Monday, March 29, 2010

in a few words...

ok, seriously... in a few words! I don't know what few words means, but I will try.

This weekend was sweet. Not just 'sweet' in the sense that it was good but 'sweet' in the sense that it was at best, in my limited human knowledge, Heaven on Earth. Jose and Belkis, the Youth Pastor and his wife, planned a weekend retreat with the youth leaders. The men went to a ranch while the ladies spent a beautiful Miami weekend at the beach.

Three scriptures come to mind:
As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. -Proverbs 27:17

A friend loves at all times, and a sister is born for adversity. -Proverbs 17:17

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. for if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. -Eccelsiastes 4:9-10

This weekend I was able to experience a sweet fellowship, not that I don't always but spending 24-7 was different. It was awesome to spend a weekend with the women who I serve alongside, to know them for who they are apart from the four walls of the church. We shared our hearts and views on different topics, where God has us and shared some crazy funny stories. Everyone was assigned to prepare a devotional (no specific theme) to share. It was increadibly sweet to witness how God prepared our hearts and though different parts of scriptures where read the theme of overall was pretty much the same: unwavering faith & full obedience. I can go on, but this is an attempt to share in few words, lol.

For You reading this post who serves in any ministry, I encourage you, challenge you to plan something similar, maybe a potluck of some sort and get to know those you serve with. Spend time in the word together aside from the "Sunday" fellowship. A threefold cord is not easily broke- there is power in unity.
God Bless YOU!

Here are a few pictures from this weekend:
I woke up to this beautiful sunrise, sat at the balcony and had a wonderful time with Jesus.

Beautiful view

We walked down the boardwalk. I love this picture.

Most of the wonderful woman I serve with.

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! -Psalm 133:1

Friday, March 26, 2010

Lyrical Friday - Lord of Lords

Happy Friday!
This week's song has become the song of my heart. I promised you more songs from Brooke Fraser and Lord of Lords is one of them. She is a gifted writer with an anointed voice. The lyrics are so beatiful. Before you hear the song I would like for you to read the words, truly meditate on them and allow them to penetrate your heart.

Lord of Lords, Brooke Fraser
Beholding Your beauty
Is all that I long for
To worship You Jesus
Is my sole desire
For this very heart
You have shaped for your pleasure
Purposed to lift Your Name higher

Here in surrender
In pure adoration
I enter Your courts
With an offering of praise
I am Your servant
Come to bring You glory
As is fit for the work of Your hands

[Chorus 1:]
Now unto the Lamb
Who sits on the throne
Be glory and honor and praise
All of creation resounds with the song
Worship and praise Him
The Lord of lords

Spirit now living
And dwelling within me
Keep my eyes fixed
Ever on Jesus' face
Let not the things of this world
Ever sway me
I'll run 'til I finish the race

[Chorus 2:]
Now unto the Lamb
Who sits on the throne
Be glory and honor and praise
All of eternity echoes the song
Worship and praise Him
The Lord of lords

Holy Lord
You are holy
Jesus Christ
Is the Lord

[Chorus 3:]
Now unto the Lamb
Who sits on the throne
Be glory and honour and praise
Call all the sinners to join in the song
Worship and praise Him
The Lord of lords

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In her book, The Power of a Praying Woman , Stormie Omartian proposes a question that I have always gone back to (and I am paraphrasing), "Is Jesus lord over every area of your life or only the areas you allow Him to lord over?"  So many times we limit God and only surrender parts of us. I encourage you to surrender all. I pray that God may be Lord over every area of your life- even that area that you don't want to surrender.

"...for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
Revelation 17:14

Thursday, March 25, 2010

my heart cries out

"My heart cries out over Moab..." Isaiah 15:5

Hi my Friend.

As I have shared with you a few post back, I am reading the book of Isaiah. Yesterday as I read this verse, I paused and meditated on them. “My heart cries out for Moab…” The intensity of these words provoked me to search my own heart and question myself. Do I cry out for those whom I despise? When someone I am not particularly fond of is hurting, do I cry out for them? Or even with them? Am I allowing compassion, long suffering and kindness to have its way in me and through me?

