I have been through many struggles. Including but not limited to: physical abuse, emotional abuse, kidney cancer, anemia, 6 – 7 surgeries in the past two years. You may wonder how is it that I continue to keep my head up and smiling everyday. I smile and never give up because my God hasn’t taught me how. I keep moving forward because I am constantly encouraged by God and all the wonderful people God has allowed to come into my life. I thank God because he taught me that without Him, I cannot do anything. Alone I will fail, but with Him I will make it through.
Even though, I have endured incredible obstacles, I can say I have never been alone. God has always been by my side, He has taught me that I am not a victim, but that I am a survivor. With much pride I say and reiterate:
Then the LORD’s word came to Jeremiah, saying, Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?
There are times when we have to go through things and we they are too small to bother God with the issue. But here is proof, in His word, that there is no issue too small for God nor too big. All your worries, All your cares, give them unto God, for it is Him who will be doing the fighting for you. You worry about doing His Will and He will take care of you.
It has been 14 years since I graduated from high school in Puerto Rico. Now I’m in college Majoring in Human Services Technology.
This past week was my first week back in school. I have homework, quizzes, exams and assignments to complete. Its been a challenge to say the least but a good one. I love to learn and this is definitely the way to do it. I enjoy all my classes and have high hopes for good grades. I stepped out in faith by enrolling in college and I believe God will give me the strength and wisdom to make it through.
I will get back to my routine posts once I get use to my “new normal”. I’m also going into training this Tuesday evening to be a Guardian ad Litem. I will be an advocate for children who have suffered all kinds of abuse, from physical to sexual and neglect. I know it will be a lot on my plate for about a month, a pretty hectic schedule, but I believe God will give me the mental and physical strength I need to make it happen.
I love my God for giving me these opportunities to be exposed to different things that will expand my knowledge. I am grateful for the wonderful leader, my Pastor Dr. Chapman, who constantly encourages us to reach higher and for greater always putting God first.
You have to be confident in your abilities to accomplish your goals. You can’t start and not finish because you’ve hit a stumbling block. Take a moment to breathe and get yourself together. Than get back up and continue forward with your goals. Don’t be the cause of the delay of your blessings, place yourself in a position ready to receive what is yours.
If there is one thing that can hold us back is our past. As much as we strive to become better human beings, we are constantly reminded of what we use to be. We feel as though we are never given enough credit for what we have overcome and have become today.
We have to know this starts by us. We have to accept who we once were and know, “I can never go back and change what I’ve done but what I’m going to do, is change what is in my control NOW.”
Even when someone comes to remind you of who you once use to be – you make it a point to tell them “That’s how awesome God is because look at where I am today. I’m a walking testimony of God’s power, grace and mercy, and since you seem to be stuck in the same place where I was at one point in my life, I suggest you try God one of these days.”
God has come to renew and restore all things, the devil on the other hand, would love to see you defeated and hopeless. Try now God in this – He will not let you down.
Being that God created all things; and when that is said, the first thing we think about is the material things, the things that are in front of us. The things we can see, feel or touch. The beautiful sunrise, the endless oceans, the astounding mountains. All the beautiful creatures He created, is the first thing we think of.
We forget to look deeper, to look beyond the obvious. At times, we need to shut our eyes and feel, because our ability to feel was also created by God. Our ability to move, to talk, to hug, to walk, to love, to enjoy, our determination and focus, was also created by God. He created each one of us to be unique in our own ways. He gave us all different characteristics, so when we come together we make things whole. We are like tools for Christ, made to work together so we can create bigger things for the love of Christ. We are the body of Christ and were created to work together, to help each other. When one leg is injured, on a human being,the other leg makes up for most of the body’s weight until the injured leg recovers itself. The Lord wants us to be able to lean on one another. To know if I fall, my sister or brother will be there to pick me up.
Lets learn to work as a whole, as a team, with the same purpose. The purpose being, to work for the kingdom of the God and help those in need by allowing Christ’s love to flow through us and create wondrous things for God’s Glory.
For those who don’t understand the meaning of pressing. It means to push forward or advance with force, eagerness, or haste for something you want.
Plenty of times when we are going through difficult situations, we forget we have God, we forget God’s promises, we forget God is our provider, we forget God is our healer, we forget God is our deliverer and instead of praising Him we praise our problems.
Our God did not give us a spirit of fear; but of power. We must keep pressing forward with force, eagerness and haste towards our promise, towards God’s purpose. When the enemy rises like a flood, determined to wash your faith away and everything else you allow him to take. You need to remember the God you serve, that you trust, that your faith relies on. CALL ON HIM AND HE WILL COME TO YOUR RESCUE; HE WILL SHOW YOU THE WAY; HE WILL STAND STRONG IN YOUR DEFENSE.
You are His child and a father never abandons their child, knowing that God is our father, He will protect us now and always from all things.
Yes, there are situations that are heartbreaking and tear us to pieces but in those moments of devastation and right out helplessness – you have to remember- God never gives us more than we can bear. He knows the purpose of everything He allows to happen in our lives – your responsibility is to KEEP PRESSING FORWARD because God has not left you, this is just a season you must endure so He can bring you GREATER – TO ANOTHER LEVEL.
Believe in what He has promised you, never doubt it, because when you least expect it – it will come to pass.