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Anxiety check for this Thankful Thursday

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Today I’m thankful for birds and bees, here’s why…

Have you looked at the birds today? Have you thought of who takes care of them? Who provides food for them? Who makes the bugs that they should eat?

Matthew 6:26 makes us turn our gaze towards the sky and look for the proof that will back up Jesus‘ statement. It raises the question of control. Who is really in control of life today, right this second? It’s not you for sure! You are not seeing that all the birds have enough water, or food or shelter, not even for yourself.

Even if we become anxious about all the birds in the sky, we cannot give them the next breath. That’s when we realize how powerless we really are! So why bother in being anxious? If we can’t even add a single hour to our lives?

Why add anxiety to our hours, if we can choose to add joy to our day!

This whole passage of Matthew 6 is a big reality check. The climax is when Jesus says we should not be anxious about our life. How does He convince us that it is not profitable or something we ought to do? Well, He makes us realize our littleness. We are but a vapor and He is in control of the whole world.

When we worry, the least thing we think about is BIRDS. Or FLOWERS, or the other millions of people in the world, we just focus on SELF. What we need, what we are missing, our troubles, our lack of “you-name-it”. So to get us to stop being self-centered Jesus just invites us to look up, look outside and look to Him.

We are not the only ones on earth, yet, God is still in control of everyone and us at the same time! He makes His point so clear that bringing up something so trivial like lilies of the field, something we do not worry about, but still need care, breaks any reasons we might have to defend our worry or anxiety.

I am not writing this as an expert on dealing with anxiety, I write this because I need to preach it to myself too! And I thought someone else might need to be reminded of this. So I hope you enjoy todays little reminders of Who really is in control of your life!

What makes you anxious the most? 
What else helps you exchange anxiety with joy?

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

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Prayer Requests and the things I cannot do

The other day I was praying out of my huge list of prayer requests.

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To have a better control of my prayers I use (and love) the Reminders‘ app provided by Apple. There I can register a request under a specific list and then when God has answered it I mark it as completed. By the way, there is also a Completed List in the App which makes it easier to remember the many answered prayers and remind yourself that God indeed is active, He does answer our prayers and works for His glory! (I might expand on my prayer list system on another day :) )

Since things to pray for come up throughout the day I usually tend to carry my iPod everywhere, this way I can keep my prayer requests updated. So I end up reviewing this list almost 5 times a day, it’s part of my life! This special list is filled with other people’s names and has a variety of issues that I pray about. For example:

Prayer list

These are the most general ones, others have names, dates, specific facts etc.

My requests might seem for the best interest of others and that I care for God’s glory ultimately. So, I think that what I’m asking God is legitimately good, honorable, true, and would ultimately work for His praise. I mean isn’t it good for a teenage boy who ran away from home to go back to his parents’ care? Wouldn’t it show God’s power in restoring a marriage? Doesn’t it display God’s love and care in keeping all the churches in México on sound doctrine and with a fervent passion for His kingdom? Wouldn’t this make others see His glory and holiness, and want to praise Him even more? At least this is what my near-sighted view lets me think.

The problem comes when some of those requests are not answered. It most likely meant God had bigger and better plans. But…How do I respond to that? How do I respond to God’s timely silence, or His sovereign ‘no’? There are a number of ways I could be reacting to this, but yesterday’s response was simply this…I acknowledged a simple, basic truth which is essential to the Christian living. We learn this the moment God regenerates our spirit, and we need to be reminded of it, over and over. For me it was yesterday.

This is what I prayed and acknowledged before God…

God here are the things I cannot do:

I cannot change people’s minds, I was never able to do so, today is no different.
I cannot direct the heart, where it might turn or go, I could never do it, now even less.
I cannot keep my loved ones safe from harm, from falling into temptation, I could never do it, I can’t even now.
I cannot control the way anyone thinks of me or my family, I never could, now even less.
I cannot make people see the blessings missed out because of sin, I couldn’t before, now even less.
I cannot make love spring from a heart, I am completely incapable.
I cannot produce any godliness, I couldn’t then, now even less.
I cannot make people rejoice in You or seek Your love again, I simply cannot.
I cannot control who will cross paths with who, I never controlled this in my life even.
I cannot control the past I can’t control the present nor the future.
I cannot make others taste and see that it is good to trust God, I can’t even control my next breath!

