Saturday, December 31, 2011

Recall, reflect, renew

"I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes I will remember Your miracles of long ago." Psalm 77: 11

Happy new year to everyone! 2011 has filled us with yet again good and bad events that has made its mark in history.


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However, we should never forget the wonderful blessings that God has been giving us. 


There may be rough times in our lives, but remember always that God will never cease to bless us abundantly. He has never left us in times when He needed us the most. And with that, we should never miss out on thanking Him for all these blessings.


Remember: Don't count what is wrong...count your blessings instead! Doing so will make your life centered upon God and you'll find that life is indeed something worth living after all.


God is good...ALL the TIME!
ALL the TIME...God is good!
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Prayer:

Heavenly Father, all praise and thanksgiving are yours. Thank you for the wonderful year that had passed. Thank you for the blessings that You have showered upon me, especially when I need it  the most. Thank you for the wonderful people that You have sent in my life they made my life a lot more meaningful for they made me feel that You love me. I pray for a wonderful year ahead and that you will bless me more, so that I can bless more people. All these I pray, AMEN.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Love God, Love Others!

We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 1 John 4:19-20
One of God's greatest gifts to us is LOVE. We are able to love because we are, FIRST of all, created out of love.
Many of us out there proclaim and declare one's love for God, yet it does not show through our deeds. We can never feel the real meaning of God's love if we do not show it to others.
Do we keep finding and pointing faults? Do we neglect the needy? Do we treat badly those people who are dear to us?
Maybe now is the time that we change these attitudes. Now is the time to say that we love God and MEAN what we say! Friends, Many people out there feel that they are not loved by God. It is up to us now to SHARE God's love to them and make them feel important as well! 
We can start with our own family, then our friends, officemates, schoolmates! If this goes on, we can see a rapid spread of God's love to everyone, and find ourselves achieving the peace and harmony that we have been longing for.
In what simple way can you share God's love to others?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Speak to me, God!

"I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His Word I put my hope." Psalm 130: 5

God speaks to us in many ways possible. He uses people and even circumstances in our lives just to get His message across. Here are some examples. 


Maybe some instances you have encountered already and yet we just let it pass. We did not just let a circumstance pass, but the golden opportunity to hear and experience what God has in store for us. Many times have I mentioned in my previous posts that God cares for us, and He wants nothing less but our well being. I will not hesitate to repeat this fact because God speaks to us of nothing less than His love and care for us. His Words bears truths that are essential to our journey in life. Without His Words, we will find it difficult to get by with our lives.




Friends, long for God's Words of truth and love. Make it part of your daily routine to find out how God reaches out to you. He does! We are oftentimes pre-occupied with so many things that we don't see God working in our lives. Open your hearts and minds to what God has to offer for you! Believe me, it is for your own benefit and good! With God's Words of truth planted in you, you will surely grow and you'll find that life is such a wonderful gift and you will surely appreciate it even more!



Pray to God DAILY that He will bless you through His Words of truth and love! Read His Word for you! Reflect on it! Live a happy and abundant life that only God can offer! :)


Are you ready to accept and listen to His Words?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Are you ready for Him?

"A voice of one calling in the wilderness: "Prepare for the way of the Lord!" " Isaiah 40: 3


Today we are being asked a simple question:


How prepared are you when Christ comes again?


This, I believe is not just a simple question...but a challenge, a call for us to rethink our ways and start preparing our way for that moment when Christ comes again in glory!


You might ask: "How can we prepare for the coming of the Lord?"


The answer is simple. SHARE.


Share your...


...time!
...talent!
          ...and treasure!


We can be prepared for the coming of the Lord if we become more like Him everyday! A lot of people out there are in need of what we are willing to share. 


Friends, now is the perfect opportunity for you to pay it forward! Bless and be blessed in return! All that we have, and all that we are comes from no less than God! So, it is but right that we share what we have been receiving from Him. Trust in Him that blessings will shower you as well so that in time, you can bless others even more! 


This is the time for sharing, not only of material wealth, but also of love, quality time, and even more! Find your strength, work on that, so that you may find sharing a really wonderful thing to do. Let us prepare the way as we come to meet the Lord when He comes in glory!


How prepared are you?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Every Gift Comes from God!

"Every good and perfect gift comes from above coming down from the Heavenly Father of the Heavenly Lights." James 1:17

Often, we get frustrated when there are times that we feel that God does not answer our prayers. We ask for something, we get a different one.This frustration leads to giving false judgements in terms of God's generosity. We feel that God is not on our side, He does not want to bless us, and so on.


Friends, God's generosity can never be questioned. His intention of giving what is good for us is always a given fact. Recognize that God uses anything and everything just to give us what we really need, and not just simply what we want.


Parents, in making sure that their child grows to be very responsible and appreciative only gives what is best for their children - what they need and not just simply what they want.


