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Meekness: Strength Under Control

Meekness: Strength Under Control
This entry is part 22 of 23 in the series WWJD?

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” ~Matthew 5:3

God has 2 dwellings: one in heaven and the other in a meek and thankful heart. ~Izaak Walton

WWJD? Reflection: Jesus was a walking example of meekness, which has been defined as “strength under control.” When we ask, “What Would Jesus Do?” our answer must include accepting a meek attitude. This means deliberate turning away from temptations to pride. The best way to cultivate meekness is to become aware of the miracle of God’s strength residing in such a weak vessel as us.

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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

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Soli Deo Gloria!
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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?

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Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
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Be nice to people out there

Be nice to people out there
This entry is part 18 of 23 in the series WWJD?

“Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.”
~Ronald Reagan

You have every right to be angry.

From CNBC as quoted in the
Cambridge Wealth Management Blog

The stock market tanked and you’re watching your hard-earned dollars evaporate from your 401(k) and there’s not much you can do about it. Congress doesn’t seem to care. There’s rumors of a “double-dip” recession. (In my opinion, we never got out of the last one.) The few jobs that are being created aren’t paying nearly as much as the ones that were lost. Food prices are going up as well as utilities and other expenses.

My neighbor had to hold off paying the cable bill so she could get the back to school supplies for her daughter and is working crazy overtime hours so she can pay that bill before they cut off the cable.

Yes, times are tough. People are suffering in ways that we can’t even imagine. Many are in physical pain because they can’t afford to go to the doctor. Many are just wondering how they’re going to pay the rent, feed themselves and put gas in the car. Top that with over 100 degree weather in Phoenix and it’ll make anyone testy.

But that doesn’t mean you have to take it out on the world. The driver in front of you is angry at something too, but that doesn’t mean you need to tailgate them. If they stop suddenly, you get the citation for driving too close – and you don’t need a traffic ticket.

Be nice. Pass on Kindness. Be helpful. Ok, you say, but you can’t help everyone! True, but help who you can. WWJD!

Let the car waiting to get out of a parking area go in front of you. Let the person with only 2 items go first in the checkout line. Buy the beggar on the street a $1.00 hamburger or give them the granola bar that’s been baking in your glove compartment.

There but for the grace of God go you.

“In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ~Mother Teresa.

It’s simply compassion and kindness. The Holy Spirit offers kindness as a free gift when you become a Christian. (Galatians 5:16-25) God expects us to “help the least of these.” (Matthew 25:31-46).

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. ~Hebrews 4:16

It’s as hard to start new habits as it is to break bad ones, but every morning when you wake up give thanks to the Lord that you are still alive and you will start the day on a positive note and that note will help you through the not-so-positive stuff that will no doubt bombard you.


Put this bible verse on a piece of paper and tape it to your bathroom mirror and say it out loud as you comb your hair and it will help you be nice.

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~Psalm 118:24

Many Blessings!
Giselle Aguiar
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Notes from Joyce Meyer in Phoenix

Notes from Joyce Meyer in Phoenix

Power Thoughts: 12 Strategies to Win the Battle of the MindAwesome as usual, I walked across the street to Phoenix First Assembly to see Joyce Meyer 3 out of the 4 sessions. What was also great was being able to finally connect with a college friend of mine (college in VT) who lives in my same neighborhood.

Last year, I wrote a series of articles on each of the sessions. This time I’m just going to share my notes. As always, i come out of these sessions pumped up for the Lord and determined to change for the better.

One thing about Joyce is that she doesn’t hold anything back. She’s also a trooper. Her first night in Phoenix, she developed an abscessed tooth and had to wait to have it fixed till she got back home. But, in pain and with a swollen cheek, she taught her sessions not missing a beat.

Note: Joyce always reads from the Amplified Bible which adds insights to certain words and phrases and helps in better understanding scripture. I’m switching to that versions so all bible verses that pop up are from there.

The theme this time was Strife – how to deal with it, get over it and avoid it.

Strife is defined as bickering, arguing, disagreement – an angry undercurrent. As Christians, we encounter strife often – at home, at work – out in the world. We cannot just take up space in a pew. Stop just hearing the message and do it!

Keep strife out of your life. Resolve the problem.

As Christians, we need to carry an anointing from God. Do what you do with excellence. Always be a person of integrity – be honest and keep your word.

We that call ourselves “children of God” should not live in anger.

