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

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What God?

Before reading this I want to say when it comes to topics like this, they can be condescending or rude. My intentions are to be nothing but graceful. Everything I am saying I say with Grace and Love behind it. Enjoy (:

What God sacrifices His own life for every person whom ever lived, and for those who aren’t even born yet? What God loves that person who has made more mistakes known to mankind? Or the girl who has scars on scars because she said it would be the last time, last time. Or what about the man who cannot stop watching porn because he’s been struggling with overcoming that addiction and it only seems to get worse each time. The woman who has sold herself to multiple men and or women to make ends meet or just because her husband is not satisfying her needs, vice versa. Or what about the person who murdered and is serving his time for the choices he or she has made. What God would do that? What God loves them, despite their addictions, habits or lifestyles? What they’ve done, are doing and will be doing? Tell me what other God has created a universe with such detail down to the T? What other God has lived a perfect life, died a gruesome public death and 3 days later rose back to life? There’s only one has done that and He goes by the name, Jesus Christ or some know Him as Yahweh, Abba or Emmanuel, either or only ONE has done that and from that happening His footprint is the only life that has not faded.

The next question you probably want to ask is; How? How do you know this? Show me. I need proof; I need something tangible to believe. I need facts or else what you’re saying is bogus. It may sound bogus, I myself, have thought maybe this whole Jesus stuff is bogus, maybe all this stuff is just jib jab just to keep people busy. Later on, I came to realize that followers of Christ walk by faith not by sight; 2 Corinthians 5:7. We trust by faith not by sight. Living in a instant gratification world it makes it that much harder. However, that’s why being followers of Christ we are called to not do life alone, to be in community, to be in relation with Jesus so we do not seek proof or conditions in order to believe in the one and true living God. We are called to take up our cross daily and serve, just as He did on His last meal before being crucified. John 13:1-17

Your next question is: How do you know the bible is real? How do you know those people aren’t just making that stuff up? It’s all just nonsense. I want to let you know that I have asked and are still asking the those questions to this day. I don’t have all the answers to every question, I don’t want to know the answers to every question because that’s not in my capability or power. I just want to be here to help you, be the tool for you to understand a little more about the man who created this earth and WANTS TO BE WITH YOU. Who wants to love you unconditionally no matter what trial, season, lifestyle or background you have.

To answer the question of how do I know the bible is real? The books of bible are prophets for Jesus, they are telling their life stories to show that we are not alone. They went through pain, trials, tribulations, rich, poor, wise, silly, no matter who they were or the jobs they had, they all went through pain but at the end of the day the answers were ALL the same. Jesus. Jesus was their savior, Jesus guided them, directed, filled them with Joy, Truth, Grace, Mercy, Jesus is always the answer and will forever be the answer on this side of Heaven. Being told there is a place where there is no more tears, no more pain, no more suffering, no more cancer, no more drug addictions, no more evil, no more bombings, no more murdering, no more crime, no more heart breaks, no more divorce, no more plagues, no more death… how could you not want to go to a place like that? How could you not want that for eternity? Because you think it’s too good to be true? It’s not real? It’s fake. If that’s the case, I ask then, show me where that’s not the case? Show me how Heaven is not real? Show me when was Jesus a bully, a killer, an addict, a cheater, a liar or a promise breaker? Show me when he failed, he did not follow through, He did not save, and He did not get on that cross to die for yours and my sins. The questions you ask, I ask you the same. If you don’t believe in Heaven or in Jesus, why is that? Why can’t you believe? What’s stopping you? What’s stopping you from understanding something that could set you free? That could give you eternal perfect Holy life? The question you should be asking yourself is why the heck wouldn’t you want something like that? In this time and century I believe eternal life would be #goals. Before shutting down an opportunity of knowing someone so perfect and being in relation with them, just try and put down the walls of pride, the walls of being better than anyone else because Jesus is as good as it gets.

