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When There Are Strong Winds in Your Life - Cuando hay vientos fuertes en tu vida

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We were having two days of intense winds, and I was worried about my neighbor’s tree, a tall pine more than fifty feet high, and other trees in my yard.

My husband had gone to work, and I had the day off. I was still in my pajamas when I decided to move my car to the place where my husband parks his car. I was afraid that a tree branch in our front yard would fall on my car. I was barely back inside my house when I heard a rumble. I ran to the kitchen window and could not see the neighbor's pine tree. It had fallen! I opened my front door and saw my car buried under pine branches. I started shaking and a neighbor came to see if I was okay. He told me that he had just driven around the neighborhood and the only tree that had fallen was the one that destroyed my car.

It’s incredible how everything can change in an instant. Nobody is exempt. A tree destroyed my means of transportation.

Jesus never said that we would escape trials or problems. On the contrary, He said in John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Our environment is full of pain, suffering and difficulties. Believers are not immune. An illness, unemployment, a divorce, an accident, abandonment, sexual abuse, depression or losing a loved one can change the course of our lives.

As believers, we are not free of problems or afflictions. How we differentiate ourselves from the rest, is the way face them. We do not concentrate on our difficulties. On the contrary, we see God working with us through these situations, and we are victorious because we are not alone facing our adversities. “I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.” Psalm 120:1.  

The insurance paid me more than what I expected for my car and a new fence. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” Romans 8:28.

If there are winds in your life that are disturbing your spiritual tranquillity, I challenge you to attend church, a source of nutrition for your spiritual hunger. Let's find refuge in the presence of the Lord. He is the only one who can calm our hearts in the midst of the storms of life. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7.

Joy is not the lack of problems, but the presence of Christ in your existence! What do you need to change in your life to be able to feel joy in the midst of trials? “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.

Estábamos teniendo dos días de intensosvientos, y yo me encontrabapreocupadapor un árbol de mi vecino, un pino de más de cincuenta pies de alto, y otros árboles quetengo en mi jardín.

Mi esposo se había ido a trabajar y yo tenía el día libre. Todavía estaba en pijama cuando decidí mover mi auto al sitio donde mi esposo parquea su carro. Temía que una rama de un árbol en nuestro patio delantero cayera sobre mi auto. Acababa de entrar a mi casa cuando escuché un estruendo, corrí a la ventana de la cocina y no ví el pino del vecino, ¡Se había caído! Yo abrí la puerta principal y vi mi automóvil enterrado bajo ramas de pino, en ese momento empecé a temblar, un vecino vino a ver si yo estaba bien. Él me dijo que acababa de conducir por el vecindario y que el único árbol caído fue el que destruyó mi automóvil.

Es increíble como en un instante todo puede cambiar, nadie está exento. Un árbol destruyó mi medio de transporte.

Jesús nunca dijo que nos escaparíamos de las pruebas, ni de los problemas. Al contrario, Él dijo en Juan 16:33: “Yo les he dicho estas cosas para que en mí hallen paz. En este mundo afrontarán aflicciones, pero ¡anímense! Yo he vencido al mundo.”

Nuestro entorno está lleno de dolor, sufrimiento, y dificultades. Los creyentes no son inmunes. Una enfermedad, el desempleo, un divorcio, un accidente, el abandono, el abuso sexual, la depresión, la pérdida de un ser querido, puede cambiar el rumbo de nuestra vida.

Como creyentes no estamos libres de problemas o aflicciones, lo que si nos diferencia del resto es la manera de afrontarlos.

No nos concentramos en nuestras dificultades, por el contrario vemos a Dios obrando con nosotros a través de estas situaciones, salimos victoriosos porque tenemos el alma saturada de Dios, porque no enfrentamos solos nuestras adversidades. “En mi angustia invoqué al Señor, y él me respondió.” Salmos 120:1.

El seguro me pagó más de lo que esperaba por mi auto y una valla nueva. “Y sabemos que Dios dispone todas las cosas para el bien de quienes lo aman.” Romanos 8:28.

Si hay vientos en tu vida que están perturbando tu tranquilidad espiritual, te reto a congregarte a la iglesia, allí se ofrece una fuente de nutrición para nuestra hambre espiritual.

