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The Light House

A Beam of Light, In This Dark World.

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Hi Guys! I am an aspiring writer who enjoys uplifting others. My daily goal is to be a light in this dark world. I pray this encourages you!

If You’re Going Through, Keep Going.

First and foremost, I want to apologize to all my loyal readers for my absence. I haven’t written in months. The main reason for this is because I really didn’t have anything to say. I never want to write just to be writing. I want to write with purpose. I’ve also recently started a new job and I’ve been dealing with the adjustment of that as well as a few other things. With all that being said, we will get into the message for tonight.

I believe it was Winston Churchill that once said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” This quote came to my mind the other night as I was sitting in the emergency room with my son. He had a reaction to a tick bite. As I mentioned previously, I just started a new job. Although this new job, it seems a lot of the problems I previously had, remained. Although I liked certain things about this job, it’s plenty of things I don’t like either. As I sat in the emergency room that night worried and knowing I’d have to miss some time from my new job, this quote came to my mind. Being that I didn’t like the job as much as I expected, it made me want to run back to the normal, run back to the old things I knew and I was comfortable with, but I knew deep in my heart, God was trying to lead me somewhere and me going back wasn’t going to help me get through this process any faster.

Then this Saturday me and my son were hanging out at the mall, and as we were walking to the car, it started pouring out of nowhere. We got caught in this bad storm with a heavy down pour. Part of me wanted to stop and just wait for the storm pass over but then I didn’t know how long that would take. Then God said to me, “Just keep going, you will get through the storm faster if you just keep going.” As I kept going, in no time the sky cleared up, it was sunny and no trace of rain could even be seen on the pavement. Had I pulled over or just sat there waiting on the rain to stop, who knows how long I would have been waiting. After I got further down the road, I knew I made the best choice when I decided to just keep going.

I say all this to say, no matter where you are in life right now, just keep going! If you are in a hard situation or a awkward situation, keep going and just see what God has up ahead for you. One thing about hard times, they don’t last always. As for me, being that I’m also in an awkward place right now, I’m gonna do just what I’ve told you to do, keep going! That’s all I really can’t do. When you don’t want to go back but you don’t like where you are, you know that place you will love will be up ahead. Just know that place, that thing, that job, that person you want exists and don’t give up until you get it!

Thanks for Reading,

J.M.

 

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Activating The Next Level

For a while now I’ve been with some things. Have you ever been ready for the next level but not ready to give up the things it may cost you? I’ve always wanted to be very successful in whatever I decided to do in life but at the same time I’ve always hated change. Any very successful person will tell you that change, growth, and success go hand in hand. It seems I always hate the process of change but love the results. Crazy right?

I’ve been working on some things to advance my career and I’ve been filling out job applications and even getting some interviews and some offers. A few of the offers I turned down because they just did not scream “next level” to me. After I turned down the last offer I told my friend I was going to wait on God’s best. I feel like anything God blesses us with should be an obvious upgrade from the thing we are letting go of. When more opportunities started to present themselves to me, I realized soon that my next level would come with sacrifice. Then I began to wonder am I ready for that? Or should I just stay inside this comfort zone?

Right now I work a normal work schedule, I am able to spend plenty of time with my son, and I live within about 30 minutes from my job. But activating this new level, will mean less sleep, a longer commute to work, learning new skills, and getting used to new people. I might have to ask for more help with my son. For a while I wasn’t ready to do this. I was afraid. But then I had to ask myself, how can my faith work if I never step out into a place where I need to trust God? How will I ever become a better provider, a better role model for my son, a better person in general if I stay here stuck in this comfort zone? I had to realize that God gives us grace for each season of our lives and he gives us the strength to handle whatever comes in that season. God will give me the same grace and strength for a longer commute that he did for the shorter one. I had to remind myself that God loves me and has good plans for me, to prosper me. God will never do anything to harm me.

Maybe your next level doesn’t involve your career. Maybe it involves your child, your love life, your marriage, starting a business. Whatever that next level looks like for you, activate it. Now is the time! The spirit of fear is not from God so if you are afraid of the next level, know the enemy is using that tactic to keep you stuck. You may not get another chance at this, the time is now! It’s your season to activate your next level! Stand boldly in faith and watch God exceed your expectations!

Thanks for Reading,

J.M.

Even on A Bad Day, God Is Still Good!

Although this quote sounds a tab bit cliche, it is very true. As many if not all of you know, the flu has been spreading like wild fire this year and it has been claiming many lives. Well this week I found out my four year old son was diagnosed with the flu. I’ve never had the flu in my life and neither had he until this year. We never get the flu shot for my own personal reasons even in past years so this year was no different. My son got sick on Sunday night and seemed to be getting worse on Tuesday. So that afternoon I took him to the doctor. With a quick swab the doctor came in and said he had the flu. Influenza type A to be exact. I could not believe this my mouth dropped. Immediately my thoughts went to all those kids who lost their lives due to flu this year and I immediately started praying for my baby. The doctor reassured me that he would be fine since I caught this illness early and gave me a prescription for Tamiflu.

