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Spirit

God’s Spirit shines the world with a great big light.

People walking around in darkness cold as the Black night.

Jesus shows US how to be humble and walk in the sand.

He preformed many miracles in poor crippled people across the land.

The Bible says God created the earth in seven days.

He knew exactly how to make the world and man in amaze.

The power comes from the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.

You can only know God and worship Him when your near it.

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The Story of Ash Wednesday & Lent

What is the real story about Ash Wednesday? Is it a tradition that man decided to make to observe the beginning of Lent? Is it something Jesus taught about in the Bible? I was extremely curious about what “Ash Wednesday” really is because growing up as a Catholic my family and I always observed by getting ashes on the forehead with a sign of the cross then we would give something up we truly loved for the 40 day Lental period. However I never really understood what this symbolism met nor cared enough to dig deeper into the meaning. Well, now I’m all grown-up and starting to questions about these “traditions” that were instilled in me as a young child by the Roman Catholic Church and family members.

I decided to do my research and this is what I came up with: Ash Wednesday or Lent was not observed in the early New Testament days. Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent started to be observed by Western Christian Churches and other denominations like Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran Churches. Most of these churches did the cross on the forehead to symbolize penance or the death/ sorrow of sins. It was also customary to give up something you “love” to do for those 40 days of Lent or to give back in some way to society. My family and I would normally give up some sort of food we loved or bad habit for those 40 days, while not eating meat on Fridays. It is also suggested that “Lent” may be connected to early pagan holidays, such as the pagan god called Tammuz.

Ash Wednesday and Lent is a nonbiblical observation even though some people do connect it with the 40 days in the desert that Jesus was visited by Satan and Satan tried to tempt him with ZERO success. See the story of this below: from the Gospel of Matthew:

‘Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John would have hindered him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? But Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffereth him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway from the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him; and lo, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ – Matthew 3:13-17

‘Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he afterward hungered. And the tempter came and said unto him, If thou art the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him into the holy city; and he set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou art the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and, On their hands they shall bear thee up, Lest haply thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, Again it is written, Thou shalt not make trial of the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him unto an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and he said unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him; and behold, angels came and ministered unto him. ‘ – Matthew 4:1-11

In conclusion, it is fine to observe this holiday if you would like however keep in mind this is not what Jesus taught us and as a “born again” Christian this is not observed in most Evangelical Christian Churches. My take on Lent is trying to mix some of the good traditions of Lent such as giving up something bad for you in hopes of not indulging in this unhealthy food item or bad habit for good! While remembering that Jesus got baptized by John the Baptiste in the Bible then he when away in the desert He didn’t eat nor drink for 40 days while Satan tried to tempt Him. Of course, we all know that Satan was unsuccessful in doing so which makes Jesus perfect in every way! This just gives me more inspiration to try to be like Jesus more and more each day.

God bless you all on the start of making yourself more like Jesus!

Credit: What Are Ash Wednesday and Lent? Does the Bible Tell Us to Celebrate These Days?

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Love Poem

Flowers that grow soft dewy petals.

Hummingbirds that sprint to get the nectar.

A gentle wind that combs through the hair.

A fluffy soft bed that cradles the body, neck, and head.

Eyes that stay fixed on THE LORD above.

Ears that hear THE WORD, joy filling them up.

Fire inside the heart and a light that burns so bright with no darkness insight.

A soft kiss from THE ONE to wish good night.

Love is in all of GOD’s creations from the air, sun, moon, and the stars.

Love can be seen in everyone, anyone, and everything.

Love is not possible without the NEWBORN KING!

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Real LOVE

Real LOVE isn’t jealous, prideful, or rude.

Real LOVE has the power to transform any negative mood.

Real LOVE conquers all it is supportive, trusting, and never fails.

Real LOVE can be the ultimate wind to your sails.

Real LOVE is a choice, not a feeling.

Real LOVE can help your hurt heart and start the healing.

Real LOVE doesn’t demand anything back.

Real LOVE in God you will never lack.

Real LOVE forgives others cause God once forgave us.

Real LOVE will never leave you in turmoil or make a big fuss.

Real LOVE is all you will ever need in this life.

Real LOVE between friends, family, or a husband and wife.

Real LOVE, please express this to someone today.

Real LOVE in Jesus we should always obey.

‘We love, because he first loved us. ‘ – 1 John 4:19

Bible Plan: Love is the Answer

 

 

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10 Surprising Facts Your Probably Didn’t Know About Valentine’s Day

Unless you are living underneath a rock or don’t live in one of the countries that celebrate Valentine’s Day I am sure you are 100 % aware of what Valentine’s Day is about. Just in case…Valentine’s Day is a day where it is traditional to show your significant other how much you love and care from them by sharing a small token of your affection on February 14th. Traditional gifts are usually candy, flowers, and/ or
a love note/ romantic card. Some people can’t wait to celebrate while others cringe at the thought of celebrating such a “commercialized” holiday where many companies profit off of the emotions of others. My personal thoughts immediately went to the religious aspect and to dig deeper into the facts behind the celebration of this “love giving” and “love getting” holiday.

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Here are 10 things about V day you may or may not know:

1. Valentine’s Day was based both on Christian and Catholic traditions (non-biblical). The Catholic Church recognizes at least three saints named Valentius, all of whom where martyred for helping Christians.

