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New Music Friday! The Afters Special Edition ❤

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Hey guys! So since it’s Friday I wanted to share some new music with you! Today I wanted to share some music by this Christian band called The Afters. Many of you will know them, I’ve seen them in concert, their music is so uplifting! I’m only picking a few songs, but I highly suggest you check out their albums! I’ve put the song first, with the name of the album next to it, just fyi 🤓😉

  1. Lift me up- Light up the sky https://youtu.be/Rpp8rABhi8s
  2. Light up the sky- Light up the sky https://youtu.be/cGrtjPubxSY
  3. Battles- Live on forever https://youtu.be/MQJWT017Jwc
  4. Broken Hallelujah- Life is beautiful https://youtu.be/Fo3DudOzV4k
  5. This is what we’re here for- Life is beautiful https://youtu.be/e5NynzqnvQ8
  6. Life is beautiful- Life is beautiful https://youtu.be/bxlLAdXypCY

Btw my 2nd post on love is coming next week. I’m sorry its taken longer than expected! 😓😀 Hope you love these  songs & have a blessed weekend!! Xoxo 🕊💖😌

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Happy Friday! 😀🙌

Happy Friday!!

I’m back! Lol. It’s really been a crazy couple of weeks, but great! My sister had major surgery & God did a major miracle! She’s been recovering incredibly quickly!! Much better than expected. God is really good!! 🙌🙌 Also this weekend my brother is visiting. It’s always so much fun when my brother comes. We all get together & just eat, talk, & laugh. 🙂

I’ve been busy making graphics for the other ministry (they take some time lol), & praise God that site is almost at 30k followers!! 🙌🙌 It’s been growing a lot!! 🙏❤

I wanted to share something that happened to me yesterday. So, during the week, I like to listen to sermons at least 2 or 3 times a week. I listen to Tony Evans, whose app I highly recommend you download!! HIGHLY!! And a ministry from Puerto Rico who is on 🔥🔥🔥 for the Lord!! It’s called Maranatha Radio Ministries.

Anywho, I’m really glad I listened to Tony earlier this week. Because he was talking about resting in the Lord, having the Lord’s peace DESPITE our circumstance. I know this is something many of you have probably heard before, but you know the Lord has given him a great way of explaining things, & here’s a quote from that sermon that really impacted me:

“Rest does not mean nothing is wrong, it means that your circumstance has no effect on your wellbeing.” — Dr. Tony Evans

Wow! That really made it crystal clear for me! ❤🙏 So back to yesterday lol. I was driving, happy as can be because my brother was arriving! Then it hit me, I was suddenly just, overwhelmed with worries & sadness. All I could think of, was what is WRONG with my life. My bills. My mood just shifted into sadness. I sat there in my car waiting in a red light, & I just noticed that mood change. I was like, well maybe I’m PMS-ing 🤣😂 But pms doesn’t make me DEPRESSED. I was, suddenly, SAD. Worried, stressed. Having I doubts. I felt like a really deep feeling of sadness which reminded me of those years when I was depressed. I felt so helpless & hopeless for a minute there, I could hardly pray.

So I did a quick errand & when I came back in the car I just reflected & I just knew this was the enemy attacking me. I can talk & reach out to GOD WHENEVER because of JESUS, but why do I feel that I can’t pray?! Or too weak to pray? Because those were the enemies lies. He was trying to steal my joy & my peace!!!! Oh how he hates to see me happy in the Lord. It drives him nuts!! How he hates that I am at peace, happy, & united with my family!!!! He will try anything to destroy it!!!

So I prayed in Jesus name, rebuked. Repeated out loud the promises in the Bible, that way the enemy is reminded of his place. NOT IN MY HEART, NOT IN MY HOME. I mentioned Tony Evan’s sermon because while the enemy kept planting lies in my mind about worry, I just remembered, well wait a minute… no matter what, I CAN REST IN THE LORD. 💡 In God, I have PEACE. Despite any situation, I can have joy, because I have salvation! So this thought I’m having, is from the enemy, & it must be held captive because I KNOW God is GOING to take care of my situation. God CAN DO what seems impossible for us. Why should I be sad? I have salvation!! In every sense of the word! 😀🙌❤

I know it seems crazy but immediately after I said this prayer, I felt relief. 😌🕊 It’s like I felt my soul smile again. 😀💖 I put on my fave worship music & treated myself to Starbucks for being such a warrior LOL. Or maybe I was just looking for an excuse to treat myself I dk LOL 😂 I’ve been FREE from the chains of depression for like 6 or 7 years now thanks to Jesus! I intend to keep it this way in Jesus name! 🙌😀🔥

Have a great weekend! Xoxo ❤🙏💖

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Where’s the Love?! 🤔❤ (Part 1: Dating, Relationships, & Self- Esteem!) 🤷🏻‍♀️💖

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Hey guys!

