She doesn't need a "perfect"mom.

in , by Cynthia Cano, 6:30 AM
I'm sure I can't be the only other mother out there who swore to the death of me, that I could be the perfect mother. I had so many dreams about how I would be a SAHM, teach my daughter everything I could at home before she started preschool at the age THREE, who woke up at 6AM, every single morning, made her a big breakfast, limited her TV time to one hour a day, have her potty trained before she turned TWO, and have a perfectly mannered child.

A Love Letter from God: Let Go of the Past

in , by Cynthia Cano, 7:00 AM
My Child!

Give up! Give up! Give up those hurts of the past. It's time to move on. Satan loves to have you live in the past because that renders you ineffective to live in the present - in the now.

Tell Me, child. What is it that has happened to you? Who hurt you? What hurt you?? What mistakes have you made that you regret? Did what happened to you change the fact that Jesus loves you, and He died on the cross for you so you could live in heaven with Him for all eternity?

Can anything or anyone ever change that fact? You know that nothing can ever nullify what Jesus did for you on the cross. If that's true, and it is, then nothing else matters, does it?

There is nothing that can happen to you, nothing anyone can do to you that can ever change the fact that My Son, Jesus, loves you and died on the cross for you so you can gain heaven for all eternity. No one can ever take that away from you. No one!


Hold on to that thought. Put things in their proper perspective. When you do that, you'll see that being loved unconditionally, attaining salvation and the right to go to heaven is your ultimate goal. Everything else pales in comparison to that.

Even physical death cannot take heaven away from you, for then the real - your spirit- just  changes abodes. Physical death for the Christian is moving form living in the temple of the Holy Spirit, your body, to living in heaven.

I know, My child, I know. Your mind is often filled with hurtful things that have happened to you. Sometimes you even say to people, "You don't know how much it hurt me when such and such happened," and "It was so hard when this or that happened." Well,  ask you again, does what happened to you in the past change the fact that Jesus loves you and died for you, and now you can spend eternity with Him in heaven? I don't have to wait for your answer, because I know that immediately your mind said, "No!"

Then, child, nothing else matters! Compared to eternity, all problems are nothing. Loving Me, being in My family, gaining the right to live in heaven for all eternity - that's what's important in life. If you lose that, you've lost it all. Nothing you can gain on earth can make up for that loss, and nothing can happen to you on earth that can take that way from you - Nothing!

Love, God

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Sunshine Blogger Award

in , by Cynthia Cano, 6:00 AM


I was recently nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Brianna Martin, founder of the Disciple Mama blog. I am so thankful for this award because even though I have been on a blogging break, I am still being recognized for my pasts efforts and my future efforts. It is truly a blessing being part of such a beautiful community of Christian Bloggers who support and empower each other.

Brianna chose 11 questions for me and I'm super excited to answer them! Check them out.

BRIANNA'S QUESTIONS TO ME!

     1. What is it about blogging that makes you keep at it, even on the tough days?
I have struggled with keeping up with blogging so much because with two little kiddos, it gets overwhelming sometimes. But what keeps me going is knowing that there are people that are reading my blogs, that need to hear what I'm writing to help them in their faith walk. Nothing we go through is in vain.We don't go through situations for us, but for others and knowing that, makes me push to keep writing.

     2. How do you find the time to blog, in addition to everything else you have going on?
Thank God for my iPhone. This is literally how I get most of my posts done. I'm always running so I barely get time to sit down and type anything out so I work on my blogs on my breaks at work, or sometimes even from my desk whenever I free time. I usually take late nights on the weekends to wrap a post on my laptop.

     3. Outside of your blog, what's your favorite way to share your faith?
I would have to say by serving. Something God has placed in our hearts is truly the ministry of servanthood. We enjoy volunteering and help people in need as best as we can, when we can. 

     4. What's one creative thing that you do that you don't usually write about?
I write poetry!! I haven't written a new piece in a long time so I'm rusty but poetry has always been a passion of mine besides blogging.

     5. What is the best book you've read in the past year or two?
LIONESS ARISING. Hands down! I read this book with my book club in the beginning of 2018 and it was just so powerful.

     6. 5 years ago, where did you think you'd end up? Is it very different than where you are now?
5 years ago I hoped I was married and had kids. And today, I am married and have two beautiful girls. So I'd say, I'm exactly where I wanted to be in life.

     7. If you had 3 weeks and free travel, where would you go and why?
Paris. Honduras. El Salvador. Puerto Rico. 

Paris is a dream for me, so there is no doubt that's where I would go first. My husbands family is from Honduras and El Salvador and my family is from Puerto Rico, so I would love to take my girls to those 3 places so they can know their roots.

     8. What Bible character can you most closely relate to? What have you learned about yourself from him/her?
This is a great question. I have to say I can mostly relate to Job because even at his lowest moment, when everything was taken away from him, he never stopped blessing the name of the Lord. Job taught me that no matter what I go through in life, I should always continue to praise God for what He is doing.

     9. Who is your biggest supporter? What do you want to tell him/her?
Definitely, hands down, without a doubt, my husband!!! I would like to tell my Hubby that I appreciate him always pushing me to be the best that I can be!

     10. What is your favorite way to spend quality time with your family?
Hanging out at home, watching movies, and just playing around. Those moments are the ones I tend to appreciate the most. Especially when I see the kiddos big smiles. It brightens up my world.

     11. What's that one food that's not hard to make at home, but you still prefer to eat it in a restaurant?
Shrimp alfredo!!


MY NOMINEES

So! I have chose 11 Christian bloggers to nominate for the Sunshine Blogger award. They are:

(These are not listed in any specific order)

  1. Dionna Sanchez | Beauty in the Storm | beautyinthestorm.com
  2. Traci Rhoades | Traces of Faith | tracesoffaith.com
  3. Lo Tanner | Mrs. Lo Tanner | lotanner.com
  4. Whit Devereaux | Whit Devereaux | whitdeveraux.com
  5. Josephine | Diverse Lines | stonesofdiverselines.com
  6. Elaine Stores | This Grateful Mama | thisgratefulmama.com
  7.  Dana B | Lifted Woman | liftedwoman.blog
  8. Crystal Shea | Jesus And Coffee | jesusandcoffee.com
  9. Sarah Brumley | Lemon Blessings | lemonblessings.com
  10. Netta Marie Woods | Modern Hadassah | modernhadassah.wordpress.com
  11. Jessie | One Lost Coin | onelostcoin.com
QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES

Okay! So, I definitely would love to get to know each of you better, but I would also, absolutely love, for my readers to get to know you are as well. Here are my questions to you!

  1. Where are you from?
  2. Besides blogging, what do you like to do to on your spare time?
  3. What was your favorite Bible story as child? What is it now?
  4. When and why did you get started on blogging?
  5. What's been your best experience with blogging so far?
  6. What is your niche and how did you come about that?
  7. How long have you been serving Christ for?
  8. If you could turn back time, whats one thing you would change or do better?
  9. How do you prepare for a blog post?
  10. What are some of your favorite books?
  11. Share one word of advice for new bloggers.


SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD RULES

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that were presented to you by your nominator
  3. Nominate 11 Bloggers
  4. Ask 11 questions. (These questions have to be different from the ones you answered)
  5. List the rules
  6. Display the Sunshine Blogger logo in your post or on your blog site

Thanks for reading!


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