Are you prepared to die?

I remember the day 9/11 happened. I was working at a call center at the time. All of us were glued to our computer monitors watching the news.  There was silence everywhere,  in shock at what had just occurred.

Pittier, Costa Rica

Pittier, Costa Rica

I could not imagine losing a loved one  that tragic day. Lives were lost. Families forever changed.




Death, it comes in many forms. Not long ago my adult son mourned the loss of his friend to suicide. A precious life lost and a family forever changed.

There is another type of death we need to consider.

Spiritual Death

The word says that Jesus came to give life abundantly, and He died so that we may have eternal life.

1 John 5:11  The testimony is this,  God has given us eternal life, and this life has its source in his Son.

Last week I had the privilege to join my pastor and a few others spreading the message of hope to an area of Costa Rica that has a high suicide rate and the development index is the third lowest in the country.

When our group of 12 arrived, we were  challenged and stretched in many ways.

These beloved people live day-to-day as farmers, coffee pickers, maids, gardeners and so forth. Work is scarce, and it was a privilege to be able to pray, share uplifting messages and bring hope.

Typical farmers home

Typical farmers home

We also distributed  Bibles to the homes in the community. We had testimonies of conversions to Christ, we prayed  for families, and had an overall sense of gratitude with the people.  Even drug addicts received us with open arms.

I am thankful I live in a country where I can share my faith freely without reprisals.

Bible distribution

Bible distribution

I learned  I can witness door to door and share the message of Christ and get excited about it.

I would not want my worst enemy to die without knowing Jesus.  We are living on this earth  for a short time, and  what matters most is where we spend eternity.

We never know when death may visit. Not long ago, my husband´s friend died as he was hit by a vehicle. The day before they spoke on the phone, and the next moment he was gone.

If you are unsure of where you will go when you pass this earth, I encourage you to accept Christ as your friend and into your life,  follow Him and live an abundant life.

When you accept Christ, the day you  die  your name will be called and it will be found written in the in the Lamb´s book of life, and your entrance to heaven will be secure.

I assure you, you will not be disappointed!


The benefits of delayed gratification

I recently read an article regarding delayed gratification. While this term is not new to me, I never really paid much attention to it, much less meditate on the phrase.

As I continued reading the article, this person delayed signing a book contract until he felt he could get a better offer.

It worked.


What is delayed gratification?

It  refers to the ability to put off something mildly fun or pleasurable now, in order to gain something that is more fun, pleasurable, or rewarding later.

I have six brothers and sisters.  My father worked the night shift at a factory, and my mother stayed home raising us kids.  I am sure  by reading this  you could guess  we did not have  extras. We had the basics, and we all turned out just fine.

I remember the trips to the grocery store in  the station wagon. As soon as the groceries were  out of the car and in the kitchen, we would begin eating our ¨extras.¨  We could never save a twinkie for tomorrow, as it would be gone.

I carried this habit into my adult life.  I felt  I needed to have things right away, or else they would be gone, for good.

I associated delayed gratification with poverty and going without, when in reality it is a way for you to receive the best.

Not having and waiting to have the better for your life are two very different things.

I  realized what I believed was a misconception.

Now that I have  a full understanding of this phrase, what are the benefits?

Delayed gratification produces:

  • Patience
  • Causes maturity
  • You will not be impulsive


  • You will  choose to invest  in yourself, and forgo the extras that come your way.
  • You can do without the goodies  that are purchased at the grocery store or the mall.
  • You can  say no to a phone call in order to listen to a webinar, read a book, or study the Bible more.
  • Your goal will be achieved quicker.
  • You will receive the better.

The best part  is  who you become in the process that is worth gold.

I am very blessed as I have an advantage. My husband supports me in my full-time ministry and in my studies, and I am very grateful to him and to God.

I trust one day  make him and my family proud, and to receive the better at the end.

What you should do while waiting

clockUpon arrival at the dentist, I was told to wait as the doctor was running behind with a patient.  The receptionist would  often say, ¨The doctor will see you soon.¨

The word  soon turned into an hour.

Time is precious, especially when one is busy.

I was prepared with kindle in purse and read for an hour.

In life, we wait for something  such as:

  • To be married
  • To have kids
  • Our big break
  • Our ministry to take off
  • To be noticed
  • Plans and projects to go through
  • and more

What about Jesus?

Jesus knew who he was, and yet He did not start his ministry until he reached the age of 30.  I think He waited  a long time to begin healing the sick, casting out demons,   and raising the dead.

Jesus did not step out of his appointed time.

Many times we want to rush into things, but there are other times where a waiting period is essential.

It´s called preparation, and key for our success.

We prepare our entire lives to begin our craft, our dream, our desire, and when we step out the first time, we fail.

Failure is essential for our  growth and learning, even though it hurts.

We get up and try again, and fail less each time.

With each failure, we learn, mature,  and gain insight into who we are and what we are made of.

We step out  yet again even if no one knows we exist.

The goal is to start and go from there.

  • In doing, we become successful.
  • In doing, we become proficient
  • In doing, we become experts
  • In doing, we find joy

Can we start and do something new and different?

Yes.  It is never too late to start pursuing your dreams.

It´s important to come to a place where you can pursue your passion, whatever that may be.  If  you start at a later time in your life  you have an advantage:  many years of preparation and life lessons which cannot be taken away from you.

