Lessons

There are lessons in life
We need to learn
One is to submit to God
Dispite all hurt and pain
To surrender our will
For God’s perfect way
To allow His purpose
To be our gain
Not to look at the present or
The past circumstance
That distorts the glorious future
God designed for us to have
That all soon passes
In its due time
Healing is received guided by His hand
Even when we don’t all understand
Our knowledge in the process increases
When we choose to trust
And in God rely

@Y.R.

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I Need A Change

I do not understand
The things I do
How my emotions control my attitude
How can I say “I’m a child of God”
When I treat people like scum?
When I hide my words
In my attitudes show my hurt
Not a nice pondering is this
Realizing a change has to be done in me
Yes, in me!
Not in the people around
But in my inside grounds
In the deepness
Of me there needs a change
A cleansing of bitterness and unforgiveness
Yes, it hurts
For me to realize
That instead of receiving healing
I’ve let unforgiveness rule over me
I cannot pretend that I’m ok
I need Your healing, Lord, promptly today!
If not I will perish in internal deceit
Of a fake and temporary peace
I want to be free in my spirit and soul
Seeing the light of Your love
That as You forgave me
So shall I have to procede
For it’s Your forgiveness that gave me a reason to live
I cannot do this on my own
I need Your help and guidance
Please help my Lord!

©Y.R.

In A Moment

In a moment
Where the silence abides
My heart quietly gives you its time
When words don’t have
It’s smooth flow
I lay in Your presence
Waiting on You, Oh Lord!
In a momnent
Where roads to take
Seem to have unclear ways
I hold on to Your hand
Let Your Spirit lead the way
When I can’t handle another step
I cried to You
You carry me
Renew my strength
In a moment
Where caos surrounds
My heart overwhelms
Distress in me abounds
I accept the peace
You spoke about
In a moment
When I think all hope is gone
I go back to the moment
Where in your presence
I was renewed
I grew strong

©Y.R.

Mind Map

Hello! I have been gone for a minute, but always remembering all my faithful readers.

Today, I want to share what came to me today. By nature, I am a visual learner. In order for my mind to grasp things in a more profound way I have to see it. Like many of you I am too, an over thinker. I think and analyze EVERYTHING! At times I am guilty of going to the extremes. So to put my thoughts in order I use mind nodes or in old school lingo – brain maps.  They help so much to create a visual escenario of what is going on in my mind. This way I can “see” the thoughts and “clean” those that do not need to stay.

As I was storming through the thoughts of the current process God is taking me through; I wrote my thoughts to get a better perspective. I can’t post everything I wrote, of course, but I do want to share the last link I added. I titled it “What God Wants.” When we follow God for a while we tend to wonder what God wants for me and what He wants us to do. Every time I go through a trial or breaking process that I need fresh godly perspective I add this title to one of the mind node branches. It helps me see and focus on the right thoughts that are in my head but the clutter of frustration, disappointment, and confusion don’t let me see.

Here is what I discovered that I KNOW but in the middle of the different situations that clutter my life I forgot…

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Thinking this way will keep you on track. God bless You All! 😀

My Cry

If anyone hears my cry

I want you to know

This cry is not of sorrow

It’s a cry for help

Coming from the deepness of me

Crying Lord help

I need You indeed!

It is not only now that I cry

It is continuous repetition inside

A daily prayer calling to the Divine.

He who knows all that I can’t see

The One that can fulfill all my needs

I cry Lord, help me please!

It is my cry of dependance

It is my cry of submission

That in the midst of trials and temptations

It is He only who can deliver.

I cry because there is no one else

Silent to all others are my words

It is He who hears

This cry from my soul silent in tears.

©Y.R.

That Start

Is so hard this new start!
For I don’t know on which entrance of the route to stand
I want to go forward so bad
But the battle inside puts a stop on the start

How can I go against this?
I am not strong in any way
My strength fades with the blow of the wind astray
What can I do to not feel what’s in?

I want to fight
With the courage of the knowledge of Christ
But inside me courage there is none
Everything inside me is weak not strong

I have lost myself
The one that came at the feet of the Master
With crying and even laughter
At every moment counting on Him

Perhaps that’s my entire struggle
That I have lost my way
To the feet of the Master
Where I would go every day

If I only could push myself
Back to that path
My soul would be delivered
From the bounds that don’t let it start

I can only cry to you, Master!
Come and help!
For it is only you
Who can help me start over and be renewed!

