Plans (part 2)

Have you ever made plans that you really wanted but for some reason, they just didn’t. No matter how much you planned everything out. They just didn’t work out. You are left wondering what the heck happen?! Why didn’t I see this coming?

This. Was. Me. Three months ago my world turn a little bit. The place where I called work wasn’t what I wanted anymore. Wasn’t where I even wanted to be anymore. I know I still needed a job. I still have bills to pay, responsibilities, but all I wanted was to walk out and quit! After 15 years at the same job. I was done. I felt like my time had come. I was scared, nervous, anxious, confused. You name the emotion! I know I had it that one week!! That week felt like the longest week of my life! I prayed, I fasted. I humbled myself to the One that I should have come to first.

Then God stepped in. He constantly was tugging at my heart and telling me He got me this far. He will sustain me. He will get me through this. I just have to trust Him. To let Him do the work He said He was going to do in my life. I had asked God years ago, to use me at this job. To bring others to know Him. To let me see others the way He does. In the 6 years that I was at that store. I shared my Faith with my co workers that I would sometimes see more than my own family. I would try to give each of them Godly wisdom. But most important, the way I lived my life had to reflect the God I was talking about. I tried my best to plant those seeds in each of their hearts. I pray that someone else comes to water them now. That season has passed now.

God open doors and this new season He has me in a totally different store, with a different atmosphere. It’s still the same company. But with new co workers. A new mission field. This was never my dream job, but it’s a job. The bible says everything you do, do it on to the Lord. I pray that God to keep using me. To keep showing me how to share His love to those that don’t know Him. To not only share my Faith with others, but to be that example of that love relationship I have with Jesus. Not some religion! Please pray with me. I know that I’ve been away this summer, but I’m promising that ill be blogging more this season He has me on. So stay tuned!

I sometimes look back at what my life would have been without my Faith. Without my God that has my life already planned out for me. I urge you right now. If you don’t know Jesus. Or are confused and feeling that all your plans in life are not what you wanted. Don’t worry. God loves you. He has your plans all ready. Just trust Him. Any prayer request? Please feel free to email me: crebollo31@gmail.com

Thank you for taking this time to read these simple words. Thank you for praying!
Love and prayers to each one of you. โค

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Fall time! (almost)

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I can feel it! The fall is coming! Yay! I just love the Fall season. I do like my Summer time. With all my swimming it was a great summer! But I really cannot wait for the fall. I was at work earlier this evening and I noticed it is getting darker earlier. Oh and let’s not forget Starbucks actually has their pumpkin spice lattes ๐Ÿ™‚ Yum-o! They had started it really early this season. I am so excited for the change in season. There is nothing like the fall for me. Even school, I like the fall semester better than Spring. I always seem to do better. Maybe the big break from Summer helps ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cannot wait for warm drinks, colorful leaves, sweaters, pumpkins.

Did I mention I joined my gym. (again) I had a membership a couple of years ago w/a friend. But I’ve been wanting to rejoin for some time now. I’m so excited! Been working out all this week and I’m sore, but a good sore. I am also going to go in the morning before school, when they have their aerobics classes. I am either going to take some Zumba or some Yoga. Both I am so excited about!

I am content and happy in this season the Lord has me on. I pray we are using that Love and Grace that Jesus has given to us, to show to others that Jesus loves them. I pray that we continue to be a salt and a bright light. And to remember we might be the only Jesus some people will ever see, and that we are not misrepresenting our Lord to the world. Any prayer request? please email me, crebollo31@gmail.com

Have a happy Friday ๎–๎Œญ

“His lord said to him, โ€˜Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.โ€™ (Matthew 25:23)

day off, new readings, and the things i enjoy

Today I woke up feeling refreshed and in such a great mood. Maybe it’s because this semester is coming to end in like a month! Or because I had such a lovely lunch yesterday with my friends that I have not seen in a while. And most important, I have the evening off today! YAY ๐Ÿ™‚ I just have two classes this morning and I don’t have to rush and go to work. So, this means I have that much more time to read, this awesome book I started last night. ‘Cold Tangerines’ Celebrating the extraordinary nature of everyday life by Shauna Niequist. I seriously love the way she writes. I finished her other book, ‘Bittersweet’ over the weekend and it was as if I was there with her sharing her life. I read, soaking up Niequist’s simple wisdom and beautiful memories. She spoke to me, and I felt more serene with each page. This is why I LOVE to read. I can escape and be somewhere else. For that hour or two I don’t have a care in the world when I am reading. This is why, I think it is so important to teach kids when they are young to read. To turn off the computer and the tv and just read. Reading with them is awesome. I love to see that. Makes my heart happy. I totally recommend either of these books, or both!

awesome book!

another awesome book!

