Friday, August 9, 2019

Darkness you refuse to quit? Today a Poem




The bottom of the Lake

Did you sink to the bottom of the lake and like it?
Are you recoverable?
Or Are you Too comfortable, to even try it?

Vulnerable, sinking in terror.
You suffer deep inside
consequences of your own error.

Open wounds full of grit
no end in sight, a path well-lit 🔥
Now deep into this endless pit - 
all because the darkness you refuse to quit!

Darkness like quick sand swallowing you whole.
You justify and excuse
you vilify and accuse
Everything that can save your soul!

Oh, tame servant of control!
Your will, please try to break
This decision you must make.
There is not much more 
your poor soul can take! 
Can’t you see? Your life is simply fake?

Vulnerable now dangerously close to death
Truth you seek- for in the rubble 
every breath a mighty struggle. 
Can’t you see friend you’re in trouble?
Please Swim swiftly and reach for help!

Yet Of hope you are not able
nor of sweet commitment capable.
With your eyes closed Instead 
you dive in this sinkhole of despair!
No longer breathing life's sweet air

Is it so hard to acknowledge?
you’ve been wrong since before college
In the cavern of your mind
Hope cannot be undermined
or neglected for too long
Don’t you know?
Your purpose to God does belong.

See Love can’t be unexpected
If your thirst is well directed
Death to pride could save your soul
You just need this to decide
If your life is redirected
Run away, have a new goal

Your enemies’ constant demands
too much for you to withstand!
Self-reliance, fear and insecurity.
Pride, lust, anger and impurity.

I desperately want to say
Someone your soul wants to save.
But You are drowning with a purpose,
I wonder will stop and try to stay?
Will you pause and try to pray?

Hold His hand
his angels immediately he will command
To help you and lift you
And take and free you
out of the land of the damned!


Friday, May 17, 2019

Talks and Workshops








Talks and Workshops are available. 
Please contact me for more information.  



Coming Talk:  BCHLC   

Five Pillars of the Home School Mom –  I think these are the non-negotiable must haves for a homeschooling mom to be successful.
  1. Prayer– Without a relationship with God and His grace in our lives there is no success. It’s all about making time for God not finding time!
  2. Encouragement – Why we need each other, it’s all about giving and receiving. The gift of each other and the power of friendship.
  3. Time Alone – Have some fun recharge your batteries, it’s all about taking a break doing something completely unrelated – something that renews your energy!
  4. Health – Diet and exercise can change everything! For me it was Trim and Healthy Mama/ skiing and scuba diving! How eating right and the right physical activity can change your life!
  5. Forgiveness – Ourselves, our husbands, the kids (our own and others’), and each other!  God makes every day a new beginning!
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                                      https://bchlc.ca/speaker/carolina-akoglu/




Workshops:

1. Praying with your kids
2.Homeschooling: Let's get started
3.Encouragement for the Tired Mama
4 Self Confidence Talk for Kids





Contact me for information.

light_in_u@yahoo.com



Possible Topics:

1.  How to get close to your Teen
2.  How to Build your Kids Self Confidence
3.  Want your kids to learn?  Use Marketing!
4.  Homeschoolers - Beautiful and Brave






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Do You Hunger?: Only God Can Satisfy



Ask:  Why am I so sad?




Today, more than ever people feel empty and alone. Why? How can this be?  We are all connected by social media, then, why are we still unsatisfied? Many relationships are superficial and empty, and everybody is just too busy.   So many of us are self involved and selfish, and at the end of the day there is nothing but emptiness. Do you feel that way?


There is a better way to live. 


We need to pray, so that God will teach us to hunger and thirst for what truly matters. To be made eager, on fire, and aching for that which will bring us peace and heal our hearts.  Our hunger can be satisfied; but we need to be willing to give ourselves completely, and to trust. In our quest for righteousness and for truth, only God can satisfy us. We can not grow tired of seeking what is "good and right", but we need to remember that it needs to be "good and right " by God’s standards. 

In choosing a different path, in choosing to live a different kind of life, we walk away from what the world claims is right,.  If we seek we will find.  And once we find we can never look back.  When we decide to no longer do our own will, when we decide to open our heats to God, our loving Father, He comes and he makes us brand new.  We find our path.  We find healing.  We find what is true and right. Not what today's world excuses as right, but true righteousness.  And our life is made brand new.