So again, I ask what other God would sacrifice Himself on a cross, wash your feet, meet all your needs before His, would take a slash and bleed so much that He is unrecognizable. Still loves you despite what you have done behind closed doors or are still doing. Jesus Christ, the one and only living sovereign God would do that, that’s who. He’s here, He’s waiting for you to invite Him into your life. John 14:6 

Don’t make everyday a Monday, make a change on whatever day, time and second you’d like. You’re in control of what happens next. Choices you make consequences will follow, that being good or bad! 

xoxo,

EK

2am Wake Up Call

Its 2am in the morning as I write this. I just arrived home about a good hour ago. I have not been out this late in years. I’m exhausted, irritated, annoyed confused and sad all at the same time. You’d think, how? By her pictures she seemed to have had such a great night, why would you be sad if you were just out on the town? That’s because you only see what a picture can capture.

I LOVE meeting new people, especially while travelling, you need to be ok with it. That being said I am going to cut to the chase and say a picture is worth a thousand words. I have had a few people reach out to me tonight and lately saying how much “fun” I’ve had by seeing my photos I post. Yes, it’s been fun getting to know others, its been fun learning about the Aussie culture but deep down my heart aches for these people, im confused and just broken-hearted why this culture is the way it is. This has been so big on my heart since the first time I experienced what I am about to express. I am so thankful for blogging because it allows an access to reach others and or explain my raw thoughts with no boundaries.

The Gold Coast is the number one place for the most Godless living in Australia; according to an Aussie that I was chatting with. Speechless, right? I was when I moved here. I had no idea. It breaks my heart to know you can be having such an in-depth convo with someone and all of the sudden you see them slip a white pill in their mouth or snort something right in front of you. I wish I were making this up, I wish this was a lie but it’s not. It’s reality and I lived this reality tonight. I was not participating in these activities, the people I was conversing with was… it made my stomach flip upside down. Not being brought up around this type of lifestyle, it’s completely foreign to me but here it is so nonchalant, no big deal, NO. BIG. DEAL.

From the experiences that I have had down here the Aussie culture to me seems to be drinking by day and drugs by night. I don’t like judging a book by its cover, I want to think people don’t take drugs to have a good time or to function but tonight was a surprise. Great conversation was flowing and then out of the blue bam. Why? The questions start to bounce in my head like someone who is on something. Why do you need to do drugs? What makes it so indulging you need to do it every time you’re out or all the time your awake? Why? What are you numbing? My heartaches for the people whom I have run into you and chatted with and or met. Why do you feel the need to do drugs? Why do you feel the need to put your mindset in a different world while everyone else is down here on earth? Can you not comprehend life in reality? I just don’t get it. Not doing drugs has nothing to do with religion at all because I have been told that is why I don’t do them. No, I don’t do them because I don’t feel the need to be on that certain level, I don’t want to numb the pain for a moment I don’t want to mess my brain up because I wanted to have “fun” for that moment. Every person I have chatted with said they have had a rough past, they’ve been hurt and they chose to do this and it’s been that answer almost every time.

We’ve all been hurt, we’ve all suffered from some sort of pain in life, whether that being childhood, adolescent years or adult years. It’s happened to us all unfortunately. However with that pain, that hurt, why turn to drugs? Because it’s an easy access, you can get instant gratification since you want it now, your way, on your time. That’s fair, I’ve been there, I’ve wanted some things immediately before too but nothing forced ends well; it’s just the obvious. So, I ask again dear friend, why? Why turn to something that will be a temporary “help” when you can go to not something but someone. What if I told you that there is someone who can heal that pain and hurt you have acquired in this life. What if that someone actually took that pain and burden for you by shedding His blood and died on a cross as a perfect man because something so pure and perfect needed to be sacrificed in atone for the sins of the people. You may think I am sounding crazy or speaking gibberish but I am here to voice to you that I believe Jesus Christ is the Lord and savior and He is waiting for you with arms wide open. Bruised, hurt, addicted, happy, sad, content, scared, angry, bitter, etc. He is there and all He wants is for you to just fall into His arms so He can hold on tight to you because you’re His daughter/son and He is your Heavenly Father.

