Contrary to what you have heard, I do exist. I’m no fairytale hunk with big muscles and thing for chick flicks (although, I may or may not have a man bun). So, put your daydreams of love off to the side for a minute and let me tell you what makes me, “Mr. Right” and why people keep telling you to wait for me.
The first thing I really want for you to understand is that I was not born your Mr. Right. I promise we weren’t destined to cross paths and lock eyes from across a crowded room and fall hopelessly in love. God has been working in my heart for YEARS! Do you realize what was in my heart before Christ saved me?! Of course you don’t because we haven’t met yet, but I can promise you it is equally as crazy and sinful as…
Disclaimer: I want to make clear that not much has been said on the Bible about this and thus these are MY convictions and I won’t force them upon anyone else. I have nothing against people whose convictions are otherwise. But if somehow you can obtain wisdom out of it, then it would be my greatest honor and pleasure. No, I don’t ward guys off and I have a lot of close, healthy friendships with males in my life – men that I trust with every fiber of my being and have one-on-one friendly dates with. And in case of any intrigue, this is addressed to a general audience and I’m not writing to one specific person. I would also like to give a shoutout to my four closest male friends, three of whom pre-approved this post: Paolo, Rob, Mark, and Aaron. Couldn’t be more blessed to have you guys…
I firmly believe that God has a perfect timing and plan on everything. Whether we realize it or not, he already has planned on first of all, you being born. It doesn’t matter whether your parents planned your birth or not, the important thing here is that God intended you to be born into this world because he has a higher purpose for your life that will impact other people’s lives. In each of our circumstances in life whether if its financial difficulty, social acceptance, inner peace with our insecurities and difficult relationships between your parents, friends and relatives and even other people, these are the “low” seasons of our lives, but remember that God uses what’s negative into something positive when you look at it in every angle of perspective. One example of these is that when there is someone that is difficult to deal with at work or at home, God is trying to build your character, because when we are exposed to pressure that is when we grow, through the tough situations with people, we learn to deal with a diverse kinds of different personalities. Through the highs of our seasons in life, God teaches us to cherish these moments and be thankful of every blessing that God has given us.
I remember the song “Who am I” by casting crowns, many people don’t know who they are and sometimes even forget their identity, but know that God knows who you are, and the truth is we are his children. The child of the most high God, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! In our society nowadays its difficult to know who we truly are because of the media that we should be like for example flawless models even though they are typically photoshopped. Know that each one of us has a higher calling and only you can know what that is, through prayer and meditation of the word of God, the holy spirit will show you your calling, and that can be to be a leader, to be a teacher, etc. Know that in each season of our lives whether it be high or low, I believe that God is continually showing who we are and at the same time revealing himself to us through tough times and good times, all we need to do is wait and trust in him.
We all know the scene in the bible when Jesus walks on water but there is much less emphasis on Peter who asked Jesus to ask him to come to him and walk on water as well. I just realized that its an example where when we obey we get an answer and sometimes even a miracle. Lets all be courageous and ask God to let us out of our comfort zones so that we will become who we were meant to be. I can’t believe I am writing this and if I even have the guts to ask Jesus to get me out of my comfort zone because I am the type of person that is laid back and like to be in my comfort zone. When Peter walked on the water for a moment, I would like to think that he thought this, “Thank you for leading me into the sea and making me realize all I needed was to focus on you and not on the depth of the ocean or the struggles but the fact that you are there ready to help me when I fall.”
Indeed, when there are many distractions in our life, like too much work or play and even procrastinating at times make it hard for us to focus on what needs to be done, to meditate on the bible and his word and pray for guidance and repentance for my sins. To be honest, sometimes the storm is just too great but remember that its the enemy that wants you to be not close with God, he’ll do anything to get you from having a deep and intimate relationship with him, because the devil came to steal, kill and destroy. So we should put the Armor of God for the battle is not just spiritual but physical and emotional and mental as well, for these four things are connected to one another.
I remember when I told my friend that I was scared of horror movies and monsters etc. and then in the family gathering, the mother of a five year old little girl said that her daughter doesn’t even believe in monsters anymore and her reason is, because Jesus is with me. That moment really gave a smile to my face, because we all should have child-like faith, for the kingdom belongs to people with child-like faith, strong and unwavering love towards Jesus.
i painted this picture while imagining how Disney’s Pocahontas would look like in an almost abstract and surreal like image of her. I was sure I did not want it to look exactly like in the movies but I wanted to show my own style of painting and I have to be honest, I enjoyed doing this 2hr work of art. This is by far the most serious I’ve gotten while doing beginner painting.
This painting was inspired by the anime Shugo chara. The character on the right is Ikuto and the left is Hinamori Amu. I was imagining how they would look like in their wedding dress and tux, Amu’s dress, instead of being a white dress, I painted it in pink and purple because that looks more colourful and appealing in my opinion.
I was going for a fairy in a forest look in this painting. As you can see it needed a little more time and effort to be honest, but I really like how it turned out in the end.
Last but not the least, this painting of mine is actually one of my favourites. It reminds me of a leaf in a lake or some sort of body of water.
So yeah, thats all for now, I’ll keep posting more art work in the near future. Thanks for reading!
I remember my mother coming home from work and having bought those soft banana muffins at Richtree restaurant. Then I started to crave for more and in a few months, I got my hands on a simple yet tasty recipe. Make sure to read the notes that I have made below. Let me know how it goes & remember to have fun!
Banana Bread Recipe
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup (3 medium) mashed ripe bananas
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Cream butter and sugar together.
Add eggs one at a time, beating until smooth.
Blend in mashed bananas.
In second bowl, stir flour with baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add to banana mixture, stirring only to moisten.
Transfer to greased loaf pan (9 x 5 x 3 inch).
Bake in 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven for about 1 hour.
When done, Let stand for 10 minutes. Remove from loaf pan and place on cake rack to cool.
I usually use about 5-6 bananas. Freeze some bananas and defrost when ripened and add this to the recipe for more banana taste.
Add cinnamon sugar to the greased pan, it will turn out great with a cinnamon edge when you cut the banana bread.
When doubling the recipe, instead of using 1 cup of butter, use 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil. (The butter wont overpower the banana bread when doing this.)
Remember to use bananas that are over ripened, (they are also cheaper) and try to use organic bananas for a more healthier choice.
There is joy and warmth in my heart
As I read his word and pray,
There is light and truth in his word,
I have this sense of belonging
And security because of his faithfulness to me.
In times of trials he never fails to lift me up and place my hope in him
In times of happiness, my heart is filled with thanks
The feelings of brokeness that I have are slowly getting healed because of his grace, and wanting to be closer and more intimate with Jesus seem so wonderful indeed.
I cannot stop but think about him day and night, I listen to songs of love and feel a sense of passion inside, a spark that is slowly setting on fire. Its a different feeling that I never felt before. God its amazing how you love me.