Bleed the Same

While doing homework and listening to music the other day, a song came on the station I was listening to and stole my attention. I stopped what I was doing and could not have agreed more with the words I was hearing. It was called “Bleed the Same” by Mandisa and Toby Mac. The words of the chorus go something like this:

“We all bleed the same
We’re more beautiful when we come together
We all bleed the same
So tell me why, tell me why
We’re divided
If we’re gonna fight
Let’s fight for each other
If we’re gonna shout
Let love be the cry
We all bleed the same
So tell me why, tell me why
We’re divided” 

To say they released this song at the right time because of what is going on in society today would be an understatement. I don’t know about you but I am SO tired of and confused about why people still judge and separate themselves from others who are so called “different” from them. If you know me, you know this is something I have never liked and have always done the opposite of. Because that’s what Jesus did, right? YES. Jesus didn’t only love the rich. Jesus didn’t only choose to bless the people of color. Jesus didn’t choose to only feed the hungry. Jesus loves the rich AND poor. Jesus loves the white, black, red, yellow, green AND pink. Jesus loves the hungry AND the fed. EQUALLY. Since we are supposed to mirror Him and become more like Him everyday, why do we only choose to love certain people? Why do we think we get to pick who we like and who we don’t like? Just like Mandisa said in her song, we all bleed the SAME. Jesus loves us all the SAME. So what is stopping us from being like Him?

Another verse in the song says this:

“Tell me, who are we
To judge someone
By the kind of clothes they’re wearing
Or the color of their skin?

Are you black? 
Are you white? 
Aren’t we all the same inside? 
Father, open our eyes to see!”

She took the words out of my mouth. Who are we to judge someone by the outside? Mark 12:31 states this. “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” NO GREATER COMMANDMENT. If you’re not loving your neighbor, you are disobeying God. This is a subject that is close to my heart and I felt like I just needed to share my thoughts and maybe get you to thinking, too.  I’m gonna leave you with a few verses and this:

If you think Heaven is gonna be full of nothing but people just like you, you’re in for a rude awakening. 😉

If you think I’m wrong or don’t agree with me.. that is okay too. Just read these verses. 

“The rich and the poor have a common bond. The LORD is the maker of them all.” Proverbs 22:2

“And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.”       Acts 17:26

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”                                                                     Galatians 3:28

“But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.”                                                                                                                                          James 2:9

“But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”                        1 John 2:11

Much love!!!!

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ENOUGH.

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “enough” as…: occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations enough food for everyone. 

Do you ever feel like you aren’t enough? Like you don’t fully meet people’s demands, needs, or expectations? Of course!! We all have those days and this week just happens to be one of those for me. Some people are too afraid to admit it or just don’t want people to know how they feel, but I will. 

As humans, we let so many things in life define who we are and place us in an order of importance. Let me be the first to say, STOP.  The titles at school, your boyfriend/girlfriend, GPA, parents, workplace, your position on a team, or what you make on a test does NOT define who you are on the inside. I know it’s the end of the school year and so so many things are distracting and stressful but it’s important to remember who we live this life for. Jesus says in the bible that we are ENOUGH for Him because we are His. No worldly thing can take that away. 2 Corinthians 3:5 says “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.” Through Him, we have every title, every placement, every answer we’ll ever need. After all, we are here for His glory and to spread His word, not for ourselves. When times get tough and you feel like you’re not enough and all alone, He is with you ALWAYS & ALWAYS on you’re side!!  
oh &a half of this won’t matter when we get to Heaven anyway 😉

love you guys xoxo❤️

Jesus>Our Pain

As I lay here at 2:18 AM I can’t help but to think of those hurting during this holiday season and how hard it must be to act like everything is okay when it’s not at all… to put a fake smile on your face when it’s the hardest.. to watch others be so happy and content with their life when you know it’s not fair.. I can’t imagine being in the shoes of some of the people around me. Just two weeks ago, having to watch a friend lose the love of her life at Christmas time was one of the saddest things I have ever witnessed. We don’t understand why. We never will. As much as we wish it could, an explanation can’t be given. BUT.. There’s no way in the world to handle these things except for having Jesus by your side. His love surrounds us no matter what we may be going through. He can take all of our pain and sorrow away if we just let Him and i’m so thankful for it. Count your blessings people and pray for the ones around you. We’re all struggling, some more than others, but God is so much bigger than our pain. Love to you all ❤️

slaves to fear

You know how you can hear a song a thousand times and sing the words over and over again but you never really think about what they mean or what you’re singing?! Yeah I do that all the time.. Tonight at church, the song “No Longer Slaves” was played and I have heard it a countless number of times. This time, I actually listened to the words and tried to comprehend what the lyrics really meant. My favorite part of the song says this..

