2016- what a time to be alive! 

Do you not watch the news? Is what someone said to me this morning. I was quiet because my answer is not simple. This is my answer: No, I do not watch the news. I for sure know that this answer makes people quickly say 
Well, do you not care about how this affects you?

Do you live under a rock?

Actually, I don’t have to watch the news to know what’s going on. I don’t live under a rock and you have no idea how much this election affects me and those whom I love. I decided not to watch the election coverage last night. It was my choice. Because we do have choices people and we have voices. 

Our choices matter a great deal. Our voices matter and are heard every day. 

None of us live under a rock even if today, we wished we did. We all have interaction with others whether it is our family, friends, coworkers, classmates. We all go somewhere or stay at home but wherever we are, we are interacting with others. 

And this is where our choices matter, and where our voices are heard the loudest. 

What you decide to do with your life is your ultimate choice. 

Do you choose to love or do you choose to hate?

Do you choose to smile or do you choose to live in anger?

Do you choose to submerge yourself in truth or do you choose to submerge yourself in lies and fabricated information?

Do you choose to debate or do you choose to simply listen?

 “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;” James‬ ‭1:19‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Friends, I feel all of you! 

Because this morning when I checked my e-mail at work and I saw the unexpected outcome I too, felt that. That which is what you are feeling now. 

What this election has done so far is bring an ugly side to a lot of people. And as I scrolled through my feed I couldn’t believe how many of my acquaintances actually took a side. As a Hispanic immigrant woman, I am directly affected by the threats and promises that were made to this country. But this is where I live, this is my HOME and it is to many many other minorities who might feel they are not being represented right now.

My human flesh felt betrayed as I read some of those posts but as I sought comfort in the word of God, I was reminded that this is exactly what the enemy came to do. To steal, kill and destroy. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” ‭John‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬ To steal my joy and peace as I was being overcome by fear. To kill my dreams and hopes for the future God has for me and for this country as a whole. And to destroy our relationships as we get caught in differences of opinions about things that matter. So I say this in response: not today Satan. 

And I choose to stand tall in the midst of the confusion. 

I choose to be brave in the face of fear. 

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.””

‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭31:6‬ ‭

I choose to be a light in darkness. 

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭

And I choose to remain anchored in the one True God. 

“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,” Hebrews‬ ‭6:19‬ 

I choose to live the abundant life Christ gave me to live. That even though I don’t deserve it, he has given to me by dying for me on the cross. That is what I choose to do! 

I choose to see every conversation about the election as an opportunity to bring the joy, hope, and peace that I found in the Lord. 

WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE! 

What a great time this is. The time to evangelize!!!!

“The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones.” Proverbs‬ ‭15:30‬ ‭

The time where possibly in every conversation I have with others I can bring hope. People are watching, now more than ever. And they will wonder: why is this woman still smiling? Why does this woman turn the other cheek? Why isn’t she scared? Why does she still turn to her God? 

And that, friends, is what the gospel is about. To live a life that no matter what the circumstances are, you remain anchored in the Lord. That you are able to rejoice in the midst of uncertainty. Because we trust in God. We trust in someone that is so much higher than any president. “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” Psalms‬ ‭118:8‬ ‭

So remember, whatever you do, whatever you say, do it to glorify the Lord. Bring the peace of the Lord to every conversation you have today and on. Whatever happens, conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. (Phil 1:27) Because no people, we are NOT screwed. And NO, hate did not win. Grace and love will always ALWAYS win. 

The best thing you can DO for someone

is pray for them.

I am convinced that the best thing you can do for someone is pray for them.

If you love someone pray for them.

If someone hurts you, pray for them.

If someone didn’t say hi to you, pray for them.

If someone is passing your mind, take a moment and pray for them.

If you can’t stop thinking about someone, pray for them.

If you like someone pray for them.

If you don’t like someone pray for them.

If someone talks behind your back, pray for them.

If you made a new friend today, pray for them.

If you and someone aren’t friends anymore, pray for them.

If you can’t stand to be in a room with someone pray for them.

If you would like to help someone, pray for them.

