Being a Visionary: This Is My Perspective| The Honey Bulb

Happy Spring! Can you believe we’re already three months into the year?!

Well, lately I have been reviewing the three things I want to incorporate more of in my lifestyle this year:

Being Creative, Imaginative, and Visionary! (read more here!)

As I was reviewing these things the word Perspective came to mind.

What has my perspective been this year and what kind of Spiritual perspective does God want me to have?

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Nicolle Luna, Author and Founder of The Honey Bulb

When I think about being a Visionary, I think of this from three different perspectives:

First, I think of being a Visionary in the sense of the work of my hands, having a Vision with the wonderful gifts and talents God has given me and making sure I am honoring Him with what He has given me by being dedicated in all I do!

All throughout the Bible, we see this perspective. God honors those who are dedicated and work hard.

When I see someone working with all their heart in their calling it encourages and motivates me to do the same!

Second, I think of being a Visionary in the Spiritual sense. Having a Spiritual Vision beyond what I can physically see.

God is All-Powerful and All-Knowing, and when it comes to having Vision, being in His presence gives me wisdom, discernment, and understanding.

When my eyes are fixed on God’s promises for my life, that’s when I feel I have the best Vision!

Third, I think of being a Visionary when it comes to a relationship! Think about it!

What can you do to make someone’s day? I am always thinking about different ways I can show someone I love them!

So as I continue to develop these three characteristics, being Creative, Imaginative, and Visionary, I keep these perspectives in mind!

How about you? In what ways can you be a Visionary?

 

The Sweet Heart Bible Study: All Things Through Christ

All throughout this month here on The Honey Bulb, I have been talking about what it means for me to be a Sweet Heart!

To get caught up here’s what being a Sweet Heart means to me:

  • A Sweet Heart Authentically lives out The Fruit of the Spirit (read here!)
  • Is always ready to be a light (read here!)
  • Always loves (read here!)
  • Is an optimist, encourager and always has faith (read here!)
  • And as a Sweet Heart I know I can do all things through Christ because He gives me the strength and ability to do so (today’s segment!)

To me being a Sweet Heart features all these key points and more!

Today I wrap up The Sweet Heart Bible Study with the final key ingredient:

As a Sweet Heart I know I can do all things through Christ Because He gives me strength!

All Things Through Christ

To me, it is so wonderful and glorious to know that I can do all things through Christ because He gives me strength (Philippians 4:13)

Have you ever thought about the immensity of having Christ’s Spirit working in you to be able to accomplish God’s amazing plan for your life?

I love how Scripture declares that with God’s Spirit working in us, God can do much, much more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20)!

So when it comes to being a Sweet Heart I know that I can do it all through Christ who’s Spirit teaches and guides me into all truth and gives me the capability to be more than enough in the lives of those around me!

Isaiah 30:21 explains “If you go the wrong way… you will hear a voice behind you saying ‘this is the right way. You should go this way.”

I believe that when it comes to being a Sweet Heart, Christ speaks to me and guides me in a way that helps me to know and recognize who He’s shaping me to be!

His Spirit highlights the Fruit of the Spirit in such a way that I always know His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control and in return bear the same good fruit as a Sweet Heart! (The Sweet Heart Bible Study: Bear Good Fruit)

His Spirit leads me to always be ready to be a light by following His example and teachings! (The Sweet Heart Bible Study: Be The Light)

His Spirit also teaches and guides me to love in such a wonderful way by opening up my eyes to perceive who I need to be in the lives of those I love! (The Sweet Heart Bible Study: A Sweet Heart always Loves)

And as a Sweet Heart I know I can be an optimist, encourager, and always have faith through His Spirit that continually works in me! (The Sweet Heart Bible Study: A Sweet Heart is an Optimist, Encourager, and Always Has Faith)

All these things and more Christ gives me the strength to be through His Spirit working in my life!

Dear Lord, Thank you so much for giving us your Strength to do all the things you’ve called us to do and be all that you’ve called us to be! Thank you that your purposes for us are unchanging and that your Spirit leads and guides us in a way that shapes our lives to be Sweet and you are Sweet! Continue opening up our eyes to all your wonders! In Jesus name, Amen!

Journal Questions
  • List out the key points of being a Sweet Heart from The Sweet Heart Bible Study. What are some things you can think of to add to the list?
  • How is God’s Spirit leading you to be a Sweet Heart in the lives of those you love?