Only God can do all that!!

What kind of power is that!! Even if I pray the most selfless, God-honoring prayer, it will always be God acting and not me. Thankfully He hears our pleas and gives ear to our requests, He invites us to approach His throne of grace so that we might receive help and mercy in our time of need! So I started praying in light of that, I know I cannot…that’s why I come to You… It was refreshing and liberating, He is the One that carries our burdens because He cares for us!

Our security is not found in being in control, but being under the control of the One whose purposes can never be defeated -Dr. Bill Thrasher

 

God controls our hearts, He controls our steps, our thoughts, our mistakes, our growth, our life!
We are subject to His grace, to His favor, and we can rest and trust Him because He is love, He is merciful and the greatest Comforter!
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Birthday Wish List!

Last night I wrote ‘What I don’t want this blog to be about‘ where I wrote about how I don’t want this blog to be all about me, me, me, and in a month today will be my birthday! So now I want to apply that to my Birthday too. I want to celebrate in the same fashion!

I came up with a list of things I want to do to celebrate with others. I’m already planning great surprises for people I love and also for people I don’t know. It’ll take time, it’ll take effort, it’s going to be more like a Birthday Challenge, but I’m up for it! I don’t want a party to celebrate me, I want to celebrate the life God has given me by sharing love, and other tangible things He has blessed me with! After 25 years of living I have come to realize, it’s better giving than taking, it’s better sharing than receiving, God gives us so we can in turn give to others! So here it goes…

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Wish list in the making:

Help…

Give…

Do…

Write…

Pay…

Donate…

Gift…

Invite…

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

I will be revealing the complete list in a couple of weeks!

Are there others things I should be adding to the list?
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Blog Extreme Makeover 2: What I don’t want this blog to be about

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Last week I wrote Extreme Makeover: Blog Edition, as I was looking to the 28 days of NaBloPoMo ahead of me. I gotta say, it was a bit overwhelming given the fact that I had only written 30 posts in all 2 and a half years of this blog!

Talk about poor blogging!

Seriously! Do I need to emphasize on the size of the challenge this is for me? It’s like I subscribed for a marathon without previous training. Oh well, it’s day 8 and I’m surviving so far. But as I will be writing considerably more from now on, I need to rethink of what this blog is all about. During this first week of NaBloPoMo I have read a fair amount of new blogs and started following others.There is some pretty cool stuff out there! This has also helped me consider what others are doing good, what this blogging community is about, and some things I am not a fan of. Although I haven’t defined my goals yet, I think it’s equally important to know where I don’t want to end up. So I came up with these three main issues…

What I don’t want my blog to be about:

Me, me, me, me:

Even though this blog will only contain posts written by me, thought out by me and published by me (with seldom reblogs), I don’t want to be the center of attention, because the world does not revolve around me (shocker!). As a christian blogger, even my life is not just about me, it’s about my Savior, my God, my Comforter. I want to be bold about the Truth that changed my life. (more on this later) Another reason for this is… because I’m not witty enough to keep you hooked on me-stuff haha!

I know this will be a struggle, but a worthy goal to strive for nevertheless. You can keep me accountable with this. :)

Facebook status on steroids

Social Media is a hype these days, #Instagram, #Facebook, #Twitter, #Pinterest, #Tumblr, #Flickr, the list goes on and on. It’s like this generation is interested on promoting oneself. Have we fallen into a self-marketing culture? Have we become our own advertising agents? -Ok, maybe I got a little side tracked, this may be another post for another day.

