Monday, November 30, 2009
GOD answers questions FAST! Just a couple of hours ago I posted a question about Christmas decorating. The answers came through wonderful women of wisdom!
Thank you to my sweet friend Floss for hosting "A Pause for Advent" because that was the reminder I needed. Floss, you helped me remember the "Reason for the Season", JESUS CHRIST.
Super thanks to all the lovely ladies who posted your thoughts. I will certainly take your words of wisdom to heart. We will decorate our house with the Nativity display.
God has truly blessed me with the gift of your friendship!
What do I do???? We relocate within 3-4 weeks. I feel bad that I haven't put up any Christmas decorations in our current house. I hate to put them up and just have to box them back up in a couple of weeks. I went online to look for inspiration and found this picture at Pottery Barn. I totally love it. The Christmas rustic scene is so me!
I'm torn because I don't want to be a Scrooge Mommy by not decorating, even though my kids are teenagers. What should I do???? I guess I could down-size the decorations this year but it wouldn't be the same. I just love decorating, making cookies, and the smell of pine & cinnamon. This relocation is my Christmas dream come true!
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Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I sincerely wish all of you a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. Join us at Grace Alone during November. During December we will be sharing our thankful thoughts at Women Taking A Stand.
I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30
During 2009, my blessings have been greater than I could have ever imagined. I shifted my thoughts from expectation to glorification. I made a conscious effort to turn my will and my life to God. The blessings started to become clear. I have been able to see the path clearly. I am in constant communication with God. I have been teaching my kids to see the signs of God. I tell them that when they talk to God and ask him for things, sometime the answer is Yes, No, or Wait. I have tried to be a faithful servant and the rewards are incredible.
Walk in faith my dear friends. Let the Lord steer your path. This Thanksgiving I am thankful for your friendship, your words of wisdom, and most of all the love of God that we share. Lets lift up in prayer all of those people who feel lonely, hungry, and lost. May the love of Christ nurish their bodies, fill their spirit, and heal hearts.
To my Father God: Thank you for my closer relationship with you. I sincerely appreciate the wonderful children you have given me; who are in good health, respectful Christians, and excellent students. I am so appreciative of the job I am blessed with and the sweet people I work with. My heart is filled with gratitude for my mother, who is still my inspiration and mentor. My sisters are my best friends and my brother is my role-mode. Thank you God for giving us your son Jesus Christ, who loves us and guides us closer to you.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Mystery Pecan Pie
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 deep dish pie shell
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
Blend together first five items and pour in bottom of unbaked pie shell, top with chopped pecans.
Mix all ingredients and pour on top of pecans.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Happy Thanksgiving Week!!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I am so excited about Spiritual Sundays. I like the sharing of wisdom from such wonderful friends. Please join in!
The scripture I chose this Sunday is about parenting, because I see my teen kids growing up so fast. I am trying to guide them through biblical teachings and by giving them space to grow. Parenting is something that takes a lot of attentiveness and prayer. The Bible is our Manual/Handbook for parenting. Eventhough I'm a single mom, I am so glad that I am not raising them alone because our sweet Jesus Christ is the man of our house!
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
We are so blessed that Father God is such a patient and loving parent. He is giving us the checklist on how to raise our own kids. God doesn't expect us figure this out by ourselves. He doesn't make different rules for different people. His expectations are exactly the same for everyone. The rules don't change. I consider the Ten Commandments as "Parenting 101", fundamental and foundational. God is also telling us to be in constant communication with our kids. How many times are we so rushed or exhausted to listen to our children? I know they are a full-time job and they require so much attention. But God is specific to say that we must communicate with them at all times. Also, as easily as we buy designer name brand clothing, let us be sure that we wear our faith for everyone to see. Brand your home, yourself, and your children with the Holy Trinity.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Giving thanks on a regular basis keeps your heart healthy and strengthens your spirit. Join in at Thankful Thursday and share your list of blessings.
I want to share that this week I am so thankful for my spiritual growth. God has taken me on an incredible adventure that started with my attending a Women's ACTS Retreat a year ago. I received messages from God telling me to have COURAGE. I had no idea why, but I obediently walked in faith. I am thankful that God clipped away the unfruitful things in my life. I'm thankful that I notice God's beauty in people, places, and things. I am most thankful for getting to meet wonderful women of wisdom through blog events like this.
