MARICUZA   24,976
SparkPoints
20,000-24,999 SparkPoints
 
 
MARICUZA's Recent Blog Entries

Faith Or Trust!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

God is teaching me faith and trust.

I had never considered the difference between faith and trust, but I am beginning to understand. Faith is a strong belief in someone or something without logical proof. But, trust is a firm reliance on the character or integrity of another. I have complete faith in God—a belief that he is able. Now, he is trying to teach me to totally and completely rely on him. sometime when I look at my life there are times when I let doubt take control.

I’m beginning to realize that I’ve been leaning on my own understanding. To fully trust God with all my heart, I have to be willing to lean into him when life no longer makes sense. I have to be willing to trust him when life is out of control, when everything of value has been stripped away. I have to learn to trust that God is still able when I am not. I have to trust that every single pain and trial becomes to mold me into his image. I must fully and completely rely on God to do the work. I need to learn to hear his voice and believe what he has to say. To get to the place where I hear the whispers of God, I recognize his voice immediately, and walk in obedience. And, have an anticipation of seeing God show up. Today Max Lucado talk about faith is trusting God. The question came to my heart how much I trust God? Faith or trust? I thank God for His mercy and love never fails. God is teaching me faith and trust.

Faith trusts God to forgive us. It trusts that God will make us holy. It trusts that God will make us effective. Faith trusts that God never abandons us.

Faith is what the Spirit uses to light the fires within us. When the Holy Spirit gets to work inside of us, the Spirit causes an internal revolution the need to take His hand and go forward.


Faith is Trusting! by Max Lucado

Faith is trusting what the eye cannot see! Eyes see storms. Faith sees Noah’s rainbow. Your eyes see your faults. Your faith sees your Savior. Your eyes see your guilt. Your faith sees His blood. Your eyes look in the mirror and see a sinner, a failure. But by faith you look in the mirror and see a robed prodigal bearing the ring of grace on your finger and the kiss of your Father on your face.

How do I know this is true? someone might ask. It’s nice prose, but give me the facts. “God’s power is very great for those who believe,” Paul taught. Ephesians 1:19-20 says, “That power is the same as the great strength God used to raise Christ from the dead.”

Next time you wonder if God can forgive you, read that verse. The very hands that were nailed to the cross are open for you!



  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CIERAPOET 7/16/2014 12:04PM

    emoticon emoticon
It's a blessing to know that when we have faith we PLEASE God. And that faith helps us to trust HIM. Rely and lean on HIM. We are so blessed! Thanks for sharing. Many blessings!
Deb
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
123ELAINE456 7/16/2014 8:59AM

  A Beautiful Blog to listened to and follow. Well Said and Done. Love the Quotes. Thank You God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Sending Good Thoughts, Prayers and Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your Way. Take Care.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RSSSLHB 7/16/2014 7:20AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
AVANELL 7/15/2014 7:04PM

    emoticon Mary! emoticon

Life is a training ground. We walk by faith and not by sight! But God is always right there with us to lead us when we can't see the next step. Faith is what moves us out to follow Him and trust is when we take the step knowing that God will not fail us because He is faithful to what He has promised.

God bless!

emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/15/2014 7:05:30 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
WARRIORFIT1 7/15/2014 6:53PM

    Beautiful, Mary! emoticon And we also know that the way we develop faith is through the Word of God. Romans 10:17 says, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." the more of God's Word we take into our hearts and minds, the more faith will grow and rise up in us! We have to give time and preference to God's Word... I see this in my own life too. If we give too much attention to the world and the problems around us, God becomes small in our eyes, but when we feed our spirits and our minds with the truth from His Word, we are able to look beyond all that is natural and see all of God's promises and possibilities! Keep looking to HIM! emoticon You will become all He has created you to be!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDRALEET 7/15/2014 4:47PM

    Gods way is so different from the way we live in the warld The flesh pride self centered

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROBBIEY 7/15/2014 3:31PM

  emoticon Awesome words to live by!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LADYVOLSFAN1954 7/15/2014 3:19PM

    So true! I have faith and trust in God everyday - some are a little harder but I stop and pray and give it over to God and he takes care of things in His way and His time. I trust God to guide me through my rough times.
I don't know if you believe in Angels but I know they're just a whisper away. All you have to do is ask for them to help too. I pray to God and then ask the Angles to help me too. They are with us all the time. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Under His Wings

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Poems by Bob Gotti
Under His Wings

Whatever, my way, this life brings, I am safely under His Wings,
Under the wings of my Lord, by Whom, my life is never ignored,
Safely under His wings of Love, as He protects me from above,
Through this life I can be sure, in my Lord, I am safe and secure.

Within my Lord's Everlasting Arms, I am safe from undue harms,
Though I may run into tribulation, He is The God of my Salvation,
Knowing I'm free from the curse, life without Him was truly worse,
Truly alone in the darkness of sin, without Grace, granted by Him.

