Good bye “Taco Tuesday”…Hello “FAITH” :D

I  had  way  too  many  sugary  coffee  drinks  today.

I¬† ran¬† out¬† of¬† Apple¬† Cider¬† Vinegar…Which¬† means¬† my¬† cardio¬† game¬† has¬† to¬† be¬† on¬† point….

AND

I¬† had¬† to¬† cancel¬† TACO¬† TUESDAY,¬† which¬† would¬† have¬† undone¬† all¬† of¬† my¬† hard work¬† in¬† exercising¬† anyhow…..a¬† chance¬† that¬† I was¬† willing¬† to¬† take. ūüėÄ

taco 2

taco 1

I¬† had¬† a¬† long¬† day¬† today,¬† and¬† through¬† out¬† my¬† day¬† I¬† had¬† to call¬† on¬† Jesus.¬† At¬† one¬† point¬† I¬† let¬† the¬† tears¬† flow¬† for¬† a¬† minute.¬† Nothing¬† went¬† my¬† way¬† as¬† planned,¬† which¬† is¬† why¬† I¬† often¬† leave¬† room¬† for¬† “change”¬† when¬† I¬† do¬† plan.¬† Life¬† is¬† funny¬† that¬† way.¬† I¬† could¬† not¬† feel¬† down¬† for¬† too¬† long,¬† because¬† I¬† know¬† that¬† God¬† is¬† in¬† control.¬† So¬† His¬† promises¬† made¬† to¬† me¬† uplifted¬† my¬† soul.¬† Whenever¬† I¬† pray,¬† I¬† always¬† ask¬† the¬† Lord¬† for¬† wisdom¬† and¬† knowledge.¬† We¬† can¬† fall¬† into¬† the¬† habit¬† of¬† seeking¬† his¬† hand¬† before¬† we¬† seek¬† his¬† face…expecting¬† Him¬† to¬† always;¬† give…give…give.¬† We¬† have¬† to¬† learn¬† to¬† listen¬† to¬† Jesus. What¬† is¬† He¬† instructing¬† us to¬† do¬† when¬† we¬† pray?¬† Prayer¬† is¬† not just¬† about¬† “us”¬† talking¬† to¬† Him,¬† we¬† also¬† have¬† to¬† listen.¬† That¬† is¬† what¬† communication¬† is.

God¬† has¬† been¬† telling¬† me¬† that¬† effective¬† prayer¬† has¬† nothing¬† to¬† do¬† with¬† us¬† using¬† big¬† words¬† when¬† we¬† pray,¬† or¬† praying¬† in¬† a¬† sort¬† of¬† robotic¬† formation.¬† It¬† is¬† literally¬† quoting¬† the¬† word¬† of¬† God¬† in¬† our¬† prayers.¬† There¬† are¬† promises¬† of¬† Blessings¬† that¬† the¬† Lord¬† has¬† made¬† to¬† us,¬† protection,¬† breaking¬† of¬† generational¬† curses,¬† within¬† the¬† scripture,¬† and¬† so¬† much¬† more¬† concerning¬† our¬† day¬† to¬† day¬† lives,¬† that,¬† when¬† we¬† speak¬† the¬† word¬† in¬† our¬† prayers¬† out¬† loud,¬† something¬† begins¬† to¬† happen…something¬† powerful.¬† We¬† are¬† reconfirming¬† His¬† promises.¬† Jesus¬† begins¬† to¬† move¬† on¬† our¬† behalf.¬† This¬† is¬† why¬† it¬† is¬† so¬† important¬† to¬† be¬† saved,¬† to¬† know¬† and¬† understand¬† the¬† scriptures,¬† and¬† keep¬† the¬† scriptures¬† in¬† our¬† hearts¬† so¬† that¬† whatever¬† we¬† are¬† facing¬† in¬† life…we¬† can¬† refer¬† back¬† to¬† the¬† Bible,¬† and¬† speak¬† the¬† word¬† of¬† God¬† into¬† our¬† situation.

