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Dealing with Afflictions

Dealing with Afflictions
This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

He was oppressed and afflicted,
   yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
   and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
   so he did not open his mouth.
~Isaiah 53:7

Why do we complain when we’re afflicted? Jesus didn’t. We are society of complainers.

Ok, sometimes, if you don’t complain, wrongs don’t get righted and things don’t get fixed. But that’s not the afflictions we’re talking about here. It’s the stuff that we have no control over – like the weather. We complain when it’s too hot and we complain with it’s too cold.

What about the stuff that God throws at us? We yell, “Why me, God?” It’s usually because He wants to teach us something. For us to turn to Him for help. To be purified not burned when walking through fire (1 Peter 1:6-7). To persevere and build character (Romans 5:3-5). To make us mature and complete (James 1:2-4).

The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction. ~ Charles Spurgeon

So when faced with affliction, think not so much What Would Jesus Do? but think of What Jesus Did and stop complaining.

God Bless,
Giselle Aguiar
Soli Deo Gloria
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Riches – the least worthy gifts

Riches – the least worthy gifts
This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Don't Worry


People, despite their wealth, do not endure;
 they are like the beasts that perish.~Psalm 49:12

Riches are the least worthy gifts which God can give man. They are nothing compared to God’s word, to bodily gifts such as beauty and health, or to the gifts of the mind, such as understanding, skill, wisdom! Yet men toil for them day and night, and take no rest. Therefore, God commonly gives riches to foolish people, to whom He gives nothing else. – Martin Luther


Stop and think: what is that you want from life? More money? A promotion? Prestige? To pursue excellence in what God calls us to do as a vocation is fine, but if the secret goal of the heart is a larger home, a fatter stock portfolio, then we must count ourselves as the “foolish people” of whom Luther writes. We must submit all our “riches” to Christ and use His wisdom in the stewardship of what we’ve been given. 


God Bless,
Giselle
Soli Deo Gloria
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Nothing separates us from God’s Love

Nothing separates us from God’s Love
This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.~ Romans 8:38

Sometimes even we Christians feel that God is far away. It’s because we let the world and our worries get between His Love and our minds.

We may think that because stuff is happening to us, to those we love or just people around us: trials, hard times, financial trouble, foreclosure, job loss, inflation, death of a loved one, illness, etc., we may want to yell, “God, why?! Where are you? Why don’t I feel your presence?”

We manage to get ourselves deeper into depression and worry. God gives us a tool to get ourselves out of the funk – the Bible. Here are a few passages that help:

Matthew 6:25-34 (the don’t worry passage)
Romans 5:3-6
Philippians 4 (yeah, the whole chapter)
James (yeah, the whole book)
You can also just start reading the book of Psalms, but here are a few that stand out:
Psalm 40
Psalm 42
Psalm 121

Listening to uplifting Christian radio also helps.

Joyce Meyer’s book Battlefield of the Mind  helps us fight all the worldly “mind-chatter” or “stinkin’ thinkin’” that separates us from God, His love and His guidance.

I highly recommend it.

God Bless
Giselle Aguiar
Soli Deo Gloria!
www.giselleaguiar.com

Nothing is too hard for God

Nothing is too hard for God
This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

Today’s daily word from Crosswalk:

Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.~Jeremiah 32:17

Nothing is too hard for God, NOTHING. Not even whatever problem, trial, struggle, frustration, issue, roadblock, brick wall, He can handle it!

Just like you ask WWJD? when before you react, you should ask WWJD? when you find yourself with a problem. How would Jesus handle this? Ask, Jesus, I need a little help with this what would you do?

Then be quiet and let God. The answer may come as a thought or idea that just pops into your head. It may come from a friend or another outside source.  Ask God to help you recognize the answer when it comes.

Let go and Let God!

Many blessings,
Giselle Aguiar
Award-winning Christian Author
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Getting through the storms

Getting through the storms
This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

 

The monsoons bring haboobs – dust clouds
that move over the city covering every inch.

