Awareness – day 7


As I mentioned in the previous post I am currently reading another devotional series.

This is a 7 day devotional entitled

Seeking Wisdom‘ If you want to read the full devotional click on the hyperlink. If not just wait daily and for the next  few days for the completion of the 7 day devotional. I will post their devotional with my own reflection piece.

These Past 6 days these devotionals touched on: Awareness, Assistance, Advice, Assumptions, Acceptance & Application. Today’s subject will be on Awareness.

Associated scripture with today’s devotional:


“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV


Jeremiah is one of my favorite prophets. He prayed often. He is also known as the prophet who cried often. There is a song which I sing at church which speaks of that.

The song is in Spanish it goes like this

“Como Jeremías, oraba y lloraba

así quiero yo, orar y llorar.//

//Dios le contestaba la petición que hacia,

asi quiero yo que conteste la mía.//“

In English it roughly translates to:

Just like Jeremiah, prayed and cried

That is how I want to pray and cry.

God answered the petitions he made,

That is how I want god to answer mine.

His prayers were always answered. He lived knowing that God would answer his petitions. He had faith. He believed. He trusted. When he prayed he didn’t say I hope. He was determined he said God I know you can….

We should all pray like Jeremiah. With so much faith, trust, passion, fervor and belief in the one true and living God.

This passion, this trust, this much faith and belief leads me to today’s last devotional from the series.

Day 7 Mala Ministries:


Be reminded today that God knows, understands and even cherishes your diligent pursuit of wisdom.  As you seek, He is waiting to be found, and wishes to reveal to you “great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  Our desperate search for answers can sometimes blind us to the ultimate answer – the source of all things. As we read earlier this week, King Solomon was wise to acknowledge the source of His blessings. If we believe whole-heartedly in the source, there is then no room for fear or doubt, for we know that “from Him and through Him and for Him are all things” (Romans 11:36).

With the pursuit of a goal comes obstacles, challenges, mistakes to be made and lessons to be learned. This journey is no different. We have learned over the last six days that the process of seeking wisdom entails being aware, asking for assistance, receiving advice, being cautious with assumptions, practicing acceptance, and perfecting application – all these actions must be performed deliberately and diligently, with focus and intention. That being the case, another “to-do” may not seem appealing; but you will be happy to know that when it comes to affirmation, the only action required is that we receive it with open hearts.

So to you, friend, God is speaking, loud and clear. He tells you that you can stand affirmed, assured and secure in the knowledge that though the answers to some questions remain uncertain, His supply of wisdom, strength and guidance is certain. It is vast and abundant, and knows no bounds. That promise, as stated in Jeremiah 33:3, is a clear picture of His limitless resource of wisdom, which is yours to claim.

My closing prayer.

Father God most high, only you are worthy of so much praise. You know created the heavens and the earth. You who created man and the animals. You who are the one true living God. Guide me in supplying wisdom, strength and guidance to those in need deer lord. Guide me to the be more like Jeremiah in my prayers dear lord. I will call to you with all my might so that just like you answered Jeremiah you can answer me. I will always keep my eyes, my ears, my mind and my heart open for you dear lord, willing and ready to receive your blessings and word. In the name of the father, the son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Application – day 6


As I mentioned in the previous post I am currently reading another devotional series.

This is a 7 day devotional entitled:  Seeking Wisdom‘ If you want to read the full devotional click on the hyperlink. If not just wait  because tomorrow is the completion of the 7 day devotional, feel free to check back to the previous posts about this devotional plan. I will post their devotional with my own reflection piece.

Associated scripture with today’s devotional:






“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Philippians 4:9 ESV

One of the things I find myself doing ever more these days is applying the scriptures in my life. A few months ago I read a devotional book about having tea with Jesus. This book was so good, I was able to reassess my daily routine and apply the principals of the devotional in to my day. Then in one chapter specifically was about using bible verses to pray. Scriptures were listed and scenarios presented forth as how to use some scriptures in prayers. I began applying this notion to fortify my prayers, to incorporate god’s word in my personal prayers and hopefully in doing so strengthening my prayers with God. I also taught my children. They too apply this concept in praying.

