Lately, for months it seems like it’s one trial after another. Many times I just have to stop and ground myself. I can’t see clearly. Stopping to breathe, sitting with the Lord, praying with a sister gives me to ability to see things that are coming from different angles!
I have to stop and say, "My first ministry is my husband, kids, family and all the people that are around me and places that I frequent. All that other stuff is not my focus."
Why do you think busyness captures us? Why do you think more keeps coming?
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. Ephesians 6:12
So our world will get crazy, busy and overwhelming! We know from reading scripture we will have struggles and strive. Always remember while in these battles there is always more going on than what we see. These forces want to cause confusion, take our focus, wants to make us feel defeated, and powerless! Don’t believe it, and don’t accept it. Yes, cry, and let it out. Scream "I am not powerless!" if you have too!
Let's fight these battles spiritually. We conquer a different way by using prayer, fasting, reading the Bible, and Worship & Praise. Yes, I know things get hard! I know the struggle and the pain. We can do hard things because Jesus equips us! We go farther and trust that God is always in control!
I love the song Ocean's from Hillsong and the lyric's: Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters. Wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander. And my faith will be made stronger. Keep my eyes above the waves.
Your eyes are above the waves, Sister!
I don’t know about you but sometimes I can’t seem to see past the waves in the ocean of life! Is it just me, my age or is something stirring and making our world’s so busy and crazy? Everything is so fast and keeps coming. Things happen and I want to look at the issue and take care of it on my own instead of looking to My Savior. When I don’t look up at my Heavenly Father I have a hard time, I don’t want to forgive, I don’t want to let go and just can’t grow! I know that seeing things from a different place is vital. So I will talk to my husband and he will say pray, let go, etc. And I am stuck on this and that. We have a saying we tell each other and when I hear it I have to evaluate myself. He will say, “Baby the wheel is spinning all you have to do is pick up one foot and jump off!” Oh my how we can get side tracked. Let’s be real, we have so many emotions and events that can get us sidetracked. I need to TRUST and pray every day to break my heart for what breaks my Savior because I need less of me and more of HIM!
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Have a blessed day!
As we were gathering our shoes and dogs leashes this past Monday we looked out to see that it had rained and it was still wet. We were excited to go out in the cool air. The streetlights are still on because it’s still dark at 5:30 am. As we were walking one of our routes I can see sparkle all over the ground. When something sparkles its sure does catch my eye! I thought how beautiful the rain makes everything look! Then I thought what is causing the sparkle? And what is sparkling? As we looked closely it was all the little and big leaves on the floor. It's fall so we have more leaves than usually.
I got excited because I remembered bible verses of water. Then I thought its not just water that is causing this shine and sparkle on a leaf that is dull and fallen to the ground! It's also the moonlight and the streetlights! I was in awe because combined together the leaves shine like diamonds!
How beautiful that He has given us water and light! We can not be hidden! Oh no we can't not even in the dark! As you pray and start out your day remember our words, our actions, glorify and reflect our Father in Heaven.
Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven
Shine and Sparkle! Have a blessed week!
I was sitting in my car at lunch today in the parking lot. I have so much going on in my head and it doesn’t help that I have squirrel syndrome like the dog Doug in up! I need to focus and honestly its hard. I have work, personal things, goals, dinner, lunch, what do I do with this hair of mine, what devotion should I read, who do I text, my family, lingering things and these are only the few things rolling around in my head and I can’t even focus!
I get so busy and overwhelmed that I have to write things down or else I forget. We all have different ways of handling stress. When I get overwhelmed I sometimes look down on myself because I should be doing it all, or I start getting emotional, or look at what’s not right in my life.
I have to stop, ground myself and focus. I sat in that car of mine and opened up the word! His word equips me to think outside of self, to inspire, and gives me strength. In the craziness of my head the first thing I do is write all that stuff down. Then I see which ones I can give to the Lord, which ones I can change, and which ones I need to let go.
It’s so hard because we all have craziness, times of hardship, and times of confusion. Our God is not a God of confusion! So when I am this way I need to put the brakes on!
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace--as in all the congregations of the Lord's people. 1 Corinthians 14:33
As I sit on my desk after our awesome morning walk I feel so grateful for all that God has given to my family and I. My door is open and I can hear the birds, the air is still crisp, the pool water sprouts are on and the sound of the water hitting the pool soothes me.
You see this picture of the old home with a broken bike and chickens running around is my Guapo (my dad’s) home. As I child I heard stories of this home. When I was in the 7th grade it was my first time seeing the canal that ran behind the house that was their home. We took pictures that day of our visit. Many year’s later my father had a friend who is an amazing artist make an oil painting of this place he came from.
