Relationships

Love Out Loud

I think many of us can agree that this world seems to get darker by the day. Tragedies too numerous to count. I can’t turn on my tv without feeling heartbroken for all that’s happening.

Life was intended for us to have relationships. Not only with a spouse but with those in the church. With those in our lives. In all my years of serving in the church, I have seen that far too many people are unwilling to take time to build relationships. They come in, hear an inspirational message, and are off until next week.

Could this be the churches problem?!

Or, could it be that people just don’t value relationships?!

I think it’s a little of both! There are churches that don’t encourage relationships and fellowship with their congregation. And, there are also people who just don’t see the importance of fellowship and connecting with people. We have lost the value of one of one, genuine friendship.

With social media, all the blogs, the podcast, YouTubers and so on, we are replacing those things for real true genuine relationships with REAL people.

 

Fight the distraction

Before I go on, let’s get one thing straight – I’M NOT COMPLAINING about the church! I’m simply challenging you to think about your view on relationships.

Regardless of what your view is on this, one thing holds true since the beginning of time.

WE HAVE AN ENEMY OF OUR SOULS!

In the garden of Eden where Adam and Eve had one on one relationship with God and each other, somewhere along the line, their relationships got distracted. At a vulnerable point in Eves life, the serpent caught her unexpected, then gave her a twisted version of partial truth entangled with lies.

This then caused Eve to believe something, that wasn’t true, and resulted with consequences of broken relationships. Broken relationship with God and each other.

The TRUTH is that we are constantly being drawn to something other than what is true, pure and noble and it’s causing us to live a life that wasn’t intended from the start.

We are living lives apart from relationships.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 

God intended us to have healthy, loving, person to person relationships.

When was the last time you reached out to a person that you know was hurting?

When was the last time you sat down and had face to face conversations with someone other than your “squad”?

With all that’s happening around a world that seems to get worse by the day, I am compelled to live a life of love that my children can witness and hopefully follow.

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The other day I was in line at the store and a young mom was in front of me. I wanted to hurry back home. I had soo much stuff to do around the house. The young woman forgot something in her car and told the cashier she would be back. I was next in line, as the woman walked back in and was about to walk back to the end of the line. I moved my stuff back and allowed her to take her place back in line. She looked at me with such a grateful smile and said thank you. Almost, as if she was shocked that someone would do something so kind.

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I walked out of the store feeling so good, to be able to do something soo small in my eyes, yet her expression said so much more. As I walked to my car, I heard the Holy Spirit whisper to me “Kindness goes a long way”. Only God knows how that small act of kindness, could make a greater impact in a persons life.

 

 

A Call To Action

I’d like to challenge you – to take a step of faith and do something out of the norm for you! On Sunday when you’re at church, pray, and ask the Holy Spirit to show you someone, whom you can approach and get to know them on a personal level.

If not church, your workplace.

When we meet people who don’t know Jesus, sometimes sharing Jesus isn’t the first part of a relationship. It’s being Jesus to them!

When trust takes place we can then share about Jesus. There are steps to take depending on whom you are sharing to.

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt

 

 
“We meet people by chance
But we deepen relationship by choice.”
~ Adam Friedrich

Can I encourage you to make the choice today to be one, who will take that first step of being intentional, about becoming relational.

I can assure you that, the person I am today who isn’t afraid to approach you in love, didn’t come naturally. It’s been 10 years in the making. Although, it has definitely gotten easier over time.

As I am continually allowing God to work in and through me, I am being amazed at how God works. I’m constantly blown away by His goodness!

I am soo blessed to be part of a church that has the desire to reach out to our community.

“Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God].”
‭‭PROVERBS‬ ‭29:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬

My church is constantly trying new ways that will inspire us and challenge us to walk in integrity and be filled with the Love of Christ, to reach a dying world that is separated from God. To be a “Jesus” in someone’s world.

Our Pastors are visionaries! And I don’t say that lightly. I’m humbled to have loving, caring Pastors who genuinely wanna see you fulfill your destiny in life. They inspire both my husband and I.

I’d like to ask 2 things of you, in our ever-going mission to reach out…

1. Pray for our church. There is soo much that goes on behind the scenes. Pray, that God would continue to give them the creativity, wisdom and continual love.
2. Give. If you are a member of PCOC (Praise Chapel Orange County), my prayer is that you are giving of your talents and treasures. We have so much going on, and it couldn’t be done without those who obediently give.

Why should I give???

I think this question comes up so often. Too many people overlook how far their money can go and lose the importance of giving. Or, like I mentioned earlier are believing a lie from the enemy that the church takes your money, and I’m return refuse to give.

We have our 180 men’s home, in which is our live-in home for men who are recovering from addiction and trying to get their life back on track. We have our nightlife church for young adults, every Thursday evening. We have our Elevate Nights which meets Friday for our youth. We have our Fullerton Campus, and our Newest Campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico that we support, which are currently in the process of building the church.

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If you’d like to see and read about our church, click here to view some videos and get a glimpse of what’s going on.

We have fundraisers that we do each year to help raise money for cost of these things. Unfortunately, the end result isn’t always meeting the needs.

If you currently don’t have a home church and live in OC, come see what God is doing in the city or Orange. We’d love to have you come be a part of it.

 

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If you don’t live in Southern California, but would like a peep of what’s going on you can get the app on your phone and follow through with us on Sunday, livestream.

All you have to do is text “PCOC APP” to ‘77977’. You’ll receive the link to get the app. Once you’ve downloaded the app, be sure to connect with our Orange Campus.

If God has placed a burden in you to give financially, click here and be a part of what we are doing.

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:1-2‬ ‭NLT

I’m certain that when we meet God face to face, we will see all the lives that were touched through our prayers, and our giving.

My prayer is that you have been challenged to LOVE out LOUD!!!

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Remember love ‘isn’t’ the warm fuzzy feeling we get in our heart, but it is a choice we make everyday to live and be love, even when we don’t feel a person is worthy of it.

“Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭ERV‬‬

Take a look at this video of our latest baptism. Seeing people make a change in their life, never gets old.

 

 

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Praying for you friend! May Gods love cover over you and compel you to be a person that you never thought you could be. May you step outside of comfort zones and release Gods power and anointing in all you do for His Kingdom.

 

Rest in Him friend,

With Love,

Rosie Hernandez

encouragement

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