©Y.R.

On This Day: I’ll Wait

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I wrote this some weeks ago and for some unknown reason neglected to post it. Maybe it wasn’t the time. Maybe now it is…

         Wanting to distract my mind from daily pressures I sat at the seashore of the wonderful Arabian Sea. A marvelous spectacle of God’s majestic creation. Seating there I observe as the seagulls line up as if in a straight military line formation looking straight ahead. They were like contemplating the sea. There attention to it was to be admire. They’d were waiting as for the sea to bring them something. The seagulls just stared in observation. What a coincidence with me! I was like them just waiting! I was waiting for my thoughts to get settled. For these to organize at the same rhythm that I see the waves dance to. It worked for a moment but discouragement wanted to come in. How many times did I sat infront of life just waiting? In many ocassions that was the only thing I did because as the seagulls I stood observing what God will bring my path.
There are episodes in our lives that we are like those seagulls just waiting. Waiting for the miracle, the change, the showing of the fruit of our labor. Just waiting we have done everything. Our efforts are exhausted our prayers just have one song, God when?
I see the seagulls starring in expectation not only waiting without hope they know something is coming the sea will bring them food what they need.
Then comes to mind what God tells us, “If I take care of the birds in the sky wouldn’t I take care of you?” Sometimes we are willing to wait but our wait is not in absolute expectation but in skepticism. Our hope is low and our patience is lower. This when the enemy wants to take the last bit of hope we may have. It is at that moment where the Word of God becomes our strength. Our wait turns into a gentle breeze. In the least expected moment God ends our wait and we receive what we have been waiting for.

On This day remember waiting on God is worth the wait.

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On This Day: Let God Show

         I wonder…How many times we strive to get noticed and to be acknowledge by other people? In our society that is the norm. We do not like to be anonymous to the whole world.

  What happens when God allows that same thing you fear to come to pass? You are not noticed. No one acknowledges what you do or the effort you put. Would your frustration build up and explode before those that neglected you? Will you go above and beyond to make yourself noticed or would you sit, reflect and ask God what are You trying to teach me? This is where we get stuck. We forget that there is One that sees everything and knows everything…God.

Everything we do in our lives should be done to please Him whether people acknowledge it or not. We should not live trying to find favor in people. You will always disappoint someone. We should always look up to please Him who can reward us greater than any human being can. His recompense is far more abundantly than we can imagine.

On this day let God exalt you on His time.  Even if he doesnt exalt you before men praise Him because you are pleasing Him with your obedience. The eternal life given by Christ’s sacrifice is the best reward for this obedience.

Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time… 1 Peter 5:5a-6

Really, You Are Perfect?

Are we all perfect? As Christians, I mean. Do we let ourselves believe that we are better than those that struggle day by day to find a reason for their lives? How many of us keep the posture, the talk and the ways of Christian life to the human eye? At the same time in the dark, on the blinded side of the human eye, there it is, the emptiness, the struggle, the doubt and more than anything, our tired soul laying on the floor thinking the next breath is the last. We rarely want to admit this, not even to ourselves. We are tired! We are destroyed and we seem to have lost focus of everything or worst of who we are serving. We have lost our focus in Christ in the midst of situations, loss and the sorrows that accompany. It is a destroying moment when you realize that, yes, I am not perfect.

What do you do then? Let your self die? The confrontation is so abrupt inside of us. We are Christians! We should not live in defeat! Our life is of victory and triumph! That’s what we hear and are taught. Sure, that is true. What we don’t understand is that we will go through downfalls like any other. We will struggle and have to fight more than others. That is called my friend, vulnerability. We forget that we are still in this flesh fighting every moment to achieve to go everyday from victory to victory. Remember though, in the battles there will always be losses. The choice is ours. What loss do you want to experiment, the loss of those things that God wants to take out of our life so you will be more Christ like or loose yourself in the battle and in the end die without achieving nothing? This is when dependence on God would be our ONLY help.

It is that moment when a firm decision has to be taken. You accept your vulnerability. You refuse to fight with your strength, knowledge and will. You commence to deposit every struggle in the hands of God and see how perfect His grace is to sustain you. We are not perfect; we will never be on this earth. The guarantee we do have is that the perfect One sustains and strengthen us as we more draw to Him.

