Be Blessed. Be Prosperous.

“He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of his life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous.”

Psalms 1:3 TPT

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Photo courtesy: Kevin Young @ Splasher

Abba Father,

Life brings unexpected interruptions and it can be stressful at times.

I’m standing firm on your Word.

I continue to meditate on every word you have inscribed in your Holy book.

I love to worship and be in-tuned with your poetic rhythms from the book of Psalms. Your exquisite words are definitely on fire. When I worship, I sing boldly and my heart rejoices. I want to be alive.

Praising Jesus this morning from the bottom of my heart.

When I repent and surrender, you delight in me. Your sacred Word comforts me; I am no longer in distress.

Not only do I want to be strong and courageous in every way (Colossians 2:7), I want the Holy Spirit to be my tour guide as I stroll down the narrow road.

I want to stand on unshakable grounds so I may flourish in all I do. 

I want to be blessed and prosperous.

Most importantly, I want your will to be fulfilled not mine. I am no longer pursuing success apart from You, Lord.

I am your beloved and faithful servant and a light to the lost world.

In Jesus’name I pray,

Adriana

(write your name and make it personal)

His Grace

“For it was only through this wonderful grace that we believed in him. Nothing we did could ever earn this salvation, for it was the gracious gift from God that brought us to Christ!” Ephesians 2:8 TPT

I enjoy exchanging gifts at parties. I delight in seasonal wrapping papers and colorful gift bags along with a hand-written note honoring my special guest.

I cherish time spent with family and friends.

Beautifully wrapped presents are memorable, but hand-written notes are treasures inscribed in one’s heart!

All perfect gifts are from above (James 1:17).

There is only one gift that brought me to Christ.

His Grace.

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Lord,

When I accepted your grace, my heart and mind were eternally transformed.  Your compassion and unmerited favor are the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrew 13:8).

Thank goodness, I didn’t have to earn Salvation! It was freely given.

Please forgive me if I was stubborn at first, but I was a lost soul. Because of my sinful nature, I disrespected you in so many ways. I was headed to self-destruction. (Proverbs 1:19)

My heart was choked with unforgiveness, anger, resentment, and pride. I was blindfolded by these emotions! The heart is deceitful and cannot be fully trusted (Jeremiah 17:9).

I had accomplished so much in life yet never acknowledged you along the way! I was self-reliant and possibly obsessed with pursuing the ‘American dream’.

Thanks for not giving up on me all of these years.

I now realize how broken I was but you redeemed me and made me whole.

How did I do it?

One winter morning, I repented of my sins, invited you into my heart, surrendered my life at the foot of the Cross, accepted you as my Lord and Savior, and most importantly I walked away from a self-destructive lifestyle and never looked back again!

You delivered me from hell and saved my soul (Psalm 103: 4). I’m a new person in Christ, refreshed and renewed (2 Corinthians 5:17).

I value every reward from above.

How about you my friend? Have you accepted His Grace today?

In Jesus’ name, I praise.

Amen.

Majesty of the Seas!

Abba Father,

 

You are a lighthouse in the midst of my distress. 

Your loving presence settles the rhythms of the open sea.

Your promise is a fresh sea breeze to my soul. 

Your Word is an anchor to both mind and heart.

Your Holy Spirit teaches me ‘how to’ navigate the journey.

Your Wisdom helps me adjust the sails along the way.

Let us scuba dive and explore the treasures of the seas.

The beauty of vivid coral reefs is awe-inspiring.

You are the captain of all life adventures; I will never be lost again!

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You are a warm-hearted Father whose love never changes or ends.

You hear every beat of my heart!

Open your arms wide open and hold me close to your heart. Don’t ever let me go.

Thank you, Jesus, for being the sunrise of my troubled days.

No troubles, disasters or tragedies in life will separate me from your bountiful love.

“Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39 NIV

Your forever travel companion,

in Jesus’ name, I praise.

Amen

(Write your name here)

 

(Spanish Version)

Eres un faro en medio de mi angustia.

Tu amorosa presencia establece los ritmos del mar abierto.

Tu promesa es una brisa fresca del mar para mi alma.

Tu Palabra es un ancla para la mente y el corazón.

Tu Espíritu Santo me enseña ‘cómo’ navegar el viaje.

Tu Sabiduría me ayuda a ajustar las velas en el camino.

Déjanos bucear y explorar los tesoros de los mares.

La belleza de los arrecifes de coral vivos es impresionante.

Eres el capitán de todas las aventuras de la vida; ¡Nunca más me perderé!

Eres un padre de buen corazón, cuyo amor nunca cambia o termina.

