Hear me out, Austin

Updated: Mar 29



Written in the week of Austin, Texas’s South by SouthWest Festival.

Try to read as much as you can, it seems like we never get to slow until something startling happens to us. Sit with me here and at least in my eyes, everything we go through is completely worth it. I pray this article is too for you.


I had only worked one day for SXSW before I realized the weight of what was about to go on in this city, along with the rest of the world. And I am so grateful for the way it so intimately touched my heart through what seemed like life, and death.



March 14th, the day of the Billboard Magazine x Doodles NFT x Diplo event, is where I started seeing God’s hand show up like I was in a dream. This story is what sent me over the rail to publicly let my heart burn for equality & peace. Hang in there with me, just here to help.

The weight poured down when I started to freak out in the Soho House pool bathroom on South Congress St. here in Austin, Texas that very night of the Billboard event at ACL Live. After thinking everything that had been entrusted in my hands for working for the venue was about to be thrown away by my unprepared and offset mentality, I couldnt breathe and my heart was racing a million miles an hour. Basically, I thought I had lost my keys to transport the talent to the show. So I ran up and down Soco thinking someone stole them, when they had actually just fell in between the couch cushions in the lobby while I was waiting. Although I knew how to calm, I surrendered my faults to God, and thanked Jesus for showing me never ending love and forgiveness. Found my keys. Apple’s Air Tag has got major glitches by the way. Deep breaths of praise. Everything was fine. Seeking light through the darkness always makes everything is always okay. I walk out the bathroom.


I then calmly sat at the first seat outside the door and heard a lady speak about her faith, and how she sees people have got the wrong idea of Jesus in their heads. I knew exactly what she felt. Hearing this immediately after my episode in the bathroom at the place I expected the least amount of God, astonished me. Later that night, I caught her in passing to give her thanks for being a vessel that gave me comfort and reassurance after my freak out. I shook her hand and felt the goodness in her heart. She used to be a student at the University of Texas.


I went the entire rest of the night sleepless due to work, mistakes, and the bliss of working the event. Little nutrition and bad coping mechanisms made me prone to bad decisions as a first timer to working for SXSW in the music industry. At least there was great music and absolutely great people. Those creations are what absolutely get me through all the haze as well.


March 15th, 2022


The Next day, I realized after the fact that I dropped my pay check as I was getting off the elevator to go in the Soho House. I immediately surrendered to God it would be okay, and I could receive it back in some way or be able to cancel it. As I was getting to my car to leave hours later, my mother said the pastor from 3Ten’s LifeAustin downtown service found it, and returned it to my mothers house. 3Ten is the venue where the events I was working for SXSW were taking place, right under Austin City Limits Live. My mom when notifying me of this, said how God must really be watching out for me. How comforting life is when we are all watching out for each other.


I continued to be overly content with God's endless love on the no sleep and little nutrition I had gotten on that next day of the Rolling Stone Magazine x Twitch event at 3Ten. I was terribly lacking a clear thought process that I had imposed on myself by getting no sleep, even when I was told to get some shut eye. I just couldn’t. I was too consumed by the energy that I had never expereinced in Austin as well as being baffled by God taking care of everything I had entrusted in Him. My life.


As it got later in the day, the hours started to mush together and I had forgotten everything of importance.


Later that night, I went to get my Bible I left the night before at the venue. Right then and there on the side walk infront of Rolling Stone, what I thought was my world got torn to pieces at the hand of God trying to show me what is truly good and eternal. I was humbled and brought to reality by a conversation. I remembered after that we have to lay our treasures in heaven, to try to value things that never rust or wither, so our treasures will be eternal. Like love, kindness, faith, hope, patience, gentleness, peace, self-control, and joy. Those are things (fruits of the spirit), come from the heart. They can never be taken away, stolen, or destroyed like my heart felt from this conversation. We have the ability to experience those things forever. That’s when it hit me that we have to treat each other equally with love if we want peace in this world. We can’t just throw eachother away. I felt stepped on like a bug and it hurt more than anything had in a while. I cared about the person that stepped on me.


