Houston We Have A Problem

It seems to be the end of the world for some. Houses are being washed away, flooding beyond belief, losing literally everything all the way down to memories. The natural feeling of panic is at its peak. Damage and distress seems to be all over in our country but more so specifically speaking about Houston. I cannot even imagine going one day from being ok to bam, everything is gone. That too would cause massive amounts of stress to any human. It’s out of your control and it’s a life or death situation, I can empathize in all ways.

After keeping a close watch of the news, and various stories being published, it just seemed like nothing but chaos in Houston. People are now in full panic mode and scared beyond belief. However, I had a completely random thought that may sound like I am crazy or stupid, but it’s for the most insensible non-confusing way I think. If that even made sense.

Instead of being in full panic-mode, what if we tried to stop, look and listen during this time of distress. Yes, there is a bloody hurricane going on, I am well aware of that. However, for whatever reason being, it seems to make sense in such a tangible way. Jesus asks us to cast all our cares on Him because He cares. To run to Him when we are in distress. When it comes to mother nature taking her course, it’s so hard to understand and blame her. She’s just doing what she is called to do. As believers, we are called to peace, we are called to run to our Father in every need. I just wonder what it would be like to be in Houston, and instead of panicking, seriously stop whatever you are doing (hopefully you’re somewhere safe) look around where you are and just listen. Be still, be still and know that you are alive. You are safe, you are protected. Truly listen in the middle of distress. You are in the eye of the storm right now, surrounded but what seems to be hell on earth. Panicking only makes it worse, physically and mentally. So instead of doing what everyone else is doing, try to take a moment and just be still. Be still and know. Know that you are loved, you are cherished, you are protected, you are loved, you are cared for and you are going to be ok. In whatever way

Truly listen though. All in this middle of distress. You are in the eye of the storm right now, surrounded but what seems to be hell on earth. Panicking only makes it worse, physically and mentally. So instead of doing what everyone else is doing, try to take a moment and just be still. Be still and know. Know that you are loved, you are cherished, you are protected, you are loved, you are cared for and you are going to be ok, in whatever way being ok means.

Stay strong Houston.

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Globe Trotting

You know what get’s me hyped?? Life. 

Life has so much to offer. The beauty, massive different cultural lifestyles, opportunities, relationships, experiences, etc etc. I could go on forever but let’s just leave it at that.

We all have free will by the grace of God. With that, comes many skin-rising choices whether we see them as good or bad they are choices that will direct us to the next destination. Having a personal relationship with Jesus and just believing in His goodness is all about faith. Without faith, it’s nothing. But with the great gift of the Holy Spirit that is provided when declaring your faith in Jesus, provision is available when it comes to needing clarity or direction in that next step.

I used to live my relationship with Jesus in a way of “ok God, where do you want me to go, what do you want me to do?” Expecting that big audible voice to say “Go here, Go there.” Well, in my life, I have not heard Him like that ever, unless I was too in my world… that’s completely off topic, Anywho!

What I am trying to get at is, yes, this life is great! However, it’s not necessarily about our benefit and our happiness. It’s about growing the kingdom of God and to be alive when the world considers us “dead.” Hear me out though, there are times we should be selfish and be focused on our own being to grow more fruitfully each day. I have hardly ever allowed myself to be selfish in that sense and it’s not healthy. Good thing, I have a much better understanding about Jesus and His goodness && about His will and not mine. God gave us free will to do what we want. Despite whether we see it as “good” or “bad”, that choice will still allow us to continue on the path of the Lord’s great will that He has had planned for us since the beginning. I am beyond thrilled to be in this mindset and place in life to take an opportunity that has presented itself and take it by a huge leap of faith. Even though some may disagree with it and some do not see the benefit of it, there will always be learning opportunities, opening and closing doors, etc. Jesus will still provide for me, love me, never leave me and just be with me no matter where I decide to reside. Internationally or domestically, He is there! He is still proud of my decisions despite how awful and selfish they may be to the human eye. I believe since there has been a lot of prayer, seeking and just flat out faith that’s what He really enjoys. The fact is, I am making a leap of faith into the unknown and just truly trusting Him. It’s so challenging, and just simply so life-giving, I obviously could not miss this chance.