¡Oyes cada latido de mi corazón!

Abre los brazos abiertos y mantenme cerca de tu corazón. Nunca me dejes ir.

Gracias, Jesús, por ser el amanecer de mis días turbulentos.

Ningún problema, desastre o tragedia en la vida me separará de tu amor generoso.

“Ni la altura ni la profundidad, ni ninguna otra cosa en toda la creación, podrá separarnos del amor de Dios que es en Cristo Jesús, nuestro Señor”. Romanos 8:39 NVI

Tu compañera de viaje para siempre,

En el nombre de Jesús, te alabo.

Amen

Trusting in “Christ Alone”

“LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.” Psalm 84:12 NIV

 

Abba Father,

 

You have blessed my life in countless ways. I’m giving thanks to you tonight for all of your wonderful works in my life. (Psalm 9:1) My heart is filled with gratitude.

 

Thanks for being a God of endless chances. Because of you, my life is filled with unlimited opportunities. Since I know you by name, I place my trust in you. (Psalm 9:10)

 

How can I not trust your heart?

 

Your mercies are new every morning,

Your forgiveness is readily available,

Your compassion warms my heart,

Your understanding soothes my mind,

Your love wraps-around my life,

Your protection delivers me from danger,

And your promises inspires my soul.

 

You are All-Powerful. You are my God! 

 

How can I not hope for a future?

 

In the valley, you calm my anxious heart, encourage me to take the next step, and work diligently in all of my circumstances. When I have been silenced by overwhelming circumstances, the Holy Spirit intervenes on my behalf.

In the peaks, you pleasantly surprise me with unimaginable outcomes. Your thoughts are higher than mine (Isaiah 55:9), your plans are so much more elaborate than I can ever envision, You do miracles in my life!

 

You are a wise Father and an amazing God who I can always confide in. You are mindful of my well-being and genuinely care.

 

I am praising you, Lord, tonight for your faithfulness. Your love endures forever. I am forever blessed.

 

Your Beloved daughter, Adriana.

(Replace my name with yours and make it personal)

 

 

Trusting in Christ Alone image #4 Photo Credit: Paola Águila @ Splasher

(Spanish Version)

 

Confiando en “Cristo solo”.

“Jehová de los ejércitos, bendito es el que confía en ti”. (Salmo 84:12 NVI)

Querido Padre,

Has bendecido mi vida de innumerables maneras. Te doy gracias esta noche por todas tus maravillosas obras en mi vida. (Salmo 9: 1) Mi corazón está lleno de gratitud.

Gracias por ser un Dios de posibilidades infinitas. Gracias a ti, mi vida está llena de oportunidades ilimitadas. Como te conozco por tu nombre, confío en ti. (Salmo 9:10)

¿Cómo no puedo confiar en tu corazón?

Tus misericordias son nuevas cada mañana,

Tu perdón está disponible,

Tu compasión calienta mi corazón,

Tu comprensión alivia mi mente,

Tu amor envuelve mi vida,

Tu protección me libera del peligro,

Y tus promesas inspiran mi alma.

Usted es todopoderoso. ¡Eres mi Dios!

¿Cómo no puedo esperar un futuro?

En el valle, calmas mi corazón ansioso, me alientas a dar el siguiente paso y trabajas diligentemente en todas mis circunstancias. Cuando he sido silenciado por circunstancias abrumadoras, el Espíritu Santo interviene en mi nombre. En los picos, me sorprende gratamente con resultados inimaginables. Tus pensamientos son más elevados que los míos (Isaías 55: 9), tus planes son mucho más elaborados de lo que jamás pueda imaginar. Tu haces milagros en mi vida.

Eres un padre sabio y un Dios increíble en quien siempre puedo confiar. Eres consciente de mi bienestar, me amas incondicionalmente  y genuinamente te importo.

Estoy alabando a nuestro Señor esta noche porque su amor fiel perdura para siempre. Estoy bendecida por siempre.

Amén

Meditate Day and Night

“but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.” Psalm 1:2-3 NIV

Lord,

It was a hectic morning!  Help me breathe and relax a bit.

I made all-sorts of decisions…meal choices, grocery list, finance updates and so much more. I even readjusted my attitude a few times and somehow managed to face the unexpected.

Forgive me if I didn’t redirect my attention to your priceless treasures in your Word today. I do rush at times!

“Busyness” is the enemy’s tactic to distance myself from you. He is definitely crafty but I’m determined to have victory in Christ and flourish one day at a time.

Help me set time aside so I may pour out my heart, rest in you and be encouraged always. When I reflect on your teachings, it resets my mindset  and comforts me, and the Holy Spirit guides me throughout the day.

