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The flesh or the Spirit?

Isn’t it hard when you feel you’re being pulled in every direction all at once? 

Wouldn’t it be easier if God just told us exactly what He wants us to do, without us having to ask to be led? 

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed because I’m trying to understand the path that God wants me to take. Sometimes it’s clear, and sometimes, not so much. Sometimes I can say in full confidence that I know exactly what I am doing, and sometimes I feel stuck and unsure, intimidated and insecure, confused and doubtful, stressed and anxious. 

I think it is normal to feel this way sometimes. We are only human. We are not perfect.

At times, I wonder why some doors keep popping open, even after I’ve closed them. I wonder if it’s God, or if it’s the enemy tempting me. Then I go back to my Father’s Word, and I’m reminded that, “God is not a God of confusion but of peace…” (1 Corinthians 14:33)
His Word also reminds me that He calls us to, “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” (2 Timothy2:7)

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8

“I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies!” – Psalm 119:125

These verses give me great peace whenever I’m tempted to give it all up and go for the desires of my heart, without meditating on it beforehand. I have to be honest. Lately, this man I have tried saying goodbye to many times, keeps coming back. I have wondered if it’s God’s way of telling me that he might be the one. Then I’m reminded that although my flesh (my heart) tells me that he might be the one, my Spirit remains doubtful. I ask myself, “Is he the type of man you’ve prayed for all your life?” “Does he love Jesus Christ above all else, and love you second?” “Would he be a great leader in our walk in Christ once married?” “Does he respect your wants and needs, and does he try his best to support you?” “Does he challenge and encourage you to grow in Faith?” 

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” – Jeremiah 17:9

The answer to all of those questions is the same… A big, fat, NO. So there you have it. I have made up my mind about him by meditating on the Word and putting the Lord first. Like He promises, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) 

He is so FAITHFUL. He will always be there for His children. 
So if you are feeling confused about something today, I encourage you to spend some time in the Word. Anxiety and worries are not part of His plan for your life. If you have a hard time feeling at peace when making a decision, it could mean that He’s trying to talk to you and show you the right way. Pray, meditate, listen, wait patiently. He will guide you through. And then, you’ll just know.

Trust Him. He’s got your back 🙂

In Christ,

Nessa 


 

 

Here’s to you, Ellie! Thanks for the nomination :)

So now let me answer those “Ten Delightful Questions” and I’d love to know how anyone else would answer them if one sticks out:

1) What is my favorite food? What a hard question to answer hehe. I love steak, and seafood. If I’d have to choose one, I’d choose grilled salmon. Yummers.

2) Who is my favorite actor? Don’t really have one… but maybe Gerard Butler.

3) What is my favorite television show? I don’t watch much t.v.

4) What is my favorite “Tear Jerker?  P.S. I Love You!

5) Tea or Coffee? I drink both, but I could live without tea… coffee, not so much 😛

6) What is my favorite sport? Hmm.. I looove sports. Soccer, (beach) volleyball, basketball, tennis, swimming, lifting, you name it. It’d be easier to answer which sport I dislike. That’d be baseball. Too boring for me haha.

7) What is my lucky number? I don’t believe in luck, but my favorite number is 7! Always has been.

8) What is my favorite holiday? Easter. Reminds me of my Savior’s sacrifice to save me. Thank You, Jesus.

9) Twitter or Facebook? I don’t use any other social media app. Only Facebook.

10) What is my favorite Christmas movie? Hmmmm.. A Christmas Story, most probably.

Now what else do I need to do? Hehe

 

Be Your Own Best Friend and Also God’s!

Amazing blog post by an amazing woman of God. Thank you, Ellie!

New Creations Ministries

Are we truly a friend of God’s, exemplifying peace, joy and kindness in the world? If I claim to be a Christian, it’s important for me to ‘walk the walk,’ otherwise I am a stumbling block for those who are watching me and this grieves the Holy Spirit. When I was young, I expected perfection from myself. Over the years I took steps to be more realistic, but it wasn’t easy. Change isn’t instantaneous. For me it was usually five steps forward, two steps back. If that’s you too, remember we’re still moving forward!

