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About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor. We have been together for 27 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 19 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.

Finishing Touches

I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious work in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you and will put his finishing touches to it until the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Philippians 1:6 TPT

There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.
Philippians 1:6 MSG

What you think you should do — DO IT! Go with the inner promptings as God leads you to do great and mighty things. Don’t wait. Don’t delay. Don’t sit back and do nothing but step out with abundant faith. Even if you don’t see all the pieces in place — as the word shows us above in The Passion Translation, He will put His finishing touches to those things. What a beautiful promise.

Many times we get stuck in our own heads. We get stuck with what we see now. We get stuck with inconsistencies and limitations that we see in the natural. But we have to go beyond that realm and trust that God is the one that can do those things we cannot do or see. He leads us right to it. We just have to respond. We cant sit and not respond. We MUST respond.

Yesterday during a prayer meet with my GA sisters, the Lord quickened me to go to Daniel Chapter 3…. in this particular passage, a decree went out to bow down to a gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar created. However, these three young men REFUSED to do anything that would be contrary to the God we serve. They even told the king to his face in front of all his staff –how humiliating that must have been.

But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.” Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Daniel 3:12-18 NIV

What impresses me the most about this passage is that the blazing furnace was never a threat to them. They turned it up 7 times up and rather then sit in fear their faith was turned up 7 times! Parallel to that blazing furnace was their blazing FAITH!

This is the EVEN IF MOMENT — that means that even if you don’t see a way or how everything is going to work out for you. Even if there is a pandemic. Even if you don’t have all the resources in place.
Even if you don’t have the job yet.
Even if you don’t have the spouse yet.
Even if you don’t have the vehicle yet.
Even if you don’t have the home yet.
Even if you don’t have the ministry yet.

I will still serve God — I will not bow down to doubt, lies, fear, failure, disarray, sin, chaos or whatever it is that tries to get in my way. Even if all else fails and even if God doesn’t do it yet… we will not back down or bow down. We trust God and we will worship our God. He is setting things up for us and WILL bring it to a flourishing finish. His finishing touches seal the deal for us.

Stay FAITH-FILLED. Step out in faith like the way that these men did even in a trying season like we are experiencing today. Things can still happen BIG for you and I. I am excited. I am grateful and thankful to be a part of a season that is loaded with miracles. 🙂

With love & grace,


Challenge Accepted

So I must say — I have been a bit inundated for the month of August with work stuff –but good stuff.

I am building, working, planning, strategizing, configuring, testing and what not! 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 stay hearing all the worst case scenarios and think — “this is it!”

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

That thing that will push you forward and catapult you to come up with another way of doing something. Get’s the job done, just in a different way. We have to THINK! This isn’t it! This is THAT thing that makes you seek 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.

So please — stand with me and tell your situation, “Challange 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 for me.

It 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.

So the challenges in life ought to be an inspiration for you — sir! Madam!

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. Remember — mediocrity says, “I am doing the best that I can.” but legendary says, “I can do better.”

So let the challenge –challenge you to give the most so that you achieve the results that can be achieved! 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.

News you hear today is a view that you need for 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.

Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:19 ESV

#simpleseptember #solutionseptember

#challengeaccepted #letsdothis


What’s on your mind?

I been getting up a few nights again and this typically happens when my mind is on overload. I could barely sleep and then my head starts to pound relentlessly!

I am like God show me a BETTER way! Give me a WIN!

  • to finish first in a race, contest, or the like.
  • to succeed by striving or effort.
  • to succeed in reaching (a place, condition, etc.), especially by great effort.
  • to get by effort, as through labor, competition, or conquest.

Sometimes you feel the day to day stress and it becomes so overwhelming.  You become so exhausted.  When you are mentally bombarded, you become physically and emotionally weary.  In this case, I even felt this spiritually and I needed to sit back.

I have to pray, meditate, reflect, organize my thoughts –and in most cases for me it is to take the time to read and write the most relevant material in this moment.

What are the mistakes? What am I learning? What can I do better? Who can I share this with and ask for their expertise? Those are things that come with my own self analysis.  It’s mandatory! It’s paramount! There are no exceptions to this in order for me to progress.

