God’s Umbrellas are so big with enough room for all to be underneath come rain or sunshine. Times and seasons change so rapidly sometimes 4 seasons happen in one day. At times, within a moment of of less than an hour a sudden drastic new change takes place from a glowing hot sunshine day with sweats turning to the coldest drab rainy day soaking wet. It is on such days the good old umbrella comes in handy. Especially after carrying it in vain without rain or hot weather the day you remove it thinking it is useless is the day the rain comes pouring down on you heavily. So the day the weatherman reassures you of excellent weather with lots of sunshine so you leave an umbrella behind is the day of the heaviest rainfall. Michael Fish is remembered in living as one responsible for such unpredictable weather. Yet without advanced satellite dishes predicting accurately, a changing weather condition depends on wind or storms that cannot be controlled by any man on earth. In the same way, life is similar to changeing situations of hot good times of the high life and the cold miserable days of unexpected rain. As the weather conditions change so does mood, health and wellness changes. It is therefore at times necessary to keep on dragging that umbrella around even if it pays off once ir twice a year when really needed. The inconvenience of carrying an umbrella around can seem like insane if seen holding unto it in all weather. Yet it is useful to ignore the mockers to hold on to your umbrella. Those laughing may one day ask you to share your umbrella with them if they do not have their own. The irony is how life exactly deals with you in terms of unpredictable situations least expected. Like a reliable umbrella, the faithful continue in active faith and depend on Yahweh to keep them safe and secure in times of need. As long as the quality and durability of umbrella is excellent and strong it can withstand the storm. Spiritually speaking, so is God’s tough umbrella shielding you from all storms and weathers. Although realistic life experiences show storms may cause bruises, falls or wind carries up if still holding onto umbrella during tornadoes. Such is life changing experiences that all face sometimes. Umbrellas are also used for dancing as popular song ‘Singing in the rain’ soaked despite umbrella or Big Bang Sheldon sitting on a bench without umbrella. Although these experiences are hilarious jokes, life mimics art and vice versa so can guide you to remember to carry an umbrella. So metaphorically speaking, God is your broad umbrella term representative of variety of colours, shapes abd sizes suitable for each need. So plays the dusl role of uplifting in hot joyful good days and shielding from the rain, wind, storm and snow. Continue to hold on to God in all seasons or weather, do not ley go because of disappointment of carrying one in vain. It is better to be safe to have one and not need one or not prepare and be sorry when it rains. Like anything else in life what you put in you get back. Investing in a good durable umbrella is better than cutting corners to buy a cheap one that breaks quickly. So is dependable reliable investment spiritually in God for eternal life. Informed choice makes you trust in the One True Living God not cheap dead imitation version that cannot, see, hear, speak, talk, eat, drink walk or save. For God is Love so operates by eternal love.God’s Divine Protection inbuilt future is everlasting life beyond all the storms of life. Yet God’s great umbrella needs to be maintained after wear and tear. By being in tune with God this requires knowing the spiritual seasons of life for your own good and interest so cannot be left to any chance. Another important factor is many different companies make these umbrellas but each person has favourite design, shape, size, manufacturer or the colour suitable for all occasions. Nobody can snatch neighbours umbrella because it is wrong colour or size. Each person is given a right to choose the umbrella as they desire or please. So live and let live diplomacy requires agreeing to disagree even if the neighbour’s garden parasol is not exactly to your taste. Umbrellas also provide shades from harsh elements of USV protection. A long walk in mall or park bench under sun is impressive with beautiful colourful rainbow colours. So God made a colourful life simplified so to each carries own umbrella without intruding into another’s choice. These is what learning to live alongside others is about in life. Nobody has sole exclusive access to God as monopoly so whosoever comes to God Jesus will not cast out. One may not see it so or feel others deserve an opportunity to be given the chance to dwell in God’s presence. How ever God is willing to accept or receive all warts and all because God does not want anyone cast out of His Kingdom. Jesus said He will not reject any person of any shape, size, colour height, age or whatever to be part of His eternal salvation. The world’s events demand each person belongs to God directly by calling upon His Name to be saved. The things of these world shall pass away but God’s love and word shall stand forever. So God recognises variety in His worship even if it makes no sense whatsoever to others observing them. So God says leave the tares and the wheat so He will sort things out in the endtime. Focus on your personal life and family because there is no point gaining the whole world and loosing your soul. No matter weather conditions you just need a good strong umbrella personally to use or share with your loved one, family and a friend. In other words God wants you to mind your own business first before insisting on running other’s lives while neglecting your own life. Charity begins at home so start by loving yourself first then extending love to others in Christ.
