Prayers for the late bloomer- Driving

I’ve talked about being a late bloomer before, but lately it has been bothering me. It’s come to a point where I no longer feel it is acceptable to be growing in these experiences much later than my peers. 

This one issue in particular:
I’m 27 years old and I don’t have a driver’s license yet.

For reasons many will not understand I have had this all pushed back until now. 

 I’m frustrated that I have not gotten my drivers license due to set backs and I’m so old already. I am learning, but have had inconsistent practice. Everyone’s schedules are different, so some days I can’t practice, but I graduate next year. How can I be a teacher if I can’t drive? How can I continue to live in California without knowing how to drive? If I lived in New York it might not be such a problem because public transportation is reliable as far as I have heard from friends. That’s not the case here in Los Angeles and prices keep going up. 

Everyone keeps telling me it’s easy and I shouldn’t worry. No. It’s not easy. It’s hard. Just say it. I already know. Telling me it’s easy doesn’t make me feel better. 

No one seems to be taking this seriously and I’m really bothered by it. 

Please pray for me. 

My test is at the end of the month. 

Professor or Possessor? 

One of the biggest lessons I have learned in my Christian walk is this: 

Not everyone who professes to be a Christian is a true Christian. 

While I wish that wasn’t so, it doesn’t change the fact that it is very, very true. 

Take a look at this passage:

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:21-23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
I know so many people who say they are saved, yet they live ungodly lives and do things which are contrary to what a true believer, as described in the Bible is supposed to be doing. 

  
Just a few verses before that it says:

“Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:17-20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

My heart aches for those who think themselves saved when in fact their very lives and heart desires show that they have never been changed by the Holy Spirit and are thus not truly converted. 
I know it all sounds crazy, but it’s true! 

Here are a few more:

“‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.”

‭‭I John‬ ‭2:3-5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:9-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I have included a link to a video at the end of this post that I think does a pretty good job of explaining everything further. 

If you are reading this and are a Christian, I praise God for saving your life! Please be aware of those who profess to be saved, yet live a life that does not show genuine faith. Pray for them and point them to scripture. 

If you are reading this and you are by saved, I urge you to get right with God. Repent of your sins and make Christ your Lord! Trust in Him! 

If you are reading this and you have discovered you are a false convert, please do as I just said and repent! It’s not too late! 
Video: A Biblical alternative to the sinner’s prayer

Happy New Year! 

Just want to take a moment to express my thanks to all of you who have supported me this past year. It was a difficult one for me. There were many hard lessons to learn, but praise God, I’ve learned them! 

Now, that doesn’t mean everything will be perfect from here on out. I will struggle, I will grow weary, I will experience difficulty. That’s all part of the Christian life (2 Corinthians 4:17, Romans 8:18). What will be different however, will be my outlook. Rather than freak out I will resolve to trust God with everything I go through and find comfort in His sovereignty and love. 

Here’s to 2016 and four years of blogging on this site! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

I love you all. 

God Bless you.

Our singleness is not an issue 

Just wanted to share how I’ve been feeling about this. I haven’t addressed the issue of romantic relationships on this blog in a while, but lately it has become something I felt I needed to write about very briefly. 

It’s also partly a message I want to send across to some of my friends. 

I have no problem making new friends. Naturally, we meet people through people and new people through those people. 

I don’t need anyway introducing me to young men under the guise of friendship with the true intention of seeing if we would “work” or because “he’s single and you’re single” or even because “he’s looking for a wife.” 

As dorky as it may sound, I am really NOT looking for a husband although I have the desire to be married. My focus is on Christ right now and I know the right man will come into the scene without me or anyone else having to manipulate anything. 

I find it discouraging when friends say these things to me and other single women. We deal with enough especially after a certain age, we don’t need anyone playing matchmaker. 

Our singleness is not an issue, a flaw, or a disability, it is our calling at this moment in our lives. 

Thank you. 

I mean no disrespect to anyone. I’m not even angry, just disappointed in the way I and my single sisters in Christ have been treated. 

Please be careful how you speak to us about this. 

It hurts more than you know. 
God Bless you. 

Snapshots: “Choo Choo!”

A week ago today I went on a little adventure…I rode the train for the first time! 

For privacy purposes I won’t say where I went, but I will say I started out on a regular city bus in my area before hitting an underground train and then the Metrolink train at union station in downtown Los Angeles! 

Here are some snapshots I took from my Thursday afternoon ride!

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Bus pass 

  
North Hollywood

  
Looking down at this reminded me of the first and second Spider-Man movies (2002, 2004). If you’ve seen them you know why I say that. 

  
 
Headed to union station and the metro rail quickly filled up with people. I felt like I was on an underground Disneyland ride 

  
Metrolink ticket purchased and verified. Awaiting the train’s arrival before boarding. I didn’t realize there were so many different trains for so many different locations around Los Angeles

  
 
The seat next to me was vacant for the first few stops, but eventually people started taking a seat beside me and before long I was at my destination! 

It was scary at first and dark out by the time I got off, but I kept my trust in God and he helped me get to my destination safely! 
 

 

Snapshots: NBA is back!! 

After months of waiting, the NBA season finally started on Wednesday.

Here is a snapshot look inside my Wednesday evening at home watching the Spurs vs the Thunder and the Timberwolves go against my favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers! 

  
Popcorn. I normally don’t have snacks when I watch basketball, but it was different this time. 

  
It had been such a long wait. So happy that the season is finally here! 

  
Snacking on popcorn must be accompanied by water. A month ago I had a kidney stone as a result of eating chips and not drinking enough water. Heed my warning–drink lots of water! Especially if you are eating chips or popcorn. 

Go Lakers! 

Go Spurs! 

Fall inspired

Perhaps I am changing my mind. Summer had always been my favorite season, but lately I’ve taken a greater liking to autumn. 

Where I’m from in Los Angeles, California, fall can feel a bit like an extended summer because the temperature doesn’t actually start to cool down until mid-October or later, but there is always a sense of change in the air. 

Fall, for me, is a fresh start at a whole new year to try to do the right thing in loving God and loving people as I’m called to do. 

It isn’t just a brand new school year, but an opportunity to use the end of the calendar year to make a new start.

With this season I have gained much inspiration. Check out a few new quotes and images inspiring me this season over on my tumblr blog (I’ll link it down below). 

“He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭40:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

A few things I’ve been enjoying so far this season:

  
  
  
Doctor Who 

The last few episodes have been so incredibly funny

I don’t watch a lot of tv anymore. There are times when I can keep the tv off for days or for up to two weeks simply because I am not interested in most of what is on these days. Binging on a show is not my cup of tea anymore…however, I do like to sip tea while watching the new episodes of Doctor Who on Saturday nights when they air on BBC America.

  
Currently reading. 

Got it for free on iBooks so I read it from my phone. I watched a biography on George Muller and thought I should read his journals. Truly encouraging. 

Well, there you have it. Thank you for reading. I hope you are all enjoying this season and pray that God would make known to you all that He is:

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:14-19‬ ‭NKJV






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