Testimony or Eulogy? 

Jeremiah 29:11 KJV

[11] For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace,and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Lately Jeremiah 29:11 has been my fight song. Throughout these past couple of weeks, I have been going through some difficult times. There were times that I lost all hope, and thought that almost nobody in this world cared about me. Other circumstances led me to be sad, and bitter. All the meanwhile, I had to face one of the biggest challenges in my life, and stand up for what I know and believe is right….. even when that meant losing a “friend,” being falsely portrayed, etc. Somewhere during this battle, I cried out to God. 
GOD.. I NEED YOUR HELP! 

I immediately felt God whisper to me:

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
I felt peace. I felt reassurance. I then knew that no matter what I have been through and no matter what I go through, GOD will always be there! He has a plan for my life, just like he has a plan for your life! You don’t have to be alone. He has plans to prosper you! Don’t write your story as a eulogy, but instead tell it as a testimony! Look what you went through, and look what God brought you from. Tell others how your testimony, even through the hardest times of your life, has made you stronger. Grow closer to God, and not further. He knows the thoughts he thinks toward you! Thoughts of peace, and not of evil! Have a blessed day!

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Smile


You know how sometimes when you wake up for school, you are just like “UGH… I am not feeling this today.”? Your alarm clock didn’t go off, so your running behind, toothpaste trickled all down the front of your shirt, your hair is not corporating at all today! And to top it all off, when you finally arrive to school and go to your first period English 4 class, you suddenly remember you have a huge test…..

Wow. So what do we do when we have things like this? Normally we would say fail, go home, sleep and try and again tomorrow…. but we know that’s not the correct response lolz.

The rest of the day depends on you. If you walk around moping, and angry, and being rude to everyone, your probably going to have a bad day, but if you brush it off, say prayers, and try to make the best of your day, it could turn out to be a really great one! 

Life is what you make it. It can be good, or it can be bad. Now sure there’s going to be days when bad things happen. All you can do is pick yourself up, give God glory, and SMILE! 

Walk around that school like you own it….. but with an ownership of smiles…… in other words don’t let other snotty kids take over the school and ruin your day! Witness to someone. Tell them about Gods love! He’s good to us! Wake up, and SMILE! 

Gods Plan Of Salvation

When I first began my blog, I wrote on a draft explaining pretty much why us Pentecostals do the things we do. I feel like I should go back and explain everything in spate blog posts. I think it will help a lot better, so the reader ( you) doesn’t get overwhelmed with the information. Please feel free to comment any questions you have below.

So first, I would to begin with the plan of Salvation. Now this, like everything else in the Bible is very important. Many people; however, get Gods plan of salvation very confused. People read John 3:16 and immediately misread it, and misunderstand it.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

I want you to take a close look at this beautiful scripture. …..SHOULD NOT perish……

If you believe in God, you shouldn’t perish…. but that doesn’t mean you wont. You shouldn’t because if you believe, then you should read his word and follow his ways according to the Bible. Lets be honest… this statement is really going to throw you for a loop.

Even the devil believes in God!!!!!!!

The prophet Joel said in

Joel 2:28-29

” And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.

And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.”

Okay.. stay with me!

John 7:37-39

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said , out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

(But this spake he of the spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given ; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.

SOO… Joel is prophesying the Holy Ghost is coming in Joel chapter 2, and In John chapter 7, it says that those who believe should get the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost was not yet given, because Jesus wasn’t glorifed yet!

Stay with me, and ill explain what the Holy Ghost is according to Gods word…

Alright now heres where you really have to focus, and stay in the word.

Acts 1:5

For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

John the Baptist baptized with water BUT YE SHALL be baptized with the HOLY GHOST….

1:7-8

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

You will receive power when you get the Holy Ghost.

Acts 2:1-4

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

They received the Holy Ghost! When they received the Holy Ghost, it came with evidence of them speaking in other tongues.

Now this is where people tense up and close the book, or turn off the computer, because they are scared of it. Some people don’t want to believe in it, but in a second you will see for yourself how essential it is. Don’t be scared of it. Its a special language that only God understands.AND YES… its for EVERYONE.You will learn that too.

 

Acts 2:13-21

Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Alright! Joels prophesy we read about has come to pass! The Holy Ghost!

Now we read that others mocked them…which happens today! People say that its crazy, and unnecessary , and they will make fun of those who obey this. Don’t let them hinder you from Gods plans for your life!

Now what were about to read is Peter preaching.

Acts 2:37-39

Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

This is the plan of salvation that you have read for yourself. They asked what shall they do to be saved, and he told them.

  1. Repent
  2. Be baptized in Jesus Name
  3. Receive the Holy Ghost

And then he continues to tell us that this promise is for us, and our children, and to ALL that are afar off, even as many as God shall call! Its not just for a select few! Its for everyone!

Now when you receive the Holy Ghost, the Bible tells us it comes with evidence of speaking in other tongues.Yes its necessary!

Later in Acts Peter was preaching and once again when they received the Holy Ghost, they spoke in other tongues.

Acts 10:44-48

While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Other examples of speaking in tongues when receiving the Holy Ghost are found in many scriptures. Heres just a few of them:

  1. Acts 2:38
  2. Acts 11:15
  3. Acts 10:44-48
  4. Acts 2:1-15
  5. Acts 16:30-34
  6. Acts 19:5-7

That’s JUST A FEW! Theres plenty more examples throughout Gods word.

