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The Battle is Won in Jesus

Hey ya’ll!! I’m back! Did you miss me? I hope so, because I missed you too:) Lol. Well I have been reading posts but just not writing. I’ve been so tired because of work and other things, but I said, enough is enough… it’s been too long. Today, I will sit myself down and write lol. 🤓✏

Well, lately I made a major life discovery. I don’t know if this has ever happened to you, but have you ever had to deal with a difficult person? I SURELY have lol. You know the type? Loud, demanding, obnoxious, etc. etc. They demand that everything be done their way and they simply are not able to comprehend anyone else’s point of view. I see people like this and every single time, tbh, I am quite stunned. Stubborn behavior is not a quality that I have, and it is not a quality that I admire, like at all. That’s not to say you cannot have your morals, values, and respectfully stand up for them. Of course you can and you should. But people who feel like they need to put down others continually for simply having a different point of view, specially strangers, is just crazy to me. 🤔

Not everybody is going to agree with your POV, just in case you didn’t know. This is life, and everyone is entitled to their opinion. You may not agree, but everyone is entitled. So basically there are people in life who will try to come in (barely knowing you), change everything about you that they don’t like, just because they think you should be like them, and then these are the very people who are the first people out when you have a real problem. My advice, one should avoid people like this like the plague lol. They come to you with a fake smile, pretending to care, but they really do not. It’s best not to get caught up in their drama or antics, and deal with them from afar.

This type of person will usually be the mean person in the room, the office or school bully, or the antagonizer. They are always trying to stir up trouble to see who they can get to fall in their trap, because they are always trying to start a war with someone.

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But you, a child of God, need not be afraid. 🕊 Do not fall for this person’s antics. Do not fall for their bait. And trust me, they will place the bait! They will place it everywhere, because they are just hoping that the child of God will fall. And they might even try to turn other people against you, try to talk behind your back, or use other manipulative tactics to stay in control of certain situations. See these people try to act tough, but the reality is that on the inside, is an extremely weak and extremely broken person. They see you, so genuinely happy, and they just do not understand HOW. But they are too weak and too chained by the devil to ask or be genuine. They are commanded and led by the spirits inside of them to attack your person. They hate what is inside of you, which is the Holy Spirit. Understand that these attacks are coming from the devil, and this person is just merely being used. And also understand, GOD is more powerful that the enemy, HE already gave us victory!!! So we have nothing to be afraid of. These people will try to intimidate us, so we resign our blessings. But know, the victory is already ours, God already won this battle for us, so we do not have to feel fear or be intimidated! Nobody is going to rob us of our blessings, in Jesus name! And we won’t be shaken!

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I have to say, when I wasn’t so firm in my identity in Christ, these tactics worked like a charm on me. The devil robbed me of quite a few blessings by using people like this. (Even though God has returned them 10x!!) But no more!!!! I am confident. I know the battle is won. Thank you Jesus. I have no fear. I am victorious through Christ. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,

And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.

This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.

Isaiah 54:17

Hope you’re having a blessed & victorious week!! 🙌🙏💖 Xoxo

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Courage to Love ❤💪

I recently came across a tweet that goes as follows:

“We live in a generation of emotionally weak people. Everything has to be watered down because it’s “offensive” including the truth.”

Tbh, it kind of annoyed me at first! 😡😠 lol. But then I thought, wait a minute… I think that is the whole point of the the tweet… to annoy people & get a reaction! So I thought, I’m not falling for it lol. It was one of those “Christian” conservative political tweets meant to troll, annoy, push, and try to intimidate those who have opposing viewpoints. 😠 What was worse? The comments were full of vile posts from supposedly “Christian” people, insulting people with opposing viewpoints!!!! 😱

Imo there should be absolutely none of this going on. Calling people names for having opposing viewpoints is not only childish & immature, but as Christians it totally DESTROYS your testimony & any chance this person will give their life to Jesus in the future. We are held accountable for every word we say! (Matthew 12:36).

There is A LOT of this going on nowadays. 😧 I’m sure you guys have seen it.

