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Today is a blessing: there is purpose for your life.

Click above to listen to one of my favorites songs ever. May you have a wonderful Monday and may God bless you and your loved ones today.
Song: In Christ alone.
By: Owl City.

Start your day with a prayer. Give thanks to God for granting you another brand new day, a second chance to make things right, to know Him better, to grow closer to Him.

Go through this day acting like God’s son or daughter, having unbreakable faith.

This day is your chance to act confident, secure and strong in Christ, knowing who you are and where you came from.

Remind yourself today, all day long, that you are absolutely loved, accepted and taken care of.

No matter what circumstances you face today, you have the capability and power to overcome anything with a happy heart. 2 Timothy 1:7

God will be by your side every second, minute and hour of today, make this Monday count.

Go to work, or to school, or whatever you do today with an unshaken confidence and security.

Be glad of who you are and be true to yourself no matter what, knowing that your identity is in Christ.

Remember that God does not make any mistakes, so keep in mind that when He created you, He made a masterpiece. You are not an accident, you were thought of and loved since before you were born. Jeremiah 1:5

Make God your priority today, thinking about Him every step of the way.

And as the day ends, be grateful for everything that happened. Say your goodnight prayers and go to sleep knowing that God is way bigger than anything you can face tomorrow.

Don’t ever forget that there is a purpose for your life, God has a plan designed just for you. 

 

 

 

 

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Short devotional about rejection: You are not unworthy.

It’s hard to write about personal experiences because you never know who is reading, and who will judge. But in the hopes of helping others, I’ll expose my own weakness and struggles, just in case it may inspire someone.

Without handing in too many details, I confess that my heart is broken, or at least it feels like it is. Many of you may feel that I am overreacting, but there is a great emptiness that comes with shattered hopes, something you’ll never understand until you’ve witnessed it. I sometimes don’t really understand why things happen and I do get afraid of what is to come.

Sometimes I feel like I am not strong enough to deal with anything anymore. And honestly, rejection is my worst enemy. It makes me feel lonely when I am certainly not alone. It has the power of making me doubt my own self-worth and importance.

The thing about rejection is that it is accompanied by unaccomplished dreams. And once your dreams and hopes are shattered, you don’t know what step to take. What’s next?

I feel too weak and fragile to overcome this circumstance and to deal with this kind of feelings. Having your heart broken or your feelings played with, truly gives you a sense of unworthiness: “I wasn’t good enough, smart enough, pretty enough.”

I don’t know how to heal, but then I remember that it is not up to me, because I can’t do it alone.

Here’s the thing, if you are experiencing rejection like I am. you must understand, accept and acknowledge that in order to overcome this brokenness is through and with God.

Got rejected from a job? A loved one rejected you or played with you? Is your rejection coming from friends or family? Turn to God. Heaven offers a rejection-free life. Only through God can you feel worthy without a doubt in your mind.

God will never change His mind towards you, He will always see you as you truly are: strong, beautiful, worthy, important, unique.

You were created by the same God that made the skies and oceans, flowers and mountains.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalms 139:14 

The thing about living in a fallen and empty world is that you’ll face people and circumstances that will make you doubt who you are, what you are made of and the beauty within you.

The key to surviving the cruelness of the world is by placing your worth and self-esteem on something bigger than earth, people, circumstances and something even bigger than yourself: God.

Who you are is not defined by what others say, think, or act towards you. You are defined by the One who created, invented, designed you.

And yes, your heart may feel broken but it’s not because no one here on earth can break something so everlasting and valuable, not when the One who made it is more powerful than anything else.

So fear not, this feeling will go away. Turn to God. Ask Him to heal. Ask Him to restore.

If you feel unloved, turn to the source of love, to love itself.

If you feel unworthy, read what the Bible has to say about who you are. No Child of God is undeserving.

If you are afraid, fight your fear with faith.

YOU WILL OVERCOME THIS BATTLE, GOD IS ON YOUR SIDE. 

Nothing can compare to how much God loves you.

