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What Happens When the Door Closes and you are in the Storm?

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Reflection of our lives reveals that we have overcome many obstacles; however, for reasons which are not easily identified, we are feeling quite overwhelmed with the present and unexpected life event. When we perceive that we are overwhelmed, fear, worry, and anxiety escalate at disproportionate levels.

As a result, we become fixated on the closed door and become spiritually disoriented, quickly forgetting the power of Divine intervention. When we begin to communicate with God through prayer, we then understand that God has allowed the door to close. He is protecting us as only a Heavenly Father can do. As our relationship grows deeper with God, He will enable us to see his excellent plan for our lives-many open doors.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020

The Journey

But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:21

The other day, I listened to a conversation between an individual who had the desire to write and his best friend. He asked, “How do you know that you are a writer?” His friend explained to him that God has given each of us spiritual gifts and talents that we were born with, and He will reveal your purpose through the Holy Spirit.

Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God, our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. James 1:17

Yes, everyone has received a measure of faith, spiritual gifts, and talents that were given to us by God. We have also been given the desire to have a relationship with God. By our daily preparation, we either establish a strong bond with God, or we fail to put forth the effort, and only have a superficial knowledge of who He really is.

Do we live as if our relationship with God is a journey or just a series of short trips?

When we dedicate ourselves to a lifelong spiritual journey with God, our priorities reflect that decision. Have you ever felt hunger so intense that you felt as if you would almost eat anything? Our desire for God places us in a state of desperation. We realize that we are nothing without Him. To maintain an up-close and personal relationship with God, we must hunger and thirst for God.

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17. In choosing a journey with God, we will not require persuasion to communicate with him through prayer several times a day.

I gain understanding from Your precepts; therefore, I hate every false way. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:104-105. When we love God, we have an overwhelming desire to study and cherish His Word. Before studying the Bible, we should pray and ask for the Holy Spirit to reveal the meaning of the precious truths and promises and how we can apply the Word to our every day lives.

There is only one way to grow spiritually and increase in knowledge and wisdom. When we do our part, God allows our eyes to open and view the things of this world as foolishness. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.” 1 Corinthians 3:19

Many believers have been caught off guard by our current events, and they are in a state of confusion. Possessing uncertainty in these times is not the mindset that God intended for His children to have. I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!” John 16:33

While Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered, “See to it that no one deceives you. Matthew 24:3-4

WE cannot be compelled by Satan to fall into temptation, to believe false information, or to live in a panic mode. Our definite advantage is a Spiritual team consisting of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, along with the angelic host. Our duty to God and man is the great Commission: Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

  1. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34
  2. Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.… James 1: 4-6

In Matthew 17, Jesus’ disciples were unable to cast out the demons from the man’s son. When they asked Jesus why not? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief… Matthew 17:20. Do we let our circumstances shake our faith in God? In Matthew 17:21, Jesus tells us that some things require fasting and praying. Whatever is required for us to possess unwavering faith then we are expected to do.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Corinthians 15:58

This morning, I asked myself if Jesus were to come today, would I have Eternal Life? My answer was not a definitive yes, and that poses a serious issue in my journey with God. Therefore, as of sunset today-Saturday sunset, I will be in a season of a shut-in, with fasting, studying and praying. It is something that I have never done before, and I ask for the prayers of all of my brothers and sisters in Christ that I will deepen my relationship with God as we prepare for Eternal life.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 2 Peter 1:10.

I will begin posting Devotionals on Monday, April 13th.

Love God, Love Others, and Love yourself. Be safe and Stay at Home.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020

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Reaching Peak Performance

Please test your servants for ten days. Let us be given only vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearances with those of the young men who are eating the royal food…Daniel 1:12-13

In 2004, I purchased a pre-owned, garage kept 2003, Mercury Grand Marquis. The vehicle was fully loaded with only 13,000 miles. What impressed me the most was when the salesman lifted the hood, the V8 engine was immaculate and purred like a kitten. Also, the previous owner kept a maintenance log which indicated that the car was highly valued and well-cared for.

I was a single woman living in New Jersey and concerned about finding a reputable mechanic. My cousin recommended one of their friends who was self-employed as a mechanic. After receiving the address, I decided to make a visit to set up a routine checkup before I traveled out of state. Once he finished checking out the car, the mechanic told me to do two things to keep my car in peak performance: 1.) Use synthetic oil and premium gas. 2.) and to take care of your vehicle like you take care of yourself. When I sold my car in 2017, she had over 180,000 miles, new tires, and the ability to travel for another 100,000 miles.

“Take care of your vehicle like you take care of yourself.”

