Where are we heading?

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Did you know that you were created for a great purpose? Each one of us. It is because of this purpose we can all be saved by grace ( 2 timothy 1:9).
Feels like a lot of responsibility right?
But God wouldn’t have you given you the task without giving you the ability to do it.

This purpose can only be discovered in Christ Jesus. It is by God’s grace we are able to fulfil this purpose, but this can only be so when we live a sin free life for God does not associate with sin.

Sin is a normal thing now.
I see it everyday on social media, on tv and in everyday life.
And this got me thinking, where are we heading as a generation? The apparent “leaders of tomorrow”

If we compromise to sin, we are no better then the people before Jesus.
The Lord sacrificed so much to set us free, we shouldn’t be running back to the same things He came to save us from.
As Paul adviced Timothy in 1 Timothy chapter 6, “Timothy you belong to God, so keep away from all those evil things. Fight a good fight for the faith and claim eternal life.” That’s what we need to do.

Yes I know we can’t help it because sin is in our nature but because of Jesus we can conquer the flesh. Are you still making excuses for your actions?
Are you still comprising the sin in your life?

If we don’t become a generation who seeks God wholeheartedly and preaches the good news. There surely is no hope for our world. No hope for the generation coming after us.

Don’t get me wrong, this world is temporary but the Lord placed us here for a reason.
So be the change, it doesn’t happen overnight but with the years to come, we can become better.
“Follow the example of the correct teaching and let the faith and love of Christ Jesus be your model.” 2 Timothy 1:13

Best wishes :

Mariane🌻

Goodbye 2018

4E47653E-30D8-4A80-AE99-2B57C4DD21D7Another year gone

2018.
2018 ,had its good times and definitely its bad times but I’m grateful for 2018. I am a better person for it.

I’m here to encourage someone today. Don’t focus on the negatives of 2018 : your mistakes , failures.
But focus on the positive: So I want to congratulate you, You made it.
Through all the heartaches, you are still here.

As you enter 2019, don’t forget why you made it this far: the grace of God. God was with you though it all.
Crying late at night? God was with you, when you lost someone dear to you: God was with you. When you were in financial ruin : God was with you.

God was there , I might not know why He lets it happen but I do know one thing : Nothing just happens.

Nothing just happens, everything you go through in life is significant.
And I want you to hold on to this in 2019, when you feel like letting go. Don’t forget, nothing just happens.
There is a greater purpose behind it.
Hold on to this truth🤞🏾❤️

May your 2019 be filled with the grace of God.
May He keep you and your family.
I pray good health and success follow you like a shadow.

Best wishes
Mariane🌻

Gods not done with you🌸

2C9B2067-A2D6-40CA-BEC3-7036A51D7EE9Ever feel like God has abandoned you?

Ever feel like God doesn’t love you anymore?

I know I do.

There comes a time in your life when you feel a strain in your relationship with God and it’s not something that you did but it just seems disconnected. How does it feel when your heart has drifted you ask? From my personal experience, I usually close off, I keep to myself. I get too busy to spend time with Jesus and I always make excuses for not praying as much.

Getting through this phase is not easy. You are not yourself. But all you have to do is pour your heart out to Him, his always ready to listen.

For a long time I actually thought that we could break our relationship with God , that if we sinned that’s it. That there was actually something that could seperate us from the love of God.

I’m here to tell you there isn’t. “I am sure that nothing can separate us from God’s love, not life or death, not angels or spirits, not the present or the future and not powers above or powers below. Nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord!” Romans 8:38-39. I don’t know why and I don’t know how but there isn’t.

It’s really crazy to think about it. God, the creator of heaven and earth, has all the power. We are mere humans, we don’t add anything to his worth. But he still loves us and cares for us.

God is still with you. No matter what you did, God will never stop loving you. He wants you to know that you can still come back to Him, he won’t turn you away. “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” James 4:7

We live in a world where only when you give, you can expect to receive. But God doesn’t work like that, He loves you despite what you give Him.

His love is pure and genuine. I’m here to remind you that God has a plan for your life and it is beyond our own imagination.