People who simply do not have love or God in their lives, actively criticize those who do. In Puerto Rico there’s a saying… they don’t want to eat, but they also won’t let others eat! (Ni comen ni dejan comer!) These people refuse to truly accept God, but they also think they are “gatekeepers” to God & block others from getting to Him & having a true relationship as well! 😠😡

Jesus talks about people like this in Matthew 23: 13-36. In verse 13, it says:

13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.

Needless to say, these people are NOT on God’s good side lol. They may profess to be Christians, conservative, whatever! But such attacks prove they’re lukewarm at best. They have not made that decision to fully follow Jesus. They are just choosing to follow the world still.

It takes real courage to leave your old self behind, deny yourself, & follow Jesus. ❤🙌🙏💪 It’s what truly matters in life!

I don’t want to judge. I know people are at different maturity levels in their spiritual walk. But if you say that you’re Christian, you shouldn’t be online or anywhere insulting people. It causes great damage to your own personal testimony to do this, & to the body of Christ as a whole.

If you are Christian, you shouldn’t hate love, Jesus’ teachings, and everything that it stands for. You shouldn’t say these things are “weak” in a negative or demeaning way. Afterall Jesus loves, & uses those that we in our flawed human thinking think are weak, useless, etc. So insulting the “emotionally weak” is insulting Jesus… Think about that! Man looks at the outside, but God looks at the heart. ❤🙏

1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV) 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

If we truly follow Jesus, we would not spend our time attacking our “opponents” or enemies, verbally or otherwise. Jesus never did that! In fact, He was persecuted & attacked. And He calls on us to love our enemies, bless those who presecute us (Matt.5:44), & love our neighbor as ourselves. It is not merely a suggestion, but a commandment! (Mark 12: 30-31) So where’s the love?! 

Sadly nowadays, these social media tools have given a platform to people who simply use them for the purpose of attacking or sowing seeds of hatred. We cannot as Christians take these things in or allow them to contaminate our spirit. And of course, by no means should we be participating in it.

Matthew 5:1-11New International Version (NIV)
Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount
5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes
He said:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

If we allow these things to contaminate us, it’s like we are becoming Pharisees of this day, the very people who were against Jesus. The very people who stood for tradition, legalistic attitudes, religion, rules, & not a TRUE relationship with our Savior. (See Matthew 23:13-36)

Everything has gotten so confused, that people are wasting their time fighting with each other over political issues, rather than spending their time praising God and working for Him (what we’re supposed to be doing). When He arrives, and finds people distracted, it will be a huge surprise for many. We MUST stay focused. We absolutely cannot let these things take away our peace, steal our joy, or worse of all, SEPARATE us from the love of God.

Yes, is it just a tweet. But the truth of the matter is, as a society, many people seem to value cold- heartedness, aggressiveness, narcissistic, and mean attitudes over being kind, loving, honest, & humble. And this should not be. But of course, we need to remember we are living in a world that values more the things OF this world, and they reject anything that has to do with God. We cannot adopt these attitudes ourselves. We are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). That is why, we cannot listen to just anyone, or follow just anyone’s example. We have to closely examine who they are. This tweet came from a political commentator who supposedly believes in God, however his comments clearly show, again and again, that he is merely a false Christian, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, being used as a tool for Satan to lure believers away from the word of God and to get them focused on hatred.

If he really loved God, you would think his tweets would be less political attacks & more trying to get people closer to God. But you can see, God is not his priority. Instead they are now using God’s name to gain political control, win governments, and this is not of God. They are simply using God’s Holy word for their own personal gain, but they are clearly not really living the Word.

We are all humans. Can you imagine if Jesus saw the world in terms of “left vs. right?” or whatever it may be? As Christians, we need to be careful and we can have our political views sure, but we need to just focus on God and do our work for Him, and not focus on these political fights so much. And trust me I used to do it before, but the truth is I was wasting so much of my time & God corrected that. That’s what God wants for us. Not for us to be fighting all the time, losing our joy & focus. It is very clear to me these are the end times. So we should be prepared. Don’t let God come & catch you on twitter reading those things or worse sending hateful messages to people, & having hatred in your heart!

