Benefits from keeping a journal and why you should start one

Hey everyone, it’s december already and that means this blog it’s almost one year older. It is amazing how time flies so quickly.

This year was a 12 month learning adventure in every area of my life. College, faith, relationships and myself (especially). And one of the things I learned was the importance of having a journal.

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(I took this photo myself, and I am so so proud haha)

It’s kinda funny because I am not a very constant writer and every time -as a kid- I tried to keep a journal I lost interest in two or three days. But, as a grown up I found out it was different. So, I thought it would be amazing if I can share the benefits I got from keeping a journal and invite you to start one too!

  • First benefit: I de-stress A LOT. 

I spend most of my time stressed out about so so many things and I can’t describe the relieve I got when I wrote down my thoughts. It doesn’t actually solve anything but it’s satisfactory to clear your mind that way. Let’s illustrate it this way -and apologies in advance for been a potterhead.

  • Second benefit: It’s easier writing than talking. 

If you are just like me and have problems sharing with others your thoughts and worries it’s “safer” to write them down. I usually believe people don’t actually get interested in my fears and concerns-and even opinions- so I tend to be very close-mouthed about them.

The good thing about a diary it’s that you can write WHATEVER you want without been worried to hurt someone’s feelings or been misunderstood; plus you get to externalize (sort of) what’s going on in your mind. It’s a win-win.

  • Third benefit: It can calm you down. 

I remeber one day I was so nervous before a visit from my supervisor (as a part of my professional practice) that I was close to throw up and I already had went to the bathroom like 3 or 4 times. So I sat down in my desk, took a deep breath and wrote down in my journal ALL that was crossing my mind- because I am the queen of overthinking- and after that I felt 1000x better. Plus, it is an awesome way to kill time during stressful and anxious moments.

  • Fourth benefit: You can put your week/month in perspective & learn from yourself. 

This is mainly focused in personal growth because you can see how your concerns change through time, how you can set new goals and as in my case you can say “Ok, I worried so much about this situation and I turned out to be so silly” and you learn to next time not freaking out that much haha.

  • Fifth benefit: It can drive you closer to God.  

At least in my experience this happened (since I’m a believer), but it was funny to see myself writing down my problems, whining and just liberating my thoughts- and then suddenly I was asking God to gave me strength, patience and telling Him how much I wanted Him to be in control of my life. Basically, I started praying without I even noticed. A BIG plus, for sure.

I hope my experience with this whole journal/diary thing actually helped you to open up your mind a little bit to how can improve your life, because honestly now I carry my journal everywhere I go.

Also if you are not a writting person but you want to experience the feeling of be in control and have a tidy mind I can 100% recommend you to try a bullet journal.  I, personally,  got a little bit addicted to it- which is is my opinion one of the greatest inventions humans have ever made in order to keep things organized. I will probably in the near future blog about it and how it changed my life. My friend Becca from Life As a Dare have an amazing post about it so you can learn more and join the Bujo community all around the world!

See you, hopefully, next week and have an amazing week! Feel free to email me for anything you might need.

 

God is… holy

I know I’ve been completely absent for like a month… And I can’t be more sorry about it. But thank you for been patient this time and keep reading & visiting my blog 😀

May have just passed by and I didn’t post the devotional of the “God is..” series! Today I will share with you this awesome characteristic – better late than never- of God which is: His holiness.

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When I picture something “holy” I  think of something white, pure, with no flaws, saint. And it makes a lot of sense God been holy himself.

But you know what doesn’t make any sense? Him asking us to be holy too. Like SERIOUSLY?

In 1 Peter 1:15 says:

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.

I am really far away from consider myself a saint. I sin a lot, daily, all the time. I haven’t finish sinning when I am sinning again. I am not perfect in any aspect of my life. God knows my evil nature, He knows all my failures past, present & future. Still, He asked me to be holy just like He is. WHAT?

Most of you may know I am majoring in special education + also work with kids from first grade to sixth grade. I spend hours and hours teaching them, learning from them and also getting to actually know them.

So, from this experience I had an idea of why was God asking me to be holy. When one of my students it’s struggling to understand something, to make an addition or to write a word properly I cheer them up and tell them how capable they are and that even though I might had problems with that content too while I was in school- they can reach their goals and overcome their obstacles.

God ask us to be holy because, despite our flaws, He actually see our potential- what we are capable of reaching. He sets the mark high because He knows we will put effort in order to get there. He actually know us. Just as I know what my students can or can’t do.

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What does “God is omnipresent” mean?

Guess who’s back? After loooong 12 days without blogging -blame college for this- I am back to continue with the “God is…” series we had been studying during this year.

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We have already studied different God’s characteristics until now. Like His truth and power  and now it’s time to go a little bit more deeper into His presence.

The key Bible verse this time is:

Where can I go from your Spirit? 

Where can I flee from your presence?”

Psalms 139:7

Have you ever tried to hide from God? Like Adam & Eve did? Like Jonah did? I had and is useless. Sometimes we take decisitions or do things we are not proud of and hope no one is watching, but HEY! God is A L W A Y S there. Not to condemn us but to redeem us.

