JusChrist4 – One Year Later

imageHola! Greetings to all as I write. I am so excited to share that this page has been active for 365 days! God is good. I celebrate what God is doing through this gift of writing and for all others that have a call to WRITE upon their life as well.

It is not easy. You face many challenges, fears and constant reservations. Such as,

“Is my writing any different?”

“Does this make a difference?”

“Is there too much redundancy?”

“Is this new and not something someone else already wrote?”

“Is anyone even going to take the time to read this?!”

Well, YES they are! I have received countless feedback of readers and people that I know to find these words encouraging, uplifting and inspirational! I have heard that the words came at the right time. I have heard that God used this as a platform to confirm things in the lives of others. I have heard others say they look forward to the next. And many other family and friends tell me,

“Just Write!”

“Keep writing!”

“Don’t stop!”

Sometimes we get faced with writers block! A start to something and no way to finish. I think what I have learned over this year is whether it is redundant or not–just do it! As you write, the words will spill over. The words will flow. He is my inspiration and He is living on the inside of me to do this. I trust in Him, I rely on Him for the words every single time. Sometimes they are painful words, other times they are sad and many happy entries…but He always brings me to a place where I can recognize in each season of my writing there will always be something worthwhile and wholesome to say that will edify others.

Sometimes people SEARCH FOR WORDS! Like that is a struggle for them. Sometimes people have too many… As for me, most days I have so many that this clearly is a great place for me to release them. Maybe I am too real sometimes. Maybe it looks fake. Maybe people think I don’t live by them. But I know and God knows that there is a change in me. My family knows that there is a change by these words. And my dear friends have also seen the change and continuously encourage me to use this platform.

I live by the Word of God and the words that He gives me….and so I write them down.

I had come to a very broken place in my life once again. I didn’t know how I could ever bounce back.

Then I wrote it down… and I published it! 🙂

Life was breathed back into me. I smiled upon this. Even though many of the words were painful–they were TRUE! They were my life! They were my lessons that God took me through. When He says to do, I have to do and not just what would please me but to surrender all the things that my heart would latch onto in order to get to a place of pure freedom.

JusChrist was what I used to define myself. I knew my identify. I knew my name. I knew my foundation was all about Christ! I was thankful for the name God gave me and will never forget the words of my counselor friend… “Embrace your name and your identity! Christina! A follower of Christ!”

Everything now is JusChrist4! Me and my family centered in Christ! That is key! That is my focus. I am thankful to God for giving me another chance at this and I don’t want to mess THIS up. This is His. A command to write and so shall it be. Even if it doesn’t make sense. I know it makes sense to Him.

I am hoping to have a logo shortly for this and I know God will launch this worldwide! This is a great memory for me today for just when I thought my life was over, it actually just began.


At least there is hope for a tree:
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots will not fail.
Job 14:7 (NIV)

About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

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