I drove off Willie Nelson Blvd in deceit once everything was settled, so taken aback about how we can treat eachother in this world. It‘s always just miscommunication and different midsets, a reoccurring theme. Dangling on this string of sanity, I continued to make rash decisions. Thank God my wonderful friends layed by my side at the Soho House pool, and we looked at the stars in defeat. God then spoke through them, and told me more of the humble truth that the best things are what you don’t have to ask for. We can all accept each other endlessly, and happiness from that suffices more than anything we could ever touch. We shouldn't have to ask for that.


Stay with me here.




We left and went to the places that we always go to around the neighborhood. Thank God these guys know that good company is enough. When my friends were dropping me off at my mothers house I was staying at to work the fest, couldn’t help but ask them to pray for the world, and told them how I was so scared to be alone for some reason.


As I walk in the front door, it was then only past midnight. When I got to my room, my heart broke in tears about the situation outside Rolling Stone. Even though I was so blessed to see the Lord’s hand humbling me to what He’s trying to show me in it all. I cried so hard it hurt everywhere. Luckily I had the best person in the world there to comfort me and put me to sleep for the first time in 48 hours, my mother. My head was spinning in uncontrollable thought of how we need to treat each other with kindness because you never know the circumstances. No matter if it’s your neighbor, sibling, co worker, spouse, idol, or a fellow human with out a home on the sidewalk, we are all the same. We all need open arms to basic care and good treatment, to live as we are intended to.


March 16th, 2022


This next morning I knew I needed to reset my priorities, and we got rid of everything that was putting me on edge. All of what I had been wearing on my fingers for months had given me cuts and bruises from doing what my idea of the God’s work was with them. The last ring would not come off. We tried so hard but it would only come off and my blood circulation was being cut off in pain. When I said I trust you lord, I trust you, I trust you, I surrender, it came off. These rings cut me like the crown of thorns cut Jesus’s head when he was laid on the cross and he bled. Something that looks like worth; a crown had made Him bleed. The Lord tells us to put no value to things that glitter in gold. I have been taught why the gold rings made me bleed. That’s just what came in my mind.


Before my mother and I went to seek wellness in the city in the midst of what seemed like chaos in my heart, body and mind, I went to where I knew would give me peace. This little dock right down the street from my family’s house. I sat with my feet off the dock, opened my bible, and just closed my eyes to trust the Lord for what seemed like a very long time. As I opened them to see the light shimmer on the lake, I looked down to see the page and verses that had reaffirmed my faith in the last season of brokenness. Matthew 6. What are the odds as the wind was blowing like crazy on the waterfront that it would land there? No coincidences. Everything happens for a reason right? I read over and over and preached on these verses for the entirety of the day to get me by. I did not set my bible down the rest of the day. I held it to my chest to protect my vulnerability to whatever happenings the world could throw at us next. That night I found peace in my own home to finally sleep a bit. I was only comfortable on the couch. My mother hugged me to sleep and I told her how I am thankful through the pain at heart because it showed me the light. She left me to be as we started to fade, although I stayed awake. I could still not sleep, replaying all the brokenness of how we treat each other in the world. I moved to a bed, surrendered again to trust the Lord's hand in my life. Then I fell asleep only when I put my arms out into a T. I thought of Jesus on the cross. Listen to this. No matter how broken we think we are. We will be healed with faith in what’s already been done for us. Have patience that it’ll all be okay if you trust and aim for goodness.


