We are still in the beginning of the Easter season! How are you celebrating this special season?
Friday, April 10, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
God Uses it for Good!
Twenty pieces of silver was the price the brothers of Joseph sold him into slavery. Just like Jesus, Joseph was faultless and was punished. Joseph like Jesus told his brothers of "things to come". Jesus was put into a small hole hung overnight while bound without food nor drink and Joseph was too. Joseph was stripped of his tunic just as Jesus was of his clothes. Joseph is a foreshadowing of Jesus. If not for Joseph, the Israelites would have all starved in the famine just as Jesus saved us all from eternal death by taking our place.
It's also interesting to note that Joseph hears the same name at Jesus' father and that he also dreams of things to come.
Joseph was also" dead" as a slave, a nobody, persecuted by Pharoah's wife, seemingly forgotten and yet he" rose again" when he interpreted dreams and became a ruler of Egypt (second in command).
The lesson for me here is when trouble and persecution arise, there is a great purpose for the work of holiness God is doing in our lives. It could also be for lhe greater good of others. No hardship is without purpose even when it doesn't seem to have a purpose - even when it's illogical and confusing. God wants us to bear hardship and suffering with expectant faith.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
The Israelites sinned greatly by making for themselves a golden calf (after everything the Lord had done for them!). And so to change their hearts, God gave them a multitude of laws. God gave them external actions to change their internal reality. The worship of cows was the "in" thing to do in those days. Egypt and other neighboring nations did that. What God was doing in handing out laws was shifting gears so the people would see it was only God they should worship.
It would seem harsh for us to banish a leper from society but the casting out of lepers is like what the stain of sin does to us. It alienates us from others. It is a disfiguring affliction that gnaws at us until we are broken down, weighed and found wanting.
Without Jesus, sin would just make us unfit for company. We ourselves "hide" away (like Adam and Eve did when they ate the forbidden fruit). Sin eventually rears its ugly head in our lives and it is a "curse" on us, a heavy weight on our hearts. With Jesus we have a way to be cleansed and made whole again. When we seek out Jesus, He won't shrink back from our ugliness but touch us! And we, like the healed leper with skin like
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Humility, perseverance, faith, tenacity, love will get God to answer your prayer. The foreign woman practically begged Jews to help her. If she was proud, the story would've been different.
Despite Jesus rebuff, the woman kept asking. Maybe God wants us to keep asking until our heart are changed and our desires are purified? Also until something happens.
P. U.S. H. Pray until something Happens
The woman was unflinching in her belief that Jesus could help her. She had faith. She wouldn't and couldn't persevere in her mission without faith. Jesus was not announcing His whereabouts so this woman had to ask around, look for him all over. She had to be tenacious.
Lastly, love. The woman's love for her daughter was the underlying basis for all of this- and probably what moved God's heart the most. Love heals. Love responds. Love works miracles.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
"When You open Your hand they are filled with good things" Psalm 104
It was Christmas eve and I was just a little girl waiting impatiently for the clock to strike 12! Once it did, I started opening presents.
One gift was constructed in a very creative fashion. It was a group of connected cubes and each cube had something inside it! My sister took up architecture in college these were presumably from one of her projects.
For the life of me I cannot remember what were the gifts inside but I remember the awe and delight I felt while I was opening this!
Oftentimes we neglect to see the blessings that surround us. They are under the guise of always being there, things we think we are entitled to, or coming from our own efforts?
Blessings are gifts God delights to give us. His hand opens up every single day with good things. It is something we should always have - a grateful, humble, awed heart, mindful of Him whom all blessings flow.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Happy Heart's Day!
Express your sweet nothings with these animated drawings that I made just for you! These are my gifts for you this Valentine's day.
Send these free GIFs in your e-mail card, put them on your Tumblr, Twitter, G+ wall etc!
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Dreamed up by Christina Alejandro at 10:30 AM
We each have different ways of doing things. We can accomplish a task with more efficiency or at a lethargic speed. Jesus shunned how the pharisees did things as their hearts were far from God. We may do simple, unspectacular things for God but in the end, it's our hearts that matter to Him. If we do things our way, they are botched up. If we do things God's way we can be assured of success.