But truth is Why God will spend His precious time with me? Following me all day long and listening to my thoughts -they aren’t even funny. Well because of four main resons:

  1. I am His creation
  2. I am part of Him
  3. Because He let His Holy Spirit in me and therefore a part of Him in me
  4. Just because He has the power to

What actually blows my mind rely in the fact that He does not only is with me wherever I go (like Jonah, Joseph or Daniel), but also it mean He is with me whenever I am -past, present or future, He is there. As you know, God is not limited by our physic laws. So basically time does not exist for Him.

This got me thinking for days of how we worry so much about when, how and where things are going to happen, but we forget that God already know the answer to all that. He knows what is going to occur, where and when and as a plus: HE IS WITH US through all the way.

As a motivational quote I once read in Pinterest “Whenever you feel unimportant or insecure; remeber to whom you belong”. Yes, I belong to an Omnipotent, Omnipresent and The One true God. I definately feel better now.

 

God is… Omnipotent

A confession: I love space, our galaxy and Universe. I find it so big, diverse, unknown, vast and beautiful. Usually I watch movies about spacetrips or documentals about it and all the time after I watch them I sit down and just take a minute to think not just how amazing places out of Earth are but how HUGE and POWERFUL is the one who create it.

I am kind of a “scientific” believer. I think science it’s not here to destroy God’s existence, but to help us understand His power. So I love God and enjoy science. But since be a God follower is a matter of faith more than scientific data I struggle a lot, sometimes.

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This month my boyfriend and I studied about one of my favorite God’s characteristic: He is OMNIPOTENT. And my mind, as usual, blew away!

“…Is there an end to the Lord’s power?…”

Numbers 11:23

God asked to Moses in a challenging way, but is He really talking to Moses? I don’t know you but I feel is God asking me if I don’t believe Him be strong and powerful enough to do anything. And as an answer, I just blush and smile because I know He has NO limits, nor He or His power.

If He has showed us He is omnipotent then why we keep on doubting?? I think mainly for two reasons:

  • Because just like the people of Israel we keep on forgetting who He is. We forget what He have done for us, the miracles, His creation here on Earth. Us, humans, have a God-Alzheimer! But, happily, the more we spend with Him the less we will forget.
  • We focus in the problem instead of His power. If you read Mt 14:31 you can see how Peter was walking on water just relying on Jesus’ power, but the moment he focused on how deep the water was, how far he was from Jesus or what would happen if he fall… he started to drown. So, yes I am a Peter. I worry so much about my daily situations I don’t have space in my mind to think about how the Creator of the Universe, the Master of everything that exist have care of me. #Genius!

As scientists discover about our Universe, about ourselves and everything around us I learn more and more about God. I’ve learn that my mind it’s too small to measure God’s power and nature fully, but it’s big enough to understand Him and recognizing His power.

Now I look up to the sky and wonder myself  how big the stars are, how far away they are; I hear God whispering in my ear “I count those stars and call them by name, I settle them there, and still I am here with you” (Psalms 8:3, 147:4).

What “God is truth” means to my life?

Hello there! As you may know, this year my boyfriend and I decided to start doing a monthly devotional about God’s characteristics. In January we studied about the truth He is.  Now that the month it’s over, we finished it thinking and dicussing about what does that actually mean, beyond learning what the Bible says, but how it affects our life.

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Keeping some Bible verses in mind (Jn 1:14, Deut 7:9, Jn 1:17, Jn 14:6, Jn 8:32 and 1 Jn 5:5) I want to share with you how knowing that God is the truth has changed my life.

  • It means that from all the other gods He is the truth one. He claims it himself! As we read the story of Israel, and all the times they built idols and worship other gods, He was (and is still) very jelous and state to them that He is the only and true God.
  • It means that he is real, NOT a myth. This one goes very related to the last one but it differs in that I DO believe in Him, as real as He is, beyond knowing He is the truth God.
  • Finally, it means that what He says and do I believe it. This one it’s my favorite, because I don’t know you but sometimes I find so hard to believe some Bible stories, like the Flood for example. But in the middle of my struggle between my scientific side and my christian side I remember that I decided to believe in God, the truth and real one, so I find relief knowing His word is truth too!

I don’t know what knowing God is truth means to your life, but for me it means I am free, because His truth gave me freedom: from my sins for example. Once I embrace this BIG and AMAZING characteristic from Him everything I learn and stufy from Him in the Bible became more vivid, important and significant for me. I started to experience more of Him, everyday and everytime. Knowing He is real, not someone out of reach make me feel safe, saved and that I have someone constantly taking care of me.

Please let me know what God is truth means to you! How you apply that into your life !

 

 

PD: I have to tell you that I am not going to be able to post so frecuently as I had. College has been harder that I expected and now I don’t have as much time as I wish I have for blogging. Don’t worry I will still be here reading you and posting on instagram. Thank youuu!

