Praising Him in this storm

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“rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;” (Romans 12:12 NKJV)

No crowded malls. No last minute shopping trips. No searching and searching for that parking space. This Christmas was different. I loved it! I have a choice to rejoice! No matter the trial, heartache, sadness, I will rejoice! Not because it’s Christmas but because my Savior Jesus Christ has already delivered me! I have to trust His plans. One of my favorite pastors said in his Christmas sermon yesterday, “God is trying to produce something through your trials, He brings blessings out of burdens.”- Levi Lusko

The last two months my dad has been unemployed. It’s been a struggle but we serve a faithful and loving God! I know my dad will get another job soon. In the meantime, we are praising Him in this storm. My dad is such an awesome guy. God is working in His heart so much! I am so grateful to come home and see my dad cooking for us or cleaning and helping out my mom. Doing all the chores and things we normally do. He helps all of us out so much.

My mommy was sick off and on at the end of the summer. By September she was told she had kidney stones. Then the pain stopped. At the end of September it was back. She had her Kidney stones taken out in with no pain. Two weeks later we were back at the emergency room because she had some infection. She isn’t sick anymore. At the end of November, she had to change stores again. The same company, but different location, different employes, different bosses. She is stressed but she is praising Him in this storm.

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”(James 1:2, 3 NKJV)

I want to take this time to encourage each of you. What ever you are facing and going through, please know that God has an amazing plan for your life. He sees your trials. He sees your pain. He sees your tears. Believe me. He is there with you. Maybe you didn’t get anything special this Christmas. Maybe you didn’t get anything under the tree at all. The one gift that will change your entire life. The one gift that won’t be ever returned! The gift of salvation! In the Bible it says,”that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9, 10 NKJV) This gift is the BEST gift you will ever receive! I pray that you take this season and search God and seek Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:10, 13 NKJV)

Thank you for taking the time to read my simple blog. I do pray and hope that it encourages you. Any prayer request? Please email me at crebollo31@gmail.com wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas and a wonderful and happy new year!!! “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,…” 1 Chronicles 16:11-12

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Jesus loves me this I know!

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I am a new creation! Eight years ago today God made me new. He came into my heart and took away my fears, my sadness, my worries. He made me white as snow. He wiped my past. He forgave me. He loved me.

I am living proof that if you give your life to God and trust Him with everything He will dramatically change your heart. God loves you. He sees your pain. Your sorrow. Your tears. Remember that He first loved us before we even knew anything about Him.

I came out of a long term relationship nine years ago. I was hurt, sad. Only Jesus can take pain away! I trust Him every single day. He has a plan and a future for me. Thank you Jesus for Your love, Your Grace and Your mercies that You pour into my life every day. I am praying for all of you. Seek Him with all your heart. ❤❤

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” (Psalms 91:1, 2 NKJV)

Prayers for my (future) husband

For my future husband ❤

I have a small prayer list that I’ve come up with. I’ll will be adding more in the future.

1.) Pray that he will continue to grow and change more and more into the image of Christ.
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” -Romans 8:29 {KJV}

2.) Pray that YOU will constantly be growing and sanctified into the beautiful help mate he needs.
“Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” -Titus 2:3-5 {NASB}

3.) Pray that the Gospel will impact him not only in salvation but also in every area of his life.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ” BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” -Romans 1:16-17

4.) Pray that He will be strong in the Lord and fight against the Lust of the flesh, guarding his purity.
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” -1 Corinthians 10:13

5.) Pray that he will own the truth that, real strength is controlled strength: meekness, gentleness and Spirit-filled Boldness.
“but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.” -1 Peter 3:15-16

6.) Pray that self-control would dominate His life.
“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” -Proverbs 25:28 {ESV}

7.) Pray that He would have a hunger for knowledge and wisdom.
“How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.” -Proverbs 16:16

8.) Pray for spiritual and practical maturity well beyond his years.
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” -James 3:17 {ESV}

9.) Pray that good, strong servant-leadership skills would be cultivated in his heart.
“For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body……Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her” -Ephesians 5 {NASB}

10.) Pray for the Lord’s sovereign protection in his life.
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” -Psalm 91:1-2 {NASB}

11.) Pray that he would have direction and that he would prepare for the future.
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” -James 1:5 {NASB}

12.) Pray that he would have a heart of forgiveness and that forgiveness would be granted to him.
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” -Ephesians 4:32 {NASB}

