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Pulse

Dedicated to those whom were taken too soon at Pulse and to the survivors whom were fortunate enough make it out alive.
PULSE.
Thud, Thump, thud.
My hearts song live.
Thud, thump, Thud.
My heart finds its beat.
Thud, thump, thud.
Love is all I have to give.
Thud, Thump, Thud.
The rhythm which pulsates through me is so sweet.
Thud, Thump, thud, bang.
A year ago today, many lives were taken.
Thud, Thump, bang, bang.
A year ago today, many fears were awaken.
Thud, Thump, bang, bang.
A year ago today many lives where shaken.
smash, crash, thud thump.
A year ago today, many hearts were broken.
Today survivors replay that horrible night.
Knowing full well that what was done was not right.
Lives destroyed.
Families in pain.
Many keep busy, they just want to avoid.
The memories of the stains.
Regardless of one’s belief.
Difference of opinions should not make it right.
To take someone Else’s life.
Purple, Pink, Orange, yellow, Green Blue.
Because of the Pride in their flag.
It is not up to you.
Purple, Pink, Orange, yellow, Green Blue.
To them, they are more true than you.
They are open and honest of whom they are.
accepted or not, they are people too.
Sine bright, shed love, shed peace for all.
Families of Pulse, my heart and prayers goes out to all of you.
RIP.

Power of Prayer

This post was a long time in the coming.

I had read a book a while back (I forgot which one, by Max Lucado that spoke about prayer in such a way that left an impression on me).  When I remember which  I will update this post to give the author credit for his information from that specific  book.  I have to apologize, because I have read so many Max Lucado Books.

Luke 11: 1-4

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:“‘Father,[a]
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.[b]
 Give us each day our daily bread.
 Forgive us our sins,
 for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.[c]
And lead us not into temptation.[d]’”

The power of prayer is magnificent.  The lord taught his disciples to pray.
He showed his disciples that praying can do marvels.
he was an amazing example, he prayed for hours, for days and even weeks.
In Max Lucado’s book, again I can not remember which one, but the following paraphrase from the book stuck with me…. it resonated so, because I felt it applied to me as well.
“Hey, how many of us are recovering prayer wimps? Seriously? Prayer wimps? You know the one who zig zags in thought while trying to meditate in prayer. The one who dozes off in sleep due to exhaustion while praying. We have moments where we are distracted, we are so busy we are exhausted. We have to work, tend to the kids, prep their meals, get ready for school, clean the house, provide for our significant others… Our days can be exhausting… Some don’t even have those few seconds or minutes to themselves for a quick prayer.”
“We’ve all heard that it is important to pray. We’ve all reached out to fellow prayer warriors in time of need, we’ve even been prayer warriors when our fellow brothers and sisters have been in need. It’s evident prayer is important and effective. We see those whom pray a lot and others whom don’t pray often. Some are stronger in prayer than others.”
“Some are the team seal six, alpha dog prayer warrior, multiple championship prayer warrior, they are in the ivy leagues of prayer while some of us are in the prayer wimps association. These warriors pray often, pray hard, would spend hours praying while others can’t find five seconds to say ” thank you Jesus for this day amen. ” Five seconds a prayer of thanks.”
“Now you and I, as well as those we know who are Members in the prayer wimps association have something in common. We have ADDiP ( attention deficit disorder in prayer) I am kidding we aren’t the only ones who struggle with prayer.”
We all would like to pray stronger, deeper, more powerful, more faithful. But we aren’t the only ones who’s struggled. Many of us have ADDiP.  This paraphrase that I just mentioned above in the last 4 paragraphs hit a me hard.  It struck a cord deep within.  It woke me up, like whoa this pastor also struggles with Prayers as I do.
I have no problem praying for others, but there are those times that I just can’t focus, can’t sit still, cant pray long enough etc.
Back to the Bible verse Luke 11:1-4, The disciples had asked Jesus for guidance in prayer. Not in teacher teach me how to raise the dead, dude I have a party to go to this weekend I want to impress this girl, show me how to turn water in to wine, not in how to heal, walk on water…. But in prayer…. And faith.
Mathew 7:7 (NIV)  “Ask and it will be given to you”  They asked, and they received the lesson needed to pray.  Without being able to pray, communicate with the father, be able to listen, all those amazing miracles that we could do would be for naught if we cannot commune with our father in Prayer.
Mathew 21:22″If you believe you will get anything you ask in prayer”.
Jesus also led by example. He prayed before he ate, prayed for the children, prayed for the sick, prayed in tears, he prayed in public, he prayed in private, he prayed for hours, he prayed for minutes, he prayed for days, he prayed when the heavens and earth were created, he who is one with God prayed.
We should strive to pray the way Jesus pray, so we two can be one with God in praying and meditation.  It is possible, we have to  be patient, strong, have faith and actually pray with all one’s might.
Imagine being of his friends, or disciples:
Me:hey John have you seen Jesus?
John: Nah man he’s doing his thing he’s out there praying again.
Always praying
In today’s day this conversation would have ended in so many ways.
Some may have made fun of him.
Some would have respected him.
Some would have looked at him as he’s wacky.
But he always Prayed.
Mark 6:46 – he prayed in the hills
Mark 11:25And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
1thesalonians 5:16-18  – Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
James 5:16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:13Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.
Ephesians 6:18  – And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.  ***** this one I feel is most important. Pray in the Spirit!!!!
Luke 18:1 –Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
There was a minister Yiye Avila, may he rest in peace, (google him if you know Spanish) he was amazing preacher. He prayed fervently and for hours on end. I’ve felt that if there is anyone who prayed as hard as Jesus did (or close to) it would be Yiye.  His messages and teachings were God filled.  He taught his church you need to always pray, not in the flesh, but in the Spirit as the bible says.  You need to pray in the same manner Jesus prayed, not for five minutes, not for ten minutes, but for hours, days and weeks if need be.  That channel of communication with God should be open, we should be praying as we walk, as we talk to others, as we work. Praying 24/7.
Dear Father,
Thank you for this day. Thank you for all you provided. Forgive me for being weak for having ADDIP. Forgive me for my short prayers. I ask for strength and guidance and endurance to be able to pray long. To be able to pray stronger, to be able to pray more, to be able to be in the spirit while praying, to be able to pray 24/7 and have that constant communication with you.  Amen.

