Our Counselor ❤️

To who exactly do we go running to when we first encounter a problem, an urgent call, a situation that needs to be handled immediately? To whom do we ask for the advice? To whom do we go telling the first person that we got the good news for a job, school application, church position? 

As I started reflecting on the latest bible devotional I’ve been studying for the third day, it talks about God as our counselor. 

Psalm 20:  “In times of trouble, may theLord answer your cry.  May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.May he send you help from his sanctuary  and strengthen you from Jerusalem.May he remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings.May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the Lord “

Today as I was driving back home I started talking to my friend about the stage I am in my life, I feel stress, a bit overwhelm and confuse of what is next. I’m at a stage where I don’t know what God has for me, I know it’s not about what I would like or want. It’s about what He wants me to do and it’s about what He has for me. One thing I forgot to do while I was talking to my friend was pray and remember that God is our counselor in times of need, help, protection. You name it. He is what He is. In the bible, when He is talking to Moses it describes when Moses is asking what am I suppose to tell the people when they ask about you and God replies , ” I AM who I AM”. Therefore I can not nor anyone underestimate what He is. I forget to just say “okay Father, I can not worry I know you are my Counselor, my refuge, you are in charge of what is next and what is to come.” That is my message to you, don’t forget to include Him in your confusion of what is next in your stage of life and thank Him for all the great news you get. If it’s a certain position in the church, if you got accepted to a certain graduate program, if you received a great blessing from work but also thank Him when you are in need, when a problem arises, when you are confuse. Lastly go to Him, He is your great Counselor and His waiting to here all about you. If it takes you to turn off the radio and just talk to Him while you are driving, do it. If it takes you to pray before you leave home, do it. If it takes you to go to the nearest ladies/men’s room to pray, go for it. We all can’t do it alone and that is why Our Great Counselor is there for us all the time. 

P.s= if anyone is in need of someone to talk to or/and prayer please feel free to message me. I am here as your sister in Christ. 

Blessings,

Tanya

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I recently went to the doctor and I got some bad news dealing with my health.  When we don’t know why God gives us these “challenges” or these “afflictions”. It does make everything a bit more confusing of what He is trying to do with us. After the questioning came, the thank you’s came, I thank Him because if it weren’t for this health issue I would have not changed a certain aspect of my life. I thank Him because out of all the bad one can get, I know He is taking care of me. I feel the enemy knows where to attack, where to make me feel at my weakness yet all I know is He is never going to win, as much as He might pushed me and bring me to my lowest, the enemy will never win the battle.

 Psalms 50:15 “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

I called upon Him when I went through several health situations and He calmed the storm when it was hitting me the hardest. I might not be experiencing what you are experiencing and we can’t compare to what you and I are going through but we all individually have our  challenges. It’s never going to be easy but I can promise you in the hardest it is when you feel the presence of the Lord. At one moment I wanted to stop going to college, I felt their was nothing there to become a better daughter of God. I was so wrong when it came to volunteering at the Juvenile Detention Center near my city. The youth I get to have and get to handle, it’s amazing how much I can work with them even though I am not allowed to impose any type of religion or any type of beliefs well no one said it is not allowed to impose faith. To impose these youth with faith that “can move the mountains” right? These youth come from dysfunctional families or come from a not-so-pretty environment, they live in low income neighborhoods where they learn the bad is good and the most they can do is maybe finish high school. The Lord has been letting me see a lot that back then I would have liked to see a bit earlier but the timing is just perfect. His is perfect. I have a couple of friends who worry about their internship for their last semester before we graduate from the university and honestly just yesterday when we were having lunch, I said well I am not worry, “en donde Dios me quiera poner”, “wherever God wants to put me“. Honestly I am not worried where all my challenges are taking me, but I pray a lot for Him to put me where He really needs me and where others need me. I want to be put where my identity of Christ can be shown to others.

