Benefits of taking up your cross.

Its the month of septemeber… Yay!

that means its the hubbys birthday! That also means its mommy and daddy time lol. That’s what I call it when Chuy and I get to get away for a couple of days. I love it. We decided to go to Napa Valley . We love it there. We go down to Calistoga to the mineral pools to soak in the hot water of the fresh geysers from under the earth. If you haven’t tried this you should make a planned trip to go and experience this piece of heaven.

We stood at Indian Springs in Calistoga. They have the best pizza you ever tasted from Sam Social club restaurant located in the hotel.

One day we were driving into town and I came across the scripture..

Mark 8:35-35 “Jesus called the crowd together with his disciples, and said to them, “if anyone wishes to follow me as my disciple, he must deny himself (set aside selfish interests), and take up his cross (expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come and follow me. Believing in me, conforming to my example in living and if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in me. For whoever loses his life in this world for my sake and the gospels will save it from consequences of sin and separation from God.

When I read this God began to speak to me. Pebbles, do you know the life that you get for being my disciple he asked. I sat there and opened my heart and said speak Lord. He said “It can be hard to follow me…. The reason being is its not about you anymore. Its all about me and my kingdom. You take up your cross and follow me and my ways. You follow my example and my character. I was listening….

What does it mean to pick up your cross? Its all about living for God. Being obedient to his will for your life and not our fleshly desires. Its to be spirit led rather than being led by the flesh. It’s also a sacrifice. ALOT of sacrifice.

let me be honest, it is hard to do this. why? because there are going to be some things that God will have you do and ask of you that will not be easy at times but if we do his work, he will do ours!

It is literally pushing your whole self to the side and acknowlodging him in all that you do. Its about paying attention. Checking yourself always. Its about going to him when making decisions “Lord, is this your will for my life? If it is then open the door. If not slam it shut! If its not your will than I don’t want it. Following God and putting him first is a serious thing. Its about helping out the body of Christ. Lord, Who can I help for you? Its being a servant. Servants are leaders and leaders are servants.

I believe that we are peculiar people. Deuteronomy 14;2 for you are holy people (set apart) to the lord your God; and the Lord has chosen you out of all the peoples who are on the earth to be people for His own possession.

Definition of peculiar: A property of privilege belonging exclusively or characteristically to a person.

Its about helping out the body of Christ and being his arms and feet. I always ask him “Lord, who can I help for you today? Is it a easy walk? not all the time but its also not easy without him so might as well give it a shot and go DEEP in!

BENEFITS OF PUTTING GOD FIRST

okay… You ready for this? This is some good stuff right here!

The benefits of taking up your cross. When you do this let me tell you with everything inside of me, God takes a SPECIAL care of you. If you are walking with him, what does that mean? That you are right next to him! I had a friend of mine tell me about a vision God gave him. He seen a city on a hill and Around the city was very large thick concrete walls. It was a protected city. God showed him that God and his shield is in that city and when you are next to him you are very close to him and very protected. He seen arrows flying in from outside of the concrete walls trying to attack the people but the arrows could not get to them. My friend seen himself outside of the walls of the closed in city and God spoke to him and said “You are not next to me and it doesn’t mean that I don’t love you, it’ll just take me longer to get to you… WOW! Im telling you that when my friend told me about this vision it has never left me. I always check myself and make sure that my family and I are in the closed in city next to my heavenly father. You might ask, How do you know if I am following him? Well simple. Look at yourself, examine yourself. Are you producing any fruits of the spirit?Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.

Acts 8:10 For I am with you and no one will attack and harm you. For many people in this city belong to me!

Following God and putting him first is an act of obedience and every act of obedience to Gods will is a seed that reaps an abundant harvest! A harvest of Peace, joy, blessings, heaped upon blessings to you and your household.

When jesus sees us living for him there is a special trust that he has in us. When we live for him so many burdens that we carry get washed away. Pain, fear, worry, pride, jealousy, unforgivneness, strife, anger, religion and the list goes on and on.

We can spend our lives just living for ourselves and doing what we want to do and not fully letting God in and when we do this we will end up needy and unhappy. God has not called us to take care of ourselves. God has not called us to in-reach but to outreach! Reach out to others and God will reach into your life and take care of all of your needs and desires!

Don’t be afraid to trust yourself with God. Give yourself away, sow yourself as a seed and get ready for a great life.

Johnq 12:24 Let me make this clear: A single grain of wheat will never be more than a single grain of wheat unless it drops into the ground and dies. Because then it sprouts and produces a great harvest of wheat- all because one grain died.

