Easter Is Here!!!

Jesus is never late in coming.
Jesus can rewrite your ending. He can change your trajectory.
Jesus knows that His Father has it handled. He isn't worried.
No accusation can stick to Jesus. Only the truth.
Jesus got bullied too.
Jesus calls you out on your b.s. but doesn't hold it against you.
Jesus feels for you. Your cries do not fall on deaf ears. Your troubles do not go unnoticed.
Jesus will come for you and set you free, no matter how far you fall.
Jesus knows that His Father has it handled. He isn't worried.
No accusation can stick to Jesus. Only the truth.
Jesus got bullied too.
Jesus calls you out on your b.s. but doesn't hold it against you.
Jesus asks on your behalf.
Jesus advocates on your behalf.
Jesus is on your side.
Jesus will not leave you. He will come to you.
Jesus is the true vine.
Jesus chose you. He still chooses you.
Jesus appoints you to bear Him fruit.
Do not magnify the voices of the haters. They are in the minority.
You and God are in the majority. Don't focus on what they say.
Listen to what God says.
Jesus knew who He was and He knew who you were and still died on the cross for you.
Jesus is preparing room for you.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
Jesus leads us to God.
Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Him. Jesus is in you.
Jesus will do it.
Jesus is the bible in the flesh.
Jesus is not in the tomb.
Jesus cannot be stopped by locks.
Jesus stood in the gap for us.
Jesus reconciled God to us.
Jesus can expel all your doubts.
Jesus will still give you your mission, even if you have reservations.
Jesus is not done yet. He is just getting started.
Jesus is with you always, to the very end of the age. He loves you!!!
Scripture: John 10:1-42
Matthew 21:1-27
Matthew 26:17-30; John 13:1-17
John 14:1-16:33
Matthew 26:36-75
John 18:19-19:16
John 19:17-42
John 20:1-21:25
Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 24:36-53

Do It Again

It's been two years since I've made a guy friend.
No, I'm not in a convent, I just get mute, deaf and dumb when I am surrounded by guys.
And it's so frustrating because I used to be a guy's girl...
I was one of the guys. I could make them laugh. I could dish it as well as they served it.
But now I keep them at arm's length, barely acknowledging them at all.
And I understand my current tactics. I'm in survival/defense/protection mode because before, I fell hard for some of my guy friends.
I mean really hard, like concrete hard, like I not only broke my nail hard, 
but I broke every bone in my body hard.
There have been too many times when my heart ran ahead of me and planned out our "future" when the guy never thought of me in a romantic way.
There have been too many times that I misinterpreted the twinkle in his eyes and the way he held me.
There have been too many times I cried over a guy because it turned out he was interested in someone else.
So right now, I keep them far, like to the ends of the earth far. And I am not exaggerating... It's gotten really bad.
Sometimes, when a guy catches me on a good day, we click and we laugh and share some jokes. But the next day, if not the next hour, I give him the coldest of shoulder that must have originated from the North Pole.
My smile and sweet demeanor fool some people. I can be mean.
But I don't mean to. Not really, it's just that I know myself, I will fall. And why wouldn't I? The guys who become my friends, at times, are the type of man I would one day hope to have as my husband.
So, shutting it down in the friend department is the only way to stay safe, to keep my heart at bay...

Doesn't that sound familiar?
How many times have you taken yourself out of the game because you "knew" the outcome?
How many times have you refused to roll the dice because you "knew" your chances?
How many opportunities passed you by because you "knew" they were too good for you?
What happened to you for you to play it safe?

Because that's not the way Jesus wants you to live. You weren't meant to live from a place of fear.
In the beginning of Luke 5, Jesus finds Peter in his boat, calling it quits after an unsuccessful day at sea.
But Jesus gets onto Peter's boat and asks him to try again.
Peter looks at Him and says, "I've been trying all day. There isn't anything out here."

Isn't it funny when Jesus asks us to do something that we've done thousands of times before as if there will be a different outcome?
I know for me when He asks, I look up at Him and say, "Haven't you been paying attention? I'm going nowhere with this. Why would I try again?"

