Tuesday, April 11, 2017

When God Unfolds The Rose



  "When God Unfolds the Rose"

There've been times when I thought my prayers
Didn't even reach the ceiling of the room
Where I knelt to pray
And a voice inside kept asking me
Did I think God was really listening
To anything that I had to say
But I just kept on a praying 
And holding on by faith
Knowing God is always in control
And I waited like a rose bud in the garden
For only God can unfold the rose

When God unfolds the rose 
He always gets it right
When the petals are in place 
Oh, it's such a beautiful sight
God knows when to hold on
And the perfect time to let go
So let God have his way
And watch God unfold the rose

There are trials and tribulations
We must all go through
When it comes to heartaches 
We've all had our share
Oh, but when times are the hardest
We need to hold God to the promise
He said He'd never give us more than we could bear 
So, I'll just keep on a praying 
And holding on by faith
Knowing God is working all things for my good
And I'll wait just like that rose bud in the garden
For only God can unfold the rose

When God unfolds the rose
He always gets it right
When the petals are in place
Oh, it's such a beautiful sight 
God knows when to hold on 
And the perfect time to let go
So let God have his way
And watch God unfold the rose

God knows when to hold on 
And the perfect time to let go
So let God have his way
And watch God unfold the rose




Hello, I think I might have me a Co-Contributor to this blog. ;) As another chapter closes, another one opens. To God be the glory. 

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-Eli





Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Full Circle

Good Morning,

This past weekend I was able to take a quick trip to the bay area. I have family that lives up that way.

About a month ago, my cousin (who lives up there) called..She let us know that shes hungry for God and wants to find out more about him. We were excited and happy to hear that.

Just remember, new converts, your physical family may question your beliefs or even mock you. Just hold on, they are watching you. Things come full circle. Stay faithful to the house of God! If its Sunday, they should know where to find you. Your life should continue to be a light to their life.


"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD" Joshua 24:15


Everyone loves their family. Don't ever stop praying for them, everything is in God's timing. It may takes many years but HE knows whats best. To God be the glory. Gods doing a work in their life. 


So with that said, we took a trip to see them. The drive was nice. Let me just say that I love the weather up that way. When we arrived I was greeted by my little (SECOND) cousins. lol  There now old enough to talk to and they have plenty to say. They are the sweetest and I miss them. One of them is a boy and so hes almost like the nephew I don't have. lol! I had a lot of fun playing basketball with him. 























FOOD: Oh and by the way, my aunt made her famous pupusas from scratch! I wish you all could try it. :)) (Double Chin Smile Appropriate) We then went to a salvadorian bakery and the rest was history!



























We ended up leaving real late from their house, to be honest we didn't want to leave!

Please keep them in your prayers. 


I had so much to say in this post so I just wanted to hit the main points, so bare with me on the reading format lol! 

Keep on Keeping on!

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-Eli







Tuesday, December 13, 2016

"You go to church alot"

Good Morning,

Hope everyone is enjoying this time of year as much as I have been. Mostly the weather! Sure I love the summertime but something about this cold weather, makes me want to play some football. lol


Anyways..quick post because I felt inspired. Make a long story short...My coworker is a long time friend of mine...We have known each other since 4th grade. I'm 26, you do the math. lol

Monday mornings usually go like this...

Me: "What up man, good morning."
Coworker: "Sup bro, how was the weekend?"

Keep in mind the following.....Usually my weekends consist of some sort of church function or event, along with actual service on Sundays..My coworker has been to my church once before but does not regularly attend church.

So he says, "that's too much, your always at church..."

What? hold up. lol I don't take offense to that and I realize that he just doesn't fully understand..

Let me just remind the church going readers of this blog of the following:

We LOVE the church, that's why we do it. We put God's house first and essentially you are putting God first in your life..Putting God first in your life and the promises that come with that are a whole blog post in and of itself. You will soon find that your life revolves around the church, we want to raise our family in this truth. God has been so good to us and we in return give back...of our time, resources etc. As much as there is work and sacrifice involved, there are countless memories and good times that go with that. Its an honor to dwell in the house of the Lord.

