“Let the light shine.”

“Let the light shine.”

Today I woke up with the only window in my room a bit open; the light woke me up. Saw it and it made me think….”Why does the light have to be so bright, so strong? It is only bit opened, and it is strong enough to wake me up???”

Got up and I closed it because I DID NOT want the light to come in and wake me up again. Getting ready for the day I realized… The window represented us (humanity), the light represents GOD and the window our separation with HIM.

Sometimes we get focused on not wanting to wake up, we keep closing the window so no light can come in and shine because, WE do not want to let Him show us what we NEED to wake us up from (the light) instead we stay in the darkness, sleeping, comfortable, at a place we should not be, unwanted or unappreciated, at times confused and unaware of what is happening to us without God… not realizing what God has given us through the sacrifice of His son Jesus on the cross.

This morning I contemplated everything around us in the world, realized how the light would come into our rooms and brighten it up completely; no electricity was needed. Light that we do not have to pay for because it was right there all along, all we needed to do is wake up.

The marvelous light of God does that for us!

God woke me up in different, deeper and more intimate ways. If we allow His light shine into our life completely we can share that with others who are as lost as we were before we let the light of God shine on us.

I pray today is a blessed day for you all. Praying that everyone wakes up from any sleep and let God into your heart, let Him fix the brokenness, let Him heal the cuts in your soul, allow Him to mold you into the individual He has designed for you to be.

I pray that everyone is safe, happy, loved, joyful, appreciated, guided and wanted… NOT by this world but by our God. Through the gospel.

Have a great and blessed day everyone.

Love you all but remember GOD loves you more!

– Let’s strive to be the reflection of the kingdom, not a duplica of the misleading world we live in. –

– Let’s strive to be the reflection of the kingdom, not a duplica of the misleading world we live in. –
I’m a regular at Starbucks, I visit the coffee houses 4-5 times a week to write, bible study and meet up with girls I mentor. I love the smell of coffee and I have gotten to know everyone that works there for the most part.
 
Many of the employees often ask me Biblical questions and share their hearts. Which I absolutely LOVE!
 
On a recent occasion a younger girl, I want to say 18-20 years old, she said something that I’ve heard from many before.
She said, “I don’t understand how people can post videos on social media getting drunk, at clubs, twerking, dress provocatively and the next day on Sunday… the post videos at church, dressed modest and singing praises with their hands lifted up.”
She stopped talking for about 20 seconds just looking at me as I looked at her, I was waiting to see if she was going to say anything else, she did… “one thing is having a drink or glass of wine, but to post videos at the club that way and then the very next day, have the audacity to post videos at church with hands lifted up and praising God. That’s hypocritical in so many ways.” She ended that true and powerful statement with, “that’s why I don’t go to church!”
 
I paused!
I wanted to say many things. But as she was talking I was praying.
I was asking God to guide my words, I saw a very hurt young girl, mad, and frustrated with what the world sees as “Christians” and the “Church.”
I looked at her and the only thing I could tell her was, “You will know a tree by it’s fruits (Matthew 7:15:20) and I honestly believe that the problem is discipleship and lack of truly understanding the Word. (Hosea 4:6)”
 
Then she asked me, “have you ever done that?” In a challenging tone. I shared my testimony with her. And I told her, “to answer your question, yes I did that before. When I was months young as a Christian. I didn’t understand what being lukewarm (Revelation 3:16) was. I though just because I had accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, God’s grace was given to me, I could still do all of those things( 2 Corinthians 6:1-3). It wasn’t until I truly understood what the sacrifice on the cross truly was and the conviction took over my life (Hebrews 9:28).”
 
Her aggressiveness was gone and she was opened to me. She looked sad now and she said, “I just don’t get it, how can anyone expect us to go to church and be Christians with all that being something so light to people to do.” My response was, “the church is a place full of hurt, broken and lost people. It’s like a hospital for souls and hearts. Like I said earlier you will know a tree by it’s fruits. Not one person is perfect, people, we all make mistakes but I do see and agree with your issue here.”
 
