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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Now What!



As I sit here, I wonder, "Since everything has changed with my life, what am I going to do with it now?" How did I get to this place?  Why does everything turn out the way it did? 

Who am I now? In the world's eyes, I am no one.  I am nothing.  No house, no job, I'm not even married.  I haven't accomplished much.  Businesses I have tried have failed.  I cannot be left alone in the kitchen because I might burn something. I have disappointed everyone,...or "have I?"

What does it really mean to do well in life anyway?  Is it the clothes you wear?  Is it the people you're around?  No, it isn't!  

Life is a choice, period!  The only one who has control over what happens and what you feel is you; no one else!  

What makes us react the way we do?  Most likely it is the way that you were raised.  Brought up to believe in a certain way that everything around you is the norm.  This is the way life is supposed to be, right?  

Certain expectations are put upon us as children.  Some are accidentally, others... are deliberate.

Our world is mixed up with different expectations that have been weighed on us, and when we go out in the world we take this weight and place it on others.  We do this because in our minds we "think" that what we have learned is correct, and everything else is wrong.

What does Jesus have to say about this?  He said, "Take my yoke upon you for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:29) 

Jesus wants us to be free!  He does not want us to be burdened with anything, Period!

Why would Jesus pay the ultimate price if all He got in return was for us to be “partly” free?  Does that make any sense?  When a lawyer stands in front of the courtroom for you, what is “he” fighting for?  Is it for a “little” bit of freedom or the whole enchilada?  

When we fell in the Garden of Eden there is SO much that we lost as human beings.  There were all kinds of shackles being placed on us, fear, anger, sin, wrath, confusion, not knowing who we were anymore, and most of all, being set apart AWAY FROM GOD!  

That was the Ultimate Price for falling!  We lost relationship with Him!  That is what Jesus died for right!  To Be Completely with You, and…for YOU…TO BE FREE!  

So, what does that mean for us now?  Are we going to “accept” His freedom, and experience what it “truly” means to be free,…or are we going to take the “economy package?”  Where we only receive “part” of God’s meaning of “freedom?”  

It’s YOUR choice what you decide!  He’s done the rest!  What will you do?  Believe and receive, or doubt and miss out?!  “Now what” are you going to do!?  I hope you choose Freedom!  That is what I have picked too! :-)

May this message Be a Blessing in Your Lives and Mine!!! :-)
Maria

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Temporary Moments



Whew!  This year has been full of a LOT of changes.  Sometimes I wonder how I have coped through all of them.

Have you ever looked back on your life, and thought “Wow” what happened?  Well, I have been doing that a lot lately.  Sadly I have been grieving the loss of two friendships.  They both ended so sudden, without warning.  Where you’re just wondering, “What!”

One of the things that really sucks about dealing with a chronic illness is watching other people’s lives move by, and you’re still at the window waiting for someone to let you in, and say hello.  I think that is one of the toughest things dealing with it…Having to wait so much,…for “everything.”  And…getting humbled time and again because of your challenges…It…Sucks!

God has given me the gift of encouragement…Now…what do I say?

Does encouraging someone mean blowing smoke up their behind, and fill someone up with dreams, hopes and desires when even you don’t believe it!....NO!....IT DOESN’T!

Encouraging means to be a cheerleader for others.  Help cheer them on to get across the finish line!
So, do you wan t smoke blown up your behinds,…or….would you rather, hear, truth!

The truth is…Everything is temporary.  Period!  It’s temporary on “Earth,” but not in Heaven!  The truth is that God has placed you somewhere, which I call “His temporary base,” on Earth, and Yes, that will change!  There are some people that you will meet today, and they might be gone tomorrow.  As long as that person makes it into Heaven is what really matters!  The rest is Passé!  

So, what does this mean for you?  Does it mean that you are going to feel fantastic all the time!  NO!  Have you ever watched someone who is working out?  Does it look like they are having a fun time while they are sweating lifting weights 3 times heavier than their legs are. 

