Welcome to your Journey

Every living body on this Earth is on a Journey. Whether it be a journey of self discovery, a journey to heal, a journey to success, or even just the journey of life, we are all striving for something. Welcome to my Journey, the journey of seeing what God wants for me and my life, and all the wonderful blessings and lessons He allows me to experience. I hope that this will help someone out there realize that they are are their own journey as well, and that God wants to be the Guide. Who could possibly be a better guide than the Loving God who created us?


Monday, May 31, 2010

Eve's Legacy

"And the LORD God said, '[It is] not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.'" Genesis 2:18

Last night I started reading a truly inspiring book. It is a book about lost women of the Bible, and how God used them to tell His story. It naturally starts with the very first woman. Eve. Now when we think of Eve, we usually have a very negative view of her, after all we blame her for humanity's fall from the Garden don't we? However as the author of the book took a closer look at Eve, the original Eve, not the 'fallen" one, she discovered what God really meant for women . She uncovered God's original blue print for what His daughters are suppose to look like. We are meant to be His image bearers, meaning we are to reflect God, He made us so that our life's purpose is to align ourselves with Him. This means that we are to love what He loves, hate what He hates, act the way He acts, and live in the same manner. Now because of sin, we are no able to, which is where our kinsmen redeemer, Jesus Christ comes in, but with His help, our lives are supposed to be a reflection of the mighty and wonderful Creator. We are also called to be "helpers" of man. Now I know some women out there might get offended by this, I'll admit I did when I first heard this, but let me explain. The word used to describe Eve, the word used for helper was "Ezer". It is a word that means Strong helper, not just any type of helper. It is also a word that was used in Hebrew to describe a warrior. As women, we are meant to be strong helpers of man, we are called to help men out in the areas that they are lacking, and contrary to popular belief, this aid does not end with our husbands. We are meant to help out any man that we might have to co-exist with, whether it be our brothers, husband, father, neighbor, cousin, peer, or co-workers. We are to love and help our neighbors. We were build for that very reason, to be warriors, we were born into a battlefield, never think otherwise. As women, we are to fight right along side men in the spiritual battle that goes on all around us, everyday. We are to encourage, support, and uplift them, they need us, just as much as we need them. 1st Corinthians 11: 11-12 "Nevertheless, neither man is independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. For as woman came from man, even so man comes through woman; but all things are from God". Males, and females are literally made for each other. Which is where woman's third main quality comes in, we are not to be simply bearers of His Image, and Ezers, but we are also to enter into the Blessed Alliance. Like I mentioned before men, and women are interdependent of each other. Women, we need men sometimes, admit it, but in the same way, men also need us. God created males, and females, so that when we came together we would compliment each other, where one fell short, the other exceeded ( all with God's help of course) , we need each other bottom line, it's the only way things can work out.

Women have been looked down upon for ages, it is the result of Eve's lost legacy. As the first woman, she held the key to what God truly made us for, but with her expulsion from the Garden, came the erasing of just what that legacy was. My challenge for whomever might be reading this blog is this: remember. Remember what God truly created you for. Being a wife and mother are two of the toughest, and most satisfying jobs to have ( or so I speculate) but those are not the sole reasons God creating women for. He created us to 1) be a reflection of His Glory, and to align ourselves as much as possible with Him 2) to be Ezers, warriors among the war zone we call Earth, warriors that fight side by side with the men around us, and 3) part of The Blessed Alliance, we are to help men, not fight with them, it isn't us vs. them, it's men and woman of God working together to accomplish good works. We are daughters of the true Eve, we were created to carry out , and continue her powerful legacy, the Legacy that the almighty Creator, entrusted her, and by association us, to uphold.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Promise of Rain

Exhausted. If any word can sum up perfectly the way that I've been feeling lately that would be it. I'm exhausted, and worn out, it sounds strange but I feel like I've aged an entire decade in a month. I can no longer recognize the person I was last year, or even really last month.God has revealed so much to me about my self in the past few weeks, things that I myself didn't even realize i struggled with, I've seen growth, but also failure, hope, but also despair. I haven't gone through a huge change, or extremely difficult trial, I'm just different. The small trials I've experience in the past few weeks have made me take a completely different path than the one I was previously on.

