Life’s speed bumps and collisions form who we are. Some days it might be a dozen eggs crashing onto the kitchen floor, a loved one making a surly face, or the loss of a home or a life partner. We can be left with tire tracks on our back from being run over by life or have God leave a distinct fingerprint on our heart. While God isn’t the source of injury and tragedy, He will use it to leave us equipped for His purpose.Yielding to His mark on our lives, prepares us to love and empathize with those He sends our way. Our challenges and troubles uniquely prepare us to minister in a way no one else can.
Day 18 – Woman in the Mirror
’Leave your country, your relatives, and your father's house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will cause you to become the father of a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and I will make you a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you’.” Genesis 12:1-3 [New Living Translation]
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It is not selfish to put the restoration of our own soul before another’s. In order to leave an inheritance for the next generation, we must pursue wholeness. We must take the risks involved in leaving the familiar places we’ve known and have established ourselves, if God calls us away from them. Those familiar places might be relationships, habits, or even a career. Walking away from
Yvonne Villarreal Sánchez earned a Master’s of Education at Texas A&M University at Kingsville. She has been an elementary school teacher for about 25 years. Yvonne has directed stage productions around Central and South Texas for about 25 years in conjunction with teaching acting classes. More recently, she has written and directed three and is currently writing a fourth original play script to be produced and directed in December 2010. Also, she has been a certified Christian counselor for six-plus years.
She and her husband, Dr. Armando Sánchez, are the parents of three grown children – Kala, Karah, and Kristian. She and Armando also are Papa and Mimi to one granddaughter, Ava, daughter of Kala and Eric. If she could, she would live on the beach 24/7, especially enjoying the beautiful beach sunrises.Yvonne’s favorite occasions are family dinners with great food and an abundance of laughter. She loves to cook, create own recipes, and entertain, especially young people. Other interests include exercising and mentoring younger women. She enjoys designing and making her own stationery.
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