Although I do want to be read, -that’s why I have joined the community, right?- what I don’t want is to be hunting for likes and follows. I’m more interested on the community, discussion etc. Long story short, this is not just about how the roller coaster I just rode got my hair undone or how I just sneezed 7 times in a row the expanded edition, not even about collecting ‘trophies’ although I think it’s kinda cute that WordPress has that! haha

This blog is not my imaginary friend:

Posting about every single thing that happens to me, or everything I think about, can come across as a little obnoxious. At least to me it would.  I have seen some blogs that are in the line of falling into this, and that’s ok because we all choose what we want to write about, and I can see it can be tempting. Specially when looking for things to write about every single day for a whole month. We I can fall into superficial posting pretty easily, instead, I want to be writing on relevant topics, but then again, even this can be very subjective. That’s why I still need to redefine the goals for this blog, but I’ll just say this, you can rest assured you won’t be getting updates as if this blog was my bff! Friends are friends and blog-friends are…blog-friends (Whoa!) We might visit each other’s blogs and may even post a comment, but life shared, true accountability, true love, raw forgiveness, intimacy can only be shared outside of a monitor, in face-to-face interactions.

Still, I want to be real, vulnerable and honest in here. We’ll see how that goes!

I guess you can say these three topics can be inclusive, even colliding at certain points, but to summarize it: I don’t want to write about me, myself and I, be self-promoting, or make this into my public-diary. All in all, I’m excited to see where God will lead this little blog. :)

What helped you define your blogging goals? And have you considered where you don’t want to end up with your blog, do you think it’s important to think of this, or just go with the flow and let your own writing carry you away?

 

 

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Thankful Thursday

It’s the very first Thankful Thursday this November!

Here are 6 things to be grateful for this month:

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1. Adoption Month video @  Joni and Friends

Did you know November is Adoption Awareness month? Well, neither did I. Adoption makes my heart melt, so I’m thankful for the families that bless the fatherless.

2. 30 Days, 30 Posts: NaBloPoMo is here!

Thankful for the blogging community and the challenges of NaBloPoMo!

3. No-Shave November

Do I need to say more? haha

Ryan and beards

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5. Pan de muertos

I don’t celebrate El Dia de Muertos at all. But around November 1st and 2nd in México you can find in any “panadería” (bread shop) ‘Pan de Muertos’ which has the shape of bones at the top. It’s very sweet and with a funny shape, but I love it!

6. Thanksgiving

I think it’s self explanatory :)

Do you have any other thankful triggers this November? What are you thankful for this month?

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Midweek booster: in the search for inspiration

Today I woke up feeling like it was friday, but it’s only wednesday!

Although I’m kinda glad it’s only the middle of the week because I have a lot of work to do still. I’m looking forward to the weekend. :)

So to get the wheels spinning, sometimes I go to Pinterest in the search for new projects, for new accessories to buy, or just to look at. Other times I read a good book, or listen to a song, or whatever inspires me to keep on keeping on! Today my doggy was sick, so it was a long morning visiting the vet, from here to there and she is still down. Sad. So I need extra boost for tomorrow.

Here are some things to inspire for the rest of the week!

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Hot chai latte! (it was a gift)

Ephesians 3-20

I’m currently admiring Ephesians


Spirit lead me

I’m starting to practice calligraphy!

Yeah home

All pictures were taken from my iPod :)

What inspires you to keep on going when the week gets tiring? Do you have a special hobby or place you like for charging up your batteries?

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Have you had dessert today?

tis so sweet

So have you?

I finished up the homemade chocolate cake leftovers plus some nutella-covered strawberries! It was like a hug in my mouth!

Then I stumbled upon this picture on pinterest and the song ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus‘ is the first thing that came to my mind. So I added the text, quite fitting don’t you think? But why is it sweet? I mean can we really taste the sugary effect of trusting Jesus?

While it’s obvious that we cannot use our taste buds to enjoy the sweetness of God’s Word. It’s the after taste of being in His presence and delighting in that. If only we seek Him. If only we take the daring step to taste and see. If only we choose to dwell in His commandments.

Living for and trusting Jesus is like better than eating dessert all day long!! think of it!

He invites us to taste His goodness, we can indeed experience His care and lack nothing. Even when we don’t have everything we might want, or when we have suffered loss, or when we are being blessed, He is sweeter than having all your wishes come true!!

‘Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him, Oh fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!’ Psalm 34:8

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