The Storm’s Blissful Lesson

The Storm’s Blissful Lesson

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You know those rainstorms that are wind, rain, thunder, lightning and everything in between.  You can’t see where you are. Speeding up can lead to uncontrollable hydroplaning. Even familiar routes are difficult to travel to.

Doesn’t that sound like life?

The storms of life can throw us for a loop. A friend once said people are either in a storm, about to enter a storm, or have left a storm.  We all have a storm.

It is easy to succumb to the storm and fall into despair. I have had my fair shares of storms. It feels unbearable.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.-Psalm 34:17-20

Though it is easy to throw in the towel, DON’T!

Though it storms, the rain will stop, the clouds will appear, the loud clashing of lightning and thunder will be silenced, and then sunlight.

For every rainstorm, there is sunshine.

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With any storm, God can overcome it. Jesus silenced the winds and the storms at His command (Matthew 8:23-27). Nothing is too hard for God.

What you and I cannot do is control our situations. Sometimes life is out of our reach. Things happen that are unexpected, from left field,  unplanned, and abrupt. And sometimes with as much preparation you do, you still fall short. But God can and is in control. 

With the storm, there is provision, safety, and sanity that God provides. He does not lead you where He will not provide for you. He knows what you can handle even though you think you can’t handle it.

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.-Philippians 4:19

God will bring you out of the storm into the sunshine. I can’t assure that life will be exactly what you expected but all storms will strengthen you and your testimony.

So hold on even though it’s raining, God will give you the umbrella (i.e. provision) and the direction.

I leave with this: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.-2 Corinthians 12:9

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Wherever you fall short, God will fill in the gaps.

The storm is temporary.

It will pass.

God will bring you out of whatever tried to end you or break you. 

The sunshine will come. 

 

Blissfully,

Bianca

Watch Your Mouth!

Watch Your Mouth!

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Watch what you say and how you say it.

You can’t burn your pipe on both ends and expect respect for one side and not be criticized for the other side.

These days, there are some people who have really confused me. I don’t know which person to believe.

For Christians, the world is watching our words. Believe that. That does not mean we cannot stand on our Biblical values. The Bible says to stand firm and let nothing move us as long as God is the center of what we believe.

Just filter what you say. I don’t always post what is on my mind. I think about my audience. I think about if what I am saying is uplifting, edifying, or encouraging. Am I saying words for my own self-benefit and ego or for others? Does what I say reflect Jesus or reflect my own pride and ego?

Yes, no one is perfect. I mess up. I am preaching to myself. I have watch my mouth too. 

The best thing I can do and you can do is: If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything. Think before you post. Check your sources. 

This is not Bianca’s words. Read what God says about my words and your words.

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.- Proverbs 12:18, 25

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.-Proverbs 15:1, 4

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.- Proverbs 16: 24

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.-Proverbs 18:21

 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.-Ephesians 4:29

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.-Colossians 4:5-6

 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,  keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.- 1 Peter 3:15-16

So remember to watch your mouth, please.

Blissfully,

Bianca

Saying Goodbye and Hello

Saying Goodbye and Hello

When we finally reach midnight into 2018, remember a few things going forward:

1. Appreciate the lessons of 2017. God does not make us go through things without a lesson.

2. If you do a resolution, make realistic goals to challenge and make you better. Don’t just say lose weight or be healthy. Say you will take walks three times a week. Practical and easier to stick to.

3. Find a word, motto, or verse going into 2018. Mine is Be On It. With different areas of my life, I want to take control (with God’s help), take intentional steps, and go at it.

4. Appreciate what you have while working for what you want (awesome quote). May you enjoy the good blessings and make intentional steps for your goals.

5. Be easy on yourself. You are only person and there are 24 hours in a day. Intentional steps will not lead to perfection but progress.

Have a Happy New Year Everyone! May you be blessed and prosperous!!!

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Blissfully,

Bianca

The High After Christmas Morning

The High After Christmas Morning

Christmas can be over in less than ten minutes when the presents are opened, breakfast is eaten or dinner is eaten. I remember as a kid being like, “Christmas is over…now what do we do with ourselves.”  It can get depressing.  Well here is something to remember: There are more memories to share with the ones you love not just Christmas but the days leading up to 2018 and beyond. Know that you have more love in your heart than just 24 hours for Christmas.

Take the time to enjoy the present.

Laugh at the memories.

Cherish the blessings in your life.

Hug the ones you love a little tighter

Say “I love you”  and “thank you” a little more than usual.

May everyone have a great Christmas with your loved ones. Spread love today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Cherish

Blissfully,

Bianca

Blissful, Miraculous Truth

Blissful, Miraculous Truth

It is miraculous 

how our test becomes our testimony 

how our struggle becomes our strength

how the haters become the admirers

how the valley becomes the mountaintop

how darkness turns to light.

 

It is no shock to God because He created us miraculously out of the dust of the Earth. He sent us a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace to give us victory in ALL circumstances. So be encouraged, there is a WAY out of no way.

Miraculous

Blissfully,

Bianca

Believe in Your Calling

Believe in Your Calling

My mom is one of the wisest people I know. She has lived longer and has seen so much. Before I would roll my eyes (in my head), but now I value of her sage advice. A lesson I hold on to is never lose your calling.

God has a plan and a purpose.

He gives us all gifts and talents that should not go to waste. They are not for you but to give to the world. For God’s sovereign plan to be executed.

Never let anyone diminish you and your purpose.  If someone causes you to doubt your value and calling, that person does not need to be in your life. If God is for you, who can be against you? No One. Not even one if you don’t allow them to.

If God is in the mist, you will win! Hold on. It gets difficult. People will not understand you. People will betray and slander you. Just hold on. If God is for you, who can be against?

 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?-Romans 8:31

Calling

Blissfully,

Bianca

Relate Rather than Rage

Relate Rather than Rage

A quick thought: In this political climate, I have seen more chaos and rage between friends, family, and acquaintances played out on television, social media, radio, and any communication outlet you can think of. It is easy to say “I’m RIGHT, You’re WRONG.” But remember friends, it takes so much energy and time to rage. You do not need to fight every battle with every person on the Earth.

Instead, take a step back, breathe, listen and hear them out. You do not need to agree with them. Respect them. Find common ground. Relate. Maybe not the conflicted issue but something else. Find things that unite rather than divide us.

Relate

Blissfully,

Bianca