You were rejected by someone, but you are loved and accepted by the ONE.


Read the previous post about unrequited love click here!

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Jesus: Fully God, Fully Human

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”
John 1:14

Many people struggle with the idea that Jesus was God and human at the same time. I’m no expert on the subject, but I want to share my beliefs in the hopes that it could help you better comprehend this fact.

How could Jesus be God & human at the same time? 

Some people say that if Jesus was, in fact, God, then His suffering at the cross was spoilt by His divinity. If this were true, then all Christian beliefs would be pointless.

Others recognize Jesus as a human, a teacher, but not as the Son of God. Thinking this way would completely erase the fact that when He died, He resurrected three days later, leading us Christians to a non-existent salvation.

Many friends and acquaintances have asked me this question over and over again: how was it possible? Skeptical, they make statements like this:

  • God can’t die, therefore if Jesus is God, He never truly died.

  • God can’t be human.

  • If Jesus is God then His suffering was fake.

  • Jesus was a great moral teacher, but nothing else.

  • He is only a historical figure.

  • The Bible was altered so it lacks credibility.

  • Jesus was human only by appearance but deep down, He wasn’t.

First off, my belief is that whatever is in the Bible, is exactly what God wanted to transmit. Yes, there was human involvement, but this participation was through divine inspiration. The Bible is faithful to what it preaches and it clearly says that Jesus was human and God, so I have no intention of doubting it.

There are many myths involving what truly happened to Jesus, but there is only one truth, which I would like to address with all of you.

I believe Christianity comes with a price, it’s a huge responsibility that many are afraid to assume. Being a Christian (believing) requires commitment, transformation, change. We all want to adjust our beliefs to whatever seems convenient at the moment, but what we want to believe doesn’t change who He was, is and will be forever. So let’s start by understanding Christ’s identity.

Proof of His divinity:

  • Jesus had an intimate relationship with God Father: He knew God completely. Nobody knows God better than God Himself.

  • He had complete authority

  • All of His Miracles

  • He was free of sin

  • Resists multiple temptations

  • Obedient

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
John 14:6

Jesus as God resigned to the comfort and divine benefits (to say so) of being God, so He could become human, suffer and die to pay for our price and give us eternal life and salvation.

Jesus came to this earth and lived a human life, in every sense, including dying but death was not the end of Him because of His divinity. Resurrection is only possible if God is in the equation.

His godliness has always existed, He was there since the beginning of the beginning. His humanity is historical.

Christ literally walked in our shoes. He was a 100% man, but also a 100% God. This may be hard to comprehend, but faith doesn’t require logic. What’s impossible for us, is possible for God.

As C.S. Lewis said in his book “Mere Christianity” (which I totally recommend by the way): “God has landed on this enemy-occupied world in human form.” Why? He came to teach and save us. “His death has washed out our sins, and by dying, He disabled death itself. That is the formula. That is Christianity.

Death was proof that Jesus is human. Resurrection was proof that He is God. 

All that Jesus accomplished on earth is evidence of how much God loves us, giving His Son to die for us, to pay for our sins, to give us eternal life and salvation, to bring us closer to God and allowing us to have a relationship with Him.

Jesus as a man was born, He grew up just like we do, He was tempted (although succeeded to resist because of His divinity),  He was hungry, thirsty, tired, He lived a mortal life including the end of it: death. He did suffer on that cross. But due to His godliness, He rose again, He resurrected, He is alive. Hope is alive.

Jesus is one person with two natures, fully God and fully human.

He has always been God because God is eternal, but He wasn’t always a man, He became a man to fulfill a specific purpose. The thing is when He became a man, He didn’t cease to being God. I know it’s tricky, but it’s true. “Remaining what he was, he became what he was not.”

The thing I most cherish about Jesus is the fact that I can relate to Him and He can relate to me, He helps me grow closer to God. The fact that God became a man to give us what we need, what I need, is something I can’t ignore. The only way God could pay for our sins was by becoming a man, revealing God to humanity and allowing humanity to become intimate with God.

