By: Yuri Pineda
To be part of a church that has a vision for families is the best thing that has happened to me. I am the second daughter of a dysfunctional family. When I was very young, my father made the decision to leave my mother, my sister and I alone. Because of this, I did not have a very nice childhood. I grew up with a lot of problems, and with the firm belief that family was not a good idea and that dads were not all that necessary. I lived with that lie until I was 12 years old. All of this damaged my self-esteem, my way of relating to others and distorted my concept of family.
I was 13 when I made the best decision of my life. I went to a meeting where I was able to meet God as my FATHER and had the revelation of adoption and family. That was the day I conceived the idea of getting married and having children.
Today, I want to tell you what that 12 year-old girl, who had serious conflicts, lived, so that a year later she would dream of a love story. Please fix...
“Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
The church’s strength to conquer is in the youth and the little ones as Pastor Cesar Castellanos has explained in many of his messages. They are the ones who fill the church with life, creativity and strength to conquer. Jesus was very aware of this. When the children were brought before Him, even His disciples rejected them. But Jesus, in an act of love, taught them a very valuable lesson in that moment: “for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
The kingdom of heaven appears to have that specific characteristic. We are to be as happy, sensitive and pure as kids. But at the same time they are the ones we need to take care of the most. They are who we need to form in...