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Photo Credit: Wellington Sanipe via Unsplash

Photo Credit: Wellington Sanipe via Unsplash


Through the negativity and condemnation I have received from others or most often self-imposed; I have trouble seeing my value or worth. I have had days when I questioned whether I should even get out of bed. I can’t even count how many times I have lost heart. Continue Reading…

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Photo Credit: Pixabay


“Sentences change lives.” – Unknown

I have no idea where I’ve heard this quote from, but I think in many ways it is simple, yet very profound.

It is simple. Every day, we use sentences to communicate to one another to perform simple task, such as telling someone to turn off a light or to pass the Queso Cotija.

Yet in the same way it’s profound. We use sentences to tell someone we love them or we hate them—both expressions either bring life or death.

Sentences change lives—from one extreme to the other.


With this in mind, I want to ask you question, but for clarity’s sake I want to paint a picture around the sentence…

With no human critique or judgement to restrain you. And no fears of being socially outcast from your tribe to prevent you from being completely open and honest.

Here is the question:

If you could ask God a question and you knew He would answer—what would you ask?

Seriously. With nothing hindering you from being completely honest and transparent. Whether you believe in God or not: What would you ask?



Before you read the next paragraph and freakout, just know I still love Jesus and I love His kingdom and His church…

A little transparency never hurt anyone… Right…

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Look Beyond The Surface

joepuentes —  September 3, 2013 — Leave a comment
Photo Credit: Nicholas Swanson, Unsplash

Photo Credit: Nicholas Swanson, Unsplash

Today when you interact with someone, whether its new person or an old acquaintance; look beyond the surface. Don’t make snap judgements on what use they can be to you or you to them.

Be the person that isn’t looking to use someone. Take the time to get to know them, look beyond the surface. Continue Reading…

People and Dignity

joepuentes —  August 22, 2013 — Leave a comment



Here is something I have been thinking about lately. As it pertains to my own life and how I interact with people and how I treat people…

I want to make a statement. A statement that I truly believe in. One that every Christian needs to identify with and live out.


“Before anything, the church should be a place where dignity is given to all people, through grace, in the name of Jesus.” Continue Reading…

How often do we think about the last advice or the last words we would mouth to the people we love? To be honest, I don’t really think about it that much, but on the occasion that I do, I have a tendency to think about the words I would speak to my wife, my kids, their spouses, and grandkids if it was appropriate to assume my kids had them. Continue Reading…

VergeNetworkLogoBlue-LargeI came across these four truths on the verge network website.

The four truths are:
God is great – so we don’t have to be in control.
God is glorious – so we don’t have to fear others.
God is good – so we don’t have to look elsewhere.
God is gracious – so we don’t have to prove ourselves.

Below is a little snipet from the article on…

In Tim Chester’s book You Can Change he identified four liberating truths about God. He suggested that underlying all our sinful behavior and negative emotions is a failure to believe one of these truths at a functional level… Continue Reading…

Yep, this is me…

joepuentes —  July 19, 2013 — 8 Comments
My mom and me. Maybe 1979 or 1980.

My mom and me. Maybe 1979 or 1980.

Yep, this is me…

Yep, this is me… I complain about sensitive people, but really I am just as sensitive.
Yep, this is me… I hate having pictures taking of me, because I hate seeing how fat I am.
Yep, this is me… I really want to be healthy, but I can’t wait to have the new Twinkies (It’s a go: Operation Twinkie-gluttony with secret agent Elle).

Yep, this is me… I struggle being comfortable with who I really am with God, others, and myself.
Yep, this is me… I think I’m a really awkward/nerdy person, and don’t really know how to have one on one conversations.

Yep, this is me… I love laughing and having a good time, but I struggle with enjoying the moment.
Yep, this is me… I still am trying to figure out who I am, and I’m 40 years old.
Yep, this is me… I struggle with getting older, even though I told myself I never would.
Yep, this is me… I am pissed off that some people think being 40 and older makes you unmarketable and unemployable.

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So it happened. Someone is living the dream I want to live, and now I am jealous. I overheard a conversation the other day where someone said their daughter and son-in-law is buying a 5th wheel trailer and hitting the open road; living, working, schooling, playing, parenting, and exploring life without the constraints that typical young families are bound by, all in a 5th wheel trailer on the open road. Mmm hmm, that sounds like the life for me…

Picture this: A young couple and their little niños exploring national parks, seeing new cities, discovering open country, being able to visit family and friends when they want to or NOT want to, and living in different spots throughout the United States… I don’t know the reason why this family is doing this, but I know why I want to do it.

The thought of not being shackled by what is deemed the American dream seems so freeing to me… No, it seems so simplistic and minimalist, and so refreshing in every way imaginable. Continue Reading…

How I see worship

joepuentes —  July 15, 2013 — Leave a comment

cross-66700_640I want to talk about worship for a little bit…

I must admit I am not the most qualified voice on the topic of worship when it comes to worship services. I am not a worship pastor, I don’t help plan worship services anymore, and I really don’t like music all that much – HUH! surprised disbelief from my readers… But I am a worshiper of God… Continue Reading…