Jesus is an example for us, that’s why we should seek a Christ-like character. He completed God’s revelation. He died for the sins of the world. He sacrificed Himself to give believers a lifetime of opportunities. Our job is to serve Christ. Thanks to Jesus, we are forever connected to God

There are many misconceptions regarding Jesus identity, but He is the Son of God. Matthew 16:15-16. 

This is what I know and believe: God is compassionated, merciful, He is never too busy, He is always near, He is loving and good. He is faithful. His love is immeasurable. God freely offered His favor to mankind.

So the only way I can respond to my belief is by trusting Him, loving Him, seeking Him in all that I do, serving Him and be willing to fulfill His calling and purpose. I encourage you to do the same. It won’t be an easy road, but it will be totally worth it.

If you have more doubts, go to this link and learn more from In Touch Ministries.

 

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Adversity

Peace during adversity: storms as transformation.

We will meet many adversities in life, difficult times in all shapes, size, and color.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines adversity as: “a state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune.”

So, how can a Christian find courage in times of such trouble? 

Well, today I encountered a truth that has changed my perspective completely, and I wanted to share it with you guys.

If you are going through some hard times, please take some time to read this and meditate upon it.

It really amazes me how challenging life can be, and I think that at some point, we all go through tough times, trials and hardship that are so severe that what we really want is just a break, a pause, rest.

I don’t know if our troubles in life are the work of evil, I don’t know if they are a result of our own actions, but what I do know is this: being a Christian allows us to believe that whatever happens can have a beautiful outcome if we let God interfere. And I also believe, that if God allowed some adversity to happen in our life, it’s because we need to learn something from it. 

Times of trouble and worry happen in our life because there is something that we need to do, learn or change. Adversity doesn’t give you what you want, but it will give you what you need.

Sometimes our toughest moments in life, the ones with most sorrow or pain, will bring the strength, courage, faith, love, hope or wisdom needed for the next chapter.

If you are a little bit like me, you love your comfort zone (although it turns out to be harmful) and you hate adversity, not only because it is painful but because it is challenging.

A comfort zone doesn’t require much from you, it accepts you just as you are, encouraging you to be lazy. On the other hand, adversity requires a whole lot from you, it expects things from you.

Facing adversity is kind of facing your own strength, capability, courage. And the good news is, you are strong, capable and courageous. You may not feel like it, you may doubt your potential, you may feel like you’ve had enough and you can’t deal with anything more. But you can.

As many wise people have said before, life is a constant test, a class you were never prepared for. You get prepared and you become better as time passes.

If life were always easy, how could we truly grow? If life were always beautiful, how could we appreciate beauty itself? We appreciate beauty because we’ve seen crudeness. We appreciate good times because we’ve witnessed hard ones.

We grow because we are tested. Our faith becomes stronger during trials. And this is not my thinking, this is what the Bible says. Read James 1:2-5 and 1 Peter 1:7

Our faith is constantly tested during adversity.

Think of affliction as a moment where you are being molded, sculpted into what God wants you to be: confident and strong.

The only thing you get out of a comfort zone is comfort, which turns out to be destructive to oneself. And on the contrary, adversity may feel catastrophic at first, but if handled the right way, it can bring so much beauty into your life.

Christianity is the same. At first, you feel as if it’s too much, too much of a commitment, too much responsibility, too much work. You feel as if you are not good enough, strong enough, capable enough. But as you surrender, you feel stronger and wiser.

Handle adversity the best way you can: by asking God to fight your battle, to get you through the storm. 

Ask God to transform your heart during troubled times and He will.

And once you are out of the storm, you’ll see everything clearer. You’ll understand why you needed this, although you didn’t want it.

Maybe, you’ll keep facing adversity over and over again, because perhaps there is some unlearned lesson behind it.

Be open to change, transformation and learning. Think of adversity as an instructor and take this hard time to ask God: “what do You want me to learn?” and be willing to accept and embrace the lesson.

You will get through this with God by your side, and you’ll grow in ways you’ve never thought possible.

