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

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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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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thanks Poppa

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

Since I can remember my poppa has always said yes to me. “Dad, can you drive me to the mall. Dad, can you help me with my homework. Dad, can you make me my egg white omelet.” When I hear stories from some of my friends that their dad isn’t like my dad, it really brakes my heart. I am so beyond blessed to have a man in my life that will always looks after me. Always says yes to me. (and sometimes NO) And loves me for who I am. And who God is molding me to be.

This Father’s Day I just wanted to say “Thanks poppa.” For all you do to show me how much you love me. You may never say it, but I know I am your little girl. Always. I thank my Jesus for blessing me with such a kind, loving, funny, caring, devoted poppa like you. I can’t wait for God to bless me with a husband. I pray, Lord willing our children, your grandchildren will see what a wonderful grandpa you are! I ❤you poppa!

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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 ❤