In our lives there will be people who will curse the name of the Lord; will you cry out for them? There may be people in your life today who you disagree with their lifestyle; will you cry out for them? Jesus himself said that we will be hated and persecuted; will you cry out for those who hate and persecute you? You may have been hurt in the past (that person will be judged before the throne of God for that) and wounded deeply; will you cry out to God for that person?

This morning I read Romans 12:14-15:
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

I love this scripture, especially the part that encourages us to mourn with those who mourn. This weekend God vividly painted a beautiful picture of this verse. Saturday was a day of chaos for my family. As I was at church one of my friends called out my name. I turned around and as a soon as I saw her I began to sob uncontrollably. As I walked towards her, it was as if I was walking into the arms of Jesus. [Here comes the beautiful picture] She held me as I cried and I she was crying with me. I could not understand why she was crying. It wasn’t her family that was going through a storm of trials. This verse came to mind, “mourn with those who mourn.” Jesus may I be a woman who mourns with those who mourn.

“My heart cries out for Moab…”
Is there someone around you that is going through a trial, a loss, a time of confusion or is simply being broken before the Lord… cry with them, pray with them and may the God of comfort speak words of life through you.

I pray that we would be a people who are compassionate, abounding in love and crying out for everyone- enemies included.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

game changers

And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.

When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”  Mark 2:1-5

Last Friday in Uth Nation we studied this passage in a teaching titled Game Changers. This story has strengthened my faith. It wasn't compassion for this crippled man that moved Jesus, but rather it was the faith of the paralytic man's friends. I don't know about you, but as for me, I would love for the lives around me to be transformed by God for God and my faith being the crutch used to get that life saved.
We really don't know if these four men were even friends of the paralytic man, but one this is for sure, these men did whatever they could to get him to Jesus. These men knew and believed that Jesus could do something for this man. How many family members, friends, coworkers, acquaintances, strangers, friends or family members of friends that we know are in need of Jesus? What are we doing to get them to Him?
May our prayers be prayers of mountain moving faith, especially when praying for someone's soul. There is no one that can escape the hope of God. I'm sure that many in Capernaum saw this lame man and thought that nothing could be done for him, that he was hopeless, yet four men chose to believe that there was still hope for him, and look, His sins were forgiven. May we see people as Jesus sees them. May we never pass the opportunity of carrying someone to Jesus, who can forgive their sins and give them abundant life. We can be the game changer to someone, whether through prayer or in leading them to Jesus.

"...above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one." Ephesians 6:16

God Bless YOU!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

HEAL Journey - New Beginning

Hi Everyone.
This morning was the first HEAL Journey meeting with six girls from Uth Nation. We opened up with Psalm 139 and discussed what this Psalm spoke to us. I shared with them my testimony over bagels and tea. It was a very sweet time. I prepared goodie bags for each girl. Each bag contained: Book- for their Heal Journey, Candle- because we are the aroma of Christ and the light of the world, Lip Gloss- we reflect God's beauty, Loli Pop- to keep us sweet for and like Jesus, Greeting Cards- to give the gift of kind words and encouragement like we recieve from God.

Each girl has an accountability partner for the next two weeks. Also, each one has a secret prayer warrior (basically, a mystery woman at church is praying for them and will be sending them a card each week). Likewise, the girls will be praying for their prayer warriors and sending them a card with me, the messenger. They will meet eachother at the end of our study.

Keep this discipleship group in prayer. We will meet every other Saturday. I'll keep you posted each time we meet.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. ~Psalm 139:17-18

Friday, March 19, 2010

Lyrical Friday - Lord You're Beautiful

Keith Green wrote 'Lord You're Beautiful' and this is today's song. At a loss for words to describe this hymm all I can do is encourage you to listen and meditate on these lyrics. I pray that as you sit at the feet of these words, may they sink deep into your heart and become more than a song, more than a hymm. May this song become the praise of your lips and prayer of your heart.

