Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Noah builds Art

Those extra touches make a house a home when you are creating a nest to retire in. Sizing down before our move was neccesito! Before we moved to Chapala we gladly gave away masses of attic and closet items. Noe Ortega is the highly regarded craftsman who has marveled me with his use of color when commissioned to build special show pieces for our modest home. With most construction completed, it has been FUN to tuck special art into
our decor. He came to my casa to take the time to create unique wall hangings for photo frames and to hang my costume jewelery on.  He also repaired shipping damaged furniture with his fabulous artistic flair. His art studio is in Riberas del Pilar, across from Mom's cafe off the Carretera #116. Bring your ideas to Noe and he will work wonders that will surpass all your best imaginings.  Noe also offers free delivery around Lakeside.  Each work of art he creates is signed and one day his signature will be highly valued. His studio is open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 am - 6:00 pm. Call Noe and make it a point to enjoy your home. Cell 331-757-7704

Sunday, December 25, 2016

BELIEF and BLESSING

Dare to ASK God for a deeper understanding of His will, for a deeper passion for His presence, for a deeper dip into His power. TRUTH: God rewards those who seek Him and God responds to our resolute FAITH in His promise to bless those who seek Him. "Finally, ALL of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble." 1 Peter 3:8 ~ Our voluntary choice to GO AFTER GOD, that is our first functional, relational submission to God's request that we seek Him with ALL of our heart. NOT because we must, but because we WANT GOD, because we realize we NEED GOD as much as we need air! When we decide to value the LOVE HE first gave us, is when we co-operate in a reciprocal relationship. When we ADMIT our sins, when we TURN from our ways and seek GOD, then when we ASK God, when we speak to God with FAITH in Who He is, when we talk to God about what seems impossible, when we SPEAK that GOD is able, when we TRUST that JESUS is perfect in all His ways, when we ACCEPT His Word as sufficient, when we BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is our ever present helper, when we SEEK God's deeper purpose in that which appears to be impossible, when we ASK GOD to make a way where the doors are closed, as we delight in our fellowship with GOD, He is busy bringing His best into our experience. He delights to feeds us, satisfy and nourish our hungry souls with the truth. Jesus provides a deeper appreciation of His love for us, and a better life as we thank Him for His faithfulness. When we PRAY without ceasing, we overcome the obstacle. When we eat His word as choice food, when we listen for His voice, God responds to our faith in Him. We are called to KEEP KNOCKING, to KEEP ASKING, to KEEP SEEKING GOD in the midst of the storms UNTIL He overwhelms us with more than we asked for! For God blesses those who BELIEVE in His son Jesus Christ ~ He is knocking on your heart, He is at the door, just let Jesus in and trust Him in all your ways! His answer, His way, His word, His light, His truth slays the liar every time! "For with God NOTHING will be impossible." Luke 1:37 ~ So DARE to SEEK GOD with ALL your heart. "Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:12 God is faithful and we are challenged to ASK GOD for understanding, for increased faith in His plans for us, and for HELP in our present circumstances. "So Jesus answered and said to them, 'Have FAITH in GOD.' Mark 11:22 ~ God is the Vine and we are His choice branches. He calls us to be fruitful and multiply in His fruit of the Spirit. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, gentleness, and Self-Control. When relationships crumble, when the world economy fails us, when we loose homes, jobs, and family members, we are to remember Who to call that can change hearts, deliver us from evil, open doors, and bless us beyond our comprehension. REMEMBER: "For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were (purchased) redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the PRECIOUS BLOOD of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through Him you believe God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your FAITH and HOPE are in GOD." Peter 1: 18-22 ~ "Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your HOPE fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.' 1 Peter 1:13-17 When our speech is motivated by God and His wisdom ~ our tongue tells the world what God has stored in our hearts. Our words are full of praise, mercy, passion, good intention, peace, love for others, humility, compassing, righteousness and submission. "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands ---admit your sins, grieve, mourn and wail ~ humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up." James 4 is all about SUBMISSION to GOD - With 72 legions of angels available to Jesus, He did not call for their protection from those who chained, scouraged, mocked and hung Him. When asked if He was a King, Jesus responded yes, but not of this world. His Kingdom is the unseen space of your soul. Imagine Jesus sitting on the throne as the King of Kings, the Ruler of your heart and soul. See yourself bowing down before His throne, fully submitted to His superior ways and plan for your life. Be still and know He loves you and takes great pleasure in satisfying all your needs with His best. Eager to hear what He has to say to you personally, we quiet our minds to listen to what the Spirit is saying. Walk this way and follow Christ in His deeper purpose. "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea, and DOES NOT DOUBT in his heart, but BELIEVES that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, BELIEVE that you receive them, and you will have them." Mark 11:23-24 EXPECT unsurpassed Favor. Hold a VISION of your future. Cast a VISION, pray and believe that God is working all the time to expand your vision of what is possible. Look to the stars and be inspired by God's vast supply. Like Abraham, be renewed in His promise by thanking Him in advance for what He has already accomplished. Turn the TV off, and put yourself in the atmosphere of success. SEE yourself healthy, free from doubt and filled with greater faith. Crowd your mind with words of truth. Hang with people who support you in your vision ~ Living debt free, without limits, in a place where God multiplies His blessing through you, married to the one God selected as your helpmate. "Where there is no vision, the people perish." So choose to hang around other people with vision! Let God's favor pour into how you envision your best life. See yourself indwelt by the Holy Spirit, with Jesus sitting on the throne of you heart. "It is finished" Death has been defeated and we are ALIVE in CHRIST and equipped as His anointed ambassadors of GOOD. Laugh and greet each day with great expectation as "This is the day that the Lord has made and I am glad to rejoice in it." Glorify God for His faithfulness. Because you have BELIEVED in His righteousness and in His ability to deliver any lack into PLENTY! Think, see and know God is ABLE to surpass the vision you HOLD. Associations DO matter! Thank God for bringing bright, successful people into your view. He is working to help you BELIEVE in His plan for you! Elisha hung around Elijah and he got a double portion. Joshua hung around Moses and he was taken into the promised land. Samson hung around deceitful people and he was blinded and missed his destiny. Lord Jesus I believe you are working to enlarge my vision by my association with people of faith.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Seguro Popular for ER