March 17th, 2022


I wake up, it’s 7:20 am and time to go to the hospital for my scheduled biopsy. My lower back is now also in excruciating pain along with the reason I am already going to the hospital. My thyroid nodule in my throat has grown sizes I didn’t think were legal in a throat. I could not breathe or think because of the unexplainable pain. I believe this health issue plays a good amount to my disorderly stature; the symptoms being mood swings, intolerance to heat, shaking tremmors, vast weight fluctuations, hyperactivity, irritability, restlessness, fast heart rate and inability to sleep. Anyways, we did not know if I could eat or drink water before the biopsy so I continued to put myself into a state of famine. I was desperate to be helped. Once we arrived at the hospital, we didn’t know where to go, considering we had never been to the certain branch and we were panicked. But somehow I had a feeling it was around the corner and to the left, although I’d never been. I surrendered to the lord that was the truth, and somehow in my disillusion I was able to read a shirt of someone that apparently worked there walking towards us in the hall, and they affirmed that was the right way.


We check in, go into the specific center and wait patiently in line as possible. I asked the lady at the front if for this procedure I was able to drink water and she said oh yes of course so I rushed outside to the water fountain that did not work. Passing the water station in the same direction, I see the EMS sign. I just needed water. A kind lady in the waiting room behind me chased after me as I was walking to the EMS to give me a water bottle. I was breathing so hard trying to drink the water at the same time, she calmed me down and told me she was sorry. She had no idea what my circumstances were. I know other people in the building had it so much worse. I hugged her with all the love left in my body, and her friend too. They made such a difference for my mentality going into this appointment with all my physical and emotional pain. We sit down and I pray over the room that these people may be reached as well because we are all in this together. Same body same flesh. With my surrender and reading of the truth in Matthew 6 again, my name was then finally called. Before being seen, my mother handed my book pressed flower that fell out of my bible to me, and that a lady in the waiting room kindly returned it to her. When on the hospital bed ready for a biopsy, we realized the ENT doctor’s office had some kind of miscommunication and sent the wrong order to the Hospital. I then cried in desperation to be helped out of forgetting God has it under control. Couldnt stop heavily breathing and I was buring on fire. I felt like it was going to be the end of the world if I didn’t get answers soon enough. We got the ENT on the phone to explain the issue, and the target was finally hit over much miscommunication to get the right order sent over. The hospital can’t perform procedures without the right orders, so had to reschedule, given that there was no time to be dealt with anymore. As we left the Hospital, I warned my mother of my concious state that if I don’t see someone or go to the EMS I will continue to be emotionally unstable and be mourning in pain. She understood and we went on to attempt to achieve a sense of peace in services around the city. I went to a place on South Congress the Lord was a vessel through me at when a friend of mine was in pain. When I sat down, the lady taking care of me saw my faith in the midst of pain, and told me “look” and showed me the tattoo of a cross on her thumb. I then was reminded I was not in this alone, and my heart was put to peace here. My mother came in hours later to tell me about how she had been on hold with the surgery scheduler for 2 hours trying to get me the right biopsy procedure, for the phone to only disconnect right as it started to ring to connect the call. As she walked into the room, the scheduler somehow got to call her back and give us an appointment for the right biopsy the next morning at 8 am. Everything was going to be okay. On the route back home after another helpful and calming service, I let my inevitable human temper get to me when I forgot the peace and sanity God gives me to think reasonably, and I blew my top on the one taking care of my every need, the one that was there by my side constantly through all insanity. She understood, but boy I let it out bad I scared her. We are all human and deserve forgiveness. But learning to not make the same mistakes is why Jesus begs us to walk with him so diligently.


We got home and I called a friend that I knew would always have my back. She brought over a thundercloud sandwich and listened to how I’ve been seeking the Lord throughout all this madness of the helpless not being reached, and the powerful being desired in the city when we all derseve respect and love. She then mentioned how her sister works at Dell Seton at UT, and texted her sister my symptoms. Her sister said that I might have it bad enough that I can be seen quickly, but this was the night where when I walked through those hospital doors, it was very apparent that I was supposed to wait like everyone else. There were fellow brothers and sisters of this same painful flesh that were in desperate need of help. I prayed and prayed that they would be seen and helped. I read the same verses of Matthew 6 in the Bible that God spoke to me through, and paced back and forth listening to the two albums that had given me sanity and hope in the past. Thank you music. Did you know when a room sings together it only takes 10 seconds for everyones hearts to beat at the same time? Music is made for us. I paced the waiting room like I was on a phone call and sat upside down in my chair out of restlessness in all my fatigue. Good things happened when the verses about love played in my ears. My father arrived from Houston to be there for me. My nerves calmed as the waiting room started to empty and my dad hugged me as I waited for him in the entrance.


