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Bibleโ€™s Most Asked Questions #5: But who created God?

In the beginning, there was NOTHING to see, hear, smell or even feel. It was only emptiness and darkness. But God was there, and He had a great plan: to create something out of nothingness. He spoke the world into existence and everything He made was declared good. He saved the best for last: people. We were to be His children and the world our perfect home.ย 

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God is the Creator of so much beauty in the world including you and me. This can make us stop to wonder: But who created the Creator? I’ve heard this question time after time, sometimes innocently asked by a child. Did God create Himself? How did He come into existence? Do you know the answer? Let’s consult His Word.

God is eternal meaning that He has always existed. He inhabits eternity and the Bible stresses on His eternal Being (Deuteronomy 33:27; Isaiah 57:15; 1 Timothy 1:17).

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Scriptures show that God did not come from anywhere (John 1:1). He was not created for He has no beginning and will have no end. He is the great “I AM”. Before the universe was breathed into existence, He existed for He is not restricted to time as we are.ย 

โ€œIn the beginning…” is also when time began. There was no time before time was created and because God is timeless/eternal, this task was achieved. Before creation, there was God, and He was always existing in eternity for He was not created. He did not create Himself for He is eternal. For the world to be created, God had to already exist in order to bring forth this action. Had He never existed, He wouldn’t have been capable to create anything, therefore, God did not create Himself.

He is uncreated, He simply exists, and will continue to exist for He is eternal.ย 

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๐ŸŽ‰ Confetti! ๐ŸŽŠ

Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring their second goal.

Joy blossomed inside me

And all I wanted to do was

throw confetti at the world!

Throw it up anywhere

Watch it fall everywhere

Confetti!

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I love confetti! While coming up for the new signature for the blog (which you’ll see shortly), I got led to use confetti, and I was very pleased with the outcome (although it may be subject to change in the future). I bless God for the new signature.

May God’s peace and grace be upon you in 2020. ๐Ÿ’™

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Book Haul 2020 ๐Ÿ“š

It’s hard not to buy books when you’re on a book ban, but when they’re books that leave you no choice but to buy them, then why resist?

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Yes, yes, it does make me happy! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ It might be my first and last of 2020, but it’s book haul time!

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The Extraordinary Journeys of Clockwork Charlie by Dave Butler

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I got this one for my youngest sister. I don’t know much about this book, but it’s part 1 of a 3-part series. She tends to gravitate towards books for a younger audience and I hope the story in this book will be engaging enough to hold her interest until the last page.

Mi Casa Uptown by Rich Perez

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This one was brought for my other sister. Pastor Pรฉrez talks about the importance of love including how to love our neighbor… even when it hurts to do so. It’s part memoir and part sermon that teaches hospitality is at the heart of God as we can see throughout the Bible as early as Genesis. It’s about growing a Christ-like love for everyone.ย 

Agents of Babylon by Dr. David Jeremiah

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I’ve wanted this book for a long while now, so when I saw it, there was no way I was going to not buy it. I’m currently studying Biblical prophecies again and this book is said to explain what was already fulfilled and what is to be fulfilled. However, I must admit that I am skeptical about it, as I am with many books based on Christianity, for many authors seem to misquote the Bible and misrepresent God. Still, I’ll read it at some point.

A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy by Stan Guthrie

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Another prophecy book! This book is said to be great for new Christians as a guide to the prophecies in the Bible. I am not new to prophesy for it’s a topic I studied zealously back then when I was rediscovering the Bible, but this book wouldn’t hurt.

The Devil in Pew Number Seven by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo

This one was an impulse buy. I have no idea what it is about only that a pastor and his young family moved to a church in a small town only to be terrorized by a member who didn’t like the brand of Jesus the pastor was selling. This real-life story is told by the pastor’s oldest daughter. Based on the font, I’m sure Rebecca is not a great storyteller, but I’ll still read it.