 

 

The Sweet Heart Bible Study: A Sweet Heart is an Optimist, Encourager, and Always has Faith

All throughout the month here on The Honey Bulb I’ve been talking about what it means for me to be recognized as a Sweet Heart!

Have you ever tasted the most delicious recipe and thought “I just have to have that recipe?”

Well if you’ve been following along, you know that to me, being a Sweet Heart is much like a favorite recipe! It takes having the right ingredients and instructions!

What are the key ingredients to being a Sweet Heart?

  • Sweet Heart is someone who authentically lives out The Fruit of the Spirit. (read more here!)
  • Sweet Heart is someone who’s always ready to Be a Light. (read more here!)
  • Sweet Heart Always Loves. (read more here!)
  • Sweet Heart is an optimist, an encourager. A Sweet Heart always has faith.
  • And as a Sweet Heart I know I can do all things through Christ because He gives me the strength and ability to do so!

So with the right ingredients, come the right instruction!

Today’s Segment?

Ingredient #4:  A Sweet Heart is an Optimist, Encourager, and Always has Faith!

A Sweet Heart is an Optimist, Encourager, and Always has Faith

As a Sweet Heart, I believe that being optimistic and encouraging is a must!

I know, as an optimist that God works all things out for my good (Romans 8:28)!

All throughout God’s word we read of how He comes through for those He loves.

Romans 10:11 says “As the Scripture says, ‘Anyone who trusts in Him will never be disappointed.”

Knowing His character and love keeps me always optimistic that He will do what He promised in my life!

Being an optimist also helps me to be encouraging to others.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 explains, “encourage each other and give each other strength!”

When I am optimistic I have the strength and courage to encourage others to trust God in the same way!

Being a Sweet Heart also means that I have a Spirit of faith that comes from God and this faith gives me the strength to be both an optimist and an encourager.

Dear LORD, Thank you for giving us your Spirit of faith that helps us to continue being optimistic and encouraging not only in our life but to those around us as well! Continue filling us with Your Spirit so that we can be the Sweet Hearts you have called us to be! In Jesus name, I pray Amen!

Journal Questions
  • How do you think being optimistic gives you courage and strength?
  • In what ways can you be optimistic and encouraging to those around you this week?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sweet Heart Bible Study: A Sweet Heart Always Loves |The Honey Bulb

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

Today’s Segment of The Sweet Heart Bible Study is all about love!

Here’s a quick summary of what we’ve studied so far:

  • As a Christian, I believe it is so important to be recognized as a Sweet Heart (Someone who authentically lives out the Fruit of the Spirit, is always ready to be a light, always loves, is encouraging, an optimist, and always has faith, and as a Sweet Heart I know I can do all these things and more through Christ who gives me strength!)
  • To live out the Fruit of the Spirit we need to understand how each fruit relates to being Sweet in our lives (The Sweet Heart Bible Study: Bear Good Fruit).
  • To shine our light we must know our Christ-given mission “You are the light that gives light to the world” Mathew 5:14
  • To be a light we must be an example of goodness, right living and truth (Ephesians 4:19) living this out in our words, actions, love, faith, and pure life (1 Timothy 4:12)

Today’s Segment?

Ingredient #3: A Sweet Heart Always Loves

A Sweet Heart Always Loves

“Be alert, continue strong in faith. Have courage and be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

As a Sweet Heart I believe that love is at the very core of every action we need to take and to me, I can only love perfectly when I am completely alert and attentive to who God needs me to be in the lives of those around me.

In the verse above, The Apostle Paul charges the believers to be alert, continue strong in faith, have courage and be strong, and to DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE.

Love takes all of the above and more!

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 gives us love at its core:

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth. Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, always endures. Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

We need to be alert to the needs of those around us. We need to be alert to who God is calling us to be in the lives of those closest to us!

I believe that when we are aligned with God, He leads us in all things, including our relationships!

God sees what we can’t, and when we are alert in hearing from God, He gives us direction on who to be to those around us:

“God can see what is in people’s hearts. And He knows what is in the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit speaks to God for His people in the way God wants.” Romans 8:27

Love can be hard sometimes but, in love, we need to continue strong in faith knowing God is always showing us what to do!

As a Sweet Heart this is my guideline to living a life of love.

That when I am attentive and alert (1 Corinthians 16:13) always walking in love (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) I can be the Sweet Heart I need to be!

Dear LORD, thank you for giving us Your Spirit of love through which you always lead us! Continue to Lead us in love and goodness, always showing us how to be the Sweet Hearts we need to be! In Jesus name, I pray Amen!