If you handle your storm the right way, then you’ll witness peace not only afterward but during it.

They say “God sometimes takes us  into troubled waters not to drown us but to cleanse us.” I love this quote, although I don’t think that God “takes us into troubled waters” I just believe that He allows them to transform us.

You are never abandoned, you have a purpose, you will be rewarded.

God will deliver you.

“And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

― Haruki Murakami

 

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Blessed

Computer Wallpapers: Totally free and easy to download!

I recently created some Phone Wallpapers that you can find here and here.

Now, I’ve decided to design some Computer Wallpapers, because, why not?

The main purpose of this blog is to spread God’s Word and unconditional love, so I thought creating nice (godly) wallpapers could be one of the many ways to accomplish that goal! Once again, they are all created and designed by me to respect copyright policies. What I do is, I choose some pictures I’ve taken before and edit them on Photoshop using blending options and then I change the colors to create different styles; then I write one short inspirational quote or word (mostly Bible-based).

If you like them, please share wit friends and family, or leave us a comment below!

We are open to feedback, if you have any ideas please feel free to share them with us. Plus, if you want a personalized wallpaper, let us know and we’ll create one for you! Don’t forget that they are all totally free! If you’d like a personalized wallpaper, write an e-mail to typerellamail@gmail.com, we will try to contact you as soon as possible and we’ll happily create a wallpaper suited for you! 🙂 Any favorite Bible-Verse, quote or word? Let us know!

So here are the instructions to download the different wallpapers below:

  1. Choose the wallpaper you like the most.

  2. Click on the Image.

  3. A new tab is going to open

  4. Right Click

  5. Choose  “Save Image As…”

  6. Download to computer and at “System Preferences” change the desktop wallpaper.

This is how my computer looks now (when I open my laptop I remember how important it is to have an attitude of gratitude and give thanks to God no matter what on a daily basis):

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GRATITUDE

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DO NOT FEAR

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Jeremiah

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Blessed

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hope

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Prayer for unrequited love: heartbroken? Read this!

A prayer for unrequited love (for the brokenhearted)

Father, I reach to You as I admit that I am heart-broken.

I fear that this experience will harden my heart, but then I remember Your Word, You have called me not to be afraid (Isaiah 41:10), and You promise to heal the broken hearted (Psalms 147:3), so here I am, handing You my heart so You can heal it.

I feel like my hopes and dreams are crushed. I am confused, desperate and I don’t really understand how and why things happen; I just know that it is my place to seek YOU for help and comfort. I need Your relief, Lord and I trust that You will bind up my wounds and bring hope to my future (Jeremiah 29:11).

Despite the (amazing) fact that You love me, I sometimes feel alone even though I believe that You are with me. I feel defeated and hopeless. I feel unwanted, unimportant, not good enough. My self-worth is low as a result of others opinions, but I want to remain firm on what YOU say about me. You think of me as beautiful, worthy and important. I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 129:14), so I must not doubt who I am in Christ. Your opinion is the ONLY one that truly matters.

I want to become the person You created me to be: strong, self-confident, without fear of the future, beautiful and unique, with a happy, loving and forgiving heart.

Lord, I must confess that sometimes it is hard to be single in a world that won’t recognize the motivations behind that decision. It is hard to be “alone” when (almost) everyone you know is in a relationship. It is difficult to be true to yourself and wait for the person who will respect and love you because that requires patience and strength.

You have taught me not to conform to this world but sometimes I don’t know how to avoid it. Nonetheless, I recognize today that You are the One that loves me the most with a love so pure and honest that just proves how Your Grace really is enough.

My heart belongs to You, there is no love greater than Yours. I am confident that if I place my love-life in Your hands and let You take control then something beyond amazing will happen. I pray so that You can help me wait for the relationship You approve of. May You choose Lord, not me. May You bring me to a relationship that will make my faith grow stronger; bring a partner into my life that will love You more than me.

I will patiently wait for the person You have chosen for me. For the person who will make me grow closer to You instead of further apart.