In teaching my class I also apply our lessons to real time current day status and situations. I even bring up issues that are relate-able to them so that they can see that from the ages of 4-9, they can still apply the scriptures in to their lives.

So now to today’s devotional: Day 6 Mala Ministries:


After four long years of medical school, the day had finally arrived for Ava Ann to step into her role as a medical resident. It was time for her to put into practice the vast amounts of knowledge she had received during her four long years at medical school.  Various pieces of information from over the years muddled together in her mind. Throughout the duration of the remainder of her career, she would be responsible for making crucial decisions, the results of which would drastically affect the lives of those involved.

She knew that she had been equipped; she was only unsure that she would be able to apply the information she had learned. She knew that the knowledge she had attained wasn’t enough; the accurate application of it was necessary in order to fulfill her responsibilities. The long days and nights of studying arduously would only pay off when that knowledge manifested itself in action.

The same could be said of any of our professions. The facts only get us so far. Applying the facts with the right technique is what results in a job well done. We consider this a common-sense concept when it comes to our secular lives; yet, applying this to our spiritual lives can sometimes be a daunting task.

Paul knew this all too well, which is why he repeatedly reminded the Philippian church that learning, receiving, hearing and seeing was simply not enough. He challenged them to “practice these things,” knowing fully well that they, just like we, are prone to simply being hearers of the Word, and not doers. Through his letter to the Philippians, he is encouraging us to look beyond the “what” and fervently seek the “how.”

If we ask God for patience, He gives us opportunities to be patient. If we ask God to increase our inclination for generosity, He gives us opportunities to be generous. In our quest for wisdom, then, we must ask ourselves: does God simply grant wisdom, or does He give us opportunities to be wise with the knowledge He has already granted us?

As you go about your day today, ask God to not only bestow you with wisdom, but to open your eyes to the many opportunities He will give you to apply it. And for those of us who worry about whether or not we will be able to apply the right knowledge at the right time, we need only to remind ourselves that “if any of [us] [lack] wisdom, [we] should ask God, who gives generously to all, without finding fault…” (James 1:5).


Father God I thank you for this day. Today is a new day where not only I can glorify your name, but that I could be used as a vessel to be of a blessing to someone else. Father I thank you. I worship your name. Father I ask for you to continue to provide wisdom so that I can continue to be a blessing to my self and someone else. Lord I want to edify others about your word. I want them to see that I too struggle, but in the midst of my struggles I too apply your word in my life. I too seek guidance. May we all be vessels of guidance and hope for one another. Amen.


Acceptance – day 5



As I mentioned in the previous post I am currently reading another devotional series.

This is a 7 day devotional entitled: Seeking Wisdom‘ If you want to read the full devotional click on the hyperlink. If not just wait daily  for the next  few days for the completion of the 7 day devotional. I will post their devotional with my own reflection piece.

Associated scripture with today’s devotional:


“In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.”

Ecclesiastes 7:14 ESV


One of my biggest problems is learning to accept when I can no longer do anything or seek answers to a specific question troubling me. Some battles are worth fighting, others you just need to learn to accept that it is what it is. The hardest thing to do sometimes is accept ones given circumstance.

This brings me to today’s devotional from this 7 day plan.

Day 5 Mala Ministries:


King Solomon came to be known as the wisest king who ever lived. Even with such a title and an abundance of wealth, he continually acknowledged the God of Israel as the source of all his blessings. But his acknowledgement of God didn’t stop there; in Ecclesiastes 7:14, we see that he also acknowledged the sovereignty of God when it came to the occurrence of unfavorable circumstances. Rain or shine, He acknowledged that God’s permission was extended to allow one as well as the other; so “no one [could] discover anything about their future.”