Just keep praying 

Riding on the subway and I start humming to the tune of Finding Dory’s “just keep swimming”…. but I wasn’t singing keep swimming I replaced swimming with prayer.
I don’t know where it came from… the sudden change in lyrics, but it just came out that way…(maybe it was not sudden, I was meditating during my commute).
Sing this to the tune of Finding Dory’s “just keep swimming”
Just keep praying

Just keep praying,

What do we do?

We pray

Pray

Pray.
This is going to be my mantra.

Just keep praying.
Your looking for answers?

Just keep praying.

Looking for healing?

Just keep praying.

Looking for a home?

Just keep praying.

Looking for a new job?

Just keep praying .

Looking for a partner?

Just keep praying.

Need to find a place of worship?

Just keep praying.

Want a pay raise?

Pray.

Planning for a family?

Pray.

In the midst of the storm?

Pray.

When you receive a blessing?

Pray.

When things are going great.

Pray.

No matter the circumstance,

What do we do?

We pray, pray, pray.
We are not perfect.

I’m not perfect.

We should aspire to be the best we can.

Try our hardest.

Give our all.

No matter what we face.

Good.

Or bad.
God first.

Always remember …

He hears us.

He can console us.

He can provide for us.

He can help us.
Just keep praying

Just keep praying,

What do we do?

We pray

Pray

Pray.

Prestigious yet no prestige

Prestigious yet no prestige
I work for a prestigious organization which shall remain nameless. This organization is well known. This organization has great aspects to it. This organization I always aspired to some day join. There were expectations as an organization that have yet to be fulfilled. When I got hired there …. at first it was everything I had ever imagined it to be then….
The grass is not always greener on the other side.
Lies… lies…reneged promises. They dangle that carrot then they yank it away….. such a tease.
This organizations leadership needs guidance. They need prayers, they need education and understanding. Quick to find someone to blame in situations, quick not to investigate and research, quick to cross that ethical line of need be.
As an establishment I like the place. As an employee I’m starting to feel it’s time to go. My conscience, my moral beliefs and ethics are always on the line. My family are always up for discussion. I should not have to choose from being a good employee and being a good mom.
My right to privacy should be respected. Confidentiality had been breeched more than once. Loyalty is a myth. Bosses who defend their staff is a legend of days pasts.
I’ve been reflecting on whether to move on for quiet some time. To get back to my grassroots initiatives despite the drop in pay. To do something more meaningful to me. What I do at my “prestigious” organization is meaningful to the lives affected, the lives I help. However, I need something more rooted with a cause that aligns my heart where I can feel pure joy, despite the stress in what I do.
I once loved my job, I currently just tolerate it, passing time, waiting for when God says now is the time to go.
We as people buy into the hype of the name thinking due to its reputation it has to be worthwhile. Turns out it’s a big disappointment. My colleagues have similar feelings.
Why don’t you just leave?
Can we?
In this economy that we are living in?
A single income household cannot suffice with the demands of time for a family of 4.
Benefits, healthcare is what one needs to think about when you have children. Protect ones family and have their best interest.
Finding employment when the competition pool just keeps increasing. It’s hard finding work. You can apply, apply, apply and apply but that doesn’t guarantee a call from a prospective employee. This modern world is so digitized.
We have to teach our children the importance of networking so that they can increase their prospects of future employment. We have to teach our kids to do their best to ensure their resume and cover letters are superb, so that they can increase their chances of a call back, to be knowledgeable, personable and straight to the point during interviews so the interviewee can remember them among the candidate pool. We have to talk about our experiences so they can learn from them.
Oh this prestigious organization. Look where you left me.