Last week, I posted on my IG that I would be writing a blog post about love. And this is it LOL. I could basically write a book on love because there is a lot that the Bible has to say about it.

God is love… We’ve all heard this verse I am sure…

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

— 1 John 4:8 NIV

Obviously, the Bible says a lot about love, & in the next few weeks I’m going to look more into this topic! I really am in love with…. love! Lol. Today, I am focusing on modern relationships & what the Bible says about it. I’m going to Ephesians 5:21- 33, where Paul is talking about how we need to treat each other within relationships. I strongly suggest you read the entire chapter 5, you will love it! 🙂

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[c] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Submitting… That one word makes everyone cringe nowadays lol. Nobody wants to do it! But they want the other to do it! LOL. These verses have SO MUCH to teach us about relationships! At least it taught me lol. 😂 So not only are we supposed to have Christ as the center of our relationships, but these relationships need to reflect that of Christ and the church, submitting to ONE ANOTHER. 😀 Many men are so quick to say that women are supposed to submit to them, lol, but then they turn around and treat them in unkind and unloving ways. They disrespect them, yell at them, and even emotionally or physically abuse them. I am talking about supposedly Christian men here. (Lord deliver me from these types of men!!!!) And there are women who want to be the head of the household, they want to control everything, and routinely disrespect and put down their partners. (Lord, don’t let me become this!!! Lol) Both of these things are out of God’s order… it clearly states that each person must submit to one another. You have to love and respect one another!

The husband is the head of the household, but that is not a pass for abuse. He must show the kind of sacrificial love that Christ showed for us. Wow! That is quite amazing. If I think about choosing the men I date according to THESE standards, and me behaving this way as well, things would have an order that I can honestly say none of my past relationships have ever had. God’s perfect order! This is my guide :)💯✔

Relationships are complicated lol. And now more than ever it seems. Modern society is presenting an even bigger threat for the family unit, therefore since the family unit begins with love and with one man and one woman loving one another, in an agape, sacrificial way, with Christ as the center, the enemy is really trying his very best to destroy that. Relationships between men and women are most definitely under attack. It is God’s order, it is His creation, so the enemy absolutely hates it of course! And I know nowadays a lot people are very quick to blame this on “feminism,” but I don’t believe this at all. Women having the right to vote, drive, and being appreciated and loved, is hardly to blame. There is nothing wrong with women doing any of these things. The problem is that people, both men and women, nowadays have a tendency to practice “self- love” ABOVE all else. They’ve become their own idols! Sounds crazy right!? Well, it is written in the Bible that this would happen!

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. — 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NIV

Jesus also said in Matthew 24:12-13 (NIV) the following: 

12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

All I can say is… WOW! My mind is blown because this is exactly what we are seeing! Have you noticed this? You can and should love yourself of course, after all, God loves us and we are His. But as Christians we need to remember this:

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 NIV

So God must always be FIRST in our lives! The problem is, we’ve actually taken the idea of loving ourselves to a whole other level, and have erased God from the equation completely and put OURSELVES up there! Oh no! So everything is out of order. What a mess. Then we wonder, what is wrong?! 

Commandment #2 is the kind of “sacrificial” love spoken about in the above verses from Ephesians. However, our society as a whole teaches us to be self- seeking instead of God- seeking. They teach us to completely forget the needs of others (this includes our family or spouses!) and just to satisfy ourselves. This message is completely against the Bible, yet it is fed to us constantly. People who are lovers of themselves get highly rewarded in this society. Have you noticed that? They get put on a pedestal by others who are also lovers of themselves. But they are always broken inside, their families are broken, and their lives are a MESS. I understand that a lot of people deal with self- esteem issues. I did as well. But I have to say, nothing ever worked for me to heal my self- esteem, until I came to Jesus. He is the ultimate self- esteem healer! I could’ve gone to a million spa self- pampering sessions, but I still would’ve left the same broken, depressed, anxious girl I was had I not found Jesus! 💖🤷🏻‍♀️

Maybe it’s just me, but that saying to “love yourself first before you find a relationship” always made me feel like I was never going to find love because I am so flawed! How in the world could I possibly really love myself? I didn’t know where to begin. I used makeup, clothes, etc… but nothing worked. My ego was just so incredibly FRAIL inside. But guess what? All we have to do is love God & follow Him! The rest will take care of itself! I now understand my real worth more without even trying, because I know what I’m worth to God!!