This concept of pure, humble acceptance was also evident in the life and character of Job. He was abundantly wealthy, and in the blink of an eye, it was all taken away from him. His response? “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”

In this life, we may ride the waves of joy for one season, only to be hit with storms of despair and grief in the next. And while some situations call for drastic action, some others only call for godly acceptance. In the book of Proverbs, Solomon states that to be wise in one’s own eyes is foolishness. Socrates said, “The only true wisdom is in knowing that you know nothing.”

To accept our lack of understanding and knowledge is to also accept the sovereign will and plan of God, which in most cases, is a mystery. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).

Ask God today to help you reach this level of wisdom, which exemplifies godly acceptance. In the midst of struggle, may these lines by Reinhold Niebuhr be your prayer:  “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”

My conclusion:

Holy father, god of mercy god of love, I lift my hands in praise to you. Thank you for the challenges I face, thank you for the love, thank you for the lessons. Thank you for teaching me when to accept certain circumstances and when to challenge them. Lord thank you for the guidance. Thank you. Amen.



Assumptions – day 4



As I mentioned in the previous post I am currently reading another devotional series.

This is a 7 day devotional entitled: Seeking Wisdom‘ If you want to read the full devotional click on the hyperlink. If not just wait daily for the next  few days for the completion of the 7 day devotional. I will post their devotional with my own reflection piece.

Associated scripture with today’s devotional:


“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:2 ESV


You know the saying not everything you see on TV (or on the internet ) is real. We cannot live assuming everything you read or see online or on TV is true. We are living in a society that people are manipulating data and facts to suit their own will and needs. Assuming that you can always accept the truth at face value is no longer viable in this day and age of alternative facts and fake news.

I have always been big on looking at the bigger picture, researching and testing theories to ensure if I can believe certain truths. My experiences has shown me that the biblical texts are true. God does love me. God dwells within me. I can feel his presence. I know this not because of something I read on the internet or saw on tv. I know this because I study his word. Meditate in his presence. I know this because I feel his love. I don’t need mans opinion to validate anything for me. I don’t need man to tell me something is without me looking into it myself. I don’t assume that what everyone tells me is true.

With this being said I am going to transition to today’s devotional.


Day 4 Mala Ministries:


Pray today that you will not be swayed by opinions that do not come from God. He is looking for you, and whenever you stray and return, you realize that He never moved. The world is filled with imitations and fads that come in the guise of wisdom but are actually snippets of evil disguised to give you comfort. No relationship crumbles because of a single blowout; almost all of them fail because we do not acknowledge the slow leaks that deflate us. Friends, be wise to the captivating assumptions of innocent wonder because you think there is no victim.

From the very first assumption in the Garden of Eden, man has always been susceptible to the negative influences of other people. Today, make a decision to question your own assumptions. “Why” you believe the God of the Bible is as important to the planning of your day as “what” you believe. Lean on Him to prevent the false promise within a false premise. Make a commitment that you will seek His will to overcome the assumptions that can be a roadblock to genuine wisdom.

One example of this is in the contemporary church. The biggest roadblock to contemporary worship is the doctrine and denomination that jeopardizes that worship. Worship is for God and not for the creator of the order of worship, or the one who is in charge of the bulletin. John Maxwell reminds us that we can indeed go to heaven sans a bulletin. The assumptions we make on what is holy, pious, traditional and ritualistic are sure to become obstacles if we keep looking to the “how” and not the “why.”

Today, meditate on the things you want to understand through the lens of God. When the lamenting prophet Jeremiah cried out to God, he was told, “Seek unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you cannot comprehend.” God is reminding us to look away from the prejudices of our own assumptions and at the majesty of His promise that lies just outside our comprehension.


My reflection:

Father God I thank you today for your love and mercy. I give you praise for your daily bread. I thank you for being ever present at every moment in my day. Thank you lord for always guiding me and not allowing me to accept assumptions as facts. Thank you for the ability to comprehend details laid before me. Amen.


Advice – day 3


As I mentioned in the previous post I am currently reading another devotional series.