This is how I get in a win! I make small steps, bit by bit, chance by chance, opportunity by opportunity and moment by moment.  I try it again. Eventually something has got to give. And that’s just what I do.  I want things to be better.  I want my approach to be better. I want my attitude to be better.  I got to try harder.  Pray deeply and richly –finding that best way to bring Him into my mental space and help me situate this stuff.

Then after I compose myself and try again.  A simple yet successful recipe.  Then came the win.  I would not experience the joy that I do, if I didn’t get to really feel the loss.

This is what brings me back up. These small steps can lead to some really big inner wins.  When you win on the inside — you set yourself up for the win on the outside!

“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me.
For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.”
Matthew 11:28-30 TPT

“Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7 TPT

So take care of yourself –give it to God.  Try again on the next run and see if you get that win in.  Every time you get in with God –its always a WIN–WIN!

With love,


Best Seasons


Fix your thoughts on what is TRUE & GOOD & RIGHT! Think about things that are lovely & dwell on the fine, good things in others.  Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.  
Philippians 4:8 TLB

Seven/Seven! We have to enjoy the best season ever! Summer is here and so far such a great start. I pray that this season continues to allow us all to flourish into all that God has for us.  I truly cannot complain at all.  I would have to say for myself — I am in one of the best seasons of my life.  “One of the Best!” Because there were so many other challenging seasons that I was able to grow internally & externally.  

However — As I reflect and acknowledge the season that I am in now turning 45 on July 4th, I am grateful.  I am able to do things that I have wanted to accomplish before this pandemic.  Taking care of a lot of house items, organizing and online ministry.  The best for me, is my career.  

I love LOVE loveeeeeeeeeeee being able to work from home! It truly has been such a blessing for me in disguise. I would never have wished for this impromptu crisis to occur but for me it was a cross-over to a greater place for me to flourish in every aspect of my life. I am feeling great…working strategically and more effectively… able to get things done timely with having the opportunity to control my pace and have the quietness I need to get a lot of tasks done. I am more productive.

I invested a lot in this home work space environment.  Furniture — nice desk, office chair, seat pillow, tables, moved my PC and printers.  Organized desk items and brought in all basic supplies that would help me. I even found an old HP Color LaserJet –the good heavy duty kind that prints like a charm!  You don’t even realize what you have until you dig deep in the areas that are hidden right! 🙂 

I am meditating on good things –to keep focused and so I continue in a journey and path to flourish.  I work daily, document progress and plan strategically for all of my items.  I manage from day to day in a balanced method that works well for me.  Strategy is all of it!  From mentors and coaches that I have guiding me along the way -they share with me the insight that will help me to get my mindset focused!

This place that I am in now is an alternate universe to what I was used to.  It is time to pull out all the strengths as I manage the weakness that we can all find.  Tap into the treasure and manage the thorns. If I want to be significant in life — I have to maximize and capitalize on this season that I am in.  Move from being a transactional leader to a transformational leader.  Understand what relevance really is. Do the things behind the scenes and be more strategic. Enforce and Reinforce the things that bring empowerment to the lives of others.

I have experienced where situations, relationships or methods didn’t work well for me.  Lots of places of failure.  But I didn’t stay there.  That I know. There was always more for me.  The moments where I had to walk away was where I met an exceptional strength that I never knew existed.  🙂 Pivotal!

A teacher asked her top A student how he dealt with receiving a bad grade in a higher course that he had taken.  Here is what he said:

“I did feel bad — I did — but I didn’t dwell on it.  I knew it was done. I knew I had to focus on what to do next. So I went to my teacher and asked for help.  I basically tried to figure out, you know, what I did wrong. What I needed to do differently.”
Grit, By Angela Duckworth

So in this season that we are in –it can be wasted if we don’t learn how to do things differently and in a better way. As I pass from one season to the next, there are so many lessons enfolded.  I pull them out, reflect and keep going.  I keep growing. I keep learning. I keep trying to do things more strategically. I do talk to myself YES.  And I talk to my God and look for the guidance I truly need that helps me in the moment that I need it. NOW! 

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
~Thomas Edison 

Growth & Comfort do not coexist!
~Virginia Rometty