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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!

Why Do We Settle?

Have you ever wanted something and had an idea of just what it would be like when you got it? For example you wanted a significant other that fit certain criteria, but then you met someone that was the exact opposite. Then when we meet this opposite, what do we do? We just settle for them and put all that criteria and the vision we had to the back burner. Do you know what this is called? It’s settling. As humans male and female, we settle so much. Not only in relationships, but in our careers, our education, even in our thought life. But why do we settle? Do we settle because we just want that one thing so bad that we take the closest thing to it that crosses our path? Or do we settle because we never even believed the thing we envisioned existed in the first place? I know for me sometimes I can become doubtful that the thing I envisioned will ever even cross my path. Then I had to remember that I serve a God that can do anything at all and that is very concerned about me. He knows everything that’s hidden in my heart and even the number of the strands of hair on my head. He makes the stars and the waves obey his command. If I know I serve a God that can do all this, why do I think he can’t send me something that is above or beyond whatever I even envisioned? Truth is fear makes us settle. Fear of the unknown can get you to settle where you are or just settle for something you never really wanted in the first place. When that fear creeps in I have to remind myself that God did not give me that feeling. And the next time you get ready to settle, you should remind yourself of the same thing. And before you take something that you really never wanted, remember that you don’t have to settle. If you just believe and wait, God Can send you something so great, you’ll think him everyday that you never settled.

Thanks for Reading,

J.M.

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Don’t Worry We Can Fix That….

How many of us have made a mistake and tried to hide it? Chances are, we’ve all done this. My son does still all the time. He makes one small mistake like spilling his snack on the floor and instead of asking me to help him clean it, he hides it from me. This got me thinking. We do this to God all the time. We make one small mistake and we run and hide. We start missing church, stop praying, just almost turn our back on God. In our minds we think we’re running from him but in all actuality, God sees all. By the time we hide and run we make the situation so much worse and once we are down to nothing we then turn to God and ask for his help. Imagine how much better of you would’ve been if you would’ve talked to God earlier? I always tell my son, I love him and to never hide anything from me. God is saying the same thing to us. God is saying come to me, we can fix it. Imagine if this one thing you’re holding onto could be blocking your blessing. So whatever you are struggling with tonight, take it to God. Even without your help, God Can fix it. You and him together are always the majority.

Thanks for Reading,

J.M

For All Those Things I Never Knew About….

It seems we are always coming to God asking for strength, money, peace, a significant other, but yet have you taken time to thank him lately. No I don’t mean thank him for your nice house, your car, your kids. Of course in all things we should give thanks to God, but these things are obvious. It is so important that we thanks God also for all the things he did that we never saw. Thank him for the drunk driver that he kept in the house tonight so you wouldn’t get hit on your way home from work. Thank him for that man or woman that walked out on you because they had a horrible background you never knew anything about and you could’ve become their next victim. Thank him for protecting you from attacks and diseases when you were out doing God knows what with God knows who. Thank him for not letting that person break in your home last night. Just thank him for every single thing you cannot see. As humans, our flesh makes us only think about things we can see. But in the spirit realm, God works with everything we can’t see. I know he is working on my behalf right now and he will continue to as I’m sleeping tonight. I know right now he is working on your behalf too. He’s touching that mans heart right now to give you a call for that job tomorrow. I had to make this post to say, the next time you feel that God isn’t doing anything for you or he isn’t blessing you, please remember all those things he is constantly doing that you know nothing about. Lord I just want to say thank you! Thank you for keeping me, even when I didn’t care about being kept! You should give him that same praise tonight because at any moment if he decides to stop working on your behalf, think about where you would be.

Thanks for Reading,

J.M.

Please Don’t Worry!

This afternoon I picked my son up from school. I looked in the backseat and said “hey, how was your day?” He went on the say, “Mom, I’ve been worrying”. My first instinct was to laugh at this because my son is only four years old. But I was somewhat alarmed so I wanted to hear his complaint. I asked what he had been worried about and he told me he was worried because he had lost his favorite pacifier. I knew he lost it but I had been in no hurry to look for it because he is really too old for it and I am trying to break the habit. But once he told me he was worrying, I immediately became sad. I promised him I would look for the pacifier as soon as we got home. Once we got home I found it and he was happy. The act of him worrying is what made me sad. I don’t want my son to worry. I want him to know that I am taking care of him, he is mine. He is my child, my responsibility and I have promised to do everything he needs me to do to make sure he is well taken care of. If I ever I deny him of anything, it is for his benefit. I want him to know how much I love him. Don’t you think God feels this way about us? He is our father. A good father who does way more for his children than what any of us earthly parents could ever do. He does not want us out here worried. He wants us to give our cares to him and trust that he will sustain us just like he promised in his word. When we worry it seems as though we do not trust God and this is not God’s will for our life. I’m begging you today, please don’t worry! Give whatever is bothering you to God. I guarantee you he will come through for you. He will make a way in ways you least expect. Trust God! He won’t steer you wrong. Tonight, go to sleep and don’t worry. Worrying will not change one single thing about your situation. Know that God loves you, and that he watchfully cares about it. He knows every single hair on your head. He will not allow you to fall. Just trust him and watch what he really does!

Thanks for Reading,

J.M.

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His Time, Not Yours!

