Category Archives: Faith

The Bible App for Kids

I have long awaited the creation of a good Bible app for my son. All the apps I would download were not very entertaining or for older kids.

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This Thursday the YouVersion family released the new Bible app for kids! I was so excited and downloaded it right away. Since yesterday was pretty busy, I was not able to get into the app and take a look around. This morning my son found the app while playing on our tablet. He was automatically hooked! I sat with him for a while and I must say I am definitely impressed.

Life Church is behind the  YouVersion family.  The YouVersion Bible is my go to Bible app. It is quick, easy and self explanatory.  The kids app is that and so much more. It covers 7 Bible storys from Genesis to the empty tomb and notates that more stories will be coming soon. Which will help our kids stay engaged!

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Not only does the app read each Bible story out loud but it also provides animated illustrations that move as you touch each one.

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I was also impressed by the way the app challenges the user with questions and rewards. 

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The only thing I wasn’t too crazy about was that I had to download each story. It really isn’t that big of a deal compared to the rest of the great qualities this app has.

This app is amazing. If you are a mom I definitely encourage you to download it for your children!  What an awesome way to learn the word of God. My 4 year old has loved it! Here are some photos of him navigating through it!

God bless you – Moni ❤

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving like I did! I had a day full of food, family and football!  Yay for a Cowboy win! I wanted to share a couple of things that I am extremely thankful for this year!

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I am thankful for Jesus Christ. He died so that I could be alive in Him. I don’t know where I would be without God’s word, his mercy and his grace!

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I am thankful for my sweet husband. I’m so glad to say that I have a partner that truly has my back. It is not 50/50 in our marriage…it is 100/100. We have grown so much this year and I’m excited to see what 2014 brings!
 
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I am thankful for my baby. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me. He keeps me motivated and on my toes. He makes me laugh with his funny stories and he melts my heart with the love he has for God.

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I am thankful for my entire family…both my family and my husbands family. I’m so blessed to have so many people that love us! 

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I am thankful for my church family, Amarillo for Christ. They have all been there for me this year. I love the things that God has done within our young adults ministry!

I am thankful for my job at FSS. I had been searching for a job like mine for so long. I know God had this place for me. I have grown to love the families that we work with. It is so filling to know that we are doing something to help these families be successful. Pronews 7 covered our program tonight. Here is the link to the report:

I am hitting the sheets now. It has been such an amazing couple of weeks. I pray that you and your families are just as blessed this holiday season. Goodnight – Moni ❤

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Bluprint Marriages

It has been such a busy couple of days. I’ve tried to make some time to write a little bit but it just wasn’t happening. With the holidays right around the corner, I’ve been getting slammed with wreath orders (Yay for extra money!), but its taken a lot of my time. Then Amarillo was hit with a minor snow storm on Saturday. I’m not going to lie though, I really loved the snow. image

Despite the snow outside, I did everything BUT have a snow day! During the day I finished up the wreaths and my husband and I cleaned our house that had been slightly neglected for a couple of days.  Oops!

That afternoon we had our monthly Bluprint Marriages gathering.  Bluprint Marriages has been going on for about a year and it has absolutely blessed our marriage. It is organized by our sweet friends Stephanie and  Anthony.  This month my brother and sister-in-law hosted it at their beautiful new home.  Saturday had to be the best BP Marriages I had ever been too. I think we all needed a pick me up before the holidays.  We began with God’s word in which we studied Ephesians 5:21-33. After our study we had delicious tortilla soup that Stephanie made for us (I’m hoping she will give me the recipe soon!).

We had a newly engaged couple join us, Johan and Monica. I’m sure we all thought that BPM was going to bless them, and I’m sure it did; however, they blessed us so much more. After supper, we played a “game” that ended being so much more.  The husbands were asked to rewrite their vows to their wives and we would vote on the most creative.  All of our husbands did an amazing job; however, when it came time to vote it was clear that Johan had stole the show. To see how absolutely in love he is with his new fiancée was so refreshing to the rest of the marriages who had already been married a couple of years. It took us back to that time in our marriages. 

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Through Him I Can

It’s finally Saturday! Whoop whoop! I haven’t gotten much sleep this past week and last night was no different. I have so many things going on in my mind, people to help, parties to plan and my house to clean.

This week has been pretty heavy. I work with low income and high risk families here in Amarillo and with the holidays coming up we really want to make this season special for these kiddos. This week, with the help of a local radio station, my coworkers and I started to plan a huge 3 day toy drive. God is so good to our program. We thought the station was only going to help us do a quick 4 hour, Saturday morning toy drive…but noooo they want to do a 3 DAY toy drive!

That being said, the enemy has really been attacking me. Putting negative thoughts in my head like, “What if we can’t do it.” Or “What if we don’t receive enough donated toys.”

It’s really ridiculous that I would even think such a thing.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14

28 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:

3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

7 The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

8 The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. 9 The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. 11 The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestockand the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. 12 The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.

Wow.

How beautiful is it that God rewards us with his blessings for our obedience to Him…and most of the time we don’t even have to ask for them!

The enemy tries to slither in to tell us we aren’t able…or that we lack the qualities to accomplish…but God is here to tell us…with me ALL things are POSSIBLE!

AMEN! I want all that GOODNESS our Father has to offer…because he is…he is so so good to us.

I woke up with this message on my mind, worship in my heart and the song above in my head…and now I’m a big ball of emotion…good emotion. 🙂

If the enemy is telling you that you can’t, you are not able, you are not worthy, you are not qualified, you don’t have it in you, you are too tired…I want to tell you that YES you can, YES you are able, YES you are worthy, with Jesus you are more than qualified, you are alive in Him, He will restore your energy if you look to Him.

It’s a beautiful cycle.

