New Beginnings

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An amazing and humbling message I received regarding an attendee for the #mythbustergus evangelistic series I preached last month. #hallelujah Many thanks to @jesse_cakes @ceedapanda @movemountainspoetry and the rest of the #vvsda team, without whom this would have been impossible

"Get Pentecostal about that!"


An amazing and humbling message I received regarding an attendee for the #mythbustergus evangelistic series I preached last month. #hallelujah Many thanks to @jesse_cakes @ceedapanda @movemountainspoetry and the rest of the #vvsda team, without whom this would have been impossible

"Get Pentecostal about that!"

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Thoughts From A Cutie Named Shekinah <3

Daily Dose of Contemplating the Cross: what it can do for you…

Last year I was trying to give God my absolute best in ministry. I was trying to do whatever seemed right to do in people’s eyes that would let them know that I was a hard worker for my Jesus. But it got tiring. My heart grew cold to ministry…and the love and joy that I was suppose to experience became bitter towards God. 
So one night I couldn’t take it anymore and I just cried to God telling Him how tired I am of trying to please Him! Then a song came to my mind…”And you’ve won my heart” (At the Foot of the Cross by Arden Cho). Then the question came to my mind…”Shekinah do you realize that God wants to win your heart?” WOW! This entire time I was trying my best to win God’s heart, when in reality that is how He NEVER intended it to be…why? Because He has always loved us and no matter what we do it can never change His unconditional love for us. 
He wants us to realize the concept that “We love Him because (why?)…He FIRST loved us.” 1 John 4:19. We have to realize the concept that the Bible teaches…the concept that love awakens love. 
God never intended us to work for His love…But it is because of His love that we work to win others for Him. Love does not become a prize worth working for, but becomes the motivation of why we choose to work for Him.

So what can meditating on the cross do for you?
"It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross" {DA 83.4}.

The more we meditate on Christ’s loving sacrifice for us—A world who never loved Him—it automatically does something to us…it wins our heart, it wins our confidence, it quickens our love for Him…and then we realize that being a Christian is not as hard as it seemed to be…why? Because duty to a lover never seems like a duty…it becomes more of your lifestyle 

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nothing says hope quite like flowers growing through the cracks in concrete

This is exactly why I always think. If flowers can grow through the tiniest of cracks in the ground (and I’ve seen it happen in the places you wouldn’t think ANYTHING could squeeze through) then why the hell can’t I grow through my circumstances?

just look at you.

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It's Facebook Official

Daniela. Hello? Hello? Hello?
Hi. What's up?
Wanna facetime?
*Connect Facetime Call*
Are you pregnant?
I don't know. It just felt like you had exciting news to share. Nevermind. What's up?
What?! Wait, what just happened??? NO, I did NOT just guess that!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS????
*Scream uncontrollably and panic because I can't hug Gisel. Try to hug my laptop, accidentally hang up call.*
*Reconnect Facetime call*
I'm so sorry. I think I hung up on you in my excitement.
It's okay, love.
Oh my gawsh. Congratulations <3
But you can't tell anybody yet, because we haven't even finished telling our whole family.
Okayyyyyyyy. Let me know when it goes official and public. I don't know how I'm going to hold this one in....
And today it became Facebook official, so celebrate with me, world. <3

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Huge ATPs

I was so conflicted earlier on for my plans for the Summer. I was scared of leaving a job that was secure, partially because I thought I was so off the map that nobody else would offer me a job. Naturally, there were other factors that weighed in to my decision making, but the reason I’m bringing this one up is because only about one or two weeks afterwards, 

I got a [potential] job with one of my two dream conferences. I was crying tears of joy as I realized how it was that God works things for the best. Now, I say »potential« because the job was dependent on whether or not this LMD was able to open up a second program in the conference.

After talking to the “head honcho” of Literature Ministries, Grandpa Larry, I felt even better than ever. He said to me that he would find a place for me no matter what, and that he was just happy to hear that I’d be coming back. So I’ve been on standby for almost a month, but still praising God for even the possibility of a job. 

Then this past week, I got a phone call [of the sorts] with a job offer to Bible Work in the fastest growing church in the Pacific Union (talk about a high calling O_O!).  I spoke to this person honestly. I told them that I am a little hesitant to say yes because of the standby mode for the other position. Also, the only time I’ve ever Bible worked was for my SOULS practicum, and although it was a huge blessing, I’m not sure I did well enough to accept such a big responsibility. 

So this person said to me, “I want you to go where you want to go. I’m looking for two things 1. That you want to be there as the Bible Worker 2. That you’re teachable. If you meet these two qualifications, I’ll take care of the rest. Don’t worry about the standby thing. I know how these things work. If the job hasn’t been made official yet, you’re not letting anybody down. But where do you want to go?”

 ”Bible Work,” I said simply. “I fell in love with Bible Work, and to be honest, I’m looking for some time off from the colporteur summer programs.” 

After discussing logistics a bit, I realized that the only downside to this job would be the pay. I’d be getting considerably less as a Bible Worker than a colporteur leader. I explained this to them and they said, ”I understand. Okay, well, the job is yours if you want it. We haven’t asked anybody else yet. I know you, and I know how you work. I would rather work with you than someone new. If you say no, then we’ll start asking around for someone else. But also, I just wanted to be sure that you were taken care of. Let me know when you make your final decision. Pray about it.” 

We said our goodbyes and I just sat in shock. I can’t believe that just two months ago I was being haunted with nightmares about the summer, and now I have two AMAZING job offers before me. God really is faithful. And seeing that so many people are honestly just looking out for me makes me feel God’s loving arms embrace me in a fatherly hug. 

I still haven’t confirmed my final decision, and have some praying to do, but I know which job I’m leaning towards. I’ve never been one to work for the pay. I work for God. The money is just a bonus. If this is where God wants me, I know that He will provide the money for my school. God will make a way. 

Romans 8:28 —“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” 

And on that note, TAYLOR GOT ENGAGED!!!!!!!!! ”P——T—L, Taylor! P——TL! A——TP!!” Seriously, though. 

And I have one more piece of incredibly exciting news, but I’m not allowed to share it yet. 

<3 Such a good week. Happy Sabbath to all… :) …and to all a good night :)  

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Sabbath Blessing

She said to her, “I really appreciated Daniela because one day she made me read from the Great Controversy. And I never liked to read, but after that day, I was thinking and thinking so much. And so I went home and I picked up a Patriarchs and Prophets and started reading it…  and I think this is good because your thoughts need to be triggered, you need to think about God. Having questions, having thoughts, it makes you grow.” 

And then the three of us sat together and read from Desire of Ages, for the second Sabbath in a row. <3 She was raised as an Adventist, but never wanted to read anything from EGW. And now she looks for me on Sabbath to read together. And it makes me incredibly happy. 

Filed under Sabbath blessing Desire of Ages Great Controversy Patriarchs and Prophets Ellen G. White