4/1/2014 . 11 notes . Reblog

illsurrenderup-myheart:

People have been saying "God, change me." A lot lately. 

I don’t think he has to change you. 

You are who you are. You’re you. Exactly how he made you. 

If you want to become better, work on it. Pray. Say "God, transform me. Build me. Mold me." 

To me, that’s better than "Change me." because who wants to change what he’s already created?

3/8/2013 . 6 notes . Reblog
Battling with Insecurity?

I have really been thinking a lot lately.  About the battles I’ve gone through over the years.  Probably my biggest battle has been and is insecurity.  Or making the mistake of putting my “security” in things that would only make me more insecure in the end.

Relationships, good grades, and most other things in life will come and go.  And putting our security in those things/people, will only make matters worse.  It will cause our insecurity to grow greater with each let down.

The one thing that we can put our security in is with Jesus.  He will never leave us, nor forsake us.  He will not disappoint us.  His love is the one thing that will remain throughout all circumstances.

The first part in battling insecurity is acknowledging the presence of insecurity. In order to fight it, you must first recognize it.

Secondly, you must refute whatever it is that it is telling you.  Do not let insecurity fill your mind.  It will try and sneak lies and assumptions into your head that will literally drive you mad.  Insecurity will cause you to do some things you would otherwise never consider doing.  Trust me, I have been there.

Instead, fill your mind with positive thoughts.  With the TRUTH!  Fill it with scripture, or pray, do what you need to in order to clear your mind of whatever insecurity is trying to tell you.

It’s a battle, and it’s not an easy one.  It is so easy to just give in and let security take over, but you are so much better off fighting it now, before it gets more out of hand.  YOU are more than your insecurity.  

God wants us to be secure! And we can be secure if we choose to be.  By putting our hope, our trust and our security in Him, we can have the security He wants for us.

When I began this journal entry, I didn’t plan on making a chart on how to battle security, but that’s what it resulted in.  So I want to leave you with some verses that may help encourage you, as well as myself, to attain the security Christ intended us to have through Him. 

"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil" ~Hebrews 6:19

"The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." ~Psalm 18:2 

"The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble" ~Psalm 37:39

"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." ~Psalm 46:1-2

"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you. " ~Isaiah 54:10

And I’ll leave you with my favorite. Its John 14:17, Jesus says this Himself: 

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." 

23/5/2013 . 2 notes . Reblog
A Work in Progress: Please pray

a-friend-of-god:

I had a professor last semester who has battled with cancer for years.  First she had breast cancer, then after chemo she overcame the breast cancer, but the chemo caused her to get leukemia.  She was in remission for a few years until last semester, when her leukemia kicked back into high gear and had to leave school.

They started to get it under control but then last Tuesday she got a bad report that said the treatment wasn’t working and she wasn’t expected to live much longer. So they left the medical University and came back home to her kids and to start arranging funeral plans. 

She was a very strong woman of faith. I remember hearing her tell her testimony and crying over her strength and her faith.  She was so strong and faithful that God knew what He was doing through all of this.

Well I found out she went on to join God’s Heavenly kingdom this morning.  Even though they were somewhat prepared, I still cannot fathom the loss.  Just last week she thought she had years to live and in a matter of days that was over.  

So I ask that you please keep her family in your prayers.  

Thank you so much,

Tiffany

RIP Dr. Nicollete, you have inspired many lives and will be deeply missed

24/3/2013 . 13 notes . Reblog
Listen and Obey God

I can say first hand that it is better to walk out of your comfort zone to do as God has called than to not do anything at all.  The pain of regret will hurt worse than the fear of the unknown.

God called me to get involved in children’s church over a year ago.  I did not answer the call for my own selfish reasons.  I have since then, lost the opportunity and someone else has taken my place.

Though I am happy to see that the person is succeeding, it still pains me to know that it should have been me in her spot.  I thank God that she answered the call that I did not.

So please, I highly encourage you, no matter how big or small, no matter how frightening or intimidating the task at hand may be, please don’t let it pass you by.

Know that if you need any encouragement, I am here and will gladly encourage you. But do listen and obey God’s call.

I just felt the need to share this…

10/3/2013 . 3 notes . Reblog
Inabilities and Hardships

This morning I was reading through Psalms and I stumbled upon a few passages that really touched me:

The first one is Psalm 71:14-15

"But I will keep on hoping for Your help; 
I will praise you more and more.
I will tell everyone about your righteousness.
All day long i will proclaim your saving power,
though I am not skilled with words.” (NLT)

David admitted what he was not good at speaking to people (skillful with words) but he does not let that stop him from praising His Heavenly Father. Remember not to let your inabiblities interfere with your worship and your sharing of the Good News.  Ask God to strengthen those weaknesses with His Holy Spirit.

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The second passage is Psalm 71:20-21

"You have allowed me to suffer much hardship,
but you will restore me to life again
and lift me up from the depths of the earth.
You will restore me to even greater honor
and comfort me once again.” (NLT)

Trials are what God uses to make us stronger and to bring us closer to Him.  Remember as you weather the storm, that it will eventually end, and if you remain strong in your faith, you will draw closer to Him and earn your reward.  Don’t lose heart or be discouraged during trials, your reward is soon to come (but in God’s time, not ours)

God bless and hope yall have a wonderful week :D

~Tiffany

24/2/2013 . 5 notes . Reblog
Sin and Temptation

Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Tim 2:2

If you know that something in your life is causing you to sin, or is tempting you to sin, the best thing to do is to flee from that temptation.  I understand this may not be optional in all circumstances, but in the cases that it is, it is best to just rid yourself of the temptation. And when possible, surround yourself with other believers who love the Lord and can support you on your walk with Him.

