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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Guard your hearts


"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." - Romans 12:2

When you experience trials and difficulties in life, it seems very easy to be like other people who immediately complain, maliciously spread gossip, impulsively make decisions and/or plainly just give up. It can be so easy for our hearts to be deceived if we lack awareness. Remember that those ARE NOT the attitudes God wants to instill in us. We can control a lot of frustrations and temptations by not putting ourselves in bad situations. Spend more time with God and His word rather than spending so much time around worldly things. Guard your hearts! ❤


Thursday, May 9, 2013

NOT GOOD ENOUGH

Have you ever experienced waking up in the morning feeling so confident and contented with your life and then in the middle of the day, you get bothered by a negative comment and think to yourself that you are not really good enough? Sometimes, people label us with negative descriptions and the biggest problem is that we acknowledge those descriptions as if they were the truth. Thus, we tend to not like ourselves. Truth be told, I hate being compared to other people or my life to be judged based on my abilities. Yes, even I have insecurities and I hate how it makes me feel. It’s just so frustrating. Don’t you just hate that feeling too? 

Two things that are hard to get over from are self-pity and insecurity. We tell other people that we are proud of who we are and yet deep inside, continue to sulk over the fact that we are not good enough and that we can never accept ourselves because other people see us differently. We always have to remember that our destiny is not determined by what other people think and say about us.

WE ARE WHO GOD WANTS US TO BE. WE ARE WHO GOD SAYS WE ARE.
God sees us wonderful, strong, talented and most especially, valuable.
“Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?”
(Matthew 6:26) 

It does not matter how other people see you or treat you. It does not even matter if people compare your achievements to others’ achievements. Cliché as it may seem, we must simply ignore those who judge us. They can compare and criticize us all they want but we will not be shaken because we have God’s truth. We were not created to please people. We are here to please God and God alone. 

"Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted."
(2 Timothy 3:12)

In the long run, the people who tried to label you will probably give up because they will realize that no matter how hard they try to bring you down, you are standing on God’s solid truth. 

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, 
I know that full well.” - (Psalm 139:14)

It takes faith and boldness to be free from the bondage of insecurity. Give it all to God – know that we are who God wants us to be and He loves us so much. Stop letting those negative labels rule your life. Live in God’s victory.

JESUS DIED FOR YOU.
YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH. 

EVERY MORNING REMIND YOURSELF OF THIS: 
I am a masterpiece, I am handpicked by God and I am a person of extreme value and significance. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

FEAR

I was inspired to write a blog post about one of the things that I keep secretly in my heart. I follow this account in Instagram that promotes "Photo-A-Day Challenges" every month wherein there is a prompt for each day (@fatmumslim - Follow her too) This day's prompt is about "FEAR". You see, I do not regularly post blog entries, only when I am really inspired to write. 

          I am the type of person who likes to know the answers to everything. It is as if I cannot have peace of mind if I do not know the answer to my questions or if I do not know what will happen next in a given situation. I already plan things early: what I will say, what I will do, even where I will go. I hate getting caught off-guard.  I always think of the consequences about my decisions. It is kind of an advantage and a disadvantage for me. I just do not want to end up regretting anything. Honestly, it is my biggest fear – not knowing what will happen in my life.



          Whenever the enemy puts this fear in my heart where my faith is, I remember what God has promised us. He said that He already has plans for us – plans to prosper us and not to harm us; plans to give us hope and a future (see Jeremiah 29:11). So, every time the enemy tries to put this doubt and this fear in my heart, whenever he tries to steal my joy and my faith, I trust God more. I know that God has better plans for me and that I am blessed and wonderfully made. 

          We have to let go of our fear of failure, our fear of the unknown and the fear of change. God has better plans for us; we have to completely put our trust in Him. We have to trust God’s perfect timing and watch how he will work out His plans in our life.

No matter how big my fear seems to be, GOD’S PROMISES ARE BIGGER. TRUST HIM!


"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
- Philippians 4:6 -

"For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future."
- Jeremiah 29:11

SONG OF THE DAY
"Okay I really don't like change, but I can't stop it. I'm moving forward anyway with a promise. YOU are the anchor to my soul, that's all I need to know. You're my constant in every moment..."

Thursday, February 14, 2013

ALL THE SINGLE LADIES, C'MON AND PUT YOUR HANDS UP!!


          Aaaaw, Valentine’s Day. The day when men think of all-out plans to prove how much they love their “special someone”. The day when they express how much they truly appreciate you. If you are single, do not fret. It can actually be a really good thing. You see, words and gestures are not the true basis of love. It does not matter how long a relationship has been or how much a person is willing to do for you. Yes, they can make your heart skip a beat and can make you feel like “you’re the only girl in the world” but those things do not prove how much they really love you.

“A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.” – Max Lucado

          Single ladies, I recommend that you set a godly standard for yourselves. DO NOT settle with anyone who does not treat you the way God sees you. Our relationships were never meant to be a replacement for a relationship with Jesus Christ. The goal of a God-centered relationship should be to continually point the other person towards Christ not continually draw attention towards you. If both of you would put Him in the center of your relationship, nothing can tear you apart. Put God first and He’ll make your relationship even stronger. Strong enough that even the nastiest tricks of the devil cannot break you.

          God did not create you just to let you be mistreated. You deserve to be with somebody who will fight with you in the name of Jesus. For now, wait on God. Wait for His perfect timing. Pray to God that when that time comes, you and your future partner will both be ready for a life-long commitment and most especially a commitment to Jesus. Remember, love may take long, but it will always take you to where you truly belong. Place your heart in the hands of God and He will place it in the hands of the man who He believes best deserves it. Your heart will know when it is finally home.

“Do not awaken love until the right time.”
– Song of Solomon 2:7

SONG SUGGESTION
Love is Waiting by: Brooke Fraser
“I watch as lovers pass me by, walking stories – who’s and how’s and why’s. Musing lazily on love, pondering you. I'll give it time, give it space and be still for a spell and when it's time to walk that way we want to walk it well. I'll be waiting for you baby. I'll be holding back the darkest night. Love is waiting ‘til we're ready, til it's right. Love is waiting."