Friday, December 27, 2013

New Year's Wishes for You.

“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
D. Simone


Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Best is Yet to Come

Dear friends,
Thank you for your friendship. And thank you for following, reading, and sharing on this blog. I hope that my posts have contributed to your spiritual growth. I believe that you have found new hope and new happiness. I trust that our lives have been changed.
As my Pastor often says, "Remember, expectation is the womb of manifestation." Acts 3:5
I expect that THE BEST IS YET TO COME in my life this year. What about you?


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Love Your Husband!

God performed yet another miracle in my life. He filled my heart with supernatural love and kindness toward my husband!!!
I have to admit that my heart is not naturally overflowing with love and kindness toward my fellow human beings and especially toward my husband. I often criticize him and pray for him to change (although I know very well that the only person I can change with my prayers is me).
That "unkind" and "ungrateful" brat (that's how I often call my husband) worked on the repair of my car for three days in our freezing garage. He never complained or asked for attention, never mentioned the fact that he was doing me a favor. And he fixed the car.
That's how I came up with a New Year's resolution: It's Only Love and Love is All. I will not allow any accusations in my mind against my husband. I will think lovingly about him and thank God for him.
What is your New Year's resolution?

Photo credit: josh james, Love Note, 2011,

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I Am Going to Rip This Enemy Apart

As the holidays approach, my resolution to stay away from processed sugar and flour dwindles.
I have read that sugar was not just something that would tick off the dentist, but rather poison me.
Sugar, refined, processed, and the diet stuff too, all leave an acid “ash” residue in the body. My body’s ability to fight against aging and disease, as well as find happiness becomes very low.
My powerlessness over carbohydrates invites a strong enemy named Helplessness to attack me. Fear of the future follows in its steps.
When I pray, verses from the bible come to mind. Judges 15:14-15 says about Samson: "The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands. Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men."
The same spirit, the Holy Spirit, lives in me. (Romans 8:11) 
Whatever "lion" is coming against me, I have the power to rip it apart. I walk in the power of God.

Photo credit: British Army Soldier in Afghanistan Engaging the Enemy.UK Ministry of Defence Defence. 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

When I am Battered and Scarred

Pain, exhaustion, hopelessness--all these "friends" of an old enemy--cunning, baffling and powerful--attacked me from all sides.
     "Lord, please help me!" I cried out.
      Tears streaming down my cheeks, I clicked on my Facebook mail and the first link that I opened was an answer to my prayers. The song was called In Jesus Name we Press On by Selah.
       Here are the words:
       When the valley is deep, when the mountain is steep, when the body is weary, when we stumble and fall, when the choices are hard, when we are battered and scarred, when we've spent our resources, when we've given our all....
       In Jesus' name we press on.
       Dear Lord, with the prize, clear before our eyes, we find the strength to press on. In Jesus' name we press on.
Photo credit: Cindy Cornett Seigle.Sad Clown.    cindy47452.2012


Sunday, November 10, 2013

New Hope

God has given you a new name if you believe in Jesus. He called Abraham "a father of many nations" (Rom. 4:17-21) when he was just an old man with a wife past child-bearing years, and no children.
He called Gideon a “mighty man of valor” (Judges 6:12-16) instead of “least in his father's household,” as Gideon thought about himself. Jesus appeared to Saul on the road to Damascus and turned him from persecutor of Christians to Paul, an apostle to the gentiles (Acts 9:15).
         Do you see yourself through the natural eye as old, weary, weak, and defeated? Or, do you see yourself as the man or the woman that God intended you to be? I know that He has added a new value to my Bulgarian name, Nadia, which means "hope."

Photo credit: Sevin, Angela.angela7dreams.2005.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

"I promise to be a good girl, God."

