The Strength of His Fresh Air

Have you ever had moments where you think: How did I do that? How did I survive that?

I have been asking myself that question lately. My health has been less than perfect for about a month (I am doing better). I had to fight, pray, and plead with my body to wake up and function.  I spent nearly a month with my body acting out and not cooperating me. And yet, God gave me the ability and will to get up, eat, go to school, intern, and go to church. I was negotiating and praying to God “Even if I function at 50%, please give me the strength to do it.” He would do it (and then some).  I did not realize how sick I was until my family came down from Georgia for 4th of July weekend; my mom and sister were like “You have been living like this!?! How?” I really could not answer…I am still trying to piece the puzzle together (but I will not have it all figured out).

Jesus supplies ALL our needs. With each day, He provides the means and ways to live. He gives you exactly what you need without delay. He does not lack anything. He gives freely, BUT He gives at His discretion and timing.

Jesus GAVE His ALL. PERIOD. And He will continue to do His ALL for you and me. Savor in the fact that God loves you and wants His best for you. Trust it. Believe it. Live it.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.-Philippians 4:19

 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?-Matthew 6:25-27

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.-Matthew 6:31-34

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”–Matthew 11: 28-30

Savor

Blissfully,

Bianca

Relying On the His Breath of Fresh Air

Living and being independent can cause me to lose sight of relying on God.  The Great I Am requires obedience and reliance on His abilities alone. Easier said than done. My abilities are based on reliance on God, not my own human merit.

I am learning that I am not in control. It is savage to think I can save myself and function without God….because I can’t (and you can’t either). It takes daily death to self to attain more reliance on Him.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.-Proverbs 3:5-8

I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.-Proverbs 16:8-9

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.-Psalm 121:1-2
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.-Proverbs 19:21
Blissfully,
Bianca

Freed From His Fresh Air

Hi All!!

It is 4th of July weekend: Fireworks, Barbecue, Red, White, and Blue everywhere, Flags, “God Bless America.” Yes, there are people who fought for freedom but not everyone receives freedom at the same time. There are various people groups who still struggle for freedom in 2017. But the beautiful thing is Jesus already established freedom for all 2,000 years ago. Anyone who is in Christ is FREE!!!  We can scamper with the assurance of the freedom of Jesus. Yes, we still live in a fallen world but we have a hope and a future…and freedom.

Justice and Freedom will be in Heaven with the Giver of Freedom. I leave you with Scripture of Freedom:

2 Corinthians 3:17-Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Hebrews 12:1-2-Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

John 8:36-So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Galatians 5:13-14-You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Galatians 5:1-It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Ephesians 3:12-In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Scamper

Blissfully,

Bianca

A Transformed Testimony

Hello Friends,

I was advised my fellow blogger that I should open more and show parts of myself. With tomorrow being my birthday, I wanted to share how I came to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

I grew up in a Christian home all my life. My parents raised us to know Jesus, believe in Jesus, and love Jesus. I got saved when I was 7. I do not remember the exact day but remember wearing a floral dress walking down the aisle, the deacon smiled at me and picked me up and brought me to the front. I asked Jesus to come in my heart. I was not baptized until I was 13 because my parents really wanted to me to learn, to grow, and to know what it means to be saved and baptized.

My teen years were hard (as it always is). I thought my faith as a title. I was a Christian. I would boast about how good and innocent I am. But I would have a mask where I had to be perfect and one where I was suffering inside, feeling worthless. My mundane Christian wheel was turning just because. I just went through the motions.

It was not until college where the lightbulb went off. I attended a Christian college. I thought I was set and safe from the world but there was temptation where I was. I attended a Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) meeting. The student president told the group, “Your faith is yours, not your parents or your church. You have to be accountable for your relationship with Jesus. He wants a relationship with you. He wants to spend time with you. Your faith is a lifestyle, not just a title.” WHOA!! MIND BLOWN!! I decided to rededicate my life to Christ. He has not failed me so I made the right decision.

I am not a perfect Christian. I am a sinner saved my grace. I have highs and lows, hills and valleys, triumphs and trials. I am a work in progress. Jesus is my hope and future in a lost and dying world.

So that is my faith story.

Wheel

Blissfully,

Bianca

A Breath of Fresh Air Is Possible

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God has blessed me so far with 26 years of triumphs and challenges, setbacks and comebacks, and  cringe-worthy and life-defining moments. I cannot say “I DID THIS,.” All that has happened is by the grace and divine providence of God.

