Thursday, December 31, 2009

Here's to a new decade...


2010?? Really?? Wow...I can still remember vividly when the Y2K (2000) frenzy was upon us and in a couple hours it will be a start of a new decade...It's amazing how time flies, right??

Many events happen in 1 day and sometimes it is hard for us to recap it, so to summarize an entire decade is kind of blurry for me but there are some life changing/altering events that took place during this past decade that I need to mention in this last blog of '09.


Life altering moments of last decade: May 2001: 10 year mark of my baptism! The first major commitment I made with the help of my amazing parents. It's a decision I have never and will never regret! :) Thank you Jesus for allowing me to be part of the family. :)

June 2001:
I graduated high school in 3 years!!!! :) It was a struggle and almost did not make it, but by the grace of God...I did!!!! To have all my close friends and precious family there at the graduation was unforgettable. Little did I know this would be the last major event the love of my life, my grandfather, would attend...

August 2001: Universidad Adventista de Las Antillas (UAA). It was my first time away from home for such a long period of time!! I was in the Caribbean and my parents on the East Coast...we were miles and miles apart but I made AMAZING friends at UAA whom I still adore til this day. Every time I think about UAA, I get super nostalgic because of all the great memories that were made. Love you guys!

September 2001: Everyone in the world knows what a morbid day that was...one that we will never forget. I still remember I was in Puerto Rico and watching the planes crash into the twin towers and it was horrid. Then I heard about the pentagon and instantly called my parents...everyone around the world had the same idea because all the phone lines were clogged and we couldn't get through to the United States. Needless to say, our lives have been changed forever. RIP to all victims of 9/11...our prayers are with the families who still feel the void.

November 2001:
The love of my life, my maternal abuelo, passed away in New Jersey. This too was another life altering moment that I will NEVER forget. He was my heart, my angel, my confidant...simply my abuelo querido. I was in Puerto Rico and felt hopeless because of the distance and I will still remember the phone call and the friends who hugged me endlessly. I will never forget that either. Thank you guys... Our family has never been the same without him, but we cannot wait for the Lord's return so we can see our angel again. :) :)

June 2005:
I got engaged to the love of my life, Hector Perla!! It was a scavenger hunt around Washington, DC and it was absolutely beautiful! Of course I said yes!!!! :)

January 2006: This day I married my best friend- the love of my life. Hector Samuel Perla and I were placed in each other's lives for one reason and one reason only...for us to spend the rest of our lives together. January 1, 2006 was truly a day to remember! We had planned so much for this day but in reality it was only the 1st day of the rest of our life together. Our wedding was beautiful with all our close friends and family, but what's more beautiful is the days and years we have spent by each others side as husband and wife. New Years Day would never be the same again because of our beautiful anniversary!!! :) Yay! I love you fatty watty! xox 

March 2006: Our beloved Alisha E. Ventura passed away tragically and unexpectedly at the tender age of 22. RIP Lish...we miss you a lot and cannot wait for that blessed day where we can give you a big hug again. Love you pookie.

May 2007:
I finally graduated with my undergraduate degree from Columbia Union College!!! It took 3 different schools, lots of lost credits, but by the grace of GOD, I did it!! This was also one of the happiest days in my life because of the friends and family that accompanied me and supported me all along the way!

May 2007:
I got my first job out of college at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) whose mission is to develop the next generation of Latino leaders! Visit our website at www.chci.org.

January 2009: OBAMA. First African American President in the history of the United States. Need I say more?

If I were to write about all the AMAZING events of the past decade, I would need at least 50 pages. God is so good, merciful, amazing, beautiful, fatherly, and awesome!

When I think about the different things I have come to learn in 2009 and throughout the decade, a few come to mind right now.


(a few) Things I have learned:


1. God is
very detailed...Just like the Bible says, if He cares about the small sparrow who fell off the tree (paraphrasing), He cares about all our details! I've come to realize that sometimes random things happen all for a reason...even down to the smallest detail. It happens for a reason. God is so caring and truly wants the best for us at all times!

2. God sometimes answers our prayers by answering someone elses. I don't know if I am making myself clear...but sometimes when we pray for one specific thing, He answers it by answering someone else's specific prayer but in turn that person's answered prayer will somehow eventually effect ours. It sounds confusing...I know, but once you experience it, It is a indescribable.


