Sunday, October 4, 2009

My Heart for Nicaragua

I see it has been a while since my last post. God has blessed me beyond belief. I am so happy being the Assistant Director of Care and Recreation at Mission Hills Christian School. The kids are so stinking cute, and bless me so much. I am being ministered to daily through everything in my life. As you know I have been praying about going to Nicaragua and God completely opened the doors for Meredith and I. Meredith's dad Ted, ran into Gerardo the pastor who has taken me on every past trip to that amazing village. He and his wife Rorie had been praying about going to Limay for a missions trip the exact time we were. By the grace of God we are officially going down December 23- January 1st. God has given me a heart for the mission field. The village of San Juan de Limay holds a special place in my heart. I am so extremely blessed to be given another opportunity to serve in San Juan De Limay once again. Romans 14:19 says, “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.” Our desire is to spend some time ministering with the Pastor and his family and also the brothers and sisters in the church. We will be doing some needed maintenance around the church building such as painting, replacing of roofing material, and wall repairing. We have plans to bring supplies for the children’s ministry. We are also blessing the church with a Christmas dinner.

In part of His divine providence and perfect will for my life, He has blessed me tremendously with the opportunity to return. I trust in the knowledge that God provides spiritually, physically, and financially. Resting in the fact that this is God’s will for me, Please pray for my team, for our safety, well-being, that we would have hearts after God own heart and that we would Glorify and Honor our Precious Lord in everything we do. I am so excited! This will be my 6th trip down to Nicaragua... He is so sovereign and worthy of so much praise!

In His Grace,


Priscilla

Monday, July 13, 2009

A special place in my heart.

I feel like God has blessed me with a love for missions. I love to go overseas and minister to people who are lost, people that have never experienced that same joy and love I get from Christ and Christ alone. The wonderful brothers and sisters I have met there. Fellowshipping with them, ministering to them and being minister to. Seeing how God has been and continues to work in the lives of the people of San Juan De Limay. Nicaragua, I have such a heart to serve there... Which is why Meredith and I are praying about going back right after Christmas for 2 weeks or so. We have a good friend who is a full-time missionary in the capital and has offered to take us to the village we have a desire to serve in. The last time I served there was in 2005. I am so extremely blessed and thank my Lord and Savior for allowing me to have served in that country a handful of times, and I pray if it is His will for me, I will be able to serve once again in 5 months!



I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,

for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete [it] until the day of Jesus Christ;

just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.

For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:3-8
 







Sunday, June 28, 2009

no body, no self, just my God.

I am currently reading Taste and See: Savoring The SUPREMACY of GOD IN ALL of LIFE. By : John Piper
The book contains 140 devotions, I read this one last night and it really ministered to me.

~15~
-Her body, Her self, and Her GOD-

They looked at diaries from the 1830's to the 1990's. In the nineteenth century and early twentieth centuries, girls' diaries focused on 'good works' and perfecting the character. In the 1990's girls wrote on 'good looks,' and on perfecting the body.

A diary from 1892 says, "Resolved... to think before speaking. To work seriously. To be self-restrained in conversations and actions. To be dignified. Interesting myself more in others."

A diary from 1982 says, "I will try to make myself better in anyway I possibly can with the help of my new budget and baby-sitting money. I will lose weight, get new lenses, already got a new haircut, good makeup, new clothes and accessories." 

The diary entries are completely different and really made me think. The first one is based on "good works" and the other to "good looks." 

The Bible describes what God wills for women.

" That the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,
but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works."
 1 Timothy 2:9-10

"Do not let your adornment be merely outward--arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel--
rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,
as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror."
1 Peter 3:3-6

Looking that these verses I realize both entries focus on self. It is so sad to come to the conclusion that I fall under both entries. I am so selfish all the time... wanting to always improve myself. Always wanting to seek the approval of man. How many times do I look in the mirror with the thoughts of does my makeup look good, or is my outfit cute? Who cares seriously? Have we become that shallow of human beings?

