Monday, 22 July 2013

Let Me Be An Instrument

I know I haven't been on for a while. Life gets busy as you all my know.

I felt to share an inspiration I found on my computer that I wrote in 2011. In everything that I do for the Lord, I do not do it to gain praise. I do it in thanks to him for His undeserving mercy and kindness towards me. I do because I want to help others find Christ. That is our purpose, that is our reason. To be an instrument in God's hand's is my utmost desire, to be an instrument is the utmost privileged we may have on this earth.

Let Me Be An Instrument.

You are the one who gives
You are the one who anoints
You are the one who chooses
Oh let it Lord be me, Fill me of your power and overwhelming love
To be an instrument in your hand to bless those all around me
That they may see your presence in everything I am
Not for my Glory
Not for my praise
Let it all go to you
Let me be the feet that go
Let me be that lips that speaks
Let me be oh Lord an instrument in your Holy hands
Not for my Glory
Not for my Praise
Let it always and eternally go to you alone


Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Seven years ago today, I married the love of my life.

It's been quite the joy ride and time has truly flown by! Sometimes I wish we could go back in time and re-live all the joyous moments. :) Love is truly the greatest gift from God, to love and to be loved is an amazing feeling.

To celebrate our anniversary we went on a short get-away to the 1000 Islands in Kingston, ON. It's really beautiful scenery. We've been there before a few years back and really love it there.

With the increase rate in divorce, every year we are together means a whole lot. Truly the Lord makes a huge difference in a marriage, when He is the center, things just go better and any problems or issues are easier to work through with the Lords guidance and help!! :)

I'm thankful for my husband, his love for the Lord and his Love for Us is inspiring. He completes me, He encourages me to be better. He is perfect for me and I thank God for leading Him to my life. I can't imagine my life without  Him. Looking forward to many, many, many more. Happy Anniversary to Us.

Quote: "Express your love today, instead of living in regret tomorrow, wishing to have said everything they made you feel, when they can no longer see or hear your appreciation of them."

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Weekly Favs: POWER by The Pentecostals of Katy

Hello! I know I've been away. Sorry, I'm sad about it too. HA! Anyhoo. Here's another weekly fav. I love it, because I can feel the POWER being transmitted through this song! It's wonderful when the Holy Spirit gets a hold of you and you just want to jump, shout and praise, it's the POWERFULNESS of the presence of God in your life that moves you. Love this song, makes me want to be there. :)

Friday, 12 April 2013

A Song I Wrote - I Want to Worship You

When I was on Maternity leave, it was the best year of my life. ha ha ha...Not only because I was home all day with my daughter, but also because I felt like I accomplished a lot of things that were on my personal to do list that year. It's nice to accomplish your goals! Well, one of the goals I had that year was to write and compose of few songs. And the Lord gave me a few songs during that year, that my brother, a pianist,  help me put the music together to. I wanted to share one of those songs with you today. This song means a lot to me, because of the words, but also because it was one of the last songs, me and my brothers sang together at one of our jam sessions at my moms house. We used to have many of those, I took many of those jam sessions for granted. I really miss those times. My pianist brother moved, FOREVER, to the West coast to pursue his dreams and also got married. It was hard to see him go, our world was messed up for a bit, since we had always been a really close family, but He was happy and that made us happy. I still miss him a lot, our music ministries started pretty much at the same time, so we had that special connection, but I'm happy to know he is continuing to serve the Lord in music and other ministries where he is right now.

So I remember writing this song, meditating of the presence of God and How I could not live without it. The song is in Spanish, but I will translate the words for the English readers.

Today I want to worship you Lord, For what you've done in me,
For your mercy and for your love 
For what you do in my heart

No one else Makes me feel like you do, 
That's why I want to pour my soul before you
And tell you that I love you,
That there is no one that resembles you
And tell you that I adore you my Lord
That there is no one like you Jesus

It's a simple song, but it's from my heart to Him. Glory be to Him!

Special shout out and thanks to the musicians from my church who helped compose this version of the song! You guys are blessed with talent. Happy to know you are using it for His Glory!!!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

An Inspiration in my Life: My Daughter

Children are truly such a blessing from God. As I see my daughter grow, I learn so much about God from her. She's an inspiration for me to be better as person, as a mother, but especially as a servant of the Most High God. I have so many dreams for her, so many hopes for her life. And I ask myself what I can I do to ensure she stays on this path? What can I do to ensure, those dreams will become a reality in this life. The things I can do is cover her with prayer and be an example to her, to live the life that I want her to one day have, that she can be inspired by my own example to her. If I am not an example in all aspects of my life to her, how will she be inspired to do more and be more for God? So I'm trying, we're trying, my hubs and I to be that Godly example for her. Even the way we talk, the way we view things, the things we say in front of her, all that I examine and think, will this be a good example for her? I'm not saying we are perfect, we are growing and learning as the months and years go by, but I do want to try my best to be the greatest example for her and during that time, I'm also getting closer to the Lord.