God's Blessings to You,
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Join along with Blue Monday at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/.
My son Vincent is in 11th grade also attends college full-time. After high school graduation he wants to go to Notre Dame to finish his college degree. Vinny downloaded this icy blue picture of Notre Dame. I attended college as a single parent while working full-time, and it was exhausting. I wish for better circumstances for Vinny. I pray for God's will over Vinny's college dreams. ~ Yoli :)
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I am sending my prayers out to all of those in need. My life has been so blessed lately by all of the prayers we are receiving concerning our upcoming relocation. God is so wonderful because He has heard your prayers and is blessing us through the process. I have witnessed the power of prayer in my life. It is my turn to give back in love, prayer, and support to each one of you. With all of my heart and soul, I lift you up in prayer; through my works, my thoughts, and my words. Open your heart, open your eyes, open your arms; receive God's peace, love, and hope!
I posted the picture because I believe in the statement. I have been a single parent over 4 years and I am not in a rush to find someone. I want to spend devoted time with my 2 teen kids before they leave to college. I'm blessed with so much love from God, my kids, family and friends. I have all faith that God has something special in store for me, in His due time.
Friday, November 13, 2009
God sent me to Empowering Christian Women where Karla Meachem was so sweet to post a free download of the e-book. I just started the 10 week course on the 10 Commandments. I like it so far because it is easy to follow, good verse references, and it has pages for me to write my meditations.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
My sweet friend Dawn posted this list on her blog http://dawnandaggie.blogspot.com/. The list is simple yet powerful. Today I ask God for a special blessing for Dawn during her time of letting go; http://dawnandaggie.blogspot.com/2009/10/letting-go.html. Please drop by her blog and give her a shout-out of support.
The 7 Ups!
1. Wake Up !! - Decide to have a good day. "This is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalms 118:24
2. Dress Up !! - The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7
3. Shut Up!! - Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. "He who guards his lips guards his soul." Proverbs 13:3
4. Stand Up!! ... for what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. "Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..." Galatians 6:9-10
5. Look Up !! ... to the Lord. "I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me". Philippians 4:13
6. Reach Up !! … for something higher. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6
7. Lift Up !! .. . your Prayers. "Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING." Philippians 4:6
God Bless You! ~ Yoli :)
Friday, November 6, 2009
My heart and prayers go to those at Fort Hood, their families and friends, and our nation. I pray that the healing of God come upon everyone. Sometimes we do not understand situations but we can always find safety in Jesus Christ. God Bless America.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Here I am, Yoli the "Apron Senorita". I changed my blog because my upcoming relocation has also affected the boutique business that I co-own with my sister Jessica. Last year Jessica invited me to join her successful jewelry business, so we started JOY Marie's Boutique an online boutique. With the long-distance miles we will soon be facing, we decided to branch out in different directions. I will always be appreciative to Jessica because she gave me a "stage" for me to showcase my sewing passion.
As my job relocation to the beautiful Texas Hill-Country area gets closer, I am so excited about the move. I will be working full-time as a Terminal Operations Coordinator, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. I will also be continuing on with my apron designs. I call myself the APRON SENORITA, since I am Hispanic, and I do incorporate a lot of Latin flavor in my designs. I envision aprons for Cowgirl Senoritas, French Senoritas, Americana Senoritas. I stayed up late last night working on my new website http://www.apronsenorita.com/ and I setup this blog and I setup my Etsy Shop account. I have so much work to do, but ONE DAY AT A TIME. God is still the CEO of my business, so I'm in good hands.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
11/03/09 Proverbs 31 Daily Devotional: "It seems God continually brings me to the end of my endurance, both emotionally and physically, to reveal the truth about my heart. What's revealed in those moments of pressure is usually something that needs addressing, like selfishness, insecurity, jealousy or bitterness. Getting split apart isn't pleasant. In fact, it's often painful and embarrassing. Yet, it's required if I want to become a true follower of Christ." Full Text