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Thank you for the people you allow to be into my life.
Thank you for them.
Thank you for this environment.
Thank you for helping me.

Help me to be sincere.
Help me to make these people aware of my gratitude for them.
Help me thank them.
Help me to send my message sincerely.

Thank you Lord for gratitude.
Thank you for the people in my life.
Thank you.

The Beauty is in The Struggle

“The beauty is in the struggle.”

Whenever I face challenges of any sort, I always tell myself that the beauty is in the struggle. It’s not just that “there” is beauty in the struggle but “the” beauty is really in “the struggle”. I hope I’m making sense here. In connection with that is the Bible verse Romans 7:15-25 (which you may refer to the full text below).

I don’t know what your personal beliefs are. If you are a Christian or not. But in my case, and I hope this helps you too, whenever I feel a struggle within myself about decisions I need to take, I take delight that I am having a struggle within because I believe that Jesus lives within me, and He is fighting the sin that lives in me also. I believe that having that struggle is a proof that I am still with Christ, that I am still thinking about His will. Make no mistake that “the struggle” is based on Morality. It’s not. It’s based on what I know about God, Jesus, and the Gospel. I may not know and understand a lot. But this I know, that Jesus died for the death I deserve, and all that I am experiencing in this life is a privilege. I live because of his grace.

Yes, I still doubt. I have questions that I believe won’t be answered in this lifetime. Every now and then, I ask and doubt if what I believe is real. I get easily strayed sometimes. I don’t deny that there are times that I feel down and wonder if there is meaning to life and all. Yes, I do struggle to believe in my faith.

But whenever I get reminded that Jesus died for me so that I may live, I get overwhelmed and encouraged. I don’t know of anything more encouraging than that. I can’t express it enough in words. I hope you understand what I am saying here, but if you don’t, I pray that you will, eventually. Because there’s no greater joy than to experience God’s love.

Romans 7:15-25
New International Version (NIV)
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Jesus, Take Over Me

Lord, you are faithful. You never fail to amaze me. Thank you for this life. I am sorry if I don’t love it enough.
Everytime I remember how you died for me, I feel ashamed of feeling discouraged by simple challenges.

Thank you Lord for reminding me of my worth. Thank you for loving me, for saving me.
Forgive me Lord for, most of the times, I do not know what I am doing.

Thank you for the small conversations I am having with my lead. Thank you for giving me the privilege to work with her. She serves as a good example to me. Whenever I feel disengaged and demotivated, I try to imagine how my lead(s) handle their own discouragements. I feel ashamed of my feelings when I try to compare my reaction to theirs.

Thank you Lord for showing good examples in the workplace. Just by looking at how they handle their jobs gives me encouragement.

Thank you and please give me the grace to handle myself better. Jesus, take over me.

Ephesians 6:7
Do your work with enthusiasm. Work as if you were serving the Lord, not as if you were serving only men and women.

Increase My Faith

There are a lot of things I don’t understand. There are a number of questions I have in mind. I’m never gonna get it all together.

Every now and then, I feel lost whenever I ask questions and there are no answers. Every now and then, I doubt my faith. Every now and then, I wonder if what I believe in is real. Every now and then…I slip away.

Father, forgive me for I do not know what I am doing.

Father, I don’t understand a lot of things. I don’t understand your ways. I don’t know why certain things happen. I do not see things the way you see them. You created all things. You understand all things.

Lord, increase my faith. I believe; help my unbelief. Help me trust you.
You’ve never failed before. You won’t start now. I will trust in you.

Thank You For Reaching Out

Thank you for asking how am I.
Thank you for reaching out.

Thank you Lord for the people who are willing to listen and sincerely ask my well-being.
Thank you for the effort of reaching out.

I appreciate it a lot.
This kind of people is one of the reasons that makes me want to stay.

Live in Me

Give us the grace, God, to work for the things we pray for.

Help us to see you in others.
Help us to see you within us.
Jesus, you live in us.

Jesus, take over me.
Jesus, come, live in me.

Jesus, I need you.
Be my guide. Be my strength. Be my courage.
Be my life.

Jesus, come, live in me.

Thank You for 2013

Thank you 2013 for all the memories, blessings, and lessons.

Thank you Lord for being with me throughout the year.
Greater things have yet to come this year.

Guide us and lead us to the right direction as we step into 2014.
Create in me a clean heart, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within me.

New beginning.
Renewed hope.

Your will, your way. Always.
To God be the glory!

Thank You for Gratitude

Thank you for the gratitude I feel within me.
Help me, Lord, to channel this feeling to others.
Help me express this gratitude.
Help me put this into words.

Thank you, Lord, for the experience in Rome.
Thank you for the memories.
Thank you for the new people I met.

Thank you for the warmth I felt despite the language barrier.
Thank you for letting me experience the cool weather.
Thank you for everything.

God, thank you for Jesus.
In him, I find my strength.

Thank you, Father, for saving us through your son.
I love you God.

Help me be a channel of your love.
Help me be a channel of your light.

Guide me so I can guide.
Thank you.

Thank you for letting me see the tomb of Paul. Paul of Tarsus.
I was amazed and overwhelmed to know that his tomb was in front of me.
He was real. He was real. So you are really real.
Sorry, if that sounded as doubt.
Thank you for forgiving all my shortcomings.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I can’t thank you enough.

Kindness

There are many forms of kindness but kindness always comes from the heart.

I believe that to show kindness you have to be intentional.
Intention requires will and effort.

It feels good when people are kind to me.
I always think that they are exerting effort to make me feel good.
Being kind is not automatic. For me, you have to will it.
That’s why I appreciate the people around me.
I feel God’s kindness through them. It lifts up my spirit.
It gives me strength and a reason to hope.

Thank you God for letting me meet these people.
Thank you for making me feel your love through them.
Thank you Lord for always being with me.
There may be times that I doubt and wander but I know deep down that you are within me.
Thank you for holding your grip on me.

You are my refuge.
You are my strength.
Give me wisdom to know your will.
Give me strength to do your will.

Take my this life and let it shine.

Privilege

This is surreal.
Never did I plan for this.
But this is where you led me.
This is where you wanted me to go.

Thank you for this once in a lifetime experience.
I would have not experienced this on my own.
Without you, I wouldn’t have the courage to make a step.
Thank you for being my courage.
Thank you for being persistent with me.

You must really love me so much that you are giving me this opportunity even though I never asked for this and you know very well that I wouldn’t ask for this.
Thank you, God, for being God.

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Nice place.
Nice weather.
Nice people.

Great experience.

Thank you for this privilege.
I love you, God.

Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

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