One of the most wonderful things that fills my heart is to see Breanna worship, even if she's playing around, but she does it. And she's learned that from me and daddy, and yes I'm proud to say that! I love it when i'm singing at church and I see her jumping and singing along to the all songs! And sometimes at home when she sings to me, she does these facial expressions and moves her head like I do when I'm singing. It's so precious and makes me teary! I don't know if she will become a singer like her mother, but I do know that one of the things I want to teach her is to praise the Lord with her whole heart, to worship Him with all she is and with LIBERTY. Within her playing around she's worshiping the Lord. Seeing her do all these things, makes me realize, she is watching my every move, kids are so smart, she can pick up on my reactions and act the same way. I have to ensure that I am acting in a way that I would want her to be.

Breanna is my inspiration to be a better person in all aspects. She's my blessing from the Lord. I've always wanted to be better for God in thanks for all He's done for me but with Breanna, that feeling just quadrupled. I'm so grateful to the Lord for her. And I'm looking forward to the great things He will do in her life. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Bre is in the blue dress here, jumping during the Praise songs with her little friends at church. Do you see her little finger? :)

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Friday, 5 April 2013

Weekly Favs: Your Name-Cry of the Broken

I know I've been MIA! I have so much I want to write about, but it's been a busy time. I hope I don't forget all my inspirations. lol....Hope to be back next week with some inspirations.

For now I leave this song with you. I can certainly testify that He has heard my cry when I've been broken by life and it's situations and he has healed and help me with just the mention His beautiful Name Jesus! May this song bless you.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Weekly Favs: Just To Know You

I found this song in the wee hours of the morning when I should have been sleeping, but sometimes, that's the only "me time" I get! lol....I love finding songs that stir my soul and inspire me to Worship and Praise the Lord, with everything. I shall sing this song one day.  "He takes me Higher!" I want more of him everyday, I want to know Him more Everyday. It is the deepest desire of my heart. I don't want to waste any day and any time that I'm given of life to Praise His Name. I love My Saviour JesusChrist.


Monday, 11 March 2013

A Dream: That None Should Perish

A few weeks ago I had a dream that I wanted to write about, but it's been a busy time, I hadn't had much time to write. I'm taking advantage of these few minutes on this quiet Monday March Break week Morning. Tee hee.

I was dreaming one night that I was somewhere very high, maybe I was on a cloud, but all I remember is my view. I could see the city, the buildings, the cars, like you can see them when you are on a really high roller coaster. Than I could see my daughter, from so high up I could tell it was her. My daughter is 3 years old. I could see her walking on the streets on her own, not knowing where she was going, not knowing what she was doing. I could see the danger her life was in and I would shout and scream her name so that she would avoid, the ongoing traffic around her. I was scared for her life, in fear of a car hitting her. As much as I screamed, she could not hear me. I then attempted to scream and call out the people that were around her, so that they could help her and guide her home, but no one seemed to notice that she was around, no one seemed to see or even care the danger that this child was confronting. I remember feeling helpless and in despair in the dream because I could not do anything to save my child, I was stuck at this height and could not go down.

When I awaken from the dream, the first thought that came to my mind, was "That is exactly How God Feels, That is Exactly How God Loves". I understood it was a God given dream, not just a nightmare. In scripture God compares HIS love for humanity like how a Parent loves his child, of course He being God, His love is much greater than what we could ever comprehend, but if you are a parent, you can relate on how strong that kind of Love could be.