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44

Essentially what we are doing when we pray for someone is we are giving God control of any given situation and giving up the need to always be in control. See, because no matter what the situation is, we always want to DO something. Whether we can’t stop thinking about someone or whether we can’t even be in the same room with another person. In the first case, you might want to come close to them and make your interest of them known to them. Or in the second case you may want to take things in your own hands and do something for that person to know your dislike for them.

In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Ephesians 6:18

When we focus on people we lose focus of what matters; God. When we focus on God, He makes sure the right people enter our lives. If someone hurts us and we pray for them we not only bring this person to God’s control but ourselves as well. We find that by praying to God we no longer have the need to talk about this person with someone else. It’s like writing down your grocery list. It clears up space in your mind for other important things. It gives space for things that we should be striving for which is God and his righteousness.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.Philippians 4:6

Let’s give God control of the situation, let’s entrust God with our lives. Because who can have better insight in a person’s life than the one who created him/her and knows their heart. (Psalm 139) So whether you like someone or don’t like someone get out of God’s way, let Him be God and do what He does best. Remember that you are not God and that nothing you can do could possibly transform a person’s life. Only God’s power is transformative.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

boss girl and the case of the Mondays


Seriously, what is wrong with Mondays? It is a day full of opportunity, and possibility. I have this outlook about Mondays not because I am an annoying little version of Mary Poppins and think the world is made of sugar and rainbows. (okay, a little bit of that) but the real reason why I can have a positive outlook about Mondays is simply because of this verse: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). This is t h e day, is Monday a day? Yes, so it qualifies as the day that the Lord has made for you, for me, for our neighbors, for the good and the bad and we must rejoice and be glad in it.


And because of this one too,(and a lot of other verses too) “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” (Psalm 90:14 ESV). This verse doesn’t say, satisfy us with your steadfast love so that we may be glad and rejoice Friday through Sunday. (or whatever days of your choice) It says allllll of our days; really I promise if you open up your Bible you will find that what I’m saying is true. So we can be confident every morning when we ask God to satisfy us today too, on Monday and to be glad. We can start each of our days with an outlook of thankfulness and walk wildly into who God is molding us to be. I promise you can love Mondays too. I feel like “the case of the Mondays” is something that society tries so hard to dip us in and it can even become “cool” to hate Mondays and to have a resting beach face. (Oh, I know) But, I am here to encourage you to be that proverbs 31 woman, to get up with a bright outlook and tackle your tasks every day. You have the power to change your perspective about each day. So here are a few tips for you girl bosses out there to walk the talk and walk wildly and confidently through your days.


1.) Get up an hour earlier than scheduled. This is key to tackle the day with strength dignity and confidence. Give yourself time to fully wake up and appreciate the day. If you wake up late or at your usual time, life hits you like a wave. Before you know it, you have an attitude that is far from kind and gentle. (I’ve been there) So get up earlier sunshine, rise and shine!

2.) Read your Bible. Take time to read at least a chapter, ditch the Instagram feed or whatever social media and trade it for a word of truth. I promise you will feed energized, recharged, and super confident to tackle the day. Talk to God and open up the communication for the rest of the day. Also, whenever someone has something mean to say you can rest in that scripture you read this morning and simply brush that negative comment off.


3.) Exercise at some point on Monday, exercising helps you feel better and more energized. It is also good for your health. If you’re like me though, working out in the morning is tough so just make sure you squeeze some type of workout in your day.

4.) Take about five to ten minutes to be thankful. Write down at least 10 things you are thankful for and take some time to really meditate on the blessings of each day. It is very easy to get swept off by the business of life and start complaining. So instead of investing energy in complaining how about being thankful for your family, that job, or for the opportunity to go to school, etc.

5.) Come up with a quick and easy beauty routine. A set of steps that you can easily do before you leave your house and start your day. I get ready in the morning in about 15-20 minutes. Weighing in the time to put my lunch box together I can be all ready to leave for work in 30 min tops. I really don’t need any longer than that. I will write a separate post on my morning beauty routine on another day. The point is that you take the focus of the morning time from your outer appearance into your inner appearance. Use that precious morning time to soak in the word, to leave your burdens at the feet of Jesus and let him give you the confidence, patience, kindness, humbleness, and courage you need to take on the day.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles or fine clothes” (1 Peter 3:3).

