Translation Tuesdays 11/28/17

“Acerquémonos, pues, confiadamente al trono de la gracia, para alcanzar misericordia y hallar gracia para el oportuno socorro.” Hebreos 4:16

¿Cuántos de ustedes creen que si tienen a Dios, lo tienen todo? En el momento en que recibí a Dios en mi corazón, gané todo. Gané todo lo que jamás podría imaginar que alguna vez necesité. Tener a Dios en mi vida me dio las seguridades de que ser seguro sea mi única opción. Confianza en que el Señor es todo lo que necesito. Confianza en creer que el Señor suplirá todas las necesidades mejor que nadie en este mundo.

La gente siempre dice que la vida es el mejor maestro. Sin embargo, el Señor es el mejor maestro. Los procesos que experimentamos en la vida, solo Dios puede arrojar luz hacia ellos. Solo Dios puede ayudarnos a expandirlo para que lo entendamos lo suficiente, para avanzar en la vida. La mejor parte es que todo lo que el Señor quiere enseñarnos, Él lo enseña con una cantidad ilimitada de gracia y misericordia. Somos en los ojos del Señor “ese hijo pródigo”.

Somos ese “hijo pródigo”. Somos ese niño que no olvida fácilmente el significado de nuestra herencia. Ese niño que se deja llevar pensando que sabemos lo que es lo mejor. Ese niño que busca nuestra propia sabiduría y prevé lo que Dios realmente está haciendo a nuestro favor. Somos ese niño que a veces decide alejarse de nuestro padre y huye cuando todo está perdido. Somos ese “hijo pródigo”. El Señor es ese padre que hará una fiesta para darnos la bienvenida y no nos condenará por nuestras malas decisiones. El Señor es ese Padre que nos llevará de vuelta y no registrará contra nosotros. Nuestro Señor es enormemente misericordioso con su gracia por nosotros.

El enemigo disfruta atacándonos con nuestras confidencias, y es una de las áreas donde los cristianos luchan por mantenerla. Si él ataca nuestra confianza, él sabe que muchas cosas se saldrán de lugar. Sin embargo, cuando nos aferramos a la confianza que el Señor nos ha dado, llegamos a un entendimiento de que Dios tiene el control. Cuando Dios tiene el control total, incluso si no lo comprendemos, aún creeremos que hará lo que hemos orado con tanto empeño.

Si Dios nos dio su gracia, entonces debemos usar esa gracia para hacer crecer nuestra fe. Para cultivar una fe que sea firme en Sus promesas y que no se canse porque si tenemos al Señor, tenemos todo.

Vamos a declarar esto: Señor, si te tengo a ti, lo tengo todo. Si tengo todo pero no te tengo a ti, no tengo nada. Soy el hijo pródigo. Eres Tú el padre del pródigo. Tú eres mi padre, mi Señor.

~ Victoria 💛

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Monday’s Milestone

“Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.” ~ Proverbs 28:26

Yes it’s Monday and yes we need to be prepared for the week. However lets break the habit of preparing our week wrong. How are we preparing wrong? Let’s start with the obvious; these so called list. The list that you need to make sure you check off on a daily. The list you need to check off everything by the end of the week. The list you need to check off everything by the end of the month. Finally the long yearly list, that pretty much sums if you had an unproductive year or not.

Let’s throw away all those list! Let’s stop comparing ourselves with other people! Let’s stop trying to impress! Let’s stop killing ourselves to please others! Let’s stop trying so hard to live and begin living!

The one thing you should write down and place in an area that you will need to look at everyday is, “Find the joy in the right now. What’s yours is waiting patiently for you to be ready to receive it.”

From the most profound area in you, what is one thing or something you truly desire. Write that down. Now tuck it away where you won’t be able to see it everyday. The first step after writing your petition, let your petition be known to God. Directly share with the Lord this desire and the why behind it. Yes God knows and sees everything, but God doesn’t want to be a noisy God, He wants you to want to share with Him.