Moving in and living together is seen as most exciting time ever if a relationship is going well. Often many factors include being closer together because deeply in love and economic reasons. After falling in love the next level is planning future together hopefully for life. The focus of excitement to see it happen absolutely is amazing. You just cannot wait to cook dinner together, feel super domestic, and yeah, maybe you want to show off to friends you not only landed an awesome boyfriend but committing to each other even more. You know that you definitely deserve to be happy about this and even sure you are right because you got far to this point. You may think you can still mess things up or make some mistakes but decides to go ahead anyway. This is often the case for some people when one is totally fixated on these things so your relationship does not end. Researchers find 15 useful points couples must note when moving in together.
1. Thinks Life Stays Same
2. SuperHigh Expectation
Sometimes it seems a good idea to move into a place together because financially it is a good idea. But you have to make sure you think about this. Just because you find a place that you are absolutely in love with does mean that you should make decision that you can both afford so check long-term if good idea to move in together. First of all, before you decide to live together you need to have a talk with written agreement to ensure you keep up with whatever decisions made. This means that both of you are willing and ready. Often times if you fall in love with a place and think that this is a good idea before taking the necessary steps you will realize that it can cause a whole lot of issues for the two of you. Make sure you are not moving at a faster pace than your relationship is ready for.
4. Respecting Differences
Again, you and your partner might have way more differences than you know and those things only become super- clear after you move in together. You could be a neat freak and they could be furthest thing from that. You must respect fact they thinking you are nagging always on their case to clean up or do dishes, if not you are asking for a major relationship trouble. You have to respect differences and talk about this properly. You can say something like, “Hey, I get it does not bother you if dirty dishes are left in the sink, but I do not love it, so maybe we can take turns.” If they truly love you so hopefully does since you are now living together is a pretty massive step. You, need to understand where both come from to negotiate teamwork and learn to agree to disagree on other differences.
5. Seeing Each Other 24/7
When couples move in together because they want to spend more time together, after already spending time hanging out and staying over at each other’s places they figure out it is time and they might as well live together. It just makes total and complete sense as a really great next step. But if you think moving in with a partner means that you should see each other 24/7, you are on the wrong track. Yes, you love one another and yes, you want to see each other as much as you possibly can. But you both still need to live your own lives and see your families and see your friends and keep up your hobbies and interests. Do not just drop everything and everyone in your life now because you live with your partner. That is asking for a total disaster. Be honest about how much space you need and do the same partner and family.
6.Nagging & Complaining
Pointing out what is wrong instead of an appreciation of what is right is nagging. Why ignore a 90% strong points to zoom in on 10% weaknesses as long as it is not a risk to life or aggressive behaviour that causes harm or any danger. Be honest are you perfect yourself? Nagging is the projection of self onto others to compel them to behave exactly like you. In other words you want your identical clone to just like you. You already know this is making a total and complete stereotype, so honestly, why would you do this? Do you want your partner to hate you and resent you and eventually leave you? You definitely want to cut this out and soon. A lot of couples make mistake of nagging each other when they move in together, so yes, it definitely goes both ways and guys can do this, too, even if you don’t think so. Your might ask to chill out a little bit about chores and taking care of apartment or might say you are hanging out with your friends too much and nag you about how you need to spend more time at home. Do your best and say you both need to communicate properly and that neither one of you should make the other one feel bad.
7. Both Being Honest
Sometimes couples living together are not totally honest about what they each want. Maybe wants a certain apartment but your partner hates it so did not push for it or vice versa. Is not ideal situation if both move into an apartment and you do not both absolutely adore it, but yeah, it does happen. If you’ve moved in with someone before, you’ve probably made the mistake of not being honest about the kind of living accommodations that you’re looking for, and if you haven’t lived with anyone yet, you definitely will in the future. It is just one of the things that usually happens for good reason to make partner happy so wants the same thing for you, so you tiptoe around this kind of issue and act like everything is totally fine. Until, of course, it all comes crashing down later on always be honest because if not you pay it for it later.
