Today my wife, Kaneika, and I celebrate our first month of marriage! I am so glad that I married her. She is such a blessing to me, and not only to me, but also to my family and friends. My dad, step-mom, and sisters have bonded with her in such incredible ways. And I love how Kaneika and I strive to work as a team to accomplish our goals, hence Team K&K. =) She is passionate, focused, loving, kind, big-hearted, and most importantly, she serves Christ! As we serve Christ together, and draw closer to God I know we'll draw closer to each other. I look forward to the point where 12 months equals a year and we'll celebrate our first anniversary. And we'll celebrate many many more months together! I love you babe! #HappyMonthaversary
5 days until Kaneika and I tie the knot! Thanks to everyone who has shown us so much love, support, and encouragement throughout this journey! And I'm so thankful to the Lord for being with us every step of the way of this journey so far. And I have no doubt about Him being with us every step of the way going into the future as well! See everyone on Saturday! Go #KandKWedding! =)
Yesterday I had the chance to talk to an elderly couple as they were telling me stories about how they overcame certain tough times. The wife had a rare health condition (she didn't say what it was called, but if I recall correctly, it was something that caused her nervous system to fight against itself). She went to one hospital in NC and they misdiagnosed her, and acted like they didn't care, and boy was she highly upset! So she and her husband went to Johns Hopkins hospital in Maryland and they took really good care of her. Thank God she recovered!
Then the husband's story is that he was hit from behind while riding in a car by someone going 70 mph in a 45 mph area. He flew out the car into another lane of traffic. This truck pulls over to block traffic so no one would hit him. Meanwhile, the husband is knocked out. When the husband comes to, he just asked, "Where is my wife? Is she ok?" ... He ends up going to the hospital somewhere and the doctors find no broken bones. He only had a concussion. The doctor said that he didn't believe in miracles, but he believes in acts of God. The husband should have been dead. But he felt the delayed pain the next day for sure.
But I say all that to say this: people's testimonies can be so powerful. Never discount them. The husband and wife individually had to ask God, "What do You want me to do?" They understood that they could have been worse off. They didn't want to pray selfish prayers. Clearly God has a plan for their lives. So I love hearing people's testimonies about how God brought them out of some tough times. It encourages me to keep pressing on!
Believers in Christ, ask the Holy Spirit to use you to encourage someone, to help someone financially, or to point an unbeliever towards Christ via the Gospel. The Lord wants to use us for His glory. The question is: are we willing vessels? Sometimes-if we are being honest with ourselves-we make excuses for why we don't share the Gospel and/or our personal testimonies. The truth is, the person who you think might not want to hear your testimony or something encouraging from God's Word could actually be the person who is desperate and in dire need of a word that would lift them up from a low place. Or maybe it's that bit of physical or financial assistance that let's someone know you really care for them. So seek God about how and where to be a blessing to someone. Trust that He will always point you in the right direction. #ReadyWillingandAble
I had to set some boundaries for my mother recently and she took it the wrong way. When people are used to having their own way and are used to trying to control your life, when you finally do set proper boundaries, they don't know how to take it. So all I can do is pray for her. I am not responsible for how she acts and reacts to things. I am only responsible for how I act and react to things... The truth is there are some people that you just have to love from a distance.
When you learn how to set boundaries as you deal with certain people in your life, it's not that you are trying to be disrespectful or hateful. It's that you are trying to protect your heart and whatever else is important to you. People have to know that they cannot talk to you a certain kind of way or do certain things to you. In my case, my mother was recently treating me like I was a teenager who used to live with her. Well I don't live with her anymore and therefore, the way she and I communicate has to change. We should be talking as if we are two adults, not as if I am the child in her household. She has a tendency to play the blame game in bringing up past issues, but when I am trying to move forward with certain plans, her blame game does not help us to be productive. So I had to set boundaries. At one point she was trying to talk through me to get to my fiancée, and I basically let her know in so many words that I was not going to stand for that. She likes to talk over me so I can't get a word in at times. Nope, I'm not having that.
It is not un-biblical to set boundaries for people, even if they happen to be your parents. But people have to know where you stand on certain issues, or else they'll have a tendency to walk all over you. Then you feel like you've been defeated somehow and no one has time for that, honestly. There is a way to be respectful, "[Honouring] thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee" (Ex. 20:12), and still let them know that they should respect what good you are trying to accomplish in your life. When you set boundaries, some people will get upset. But you are not responsible for how they act and react to things. You are only responsible for how YOU act and react to things.
Hopefully this post will help someone who is dealing with an overbearing loved one. God bless!
On this past Friday, I had the great opportunity to see "God's Not Dead." I am indeed challenged by this film and I love it. I love how the movie touches so many issues, from dealing with atheism, to lack of concern for those who might be able to help themselves, to struggling with sin, to showing pride and arrogance, to being selfish and self-centered, to lack of faith, to what it means to stand up for the sake of the Gospel, to not be afraid to share Gods' truth even when it seems like everyone is against you, to dealing with going from a Muslim culture to a Christian one, to dealing with making tough decisions about relationships, to expressing oneself through music, and more.
Now that I have seen this powerful and gripping film, I want now more than ever to help people to understand that God is real, He loves them so much, He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for us on the Cross to rise again, in order to reconcile mankind back to God. Jesus said "I am the Resurrection" (John 11:25). He can turn any dead situation around for good!
And one more thing, I am a believer in Christ Jesus and I will never be ashamed to say it (Romans 1:16)!
If you have yet to see God's Not Dead, it is a must-see! So go see it!
We must “teach all nations” (Matt. 28:19) because God wants us all to be in His will. He wants those who do not know Him to know Him. It is not enough to just know about Him. We should want to know God in an intimate way. On the day of Judgement, Christ will tell many people, "I never knew you: depart from Me..." (Matt. 7:23). What's interesting is that whenever a couple in the Bible had sex, it says the man so-and-so KNEW his wife. For example, in Genesis 4:1 it says, "...Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived..." God knows us inside and out. He wants us to pursue Him so much to the point that we feel so close to Him the way a man should feel close to his wife. The Church body is the bride of Christ.
The question is how close are we to Christ? Believers in Christ, are we really being the Church He called us to be? Are we serious, or are we playing games? Are we committing spiritual adultery by cheating on God by putting other things before Him? Are we working too much and not keeping the Sabbath? Are we putting too much time into leisurely activities? Are we focusing too much on how much money we have? Are we helping others only if it benefits us in the end? That's not how it's supposed to be.
Nothing should be put before God. God is infinite. He is the biggest thing since eternity. And He always will be the biggest and greatest being. We should be making time to rest in God and keeping the Sabbath. Simply finding time to rest was something I struggled with for a long time. But now I think I am in a place now where I can finally begin to make times/days to rest. Sometimes I work too much and sometimes I can be downright lazy. We have to have balance in our lives to please God. Money is not really an issue for me. I am not greedy for it, and I love to help others, regardless if I get some kind of benefit in return or not.
So ask yourself, "How close am I to Christ? Am I closer to Him today than I was yesterday?" I hope you are. And I hope I am getting closer and closer and closer to Him each day myself. =)
Thank the Lord for giving us the strength and the necessary resources to become all that He has called us to be. When I consider all God has blessed me with I keep in mind that I could be worse off than I am now. (I actually did experience a worse state before when I was younger being semi-homeless for a few months.) But I will use what He has given me to help others and to bring Him glory. I can use my testimony, willingness to serve, and physical resources. Let's get back to Acts 2:42-47 living.
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.