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Where’s the Love?! Part 3: Serving & Being Equally Yoked! ❤🍳

20180706_215259_0001Hello! I hope you guys are having an awesome 4th of July weekend/ week! It’s so weird that this week the holiday is right in the middle of the week, but really cool I must say!!!

It was my niece’s birthday last week, & we celebrated to the full, as we always do in my family lol. We love celebrating birthdays & especially when it’s for one of the kids! She was spending that day at camp, then we were picking her up & going to take her to eat!

Earlier that day, I found out she was the “hopper” for the day at summer camp (one of my friends is a teacher there and she texted me lol). She was basically one of the kid waiters in the lunchroom. On her birthday. This made me think… had this been an adult, I think most people would’ve been sad and maybe even offended by this fact. But, not kids. She spent part of her birthday at camp SERVING other people. Serving her peers. And she was happy as can be to do it!! To her, it was an honor! The world wants us to think that serving is beneath us. That it is not worth your time and that people who serve, are “less than”, and that we deserve to be served all of the time. But this could not be farther from the truth:

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

–Matthew 20: 26- 28 NIV

We’re so busy nowadays taking care of #1, that we forget as Christians, we’re called to serve. Yes there need to be clear boundaries (I am huge on personal boundaries), & yes it’s good to take care of yourself because if you don’t, you cant help others either. But everything has a balance in life. It can’t always be all about us. We have to take time to help the people around us, because these are opportunities the Lord is giving us to serve. Chances for us to be a blessing to others in need & in turn, we will be blessed by the Father. We are always so busy, or looking at our phones, making sure we’re all caught up in social media. But we have to stop that bad habit & be more “in the moment.” Sorry to sound so terribly cheesy lol. We can’t notice what’s in front of us, the blessings and opportunities, if our mind is constantly somewhere else. I have to say, this used to happen to me a lot. Rather, I used to do this a lot lol. It was a huge source of my past unhappiness. The enemy wanted to keep my mind either stuck in the past, or constantly dreaming of the future without taking any real action. Constantly distracted by random things, and never focused on what really matters. Never living & enjoying the present moment & appreciating the blessing. When we ask God to remove the blinders the enemy has placed, in Jesus’ name, we can then take an active part in our lives & we can help others.

So you might be wondering what serving has to do with being equally yoked? Lol. Well, let me try to explain the concept of being “equally yoked” first. It has nothing to do with egg yolks like I used to think in high school (not equally YOLKED, equally yoked) 🤣😂🍳🤣 LOL. 

This term is found in 2 Corinthians 6:14, and it actually applies to basically every relationship in your life, not just marriage:

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what [a]fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what [b]communion has light with darkness? — 2 Corinthians 6:14

I don’t know where I heard this, but it’s a great analogy. They explained being equally yoked like 2 oxen working on a farm, they are yoked together. Yoked meaning they are bound together, working. I am sure you’ve seen a picture of this of farms from the olden days lol. This is a scene that was very common in Puerto Rico where I am from! Anyways, so if you have 2 strong oxen, you will get a lot done! They keep up with each other & will go even farther together. But if you have 1 strong ox & one weak ox, the weak ox will bring down the strong ox, because the strong ox is carrying the weight of the weak ox. The weak ox is literally dragging down the strong ox. So it will slow down the strong ox’s progress, or even stop it from moving forward completely. So that’s what it means to be equally (2 strong oxen), vs. unequally (1 weak and 1 strong ox) yoked.

So when you’re married (when we single peeps get married lol), you’re working together for the Lord. You’re bound together by marriage (yoked), working for the Lord. You’re serving the Lord. That’s what marriage should be for us Christians. We belong to Christ, and we take care of each other, not just physically but spiritually as well. We want to make sure our partner is growing in Christ right?! So if you’re not equally yoked, you won’t be able to serve the Lord as well as you would if you were, if at all. It means you are putting in danger your personal relationship with the Lord. People who are unequally yoked, often stop serving. Because if I pick a spouse who loves the world, he probably would not be happy about me serving the church. He might be even embarrassed by it, as people of the world often are, and will probably discourage me from having a relationship with God, instead of encouraging it. So they become ineffective because they’re not thriving, they’re merely trying to survive themselves. They’re being weighed down by the “weak” ox. That is the result of being unequally yoked. Now, this does not mean that one day the spouse who doesn’t believe won’t come to Jesus and start serving. That happens. But there is just no guarantee. The Bible warns against being unequally yoked, for a good reason!! Being unequally yoked puts our relationship with God at risk, and our effectiveness as Christians and our ability to help others in the Kingdom. Like I said in my last post, we cannot give to others what we ourselves, do not have. So if our relationship with God is suffering, our service for God will suffer as a result as well. 