All this to say, I know this generation teaches us to take advantage of God’s grace and mercy. By doing the same things over and over again and justifying it with, “I asked God to forgive me.” And then to go back and do what everyone is doing, post on a Friday and Saturday all those videos at the club, dancing, getting drunk and then on Sunday videos at church.
 
But that’s is misleading our young generation to think that’s Christianity. It’s Not, it’s deceiving!!!!!!! (Galatians 6:6-8) (2 Timothy 3:13)
 
My conversation with this young girl made me realize how crooked and twisted we make God seem.
 
The problem is the discipleship and obedience we have.
Many conversations I’ve had with many individuals tell me they are content and comfortable in their salvation (this was me at one point) because of a prayer, prayed. But the fruit of true saving faith should be EVIDENT. In all of us. This is why it is so important to know where we stand and challenge our faith each day. Sanctifying our hearts and minds (1 Peter 3:15-17).
 
Ask yourselves questions like “is this from my flesh or is this of God?” “Am I representing God or who I think God is?”
There is a big difference in those questions.
 
Just like this young girl I had this conversation with, there are so many more who feel the same way.
 
Let’s strive to be the reflection of the kingdom, not a replica of the misleading world we live in.

– Believe. –

– Believe. –

Sometimes the struggle can be so real.

Tonight is a hard one to handle, in the midst of so many things happening we can’t help but to feel the weight of it all times.

Trust me I am one to admit to it. As HARD as that may be… Which most of the time is.

I can’t sleep at all, my back is just not happy.

I find myself alone praying and asking God “God show me what is triggering this; I do not want it to control me so in order for me to control it help me identify it.” At this second the scripture 1 Peter 5:7 comes to my mind, God has placed it there, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” It’s so true, He really does.

Then, next thing I know it’s 2:30 am and I am still awake, writing this and feeling like I want to take off running as fast as I can. Not understanding what I am feeling, but God is doing something amazing through this, He is showing me how to completely rely on Him for everything. Letting go of the anxiety. Letting Him take control.

I am writing this feeling more peaceful and aware of what is going on, praying out loud is allowing me to give it to God and God alone. Believing that even the smallest of issues will be taken care of. The book of Luke 1:45 says, “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!” I believe God will heal me and I believe that I won’t need surgery.

The enemy will try anything and everything to put us down and discourage us, now the enemy can’t use that against me because I stopped, prayed, gave it to God and identified the anxiety my back pain gives me.

Will I feel it later? Maybe, but now I know what it is and being sensitive to the Spirit is allowing God to show me what it was through scripture. Allowing His Word to be sufficient. Believing He Can give me peace to rest.

Today, tomorrow, next week, etc… if you go through something similar I want to encourage you to GIVE IT TO GOD. Go to scripture and dive in. Don’t be embarrassed or afraid to confess it.

The enemy can’t use it agains you when you bring it to light, however, it will continue to be used against you when kept in the dark. As smallest it may be, believe God is stronger, because He is.

The Bible is very clear “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” In the book of John 8:32.

In this way those who love and care about you will know how to pray for and with you.

Being transparent and real with those around you will allow them to be real and transparent with you.

As I post this to encourage, I will also please ask for your prayers. If you need prayer please know that I am here.

Love, Krystell.

– From Abuse to Freedom –

– From Abuse to Freedom –

As a survivor of abuse, I understand the depth of this agonizing reality, I lived it during the abusive relationship I was in for those long years of my young life. Almost 5 years of my young life, to be specific. But as a survivor, I can tell you that God can heal you! I finally spoke up about this when I was 22. I got the help I needed and through learning my worth through the Word of God, I was able to break free from the past I buried.

I faced every single trauma and by name I forgave those who deeply scared me. The forgiveness is not only for them, but for you.

The scars are deep, the pain is REAL and the abuse was heart breaking. Leaving you feeling as if you are worthless and unwanted. And in many cases, as if you deserved that abuse and pain.

Tonight, before you go to bed, I want you to know that GOD is deeper than the scars, allow Him to cover them with an affectionate and kind love, He is a REAL GOD, so real that He will turn the pain into rejoice and He Can and will mend your broken heart.

