Monday, September 12, 2016

The day after September 11

After 9/11, don't you feel thankful to be alive and to get to do the things you do? I do. It's such a tough and heart-wrenching remembrance. Yesterday I was finally able to watch what happened. I was never able to for 15 years. I spent the day thinking about those lost and praying for those left behind and those suffering PTSD from the experience. 

Then I had to honor those who continue to be killed needlessly in our world whether in our own backyards or across the planet. Grateful that the Lord is in control otherwise it doesn't make sense. 

Days like today make me grateful for everyone and all things in my life. So if I haven't told you lately, I love you - I do. 

Ecclesiastes 3:9-11 What good comes to anyone who works so hard, all to gain a few possessions? I have seen the kinds of tasks God has given each of us to do to keep one busy, and I know God has made everything beautiful for its time. God has also placed in our minds a sense of eternity; we look back on the past and ponder over the future, yet we cannot understand the doings of God. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Oh this is Christmas!

Christmas makes eternity possible

Luke 1:37 "For with God nothing will be impossible."

Through the miraculous birth of Jesus, our triune God gave humanity the possibility of redemption. 

And life. Thank you, Christ. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Why I write this blog

Family and friends,

My entire reason for maintaining this Journey blog is to inspire you to seek God (Matthew 28:19-20) and to read the Scriptures for yourself so that your soul might live on in eternity in His glorious presence (Revelation 21:11). 

I've experienced His powerful presence here, right now on earth. This is why I'm passionate! But I'm overwhelmed just thinking of His future fully-revealed glory! 

I can't wait!

Love,
Blanca 

Monday, August 31, 2015

The tears of August: Only love remains

August 31, 2015

The greatest is love

1 Corinthians 13:13 But now faith, hope, and love remain; these three virtues must characterize our lives. The greatest of these is love.

Two loved ones connected to people I know and another person bonded to my heart by my ministry finished the circle of life and passed into eternity this month. Certainly when the calendar turned to August 1, 2015, their families never imagined they would be saying good-bye.

We’re never ready to say goodbye.

Death changes everything. The new normal never fits – it’s awkward, it’s painful, it’s stressful and it can bring regrets.  

It is good to love well (1 Peter 4:8), forgive easily, be truly present and let loved ones know they matter.  

Because.

Once death arrives we no longer have a chance to love. We'll either have wonderful memories or deep regrets. 

Choose love.

Friday, July 24, 2015

I keep thinking nothing will surprise me, but it does.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus the Anointed One is always the same: yesterday, today, and forever.

As we hit rock bottom with verbal and physical racism incited by politicians and police, coupled with callous killing and selling of newborn life as well as unprecedented levels of socially permissible immorality and religious terrorism on our own soil, I’m trusting in the Shepherd of my soul, The Sovereign Lord Who Was, Who Is and always will Be.

We fail to respect human life, each other, and especially God. 

  • How can it be okay to murder unborn babies and discuss their bodies as if they were merchandise for sale to the highest bidder, which apparently they are?
  • Why can a rich politician-wanna-be decide he’s going to be President of the United States and proceed to insult Mexicans, other politicians, and really anyone else just because his money allows him to buy this privilege?
  • Why has the media covered this rich politician-wanna-be and ignored all the other candidates of both parties running for the highest office in America? The advertising dollar speaks.
  • Why do we allow obscene advertising to entice young minds?
  • Why can American-based terrorists easily buy weapons and murder people in a church and on an American military facility? How is that even possible?
  • Why can the United States “Supreme Court” decide that Ephesians 5:31 really doesn’t mean marriage between one man and one woman as ordained by the God who created us?
  • How can the symbol of American freedom, our White House, be covered with a rainbow that has nothing to do with God’s covenant (Genesis 9:3) with the people he created?
  • Why can police summarily arrest and kill people of color whether they are black, Hispanic or other non-whites?
  • Why are murders, rapes and robberies consistently the lead stories on TV, radio and online morning, noon and night?

On and on…

I keep thinking nothing will surprise me, but it does.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

I will never stop telling what happened to me on May 2 2006


Acts 16:13 On the Sabbath day, we went outside the city walls to the nearby river, assuming that some Jewish people might be gathering for prayer. We found a group of women there, so we sat down and spoke to them. 14 One of them, Lydia, was a business woman originally from Thyatira. She made a living buying and selling fine purple fabric. She was a true worshiper of God and listened to Paul with special interest. The Lord opened her heart to take in the message with enthusiasm. 15 She and her whole household were ceremonially washed through baptism.[a]

Until my last earthly breath, I will never stop telling what happened to me on May 2, 2006. That day changed my life and I finally knew what my important mission was. I knew at a very young age that there was something I was going to do, but I had no clue.