8. Treating As Y/our Place
Avoid mistake of acting an apartment is still totally yours if your partner moved in with you, you are not alone there. The same thing applies if you move into their apartment or you got a totally new place altogether. The truth is a place belongs to both of you now and you definitely have to get used to that. You cannot just invite people over without telling your partner and vice versa, and you cannot decorate it however, cannot randomly rearrange furniture without telling the other person. You just cannot unless you want to start a huge argument and then, by all means, go ahead. This is part of what makes living together so new and difficult. It is not all fun and games and there are some real decisions that you have to make with your partner. Even if you take initiative or want to surprise it is good to have approval out of respect not belittle partner. Hopefully, you will get used to realizing you share space now and things will be okay.
9.Being Choosy & Picky
You want to have a housewarming party when you move into a new place and so desire goes up about a million points as you are moving in with your partner. You want to housewarming party, asking for tons of trouble and do not realize how much this strain on your relationship. The same thing will definitely happen if your partner wants to throw party earlier than you do or tries to control the whole thing. Talk to each other openly honestly about when you both want to throw this party and definitely think plan together the details and costs or clean up after.
11. Being A United Team
Yeah, you have been living alone for a while now, and even though you’ve been in this happy and serious relationship, you have still had your own space. You could do what you want, when you want, and you made decisions about going to sleep or when to cook or when to clean without having to ask someone else if it is okay. But now you are part of a team and it is not just your space anymore, so that is a huge change. A lot of couples make mistake of not acting like they are part of a team now that they moved in together. You cannot just rearrange your entire living room without talking to the partner or decide to retile the bathroom floor without them running it by you first. You have to talk things out and figure them out together. If you do not want to do it this living arrangement might not work neither will relationship.
12.On The Best Behaviour
Yes, of course, you want to be on your best behaviour around other people, but around your romantic partner? Why would not just be yourself to relax a little bit more? A lot of couples think when they move in together, they should not walk around in ugly sweats anymore or do the things they used to do. But that is a huge mistake and so wrong. You are sharing your life with your partner now, along with your apartment and deserve to be yourself and be real as possible. You can absolutely break out your ugliest sweatpants or slippers and just might become inside joke between two of you, which is totally cool. You should not be afraid to relax and act the way you did before when you just lived alone both do the same thing within reason, of course. You may not want to see the messiest so hopefully can reign it a little bit you two.
13. Fighting Too Much
Some couples move in together and then automatically start fighting too much. The thing is this does not have to happen at all so can absolutely work hard to prevent it. It is easier to fight with someone you see all the time every single day. You expect them to figure things out so there is no reason to tell them exactly what is on your mind but you should be honest all the time. And yes, honesty is a good idea yet there is a fine line between honesty and being kind of mean and cruel. Do not be honest you hurt your partner’s feelings. If you both just share intimacy together but cannot seem stop bickering about little stuff, you need to set some ground rules and boundaries. Talk about how you will divide up chores, domestic stuff like cooking and cleaning. Until you figure that out you will keep fighting and that is not good for anyone.
14. Expecting Romance
This is a huge mistake lots of couples make, and is a pretty obvious one. Of course, you think things are going to be super romantic 24/7 when actually living with one you love the most in the world. But that does not take into account being sick, being exhausted, being stressed out at work and general life stuff. Moving in together is kind of like getting a taste of what is married life so you definitely will deal with a lot of things you never had to deal with before. You must be open and honest with each other about literally all you are dealing with, whether you want to or not. If you do not sleep together every single night or have the hottest love life ever, that is not a bad thing. That means your relationship matures as love changes and gets back to normal. A point to remember is libido changes with small children so find new hide outs for timing intimacy passion. You need to be creative as not same as just the two of you before raising family.
