Proverbs 19:31

When Things Don’t Go The Way You Want

Today is my birthday… I can’t believe I’m 27 years old now. I wasn’t planning on anything special, to be honest I forgot it was my birthday until last Monday when my sister asked me what I was going to do on my special day. I worked half a day today and I thought about what I wanted to do later in the day and decided I wanted to have dinner at Chili’s. So I told my husband of the plans and he agreed so we got everyone ready and of to the restaurant we went.

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1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Bible Challenge – Day 30 – It’s Just The Beginning

This is the last day of my 30 Day Bible Challenge. These last 30 days have been full with ups and downs but I think my challenge was a success. It all started with a day where my husband and I had this “big” fight (you can read more about it here). And I wasn’t happy about it. I realized I was getting angry too quickly for silly reasons and that was impacting our everyday lives. There was a period in time that I would get angry almost everyday and my husband and children suffered because I wouldn’t be me while mad.

I want to be a happy wife and a happy mother, and I want to enjoy my family as much as possible. And this is my beginning, with God’s help. Reading little parts of the Bible for the last 30 days has had a huge impact in my life. It’s actually hard to explain but I feel calmer, more at peace now. Yes, I still do get angry but I can only remember one occasion out of 30 days where I was very upset. Interesting enough, I felt like that was God’s test for me and I failed. But He is a GREAT and FORGIVING father and I know that I still have a lot to learn.

Out of everything I have read, Proverbs 31 is probably the passage that has stuck with me the most, and I think it’s because it speaks to women more. I feel like it’s a guide of how I should be as a wife and mother, but obviously it’s the ideal woman. I’m far from ideal but I will definitely try to be the best for my family.

The passages I’ve chosen have been very inspirational, and they have given me more knowledge about God’s power and love towards us. I encourage you to read them, if not all, at least some. They are very interesting and very easy to follow.

I love my family, they are my everything and I like how 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 summarizes love:

Love is patient and kind.

Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud.

Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily.

Love does not remember wrongs done against it.

Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth.

Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.

What the Bible says about LOVE

What the Bible says about LOVE

I think if we just practice God’s meaning of love more often, the world would be a better place. And what better place to do this than at home. I want my children to grow up feeling loved and welcomed; I want them to know they can trust daddy and mommy and that we’ll be here for them no matter what. And I want to grow old with my husband and share a life of adventure with him. I pray to God that we find love in the everyday things we do, and that I can continue my journey to learn more about Him. I also pray that you find God in your own life and if you are going through a struggle, reach out to Him; He will help you.

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Ecclesiastes 11:5

Bible Challenge – Day 28 – Celebration

Today is a day for celebration! We have a newborn baby girl in the family and she is doing wonderfully. My sister was past her due date by 7 days so she was induced and things started moving afterwards. I’m so happy everything turned out okay. When she had her first baby (another girl) a few years ago, she had to go through a lot and I thought that experience would traumatized her. But no it didn’t, she did well this time around and jokingly said she would have another one if the experience would be the same.

God is great! Having a baby is a miracle. I mean, how to explain a 7 and a half pound baby coming out through such a narrow channel? And even before being pregnant, how do we explain the fact that a human being grows inside the womb and nourishes from his/her mother? It amazes me every time I think of this and I can only see God doing something like this.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 says “You don’t know where the wind blows. And you don’t know how a baby grows in its mother’s womb. In the same way, you don’t know what God will do—and he makes everything happen.”

God makes everything happen (Ecclesiastes 11:5)

God makes everything happen (Ecclesiastes 11:5)

God created us and He created everything else. His plans are so wonderfully made that we don’t really know how they work. He created a man and a woman and every organ and cell that made them up, and a way for them to keep reproducing. And that is why we are here now.

Yes, science can prove lots of things. But as far as I know, it still has not proved how we, the human race, arrived to Earth. And yes, science states that a cell from a man and a cell from a woman, when united, can create life. But who made us that way? Who said the woman should have an egg and a man a sperm? Oh lots of questions.

In my short education, I took a lot of science and math classes. And I learned how science proves things and how, in unison with precised math, it can be fairly accurate. And I get it, science and math rule the world. And for a while, I was very doubtful of the Bible because some things didn’t make sense to me. But I know that there are a gazillion things that science and math cannot prove, but they happen. So I just arrived at the conclusion that there is a greater power, a greater love, that created us and everything and His name is God, our Father.