Written the night of March 17th, 2022 in Dell Seton Hospital at UT around 11:30 PM


This is the day that I tell the truth.

Everything I’ve learned from my absolute imperfection.

I want to say sorry and ask forgiveness from everyone I’ve hurt or gave the impression I was trying to hurt or use them on purpose. I have been humbled by what’s going on around this world. The endless famine, hurt, anxiety, fear, questions, misunderstanding and death just because we can’t communicate to love each other and see that we come from the same place. Especially when we mess up. Sometimes we try too hard, and sometimes we don’t try at all and it ends up not only hurting ourselves, but hurts many others when we don’t even realize it. We are so easily able to fall into being overly self involved, or self righteous. My emphasis is for us to realize only the humble are truly fed with the gifts and fruits that are everlasting. I know sometimes I don’t like talking about things because it seems like it’ll hurt someone. In reality we need to respect each other by hearing the truth in all its imperfection, and accept each other for who we truly are and the mistakes we make that are inevitable as humans. We are not God. This world is too crazy for us to be against each other. Now is the time that we unite under the truth of what is really eternal. We can’t be deceived of what seems like it’ll be the best option deemed by society. I’m talking about need for a pure kinda love that never runs out. The kind of love that everyone can feel. I love you. That’s it. Just endlessly accept each other for being just another beautiful and broken human. I laugh at the fact that tonight I was telling my dad my story of what all has happened, and only thing he had to say was don’t sh*t where you eat. That might’ve been a little blunt for my taste, but in translation it’s more than true. Don’t lie to your self. Don’t take things for granted. Once you accept that the world feels so much better when you don’t hurt others, you will include and care for them in sight of human desperation for happiness. No matter what form of human you appear to be, you will know eternal completion with this gospel. Treat thy neighbor, heal thy weak, take the stick of your eye before you judge one another. God just teaches us humble love, everlasting forgiveness and peace. It's what we all need every second, and simple as that. I am currently standing on my 7th hour in Seton Dell Hospital at UT with everyone from the streets and the broken homes that suffer like this everyday. Those that have yet to be unreached. I decided I was tired of the facade of life that we are better than each other. I left New York years ago for a reason. I didn’t want to be in that toxic energy of who's more powerful? Who’s the biggest? Most respected? I learned that at age 18, that that energy was not what sufficed my soul. God’s love suffices your soul. Being loved with an endless promise that it’ll never cease. That nothing you can do will make you unworthy. No matter what you look like, what you have in your pocket, or who likes you, can ever put as much value to your soul as the verdict that’s already made by him. Don’t take anything or anyone for granted. Born and raised or working for what you got, I beg you stay humble to live by the truth that all of us have just as much value and potential as each other. So please let me help the lives of these people find your love Lord Jesus. Let us be calm.


As I finished praying and writing the passage above, I walked back over to my father and surrendered in exhaustion to his arms. He had driven from Houston just to be there for me. Despite all of my disobedience to him. He came to love me. I kid you not, as I gave into his arms they called me into the hospital bed to be able to be diagnosed and lay down. I couldn‘t help but think about how God, the father wants us we surrender everything to Him so the weight of burdens will be taken off our shoulders. All signs point to Him.


