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I just encountered this verse while I’m having my devotion. A very comforting words that reminds me of how we can assure of God’s peace under His protection. In our lives, we tend to be controlled by our emotions during unwanted situations that we encountered. We tend to worry a lot, redirecting our focus to the situation rather than to Jesus alone. I remember how Jesus calms the storm during that night. “Be still” (Mark 4:39) that was the word Jesus said and the storm just stopped. In difficult situations wherein it feels like there’s nowhere to escape to, let the comforting presence of our Prince of Peace wipe out our worries and listen closely as He says the same comforting word when He calms the storm. Be still.

God helps us delay gratification or give up something we really want, so that we can taste the best that life has in store for us a little later. 

I just realized how is it really hard to let go of the things you really want. It’s so difficult indeed and sometimes somehow the feeling of being broken is necessary. I got the quote from the book I’ve read few days ago about how is it to bear fruit of the Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

We can bear those fruits not with our own effort, but with God’s grace. It doesn’t come in an instant, it’s a process actually. Though I don’t totally, perfectly possess the others, what I’m focusing here is the part of having self-control (because I find it the most difficult, in my own opinion). We can encounter a lot of needs of self-control dose in our daily lives like simply buying that beautiful scarf you’ve seen in the mall during sales asking yourself if you’re gonna buy it or is there something else worth paying that money for or can be just a simple decision if you’re gonna eat rice for dinner or not. In my part, I’m really having this difficulty of controlling my emotions and Satan knows that it is my weakness that’s why he keeps on attacking me in that area of my life. But the beautiful part is that God is more powerful than him. As what I’ve said earlier, self-control as one of the fruit of the Spirit can’t be achieved with just our own effort or we can’t consider it as just another to-do-list stuff, it’s like a flower that must be bloomed with the help of the Holy Spirit, as we get to know Jesus more through His Words and through prayers as well.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Self-control might include letting go of something our heart truly desires knowing God’s heart is better than ours, controlling yourself from craving to what the world has to offer you, but instead waiting for Him to give you the best that He has already prepared for you in His perfect time. 🙂

Resources:
Bloom Before You’re Planted: Gardening Tools for a Woman’s Soul by Lizabeth Duckworth

For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heals. Job 5:18

God allows us sometimes to suffer from different kind of pain, It may be physical pain, emotional or sometimes spiritual. But God surely do it for a reason. I have experienced the moment when I was so broken, I feel so lonely because of that heartbreak but God use that moment of my life for me to become closer to Him. He made me realized that noone and nothing can really heal my wounded heart but Him, even time can’t heal it (though it can help a bit), He’s the only One who can heal even the deepest wound, just Him, JESUS. He allows pain and suffering to let His hands work on us. All we need to do is to respond in the way He wanted us to. God has His own different ways of bringing His children back and sometimes it includes pain. He may not want us to see suffer but if it’s the only way to bring us back to Him or for us to be more closer to Him, He’ll surely never hesitate to do it. He’ll make sure that every pain and suffering is worth it. 🙂

weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning…

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
– 1 Peter 5:7

There will always be pieces of tense moments in each and everyone of us (or maybe even once). As from this very moment from these past few days, I was really pressured organizing my requirements for Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in relation with my graduation so as it got me out of my mind. As I go to school this morning, I felt something wrong with myself. I wasn’t supposed to be like this. This isn’t the one God wanted me to be. I can’t even remember the last moment I prayed to Him wholeheartedly thus makes me realized why I am experiencing this. I’m carrying almost the whole thing even the tough things that is beyond my capability, putting away the thought that there is Someone out there Who is willing to help me through this. I almost forgot how I am so loved. I’ve hurt Him so much, I know.

Constant communication is so important for a relationship to become closer, same as our relationship with God. Prayerlessness can begin to ruin our connection to God, it can be a test of faith, an attack from an enemy or can even our own fault. But whatever it is or from whomever it is, God wants us to completely turn to Him, reminding that it is never too late to go back over and over again. We don’t deserve it, He’s just graceful because He loves us. ^^

There are times when no matter how hard you try, you just cannot accept yourself as you are. During such times, think of how you look to God’s eyes. In God’s eyes, there is no judgment, there is only acceptance. God sees your light when all that you can see are your shadows. God loves you more than anyone could ever love you as you really are.

I’ll Worship at Your Throne
Whisper my own love song
With all my heart I’ll sing
For You my Dad and King
I’ll live for all my days
To Put a smile on Your face
And when we finally meet
It’ll be for eternity

And Oh how wide You open up Your arms
When I need Your love
And how far You would come
If ever I was lost
And You said that all You feel for me
Is undying love
That You showed me through the cross

I’ll worship You my God
I’ll worship You my God
I love You
I love You
Forever I will sing
Forever I will be with You
Be with You

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