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New Music Friday!! 😎❤🎧

20180504_005656_0001Happy Friday! It’s the end of a long week but we made it! Thank you Jesus! Lol. I haven’t done a music post in a while, it’s quite overdue, so I figured I would today lol. 🙌

Before I get to the music, I also wanted to share with you a resource. You guys know I listen to Pastor Tony Evans a lot, well this week he had a great series on Christian Singles. He even has a book. I have to tell you, I haven’t finished listening to all the sermons on the app, I believe there are now 4 half- hour sermons, but the first two are amazing. If you are single and are a Christian, this is a MUST LISTEN for you. You can download his app or to go http://www.Tonyevans.org. (I know I sound like an ad lol, but this is in no way paid hahah, I just simply LOVE his messages! They are just like fire! Such incredible teachings!) Anyways, I hope you make some time to check that out because it will really be worth your time!!

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So today’s songs are just a few songs I’ve discovered lately, random artists lol. Obviously, all Christian music as usual because that’s all I listen to.❤🙏 I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 🙂 I’m starting to listen to some Christian music in Spanish! I know Spanish but for some reason never really listened to Christian music in Spanish, and it’s awesome! I am also including some of those songs here! 🙂

  1. Tauren Wells- Known

https://youtu.be/x6T28lsTPwc

  1. So will I- Hillsong

https://youtu.be/oLURTvUQoTM

  1. The Way- Housefires

https://youtu.be/uCfveSHHwXo

  1. La tierra canta- Barak

https://youtu.be/pCtHNZEC3Vs

  1. Ven Espiritu Santo- Barak

https://youtu.be/IlC3q_hiAcI

  1. Soy amantes de tu presencia- Ingrid Rosario

https://youtu.be/yaGYv0jWTBI

  1. No hay lugar más alto- Miel San Marcos

https://youtu.be/tgzm16pQ92U

I hope you guys have a fantastic and blessed weekend! I have a another post I will be posting soon, stay tuned!! Xoxo 💖💖

Ps- I’m not sure why all the songs say 1. 😂🤣 I couldn’t change it, so yeah. Lol.

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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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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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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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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💖