I’ve been attending this Alcoholic Anonymous group for a class project and wow the things that God does for us. In that room where it never occurred to me, I was hearing His testimonies even though they acknowledge Him as “a higher power” the individuals in the Alcoholic anonymous group acknowledge their is someone much more than us, who takes care of us. You can tell these individuals have found God in their tribulation. Some did not even believe in Him but the more they kept coming to the meetings, the more they would be able to relate to the stories of one another and the more they start to believe their is a God who takes care of us.

We don’t know where He plans to put us and we don’t know what He is doing with us, we just learn to trust Him along the way. This have been three testimonies I have decided to share with you, testimonies that have been shaping me up to have Him close and especially to trust Him. I feel God was telling me to tell you what is happening in my life. We might be lost sheep’s at one moment but ask for Him and He will take you in with arms wide open.

Have a wonderful and bless weekend,

-Tanya

 

Fear

 A year ago I created this blog, on June 13 of 2013. I didn’t think it would help me or others but I have received a couple of comments throughout the year and a couple of personal feedback that it really helps them when that person comes across my blog. In that past couple of months I have been going through changes that were in a way not helping me to continue with my blog yet here I am once again! God is good. I have been through waves of the storms yet I am still here. I have learned through the past couple of months the tribulations that one has to live as a follower of Jesus. From people being rude, stumbling on you, taking advantage of your kindness, generosity, to dealing with feeling unworthy of my Great King.

The one I have learned through these tribulations is trust Him, let Him take care of these concerns, worries, problems, you name it! Sometimes I don’t understand why our God makes us go through these experiences yet sometimes He answers your questioning in the least indicated.

“I have this hope

As an anchor for my soul

Through every storm

I will hold to you

With endless love

All my fear is swept away

In everything

I will trust in You”

This is from a song by Hillsong, I honestly can’t get any more idealistic to prove to you that God right there spoke to me. That is exactly what I have been learning to do. I have written in the past in a few entries about trusting Him and putting your faith up yet if it weren’t through couple of months I don’t think I would have learned a great lesson: my faith grows through these turbulence’s. We sometimes put our mentality to “this is the way we should be treated or this is the best we should be treated”! Think again, as followers of Christ, we can’t subsidize ourselves to poor treatment. How many great leaders from the bible had to go through the roads of desperation, feeling unworthy/doubtful of what God planned for them? Many! Not one person had it easy, not one person had it as easy as 1,2,3. Everyone of  us and every one of them went through the tribulations. We may have our harmony yet the storms will keep coming.  Grace is the great reminder we are not in control.

1 Peter 2:1-5: “So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests.Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God”.

I know it is hard to control our temper when they treat us poorly or when our family members, even our brothers/sisters from church our rude to us but remember the fruit of the spirit. “For we are His temple” and we need to pray  for those who hurt us and forgive. It may be challenging but I know that our Abba takes care of our hearts when we are in despair. He is our King, our Great King. He wouldn’t let us go through experiences, downs, bumpy roads that we can not handle and as cliché as it may sound, it is the truth. You may sit in the congregation and feel unworthy of what you did yesterday, today or what is to come but don’t let it keep you from getting closer to Him because we all fall down.  One thing that has been in my mind, and that is because I have heard it from a sister in Christ, is no matter how far you get from him or far you may ignore Him, He will keep up with you. Don’t let the fear from keeping you living in His presence because He will be their, poking you, sustaining you, until you decide to turn around and accept Him as the center of your life and that He will take care of you. (:

Lord, Heavenly Father thank you for an amazing day and letting each one of us live in your presence! I am thankful for the bumpy roads and the storms that arise. I am asking to sustain as much as we may push you away or/and ignore your presence in the most challenging tribulation but remind us of your Great Presence! We are your temple, we are your followers and we want to keep You in our Hearts. We are sorry when we fail You but I know your grace takes control and reminds us we are not in control and we are not perfect! I ask you to keep us in your wrath and continue to let us live the way you want us to live.

In Jesus Name, I pray,

Amen.

