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God Makes All Things New is Away on “Vacation” ๐Ÿ™‚๐ŸŒž

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Hi everyone!! I hope you’re having a great July!! I wanted to update you because I havenโ€™t been able to post in the last couple of weeks. Iโ€™m putting my blog on โ€œvacationโ€ mode LOL, until next week. I have family visiting & I really did not expect to be this busy. Also this week is vacation Bible school at my church, I am so happy to be helping out there. I havenโ€™t had the time like I usually do to sit & write my longer posts, I am working on a couple posts which will be up next week. For now, I apologize that I havenโ€™t posted anything. ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ If you are on Instagram, please follow me there! โค I post short reflections on there & daily inspirational messages. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™‚ Iโ€™ve still made time to listen to Tony Evans & its so funny, I decided to fast once a week, it’s something I try but then I forget & neglect but I shouldn’t. So I’m recommitting. & he has a sermon this week on the importance of fasting!!! Coincidence? I think not! Lol. ๐Ÿ˜€

The Importance of Fasting http://subspla.sh/mn3bz5m

Fasting for Deliverance http://subspla.sh/4x66n2p

What are you guys doing this summer? Any plans with family, church, God? I hope you guys are having a wonderful ย & blessed summer! Xoxo โค๐ŸŒž

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Happy Friday!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒž

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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, & Iโ€™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 Godโ€™s Truth, straight from the Bible! ๐Ÿ™Œ 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, weโ€™re held personally responsible for that. So I cannot just post whatever & pass it as Godโ€™s truth. It has to be THE truth. We have to study the Word carefully, take time to reflect, & beย  led by the Holy Spirit ๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™ There’s great power in our words so we need to be careful what we say or type! ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ˜Š

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! Iโ€™m SUPER EXCITED about this, & I just feel beyond blessed about this opportunity to help!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ•Š

Today is my first official day posting on the ministryโ€™s facebook page, so Iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™

Well, it wouldn’t be Friday here in my blog without some new music lol. I love Hawk Nelsonโ€™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) ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽต I hope you enjoy!

  1. Hawk Nelson- Faithfulย https://youtu.be/8kPKTwzrAn8
  2. Hawk Nelson- Diamondsย https://youtu.be/Yf1ARbpB0gA
  3. Hawk Nelson- Made to Liveย https://youtu.be/rDOf4TuZKdQ
  4. Hawk Nelson- Miraclesย https://youtu.be/fNNbulojWcw
  5. Hawk Nelson- No such thingย https://youtu.be/gLHDIYsX88Q

I hope you have a blessed weekend!! Xoxo ๐Ÿ’–

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Happy Memorial Day & Thank you!! โค๐ŸŽ†

Here in the US, we celebrate this weekend Memorial Day. It’s observed tomorrow, & it’s seen as the official kickoff of summer season. ๐ŸŒž Memorial Day was established as a day to remember the loved ones we’ve lost fighting at war.ย 

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), weโ€™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! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜€

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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.ย ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท

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!!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ†๐Ÿ™Œ

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 ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–

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Have a wonderful week! I will be posting my โ€œpart 2โ€ of Fighting Spiritual Battles later on this week, God willing. God bless! Xoxo ๐Ÿ’–

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Three- Day Quote Challenge! (Day 1)

Hi guys! I was nominated by Mia from Called to be a Writerย for the three- day quote challenge! โค๐Ÿ‘ Thank you Mia!! โค

I pick one quote each day over the next 3 days & share it with all of you. I also get to nominate 1 person for the challenge each day! ๐Ÿ™Œ

So my first quote is from an author, speaker, man of God who is really wise. He has so many amazing quotes in his book, Faith Habits. His name is Derron E. Short & if you don’t follow him yet on Twitter or you haven’t read his book yet, I highly recommend you do. It’s full of wisdom & practical advice on applying God’s word to our lives. Anywho, here’s the quote I pickedโ€ฆ (It was difficult lol ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜‚)

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I hope it impacts you & helps you in some way. โค To me, it served as a great reminder that no matter what may be going on, our purpose in Christ is greater & it’s the priority. We all have too much to do because we all have a purpose, a task to do. We need to focus on Him, not the pain, & always keep moving forward. โค

My pick today for the quote challenge is Kristian Marrion! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™ (only if you can & want to!) ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m sure you would pick some great quotes!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™Œ

The rules are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for 3 days, & explain why it appeals to you.
  • Nominate bloggers each day!

Have a blessed Friday & tomorrow I will post my 2nd quote! Xoxo ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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Christian Blogging Tips! ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ“

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I wanted to do a post about Christian blogging; Iโ€™m not an expert (YET! LOL), but I wanted to share some tips because when I first started and still right now, I find it really helpful when other bloggers share their tips, so I wanted to share some things that have worked for me as well!! If youโ€™re thinking about starting a blog, itโ€™s insanely easy. Iโ€™ve read some articles where it seems like they overcomplicate things LOL. At least with WordPress, itโ€™s very easy. You just create an account and start posting within a few minutes.

The best thing about Christian blogging is that itโ€™s really helped me learn more about God and draw closer to Him! You really have to reflect and read the word if you want to do a good post, and this actually helps the author just as much as the reader. Itโ€™s really a great process. Plus you also get to interact with other Christians across the world and share ideas! If youโ€™re Christian and thinking of starting a Christian blog, I highly recommend it! IMO itโ€™s one of the best ways to get closer with God and find people with whom you share that passion!

