Posted in Thankful & Thoughtful

Find Your Worth In Jesus

During one of my devotional readings, I came across what the writer labeled as “breath prayers”. It’s something I’ve been accustomed to doing in my daily prayer life to fulfill the verse of praying without ceasing. I had thought it was something impossible until I told myself *I’ll just have a running conversation with the Lord all day. I’ll say a short prayer any chance I have and I’ll make sure to keep talking to God throughout the day* and without realizing, I had began a life of “breath praying” since my college days. In case you don’t know what they are, it’s a short prayer you can say in one breath. The writer gave a list of examples for readers to have an idea of what she meant. You can find the whole list here: Don’t Mom Alone Devotional Day 4  

This one touched me deep inside my heart.

“Creator, remind me of my worth.” 
(Psalm 139:13–16)  

For many years, I’ve always questioned if I was worth anything to the Lord. After all, the Bible tells us we are like vapor on the surface of the earth, here today and gone tomorrow (James 4:14). I had accepted that the Lord will get His message out across the nations one way or another, with or without my help. Worse case senerio: God will lift up someone in my place to get the job done.

But is this the way God works? How healthy is it really to think and live this way? 

Check this out: Many people are familiar with the phrase “you are what you eat”. We hear it everywhere! It implies we should care for what we eat because it will determine our health. However, growing up my mother always told me something slightly different: “The way you think is the way you live.”
Reread it. Let that sink in deeper. 
The way you THINK is the way you LIVE. This statement implies that your life moves in the direction of your thoughts. So I ask you today, do you think you are worthy of the Lord’s love, mercy and grace?

On Sunday, I heard a very special message from the Lord at a small community church near our home. Pastor Zack preached on Luke Chapter 1 and the declaration of the birth of John the Baptist. He also went into several points about the Scripture that followed. I read over the passage at home and reviewed the sequence of events and the points made throughout the sermon. I couldn’t believe the incredible timing of the Lord. As always God has a way of showing up right on time. Pastor Zack explained that God knows me and calls me by my name. That the Lord is not about that “worse case scenerio” type mentality I had been imposing on myself in the past. You know. The kind that says “if I prepare for the worst, just in case God doesn’t show up… I’ll be prepared with no expectations of what I’m hoping for, that way I can’t be left disappointed.” Such low expectations of glory that I managed to convince myself God won’t come through for me the way I imagined my saving. Sort of like that scene from Shrek the movie, where Fiona is explaining to Shrek what her rescue should look like all while in the middle of him actually rescuing her … “awaiting a knight so bold as to rescue me”.

Can we pause for a second and break down the previous troubling statement? “Just in case”? By having a “worse case scenario” mentality not only was I telling God HE is not good enough to pull me through because it’s not according to my imaginary saving (even though He always has come through as He saw fit). But I was basically declaring HE is not enough, period.  His timely spoken word is not enough, His strongly demostrated love is not enough, His eager swift actions are not enough. All which are completely against what I know from His word and against what I have come to know through my own life experiences with Him. 

Guess what? GOD IS ENOUGH
Not only is God enough, but, God is more than enough. So much so, He was willing to preach to me in what felt like a face-to-face encounter. I’ve been busy painting my mind into a corner with all of my brushstrokes of uncertainty and colors of doubt that I had forgotten a very important verse in the Bible: 
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalms 139:13 NLT 

And the way this works is, if God is willing to put in so much details into my formation in secrecy, what would make me think that I have no worth in His eyes right now? 
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! Psalms 139:17 NLT 

As a child, a teenager, young adult or senior – God calls you by your name and knows you! Knows your desires, your thoughts, your dreams! Your life is important to God. And He wants you to live a life that is pleasing to Him and full of His abundance. In both the big picture and in the small details; He wants to be a part of your life and reveal His Glory. He wants you to know it and believe it! 

From the very beginning the Lord has been telling me and telling you that we are worth the price He paid on the Cross of Calvary. You and I, we are worth it! He died and rose again because He knew, not only as God’s creation but as God’s children, we were all worth his Love. 

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16‭-‬17 NLT 

So if this has been something you have been struggling with, I challenge you to change that worse case scenario mindset to one that knows with certainty the Lord has made you worthy. 
Take that deep breath and pray “Creator, remind me of my worth” because you are worth it! 
You are worth God’s love. ❤

For kicks, click here to see the first two minutes of the video clip from Shrek:

Where do our assumptions of life come from anyways?

As always, have a wonderful night and stay blessed.

~The Cabello MamaBear

Posted in Whatever, Whenever

How we do back to school…

Back to school means splurging on discounted school supplies, getting back on a rigid schedule, and having that bittersweet feeling we all get at the first day of drop-off. Back to school was also the time I used to hide my face inside my shirt and run around with a bottle of Lysol spraying everything, everywhere inside my home. Doorknobs, bed-sheets, sofa cushions, remotes, my kid, even the hubby got caught up in my crazy compulsions. The moment I heard either one of them coughing, I was determined I would not allow myself to get sick. However, no matter how much I washed, cleaned and sanitized, we would all fall prey to the back to school germs.

