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Conquering the Test

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Don’t worry, no pop test here. Trust and believe, I would not blog to give you readers an exam. But life surely gives us tests. Lots of tests. You have either survived a test, are about to enter a test, or will enter a test down the road. It is inevitable but manageable in God’s eyes.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.-James 1:1-8,12

In my favorite book of the Bible, James, he is writing a letter to the scattered tribes of believers. They are being persecuted for their faith and it seems helpless. The tests are actively crumbling and discouraging these early Christians. But, James chooses to encourage and strengthen them with how the testing is not for pain but for growth.

Trouble does not last forever but you cannot fight with your own strength. God’s strength and power covers the multitudes of trials, pains, hurts, and disappointments. Perseverance comes from daily wisdom and walking with the Lord.

I wish I could say you get instant answers and be fine but it’s not. It takes the faith where you cannot see but believe. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.-Hebrews 11:1. The reality is that faith is relying on something greater than the physical. In James, it says to believe and not doubt because you will be susceptible to the worldly chaos of life.

Jesus was tested but he followed God’s wisdom in His Word. It is about staying in Scripture and knowing the truth of your struggle is NOT in vain but for a great purpose.

I am in a season of the in-between. I have experienced two steps forward and ten steps back in repetition…constantly. Even in the setbacks, I always have to remind myself that the struggle is greater than feeling defeat and hopelessness. I do believe my miracle and blessings will come TENFOLD. God has not brought me this far to leave me. I have survived and endured through so much. And the Enemy has not taken me out. I am still the Daughter of A King. And in the great words of Jacob, I will not let go until you bless me. (Genesis 32:26) The Enemy is working hard because something greater is on the horizon. I have seen God use my tests for someone else down the line. I have been able to pour into others. I would not have had the ability had I not gone through what I went through.

Conquering the test of life is ALWAYS beyond the visible. God is in the inner-working. He knows the grand scheme of your struggle. It is to prune and to shape your character. I will say again, nothing is in vain.

Do not give up. Keep going. You will pass the test and conquer.

Blissfully,

Bianca

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A Conqueror’s Secret Weapon

And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?-Romans 8:30-32

You conquer because God is on your side. All of us encounter opposition. It’s inevitable but you know what? You have something that prevails overtime against any foe: Jesus Christ. Jesus already conquered sin and death. He gave Himself for humanity. Which means whatever obstacle, in Jesus’s name, is handled.

Let that sink in for a moment…

You already have whatever God has in store for you. God knows the desires of your heart. He knows and supplies all of your needs.

You conquer because He conquered. Keep going. Keep fighting. Keep persevering. You will make it.

Blissfully,

Bianca

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Back to Basics: Work At It

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Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.-Colossians 3:23-24

No matter how mundane you may feel your life is, you have a purpose. From the littlest thing to the biggest task/project/chore you can think of, God wants you to WORK for him. Yes, taking out the trash for the glory of God. Who knew!?!

I was talking with my mom about my mundane life and she rebuked what I said. Like WHOA, mom. But she was right; I was complaining about my mundane schedule and life. But my mom explained how the little things matter to God. God sees the devotion, dedication, blood, sweat, and tears and honors that. He is saying, “I’m proud of my child. Keep going!”

So whatever you are working at, towards, or through, go for it. Do it for Jesus. God sees everything from the big to little. He honors hard-work, obedience, and unyielding trust in Him. Your work will pay off. Remember that fire starts as a spark. You need to give the work your all. Nothing happens overnight but if you work at it, God will work it out for you.

Blissfully,

Bianca

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Back to Basics: Be Better, Not Bitter

Life has a way of twisting and turning your focus, direction, and perspective on life. I was convicted in a sermon message about my own bitterness in my life. The pastor was talking from the LOVE Chapter (e.g. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5) about how “love keeps no record of wrongs.” He used that passage to highlight about how love does not have bitterness.

