There is within every single person a desire to love as well as a desire to be loved. This is what makes us truly live and thrive. Sadly many go through life not ever finding this Love. But there is hope as this Love can be found. We just have to know the proper steps in finding it.
Where is real Love found? I John 4:10 says, “Here in is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us.”
I remember a time in my teens and twenties when I searched to discover what a real man was. Unfortunately at that time, all I had was Hollywood movies, pop music and pop culture as my role models. This actually led me to become more confused as to what a man was.
When I became a Christian, my life totally changed. But I had thought that since I was a Christian and now being around in a church environment that my relationships would automatically be perfect. But this was not so. I didn’t realize it at that time that I had a wrong
Fear can either be healthy or it can be toxic. In a previous blog I wrote about how toxic fear can hijack you, where you’re not able to think clearly, but end up reacting instead.
This reacting without thinking from toxic fear is the reason why many of us end up self-sabotaging our own selves without even realizing what we’re doing.
Nostalgia is in! Everything from the past is now popular once again. People like to go back to the time periods of the past with its clothing, music and movies along with the memories that come along with it.
You see it in the 80’s, 90’s & 2000’s themed gatherings today where people dress up
in clothing that was once popular 20, 30 or 40 years ago.
Throughout my years in ministry, I’ve had quite a bit of people ask me to pray for their children because either their children don’t call them, don’t visit them anymore or simply don’t want anything to do with them.
The Bible predicted this time would come: Malachi 4:6 says, “And He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers.”
In Mark 12:10 Jesus says, “Have you not even read this Scripture: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.”
The story behind this text is that when the Jews were building the foundation for their temple, they had initially rejected an odd-shaped stone.
“I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was more wonderful than the love of women.” II Sam. 1:26
This relationship between David and Jonathan was a non-sexual, platonic relationship. It was so wholesome. And yet the mutual respect and emotional bond between David and Jonathan was so strong that it was greater than the love between a man and a woman.
“Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to him whose life is bitter. Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his trouble no more.” Prov. 31:6-7
The Bible says that alcohol is given to those whose life is bitter so that they can then forget their troubles. In other words, alcohol is used as a way to numb the pain.
“The Lord is long suffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the third and fourth generation.“ Numbers 14:18
Although God is loving and merciful He cannot force us against our own wills and change the outcomes of our own poor decisions. It is because of our own choices that bad habits and toxic behaviors are passed down from us to our children.
Our bodies were made to experience fear as a means to save us. Think of a piano falling off a ten-story building where you look up and see it falling towards you. You have no time to think as you only have a split second to react. Fear activates the amygdala which then bypasses your prefrontal cortex (which is where you do your thinking and reasoning). So basically in moments of fear, your body makes you incapable of thinking and reasoning. This is needful at that moment, as you have no time to analyze the situation