I finished writing that around the endless flow of Austinites coming in and out the doors, I am so grateful I listened to the gospel to wait just like everyone else to be helped, because we are only human. I realized when I got discharged, the Billboard x Dolly Parton x NFT south by showcase was what was going on just outside the door. It was accross the street from the hospital. That was where I was originally supposed to work before Jesus reminded me that I am just as broken as everyone else in this world and need his help to feel alive too. What are the odds Jesus led me to that very hospital when I had already gone to one other Seton Ascention hospital earlier that morning when I thought needed to see the EMS too? The lord didn’t want me to be treated so easily like I was at the first hospital when I had an appointment and the EMS was open for me at the time. God wanted to show me what He wants for my life through the unexplainable desire and patience to wait for help just like everyone on the streets. Tomorrow I go back to the other hospital to get another test for cancerous cells in my thyroid nodule. I rely solely on the lord for whatever news I receive. I’m sure I’ll be fine because everything is meant to happen. I believe the Lord, the Austinites around the city that bore with me through my emotions I exerted the past couple days, and my family is what truly got me through what seemed like insanity and death. I kept on seeing the Lord‘s love and goodness show up. He was my reason when people thought I was crazy. He was my reason I could stop hyperventilating in the soho house after thinking I had ruined everything I deceivingly thought was important to me at the time. He was the reason right after I surrendered that to Him, I heard a lady mention the name of jesus and witness her tell the other people at her table that people have got Jesus all wrong in their heads. God showing up like that was what gave me the proof that the lord's hand was near and dear to try to make the world see Him for peace in the midst of chaos and facades. It gave me peace, love and trust time after time. Don’t give up y’all. Keep trying to be good n humble. Accept each other when we make mistakes or seem unworthy, because we are all just human. You never know what not forgiving them might lead to. Sadness. Drugs. Lies. Insanity. Homelessnesss. Death. Life without true love just feels like death. The Bible says you cannot serve God and Money. I'm pretty sure money has not made anyone truly happy inside. Give yourselves the light of goodness that is so available. Know this love that is meant for us. He made you exactly how you’re supposed to be. Seek light through the darkness. Your strengths are your weaknesses. Just channel your heart and our purpose to care for each other unconditionally into every situation and relationship. Just like Jesus did. That kindness will always prevail. Make the world a better place with his true love He sent His son Jesus down for us to know. Everything since I started trusting and turning everything back to You has bizarrely worked out for the better and shown me peace in my life. Patience. Acceptance. Loving and transforming my imperfections. Growing. Being humble and kind. Loving one another like you would your idol or your enemy. We are all gods' creations. Respect each other with love before it’s too late.


March 18th, 2022


Was the morning of my biopsy and everything went very smoothly in my procedure to extract cells from my thyroid for testing. Kind doctors, generous help, and a hand to hold with a name I’ll never forget. I thanked everyone I saw. I was so thankful God showed me his heart for us to rest. I just have to keep trusting God that everything is meant to be and seek his goodness through it. I talked to my psychiatrist and saw my therapist after, and my therapist said there's a relation in all my tendencies, but there’s something he couldn’t quite put his finger on. I understood.

After, we got some good food, chicken wings included. I could finally smile without crying now. My mother and I both fell dead asleep at home after all these restless nights of worry, stress and testing. My mother woke me in a hurry because I was late for another wellness service. I get there quickly, and ask someone the time once I get settled, and of course, it’s 3:10. The name of the venue and where the pastor that found my check preaches at and that is under ACL Live, where I work. I relax and praise the lord in sight of His hand. The rest of the day is rest and family, with the Bible constantly by my side.



