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Prayer-Keys to the Kingdom Part 2

In my last blog, I shared one of my husband’s sermons.  This is the last and BEST part of it (to me at least).   This was where I had new insight to a very long history with Prayer.

If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened.   ~ Psalm 66:18

  • We must remain in right-standing with God.  We must not have unconfessed sin in our lives.  We must confess our sins routinely, keeping short accounts, then going to the Father seeking forgiveness, grace and mercy.

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” ~Matthew 6:14-15

  • Be pure in heart.  We cannot have have unforgiveness in our heart toward anyone.  No resentment or longheld bitterness.  If so, ask the LORD to create a clean heart in you to reveal anything you may have overlooked or have buried deep within you.
  • Pray with love and ferventcy out of a pure heart with all sincerity.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
 ~Hebrews 11:1

  • Speak of things as though they are not as they are.  In 2 Corinthians 4:18 we are told as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal And in Romans 4:17  we are told as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.  God did, Jesus did, Abraham did, and WE MUST!

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
    because you have rejected knowledge,
    I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
    I also will forget your children.  ~Hosea 4:6

  • Pray in knowledge of God’s word.  Look up and know the scriptures pertaining to certain requests.  Know God’s promises.  We must know how to stand on God’s word.
  • Never doubt.  God hears and will answer on HIS time.  And it may not be a yes.  If it goes unanswered it wasn’t HIS will.  At least not yet! Sometimes unanswered prayer is a blessing.
  • Pray in Jesus’ name and authority always

And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. ~Job 42:10

  • Pray for others regularly.  God will bless you for it and readily answer more of your prayers.  Everything Job lost in his terrible ordeal was restored to him DOUBLE when he entered into prayer for his three friends who had accused him so vigorously of sin.

TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW TO PRAY FOR YOUR FRIENDS READ AND MAKE NOTES ON PAUL’S PRAYERS FOR HIS FRIENDS

Paul prayed that his friends:

  • Ephesians 1:18-19  Might have wisdom and power
  • Ephesians 3:16-19 Strength in the inner man
  • Philippians 1:9-11 For discernment
  • Colossians 1:9 That they would know God’s will
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:10-13 That they have a growing love for one another
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 That they be worth of their calling
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 That they be comforted and established
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:5 That they be steadfast in their love for God
  • 1 Timothy 2:12 They they live quiet and peaceful lives
  • Philemon 6 That they recognize all they have IN CHRIST!
  • Hewbrews 13:20-21 That God would work in them that which is pleasing to Him.

Begin to pray this way and you will become a real prayer warrior and the devil will flee from you.

And there it is.  This is my favorite sermon from my husband.  Knowing him and living with him makes these sermons even more personal because I know the blood, sweat and tears that went into writing these sermons.  I know the backstories to each one of these sermons and makes it mean that much more to me. I am very proud of the changes he has made in his life and the man he is today.  Putting on the new man has never in my life looked so good as it does on him.

I am blessed to live with my favorite pastor.  I am blessed that he shares his faith with me.  I am blessed he prays with me and for me everyday.  I am a blessed woman.

God bless,

Myra

A Blessed Woman in TX

 

 

 

 

Christian Living · Christian Wife · prayer · Preaching · Proverbs 31 · Uncategorized

Prayer-Keys to the Kingdom Part 1

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” ~ Matthew 16:19

My husband has spent quite a few years studying for his M.Div and now his Doctorate.  He has had many assignments.  However, my favorite assignment he had to do was one called “Capture the Sermon“.  In this assignment, he had to listen to and rewrite the sermons in his words as he would teach the lesson.  From that assignment he wrote one called “Prayer-Keys to the Kingdom“.    This one is special because it was a sermon by our favorite Pastor, Steve Griffith out of Dallas, TX.  Steve was not only Lee’s mentor but also the Pastor who married us in July.  I also owe Steve a lot because it was him who gave me my husband back.  Without Steve, Lee would not be in my life or our son’s life.

