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HAPPY MUSIC MONDAY: “BE YOU”


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A lot of us are trying to be something, do something, and be somewhere. A lot of us are trying to be something for someone, and in that process, a lot of us are not being our true selves. Be you, and be happy for yourself. Chase your dreams. Express your thoughts and opinions, and don’t let others suppress them. Don’t modify yourself to fit someone’s idea of you. Fail and succeed. Listen, but also don’t listen to others. Accept advice, but also reject. Do you, and be you, because at the end of the day, it’s just you and God.

 

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TENDER TUESDAY: “HAVING A BAD DAY? — LET GO”


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It seems like there is a lot of bad news as of lately being slammed into our faces by media networks, and when you are having a bad day, the last thing you want to deal with is more negativity.

It is my goal to find positive and inspirational content that I could post on here. I want my site to be a source of good news for you. So today, while searching for content to post, I found this video. It’s titled “Instructions For A Bad Day.”

Video below:

FRIDAY RECAP: “LIFE IS A CELEBRATION”


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There are so many things to celebrate in life. For example, this weekend my family and I will be celebrating 25 years of my parents being married. Whether you have something or not to celebrate, make the most out of this weekend, and go celebrate life at least! Life is great, and it’s worth celebrating.

This week’s recap…

Monday: Joy Rides

Tuesday: You can. You will. You did.

Wednesday: Be A Misfit

Thursday: Cooked Documentary

 

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RANDOM THURSDAY: “COOKED DOCUMENTARY”


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In need of something to watch during your Netflix and chill nights? Well, being a documentary buff, I recently binged on this documentary series called Cooked. I found the series to be very well done and educational, and if you are foodie like me, undoubtedly pleasing to the eye.

The description of the documentary:

“Explored through the lenses of the four natural elements – fire, water, air and earth – COOKED is an enlightening and compelling look at the evolution of what food means to us through the history of food preparation and its universal ability to connect us. Highlighting our primal human need to cook, the series urges a return to the kitchen to reclaim our lost traditions and to forge a deeper, more meaningful connection to the ingredients and cooking techniques that we use to nourish ourselves.”

Western commercialism and the growing dependency of processed food has taken a toll on the intimacy and beauty of home cooked meals, which has resulted in a decrease in the nutritional value of what we eat. And this series really shows us that in a none lecturing way. I recommend watching this documentary series!

Let me know what you think!

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HUMP DAY THOUGHTS: “BE A MISFIT”


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I’ve been reflecting on this sermon from Chris Durso all day, so I thought I’d share it with all of you for today’s HDT:

“We live in a Gotham where there are already too many inconsistent heroes. We live in a city where people over promise what they’re willing to do, but catch them on the wrong day, they have already checked out. See, real heroes, real misfits, real Christians, real Christ followers, they don’t pick and choose when they help nor do they allow a circumstance to dictate their level of commitment. We choose to live a life that most people say they don’t want to live. But we know that we’re called to this, and because of His grace we are able to make it. This is why we carry our cross daily, and daily allowing our cross to carry us through. Each and every one of us are called to live a selfless life. Not making it about us, not making it about how many followers we can gain on Twitter or Instagram but making it about how many followers can be added to the Kingdom. Not for our sake, but for the name of Jesus Christ.

I am praying and I am hoping that today you will be consistent in your faith. Please allow me to expose to you from the onset, from the very beginning, if you are doing this thing for applause or accolades then you are in it from the wrong reason. Why? Because the bible clearly states that all glory, all honor, does not belong to us, it all belongs to Jesus Christ. So when you enter in this thing be sure that you know, that you understand, and that you are okay with knowing that all the work may be done by you but all the praise and thank you’s belong to Him.

A misfit is one who’s uncomfortable with his or her surroundings and is seen to be disturbingly different than others. And as misfits one of our greatest discomforts is inconsistency amongst our peers. No matter what happens we remain full of character and integrity without ceasing, without stopping, why? Because we realize that this is more than a fad, or a trendy term, or a t-shirt. This is a lifestyle, and it is a commitment to God. And as misfits living under the mandate of Jesus Christ, we do not take our commitments lightly. Our yes, is yes. And our no, is no.”

 

 

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TENDER TUESDAY: “YOU CAN. YOU WILL. YOU DID.”


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“Yes we can,” is the common American chant when striving towards a goal. However, I ask myself… Can we? Do we? Did we? America is full of individuals from all walks of life who have followed their dreams, and have been successful at it.  Are you this person? We all have dreams and goals, but we tend to strive towards them slowly or not at all. STOP IT! You have a dream, go for it! You have goals, complete them. There is nothing that can or will hold you back, except yourself! Think about your current goals in life that you have set for yourself, and tell yourself I can, I will, and once you have completed your goals, you can say I did.

I can.

I will.

I did.

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RANDOM THURSDAY: “HEAVEN ON EARTH SERIES”


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“The theological conversations on the subject of heaven have been so distorted. We allow ourselves to let our imagination run wild, and we take things out of context. We have taken the paint brush away from God, and in doing so, we are painting different pictures. That is what we have done with the idea of heaven. We speak of heaven as a future concept instead of a present reality.”

I wrote this 3 part series to bring back the idea of heaven from a far far away land back to earth in its realistic tangible present reality — heaven on earth. Below I will set all the links in its order, so enjoy!

Introduction

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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HUMP DAY THOUGHTS: “LOVE DOES”


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Love rids of fear.
Love heals wounds.
Love doesn’t doubt.
Love doesn’t have walls.
Love seeks affection.
Love seeks connection.
Love communicates.
Love respects.
Love leads to obedience.
Love is patient.
True love has no conditions.
Love flows relentlessly.
Love is compassionate.
Love is understanding.
Love listens.
Love fixes.
Love is not selfish.
Love does no harm.
Love does not seeks excuses but solutions.
Love sacrifices.

God is love, and He loves you greatly.

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TENDER TUESDAY: “YOU’RE VERY GOOD”


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Christianity has done an excellent job on pointing out what’s wrong in the world or in people, but they haven’t done a good job in pointing out the good. You see, throughout the first chapter of Genesis God kept saying everything that He created was not just good, but very good. You and I are good. Everything that God created is GOOD! You are not a mistake, but rather a perfectly created puzzle that is meant to fit in the grand puzzle of humanity to continue God’s plan for the greater good. Despite all the bad currently in the world, God’s original words “very good” still are true to this day. God wants us to redeem all the goodness in the world. The good in culture. The good in music. The good in technology. The good in entertainment. The good in everything, because everything He has created is good, and you are included in that declaration.  You are created with purpose. You are beautiful. You are amazing. All of you is good, and all that you are is meant to be for the good of others. You’re not a curse, but a blessing in this world. God is pleased with you, because in His eyes you are “very good.”

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good...” — Genesis 1:31