Strive to Grow

We condition our physical body by going to gym or exercising daily but what happens when we suddenly stop for a while and then get back to track again?

Isn’t it hard and our body goes through adjustments and the feeling is like going back to the start again before getting to the right shape. The same is true for our spiritual life, when we suddenly stop growing our faith we get weak, tired, and restless.

The question now is why do we suddenly stop? Maybe because we are experiencing difficulties in life or maybe we lack the motivation to keep on growing but we should remain faithful! The more we experience problems and pains the more that we should strive to grow in our faith.

How do we grow?

1. Focusing in the word of God and Abiding in Him

Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ”

This isn’t just merely reading but internalizing and uderstanding His word not only through mind but also by heart because without God’s words, we will be lost and we do not want that to happen because our goal is to grow.

 John 15:6-7 “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you”.

2. Igniting the fire

We never stop growing and continously we must always keep the fire burning so that we can also share the light that we have in Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:13 “their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work”.

3. Treasure

We treasure not the things of this world but the word of the Lord, and by treasuring it we must understand it with all of our hearts, mind, and soul.

Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

I like the quote “no pain, no gain” because it’s true! When we experience pain we learn to endure and to fully depend on God. So we must not only be physically fit but also spiritually F.I.T.(FOCUS, IGNITE, TREASURE)

Pray for the Philippines

The recent devastating typhoons that struck the Philippines caused soil erosion, flooding in most of the affected areas in Luzon and massive destruction not only in the structural buildings but also in the life of the Filipinos. Some of the areas are still submerge with water 15 ft deep and many are still crying for help and battling for their lives.

Photos are not mine but these are just some pictures of the current situation in the Philippines. This is really heartbreaking. </3

I don’t know who’s seeing this post but may I ask for a favor and take a minute or so to pray for our country and for the people who needs comfort because many have lost their families and loved ones.

1 John 5:14 says “This is the confidence we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us”. so please help us pray for the Philippines.

Faith

Two months ago we were evicted from my in-laws’ house for an extremely lame reason. My husband’s father was fuming mad because he wanted to make all the decisions concerning our marriage life and my husband did not want that because his conditions were too much like he wanted us to stay in their house for 6 more months (even though we’re already married) and he wanted to get half of my husband’s salary. Since my husband started working, he never got the chance to hold his passbook/atm card which means his father was the one getting all his salary and he was just giving my husband allowance so when his father decided to kick us out in the middle of the night, we were left with nothing, we do not have money, a place to stay in and we look so funny walking with all the luggage and stuffs.

We are so blessed to have a relative nearby who welcomed us in their place. When the morning came his father gave my husband’s bank book to only find nothing, nothing was saved up in his account. It’s crazy to think that nothing was left on that account because my husband worked for almost 10 years already but despite of all those trials we never worried and we knew that God will provide.

God is so good because He provided us everything we need, tho we were left with nothing, God gave us everything. We just trusted God’s promises in His words that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and that He cares for us(1 peter 5:7). A month after what happened, we were able to move in to our new apartment and God provided all the material things we needed(appliances and dining set) , truly He uses people to bless us. If we would just trust Him in everything, He will surely guide us and be with us along the way no matter how hard life gets. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” -Romans 8:28.

I do not know what you are battling through right now but one thing is for sure no matter how little or big that is lift it up to God and allow Him to move in your life. He will wipe away every tears and He will give you rest

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” -Matthew 11:28

Solomon

What are the things we wish we have? what are the things we pray for? oftentimes we ask for the luxurious life and what the world can give us but did anyone of us prayed for wisdom? Solomon did. (The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. 1 Kings 3: 10) He has the chance to ask for riches, honor and even the life of his enemies but what he asked for was wisdom and because of this God blessed him more.

Wisdom is needed in every decision that we make, this is to make sure that we are doing the right thing and pleasing to God.

Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. -Proverbs 2:9–11

The wisdom that comes from the Lord will give us peace, understanding and never ending joy in our hearts. Let us always be guided by God’s plan and start praying that God will give us the wisdom that we need in our everyday life.

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. -James 1:5

Tired?

It’s okay, all you have to do is to pause, breathe and take a break. Do not give up on life just because you feel so tired of everything, giving up is not worth it. We are all existing for a purpose and giving up is not a part of it.