I have a craving for the little things that make me smile. After everything that goes on in any particular day either at work or at school; I need that time, that minute that makes me smile. I walked into Starbucks the other evening when I was working late and I looked up at the menu. If you know me, you know I usually order the same thing when I am there. Grande ice-coffee unsweeten with half and half and a splash of sugar free vanilla please. So, when I ordered that tall white chocolate peppermint mocha with extra foam. It felt like everything had stopped and then they were looking at me.

YUM!

I am serious. Even the barista that knows me by name. He looked totally shocked! It felt great to order something different and let me tell you this picture does no justice it was soooo GOOD!

One of the other reasons why I woke up feeling so refreshed was because I had me a spa day this past Friday. It was so nice and relaxing. It was my friend’s birthday and she wanted to spend to day at the spa. This spa in particular is the Glen Ivy Hot Springs and you don’t even have to get a massage if you don’t want to. They have a couple of large pools and a some small ones that let you just float around and soak in the beautiful California rays. That day was really nice too. It was warm enough to take a swim, but in the shade you can feel a breeze and it would get a little chilly. It was just lovely. Jesus really blessed our day. Here are a few pics that I took, it was later on because I actually left my phone in the locker so I can truly relax. I took the pictures right when we were leaving.

glen ivy hot springs

spa day!

the best. day. ever.

I am really enjoying this season I am in right now. Jesus puts a smile on my face. Today and everyday. “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Salt is great for you!

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This is pretty sweet. I am currently bloging from my phone. And I am just at Starbucks waiting for my tall, non-fat,xtra whip pumpkin spice latte. And this place is packed! It’s such a lovely evening to. It’s finally getting cooler in the evenings and it is starting to get dark sooner. Did I mention how much I like the fall! I do.

This morning we had communion at church and it was awesome. My Pastor also spoke about salt in this world. Then I started thinking about salt. The actual ingredient. You know when I do cook. I never add salt to anything. It’s true. I think I am afraid that my food would be to salty and it would be yuck instead of Yum! So I just let people put there own salt and add there own flavor. But you see that’s is the thing. Flavor. My food has no flavor at all. In Matthew 5:13 it says, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown away and trampled underfoot by men.” Those that follow Jesus are like salt: They are called to make a difference in the world. Another scripture in Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus tells his followers,” You are the light of the world. A city that set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and gives it light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

The difference we make is the flavor, the good works we do are to shine like on a lampstand, good witness for Jesus in a very darkened world we live in. Those who believe and obey God are salt of the earth.

Yay for salt!

random thoughts for today

I am sitting here in the Kitchen table trying very hard to stay focus and get this paper done. But it is NOT working. Our Chicano studies professor has given us more days to finish this paper. It was due tomorrow. But now he gave us the weekend and it’s due Monday. I am very grateful for that. Now I just have to put all my little thoughts together into a couple of pages and make it sound like I am really honestly interested and intrigued with my class textbook. It’s actually a pretty good book. It’s mainly about how we Chicanos have fought for equal rights for so long and some other interesting stuff that I know I should know by now, and I do, it is just not appealing to me right now. Maybe I might be getting sick. Horrible. I haven’t been sick since last year around December I think. I don’t usually get sick. And when I do, man do I ever!

Well, it’s probably because I was hanging out with one of my friends these past couple of days and she is sick, now. Great. We have been going over her resume and I was helping her since she does not own a computer or netbook. WE-IR-DO!! I always kid around with her on that. Her family still has the dial up connection. Yes, DIAL UP! What the heck. I know. told you, WE-IR-DO! So we would sit at Starbucks with my netbook and go over her resume. And just talk about work, and clothes, and books and family. You know, since I became a Christian five years ago, my non-Christian friends are no longer around. Sad. Because I still miss them. I think about them when I certain song comes on, or when I go eat at a certain place that we all went. In fact, my friend since 4th grade, today is her birthday. I text her and wished her a Happy Bday. And that I missed her and loved her. And I do. I pray for her and her family, her husband, (that deleted me from his FB friends). We have not seen each other since last July. She texted me for my bday this year. We probably wont text each till Thanksgiving comes or Christmas. I have a peace about that, now. I would pray that God would open doors so I could go and see her and talk to her and just be her friend again. But it never happen. So, I sorta let that go for now. I think praying is all I can do for her right now.

