These past few weeks I’ve been thinking about all the things that have happened. To the earthquake in Mexico, the hurricanes that came to America, to the controversy with the NFL, and the recent Las Vegas shooting.
So, with all these things happening so close together it’s tempting to think Christ will be coming any moment especially with everything happening in nature. Well, Christ could come back tomorrow or 10 years from now. There’s no telling. If the Son doesn’t know the day or the hour, we as humans certainly won’t . It’s best to keep the parable of the Ten Virgins in mind (Matthew 25:1-13) and always be prepared!
When it comes to the NFL and the question of patriotism, this is a topic that can easily divide Americans. I will be speaking more on this in future posts, because this controversy really bothers me and breaks my heart to continue to see this division. Anyway, it’s wise at this point to have a conversation with your brother or sister in Christ who you know would have an opposing view, instead of making an assumption based on what is seen.
Last thing I will say(promise!), is the sadness with the Las Vegas shooting. My heart breaks for the victims of those shot and for the family of the shooter. The main thing that breaks my heart is the question why won’t be answered. The reason why the people at the concert got shot won’t be answered. The reason why the shooter committed suicide and his premeditation for the weapons he acquired beforehand won’t be answered. And it’s easy to be angry at God for all this and go into despair because the solution to prevent this in the future is so elusive. However, like I said before, continue to look to heaven and always remember my brothers and sisters that we don’t belong here. Hence the reason why we suffer here. All these events happening should incite us all the more to do what is right and let those lost know the hope we have.
Love to all my brothers and sisters near and far.💗
I’ve been thinking lately about all the ways humans are created in God’s image. I also thought alot about the beauty of creation and how humans are still a greater creation than all the beauty of the earth.
I’m a huge fan of sunsets. No one sunset is exactly the same, with some sunsets being orange, pink, or purple at times. Surrounding clouds will also add that oh so wonderful silver lining. I also love the beauty of the night with its many twinkling stars, the vast Milky Way, and seeing the dancing Northern or Southern Lights. I see posts on Facebook and Instagram of crystal beaches and mountains that look like they’re painted. The world we live in is so beautiful.
Then I thought, my Lord and Savior didn’t die for the creation, as amazingly beautiful as it is. He died for human beings. Why? I’ll never this answer in full, but lately through my life and others lives I’ve got to see the strength of the Spirit inside of humans. We can get through some horrific tragedies and people will still see the light and love of God. That is, if we choose to view our hardship as a chance for Christ to be seen. So, for my warriors who face their hardships whether it’s an internal ongoing hardship or an external hardship that may or may not be temporary, know I’m praying for you always for strength each day. Karl Bowdle this especially goes out to you. You’ve been an inspiration to me and many others in spite of your sickness and God is the center of your conversation. I pray that God continues to keep your Spirit strong whether or not you are healed.
In conclusion, my brothers and sisters near and far off, remember that you are created in God’s image and His Spirit can get you through anything. Also know that we are not meant to stay on this earth and hence the reason why we struggle here ( Romans 8:18-30). Keep your mind ever on Christ and let those lost know of the hope beyond this world.
This was a post from Facebook from the time I graduated from physical therapy school. I had the dream of being a physical therapist since I was in high school and just had no desire to pursue any other profession. Glad I never gave up. This profession definitely has its rough moments but it is still worth the difficulties I went through to get there.
My grad school journey has been rougher than some. However, I kept going at a point when most would quit. Don’t let anyone including yourself tell you that you can’t get it done. Let NOTHING hold you back and keep a positive outlook no matter how bleak it looks. I’m blessed to be where I’m at today and am truly thankful. 🙂
This is another one of my colorings when I’m bored.
La Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic
This goes with criticizing others paths that they take in life that I wrote on before. Comparing ourselves to others is also something that can be dangerous for our well being and can distract us from God. I spoke to someone who told me their family member is very successful and they will never catch up to them. The fact that they knew they would never catch up really bothered them. I’ve been there as well. I have a friend who didn’t go through the trials I had in life and her life looks relatively easy. I remember being mad at God for making my life the way it is and not like my friend’s life. I realized later with myself and with that person who feels like they will never measure up to their family member that my journey in life isn’t the other person’s journey in life. God had me going through the trials in my life to help others who are going through the same trials to find peace. And as for the person who compares themselves to that family member, they have actually been a trailblazer in different realms of their life and has been a huge encouragement to me. Also, making your life like someone else’s life distracts you from the life God has planned for you specifically. And God definitely wants your undivided attention! And His opinion about your life is the only opinion that truly matters. 😉 Rest in the fact that your life works in the grand plan God is working out for all of those who He loves! And I sincerely believe when I see Christ beyond here it will all make sense.
I’ve been thinking a lot about choices in life that people make that others for one reason or another don’t agree with. From the single person who doesn’t want to be married, to the couple who decides to not have children, to a young woman whose main desire is to be a wife and mother, to that guy who names his dog a number (LOL!), and the girl who names her bird after Spanish colors (that would be me). I’m not being so serious about the last two of course. I’ve heard criticism for just about any lifestyle, actually. But you know, it takes all kinds of people to make this world work and progress. People like the Apostle Paul spread God’s Word to a vast part of the world, Oprah known for her philanthropy, and Our dear Lord and Savior took away the sins of the world. People like this are needed in this world for sure. For someone to say every single person should be married or life is worth nothing may want to rethink what they say. Now, Paul, Oprah, and Jesus didn’t come into this world without mothers. So to the young woman who really wants to be a mother should aim to be one. People telling her that she should be traveling and finding herself and not to bother with marriage and family at a young age may need to back track what they say here, too. Marriage and children are a blessing from God and that should be supported no matter the age. Also, couples who decide to not have children are often viewed as selfish. But what if that couple is aware that they may not be suited for parenthood? I know of one married woman who is quite selfless and contributes to many charities and is always giving to people in need. Yet, she knows she’s not the mothering type. I mean, should she really be criticized? So, all that to say, every stage of life has an opportunity and the choices made for the good and well being of others should be praised, not criticized or pitied because it’s not “typical”. So make aims to celebrate every person who is striving to make this world a better place whether it’s traditional or novel. God has placed all kinds here for His Glory.
Hope you understand the point of the fruit bowl.
Two buddies of mine enjoying the ocean.🌊