What it Means to be a Christian

What it Means to be a Christian

6 October 2017

 

Hello everyone,

 

I can’t believe it’s fall already! Wow how time flies when you’re having fun, living life and serving the Lord! Today, I have now been a Christian for 5 years. It seems just like yesterday when I was immersed under the waters, baptized, and renewed in newness of life. Being a Christian these past 5 years has been a difficult but fulfilling road. Growing up, my parents raised me in the strong routine of attending church on a regular basis, praying as often as possible, and constantly searching for God’s truth in your life as far as the plan He has for you. He has a unique and beautiful plan for each and every one of us, and gradually, as I grow older, at age 29 I’m learning more and more of what it means to not give up on God, to keep unwavering trust and faith in Him, and how important it is to always put God first in your life. I hope that these truths are as encouraging to you as they are every day to me.

 

Therefore, below are the top ten things that I’ve learned since first becoming a Christian.

  1. God is not only omnipresent, but he is 100% involved in my life. No matter what fears, worries, or stress-related happenings occur upon my day, God is always right there listening to me and answering my prayers even when I do not know His answers.
  2. When you submit full control of your life and particularly your future to God, amazing things happen. He blesses our lives immensely, and we gradually learn to have a stronger faith in Him.
  3. When you pray to God, the Holy Spirit intercedes for you on your behalf, so that your prayers to God’s ears always sound perfectly done. Those words you can’t completely express the way you’d like to, God already knows what you want and need and answers your prayers.
  4. God’s answers to prayers isn’t always no, but quite often is “not yet.” This is one of the hardest lessons I’ve learned while being a Christian. An even harder element is accepting that and moving on with your life even though every bone in your body is desperate to know the answer.
  5. God amazingly blesses us in our lives. I have an amazing husband, a wonderful job, an enjoyable passion for writing, and a loving family. God is good.
  6. Evangelism is hard, but worth it. The more heavily I become involved in my church, the more I understand this. it’s not just a success when somebody becomes a baptized Christian, but even telling people about Jesus is a success. Because it’s exactly what God wants for us to do.
  7. There are amazing people in the church who love you very much, who are like family, and who will always support you. They will never judge you, because everyone deals with their own imperfections and struggles in life. Everybody is a work in progress. All that is important is that you are constantly working on your imperfections, as opposed to accepting them about yourself. God wants us to constantly work to be better and happier people.
  8. There will be people who cross your path who become receptively cold to your Christian message. Even some of you out there might see my blog post and think to yourself, “what a load of garbage.” But if you preach the Word of God with love and honestly tell them so, particularly with what I am doing to you right now, to them it might be tough love, but it’s the only way to evangelize, the most important thing God wants us to do in our lives. If someone you love doesn’t understand that, let it go if they become angry and cold. But don’t give up. Keep showing yourself as a good example of how to live a Christian life, and keep working hard to do right in God’s eyes. In the end, it’ll be so incredibly worth it.
  9. It is soooo amazing to be married to a Christian spouse, someone to come home to every day who greets you with love and is always supportive to you. The inspiration he or she gives you will be the best; trust them in their wisdom. If you are going through a trial or struggle, just be upfront and honest with them about it. After praying about it first, of course.
  10. Becoming a baptized Christian is the best decision I ever made in my life. It is such a simple action. All you need to do is believe in Jesus’ words in the Bible by believing in Him, confessing and repenting your sins to God, and becoming immersed with water for the forgiveness of sins. The Greek word for “baptism” is “baptismo,” which translated means, “to submerge or immerse,” which means to plunge someone completely under water. This puts you into the death of Christ, and then taken out of water renewed in Christ with a brand new, beautiful life that begins free from sin and vowing to God that you are going to live your life for Him going forward until one day, you find yourself in eternal paradise. This is what the Bible says, and this is what being a Christian is all about.

 

I love being a Christian. It’s the most important thing in my life, and I have yet to regret it. There’s nothing more comforting than bringing your troubles to the Lord to handle and take care of. He already has your prayers answered. But He loves you serving Him every day. If any of you has questions on the things I mentioned above, please message me privately. But please, keep any ugly words you may think of to yourself. Life is too short for ugly words anyway.

