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Prayers of Faith

The Prayer of Faith…

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
James 5:13-18 ESV

I find this packed Word that mentions prayer seven times in the book of James to be so cathartic in every way! It is what we need especially when we get stuck in that sluggish realm. We fall in these slumps where we don’t want to do the things that are the BEST for our soul.  We don’t want to eat right, we don’t always want to exercise, we don’t want to go to church, we don’t want to talk, we don’t want to read, we don’t want to pray, we don’t want to grow… the sluggish slumps where we NEED those prayers of faith!

I found myself so sluggish this week –women ya’ll just know why! I mean c’mon –it’s life –it’s what women have ta go through!

So I had to literally drag myself up and out of bed, drag myself to work, drag myself to the gym only twice this week :-/ and drag myself all around.  All I wanted to do was crawl up in a ball on the couch with my pup and blankie! But I have responsibilities.

And then I got there. The place that I was really supposed to be. At prayer! That is the most important thing that my soul needs. Those dynamic, heartfelt prayers of faith.  I laid on the ground. I felt myself slumping even further and then I heard the soft prayer for us. It was amazing. It was necessary. It was touching. It was real and it was just right.

I thanked God in that moment that I even got there by dragging myself.  As long as I just get there then everything will just fall into place, because it is not by these temporary and fleeting feelings.  What I need is… to do.  I need to ACT. I need to go. I need to keep moving ahead. I need those prayers because it changes EVERYTHING!

I laid there –thankful. ❤ Grateful that God is always making a way for me to get deeper into this faith walk even if I feel like I am drifting at times and not the bestest fiery soul.  I still love God.  I still love where I am at now.  Most importantly — I really REALLY love my church.

My Prayer of Faith:
Thank you God for calling me to be where I am in this season of my life. You have it all God.  You are with me in every step that I take. I know that I am surrounded by good things. I know that I am kept by Your saving strength. I am upheld by Your Word. Thank you for all those prayers of faith that are going straight to Your throne and back down to earth to move the mountains that need shifting. Especially the shifting that needs to happen in me! In Jesus Name…Amen!!! And AMEN!


126 Days!!!

Wow I am super excited! Today I was going through a check list in preparation for our wedding vow renewal date and got so caught up!!! So much left to do that I had to get started with pushing out these invites!

I finally finalized our wed-site and blasted it off but I wanna share a little story about us as we move forward in victory.

HOW WE STAYED TOGETHER

FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MORE LOVE

Our story is beautiful…because it is our own. It is filled with grace and love. It is my first book, “Rebuilt! Beginning the Ending”
It is intimate, powerful, funny, frustrating, painful, forgiving and filled with lots of joy, laughter and love.
We first met back in 1992 over a hang out type of summer with the girls for me, with the guys for him. Then out came the booze and we just schmoozed! It was inevitable. We were leaders in our packs-destined to find each other, explore, have fun, experience life and survive the seasons!
Right off the bat–we knew it was just us from the first date. Then he told me he wanted me to be his wife and that he would give me the world –he does just that everyday.
I do all that I can now to hold our family and he does all that he can to cover this family. Together we make the funniest US! I can say there isn’t a day that is boring together. There isn’t a day that we are not angry with each other LOL, but there isn’t a day that we are not loving each other unconditionally! We both have unique gifts, two beautiful kids, moms that we adore and we work in ministry together. Our life is crazy, busy, fun and growing. And we are excited to say YES again to our next BEST.
We hope that you can celebrate with us too.
With Love,
Juan & Christina Mendez

Let the countdown continue with lots of faith, hope & love. We are excited! ♥️

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Colossians 3:14 ESV


July 4th ~ The Game Plan

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.”

Psalms 46:1-5 NKJV

You know that overwhelming moment is really bad. It sucks. You can’t process what to do next.

The careless lady behind the counter shared words still stinging my ears as we missed our vacation flight outta NYC!

“You need a game plan!”

I stood thinking in my head, “seriously!”

I walked away and that awful defeated feeling set in really heavy.

Then I cried. Then I cried some more.

Then I wept.

There goes my hope, my fun, my plan, my only vacation just thrown out the window as everyone was now passing me by.

This was such a sad, sad, sad defeat and disappointment. Even though I know God wants to turn it into a win, I felt like I failed… REALLY failed my family 😞

They were gonna have sooo much fun man! The plans were LIT!!! And that’s what I want.

To make my family and friends happy! To see them laugh until their stomachs hurt! That’s everything to me. This wasn’t about me! My birthday! My plan! No it was about them! The ones I love.

And I failed! I messed up cuz I didn’t have a game plan.

But God does!

He always does.

Even if it hurts or when life happens like you didn’t plan it to.

So when I don’t have a game plan, an ounce of hope, a smile or a way through—HE DOES! He will sing over me on my day to tell me happy birthday Christina. You are still in good company. Positive vibes, positive energy and positive perspective. People that are willing to take a disappointed and defeated situation and turn it into the game plan!!!

We will make it work!

God just has it all, I was never or will ever be in control like that. It’s so much letting go.

So here I am. Thankful to be surrounded by people that are willing to laugh through anything… even the disappointments of life. Im grateful. I am blessed. They are doing all that they can –above & beyond folks. ♥️

West Palm will have it’s time. Trusting God for what’s next. The best is yet to come. So keep your head up Birthday girl. Turn that frown upside down and be thankful. All that you need is right in front of you. Enjoy your life.

All that you are is all within you!

Happy Birthday 🎉🎊🎂🎈🎁


Time To Refine

“This is GOD ’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”
Jeremiah‬ ‭29:10-11‬ ‭MSG‬‬

How often can many quote this scripture? “I know the plans that I have for you, to give you a future and a hope.” But I love The Message translation, because it contains the details that we all seek!

As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up…

Yes! That’s called process. It’s the process within the process. The process within the promise. The process within the plans that God speaks over you. And we all have to go through it. There is no shortcut, back door escape or way out of His plans! There just isn’t. And we can fool and disappoint ourselves when we forget “after the seventy years are up.” That is very important detail.

Now for Babylon it was seventy years. Maybe for you it’s seven years. Maybe mine is 17 years. Maybe someone is in a season where it is 7 months, days, etc. Whatever that may be just know we all have to go through what we are going through. It is always to refine us.

Refine is to remove impurities or unwanted elements from (a substance), typically as part of an industrial process; improve (something) by making small changes, in particular make (an idea, theory, or method) more subtle and accurate.

We must be ready. God is not going to fund our confusion. He is not going to give the keys to the car over in the hands of an infant. He will not bring you into a place that you are not ready to move in. So when those things hurt the most, we must comprehend that every removal is for improvements!

Now we are surely designed to withstand, but the very moment that we are taking on more of what He has planned is the moment that we can easily collapse. Don’t collapse while you wait for that plan to carry out.

Just go through that timeframe and trust the One that orchestrated your life from the beginning of time. He is a God of order and we know this but still fuss over because of that wait. Give it to God. The longer we wait the better it will be for us. It’s always worth the wait for good things.

I would rather wait in any fine italian restaurant for a dish like zuppa de pesce than for a slice of pizza. Those better meals require more time and preparation. And it is oh so good! Topped with dessert and coffee, God knows what He is doing.

So as soon as your time in this process is up, you will have all that He planned for you. We just need to enjoy where we are at today because we really don’t want to miss every special season. Every promise starts with a plan. If you find your promise in an infancy stage just give it time to grow, prepare and mature. Eventually it will happen the right way and in the right process of time.

So stay filled, hopeful and trust in Him. Be at peace. He said He is going to show up and take care of you, just as He promised to give you the things hoped for.

He just needs time to refine.