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My not so enchanted summer

Last summer was an unexpected summer, I went to Mexico. I was supposed to be there only the summer, but I end up staying there for 6 months and 6 days and the enchanted summer I was supposed to have…well, it was not so enchanted after all.
I cannot complain either because it helped me to grow as a person, or at least that is what I think. While I was there I found myself, lost myself and found myself again. It was not all that bad, although all the time I was there I was sick, yes you read it right! … I was sick all the time, I got the flu, sore throat, chicken pox, you name it I had it, and I came back with bronchopneumonia, and you wonder why? I wonder the same thing, still I was able to continue with my daily activities, and visit with my friends of the non-profit organizations I work with.

I was also able to do some missionary work although I had to put my homeschooled daughter into regular school though the experience was not that bad after all but as she said it was chaos. Maybe we expected too much or the standards were too low, go figure! Still she was able to make good friends and she loved the experience.

I will tell you all about my trip, in my upcoming posts, in the mean time I just stopped by to say hi, and to let you know that I have not forgotten about you.

The Lord is good, He always is!!!

Blessings! 🙂

@ 4:15

This past Friday was my daughter’s birthday we kissed, hugged like crazy, ate, played and laughed so hard that my tummy hurt, it was so fun indeed, but most importantly she was so happy and that was priceless. I wish I could say the same thing about the day she was born.

It was May 23 @ 10:30 am when I showed up for my doctor’s appointment, she was only 30 weeks of gestation, the next thing I knew was that I had severe preeclampsia and they needed to do an emergency c-section and we may die, there was nothing to laugh about, I was so scared! 12 years later around the same time we were concerned about her school work.

As soon as I arrived to the hospital they prepared me for surgery and @ 4:15 pm a healthy baby was born, still she was very premature, so I was not able to hold her, they just showed her from afar as they took her to the NICU. This time at the same time she shouted “it is official I’m 12 and I’m so happy”

Who knew I would have such a joy and I do thank the Lord for every single minute of her life.

What are you thankful for?

I love the Monarchy!

Yes, I love the Monarchy! After all, I do what my King says. I follow His laws and commandments and He promised  to take good care of me. Called convenience, but I do as He says because I know He will fulfill His word no matter what.

Keeping His laws and commandments are a delight for me, although sometimes I fall and break a commandment, I’m not perfect, but still He forgives me and keeps taking good care of me, no matter how bad things are I know for sure He will be there ALWAYS. I love my King and He loves me, how awesome is that!

He loves me so much to the point He will inherit His kingdom to me, yes that makes me a princess, but please don’t bow down to me!  It’s just me.  ALL the honor and glory should be to Him ALWAYS.  Now you see why I love the Monarchy so much, what’s not to love? But more important I love my King!

And you my friend do you have a King?

 

 

 

DON’T QUIT

When things go wrong as they sometimes will.
When the road you’re drudging seems all uphill.
When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
and you want to smile but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest if you must but don’t you quit!

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
as everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about.
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
you may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out –
the silver tint of the cloud of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
it’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

—Rudyard Kipling

I Don’t Have Any Dreams!

Not so long ago I was being interviewed and I was asked; do you have any dreams? And I said; no, I don’t have any dreams, the interviewer looked at me all confused, and I just smiled at her. In reality, I have so many dreams and hopes, but I have learned that it does not matter how many dreams I have, and it does not matter how well I plan to make them come true, if the Lord has different plans for me then my dreams will not become a reality.

So, I learned that He has bigger dreams for me. I only let Him know my dreams but I let Him dream for me, because I know, He has better things for me. That does not mean that I have no goals, I have one too many, but I have let the Lord guide my life completely. It is not easy, because sometimes I get excited with certain things, and they just don’t happen, still the Lord knows what is best for me, and He will always provide because he wants me to be the beginning and not the end. Having dreams is wonderful, but letting the Lord to dream with you is priceless, because he knows what is best for you, and He will bless you according to His will and for His glory.

And you, do you have any dreams?

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Madness

I do not want to love you,

forbidden love,

crazy love,

wounded love. .

I do not want to love you,

love of no one,

love of everyone,

love? … Who knows?

I do not want to love you!,

I cry awake,

I close my eyes

and I love you more.

I do not want to love you,

you did not sought me,

just go alone …

Leave me in peace!

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Taken from my book of poetry “Del Amor, El Desamor y El Olvido” (Love, Sorrow and Disregard) that is being translated.

I Don’t Want More Patience!

 I was so into my Religion class homework and suddenly I read a bible verse that I knew but that I hadn’t  meditated on lately.  As soon as I finish reading it I got up from my desk and ran abruptly downstairs, I went to the kitchen where my mother-in-law was cooking and I told her “I don’t want more patience, please do not pray for me because I don’t want more patience”

She looked at me a little bit confused and with a big smile in her face she asked me; why don’t you want more patience? Because, “the testing of your faith produces patience” and I don’t want my faith to be tested, I don’t want more trials nor tribulations, so please do not pray for me to have more patience.

It is not a secret that the path to patience is a long, long road, and to be honest I truly believe I have so much patience with people, really, I’m very patient, nevertheless I think I can always improve my patience, but I don’t want to be tested, I don’t know about you, but not me. Although that is a utopia, in reality for my patience to growth my faith need to be tested, that builds my character, but the point is not to be tested but instead to learn from those trials.

