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

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. 

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 

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.

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 ru

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 transform

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.