Where is your Resurrection?

1.Kings 17:14

For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

 

As I was reading the two books of Kings for my preaching for youth service on friday. I came upon  the meetings of the prophets Elijah and Elisha with two non Israelites women that helped them in times when they needed it without asking for anything in return. What God brought to my attention was that these two women gave instead of asked and because of their actions God blessed them. And  he blessed them abundantly  one with nourishment for her and her child her oil and flour never did run dry or was used up during  the famine in the land while the other one was given the blessing of being a mother after so many years. God tried these two men and women, he tried their faith. One of the various things I found in common in the two stories was that they knew that Elijah and Elisha were men of God.

2 Kings 4:16

And he said, “At this season, about this time next year, you shall embrace a son.” And she said, “No, my lord, O man of God; do not lie to your servant.”

Elijah and Elisha were prophets that God used tremendously in the old testament but they weren’t exempt from God testing their faith also. In verse 20 of 1. Kings 17, Elijah asks a question to God why had God brought tragedy to this woman’s home after helping him and it says that he laid on the child three times and cried out (” Lord my
God, let this boy’s life return to him.” 1. Kings 17:21)
 and God answered the cry and gave life back to the child. Same thing happened in the book of 2. Kings 4, Elisha not knowing what was happening in the house of the Shunammite meets her and he finds out what has happened to her child; he then sends his servant to lay his staff on the child and when the staff does not work he goes and lay on the child and God heard his cry.

The significance of them laying on the children and putting the hands to hands, mouth to mouth and eyes to eyes was them crying out to God to healed the children. They were calling out God to come and do the miracles of giving life as he is the only one that can do it. But God tested their faith because it was not the staff nor just being used by God but that if it’s on the will of God he can resurrect anyone from death. As we have for example Lazarus and even Jesus Christ.

The two mothers of the child’s they were blessed and they saw the blessing come to life but their hearts were not on the Lord. Their eyesight was not on the Lord; they were living from the blessing but did they actually believe in God.? From the response one gave I do not think so; after the miracle she told the prophet (” Now I know you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.” 1. Kings 17:24.)

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Was there a resurrection in their life that was more than physical? Yes there was they were left knowing that there is a God that can take and give life back and that overpasses the firmament of this earth. They saw the miracles that happened through two men of God by the Lord. And they believed instead of seeing the miracles but not believing in God. God tested both this two women and two of his prophets for their faith to become stronger during the adversities of life. Now they were change but what about you; so my question to you is, Where is your Resurrection?

P.S. It’s Semana Santa!! which means Holy week; I don’t know if yet if I will be posting something related to it, as many bloggers do that during this week. My blog post about dating is in a rough draft at this moment so I think by early next week or the end of this week I will be posting it. Let this week and every single day afterward bring you joy and reconciliation with the Lord. Let God bring a change into your  life; open yourself to the things that you cannot see but that are waiting for you.

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Inner Healing🗣🗣💜💜💗

Matthews 11:30

“for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”

Happy Monday everyone!!!!!

I’m immensely sorry for not posting last week that much; I had posted in the last blog post that I would post only three days last week; however circumstances happened. On Saturday I decided to head to the beach to relax from everything, work, church, and home. I was able to enjoy the fresh air and the water as also the scenery of the sea and the ride was fun. IMG_1324

In that moment I was plain Ana; just one with God and nature. Seeing God’s hand in the beauty that is in our world. What can I say it was a much-needed rest.. from thinking of the stuff at home, at church, and at work. I’m the type of person that never rests; I’m not much of an outgoing person I have always been someone who is comfortable staying at home and reading and blogging or just singing around; but this last week I had felt all the stress of a couple of weeks from work, home and church. There is a moment when you just have to be and rest and heal at your own time.IMG_1326

A bible verse that always calls my attention is in Ecclesiastes 3:4; because as someone once said time is the essence of our being( I don’t remember who said it though) anyways this verse always calls me to attention because I’m so involved most of the time in other people’s   lives and situation trying to help them and give support that I forget myself in the process and a lot of times I end up burnt out from everything; emotionally, mentally and physically.

“A time to weep and a time to laugh,

A time to moun and a time to dance.”

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Having a ministry it’s really hard and I really do congratulate Jesus first of all that his ministry lasted for 3 straight running years; the disciples for spreading his word, our pastors, evangelists, missionary’s and our brethren for walking daily with God and still having the strength and faith to continue walking with him. This will be my second year as a youth leader and I feel burnt out.. it so hard dealing with so many different personalities and characters; it’s almost frustrating at times. But I always remember that it’s God who gives the strength in everything we do.