I am not married. I say this, as a “warning” for other single people, to just follow the Bible and look for a person who also loves the Lord & shows it in their behavior and their lifestyle (this is not for people who are already married, that’s a different scenario). As singles, we should look for someone who is committed to the Lord, committed to serving and growing in Him. Also, if you’re looking for that type of person, we also need to BE this way too, because if we’re not, then that also would not make much sense lol. 

Serving others is an essential part of loving others, which is why I decided to write about it as the last part of my love series. I believe if you are led by the Holy Spirit, you will just be naturally called to serve in certain areas. God will place you there. You don’t have to force it and you won’t feel like you hate it lol. I used to think that was serving, but it is not. You should want to do it, with love and joy in your heart. God knows our talents and he places us where He can use them. I personally feel like I’m still trying to figure out in some way, where I should serve in my church. I help with events and such (as part of the women’s ministry), but there is no “adult singles” ministry so for people like me, it can be hard to figure out. For anyone, actually. For right now, I just look for when they call people to help, & volunteer. It may seem like what you do is small sometimes, but trust me, it is not in the eyes of the Lord. Even the smallest thing, when done in His love, can make the biggest impact. Our work for the Lord is never in vain. We should follow the leading of the Holy Spirit when it’s telling us to help in a certain area of ministry or in a certain moment. Even the smallest things, when done in His love, can have the biggest impact.   

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10

Lastly, let’s not forget, serving the Lord is a way to show our love for Him and worship Him too! So when we do His work, from the heart, and live our life in obedience to His word, submitted to His will and not our own, we are showing God that we love Him!

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. — Romans 12:1

I love writing these blog posts, because I always feel like God ministers to me through them. I always learn a lesson. I hope this has been a blessing for you too. God bless you, I hope you enjoyed my love series! Have a fantastic 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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Serving, my Christian “Identity,” & Finding a Church! 🙌☄

Happy Sunday! ☄💖

I hope you are having a blessed day! 🙂 I have to apologize because always I like to post at least once a week, but this past week was exceptionally busy since there was a family member (my aunt) visiting from Puerto Rico in town, and I hadn’t seen her in a long time. It was an especially busy week, but fun! 🙂

Today at church there was a special guest, an evangelist from Argentina, who was raised in Spain, and now lives and has a ministry with his wife in Madagascar helping children become free from sexual slavery! It was such an incredible, powerful, and uplifting message. He is a very young person. It’s incredibly inspiring for me personally, to hear young ministers with such wisdom. Someone from my generation. It not only gave me hope but it made me realize there’s just a whole other world out there. Basically, that was the whole point of his message lol, but for me, there’s always been the “worldly” world (aka Satan’s world), which is the dominating culture, and then there’s us, followers of Christ. As a (“relatively” lol) young person, it’s always been a challenge for me to find my identity within Christianity because of the simple fact that I do not identify with the Christian “subculture” of today. It’s often a very sheltered type of experience, often very based on consumerism and materialistic values, just like the rest of the “worldly” world which is what I don’t like about it. To me this never made sense because it goes against the very principles of the Bible. The values of the world have impermeated many churches it seems. At least here where I live, it seems that way. Of course, not every person in a church is like that and not every church is like that! Lol. I am a Christian obviously, but I’ve struggled with this a lot because I feel like the times I have visited churches, it doesn’t feel like it’s been a genuine experience many times. It feels like Christianity is trying so hard to imitate the world and like it forgets its true calling in the process; It forgets its identity. In the effort to try to bring people in, it’s compromising its values and losing the most important thing people are looking for in the first place, what they need, which is Jesus!