This world, as my daughter in the dream, is so lost in their paths, they are following a path that leads to death and destruction. As much as God calls people in many different ways, people harden their hearts and choose to ignore his call. Or they may hear him but because they have never known God they are not sure how to respond to Him. Than God tries to reach these souls through us, the witnesses of his Love, the born-again people, the people who have experienced his presence, the people who know the truth and He calls out to us, so that we can guide these people who are so lost, in danger and in trouble, but at times we are so caught up with our lives and our troubles that we don't hear the voice of God calling us to speak of His name, to the needy people of this world. We are Christians and are proud of knowing the truth, but that's it. We keep this great truth, this great hope, this great doctrine, to ourselves either because we don't want to go through trouble, because we are scared of what they will say, or simply because "because", no real excuse. Sometimes we are so focus on our troubles, on our circumstances we lose focus of the bigger picture, WE HAVE GOD to help us in our time of need, the WORLD does not and because they don't have any hope, many choose that path of suicide as a way to end it all. Sometimes we are even so busy arguing, fighting and competing against each other, "the chosen" that we even fail to see those around us that need GOD so much.

If I could in this moment, inspire you to feel a burden for those souls of this earth, that are empty, that are in fear, that don't feel love, that feel anxiety, that don't have direction, that need to be shown the way to Escape death and hell.  That we may feel that same anguish that God feels for humanity.That we may make the sacrifice that He made on that cross, everyday more worth it as more souls are pulled out of hell and headed to heaven. That we may take a moment to refocus, to put things into true perspective to LOVE as GOD has loved us. Think about how your life could have been like, if someone, hadn't dedicated time to you and ensured you were on the right path to salvation. Think about how your life could have been if someone didn't see the potential in you, if someone didn't see, with faith who you could become in the kingdom of heaven. Every soul is worth it to God, no matter how ugly, no matter how sinful, God can forgive and those people can become a great blessing and inspiration to the church as they share the GREAT things the Lord did in their lives.

May we remember His dream, that None should Perish. May we rejoice when a sinner comes to Christ, wherever it may be, in our church, their church, any church around this globe! They are souls for JESUS AND ARE BEING SAVED FROM HELL. Rejoice with the LORD.

"Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Luke 15:10

"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Inspirations: I'm not going to wait, until I can't

As my eyes were shutting last night these thoughts came to mind:

I’m not going to wait until I can’t move my legs to desire to jump in worship in God’s presence
I’m not going to wait until I lose my voice, to desire to sing, speak, and shout about Him with everything I am
I’m not going to wait until my arms have lost their strength to desire to wave my hands in his presence
I'm not going to wait until I can no longer move, to desire to do everything I can do, today and now to Praise Him

So although, I may look/seem crazy, silly, funny worshiping the Lord, speaking out about Him, I’m going to use the strength I got now, to Bring GLORY & PRAISE to HIS NAME! And to tell the world about my King and Savior JESUS!

I don't want to waste the years I'm granted of my life, in things that are vain, that will only pass away, that will not invest in my relationship with God, and that will not invest in my future life with my Lord. As long as I'm alive, It is my true desire for every single little bit of my being, to bring praises to His name. I love HIM. 

Thursday, 21 February 2013

One Day I will Sing in Heaven!

During my years of singing there have been some wonderful moments that I've had with the Lord. I shall share one of them with you today.

This past weekend we had very blessed services. I can still taste the presence of the Lord. It was amazing. While we were singing the Song "Agnus Dei" (Hallelujah for the Lord God Almighty Reigns) as I worshiped I could hear like as if it were hundreds of people singing the song along with us 4 singers. It was truly incredible and a joyous feeling because our church is not a huge church - just yet! : ) and it seriously sounded like it as if it were angels that were singing along with us, it's quite amazing. The bible does say that Angels are present to minister to the heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14)! During my years of singing I've had this experience a few times and I've even open my eyes, to see if the Lord will allow me to have a glimpse of these angels singing along with us, but I can't say I have seen any. It may sound crazy but when we talk about faith, faith is crazy, acts crazy, but accomplishes the impossible. This experience always fills my heart of joy and takes my mind to that one day that Revelations talks about, while thousands of thousands will be singing to the King of Kings and to the Lord of Lords. Experiences like these, make me want to sing my heart out even more, be a better worshiper and wrap myself in the presence of the Lord forever!! The Lord becomes so much more real to me, and I am humbled that he would allow me a glimpse of heaven. It inspires me and encourages me to keep fighting this battle of faith, because one day, I will be doing what I love best forever! Singing to my Lord and Savior face to face. The thought of that brings such great joy to my heart and tears of joy to my eyes, to think of that day. Oh how I desire to see HIM. I am so blessed to know Him and to have the opportunity to see Him one day. For now, I will keep rejoicing in His presence and singing to Him and only Him.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Biggest Loser - Week 7


I'm a little late with this post. Had an extra long weekend from work and getting back into the flow of things is a bit hard after that.


Loss of 2 pounds, for a total of 12 pounds since this Journey started off. Yay!


