A Taste of New Book Crossing Your Jordan River

I’m delighted to share the introduction to my third book Crossing Your Jordan River: How to Possess and Prosper in Your Promised Land! I pray it encourages you. You can get your copy in print or on Kindle on Amazon. Kind and short reviews are always appreciated! Blessings! 

I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. (Joshua 1:3)

Anyone who knows me really well has gotten at least one email from me where I’ve finished the message by signing my first name as well as “Joshua.”

There must have been something about Joshua’s courage that caught my attention. When I was asked to co-lead and launch an Adult Bible Fellowship group for the young adults at my home church at the time, I boldly chose the name Joshua Generation.Anyone who knows me really well has gotten at least one email from me where I’ve finished the message by signing my first name as well as “Joshua.”

I’m not sure when I started looking up to Joshua, the heroic leader from the Bible. I don’t recall hearing about him while I was growing up. As an adult, my senior pastor of more than a decade did preach quite often about Joshua and how he bravely led the Israelites across the Jordan River and into the Promised Land.

Joshua’s story fascinates me. He served as a trusted aide to the one and only Moses. Joshua was among the 12 leaders that Moses sent as spies to explore Canaan. He and Caleb were the only two men who came back with an encouraging report. They believed God would give them the victory over their enemies, but the Israelites refused to believe them and wanted to stone Joshua and Caleb. As a result of their unbelief and rebellion against God, the Israelites had to wander around the wilderness for forty years. Joshua and Caleb were the only ones from their generation to survive. Amazingly, God handpicked Joshua as Moses’ successor!

Joshua had the extreme honor of leading God’s people across the Jordan River on dry ground, and he got to live in the Promised Land. Glory!

I love how, after a long wait, God came through for Joshua!

I humbly say that when I read most of Joshua 1, I feel like God is speaking directly to me. I’ve read Joshua 1 over and over again throughout the years. That first chapter always helps to fuel my faith.

The Lord burned Joshua 1:3 (see previous page) in my heart during my visit to Israel in 2007. I was a bit scared to travel to the Holy Land with my mom. News reports never make Israel sound like a prime vacation destination. After much prayer, we had peace about going. That trip was a life-changing adventure. The Bible came to life in 3-D. I am still in awe of having the privilege of walking where Jesus walked and ministered. I came back knowing that if God could protect me while in Israel, He could keep me safe wherever I traveled in the world. It was during that trip that I felt the call to evangelism on my life.

A few years later when it was time to go to Africa on a short-term missions trip to Ethiopia, I was again scared, and once more the Lord used verses from Joshua to calm my fears. I stood on the promises in verse 9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

God had a woman from my church quote that verse to me while praying for my trip, and He even had my young niece recite that verse to me, and my little nephew sing a song about Joshua 1:9 to me during our video call just days before my departure. Ah, I love it when God speaks to me in surround sound!

Joshua 1:3 and 1:9 also give me boldness whenever I go on evangelism outreaches or step out in faith in different areas of my life.

I share all this because Joshua is a friend from the Bible who is near and dear to my heart. I’m always encouraged by his story in the Old Testament. I pray that you are inspired too.

I’ve mentioned parts of Joshua’s story in my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible!

I guess it’s no surprise that I would choose his life as the backdrop for this book. I’m going to be sharing lessons from Joshua’s life to help you cross your Jordan River, face the walls of Jericho in your life, and enter into your land flowing with milk and honey so you can prosper in your Promised Land.

I’ll also be sharing updates about my faith journey and insights I’ve learned since writing my first two books.

Joshua went from being Moses’ assistant to being a victorious warrior who valiantly led the Israelites to possess their inheritance. How did he do it? How can we live victorious Christian lives?

Joshua’s success didn’t happen instantly. God took His time preparing Joshua. God will take His time preparing you for the blessings He has for you and the call that He has placed on your life.