The Enemy tries to make situations impossible. He fights hard when he knows a breakthrough is coming. Keep going with God as your compass and foundation. Life is possible because of Jesus Christ. Every day is not easy but with God all things are possible.

I encourage you with this scripture for each season of life and for each day. Life is possible.

Cringe

Blissfully,

Bianca

A Breath of the Father’s Air

It is Father’s Day. For some, it is a great time to celebrate dads. For others, it’s a difficult day whether a father is in Heaven, non-existence, or just no where to be found. My father’s father and my mother’s father was absent and distant. And yet, the Heavenly Father loved them so much and carried them through life.

My Heavenly Father sent His only Son to die for you and me. No matter where you are, He loves you unconditionally. He will always be in your corner. He provides and sustains. He is everything and more. Even if you don’t have an earthly father, you do have a Heavenly Father who sits high and loves deeply.

One of my favorite hymns is “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us.”

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Blissfully,

Bianca

The Perfect Paragon

Jesus is the paragon of excellence.

I wish could I tell you of an earthly example of excellence, but we would all disagree

Jesus lived a perfect life, yet He died for you and me.

He suffered betrayal, denial, and skepticism from the world

Yet He carried on with His Father’s business to completion.

I am free as a result.

I am free indeed.

His excellence saved me.

Paragon

Blissfully,

Bianca

A Need for Fresh Air

There is a stereotype that Christians are always happy and are supposed to be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Well, I am not one of those people. I am a Christian but I am a sinful, fallen human being. There are days where the joy of the Lord is my strength and some days I am weary and tired living in the mundane. I am the latter today.

Real Situation: I woke up not wanting to attend church, not wanting to serve in Guest Services for early service, not wanting to do anything. It was a struggle but I found some strength and will to attend church. In church, my back pain caused me not to stand for long. I just sat and enjoyed service. It felt like a Christian fail with Monday tendencies.  I was just having one of those days.

A wise person once told me “The choice is yours to be happy, sad, or mad…but not to stay there.” Don’t stay in the pain. Use God’s truths to give you strength even in the low points. You may not understand but fight the spirit of doubt and fear with REAL TRUTH.

I may be frustrated and tired but I chose to try not to stay in my emotions. God is still my refuge. I triumph because my Savior is active and alive. I will not be put to shame. I may be sad but I will not be shaken. God is still my Solid Rock and Foundation.  I may be down but I am not out. The Enemy is defeated 

So end, I give you Psalm 16:

Keep me safe, my God,
    for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
    “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
    I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
    or take up their names on my lips.

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.
 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

 

Triumph

Blissfully,

Bianca

A Breath of Fresh Air

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.-Psalm 119:105

As I was on the open road driving 6 hours from Atlanta to Jacksonville, FL, I was thinking of my mom’s prayer that morning: “Lord, I want to drive Bianca to Florida but I know I have to let her go. I know you will prepare the way for her…even when I am not on this Earth.” (to paraphrase).

I drove thinking about my mom praying for peace because her little girl was changing before her eyes.  My walk with the Lord has caused me to grow and change. The old Bianca seems like a distant memory. I am emerging into a different Bianca.  My parents notice.  Sometimes I feel like I do not recognize the Bianca I am today. I do know that God is doing a good work in me.

It is not easy to step outside of your comfort zone or security. But, Jesus says I will never leave nor forsake you.  He will not reveal the master plan. Instead, He gives you the provision you need for every step. To be where I am took so much faith, prayer, and boldness. Even when I detour, the Holy Spirit brings me back to the path God has called me to walk.

 His Word will be the lamp where I walk when I cannot see through trials and difficulty. The darkness does not overcome the light. His Word is a light to illuminate my purpose according to His Will. No matter how distant you are, you can find your way back to Him.

He has the path and the light. In order for His promises to be real to you and me, you just have to take the step of obedience one foot in front of the other.

Be Blessed Friends.

Distant

Blissfully,

Bianca

The Potter’s Process

The Potter forms the disfigured, lump of clay

Shaping, molding, remodeling its features

Removing portions and excess

Creating a masterpiece in His image

Though it takes time and patience, the Potter still molds

The clay may be stubborn and difficult, yet the Potter persists molding

The masterpiece is finished

The Potter is pleased and smiles

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Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.-Isaiah 64:8

Blissfully,

Bianca