 

A Spiritual House

I may not know much about the bible. I may not know much about being “highly” spiritual. I may not know all stories that relate to the bible that can be reinforced in my daily life. I may not know yet to put everything in His hands. I may not know yet how much faith I shall have and not lack. But what I have learned is that, all of these “lacking qualities” are what I learn through the Lord Jesus Christ. I don’t know when but I do know it will happen. Shouldn’t we have faith greater than a mustard seed? Shouldn’t our faith be greater than our fears?

I got baptize on March 23rd 2013. I was nervous to be emitted under the water. My fears were what if I wasn’t ready to be part of God. What if I wasn’t ready to fully commit myself. What if I fail him in some way? What if I didn’t have the “qualities” he wanted from me for later on? What if?! My conscious would be thinking nonstop of the fears I had personally, yet it didn’t stop me from getting baptize. Something I had learned throughout my years of education is never underestimated yourself. Never underestimate what you and I are capable of. Now my boat had turned around: never underestimate what you and I are capable of in the Lords eyes, in His kingdom.

I had different plans, stay one semester down in my little town but He, He of all Kings, had a different plan. I stayed down here, in my little town and He started abruptly changing my plans. I became involve in His kingdom, I became His daughter, I became someone who was now important in someones eyes. I was starting to be part of the good soil. (:

The bible mentions in 1 Peter 2:1-5, “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ“.

I know recently I haven’t posted any new entries but it has to do with the way He has been shaping me up. I have been going through a lot that has been shaping me up to write in His will. Be able to pass the word through my blog. If we are here upon this earth, don’t you think we have a purpose? A purpose that has to do with the King of Kings, with our only Father. I am part of His good soil, part of the kingdom that has no ending, part of something great, something indescribable. In His eyes, we are one, we are here to shape every single one of us in this earth to be part of Him, to let others know about our only Father. Yes, we may get upset, frustrated yet He will never let go of us. (: We are being shape into the living stone that are supposed to walk on this earth. Being spiritually guided in order to help others through their paths of finding Him and establishing our set mind that He is the only way through this earth. We are setting our houses upon someone who is big, who cares for us, who wants the best for us. With that my brothers and sisters I leave in your mind(: Never underestimate what you can do in His kingdom.

A Good Samaritan

Yesterday I met a family. It was the most eye-opening experience as a daughter of God and a social worker. A family of five that lives in a real low-income family. The  mom was the most sincere and admirable person I could meet. As certain members of my youth group went to visit Daniel, the 16-year-old boy, I realize what God was opening in my eyes. A new perspective that I never had time to experience. Daniel is diagnose with an illness known as hydrocephalus.  He was born as a premature baby with other diagnoses through time such as asthma. If you could only hear his mom talking about Daniel, she calls him her “miracle baby” since doctors told her he wouldn’t be able to make it and he just turned 16 in December 6th. As my youth members started to talk more to Daniel and his mom, Minerva, we started to know about their issues and problems.

Our youth members had a purpose for this visit at his house which was all unplanned, literally God was working within this experience, that for sure I know. The purpose was before this visit, some of the youth had gone to an orphanage with other youth members within our denomination to visit these kids and just know them(: It turns out a lady started talking to one of my youth members about Daniel, he needed a wheel chair. Well with time, we found out one of our own youth members had a wheel chair that could donate it to Daniel. As yesterday we approach the family and started knowing about their case and circumstances, our Lord Heavenly Father started working within us. The day before yesterday his mom and Daniel couldn’t’ sleep since their older daughter Cassandra had runaway with her so “boyfriend” and she had a two month old already. Her mom with the worry in her mind, couldn’t sleep since they actually are scared of her daughter and her so call “boyfriend”. That is the reason why Daniel was not in his therapy session because they had stayed asleep for staying up late.

