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Favorite Christian Books

There is one thing I love to do is to read. So here are some of my favorite christian books! i will put the links below if you want to get the book!

  • A Biblical View if Trials By Cliff McManis– this book helped me a lot when i was feeling down. it talks about the different trials we face in this world and how to overcome them, and know that God is in control. Cliff McManis is a pastor-teacher of Bible Fellowship of Silicon Valley and author of a several other books.  https://www.amazon.com/Biblical-Trials-Truth-little-books/dp/1517289955
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  • Loving God with All Your Mind By Elizabeth George– This book helps you get closer to God and understand what was real and true. Know what God’s purpose for your life and moves towards it. live one day at a time without worrying. helps navigate you in your life successfully. it offers you biblical wisdom and personal experiences from her. There is a Study Guide to go with it too. Elizabeth G. is a popular teacher and speaker at Christian women’s events and author of a lot of books. https://www.amazon.com/Loving-God-All-Your-Mind/dp/0736913823 

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  • The Believr’s Authority By Kenneth E. Hagin– This Book helps discover the Prayers of Paul, what authority is, How to break the power of the devil, the weapons of warfare, and how to exercise authority.  It lets us know the authority that God gives us over the devil. Kenneth E. Hagin is a minister,  co-host Rhema praise (weekly television broadcast and a bunch more.. http://www.rhema.org/store/the-believer-s-authority-book.html

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  • The Power Of a Praying Wife By Stormie Omartian– This book helps you have a close relationship with your husband, gives you prayer samples and power tools (verses that inspire and encourage) to help wives rest assurance of God’s wonderful promises of restoration, renewal and growth in marriage. Stormie Omatian is the bestselling author of The Power of Praying Books.  https://www.amazon.com/Power-Praying-Wife-Deluxe/dp/0736919899

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Stay Strong In Faith

Sometimes you doubt your faith. sometimes you don’t think God is there. or you think that devotions doesn’t seem to work, but they do. God knows that sometimes Christians struggle in their faith. here are a few ways to keep your faith strong when we feel so weak or hopeless! when i felt like this i went through these steps

  • Remember that God is always there

even bad days,  when you don’t feel like God is there, you need to remember that he is always there for you. He doesn’t forget about you. He will never leave you. people in my life told me that God was always there for me no matter what and its true. He will never leave your side!

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

  • Daily Devotion

Grow long-term habits is important to maintaining your faith. A daily Devotion will have you keep in the Word and increase your prayer life. it will also keep you closer to God when you are struggling in your faith.

12 “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but not much more in my absence – continue to work to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,” 13 ” for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Philippians 2:12-13

  • Get Involved

Many people become uninterested over time because they do not feel connected to a Church body. some Church’s don’t offer ways to connect. But, there are a lot of activities on campuses and in the community.  you can even look into other ministers.  The more connected you are to the body of Christ, the more you will maintain your faith. when i was saved it was hard to be interested in Church and there was nothing wrong with the Church. i just couldn’t feel connected. But, when i started thinking about my faith. i just wanted to get closer and involved. my prayers was answered.

“so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:5)

  • Talk To Someone

If you feel separated from God or you find yourself weaken, talk to someone. Try your old youth leader, a pastor, a friend, or even your parents. Talk through your issues and pray with them about your struggle. They can offer insight into how they have worked through their own struggles.

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” (Colossians 3:16)

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Overcoming Depression Through God

high school was not the best years for me. just a lot has happened through those years. being bullied was really hard at that time and i know it is to all the kids. no kid should go through it.

like i said in my testimony, people would hurt me and be disrespectful toward me. i didn’t even know them. it was just because people would spread rumors that are not true and at that age you would believe anything.  i went to 4 different high schools because i would get into fight by kids that would bully me. i use to come home, put a smile in front of my brother and mother and after i would talk to them. i would go straight into my room and cry all night. i would barley eat and i would at least only have 3 to 4 hours of sleep. but when the morning came i would go to school and only sit through 2nd period and ditch to go to a park or a friend’s house that didn’t go to the same school with me. she was home schooled  and i use to talk to her and sleep.

