Study Nights

Study nights for me are like….

I am thinking…

  • Create
  • Innovate
  • Collaborate

It’s more than this! It is studying like never before and diving into strategy, planning, productivity and growing my mind. I can’t keep thinking the same way.

Create… innovate… collaborate. This is a perpetual reminder for me that is running through my mind along with ideas.

The bible tells us:
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

We can’t limit our thinking.

Here is how The Message translation reads:
“Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you wont be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple.”

Same verse, more depth and insight. This tells me, focus one’s attention or mental effort on a particular object or activity. This tells me to study, application of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge. is elaborating on key practices for us to grow.

I heard Bishop TD Jakes say, “The day you stop reading is the day you stop growing!” As we educate ourselves with bible study and productivity books we expand our thinking. We acquire knowledge to create, innovate and collaborate. We must study.

I absolutely love paper books. I love the texture, the different prints and the variety of information at your fingertips. I am surrounded by books at home. I have an extensive library and I have dedicated myself to concentrate on my personal studies.

I even carry a couple with me daily in my bag. I know its so habitual but at the same time this habit causes me to redeem precious time so that I can be a better writer, worker, wife, mother, mentor and so much more.

I wont be able to invest in others if I don’t see the value to invest in myself first. To study is an absolute, non-negotiable PRIORITY for me. Then I can do other things. This is how I function properly.

This is how we can do better at life and love. We can concentrate and focus on doing our best…. our very best for God… one more step to excellence.

So I encourage you to take some time out for you to study! You are a priority!

With Love,


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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