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STEADY YOUR FEET – LIFE IS A WILD RIDE

Every now and then – life can throw you a curveball. Make sure your feet are steady on the ground – so you won’t go flying with it at high speed. Bend those knees and stand your ground – life can hit you hard sometimes…

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground,” Ephesians‬ ‭6:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

We are affirmed to STAND! Evil days will come. Life will hit us hard. Paul prepares the church for such life events.

It’s inevitable, that moments in this life will shake our foundation. By the time we have reached adulthood, we very well, may have experienced some kind of issue in life that has rumbled our ground. Maybe a heartbreak, a loss, or a betrayal? We can learn to face tomorrow with hope.


“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for HE who promised is faithful.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬ 


The writer of Hebrews is admonishing us to hold unswervingly to hope. In other words stay the course – hold tight, as the road swerves – remain steadfast in our faith.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans‬ ‭12:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬


This passage is clearly giving us direction on how to face trials in this life. 

  1. Be joyful in hope. Even when we don’t understand what’s going on or why – we make the choice to remain joyful, because we are trusting that God is working things out for our good.
  2. Patient in affliction. As our lives are turned upside down, we must wait and trust God through this process.  
  3. Faithful in prayer. Prayer is the key – to be able to take the steps and persevere through the first two directions. 

If our prayer life is lacking – our ability to remain joyful in hope will lack. If our prayer life is weak – our ability to be patient in affliction will be weak. Prayer is key, to apply this verse in its richness, so that we can experience the fullness of this verse in our lives.

Here’s where the problem begins, and why we fall on our face through trials of life…

  • We aren’t spending enough quiet time with God. 
  • We put our focus on the problem – rather, than on the problem solver – JESUS. 
  • We allow issues of life to cause us, to lose heart.


Instead of telling God, how big your problems are – tell your problems, how big your God is.

A few years ago I experienced something as a mother that rocked my world. My daughter Faith began to have what seemed as some type of seizures at the age of 6 months old. I can still go back to that fear that began to take place in our hearts. Wondering, what this would do to her future? Would this last all her life? How bad would this become? Would she be able to live a normal life? All these things, just racing through my mind. One day my husband and I were just holding each other as, Faith had just gone through another episode. As we held each other broken – my husband spoke out loud, “though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” {Job 13:15} Immediately as he spoke Gods word, I began to have this sense of peace. Like I knew in my heart – that we were gonna be ok. 

Months later I was at church, checking on Faith in the nursery. The woman who was watching her, is a faithful woman of God and is very sensitive to the Holy Spirit. She spoke to me about Faiths condition. She encouraged me to lay hands on Faith and my husband and pray healing over their lives. I knew she had heard from God when she said; “You need to speak that word ‘seizure’ and command it to leave their body”. When I prayed over them – I feared saying the word ‘seizure’, because I felt as if I was accepting it in their lives.

Well good news is, I did as she encouraged me to do. As of today both my husband and my daughter Faith live a life free of epilepsy.

“Instead of telling God, how big my problem is – I told my problem, how big my God is!” 

The very one who made this earth come into existence by just speaking – gave me the authority in His name, to speak healing over my family. I had to completely rely on my BIG God for this miracle. 


Friends, God gives this authority not only to me, but to us all who believe we can possess it in faith, to bring His name GLORY!
God doesn’t want us to be blown away and tossed by the sea, like the waves. He wants us to be steady in our walk – immovable, unshakable and ready to hit the ground standing tall on our knees, when life hits hard.

My friend, Jesus is our answer. He is our HOPE. He is our PEACE. He is our LOVE.

 

“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” Psalm 119:114 NIV

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 NIV

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 NIV”

DON’T let fear have control over your emotions! You can bring them into subjection. YOU have that power through Jesus Christ! Remain steadfast in Christ. God will not put you to shame! Today is National Day of Prayer! Let me encourage you to PRAY! Pray. Pray. Pray.

 

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