So, I try to learn patiently from all the trials that come to my life, although, I don’t want more patience! 😉

10 Steps to Get Out of the Way

Last week I wrote about how we are the barrier that separates us from happiness, and I recommended to move out of the way. Someone must think, it is easy for you to say it; but, how do I move out of the way?, especially if you’re one of those people who feels stuck and doesn’t even know what to do . Believe me I have been in the same situation, but over time I have learned some important things that have helped me to stop being the obstacle in my life and to be happy. I hope that this will help you and will  be a blessing in your life.

1. Accept that you can’t do it alone; certainly, the choices we make in life are ours and we must take responsibility for our actions, but we can’t do it alone, we need the people who love us at our side. It does not matter how lonely you feel there is always someone who is willing to help you and be by your side.

2. Ask for help; always, the first one to ask for help is God, remember the beautiful psalm that says ” I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.” He is slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness, no matter what your current situation is, He is always there to help you, the only thing you have to do is ask Him for help.

3. Make short, medium and long-term goals; this is very important, ones does not need to have a degree in business administration to know that we need to set goals. Write your ideas and what you need to do in order to improve your life. For example if you want to lose weight , remember that you didn’t gain 20 lb in a day, instead gain some perspective and think how long it took for you to gain that weight so it will take some time to lose it as well, then allow yourself that much time to work at that goal. Do the same if you need to quit smoking or in any change you want to make. Remember, planning and implementation takes time, but is key to succeed in life. Don’t forget that the world wasn’t made in one day.

4. Think positive; my grandmother used to said, “an unoccupied mind is the devil’s workshop” And she wasn’t lying. We are the product of what we think, so you have to start throwing away and repudiate those bad thoughts. Because you are worth so much, actually you are an invaluable creation of God, Princes  and Princesses heirs of His Kingdom. Hence, you need to conduct yourself accordingly.

5. Run away from bad company; you have enough already with all your problems and you do not need more stress in your life. Therefore, you don’t need people who don’t help you at all, that have negative thoughts, people who love to gossip, you really want to run away from bad company. Instead, surround yourself with positive people, people who love you and that make you feel good. So, forget about the haters.

6. Keep moving without fear; Please meditate on this beautiful promise, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 KJV

7. Review your goals from time to time; it is important that from time to time you sit down to review your short, medium and long-term goals.

8. Re – evaluate, modify and move forward; If you see that you are not making progress or something is not working modify your plans , and move forward the important thing is to keep moving.

9. There is nothing that fasting and prayer can’t overcome; I have no doubt, prayer and fasting not only benefit us physically but also emotionally and bring us closer to God.

10. Last but not least; don’t forget that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Blessings! 😉

Move out of the way!

Today is December 30th the year is almost over, there are only a few hours left, maybe less than 48 hrs. And it seems that everyone is busy with their New Year’s resolution. The interesting thing about all this is that if we compare this year resolutions with last year they are almost the same, a big list of unfulfilled promises. Of course, at the beginning of the year, everyone is on a diet, while others promise not to drink and that they will behave, but when February 14 approaches there is one more reason to celebrate, so the diet and all other promises could wait.

Then without even realizing it May is here, everyone begins the diet again and everyone is worried because summer is around the corner and they have to look good. Great summer is gone! However, no one lost weight nor did they behave as promised. Sadly, November is here and it seems that all the New Year resolutions were left behind, they seem to fade away, but there is still hope since December eventually will be here and they could make new resolutions, after all the important thing is to begin, right?
December is finally here, so you try to stop the time while you see all the broken promises. Those who were suppose to lose weight gained weight, and all others broken promises that weren’t fulfilled, you looked at the list with remorse, and reach out for the cookie, cake or whatever it is that is reachable to eat as if that where a consolation price. So what! You will begin to fulfill your promises in January

That is sad, to know that you cannot even fulfill a promise made to yourselves, and the issue is not that you cannot, the issue is that you don’t want to! There is always an excuse, there is always tomorrow, and there is always later. The bible said, “He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” The good news is that the Lord is not that way, He always fulfills His promises and He is faithful to His words

So, if you are sad, worried or feeling guilty because all of those broken promises, if you didn’t fulfill them in 12 months you will not fulfill them in one day, if you are not happy don’t forget that The Lord always fulfills his promises and He wants you to be happy. And the only one standing between happiness and you, is you. So, move out of the way!

Crazy? … Oh Yeah!

While preparing for Erev Shabbath, I was thinking that for some reason some people think that so much happiness is crazy, and I recalled that more than one time some of my friends had called me crazy and then smiled, and usually is because of my ideas or simple because I was so happy and smiling. Those who know me know I don’t smile too much LOL =D 😛 It is interesting though that rich people is call eccentric but we the poor are call crazy. That is not point, but anyway.

I want you to know that I feel so proud when they call me crazy, because they say it with so much love and I made my friends smile. But not only because of that, but because, that means I’m different, I’m not just any person, but more important I’m unique, and to be honest… I love being unique! And let’s not forget, Albert Einstein, Violeta Parra, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and my dear Yeshua HaMashiach were also called crazy. So, I wonder; Has anyone called you crazy?

Shalom!