Even if you are unable to do surround yourself with other Christians in your real life, remember, you always have any of us on this blog that will be more than happy to help you and support you however you may need.

God bless,

Tiffany

4/1/2013 . 2 notes . Reblog
Don’t struggle alone

There are so many of our brothers and sisters in Christ, both on tumblr and “in real life” who are struggling recently, myself included. Maybe you are one of them. I have written to many fellow bloggers in the past few days who are losing hope, who are struggling with loss, battling mental illnesses and struggling to cope with the stresses of life. 

There are moments when all hope seems lost, when you feel like you are more alone than you ever felt before, when hurting yourself is the only way to gain control and cope, or when you just feel completely defeated. 

But these moments don’t have to last, they do not have to resonate through your soul every day. God does not want to see us like this, He does not want to see us broken, feeling shattered and overwhelmed. God doesn’t want us to struggle alone.  He wants to help us put ourselves back together. He protects us, guides us, comforts us, and saves us. He rebuilds our crushed spirits and gives us the hope in knowing that this works is not ours, and there are much better things waiting for us all. 

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 who are crushed in spirit.

 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;
 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken. Psalm 34: 18-20

I just wanted to remind you all that God is right there with you, and if you are hurting today, turn to Him, He cares for you.

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:7

In Christ,

-Ariana

18/12/2012 . 3 notes . Reblog
Still praying for everyone in Connecticut <3

godismylight:

It’s only 2 hours from where I live. And no matter how far apart, everyone will always come together during a time like this. 

To everyone affected, you’re in my thoughts and prayers and I’m sorry for your loss.

<3

Heaven gained 26 angels that day. 

17/12/2012 . 2 notes . Reblog
Twelve years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the things you did. So throw off the bowlines, and sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

—Mark Twain

Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone and pushing your limits is good. It’s good to be scared and try different things—it could lead you to something amazing. So take some chances. Like the quote says; In twenty years you’ll be more disappointed by what you didn’t do, than what you did do.


-Beth

13/12/2012 . 2 notes . Reblog
Can God use just anyone?

The answer is plain and simple: Yes. 


You don’t have to be a super smart person with a college degree in order for God to use you. 

You don’t have to be rich and have tons of money to travel the world in order for God to use you. 

You don’t have to be perfect for God to use you. Because no one is perfect. 

Every single person is different. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. 

Everyone has different characteristics in their personalities. 

With that many different people, God will find a way to use all of us. We can make an impact on where we are and who we’re near. Maybe it’s just something God places in your heart, or maybe it’s something that you will experience. But we can all make a difference. And if you let him, God will use you to do it.

~Beth

13/12/2012 . 3 notes . Reblog
God can turn any tragedy into a triumph, if only you will wait and watch.
13/12/2012 . 48 notes . Reblog
Some encouragement for those going through battles that don’t always turn out how they hope

You know when you work so hard for something (Whether its making good grades, avoiding an addiction, whatever your battle is) And then in one moment of weakness, all of the hard work is gone, down the drain.  One decision can bring you all the way to square one.  Sometimes meaning starting your countdown to recovery back at day one.

Sometimes we just aren’t strong enough to win every battle.  The devil comes just at the time of our moment of weakness and the next thing you know, you are sitting in a hole, feeling shameful and guilty.

The devil just won a battle. Now you have two options. You can 1) sit around and wallow in your shame and self pity or 2) you can look up to your Heavenly Father and ask for forgiveness and thank Him for His countless mercies that are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23 “The faithful love of the Lord never ends!His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”)

God knows we are not perfect.  He doesn’t expect perfection from us.  Otherwise, He would not have sent His Son to die for us on Calvary. He DOES expect us to love Him and to try our hardest to do right by Him.  But He knows we are going to mess up and fail.  He knows it, and we should know it too.  He does not expect perfection from us, and we should not expect perfection from ourselves either.

Sometimes Satan wins the battle, but that does not mean we give up and let him win the war. Pick yourself back up and keep fighting the good fight.


Even if it may seem hopeless, remember the war has already been won.  Christ has already won this battle for us.  Satan cannot defeat you because you have Christ living in you, and He has already won the victory over sin and death for us!

So the next time Satan wins a battle in your fight, pick yourself back up, claim victory in Christ’s name, and keep on fighting the good fight!

"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses." ~ 1 Timothy 6:12

Love always,

Tiffany 

13/12/2012 . 2 notes . Reblog

dawnshadow:

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 who are crushed in spirit.


Psalm 34: 17-18

 Find comfort and joy in remembering God hears you, He is with you, and He is going to take care of you.

9/12/2012 . 7 notes . Reblog
If God is placing something in you, or you have a passion for something, a dream for something…

Do it. Because if you want to that bad, it’s what you’re meant to do. It will be so worth it in the end after you’ve chased and lived your dream instead of living in a "what if" world. 

26/11/2012 . 31 notes . Reblog