This is a very timely find because of my new passion for my relationship with God and my desire to improve my prayer life.  Since watching the movie War Room, I have reignited my passion for the LORD and my prayer life.  Imagine my surprise when I was going through this file and found this beauty at the bottom of the stack.  God’s perfect timing once again!

Here it is:

wp-1453485935397.pngPrayer, there is nothing simpler or more powerful.  In 1 Timothy 2:1, we see the first instruction Paul gave the church was to pray.  Prayer is a constant challenge for most Christians- finding time, following up, knowing what to pray for.  And here lies the problem-making it an activity on the to-do list instead of a lifestyle that leads to victory.

Ephesians 6:18 tells us to “Pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to the this end with perseverance and all suppliaction for all Saints” This means:

  • Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit
  • Don’t stop praying
  • Call on all believers to help you pray
  • Pray for one another

We are in a constant attitude of prayer; a constant state of communicating with the LORD; a continual dependence on Him, moment by moment in life.  1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “Pray without ceasing.” We should pray about everything and on all occasions.  Anytime, Anyplace. Whether we are in prayer circles, meetings, our closet, family table, bible classes, devotionals, intercessions we should be walking and talking with God.

Prayer is our spiritual fuel.  We are human but now we have a spiritual engine.  That engine needs not human fuel or fuel of the world but prayer, which supplies our spiritual needs.  Prayer provides the energy needed to wear our spiritual armor (aka The Armor of God).  We cannot fight spiritual battles in our own strength-running on human effort.  We MUST rely on PRAYER.  It is the key to wearing God’s Armor into Victory!

Satan will use every device to keep us from praying. He will cause physical fatigue and zap our energy.  He will make us mentally unfit for prayer through the cares and burdens of the home and business.  He will destroy our power and prayer life through doubt, discouragement and depression.  So, when we feel least like praying, this is the time we need most to pray, for Satan has already gained a foothold in us.  The enemy knows when we haven’t prayed and moves into attack.  Prayer CANNOT be a matter of emotion.  It must be a CHOICE OF WILL.  A constant act of devotion and communication with God.

We must pray in prosperity and adversity; sickness and in health.  When we pray, pray prayers of praise and thanksgiving.  Then pray for what we will, desire and need.  James 4:2 says “we do not have because we do not ask…”  Often we strive after something without even praying about it and asking God for it.  Asking is the rule of the kingdom. If Jesus had to ask, you and I cannot expect to be exempted from it.  God knows what we need but HE wants us to ask Him as a sign of faith and dependence on Him.

The Holy Spirit provides us with power.  “Praying in Spirit” is all about God’s will.  We learn to pray the will of and according to the Word of God by yielding to the power of the Spirit who lives in us.  The Spirit directs us to pray in alignment with God’s plan and purposes, so God is able to answer.  If we pray on our own strength and wisdom, we will not find agreement with God.  We must have the mind of God which the Spirit provides as we pray.

Praying needs to become natural to you!  We must have perseverance in prayer, not giving up.  Prayer should also be done out of spiritual willingness and should not be forced.

The enemy has many ways he will try to discourage you from praying.  Let’s say you have two good days of praying in a row.  Satan will try to convince you it will be like that the rest of your life.  Listen closely, it won’t!  The third day when your prayer life is fruitless, the enemy will try to convince you that you’ve blown it and there is no use trying anymore.  THIS IS A LIE!!!  Do not listen!

If you have a couple of good days of prayer, then thank God for them and try for a third.  If the third day is a failure, just pray again on the fourth day.  Forget what is past and start anew each day.  Persevere in prayer.  That is the only way to get it done.

An old saying about the devil and prayer is that “The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying.  He fears nothing from prayer-less studies, prayer-less works or prayer-less religion.  He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom but trembles when we pray.”

And that is the first half of his sermon that was completed on September 6, 2010. Tomorrow I will share keys to prayer effectiveness and some guidance on prayer from Paul.  This is my favorite part of this sermon.  However, if you are like me, and not holding a M.Div. as my husband does then you have quite a bit to ponder for now.  I have to read and reread to fully grasp his words and the content.  I encourage you to do the same.