What would have happened if Joshua would have given in to despair during those forty years of wandering in the wilderness? What will happen if you give up on your journey?

God proved faithful to Joshua. And God will be faithful to you.

Don’t stop short of your Promised Land! I pray this book will give you keys to help you step into your God-given passion and purpose so you can experience the abundant life that Jesus promised you (John 10:10) and live your God-given dreams!

Blessings to you as you take one step of faith at a time and triumphantly cross over into the next chapter of your life! Then you can rejoice like Joshua did at the end of his life and declare, “You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed” (Joshua 23:14).

Crossing Your Jordan River: How to Possess and Prosper in Your Promised Land is available in print and on Kindle on Amazon.

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3 Bible Verses About Peace

I’m continuing my series based on the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Each month, I’ll pick a fruit and share a few thoughts and verses about it.

I’m focusing on the fruit of joy this month.

My late Pastor of more than a decade used to share a story about a painting of a bird that was on a tree branch singing. There’s nothing extraordinary about a singing bird. That’s what they do all the time, right?

When it’s bright and sunny outside, you can hear the beautiful sound of birds chirping away.

But that wasn’t the scene in the painting. What made this painting so memorable is that the bird was singing away as a storm raged all around it.

That, my friend, is a picture of peace!

It’s natural to feel peace when you’re lying on the beach or on vacation somewhere. It’s supernatural to feel peace when all hell is breaking loose around you.

How can Christians stay at peace despite the winds and the waves howling around them?

That comes through the Holy Spirit living inside of us! It’s not our ordinary peace that sustains us, but His extraordinary peace that helps us through whatever storm or trial we are facing.

Here are 3 Bible verses I hope will encourage you as you meditate on them, believe them, and apply them to your life:

  • “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
  • “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

God is not surprised or unaware of what you are going through. Be at peace knowing that God Almighty is powerful enough to keep you and guard you no matter what struggle you are going through. He will see you through!

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Reflections on Crossing Your Jordan River’s Book Launch Event

After all the writing, editing, and production deadlines are done, it’s always a blessing to get to celebrate the launch of a new book with family and friends!

I’m so grateful to everyone who helped me celebrate the release of Crossing Your Jordan River: How to Possess and Prosper in Your Promised Land (available on Amazon).

Looking at these pictures makes me smile!

I’m so touched that these friends would come and support what God is doing in and through my life! Many of them have come to several of my events. I appreciate all their encouragement!

I’m grateful to my wonderful volunteers and to Open Bible Church International for once again opening their doors for one of my events!

Here are a few more pics from Saturday’s event. The third shot is of some of the mugs, journals, and tote bags found exclusively at Abounding Faith’s online store.

I pray that those who attend my events (including my upcoming women’s conference)  and those who read my books are inspired and encouraged to follow God with their whole hearts and to trust Him to lead and guide them.

I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback about my third book.

If Crossing Your Jordan River blesses you, I hope you will take a moment to leave a short and kind review on Amazon.

Blessings to you as you face the walls of Jericho in your life and cross your Jordan River into your Promised Land!

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Crossing Your Jordan River Book On Sale Now!

I’m excited to announce that Crossing Your Jordan River: How to Possess and Prosper in Your Promised Land is now available in print and on Kindle on Amazon.

I pray you’ll be blessed by reading my latest book! If you are blessed, please leave a kind and short review on Amazon and tell your friends, family, and small group members about it as well.

Crossing Your Jordan River picks up where Waiting on God Well and Abounding Faith leave off. It includes Power Verses, Reflection Questions, Prayer Starters, and has blank lines for you to journal your thoughts just as Books 1 and 2 do.

Would you believe I didn’t set out to write this “trilogy” of books? God just worked it out this way.

I may have grown up writing in my journals and gone on to get a master’s degree in journalism from NYU and write for The New York Times, but I didn’t think about writing books until much later. I think that’s why I’m in awe when I see this picture of my author page on Amazon.