This is a 7 day devotional entitled:  Seeking Wisdom‘ If you want to read the full devotional click on the hyperlink. If not just wait daily for the next  few days for the completion of the 7 day devotional. I will post their devotional with my own reflection piece.

Associated scripture with today’s devotional:

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”

Proverbs 12:15 ESV


Socrates once said “To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.”

Chinese Proverb Lao Tzu said “The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know”

A Chinese proverb said “

“The wise man knows he knows nothing, the fool thinks he knows all.”

Plato once said “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

In other words we all think we know it all, but we don’t. It takes a wise man to realize that we do not know it all. We become fools when we speak just to speak. When one speak of certain subjects not knowing what one is talking about that is when we become the fool. Yet a wise man asks for Advice, and listens to the advice.

We have all been in situations where we needed advice, yet did not seek it. Not because we didn’t know where to turn, sometimes it’s pride, sometimes it’s you don’t want people in your affairs, sometimes the reasoning is pretty foolish.

It is important to ask for advice from time to time. With that said, This brings me to the devotional I read.



Day 3 Mala Ministries:


In a “hooray for me” and “heck with you” culture, we are always looking for self-fulfillment. Life seems to be filled with the pressure of academic requirements in our youth, societal acceptance when we are young adults, parental approval in life and career choices and peer recognition in our careers. The grade always seems to be a few notches higher than where we are. This keeps us in the endless pursuit of seeking and searching.

Let one of those dimensions of search today be for advice and counsel. Maybe it’s the old man at the corner bakery who serves you your morning tea. It could be a colleague who is three levels below you in the corporate hierarchy. It may be closer to home and in your inner-circle. The wisest thing you can do for yourself is to look around at the wisdom you may have ignored, because culture told you that it was in a far-off place, and tradition forced you to look at someone older.

Pray that God will allow you to be open to the counsel of the godly who are already in place. He equips the team before He selects them to play. Make a decision today to stop hearing the world and to start listening to the Word.

An older gentleman once asked Dr. Ravi Zacharias, considered one of the foremost voices of reason in the world, what he was doing. He responded with remarks regarding activity ahead and achievements behind. The older gentleman calmly replied, “No, you are making memories, so make them good ones.” That is advice that we should all be receiving and taking to heart.

Each day is a new day to seek and search, learn and leap. However, we need to pause every so often and ask ourselves what memories we are creating today so that tomorrow, we can look at yesterday and be grateful for the lessons hidden in those memories.  Time is indeed a canvas and the advice of others becomes the paint that can draw a clearer picture of what can be.


My closing:

Father God I love and thank you more than words could ever express. Today I glorify your name most high. I thank you for all that you do for me. Thank you for those you place in my path whom are willing and able to give advice. I find strength and comfort that these individuals whom you have provided knowledge and are of a blessing when I seek them for guidance and advice. Father may you bless them as well as provide us all with knowledge so we can be able to provide assistance and advice to one another since our knowledge comes from our experiences which we experience.



Assistance – day 2




As I mentioned in the previous post I am currently reading another devotional series.

This is a 7 day devotional entitled: Seeking Wisdom‘ If you want to read the full devotional click on the hyperlink. If not just wait daily  for the next  few days for the completion of the 7 day devotional. I will post their devotional with my own reflection piece.

Associated scripture with today’s devotional:

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Galatians 6:2 ESV


When I read this verse it reminded me of my time where I felt I hit rock bottom. My world was caving in on me. I was walking, yet drowning deep within. I was burdened with bad news after bad news. I’ve written about my hardships and struggles of many moons ago, but for those new reading this I am going to do a cliff notes version of what I wrote. I was diagnosed with having a tilted uterus which would make conceiving difficult. I was diagnosed with PCOS (Poly cystic ovarian syndrome).