As we are transformed by God's love and we start walking down a different path,  sometimes we will make people uncomfortable,  sometimes we will not be so popular. This is because what it is to be like Christ, stands in stark contrast of those who are modelling other things. Some people might criticize us and say that we are too scrupulous, obsessed about the little things – but we need to know why we do things and walk in confidence.

Scrupulosity is when we do something for the sake of itself, or for our own ego. Righteousness, on the other hand, is for the sake of loving God. So the key is to be honest and know why we do things. When we know in our hearts that we do things for the love of God; it is then that we can be brave and firm in our way of being, not wavering. 

It is a grace to speak freely in defence of truth, and in defence of what is right. It is a grace to be ready to fight for the good of others no matter who they are, or where they are. If everything we do, we do out of love of God then we will have peace.  

A peace that surpasses all understanding, because God will be guarding our hearts and minds.   And then, what other people think will become inconsequential. 

The gift of Peace then - will be the natural result of the way we live.






"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they shall be satisfied. "



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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Chairlift Rescue at Grouse Mountain : Holding on to Hope









Soon I will write up a post on my experience this day!  But for now I just want to write a small paragraph.  Just when the situation seemed hopeless, God inspired amazing people to turn it around.  He used five teens, from which at least three are loving faithful Christians, and two adults to completely change the ending to this story.  These five teens are an inspiration, their families chose homeschooling for them - and clearly it has paid off.  The five of them were  instruments in God's hands that amazing day!

God tenderly directed every person to help.  He also gave amazing fortitude to the father who held on to his child for so long.  Although it was terrifying for me, and at times I felt helpless, I prayed.    In my heart I knew I needed to document this amazing situation, people needed to see.  And the response has been amazing, people are being inspired and touched by God all over the world because of this video.  I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to "be God's hands and eyes" on this day.  Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit!

Feel free to ask me any questions you might have...

Carolina Prada Akoglu

Friday, April 21, 2017

Lonely and Depressed: Don’t Let Your Faith Dwindle!





The Bible tells us: “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.”(Hebrews 11:1) What do we hope for? We hope for God’s promises to become a reality in our lives. Faith believes these promises will be fulfilled. Faith is experiencing God’s love, even though we might not see Him with our eyes. Faith is the glasses, placed on the eyes of our heart, through which we see God. Faith is a gift.

In the Bible, God also tells us: “The victory that conquers the world is our faith.” (1 John 5:4) This is a huge statement to meditate on, because faith is something we should never take for granted.

Is our faith real, or is it a counterfeit? Does it arise out of the passing emotion of the moment, or is it everlasting? Is it there to stay, or will it be stolen by the enemy when trials, persecution or temptations come? In my opinion, a great benefit comes from second-guessing ourselves and not being too proud about the greatness of our faith. Why? We can become too excited and too overconfident, and then we will be in danger because this is when the enemy will attack us. Scripture says “Be sober and vigilant.  Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him steadfast in faith…”(1 Peter 5:8-9) Faith is a shield, and so we must always have our shield up and ready but if we are overconfident, we might not realize our shield is not as strong as it needs to be! We do not want to get too comfortable and let down our guard. Hence we must give our hearts and elevate our minds to God each morning, surrendering our will and placing our trust in Him, humbly asking Him to strengthen our faith.

How can we believe in someone we do not see? God is so good and loving to His children that He has revealed Himself to us. All we need to do is to want to get to know Him. It is difficult to believe in Someone we do not personally know, to believe in that Person’s goodness, love, mercy and power. If we say we have faith in God, but we have not taken the time to get to know Him, this could mislead us we might end up thinking it is enough to just say we have faith.

            Saying we have faith is not enough. It does not necessarily mean we have faith in our hearts. We might want to have faith, might even try to have faith, but without getting to know God, our efforts are in vain. Knowing requires learning. I know math only after I learn math. Likewise, I know my classmates only after I take time to learn about who they are and what is going on in their lives.

            In the same way, learning about God can lead us to knowing God. And knowing God will lead us to loving God, and loving God will lead us to having great faith and trust in Him. Why? Because, as we fall in love with Him, we will naturally desire to do His will. As we start to do His will, our life will be turned around, and His graces will fully flow into our heart. Faith, God’s greatest gift to us, will then become firmly established in us, and we will be able to see the difference that it makes to live our lives in the presence of God.

