¿Are you looking through clean glasses?

As girls, my sister and I took a magnifying glass that our uncle had at his house, to play. He used it to read some books or newspaper stuff.

The cool thing about the magnifying glass was that we saw things very different from how we normally saw them.

With the magnifying glass we looked at the floor and depending on how close we placed it to our eyes, we could see great depressions like holes in the tiles of the floor, or like small mountains that we had to climb.

It was difficult to walk because we couldn’t see the floor as it really was, but as girls, it entertained us to feel that we were inside an adventure. In the long run, we could only play for a short time because it gave us a strange headache or dizziness.

We are spiritually dead by sin, and when we surrender our lives to Christ we receive a new and eternal life in Him, but we also receive the promise to enjoy an abundant life in Him.

Why many times can we not enjoy it even though we were born again?

We continue walking with the magnifying glass marked by our experiences of the past. That glass is stained with disappointments, pain, betrayals, feelings of guilt, lack of love and many other wounds that we were receiving in life.

God has great promises and great joy ahead for us, but we only see through the dirty glass before us. Only God can clean and heal our wounds.

While we do not yield to God everything that hinders us, we will see life and those around us in a distorted way and love our neighbor as ourselves will seem like a difficult task.

When we keep in mind that people failed us and we look through that to others, we don’t trust anyone.

When we did not receive love and we look through it, we find it difficult to receive and give God’s love to others.

When parents, family or friends have not protected us and we look through that, we put up barriers that isolate us from others as a defense mechanism.

When we carry feelings of guilt, false or true that we have not worked and weblook through that, we look very small compared to others.

God wants you to give him that contaminated glass with which you look at life. He wants a real and personal love relationship with you.

He can give you new lenses, which reflect the reality of his eternal love and the abundant life that awaits you.

It is time to surrender the past and embrace a future full of hope, love and joy.

Pray to the Lord presenting our lives and everything we have dragged from the past, to receive his promises and his real love for our lives.

Remember: It is better to look through the glass of the Word of God.

From the closet to the workshop table

You know what? As I told you on Friday, we were able to prepare the craft books yesterday. My husband helped me with everything that had to be cut and we followed all the corresponding steps and prepared two notebooks. Here’s a photo.

We were very satisfied with the final result. We used materials that were already stored in the closet and had never given them any use.

I was thinking about it and it is gratifying to see how simple papers that had no use or purpose, are now part of a notebook, as a part of it they will be used in a special way since I plan to prepare journals for the Christian life.

While I was singing this morning at the choir at church, during the praising time I felt how God talked to my life by comparing it to those papers.

We are His creation, in his image and likeness, and formed by his hands. It is amazing how the Almighty God himself who created a sea that can be as still as a mirror and as imposing as a furious lion, created us with such different personalities and unique purposes.

Being just creation we are like those papers stored in my closet. When we understand through his Holy Spirit that we are sinners and deserve eternal damnation, but He in his love sent his Son to die for us to save us, then we are taken out of the closet and displayed on his workshop table.

God is going to transform our lives for his glory. He’s going to shape us like pottery. He saved us and gave us a purpose. We are part of something bigger. We are part of the church, with the purpose of sharing the gospel, glorify Him.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

In the same way that we cut, fold, and sew the paper, God is going to remove what hinders us, what we have acquired in this world and we will be transformed so that every day we look more like Christ.

God shapes our lives into wonderful works of art that have the hallmark of his hands.

I have a purpose and my life is being shaped at the Master’s workshop.

Pray with me:

Dear Lord, we come before you in prayer, giving thanks for the way you formed us, thought us, and every day you transform us to your glory. Help us to understand that there is no better place than to be in the Master’s workshop where you form our lives in love and guide us to our purpose. Amen.

God only has a plan A

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They always taught me that I should have a plan in life. In fact, I talked about that recently at my Spanish blog. It is good to have a plan to help us focus our efforts in life in order to reach our goals.

But what happens when our plans do not turn out as we have thought?

I remember that in the middle of the week my husband told me that since I am working from home, he wanted to take me out for breakfast on Saturday, that is, today, to a new restaurant famous for its pancakes that recently opened in our city. Of course, I accepted.

So we headed to this new place this morning and the place was more crowded than we expected and people waiting for their table swirled around the restaurant. Not good! We decided to go to our second option, our plan B.

We arrived at our restaurant B and it seems that like us, all the people who arrived at restaurant A also had the restaurant we chose as an option and it was quite full as well.

