Friday, January 18, 2013

When I NEED to Speak LIFE

When I Need to Speak Life

Lord, help me to not bring condemnation into my life by the words I speak. I don't want to bring judgment upon myself by foolish or careless things I say. Instead, help me to speak words that bring salvation, love, and gladness to others. Teach me to speak positive words about myself and my own life as well. Help me to never speak words that are not glorifying to You or that grieve Your Spirit. Put a guard over my heart and mouth so that my words bring life to me and to others who hear me.

By your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.


Matthew 12:37

From Stormie Omartian website. This spoke VOLUMES to me.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The AFTER college routine

#heyfranhey workout for january
It is SO easy to gain weight once college is done. However, I refuse to get overweight, or fat for that matter. To me, God gave us this body to complete a purpose.

The purpose isn't to mistreat it with terrible foods or drugs/drinks. It is to cultivate what we have so that we feel to our optimum best to complete the major task at hand: spreading the Gospel to those who are lost. If that means, I have to keep my body in tip top shape, eat right, and have the energy to do so, then so be it!

For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8


But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7



She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. Proverbs 37:17


However, GODLINESS is much more important because we take that into this world and to the next stage of our being.
Let us remember how important it is to remain spiritually and physically strong. 



mixed oatmeal with flaxseeds & almond milk

vegetable goodness


hearty breakfast: flaxseed bread w/fig spread & peanut butter, eggs w/tomato, almonds, and turkey slices

flaxseed bread w/ sweet potato and fig spread

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Girl, you got your guard up!

Lord,

Dear Lord,

I bless your mighty magnificent name! You are the king of kings and lord of lords. You deserve the glory and honor! Father you are SO amazing. The way you knock down the scales in my eyes this evening, means so much to me. Lord, I pray that you continue to show yourself true through every situation. Father, you ALWAYS lead a path through the mighty waters. Thank you for revelation and insight. You are so merciful Lord. Thank you Lord.

I just want to thank you for showing me tonight that you can open discernment in my heart in regard to love. That people will try in their power to ignore you but Lord you will be praised at the end of the day. Father you make it clear in your word that people cannot serve money and other idols. You are the creator of all things so how dare we not pay your homage!

Father, I'm grateful that you have ripped off the bondage of my used to be sins that I can see right through the accuser. That Father, I know who I AM in YOU! I KNOW that I am a daughter of the MOST HIGH GOD!

Lord, I pray that NEXT TIME that I will not spend my time on fools who do not know you but to get engulfed in your Word. That YOU are the only thing I desire. You are the only one I want to plead forever and ever.

Lord, I'm confident in your power.

In Jesus name,

Amen.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Teach Me Your Way O Lord and Lead Me in a Smooth Path

Back to reality. My confidence and self-assurance cannot come from my job, peers, or media.

It comes from God. I am asking the Lord today to teach me His way and to lead me to smooth pathways so that I may grow confident in His Word and Promises. I cannot be straw on the ground being lifted by ever single windy effort along my way. I must stand firm by His promises and not be moved by anything that conflicts with His Word.

Many times in this society, it is stressed that our confidence is by what we do for a living, how much money we make, and who we know. But how wrong are we to base our lives on such trivial things? Isn't our confidence supposed to be in the Word of God, who He says we ARE, and who He is?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path

This pathway at Stanford is gorgeous...
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path...
I chose the image above because I thought this pathway was absolutely breathe taking. The red and gray tile pathway to the ornate pillars, alongside the white lamps are beautiful. To me, this seemed like the perfect shot to reflect on the narrow and straight path that only a few are able to walk through. Kind of reminded me that only the great individuals of God can ever see such a pathway and actually walk through it. Thank God for mercy because who is great?

Meditating on today's scripture was a bit of a challenge because the instructions in the "A Path Through Mighty Waters" was to not repeat the scripture over and over (which I actually did, because I wasn't sure what else to do...I mean, I switched it up a bit by saying, "Father", or "Daddy" in my prayer) but know the God behind the verse. I'm still trying to understand what that actually means. To me, it seems as though I have to ingrain new pathways through my mind in this meditation process. I'm trying to force my thoughts to obey Christ.

Its difficult because, in this day and age we are so distracted by technology: iphones, facebook, twitter, movies, television, etc. It's as though there is no time for God. I believe the only time people place God to the priority list is when they need something. Somehow, I have come to this conclusion that what if we are given everything we want and need? There would still be a longing, an unfulfillment in our hearts that needs to be filled up.  But what would it be though if you have absolutely everything? Obviously its Christ that is yanking your heart, asking you to come on and have dinner with Him.

Right now in my walk, I'm just trying to push day by day. There is no fulfillment in my degree, my relationships, or even myself. The heart is fickle and changes constantly. The only thing that remains constant is Christ and His Word. His promises of love, security, acceptance, grace, and mercy. There is nothing like the Father of lights where there is no shifting of variation. HE is Alpha and THE Omega. The beginning and the end!


All Things Work Together For My Good

God is good. I'm getting these revelations left and right. It's sometimes startling at times because my flesh wants to overcome the truth. For instance, this afternoon during my tour around Stanford, I came to the conclusion that I'm okay with how things turned out. Graduate school in California has been extremely difficult. Despite this fact, it doesn't matter how I got here. I'm here. It's interesting because I'm okay with how my relationships are with certain people. I'm comfortable with me. I'm content with being here alone and growing. 


I was so caught up in my own little world, assuming that I can be the boss of everything. I cannot control where I will be at. I cannot be the dictator of my own life. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted or that I knew what was good for me. Yet, Jesus said it so eloquently, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost" and I believe my whole belief system was lost. Even today, I came to a conclusion that my mind was really in a whirlwind and I just have to give it to God. To just submit and He will restore me completely.
On solid rock...ground...lol.
I also have to admit, that I need to spend more time with God. Facebook is such a time killer but I think I've replaced television, movies, and ridiculous internet surfing with Facebook surfing on my fast this month. I need to recommit and stick to it. Terrible...I know. I will get better though.

Lord...give me strength.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

So simple

Beautiful day in VA

San Juan, PR

Palm trees in San Juan, PR
The older I get, the more I realize how stressed out I can get. I place all these unrealistic expectations on my shoulders to please people or myself. I wonder, if God in heaven is up there thinking, "Young girl, if you only knew how little this means right now..." yet, I stress over how people think of me or how they feel about me. I want to be loosed from such thoughts!

The place where I have the most tranquility is before God's feet, sandy white sand, clear blue waters, and huge puffy clouds in a beautiful sunny day...its been a while since I've experienced a beautiful beach.  But the Lord's feet...nothing more peaceful. It's funny how I talk about how peaceful it is to be before His feet, yet, I know once I get before Him, He'll shed light on the ugliness of my heart. Reading His Word is a huge mirror.

I guess I'm afraid of reading His Word and receiving a HUGE disappointment from Him. I know I've let many people down this past week but I'd rather ignore them until I'm ready to clean the wound and bandage it up. But I refuse to. I guess I'm hoping for it to heal immediately.

Only if relationships were so simple.