Archive for November, 2016

Dear Friends,

With Thanksgiving upon us and then Christmas, I was pondering on the concept of time. As we all know, we only have a certain amount of time each day. No matter what we do, there is no way to stretch the time and obtain more hours. It is simply not possible.

I am thankful for the time that I have in my life. I’m thankful for the time to be with my family, for the time to do work, and I treasure the time I have in private with the Lord. I pray each day throughout the day and lift up the people in my life that need prayer through the year. But each Saturday, I schedule at least one hour to be with God—just He and I—with no agenda, just a desire to be with Him, in His presence. I take this time sometimes to ask Him for a lot of things (relationships, people’s health, work, wisdom, etc.). Other days, I simply worship Him and say thanks for everything in my life—the people, the things He’s given me, my work, all the books He’s given me, all my talents, and for all the opportunities He’s given me in my life. Yet other times, I take this precious moment to pour out my heart to Him in desperation, despair, anger, or confusion, or sadness—whatever I have in my heart that day. And God never changes. He always receives me with the same love, grace, compassion, tenderness, and mercy. He makes me feel loved and accepted, always, regardless of my sinful nature. I always feel forgiven and as if He extends His hand of mercy towards me. I feel the warmth of His sweet love.

I want you to also feel God’s love because He loves you too. When we come to Him with a thankful and repentant heart, He melts. His grace and love and mercy just flows out of Him like a river. And we are bathed in these deep waters of pure love and compassion toward us. There is so much to be thankful for in our lives even when things are not going our way, even when we see no way out or no way for things to get better. God always has a way that is higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).

So during this Thanksgiving celebration, I encourage you to spend time with God—just you and Him alone. And you will experience His peace and love, and all the gifts His presence gives you. This Christmas, give God the gift of your time and keep giving Him that gift throughout next year. You will never regret it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Dear Friends,

This coming Tuesday, November 8, 2016 is Election Day. This is a very important day for all Americans to exercise their duty and privilege as an American citizen. What an amazing privilege it is to vote. Having lost my country of origin, Nicaragua, to communism during the years 1979-89 where citizens lost their right to vote, I don’t take this privilege for granted.

Unfortunately, this time, Americans are not only disappointed but also confused like never before as to who to vote for. A political science professor I heard speak recently at an event, said that this year Americans are “the most polarized ever,” meaning, they have become extreme Republicans or Democrats. There is no middle ground anymore and there are less than ever States that are considered “swing States.”

I am so sad to see that we have come to the two candidates we now have for each party. I’m even sadder to realize that if we had a true leader in the midst, someone who would be an amazing leader and president for this nation, he or she may not be able to run unless they are a billionaire or, at a minimum, a millionaire. Furthermore, even if she or he would be a billionaire and had the money to invest (and be willing to lose) in order to run, she or he may not want to expose herself/himself to the scrutiny that comes with running. He or she may not want to expose the family to the criticism and horrible attacks that come from all over the country—and the world.

But in the midst of the confusion we keep forgetting that God can work with and through anyone He chooses to work with and through. He can use whoever is in power to continue His plans for the world, this country, and for each of us. We, as Christians, have two major responsibilities: 1) VOTE, and 2) PRAY. Pray for our nation; pray for grace and forgiveness. Pray for our leaders at every level. Pray for wisdom to do the right thing and to vote for the right candidate. Once we fulfill our duty, then we need to TRUST God that He is in control. That’s all we can do.

So today, I encourage you to exercise your privilege and right to vote while you still have it. You still have the freedom to vote while others in other countries have lost that right. Do not allow the political views to divide your family, church, and friendships. That’s exactly what the enemy wants! Thank God for FREEDOM and go vote!

God bless you all!


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