Numbers 11:14

” I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me”

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My stay at the beach was for just a few hours as  it was pretty close to home so I decided to head back home. However it was a good experience first of all for myself and with my family. Another thing that I learned is to love yourself first; it you are burnt out take time to recuperate from everything and you will see the greater blessing that you will be to someone else… How can you give if you don’t receive yourself the healing from God if you are constantly worrying about the ministry.I missed you guys.. leave a comment below 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻and let me know what everyone was up to this weekend…Shalom💕💗

 

Book Review➕➕💕💕

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Good morning,

Sorry for not being active for a couple of days on the blog; I have been busy and sick. I was  in bed for two days with a really bad headache that would not go; but now I’m feeling much better. Right at this moment I’m reading a book called Spoken For by Robin Gunn and Alyssa Bethke.

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It speaks about dating but most importantly it speaks about our love story with Jesus; how he pursues us with unending love. Another book that I read that touched me when I read it was Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. This book is beautiful it speaks of  topics like self-worth and self-love; choices and consequences but most of all God’s love for you and I. The story is a retelling of the biblical story of Hosea and Gomer but set in the California Gold Rush time. The story starts with little Sarah in New England in 1835 where she lives with her mother in a beautiful cabin. There she meets her father who is a married wealthy man in England. Sarah is the product of an affair between her mother Mae and Mr. Alex Stafford who does not want her and has never wanted her asking Mae to abort the baby before Sarah was born. After the fight between her father and mother they are left destitute as Mae does not want to part from her daughter.

Mae seeks shelter with her parents who want nothing to do with her for her reputation has been tarnished as she was a mistress to a married man. That left her the only option moving to the shacks in the docks to become a prostitute for a living. After a while mae dies from an illness and Sarah is left as an orphaned. She is then sold into becoming the mistress of a rich pedophile. Fast forward 10 years Sarah now called Angel decides to escape Duke and boards a ship to california; where she is robbed of all possessions and money. Her not wanting to be raped by the ship members decides to go into prostitution in a brothel in San Francisco. There she meets Michael Hosea who has gone into town for business. He catches a glimpse of her and after asking God and praying for his future wife; God speaks to him letting him know that Angel was the “One” he had to marry. Michael did not know that this woman was prostitute and after finding out he decides to obey God’s command and pays the fees for Sarah to service him. During this time he talks to her and asks her to marry him which she refuses in different occasions. After an incident that almost leaves Angel dead he marries her and moves her to his house  out in the outskirts.

There Angel is healed and is not treated right by Michael’s family member. Which makes Angel feel more unworthy as she is still battling feelings of self-worth and insecurity as shame, hatred and love. She decides to leave michael and she services someone to drive her to the town so she can go back to prostitution. Michael finds her and pays for her to be freed from the brothel that she is at. During different times she leaves and he keeps seeking until she leaves for three years in  which she finds God, comes face to face with the past and accepts him in her life. She decides to open a house for woman of ill repute( prostitutes) so that they can get out of that life and find a job and where they are tought new abilities to go into trade. At the end she is sought by michael’s family member to be brought back to her husband as he decided not to look for her anymore; she had to go back of her own free will. She decides to leave Sacramento and goes back to michael’s farm and they reunite and they forgive.

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What struck me of this story was Angel’s character; she was a hard woman who suffered too much at a young age and that made choices that continued to break her spiritually and emotional. This woman was scarred and wounded in the deepest part of her soul; she had been mistreated as a child and her body had the scars of it. The choices she made after being married and have been spoken to her about God had consequences not only for her but also for her husband and those around them. Michael’s obedience and steadfast love for God made him a man with a deep commitment with the Lord. His love and pursuit for his wife reminds me off God’s relentless love and pursuit for you and I. Michael never stop praying and hoping that his wife would return and that she would give her life to God; just as Our Father never stops hoping that his son’s and daughter come to his path. Michael showed love where there was hatred and feeling of shame and unworthiness. He showed patience and love where there was fear.

This book to me represent most of all God’s love. Through all that Sarah did God was with her and he loved her and even though her choices took her farther apart from him; he was still there right beside her; helping and guiding her. She had to be at a breaking point for her to see his hand working in her life instead of seeing her husband as her God. Michael was an almost perfect man in the book but after all he was just a man who God used to take and show this woman of a different love then what her parents had in the past. We are like the tree firmly planted in our wants and desires and God is like the wind that moves the leaves and branches and a lot of tree to where he wants them. I can’t recommend this book more than enough; it was just that good.