Prayer is key. Prayer is key. Prayer is key. Prayer is key. Prayer is key. Prayer is key. Prayer is key. Prayer is key! Now believing what you pray you will receive is a must! Believing what you pray, you will receive, is a must! Believing what you pray, you will receive, is a must! Believing what you pray, you will receive, is a must! Believing what you pray, you will receive, is a must!

These two elements are what measures how great your faith is!

Walk in the Lord’s wisdom and not in your own. Your ways will get you exhausted before you even start your day, your week, your month, your year, and your life. Your ways will leave you paralyzed before you can even start walking. Going in blind to anything is normally scary, but not when the Lord is your compass. When the Lord guidances you, He will prepare you during every step you take. You might feel lost, but you won’t get lost. What you believe you are losing, is the old you you needed to leave behind to move forward.

Our own wisdom will fool us every chance it gets. God’s wisdom will mode us, protect us, guide us, break us, heal us, and it will get us to walk into our deepest desires. God’s wisdom will allow us to walk in obedience even when it’s hard or confusing. Our walk in obedience determines when we will receive our petition. I’m not saying it’s going to come quick just because we are obedient. I’m saying that we are taking a step forward when we are walking in obedience. When petitions get answered quick, is because we are ready to receive what we have asked. When they don’t, is because we are not ready for what that door might expose.

Find the joy in the right now. Know that what is yours is patiently waiting for you to be ready to receive it. Don’t overthink, overdo, over stress how to get there. God will take you where you need to go, when you need to go!

Enjoy the milestone of you letting God be God, and taking full control of your life.

~ Victoria 💛

Translation Tuesdays

“No nos cansemos, pues, de hacer bien; porque a su tiempo segaremos, si no desmayamos.” ~ Gálatas 6:9

Bienvenidos a mi primera publicación en español! Vayamos directo a esto!

¿Alguna vez te has preguntado cuándo será el día en que todo caerá en su lugar? Parece que mientras más buenos somos hacia las personas, más problemas surgen. En otras palabras, el enemigo disfruta colocando esos pensamientos en nuestra cabeza. Es fácil ver todo lo negativo y pasar por alto lo bueno. El enemigo pondrá en lugares lo que nuestra mente está lista para ver. El enemigo sabe lo que toleramos y por eso seguirá metiéndose con nosotros porque sabe que no haremos mucho al respecto.

¿Algo de esto te suena familiar?

¿Te has preguntado alguna vez, por qué el Señor requiere esto de nosotros? ¿Cómo se beneficia mi enemigo de que yo sea amable con ellos? ¿No ve el Señor cuánto me han lastimado? ¿No le importa más al Señor a los quebrantados de corazón que a los que causan el dolor? Por esta razón exacta, es por qué el Señor nos ordena esta ley. Se preocupa mucho por nuestro dolor y está tan ansioso de ayudarnos a sanarlo.

El amor cubre una multitud de pecados. Ser amable con alguien que nos ha lastimado, es más para nosotros que el individuo. El Señor sabía que si manteníamos ese dolor, lentamente nos mataría. El dolor nos destruirá mucho más rápido que el individuo contra el que tratamos de hacerlo. El Señor ve nuestro dolor y quiere que sigamos los pasos de la curación. El primero es casi el más difícil porque habla más sobre nosotros que el individuo. Cuando luchamos por perdonar a alguien, y amar a alguien; estamos realmente luchando para perdonarnos y amarnos a nosotros mismos. El Señor nos recuerda que debemos amar a nuestro prójimo como nos amamos a nosotros mismos. Que debemos perdonarles cómo esperamos ser perdonados. En general, nunca debemos dejar de hacer las cosas buena, porque algún día veremos por qué hacer el bien fue importante. Recogeremos lo que sembramos. ¡¿Ahora quién no quiere cosechar bien ?!