            As we get to know God, a great desire to love Him will be unleashed. As we come to understand the greatness of His love for us and see how He loved us first, we will desperately try to love Him back, and then we will quickly come to the realization that to love Him we need to align ourselves with His will. This takes work. We cannot just lean back and say, “I believe in God, and this is enough for me.” No way! We need to put time into our relationship with Him. Only then will we come to experience the fullness of His promises. Only then will we come to enjoy the fruits of His Spirit living in us. Only then will we come to live under the shadow of His wings.

            When we get to know God, we learn that we need to follow His ways in order to be fulfilled in this world and completely happy in the next. We cannot just try to do it our way! He is all knowing, and we are not, so we need to listen to Him and do what He tells us! Through prayer, meditation and Bible reading, we come to understand what He wants from us. If we are humble and we recognize that there is much for us to learn and much for us to change, we will allow His loving hands to mold us and make us brand new. Then we will start experiencing a brand new life.

            We must make a commitment to learn His ways, doing what He tells us, obeying His loving words of advice for us. Like the psalmist, we need to pray: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path. I make a solemn vow to keep your just edicts…Your decrees are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. My heart is set on fulfilling your laws; they are my reward forever.” (Psalm 119:105-106,111-112) This psalm reflects a true understanding of the fact that God loves us with an everlasting perfect love. All He wants is for us is to be safe under the shadow of His protection. His desire for us is for us to experience the joy that it is to have His love living inside our hearts. His desire for us is for us to come to everlasting life.

            We must take to heart words of advice that have been said by Christians before us. Great saints give great advice. I once read that “In the deepest solitude, God speaks to our hearts.” Maybe that is why sometimes He allows us to become a bit lonely, so that we can let go of all that is preventing us from listening to Him. Only then, when we are ready to listen, can He lovingly speak to our hearts and show us the way to be followed.

Faith makes us act. If faith does not make us act, then we have fooled ourselves, and perhaps we have no faith at all. As it says in the book of James, faith without actions is dead. (James 2:17) And faith that is dead is no faith at all. True faith saves us because it leads us to go to Him and to follow Him with our hearts and with our actions. Have we come to know God yet? What are we waiting for?!











Wisdom to contemplate:


“But without faith it is impossible to please him, for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)


“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)


“No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)


“For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7)



“Jesus said to him, ‘“If you can!” Everything is possible to one who has faith.’ Then the boy’s father cried out, ‘I do believe, help my unbelief!’”
 (Mark 9:23-24 )



“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” (John 14:1)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Advice and Help: The Uselessness of Planning Ahead!






One day we are here, the next day who knows? Everything changes. Everything can always get better if we look forward to tomorrow. All we know for sure is that we know nothing about what is ahead for us; therefore, we need to trust that every change that happens in our life will be for the best. Every day is an opportunity to change our lives, every second an opportunity to leave our mistakes, our sorrows and our fears behind. It is all up to us. We can choose to look forward to better times, or we can choose to be swallowed up by overwhelming circumstances. Let’s choose to have faith and to hold on through shaky times.

            What use is it for us to plan five or ten years ahead? Tomorrow we might be dead or then again maybe not. Think about job interviewers’ favorite questions: “Where do you see yourself in five years? Where do you see yourself in ten years?” The fact of the matter is that we have no idea where we will be tomorrow, let alone five years from now.

            Relationships might not last forever, but memories of these relationships do! Memories of being in love or of having good friends, a good teacher, a wonderful neighborall of these add up to the beauty that is our life. We need to live every moment fully and give our hearts completely. And when the time to say goodbye comes, we must be strong and know that we will have other chances to love and be loved. And we must keep in mind that every situation can teach us many things if we take the time to learn.

            I am confident that we will find happiness if we keep an open mind and an open heart. By giving a second chance to friendship, to love, to forgiveness, to opportunities that come our way, we give a second chance to ourselves. If we live with hope and a joyful heart, we will certainly find happiness I am convinced of this. By looking forward to tomorrow but living today to the fullest, we can ensure that we do not miss out on the best that can come into our lives.







Wisdom to contemplate:



“Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” (Matthew 6:34)


“But the plan of the LORD stands forever, wise designs through all generations.” (Psalm 33:11)


“Entrust your works to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)


“In his mind a man plans his course, but the LORD directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)


“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the decision of the LORD that endures.” (Proverbs 19:21)