“Happy New Year”

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An end of a year and the beginning of a new. It’s a time when people reflect and start to make resolutions. I have never been big on resolutions. Mainly because there is so much to get done with every year, they start to feel overwhelming. But, there is one thing I can resolve to do for 2017′ and that is to PRAY more every day.. Praying for others, and helping people learn to Cling to Jesus, is something I feel very strongly about.  In our busy busy world and with so much chaos and distractions around us, having a place to focus on God, put your thoughts down on paper (or computer) and pray on a continual basis is vitally important.   I have created such a place on FaceBook.  It is a Group called the “Cling to Jesus Club”.  A place for prayer, encouragement, and uplifting devotionals.

You are welcome to join me here.  We are starting our year off right by starting it with prayer. For God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, and He will be with us always, if we only learn to Cling to Him, and call on Him daily. 

My prayer this year is to endure all things with God by my side.  To never lose sight of Him and to Cling to Him in my times of need.

Blessings to you all in 2017′!

Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Here is the link to join my Cling to Jesus Club!

The Cling to Jesus Club

Happy New Year!

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Skipping Thanksgiving?

Skipping Thanksgiving?

I was saddened this week to talk with someone who told me they were skipping Thanksgiving this year.  Mainly because he lost his mother this year and the family has all moved in different directions.  I see also how so many people have already put up their Christmas decorations already and it feels like maybe a lot of people are doing the same thing…..skipping Thanksgiving?

I have had a hard year too.  I have had separation, rejection, loss of a job, financial struggles had friends  pass away and even suffered a great loss of someone close to my family who died by suicide.  But my heart is still Thankful.  And as silly as it sounds, my heart is thankful for a DAY in which we can be thankful.  A day to observe and to feast, and be joyful and to thank our God for what He has done.   And if my year was hard, then that is one more thing to be thankful for.   Thankful that He brought me through those hard times and is keeping me going.

He is a GOOD and WONDERFUL GOD and we should THANK Him.

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Dear Lord,

You are a wonderful God!  You have brought me through so much this year and I don’t even know where to begin to thank you.  I could not have endured all that I have this past year without YOU.   YOU held me up when I crumbled.  YOU lifted my head when I had no strength.   YOU got me out of bed when I lost the desire to get up.   YOU helped me press on and move forward when I felt I had nothing to look forward to.   YOU held my family together when everything around us was falling apart.  YOU kept my mind sane when I thought I might lose control.  YOU gave me comfort when I was hurting.  YOU gave me promises that kept me going.  YOU gave me your WORD to bring me encouragement.  YOU gave me songs in my heart to bring me peace.   YOU gave me friends and family to help me through.  YOU accepted me when others rejected me.  YOU never left me.  YOU loved me when I needed YOU.  YOU forgave me when I didn’t deserve it.  YOU listened to me when I had no one else.

Thank you FATHER.  THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU.

A Month of Thankfulness

November is a beautiful season and a beautiful month.  Here in Colorado the leaves have fallen and everything has turned from green to abundant yellow, orange and red.   I have a beautiful trees that turn a radiant red as well as a bush in my front yard, that I refer to as my “burning bush” because it reminds me of the burning bush in the Bible when God spoke to Moses.

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November for me is a time of reflection.  As I watch the changing colors in the leaves from October that have now fallen to the ground and the trees have now gone bare, the year is coming to an end.  And so I start to think about all that has happened this past year and all that God has brought us through and I am so thankful.

So many answered prayers.  Good health for my family and not one single day has gone by that we have been hungry or have not had a warm place to sleep.  God is so good to us.

Though there have been some very tough situations in our walk this past year, God has never left our side.

In between jobs and staying home, God has still provided for us.

Songs are still being sung and new songs are still being written.  How thankful I am for this gift.

We had graduations and accomplishments that came with parties and reasons to celebrate that brought us fun and laughter with family and great friends.     I am thankful for the happy times.

Our life has many ups and downs, and relationships sometimes end, and new ones begin, but God is always there.  He is the one thing we can always count on.

So November is a time of thankfulness.   A time to show gratitude to the one we should thank every single day.

I thank Him for the good times and for the bad.   I thank Him for His stability and His never ending Love.  I thank Him for His generosity and the blessings He bestows on me even when I don’t deserve it.