15. Have Zero Problems
You cannot have children then expect the home to remain as if you live in a show room because the house is an investment to sell on. Some do not let children sit on sofa, play, roll on floor in living room so raised like little soldier’s in ‘the sound of music.’ Perfect children and families only happily ever after relationship happens in TV drama, Mills and Boon’s romantic novels, real life is warts and all. Couples think once they make important decision to move in together are truly committing to each other so will have zero problems. If things get more complicated when you move in with someone it is normal but, that is not a bad thing at all unless you make it one. Both are own whole people and with your own thoughts, feelings, ideas and you have your own schedules and routines. Those are bound to clash so that is okay. That is what is supposed to happen. Do your best to be patient as the two of you get used to your new living situation and work out the issues within a good frame of time. Just because you are having a bit of trouble getting used to living together does not mean things are heading in a negative direction. Some recommend not moving in together before marriage often it does not work out in favour of the majority who tried due to lack of commitment. At other times couples need support of the family members and friends to survive. So it is wise in both best interest not to exclude isolate or burn love bridges as you are too deeply involved to make room for any other person. That is too close for comfort so can suffocate the relationship. Above all, God said it is not good to be alone so seek God’s Face to guide and help you build up a sound foundation. Do not let your picker or physical looks attraction be the only deciding factor of relationship. A reliable interdependent relationship nurtures love essential to a mature love. Life is dynamic so changes take place daily in both if children are involved. Create play corner, child space include learning and music. Continue to date once a month minimum and get a baby sitter and do not call every second instead of relaxing with your partner. If possible for stability of children choose a location nearby with schools, church and parks locally. Aim for property longterm so children will not miss out on forming durable friendships and family support.
- A charge to keep I have,
A God to Glorify,
A never dying soul to save,
And fit souls for the sky.
- To serve the present age,
My calling to fulfill:
Oh, may it all my powers engage
To do my Master’s will!
- Arm me with jealous care,
As in Your sight I live;
And O Thy servant, Lord, prepare
A strict account to give,
- Help me to watch and pray, And on my God Rely Assured to trust forever God Through Christ Jesus my Lord.
Many believers genuinely love God in the film industry and also contribute greatly to cinematography. Produce numerous films to enhance and highlight texts in the Bible in line with the Word of God in context. This enables the audio-visual presentation of Word of God to help the Body of Christ. Others boldly share their testimony to declare their faith and the marvellous works of God, sometimes it cost jobs, employment opportunity. The Christian women are not ashamed to share their faith in Jesus openly, despite the stigma in Hollywood. Many express their belief in God openly crediting God for making a way for them to be in their working roles in Hollywood. These are famous people who understand that life without God is meaningless. Therefore protect their hearts with the word of God daily for strength to carry on and face many challenges of life. Just like anyone else even Hollywood’s rich and famous must overcome practical issues in life. Jesus died to save all people including the Hollywood these mega superstars in the wonderful Name of Christ Jesus. There are many more Christian believers in Hollywood including another person well known worldwide. He is Stephen Baldwin’s family salvation is a miracle, his body representing different stages of his life has scripture John 3:30, on the back of his neck shortened to 3.30 “I must decrease so He may increase,” referring to humility required in Christ. The youngest sibling of Baldwin acting clan accepted Jesus in the aftermath of 9/11. But the wake-up call came after a Brazilian nanny was singing about Jesus in Portuguese to Baldwin’s baby in front of Stephen’s Brazilian wife, Kennya. “A hired lady from Brazil named Augusta, in the whole first week she’s working was singing in Portuguese she spoke with his wife Baldwin told CBN. Kennya suddenly realized whom the nanny was singing about. She went to Stephen and said, “Do you hear what she’s singing about? She’s singing about Jesus.”
After overhearing singing few more days her curiosity could not be contained and she approached the nanny directly. “I noticed your singing, and I’m wondering why every song is about Jesus?” Kennya was taken aback when Augusta burst out laughing. “What’s so funny?” she asked. “Quite frankly, I think it is a little bit funny you think only here to clean your house.” To Kennya’s amazement, she explained through a prophetic word, she was told that if she went to live with the Baldwins, Stephen and Kennya would one day come to faith in Jesus Christ and be involved in ministry. “She goes on to tell his wife, before she had accepted the job, she prayed with her pastor and some church members in Brazil. I haven’t told this part of the story a lot. She had a dream and saw me, saw my wife and saw my first daughter Aliya.
Baldwin was not impressed or moved about what appeared to him at the time to be religious gibberish. “Did not faze me for a second,” he said. Raised Roman Catholic up until 11 or 12. Didn’t stick. Went out into the world and did my own thing. Among his “own things” were roles in Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Posse (1993), Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994), Threesome(1994), The Usual Suspects (1995), Bio-Dome(1996), Fled (1996), The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000), Fred Claus (2007) The Flyboys (2008). In addition as award-winning actor became a producer and an author. So Kennya was first one in the family to receive Jesus. After spending much time talking about Jesus with Augusta Kennya attended a Brazilian church in New York City, seeking answers and learning more about Him. As time went on, Stephen became curious, felt drawn to God began asking questions. Then 9/11 struck.