Any person can obtain health insurance in Mexico for an annual fee of $300 USA. The IMSS office for residents of Chapala is located across from old railway station, near Christiana park on
Gonzalez Gallo. It is best to use a local attorney to get through the (3) step application process. The IMSS hospital in Guad has the latest technology and equipment. The picture here is of the Seguro Popular office in Chapala, Seguro compares to county health care in the USA. For an emergency you can get care, but you will wait in long lines, and the Seguro hospitals are filled with stressed out, under paid doctors and nurses.
The ALTERNATIVE Health Insurance option for those who do not wish to pay the $300 annual premium for IMSS insurance is to apply for SEGURO POPULAR
whose office is shown in the first and 2nd pictures above. SEGURO compares to county health insurance in the USA. To apply for SEGURO you will need your passport, your CURP card, your GREEN card, and a CFE bill in your name with your address on it.  Once you receive your Seguro Popular acceptance 8 x 11
sheet of paper, you can obtain FREE meds.  You get SEGURO meds filled at the pharmacy located at 380 Zaragoza. However, in order to be seen by a SEGURO doctor, you need to arrive at 7:30 AM and stand in a line that could take up to an hour.  Therefore, we established a relationship with a local doctor and for minor emergencies, a cold, flu, infection etc. We opt to pay the 300 pesos per office visit and save our IMSS insurance for anything major, like a needed surgery, heart attack or whatever. There are many great doctors at Lakeside.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Real Estate in Jalisco

"Mike echo oscar whisky!" The Alleycat spent the weekend of January 7, 2017 reading the Mexican government websites, and the tweets of those who lead the USA and Mexico. The media continues to feed people FEAR about living in Mexico.  With the new president of the USA tweeting who will pay for the proposed fence/wall between borders, and the current president of Mexico hiking gas prices,
the world is rattling!  Good News is that I confirmed with a local attorney (800 pesos) that NO law is on the books! Also after five years of living in Mexico as a permanent resident, an expat can apply for a Mexican citizenship.  This would completely disallow any future law or RUMOR of a law that the Mexican government could confiscate the property of a USA expat. Truth is, we who believe in the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, we stand firm in His protection and plans for us here in Mexico.  I respond to all rumors with research and wisdom gleaned from the Holy Bible.  COPY, and OVER and come on out to visit us in San Nicolas, Chapala, Jalisco.

Monday, December 5, 2016

RING MY BELL

Just up the road from my casa is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop to look closely you will notice something quite amazing. One horse is blind, however, the Owner has chosen not to have the horse put down, but He took the time to provide well for this magnificient creation. This alone is amazing. If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the Source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to the horse's halter is a small bell that lets the blind friend know what direction to take, so his friend can follow. Watching these two friends, You'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is--- Trusting that he will not be led astray. When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, it stops occasionally and looks back, making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell. Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect, or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives --- to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse that is being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way....Good friends are like that... You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell
and I'll listen for yours.
And remember...

Be kinder than necessary-
Everyone you meet is fighting
Some kind of battle.

Live simply,
Love generously,
Care deeply,
Speak kindly....and leave the rest to God for His plans are to prosper you and bring you home to glory! AUTHOR an UNKNOWN MAVERICK --- THERE is NO BIG DEAL when there is SOMETHING unseen BETWEEN US, THERE IS ALWAYS A HELPING HAND, THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY, THERE IS ALWAYS A DOOR TO WALK THROUGH. We must LISTEN closely to the tinkling bell and consider the sweet ways of our Lord. TWO HORSES, who would have guessed that our God is a MAVERICK, whose WAYS are unmatched in gentleness, mercy, and kindness. AMEN~