Lord You're Beautiful, Jesus Culture
(please turn off the music player on the sidebar)

Oh Lord, you're beautiful,
Your face is all I seek,
For when your eyes are on this child,
Your grace abounds to me.

I want to take your word and shine it all around.
But first help me just to live it Lord.
And when I'm doing well, help me to never seek a crown.
For my reward is giving glory to you.

Oh Lord, please light the fire,
That once burned bright and clear.
Replace the lamp of my first love,
That burns with Holy fear.

Oh Lord, you're beautiful,
Your face is all I seek,
For when your eyes are on this child,
Your grace abounds to me.

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
Psalm 63:3-5

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

the body style

Hi Everyone!
I've been reading "The Body Style: The Church as described by Jesus" written by Gayle Erwin. This is my night time book to read before heading off to lala land. Last night I read a few paragraphs that changed my whole perspective on one of my life verses... yes, I have a few, lol, don't judge me! It may seem long, but so worth it.

Chapter: Find Your Life
Matthew 16:24, Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me."

This serving statement of Jesus also reveals a highly misunderstood yet extremely straightforward requirement for the Kingdom of God- self denial. We reword this mandate by stating, "Let man deny himself something." The addition of something makes this requirement far less than what Jesus said. Indeed, I find it easy to deny myself some thing. In fact, we easily institutionalize this practice by designating a certain time of the year to play this little game. Lent makes us feel religious but totally misses the point. While self denial may include some things, it brings me face to face with something far more serious.

The most ungodlike, Jesus oppposing trait I carry is my self centeredness. My greed and lust (characteristics of my selfish being) rule until I invite the Creator to rule my life. Whe He rules, my nature gradually changes to others-centered thinking. If I simply deny myself something, I escape without denying my self. It is precisely that lost self that Jesus came to rescue.

This brings up a most interesting aberriation that exists in the church world. When governments or other counting bodies attempt to divide the world into different religious groups, Christian becomes anyone who is not Muslim or Jewish or Hindu or Buddhist. [skipping a few sentences] Being American or Methodist or Catholic or Baptist- make the list as long as you want- does not make me Christian. Policticians form broad lists of various groups as the Christian world, but these lists lack something most important- the category does not necessarily denote a relationship with Jesus.

Jesus made two more statements that provide foundation stones in this same sentence: Take up your cross and follow me. Many things, often humorous- such as husbands and halitosis- pile into this sack we call the cross. Amost anything we consider miserable from spouse to job to inescapable situations we tend to call our cross. Keep in mind that when Jesus made this statement to the diciples, he had not yet been to the cross. No such connotations existed.

Whe Jesus said, take up your cross, an immediate image flooded the disciples' minds. Thousands of people had died on crosses by that time at the hands of the Romans. The hatred all Jews had for Romans meant that each person carried the realization that, in Roman terms, he was deserving of crucifixion. The concept of the cross also carried the ultimate reality of physical death. Consequently, this cross to be carried was a constant reminder of guilt (deserved) and death (physically inescapable).

In the face of guilt and death, what shall you do with your life? What goals and actions become worthwhile?With a gun to your head and permission to do your last deeds, what would they be? Jesus provides the answer, "follow me."

The statement, follow me, wonderfully simplifies my world. Following a person is so much simpler than following directions. Many people think Christianity is following a set of rules or principles. When I hear people say, "I try to live by Christian principles," I want to jump in and say, "Principles didn't die on the cross; a person did."

(almost done here.)

I can follow even when I don't understand the directions. Often, in my travels, I am in countries that use our alphabet and within a week, I have developed a traveler's understanding of signs and the language. However, I also travel to countries whose writings baffles me. The symbols look like someone with a mouth full of chocolate sneezed. How can I learn that or follow directions in such foreign scratchings? I tried once and finally gave up, calling a friend on the phone and saying, "I can't find you."
 His question worsened my situation, "Where are you?"
"I don't know."
I wanted to say, "I am at the corner of WALK and DON'T WALK."
So he asked me what buildings I could see. When I described them, he responded, "I know where you are. Stay there. I will come and you can follow me home." Alriiiight! I can follow even when I don't understand the directions.