I will remain confident in Your Word and I will trust You Lord. I trust You.

Today I want to also pray for the person who hurt me, I ask You to bless him/her.

May Your Holy Spirit guide my thoughts, feelings, and actions and lead me to the path You want me to walk through.

I love You Lord, have Your way in my life, I give YOU my heart knowing that You will heal me, love me, protect me and introduce me to the right person according to Your time and Your will.

Lord, today I surrender.

I let go of all control.

I embrace the fact that Your ways are not my ways and I am grateful because Your ways are far better than mine.

Teach me how to guard my heart above all else without building walls around it.

Thank You Father, I love You, in Jesus name, Amen.

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Christian Phone Wallpapers!

You can download other phone wallpapers I created by visiting this blog post.

All wallpapers are totally free, you just need to choose the one/ones you like the most and download them! It’s easy and fast!

As you may already know, I created and designed the wallpapers, they include short godly-quotes or Bible Verses. I edit pictures I’ve taken before using Photoshop. Why wallpapers? Well, who doesn’t use their phone all day, right? So having a little reminder of God’s love in our device turns out to be significantly inspirational. It doesn’t only enhance our phone (making it prettier, lol) but it also consciously or subconsciously turns us towards God.

I truly hope you guys enjoy these and don’t forget to share with friends and family!

Feel free to download as many as you want!

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This is how my phone looks like now:

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So here are the instructions to download the different wallpapers below:

  1. Choose the wallpaper you like the most.

  2. Click on the Image.

  3. A new tab is going to open

  4. Right Click

  5. Choose  “Save Image As…”

  6. Download to computer or other devices.

God bless!

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Be kind


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Stop-doing

Four Things Believers Should Stop Doing

What should we, as believers, stop doing? What could we do better? Thinking about my own wrongdoings and past experiences, I acknowledged what my duties as a believer are, and the things that are keeping me from accomplishing them. 

There is always an excuse as to why I won’t do the things I need to do. Either I “don’t have enough time” or “I am way too busy”. My justifications can go as far as being physically tired or emotionally overwhelmed. But I’ve seen that no matter how busy I am, no matter how tired I feel or how many things a day I need to do, I still can find some time for God, and so can you. I’ve also witnessed that when I do seek God I feel more at peace. 

Seeking God on a daily basis does have benefits, you get to know Him better, to recognize His presence, you learn to speak and to listen. We often think that seeking God is counterproductive or unfavorable since we have “so many other things to do”. Perhaps we are so tired that we only want to rest, watch Netflix or enjoy any activity that doesn’t require much from us. We believe that reading the Bible will only keep us from accomplishing all our other responsibilities. The thing is that seeking God will have quite the opposite effect. 

When you seek God no matter what and try to maintain a relationship with Him day by day, contrary of what you may believe, you’ll feel more productive, you’ll have more energy, you will work harder and happier, you’ll do everything with love. Eventually, you’ll start having a different perspective (more positive) of life, you’ll be more loving to the ones around you. If what you need is rest, then go to the Only source that will truly give you a break. 

Pursuing God will transform your heart and therefore, change your life. Here are four things I believe we should stop doing:

1) Believers should stop making excuses for not reading the Bible:
Knowing God should be your priority and the only way to truly know Him is through His Word. I’ve been reading the Bible for a long time now, and I still don’t know God completely. I have so much left to discover and understand. This task is a daily requirement. Reading the Bible involves time, willingness, prayer, meditation, and concentration. It’s a one day at a time job that needs to be continued. We should try to truly make this our priority. You’ll see that this decision will be the best you’ll ever make and will actually help you through everything else. The Word of God is alive. Hebrews 4:12

2) We should at least try to not procrastinate, 
We know what God thinks about procrastination. We know that God likes discipline. God wants us to do what’s right and laziness is not right. It’s normal, it’s understandable, it’s common but it’s not right for us and before God. Laziness steals our joy and energy. We are called to work with all our heart, to use the gifts that God gave us, to be disciplined, to help and serve others. 

