Friday, May 30, 2008


Today was my last day of school. I didn't really grasp that completely until today shortly before it began. I mean... it's over now. Sure, I still have finals coming up next week but still. No more classes and lectures, no more group work.
I felt quite sentimental today and it felt really strange because I do not at all feel like a new time in my life is about to start.... it feels like continuing as usual...

So there's no euphoria, no final last words... just a usual day... and I wonder if this is right...

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The right and wrong way to deal with the waiting time

Buenos dias everybody! I am excited about God and how marvellous he is, aren't you?! I mean He is the provider and He loves us, He has such a great and special plan for each one of us and He created us in such a unique way that He can reach the people in our sphere of influence! I love my God!

Well... I guess we're all still in the waiting time and last time we talked about the path of being called to being chosen and that we need to be disciplined, wise, faithful and loving! So how are you doing with that so far? Are you trusting God to fulfill your destiny? Have you been struggling lately? I believe we all are struggling at some point because we still live in a fallen world, but let me tell you this. If you have Jesus Christ as your saviour in your life, than you are an overcomer, you are victorious and you are a child of the Light! Light is within you and let me also tell you this: The same strength that conquered the cross lives in YOU and the same love that rescued the earth lives in YOU!!! So next time you feel like you are in the dessert or in front of a huge mountain... breathe... relax and trust! Trust in the Lord and he will make your path straight!

As we remember that Qualtiy takes time we can also say that God uses this time to sharpen us in the various times of the Waiting time!
So instead of not caring about it or being angry about certaing things, allow God to work on you and welcome this time of testing! When you allow that and God sees your heart and knows that He can trust you with little things he can then also trust us with the big things... but in order to get there we must allow him to work on us.

You know, to know and understand God's ways is indispensable in our life! Let us turn to Proverbs 3:11 to have a closer look at this: "My child, don't reject the LORD's discipline, and don't be upset when he corrects you. For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights."
Now doesn't that sound great? I think it does! He delights in us and therefore corrects and disciplines us!
And how are we going to deal with it? Well... the Waiting time is the best time to get to know the Holy Spirit!
What are his functions?
1. Disclose sin
2. Reveil God
3. Show what is yet to come

So don't be discouraged when you find trials in your life, but embrace them to grow in the Lord and get to know the Holy Spirit because He will help you to deal with the Waiting time in the right way. Next time we'll talk how to be strengthed in the waiting time... so stay connected and leave me a comment... I would love to hear from you!

Love. Ramona

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

From being called to being chosen

Hi... I mean Hello! Today I will come back to my series about the exciting times of waiting. But before we get into today's topic I want to resume again a little of what we have talked about.
We remember of course our Verse from Isaiah 40:31 "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." I still get excited everytime I read that verse! We also discussed, that waiting doesn't mean we can idle time away but we know that quality takes time and therefore the waiting times are preperation time. We are being prepared to fulfill our calling.
We know that we are all called but how do we get from the calling to be chosen? Remember that David was called to be king years before he was actually chosen? During this time he built his foundation on the Lord. He gained wisdom and learnt discipline.

But how now to be get to be chosen? Well let us take a look at Proverbs 1:7 "Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge,but fools despise wisdom and discipline." Doesn't that remind us a lot of what we heard last time when we learnt about how to wait? But there's more to it when we again look at Isaiah! It says there that those who Trust in the Lord will find new strength! And then in proverbs it says that we should be Fearful and then gain wisdom!
Hence, when we trust and fear the Lord we will grow into the wisdom which will guide us towards fulfilling our calling!
And on top of that we should Love the Lord with all our hearts and be faithful. So let's repeat the four things that will help us to reach our calling:

So I want to encourage you to use the waiting time to be disciplined and faithful to God because then you gain wisdom. I also want to encourage you to love the people around you. Use the time to live out God's love! Start seeing people through God's eyes and the compassion he has for them. Love People!

So far so good... I already so look forward to next time where we will talk about the right and wrong way of dealing with the times of waiting!

But until then. Love!


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Strengthened during the Waiting Time

Before I will go on with the series about the Exciting times of Waiting I have to tell you that I finished University today, well at least all the classes and finals. It's so exciting and now I only need to right two bachelour theses and I'm done.
And the thing I discovered when thinking about it was that when I first started university I really didn't know what God's calling for my life was. I mean I knew God had a great and wonderful calling but it just wasn't so clear. And during the duration of university I slowly started to see the bigger picture and at least get glimpses here and there and get the direction. So I am in these exciting times of waiting and I can tell you, sometimes it just isn't easy when you lose sight or lose motivation and then sometimes there are hard times but God is always good and he cares and we can be like those eagles soaring up high (see previous blogs about this topic), we can do everything through God who strengthens us.

And this is exactly what I will talk about today. "How to be strengthened during the Waiting time". Last time we started talking about the Holy Spirit so I will continue this a little bit because the Waiting time, time which is the time of preparation for what's to come, is the best time to get to know the Holy Spirit.
There are three things which are crucial here:
He will give strength
He will give assurance and security
He will give conviction

How do we know that? Well when we turn to Luke 24:49 we can read: "And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven." Interestingly when continuing to read it can be seen that those are the very last words Jesus said to his disciples so I am guessing the last words he says to them must be important and what does he say here? The Holy Spririt will give us strength! Oh I am excited about that! So often we think we have to carry all these things around like worries, fear, anxieties but in actual fact when we are children of God, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, strengthening us!

Looking again at that verse we see that Jesus insisted them to STAY in the city, so they had to wait. But were they suppossed to just sit there in the temple and wait and stagnate? I don't think so. It was ACTIVE WATING! Therefore anything I experience or go through and happens to me I can either endure or I can start being active! How can I do that? How can I get through all this mess or the happy times or the decisions I have to make?

When we look at what the Holy Sprit stands for we will receive the answer. The Holy Spirit, the greek word Paraclete, means:
1. Comforter
2. Counselor
3. Helper
4. Advocate
5. Assistant
6. Strengthener (strength-giver)

This is such a great list of all the things available for me and I can conclude here that through the Holy Spirit I am EMPOWERED!!!

You are empowered! Don't be afraid, believe and wait actively!

xoxo Ramona

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Colour 2008

Hello! As you can see I changed the look of my site a little... and usually pink is not my colour at all but since I just got back from Colour 2008 I decided to give my site a litte "femine touch"
Alright then... I will continue with "The exciting times of waiting" very soon but before that I really need to tell you a litte bit about my time in London.
As most of you know, Colour is a conference from Hillsong church Australia for women. It was held in London and I must say... we only had sunny days... almost no rain

The conference was incredible! I was pumped up, refreshed, empowered, guided and now ready to change the world!

The conference was held in the beautiful Royal Albert Hall and the speakers were amazing! The stage setting, the worship times, the prayer, the videos everything was so amazing and beautiful that you had to open your heart and hear from God. I was ready to hear and I can say now that I am one step further in my journey of waiting! Glory to God! He is sooo faithful and revealed himself to me, spoke to me through scripture and the sermons. I let go of a few things, made decisions and I am ready!

Well, I think pictures mostly speak more than words so I decided to post some to give you an impression of this weekend including the sight-seeing times with my friends. So... Enjoy!

1. The view from our seats 2. The Royal Albert Hall 3. Free ice cream! 4. The Sisterhood seeking to place value upon humanity 5. Creatvitiy 6. A colour gift 7. Tower Bridge 8. sight-seeing with my friends

Of course these are just some impressions. For more pictures click HERE

Alrighty... until next time... live life magnificently, trust God and change the world!


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