A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance.

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“A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…” Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

As a child, I spent countless hours at our family’s country house, ‘La Morita’. We would travel there every weekend with relatives and friends. The adults would play cards, dominoes or bingo in the evenings after a tasty home-made meal. All of the children would laugh often when sharing stories at the hammocks zone, play Marco Polo at the pool, ride horses in town or hike the mountains at sunrise.

I certainly miss ‘La Morita’. Those memorable times were filled with joy. I don’t remember experiencing any sadness then. Our families were united, loved one another, and were energized by fellowship, outdoor activities and mesmerized by the beauty of nature.

As I grew older, I soon realized life was not ‘picture perfect’. There are moments filled with contentment and other times filled with great distress, anger, emotional pain, grief and/or sorrow.

God promised to be right there with us thru it all – the fun, the boring, the best, the ugly and the worst times.

The Lord is our Refuge. He will never leave us nor forsake us. That is His promise.

When dad passed away, mom relocated back to our home country in South America. Since then, I have only seen her once. We don’t get to walk at the local park nor shop at ‘Sawgrass Mills’ Shopping Center anymore. It has been over two years since I last had a meal with mom at the table. I miss her voice, enthusiasm and most importantly her presence. I wish I could sit with you right now and share the details of my next trip to Florida. The truth is I may never be able to visit mom again and this is a reality I have recently come to terms with. I am in a season of loss, grief and sorrow indeed. It is time to weep, mourn and embrace the loss of mom’s current living situation, geographical distance and deteriorating health conditions.

Are you grieving at this moment, my friend? Are you reminiscing on ‘how’ your past circumstances are quite different than todays? Perhaps, you are facing an ‘unexpected’ loss and you are quite overwhelmed with the intensity and impact of the sudden challenge.

Do not be dismayed or broken-hearted, my friend.

We are in a season of grief but His mercies are new every morning. Today is filled with opportunities for us to briefly reminisce about the past then spend the rest of the time counting our blessings. We have been blessed for all the countless memories and unforgettable moments with our loved ones. They have left their ‘forever’ fingerprints on our minds, hearts and souls. My heart rejoices every time I think of mom.

Let us not dwell on the emotional distress or pain of our recent past. Let us acknowledge our loss, lament and journal our painful thoughts until we are comforted by His promises. Our Lord listens to our melancholic cries and painful thoughts and He comforts our shattered hearts over time.

We will dance once again as soon as our hearts are healed and restored.

Lord, there are so many seasons in our lives and some are difficult to process and get thru. I know we may be in the midst of a tough season. As we lament our losses, we know you are comforting us with your faithfulness, morning mercies and compassion … You hear all of our cries and wipe our tears away. You heal our brokenness and bind our deep wounds. You are our only Hope and Refuge. Turn the gaze of our hearts towards the beauty of all of your promises and fill our hearts with never-ending Hope.

Lord, I’m willing to embrace the new season in life. Spring is here! Flowers are blooming. I want to rejoice once again. Jesus, hold my hand and come with me and waltz together at the dance floor.

In Jesus’ name we boldly pray, Amen.

“You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,” Psalm‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭NIV

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm‬ ‭147:3‬ ‭NIV

“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” Psalm‬ ‭9:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm‬ ‭27:4‬ ‭NIV

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Share His Gifts

Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them;
Let all who are around Him bring gifts to Him who is to be feared.”
Psalm 76:11

“When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow! It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. Do not let your speech cause you to sin and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands?” Ecclesiastes 5:4-6

“And many were bringing gifts to the Lord at Jerusalem and choice presents to Hezekiah king of Judah, so that he was exalted in the sight of all nations thereafter.” 2 Chronicles 32:23

Lord,

Help me keep all commitments. When I am fatigued, help me stay alert and focused at all times. When I am overwhelmed, help me get enough rest for the challenge at hand.

I want to serve others as best as I can. I want to share all of my gifts with the world.

I will share my talents and skills so others will benefit. I was fearfully and wonderfully made by You so I may serve one day at a time on your behalf.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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His Guidance

“Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name;
And deliver us and forgive our sins for Your name’s sake” Psalm 79:9

“Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.” 

2 Chronicles 14:11

“For You are my rock and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake, You will lead me and guide me.” Psalm 31:3

Lord,

it was quite a fast-paced week at work.

Help me slow down, meditate on Your promises and know You are God who is in control.

You are my rock, fortress and the greatest Counselor who leads the way.

Please forgive me if I do not follow Your commands. There is no one besides You.

When I’m distracted, please redirect my focus back to You.

You are my God, let no man prevail against me.

In Jesus’ name, I boldly pray. Amen.

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His Joy

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1: 2-4

“…so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold, which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7

“so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12

“By your endurance, you will gain your lives.” Luke 21:19

Lord,

In life, there are many transitions. Some life-altering moments or life changes are easier than others. While I encounter various trials, I know the testing of my faith produces endurance.

I need Your guidance, comfort, and strength so I may endure the initial stages of the upcoming transition. My faith will be tested, I know.

I will praise and honor You as I adapt to my new lifestyle.

It is so exciting to have your rest. You are right there watching it all and protecting me from any given evil schemes. My desire is to display Your fragrance as I walk into challenging circumstances today.