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2. Valentine was believed to defy the rules made up by Emperor Claudis II, which outlawed marriage because he felt like single young men made better soldiers than married ones with families.

3. One St. Valentine was a Roman priest who performed secret wedding ceremonies against the authorities in the 13th century.

4. The same St. Valentine was caught and imprisoned where he healed the daughter of the captor from blindness renewing faith in Christianity.

5. St. Valentine was tortured and decapitated on February 14th as many others who stood up for religious beliefs.

6. Valentine’s Day becomes associated with love starting in the late Middle Ages thanks to an English poet.

7. Another St. Valentine (Bishop of Terni) was also beheaded on February 14th for healing and preforming secret weddings, which were outlawed at the time.

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8. Valentine’s Day was also an effort on the Christian part to do away with a pagan holiday, Lupercalia. This festival was a bloody, violent, and sexually charged celebration that consists of animal sacrifice and matchmaking in the hopes to ward off evil spirits and infertility.

9. In the 5th century, Pope Gelasius deemed Lupercalia (February 15th) as, “un-Christian” and replaced it with Valentine’s Day (February 14th).

10. The oldest known Valentine, which the romance of this holiday didn’t start until around 1400s, was written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife when he was imprisoned in the form of a poem.

Today Valentine’s Day is filled with romantic gestures so it is hard to imagine that this wasn’t always what the holiday stood for. It was actually based on violent barbaric false traditions that Christians tried hard to put a stop too in the name of Jesus. In turn, they were also subjected to harsh imprisonments which in many cases ended in execution. Whether you choose to en-knowledge the commercialized aspect of V day we must not forget the history behind the holiday so we can not repeat the same horrible events and traditions.

If you have another historically accurate fact about Valentine’s Day that most people aren’t aware of please share in the comments. I hope you all had a wonderful, loving Valentine’s Day and weekend with your loved one, family, and friends.

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Memories of 2019

My sis (Victoria), my niece (Rosemary), and Me (Catherine)

The first time I met my niece (Rosemary)

My niece came to Brooklyn with my sis and bro-in-law (Ray) from North Carolina

Girls game night!!!

Fun with friends!

So silly! Memories!!

Visited my niece in North Carolina! Cutie pie

Road trip to my sister’s house!!

Happy grandma in North Carolina with Rosemary her first grandchild!

Me and my baby!

S’mores by the fire!

All dressed up!!

My bday surprise with my baby!

Surprise bday dinner!!

All my friends made me feel so special on my bday this year!!

Bday after party at La Vue!! With my ladies!

Me (Catherine) and my friend (Samantha) beauties!!

Rosemary’s first Christmas with Santa!!

Rosemary’s first Christmas!!

My sister and her daughter on Christmas in their new house!!

Christmas time in NYC!!

Ladies pic!! Christmas party with my girls!!

The whole gang at my friend (Mari and Rob’s) house!! Fun game night!!

Me and my Mommy!!

I got engaged!!

We got married!! Dec 27, 2019 to my love!

Me and my husband (John) our wedding day!

Me and my husband brunch at our favorite restaurant!

Me and my family on my wedding day! So perfect!

So happy and blessed!!

Guys pic! At La Vue! Celebrating!!

Me and my best girls (Jessica and Samantha)
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Guidance, Truth, & Love ALL Wrapped Up in One Amazing Book

Many books in the world claim to guide you, tell you the truth while showing love all wrapped up in one. I have read a lot of great books but the one book that promises all of these things and delivers is THE BIBLE aka THE WORD OF GOD. If you never read the bible or even considered this a book you would read I challenge you to give it a try. Even if you don’t believe in God or a “Creator” you should still read this book. It has everything you could want out of a book: history, war, prophecies, love, murder, and more.

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I started reading THE BIBLE because my boyfriend at the time was amazed by it and he constantly quoted biblical scriptures to me as they applied to a situation in my everyday life. I grew up a strict Roman Catholic (through my families’ traditions) so at the time I refused to read THE BIBLE because I thought I knew best already. That was a HUGE mistake on my part because no human in existence is better or knows more than God, our Creator.

When I started reading THE BIBLE at first I started small with the four gospels in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. That caught my attention and interest quite a bit so I went even further and finished the entire New Testament. This amazed me because it talked about Jesus who He is really, what he did for his people and for us. Well as a “Catholic” I knew about Jesus but I really didn’t know Him or was ever encouraged to try to get to know Him. THE BIBLE truly opened up my heart and my eyes on how amazing Jesus was and still is to this day because He is the one true living God.

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Thanks to my boyfriend who is now my husband for loving me so much to open my eyes to the TRUE WORD OF GOD. Even when I would get angry or frustrated and would argue with him multiple times he never gave up on me. We are both Christians and working towards growing our relationship with Christ. THE BIBLE is an extreme eye-opener and all it takes is for you to sit down and start reading. Then when you are done read it again and again and again. Don’t ever stop reading this book. Currently, I am working on the Old Testament and just finished Chronicles 1.

THE BIBLE is the ultimate book and is a MUST READ for everyone whether you are a Christian or not. It is up to you to make sure you know who God is and how to live His way especially if you want to serve Him one day in His kingdom. I challenge you today to give it a try. There is truly nothing you can lose but a whole lot you can gain.

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Start HERE.

God bless you all!

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