I'm really happy with the progress because with the extra long weekend, I had a few things, I shouldn't have had, that I allowed myself because I was on "Vacation Mode". However, I did not go overboard which is good. I only worked out 2x last week, because I was on Vacation Mode too. LOL...oh boy. Remind me to not take off too many days during this challenge.

Okay, don't have much to say this week. Hope you all had some progress this week.


Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Biggest Loser: Week 6


What a busy life the past days!!! Need some breathing space. This post is late, but better late than never.


Loss 1.5 pounds. For a total of 10 pounds. Wohooo, I'm halfway to my short-term goal. I must say, it's been easier (not easy, just easier!) than I thought It would be and I realize that its because my mindset has changed. I can really stick to this "eating healthy" lifestyle because I feel good doing it.

Things that have helped me:

Using the myfitnesspal app to calculate how much calories I'm eating a day, has really helped me control how much I eat. I have eaten out a few days and being able to plan my meals according to what i'm going to eat that day has helped me. If I know lunch is going to be big, I'll have a smaller breakfast or a shake. Before I eat something, I'll log in to check the calorie count, to see if there is something in the meal I should skip or substitute. It's really been a helpful tool and also I believe part of my success to this point. An example, is that last week, I went to Chipotle for lunch and had a chicken burrito, that burrito alone is huge and has about 900 calories! But I planned it out and had a small breakfast, and only some fruit for dinner (was still full from that burrito) because I was out of calories, but I still got to eat what I was craving.


I said last week that I wanted to exercise more. I sincerely did try, but my 3 year old, decided to ruin my favorite exercise routine DVD (which is no longer produced)., although I did workout 3 times last week, It was mostly testing out new routines, to figure out which one worked better for me. I don't feel like the workouts were "good enough" workout sessions because I was still testing them all out. I have found a routine that works and I enjoy, so I will be doing that this week and hopefully will feel like I did a GOOOD fat/calorie burning workout! :)


I had 2 cupcakes on Sunday for my daughters, they tasted so delicious, and I don't feel bad about it, because, I've been really good and I did not eat any further "junk food" for the rest of the day. Sometimes you just need to cheat. ha ha....

Hope you all had successful weeks.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Weekly Favs: "Indescribable"

This song is just awesome. I've loved the original version and this version is just great as well.

We could spend a whole life, trying to describe the mighty wonder of God but he's just so grand, we could never finish explaining or describing his greatness. I'm privileged to be his daughter. I really want to sing this song now. Feel like filling this office with praise!!!!! : ) Thank you Jesus.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Biggest Loser: Week 5



Lost 1 pound! I'm glad I don't gain, but I'd really like to be loosing at least 2. lol...Oh well. I have however, noticed a different in some of my "bigger" clothing, feeling a little bit looser. yay! :)
I must say I'm proud of my will power to not to eat the "bad stuff"'ve been very good at making better choices when eating out and also, choosing to eat something homemade instead of out, whenever possible. Last week we had a pizza lunch at work. I went for the vegetarian pizza (normally have meat), choose the smallest slice (could normally have 2-3 slices) and covered half my plate of salad. I must say I was very Proud. I absolutely love pizza, one of my fav dishes. I want to give a shout out to all my gals friends from Church, who have been so motivating and encouraging these past weeks, I'm excited to see us all reach our goals. :)


I think I've slowed down on the weight loss per week because I haven't been exercising as much. I've managed to get in 2 a week, but I think if I bump it up to 4 times, I will get better results! Will try really hard this week to get those extra 2 in.


Last week I said that part of my motivation was going on a shopping trip in the near future. Some of you lovelies commented and said, you would love to fit into your old clothes before going out to buy new. Fair enough! The problem with me is, I gave all my old clothes away. I had been over-my-normal-weight for about a year and it was a bit depressing to see all that clothes that didn't fit me, so I had settled that I was going to stay at the weight (at least for a while) and I would give away the clothing  (save but a few fancy dresses) so that I would not see it! lol...But now my mindset has changed, and now I can't get the clothing back. ja that is why a shopping trip would be necessary to a certain extent. Truthfully, I find any excuse for shopping. ha ha....

Picture update:

Still got a long way to go, but felt great to fit into these clothes, I tried them on a few weeks ago and they didn't fit as great as they did this week. Slowly but surely! :) This was just before church started, my momma just had to take a pic. She says she's proud. I don't believe her. HA HA...funny how even with age, it still matters when you make your parents proud.