Keep¬† God’s¬† word¬† close¬† to¬† your¬† heart

(Proverbs 6:21-22) “Bind¬† them¬† continually¬† upon¬† thine¬† heart,¬† and¬† tie¬† them¬† about¬† thy¬† neck, 22) When¬† thou¬† goest,¬† it¬† shall¬† lead¬† thee;¬† when¬† thou¬† sleepest,¬† it¬† shall¬† keep¬† thee;¬† and¬† when¬† thou¬† awakest,¬† it¬† shall¬† talk¬† with¬† thee.”

Watch¬† how¬† your¬† life…your¬† day….your¬† attitude¬† towards¬† both,¬† change. You¬† will¬† begin¬† to¬† see¬† miracles¬† happen¬† and¬† your¬† prayers¬† being¬† answered¬† in¬† a¬† way¬† where¬† your¬† life¬† is¬† fulfilled…when¬† you¬† begin¬† to¬† quote¬† the¬† scriptures¬† out¬† loud.¬† God’s¬† word¬† cannot¬† return¬† to¬† him¬† <void>.¬† Meaning,¬† if¬† He¬† says¬† so,¬† according¬† to¬† His¬† will¬† and¬† scriptures….He¬† must¬† perform¬† it¬† and¬† carry¬† out¬† His¬† word,¬† because¬† He¬† is¬† not¬† a¬† liar.

(Isaiah 55:11) So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

I¬† had¬† the¬† Blessing¬† of¬† talking¬† to¬† my¬† Mom¬† through¬† out¬† my¬† day,¬† and¬† I¬† said¬† to¬† her, I¬† did¬† everything¬† that¬† I¬† could…Jesus¬† has¬† to¬† give¬† the¬† increase.¬† She¬† said¬† to¬† me;¬† “Well¬† He¬† does¬† not¬† have¬† to,¬† but¬† He¬† will.”¬† I¬† said,¬† “No,¬† Mom…He¬† has¬† to.¬† He¬† said¬† that¬† He¬† would.”¬† We¬† are¬† trained¬† to¬† fear¬† the¬† Lord¬† in¬† the¬† wrong¬† sort¬† of¬† way…not¬† fear¬† as¬† in¬† reverence,¬† but¬† fear¬† as¬† in,¬† fearing¬† what¬† we¬† say¬† and¬† how¬† we¬† say¬† it.¬† As¬† I¬† grow¬† in¬† Christ,¬† I¬† am¬† learning¬† the¬† true¬† meaning¬† of¬† the¬† scripture¬† that¬† states;¬† “My¬† people¬† are¬† destroyed¬† for¬† lack¬† of¬† knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)¬† Jesus¬† desires¬† for¬† us¬† to¬† know¬† Him¬† so¬† well,¬† that¬† we¬† have¬† the¬† certainty¬† in¬† our¬† own¬† hearts¬† that¬† if¬† He¬† said¬† it…so¬† it¬† shall¬† be,¬† and¬† no¬† one¬† can¬† tell¬† us¬† differently.

There¬† is¬† a¬† trust¬† that¬† goes¬† along¬† with¬† stating¬† to¬† someone:¬† “Yes!¬† He¬† HAS¬† to¬† do¬† it!”¬† It¬† is¬† like¬† our¬† children¬† reminding¬† us¬† of¬† promises¬† that¬† we made¬† to¬† them.¬† Their¬† hearts¬† are¬† so¬† filled¬† with¬† the¬† certainty¬† and¬† assurance¬† that¬† Mom¬† and¬† Dad¬† will¬† do¬† what¬† they¬† said¬† they¬† will¬† do.¬† The¬† only¬† difference¬† is,¬† which¬† is¬† a¬† huge¬† difference,¬† is¬† that¬† we¬† often¬† fail¬† and¬† fall¬† short¬† of¬† the¬† promises¬† that¬† we¬† make.¬† We¬† don’t¬† always¬† keep¬† them.¬† We¬† then¬† turn¬† into¬† liars. With¬† every promise¬† broken,¬† our¬† children¬† LEARN¬† to¬† not¬† trust¬† us.¬† I¬† can’t¬† imagine¬† my¬† Heavenly¬† Father¬† losing¬† my¬† trust.¬† He¬† does¬† not¬† want¬† us¬† to¬† either.

