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DEATH – PART 2

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Excerpt from my book, “How To Love God with All Your Heart” Copyright 2015 by Guadalupe C. Casillas.

In this section I described my fear of death and what, or better yet, “Who” made that fear go away…

“One of the reasons I love Jesus so much is that He made a way for me to have eternal life with Him. I’m especially grateful to know this because I used to fear death or the thought of my loved ones dying. When I was about nine years old, my parents and I were returning from the beach on a dangerous road in Nicaragua—no guardrails along the winding road and steep cliffs. Many crosses with flowers honored those who died there. The thought of my parents dying one day made me sad. Tears began to roll softly down my cheeks. Death preoccupied me constantly after that. 

 

In my early twenties depression filled my life. I didn’t want to live. My doctor thought my condition had to do with hormones. I wasn’t attending church at the time. I had lost my faith in God (in a later chapter you’ll read in detail how this came to be). Even though I had a wonderful husband, a beautiful house and was able to stay home with my two children, I wanted to die. One day, I almost did. My husband, Eduardo, and I were in an indoor swimming pool at a hotel in Lake Tahoe, California. I didn’t know how to swim. Standing in the shallow end, I moved a couple of inches to the left and wasn’t able to touch bottom. I called Eduardo for help and raised my arm before going under. As I was drowning, I prayed, “Lord, I’m sorry. I don’t want to die. Please save me.”

God heard my prayer. Eduardo came to my rescue and saved my life. He was exhausted as he kept pushing me to the edge of the pool. He had to push me away so I wouldn’t pull him down. Otherwise we both would have drowned on that day. 

My most recent close-call was different. What I’ve learned about my eternal future with Jesus and the beauty of heaven has helped me overcome the fear of death. My love for Jesus has increased over the years, and there is no place I’d rather be than with Him. 

Light rain hit the windshield as I drove up Highway 50. I was listening to a CD song based on the Twenty-third Psalm. The lyrics talk about God being in control even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. My car had slid a bit twice after hitting a couple of potholes. Remembering that I needed new tires I decided to slow down. On the third pothole, my car hydroplaned and spun onto the center divide. There was no guardrail back then to stop me from heading into oncoming traffic—only a wide patch of grass. Unable to make my car stop from spinning, I said aloud, “Oh, so this is it. This is how I’m going to die—age forty-three—car accident.” It felt like I was spinning in slow motion. Thinking one or more cars would hit me, I imagined the tragic picture of my death in the local paper and the sadness of my loved ones. 

All of a sudden, I thought, “Oh, this means in a few seconds I’ll worship you, Jesus… face to face!” I became excited and joyful, because I love to worship God and sing praises to His name. The thought of doing this in His presence was breathtaking.

In my thoughts I told God, “Okay, Lord, I’m ready. But please make it quick. I don’t want to be in pain for too long.” Then I uttered, “Lord, please protect me.” That’s not what I had intended to say. I wanted to go home with Jesus. I’m crazy in love with my husband and love my two wonderful sons, but I love Jesus more.

When I called on the Name of the Lord, I felt as though a hand had squeezed the midsection of my right foot. That touch brought awareness that my foot was pressed all the way down on the brake pedal. I didn’t want to remove my foot from it. But I automatically did and surrendered control of the vehicle. 

The steering wheel began to turn on its own and my car soon stopped. I couldn’t believe it! I said, “Thank you Lord. You saved me.” Through the rear view mirror I saw that my trunk had popped open. When I got out of my car to close it, I noticed my car was perfectly straight and centered in the divide. I don’t know how to park straight. I knew God had come to my rescue that morning. 

My CD began to play again. I heard no music when my car was spinning—only peace and quiet. In those few seconds, I had nothing to confess. No regrets. When I’d failed in the past, I had repented and asked God for forgiveness. I know I’ve been forgiven of all my past sins.

Surviving that near-death experience allowed me to tell my loved ones the joy I felt in knowing I would have met Jesus. If I had died, they might have thought I’d been terrified, but it was nothing like that!

 

A few hours later I asked God why I hadn’t been worried about my husband and sons. In my thoughts I heard, “It’s because you have already given them to me.” When I die, I know God will take care of my family as He has taken good care of me.”

I leave you with this beautiful song, “I Can Only Imagine”. Imagine what it would be like to be in the presence of Jesus! On my next and final blog on this subject, “Death – Part 3,” I will show you the verses of the Bible that describe Heaven and the beauty that awaits us after this life. Be blessed!!!

