May my attitude be like

……..this every time I face trials and troubles

[But what of that?] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us! (Romans 8:18 AMP)

May I look and find meaning beyond the trials. May I find joy in the midst of sufferings knowing that I have inheritance reserved for me in heaven, these troubles are just temporary compared with the glory he will reveal later.

Ahh, how I pray to have an attitude like Paul. My heart is oftentimes clouded with life’s circumstances and allow them to speak louder than His promises.

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] (John 16:33 AMP)

Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] (John 14:27 AMP)

Don’t let me lose sight of You, Lord, may I remember to renew my mind everyday and let your promises refresh me. May I not be intimidated with my circumstances. May I allow your peace to reign in my heart instead of worries, to stop doubt from ministering to me, may I bathe my mind with your Word.

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He Cares, indeed He does

You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to myself. Exodus 19:4

This verse just reminds me of God’s presence, protection and provision. He is a personal God, He cares, indeed He does, although sometimes I feel like He’s unreachable. He’s not far, He’s so near and He’s with me each step of my way.

When it seems like I can no longer put one foot in front of the other, I have the assurance that the Father will carry me like an eagle carries his young of his wings.

Oftentimes what I need is a reminder and not instruction.

Thank you Father for reminding me once again of your great love. Thank you for you are a personal God, wanting to become intimate with your children. Thank you for the assurance that you’re always there even when the journey becomes bumpy. 

I am not making Christ at Home in His Temple

“Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong” Ephesians 3:17 (NLT)

Wow, I haven’t read this verse like this before, it gave me fresh revelation. Oh yes, it seems hard for Christ to dwell in my heart if I couldn’t fully trust Him. It’s just like allowing someone whom I couldn’t  trust to stay in my home. That person surely is not comfortable and at the same I am not comfortable. By trusting Christ completely I am making Him at home in me.

“Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong”

As I trust in Him, He will reveal Himself to me and one thing He wants to tell, is how much He loves me. Knowing and experiencing His love follows everything, it drives out fear, it makes me hate sin, it makes me want to please Him more, it gives me self-control. Knowing and experiencing His love  breaks greediness and makes me content. Experiencing His love stops me from grumbling and gives me a grateful heart.

Father, I want your Holy Spirit to feel comfortable in me, I am your temple, I am the Holy ground where you have chosen to dwell. I think I am not really trusting you completely. I still have this fear, doubt, greediness, bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred, etc, in my heart. I think I am not really letting you move freely in your temple. Forgive me Lord. From now on I will make  you feel at home by trusting you completely.

Oh yes, I think I’m not really conscious that Someone is dwelling in me. Someone is home in me. A King is dwelling in me. The God of the universe is dwelling in me. Ha? How could I not realize that before.

How can I be powerless if a King is residing in me. I must be powerful. How can I feel inferior if the Lord of the universe is dwelling in me. I must have confidence. Oh yeah I am powerful, I am confident. I can do all things because Someone is giving me strength. How come I sometimes feel unworthy and lonely? How come I sometimes view myself as weak, loser, poor, etc, etc?  Hey someone very powerful is residing in me. Someone who can do anything and everything is dwelling in me. The GOD of the universe chose to reside in me. How LIBERATING to know that.

I ain’t nobody, I am somebody. I am rich, I am powerful, I can influence others. I can usher others. I am not weak, I am not a loser and I am not poor. My worth is more than the worth of the owner of Apple, Microsoft and Facebook. Am I hallucinating? No, that’s the truth. It is the truth.

I will not settle for less. The King is residing in me. I can do all the things He has called me to do. I am able because He is. I am not inferior. I am powerful no matter what others think about me or what the enemy is telling me. THE TRUTH is SOMEONE is dwelling in me and He is far more powerful than them. I am strong and powerful, that’s the FACT.

i am not

I AM in control of everything, i am not.

I AM the same yesterday, today and forevermore, i am not.

I AM the sustainer and provider, i am not.

I AM the creator of everything, i am not.

I AM the Savior, i am not.

I AM the great healer, i am not.

I AM true to my promises, i am not.

I AM  faithful, i am not.

I AM the true GOD.

Linking up with Internet Cafe Devotions for Word-Filled Wednesday.

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

He Guides Us Along the Best Pathway

561768_101507308488Pp24451_832084450_9014316_1487849229_nThe LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 8:32

Wow this is a reminder, an assurance and the answer to our prayer for direction. He will indeed guide us along the best pathway and He will advise us and watch over us.

Indeed when we truly trust the Lord, He will not fail us, He will guide us, He will give us wisdom and not only that, He will watch over our steps, isn’t that amazing? He cares for us,  even the smallest and most trivial details of our life. We don’t need to worry anymore  and wonder if He really cares for us.

Don’t be self-sufficient and independent. Rely on God, depend on Him alone, He wants to help. He has given His Holy Spirit to guide us and that He may always with us.

I don’t want to struggle anymore about not getting the help available to us or whether what I am doing is right or where we are is the right place. As long as we depend on Him. Everything will fall in the right places. I just want to enjoy the life He has given us.

Heavenly Father, thank you for this amazing promise. Indeed you are guiding and watching over us. You are advising us on how to deal with our everyday life. May you remind me of this promise when I feel like our life has no direction or when I wonder if we’re being guided.

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

Counting the Stones

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Oh, If I may count the miracles Your have done in my life, it would be like counting the sand upon the seashore.  If I may keep a stone for every miracle and amazing thing You have done, It would fill our house.  Many are the wonders You have done  and that I can’t even count them.

Yet I sometimes forget them. Forgive my forgetfulness, forgive my ungratefulness.  My heart is prone to forget Your goodness.

Oh Lord, that I may never forget them, that I may always remember them especially when I feel hopeless and discouraged. I may give back the glory that belongs to you alone.

Gifts and stones for these week. #61 to 72. I’m grateful for the following:

For the opportunity to share Christ to someone

For opportunity to pray for someone’s need.

For a husband who is thirsty for the Lord.

Healing my daughter from diarrhea.

Exposing what’s in my heart every time I read His word.

The books I am reading, I am encouraged, inspired and have learned a lot.

The library where I borrow books.

Western food every Sunday.

People who are generously offering their sit on the bus or train.

Seeing the smile from other people especially the old ones every time my daughter smiles at them.

For promoting us.

For renewing our Visa.

This post This post has been submitted to this week’s Gratitude post with Ann Voskamp and to Thankful Thursday with Iris.

Here I am

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Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

Isaiah 6:8

Father, I sometimes haven’t noticed that I am again trying to run my life, you know carrying my burdens without passing to you. Worrying too much where in fact there’s no need to worry at all. Planning on my own without even asking you. I sometimes force what I want and try to influence you in following me.

And yes by doing that I am struggling and losing my joy and peace. Ah, when can I learn? Why can’t i just accept that my life is better when I let you run it, that you know the way better and that i will reach my destination successfully and safely if I will you let you lead.

So again Lord, today I will let you take the lead. My life is yours, I am yours, do what you please and I hope I like what you choose or do for me but if ever i don’t, give me the willingness to accept it with joy, that your will may be done in my life.

Amen!

 Linking up with Internet Cafe Devotions for Word-Filled Wednesday and My Daily Walk with His Grace for Winsome Wednesday.