Monday, March 21, 2011

God is taking care of you.

I have had the same questions in winter time: How the squirrels survive this season? As I did not have a clear idea of it, I went to goggle and I found: Tree squirrels build nests out of leaves, twigs and other materials that they find in their surroundings and Ground squirrels live underground. They dig tunnels and rooms under the ground or in the side of a hill. ( It is amazing to see how God put in the mind of this little creature these survival mechanisms. Honestly they are the experts in extreme living conditions, but what it happens when the squirrels or other little creatures died?

Not long ago someone so I little bird died on the floor. That person thought “I almost met with God, because I was attending the funeral of this little Bird”. This little Bird was used as an example for Jesus in one of his speeches, in order to teach his disciples a precious lection of trust.
The Lord Jesus told them that our heavenly father takes care of his creation and He was even at the moment that the little bird passed away, Matthew 10-29   (The Holy Bible, International Bible Society),and God would never forget any of them (the birds).   
If Our Heavenly Father is taking care of the little creatures, feed them and shelter them, imagine his care for us who are his children. The history of the humanity cannot compare the love of God with anything else, because nobody will sacrifice his beloved son for the sake of all Human kind. Look at around and beyond you and you will see the love of the Father in everywhere.
Dear Lord, I know you are taking care of me. Open my eyes to see your love in everywhere. Amen.
“So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10: 31, Holy Bible.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The risk of taking decisions.

All the time we have to make decisions. Sometimes we do not know which one is the best, and we spend time and energy trying to decide what to do. When our minds are confused, we go to the people that we trust the most and to listen their opinion. In the end, we make decisions based on the influences of the wisest people we know, such as our parents, grandparents or friends. We feel safe and confident with their advise because we know they want the best for us.
Explorers in the Alps were seeking exotic flowers. They saw a beautiful one, probably the “Edelweiss,” that was seen in a dangerous place, close to a river, 4,000 below (see wikipedia). The access that flower was very difficult. The only way to get to it was to use a cord. When the explorers were debating whether or not to risk seeing the flower, they saw a little shepherd. They called him and offered him coins if he allowed the explores to tied him to the rope and go down to pick the flower.
The man looked at the coins. He really needed them, but the danger was great, and he didn't know the men. Again and again he analyzed the situation. Then an idea came to his mind. He left the explorers and soon returned with a tall and strong man. Finally near the edge of the precipice, the boy ran to where the explorers were and said, "Now you can tie me to the rope, only if you let my dad hold the other end."
God wants to hold us with His own hands to help us overcome our difficulties. There is nobody else like him to keep us safe, even near the edge of a cliff.
Dear Lord, You are my refugee. Help me understand that You are present even in the difficult times and that You are holding me by your right hand. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

"I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:4

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

God of the biggest and smallest things.

God is great in great things and also in the small ones,” said Henry Dyer, an English Christian priest.

A group of of British hikers climbed the Matterhorn mountain in the Penine Alps, on the border between Switzerland and Italy. A gentleman pulled out a microscope to observe a fly. The man explained to the group the English fly does not have hair on its legs. Then, he showed the legs of the fly he catched and its legs were covered with hair, indicating that the same God who made these great mountains had also thought of the comfort of this small creature, to the point of providing it gloves . This is our wonderful God!
The Bible shows God's wonderful care for small things. For our God, nothing is irrelevant. We are His children. Whatever we ask for - if it agrees with his will - He will give it to give us. Our God is close to you, waiting to provide you with His treasures. All you have to do is call after Him.
Dear God, help me to appreciate Your wonders, and Your care for them and for me. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalm 19-1

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

God is more than happy to share our hobbies.

Every activity of our life must have a meaning. Sometimes, our daily life becomes a meaningless    routine, and we lose opportunities to share with people around us our talents, the precious gifts that God has given each of us. According Mrs. Cowman the author of Streams in the Dessert, a Christian is someone who allows Jesus to be part in all his/ her daily activities even in their hobbies.

In 1904, Jack Miner founded a birds refugee in Kingsville, Ontario. He fed and took care of these animals, particularly geese. He placed a small metal band with a number on the legs of each goose . When one of his birds were caught, the person who found the small band sent it to Miner, because his address was written on it. This was how Miner collected information about the geese. This was his favorite hobby.

One morning, in 1914 he had a brilliant idea: stamp biblical messages on the small bands.         “I feel the guidance of God, and I realized that my hobby was fulfilled,” he said. 

Miner saw the results of his work.  A hunter that caught a goose in the south, found the small band with Miner’s address and a passage taken out of Philippians 4-13 that said “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”

 Time passed by and the hunters who trapped the Miner’s birds wrote him how their lives were transformed by the messages on the small bands.  A missionary, who worked in the Hudson bay, left that place for the first time after twenty years in order to talk to Jack Miner about the influence of the small bands on the Aboriginals’ lives. Jack Miner commented that his refugee had not become what it was, or would have gained worldwide recognition, if He had not associated his hobby with God.

Nothing is insignificant to God. He wants us to share with Him our hobbies, our dreams, our daily activities. We will see amazing results when we make God part of our life.

Loving God, help me to see You in the activities I am going to perform. Direct me towards what You want me to do and what to leave undo.  In the name of Jesus, Amen.

“Acknowledge him (God) in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3-6

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Hands of Jesus

In the hands of Jesus there is safety and there is majesty. The hands of Jesus were human. He had child hands when He was a baby. The angels commanded the shepherds to hurry their steps to see those little hands.