Luke 15:11-32 is the book about the Prodigal son. It’s a great read for anyone who thinks they are not worthy enough to run to Jesus. That book is for someone who’s been through hell and back and needs nothing but to be loved, to be held, to be praised, to not be judged because running to Jesus is something to celebrate about. Whether that being your first time doing it or 100th time. It’s ALWAYS something to be praised about. “ For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate.” Luke 15:24

This is a long read, I am trying to cut it short but it’s so hard to cut something short when you’re so passionate about something. I want hurting, scared, anxious, addicted people to understand that they don’t need to be proactive in the certain activities they decide to do, they should try something new if they haven’t. Maybe try to be in a relationship with Jesus? I can go on for days about this but I just want to try to stick to what I am trying to get across. This world is about instant gratification, right here right now. However, instead of shoving all that crap under the carpet and start having it just build up and up, until one day who knows what could happen, why not try just talking to Jesus. Stuff what anyone will think, yes you may think you’re talking to air, I for sure thought that but He’s there, He’s omnipresent; Isaiah 57:15. He is inside as the Holy Spirit, having accepting Him into your heart; John 14:6-7 & John 14:26-27. He is alive and He has risen, amen. So next time you want to pop that pill, next time you want to intoxicate your mind with drugs, I am just going to be blunt, just scream, shout, whisper, yell the name of Jesus; Jeremiah 10:6. He will hear you and He will help you. Maybe not instantly like what other things have done in the past but His timing is perfect and He will fulfill the promises that He has made for you and I. God is good all the time and all the time He is good. Again, pictures can say a lot but it’s what usually is not being captured is the reality of what should be shown. Raw, organic moments. 

xoxo,

BCD

Embrace

I just need to be blunt about this. Yes, life is about finding someone to spend it with but that’s not all life is about. Why is it that, a lot of writers pieces that I’ve been reading lately are about “how to” get your ex back, or “how to get make him fall in love with you”. Unless I am not looking in all the places, recently not a lot of people are talking about how to enjoy singleness. Yes, they talk about being alone, or even lonely if you want to go down that road but I’m talking about singleness strictly. Not in a “it’s complicated or friends with benefits, single as eating dinner for 1.

After reading that first paragraph you’re probably thinking, “yeah, this girl is definitely single.” You know what, that’s totally fine with me. Granted, this the Twenty-First century and our world has very different views on relationships these, however, chivalry is NOT dead. Call me old fashion.

I don’t want a “how to” book or blog to tell me what to do to find a relationship. It’s cliché because it is TRUE, that things happen when you least expect it. Have you ever heard of anything forced work out brilliantly… I haven’t. It’s like you’re in pool of sharp rocks with waves crashing on top of you, it’s going to be hell if it’s forced, it won’t work the way you want because it did not happen naturally. When you’re in an unhealthy relationship or relationship for that matter and never had a chance to experience the single life you are only hurting yourself later on and or in this present moment.

When you have that alone time; when you’re single, you get to learn so much about yourself, what you want in a significant other and so much about your own character. Not to mention, you get to do whatever you want, when you want and how late you want. If you don’t experience that how are you going to know how to handle being alone when you’re partner is busy for a couple of hours, days or heck even weeks. How are you going to handle not having your phone buzzing twenty-four-seven, how are you going to handle finding directions by yourself or even putting that necklace on for all my ladies out there. How?

I know it may look cute in the photos and from what they preach to you but honestly at the end of the day, don’t you like just spreading wide on your bed, alone without anyone else being there crowding your space? Of course I want that later on but right now, in my singleness I have so much to mature on, work on and learn on for myself. During your single years, being selfish is ok because you only have yourself to worry about. Stop worrying about how to get your ex back, they’re an ex for a reason. Stop forcing something that should not be forced if you want a lifetime commitment. Let nature take it’s course and if it’s meant to be. Embrace your single years; you never know if you’ll ever have that opportunity again.

xoxo,

BCD