Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
“They say Christianity is for the weak people. But it takes great courage to repent before a Holy God and tell Him the truth about yourself—That you’ve lied, you’ve hurt people, you’ve cheated; you’ve been greedy, dishonest, unfaithful, and self-centered. Apparently, it’s for people who’s willing to face the pain and embarrassment of declaring the obvious state they are in.”—Bill Hybels, paraphrased, (Who you are when nobody’s looking)
The enemy is deceiving you right now to WORRY. He’s going to show you something like low grades, deteriorating health, signs of depression, empty wallets, seemingly irreconcilable relationships, and many more! He will show it to you so that you would worry about that ONE thing every second of your life and forget the HUNDREDS of blessings that you have. He’s here to rob you of your happiness.
Don’t let that happen! Remember, Jesus is our ONLY truth. Whatever Satan says is a big LIE. We live by faith, and not by sight that’s why we can easily say ‘My God can handle that!’ to any whirlwind that passes us by. :) Our problems may be big, but God is bigger than any of that.
God bless you! If you have any question, or you’d want someone to talk/listen to, message me here.
i used to be i guess what youd call a 'good christian' but then things happened, and i know its not an excuse but i let those thinggs separate me from God. now i'm trying to find Him again and i dont even remember how to pray.. suggestions ?
I can somewhat say that I can relate to your situation. I was okay with God before, then something happened and I can’t seem to go back to how it used to be before. I was frustrated because I wanted to be with God, yet it seems that He was no where to be found.
We all have unique encounters and situations, but I hope that these three things will help you in getting back in pace with God. :)
1. Come to God with full honesty.
This may be one of the HARDEST things that I think any human will do. It’s always easier to neglect our sin, pretend it didn’t happen, and just move on. But when we comes to God, we need to lay down everything of who we are. We need to give him everything—the good and the bad. We need to own up to our sins and be honest that we have failed Him. We can’t expect to receive everything that God has promised for us if we are still holding on to our sins. We can’t live this life free of baggage, if we don’t actually give up our baggage. As it is said in Acts 3:19
Repent[admitting your sin, owning it], then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
For we have confidence that when we repent and give the Lord our baggage, He responds to us by giving us a life that is not burdensome.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-31
2. Be consistent in meeting Him everyday
I can’t stress this enough. If you want to be intimate, close, and knowing of God, you need to SPEND time with God. You need to choose to have God in your schedule everyday, without compromise. In dwelling in His presence, we get a picture of who God is and consequently know Him better. That, I assure you, helped me a lot during those times that I was being tested. Like a friend you want to get to know more by spending time with him/her, you have to spend quality time with God. You can’t rush your way through an intimate relationship. Try setting a specific time every day to read Hid word and pray for 15 minutes. Stick with that for a week, and I’m sure you’ll begin to crave more and more of Him.
3. Know that no matter what happened, God loves you.
God loves you and delights in you, all the time. It’s never going to be about being a ‘good christian’. It will never be about what we can do for Him or what we can accomplish. He loves you because He does. He died on the cross for you, not because you are righteous, but because He loves you dearly. We need to understand that so that we may grasp that in Christ, we are never again condemned. You are free from the guilt and the shame of the past, you can now live with full joy. :)
I just got home from the MIBF, and I’m really tired but it was all worth it! There were lots of great stalls from different publishing houses and book stores showcasing their wide selection of books. A few of those who participated were National Bookstore, Goodwill bookstore, OMF, CSM, Elsevier, etc.
I have to admit that I am REALLY a book worm. Ever since I discovered our home library when I was 5, I never stopped reading different books of all titles. Now that I’ve become a christian I found the gravity of constantly being instructed and guided by christian books. The dilemma of the absentee leader(also called the busy leader) is rampant in our world today. But thankfully, I can have spiritual leaders that constantly teach me practical faith and leadership, through the books that they write. :)
So, here is my goodie loot!
Assaulted by Joy - Stephen Simpson, original price P650. I bought it for only P95 pesos!! Great deal! It’s all about joy, and how it can work miracles in the lives of people.
