Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Jesus is King


“Return home and tell how much God has done for you.”

~ Luke 8:39

Presenting with excitement, I introduce to you Testimony Tuesdays!!! A testimony by definition is: a formal written or spoken statement, a public recounting of a religious conversion or experience. The Bible commands us in numerous places to bring praise, glory, and honor to our God by proclaiming, declaring, and telling about His marvelous works to others. That is the purpose and heart behind this installment for my Tuesday posts. Each Tuesday (more or less), a testimony will be shared here involving the recounting of salvation, redemption, overcoming, and/or healing just to name a few; A story that brings glory to our God and in which we might be encouraged, spurred on, and challenged with at the same time.The stories that will be shared will either be of my own personal experiences, excerpts from books, testimonies I find via youtube or other media sources, as well as YOURS! I would love to know and give you the opportunity to share here with us a testimony of your own, of whatever fashion that involves the Lord doing a transforming work in your life. Just email me your testimony and I will see what I can do about posting it on a future Tuesday! You may choose to have your name be known or anonymous. I look forward to hearing from you!

Though I think we all can agree that there are some legitimate concerns and hesitations to be had about the fact that Donald Trump has been elected president for our country's upcoming term, the people have spoken and it is what it is. I remind myself that God IS in control and it is HE who ultimately chooses what men are to be placed in power.

  • "The God of heaven gives dominion and power and might and glory" Daniel 2:36b

    • "He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning." Daniel 2:21

    History repeats itself. There is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). The situation we find ourselves in somewhat reminds me of the wicked pharaoh that ruled in Egypt during the time of Moses, and how the God allowed it to be, and how the bible states that the Lord himself hardened pharaohs heart (Exodus 9:12). The apostle Paul sheds some light on God's motives for doing so

    •  "For the Scriptures say that God told Pharaoh, 'I have appointed you for the very purpose of displaying my power in you and to spread my fame throughout the earth." Romans 9:17

    Gods ways are higher than ours and  I choose to trust him. 

    • "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9

      • "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

        • "If God is for us, who can be against us? " Romans 8:31

        Trump may be taking his seat as president in the oval office in a couple of months, But our God enthroned on high still reigns supreme and sovereign over all. 

        As American citizens and followers of Christ, our duty is the following:

        • "...to submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God." Romans 13:1

          • "... to be peacemakers, for they are blessed and will be called children of God" Matthew 5:9

          Though some may have little certainty, peace, and/or confidence concerning the start of this coming year, I do find comfort in the fact that President Elect Donald Trump has exhibited a fairly conservative platform, standing up for life, evangelicals, and religious liberty, which I deeply appreciate. I know he has also exhibited a lot of other less desirable postures, BUT  I also find hope in Trump's running mate Mike Pence, who is an outspoken Christian! This video that has been making its way around social media is just remarkable and refreshing! I am extremely grateful for Mike Pence; a man who cherishes the life, liberties, and traditions that our nation was founded on. Check it out!

          Fellow Christians, even though the election season is all said and done, please remember and continue to keep our nation and President Elect Donald Trump in your prayers! Our country needs it, NOT "now more than ever", but ALWAYS!

          1. Pray that God supply President Trump with divine strength, guidance, and wisdom.
          2. Pray that Donald Trump would be seeking wise, godly counsel from others and implement it.
          3. Pray that he would not waver from his endorsed conservative stances.
          4.  Pray that Trump would continue to defend the rights of believers.
          5. Despite the short comings Trump may have, pray that he would be used in our country in the way God desires, and that "God's power might be displayed, and His fame spread throughout the earth through Trump".
          6.  Pray that President Trump would express continued loyalty with Israel and preserve our relationship with them and support for them.
          7.  Pray for the members of our body; Christians across the nation and that we would be peacemakers, peacefully and graciously submitting to governing authorities, and not wavering, but being strengthened in our faith all the while.

          In hopes of refreshing your soul, I will now leave with you with this wonderful song by Sovereign Grace Music called "Behold our God". Be Blessed! 

            Lyrics to
          BEHOLD OUR GOD  -by Sovereign Grace Music

          Who has held the oceans in His hands?
          Who has numbered every grain of sand?
          Kings and nations tremble at His voice
          All creation rises to rejoice

          Behold our God seated on His throne
          Come, let us adore Him
          Behold our King—nothing can compare
          Come, let us adore Him

          Who has given counsel to the Lord?
          Who can question any of His words?
          Who can teach the One who knows all things?
          Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds?

          Who has felt the nails upon His hands?
          Bearing all the guilt of sinful man
          God eternal, humbled to the grave
          Jesus, Savior, risen now to reign

          You will reign forever
          Let Your glory fill the earth

          What do you think about all this?
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          Friday, November 18, 2016

          Flat Tire - No Problem!

          Meet Boswell, my very first, one and only ever owned vehicle. We met in the summer of 2012 and since then, our relationship has only grown! We have been through a lot together. We have a special relationship. Boswell is so faithful. I NEVER take him for granted! I love my Car! I suppose a special bond; an appreciation if you will, is formed when one invests an extravagant amount of resources into obtaining a desired object of great value, as I have experienced in my case with Boswell. I'm grateful to my wise and well-balanced parents for encouraging me to work, earn, and purchase things for myself, instead of them just spoiling me by placing my every want and need into my lap, potentially robbing me of the good life experience and discipline that is produced by working for things.

