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. 😀

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!🍗🍚☕😀🍉🍇🍳🍌🍒🍑🍎🍓🍤🍛🍲🍗

Me: ¡Heremias! ¡Ven a Comer! It’s time to eat, Papi! 😄

Jeremiah: Okay!😃

Me: (3 minutes later) ¡Heremias! ¡Ven! Foods getting cold! ❄😕

Jeremiah: (No answer)

Me: (Another 3 minutes pass) ¡Heremias! ¡VEN ACA…AHORA!  Or else your comida goes in la basura! 🚚😑

Jeremiah: Yes Ma’am…¡Mamiiiii! I hear youuuu!😨😬

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!!