As a dark storm pours upon me, I know The Lord God of Eternity,
By The One, in Whom I'm saved, in His palm, I've been engraved,
Engraved forever; there to stay, as He watches me night and day,
Being never far from God's sight, as He guides me day and night.

The One, Who knit me in the womb, is there should troubles loom,
For all of my troubles, He is aware, as I am continually in His care,
I am always in the eyes of The Lord, this by God I'm fully assured,
With me from the beginning to end; He's my Lord, God and friend.

Under The Wings of loving care, of The Lord, Who is always there,
Every new day, to see me through, all of the things God foreknew,
Also, my Lord knows all that's ahead, so I haven't a need to dread,
Any new trials or tribulation, but, just trust the Lord of my Salvation.

" He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. " Psalm 91:4

I'm so glad the Lord keep us Under His Wings. It's a wonderful place to be.
Thank You Lord:
There is closeness and protection Under His Wings.
There is comfort Under His Wings.
There is Beauty Under His Wings.
There is trust Under His Wings.
There is unconditional love Under His Wings.
There is kindness and satisfaction Under His Wings.
There is worship and joy Under His Wings.
There is grace Under His Wings.

Father, Thank You! You care so much about us that You keep us Under Your Wings. I love the times when I can get up Under Your Wings. I find this is the only place where I can benefit from all this things. Being Under Your Wings, make me stronger so that I can continue growing and getting closer to my Heavenly Father.







  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LJCANNON 7/5/2014 4:03PM

    emoticon Beautiful!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WARRIORFIT1 7/3/2014 5:21PM

    Beautiful, Mary. That's why we dwell in the shelter of His wings! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
123ELAINE456 6/30/2014 10:35AM

  I had Computer-Modem Problems for awhile. So I had no internet. Sorry. A very Beautiful Poem. Love It. Yes we are Under His Wings. Praise God. God Blessings Always. Have a Marvelous Week. Thank You.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RELISA4HEALTH 6/28/2014 7:36PM

    Beautiful. I am so thankful for the cover that God provides for us, His children. I have run under these wings many times.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IGNITEME101 6/26/2014 11:57PM

    This is lovely! Yes, there is safety 'under His wings'~
emoticon for the lovely reminder emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RSSSLHB 6/25/2014 6:49AM

    emoticon blog emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDRALEET 6/24/2014 6:48PM

    They can kill us put never take away our salvation Gods love

Report Inappropriate Comment


UNDER CONSTRUCTION"

Thursday, May 08, 2014

All of us experience change in our lives. Change is the one constant in our lives. There are changes that we look forward to and change that we fear. However, one thing is for sure. Things will not stay the same no matter how much we would like them too. When a life change occurs, we have two choices in how to respond. We can despair that a change has come and assume that things will be worse, or we can look with excitement at the new possibilities that the change presents.

The Lord reminded me today I'm still under construction. I don't need to be in a hurry, because He isn't. He take times to do things right and lays a solid foundation. He is the master Builder, and He knows what He is doing. Due Season is God's season, not ours. Lord help me to look at my life through the eyes of faith. Open my heart to the possibility of understand the great work you are doing on my life and you are directing every one of my steps. You timing is perfect and You are never late. No matter what I feel or how the situation may look I believe You are working in me. Philippians 1:6 " Be confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus".
Thank you Lord for filling me with Your Holy Spirit, I receive Your strength, I receive Your power and I believe Your word and trust that You are leading me forward to press on into the life You have for me in Jesus Name.
I love poetry and when I read this poem I identify with the author and want to share it because maybe it can serve to strengthen others who are "Under Construction" like me.

Because Of You
© Jacqueline Burciaga
Because you picked me up, when I struggled to get through.
Because you healed my heart, when it was thrown and shattered.
Because you gave me hope, when it seemed so out of reach.
Because you filled me with peace, when chaos flowed through my veins.
Because you showed me the light, when there was only darkness.
Because you gave me comfort, when my voice cried out in pain.
Because you reassured me, when the doubts screamed in my head.
Because you kept me going, when there seemed nowhere to go.
Because you sustained me with strength, when weakness became all I knew.
Because you came and stayed, when everyone else turned around and left.
Because you gave me a purpose, when life seemed so pointless.
Because you restored my happiness, when life seemed to snatch it away.
Because you filled this emptiness, when the void echoed with loneliness.
Because you helped me let it all go, when I gripped the tightest to hold on.
Because you showed me the beauty of life, when the world showed me nothing but hate and corruption.
Because you gave me a better life, when the old one fought to come back.
Because I am nothing without you, nothing but a hopeless being.
Because only You could tear down my wall of pride, and instead build it back up with love and humbleness.
Because of all this, I give you my life Lord.
I will put all my fears and failures in Your hands, my worries that consume me, my pain that destroys me.
You were always there, even when I rejected You.
Because of all You are, my life, oh God, is yours.