My other friend. (the one that got me sick and with no computer) she is at times defensive when it comes to me sharing my faith with her. She comes from a Catholic background, so her religious views are, very different and to tell you the truth I don’t understand them. I wasn’t raised anything. No Catholic upbringing, or Christian for that matter. My dad was a Catholic growing up, he still knows all the Hail Marys. And he has his Mother’s rosary and knows those prayers. But I never saw my dad pray, or go to church until five years ago when I started taking him to my church and talking and sharing with him about Jesus. And my mom was a Christian since she was 15, but her walk with God wasn’t the way it is now. She says she was reborn again! I have taken my friend to church and two crusades. She knows where I am with God and at times she is somewhat uncomfortable with it, but she does not say anything to me about it. She just does not understand my relationship with Jesus. I don’t expect her to. Before I came to know my Savior I had no clue what Christianity even meant. Truthfully no one really shared their faith with me. (more on that on later blogs) When we go to eat she would joke and say she wants to order an alcoholic beverage. I look at her and tell her to go ahead, don’t mind me. Then she looks over the “drinks” and puts the menu down and doesn’t order it, and I don’t say anything about it. I will have a Diet Coke please, lots of ice.

I don’t go out with my co-workers. None of them are Christians. But their lifestyle and the way they look at the world is just not the way I do. I would go out to lunch with two of them, we have talked about it before, it just has not happen yet. I am praying it does, so I can share my faith with them, outside of work. I understand that I need to have more non-Christian friends. I cannot just surround myself with Christians in our Jesus bubble and pretend to not care about the matters of this world. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus clearly tell us, “Therefore go out and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son, and Holy Spirit”. The word “Disciple” means someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another. They have to believe it first. And that is NOT my job. Or your job. This is the Holy Spirits job. To bring conviction and repentance to that person’s heart. I can only plant, or water the seeds. I am not their to preach to my co-workers or to my friends. My walk with Jesus isn’t just my fish sticker on my car. It’s MY life. MY actions. MY lifestyle. The choices I make. They may not see Jesus at a church, but I am praying that they see His love, His kindness, His compassion, and His grace in me.

Well, those are my thoughts for this Hot, muggy, Thursday afternoon. I just took some Dayquil and been drinking my weight in water, I refuse to get sick. On a side note, my mom has been on vacation for like a month now, and she has another one to go. I am excited because I hardly ever see her. Only on weekends or maybe a random Friday night when I come home some what early from work. She is home. Making yummy dinner for us, and just taking care of her family. Thank you Jesus for momma’s….everywhere.

Falling for the Fall

I so CANNOT wait for the Fall to finally arrive!! YAY for fall weather! Officially our summer has ended this past Tuesday and Yesterday at like 11:09 E.D.T(Eastern Daylight Time) our Fall Equinox began. How exciting huh? The other evening I was driving around and I stopped at my local Starbucks and got me a warm drink. I usually get my cold, ice coffee (unsweetened). But that evening, I felt for something nice and warm and so ahhhh. Well, I scanned the menu, and I felt like I was standing there so LONG! So I ask my barista what would she recommend I should get? She said the white chocolate mocha is one of her favs. So I got that with extra foam, non-fat, decaf (didn’t have to be up all night!) and I sat down with my Kindle put one package of splenda and I was in la la land ๐Ÿ™‚ see the thing is, I am such a creature of habit! I walk in to my other local Starbucks by my work and they all know my drink. (Grande, ice coffee, unsweetened, with half and half and a splash of sugar free vanilla) but that evening I kinda felt like a rebel! Ordering something totally different and actually sitting there and reading my Kindle and not paying any attention to how packed it was or that I was all loner. It felt so good to be a loner! Seriously, I come and go whenever I want. I order anything my little heart desires. I can sit there for two minutes or two hours if I fancy. And I did! I sat there for almost two hours reading this amazing book that has me so emotional right now! I will most definitely blog about my love of books later. Promise.

This time of the year is one of my favorites. I can go for an evening walk with my sweater and still feel the cold air hitting my face. But living in beautiful So. Cal we don’t always get to feel all the seasons. Like this past summer, it was weird. Because it wasn’t blazing hot until perhaps, the middle of August and even then it was for like a week or so. This is why I have always, always wanted to live in New York. Seriously. I know I love being a California girl but every movie I see that is in NY I get a little jealous because they get the fall and see them walking and hanging out at Central Park(and then going to Central Perk! ha! had to throw that in there!) then their winter comes and WOW!! talk about having a white Christmas. I sometimes still wear my rainbows around Thanksgiving! Yup! Well, I could sport my rainbows anytime of the year! But still! But this is why its so darn expensive to live here. Everyone likes it here! Hello Disneyland! Just having that and we are golden. So I can’t wait till we get those cute little pumpkins at work. Yes, I always get them. Like a few of them. Not for Halloween or anything, I just enjoy the fall.

I thank God for all the seasons He gives us. He is so amazing! I mean He gave us all those wonderful seasons for us to harvest and to enjoy. And He created all this for us, that’s right, for you and me. One of my favorite Psalms is “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” psalm 37:4