3. In marriage, it's all about compromising! :) Anyone else who is married knows exactly what I mean...

4. The older you get, unfortunately the more impossible it is to be able to maintain 100% all the friendships you've had over the years (because of the less time we have as adults). Some people come by for a little bit, make a wonderful impact and move on...and some stay forever.

5. These past few years I have realized the love I have for my beautiful mother and my husband has grown immensely.

6. I have realized that God specifically places different friends in each of our lives for a different purpose. I read a poem 2 summers ago and continue to think about it...It speaks about how we have some friends who are specifically there to wipe our tear, while another one is our shopping buddy, while another is the one who motivates us to continue studying, while another is one who intensely helps us on our walk with God, while another is there to just listen, while another is there just to give you those amazing hugs...God sends us these friends who are angels. Thank you God for friends!

7. I have realized that 2 people with 2 different mindsets can still be close friends because of the common ground they find.

8. I have realized that we are truly, truly living in the last days on this earth. When we were little, we would always hear our parents say it and we would hear it at church, but it's more true now than ever before: He is coming soon! Hallelujah!

We have to be ready!
Like I mentioned earlier in this post, many things happen in a day...imagine all the things that happen in 1 year, 5 years and 1 decade?? Wow...what will this new decade hold? Will we see the return of our Lord and Savior? Hope so, but only God knows that. Will we loose more friends and family tragically? I pray not. Will the economy continue to flip flop? I am sure. So many questions, but in Matthew 6:34 it says: "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

This new year, this new decade will hold many new events (some pleasant and some not so pleasant), but one thing I know for sure is that we are 1 day, 1 year closer to the return of our loving Savior!!! God is the god of the impossible my friends...We just have to have faith and believe. Let's remain united as friends and family and strive for the same goal: to live in Heaven eternally with our precious and Holy Father.


May this new year, 2010, and the new decade be full of abundant blessings for you and your
loved ones!!! May God continue to protect and bless you!


Happy 2010 to you and yours!

Con mucho Amor,


Nissy (and Hector)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

2010. Officially the Year of the Weddings!


I have a theory...okay, maybe it's not a theory but rather a mere reality: Every 2-3 years it becomes the "Year of the Weddings" because a lot of couples come to that point in their relationship where they either end it or continue to the next level...I can already see that 2010 is definitely going to be the year of the weddings! :)

2009 has not even closed out yet and already I know of 7 Weddings from friends and acquaintances. They range from February 2010-August 2010 (so far)...Hector and I are already in 2 of the weddings and are very honored and happy! :) I have a feeling at least by the end of 2009, there will be another two or three engagements, lets see if I am right. :) Ahhhhhhh! I am so happy for my friends who will be tying the knot and uniting in Holy matrimony with the ones they love... I love weddings: they bring tears of happiness, laughter, smiles, awesome memories, and lots of love.

Thinking back on my wedding almost 4 years ago (it will be 4 years on January 1, 2010), I can't think of another day in my life that my cheeks hurt so bad from smiling so much. :) hehehe...


To all my friends who are getting married next year: I am EXTREMELY happy for you and please be sure that I will pray A LOT as you enter this next (AMAZING) level in your relationship with your best friend! Los quiero mucho!!

XoXo,

Nissy :)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Are you a pigeon or an eagle?


Today, a very good friend and confidant told me something he heard once:

"A pastor once said some people shoot or try to shoot down eagles but they continuously feed the pigeons. That means if you're beneath them, everything is okay...but when you soar above them they feel uncomfortable and want to bring you down."

What do you think do YOU agree? Are you a pigeon, an eagle or the person who shoots eagles down?

XoXo,

Nissy

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Contemplation of the life of Christ.


"It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross."
Desire of Ages; page 83.

When I read this the first time...I was completely amazed and it stayed embedded in my mind and heart.

If we take just 1 hour a day beholding the beauty of His character, we will be "transformed into the same image from glory to glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18

So beautiful and worth giving a try.