I love the promises of God in the bible. I know that the Lord keeps his promises and is not like me to change his mind ten times a day. The words of Psalm 91saturate my whole being with peace:
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Thank you, Father, for your loving care!
Photo credit: Drew Bryden Cape Cod Cyclist. Serenity is.2006.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Perfect Healing

A couple of weeks ago, I had a tooth surgically removed in a non-typical way. The dentist looked at it during my follow up visit and said, "Everything is healed beautifully. There is not even a scar left."
        I remembered a visit to the podiatrist. I had fractured my left foot and the physician wanted to make sure it was well. He asked me to walk around without support, looked at my foot, then looked at the x-ray and said, "I don't see even a line, a mark where the foot was broken. It has healed perfectly."
        I thanked the Perfect Healer-Jesus for his amazing gifts.
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Monday, October 14, 2013

The Tooth

I woke up at 2:00 one morning from excruciating pain. My head throbbed in unison with the tooth ache.
        The tooth that was bothering me was a part of a huge bridge covering my whole upper jaw. I had paid thousands of dollars for it only a few years ago. It took a year of extra work to pay the loan off.
        "God, I need help," I feebly started my nightly prayer. It was up to God to rescue me. I had already asked a few dentists and one surgeon. All of them made it clear that the whole bridge needed to be removed and destroyed. Some implants needed to be made....
        "Lord, please lead me to the right dentist that will help me."
        I went to a place called Naper Dental. I told them about my trouble. Doctor Jason Crescenzo examined me and offered to extract the tooth without removing the bridge.
        "Can it be done?" I asked.
        It turned out that Dr. Crescenzo had experience with exactly that type of surgery. But that was not the whole miracle. That dentist had an amazing caring heart. He worked hard for almost eighty minutes to preserve most of the bone so that there would not be a gaping hole on my gums.
        It has been only a couple a days now, yet I already feel healed and happy that God led me to the right person in my time of need. Because my heavenly Father is faithful.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I've Been "Burned" Before

Everyone knows what it feels like to be "burned." Your marriage goes up in flames; your investments, business is gone up in smoke after a bad decision; your close friends betray you; your plans turn to ashes.
Some of us think it is therapeutic to talk about our problems. My Pastor, Gregory Dickow, says, "Talk to the problem, not about it. Give God the ashes, the hurt. He can turn them into something beautiful as he has promised in Isaiah 61:3. Talking about your burned dreams with people makes you spread the ashes even more. An exchange has to take place--take your ashes and give them to God. God will restore the broken, the damaged, the burned. Get the skeletons out of your closets and give them to God. He can bring the dead bones to life. Give your broken pieces to Jesus and remember that he is the Potter and you are the clay in his hands."
And remember: The more ashes you give God, the more beautiful your restored life can become!"
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Saturday, August 10, 2013

On Healing

Past painful memories serve as anchors dragging us down, holding us back from what could be. Not only does God have a plan for each of our lives, he has the antidote for healing the hurts that create bitterness, regret, anger and frustration.
         Whether physical, emotional or even sexual, the source of that hurt must be addressed. Jesus is our great physician, who teaches us how to forgive and release the destructive emotional chains, which serve as barriers to our future.

          As we bring these issues before our Great Physician, we must painfully open our hearts and release the infectious emotions to Christ, our healer. I declare the promises of the Bible, the Word of God, "By His stripes I am healed."
The chains that used to bind us are broken. We are healed. Jesus is the only one qualified to perform this liberating procedure.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I Refuse to Accuse

When we're uncertain or afraid, we accuse—either God, others or ourselves. Yet, when we point a finger at others, we point four at ourselves. The bible clearly tells us who The Accuser is in Revelation 12:10.
"Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, 'Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.'"
Today, I make a decision to refuse to listen to the devil and side with him accusing other. I refuse to accuse.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

I am pronouncing over you the Boaz Blessing

I am pronouncing over you the Boaz Blessing, "Friends, God has seen everything you have ever sacrificed to follow Him and to show love to the people He has put in your life. He is well pleased with you.

And now, may God repay you for what you have done for Him! May He provide a full reward to honor and show His appreciation for all your love for Him and others."