This is why even a child can be a Christian. We do not need a Ph.D to be a follower. All we need do is focus our eyes on Jesus himself and follow him.

The wonder of following Jesus is that more is demanded of us than any other system, yet we are the ones whose leader occupies us and actually meets the unmeetable requirements in us. Any other teaching is a reduction of the words of Jesus.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

feed my starving children

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17

Hi Friends. Tonight I was blessed to serve alongside a wonderful organization, Feed My Starving Children. Check out their statement of faith. I went with a group of friends and together with an amazing group of volunteers packaged about 10,146 packages of: Rice, Extruded soy nuggets, Vitamins, minerals, vegetarian chicken flavoring and lastly Dehydrated potatoes and carrots. The boxes we filled are being taken tonight to the port of Miami and taken straight to Port au Prince, Haiti. It was an awesome time.

Hi highly recommend that you take a look at their website and prayfully consider partnering up with FMHC. I pray that you have not forgotten the people of Haiti. Continue to fervently pray for them, that they may taste and see that the Lord is good. Pray that they may experience the love of our amazing God- Father, Son & Spirit. Please pray for my friends Carlos, Eugenio and the team serving with them in Haiti this week. They arrived today. Prayer moves the hand that moves the world.


PS- Check out FMSC on Facebook and Twitter.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Flames from James

Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one for another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. ~James 5:16

Friday, March 12, 2010

Lyrical Friday: If we are the Body

Hi Readers.
Today’s post is both a challenge and a song for Lyrical Friday. 

I strongly believe that we are living in the end times, we need to have a holy urgency for people's salvation. My prayer is that the hearts of those who know the truth (myself included) would be consumed in God's sacred kingdom business of reaching the lost. My heart is burdened, heavy ladden, torn and moved with compassion for people. There are people hurting, misguided, confused, lost, drugged, abused, lonely, unloved, rejected, mistreated, unhealthy, decieved who need us to love them and share with them hope of Jesus. If we don't do it, who will? Witnessing as we call it is not an event we do Saturday nights, it is a lifestyle.

I have to confess that I am tired of hearing people say that the laborers are few. When I hear Christians say or pray this, it’s like the wrath of God comes upon me. What if the problem isn’t necessarily the amount of laborers but that the laborers aren’t laboring? People, if we are the body of Christ why aren't His arms reaching, why aren't His hands healing, why aren't His words teaching, why aren't His feet going, why is His love not showing them there is a way. Could you imagine how many souls would be HEaven bound if everyone who declares to be a follower of Jesus Christ actually went out and preached the Gospel, helped someone in need and reached out and loved someone!? As you listen to the lyrics of this song by Casting Crowns I pray that you may be challenged to be Christ-like. We shouldn’t be idle Christians, mediocre and asleep. Wake up! The Lord is at hand! I am trusting and believing that God has set apart ourgeneration for this great and mighty work.

If Jesus touched the untouchable lepers in His day, I hope we can find untouchable people who need to be loved in OUR day. –Bianca Juarez

If We Are The Body, Casting Crowns
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But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Timothy 2:3-4

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:20-21

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:5

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24

I encourage you to make a difference in someone’s life today and everyday. Who can you talk to about Jesus?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

ordinary to extraordinary...

Hi Friends.
Today's post is coming to you from in the name of Love by Bianca Juarez. Her blog has been a huge source of encouragement in my walk since the day I first read it. It's like an everlasting, neverending Gobstopper, each post is like a layer of the candy, unique in its own way yet just as exciting and challenging as the last. May you be blessed and challenged in your walk today as you read Ordinary to Extraordinary.

