My Lenses of Life: The Invisibles

My Lenses of Life: The Invisibles

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The prophesy of Christ has been revealed to prophets of old and kings. Great leaders like David and Joseph knew of the coming King that would surpass their reign. But you know what? The birth of the Messiah was also revealed to lowly, invisible shepherds who were watching their sheep on a dark night. An angel proclaimed the birth of the King to them because God wanted them to know this light and this truth. The point is Christ came for all, not just the people of status. He came to restore and save the invisibles: lost, the broken, the widower, the prostitute, the disabled, the foreigner, the weak.

Question: Have been kind to a janitor, a waiter, a person whose first language is not English, a disabled person, an LGBTQ person, a black person, a Muslim person, and a child lately?

I ask this because the world seems to turn a blind eye to the invisibles. Some people pity temporarily and “pray for peace.” Some find excuses to blame and point the finger at their faults. Some just say “Well they are going to hell.” And yet, some of these say “America needs to turn back to Jesus,” “there needs to be a revival,” and “Jesus come quick”

Jesus says to be the light. But, I do not believe He meant criticize the sinner and be better than them. Christians are not the Messiah. Jesus is the Messiah who came to world and revealed Himself as the perfect marvelous light to a lost and dying world.

I am not perfect. You are not perfect. He is perfect. Jesus allows us to be His light, to share the good news of Christ. Jesus came for all, not some. A local pastor said you cannot be the light without prayer, intentionality, and a heart of seeing people the way God says people.

God wanted the lowly shepherds to see the hope and reality of Jesus, the Messiah. He calls us to be the same. He calls us to love and recognize the invisibles, the people who are overlooked, under-appreciated, judged, persecuted, and mistreated. They need to know that they are loved and valued.

A kind word.  A smile. A handshake. It does not take a grandiose gesture to show the love of Christ. See God’s creation, pray for the heart and words to speak to people who are not like you, be intentional in showing love and compassion. But it starts with your heart. From your heart flows everything you do.

God’s heart was so full of love that He sent His Only Son to a dark world full of invisible people so that can know the hope and light that could restore and save.

That is the message people need to hear all 365 days of the year.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Blessings,

Bianca

A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air

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“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”(which means “God with us”)-Matthew 1:23

My Breath of Fresh Air is God is with you. It is simple with not much fanfare, but it is something the world needs to hear.

This past year has had its share of tragedy, pain, division, and hate. BUT,  Jesus, our Immanuel, was sent to be our peace in the mist of darkness. Let that be the comfort and peace you experience during this holiday season. Share that with others that God is with them.

If you believe that, He will dwell inside of you. He will refresh you. He will be that Breath of Fresh Air, daily. If you don’t know that truth, then I encourage you to seek it. Romans 10:9-13 says:  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

It is true. God will dwell with you no matter where you are.

Below is some encouragement:

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of graceand truth.-John 1:14

The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.-Psalm 145:18

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.-Isaiah 9:6-7

Be blessed friends!! He was born and He is STILL with us!!!

Blissfully,

Bianca

5 Blissful Tips on Being Single During the Holidays

5 Blissful Tips on Being Single During the Holidays

The holiday season is STILL in full swing. As a single person, depending on what’s going on in life, it can be tough being “just you with no plus one.” Friends get engaged, family ask  why you are still single, holiday specials and movies that make you wish you had someone, holiday parties without a plus one, etc.

But DO NOT FRET!! Single People, I have tips for your worries about this season.

  1. Wear your singlehood with pride when family and friends question you. Talk about the other blessings you have now because something eventful probably happened to you. Talk about school, a hobby, work, just something else besides your relationship status. A relationship is not the sum total of your life. Your life is interesting. If you dig deep and realize that you are more than your relationship status, then wearing your single banner with pride will not make you feel bad when your friends and family intentionally or unintentionally question “Why/How are you still single?” Smile, tell them you still single, and tell them what is going on in your fabulous single life.
  2. Give back to people who do not have the things you have. The holidays can be hard for people who are alone (not just single but they do not have anyone). Give back to others. Show a little extra kindness Giving back does something to you and to another. A simple thing is giving out handwritten Christmas cards. It may be small but it could mean a lot to someone (believe me…I have seen it before).
  3. Give yourself a gift. Yes I said it!! Treat yourself to a nice present this holiday season. I started this tradition two years ago. I wanted to buy a ring for myself rather than wait for my husband to give me.  It started to turn into a beautiful symbol of my journey as a single lady. Plus, it is good to spoil yourself every now and then.
  4. Rest. Easier said than done but do rest. You do not have to sleep but do something as a form of relaxation. Read a book for fun, sleep, Netflix (and be happy), etc.
  5. Enjoy the blessings around you. Like I said in #1, single life is still a blessed life. Enjoy your family and friends. Enjoy the provision God has blessed you with. Do not take it for granted.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Blissfully,

Bianca

 

Obligatory Thankful Blog Post

Obligatory Thankful Blog Post

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If you did not know, Thanksgiving is today. For years, I have done daily thankful posts up until the holiday. But this year, I will do a different post of what I am thankful for. The underlying theme is the things and people I am thankful for is because God put in my path. So here I go:

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.-1 Chronicles 16:34 
I am thankful for salvation in Jesus. He is the hope that I cling to. His love never fails me. He has provided for me in so many ways. There is no end to His love and provision for me.
 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.-Colossians 3:16-17 
 I am thankful for my family and friends who love and care about me. I would not be the person I am today without them.  Though my circle may be smaller, these are the people who look out for me and have the character of Christ. I love you all.
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.-2 Corinthians 9:11-12
Even though law school stresses me out and makes me lose sleep, I am thankful for my education. I was able to be in my school’s Immigrant and Human Rights Clinic. The experiences I have had are a blessing. I have loved working with clients. I won my first case with my client.  I have learned so much about myself. I am truly meant to be a lawyer. A year from now, I will be graduating from law school. I am almost there. I am thankful for the experiences I have had in law school.
 