The time passed by and those little hands were transformed into hard-working hands. He, who created the stars, was working as a carpenter. His work would be prefect. “We are his hand-made,” as the Apostle Paul said. Those hands that were working over the wood were the same that changed Paul from persecuting Christians to becoming Jesus' disciple (Paul the Apostle, Wikipedia). Paul was motivated not out of obligation for the law, but by love.

The hands of Jesus were generous and gave tender care. His hands blessed everyone he touched. His hands healed the sick. He went where they were.

The hands of Jesus are redemptive. The Bible describes every kind of sin, but it declares that Jesus saves us from all of them. His hands can save us because they are wounded hands. The only thing that mankind made that is found in heaven, is the five wounds that Jesus has in His body. His wounded hands interceded for us before the Throne of Grace for all of us who call on His name.

“When he had said this, He showed them his hands and feet.” Luke 24-40.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I Follow the Humble King

Close to the Roman capitol there is an old building from the days when Christianity was new to the world.  In one of its corridors there is a cross with a figure on it. The artist made a caricature that said; “Aleximo is a fool because he worships Jesus.” On that wall, the artist also wrote all of the Aleximos’ friends considered him as a weird person because he proclaimed Jesus as King. For them, it was crazy that Aleximo declared the Royalty of Jesus because the world never knew of a King that had no possessions who was born in a humble manger. Actually, this artist's thoughts make sense because the idea that we have about royalty is that it is a luxury and you'll live a comfortable life. Jesus was a different kind of King. He was the humblest one, who made his entrance to Jerusalem on a donkey and ate with the poor. 
This King did not use a sword to conquer lands or an army to destroy forts. He only used his compassion and love to break the hardest hearts. The apostle Paul is a good example of this. As a Roman official, he persecuted Christians. He was touched by Jesus and became the strongest missionary in the history of Christianity, as it shown in the Bible in Acts. Jesus, a humble but powerful King, loved sinners like me and came to this earth to rescue sinners, like me.
I know how Aleximo felt because sometimes I have been considered a foolish girl with a “nun soul,” as one of my friends told me. But how can I hide what is inside me? I want to encourage you to think about this humble King and his teachings as something worthy to pay attention to. You will not lose anything, but you will gain so much. God Bless you.
Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, show your love for all the people who read this blog today and lead them in all of their activities. Thank you for sending your son as servant who was King for our salvation. In the precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen
"Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress."  Psalm 71- 3.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Make a simple purpose in this day.

More than a century ago, in South Africa, a missionary named Show and his family were supposed to teach the gospel. When they arrived in Cape Town they were discouraged. The doors had been closed to them. Finally, Show and his wife decided to take a cart pulled by oxen and go wherever they were taken. They had already traveled more than five hundred kilometers, driven by a strange providence, when they saw a group of Hottentots (small nomadic ethnic group in southwest Africa, namely Botswana and Namibia) that were travelling to Cape Town in search of a missionary. God began mighty work among these African tribes through Show's family.
I wanted to start with this story because one night I was looking at a map of the world that showed all the countries restricted to the gospel. To my surprise, Colombia, where I am from, is one of them. Despite the fact that more than 95% of the population adheres to Christianity, the vast majority of which - between 81% and 90% - are Roman Catholic. Since some parts of my country are under guerilla influence, preaching the gospel is almost impossible.
However, missionaries (like the family mentioned at the begining of this story) are filled with the power of God and the love for their fellow men, so they have ventured to places that not even the law enforcement enforcements dare to go. The only thing they carry in their luggage is the "word of life", the Bible. Honestly, I felt a little bit of regret because I was sitting in a comfortable chair, watching the snow fall through my window, while those men and women are sacrificing everything for the sake of God.  Thinking about it I realized that all us, who accept Christ as Lord and Savior, are missionaries.
Not everyone has the call to travel to remote locations to share the good news. We can be the instruments of Christ with our neighbors, helping the needy, giving a smile to those who one who are sad and a word of encouragement to those who are discouraged.
I encorauge you, my dear friends, to make a purpose to give a smile, a kind word or a good handshake to someone. This would be what would the Lord Jesus would do.

1 Wikipedia: Khoikhoi
2 The voice of the martyrs:
3 Wikipedia: Colombia

" I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland". Isaiah 43:19

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


The reason why I decided to write about prayer is because since I was a child, in one way or another, it has always been something that was present in my life. I remember on Saturday's I always went to the children's group with my younger sister Nicole. It was a little difficult because Nicole did not obey me, which drove me crazy. Despite this small drawback, I enjoyed playing my guitar (yes, at the time I knew how to play it) in the prayer service. I realized at that age (probably 11 or 12 years old) that prayer was my most efficient tool to achieving my goals, such as winning teachers' sympathy, and once in a while, to appease the wrath of my mother when she punished me.

The Lord my God was always there and always answered me. I realized the coolest thing about this is not that the saints are heard or that you are paying penance to gain the favor of God, but that the only thing is to seek the Lord with a humble heart, recognizing that you have failed and He answered. It says in Jeremiah 33:3 "Call to me and I will answer you." To illustrate this statement I would like to mention the apostle Paul. He spent hours praying for Felix,  the governor of Judea (known as the Roman Empire at the time) and his misconduct, as quoted in Acts of the Apostles Chapter 24 (Bible). I highlight this fact because Felix was well known during this time for his pagan practices and acts of terror against Christians, as mentioned by the Roman historian "Tacito."

I want to finish this introduction by letting you know that I look forward to sharing a daily devotional and Bible passage with you every week. Thank you very much for reading my blog. Blessings.