Why “anchored in joy”?


As you may or may not have noticed, my Instagram name is changing from @mimyandrea to @anchoredinjoy. I want to really encourage women of all ages to be anchored in Joy who is Joy? Jesus Christ is Joy, not the butterfly and rainbows type of joy but the joy that exists through the storm and difficult times. The joy that Paul talks about in the letter Phillipians; Because that’s when we really need to be anchored in Joy, in Truth so that no matter how hard the winds blow  against our lives they cannot take us down. Nothing can prevail when we anchor our souls to Joy, Peace, Hope, Love, and this is all found in Christ. He is all of these things and more! 

Hebrews 6:19 is simply one beautiful verse that came alive to me while reading the book of Hebrews. This one verse completely changed the way I react to difficult times, it pointed me to Jesus like no other verse in the Bible. It says, “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,” The book of Hebrews talks about how Jesus is better. Jesus is better than anything and anyone ever before. Why is He better? Because He came to fulfill the law, He came to give us h o p e, being perfect He fulfilled God’s will and served as a living sacrifice for all of our messiness, imperfection, sin, ugliness, flaws, etc. Talk about g r a c e! My heart is full of gratitude when I read about the new covenant that Jesus represents. How He came to make things better, He came to overcome the world. He conquered death by resurrecting on the third day. “Now death where is your sting?” 
As I studied this book this verse stood out to me the most. It says we have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul. Just this one sentence hits me hard. A sure and steadfast anchor… Jesus is a sure and steadfast anchor. There is nothing in this world that is sure and steadfast. No t h i n g. I promise, no matter where you go, what you anchor yourself to, it will all fail, it is all risky business, it is all failing, it changes, it dies, it is imperfect, nothing in this world is sure and steadfast. When we anchor ourselves to anything other than Jesus believing we can live out our purpose we are anchored to faux-anchors.

Friends?As soon as you get yourself in real problems most of your friends walk away and want nothing to do with you. Money? Money is the root of all evil, anchor yourself in money and it will leave you empty, tired, unsatisfied. Alcohol, Drugs, Addictions? Please, we all know and we can see that these are just temporary agents to dull our lives, the hurt doesn’t go away after a night out, there is only regret. The pain doesn’t go away after the hangover, the pain comes back and even worse than before. The dependence of these substances only make you a slave, but I thought you strive for freedom and independence? Family? Don’t get me wrong I absolutely wholeheartedly LOVE my family but they are not my anchors, they are human like myself and we all fail; putting my hopes and expectations on human beings would be foolish. And I speak as a single girl on this: marriage? The idea of love? Dating? All faux anchors! 

God did not create us to find fulfillment and happiness in a partner, He created us for relationship yes, but this doesn’t mean that if I don’t get married at a certain age, or if I don’t have a boyfriend my value decreases or increases. My value doesn’t change depending on worldly things; my value is based on how high the price God paid for me, that He sent His only son to die for me. That’s my value and worth. So again, putting my hope in a human being is only setting myself up for deception and unnecessary pain. 


I listed a few of the things that this world has to offer, when we anchor ourselves to these ideas or things we end up lonely, hurt, depressed, and unsatisfied. Because all else fails but God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is a sure and steadfast anchor, He came in human form as Jesus to overcome the world and give us h o p e.

He is my anchor and He can be yours too. When things fail, when everyone turns your back on you and the money runs low, He is there, He listens, He cares, and He loves. His love is something you can encounter by seeking Him wholeheartedly. I promise nothing on this earth has made me feel so loved than when I’m in His presence, at His feet, on my knees and He fills my cup. 

