all together

Having quality outdoor time is relaxing, not to mention costless and you don’t have to invest in very much of anything other than being prepared to unwind, laugh, and have fun. I enjoy my time outdoors just taking in the breath of nature and doing outdoorsy adventures with my kids. What’s so awesome about it, is that it all happens in our back-yard. Thankfully we are blessed with a vast amount of land and watching my kids run around, roll around, and bounce around not only brings joy but it brings memories back to my child-hood days as well. There are so many different things that you can do to enjoy with your kids or grandkids, not even having to spend on anything and most things you may already have in your home. What’s not in your home, the wild will provide.


Kids now-a-days are so hyped up on the newest and greatest things of technology that they are not probed to enjoy the beauty and laid-back comfort around them, nature. Now outdoorsy stuff unfortunately may not be all that exciting for someone who suffers with allergies or even respiratory constrictions, however there are still other ways that you can enjoy the wilds by simply taking a moment out of your day to allow the clouds, wind, and trees to imprint it’s charm on your special heart. Allowing yourself to have some nature therapy is both beneficial for kids and adults because it promotes improvements to your physical and mental health. Enjoying the nature around you refuels your mental capacity to adjust and refocus. It’s nothing like some fresh air and vitamin-D to get you moving through the day. For those that have long-stressful days or even have moments of anxiety, being outdoors is just the thing to get you back into the rhythm of your own drum at your own pace.

A Family Favorite

brown pine cone on white surface

During the fall and winter season, one of the things that are so delightful to watch is my kids picking pinecones. The entertaining part is watching how they paint them and the different colors they use. This is not only a safe and eco-friendly way to explore the outdoors but it’s also a great way for kids and parents to connect with good conversation or just spending quality time. After all, it’s the small things, right? My kids pinecone is displayed here and has some traditional colors from Hispanic Heritage and I share it as part of National Hispanic Heritage month. I believe that it is important for kids to learn about different diverse cultures. Hispanic heritage is recognized from September 15th throughout October 15th and began observation in 1968. Find out more details here on how it is an inclusive part to U.S. history. We talked about how the nice bold colors that were painted for one of the pinecones reflect what they had been learning at school as hispanic heritage was celebrated with games, food, and fun.

Colorful decorative pinecone that happens to be some of the National Hispanic Heritage color palette.

All Together

My youngest child absolutely loves collecting pinecones. I was recently in my backyard and discovered a tree trunk that had an open circle shape. It just so happens that this was the ideal place for my kid to store a bountiful amount of pinecones. Pinecones are significant in its own way because they come from pine trees which represents a symbol of peace. Family being all-together on one accord is such a peaceful way of life and although it may not always work out that way, having God’s peace is the way of life. As my children painted the pinecones together, laughing, and conversing with one another there was such a spirit of unison. In Isaiah 60:13 it says that the glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. This is not only a promise that can be counted on for the church body, this is also a promise that can be counted on with family. That scripture text is saying that the Lord will make perfect everything for his glory and that it all works together for not only your good but for his will. Whats around you, who’s around you, the nature that’s present in your life, the family that’s present in your life, and your identity was all created with a masterplan. With that, there are representations of peace, grace, and beauty that surrounds us. The pine trees, fir trees, and box trees are symbolically represented. They are materialized as such as they are a body, each communing together, “the box tree shall not envy the pine, nor the pine despising the box, they shall worship the Lord together.” -Matthew Poole This is what Christ wants for us, to worship together in spirit and in truth. Worship as a body in Christ, worship as a family. The importance of family is being able to be together, laugh together, cry together, and yes, even be upset together. Taking a few metaphoric pages from how pines don’t envy or despise but are considered all one family is a great way to take a glance at those around you and see if you can say the same.

Get out and explore. Make your own little adventure, spending time with your family. You never know what confirmation a breeze may blow in your ear. If you happen to come across a pine tree, may the peace that it symbolize bless you with the peace of God and may your family be sustained well in the happiness and joy of being all-together.

Biblica Reference: Isaiah 60:13

Photo Reference: Photo by Designecologist and Photo by Mariah Green

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A reoccurring season of trust

red leafed tree near green grass

Once a summers breeze, now Autumn leaves and pumpkins please

In the U.S., this weekend is the last weekend of the year for summer. With the transition of an end, a new beginning awaits. As the summer season is shifting from sunny days, bright beautiful colors emerge, inheriting the cold that gives way to serene morning breezes. This fall season is just the very thing that allures peace and warmth. Now is more than ever such an important time to embrace the ones you love and be thankful for what you have and hopeful for all desired.

With a new beginning there is sometimes uncertainty. We live in a day and time where lots of things are not certain but there is one thing that is true and that’s the word of God and in his word it says, trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. Trust in the Lord. Trust with all your Heart. Do not depend on your carnal knowledge. Acknowledge the Lord. He will Direct your Path.

13 years later…..