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HELLO!!!

Have a beautiful and blessed day, wherever you are!!! 🙂 Jesus loves you…

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DID YOU HAVE A GOOD VALENTINE’S DAY???

The only red letters included in my Bible study book were when I talked about Jesus being the Best Valentine ever!!!
We love because He first loved us! 

 

Check out my Bible study titled, “How to Love God with All Your Heart”
by Guadalupe C. Casillas on Amazon.com
There is no love like the love of Jesus
Perfect Love!!!

 

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ERES AMADO!!!

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Este blog está dedicado a Ti, mi lector.

Todos queremos ser amados. Nadie quiere ser odiado o rechazado. Hay un anhelo en el corazón humano de ser aceptado y amado. Algunos llevamos cicatrices por habernos sentido rechazados por nuestros padres, un esposo, un hijo o un amigo.

 

Desde la infancia anhelamos ser tratados con cariño y ternura. Algunos de nosotros crecemos queriendo ser populares y aceptados por nuestros amigos en la escuela, luego en la universidad y en el trabajo.

Si has experimentado el terrible dolor de un corazón herido por el rechazo, te tengo buenas noticias … Tu Creador, el Creador de este mundo, TE AMA! Su amor por ti es incondicional. Dios se preocupa por cada detalle de tu vida y emociones. ¿Cómo puedo saber esto? Porque la Biblia practicamente grita acerca de cuánto eres amado!

Es difícil reconocer este hecho, si tú no has leído la Palabra de Dios. O tal vez has tenido una experiencia amarga cuando otros Cristianos te  juzgaron o  criticaron y decidiste que Dios es igual de malo y cruel. Otras veces, es porque no te sientes digno del amor de Dios.

Como siempre te voy a llevar a los versículos de la Biblia que demuestran lo que quiero decir. Hay una inmensidad de versículos bíblicos donde Dios declara su amor por ti. Todo el mensaje de la Biblia es de un Dios que te ama tanto que envió a su único Hijo, Jesús, para morir en tu lugar, permiteme decirlo una vez más: Él murió en tu lugar porque te quiere y te ama!

Si tú has sido rechazado por tus padres , esto es lo que el Señor dice en Isaías 49:15-16: “¡Jamás! ¿Puede una madre olvidar a su niño de pecho? ¿Puede no sentir amor por el niño al que dio a luz? Pero aun si eso fuera possible, yo no los olvidaría a ustedes. Mira, he escrito tu nombre en las palmas de mis manos…”

Nosotros tenemos un gran valor. Valemos el Hijo único de Dios. 1 Juan 4:10 dice: “En esto consiste el amor verdadero: no en que nosotros hayamos amado a Dios, sino en que Él nos amó a nosotros y envió a su Hijo como sacrificio para quitar nuestros pecados”.

Él dio el primer paso … Él nos amó primero! 1 Juan 4:19 dice: “Nosotros amamos a Dios porque Él nos amó primero”.

¿Fuiste abandonado por tus padres? ¿Eres huérfano o viudo? Salmo 68:5 dice esto acerca de Dios: “Padre de los huérfanos y defensor de las viudas es Dios en su morada santa.” Cuando ponemos nuestra fe en Jesucristo y creemos de que Él es el Hijo de Dios, llegamos a ser hijos de Dios. Nosotros somos adoptados por Él.


Romanos 8:14-16 dice: “Porque todos los que son guiados por el Espíritu de Dios son hijos de Dios. Y ustedes no recibieron un espíritu que de nuevo los esclavice al miedo, sino el Espíritu que los adopta como hijos y les permite clamar: «¡*Abba! ¡Padre!»  El Espíritu mismo le asegura a nuestro espíritu que somos hijos de Dios”.

¿No te sientes digno del amor de Dios? Romanos 5:8 dice: “Pero Dios demuestra su amor por nosotros en esto: en que cuando todavía éramos pecadores, Cristo murió por nosotros”.

Dios le dijo esto a su pueblo de Israel en Isaías 54:5-6: “Porque Él que te hizo es tu esposo; su nombre es el Señor Todopoderoso. Tu Redentor es el Santo de Israel;¡Dios de toda la tierra es su nombre! El Señor te llamará como a esposa abandonada; como a mujer angustiada de espíritu, como a esposa que se casó joven tan sólo para ser rechazada—dice tu Dios—”.