Have you ever watched an artist at work?  It takes “WORK” making something beautiful.  Me, do I feel wonderful when I am writing?  Truth!  NO!  Instead there is this intensity that I feel.  My fingers are not working as fast as the words that I want to express.  

So, what is my point in all this!  My point is….drum roll please :-) …it takes pain to create something, or do something.  Period!  That is all I have to say, except this…Remember, this is a “temporary” world that we are in right now.  You are on a base, and have been given an assignment from God to overcome.

What is your assignment?  Will it still be there tomorrow?  Did you make mistakes today?  That’s okay because it is “part” of what God wants you to learn…Period!  

I am aware that pain is not easy, no matter the reason.  Remember, I am a cheerleader cheering for you! You CAN do it!

HANG IN THERE, STAY STRONG AND ENCOURAGED, AND KEEP REACHING FOR THE STARS!!! :-)
May this message be a Blessing in your lives and mine!  Amen!

Maria

Thursday, May 16, 2013

It doesn't have to be this way!

Have you ever wondered what Gods' plan is for your life?  I have.  I ask myself that question just about every day, and you know what!  Sometimes I do not get an answer...just blank like being on a phone when all you hear is static on the other line.

Why is that!  Why are there some days that you can hear God better than others.  Is it because we are not trying hard enough to hear God's voice?  Or is it something more...

Ephesians 6 speaks about "principalities and powers, rulers of the darkness."  Now the question is, do you believe it!  Do you really believe that there are forces that are Not condoned by God.  Or is all of it a bunch of mumbo jumbo not meaning anything else?

Let's suppose for a moment,...if the principalities are not real, then,...why are we encouraged to put on the armor of God?  (Ephesians 6)  In the Bible we are told time and again about the battle of the mind,

(2 Corinthians 10:4-5,) "(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds:) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."

So how are the imaginations in your mind created?  Is it just our mind running wild, or, is there something there driving it?  Let's look at an example.  When you are in a car, how does the car "know" which direction to go?  It is because it is "programmed" or let's say "directed, driven" to go in the direction that you want it to go.

A car is a much simpler invention than your mind!

So, what triggers it?  How does the mind know which way to go?  The mind without any direction is like an unbridled horse running amuck in the desert.  Tired, thirsty, and weak, the mind can be vulnerable to many influences.

We are instructed to be careful what influences are around us!  (Proverbs 22:6) "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

We are taught in the beginning to be careful what influences are around us.  Now, if principalities were not real, then why WOULD GOD SAY THAT TO US IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!! 

How many people have gotten into trouble letting their minds wander into dangerous places.  When someone gets addicted to drugs does it happen right away or does their mind wander and get curious at first!  

When someone gets addicted to pornography did it start right away or slowlyAnd if you are a writer does it mean that we are given full license to write about whatever we want without any consequences?  If a child gets pulled away from something that you created, how would you feel?

Jesus warns us about not pulling away His children from Him, (Matthew 18:6)  " But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea. "

We are warned to be careful!  Period!  What influences are around you?

Do you put on the armor of God everyday?  Have you plead the Blood of Jesus over you and your household?

Every day is a chance to have a fresh start in life.  If you have never put on the armor of God, why don't you start now!  Keep, protect and lead your households! 

Do not be afraid what others think about you?  Who would you rather disappoint, them or God!  

Be Careful what influences are around you!  The enemy is real!  There is a reason he is called "Our Enemy!!!"  

It is more important than ever to be armed!  There are so many deceptions in this world.  I cannot tell you how many times I have caught myself cheering for a couple that is about to have sex in a show, when it occurs to me that they are not married.  How easy it is to become numb to the evil around us!

We are not supposed to conform to this world, but be separated from it.  We ARE supposed to stand out, and not be hidden in a crowd.  No matter what you are doing you CAN make a difference for Christ!

