Golden Light

God is training you to practice patience. If you want peace, you must learn to master your emotions, your anxiety, and your sins. Alone, the darkness will overpower you. After a while, your sins will successfully burrow your into a cave, devoid of light and love.

However, what you don’t realize is that this cave turns into a tunnel because God is breaking through the rubble that you’ve built between yourself and Him. At the end of this tunnel, you can see that God is shining a golden light for you to follow out of your solitude and despair. Do not recoil from these afflictions, since they are amongst His most favored gifts. Trust Him and don’t be afraid, for He is your strength and song.

“In Him is Life and He is the light of men. And the light shines in darkness. For darkness has never overpowered the light.”

–John 1:4-5

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Whom is Against You?

Christ is with you and for you. When you decide on a course of action that is in line with His will, nothing in heaven or on earth can stop you.

You may encounter many obstacles as you move toward your goals, but don’t be discouraged– never give up! With God’s help, you can overcome any obstacle. Do not expect any easy path as you journey hand in hand with your Creator, but do remember that He, your very present Helper is omnipotent.

Much, much stress results from your wanting to make things happen before their times have come. One main ways He asserts my sovereignty is in the timing of events.

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Patience

“By your steadfastness and patient endurance, you shall win the true life of your soul.” –Luke 21:19

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We need to learn not to let our mind and emotions get the best of us, especially when it involves things we cannot control.

Suppose you are on your way to work and get caught in traffic. How do you react? Is it worth getting upset and unleashing a wild temper? Wouldn’t it be better for you to remain calm, even if you are late and get yelled at by your boss? If you do your best, God will do the rest in your life.

Refuse to get upset and take control of your emotions. Things never go as planned; that is why many have said, “if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans!” Refuse to allow your mind, will, and emotion rule your spirit. In your patience, you will learn to possess your soul.

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Victorious

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those crushed in spirit.”

–Psalm 34:17-18

We can achieve the victorious life when we live for God. Sometimes we associate victory with success: not falling, stumbling or making mistakes. But those who are successful in their own strength tend to go their own way, forgetting about God. It is through problems and failure, weakness and neediness that we rely on Christ.

True dependence on God is not simply asking Him to bless what you have decided to do. It is coming to God with an open mind and heart; inviting Him to plant His desires within you. He may infuse within you a dream that seems far beyond your reach. You know that in yourself, you cannot achieve such a goal. Thus begins your journey of profound reliance on The Lord. It is a faith-walk, taken one step at a time, leaning on God as much as needed. This is not a path of continual success but of multiple failures…that is the beauty of it and here resonates true “victory” in your life. However, each failure is followed by a growth spurt, nourished by increased reliance in God.

Enjoy a victorious life, by relying your dreams in the maker of the universe!

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Refuge

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though it’s waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

–Psalm 46:1-3

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God is preparing the road ahead, just around the bend. Take time to be still in His presence in order for Him to strengthen us. Some people, such as myself, become foolish by making ourselves too busy. When we do this, we subconsciously try to embark on life’s struggles all by ourselves. As a result, we live and work in our own strength which is too weak to live on and then we become depleted and discouraged. I fell victim to this and believed that God was being unfair in my life and although, Christ was only teaching me a lesson. This is because I was too busy to put my full reliance in Him as my Savior. Thankfully He pulled me out and showed me the way back to Him and His refuge.

It is much better to walk close to God and take refuge in His strength then go at it alone. In fact, we will often become discouraged and turn away from our goals if we do this or something as I did. Think of it this way, He did go through a great deal of trouble in order to provide us refuge in His infinite strength! Use it.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in Him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

–John 15:5

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Move Forward

“I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own yet; but one thing I do it is my one aspiration: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on.” –Philippians 3:13-

In our lives, if we don’t press ahead, we will inevitably stay where we are. If the road seems scary…it is understandable, but do NOT cower in fear. When we fear, we lack faith. When we lack faith, we are mediocrely giving our lives to God. When we finally forget our fear, we can allow God to take the lead.

During monumental moments in our lives, we can take hold of God’s hand and follow a savior who gave us all of Himself in order to carry us in this…

If we press ahead, God will assist us in “moving forward.”

God Provides

On December 27th, 2012, God opened a door that I had once thought, to be closed. A door, leading to my return to college, opened before me; needless to say, I was excited to walk through it and see what lied on the other side. My initial reluctance was due to my bad Financial situation; thus, I was led to believe that I had to take another semester off because of it.

Unusually optimistic, I looked on the bright side and tried to determine what possibilities I could turn to. With my newfound opportunity, I thought of this next “semester-off” and possible uses of my “free time.” This new outlook, included big ideals such as, Mercy Ships, climbing Mt. Kilmanjaro, going hiking through the Appalachian Trail, finishing my book, traveling somewhere in the U.S., and even skydiving!

Although these aspirations are nice, they are only temporary relief. With this said, I believe God decided to reward me for my obedience and allow me to let go of those “newfound opportunities” and replace them with fulfilling my dream. He is giving me something that my heart truly desires: an opportunity to return to school. Now I am one step closer in pursuing my dream to attend The University of Notre Dame because I will be across the street attending Saint Mary’s College. Even though I am not technically there yet, whose to say I will never be? That is not for me to decide, but God. If it is meant to be, it will happen.

No matter how long it takes to obtain a dream, God has placed them within our hearts for a reason. The amount of time it takes to complete it might be long, but it’ll pass-by anyway; we might as well use it to it’s fullest potential. This is what I plan to do.