On May 2, 2006 I saw the hand of God and it changed my entire life. Ask my friends and family. Ask my daughter – she can tell you how I really was! I am a sinner transformed by God’s love and I will proclaim His name until the day I see Him!

Like Lydia in verse 14, the Lord opened my heart to take His message with enthusiasm. And I have!  God also worked the same way with my grandmother. Both of us have a shared passion and deep love of the Lord Jesus Christ and we tell it to the world! It’s too bad my grandmother didn't live to see my transformation, but I know she’ll rejoice in heaven when we’re together.

Nine years later, my life continues changing; my ministry continues to change to adapt to what God wants. I've left behind churches, friends and lots of fun times as well as lots of things that aren't beneficial for my life.

I’m bolder, more compassionate and I've learned humbling lessons in humility. But I have so much more to learn. A critical lesson I learned is that I must deal with the not-so-great parts of my life in order to be able to walk with others in their pain. That was hard, very hard but necessary.

I continue to strive to be more fruitful and to learn more about God and church history. I love, love the Bible. I can’t get enough of the Word and verses jump out at me.

I've learned to revere His holiness and the liturgy behind His sacred requirements. I love the law because it helps me understand God’s heart.

But this I know:  I LOVE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND HE LOVES ME RIGHT BACK!  It’s exciting to know God intimately and to know He cares about my life.

He’s my consistent, compassionate, very loving, and strict-because-it’s-good-for-me Father!

If God has touched your life, use your Holy Spirit power! Don’t be afraid, He will take you places you cannot go on your own and your life will take on a new level that isn't superficial or man-made!


Read more about how God changed my life. If He chooses, He can do the same for you. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Stay significant by doing the important things


1 Samuel 24:14 Whom did the king of Israel come out in pursuit of, anyway? A dead dog? A lone flea? Someone as insignificant as I am?

In this exchange David shames Saul for using an army of thousands to conquer one peasant boy. It made me think of how we spend so much time agonizing over things or trying to conquer people who really don’t add value or make a difference.

How much time do we spend majoring in the minors?  

Years ago my brilliant supervisor told me to pick my battles wisely – it has proven wonderful advice in my professional as well as in my personal life.

High blood pressure, strained relationships and countless psychological and physical maladies happen when we go after insignificant things. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Stop your mind and mouth



Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength. 

I went down that tricky and dirty path called offense before I remembered that the Lord Jesus Christ can strengthen my world and direct my words if I only ask. 

Think of the families that would still be together, of the companies that would reach financial goals and of the wars that would be avoided if we called on the Lord first. 

The Bible commands us to think a new way. 

Romans 12:2 Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect. 

Try it. 

You'll like it. 

And peace might just prevail around you! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Forget about praying if you are evil


The wicked shouldn't bother to pray since God will not listen to them, read this: 

Proverbs 15:29 The Lord does not listen to the wicked, but he hears the prayers of those who do right. 

Wicked ways irritate God. 

The Bible says He hates what evil people do, read this:

Proverbs 15:9 The Lord hates what evil people do, but He loves those who do what is right. 

These Scriptures reveal several key things:

God listens to those in relationship with Him (John 1:12-13) who do the right thing.

The wicked who fall on hard or sad times will be on their own. God's not listening to their prayers. 

The wicked who are apart from God will be wiped out of history:

Psalm 9:5 You condemned nations.You destroyed wicked people.You wiped out their names forever and ever. 

Wow.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Seeking God in the mundane and before taking action


Proverbs 8:34 The one who listens to me, who carefully seeks me in everyday things  and delays action until my way is apparent, that one will find true happiness.

I've been breezing through Scripture with a great new 10 chapter-a-day Bible reading plan I found on Challies.com that has changed the way I approach daily reading beyond my theological and devotional studies. 
God and His truths simply jump off the pages of my Bible and I smile, laugh and cry. And I take lots of notes so I can blog.
As I was thinking about how I finally got my Bible-reading groove, I thanked the Lord for making this new method easy for my brain to process. Immediately I came upon this Scripture that tells me why things are easier to process:  I actively seek God in everyday things!
Yes – God is in the mundane of my life! He is aware of it all. My good, my bad and my ugly – well, my bad and ugly take processing, but He’s there with me.
I also have an opportunity to learn how to stop and think before acting until I pray and seek His guidance. Check out the second part of verse 34: and delays action until my way is apparent. That’s a lesson I needed to hear loud and clear from God today because a key person recently asked me to do this, again!
I don’t always delay saying or acting on what I feel and this has caused me great unhappiness. You can probably relate.
Next time you push away the Bible until later, stop.
God is talking to you.