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Hope y'all are reaching your goals! Love reading your stories.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

"Call Me Fanatic" - Poem

Call me fanatic if you will.
Call me crazy if you will.
Call me abnormal if you will.

But you just don't get it, you just don't understand.

You weren't there, when he gave my life meaning
You weren't there, when he held me in my loneliness
You weren't there, when he gave me strength in deception
You weren't there, when he healed my loved one of cancer
You weren't there, when he saved my sibling from disaster
You weren't there, when he kept me from drugs & disease
You weren't there, when he kept me from addiction
You weren't there, when everyone left, only He remained
You weren't there, when he healed my soul from pain
You weren't there, when he kept me from harms way
You weren't there, when he provided, when there was not a cent left
You weren't there, when he showed me love in my weaknesses
You weren't there, when he made a way, where there was no way
You weren't there, when he opened a door, that was forever shut
You weren't there, when he gave me peace that surpasses all understanding
You weren't there, when he showed me light in the darkness
You weren't there, when he wiped my tears
You weren't there, when he filled me with wondrous power
You weren't there, when he forgave all of my sins
You weren't there, when he blessed me, with more than I deserved
You weren't there, when he answered all of my prayers....

Call me fanatical if you will, but YOU JUST WEREN'T THERE.


Some people will never understand why we dedicate so much to serving God, why we spend so much time in his presence, why we work in his business without getting anything in return. But the truth is, there's nothing that can compare, to God's presence, it's a bit of heaven on this earth! Anything that we do here on earth, could never re-pay the Lord for the salvation he offers us, for his mercies every morning and for the faithfulness he has shown us, even in our weaknesses. He's done so much for us, how can we not serve HIM!?!? If they want to call me fanatic, so be it, I am a fan of JESUS. Why not? The world has so many idols and love for human beings, and even cry and scream when they see them, just another human being, like you and me! So why is it fanatical and crazy to cry and worship in the presence of the almighty GOD, who is not human, who is all power, who has done so much for me and the ones I love? I say it's more crazy to worship a human being, than it is to worship, the CREATOR of all. But I'll leave that up to you to decide. Call me crazy if you will, but you just weren't there.

"Preaching about the cross sounds foolish to those who are dying in sin. But it is the power of God to those of us who are being saved from the punishment of sin" - 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NLV)

Monday, 28 January 2013

The Biggest Loser: Week 4


So it's that time again.


I'm down 1.5 pounds from last week - for a total of 7 pounds in 3 weeks of this madness (HA!), my short-term goal is 20 so I'm getting there! Longterm goal is 35.

Last week was another rough week for me, it was really cold in this part of the world and I wasn't feeling too great - Health wise, so both things got to me. I really dislike being cold. blood is tropical. All I wanted to do when I got home was cuddle up in bed with warm blankets, however, I did manage to get 2 workouts during the week, despite not feeling too great and it paid off. :)

I must say I'm impressed with my water consumption, I've been able to do more than 8 glasses a day and don't even realize it.

Things I struggled with:

Getting motivated to workout, since like I said  a few things drained me out. But I started looking at that dress I really want to wear again and that helped. LOL...

Cravings for fast/junk food. I've been pretty good at staying away from the fast food, but last week I was craving everything (it was that TOM), from burgers, to poutines, to pizza, to chocolate! OH boy it was hard not to sink in, but I didn't! I try to stock up on low-fat/healthy snacks at home and at work, to keep me full and stop my cravings. I also try to re-create lower fat versions of my favs like pizza and poutines. lol...and it works! I have those for lunch, for exampe a baked whole wheat tortilla with a light sauce and light mozarella cheese and add a side garden salad. I'm trying to have a heavy lunch and really light dinners. It's been working for me.

Things that motivate me:

Maybe y'all could use similar things as motivation.

-Looking at pictures of myself of the weight I want to be at again.
-The sweet hubs is taking me to Buffalo for a shopping trip in a few weeks - I want to have lost a few more pounds to buy some new clothes!
-Looking at clothing in my closet that I used to wear and would love to wear again.
-Thinking about the weight you already lost and how much more you will lose if you keep going!!

I think that's about all I have to say for today! Hope you had a great week. :) We can do this.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Growth Through Pain - Testimony

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About 5 years ago, my beautiful mother went through a rough year, health wise. She was constanly in pain, in surgery after surgery. There were times when she would call me crying and I would feel helpless. It was a tough time and when I think about how she and I got through it all, I can only thank God. It is very possible that my mom would not be still alive today but by the mercy of God she is. It was a hard time in my life, but we made it through.

