Happiness, Love

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the process of giving up a resentment or grudge against someone for something they said or did to you or about you. The pain we experience may be physical, emotional or even spiritual. Most times, we as humans tend to think that some persons do not deserve our forgiveness, but as a christian, that should not be in our hearts. It is impossible to live in this world without being hurt or offended in some way. Our actions or that of another may interfere with our mental state causing us to respond in an unpleasant way, but learning how to respond properly is the basics of a healthy Christian life. Not having a forgiving attitude and heart is similar to drinking poison and expecting it to harm the other person. It is pointless and truthfully, we are only harming ourselves when we keep hate or dislike for someone in our heart.

Now, in Genesis 3 verse 15, God gives his first promise of a redeemer who would forgive the world of their sin. This is by far the purest and greatest act of forgiveness in the bible and of all time. Further down, we learn that this promise was fulfilled, where we hear the testimony of the heartbreaking story of the crucifixion, resurrection and burial of Jesus Christ. On the cross during crucifixion, Jesus Christ forgave the people of the world for their sins of the past, present and the future.

In 2nd Samuel chapter 9, there was David and Mephibosheth. To back tract a little, in the 1st book of Samuel, king Saul tried to destroy David. However, David responded with kindness and forgiveness. Have you ever heard of that saying “Kill them with kindness” or “The best way to treat an enemy who displays their hate is through kindness and love.” These sayings are quite simple. It means it will weaken them and they will realize that there negative behavior has no effect on you. Sometimes, even forgiving them and ignoring them can be the best way to tackle the issue. Makes sense now doesn’t it? I bet it does.

A third example of forgiveness can be found in John chapter 8, where Jesus showed his dignity and mercy by forgiving a women who was caught in the act of adultery. Spiritual leaders in the town brought her before Jesus to have her stoned as the law stipulated. Instead, Jesus spoke to their minds and hearts by saying to them that if any of them were sinless and free judge, then whoever is so should cast the first stone. The leaders dropped their stones and left. Jesus also did not condemn the woman for her actions.

Your probably wondering why you should forgive a person, especially of the hurt they caused impacted you in a significant way. But here is why. Forgiveness is the start of the healing process and does not mean you condone the action. It means regaining a sense of wholeness and peace. When you forgive, you do it for yourself and it assist in focusing your energy on being at peace with yourself and the individual. It allows you to move on with your life and in order to be at peace, compassion and healthy relationships need forgiveness. It can also enhance your self esteem and give you hope. You find yourself significantly happier and even less stressed. It is truly a gift we are all entitled to and allows us to embrace our future.

It is important to remember that forgiveness is not granted because you approve or will tolerate a persons actions. It is an act of love, mercy and grace. Same as how Jesus forgave us of our sins and continues to forgive us each day he grants us life, we must learn to forgive those who have trespassed against us. Do not let them disrupt our lives. Forgiveness is an attribute of God that we are consistently taught in the bible that we too can demonstrate to others.

Signed, Jovialissa.

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Be Thankful For Life.

Life is like a journey on a train. It has its stations to get off, routes of change and points along the way where accidents happen. At birth we boarded the train and met our parents and we believe that they will always travel by our side. However, at some station, our parents will depart from the train and leave us alone.

As time goes by, other people will board the train and we will interact with them and they will be significant to us. For example, siblings, friends, children and even the love of our lives. Some will then exit the train of our lives and leave a noticeable crack or even a hole within us. Others will go unnoticed that we wont even realize they are no longer apart of our lives. This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all the passengers, considering that we give the best of ourselves as well.

The mystery to everyone is – We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down from the train of life. Therefore we must live in the best way. Love, forgive and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this so that when we depart, we leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue without us. Persons left our lives. And now we must leave someone else’s life. You are always important to someone.

As a passenger in your life, I wish you success, joy and happiness for your time left on the train of life. Be thankful for the journey. Lastly, I thank you for being passengers on my train.

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SURVIVAL BASED ON PRAISE AND GIVING THANKS.

Tuesday daily word states “The power of God within us is greater than the pressures of troubles around you. Have confidence in God’s power because it can sustain.” 2nd Corinthians 4 verse 8 and 9 reads: “ We are hard pressed on every side,but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” Paul shows us that his weakness and faults did not cripple or stop him but actually made him stronger on his journey with Christ.

In all things give God praise. Whenever the praises go up, the blessing comes down in abundance. Some blessings are small and we overlook them. Sometimes the war, conflicts and disagreements are so overwhelming we have to pause to actually see the blessings God is giving to us. Some simple things that we take for granted, others do not have. Some persons have simple wishes, like having someone at home to share their feelings with or even someone to have fun with. A good attitude towards life will determine our altitude in life.

Be thankful for life. A roof over your head. Family. Friends. Be thankful that God thought of you and saved you from your sins. That he continues to keep you thoughout every second of your life. When you serve God, it makes you a bigger and better you. Stop what you are doing. Stop the hustle and bustle and worrying about every little thing that does not work out the way you wish and focus on your own development and God’s will for your life. Ask him “What can I do to make today better?” “How can I be a servant to you and share your word with others?” Do not just wake up each day and just go about your activites. Include God in every single thing, great or small. Whether it is school, home, work or wherever, ask for guidance and protection. Change your attitude.