Encontramos refugio en la presencia del Señor, Él es el único que puede poner calma en nuestros corazones en medio de las tormentas de la vida. “Y la paz de Dios, que sobrepasa todo entendimiento, cuidará sus corazones y sus pensamientos en Cristo Jesús.” Filipenses 4:7

¡El gozo no es la falta de problemas, sino la presencia de Cristo en tu existir! ¿Qué es lo que necesitas cambiar en tu vida, para poder sentir gozo en medio de las pruebas?

“Alabado sea el Dios y Padre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Padre misericordioso y Dios de toda consolación, quien nos consuela en todas nuestras tribulaciones para que, con el mismo consuelo que de Dios hemos recibido, también nosotros podamos consolar a todos los que sufren.” 2 Corintios 1:3-4.

The Ring

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On the second day after my mother-in-law arrived from Bulgaria, she gave me a ring. When I asked my husband to translate from Bulgarian to Spanish, he confirmed what I suspected: the ring belonged to my mother-in-law's grandmother and was passed down in the family from generation to generation. She gave it to me because I'm the wife of her only son, and she wanted me to always have it.

For me, it meant a lot. I had only met her a few hours earlier. It was a very tender gesture on her part to give me the ring right away.

A few weeks later, I traveled to Pennsylvania for my nephew's graduation. After we arrived, we went to the mall with my sister and my nephew's friend. We entered a shop and saw a very interesting ring shaped like a cross. I decided to try it on. I removed the ring my mother-in-law had given me and put it halfway on another finger for safekeeping. After trying on the cross ring, we went back to the hotel.

That night, I went to bed early, and we were very busy the next day. We attended the graduation, followed by a reception. That night, I realized I didn't have my mother-in-law's ring on my hand. I was frantic! My sisters helped me look for the ring in my purse, in my suitcase, everywhere. But we couldn't find it. Then one of my sisters reminded me that I was trying on rings at the store the day before. Immediately, I called the store, but it was late and nobody answered.

The next day before returning to Virginia, we decided to go to the store. I had been praying to the Lord about my lost ring. It was not the financial value but the sentimental value that was important to me.

I prayed, "Mighty God, owner of everything in the world, I know that for you what I ask is not difficult. Perhaps in the eyes of men, it would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but for you, it is possible, because your word says that even our hairs are numbered, and I believe so. Father, you also say that we should be thankful when we request something. At this moment, I thank you in advance because you will find that ring, and I can wear it again. Thank you, Father, because in you I put my trust andyou are my Lord who can do anything. Amen."

My sister saw how hard I was praying in the car, asking with all the strength of my heart and with conviction that I would receive a response from God.

When we arrived at the store, my sister went to the first employee she saw and asked if they had found a ring two days earlier. We were sure the ring was lost there.I asked a young man who worked there. He checked the drawer and said that no, they had not found anything but that he would call his manager.

When the manager arrived, he asked me several questions about the ring. I described it: gold and like an antique. He said that he was sorry but they hadn't found anything.

While I was talking to the manager, my sister and nephew's friend approached the ring section. They lifted one ring and asked me if it could be my ring. When I looked, it was my ring! It had a price tag of $3.50. I ran to grab it. I hugged and kissed my sister and friend and said, "I serve the Lord who is God who makes the impossible possible."

The manager cut off the price tag and gave me the ring. As happy as I was when I found the ring, it was a joyful time for God also.

Thanking God who hears prayers of faith and conviction is what I always do. God answers you.

And I was glad to get this beautiful antique ring back. Our Heavenly Father has joy when you come back to him, because for him, we are precious and valuable jewels.

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Parrot Lost, Parrot Regained

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My mom has two parrots: Morelia and Valentin. They are her happiness. They can sing five songs, three of which are praises to the Lord.

Once, Valentin fell and lost consciousness. My mom provided first aid, and he woke up singing a song from his repertoire: "Christ is coming, there are signs. He is looking to save souls. I go with Him, I go with Him. I don't stay, I go with Him." My mom cried and sang the song with him, thanking God that Valentin had recovered.

Now, Valentin is a very cute parrot, but Morelia is my mom's favorite, even though she has a skin condition and doesn't have enough feathers to cover her body.

When Valentin sings, Morelia joins him with sounds of applause or whistles to the rhythm of the song. In a small water fountain, they enjoy a daily bath.

