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The Journey

I’ve been re-reading the story of Joseph recently in an effort to look at it from a different perspective because I believe that Hebrews 4:12 is true in saying that the word of God is living and active.

We usually read the story of Joseph with the outcome in mind, but what if just maybe, the real story is in the journey? The Joseph that had the dreams in Genesis 37 was not the same Joseph who was put in charge at the end of chapter 41. There was a process that he had to go through, not because the blessing was in the making, not because it needed to be tweaked a little, or because it needed to bake a little longer in heaven’s oven of miracles and wonders, NO. The process was to prepare Joseph for the coming chapters that God had already written.

It is my belief that his time in Potiphar’s house introduced him to Egyptian culture as well as gave him some insight on stewardship and leadership. Later, in jail, he continued practicing his much-needed leadership skills. Of course, we know that years later, he was made second in command, but I’m not just telling you a nice story. I want to point out that the journey which led to Joseph being a leader was just as important as the outcome. It was not a pleasant path. He was sold into slavery, harassed, wrongfully accused and imprisoned. However, note that despite the many attempts to knock him off course, he was pushed in the right direction. Again with Potiphar, it seemed Joseph was knocked off track when he was accused and jailed but that only got him closer to where he would eventually end up. In each step, there was a lesson or a skill to be learned. Each event was a piece to the puzzle of an outcome that God had previously designed.

Joseph’s story reminds me of one of my favorite songs to listen to during my quiet time with God: Waymaker. The words to the song speak of how God wipes tears, mends hearts, lights the way and works miracles, all in an effort to clear the path toward the blessing that He has already prepared for us when our story was written. There are 2 important facts to take note of here:

  1. If He’s mending hearts, it’s because they may break along the way. If He’s wiping tears it’s because they will be shed. If He’s lighting the way, it’s because dark times will come.
  2. If He’s paved to the way to the blessing, then He’s already been there, which confirms that it is ready and waiting and that, like the Bible says, He is THE way.

Dear friends, I don’t know what dreams God may have placed in your hearts and what struggles you may have found along the way, but what I do know is this: our stories have been written and the road to our blessings have been paved. Let us take a page from Paul’s book and rejoice in our struggles because they are mere stepping stones which will help prepare us for what’s to come. Keep the words of Deuteronomy 31:8 near your heart and be encouraged because our Heavenly Father is with us. He goes before us leading the way.

Let these words inspire you to also help others along the way with the gift of salvation. Wield words of hope into your daily conversations and let these be woven into the eternities of all who hear them. Let them be floating lanterns which pierce the darkness as they drift away, and let them always shine a light on the true protagonist of each and every one of our stories, Jesus.


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I’m Expecting!

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I’m Expecting!!!

Recently, I was listening to a song that spoke on 1 Corinthians 2:9 and I felt the Lord tug at the strings of my heart. We often wait for God to surprise us and go on about our lives not expecting anything because, after all, it’s a surprise, but I’m sure this isn’t how it works. We should have an expecting attitude; knowing that God will answer, knowing that He has a plan for us, knowing that He will work things out and the surprise will be in how He does it!

Celebrate with me. Watch this!:

 

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A Ray of Light

This morning as I walked outside, I caught a glimpse of the sunrise which squeezed its rays through, what I consider to be, very tall bushes. It was a majestic display, and simultaneously intriguing how the sun, as big as it is, managed to slip through a crack in the wall and the shrubs that covered it. The Son is capable of doing the same, if we allow it. He is The Creator of everything, He holds the world in His hands, however, if we let Him past our walls, He would gladly come in to shine His light and fill us with His love.


The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:9-12 NLT)

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The Pretty Box

It was a bookcase, shoe holder
something to put in an empty space.
It had a cover, drawers,
and numerous uses to discover.
It was a box
nothing more,
used for packing, holding, stacking
nothing unorthodox,
but it was a pretty box.


I do this thing with boxes where, rather than throw them, out I repurpose them. Usually, these are wrapped with contact paper and used as bedside bookcases, shoe organizers, and most recently, a 2 drawer tabletop “thingy”. My mom often gets upset and tells me to just throw them out, but why would I? They are pretty boxes, too good to throw out and apart from that, they are very useful. I believe God sees us in a similar way. While man may cast us out because they can only see who we are, God sees what we can become. He sees that we are too good to throw out, and wraps us in His love giving us a new purpose in life.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
‭‭(Ephesians‬ ‭2:4-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬)


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Llamo a Dios

 

En los momentos de necesidad, cuando no hay suficiente
Cuando no hay para un plato de comida caliente
Cuando la escasez es tan palpable que se hace presente
Llamo a Dios, mi proveedor

Cuando mis ojos son piscinas amargas
Y mis oraciones solo son esas lágrimas que salen como descargas
de mis frustraciones y dolores, ahí es cuando me siento y escribo cartas
Y llamo a Dios, mi consolador

Hay veces que no tengo con quien hablar
Quizás por timidez y por no ser tan popular
Cuando siento que el mundo me quiere aislar
Llamo a Dios, mi amigo

Cuando miro al espejo
Veo esa obra de arte, ese perfectamente imperfecto reflejo
Y me doy cuenta que lo que Dios hace es bello
Llamo a Dios mi creador

En momentos oscuros cuando ya no quiero continuar
Porque no tengo las fuerzas para volverme a levantar
Y en lo único que pienso es en cuanto prefiero naufragar
Llamo a Dios, mi fortaleza

Hay días en los que siento que no tengo valor
Que todo alrededor ha perdido su color
Y que nadie me va aceptar porque cargo con mucho dolor
Llamo a Dios, mi salvador

Cuando las palabras de otros han sido puñales a mi corazón
Y mi cuerpo desfallece por enfermedad o cualquier otra razón
Llamo a Dios mi sanador

Cuando todo en la vida me sale mal
O todo esté bien o normal
En los momentos de reír y los de llorar
En la enfermedad o en el tiempo de restaurar
En cada tiempo y cada momento que yo pueda encontrar
Y hasta mi último respirar
Llamo a Dios


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It is well…

There is an old hymn which says “It is well with my soul”. In the past days, I’ve spent some time reflecting on this phrase. Things don’t always go the way we plan, sometimes they don’t go at all. However, if we believe what the word says in Jeremiah 29:11, then we must also believe that good will come, we must believe in God’s plan.

When past failures invade the current status; it is well with my soul
When people judge; it is well with my soul
When sadness creeps in; it is well with my soul
When it rains: it is well with my soul
When I’m broken; it is well with my soul
When I succeed, when I’m accepted, when joy takes over, when days are bright, when I’m made new; it is well with my soul because God is in control!


I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. (Job 42:2 NLT)

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A Day Worth Living

I recently watched a series where, in one of the episodes, a character was far away from his wife, thus he wrote to her daily. On this specific occasion, he was telling her how good a day it had been. He ended his letter saying “Today was a day worth living”. Oddly enough, this ministered to me because I thought this is truly the way to live. So, I challenged myself for the year. I want to live in such a way that when I lay my head on the pillow each night, I too could say: today was a day worth living.


This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24 NLT)

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