Praising Him in this storm


“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 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


hope, Jesus, Toms

I didn’t want to miss a day of not blogging, but here is the BIG but yesterday was such a challenging day. I was glad to put it to rest at 12:30am. I had school like all day till the evening, and then my evening class was cancelled because the power went out! It was this heat we have been having! Unbearable, heat. It was 113 in the afternoon, but only here in lovely California is our first week of fall and we are in this record breaking heat wave! Record breaking. So much for having my fall weather! So, I called my friend and asked her is she wanted to enjoy the AC with me at the mall. It was lovely. Oh, and I finally purchased my TOMS shoes! I am so excited about this. check out the website It is such a great thing, you buy a pair of shoes and a child that gets a pair for free. A child that really, really needs one! Such a great cause.


You know things like this always stir something up in my heart. It is such cool idea. I honestly, think if you don’t get involved in helping others then you wont get to experience all the blessings that God has. Like when I use to go to Mexico with my church a couple of years ago. We went every third weekend of the month and when everyone got back, we were all a little different. You can just tell in everyone’s faces that God was doing a work in each of our hearts. For the people we would serve and pray for in Mexico. It was such an awesome experience. When you help others, you feel that much closer to Jesus. I know I did. You are the one getting blessed. We are sharing with others our hope. The hope of Jesus. In Romans 5:5, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” I have praying and asking God to lead me and helping others. You might be helping someone by just calling that friend that needs someone to talk to. If we do it all His name, it wont fail.

I have lots of paper writing to do this week, and homework to catch up on. But I will try my best to blog my little heart out in a few more days. I am making a list of all the my faves for this week. Okay, maybe for this month 🙂