Abundantly [Doodle Devo]

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“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
[John 10:10]

God doesn’t want you to live a half-lived life. That’s not why Jesus came here. He came to give us a second chance at life. He has given us the opportunity to live a full life. Don’t waste it. Use the gifts you have been given to serve and love and show Jesus. Don’t let the enemy steal your joy. Life has been given to you. Love, lead, live fearlessly! Be strong and brave and courageous! Don’t be afraid to shine the light inside you. Live abundantly. 💜

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Alabaster

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Do you have a favorite perfume? One that is so valuable that you’re very careful with it and you try to use as little as possible to make it last long? You wouldn’t dream of wasting it for no reason. You wouldn’t wear it to any party. You save it for the most special occasions, or when you’re looking to impress someone.

There was a woman who did that once. She saved her most precious perfume for the most important occasion. For the most important person.

Jesus.

“Jesus was at Bethany, a guest of Simon the Leper. While he was eating dinner, a woman came up carrying a bottle of very expensive perfume. Opening the bottle, she poured it on his head. Some of the guests became furious among themselves. ‘That’s criminal! A sheer waste! This perfume could have been sold for well over a year’s wages and handed out to the poor.’ They swelled up in anger, nearly bursting with indignation over her. But Jesus said, ‘Let her alone. Why are you giving her a hard time? She has just done something wonderfully significant for me. You will have the poor with you every day for the rest of your lives. Whenever you feel like it, you can do something for them. Not so with me. She did what she could when she could—she pre-anointed my body for burial. And you can be sure that wherever in the whole world the Message is preached, what she just did is going to be talked about admiringly.’ ”

(Mark 14:3-9 MSG)

That woman wasted the most precious thing she had for Jesus. That alabaster jar costed over a year’s wages. She wasted the most precious thing she had on Jesus.

Have you given your most valuable possessions to Jesus?

Your hopes.
Your dreams.
Your desires.
Your pain.
Your grief.
Your gifts and talents.
You.

Have you given your life to Him? Have you let him take your life and transform you? Have you done all you could?

Hand over your life to him. Give him your best worship. Give him all of you. Give him what you treasure. Give him your dreams. Your deepest desires. Give him your fragrant offering.

Give him your alabaster jar.

A Fabulous Wardrobe

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I loooooooove clothes. Like, seriously. When I had a life [I’m a high school senior], I would watch Project Runway all day everyday. I mean, have you seen my Pinterest boards? I’m obsessed. I’ve been looking at Prom dresses since last year and I already know what dress I’m wearing at my wedding. And my best friend’s wedding. And my brother’s wedding. Thank you, Pinterest.

Dressing is important to us ladies. It’s important because the way we dress often gives people a glimpse of who we are. We dress modestly to show the people that we respect ourselves and take care of our image. We dress up in elegant clothes to show that we’re elegant. Appearance is important. I’m pretty sure your grandma or mom tells you that all the time. My brother, Diego, can tell you that. He loves to hang out in shorts all day. He hates wearing long pants and button-up shirts. Every Sunday -every Sunday- my mom gets mad at Diego because he insists on wearing shorts to church. And every Sunday, Diego has to change his outfit at least twice because my mom disapproves of it. Suppose you have a job interview. You wouldn’t meet your potential boss in jeans and a tank top, would you? Of course not! You’d try to look your best because you want to give a good impression. You want to demonstrate that you’d be a good employee.

I imagine [and I know] you are a gorgeous girl. I know you look gorgeous when you’re wearing the latest trends from Forever 21 [lucky you! There are no Forever 21s in Santo Domingo] or your favorite store [Mine’s ModCloth, which is not in Santo Domingo, either]. I’m sure you look stunning when you wear the perfect dress to the prom or homecoming.

God likes fashion, too. Just not the kind you’re thinking of.

Our good friend Paul [remember him from Act Like It?] wrote to the Colossians about acting like Christians. In Colossians 3:5-8, Paul tells the Colossians [and us!] how to do that. In Colossians 3:12, he tells us how to dress like Christians. Let’s see:

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” (Colossians 3:12-14 MSG)

Now that God has granted you a new life, a life that glorifies Him, you need to dress accordingly! Let’s check out the fabulous wardrobe God picked for us:

Compassion. Compassion is showing concern for others. Understanding their problems. Helping them in any way you can. Jesus was known for being compassionate. He never ignored anyone who sought him. And you shouldn’t, either! Help people in any way you can. Dress in compassion.

Kindness. Kindness and compassion go hand in hand. Be a friend to that girl that sits alone at the cafeteria. Help your younger siblings with their homework. Offer to make dinner one night. Help your dad wash the car. Tell someone they look beautiful. That little act of kindness can brighten up people’s day!