It’s amazing how the mind can be one’s most motivational cheerleader and friend one moment and in a blink of an eye, be its worst enemy. It can build up but also break down a person so emotionally that they hide their subconscious thoughts behind closed lady looking in a mirrordoors in a far-off corner of the mind. It is simply too painful to unlock the memories to view them honestly.

It’s the same with our nutritional health…

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Ephesians 1:3-10

 “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.”

Reading these verses today has given me peace. Why would i worry about the future, when I KNOW that God holds it in His hands?

Which brings me to this verse I like a lot:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4 

Christ is truly the truth, the way, and the Life (John 14:6). I love it that I can trust in this truth. It makes me want to rejoice, no matter what I’m going through. He’s got my back, and He’s got yours, too. All we need to do is trust in Him, abide in Him, like branches on a tree, surrendering completely to His loving Grace. And keeping in mind that HE WORKS FOR THE GOOD OF ALL WHO LOVE GOD. 🙂 What a wonderful thing! Let’s keep our faith in Him, and know that everything happens for a GOOD reason, no matter how dark the situation you’re going through right now is. Know that you will come out of it victorious in Jesus’ name.

God is soooooo Good! 🙂

Sharing this awesome song with you all today. Hope it blesses you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn5zk3yCRr0

 

 

My prayer for anyone who reads this…

“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” – Ephesians 3:14-19

Amen.

Meditating on these verses today, and found them, simply put, beautiful and powerful. Was feeling a bit antsy earlier, and decided to come to the Word and be filled with His perfect peace. It worked. 🙂 I pray It works for you, too. 

Thank You, Lord, for being there for us at all times. You make everything beautiful. ❤

In Christ,

Nessa

Remembering him…

These past couple of days, I’ve been thinking about Danny, more so now than usual. If you’ve just started following and don’t know who he is, I’ll say this: He was the man who brought me back to Christ. My best friend forever. The person who inspired me to follow Jesus. The person who’s cared for me more than anyone has ever cared. He passed away from cancer back in 2011, but still inspires and encourages me to this day. http://www.danielhaddad.org

So anyway, re-read his posts on his website, and his faith was just so amazing. What a beautiful man he was. What a beautiful Angel he is now.

Every time I think of him, this verse comes to mind:

“Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.” – Hebrews 13:7

After he passed, I made a promise that I would follow in his footsteps, to feed my faith to starve all my fears to death. He was a real leader, a warrior, a child of God, loving, caring, funny, faithful. He trusted in Him all the way through, he finished the race, and kept the faith.

“But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” – 2 Timothy 4:5-8

I will never ever forget him. Love you, Dannyboy. Always in my heart.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for your daily Love and Grace. Thank You for every person you’ve put in our lives, for we know that there is a reason for everything that You do. Thank You for knowing exactly what and who we need exactly when we need it. You know us more than we could ever know ourselves, and we are certain that You work for the good of all of us. We trust in Your will, and totally surrender to You. Thank You, Lord, for the leaders You’ve put in our lives that have changed our lives one way or another. Father, we thank You for loving us, despite our sin. We ask that You keep us guarded in Your hands, safe, secure, warm, and may we be filled with Your spirit, so that one day we can be someone else’s Danny. We love You so much. All of this we pray in Jesus’ holy name, AMEN.

What about you? Have you had a person in your life who’s left an ever lasting mark in your heart? If so, how? Would love to hear your experiences!

God bless you.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future..

When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.”

– Proverbs 31:25-26

I love these verses… All of Proverbs 31 is amazing, really, but these verses are just plain powerful, and are things all women can strive for, whether single or married.

Let’s think about what they mean.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future..”