So, are you going to be like everyone else, OR are you going to stand out, and proclaim what you know in your heart to be true!  THAT JESUS IS LORD AND NO ONE ELSE!!!! :-)

We can change the world!  It doesn't have to be this way!  

So, the choice is yours...Do you think that principalities are real or are they a figment of someone's imagination?  Are you going to put on your armor, or are you going to be unprepared for attack?!

The choice is yours!  What will you choose!!!

May this message Be a Blessing in Your Lives and Mine!!! :-)

Maria             
 

Friday, April 26, 2013

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HANG IN THERE, STAY STRONG AND ENCOURAGED, AND KEEP REACHING FOR THE STARS!!! :-)

Maria

The Steps of a Righteous Man!



This has been a very interesting year!  For one, it was the first year that I have ever given a presentation to a women's group.

What an interesting weekend!  :-)

My breath caught in my chest when it was time for me to stand up, and share God's Word that was on my heart.  My hands felt clammy thinking about what would happen within the next few minutes.  My life would change forever, and it did!

Instead of everything starting out smoothly, there were a few bumps on the road.  Why should I be surprised.  After all, isn't that what makes Rocky Road delicious!  All the bumpy pieces of chocolate and marshmallow, mmm :-)

What I learned that weekend is that it is not the destination, it's the JOURNEY that matters!  As I was reading a devotional today, there was a part that jumped out at me.  I realized that God can make anything happen, but when He "calls" us to do something, it's NOT because we Can, it's because He knows we can do it!....THROUGH HIM!!!!

During the weekend my back hurt so bad that I thought it would break, and I could barely take one more second of the pain!  That is when all I had in front of me was fear.  Fear of myself, my journey, fear of the disappointment that I would make if I could not make it to the last event of the weekend.

I had to keep going, but how?...The clock was ticking, and I could feel each second pulsate through my soul.  It was almost time to be there, but how?  Here it is, the event that I have waited, prayed about, and cried for all year.  This weekend that had so much sweat, tears, and joy was almost over, and like a chocolate cake I was NOT going to miss the last bite! :-)

As I was alone in my room crying to God for help suddenly these words came into my heart, "The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord." (Psalm 37:23)  At first I heard it once, but then it started beating in my heart.  The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord.  The more I kept saying it the louder it felt in my soul.  As I struggled getting ready for the last event of the retreat I sang these words.  The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord.

Then for the first time those words made sense, "The Steps of  Righteous Man are ORDERED BY THE LORD!!!!  It is God that designs my life, and not just me!  I mean, I could by myself, but would it be NEARLY as masterful and beautiful as the one that the Creator would make!

That is when it hit me, God was ordering my steps, and not myself!  He is the driver in my life!  What about you?  Does He drive or are you being a back seat driver?!  :-)

It was a miracle that I made it through the night.  In the natural there was NO WAY that I could move.  It was ONLY when I recited God's words that I came to life.  The Steps of a Righteous Man are Ordered By The Lord! 

What about you?  When is the last time that you get Jesus be Lord of your life?  Do you truly trust Him, or is He more of a figment in your mind that sits there as someone who is there in your life, but only as a Name and Not as Lord!  Ephesians speaks about how we are to treat our master.  Is Jesus master in your life?

When I had no strength of my own I realized how important it is to allow God to take control of my life because without His directions I will crash into a mud hole or worse fall off a bridge, literally!

He is the only one that knows Exactly how everything is supposed to be!  Period!

When you wake up do you ask Him what you are supposed to do today?  It's not just the big things that count, it's the little things too!  Make Jesus LORD of your life, and not just FRIEND!   He can be both!  No one else can!

So when you feel yourself getting tired, stressed out, and not knowing what to do,...ask Him, are you following your "own" steps or the "steps of the Lord?"  I know which choice I will make.  I hope you do the same!

May this message Be a Blessing in Your Lives and Mine! :-)

Maria