Maybe, like me at one point, you have lost faith in God because of what happened to you. I am not saying it will be easy, I am not saying it will not be hard to face the traumas, I am not saying you won’t cry… what I am saying is that facing that fear the enemy has set inside of you is not stronger than the freedom GOD CAN GIVE YOU FROM IT.

If you are in an abusive relationship right now AS YOU READ THIS. Please SPEAK UP! You are not alone, there are people who want to help you. If you have in the past been in an abusive relationship, prostitution, sex trafficked, child abuse, etc… also know that there is help for you too. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

If tonight you scroll down your feed and you happen to read this… and you are in fact crying, telling yourself “THAT’S ME” please SPEAK UP.

I am praying for everyone who may happen to read this post. You don’t have to “like” or “comment.” However, I am praying you reach out to someone. Speak up and get the help you need.

Praying you find the freedom in Christ. Took me many years, but through the truth of who God says that I am, today I live in FREEDOM and speaking in boldness for all who have no voice.

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– WHITE AS SNOW –

– WHITE AS SNOW –

February 8th, 2018.

On our honeymoon God spoke to us so deeply and brought us together in such beautiful way through the gospel.
Second half of the honeymoon God spoken to me specifically.snow 2

Through the snow!
I look at this photograph that my husband took and all I see is the celebration of Christ washing me white as snow.


To know that no matter all that has happened in our lives, the
sins we have made, the suffering we have endured, the traumas of our past, the hurtful circumstances we went through before Christ, the nasty, the ugly, the painful… to know that we have a Savior that gave it all for us. For our salvation and for the cleansingof all our hearts, mind and soul!

Lets celebrate together in knowing Christ is alive, Christ loves us, Christ forgives us, Christ died on a cross for us, for our sufferings, for our tears, for our heartache, for the rejections, for the abandonment, for the laughter of the enemy at us, for the bad things said about us, the lies spoken against us.
Christ has cleansed us, and continues to do so… each and every day.
WE are loved, WE are forgiven, in Christ WE are washed and are white as snow.

Beloved, tonight as you read this, allow Christ to be the loverof your soul, the Lord and Savior of your life.
I love you and I am praying for you. I am giving you the
Biblical truth of God, that some one have to me.


Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
{Isaiah 1:18}


“Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
{Psalm 51:6-7}


“She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.”
{Proverbs 31:20-21}

– RESTLESS –

– RESTLESS –

January 1, 2018.

How was your 2017?  Today was the first day of the 2018 year.

As I woke up today I was overwhelmed, so many emotions. I sat there and silently prayed, the Holy Spirit showed me how God protected me and guided me through all the up’s and down’s. Specially when I was RESTLESS.

On a particular day, it was a Sunday, I cried so much… it seemed as if NO MATTER what I would do, how I would do it, or when I would do it, was never enough for people. I kept beating myself up because I was RESTLESS. yes!!! RESTLESS.

{It was so frustrating to my heart,

I wasn’t thinking clearly,

I wasn’t sleeping & I was

RESTLESS.}

I lived at the dorms of the university I was attending at the time. One of my roommates “Valentina” took it upon herself to get me out of the dorm. I was dressed in a dress, with flowers printed on it. She asked me if I could take pictures of her in a field with flowers. luckily, I knew a place with that description. we arrived and after taking pictures of her, she took the camera from me… she started taking pictures of me. (I am usually the one taking the pictures.) She said. “lay down!”

you portect me

At that moment I rested on that green grass, surrounded with beautiful flowers and feeling a breeze that touched my skin like a kiss I’ve never felt before. God kissed me through the nature, He hugged me through the wind, the fragrance of flowers covered me and at that moment I was able to finally rest. IN HIM. 

I understood….. not everyone will agree with you,  not everyone will be proud of you, not everyone will like you and not everyone will see the best in you and only focus on the bad you have done or will do. However, one thing I do want to share  with you, friend.

You can sure rest In GOD!!!!

Tonight, on the 1st of January of 2018. I want to give you a reminder of the security we have to REST in the Lord. He alone can refresh your soul!

{Psalm 23}

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house  of the Lord
    forever.

Tonight my prayer is that you find the rest you are seeking for & have such joy that even in the bad… you are able to smile so big & laugh so loud that you forget why you were restless in the first place!