What is an anchor? According to Wikipedia “An anchor is a device, normally made of metal, used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or current. Anchors can either be temporary or permanent. Permanent anchors are used in the creation of a mooring, and are rarely moved; a specialist service is normally needed to move or maintain them.” Now in Hebrews it doesn’t talk about a metal device but God who traded Heaven to have us again and came in the form of a human, who came to make things better, someone who came to give us access to the One and Only True Almighty King. We no longer need to go to a priest to have our requests be made to the Lord. We no longer have to sacrifice animals to give offering. Things changed in the New Testament because we now have Jesus. And He is our anchor, an anchor for the soul. Not a physical anchor that you can throw in the water but an anchor that is for the soul. That goes so deep into your soul that nothing can move it. Life is difficult and following Jesus does not mean we will have it easy. Sometimes following Jesus means things will be harder, people will hate us for His cause, we will often feel like outcasts, like we don’t belong, we will feel lonely and rejected by this world but no matter how hard life wind’s blow against us n o t hi n g can move the anchor of our souls. He is our hope that enters behind the inner curtain and makes a way for us to the father. 

photo by @graceinhisbeauty

When I stopped anchoring myself to faux-anchors and anchored myself in Jesus things changed drastically. I no longer felt like a break up was the end of the world. I felt peace because I knew that the One who holds the universe also holds my life. When I stopped looking for affection and approval from the world and I started to self preach Hebrews 6:19 to my life and really clinging to it, when I started  looking up to Jesus I realized all the answers to my questions were found in Him. 

This is my personal verse right now at 23, and it doesn’t have to be yours but I encourage you to know Christ, and to find your verse. I encourage you to have an intentional relationship with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 

Because I have experienced great love I have the courage to encourage YOU because I so strongly believe He can satisfy your soul just like He did with mine.


I long to know Him more, to be like Him, for His will to be done and not mine. I long for Him to increase and for myself to decrease. I want to build His Kingdom and not mine. Because He called me His Beloved, because He gave me an identity, a value, and a worth. My whole life is anchored in Him, and I am confident and secure in Him because I know that He is sure and steadfast. 

Sister, I pray that as you read through these words that you may also want to know Him more, I pray that your life may also be anchored in Him. Because if He is for us then nothing can stand against us. 

Prayer: Lord, thank you for sending your only beautiful and perfect son to die on that cross for us. For all of us, good and bad you covered our shame. You made us heirs of the kingdom, you gave us a name and I am overflowing with gratitude that turns into a desire to want to serve you and live out my life for you loving others, being more like you, and fulfilling your will. And I thank you that no matter how “hard” I could work there is nothing I can do to gain your love and acceptance, I thank you because all you want from me is my heart and nothing else. Thank you because you slowly whisper that we don’t have to do a thing, but just be s t i l l and be with you. And I pray that you touch the lives of those beautiful souls reading this and that your truth may be spoken over their lives in your name, Amen. 

turn and take your journey

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I created this wallpaper after reading the book of Deuteronomy and I want to share it with you and also a reminder to go along with it below! To save it on an iPhone simply press and hold down on the image.

<<We have a great God who goes before us, who fights for us, who protects us. He is not a far God but He is near and he invites us to draw near to Him. He invites us to have a relationship with Him. An everyday relationship, the type of relationship that takes up all our thoughts and fulfills our every need. We know this but sometimes we are not fully aware that this is true. Similarly to the Israelites in the desert; we tend to complain, go our own way, and/or simply rebel. Just like the Israelites we go through our own wilderness. How much easier our journey into the promised land would be if we just simply listen from the beginning. If you are identifying with this take heart, our God is a God of mercy and grace. He is always listening to you, He sees you, He knows your heart, and He can’t wait to take you back and delight in you and prosper you. I just wanted to remind you that we have been given the precious gift of freedom through Christ to choose our rights from wrongs. I want to encourage you to seek God in this journey that He wants to take you on. Be still, listen to the word of God, listen closely, you have stayed long enough at this mountain (whether it be a job, a break up, a state of mind) God says it’s been enough, get up and take your Journey.>>

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In Chist,

Mimy Andrea

 

 