One of the signs of the end times is the body of God growing cold.

It’s impossible to be angry and have the Love of God.

Philippians 2:2-5

Humility of Mind – have a great opinion of other people.

Ask God to “Teach you through everybody.”

Take responsibility for how we respond to other people.

We need to pray to be Christlike.

God wants us to grow.

We can receive conviction and not have condemnation.

Acts 13:22
1 Corinthians 3:1-3

We are nothing without God.

People can’t help being the way the are.

Let the love of God flow through you.

Stop pretending that everything’s OK. We can’t prosper where there is no peace. Treat strife like poison.

There’s power in agreement – there’s discourse in disagreement.

Matthew 18:19-20

If God says not to do it, we need to make a commitment to not do it.

Luke 10:1-6

Our words should be drenched with the anointing of God. 1 Peter 3:10-11
1 Corinthians 10:9-10

Look at the Jews – they were on an 11-day journey that took 40 years – they complained when God didn’t give them what they wanted.

Stop trying to figure it out. Have peace with yourself.

You need to be able to take correction.
Philippians 3:12
When You’re condemned, you’re pressed down so you can’t press forward.

We can’t always do something about other people but we can control how we react (WWJD?)

Wear the breastplate of God’s approval. Philippians 1:27
God’s not surprised by your weakness.
Give each individual the right to be who they are -which is different from you.

Romans 12:3-6

You are much more than your opinion.

  1. Be courteous and respectful
  2. Listen with an open mind
  3. Be willing to pray about what they said
  4. Don’t be touchy and easily offended
  5. Keep looking for a place that you agree about than harping on what you don’t agree. 
  6. Be careful about voice tones and body language
  7. Pick the right time to confront someone
  8. Get over being selfish
Pray daily: “Fill me to overflowing with the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Proverbs 11:24-25
Proverbs 28:25
If we really trust God, there is no need to ever be jealous of anyone. 
If we can never be happy for other people who get what we want before we do, we will never get what we want. 
If it’s right for you and you’re mature enough to handle it – God will grant it. 
Character is developed when we don’t get what we want. (How true)
How consistently content are you? 
Fight jealousy by showing love. 
It’s easy to resent – to become judgmental – to slander.
Don’t be jealous of any one who has what you want if you don’t want to do what they did to get it. 
We don’t trust God’s providence 100% in our hearts. 
Works of the flesh – when we try to do what only God can do. 
James 4:1-2
What you really need is to be closer to God. Enjoy God. 
Don’t give the devil much credit. The Devil will leave you alone if you’re 100% on fire for Jesus. 
Mark 11:22-25
God doesn’t give us a timetable (“in due time”). 
Trust God and be a blessing wherever you go.
God wants you to be blessed.
If you do what you can do no matter how small, God will always do what you can’t do. God is able. 
If God wants you to do it, you’ll do it. 
Giving up is easy. You don’t need the power of the Holy Spirit to give up. 
Ephesians 5:5-7
Proverbs 22:10
Philippians 4:11
I picked up The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word  and I plan to read it cover to cover before Luis Palau’s City Fest. 
What Joyce talked about this weekend is WWJD. Get with the program.  
God Bless
Giselle
Soli Deo Gloria

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It’s about reactions

It’s about reactions
This entry is part 3 of 23 in the series WWJD?

A Facebook friend of mine wrote me this after she read my blog:

I was reading what would God do but can’t find the answer to that question, some things are Gods will and some are not this I know.

I replied:

That’s not the point. Let’s say someone insults you. You stop and think, “what would Jesus do in this situation?” – punch the person in the face or turn and walk away? It’s stopping to think before reacting to situations. It’s slow to anger, not lying, not cheating, resisting temptation, etc. It’s obeying God’s commandments especially “love one another.” That’s what WWJD is about. 

We as humans have a tendency to react without thinking first.

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. ~James 1:19-20

 Righteous – conduct of a person that is morally right; virtuous.

It’s do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The Golden Rule. Gee, where have we heard that? Who said it first? Jesus did.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ~John 13:34-35

“As I have loved you.”  As Jesus loved you. As Christians, we know what Jesus did for us to show us His love. We need to strive to respect other people. We don’t need to like everyone we meet, but we do need to see that they are human beings with feelings. It’s about respect.

Don’t react. Stop and think: What would Jesus do?

God Bless,
Giselle Aguiar
Soli Deo Gloria
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