I always look at my world around me and Im in astonishment of my life, my kids, my marriage, and my work with God. I owe it all to putting him fist and not me. I know by putting God first not only affects me but my whole household. My kids and husband benefit from my obedience. We also carry a beautiful fragrance wherever we go! Man, I love that. We stand out, we stand firm, safely and seculry! We get peace. A unexplainable and remarkable peace. An indescribable joy that is overflowing that is like a rushing river that is flowing from in and out of you and into every place of you and your home. Ive had many people tell me that there is a joy and comfort, and happiness and inspiration that sparks in them every time they come visit. lol! It is so remarkable.

This is a very long blog but I can go on and on about all of the benefits of putting God first. Following God and putting him first closes the gates to hell and opens the windows of heaven and its power to affect many people.

Matthew 10:39 All who seek to live apart from me will lose it all. But those who let go of their lives for my sake and surrender it all to me will discover true life!

Luke 9:24 For if you choose self-sacrifice , giving up your lives for my glory, you will embark on a discovery of more and more true life. But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will lose what you try to keep.

I will close with this. If you are ready to take up your cross its time to go to your secret place and go before the Father and tell him that you are ready to put him first and ask him how. He will be so excited to show you. Call on the Holy Spirit and ask him to lead you and teach you how to become one of Gods disciples. When you do this get ready to set yourself up and your family for great blessings. Get ready for a life that you always dreamed of. You will still go through trials and tough times. No one is exempt from that but now God will be right next to you so you get out of your situations much faster!

I pray in the name of jesus for breakthrough whoever read this blog. I pray for excitement , faith and most of all surrender. I pray for fiery faith and boldness and a spirit of determination. I pray for more reaching hands and feet in the body of Christ. We need you! Thank you Jesus and Amen 🤍

A journey I’ll never forget

I seen my friend Maureen go on a beautiful hike with water falls and streams up in the mountains. Something I always think about doing. Now that my kids are big enough we decided let’s go!

So we packed up and headed out. We put the name of the place in our gps and it brought us a whole hour completely out of the way. When we got there it brought us to a house in a neighborhood. Talk about a downer. We were so frustrated. We looked again at the address and googled the exact name of the stream and tried again. Now it said a whole hour again to get to our location! But we didn’t complain, we just went for it.

Now we’re getting close. We’re in the mountains and the drive is beautiful. I love the mountains. Now as we’re getting closer the roads are getting smaller and windier. We knew we were getting close. All of a sudden the toad turns into a dirt road and by this time we started scratching our heads haha! We were thinking “oh lord are we going the right way? Are we lost again? This doesn’t look right. How can a beautiful steam be around here? We don’t see where water can be anywhere. But we looked at our gps and it said two miles away so we trusted the route and kept going. Now the roads are just getting harder to drive on. Super bumpy and twisty. Now they’re getting narrow. So narrow That the two lane road became a one lane only. There was two cars driving ahead of us that turned around. You could tell that they were thinking “forget this! This is to hard, we’re Turing around. You know when you see someone quit you get the thought “well should we quit? Maybe we should turn around too. I mean we had our little kids with us. Nope! We kept going.

We finally started to see cars parked on the sides of the road and we knew we made it but still it didn’t look like this was going to be a nice place and where is the water?! We found a parking spot and walked over the little hill and there is was! Wow! We all seen what we been hoping for and after that crazy drive we have arrived and it was worth it all. We could not believe our eyes. It was the most beautiful place that I have ever been to.

We walked down and got walked straight in the water. This place was smack in the middle of the mountains with trees and rocks. The sun was shining on the water and looked like glitter. The water was crystal clear. You would look down and see little fish swimming everywhere! If you have never Swam in mountain water I suggest you do so. It is the most refreshing experience you will ever have. The water even tasted delicious lol. When we was there in the water and I was looking around I was thinking “There has to places like this in heaven! There is just something about being in Gods creation.

We swam and relaxed in the water and we brought out our little snacks that we brought. We kept it very simple. I just brought a pack of ham and cheese and some crackers and chips and pickles. It was delicious and fulfilling. Sometimes we over do it with food and that day I told myself to just keep it simple and don’t stress. I packed only one backpack. Sometimes when we over do it with bringing lots of things with us on trips it just brings stress on you and half the time you don’t use all what you packed anyway. Keep it simple my friend! You will see how much more you’ll enjoy your time 🙂

HOW IT ALL STARTED 🌿


During the pandemic I was driving home one night from my moms house and I herd God say “Pebbles, I need you to pay attention when I speak to you”

You know when someone tells you something and your like “oooookaaaaaayyyyyy…….

