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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.
  • When I was in elementary school I remember I used to spend all of my recess time in the field with the clovers. I always hoped to find a four-leaf clover in order to make a wish, get some luck, and live my best life. Unfortunately I never found one, no matter how hard I […]

    We’re Not Lucky, We’re Blessed

    When I was in elementary school I remember I used to spend all of my recess time in the field with the clovers. I always hoped to find a four-leaf clover in order to make a wish, get some luck, and live my best life.

    Unfortunately I never found one, no matter how hard I looked. I eventually thought to improvise. I took a three-leaf clover and taped an extra leaf to it, hoping it would still get me good luck. As I’m sure you know, it didn’t.

    I was five years old at the time and four-leaf clovers seemed like the most logical source of good fortune at that time. Even as I grow, I still find myself placing my hope and faith in situations and superstitions that just leave me exhausted and worn-out.

    For example, I will go the extra mile on test days to try to make sure every single detail of my day goes perfectly so that it may align with the exam and help me pass. Honestly, it doesn’t make much sense when I stop to think about it.

    How will putting on my favorite yellow socks help me ace my Psychology exam? how will brushing my teeth twice that morning, instead of once, help me get a bargain on that one sweater? Sure, my breath will smell extra minty, but will it change the prices? No. I realized that I was just putting my faith in all the wrong places.

    “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning, I lay my request before you and wait expectantly.” (Psalm 5:3 NIV)

    As daughters of Christ, we should be putting our faith in Christ instead of meaningless rituals. In moments where we may feel like we need ‘good luck’ what we truly need is the grace and favor of God.  For that, we should look to God in prayer and leave it at that, not worrying about the outcome.

    “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 NIV)

    If you’ve got an exam coming up, study, pray, do your best, and leave it at that. When we allow him to, God takes the burdens from our shoulders and we can continue to just go on with our life knowing that he is in control.

    I leave you with this last scripture in Jeremiah 29:11, “‘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.’”

    You don’t ever need to seek luck from a shooting star, charm, or clover. God’s got it. He holds the outcome of every situation, big or small. With this faith should also come security in knowing that we can surrender all our worries. Whether it’s a test result, an important game you want to win, or an application acceptance, know that the favor of God is all you need. Instead of putting our effort in searching for life’s four-leaf clovers, let’s put our effort into prayer and know that our Heavenly Father has got us!

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  • Heartbroken is a term that is most commonly used to describe the feeling of losing something. A loss can affect us so badly that we can start to feel incomplete without it. Perhaps somebody close to you passed away, maybe you just ended a relationship that you wished would last forever, or maybe you are […]

    Hope After Heartbreak

    Heartbroken is a term that is most commonly used to describe the feeling of losing something. A loss can affect us so badly that we can start to feel incomplete without it. Perhaps somebody close to you passed away, maybe you just ended a relationship that you wished would last forever, or maybe you are experiencing the end of a friendship, and all you can think now is what happens next. Heartbreak is never an easy thing to go through but here are three steps to bring you closer to hope after heartbreak.

    1. Strengthen Your Connection With Christ Through Prayer.

    This isn’t to suggest you didn’t have one prior to the heartbreak, but during this time of confusion and vulnerability talk to your Heavenly Father in thanksgiving. When it seems as though nothing is going right, the greatest thing we can do is look at what we’ve got and thank God for the simple blessing of another day, food, and clothes.  

    Once we realize how blessed we are, and understand that God’s got everything all planned out, we can begin to heal.

    “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” [1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV]

    2. Find Joy in the Little Things.

    It really is the little things that bring us the most joy. It can be taking a walk outside, cooking, writing, reading, painting, or anything that can help you clear your mind and help you see the beauty in the world we’ve been blessed to enjoy. Those little things have the power to change our lives for the better.

    It’s easy for us to feel overwhelmed when negativity builds up. We lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel, and it feels easier to just give up. That’s why in this time of sorrow it’s important to focus on the hobbies that gives us to joy.

    Just be careful that you are using sound judgement in what you decide to do for ‘pleasure’. ’Stay strong in faith and acknowledge the Lord in all you do.

    “I have the right to do anything,’ you say-but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’-but not everything is constructive.” [1 Corinthians 10:23 NIV]

    3. Know Your Worth.

    When we lose somebody it can be easy for us to place the blame on ourselves.When a friendship or any other relationship comes to an end we may struggle to adapt to not seeing them anymore but through it all, don’t blame yourself.  Your worth does not waver with circumstances. Through every season you will still be loved unconditionally by your Heavenly Father.

    In the moment it may feel like there’s no good coming your way.  It may feel like this is how it’s going to be for the rest of eternity but none of that is true.  

    While we may be losing somebody, we should be careful to not lose ourselves in the process. Instead of overthinking all the possible ways it went wrong try thinking of how you can change for the better.  Instead of obsessing over what you can’t change in the past, think about what’s best for you at this moment now.

    God places people in our lives for seasons at a time, and once the reason for them being in your life is fulfilled then we have to learn to let them go. We may not be able to immediately see the beauty of the separation but in due time we can look back and know it was an opportunity for us to grow. So no matter what happened, know that your worth will never waver in the eyes of your Heavenly Father.

    “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?”[Romans 8:35 ESV]

     

    “… I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  [Romans 8:38 ESV

    These three steps together can help truly light up our darkest hours. As we immerse them into our daily life, they can help us keep our hearts strong and prepared for the future. Only God knows what’s to come and when our hearts are turned to him, there comes a feeling of indescribable safety. It’s the feeling of knowing that God’s got it and there’s no need to worry about what’s to come or what happened.