So here’s to new adventures, new opportunities, new friends, new doors, closed doors, and just growing my personal relationship with my Heavenly Father!! WOOHOO!

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XOXO,

S

Simplicity

Titles, jobs, cars, designer brands, latest and greatest technology, etc etc. All good things! But, they also can be bad things as well.

I look at majority of materialistic items as poison. Yes, they have their pro’s, don’t get me wrong however, idolatry, consumption and worth can become such a bloody major factor and without those “things” you cannot function.

I say this because I’ve been here time and time again. Going through multiple spiritual and wallet cleanses, you’d think I’d understand my own information but then realization came about and WHAM, hit me at the exact right moment.

Things of this world, especially materialistic items are temporary. When we put in our minds that once we have that “fill in the blank” we will be happy because you will finally be satisfied, is a complete and utter lie. How do you get your happiness, satisfaction, worth or even identity in something that breaks, is last weeks news, or as I said, even temporary. That’s kind of silly when you truly think about it. When you obsess over something that is not even going to last longer than a certain time period, why invest in it so much? Why wrap your identity into something that will only cause you pain. Even in the end because it won’t be good enough, after x amount of time. There is SO much more to life than having the nicest, or even latest and greatest stuff. Exactly, stuff.

Hear me out again, I am not bashing on the talent of what man has made but I want to share how wasteful we humans can be when true richness is not from stuff but from above. Jesus, The One, who became sin whom new no sin, gave His life for us to have eternity life with Him in a place filled with riches and loving relationships that will be forever and not just that one-week. You will be eternally grateful, fulfilled and happy by being in the great scandalous presence of The Holy One. I would take the riches of eternity over man-made stuff any day because logically it just makes more sense and spiritually it is soul fulfilling. There’s a reason why things of this earth are temporary. It seems to me that the big man up above really does know what’s going on.

I am so grateful for realizations like this. To know that I am and probably will have a life-time of struggle in this area of life, but it’s only because I am tenting in my flesh that is of the world. When in fact, my spirit is in the world thus being is by the grace of God I am a Daughter of Christ, a Co-air of His kingdom and that is SO much better than worrying about when that next upgrade on my that phone is or getting the newest car. Life is a lot better when simplicity is a priority.

S

Cleanse Time.

In life, going on a cleanse can be extremely beneficial. From spiritual all the way on the other side of deep cleaning that overflowing closet of yours, to even a juicing… but let’s be honest we humans need that good ol’ protein.

I am not sure how to classify my “cleanse” per say however, it’s long over due. Actually, I take that back. It’s the perfect timing. I am on such a high for Jesus right now. I have finally been spending intentional time with the Lord and I. LOVE. IT. I can’t explain the scandalous, freeing feeling I am experiencing but that’s for a different day. I want to just share what I have been learning these past few weeks.

I love everything about fashion. The science side, clothing, styling, patterns, colours, etc. I love it! It oozes out creativity and challenges me in every possible way, literally.

My identity came from my clothes and how overflowing my wardrobe was. The more I had, the “fill in the blank”. I received my satisfaction from clothes, I received joy, I received a high that was satisfying in the moment but then died, so thus; I needed to buy more clothes. It’s not exactly your typical addiction or struggle but it’s something I have been dealing with for a while now and I am realizing how destructive my choices were. You cannot get authentic satisfaction from things of this world. My heart yearned for something else, something I was not getting at the time.

Jesus.

I could talk days about Him but as I said, different time, different blog.

Lately, I’ve been on this spiritual high. Wanting to know where my identity comes from, where my worth comes from, who Jesus is and how can he be more satisfying than fashion. This has been one of the most transformational times in my life. I have finally come to a beautiful conclusion about myself.

My passions that are of this world, my wardrobe and all the “things” I own, do not matter anymore.

I am experiencing so much freedom from this. It’s satisfying in itself to know that I am here realizing something that has been bonding me for years. With this freedom, comes a new direction in life and new desires. I am making some life-cleansing choices that I thought I would NEVER need to make. But I am. And I could NOT be happier.

Once you taste freedom, it’s like Jesus. You just want nothing but that and more of it!

Thank you Jesus for this freedom.

XOXO,

S