But the evangelist today, showed that there is another side to Christianity today. There is a side that is not confused about it’s identity, and despite what others may be doing, that’s what we need to be. Just like Jesus! As Christians we do need to actively be helping and serving people however we can. We cannot look past their pain and afflictions. He asked a very important question: How many times this week did you help or serve other people? For me personally, it so happens that this week, I helped helped a lot! Lol. Since my aunt was here, I was extra helpful to my family lol. And even before today’s sermon, I actually was thinking to myself, how come I’m not ALWAYS like this?! LOL. The whole past 2 weeks, I was really going out of my way, going above and beyond to help my family in everything I could. And it was a very nice feeling. Today’s message was a confirmation to me, that I need to ALWAYS be this way with my family and with people in general. 💖🌠🙏

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. — Galatians 6:7 ESV

I do consider myself a helpful person always, and always love to lend a hand. But sometimes in daily life, we are just so into our own problems, in our own heads, we don’t even notice there are other people out there who are suffering. Or we just become sort of desensitized to the suffering of others and just ignore them. But we really cannot live life this way. We do need to pay attention to the needs of others and see how we can be the help they need. The only identity I need, the only person I need to imitate, as a Christian, is Jesus! He’s our perfect example of love and serving others. 🙌

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. — Romans 5:8 NIV

I am also supremely happy that after a long time of searching, I have FINALLY found a new church home, and today I became a member! This is definitely a huge answered prayer. I asked God to please lead me to the right place, and here I am! I really wanted to find a place where of course God is #1 and had sound Bible- based teaching, where I could grow, be challenged, where I could help, and it’s just really exciting and it’s such a blessing! 🙏💖

I hope you have a blessed week! Xoxo

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Cultivating Excellence 🌱💯

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I’ve made it one of my goals to cultivate this quality of “excellence” on myself this year. In the past, I used to focus on being perfect all of the time. But this is so damaging on so many levels. Not only is the idea of perfection nonexistent and completely unattainable, but the person trying to achieve it isn’t aware of this fact. So you work so hard, only to end up constantly comparing yourself and your work to others, realizing you or your work will never ever be good enough, and lastly either destroying your work or abandoning projects midway through. I used to have a string of unfinished projects that I would start, but never finish. Or projects I would just destroy because I thought, what’s the use? It will never be perfect. Then months or years later I would find my work and think, oh wow this is amazing I should’ve finished it! Lol. What good are unfinished works and projects, that remain hidden?! God doesn’t want that from us, He wants us to follow through so He can use us!
Could you imagine if God decided to leave us just as we are, and not finish His work within us? If He decided to just give up on us? Never right! God would never do this. It says so in His word. So we need to finish our work as well, because everything we do, we should be doing for God! 🙂

6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. — Phillipians 1:6 NIV
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. — Colossians 3: 23-24

So no more perfectionism for me! 😀👏🙌🙏Thank God He has done some major work with me in this area. I now finish everything I start, & I also know how to say no. I have more balance & I know when something is just too much. It’s a work in progress. 😊 I just want to focus on growing and not competing, and just giving my best in every area of my life. Not looking around, wondering who’s doing what and measuring myself up against other people or the world’s standards. Simply outdoing myself! 🙂
Part of being excellent also means imo, following through, finishing tasks as previously mentioned, being diligent, being punctual and reliable, and all those wonderful qualities that we like in people who inspire us. They inspire us BECAUSE of these qualities, and because they are just doing their personal best, putting in hard work, and simply following God’s standards, notwithstanding of what anyone else may be doing. And hey I’m not perfect & I know nobody else is. Of course there will be times when life happens, & things do not go as planned. There are many variables that are simply out of our control. But as long as we’re putting in effort, I think that’s what counts. 😀💯
The point is to not remain stagnant in your spiritual life or elsewhere. The efforts we make to be “excellent” need to be habits that become part of our daily routine, not something you do once in a while. I always think of it in terms of going “above & beyond”, or “beyond the call of duty.” Not just doing bare minimum but on everything you do, just really try to do YOUR personal best (not comparing yourself to others but YOUR best). And once you reach a certain goal, you can set new goals in order to keep growing. It’s these daily habits that will define us as “excellent” and make all the difference. To me these daily habits are like the “seeds” for excellence. And then as we keep doing these habits, we’re “watering the seeds” & “giving them sunlight,” so we’re making excellence grow! 🌱🙌 Making productive use of our time and resources shows that we are grateful for the blessings that God has placed within our hands, and that we are good managers of those blessings, however big or small.

So what does excellence mean to you? How are you cultivating excellence in different areas of your life? What seeds are you planting? 🌱🌳
Well I hope you’ve had a great week and enjoy the weekend to come!! 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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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💖

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Nothing can Substitute Experience and God’s Guidance

pexels-photo-66100Nothing in life can substitute experience and God’s guidance. Education can get you prepared, and it is often essential in dealing with like half of problems imo lol. But often times, when we are in real- world situations, whether they are personal or professional, really all we have to rely on is our experience and well, the voice of God to guide us of course!