As our visitation progress, some of the youth left with Daniel to ride him in his wheelchair while my sister  best friend and I stayed with his mom. Minerva started telling me about all her concerns and how she prayed the night before for God to give her a sign that there is good in this world, that her daughter Cassandra will be coming back soon. If only you could hear her talking about her son and daughter, she has so much faith, faith like a child(; She even told us my university to which I am attending for my bachelors had work a story on her son and daughter. I started talking to her about the field of social work and the services we provide of course she started telling me the type of services she has since her son has the disability of not being able to walk. If you could only know my growing desire of contacting my contacts of my own field. I wanted to get my phone and call the social worker that I know and work some more on her case. She is in desperate for peace and the desire of wanting to know more about God. Her story touched my heart and it reminded me of the story of the Good Samaritan in the Bible. My youth members were not only donating but we were being good Samaritans, talking to her about the word of God and letting her know she is now part of a family that will be praying for her. She now has people who will come and visit Daniel, become his brothers and sisters in Christ. This family case just open up my eyes to see things in a new perspective, how can I be not having the time to hear the need of others, the need of wanting to know about God, the need for peace.

In Luke 10:25-37 it mentions the story of the Samaritan and so it goes: “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

We as the creation of our Lord Heavenly Father need to realize that when His son was upon this earth. He walked with the people who were in need, the type of people who had nothing but the love for Him. I felt through this experience the way Jesus would walk, He didn’t care what you were wearing, He didn’t care what type of shoes you had, He didn’t care how much that watch cost you. What He wanted was simple, a purpose of letting others know the path of good, the path that has salvation, that path that will let you know about someone who cares deeply about you and loves you unconditionally. It took me to an 180 degree angle to know what I wear shouldn’t matter. Understanding her true humbleness is the most unusual way of having a characteristic that others might not have.

Galatians 5:22-23God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways

I am blessed to know I have a family who loves in the most unconditional ways and cares the best for me. I am blessed to know that I have a church that cares for me. I am blessed to know that I have a youth group that knows how to work within the need of people. I am blessed to know I can be able to make a difference in this world. It might not be a popular change but it’s a change that starts changing one by one. Letting the people know who God is , what His son did for us and best of all that he is the path of our good. The path of light that will unchained us from the darkness. We are his good soil. (:

I’m asking for the prayer of the family, a family that is in desperate need for peace. Minerva couldn’t stop telling us how much she felt doors opening up to her already, we were regaining her hope that she was starting to lose. She is a daughter of Christ as well who is asking for your prayer.(:
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My dear friend

I miss him. I miss him dearly. There are no words that can describe the day I felt when I found out you passed away. It was unexpected, unplanned, and uncertain. I had just lost my grandma and it was hard to believe what I heard. I had to have my moment of tears. I hadn’t talked to you for a while for being to focus on school. For being to selfish of not catching up. I’m glad the last time I saw you; it was a nice wonderful moment. You at least saw me being introduced to your church. You saw me little by little growing spiritually within the church. The few times you were seeing me with the worship band, you would do funny faces:p you would tease me, bother me, laugh with me, advice me, best of all you knew how to cheer me up. I miss all that. I miss the random talks we would have and those talks that meant a lot. You were always there when I needed someone. It never occur to me you would leave early. To early. It hurts that I can’t simply call you. I can’t have those talks that I really miss. Many things have happen since you left. I’ve learn to grown spiritually. You knew and learn and trusted in God, remember that personal story you told me about? You told me to not tell anyone. You did let me tell my sister though. I’ve learn to handle the talks with my mom. You would always advice me just learn to listen to her rather than argue. I’ve learned to have communication with her. You would always tell me you had a hard time with your mom since both of you had the same attitude and would unintentionally crash. I’ve learned to be careful with people. Something you would always advice me: “be careful who you trust Tanya”.

I can’t remember a time we were mad at each other. I don’t think we had a time like that. It was always laughter with you and you would always let me sit in the front seat, siempre mandavas a Alondra atras. You would always send Alondra to the back. (; All those nice times we had when you would always drive us. Siempre querias manejar. You always wanted to drive. Grieving is still part of the process. I’ll never forget you. You taught me so many things that one person would ever teach me. I miss having you in the youth class. You always gave me confidence. You would walk in with this walk. Always would speak what you had to speak. No sugar-coating, no false statements. Now that I think about it, our Heavenly Father has given me that confidence that I feared I wouldn’t have. I remember you told me your favorite verse which had to relate to that personal story of yours that helped you along the way.