(Proverbs 3:5-6) ”¬† Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.¬† In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

In  our  obedience  to  Him  in  studying  His  word,  we  find  healing,  peace,  love,  faith, Blessings,  joy,  fulfillment,  answers  to  our  prayers,  direction,  etc.

Life¬† may¬† not¬† go¬† YOUR¬† way,¬† but¬† it¬† can¬† go¬† GOD’S¬† way….and¬† His¬† way¬† is¬† better¬† than¬† ours.

Spanglish: Dinner time a mi Casita!ūüćóūüćö‚ėēūüėÄūüćČūüćáūüć≥ūüćĆūüćíūüćĎūüćéūüćďūüć§ūüćõūüć≤ūüćó

Me: ¬°Heremias! ¬°Ven a Comer! It’s time to eat, Papi! ūüėĄ

Jeremiah: Okay!ūüėÉ

Me: (3 minutes later) ¬°Heremias! ¬°Ven! Foods getting cold! ‚ĚĄūüėē

Jeremiah: (No answer)

Me: (Another 3 minutes pass) ¬°Heremias! ¬°VEN ACA…AHORA!  Or else your comida goes in la basura! ūüööūüėĎ

Jeremiah: Yes Ma’am…¬°Mamiiiii! I hear youuuu!ūüė®ūüė¨

THE END….UNTIL TOMORROW NIGHT, God willing. ‚̧

Thank you for your Southern hospitality!!!

Oranges, being produced from a single ovary, can be considered a part of the berry family for that reason. However, because they are so robust in size and remind us nothing of the typical berry…”Meredith and Marcia”, these two lovely Southern bells, took it upon themselves to always arrive to the party on their “C” game. Vitamin C that is!

Meredith: “A lady must ALWAYS be at her best!”

Marcia: “Why, I do oblige!” 

(Spoken with heavy Southern accents)

My 8 year old has been involved in the sport of gymnastics for a couple of months now. He loves it! Lately we’ve been working on his skills by jogging to build up his strength and stamina. We paid a visit to the doctor for a routine check up and this 5 foot 2 inch 8 year old is very healthy! I am 5’4. He is a big kid (Mommy’s baby) from a family of men where being nearly 7 feet tall is not abnormal. However, diabetes runs heavy within the African American, Native American, and Latin American cultures and communities. He is a part of all 3. 

We made some lifestyle changes recently to avoid being statistics. Besides significantly decreasing the snack intake in my home, I have also been watching our portion intake and the hours in which we consume food. We don’t eat pork, rarely beef, not too much chicken…mostly turkey and fish. My son and I  aren’t big meat/poultry eaters ,but our carbohydrates were outrageous! After correcting that problem I began looking into refreshing yummy drinks that my kid would like. Even many of the “healthy” juices that we serve our children are full of sugar.

I always purchase oranges, so I decided to make orange flavored water. I cut and squeezed the juice out of 4 or 5 oranges, poured it into a container of room temp. water along with a half cup of pineapple juice . I also put some fresh pineapple in the water. To sweeten it a little I used natural honey. I let the water sit out for a couple of hours to let it settle then I placed it in the fridge. It was SO good! My son liked it alot! It was refreshing, all ingredients were organic and fresh and it was healthy. I will be making different types of flavored waters and ice pops as the weather gets warmer. 

Oranges are a good source of Vitamin C, B1, potassium, folate, copper, fiber, among other great benefits. Enjoy!!