Summers in Phoenix bring not only the heat, but monsoons. And some of them can be fierce – like mini hurricanes, which do their fair share of destruction. But it’s comforting to know that they are short and in an hour or two, the storm will be gone.

Hurricanes can last all night and do a 100 times the destruction of a monsoon. When you’re hunkered down, it seems like the storm will never end. But somehow you know that it will. The wind will die down and the sun will come out again.
Many people these days are going through storms of their own. And it may seem like there’s no end. It’s scary, you worry if you’ll make it through. You cry out – “Stop! Why can’t things be back to normal?”
Back in the summer of 2004, Florida’s “Treasure Coast” suffered two hurricanes, Frances and Jeanne, two weeks apart. After Jeanne, I took a walk on the what was left of the beach and saw beautiful, expensive houses and condos with half of their foundations washed away.
It reminded me of this passage from the Gospel of Matthew: Right after speaking the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said,

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” ~Matthew 7:24-27

Read these passages and feel the comfort in the storm.



Hang in there, God loves you
Giselle Aguiar
Award-winning Christian Novelist
Debut Novel Now Available!

Stop Complaining!

Stop Complaining!
This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

Boy do we like to complain! And I admit, I’ve done my share of complaining and arguing.

Now, some complaining and arguing is necessary when something is wrong and it can be made right. But there are many things in this world over which we have no control. We can complain and whine, but it will accomplish nothing.

In Philippians 2:14-16, Paul tells us to “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”[a] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

As Christians, we are to shine with His light in the murky world.

In these past two weeks, I had to accept the fact that my 88-year-old mother doesn’t want my help in dealing with her recovery from surgery or with her financial issues. She prefers the help of her “godson,” Jorge. She doesn’t want to move to Arizona with me. She said it loud and clear.

I could have argued, but I didn’t. I said, “fine.” I did what I could to help her, and I headed back to Phoenix. I put it all in God’s hands. There’s nothing I do about it.

Same thing with losing my job. I could argue about the success of my efforts, but my boss only sees the lack of clients directly related to my marketing and doesn’t see the value in paying my salary any longer.

I’ve accepted the fact and see it as an opportunity to now devote all my time to promoting my Award-Winning novel, “Deo Volente! (God Willing): Love in the First Century,” continue writing book #2, “Follow Me: Love in the Second Century,” and blogging to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

I’m at peace with it all.

Christ left us His Peace. We have it all the time, but we tend to lose it when we react to the world in a negative manner.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.~John 15:27

If you ever feel yourself losing God’s Peace, stop and think is what I’m doing counterproductive? Is my complaining needless and futile? WWJD? What would Jesus do in this situation?

Like what you read? Then you’ll love my award-winning Christian novel: Deo Volente! (God Willing): Love in the First Century a historical novel about the early church check it out: www.giselleaguiar.com/novel1


Great Blessings!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
Award Winning Christian Author
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God is in Control

God is in Control
This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

The world is under the influence of the devil, but it is not under his control. God is in control- now and always. ~Charles Stanley

God is involved in every moment of your life if you acknowledge Him or not.

God is a part of all things – He is the creator, sustainer and orchestrator of everything that is.

God gave humans free will and he will never override it.

God’s ultimate purpose will be accomplished. In the end, God will have His way. His will will be done!

God does not always manifest “control” when or how we think He should. God, however, knows precisely which method to use in which circumstance. He knows what is best for each life. And He knows precisely when to employ His chosen method. Our role is to trust Him implicitly. ~Charles Stanley

God is in control of the situation, and He will accomplish His purpose.
You can put yourself on God’s side- the side of victory.

You can trust God to act in precisely the right timing and with precisely the right method to accomplish the ultimate good in any situation and in any life.