And don’t ever let anyone tell you different. So stop sulking and be amazed that you have a God that would do anything to see you happy🌻

Love Mariane🌸

A Season of Patience

37075AFD-132F-417F-B8B8-8DC5B2CD986AWe all go through different seasons but I would like to focus on one: Patience.

Patience isn’t something that naturally comes to me, ever since I was a kid ,I have always been impatient. So you can imagine how I feel when God makes me wait.

It became easier when I gave my life to Him but it didn’t just magically disappear.

For the past four months , God has put me through a season of waiting, well not only me, about a 1000 other students.

When I left for the holiday about 4 months ago, we received news that our medical license was taken away. At first I didn’t worry about this, since we were given 2 months of vacation, I was sure it would be fixed by the time we were suppose to go back. Boy was I wrong.

The end of July arrived when school was expected to start but it didn’t. I left for school anyway, because I had faith it would start in August. August passed by and nothing. Now I started being worried, starting panicking and here comes the anxiety attacks.

I started applying to other schools and this was every day. So when I finally found one that accepted me, I was overjoyed. Then boom my parents shut it down. At this point, I didn’t know what to do, couldn’t sleep properly and worry wouldn’t leave me.

I prayed and prayed for this every single day. I kept asking God why this was happening to me and to make it worse most of my friends kept leaving. I felt so behind.

I finally decided to go back home, leave everything behind,and start over. It actually hurt that a God who claimed to love me, would let such a thing happen. I cried but finally accepted it, so at this point I was fed up with school and never wanted to go back.

This is mid- September, I’m suppose to leave in 2 days. But I had to go finalize some things at school for the very last time. So this guy at the office tells me “school is opening next week” but I didn’t believe him. This wasn’t  the first time they told us that. So I decided to tell my mom and suddenly she tells me “ no just wait for another week.” This broke my heart.

I felt so betrayed. I didn’t know what people wanted from me. Again I accepted it and moved on. I was so disappointed in God, since nothing was going my way. I didn’t even feel like talking to Him.

Then the next day arrives, I receive news that the license was back, with proof.  That actually made me feel worse, what? You expected happy ? grateful?. After waiting for so long, my heart wasn’t with the school anymore.

Then I received a text, telling us the results are ready. “ Could this week get any worse?” I thought. I started crying, crying for a school that finally opened and results I didn’t receive yet. At this point I started reaching out to God , I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t have much fight left in me.

When I finally got my results, I was in complete utter shock. I passed beyond my expectations and I cried again. I couldn’t believe it , I was in awe of Gods grace.

And this made me think about the past 4 months. How did worry help me? How did the crying benefit to my situation? No way at all.

We sometimes lose sight of the Lord and focus on the situation at hand. We forget how big our God is, the same God who hasn’t failed you before, what makes this time different?

I want to advice every one going through a similar season, to handle it differently. Focus on Matthew 6:34, “Don’t worry about tomorrow, it will take care of itself, you have enough to worry about today.” Or 1 Peter 5:7 “God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.”

We have a Father who wants nothing but the best for us , yes we go through the hard times but it isn’t to punish us. His helping us grow. I’m actually glad I went through this, I might not know the reason yet and I might never know but Im sure about one thing : God did this for my own good.

As long as you feel that heartbeat inside of you, know that God isn’t done with you🌸.

No God like our God

075875EF-BD86-4E06-AC1D-17C9B33E973FGods free grace is manifested in the salvation of sinners. It requires grace to become born again. And it also requires grace to remain a born again and grow in the Lord.So grace takes us out of the world and brings us into the light .Where we now maximise grace to grow.✨

Have you ever wondered what you did to deserve the grace of God? Why God loves us so much?, even when we screw up He still forgives us? Even when we push Him away, He still waits for us.

And the answer is nothing, We did nothing to deserve the grace of God. That’s just who He is, his a loving God that wants the best for us. His a good Father.

He loves unconditionally, He listens with no conviction, He forgives with no hesitation, He gives with no expectations. That is my God❤️

There is just something about knowing you have someone, who cares for you so deeply, He is willing to do anything to have you. It’s an incredible feeling.

We lose sight of God when we start looking at the world around us. We see the evil and start questioning if He really does exist. And I’m here to clarify something, He is real, He does exist.