 

And for those of you who are Christians, keep on keep’n on. Don’t give up, and remember, your hard work will be rewarded one day.

 

Have a good rest of your month, and Happy Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

JMK~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2017 Goals

January 3, 2017

 

Hello everyone,

 

I deeply apologize for not being able to post fresh stuff in here lately. For one, I have been super busy. For two, I had no idea what to write!

 

But here are some goals I’m looking forward to for 2017 that I thought I’d share with all of you:

 

  • Buy a house

 

  • Finish the 2nd and 3rd edits of my book, “Hush, Don’t Tell”

 

  • Solidify my query letter for “Hush, Don’t Tell”

 

  • Send out 50 query letters (minimum) to literary agents to get published!

 

  • Complete all edits for my second and final novel of my debut series: “The Magic Suitcase: Marilyn”!

 

  • Publish “The Magic Suitcase: Marilyn”

 

  • Get settled in our new house and have a blast decorating it and making it homey

 

  • (Hopefully) Get started in painting again by buying a set of canvases, and a year’s supply of paint and paintbrushes

 

So yeah, lots to do! I’m so excited for what the good Lord has planned for our brand new year! 🙂

 

What are your long-term and short-term goals? How do they affect you as you go throughout life? How do you think they make you a happier and better and more organized person?

 

Enjoy your New Year, everyone 🙂

 

 

JMK~

 

 

 

Chase Your Dreams

Hello everyone,

Your dreams design who you are as a human being. They define the type of person you will become in the future. You dreams become who you are as you strive to conquer them. Doing so makes you a better person.

Have you ever heard of stories of people discovering their dreams or finding their lifelong calling at a certain point in their life and making news? Do you ever really look at their faces? Their smiles aren’t just friendly smiles for the photographer – they’re the happiest smiles you will ever see, broadened grins with beaming eyes filled with excitement, happiness, and relief. Their mountains have been conquered and their dreams have come true. Everything they had worked so hard for and for so long has happened for them, and everything in life is perfect bliss for them now, because having conquered their dreams, everything will be okay.

I’ve had a lot of expectations in life – too many expectations, at times. Sometimes I expect too much. Sometimes I expect too little. Have you ever had those times in life where just really stinks and you don’t know how you can go on? Have you wondered if God really cares about what you’re going through? Do you ever worry that you’ll never see the light at the end of the tunnel? I do, and I’m here to tell you my biggest thorn in my side.

Remember in the Bible when Paul was pleading with God that He would take away the thorn in his side, but the Lord responded: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

My greatest weakness and thorn in my side is: fear. Every day I start my day with prayer and Bible study, but that doesn’t mean that sometimes throughout the day, I forget the Lord and quite frankly, think negative thoughts. I forget that Satan challenges us in those moments and makes us want to forget the Lord. Over and over again we fail as Christians, and over and over the Lord wins the battle, because we MUST cling as tightly to God as we can. When we fail, God will bless us with the grace to succeed, giving us a way out of temptation and out of our weaknesses, so that we may boast upon our weaknesses, find the light at the end of the tunnel, and find the way out.

Friends, there is always a way out. I’m writing this blog to you, not to confirm what you probably already know about living the Christian life – but to remind you what’s really important in life. Don’t give up. Chase your dreams, and remember the amazing plan God has for you, no matter what. As for me, I’ve found my real calling from the Lord, and my biggest fear is losing it forever.

But I will not lose it. Because like I said: chase your dream, don’t give up hope, and always remember Who has got your back: God.

Have a good week, everyone.

JMK~

Hint #2: Dreams

May 26, 2015

Hello everyone,

Dreams do come true! My second hint is quite simply “dreams.”

Why dreams, you ask? Well, because dreams come true every day! 🙂 If you haven’t seen “The Princess and the Frog” Disney film, I highly recommend it. It’s basically about one person’s dream coming true when all hope is lost. That’s what has happened to me recently, in two separate times.

Remember my previous blog posts of me encouraging all of you to not give up on hope?? Well, I didn’t and guess what? My prayers were answered and praise the Lord, everything is good again! And it happened when I least expected it! 🙂 this has nothing to do with the Big Surprise, however.