This photo grounds me, humbles me, encourages me and makes me walk in gratefulness. My mother came from a very hard place of much struggle as well. You see I know that the relationship with Christ, the hard work, dedication and love that my father and mother had for each other and for us created a breakthrough for generations to come. I cherish the stories, the lessons and photos of my youth.
I got this journal as a gift and was waiting to use it until I finished my other one. As I placed it on my desk this morning my eyes filled with tears for the verse that is engraved sits near me and this painting. God has called them, our family, and our children for generations to come! When God has a plan, a purpose for you nothing will break it! Yes, we have many things in this life to conquer because that is the plan to mold us, break us, shape us so we can be used to reach and touch each other! God has such an Amazing Plan for all us!
I have seen God work in their lives, our family and this home. And at the hardest times God speaking to them, the Holy Spirit guiding them, Angels and people touching them in hard and good times has only caused my faith to be stronger and has made Him so real and my foundation!
For He shall give His Angeles charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Psalms 91:11
Wednesday I wanted a different view than my desk for lunch! I put on my walking shoes and took a trip to the nearest park. I got out of my car and took a deep breath. Yes, because I get so busy that I don't even take full breaths! The sun was kind to me and was perfect! The birds flying and singing all around me. I noticed some leaves falling from the trees and when I passed a certain section I could smell honeysuckle. Some trees so tall and their trunks made me wonder how old they were. Some of the trees were the trees of my youth that took me back to my childhood and my daughter's . When my parents took me to the park my dad would make me turtles from twigs and seeds from a tree. He also did the same in his new role of Papa. So of course I had to make one! Something so simple made me feel so tranquil.
As a mother you want your children to reach for the stars and beyond the galaxy! Use the gifts that were given to them and to not be afraid! To dream big and to conquer it! To not have any barriers or fears, because once fear is gone then they will be limitless! You watch from the sidelines, the stands or the audience. You want them to look at you so they can see your face! If only they can see themselves through your eyes. We are cheerleaders, encouragers and motivator’s. You remember being where they were and how the world was so big, and you had fears too. Only as you got older did you see that we put up our own barriers and cant’s! One of my favorite quotes by Erin Hanson, "What if I fall? Oh but my darling what if you fly!" Yes, we as parents know what they can do and achieve but we see the fear or doubt take over.
Imagine how God is looking at us? He looks at us as we are doing life, we all have our own struggles, it may be fear, time management, anger, resentment, forgiveness, weight issues, strong holds that just hold us down. I see him looking at us saying, “Look at me, don’t you see my face, read my words, spend time with me, my words are of encouragement and of healing! My child don’t you know that you have already won! You have been made new. Don’t hold yourself back! We need to not just read the words but believe them, take action to the things that we are told to do! It's all about the action! Step up, reach your dreams for we are conquers and warriors! We are raising the future conquers and warriors that will take over! No it's not to late for you, your not alone, anything is possible! So let’s rise, stand together and reach our dreams and help our children reach theirs!
It was a Saturday morning and I was debating if I should go to a Women's Event Angie hosted because I work, run around so much after work doing drop offs/pick ups, errands and making dinners. And for year's I had not been to a women's event because I had a young child, and didn't want to leave her. My mother passed away in April 2009 and she was my mentor. My soul was crying out and missing the support of women in my spiritual life. So after a conversation with myself and all the going back and forth in my own head I decided to go! Wow Deborah the guest speaker has a gift of making you feel like it's only you in the room!This event turned out to be such an impacting day. I loved the wisdom and power that surround me. After the event we went to lunch and the conversations that we had made be feel even more empowered! Talking about strongholds, our children, and life! These women glowed and touched me with God's love. On the way home I thanked Angie for putting the event together! She truly inspires. I thought to myself how many moments, how many life changing moments I have missed. I was only gone for 3 hours tops. I went home and all was good. Nothing burned down, the house was functioning, and everyone happy. I felt empowered and wanted to seek my God more! I wanted to have that beauty, that desire and the raw real life impacting moments with other women! You see women, we all need each other, there is no competition, no looking down and no barriers with a Women of God! I wanted to share this and on 10.14.15 I started the first Facebook Community Sisters In Christ. It is a private group so we can open up and share, and help other women. Then I felt a tug and pull in my heart to start She Heard the Call. To reach women, all over, to be touched by our raw and real walk with our God. Yes, I fall and I ask for forgiveness and say, "Lord I am sorry I failed this test!" But I sure did learn from it and thank Him for it!
Let's show how we shine in Him Ladies! Are you ready?