"The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given to you by the Lord God of Israel, Under whose wings you have come for refuge. (Ruth 2:11)


Monday, July 15, 2013

On Writing

On Writing

English is my second language and I find myself often stuttering speaking or writing. I hate it! It makes me nervous because I want to talk and to write about God's love.
I want my words to leave a footprint in people's hearts and minds. I want the readers to tell me, "I want what you have. Can you teach me how to get rid of Fear and love God like you do."
I often ask God to send me an Aaron. I beg the Holy Spirit to place the exact words in my mouth so I can translate them on paper.
Listening to the well-constructed speech and the vivid description of a friend, I longed to be able to relate my emotions and thoughts just like her. Yet, her words were full of fear.
If the devil can inspire someone to describe his actions so beautifully, I thought, how much more God will give me the ability to write about his miracles. He has promised in Matthew 13:52, “Every student well-trained in God’s kingdom is like the owner of a general store who can put his hands on anything you need, old or new, exactly when you need it.” (The Msg)
If I am not able to find the right words when I speak, my eyes will reflect His love. If I stutter, my actions will speak for themselves. If I feel like crying, I will cry because I share in the pain of someone else. Anyway, His love will shine through me. His Spirit will make my words alive.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

My Future is Bright

The ways of right-living people glow with light;
the longer they live, the brighter they shine.
But the road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker—
travelers can’t see a thing; they fall flat on their faces.
Proverbs 4:18 (MSG)
The right-living people are the believers, the sons and daughters of God. We are made right-living by the sacrifice of Jesus, not by our own efforts to get things right. I thank God for that from the bottom of my heart.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

And God healed them....

My husband got bitten by a stray cat and didn't want to go get the shots. His arm was swollen and red and looked bad. But we prayed....
My dog ended up with ear infection, and won't let me put a collar to take him to the vet. But we prayed....
In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice... (2 Samuel 22:6-8)
That's right! God heard my voice and healed them both.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Answered Prayers

A Creed for Those Who Have Suffered 

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.

I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey...

I asked for health, that I might do great things.

I was given infirmity, that I might do better things...

I asked for riches, that I might be happy.

I was given poverty, that I might be wise...

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men.

I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God...

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.

I was given life, that I might enjoy all things...

I got nothing I asked for--but everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among men, most richly blessed!

                                  Roy Campanella (as written on a bronze plaque riveted to the wall of The Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City)


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sitting behind the computer with my broken leg, I feel powerless and miserable.
Then I hear God's words spoken by my Pastor, "Give God a moment!"
2 Corinthians 4:17 says, 'This light affliction, which is only FOR A MOMENT, is working for you a far greater outcome'.
I side up with Pastor confessing: All things are working together for my good, because God loves me and I love him. What seems to be against me, is temporary. It is changing as I speak. God is at work in me, and he is perfecting my character and opening doors for a better future, in Jesus' Name!

Monday, June 17, 2013

"Where is your attitude-of-gratitude now?" the enemy whispered.

I fractured my foot last night, and the excruciating pain took my breath away. "Where is your attitude-of-gratitude now?" the enemy whispered rubbing his hands.
During my long stay at the emergency room I figured out how to get my attitude-of-gratitude back.
·        ·        I am grateful that I didn't hit my head and faint, I thought. It was a hot day and the temperature in the garage, where I fell, would have done additional damage to my body.
·        "I am grateful I was able to ask my son for help. He drove me all the way to the hospital. My three boys carried me to the car," I told the nurse.
·        I am grateful I have a good insurance to take care of the expenses, I whispered to my son.
·        "I am grateful that I was encouraged the previous day by the miraculous healing of Oso, our dog, after we prayed," I said.
·        I am grateful Jesus healed my husband's arm without doctor's intervention as well. He was bitten by a stray can and the arm was red and swollen. We prayed and the infection disappeared.
·        I am happy I know the Healer, and believe that miracles are acts of grace and they happen in an atmosphere of expectation.
     This is my attitude today: "I take God at his Word and expect him to work another healing miracle in my midst, just as he promised, in Jesus' Name!"

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Something Wonderful is About to Happen Today!

"This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice & be glad in IT," says the psalmist in Psalm 118:24.
       I want to adopt the same attitude. Instead of making schedules and To Do lists, I will start my day putting together my Gratitude List. I will remember at least five things the Lord did for me the previous day and I will expect new miracles to happen today. If he was able to heal me yesterday, God will surely cure me today. If he loved me when I was a sinner and a daughter of the devil, how much more God loves me now when I am his child. If he could keep me safe and give me peace beyond understanding in the midst of yesterday's storm, he will by all means lead me to a safe place in my journey today.
       I wake up each day thankful for the gift of Life with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen. I am his beloved. This is my day, a gift from my Creator, and I rejoice in it in Jesus' name.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Think resurrection!