March 19, 2022


If you’re wondering about the results of the night of the 17th in the ER, The doctors in the were a blessing to all, everyone was served. All before me, thank god. My mother and father were standing by my side in the hospital bed. We all knew it was going to be okay. I was finally okay. They told me all my cells looked normal from the test samples, and I didn’t have an infection like I thought I did last year when this same hospital diagnosed and helped me with a kidney infection. The pain that concerned me was the same and worse in my lower back, where your kidneys reside in your body. That pain and all the other symptoms like trimmers and heat flashes aligned with the same infection. The doctor said this was not the case, and it was probably muscular or having to deal with my nervous system. The doctor trusted the fact I had an 8 am at the sister hospital the following morning to have the biopsy for my thyroid. He did ask although where my intense mania and confusion derived from. I stuttered to answer, but told him my truth. That I believe in God and He sent me through this to set my reality back to what He wants for us. That the people out there need to be treated just like the people in here. Our purpose is to love all with a blind eye. The eye is the window to the soul. If you are seeking light, you will find it. His love is the true light. I thanked every person I saw when we left the hospital, with the intent of showing how much appreciation I have for their humble humanity to help everyone. As I walked out, I told the front desk with probably too much passion about how thankful I was to know how everyone would be served here. As my father drove his ex wife and I to our home, turned and burned to drive back to Houston to be with his wife who had recently learned that her father had been re-diagnosed with brain cancer.


I told him. It wouldn’t have been the same without him. My fathers love showed at a time where I doubted if he’d understand me given our/my past history. But I think we truly saw my heart for People, love, equality and God. Without his presence I wouldn’t have gotten to my own reality of understanding. God as our Father does the same.


God's love empowers us to endure all pain and broken heartedness. No matter how much you think you can’t take. Try trusting him. Trusting that he has a hand to make everything okay one day. With all the war and inequality in the world, have hope that peace will come. Its promised. We have the free will to help that happen. Take action in love.



I am just a girl who has grown up in Austin with a love for people, music, helping and serving others, and the truth of the Lord has prevailed in my life to know that is what’s truly greater than all human fault. These capabilities we have as his creations give us the power to do anything to be righteous. Us means absolutely every living human on this planet. Love is the answer. He is always the answer. Trust and love what can’t be seen, it’s with in us all.


There are many other little unexplainable things that happened when I surrendered to the Lord in the midst of my vulnerability and worry. Coincidences with timing, placement, encounters, music, symbols, quotes, and observing. They have all pieced together to support this story. God and his people as my witness.




If anything I have said does not align with the truth of steadfast love and the Bible, throw it to the ground. It is my only intention.




Take a chance to relate this excerpt below to your life in translation, as I have done. These seemingly harsh words aligned with my life when I was hopeless and they gave me more meaning than I could’ve ever sought before. And trust me I tried everything to achieve happiness. I took this upon myself, no one pushed me to believe in Jesus. He just showed up as my last chance of hope. I want the same for all people. This is for everyone. Take these words into modern day translation. We do not typically speak this same way, or go through these same things in reference, so try to look at what’s below as an old curation of words, that are trying to guide you to a better life, of freedom and kindness. A chance to know the truth of how we aren’t supposed to control everything with our own hands. Jesus was a child of God just like you and I. Believing that there’s more to this life is a beautiful thing take a chance only to see how it can transform your heart. Maybe you’re unhappy like I was.





Matthew 5

The Sermon on the Mount


5 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.


The Beatitudes


2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:


3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.


5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.


6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.


7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.


8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.


9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.


10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


Salt and Light


13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.


14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[b] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.


Christ Came to Fulfill the Law


17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.


Anger


21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother[c] will be liable to judgment; whoever insults[d] his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell[e] of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26 Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.[f]


Lust


27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.


Divorce


31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.


Oaths


33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.[g]


Retaliation


38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic,[h] let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.


Love Your Enemies


43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[i] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect


Matthew 6


Giving to the Needy


6 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.


2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.


The Lord's Prayer


5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.


7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:


“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.[a]

10 Your kingdom come,

your will be done,[b]

on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread,[c]

12 and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.[d]

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


Fasting


16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.


Lay Up Treasures in Heaven


19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[e] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!


24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.[f]


Do Not Be Anxious


25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[g] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.


34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble


Matthew 7


Judging Others


7 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.


6 “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.