She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.- Proverbs 31:20
A woman who gives sets the example of Jesus’s heart for service. I’m not talking about the family but other people. A giving spirit produces reward and blessings. Not saying that you do things for something in return but God sees the obedience to His will. You are an ambassador of Christ. What people see is what you give.
I am not the person I am today without my mother. She gave and still gives so much to others. She has given hospitality to relatives, to a pregnant woman in a domestic violence situation, survivors of the Haiti 2009 earthquake, and many other people. She uses her medical knowledge to benefit others even though my sister has her own medical problems. She goes on medical missions to share her gifts. She translates for Haitian immigrants and is willing to give time and energy to them. No matter what her life situation was, she served with all her heart. (Yes, she is amazing).
I witnessed her servant’s heart. Yes, she told me about Jesus but she acted on what He is about. She always tells me: “Your gifts are not for you but for everyone.” She inspired me to practice immigration law when I am an attorney. To give to immigrant communities the way she does. I may not have the same spiritual gifts as my mom but I try to act as the hands and feet of Jesus. God gave me talents in music, art, and writing. So I share my gifts from the example of my mother.
I’m not saying women need to do lavish acts of kindness and service. But use your gifts. Women are talented. Give according to Christ’s commands and the way God convicts you. If you are alive and breathing, you have talents and purpose. People need you. Not everyone can do what you do. Extend your giving to many and reap heaven’s rewards and blessings in your household and beyond.
On the horizon of a new beginning, the atmospheric skies are changing .
The blueprint you anticipated has flipped.
What you desired is not what is in store.
The strategy has changed but the goal is unchanged.
It may seem like failure but as you look up, the sun shines brightly.
The skies are changing but God is still saying “I am still rooting for you.”
You look down to earth, look inside yourself, and move forward.
Heaven is working on your behalf.
In the world we live in, important values tend to take a backseat to greed, sin, violence, and many harmful things. So Mama B wants to break the cycle and give you values to keep in mind.
- Love Jesus. I am biased but Jesus has never steered me wrong. Jesus has a purpose for you. Jesus loves you so much He went on the Cross and rose. What greater love can you find.
- Love yourself. There is one YOU. Value who you are. No person can love you, besides Jesus, that could fill the insecurities you deal with.
- Find your purpose. I believe that we are all placed on this Earth for a reason. It may take time but to live in your purpose is a great feeling.
- Listen and learn from people. As humans, we are created differently. We may not all agree but you can learn from one another.
- Kindness goes a long way.
- Have good character. You can make or break your reputation based on your character.
A few of many values I have but this is a start. Love you all.
I am honored to be nominated by the wonderful Specscladeyes for two very amazing awards! I want to thank you for thinking about me as a worthy person for these nominations.
THE CRAMM AWARD
TheCramm award was created by Liv, the owner of theCramm.
- Include a little bit about who created this award (with a link) and mention the person the who nominated you.
- Share 3 things that motivate you to blog and share 3 people that motivate you to blog as well
- Share one thing you hope to do that will improve the world
- Answer your challenge question
- Nominate your choice of bloggers and give them a challenge question.
Three Things that Motivate Me:
- My Family.
- Life Experiences.
Three people Who Motivate Me:
- My Parents.
- My Friends and Peers.
One Thing I Hope To Do That Will Improve the World:
I hope to give encouragement and joy to people around the world. Life is hard. There are many things that can go bad, so I chose to reflect on the good. I want everyone to know that they are loved, valued, and heard.
Answering my Challenge Question: What is your strategy to stay positive during the tough times?
My strategy is Jesus. There are many times in my life where my anxiety and depression weigh me into a deep, dark pit. The strategy is to pray for peace in the situation, seek truth in God’s Word, and hold on to the people I love and trust to help me in the valleys.
Challenge Question for the nominees: What is your creative process when you post?
THE BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
The Story of Blissfully Bianca
Many friends and peers kept telling me how I give great advice and encouragement on Facebook. I have been told I should write a book or start a blog. I was skeptical about being one of those bloggers so I asked other people who blog. I looked on Pinterest for ideas. I listed pros and cons. I asked my sister and parents if they think I should do it. I asked my friends if they would read my blog and if they could come up with a name. If you did not notice, I do not make decisions lightly. In August 2016, I took a leap of faith. I looked up words that would match my name and I can across blissfully. I looked it up in the dictionary; it defined blissfully as in a manner characterized by extreme happiness or joy. That was the message that I wanted to convey: I wanted people to be who God created them to be. God blissfully created the universe. I want people to know their worth. I want to be that voice of love and encouragement.
Advice to New Bloggers.
My important advice is love what you write. There are days where the words and encouragement flows out of me. There are other days where my words would seem fake and not from my heart. I made a rule that if my intent is not based on God, love, and encouragement, then I do not post. I clear my mind. I take a step back. In the Bible, in 1 Corinthians 16:14, it reads “Do everything in love.” So love what you write. Some days you will not feel it and that’s ok. I take my time and get inspired by the littlest things and the Jesus, Love Factory gets me writing.
Nominations for Both Awards:
Thank you for reading
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.-Proverbs 19:20-21.
No matter where you are in life, God’s purpose still prevails.
via Daily Prompt: Aromatic
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!!