How many times have we been driven by our fears rather than by our faith? I have faltered so many times, been too scared to take chances, have worried so much about silly things and not so silly things, have prayed with fear, have felt so unworthy, etc. Reading these verses brings me back to God’s love and grace and sets my focus on what truly is important. Our human nature will never be one of no fear and no worries, but God’s grace reminds us that in spite of all of these things, we can have peace through and in Him. Despite all the troubles that may try to haunt us, we can overcome by relying on His strength and totally surrendering to His will.
Despite the past mistakes we’ve committed, we can be clothed with HIS strength and dignity again. We may not be worthy by ourselves, but He who first loved us makes us worthy. We may not know what tomorrow may bring, but we won’t worry anyway because we are certain that “.. All things work for the good of those who love God..” (Rom8:28) so we know that whatever comes our way, we will be able to come out as overcomers. So we can relax and focus on our present time, on living in the now, while finding our joy in Jesus.  Feeling scared sometimes is normal, but a virtuous woman feels fear, and does it anyway, because she knows God is there with her through it all. And if God is Love, and “..there is no fear in Love..” (1John4:18), there shall be no fear while in His shelter.

Let’s continue to look at the verses..

“When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.”

How many times have we been enwrapped in gossip? Maybe we have not been the ones who started it, but we are there to listen to it. Maybe we meant no harm by making that comment about someone, but we broke a promise by talking about it with someone else after having agreed to total confidentiality. Or how many times have we spoken out of fear or pride or anger or resentment?
Maybe we argued with someone and said things we didn’t mean because we spoke out of temporary emotions. Maybe we cussed. Maybe we yelled at someone. Maybe we fought so hard to prove that we were right because we were too prideful to admit our mistake.

I know we’ve all been through things like these. Thank God for His word, because It gives me great hope, and encourages me to never settle and always strive to keep improving myself. I want to become the best version of myself that I can possibly be, and I know that with His help, strength, dignity, Word, Grace, Forgiveness, unconditional Love, support, Beauty, I can and I will be transformed into the most virtuous woman that I can be. The woman that I know He created me to be.

And what makes a woman virtuous? In my opinion, it’s her faith and her COMPLETE reliance on The LORD. It’s finding joy in the trials, peace in the storms, love in the darkness. It’s deciding to be led by Jesus, rather than by fears. It’s speaking and walking in, and living for, Love. Only then will we be able to fulfill His purpose for our lives.

Trust Him. He knows better than we will/could ever know. Let’s work on becoming the women that God created us to be. One step at a time. 🙂

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” – Prov.31:30

Be blessed.

Love,

Nessa

 

“I can do ALL things through CHRIST who strengthens me..”

– Philippians 4:13

What a beautiful truth.

At times, I am filled with doubt and fear. “Will I be able to finish what I started? How will I go about doing it? I feel so tired, I don’t feel like doing anything. I have no energy today. I don’t feel like working out because I’m so exhausted. I need a break from everything and everyone.” Etc.

I’ve realized there is nothing I can do without His help, without His power, without His strength. From the big projects for work, to spending time preaching to street kids, to cooking dinner when I’m too tired, to making myself go to the gym even on days I’d rather be lounging on the sofa eating my feelings away. He is there through it all. He makes all things possible.

This verse reminds me that although I am weak, He who lives in me is strong. Although I am tired, His spirit is able to give me all the energy I need to go about my day. Whom shall I fear then?

Which brings me to this beautiful reminder:

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

So today, as you go about your day, remind yourself that you can do all things through Him who strengthens you. He will never leave nor forsake you, His Grace is with you wherever you go. He delights in your weaknesses, for His power is made perfect in our weakness. In fact, our weaknesses are a great reminder to lean on Him in everything that we do, to put Him first and to seek His guidance. How amazing 🙂

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Let’s pray:

Lord,
We know that we are sinners in need of Your Grace. We understand that we are too weak to carry out all of our daily tasks. We trust in Your hand to guide us through it all, for we know that Your power is made perfect in our weaknesses. Thank You for giving us the strength to do things that may seem impossible. We know that what is impossible with men, is possible with and through You, loving Father. Thank You for being our strength when we want to give up, for being our Hope during times of trial, for loving us no matter what. Today we declare that whatever comes our way, will be nothing compared to Your power and strength within us. Thank You for the beautiful reminder that You, Lord, are in control, and that You, Lord, hold our lives in Your hands. In Jesus’ beautiful name we pray, Amen.

Much love your way.