I am blessed with such a God-fearing man full of wisdom on the subject of our walk with the LORD.  Sometimes I get overwhelmed to make sure I’m living up to the standards Lee has but what I, what we both have realized is each of us has our own walk with the LORD.  Lee’s calling is his own and my calling is my own.  Our expectations for our walks are tailored to each of us but there are certain expectations we share.  This is a lesson we both had to learn the hard way.  It took us both humbling ourselves and almost losing one another to learn it.  Place your spouse/significant other in God’s hands and He will give you what you need.  Together, as one, we now encourage and support one another in our walks through the powerful gift of PRAYER.

God Bless,

Myra

A Very Blessed Woman in TX

 

 

 

 

Christian Living · Christian Wife · decorating · motherhood · prayer · Proverbs 31

My Momspace/War Room Update

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:5-6

Since I have moved to our temporary new home, a new space has opened up for me….an entire bedroom. What a blessing even though I must share this space with someone now.  And I am absolutely thankful for that.  There is no greater joy than beginning and ending my day with my husband.  And now we have a special space that is just for our relationship with the LORD.

It all came together quite nicely.  It started when my desk broke and I found a table with 4 chairs for $25 over 2 years ago.  I was blessed with a beautiful new dining table and able to use the table every morning before my house gets stirring.

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Then I purchased some cork squares at Walmart for $6 as well to make my Prayer Wall.  This where my prayers go up.  These are handwritten or printed scriptures from pinterest or Internet searches as well as The War Room strategic verses needed to protect me and mine. This is a work in progress.  Updates will happen frequently!!!

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Finally, I created my bag of tricks from the beautiful basket my sister in law gave us for our wedding.  In it are journals, markers, pencils, stickers, tags and notecards I use for journaling, researching my prayers, and my children’s prayer jars (the 3 big Mason jars on the table pictured above- follow up blog coming).

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My favorite part of this process is being able to use the Bible my husband purchased for me for Christmas because I keep giving mine away! This one will stay with me for sure.

It’s really not hard to carve out Your space.  Maybe it’s just a chair, time alone in bed, a lawn chair.  Wherever it is, it is yours and you will reap the rewards of a praying life.   Mine started as just a table alone and now God blessed me with an entire room that I share with a man who loves me as Christ loved the church.  A man I submit to as the church does to Christ.  And together in this space we will fight the battles of our life and the lives of our loved ones on our knees and lift up our praises in a secret, sacred space together.

For this reason, I am blessed.

Goodnight and God bless!

Myra
A Blessed Woman in TX

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War Room, Prayer and Blessings

I have not told enough people about this movie-War Room.  Hands down one of the best life-changing movies out there.  God really spoke to me while watching this.  So much so, I got out my bible, highlighted verses I saw  during the movie.  And Ms. Clara is my favorite in the movie.  I want a Ms. Clara in my life and I want to be a Ms. Clara in someone’s life.

I don’t know about those of you who saw the movie but I personally love the scene where she walks through the house and kicks Satan out of her home and life.  That was the life changing moment for me.  My husband does this every morning before we ever get out of bed “I pray the blood of Jesus over my home and my family.  Satan you have no place in our lives or the lives of our children, family members and loved ones.  You need to flee”.   I use to giggle when he did it but I realize now as I look back on my journal that it made a difference.  There were  days when we barely spoke to each other much less pray together and as noted in my journal those were the hardest.  Lee had not banned Satan from our home and our lives like he had done in the past.  Prayer works and God gave us the authority to remove Satan from our lives. This was one of my biggest faithbuilders……..

Lee and I are barely married six months and the struggle was real for us!  I was on the brink of divorce in our first 90 days of marriage because I was too focused on what my husband wasn’t doing, my lack of a prayer life and my ideology of what marriage should be that I overlooked all he was doing.  God shook me up and woke me up.  It took totaling a car and almost going over a bridge to scare me straight but sometimes God has to do that.

Shortly after seeing this movie War Room, I took a trip to Lifeway.  I didn’t know what I needed but I knew I needed something then I came across Fervent and The Battle Plan for Prayer.  I read them daily!  Whether deep in your walk with the LORD or trying to figure out this prayer thing, both books are much needed additions to your library.

