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Thankful. Student. Daughter. Friend. Sister. Christ Follower. Seventh-day Adventist.
Favorite verse: "Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see -how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him."
Psalm 34.8

An Open Letter: Things I learned on my first date

An open letter to my next date. Things I learned from my first date.

Date a friend. Although I despise guys make sure I like them back before they pursue, for me it’s more effective if you be my friend first. As a girl, I’m more comfortable with the familiar. If you can give me disinterested friendship, even more points for you.

Know how to keep a conversation. I’m an introvert, so I’m not afraid of silence, but initiate conversation. Be curious. Ask questions. Get to know me. Pay attention to what interests me. Comment on the surroundings. Talk to others around us; engage us and connect us.

Be vulnerable. Tell me about yourself. I want to understand what your like and who you are. I likely I haven’t heard all your stories yet, so it’s all fresh and new to me.

Be interesting. Read. Travel. Educate your self. If you don’t have stories to tell, conversation will be hard.

Have a dream. Talk to God about what his calling for your life is. Prepare yourself for it.

Be passionate. Find something that interests you and get  involved.

Be confident. Don’t smother our date with nervous apologies. Don’t expect the worst. Enjoy yourself. Relax. Don’t freak out because I seem disinterested or distracted it might not apply to you. Give me my space, if I need it.

Don’t freak out if things don’t work out. Just because I don’t want another date doesn’t mean I hate you. Chill. Don’t worry about what you could have done or should have done and be thankful for the time we spent together, then give me some space so I can make sure I’m not leading you on.

XOXO,

JW

 

Good Decisions

Pastor Finley came to general assembly at my school a few weeks back and gave a talk on how to make good decisions. I took some notes. So, here they are.

  • First of all, know that God wants to me.

Psalms 32.8 
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.

  • So, if God wants to guide me, then it would make sense to bring my decision making process to him in prayer.

  • Pastor Finley’s tip to discerning between Divine Impression vs My Own Thoughts is the fact that Divine Impression is a constant growing awareness, while My Own Thoughts will wane and change.

  • Another important thing is to take time to make important decisions. The more important the decision the more time should be took making it.

  • Then, Pastor Finley gave Four Steps for Good Decisions:

  1. Pray and Surrender

  2. Know the Biblical principles concerning that decision to be made

  3. Get good counselors that will think differently, and share their opinions (Proverbs 15.22)

  4. Look for providence; pay attention to God’s leading (Proverbs 23.26)

Hopefully, this wise advice can be a blessing.

 

Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next.

Denis Waitley (via quotethat)

Heavenly Minded Or Earthly Good?

"Aim at Heaven and earth will get thrown in." Yes.

1 week ago
Waiting for our numbers to be called for pre-matrícula on Tuesday.
Ho-Young:What number to you have?
Me:132
Ho-Young:Come back tomorrow

Matyu 5 in the Jamiekan Nyuu Testiment. Yes, Lawd Jiizas!

The Gospel

The Gospel. Something that people died for. Something that turned nations upside down. Something that radically changed lives.

I was grappling with the concept. What did mean? How did one proclaim it. I could feel God’s love for me, but I couldn’t verbalize it. So, I prayed for a deeper understanding of what the Kingdom of God and the Gospel meant. Then I came across this powerful verse.

Isaiah 52:7 NLT

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!

That’s the Gospel! As the little little pieces of the the verse popped out at me, I was struck with a lightening bolt of understanding.

First of all, the word Gospel comes from the Old English word gōdspel which means good spell (tale or news). It’s roots go back to the Greek where it was used to describe the tidings that a war had been won and there was peace.

Well, who won the war? The God of Israel. Who is the God of Israel? YHWH —the I AM. Or more simply, Love, for the apostle John states:

1 John 4:8 NLT

God is love.

That means that God is patient and kind. God is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. He does not demand its own way. He is not irritable, and He keeps no record of being wronged. He does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. God never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (Based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT).

What does His reign mean? It means peace and salvation. When Love reigns, there is peace. There is also salvation, because God puts everything on the line to save those He loves. We were the ones who rebelled and choose the rule of Satan —the Accuser, yet God came to the rescue. He opened a way to free us from the lies, the deception, the hatred, and the fear.

So, this is the Good News, the Gospel: God is calling us to turn away from looking down on others, from hurting others, from caring only about ourselves and our safety. God is calling us to love to the point of death, to be allies for the less fortunate, to live without fear and hatred.

This is good news. This is a tale I want to tell.

Mara:Buen Provecho.
Me:Gracias.
Mara:I don't know how to say that in English.
Me:I don't think there's a English equivalent.
Mara:What? You guys don't have curtesy?