More and more, I am understanding that the reason why I’m single, is because God is preparing me. ❤ He’s showing me that in order for me to have a successful marriage one day, I don’t have to be this perfect person. I just need to LOVE HIM. I just need to put HIM FIRST. He’s showing me that I will need to love my husband the way the Bible says, submit to him and respect him ( I know that sounds appalling to today’s modern woman, I KNOW. But this is God’s order and actually God’s plan is not designed to demean us as women in any way, but actually to help us because He’s our creator!). He’s showing me little by little what that looks like, as I had been selfish and self- seeking in the past, and have had to forget the erroneous patterns that this culture has taught me, and learn a new & correct way of looking at things. 😍🌟

He’s showing me that I deserve to be respected and deeply loved. But that’s also not a pass to disrespect. He’s teaching me that my husband is not going to be perfect either so I will have to be patient and forgive, and he will be this way with me! Mostly He’s showing me that as a woman, I am special and I have value! He created me that way! Not because of my body or my looks, my job, or my education and accomplishments like the world says, but because I am a daughter of the Most High God! Isn’t that simply amazing?! I’m not knocking any of those things because I believe everyone should pursue goals in life and get trained, educated, take care of yourself, etc. But I used to let those things define me. And God says, we are so much MORE that those things…  💖

God is also showing me that I need to give up trying to take control over my dating life, and just give it all to Him! I don’t have to stress or chase down dates for myself. The current dating scene may be horrible, the hearts are growing cold & the odds seem bleak, but I can’t focus on that. I just need to focus on God. He will be the one to provide that person,  He will work the miracle, I just need to be obedient. I used to think that because I can cook (somewhat lol) and have certain other attributes, that I am ready for marriage lol. But God looks at other things because He has a plan..When I get married, I want it to be forever. And I know for a fact, the only way this will happen is if I make God first in my life, and have Him as the center of my marriage and entire life. ❤❤

Thank you so much for reading this! I know this was super long, I tried to make it shorter but somehow it only got longer LOL. 😂 Next week, I will be posting more about love, God willing. Stay tuned!!! Hope you enjoyed this and are having a blessed week! Xoxo 💖😇

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Happy Friday!😀💖🌞

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Happy Friday!! I hope this has been a truly blessed week for you guys. I have to apologize because I planned on posting this week a blog post about love & relationships, but I wasn’t able to because it takes a lot of research & reflection, & I’m not quite done with it. I know you guys are taking your time to read my posts, so I like to make sure my every statement is God’s Truth, straight from the Bible! 🙌 Not only that, I have a responsibility to God which I take VERY SERIOUSLY & I believe every Christian blogger should too… If we say things that lead people astray, we’re held personally responsible for that. So I cannot just post whatever & pass it as God’s truth. It has to be THE truth. We have to study the Word carefully, take time to reflect, & be  led by the Holy Spirit 🕊💖🙏 There’s great power in our words so we need to be careful what we say or type! 🤐😊

Things have also been quite busy around here, as I’ve decided to take on a new project! Well, the Lord led me to it & has allowed me to help out an evangelist & preacher, I am doing social media & graphics for his ministry! I’m SUPER EXCITED about this, & I just feel beyond blessed about this opportunity to help!! 😀💖🕊

Today is my first official day posting on the ministry’s facebook page, so I’m just feeling super blessed!!! I will be posting devotionals, thoughts, videos, messages, etc. Of course all based on the Word. The page is in Spanish, if you all are interested, find it on Facebook or Instagram @Amantes_asu_presencia 🙌💖🙏

Well, it wouldn’t be Friday here in my blog without some new music lol. I love Hawk Nelson’s style of music. They are awesome!! Of course not all of these are new, but this is a Hawk Nelson special edition! (I just decided lol) 😂🙌🎧🎵 I hope you enjoy!

