I Could’ve Made The Call

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New Blog Post on the second blog!

Originally posted on To my Proverbs 31 Ladies, Eyes on Jesus:

Lately I’ve been going through what most girls go through on their Purity Walk: the dreaded Time of Thirst. It is a thirst beyond comparison. It is the time when we start to crave companionship – usually accompanied with idle hands – and, for some odd reason, it feels as if you would just explode. Like your vaginal walls will say, “that’s enough! I’m out of here,” walk away and hop on a stranger’s motorbike.

Well, all dramatics aside I was definitely going through this for about a month. A MONTH. I still had a few numbers I could have called, persons I could have messaged, to relieve me of my thirst. I wasn’t about to go there. No way, in my 20 years of purity walking, would I give in this easily. I had decided to remind myself of the reason why I was doing this in the first…

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Could You Be Alone As You Seek The Lord? (Challenge)

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New L.I.L.I.C. COMING SOON! Follow my second blog, pink crosses and join the fast!

Originally posted on To my Proverbs 31 Ladies, Eyes on Jesus:

In my last post I covered the addiction that is/can be, Social Media and how it can hinder your spiritual growth. As you are on your walk with Christ it is crucial to spend quality time with Him. We all know that. No relationship can grow without each partner spending time with one another. I’ll introduce to you a challenge – tailor it to your own needs. You know your weaknesses. The Goal is to separate yourself from others in order to get closer to God.

Why Must I Be Alone?

The Bible says Jesus would “would withdraw to desolate places and pray.” (Luke 5:16) Jesus knew that in order to concentrate on God, He needed to be free of distractions. When Jesus went into the wilderness before His temptation, He fasted and prayed for forty days and nights… alone. Could He have taken someone with Him? Sure…

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Challenge Your Spirit!!! – One Week Prayer Challenge

Aah, I love challenges. The first week is always the best.. until it gets a bit too real. Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever started a challenge – be it spiritual, fitness, or other types – and you were hyped for the first few days. Then everything starts getting boring. Maybe you didn’t take it seriously enough?

Maybe you didn’t see just how important it is to challenge yourself once and a while. How important is your spirit to you? Very important. It’s all you’ve got when your body deteriorates away. Chances are, since you’re on my blog, you’ve already got interests in God and Christianity. You know that there is a life after death; there is a heaven and hell. You want to go to Heaven. So, how about a simple challenge to help you get there? Is that serious enough for you?

I found a Prayer Challenge on Pinterest. I couldn’t resist – I have to share it. I’m currently doing a Daniel Fast so this will come just in handy! Join me? Pretty pweaasseee? :)

 

 

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ImageJoin me in this prayer challenge and/or one week fast as I seek God, asking Him for guidance, protection, prosperity and His Will. 

But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul – Deuteronomy 4:29

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. – Lamentations 3:25

Distribute This Math Equation

College student(Christmas Break + Free Time) = X

Solving for X, we get: Sleeping all day, watching re-runs of vampire shows, and above all, accomplishing NADA. That’s some equation. 

It was my first day of Christmas break today and to be honest, I have no idea where the time went. I woke up at 9am, went back to sleep, woke up at 2pm, listened to music, watched True Blood and now it’s after 6pm. Yeah, I got nothing done. I’m ashamed to say I’m still in my PJs…

I did hop on the scale. I swore I thought I gained the Freshman 15 all over again, but the scale said I gained a little over 2lbs since my last weigh-in in early October. Not bad. Still, I could have LOST 15 pounds since the beginning of the semester. So, I just had a burger (it was small) and fries. Throughout the day I munched on cereal and pizza. Classic college kid. That’s not a compliment… I’m going to watch another episode of True Blood to let this food digest then I’ll workout around 8pm. Then I want to watch a sermon. Also, as I’ve said before, I’m going to consider Churching it out twice on Sundays. Hey, I’ve got the time. I might as well use it wisely instead of sleeping the day away. 

I’ve been waiting on that callback for an interview. I never thought I’d say that I really, and I mean REALLY, want to work at Burger King. If I can get in my first pay check before school reopens then I can pay to get some work done on my mother’s car and then I won’t have to spend $6 a DAY to catch the bus to college! I speak it! 

 

Side Note: Oops. I thought I had already posted this. Well, I finished my workout and now I’m going to shower, grab some hot cocoa and watch a good sermon. G’night all!

XOXO

Day 6: Feeling DEFEATED – I JUST WANT TO STAY HOME AND SLEEP

Ugh! I’m not even in the mood to type! Expect this to be short. I wanna cry right now, I want to punch a wall, I want to be held…

Firstly, the challenge hasn’t been going successful as Satan done it again. My computer crashed! All of the memory is gone and it set me back majorly. I’m on a borrowed netbook which makes my hands feel so big and manly because it’s so teeny.

