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

New Year!

This is the very last Friday of the 2011! Wow!! I hope everyone had a great Christmas. We had a really good time with our loved ones. I have been feeling somewhat under the weather for a couple of days. So I took a couple of days off from work and since Spring semester hasn’t started yet, I am actually resting and trying to get better. I honestly, believe whenever I get sick, or feel like I am coming down with something. I know it’s God telling me to sit still and let God be God. I sometimes do forget that He is charge of everything. Nothing can ever pass without His approval. Nothing. This season He has me on, singleness. He knows exactly what He is doing with it.

If you are a little like me, and you want to be in control of every single thing, I know it can be very hard to let go and let someone else be in charge. For once. Just think, what better person to be in control of your life than Jesus? I know whenever I try to take control of anything in my life, it goes wrong. So wrong! One of my favorite Bible verses is in Jeremiah 29:11,”For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” In Ephesians it reads, “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:11-12)

For different reasons people are not comfortable with letting God be God. They prefer to have Him stay in heaven and leave them alone. Some prefer to believe that He doesn’t want us to do anything but be “good” and, in return, He will give us money, blessings, protection, and more. This isn’t having a personal relationship with Jesus. It’s basically having Jesus around only when we need Him. What if you were going out with someone, and that’s how they treated you? Believe me, that person will be gone in no time!

I want to encourage you all this coming year. It’s not wrong to take charge of your life and do something with it, just make sure it is God’s plan and not yours. Let’s use our life to bring Him and the Glory and Honor. Praying for all of you. May God bless your New Year with more of His love, His Grace, and His forgiveness. Let your Light shine so bright!! Any prayer request? Please, feel free to email me at crebollo31@gmail.com Love and blessings to each of you!