Today, Gloribel shares with us about how we must accept we are in a process, how age doesn’t limit or define us, and a reminder that God has chosen those we call family to be in our lives for a reason. This is a great one!
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: A passage in the Bible that I have always known and looked at is: “Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not it’s own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil; rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
I know it is a well known Bible verse and might be often overplayed, but the part that impacts me the most is the fact that it starts off with, “Love suffereth long.” This means that love isn’t always going to be this beautiful, peaceful thing. There will be times when love, true, real, unconditional love, will suffer. The word says that God is Love, in 1 John 4:8, which means that if He is the truest, rarest form of love, that love too can be suffer[ing].
This inspires me because it allows my mind, heart and spirit to welcome the idea that not everything that is good for me will feel good and not everything that is bad for me will hurt. It’s yet another amazing, mysterious way that God works.
“This inspires me because it allows my mind, heart and spirit to welcome the idea that not everything that is good for me will feel good and not everything that is bad for me will hurt.”
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: My spiritual growth focus of the moment is to form a deeper relationship with God. For years, I thought I needed to have a deeper relationship with my pastors, leaders, and other influential Christians in order to somehow be accepted or dare I say, acknowledged. Although I knew God didn’t care about that, my mind fixed itself on that. I began to think that I could share, but it’s a prodigious roller coaster that He has me on, from the moment I accepted Him into my life, until current day and for the rest of my days.
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Something that has helped me grow spiritually in this season is accepting that I am in a process. There is a song that captures exactly what I mean. It’s called “No Hay Error”, which is Spanish for, “There is No Error.”
The song expresses the words, “There is no error in You and I am not the exception, even if I am far from where I should be… In Your eyes, I am what you expect from me.” I am learning that I am okay where I am right now. The season that I am in has been attentively and thoroughly written out by the author. This idea has helped me grow because I am no longer beating myself up for where I think I should be. God tells me I am enough, and that alone pushes me through every and any season. Drought or overflow, it never changes who I am to Him.
“Something that has helped me grow spiritually in this season is accepting that I am in a process.”
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I was recently reading the whole book of Daniel because I was on a Daniel fast for the month of September. I was so ministered by the life of Daniel. The concept that I gathered from my reading was that I am limitless through Christ. Daniel decided on his own to honor God by starting this fast, no one pushed him to do so. He was so young but had a heart ready to serve and honor. The element I am trying to get at is that my age doesn’t define nor limit me. The time is NOW. Even if I was fifty years old reading this or twenty-one, the time is always NOW. Age is a number, not a identity.
“The element I am trying to get at is that my age doesn’t define nor limit me.”
Top three essentials: My top three essentials in life would be my Bible, my family and my mind. I say Bible because the word of God is my “spiritual food,” as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 10:3. It’s the only truth I have in this world full of lies.
My family is my backbone. They make me who I am. I didn’t choose them, God did. He knows why He gave me each person I call my family. They were delicately and deliberately chosen to be in my life by my Father. I love each and every one of them, dearly. Lastly, my mind. I tend to inspire and amaze myself with the thoughts that my mind begins to consider, assume, feel, guess, and realize. It’s this amazing, complex part of who we are.
“He knows why He gave me each person I call my family.”
How did God speak to you recently? I was getting to know someone in my church with the mutual intentions of forming a romantic relationship. I was so anxious in the thought that it might not be in God’s will. I began fasting for weeks and seeking God’s guidance throughout the whole situation. The poor guy was at a standstill, while I pressed into God and almost demanded a clear answer from Him. After weeks of fasting and seeking Him, He spoke to me clear as day for a whole week. He spoke through people, His Word, and in the intimate moments. His answer was simple and clear just like I had asked, “wait.” It wasn’t really what I wanted to hear, considering the fact that my emotions were fully invested into the man and the idea of beginning a romantic relationship. But if I have learned anything from God, it’s that His words, advice and guidance is always for the good of His children. If He tells me to wait, He knows why He is saying it.
Hobby: A hobby that I have recently picked up is playing the piano. I never thought I had a passion for any instrument after two very long, dreadful years of band in middle school. The piano has become a new hobby of mine that I cherish very much. I challenge myself to learn new notes and play new songs. Nerdy of me, but it’s my idea of fun!
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: My top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong would be:
1. If you have a doubt or question, always bring it before God or look up the answer in the Bible before asking anyone else. No one can guide me to truth and understanding better than the truth itself.
2. You will never be perfect until you are in heaven. All of the insufficient things that I beat myself up for now, are part of my process and don’t determine who I am.
3. Live everyday like it’s your last day. I don’t know if I have tomorrow. Jesus can come tonight, and all the things I am worried about for tomorrow or in a week will be pointless. What do I need to fix today? What am I grateful for today? That is what matters.
Favorite person in scripture? My favorite person is scripture is David. Mainly because he is known as “a man after God’s own heart” (acts 13:22). David is a testimony of a man who was humble, faithful, obedient, respectful, repentant and devoted. I aspire to live a life in that same mindset and character.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? When people look at me, the main thing that I want them to learn about God is that you can be yourself and still be good enough for God. Who you are is who you are. There are no if ands or buts. Our actions tend to shadow our true identity, that only Christ can give us. I am far from perfect, and in a way, I want people to see how even through my imperfection, God still chooses to love and use me. Which can only mean that they too can be loved and used just as much.
Favorite season? My favorite season is the summer. I love getting tan and running out the house without worrying about grabbing a jacket or sweater. Everything is alive and bright in the summertime. I am actually daring to say that everything is happier looking in the summer.
Favorite holiday? My favorite holidays are Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are two holidays that reflect two positive messages that the world actually chooses to accept; Gratitude and the birth of Christ. Most Americans and others around the world all celebrate these two holidays. It’s beautiful that once a year, most of the world can stop and agree on two things; We should be grateful creations and our Messiah was born.
A dream you have? A dream that I have is to be content, happy and satisfied with my life. That includes my career choice, the family I grow, spiritual growth, friends I make and places I go. I don’t ever want to live with a “what if.” I dream that I get to do everything and anything I strive for.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: A special tradition that my family and I always try to engage in and keep is to spend at least an hour together once a week. The kids in the family aren’t kids anymore and the adults are getting older. Our lives are so busy and hectic, but we try to take out the time to sit and chat about our days, stresses, fears, goals and accomplishments. I think it’s so important to do that with the people that mean the most to you.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? A question that I ask God almost everyday is “Have I pleased You today?” When I get to heaven, it’s only right that I ask one last time, but instead, I’d assume I’d say something along the lines of, “Have I pleased You in all of my days?” I am only accepting one answer, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Thing you want to raise awareness about: Some things I want to raise awareness about would be how much division really is hurting us as a whole and the impact LOVE has on a macro and micro level.
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? My mornings before 9 a.m. normally consist of me sleeping. I attempted to wake up for a week at 5 a.m. to pray before the sun came up, I was successful for four days out of seven. Not too bad but could always be better.
What is on your nightstand? My nightstand consists of my Blistex, a water cup, my Bible and my glasses.
Define Christianity in a sentence: Christianity is simply the actions of stepping in the footsteps Christ left for us.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!