but then my mom found out i wasn’t going to school much, she sat me down to talk to her and i just started crying before she could even say anything to me. she asked me “what’s wrong, sweetie?” i didn’t want to tell her because i didn’t want to be a snitch. i couldn’t help myself, i felt weak and hopeless. so i told her. she cried with me and we had a long talk on a plan to get me help. i went to counseling for 5 years because that pain hurt so much. i use to ask myself..”what is wrong with me?…”why am i like this?”…”no one can help” i had suicidal thoughts and i know it wasn’t good for me. but my mother help me get through all that and never gave up on me.

few years after i got saved, i was reading in the Bible and i saw a verse that caught my eye.

“And now, brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts  on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8)

i felt like God wanted me to stop thinking about what people did to me and i discover that one key to loving God is choosing NOT to CRY on the PAST or on BAD MEMORIES. God didn’t want me to spend my time on thinking of all the past memories that made me felt like i was in a black hole. so i told myself not to waste my energy on thinking what wasn’t true or real because its in the past now. i needed to start putting my faith first and see the truth. that is now and real! Read and obeying God’s word to see the true and real is not an easy thing to do. Thanks to God, He helps us get through it.

i stared to think about what God wanted me to do. putting my faith first!

You are loving God. With His help, His word, and His spirit, you can win over negative emotions, hurtful thoughts and vicious attitudes. God can see , hear  and knows all about the pains of his people. He also remembers his promises, cares about his people,and acts on their behalf and for the good. God hears us when we are trouble and He will always be there for us no matter what.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you” (1 peter 5:7)

My faith in God’s caring and concerned nature is strengthened. the teaching is clear: God cares about  and for his people. including ME and YOU! start thinking the truth about God’s word! Place the Bible’s truth before we think or feel. The Bible is important truth that

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9

as believers in Christ, are forgiven regardless of our feeling and thoughts. The Bible is true, not your feelings or your thoughts

Prayer

Heavenly Father,  you forgiven me from my unrighteousness thoughts and feelings.  i know you see and hear my pain and i Thank you for helping me get through them and not by myself. thank you for taking away these emotions, and wrong thinking that was hurting me. You are always a good father to me. In Jesus Name! Amen!

 

 

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I didn’t start living until I was sixteen years old

I would like to share my friend’s story. She is a wonderful and beautiful person who has a heart for Jesus! I’ve learned a lot from her. Reilly, I love you!!

 

From a medical standpoint, I was a breathing, functioning, human being. Given a name at birth, and a number to be identified with. But throughout my life, my heart longed for purpose, acceptance, and most of all, the very thing I was created for, love.

I sought out that ‘thing’ called, love. Looked for it in many different fashions, makes and models. Tried drugs and alcohol to be accepted by others. Altered my appearance through pounds of makeup, spending hundreds of dollars on designer clothes, and working out for hours each day to be noticed, maybe chosen, by another. All of which left me bankrupt from love.

Maybe love wasn’t a thing, maybe it was a person? I sought acceptance, love and admiration from realtionships with guys. But how could I give a human being the role only Jesus could fulfill in my life?

Was I thirsty? Absolutely. But God created us with a thirst that only He can quench.

“Whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. But the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water [satisfying his thirst for God] welling up [continually flowing, bubbling within him] to eternal life,” John 4:14.

Throughout my life I grew up in religion; a set of rules, rituals and traditions. But along with religion comes its companion, hypocrisy. Religion is based upon ones performance. But you can’t earn your way through your performance of ‘good works’ to be in a relationship with God. That takes the focus off of Jesus’ work and onto self.

Jesus isn’t a religion, He’s a relationship.

He’d been pursuing me my whole life and finally got my attention when I was sixteen years old. He’d proved His love for me thousands of years ago, but I didn’t know how much He loved me until someone told me so.

His crucifixtion was His purposal to me. What would be my response?

I remember the day I said yes to being in a relationship with Jesus. I had attended a church play that friends of mine invited me to. The preacher spoke about Jesus in an unfamiliar way. His speech wasn’t empty, there was life within his words. He was speaking about how much Jesus loved me and how He’d died for me, so that I could have life in Him. Jesus wanted to fill my heart with the reality of those words. So that I would be satisfied, to the core of my very being.