That was me lol. Immediately the next day I was writing in my journal and I herd “You need to start a blog”

I just kept writing. Then God said “Your not paying attention. Its me telling you this, Pebbles! I took my pen and I wrote “Lord if you really want me to start a blog then I want two confirmations. I always ask God for two confirmations.

Exactly a day later I was being my silly self on snap chat and one of my cousins wrote me “Omg cousin, you need to start a blog!! I think my eyes popped out of my head when I read that lol!

So that was one confirmation and the second one came not to long after that. I was listening to a sermon from redefine tv on youtube and the preacher said “You need to get excited about the blog!

After that I was wowed. I just knew this was my agenda. Okay Lord so I guess I’m gonna start a blog…. I read blogs and love them but I have no idea where to began. Well I just started Listening to videos on youtube and I started reading blogs and getting ideas from there.

I had no idea what I would name the blog or where to start so I just let Jesus take the wheel on all of that. I really felt like God took my hands and birthed the whole thing. everything just flowed. I thought about the name from my highest inspiration Havilah Cunnington. She has a bible study named ‘Eat, pray, hustle. I Thought what if I named the blog something like that… I played around with it and came up with Love dream Hustle. Love, because love is number one. Love is everything and love always wins. Dream because I just love the word dream and dream because dreaming is so so so important for us. Hustle because we have to hustle for everything. We hustle for our faith, our parenting, our marriage, our goals and so much more.

This is how it was all born and I always pray before every post and I will not post unless I am moved to do so. Every post is God breathed!

Here is where healing, breakthrough and revelation knowledge will take place so get ready to for some ah ha moments!

Enjoy ♥️

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13 years of love 🤍

It’s our anniversary and we all know what that means…. An excuse to have a little getaway.

Yay! I cherish all of mine and chuy’s time together and the different places we always go. This year we really wanted to back to Napa but due to COVID it is still not open. So I used my creative juices and started thinking and I thought of this place I always had in the back of my mind. Arden hills country club and spa in Fair Oaks California. This country club is definitely what I call a hidden gem. It’s perfect for a nice place for you and your hubby to escape and what’s awesome is the scenery makes you feel like your in Italy!

I was always was a little sketchy of a bed and breakfast but this was a definite game changer. As we walked in I knew that this was something elegant. This was called the villa on the property and it was like a mini mansion. It had five different suits in it. We stood in the Portifino suite. There was only one other couple staying in the villa as well so it was very peaceful. With your stay you get a private chef that cooks a beautiful fresh breakfast for you in the morning. We checked in on Friday and headed straight to the pool!

After a nice evening dip we headed back to our room got ready and went out to get our favorite ice cream “icicles rolled ice cream” We were in line and I felt someone tapping on my shoulder! I turned around and to my surprise it was one of my besties Yolanda and her boyfriend Xavier. It was so crazy that we ran into these two because we just love hanging with them. There is just something about having a couple that you spend time with that your so comfortable to be around and that you can just be your crazy self. Well that’s how it is when us four get together. We had our ice creams and of course my funny friend yo told me they were going to get sushi after. Only Yolanda would get dessert before dinner haha! She told us this place Arigatos sushi was the best sushi ever and let me tell you, she wasn’t lying. We got sesame chicken, yummy yummy roll, lion king roll and stuffed jalapeños! THE BEST! This food was something you’ll never forget. The spicy mayo dip was 100 like Xavier said. So delicious and it was so fun. We ate in the parking lot on our tailgate. We hung out for about 3 hours in that parking lot and let me tell you, it was no coincidence. This was what you call a Devine appointment from our Lord! Earlier on this day Xavier was telling us that he told God “if your real, give me a sign” later that evening he ran into Chuy and I. Just look at how fast God showed himself to him. Xavier always tells us that he loves being around chuy and I and that good things start happening after hanging with us. When you put God first in your life it affects people that surround you. I always say that we are blessed to be a blessing. We ministered to our sweet friends and it they were just blown away. It was all confirmation. God has big plans for them two and I’m so excited to watch all the glory of God just fall on them and their family.

