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Meet Araceli (Sally) Cardenas

Meet Araceli (Sally) Cardenas

Araceli (Sally) Cardenas is an author, independent consultant for the United Nations in Rome, Italy, and owner of Rome Today TV and Tours. Her passion and calling are to encourage, equip, and empower women all over the world to discover their value and worth in who she is in Christ.

The Blessing of Spiritual Mothers

The Blessing of Spiritual Mothers

Reading the headline, “Jennifer Aniston discusses IVF and fertility in an honest new interview,” I immediately thought of the many times I’d walked into a room of women whose questions I was never prepared for. One question always makes the list: “Do you have…”? I know what’s coming before they finish. It’s the question that stings the most, the...

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Be Still

Be Still

Do you find yourself dreading the holidays? Hoping Christmas day and New Year’s Eve would come and go like any other day. This Christmas, I feel compelled to give others the gift I received that day—Hope. No matter what you face as you transition from one year to the next, Jesus Christ is Our Perfect Hope. Not just on Christmas day but all year...

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Prayer Not Pressure

Prayer Not Pressure

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:25-27, 34 NIV) I reached out to my niece Meagan knowing she was carrying a lot on her shoulders from school and work, plus the weight of a family business that consumes her and her family relentlessly with the demands to...

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Luggage Full of Thoughts

Luggage Full of Thoughts

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NIV) I was waiting to board my plane, ready to return to Rome after a month's stay in Texas for the summer, when I received a text that my flight would be delayed...

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The Empty Tomb

The Empty Tomb

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3 NIV) On Easter Sunday, these words, “He is not here; for he has risen” (Matthew 28:6), echo loud and clear across the world as we celebrate the Resurrection...

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Meet Araceli (Sally) Cardenas

Meet Araceli (Sally) Cardenas

Araceli (Sally) Cardenas-Bon is an author, independent consultant for the United Nations in Rome, Italy, and owner of Rome Today TV and Tours. Her passion and calling are to encourage, equip, and empower women all over the world to discover her value and worth in who she is in Christ. 

The Blessing of Spiritual Mothers

The Blessing of Spiritual Mothers

Reading the headline, “Jennifer Aniston discusses IVF and fertility in an honest new interview,” I immediately thought of the many times I’d walked into a room of women whose questions I was never prepared for. One question always makes the list: “Do you have…”? I know what’s coming before they finish. It’s the question that stings the most, the...

read more
Be Still

Be Still

Do you find yourself dreading the holidays? Hoping Christmas day and New Year’s Eve would come and go like any other day. This Christmas, I feel compelled to give others the gift I received that day—Hope. No matter what you face as you transition from one year to the next, Jesus Christ is Our Perfect Hope. Not just on Christmas day but all year...

read more
Prayer Not Pressure

Prayer Not Pressure

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:25-27, 34 NIV) I reached out to my niece Meagan knowing she was carrying a lot on her shoulders from school and work, plus the weight of a family business that consumes her and her family relentlessly with the demands to...

read more
Luggage Full of Thoughts

Luggage Full of Thoughts

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NIV) I was waiting to board my plane, ready to return to Rome after a month's stay in Texas for the summer, when I received a text that my flight would be delayed...

read more
The Empty Tomb

The Empty Tomb

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3 NIV) On Easter Sunday, these words, “He is not here; for he has risen” (Matthew 28:6), echo loud and clear across the world as we celebrate the Resurrection...

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Training Our Hearts in Truth

Training Our Hearts in Truth

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27 ESV)   The infection rate was going up, and the Italian government was threatening drastic measures to contain the pandemic while racing to administer the vaccine. After a few weeks of freedom, it was clear we were headed for another lockdown. When news broke at the gym...

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Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes

To give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Isaiah 61:3 NKJV The New Year was fast approaching. I was hours away from traveling from Texas to Italy to celebrate with the man I was certain was ready to propose. I stuffed my luggage with gifts and glitter and hurried off, trying to...

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An Angel of Light

An Angel of Light

After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped...

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The Piercing Power of God’s Word

The Piercing Power of God’s Word

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4 ESV) I received the news that my niece, Meagan, had been infected with Covid-19 after taking care of her mother who had battled the virus for more than two weeks. Their family had taken...

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