Rejoice always,  pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 
2016 have had alot of highs and lows but God has used every experience to grow my faith and shape me. The world has been hurt on many occasions but God gives hope in every circumstance.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.- Psalm 100 I am thankful for 26 years on this earth. Many new things have happened. I am still learning as I go. I am thankful that God has not left me or given up on me.

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!-1 Chronicles 16:8  I am thankful to my followers. My blog, Blissfully Bianca would not be possible without my followers and fellow bloggers. Thank you for  welcoming me into this great community. Love you all.

Blissfully,

Bianca
P.S. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.-2 Corinthians 4:15. I said what I am thankful for. Now, you need to tell me what you are thankful for? (No, this is not a rhetorical question. This is an open dialogue)

 

Daily Prompt: Aromatic

Daily Prompt: Aromatic

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One of the definitions of aromatic was having a distinct quality. During this holiday season, smell good. Yes, shower but that is not what I mean. Have this distinct aromatic spirit of love, respect, and generosity  with family, friends, strangers, retail store workers (they need love too), and everyone on planet, Earth.

Many people have been complaining about how terrible 2016 is/was. But you know what? There is still time to do good in the world.

 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.-Ephesians 5:1-2

Jesus had an amazing aroma with the people who loved Him and hated Him (and even the unconventional people).

Have the aroma of grace with the store clerk (they would probably like to be home with their family so love on them).

Have the aroma of respect with people who have different ideals and viewpoints.

Have an aroma of generosity for the less fortunate and lonely people during the holidays.

And lastly, enjoy the aromatic food you partake, because I want you all to do that.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

Blissfully,

Bianca

A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air

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My Breath of Fresh Air is to discern to live in truth rather than the world’s opinions and expectations.

Before,  I would be passive and allow the bad things to take room with the positive, whether it was people or things.

Lately, my convictions have caused me to go outside of my “safe Christian comfort level.”I have been at such a crossroads with people and things that I thought were true and genuine. I started understanding that the road to heaven is not broad but narrow. I started acting on my convictions and actively making tough decisions.

God’s discernment is key because it guides and directs your path. When you know God’s truths, then your discernment kicks in. You are not swayed by popular opinion but rely on God’s truths in the decisions you make. But to get discernment from Him, you have to have knowledge of God’s truths through His Word. To have that understanding you must be saved and ask Jesus to come into your heart. From His Word, you get infallible truth that does not fade.

BUT, you have to want that truth and act on the convictions God gives you (Easier said than done). Ask God to give discernment and also courage to act. And He will see you through. It is not enough to read it and put it aside. You can’t go the other things or people for truth because it will fail you down the line and disappoint you.

Discernment gives you growth. You are growing into the person God has called you to be. Do not be afraid. God has not given us a spirit of fear.

Pray for conviction. Pray for discernment. Pray for courage to act on your convictions.

I will leave you with God’s truths about discernment and knowledge:

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.-Proverbs 18:15

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.-Romans 13:11

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.-Psalm 1:1-2

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.-Proverbs 4:7

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,  filled with the fruit of righteousnessthat comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.-Philippians 1:9-11

Have a blessed week and Thanksgiving. I will have a special post for that soon.

Blissfully,

Bianca

 

The Story of the Filthy Oreo

The Story of the Filthy Oreo

via Daily Prompt: Filthy

As a pre-teen until my early 20s, I thought my skin was filthy. Not because I did not shower, but because I had more melanin than my friends. I was teased by my white classmates  for “acting white” and teased by my black classmates for “not being black enough.” I was at war with the fact that I was  an”Oreo.” I just wanted to be me but I felt like I needed to change colors to whoever I was talking to. Sometimes when I showered, I would try to see if I could be lighter if I scrubbed harder. I remembered as a kid thinking if I drank white milk, then I would be white. When my mom told me that my color would not change, I said “So I’ll be like this forever!?!”

One of my favorite Bible verses I like to declare is Psalm 139:14: I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

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It was not enough to read this verse but believe this verse and make it my truth. Being at war with the color of my skin was telling God, “You made a mistake on me.” FYI: If you did not know, God does not make mistakes.  

The filthy sin I battled with was the envy of my neighbor’s physical skin. Sin is the filthy skin I battle with but the beauty is Jesus died for the filthy things I say, do, and think about myself. 

Fast forward today, I love my black skin because God fearfully and wonderfully made me that way. My features are in the image of my Creator. I do not need to label myself the way society believes me to be but the way my Heavenly Father sees me: Sanctified, Sassy, Smart, Silly, Quirky, Beautiful, Blissful Bianca, Future Esq.

img_2047I will encourage you with this: You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Your features are beautiful because God made them before your parents even knew you. You are not a mistake but a gift. You are special. Love who you are because you are priceless in the King’s Eyes.

Blissfully,

Bianca