I remembered seeing all these posts online about shortages of the drug or the price being too high for most to afford. I went to our normal pharmacy and they informed me they were all out of the drug and its generic version. They also informed me that all the CVS stores in the area had no Tamiflu. I started to panic but kept praying. So I immediately got on the phone and started calling different pharmacies near my home. After calling about eight stores, I finally found a store with a full stock of Tamiflu and its generic. I hung up and immediately told the lady I was on my way. Once I got to the store to get Tamiflu, I was then worried about the price. I gave the pharmacist my insurance information and he informed me my prescription would only be $5. All I could do was thank God. I was worried if my child would have any adverse side effects to Tamiflu but if anything it helped him a lot with the flu symptoms.

I say all of this to say that I considered Tuesday a bad day, but even on this bad day, God was still good! He took a bad situation and still allowed it to work in my favor. Although I missed some days out of work, I know God’s hand was at work in mine and my son’s life. I could not have asked for a better outcome and I consider myself extremely blessed because things could have gone another way. This week, I had to remind myself, that God never told us that weapons wouldn’t form against us, he just promised us that they would never prosper. So with all this in mind, the next time you are going through a tough situation, just remember, with God, all days are good days. Some days you just have to look harder to find the good.

Thanks for Reading,

J.M.

Get The Lesson In The Test.

My family has a weekly Bible Study that has been going on for decades. When I was a child I went often with my grandparents but now as an adult, I never get a chance to visit the class as often as I’d like. Well this week since I had a different schedule, I was able to sit in on a class, and it helped me realize so much. Not only did I learn new things about the Bible that I never knew, but I also learned how all those years when I was “forced” to go to this class as a child, I should’ve been realizing how fortunate I was instead of rushing the time away on those Monday nights. Just looking around that room this week, I realized how fortunate I was to be surrounded by so much wisdom. People that had seen such highs and lows in life but were still living and coming weekly to give God their time. People who had the principles on how to live a successful life and keep God first. During that meeting I got this revelation. Many times in life, we get some of our best lessons, through tests.

How many of us can be honest and say that we hate most of the testing periods that God gives us. Especially those tests that are really long and hard and our impatience just wants us to rush through them to obtain a blessing on the other side. While this is likely true, a blessing is usually on the other side of a test. But we forget, in order to obtain that blessing and also to be able to handle the blessing, we have to use those lessons from the test. I remember when I was a kid, I hated going to school all day just to go to Bible study at night then get home just to go to bed. I didn’t really see the good in going weekly and I just didn’t like it. I wasn’t trying to learn anything, I tried to get out of going any way I could. Although this wasn’t a test, I realize now God had me there because it was things he needed me to see during that time. He had to keep me there so I could learn some valuable life lessons even if I didn’t see it at the time. When we go through tests its the same thing, we don’t want to be in test and we spend some much time complaining about the test, that we forget to get the lesson.

Many times we forget to be patient until it’s our time. We forget that many times we have to show ourselves faithful doing the test. When things are not going our way, when we are not getting what we really want in order for God to know we are ready for the next level. One thing I’ve learned in life is that, those hard lessons we try to rush away are the very ones that make us successful. I say all of this to encourage you not matter where you are in life. Wherever you are right now, God wants you there for a reason so instead of complaining about how much you don’t want to be there, focus on getting the lesson from this test.

Thanks for Reading ,

J.M.

Stop Waiting, And Start Working!

How many of us have something we want God to do for us right now? How many people are waiting on something. Really something you’ve considered yourself waiting patiently on for a while. I know I’ve been in this place in life before, really I’m in this place now. I’ve been in this place a few times in my life and I’ve found out a secret to speed up the waiting process. The secret is simple, while you wait, you need to be working. We all know the scripture, “Faith without works is dead”. This is true. You have to really break down that phrase and understand the full meaning. Lets say you want a new job, while you are waiting on that new job, you can’t sit idle. You have to be busy everyday looking for a job, filling out applications, and making important connections. You have to be busy praying everyday for this job. The other side to this work is to get busy! Literally get busy doing the things that God has called you to do. Many times we are waiting on God when God is waiting on us. While you are waiting on your new employer to call you, get busy doing the things that God has called you to do. I can’t tell you what God has called you to do, it could be starting a business, writing a book, or even something as small as reading more and becoming more disciplined.

If you get busy working, before you know it, the thing you’ve been waiting for and praying on, will be knocking at your door in no time. Once God sees you doing your part and working on the things he’s told you to work on, he will go ahead and send you your blessing because he sees that you are ready for it. This process could speed up your blessing in the natural and even if it doesn’t come any sooner, you will feel like it did, because you’ve been busy working. Then while you are busy working, once you walk into that thing you’ve  been waiting for, you will be a better person than you were before you got it. You will be better mentally, physically, and spiritually. I’m not sure what you could be waiting on today. You may be waiting on a job, a significant other, a baby, money, or maybe a loved one to return home. No matter what you are waiting on, work while you wait and watch God show up and do even more than you ever asked of him. Get busy about doing God’s work and God will get busy blessing you more than you can imagine.

