Green Pastures

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He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters (Psalm 23:2)

Green pastures. Oh, how I love the smellof the grass, the feel of it under my bare feet, and the sight of the jewel-like color. I should wnat to lie down in the softness and relax – to revel in Your leading.

The problem is I don’t always want to lie down and rest in the pastures that You have provided. Sometimes my “pastures” seem dry. The grass feels brown and withered. I look at my house, and then I see the neighbor’s house; it doesn’t need a coat of paint. Their children seem better behaved. Sometimes I long to leave the place You have for me.

Thank you for making me to lie down even when I don’t want to. Thank you for leading me beside quiet waters when I need the solace.

(Prayers and Promises for Mothers: Rachel Quillin and Nancy J. Farrier)

Let us reflect on this…

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Ciao! :)

May Bukas Pa

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I just finish watching another episode of “May Bukas Pa.” Once again, Santino, the miracle boy, was able to prove Bro’s (Jesus) power and love for everybody. In the world full of temptations and cruelty, how can we accept that a boy like Santino can make a difference. If you watch the teleserye, though the scenes and situations presented do happen in reality, sometimes, if someone’s faith is not strong enough, one may wonder and say that Jesus’ miracle through Santino only happens in the teleserye. But if we trust God enough just like Santino, I know that we will appreciate and realize God’s miracle in us in our everyday life.

That inspite of all the unpleasant incidents that are going on today, we have God to turn to and He assures us that He will be with us until the end of time. :) I remember that Bible passage from yesterday’s homily in the mass.

Santino of May bukas pa

Santino (Zaijan Jaranilla)

Matthew 28:20 (New International Version)
“and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Hanging on For Life

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My aunt asked me yesterday to search for a picture of Mama Mary holding a fetus that she will use for their badge. On the 30th day of November, Legion of Mary will hold its annual general reunion and usually a badge is made to represent a certain preasidium.

As I do my research I came accross with this picture which really strikes me. I hope that through this picture, a lot of woman will have a second thought of committing abortion. In the first place, though abortion may be legal in some countries, but hey! abortion is not legal and will never be in the laws of God.

I have found this Bible verses on what the Bible says about abortion.

Romans 1:16 (English Standard Version)
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Romans 6:3-4
3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Romans 10:9-10
9because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Mark 16:16
16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Acts 17:30
30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

Acts 2:38
38And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 22:16
16And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.

 

Pay a close attention on the encircled portion of the picture. See the little hand of a baby clinging on to the surgeon’s finger. That is baby Samuel Alexander Armas. He was born on December 2, 1999. To this day, he is already 8 years old.

I really having goosebumps while I’m looking at this picture.

Click here to read about the story behind this.

We should always remember that a child is not a choice. And a child or having a baby, is a wonderful gift from God that has to be loved and cared for.

No Time

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I found this one in my files and I believe it is worth sharing..

I knelt to pray

       but not for long

I had so much to do

       must hurry off and get to work

       for bills would soon be due

And so I said a hurried prayer

       jumped up from of my knees

       my Christian duty was done

       my soul could be at ease

All through the day I had no time

To speak a word of cheer

       no time to speak of Christ to friends,

They’d laugh at me I feared

       no time… no time… too much to do

That was my constant cry.

No time to give to those in need.

 

At last it was time to die,

And when before the Lord I came,

I stood with downcast eyes.

       within His hand He held a book,

       it was the book of life.

He looked into the book and said,

Your name I cannot find.

I was going to write it down

       but never found the time.

 

 

 

 

Revelations 20:15: “Whoever did have his name written in the book of the living was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Rise Above the Struggles of Marriage

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The first topic that was discussed is about Struggles in Marriage. I am not married yet but the things I learned from it are good enough for me to have a happy married life and to the strength to overcome the struggles that I and my husband will encounter.

The speaker of the topic was Diday. I didn’t get the chance to note her last name. I don’t remember if the host mentioned it either. Well, I learned that a lot of marital problems are caused by communication problems, incompatible with spouse, emotional and physical abuse, etc. Why? Maybe, because of their ignorance to God’s design for marriage. Or maybe, because they have not consulted or read the manual for marriage, the Bible.

Why do couples get married in the first place? Is it because she is pregnant? (This is a common reason today) Is it because, he or she completes you? Is it because, you found your happiness in him/her? If your answer to these questions is yes, then your marriage will likely to fail.

How come? The only source of true happiness is God. Only God will complete us. When couples get married they have to undergo struggles in their marriage. It is designed by God for He wanted them to be closer to Him.