John 14:6 (NIV)
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Romans 12:2 (NIV) 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world,but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasingand perfect will.

I hope you’re having a blessed weekend!! 💖🙏💕 Xoxo

Further/ Related Reading:

Matthew 24: 45-51

Gotquestions.org- Jesus & Pharisees

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Show Yourself Approved 🏅

PicsArt_01-17-05.01.11Many times in life, we are so obsessed with the approval of others, that we forget that the only approval we REALLY need is the one from God.

I understand the need to want to fit in, to want to be accepted and loved. However, our identity ultimately must be rooted in God and His ways. If it isn’t, we’re bound to change depending on whoever is around and whatever direction they take us. We will be navigating life in random ways, confused and directionless, as many people are today. You probably know some people like this! I used to be like this myself!

The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV):

15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

What does this mean? It means that we only need God’s approval! Lol. It’s really quite a liberating thought if you think about it. It means that we must read and study the word of God ourselves, so that nobody can come and fool us with false doctrines, or try to sway us from doing the work of God, get us to think their way, manipulate us using the word by twisting it or misinterpreting it, or lead us to confusion in our identity in Christ. Being an “approved” person to God means not letting people or things get in the way of your relationship with God, but doing the things that we’re supposed to be doing for His Kingdom.

Some people let other people “create” their identity based on wordly stereotypes or on who they THINK they are! They let others dictate their actions and ultimately, the course of their life. Nobody on earth knows us better than our father, who created each and every one of us. He knew us from before we were born (Jeremiah 1:5). He knows every hair in our heads (Luke 12:7). And he STILL loves us with a love sometimes I fail to comprehend! 😍❤

No matter what anybody may think, if it goes against what God has for your life, you can respectfully disagree. And they cannot be upset (if they are, it is really their fault for trying to manipulate you lol). Nobody has the right to infringe upon your freedom to follow the Lord and His plan for your life! 🕊

I’m not advocating burning every bridge in your life here lol. We should try our best to have good relationships with people as best as we can. What I am saying is, if you have a calling or a task you feel God has given you, and somebody in your circle comes up against it, and tries to stop you or what you know to be God’s plan for your life, it is okay to respectfully disagree with that person, free of guilt, and continue to do God’s work. It can be your parents, siblings, pastors, friends, etc. Whomever. Because ultimately, we need to be obedient to God. That’s our individual responsibility. He is the only one we are accountable to. He is the only one that we need to show ourselves approved to! 

Our friends or family are not God. They do not always have all the answers and they do not always understand God’s calling in our lives, as supportive as they may be. And as understanding as they may try to be, as humans, we are still very much not perfect. Sometimes we may not grasp the will of God in other people’s lives, and people may not understand the will of God in your life. And that is okay. Sometimes, it takes a little convincing and a little explaining for them to really “get” the dreams God has placed within you. But you need to just follow God and be OBEDIENT to Him. If they still disapprove, it can be hurtful, but that is okay too, and it is a reality every Christian must accept. We have to keep pushing forward. If they are just rejecting you for following Jesus altogether, remember it really is a rejection of Jesus, they rejected Him first. (John 15:18)

Sometimes even those closest to us will not understand the dreams God has placed within our hearts. We still need to do these things, despite their lack of approval. Ultimately, we need to show ourselves approved to God and God only, not to anyone else, no matter how convincing their words may sound, or how much they try to rationalize that you shouldn’t. YOU get to decide what course you want your life to take. Ask God first and foremost for wisdom and guidance in your life. Let Him guide you, God truly has our best interest at heart. ❤🙏

I will leave you with this Bible verse:

Matthew 16:24-26 (ESV)- Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus 

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

Also, a similar verse from Luke:

Luke 9:23 (ESV)- Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus 

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Hope you are having a blessed week! Xoxo 💖

PS: Here’s a link for further reading on this very interesting topic, it kinda ties in with having healthy boundaries too. (You guys know I’m ALL about those boundaries!!) 🙏💪🤓💖

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/family-q-and-a/parenting/parental-authority-over-a-grown-child

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Happy MLK Jr. Day ❤

c35509efbd2e89c86a0db760b3e2e1bcToday in the US we celebrate a truly special day & a truly special man: Martin Luther King Jr, or as we say MLK.