How wonderful He has been to me – I am so thankful.

Remembering 9/11

I don’t let a year go by without taking some time to remember 9/11 and reflect on what happened that day in our country.   I feel that it is important to remember and take time to acknowledge what so many Americans endured on that day and how our nation endured terrorism first hand.

In 2012, some artifacts from the World Trade Center came through Colorado and rested in front of the Denver Civic Center building.  I was able to take some photographs of the artifacts and will never forget the feeling when seeing a portion of the building, and reflecting on the lives lost that day.

It was very surreal and I would like to share those images with you.

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I was very humbled and surprised to see the reverence and respect that everyone showed as they stopped to view the artifacts.  The normal sounds of people chatting and the business of Downtown Denver was turned to complete silence and a kind of calmness as you passed by the artifacts.   With the military presence and the American Flag draped over it, it was truly a heart breaking experience.

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I will always remember 9/11 and honor the lives lost on that day.  I also take time to thank God for the goodness and kindness that so many showed and experienced on that day.  I thank God for the people who reached out and called on Him and for the sacrifice of so many.  So many lives were impacted all around the world and God was present.  I believe God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and healing is still taking place.

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If you still remember, and still continue to pray, please share my blog, and LIKE and share my 9/11 music video in remembrance of those lost on 9/11.

Click the link below.

“We’ll Always Remember 9/11”

“Promises”

This blog is to give you an insight, or a behind the scenes look at the lyrics to a song I wrote for my husband for our 20 year Anniversary, which we just celebrated on June 22, 2015’.  After you read the blog, please check out my photo montage I made of the song on my website.

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I was a teenager when I met my husband.   How crazy does that sound?  19 years old when I started working for the phone company in 1990.  Fresh out of high school and a single mom looking for full time work.

Gene says he remembers the first time seeing me the day I walked into the office.   I don’t remember much about that day except for the fact that I was a terrified teenager entering a world of angry employees working for the phone company for one too many years.

Gene and I worked in cubicles sitting one on each side with a cubicle wall between us.   I don’t remember having an actual introduction.   My first memory of him is when he would call my extension, I would answer saying “This is Yvette” and he would say “Wanna kiss?” and then he would hang up the phone and throw Hershey’s kisses over the cubicle and they would hit me right on the head.   And my very first thoughts were – “Wow, what a weirdo.”  And then I would happily eat my candy. J   Hence, (lyrics) “The crazy thing’s you’d do for my attention.”

Another time that he so fondly remembers, was when he came up to my cube, and asked me about my hot pink name plate and I gave him a very detailed explanation about my previous job and where and how I made it with my very own hands.   And really all he heard was blah blah blah blah blah, as he says that he was just so mesmerized by all my prettiness!  Ha! (I’m rolling my eyes)

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But both of us were in previous relationships and I never really had an inclination that he was interested in me.   There was always some flirtation, and I often caught him looking at me, but I never thought anything of it until the one day out of the blue, he asked me out on a date.   We always took breaks and lunches together, so spending time with him was not strange or anything, but I remember when he asked me if I wanted to go out with him the following evening, my response was “In the night time??” and he said “Uh yes.”  And I said “Uh – ok.”   And I remember walking away thinking, “Wow, he just asked me out. Hmmm.”

So our first date was at the Chili Pepper in downtown Denver.   Gene was and always has been a VERY funny and witty guy, and so of course our first and many dates after were always spent laughing, at God only knows what.   Granted we always had a couple of drinks together, but truthfully, we would be laughing even before the drinking.   Our times at work together were always spent laughing as well and I found myself always wanting to be with him, just to feel the way I felt with him and especially because he made me laugh.   (lyrics) “All the time that we’d spend laughing for no reason.”

During that time in my life, I was going through some very hard times, not only as a single mom, but grieving the loss of my niece who had died of SIDS and also my grandfather who had also just passed.   I often tease Gene that he was attracted to “depression” apparently, because that was one of my strongest traits back in the 90’s.  These were the early times in our relationship where (lyrics) “he dried my tears and stood beside me.”  And there were many, many, many more years to come where he would be there for me time after time.

