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Step Into The Unknown

It’s the 1st of February.

My, how time flies! First month of the year is already gone. This year I’ve promised myself to slow down and enjoy what’s happening around me. So much can happen in a year.

At the end of each year, I like to evaluate the year and all my progress. When I was on the mountain top, was I thanking God?! Not only thanking Him with my lips, but did my life display thanksliving. How did I handle trials of life? Was I living by faith? Could I have given more in some areas of my life?

 

I’m confident that regardless of what happened the previous year, with the right mind set, we can walk into a New Year with God-fidence (Confidence in God).

I have stepped into the New Year knowing that whatever my future holds, in all my fears, my anxiousness, all my unknowns, in all my wonders – God is with me. Though I may not know what tomorrow holds, I know who holds my tomorrow.

I’m gonna pursue Gods plans for my life. Because, I know His unfailing love is constantly pursuing me.

 

 

2017

As the year began in 2017. My husband and I were pioneering a church. We experienced so many loops in that journey. We started off with a bonfire bible study in beautiful Newport Beach, Ca. Then moved location just under a gazebo that was right in front of a bar and grill. We encountered many people. Then, we rented a small room from a Lutheran Church, where we began to have our church services. We knew that God was certainly with us. Later we moved into our home to continue having service there.

6 months into the year, we found ourselves having to make one of the hardest decisions of our lives. There was an issue that took place with the leadership that was covering The Break Ministries (our church name). We experienced betrayal and because of what took place, we prayerfully made the choice to separate from our old church. We were left with the decision to either stay and continue to build the break ministries, or join another church in our fellowship.

As we were seeking God for direction, I can still remember how many things ran through my mind.

What would people think of our choice?

Was this truly Gods direction?

Have we failed?

 

“In your heart you plan your life. But the Lord decides where your steps will take you.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:9‬ ‭NIRV‬‬
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I’ll never forget the words someone shared with us as we sought counsel. We were afraid of feeling like we had abandoned Gods purpose in our life. He said; “the most important thing you need to worry about is how your family is doing, and get restored.”

With all that happened we weren’t ok. Trust had been broken. We needed restoration.

As we made the choice to step down and allow healing to take place – making sure our family was ok, was my husbands priority. And he did that well!

Words that had been spoken over us were slowly dissipating. The feeling of failure was trying to creep it’s way in my heart and mind.

As we began the journey in our new church, we stepped into the unknown with a heart of worship.

In my husbands words: “we go in, and let nothing hinder our worship.

“O God, we meditate on your unfailing love as we worship in your Temple.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭48:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

What happens now

What happens now?’ is the question that usually follows sudden change in our lives.

Whenever we experience change, we often find ourselves reacting out of fear. Questioning many things. And in my case I questioned Gods call upon our lives. Fear can leave us paralyzed and tormented in the mind with all the what if’s.

 

If I’m honest, stepping down from Pastoring a church, figuring things out, entering new territory came with insecurities. But it also came with great excitement to start fresh, with new vision, and build new relationships.

 

We began a new ministry, that involves meeting new people and having fun. We’ve come alongside others to serve wholeheartedly. And we have been entrusted with a pretty important ministry in the church. I don’t share these things to toot our own horn. None of that could’ve have been possible had we walked in the church with a sense of entitlement. With pride because of a title we had. Or even walking in defeated. We stepped into the church feeling a little vulnerable to be honest, but nonetheless we committed ourselves.

“Commit your works to the LORD [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].”
‭‭PROVERBS‬ ‭16:3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

A friend once told me, “if you fall on your face when you’ve given God everything, well then you fell on your face FOR THE LORD!”

Friends, NOTHING we do with ALL of our heart for God, will ever go unnoticed.

Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence,
You’ve never failed me yet

These lyrics ministered to both my husband and I. They were the cry of our hearts.

 

Our Pastors have challenged the church to get out what God has put inside our hearts.

There is something stirring within EVERY heart. It’s up to us, to allow God to bring us through challenging roads and unexpected issues of life, looking at complicated road maps (which look like a bunch of scribbles to me because I’m directionally challenged) and trust that He will guide us to a safe places.

I wanna leave you with these questions to consider…

Where is your commitment?

What do you seek from God?

Are we seeking God to do “big things”?

Will you do the “small” things?

What is most important about your walk with God – being safe, in a place of contentment and complacency? Or, are you willing to serve God with whatever it takes, even if you get dirty?

What you give power to, has power over you. If you give into defeat, you will walk around defeated.

If you give into pride, you will walk around prideful.