Eben Ezer at twenty three

Today is the day! I’m here! I feel twenty three. It’s so real, it’s so tangible, it’s the end of a journey and the start of a brand new one! Today was amazing, this entire month has been amazing. I have seen God inspire so many people to speak His love to me, and not only speak it but show it in a tangible way. I woke up today, alive, blessed, healthy, loved. I started reading the book of Deutoronomy with a reading plan organized by http://www.womenlivingwell.org and it ended today on my 23rd birthday!  My mom played a love letter video on youtube as I was getting ready for work this morning. You don’t have to keep reading this if you would like just go and watch this, that would make me smile, to know that you too are watching this and to have hope that you take this love letter for yourself. This is really something that keeps me going every day to know that there is hope, to know that all the promises found in the Scriptures will be fulfilled in God’s perfect timing. I made it to twenty three! Here I am, Eben Ezer, this is true. Watch Here:  God’s Love Letter to YOU

Here are the last three lessons that conclude this blog series!

21. Let your inner child grow!

They say we get wiser as we get older, more serious, more professional, and more charming. While this may be true in a way, i learned that as the years pass I grow younger! There is just this amazing feeling that you get as you let your inner child burst! Children are amazing! I love kids because they will always tell you the honest truth, they alway want to make you feel better when you’re sad, they laugh about the little things and the big things, they fight but five minutes later they forget why they were upset, a lollipop can fix a scraped knee, a walk in the park can make their imagination go wild! You see where I’m going with this right? Kids are just amazing and I always want the inner girl inside me to burst out, to make others smile, to have the best day ever (every day) and to live as if there were no tomorrow! Because really, tomorrow is not promised.

Mathew 18:3 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

22. Your inner appearance is so much more important than your outer appearance.

What is inside of you, radiates from the inside out. No expensive clothes, no super elegant hair dos, no high heels are going to change who you are. You don’t become who you are by what you own, or by what you achieve in life. Your character gets molded by what’s in the inside, by how you react when things get tough, by your reaching out to the poor, by putting others before yourself, and so on.

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—1 Peter 3:3 ESV

23. I learned to let go of faux anchors, and I dropped my anchor in Jesus.

This year has been a year I’ll never forget. I started this year with a broken heart. A broken heart, like in a million little pieces. As the strong woman I was supposed to be I ignored many things that were eating the insides of me. I thought I was strong enough, that I had it all figured out. Little by little and in a very painful process; I was healed. The point of this long series of blog posts really gets summarized in this: I want to tell everyone that God is a real living God, that there is NOONE on this earth that understands, protects, and heals like God does. I looked for answers everywhere and I didn’t find any. I only sunk deeper into pain, struggle, and affliction. My days seemed longer, grayer, lonelier as the twenty two clock turned. I believed Jesus loved me, I’ve been a church girl my entire life. But maybe that’s all I was, a church girl and not a God girl. I had to let go of many faux anchors that I was holding on to. They were taking up my time and distracting me from the One who could put me back together. And I was able to see that I can’t sustain myself, that I don’t have it all figured out, that I know no better than anyone else, that I mess up A LOT, that I got a loooooong way to go. But everything is fine because I’ve got God and He is the one who sustains me, He transforms me every day and I am who I am because I am His, it’s all Him, His relentless love pursued me and he did everything He could to have me back. I’m 23 now, and I am super excited of what God has in store for me, of all that I have yet to learn. I am at peace because I know who holds my future and I know I am loved, chosen, pursued, and redeemed!

Hebrews 6:19 says: we have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters unto the inner place behind the curtain. (ESV)

Thank you so much for reading, for encouraging me with your comments, likes, texts, actual spoken words, and just for being here with me also on this journey! I had so much fun writing this and reminiscing on this past year along with all of you! I pray that this series bless you and if what you got out of my journey is a two percent piece of advice then I’ll take it!

on my way to twenty three (2)


Today was my last day as a 22 year old and well, here’s to a year that taught me a lot, a year that felt like would never come to an end, a year that made me stronger and a year that I will never forget! Here’s to being 22 and turning 23!