David was a mere shepherd boy until the day he was anointed by Samuel. From the top of his head to the tip of his toes he was covered as a providential sign of his calling. From that pivotal point on, his life was rocked. An ordinary shepherd boy began to do extraordinary things. Oh, you know, like killing beast of the fields and slaying giants. Average stuff for a teenage boy called to greatness.

Deborah was part of the tribe of Israel until she was called to be a judge in the land. To painfully point out the obvious, she was a woman. But this ordinary wife was a leader, foreseer, and motivator to the masses. She lead Israel into a successful battle, when women of this time were non-entities of society. No matter the gender bifurcation or elevation, she did was God called her to do: Be extraordinary.

Peter was a fisherman. No, not like Long John Silver, but like one of the Jersey Shore kids. Leathered skin, horrible accents, unwarranted swagger. Fisherman were over-looked by society, but this ordinary fisherman was chosen to be a extraordinary fisher of man. He walked on water, participated in miracles, and gave one of the best apologetic defenses of the gospel even today.


When God calls us, He equips us. Each of the people mentioned relied upon the work of the Holy Spirit to fill them... to do the extraordinary. And guess what? God is still calling people to do the impossible.

John 14:12, I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these...

The question is simply, are you willing to stop living an ordinary life?

So, what's your extraordinary life? How can we live spirit-lived lives?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Today is my Birthday!

I have to be completely transparent with you so that you can grasp the goodness of my God.

Birthdays for me are huge deal. I love throwing surprise parties for others. I have even been guilty of planning surprise parties for myself, lol. My birthday celebrations normally included a week of festivities. But this year came with a rushing wind of changes. Yesterday didn't feel like my birthday was around the corner at all. I parked myself at The Lonely Inn and right when I was about to check in I texted a wonderful friend who encouraged me and reminded me that I am loved by God.

God in His infinite and everlasting love for me has unleashed an overwhelming downpour of blessings upon me today. I can't even count how many phone calls, text messages, emails and birthday day cards that I have recieved today. So much love and kindness that I know I am unworthy of. On Facebook alone I have 192 wall posts from FB friends wishing me a Happy Birthday, messages and over 20  status comments. I'm sure it sounds silly to count or even care about something vain like this but it was more than a human acknowledgement of my birthday... God reached out to me over 200 times today whispering through all of my friends that I matter to Him, that He cares for me, that He loves me, that I am wonderfully made, that He is using me, that people are seeing Him in my life and through my life. Thank You Jesus, my cup truly runs over with your goodness.

I celebrated tonight with 14 wonderful ladies who came to my house for a time of Worship and Prayer. I celebrated the One who who knew me before I was formed. We celebrated the one who gave me life, abundant life. We praised the one who lifted us all from the miry clay and set our feet upon the rock. We prayed for one another and then we came to the communion table. I love partaking in communion with my friends outside of the four walls of the church, it's like we are New Testament believers in Acts 2. It was a wonderful time with the lover of my soul. Today we also celebrate 5 years since my cousin Denise surrendered her life to Jesus. The best gift was worshipping Jesus with 14 women who are also head over heels in love with Him.

I wanted to share a few of the messages that were sent to me via Facebook that have humbled me. My God I love you, thank you for these messages ( I only kept the initials to protect peoples identity on FB ):

J M: happy birthday!!! wish i was there to celebrate with u !!! our time will come. love u may the Lord bless u tremendously!!!!!

Happy Birthday my friend! May God continue to bless you richly each and everyday of your life. I pray that you never change no matter what.