If you give into humility, you will walk in humility and God can work His best through a humble heart.

Seek your purpose. Take steps of FAITH!

 

‬‬The worst thing I believe a person can feel, is regret. Living with regret is something I refuse to carry into a New Year! I don’t wanna look back at my life and wish I had taken more chances.

Take chances. Let God walk with you in the unknown.

Rest in Him friend,

With love,

Rosie Hernandez

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I AM WOMAN – HEAR ME ROAR

We are all created uniquely. Even identical twins have their differences. Our finger prints are different. Our smiles are different. I can go on and on about our differences. Though we are created uniquely, we can find that we share similarities with others. That’s the fun part about embracing each other. We find our similarities and we enjoy our circle of friends. We begin to empower one another. We lock arms and we stand together.

What do we do when differences cause tension and conflict??? 

I have learned that there are two things that generally separate women and the church for that matter.

1) An offense.  

An offense can take place in the church when someone has either brought correction or direction to you. We either feel that the person(s) is out of line or have wronged us in some way.

God has placed people over our lives for direction. I can’t urge you enough, that prayer is so important when it comes to dealing with offenses. We must learn to trust that God is always in control, He is working behind the scene even when we don’t feel that He is.

“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭19:11‬ ‭NIV

Gods word will not lead us astray. Sometimes, overlooking is not easy; but Gods word says that it is to OUR glory that we do. Why? Because, we will benefit from it! We will be at peace with others, and at peace with God. We must understand that God desires we unite with each other, through the obstacles of life — we shouldn’t allow an offense to cause disconnection in the body of Christ.

“Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭17:9‬ ‭NIV 

Holding onto offenses will not only hurt you, but it hurts the body of Christ (the church). If we are not careful we’ll find ourselves looking for someone to share our issues with. Someone who may have had issues with the same person who offended us. What was supposed to be “venting to a friend” can become gossip. Clicks begin to form, words are exchanged with others about hurts, and/or complaints and in the end; friends become separated. Leaving the church divided, rather than being unified.

If our hearts are not covered in Gods love and grace, we won’t be able to overlook an offense, or forgive someone for hurting us. Those uncharted territories will only hurt the church, rather, than build it up.

“LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.” Psalm‬ ‭30:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

True healing will only come from time spent with God. He’s the one we should go to FIRST for any kind of emotional issues in our lives. Our emotions can be misleading when they’re not lead by the Holy Spirit.

2) Competitiveness. 

There is a difference between admiring someone, and trying to be better than them. 

The only person you should want to compete with – is who you were yesterday. Trying to be a better you should be our goal as a follower of Christ.


Competitiveness comes from the inability to be happy for someone. We become intimidated that someone can be better than us; rather, than celebrating who God has created them to be. Because of insecurities, we can hold them back from flourishing into the Woman (or man) God created. This effects the spiritual growth of a person, and ultimately the church. 

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky” ‭Philippians‬ ‭2:14-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Having the ability to be happy for others will cause you to shine bright. Bringing glory to our Father in heaven and strengthening the church for those, that the Holy Spirit draws in. 

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians‬ ‭2:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Let me be real for a moment; I have struggled in both of these areas. I have felt the darkness overshadow me from these issues. It left me unhappy – not only in my church, but in my home and even in my workplace. Not until I sought the Lords strong hand, was I able to overcome this battle. There is TRUE freedom in Christ my friends!

Much of my growing as a person has come from mistakes. I have made countless mistakes, BUT, I have grown in many areas because of them. Im thankful for every woman who didn’t hold back from telling me, what I was doing wrong. I can’t help but think – “where would I be in my walk with God if it wasn’t for those women guiding me and sharing the hard truths with me?!”

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”‭‭ Proverbs‬ ‭27:17‬ ‭NIV

To often, we overlook the importance of this scripture; as iron sharpens, there will be sparks shooting out. So as is – in the church or around you need I say, we will experience the sparks with those around us. But if we allow ourselves to grow through them, we will come out stronger. Stronger as the body of Christ. Stronger as a people in this world. 


Just last week we celebrated International Women’s Day. Women were embracing those around them, along with their own strengths and femininity. I did too! But, don’t forget to be a woman who isn’t intimidated to see God use those around you. Be a woman with integrity and humility! Celebrate those around you – not only those in your “circle”. Be of good cheer! God has great plans for you friend! Praying you see your strength and ability to walk into Gods design for your life – free of intimidation and fear.

I am woman – hear me roar! 🦁

Rest in Him friend,

With love,

Rosie Hernandez