Humility. Being humble is something many of us [me included] struggle with. It’s okay to be proud of your accomplishments and of who you are. God doesn’t want us to think lowly of ourselves, but he doesn’t want us to let the compliments we get to go tour heads, either. Don’t seek glory for yourself. In all that you do, glorify God. He will reward your humility [Matthew 23:12].

Quiet strength. Gentleness. God wants you to be gentle. He wants you to have a mild temper and quiet behavior.

Discipline. God wants you to be disciplined. Patient. Obedient. He wants you to be respectful to everyone. Your teachers, your pastor, your parents, your sister, your friends, your worst enemy- all of them deserve your respect.

Love. God is love, right? He wants us to dress in that quality that will set us apart from everyone else. It’s our all-purpose garment. You know how they say every girl should have an LBD [little black dress]? Think of love as your LBD [a modest one 😉 ]. It’s essential. Without love we are nothing [1 Corinthians 13].

Your clothes are visible to everyone. This outfit God has given you should be too. The fact that Jesus is alive in you should be visible to everyone! The best part is that these clothes, unlike the ones you buy at stores, will never go out of style.

Now that you’re dressed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, discipline, and love…honey, you’ve never looked better.

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Hope and a Future

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11 is my favorite scripture. It’s always been refreshing to me because it reminds me that God knows what He’s doing. That even when my world is messy and crazy, He is using all of that craziness for good. He is in control. His plans for us are not to harm us, but to prosper us. To give us a hope and a future. God has taken care of every single detail of our lives. He knows what He’s doing.

When your world is upside down and you feel lost, remember this truth: God has plans for you. He is in control. He knows what’s going on. Trust him. He has a hope and a future for you.

Act Like It

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Colossians 3 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. Especially when I read it in The Message version [by the way! I totally recommend The Message. I love my NVI, and the KJV is the version in which I’ve memorized most verses, but when I want to get a clear picture of what God’s saying, I use The Message.]. And I absolutely love how Paul starts Colossians 3.

“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.”

How do you act like it? Let’s break down Colossians 3:1-8

“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.”

(Colossians 3:1-4 MSG)

If you are a believer, yay! Your old life no longer exists. You have a brand-new life. Christ is your life. And if you’re serious about this life, act like it. Set your mind on things above. Not on what’s happening down here on earth. Not looking at things on Pinterest all day [guilty!]. Not spending a whole Saturday on Netflix. Not following celebrities’ lives. It’s not that those things are bad, it’s not that you should ignore them, but that you should focus on heaven. When those things take up a lot of your time, when they become a distraction, that’s when they can become harmful to your relationship with Christ. They can keep you away from spending time with Him, from seeking what is eternal. Because, you know, we’re spending the rest of our lives in eternity. We need to learn about God, about the place we’ll be in, and about what God’s plans are for us, among other things. We need to spend time reading God’s word, and not only reading it, but meditating on it as well. How can you prepare for the place you’ll be in for the rest of your life if you don’t read the guidebook? Spend time with God, reading his word, meditate on it, think about it. Apply it to your life. It will help you grow. Make time for it. Don’t let earthly things get in the way of your growth as a Christian.

How do you grow?

“And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.”

(Colossians 3:5-8 MSG)

I think these verses sum up that question really well. Stay away from what hinders your growth. Stay away from what was part of your old life. Out with the old. [In with the new. Goodbye clouds of gray, hello skies of blue. A dip in the pool…was I the only one who thought about High School Musical 2? Let’s pretend this didn’t happen.]

You can’t live a holy life when you are doing what you were doing in your old life. You know better now. I love how Lauren from The Fulltime Girl puts it:

“If we have truly chosen to be the Bride, why are we still living like we are single? Let’s say a girl got married. It was a beautiful wedding and they were so in love. However, the day after the marriage, she went back home to live with her parents. She slept in her old bed, and ate her parent’s food, and drove her parent’s car. Sure, she was married. She had taken his last name, but she wasn’t committed.

That is all too often what we do with Christ. We claim to be a “Christian” in name, and yet, we listen to the same music we used to listen to, watch the same old tv shows we used to watch, do and say the same old things we used to do when we were not ‘Christian.’ “

If you are a Christian, act like it. If Christ is in your life, act like it. You are not who you were. The old you is dead. The habits that characterized your old life don’t exist anymore. You’re holding yourself to new standards. You view your life in a new, different way because you have a new, different life. Set your mind on things above.

You are not who you were. Act like it.

What are your thoughts on Colossians 3?

This post is also in Spanish!