In her talk, Diday presented the most common reasons why marriages are in trouble today.

1) UNMET EXPECTATIONS
We often find ourselves disappointed when we get into relationships or into marital relationship. We have so many expectations that when not meet, we get sad and lonely. When a woman marries her husband, she often has these expectations from her husband:

a) My husband is supposed to make me happy
b) My husband is supposed to serve me
c) My husband is supposed to fulfill my longings. He should “complete me.”
d) My husband should be willing to change if he loves me.

No matter what we do, our husband will never change unless God changes him. Why not concentrate on his positive attitudes. Let us put all our expectations to desires and bring them to God.

Even in our everyday life, whatever our civil status is, we have so many expectations which often disappoint us if not met. Let’s turn these expectations to desires and surrender them all to God. This way, we will never be disappointed again.

As what Psalm 37:4 promised:
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

2) IGNORANCE OF GOD’S DESIGN FOR MARRIAGE
I am not married yet but I am happy to know what’s God’s design fro marriage. God’s design for marriage can be found in these Bible verses.

a) Genesis 2:18 It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Hmmm, did I read that verse correctly? Helper? A wife is a helper? Today, we call our “kasambahay” or our servants as helper. Does that mean that a wife is simply a helper?

Well, Diday was able to clear that pretty well. God created a helper for a man. If you look closely at the original meaning from the phrase “ezer kenegdo” – woman was to be the man’s companion, someone who could complement him. The word ezer is used only twenty times in the entire Old Testament. In every other instance the person being described is God himself, when you need Him to come through for you desperately. This means that the woman’s role is to stand by her husband and to come through for him when he needs her.

b) Genesis 2:24 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”
If we look deeper into that verse, there are actually 3 commands.

First, man shall Leave his father and mother

God commands that we are to leave our parents to start a permanent relationship with our husband and to start a family of our own. It does not mean that we cut our ties with our families, but it means that our ties with our parents will have to be changed so that we can give our full commitment to our spouses. Married couples are not to run home to parents when there are conflicts and problems. Instead they must try to settle their problems on their own.

Second, the husband and wife should cleave

To cleave to one’s spouse means that we are to be glued to one another. We are to be like pieces of wood that are glued together. God desires that the couple act as one and have unity of purpose. This means sticking to our husband mo matter what.

That statement is kinda hard. What if your husband is almost killing you to death? Lift him up to God. Surrender him to God, and He will do the rest. I know and I understand that a lot of you may contest about it, for it is true that it is easier said than done.

Third, God designed couples become one – not only physically, but in mind and spirit

The command to be united means that marriage was meant by God to be monogamous. Obviously, one cannot be united to many. The command also means that the marriage is to be between a man and a woman as obviously God has designed the physical union to be heterosexual.

c) Ephesians 5:23 “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.”

Whether we like it or not, God has chosen for the man to be the head of the family. Allowing our husbands to lead in everything gives them the opportunity to be what God had intended them to be.

d) Ephesians 5:25-25 “However, each one of you must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”

Our husbands will present us to God. They’re accountable to God on how we will be at the end. In return, we must respect our husbands inspite and despite of. It’s like an unconditional respect, for God designed them to be the leader of the family and needs to be respected. Even if you don’t feel love, still respect your husband.

3) MISUNDERSTANDING of GOD’S PURPOSE of MARRIAGE

Diday started the third common reason why marriages are in trouble with a passage from the book of Gary Thomas, Sacred Marriage.

“If happiness is our primary goal, we’ll get divorce as soon as happiness seems to wane. If receiving love is our primary goal, we’ll dump our spouse as soon as they seem to be less attentive. But if we marry for the glory of God, to model His love and commitment to our children, and to reveal His witness to the world, divorce makes no sense.”

As I have mentioned in the first lines of article, if your answer to the questions I’ve asked is yes, then your marriage is on the brink. We need to stop asking marriage what it cannot give – perfect happiness, a life without conflict and an answer to all our dreams. Because whether we accept it or not, God had designed marriage for purposes higher that ourselves – so that we may be brought closer to Him and so our union may bring glory to Him.

Whatever struggles you are undergoing in your marriage is something that God can use to change you to become more like Him. As we relate to our husbands, as we love and respect him unconditionally, as we forgive him endlessly, as we care for him in humility and respect, God is producing is us the character that He has designed for us to have.

John 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Many times God will bring you to a point where the only answer is faith in who God is and hope that in time all things work together for the good of those who love Him. Through the darkness, many times God is all we have.

Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain”

We have the choice of asking God to take over our marriage and surrendering our life to Him. This invitation is always open to all of us.

Joel 2:12-13 Even now, declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.”

There are so many things we learned from Diday. And through her, God has spoken to us. Will you trust God? Will you put you hope in Him? The choice is actually yours today. :)

THE eight BEATITUDES of JESUS

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

I Corinthians 13:4-13

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4. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

5. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

7. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

9. For we know in part and we prophesy in part,

10. but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

11. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

12. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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“Thus says the Lord: I will sanctify my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord, says the Lord God, when through you I display my holiness before their eyes.

I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.

A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.” [Ezek. 36:23- 28]

As we walk in His Light He gives us more Light

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Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:19,20 NASB

It’s Sunday let’s to go to the church and satiate the hunger in our soul! J

Bible Promises

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My bestfriend’s(daisy) gift for me on my 25th birthday which was 2 years ago was a book. It is called Bible Promises for you.

Honestly, I have not read the book yet, up until today. I know that everyone of us has our own problems in life. It could be about money, our family and many other things. We often find ourselves caught in anxieties. We feel depressed. We are in fear. We have lots of worries, and we get tempted.

I do find myself bounded within life’s challenges and just don’t know how to get out of it. So then I went to my closet and looked for the said book. I told myself that it is time for me to read it. Be inspired and be more faithful.

It was really inspiring and I’d like to share it with you.
God’s Word – the BIBLE, is full of promises.
Promises made to His children whom He loves.
Because God is God, and His very nature is truth,
He cannot be unfaithful to these promises.
Everything that He has promised to each of us,
We can trust Him to carry out completely.

Remember that these verses are God’s guarantees
to us, His children. Through prayer and practice,
these promises can become part of our life,
giving us hope, joy and victory.

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MONEY

I’m worried about money. Will God provide for my everyday needs? 

  • My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NIV
  • The Lord is my shepherd, I shall lack nothing. Psalm 23:1 NIV
  • If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else He wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? Romans 8:32 THE MESSAGE

 FAMILY

My parents don’t always understand me. How should I respond to them?

  • A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother. Proverbs 10:1 NIV
  • If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than tan unbeliever. I Timothy 5:8 NIV
  • Respect your father and mother, and you will live a long and successful life in the land I am giving you. Deuteronomy 5:16 CEV

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ANXIETY

I’m full of anxiety. Where can I find peace?

  • Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? Luke 12:22-23, 25 NRSV
  • If our minds are ruled by our desires, we will die. But if our minds are ruled by the Spirit, we will have life and peace. Romans 8:6 CEV
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

DEPRESSION

I feel depressed, desperate. Where’s the light at the end of the tunnel?

  • I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit; out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:1-2 NIV
  • Why am I discouraged? Why am I restless? I trust you! And I will praise you again because you help me, and you are my God. Psalm 42:11
  • And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. Romans 5:5 NLT

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FEAR

I’m afraid. Where can I turn for help?

  • Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord is the one who goes before you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT
  • God is our mighty fortress, always ready to help in times of trouble. And so, we won’t be afraid! Let the earth tremble and the mountains tumble into the deepest sea. Psalm 46:1-2 CEV
  • The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 NIV

WORRIES

Some nights I lie awake and worry. Can God help me slee?

  • When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24 NIV
  • I lie down and sleep; I wake again, for the Lord sustains me. Psalm 3:5 NRSV
  • He grants sleep to those he loves. Psalm 127:2 NIV

TEMPTATION

Forbidden things seem so appealing. What should I do when I’m tempted?

  • So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while punishing the wicked right up until the day of judgment. 2 Peter 2:9 NLT
  • Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 4:7-8 NRSV
  • When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone. James 1:13 NIV


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TRANSALATION:

CEV – Contemporary English Version
ESV – English Standard Version
KJV – King James Version
MSG – The Message
NASB – New American Standard Bible
NIV – New International Version
NKJV – New King James Version
NLT – New Living Translation
RSV – Revised Standard Version

After reading these verses, I really felt good. Hope you feel the same way, too :) !

I love this Man

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Before I leave the office and enjoy my rest days, I decided to post this interesting email I received. It’s about love. A selfless love that only one man can give..

No one falls in love by choice,
it is by CHANCE.
No one stays in love by chance,
it is by WORK.
And no one falls out of love by chance,
it is by CHOICE

He did something for you, now do something for him. Spread his word, and you’ll be rewarded. How will you be rewarded?

Matthew 10:32 “Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will acknowledge him before My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in heaven”

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