Forgiving and Moving On

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Dear Diary,

Today, a video was shared to Facebook that really made me think.

Take a look:

The part where it talked about “forgiving our debtors” was the one that really caught my attention.

And I just wish I can successfully convey to you this message: being able to forgive and move on is going to make you feel like a new person. Such a big burden is going to be removed off your shoulders, and even the air is going to smell sweeter.

I wrote these words as I was thinking about this subject, and I hope they speak to your heart.

“A new breath–a fresh feeling;

The rest being set apart,

Making way for healing,

To a wounded heart.

With new eyes is seen,

The blessing and lesson,

Meant for us to then glean.

Yet another chance is given,

For us to witness,

The blessed meaning of forgiveness.”

~Heidi Alonso

 

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Happy New Year! Feliz Año Nuevo!

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Sabbath, December 31, 2016

Dear Diary,

This past year has been one of the hardest years of my life. Yet, I don’t complain about it. I honestly can’t complain because I am 100% sure that everything that happened to me this year was because God allowed it. And I am truly thankful for it because those hard times really brought me closer to God.

…2017 will begin in a matter of hours, and I don’t know what it will bring. But I resolve to remain faithful to God no matter what comes. I want to be that positive influence in someone’s life.

Most of all, I pray that with God’s help I may continue in the right path and not stray from it.

Happy New Year!

I ❤ you guys!

~Heidi Alonso

2016

Sábado, Diciembre 31, 2016

Querido Diario,

Este año ha sido el mas difícil de mi vida. Pero no me quejo. Honestamente, no puedo quejarme porque estoy 100% segura de que todo lo que paso fue porque Dios lo permitió. Y estoy agradecida por ello, porque esos tiempos difíciles me acercaron mas a Dios. 

…el 2017 ya va comenzar en unas pocas horas, y pues no se que vaya traer este año. Pero resuelvo mantenerme fiel a Dios no importa lo que venga. Yo quiero ser esa influencia positiva en la vida de alguien. 

Mas que todo, espero que con la ayuda de Dios nunca me desvíe del buen camino.

Feliz Año Nuevo! 

Los quiero mucho! ❤

~Heidi Alonso

 

I’m a Mom!…well, kind of…

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Dear Diary,

Till today I fully came to the realization that besides being a sister, I am also a mother. When I am at home with my sisters, and my mother is busy or at work, they look up to me like a motherly figure.

And well, just this past week, it came to my attention that I was not being a good example in a certain way. I was not even aware of my behavior. I thought that what I was doing was fine, because I knew in what circumstance to apply it–and in such said circumstance, it was not bad. But then I found out that my little sister was following my lead. The only difference was that she could not see when it was considered “acceptable”.

That is when I just laid in bed, stared at the ceiling for a good long while, and was ashamed of myself. Something that is wrong is wrong. Period. There is no acceptable or unacceptable time whatsoever to say or do something wrong.

And I just want to say something to all brothers and sister out there: “Your little siblings are watching you. And you will partly be responsible for how they turn out to be. The influence we exert on them is powerful. And it is up to us to use that power for good. Watch your actions and words.”

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“Train[Be a good example] up a child[your little sibling] in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
 

 

La Relación Que NUNCA Esperaba

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Durante esta semana, escuche que una persona dijo que la relación mas mejor y duradera es la que nunca esperabas.

Crees que esto es verdad?

Honestamente, he estado pensando  mucho en esto, y decidí preguntarle a unos de mis amigos que pensaban sobre esto. (Conforme me vayan mandando mas respuestas, las voy a escribir aquí.) 

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“Si, yo pienso que es mejor cuando realmente no estas buscando una relación…hay algo muy bonito acerca de la providencia de Dios al estar involucrado en una relación. Es mucho mejor así, porque te mantiene al borde tu asiento–hablando generalmente–porque debemos orar para que se haga la voluntad de Dios, y eso significa que uno debe estar al tanto de lo que ocurre al rededor de nosotros en todo tiempo porque tenemos que estar seguros que Dios este guiando nuestra relación…yo pienso que es mejor conocer a alguien inesperadamente, en lugar de que uno “este buscando” o esperando estar en un relación…muchas veces hacemos el error en usar mucha energía y tiempo en buscar estar en esa “relación perfecta.” S.G

“Dios siempre esta en control del futuro, y sus planes no siempre son los nuestros. Así que pues una relación que uno esperaba, pues es la mejor.” R.D

“Yo no veo ninguna conexión entre la mas larga y duradera relación con que la relación se inesperada o no. Pero si digo que las mejores relaciones son aquellas que Dios une. Tal vez lo esperábamos, o quizás no.” Enoch Leffingwell

“Hay “milagros” que sabemos que no son “milagros”, son las obras maravillosas de Dios que uno no puede alcanzar a comprender…” M.B

“Yo estoy de acuerdo de que las relaciones que se desarrollan espontáneamente son mejores de aquellas que fueron planeadas. Así como dice el verso: los planes de Dios no son los nuestros. Y eso es lo que debemos tener en mente en respecto a relaciones y otros aspectos de nuestra vida.” S.A.J.N

Si tu has estado en una relación que no funciono, y en la cual construiste varios castillos de paja, pues estoy segura de que ahora sabes que la mejor relación no es la que esperabas o planeabas–es aquella que felizmente aceptaste como un regalo, envuelto en el papel de confianza en Dios.

