Sufficient Grace

Do you sometimes feel like that you just don’t have enough?   Like you need just a little more?  To you that may mean love, money, affection, time, perhaps a spouse, kids, a better job, or even happiness.

You may just not have enough of something, whatever that may be for you to live to your full potential, or your desired level of satisfaction in life.  If only you had more friends, if only you had a partner, if only you had more money, if only you had a better car, if only you didn’t have the past that you have…… and your life quickly consists of “If only’s.”

Life becomes stressful and unpleasant if we live it only thinking about the things we do not have.  Let me tell you, if we do not realize that the only thing we truly need to be satisfied and complete in life is God, then we will ALWAYS be lacking something in our life.  I mean always.  Nothing will ever be sufficient.  Even if we get what we thought we wanted, we will eventually need something else.  And it’s not that we really need whatever that is, it’s really that we were created to be whole with God.  And so, if He is not the center of our lives, then we are incomplete beings.  Our soul and hearts know that there is something missing, and our mind will tell us that missing something is a person or object, when in reality it is God.

So, in the urge for your soul to find that missing part, it will let itself be misguided by what the mind says. That is why Paul says in Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

When we let God be our EVERYTHING His peace is with us, and it is that peace that guards our heart and mind.  Therefore, we will no longer be fueled by what our mind tells us we need.

My life is complete with God.  Yes, there are things I would like to have, such as the affection of my father, but that does not stop me from living a whole life with Jesus Christ.  He is my Father.  He is my friend.  He is my everything.  I am whole, complete, and fulfilled with God.

The word of God says in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  God Himself tells us that His grace is sufficient.  We need nothing else, we lack nothing else.  His grace is enough to keep us going in the midst of our weakness.  We may not have a lot of material things, or even people we love, but if we have God, He will fill that empty gap someone or something leaves in our life.  He will fulfill us to the extent that we are OK if we do not have those things.  Why?  Because His grace is sufficient.

Let go of the idea of what you don’t have, and grab hold of God’s grace over your life.  Be complete with our Lord and Savior.  He is all that you need.  If you have everything else, but not Him, you will still be incomplete.  However, if you have Him and nothing else, you have everything you need to be happy in life.

Much love,


True Identity

Who are you?  Do you know who you are?  Or are you lost in all the false identities that society places on us?   Perhaps at some point of your life, or even right now, you haven’t been able to accept yourself because you’re too busy trying to get others’ approval.

You see, just a year ago, I did not like myself at all because I did not know who I was in Christ.  I was still defined by the things people had said about me in the past.  I grew so immune to them, that it was hard to see the truth about what God was saying about me.

At that time, I felt like I needed others’ approval of others to be happy.  I wanted to be accepted, but that was pulling me away further from who God intended me to be.  It is so easy to lose sight of who you are, in order to please your “friends.”   We think we can find our worth in other people’s approval of us, but that is a lie that costs us our identity.

Identity has a high price.   It takes courage and boldness to be who you really are, especially who God has called you to be.  Defined, identity is the “condition of being oneself or itself, and not another.”

Don’t lose your identity with the lies this world has to offer.  This world is filled with un-Godly people who will lie to you, and take you off-track from realizing your true Identity in Jesus Christ.  But you do not have to listen to those false remarks!  You are not a failure, a loser, good for nothing, stupid, downcast, ugly, a trouble-maker, or a mistake.

If you remember just one thing from this post, make it this:  you are not a mistake.  God does not make mistakes and “God doesn’t make junk.”   You are precious to God.  He made you at in his own likeness and his own image. In Genesis 1:26, God says “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.”  God had to confront me in order to make me realize that I was not any of the things I called myself, or any of the things others called me.  He had to confront me with this verse. I felt the Lord tell me, “Carmen – every time you bash yourself down you are bashing me down, because I made you in my image.”   It was hard, but I realized it is true.  I am the image of Christ in this world so I should not walk around defeated –  categorizing myself as something I am not.  And neither should you. It’s important to seek God and tell him to reveal to you who he wants you to be. I had to do that myself. There is a process to find out your real Identity. I had to ask God to help me, to show me.  I had to get closer and closer to Him.  I had to surrender all the negativity in order to be awakened to the truth.