I remember one particular time, I was going to visit her at the hospital after work. I was feeling very down because of this ongoing situation. I wanted to see my mother's health restored. This had just gone on for too long and there was also a fear in me of my mother not making it. I didn't feel ready for that, eventhough I was married, I felt that I still needed her alot in my life for guidance and advice. She's always the person I turn too. That day, I felt so heartbroken, asking God "why?", I could not bare to see my mom in so much pain and suffering any longer.  I decided to play a CD I had in my car to calm me down the rest of the way to the hospital. I did not want my mother to see me in the state I was. I needed to be strong for her. As the CD played, a song came on that ministered to my heart, oh so dearly (it was God sent, I don't believe in coincidences!). It was a breaking point for me. I had my moment with God that gave me the strength to endure the rest of my mother's sickness. The tears just started to flow and I thanked God for being my strength, my refuge, my hope and my peace (Psalms 37:39 - "He is their strength in the time of trouble"). Although I was still concerned for my mother, I was finally able to leave my burden on God instead of carrying it myself.

Now everytime I hear that song, it takes me back to that moment and time. And I get teary. There are moments you have in the presence of God that impact your life forever. I'm thankful for the moments God has allowed me to pass with him. My moms sickness made me learn to trust him more, it made me grow in faith (as I saw him heal her from Cancer!), it made me mature in him, it made me value the right things in life, the things that are worth it and to enjoy even the smallest moments of life with your loved ones.

From everything we learn and I'm thankful for that. It was a painful time of my life, but now when I look back, I realize all of the great lessons it taught me. I don't think I had ever gotten as close to God as I did, when my mother was sick. I believe that is another reason why I had to go through that time, to learn to get close to Him and stay close to Him for the plans He had in my future, I needed to learn to have that close relationship with him. I needed to stop focussing on the things I was, to focus on Him and His plans for my life. During that time, He wrapped me in his arms and sustained me.

The chorus of that song goes like this (it's in spanish but I translated the chorus).
You are my Refuge, and my Salvation
In you I find, comfort in my pain,
I know that you desire, my time and my life
I give it all to you.

I leave you with this verse, which I truly believe: "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." - Romans 8:28

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Some People Just Want To Talk

As I posted in my Resolutions post for 2013. One of the things I wanted to focus on this year is giving more one-on-one bible studies. It's a challenging thing for me to do and it keeps me from being comforterable with what I already know about scripture! During these one-on-one bible studies, you never know the questions that will come up, but if we have a constant relationship with God, with his spirit, with his Word, the Word just flows! I have experienced that the right words just flow and I'm left thinking, "when did I read that again?" The point is, I did at some point and God allowed that word to penetrate into my heart and mind, so in the right moment I could speak it out! - Scripture completes itself, when it says...."I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them” Hebrews 10: 16 - his word is written in our minds! :)

Anyhoo, so I had a bible study scheduled with an elderly lady from the church who has been visiting us for a bit. I wanted to share the plan of salvation with her. So we met and before we started the study, she started talking about her life, her family, her children etc.  Through her tears, you could tell how much burden she carries inside for her family but the lovely part was that she said that she depended on God for strength. After chatting away for bit I was finally able to start on the bible study. I proceeded to explain about our church's beliefs and with about every point that I said, she had a story or question to say/ask. I had about 5 pages to go through and we barely covered the 1st page because she had alot on her chest which she wanted to express.

Our time ran out and I wasn't able to complete the study. As I meditated on the situation, I was not upset at that, I realized that some people really just need a person to listen to them, to listen to their needs and minister to them by just listening. Sometimes this can do a whole lot in the "conversion process" of the person, than you carrying out a lesson plan word by word. They need to see the love of Christ in you and  that we truly have love for their souls and are there to minister to their particular needs. Of course, the teaching is important, but it can go hand in hand. Again, this is why we always have to be in tune with what God wants to do instead of what we want to accomplish out of a bible study. This lady, at this point, just really needed someone to hear her out and to speak words of encouragement to her.

So I guess what I learned, once again, you can never be tooo ready for a bible study, you never know how things will play out, just be in tune with the Spirit of God and He will direct what you have to say. Remember to be a good listener, that's a way to minister as well, some people just want to talk. : )

Monday, 21 January 2013

The Biggest Loser: Week 3


So today is Monday! Time for The Biggest Loser update.