Having experience is having confidence. If you master a certain area of your life, you will be confident in this area. That is why it’s so important to constantly keep changing for the better and improving. But how do we improve? By not being afraid of making mistakes. Yes we’ve all heard it, “ mistakes are proof that you are trying” LOL. But cliche-y sayings aside, learning to see the LESSONS in your mistakes, and seeing them as part of the growth process, will help in our journey to grow in whatever area it is that we’re looking to grow.

IF you learn the lessons in your mistakes, they will be part of your experience. And this is valuable knowledge! If you fail to learn these lessons, well you’ll just have to try again and again, making the same mistakes until you finally see it. (trust me LOL). I am more & more learning to ask God for A. wisdom, and B. strength. Windom is to be able to learn from our mistakes. To understand WHY things happened, & what role WE played. To understand what HIS WILL is. And strength, to do what is necessary to rise above the situation & be victorious! Remember, God has already given us the victory! We just have to believe it & claim it for ourselves! 💖

The sad part is, some people actually go through their entire lives repeating the SAME mistakes OVER AND OVER, not learning from their past mistakes. It’s ok to make mistakes, but we also shouldn’t be stuck our entire lives on the same mistakes. 

God’s love and guidance is readily available for us, so why aren’t some people using it like they should? I know I didn’t before, and I am still learning. I think as humans, it’s difficult for us accept the fact that we don’t actually know what we are doing lol. But once we do, once we surrender ourselves to the Lord and humble ourselves, life actually becomes a LOT less complicated! LOL.

That way I can add it to my experience, keep going, and help others, instead of going through life defeated, repeating the same mistakes over & over, and not seeking God’s guidance like I’m supposed to. The sooner we accept that we will always need God our lives, the sooner we can make real progress. 😊💖

Hope you have a blessed Sunday! Xoxo

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Christian Book Reviews and Recommendations (Dec/ Jan) 🙂📚🤓

I had kind of a long reading list for the month of January lol. I just finished a couple of books & I’m slowly but surely working on some more. (I’m just basically addicted to my Kindle app bc I can read my books anywhere & lots are free to download!!🤓). There’s just so many great books out there!! But one must choose. So first, let me tell you about the books I read in December/ beginning of January! FYI, the books I read are usually about living a Christ-centered life or about dating by Christian authors.

  • Is this your man? By Colin Tate

This book was fantastic imo! Colin came up with 6 toxic types of men you should avoid. And let me tell you, it’s real & eye-opening!! It’s also God- centered which is what I loved the most. A must- read for every single Christian woman trying to navigate the dating scene! You can download free with Kindle unlimited.

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https://www.amazon.com/This-Your-Man-Should-Dating-ebook/dp/B0182FUNE2

  • Faith Habits By Derron E. Short

Simply put, this book is amazing. It’s perfect for anyone trying to reach that next level in their faith, but they’re just not sure how. It talks about habits we need to develop AND drop as Christians. It’s completely Bible- based, & seriously one of the BEST books I’ve read!!! It’s actually really changed my life, my perspective, & I’m not exaggerating. I LOVED this book. It’s also available to download free with Kindle Unlimited.

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0777MMC9Q/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

The books I picked to read in January are…

  • “ Perfecting the Saints” By Derron E. Short. The reason I chose this book is bc Derron’s book Faith Habits was so fantastic, I just want to read more of his material. He really knows so much, so I am sure to enjoy this one as well. (Link below)

  • A Life Beyond Amazing by Dr. David Jeremiah. I started a little bit of this book, and I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I have a physical copy vs Kindle copy, I find it hard to read & stay focused on it for very long. I’m STILL on the 1st Chapter of Love. The book is REALLY good, I dk, I just think it’s hard to read. It’s also a very long book so this might be one of my February books as well possibly if I’m not done. But it’s so interesting. Maybe they’re just hard concepts for me LOL. But either way I’m going to push forward. ✊ There’s a lot of wisdom from God in this book. (Link below as well)

So my 2018 is off to a great start! I have to go take a nap now lol. 😴 Xoxo

PS- Here are the links to all the books I mentioned: 🤓📚

“Is This Your Man?: Meet Six Types of Men that Women Should Avoid Dating” by Colin Tate.
Start reading it for free: http://a.co/9eLyyxq

