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The three best days of my life – so far. – Acts 17:27

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October 19, 2013
Acts 17:27 - Living Bible (TLB) “His purpose in all of this is that they should seek after God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.
Since I read a wonderful post on Maria Shriver’s blog, this post has been swirling in my brain.
While cleaning treasures from my closet this morning, I found one of my many journals.  At that time, I had experienced the second happiest day of my life. Before I write about those days, I must tell you what I know for sure now.
May 2, 2006 is the best day of my life. Period. There will be no other better day while I am living on Earth because on that day, I saw the hand of God and my life changed forever.  It was an unexpected supernatural occurrence. God wanted to get my attention. He did. Life has never been more exciting, joyful, painful and meaningful.
I can blog about the milestones of my life, but there is no more significant milestone for me than the day that God chose to reveal himsel…

The year that death bit

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Ephesians 5:17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to find out and do whatever the Lord wants you to. 
Death has taken too many people who have been part of my life during the last year. 
All were young except for my Mother. 
This week another childhood family friend took his last breath after a long illness. I had wished him a blessed new year of life in mid-September. 
 I want to yell, "God, please stop!"  
But I know better. 
Instead,
 it occurs to me that I should be living each and everyday with that last breath in mind.  
One day, I will close my eyes and breathe a last Blanca breath. 
And I will move into eternity with my ancestors. 
While I'm here, I resolve to: 

Not keep grudgesSmile at strangersBe friendly to allCare about my neighborsLove helpless animals, and Listen compassionately 
 Because I know...
this earthly life is not all that there is...
I must make each new year that God gives me 

matter 

because
Life is to be lived passionately 

until I see the face of Jesus.



When it hurts to care - Psalm 23:4

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Psalm 23:4Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way.
“The power of the saint lies in the coming down and in the living that is done in the valley." - Oswald Chambers 
Life lived on the mountaintop is the most beautiful experience especially when you have a relationship with God. But leaving that mountaintop to live the everydayness of life and especially in the everydayness of the ministry that God has planned for us isn’t glamorous.
I spent years running from God because it hurt to care. I still want to do that even when I know that I am called to care for others through their valley experiences.
Today, for the first time ever, I cried after I left a hospital room. My heart was broken for a patient and the family. Thankfully, I had a chance to share my tears and benefit from the wise counsel of one of our priests. His advice: Cry. You talk to God and cry.
I shudder to imagine: What if I had not …