I believed my bad past determined my  unpromising future. Then I heard Pastor preaching, "Think resurrection! If Jesus rose from the dead, your bad situation can turn around."
Paul, the apostle, said the same thing in a powerful way, "We felt like…it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally—not a bad idea since He’s the God who raises the dead!" (2 Corinthians 1:9 MSG)

Friday, May 24, 2013

How I Fast from Wrong Thinking: Fear versus Hope

How I Fast from Wrong Thinking: Fear versus Hope: Fear shows us scenes of violence, tragedies, reports on instability around the world. Every day we witnesses heartaches. Yes, the futu...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fear versus Hope

Fear shows us scenes of violence, tragedies, reports on instability around the world. Every day we witnesses heartaches. Yes, the future seems uncertain and bleak.
But this is not what the bible says. God assures us in Jeremiah 29:11, "…I know the plans I have for you…to give you hope and a  future…."
John 16:13, also, says the Holy Spirit will reveal to us the things to come. Our future is not a mystery hidden from us.
Also, Our future is not determined by random luck; but by the seeds we saw. God gave us seedtime and harvest to eliminate fear, and shape our future. (Genesis 8:22)
I am determined to plant good seeds today for my tomorrow.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

He Gives Power to the Weak

Fear affects many of our decisions. We often think we are powerless, saying, "I can't do that. I don't think I am capable of doing it. I am just an ordinary woman." But look what the bible says in Isaiah 40:
"He (God) gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint."
The key point is to trust God.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Don't Get Worked Up!

They say there are 365 times God encourages us to "fear not," "worry not" or "be anxious for nothing" in the bible--one for each day of the year.
In Mathew 6: 25-33(MSG) we read, "Don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.
“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Fear not!

Everywhere we go, fear seems to stare at us, scream at us, throw explosives at us, whisper in our ears horrible things, threaten to overwhelm and paralyze us. Here's what the Lord says in his Word in Philippians 4:5-6:
       "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
        So fear not!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

F.E.A.R. not!

F.E.A.R  (False Evidence Appearing Real) shows its ugly face in every situation we face. Instead, God wants us to face every problem and overcome it by faith in his promises. And that’s what he has promised:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
(Isaiah 43:1-2)

Friday, April 12, 2013

FEAR not!

What is fear? The acronym of F.E.A.R. can be interpreted as False Evidence Appearing Real. It only appears real. Look what God says in Isaiah 41:10:
"Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The God of Hope

My name, Nadia, comes from Nadejda, which means HOPE in Bulgarian language. When I read the verse that follows, I thought, "They are talking about My God here, the God of Nadia (Hope)."
Romans 15:13 says, "May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace, through believing—that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
I  Believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to give hope. It's a free gift. No matter what the present situation I am in looks like, the bible assures me of the master plan God has for me.
Today, I will overflow with hope that God's promises will come to pass in my life. Today, I'll chose to believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to fill me with joy and peace.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

God has a plan

God has a plan for my life! Sometimes, when I hear that phrase, it sounds boring. No matter how it looks, God has a master plan that includes getting me through whatever I'm facing! Jeremiah 29:11 The Message Translation says, "I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out…"
I am not encouraging people anymore, "Dream big!" I am blessing them with, "May God's plan for your life come to pass!"  

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Mercy will follow me!

I often have to remind myself to get rid of the thoughts of fear.
I need to fall in love with  "SURELY". Psalm 23:6 says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life.” Good things will supernaturally show up in my life because God says so.
As I renew my mind to these thoughts, my eyes will open to the manifestation of God's miracles around me and I will realize that even the very breath I breathe is a gift from Him.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A brighter path awaits for us

The path of the righteous (somebody who is in right standing with Jesus) gets brighter and brighter until the full day" (when Jesus returns)! (Proverbs 4:18)
I do expect things to get better for me until Jesus comes. I do expect to have better clarity for my future. I do expect to be better equipped to deal with everyday problems because I will be able to see them with a better perspective. As pastor Dickow says, " I'm designed by God to get better spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially and in my relationships."