Thursday, July 28, 2011

Test,Trials and Tribulations

I have heard many people say to one another that when things are tough and rough it is God who is testing you. I have also heard that God doesn't Test us and he also doesn't plague us with illnesses. So my question is well why do bad things happen to so many People. Mind you I did not say "Good People" because goodness is subjective and I wanted to be more general. I personally know what is it to go through some difficult times and I also know that the God that I serve would never plague me with so many afflictions. I also know that he would not test me by striking my loved one with an illness. So I really get bothered when I hear people say that when something bad is happening to you, it is God who is sending it your way. I do not believe that is the case.
For example I think of it this way, I have my mother and I know that she would never test me that way. So why would God be any meaner than we humans. Why if my mother or father are incapable of doing something to hurt me on purpose. why should I believe that the God that I have learned about the one who gave his only begotten son, so that whom ever believes in him should not perish but have ever lasting life... why would he punish me specially with an illness. The Bible states that Jesus died on the cross and he took with him all sin, illness and iniquity. So why am I going to sit here an believe that now God all of a sudden changed his mind and is striking with a fury.

I learned from my Grandmother that bad things happen to good people, and I also learned from her that God was not to blame. Through her trials and tribulations to the last minute of her life, in pain and in despair she clinged to her faith in a Loving God and made peace when her life was extinguishing at the ripe age of 50.  Never did I hear her blame God for her suffering, instead she focus on giving me her most valuable possession, her faith.She made sure I learned this passage from the bible, She believed it encompassed Gods' Love, Power, Blessings and Mercy for all of us.

The Psalms 91
Abiding in the Shadow of the Almighty

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD,
He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,
and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers,
and under his wings shalt thou trust:
his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;
nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness;
nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side,
and ten thousand at thy right hand;
but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold
and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge,
even the Most High, thy habitation;
10 there shall no evil befall thee,
neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, Mt. 4.6 · Lk. 4.10
to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands,
lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Mt. 4.6 · Lk. 4.11
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:
the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Lk. 10.19
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:
I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him,
and show him my salvation.

So with this I close and tell you that when we are going thru a tough time and we don't see a way out call upon the name of He who loves you and he will answer, and believe that He is not to blame for the pain we are going through. Illnesses and Pain have no meaning and God never intended for us to live with them. He has given us Authority in the Name of his son JESUS to overcome and destroy them.

 In faith Liz xxoxoxoox

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Reading Club

Summer is in full bloom and  I promised myself to get some good reading done. When I did my Daniel Fast and stayed off the Internet for a while, I was released from my You Tube Addiction. And I rediscovered my love for reading.  I have breezed throuh 4 books in less than a month. My friend JL and I  decided to read them together as our little version of  a book club. He chose the first two books and I choose the next two. Here is the list of books we have read so far.
JLO choose the following two books (book 1 and 2) and I choose book 3 and 4 and
1. Product DetailsGemini Bites by Patrick Ryan - Interesting.. the characters are funny and a good read Love the twins!
2. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A NovelAimee Bender'sThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel (Hardcover)(2010)  - I loved this book , I can empathise with the main character, a bit of a mind bender and full of emotions but really good read, Helped me see my mother in another light, moms hardly ever tell their kids how they truly feel inside,sometimes they have sadness in their heart and we don't realize how much they carry around.

3. The Shack
The Shack by William P. Young - Absolutely Love it!.. Highly recommend it ,I specially like  the way God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are described is amazing and such a strong message about forgiveness and Love.

4. Product Details90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life by Don Piper and Cecil Murphey - This book is very inspiring, highly recommend for anyone who is going through a rough time and needs reassurance that God is listening.

I have read all of them but JLO is not done reading them , he is a bit of a slacker since I already read all four books and  he is stuck on my first choice =)..Book 3 the Shack and hasn't even began Book 4 .  I  think  its a bit hard for him to get into, and that's why I choose it.. I want him to open up his heart and experience the story and message. I believe it will help him cope with many things he is going thru .  I allowed him to choose Book #5 and we will embark on it as soon as I get my hands on it
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As you can see we have very different taste even in books, but we are very open minded and we respect the selections and read them. Well at least I have, in the mean while  I am reading Joel Osteeen. I LOVE this book and I can't wait to see the results.
and I am also reading the book below , brought to my attention by my supervisor. he wants me to learn to be financially savvy while I am young.. =) he said "Don't wait till you are my age do it now!" So I take his advice and listen, Knowledge is always a good thing.
Hope you are all having a great summer and are getting some good reading done. If any of you have read an awesome book ,please feel free to share it with me =D
xoxox Liz

Friday, July 15, 2011

Hello and Happy Carmageddon!!!

Alice in WonderlandHello everyone.. I am back.. I Had to take some time off to re cooperate my shoulder arm and is still messed up but I have to work with what I have.  I trust in God and since the Dr. cant help.. I can only trust that JC will fix it.

Secondly.. I have been busy filling out applications.. I decided to apply to Grad school and I had statements of purpose to write, rresumes, letters of recommendations to ask for and all that good jazz. I was able to submit them on time and meet the deadline and now its just a waiting game and Praying that GOD breaks this door in for me =D,

So I am feeling excited and faithful that my future is taking a turn for the best. I also spoke to the Boyfriend and it seems like he is ready to move to the Husband category.. so Lets see what happens there =D

Hope u are all having a Blessed and Happy Summer and that it turns out to be the Best summer yet.

Today I am leaving early to have a Tea Party with my nephews.. we will transform our gazebo into Wonderland and will make our own Alice in Wonderland costumes with masks and all =D.

My Nephew will be the Cheshier Cat (Tim Burton One)

My niece will be the Rabbit and I will be the Red Queen  LOL!!! it  will be a blast..

And don't forget if you are on the West side near the Sepulveda pass.. stay at home and have a fun weekend. , remember the 405 fwy will have some closures near the west side.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy Belated 4th of July

I have been gone quite some time.. I am still working on getting my full arm function and it is going really slow. I miss not blogging, and I feel sad because I am so limited as to what I can do . Anyways summer is here and I wish you all a wonderful Summer may it be filled with happiness, Fun, Sun and the Beach.

I am making it to the beach soon...specially here..... =D.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Quality Time

Spending some quality time with My Niece and Nephew and taking the tiome to teach them the true meaning of the 4th of July.. Independence Day..

Also eagerly awaiting the Fire works.. Happy 4th of July..