What does the Bible say about procrastination and laziness? It says that lazy hands make for poverty (Proverbs 10:4), and I believe it talks about financial poverty as well as spiritual poverty. We shouldn’t be lazy when it comes to putting our gifts and spirit to work. God has amazing plans for us but we need to be willing and we need to take action.

3) Believers should try not to complain. 
How many times a day do you complain? How many times a day are you grateful? Saying “thank You, Lord” for the good in every day (because it is good in every day) changes your attitude towards life and therefore it changes your mood, thoughts, feelings and actions. You can say: thank You God for my breakfast today, thank You because I arrived safely to work. Or maybe you can thank God for your family, friends, pet, health, dreams, accomplishments. I know it’s hard because life is hard, and it’s not always easy, nor just. But, I truly believe that every day without exception, we can be thankful for something. What about the beautiful sunset? Or the fact that you have working eyes that can witness such a masterpiece?  There are a billion reasons to be grateful for with God. Practice gratefulness. Create a gratitude list. Do whatever accommodate you, but don’t forget that a simple “thank You” is life changing. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

4) We shouldn’t forget to pray. 
Don’t underestimate the power of prayer, God listens to everything we say and He surely loves when we talk to Him. Prayer is always the answer. During hard times, during great times, prayer is always the key. Whether it’s a request or just a “thank You”, talking to God is essential for believers. Pray in the morning just after you wake up, pray at night just before you go to sleep and try to pray in between. Colossians 4:2


Sometimes we don’t do what we need to do today because we are thinking about what we need to do tomorrow. But the Bible advice us to worry about our duties one day at a time, and thinking that way will actually give us the focus, time and energy we need. Through Christ, we are given a lifetime of second chances and opportunities, so let’s use these opportunities to become closer to Him every day, 

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What does God expect from me?

Perhaps at some point in your life, you’ve thought: “I can’t live up to God‘s expectations”. I know I have been terrified by the thought that I’m letting God down. I make so many mistakes, even when I don’t want to. I’m completely flawed and imperfect. So, I do wonder sometimes: what does God expect from me? Because if He does have any expectation, I’m sure I’ve let Him down.

But then I remember that faith is not a matter of “I can” it is all about “I want and choose”. Having a God-centered life is a choice and once you decide to follow Him He will guide you through every step. We are flawed because we are human, and we will be forever imperfect. God knows this, He created us, He knows we’ll make mistakes, and He loves us anyways.

Here’s what I think:

You can’t live up to God’s expectations, mainly because He is perfect and you aren’t, and most importantly, He isn’t really expecting anything from you bigger than what you already know, His expectations are quite simple. It’s not like you can make Him love you harder or even make Him stop loving you. God loves you, period. He knows you better thank you know yourself. He already knows everything, your past, your present, your future, your heart, soul, mind, intentions, thoughts.

All God truly wants is to have a relationship with you, that’s the only thing that He really desires. That’s why He gave us free will, not because He’s expecting us to choose Him over the world, but because He desires that you’ll choose Him so He can love you (with all that it means). You see? God has already chosen you, accepted you, forgiven you and nothing that you’ll do can change that. Yes, you should want to please God and seek Him in all that you do, but He understands if you fail at some point.

Wanting to fulfill God’s expectations can turn out to be a difficult (if not impossible) job. Eventually, you’ll just get tired of trying because you’ll be striving for an unreachable perfection. But fear not. God doesn’t demand perfection.

He knows that humans can’t live up to heavenly or highly standards, and that’s precisely why He came to earth and died for you. You are His, He loves you despite your sins, mistakes, and flaws, all He really wants from you is a relationship and your trust. If you focus on pleasing God perfectly, then you’ll feel constantly insufficient and guilty, and you’ll miss out on what is the most important and valuable experience in life: getting to know God and build an intimate relationship with Him.