“You split the sea

So I could walk right through it

My fears were drowned in perfect love

You rescued me

And I could stand and sing

I am a child of God” 

Think about that. God rescued us so that we can stand and sing that we are His children. He bled and died so that we could live freely. He paid our price and we deserve none of it. All of our fears are gone because of the cross and that is something to be thankful for.

The chorus of the song says..

“I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God.” 

Read it again–WE DO NOT HAVE TO BE AFRAID!!!! God has it all in His hands and will do things according to His purpose, not ours!! Joshua 1:9 says, “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.” How crazy is that?? We do not have to worry about ANYTHING!! Not the worldly things such as what we’re gonna make on a test, not making the team, what college we’ll go to next, who our next relationship will be with, who’s gonna win the football game, & etc.. 
We’re no longer slaves to fear and worry so why stress it?? Jesus took care of all of that on the cross for you and for me!!! Give all of your concerns, worries, & doubts to Him in prayer and I promise you He will take care of you!! 

oh && go listen to the song!!! xoxo❤️

W O R D S 

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me–a cliché saying that every human being knows & also…the biggest lie we’ve ever taught. Words hurt and we all know it. Everyday, we’re faced with words from people of all ages and all walks of life. Some can be encouraging and others, not so much. Think about it… Is everything that comes out of your mouth encouraging and uplifting? No, probably not. BUT, it should be.  
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 
 Nothing we say to or about someone should ever upset them or be discouraging. We’re all flawed. Not one of us are perfect and you never EVER know what someone else is going through. The outside can be a cover up for what’s on the inside. So when you walk past someone or get an opportunity to speak to anyone, be a light and have a positive impact on their day. When you speak to someone and ask the repetitive question “how are you?”, really mean it. Talk to people and let them know they are loved. Always encourage and let your light shine bright for all to see !!⭐️⭐️

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. Proverbs 10:11💕 

He can’t be fooled

We all have secrets right?? Well yes, we as humans don’t like to advertise our personal life to the whole world. But, have you ever tried to hide something from God? Or hide something from yourself? I hate to break it to you.. Hiding from God DOESN’T work :// Whether anyone else knows or not, God does. Our lives are His and He can see every move we make. He knows all of our deepest thoughts and secrets. Proverbs 5:21 says “For your ways are in full view of the Lord and he examines all your paths.” Yes.. All of them. 
Often times, many people think that living two lifestyles is okay. We’re all guilty of it. Maybe you attend church every time the doors open but are a totally different person as soon as you step foot out of them. Maybe you have one personality around your parents and a complete opposite one around your friends. During every bit of your “two lifestyle” living days, God is always watching. You can hide it from the church, your parents, the world, or your friends, but it’s always in God’s sight. This brings me to the question of “Is every thing that you do in your everyday life bringing glory to God?” Even the things you may do in secret. Think about it. 
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:7 
remember, you can fool people, but you can’t fool the One who created you 🙂 

here’s to you, my bestfriend’s brother 

    As most of you already know, this past Saturday, December 19th, my little buddy Jacob Allen was called home to be with Jesus. If you knew Jacob, you know that there was always a smile on his face, no matter the situation. He had the sweetest spirit and was filled with so much joy 24/7. I can not think of a time that I saw him without a smile on his face. Just Thursday, he ran out to my car and gave me one of those big hugs that he’s known for. Little did I know that’d be the last time to see him here on earth.. This has already taught me to love people more, tell them you love them, don’t take a thing for granted, and be thankful for everyone I have because they could instantly be taken away. 
Things happen so unexpectedly and sometimes we don’t understand why. And we never will. Only God knows His reason for the things He does. I truly believe God needed Jacob up there with Him. As hard as it is to think positive during this time, we should rejoice knowing that Jacob is in Heaven where hopefully you will be one day. Oh what a day it will be when we get to hug him again. 
Nothing can “fix” this, but prayer is powerful. I’d like to encourage you to pray for the Allan family, especially around Christmas time. Pray for God to give them strength and courage to help them through it all. Also, please pray for my bestfriend (Jacob’s brother) Michael. Michael is one of my very best friends and I know he would appreciate all of our prayers and thoughts. 
Please hold your loved ones a little tighter and thank God for them every single day. 
here’s to you jacob: I love you and can’t wait to see you again one day❤️ 
big mike, you’re one of the strongest people I know and you’re not in this alone❤️ 
xx