Besides politics, there is also another subject that ranks in the top 5 controversial topics, a healthy diet. Many individuals become defensive regarding their food intake, especially if their diets are unhealthy. My childhood diet consisted of healthy meals, plenty of fruits, and veggies, but there were always desserts and fried foods.  I received a weekly allowance, which allowed me to walk to the corner store and purchase enough candy to last for a week. The downside to my habit was that I became addicted to candy, and became a victim of childhood obesity at the age of 11.

I continued to eat candy on a regular basis, but not every day. The extra, empty calories added up and my weight began to increase. At my annual checkup, my physician commended me on maintaining a stable blood pressure, but at 42, she was concerned about my abnormal BMI. The visit extended into a lengthy one, because she took a complete nutritional history, and provided education on making healthy changes that would impact my future.

You, however, are controlled not by the flesh but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9

When I read Romans 8:9, I now realize that my Doctor was addressing appetite from a spiritual perspective. “We do not let our appetites control us and eat foods that ruin our bodies,” was her final word of advice as I left her office. Twenty years have passed, and I can still remember that visit as if it happened yesterday.

“The foods you eat have big effects on your health and quality of life.” (Mawer, 2016)

WE can Retrain our minds and our tastebuds!

Many of us are following the Stay-at-home protocols and have extra time on our hands. We can utilize this time to make much-needed changes in our lifestyle. Incorporating nutritious foods such as legumes, vegetables, and fruits can jumpstart the metamorphosis to a new and improved you. Get rid of junk food, animal by-products, and plan meatless meals 1-3 times per week. http://www.pinterest.com

Fresh seasonings provide additional flavors, make your own salad dressings, and nondairy ice cream desserts. This is the perfect time to drink 1 gallon of water every day (unless you have cardiac or renal issues). The detoxing of unneeded junk foods will propel your body into a healing stage.

Believe that the body and mind respond well to healthy eating. The cognitive abilities are enhanced, the mood becomes stabilized, and the level of energy increases. The cells, tissues, and organs will thrive from receiving the nutrients that they rightfully deserve.

The best decision that I ever made was to give up my candy addiction and all sugary foods. Choosing a plant-based diet has forced me to rechannel my excess energies, especially since the shut-in. Although I read a lot of professional articles, I still maintain a balance by singing, exercising, crafting, and playing online mind-boggling games. The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:7

We have an obligation to God to care for our bodies. God created us in His image. If we so choose, yes, we can change our nonproductive habits. Pray and ask God to give you the strength to obtain an optimal level of wellness.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14

Stay at home. Pray without ceasing. Study the Bible. Preparing for Eternal life one day at a time.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020

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The Time is Now

And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. Mark 3:25

The House Divided Speech was an address given by Abraham Lincoln, later President of the United States, on June 16, 1858, which he based on biblical scripture. The nation was divided on the enslavement of individuals leading to a Civil War and division between people, especially on a political level that is still prevalent in our societies today.

We are focusing on the political dissension that has aggressively risen up during this pandemic. It has us so distracted that many individuals are desensitized to the current statistics of infection and death. The fight is to return to normal because the economy in our Capitalistic nation is suffering.

It is difficult to believe that we are divided in the most crucial time when a Killer virus is still victimizing and proving that the law of nature is valid, “Only the strong survive.” There is a war between the political powers and healthcare providers on the necessary measures to contain and eradicate the COVID-19 virus. So, the healthcare providers have conceded to the powers that be and have intertwined effective measures with ineffective measures to calm the hysteria of the general public.

The previous pandemic had the advantage of the development of a vaccine, and still had a duration of 16 months.

Many engage in online political squabbles, ignoring the continual rise of infectious cases and deaths. Within the 4th month of the coronavirus, the desire for a quick recovery to reestablish our economy still prevails. One nurse aptly surmised the situation in her statement, “We are using measures that are clearly in opposition to all the Infection Control protocols that we vowed to uphold in the delivery of patient care.” Basic Microbiology affirms that viruses cannot be controlled and treated as bacteria produced diseases, yet, as healthcare providers, we silence ourselves as we watch the increase of cases and a rising death toll.

When Jesus appeared before Pontius Pilate, he went out to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime.” But you have a custom of asking me to release one prisoner each year at Passover. Would you like me to release this “King of the Jews?” But they shouted back, “No! Not this man. We want Barabbas!” John 18:38-40. The Jews chose a criminal over an innocent man, Jesus Christ.