God isn’t expecting perfection from you. Sure, He commanded us to follow His Word, and we should try to do so, but He knows that we may fail, that’s why He came to our rescue. You can’t obey the law on your own efforts, but you can ask God for help and allow the Holy Spirit to work within you (and that can only happen through faith and a relationship),

It’s a mistake to rely on yourself and your own wisdom, strength or understanding. God doesn’t want to be distant from you, He wants to be near, that’s what He really desires and that’s one of the reasons Jesus came to this earth, to help us connect with Him. Trust that you can rely and depend on Him.

Remember that God can change you if you allow Him to. Do things that please Him, try to obey His Word and live a Christ-centered life, but don’t be too hard on yourself in the process. Don’t feel like a total failure if you make a mistake. Don’t run away from God because you feel undeserving or unworthy. That’s the enemy talking while God is saying: “it’s okay, I understand, I’m here for you, I love you and I’ll help you through.” God is patient, God is kind, God is good.

Seek God through His Word and prayer and you will find the answers you are looking for, the strength you are lacking and the peace we all hope for. Above all, you will be immersed with true love, power, and mercy.

“Direct my footsteps according to Your Word”
(Psalm 119:133)

God is with us always, rely on Him for protection, guidance, teaching. Don’t question your faith and most importantly don’t let feelings of guilt, shame, fear, regret to lead your life. Don’t allow anything to steal your peace and joy; ask God for help, bring every situation before Him and trust that He will restore your hope even when it seems impossible.

Think about the most important commandment of all: Love the Lord your God with all your heart (Mark 12:30-32). So there it is, His expectation is quite simple, He just wants us to love Him because when we do, everything else will start falling into place and His law will be easier to follow, blessings easier to receive and life happier to live.

If love for God is your motivation, then rest knowing that you are making God happy regardless of how many mistakes you make along the way.

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belonging

Belonging: A powerful testimony worth reading.

For guest-blogging purposes, I decided to invite my sister Isabel to write a blog post on any godly-topic she desired. The post she wrote turned out to be amazingly inspirational and powerful, I encourage you to read it and share it with friends and family. Her message is honest, heartwarming and uplifting. I related to her experience on so many levels, it made me realize that we all go through similar situations, thoughts, and feelings, so I truly believe that her testimony is a blessing and that God touched her heart inspiring her to inspire others.

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Throwback: Me and my sister.

“My name is Isabel, I am 28 years old, and have believed in God for a long time, but to be honest, I have only started my personal relationship with God over the last few years, with on and off seasons of spiritual hunger.

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Isabel, 28 years old.

I have a hard time giving up control, I want the wonders of the world and the wonders of a spiritual and Christian life. Oh, I know, that’s naïve, but I can bet it’s pretty relatable. I have been pretty rebellious, and have strayed from God, more than I would like to admit. For many years I just wanted to be a part of this world, and just be a part of it, like the cool kids.

You see, I always wanted to belong; I tried many different groups, types of people, music, styles and habits. And yet I felt unnatural in all. I tried hard and thoroughly to be a part of a certain group, to be accepted and welcomed, and no matter what I did I found the very opposite.

For a while, I could blend in, but eventually, things started to happen that I did not agree with, or that I knew would be hurtful for my spirit, even though I was distant from God, He always kept His promise and guided me closely, even sometimes it angered me.

My faith, I must confess has been fluctuant and easily impressed. I have had binge moments of God, where all I wanted to do was read about His Word, listen to worship music and attend every event in at Church to actually not even wanting to think about Him and refuse His presence and even name.

Right now, I am seeking God, because once again I weigh on the outcomes of my decisions, and once again I am found with poor and lacking results. I have plenty of moments where I am stubborn enough to believe I can actually choose better….

I have made peace with these moments of weakness, or rebellion and have come to understand that my proximity with God is entirely up to me, regardless of how much I want to blame or pin on Him.

Anyways on March 20th, 2017 I started reading a book called “The Purpose Driven Life” by Pastor Rick Warren. You see, I desperately need a purpose bigger than myself, I’ve never felt so adrift in my life, no job, no school, no boyfriend, no money, nothing to actually get me out of bed, and an increasing fear of not knowing where to go or which path to take.