He was a man of God, following God’s leading in His life. A true inspiration, a leader like few in history. MLK is one of my favorite people in history as you can tell lol. I don’t just think of MLK today bc it’s his holiday but he’s actually one of those people I look up to. Every time I feel like giving up, I look to MLK for inspiration. And God of course, but MLK provides such an amazing modern day example. 💖

You just never know what plans God has for you. MLK’s life was cut tragically short, but what he did in his short life has dramatically shifted history & changed our lives for the better. He followed God’s leading in his life. You never know what plan God has for you. God has great plans for all us, & only we can carry out that specific plan. 💖 I am so grateful & glad MLK followed God’s leading. It is truly incredible & beyond remarkable. He is an example to follow. 💖 A true inspiration. 💖🙏

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

I hope you are having a peaceful, relaxing, & productive holiday weekend.

God bless!! Xoxo ❤🙏

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Emotional Baggage 💼

PicsArt_01-12-02.40.11Many of us are walking around carrying loads of emotional baggage. For some, you could even say their whole identity is formed on past emotional baggage. And of course, our past experiences make us who we are. But when do we know if we’re carrying around past hurts for too long? Past hurts that we’ve been refusing to let go?

We want to start new relationships, move forward to the next level of our lives, but we are simply unable to and we wonder why? It’s like we’re cursed! 😱 I’ve had this very thought myself. I am not denying, some people do place curses over others and we should always pray to break these things over our lives. But sometimes, the problem is that we CONTINUE to WILLINGLY carry these curses or baggage from the past. We simply refuse to let go, and by doing this, we are shutting the door to the new blessings in our lives that God stands ready and waiting to give us.

We subconsciously form an emotional attachment to these curses, to this negativity. We internalize the enemy’s lies over our lives, and find ourselves living those lies! They become our identity. 

I think the root of this problem is FEAR. Fear of letting go of the past, for fear that the future will have nothing better to offer. This is a toxic pattern we MUST break if we are to move forward.

Let me tell you, FEAR has nothing to do with FAITH. This doesn’t mean we get to go around acting all crazy because we have “no fear.” No. we must always still be prudent and cautious. But having faith means believing God and His promises for our lives, and not believing the fears that the enemy tries to place in your head.  Those thoughts of guilt, of lack, of negativity, of poor self- worth, and condemnation simply have no place in your life because they will destroy you & stop you from receiving blessings & opportunities, & from doing what God needs you to do for His Kingdom! We don’t have to live condemned. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and this means that we get to live a life of freedom and joy through Him!

So today, let’s make a choice to LET GO of all this past baggage. Let’s let go of all the past hurt, toxic relationships, curses placed over us, negativity, bad patterns or ways of living, etc. Ask God to remove them in Jesus name. Make the decision to let it all go and turn to Jesus. We may not know what lies ahead, but we know for certain the past has nothing good to offer. And we also know that if we are with God, our future will always be bright. We will always be provided for, and our plans will succeed.

But you have let go of the world. Sometimes we have a tight grip on something that wasn’t meant for you, but then that thing starts to hurt you because it was never meant to be in your life. God’s will for our lives will always be greater than any plan or desire we have for our ourselves. Our plans will always lead to self- destruction. God will always lead us to life. He has given us a new identity as His children! We are made new! So once we do this, we no longer have to identify with those old toxic patterns. They’re just not who we are anymore. 😊

The Word of God is the Ultimate TRUTH. Whatever anyone has told you in the past that contradicts what the Bible says, it is simply NOT TRUE & you shouldn’t accept it as your truth. The enemy will try ANYTHING to separate you from God & see you downtrodden, sad, & defeated.

So right now, if you are living feeling condemned, guilty, heartbroken, sad, stressed, etc; Just pray to God. Give all of your cares to him. But truly give them to him, ask Him for forgiveness, and to help you and guide you in your path. Tell Him to replace all sadness, worry, and anxiety, with His perfect peace and JOY. Ask Him to cleanse and purify your heart. Forgive whoever you need to forgive. In the name is Jesus.