Psalm 23:4:”Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.”

Now that I need you for a personal struggle, you are not here and I’m not blaming you. But it is hard not to think about what if you were still here? What would you advice me? What would you perceive? What would you tell me? I’m glad I got to know you and you were a brother to me, a brother that no other person had. That is why I still have moments of grieving, of thinking about you, because you were my brother in Christ and we treated each other like family. You were protective of me. (: I know you won’t be there the day when I graduate from the University. I know you won’t be there when I share the news of my wedding. I know you won’t be there when I have my kids, my family. I know you won’t be there for many things, but I have hope the Heavenly Father will let me see you one more time at least to catch up. I have hope our Father is humble and good to us to let me hug you and tell you of all the great things that have happen and of all the things that you missed.

Revelation 21:4: “and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away”

If anything, the day will come when their will be no more tears no matter the reason. There will be the day when our kingdom will be established upon us and will be His sons and daughters in His image. Even though I can’t understand why you had to leave so early, I have to accept and know He had a reason to take you so early. You fulfilled your purpose, my dear friend.

Editors Note: It’s been months that a dear friend of mine, Rai, passed away. My blog is based on experiences that I acknowledge my Father. Experiences that have passed or will pass. If anything, this person will always be brought up in certain entries. Several reasons I started this blog was based on my dear friend. On that note, I would just like respect for this entry and I hope if you’re going through a tribulation this can help you and that you aren’t the only one.

Restoration

We all don’t know exactly what God has plan for us. We don’t know how to picture our life if to set it upon a certain path. We don’t know how exactly things will change or not change. In my recent posts I have mention frequently, my vision is not the same as His, which is difficult to accept; since we all and I repeat always have a certain vision of our life, how we want things to go, how we wants things to turn out but sometimes we need to go through certain situations in order to bring us back that we are not in control of our journey. We aren’t in control of what exactly will happen to us or what can happen to us. We just need to learn to trust in Him.

Having a personal situation through my life as of right now, it’s hard to understand what God’s will is. What exactly He has in mind for me, I do know I am His daughter and He loves me unconditionally but I don’t know what His journey is for me. I do know what I want though, which I promise I will make it short (:

Be able to travel if it is through study abroad or through a missionary trip while having a job that I’m grateful for, raising a family with my Christian values and letting my future kids understand who He is and how they are sons and daughters of Him who wants the best for them (Just like every parent), graduate in about two years and be able to have the independence of making certain choices of my own, but the best having that person that will appreciate me and understand that God comes first(: Today I had prayer buddies in my church service, it felt so good who to pray for me and let others know what I have to be facing when wanting to walk like Christ. They cried and prayed for me, which is understandable since they know that walking like Christ is difficult, it is never an easy path.

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10

He will help us, He will guide us, and He will restore us to our best. He never has the plan of something bad for us, so a verse I have saved in my laptop which says a lot and it says: “God can take what was meant for my harm and turn it around and use it to my advantage”. What we think as why this? Or why now? or I don’t understand to where all this is leading….He never has the plan to harm us instead embrace us to either learn, grow from up it, help us, and make us stronger in Him(:

I like to finish this entry with: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

While you may be going through that certain issue, give thanks to Him, give thanks because this is shaping you up to something right now you can’t envision but He can and He of all knows what He is doing. He is restoring us to be like Him.

Lord Heavenly Father, I understand that you will make us go through certain tribulations that are for good and I do realize we sometimes forget to acknowledged you through it, but help us each one of my brothers and sisters in Christ understand that You want the best for us and you know what exactly you are planning. It may be difficult to accept to envision but things have to happen that will shape us up for better. We want to be able to as close to you as possible, to understand our situations and just give us the strength for it. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.