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Proverbs 16:9

Bible Challenge – Day 27 – God is Good

God works in mysterious ways. We will never truly know the extent of who He is or what He can do. We know He can do everything, He created us after all. And He has shown many times how much He loves us. I believe that God works through us in many different ways and we need to figure out why we are here. I would like to know what my purpose in life is. Maybe I already found it; maybe I’m supposed to be a wife and a mother and lift my family up.

Mother Theresa said “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” I feel like sometimes we look for things that are right in front of us, but we do not see them. I once read a book, Acres of Diamonds, about a man and how he sold his farm to go find diamonds. That man never found diamonds and he was so disappointed that he drowned himself. The farmer that purchased the land, found some crystals in a creek and thought they were interesting. A friend of him saw the crystal and told the farmer that it was a diamond. As it turns out, the diamonds the first man was looking for were in his own land all the time. And because he didn’t study how they were in their natural state, he never bothered looking in the creek he own all along.

We need to search within us and ask God for help to determine what it is that we need. We know we want a lot of things but sometimes, the more we have, the less happy we are. We need to pray and ask God what it is that He needs from us. And to ask Him for wisdom and understanding because a lot of times we do what we want, and not what He has called us upon.  Remember that “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps (Proverbs 16:9)

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps (Proverbs 16:9)

Maybe we have different purposes with every phase we go through. Maybe God doesn’t want us to do just one thing, but to do different things throughout our life. I mean, being a wife and a mother is a huge responsibility. Our children, will grow up with our teachings and we need to make sure we do it right because what we do now will have an impact in their future. But once they become adults, then they will not need us as much, and so we can focus on other goals.

I’m not sure about this. I have to keep reading and ask God to give me understanding of what I should do. And to ask Him to give me courage to follow through with His plans.

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Romans 8:38-39

Bible Challenge – Day 25 – God By Our Side

I know that a lot of times the things that happen to us don’t make sense at the moment but I’m a strong believer that everything happens for a reason. Things sometimes don’t work out the way we would like for them to work out but God has set a certain path for each of us and we just need to figure out what that is. Of course, I know that there are different ways to get to that path. I think some ways are more painful than others and others are easier, but I think that no matter which road we take, it will take us to the same one that God has assigned to us.

How many times have you seen or read about someone that, for some reason or another, had a difficult life and some years later they find themselves helping others? I love the story of Nick Vujicic, he is such an inspiration. He was actually born without arms and legs, but yet he has become very successful and has been motivating people everywhere with his story. If you have not heard about him, you can read more here.

Just like Nick, there are countless others that have overcome their difficulties and have won against the odds to become an example of how God would like us to live. Sometimes I read these stories and laugh at myself because I complaint about the little things, when I should really be thankful about the big things I have.

If you are reading this, you most likely have a roof over your head, you have food, you have clothes, you have electricity, and most likely drinkable water. If we have all of these things, we are richer than half of the world. Now add on all your other blessings and you can see how lucky your are. I’m thankful for my family and that I have job, which helps pay our necessities.

Sometimes, it’s the little things in our daily lives that we undervalue when really they mean everything. My children are little now and they get in all sorts of trouble because they are learning, they are curious. And I know that sometimes I get mad because I’m too tired and all I want to do is rest but they need me. They will only be this small once and I want to enjoy them the most I can in all different phases of their lives.

No matter how difficult our lives are or how many problems we have, there is always a way out of it; there is always a solution. I’ve heard that the only thing that doesn’t have a solution is death. And thanks to God, we are still alive. Pray to God, and as Him to show you the way out of those problems, and ask Him to help you. It is perfectly okay to ask for help to God when you don’t know how to move forwards.

Romans 8:38-39 says “Yes, I am sure that nothing can separate us from God’s love—not death, life, angels, or ruling spirits. I am sure that nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us or nothing below us—nothing in the whole created world—will ever be able to separate us from the love God has shown us in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We can do everything with God by our side

We can do everything with God by our side

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Matthew 22:39

Bible Challenge – Day 24 – Love Your Neighbor

I came across a quote by Og Mandino that says:

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”

"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight..."

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight…” ~ Og Mandino

I actually saw this on Pinterest but couldn’t find the source to link to the website. But I thought it was a great message. If there was more kindness in this world, more respect among each other, and more brotherly love, lots of things would be different.

And this actually reminded me of Matthew 22:39, “And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.'”

And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.’ ~Matthew 22:39

And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.’ ~Matthew 22:39

We all love ourselves. That is why we get up, groom ourselves a little or a lot depending on what we like. We choose the clothes we wear, the shoes, how our hair is done, our posture, etc. Some of us have personal issues of acceptance at some period in our lives but somehow, we love ourselves. I love myself.