We signed up on a waiting list. And apparently it was going to be a long wait because they didn’t sit anyone for a while. My husband asked me if we were better looking for another place (which I already had in mind) and I agreed. I thought of a coffee bistro that we used to go and we headed there.

We arrived and they had artisans with their tables offering their handmade products. Upon entering, the cozy and quiet atmosphere, with lighting that was an invitation to the conversation, made us happy. While we went thru the menu, a musician prepared himself, who while we waited for the order and savored our breakfast, enlivened us with his guitar and his songs dedicated to our island and love.

It all resulted in such a relaxed, enjoyable and delightful date. It was like a private corner prepared for us. Our plan C was better than plan A we had in mind.

I just heard recently, that God only has an A plan for us. God’s plans are always fulfilled. Many times we can perceive that when things are not as we expected or we face difficult situations that seem to have no way out, that the plan A of our lives failed.

It is difficult for us to think that everything will work for the good of our lives, especially when we have become unemployed, our family is broken, we have lost a loved one, we do not have the job we expected, or our children are not living the life we dreamed for them.

However, it is easy to forget God’s faithfulness in our lives, the sustenance he has always given us, the comfort and love that has accompanied us and the unique purpose he has with each of us.

I’ve been there. We focus on what we have in front of our eyes and not on the greatness of our God who is almighty and loved us in such a way that he gave his only son for us.

Moses spent 40 years in the desert before going to free the people of Israel. Abraham left his land without knowing where he was going. Joseph was sold by his brothers as a slave without knowing that he would be governor of Egypt and help his people. You and I are here today without knowing how great plans the Lord has for our lives.

Like them, we just have to stay as seeing the invisible and believing in faith. We are in God’s plan A.

Pray to the Lord thanking him for his providence for our lives and ask him to help us have faith in the midst of what we are living. Whatever is not within our plans is within God’s plan.

** Remember: God only has an plan A for us.

Friday, September 20th, 2019

I need help!

Wise people ask for help.

— Myrnaly Sepulveda.

I am always looking for ideas to decorate the house, new recipes and things about writing or crafts. All tutorials I watch or read gives the impression to be very easy and accessible. I like to try new things but sometimes they don’t turn out as I expected.

I have always said that at school I was not taught enough about cutting with scissors. I can do different crafts but at the time of cutting, my skills are not the most skilled. Still, I try.

Well, I will tell you that I was watching some new tutorials and yesterday I started my first task, cutting a piece of cardboard. Cutting the first piece, I also cut my finger.

I could not believe it! In the first cut! – “This is not for me” – I thought – “the craftsmanship has arrived here”.

I told my husband as soon as he got home from work what had happened to me and that my new project ended right there. He looked at me with a smile on his face and hugged me. He told me to remember that this was not my area of expertise, but that it did not mean that I should give up to what I wanted to achieve.

He told me that it is okay to ask for help when needed and that this next Saturday, we had no commitments scheduled and he would help me with the parts that involved cutting things with the scissors.

Frequently, we want to be totally self-sufficient and forget that it is wise to ask for help when we need it. This world teaches us that we seem weak when depend on others and we take that into our spiritual life.

God is our help. He knows us so well that he knows that we are filled with anguish and anxiety when we see ourselves helpless in life situations.

Jesus invites us “Come to me all who are worked and loaded, and I will give you rest” in Matthew 11:28.

It is a blessing to face the circumstances of life with the help of God and our family in faith. We need someone to listen, someone to encourage us and we need to feel loved when we are overwhelmed. It is wise to have a support group of Christian friends or our leaders.

It is of great joy to know that God does not leave us alone. We have someone to hold us. We have help available.

Let’s pray to the Lord presenting our burdens, doubts and concerns knowing that in Him we will find rest and strength for our circumstances. Let us live and experience the joy that He gives us when we find help and support in the family of faith.

** Remember that it is wise to ask for help.

About me: Myrnaly Sepúlveda

I have been blessed in so many ways. My life was turned upside down by Jesus, and it was the best thing that could happened to me. I have been blessed in so many ways. My life was turned upside down by Jesus, and it was the best thing that could happened to me. Now my life has a great purpose and no matter my circumstances, I’m not alone and I enjoy being loved by Him.

I want to share with you my experiences, and what I have learned in this path throughout the years. I also want to get to know you. I can pray for you and we can walk this journey together.

My kids
With my husband

I am married and have a daughter and a son and we all serve God at our local church, in Ponce, Puerto Rico where we live. I studied Medical technology and started my first blog in Spanish in 2015, “Blog Mujeres de Fe”.