Beginnings by Steve Wiens

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The author said that this book is not meant to answer all of our questions, but if it does, it will create new questions that will lead the reader on a path of discovery. I’m not here for neither; I just want to make sure that Mr. Wiens stuck to the Word as it is written for he tends to explore what’s holy in humanity.ย 

Bible Stories: Mini Collection by Miles Kelly

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I’m not going to lie. I saw the cover, liked the illustrations, and brought it. Yes, just like that.ย 

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

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The only reason why I got this book is due to the fact that I am planning a reread. The narrator defends the story that he’s about to tell of a man named Christian. The story itself is framed as a dream and is told in allegorical style. When I first read it, I rated it a 3 out of 5 overall, for there was some bothersome stuff, but when I read it again – and for good – I hope to put the case to rest.ย 

Life Promises for Eternity by Randy Alcorn

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This book is meant to be read during devotional studies.

God is Holy and We’re Not by R.C.Sproul

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Looks like a short and sweet read.

A Bouquet of Favorite Psalms to Inspire Your Soul

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This is also to be read during devotional studies. It’s such a beautiful book inside and out!

The Book of Useless Information and The Book of Who Said That?

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When I saw these books at my favorite bookstore, I grabbed them up without batting an eye for the covers felt soft to the touch, but they’re books I’ll certainly read for I love the randomness of it!

Although most of those books are based on Christianity, I know that a few of them, if not all, are going to let me down, so I won’t be holding my breath. I’ve been reading a lot lately, two-four books at a time, so I’ll have to wait a while to read any of these, but I look forward to getting around to at least five of them before the year runs out.

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The Birds Will Always Sing a Song!

Like the birds, we must continue to sing no matter the storms of our season and trust in the Lord for our deliverance and needs.

My bestie captured this sense perfectly in this God-inspired piece. Visit the link and be blessed.

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God Inspired Poetry

She sings in the summer!
She sings in the winter!
She sings in the autumn!
She sings in solemn!
She sings when the sun comes up and when it goes
down!
She sings when her babies fall!

She sings when she doesnโ€™t hear them call!
She sings in the air!
She sings when food is rare!
She sings when she is alone!
She sings when she canโ€™t find a home!
She sings when heโ€™s gone!

She sings all the day long! She sings when I canโ€™t sing a song,ย ย 

She sings and that inspires me to go on!ย 

And teaches me to always sing a song when this race gets tough and I canโ€™t move along. ๐Ÿ˜ฆย 

To the ONE whom all praise is due, He taught me a lesson through her and said, โ€œYou must always sing too! No matter the season of your storm, for the birdsโ€ฆ

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Books #153-#155: Adventure on the high seas!

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a book review, so I hope this works.ย 

I’m not sure how many classics I’ll read this year from my TBR, but I’m off to an okay start. I usually start off the year by reading a lot before the big slump hits and so far, it’s the same story. Anyways, I started off with sea adventures for when I was younger, I enjoyed these books. And now? Well, we’ll see if anything has changed from these short thoughts.

Book #153: Mutiny of the Bounty by Sir John Barrow

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To think I enjoyed this book when I was little! Now, I found it slow and boring, I eventually tossed it aside. There was no way I was finishing this book this time around. love coffee

Book #154: The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne

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We have Young Peterkin, Jack, and Ralph who are marooned on an island in Polynesia. *sighs* Cutting straight to the point, this story could’ve been exciting, but it bored me to tears. There were some innuendos that were probably unintentional, but overall, it lacked storytelling. The book seemed to drag on forever and the scenes of cannibalism and savagery are too graphic for young ones to read. love coffee

Book #155: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

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I left the best for last… or so I thought. This book was supposed to be epic! It was the book that started my love for adventure and RLS was the first author I actually loved and rereading this after X amount of years, I don’t know how to feel about it. It started off well, but like the other two, it fizzled out quickly and I dislike saying this word, but it’s the truth: it was boring.

The Scottish terms didn’t bother me for it made the setting more realistic and I have to take into consideration that the book was written in 1886 so it reflects the time period perfectly. My favorite character was the Scot with the French coat, Mr. Alan Breck Stewart.

