Goodbye 2020, Welcome 2021

As I have been doing for the past few years, I thank and say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one.  2020 was a crazily unexpected year to say the least.  The Pandemic COVID-19 took over and the whole world was affected.  I am among the group of people who lost her job.  Yet in the middle of the chaos, I sought God more than ever.   I prayed and prayed for the whole world, for my family and for all the people around the world. 

There was a lot of uncertainty and to me the only thing certain is that no matter what, God is still in control.  God is always in control.  As the days passed by, I started to feel more at ease, and I started trusting God even more.  I saw my beloved New York City, the city where I have been working most of my career life, deserted.  Time Square did not look like Time Square.  I prayed for New York City, the city I fell in love with when I started working there in 2010.

My three-year-old, soon to be four, also loves New York City.  Once it was ok to go outside with the mask, my toddler Isaac and I made a few trips to the City.  For us going to the city is just a 25-minute ride as we live across the Hudson river in Jersey.  I like working in the city and living in Jersey.  Isaac, my child did not go out of the house for about three months during the quarantine.  When we finally started going out, I was surprised at how quickly he got used to the face mask, although he would ask me to remove it from time to time. 

Isaac loves taking the public NJ Transit bus, the MTA bus and the subway (he loves trains and riding them), so I started doing trips, with safety precautions, to NYC.  2020 was the year, where Isaac was going to start going to pre-k school for the first time.  Due to the Pandemic, school became virtual even for kids that young.  I decided not to proceed with the school enrollment.  Instead, I continue teaching him at home as I had already been doing. 

Given the circumstances, not all was bad in 2020.  I was able to spend more time with my child.  Initially, when the pandemic started, the church service was being streamed online.  Once we had the ok to go back to church, I was able to go on Sundays, every Sunday with my family, something I had not been able to do for a long time due to my work schedule. 

2021 is a new Year and as I write this, we already are in the middle of February (Time flies).  COVID-19 has not yet been fully eradicated but just the fact it is a new year brings also new hope. 

I pray to God that this year will be a year of healing and a year where we close the gap on physical distance and are able to come close together again.  And while we may not be able to come physically close just yet, we are able to come spiritually close.  So, I pray that regardless of how distant we physically are, that we get spiritually closer than ever before.  I hope that we love one another more than ever.  I hope that we stop judging one another and embrace ourselves, because however different we may be, we have a lot more in common than we have uncommon.  We may be of different race, ethnicity or background,  but we are ONE specie.  The human specie is only one specie.  Let’s live and spread love.  When there is love, there cannot be hatred.  Let’s choose love, where there is love, there is compassion.  Where there is love, there is forgiveness.  Where there is love, there is God.  Everything is possible with God.

2021 Welcome

God bless you, with love,

 Querin

Be A Friend To Someone In Need

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

~Proverbs 17:17

This pic. was taken on February 22, 2020 ,on Isaac’s Birthday. The two people I’m pointing with the green arrows were of great support to me during my child’s pregnancy. I am forever grateful for their love and support when I was most vulnerable.

During this time of great distress for the world, there are many who need a supporting hand.  I believe that God works thru us.  I believe that God uses us to help others.  Be a helping hand to someone in need or in distress if you are able to do so. 

This COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people differently.  If you are in a position where you feel mentally well and stable to be a support system to someone who is in a less desirable situation than you are, be that support system.  It can be something as simple as doing daily check-in calls to check up on that one person.  It doesn’t have to be a long lasting conversation.  It can be a daily five to fifteen-minute call.  Doing this, of course, should not create an unsafe situation for you. 

So if you do it once and you think that it will not work for you, than don’t feel guilty.  Maybe you can send a daily text message instead.  Find something that works for you and that brings comfort to the other person.  If you do decide to do the daily call,  you can have supporting conversations, pray together (over the phone I mean), laugh, cry, empathized.  Believe it or not, this may bring tremendous emotional comfort to the person in distress (and to YOU).  They will feel the love, the compassion, and the push to keep on going.  And that’s what God is all about. 

If you are taking care of someone who is sick or in distress, THANK YOU, thank you for all you are doing.  You are so amazing.  You are not alone.  Thank you for providing that emotional support and love.  I’m with you.  We are in this together.  God bless you!

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

~Proverbs 17:17

God bless you & with lots of love for you and for the whole world,

Querin

Trial & Error

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial Because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

~James 1:12

At home, we’ve been trying different things to keep Isaac engaged in different activities. Yes that is him, my three-year-old operating my camera. I hope my camera survives this quarantine. What are some things that you are doing to make it thru this quarantine sane and safe?

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial Because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

~ James 1:12

God bless you & with love,

Querin

Give Comfort to Others

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

~2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Take the time to give comfort to others.  Pray, pray and do not cease to pray.  We need God in this.  We cannot do it alone, but with God, we are more than conquerors.  You are not alone.  We are in this together. 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

~2 Corinthians 1:3-4

God Bless you & with love,

Querin

Be Kind

“Be Kind to one another, tenderhearted forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave us.”

~Ephesians 4:32

My mom and niece Mia
(Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Nov. 4th 2019)

Hello there…so today, we will focus on kindness.  Kind people are the coolest people.  You want to work with them.  You want to be friends with them.  They help you become better people.  And the fact that you acknowledge kind people and appreciate them means you too are kind. 

Now, I’m not sure if there is a kindness quotient like there is an emotional intelligent quotient.  But there are people whose kindness is constantly overflowing.    Do you feel you are kind most of the time or do you have times that your kindness got to its pick?  As you reflect on this, consider that being kind is also an every day decision.  We can choose to be kind over being rude. 

