Light and Dark

With all the busyness in my life, I realized I had not been able to spend quality/fun time with my best friends. It didn’t feel right so I made time to hang out with one of them Saturday night after work. When I got off, I jumped in my car and drove on the highway for a while to her apartment. Eventually, I decided to just cruise on the streets until I arrived to my destination. It was about 7:45 pm while I was on 41st and I began to get super tired. I looked at the moon and God asked me, “Do you know why you are tired?” And my immediate answer was because it had been a long day. But honestly I had great rest the previous night, so I knew that He was trying to reveal something to me. I asked what He meant and He began to share His heart to me.

When you are in the light, you are productive, active, and energized. Yet when you are in the dark, you feel tired, sluggish, and can even fall asleep comfortably.”

I was like, yes Lord, I completely agree, but what are you trying to tell me? And because He has given me a mind that sees patterns and connects dots, I thought of the natural and spiritual parallel. I began to ponder and did further research to see what I could find out about light and darkness.

In the plainest terms without talking about photons, ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths, light is energy released (http://astro-canada.ca/_en/a3100.php).  When the sun rises, we feel energized, ready to take on the day, and go to work, etc. Yet when it is night, or even when clouds block sunlight, we tend to feel tired, ready to be in bed, and just want to be sound asleep.

Natural light allows us to see, to be active, to be productive, to grow, to do. This light (released energy) helps us to be charged up (shout out to Drake lol). Yet, natural darkness has no light (no energy released) and there is no progression in it. We are limited to what we can do, clearly because we cannot see, we are chillin’/in comfort, and usually in our beds asleep.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” Genesis 1:1-5 (NLT)

Due to darkness (no released energy) existing, God Himself had to release this energy (light) to make the environment productive. After God created the heavens and the earth, it says He spoke light into existence before His next creations. Why? Because only IN light can everything else can be produced and therefore be productive themselves.

As I am typing this, the Holy Spirit is reminding me of my time living in Mexico. I was born and raised in a very small town/village, with a population of probably less than 5,000. Due to the region, it was very secluded and lacked much technology. Thinking about it has me blown away because I remember everyone being dependent on the same electric power grid. If a small glitch were to happen, the entire town would be out of power/electricity. And no lie, I remember plenty of times when a glitch happened, about 97% happening after sunset, and all of the community was living in the dark. Due to having no light, no power, no energy, everyone was limited on what they could do, including my family. We couldn’t be entertained through television, or heat up pan con leche (bread and milk), yet alone know what time it was.

Without proper light, we are limited to our own skewed vision. What I am saying now is that we need the right light for work, productivity, and to simply see correctly. If we have NO light, we are susceptible to falling asleep and being unaware.

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I AM the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but have the light of LIFE.” John 8:12 (NKJV)

If Jesus is the light, that means that we need Him in our lives to see, to work, to produce, to create, to be aware of what is going on, to live a fulfilling life–unlimited and on purpose. I love that He states He is the light OF THE WORLD, not just of me or Christians, but of the world, and immediately proceeds with an action verb–follows. Light is for movement, not stagnation. Light is for productivity, not recession. Light is for progression, not regression. Light is for everyone to follow. Darkness limits where we walk, yet light enables us to see the unlimited.

If you find yourself getting a little comfortable, stagnant, or simply unaware of what is going on, analyze your heart. I had and have to do this myself continually. From time to time, I slip up and end up being lazy, wanting to stay comfortable in what I know, refusing to grow in ways I have never grown, and end up being deceived by the world. But because I am connected to light (Jesus) I have to choose to allow God’s productivity to take place in my life. God’s kingdom is a kingdom of reproduction. Because Jesus died and rose, I and among believers have chosen to die to ourselves and live through Jesus. Jesus (being LIGHT HIMSELF) reproduced many others! What an amazing God!

The first commandment to man was to produce and to multiply in the Garden of Eden. Just like Jesus, we can now ask ourselves, have I been productive? What is holding me back from producing? From creating? From shining God’s light? From following His ways? This might mean using proper light (God’s perspective/Word) and beginning to cut things out that are just keeping you busy and not productive. This might also mean apologizing to a coworker or old friend so that God’s love can radiate and not allow regret (darkness) to dwell in your heart.

I am forever thankful for God’s word in my life. His light guides me into places and to people whom I never thought I could meet. But His light is also so good, that it warns us of things ahead, corrects us of our current habits, and reminds us of things left behind. I pray this helps you get closer to the Light and enables you to live a life of productivity and purpose like He intended for you in the beginning of time.

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Love you!

-Tima G ❤ 

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R o a d s

 

The definition of a road is: a wide way leading from one place to another AND/OR a series of events or a course of action that will lead to a particular outcome.

This last week I have been learning a lot about who I am, what I am supposed to do in life, and how I can contribute to the world. In order for me to know this, I had/have to choose what way of life I want to take. Being a young adult, I have faced many decisions (series of events/roads) to chose from. The first one, of course, living a life as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ or another philosophy/set of beliefs. Second, choosing daily to dig in the Bible AND apply its principles in my life or to live by the moment. Third, living a lifestyle of purity, by abstaining from sex, drunkenness, among other things that do not necessarily add or strengthen my relationship with God or do what I want with whom I want. And fourth, allowing God to lead my life and not leading it myself. All of these roads I am taking are not the easiest, since I am surrounded by different perspectives, cultural beliefs, circumstances, etc. Everyone on planet earth faces multiple roads daily in their personal lives as well, but I find that the common thread of humanity, possibly the greatest/most dangerous decision we have to face is choosing who is leading our lives. Is it yourself? Parent’s approval? The boyfriend you want to get married to? The money you have been taught to chase? Before I go on, please do not think I am by any means trying to condemn or put anyone down, because I have had to take a step back myself and choose, DAILY. Thoughts like, “I dream to,” or “I want to make a name for myself,” or “If I could just have ____, I would be satisfied” are good things, but we have to understand that a life after temporary things is a life that leads to shortcomings.