Sometimes, when we believe it is impossible, God turns around and proves us wrong! Perhaps, this is in order to restore our faith in ourselves.

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Quotes & Verses

Soli Deo Gloria! = By Faith Alone!

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”—Isaiah 30:21

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”—John 10:27

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”—Psalm 23:1-3

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 4:6-7

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”—John 7:38

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in your life.”—Ephesians 5:18-20

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just. He will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”—1 John 1:9

“Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.”—Psalm 36:5

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts are like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”—James 1:6

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”—Harriet Tubman

“Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight… When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”—Helen Keller

“In you, Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice deliver me, incline your ear to me; make haste to rescue me! Be my rock and fortress; for your name’s sake lead and guide me.”—Psalm 31:3

“They threw him out of the city and began stoning him. The witnesses laid down their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”—Acts 7:58

“When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If he wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him over your coat.”—Matthew 5:39-41

“My power is in the name and authority of Christ Jesus.”—Acts 16:18

“Am I now currying favor with man or God? Or am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ!”—Galatians 1:10

“You can make many plans, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”—Proverbs 19:21

“My whole being follows hard after you, your right hand upholds me.”— Psalm 63:8

“My mouth shall praise you with joyful lips when I remember you upon my bed and meditate on you in the night watches. For you have been my help.”—Psalm 63:5-7

“He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”—Malachi 3:3

“Cast your care upon the Lord and He will sustain you.”—Psalm 55:22

“Truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; nothing will be impossible to you!”—Matthew 17:20

“ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”—Hebrews 11:1

“That your faith shouldn’t stand in the wisdom of man, but in the power of God.”—1 Corinthians 2:5

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“All things are possible to him that believes.”—Mark 9:23

“He will give His people strength. He will bless them with peace.” —Psalm 29:11

“The Lord is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is my stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”—Psalm 27:1

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”—1 Thessalonians 5:18

“God over money. Christ over self. Spirit over flesh. Love over fear. Hope over brokenness… I don’t need the world, I need Jesus!”

“A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”—Walter Gagehot

“The smart thing to do is to prepare for the unexpected!”—Chinese Proverb

“All things are difficult before they are easy.”—John Norley

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.”—Mark Twain

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.”

“Act as though it were impossible to fail.”

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You can only make others better by being good yourself.”—Hugo R. Hanels

“Don’t wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it.”—Unknown

“It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before…to test limits… to break through barriers.”

“If better is possible, good is not enough.”

“Jesus is a lifestyle.”—John 14:6

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is built for.”—Unknown

“You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” –James Allen

“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.”—Neil Armstrong

“If we will be quiet and read enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”—Henry David Thoreau

“I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.”—CS Lewis

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, I’m Possible!” – Audrey Hepburn

“Stop using God and let God use you!”

“Do not judge a day as devoid of joy just because it contains difficulties.”—Sarah Young

“In his heart a man plans his course, but The Lord determines his steps.”—Proverbs 16:9

“Give yourself fully to the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”—Psalm 37:4

“Test me in this…and see if I will not pour out so many blessings that you will not have room enough for it.” —Malachi 3:10

“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true…
You may have to work for it, however.”—Richard Bach, Illusions

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it…the time will pass anyway.”—Earl Nightingale

“Decide that you want it, more than you are afraid of it!”—Bill Cosby

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”—Albert Einstein

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”—Mother Teresa

“Don’t wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”—Mother Teresa

“But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.”—Isaiah 43:18

“All dreams come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”—Gandhi

“To live and let live, without clamor for distinction or recognition; to wait on divine love; to write truth first on the tablet of one’s own heart- this is the sanity and perfection of living.”— Mary Eddy

“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best…”—Theodore Rubin

“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.” —Samuel Johnson

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.—Albert Einstein

“If a fellow is not thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.”—Frank Clark

“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”—Nelson Mandela

“Christ is not valued at all unless He be valued above all else.”—St. Augustine

“It is not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”—Walt Disney

“Face your life with courage and say, “I will not fear, because greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” (John 4:4).—Joyce Meyer

“In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”—Ephesians 4:26

“Your word is your honor. If you say you’re going to do something, then you need to do it.”

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”—Mother Teresa

“What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.”— Eleanor Powell

“Learn to welcome change as an exciting new opportunity because resisting it won’t keep it from happening.” —Joyce Meyer

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”—Isaiah 40:31

“All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The only mistake in life is a lesson not learned.”—Albert Einstein

“Next in importance to freedom and justice is education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.”—James Garfield

“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”—Thomas Jefferson

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”—Oprah Winfrey

“Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.”—Donald Walters

“People say they love truth , but in reality they want to believe that which they love, is true.”—Robert Ringer

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”—William Shakespeare

“Intelligence plus character is the true meaning of education.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” —Abraham Lincoln

“One must know not just how to accept a gift, but with what grace to share it.”—Maya Angelou

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”—Winston Churchill

“Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing—the result.”—Vince Lombardi

“Humor is a great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.”—Mark Twain

“when we fail our pride supports us and when we succeed, it betrays us…be wise to which you choose.”—Charles Colton

“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—Ephesians 5:20

“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Oh Lord.”—Psalm 89:15

“The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”—Isaiah 58:11

“He tends to His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young.”—Isaiah 40:11

“What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness? Hear, oh Lord and be merciful to me! Be my helper.”—Psalm 30: 9-10

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds!”—James 1:2

“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!”—Psalm 31: 24

“We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to His design and purpose.”—Romans 8:28

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