Luckily Peter is not me and he does what Jesus asks of him. Although, he was at sea for the whole day and caught not one fish, he throws out his nets again.

Now, let's make a prediction: What's the probability of Peter catching a fish?
Slim to none if you consider what happened before.

But, that didn't happen. The logical choice didn't happen. The miraculous did.

Peter caught so much fish that his nets almost broke and he had to enlist the help of his friends in another boat to help him reel in the catch.
Peter, who had no two fish to rub together before, now filled up two boats that day to the brink of almost sinking.

What's the difference? 

Jesus, of course.

When Jesus is in the midst of it, previous experiences are invalid. He can do something new for you.
Forget about the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:18-19
I don't care if it's your first time or millionth time doing something, if Jesus is asking you to do it again, do it.

He won't steer you wrong. When He's calling you, it means that He has everything set up, so are you ready to take that first step? 

Don't allow your past to hold you back and miss out on what God has for you.
He had no intentions for you to live in fear. No, He died so that you can have life to the fullest.
But you have to be open to His promptings and when He calls, you have to be willing to step forward.

Even when it looks foolish and doesn't make sense, risk it.
God is so worth the risk.

Countdown to Easter 3.0

Jesus is recognizable. He doesn't need to be marketed or sold. 
Jesus closes out the show. You don't need to worry about saving souls. He handles that.
Jesus can calm the storms but He wants to give you peace during the storms.
Jesus is looking for your faith. Where is it?
Jesus is in the business of radical transformation for your good.
Jesus wants to be invited in. 
Jesus is brilliant.
Jesus won't be distracted from His purpose.
Jesus is a revelation from God.
Jesus fulfills both the law and the prophecies.
Jesus cannot be contained.
Jesus is so much more than us.

Jesus' miracles don't stop because the spotlight turns off. 
It continues in the aftermath of what He has done.
Example: The leftovers of fish and bread filled 12 baskets.
Jesus will come when you call for Him.
Jesus will remove road blocks at the right time.
No one can take away the truth of your testimony. 
They don't know where you came from and they definitely don't know where you're going. 
They didn't save you. 
Jesus did.

Share in the comments section what Jesus means to you.
Scripture: Mark 6:45-52; Luke 8:22-25
Mark 5:1-43
John 6:1-15
Matthew 16:13-17:13
Mark 9:14-32
Matthew 18:15-35
Matthew 13:24-52
Mark 10:17-31
Luke 10:1-24
Luke 10:25-11:13

Countdown to Easter 2.0

Jesus is atonement.
Jesus redeems.
Jesus is the way to eternal life.
Jesus is the saving grace.
Jesus is the truth.
Jesus is rest.
Jesus is the standard.
Jesus is greater.
Jesus is to be experienced personally.
Jesus out gives you always.
Jesus' gifts are everlasting.
Jesus qualifies.
Jesus sees and acknowledges the unseen.
Jesus magnifies.
Jesus multiples.
Jesus is hope.
Jesus has plans and purposes for you.
Jesus provides.
Jesus has everything covered. 
He's on His throne ready to send out situations and opportunities your way.
Are you going to trust Him to fulfill His promises?
Jesus is not a magic trick.
Jesus is not a gimmick.
Jesus is not a genie.
Jesus is all or nothing, never some type of side-piece.
Faith marks you as His.
Faith gets you at His table.
Faith gets His attention.
Jesus goes to the places we avoid.
Jesus may at times inconvenience you but it's worth it.
Jesus calls us to a higher standard.
Jesus calls us to love.
Jesus calls us the salt and the light of the world.
Jesus forgives your sins.
Jesus can do it all.
Jesus is a wanted man but He still has time for you.
Jesus considers you family.
Share in the comments section what Jesus means to you.
Scripture: John 3:1-4:42
Matthew 5:1-7:29
Matthew 8:1-9:8
Matthew 12:1-45
Matthew 13:1-52

Countdown to Easter 1.0

You can claim to know somebody completely but the truth is that you can never stop learning more. So a month ago, I decided to go deeper. I did a bible study called "30 days with Jesus," where I learned about the truth, the light, my Lord, Jesus Christ. 