Hailey Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin, Aliya Baldwin, Kennya Baldwin. “September 11th kind of freaked me out,” Baldwin recounted. “I said, ‘Hey, what’s this all about? My wife’s a Jesus freak. Maybe it’s time I begin thinking about this faith thing.’ Pursued it, became born again, accepted the Lord, baptized in water. At first, his faith appeared somewhat unconventional. “I did the little Stevie-B kind of bungee-jumping, sky-diving psycho version,” he said in The Blaze. “And I made covenant with God, I said okay, I’m an adrenaline junky kind of guy so challenged God to give an experience greater than anything experienced thus far, in a deal I brokered a deal with God.” Half of the nanny’s prophecy was fulfilled but other half was for the actor to get involved in ministry. “I was too busy running around doing my thing.” Right from the start, testified loudly about Jesus perhaps too strongly for some in his immediate circle. The Blaze quoted him saying at first he was “probably a little too much blowtorch.” “When you go on the news, or CNN, and you are excited, you do not realize on the beginning of Christian journey people are going to have a perception now,” he said. “And I did not really care, and does not care, and has no regrets. But I didn’t realize.”He wound up losing gigs.
Then, Mark Burnett’s Bible series hit the History Channel in 2013, and Hollywood woke up to the earnings potential of faith-based movies and Christian films came out. Baldwin was perfectly poised to join trend and starred in 2013 movie “I am in Love With a Church Girl.” In 2004, he directed the Christian theme skate boarding film called Livin’ It to share the gospel with kids in a skateboarding and stunt biking culture, in which Baldwin himself is very much involved. His 40-minute documentary features extreme sports athletes, is the footage of street outreach, and moving stories of God’s miracles told by 11 top “hardcore sports” athletes. Baldwin said Jesus Christ has given him peace and made him a better father and husband. “And I couldn’t do that unless I had some understanding of God’s will for me,” said Baldwin, who is now 50. Again, I only has understanding because I know what it’s based on, which is the Bible and I read it every day.” Now we’re in a particular time in the world’s history where it is time people stand up for Jesus, people get more aggressive and radical how they communicate with our culture about Jesus,” he said. “My point is simply this: I believe I have a calling. Do you know what that calling is? To stand up in a new and hard-core, radical way for the Lord. In the process, if I insult a couple of people, if I offend a couple of people, and if I got to shake it up a little bit, as long as it is led by the Holy Spirit, amen.”
Kevin Hart’s mother was going to help him with rent to kick-start his comedy career, but when the due date passed he called his mom and all she said was: “Have you been reading your Bible?” A week later it was the same thing: “When you read your bible, then we’ll talk about your rent.” Annoyed at his “over-religious” mom but desperate about eviction note on his door, Kevin grudgingly sat down and opened the Good Book Bible.
“I go home and say, ‘Man let me open this Bible up,’” Hart explained to Oprah Winfrey. “Open the Bible up, six rent checks fell out. She put all my rent checks in the Bible.” Score one for mom and the Lord! Hart the self-spoofing star of Real Husbands of Hollywood, doesn’t need Mom’s rent money anymore. He’s enjoyed a steady stream of movie roles starting with Paper Soldiers (2002), Scary Movie 3 the next year,Soul Plane (2004), In the Mix (2005) and Little Fockers(2010). He ranked as the highest paid comedian by Forbes, valued at $87.5 million. In his latest gig, a quixotic Hart fails hilariously in constant attempt to climb Hollywood social ladder. While not overly vocal about Christianity, Hart is believed to hold the values of his mother, even if he pokes fun at her zeal in comedy routines.
Dedicated to Christianity, Hart uses his whole family’s faith as a frequent topic in his stand-up. He doesn’t make fun of Christianity itself, but he does make fun of how people can be hypocritical with religion as a drug addict Jesus-loving cousin according to Hollowverse. On that same day when the checks tumbled out of his Bible, Jesus tumbled out too. Hart was born in Philadelphia in 1979 to a cocaine-addicted father who was in jail more than he was in Hart’s life. As a teen growing up in a harsh reality, Hart resorts to humour as coping mechanism. His love for slapstick eventually won several amateur comedy competitions on the East Coast until landed recurring role on the TV series Undeclared. Jump to the rest of the story.
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Hasset Anteneh studies at the Lighthouse Christian Academy in West Los Angeles.