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.
  • With every sunrise, follows a sunset. A moment in time when the earth turns from light and slumber beneath the blanket of night. But as our world loses light, not all of us can sleep. Some of us are stuck holding on to our knees, trying so hard to dream. Some wish to escape the […]

    One Day at a Time

    With every sunrise, follows a sunset.

    A moment in time when the earth turns from light

    and slumber beneath the blanket of night.

    But as our world loses light, not all of us can sleep.

    Some of us are stuck holding on to our knees, trying so hard to dream.

    Some wish to escape the night and skip to the day, it’s become routine.

    A routine we have attached ourselves to because it is all we know,

    it’s all we’ve been told.

    Told to hold out and wait for the day, but that only keeps our growth at bay.

    There is no growth when we wait out our issues

    when we tremble and hide and stay locked inside.

    We must, instead, learn to face that fear.

    We must get up and say to ourselves, “I am not afraid.”

    For that, in itself, becomes our first step.

    We’ve got to learn to take things one day at a time.

    It’s not always simple, but listen when I say that it is worth it.

    For no one said it was easy, yet no one said it was impossible.

    Ease your mind, take a moment to breathe.

    Inhale, exhale, and think.

    You’ve got this, you’ve got beautiful moments ahead of you,

    and if you think that it’ll be easier to cut this journey short,

    let me tell you that you couldn’t be further from wrong.

    For beautiful moments are not in sunsets or materialistic things,

    beautiful moments are found when you take that first step.

    Take a deep breath, know it’s okay to cry.

    God’s got a plan for you, you’ve just got to trust that there is, and always will be

    a brighter side to this life.

    But light doesn’t shine unless there’s something dark.

    We just need to learn not to focus on that part,

    and instead on our hearts.

    For as we open up our hearts, we begin to see,

    that there is beauty in every moment taken in as we breathe.

    We recognize that these things take one day at a time.

    And we learn that if 24 hours is all we’ve got,

    We accept it’s all we need, and we find that there’s no end to the possibilities.

    We can run,

    we can scream,

    we can laugh,

    we can sing.

    For with each day comes new opportunities,

    to learn that language, to write that book, make new friends,

    take time to breathe and look.

    At this serene moment you’ve been given;

    Will you walk away or will you take the day in.

    Inhale, exhale, breathe. Take a moment to ease your mind,

    and learn to live this life one day at a time.

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  • A Blacksmith cannot forge a sword out of just anything; it takes time and careful steps for the sword to develop. It needs to be mended and formed as it burns in the fire and then cools off -it’s a work in progress. We are like that sword. Just like the sword needs time to […]

    Trusting The Blacksmith Through Every Season

    A Blacksmith cannot forge a sword out of just anything; it takes time and careful steps for the sword to develop. It needs to be mended and formed as it burns in the fire and then cools off -it’s a work in progress. We are like that sword.

    Just like the sword needs time to form, we are put through times of trouble to form into God’s perfect craft. As the sword is shaped by the blacksmith, it may suffer constant hitting over and over, all around, yet with every hit it comes closer to the final product the Blacksmith intended. This is just like when we are going through the tough times, it is just to come out the other end as the people God planned for us to be.

       “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

    James 1:2-4 NIV

    Jesus also tells us clearly in John 16:33 that life, especially for a Christian will not be easy. There is comfort in the understanding that there is a reason behind each trial we endure. God doesn’t put us in harsh situations just so we can crumble, but rather, so we can be stronger in the end.

    The Lord does not put us under trial without reason, and in the end, it is all for the greater good as we grow into the people we were meant to be.

    “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

    James 1:12 NIV

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    I pray as you go through the trials of life, that you will go through it knowing you are going to come out stronger. 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.

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  • 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.

     

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    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.

     

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  • “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
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    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.

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