Reflecting.

Left me hopeless in ever believing that you were better.

Left me anxious to leave, no jet at the end of my shift.

This is like a pending bad break up from a relationship you had hoped and aspirations.

I once loved you.

Now I long to be free from your bondage.
Your name is prestigious, but there’s no prestige in working for you.
I no longer want to be in a relationship with you, counting on the days to be free from your oppression.

Shackles & Chains

Ever felt like you were trapped in a cell like Paul an Silas?Locked, trapped, shackled, surrounded by four walls?

Image result for paul and silas
We’ve all experienced moments where we felt at a loss. Trapped. Suffocated. Isolated.
We all face trials and tribulations, some are bigger than others, some can even leave you in a situation of imprisonment. (Please for your own sake don’t let it get to that point).
So how do we get out of it?

How do we face our trials? Our moments of isolation and imprisonment?
Do exactly what Paul and Silas did.

Have you not heard what happened?
While imprisoned they started praying and praising.

What good did that do you ask?

They were freed.

The earth shook, the doors opened, the walls crumbled and they were freed. The romans weren’t too pleased but that was the least of their concern.
During their imprisonment do you know what Paul and Silas did?

They prayed, they praised, they prayed, they praised and then they did it all again.

Then they were taken out of prison.

God got them out…. broke them free…. a biblical Prison Break.

The full story of the events mentioned can be found in Acts 16:16-40; verses 16-24 discuss the events that unfolded that got Paul and Silas in Jail.

Verse 25-About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.
Prayers and praising God during the good and the bad God can release the shackles that bound you, he can break those chains. In the case of Paul and Silas it was literal, he literally broke the chains and shackled and freed them from their bondage.
This shows that their is power in calling on the name of Jesus. There is power in praising God. There is power in keeping faith even when the odds are against you. There is power in the grand I am.
Father today I ask you to free me from this bondage. To break away the shackles and chains. God I ask you to shake the earth so your presence is felt. I am grateful for you dear lord. Grateful for the air I breathe, the life you’ve given me, the people in my life. I’m grateful and thankful for all the life lessons you’ve taught me along the way. Even when the odds it seemed were stacked against me, you showed me that no matter what I am here, with you, and you will surpass this. I Pray for you reading this. That God provides you with what you need to break the chains, break those shackles and free you from your bondage. Amen.

Goals/ Resolutions


Happy New Year fellow bloggers and readers.

I was meditating on this scripture from the in touch devotion for today.

Dr. Charles Stanley is right. This is why I rarely make any “resolutions”. Our resolutions are usually selfish personal goals and desires. Usually they are unrealistic. Hence why many break their resolutions quickly.

I am going to highlight or bold some key points of his devotion then end with a personal prayer.

Dr Charles Stanley’s devotion states as follows:
KEEPING OUR EYES ON HIS GOALS

January 01, 2017
Philippians 3:13-15

Have you ever attempted to walk in a straight line while looking at your feet? Try this on the beach sometime so you can look back at your footprints. You’ll probably be surprised at how crooked the path is. But fix your eyes upon something far away, and each step will point in the desired direction—toward that distant focal point.

Our lives are like this. If we set goals, then our decisions and thoughts will lead toward the desired end. On the other hand, if we bumble along without specific aims, we will wander and waste much precious time and energy.

Goals are crucial to the well-lived life. Why, then, do so many people fail to formulate purposeful aims? Some simply do not see the importance of a plan, while others are too lazy to devise one or don’t know how to go about it. Then there are those who lack faith in God’s ability to help them achieve their aspirations.

Think about the many goals Jesus had—they drove all that He did. His daily aims involved such things as serving others and teaching those who sought righteousness. But more than that, our Savior centered everything on a primary purpose set even before time began: to lay down His life on the cross in order to save mankind from sin and glorify the Father.

We were created to glorify the Lord and be fruitful in His service. Imagine the impact our lives could have if we asked God to guide our goals. Pray, “What do You want to change about my life? What do You want to accomplish through me?” Let Him determine on what and on whom you focus.

Bible in One Year: Genesis 1-3

Wow. Isn’t this devotional spot on?

Let me end with this prayer.

Father God thank you for these words provided by Dr. Stanley of in touch ministries. Bless his ministry dear lord as you bless our ministries. Father God I ask you, for guidance, to be able to provide the changes in me and my life which will not only help nourish our relationship but help to reach your goals with me. Guide me dear Lord in not only showing me but in accomplishing these goals. Guide me dear lord to focus on the ways you want to use me to spread your love, your word, your message and fulfill my role in your goals. In the name of the father, the son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.