“No matter what I did, my life seemed to be missing something.” ***************************************** "My father and mom split up, and my dad passed away when I was in Kindergarten. A broken home was all I knew during my childhood. Due to these circumstances, I tried to fill the void with anything I could. Being "cool' sounded like the best place to start, so that's what I did. The approval of my peers and self image weighed heavily on me, a teenage boy who was longing for fulfillment in a place that could not be filled with the things of this world. My actions toward this feeling quickly spread into every area of my life. *
Fast forward to high school--I have tried so hard to fill the emptiness with things I thought were good things, but not God things. To me, everything seemed good--I was on the varsity basketball team, had a lot of friends, and school came fairly easy. Jesus took a back seat to everything else in my life; He became merely a crutch for me to lean on when I was down. *
Following my freshman year, again there was a feeling of emptiness and unhappiness. I decided to go to a local youth building with a friend. After hearing a man talk about Jesus in a way I had never heard before, I laid in my bed thinking about the life I was living.That same night, with my head bowed and knees bent, I decided to give my life to Jesus. For so long, I had tried to fill the void in my heart with athletics, girls, school, popularity, money, clothes, all of which failed immensely. God alone can fulfill our every need and desire, and He alone can save the worst of sinners. *
I am a Christ follower because of what I've seen God do in my life, and how He has given me new desires and passions, all of which completely fill the void. I am thankful that my way has never worked, but God's has. Thank you, Jesus.”-Matthew
Update guys: I was rejected?? Quite unexpected...don’t know what to do with myself...gonna pour my angst into a long winded letter and personally hand it to Miss Bennet. Sometimes honesty is a good thing I guess? Idk, I’m gonna try it out 🤷🏻♂️ #rejected#sad#confused
This morning’s smoke...McLelland’s Frog Morton’s Cellar in my London Made “Reject” 211-6 Pipe. Although it wasn’t considered worthy of the company stamp from which it came, most likely due to pits in the wood or a misaligned draft hole, I found this pipe, abandoned in a corner of an antique store, covered in dust. This little pipe has become one of the best smoking pipes I have. It typically will allow whatever tobacco I smoke in it to burn all the way down to a nice white/gray ash, no gurgle, leaving no dottle at all. I’ve dedicated this pipe to non-aromatic English blends, which have become some of my favorite blends to smoke.
When I smoke this pipe, I’m reminded of the love and overwhelming goodness of the Lord. If ever the world accepted us, once we have been used, get beat up, bruised, damaged, broken, or once it is discovered that we have some kind of flaw or imperfection, we are discarded, counted as “rejects”. Yet, it is our Maker, God, in Christ, who searches for us, hunts for us, always having eyes of love toward us. Once He has found us, He purchases us, so we are doubly His, His creation, and now, His possession, through the finished work of Christ Jesus. He doesn’t see a reject. He sees His beloved, whom He has always loved, whom He has always wanted, whom He has always had purpose for. He reclaims His own and restores us to our original purpose, for what He originally intended for us to be in Christ! Wow!
What's Temi to do?
@Regrann from @iam.whiteolive - Hi, I am Temilade and my chest hurts – it’s nothing physical. I just gained admission for my #MBA in LBS; as the #GoodNews warmed my heart, the full force of the cost also hit me.
Here is why...
I have worked for my employer for 7 years, and been up for a #promotion twice; but was #rejected because the ‘company’s competency matrix’ says I need to have an #MSc or MBA to fit the role. My application to LBS was a #LeapOfFaith , and I just wanted to have an excuse the next time my ‘loved ones’ asked why I have not enrolled.
The truth is, I am too #proud to call my dad for financial aid; and what will my Fiancé think if I ask him for my tuition? Looking at my account balance, the weight of my #financial choices settled squarely on my shoulders. I am not an impulsive spender, however, I love to look #fab !
Standing in my room, with all my #PrizedPossessions ; I can still picture the day I bought each Item; my #Gucci shoes – London vacation 2013, Lillian tried to convince me to #invest in a money market fund, but I blew her off and giggled as I swiped my card.
Red #Prada bag – my office (2015) – my heart told me to join the office Ajo (monthly contribution), but Shade was very convincing; so I bought them.