¿Qué quieres cosechar? ¿El bien o el mal? Si quieres cosechar el bien, debemos aprender a apoyarnos unos a otros y no a destruirnos unos a otros. Debemos enfocarnos menos en lo malo y ver esa pequeña semilla de bien en todos. Debemos entender que todos tienen un pasado que han llevado consigo hasta el presente. Y cómo estamos en un proceso de cambio también ellos están cambiando. Una vez que podemos ver que nadie nació con maldad dentro de sí mismos, y que se convirtieron en un producto de su situación, será mucho más fácil arrojar amor en su dirección, y algún día amarlos de verdad. Debemos amar la ley y cumplirla. El Señor nos recuerda que cualquier acto de mal no es de él, sino del enemigo. Que cuando actuamos maldad no lo agradamos a Él sino a Satanás. Si decimos que amamos al Señor, debemos amar Sus leyes. Si decimos que amamos al Señor, deberíamos amar hacer lo que Él espera de nosotros. Nunca dijo que fuera fácil, pero en tiempos de mayor debilidad, dijo que será nuestra fortaleza. Mientras pongamos nuestra parte siempre, Él hará la suya.

Nunca te canses de hacer buenas obras. Llegará la temporada en la que todo se alineará. Llegará la temporada en que comprenderás. La temporada llegará cuando veas los buenos frutos de tus actos. Todo bajo el sol tiene un tiempo y una temporada. Una vez que superas una temporada, estarás más preparado y más listo para la próxima. Recuerde que tenemos el mejor maestro que podríamos tener para enseñarnos sobre el amor y el poder de su amor. Tus reacciones serán la victoria o la caída del mañana.

Oración

Gracias Señor por tu amor incondicional. Gracias por enseñarnos tu bien y por alentarnos a seguir adelante. Gracias por amarnos aunque no nos lo merecemos. Gracias por ser fiel a todas nuestras oraciones. Perdónanos por cada segundo que te hemos fallado. Perdónanos por rendirte y no apoyarte en tus palabras. Gracias por tu misericordia y gracia. Ayúdanos a comprender tu amor y el poder de amar a nuestros enemigos. Guíanos a la cosecha del crecimiento, la fuerza de hacer tu voluntad, la altivez, la felicidad y todo lo bueno. Que podamos ser un ejemplo de la única persona que reclamamos que ama nuestra alma. Que podamos ser un reflejo de ti y de nadie más. Que amemos tus leyes que nos has dado para vivir una vida fructífera y no una vida muerta. Gracias Señor. Amén.

~ Victoria 💛

Thursday’s Truths

1 Simple rule to always keep in mind: ALWAYS BE THANKFUL!

Don’t be that person that no one likes to be around! Don’t be that negative downer that always has a billion reasons why their not happy. Don’t be that person that people have to constantly cut off because you overwhelm them with your negativity. Don’t be that person you weren’t meant to be! Yes don’t be fake! Be you! The you that God created to be the salt and light of the world ( Matthew 5:13-16).

God created you to be you. He made sure you were going to be different. He made sure that no one in this world was a clone of you. He made sure that you couldn’t be replaceable. He loves the real you! So why be “that person”, when you could have the luxury of being “the person that God spoke upon the earth”. Yes life could give us many reasons at time to think different. However if you find yourself sharing your testimony with someone, be thankful! For those moments when negativity clouded your judgements, were the same moments that help growth you! Those moments are the times that motivated you to strive for greatness. Those same moments were the time that God revealed to you, YOU! Those moments are the moments that changed your world, better yet you changed your perspective on yourself.

It’s important to be thankful because believe it or not; you will OVERCOME! When God created you, He also gave you every tool you will need to overcome this world! So instead of hating that difficult process you find yourself in, bless it. Be thankful for what that process will birth in your life. Be thankful for the new strength it will give you. Be thankful for surviving it. When you give thanks instead of complaining, everything changes. Your situation will change, you will change, those around you will change. So from now on rebuke that sentence that starts with “I hate…”, and plant new seeds of thanks. Regardless what you may feel deep within, say out loud “Lord thank you and bless….”. If your going to try to be like someone or act like someone, let it be Jesus. A mind like the Lord is the only thing you should be trying to have!

PRAYER EXERCISE: This weeks prayer will be a bit different but fun! I will start the prayer and then you will finish it. I want you to think of everything that your thankful for. You can say or write it down. You will be surprise just how thankful you truly are, and that your situation is not the best but not the worse. That your situation might get the best of you at times, it doesn’t have the power to take away everything that your thankful for!

