Where it Matters…

As the 2018 World Cup comes to an end I admit I am a little sad.  It was thirty days of excitement, renewed hopes and dreams come true for lots of people and nations. During times of worries and frustrating news and events, this one event seemed to bring a reprieve for many that enjoy the sport of soccer.

36455413_10211380151131492_8734368526778761216_oIt truly took Just Breathe to a whole new level for me.  Slow down and just breathe, Goaaaaaal, jump and breathe, penalty shots remember to breathe! Yes, we take it very seriously at our home…..ummm, every four years that is (smile).

However, one of the biggest lessons of this year’s games is all the surprises it brought.  What some viewed as the greatest and most experienced teams, were actually the ones beaten by seemingly small time teams.  One by one they went home!

Isn’t that just how life plays us?

When we think or expect things to go one way they turn out completely differently but if we look close enough, if we just stop for a moment, we learn tremendous lessons that actually take us even further than we ever imagined.

I am reminded of our small town shepherd boy David.  No one thought much of David (not even his own family) and certainly didn’t expect him to defeat an enemy and kill him AND certainly not become the second king of Israel. BUT, he did just that!

Aren’t these the greatest moments in our lives?

The moments in our lives when we actually surprise ourselves.  The moments that we see God comes through and we win the battle at whatever challenge has been taunting us.  Or, we lose the battle and God comes through in the way of love, nurture, opportunities, encouragement and moments that we will never forget and bring us to a whole new level.

37161379_10211472685844802_8081876871832141824_oSo where am I going with this?  It truly doesn’t matter whether you win or lose by society’s standards.  What truly matters is what we learned in the process and how we witness God’s love and care for our lives.  You see, in the championship between France and Croatia, Croatia played their hearts out until the very last second but still lost the game.  This small country, who is young (since 1991), could go home feeling defeated or they could go home feeling that when no one expected them to get to the final championship, they got the world stage and showed us all that they are determined, dedicated and committed, and persevered when things looked bleak.  Hey, they even got a personal hug and kiss from their woman President.

So my friend be encouraged that you are on your way to something wonderful.  Don’t ignore your current situation but instead, be intentional on how you choose to look at it. You’re already a champion!!!

Wishing you a wonderful new week and always remember to Just Breathe!

Until next time,

Silvia


God’s Got You…

It has been one of those weeks where the stress level has officially hit an all-time high.  You know, no one specific thing….just multiple things.  Everything is due at the same time, people are asking things of you that you didn’t even plan for, and then, you’re told with hours to prepare, that you are presenting to a senior executive.

image1On top of all that you have an interesting conversation that leaves your mind turning for days.  Those conversations where you are not sure how to react to, where the person’s head was when they spoke to you or even what are their true motives, because they could be looking out for you with a clean heart and mind—but you are doubtful.

Why is it that sometimes we question every motive and comment that is directed at us?

Needless to say, I felt overwhelmed and had to keep reminding my overactive brain to slow down and just breathe!

At one point during the week my husband (Miguel) notices my load and also how I am processing it all and the “lens” I am using to evaluate everything. He tells me, “Silvia, don’t worry so much.  You know that in every part of your life, even in your career, God has always worked things out for your good.”

Wow.  Simple words, yet a powerful reminder that I needed to hear.

Yes, God has always come through for me so why was I doubting Him now or worse, why was I trying to figure things out on my own.  Why was I spending so much time and energy—that I didn’t currently have on this?

Because, I had forgotten!

How many times throughout the day do we try to help God along or worse, suggest to Him how things should go in our lives?  I imagine that we give God a good laugh!  For example, it’s like a toddler at a playground trying to figure something out that takes their Mom two seconds to do it for them.  There’s nothing wrong with the toddler.  They just don’t have the skills to do what they need—it’s the mother’s job!  

My dear it’s God’s job to take care of us and he does it wholeheartedly.

