Late Night Rambles

I’m going to get better at posting in here. I promise.

RIP Aaliyah. It’s been 11 years and I remember that night like it was yesterday. I won’t say gone too soon since we all have a time to come and go, but you definitely did bless the entertainment industry with your presence.

Sometimes, God answers your prayers in ways that you necessarily weren’t expecting, but if the end result is the same, then why not, right? I know someone who prayed to be taken out of her living situation and the next day, her apartment caught on fire. I believe in the power of prayer, but it can catch you off guard at times.

Tomorrow, I plan on enjoying a lowkey day of Lost reruns on the new MacBook and painting after I pick up Victoria’s old desk (manyyyyyy thank yous again). I went to Rite Aid and Hobby Lobby and got some more picture frames and paint. I might attend a going away party too, but we’ll see. I’m really looking forward to my “summer vacation” before grad school starts in two weeks.

This Benedryl is kicking in so goodnight.

xo

God is Great.

The youth from my church came back from what seemed to be a life-changing conference, Always Sisters Forever Brothers. I was completely in awe when I opened my eyes from the benediction prayer to see previously unmoved teenagers with their eyes closed, head tilted back, and arms stretched upwards in reverence to the Lord. Tears flowed from most of their eyes as they were just truly thankful for being alive and cognizant of the blessings God had placed in their life. The Spirit was definitely upon all of them and it was just mind-blowing. I assist with High School Bible Study so I get to interact with the teens on a weekly basis. I saw how they would barely listen to the lesson as Instagram and Twitter commanded their attention. I just am so proud that they were able to let their guards down and openly accept the love and power of Jesus into their lives. I pray that they are able to keep this fire ablaze as they learn to assimilate their new selves into their old surroundings. I pray that their parents will nurture the spiritual growth in their children. I pray that as a ministry, we are able to use the youth effectively to bring more hearts and minds into the Kingdom. I, for one, feel that I need to step my relationship with God up so that I can honestly be a good Youth leader. God is just moving this summer. This is amazing. I just had to share.

Dear Future Boyfriend: You Must Believe in God

I feel like I’ve said this before, but I believe that God works in themes. In my life especially. I might think about something, then hear a topic being discussed on the radio, and before I go to bed that night, I’ll receive a text message from a friend I haven’t talked to in a while about that same topic. I think that’s how God gets my attention. Recently, He’s allowed the “can you date someone that doesn’t share your religious beliefs” subject to pop up. Unlike some of my friends, I stand firm in my decision to only date guys that are truly Christians and have a solid walk with God. Many will say that you can have a successful relationship with someone that might have a different belief than you or none at all and this may be true. Sure, I mean, if you don’t regard your beliefs as a foundation in your life then I could see how that wouldn’t affect the general outcome of the relationship. However, that is not the case for me. I believe in God. I am not shy in my beliefs at all. This is not to say that I am holier than thou, because I most definitely am not, but I do have strong opinions that are Biblically-based and this is one.

First off, I date someone to see if they are relationship worthy. Once one is deemed relationship worthy, I engage in a relationship to see if they are marriage material. Off the bat, I must know if dude is a Christian. If the answer is “No” or “Yea, but I don’t really go to church like that”, then we’ve already established that you aren’t relationship-ready [for me]. I was getting to know a guy once only to find out that he is Muslim. And welp, there went that. To potentially engage in a life partnership with someone, we must be equally yoked. 2 Corinthians 6:14 states that you shouldn’t be joined together with an unbeliever. I agree. If the core to my existence stems from my belief in God, you must understand that I am truly invested in Him. And I would expect you to Him. I attend church regularly and am active in several ministries within it. My dude would have to understand that Wednesdays are Bible Study nights and if he wants to see me, I suppose he’ll come with me to church. I expect him to not only know God, but actually try to abide by His Word. He can’t just be surface Christian or “I’ma roll out the bed and turn my Jesus swag on” Christian. It’s gotta be more than that. He has to read the Bible daily. Pray. Go to church regularly. Listen to gospel music without mandate. Hebrews 11:6 says it’s impossible to please God if you don’t believe in Him. Because God has been in my life a lot longer than some fly-by-night, I rather please Him than him.

I don’t think this is asking for too much.