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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!

Latte

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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We can be someone else’s answer to prayer

to Whom shall we go

A couple of nights ago I was wallowing on how some prayers that were dear to my heart had not been answered, or the answer had been ‘no’. I was discouraged, focusing on the wrong things and having a pity party for myself. Silly, I know! But there I was being sad about things that didn’t really have to make me feel like that. Then I remember praying almost not wanting to be heard by God and not expecting an answer to this little secret prayer. I was realizing of my heart’s estate and wrong focus that I asked God to humble me and comfort me at the same time. I prayed while going upstairs, looking down, almost grumbling, I just exhaled that little simple prayer not giving it much thought. As I took the next step the phone rings and it’s for me!

My childhood friend that lives far away and had been battling a chronic disease was at the phone! It was a little bit of a surprise and not. The weekend before, her and her mom were supposed to come over and visit us, but they couldn’t. Two weekends earlier had been her birthday, and I missed it. I had to be the one calling her, but there she was waiting for me at the other end of the line.

It was such a pleasant conversation, she was so encouraging, she was doing better about her disease, she was being strengthened even through those fearsome trials in her life. We laughed and rejoiced, we talked about trials and even about some pleasant surprises! All in all a very edifying convo with her, as usual.

After I hung up, my heart was humbled, more like humiliated, and comforted. Did she know I needed that call? I’m not sure. But I trust a sovereign God, so there is no room for coincidences. God knows what I need, when I need it.

Today I needed to remember in a tangible way how God answers our prayers through other people. Other times He answers other people’s prayers through us. Through me. What a blessing that is! We can be His hands and feet, ears and eyes, arms and mouth for others to feel Him, to receive His love in a tangible way. May we keep humbling ourselves before Him who cares for us and looking for opportunities to love others as He loves them.

How have you been comforted lately in a tangible way?

 

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Fighting for Modesty

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I know I already said last friday about Fall season making people wear modest clothes, but I don’t think it should stop there!

Modesty can be worn all-year-round.

Even though it is not praised by society now-a-days, it is worth fighting for! I respect and appreciate celebs when I see them respecting men and themselves in such a fashion. It says a lot about them and set’s a good example for other girls. And I say fight because I’m in it myself!

When you have to spend hours and hours going from store to store trying on piles of clothes too transparent or too tight. When you grab a shirt that turns out to be a dress or some skirts that look like they could be belts! You put those clothes on and wonder how many more layers will you have to buy until you finally feel dressed. Hanger after hanger, shop after shop, it can get discouraging. I mean, it’s almost as if the fashion industry had a lack of fabric material!

This is the battle. It requires patience, creativity and being persistent.

At least this is what I go through every time I go shopping. (Am I alone in this?) And I love shopping, I love fashion and trying new things, so I know the drill pretty well. But it is a struggle not to fall into the pattern, not to conform into this world’s image of a woman. Although it definitely makes you more resilient for what you believe, after all, you wear your belief system, your convictions, your theology.

Modesty doesn’t just happen, it has to be thought of – it’s a choice!

Every now and then I would find a new and exciting piece, something that would steal my heart and be completely modest! Oh what a happy feeling! It makes the quest worth it.

So do you think all this is worth it? or is it overreacting?

Are you in the same battle? would you encourage others to keep fighting for modesty? why?

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I’m currently loving the midi rings and ankle booties! 🙂 a must this season!

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Extreme Makeover: Blog edition

to Him Who is able

So, starting this #NaBloPoMo got me thinking about what it is that I wanted to get out of it.

Did I join to build community, to build an audience, to get more hits, just for fun, to win the mini-ipad or just to be able to go through with it because it seemed like something bloggers should do? Well, I can’t win the mini-ipad because I’m not a US citizen, so we can cross that off and it’s definitely not just for fun, it’s only the second day and I’m struggling to find time to sit down and write. For now I will just say I joined to commit to share more and be constant about it. Like for example, when it gets really hard to go out and run everyday, I sign up for a race to push myself and do it. My goal is not to win, or to improve my PR but simply to do it.

Yesterday and today I have been reviewing my first posts, my ‘about page’, everything…oh my! this is still a baby blog! I think I need some major makeover here, to really shape it. I realized I’ve been all over the place, writing about anything, disappearing for a while…

Somehow entering this challenge introduced me into this huge and active community blogging really is. So I want to take it for what it is. Up until this point my blog had been a one way street, but now I want to open up the conversation, open up dialogue, discussion and interaction.

