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About Bianca Herrera

I am Bianca, a high school senior, who loves Jesus! My love for Jesus inspires me to write in order to help girls, of all ages, to discover their true identity and deepen their relationship with God. Always remember, you are so loved and so blessed. Instagram:@_.classyvibes._
  • The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. –John 12:17-18 Testimony breathes transformation into people’s hearts. A testimony is […]

    Why You Should Tell Your Testimony Always

    The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. –John 12:17-18

    Testimony breathes transformation into people’s hearts. A testimony is a first hand account witnessing Jesus move in their life. This could be a story of an answered prayer or a story of how someone began to follow Jesus.

    In the Gospel of John, Jesus had performed many miracles. Each time miracles were performed, everyone in the town would tell others of what they had seen Jesus do. The word spread quickly, it was like a tweet that went viral!

    In verse 17, the crowds who had “bore witness”, or saw Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead continued to tell other people. In verse 18, it is said that the reason the crowds went to meet Jesus because they heard of the miracle that was done. Their interest increased after hearing what Jesus had done for someone. This is why there is power in testimony. There is power in sharing your story. Your story matters because it is specific to your life. You cannot simply teach or learn a testimony because it is one’s first-hand experience with God. When you share your story, the spirit of prophecy is exuded into others. In other words, you are giving the listener faith to know if it can happen in your life, it can also happen in their life.

    Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” -Rev 19:10

     

    ACTION: God has called you to go through certain tests so He can create a beautiful testimony to share with the world. God is a God of turning tragedy into triumph and every heartbreak into hope. After people shared Lazarus’ story, the town chased after Jesus to see these works for themselves. If you struggle sharing your faith with others, ask God to give you confidence in your testimony and ask Him to let go of any fear in your heart that is stopping you. There is power in your testimony.  

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  • A black sheep is an idiom used to describe someone who is different than everyone else. The Black sheep often strive to be apart of the herd, yet he/she usually faces rejection from the others. Realizing that you are the black sheep is never fun. Of course, we can’t always expect to fit in everywhere, […]

    The Black Sheep

    A black sheep is an idiom used to describe someone who is different than everyone else. The Black sheep often strive to be apart of the herd, yet he/she usually faces rejection from the others.

    Realizing that you are the black sheep is never fun. Of course, we can’t always expect to fit in everywhere, all the time, with every single group of people, but church should be the one safe place that everyone, regardless of their past, nationality, gender, political views, or culture, should be able to feel accepted.

    Of course we know this, so why then, do people continue to face rejection in church?

    Rejection can be leaving someone out, disapproving their feelings, or not caring for them. The devastation of rejection can create doubt and fear, and even worse, can cause people to walk away from church and God altogether.  We have the responsibility to love others yet rejection is a form of hate.

    The world is full of opportunities for rejection. However, the church should be the light of the world. That means we should be accepting, loving, and compassionate to everyone, regardless of the way they look.

    So how does the church walk in affection and not in rejection? It’s all through communication.

    Believe it or not, even David, the Great King, felt the weight of rejection. Let’s take a look at how rejection played a role in his life.

    1 Samuel 25 begins with King David, the Goliath slayer, traveling with his army in the wilderness to send a message to a man named Nabal, a man described as “evil” and “harsh” who was married to a woman named Abigail, who was described as “beautiful” and “sensible.” Nabal had thousands of cattle, which was a sign of wealth.

    “Nabal received a message from David and quickly said: ‘Who is this fellow David?’ Nabal sneered to the young men. “Who does this son of Jesse think he is”? (v.10)

    It was the anointed King David, who could not know of him? King David reacted with anger and bitterness. A couple of chapters prior to Nabal receiving this message, we see how David became king. His father, Jesse, had many sons who were considered before Samuel to become king. All seven of them were presented in front of Samuel, except David. Samuel did not believe any of the sons were chosen by the Lord to be anointed and Samuel asked if there were any more sons.

    “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” (1 sam 16:11)

    This is the moment of rejection that David experienced and would soon create a gaping wound within his heart. His own father did not value him or believe in him. He left him to tend the sheep because of his unbelief that David was fit to be king.

    David wasn’t just tending the sheep, he was seen as the “black sheep.” His father rejected him and said you don’t belong. He wasn’t good enough. The root of rejection is not being enough.

    The story reveals that David was anointed king, but the sting of his father overlooking him would remain. Eventually, David is faced with his rejection of his encounter with Nabal because Nabal was the exact representation of Jesse. The Bible mentions Nabal having “3,000 sheep” and David was rejected while he was sheep tending thus, Nabal became an instrument of rejection by disproving of David’s authority, but Abigail became a source of light in the midst of David’s tremble.