  1. Hawk Nelson- Faithful https://youtu.be/8kPKTwzrAn8
  2. Hawk Nelson- Diamonds https://youtu.be/Yf1ARbpB0gA
  3. Hawk Nelson- Made to Live https://youtu.be/rDOf4TuZKdQ
  4. Hawk Nelson- Miracles https://youtu.be/fNNbulojWcw
  5. Hawk Nelson- No such thing https://youtu.be/gLHDIYsX88Q

I hope you have a blessed weekend!! Xoxo 💖

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Happy Friday! New Music! 🎧🙌 (Rend Collective ed.) ❤

20180504_005656_0001Today is Friday so that means I’m going to share some new music with y’all! 🙌🎧💃

Some of these songs are actually not “new” in the sense that they’re not recently released. But if you haven’t heard them, they’re new to you! Lol. I put the year next to each song just fyi. I’ve also included another Austin French song here, love him! Looking forward the release of his album! 🎧😀 I hope you’re encouraged by all of these! 😀🙌

  1. Elevation Worship- Unstoppable God (2014) https://youtu.be/YfzXHU0HOWI
  2. Nicole Nordeman- Holy (2007) https://youtu.be/yISuxYYOtws
  3. Austin French (2018)- Why God https://youtu.be/5yjYTc3uQd8
  4. Rend Collective (2017) – Rescuer (Good news) https://youtu.be/sAg7rn7fH3Q
  5. Rend Collective- You will never run away (2015) https://youtu.be/ONYUM3v35S4
  6. Rend Collective- Joy of the Lord (2015) https://youtu.be/x3gLeCiMJqI
  7. Rend Collective- My lighthouse (2015) https://youtu.be/reAlJKv7ptU

Let me know what you think! I hope you guys have a great weekend! God bless, Xoxo 💖💖

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Fighting Spiritual Battles- Pt.2 🛡☝️🙏

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Happy Thursday! 🙌🌸 I hope your week has been blessed & productive! Today, I’m finishing up with “Fighting Spiritual Battles.” The focus will be the Armor of God, as described in Ephesians 6: 10-18! 😀 Here is the verse: 

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I used to be really really scared of any kind of “Spiritual Battle” talk. Anything about demons really scared me, but that’s only because I didn’t fully comprehend the power of Jesus & what happened at the cross. As followers of Christ, we have certain responsibilities. One of them, is to actively take part in this very real spiritual battle that is happening. It may not be visible physically, but the bible clearly states that it is there.

We all know there is only going to be one outcome to this, & that is the enemy’s defeat. But, he’s not going down without a fight & without trying to ruin as many lives as he possibly can, which is why we must fight. We really have no power on our own however. It is only through Jesus that we can have any victory over the enemy. Our relationship with God, will be the determining factor between victory and defeat.

So it might seem obvious to mention (but I’ll say it anyway LOL), the first thing we need to do is cultivate our relationship with God. Ask God through prayer to help you see things in a spiritual way! I did this, and I feel like I understand a lot more than I used to. It’s not only helped me with everyday situations, but it’s taken away that fear & has allowed me to grow. Another thing that has really helped, and this also might seem way obvious lol, but it’s just remaining in obedience to the Lord and His word. This can get difficult when we don’t know what the word actually says. That’s another reason why it’s so important to study it and get to know God through His word. The consequence of sin is death, and death is a separation from God. So sin directly separates us from God and makes us fail in this battle. That is why the enemy wants us to fail so bad! He wants us separated from God’s love, & he knows our weak spots. But we just need to know how to use our armor. 🙌🛡

So the first piece of armor mentioned in these verses, is the belt of truth. The verse is pretty straightforward & doesn’t say much about it, but truth is basically one of the things God is. John 14:6 says:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

God is the TRUTH, so we should be always confident that we ARE on the side of the unequivocal Truth. Let no one, no enemy or his minions, convince you otherwise with lies or half truths. (Satan is the father of lies Lord rebuke him!). Like my church’s Pastor was discussing, many people nowadays do not believe in one truth anymore. They believe in people having their own “truths.” This however, is a lie. Jesus is the truth & this will never change!

The second piece mentioned is the breastplate of righteousness. What is righteousness? Gotquestions.org defines it as being right with God, & since none of us are perfect, none of us will be righteous 100% of the time. But as followers of Christ, our faith will make us pursue righteousness. I believe it is this pursuit of righteousness that also guards our heart from the enemy because although we are not perfect, we at least try to maintain a humble attitude before God & remain in obedience. ❤

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2: 8- 10 NIV

The 3rd piece is “feet fitted with READINESS that comes from the gospel of peace.” This to me was confusing because I was like, what does being ready have to do with peace?! Lol.

