Thursday, December 31, 2009
I sincerely wish all of you a wonderful and blessed final Thursday of 2009. Laurie from Women Taking A Stand is hosting Thankful Thursday, so please drop by for a visit.
As 2009 comes to end with bells and whistles, I stop to look at the blessings we have received throughout the year. My first "Thank You" has to go to my heavenly father God. He has given love, patience, forgiveness, and courage. I thank my kids for putting up with me and for loving me unconditionally. I am also thankful for my mother, who through the years has continued to be my mentor. My sister Angie gave me a foundation of faith because she took me to a Christian ACTS retreat that changed my life. My sister Gracie is always my vision of GRACE and I admire her family values. My "JOY" is my sister Jessica because she became my best friend and helped me find my creative passion and purpose. My brother Rolando is the rock of our family and a role mode for my kids.
When it all comes down to it, the things that matter the most are family and friends. To all of you my blogging friends; I wish you the best for 2010. You have reached deeper into your heart and have made me feel blessed by your friendship. God Bless You with love, happiness, and peace.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I love turquoise. I think it is the most beautiful color that God created.
It is cold and drizzling outside. I'm tired from the unpacking at work and home, but looking through decorating websites makes me happy. The designs and use of color are inspirational. I can't wait to get my sewing room setup so I can start "creating" again.
Have a blessed Tuesday!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. (Luke 2:4-5)
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6-7)
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." (Luke 2:8-12)
When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him. (Luke 2:39-40)
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
I want to sincerely thank you for your prayers. When you heard me call for prayer about my relocation stress, you came to my side. That is the biggest gift of the season that I have received. You are my friends in faith!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
“Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:10-12
"Those who love me will keep my word and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them". John 14:23
I love these two scriptures. As a single woman I often try to fit myself into the meaning of Proverbs 31:10-12. It is difficult to do because I’m not married, so officially I’m not a wife. I don’t have a husband to lavish with love and respect. My role as a single mom requires me to also be a “dad” and the “man” of the house. Yet, I still joyfully sing the praises of a true Christian marriage.
For me, being married to God is a vocation. It isn’t formal but instead it’s spiritual. Marriage to God is about loving Him passionately and doing everything to make our dreams come true. God has dreams for me and my family, just as a husband has dreams for his family. Traditional wives are called to honor their husband in everything. I too feel called to honor God in all that I do. He is my partner. Like in a traditional marriage, my relationship with God needs to be intimate and respectful. I have to make a conscious effort to follow God’s lead and not let my pride or stubbornness get in the way. Marriage to God is relying on Him, believing Him, and obeying Him.
In John 14:23, I am reassured of God’s love if I keep His word. God is telling me that He will make a home for me. He will teach me through his son Jesus Christ and He will inspire me through the Holy Spirit. God will furnish our home with the Holy Trinity and fill our home with love, respect, passion, trust, and faith. Isn’t that what marriage is?
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
It is such a blessing for me to participate in Spiritual Sundays with Ginger & Charlotte. I have found so many answers to my prayers in the words of wisdom from the wonderful women I have met. I sincerely thank my Heavenly Father God for bringing mentors and inspirational friends to my life. One of those women is my dear friend Floss who hosts A Pause for Advent. During the holidays people are running crazy trying to find the perfect gift. It is easy to get stressed, depressed, or lost in the holiday frenzy. A Pause for Advent is my friendly reminder to appreciate the gift of life that God is giving us through His son Jesus Christ.
With our relocating this month we were not able to put up our holiday decorations or do much gift shopping at all. Instead, I am reminding myself and my kids that the gift of Christmas is Christ himself. I am looking back at 2009 with gratitude for God's love and mercy.
Jesus Loves You!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I love old books. There is something about them that intrigues me. I wonder about the story behind the stories. I image the numerous people who have read them and what they learned from them. I like the feel of old books and the smell of aging grace. Most of all, I love that our beloved Father God left for us the Holy Bible, filled with His teachings and hopes for us. I am starting to pack-up for our relocation. I have so many books that I need to sort through. It is hard letting them go because they have become a part of me. But, I know that new beginnings bring new blessings too. With care and patience I will go through all of them and only keep a few special ones. The other ones will be donated and hopefully bless another person as I have been blessed.
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.
Timothy 4:13 (NIV)
Your Sister in Christ,
Thursday, December 10, 2009
This Thursday I want to give my thanks God for giving me my mother. She is my inspiration, my role model, and my best friend. I am still in central Texas on my house hunting trip. I invited my mother to join me on my trip, and I am so glad that she accepted. Mom has a wonderful life story which I hope one day she puts into a book. She is a woman of faith, service, and love.
Have a Blessed Thursday and wonderful week!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I'm still out of town but wanted to drop in to update ya'll on my house hunting relocation trip. Things are going good, busy, and blessed. Hopefully by Wednesday morning I will know if I got the leased-house I applied for.
There are so many antique stores in my soon-to-be hometown. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to visit any of them. I love the rustic furniture and antique kitchen utensils. The antique items whisper secrets from the past. I'm just an "Americana Girl" at heart.
Have a great week!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I want to sincerely thank Floss for hosting "A Pause for Advent". I know that God is wanting me to pause and look around at the wonderful women of faith that He has brought into my life. Charlotte & Ginger are my pillars of wisdom and they host Spiritual Sundays.
"Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said “Woman, you are set free from your ailment”. When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God." (Luke 13:10-13)
In the book of Luke, Jesus is teaching on the Sabbath. Today He teaches 24-7. This tells me that He is always available. The story is about one woman's faith and hope. It is so easy for us to be like the Crippled Woman. We too have been crippled emotionally, mentally, and physically. There are times that negative attitudes, anger, and impatience lead to physical ailments like headaches and stomach aches. A spiritually deficient person can not stand straight in faith but instead looks down at everything in life. We allow negativity to take our focus away from God. Like the Crippled Woman, we can also look beyond our problems and seek hope in Christ. When Jesus approached the woman, she was probably embarassed about her defects but she was confident in His power. When He told her that she was healed, she accepted his word as truth. She didn't question its' authenticity. She looked-up, stood up, and lived up to the a life of hope and faith.
What has you crippled? As for me, I stress out a lot because I try to do things on my own too often. I get frustrated, tired, and impatient, and then I get headaches and muscle tension. Maybe if I would start by having greater faith in God I would be more peaceful and confident knowing that He was in control. I acknowledge my defects and stand before Jesus for healing. I wish the same for you.
God Bless You ~ Yoli
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
"Caldo" is the Spanish word for Soup. I am feeling a bit under the weather today. I need something warm and soothing for supper. It is cold and drizzly outside; and I'm in south Texas. I can only image how cold it must be in the northern areas. I love this weather when I can stay home, all cozy and comfy.
I won't post a recipe because some of the best soups I've had come from a can. My favorite soup when I was a kid was Campbells Chicken & Stars...yum, yum.
Take Care and Keep Warm!