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This character was actually based on a real-life Scottish soldier and Jacobite of the same name. Alan is an excellent swordsman, guide, and this book’s saving grace. He was lovable from the first mention and I only stayed for him.

RLS was a favorite author of mine growing up for he wrote adventure like it was nobody’s business, but after rereading this book, I have to say that I’m glad I’m over all of these stories. love coffee

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Well, there you have it. The classic reading is off to a disappointing start. At least I got 3 books out of the way, so I’m delighted about that. However, I am now skeptical about the other classics. I feel as if I can only trust Dorian Gray at this point.

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But then again, I shouldn’t even hold my breath.

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Reading Classics Challenge! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ”–๐Ÿ•ฎ

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.

Italo Calvino

I don’t intend to read a lot of material this year, just what’s on my TBR… but wait, that’s quite a lot! While I do intend to read through my TBR, I also want to read a couple of classics.

A classic is supposed to withstand the test of time and have relevance to many generations. In short, a classic is something that never goes out of style… like kindness. Throughout the years, I’ve read some classics. Some I liked, some I couldn’t get past, some I simply wanted to throw into a fire and some, well, they were overrated.

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Oh, but you are… overrated, that is, just as many classics out there!

So here we are. It all boils down to this…

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It’s going to be torture trying to read some of these classics, but…

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These are already on my TBR:

The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumasย (I read this book at a very young age too many times to count! This adventure made a Francophile out of me. Although I still like to think of this book as an utmost favorite of mine, I’m not the little girl who read for the sake of forgetting reality for a few pages anymore and my views may change.)ย 

Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verneย (Loved. Loved. LOVED! I wouldn’t watch movies or read re-tellings of this story ever, but now, I’m certain that my views wouldn’t be the same after all these years.)

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (This is going to be my second reread.)

Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevensonย (Read a lot of RLS growing up & loved his work. I hope I still do after all these years.)

The Coral Island – R.M. Ballantyne

Mutiny of the Bounty – Sir John Barrowย 

Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wildeย (Read this book twice and loved it twice! Hopefully, I’ll love it a third time.)

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

Body in the Library – Agatha Christeย (I honestly don’t think I’ll like Agatha’s work, but I’m willing to give her a chance.)

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

The Old Man & the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

1984 – George Orwell

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelhoย (I honestly think I’m going to dislike this book, but it’s been suggested to me only so many times.)

Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare (This book has been on my TBR way too long!)

Art of War – Sun Tzu

I’ve seen bookworms ridicule for not liking or understanding a classic. If I don’t like a classic, I am going to state so and if I can’t finish one, then I’ll put it down. I ain’t got no time to waste on books that scholars or media tell us we should love and cherish.

Read the books you want to read; not the books you think you should read.

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A thankful blog! ๐Ÿ†•

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Hello WP fam! I trust that you’re getting ready for 2020 and I pray that it’ll be a blessing for you. I am currently working on a new blog and it’s quite a work in progress as it is with opening a new blog. Coming up with the name this time around was easy for the blog is going to be base on thankfulness, so I ended up naming it Gratitude is an Attitude.

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The goal is to journal thankfulness every day in 2020. ๐Ÿ˜

Here is the link to what the blog is about and how it came about:

Being thankful throughout

Here is the link to the blog itself:

Gratitude is an Attitude

I hope that you’ll join me for a year of thanksgiving in 2020. ๐Ÿ’™

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Goal for 2020: Putting God first! ๐Ÿฅ‡

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To seek God before I make that decision even if it’s a little one.ย  To make Jesus my #1 priority and King of my heart for He’s the reason why I’m even getting a chance at everlasting life. Trust the Holy Spirit for, without it, we’re lost, hopeless, and even depressed. To continue to pray for family, friends, foes, and for the nation. Repent daily if I have to. Love, for our Father, is the Author of love and if we abide in Him through Christ, we won’t find the time to hate and criticize.

To continue to do the will of my Creator.

No matter what I do for 2020, THIS is going to be my goal.

I pray that 2020 will be a year of BIGGER and BETTER things for you in Jesus’ precious Name.ย 

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