I still do not have my “war room” setup but I do know my prayer life is HOT!  I have found my self saying “God, help me” “LORD, guide me” and just in constant communication with the LORD more often everyday.  I am in the beginning phases of getting my Momspace/War Room recreated in our new home.  I have created a few things to go in there like this cross made from the left over brooches from our wedding:

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It’s the focal piece in my quiet space that is just for me.

And I also made this one thinking I would use it in my new space but it ended up in the bathroom as a decoration on a bare wall in there.  I have a different way I want to go with my focal point wall 🙂

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However until it all comes together, I have my journal and I have my appointment with the LORD everyday.  I know my marriage is much stronger, my children are happier and good things are happening all around us because of my prayer life.  For that, I am truly blessed!

God bless and have a good night!

Myra

A Very Blessed Woman in TX

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Medicare or Bust!

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Our Hearts are Sick when they are burdened with Stress

Nothing rings truer to me right now than this quote.

In the last 14 days I have traveled from Austin to DFW.  I have spent more than 8 nights away from home.  What did I do in that?  I trained over 120 agents on Medicare 101, our call center opportunity, and our clinic initiative. I have attended 2016 Product Rollout Meetings for the multiple carriers we represent.  I have held the hands of about 50 new and existing agents to help them grow their insurance portfolio and their business.  I have done over 20 personal business and strategy meetings with agents one-on-one.  I also have to deal with the political warfare that happens in any corporation.  When you start rising to the top, people try to keep you down.  So I’m constantly trying to overcome the things that are being said and I work three times as hard.

I have also broken bread multiple times with the Executives from these carriers and our offices as well as entertained agent managers for each of these carriers.  When did I sleep?  How many nights was I home?  I counted.  In 14 days, I was home 6 days.  However, even when I was home, I was still plugged in.  I was answering phone calls, text messages and emails.  So in reality I have been gone from my family for 14 days.

Has it caused strained on a new marriage?  HECK YES!

Are my children feeling abandoned?  HECK YES!

I have reached a point in my career that most can only dream of.  I have everything I want professionally.  But personally, I haven’t been able to attend church or our COM group in 14 days.  I am exhausted.  I am tired.  I am weak.  I can hear my body screaming “STOP” My skin is dry, my hair is falling out and my husband and children are miserable!  When I am home and finally have a moment to myself, I want it ALL to myself.

I have become everything I want to be professionally but not who I am personally.  Maintaining the professional life has caused so much stress with travel, a constantly ringing phone and last minute office trips that my heart is sick.  I am sick with stress.  It has taken over my life and it is spilling over into my personal life affecting those I love. I sleep on the couch away from my husband, my son can’t talk to me because I just want to be left alone and my daughter just stays away from me because well in her words “you’re grouchy” And everything they do, annoys me (some of it warranted but most not).

Then one day, I “let it go and let God”.

And Jesus is the eternal healer of hearts

As hard as I work, I do enjoy my job.  I am blessed to lead a small group of women in our Women’s Leadership program.  All 4 women are strong Christian Women of God.  I could not get through my week without these 4 fabulous ladies.  They keep me grounded-in faith, in my work life balance, and in everything I do.  Last week we had a very brief meeting after one of our trainings.  We were chit chatting when one of my agents blew me away.

She said, “Can I pray for you?”

I’m sure I had a shocked look on my face.  And she said again “Myra, honey, you are a newlywed and you look like death warmed over.  You should be on top of the world right now, but you look like the Walking Dead”.

I chuckled.  Then she asked the tough questions “How’s your marriage? How are the kids? When was the last time you ate at home?” Because of the close relationship I have with these women I began tearing up.  Then she started quoting me on some things I have preached to them.  “You must take care of you or you are no good to anyone else-your spouse, your children, or anyone.  You aren’t doing that are you?”