When they were young, the two parrots were free to walk around the house during the day. At night, they slept in their cage.

However, my mom forgot to cut their wings, and one day a large group of pigeons flew past the house. Morelia decided to take flight with them. Mom was so surprised to see her fly away with the pigeons that she screamed for her to return. But Morelia was gone.

Morelia left a big gap in the home. Valentin was so depressed that he did not sing or eat. My mother cried and cried. She searched everywhere. She went to neighbors' homes and the radio station, even offering a reward. She talked to her spiritual guide about the sadness of losing Morelia. All her friends and family tried to comfort her, but it wasn't enough.She worried a cat would eat Morelia or that people would reject her for being so ugly.

The days passed, and my mom kept praying and praying to God: "Please help me find my pet of many years." But twenty days later, there still was no news of Morelia.

Finally, a neighbor discovered that a family living about a mile away from my mother's house had a very ugly parrot.He told my mom, and she went to talk with that family and explain that she had lost Morelia and how much she missed her. "If you have her, please return her," she said to them.

But the neighbors told my mom there were no pets in their house. Mom returned home very sad, but she continued praying. She hoped that whoever had her parrot would have a change of heart and return Morelia.

One evening the doorbell rang, and my mom saw a luxurious car out front. Two children with their parents were holding a box in their hands. They told my mom they couldn't continue hiding this parrot that she loved so much and had decided to return her. My mom was so grateful that she kissed and hugged them. When she opened the box, she saw Morelia and thanked God for returning her pet.

My mom never lost faith. She prayed all the time, specifically asking that the people who had Morelia would have a change of heart and return her.

Matthew 21:22 says, "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

Every morning my mom wakes up with the singing of her parrots, and together they praise the Lord, singing, "Praise, praise, praise to my Lord…"

Trust in God; he listens to you and will respond.

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The Power of My God

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My name is Jacqueline, and I am a cancer survivor. This is the story of what the Lord did in my life.

Last year I received a call that my older brother had died of cancer after a tough battle that included many operations and various treatments. Twenty days later, I received a call from my doctor who gave me the bad news that I too had breast cancer.

When I had gone in for my normal check-up my doctor found a tumor on my breast that needed to be removed. My doctor took the precaution of ordering an MRI to find out how deep the tumor was. The surprise was that they found 13 tumors in the left breast, and I needed to have a mastectomy.

The news was very difficult for me. I didn't know how to handle this. I was in darkness, and I felt helpless.

But I had to compose myself and be strong for my husband, my mother, my family and my congregation. A few days before the news, I received the same Biblical scripture from five different people:

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." – Joshua 1:9

I asked, "God, what are you trying to tell me?"

Later, during a particularly hard day, with tears flooding my face, I kept repeating this passage. That's when I understood God's message; I understood that I needed to be strong and courageous for God was with me.

After my mastectomy my arm was very sore; I slept with eight pillows. I received a lot of support and love from my husband, Rosen, and my sister, Carola. Many relatives, friends and brothers and sisters in Christ prayed for me.

When my mom came to visit after my brother's death, I told her the news of my cancer. It was too hard to keep my diagnosis and treatment a secret. She stood by me through the chemotherapy and radiation treatments, both very aggressive therapies for the human body.

When I woke up one morning, I looked at myself in the mirror and was devastated. I saw the Mediport (the plastic square in my chest through which they injected chemotherapy), the scar in my breast, no hair on my head, no eyebrows, no eyelashes. I fell on my knees and prayed to the Lord. I told him, "The disease can touch me physically, but it cannot touch my spirit because I belong to you and you're going to heal me. I will serve you with more enthusiasm and will proclaim what you did with my life."

And so, my strength came from the passage above as well as from Psalm 31:3: "Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me,"andPsalm 23:4: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."

I am grateful to God for giving me a second chance. I thank my family for their love and care. I thank my friends and brothers and sisters in Christ from Floris UMC for their love, encouragement and prayers. I am convinced that prayers move the hand of God and I thank everyone who prayed for me. I thank Pastors Tom Berlin and Barbara Miner for their support; they care for the sheep, and I'm one of them.

I am now completely free of this disease, and I rejoice in the Lord. I can tell you, as David defeated Goliath, so I feel that I defeated cancer, which was a giant in my life.

"Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me." Psalm 30:2

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