My priced jewel, #Swarovski crystal ‘teardrop’ earrings – online, last month; I was upset after being passed up for yet another promotion and ordered it online; I #deserved it!
As I looked around my room, it dawned on me... my tuition fee was literally in my wardrobe, #jewelry box, make-up bag and wig-stand. My mind started spinning and all I could do was whisper a #prayer for help.
Like a calm breeze on stormy waters, my mind is clearing – Should I defer my admission, take a loan or ask for help. Whichever choice I make, something is for sure – I will join the office contribution, put money in an investment portfolio (Tope said I can start with about N20,000) and I will invest before I
spend... What do you think I should do?
#WomanWednesday#SaveOrInvest#ChristCulture#ExtraordinaryLiving - #regrann
Over the last few days in these devotionals, I’ve shown you what Daniel did when facing an impossible situation in Daniel 2. The king had asked him to interpret a tough dream. It almost got the king’s wise men killed because they couldn’t explain what the dream meant.
The stakes were high! But Daniel followed a terrific process that can help us, too.
Don’t panic, and then ask why.
Ask for more time.
Gather prayer partners.
Pray to God for help.
Ask God for supernatural help.
Use what you’ve learned to save others.
And God showed up. Then Daniel used the opportunity to point others to God.
The Bible says Daniel told the king: “There are no wise men, enchanters, magicians, or fortune-tellers who can reveal the king’s secret. But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and he has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the future. Now I will tell you your dream and the visions you saw as you lay on your bed” (Daniel 2:27-28 NLT). Daniel didn’t take credit for the amazing answer to the king’s dream. He knew God had given him the answer. So he was honest about that.
I don’t know about you, but if I were a 17-year-old boy and I did something to make the king happy, I’d be tempted to take a bit of the credit. Daniel did the praying. He did the listening. He did the obeying.
Couldn’t he take a bit of the credit?
He didn’t. Instead he pointed people to God.
Do that and God will bless you. God will do great things through a person who doesn’t care who gets the credit. 👑👑👑 #cross#jesus#peace#people#God#Lord#power#pointing#life#love#happy#hope#spend#work#word#credit#heaven#rejected#rejoice#grace#glory#good#honour
A lot of people don't know my story, and probably never will. My life continues to be a struggle because my whole life I have felt #rejected see my Father never wanted to be part of my life. It's fine. It really is. I have a great Dad back at home, who is much more than I needed. And it's not until recently that I realized I have something greater. My Father Lord Jesus. #neverforsaken The reason I post this, is not to be #petty but because I want to be held accountable for my feelings. "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth." 1 Corinthians 13:4-6
This is to tell myself that even though I never got those same words directed to me, I am not envy or resentful. I didn't go out looking for this, God put it in front of me. I post this in reminder that no matter what we have done, WE. Love is greater than all things. That is all I ever wanted from these people. And if they couldn't deliver, why would I hold resentment, when I have so much greater love. And that is #forgiveness from someone above who gave his only son, to forgive me. To love me. To hold me for eternal life. This is why i am posting this. Not to make someone feel someway towards me. But to hopefully reach 1 person struggling with #resentment#betrayal#forgiveness#envy#lettinggo and letting them know that it is ok. Life is hard and life is not fair sometimes. #butyetwhosaiditwouldbe#jesusismycomfort#imhisbeautifuldaughter#hewillbeproud#jesuschrist#mysaviour
"I struggled to be the person who the world said I was.”
"I am a follower of Christ because He sees who I am and still loves me, unconditionally. There is no one like the Great I AM. He Wins!
Growing up we always went to church, but I did not have my own personal relationship with Christ. It wasn't until I moved 7 hours away from my family and friends that I developed a personal relationship with Christ. This relationship started developing as I started attending Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). In BSF, I gained the most knowledge about Christ and who I am in Him than I had ever before. I began to self explore and realized I had always worked to be a "good" person in the world's terms. I then realized I am not to be of the world because I am His child and He has called me to be set apart. From that point on, I began wanting to know Him more and know more about who He says I am.
I am the daughter of The King and He thinks I am to die for! I am so thankful He sits high and reaches low to save those like me who are so undeserving! Jesus has loved me even when I didn't behave in a way that showed I loved myself.” -Chaiqua A. Harris, University Professor