I tried to be strong but I could feel God with his hand on me telling me to let it go.  As much as I wanted to be their leader, I felt God’s hand guiding and I heard this voice saying “open up”.  I broke down for the first time in 14 days.  I let all my worries, all my stress out and laid it all out to this small group of women I lead; this group I trust.  This group of women I’m suppose to be strong for.  These women I am suppose to lead saw me vulnerable for the first time ever.  But then something amazing happened.  As I began talking about my worries, my life stressors something came over everyone and each one of these fabulous women opened up.  None of us had any idea we were each dealing with “things”; with stressors in our lives.  I think we get so stuck in our own world we forget that others deal with stress too.  In this small conference room, 5 women laughed, cried, “let it go” and then closed in prayer.  The stress immediately lifted.

JESUS IS MY HEALER!

I am blessed that God has placed some fabulous Christian brothers and sisters in my work environment.  I am blessed to have children and a husband who love me unconditionally.  But most of all, I am blessed that Jesus is my healer!

God Bless,

Myra 🙂

A Blessed Woman in TX

 

Christian Living · Christian Wife · Proverbs 31

I Am Blessed; He Found Favor

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
 Luke 1:45

The Hutchesons and Medinas
The Hutcheson’s and Medina’s

He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
Proverbs 18:22

On July 25 Lee and I had close to 90 of our closest friends and family in our backyard to celebrate one of the biggest events in our lives.  It was one of the greatest joys to see all 6 of our children at one time.

All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. Isaiah 54:13

The Boys
Josh, Mac and Austin

These 6 young men and young women are our greatest joys.  They gave us 8 beautiful grandchildren.  They have given us and continue to give us some beautiful memories like the 3 boys playing baseball in our front yard at our rehearsal dinner or the girls helping me get ready on our wedding day.

They are our proudest accomplishments in life.  Lee’s kids drove 5-6 hours from Oklahoma to be there for us.  They toted 7 of 8 grandchildren with them.  My kids were voluntold to be in full wedding mode for the entire week.  We had to attend a State Baseball Tournament and get the house ready for company and it was just Lee and I.  Were there mishaps?  OH YES!  Did it go as planned?  OH NO!

The heat was grueling outside as well as inside our home.  The ceremony had some

Marissa, Megan and Natalie
Marissa, Megan and Natalie

mishaps. The misters never got turned on, the unity candle was forgotten our minister forgot parts of the ceremony and that was just the ceremony.  The reception went to who knows where very quickly.  We did not have the father-daughter dance, we did not have our first dance.  We changed, we ate, we cut the cake and then we were off to our honeymoon.  If it could go wrong that day, it did. It was so bad the photographer had to remind us we never took our picture alone together right before we left out the door for San Antonio.  Over 300 pics taken and only 2 were of me and Lee together-at the end of the day, tired, worn out and exhausted.

Neither side of my mom or dad’s family showed up.  Only one aunt thought enough of us to send a gift out of 9 aunts and uncles and about 10 cousins.  Not that it is about the gifts but even a card or acknowledgement would have been nice.

I was a little saddened because this vision of the day I had in my head did not happen. My wedding party was hot and cranky.  Our to-do lists did not get followed.  Lee and I had to escape many times for a couple minutes alone to regroup.  But at the end of the day, I Groomsmenwould do it all over again.   I am Lee’s wife and the people who mattered most showed up for us.  I became Mrs. Hutcheson and for the rest of my life I will have my best friend for better or worse.  I am blessed to have a man who puts me on a pedestal. I am his queen and he is my king and together we will love and serve the LORD in our home.

Whatever happened or didn’t happen that day, I will always remember the day of our firstBridesmaids kiss as man and wife.  I will remember it was in our backyard of the first home we now share as man and wife with 2 of our 6 children. I will remember the happiness that came upon me as he slipped that ring on my finger. I will remember we have a lifetime of memories to be made together.

My life isn’t perfect but it’s the perfect life for me.  It is the one God intended for us.  Lee and I will live it out together getting our son through high school and transitioning our daughter to adulthood.  We will begin Lee’s ministry work and I will continue to share my love for the senior population playing bingo, doing arts n crafts, and sharing my guidance on Medicare and community resources to help them.  This is the life!

