In order to be the father that God and your children want you to be – you must teach the lessons of your own Fathers!
I am a Father, and as such, I have responsibilities…to my children, their mother, my parents and friends. As a Father, I have a responsibility to make the world a better place. I must set a good example and be diligent to the fact (continue reading…)
I had to share this on this Memorial Day! This is why I am proud to be an American and a Christian! May God Bless our troops, their families and you and yours!
I had not planned to write an essay on this holiday, but I just read a story that touched me so deeply I felt prompted to share it with you. U.S. Marine Sgt. William Stacey was killed earlier this year in Afghanistan. The 23-year-old wrote a letter to his family explaining why he was fighting, to be read in the event of his death. Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, read the letter during a Memorial Day service today in Kabul.
Sgt. Stacey wrote: “There will be a child who will live because men left the security they enjoyed in their home to come to his. He will have the gift of freedom which I have enjoyed for so long myself, and if my life brings the safety of a child who will one day change the world, then I know that it was worth it all.”
Today we remember 1.3 million men and women who died so we could live. Each of them left the security of their homes to defend ours. They paid the ultimate price (continue reading…)
A Mother’s Love…Lasts Forever written by Brandy Lopez / Edited by Michael Arellano
Happy Mother’s Day to our Beautiful Moms! But more than mothers, you are Angels, Heroes and Blessed. A mother’s love goes a long way, has no end and lasts forever!
But first, let me share a little about the mothers in my life – my mother and grandmother. For those blessed to have a mother like them – you understand women with a heart of gold!
My grandmother helped raised me, so she was like a mother to me, but my mom is still my mom. My grandmother did a beautiful job with her daughters, because my aunts are loving, caring and beautiful mothers themselves.
They all share the Word of God with their children. They are teachers; they comfort; they encourage; they give us strength and showed us the respect we should always have for our mother.
I miss my “Abuelita.” It’s hard for me to mention her because my heart aches and tears roll down my face as I cry and write this. I miss you and love you, “mi ‘buelita:” “Feliz Dia De Las Madres!”
Now, about mom – when you walk into my mother’s home you become one of her children. She welcomes you with open arms and is always ready to feed you. Her heart is big, she does not judge, she is clean, enjoys company and loves her grandchildren.
My family always has gatherings at mom’s house, celebrating anything and everything just to be together, even though her health is waning.
Recently, at one of these gatherings, I saw her and one of her sisters dancing a Cumbia together. This is something I had not seen in a while and I enjoyed watching them.
She loves all of her siblings the same and doesn’t favor one over another. To me, this is what makes a real mom: the ability to love without favorites. Today, I love both my sisters the same – they are both beautiful moms and deserve “Mother of the Year” awards.
I recall my grandmother being the same as my mother is today. I guess, in her heart, (continue reading…)
Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, ‘Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.’
Then the second tree said, ‘Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take Kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.’
Finally the third tree said, ‘I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest Tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.’
After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, ‘This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter, ‘and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.
At the second tree the woodsman said, ‘This looks like a strong tree. I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.’ The second tree was happy Because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.
When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the woodsmen said, ‘I don’t need anything special from my tree, I’ll take this one,’ and he cut it down.
When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for.
The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end.
The third tree was cut into large pieces, and left alone in the dark.
The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.
Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.
Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and He stood and said ‘Peace’ and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.
Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible,
because Jesus had been crucified on it.
The moral of this story is that when things don’t seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, God will give you great gifts.
Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined.
We don’t always know what God’s plans are for us. We just know that His Ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.
May your day be blessed. And until we meet again, may God cradle you in the palm of His hand.
If they Gossip to you – they will Gossip about you! – Old Spanish proverb
Recently we received a phone call from a very concerned person who was just fed-up by the Gossip and envy that circles around our community.
To hear that we happen to be the topic of this mess is sad, I have not been able to understand why it is that people who want to be a part of the community and portray themselves as business people can be so fake.
The way I see it is if you are true to your heart and yourself then be a good steward to God and others, there is no need for You to talk about others and to find ways to ruin ones reputation.
All you are doing in the long run is hurting yourself, your partners, you may not know who you may be gossiping too (continue reading…)
Learn to Live Again – Dealing with a Soldiers Sadness after war!
A Huge Thank You to all who read “Brandy’s Bits” on StreetTalk Magazine and here on our Blog. I am glad to hear that it helps in more ways than one. I especially want to thank our troops who serve our country both here and abroad.
I recently met a few of our soldiers who had served overseas and they shared with me some of their stories. They told me a little about themselves, how they felt lost and how they felt there was no reason for them to be in this world. How they felt they had no reason to live. But why?
They told stories of the women and children they encountered – women and children trained to kill. They talked about women and children who would kill them (continue reading…)
New Year Resolution – Follow Your Heart! By Brandy Lopez
Happy New Year everyone! May your dreams and endeavors come true in 2012 – may you be prosperous and may Father God find favor on you. It is a time of New Beginnings!
But first, I want to thank you all for your prayers last year as my family and I went through a difficult time in our life. We almost lost our daughter Diamond due to illness. (continue reading…)
Happy New Year to everyone!
My this year be a prosperous year for you and all your endeavors and your Dreams.
This year I have decided not to make a New Years resolution, but to actually move forward with what God has Blessed me with.
I want to thank each and everyone of you for all your prayers this last year as my family and I went through the most difficult time in our life, when we almost lost our Daughter Diamond during Thanksgiving. If you do not know about this – she was on 100% life support and not expected to make it through Thanksgiving!
When asked who would make the final decision – if need be – I knew in my heart that it would not be me – it would be Jesus Christ.