XoXo,

Nissy

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Girls In My Circle


"When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend, and then I started to become a woman and found out that if you allow your heart to open up, God would show you the best in many friends:

One friend is needed when you're going through things with your man.
Another friend is needed when you're going through things with your mom.
Another will sit beside you in the bleachers as delight in your children and their activities.
Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be.
One friend will say, "Let's cry together,"
Another, "Let's fight together."
Another, "Let's walk away together."
One friend will meet your spiritual need,
Another your shoe/purse fetish,
Another your love for movies,
Another will be with you in your season of confusion,
Another will be your moral compass,
Another the wind beneath your wings.
But whatever their assignment in your life,
On whatever the occasion,
On whatever the day,
Or wherever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back,
Or hold you back from making a complete fool of yourself.
Those are your best friends.
It may all be wrapped up in one woman, but for many it's wrapped up in several,
One from 7th grade,
One from high school,
Several from the college years,
A couple from old jobs,
On some days your mother,
On some days your neighbor,
On others, your sisters,
And, on some days, your daughters. "

-Anonymous

I truly love all my friends but especially my girls in a special way. I love you all.

XoXo,

Niss

Friday, June 5, 2009

So true. Are you wise or a fool?


"A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own."


Latin Proverb


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Discipleship: Beautiful Monologue.


Taken from Collegiate Quarterly Lesson: Walking the Walk-A Christian Life, Lesson 10.

The following piece was written by a young Christian pastor in Zimbabwe. It was
found in his office shortly after he was martyred:


“I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His and I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. . . .

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, [am] lift[ed] by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power.

My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear.

I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, or let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, or preached up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus. I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And, when He does come for His own, He’ll have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear!"

Discipleship means more than learning about Christ or imitating Him. It means following Him even unto a suffering that cannot be compared to the reward that awaits us.

What does the inventory of your life reveal about your determination to follow
Christ?

* “Christian Commitment: My Colors,” http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/commit.htm (accessed April 3, 2006). “My colors will be clear!”

XoXo,

Nissy

Amazing Grace. Salvation Army Commercial.

This commercial is powerful. I feel like there are more and more meaningful and heartfelt commercials out there in TV Land and I like it...it's about time. After you've watched this, let me know what you think.

Let's keep lending our helping hands to those around us.

XoXo,

Nissy

Monday, May 4, 2009

true friends.


Do you have countless acquaintances, lots of friends, a select group of close friends, and a handful of best friends and yet feel so alone? It's truly an awful feeling.

True friends are those who are not only there for the HaPpY moments, but also for sad ones.

I want to share some quotes about friendship that I found to be so meaningful and I pray you find them of value as well:

"Friends always show their love. What are brothers for if not to share troubles?"
- Proverbs 17:17

"Some friendships do not last, but some friends are more loyal than brothers."
- Proverbs 18:24

"True friendship is felt, not said."
By Mariecris Madayag


"Friends are God's way of taking care of us."

"It's the friends you can call up at 4am that matter."
- Marlene Dietrick

Best friends are like diamonds, precious and rare
False friends are like leaves, found everywhere."
- Anonymous

A true friend is one who calls you if you have missed church, work, or a social gathering to see if you are even alive.

-Anonymous

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."
~ Walter Winchell

"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."
~ Helen Keller

"Some people come into our lives,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never the same."
-Anonymous

I thank God for my true friends, do you?

XoXo,

nissy

Sunday, May 3, 2009

coping with 3 deaths.


A lot of death has hit this weekend (my best friend's aunt, a Godly young lady from Mt. Rainer church, and my grandmother) and I have hit a low twice... I truly know that the Lord is coming very soon...and I know death has to occur, but I feel so down at times. God is my sustainer, my guide, my refuge...His word is beautiful and comforting...It is what has been sustaining me through this rough patch. I wanted to share a Bible verse I read that comforted me and I am sure will comfort you in your time of sadness:

2 Corinthians 1:3-7
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is the Father who is full or mercy and all comfort. 4 He comforts us every times we have trouble, so when others have trouble, we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us. 5 We share in the many sufferings of Christ. In the same way, much comfort comes to us through Christ. 6 If we have troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation, and if we have comfort, you also have comfort. This helps you to accept patiently the same sufferings we have. 7 Our hope for you is strong, knowing that you share in our sufferings and also in the comfort we receive.