Me with my two boys-Mac and Chase
Me with my two boys-Mac and Chase

On July 25, 2015 God gave me the biggest blessing I have ever been given besides my 3 children.  He blessed me with the most amazing man who I can say is my best friend, my personal pastor, my life-mate, my love.  He is my husband!

God Bless and Goodnight!

Myra

A Blessed Woman

Christian Living · decorating · prayer · Proverbs 31 · single moms

How to Pick Up Your Crown Step 1

Revelation 3.20

In the blog, Pick Up Your Crown, Girl I discussed 10 steps to gaining confidence.  So step 1 to pick up your crown and owning it, is to come to know the Lord through a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I know that at this point you are probably thinking oh great another preaching on getting closer to God and I will tell you, YES!  You are probably also thinking, I’m a bad person.  God doesn’t want people like me.  God only wants “good” people.  Wrong!  I tell everyone, especially my kids, there was only ONE perfect person on this earth and his name is Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary.  Who is your mother and What is your name?

My mother is Benita Medina and I am Myra Medina. I am not perfect!   When I first came to know God I was in this position:  Single mom, 3 kids, 3 different dads, raised Catholic praying to Saints and Mary, obviously with 3 children I had fallen from grace many times and had just an all around unhappiness.  I had just left the one man in this life who I thought loved me more than anything and he did except for two things-alcohol and drugs.  I had transitioned from our beautiful home with cars lining the driveway for every occasion to no car, no job, living with my parents and no way of taking of myself.  I had a man who paid the bills, took care of the cars and yard and all I had to do was go workout, clean the house and cook dinner on occasion.  I could not tell you anything about our home and its expenses except that we lived on Oak Tree Lane in Midlothian, TX and it was clean.     So, at that time I came to know Jesus all I could think was “Why me, Lord?”

Soon tragedy struck my middle child, Marissa, and I found the Lord through a stranger at the hospital.  Life did not instantly turn to sunshine and roses but it did get easier day by day.  I had grown up a very spoiled child.  I then found a man who played into that and gave me everything I wanted needed and desired.  I rarely from the time I was a baby to the time I was about 30 heard the word “no” from anyone.  I stuck my nose up in the air to people and situations.  Between my parents and Lee I had everything I ever wanted and so did my children.  But that night in the hospital my whole life changed.  Over time I came to know this man named Jesus.  For many years to follow He was my one true love.  He was a father to my children.  He was my everything I had been searching for.  And He told me No many, many times.  We fought about that on several occasions but i quickly found that unanswered prayers are still answered prayers

To get to this relationship with the Lord has taken many years, a lot of faith and a path down a road-The Roman’s Road.  I have heard salvation preached many different ways.  But when I heard from a very dear friend of mine about the Roman’s Road I thought he was crazy.  But he wanted me to better understand what I was committing to in my new relationship with the Lord.  It is the best explanation I have heard.

” For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of the Lord”  Romans 3:23 NKJV;

No matter if you are what you think to be a good person or what some think of as a bad person God sees that ALL have sinned.  Not some but ALL have sinned.  He also tells us that ALL fall short of God’s glory as well.  Think about that.  ALL fall short!  Whether you are a sexual predator or “good” person doing works God tells us that we ALL fall short.

As it is written “there is none righteous, no, not one; Romans 3:10 NKJV

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.  Romans 5:12

What are God’s laws?  What does the Bible tell us and where do we begin to learn the basic principles of living.  Simple:  The 10 commandments.  Have you lied?  Have you disrespected your parents?  Did you play keeping up with the Jones’ because you coveted your neighbors goods?  You have broken God’s law and God tells us in James 2:10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

Step 1:  Admit you are a sinner

For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our LORD.  Romans 6:23

Sin leads to death.  There is also something known as a spiritual death.  It occurs when we continuously sin.  It alienates us from God and it can last for eternity.  There is a place called Hell for those who die this kind of death..  But when we come to know Jesus our sins die and God gives us the gift of Grace.  Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

Step 2: Understand that our sins deserve the death penalty

Step 3:  Ask God to forgive you of your sins and save you

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

God tells us in John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Jesus died on the cross for us and our sins. He paid the final price for our sins with the understanding we believe in Him and what He does for us. The wages of sin have been paid! 