The biblical starting point in dealing with the fear of looking unacceptable to God. Does a woman "hope in God" or hope in the approval of men(and other women)? This is the key to "not being frightened by any fear". This is the key of being free from the bondage to the mirror. 

The biblical goal in life is to express the all-satisfying greatness and trustworthiness of God. Expressing God, not self, is what a godly woman want to do. With God at the center-like the "sun," satisfying a woman's longings for beauty and greatness and truth and love- all the "planets" of food and dress and exercise and cosmetics and posture and countenance will stay in their proper orbit. They say if this happens, the diaries of the next generation will probably go beyond looks and character and speak of the greatness of God and the triumphs of His grace. 
Lord I pray that that in this next generation we would speak of how great you are oh Lord, how mighty you are oh God, and that we would stand in reverence and awe of You our Sovereign King.

I recently heard some things that got me thinking, and to the point where I desire and long for these:

~Finding your worth in God. 

~Do we love what God loves? Do our hearts look like Gods heart? 

~Lord break my heart for the things that break Your heart.

and i've found two purposes in life...

~ to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

~love Him, love others, and serve the world.













Friday, June 12, 2009

Barista No More.

A customer gave me a card today and in there she wrote... "Find something you love to do, and you'll never have to work a day in your life." I loved her quote!





Today was my last shift as Starbucks. When I first put in my last day date about three months ago I was so excited to quit starbucks. After working there for four and a half years, I was ready. I kept thinking about how sick I was of that place. Within the last week emotions started to change. I was actually getting sad about leaving. I woke up yesterday not wanting to go in to my last day because I knew it would all be over. Four and a half years is such a long time, I look back on all the amazing memories and wonderful friends I have made through all those years. I have been so incredibly blessed and thank God for all of that and in the fact that I had a job! Some of the best times were experienced behind the counter:

Amazing memories:
Countless lid throwing wars/whip cream wars (ask Vianca I sprayed it into her hair bun); dance parties in the backroom; mocha explosions that end up with mocha all over your face, hair, arms, and clothes; one time I went to put whip on a caramel frapp and it exploded in my face… I mean it covered my entire face…I was wearing glasses that day and when I took them off all you could see were my eyes… so great; and so many other times that end with you laughing so hard your stomach hurts and you can't breathe.

The wonderful friends I made and the friends I had but made those relationships so much sweeter... just to name a few:
Angela- She is the one who first got me the job, out of all the years I worked there, we worked together 3.5 of those. I ended up at the same store as her, we opened together Monday through Friday for 3 months straight. We had 4am chats and they were amazing. God glorifying discussions and discipleship took place every single morning. Our friendship has blossomed so much from that time the Lord provided. Such a blessing!


The Felten Clan- goodness how I love all these guys! They are like family to me :)




I look back on how much I have grown up and changed over these years! Through some experiences at starbucks God has used them to mold me into the woman He wills me to be, I am so happy!

Although I won’t be asking if you’d like room for cream anymore… I am going to miss those I worked with, and the spectacular customers I met there! Time to retire that green apron.



My entire life is changing right now, from a new job as Assistant Director of care&recreation at Mission Hills Christian School down to my friends and people in my life. I am so excited for this new chapter and season in life. I praise You oh Lord for all You do in my life.

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 118: 1

-And take my life, let it be everything, all of me
Here I am, use me for Your glory
In everything I say and do, let my life honor You
Here I am living for Your glory
The road I’m on that leads nowhere without You
And the life I live that finds meaning and surrender
In view of God’s mercy, I offer my all
Seeking first the Kingdom of my Lord-

Monday, June 8, 2009

Jehovah Sabaoth

I need to pray and wait on God.
I need not to want my will for my life,
but want the will of God for my life.

-for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God- Romans 3:23

Precious Lord give me patience. For you are my stronghold.

-The LORD [is] good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.- Nahum 1:7

Your will is perfect for my life. You know my rising
up and my lying down.

-You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For [there is] not a word on my tongue, [But] behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.- Psalm 139:1-3

Your divine providence in life is perfect and You oh Lord know when. 

