Monday, April 7, 2014

The Greatest Love Story Gives Hope for Humanity

"I believe Love Story is a truly beautiful movie but it made me sad not just because the leading lady died and the leading man was devastated but because these fictional characters named Oliver and Jenny did not believe in God or accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior which left them with NO HOPE and resulted in death closing the final curtain on their love story and separating them forever. Such a story line, though fictional, bothers me to no end because there are REAL people like Oliver and Jenny in this world who are living life without plans for the future beyond their life story on this Earth."

Do you ever wish you could live forever and cherish those you love for an eternity? I've tackled these issues in my first seasonal guest post for His Yes Girls! Read the entire post here.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Define The Relationship, A Guest Post by Kait Walla

DTR- Define The Relationship.

The 'DTR' talk is the point in time when two people who are casually dating have to have 'the talk' where they officially decide whether their relationship is casual and they can see other people, or if this relationship has taken a serious turn and they want to exclusively see each other. They have to define where their relationship is at and where it is headed. In The Bible it clearly states that if you confess that Jesus Christ is Lord with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (i.e. a child of God) Romans 10:9 To state the obvious, if you have not accepted Jesus, you do not have a relationship with Him to define. Just going to church every Sunday is not enough, Scripture states that you must confess these things with your mouth as well as your heart.



Are you qualified to DYR (define your relationship)?

Once you have your salvation you are qualified to define the relationship you have with Jesus. Do you want a casual relationship with Him or something more than that--something serious? Now let me be clear here, I am not denying the fact that once you are saved you are going to Heaven and are a child of God! You are and that won't change, but don't you want more than that? Don't you want the whole enchilada? Don't you want to live out the perfect life that God created for you? For a long time I didn't even realize that I didn't want that. It wasn't on purpose but I did not see what was so wrong with my life that I needed God to fix, I believed in God and prayed every night. I knew God was leading and guiding me, but looking back, I think I only called on Him when I needed or wanted something. The relationship I had with Him was casual because of my choice for it to be. I loved God but I was just fine with the way my life was, I truly think that I didn't want God to come in and 'mess things up' for me.

II Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.

Exclusivity

To examine myself meant that I needed to ask myself, "Am I all in?" Am I just a 'believer' or am I a doer of the Word also? Did I define my relationship to Christ as committed, or nothing serious? I know I am qualified because I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior but am I using my qualifications?

It was about a year ago when I realized that I was not serious about Jesus at all. I am a huge believer in respect. I don't like when I am talking to someone and they are not giving me their full attention as I always try to give people my full attention. I think as humans we have to have a mutual respect for each other because it just makes everything better. One day I was studying my Bible and reading in Matthew chapter 18 verse 11 and here it states "For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost." It hit me like a ton of bricks when I read this. Jesus Christ came to Earth for one sole purpose; to save the lost people. To save all of us who didn't deserve it. Jesus did lots of things while on the Earth like serve others, humble himself, teach people the good news about God, be an example of the goodness of God, the list goes on and on. But all of these things boil down to saving the lost. 


Me treating Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior as some casual, blasé relationship made my stomach sick. It was at this moment when I really mediated on Jesus Christ taking the nails for me, boring the lashing for my sins and your sins and everybody on this Earth's sins when He was the most perfect person to ever walk this Earth. At this point I started respecting what Jesus did for me by making my relationship with Him exclusive and serious. I now try to take the time to honor Him (and God) by giving them my time. I honor His sacrifices by seeking God first and foremost, it no longer matters to me what worldly things I used to want out of life because all I yearn to do is spread the good news of the Gospel. 

I have been so favored in my life, more blessed than I deserve, but even when my back was turned to my Creator and my Savior and I didn't even realize it, they both were still extending their hands to me. No matter what I did, They never turned their back on me. This is why I choose exclusivity. I choose exclusivity because Jesus took the nails and died on the cross exclusively so that we may have life and life more abundantly. God took the time to create each one of us differently yet exclusively in His perfect image. God has chosen to have exclusive relationships with each and every one of us, and I don't want to see other people. 


Fulfilling His Purpose | Philippians 2:13 | His Yes Girl, Kait

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Introducing "His Yes Girls" in a new feature

Dearest readers of my blog, “God is Love”:

I am so excited to share with you a brand new feature coming soon to my blog—seasonal guest posts!