Step 4:  Believe in Him and accepts his gift of life; Give your life to God!

 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

Step 5:  If you feel God knocking on your heart, open it for Him.  Ask Him to come into your heart and save you!

Ask God to come into your heart and make you new.  God tells us in revelations all we have to do is ask for He says “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20 

So, if you feel called, ask!  Even if you have been saved and feel the need to rededicate your life-ask!  The only guaranteed no from God is the unasked question!  I have rededicated my life recently because I have not always been on a straight path with Jesus.  But I am now!  And this time, it’s a lifetime commitment.  That’s the blessing of my relationship with the LORD.  He is always there for me-unconditionally whenever I am ready to receive Him.  No matter how bad I messed up or how far I have strayed, just as a mother loves her child, God loves us.

Step 6:  The final step is to pray!  Pray a prayer of salvation that includes all the steps above.  Invite Jesus into your heart and see how your life changes day by day.

As I have said, life will not be sunshine and roses immediately.  But over time, you will learn as you dig deeper in God’s word that You, my dear sister in Christ, deserve God’s grace and favor.  You are precious in His sight. No matter where you are right now you can dust yourself off and have a conversation with the LORD and be saved!

You are a child of the most high God.  He is the King of kings and LORD of lords.  So, Pick Up Your Crown, Girl!  Then get connected in a church community, bible study,  online bible study, and whatever you need to keep you grounded in the faith of Jesus Christ who saves you!

Send us a prayer request and let us know you have accepted God as your Lord and savior.  If you have questions, ask!  I am here to help and bless those with the knowledge I’ve received and help spread the joy of the LORD!  I will pray for you and answer any questions you might have.  If you give us your address, we might just send something special in the mail for you.

I am blessed to have shared this word with you today!

God bless and goodnight!

Myra

A Blessed Woman in Texas

Christian Living · Christian Wife · decorating · motherhood · Proverbs 31 · single moms

Special Girl, Special Graduation-One of God’s Biggest Blessings

On June 4, 2015 my middle child, Marissa, overcame so many challenges mentally and physically and graduated from High school with a basic High School diploma.  We originally thought she would have to go with the state mandated special needs I-know-the-plans-I-have-for-you-says-the-LORDoptions but Belton High School pushed her (and I said many a prayer) and Marissa went into regular ed classes.  I could not be more proud than I am of this child.  All my children give me a reason to be proud to be their mom but his one-well, she’s just a miracle!

The doctor’s told me when she was born not to expect much from her.  They said I needed to prepared for an early departure from her-maybe by age 2.  But Marissa (and God) had other plans.  Her first 5 years were pretty traumatic.  About 5-6 surgeries including 2 brain surgeries.  It is because of this child that I developed a relationship with the Lord.  When she was having her second brain surgery after having a shunt malfunction, we had a 2 week stay in the hospital.  However, one night I couldn’t sleep.  I was worried.  Marissa was always a lively little girl.  Never sad always happy.  But for the first time I saw my daughter’s struggle.  I saw her in pain and suffering.  Any mother out there can relate to me saying nothing will bring you to your knees faster than your child’s sufferings.

So I took a stroll down to the chapel where the woman in the room next to us had been staying.wpid-fb_img_1422970462430.jpg  After a long talk and a lot of crying, she saved me.  She showed me how to have an intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  So, even though our first five years were rocky, if Marissa had not been in my life, I don’t know that I would know the Lord as I do now.  She is a blessing for a lot of reasons.

So this post is dedicated to one of my 3 most precious accomplishments in this life -Marissa Ashley Medina

Graduation week started with the Baccalaureate services on Sunday.

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And she did it!  So now we can go party for Project Celebration.  That was kind of when it all sank in for me that my baby girl, this little girl who took me to Holland instead of Italy (only special needs mom really know this reference) has grown into a beautiful young woman.  Even though I went to Holland instead of Italy, it has been the best ride of my life!  We have had ups and downs but it is these ups and down that have helped me grow as an individual, a woman and a mother.