Do you have a problem? Have you been praying about it? Crying out to God wondering when he is going to turn your situation around? Maybe you feel like you are about to drown in that debt, depression, or bad relationship but I guarantee that you wont. As long as you hold onto God, he will hold onto you. God will not let you fall, he will hold you up. Many times we pray and expect God to answer us right then, and most times that just does not happen. Then many times we get discouraged and want to give up when God doesn’t give us the answer we want when we want it. I cannot promise you that God will give you the answer that you want, but I can promise you that he will come to your rescue when you’re in need. God loves you, he will not just let you go under and not send you any help. The flesh in us wants to plan for years ahead but God isn’t that way. Many times God can show up just in the nick of time. He will step in right when you thought it was over, God will step in. It’s never a question of if but when with God. Take Moses and the red sea for example. Moses and the Isrealites where trying to escape Pharoah and his army. Moses got right to the edge of the red sea and had Pharoah’s army close on his heels, and they thought it was over, they knew they would be captured and probably killed. But, just as the army was closing in on them, God parted the red sea and made a way of escape out of no way for the Isrealites and Moses. God did the impossible and he did it when they felt all hope was gone. I say all of this to say, God has not forgotten you, he is waiting to step in, he sees you and he knows you need help. Just be patient and remember, his time is so much better than yours!

Thanks for Reading,

J.M.

Hate CANNOT Drive Out Hate!

In light of all the racial tension, I had to speak on this topic. It seems that every time I turn on my TV I see another protest or some form of racial tension. This just seems to me like history repeating itself. Did we not learn anything from the battles our grandparents fought against racial injustice? Did we not learn anything from the death of Dr. King? It seems like the easiest thing to do when you find out a group of people hate you, you hate them back. But, that is not the answer. This quote tonight from Dr. King says it all. He gave his life for this cause along with many others. He devoted his life to racial injustice and hate among men in general, only for him to be killed by the US government. I say this to say, that hate will never drive out hate. When you respond to hate with hate you only create more hate and no one will win. If you have a dark drink and you poor more dark liquid into that drink it will never become light. The only way to drive out darkness is by light. I know this is not easy but it is something we have to do if we want change. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the truth and the LIGHT. Are we not here as re-presenters of Christ? I want to make a challenge to everyone reading this post. I want you to go out and do something kind for someone of another race. Even if this means just going out and holding the door for someone, or smiling and telling them to have a good day. Do this for a stranger of another race. I am not saying this will change overnight, but eventually, things will change. Eventually, this light will drive out darkness. This is the only way to peace, the ONLY way. We are supposed to be lighthouses in this world. God has sent us out as sheep among wolves. So this is my challenge to you this week. Put your pride aside, your feelings aside. Ignore the negativity from CNN and just spread light and LOVE!

Thanks for Reading,

J.M.

Can You Be Faithful With The Little Things?

This topic has been on my mind for a while now but I’ve never written on it. It seems that we are always praying to God for more and for increase. We always want something better. We want a better house, better job, better car, or maybe even better friends. We are always asking God for more. More money, more time, more influence. Not saying there is anything wrong with asking God for increase because it certainly is not. But, before you ask God for increase, I want you to ask yourself one question. What are you doing with the things God has already given you? Are you asking God for more money and you can’t even pay your tithes. Do you want a new job but you can’t even get to your current job on time. Why would God give you more to misuse? God is not gonna give you more money when you are not even honoring him with the little that you already have. Why would God give you a better car when you won’t even keep the one you have clean? Why would God take you to the next level in your career when all you do is sit at work and complain and slack off. And we could all make excuses why we do these things. You could say oh I am always late because of traffic or my kids move slow in the morning. Well, have you considered leaving home earlier or rearranging some things? God wants us to give our best and for everyone this is different. Just ask yourself the next time you are waiting on a blessing that seems to be taking too long, this could be blocking it. God will never give you more resources to misuse. Once God sees that he can trust you will small things, he will trust you with much more. Remember, in order to get to your promise land, you must be faithful in the wilderness.

Thanks for Reading,

J.M.

Patience…

Does anyone else besides me struggle with patience? We seem to have God on a time frame and we want him to move when we want him to move. When we pray for something we expect it to happen right then. It’s almost as if we get up off of our knees and expect everything to change right then and there. Yes sometimes God does answer our prayers quickly but other times he makes us wait. Anytime God is making us wait, it is always for a reason. In most cases after the wait, greater joy than we could ever imagine will follow. But in order to get to this joy we have to wait on God and be patient. We expect God to be so patient with us but we get upset when he doesn’t move as quickly as we want him to. We have plenty of bad habits we won’t put down and we know God is asking us to buy yet we take our time and expect God to be patient and understanding with us. Yet, when we pray to God for something we get upset and rush him. Unlike us, he is not just dragging his feet, he is making sure everything is in line before he releases our blessing because everything God does is perfect. Maybe you’ve been praying for a new job, an increase in your finances, a significant other, or maybe even a healing. God could come through and answer your prayer tonight and work on your behalf while you are asleep, but even if he does not, be patient. Think about everytime God told you to cut someone out of your life and you couldn’t do it because it was hard for you and you expected God to be patient and wait on you. Didn’t he wait? I can’t tell you when God will answer your prayer but I can tell you that he will come through with an answer. I can’t even promise you that you will like the answer but I can promise he is working everything for your good. I can’t tell you why God is making you wait, but I can promise you he will step in at just the right time. So the next time God is making you wait, remember all those years he was waiting on you to even acknowledge him, yet he still kept you.

Thanks for Reading,

J.M.

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