The human mind and our emotions, wants us to sit around sulking and sad while waiting on our blessings. The devil wants us to be sad, crying and depressed but this is not God’s plan. God wants us to be persistent. He wants us to reach our goals and perfect our craft. But at the same time he wants to be sure we are ready to walk in what we have been waiting for. So today, I challenge you. I’m sure each person reading this is waiting on something, and I’m sure each person reading this has something they have been putting off that God put in their heart to do. So why not start today and put this method to the test. Start working and watch that waiting pool turn into a well a well of blessings. As always thanks for reading, and don’t forget to subscribe.

J.M.

Essential Oils and Allergy & Congestion Relief for Children & Adults

Click the link below and check out the article I did on some natural remedies that helped my sons allergies and congestion.

 

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Do You Believe In Miracles?!?

How many people actually believe in miracles anymore? If you read the Bible you see in almost every chapter that miracles happened regularly. It seems today we do not see as much of these types of miracles happen right before our eyes. I wonder why this is. Jesus tells us that if we believe, greater works than his shall we do. This makes me think that maybe we don’t believe. When I say something is a miracle, I mean something totally unexpected that happens to you that meets your need or instantly changes your life for the better. Usually miracles provide you with an overflow. I’ve seen a few miracles in my life so I know they are real. In my experience they usually come when you least expect them. I could be down and out and just like that, God sends just what you needed and sometimes even more.

I’ve also seen God work miracles in other peoples lives around me so I am for sure they are real. Many times in the past, I wasn’t even living how I should have been and God still sent me miracles, some I didn’t even ask for. So this prompts me to ask you this question. Do you believe in Miracles? Has God ever done anything for you and it just blew your mind? Lately I’ve been in need of a miracle and although it has not come yet, I am still believing God that it will happen. I know this time I have been living by God’s word and following his plans. I know he sees my faithfulness and my obedience and I believe this miracle, when it comes will blow my mind.

I made this post today for two reasons. One, to tell you that if you are in need of a miracle, hold on and keep the faith because it’s coming. Many times God steps in right at what we consider to be the last minute. So as long as you hold on and keep the faith, know that your miracle is on the way! The second reason I made this post was to inquire and ask if you even believe in miracles. Maybe you’ve never seen a miracle or maybe you have but it’s been so long ago that you have lost you faith in them. Since this page is all about inspiring others, please feel free to comment below and tell me and all the readers what kinds of miracles you’ve seen in your life, or the lives of others. Also if you are waiting on a miracle, share that with us too. Let’s increase each others faith and get in position for our breakthrough!

As always, thanks for reading. And don’t forget to expect miracles today!

J.M.

God Will Make A Way 

Vistas of Hope

Dear Someone,

This letter is for you. You that’s tired and sort of emptied out. You that tomorrow could be the someday you’ve been waiting for. You that want answers but you’re afraid to ask. You that have seen people say to you, “I’m here for you” and then run away as soon as things start to fall apart. You that there were moments you think you won’t survive and then you survive. You that’s allowing your fears to decide your future. I want you to know that whatever it is that you are going through, they have an expiry date.

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“I Will Not Fail You!”

This phrase from the thirteenth chapter of Hebrews has been in my spirit lately. In this chapter God promises he will in no way ever fail us or leave us without support. Many of us think we are alone daily because we lack physical help or support but God’s word has promised us as our father, he will never leave us alone without support. This made me think about the love I have for my child as an earthly parent. Lately I’ve been trying to obtain a new level of success, I’ve been feeling like in some ways I’m failing my son. In reality, I’m not I’m just being hard on myself right now. I’m pushing myself so that I will never have to fail him. I want to forever be his biggest supporter and greatest asset. This took me back to think about all the times I felt so alone and God never failed me. All the times when my situation looked hopeless and God stepped right in and did more than I ever asked of him.

This point made me remember that you have to be down and out before God can step in and work a miracle or before we can feel like he is going to fail us. If I never got in those situations where I could have failed, how would I know for sure that God won’t fail me? Look at David in the lions den. Although David was thrown into the lions den, God still didn’t fail him. God closes the mouths of those hungry lions and Daniel slept peacefully because he took God at his word. But if Daniel was never thrown into that Lions Den, how would he know that God wouldn’t fail him or leave him without support? It’s something to think about it.

I say all of this to say, no matter what you’re going through, remember God will in no way fail you or leave you without support. No matter how dark it might look, remember it’s darkest before the dawn. That moment when you feel hopeless and you’ve exhausted every option know that’s when God will step in and blow your mind. People may fail you, but remember God never will, trust him.

Thanks for Reading,

J.M.

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