Here are 4 more lessons towards 23 lessons I learned <on my way twenty three>

17. Not everyone is worth confiding in.

This is probably the hardest lesson I’ve learned. I tend to be more trusting than skeptical about people… In high school I was all about having a bunch of best friends who I could tell everything to. But then life happened… Or at least a couple years happened… But enough time passed to allow me to learn that I don’t need a bunch of close friends. I’m fine with one or two if I’m lucky and even then, I learned not to tell people my darkest deepest secrets. I learned to talk to God behind closed doors because, He listens, He understands, He helps, He transforms, and through those conversations with God I am able to trust people with borders in a healthy way. Im not saying trust no one. What I’m saying is, be picky with who your close friends are. Not everyone deserves your precious deep secrets. Some conversations are to be just between you and the Lord. This is something I’m still working really on but deserves to be on this list considering I’ve made a lot of progress in this area.

18. Coffee is a gift from the heavens.

Seriously! Coffee is just amazing and to all you non coffee drinkers I don’t understand… I just don’t. But to each it’s own, I respect you… Like mad respect! But I just don’t understand.

19. You can’t give from what you don’t have.

I learned that I was not to find love, hope, or faith in someone else but in God who dwells in me. I learned that what I am feeding my soul and nourishing with is more important than I thought it was. I recently watched a video that talks deeply into this lessons, and it’s titled “what well are you drawing from?” By Heather Lindsay. (Will post link below) The music, the books, the tv shows, the people, they all play a huge part in your character developing. They affect you so much if you only draw from them. When I draw from the well of the living water, I can easily give others from what overflows within.

Watch video here: Which well are you drawing from?

20. Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about so try your best to always be kind.

When I understood this, I started understanding people. Those drivers with road rage on the road, those cashiers with an attitude, the nurse who barely looks at you. I understood that it was nothing that had to do with me personally, but battles that each person is fighting inside. It taught me that compassion is key in life.

On my way to twenty three (3)

Three days away and here are 5 more lessons towards <on my way to twenty three> I pray that these words may be more than words on a platform but that they somehow come alive and inspire hope in your life! I appreciate you so much for reading this, be blessed and may you find that inner peace you are looking for. I found mine in Jesus.


12. Don’t take life for granted.

You don’t have to celebrate your birthday like everyone does, if you don’t want to blow candles then don’t. If you want to wear pink, wear the pink. Your year doesn’t have to end with a bang, it doesn’t have to be a huge trip, it doesn’t have to be made up of a ballroom filled with people you barely know for it to be worthy of reflecting on . Your birthday should be about the gift of life, to take time to reflect on everything that has happened, what you’ve learned, and to look forward for what’s coming next. But most importantly, remember to find gratitude in your heart. After all, every day is a gift from above. Remember, not everyone made it through today so don’t take your life for granted.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24


13. You don’t owe anyone an explanation.

Stop apologizing for being you, stop explaining yourself. People who love you and want the best for you don’t need those explanations, they accept you for who you are and move on. I love the recent little voice in my head that goes “do you” and this, I learned from my friend Sarah Gautier who says this more than she realizes but how important is this lesson, just ~do you~ and the rest will all click.

(I JUST noticed we got photo bombed hahah)


14. Music really affects your mood and eventually your Life.

Really though. I used to think music could not affect me but it really does. Sad music makes you sad. (Especially after a break up) happy makes you happy. #ChooseJoy


15. There is absolutely nothing wrong with you if you’re single.

No, you’re not damaged goods. No, you are not waiting for someone to complete you, you are whole. “You’re not half an orange, you’re not even any type of produce; but, if you were, you would be a WHOLE one.” Wise words from Pastor Gregory Bishop.

I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14

16. Adventure over Binge watching Netflix.

Just go out and find something to do, to let your talents grow. Join a group in your community, volunteer for a food pantry or a homeless shelter, go eat with people not with your phone; there are endless opportunities for adventure out there just get off the couch and do something.


Today I want to recommend three lovely women I follow on social media who are always pointing me to Jesus as I scroll and inspire me to dig deeper into the word of God, to be humble, to inspire others, to get out of my comfort zone. They empower woman, they are filled with motivation, inspiration, and great reads so visit them and follow if you wanna!

Ashley Jackson
Elizabeth
Gabriella Ortega
Click on their names to be taken to their Instagram accounts and be encouraged!