  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WARRIORFIT1 7/3/2014 5:22PM

    Amen! We will be under construction until Jesus comes! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEISTHEANSWER 5/15/2014 4:44PM

    Terrific blog. It has started me humming a song about this, but I can't think of its title.
Thank you sister in Christ and friend.
Lois

Report Inappropriate Comment
RELISA4HEALTH 5/14/2014 11:31AM

    Amen. I am so glad that God is patient with us in the process of construction.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NBUTLER91 5/12/2014 11:35AM

    Great blog! May God all way's be with you and all of us as we make life's journey.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
123ELAINE456 5/9/2014 12:38AM

  A very Beautiful Poem and Quotes. Yes we are always under construction. We have an Awesome God who will never fail us. In Jesus Name Amen. Thank You for sharing this with us. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. May God Be With You Always. Sending Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!! Your Way. Happy Mother's Day. Take Care.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RSSSLHB 5/8/2014 7:54PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
AVANELL 5/8/2014 4:52PM

    God opens doors that no man can shut. It's our choice whether or not we will walk through those open doors. Never stop believing and expecting for change and breakthrough to happen. God is the God of suddenlies!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDRALEET 5/8/2014 4:16PM

    God puts us were he wants to makes us a lowly broken or grand pot His will not ours

Report Inappropriate Comment
LADYVOLSFAN1954 5/8/2014 1:56PM

    Yes we are all under construction - all the time. We are continually improving and changing. Only our Lord knows what we will become. I prefer to think of set backs as detours to new adventures.
Love your page background. Hope you're having a great day and week.

Report Inappropriate Comment


Do Your Best

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17

We must be happy with what we have and do the best we can in every area our life. Sometime we wish we had a different one than the one we have. But lives is a Journey given to us from God. Everyone of us is unique in God eyes. Nobody have a perfect life. If God wants us to have something, we can trust Him to bring it to us, but first we need to happy and content with what we have and His blessings. "Contentment with life is not a feeling, but it is a decision we must make." Joyce Meyer

Being content does not mean that we are not going to make changes to improve our life. our health, our situation or anything is need to change for be a better person and honoring God with our life. Contentment means we can be happy in the stage in life we are and will do the best we can with what we have, serving God. We need to keep our thoughts in line with God plan for our life. God want us to have a successful life and live with a purpose for His glory.
The question is: How do you feel about your life?

Nothing To Fear
Author Unknown

There's nothing to fear - you're as good as the best,
As strong as the mightiest, too.
You can win in every battle or test;
For there's no one just like you.
There's only one you in the world today;
So nobody else, you see,
Can do your work in as fine a way:
You're the only you there'll be !
So face the world, and all life is yours
To conquer and love and live:
And you'll find the happiness that endures
In just the measure you give;
There's nothing too good for you to possess,
Nor heights where you cannot go:
Your power is more than belief or guess -
It is something you have to know.
There is nothing to fear - you can and you will.
For you are the invincible you.
Set your foot on the highest hill -
There's nothing you cannot do.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RELISA4HEALTH 3/29/2014 5:19PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep Praising. Keep our eyes on the prize.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GENRE009 3/28/2014 10:51PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IGNITEME101 3/28/2014 5:34PM

    Loved this! Great pics, too. Especially the meaning of success! Della

Report Inappropriate Comment
DOTTIEJANE1 3/28/2014 9:56AM

    Day by day seems the way if go . Have a blessed weekend .

Report Inappropriate Comment
123ELAINE456 3/26/2014 9:03PM

  Awesome Blog!!! Love the Quotes and Poem. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RSSSLHB 3/26/2014 6:46PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SINGINGLADY47 3/26/2014 1:56PM

    emoticon blog!!! Thank you. emoticon Judi

Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDRALEET 3/26/2014 1:36PM

    God is fair The warld is not

Report Inappropriate Comment
UMBILICAL 3/26/2014 1:35PM

  Always

Report Inappropriate Comment


Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

"The LORD is my strength"

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Life is the sum of experiences that we encounter as we go through life. Day to day struggles and triumphs are experienced by all of the world's creatures. As human beings, when we encounter a challenge, we have freedom to choose how to react. Every decision that we make leads us down a different road. We will never come to exactly the same crossroads. Every decision the we make has significance.
" O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress."Isaiah 33:2

it's the struggle in life that makes us strong
Author Unknown

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives.

If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us.

We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly!

I asked for Strength... and God gave me Difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for Wisdom... and God gave me Problems to solve.

I asked for Prosperity... and God gave me Brain and Brawn to work.

I asked for Courage... and God gave me Danger to overcome.