From last Monday I've gone down 1.5 pounds. I'm happy I went down but must say, wish I could lose more in a week. LOL..however, I know some weeks are better than others. I didn't exercise this week as much as I wanted too, mostly due to exhaustion. We had a lot of things going on this week so only had 2 days of workouts. My goal is 4 times of week. Overall I'm keeping positive and motivated. This week will be better. Slow and steady they say is better, but as humans we always want to rush things. lol...

Things I want to work on:

I need more sleep. Sleeping definitely assists when you are trying to lose weight, I need to get in some proper rest. I was getting in bed at a decent time a few days in the pass weeks, but last week wasn't that great. I will work on that this week.

I want to add an extra 10 minutes to my normal workout this week.

Recipe I tried:

I tried a simple recipe I saw online for whole wheat tortilla wraps with Re-fried beans and Avacado. I must say it was delicous. I had 2 medium size for lunch with a side salad. I used Pinto Beans (my favs) but you can use black or red bean (or whatever bean!), mushed them and re-fried them in a tad bit of olive oil. I added lemon to 1/2 of an avacado and a pinch of salt (you can omit, but I need a pinch!). Than I put it together. I warmed up the Tortillas. I really enjoyed them. Maybe you can give them a try.

Funny Story:

My two year old (soon to be 3), seems to love when mommy is working out. It's cute how she watches the workout video so intently and tries to do the moves. It's quite hilarious. The other day, I was doing sit-ups and she said she wanted to do some too. She laid down and did a whole set of "2" sit-ups. She got up and said, "mommy I'm tired" sweety....

Looking forward to reading your progress! Until next week. :)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Weekly Favs: "More, More, More"

This week's weekly song is More, More, More, by Joann Rosario.

As we start a new year, this is definitely the cry of my soul. I need more of Jesus, we all do. It is my desire that by the end of the year, I can feel that have reached a higher level in Christ. That he can continue to be the centre of my life and leader of my paths. Less of me and more of Him. I would hope that each day He and His ways can be more reflected in my person, than myself and this sinful nature.

My husband recently challeged us in one sermon to Make Godly Resolutions for 2013 and that aside from any material objectives, we make spiritual goals a priority. He quoted this scripture, which I love and desire to come true each day in my life.

"He must increase, but I must decrease." - John 3:30 NKJV

Can I challenge you to desire More this year of Him? Trust me, He won't let you down. His presence is Wonderful.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Biggest Loser: Week 2



So I came across a post from the Java Mama Blog here about a Biggest Loser Blogger Challenge!

A few friends and myself have teamed up to motivate each other to lose those extra pounds which have been hanging around for just too long! As I mentioned in my 2013 Resolutions Post here, my goal is to lose at least 20 pounds this year, so when I came across this blog, I knew I had to link-up as well. It's fun and motivational. With a few friends we created a secret group on Facebook called "The Biggest Loser" to share our victories, meal ideas and to keep motivated. It becomes more easier to keep on track if you have others motivating you.

I started my meal and exericise plan last week and as of Monday, yesterday, I have lost 4 pounds! Pretty happy about that. I've got a long way to go but of course it's boost of motivation to see that scale drop to the left. lol...Using the MyFitnessPal to log meals and exercise has been extremely helpful too, maybe you should try!

Today I will share a Picture of where I would like to be! This picture is from when I was on maternity leave. I took care of my weight and ate right that year. Coming back to work was my problem. The busy schedule, of being a fulltime worker, mom, wife, ministries etc, got me into the habit of eating badly, becuase I wanted quick and easy. And not, to mention, at work there's always free food, lol, and mostly bad things like sweets, I love my sweets!! But I've come to realize that with a little planning, motivation and will POWER from above, we can all eat healthy even with our busy lifestyles. I started also thinking that I don't want to be 40 years old and with alot of health problems. A lot, if not all, of the health problems in North America stem from not eating properly. I want to be healthy for me and for my family. I can do something to today to ensure I'm around for those important moments in my families lives. This is not just about losing weight, I'm determined to make this a lifestyle change!


One of my goals during this challenge is to try new receipes each week. I will try to post here about the new things I try, maybe they could help you! :)

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Some Resolutions for 2013

Today I wanted to share some Resolutions that I want to work on this year. This list is not complete. There are many other things that I want to work on but are my secret. ha ha...Oh and these are not listed in order of importance, I'm to lazy to go and put them in that

1) I want to perfect my spanish! I want to speak it, write it, read it more often. I don't want to sound like I'm having trouble expressing myself, I want to speak it with confidence.