God will surely help you if you ask, He stands by waiting. 🙂 The victory is already ours as God’s children. Isn’t that amazing? In fact, making beauty from ashes is kind of God’s area of expertise, I can testify to this Lol. If you’re lugging around a suitcase full of past hurts, bringing it into every new relationship, job, etc., it’s just too heavy of a burden to bear. Give Him your past hurts, let go of the fears, & start living life in God’s TRUTH. ❤

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Hope you are having a fabulous #FriYAY!!

God bless 💖Xoxo

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My “Minimalist” Lifestyle

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One of my goals for 2018 is to save more money and be more financially smart. I don’t know if you guys have heard of the “minimalist” lifestyle, but I’ve sort of adopted it in a sense for the past year, year and a half. Now I know there are extreme minimalists, and that is not me lol. But, I do like it because A. it helps you save a ton of money, and B. it shifts your focus off things and more on people and experiences. So it really gets you in the habit of thinking, “do I really need this?” before buying things, which is something I’ve always struggled with (buying stuff I don’t need lol).

So I just wanted to share some tips about my so- called minimalist lifestyle, which tbh I think it’s just a normal life. I am a normal person who basically is doing things that she finds practical and that are going to save her some money. Personally, I absolutely hate clutter, so this whole minimalism concept really struck a chord with me. I continually clean out and get rid of stuff I don’t use. And I also buy quality. I buy things that I love and will last me a long time, and that I know I will get a good use out of them. Having said this, I also refuse to overpay for things lol. But quality> quantity, always! 🙂 Also, I have to say that I kind of was already doing a lot of these things already, then I found out it was a minimalism trend lol. ☺

Here are some things I’ve done in the past year to cut costs and live a more “simple” life:

  1. Pack my lunch everyday (this is for money but for health reasons too)
  2. Make my own coffee (bye Starbucks, au revoir)
  3. Downgrade my cell phone plan (there is no need to have an expensive plan)
  4. Buy bulk (it saves a ton!)
  5. Coupons, special offers, weekly deals, & grocery store apps- They work!!
  6. Stop buying excessive amounts of expensive makeup (I still buy basics like foundation, powder every other month).
  7. Cut my own hair (YES, only do this if you know how. I learned on you tube!)
  8. Blow dry my own hair (I’ve actually always done this, I learned from beauty magazines, tv, etc.)
  9. Do my own nails (It’s not hard! Also learned from beauty magazines)
  10. Do not buy vending machine drinks or snacks at work.
  11. Stopped buying bottled water. Use Brita pitcher and reusable water containers.
  12. Stop buying expensive & sugary coffee creamers. (for money & health reasons)
  13. Stop taking trips to the crafts store to buy stuff I never make! lol
  14. Stop buying books. I have an Amazon Kindle membership which I love, many books are free, & you download to the online library! No physical clutter! 💯🆒
  15. Cutting down on cleaning products. I used to buy a ton of different cleaning products for every surface & room in the house! You don’t have to do that. An antibacterial such as lysol, clorox wipes, & plain paper towels & water do the trick. Not much else is needed. (I discovered windows can be cleaned with water & a paper towel! Goodbye smelly Windex lol✌) ️

So these are all the tips I can think of. Are you guys minimalists? Have you also been living “minimalist lifestyle” without even realizing it? If you have any tips you’d like to share, please let me know! 🙂

Have a blessed Thursday!! 😊💖 Xoxo

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Abuse 💔, & Standing Up for Ourselves ✋💪

PicsArt_01-10-03.51.03Have you ever had this thought?

That women who do not ask for what they want, do not get their needs met? They get taken advantage of because they have no set standards, so they will adjust their morals to please just about anyone… This is a dangerous attitude to have for many reasons. The main reasons are that:

  1. They are lost & confused in their identity, affecting every area of their lives
  2. They become magnets to predators who look for these women are lost, simply because they are so easy to control and manipulate that they become easy prey. This is also a result of the 1st reason, being lost in your identity. When you don’t know who you are, what your morals & values are, you will change them to try just about anything that feels good at the moment. But in the long-term, these are things that lead to destruction of your self. 