And God is asking us to ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself’. And this would solve all the world’s problems, well a lot of them.

When I was younger, I would read this verse and didn’t understand how I could love someone else the same as me. The problem was that I didn’t feel like I loved myself and I wasn’t sure what God was asking me to do. I was so insecure and I didn’t know how beautiful I was, until I met my husband. He helped me so much with my self-esteem and he made me feel very special (he still makes me feel very special and beautiful).

My point is that everyone is valuable in the eyes of God. We are all His children and He loves us the way we are. And I think we should love ourselves, and accept ourselves, the way we are. And I thought that Og Mandino’s quote is a great example of how we can honor God’s command to love our neighbor.

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Matthew 18:3

Bible Challenge – Day 21 – Be Like Little Children

Friday at last! Today was a short day at work; I got to leave early and ran some errands. When I got home, my children were supposed to be taking their nap, but to my surprised they were still awake. My husband said he had been struggling with them for an hour but to no avail. I think it was the weather, there were some thunderstorms going on and it was all humid and hot. Or maybe it was because they got up late today. Or maybe the little sugar my husband said he put in their lunch smoothie. I’m not sure, but I wasn’t going to fight their will.

We decided to go to the store since my husband needed some tools for something (he’s going to work on our SUV this weekend and always needs new tools :). So we went shopping and I could see that my children were a little tire but neither one went to sleep in their car seat. My oldest can go a whole day without her nap; she has done it before. But I wasn’t sure about my 15 month old. Then we stopped to eat something and they did really well. They had their favorite, mac and cheese, with some biscuit and jelly. I know it’s a weird combination but once in awhile, it doesn’t hurt.

Afterwards, we decided it was still too early to go back home since they were not going to take their nap. They were going to wait until 8pm to go to sleep. My husband had wanted to go to this place where there is a bridge that crosses above the interstate and he had seen there was access near a mall. So we went there and it was a very nice experience. Here they are below, watching the cars:

Watching cars

By the time we finished walking, it was 6pm. We decided to stop at my sister’s house to pay them a visit and so the children could play with their cousin. We were outside the whole time and I could tell they were tired already. After an hour and half, we were about to leave when my daughter told me hurriedly that she wanted to go pee-pee. She had this pitch in her voice that told me I would probably not make it on time to the bathroom. And my suspension was correct, we didn’t even make it inside the house when she peed all over herself. These type of accidents usually don’t happen because we kind of know when she has to go, and most of the time she is really good about telling us. I can’t remember the last accident she had. But she got carried away, playing with her cousin that she forgot she had to go number one.

I got a little mad at her but to be honest, it could have been prevented if we had asked her if she had to go. It’s a good thing I always have a second set of clothes in our diaper bag, for both of them. So I cleaned her up and we said our good-byes. As soon as we got home, the crying started. Of course, they were both exhausted and wanted their warm milk to go to bed. Since it had been about 4 hours since we last ate, they had a little oatmeal, while both being cranky, and then their milk. A quick change to their PJs and off to bed they went. It did not take them long at all to fall down asleep. That’s where they are right now, having sweet dreams.

No one prepares us to be parents. I feel like it’s one of the most important roles we play in our lives, but there is really no “official” training on the important parenting things. We have to learn the hard way. But I love every single bit of it. My husband and I were talking today about how when he was single, or even when we got married but before having our children, he would always go to bed late for some reason or another and he wouldn’t sleep too well. Now, we don’t sleep well sometimes but there are two very important reasons in our lives for that.

I came across Matthew 18:3 today, “Then he said, “The truth is, you must change your thinking and become like little children. If you don’t do this, you will never enter God’s kingdom.”

Be like little children to enter God's kingdom

Jesus mentions little children again in Matthew 19:14 and I thought that this was so true. Children are innocent of any sin; they don’t do things purposely to bother you. They are the light of the world, and my children are the light of my world. I love them so much and they are the reason why I get up every morning to go to work. And they are the reason I come home so eagerly to get those free kisses and huggs that I’ve been waiting for the entire day.

As we grow up and our responsibilities increase, we change. As we get into the work-home-work-home routine, the light of hope in our eyes changes. This happened to me. When I was younger, I was full of innocence and sweetness; I really was very nice and tried to see all the positive things in life. I could feel my eyes shimmer every time I got excited about something. Then, something happened and I changed. The shimmer was no longer there. But now, I’m getting it back. I can feel it again in my eyes and I like to share that with my children and the world. I like to be the person that smiles at everyone and anyone that crosses my path, because a smile is contagious.