1.Corinthians 7:23

 You were bought with a price; do not become bond servants of men”

I have not forgotten about the post or posts I will be doing in dating; so don’t worry the day is  getting closer. I will be active in this blog for only three days in this week as I am preparing for the friday of next week as I will be preaching. It makes me so nervous to be on top of that altar and preach I don’t think I will ever get used to it but that it’s what I’m called for. Leave a comment below👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻has anyone of you read this book? what are your thoughts? do you guys want me to do a book review section in the blog I would love to do it as it’s my favorite thing to do.

Devotional➕➕➕💕

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Do You see the beauty in your waking up?

Do You see the love the father has lavished on us….

May the glory of the Lord endure forever;

may the Lord rejoice in His works — 

He who looks at the earth,

and it trembles, who touches the mountains ,

and they smoke.

May his name be praised forever more.

As he is the creator of heaven and earth,

his name shall be exalted in every corner of the world. 

Do you see the wonder in his Love for us?

For he gave his beloved son.

via Daily Prompt: Wonder

My Praise🙌🏻🙌🏻🎼🎼🗣🗣💕💕

Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!”

How many of us have said this to God many times? well I have too many to count. But what is more shocking to me it’s the boldness in which Moses talks to God.  From the first meeting with God he was even afraid to look and now he demands from the Lord; the transition has been a complete change of attitude.

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In innocence, anger and rebellion I have demanded from God to show himself in various ways in my life. When I was younger when I went to sunday school I used to daydream of seeing God and how he looks like but  as I got older  I was filled with pain and hate; I demanded from him what I thought I needed to see or experience to let go of the anger, hatred and hurt that was in my heart.

His face shines brighter than the sun
His grace as boundless as His love
He reigns with healing in His wings
The King above all kings
The greatest One of all

What I could not see nor grasp was that I could feel his glory in just letting him in; in praising him with all my heart. I have learned that it’s not necessary to physically see his glory to feel as we are one special spiritual being but that obeying his commands and living in the way that he wants we can feel it. Moses demanded from God but he was a man who obeyed God’s command in retrieving his people from Egypt. And even though he grew tired of the people constantly whining for no reason he stuck; he obeyed God’s command and he was able to fulfill one of his desires which was seeing God’s presence not in full but just the back.

I’m awed by Your beauty, lost in Your eyes
I long to walk in Your presence like Jesus did
Your glory surrounds me and I’m overwhelmed
I’m not afraid
I’m not afraid

Maybe your desire is the same as it was mine; but have you asked yourself if it really it’s God’s glory you wish to see? or you want to feel as if you are worth? My demands came from a place of hurt and anger and of feeling unworthy . I had to actively search and let go for me to experience just the feeling of his glory when I praised or prayed. I had to break those chain that had me tied and would not let go of me. I’m actively searching but it’s not with a take for no answers desire to see him but instead to feel him.

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P.S.  I have decided to post about Godly Dating➕💑👫 but I first have to do my research in the bible and more so it won’t be instant. I like to be through so hang on to it I promise I will do it.  You guys don’t know what a blessing it is for me to be able to write for you guys and speaking from the bottom of my heart; Thank you💕💕I have seen growth in my blog; thank you to the ones that have stuck with me since the beginning and the ones that have gotten on board this train during the trajectory. Shalom💕💗💗💕✨✨

Devotional💗🌙🌙🌙

“Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”

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“Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”

How many times has the Lord told me this? I will answer too many to remember. I have always been a bit headstrong  and I’m a lot of the time set in ways; but when the Lord touches me and speaks to me it brings me to my knees.

A lot of times my heart or my mind lead the decision that I take and that has been something I have been working on. Because just as this verse says it’s not by might, nor by power but by God’s spirit. I’m not going to lie and not say that a lot of times it’s impossible to listen to God’s voice in the midst of it all.

“The LORD.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.”

When I look inside my life and I see a long road that still needs construction, repairs but most of all LOVE. My heart and mind might deceive me; however God never does.

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P.S. How was everyone’s weekend?? Mine was pretty restful. I’m thinking of doing a series of post about Godly dating➕👫💑Let me know what you think about that.. Shalom💗💕🌙