    In all of this remember that God allows us to go through tough situations for specific reasons. Even though people leaving us may hurt in the moment, we’ve got to remember that it’s all in his grand plan and we are still unconditionally loved by Him. Also, remember that no matter how much you’ve been hurt by another, they too are also loved unconditionally by God. Always extend out mercy and thank God for them.

    “‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.’” [John 15:12 ESV]

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    I pray as you heal and slowly mend the pieces of your heart back together, that you keep your heart guarded and strong, knowing your worth and trusting in his grand plan for the future. 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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  • New Year, New Me. We’ve heard it all before, haven’t we? The phrase we use to jumpstart the next 365 days in hopes of motivation, in hopes of bringing our goals to life and slay the upcoming year like no other. And while change and motivation always seem to be linked with the new year, […]

    The Time is Now: No More Delaying Your Resolutions

    New Year, New Me. We’ve heard it all before, haven’t we? The phrase we use to jumpstart the next 365 days in hopes of motivation, in hopes of bringing our goals to life and slay the upcoming year like no other. And while change and motivation always seem to be linked with the new year, they slowly disappear as the weeks come and go. It seems motivation is present only in moments where everything is new and fresh; a new year, hour, week, etc.

    Take going to the gym or studying. I know I’ll procrastinate in order to avoid studying. If it’s 7:34pm., I’ll push starting homework to 8pm. If I forget to go to the gym on Monday, I will actually convince myself that it’s better if I give myself the remainder of this week to rest (even though I’ve done nothing since) and should wait until next Monday to start. Only then will I be motivated enough to follow through with exercising. Procrastination truly sneaks in and changes our mindset to believe that the task won’t truly work unless we start at a standard or even time, such as at the beginning of the week, of a new year, etc.

    Did you know that you can actually start your goals, anytime? That’s right. Your New Year’s Resolutions can begin ANYTIME during the year. Technically, the whole year is a new year so you don’t have to wait until January 1st, and if you by any chance miss the first of the month, there’s absolutely and positively nothing wrong with starting on, that’s right, the second day of the month.

    This applies to any goal we’ve set. Whether it’s writing a book, starting a new routine, cleaning the house, or even studying. There’s no significant correlation behind starting to write at 7:51pm. verses starting at 8pm. If we are in the correct mindset, we’ll see the present time as a gift, and take whatever opportunities we’ve been blessed with, no matter what time it is.

    The Bible mentions this in Ecclesiastes 11, comparing what we say with what we actually do. And even though the metaphor may not directly apply to your present goals, the message behind it has everything to do with them.

    “Whoever watches the wind will not plant;

    whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”

    [Ecclesiastes 11:4]

    It’s easy for us to say we’re going to begin doing something and take no action whatsoever towards completing it. To only watch and bear witness to others achieving their goals, and saying we’ll do the same but continue to do absolutely nothing. This is where we need to actually change, begin our goals as soon as we can, because there’s no guarantee to how life will be in the future. Tomorrow is never promised so it’s better to take action in the time you’ve been given instead of waiting for the right moment.

    The right moment is now, not tomorrow, not 30 minutes from now, but now. Life, as cliche as it sounds, truly is a gift—that’s why we call it the present. God’s blessed us with another day, why not take advantage of it? How will we make the most of every second? How will we learn to see the beauty in how delicate and fragile our lives are? To take advantage of that and rejoice in every sunrise, and have a heart of thanksgiving with every sunset.

    This is the secret to success, take power in the present and do it. For if we wait, who knows when we’ll start.

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    I pray you to learn to find the beauty in the present and take advantage of every second given. To stop waiting and start achieving your goals NOW rather than LATER. 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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  • What would you do if you were given all of the money in the world at the cost of living without love? All of the money to do whatever you please in life. Maybe travel across the globe, buy a new car, the sky’s the limit. Anything you want, but there would be no love […]

    Life Without Love

    What would you do if you were given all of the money in the world at the cost of living without love? All of the money to do whatever you please in life. Maybe travel across the globe, buy a new car, the sky’s the limit. Anything you want, but there would be no love in your life. What would you do?

    Now, this can seem fun and lighthearted at the moment, but not realistic. We play around with our thoughts on what we could do if we were given that kind of financial status, say that maybe we can just “buy” ourselves love, or find a way to manifest it and still have everything else. Life would be simple, right? Wrong.

    Even though this wealth seems great in its own way, there can be some setbacks. When our hearts are in the right place, we are satisfied. But when our hearts may be straining a bit on the far and distracted side, fleeing from love and turning towards alluring temptations, that’s when things can get tricky. Temporary satisfactions can only go so far.

    In the Bible, there’s an explanation on the fundamentals of love, how according to the Word, God is love. We see that love is recognized through patience, kindness, and so much more. And even though this seems like something most people already know, there is a deeper meaning to it. When we take love out of the equation, all that’s left is emptiness.

    1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV

    Love brings hope, love brings reassurance, and love brings purpose. If we were given all of that freedom, but were lacking in love, we would be enslaved to a life without purpose. What is life if it doesn’t involve love?

    “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” [1 John 4:7-8] ESV

    So let’s plug God into this equation. God brings hope, God brings reassurance, and God brings purpose. If we were provided all the freedom, only lacking God, we would be enslaved to an empty life.

    “If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” [1 Corinthians 13:1-2] ESV

    Love is God, God is love. It’s in that understanding that we can develop purpose and be filled.  All the money in the world is a tempting offer, but once thought out Biblically, we can find that our lives are already  fulfilled with the love and light of Christ.

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