Be proud of your church, regardless of the number of members there are in it, put all you can in it...it might be later down the road that your kids will reap the benefits but it doesn't matter. Its all worth it. I think of my church, we celebrated a 35th pastoral anniversary this year and to just be a part of it, is awesome. There was a point in time where it was just a store front. There were couples that made commitments to God and now they are grand parents with gran kids on the drums, leading service, etc. There were several storms and seasons between then and now but look what the Lord has done.

I also looked around at our sanctuary and thought of all the men and woman that helped build this church. Literally and figuratively. Some of those people have since passed away but they were apart of a work that will have eternal effects..all you can do is stand in Awe.


So yeah...I do go to church alot ;)



Have a great day everyone :)

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-Eli



Monday, August 1, 2016

August Already

God Bless you all!

Get over your Monday blues, get ready and go! haha I'm preaching to myself too. Before all that, don't forget to start your day off with prayer. Before you get ready, eat, or even get your Starbucks...Start things off on the right food, by putting God first. 





Scripture of the day:

Matthew 6:33 " But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."


Some of you might be wondering if I know any other scriptures, since I reference this one so often... well as a matter of fact I do! I can quote roughly 5 more! Boom.






Joking aside...Simply put, it settles it. The uncertainty, anxiety, and fear that comes from a young person with ambitions, not sure of how things will all work out or come to fruition. God says, just put me first. That's our job, he will take care of the rest. (God will always do his part)



Have a great day, I'm taking requests on blog topics so send them my way. Except in the area of marriage, can't help you there.....Yet ;)


God Bless,

Elias 
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

My Last Camp as a Camper! Part 1

   

Okay ya'll so I have been going to church camps for as long as I can remember. It all started when a friend of mine convinced me to go to Donkey Rock! (Shout Out to Fresno)...It was a big deal for me because I was sort of an introvert and feared if my friend was caught up talking to his friends, I would be forced to...(GASP) meet new people lol...I'm going to try and do a multi post blog on this so I can take my time...For now I'll leave you with this pic...From last years camp, Team 2 will always hold a place in my heart...You had to be on the team to really understand what a ride it was, that ultimately culminated in receiving first place. :)



 

Special recognition to the ladies of this team. They gave it their all and I was so proud of them. So stick with me as I pull together my best memories..A little bit of DK camp...But mostly PCC.


God Bless
-Elias
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Monday, May 23, 2016

How is everyone doing?

Anyone going to CAMP?!


-Pacific Coast Camp to be exact.....


I'm looking forward to it, its a special time for kids and their families to enjoy a week of awesome church and activities...It's worth every penny so do the best you can to make it there.




Btw.... I miss the days of consistent blog posts :(


God Bless you all!


Much Love,


-Eli
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Monday, March 7, 2016

Full Circle

Good Morning,

Hope you all had a great weekend! At least for today only, most of southern California is experiencing heavy rain. Yes, rain. I had anticipated today's forecast thanks to my weather app. So while doing some shopping at Home Depot, I scooped one of these up

Image result for unbrellalol! I can't remember the last time I bought one.


The problem with this weather is that we don't know how to handle it. We simply don't know how to drive in the rain, like a 16 year old borrowing his dads muscle car to run an errand. Imagine, a sea of first time drivers! That is what you get when it rains in L.A. 

Image result for rain traffic LA

Moving along.....

This past Sunday, I helped one of the youth leaders at our church teach the youth class lesson. It was her lesson plan and I just tried to find random ways to help her because I felt like the guy getting paid to not really do anything. So I would hold any and all print outs she printed, greet the kids, collect the offering etc. Organize things that didn't really need much organizing..lol I had helped with Sunday school before but never the youth class, so I did some observing and took a lot of mental notes. I have a few weeks to prepare my own lesson and after observations I came to the following conclusion: We need an alter call in those rooms, them kids are something else. lol Maybe the reason why they don't do that is because you would have to haul wooden benches up a couple flight of stairs. lol! In all honesty, I enjoyed it and count it an honor. That age range is such a crucial time in a persons life. God bless all the Sunday School teachers! amen.

Tis all for now,  Hope to see you at Oncourse, PCC and other meetings soon to come.


Have a nice day/week/month/year/life

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-Elias
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