God knows what is best for us. That is why we can boldly declare that anything that comes form God is good. He created the world filled with so much goodness in it. Today, may we realize that there are times that we encounter bad experiences, failures, etc., but this doesn't mean that God is not at work in your life. In fact, those are the times that God wants to bless you and be with you even more. He only wants what is best for you, nothing less!


God's will and plan for us is nothing less but good.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

There's a Rainbow After the Rain!

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." Psalm 30:5

A bad experience may have caused you to feel despair and sadness:


...death of a loved one
...people turning you down
...broken relationships


And there may be a lot more that could just simply dampen your spirit. It is very tempting to be depressed and just put ourselves down when these experiences come our way. It is very tempting just to lose hope, and give up on everything. Sad as it may seem, many people die because of so much problems. 


Here, you will find some major causes of suicide. One of them: Depression.


Sadness can really put a person down. Sadness can even lead to death.


God has a good plan for you!
Friends, today God reminds us that in every dark situation, there will always be the light. God never made us to be pulled down by sadness. That's the work of the enemy. God is never responsible for the bad things happening to us. God only wants what is good for us.


Why?


Because He loves us! HE loves us so much! He defined who we are:


  ...Special!
  ...Unique!
     ...Talented!
...Loved!
      ...Cherished!


Our failures should never, ever define who we are. Let not our bad experiences allow us to define the way we will live our lives. God wants us to be happy, to see the light amidst the darkness. He promises us today that He will bring the light out of the dark! He will be that light that will dispel the darkness caused by our bad experiences.
Failure is not a rejection, but a delay!
Pray today that God would bless you with strength and patience in dealing with life's problems and difficulties. Let us also pray for all those who are suffering that they may find true happiness in God all the days of their lives.




How can you share God's joy to others?

With God, you Belong!

"Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep." Romans 12: 15


I've learned that in life, you can only be happy if you go with people who are happy. You get the same energy that they have, because you get carried away by the way they act and speak. Optimism is developed if you join a group of people who are optimistic.


On the other hand, misery is the end result of being with people who are miserable! People feel sad because the people surrounding them is sad and depressed.


Friends, God does not want you to be sad! From the creation of the universe, God gave us companions so that we can belong and enjoy everything that He has given us. 


He wants us to belong...to a community where so much gladness fills the place. God wants nothing less but happiness for us. Believe that God will send people in your lives that will pull you out of despair and bring you towards the light where there will be so much rejoicing! With God in our lives, despair is never an option. In God's Kingdom, everyone is blessed and happy. Choose to be happy...always! Be with happy people! Help those who are in need by making them feel the happiness God has to offer.


How can you make others rejoice in God's goodness?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

He Hears Us!

"He will be gracious to you when you cry out, as soon as He hears He will answer you." Isaiah 30: 19

Certain circumstances in life will tell us that God seems to be "missing in action.":

...a death in the family
...financial difficulties
...broken relationships


More often than not, we put the blame to God, as if He was responsible for all the miserable things that happened to you; as if He does not hear our prayers.

Friends, God reminds us today that He is always listening to us. He blesses us with His very best for us. If we seek Him, we will find Him. And even if we don't do so, He will find a way to hear you out. And as He hears us out, God will be generous and gracious to give you what you need. Sometimes, it comes not as fast as we expect it to be. We just have to wait patiently and believe that God will provide what is best for us.

God hears us. He always does. Keep believing!

What are you praying for today?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Take my Hand...

"Yet I am always with You; You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward You will take me into glory." Psalm 73: 23-24

Isn't it nice when we walk with someone around the park, in the mall, in Church, or anywhere else and he or she is holding our hand? Isn't it also nice to see parents holding on to their child's hands as they walk together?


For some, it gives them a sense of security that no matter what happens, there is someone you can hold on to. It can't be avoided that sometimes, along the way, there will be cracks along the road that will cause us to trip or to stumble...yet here's the thing: this won't happen because someone is holding us by the hand.


Friends, this is God's simple message today: He is always walking with us wherever we go. And not just simple walking with us, He is also holding us by the hand every step of the way. In life, there are many "cracks" out there and will cause us to stumble and fall. Yet, this won't happen because God is there with us, holding on to our hands and will stop the fall or ready to pick us up whenever we do stumble. 


God will never, ever leave us. He is always with us as we journey our individual lives. He is holding on to us, never letting us go for He is ready to protect us in every struggle we are going through. And as He holds on to our hands, we are assured, not only of our safety, but also an assurance that we are led to a life of joy and peace...at home with God!


Friends, hold on to God as He holds on to us. He never gives up on us. He wants to be with us every step of the way. He wants to protect us, care for us and love us!



Are you ready to hold onto God's promises of peace ond joy for your life?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Pass it on!

"Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them." Deuteronomy 4: 9


God is a great God! He wants nothing less but for us to experience His abundant blessings and joy in our lives!