Jehovah Sabaoth- The Lord of Hosts of heaven will always fullfill His purposes, even when the hosts of His earthly people fail.
-The LORD of hosts [is] with us; The God of Jacob [is] our refuge. Selah- Psalm 46:7

Saved by Grace by such Sovereign God.





"For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,

not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,

that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life." Titus 3:3-7



God in my laughing 
There in my weeping 
God in my hurting 
God in my healing

Be my everything 
Be my everything 
Be my everything 
Be my everything 


Christ in me 
Christ in me 
Christ in me the hope of glory 
You are everything

Sunday, June 7, 2009

1920's Murder Mystery Party

We had a party for Jordan, Adam, and Chelsea to celebrate their birthdays! The party was a hit... check out this video.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Walk By the Fruits.

" 13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another

14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish

18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told [you] in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another."

Galatians 5:13-26

Greg Laurie said, “If you are a Christian, then people should be able to look for—and find—fruit in your life. Why? Because a disciple of Jesus Christ will produce spiritual fruit. Jesus said, " 'My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father'" (John 15:8 NLT). Jesus also said, "'By their fruits you will know them'" (Matthew 7:20 NKJV).”

The Bible gives us different pictures as to what "bearing fruit" means. For example, praising and thanking God is a way of bearing fruit in our lives. Hebrews 13:15 says, "Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name". When you praise God, that is bearing fruit. We don't praise God only when we are in the mood. Rather, we praise God because He is worthy of our praise. Our word, "worship," comes from the old English form, worthship. We praise that which is worthy. Therefore, we don’t praise God because we feel like it. We praise God because He deserves our praise. When we do this, we are bearing fruit. What we say is also a type of fruit in our lives. Jesus said, "'A good person produces good deeds from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil deeds from an evil heart. Whatever is in your heart determines what you say'" (Luke 6:45). When you are a true Christian, it will be reflected by what you say. This is bearing fruit as well.

John Piper brings up another topic I want to be more knowledgeable about. "God never urges himself to be good," said Edward Carnell in Christian Commitment. Because he is good. That is, his nature always inclines irresistibly toward righteousness. God is never torn by evil motives. God is light and in him is no darkness at all. So he does not need to be reminded about the duty of his deity. No one needs to say, "Now today, God, mind your manners, do what's right, avoid evil, remember the ten commandments." When a person is good from root to branch, he does not need to be told to be good. His goodness grows like fruit on a tree. This means that Galatians 5, along with the whole New Testament, stands as a perpetual reminder of our moral depravity. God never urges himself to be good, but he never ceases to urge us to be good. And so he testifies continually to us that we are not good—the root is not wholly pure. Do we spontaneously and naturally and consistently humble ourselves and serve others in meekness and kindness? Do right attitudes and actions come out of us as naturally as light and heat come out of the sun? We know they don't. God knows they don't. And so we must be reminded of what is right—what it is that can keep you from inheriting the kingdom.

They are both so correct, He never ceases to urge us to be good. If we walk in the Spirit and live by the fruits of the Spirit; which are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, we would automatically produce fruit. I definitely struggle with self-control in silly things that don’t matter, that is definitely something I would love to obtain, and having peace knowing everything is in His control. Also steering clear works of the flesh... For acts like that do not inherit the kingdom of heaven. Sincerely knowing God as our Savior and Lord, and having a deep relationship with Christ we should have fruit produced within our lives. Living a life and having a mind set of thoughts that Honor and Glorify God in everything will produce this fruit. I like how he says We don't praise God only when we are in the mood. Rather, we praise God because He is worthy of our praise. I love this. Our Adonai is so so good and worthy of our Praise!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

To my Jehovah.

Let our voices rise like incense

Let them be as sweet perfume

Let our praises fill the temple

Hallelujah's ringing ever new


Holy, Holy Is the Lord Almighty

Holy, Holy Is the Lord our God.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

It's not that I don't care anymore...I still do.