As I stepped outside of the ER that evening to pray, I saw the the Twinkle in the Sky that brought back a beautiful sweet memory of my Princess Diamond when she was two years old. She and I would sing” Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!” Her favorite phrase was “Like a Diamond in The Sky” and she would say I am looking at you!
It was at that moment that God was saying: “I am looking over her as I am healing her back to life!”
Today, I am happy to say that after three weeks in the hospital and on Life support, our daughter is walking, talking and eating like you wouldn’t believe – and we love it!
But, we have to extend our Thanks to all of you for all your support and Love.
We should never take those that we love for Granted or say something that we may never be able to take back – especially if God chooses to take them from us at any given moment! When you invite someone into your own life treat them like they matter, like they are family! That is one thing that I was raised and taught and I plan to have my children do the same. We may not always be perfect in each others eyes , but we definitely are in Gods eyes.
We have been Blessed with three beautiful children that are all grown up today, but to dad and myself they will always be our babies.
They each have a twinkle in the Sky that is as bright as a star and shines like a Diamond.
When you look at your loved ones Imagine that and give thanks to Jesus Christ for all the Blessings he has given you when it comes to Family and Friends.
This New Year I have no new years resolution as for many years everyone seems to make them yet there are those of us who never keep them, yes I am guilty!
The Blessings that God has given me this past year as he prepared me for the New Year! I promise not to take for Granted but to make it a priority, “my Priority!”.
I will reach for that Twinkle in The Sky, set my Goals and make them reality. If you ask what is it that you want to do and how do you plan to do it, my answer is this: “I don’t have that answer, therefore I will not answer, but I can only trust in God and Walk with Faith! If you believe in me like you say you do then I pray for your patience, your faith and your support!”
This I can say: God has answered great prayers this past year and one was healing my daughter and He has opened my vision to a New Beginning of real success!
I am sure 2011 was a tough year for a lot of us, some of us had to deal with financial set backs, Health problems, and I am sure other personal issues.
This I will say why not join forces and make a real difference in our lives and set goals and make them happen.
We sometimes let the enemy take over and he will try and sneak up on those of us that are weak. I know because it has happen to me 2011 was not a very year good for myself The fears just got deeper and I became weak that I allowed it to happen.
God has let me know as the year almost ended that he has great plans for us by opening wonderful opportunities.
I am very happy and proud to say that Michael was blessed with an opportunity and he made it happen.
I received an email from a person out of state and is now a client and is blogging on our website Blog, so with that said I have come to realize that no matter what I think or feel I should not Fear or be insecure I have to open my heart and soul and listen when I am being assured and told the truth.
I have felt so lost and felt like I was going in different directions with me creating no direction for myself or my show.
My fear was that I would give it all I have and really make it happen and some where down the road along with everything else that I love and care about would vanish.
I may have been my own enemy thinking these crazy thoughts, but today in time it is some times hard for me to trust, others may not understand but I have given in my time and shared with a kind heart and when not expecting it a bomb would hit, I know I have been told many times that life and we have to keep going. But that alone would be enough to scare anyone as it has scared me.
Yet 2012 will be different I want to share with you that Latin Fusion TV will succeed and it may not just be just Latin Fusion TV but I will be looking at an even Greater picture I may not have all the answers or the logistics but I know that they are there where God has put them in my sight.
I support you with all your Goals and Endeavors for the New Year and ask that you please continue to support me.
I may have created Tejano Classic TV and gave it a new name LFTV but I did not make it happen on my own.
After going thru so many obstacles I have to say thank You to Independent Functions who is the strong power and mind behind LFTV and it’s website are today.
That is the power of “If” as it’s slogan says I can’t get what I want unless I help others get what they need.
This is proven to be very true and I am very grateful although I may not show it I know what my Heart feels.
Thank You Michael Arellano for your real believes in what a dream or goal can really become reality.
You are that Twinkle in the Sky!
I am sorry for my actions and for saying I am just me.
I am not just me I am a person, who can make a difference if I just let thinks be..
I hope that those of you reading my article will learn by may mistakes and never give up on what God has blessed you with.
2012 will bring out the the Eye of the Tiger that will add that twinkle in my eyes and if I plan to shine and work hard for our business I hope you do the same.
Nothing or no one can ever take that away.
Happy New Year my dear friends and remember to hold on to each other and never let go that is just what the enemy wants as I have heard this many times.
Continue to smile like you have always done even if there was a time you felt it was gone, it has always been there, the enemy just tried to take control and today I found my smile again.
May God Bless You and continue to Walk by Faith and Not by Sight!
Walking by Faith!
Saludos Everyone! We hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
I am writing in lieu of Brandy because she has spent the last couple of weeks at University Hospital. Her daughter Diamond is in ICU. She is currently on life support, breathing with the help of a ventilator. Brandy and her family ask for your prayers.
Brandy and her family want to thank you all for your visits, support and prayers. It is working! Diamond is healing! Most of all – we thank Father God for the healing he has given Diamond and for complete healing and restoration. Thank you Father God for all of your blessings!
This leads me to this month’s topic: Walking by Faith! Sometimes it is difficult to walk by faith, mostly (continue reading…)
A big “Hello” to all of our readers, and wonderful supporters. A very special “Salute” to all of the people we met at the 31st Annual Tejano Music Awards. What a great event and a good time we had.
Now that fall is upon us, we welcome the cooler weather and we pray for more rain here in San Antonio.
This month, my thoughts are on “Winning the Race” before us.
First of all, let me say that every day is a race, and if you make through the day – you have won the race for the day. It starts in the morning and as we work to complete our tasks, we run the race daily.
But as life gets challenging for me, I often wonder if I am (continue reading…)