When I was younger, I had no intentions of living a life for God. First of all, I did not even know what that meant, so doing it was out of my view. I wanted to become the best me, for me, and to satisfy me. That’s great, right? Well, you see, in my own perspective, I led myself to this list of events: MULTIPLE short lived hurting relationships, CONSISTENT weekends with parties of crime scenes, cussing out family members, disobeying parents, and even betraying my so called “friends.”

“There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.”

Proverbs 14:12 (NLT Version)

With my own perspective and limited human knowledge, I thought that what I was doing was the life that was best lived and led. Heck yea, it was fun while it lasted, but every night after those moments I continued to feel empty, like there was more to life than just that small decision on the road I was leading. There had to be a better road to take. When the verse says “death,” it is not just speaking about the end of our bodies, but it is also talking about our CURRENT hope, dreams, beliefs, relationships, & even our desire to live, which can lead to suicide. I lived this life. My hope was coming to an end, so much it led me to be depressed in college. This all comes from the road that SEEMS to be the answer to our dissatisfaction.

“Just as death and destruction [SHORTCOMINGS] are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied.”

-Prov. 27:20 (NLT Version)

My HUMAN desires are never satisfied. When I am hungry, I eat, but my stomach keeps wanting more knowing I am full. When I scroll through IG, I want to continue to do it, until it is past 12:30 am and I have to work at in 6 hours. When I buy current fashion trends, I purchase them, knowing I will want more than I need. Why?! Because our desires never stop. They will always be there. It is up to us to chose who and what is leading our lives.

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The bottom line is we are in control of our lives because of the decision ability that we were born with. Yet in this ability, we have an opportunity to allow Someone greater to help us out on which road to take. So many series of events/decisions lead to specific outcomes, good and bad—but I am thankful that God allows us join His awesome ROAD with Jesus on our side everyday LEADING us through His Word and His Holy Spirit.

I want to challenge you to read His word, and allow God to change the road you take in life. Yes it is #UNCOMFORTABLE, word to Andy Mineo, but it LEADS to great results. So much, that an eternal life is promised. Always remember, a predictable life is a life not worth living; yet a life full of dependency on God is worth risking. #LiveLimitless

Love you!

Tima G. ❤

Shades of Gray

I have never heard of anyone like iffy difficult situations, where there is a lot of mystery, a lot of curiosity, and ultimately a lot of unknown. This makes me think of the grayscale. This scale ultimately is composed of the gradients between black and white. And there are more than 200 shades of grey (wikipedia.com). Um… That’s a lot. Although the chances of the human eye to recognize the difference between all of those shades put together in a line is slim, the same happens when life hits us this way. We come to multiple situations where we do not know what to do, how it is going to turn out, what is next, who is there, who won’t be there, will it work, and so on. All these shades of gray make you question life.

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I have recently (and more than usual) began to ask God why certain situations arise without us being even aware. He simply gave me the word FAITH.

Now, I know I can get real spiritual quickly because I am a firm believer in my God, but let’s be honest…how can anyone have hope, joy, and simply even assurance in this world full of UNKNOWN and UNCERTAIN things to the logical mind? It is honestly impossible. How do I know this? Because I, myself, need FAITH to move forward. I have tried to figure out things with my intellect and sometimes it fails me. But having FAITH does not. Faith is an ingredient that we all as humanity need to live to the fullest capacity we were created to. Faith is believing firmly that what I hope for will be mine.

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I struggle with so many issues, especially in my thought process (CMON LEFT BRAIN PEOPLE). I am so logical, sometimes having FAITH does not make sense. I was not raised in a full FAITH believing family; it was more about doing and doing and doing; not about expecting. Regardless, I had an emptiness and longing inside of me for something better. I was getting tired of trying to make things happen. I got burnt out. There was NO WAY I was to live a life full of poverty while I saw my parents try to make money, full of insecurity while I tried to be liked by people, full of fear while I tried to believe in my own strength, full of perverted thoughts while I was thought as the “good girl”, full of lying while I was pretending to be nice, full of cussing while I wanted to fit in, full of putting others down while I was jealous, full of horrible dreams while I thought my life was worthless—–full of hopelessness. If that was the case, why were I and other people born into this?

All I know is that FAITH (believing for something greater becoming mine) is a promise we all can have! I have experienced it myself. I don’t believe in supporting things that I do not believe myself, but FAITH is a great thing we can all get easily by believing daily that God is for us and not against us. It has completely changed my perspective on life, how I handle my money, how I talk to others, how I dress, how I present myself, how I work with people, how I drive when other people can’t drive (biased) LOL. Seriously, faith is essential in our lives–we simply have to believe and accept what is ours already. 🙂

 

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Love you! Live Limitless.

Tima G. ❤