“Faith Habits: Identify Unproductive Habits and Unlock Your God Given Potential” by Derron E Short. Start reading it for free: http://a.co/3FqZIJL

“Perfecting The Saints” by Derron Short.
Start reading it for free: http://a.co/1RGq5GZ

“A Life Beyond Amazing: 9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life Today” by David Jeremiah.
Start reading it for free: http://a.co/eweGU07

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My A.M. Routine ❤🌞

startup-photosHowdy! 🤠 I wanted to share my morning routine bc I’ve posted a lot about time management & I feel like this is a good topic to discuss. It’s sometimes kind of hard to find a balance bc we all have so much going on, so many distractions & so much stress, so I hope these tips will help to put God #1 in your day. Btw I’m not exactly perfect at this, but I try. Lol

Every morning, I try to spend some time reading devotionals or articles for personal and/ or spiritual growth. Also bible verses as well. I admit, I’m not good at reading the bible on my own for a long period of time lol, which is why I like devotionals so much. They help me study the Bible but with some sort of “guidance.” I do read some on my own, & one goal of mine is to get better at this. Some of my favorite devotionals are from World Challenge. I also love listening to Dr. David Jeremiah’s Turning Point sermons during the week, usually I make time on Wednesday nights while I do mid- week house cleaning lol. You can just play it & listen while you do other stuff.

Life, can be unpredictable sometimes to say the least LOL. You may not always have time to do this, but, at least try to incorporate 10 minutes of quiet reading & reflection into your morning. Do it before things start happening, just get up 10-15, even start with 5 minutes earlier and you’ll see what an amazing difference it makes in your life. Just spending those few minutes alone with God, thanking Him, I feel set me up for a great day. It changes your whole perspective & puts you at peace. After I also like to check my twitter feed for news, stretch & do some breathing, though tbh sometimes I forget about the breathing. The breathing is just taking deep breaths in & out, its supposed to help you, it’s not anything weird like yoga which I don’t believe in. I also do not believe in meditation or clearing my mind or anything that goes against the Bible. I literally just breathe deeply lol. I saw a video saying people aren’t getting enough oxygen to their brain, bc they’re simply not even breathing properly LOL (I don’t know how true it is tbh, it was on youtube, I just try to breathe LOL). I also listen to Christian/ worship music every single morning omw to work. Like the really upbeat songs (absolutely nothing slow or downer, but that’s a general rule for me all of the time😊).

Just a warning… you might love this new routine so much, you may have a hard time leaving your bed/ house bc you’ll just want to stay home reading & learning all day lol. And God might inspire you to get up earlier to pursue those goals & passion projects, who knows! Possibilities are endless ❤🌈☄

Hope you’re having a great day, staying motivated on this 1st week of the year, & staying warm!! Xoxo ❄⛄

PS- Here are the links to the weekly devotionals & sermons I listen to, hope they help you too! 🙂

https://worldchallenge.org

(David Wilkerson’s & his son Gary Wilkerson’s ministry)

http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/

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A Truly Happy New Year with Jesus ❤🎉

pexels-photo-285173Hello everyone!! As we celebrate & ring in the new year, I was reflecting on the fact that we really cannot have a TRULY HAPPY new year without Jesus. Unless he’s the center of our lives, & we’ve given Him control, we’ll just never know what full contentment, peace, & joy feels like!

This does not mean we won’t have problems. As a matter of fact, the Bible tells us in John 16:33 that we WILL have problems, its guaranteed. However, knowing Jesus means having hope despite these problems. It means not having to carry the burdens of life on our own. 😌😊💖

John 16:33 New International Version (NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

I see way too many people who call themselves Christian, yet refuse to make a real commitment to following Christ. I’ve been there. Each one of our journeys is personal. But we must keep growing. We cannot stay stuck in the same place spiritually speaking, that we were last year. We need to grow! We need to leave old ways of being, attitudes, bad habits or patterns, all behind us. ❤

I pray that your love for God is ignited this year, & that it motivates you to take a step forward in faith. A small step can be the catalyst for great change, if you just choose to have a truly happy new year, with Jesus as the center of your life. 🔥🕊

Psalm 37:5-6 New International Version (NIV) 5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

Proverbs 16:3 New International Version (NIV) 3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.