounded in your comfort zone. So, what do you do?

Seek abundance! Now, that doesn't mean make a lot of money, because you can't take it with you. That also doesn't mean to buy a nicer house or a new car, because God doesn't look at those things. He will always look at how well you treated His people and the kind of example you set for your children and those around you.

Abundance simply means gaining heavenly wealth. You may be awesome at what you do. You may be happy and feeling "safe" in your usual day, and that's fine! However, WHAT IF you began weighing out your options? WHAT IF you started thinking a different way about your life's decisions. WHAT IF you went out on a limb and began to explore your heart's desire, your deepest passion, your spark! GOD MADE YOU WHO YOU ARE ON PURPOSE! He knows the path He put you on. He created it! He knows how every moment of your life will turn out. He prepared it!

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT is what we were taught by our parents, grandparents, relatives and loved ones, and that's wonderful! But, you are your own person. Use the guidelines enforced by your family, and then branch out to your own YOU! Don't search for your passion, it is already within you! 

Do you have a dream or an idea in the back of your mind that you have always thought about? Well, then, INVITE the possibilities! PRAY ABOUT the possibilities! And, LIVE the possibilities! LIFE AS WE KNOW IT can be so much more. God wants us all to live life to our fullest potential, to expand new horizons, to reach our highest height! LOOK UP and see that there are endless treasures to behold. There are an infinite amount of blessings to gain. There are loud and blessed train whistles to hear, knowing that you are on the right track! (I hear one now, immediately after I wrote that! Wow, thank you, Lord!)

Jesus said in Matthew 7:7-8 of the King James Version of the Bible, "Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

It's all there in the Bible! Jesus' guidelines to life. We just have to ask Him, read His Word and apply it into our lives. That is truly the only way to live an abundant and fulfilling life. Pray for God to give you the knowledge and strength to move forward into a life of ultimate satisfaction and abundance. A life of helping others, loving more, doing what Jesus would do and what you are passionate about. Ask Him for help. Do what you love, love what you do. It is the only way to be fully content and living in the moment.

God put the spirit in my heart to write. It is so rewarding and soothing to me. I write what God tells me to write in my spirit. He is writing this right now! I didn't prepare what I would say or what topic to write about. I just began to write what was in my heart, at a constant pace.

Live each day in faith, with thanksgiving, love, peace, motivation, contentment, self-worth, laughter and divine glory to God. You will then see all the obstacles fade, all the negative words turn to positive, all the lagging turn to skipping and all your world change for the better.

That is exactly how God designed it. So, now go out and live your life as He intended!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Author Post: Blog #26, "Writing the Words Spoken by Jesus"

Jesus wrote in Jeremiah 30:2 (NIV), "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, Write all the words which I have spoken to you in a book."

Jesus spoke this verse and the Bible was writtenI love Jeremiah 30:2 and can so relate to it because when I write, Jesus speaks the words to me. He speaks every idea, every character, every setting, every thought, every action..every word. He created the "Bibletoons" series through me to reach children and adults of all ages in order to draw them nearer to Him. My books are written to teach the Word of God mainly to children, in a delicately spiritual way, so that those who enjoy them can feel His presence, take heart, and incorporate His teachings into their lives as they grow.

Prior to that verse, Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) is my very favorite, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." These are powerful words that the Lord spoke to each and every one of us! If they weren't written down, we wouldn't be able to blend them into our lives! For that matter, what if all the words in the entire Bible were not translated and written in a book? Our guide to life would not exist!

My best thoughts come to me late at night, in the peacefulness of my home, when all is silent and I'm alone with Jesus in prayer and with my quiet thoughts. It is a time where the thoughts of my day all come together and new ones arise. Words shower my soul like a million drops of rain, nourishing my mind with new life. I can think clearly and precisely, meditating on all that is good.

I love writing because Jesus is a writer. He is actually also the author of every one of us, knowing how each of our stories will turn out. He instills goodness and intelligence within us in order for us to bring joy to ourselves and others through His love.

I have a Jesus Journal that I write in when He speaks ideas to me. I also write prayers, notes of thanks to Him, accomplishments that He has led, goals that He encourages me to strive for, and intimate messages between us. My journal is my communication with the Lord, and my life stems from each treasured word.

There are many scriptures in the Bible that emphasize writing and communication. Deuteronomy 27: 2-3 says, "So it shall be on the day when you cross the Jordan to the land which the LORD your God gives you, that you shall set up for yourself large stones and coat them with lime and write on them all the words of this law, when you cross over, so that you may enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you." Interesting! "a land flowing with milk and honey, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you." Imagine writing down in earnest the things that the Lord places on your heart!? Writing scriptures! Writing inspiration! Writing ideas of purpose! Think of all the blessings that would POUR from them!

In Deuteronomy 6:4-9, the passage refers to the most powerful message in all the Bible which was written down for us to obey.. The Ten Commandments..You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." How powerful is that!? Jesus wrote down this command in order for us to obey it and so that we can live lives of integrity! Writing has always been the first and foremost means of communication, expressing everything needed to be relayed. Important things and things we want to remember are written down.

The Lamb's Book of Life is a record written by God before the creation of the world, listing people who will live forever in the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, it states in Revelation 21:27 referring to heaven that, "Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life."

Dig deep within your soul and refresh your mind with insightful ideas, and lovingly write them in a special place. Let those words be the guidelines to your success, whether as an author or any profession you are passionate about. Read the Bible and books that will inspire you on a daily basis, pray as often as you breath, write notes of encouragement around your home, create a special and peaceful atmosphere where you live, hug your loved ones often, be thankful for all that you have, write your deepest thoughts down, for THIS will enhance the special purpose that God created you for. All these things are ways to conjure up and ignite the person that you really and truly are. Please God continually and you shall reap the harvest of success and abundance planted and written within you, fulfilling your every dream and desire.

May God surround every aspect of your life and bless your endeavors!