Who you Are When No One’s Looking -Bill Hybels, original price is P672 (online), but I bought it for only P100!! Super great deal too! This book is all about character and deals with one of the greatest questions in life—who we really are when people don’t see us.
This one is a bible study material that I bought to help me in discussing and knowing the heart of Peter. Also, I actually really wanted to buy this as a small group material for me. Original price is P150, bought it only for P50 pesos. HihiBRRR :)
This book slapped me. Seriously. I am in this season of developing and growing my leadership skills and it’s so hard to do it on a ‘trial-and-error’ basis. I am handling lives here, potential leaders and beloved people! Like an answered prayer, this book came to me when I needed it the most. Originally priced P400-600 online but bought it for only P100 pesos! yihee!
and.. a new bible! YEY! I’ve been wishing for a new bible ever since forever because my original bible is so heavy and burdensome to carry around on an everyday basis. Original price is P700, bought it for only P300 pesos. :)
Other stuff that’s free and pinabili lang sakin. Attributes of god is not mine, the other one was free. :)
So here’s my little sistor, Trishia, with me after a super exciting day!
Here’s trishia’s loot:
SOSYAL NI TRISH!! Puro Maxwell titles binili, ano? haha.
Anyways, super fun day! I really had to discipline myself with this book sale craze. Thank God for the Holy spirit who reminds me to be self-controlled! Wuhooo!
Anyways, if you have any thoughts and questions, message me here.
I personally do not fancy men who have extra ordinary bodies. I know they are the “sexiest and most attractive” of them all. But I can never resolve into liking someone who is too obsessed with how he looks. I like my man to be health-conscious, but never self-conscious. His questions will be, “Will this make me healthy?” not “Will this make me fat?” There’s a big difference, yknow. :)
I have personally struggled in this area too. For some reason, the symmetry of my face has attracted men into advancing their intentions on me. Most of the women would envy the number of men fighting over my attention but I never felt it as a good indicator of my well-being. Why? Because I don’t want to be loved because I’m good-looking nor do I want them to come because of my body.
It would be an honor if my love-empowered, unselfish, and God-centered life be the reason why a man would pursue me. :)
“A letter represents something far more than a kiss ever could. It evidences thoughtfulness and the gift of time. While a kiss can prove tender, it must overcome the stigma of impulsiveness to truly display love. A letter on the other hand, when written in the spirit of ardor and romance – even if it never mentions passion – strokes the heart deeper than any other form of physical touch. A kiss cannot be felt again and again from a great distance, but a letter can be read and reread thousands of times. A kiss only familiarizes the lips with the physical body of a lover. A letter familiarizes the heart, mind, and soul. Maybe that’s why God chose to write us a letter.”— Eric Ludy, When Dreams Come True
“I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own goodness or my ability to obey God’s law, but I trust Christ to save me. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. As a result, I can really know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I can learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that, somehow, I can experience the resurrection from the dead!”—Philippians 3:7-11, NLT
minsan ba may pagkakataaon na finoforce mo na mga paniniwala mo sa ibang tao?
Force? I’ll never know.
Pero as far as I’m consciously concerned, I just invite people to my small group(like a bible study) at sa youth service para ma experience nila si God. Pag may problema ang tao, makikinig ako. If they want my advice, I give them sound, practical, and Godly advice. If they just need an ear to listen, eh di yun lang role ko. :)
Most of the time kasi sila yung lumalapit sakin. They ask about God, and what I’m doing in church and why I’m doing it. They ask me why, and I just tell them the truth behind why I’m doing all the stuff that I’m doing. I’m doing this out of genuine love for Jesus, with a thankful heart knowing that without Him I can never be the woman that I am today.
So ayun, I hope I answered your question. :) Thanks for asking.
Why aren't Christians the happiest people in the world?
A writer once wrote about this question. She later concluded it on her own saying, “Because we seek to have our rest in things that are so beneath us.”
That’s our trouble. We know that God is so vast in comparison to everything in this whole earth. And yet we’re not a happy people because we’ve got our minds set on things. We beautify things and put our confidence on things and God. We have our ambition and God, school and God, relationships and God. We put God as a plus sign after something else.