It says here that peace will give you this readiness, in other words. But readiness for what? The fact that its talking about shoes, it signifies to me that it’s talking about A. fighting a spiritual battle & gaining ground, and B. spreading the message of God, & that the Holy Spirit will be the one helping & leading us. ❤

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18 NIV

Shield of Faith- I read this verse in a Spanish version, & the way it presented the shield, was like it was one of the most important pieces of armor. I think some things can get lost in translation, but it seems to me the shield of faith is important, & the above verse states that we will use it to “extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.” What are these arrows? Jealousy, feelings of anger, bitterness, rage, envy, disappointment, etc etc. Negative thoughts! About our relationships & how people treat us, anything. Yes, people WILL disappoint us & betray us. But with our shield of faith, we can guard our heart & spirit against the enemy’s arrows, which simply come to destroy our faith & corrupt our heart. We will be able to discern & understand what the enemy is trying to do, his evil schemes, because we know God’s promises & faithfully believe them. We can take actions based on God’s wisdom, not our own. This will lead us to victory. ❤

Helmet of salvation- I think this one is pretty straightforward as well. It just means that you are born again, have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord & Savior & have repented of your sins, & remain in an attitude of humility before the Lord (routinely confessing sins, etc). I think it’s the helmet because it goes above everything. ❤ 

Sword of the Spirit- Paul saved the best for last lol. This what we will use to actually strike the enemy: GOD’S WORD! So needless to say, it’s THAT important. We need to know it, & believe in the promises that are there for us. Everytime the enemy tries to attack or steal from you, this is our weapon to strike back & send him packing! Recite God’s word! Study it so you can tell him exactly why he’s wrong. The enemy is the father of lies. When we’re well versed on God’s truth, he needs to leave! He has no choice because we’ve unarmed him, uncovered his lies, & left him powerless! ❤☝️💪

Lastly, pray at all times, be alert! We cannot fall asleep on the battleground. LIFE is the battleground. I know it seems like its a lot. But let’s remember this promise:

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.– Isaiah 40: 30-31 NIV

Don’t be afraid to ask the Lord for discernment, wisdom, & strength always but especially if you feel defeated. I hope this has been as helpful to you as it has been to me! I really learned so much by writing this & studying the passages! I will be back tomorrow with my Friday music post, God willing! Xoxo💖💖

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Happy Memorial Day & Thank you!! ❤🎆

Here in the US, we celebrate this weekend Memorial Day. It’s observed tomorrow, & it’s seen as the official kickoff of summer season. 🌞 Memorial Day was established as a day to remember the loved ones we’ve lost fighting at war. 

Since Puerto Ricans became official US citizens since I don’t know when because it was wayyy before I was born lol (1917 I just googled lol), we’ve been eligible to serve & there’s a long history of Puerto Ricans in the military! My brother is active, my father once served, & my grandfather passed away in Vietnam long before I was ever born. He earned a Purple Heart which is an honor for military here in the US! 💜😀

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I want to thank all the men & women who serve. May God bless you & your families. Thank you for the sacrifices you make everyday. 💖🙏🇺🇸🇵🇷

I also want to take this opportunity to thank all my readers! This weekend my blog hit a milestone! I hit & surpassed the 100 follower mark!!! 🎉🎆🙌

I pray this blog will continue to be a blessing & that the Holy Spirit ministers to people just as much as it does to me while I write!! Lol 🙏💖

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Have a wonderful week! I will be posting my “part 2” of Fighting Spiritual Battles later on this week, God willing. God bless! Xoxo 💖

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Versatile Blogger Award Nomination?! 😃🏆🙌

I was nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award by Acepixirl.wordpress.com ! 🙌🤗❤ Thank you!! & check out his blog as well! 😀 I feel really honored people not only read my blog but enjoy it! It’s such a blessing being able to share my experiences, read other people’s experiences, & share my passion: Jesus! ❤🙌🎉💃