On top of that, I had to break up with my boyfriend all because my mother doesn’t like him – family is very important to me. I want to sob and eat bon-bons and curl up in my bed. Earlier, I didn’t want to eat at all but it’s a shame we broke up FOR THAT WOMAN.

That was my first love and I couldn’t even focus to do homework tonight. I just said screw it, screw it all, screw it all to hell.

Sorry, guys, I’m under A LOT of stress. Loads of work needs to be done, I’m gaining weight, and I haven’t been pampered in months… or years. It’s always been about helping other people, helping my family, helping my mother. Help. Help. HELP. God helps me, I know. I’m just waiting for the blessing. So, I’m going to stay home. I’ll probably sleep in an hour or two later then I’ll do some work. So much for the challenge. I will continue it on tuesday. Right now, I just want my bed and some soft music in my ears.

I’m feeling so confused and defeated. God, please stay near as I know You’re already here.

Side note: I went to my friend’s church today. It’s a non-denominational church. I think I will make it a regular thing, which means church times two on Sundays. I need it. I really do. God deserves it. He really does.

Good night.

 

 

XOXO

Philly

DAY 1: Old Habits Die Hard, New Ones Need A Cesarean

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Here is how Day 1 went. For more updates on how I’m doing during this 3-week challenge on creating new habits and triumphing over old please check out my personal blog Pink Crosses.

Join the challenge! What new good habits would you want to become a part of your daily life? Let me know. Make a list and join the challenge. Good habits improve ALL aspects of your life. Trust me, this first blog says it all!

XOXO

Originally posted on To my Proverbs 31 Ladies, Eyes on Jesus:

Day 1 of course was a stumble. From this morning I had a bit of trouble breaking out of some old habits to make new ones.

My biological clock woke me up at 4am, my actual alarm clock didn’t wake me up at all… there went my scheduled “Morning Time with Jesus.” My mother woke me up at 7:30am to tell me to be ready by 8am! No breakfast, no bed-making, no Jesus – I had ran to the shower, through on some clothes, and even ending up finishing my hair on the BUS STOP. How horrible is that? :(

But, it’s okay, the day got a bit better. I had somehow managed to finish up work that should have already been done. PHEW. I hope I’ll get a good grade. My day at the college was fair, minus Satan intervening (for the first time, I had…

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My Future Good Habits

If you start reading below and have no clue what I’m talking about then click this link first.
 
WOO-HOO! I’m really pumped about this new challenge we’re doing. Seriously. It’s unhealthy how excited I am. Pretty sure I’m at risk to get a hernia from extreme excitement!
 
Enough kidding. Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope you all enjoyed it. Hope you had a good rest, spent some time with the Lord, and got in a good meal. You all are in my prayers (one of my new habits is to pray more for those I don’t know).
 
Below is my list of new habits I want to acquire by the end of these 3 weeks. When I think about how it would change my whole persona, perspective, personality and everything else, I get jitters. I’m sure God will be pleased by the change.
 
Here is my list:
 
- Prayer time with God every morning for about 10 minutes (just talking and listening)
- Watch a sermon every morning after prayer time
- Drink water after awakening (I hear it works wonders for your health!)
- Workout 5x a week, before school
- ACTUALLY stick to my study schedule
- Facebook only between 6pm and 10pm. (It’s an addiction…)
- *Have a “date night” with Jesus once per week
- Write in my journal nightly
 
I may add on to this depending on how the day goes. I’m very hopeful about this; I can’t wait to gain some new healthy habits!!! Amen?
 
Be sure to follow my other blog on which I will post about my daily habit-makings during this 3 week challenge!
 
*Date night with Jesus is spending quality time with Him – almost like a date. I have never tried this before but I’ve heard good things about it so I will be sure to post about it this weekend!
 
God bless and good night!

Happy Habits – 3 Week Challenge

It’s the busy season for me – FINALS.

Finals are coming up in the first week of December and everything’s boiling down. I have papers, projects, tests, homework and more that will be due in two weeks then around the corner is a group of exams that will knock my socks off! But, hey, I’ve got a God who’s looking out so He showed me some things, whispered some things in my ear.

One word: HABITS.

Two: Good Habits.

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The Bible does not speak about “habits” per se but it does speak about repetitively doing good things, which in itself is the creation of a good habit. In order for us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2) we need to repetitively renew our minds. Sounds simple, right? Surely, it is… and certainly, it’s not. Bad habits are hard to break, and the implementation of good habits takes a considerable amount of time. It takes about 25 to 30 days to form a good habit, and another month to make it become a part of you – your third, very productive arm. So what does this have to do with Christianity?