The next day we had to run to target to buy toiletries which we forgot. As we we’re driving we spotted yard sales everywhere. If you know me yard sales are my jam. We went to four yard sales! Lol. I bought a nice outdoor table for my backyard and some cute country style dishes and some mason jars. My husband is so patient with me and I’m so thankful for that. He enjoys making me happy and I really felt God winking at us this whole weekend. After our morning errands we went back to the pool and swam all day. We made some nice friends there and we got inspired of course. You should always look for inspiration wherever you go! Where you are and who you are is what you will attract in your life! We met this nice lady and some other people that were members of the club that sat next to us at the pool. They were talking to us about their children who attend the private school jesuite across the street and listening to them talk about investments and how they use the pool to exercise and how they travel the world. It was so inspiring.

After a day pool side we got ready for dinner. We went to the steak house, High Steaks in Thunder Vally Casino. We met up with Yolanda and Xavier and they blessed us and bought our dinner. I felt so special for this blessing. When people do this it’s just huge to me and I pray back a manifold return on their giving. Dinner was delicious. We ate filet mignon Oscar style with garlic mashed potatoes and balsamic infused Brussels sprouts. We got chocolate lava cake and crème brûlée for dessert.

I’m thankful for another year and many more years to come with the love of my life. It’s so important to get away with just you and your spouse. When you go it’s like a recharge or a reboot and makes you feel energised. About four years ago I made a request to God. (Philippians 4) I prayed that every time Chuy and I would want to get away that we would always have a sitter. My mother n law And father n law is always available for us. God never ceases to amaze me. He comes through for us every time. I’m thankful for my mother n law and father n law for always being there for us.

Cheers to love and marriage and making new memories 🤍

RIGHTEOUSNESS

The righteousness of God.

Something that has been hitting me hard this year of 2020. I know that this is the one thing that God has been giving me revelation on and something I have been studying and listening to.

let me tell you a little bit about righteousness. You see, in my christian walk I have always herd about the righteousness of God but never knew what righteousness meant. As I began to look into this I was totally mind blown! Righteousness is Christ himself. when you think of God think of Righteousness. Think of beauty, perfection, boldness, faith, confidence, willing and daring and most importantly, dangerous!

LOL you might think “dangerous” dangerous to who? Your enemy of course! You see when you are clothed in the righteousness of God your devil days in your life will be over! You will know that you are the righteousness of God. you will know who you are in Christ! No more guilt, no more shame, because you know. You know what Jesus himself is in you so your confidence and faith and joy will sky rocket!!

Back in the day the roman soldiers would wear they’re weaponry for the days of battle and the heaviest piece was the breastplate of righteousness. It was exactly 125 pounds! It would start at the top of his neck and go all the way down to his knees. When you were to walk up to a roman solider the first thing you would notice was his breastplate. The breastplate was made of bronze and brass. It was gorgeous and the most glamorous weaponry the solider would wear. You could definitely tell if a roman soldier would wear his breastplate consistently. The more you wear your breastplate the shiner it would get! The bronze and brass would rub together when you walk making it shine like glitter! (WOW) Just imagine that for a second.

Now you might think “But how? How do I get this righteousness? how do I acquire this? Heres how…. You receive it by faith! You might not feel righteous and if your like me, You might have to fake it before you make it. (haha!) Everyday pray and ask God to give you a revelation of how to walk in the righteousness of God. Lord, show me how to clothe myself in your righteousness. Lord , I surrender all my hurt, all my pain, all my insecurities, all of my fears, my doubts, my past. All that hinders me, I lay it at your feet today and now I’m putting your garment, your righteousness on me now! I know this is why you went to the cross for me. So I can have you, your power, your strength, your fearlessness and boldness and righteousness living and dwelling in me! After you put on the word of God, you may not feel righteous at first, but just keep walking in the word and a deep sense of righteousness will begin to spring up in your life.

Now I would like to share with you the benefits you get when you begin to walk in the righteousness of God (EEEEEKKKKKK GET EXCITED!!!!!!

When you began to walk in righteousness, darkness begins to flee! evil forces always flee from righteousness because they can not endure the brilliant light that comes from righteousness. When I hear the lies from the devil or temptations from the enemy, I say “Oh shut up you defeated foe!! I am righteous and if you stick around here I will wrap you up the in the righteousness of Christ!!!

When you know who you are in Christ and wear your righteousness daily everyone around you gets affected by it. Its pretty amazing! You keep getting shiner and shiner, brighter and brighter oh and let me tell you something, The lord LOVES when you get this!!! He loves it and he has a Special treatment for the righteous. When you are wrapped in the righteousness of God fear or oppression can not come near you!! (oppression is mental torment) righteousness takes back lost territory. When you wear your breastplate it dosen’t matter how many arrows the enemy shoots against you because not one arrow will penetrate! You will see that when you start walking in your righteousness your level of confidence rises dramatically because a attitude of righteousness imparts both confidence and tremendous authority! you will be placed on the winning side of victory. I hope this blessed you like it did for me. I want to leave with you some of my favorite righteous scriptures (Tools)

ISAIAH 54:14 nkjv IN RIGHTEOUSNESS YOU SHALL BE ESTABLISHED; YOU SHALL BE FAR FROM TERROR, FOR IT SHALL NOT COME NEAR YOU!