So, the leaders have agreed that something must be done. We need something tangible to curtail the mass hysteria caused by humanity’s helplessness. The American people are out of control, and we cannot afford this type of reaction, with the election being so close. And the rest of the story is that the Physician’s and Nurses that we trust and rely on to treat and teach us to manage disease processes, suddenly do not possess the expertise to develop strategies and implement protocols to manage another viral pandemic. (4/2009-8/2010, H1N1 Influenza virus)

Behind the closed doors, the politicians tell the healthcare providers, “Do you see, it worked? Give them what they want; however, I will not wear a face mask.” With the distraction, we arm ourselves with hand sanitizer, gloves, and face coverings, seeking stores that remain open. We complain about our constitutional rights being violated as the virulent COVID-19 continues to take victims without mercy.

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3

Satan continues to execute his diabolical plans as more conflict arises from a Republican Senate hopeful, Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai. Known as Dr. Shiva, he has three goals:

1. To become a Republican Senator.

2. To initiate the termination (firing) of Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Immunologist.

3. Wants healthy Americans to return to work rather than stay at home

Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai is a Mumbai-born and U.S.-raised entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in biological engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Shiva is not an MD, which means he does not have a license to prescribe or to recommend the treatment of taking daily doses of mega amounts of oil-based vitamins A and D, which are stored in the body and have the potential to reach toxic levels from overdosing. Vitamin C is a water-based vitamin which is excreted daily without storage in the body, rarely causing severe side effects.  Nevertheless, which one of your children will you experiment with? Which parent will try his unproven theories?

Even with medical expertise, humanity is limited in their predictions of how the body will react to various diseases and treatment modalities. Hence, the actions of the COVID-19 virus ranges from producing infectious carriers to those with minor symptoms to respiratory failure leading to death. We can identify high-risk individuals, but we are unable to explain why a young, healthy person with a viable immune system succumbs to the infection.

Drugs are tested under controlled conditions in clinical trials that are required before the FDA gives its approval. Data is collected based on the reactions and results from the majority of the clinical participants. The many adverse reactions that are mentioned during the media ads have occurred to real people in the clinical trials, even leading up to the death of some of the participants.

Before you think that this article is about politicians vs. healthcare professionals or Democrats vs. Republicans, I assure you that my focus is spiritual. I believe in being well-informed and use my time wisely to stay abreast of current events that signify the end of time and Jesus’ Second Coming.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

But understand this: In the last days, terrible times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, traitorous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Turn away from such as these! 2 Timothy 3: 1-5.

Believers begin to study the Bible as never before, include spiritual fasting and much prayer. Satan is attempting to deceive the people of God because he knows his time is short. Many are fearful and desperate for a quick fix to eradicate this virus. Deceptive remedies are being presented as a cure for the pestilence in our land so we can return to our regular routines.

Solomon was a young man when God appointed him as King. His request to God: 9 “Give your servant, therefore, an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who can govern this your great people?” 

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 1 Kings 3:9-12

We can approach the Throne of Grace, humbly asking God to impart wisdom and to give us spiritual discernment. Let no man deceive you by any means…2 Thessalonians 2:3 first part. As long as we rely on God, we will be able to differentiate the truth from error.

Unless you are an essential worker, Obey the laws of the land–Stay at Home. If you must run errands, practice Social Distancing. According to the experts, the next 2 weeks are critical, whether the virus will exacerbate or decline.

God will provide a hedge of protection around us when we do our part. Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to you for protection. I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings until the danger passes by. Psalm 57:1

Prepare yourself! Through the process of elimination, rid yourself of foods that fail to provide nutrients to the mind and body. Return to the original plant-based diet, and your body and mind will be strengthened. Purchase or download Counsel on Diet and Foods by Ellen G. White.

Use good judgment. Pray for wisdom. Trust in God. Prepare for Eternal life one day at a time.

Prayer: Dear God, We come before you asking for the forgiveness of our sins. The disease that exists came as a surprise to us. Many of us are in a state of confusion, and we ask you to reveal the truth to us on how to care for our bodies during this pandemic. As we study your Word, we ask you to fill us with your Holy Spirit as you did for others on the Day of Pentecost. We pray on behalf of the essential workers that you will protect them from all hurt, harm, and danger and do the same for our families. May we continue to live faith-based lives until you come again. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.

© Sonya Johnson-Ruiz RN 2020

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How to Make Your own Face Covering

The next two weeks are predicted to show a significant increase for contracting the coronavirus. Do not become a victim to COVID-19.

Sharing this video from the Surgeon General. Remember that this is a face covering not an N95 mask.

Self- Evaluation of your health history is vital…if you are high risk… or

your normal diet consists of junk or fast foods then you are also high risk.

Stay at home…no face covering needed.

Empower yourself by learning about a healthy food intake and its impact on the Immune System.

Learn as much as possible about respiratory viruses and how they are transmitted.

Who.int

cdc.gov

fda.gov

Use good judgment. Pray for wisdom. Trust in God.

Sonya RN