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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New Beginnings

Its been a while...

Life has been hectic but exciting. Lord willing, come January, I will be able to blog more often.

My unplanned sabbatical was due to an amazing opportunity the Lord has given me and that I am excited to share with you -  hopefully you guys are still out there...lol ;)

The Lord has opened doors and has allowed me to publish my first book. This captivating Christmas Story, geared towards the whole family, will take you back in time.  There you'll rediscover, fresh and anew, the beauty, majesty, wonder and awe of Jesus's birth and God's love for us, through the perspective of the Wise Men. "Journey to Faith - Through the Eyes of the Wise Men," is the never before told story of the three mysterious Wise Men, their journey and their life transforming encounter with the newborn King. Who were they and how did they know about Jesus's birth and its significance?

Find the answers to these questions by reliving their journey. Walk in their shoes to see what they saw, hear what they heard, feel what they felt and experience every moment they experienced. From the moment Melchior discovers the sacred scrolls of God's word, to the moment Gaspar finally believes, to the moment they see scriptures fulfilled with their own eyes - readers experience firsthand the joys, fears, doubts, struggles and the encounter that changed the lives of the Wise Men forever.

Their story is one of faith, friendship, and perseverance. As they face and overcome insurmountable obstacles and doubts, defy their fears and venture into the unknown, they remind us that life’s greatest rewards and experiences come to those with a tenacious spirit; they dare us to pursue God, regardless of what we face, and the dreams and/or desires he has hidden in our hearts. Reminding us, God is always worth it.

 My hope for everyone who reads this engaging story, is a renewed confidence in God's love for us and a deeper understanding of His desire to have a relationship with us. Will you be like the Wise Men? Will you take the journey to faith?

Following is my book's website and the link to goodreads.com. There you will find reviews, interviews, an event schedule, ratings and more.



www.journeytofaithbook.com
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14561327.Annie_Munoz_Fogel





Monday, April 6, 2015

Winter Is Over

As I look out my window snow is falling once again.  Although it feels like and at first glance it looks like Winter, the reality is Spring is here.  Knowing it is Spring was not enough to keep my feelings of despair from consuming me at that moment.  I caved to thoughts like "this Winter will never end,"  "I can't do this anymore" and "I hate this place, I need to move to the south." Wallowing in these negative feelings managed to distract me enough to forget not only that Spring is here but of the signs of promise my very own eyes had seen, my ears had heard and my body had experienced declaring Winter was over and that all things are being made new.

Over the last week, I had noticed the birds chirping in the morning.  Their sweet song which had been silenced by the harshness of Winter could no longer keep them from singing God's praises that Spring was here...music to my ears.  Temperatures began to rise and there were days when I could feel the warmth of the sun healing the scars Winter had left behind.  I had also noticed our trees were blooming, even earlier than last year.  The hope of Spring overflowed from the depths of my heart and soul bringing with it healing, joy, peace and restoration.  Finally, this winter was over!  This had been a harsh, brutal, long and isolating season.  But it's over - HALLELUJAH, it's over!

Or was it?  We had a snowstorm on the first day of Spring and now even after seeing, feeling and hearing the promise of a new beginning today's reality seems to contradict and lead me to doubt the undeniable truth that Spring is here.  My eyes could only see the falling snow which continued to feed my heart and soul with anger, despair, hopelessness and negativity.  As I surrendered to the lie  my eyes suddenly caught a glimpse of the blooming trees.  Like the lens of a camera my eyes focused on the budding blossoms and I could no longer see the snow falling.  Oh yes, it was still snowing but Winter's attempt to have me believe his reign was not over failed.  God's grace intervened and once again opened my eyes to the promise of Spring.

