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

 

 

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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on my way to twenty three (8)

I am eight days away from being a full 23, fearfully and wonderfully made. Knitted together in my mother’s womb, in the secret place, by the hands of The Greatest with a promise that is still in the making. I love to meditate on this every day, every part of me was carefully knitted together in my beautiful mother’s womb. Who am I to criticize God’s work, He made me in His image, to Him I am beautiful, chosen, His most treasured possession.

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For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (ESV) Psalm 139

Here are today’s three life lessons! (squeelsss.., eeeeek)

1.) People pleasing is not my thing. I am not everyone’s cup of tea and that’s okay. People pleasing is really not my thing, it was (so I thought) for a very long time, but not anymore. #Grace I have learned that people are so hard to please, you really cannot make everyone like you. When you try to make people like you and they do, you end up not liking yourself. Booo, that’s not so fun because guess who you live with? haaaa yeah! yourself! So, if you don’t like your own self, we are in big trouble. This is how I ended up feeling so sick and tired during past seasons in my life because I was so focused on what people would think about me and I barely ever really asked what God thought of me! When i took my eyes off the people and focused my eyes on Jesus, boy did my life change. This did not mean I now don’t care what people think and I live recklessly without taking into account other people’s feelings, not at all. If anything it taught me that by aiming to be like Jesus people will respect me for not trying to make them like me but for staying true to myself. I am not trying to imitate others so they can like me, I am not in the business of people pleasing… my goal is for Jesus to look to me and say “That’s my girl!” and that is enough.

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Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
Colossians 3:22 ESV

2.) I am not perfect, I am flawed and that’s beautiful. I learned to point my eyes to Jesus. As I seek more and more of Him, my cry for him to increase and my ol’ self to decrease. Why? Here, I’ll be happy to tell you why : ) see, when I go against what God says I tend to, be selfish, I am angry, I am sad, I am anxious, I am rebellious, I hurt people, I lie, I make fun of people in a cruel way, I hurt myself, I am quick to speak and slow to hear, I judge, I manipulate. And you could say well shouldn’t you want to be a good person naturally without having to read God’s word? Well yeah, we all want to be kind and all that good stuff but we are human! We make mistakes, we get tired, when we live by the flesh and not by the spirit we tend to do things that go against what God intended for us.

When I am in God’s word I am learning (and probably not perfected it but it’s a process) to be selfless, to think of others before I think of myself, to speak truth, to guard my heart, to be slow to speak and fast to hear, to be slow to anger, to not sin when I get angry, to think of others higher than myself, to love, to accept, to obey my parents, to respect my elders, to respect authority, to be content in every situation etc. I am learning all these things not by my self but God is teaching me and when I tire, I can come to Him, He listens to me, He fills my cup, and He renews my strength. It’s beautiful to be flawed because I can sit at the feet of Jesus and learn all about Him, to be more like Him, to walk like Him, to treat others as He treated them not as church goers do but as Jesus did. So, I stopped looking at the church, I stopped looking at the world, I started looking at Him.

Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2

3.) I learned to take a day off. Umm yeah, you read that right. I grew up to believe that my worth and identity was solely based on my grades, my professional career, extracurricular activities, talents, etc. you get the picture. So if this was the case, you best believe I was always working. I did not want to fail ever, so I worked hard but maybe too hard and I barely got any time to take care of myself. I was too tired to use face toner, too tired to brush my hair, too tired to come up with an outfit, etc. I’m so glad I learned that rest is so important and that there is nothing wrong with taking a day off. Take time for yourself! Choose sleep, choose joy, choose food. Use your time wisely, feed your body good foods, feed your soul with good soul food. Love yourself and stop waiting for someone to come sweep you off your feet and love you because you will never know what love is if you do not start by loving yourself first. We only give from what we have, if we have abundant love, we will give plenty of love.If we are starved of love, we cannot give what we don’t have.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (NIV) Mathew 11:28

(I didn’t take a day off today but I did make some time to get my birthday nails done! I picked three different colors because once you get to a certain age you are no longer scared of the manicurist at the salon and you tell her exactly how you like your nails. Haa jk I was so scared and she was kind of mad but we both got over it and I got three different colors on meu unhas! yay!)

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Song I overplayed this year, Give In | Lecrae

Song just for funsies: I actually love this song so much, it makes my heart sing 🙂 God Girl

Book that taught me a lot: God Girl By Hayley DiMarco

Blogger Spotlight #2

This is kind of a blog, it’s a magazine and they do have blog posts by various authors and it feeds my soul with so much Bible truth. It has helped me so much and I hope that you are blessed by it also! Here is the link: Whole Magazine They post daily devotionals as well and if you are looking for creative ways to get into scripture, again we have a winner!

Today on my way to twenty three, I went to take my mom to the airport, once again I admire her strong character, how brave she is, and how diligent she is. Also, check out her fashion sense!!! My role model!!

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I got to work and to my surprise a sweet coworker brought a delicious oreo cheesecake! Yep, you best believe I enjoyed it so much and of course took a picture to share with you all! I showed her the picture and she approved and asked me to send it to her so she could share it also! #Love Here it is, again #SorryNotSorryIMG_1771.JPG

And here’s a picture of me living the cube life! 1.5 years in the field!