Kindness and compassion go hand in hand.  Kindness shows in the way you speak and treat others, and the way you speak and treat yourself .  Therefore being kind to oneself is just as important.  Continue to be kind to others and continue to be kind to yourself.    Let’s continue to support one another.  We are in this together. 

 “Be Kind to one another, tenderhearted forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave us.”

~Ephesians 4:32

God bless you & with love,

Querin

The Power of Forgiveness

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
~Colossians 3:13 (NIV)


At one point or another in time, someone has hurt your feelings or you may have hurt someone’s. In either case, when such thing happens, something is damaged even if just a little. But when the person hurting finds in their heart the courage to forgive, something miraculous happens. The healing process is activated.


Depending on the situation, it may be hard to forgive. If someone you use to trust betrays you, the trust, not just in that person is damaged, but sometimes even trusting others is damaged. We then have two choices: to forgive or not to forgive. My friend, I say to you, even if it’s super hard, for your own sake, choose to forgive.


When you forgive, you do an act of kindness to someone who may not deserve it. But here is the thing. When you forgive, you are freeing yourself from resentment. Resentment is poison to one’s body; so do whatever you can to let go of it. Choose to forgive, even if it’s hard, and that includes forgiving yourself, which can be the hardest to do. No one is perfect. People make mistakes. Choose to forgive and forgiveness will set you free.


“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
~Colossians 3:13


God bless you & with love,
Querin

Course Correct If You Need To

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

~John 16:33 (NIV)

 Many of us like to plan.  However, no matter how much you plan, sometimes things will happen in life that are out of your control.  An extreme but very real example is what’s happening right now all over the world with this pandemic.  Many of us had plans to do certain things. 

Companies had budget plans to do better this year than the last.  But then this happened.  Now we have to course correct our plan and figure out how we are going to deal with all of this.  What can we learn from what’s happening now?   

As you reflect on this verse from the word of God “…In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world.”   Think about what Jesus conveyed in this message.  Thru his word, God has made us aware that difficult things will happen in life, but God also assures us that He has already overcome all of those difficult things.  Course correct if you need to, but do not give up.  God is with you.  You are not alone.  God is with us. 

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

~John 16:33 (NIV)

God bless you, & with love,

Querin

God is with us

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?”

~Romans 8:31

Early Morning: View of NYC skyline from Donnelly Park in West New York, NJ
(pic. taken on January 11th 2020)

God is omnipotent.  And what does omnipotent mean?  It means all-powerful, almighty, invincible and supreme.  God has the power and if God is with us we know that we will conquer.  With God we will prevail.  “If God is for us, who can be against us?” What this is saying is that it doesn’t matter who is against us; with God, we will conquer.  We will prevail over this pandemic.

Trust that God is with you.  You are not alone.  God is with us and we are in this together.  Meditate in the word of God.  Develop your communication with God.  Keep growing spiritually.  Continue to look at your gratitude list every day.  We cannot understand everything that is happening right now.  We don’t know exactly how long this will last.  But what I know is that with God, we will conquer.  With God, we will prevail. 

In the meantime, let’s continue to help one another.  Just a kind word to someone who seems in distress can be a way to help.  We are so grateful for the doctors and nurses who are working round the clock during this time.  We can also do small acts of kindness with one another. 

Call your loved ones, and give them words of encouragement.  Call a friend or a family member you haven’t talked to in a while.  And unless you are a doctor, nurse, paramedic, or someone in a similar category, please don’t tell me you are too busy to call.  Acts of kindness is what makes us human.  Acts of kindness is what keeps us going.  Acts of kindness is what keeps us believing that our people, our planet will heal again.  And remember you are not alone.  We are in this together.  God is with us. 

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?”

~Romans 8:31

God bless you & with love,

Querin

Eat Well

“Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.  They will be yours for food.” 

~ Genesis 1:29 (NIV)

Carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, salt, olive oil

It is alleviating to know that making the right decisions in terms of our food choices contribute to our well-being.  Eating well must be a lifestyle choice to live a healthy life. 

When we eat well our body feels better.  When you eat healthy, you build a strong immune system that helps us fight disease.  People with strong immune systems barely feel the symptoms of certain viruses and even if they get sick, they get well more rapidly again because they eat nutritious dense foods. 

God created the seeds and plants for us to eat.  Eat well and take good care of yourself. And remember, we are in this together.

“Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.  They will be yours for food.”

~Genesis 1:29 (NIV)

God bless you & with love,

Querin

A Joyful Heart

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

~Proverbs 17:22

Company managers outing – January 13, 2020
(before social distancing was activated)

It may be easier said than done…to be joyful when there is chaos going on.  But how about if finding the way to be joyful in the mist of chaos is exactly what we need to help us find healing. 

The word of God says that a joyful heart is good medicine.  There are stories and cases of people who went thru detrimental health issues and were able heal.  I have heard stories of people who were told they would never walk again only to prove those who said such thing wrong.  When they were asked how were they to overcome it, they said it was the mindset they had.  They were determined to overcome their obstacle.  They were determine to NOT be crushed by their current circumstances.  And because of that tenacity and determination, because they had a vision of themselves being well again, they prevailed. 

In this time of crisis, I think of all the things that I am grateful for.  I am grateful for my family.  I am grateful for you.  I am grateful for the love of God.  I am grateful for the love and kindness of the people.  I am grateful for the ability to write this article.  I am grateful for all the nurses and doctors who are working during this pandemic called COVID-19.  My list could go on and on. 

Being grateful helps us to have a joyful heart in the midst of chaos.  Being joyful is medicine.  Having a positive mindset will help us get thru this.  What are some things that you are joyful & grateful for?  Make your list and look at it daily.

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

~Proverbs 17:22 

God Bless you & with love,

Querin