To My Angel In Heaven Watching Over Me

To My Angel in Heaven

I miss you so much Aunt Cynthia.


Dear Great-Aunt Cynthia,

Where can I even begin? Not even a year ago, you opened your home to my family and I when we were vacationing in Florida. You treated us so well. Constantly kept us fed, and made sure we were comfortable. To me, you looked happy and healthy. You didn't want us to see that you were suffering, so you hid it. You hid it well.

On May 30th I got the worst phone call. My dad called me saying you only had a few more hours left. I couldn't believe it. My Great-Aunt, who was just driving us around, showing us cities, and talking with us, was now only 60 pounds and dying. My once always laughing and joking aunt, was in excruciating pain.

At first, I cried a lot. I asked God to keep you here and not take you away from us. The thought of losing you scared me. After I thought about how much pain you were in, I prayed for God to take your pain away. I didn't want you to suffer anymore. He did take you away later that night. When I got home the night you died, you visited my dreams. In my dream, you kept telling me that you had to leave.

As much as it hurts to know I'll never see you again, I feel a little better knowing you're at peace now. No more pain or suffering. You're in heaven. We had so many plans for this summer. We were supposed to have dinner on the boat and travel down A1A. Even though we can't accomplish these plans together, whenever we do the things we were supposed to I know you will be with us in Spirit.

You are my inspiration, and I hope to be just like you. You came from nothing and made yourself something by working extremely hard. You were the most hard-working person. It was rare to not find you working. You were also very kind and giving. Every time your grandkids, nieces, or nephews came to visit you, you gave us $20. You also made sure everyone was taken care of, before yourself. Thank you for everything you did for us. We were blessed to have you in our life.

If I had known that August 20th, 2017 would be the last time I saw you, I would have spent more time with you and told you how much you truly mean to me. I'll always cherish our memories together, and I will always remember all of your jokes. I will always miss you. Enjoy heaven, and continue watching over me.

I love you, Aunty.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit


1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay

Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible

Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit

God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others

We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop

Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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