This is so very true in our spiritual lives as well.  The Lord has declared Winter over in your life. You begin to experience the truth of Spring in your life with your senses and hope starts to overflow.  Just as  you begin to grab hold of the promise he, the enemy of our soul, will attempt to distract us with "snow storms" in an attempt to deceive us into thinking our Spring is not here and that our spiritual winter has not ended and never will.   He does this by trying to get our eyes off the promise, the evidence of God's involvement in your life which he has opened your eyes to  - the blooming tree. Once our eyes are no longer on the promise it is easy to succumb to negative whispers of doubt, mistrust, anger and hopelessness .

Winter can not last forever.   Our promise is Jesus Christ our Lord, Savior, Redeemer and Hope. Although easier said than done, we need to keep our eyes fixed on him.  Taking our eyes off of him, even for a moment, can distract us enough to forget what even our natural senses have experienced confirming, validating and ensuring you of the reality that can not be changed - The Promise of all things being made new in Jesus.




Do not think for a minute the enemy is going to throw in the towel and accept his defeat with a good attitude.  On the contrary, his anger towards you will only fuel his desire all the more to destroy you.




One of his greatest tactics is distraction.  He will do anything and everything to get us to take our eyes off  Jesus.  Because he knows the minute we do we start to sink; remember Peter?  He walked on the water until he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the storm around him. Matthew 14:22-33.  Knowing this, the author of Hebrews admonishes us in chapter 12 verse 2 to keep our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith.  The enemy will attempt to deceive you that the winter of your life will never end.  But The Lover of our souls beckons us with his voice to come away with him because Winter is over...





How has the enemy tried to distract you?

What have you been focusing on instead of Jesus?

What signs of Spring have you noticed in your life?

Has the enemy distracted you enough to make you forget the signs of promise God has given you?







Thursday, March 19, 2015

He Sees and Loves The Real You

Do you struggle with God's love for you?  Does it seem impossible, crazy and unrealistic that The Holy and all powerful God loves you?

I struggled with that truth for some time.  I lived a "heaven on earth" love affair with the Lover of my soul.  I had tasted and seen first hand how good he is.  He was all I wanted and all I needed.  Yet out of the blue, one day, he was just "gone."  I could not feel him like I used to, loose myself in his presence like I always had and bask in his unfailing love.  Instead I felt alone, abandoned and forsaken.

During those terrible years I fell into despair.  My pain, sorrow, brokenness and despair persuaded me into mistrusting God and doubting his faithfulness.  Thankfully God is greater and he began a healing and restoring work in my life.

However, I struggled with believing that he loved me.  I believed he had forgiven me. But love me, the way I had always known -  no way...not anymore...not after hurting him the way I did.

To the honor and glory of his name, I am living proof that he does!!!!!!

God has loved  you with an unfailing love and nothing...nothing can separate you from his love.  He draws close to the brokenhearted, to the weak and weary.  He draws close because he knows his redemptive love will transform you into the person he created you to be.  Sin, failure, circumstances and life will never distort or change God's opinion of you.  Your are his beloved, his treasured possession and the apple of his eye.  He died for you and raised again on the third day to make you his redeemed bride.  That was the greatest demonstration of his love for you.

Next time you hear the accuser of your soul whispers lies into your ears, remember He sees the real you, draws close and loves you with his unfailing, redemptive, mercy and grace filled love.

 "...I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3b

The Real Me - Copyright Fogel 2012

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Basking In His Love

Over the last several months I have sought to be still in God's Love and feed on his word.  During this time I reread the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldridge which I feel is a must read for every woman and every man who desires to understand the treasure he has been given in her - whether you have a wife, mother, sister or daughter.

This time in his love has been healing and renewing - Oh how I have needed it.  Thanks to God's mercy, grace and patience I am seeing myself through his word and his eyes.  I'm even seeing the sun break through in glorious splendor through the remaining clouds in my life.  He has been rooting me in his truth and my confidence and trust in him grow stronger everyday.  Thank you Father for not giving up on me! You are worthy of all my praise, devotion, love and life. I bless you Lord with all that is within me!!!

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of the songs he has graciously given me during this time of restoration. My prayer is that it may it be a blessing to your life.



Your Eyes of Love - Copyright Fogel 2014

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