Summer has come and gone and here we are in Fall!
Am I the only one who feels like 2017 is flying by?!
In any event, I’m happy to finally take time to write a post; I’ve been wanting to share a new article since I wrote my last post, but life has a way of… happening.
The last few weeks have been extremely trying for my family as my brothers and I laid my father to rest.
If you’ve ever experienced grief, specifically grief that comes with the loss of a parent, you know that it knocks the wind out of you, and although my father had been sick for a while, nothing prepares you for the passing of a loved one.
Grief hurts, it’s a deep hurt, but I’m thankful for God’s peace.
This is not to say that all is well and that I never get sad, because grief will creep up on me while doing some of the most mundane things, like working or driving my Neriah to school.
It simply means that I find solace in my faith, and Christ’s promise that whoever believes in Him will live eternally, and I can say with assurance , that my father may have fallen asleep on this side of the world but he is certainly awake in eternity.
So how do I have that assurance you ask?
Faith gives hope.
Not a worldly hope that fades the moment something goes wrong, but a hope that sustains you in times of trouble.
A hope that gives you peace that no one understands when your world should be falling apart.
A hope that have people wondering how you’re still standing when life’s arrows are aggressively attacking you.
MY hope is built on God, and it comes by getting to know Him and spending time with Him.So how do you spend time with God?
By reading His word!
We’re notorious for making time for everything else ( me included), but I’ve learned that faith is similar to a savings account.
You need to make deposits for it to grow, and those deposits are made in the form of time spent in His word, so that in time of trouble you have something to withdraw.
You can’t withdraw from an account that has a negative balance, you can borrow someone’s faith by asking them to pour into you or pray for you. But at some point you will have to stack your own, which leads me to today’s post!
There were days, sometimes weeks ( I’m keeping it all the way real) when I would look at my Bible, and walk right by it, but would have my phone on me double tapping on everyone’s post but Jesus’!
Often times those days/weeks were the times when my faith account was empty and my hope overdrawn!
Thankfully, I found a way to get my Word in daily thanks to the Bible App and the wonderful plans they offer!
I wrote a similar posts a few months ago, but I’ve since completed a few more plans and wanted to share a few that have brought positive changes in my spiritual life in hopes that they do the same for you!
First of all you need to download the Bible app. If you don’t already have it and you’re a Christian… are you even saved?!
Lol, I’m kidding y’all!
- Download the Bible app.
- Once downloaded set up an account
- Find your friends online who have also downloaded the app.
- Go to plans and look for the awesome plans listed below.
1. The Biblical Meaning of Success
2. 10 Things To Abandon for Spiritual Growth
3. Hearing From God Each Morning
4. Experiencing God’s Renewal
6. Promises From God For Your Child
7. Enemies Of The Heart
8. Talking with God In Prayer
9. Planting Life Long Skills in your Kids
10. The More of Less: The Guide To Less Stuff And More Joy
There are so many categories that you can choose from once you get the app, but the ones mentioned above are a great way to start.
In closing, I want to take time to shout out my older brother Roger and my mother, who were selfless and truly held it down in Canada by taking care of our father in the days leading to him going home to Christ.
Spending long nights and days by his side. Your works were not in vain and your rewards await you both in the land of the living and in eternity.
Until next time.
“But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly”