The Summer We Went Hungry and Why It Was A Good Thing

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The title of this post is a little misleading but, that’s pretty much what happened. What I mean by misleading is that we ate every day but it was the cheap stuff and there wasn’t very much of it to go around in our house. I think the only one in our house who was eating more than one full meal a day was my dog. His name is Simba and he’s the cutest. I digress.

I believe it was the summer of 2015. That year had been really great. Other than the 5-day hospital stay that I had, but that’s a story for another time. That was the year that I had gone to Disney World. That was the year that I was also at a healthy weight for my height finally and I had made a trip to New York and I graduated high school. Big year right? A lot of exciting things. When summer came we had begun to struggle a lot financially. Not only were we hungry, for a little bit we also had the AC (air-conditioner) cutoff because it was a bill that was too high. We also had the cell phones cut off and we were communicating through email. It was a hard time. This was a time in which anyone would feel discouraged and upset. But, for some reason, I wasn’t.

The reason was God. Glory be to him. When I was sitting in my room on my laptop with the heat cutoff and feeling the bite of hunger (we were surviving on ramen packets and the dollar menu from various fast-food establishments) I thought about everything that I had to be thankful for. There were so many things. I listed all of them. When I was feeling down about our situation that is what I did and that was a great pick me up.When I was hungry I’d think ‘Ok, I may be hungry for now but, I have an amazing family who would do anything for me. I am safe, I have shelter from the outside, I have clothes, I have friends, I have a dog and I have the internet…etc.‘ I’d keep going until I couldn’t think of anything else. This was a time that truly taught me to be thankful and to rely on God when things are hard. Also, and this is amazing, we ate every day. God kept his word and we ate every day. Sure it was a dollar taco from Taco Bell but it was food. Sure, it was a packet of ramen, but we ate and we were sustained. Sure, we had a hard time communicating back and forth with each other, but we were able to, still.

This was a time that drew me a little closer to the Him. So yes it was hard but it is in these hard times that we can really learn to trust God and watch him work miracles in our lives.

Since that time we are doing much better and no one has gone hungry, thanks to God. It is so, so, so, important that we remember His promises and that He said that He would never forsake us. Even when it seems that we are all alone and that nothing and no one can get us out of a tough situation, keep your eyes on Him. Pray, believe in Him, place your burdens on Him and don’t worry about it. Jesus is the key to getting through this life, not unscathed, but saved and without stress.

This post was rather short but I was inspired by my church and I think that God put it in me to write this post today and share my story. I, of course, have more accounts of God doing amazing things in my life when things seemed dim but, those are for later posts.

Thank you for reading,

God bless.

 

 

 

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The Godly Woman

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The Godly woman is something all women should strive for. The above quote states a fact that many people these days try to disprove: being virtuous is something to be proud of. Virtuous women these days are condemned. They are accused of being “holier-than-thou”, people call them prudes, they are told that they are no fun because they do not wish to do what the rest of the world wants them to do, partake in sin. The quote above stands true however especially this day and age where these kinds of women are rare.

The verse above is the perfect place to start if you are wanting to learn more about the Godly woman.  Proverbs 31:10 to 31:31 states all that makes a woman Godly.

31:11 – The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

This means that she is a woman who can be trusted. Her character speaks through itself through her actions.

31:12 – She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

She is good to him. She doesn’t speak poorly of him; she uplifts her husband.

31:13 – She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

She will have only the best materials for her family. Wool being good material and flax being good and nutritious. She will work hard for her family with such items.

31:14 – She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar

She is good with money. She will find the best materials for the best prices for her family even if the store or wherever she is getting it is far away.

31:15 – She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

She awakens before the rest of her household and prepares everything for her family and her servants.

31:16 – She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

She is business minded. She knows what she’s doing and makes smart choices. She looks for quality.

31:17 – She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengthneth her arms.

She is making money of her own with said business and she is making investments.