Lord,

Lord here I am before you once again. I come as I am, with all I am. I come not to ask for anything, but to thank you for everything. I come to you as the light you have spoken that I am. I come to you weak, submissive, humble, yet stronger than the last time. Thank you Lord. I’m thankful………….

~ Victoria 💛

(P.S. Remember to finish your prayer! Have fun on discovering just how precious your heart truly is toward the Lord)

Wednesday Worship 11/15/17

Hello everyone! Today I find myself really wanting to share with you all, a touchy subject for me. We are in that time where the holiday spirits are on 1000%. That time where if your a working class citizen, you may find yourself all over the place, yet not in the place you desire to be in. Work is pulling you to work crazy hours, coworkers going on vacation, school finals, rush within the homes, kids after school meetings, barely seeing your spouse; and you find yourself lost within it all. Holidays have become a season of stress, instead of a season of thanksgiving. A season where buying and spoiling one another in more important, than giving that undivided attention. A season where gifts under the tree, determines how love I am. A season where everyone wants to look for everyone out of convenience. A season of everything besides the main thing; God.

These past two weeks, I found myself caught up in a couple of these things. I caught myself working almost two weeks straight! My schedule got bombarded with covering for coworkers, balancing my schedule with my husband’s, and balancing my kids schedule. By the time I was able to breathe again, the week began all over again. Am I the only one this has happened to ? I have found myself in a season where I want more and more from God, and yet society is telling me there is no time because all the holidays are coming!

God is good though, all the time God is good! If you find yourself able to relate with me, then just know God is hearing us and seeing us. Although we find ourselves struggling to congregate, making it to bible studies, or ministry practices; God is closer to you more now than when you are able to met all your schedule demands from church. He sees that society is pulling you to met your requirements, yet your body, soul and spirit are desiring time with the Lord! Were feeling what we are feeling because we are understanding how much we truly don’t belong to this world, but to God.

God has been faithful and will continue to. For the past couple of days I been seeking that intimacy level with the Lord. You know that area where you just want to get lost in His presences with no interruptions. In that room where you can be yourself, scream, cry, talk, and dance to the Lord. That room where worshipping is the only option, and where you worship literally until God puts you to sleep. The time is coming where everyone will be all about materialistic thing, yet my heart can’t help but burst in complete happiness. A happiness that only God can give. How unfailing, graceful, faithful, overwhelming the Lord has been to me and you. My deepest desires are my Lord’s desires for me. My seasons belong to the Lord. Holidays will come and go but the chance to shed love to someone, will stay forever. Let’s focus more on loving one another, in season and out.

Jesus I love you ❤️

My playlist of gratitude toward our Lord:<<
irst loved me ~ Israel Houghton & New Breed (grateful)

• Beautiful love ~ BJ Putnam (grateful)

• How he loves ~ Anthony Evans (loved)

• To worship you I live ~ Israel Houghton (praise)

• The more I seek you ~ Bethel Worship (intimacy)

• I just want you ~ Travis Greene (faithfulness)

WEDNESDAY PRAYER SONG: Repeat as needed. <

ord,

“The more I seek you, the more I find you. The more I find you, the more I love you. I want to sit at your feet. Drink from the cup in your hand. Lay back against you and breathe, feel your heart beat. This love is so deep, its more than I can stand. I melt in your peace, its overwhelming.” Thank you Lord for loving us and allowing us to love you right back. Thank you for Your presence and for walking with us, everyday of our life. All I want is to know your heart and hear YOUR HEARTBEAT LORD. We are one father. Amen.

