Embracing What God Has For Us

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Picture is credited to my friend Joy, this was taken in Boracay, Philippines. I was permitted to use it.

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your life everyday, ordinary life–your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life–and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Romans 12:1 The Message

A lot has transpired in our lives since moving here. My life here is very different with my life when I was in the Philippines, I was working and busy with the ministry, while here,I am a proud stay at home mother and wife

We had so many plans before coming here. Plans to be part of a “ministry” or start a “ministry”.  It’s been three years since we moved. Our first year was full of challenges, we struggled, we felt discouraged and disappointed, we hoped, we dreamed. But things haven’t turned out like we thought they would. Most of the things we planned didn’t materialize and the things we didn’t expect, happened. We have plans but the Father has other plans for us. Instead of fighting, complaining and struggling we learned to embrace what He’s doing in our lives. We learned to place everything before God as an offering.

Embracing what God does for us is the best thing that we can do for Him, we surrendered  our wants, needs, plans, goals, visions, desires..everything. We took our life everyday, ordinary life–our sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life–and place it before God as an offering. We gave up our rights and expectations to what we do or where we go. We embraced what God has for us because that’s the best thing we can do for Him, in that way we honor and glorify His name.

Father, Your ways our not our ways, we praise you that you know the best. We depend on you to guide us. We know that you have better plans for us and you will surely direct our paths. Thank you for you did not allow our flawed plans to happen, because we know your plans are better and perfect than ours.

Linking up with Internet Cafe Devotions for Word-Filled Wednesday, My Daily Walk with His Grace for Winsome Wednesday and A Holy Experience for Walk With Him Wednesday

ARE YOU FACING YOUR MOUNTAIN RIGHT NOW?

yangshouI’ve read a story about a man named Eric, he is a world class adventurer. Eric had guided his blind friend to climb Mt. Everest. He mentioned that the trek was sobering and at times intimidating. They even see dead bodies along the way, even falling boulders threaten their lives. He also said “there are a lot of times where you’re forced to depend on God because there’s no other way, trust is an essential character trait for those who traverse the mountain, you need to trust, you need to have faith, you need to persevere and you need to have discipline and integrity. You can’t hide when you’re on the mountain. Your weaknesses and strengths are exposed.

Same is through with our lives, oftentimes we encounter mountains such as problems, pains, struggles, persecutions, sickness. We don’t know how to climb or solve these things, we don’t know if we will ever make it through. We encounter problems along the way that discourage and intimidate us, sicknesses that threaten our lives. Eric mentioned that trust is the essential character trait to those who traverse the mountain.

I can say that trust and faith is essential character trait to those who traverse the mountain

Have faith in God,” Jesus said in Mark 11:23  “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into thesea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him”.

In this life of uncertainties and no assurance, there is only one person who can be trusted, not your business not your insurance, not even your family. Only Him who is unmovable, unshakeable, and firm and that is Jesus, indeed we can’t hide when we are in the mountain. During those hard times that our weaknesses and strength are exposed, we became vulnerable and this is also God’s opportunity to display His glory in our lives. Place your faith in the One who can make you climb and overcome your mountain, put your faith in Jesus alone.

So whatever mountain you are facing right now, He has given you a dynamite power, you can blast any mountain that hinders you. Be well.

©The Emissary’s Feet/The Woman whom Jesus Loved

Just a little Faith in Him

We always want to be in control. We are too terrified when things become awry. We cannot handle anything that we cannot control, we want to know what’s ahead of us before we move forward. Right now I am staying in the foreign land, I made a lot of adjustments and until now I am still adjusting. God taught me so many things, he allowed me to be in situations where my faith was tested. I’ve learned to trust him even when everything seems in chaos, to believe in him even when the future seems unsure, to have faith in him even when the path I am walking seems cloudy.

Just a little faith in him, that’s what he requires, like that of the mustard seed.

And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith ; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move ; and nothing will be impossible to you .Matthew 17:20 (NASB)

In this life of uncertainties all we need is faith, trusting God that he’s in control. If you don’t believe that God is in control of everything and has purpose for you and for the things that are happening in your life, you will be swimming in the seas of purposelessness

Time and time again, worries and doubts attack me, I still have this thought of “what if” but do I really need to worry? The Lord has shown his faithfulness to us in so many ways and almost all of the worries I had in the past didn’t really come to pass.

Worry is just the way of the devil to steal our peace, joy and trust, if we succumb to him and fail to watch; soon we will be drowning and drifted away by the waves of nothingness.

As children bring their broken toys with tears for us to mend,

I brought my broken dreams to God because He was my friend.

But then instead of leaving them with Him in peace to work alone,

I hung around and tried to help with ways that were my own.

At last I snatched them back and cried, “How can you be so slow?”

“My child”, He said, “What could I do? You never did let go”.

Broken Dreams by Lauretta Burns

Allow Jesus to take the wheel and let him drive, sit in the passenger’s seat and enjoy the ride.

© The Emissary’s Feet