Friday, 16 September 2016

Second important step

Hey girls, how are you? Caring for our spiritual life should be at the top of our list, that's why we will be talking about these steps so important that Jesus taught us.

The second step is: to read the Bible. I know many will say they do not understand, there is no time to read it or they don't like to read, etc. Let me tell you something friends, to read the Bible goes far beyond just reading letters, reading the Bible is to hear the beautiful voice of our God; It is to travel in the teachings; It is to talk to our Lord! What do you mean Ju? I will show you today how I read the Bible. First, I read the Bible at a time when I am in silence, preferably alone (but if I have a moment where I'll be waiting for something I can read for example if I am in the waiting room at the dentist, or when I'm in church, before the meeting I also take time to read #thereisthetip); I say a prayer asking God to speak to me, to give me ears to hear and wisdom to understand His will; I read carefully every word, I pay attention to every detail and punctuation and I try to imagine myself at that time. I use my imagination to get an idea of ​​what is being said there in what I'm reading, even when I read about heaven, I imagine how beautiful, perfect, pure and great it is. I imagine the throne of God and enjoy every detail that the Bible gives us to support my imagination. To read calmly and attentively is essential for us to understand, and for us to have an interest to read it, to have this thirst to know God's will is what will move our Savior to reveal to us His Word. Girls, how wonderful it is! How glorious, what a privilege it is to know that our mighty God wants to talk to us.

I usually say that when we pray, we talk to God, and when we read the Bible, He answers our prayers. It is a conversation with him. And what he wants most is to be able to have this intimacy with us, to be able to speak through His word and we have the spiritual ears to understand Him. And the more we read, we feel stronger, we understand the will of God, we are molded according to His will and we will be more like our God. Of course the devil does everything to steal our time to read the Bible. He brings distractions, laziness and brings up excuses that you don't like to read everything is a stumbling block for those who do not prioritize or not yet understand the importance of reading the Bible. And even if you don't like to read, make an effort to read it anyway, because now you know how important it is to read the Bible and to maintain your relationship with God. It is not enough to just pray, pray and pray... In other words, just talk, talk and talk... in a relationship there has to be communication: you talk and you listen too. God is like that: we pray and He answers us through His word.

Let's take care of our spiritual life friends. Separate a moment of your day to read and meditate on God's word. It is not to read a lot, but meditate a lot. Seek to understand what God wants to to talk to you; It is to preserve what He told you; It is to practice what you have learned. This is to maintain your relationship with God.

So Step 1: Pray. Step 2: read the Bible. And what will be the 3rd step? Next week I'll tell lol. And please leave here your comments about these steps, if they are helping you. Your comments blesses me too. ;)

A big kiss to all and until next week. God bless you.
Juliana Furucho
Translated by: Tatia Oliveira

Friday, 9 September 2016

3 Very Important Steps

Recently I was talking to my husband about some things I learned as a child, my parents taught me when I was still very young and I would like to share them with you today.

One of the things I learned at a very young age is to pray. I know that all of you might say, "Oh come on, we all know how to pray." But I'm not talking about praying just for praying, but to talk to God. I learned that when we pray we should empty our minds of anything else and elevate our thoughts to God. I usually imagine myself before the throne of my Lord, talking with him making sure that he's there, listening. I don’t mean repetitive words, but I mean to say what is within me, with all honesty, because God knows me much better than I know myself. Prayer is to talk with your best friend, it is that time where you are who you are; it is the time where we unburden everything on God.  We cry, we smile, we are thankful, we unload our concerns on God; We ask in someone’s favor; we praise Him and seek the Holy Spirit… this is the prayer that pleases God when it comes out of our mouths with all sincerity.

The habit of praying  makes us stronger people because the more we fill our thoughts with the things of God, the more we talk to God, the more intimacy we have with Him. It is not so with our relationships? The more we talk to our friends, the closer we become  and we even learn their own ways, gestures and their personalities... In our love life is the same way: the more we talk to our husbands, the more intimate we become… Everyone knows that a  marriage without communication is a marriage doomed to failure. Likewise is our relationship with God, without communication (prayer) there is no other way to sustain it...