Also, today I was talking to my cousin about how Adele has a beautiful voice! And we were saying how Lauren Daigle sounds a lot like her! So here, if you’d like to listen to it and let me know if you think she sounds like Adele that’d be so cool! (I also did some research and YouTube seemed to agree) you can click on the link here:  Lauren Daigle 💙

on my way to twenty three (4)

Today marks four days left until my birthday! (yay!) As you can tell I am super excited about turning 23, I have so much to be thankful for! Today I am sharing 4 life lessons I learned this year and what hopefully every 23 year old should consider! I am hoping this is a blessing to you beautiful friend reading this!

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Photo By: Nelson Salas
Lesson 8 through 11 of 23 *for 1-7 scroll down to previous posts*

8. I don’t have everything figured out and IT’S OKAY! (phew)

According to society, by 23 I should have my life together. I should be married, or at least dating trying to find “the one” (because what’s wrong with me if I’m still single right?) I should have a college degree, a stable job, a house, a car, have climbed Mount Everest twice, you get the point, yes? While these things are amazing to achieve, and for those who have (I’m happy for you) I learned that I shouldn’t live by society’s standards. I’m 23 and I may not have everything figured out but it’s okay that I am still trying to navigate life’s lessons. There is a time for everything and if some of those things haven’t happened for me yet, I am trusting that eventually (at the right time) they will. God’s timing is perfect and I believe He has everything under control.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Eclesiastes 3:1

9. Honor, Respect, and Appreciate your elders (and their wisdom).

Has anyone who is older than you ever tried giving you advice and you thought, “ummm no thanks, nobody can tell me how to live my life.” Well, I did more than once! (i know right? what mimy? you’re not little miss perfect?) I have learned from my past mistakes and I’ve learned that whoever is older than me or younger may and could have great life advice! I learned to take advice from people who mean well, people who have been through  life already, I mean who else could be better to tell you, “watch out, there’s moving sand ahead than that one who was able to survive it.” So, this is golden for me, I try to talk to as many people and by talk I mean listen to what they have to say. Both of my grandmothers live in Guatemala and I wish I could spend more time with them, when they visit I soak up in hearing their life stories and lessons. I am proud to say I have been blessed with two 82 year old lovely friends named Myrna and Octulia. They are both amazing woman who have lived through life and I know that whatever they have to say to me I can dig up priceless advice for my life. #winning #wordsforthewise

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to t0he humble.1 Peter 5:5

10. Less is more. Don’t be a hoarder. Blessed to Bless.

Seriously! Why did it take me this long to realize I do not need so. much. stuff. I don’t need 5 different eye shadow palettes, I wear the same color eye shadow almost every day! Or 5 shirts that are the same but “not the same.” Or what felt like a million different sweaters. I am fine without an endless shoe collection, but I know that’s probably just me. When clearing out my closet and my room I felt so much better like I have so much space to breathe now and not because my room is huge but because I have less! Not to mention that donating is such a rewarding experience. I realized I am blessed to bless.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Mathew 6:19-21

11. Step out of your comfort zone while staying true to yourself.

Dare to do things that scare you, that intimidate you, that seem impossible. Have a daring attitude to just go for it, and try it. The worst that could happen is you fail at it and learn from it. Honestly, stepping out of our box makes us grow, it gives us a more open mind, and it makes us feel empowered. But don’t do something “daring” JUST because everyone is doing it. For example, I learned that there are roller coasters I go on and then there are roller coasters i absolutely don’t go on and no peer pressure from anyone no matter who you are is going to make me go on a roller coaster I don’t want to ride. No “the sky is the limit” “you can do anything through Christ who strengthens you” is going to make me do something I have no desire whatsoever on doing. At then end of the day you got to stay true to yourself, your standards, your faith, your morals, you get the idea right? So stand your ground, be daring but also be confident in your yes’s and no’s!