          I still consider myself to be a novice when it comes to driving. I have been driving for a little under five years. I am a confident driver, but I am well aware that I still have much to experience. Corny maybe, but every time I experience something for the first time, I 'celebrate' in my head, like my first intersection, or my first road trip for example. This past Sunday I got my first flat tire! Usually, that would be a frustrating thing, but I couldn't help but find myself celebrating in my head! I guess I just enjoy gaining life experience and learning from it.

          The best part about my flat tire adventure is that it happened at church. Actually, I guess it happened at some point on my way to church. My driver's side rear tire rolled over a nail-like shard of metal, but I didn't notice that it was flat until after our church service was over, and I was getting ready to leave. I don't know what I would have done if my tire would have gone flat while I was on the highway, or if it would have caused my car to spin out of control amid driving... I am just glad those things DIDN'T happen!

          I was SO blessed by the people at my small little church who all just pulled together to help me out! The experience was so painless! Through my friends at church, God revealed himself to me that day as Jehovah Jireh (God, our Provider)! He is such a good Father; such an awesome provider! Any time I find myself in a tough situation, if I choose to trust Him enough, it's like 1.) a supernatural peace comes over me and 2.) God doesn't waste any time taking the situation over and using it to display His sovereignty, provision, and love for His children.

          Some of the members of my "emergency road-side assistance dream team" from church! I not only learned a bit about God's character that day, but I also learned quite a bit about my car and about tires from these people!

          It's like, God didn't even give me enough time to fret before reassuring me that it would all turn out okay. One person donated their tire pressure gauge, another person had a tire repair kit, and another had a portable air pump to refill my tire! It was a church functioning at it's best!
          "Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality." ~Romans 12:13
          My car was back in "rolling" order in no time and without even spending a dime! I learned a lot about my car and tire care that day. Below, I have composed a list of must-have items I've learned about and need to invest in getting, just in case I ever find myself in this situation again, but without all my God-sent friends there to help me...

          #1 This Digital Tire Pressure Gauge

          #2 An Automotive Portable Air Pump 

          like this one... 12V DC Auto Portable Air Compressor Pump -$24.87

          #3 This Handy Dandy Tire Repair Kit

          AllTools Tire Repair Kit - $17.99

          The plugs that are used to patch the holes in tires look like little sticks of beef jerky! ^_^ 

          #4 Fix-a-Flat
          Fix-A-Flat S430 Aerosol Tire Inflator with Hose for Large Tires - 20 oz. -$13.61

          My friend from church assured me that this easy to use product would not let me down if I found myself stranded due to a flat tire. It was mentioned that Fix-a-flat is not exactly the healthiest option for your tires, but that it would be a reliable fix in the case of an emergency. It is more of a Bandaid than an actual repair. learn more about this product HERE.

          #5 AAA 24/7 Roadside Assistance


          Triple A is actually something I already do have, thanks to my parents, and I've discovered it to be an extremely worth while investment! They provide a myriad of different services and have saved me/this inexperienced driver a number of times for different reasons. No matter what, I can rest assured driving around, knowing AAA has my back! I can't speak more highly about them! 

          #Christmasiscoming #GodisGood #Itsthelittlethings 
          It's always good to be prepared! I will leave you with this informative helpful video by State Farm Bank, about what things they advise you should keep in your car in case of an emergency.

          With the holidays approaching, more people will be traveling. Please be safe!
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          Monday, November 14, 2016

          Christmas Tour Time

          Tour season is not quite over yet. The Ballet Magnificat Alpha Company returned only two weeks ago, from our month long tour, just to be turning right back around. In Jackson, MS we've spent most of our days rehearsing and preparing for our upcoming Christmas tour and tomorrow we will once again head out, starting off our Christmas tour with a stop in Alabama for the Premier of our latest and greatest Christmas production called "Light Has Come". We partner together with the Omega Company every year to put on our Christmas productions which always makes for a great time and a spectacular show. Watch the videos below to take a sneak peak of what we've been working on these past couple weeks, and make sure you get tickets to see the real thing if you live in proximity to any of the cities we will be touring to!

          A video posted by Lillian Marie Ortiz (@oqpiedoptimist) on

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          Going on tour again means "Drive Days", long hours on the bus, and the challenge of figuring out what to do to pass the time. Although one might think long hours of travel would be very uncomfortable, drive days are one of my favorite things. First off, you actually probably can't get a more comfortable experience traveling than we do, with our luxurious Prevost bus. It has couches, a gallery kitchen, a bathroom and is usually wonderfully spacious, though we will see just how spacious it is now that the usual number of passengers will be nearly doubled with the Omega company is joining us. I am not worried about it though. The more, the merrier, I always say! I also love drive days because they are so restful in comparison to performance days, or even our days in town at the studio in which the physical workload is quite heavy. On drive days I like to read, spend time with the Lord, or do something crafty like crochet. Lately, with my collection of Le Pen's and colored pencils, I have been really into designing these wreaths.

          I find it therapeutic. I get to practice my calligraphy, and drawing all the little details of the flowers and leaves really does help time pass! In the near future, I am looking forward to sharing with you a step by step tutorial about designing wreaths. Whether it be made by using watercolor, or simply drawing the wreaths like I've done here, there are some fundamental tips and tricks I would like to offer, to get you inspired and creating beautiful, winsome, wreaths too! If this interests you, stay tuned! If you like the wreaths, but are not inclined to create them yourself, check out my shop where I will have some of my creations up for sale! Thank you always for your support!

          Please keep the Ballet Magnificat touring companies in your prayers 
          as we round out the season!
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