God has been so clear in his Word. Don’t worry over anything, He will take care of it.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

So my friend, whatever load you are trying to figure out, let it go and let God take over.  he will do a much better job at solving it anyways.  God’s got this and everything in your life.
Until next time and remember, slow down and Just Breathe!
Silvia

Too much of a good thing…

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. ~Psalm 100:4

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to be on a cruise ship you know that you can eat just about anything you want.  Endless supply of goodies!  You eat 5 meals a day—at the very least because they insist on keep on feeding you.

My husband Miguel just can’t get enough of the desserts.  If they have carrot cake or tiramisu he wants several of each!  However, after about the third day we start to run away from the sight of food. Food is no longer appetizing or wanted.  You know that you’ve managed to lose control of your appetite and your stomach is just not happy all the overeating you’ve done.photo-1514077583608-aedd9ec18c40

This reminds me of the Israelites wondering through the desert.  God supplied them with everything they needed, however, because they over indulged in it they started to resent the food that God supplied.

How many of us resent some of the blessings that God has given us?  We start to grow complacent of what God has provided—often time it’s as a result of us begging him for it—and even complain about it!

What are you taking for granted today?

Is it the husband that you asked God for?  Is it the blessing of your children?  Is it the career or job that you currently have?  Is it the car that you one day desperately needed?  Or, is it the home that you complain about each time you need to clean it?

It is time that we transform our mindset into one of gratefulness and thanksgiving.  Did you know that people that are grateful, even for the seemingly small things are the happiest and most content?  They seek to see the blessings and favor of God every day.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want God’s favor and blessings to stop flowing in my life due to my ungrateful attitude.  Remember only two people out of the 3 million made to the Promised Land because of their attitude towards the blessings and deliverance that God had provided to them.

Take a moment today to express gratitude for all that God has done for you.  Look through your prayer journals and acknowledge God’s faithfulness in your life.  Make it a daily habit to seek and find God’s daily favor in all that you do.

My friend…take a deep breath and thank God for it!

Until next time,

Silvia


Get Ready for the Fight….

Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. 12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. 13 Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:11-17

As kids we are often taught about putting on God’s armor. We were taught what each part meant and even had songs and games to help us remember.

However, I am not sure that we fully grasped how important this daily practice is to our lives.

As women, wives, mothers, teachers, career women, counselors, mentors, etc. we are fighting a battle on a daily basis. Sometimes the battle is for our own well-being and sometimes the battle is to stand in the gap for someone we love.

woman-in-armor YOU WERE MADE FOR BATTLE!!! YOU ARE A WARRIOR IN GOD’S ARMY!

How do you feel reading those words? Does it make you afraid? Does it make you want to crawl back into your hole or does it get you geared up for battle?

In my own personal life I feel like I have been in a battle for the past few months. Some days with rays of hope and other days have been downright downpours! However, God has reminded me during several occasions that I was “made” for the battle. Do you know what that means? That means that not only has He already equipped you for what you are facing but He and HIS army are right with you. There are no armies of one! You are not alone—unlike how the enemy of our souls would like for us to believe.

So, today I remind you to put on your FULL armor BUT remember that you will always need faith. In verse 16 above it doesn’t say “sometimes you will need faith” NO, He tells us that “In EVERY battle you will need faith. Although things may look bleak for you today, always bring faith along to every battle. Faith is the substance of things not seen- don’t focus on what you are seeing in the natural—focus on the victory—the end result.

I encourage you today to march on Women of God. Push through it and be encouraged to know that you are not alone. There’s a community, an army that is cheering you on to continue the good fight.

You are blessed, you are a winner, you are a princess warrior!!!



Trusting God to the Fullest…..

Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. Exodus 2:1-4

These last couple of months I have had to trust God to the fullest.  I tried to “fix” things or get answers on my own but to no avail.

You know when you get the “I can handle this” syndrome… Or the I will make a couple of phone calls and will get to the bottom of this…You think that you are Wonder Woman!

trustHowever, sometimes life give you one trial after another, or better yet, several at the same time.  I felt as if everything around me was falling apart!