May you continue to bless the lives of everyone who you come in contact with. I praise the Almighty for blessing you into my life when I was in Miami. Lonely, you always took care of me especially spiritually. I wish that there was some way I can repay you for everything you have done for me.
I guess or I should say I know I am missing my friend
Happy Birthday Raquel. Have a blessed day!
Staney Boy
De Trini FlyBoy!
J R: Happy Birthday Raquel :) May the Lord bless you richly! Thank you for the beautiful fellowship tonight. Love being able to sit at His feet with sisters!
J B: Hey Rak! For ur birthday I give you the "Oscar" for most radiant personality. Be blessed my friend!
M G: you are truely have the most beautifu spirit i have ever seen, i love you soooo much! i dont know who i would be today, without your influence, i know God loves me so much because He's allowed you to be a part of my life, and spiritually raise me in so many ways, you truel are my emmy!! i hope you have an amazing birt...hday! i know the only way God can repay you for all that you have done, is in heaven. thanks for being the Paul, to my Tmothy! the peanut butter to my jelly, and the mac to my cheese! UBC my love UBC!!! i love you! more than i love starbucks coffee and make up combined! you know the significance of that! lol!! thanks for being my RackRuth ♥ happy birthday, and God bless you just as much, no actually more than you have blessed me! and thats a tough job to do lol =)
S L: Definitely has been an adventure for the past 5 years of knowing such a Godly woman, that has been one of my closest friends, old youth leader, sister, partner in crime, etc...Happy Birthday Raquel Rodriguez ...Thanks for all the great memories and laughs. I love you!
C S: Happy birthday my sweet friend!!! I hope you're enjoying this beautiful day the Lord has made (for you) :D
F S: Happy Birthday Raquel! Thanks for the daily inspiration you bring into my life. I pray that it is a day specially set aside with you and Jesus and that He love you through His people. I love you
M A: Happy Birthday, Raquel!! Hope you have a Jesus moment today!! :D
J L: Happy Birthday to my Raquelita!! girl u inspire me!! May God continue to use your life in a mighty and powerful way as you continue to seek Him more!!!
B B: Happy Birthday!!!!! Hoot hoot :) keep up the amaZing way you are, your incredible self and your love for Jesus!!!
S L: Raquelita, que Dios te bendiga. You are a blessing to all who know you. Thank you Lord for sending Raquelita to us. She is like a ray of sunshine and a joy to know. Love you girl.
I serve an awesome God!!!
My Birthday was AMAZING! May His wonders never cease in my life.
God Bless You
Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
Psalm 32:8

Sunday, March 7, 2010

the case for Lee Strobel...

Hey Everyone!
Last night I was able to hear Lee Strobel live. Click here for his bio. He not only is a gifted writer (The Case for Christ) but anointed speaker as well. Here is the link to his website Check out his page to find out answers for your faith questions. I encourage you to also check out the video links. Be encouraged! I pray that your faith may be strengthened!
God Bless You Friends!!!

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. ~1 Peter 3:15

Friday, March 5, 2010

Lyrical Friday- Lion of Judah

I owe all of you an apology, a sincere-I let you down-please don't leaveme-I am truly embarassed- repented- forgive me 70x70 times for not posting Shachah any sooner. (Melinda talk to your boys and let them know that is lacking good Shachah viseos, lol. Or tell them to show up at CCK where our media team will take care of this need asap!) Anywho, you know me, Lyrical Friday is dedicated to one song but with Shachah I can't choose one song. However, because I must limit myself to one song, Lion of Judah , an older version of it. It's definitely one of those songs that becomes a prayer and a lifestyle.

(all credit for this lovely piece of artwork goes to Brenden)

So who is Shachah... for those of you who don't know them... only the best of the best. I am not lying to you. I first heard Shachah in 2005 at a youth concert and let me tell you they are it, the real deal. Humble men who love Jesus. It can't get any better. Today's song like I shared previously is one of the top favorites... well they all are favorites. If the Stove and Earl are playing it and Brenden and Josh singing it, then it's good. Here are their links: Webpage, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube. Check them out. And Shachah if you come to read this: we need you back in Miami asap- your friend and prayer warrior- Raquel aka your miami fan and the voice all in one!
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This is awesome, I feel like I just introduced family to you!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

would you join me in prayer...

Thanks for joining me on the battlefield... lol this picture cracks me up!
God is so cool and he just placed it in my heart to ask you Reader to pray for me and in return would you please comment a prayer request or email me at .
The battle belongs to the Lord!!!