God's word (the Holy Bible) is beautiful and never fails us. There is a song I have been singing to all day today that talks just about that and also has given me comfort in this time of sorrow:

Tu Palabra By Marcela Gandara
Tu palabra es como aceite sobre mis heridas
Es el agua en el desierto,
y el calor en el invierno.
Tu palabra es la voz que me habla en la mañana
Es mi consejo cada día
y en las pruebas es mi guía

CORO:
Podría estar perdido
como un náufrago en el mar
y aun perderlo todo hasta el aliento
Podría estar hambriento
como un niño sin hogar
pero yo sé que tu palabra
siempre a mi me sostendrá

Tu palabra es como dulce miel para mis labios
Es la perfecta melodía
que me deleita cada día
Tu palabra es mi refugio en medio de las pruebas
en la tristeza es mi alegría
en soledad mi compañía

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Prayer of Serenity.


God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

Trust in the LORD with all your heartand lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge him,and he will direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6
XoXo,
Nissy

Sunday, March 29, 2009

What would YOU do? Seriously... PART I

Have any of you watched the show What Would YOU Do? (comes on ABC primetime every Tuesday at 10:00 PM) It is a provacative hidden camera social experiment project that has various situations to see how the public (you and me) will react. They've had different experiments that range from helping a homeless man being beat up by teenagers in the street, a small child being lured away by a stranger in front of your eyes, a waiter/waitress being flirty with your date, racial slurs, etc. etc. It is amazing how the public reacts and how some people do not do anything at all.

This one video I am going to share with you today is entitled, "Shopping While Black." That is when you are being profiled stereotypically because of color and appearance. I think it is also something a lot of other minorities experience as well when shopping at higher end stores or even at times, the regular stores. Watch this video and comment what you would do (if anything at all). It is powerful and you will see different reactions, both good and bad.



Phew...that was some deep stuff, huh? What would Jesus do?? Let me know your thoughts!

XoXo,

Nissy

Saturday, March 28, 2009

God Knows Everything About YOU! :)


Happy Sabbath everyone! Today after church we had a Women's Ministry meeting and our guest speaker was Norma Ramos. She spoke about self-esteem and the importance of seeing your self-worth because after all, we ARE all beautiful children of God. She shared a Bible verse with us that I am sure we have all heard before, but it is totally worth reading again (and again and again and again). It basically speaks about how God knows EVERYTHING (the good, bad, ugly and everything in between) about YOU and He loves you for who YOU are!! Enjoy reading and remember to please leave your thoughts and comments.

Psalm 139

1Lord you have examined me and know all about me. 2You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them. 3You know where I go and where I lie down. You know everything I do. 4Lord, even before I say a word, you already know it. 5You are all around me--in front and in back--and have put your hand on me. 6Your knowledge is amazing to me; it is more than I can understand. 7Where can I go to get away from your Spirit? Where can I run from you? 8If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I lie down in the grace, you are there. 9If I rise with the sun in the east and settle in the west beyond the sea, 10even there you would guide me. With your right hand you would hold me.

13If I could say, "You made my whole being; you formed me in my mother's body. 14I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well. 15You say my bones being formed as I took shape in my mother's body. When I was put together there, 16you saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old. 17God, your thoughts are precious to me. They are so many! 18If I could count them, they would be more than all the grains of sand. When I wake up, I am still with you.

23God, examine me and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24See if there is any bad thing in me. Lead me on the road to everlasting life.


Isn't it beautiful to know we have a Savior who adores us and created us in an amazing and wonderful way with such love?

I pray you received a blessing by reading this. Be blessed.

XoXo,

Nissy

Thursday, March 26, 2009

His hands and feet didn't make him who he was...



So, I was watching the Miami Heat vs. Detroit Pistons game with my husband last Sunday and during the commercials they always show the NBA Cares segment which shows a basketball player make the day (and fulfill dreams) of children who are sick or poor.

This one segment really stole my heart because it's of Dwayne Wade (yes, I am a big fan of his) and he meets a little boy who was healthy and then suddenly got a fever and the infection shut down his body... and to make a long story short, he ended up loosing his hands and feet. :(

Mikey's spirit and outlook in life makes me stop and think about many things we sometimes take for granted in this life of ours. His hands and feet didn't make him who he was...it was his heart.