Journal Questions
  • How is God leading you in love?
  • How can you perfectly demonstrate your love as a Sweet Heart? (*hint: ask God to lead you in His Spirit in love for He sees what you can’t!)
  • In what ways can you love this week?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sweet Heart Bible Study: Be The Light |The Honey Bulb

As a Christian, I find it’s super important for those around me to recognize me as a Sweet Heart! Why? Because to me, being a Sweet Heart is much more meaningful than what it may appear!

In the first segment of The Sweet Heart Bible Study , I explained how to me, being a Sweet Heart takes having the right recipe and ingredients!

Have you ever tried the most delicious cake and thought “I just have to have the recipe!”

Well to me, having a Sweet Heart is very much the same! This takes practice and the right recipe!

To me, these are the key ingredients that are important in being a Sweet Heart in my life:

  • Sweet Heart is someone who authentically lives out the Fruit of the Spirit.
  • Sweet Heart is someone who’s always ready to be a light.
  • Sweet Heart always loves.
  • Sweet Heart is an optimist, an encourager. A Sweet Heart always has faith.
  • And as a Sweet Heart I know I can do all things through Christ because He gives me the strength and ability to do so!

But of course, what are ingredients in a recipe if you don’t have the right instructions?

Well, In the first segment I went over the first ingredient “A Sweet Heart Authentically lives out the Fruit of the Spirit.”

Today’s Segment?

Ingredient #2: A Sweet Heart is someone who’s always ready to be a light.

Be The Light

“You are the light that gives light to the world. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hidden. And people don’t hide a light under a bowl. They put it on a lampstand so the light shines for all the people in the house. In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in heaven.” Mathew 5:14-16

In the passage above Jesus tells us that as His followers, we are the light that gives light to the world!

Being a light is super sweet!

Ephesians 4:19 explains it this way, “Light brings every kind of goodness, right living, and truth…”

So how can we be sure that we are being a Light to those around us?

By being an example to others of goodness, right living, and truth!

“…be an example to the believers with your words, your actions, your love, your faith, and your pure life.” 1 Timothy 4:12

I love this passage above from 1 Timothy 4 because it gives us a checklist of what being an example to others is all about!

Being a light means that you speak life with your words in the lives of those around you! Your actions are always pleasing and encouraging and give life to those who are around you!

Being a light means your love is real and authentic!

You are continually living out your faith and always ready to help others with their faith in God as well!

And last of all, being a light means your life is pure and honoring to the LORD!

At the end of Ephesians 4:19 it declares “Try to learn what pleases the LORD.”

“…whoever obeys the commands and teaches other people to obey them will be great in the kingdom of heaven.” Mathew 4:18

Reading the Word of God continually and making a habit of putting into practice what we read each day helps us strengthen our Sweet Hearts and continually be a light!

We are the light that gives light to the world! This is so amazing to think about and even greater to live out!

To me, part of being a Sweet Heart means I’m always ready to be a light!

Dear LORD, Thank you for giving me Your Word and Your Spirit that equips me with everything I need to be the light that gives light to the world. Open my eyes to those around me who need me to shine your light! Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to show us what it takes to be the light of the world! Help us to follow your example and always be an example of your light and goodness! In Jesus name, I pray Amen!

Journal Questions
  • How can you be a Light to others according to Ephesians 4:19 and 1 Timothy 4:12?
  • Who has God called you to be a light to this week?
  • How do this segment of Being a Light and the first segment of Bearing Good Fruit relate to each other?
  • Write out 1 Timothy 4:12. How can you strengthen each of those characteristics in your life this week?
The Sweet Heart Bible Study

Bearing Good Fruit

The Sweet Heart Bible Study: Bear Good Fruit |The Honey Bulb

It’s February and all month long sweets and treats are being shared with all those we love. This is the month where we use the words sweet and heart the most together in one sentence.

The month where, I presume, every girl wants to be called a sweet heart.

As a Christian, I find it’s super important for those around me to recognize me as a Sweet Heart all year long. Why? Because to me, being a sweet heart is much more meaningful than what it may appear!

Have you ever tried the most delicious cake and thought “I just have to have the recipe!”

Well to me, having a Sweet Heart takes practice and the right recipe!

To me, these are the key ingredients that are important for me in being a Sweet Heart in my life:

  • A Sweet Heart is someone who authentically lives out the Fruit of the Spirit.
  • A Sweet Heart is someone who’s always ready to be a light.
  • A Sweet Heart always loves.
  • A Sweet Heart is an optimist, an encourager. A Sweet Heart always has faith.
  • And as a Sweet Heart I know I can do all things through Christ because He gives me the strength and ability to do so!