Now to add the icing on the cake in that same year, I was diagnosed of having cancer cells. I was young, only 18. With these three back to back diagnoses I was already told I couldn’t have kids. Each one hammering a nail on my coffin. I was desperate, I was anxious, I battled with my convictions, I was filled with anguish, I was also mind boggled. I didn’t tell anyone. I did the opposite of what Paul tells us to do in Galatians 6:2. I didn’t share my burdens. I took my burdens head on. I was stubborn, I was prideful, I was also in denial. The one thing I needed most was a hand. I needed assistance. I didn’t seek it. I didn’t tell anyone. This whole 3 year ordeal of constant testing and treatments I needed support, yet I never reached out. I needed assistance.

With that said, This brings me to the devotional I read.

Day2 Mala Ministries:


One of the great spiritual giants in the corporate world was a man named Zig Ziglar. He bridged the boundary between secular and sacred, and in the process, led many people to the saving knowledge of the love of Jesus Christ. His greatest attribute was to be a living example of humility and love. His catch phrase that became the culture-transformation motto of many organizations, was, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

As a beneficiary of his assistance, I remember him once agreeing to shorten the time given to him on a program so that I could be added to the program. I was dumbfounded by this act of generosity. After all, my culture and tradition were hindrances to my own progress. By assisting me without any strings attached, he relieved me of the burden of false guilt, which usually accompanies lack of effort.  He never expected anything in return, for that would defeat the purpose of assistance.

Through his letter to the Galatian church, Paul is asking us to do the same thing. We are to carry each other’s burdens and in this way, we will fulfill the law of Christ. The Great Commandment to love one another is a recipe for exemplifying His will.

The Australian missionary Graham Staines, labored for the same cause, far away from the luxury of his own roots. In the heart of Orissa, India, far removed from the luxury of the gold coast of Australia that he left behind, he lived a life that went from a simple calling to an illustration of assistance. He paid the ultimate price of his life after laboring for others for thirty-five years. His two sons Philip and Timothy paid with their lives, as they assisted their dad.

His widow, Gladys, and daughter, Esther, forgave the assailants, and their example assisted others in understanding the God they served. Today, find someone with a greater burden than yours and assist them; you will feel the wisdom of God exemplified through you.

My closing:

We all have our reason why we wish to bear our burdens alone. Yet Paul tells us to do the contrary. He reminds us that we are to help one another, we are to lift one another, we are to comfort one another, we are to fellowship with one another, we are to lift each other up during our most difficult times. Do not follow the steps I once took. I regret that I didn’t ask for help sooner. By the time I got the help I needed I was already in spiraling in the wrong direction. I felt alone. I felt isolated. I felt helpless. I felt unworthy. I felt like I didn’t want to be a burden to anyone else. We are not each other’s burden.

Padre Celestial, dios de misericordia amor y paz, celestial father, God of mercy, Love and peace. Today I come before you, hoy vengo hacia ti, to give you praise and glorify your holy name, a adorarte y glorificar su santo nombre. I thank you for this reading. Te doy gracias por este escritura. I thank you for having me open up with my testimony. Te doy gracias por dándome la oportunidad de dar mi testimonio. Father may these words, this testimony, this devotional be of a blessing to someone in need. Padre, que estos palabras, testimonio y devoción al sea de una bendición a alguien que estás en necesidad. May we all be inspired to listen to the words of Paul. Que las palabras de Pablo nos inspiran. May we always ask for assistance. Que siempre busce la asistencia. May we never walk alone when facing our burdens. Que nunca debemos caminar solo cuando estamos pasando por tropiezos. May we find strength and comfort in knowing that someone is there to help us. Que podamos encontrar fortaleza y consuelo al saber que alguien está allí para ayudarnos. In the name of the father, son and Holy Spirit. En el nombre del Padre, Hijo y Espíritu Santo. Amen.




Awareness – day 1

Currently I am reading another devotional series.

This is a 7 day devotional entitled: Seeking Wisdom‘.  If you want to read the full devotional click on the link. If not just wait daily for the next 7 days I will post their devotional with my own reflection pieces and prayers. I try my best to always include a prayer at the end of each post. I do so because prayer is just so important in ones walk. It is our direct line of connection to God.

Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.”