So I have to say 7 facts about me & nominate 15 other bloggers…

The 7 facts…

  1. I have really dark black hair, it’s actually a true jet black which is not that common! 👧🏻
  2. I love reading 🤓📚
  3. I’m not a fan of watching TV. 🚫📺
  4. I love baking 😊😋🍰
  5. I love going to the gym & working out to my music 🎧 🏋️‍♀ ️
  6. I lovee anything green tea 😋 
  7. I’m not a fan of having any pets inside the house. But I do love animals. ❤

The bloggers I nominate are…

  1. Everyone on my list lol.

It’s seriously just very difficult to pick just 15 people/ blogs. The blogs I follow, well I LOVE them all! I read people’s stuff & love it, so I’m nominating them all, if you feel like you want to accept the award, well I am officially nominating you. 🙂 ❤🤗 The rules are below!! 😃

I hope you have a great weekend! Xoxo

What is the Versatile Blogger Award?
• The versatile blogger award is given to bloggers by bloggers as a recognition of the uniqueness of their content and individuality. • It is also a way to honor bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or now and then. • The award is run by VBA. Check them out. 

Rules! • Thank the person who gave you this award. • Include a link to their blog. • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site. • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

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Happy Friday! New Music! 😊🎧🙌

20180504_005656_0001Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week. Today I want to share with you 5 new songs that I just really like, there’s no “ theme” for today lol. I hope you like them! 🙂

  1. Micah Tyler- Even Then https://youtu.be/bR9UsXgIAjg
  2. Jordan Feliz- Faith https://youtu.be/tt8cSFTdJuE
  3. 7th Time Down- Only King Forever https://youtu.be/ADckDov_ucA
  4. Tauren Wells- Hills & Valleys (Valleys version) https://youtu.be/p4rRCjrAyCs
  5. Kutless- King of my heart https://youtu.be/-jkMnq2Hfzo

I also want to share a bible verse that the Lord put in my heart this morning.❤😊🙌

20180525_085358_0001Let me know what you think about the songs!! 😊🎧🎶 I hope you have a joyful, restful weekend! Xoxo💖

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Fighting Spiritual Battles 🛡🙏⚔

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I used to have this recurring dream, for years, when I was younger. It was more like a nightmare.

I would see myself (like a movie), in my room sleeping, & suddenly in my room appeared demons. I never actually saw them, I just felt the presence. And it was scary & they were HORRIBLE (even though I couldn’t see them, their very presence was obvious, undeniable, & terrifying!) These were incredibly POWERFUL forces. Nothing material, no physical weapon on earth could defend me. I knew, this was obviously spiritual. And they would taunt me & when I tried to call out to Jesus, they would choke me, & I couldn’t say a word. I couldn’t physically see anything. But I felt an invisible force grab my vocal chords & couldn’t talk or breathe! 😱

I wasn’t victorious. That’s where the dream would end. Total defeat. And little did I know, it was a direct reflection of my life. I was dealing with depression, anxiety, another health issue, relationship issues… the enemy even made a few attempts on my life as I’ve been close to dying 3 times already! He’s got it out for me LOL 🤣😂🎯 The enemy (Lord rebuke him), wants to destroy us children of God!! Too bad for him though because God is greater! lol 😛😛

Anyways for years I had this recurring dream. I was so strayed from the Lord & His ways I had no idea what it meant. 😔 But let me tell you, it was so real 😱😱 I would wake up sweating, without breath, gasping for air. 😧 And SCARED. Trying to call out to Jesus but completely unable. & the feeling that I was being choked was real… 😱😱

I had always been really really afraid of any sort of “spiritual battle” talk when I was younger lol. Growing up in the church, all the talk of demons just really scared me. My parents used to listen to sermons about spiritual battles & people who do all sorts of evil things & how we must be ready. But it scared me because I did not understand the power of Jesus. In my immature mind, I would hear those words & get scared lol. I chose to ignore spiritual battle talk for many years, & it led me to putting off real victory over my life that entire time.

After I began getting closer to God & growing up “spiritually”, I had another of those dreams… But the ending was different! For the first time ever, in so many years, in this dream, I was able to say the name of Jesus! I had power! Power over the demons! They went away immediately upon me saying His name, & I was victorious, I woke up calling out the name of Jesus & simply amazed!!!! 😀🙏🙌

So what had changed? 🤔

Simply put… before, I had no power because I was not connected to God. It is through our connection, our relationship & intimacy with Jesus, that we have any hope of being able to win spiritual battles in our lives & stand up against the enemy. Without this connection, we simply don’t stand a chance. We don’t have any power on our own.