Have you realized that the devil has been doing everything to create many distractions, many entertainment to fill every second of our lives to the point of not having time to pray? And that's where we should watch. We have to prioritize the things of God and not let anything interfere with our time to invest in the things of our Lord. Of course we will always have many things to do everyday, but it is up to us to put everything in their place. When we truly love Jesus, we have the pleasure to talk to Him, we have the pleasure to be there at that moment in tune with Him because He is first in our lives, our true love, The most important… So it is not difficult to prioritize Him. But if the person puts everything and everyone else before Jesus, how does she wants Him to answer her prayers if the time she spends with Jesus is not quality? Is it fair?

No friends, so invest in your relationship with God, create the habit of talking to Him. When you first wake up, thank Him; before you eat, thank Him; before you make any decisions, ask God’s guidance; before you leave home, ask for His protection. Depend on God for everything and you will see that your prayers will be answered... Let's pray more and complain less!

Next week I will write about the second step.

A big kiss to you and until next week. God bless you.
Juliana Furucho
Translated by: Tatia Oliveira

Friday, 2 September 2016

Practical examples

Hello ladies, how are you doing? Today I would like to continue to talk about last week’s subject, which was good eyes.

I know this topic is very important for our spiritual life and I would like to help you with practical examples on how we can have good eyes with situations we experience daily.

For example, the pastor of your church, or his wife, walked by you and did not say hi, right away the devil suggests: "Do you see how the  pastor/ his wife was rude, he/ she did not even speak to you.” But if you decide to have good eyes, you will reject this evil thought by thinking like this, maybe his mind was elsewhere and he did not even notice me there. Another situation: You see two people talking and distractedly looked at you, then comes the thought: "Look, they are gossiping about you..." But you seeing the devil's strategy, you decide to ignore this thought and just say hi to them. There is another situation where your friend or acquaintance has been chosen to have a certain responsibility, then the voice comes again: "You are worthless, she was chosen because she is better than you." But you decide to rebuke that thought and  decide to think well of your friend and feel happy for her, knowing that when it is God’s will, your time will come, after all, we serve Jesus and it is He who decides how and when we serve Him. It can also happen that  an assistant might walk by you with a serious face, then comes the thought: "She thinks that she is all that, nosy, she thinks she is the best assistant in the Church, and it seems to me that she is trying to please the pastor, she is doing everything just to call his attention. "But that thought is harmful, it does no good to you. So what do you do? You tie up that thought  and determine to think well of her, even pray for her, maybe she is serious because she  is praying in the spirit.  We must be watchful always,  because if not, we can sin thinking badly of someone who is pleasing God and we don’t know.

Now I would like to talk about the good eyes towards yourself. For example: Your friend is dating and you are not, then comes the thought: "She is more beautiful than you, she is more intelligent, more spiritual and therefore you can not and will not even get anyone." But knowing that this is the devil’s trap, you decide to think well of yourself, you decide to have faith, believing that God has the best prepared for you and on the right time He will give you the blessing. Or, something happened and the first thought is: "I am very stupid, look at what I did" "I am very slow." "I'm too ugly, no one will ever like me" "I deserve this little life I have” “I will never receive the Holy Spirit because everything is wrong with me.” And the list goes on…

Friends, I could write about many more examples, but not to extend too much, I leave you with the ones above. Do not let the bad eyes control you, "But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness." (Matthew 6:22)
 See that when we have good eyes, everything is more beautiful, more pleasant, our life becomes lighter, we have peace and God can shine in our lives. I know we're not perfect, but we should thrive to be better every day for Jesus. This desire to be better combined with the effort to improve is what pleases God. There is  a small detail: everything we sow, we reap, so let’s sow  what is good; that from our mouths may only come out words of life; the sincere smile stamped on our faces and our thoughts full of the things from above. This way our life will spread the scent of our Lord.