There so many good things that happen in my life, which makes it impossible for me to doubt his existence. If you remember in my first blog, I spoke about my suicidal stage and I’m sure I wouldn’t have made it, if it wasn’t for the goodness of God.

Jesus didn’t promise a problem-free life but he did say “come to me who are all weary and I will give you rest.” “Matthew 11:28-30”

Dear Friends ,our God is like no other God. He made you, He gave you everything today. If he didn’t care about you , you wouldn’t be here today. Our God is Faithful, He is truthful and most of all merciful.

Dont let the world destroy the image you have of your God. His not going anywhere .But don’t be mistaken, when you keep on deliberately sinning or going back in to the world or doing the same wrong things over and over again and expecting God to forgive you (which he will ),you are abusing the grace. I don’t know about you but if someone kept taking advantage of me over and over again, I would be hurt. And that’s how God feels when we abuse the gift He has given us.

So let us enjoy the gift we have been given, I’m sure no one else would rather die then live without you. That kinda love is hard to find.

Love Mariane🌸

Overcoming a battle

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A battle defined by the Oxford dictionary “a sustained fight between large organized armed forces.” This battle is between you and the enemy.

Something you have to know the enemy is going to attack, especially when he knows you are so serious about your relationship with God. Never forget this when going through a battle “Never give up!”

Giving up is what the devil wants, he enjoys the satisfaction of seeing us suffer. But always remember that, Jesus has already defeated the enemy. No matter what the devil throws at you , He can never win because Jesus already has the victory.

I know how it feels, when you feel like the Lord has abandoned you and you are going through this battle alone. So tempted to throw in the towel and just let life be. The Lord has promised to neither leave nor forsake you and the God you serve is truthful. He doesn’t lie. If He can open the Red Sea for Moses and the Israelites , He can surely help you win the battle.

Lemme tell you something ,see nothing feels greater than just winning a battle. You will be glad you didn’t give up. Because during that time you feel alone , your faith grows stronger and when you have no one else to depend on but God, you will be glad you trusted Him.

People the God you serve is Almighty, all powerful, He is limitless. The devil wishes he had an inch of his greatness. So don’t be discouraged and keep on keeping on.

I just recently went through a battle so I know how it feels. It’s not gonna be easy but remember It’s gonna be worth it 🙌🏾

I believe in you and most of all God believes in you 😊 Never forget when your in the dark what the Lord has told you in the light ♥️

Best Wishes

Mariane🦋

Life or Death?

4DA1EC9C-8A9F-4579-B225-600F2FD90F41So someone just reminded me, as a disciple of Christ , we have a duty to fulfill, a duty to be a vessel for Jesus, to bring others to him and that’s why I’m here.

I don’t think I have emphasized on how important it is to give your life to Christ. It isn’t just about finding light in this world filled with darkness.

You know that God loved us so much that he gave His only Son to die for us ( John 3:16) . To set us free from sin.

But I’m telling you now, you have a decision to make , you can’t avoid. You can’t expect anyone to make it for you. And that is choosing between Life and Death.

Jesus is the Life and this world is death. If you don’t live for Jesus, you belong to the kingdom of darkness. I’m not going to sugarcoat anything , this is the truth.

Its not even a matter of saying “no I read my Bible, pray and go church” that’s not enough, the Bible clearly states “If you are not born again by the spirit, you shall never see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)

I think we sometimes forget that this world is not our home. We are temporary residents in this place. One day your heart will stop beating. That will be the end of your body and your time on earth , but it will not be the end of you. While life on earth offers many choices ,eternity offers only two : Heaven or hell.

Im not trying to scare you but this is reality, we put off this decision thinking we have more time. But what if you die tomorrow, what then? Living life for the spare of the moment is a very dangerous thing. Every happiness you experience here is only temporary. Stop being in denial of death.

This world is a deceitful place, it wants you to be happy but it doesn’t last forever. We are living in our last days and if you really do read your Bible , you will realize it too. Don’t believe me? Read Revelations

Its time guys , it’s time to make a decision, stop living in between. Stop putting God as your back plan. Stop running away. Eternity lasts forever and where you spend your eternity is your choice. Choose Life.
Jesus said “ Whoever comes to me , I will never drive away” (John 6:37😍)