Consult God always: 2 Chronicles 15:2, Isaiah 55:6, Psalm 63:1, Romans 8:28, Deuteronomy 28:1-2, Deuteronomy 28:25, James 4:7-8, James 4:10, Psalm 145:17-18

Like what you read? Then you’ll love my award-winning Christian novel: Deo Volente! (God Willing): Love in the First Century a historical novel about the early church check it out: www.giselleaguiar.com/novel1


Great Blessings!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
Award Winning Christian Author
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Grieving the loss of a job

Grieving the loss of a job
This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

Losing one’s job is sometimes like losing one’s identity. When you’re gainfully employed, you introduce yourself as your job title. When that’s gone, what do you have? Nothing?

No, you still have you.

But you’re angry, bitter, resentful, vengeful. You are lost. You feel like a failure.

If you hold on to all those bad emotions, you’ll just bury yourself in a deep depression finding it difficult to move on.

Your anger translates into aggression when interviewing for a job. That’s not good.

You need to release that anger – but not onto your friends and family! Yell at God. It’s ok. He’s heard it all before. He knows what you’re going through. Go ahead and ask, “Why me, Lord? Why now?”

Let go and let God. God is in Control. Trust God, it works!

You will not be able to move forward if you keep looking behind you. The past is past – let it go and face the future with confidence. Read: Fear vs. Faith

Here are some bible passage that will help you through the tough times.

Psalm 40
Matthew 6:25-27
1 Peter 1:6-7
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Peter 5:6
Jeremiah 29:11
John 16:33
James 1:2-4
Philippians 4:13-14
Philippians 4:4-7
James 5:11
Psalm 121:1-2

Like what you read? Then you’ll love my award-winning Christian novel: Deo Volente! (God Willing): Love in the First Century a historical novel about the early church check it out! $1 from the sale of each book – not matter what format benefits StreetLight Phoenix to help eradicate child sex slavery. www.giselleaguiar.com/novel1

Great Blessings!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
Award-Winning Christian Author
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God will meet all your needs

God will meet all your needs
This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

…my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:19

Faith in God will not get for you everything you may want, but it will get for you what God wants you to have. The unbeliever does not need what he wants; the Christian should want only what he needs. ~Vance Havner

WWJD? Reflection: Did Jesus have all He needed while He walked on the earth? Of course. His Heavenly Father saw that He had His needs met. For us to ask: “What Would Jesus Do?” we must realize, no matter what our financial status, that we are very, very, very rich. Our Father has for us “glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” In Him we have all we need to live life.

What else could we possibly want?

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Enlightenment, Encouragement & Enrichment by Giselle Aguiar, Award-Winning Christian Author
Deo Volente (God Willing) – covering writing, Christian church history and Christianity

Check out Giselle’s award-winning Christian novel: Deo Volente! (God Willing): Love in the First Century a historical novel about the early church check it out! $1 from the sale of each book – no matter what format, benefits StreetLight Phoenix to help eradicate child sex slavery. www.giselleaguiar.com/novel1

Great Blessings!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
Award-Winning Christian Author
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Do not Fear Death!

Do not Fear Death!
This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?” ~1 Corinthians 15:55

Take care of your life; and the Lord will take care of your death ~George Whitefield

Jesus Resurrection
Jesus conquered death so we wouldn’t have to fear it.

Jesus didn’t spend much time worry about His death. Even as the Gospel story progresses and Jesus knows that His hour is approaching, He continues His mission in life. For each of us, God has a day set aside for us to face death. Why then should we worry? Until that day, let’s just spend our time doing what He did.

 

 

 

 

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Check out these other great blogs:
Enlightenment, Encouragement & Enrichment by Giselle Aguiar, Award-Winning Christian Author

Deo Volente (God Willing) – covering writing, Christian church history and Christianity

Check out Giselle’s award-winning Christian novel: Deo Volente! (God Willing): Love in the First Century a historical novel about the early church check it out! $1 from the sale of each book – no matter what format, benefits StreetLight Phoenix to help eradicate child sex slavery. www.giselleaguiar.com/novel1

Great Blessings!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
Award-Winning Christian Author
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