Love your enemies. It will definitely throw them off balance and give them a surprise. Nothing beats a kind and forgiving heart. If God is for us, who can be against us? Joshua 1 verse 9 states “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

2nd Corinthians 4 verse 13 “ It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak.” This is simply saying, when we speak things with faith and believe with all our heart, our prayers will be answered IF IT IS GOD’S WILL! Sometimes, when certain things come into our life, it is not our responsibility to take care of it, but to give it to God. He wants to show us that with him, we can overcome any obstacle and move any mountain.

If we do not control our thoughts, we cannot control our behavior. Have hope and continue to have hope because miracles happen each day. Never even think that anything is too difficult for God. He never gives us more than what we can manage. Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help and be brave enough to ask for it. When we look at our past lives and where we were heading compared to where we are now with God, isnt it something great? Career. Family improvements. Financial situations. It is all a blessing. No matter how long it takes to get better, it can and will always get better. Do not be discourages but continue to pray with faith. Praise God and give thanks. Slow down and enjoy everything God has given you. Do not let everything flash before your eyes like a camera but instead take pictures. Memories. Great moments with those you love. When God fights your battles, you CANNOT lose!

As I close, remember these 5 special phrases,

  1. By faith, We live.
  2. By love, We share.
  3. By patience, We understand.
  4. By trails, We gain wisdom.
  5. By sharing, We give joy to ourselves and others.
Happiness, Love

Which is slavery? Christianity or worldy living? 

So on Sunday, March 27, 2017, our topic for Sunday school was slavery. Our teacher asked us which we thought was slavery first and to explain why. Now as expected, us being teens (ages 13 to 18), and new Christians at that, went with the decision to pick Christianity as the slavery life. We had some good points to support out answer, like rules in the bible and so on, but we then came to the realization that we were wrong. We were puzzled for like a good five minutes as to why this was so. Our teacher further went on to complete change our minds.

He made reference to a recently held concert by a popular dancehall entertainer named Alkaline, called “New Rules”. He asked us what we thought the name meant. We said it meant a new era for the music industry of Jamaica. Now he said it was straight from we devil and after some thought, we agreed. He made some valid points.  He explained to us that the bible speaks about the devil uses many things to distract, especially in this day and age. If you ignore one means of distraction, he will surely find another. You may not see it directly but the devil targets us indirectly. Whether through our phones, school or even our own friends. We are always in constant exposure to the devil and his tricks.  This is why we must be in constant strength and faith in God to resist temptation.

Now both lives have rules. But what we see in the secular world as freedom is actually rules but we just don’t view it as such because we were born into it. In the secular world you have to dress a particular a way, listen to a certain type of music that conveys a certain message, and so on. The partying and drinking and rebellion and those activities damage our spiritual health and life with God. The devil wants us to follow him and to control us so in the end, we are demons in his kingdom. But God wants us to follow him and be angels to reign on earth forever more.

So which do you rather to be a slave to, the devil or God? If I were you, I’d choose God.

Signed, Jovialissa 😍 😘

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Happiness

You are amazing. 

If you’ve ever been made fun of for simply being who you are, I know how you feel. If you’ve ever felt like you just don’t belong in this world, then I know how you feel. If you’ve ever felt alone and afraid to talk to someone about your issues, then I know how you feel. I’ve been through depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder just to name a few. In addition, just not knowing where I belong. But I am here to tell you that you can make it through this world in one piece. Like I have been doing and will continue to do. 

Being accepted in society just as you are, especially if you are a young child going into adoloscence or your becoming an adult, seems like one of the hardest things that you will ever have to accomplish in your life. You may be bullied at school, things aren’t right at home, school might not be going so good, relationships may be nothing but hurt and confusion and you just feel empty and alone inside. Trust me, we’ve all been through it. Think about it. No matter how you may view another persons life when they are smiling and laughing, we all have our battles and trials to go through. But no matter how bad things get, or how down in the dumps you may feel, please, please, PLEASE never give up hope! 

It is OK to stumble and fall in life. Do not be afraid of your mistakes as they are what remind us that we are human. Everyone does. And let’s face it, no one has every single part of their life figured out. Things never really go according to plan these days. Do not worry about fitting in.Just be you. The right kind of friends, thr good and honest ones, will be attracted to the real you. And even though you may not have everything or even anything in life planned out, I want you to know you are loved. It may not be physical love that you feel and experience each day, but I LOVE YOU. And God loves you more than anyone else can. 

So start to love yourself and every single part of you. The good things about you and the bad things about you. Nobody is perfect. Turn every negative into a positive. Don’t let those irrelevant mean girls and boys and the temporary loneliness get in your head. They don’t matter in your life. You are the most important person in your life. And no matter what anyone says, be you. Embrace the wonderful, intelligent, humble, graceful human being that you are. And if you ever need someone to talk to, I am here. So feel free to message me. I am always open. Have a wonderful day.

Signed, Jovialissa ♥🌸