A Breath of the Father’s Air

It is Father’s Day. For some, it is a great time to celebrate dads. For others, it’s a difficult day whether a father is in Heaven, non-existence, or just no where to be found. My father’s father and my mother’s father was absent and distant. And yet, the Heavenly Father loved them so much and carried them through life.

My Heavenly Father sent His only Son to die for you and me. No matter where you are, He loves you unconditionally. He will always be in your corner. He provides and sustains. He is everything and more. Even if you don’t have an earthly father, you do have a Heavenly Father who sits high and loves deeply.

One of my favorite hymns is “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us.”

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Blissfully,

Bianca

The Perfect Paragon

Jesus is the paragon of excellence.

I wish could I tell you of an earthly example of excellence, but we would all disagree

Jesus lived a perfect life, yet He died for you and me.

He suffered betrayal, denial, and skepticism from the world

Yet He carried on with His Father’s business to completion.

I am free as a result.

I am free indeed.

His excellence saved me.

Paragon

Blissfully,

Bianca

A Need for Fresh Air

There is a stereotype that Christians are always happy and are supposed to be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Well, I am not one of those people. I am a Christian but I am a sinful, fallen human being. There are days where the joy of the Lord is my strength and some days I am weary and tired living in the mundane. I am the latter today.

Real Situation: I woke up not wanting to attend church, not wanting to serve in Guest Services for early service, not wanting to do anything. It was a struggle but I found some strength and will to attend church. In church, my back pain caused me not to stand for long. I just sat and enjoyed service. It felt like a Christian fail with Monday tendencies.  I was just having one of those days.

A wise person once told me “The choice is yours to be happy, sad, or mad…but not to stay there.” Don’t stay in the pain. Use God’s truths to give you strength even in the low points. You may not understand but fight the spirit of doubt and fear with REAL TRUTH.

I may be frustrated and tired but I chose to try not to stay in my emotions. God is still my refuge. I triumph because my Savior is active and alive. I will not be put to shame. I may be sad but I will not be shaken. God is still my Solid Rock and Foundation.  I may be down but I am not out. The Enemy is defeated 

So end, I give you Psalm 16:

Keep me safe, my God,
    for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
    “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
    I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
    or take up their names on my lips.

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.
 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

 

Triumph

Blissfully,

Bianca

A Breath of Fresh Air

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.-Psalm 119:105

As I was on the open road driving 6 hours from Atlanta to Jacksonville, FL, I was thinking of my mom’s prayer that morning: “Lord, I want to drive Bianca to Florida but I know I have to let her go. I know you will prepare the way for her…even when I am not on this Earth.” (to paraphrase).

I drove thinking about my mom praying for peace because her little girl was changing before her eyes.  My walk with the Lord has caused me to grow and change. The old Bianca seems like a distant memory. I am emerging into a different Bianca.  My parents notice.  Sometimes I feel like I do not recognize the Bianca I am today. I do know that God is doing a good work in me.

It is not easy to step outside of your comfort zone or security. But, Jesus says I will never leave nor forsake you.  He will not reveal the master plan. Instead, He gives you the provision you need for every step. To be where I am took so much faith, prayer, and boldness. Even when I detour, the Holy Spirit brings me back to the path God has called me to walk.

 His Word will be the lamp where I walk when I cannot see through trials and difficulty. The darkness does not overcome the light. His Word is a light to illuminate my purpose according to His Will. No matter how distant you are, you can find your way back to Him.

He has the path and the light. In order for His promises to be real to you and me, you just have to take the step of obedience one foot in front of the other.

Be Blessed Friends.

Distant

Blissfully,

Bianca

The Potter’s Process

The Potter forms the disfigured, lump of clay

Shaping, molding, remodeling its features

Removing portions and excess

Creating a masterpiece in His image

Though it takes time and patience, the Potter still molds

The clay may be stubborn and difficult, yet the Potter persists molding

The masterpiece is finished

The Potter is pleased and smiles

Portion

Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.-Isaiah 64:8

Blissfully,

Bianca

A Breath of Fresh, Sacrificial Air



Jesus displayed the ultimate sacrifice when He died on the Cross. The bomb of sin and destruction detonated humanity since the Fall of Man. In spite of that, Jesus used himself to save humanity. The bomb of sin and destruction could not overcome the power of Jesus.