If you wonder what your spiritual identity is, I believe that God is going to awaken you so that you can see who you really are.  It’s time we let go of all the false identities, and grab hold of our real identity in Christ, so we can do what He has called us to do.    Until we discover who we are in Christ, we will continue to be limited in what we can do.

We have a God of no limits. You can do so many things for the Kingdom of God.  Don’t let anyone talk badly about you, even if you are that person, talking to yourself. If what someone says does not align with what God says, then toss it away.  Shake it off, let it go.  Keep walking, don’t let it stop you.

You have to grab hold of who you are in God.  God created you with a purpose.   I pray that God will show you your real identity, just as He did for me.

Much love,CarmenWebSitePicture


Empty Handed

Have you ever feel like you have lost it all?  I mean, feeling as if you have nothing left?   No matter what you do, you can’t get your finances straight, you don’t have the friends you used to, and your family doesn’t care about you. You have even lost hope that things will ever get any better.

You lost that job opportunity.  You failed school.  You lost that person whom you loved.  Or perhaps not – maybe you have all these things, but you still feel lonely.  Maybe you feel as if there is something missing.  You may feel that you are just not complete, and you can’t understand why.  I guess you can say that you feel EMPTY handed!

I was once empty handed.  But, what do I mean by that?  No matter what I did, or what I touched, or where I went, there was something missing.  There was a void in my life.  And I couldn’t grab hold if it.  Money would just disappear from my hands.  My car kept messing up.  I had quit school.   I hated my job.  I was losing control of my life, and I didn’t know what to do about it.

Without God, we are EMPTY HANDED.  There is always going to be something missing, if we do not put God first.  That means first – yes, before your job, before your money, before even your own family.  God has to be the center of our lives.  If He is not first, then we are missing the very substance of life, which is where all of our blessings come from.

Sometimes, we put other things first, not realizing we are becoming empty of what really matters in life – a relationship with God.  His word says in Deuteronomy 28:8-11 “The Lord will command the blessing upon you in your barns, and in all that you undertake; he will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in his ways. 10 All the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 The Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground in the land that the Lord swore to your ancestors to give you.”

Wow!  Isn’t that awesome?  All that can be given to us if we just make God our number one priority in life.  This makes me happy.  Ever since I decided to put Him before everything, even before myself, God has blessed me so much.  Not only financially, but spiritually, emotionally, health wise, with my family, and just everything.  I mean everything.  And I don’t know about you, but I love having an abundant life. I don’t just want to live a life where I am just surviving. I want to an abundant life, where I am thriving. God says in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  See, God also wants you to have an abundant life.

There is no need to be empty or have a void in your life.  God can fill any void you may have.  Believe me, He filled all of mine.  No matter what you have lost, God will give it back to you.  I guarantee you that.

If we have Him, we will never be empty handed again.
Much love,


Use Your Key

Do you want to move the heart of God?  Perhaps most of you will say yes, but do you really keypicture mean it?

You know there is a powerful key that we all have, that we can use in any circumstance, whether good or bad.  PRAYER.

Prayer is a powerful key.  Do you know why?  Because it moves the heart of God.  God loves when His children reach out to Him.  God desires to hear us speak to Him.  God wants to talk with us.  It is a two-way process.

In Matthew Chapter 6, we see how Jesus shows the disciples how they should pray.  I think it is safe to say that He did this because He knew they were going to need to know how to pray in the future.

I think we need to learn how to pray, but pray in a way that touches God’s heart.

You see many times we pray just because we have to, or because we need something, or maybe we are going through a tough situation.  Perhaps you are in need of a miracle ASAP.

