Thankful Thursday

It’s almost two years now since we decided to stay here, after getting married we moved here with lots of hope, plans and dreams. I feel like for two years though, we did so little especially in the ministry, but honestly we’ve grown so much in our spiritual life. It’s during this time that the Lord became too personal, so close, so real and true to us. He became our Pastor, our Mentor, our Teacher. We have limited access to Christian books, teaching devotionals, teaching CDs or DVDs, Christian shows on TV, etc. Our bible is our constant companion when we want to read books other than ‘our bible”, what I am trying to say is, I have never read my bible the way I read it now. I thank the Lord for the gift of time.

Oh from time to time we feel discouraged, we do have disappointments, have so many questions that remained unanswered. Well, instead of forcing God to answer our questions or struggling with the things we do not know, we decided to just leave everything to Him. I remember the road to Emmaus experience, the two disciples failed to recognize Jesus, only after explaining everything and when He broke a piece of bread that their eyes were opened. Maybe when they realized that they were talking with Jesus, they wanted to ask more questions but the moment they recognized Him, He suddenly disappeared from their sight. They wanted to ask few more questions but instead they had to trust what they had received from Him.

Oh Lord thank you for making me realize that I don’t have all the brains to solve or answer everything, thank you for trusting me with the things I know and whatever I receive right now I trust you with that. Thank you for the things I do not know and for not answering all my pleas, it makes me live by faith and long for you more and more. Thank you for my unlimited knowledge, I am overwhelmed  every time you reveal something. Thank you for you are my “GOD” and I am just your creation.

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Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (NASB)

It’s 2011, last year was a year of waiting and waiting and waiting, it’s also a year of resting, a year of planning and a year of favor from the Lord.  There are prayers and questions that remained unanswered until now, plans that never happened, things that I couldn’t understand. There were good and bad things happened, we cried, we laughed, we worried, we doubted, we hoped. Last year was indeed full of surprises and challenges but the Father sustained us all through the year.

This verse reminded me that I do not have to know or understand everything and that God works in everything whether good or evil. This does not mean that He rejoices in evil but He is able to turn everything for our good. I’ve come to realize that God is not working to make me feel good or to make me happy but He is working to fulfill His purpose that I may have joy in everything.  When life seems tough and  everything seems like going against me, this is the verse that i lean on and the promise that  keeps me going.

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Let Your Mate Find you in Eden

Sharing what I’ve written on my journal way back when I was still single, reading this made me realize how God is faithful and true to His promises. He met my longings and desires in the right time.

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I was with my single friends last night. We went to Mcdo after the service. We’re having so much fun, till the topic shifted to “marriage”. It’s singles favorite topic. One sister mentioned about the book that she read. According to the author “God will only give you a husband when you don’t need a husband anymore” it sounded illogical, and un biblical for me. What the use of getting married if i don’t need a husband anymore. But the author just simply mean, marriage will not make you complete. We often thought that having someone beside us will make us happy, whole and complete. Many singles nowadays felt like there’s something missing, that they need someone to complete them. It’s actually the lie of the enemy to make the singles desperate, lonely, unfulfilled, unloved.

We were not created to complete another but to complement. As what I’ve read “Completion is Jesus’ responsibility and complementing is a woman’s privilege. A woman not complete in Jesus will be a drain on her husband. Such a woman will expect her husband to fill the gap that only Jesus can fill”

I’ve read stories like, they met their husbands when they were self-satisfied, happy single. I thank God for not allowing me to get married when I most longing and desiring for it. I realized now why God didn’t answer my prayers,though i fasted, i went to prayer mountain so many times, i spilled hundred litters of tears(exaggerated), just for God to hear my plea, but until now, I’ve gotten no answer. I only realized now that God wants me to enjoy now the things that I can’t do when I am married. God is giving me the chance to pursue my other dreams. He doesn’t want me to have life after marriage but even now He wants me to enjoy instead of making sorry for myself.

If you wait to live until that “shining armour” will come, girl you’ll find yourself someday sitting around saying ” If only I could, I should, I would.”

Enjoy life now, let your mate find you in Eden, enjoying yourself and your life. Let him see you fulfilled, complete, whole and ready.

Incompleteness is not the result of being single, but not being full of Jesus.

Get involved especially in your church.

entry made on March 2008

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I Have Dreams, How About You?

DREAMS? Honestly I’m scared of dreaming, and yes I do have dreams but so afraid to share. I know many of us have been scared to dream, simply because we don’t want to be disappointed if those dreams or desires go unfulfilled, on the other hand, not being willing to dream makes us settle for less, makes us unproductive, makes us live but not fully alive. Many of my dreams are remain unfulfilled. As I reviewing my journal I came to a part where I wrote these things “Lord, if I will give up these dreams, I will be dead” Dreaming gives me hope, dreaming makes my heart fully alive and kicking and yes my dreams sometimes disappoint me and hurt me. But I still want to dream.

Here are some of my unrealized and realized dreams:

  • To be married, have a family and be a strong support to my husband in his calling.
  • To be the wife and mother that God wants me to be
  • For my family to come to Christ. I want to see them in Heaven
  • To preach and teach God’s love and God’s grace to the whole world. To see people come to Christ and to see them and the church grow and grow in the knowledge of His love, of His will of His grace and of His Word.
  • To have such an intimate walk with God, receiving His love in such a powerful way, that all my life is strengthened with joy and peace no matter the trials I might be walking through- this is ongoing, every day with Jesus is closer than the day before.
  • To put up an orphanage.