Bitterness is defined as exhibiting intense animosity or marked by cynicism and rancor.

The pastor talked about how bitterness can transform and alter your outcome. Bitterness turns into complaining, complaining turns into doubt, and doubt turns into a lack of focus on your future/destiny.

As I sat in my chair listening, I really thought to myself, “Am I bitter?” The truth is I was and did not realize it. I was bitter. I was complaining. I was doubting too. As I have written before, I was living at home, second failed attempt at the Bar, and just stuck. I was trying to function but still had this dark bitterness that made me feel helpless, like the world was laughing at me. I was a failure and a fool.

After church, I confessed to mom that I was bitter about everything going on. My mom and sister agreed that I would sulk in that bitterness and carry it with me. TALK ABOUT A WAKEUP CALL.

I really let it go too far.

But you know what? The pastor stated that God can take that bitterness and turn it into something sweet. He will give us His sweet presence, His peace. But the thing is: I had to keep the past in the past. It happened but I cannot dwell and live there. I need to move forward. Yes, life does not go as planned but God has something sweeter ahead.

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I truly wrestled with that. I had to look into my heart and let go of what happened to me. Yes, I failed the Bar twice. Yes, life did not go as planned. Yes, I am living at home, trying to find work, and helping around more. BUT, God does not discount what I have been through. Actually, He is using it for something sweeter.

The Bible says “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”- Psalm 34:8

God is good all the time. The Enemy is working overtime but God works ALL the time.

God is working it out but you and I cannot live in the bitterness of the past. Easier said than done but it’s true. You cannot move forward with bitterness. Yes, life can derail you but you cannot give into it. You can acknowledge your past but DON’T LIVE IN IT.

It takes God’s daily strength and power to wake me up in the morning. I can’t do it by my own power. Ask God for that power to move forward. Ask every day, every minute, every hour of the day. Bitterness eats you up alive. You can’t let it steal your joy.

Be better, not bitter.

Blissfully,

Bianca

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My Declaration of Writing My God-Centered Goals List

I’m not a vision board/manifestation board person but I do like to list my goals. There is something about putting it down on paper that solidifies the dream.

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I recently made a God-centered Goals List with my concerns and the Scripture as evidence of what God says about that particular topic. Kinda like “God, you said this so I am asking for that in my life.” My law school background formed this idea.

The reason I made this list was in anticipation for a revival conference I would be attending with my family as part of our annual family vacation. My parents have watched this Haitian Pastor, Gregory Toussaint at the Tabernacle of Glory for years and have always wanted to attend this 40 day revival. This pastor has the power of God on Him and he is truly anointed.

During this 40 day revival, there would be time in the service for prayer. Did I say that it would be at least an hour? Cause it was. And you cannot be seated. You have to walk around and declare your prayer requests. You must come boldly.

So for this, I wanted to be prepared. I really thought hard about what my prayer requests. Not that I did not know what to ask for but not to treat God as a genie but as a child humbly asking for guidance in life.

As I have said, my season of life has rocked my world and it feels sometimes that I have no place to go. But I need to look up. So I wrote this 5-page list of prayers and Biblical evidence. I tell you, it was like preparing for battle. It was important not to write my goals but be ready to come BOLDLY with them to God.

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.-Proverbs 16:8

One thing to keep in mind: God has the final say in your goals list. You can want a million dollars but only God can give it if that’s His Will for your life.

My advice for writing a God-centered Goals List:

  • Be vocal and conversational. God is a personal God. He is your friend and cares. Yes, He knows everything but He still wants to know from your mouth.
  • Be honest and real. When you write, think of it as telling the closest friend you have “I need help. I am struggling.” God wants to know how you feel.
  • Use Google or Bible Apps for scripture references. I don’t know every scripture in the Bible by heart but God made resources to pinpoint what you want to say.

