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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.
  • 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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  • In the events life presents, there can be moments where we struggle, moments where we aren’t sure which path to take when a fork in the road appears.  Sometimes both roads look good, sometimes the pros and cons of each path align and the decision goes from tough to almost impossible on which to take. […]

    It Takes a Tribe

    In the events life presents, there can be moments where we struggle, moments where we aren’t sure which path to take when a fork in the road appears.  Sometimes both roads look good, sometimes the pros and cons of each path align and the decision goes from tough to almost impossible on which to take. It’s in moments like this where our community comes in handy, moments like this where the people who surround us become key to these decisions.

     

    “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” [Proverbs 15:22] NIV

     

    Whether it be friends, family, mentors, etc., it’s in the people who support us that help us become who we are today. With every fork in the road, we have loved ones who can help us stay along the right path and make wise decisions.

    God provides us with a tribe that will support us in the best way possible. From people who we can laugh with about anything, to those who provide a shoulder to cry on during hard times, we know who we can lean on. God knows who to send when we need a friend. We can recognize the importance of community even in His Word:

     

    “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” [Proverbs 27:17] NIV

     

    It is in the people we’re surrounded by that we can grow to be the best versions of ourselves, and that goes both ways. So as others are there for us, it’s also crucial to understand the impact we can have on others’ lives. Consider how many people in our lives may value our friendship, maybe even more than we recognize.

    It’s also important to observe the effect others have on us. There are just some people we need to keep our distance from. Not everyone has your best intentions in mind, and it can be easy for us to fall in with the wrong crowd and head down a negative path. Your inner circle, your tribe, should be individuals who care about your wellbeing and encourage you to grow.

     

    “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” [Proverbs 13:20] NIV

     

    Some people are placed in your life for a season, and others for a lifetime. God knows what He is doing. It’s all in His great plan.

     

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  • 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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