Maybe at this point in time, you can boldly declare and profess that you have been receiving God's very best in your life, that you are...


...blessed!
                   ...filled with joy! 
             ...loved!


It is such a wonderful feeling, right?


Yet, it is not enough that we just receive the blessings and joy from God. Today, God calls us to SHARE whatever blessings we have received from Him. God's abundant blessings can extend to so much more if we learn how to


PASS IT ON.


As they say, it is better to give than to simply receive. God wants everyone to feel His love...and it can only be done if we share that love that He gives us. Also, this attitude of "passing on" God's blessings would make us even closer to building a world filled with so much peace, harmony and joy. :)


In what way can you "pass on" God's love to others?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

God endures forever!

“For he is the living God
   and He endures forever; His kingdom will not be destroyed,
   His dominion will never end.
He rescues and He saves;
   He performs signs and wonders
   in the heavens and on the earth" (Daniel 6: 26-27)

Anywhere we go, there will always be people who will proclaim and declare that the world will will finally come to its end. Some say it will happen on 2012, others, earlier than that. 

Either way...we cannot honestly say when this day will come. We are constantly reminded in the Scripture that we should expect the unexpected. We should always be ready and prepared for what is about to come.

Today, we are assured that God endures forever! And having this in mind, there is nothing for us to fear...even death. God is beyond that! God is more powerful than that! He is a big God!

God's love endures forever! He reigns eternally! He is at the throne! He is our Father, and our Savior!

Are you prepared to receive God's enduring love?


Prayer:

"Heavenly Father, fill us with gratitude for the gift of redemption. May you always bring joy to my heart rather than sorrow. Help me to serve you faithfully and to make the best use of my time now and for the rest of my life. AMEN.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hang On!

"By your perseverance you will secure your lives" Luke 21: 19

Life may have been rough recently...

...failed relationships

...financial difficulties

...rejection by many people

...lost a job


                                     ...and a whole lot more




But is this an excuse to give up on God?

NO.

Friends, today, God is reminding us not to give up on Him. He is a BIG God!

...nothing is impossible with Him!
...blessings and abundance is what He wants for us!
...a happy family is what He will provide us!
...real friendships wil come our way because of Him!




So why worry? Just stay in faith, HOLD ON to it! Persevere, work on it, work with Him! He will provide the best for you all the days of your life! :)

Are you ready for His abundant blessings?


May this song be your source of inspiration and your prayer for strength...
Listen to the Voice of Truth: GOD.



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

God is goodness, God is love!



"God works with those who love Him...and turns everything to their good" Romans 8: 28


As they say: "it takes two to tango"
A tango won't be expressed beautifully if only one dances it, or if the other one does not go with his/ her partner in every move and beat.







Just the same with a loving relationship, it can never be a one-way process. Both should be involved in it. One must love each other wholeheartedly, know each other very well, spend quality time together and only aim for the benefit and good of each other.




God calls us today to establish and strengthen our loving relationship with Him. This is a relationship that He freely gives us, no charge, no extra effort. However, this relationship can only work if we cooperate with Him: that is to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. God can only work His wonderful ways in us if we freely accept this loving relationship that He is offering us. 

He loves each and everyone of us, nothing less. 
He will never forsake us. He only wants what is good for us. 
A loving relationship with Him only brings out nothing less but the good in us. 


Are you ready to ACCEPT His love?

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Handful of Goodness and Kindness

"But she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on." Luke 21: 4

Generosity...what does this word mean?







I came across this story that speaks of the same attitude that this widow showed. This is true generosity. This is our perfect example of how we can truly manifest generosity  - in its right sense.




Today, God speaks this message to us: give, even in your poverty...not just to show off, but to sincerely help those who are really in need. 

God can never be outdone in generosity. He will give you what you need, when you need it. I believe that God will even double whatever you sincerely share to others. There are many people in need...not only of our financial help but of our sincere generosity. Material wealth given to them is not enough. It is the thought that we sincerely give is what matters most.

How far can you go to show your generosity to those who need it more?


Prayer for Generosity:



Sunday, November 20, 2011

Lost and Found

"The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back..." Ezekiel 34: 16


If you feel like life has turned you down, rejected and condemned you....
If you feel like you have done so much wrong in your life and feel like no one dares to love you anymore...


Think again.
Today, God...


                    our FATHER
                          our KING
                                our SAVIOR


reminds us that He will seek you out and bring you back to His loving arms. He will never forsake you! He just loves you so much that He cannot just leave you. All he does is to LOVE you.


Remember when St. John Paul II (then Pope John Paul II) was shot by a man named Mehmet Ali Agca? This event shocked the world for such an action. 






However, what was most shocking in this event is what happened after...




The Pope himself visited Agca in his prison cell and FORGAVE him for what he had done!




Friends, God is "chasing" after you. He wants you to be happy in His love! :)


Are you ready to accept Him?