Live through Him and the rest will fall into place. 🙂

I needed this message today. 🙂

-Moni<3

Lord, I seek you this morning with a humbled heart. Thank you for your blessings…blessings that I sometimes don’t even deserve. I am human and stray from your path often, but Lord you are so good to me that you continue to carry me even when I am broken. Father I ask that you take the reigns of every seed I have in my heart. That you guide me in the direction I need to go. I pray that you fill me with your supernatural energy to live for you every day…that may everything I do glorify your sweet name and that every person I come in contact with be blessed in your holy name and that they may be touched by your Holy Spirit. Lord I thank you. I thank you for this beautiful life you allow us to live. I pray that you help me continue to live it for you. I pray all these things in your beautiful name.

Amen.

Living a Thankful Life

It’s November ya’ll!  I can’t believe we are approaching the holiday season so soon. This year has been a year on ups and downs…but mostly ups. I’ve learned to live…in Him…laugh…at the enemy…and love…just to love. I started a new job. I started singing again. I built new relationships with amazing friends. There is just so much to be thankful for.

I’ve never been good at the whole 30 days of thankfulness on social media.  I usually start late or forget a couple days.  I don’t mean to bash anyone that does it; however, we should be this thankful every single day of the year.  If we made it our mission to post what we are thankful for every day, our blessings would noticeably take over our burdens.

I started a new job this year in working not only with lower income and less fortunate families, but families that are dealing with tough situations.  It was an absolute eye opener and made me realize how selfish and inconsiderate I can be sometimes.

Some families in our community have NOTHING. Parents are sleeping on floors to let their children sleep on the only bed they have. Kids are going to school hungry. Some families are struggling with illnesses and parents are doing without medication to be able to put food on the table. It is a very real truth here in the Texas panhandle.  Although many families in our community struggle for very different reasons I have found one thing they all have in common…they are THANKFUL for what they do have.

I have yet to meet a family that is bitter because of the situation they are going through. I always sense a speck of HOPE and GRATITUDE.  I can’t help but think…Gosh, I’m such a horrible person. I have a home. I have a healthy family. I have food. I have a job. I have transportation. I have so much more than I could ever need…but yet sometimes I so easily let the enemy get in the way of my gratitude. That, my friend, is a sad situation.

In a season when it is socially acceptable to want…want…and want some more, I’m challenging myself to make it my priority to be excessively grateful for the life God has blessed me with. I encourage you to do the same.  I know it will not only bless you but also bless any who witness your gratitude.  I also encourage you to give a little more, not only material donations but give your time and share the love that Christ has shared with you.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

-Moni ❤

Ps. I’m thankful for painted skies!
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Believing in the Power of Prayer

 

I’m a rookie at prayer.
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Don’t get me wrong, I’ve prayed for as long as I can remember (as you can see above hehe), but my prayers were somewhat selfish and with no power of belief behind them.  I prayed…but deep inside I thought that my chances of answered prayers were slim.  Today I realized I was cutting myself short. We talked about this situation a little last Wednesday in my Bluprint class.

Jesus said, ” 21 Truly I tell you, If you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:21-22

Until recently, I hadn’t realized how much I truly relied on God for everything in my life. I only realized this after I began to analyze my earlier relationship with God….a relationship without faith.  I was never really specific with my prayer. It was usually something like, “Thank God I got this and this,” or “Please do this and this for me God.” It was never a heart felt, faith filled, honest prayer of what I truly desired….and that was just for my personal petitions. I had never prayed for anyone else other than myself, family or close friends.

This year has been an amazing year of ridiculous miracles for two reasons.  1.) My salvation. 2.) My faith in God.

This January was when I admitted to myself that I was trying to do things within my own will and not Gods. (Proverbs 3:5-6) 

One of the first habits I changed was the way I prayed. I truly gave every burden, every desire…everything to God. Then things started to change. Bills were getting paid…things were getting fixed…hearts were being healed. My life started moving forward and to this day I haven’t looked back.
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It’s October now and I feel like God is taking me to the next level…to my next season. Although I’ve improved on my personal, silent, in my head prayers, I stuggle tremendously with praying out loud. Which is weird because I have no problem talking in front of big groups or singing in front of people…but praying…that is something that I just can’t bring myself to do confidently.

That being said, I know God is calling me to be comfortable with it. God is placing people in my life and telling me, “Ok now go pray with them.” But you see, my God is so good to me. He’s not just going to throw me out there and set me up for failure, but rather ease me into it and what better way to do it but through facebook!

I want to share a little testimony…the testimony that led me to blog about prayer.

A couple of weeks ago an old friend from high school posted on her Facebook that she was pregnant. I hinted a negative tone and being pro-life I decided to privately message her and remind her what a blessing children are. She explained to me that she was happy about the pregnancy but that the doctor had told her that since she became pregnant while using a certain kind of birth control the she was at risk of losing the baby once they took the birth control out. She was pretty worried and asked me to pray…so I did. You see I have known multiple women in this same situation and they ended up with not so good results. I didn’t tell my friend that, instead I prayed to God trusting that He had both of their lives in His hands.

Yesterday she messaged me with good news! She told me when the doctor went in to remove the birth control IT WASN’T THERE. Apparently, it had fallen out…or something. I know how big those things are and I know it would be hard to miss it falling out. I’m not sure how it happened but God answered our prayer. He took the situation in his hands. I BELIEVE completely that He did this.

I was absolutely moved by her testimony. It reminded me how powerful and how important our prayers for others are. Also reminding me that God has called me to be confident in my vocal prayers for people.

A couple of days ago I came across this photo. It spoke directly to me and the trial I am facing.
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If you are struggling in this area of your relationship with God, I want to encourage you and assure you that as long as faith backs up your prayer, you are already one step ahead.

Be blessed – Moni ❤