~Victoria 💛

Friday’s Fix

“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” ~ Romans‬ ‭12:19-21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

It’s easy to say you don’t like someone for X, and Y reasons. I’m also aware that it’s easy to make someone’s life miserable when our own life is in the mess. It’s so easy to not want to do anything and just watch things get down for you instead. It’s easy to speak of why you don’t want to do something, and blame others for your complete laziness. It’s easy to live in pride, fear, gossip, and all those horrible emotions. However although it might be easy, it’s really not. For you to get all these things done will require both the affect and energy from your part. You will need to try really hard everyday to get some type of revenge. So why live that way ?
The book of Romans is thee book to run to when we are stuck in these battles. The Apostle Paul knew exactly what he was talking about, when God was giving him the wisdom to write this letter for everyone. He knew that enemies were easier form than brotherhood. He knew that hatred was more normal than love. He knew that the flesh was quick to plot revenge, than to forgive. He knew because he was once in those shoes. He also knew that wasn’t the way to live. He knew that once you had a deep encounter with the Lord those strongholds will soon break. Let’s leave the judging, accusing, punishment, to the hands that have the authority to do it all; God. God clearly states that the revenge is His. Not ours, nor is it was duty to plan out the revenge that we want God to do, nor is it our business when God will get it do. He said it’s His and not ours. He gave us peace and hope at the end of every fight that we can get into, disagreement, laziness, disobedience, and evilness. He gave us an unlimited amount of peace and grace, from the moment He spoke into our existences.

So whatever it is that your struggling to let go of, let it go.

Whatever it is that your trying to get revenge on, give it to God.

Eye for an eye does not apply for the children of God.

Whoever it is that you find yourself hating, try finding yourself loving them instead.

Whoever has done wrong to you, keep being nice toward them.

Serve your enemy as if you were serving a love one.

The righteous gets God’s eyes on them.

The naive will keep wrecking its own life, and those around them.

The righteous knows that God has the last say and act.

The naive will get burned out quicker than what he started.

The righteous will understand their situation and still find peace at the end of every night.

The naive will dwell on its plots, losing sleep over the peace.

Choose life, and not death for yourself.

Don’t ruin your life by your acts of turmoil, instead of living greatly knowing who is in front of you and behind you.

Walk knowing that God already fixed your problem.

PRAYER: REPEAT AS NEEDED. 

LORD,
Thank you Lord for being the captain of my soul. Thank you Lord for giving me an endless amount of peace and grace, ever since you spoke my name into this world. Thank you for giving me the option to chose. Help and guide all decisions that cross my mind, heart, and soul. May you be the anchor to every word that comes out of my lips. May you be the one taking full control of very situation. May you shed light into every dark area in our life. May you shed peace into very turmoil we created for ourself. May you shed your grace over every forgiveness we plead to you. May we understand that our enemies do not know any better and are the victims to their own actions. May we shed toward them all we plead from you, love, grace, forgiveness, understanding, guidance, and peace. Forgive us for our all we have done that doesn’t represent who you are. Forgiveness for all our past and future failures. Thank you for not condemning us but for giving us unlimited chances to fix our mistakes. Amen.
~Victoria 💛

Wednesday Worship

It’s no secret that music is that one thing many of us turn to for every situation in life. We run to music when we are in love (dedicate a song to your love one). We run to music when we are sad, happy, and angry. Music is literally the foundation to many people’s lives. Music has power to impact everyone in a instant. Music speaks to our soul. Most importantly music gives us words in a time where we are speechless. Our culture has molded us to love and go to music for everything! However music that gives you strength and power to continue life, but doesn’t have God as the center is meaningless!

In the bottom are listed a couple of songs that have truly encouraged me to push through. I wanted to share with you all, my go to playlist in time of need. Next to each song I have also labeled how it has helped me.

TOP FIVE TO TO SONGS

* Made a way ~ Travis Greene (hope/ faithfulness)

* It is well ~ Bethel Worship (peace/ comfort)

* Fill me up ~ Tasha Cobbs (encouragement/ resistance)

* Catch the wind ~ Bethel Worship (strength/ perseverance)

* Worship Medley-I love you forever ~ Tye Tribbett (intimacy/ love)

WEDNESDAY PRAYER VERSE: Repeat as many times as needed!

Lord,
Thank you for your words, and encouraging us to use it in time of need. Thank you for giving us Your words as a weapon to fight the enemy. Thank you for this verse that brings peace and comfort to my heart! “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm‬ ‭30:5‬ ‭NIV. Amen.
~ Victoria 💛