Fast forward to this year, we now have Ethan in his second year of preschool and a one year old at home. During car line pickup I noticed Ethan, in all of his wonderful innocence, loving on his little brother as soon as the car doors opened. Not two weeks into school, I had my baby coming down with the sniffles. Not long after that, my husband and I were starting to feel a sore throat coming on, meanwhile, little Ethan has been walking around with a hop to his skip, all happy and healthy. Naturally, one would think I should have my face-in-shirt and Lysol-in-hand defense position ready. (Can you imagine how ridiculous I looked doing so? I have!) However, this time I found a healthier, safer, and natural way to up our immunities. 

I always had an interest in essential oils and their “magical power”. Turns out it’s the power of basic science that makes essential oils so effective. Essential oils are natural as they are extracted and distilled from plants. Pure oils are safe as they can communicate with the body to address root causes, without building resistance, and can cross the lipid bilayer at the cellular lever to combat even viral threats. They allow their users a peace of mind and serve as an enhancement of physical and emotional health without the side effects that accompany the modern approach. For these reasons, and many more, I couldn’t help but to join the dōTERRA community of essential oil users.

With pre-diluted oils made especially for babies and young children, doTERRA made it easy for this mama to make back to school a breeze. No more hiding from school germs, instead we have been able to keep them away by using the special blends in the children’s oil kit to keep my boys healthy – naturally. Simply applying Stronger (similar to the popular On Guard blend) down Ethan’s and the baby’s neck and back everyday before school and before bed, we have been able to prevent both boys from getting sick even though they continue to share germs – I mean LOVE each other… 

Not only do we love Stronger but also have learned to incorporate the other wonderful blends into our daily routine. Along with the protective blend, Ethan enjoys applying Thinker every morning on his temples to help him focus his mind while he is at school. He’s even gotten several compliments of smelling great from his friends. I also love carrying Rescuer (the blue soothing blend) for any sudden aches and pains, not only for them but, for me as well. Lately, Ethan has been having growing leg pains, the baby as he learns to walk has bumps from falling down and even I, with just tension on my own shoulders and neck, a simply application has definitely rescued us from long hours of unnecessary aching. My two favorites to use with the baby are Calmer (the purple restful bend) and Steady (the green grounding blend) as he tends to be living with FOMO (fear of missing out). He fights for hours just to nap and when bedtime rolls around, he starts playing and laughing from pure exhaustion. Some Calmer on the bottom of his feet and on his little wrists and Steady on the back of his ears helps tremendously to relax my little one and to be on his way to restful sleep, giving us all a peace of mind.  

**BONUS** yay!

Probably the best protective blend yet – with FLOOM, I no longer have to worry about being on the look out for a cough or a sneeze, and I definitely don’t need to have my Lysol ready either. It is a magnificent blend of powerful Frankincense, cleansing Lemon, protective On Guard, antiviral Oregano and antibacterial Melaleuca. Equal parts of each, topped off with your choice of carrier oil gives you a pocket-sized intense immune support. I rub some of this FLOOM magic down the neck and the back of the ears on my husband and myself and I kid you not, this stuff really works. Erick goes from having a scratchy throat and potential ear aches to being completely better within just 20 minutes. And I don’t take any chances, instead of hiding from the germs they all love sharing, I just apply some FLOOM on myself and my oils take care of the rest. I can proudly say I am five months strong, without getting sick. As a stay at home mother, I cannot afford to go down with the flu or to call out. I need to make sure I am taking the necessary steps to protect myself and my family. I appreciate that doTERRA has made this a reality for us and I can rest assured  that I am not adding toxic chemicals to our bodies or to the air we breathe in order to protect our immune systems. 

Well guys, I loved sharing a little of what we do. Please stay tune for the next blog on what oils I like using in my diffuser to keep the air clean and set the right mood at home.

As always, have a wonderful day!

Posted in Updates

HAPPY 2019!

Hello everybody!

We just want to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Years! Looking forward to growing this blog with you and posting with frequency. I might change Workout Wednesdays to Whatever Wednesdays in order to be able to blog off-topic posts there as I don’t intend in documenting every single step of my weight-loss journey.

I have been working on a new post (kinda lengthy) for weeks now (as I’ve been overwhelmed with the holidays) and started reading a book that I will be reviewing and posting about as well. Additionally, I have some ideas about setting goals and sticking to them throughout the year that I would like to eventually share with you before the month is up along with some random crafty activities for the kids.

Little Emmanuel was not feeling so great since the 31st which didn’t allow Mama Bear to have more than 3 to 4 hours of sleep a night the first week of the year. It’s hard to function, let alone blog when one is extremely sleep-deprived. However, the baby’s health is greatly improving and I’m slowly making my way back up to 6 to 7 hours of sleep at night. Fingers crossed, I’ll be blogging and posting mini stories on IG soon enough.

Don’t forget if you like something you read, do not hesitate to leave your thoughts in the comment section of the posts to engage with us.

Thank you for joining us in this wonderful journey of life,

The Cabello Family