5 Reasons why I want to be like Ruth

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Her name means “friend”, but that is one of the many desirable characteristics she has. The book of Ruth it’s small and brief, only four chapters long, but it is enough to show us God’s mercy, purpose and caring even in the toughest situation we can imagine. If you haven’t read her story, I encourge you to do it. You won’t regret and it won’t take you too much time!

As I read my Bible and get into Ruth’s story I noticed the amazing woman she was, how her strenght gave favor not only to her but to her mother in law, Noemi. It was impossible for me not wanting to be like her. So I decided I wanted to share with you some of this “traits” she had.

  • She was devoted and committed (Ruth 1:16). She took very seriously the compromised she adquired by marrying Noemi’s son. She knew she had to take care of her mother in law, not because she was demanded to but because she had a very special bond with her. They were friends and Ruth was faithful to that no matter the situation, the country or time.
  • Her faith in God was more valuable than her nationality. She wasn’t born as part of Israel, she was a moabite. But it does not matter if she was part of Israel or not, because her faith in God was enough. And God noticed that too. It’s incredible how He blessed her being Kind David’s great grand mother.
  • She was obedient. Obedient to God and to Noemi (Ruth 3:5). She recognized her mother in law as the head of her house, like a mother for her, and she did not hesitate into do as Noemi told her so.
  • She was a worker. Instead of whining over how God had forsake them or how their lives had been ruined, she stand out and went out looking for food and a way to sustain her and Noemi. She was independent and she showed she didn’t need a man if she had God who cared about her.
  • She blessed the ones around her. When finally she married Booz she was the reason the witnesses told him how blessed he will be (Ruth 4:11). Also, Ruth was the reason the women cheered Noemi, for she now had a reedemer!  Ruth was blessed by God’s favor and she became a bless herself!

WOW! I could say she is my female favorite character from the whole Bible! An inspiring example of whom I want to become. My prayer to God is to make me a little bit more like her, full of His spirit! I want to got God’s favor as she had!

6 Bible verses I remind myself when I want to give up

I must admit I get frustrated really easy. I am working into knowing how to calm myself and be able to focus on what truly matters. It’s just sometimes I lack of motivation, lose my north and feel like a piece of trash that no one cares about. I know I am not the only one and since I’ve been spending time trying to changing this I wanted to share with you some Bible verses that comforts me and give me a little oasis in the middle of struggling and hard times.

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Whom better to tell you how capable you are of reaching something more than your Creator? The only one who knows your heart, your mind and thoughts. He sees what we cannot see; and therefore He constantly encourage us to reach what we have the potential to become.

  • “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” Exodus 33:14 This is by far my favorite! God is so amazing He go we us and as if that’s not enough make sure we rest.
  • Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” Numbers 11:23  For those moments in which we forget how powerful is our God! Nothing it’s too big for Him.
  • “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22 Himself will fight for you! Why should we be afraid of? 
  •  “God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves” 1 John 3:20 Our circumstances do not change His nature of faithfulness and the truth of who we really are. If He put us in certain situation it’s because He already know the happy ending (:
  • “I have made you, I will carry you, I will sustain you and I will rescue you” Isaiah 46:4 No comments needed!
  • “Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying” Romans 12:12 While we let God be God, we must be positive in our minds, never stop the direct communication with him and just wait in His promises!

These are just a few from the whole verses we can find in God’s word that can give us comfort and peace even in the middle of hard situations! We must never forget what He had done in our lives and not abandon  the expectancy of what He will do!

Let me know in the comments which is that Bible verse that you always have in mind during the hard times!

God is… true

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It is amazing how God has many characteristics and, even more incredible, how we discover more of them as we seek Him through prayer and the Bible. Having this in mind my boyfriend and I decided to start a serie of devotionals (both individually and together) to study about a specific characteristic of our God.

The first one on the list is: GOD IS TRUTH.

We found many references in the Bible about be truthful and how God’s word is the truth. And, from my humble knowledge and what I learned from my devotionals I wanted to share this little space with you!

First of all, God is the one truth God! As we found along the Bible and even more specific in the book of Jeremiah:

But the Lord is the true God;
    he is the living God, the eternal King.

Jeremiah 10:10 (NIV)

The mindblown comes up  when the only truth God, became a person. Christ came to Earth to safe us from our sins and taking us to the path the Lord had made for us and that we had disregarded.

In the book of John, specially in verses 1:14 & 1:17 we can see how the truth of God came to us through Jesus. And His truth was given to us with grace and eternal life, instead of punishment or condemnation!

As we keep reading the Gospel of John, we can read an amazing statement:

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

John 8:32 (NIV)

We know Jesus said he was the way, the truth and the life. He said so because he was in essence a true God made human, and brought us God’s truth.

If we put everything on perspective until now, we can see how the truth (God himself & His word) make us free once we accept it’s gift.

SOOO, in simple words:

“God is the true God, full of truth, that is himself, and that it give us that truth which made us truly free”

I am still surprised of how He reveals himself to us and how privileged we are to know Him (And understand His word!).