And He revealed a lot to me. I thought I knew about Him but I either didn't or completely forgot.

As Easter approaches, I thought it would be nice to dedicate this week solely to Him. So for the next 6 days, I'll share tidbits about Him with you. But don't take my word for it. Dive in deeper, look up the verses I refer to. He's waiting for you.
Jesus is a promise fulfilled.
Jesus is with us.
Jesus is life.
Jesus brings increase
Jesus brings joy.
Jesus brings peace.
Jesus brings justice.
Jesus brings order.
Jesus is everlasting.
Jesus is Lord.
Jesus is Royalty, who was born in a manger and hung out with the sinners. He can relate to you.
Jesus is right on time.
Jesus is personal.
Jesus is approved, accepted and loved by God.
Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus lifts burdens.
Jesus breaks chains.
Jesus saves.
Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah.

Jesus overcomes the trials, the temptations, the storms. Always.
Jesus leads.
Jesus protects.
Jesus defends.
Jesus is a name-changer.
Jesus sees you and knows you long before you ever encounter Him.
Jesus is just the beginning of greater things to come.
Jesus isn't what you asked for but He came anyway.

Share in the comments section about what Jesus means to you.

Scripture: Isaiah 7:14, 9:1-9
Matthew 1:18-2:23
Luke 2:1-20
Matthew 3:1-17
Matthew 1:1-17
Luke 4:14-44
Luke 5:1-11, 6:12-16
John 1:35-51

Mini Bites 22.0

I want to write, I want to teach, I want to speak and travel, I want to sing, I want to have a family. But from where I am standing now, it looks like none of those things will happen.
The other day I had an interview and for most of it, I could barely string my words together. 
Speaker, teacher, singer: out of the question
Writing a novel is the most daunting task I am getting myself into. Like what the hell am I going to talk about for like 100 pages?! And the print is so small, it's probably gonna be like 85,000 words?! Not to mention I can barely force myself to do the assignments at school, let alone upkeep this blog.
Writing: wishful, stupid thinking
I am currently working to cover my minimum essentials.
Traveling: fool's dream
No prospect in the love department. It's like the Sahara Desert over here. It is so dry and empty!!
Family: mirage
Right now, it looks as if none of my dreams will happen. My hopes seem to diminish with the realization of my inabilities.
But luckily, gracefully, mercifully the fulfillment of my desires do not rely on me. They rely on God.
It doesn't matter what I say or what people say (because people will say worse), God will accomplish His purpose through me. 
You do not need any validation or recognition from any man. You do not need your circumstances agreeing with what's burning in your heart. All you need to do is remember that God commissioned you. He validated you. He stamped you with His approval and He's going to back you up with His strength and ability.
It doesn't matter how bleak it looks, just know that He's able to bring your breakthrough all of a sudden, with no warning.
Don't quit. Don't give up.
He's able to do what is impossible.
Just trust Him.

Mini Bites 21.0

I think this is what I struggle with as a Christian: to believe that Christ is within me, working something new, while still dealing with the same problems. I still lust, procrastinate, play small, get angry, use hurtful words, get scared.
I am still me and I don't know if Christ has a hold of me.
I don't know if I have Christ.
But faith was never about what is seen.
Although my circumstances terrify me, they don't even faze God. He's beyond everything that hinders me, making my paths straight.
He knows what He's doing and I have to trust that even when I don't feel like I am His, I am His.
He is within me and He is changing me.
The Christian walk is not easy. I do not know who lied to you. (don't worry, I do not remember who lied to me either
Why would it be easy when the world, the enemy try so hard to dissuade you from trusting in God?
There will be storms and crap will hit the fan multiple times in your life. Being a Christian doesn't exempt you from the brokenness of the world. However, following Jesus, placing all bets on God is the best thing you can do.
Because when everything fails, when everything fades, God is still there, holding you.
He's got you; trust Him.