I heard just recently someone say, that marriage to them was another way of serving, and another opportunity that God gives them to serve someone else.    That really resonated with me and could not be more true where our marriage is concerned.   We are just celebrated our 20 year anniversary this year, and I, by no means, claim to be an expert on marriage.  But I can tell you all the traits in my husband, that made me fall in love with him, and keep me in love with him still, 20 years later.

Mark 10:45 “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.”  It was something beautiful and amazing when the creator of the universe came to earth and served humanity.  The traits that He taught us on how we should live and how we should serve others, Gene has ALWAYS had.   And I know to others and when you read this, you are probably going to think and say that I am very spoiled as a woman and wife, because of all that Gene has done for me.   And though it may make ME look bad to people here on earth, because I am the recipient of Gene’s service, I think in God’s eyes, Gene is the type of husband that God desires all men to be, and that He will one day say to Gene “Well done, thy good and faithful servant.”

When Gene and I’s friendship began back in the 90’s, we were friends and co-workers in the workplace.   As I said, I was a single mom back then, and I was at the very bottom of the totem pole at US West, and I used to have to work the night shift.   Gene however, was higher up on the totem pole and he was able to get earlier hours.   So even before we started dating, he offered many times to work my night shifts so that I could have day hours to be home with my son in the evenings.   On the times when I did have to work the night shifts or he was unable to switch with me , he would always walk me to my car before  dark so that I could move my car closer to the building so I wouldn’t have to walk the 5 blocks by myself at 11:00 at night.

After we started dating, there were countless times I remember him bringing me lunch before he would leave work, or surprise me with a pack of Twinkies that I so loved back then.  TwinkiesOne incident however that completely blew me away was one evening, when I had no gas in my car, and I was working until 11:00 at night.  I shared with him over the phone that I was worried I might not make it home because I was running on empty, and he came all the way back to work with his tank of gas that he used to fill his lawn mower, found my car, and filled it with the gas so that I was sure to make it home that night.   And then he came up to the office to say hi to me.   Believe me, when I say that NO MAN had ever done anything like that for me before.  I dated guys who would expect me to pay for dinner at times.  Who conveniently forgot my phone # whenever my birthday or Valentine’s day rolled around or would get angry and annoyed with me when I got a flat tire and they had to change it for me.  I really never dated anyone who showed me any type of kindness.  Needless to say, I fell in love.

Throughout our marriage, Gene has always found ways to serve me, and has always put my feelings before his own.   He has sacrificed so much for me and has lost so much because of me.  I have seen the pain he has endured because of relationships he has lost and I often times have felt so guilty because of it, that I have even offered to let him go because his sacrifice was too great.   But he has always been very committed to me and promises over and over that he will never leave me and that our marriage is his priority.    (lyrics) “And everything you had to lose, because of me.” But Gene has always believed that God can heal and will restore the relationships he has lost. He has so much faith and hope in God and never stops praying.   It breaks my heart to see his pain, but we have come to a place where we are just so very thankful to God for all He has done, for all He has blessed us with and for the people in our lives who love us and enjoy being around us.

Gene has never forgotten a birthday, an anniversary, the day of our first date, or the song that was playing the day he finally kissed me for the first time.   (Which by the way, is the song that plays at the very end, when the song changes to a slow song.  This is the song by ELVIS Presley that was playing on the day of our very first kiss.  “Loving Arms” is the name of that song.

The way that Gene surprises me with gifts, candy, flowers, or builds me a flower bed at a whim, helps me when I get overwhelmed, tends to our house, fixes anything that breaks, works on the lawn, cleans the garage, builds me a shelving unit or new desk, does the dishes, makes the bed and makes my lunch, runs for the umbrella to escort me to my car in the rain, opens the door for me, takes me to fancy restaurants, or takes me for ice cream in his hot Camaro – are all ways that he serves me daily in our marriage.

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He has literally shown me what it means to love someone more than yourself and to give with your whole heart and soul.   And it makes me want to be a better wife and to give to him as much as he gives to me.   Not because I owe him for all that he does, but because I want to be that kind of servant in our marriage just as he is to me.   Nothing I do for him compares to all that he does, which is why I write “I may never understand why you chose to love me, and I never saw what you saw in me.”   But I do plan to keep the promises I made, and to do my best to serve him as well as he has served me for 20 plus years.   I thank God for Gene every single day.   I am blessed more than I deserve.   And I am thankful.