I felt compelled to read this book because I want a purpose with God; my decisions have let me to unwanted situations. So I began reading the book that is day by day transforming my vision of my life, my steps, and direction. The book consists of 40 lessons, you should read one per day and reflect upon them. And so I did, I began reading one chapter each day and began playing worship songs and trying to desperately run back to God.

I began going to church with a joyful heart, rather than seeing my assistance as an obligation, and things started clearing up. But here is when it gets tricky, each time I am searching for God and his wisdom, my flesh scurries away and begins to take control. Temptation slides through the creeks and I start returning to my old habits, and old ways. I put the “pro” in procrastination, and although I was diligently reading the book, I just started spacing out the chapters, and then had trouble even reading it completely. Several days would happen in between, even weeks and something that was meant to end in about 3 days was not even close to being over and done with.

Guilt began to take control of me, and the more guilt I would feel the less I wanted to read the book, the Bible or talk to God. It even came to a day that I was reading a chapter and just stopped and closed mid-lesson, because I felt like a hypocrite. Still, God remained in my thoughts, I was moving away, but this time I felt He was not letting go so easily. At Church, they announced that baptism would take place on resurrection Sunday. My younger sister and I immediately looked at each other and vowed in silence to get baptized. And then the huge day came April 16th, 2017, baptism day.

I could not have felt more resistant to God that day; I was nervous and afraid of the commitment I was about to take. No turning back, I was already wearing my t-shirt and shorts and in line to become a new creation, and I could not have felt any less joyful, more self-aware and stressed out.

I had always imagined myself being covered in that cleansing sin water, and suddenly my life would take a dramatic change, I would feel God as close as Adam and Eve did. I would finally belong, and would never walk away from God.

And then it happened, I was dipped in a small pool, and people cheered and congratulated me, and yes it was overwhelming, but I felt the same. I cannot express how disappointed I was, people were hugging me and even though I was crying, I was more unnerved than happy.

I was more concerned about the way the clothes fit me, then about the promise I had just made, and this made me feel terrible and unworthy. Yet another expectation that resulted in a big pile of frustration.

The following week, I did not seek God, I was ashamed of my true feelings, and given that He can see my thoughts and through my heart even better than I can myself, I hid. I went to church today, and even there I felt disconnected. It’s 10:00 pm, and I decided to read day 15, and here is where I became perplexed.

The chapter talks about becoming a member of God’s family, and this can happen through our faith only. It talks about baptism and how it’s the way to express our union to God, our eternal family and display a public acceptance to the world.

Oh yes, baptism. I think it’s funny how God even used my procrastination for a greater good. I was supposed to read this chapter April 4th, way before my actual baptism, and yet I feel God saved this chapter for me, to comfort me.

What amazed me was how reluctant I had been to God, and how ashamed I felt about it, even after my public display of affection, and yet God just comforted me in the most sublime way possible. You see, now I do belong like I had always longed for, I finally have a place, and the biggest reassurance is that regardless of my sin, my reluctance to give up control, my resistance and my lack of faith, God loves me and He uses the most ungodly situations to bring us back to Him.

I am happy to public state that I believe in Christ as my Savior, He is my Lord, and thanks to Him I have gained the acceptance that I have always wanted and so desperately searched in this world. And not only that, but as I baptized I became a member of the great and awesome spiritual family and have gained many brothers and sisters in Christ, and for that, I am always grateful.

I hope this personal experience can help you through hard times and can give you peace to know that no matter what you are going through God will deliver you, and He will even use your sin to reach you and that my friends and family are the amazing perks of being a Christian!”


We are so grateful for Isabel’s contribution to this blog and we are so happy that she shared her thoughts with us.

Just like Isabel, you and I are also chosen and are part of God’s beautiful family. Regardless of how we feel sometimes, the truth is that God does love us no matter what and He will always accept us, sin and all. No matter how hard we try to push Him away He will remain in our heart forever and will bring us closer to Him through beautiful and mysterious ways.

“Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant or insecure, remember to whom you belong.”

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