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Há três coisas que predominam em minha vida: escrever, cozinhar e música. E quem me conhece bem, sabe que eu uso uso para explicar a vida.

Quando penso na oração, comparo-a coma música. Você que é músico sabe que a pratica é vital. E coisa de vida ou morte jejeje… É sério, é sim! Pode levar meses para ficar perfeito uma peça, e ainda quando está perfeito, se não segue praticando diariamente, quando queira tocar a peça outra vez, terá que começar no zero.

Assim é com a oração. Se você somente ora de em quando, não terá serventia para coisa alguma. Nâo terá resultado. Como podes ser cristão sem comunicação com Deus ? Como podes dizer que está fazer a vontade de Deus se no o ouve ?

Pense nisto!

Se Jesus passou noites inteiras em oração, nós deveríamos passar todo momento em comunhão com Deus.

Querido leitor, não encontro palavras para poder escrever a felicidade quando Deus me responde!

Eu quero que você experimente essa felicidade e também a paz que somente Deus pode te dar.

” Se eu não passo duas horas em oração cada manhã, o Diabo tem vitória todo dia ”

Martim Lutero

Home Sweet Home/Hogar Dulce Hogar 

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Hey guys! I’m back…finally. 😂 

This summer has been travel, travel and more traveling. I had the opportunity of canvassing in Colorado, camping in Yellowstone, traveling to Mexico to visit my family and being part of the NCC Music Camp in Northern California. 

I know…a lot going on. 

Yet, I am so happy I was able to go to all these places. Memories were made that I’ll never forget: I met wonderful people, made new friendships and I also learned much–some of which I plan to share with you in later posts.

But what I want to share today is this: have you paid attention to that feeling of peace and security you feel when you finally get home after a long journey? Well, I had never really realized that till now. I had been away from home for almost 2 months, and when I did get home at last, I sighed the longest sigh: I was finally home. 

You know, I’m sure that what I felt will be felt 100 times more once we reach heaven. Only in heaven will that phrase live up to it’s true meaning: I’m home. 

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Hola amigos/as! Ya regresse…por fin. 😂 

Este verano viaje bastante. Tuve la oportunidad de colportar en Colorado, acampar en Yellowstone, viajar a México a visitar mi familia y también ser parte del congreso de música en el Norte de California.

Ya se…muchas cosas.

Pero estoy feliz que pude ir a todos esos lugares. Hice hermosas memorias, conocí a nevas personas, hice nuevas amistades y también aprendi muchas lecciones– y algunas voy a compartir en otros artículos. 

Pero lo que quiero compartir hoy es esto: le has prestado atención a esa sensación de paz y seguridad que sientes cuando llegas a casa después de un largo viaje? Bueno, yo nunca le había puesto atención hasta ahora. Estuve fuera de casa por casi 2 meses, y cuando llegue a casa, suspire el más largo suspiro: Por fin estaba en casa. 

Sabes, yo creo que esa misma sensación vamos a sentir en grado mayor cuando estemos en el cielo. Solamente alli junto a Dios, esa frase va a significar lo que realmente debe significar: Finalmente estoy en mi hogar. 

How To Be a True Adult

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Being an adult is some pretty serious stuff. Let’s face it, there are some who are physically adult, but the mental part is off because they act like a bunch of kids in kindergarten. I know, I find it amusing to watch as well! 

Okay, so you came here to see how to be an adult, right? Got it. Let’s begin. 

Oh…well, you must know that there are many facets of being an adult. I won’t be able to cover them all here at once, but I’ll cover one of them.

1 Don’t be a people pleaser.

My grandmother used to say this: You will never keep people happy. So just make sure you please the only person that matters, and that person is God. 

She was right.

People will always have something to say. If you didn’t do it, they will be mad because you did not do it. And if you had done it, they would still be mad because you did do it. So here’s what you do: just take your pick. Do what you believe is right, people will be mad anyways. Hahaha! 😂

Bottom line is this: don’t argue like a bunch of spoiled kids. They might be wrong and you might be in the right reason, but you have to be the bigger person. You probably might have to apologize when you did nothing wrong, but if it will keep the peace, why not do it? Why not be a peacemaker? 

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

 

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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TOP 6 Most Thankful Bible Characters

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Another Thanksgiving Day has been added to our memories! Thanks to the Lord 🙂

I will not write about the usual rutinary ‘What Am I Thankful For’ theme. Of course, that does not mean I am not thankful, because I am. I am thankful for God’s patience with me, my family, friends and church family whom I love deeply. But I’ll write about something a little different. My brother gave me this idea, and I thought it was great. So let’s take a look at people from the Bible who were great examples in the theme of Thanksgiving.

#6 JONAH

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So you might be wondering what is Jonah doing here. We usually do no associate the word ‘thankfull’ with him—at all. Instead, other words come to mind, such as #1 Fearful Prophet who needed anger management therapy. Anyways, we tend to think that Jonah deserved to get sucked up by that whale because he tried to run away from God; but have you read the prayer he offered while in the belly of the whale?

Jonah 2: 9-10 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.”

Just think of it…being in the belly of a huge whale…I would surely be so thankful to God if I did not end up getting digested.

#5 MOSES

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Have you ever been so thankful, that you were inspired to write a song at the moment, and the words and music just came to you without even trying hard?

Well, it happened to Moses after God’s great deliverance at the Red Sea. And the song is one that expresses profound gratitude.

Exodus 15: 4-6Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, OLord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.”

#4 FATHER OF THE PRODIGAL SON 

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So the parable is of a son who demands his father to give him his share of his inheritance. He goes and wastes it and when he is broke, he returns to his father. He is dirty, and smelly—and yet his father is thankful and overjoyed to see him, that he does not care about how he is or how bad he smells, but plants a great big kiss on his cheek.

It’s interesting to note this:

Who does the prodigal son represent? Yes, you and me.

Who does the father of the prodigal represent? God, right?

So…can we imply or assume that God is the most thankful person on earth??

I’m sure you and me can both agree that God has many reasons NOT to be grateful for, such as our evil and unruly behavior towards Him. BUT we can see from this parable, that God is truly thankful to see His stray children come back to Him.

#3 MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS

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A virgin pregnancy.

I put myself in her place, and I get scared. Mary was engaged to be married to Joseph, and then she was going to tell him that she had not been with no man, but that she was pregnant? Imagine her sadness when Joseph decided to leave her!

In Luke 1:38, Mary did not seem to be “thankful”, per say. All she said was, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” But later on in the same chapter, we also see that she is so thankful, as she speaks these words: My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.”

Imagine having the privilege of being the mother of Jesus! What an honor!

#2 HANNAH

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I cannot think of a most thankful act, than that of a person who promises to give her son to the Lord.

When little Samuel was weaned, he was taken to the tabernacle to live there and work for in the Lord’s cause.

1 Samuel 2:19Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.”

Can you imagine seeing your little boy only once a year?

Would we all be like Hannah—that when we see all that the Lord has done for us this past year, we can give Him our heart.

#1 JOB

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How can you be thankful and bless God when your loved ones are dead, and everything you have–including your health–is taken from you in one single day?

This happened to Job, and yet he never cursed God.

He said this instead: “…the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

You know, things will not always be smooth and nice for us. Bad times will come; but when they do, may you and I have that strong trust in God that no matter what comes our way, we will still be able to give thanks and smile through our tears.

1 Thessalonians 5:18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”