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  2 Corinthians 12:9-11

I Lived It

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Some situations that in life arise
In no explanation can they abide
These trials we face each night and day
The grief within which decided to stay…

I want to share
The feelings that embark
Our souls’ navigation through the dark
What if I told you the light will shine?
What if I told you will survive?

You would probably ask me why?…
Why can I be so sure?
The troubles are many
My life is unsure!

I would tell you what I lived…
I went through them – the winds
You’re navigating through
The sorrow of being distraught; not having a clue…

I had my moments of giving up
I had the breath almost leave my soul
But at the right moment it came to me
A Word of hope no one else could repeat….

The one that comes from our Father above
Saying, “I will be with you through the end;
I will never leave you alone”

©Y.R.
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La Inmovible Sombrilla

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Tome un fin de semana para dedicarme tiempo. Sali del trabajo sin rumbo ni reservación. Estaba decidida a relajarme, olvidarme de los problemas y sobre todo aclarar mi mente. Decido ir a un hotel retirado de la ciudad, realmente en el medio de la nada. Un oasis de tranquilidad en medio del desierto que me acapara  aqui en el Sur de Arabia. Llegue bastante tarde al hotel pero para mi deleite me dan una suite a precio de cuarto regular (Dios sabia lo que necesitaba). Bueno ya era tiempo de dormir.

A la mañana siguiente me levante temprano, ordeno las cosas que me iba a llevar y después del desayuno a disfrutar a la orilla de la piscina. ¿Suena bien? Si, no se adelante mucho.  A la orilla de la piscina estoy recostada en una silla de playa lista para relajarme y leer mi libro. Me acomodo y todo se siente super. De repente comienza la claridad y los rayos del sol a tomar todo el lugar de mi sombra. Siento la potencia del sol sobre mi. Al lado habían dos sillas vacías y una sombrilla, del tipo de estante solitario. Frustrada la miro y mientras, trato de formular la estrategia para moverla hacia mi lado claro, sin pedir ayuda y con gracia (en otras palabras sin caerme de boca en el intento). 

Primer intento la trato de empujar, nada. Segundo intento la trato de rodar, ni un centimetro. Tercer intento, veo que tiene ruedas trato de inclinarla para moverla pero para nada, no se mueve.

Es ahi donde vuelvo a mi silla y como si nada hubiese pasado y nadie me hubiese visto (aunque todos alrededor estaban analizando mi análisis de la sombrilla) me recuesto, tomo mi libro y trato de pretender que el sol no me afecta. ¿Que paso? No dure ni diez minutos hable con uno de los que atienden para que llamaran a alguien que pudiese mover la sombrilla a mi lado. Vino el muchacho con tranquilidad y sin pesar alguno, casi instantáneo, puso la sombrilla a mi lado. En lo que fracase por viente minutos el venció en dos.

Y usted se preguntara, ¿por que esta historia? Por que en nuestro caminar con Dios somos así. Es interesante que siempre en la vida se presentan obstáculos que detienen nuestro caminar o determinación. Cuando algo nos molesta y queremos alejarlo o aliviarlo buscamos siempre hacerlo por nuestros propios medios. Cuando nos hieren queremos sanarnos con positivismo y reprensión emocional. Cuando tenemos problemas con alguien los evitamos y hasta los desterramos de nuestra vida para así no enfrentar el problema. Cuando Dios trata areas de nuestra vida que no nos gusta que el toque ponemos barreraras para que El solo toque las que nosotros queremos. Y así como yo con la sombrilla determinada a moverla con mis fuerzas, muchas veces no queremos dejar a Dios actuar para hacerlo como pensamos. Algo hermoso que tiene Dios es que El es un caballero. El sabe esperar y nos deja pasar por esas circunstancias frustrantes para que lleguemos al punto de rendición. Ese punto donde nos damos cuenta que no podemos hacer nada y clamemos a El. Es ahi cuando clamamos a El que nos responde y mueve nuestra “sombrilla de la circumstancia” a nuestro favor y sin tener nosotros que poner el menor esfuerzo.

