I was curious if something’s really happening when we pray. I always read and heard from different people that whatever we battle on the natural (what is seen) was battled first in the supernatural (the unseen). I was so curious if my prayers made a difference or if God really hears and acts upon it. It was during our mid-year prayer and fasting when Jane Hamon shared this wonderful story of a Chinese Bamboo:
It’s really hard to describe what to feel about the recent milestone for the LGBT not just in the U.S. but also around the world. I am a Christian. I am absolutely not happy in legalizing same-sex marriage. But the purpose of this blog is not to judge or condemn the LGBT community, I’m writing this for my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Why are we mad at them? Can we honestly assess our feelings and differentiate self-righteousness from an eager desire to tell the truth in love?
Yes, the news broke all our hearts but I wanna share with you 3 things that I was reminded of that humbled me:
It’s always exciting to welcome a new year. Most of us would even list our “New Year’s Resolutions” or “Faith Goals” because it’s always comforting to start with a clear goal in mind. January is always the year when most people promise to be better persons and create a bucket list. But how do we end our year with? Regret or thanksgiving?
And because it’s January, there’s a surge of devotionals out there! Haha! I bought one for myself, too. And here’s the usual pattern we battle with:
January– “I’ll spend more time with God!” And so you bought your own devotional book that will guide you for 365 days! Woah! Isn’t that great?
February– “Oh, time flies! I love doing this.” Congratulations, you faithfully finished the devotion for each day.
March– “It’s a busy week! I’ll try to catch up.” That’s OK, you’re just 3 days behind your devotional.
April– “I don’t feel like doing this anymore.” Uh-oh! But you gave it another try.
May– Excitement left you and you begin doing it out of ‘obligation’.
June– “It doesn’t work for me.” So you stopped.
July, August, September and October– There are a lot more things to do instead. You misplaced the devotional book and you totally forgot about it.
November– Your devotional ‘accidentally’ showed up when you rearranged your desk. “Oh, boy, it’s been months.” and you feel guilty.
December– You’re disappointed. Things didn’t turn out the way you aspired it to be. But since the year is about to end, you’re excited to plan again for the next year. “This time, it’ll be for real!”
You go back to square one.
When did it go wrong? Busy? There are more important things to do instead? Excitement left you? Lack of focus? Wrong goal?Read More »
Whatever or whoever made you grumpy today, “It shall all come to pass…”
1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven
2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.
We all have our grumpy days. There are times when we become easily irritated and snob people because we’re just not in the mood. You might be grumpy for now for some reasons but remember emotions don’t last for long. Do not let your emotions control you in doing or saying things you’ll regret the next minute. Have a stroll in a park and breathe some fresh air, okay? 🙂
The year is about to end and there are plenty of reasons to be thankful for! We enjoyed receiving gifts this season. There are gifts that made us happy and some made us grumpy. Whatever we received, we should always be grateful. But there are several attitudes that holds us up to have a grateful heart:
Self-entitlement. “I don’t deserve this, Lord!”. I’m also guilty of it. There are times when I will stomp my feet to God like a brat kid. Admit it, sometimes the manner we ask Him is as if He owes us something.
“We owed a debt we couldn’t pay, Jesus paid the debt He didn’t owe.”
Thankfully God didn’t give us what we truly deserve!
Jealousy and bitterness hinders us to appreciate what we have. Stop comparing yourself with other people and start enjoying your own life for you’re not any less wonderful!
Pessimism also blinds us to enjoy the beauty of life. So what if your bills are piling up? So what if you are sick? So what if you just lost your job? Keep the faith up and remember there’s nothing too hard for God. We can break through the problems because there’s nothing and no one greater than Him.
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I challenge you to write down all the things you’re thankful to God for in the last 12 months and I bet you’ll be surprised how you’ve been blessed. Usually, we cry out to Him as unfair and unloving when we don’t get what we want. But God has also given us what we usually take for granted! Breathe in… Breathe out… That could be a first and the most precious in your list: Life. No matter what circumstance you’re in, life is still the greatest gift. Cheers!
And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20
2013 is so far my worst year in terms of finances. So when 2014 is just a few days ahead, I began writing down my financial goal and listed my priorities for the coming year. I prayed to God for good stewardship skills and wisdom to handle money. I chose to set my goal steep and next to impossibility because I wanted to be more aware of my cash flows (a personal strategy I guess.. Haha!)
#1 Save. INCOME minus SAVINGS equals EXPENSES.
#2. Invest. I’ve got enough knowledge from financial books, it’s time to make it happen. Head knowledge will not grow my money. (By the way, Francisco Colayco’s books are packed with practical tips!)
#3. Give. I’m very strict with money so it has to be countered with generosity or else I might grow a love for it.
One morning, while everyone in church is worshiping, God gently asked me, “Do you know how to win battles? Do you know how to live victoriously?” Of course I wanted to know, I said yes. With hands raised in worship, I was suddenly reminded of the time when the Israelites battled against the Amalekites in Exodus 17:
As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.
When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up–one on one side, one on the other–so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
“Live a life of worship to God and you will live victoriously.” And I was like “huh?” Why worship? How can a picture of surrender give me victory? I ponder at that truth for a while and dug deeper at the heart of worship. Worship is worth-ship. It is giving what is due to someone or something. So why worshiping God is the only way for a victorious life?
I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27