A big kiss to you and until next week.

Juliana Furucho

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Good eyes

Hey girls, how are you? It has been a while that I have been meditating on the good eyes and how important it is in order to maintain our relationship with God.

But let's see, what does to have good eyes mean? To my point of view, to have good eyes is to look on the bright side of everything. Is to choose to look at what is good rather than at what is bad. I know the world around us, and wherever we go, there are more bad things than good, as the Bible says: "The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one" ( 1 John 5:19), but there are good things too. To have good eyes is a decision I made. I decide to look at what is good. I decide to think about what is good. I decide to act well. You may ask me: "But Ju, what about the people that do me wrong? And the bad people? How do I look at them with good eyes? "Well, if that person is an unbeliever, then you know that he may be used by the devil to sadden or upset you, so you pray for that person, tie up the devil and have mercy on that soul. But what if this person goes to the Church too? Pray for her, tie up the devil, who is behind causing all of this and have mercy on this person’s soul. Remember David? How many opportunities he had to kill King Saul but he did not because he feared God? By having good eyes? He chose to continue seeing King Saul as God's anointed. Saul had lost the presence of God, but David chose to have good eyes towards him. Now I ask you: Who came out winning? David!

When we have good eyes, we benefit from it. For example, when we start looking at everything with malice, bad eyes, we criticize everything, when we always find mistakes in everyone else, , we get very busy controlling and observing other people's mistakes and we have no time to better ourselves. Moreover, we carry that weight with us, our conscience accuses us, because the Holy Spirit warns us of that mistake... but if we ignore it, that weight increases and we feel burdened and full of bitterness within us. Yes, bitterness because we begin to want justice, and in many cases, many people end up wanting to do justice with their own hands, isn't it so? Now I ask you: How many times have you made a wrong judgment? You thought that a certain person was nosy, annoying, but after you got to know her, you saw that it was totally the opposite? Now imagine how many times we were wrong in a pre judgment and we kept looking with bad eyes simply because we have not had the opportunity to see the other side?

 So friends, my advice to you today is: decide today to have good eyes. But pay a very close  attention, it doesn't mean that you will be negligent and keep a sin hidden or if you saw something wrong, you said nothing... Thewrong is always wrong, that’s why we need the discernment of the Holy Spirit to guide us. I can have good eyes towards my parents, and seek to understand them. I can have good eyes towards  my friend, I can have good eyes before the situations I face and be sure that God will bless; I can have good eyes towards everything the Holy Spirit shows me is right. If we have good eyes, our whole body will be full of light,, but if we have bad eyes, we will suffer the consequences.

Friends, on what have you had bad eyes? Against the Church? Against the pastors? Against your friends? Against  your parents? Decide today to change and start doing what is right and pleasing to God, okay?
A big kiss and may Jesus give you wisdom and discernment to live according to His holy will. Until next week.
Juliana Furucho
Translated by: Tatia Oliveira

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Who controls your day?

Hello ladies, how are you? Has anybody ever given you a bad answer? Has anyone ever treated you badly? Have you been through a bad situation? If so, what was your reaction?

I have realized that the complaints, the murmurings, the sadness and the discouragement have been part of people's daily lives. Each day the intolerance increases, the lack of patience with others, and as a result, the fights and evil have grown. People are more irritable, they get into fights and into disagreements with everything and everyone and you know what is the problem with that? It is that love is growing cold, faith stands aside and the positive word that cheers you up, is somewhere hidden and forgotten. Today people let their surroundings tell how their day will be. Read this verse with me: "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Jesus never told us that we would live in a bed of roses, but made it clear that we would rather go through afflictions, but we should not give up, to be of good cheer. Do you know what the word cheer mean?  According to the dictionary it means: Motivate, encourage, to raise someone’s spirit, optimism or give comfort...  State of mind; light-heartedness. Let's see with phrases what it means: "… Be of good spirit" "Have a good mood" "Have courage." And so on. In the face of tribulations and disappointments during the day, we must act different from people who do not have Jesus. I always believed that getting upset because of others is a waste of time. I can't allow anyone to interfere with my mood. If a person is upset with something and explodes on me, I have to be patient and understand her, instead of letting the bitterness affect me, on the contrary, I will contaminate her with my good mood, my positive spirit. I know that sometimes it is inevitable to get upset with something, but it should not last the whole day. We have to take a deep breath, tie up the devil and put a smile on our face and move on and not embitter the lives of others who are not guilty of anything. For sure this attitude will irritate the devil lol because he is the one who wants to see us worried and upset.

