Hello, my loyal readers! This month has been special to me because it is the month, I was born many years ago. I am reflecting what has transpired in my life since my decision to have my life totally dedicated to God. Since I have made that choice, my journey has been full of amazing surprises, challenges for growth, and joy in the process.

Surrendering your life, dreams, hopes, future ambitions, past regrets, present problems, and disillusionment is not easy to give it up. The most frightening action is to give it all to God without taking it back! Letting Him take control of every aspect of your life is scary to say the least! Yet, the true heart of worship is surrender.

I read this in “The Purpose Driven Life” which I want to share with you. There are three barriers that block our total surrender to God: fear, pride, and confusion. Can we trust God? The bible says, “Perfect love cast out fear.” He loves us unconditionally, however, do we truly believe it?

Pride does not want to admit we cannot control everything. We are flawed with limitations. We try to manage all that is around us without realizing we are not God, nor will we ever be. When we acknowledge we can’t do it alone wholeheartedly then God can work in us.

Confusion does not permit you to see, hear, nor understand the plan and purpose God has for you. Chaos and confusion sometimes go hand in hand to cause you to stumble and not give with all your desires to God. The author of confusion is not God ever! Ask for guidance and wisdom for He will give you clarity.

“Surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.” Romans 6: 13b

Peace, Love, and Joy!

Sandra Ivette Miranda

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Hello, my loyal readers! As I am writing you this blog, I will be completing the audiobook in English, and the written book in Spanish and Portuguese. God reminded me of the journey I have had since 2015 with all the circumstances and situations faced along the way. Since this is my birthday month, He asked me, “What did I learned from all of that?”

The first thing I can tell you is that I had to go back to my roots. My origin of not only my background of where I was born, or how I was born, but what purpose was I born. What is the imprint I was going to leave on every person who got to know me? Yet, the answer was not externally discovered but internally sought out as a precious hidden treasure worth looking for.

What did I discover? I discovered that who I thought I was in my identity was a lie. I had to throw those lies from my mind and heart to set new truths to be my light for my new life I was embarking in. As I reset new ideologies, I began to have hope of a better future. So instead of regretting the past, I was looking forward to new adventures and possibilities in front of me.

Secondly, I renew all my hopes and dreams I tucked away in my subconscious to a vision board that I look at every single day. I strive to make them a reality with strategic planning with dates. I meet new people that I truly want to have a deeper connection with. With this, my mind is productive, my heart is with great hope, and I smile from ear to ear joyfully!

Finally, I make a conscientious effort to only do things and activities that will enrich, enhance, and refresh my life to the max. I only want to do what brings joy, love, and peace in my life. This is my advice to you, my friends. Make sure when you say yes to anything that the results will bring these valuable commodities in your environment. Hugs and kisses to you!!!

“Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things (center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart).” Philippians 4:8

Peace, Love, and Joy!

Sandra Ivette Miranda

Hello my loyal readers! The month of May is very special for me because it is the month that my mother had me to this one who writes to you today. Not for the simple reason that a girl is born into this world. It's because she didn't have to let me be born. The decision was hers whether I was born or not.

Why do I say this? It is because I was the product of a rape committed against her. Why have such a terrible reminder like that? Truth? As far as society was concerned, she was within her human right to get rid of "this thing" that was inside her.

Yet, she knew that what was inside her was a creature that was forming every day. At six weeks of fertilization, the little arms and legs are developing. The heart begins to beat, and the little eyes are being created.

For me, my mother gave me the most precious gift anyone could give me. Life! She knew that God gave life and that I had a plan here on earth. She would love me and teach me the good I needed to learn.

For this on this day I want to thank my mother María Luisa Lozada for loving me so much. That, although she was confronted with one of the most difficult decisions a woman can have in her life, she decided to have me.

"For you formed my innermost parts; you made me in my mother's womb. I praise you; for formidable, wonderful are your works; I am amazed, and my soul knows it very well. My body was not concealed from you, well that in the occult I was formed, and woven into the depths of the earth. My embryo saw your eyes and in your book were written all those things." Psalm 139:13-16

Peace, Love, and Joy!

Sandra Ivette Miranda