It's not a negative change, it's actually the smartest thing I've done in a while, and a change that need to be made. I've been rebellious, and prideful, selfish,and ungrateful. God blessed me with amazing gifts, and yet I ask for more, I was protected, yet I complained, I was set apart, yet I didn't appreciate it. The last month has shown me how completely trivial "high school" is, how unimportant the opinions of your so called "friends" are, and how much unimportance the world truly holds.I no longer care what is thought of me, I am who God created me to be, and no one else. I'm sorry if I don't meet your expectations, I'm sorry I'm not the person you specifically want me to be,but I am trying to be the person God wants me to be,I'm trying to be all I can be, for the kingdom, and glory of my Father, and frankly that's all that matters to me. I'm sick of the pointless drama, the hypocrisy and emotionally draining people I've had to deal with over the last two years. I'm saying goodbye to all of it, and embracing the beautiful, peaceful, and love filled light that is our wonderful Creator, and Father. There is no other way to live a worth while life.

I'm exhausted, and if I want to be the tool of light that I want to be,I need to stop and give it all up to Him, my heart,my hopes,my dreams,my fears,my wants,and my everything to Him, it's the only way it's gonna work.I found it a little funny that today of all days it started to rain.I know it might sound silly to some people, but I know the rain was God's little gift to me, He was telling me "Monica I know you're tired, I know your heart is polluted by all of the uncleanliness around you, but because you have surrendered yourself completely to Me, I will wash you clean, I will make you pure, and whole, I will make you a vessel of honor for My Kingdom (2tim2:20-21)."

I don't know who might be reading this, or what you might be going through, but surrender it to the Lord, no matter how minute, or how huge you might think your issues are, He wants to help us, He wants to solve them for us, He wants us to trust Him. He's waiting for you, all you have to do is pray, "Dear God, I need your help, and guidance with (insert problem here)". He's always there for us, we just have to turn to Him, and let Him wash us clean.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The True Happily Ever After

I have come to a realization that movies lie. I am the first person to vouch for movies, and the awesome power that they seem to wield over me, but when you take a closer look, they simply fill girl's minds and hearts with unrealistic ideas and expectations. Movies have taught us to believe that a guy's love is the only thing you need in life to be happy, the second we find our "prince charming" we're set for life. My question however is, what on earth is wrong with movie makers??? No disrespect to Mr. Charming but he's not gonna complete my life, or make it worth living. Instead of focusing on guys as the source of our happiness, maybe movie makers should focus on the only true source of peace and happiness, which isn't prince charming, but rather the Prince of Peace Himself,Jesus Christ.
I'm not saying that love isn't a true force or that it doesn't exist, but it exists in a completely different form than the one that is very regularly portrayed on TV.The love that is gonna make your life worth while is the love that we get from Jesus Christ, no one else. I mean of course you'll love your spouse, and they'll make you very happy, but that happiness wont come without it's own struggles.Think about it, two completely different individuals, with their own routines, own little quirks, and rituals, and your sticking them under the same roof, there's bound to be a little discomfort. With Jesus as the center of the marriage however, we truly see what marriage is suppose to be.It's not about the weird little habits that your wife, or husband might have, or the difference in the shows the both of you have, it's about two becoming one, two people coming together to grow closer to their loving Savior.It's still a personal relationship with God, it's just that now you have a partner in crime to help you out. Women are suppose to be submissive to their husbands, and husbands are called to love their wives like God loves the church.
I love, love. I can't wait for the day when I am a married women, but I'm under no false impressions of what marriage, and love are. I know its a tremendous amount of hard work, and compromise, and that without doing it in a Godly way it's never gonna work, and its definitely nothing like the movies.My little tip for everyone out there that is looking for some advice, and instruction on love, and marriage, turn off your TV, and open up The Bible. It's the ultimate love story with the perfect ending. With God as the writer, how could it not be?