    “Even when you are chased by those who seek to kill you, your life is safe in the care of the Lord your God, secure in his treasure pouch! But the lives of your enemies will disappear like stones shot from a sling!  When the Lord has done all he promised and has made you leader of Israel,  don’t let this be a blemish on your record. Then your conscience won’t have to bear the staggering burden of needless bloodshed and vengeance. And when the Lord has done these great things for you, please remember me, your servant!” 

    Abigail spoke life to David, a man who became so angry he was going to kill her husband. Lysa TerKeurst in her book “Uninvited” clearly explains, “She spoke her words of truth in the tone of grace. After all, remember David was leading a mob of four hundred men with drawn swords to kill Nabal…but that’s not what who David was…Abigail spoke to who he was, not to how he was acting in the moment.”

    Abigail’s language prevented planting seeds of rejection. We must change our language in our churches, our homes, and workplaces in order to plant seeds of love and acceptance through our actions. Rejection, whether covert or overt, brings feelings of: anger, bitterness, insecurity, hesitancy, sensitivity. We as believers have the responsibility to be a source of love and acceptance, because we are loved and accepted. We as believers have to understand that the rejected and broken come to church AND are already present in our churches. Accepting their brokenness is showing the love of Christ.     

     Verbal Communication

    Verbal, straightforward communication can be tricky as people may say, “It’s not what you said, it’s how you said it.” Verbal communication is important in any relationship and in every piece of community.

    Community begins with vulnerability. Community ends when that vulnerability is rejected.

     One way to reduce rejection through verbal communication is to shift our language from “you should”, “you could”, or “that doesn’t make sense” to “me too” and “I’m here for you.”

    “You could” and “you should” statements makes the advice about instructing them and not helping them. These statements focus on the person giving the advice because it makes a person feel like they are being “preached” at. Sometimes people don’t need instruction, they need acceptance. That acceptance comes from someone genuinely listening to their worries/prayers/problems.

    Lysa TerKeurst explains, “Acceptance is like an antibiotic that prevents past rejections from turning into present-day infections.”

    Saying “me too” allows you to become compassionate and relatable in community. Saying “I’m here for you.” says I care about you and you are not a burden because love covers. We must try to understand, in order to show love. We must allow people to feel and not reject their feelings, in order to show love. You poke someone’s wound when you make any notion that their feelings are unreasonable or wrong. Abigail was not reactionary and as a result, she changed the course of David’s life with the power of the tongue.

    Nonverbal Communication

    Rejection does not solely manifest in the form of words. A person’s body language can tell a story. The moment Jesse left David outside tending the sheep was evidence of his rejection of David. We must become aware of our nonverbal communication because it has an impact.

    Don’t “pretend” you didn’t see that person you are angry with. A smile is worth a thousand words.

    Don’t leave out the girl you know is different from you. You can be the difference in her life.

    A Note to the Rejected

    Lies flee in the presence of truth. The truth is you have a Father who has loved and accepted you since before you were born. He is close to the brokenhearted, when you became broken from rejection. The enemy wants you to feel rejected and lonely but don’t forget He was rejected. He carried the world’s rejection on the cross, where he felt the greatest pain. He was rejected so we wouldn’t have to be, so we could be examples of love and acceptance for others.

    When you are rejected, remember the One who was rejected. Remind yourself that we are all the black sheep in the world’s eyes. But truly believe you can be the black sheep because you are led by the Shepherd. The Shepherd will leave the ninety-nine for the one sheep. That one sheep could have been the rejected black sheep. In the end, you don’t have to believe the lies that you are not good enough because you are loved, you are worthy of love. I pray you will believe this wholeheartedly and begin a journey living like you are loved.

     

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  • Every girl loves a good skincare routine! As I dove into this year, I decided to make skin care a priority in my routine. However, I wanted my skin care routine to be 100% vegan. A couple months ago, I honestly didn’t know what a “vegan” skin care routine included or what it meant. Vegan […]

    Beauty Doesn’t Have to Hurt: Cruelty-Free Skincare

    Every girl loves a good skincare routine! As I dove into this year, I decided to make skin care a priority in my routine. However, I wanted my skin care routine to be 100% vegan. A couple months ago, I honestly didn’t know what a “vegan” skin care routine included or what it meant. Vegan products do not include any ingredients from animals AND vegan products are never tested on animals. You may have noticed that these products are called “cruelty free” products and each product will have a bunny symbol that indicates that it is indeed cruelty free. Here are the best vegan, cruelty free skin care products that I have came across so far on my journey.

    Organik Botanik Australia Coconut Water Face Mist with Rose

    This face mist is a gentle moisturizer and could be used after washing your face in the morning and at night. On top of being a moisturizer, it also acts as a natural and gentle toner for the skin. The Coconut moisturizes and the rose tones. This is also a great product for sensitive skin. You can easily purchase this international brand at TJ Maxx stores for only $3.99 (6.76 fluid ounces). For fresh and radiant skin This is totally an essential.

    Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Facial Mask

    This mask, as well as the entire Shea Moisture product line, has been gaining popularity for very good reasons. All of Shea Moisture’s products are not only cruelty free, but they are all certified organic! Each product uses natural, plant derived ingredients, like Tamarind Extract, Tea Tree Oil, and Aloe Leaf Juice. This product and the whole line can be found in most supermarkets and drugstores, such as Walmart and Walgreens. Walmart sells this product for $11.97 (4 ounces). This product is amazing for blemish prone, sensitive skin. Use this 1-2 times a week to clarify skin.

    Purity One-Step Facial Cleanser

    Purity made by Philosophy is one of the most talked about beauty product in the skin care world and for very good reasons. This is a seriously gentle cleanser that has a golden reputation. This product is fragrance-free, deep cleaning, and contains many natural extracts to condition the skin. Natural is the new black, right? Their brand built on simplicity is definitely a keeper.This product is sold at many beauty stores, like Ulta and Sephora for $24 (8 fluid ounces). Use this 1-2 a day for the best results.

    Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Organic Soap

    The best of the best is saved for last! This versatile, fair trade, certified vegan product is a crowd favorite. This magical soap can be used on not only your face, but also can be used for cleaning around the house (after a dilution process that can be found on the bottle). There are many flavors of this great soap yet they all have the same great benefits of a squeaky clean face. as if all these benefits weren’t enough, the best part of this castile soap, is that Even the bottle showcases the Eternal Father. Yup, this brand is proud of their faith, and they are unashamed!You can buy 16 fluid ounces for $10.79 at any Target.

    Remember, beauty doesn’t have to hurt you or any other creature with unsafe, unethical practices. You are beautiful in every way. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

     

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  • Getting closer to God is not an uncommon resolution or goal for believers. For most, this may entail reading the Bible more often with a fervent enthusiasm to be radically transformed by studying the word. It’s important to know that spiritual transformation and growth is a lifelong process of studying the word, worshipping, praying, etc. […]

    Getting to know God, the Transformer

    Getting closer to God is not an uncommon resolution or goal for believers. For most, this may entail reading the Bible more often with a fervent enthusiasm to be radically transformed by studying the word. It’s important to know that spiritual transformation and growth is a lifelong process of studying the word, worshipping, praying, etc. Although many Christians engage in such spiritual disciplines, many still seem dissatisfied. These acts of obedience are supposed to draw us closer to God but we may be missing one of the most important points.

    Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

    This verse reminds us that we can only be transformed by renewing our mind. That means first seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness (Matthew 6:33). You can’t be transformed if you don’t know Who is transforming you.

    Getting to know The Transformer

    If you haven’t already, introduce yourself to God in a conversational manner, or a prayer explaining your desire to get to know Him. Like meeting a new friend, first, introduce yourself to him by saying your name.

    “Hi, my name is ….”

    God is the God of many names, so let’s first get to know Him by name.

    God would reply: “Hi, my name is…

    The Messiah, The Gardener, King of Kings, The One, The Way, Yahweh, Almighty, The Alpha and Omega, The Most High, Abba which means the Father.”

    These are some of the names that scripture reveals about the father, but getting to know God is also about getting to know his nature. Once we learn his names we should dig deeper and get more personal, just as we would when developing a new friendship. Throughout the book of Psalms, we can learn more about the character traits of God.

    God is known to be the “God who satisfies.” Nothing else can satisfy because nothing else is everlasting. Psalm 63 also describes him as being:

    “Sanctuary”-He is not insecure./

    “Strength”-He can carry heavy burdens.

    “Glory”- He is beautiful and makes beautiful things.

    “Faithful love”-He loves and His love is “better than life.”

    “Helper”- He helps you through everything.

    “Wings”- He protects you.

    David in Psalm 63 is a beautiful picture of someone who seeks God and His goodness. The natural response to learning God’s word, his names, and his character is transformative in itself. The psalmist even explains that getting to know God creates a new person who longs to “rejoice”, “glorify”, and “meditate.”

    So, embark on a more intimate journey with Christ with the goal being to get to know His character. Get to know God as The Father. The whole Bible is waiting to be opened, waiting to be explored.

    As you thirst to know more about his character, God will take you through different seasons and events to allow you to experience each individual character trait.

    If you already have fallen in love with who God is, remind yourself of these traits daily to treasure them in your heart. Learning God’s nature and His traits will radically inspire you to become Christlike and it will renew your mind.

    Both meditating and seeking the Father combine to create the perfect recipe for transformation because you grow to know the One whos doing the transformation.

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