2) I want to sing a challenging song. There's a song I've been meaning to practice and sing because it scares me! I need that type of challenge to grow as a singer. I don't want to be comferterable.

3) I want to lose at least 20 pounds, I know this is like on everyone's list! lol...But I want to do this to feel and be healthier, to be healthier and more energetic for my daughter. I want to be a fun mom, not a boring, tired mom. I remember my mom being a fun mom. I want to be that for Bre.

4) I want to grow my clothing business in the time that I can. It's hard with a full-time job, ministry duties, and mommy and wifey to do's but with God's help I will grow it, without stressing like I WAS at first. I'm thinking a Modest Consignment/High Quality Thrift Store in my 5 year plan. ; )

5) I want to give more bible studies. Last year was a very busy year with the purchase of the church building and other personal things that happened, so our focus was a bit deviated and I don't feel like I did enough one-on-one of these. I want to share the plan of salvation with many! AND I already have my first one of the year in the works, I shall write about it. :)

6) I want to be a better wife, mom, friend, sister, daughter, servant of the Lord, singer, etc. The list could go on. I want to be a better in all aspects. With God's help I can.

7) I want to write another book (write more in general!). I have one in the works but sometimes I lose motivation. I need to get back at it!

8) I want to be disciplined with my time and use it wisely.

9) I want to sleep more. lol...I think I get an average of 5 hour sleep every night. Not good. Need beauty rest!

10) I want to study the scripture more, pray more! Like I said before, sometimes with fulltime responsiblities, the time to do this becomes minimal, when it should be first priority! With this in mind, we started a weekly morning prayer before work at church with a friend and it has blessed me so much. I'm thankful for my friend and friends who push you to be better in your spiritual walk!

11) Less of me and more of Jesus. Any pride please KAPUT in Jesus name. It's all about HIM!

12) I want to learn by memory Chapter 5 of Revelations in english and in spanish. It's my favourite scripture and I have trouble memorizing! I will tackle this.

I think I got a little carried away and this list is too big, so I will stop here. lol...sorry, or maybe not sorry, this is my journal!!

Thanks for reading! Would love to read some of your resolutions. :)

Friday, 4 January 2013

Weekly Favs - "Favor"

This week I want to feature this song called "Favor" by True Worshippers. It's simple and sweet. My favourite phrase of the song is "Oh your favor and your Grace Lord, last a lifetime" because those words are so true. During the 28 years of life that I have lived, I can sincerly say that I have seen the hand of God, his grace, his mercy and his love with me. He has never once left me alone, even when I haven't been so faithful. He is such a faithful God and that is why I love Him and Serve Him.

"I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." 
Matthew 28:20

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life..."
 Psalms 23:6

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

What I'm Thankful For From 2012

I must say I had a great holiday season, spent it with family and church family! It was really one of the greatest new years we've had as a church family. Because we didn't have our own church building (we sold our previous one) we hadn't really had our normal end of year celebrations for 3 winters in a row! We all missed it. We bought our new church building in the summer, so this year we went all out. We had alot of fellowship and alot of fun. You could see the joy in everyone's faces. I'm so thankful for what God has done at our church.

I'm thankful for alot of the things God gave me in 2012, good and bad because from everything we learn and grow. I'm thankful for the simple things (which are not so simple!) like a family to love, a place to live, eyes to see etc. But as I meditate on last years events, one of the major things I'm thankful for is our newly aquired Church building. Now, I know it's just a building, but there are many reasons why I'm thankful for it. I'm thankful for it because 1) working towards the goal, united us as a church more than we could have ever imagined, 2) it increased our faith, because their were things during the process that truthfully only God could have made possible, and really, obtaining a building like we did was only an "in your dreams" type of thing, because of the location itself 3) because it has open doors to do more things for the glory of God and the growth of his church and 4) because the church is in such a strategic area (the area we really desired!) that people have been coming to the church just from seeing our church sign alone.

Truthfully, obtaining this church building was a dream come true for many of our members. And with this new blessing, God has provided us a new vision, new passion, a new love for the growth of his church. I see the brethen working with love and passion and that is truly inspiring to me. Also, seeing my Pastors overjoyed about what God is doing also makes me happy. They have endure alot of heartaches during their years of ministry and I feel like they deserve this blessing so much.

Like I said, I'm thankful for a lot of things, but what we've achieved out of this new church building are memories, experiences and growth with God which I will never forget.

Our lovely church. :)