Watch for yourself and leave your comments and thoughts.



Be blessed.

XoXo,

Nissy

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Imagine if everyone was the same? Thank God we aren't.



And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14

Have you ever thought about what if everyone were the same, did the same things, said the same things, acted the same way? It's like the body of Christ (the church): The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12). So imagine if there were all hands in the body of Christ? What if there were just feet? Would we function well? I think not. Like the HOLY BIBLE says, "the body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts (ears, lips, tongue, feet, legs, fingers, etc.), they form one body." That being said, it would useless if we all did the SAME thing in church, in the ministry, or on the road to Heaven. That's the beauty of it...we are all different and together we work as one to accomplish the mission-- to bring more souls to Christ.

There are some out there who are skeptical when youth help with ministries that are not exactly associated 100% with their home church...even though it's still a church/God related ministry, it still surprisingly brings animosity and resentment. There are those who use a bible verse and say, "You must help your home church only." That small-minded ideology is destructive and can be detrimental to the real/true purpose---bringing souls to Christ. What if everyone just stayed in their home churches and said, "i am only going to help my church and that's it." Where would the ministries such as Amazing Facts, Esperanza TV, Hope Channel, Ministerio Vuelve, Ondas de Esperanza, Voice of Prophecy, The Power of the Lamb, Por Cristo Jovenes, Jesus wears Jeans, Movimiento Joven Adventista (MJA), Generation Youth for Christ (GYC) be if everyone used that small-minded ideology? They would NOT exist my brothers and sisters. Praise the Lord for ministries whose missions are to preach the good news to the entire world!! Hallelujah!!

Please keep in mind that I am not saying to not help your home church, all I am saying is that while those who are in the ministry still help their home church, it is a calling from the Lord with whatever you help with. Some people have the calling from the Lord to help direct Sabbath School, while others have the calling to be an anciano (elder) of the church, while others get called to be director of sound, of jovenes, to be Sabbath school teachers, to be deacons/deaconess, multimedia, and some get the calling to help out a ministry (like the ones mentioned above). My brothers and sisters, the work of the Lord should not be taken lightly...not at all. While everything ultimately depends on our Lord and Savior, a lot depends of us earthly beings. Thank the Lord we are all called for different things...that is the beauty of the body of Christ. Some of us are the ears, some the mouth, some the feet, some the fingers...We are all different!!!! Praise the Lord.

As we are in the last days, let us not forget the true purpose of this race we are running...bringing more of our friends, family, loved ones, and the human race to the foot of the cross of Jesus. Imagine if you knew a massive earthquake would devastate your town soon? Wouldn't you want to go tell everyone of the destruction that is about to occur and tell them about the only place you know will shelter them and save them? The same with the coming of the Lord. It is going to occur very soon and we must tell everyone about the only place that will shelter them and save them---the arms of our Holy Redeemer.

Thank God we are all different. Aren't you glad we are different?

God bless you as you spread the good news in whatever form that may be.

XoXo,

Nissy

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Where....

"Where there is NO vision, the people perish."

Take a moment to digest that and leave a comment telling me what you think that means.

XoXo,

Nissy

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Be kind and pass it on.


TV usually has a lot of negative messages and commercials are usually are full of junk...but one evening not too long ago I was watching this random Liberty Mutual commercial and fell in love with the simple, but beautiful message. If you are helped or have a kind deed done to you, pass it on. Imagine if we all did that? Wow. Powerful stuff.

Take a look at this worthy commercial for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMwoexR1evo

Pass on the love and the kind deeds even if it is a stranger. What do you think Jesus would do?

XoXo,

Niss

Sunday, February 22, 2009

should he be fired?

Honestly, who in their right mind would think they would get away with this cartoon? Today, the NAACP announced they were boycotting the NY Post and I understand completely their decisions. I think that this cartoon was completely uncalled for and a result of ignorance and impulse actions...but those impulses come from deep within. It comes from stereotypes already built in. Truly a shame. Just goes to show, we should all filter our thoughts, actions, and words before they come out.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Love.


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. . .And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. - excerpts from 1 Corinthians 13:4-13