1. The Lord has blessed me with an amazing group of girls at Uth Nation and my prayer is that they would draw closer to the Lord everyday. This Month we are going to begin the HEAL study. Pray for these girls (6 of them) and pray for me as well. May we hear from Jesus and find comfort, hope, purpose and meaning in Him. I am so excited for this. God has called me to do just this and I am diving in head first. If I could I would jump out of my skin from the excitement level! lol

2. Pray for the Teachers and Students at the school where my Sister works. The Lord knows their needs so as the Spirit leads you  pray for them. THANKS! 

3. After too long of a "break" Miami, Fl has a Christian radio station once again!!! 90.9 LIFE:fm has launched. You can listen to in the web. The bottom left corner of the page has the live stream icon, click it and enjoy it wherever you are. Pray for this stations, for the leaders behind it and for those that tune in- may God reach the hungry, thursty and heavy ladden and give them rest through this stations. May the lost be found. And pray also that those who are walking uprightly may be sustained and encouraged through this station.

4. Pray for the Young Adults in my church and city. Man God is on the move in Miami. It is so encouraging to be a part of the Youth Ministry and the College Ministry. To be a part of the work that the Lord is doing through the young people in my church has me fired up, motivated and running my race with joy. Pray that God would keep us fired up, zealous and immovable. May His hand of protection be upon us and may nothing move us away from His perfect will for our lives. My prayer is to see a revival in my city through this generation.

5. One of my new blog buddies Dasha, Melissa and Jessica, they are each going through "stuff" in a different way... hey, aren't we all. Would you please join me in prayer and intercede on their behalf. The beauty of the common bond that we all share is Christ, our sisters are hurting and it is both a joy and an honor atleast for me to pray for them.

6. Keep me in prayers that I would daily surrender my thoughts to Him. That I would remain still in His presence and His will for my life. Pray that I may be wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove. Pray whatever you want... and Jesus whatever is prayed outside of your will disregard it, lol.

God Bless You... see you tomorrow for Lyrical Friday!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

let my words be few

Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heart
to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
and you are on earth,
so let your words be few.
Ecclesiastes 5:2

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Wow! This scripture made me question myself, how do I speak? Are my words seasoned with kindness? Am I quick to speak? Do I count the cost of my words? My mouth is one of those areas that right when I think you have it under control, it goes off and blurts out the most insane words... it's called foot in mouth disease! I suffer from it... severely! If you ever hear me say anything that makes sense, know that it wasn't me... any wisdom, any kind word, anything positive that flows from me is of God.

So for those of you, who like myself, take one foot out only to insert the other, these verses are for you. (these verses are 4x4's that God has used in my life to convict and encourage me). I pray they may encourage you:

Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? James 3:9-11

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19

A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Proverbs 25:11

Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls. Proverbs 25:28

When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. Proverbs 31:26

As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink, so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor. Ecclesiastes 10:1

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:41

Then Judas and Silas, both being prophets, spoke at length to the believers, encouraging and strengthening their faith. Acts 15:32

Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, “Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king. Therefore please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak encouragement.” 2 Chronicles 18:12

Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.  Proverbs 17:28

God Bless YOU!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Arise & Shine

Happy Monday! These scriptures were shared with me this morning by a friend. My prayer is that as these verses saturate your heart, you may break forth in praise to our awesome God.

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for your light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you

Isaiah 61: 1b He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives

Psalm 71:15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day for I do not know their limits

Psalms 24:7 Lift up your heads O you gates and be lifted up you everlasting doors and the King of glory shall come in

Isaiah 62:2b You shall be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord will name

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein

1 Chron.16: 23 Proclaim the good news of His salvation from Day to Day

1Chron. 16: 24 Declare His glory among the nations His wonders among all peoples

Isaiah 52:9 Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted His people

Heb. 2:12 I will declare Your name to my brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to you

Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone

Revelation 16:5 You are righteous, O Lord, the One who is and who was and who is to be

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