Reading back over some of my work from 2008, I came across a note that I asked God, and it says, “God what is my mission for you?” As I begin to look back over those 13 years of my life, I realized that through every storm, every victory, every hurtful moment, every proud moment I was then, already blazing through the mission God had in store for me. I reflected on where I am now and where I was then and it materialized to me how he was preparing me for the next great thing through each and every past occurrence. So it didn’t matter if I didn’t have what I thought I should have or that I wasn’t executing on the goals that I thought I should have finished; it was all a stage or preparedness. As I echoed back over my life from 2008 when I asked God that question to now, I noticed one important thing. I purposely and irrevocably placed my trust in the Lord to carry me from each phase in my life, to carry me through each season, regardless if it was a good ending or a bad one. Regardless if it was a fast start or a slow one. I didn’t comprehend then what I have come to unravel from over 13 years ago, that my trust in God has carried me this far not because of victories or hurt or even loss but because I chose not to give up on a mission that I didn’t have any of the answers to. I chose to purely lean, not in my own understanding but in the Lord’s, believing that whatever the mission he has for me is in-fact not for me but instead, for his glory. And that sits well with my soul.

Does what God have planned to work through you but not necessarily for you sit well with your soul?

How has your trust in God led you to where you are now? Think about where you came from in your life. We have all struggled with something.

How has your faith in God delivered you?

A need to know basis

It is so easy to fall into eagerness of wanting to know ahead of time what the end result will be. How nerve wrecking can it be to want to know so badly. You may even feel like by knowing you can control the outcome. I spent a lot of my years unconsciously thinking that. I spent a lot of my years thinking if I knew, I could counter my emotions. Ever been there? Praise God for deliverance because that’s not the way that God wants us to live. It’s altogether impossible to live a life of peace if you are concerned about how the next outcome is going to be. For me especially, when I feel myself going into a mode of ‘what’s it gonna be’, I know that’s not of God and I’m failing to put my trust in him. For he said unto them, it is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. It is not for us to always know the next step or the plan. It is not meant for us to be in control. God is in control. If you unconsciously tried to take control over the situations of your life, now you know. Just confess that God is in control and the head of your life. Say it with conviction and feel the burden be lifted from your shoulders. He will give you rest. What is meant to be shown to you is given by discernment and your trust that God will. So even if you are short some funds and need to pay a bill, you simply say God will. If you are needing to mend a relationship, you simply say, God will. If you need to be made whole in your body, simply say, God will. What will God do? He will supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. He will do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

By faith…..

Your life is being shaped by your faith. Trust in the Lord. He continues to fight your battles known and unknown. He continues to honor you with his love each day by gracing you to see another day to make a better change. There is a turning point in your life. As you continue to trust and believe that God loves you and has you on his mind and in his heart, you not only will see him fulfilling his promises to meet your needs but you will also receive an overabundant increase to not only be blessed but be a blessing to someone else.

Biblical References: Proverbs 3:5, Acts 1:7, Philippians 4:19, Isaiah 40:8, Ephesians 3:20

Photo Reference: Photo by Valiphotos

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever.

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Quiet means….

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Photo by Johannes Plenio

We are all on a journey and on that journey there is much to do, much to prepare for.

Patience is quiet. Quiet doesn’t mean that you’ve given up. It means you are working in the background, preparing and waiting.

Are you working quietly or are you boisterously loud?

“Be silent in the Lord’s presence and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37:7

Prepare in this time so that when it is your time, you wouldn’t have just made a lot of noise, you’ll be positioned and composed ready for the next step.

All the work and motivated progress that you made won’t just fall on stony ground but on good ground bearing much fruit of hundreds of folds in return.

Be ready mentally, physically, and spiritually.

God is working ahead of you and he is ready to see you shine just as much as you want to. Don’t fret but be of good cheer, waiting patiently and anticipating God’s marvelous blessings.

She, In His Arms

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He will cover you in his arms, with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust. In his arms you are safe; in his arms you are loved.

As she was standing, embracing the view of divine creation, there began a sound.

There was a heavy present sound of rain but she could not feel it. As she settled in her steps just as she was, there began a downpour. I suppose it had no place to touch her, and even so, she was covered.

As she realized her protection under the strong branches of the thick ever green trees, she knew then, that he would not allow even the slightest dismay to scather what is his. There was nothing that could shatter that truth, she was living it. There was nothing that could intervene between grace and a father’s love.

She was covered you see, by his grace and love, from the one that death could not hold. He gave life, his life and sheltered her with his grace because she needed it. Not that she deserved it, but because, she needed it. For when she was weak, he made her strong. He made her live again. He made her whole.

This marvelous God showed her in a flood of rain that even then I AM. He allowed her to see that no matter what may come against thee, he is still I AM. He is still mightier. He is still a keeper. He is still a protector. He is and will always control it all. Even the leaves on the branches that bound together were meant to stop the rain from touching an act of love. He allowed her to see that he loves more than she can ever be loved and even in her own settled steps, even in her own way, he is with her, covering and guiding. Saying, let your smile become bright, let your faith stand tall, for you my child are covered in my arms.

Reference: Psalm 91:4 K.J.V., 2 Corinthians 12:9

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