Hello, loyal readers! Today, I want to speak about the power to forgive. Why talk about it? It will only bring up hurtful memories that you are trying to forget. If you don’t bring it up, it will be out of sight out of mind. Right? I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt, it will NOT!

It will eat you alive from the inside out. Please, don’t let it do that! It is that important to uncover your true feelings, be candid with yourself, and express your inner emotions. The toxicity of unforgiveness affects physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. “Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behavior. Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart.”

I am saying this not only to forgive others but to ask for forgiveness to those who you have hurt. You see, we have both good and bad in us. If we are sincere with ourselves, there has been times we have hurt other people with our words, actions, and attitudes. Are we willing to admit and be brave to ask for forgiveness? When you do, it will be liberating!

Letting go and permitting to be vulnerable is a sign of great strength. With it, you will receive an internal healing that will impact your whole being. You will have peace along with compassion for yourself and others. We are all human beings with many flaws and imperfections, it is a choice to give the gift of compassion. Let us start today!

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

Peace, Love, Joy!

Sandra Ivette Miranda

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I asked God to take away my habit. God said, No. 

It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, No.

His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience. God said, No.

Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is learned.

I asked God to give me happiness. God said, No.

I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain. God said, No.

Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares

and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, No.

You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. God said, No.

I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.

God said... Ahhhh, finally you have the idea........

Hi, my faithful readers! It is such a pleasure to be with you every week and speak about topics that will make you think and apply in your journey called Life. Last week was tough on me because it has been seven years that my youngest son David passed away. The feelings that I initially experienced when it occurred was overwhelming like a tsunami engulfing me. Now, I still have feelings of longing to see him and have him with me.

What I have learned during these difficult times is that what matters most is the love he had for me and I for him. The memories we shared while he was alive has caused me to fill my heart with peace and joy. At first, I lamented of the what if, could have been, and should have been conversation in my mind.

Of course, that does not or will not change anything. I decided to shift my mindset to what we did have and remember those precious moments. When I started to do this, I felt that my love for him blossomed into a botanical garden with myriads of colorful flowers. The aroma caused me to want to share the love I had to others.

My focus became to give others the expression of gratitude, love, and joy so they can also experience it as we share Life together. I am saying all of this to encourage each person to:

  1. Take a moment of time and evaluate who is in your life presently.

  2. Determine are they adding and multiplying more into the relationship.

  3. If they are, value and demonstrate with actions how much you love them.

  4. If they are not, what have you learned from the relationship and let them know you care for them, however, you are needing to let them go for your own good.

  5. You decide who is in your life and what they will bring to it.

  6. By doing this assessment and putting into actions, you choose not to compromise what you are wanting out of your journey. Life is too short!!

  7. You will build a life that you will enjoy wholeheartedly!

“No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” 1 Corinthians 13:3

Peace, Love, and Joy!

Sandra Ivette Miranda

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