I have always thought of friendship/relationships that drift apart to be super sad. I look back on those people in my life that have sort of just drifted away and it isn't really sad. I look upon all the wonderful memories I shared with them, and where I am in this point of my life. I realized I Glorify God much more so without certain relationships being as close as they were. As hard as the last few months have been for me, I am satisfied in the way my life is changing. He is so good to bring other people in my life that continue to bless me daily. God knows why you are where you are in all parts and seasons of life. He calls us to certain situations to minister and be ministered to. Sometimes as hard as it is, you realize you are being called to be used in other aspects of your life, but used for His Honor and Glory, and that is what give me peace. It is not that I don't care... I continue to pray for these people all the time. I know He allows seasons of certain relationships/friendships to mold His children more and more into the image of His Son. I see His Divine Providence in my life and can not help but Praise Him. I know He has allowed me to experience the things I have to become a woman after God's own heart.



"You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created." Revelation 4:11

Sunday, May 3, 2009

i think the only time a fart is cute is when little kids do it.

I have been babysitting for this family for about 3 or 4 years now and the kids are growing up so fast! I usually pick up the little boy from kindergarden and last thursday the funniest thing happened. We get into the car and before I pull out I experience the best thing all week. (Mind you he is 5.)

"Priscilla, You can't tell anybody this!!"
"Okay what?"
"PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF"
"HAHAHA"
"Oh man I have been holding that in for like 5 minutes!!"
"HAHAHAHA"

Little kids are so stinking cute!

So this begins our adventures for the day:

We arrive home and have lunch. Then go over to the neighbors house to play with his little friends where they played Sega which was amazing! I remember playing Sonic as a child, so good. And a classic UNO, but not the classic, its the spin one which is not even as wonderful as classic uno. Still fun though.





These kids together have a total of about 5 of those sweet battery operated cars. You know the ones you envy every other kid in America that seemed to have one but you. I wish the weight limit wasn't 70lbs cause I would totally kick the kids off and ride that the whole time I babysat. Instead I supervised, those things are kind of dangerous, especially when they decide to play bummer cars with the kid who is on a razor scooter.



The fact that I get paid to color, play legos, play wii, and every other fun kid activity is amazing. I love it. I feel like a kid again.




So these kids do not know how great of a backyard they have! It is a hill o' fun. They have one of those mini cable bridges, you know the tarzan one from disneyland? Yeah I know, amazing. Tree houses, swings, tetor totters, slides, and so much other fun stuff.





I love babysitting those kiddos, they are such cutie pies :)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

pris-SILL-ah

A friend laughed at me because I guess my name means old woman/ancient. Haha everyone who knows me says I am such a Grandma, I guess it fits...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Reasons why its fun being mexican.

I have decided I need to blog more about my life and what happens in it because i tend to have the most random things happen. And I'm sure others would appreciate a good laugh now and then...


Haha. We always have a good time.
Here is my List of Reasons:

1. So many family members, 38 first cousins alone, you always have someone to hangout with!


2. My Abuelita- Probably the sweetest lady ever. She is so cute and has such a love for the family. She calls me her Princessa. Always welcomes anyone who comes into her home and ready to feed them! Definitely someone I look up to. I love and adore my grandma.


3. Sayings like the following: "That's Mines", "Chut up la Boca", You Member when...", "I Know Huh", and my one my cousin is famous for saying "Save Me Some." anytime we are eating.

4. My aunts speak perfect english yet manage to butcher the following words:
  1. Banilla: Vanilla
2. Sneak-ers: Snickers
3. Porch-es: Porche
4. Sharly Sheen: Charlie Sheen
5. Ceasars: Scissors
6. Sherman of the Board: Chairman of the boards.
7. Burr-ly: Barely
8. Ask: Axs
9. Sherman Shepherd: German Shepherd 
10. Dramatized: traumatized
11. Shares- Chairs





5.
The Music! I LOVE Mexican Music, all types. I will have time at my wedding to dance, because at Fiesta we dance all night!!




6. The Facts: Putting "vics" on your chest when your sick, you are scared of getting hit with the "chancla", you love "bolees" and you are afraid of the "cucuy". Reminds me so much of my childhood.

