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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she will be healed…

Matthew 19:2
Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. (NIV)

Mark 5:34
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” (NIV)

Luke 8:50
Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” (NIV)

Luke 9:11
… but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. (NIV)

It was cold this early morning. I put on the heater in my car and turn down the radio. All I can hear was the engine and the heater. It was a stillness in “my world” this morning. Not because it was 4:15 in the morning and the world was still sleeping, but I was sad. I didn’t sleep well the night before, I was tossing and turning. I started my night praying when I found out that this beautiful little girl, that I and many have been praying for, had passed away the early morning before. I was upset that God didn’t heal Daisy Love. That God let that cancer take away little Daisy Love’s life. Then of course, I started talking to God and asking Him why? He didn’t answer me. He didn’t even give me some comforting scripture. I even listen to so MUCH worship songs and still NOTHING!!

Back to being sad in my car, as I drove off. I noticed people waiting for the bus in this cold. Then I thought, “does the bus even run on Sundays?” Then, I turned off the heater because I can’t have it to long because I get too hot. Then I started thinking about stopping at Starbucks and wondering what to get that is “healthy”. I also need gas. I finally get to work, seeing the homeless guy sleeping all covered up with trash and all his stuff everywhere. All this time, my normal routine that I have day after day, God has always, always protected me, provided for me, blessed me, and loved me. Just like Daisy Love. She is protected and loved by her Heavenly Father now and for eternity. Daisy will no longer have cancer. She will no longer be in pain. She will no longer cry. God has healed her. Thank You Jesus.

I know I don’t understand why things happen. I know that this life is not guaranteed. We always hear that things happen for a reason. A reason? Or a purpose? We all have a purpose in this life. Little Daisy Love wasn’t even ten years old and she touched so many lives. I never meet Daisy. I did go to her Dad’s church once. Join me in prayer for this family. They know that their Daisy Love is with Jesus now, but it is still very hard. I cannot even imagine how they are handling all of this. Only Jesus can give them His peace.

“He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, For there were many against me.” (Psalms 55:18 NKJV)

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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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sustained by God

“My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26 NKJV)

Hello! It’s been a while since I last blogged my little heart out. How is everyone? How was your summer? Was it too hot? Too fast? Or like mine, just to quick! I did have a good summer though. I actually took a little family trip to San Francisco in July and it was great! I will blog more about that in future, promise. This summer I did feel like I have grown up a little, and not just because I had a BDAY! It’s because I realized how faithful my Jesus is.

Let me rewind a little bit here. I know how faithful God is. For some reason, I thought it is required of God, the Creator of the Universe, to “have” to be faithful. See it isn’t. He doesn’t have to be. But like a loving, caring Father that knows best, He is and will be Faithful. In painful, horrible, dreadful moments, He is still faithful. In the book of Job, it reads, ” The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21 NKJV) We may not see it at times, ( I know I don’t) but He is faithful in everything. It could be that not so good relationship that you are in. Or that job, or even certain friends that YOU know are not helping your walk with God. When you take that step of Faith and make a stand for Jesus. He will be faithful. He will always honor your decision. You know what comes with being sure that God is and always will be faithful? Having trust in Him. Having His Word in you heart. Trusting that His plans and His ways are 100% better than your ways. (Jeremiah 29:11)

“Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.” (Psalm 100:2-5 NKJV)

“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments”.(Deuteronomy 7:9 NKJV)

use that bull horn!

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“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15, 16 NLT)

This past Sunday I went to Venice Beach with my parents. My mom has been wanting to spend the day at the beach and walk around. We haven’t been there in over ten years I think, and wow it has changed! So many different people and sad to say, so many of them lost, sad, high on drugs, sleeping on the streets and selling anything to get money.

You see, ten years ago I didn’t really know anything at all about the God I serve. I didn’t know you can have a loving and beautiful relationship with The Creator of the Universe. I didn’t know how much my God loved me so much that He gave His only Son to die for my sins, and yours, and whoever believes in Him will not perish, but will have eternal life. (John 3:16) I didn’t know any of this.

When you have God in your heart and in your life, you see things differently. You sorta look at the world around you with different eyes. I always pray that God lets me see the people I work with and go to school with, His eyes. So I can love them and show them His grace and His love. It’s hard at times. Believe me. I have my days. But every single day God is changing me. My heart. For His people. At the end of the day, if my life is all others see, and they see Jesus in it. Then it was all worth it.

Walking around that beautiful sunny California day my parents and I saw darkness in so many people on the beach. Then we saw some guys, old and young walking around proclaiming Jesus Christ to every single soul on that beach! They had a bull horn and everyone saw and heard them coming! It was such an amazing sight to see. My parents and I were so overwhelmed by them! I saw them and thanked them for what they were doing for Jesus. It did stir something inside me that hasn’t been stirred in a while. Where is my bull horn? Why I’m I not walking around telling my co-workers and my family members that God is coming. Soon! And they all need Jesus! I’ll leave you all with this simple question: When was the last time you used your bull horn?

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NLT)

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Redeemer

Happy June 1 guys. Can you believe we are half way done with this year? Wow! What has God done for you in the last six months? Trials? Blessings? It’s all about this amazing race that we are in. From the moment you asked God into your heart and ask Him to forgive you of all your sins and make Him the King of Kings in not just your heart but your entire life. This race started. Now it’s just how you finish it. My pastor has always said, it’s not how you start the race it’s how you finish it! “His lord said to him, 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.” (Matthew 25:23 NKJV) This is all I want my Jesus to say to me when we meet face to face, “well done, my good and faithful servant.”

This song from Sanctus Real called, “The Redeemer.” Is so awesome!! I found this cool video and I pray it speaks to each of you. “You can make anything new!” We are a new creation in Christ Jesus. Don’t forgot that! Any trials, heartaches, condemnation. Our God has conquered it all!! Take time right now and ask Him to forgive you of your sins, or ask Him back into your heart. He is always waiting for you, like a true gentlemen. He will never force His love. Love you all. And praying for each and one of you. Prayers? Email me: crebollo31@gmail.com ❤

my path

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)

Last week this scripture spoke to me more than ever! If we carefully look it says, “In ALL your ways.” Not just one part, or another tiny part, but ALL your ways. I know it is hard. Because we (meaning me) always want to control every single part of our lives. It gets exhausting trying to do this. Really exhausting.

In “A Woman After God’s Own Heart”, it says, “Let God lead you on His path so you can be sure you’re doing the right thing.” At times, I have no clue what “the right thing” is. This is when we need to ask God for His guidance, we need to also take that time to pray, to think and to search the scriptures to help us. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5) Also in James 4:17 it says,”Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

I have remember just because I am a Christian doesn’t mean I am perfect and I won’t make mistakes. Believe me, I do. We all do. This is what is so amazing about God’s Grace for us. He knows we have our will, our own minds, He made us this way. We are not puppets on a string. He gave us a freedom and choices. What we do with that freedom and those choices is a different story. He helps us, He guides us. We just have to be willing to stop and listen and acknowledge Him in ALL our ways.

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