Click here to hear my song, “Promises” .

“The Cross”

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So much has been written about “the cross” and there are so many beautiful songs about the cross that I just truly love.   But what is it about the cross that is so fascinating?   What does the cross signify for you?

When you think about the simplicity of two wooden boards nailed together and for the purpose of crucifixion it really is a gruesome image.  Yet, because of what Christ did on that cross more than 2000 years ago, makes the whole image completely different.  There is now beauty in the cross, not because of what it is, but because of what Christ did.

When I look at a cross, whether it be a picture on the wall, a standing figurine, a pendant on a necklace, a full fledged hanging cross or even a person’s tattoo of a cross, I see LOVE. Yes, I am quickly reminded of the pain and suffering that was endured, but at the same time, I see LOVE. I remember that Christ made a choice to endure what He did, and that He didn’t have to. How quickly He could have removed Himself from the cross, and stopped the agony that He was enduring.   But He knew there was a purpose.   He knew that I needed a Savior. He knew that I needed redemption.   He LOVED me so much that He allowed it to continue.   He LOVED me so much that He took the pain, the insults, the beatings, the humiliation, the mocking, and the brutality of it all.

When I see a cross, I am humbled.   I am literally moved and eternally grateful, that the God of the universe LOVED me enough to take my place.   That kind of LOVE is beautiful.   That kind of LOVE is eternal. That kind of LOVE worth living for.

I love the cross and all that it stands for, but more importantly, I LOVE the man who died on the cross and took the punishment that was meant for me. I LOVE the fact that my God came down in human flesh to live, teach, love, heal, comfort, have relationship with us, die and raise again from the dead so that I may have life, and have it more abundantly.

That is what I see when I look at a cross.   What does the cross mean to you?

There are two songs that I wrote and that I love to sing at this time of year. “Beauty of the Cross” and “He Came With a Purpose”.   Please visit my website and take a listen.

http://www.yvettemedinamusic.com

May you have a wonderful and blessed Easter Season!

Valentine’s 2015′

It is always interesting to read back on the early origins of any holiday, and Valentine’s Day is one that certainly dates itself back many centuries.  In our society today, Valentine’s is a very “couples” oriented holiday.   It is also very commercialized, guilt driven, and can often times be very depressing for people who may not be in a romantic relationship.   But over the years, I’ve come to think of Valentine’s Day as a great excuse to show GOD’S love.   So many verses in the Bible tell us of God’s love for us and how we should love one another, not just those we are romantically involved with.

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We love because He first loved us.

Luke 6:35

Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting anything back.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:13

And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Ephesians 4:2

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

1 Peter 4:8

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.

1 John 4:7

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

Love isn’t just for couples.  If you’re like me, and you fall short of showing love to those around you from time to time, think of Valentine’s Day as a good excuse for you to show love to someone – anyone.  I have teenage boys who aren’t always receptive to daily “love” but on Valentine’s day they seem to always accept what I have to give.  Even if it’s a simple handmade note, a homemade cake or cookies, they always seem willing to receive it on Valentine’s Day.  So I make it a point to give a little something on Valentines.  Never anything expensive, just a little treat to show my love for them.   Even showing a little extra love to my dog is always well received.

But you can show love to anyone.   Give a call to a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, maybe forgive someone you’ve been holding a grudge against for a while.   Hand out Valentines to your neighbors like you used to do in school.  Wish your mom and dad a Happy Valentine’s Day. Go visit your grandma.   Send a text or email to your siblings.  Or how about this?  Talk to God and tell Him how much you love Him.   He is in fact the creator of LOVE and has shown the greatest love there is to us.  He desires to be with us and commune with us every day, how about giving Him some time on Valentine’s,  and say something like….  “I Love you Lord, on Valentine’s and always”.

Just remember, LOVE can be shown to anyone and should be given to everyone.  Don’t get trapped in the commercialism of Valentine’s Day, or the fantasy that it is just for couples.  Valentine’s can be a great way to show anyone you care about them and give a little LOVE.

Wishing you and those you love, a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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