Proverbs 4:24-26 ESV


This scripture is associated with the devotional. Before we get in to the message from the devotional, let’s look at the scripture. What do you take from this verse? What do you see. We need to be mindful of what we say, what come out of our mouths and how we say certain things is what I get from the first part of this verse. Then in the second part where the proverb tells us to look forward and look straight, is a reminder to me that no matter what we have been through in our lives we need to keep moving forward. The last part of this verse to me speaks volumes of how we walk in our walk. Think about what your doing, where you are going, why you are going that way, all the while looking straight ahead and moving forward. It’s the only way to surely know where one is going.

Did I loose you? Have you ever said or done something you regretted? We all have. This verse is gentle reminder that we need to be mindful in what we say and do, and how to keep focused, aware and know our surroundings and where we plan on going. My mistakes of my past, well that’s where they are in my past. As I walk my walk I need to be diligent in my actions, my speech, my everything not because of who is watching but because of My desire and passion to join God when my time comes. My words, my actions and my heart need to my in sync with the same goal. Living a just and holy as possible life so I can be with my creator. I need to focus On my destination, while looking forward to arriving to my destination, all the while reminding my self of where i came from, what i have done, what i never want to repeat so I can stay focused on looking ahead, walking forward.

We need to be aware!

This brings me to the devotional I read.


Day 1 Mala Ministries:



In the pursuit of fame and in the search for significance, the material world consumes our pursuits and fatigues our desires. Every morning, people wake up and evaluate their past hope and their present situation, creating a mortal comparison that leaves them feeling more empty than full. The question you may have this morning is why your own efforts leave you wanting more. The answer is in the word of God, before the world of God. He who created the heavens and the earth sought it wise to make Him the only end of all pursuit.

A. W. Tozer once said that God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which He must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves. Today, as you plan for the week ahead, reflect on the word of God and cherish through prayer the search for His wisdom; this is the correct use of the knowledge He gave you. To be an agent of wisdom, you must not exhaust yourself by seeking a new definition of His will; rather, enjoy yourself by showing a new demonstration of His will.

Pablo Cassals was a world famous cello player, and at the height of his fame, was asked why he kept practicing. His response was that he thought he was making daily progress. Genius has been described as the ability to focus on the task at hand. Becoming aware of your strengths and limitations is only possible through a deep awareness of God and His purpose for your life. David, the shepherd king of Israel, said: “I am constantly aware of your unfailing love. Awareness of this unending love is the beginning of wisdom.”

To be aware requires focus, and to be focused requires awareness. As you meditate today, ask God to help you become aware of His majesty. Your mind will open to possibilities and probabilities that you never even dreamed about. May your eyes be closed to all that distracts and your heart open to the abundance of His provision, which will set you on a new course.

My closing:

What a beautiful devotional about awareness. Just as this proverb reminded us. We need to be aware and focused. We need to always ask God for assistance, open to the possibilities to come. Your eyes need to be focused to the final goal. Reject distractions and anyone or anything that is leading you to deter back. No matter what happened in your past, when you trust in God, he will set you on the path you need to go to receive his glory and blessings.

Stay focused, stay aware, keep looking forward, remember where you want to go, remember and be mindful to what can take you off course, don’t fall in to temptation nor distraction, keep your eyes looking forward, trust in God and stay on your path with God.

Father God I thank you for another day, another opportunity to glorify you. I thank you for the air I breathe, for my ears that can hear, my eyes which can see, and all my senses which allow me to be aware of your majestic glory. I know my lord I am. It perfect. I have sinned before, I will no longer live in my past. Help me lord to keep my past just there so I can focus on you my lord and my walk with you. Help me lord to be aware of my surroundings, actions and words. Help me remain focused on looking ahead dear Lord so that I do not stray from your Path. I pray for whoever is reading this who needs this guidance in their lives. Lord I am asking that allow me to intercede for them in prayer, may these words, this prayer touch their hearts, their eyes, their ears, their soul so they too can be aware, look ahead, and continue their walk with you. In the name of the father, the son and the Holy Spirit Amen.