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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.

Wins and Losses

This week at work I had some wins and losses. That’s just past of how it will go, but if you keep persistent and consistent there will be more WINS than the losses.

I was kicking myself because I overlooked a very important email that required a status update to our entire department!!! Even the VP on the call… and guess what?

Didn’t have my slide in the deck!!! But I gave a brief update anyway. I was so upset! I hate to miss things that are required of me.

Here is what I did…

Quickly chatted with my boss on the matter. Went back to the original request and saw the detail that I missed— in other words I owned my oversight of this task!! I still provided a brief update anyway on the fly. I reached out to the organizer to apologize for my oversight. Began preparing the slide asap to add anyway and be ready for next months look-back.

Moving forward throughout the week, a win for me was supporting my team on other tasks, stepping in and up where required and offering to help others learn some stuff. This way we all are effective. We can all collaborate.

I reached out to a colleague that needed a checkin!

Went into the office twice this week to get stuff done and connect with workers on site.

I helped to draft the October newsletter for my Business Resource Group called “Inspire”. It was released just in time today. I also shared it with my team. They loved it. ♥️😊

The point of all this?

Focus towards going after more wins. The losses are important too because we LEARN from them and we learn how to do better. We don’t stay stuck in a loss. We move towards creating more wins. It takes grit! Intentionality! Persistence! Protectiveness!

This is what we do with wins and losses! We keep learning and relearning and producing better results!

I am upset by the loss. But I didn’t let this one thing push me back. In fact— it pushes me forward for what’s next. A mindset for growth and to obtain greater! That’s what the desired result is.

Better!!! Wins!!!

You can do it! Every day is just another opportunity, so pick your head up out of the loss, learn from it and prepare now to do better.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Corinthians 4:17

With love,

Christina


Challenge Accepted Part 2

So I must say — I have been a bit inundated for the month of August with work stuff –but good stuff. All a big learning season and a learning curve.

I am building, working, planning, strategizing, configuring, testing and training! What have I learned? When they say, “This can’t be done?” I say, “Challenge Accepted!”

What else can be done besides all the “No’s” of life.

We keep hearing all the worst case scenarios and think — “this is it!” New approaches and technology can sometimes be daunting.

Why not change that mindset to think — “this is THAT!”

This is that thing that will push you forward and catapult you to come up with another way of doing something. This will provoke thought, reason and innovation. This will actually get the job done, just in a different way. We have to THINK! This isn’t it! This isn’t over. This is THAT thing that makes you seek the very next best.

You have it in you to do more, be more, say more and give more. You can make the biggest contribution and significance when it comes to problem solving. You can make your mark by doing the most and by doing that with others. Team efforts make for the best output.

So please — stand with me and tell your situation, “Challenge Accepted!”

It’s not over.
It’s not done with.
It’s not a bad report.
It’s not the end.
It’s not the worst.

This is THAT which will push me to find the best way that works for us all –but most importantly what settles me to draw out what has been buried in me all along. Talent! Ideas! Inspiration in manifestation!

So the challenges in life, work, school, family or whatever you find yourself in now ought to be an inspiration for you. It is only an opportunity for you to experience greatness. Challenges should inspire us. There is a way.

The solution has always been there — YOU! ARE! THE! SOLUTION!

Did you know that?

And it begins with having that inner grit. That resilient spirit. A tenacious soul. A go-getter attitude. A right mindset and growth perspective. It is having a willing heart. Remember — mediocrity says, “I am doing the best that I can.” But legendary says, “I can do better.”

So let the challenges –allow you to give the most so that you can experience results that can be transformative! The struggle is where you learn. The issue is where you blossom. The blessing is in the lesson. The thing that you think you can’t manage — YES YOU CAN! You can do anything and you can be anything that you set your mind to accomplish. Anything that you are consistent with will yield results.

