Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Prayer For The New Year...

My Prayer For The New Year

Dear Lord,

As I think about the coming year Father, and how busy I'll be with exciting new projects, I ask Lord that you will always guide me, protect me, lead me, shape me and mold me. Lord, instead of feeling overwhelmed I want to hold your hand tight and to be close to your heart. All I need is to love you.

As I'm praying I think of the song, "Lead Me to the Cross." Help me to never take your love and grace for granted. Take me to the cross. When I think about the cross, I'm once again thankful for what you've done for me and ultimately that's all it matters.

Bless and protect my family, friends and blog readers all over the world, Lord. I thank you for those who are reading my blog in Russia, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, Malaysia, Nicaragua and the U.S. May they know you and love you more each day. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen!

Have a blessed and prosperous New Year! My next blog will be about being completely forgiven..."A Clean Slate...A Fresh Start!"

For His Glory!

Guadalupe :)

p.s. if you have a prayer request, please write it down in the comment box and I'll be happy to pray for you!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Best Christmas Present Ever!!!


Today is December 24th. It's 11:35 a.m. in California. In a few hours all over the world, some people who celebrate Christmas will be opening gifts. If you believe Jesus is the Son of God and was sent by God to save us from our sins then you have already received and opened the greatest gift of all...Jesus Christ!

I say it's the best because it involves total forgiveness, salvation, hope, joy, peace and everlasting life. I wrote a book where I share about the great love of God as well as my journey with Him. I suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and fear in my mid-twenties. I had lost my faith in God. After studying the Word of God for twenty-four years, reading the entire Bible, and many questions and research, I finally discovered His unconditional love.

I learned that this precious gift is free. It can't be earned by good works and deeds. It is obtained by faith and grace alone. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast."

If you say you are a good person and don't need to be saved, Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." That's all of us! Have your ever lied, stolen something, had pride, envy, lust, hatred...God is Holy and I thank Him that He sent His only Son to become sin for us and take our punishment. The punishment for sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life. I can go on and on to try to explain salvation and eternal life to you through Scripture verses. I do this in my book, "How to Love God with All Your Heart - A Personal Journey & Testimonial Bible Study Guide," which is available on Amazon.

Today, if you want to open the best gift of all, on December 24th, all you need to do is admit that you're not good enough compared to a Holy and perfect God. If you are tired of living a life without hope then come to Him, just as you are. Confess your sins to Him. Through Jesus' death on the cross we have direct access to God in our prayers. Jesus is our Mediator. The Bible says that if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, we will be saved (Romans 10:9). I invite you to say this prayer to receive your "free gift." The Word of God says that when you do, you cross from death to life (John 5:24), your name is written in the Book of Life (Revelation 3:5) and to those who believe they receive the gift of eternal life. John 3:16-17 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Here is your gift, but you must receive it or the gift will not have an owner. You can open this gift by saying this prayer:

Lord Jesus, I believe by faith that you are the Son of God
That you died for me on the cross
And that God raised you from the dead.

I repent of all my sins... even the ones that I have already forgotten.

I surrender to you!

I invite you to come into my heart
as my personal Lord and Savior.

Thank you for washing away all of my sins
and thank you for your gift of eternal life.

Please help me to follow you
and to do your will
all the days of my life!

It is in your Name, Lord Jesus that I pray. Amen!!!

Sign & Date

If you said this prayer, I welcome you into God's family. You may fail again, but now you have His Holy Spirit living inside of you, to guide you, protect you, and help you to resist temptation, if you ask Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

On my next blog, I will write more about His forgiveness, His love and His help in living the Christian life. We're not left alone or helpless. I'm praying for you!

(To be continued...)

p.s. If you said the prayer above or recommitted your life to Christ, please leave me your comments. God bless you!

Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas! :)


Thursday, December 8, 2011



Growing up I thought Christmas was supposed to be the happiest day of the year. The magical idea that a very generous person named, Santa Claus would bring me many presents was a little girl's delight. I counted the days. Opening the gifts I wrote about on my Christmas list and eating the special meal with my family would bring me the ultimate joy I was seeking.

My expectations of a happy day had been high the entire month. Opening gifts, eating a delicious dinner with my parents and sisters and lighting a few fireworks in Nicaragua didn't create the magic I hoped for. I thought, "That's it? This is what I waited for so long?" Don't take me wrong, I enjoyed the gifts, my family, the meal, but I still didn't have the deep joy I had anticipated.

Later on, I was married and had two boys. They also were excited about Christmas, but only hours after opening gifts, the boys were fighting and didn't seem happy or grateful. I heard my sons expressing what next toy they were eager to obtain just days after they opened all of their presents. I said, "This is going to change!" The following year the number of toys were reduced and we gathered as a family to thank God for the birth of Jesus and the precious gift of eternal life. Nowadays, we do not exchange gifts around Christmas. We give our two grown-up sons cash so they can buy what they want. We go to the Christmas service together and have a wonderful meal. Christmas is everyday of the year in our hearts! A few years ago the highlight of my Christmas was to sing and praise God in the Christmas Choir at church. I finally felt the warmth of God's love filling my empty heart.

I personally like the gift of friendship and time more than shopping for gifts. I love to go out to lunch or coffee with friends and family. My Christmas is peaceful because I don't have a long list of things to do. Several years ago I told my mother, "You know what I want for Christmas, mom? She said, "What honey?" I replied, "Nothing, please don't buy me any presents. I have everything I need and I don't want you to spend money. Let's instead go out to lunch and relax."

There are people who love crowds and the excitement of  a packed mall energizes them...that's ok...go for it! But, if you're like me, then don't let other people decide how to spend your Christmas. May you be filled with the love of Jesus and enjoy a relaxed and safe Christmas!

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord." - Luke 2:11

Jesus came to save us...that's what Christmas is all about! :)