How many bad habits do you have? From small fingernail biting to a callous temper these habits affect your daily Christian life. They become hindrances, slowly but surely. You may say, “fingernail biting isn’t a big thing.. how could that affect anyone, really?” It may seem small but nail biting can drastically affect your health by making your cuticles more susceptible to infections and can cause dental issues. Your body is a temple, stop gnawing on your pews.

How many good habits do you have? Furthermore, how many more good habits do you want to have? Make a list and join this challenge. No, seriously, get a pen and paper (I’ll snack on an apple while I wait). Write at least 7 good habits you want to have (at most 12). For three weeks starting November 11th, 2013 to December 2nd, 2013 your aim is to do those things listed. Remember, these aren’t goals, these are habits-in-the-making. I predict that by the end of the first week you’ll notice a big improvement in your life!

Psst. Make sure to include some Holy Habits. For example, how nice would it be to create the habit of waking up and having a bible study/ watching a sermon first thing in the am?! That’s definitely a habit I want!

Hey, you won’t be doing this alone. I’ll do it with you. Starting on DAY 1 I will post on my personal blog (it’s new, I couldn’t help it, sue me) recaps on how each “habit day” went. I’m sure the first few days will seem a bit hard, then it will get easier.

Follow this blog as well as my second for motivation.. and possibly some not-funny jokes.

See you soon!

God Bless,

Philly

Father, You’re Testing My Patience!

Everyone, every Christian, will have their own personal storm(s). I’m going through my own right now! In these times, we need to lean on God more and strap ourselves tightly around him like a child holding his mother’s leg for security. Get your umbrella, it’s about to get rainy.

 

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

This is easier said than done. I’m sure you’ve had your moments when you’ve read scriptures, believed them, said a “hallelujah!” but when the time came to live it you flunked. This scripture is definitely one of them. Tell God your problems – that’s the easy part. Feeling more secure afterwards is the hard part. I know God loves me, He wants my worries, He wants my love, He wants to provide for me and take care of me. I know. But that’s easier to know than believe in times of trials. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – 2 Philippians 4: 6-7 Okay, Paul, I got you. The answer is prayer. Ceaseless thanksgiving and prayer. 

In times of trial become a supreme Prayer Warrior.

 

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

God is here right now; He is with you. Sometimes we don’t realize it, but He’s always strengthening us. We are made in His image, and let’s be real, God is not a punk so neither are we! Those who hope in Him will renew their strength! And soar like eagles! (Isiah 40:31) God gives us the strength to wake up in the morning and head to bed at night. Even though in troubling times we may want to lay down more often (just to get away from the troubles momentarily) we are soldiers. We are fighting for the winning side!

He’s working alongside me, so I will endure with a smile!

 

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

I really love this verse from John. The great God who created Heaven and Earth lives within me, when I have peace it comes from Him. Any fruits from the Holy Spirit when exemplified from me, comes from Him. We fight against the world. But, remember, we’re on the winning side. Christ has already overcome the world – through Him we are already champions! So, a little trial here and there won’t stop us from keeping our heads held high! Whatever you’re going through, whenever you’re going through it, remember God is a conqueror! He has conquered and we conquer with Him! Go in PEACE, remember that the God in you wants to be peaceful, joyful, loving, caring, kind, faithful, good, gentle, with self-control.

In these times, let the God in you shine brighter than before and let the Holy Spirit take control of your body.

 

For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1: 3-4

I like to think that we should rejoice in times of trial not only because it will condition us, but also because God sees you as someone who can endure it. He thinks highly of you! Remember Job? Satan had to go to God to seek permission to tempt Job. It’s that way for us as well. Satan had to go to God to get the okay to tempt you temptation, after temptation because you are God’s property. God had to say yes for your trial to begin – because He believes you can handle it. This is a huge compliment from the ALMIGHTY! Rejoice! In these times you will be made complete.

This is your conditioning period. Make the most of it.

A few more words: At the age of 19, I’ve realized that we truly need to surround ourselves with Godliness during harsh times. It will strengthen us. If you need to spend less time with other people and more time with God, do so. Usually, we know what we need to we just don’t do it. This is your test, your heavenly compliment, show God that you can endure it without turning your back on Him no matter how hard it gets. When the going gets tough God gets going… and running, straight to our hearts to soothe us and strengthen us.

One more thing: Smile, Satan hates that.

:)

Jesus, calm the storm.