Author Archive for: Lydia Wondimu

About Lydia Wondimu

Lydia Wondimu is a young girl from Ethiopia who has a heart for others. Dedicating her life to Christ at an early age, Lydia has set out from her home in Seattle across the globe to spread the Gospel, making sure each person she meets leaves with a smile knowing they are loved by their Heavenly Father. When she's not busy making coffee for her customers; you'll most probably find her eating everything in sight, or laughing with somebody, whether they're a friend or a stranger-turned-friend.
  • One week. 7 days. 168 hours. No matter how we choose to measure it, the span of time we are given to get things done repeats itself over, and over again. Week by week, the majority of us fill our schedules to the top with various plans from school, work, social events, or even church. […]

    The Beauty is in the Now: Living Beyond a To-Do List

    One week. 7 days. 168 hours.

    No matter how we choose to measure it, the span of time we are given to get things done repeats itself over, and over again. Week by week, the majority of us fill our schedules to the top with various plans from school, work, social events, or even church. We are always thinking of what to do every second, what we’re going to do in the next minute, and what we might do in the next hour or day.  It’s a cycle of always thinking ahead yet never appreciating the now.

    God didn’t give us these precious moments so we can just waste planning for the moments we aren’t even fully guaranteed. We need to, instead, cherish each moment we are given and make time for the things that are most important like Christ, family, and godly friends- the greatest of these being Christ.

    We can’t call ourselves Christians and refuse to make time for Christ, just like we can’t call ourselves a professional at a sport and refuse to practice. Growing in your faith takes time and action. You’ve got to put time aside and take action to grow closer to God  in the present moments; read your Bible, pray, worship, love on others, and focus on the Lord. Only then can the rest of your schedule work itself out and align to God’s perfect will for your life. Once our priorities are in check, our lives will naturally fall in line. [Matthew 6:33]

     “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)

    In the hecticness of life, it can be hard to find time to sit down and read your Bible, or even make time to attend a church service. I know from personal experience just how much your life and situations can change just from setting aside even half an hour a day for God. Cherish each moment you make for him. Joy comes when we become present in the now, and refuse to stress about the future or dwell in the pass

    From the songs of the birds singing in the morning to the crickets chirping as the sun sets. From the moment we lift up our hands in morning worship, to the time we bow our heads down in pre-sleep prayer, there is beauty in the now.

     

    *******************************************************************************************

    I pray as you plan for the future, you take time aside to put your focus on Christ, as well as take joy in the little moments. I also pray that you will look to your Bibles as a map when life’s trials and tribulations come about. They don’t call it the living Word of God without reason.

     

    Read More
  • “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” -Forrest Gump You’ve probably heard numerous amounts of times when people try to create ways to simplify life and all its factors. Sometimes it can be good, and other times it can feel as though nothing’s going right. Faith can also […]

    A Splash Of Faith in Your Coffee

    “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
    -Forrest Gump

    You’ve probably heard numerous amounts of times when people try to create ways to simplify life and all its factors. Sometimes it can be good, and other times it can feel as though nothing’s going right. Faith can also sometimes feel like that. There are moments where we will feel like we’re on a spiritual high and on fire for Christ. Then, when trials come it can feel as though we’re on a low.

    Faith doesn’t make our lives perfect, nor will it take the hard times away. What faith can do however is help you balance your way through this tightrope we call life. You may wonder, “How can I constantly have faith and stay balanced even when the harsh winds come or when distractions approach?” The answer is simple: You’ve got to be ALL IN.

    Imagine: You’re making your morning pot of coffee. First, you get out your mug, then maybe some cream and sugar to add some flavor. While you’re doing this, you begin to listen to some music and start dancing and singing, having a great morning. It is then that you realize you’ve put too much creamer in and now have completely lost the coffee taste. So what should you do? Can you take out the cream? No! You’ve got to pour the whole thing out and start again from square one.
    Faith is like that cup of coffee. In order to gain the balance you need to make it across on the tightrope of life, you’ve got to be all in. We can’t just cut out what we don’t want when challenges arise just as we can’t take back the cream we just over-poured into our daily cup.

    Jesus explains this in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 9. Here he talks about the cost of following him. Jesus exclaims that once you choose to follow him, you’re all in. There should no distractions, no excuses, no nothing, 100% ALL. IN.
    (Luke 9:57-62)

    And so, as we continue to live out our lives and try to handle all that it comes with, remember this: in order to stay balanced, we’ve got to remember to be all in with our faith. Just like the coffee had to be poured out to be remade into a new and even better cup, we’ve got to pour ourselves out and be completely all in when it comes to faith. Only then can we find balance in our lives knowing that we are engulfed in his love by faith, and knowing we have become made new by his grace.

    “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
    2 Corinthians 5:17
    ******************************************************************************************

    I pray this may help you fuel your faith, that you will not be swayed by the distractions life can bring, but rather keep your focus on Christ. I also pray that you will look to your Bibles as a map when the harsh winds of life come about. They don’t call it the living Word of God without reason.

    Read More
  • In this day and age, the digital century, we are all concerned about how we present ourselves to the world; does everybody look good in this photo? Which filter should we use? Does the caption sound good enough to earn that double tap? We’ve become so concerned about how the world will see us through […]

    The Philippian’s Filter

    In this day and age, the digital century, we are all concerned about how we present ourselves to the world; does everybody look good in this photo? Which filter should we use? Does the caption sound good enough to earn that double tap?

    We’ve become so concerned about how the world will see us through a social standpoint that we forget how we will be seen from a Biblical point of view. How will we be viewed as Christians, if, when people scroll down on our feed, they wonder whether or not we are daughters of Christ?

    In this moment of confusion, when we become concerned with how we present ourselves, the Bible brings a great help to ease our frustrations, The Philippians Filter!

    “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”

    Philippians 4:8

    As Christians, we can’t let the opinions of the world change the way we act and live. We should instead, represent ourselves with the filter of the Lord over our lives, opposed to only editing the moments we choose to post. We can’t choose the moments we want to look perfect, and we can’t choose the moments we don’t.

    From the moment we walk out the door The Philippians Filter should be on our minds, ready for us to think back to when we wonder, is this lovely? Is this right? Is this pure or praiseworthy? That’s what the verse is there for. In fact, that’s what the Bible is for; as a map and a lamp for us when we get stuck. A giant letter of love and advice for us to turn to when we feel we’re trapped in the dark.

    So next time we wonder if our filters are good enough for our pictures when we wonder if that caption is good enough for alike, we should instead wonder how it represents Christ. Paul tells us in the end to “think about such things.” And as we continue to edit and post, we should remember this Philippian’s Filter, not only for our feeds, but in every word we speak, and where our actions may lead.

     

    *******************************************************************************************

     

    I pray this may become your life filter, that you may instead, not worry about how the world may see you, but instead how you represent Christ. I also pray that you will look to your Bibles as a map when life’s twists and turns come about. They don’t call it the living Word of God without reason.

     

    Read More