Weekly Spiritual Digest: Be Golden! Let the Fire Refine Your Faith!


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So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

(1 Peter 1:6, 7 NLT)

This verse came to me on May 18th, 2014, when I was listening to a word of God from my pastor Jaime Perdomo at my church, La Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Vida. My Pastor, preached to me and to the congregation (in Spanish) on how our faith is like gold–but far more precious.

At first I could not fully understand his words, but when he so passionately repeated, over and over, on how necessary it was to put our faith over the fire–the trials and tribulations–so it can become Gold in Christ, I was totally floored. And it was at that moment that I finally understood his sermon and God’s plan in my life. For the first time, everything became clear:

The many fires in my life (or the trials and tribulations) were not there to torture me. The fires in my life were there to REFINE my faith, so it can BECOME GOLDEN–so I can become strong and pure in Christ.

Thank you Pastor Jaime for reminding of God’s plan, for showing me that the fires in our life are there to refine and purify my faith.

So this week and beyond, see the fire (or trial and tribulation) in your life for what it is: a tool which you can use to refine your faith and Be Golden in God’s Eyes!

Sunday Praise: Your Faith is Like Gold! (Pastor Jaime Perdomo)

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Live A New Life


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Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭12-15‬ NLT)

Live a new life and make allowances for people’s faults. God has forgiven you so must forgive others. When I think of starting a new, I think of butterflies. Butterflies symbolizes love, peace, and rebirth among other things.

So today be thankful, forgive others, and fly like a butterfly.

Weekly Spiritual Digest: We Are Not Perfect


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Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin. As the Scriptures say,

“No one is righteous— not even one.No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.”

“Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.” “Snake venom drips from their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “They rush to commit murder. Destruction and misery always follow them. They don’t know where to find peace.” “They have no fear of God at all.”

Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.

But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. (‭Romans‬ ‭3‬:‭9-22‬ NLT)

We are not perfect; we know this by the world’s fascination of power and control–the wars in Middle East (Gaza), the tragedy of MH 17, and failed attempts of brokering ceasefire agreements. The world is on fire, and we are naive as humans beings to think that we can put it out.

I honestly do not know what measures it will take to repair “the sins of the father” but what I do know is to put my faith in Jesus Christ.

I understand that action and law are best methods for peace and stability in the world, but it can also stem human chauvinism, which can regress back to conflicts. Humans can’t make peace, only God can.

We need to recognize our humanity and recognize a Higher Power, which can bring peace in our lives if we listen and abide to its teaching.

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you” –James 1:27

My thoughts and prayers to the families of Gaza, Isreal, Palestine and MH 17.

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Don’t Copy The World; Transform Yourself Through God


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Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NLT)

Be Yourself! And remember to always seek guidance from God.

I find this particular verse pleasing because of what God has done for me in my life recently. Ever since I have dedicated myself to God & His teachings, I have observed just how terrible and deceitful the world can be. Before God transformed me into a new person, I was forced to conform to the world because I believed it was the only way to garner success. However, looking back from where I was two years ago to where I am today, I am proud to say that I have found peace and success through God.

Pursuing God’s customs and behaviors (respecting and honoring your parents; loving your neighbor as thine self), and not the customs and behaviors of the world, has allowed to me garner the peace and success that I have always wanted. There is peace in submitting to God.

So my advice to anyone who asks is this: do not watch television. True Reality is outside the (TV) box. Do not believe what you watch and don’t copy their ways of seeking happiness and peace. Instead keep God’s commandments near your heart; refer to the Bible when you are lost; and enjoy life according HIM! In the great words of Bob Marley,

Wake up and Live!


Motivation Monday: Walk and Talk; Don’t Discuss Business Sitting Down. Watch business innovator Nilofer Merchant give an eye-raising TED talk on how sitting down can actually kill us. And convinces us all to conduct on our next meeting on our feet; and not on our tush. To watch and read my excerpt, go to www.princesdailyjournal.com @ted #tedtalks #princesdailyjournal #motivation #inspiration #business #smallbusiness #walk #talk #community #world #entrepreneur #sharing #love #health #nature #peace #coffee #networking #nilofermerchant


Weekly Spiritual Digest: Alleviate Stress By Finding Joy in God’s Commandments. “As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands. Your laws are always right; help me to understand them so I may live.” –Psalms 119:143, 144 NLT
While the world provides us telephone book size rules to follow, of how we should live our lives, God only provides us twelve. There is peace and no stress when we observe the commandments. Go to www.princesdailyjournal.com, to read. #princesdailyjournal #spirituality #christianity #bible #sunday #wisdom #gospel #flowers #meditation #jesuschrist #peace #pray #love #life

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Forgive, for it is in The Lord’s Prayer


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After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”(Matthew 6:9-15 KJV)

Finding the right words or verse to reflect on what happened six days ago in Boston was difficult–knowing what I saw and what I experienced could not be consolidated into words. However it was not until I visited the memorial site, of where it all began, that I began to recite the Lord’s Prayer.

I’ve recited it so many times, ever since I was a little child, that it has become a memory chip. I knew the words, and I knew what it meant, but I would never be cognizant of these words:

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us of our trespasses. As we forgive those who have trespassed against us, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil

This literally swept me off my feet, when I recited this line, because of what happened that day.

How can I forgive those two men after what they have done to those innocent men, women and children? It was hard to fathom but then I asked myself, “why am I reciting The Lords Prayer?”

I was reciting The Lords Prayer to deliver the world from evil; to have mercy on us; and for peace. However, what I did not know was that in order to receive these requests, (to deliver the world from evil) I must forgive those who have trespassed against me or the Father will not forgive me of my trespasses against Him–or deliver me from evil.

If we want change then we must be the change. But if we want peace, then we must be the peace–WE MUST BE THE PEACE, IF WE WANT TO SEE PEACE

The Lords Prayer is perhaps the oldest prayer in the world and it took me yesterday to realize its true importance.

So this week’s spiritual lesson is to forgive others, regardless of the circumstances. And more importantly we must be THE PEACE if we want to see PEACE in this dark world. Let us forgive and practice peace for it is in The Lords Prayer.

My prayers and thoughts still goes out to the victims who were affected by this tragedy.

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