I still don’t have a definite goal for this challenge, I don’t know if every blogger that joined this month does. But I cannot wait to see where this will lead. I don’t know what God has in store for this little blog, but I’m confident to see it through. (Be expectant of some major changes around here!!)

Hopefully by tomorrow I will write about something more relevant, or I will set up my goals for this monthly project. 🙂

See you tomorrow!

Have you joined #NaBloPoMo yet?

What are some of your motives or goals?

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ALL THINGS NEW.., JOYFUL RAMBLINGS

Modest is Hottest

Hey all!

I’m participating in #NaBloPoMo for the very first time ever! no planning, no thinking ahead, just writing whatever the day brings.

Since today is November 1st and the cold season officially kicks off I would like to celebrate!

Celebrate a new month!

Celebrate a new project!

Celebrate cold weather!

Fall/Winter is the season when people are ‘kindly’ forced to dress modestly- I’ll drink to that! Let’s celebrate modesty!

Because a friend of mine told me,

‘Modest is Hottest!’

I believe he is right, and…Ryan Gosling thinks so too! haha

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Here’s to modesty!

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“Christians are wise to remember that modesty is biblically mandated.” ~ Mary K. Mohler

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Marriage is a Ministry

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Meet our Family Tree!

Last weekend our small family of 118 (so far) decided to have a REUNION!! #Rodrigada2013

I was thrilled to meet many cousins I had just heard of before. Although I had no idea at first of how many people we were talking about, I knew we would be more than a handful.

Sure enough we get to our dear Aunt/Uncle’s house and it’s already packed. They rented party tables, waiters, cooks, etc they did a great job being the hosts…but all this for a ‘simple family meeting’? Well of course! We had not been able to see some for decades, others we had not yet met, FAMILY is worth CELEBRATING! Uncles and cousins, great-aunts and grandparents, fathers and daughters, newly weds and those celebrating more than 50 years of marriage, there was a great mix, full of life, full of color and full of joy.

Of course we had to have MARIACHI!

Of course we had to have MARIACHI!

After meeting and greeting and hugging, we finally got started with the program. The oldest of my grandmother’s brothers gave some wise words to all of us. For some it was like a history class, learning a lot of facts about where we came from, and for others it was a sweet reminder. But one thing we all did for sure, we sat in awe of what a great ministry my great-grandfather(GGF) and great-grandmother(GGM) started.

We joined the Mariachi!

We joined the Mariachi!

 


Something that started with just the 2 of them. Later became a ministry of 100’s. Their children (6) heard of God, the Bible and the work of Christ in reconciling sinful men to God through the Cross, from GGF & GGM! It started with being faithful in their marriage, in their own relationship with God, then being courageous in confronting their children with this loving truth, and their children to their own children and so on, until the 4th generation!

THAT IS FAITHFULNESS!

More than celebrating family, differences, joys, tears, life…we were celebrating FAITHFULNESS. God was so merciful and faithful with our family that everyone of us (118) can say that we have heard of our great God!

In the end I understand that faith is personal and it starts with little daily decisions that will later on become life changing ones, faithfulness adds up into something marvelous worth celebrating! We are not a perfect family, but we have been taught about The One who is Perfect, our Savior and Father.

MARRIAGE IS MINISTRY

One of our aunts mentioned this verse…

Joshua 2.6-10

When Joshua dismissed the people, the people of Israel went each to his inheritance to take possession of the land. And the people served theLord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the Lord had done for Israel. And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110 years. And they buried him within the boundaries of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash. And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.

All of this makes me wander, were GGF & GGM thinking of their great-grand children when they decided to teach their kids about God? Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet them to ask this question face to face, but I’m very thankful for their small acts of obedience that translated into blessings for their future generations! The amazing part of God’s faithfulness in the past is that we had nothing to do with it, we could not ask for it, but He IS faithful, He is faithful in the past, today and tomorrow. So I’m thankful for grace in our yesterdays, peace in our hearts today and strength for tomorrow, because His faithfulness never ends!

Now our responsibility as the newest generation, is to pray for each other, that we may keep beholding “all the great work that the Lord had done” for us and serve Him with our whole hearts. One day, if God allows us, we will start our own ministry as well!

Some of the bisnietas (great grand daughters)

Some of the bisnietas (great grand daughters)

Here are more verses about generations in the Bible,

Luke 1:50

And his mercy is for those who fear him

from generation to generation.

Psalm 106:31

And that was counted to him as righteousness

from generation to generation forever.

Psalm 79:13

But we your people, the sheep of your pasture,

will give thanks to you forever;

from generation to generation we will recount your praise.

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