31:18 – She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

She makes sure that her merchandise is of good quality and she will stay awake throughout the night to prepare things for her family and her business

31:19 – She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

She is hard-working and never ill-prepared

31:20 – She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

She is compassionate and generous

31:21 – She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

She has spent awhile preparing for the winter and making sure that her family will be alright. They will no go cold or hungry. Back in the day, the rich wore the color scarlet.

31:22 – She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

She makes her own clothes and they are nice. Purple is what the rich and or wealthy wore and silk is good material. She always leaves the house looking good and presentable.

31:23 – Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

Her husband is somebody. He’s not some joe-schmo but people also see what he looks like and thanks to his wife he leaves the house looks fresh everyday.

31:24 – She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

She makes clothes of great quality and sells them

31:25 – Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

What is most notable about her is her character. Her strength and dignity.

31:26 – She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

She is wise and does not gossip. She is also kind.

31:27 – She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Her family and home are always kept and she is not lazy.

31:28 – Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Her children admire her and are glad to have a mother like her and her husband praises her and is happy to have such a wife.

31:29 – Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Many women have done well and good but she has done the best because she’s a Godly woman.

31:30 – Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

Her faith is the most important thing about her, not her outward appearance.

31:31 – Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Her reputation is good and her work and character speak for themselves.

There is more about the Godly in in the Bible but this is a good place to start. I’m not saying that you have to be perfect or that I’m perfect but this is ideally what most women should be (aside from those that God has called to singleness, but those are far and few in between). I was confused for a long time on how I could be a Godly woman when I haven’t been married yet and have no children. God is preparing me, I’m not ready for a Godly husband yet and I still have a lot of work and growing to do. So for any other single ladies out there who are lost like I was: just know that he has a plan and that this is the time to work on yourself.

Thank you for reading,

God bless

 

 

 

Running Away From God

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It’s sounds odd right? The notion of running from an all loving God. Why would you run from someone who loves you so much that he sacrificed his ONLY begotten son so that you may live? Someone who literally gave you life and literally gave you everything. It would make more sense that anyone with a properly functioning brain would stick close to such a person, right? Well unfortunately things aren’t so black and white.

I keep doing the same things over and over again. That is why I run from God. Us humans are imperfect creatures due to sin. Sin, sadly is unavoidable in this world. I know what the solution is to my problem. Jesus. Seriously. Jesus really is always the answer. After you sin you aren’t supposed to run from God, hiding yourself in shame. You are supposed to go confess your sins and pray for forgiveness. But I know that many of us would sometimes rather hide. It’s like once you pray and all that you’re afraid to live your life again. Because what if you sin again? Then the process starts all over again.

But that’s not the right way to think. The Bible speaks so much about God’s patience for a reason. There are people who don’t get saved until they’re well into their retirement. God is SO patient. But that patience isn’t for you test or take advantage of. That patience is for when you unknowingly sin or accidentally sin. I’ve gotten somewhat off topic here. Nevertheless when you sin you are to run to Him and then only focus on Him.

I have found in the past that this tactic really works. There was time when I stopped focusing on myself and instead focused on Him. I found myself less stressed, less worried because I knew that he had my back and knew what was best for me the entire time. But I stopped this practice once things got better. I became obsessed with idols and sinned to my heart’s content. I knowingly did this too. In the back of my mind my conscience and spirit kept telling me to go to God. But I was too ashamed and I just thought how could I possibly face him now? I don’t deserve to pray to him. Surely he doesn’t want hear from me.

But really it’s the opposite. God is glad to hear from any of his children because he loves us so.  Once you pray and make an effort you have to keep going back to him everyday and any chance you get; which anytime and day really. So there are no excuses. This is a journey that I’m going to do my best to complete. The goal is of course to be as close him as possible before THE DAY comes. If anyone reading this can relate then let us go on this journey together, with Jesus. And remember it is imperative that you persevere and hang on tightly to Jesus and not listen to whatever self scornful thoughts that the enemy puts in your head. This is advice that I will try to practice and not just preach.

God bless