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on my way to twenty three

I am 9 days away from turning twenty three! With a heart full of gratitude I sit here eating a plate of home made potatoes. There is so much to be thankful for, so so so much. Have you heard that saying “you learn something new every day”? Well, after doing mad research for twenty three years I have come up with a list of 8,395 things I have learned in my entire life. HAA just kidding! That would be crazy, but soooo cool. Anyway, this past year has been a total game changer for sure , I have definitely learned important life lessons and it’s the year that God really got rid of so many fake anchors I was holding on to. twenty two was the year I discovered who I was by understanding who I belong to! The year that I spent the most time on my knees in my life overall. I reached some pretty low moments when i turned twenty two but oh Lord you are so good! His mercy and grace is something that protected me, picked me up, and put me back together little by little. I am able to experience God’s love every day in a way I had never experienced before and I am just so thankful to be alive and about to turn veinte y tres! (mariachis play in the background)

I will be sharing 3 lessons each day as I count down to my birthday! Here they are:

1.) Forgive everyone even when they are not sorry not because they deserve it but because you deserve peace. Also, because the Lord has forgiven you and does not remember your faults and brings them up later. The Lord taught me this first hand and once I was able to forgive and turn it over to the Lord I was set free. Forgive forgive forgive!

For I will be merciful toward their iniquities and I will remember their sins NO MORE. (ESV) Hebrews 8:12

2.) I can’t change anyone, only God can. God has commanded us to love one another as He has loved us (John 15:12), the second half of the great commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. So where do we get the idea that we can, by our own means, change someone. I have learned that my job is to only love those who are hard to love, to accept them and see them as who they are (sons and daughters of God), and encourage them by pointing them to Jesus Christ who is the only one who has the power to transform, redeem, and to save. I can: pray, love, accept them. I cannot: judge, change, or manipulate them.

Therefore let us not pass judgement on one another any longer, but rather decide NEVER to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother… do not destroy the one for whom Christ died… For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating  and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (ESV) Romans 14:13-17 

3.) My mom was right about  E VE RY thing. Kudos to you mom, thanks for being the Proverbs 31 woman. I wish I had known you were right about everything back when I was fifteen I mean, I kind of knew but hey it only took me twenty three years to be absolutely sure! So, if I had to pick one thing to give to you as a piece of advice and for you to hold on to it really tight and to not only listen but practice it would be to always listen to your mom, love her, spend time with her, be friends with your mom. Really, you have a precious jewel that the Lord has given you to lead you in life, always take her advice, listen closely for what she has to say and aim to be like her. Foreal, how come every time I can’t find something ( I look really hard) and she comes in and finds it right in front of me. That takes some super powers that the Lord has given moms every where of any race and tongue so I admire my mother so much for that! Thank you baby Jesus for giving me such a sweet, wise, kind hearted mom!

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Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceitful and beauty is in vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (ESV) Proverbs 29-30 

Life Lesson!

The best lesson I learned this year is that I have yet sooooooo much to learn and I thank God for bringing me to my knees at the start of this year. I thank Him for picking me up plucking the thorns that were encrusted in my heart (it hurt so bad) and holding me putting me back together piece by piece in the times of struggles, fears, and anxiety and giving me a heart open to His word, open to possibility, to instruction from my elders, a heart eager to learn all of that which He will teach me day by day! I am not perfect and I know that the Lord is not finished with me, if anything He is just finally getting started!

 

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (ESV) Philippians 3:12-14

Recommended Song !

I want to share this song, if you have the time to watch it I hope it blesses you. Everything it says is so close to my heart. I lived this. This is the love that changed me. It wasn’t until I handed God control over every single area in my life that I was able to rest at His feet… “My heart beating, my soul breathing, I FOUND MY LIFE WHEN I LAID IT DOWN, upward falling spirit soaring.. i touched the sky when my knees hit the ground! Find me here at your feet again, everything I am reaching out I surrender, come sweep me up in your love again! ”

Touch The Sky – Hillsong United

 

Scripture Studies and Blogger spotlight:

I am loving this shop, I highly recommend it if you are looking for creative ideas to dig deeper into Scripture. Kristin Schmucker Shop and follow Kristin’s blog, I feel like I know her from reading her blog. Here is the link Kristin’s Blog. She is definitely rooted in the Word and her life is so inspiring and encouraging. I hope it blesses you like it did for me.

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Books I highly Recommend #1

Spoken For | Alyssa Joy Bethke and Robin Joness Gunn

 

Steadfast Love | Lauren Chandler

 

Lastly on today’s blog post I want to highlight some pretty sweet things that have happened for my birthday month so far! : ) yesterday, as I started my Tuesday with a “looking for lovely” outlook, I was surprised by my supervisor with the MAY cupcake from Georgetown Cupcakes! I am about to be 23 and I can honestly say that a love for cupcakes has JUST been born in my heart! I had my first George town cupcake with two of my lovely friends Sarah and Paula! Paula was so excited to share with me her favorite which is the April cupcake and we had some in the lobby as we waited to go see Hillsong in concert. Pretty awesome! Here’s a picture of the ones we had yesterday at work! #Sorrynotsorry

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Also, I have already received two super sweet gifts and one of my coworkers took me to eat sushi for lunch! (I LOVE SUSHI) so yay for celebrating a birthday month!  Here are some pictures about that! Top two pictures are a gift I got from one of my dear sister in Christ! She is so sweet and seeing her smile with excitement as she called me to the girls bathroom filled me with so much joy! The thought she put into picking these precious items for me was a glimpse of how God is with us! He takes the time to know us and provide for every need we may have! The bottom pictures are a gift i received all the way from San Fran! One of my friends whom is studying in Boston has become like a step brother as my parents have adopted him as one of us! His family sent me this super cool coffee traveler’s mug and  because they also know me and my slightly unhealthy love for coffee they got me a Starbucks gift card! The Lord is good and it amazes me to see how in the midst of the crazy, the broken, and the imperfect He reminds me of how much He loves me and how special I am to Him! The lives He touches to think of me are to me God’s way of saying “you are my daughter, my treasured possession”

 

Every good gift and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17