Only God could do this! I’m humbled that God would allow me to write another book that honors Him.

I’ll have plenty of thoughts to share after my upcoming book launch event.

For now, I’ll share this description of Crossing Your Jordan River:

Do you ever feel like you’re never going to make it to your Promised Land? Be encouraged—God wants you to get there even more than you do! Crossing Your Jordan River will take you on a journey with Joshua from the Bible so you can learn how he went from being Moses’ aide and living in the wilderness for forty years to leading the children of Israel triumphantly into the Promised Land. Be inspired as you prepare, pursue, and possess God’s promises for your life!

Thanks again for your prayers and support! To God be the Glory!

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Crossing Your Jordan River Book Cover Reveal!

I’m excited to share the cover of my upcoming third book! Crossing Your Jordan River will be available in print and Kindle on Amazon on April 3rd.

I’m in awe that the Lord would allow me to write another book that honors Him! God is Good!

Do you ever feel like you’re never going to make it to your Promised Land? Be encouraged—God wants you to get there even more than you do! Crossing Your Jordan River will take you on a journey with Joshua from the Bible so you can learn how he went from being Moses’ aide and living in the wilderness for forty years to leading the children of Israel triumphantly into the Promised Land. Be inspired as you prepare, pursue, and possess God’s promises for your life!

I pray this book is a blessing to all who read it!

Thanks for your prayers and encouragement! I’ll share more info next week. Blessings!

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Let’s SOAR Together at Abounding Faith’s 1st Women’s Conference

Calling all bold dreamers and doers, the audacious visionaries, and the world-changing women of God! You are invited to be a part of Abounding Faith’s first-ever women’s conference!**Come and be inspired to live your biggest God-given dreams!**

**Connect with other women who are ready to step out of the boat and walk on water!**

**Experience an intimate and interactive gathering of women on fire for the Lord who desire to live out their God-given passion and purpose!***

Be encouraged and empowered to live the abundant life that Jesus promised in John 10:10.

You may recall, my one word for this year is SOAR! Hosting conferences is something that God placed in my heart a few years ago. I’m delighted that I’m finally in the season where I have the green light to move forward with this particular God-given dream!

I would like to help you reach higher heights as well!

Now is the time. This is the moment. You were called for such a time as this!

I hope to see you there! Space is limited so register today!

Here’s more info:

Abounding Faith’s SOAR Women’s Conference

DATE: Saturday, May 20th

TIME: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

PLACE: Open Bible Church International, 40-23 69th Street, Woodside, NY 11377

Order your ticket today by clicking the link below and invite your girlfriends and small group members to sign up and join you! A light continental breakfast will be served.

**Please Note: No onsite registration will be available, so please register by Friday, April 7th. Please bring your printed receipt with you to the conference. All sales are final.**





Blessings!

***If you’re a business, organization, or individual interested in sponsoring this empowering and inspiring conference for dynamic women in the New York City area, please email Info@AboundingFaith.com to learn more.***

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3 Bible Verses About Joy!

I’m continuing my series based on the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Each month, I’ll pick a fruit and share a few thoughts and verses about it.

I’m focusing on the fruit of joy this month.

Joy is different than happiness. Happiness usually depends on your circumstances. You get a raise, you plan a trip, you hear good news and you feel happy.

That’s wonderful, but that’s not true joy. As a Christian, you can experience joy even when you’re having a bad day because joy doesn’t depend on your circumstances. Real joy flows from Christ living inside of you.

Because of the Holy Spirit’s beautiful and powerful work inside of you, you can be having a rotten day but still be bursting out in worship. You can be crying, but praising and thanking God anyway.

It’s hard to explain, but you know it when you feel it. Here are a few Bible verses that talk about joy:

  • “Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
  • “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.” (Psalm 126:5)
  • “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. (James 1:2-4)

I don’t want to make light of whatever you may be going through. I would like to remind you that God is good no matter what.