But of course, what are ingredients in a recipe if you don’t have the right instructions?

Well, If you haven’t guessed it already, each segment of The Sweet Heart Bible Study is made up of each of these key ingredients and their instructions!

Today’s Segment?

Ingredient Number 1: A Sweet Heart authentically lives out the Fruit of the Spirit. 

Authentically Live out The Fruit of the Spirit

Jesus said in Mathew 7:17, “…every good tree produces good fruit.”

So how can we know what fruit we need to produce in our lives?

Well to answer your question, The Fruit of the Spirit!

“…The Spirit produces the fruit of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control. There is no law that says these things are wrong.” Galatians 5:22-23

Just reading these Bible verses makes me feel sweet on the inside!

Those words put together are the starting points of what being a Sweet Heart is all about!

Love. Although we will mention this fruit more in-depth later on in our Bible Study this month, Love is the very definition of the Gospel.

“God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

God expects us to grow in our love for Him and for others! Love strengthens and sweetens our hearts!

Joy. To me, a heart full of Joy is a heart filled with trust in the LORD and in His Great Power! Countless times in the Bible we see how ultimate Joy relates to ultimate trust in God!

“My Brothers and sisters, when you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy,” (James 1:2) This may seem like a strange concept but keep reading, “because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.” (James 1:3)

My Joy is dependent on my trust in God because His promises for me are unchanging (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Abraham learned this very important lesson in His life in Genesis chapters 12-22.

God made countless promises to Abraham and accepted Abraham’s genuine faith. Even through testing, Abraham remained faithful to God and trusted God to do what only God can do!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge the LORD and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

So how does Joy spring from Trust in God? Because we can trust that God is our Ultimate Provider, our Ultimate Comfort, our Ultimate Healer, Our Ultimate Everything, and that gives us Joy and Peace through our momentary troubles and keeps our hearts and lives Sweet!

Which brings us to the next fruit…

Peace. “Let the Peace of Christ rule in your hearts…” (Colossians 3:15)  “And God’s peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

When we know God is in our hearts and in control of our lives, we can have peace, His peace that is so great we cannot understand it!

Have peace also comes from Trust in the Lord. When we place our trust and in the hands of God we can be assured that He takes care of us, and if He is taking care of us leading and guiding us down the paths that are good, we can know His peace!

“Give all your worries to Him because He cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Our hearts are sweet when we know that God holds all our worries and cares!

Trust in His timing and have peace!

Patience. The Sweet Heart is a heart of patience. It knows when to speak and when to listen. And most importantly it knows how to wait well.

Patience is a character trait that needs to be developed and worked on carefully. God, the Author, and Perfecter of our Faith knows well how to strengthen our Spirit of Patience.

Earlier I mentioned James 1:2-3, “My Brothers and sisters, when you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.”

Here is the fruit of patience in our life “Let your patience show itself perfectly in what you do. Then you will be perfect and complete and will have everything you need” James 1:4

The perfect Sweet Heart is a patient heart!

Kindness. What a sweet word! Kindness. To have a kind heart is a sweet one indeed!

God calls us to treat others the way we would want to be treated (Luke 6:31) and to love others as we love ourselves (Mathew 22:39)

As a Christian, we are called to be imitators of Christ. To live as Christ lived here on Earth.

Jesus showed kindness to the sick, to the weary, to the lost, and brokenhearted.

Goodness. A Sweet Heart is a heart full of goodness!

In Psalm 23:6 David exclaims “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.”

and 1 Corinthians 2:9 declares, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

How Sweet are those words! The Lord is full of goodness and as we walk and learn to be like Him our Hearts are sweet and overflowing with God’s goodness!

Faithfulness. A heart that is faithful is a heart that is sweet!

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.” Luke 16:10

Being faithful to God and to others is at the very top of the Christian life. We live to be a light to others, so when others see us being faithful to God and to those around us we are being good stewards of the name of Christ (Philippians 1:27; Mathew 5:16).

Self-Control. Lastly, a heart that has self-control is a Sweet Heart!

I always think of self-control when I am on a diet! It’s really tempting to look into the pantry and want to snack on unhealthy options but ultimately if I persevere in self-control I benefit from my diet the most!

When thinking of self-control in the Bible we should look at the example Jesus left us when He was tempted in the wilderness! He stayed strong and remained faithful to God and His Word and ultimately won the victory!