While Jesus was waiting to begin His ministry, He was not wasting His time, and neither should we.

Spend your time wisely, not letting it slip out of your hands, so when the time come for you to go public, failure will be minimized and you will be noticed.

9 reasons why you should try something new

My husband and I recently began visiting our local farmers market on a regular  basis. This is something new for us, as we would purchase all our fruits and vegetables at our local grocery store.

pitahayaI noticed a fruit I had never seen called Pitahaya [pit-uh-hahy-uh] .  The vendor began informing me about this fruit.  

Rich in vitamins and has healing properties. The pulp can be eaten or made into a juice.  Taste good, stains badly, be careful.

The fruit went in my bag, and upon trying it at home, it was pretty good.

The old me would never try something new. The new me wants to experiment and try new things.

How did I become from being a conformist, to wanting to try something new?

It began when I started to read everything I could get my hands on at a later time in my life.

In reading, I dared to be creative.  I began to explore in other areas. I was challenged, I became hungry.

As a youngster, I did not have much interest in reading, until one day I had this desire to write. I began reading and  learning about the craft of writing.

In reading, I discovered what I had missed all along. Life.

Have you ever been afraid to step out in faith to try, do or say something that is out of your comfort zone?

I have many times. I have failed when I tried something new, other times I was surprised.

In order to grow, it is necessary to try new things. I am not talking about going against a moral code, but doing something new and different in your life that will improve you.

Do something that is not on the menu.

Why try something new?

Some reason why you should.

  1. It will cause your mindset to expand,  learn and grow.
  2. You will be able to speak about a topic and hold a decent conversation.
  3. You dispel fear- you find it exciting to step out into the unknown.
  4. You will continue to be inspired and motivated, and boredom will not be an issue in your life.
  5. You may  find something new about yourself, and may be surprised at what you can do.
  6. You will discover you are successful at something.
  7. You will become energized and will find a boost in confidence.
  8. You will discover your strengths and  weaknesses.
  9. When you experiment, you become successful.  

Are you trying to find  something in your life that will satisfy you?  Experiment, step out of your comfort zone!  

I have found  trying something new for the first time can be a bit scary, but afterwards, it becomes an adventure.

Go ahead, give it a shot.  Dare to try to be someone better than you are now.  You won’t regret it.


How to hear the voice of God

Have you believed God does not speak to you, or you cannot hear His voice?

Have you presumed you are unworthy of hearing the voice of God, or you have sinned so terribly, you believe God ignores you?

The word says in John 10:27 –  My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.


Are you His sheep? If so, you can hear His voice, regardless of your past.

I love teaching those I minister to how to hear the voice of God. It is very rewarding when I have someone sitting in front of me, frustrated and embarrassed because they cannot hear His voice, and they leave the session hearing God.

The main reason for the blockage is the lie they have believed:  God ignores me, I can’t hear His voice, or God only speaks to those in the pulpit.

They may also feel unworthy of Hearing His voice.

The truth is, they have believed the lie which says:  God does not speak to me.

The enemy places guilt because of past sins, backsliding or whatever, when in reality, it is only a matter of teaching them how to hear His voice.

The first thing I do is encourage my client and explain they have believed the father of lies, satan,  and I replace it with the truth.

The truth which  says, you are worthy of hearing His voice, God sent His son and the veil is ripped and you now have direct access to God.

I also let them know they are valuable, and God loves to talk.

Once they receive the truth in their hearts, I am ready to continue.

I have read Marks’ Virkler book  how to the the voice of God several times, and It’s a book  I recommend to those I minister  if they have trouble hearing His voice.

I share with those in a ministry session the four keys to hearing God’s voice as explained by Mark Virkler.

  • be still
  • fix your eyes on Jesus
  • tune to spontaneity
  • record the vision or journal

Habakkuk 2: 1-3.

What I am about to share is the super short version of hearing the voice of God.  I know this short excerpt will help because I have seen it work.

God speaks as thoughts coming to our mind

Many believe they need to hear God in an audible voice. That is not so, it’s through thoughts that come to the mind or even a gut feeling about something.

Sometimes they need to hand fear, doubt, and unbelief to God and repent for believing the lie. When this happens, they begin hearing His voice.

We  begin our listening exercise. I start off with a simple question, my client closes his or her eyes, they focus on Jesus  and I ask them to say the first thing that comes to their mind.

They are greatly encouraged when I share  I heard the same thing.

Of course, this gives them hope and encouragement to continue.

We do several more exercises, and they begin to hear more. While they are hearing what comes to their mind, they are writing this down.  In doing so, I am teaching them how to journal.

Learning to hear God’s voice has evolved for me over the years. Before it was just short sentences, but as I have grown I now have two-way conversations.

More questions I ask God, the more I grow

Journaling has become my way of  understanding problems I face. There are times where I have a misconception about a person or  situation,  or the Lord is teaching me something new.

Journaling has caused me to learn, mature and grow.

Have you felt  God does not speak to you? It is simply not true.

If you are His sheep, you know His voice, and He speaks to you. All we need to do is stop, quiet ourselves, fix our eyes on Jesus, ask a question and wait for the thoughts to come in.

Write down those thoughts, and continue to listen and focus on Jesus. This is a proven method. I understand there are other ways and methods, and that’s fine.

The goal is to hear His voice whichever approach  works best for you.