You woke up this morning. You can read this. You have a roof over your head and food on your table. You are blessed! I hope that makes you smile.

You may not see the answer to your prayers yet, but don’t let the enemy steal your joy. Instead of having a pity party, have a praise party!

God loves you! God is with you! God is working things out for your good (Romans 8:28).

Are you feeling joyful yet?

Don’t dwell on what you don’t have or what is going wrong in your life. Look up! God is still on the throne. Amen! Here’s a bonus verse from the apostle Paul, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Announcing Abounding Faith’s 1st Ever Women’s Conference!

I’m excited to announce that Abounding Faith’s first ever women’s conference will be held on the morning of Saturday, May 20th. Ladies, please mark your calendars!

I’ll be sharing more about the conference shortly.

Hosting conferences is something that God placed in my heart a few years ago. I’m delighted that I’m finally in the season where I have the green light to move forward with this particular God-given dream!

This conference will be a time of encouragement, inspiration, and connecting with other women on fire for the Lord. You won’t want to miss it! Please stay tuned for more details!

If you’re a business, organization, or individual interested in sponsoring this empowerment conference for dynamic women in the New York City area, please email Info@AboundingFaith.com to learn more.

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement! Remember, God answers prayers! Blessings to you as you see God opening doors in your life!

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45)

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Abounding Faith Books Update

As I gear up to release my third book in April, I’d like to take a moment to share a few updates about my first two books. I’m honored and humbled to see how the Lord is opening doors and allowing my books to reach even more readers!

I’m delighted that Bible study groups have started studying Waiting on God Well and that it is on the approved reading list for The Bowery Mission Women’s Center.

I’m excited that Waiting on God Well and Abounding Faith will also be sold in a new bookstore opening in California in May! I will be sure to share more details soon!

It’s a blessing to hear from readers and to know that they are being touched by my books. It helps to spur me on to keep writing! It’s lovely words like these that help to encourage me to keep going:

  • Waiting on God Well was quite insightful and encouraging. It gave some very practical tools that can help us continue waiting on the Lord and not give up,”       Pastor Lillian Gutierrez, Love Gospel Assembly
  • Waiting on God Well is a good and simple read with excellent scriptural references/meditation and (my favorite), the action steps. They’re so HELPFUL! I feel that women, men or anyone who’s willing to seek God’s guidance can benefit from you book,” Manni Lee, Associate Executive Director, Women of Wonder (WOW)

For more reader reviews, click here.

I am grateful for all my readers and for every opportunity I get to speak and encourage folks as they wait on God to fulfill His promises to them and as they believe God for the impossible!

If you have been blessed by my books, I would love to hear from you. Kind reviews of Waiting on God Well and Abounding Faith are always welcome. Please feel free to leave a short review on Amazon or to email Info@AboundingFaith.com. I’d also appreciate your help spreading the word about both books to your friends, family, small groups, and book clubs!

I’m looking forward to sharing more news about my third book and the other doors the Lord is opening. Please stay tuned.

Blessings to you as you continue on your faith journey! I hope you are seeing God’s fingerprints in your life!

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Abounding Faith TV Appearance

It was a delight to be back in the TV studio with Pastor Luis Ortiz and Ebenezer Film Productions. It’s always an honor to get to speak about God!

Yes, it’s still a bit odd for me to go from being the interviewer tucked behind the scenes during my journalism days to now being interviewed in front of the camera but I think I’m getting the hang of it.

I pray you’re blessed by this video. Please note that folks switch from Spanish to English throughout the segment.

To view my previous appearance, click below.

 

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For more encouragement, read my books Waiting on God Well: How to Prevent Breaking Down on Your Way to Your Breakthrough and Abounding Faith: 30 Bible Heroes Who Will Inspire You to Believe God for the Impossible! To learn how I can come alongside of you as your Life Coach or to invite me to speak at your event, visit my website www.aboundingfaith.com. Check out Abounding Faith’s online store here. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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