I’m trusting in You alone, my Rescuer and Refuge.

In Jesus’ name, I courageously pray. Amen.

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A Fragrant Aroma.

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.”

2 Corinthians 2:14-17

“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” Romans 1:15-18

“…and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Ephesians 5:2

“But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.” Philippians 4:18

Lord,
I am your beloved daughter for such a time as this…
Allow Your fragrance to spread among those who are either lukewarm, in darkness or even lost.
Help me speak Your truth in love and glorify Your name.
Break down all Your teachings so I understand them clearly.
Show me ‘how to’ be obedient.
Help me take ungodly thoughts captive so I can surrender these negative thoughts at the feet of the Cross.
I want to be a slave of righteousness, walk in love, share Your wisdom to those who are in desperately need, and always maintain a fragrant aroma.

In Jesus’ name, I boldly pray. Amen


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A Faithful God

He is a Faithful God.


“As for God, His way is blameless;
The word of the LORD is tested;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
God is my strong fortress;
And He sets the blameless in His way.
He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
And sets me on my high places.” 2 Samuel 22: 31, 33-34


“The Rock! His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright are He.” Deuteronomy 32: 4


Lord,
You are a shield and my fortress.
As I rely on You for strength, guidance, and comfort, You are faithful and merciful.
You are my only Rock!
Thank You, Jesus, for being so steadfast in my life.
In Jesus’ name, I boldly praise. Amen.


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Seek His Face.

“Commit yourself to the Lord; let Him deliver him;

Let Him rescue him because He delights in him.” Psalm 22:8

“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him securely on high because he has known My name.” Psalm 91:14

“He trusts in God; let God rescue Him now if He delights in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”

Matthew 27:43

Lord,

I commit myself to seek Your face every day. No delays.  No excuses. No procrastination.

I delight in Your Word. I rely on Your promises. I trust in Your intentions and unfailing love.

In Jesus’ name, I courageously pray, Amen.

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Announcement: Women’s Accountability Group on FB

Happy Wednesday!

Special Announcement:
For those who are doing the #120dayschallenge, you have an option to add or ignore what I’m about to announce at this time.

As you all know I’m an overachiever but I can also say “I cannot live without God’s Word! How about you?

He is our Lord and Savior who gives us Life. Praising Jesus.

Starting on November 1, we will continue with our morning posts (the Book of Psalms) in our accountability women’s closed group and just added the evening posts (November: A Grateful Heart, December: The Book of Luke, January… etc.)

If you have not joined us as of yet, here is the link to join us today.https://www.facebook.com/groups/592519521194570/?ref=share

In 2020, morning posts will cover the entire Bible and for those who may not be interested in reading the Bible cover to cover next year, you will also
have the evening posts with themed journals. It is so exciting to have options in life.

You can also do both, morning and evening posts as you wish OR just do one. It’s your choice. Isn’t nice to have options in life?

We will be having monthly drawings for those who participate and encourage others.

Let us all enjoy God’s Word one day at a time.

His Blessings

“May He grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your counsel!

We will sing for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners.

May the Lord fulfill all your petitions?” Psalms 20:4-5

“You have given him his heart’s desire, and You have not withheld the request of his lips.

Selah.” Psalm 21:2

“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him to all who call upon Him in truth.

He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him. He will also hear their cry and will save them.”

Psalm 145:18-19

Lord, You are the King of Kings who grants our heart’s desires.

You are steadfast in all your promises. Your timing is perfect!

I am asking for guidance as I sit here today thinking about my goals and objectives for the upcoming transition. Please continue to direct all my steps so I may not stumble later.

Your ways are higher than mine. Your plans are so much better. I want to honor You in all I do and be prayerful along the way.  I praise You for all my blessings today and the ones to come.

In Jesus’ name, I boldly shout and praise, Amen.

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A Grateful Heart

I hope you had a relaxing weekend.

The fall season is here. As I grabbed the handle of a local store’s double doors this morning, I immediately noticed Christmas decorations everywhere. 

Unfortunately, I also sense the pressures of the upcoming Holiday season.

“What happened to Thanksgiving?” I whispered. A time to be ‘grateful’ and fellowship with family and friends. I immediately felt the rush and time constraints of this new season.

“I love Fall y’all.” So let slow down and enjoy the season of Thanksgiving.

Will you make time to study God’s Word?

If so, The Bible Reading Journal Series: A Grateful Heart is perfect for you so you can slow down a bit, and fellowship with the Lord for few minutes a day in the month of November.

It is now available on Amazon.com

The Bible Reading Journal Series: A Grateful Heart. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1692510398/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_mYhRDb5SX8RQA via @amazon

His Precious Words.

“The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” Psalm 19:7-8

“The works of His hands are truth and justice. All His precepts are sure. They are upheld forever and ever. They are performed in truth and uprightness.” Psalm 111:7-8

“The words of the Lord are pure words. As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.” Psalm 12:6

Lord, Your precepts are flawless and restores my soul every day.

Your wisdom is appreciated. Your promises both refresh my soul and offers me hope.

You are life, truth, and justice. I cling to every one of Your precious words.

In Jesus’ name, I praise.

Amen.

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