Well my friend, the Bible says to “Pray without ceasing” in 1 Thessalonians 5:17.  This means at all times, in ALL circumstances.  Yes, that includes the good ones.

We tend to only want to talk to God when we need something.  How would you feel if someone only comes to you when they need something?  Not so good, right?  Well, I’m sure God doesn’t either.

But here is the good part.  God is merciful and gracious.  So don’t worry.  Learning how to pray is a process.  God is so good that His word says in Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

It is so exciting to know that God actually wants us to ask Him for the desires of our heart.  He loves you so much that if you ask He will give to you.  But, here is the point – let’s not just talk to God when we need something.

I was taught years ago how to pray.  Now, I want to teach you.  Why?  Because I am a firm believer that prayer has power. I can also witness that prayer WILL change your life, if you do it correctly.

So here are a few steps to use your Key in a way that will open God’s heart:

1. Thank Him – Before anything, thank God for all He has done in your life. Thank Him for the air you breathe, for waking you up, and for even for the water you drink. You will be amazed at how many people would love to have some of those things.
2. Surrender to Him – surrender your life and heart to Him. But do it in all honesty and truth.
3. Pray for others – pray for the needs of others, for the world, and for mankind.
4. Pray for you – this is a good time to now pray for yourself and your own needs and desires.
5. Thank Him again – now thank Him for what he has done and will do in your life.  Thank Him for answering your prayers. (Remember this is by faith. Believe as if he has answered already.)Of course, as you pray more and more, you will develop your own style and way.  Always follow the Holy Spirit, and however He guides you.Praying is a powerful key. It is a must.  If you want change in your life, then you need to pray.

I felt the Lord tell me. “Carmen, you have a key. If you use it, you will open many doors. But, if you choose not to, you will close many, and lock many more.”

Will you use your key?CarmenWebSitePicture

Much love,


The Faith That Gets You There

I don’t know where you are going.  I don’t where your heart’s destination is.  I don’t know your dreams, goals, ambitions, or opportunities.  I don’t know where you are headed in the next season of your life.  However, one thing I do know is that you are going to need a whole lot of FAITH.

Faith, according to Hebrews 11:1, is defined this way.  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

You can’t see your final destination.  You can’t see the outcome of following your dreams or vision.  You do not know what the end result of pushing through is going to be.  But, if you BELIEVE and know that God is going to help you get there, let me tell you, you will get there!

I have dreams and goals too big to fit into one of these posts.  I know that the only way to accomplish them is by having faith that God will get me there.  I don’t know where the money for all my projects will come from.  I’m not quite sure how I’m going to manage to get them jumpstarted, but I have faith that the Lord will provide, and He will guide my steps.  I already know He is going to do just that.  Why?  Because I believed in Him for it.  What I don’t know is the “how,” but that’s where my faith in Him comes in.  If I knew the “how,” then it wouldn’t require any faith on my part.  God is moved by the faith of His people.

Maybe you find yourself afraid to start your goals or dreams because they just seem too unreal or unattainable.  There is nothing you can’t accomplish with God.  His word says in Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”  And it’s true.  I have come to learn that the impossible becomes possible with God.  For many years, it was impossible for me to ever have an inspirational blog, but how about that?  I have an inspirational blog now!  For many years, it was impossible to see me at church, but how about that?  I serve the Lord wholeheartedly now.  When I made a five-year plan for my life, one of the first elements was to put God first, and how about that?  I do that everyday in everything that I do.

Do you get my point?  It’s only by the magnitude of your FAITH that you will complete what you must accomplish.  Don’t give up on your dreams and goals, no matter how far away they seem to you.

The degree to which you have faith is the degree to which you will move God’s hand over your life.

Be encouraged to grow in your faith.  How?  Read the Bible and pray.  Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Do you want to get there?  Yes, then you need FAITH.CarmenWebSitePicture

Much love,