Dreams can be good or bad, awesome or maybe they even make you think! Maybe they’re nightmares 🙂 But one thing I know for sure: the best dreams always come true in the end, usually when you wake up!

Soooo, since you now know 2 hints, any guesses on the big surprise yet, hmm?? Or even what the final hint may be??

Haha, have a great week, folks! 🙂 More fun to come again soon! 🙂 I can’t wait to share the Big Surprise!!!

JMK 🙂

Once Upon a Courageous Turning Point 

Once upon a time, there lived a small, lonely little girl who thought the world of home, but was terrified to go to school every day. She wanted to make a difference, but she was far too shy to do so. Teachers misunderstood her shyness as a disability and confirmed that it must be a learning disability. Every day she went to this school, being emotionally, verbally, and even sometimes physically abused by special education teachers. It took her until age 24 to completely forgive them for hurting, harming, and betraying her.

 

Folks, I was that little girl.

 

Now, I use my past to define me, not confine me. Some people come into your life, wanting to use you to their utmost desires. Those people are not good for you, though. Do not let them break you. Personally, I struggled for years in fighting hard against their opinions of me. It actually wasn’t until I met my  husband that I was gradually able to move past all that hurt and betrayal that everyone had ever taunted against me in my entire life, and that’s a lot of people!

 

I’ve had struggles lately and am dealing with a struggle now. But I’m not letting it confine me! I’m letting it define me by leading me to be a better person, better human being, better Christian, better wife, daughter, sister, daughter-in-law, and friend. These same teachers told me that I would never be a writer, that I would never succeed in a lot of things in life because of some disability they thought I had. I guarantee you, I never had such a thing. I’m not perfect, by any means, nobody is, but we all make mistakes. We all try our hardest to make things right and when it still doesn’t turn out right, we feel like we get shamed, dishonored, ridiculed, betrayed, and forsaken by it and perhaps even by God.

 

But God will never abandon us! This struggle that I’m currently dealing with seems never-ending. There sometimes seems like there is no way out, no escape to brighter and better tomorrows. But all I need to do is pray to God, read the Word (Bible), and talk to some of my closest people in my life: my husband, parents, sisters, in-laws, and friends. I know that I have done nothing wrong and I know that I am working my hardest. I know that my dreams will come true, with every fiber in my being, and that God will open up beautiful opportunities to me in His own good timing. Right now it seems hard and a constant struggle……

 

But one day soon it WILL end! And I’ll be a better and happier person, and a better, happier, and more beautiful-feeling person that I ever thought I ever would be EVER!!!!!!! Those who have hurt me I will forgive and turn my back upon the past forever. There will be a much, much better and happier life for this situation soon. I just need to not give up! I must have complete confidence on God first and foremost, then myself, and also be encouraged. I have a huge support system behind me, which also includes all of YOU!!!!!!!!! I am so, so grateful for that. I have a wonderful, beautiful life and am such a person waiting for that wonderful, beautiful opportunity. I know I can handle anything that comes my way! Those who have lost confidence in me are now in the past and no longer matter. But those who are my constant encouragement, love, and support, I will cling to.

 

God had made each and every one of us a wonderful human being! Are you going through a struggle too? Believe that today! God will make a way when there seems to be no way.  God will never abandon us, and He is smiling up in heaven right now, because that wonderful gift of burden-lifting bliss is soon on its awesome way! 🙂

 

Enjoy your life, everyone, no matter what happens inside it. Hold tight to those blessings in your life that truly matter most of all. Have a wonderful life, hold your head up high, and don’t give up! 🙂 You can overcome your once – once upon a time – past if I can 🙂

 

Have a good week 🙂

 

JMK~ 🙂

 

 

The Significance of the Tree in My Backyard

Hello everyone,

 

Are you a poet and don’t know it? Or do you know it? What are your thoughts on poetry in general?

 

At age 12, I wrote a poem, my very first poem, called, “The Tree in My Backyard.” It won a blue ribbon at the county fair when I presented it framed years later. It hung on a wall in my apartment too in my single years.