But what we need to realize is that we need God minus all things. We are made in the image and likeness of God, and nothing short of God can satisfy you. We can’t have confidence in things and God, because it will still leave us feeling unsatisfied.
Yes, we can have the world and enjoy it especially since it is God who gave us all things. But it must not be necessary to your happiness. Things will never be enough, but I promise you one thing: God will always be enough.
It’s easier to love with all your heart, but the real challenge comes from loving with full consciousness and reason. How so? Well, love involves a lot of emotions. It is overwhelming and it can really blur all traces of reason and intellect in an individual.
But I’m not just talking about romantic love. There’s love among friends, in which I personally struggle with. I love my friends with all my heart, but I can’t seem to fully understand and apply how to love friends with all my mind. I mean, how do you practically say no to an invitation to go out especially if you’re crammed on time? How do you love them when they seem to forget that you exist? How do you love them when they *almost* always forget that you still have feelings that could be hurt and moved?
Those questions (especially for me) are the questions that I try to just bury in my heart and forget. But in this season of my life, God is trying to teach me the values needed in order to have lasting friendships. One important aspect of this training is in the area of patience and quick forgiveness. I don’t know why, but lately God has been hurling to me so many people that *really* test my patience. Honestly, I’ve gone for a week failing God every day. I lost my patience and got mad. The guilt comes in and all my senses want to deny the existence of this great dilemma in my life(talk about pride!). I just wanted to move on, be better with the next chance God gives me, and pretend that my sin never happened. But I found that at the end of the day, denying my failures to God won’t make it any better. I can’t pretend that my sin never happened, because it did. It’s like trying to enjoying the sunlight even though it’s cloudy, saying that in faith you believe that there is sunlight. The cloud is blocking the sunlight, and I just have to accept that my sin is blocking my way to Christ.
There is literally a moral difference between my nature and God’s nature. I’m a sinner, God is Holy. There can’t be a significant friendship with things that aren’t of the same nature, just as how angels and monkeys can’t be significant friends. I can’t have a meaningful relationship with God because my sin separates me from God. For that very reason, I am in awe because God made a solution to this great plight even before I thought of it. Two thousand years ago, He gave His only son so that He may restore me in right standing with him. Which leads me to the truth that people nowadays keep on forgetting: We have been forgiven, cleansed, and empowered through Christ.
With regards to my earlier problem of being impatient and easily angered, first of all, God does not condemn me with my sin[He does not condemn you too!]. His love is still overflowing for me, but I have to realize that there will be consequences for my actions. [Thank goodness for His grace that will let me go through all of it with peace!] Secondly, I found that in repentance there is a refreshment that restores and gives life to my rotten[because of guilt] heart. Holding on to my sin was a poison that pretended to be sweet. It was easy to do, but it held me from experiencing God fully. The moment that I admitted and surrendered my sin to God, He quickly responded with mercy and grace. My open handed hands that held on to my past sins were now filled with so much blessings. Though I have failed, He never gave up on me. He really is the author and perfector of our faith. Nowadays, though still confronted with my challenging friends, I found my strength[and self-control] in God. The situations that I am in may not be showing signs of change, but I sure found perfect peace despite it all. In conclusion, I really think that the best solution to ANY problem is to focus on God. :)
God bless you!~ :) If you want to talk about anything, do message me here. :)
“My heart is not proud, LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed myself
and quieted my ambitions.
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.”—Psalm 131:1-2
I was so complacent with my walk with God that I failed to see the many issues that slowly crept and corrupted my motives and works. But I am so thankful for today, because today is the day that the Lord has chosen to show me these things that are keeping me from moving towards my goal in life.
It is never too late, He reminded me.
Wow. So here I am, starting from the very beginning and rediscovering who God is. A long way to go, but somehow I am very happy! I find it better to start from the start with the right heart and motives rather than be at the top with a confused and worn-out heart.
I have finally realized my peace, and He is here with me. :)