And this goes for anybody, not just women. There’s people who have such a difficult time with this concept of asking, or even KNOWING what they want in the first place! They don’t ask because they either genuinely do not even know what they want (identity), or have a deeply held belief that what they want doesn’t even matter. This is simply false!

I’m not saying we need to have everything all figured out 100% of the time, but as women we need to have solid standards, or else any cute, hot, athletic, funny, rich (take your pick) guy who is an absolute jerk will come along, and if he has no standards or morals, it’s easy to fall for them and do things we really shouldn’t be doing, compromising ourselves and doing major damage to our sense of self- worth. It is a downhill spiral that many women, tragically, do not get out of.

It’s very sad, but it has to do with how we’re raised. Women’s and girls opinions are so often undermined and overlooked that some of them have actually internalized this attitude into their own thinking. But we women, are very special to God! God gave us a voice and He didn’t make us to live this way. 

I have to say, that Christian communities are the first to allow abuse to run rampant. There is MUCH work to be done in this area, because there is all kinds of abuse that happens in Christians families, and women and children suffer in silence. This is the truth and it shouldn’t be. And believe me I know because I grew up in a Christian home. In a Christian community. There were so many men who used the Bible as an excuse to display chauvinistic and unloving, even abusive, attitudes toward their wives & girlfriends, when actually the Bible says men should love their wives just as Christ loved the church. What they did was the opposite of the Bible! I see it to this very day, I would say it’s actually gotten even worse now!  

Ephesians 5:25 (NIV)

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

Women who aren’t taught to express themselves, or that their emotions are valid and should be respected, often grow up not respecting their own emotions or needs. They become confused, and become targets to predators because they can be so easily manipulated. Their behavior is like blood to sharks, it is a tell-tale sign that she is a woman with poor sense of self- worth, it attracts them and they become their easy prey. Predators only go for this kind of prey, they would never ever be attracted to a woman who has a voice and will stand up for herself, because his psychological abuse and manipulations would simply never work on her!!

It’s up to us women (and the good men on this earth), to make a change for the better. We need to stop dating these men who mistreat us, even if they SAY they are Christian. We need to stop the habit of undermining our own feelings, and start recognizing that we are WORTHY in the eyes of the Lord, and nobody has the right to treat us in a bad way or to say that our feelings and needs are not valid.

As women, we need to teach both our boys and girls about respecting people and their emotions. We need to teach them that THEIR emotions are valid as well. That’s not to say you let your kids do whatever lol, but you get my point. If we want to change the Christian community for the better, if really are the light of the world, we need to PUT THE LIGHT in the dark world of abuse in Christian families and communities. We need to talk about, address it. Empower women and children, instead of trying to silence them and blame them.

Ultimately, God is the judge. He will judge our actions on this earth, and every single one of these people who abuses another, will be held accountable for their actions. That is a promise we can lean on and have hope upon. God’s perfect justice. In the meantime, let’s stand up for ourselves, love ourselves. Recognize that we are WORTHY in the eyes of the Lord ❤

Have a blessed day! 💖 Xoxo 

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Waiting Patiently & with JOY

PicsArt_01-09-03.24.59This week, I was supposed to start my new job, but due to a sequence of events beyond my control, I am now having to wait until at least another week before I begin! (The extreme cold we’ve been having made a pipe burst at the office, which then flooded, & now systems are down! AND on top of that the extreme weather has led to lots of closures as well!).  

So now I wait… and that can be the biggest challenge! Keeping your JOY and patience while waiting for things we want so badly. We often have our own plans and expectations, but if things don’t go just as we wanted, we get frustrated and upset. We let it steal our joy. I used to do this, but now I am deciding I’m not letting life’s unexpected situations steal my joy and peace. In the long run, does it really matter that my start date is delayed just a week? It doesn’t. I can choose to spend this week being happy, busy, and productive, OR, I can spend this week being miserable, complaining how my new job is delayed, not finding solutions, and missing out on other possible blessings because of my focus on this one thing. The choice is up to me!