The closest thing to Jesus’s sacrifice is the servicemen and servicewomen who have fought and died and still fight so Americans can live freely. The enemies’ intentions to detonate and destroy could not be matched to the men and women in uniform. God used them and we must never forget their sacrifice. No matter what your beliefs are, we should remember our military brothers and sisters who gave up their lives to keep us safe.

Detonate

Blissfully,

Bianca

Jesus Reprieves the Human Race

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.-John 3:16-17

We, as sinners, were meant for judgment away from the God of the Universe.  But God sent His Son to reprieve our imminent punishment. You are worth saving. You are worth Him going to the Cross. Believe in Jesus. Live with eternal hope in the mist of a fallen world.

Reprieve

Blissfully,

Bianca

A Breath of Fresh, Healing Air

Hi Friends,

It has been a while since I have posted, but I am back. My Breath of Fresh, Healing Air is  Faith, Strength, and Perseverance in the valley leads to a Testimony proclaiming His strength and goodness. 

May 21st is a monumental day. It has been two years since my sister’s successful, bone marrow transplant. My sister lived with Sickle Cell Anemia for 20 years.  It came to a point where she could not live in chronic pain forever. There were hills and valleys she experienced. Having a bone marrow transplant was a risk. There was doubt, uncertainty, and fear on all fronts but GOD is greater than human emotion. My sister persevered and believed in her healing. We stepped in faith. We believed and persevered. She came out stronger than before.

When people hear my sister’s story, they ask “How did you get through this?” Faith. Strength. Perseverance.

We, as humans, are not promised a perfect life. Jesus was the perfect man yet He suffered and died on the Cross. In spite of His suffering, Jesus had faith in His Father’s Will, Jesus had strength even though people thought He was crazy and delusional, and Jesus persevered in hills and valleys to come out strong in His Father’s Victory. 

Follow the example of Jesus. Have faith that God is working on your behalf; He has a plan for your life. Ask God for strength. He will give you His strength, strength that humans cannot understand. Persevere and finish the race. Your victory is coming!!

James 1:2-4, 12 –Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 -Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Romans 5:1-4 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.

 

Blissfully,

Bianca

 

 

A Sacrifice I Could Not Handle

 

easter-cross No sacrifice is superior to the One Sacrifice on Calvary.

Jesus sacrificed Himself, the spotless Lamb to save me. The road to Calvary was long, hard, and unfathomable. To be honest, I could not do what Jesus did: Save Humanity.

God gave His Son to the world, even though they would say “Crucify Him.” Jesus loved even to the point of death. He died for you and me. He did not have to but He did. He rose in victory so you and I could have victory. I could not do the impossible. The impossible was possible. The sacrifice was possible. Jesus was the Possible. He is the Possible. He still is the Possible. He will be the Possible. For that, I am thankful for my Risen Savior.

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”-Mark 10:45

Blissfully,

Bianca

A Breath of Fresh, Prudent Air

Being prudent is more than knowing more than the person next to you. Life is more than being the sharpest crayon in the box.

God gives the standard of prudence in His Word. Longevity and prudent character comes from God.

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young—let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.-Proverbs 1:1-7

Being prudent is acknowledging Jesus as the foundation and compass to your life, listening to the wise people who have come before you and giving the wisdom to the next generation, being fair to others, having discernment in different situations, and continuing to seek wisdom.

Being prudent is a process. One of the definitions of prudent means acting with or showing care and thought for the future. I am learning more and gaining more wisdom and knowledge as I grow in my faith and age. God gives His wisdom and instruction freely but one has to be willing to listen. So I encourage you to listen, discern, and live the way God wants you to live.

Prudent

Blissfully,

Bianca