We should pause when we do not know what to do and when we are bombarded by the problems of this life why don’t we inhale all the positives and exhale the negatives. When we feel like giving up, why don’t we rest for a while and do the things that we enjoy the most. Instead of complaining about how we feel, why don’t we look up and thank God for all the good things He has done for us? We have to change our perspective on how we view things, we have to look on the positive side always.

Remember, we will encounter a lot of problem but we have a BIGGER God who enables us to resolve everything. Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

Cheer up!

Through ups and downs

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A Penny for your Thoughts?

Soooo,  I made a short poem while reminiscing the times I have spent with my best friends. Truly, life is amazing when you are surrounded by amazing people.  Who is your amazing buddy?

Our Friendship was trialed and tested
but we’ve made it through
Because we both know that it’s real and true
Through Ups and downs, crest and troughs
Life’s tough without a friend like you.

-J.M (unspoken words) 

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overcomer

Working with people who have different types of personality is so hard. You will have to adjust to avoid misunderstandings and you literally have to be sensitive in everything that you will say. I quit my job because of poor management, the higher ups does not know how to treat their employees well and you can’t even have a single day off/ leave because of understaffed so basically you have to be present at all times no matter what situation you are in. 4 months ago I handed my resignation letter but then the management did not approve it saying that it was a breach of contact so I then asked for the copy of the contract which I signed (they did not give me a copy of it so I have to beg them to give me a copy). upon reading, it does not state that I have to finish the year and that I can leave anytime since it was not a breach of contract. I stayed because I don’t want to get a bad record and I want to persevere but I suffered physically, mentally and emotionally. It even came to a point wherein I had to force myself to go to work because I lack the motivation of continuing and all I ever wanted was to leave.

I thank God for the strength and courage He gave me to finish the year,without Him I wont be able to endure it. I thank Him still for that experience because I learned to depend on Him and trust His plans. I learned to control my temper and just love the people around me for who they are. It’s true that there’s a blessing in every trial. Also, I only receive around 60 USD per month so I am still amazed on how He provided for my needs and how He sustained me to finish strong.

Life is really unfair but if we would just believe in His promises there’s nothing that we cannot overcome. Sufferings strengthen us if we depend on God alone. God will never leave us nor forsake us because He cares for us.

Storm

Few days ago a super typhoon entered Philippines, it brought us strong winds and for the first time in my life have I seen Baguio city, the summer capital of the Philippines flooded and devastated. The typhoon caused landslides in different places in Baguio, Benguet which resulted to damages and casualties. It is painful to see other people lose someone they love, it is saddening to see other people’s houses completely destroyed by the storm, and it is very hurtful to know that someone passes away without knowing God.

Yesterday we were given the opportunity to be a part in distributing the relief goods, I was thankful because we were able to share the gospel and we were able to pray for the people who were greatly affected by the typhoon. What a joy it is to see the people smile and see the little children play and laugh like as if they did not have traumatic experiences.

God hath promised us that He will never leave us nor forsake us all we have to do is to trust Him. Our faith will be tested and trialed a lot of times but let us keep on holding to God’s promises. God did not promise that when you are with Him, everything will be easy. It is the other way around, being a Christian is impossible but because of the grace of God it became possible.

God will give us the strength and courage to move forward, He will lead us and guide us as we follow His will. May we all continue to trust God’s plan in our lives no matter how difficult the situation may become.

We ask for your prayers also because the search and rescue is still ongoing in some part of Benguet and some places are still isolated. But then we thank God for His faithfulness, we thank Him for the comfort He gives especially for those who have lost loved ones.

Faithful

My friends and I decided to take the shortcut going home, little did I know that I will be passing a different path from theirs. I was a bit hesitant but I still continued walking, I wanted to go back but I didn’t have much time and it would take me half an hour to be in my usual way going home.  As I continued walking, I passed by a dark alley and no one was around, I was scared but I decided to walk straight and prayed for my own safety. I felt that God comforted me and was with me during my walk, He was the reason that I made it through, He gave me strength and courage to move forward. It made me realize that a walk without God in our life would be scary and that it would lead us to wrong destinations. I am thankful to God because He never left my side and He protected me from all the possible dangers. God said that He will never leave us nor forsake us, God is really faithful even though we are not. His promises are real. So let us always depend on God. Truly, He is a living God, the king of all kings and Lord of all Lords.