Yes, I said seasonal, which means I’ve invited people who are passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to write one guest post per season (spring/summer/autumn/winter) to be posted on my blog. As I bring in more writers, there will be more introductions. But for now, I’d like to introduce you to two women who love God and want to share the lessons they’re learning in their daily faith journey with Jesus Christ—Austi and Kait, welcome to my blog!

Austi and Kait have co-founded a blog called His Yes Girls: Our Walk with God in Blog Form. They are passionate about helping people come to know and love God and have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I think you will love what they have to say it the upcoming seasonal guests post but for now, I’ll let this introduction continue in a (short bio) message from Austi and Kait:

Meet Austi:

My name is Austi, and I am the co-founder/author of His Yes Girls, which was born of Kait and I’s hunger for the Lord, our love of writing and our desire to share the love and grace that the Lord has bestowed upon us. We firmly believe that God has called us to write and share our findings and revelations of the Word in order to reach out and touch the lives of others.

I recently married the most supportive loving, and handsome man I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, and I am blessed beyond words that God brought him into my life (and is letting me keep him forever). I have a huge passion for all things creative: writing, photography, design, etc. I hope and pray that one day (soon) I will be able to focus more on those passions and even have the opportunity to build a career out of them.

Writing for His Yes Girls has not only given me the opportunity to share my faith and belief with others, but has also brought my personal relationship with my Savior to a whole new level. And, it is still growing every single day! I absolutely love discovering new lessons as I [do my best to] walk hand in hand of the Lord. I just pray that the light of the Lord shines through me always, and that I may lead by example so that others may be inspired to seek the Light of His Grace!

Fulfilling His Purpose | Philippians 2:13

~Austi


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Meet Kait: 
Hi Y’all!! My name is Kait and I am a co-founder and writer for His Yes Girls. His Yes Girls was created with the belief that when God calls us, we strive to always be obedient and do what He needs us to do. We want to be the ones who God knows He can tell to do anything He needs done and know that we will immediately say YES! 

We want to always say YES to God at all times, in all things! God put a blog on mine and Austi’s hearts so we created His Yes Girls in December of 2013. I am currently a senior Business Administration major at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX and will be attending the University of Texas at San Antonio in the Fall to pursue a Master’s Degree in Accountancy. 

My heart longs to help people in other countries, to travel the world and experience different cultures. My heart longs for every girl that I meet to want to know more about God and more about Jesus, for them to want to be His Yes Girl. Every day my walk with God is different but one thing is constant--I am constantly trying to draw closer to Him.I want my life to be an example of how much He loves me; I want His light to shine through me to all I see.

I strive to not just read the Bible, but study it and lean on revelations from God and the prompting of the Holy Spirit to help me understand because The Lord gives us understanding in all things! We will continue writing to share our journey to live a God-filled life and take everything back to scripture because we know God’s word is truth.

His Yes Girls ministry aims to lead people to know who Jesus is and all that salvation is and bring together the entire body of Christ, glorifying God in all that we do. We aim to spread the burning desire to know Him by studying The Bible, seeking Him in all things and being fervently obedient, knowing perfection in all areas of our lives are in His perfect plans for us, and for us all accomplish all the good works God has for us to do.

Fulfilling His Purpose | Philippians 2:13 

His Yes Girl, 
Kait

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There you go! Are you excited about this new feature? I hope so!

Stay tuned for their first guest post coming soon in April!

God bless you!

Sincerely,

Alexis

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Tax Preparation for FREE

It's Thursday and I'm thankful for an answer to prayer--FREE tax preparation!

Yes, you read that right the first time, I was able to have my taxes prepared for free! Now the reason this blessing is of special significance to be is because two months ago, I did not know how I could afford to have my taxes prepared by my favorite professional CPA, especially since this year as it would cost over $300.00. So I was trying not to worry about how I was going to be able to afford that cost. I prayed about it and God made a way! 
He helped me to discover the Maryland CASH Campaign which "was established in 2005 to link asset building programs in Maryland together to strengthen products and policies that promote financial security for families". Simply said, if you make less than a certain salary range and meet a few more requirements, you may be able to have your taxes prepared for FREE!

So I wrote this simple, sweet and to-the-point blog today to encourage you to stay in tune with as my grandma would say "The Great I Am" (GOD) and trust HIM because He's always looking out for you and will lead you to what's best for you which in the context of tax preparation for me was Maryland CASH Campaign! :)

God bless you!

With agape love,

Alexis

Wednesday, March 5, 2014