Moraleja…Dejemos a Dios actuar como El quiera. Su poder es infinito para arrancar todo aquello que nos acosa. Su amor es inagotable para inundar nuestros vacíos. Su propósito mas allá de nuestros sentidos e imaginación.

Porque yo sé los pensamientos que tengo acerca de vosotros, dice Jehová, pensamientos de paz, y no de mal, para daros el fin que esperáis.

Jeremias 29:11

Blog Update

Dear Followers and Readers!

I hope everyone is doing great. Thanks be to God I am still sane after this merging. Those that have visited GINOSKOCHRIST have noticed the gradual changes, and things that have been disappearing. I ask all my followers from Ginoskochrist to keep changing to following now GINOSKOCRISTO. I know is going to take a while. You all have been kindly patient with me so will I. The blog will stay on Public status, but all posts English and Spanish will be here on Ginoskocristo. I sincerely appreciate your support.

Have fun here. I have maintained all the categories from each blog. On POSTS you will be able to find the posts in the Language you like. May you enjoy and be blessed with the lines that come out of my head whether in English or Spanish. May God Bless You!

WELCOME TO GINOSKOCRISTO!

Pain & Healing

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I am slowly dealing with all the pain that was caused
By a silent attack that destroyed my soul
I have yet understood this stealth act
If it was truly hidden or I to myself lied
Did I lie to not open my eyes?
I think it was more comfortable the darkness in which I abide
So comfortable in imagination I lived
That when my eyes where opened the light destroyed me
It penetrated my soul like a spear
No defense did I find to go near.
Now I am slowly picking my scattered pieces
In the midst of the carefulness to remove the spear
I cannot explain how now I feel
Is a mix of the pain and a hope unreal
The pain that cause me almost to expire
But a hope that I will be healed in the entire
Does that make sense?
It surely won’t in the human laws
But my healing will only come from above
From Him who knew pain like no other of us
With His love I am learning now
The pain that almost killed me He is turning around
I will trust Him even in the pain
He will heal me fully; I will rise again

©Y.R.

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I Died

My death was mind bogging and strenuous indeed

I hope I was going to live

With no hope left I died in me

Inside, where the feelings lie

That is where my life ended

Where I can’t go back to life.

I don’t want to revive, but

Come into a new life.

A life that I can be truly happy indeed

A life I can feel love inside me

Who can give me that?

there is no man alive that can prove to posses,

Any ability that can bring forth success

Over the situation of death

That has destroyed my inside; of me, the best.

I just come to think there is,

One which is not of this world

Powerful all in Himself

No help needing in the rescue

Of my broken soul and tormented mind

Jesus Christ, He can give me real life.

I only ask this prayer He hears

To depart my death and fears.

I need the life, the eternal that you give

It is only in You that I can really live

I need of you to cleanse me of my sins

©Y.R.

I Still Believe

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Over so many obstacles I have come

Tears have been the refreshment of my soul

Without no future vision to see

In the midst of this, I still believe

Loneliness, faithful companion in desguise

Has stuck like glue in my inside

Its tearing the pieces; the pieces of me

But I will still say, I still believe

There is no comprehension to what is said above

If I first not tell you what makes me strong

It’s not the great power that is in me

It is Christ’s strength that keeps in belief

Not believing just for something to hold on

But believing the security that in Him I am strong

Not believing for a moment that I am just fine

But believing that in Him I have everlasting life

When your sight is turned to Him

And trust is put all in who He is

In the hardest situation you can say like me

With all my heart, I still believe

© Y.R.

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Sometimes

Its the shadow of the unknown

Its the breeze that blows without notice

The surprising yawning

It is all that I can’t control

I look at them

Through my eyes in rain

I can not stop to be afraid

Of what may come my way

I could stop all

I could hide from everything I don’t know

But is that senseless

To the world that God has placed me to grow?

It is senseless  on my part

Retrieving because of fear of what may come

I prefer confronting and moving on

I have someone I can truly trust

He knows what I know not

He can guide me to victory in all

He has the power to control

Everything adverse and more

Christ, that is His name

There’s no other like Him on Earth

My security I can see in Him

Because of His death I can live freely indeed

©Y.R.

Thankful Faith

We start the month of be thankful. Even though we should be thankful at all times this month is taken into our culture to bring forth to remembrance the things for which we are thankful for. Now, seeing this I would like to bring a perspective as Christians we constantly forget or don’t realize the importance of being thankful for what you have not yet seen. Yes, I said what you don’t see.