Porque mis pensamientos no son vuestros pensamientos, ni vuestros caminos mis caminos, dijo Jehová. Como son más altos los cielos que la tierra, así son mis caminos más altos que vuestros caminos, y mis pensamientos más que vuestros pensamientos.” Isaias 55:8-9

“POR MUCHO QUE QUIERAS PLANEAR TU VIDA, ELLA TIENE UNA MANERA DE SORPRENDERTE CON COSAS INESPERADAS QUE TE HARÁN MAS FELIZ DE LO QUE TU ORIGINALMENTE PLANEABAS.

ESO ES LO QUE SE LLAMA LA VOLUNTAD DE DIOS.”

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The Relationship I NEVER Expected

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During this week, I heard one person say that the best and lasting relationship is the one you never expected.

Do you think this is true?

I honestly have been thinking about this a lot, and so I decided to ask several of my friends about their opinion on this matter. (Later when I get more responses, I will edit in their opinions.)

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 “Yes I do think that it’s best when you are not really looking for a relationship…there is something about providence being involved in a relationship that makes it that much better, as it keeps you on the edge of your seat because–generally speaking–we pray for God’s will to be done, so that means we have to be aware of what is taking place around us at all times because we want to make sure that God is leading in our relationships…I do think that it is better to have an unexpected encounter than to have one where you are “looking for” or expecting to be in a relationship…many times we make a mistake in using to much of our strength and time in looking to be in that “perfect” relationship.” S.G

“God is always in control of the future, and His plans are not always our plans. So yes, a relationship you never expected is the best one.” R.D

“I don’t see any connection with the best and longest relationships having anything to do with us expecting them or not. But I’d say our best relationships are the ones that God unites together. Sometimes we expect it sometimes we don’t.” Enoch Leffingwell

“There are “miracles”, which we know are not “miracles”, they are God’s mighty ways, that we can’t even imagine…” M.B

“I do agree that the relationships that develop spontaneously do end up working out better than those which were planned or pursued. Like the verse says: God’s plans are not your plans. That is what we need to keep in mind when thinking of relationships and other aspects of life.” S.A.J.N

If you’ve had a failed relationship in which you built countless straw castles, then I am pretty sure that you now know that the best relationship is not the one you expected or planned–it will be the one that you gladly accepted as a gift, wrapped in the gift paper of trust in God.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LordFor as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

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Le Es Permitido a Un Cristiano Sentirse Con EL Corazón Roto? (PARTE 2)

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COMO FORTALECEMOS LA CONFIANZA EN UNA RELACIÓN MIENTRAS NOS MANTENEMOS EN LOS PRINCIPIOS BÍBLICOS? 

Sabes, aun Dios nos da evidencia. El nos invita a que lo probemos.

Salmos 34:8 

Gustad, y ved que es bueno Jehová;
Dichoso el hombre que confía en él.”

Y como construimos esa relación con Dios? Por la comunicación diaria: oras y lees su palabra, verdad?

Ahora vamos a traducir esto a una relación entre hombre y mujer.

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En una relación, hablas con esa persona especial, compartes tus suenos, lo que te gusta y lo que no, se conocen el uno a otro, y diligente y bien rápido lees esos mensajes de texto que te manda, verdad?

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Y bueno, así como con Dios, esa confianza se fortalece a base de evidencia y pruebas. Poco a poco vas a ver como es esa persona. Durante el camino, van a pasar cosas que te van a dejar ver si esta persona es digna de tu confianza, tiempo, o amor. Y después va a venir ese momento en la cual lo/la vas a poder mirar y saber que puedes confiar en el/ella–pero aun así sabiendo y estando consciente de que el/ella es humano/a, y que al igual que tu, puede cometer un error.

Tu NO PUEDES confiar en un humano así como confías en Dios. Dios es todopoderoso y no te va a fallar. Nombra una vez en la cual Dios ha fallado su promesa. Yo se que no pudiste, porque Dios NUNCA nos falla, y nunca lo hará.

Bueno, ahora…

LE ES PERMITIDO A UN CRISTIANO SENTIRSE CON EL CORAZÓN ROTO?