Now six years later I can say that I am remarkably satisfied, head over heels in love with my Savior, best friend and soulmate, Jesus. I was not living until I gave my life to Him.

Do you want to encounter love Himself? Do you want to enter into a relationship with Jesus? Not sure how?

God says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved,” Romans 10: 9 and 10

It’s the simplest of things, if you’re not sure what to say, here’s a sample:

Jesus, I want you. I want to be in a relationship with you. I believe that you came to save me. I believe you died for me and that God raised you from the dead. I give my life to you, so I can truly begin living.

 

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Praying In Scripture

i know there is no wrong way to pray which is great. I pray every morning, afternoon and night. I love talking to God. He helps me through a lot. 2 years ago i always wanted to pray in scripture. i thought it would be hard but a friend of mine showed me how. Giving credits to Reilly. Love her.

remembering verse was not my strength. i knew praying in scripture would be tough. until i watched the War Room. i’m pretty sure everybody seen this movie. when the part of the movie showed how young mother clears her closet and she had scriptures, prayers and photos on the wall was pretty darn amazing.

so i put together my simple tools on how to pray in scripture:

  • Journal

any note books, or even a piece of paper can be use for prayer. it doesnt have to be fancy. for example: i have four notebooks from wal-mart or gas stations. i use one to take notes on Sunday for church, another, take notes on books I’ve read, another one, for scriptures that i love and the last two are my prayer journal and prayer answered one.

  • Index cards

my friend told me index cards would help. she learned that from college. she said index cards would help you remember and understand verses. plus they are small and you can carry them around everywhere.

  • Putting Everything Together

Praying in Scripture gives us authority over the devil, as Christ prayed against him.

Two examples:

“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27)

Heavenly father, i pray to thank you for the peace that you give. I accept this peace, so my heart will not be troubled with the hurt of this world. thank you. You are a good father to me, In Jesus Name! Amen!

“I command you – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

Heavenly father, Thank you for being with me every where i go. i will be strong, brave, and encouraged. I will not be afraid or distressed. i will pray, go, and do Your will. thank you. you are a good father to me. In Jesus Name! Amen

 

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Forgiveness Over Myself

I’m going to share with you a story on how i forgave myself. Growing up forgiving myself was really hard for me. there was so many people i hurt in my life.

When i use to try to fit in i would hurt friends because the group would tell me not to talk to other people even though they would nice to me. like, this one girl in high school. Going to my second high school, i was in the Special ED classes but people in my school called it the dumb class and nobody wanted to be our friends and they would walk by the class saying mean things. i was sitting in classroom when break started and this girl came up to me.

She had a leg brace on both of her legs and she sat next me. Her name was Beverly. we started talking and hanging out at break and lunch. Few months pass by, we became friends until a new girl came to the classroom with no friends. so i ask the new girl to hang out with us and we all did. 3 months came along, and the new girl made friends and introduce me to all her new friends. one day, the new girl and Beverly was sick. i was hanging out with the friends i was introduce by the new girl, they asked me ” if you still want to be our friend, you have to lose the girl with the leg brace.”

And i said “sure.” like it wasn’t hard to do. when my friend came back from being sick i told her i didnt want to be her friend and she was very sad. after that we never talked ever again. every time i saw her i never forgave myself for doing that to her even though many people has done that to me.  after, years pass by i was going to Taco Bell with my boyfriend at that time and waiting in line to order. i saw Beverly and i felt like God wanted me to forgive myself. i told my boyfriend to hold on and i went up to her and said ” sorry for unfriending you, you were a good friend and would like to be friends again.” she said “i forgive you and i would like that.”

Oh man! i felt so much better. i let every thing go. God wanted me to forgive myself and i did. forgiving yourself is not about forgetting. forgiving yourself  is about letting go of what you are holding against yourself so that you can move on with God. if God has moved on, shouldn’t we do the same thing?

“whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9)

Life is full of choices and every choice we make will either take us in a good, positive direction or rob us of the opportunity to be a good person. when we refuse to forgive ourselves, we are are setting ourselves above others and that is pride.

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall”  (Proverbs 16:18)

Forgiveness of oneself will bring self destruction, a haughty spirit and a fall. Christian forgiveness will bring peace.

Prayer

Heavenly father, i’m praying to you because it’s so hard to forgive myself, for all the things i have ever done to people and hurt people. i know that pride is taking a hold on me and i want to let go. show me how to forgive myself. please help me to release and heal guilt, shame, reject, and fear. bring peace in my life and show me how to love, value and appreciate myself as you love, value and appreciate me. You are a good father to me. In Jesus Name! Amen!

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have faith in your tough days.

three years after i gave my heart to Jesus i was battling the worst days. My husband and i were going through money problems. this was going on for 6 months and i went to my mom for help, dad, step mom and mother in law. i was so hurt because i wanted to give up. i prayed and prayed for God to help us. but i felt like he was ignoring me. after crying for days about this and still put a smiles in front of people. i was thinking about my faith. i was asking God “why am i going through this?” or ” I’m a good christian girl, why? God! why?”

Still going through this for three months, i thought of my step mother and called her crying, telling her everything and asking for help. she helped me through those months because she felt my faith slipping away from the palms of my hands. while i was talking to her she told me about trails that we all face. then i asked my husband “when we go through these trails, do you think God is testing our faith?” he answered “yes.” Few days later asking questions about Trails to my step mother, she mailed me books but there was one that caught my eye and the book was called “A Biblical View Of Trails”.

After reading this book, it changed the way i think and i grabbed a hold of my faith.  I am secure. no one can snatch me out of the Father’s hand or out of Jesus’ hand regardless of what’s going on. can you see now! the reasons for these Trails is that God is testing our faith , it helps our faith grow stronger and stronger, builds up strength and get closer with God. Trails strengths our faith.

28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the Good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” 29 “For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters”                                                                                                                                              (Romans 8:28-29)

you have to know God is in control. He is faithful, He is our rock and He is good.

at times of doubts, that’s when you pray ” God i believe, help my unbelief”

Prayer

heavenly father, i come to you to tell you my faith for you is strong and no one or nothing can take my faith away. i will always have my armor on and i will read your word every day. so when i go through this trail i will know that you are in control because you are a good father to me.  thank you so much for being in my life.                         In Jesus Name! Amen!

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My Testimony

My story is actually the story how God rescued me.

i was only 15 years old, stepping foot into high school and i didnt think it would be that bad. being raised by 3 brothers i got along with guys mostly and the girls started talking and making up rumors. (just to let you know i was only there for four months). all the girls in my school started to say mean things to me and call me names. they always pushed me while i was walking to class, pull my hair and throw things at me.  i started to eat in the bathrooms, sitting by myself.

I was introduce to drugs at this time. i did almost  every drug, went to parties. i was fighting depression all at the same time. drugs was a get away to me, to forget what everyone did to me.  when i turned 18 years old, i stop doing drugs and started to drink. i got drunk with almost everybody i saw until i went to a new school. while i was walking to the new school, i saw a few buses pass by me with the same sign. the sign said (WHO AM I?) with a cross next to it, and i knew something big was going to happen.

i felt it. when i got there i met a guy. a really sweet one, we started to date and go on more dates. he told me he wanted to meet his mom which i was so nervous about because i was such a bad kid, like who could possibly love me. they expose me to church and walking in that church changed me. how i felt, my attitude, the way i think. it was the Holy Spirit that made me changed. my struggle that went through my mind before i accept Jesus, was people going to judge me, was my friends and family.

why i accepted Jesus was because i didn’t want to be alone, i wanted to be love by someone and i wanted my pain and hate to go away. after i accept Jesus into my heart i feel like a new person, i felt loved, and i’ll never be alone ever again. i just want to know more about Jesus everyday because he is an amazing father to me and to everyone of us.  Jesus is my Lord and Savior. And I’m proud to say that I am his child.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you”                                                  (1 Peter 5:7)