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Photo By : Nelson Salas

 

On my way to twenty three (7)

 

Well the seventh day before my birthday is about to come to an end but, His mercies are new every day! I’ve got a fried plantain in front of me right now with sour cream. I keep burning my tongue because it is so hot but I want to eat it right now. #patience Anyway, if you’ve been reading these silly posts: I LOVE YOU! Thanks for reading, really,  I would love to learn more about you and get some feedback so feel free to reach out to me either through this website or on Facebook or Instagram and share what stood out to you the most! Shout out to SG, I know you’re reading this, iloveyou! *pats on back*


Here’s a quick recap of the lessons I’ve shared with you so far:

*you can read more on previous posts by clicking here or scrolling down*

1. I have yet sooooooo much to learn.

2. I can’t change anyone, only God can.

3. My mom was right about E VE RY thing.

4. People pleasing is not my thing. I am not everyone’s cup of tea and that’s okay.

5. I am not perfect, I am flawed and that’s beautiful.

6. I learned to take a day off.

7. Forgive everyone even when they are not sorry.

& today’s three lessons are:

1.) Be patient. Trust the process. Seek God.

Whatever is for you will come. You do not need to rush into anything, especially relationships! I learned to be still in the midst of the waiting period… It’s so much easier to take things into our own hands or so we often think. But it’s not, when we don’t wait and we make things happen, we end up in messy situations. Just like the fried plantains burned my tongue… when something looks good but it is not ready for you, don’t make it happen. Just be patient and whatever needs to happen will eventually happen. Meanwhile, grab a copy of your favorite book, have a coffee and enjoy a sunrise or you know, the little things. At 23, I can honestly say, I have learned to be patient in the midst of waiting and I can write a whole lot on this topic so I’ll just keep it short here, be patient. Trust the process and Seek God!

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Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious about itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (ESV) Mathew 6:33-34

2.) Be an active listener and make eye contact with EVERY single one.

Being an active listener is so much more than just being quiet when someone is talking. It is actually paying attention to what they are saying, making eye contact, connecting with them in a personal level, and offering feedback upon request. I’ve learned to be slow to speak and quick to listen. It’s definitely a work in progress but I learn so much from others just by listening to what they have to say. Active listening means I care about you, you matter, and you are important. It’s putting others before yourself.

I read God Girl by HaiLey Dimarco and I could read it every day probably. It taught me so much about how to become a God Girl, not a good girl but a God girl. And one of the biggest lines that stuck out to me is on page 85 and it says “Looking at people in the eyes is kindness. It says to them, ‘You count.’ And it reminds them that we are all part of the same human race. When you avoid looking people in the eyes, you seem cold and unattached, and that doesn’t help to spread the love of Christ but hides it.” I learned that my life is not a movie where I am the star and everyone who is not my family member or close friend is an extra. I learned that my life is a movie where God is the star and we all play equal parts who are just as important as every single person on this earth.

3.) Happiness is not a destination, it’s a journey.

Happiness cannot be achieved by reaching a destination (a dream house, car, job, degree, pair of shoes for example.) Seriously, anything you can think of, if you want it really bad and you think that once you get that job or that house or that husband, <that only then> you will be completely happy, let me tell you this: I don’t know much in life but I have learned that this is completely false. You will not be happy once you reach that milestone because you weren’t happy in the midst of waiting and working for it. Happiness is a journey, a state of mind. Whenever you feel tired and sick of waiting… choose joy.

I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 11-13 (ESV)

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Today, I spent the evening with some of my favorite people at Radical Culture Boston learning about Old Testament Law. We learned about two types of laws: Apodictic Law and Casuistic Law.

Apodictic Law: Direct commands that were generally applicable and taught the Israelites how to fulfill their part of the covenant with God. Leviticus 19:9-14.

Casuistic Law: Instructions for case by case scenarios. They describe certain conditions that may happen in certain types of situations of people. Deuteronomy 15:12-17

By what Pastor Sarah taught, I learned that when God is using the word shall He is using it as a direct command. When there is an “If” followed by a “Then” then those ‘shalls’ in between are only applicable to that certain law and scenario. Only the commandments that He renews in the New Testament are applicable to us today. Even though Old testament law is not applicable today it can certainly teach us a lot about how to love each other and how to treat others with kindness and justice.

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