 

If you have any questions PLEASE ask me! I’m here for everyone! Follow, Like, and COMMENT! I want to help as many people as I can! Keep reading my blogs to learn more! COMMENT your questions! The Bible has answers and I’m here to help you! Leave a topic to blog about in the comments if you have any ideas! Keep it holy! Have a blessed day! Love You!

 

I Just Wasn’t Hungry

My entire life, I have always struggled with my weight. I was always an overweight kid. Now this isn’t some story about a girl who was fat and grew up and lost weight and now is a size two and completely fit and healthy. This isn’t that kind of story at all.

When I was in the third grade, the bullying was really bad. I was constantly being mocked and abused as the children’s target of choice. I had enough of it, and no I didn’t try to kill myself. I didn’t want to die….I simply wanted to lose weight. Dieting just wasn’t something I could do. Exercise didn’t help; so, I starved myself.

For the next six weeks I didn’t eat anything. I had convinced myself I simply wasn’t hungry, and if I ate that I would choke on it. Now you cannot fully understand unless you’ve been through the exact same thing yourself, and you haven’t, because each human is different. I know others have done what I did, but like I said… each human is different. My hunger was obviously there, but it didn’t hurt. If I went 24 hours without eating now, id feel like I was dying, but at that time in my life, being hungry, or anything to do with food just didn’t matter. I drank liquids and that was about it…

My mom took me to the doctor a couple times a week to make sure I wasn’t dying. She told my school to watch me and make sure I ate. Well, they tried, but I just didn’t want to eat. I would give my food away, and cram the rest in my milk carton. They eventually got some of my classmates to tell on me, and the teachers caught me. I still wouldn’t eat.

Finally, I was at one of my checkups almost six weeks after I started this, and my doctor said, “Brooke, if you lose one more pound I’m going to have to admit you and give you a feeding tube.” I cried and cried.  So the next day, I was watching “Bindi the Jungle Girl,” and my mom said, “Okay that’s it, your going to have to have a feeding tube put in.” I begged her to not take me and she said ” if you dont eat, I’m taking you.” I sat there watching my favorite show, and for the first time in almost two months, I ate a candy bar. I went to the doctor and she said that I lost a pound but my bloodwork was okay, and that if I had continued, I would have had a tube put in. My organs were shutting down.

After I began eating normally again, my class decided to go on a field trip. My bully; however, couldn’t afford to go. With my money I made from chores, and of course my moms help, we paid for him to go. We wanted it to be kept a secret who helped him, but my teacher felt he should know. He cried and begged for my forgiveness.

Today, I am a senior in High School. I still struggle with my weight, but I’m not starving myself. I am overweight, but with a lot of work, and Gods help, I’m going to try and change that. I want to lose weight for myself, for my health, not to please others. Love yourself. Don’t do what I did, just to be skinny. I got skinny… but also very sick. I almost died. Love yourself. God made you beautiful. He made you in his image.

Please don’t be a bully either. You just don’t know the impact your words have on someone, until sometimes when its almost too late. Be kind. Love everyone. Don’t bully, and tear people down. Show them Gods love and show them kindness. Treat others how you want to be treated.

New Years Resolutions

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Happy New Year! 2017 has finally arrived. A New Year also means…….*drumroll*…… New Years Resolutions. Pretty much a list of things some of us has been trying to accomplish since 2001. I know I know! You really are trying this year! I get it. I’ve been trying to lose 50 lbs. on my New Years Resolutions for the past 3 years too. Following through with them is really hard, but have you stopped and asked yourself why they are really hard? I mean there’s obviously a reason. I think as humans we automatically set high goals for ourselves to reach. We all want to be fit, wealthy, and popular, but what if we set different goals for ourselves?

I mean stop trying to be like celebrities, and social media stars, and maybe worry about important stuff. Here’s a great goal to have: Get your diploma this year, or maybe get straight A’s! The number of followers you have on Instagram doesn’t effect anyones life for the better. Its Instagram…..

Instead of trying to win the lottery…….. how about learn to manage and save money a little better. Help those in need when you can! The goals we set for ourselves are very important in defining who we are. If all your worried about is having the perfect body to get a million likes on social media, then you make yourself seem pretty petty, and careless.

Here’s some wonderful goals to add to your list:

  1. Grow closer to God

If you don’t have God In your life, your completely empty, and can never have happiness or purpose.

2. Get the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38)

Without it, you cannot go to Heaven. This is a very important goal! Obviously…

3. Be kind

If your not kind to others then how can you expect them to be kind in return?

4. Get healthy

Allll in moderation. Don’t over do the goals and say your gonna lose 20 lbs in a month. Try 5 lbs. a month.

5. Love yourself

God made you in his image and if your doing goal 4, do it for health reasons not because ou think your fat or ugly! God made you beautiful! You are fearfully and Wonderfully made!

 

Words

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” 

This is a phrase that is also one of the biggest lies to ever be told. Words go deep. They sink into the deepest depths of our mind, and consciousness.

A knife can enter into the body to terrible depths, but words can enter where a knife cannot. 

Words stick with you until the day you die. Even when you forgive a person, you will constantly remember the agonizing words they dared to utter from their lips. 

Words that replay over and over in your mind. 

 I’m sad to tell you that sometimes stabs with a knife can be fatal. There are other times; however, the cuts can be healed. You may have a scar, but it’s painless.

Words cut deeper, and even after they scar over, they still hurt. They hurt forever. 

The tongue is so evil, and detrimental. 

Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

James 3:6 – And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

James 3:8 – But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

There’s many more scriptures about our mouths and tongues. 

While sticks and stones may break your bones, those bones can be healed. 

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will forever damage me……