Authentically living out the Fruit of the Spirit not only is a key ingredient to becoming a Sweet Heart but it also brings us closer to who God made us to be through Him!

The Fruit of the Spirit not only bless our lives but they bless the lives of those around us as well!

Dear LORD, Thank you for giving me your sweet Spirit so that I can always shine Your light wherever I go and in whatever I do! In Jesus name I pray Amen!

Stay tuned for the next segment of The Sweet Heart Bible Study here on The Honey Bulb and check out the Journal Questions below you can use for further study!

Journal Questions
  • In what ways do the Fruit of the Spirit relate to being a Sweet Heart in your life?
  • Think of three ways you can incorporate the Fruit of the Spirit in your day or week.
  • Which Fruit of the Spirit did you think is the most important?

What it takes to be a Visionary |The Honey Bulb

It’s 2019, and this year I have decided that I want to work on being three things: Creative, Imaginative, and Visionary.

Growing up I always heard stories of people who had a vision for their lives and persevered to see that vision come to life.

As a recent college graduate, I spent much time studying and working toward achieving a degree. I thought that when I finished my degree I would then find the next step I had to take in my career.

Two years later, I’m still putting together the pieces of who I’m meant to be.

But I’ve come to realize that life is much more than a degree and I have so many dreams! However, the one thing about having dreams is that if you don’t have a vision for how you will achieve your dreams, then that is all you’ll have, a dream.

So this year, being a Visionary is one important thing I’m putting before God.

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Nicolle Luna, Author, and Founder of The Honey Bulb

As I was praying and seeking God about what He has for me this year I came across the story of Elisha in 2 Kings 6:15-16:

“Elisha’s servant got up early, and when he went out, he saw an army with horses and chariots all around the city. The servant said to Elisha, ‘Oh, my master, what can we do?’ Then Elisha said, ‘Don’t be afraid. The army that fights for us is larger than the one against us.’ Then Elisha prayed, ‘LORD, open my servant’s eyes, and let him see.’ The LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

This passage of scripture really got me thinking. How many times have I been so consumed with what I’m not and what isn’t happening in my life that I completely block my vision into what God is actually doing in my life?

And it dawned on me, I need vision. So I prayed “LORD open my eyes and let me see!”

And that is my prayer for this whole year, that God would open my eyes and let me see all the glorious things He has prepared for me this year and for my life!

Because as 1 Corinthians 2:9 explains, “as it is written in the Scriptures: “No one has ever seen this, and no one has ever heard about it. No one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”

So for me, the first step into becoming a visionary this year is yielding to what God is doing in my life and listening for His direction. He would open my eyes and let me see the next steps and that I will follow whole-heartedly.

Because that is what it takes to be a visionary. To have your eyes opened and see that the dreams that you have for your life can come true, especially if you lean on the One who knew your whole life before you were one day old (Psalm 139:16)!

 

Being a Fashionista in The Sea |The Honey Bulb

Fashionista in the Sea. This is something you probably have not heard before.

Well if you have read my other articles here on The Honey Bulbyou may have read about how when I was in High School I started a blog called Fashionista in the Sea.

Being a Fashionista in the Sea meant that I was a girl with a purpose. I actually started the blog because I was trying to figure out what to do with my talents and abilities.

For me being a Fashionista in the Sea was much more than just fashion. It was all about me developing my skills and figuring out what I was meant to do in my career.

I love to write, I love to be creative, and most importantly I love to encourage.

So I put those together to create something that I wanted to help guide me into what I was to become.

A Fashionista in the Sea.

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Nicolle Luna, Author, and Founder of The Honey Bulb

Now, it’s early into 2019 and I am sure that everyone is working hard on their New Year’s Resolutions and what they want to accomplish this year.

For me? I want to be three things this year. Creative, Imaginative, and Visionary.

Working on Fashionista in the Sea helped me know what I was capable of doing, and now as the Founder of The Honey Bulb I get the chance to continue my journey into being creative, imaginative, and visionary.

How about you? Are you being a Fashionista in the Sea? Are you setting out to discover what your purpose is in having your gifts and abilities?

This year I am keeping an open mind to all that God wants to do in my life and how He wants to use my gifts and abilities. I am putting before Him The Honey Bulb and every aspect of my life!

Here are a few Bible verses to encourage you in your walk in finding your purpose too!

“Seek first the kingdom of God and what He wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well.” Mathew 6:33

“I will make you wise and show you where to go. I will guide you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8