Here’s an excerpt from my God-centered Goals List:

Attorney Dreams– Lord, I know you did not bring me this far for me to be nothing. Lord, allow me to the attorney you would have me to be. To administer justice for those who cannot speak for themselves. To assist where I can. To discern the law. To honor your law. I know you have the means and ways, the employment, and the doors you will open. Open this opportunity to serve your people. 

“Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.-Exodus 23:6-7

Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—the Lord detests them both.-Proverbs 17:15

To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.-Proverbs 21:3

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,  for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.-Proverbs 31:8-9

Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.”-Deuteronomy 1:17

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly
 with your God.-Micah 6:8

In him we were also chosen,  having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.-Ephesians 1:11-12

Remember, this is a personal, intimate conversation with Jesus. There is no perfect way to write this but God will see your heart when you surrender your needs to him. He says in His Word to “Ask and Receive.” Be open to writing it out and praying over them. God hears you.

Blissfully,

Bianca

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Blissful Words of Truth

With June being my birthday month, I wanted to share my favorite words of wisdom from the Bible. They have spoken more truth in my faith. Scriptures of wisdom, discernment, and empowerment. It does shut me up. Though I have read them many times, it brings new light in whatever circumstance I face.

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.-Proverbs 3:5-6

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.-Ephesians 3:20-21

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?
 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—
 he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.-Psalm 121

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.-Philippians 4:13

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?-Romans 8:28, 31-32

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.-Philippians 4:6-7

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. -Galatians 2:20

I hope you are encouraged and challenged by my list. What scriptures have brought you this far?

Blissfully,

Bianca

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Trust and Keep Going

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.-Proverbs 3:5-6

Easier said than done but this is how I am living. Trusting means surrender to self. I am learning constantly to give up what I thought my plans were. God has changed my direction. I am casting nets that come up empty: job rejections, failed test results, relocation failure.

And yet… God says keep trying, you will figure it out. I am with you.

To be honest, there are moments where He seems so far away. It just seems like I am going at it alone. Facing the world and its nonverbal/verbal opinions of my failure.

And yet…God says keep trying, you will figure it out. I am with you.

It’s like I can only see the small light in front of me in the tunnel. Or the tiny thread in the quilt. I desire brightness to light my way. I desire to see the whole tapestry. But God will only give me what I need at the moment. It is quite frustrating not knowing the grand plan.

And yet, God says trust me. I know where you are going. I am with you.

It’s very hard not knowing where I am going. What I thought would be a couple months had been two years of struggling. I am learning contentment every day where I am. I am trying to trust, breathe, and keep living.

And still God says trust me and keeping going. I am with you.

Blissfully,

Bianca

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A Breath of Fresh Air: One Thing Remains

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,  but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.-1 Peter 1:23-25

Not every plant is a perfect, beautiful bloom that lasts. Not all plants and flowers in your garden stays. In the order of life, things die and darken, the flower petals lose its color, and fade into dust.

BUT one thing remains: Christ.

Like grass, in the grand scheme of life, everything fades. Nothing lasts forever. People change. People die. In one moment, your ally is now your enemy. Finances change, jobs are lost, relationships turn for the worst, you hear the diagnosis, and every change you can think of.

Yeah I know…Bianca, you are a Debbie Downer…

Well I’m not always writing to paint a pretty picture; I am writing to be real with myself and you all.

Nothing in this life is permanent except for Christ. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. There is security and stability in the mist of uncertainty.

Blissfully,

Bianca

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Risen

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The Lily of the Valley has bloomed.

The prophesy is complete.

The Lily of the Valley crushed the weeds of sin and death.

Death is but a dying weed.

The garden of sin is pure.

For the Risen Savior prevails over all.

Blissfully,

Bianca

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The Palm of Victory

Hosanna, Hosanna

Make way for the King!

The path of victory created for the King

The revelation of Heaven to Earth came.

To fulfill the prophesy of old.

To restore and save.

Hosanna, Hosanna, Blessed He is who comes in the Name of the Lord.

Blissfully,

Bianca