Well I am choosing the former! I’m choosing to be joyful. Even though this may not be what I had planned, I trust God and His timing and that He will take care of me and provide, so really there is no need to worry! It really is nice to get to sleep in one more week lol. 1-thessalonians-5-16-18

Hope you are having a blessed week!

Xoxo 😊💖

PS- I’m going back to my old “job” as a nanny this week, possibly next week, until I am able to go in to work! It’s a blessing! :)💖

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My True Love ❤

PicsArt_01-07-03.10.02Have you guys ever had this thought? That you are single bc you want to be? I think about it all of the time like, why am I single? I really would rather be single than be with a man who’s going to separate me from God, make me miserable, & bring so much pain into my life. Being with the wrong man does that.

I am in my mid 30’s now. I used to seriously beat myself up over not being married or having kids already. But you know what? I think it’s the BEST thing that’s happened to me. Maybe I thought I was mature enough to handle marriage, but I would’ve ended up in divorce court & this is God’s way of protecting me while He prepares me for my destiny. If this is the plan God had for me, I welcome it with open arms! Because I know only He knows the future & He has my best interest at ❤.

If I end up getting married at 40, so be it. As long as it’s God’s will, I wouldn’t have it any other way. ❤ Being raised in a conservative Hispanic country, meant there were always double standards, boys were almost always preferred over girls (unless you were the pretty popular one which I WASN’T lol, growing up I was awkward & weird haha!!), they always got to do the fun stuff, go outside, learn, experiment, even got more gifts & preferential treatment. If you’re a girl, the message is, you suck, go clean something lol. You were groomed for marriage & to serve your husband from day 1. At least that’s how I was raised. So you tend to grow up thinking that nothing else in the world matters, that marriage just seems so awesome & one day, I will be happy when my prince charming comes to save me from this awful life. You never develop your own dreams & talents because, well you’re a girl & your only job is to be a wife.  

This narrative is simply, such a big false lie.  This leads many women, including myself, down a dark path of depression, self- hatred, & anger that only God can break you free from. No man, no person, can give you the happiness, peace,& fulfillment we need as humans. (There’s also the flip- side to this which is just as false, thinking that only YOU can save YOU. I will write more about this lie from the enemy later.) Men (or women) are NOT our saviors. Only Jesus is our savior!!!

And that He did!!!! Jesus saved me. He broke me free. God is MY true love. We have the freedom to find our happiness, which lies in Him. We women have the freedom to work for what we want & create the life we want. We have the freedom to ask God where He wants to use us, what is His purpose for us? And let Him create something beautiful in us. We cannot go relying on people to do things for us, because at the end of the day, each and every one of us is accountable to God for the work we did on earth. This is not to say we cannot accept help, either. Accepting help & knowing when you need it, are vital.

The truly important thing in dating & life is, not trying to impress the men who don’t even care, who will probably be out of your life the next month, but trying to impress our true love, Jesus.

Hope you have a blessed day! 🙂 Xoxo 💖

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A New Chapter

PicsArt_01-07-05.20.19This week is the commencement a new chapter in my life.

I start my new job.

And with it, come new opportunities, new people, new lessons, and new responsibilities. I pray that I don’t take these lightly. I pray that as I take these steps, I always am led by God & that my actions are not really mine, but Him using me for His purpose.

The word commencement has always been very interesting to me. In Spanish, “comenzar,” means to start. It’s a beginning. But, it is also an end. A happy end, a promotion to the next level. It’s a ceremony to celebrate the fact that you finished a certain level & have graduated from that level. You passed all the tests, completed all the assignments.20180107_091808

So basically it’s the same in life. If we end one chapter successfully, & we can call it the beginning of a new one as well, as we have been promoted. We have graduated to the next level! 🙌 If we haven’t, it will be a start alright, but of the same chapter all over again. (I’ve been here!!)

This new job comes with a great deal of benefits, & I just pray that the Lord helps me do the best of my ability. I am humbled. I really do not know what to expect because I’ve never worked in a position like this, but I feel prepared. I feel ready for this new chapter of my life. Thank you Lord.🙏

Hope you have a blessed week! Xoxo💖