We declare the Word of God, His promises, but we neglect to give thanks to God for them when they have not yet come to pass. Why should we? Because if He has said it in His Word it is true and will come to pass. We should be thanking Him for every promise that He has made us and the wonderful future of fulfillment that is to come into our lives.

If you are sick thank Him for the marvelous healing He is doing and will complete in your life. “By His stripes you are healed”

If you are battling depression and it seems like the vicious mood cycle and lack of concentration will not end thank Him for the freedom He has declared and done over you life. “He came to set the captives free”

If you are facing troubled times where right decisions are difficult to make thank Him for guiding you to the truth and helping you face this time with strength. “His Spirt will guide you in spirit and in truth.”

For every situation there is a promise and if we believe and ask God to fulfill that promise according to His will in our life we can be assured it will. We can start thanking Him in advance for the tremendous things He will do.

You would notice I didn’t say if have gone through this. I said if you are going through it. Thank God for what you have asked that you have not yet seen Him answer. Thank God before it happens. He has said; it will happen. So why not take the time to thank Him ahead of the wonderful works that He is to do in our lives.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

That my friend is a THANKFUL FAITH.

How Do You Feel?

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How do you feel right now?

Do you feel anxious? Probably doing that “tick” thing that you do when you are trying to keep your head straight.

Maybe you are worried about the decisions you have to make. You are analyzing every possible scenario creating different situations that may come.

Maybe you are just trying to finish something that seems never to be finished.

Maybe your relationships are never coming to the happily ever after and frustration has sinked in.

Maybe you feel empty because as much as you try to fill with material things or entertainments the void does not seem to go away.

Maybe loneliness has trapped you. Even with people around you it seems you’re the only being on the planet.

How many times have people asked you this? Unless people know of a situation that is going on in your life most likely they won’t. Most of the time we forget that every day God wants to know how we feel. He wants us to pour our hearts in His presence and tell Him what has hurt us or what struggle we are facing that we have no clue to. Yes, God knows everything, but in His lovingkindness He wants to have this wonderful relationship with us that we may share everything with Him. He wants us to go to Him FIRST and tell Him what is going on inside us. The wonderful part is that there is no protocol! We can present ourselves before Him. Doesn’t matter if you are throwing a tantrum, looking at the ceiling crying, or just asking why; He will hear. David understood this clearly. He came before the Lord with questions, praises, ashamed, needing comfort, not understanding and pretty much every possible way. David knew the only one that will truly understand how he felt was the One who created him and had the power to change everything for his good.

The question is no longer how do you feel. Is Do you know who KNOWS how you feel?                              The only One is Christ.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.                                                                                       Hebrews 4:15

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By Him I Won

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I would tell you I have seen all

That no fear takes over my soul

That I am able to overcome it all

But is not true, I’m yet that strong

Reality on my door knocks

Showing me my sad truth

I cannot overcome trials on my own

I need someone that knows what to do

Knows the fight and the fighters

Knows the strategies that need deciding

Have the over exceeding power

To bring down any force

Where do I find it, you may ask?

That, I tell you, is no difficult task

He that always sees the trials and situations

That come over in my life through every direction

He does not leave me alone

Even when I think I may not overcome

He always shows me that indeed

My strength to fight increases in Him

He,  I tell you is the Lord

The powerful mighty warrior

The one that victory owns

He is who fights my battles

By Him I won

Poetry Y.R.

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On This Day 31 – Bless Him

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Psalm 34:1 says,
“I will bless the Lord at All times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth”

When do you bless the Lord? Do you just praise His name when things are good? Do you exalt Him when things go your way and according to plan? David understood the need to bless (exalt) God at ALL times. In good times and bad times. In desperate times and anxious times. If we only could get that in our head! It is dificult, I admit, when a problem arises to give praise to God, but that is exactly what He wants. Instead of complaining about the problem praise God for who He is, and that He has the infinite power to change whatever problem is in the way for your good. The question is, do you believe God is able? Faith takes you that level where even in the midst of the worst scenario you can bless the Lord.

Today even in this bad moment you are going through bless the Lord. You will see His wonderful love and presence cover you and strengthen you to keep on.

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