So let’s be more like little children and let’s have more hope and more innocence. Let’s dream of a better tomorrow and honor God in all we do.

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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Bible Challenge – Day 20 – Friends and Family

I can’t believe I’ve been writing for 20 consecutive days now. This is part of my 30 Day Bible Challenge that started from a really bad day at home, with my husband. You can read more about it here.

I’ve been reading the Bible because I want to be a better wife and mom, and a better person in general. I feel like as a family, we have steered away from God’s word. Not intentionally, but we stopped going to church and we didn’t read the Bible before. This has been my intentional way of making sure I read the Bible.

If you are struggling with something in your life, being your marriage, money issues, work issues, or anything else, I encourage you to start reading the Bible, even if it’s for just 5 minutes a day. I can’t explain the difference this is making in my life. I feel calmer now, more at peace, I don’t get mad at every little thing that doesn’t go my way, and I feel like I can enjoy my family even more.

Another thing that really helps is to be closed to family and friends. Enjoy the good times with them but also share the bad times so you have support. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says:

“Two people are better than one. When two people work together, they get more work done.
If one person falls, the other person can reach out to help. But those who are alone when they fall have no one to help them.
If two people sleep together, they will be warm. But a person sleeping alone will not be warm.
An enemy might be able to defeat one person, but two people can stand back-to-back to defend each other. And three people are even stronger. They are like a rope that has three parts wrapped together—it is very hard to break.”
Friends and Family Give Strenght

Friends and Family Give Strength

I really like this passage from Ecclesiastes 4. And it can apply to marriage as well. It reminds me that my husband and I are better than the individual us, that is why we got married after all. He makes me better and I make him better. He is my best friend, and I tell him everything that happens to me. I like to be as transparent as I can with him because that is what I want from him as well. I know that if we are together, our family will thrive and our children will grow up with the knowledge that they can also have something like that once they get married.
But if you are not married, be close to your family and friends. I’m also very family oriented and I consider my sister my friend as well. I can talk to her about pretty much anything and we enjoy each other’s company. I also have a really great friend that I’ve known since 7th grade. She is awesome and we can talk and laugh and cry together. And I’m also close to my parents, I love them and respect them and I listen to their advice because they have been through so much and they share those experiences with us.
If you don’t have family or very closed friends, you can still find support in your church family. Or community groups. You don’t have to feel alone even if you are alone. I know might not make much sense but know that there are people out there ready to listen to you and support you the best they can.
One of the reasons I started this blog is because I would like to share my experiences so that others that might be going through something similar can find support and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. But most of all, I encourage you to seek God and pray because He has all the answers.
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1 Corinthians 15:3-5

Bible Challenge – Day 15 – Easter

What is Easter? On Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. But I feel we sometimes forget what we are celebrating. In our society, it seems Easter is more about the Easter Bunny bringing eggs for us to find rather than celebrating Jesus Christ. Is anyone else confused as to why an Easter Bunny brings eggs? I always find this very puzzling but it is for a different story.

Easter Sunday has become another tradition in our society, one much like Christmas where lots of people think it’s about giving and receiving presents. Today, we went to Home Depot and as we were checking out, the nice lady asked my children if they were ready for the Easter Bunny to bring eggs tonight? My children are too little to comprehend at this time but I don’t want them to learn that in Easter we celebrate a bunny; I want them to know that many years ago, there was a man named Jesus who sacrificed himself for us sinners and that he came back among the living.

It will be my, and my husband’s, responsibility to teach our children what is right. And to let them know that society can be wrong at times. They have to make their own choices in the future but I would like to prepare them so they make the right ones. In 1 Corinthians 15:3-5, it says: “I gave you the message that I received. I told you the most important truths: that Christ died for our sins, as the Scriptures say; that he was buried and was raised to life on the third day, as the Scriptures say; and that he appeared to Peter and then to the twelve apostles.”

Jesus died for us, and he resurrected to bring us the good news, that God loves us.

Jesus died for us, and he resurrected to bring us the good news, that God loves us.

From what I’ve learned, I don’t think the Bible really talks about Easter, or at least not in the way we celebrate it. But I hope you do enjoy your Easter with your loved ones, and I hope you celebrate that Jesus died for us but resurrected to bring us the good news, that God loves us.

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My name is Liliana...a dreamer, optimistic, mother of two trying to make the world a better place. We all can make a difference, and we can start at home!

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