Tip #1: Pray and be led by the Holy Spirit.

This sounds very obvious lol, but itโ€™s true! If youโ€™re blogging about faith, then you should really just follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. This of course applies to every aspect of our lives. But especially when we need the wisdom necessary to talk about the issues of life, to reflect on them, to extract the lessons, IMO the Holy Spirit will be the one to give you the message that needs to be sent out. If you pray and ask God to GIVE YOU topics to write about instead of relying on yourself to try and come up with them, not only will be much much easier, but anything God gives you will of course be infinitely better!

This leads me to my next tip…

Tip #2: Donโ€™t worry about schedules or numbers!

I personally do not worry about posting schedules because I write whenever I feel in my spirit that God has given me a message or idea to write. Itโ€™s not usually on a specific day, although I do like to post AT LEAST once a week and generally I like to post during the week (I try lol). And I donโ€™t worry much about numbers, although I do like it when people like my stuff! Lol.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคฃ

Tip #3: Do your research! ๐Ÿ“š

Depending on the post, it can take quite a bit of time and research. We need to make sure our writing aligns with what the Bible says. Make sure you use reliable resources! There are many many websites out there, each stating their interpretation of the Bible. Pray to God for wisdom because some of them misinterpret the Bible & just give false information! I usually check gotquestions.org and Biblestudytools.com. I also ask my Mom sometimes lol. She is very wise! ๐Ÿค“

Tip #4: Edit and get ideas across as clearly as possible! ๐Ÿ“

People are taking their precious time to read your blog! So I try to be clear, concise, & provide enough supporting examples. And EDIT in order to keep grammar & spelling errors to a minimum! Sometimes in the process I have to step back, re-read, & I end up deleting whole paragraphs, moving lines, etc. I write in Google Docs first, edit for errors, then copy and paste into wordpress. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย ย ย ย ย ย 

Tip #5: Be yourself & have fun! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Letting your personality shine through and being genuine in your posts is really important; that way your readers feel like theyโ€™re talking to you. I personally like to keep things light, because that is my personality. Sometimes I get very honest and just get real too LOL. ย Find your own style and voice. Donโ€™t try to imitate other blogs. Ask God to help you figure it out if youโ€™re having trouble with this. Also remember that once you start, your style might change as you keep going. Some questions that might help you figure out your voice to start: What is my purpose for writing? How do I want to help people through my writing?

But donโ€™t worry too much about it. Just do your thing and trust God that youโ€™re writing what Heโ€™s telling you to write! Just have fun with it! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜„

Tip #6: Get Techy ๐Ÿค“

Iโ€™m DIY-ing my blog graphics and learning as I go along lol… Currently I use Canva for graphics, itโ€™s a fun app and itโ€™s free. I use Pexels for stock pictures. Pinterest also has a lot of resources posted by experienced bloggers!ย 

Tip #7: Donโ€™t post anything youโ€™re not totally comfortable sharing ๐Ÿค

So this may seem obvious but just like any other social media, donโ€™t overshare. For personal safety donโ€™t put too much personal information about yourself (home address, your exact locations, etc), donโ€™t share experiences that are too personal in too much detail that youโ€™re not comfortable sharing. Itโ€™s OK to be vague sometimes lol.

Tip #8: Set aside a time to write, and buckle down! ๐Ÿ’ช

Like everything in life, there is a time when you need to get serious and work! Even though God gives me the ideas and I love blogging, I have to admit sometimes Iโ€™m super distracted or just get lazy.๐Ÿ˜ช I just want to watch cute animal videos and not concentrate lol. Iโ€™ve noticed if I donโ€™t write FIRST THING in the morning, as one of the first few tasks after I get up, I know itโ€™s simply not going to happen for that day. I have to actually set aside time in my schedule, and make myself do it because I know I already have the idea in my head, I just need to do the actual work of putting it all together. You wonโ€™t always feel like doing it, and you wonโ€™t always feel creative. But, once you set aside a time when you know youโ€™re at your peak energy and creativity (for me itโ€™s in the morning), it will come to you. Away from all distractions. If I donโ€™t follow this routine, it does NOT GET DONE lol. By the end of the day, my brain is tired, and all Iโ€™m doing is looking at cute animal videos on Twitter lol. ๐Ÿ„๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฆ I do read, but itโ€™s really hard for me to write at night for some reason. But you might be the opposite! So find a routine that works for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Tips #9 & #10: Interact with other bloggers and ALWAYS tag your posts! ๐Ÿท

In order to really get the full blogging experience, you should set time aside to read, follow, like, & comment on other peopleโ€™s blogs! That way you get to know them & you share ideas. There are so many great blogs. Make sure you always tag your posts with words like #jesus #Christianity or #god. I also use #Inspiration. IMO the more hashtags the better LOL. People look through those hashtags. Iโ€™ve found great blogs by looking through the #Jesus hashtag!~ And I know people have been able to find my blog because my posts are tagged. Always always tag your posts or hardly anyone will be able to see them!

I hope these tips have been helpful to you and will encourage you to continue or even start a Christian blog! Itโ€™s been a blessing for me personally! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’–

Hope you have a blessed Friday! Xoxo

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