11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. 13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. Acts 19: 11-16 NIV

The truth is we are fighting against a powerful enemy. But don’t let it scare you, ever! Because God is SO MUCH more powerful! He’s the MOST powerful. He defeated death, & the devil knows his future. He knows very well, he’s going to lose. But he’s not going to go down without a fight and without doing as much damage as he possibly can.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 NIV

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 NIV

He wants to steal your job, your happiness, your family, your health, your relationships, your children, your marriage, basically any blessing you have, he wants to destroy it because he wants to get you to a point where at a fundamental level, you question God & you lose trust in Him. And that’s the point where he’ll move in for the kill. He knows, without God, we are nothing and completely powerless. So the enemy will do anything he can to separate us from God, so he can then destroy us. We can’t let this happen.

At the end of last year, I asked God to please help me see everything in life in a spiritual way. And I thank Him because He has granted me that. I’m not anywhere near perfect, I know I have a lot of spiritual “growing up” to do still. But I thank God for the lessons learned & the growth! 🌱

Anyways after that “victory” dream, I stopped having having those dreams for a very long time! I had basically forgotten about them lol. Until one night I had another one… It was during a time where I grew kind of distant & cold from God. That dream was NOT a victory dream & to me it served as a warning, that the enemy never ever sleeps. He’s waiting & watching my every move, putting traps & hoping I stray, he will be ready. So we must be ready too. We must be cognizant of the enemy’s tactics so we don’t fall. We may not see it, it may be invisible in the physical realm, but this battle is as REAL as the air we breathe!!

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Matthew 28:18 NIV

Jesus is our intermediary. He conquered death on the cross for us, and there is undefeated power and significance in His blood. When we pray, we must pray in Jesus name. We are praying to God the Father, but always in Jesus name because He is the reason any of us are able to have a relationship with God and be saved.

The Armor of God 10

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6: 10-18

The Bible states in these verses that: A. There is a spiritual realm, well it’s talking about a part of heaven B. There is a BATTLE against the enemy’s forces in these realms, and C. we must be ready for battle and be alert at all times. I think a lot of Christians understand and accept the first two statements, but people have problems with the third lol. There are so many reasons. Some people say, well the battle is the Lord’s… Well, yes but clearly, we have to do OUR PART as well, it says so right there on the Bible. Basically, I think it’s a topic that nowadays modern churches aren’t really discussing much, because they’re leaning more toward more “practical” positive self- help sort of sermons. And people are just barely keeping their head above water! If not totally sinking. Spiritually speaking. But in my opinion, this is the most practical advice ever lol. Straight from the Bible, it is teaching us how to solve our problems! Jesus is the answer! Because if we know how to defeat the enemy, how to outsmart him and stay one step ahead, there’s going to be a major result in our “physical” day to day lives. He will no longer have control over our lives, God will. But we have to take up our sword (the Word of God) and fight, we can’t keep living life defeated!  

I am going to split this into two parts, next week I will post the 2nd part, where I will discuss each piece of spiritual armor as described in the above verse. I don’t want to overwhelm you guys with information so I will stop here lol. I hope you are able to meditate on these verses and information, and I hope you’re not overwhelmed. Always remember that as children of God, we have the victory! So we don’t ever need to be scared of spiritual warfare. The enemy may try to scare us, but he is the father of lies. He is actually powerless. When we are connected to Jesus, the enemy has no other option but to leave. We must take that power back that we have in Christ, and take back our victory. It is our inheritance in Christ Jesus.

no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.

Isaiah 54:17 NIV

That is why the enemy wants to steal the victory from us and why we must defend it. The enemy will be satisfied if he has you in a spot where you’re too depressed, distracted, busy, anxious, or somehow unable to fulfill your God- given purpose. I was in that spot for a long time. Or he will be satisfied if you’re happy going to church Sunday after Sunday, but don’t have a real relationship with God. He may even reward you for it! But our job is NOT to make the enemy happy (like, at all lol). It’s to make him REALLY miserable because we’re making GOD #1! (YAY!) So therefore, we need to continually work on our relationship with God and follow His leading in our lives if we want to see that victory! Not only here on earth, but our eternal prize, which is our inheritance as believers in Christ 💖🙏🛡

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I hope you’re having a blessed week & that you enjoyed this! Part 2 will be posted next week so stay tuned! Xoxo 💖