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Her last bus ride

A week later we had her graduation dinner with the family and friends

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Look at that yummy goodness inside that cake!!!

 Awpid-fb_img_1434305667193.jpgnd then there’s the party itself.  My mom and aunt, Juana, on my mom’s side helped out tremendously;  Without them this event would not have happened since I have been wrapped up in my wedding as well as my career. I don’t know what I would do without my parents and all the support they give me and my children.

My aunt made these awesome centerpieces pictured just below my beautiful niece and brother.

Then Marissa visited with some very close friends and relatives.  We opted for a Mexican retaurant venue we use for work quite often.  Rio Bravo in Plano is the best!  The staff was cordial and they are always awesome to us.

There’s Rhea who was her shadow at Fellowship Church Grapevine since she was in 2nd grade.  However, the two quickly connected and Rhea became family very quickly giving me a break as a single mom she and Rick would pick up Megan, Marissa and MacKenzie to give me a break once a month.  Total Godsends those two are……..

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All in all it was a great two week span celebrating Marissa and her accomplishments. It use to terrify me to get her into adulthood.  But now, I know God has plans for her.  I don’t know what they are, but they are there.  Together, Marissa, Lee and I will figure them out for her. And I will continue to be blessed to be her mom!

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God bless and goodnight!

Myra

An extremely blessed mom in TX

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Oils and Starbucks Do Mix!

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Pick Up Your Crown, Girl!

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

As I reflect on my week, I realize how much I have counseled women on confidence!  This breaks my heart for a lot of reason but mostly because I know the feeling.  I have been beaten down.  I have been used and abused emotionally, sexually and physically.  I have carried shame.  I have carried guilt.  But then God put all these amazing people around me to show me how fearfully and wonderfully made I truly am.  True story, they are all church-going, actively involved Christians.  Amazing people!

I could not have done life without them guiding me, leading by example.  I have been shown that I can do life and overcome my past.  But most important of all, I was shown that God, the most high Heavenly Father, loves me no matter what.  When I was alone, He was with me.  When I was a single mom, he was my co-parent. As I look back at that time when I was feeling unsure of myself, I realize how much even though I wasn’t being loyal to Him, He was carrying me and loyal to me.

which God will bring about in his own time–God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
 1 Timothy 6:15

I wish someone had told me what I told the women I spoke to this week, including my daughters.  I told them to “Pick up your crown, girl”! Every little girl, young lady, grown woman on this earth deserves to wear a crown.  We are the princesses of the most High God. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.  He himself tells us in Psalm 139:14 that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.  Who else do we need to hear it from?  God is about as high as you can go when it comes to the food chain! God asks you this question in Galatians 1:10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. How are you going to answer Him?

I didn’t get over my confidence issues easily. It took some action steps.  Here they are in written form ( I will expand on these in the days to come):

  • Accepted God as my Lord and Savior
  • Give God the Glory always for all the good stuff
  • Keep honoring God and being faithful to Him during the hard times
  • Find a good church based Bible study and join the women’s group
  • Study the word at home
    • Read your Bible
    • Set time aside each and every day for God
  • Pray, Pray, and Pray some more
  • Find my worth
  • Find my value
  • Surround yourself with sisters in Christ who lift you up
  • Find a mentor or two or three 🙂

The best resource I have read on this is Tracie Miles’ book “Your Life Still Counts“.  Awesome read and worth the time to sift through the pages of it and the Bible.  Tracie currently has a bible study (click here for more information) and the Facebook group is here.  If you can’t afford the book, you can message them privately, they have resources to send you one.  All excuses removed!

I close by saying this:  Pick up your crown, Girl.  You are a valuable resource to those around you.  You are a beautiful child, young lady, and/or grown woman who is fearfully and wonderfully made.  If noone else tells you this, I just did.  I don’t know you but I do know you are a child of God and God does not make mistakes!!!

God bless!

Myra 🙂

A Blessed Woman