PSALMS 37:17 nkjv FOR THE ARMS OF THE WICKED SHALL BE BROKEN, BUT THE LORD UPHOLDS THE RIGHTEOUS!

PROVERBS 10:6 nkjv BLESSINGS ARE ON THE HEAD OF THE RIGHTEOUS, BUT VIOLENCE COVERS THE MOUTH OF THE WICKED.

PROVERBS 10:30 nkjv THE RIGHTEOUS WILL NEVER BE REMOVED, BUT THE WICKED WILL NOT INHABIT THE EARTH.

PROVERBS 4:18 ampc BUT THE PATH OF THE JUST AND RIGHTEOUS IS LIKE THE LIGHT OF DAWN, THAT SHINES MORE AND MORE BRIGHTER AND CLEARER UNTIL IT REACHES ITS FULL STRENGTH AND GLORY IN THE PERFECT DAY TO BE PREPARED

ROMANS 4:3 niv ABRAHAM BELIVED GOD AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS ( this one I love because this shows just by us trusting and believing God we get a credit of righteousness! WOW! just like credit. the more we build it up the high credit score we get! just think of someone with some top notch credit. He can get whatever he wants! All he has to do is sign his name! This gets my excited excited!

Remember to throw away all of the fear, doubt , shame, guilt and insecurities on the altar today and cast them unto our loving and heavenly father who loves you oh so much and will take it all from you and start walking in the righteousness of God and remember to practice everyday so it can start to be automatic.

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keep dreaming, loving and hustling 🙂

Low carb blueberry cheesecake

Crustless cheesecake with a blueberry compote

This right here is a game changer! Can you believe this desert has no sugar or no carbs!

8oz cream cheese

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/3 cup stevia

1/4 lemon extract

2 tsp vanilla

Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Mix in sweetener, vanilla extract and lemon extract until well combined. In a separate bowl, beat heavy cream with mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold half of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Add rest of whipped cream into cream cheese and beat with electric mixer on high until light and fluffy. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Spoon into individual serving dishes. Top with berry compote.

Blueberry compote.

1 cup of fresh blueberries. (Organic is best!)

3 tablespoons of water

1/4 cup of stevia

Combine 1 cup of the blueberries, water, sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes. Stirring frequently.

BON APPETIT!

Authority!

Im reading the book of Nehemiah and I’m on chapter 6 and verses 8 and 9 stood out to me…

I replied, “There is no truth in any part of your story. You are making up the whole thing.”

They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination.

This attitude right here is just straight FIRE!!

yo go Nehemiah with yo bad self!

this attitude, grit, and authority is what I yearn for. This is what we need to be and this is what we need to practice and perfect everyday!

You see, fear is a straight lie. Its intimidation, a trap and an illusion. It wants to stop our hard work, determination or plans. We as soldiers for christ need to take a stand and be like Nehemiah and say ’Nope!!! they’re just trying to intimidate us and discourage us so for that I’m just gonna turn up the bass and do my work with greater determination!!

Yup! I’m gonna press forward. I’m gonna keep going, keep believing, keep trusting, keep walking by faith, keep praying, keep fasting, keep renewing my mind and I’m gonna keep building!

Nehemiah kept building his walls and he even had gaps and he had his people stand in the gaps for him so the enemy couldn’t get in.(Nehemiah 7:2) Do you have some gaps that need to be filled? I sure do and you know what? I can’t do it on my own so thats where my prayer circle comes in. Get your people together, build your tribe and prayer circle to stand in the gaps while you build your wall. Stand in your God given authority and build, walk, believe , speak and trust!

I really advise you to read the book of Nehemiah. It is like a prescription and power dose of faith and authority.

What is an attitude of authority:

It directs. The more you exercises it the more powerful you get. It goes down to your kids when you use it and live it. It assigns things. It has confidence that sticks out! It means to control or manage.

The devil shakes when you know your authority. When you get this, its a wrap! you live the life you always imagined.

I’d really hope this blessed you and I would love to hear your thoughts on this. What are some of your strategy on how you build your wall and stand in your authority?

please share with me 😉