Faith is what makes us believe that with Jesus, everything will work out for the better, because He has overcome the world, didn't He? So, why allow the worry, the sadness, the fear, and nonsense dictate your life and your day? Why give space to bad feelings instead of keeping the positivity and joy? To focus on the good, to keep a positive mind, to ignore the bitterness of others and to avoid getting upset with small things, will make us nicer people and it will be great for our sake. I try to live like this: if someone disappointed with his own life treats me badly on the market or wherever  (we have to understand that people without Jesus live tormented by the devil) or give me a bad answer, I try to smile back and not respond in the same way, but I respond politely and cordiality, to break the distressed cycle at that instant. If I got off at a wrong street, I just get out at the next exit and turn around. If I  forgot something at home, I simply go back and get what I forgot. Why bother with things so small and mess up my day? If I get upset, is it going to change anything? Will it help me get at the destination faster? No! Then, why get upset? For that reason, every day in the morning I get up thanking God for that day and I ask Him to guide me on everything. If I made this  prayer, I have to believe that God is in control and will be with me in every step I take.

 Friends, let us be of good cheer, of positive spirit. You are the owner of your own life and only you can decide how your day will be.  Always decide to be cordial, to be polite and to be friendly, obey the word of God that teaches us to be of good cheer, positive before afflictions, tribulations, so that way we will live in peace, as it is written on verse above. Do not let anything take your peace away, believe in God, trust Him and rest assured that your days will be better and people will want to be close to you, and so it will be a good way to win souls, will it not? With your good testimony. And don't get afflicted because of the problems, put them in the hands of the Most High God, who better than Him to solve them?

A big kiss and until next week.
Juliana Furucho
Translated by: Tatia Oliveira

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Self pity

Hello friends, how are you? Have you noticed that when we go through a difficult time, a struggle, the hardships of life, our first reaction is to cry?

I know it's not pleasant to go through difficult times, I know it well, but our reactions toward the problems is what will define how long we will have to fight in order to win. What do you mean? If a problem comes and we give in, we begin to whine, to cry and murmur, then the solution will take longer to come or it may never come. But on the other hand, if we cry (yes, because we are women and feelings soon appear, right? Unfortunately lol) we feel sad, but right after we respond, we use our faith and of course we send fire to the devil, ordering  him to leave, then the answer comes faster.
Read this verse with me:“So the LORD said to Joshua: “Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face?”  (Joshua 7:10)

Israel had lost a battle and Joshua did not know why and so he fell on his knees disappointed  and sad before the Ark of the Lord and complained to God, until God answered him with the verse above. In other words, God does not want us to be crying because of a situation, whimpering and murmuring, God will not feel sorry for us if we cried more, or even if we tried to get to Him with moving words, God does not act out of pity, but on faith. So God said to Joshua, get up! He expects us to take an act of faith, of revolt against the situation  and against the devil. We have to rise up and resolve the problem, yes, us, and God will take us straight to the solution.

I know that when we are young, our emotions are sharpened so to  think and to reason is difficult, but possible!! Sometimes it is necessary to go in our room or even in the bathroom, raise our hands and send fire to the devil and his demons and command them to leave us and go to hell in the name of Jesus. We have to use our faith with anger against the devil and command him to leave. Use the sadness and the tears to burn the devil, because he wants to see us crying and suffering, no, he is the one who has to take all the suffering and fire because in our lives he does not have a place.