God is a God of order. He made the heavens and the earth, the land and the sea and man in His own image. We are the best He has made and the most loved. He gave us all we could ever need and we chose to reject God and all that He made for us. He brought order and man made disorder. God desires nothing less than eternal life for us. He wants us to have fullness of life in the here and now. Have I in anyway rejected God? Have I left His blessings in my life in disorder?
God touches something (or even just His cloak), and it is blessed! Man touches the earth and pollution comes, greenhouse gases, global warming. we really don't know what's best for us. God created fresh food. Man, (in His search for convenience) created processed food and thus sickness became more prevalent. We need Gods' touch, God's order in our lives! We need to stop thinking we are God and let God be God! Let us turn to Him and allow Him to save us from ourselves!
God desires to reconnect with man even if 'man has forgotten God. He wants Eden for us-Paradise. But sin has come into the picture and has destroyed the possibility of Paradise. If sin was banished from our lives, then God is free to bless us! Provide for us! Heal us! Let us strive for holiness and righteousness that God change us as we keep seeking God and His ways. Amen.
God is inviting us to come away with Him to rest. God's rest signifies His abiding presence through the "deserts" of life. The Israelites journeyed 40 days and nights with powerful signs of God's presence in the pillar of fire by night and cloud by day. God's rest always fills our need at the time we need it. He gives courage for the struggles and though the why's of life.
God's rest shows us that God desires nothing less than our total wellbeing. He doesn't desire an overburdened life for us! He wants us to stop, spend time with Him so He can bring us wherever we will flourish. To respond to God's faithfulness doesn't always mean serving Him day and night but rather, soaking in His presence.
No act of love is even wasted. It is better to have a short life-but well loved than a long life without love. Love covers over many shortcomings. Without sacrifice it isn't love. Our life's sole mission is to love.
The worst thing is not to have lost a loved one but to realize you lacked in expressing your love to them.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The woman with a continuous flow of blood was healed by touching the hem of Jesus' garment.
A woman this afflicted is ritually unclean in those days. She was not supposed to be with the crowds. Thus we have to go lady how people see us to receive our breakthrough.
The woman had to feel that she deserved the healing. Many people believe that whatever affliction they have is a punishment and well deserved. God's healing grace will have trouble flowing with that type of mindset.
Though the woman was desperate to be healed, she was humble in her request. She only touched Jesus' garment at the lowest possible part. She could have touched His sleeve, His back or His waist instead. We aren't entitled to anything in this world. We are gifted with God's love and mercy and have received entry as God's children through Jesus' death on the cross.
"If only I..."
Faith moves God's heart in ways no other thing can. This woman believed something her heart told her was possible. Many times we silence our hearts as they say such incredulous things. We must listen for God's still small voice is there and grows louder every time we pay attention to it.
Jesus knew that power left Him. He ultimately knew who touched Him and what the woman was up but Jesus wanted to teach us something by asking "who?". By asking "who?" We see that it seemed like it was the woman who forcibly took her healing and not God. (We know of course that it's God's urging that brought this woman to Him.)
In asking "who?" the woman had to speak up! She who was shunned by society had to come out into the open and confess. She did! She spoke out and glorified God through her testimony. Jesus wants us to share what He has done for us! He wants out faith to move His heart! He wants our faith to move the mountains in our lives!
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
It's 2015! It's 365 new beginnings for each of us! It's time to celebrate and be grateful!
Greet the new year with these nature inspired graphics for sending around or as background images for your devices.
These are all my photographs from a recent out of town trip. If you saw a lone lady clicking away at the flowers and trees, that might have been me!
Don't you just love the way nature has seasons where there is life, passing away and rebirth? It's a lot like life isn't it? That's why I like going outside and seeing what God is saying through the sky, the birds, butterflies, leaves and soil. He doesn't stay silent for long! He makes all things new in nature and also in us!
Dreamed up by Christina Alejandro at 10:14 AM