You ask your friends that are prayer warriors for prayer over your situation and before you send the e-mail another situation arises.  At this point, you feel  too embarrassed to ask for prayer for yet— another thing….not only of people but of God too!  Am I the only one that has been there?  You feel as if people will start to think that you are craving either attention or are starting to make things up because it almost doesn’t seem logical!  This of course is a lie of the enemy!  The body of Christ is to unite and pray for one another- it’s biblical my friend!

Today, I read a quote by Dr. Tony Evans: The Greater the Crisis, the Greater the Destiny! 

Did you see that?

Yes, you!!!

The one that is feeling overwhelmed by everything that is happening around you- this word is for you!

I am reminded of Jochebed.  Jochebed was the mother of Moses, one of the major characters in the Old Testament. Her appearance is short and we are not told much about her, but one trait stands out: Trust in God.

She ran out of options.  She had hid her child for 3 months and now couldn’t hide him any longer.

There were no other options….no other way BUT to Trust God!

You see my friend, I had to bundle my issues and place them in a basket too and trust that God will take care of each of my loved ones.

Is it easy?  No way!  Is it the only way? YES!

Today, do not feel defeated, overwhelmed or discouraged by your situation.  Wrap it up nicely for your Abba Father and send it off in the Nile.  He has plans for you that will amaze you!

My friend, HE’S GOT THIS!

Expect the Unexpected!!!! …And remember to Just Breathe today.

Send me a comment or note as to how I can pray with you today.  We are all facing something but when we unite in prayer, there is an unsurpassed power!

 


Hidden Blessings in Life’s Transitions…

Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.  2 Corinthians 5:8

By Anonymous Writer

My dad was a very talented artist — the mayor of San Francisco was one of his friends and collectors. When he got sick and lost his memory due to many strokes he forgot to paint and that was so hard to witness. My dad went to painting like this image to painting like a 5 year old.

strawberriesIt was challenging, but the message I received was that we are not defined by what we do.

I got very depressed but sought out the Lord even more.

How sad that I sought God during a crisis but that is how I was— sort of a user. We never treat friends like this but I treated God in a way where I remembered him when times were tough.

When dad passed away a few months ago I was frightened of God. I found Him to be too drastic. I saw Him as the Old Testament God who needed sacrifices.

However, I started having very vivid dreams. Dreams where my dad looked about 40 years younger, was VERY happy and talked to me about heaven and how sweet and loving God is. In one dream my dad told me that God is upset that there is not enough solidarity on earth. In another dream my dad talked about the materialism on earth and how heaven is a place of plenitude. In yet another dream, I saw Christ speak to me in the kindest and most loving voice and told me that my dad is a good man and loves me so much.

I’ve had about 40 dreams with my dad.

My thinking has changed. I have become more sensitive as to what I am watching on TV. I have become more aware that the Holy Spirit would be wounded.

My thinking of God has also changed—- I am no longer afraid. Through my dreams of my dad, I have come to realize that death is really just a transition; a continuation into a purer form.

Although my dad in no longer here on earth; he continues to inspire me.

I now realize that I am not defined by my career, Christ is my identity!!! This has taken so much pressure off of my work.

Yes, my job is a gift! I am able to work from home and can care for my sweet son but, it is no longer my main focus- I feel more relaxed. By placing God first I now know that every aspect of my life will be blessed.

I go for acupuncture to be more balanced and now I have finally learned that I also need to be a more balanced Christian. Everything in my life needs to be in sync for God to work effectively — otherwise I leave opportunities for the enemy to attack. I am reminded of the armor of God.

So in the end, the funny thing is that my dad’s passing has proven to be a nice thing. He is no longer sick. I dream of him where he speaks of God and I see how happy, young and healthy he is. I now have greater faith in Christ and realize that I need to put God first in everything and I will be blessed.

I have made a choice that instead of reading business blogs that I need to network with like-minded Christians, who are not competing to succeed but who are cooperating and collaborating. I am so grateful to have met Silvia and know she and her blog are a blessing in my life.  She is reminding me to Just Breathe…