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Plans

I’m back!! I’m sorry. I took a little bit of a break from blogging. I honestly didn’t mean to take that LONG of a break! I do hope everyone is doing good. I set out to make some “realist” New Year’s resolutions. One of them was to be grateful for every single thing. It’s almost the end of January and I’m pretty sure I’ve messed that up, a few times actually! But I’m trying. Really hard to stop complaining and start praying! I know it’s hard. Because this is what we do…complain about being too cold, hot, the rain, the president, the 49 ers!! If I prayed more than I complained…I would be a happy camper. Seriously, when I complain it doesn’t get me anymore. It just makes me more angry, upset, worried, tense, anxious. All of those things are NOT from my Jesus. His Word clearly says that He has a plan for us. A plan to NOT harm us, plans to give us a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

I know that everything gets in the way. Life, stress. I think that is one of the reasons why I didn’t really think about blogging. I didn’t want my posts to be about me complaining. But you know something? Life and stress happens. Complaining happens. Things that don’t go the way you plan them to go, happens. Nothing in this life is certain. Nothing. You know what is certain? The One that loves you no matter how much we complain. The One that will get us through any stress if we just seek Him first. And trust Him with all of our heart, mind and soul. “A man’s heart plans his way, but The Lord directs his steps.”

I’m so happy to be back blogging my little heart out! I pray each of you will continue run this race that is set before us. To love others the way Jesus would. To be accountable for every single person that walks in to our life by not misrepresenting our Jesus. Any prayer request or just to say hi 🙂 my email: crebollo31@gmail.com

Love and Blessings to you all 💜

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Why do I ?

“Why do I have to be the one to call?”
-because YOU know Jesus.

“Why didn’t I get that promotion at work?”
-because Jesus has a better plan.

“Why do I care when others don’t?”
-because Jesus is in Your heart.

“Why does it brake my heart when I see so many rejecting God?”
-because You know that God won’t ever reject You.

“Why do I have to forgive?”
-because You have been forgiven.

“Why do I have to wait for my husband/wife?”
-because You trust God. His plans for you are to give you Hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

“Why can’t life just be easier?”
-because in this life, we will have trials and tribulations.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NKJV)

“Why do I wake up every single morning with Joy in my heart?”
-because I know how much Jesus loves me and only wants the BEST for me.

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find Me anywhere

Lately I have been out walking and running before I go into work. I LOVE it! My left knee has been acting up for a couple of weeks now. I don’t know what I did to it but it gets swollen and it’s bothersome. Not so much painful. Just when I start running really fast. But this isn’t stopping me from going out and enjoying my walks/runs. If you have a little moment, please pray my knee gets better and it’s not to serious. I appreciate it.

When I’m out there alone with just my music and my Jesus. It feels amazing. So empowering. He really speaks to my heart. I ask Him for all my worries, my concerns, everything. He listens. Like always. I stop and look at the birds around me. So happy. Content. Flying around. They don’t have a care in the world. You know why? Because the Creator of the Universe takes care of them! Yes. Even the small birds, He makes sure they eat and are taken care of. “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they”? (Matthew 6:26 NKJV)

Sometimes, I think I can do it all. Work, school, family, friends. But I can’t. I need Jesus! In ALL areas of my life! See the thing is, God thinks about me, loves me, cares for me, only wants the best for me. No other person or thing can ever take His place.

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Life Lately.

Summer is finally here! I can’t believe it’s almost 4th of July! Yay! One of my favorite holidays. Love being patriotic. And the smell of fireworks! Wearing red, white & blue! Love all that!

I hope you guys are all doing good and enjoying your summer. I’m sorry I’ve been absent for a couple of weeks now. I have been working a lot and taking a well deserved break from school. Fall classes start, well who knows! Haha! I believe it’s late August or first week of September. I hope! I actually have to take some make up classes I had to drop at the beginning of the year, because I was sick off and on with bronchitis. That was horrible. it’s okay though. God is faithful and good. He had me in that season. No matter what. I can always, always count on Him. My Rock. My Deliverer. My Everything.

Just wanted to encourage you today: With anything that is keeping you, from truly having that relationship with Jesus. Just ask God to help you see anything that is hurting your walk with Him. You know sin comes in all different shapes and sizes. And nice appealing packages to. I pray that God searches our hearts, to point out anything in us that offends Him, and lead us along the path of everlasting life.

I hope you all have a very blessed and safe 4th of July. God Bless America!!

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