“I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭AMP‬‬

News you hear today is only a perception that you need for a greater tomorrow. It is never the worst. It is never over. There is always a way. Life can’t bring you down, no matter what they say or what you hear.

septemberinspiration #simpleseptember #solutionseptember #challengeaccepted #letsdothis #theinnovativemindset


I’m Vaccinated

So I’m not gonna lie — but day 1 is awful!!! My arm feels like a rock; my bones are achy, I felt nauseous and feverish. I really chickened out first time round when I was supposed to take this last month and I didn’t. Now I did and WOW! I went for the J&J #OneAndDone. But I get why the inner me said “NO!” There are so many concerns on what to get and what not to get. Reason being –if you hadn’t had any symptoms by now you may think, “Why should I even get it now?” And why put yourself through this anyway.

The choice is YOURS to make.

As for me, the fact that we are going out more and traveling; with coworkers, family or friends, I just would rather increase my chances of NOT getting infected with Covid. It’s added precaution for me and those I come in contact with.

Medicine in the bible is good:  Isaiah had said to Hezekiah’s servants, “Make an ointment from figs and spread it over the boil, and Hezekiah will recover.” Isaiah 38:21

If we have the resources yes with Prayer always being first, we can trust that its okay to use that. I had to take a 800 Milligram Ibuprofen as well. Thank God. Because I feel better already. Able to eat my portion of rice, a little soup and lots of water. Just sharing my experience because I had horrible symptoms last March of 2020 when Covid-19 struck the globe. All my doctor could tell me is, “You probably have it and so do I! Your young, go home and rest this off!”

This sickness ravaged the world. Lives were changed. Habits reinforced of social distancing and keeping clean. Masks and hand sanitizer everywhere we go. What a difference this was and the toll it took. Whatever we can do to reach a place of normalcy, let’s strive for that.

I can tell you this. Today I am an ambassador for wellness. A champion for the vaccination, when so many will refuse it. We need this to all go away because its not just Covid-19. Sickness comes in all forms and types. We need to be protected and follow the best safety mechanisms using wisdom. We pray yes! But we also comply and be the change that leans toward safety.

That’s just my take. Praying this through with you too. We are all in this together.

With Love,

Christina


Onward April

Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia

Brothers [and sisters], I do not consider that I have made it on my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14

ESV Translation

My recent post and share to my social platforms in looking at my health goals as we are headway in 2021.

In January I only had 1 workout to start the year and that is OK because what it did was set as a tracking point for me to see how far I have come. I am ending the month of April with over 30 workouts… not because of what others are doing, posting or sharing but what I can do with my pace, with my time and my body. I am proud of me. ⭐️ Ronnie (from 360Athletes) had something in his gym that I will never forget…. look in the mirror — that is your competition! Siguer adelante folks!!! Let’s do what works for you 🥰 #healthfirst#journeytohealth#journeycontinues

This means keep moving forward. Just like the Word tells us to do in our spiritual life, I count this for other things going on in my life. Family, friends, work, writings and of course health.

What a slow start I had. Many times we repeat all the wonderful things we want to accomplish for the year. Getting closer to God, fitness goals, work goals, etc. But for us, with the transition from New York to Georgia and work reorganization I had to take this at a different pace. So many moving parts going on at the same time, it gets tough. But in the shift of those parts I found ways to do all those things. Like now. I am being intentional to write. I woke up twice specifically this week at 2:30 for a call to pray. I passed the second time round! Then I set my devotional time for the morning, so I stay fresh. I have my balanced breakfast then I go to town with my daily workout walk or routine.

Little by little and bit by bit, this improved. I feel better spiritually. I feel stronger in my body. I see results all around. Changes had to be made and that was the effort I had to put in to see the results. Anything you are consistent at will yield results and I want to be consistent at the healthier choices in life.

I was also able to finish up book 3 which I am very excited about, “Seasons of Rest.” That should be released this spring, right before summer. ❤ It took me three years to put this one together and then some. But again I got so pulled into work that it drew me away from the things that I love and need to do. Working out and writing things down. Getting the opportunity to go out, see things and get things done. Folks it’s beautiful here.

My encouragement to offer this day — is make the shifts. Make the better moves, and better choices that work specifically for you individually. We can’t follow the same routines as Joe Shmoe and Suzie Q. That wont be effective. But if we intentionally channel our efforts and bring that healthy rounded balance, we are going to see amazing results. Forget what happened before and move forward. Keep your eyes on the prize. God only designed the best for you. It’s up to you to go get it and make it manifest!

In His Name,

Christina