These are my dreams. I believe that it is God’s pleasure to see our dreams realized as long as those dreams will glorify Him. He doesn’t want us to settle for mediocrity. He doesn’t want us to grow old and let go of our dreams.

Some of our dreams are selfish dreams, dreams that we know cannot glorify Him, let go of those dreams. But you have dreams that God has placed in your heart, hold on to those dreams. WE SERVE A GOD WHO LOVES FULFILLING BIG DREAMS.

So my friend, take some time to talk to God about those dreams and do some lists of dreams that God has placed in your heart.

I do not want to die… until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown. Kathe Kollwitz


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DO YOU WANT TO HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED?

I just want to share my devotion. I have this reminder from the Lord last night and this morning. It’s in 2 Peter 1:3-7, I’ve experienced failures and setbacks in the past few days. I felt frustrated, discouraged. Fears, doubts and worries in life were attacking me. I felt unsatisfied. I felt that I have so little. But the bible said in 2 Peter 1:3-4

3We have everything we need to live a life that pleases God. It was all given to us by God’s own power, when we learned that he had invited us to share in his wonderful goodness. 4God made great and marvelous promises, so that his nature would become part of us. Then we could escape our evil desires and the corrupt influences of this world. (CEV)

God reminded me that I have everything I need to live a life that pleases Him. God gave me great and marvelous promises that His nature would become part of me.

God is telling me that, I should not worry about what shall I eat, what shall I drink, what shall I wear. About my health for I am not a Pagan. But instead of worrying about nothing I should be busy of 2 Peter 1:5-8.

Do your best to improve your faith. You can do this by adding goodness, understanding, 6self-control, patience, devotion to God, 7concern for others, and love. 8If you keep growing in this way, it will show that what you know about our Lord Jesus Christ has made your lives useful and meaningful.(CEV)

I almost forgot that the Lord God has forgiven my sins and that is the best gift that I ever have. And that the greatest worry that I should ever have, that is my sins, has been solved and forgiven. Can He not able to give other things that I need? Absolutely HE CAN, actually IT HAS BEEN because WHATEVER I NEED IT HAS BEEN PROVIDED, what I need to do now is to just claim, believe and receive. Isn’t it wonderful? Another thing that He wants me to do is in 2 Peter 1:10-11

10My friends, you must do all you can to show that God has really chosen and selected you. If you keep on doing this, you won’t stumble and fall. 11Then our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will give you a glorious welcome into his kingdom that will last forever. (CEV)

 

So as long as I know and believe that I have chosen, called and selected by God. I won’t be stumble and fall.

I HAVE CHOSEN, CALLED AND SELECTED BY GOD then who can be against me. NO ONE because the very PERSON through the world was created IS IN ME. TO JESUS CHRIST all glory, praises and honor forever and ever.

 

© 2008 by jhunnelle

OUR DISAPPOINTMENTS MATTER TO GOD

I was talking to a friend yesterday, were talking about his ministry, we’re talking about some of his disappointments in life. Does he really in the center of God’s will?

I do also have disappointments in life. Many questions that until now remained unanswered, But we came to a conclusion to just leave everything to God.

I remember the Road to Emmaus experience. The two disciples failed to recognize JEsus Christ only after explaining everything and when Jesus Christ broke a piece of bread that their eyes are opened. I believed the disciples wanted to ask more questions but the moment that they recognized Him, he suddenly disappeared from their sight. They wanted to ask a few more questions, but instead they had to trust what they had received from him already. Whatever we received right now trust God with that. Remember that we don’t have all the brains to solve everything. 

Sometimes we asked ourselves if we are really in the center of God’s will especially if we are experiencing hard times, persecutions, struggles. But Jesus did experience every thing that a human being can possibly experience, disappointments, rejection, struggle from obeying the will of the Father, tempted by Satan, yet never gave in. If you look at the Calvary it’s hard to believe that He was in the Center of God’s will yet when Jesus Christ cried “My God, my God why have you forsaken me” We know very well that He is in the center of the Father’s will.

We must see our pains our disappointments, our problems through the eyes of Jesus.

I’ve read this bible commentary on Psalms 23

“The Lord is my shepherd”: that’s relationship.

“I shall not want”: that’s supply.

“He makes me to lie down in green pastures”: that’s rest.

“He leads me beside still waters”: that’s refreshment.

“He restores my soul”: that’s healing.

“He guides me in the paths of righteousness”: that’s guidance.

“For his name’s sake”: that’s purpose.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death”: that’s testing.

“I will fear no evil”: that’s protection.

“For you are with me”: that’s faithfulness.

“Your rod and your staff, they comfort me”: that’s discipline.

“You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies”: that’s hope.

“You anoint my head with oil”: that’s consecration.

“My cup overflows”: that’s abundance.

“Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life”: that’s blessing.

“And I will dwell in the house of the Lord”: that’s security.

We have a Shepherd who leads us through, who takes care of us. Our disappointments, our problems our questions do matter. We may be in our deep deep valleys but I’m one hundred percent sure that our Shepherd is with us.

Be well my friend