Of course we can't only be burning the devil and do nothing. God told Joshua to get up and look for the person responsible. The same way has to be with us, we also have to stand up and seek for the solution of the problem with the help of God. If it is lack of a job, we have to go get it in faith or ask God for a new direction. If the problem is with your parents and family members, change your behavior at home, do your part to be a good daughter, use your  faith and consecrate a bottle of water and put in the juice for everyone to drink; if it is a hidden sin, confess it to God, repent and don't do it again... and so on.

Friends, we have to be women of faith and of action, and not emotional,  who want to draw God’s attention(and sometimes people) with a little self pity. Don’t look for anyone's pity, a woman of God does not want the pity of God, whether the answer she knows will get through her faith! Enough with the crying and the murmurs, ok? It does not get us anywhere! But true faith, with the cry out of revolt, commanding the devil to get  out and going to fight, this is what brings the results that we want.

A big kiss to all and until next week. Kisses

Juliana Furucho

Friday, 5 August 2016

The cry out

Hi dear friends, how are you doing? Today, I wanted to ask you this: Do you have a cry out stuck in your throat?

This past Sunday my husband preached something very interesting and I would like to share it with you. Read it with me: "Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging.  And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mark 10:46-48

Friends, let's see the situation of Bartimaeus: He was a blind beggar, his life was worse than almost everyone else's, was it not? He also had a cry out stuck in his throat, he could not take that situation anymore and when he heard people talk about Jesus, that He was healing and performing miracles, etc. There he saw his opportunity of being healed and free from that life. Pay attention to the verse where it says that he heard a noise coming from the crowd of people, he heard because he was blind not deaf lol, that it was Jesus coming and began to cry out. I imagine the scene: a blind man shouting in the crowd, maybe even facing the wrong way, but he did not care, he began to cry out, to draw Jesus’ attention. But what caught my attention was the fact that there were people in that crowd without love for their neighbor; because the same crowd were telling him to be quiet and they even rebuked him. And it was for these people to have a little mercy and take the blind beggar to Jesus and not scold him, don't you agree? But Bartimaeus did not even bother with these people, he continued using his faith, believing that his voice would be heard by Jesus; he literally ignored everyone around him and set his focus on Jesus and nothing else. Jesus seeing his faith, SAVED and healed him. Very strong, right?

But Ju, what does this have to do with me and my cry? Friend, you may be in a situation, that only Jesus can help you. And that cry is stuck in your throat because many people and situations, used by the devil, made you to be silent. Negative people, discouraging words, a difficult situation, and the faith to cry out, to go against the problem, discouraged you, all of that made you to be silent and so your cry got stuck in the your throat. A few days ago I made a very strong prayer at home because God showed me that I had to rebel against a situation and cry out too, and that's what I did. I cried out to God with all my strength and faith. And when I got up, I got up with the certainty that Jesus heard me at that instant. The devil wants to shut you up, by using people and situations that’s why we can not let him reach his goal. We cry out to God louder. Let's ignore the negative voices. Let's ignore the people that do not want us to cry out, because our testimony will silence many tomorrow!! But for that to happen, we have to use our faith, to get up from that prostration, in revolt against that situation and fight it, because  God is with us and Jesus is ready to ask us also: "What do you want me to do for you?". Friends this is to blow up hell,  to change your story. Don't let the devil shut you up, intimidate you or steal your faith, you can and WILL conquer whatever  you need, but you have to believe, now is the time to cry out and say Enough of this situation.
Share with us: Did a crowd make you to be quiet?  Have you been silent? Who stopped you? And what do you plan to do from now on?

A big kiss to all and until next week. Ah... In this month of  August that has just begun will be the month of our victory. Amen? Kisses
Juliana Furucho
Translated by: Tatia Oliveira
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