Deuteronomio 31:8

“El Señor mismo marchará al frente de ti y estará contigo; nunca te dejará ni te abandonará. No temas ni te desanimes”.

Escribí esto en el capítulo titulado,”Amor Perfectode mi libro:

Ya seamos solteros o casados deseamos ser amados y aceptados en todo momento. Pero en este mundo vamos a sufrir rechazos y decepciones. A veces te puedes sentir rechazado por un amigo o un familiar. Ten en cuenta de que Dios, el Creador, te ama incondicionalmente y nunca te dejará ni te desamparará. Él te ama tanto, que para demostrar su amor por ti, Él optó por renunciar a su vida. Esto es el verdadero amor! Extracto de mi libro, “Cómo amar a Dios con todo tu corazón”  Derechos Reservados 2011.

A veces, una canción y un video lleva el mensaje con mayor claridad así que aquí estan dos canciones acerca del amor perfecto de Dios para contigo! Una versión es Inglés por que tiene un video mejor y la otra tiene las canciones con las letras en Español. Espero que te gusten!

 

 Juan 3:16, “ Pues Dios amó tanto al mundo que dio a su único Hijo, para que todo el que crea en Él no se pierda, sino que tenga vida eterna.”

Dios te amó tanto a TI … !!!

¡Bendiciones!

WHEN GOD GIVES YOU A TASK…

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When God gives you a task, He will be with you all the way! And this was the case when God called me to write a Bible study. I’ll share with you how this came to be so you’ll know that all the glory goes to Him.

This Bible study was a labor of love and an act of obedience. The thought of being a writer never entered my mind. This study was born out of a prayer I wrote in my journal in 2009. “Dear Lord, please bring me the crowds, the lost, I want to tell them about your great love.”

Two weeks later at a women’s retreat in Lake Tahoe, I asked God for something new. The something new did not come out of the mouth of the speaker, but out of my roommate’s lips at the end of the retreat when the speaker was selling her devotional books.  My friend said to me, “Guadalupe, you should write a book!” I immediately said, “What? What makes you say that?” She said, “You have a lot to offer. You need to share all the experiences you have had with God, with others.” Then the following week two friends from Bible study told me independently that I should write a book. I prayed and asked my husband. He said to get started. When he was in the middle of reading my manuscript, while on travel, he said that this book needed to go out and that he would support me in doing so.  The study had impacted my husband.

When I was done writing all twelve chapters, I asked God to please help me publish the book. Two days later I received an email saying, “You don’t know me, but I’m a friend of Michelle who is in your Bible study. She told me about your book. I’m going to a Christian Writer’s Conference, would you like to come? I did. I found out that there was a critique group of Christian authors in my own town!

After attending conferences, and meetings for several months, I still needed a Publisher. I asked God in prayer to send me help again. I had a coffee meeting with the President of Inspire Christian Writers to tell her that I was stuck and needed a publisher for my study. Toward the end she told me that they had just started publishing books through Inspire Press, and that she was giving approval for my book to be published by them!

The icing on the cake was that my editor was not only a book author himself, but had been a missionary in Africa and currently a Bible professor at a Bible College. When he finished editing my book he wrote a wonderful P.S. note, which I asked for his permission to share. He stated, “PS, Obviously the Spirit has anointed you in leading Bible studies and has guided you in creating this Bible study book, including the testimonies. I’m glad Inspire Press gets to publish it.”

So when God gives you a task, He will be with you all the way!

I pray you’ll get a hold of a copy over the internet, because I know this Bible study, about the greatest commandment, will bless you. It will be as if I’m sitting with you sharing my heart for the Lord and the amazing things God has done in my life.

The name of my Bible study is: “How To Love God with All Your Heart – A Personal Journey & Testimonial Bible Study Guide” By Guadalupe C. Casillas.

Here is the link on Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_36?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=how+to+love+god+with+all+your+heart+by+guadalupe+c.+casillas&sprefix=how+to+love+God+with+all+your+heart+%2Caps%2C277

May you be blessed as you continue to draw closer to God’s heart of LOVE!!!

AUTHOR GUADALUPE C. CASILLAS

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HOW TO LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART By Guadalupe C. Casillas

How to Love God with All Your Heart

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