I asked for Love... and God gave me Troubled people to help.

I asked for Favors... and God gave me Opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted ... I received everything I needed!

May God Bless You.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LORIVIOLA 7/2/2014 8:49AM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEED2LOSEN2010 4/4/2014 12:52AM

    Very well said. Thanks for sharing. I wish I knew a way of saving this blog on my page so I could remember it often.
God Bless

Sunny

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHERYLHURT 4/2/2014 8:34AM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RENATA144 4/1/2014 11:29PM

  emoticon fr our powerful & empowering blog !!! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOVE_UTOPIA 4/1/2014 9:16AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUDITH316 3/31/2014 3:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon for a beautiful blog...

Report Inappropriate Comment
SAMMI-SAM 3/27/2014 7:34PM

    beautiful blog! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PWILLOW1 3/27/2014 9:51AM

    THANK YOU, I NEEDED THIS REMINDER

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLUEJEAN99 3/27/2014 2:01AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYJEANSL 3/27/2014 12:53AM

  I have always loved the Winnie-the-Pooh quote.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVELYGIRL2 3/27/2014 12:52AM

  that's inspiring. Thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CORNERKICK 3/27/2014 12:38AM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MIMIDOT 3/26/2014 8:30PM

    Wonderful blog! Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWTINK 3/26/2014 5:27PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRSRIGS1 3/26/2014 4:36PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIANNEMT 3/26/2014 4:08PM

    Lovely--thank you for this reminder.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATRICIAANN46 3/26/2014 3:58PM

  This was the PERFECT blog for me to read today. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WORKNPROGRESS49 3/26/2014 2:38PM

    emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/26/2014 2:38:57 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLPRETTYGIRL1 3/26/2014 2:09PM

    emoticon for sharing. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NONNAOF2 3/26/2014 1:57PM

  I loved your blog, each morning I give thanks for being able to live another day! :-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEPTUNE1939 3/26/2014 12:18PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HAPPYMENOW58 3/26/2014 11:21AM

    Thank you! Well done!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NILLAPEPSI 3/26/2014 11:11AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TATTER3 3/26/2014 11:00AM

    Perfect thought for the day! Thanks

Report Inappropriate Comment
LCRUMLEY81 3/26/2014 10:37AM

  Great ideas! Thank you

Report Inappropriate Comment
SONGBIRDPAULA 3/26/2014 10:01AM

    I just love this emoticon emoticon thank you for sharing it!

Hugs, emoticon
Paula emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GIVEUP30 3/26/2014 10:01AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DJSHIP46 3/26/2014 9:44AM

    May God bless you too! Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHOAPIE 3/26/2014 9:32AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHERYLP461 3/26/2014 9:13AM

    Love the butterfly story

Report Inappropriate Comment
JIBBIE49 3/26/2014 9:12AM

    hugs

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROCKYCPA 3/26/2014 8:27AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RSSSLHB 3/26/2014 7:18AM

    emoticon blog emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PENOWOK 3/26/2014 6:24AM

    definitely!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SISSYUGGY 3/26/2014 6:23AM

  This is a wonderful post Maricuza, Thank you. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRYINGHARD54 3/26/2014 5:44AM

    amen. :-)

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEESHAREE 3/26/2014 5:16AM

    Thank you for sharing this with us...

Report Inappropriate Comment
JSEATTLE 3/26/2014 4:27AM

  Good lesson for me today

Report Inappropriate Comment
123ELAINE456 3/25/2014 11:23PM

  Awesome Blog!!! Very Inspiring!!! Thank You for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LBJNIC 3/25/2014 8:17PM

    i LOVED your blog. thank you for sharing. i needed to read this today. someone sent this to me in my sparkmail, and it was shared with me for a reason. NOW I KNOW WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks again.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SMILINGEYES2 3/25/2014 6:05PM

    You have packed so much wisdom in so only a few words. Thank you for putting this together.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KATCHATTEAM 3/25/2014 5:55PM

    emoticon

I recall the story of the butterfly . wonderfully put

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHORTSTORY2 3/25/2014 3:15PM

  This really hit home to me. Thanks for posting. Eileen

Report Inappropriate Comment
KIM22211 3/25/2014 3:13PM

    oh my word~ I had never ever thought about that!!!!!!! thank you

Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDRALEET 3/25/2014 2:55PM

    Life is a teaching us experience Those God loves he corrects

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOB5148 3/25/2014 2:09PM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MJRVIC2000 3/25/2014 1:59PM

    Thank You for sharing this with me. God Bless YOU! Vic.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PURPLEPEONY 3/25/2014 1:01PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
859320 3/25/2014 12:50PM

    wonderful blog

Report Inappropriate Comment
PIXIE-LICIOUS 3/25/2014 12:44PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


1 2 3 4 5 6 Last Page