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Juan 11:35Jesús lloró.”

Mateo 27:46 Cerca de la hora novena, Jesús clamó a gran voz, diciendo: Elí, Elí, ¿lama sabactani? Esto es: Dios mío, Dios mío, ¿por qué me has desamparado?”

Jesús si se sintió con el corazón roto. Se sintió tan angustiado por el gran amor que nos tenia; a ti y a mi. No podía soportar el pensamiento de poder perdernos.

Pero su angustia, no se puede comparar con la que nosotros sentimos. La naturaleza de como uno siente el corazón roto, va algo así:

  • Nunca voy a confiar en los hombres porque aquel fulano me quebró el corazón.
  • No voy a volver a hablar con el/ella porque el/ella me traiciono, y no se merece ser mi amigo/amiga.
  • El/Ella no se merece un ‘Hola” de mi.
  • Lo/La odio.
  • Lo/La voy a quitar de amigo/a de Facebook, y lo/la voy a bloquear.

Ahora mira como Jesús lo mira:

Zacarias 13:6Y le preguntarán: ¿Qué heridas son estas en tus manos? Y él responderá: Con ellas fui herido en casa de mis amigos.”

Apocalipsis 3:20He aquí, yo estoy a la puerta y llamo; si alguno oye mi voz y abre la puerta, entraré a él, y cenaré con él, y él conmigo.”

Juan 15:13Nadie tiene mayor amor que este, que uno ponga su vida por sus amigos.”

Lucas 12:7 Pues aun los cabellos de vuestra cabeza están todos contados. No temáis, pues; más valéis vosotros que muchos pajarillos.”

Isaias 54:10Porque los montes se moverán, y los collados temblarán, pero no se apartará de ti mi misericordia, ni el pacto de mi paz se quebrantará, dijo Jehová, el que tiene misericordia de ti.”

Isaias 49:15-16 ¿Se olvidará la mujer de lo que dio a luz, para dejar de compadecerse del hijo de su vientre? Aunque olvide ella, yo nunca me olvidaré de ti. He aquí que en las palmas de las manos te tengo esculpida; delante de mí están siempre tus muros.” 

Claro que si nos podemos sentir con el corazón roto, nos vamos a sentir tristes y desanimados; pero también vamos a poder perdonar y no quebrarnos porque nuestra fortaleza esta en Dios.

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Mateo 18:21-22Entonces se le acercó Pedro y le dijo: Señor, ¿cuántas veces perdonaré a mi hermano que peque contra mí? ¿Hasta siete? Jesús le dijo: No te digo hasta siete, sino aun hasta setenta veces siete.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are Christians Allowed to Feel Heartbroken? (PART 2)

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HOW DO YOU BUILD TRUST KEEPING WITHIN BIBLICAL STANDARDS? 

You know, even God gives us evidence. He invites us to try Him.

Psalms 34:8 

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” 

And how do we build that relationship with God? By daily communication. You pray, you share and read His word, right?

Now let’s translate that to a relationship.

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In a relationship, you talk with your special someone, you share your dreams, your likes and dislikes, you get to know one another, and you diligently and quickly read those texts and messages that he/she sends, right?

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And just like with God, that trust is built on evidence and proof. By and by you see how that person is. Things will happen along the way that will allow you to see just how true this person is. And then will come that time when you look at that person and know that it is okay to trust him/her, while still being very aware of the fact that he/she is human, and like you, can make mistakes.

You CANNOT trust a human as you would with God. God is all powerful and will never fail you. Go ahead and name one time in which God failed His promise. He NEVER has, and never will.

Okay, so…

SHOULD CHRISTIANS FEEL HEARTBROKEN? 

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John 11:35 “Jesus wept.” 

Matthew 27:46 ” And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” 

Jesus did feel heartbroken. He felt heartbroken because of the great love He had for us; for you and me. He could not bear the thought of losing us.

His heartbreak, on the other hand, cannot be compared to the heartbreak that we humans feel. The nature of our heartbreak goes something like this

*I will never trust men ever again because so and so broke my heart

*I am not going to talk to her/him again because he betrayed me, he/she does not deserve to my friend

*He/she does not deserve my ‘hello’

*I hate him/her

*I am going to unfriend him/her, and block him/her from Facebook

Now take a look at how Jesus looks at it:

Zechariah 13:6 “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” 

Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” 

John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” 

Luke 12:7 “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” 

Isaiah 54:10 “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on the” 

Isaiah 49:15-16 ” Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” 

Yes, we can feel heartbroken, we will feel sad and discouraged–we will cry; but we will also be able to forgive and not fall apart because our stronghold is on God.

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Matthew 18:21-22 “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”