 

Here’s the poem:

 

*The Tree in My Backyard
There’s a tree in my backyard—
oh, yes, oh, yes, it’s true.
It’s been in the family forever,
just like the other ones too.
The bark is brown, the leaves are green,
tall as can be, but stubby as a gene.
It shades us from the sun,
warms us from the cold,
and when we wanna play,
my friends and I circle around it.
But, sad to say, it’s dying.
It has no strength any more.
And now that I am watching,
as Dad hauls it away with his truck,
I shall miss that tree.
That tree in my backyard.
When I go by other trees
I’ll proudly smile, with glee…
Good-bye, old tree: the tree in my backyard.
I know, I know, this poem is totally cheesy or corny, right? Well, yeah, since I wrote this poem when I was 12 when I didn’t exactly know how to write a poem compared to now. But if you think about it, there’s quite a story hidden between the lines of this poem.
When I presented it to the county fair, I remember the judge asking me, “So, explain what this poem is really about.”
I said: “Well, it’s basically about a tree in the family’s backyard that eventually dies and they have to get rid of it, but it has a certain value to the family.”
The judge responded: “Oh. Well, what kind of value does it have? Explain this to me, please. Why is this tree so important to this family? What makes a tree so significant to any particular family?”
Oof, she was asking hard questions.
I remember the summer of 2001, the year I wrote this exact poem. There was an actual tree in our backyard, surrounded by numerous other trees since we lived in the country, and I kind of liked this tree. I noticed it when I was playing in the backyard one day. It wasn’t anything special. It was a regular oak tree. It looked like a teenager tree, where it’d once been a baby tree the year before. I believe I even asked my mom about it, and she said that it’d always been there and wasn’t anything new. This tree wasn’t very tall, and it definitely did not have a sturdy, hugely thick base to it. Or just a small little tree that seemed to be all by itself, standing before all the other trees like it didn’t matter compared to the rest.
But one day, I went and visited this tree, and it had broken in half. I’m not sure if a storm had gotten to it or what, but the tree was completely gone, so my dad literally had to carry it away.
So I suppose the moral of the tree story is this: be grateful for the time you have on this earth and be blessed and confident about the blessings in your life. When you’re angry or sad, don’t be afraid. God will cheer you up and turn your life upside down in positive ways! You need only to be patient. 🙂 Because every broken path in one’s life God heals back together in time. He just has to teach us some kind of lesson along the way.
This is similar to what I told the judge, and now, this is what I’m telling you. My hope is that it helps you with whatever struggle you’re currently dealing with. It definitely gives me hope as I pan through life’s latest dark struggles. But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Hope is coming! It is on its way! 🙂
And when that light comes, there will be plenty of beautiful, plentiful trees to fill all the dark, sad ones and take their places.
Enjoy your week 🙂
MK~ 🙂

Take Courage! 

Hello everyone, 

This week was a struggle with figuring out what to write a blog post about. My dear friends, I’m still waiting for good news. I’m really having a rough time lately with an issue in my personal life. My husband has been my greatest support, encouragement, and God has been my greatest inspiration. But for some reason I’m still afraid. I’m doing heavy job searching, and no luck yet, and it’s getting extremely frustrating. There have been times this week where I’ve been so tempted to give up hope. Sadly, this burden also leaves me with no time for writing. 

Have you ever had those days where you’re tempted to give up hope? Where it’s a struggle to move on? If you have issues completely trusting in God? 

Our God will never abandon us. I keep reminding myself of that daily. I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching and realized that I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve tried my very hardest and that’s all that truly matters in the end. 

A lot of times in life we are faced with intense challenges that are intended to define us, to make us stronger. Jesus promised us in Matthew to take courage! For he has overcome the world. He knows what’s best for us. God will never forsake us. 

Often times when I feel my faith weakening, I am reminded of the Israelites in their forty years in the wilderness. Over and over again, they doubt God. But over and over again, God shows them how he will richly provide for them, and proves it beautifully. 

So whether you’re just agreeing with me, need a reminder, or maybe I just need a reminder, remember, take courage! Everything will be okay. Because God is in control. He provides for us, and he will make everything good again. We’re just learning patience while we wait 🙂 

Have a good week! 

JMK 🙂