I want to stay close to you, Lord. Yes, I do!

Your Truth is my delight and brings joy to my heart.  

I love you, Father. I’m resting in your arms right now. I welcome your unfailing grace, and I’m embracing your never-ending love!

Let it be your will not mine.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Your beloved daughter Adriana

(make this prayer personal, replace the name with yours)

 

(Photo Credit: Alex Blajan)

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100 Days of Promises

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100 Days of Bible Promises: A Devotional Journal” is an excellent, journaling resource filled with God’s promises. It allows the reader to write his/her most, intimate reflections daily for 100 days.

When I reflect on His promises, pray over Scriptures, write down my most intimate prayers, and acknowledge His blessings, His love overwhelms my heart and His Word refreshes my soul.

“Wow, how sweet is that? His love overwhelms my heart!”

His promises calm anxious hearts, reset attitudes, reframe perspectives and ultimately give us the strength and hope to take another step.

”Yes Lord, Help me take the next step”

His promises never expire. Christine Caine’s new release titled ‘Unexpected’ noted, “God wants us to believe and understand that his promises don’t have expiration dates. They aren’t like passports or gym memberships. They aren’t like the condiments in the fridge or the food in the pantry. Our Heavenly Father has given us a book full of his promises that have no expiration dates – and he will always make good on his promises.”

”Thank goodness, we don’t have to check for an expiration date. No need to throw away any of His promises either.”

When surrendering our plans and trusting His promises, we allow God’s faithfulness and unfailing love to be in display.

Life transitions are ‘challenging’. Some are even ‘traumatic’ or ‘disheartening’ in nature. In transitions, I tend to draft the ‘perfect’ plan so I maintain control.

Has that ever happened to you? I tend to think I can control the outcomes too…”

I start mapping out different strategies and multiple perfect plans. If the first plan fails, then I’ve got multiple contingencies readily available for quick implementation.

“Lord, it’s hard to let go of my plan! I even keep original drafts at times!”

It may not be easy to let go of our detailed plans, ‘to do’ lists or projected outcomes at first. But, it gets easier over time with intentional practice.

Everytime I craft a master plan, I soon realize who truly is ‘the One’ in control. The Lord determines every step of the journey, and orchestrates life circumstances to work for my own good (Prov. 16:9, Rom. 8:28 NIV).

Some people may even say, “Let go. Let God”. Others may say, “go with the flow”.  I’ve learned to say, “hear my prayers and take note of my distress, Lord”.

Just know, our Lord is steering all of us towards a well-designed,  blueprint for the future.

“How reassuring is that?!“

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:6-7‬ ‭NASB‬

God is mindful of us (Psalm 8: 4). He truly cares.

In the past several years…

God has noticed my distress, comforted me in my hurts, and reassured me of His presence in my deepest sorrow.

I was unprepared for Mom’s diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease. But, God held my hand and walked with me!

I was disheartened when my parents’ financial situation dramatically changed and moved back to Venezuela. But, God helped me adapt and be content with a long-distance relationship!

I was crushed when dad had a massive heart attack and did not survive! But, God comforted me!

I was in disbelief when I heard mom’s citizenship was denied. But, God is helping me to follow His lead for her upcoming relocation!F4C4B920-B74F-4B3C-AE5C-D5E4526FE4AFAs much as I want for mom to live with familiar caregivers or family members, she needs an assisted living facility for Alzheimer’s patients at this point in time. It was a tough decision! Her health deteriorated after dad’s death. She now needs 24/7 supervision.

When Alzheimer patients are confused or disoriented, their safety is compromised.

As I’m typing this sentence, I realize mom has a long road ahead.

When a new season unfolds, God is already there and He embraces us with His never-ending compassion and unconditional love.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God wants us to cry out to Him and share our distress.

Be specific and ask for the unimaginable. Anything is possible for God.

I’m extending an invitation for you to join me in prayer for the next 100 days.

I plan to be prayerful about mom’s circumstances.

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‘What are you prayerful about today?’

Write your comments or prayers in the section below.

If you are in the midst of a transition yourself, grab a journal, share your prayer requests and let us pray for one another.

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them”. Matthew‬ ‭18:20‬ ‭NIV

(I love to be creative when I journal so I use colors, different elements and even emojis)

“Don’t Worry”

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“Be Steadfast in your Work”

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“Praise at all Times”

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(If you would like to finish this journey, click the tab titled “100 Days of Bible Promises” on this site. You will then be redirected to 100 days of prayers and praises ~ Adriana’s transition with her mother)