My family is referred to as "white washed" but no matter what I still have my roots and I will always love being mexican. We have been through so much together, it makes us stronger, and we are there for each other no matter what. My family always has so much fun in everything! I love them!





** You have to watch this, so funny! And if you get a chance and want to see something hilarious look up (George Lopez- Why you Crying) on youtube.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Dead Fish.

Sunday morning my brother and I found his beta fish "dead" on the floor before leaving for church. My brother is a tardo and filled the bowl to the rim with water... it must have jumped out and fallen about 3.5 feet. As he is picking it up he thinks he sees it move and throws it back in the bowl. I come in his room later in the afternoon to find it swimming. So I renamed him Lazarus.

Monday, April 27, 2009

My Friends are Fun.

I have hung out with Blythe and Chelsea a couple times the last few days and they are so fun. I missed them so much. Here is a few examples of the excitement we had:



I'm READY!!
Blythe bought me a N*SYNC cassette.
We all wants Fish Tanks after visiting Pet's Mart.
They sell Mexican Candles at the Liquor Store.
One day I will buy us all matching zebra boots.


Chinese Walruses.
Chinese Girl.

Love these girls so much! We might be doing swing lessons too, watch out!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

New Season...

in life. I am excited for some change (new job in July, hanging with old friends more often, becoming a Jr. High leader next year, and more!) Thank You God for all the blessings you consistently bless me with :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

El Olam

El Olam- The Eternal God, The Everlasting God.

He is the Beginning and the End, the One who works His purposes throughout the ages. He gives strength to the weary. Jesus Christ possesses eternal attributes. He is the same yesterday and today and forever. He obtained eternal redemption for us.

Then [Abraham] planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there called on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God.- Genesis 21:33

"Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You [are] God."-Psalm 90:2

"Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable."-Isaiah 40:28

"For since the creation of the world His invisible [attributes] are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse."-Romans 1:20

"But the LORD [is] the true God; He [is] the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation."-Jeremiah 10:10

"Trust in the LORD forever, For in Yah, the LORD, [is] everlasting strength."-Isaiah 26:4

Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as "God" and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God's character. Olam derives from the root word 'lm (which means "eternity"). Olam literally means "forever," "eternity," or "everlasting". When the two words are combined — El Olam — it can be translated as "The Eternal God."

God You are so faithful and so good to us. When are so unworthy of Your the love and grace You gives us... yet You continue to pour Your blessings on us everyday. You give me strength to live each day to Glorify You in everything that comes in my path. You never faint or are weary. Even when we are disobedient to You Oh Lord you are so faithful to leave the 99 and retrieve that one. You are the same today tomorrow and forever. Lord You never change or fade away. You are so Sovereign and God full of love, grace and mercy! Praise You this night!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thank You Jesus

What can take a dying man and raise him up to life again?
What can heal a wounded soul?
What can make us white as snow?
What can fill the emptiness?
What can mend our brokenness?
Brokenness


Mighty, awesome, wonderful
Is the holy cross
Where the Lamb laid down His life
To lift us from the fall
Mighty is the power of the cross

What restores our faith in God?
What reveals the Father's love?
What can lead the wayward home?
What can melt a heart of stone?
What can free the guilty ones
What can save and overcome?
Overcome


It's a miracle to me
And It's still a mystery
It's a miracle to me
The power of God
For those who believe

Mighty, awesome, wonderful
Is the holy cross
Where the Lamb laid down His life
To lift us from the fall
Mighty is the power of the cross

Thank You for the cross
Love the cross
So Powerful...... ohhhhh yeahhh
What can take a dying man?
And raise him up to life again?

Worship You Jesus
By your wounds we are healed
By your wounds we are saved
Mighty is the power of the cross
Thank You Jesus for the Holy cross


-Thank You Jesus for loving us so much. Thank You Jesus for enduring the cross and dying for our sins. You are so Good and so Worthy to be Praised. Glory be to God. Thank You for this day and the blessings you constantly pour out on your children. You are such a Sovereign Lord. I Pray that we truly live to Glorify You Lord God and Enjoy You forever...



These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Saturday, March 28, 2009

blessed times.


















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