Because food is my vice–thank God for Oporto. Quite expensive for a part-timer like me but they have chicken. 🙂
I’m finally able to attend church today. How refreshing it is! I also love the food after. Haha!
After more than a month of not attending sunday services, I am finally connected to my spiritual family. Coincidentally, the topic is about Nehemiah, same as that in Victory.
I had to walk home though. I realized that I would go the distance just to have a taste of God. It only means that I love God that I would do this for Him. Good thought. Though I know that I am able to love God because He first loved me.
I had a dream about this Boaz. That is how active my conscious mind is that it affects my subconscious. So this afternoon, I spent time trying to figure out why. Why is this Boaz the one who came to my mind when I read that devotional? Why were there moments in which I would think that it could be?
My mind says yes but my heart says no. My heart is heavily guarded. Thank You God for that. I was telling God that if I were to let anyone in, let him be the one that is from God. I told Him that He will be the One to put him, whoever he is, in my heart. Plus, there isn’t even a hint that I am his Ruth. Haha!
So for now, I hope this Boaz thing will leave my thoughts for now.
The love of God overflows through me. I hope to be able to share this love with others. One way I can think of is to let His will be done. That will to let His command to make disciples begin.
God is teaching me about love.
First, He reminded me of the story of Ruth and Boaz. It made me think of romantic love. Somehow I was thinking of this possible Boaz in my life. It’s a bit far-fetched but it is possible. But I don’t want to fool myself. I don’t even feel anything which is good because I want my heart guarded. Then I realized that my Boaz is God Himself and not just any man. Maybe, my Boaz is not just one person but several people–those who are kind enough to give me favor. 🙂
Then for the past few days, the verses on my devotionals are about 1 Corinthians Chapter 13. Just like this one:
“…love is kind” (1Cor 13:4 NIV)
It’s not just one devotional, several of the devotionals I’ve been reading focus on love now.
I was thinking of this major decision in my life when God reminded me of Proverbs 21:21 which is:
“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity[a] and honor.”
When I feel like giving up, God reminded me to pursue loyalty. Loyalty and love. Wow. Is that even possible?
Then this morning, the daily verse on my phone is again about love. I should still praise God in whatever situation I am in. I should praise Him in times of sadness, fear, discouragement and not just during times of comfort and happiness. According to my spiritual sister, if the door is still close, we should praise God even in the hallway. 🙂 So that is the key to have my praise and worship of God.
I would always tell God that I love Him. Then this is what I have realized, that if I truly love God, I should be kind and loyal and do all the attributes written on Chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians. I should trust God and surrender to His will. I should not insist on what I want but on what God wants for me. Let His will be done in my life.
I also learned that in times of discouragement and I’m about to give up, I should:
1. Get some rest. Exhaustion can cause discouragement.
2. Focus on God.
3. Know that God is able.
4. Know that God is willing.
5. Do not give up unless God tells you to.
I also learned that when God blesses, He adds no burden to it. I remember all the difficulties I have to face and how easy it is when God really wants to bless me. It makes me think that God really wants me to be where I am right now.
I can feel that I am about to meet my spiritual family now. Oh how refreshing it would be. I am looking forward to Sunday’s service! My soul thirsts to praise and worship God through music and prayers with other Christians. Help me God. Thank You for all Your blessings. You are worthy to be praised!!! Amen.
I am doing good with my job. I can communicate well with others. I am at peace with everybody. I am working full-time and more. I am living with the people I love. I have my own house and car. I am looking forward to work. I am satisfied with my work.
I am working as a pharmacist in a very nice pharmacy.
I am happily married witha Christian husband.
I am leading several bible study groups.
I am having ample quality time with God.
These are the things that I want.
I like how Pastor Joseph Prince puts the lessons on the Book of Ruth:
The moment Ruth depended on God’s grace or favor, she had full access to His blessings. She’s been granted favor by Boaz, the owner of the field where she is working.
When we depend on God, He’ll give us Boazes in our lives. Why? Because God loves us.
In love, women should choose their Boaz and not just some guys.
Boaz favored Ruth from the moment he laid eyes on her. Ruth was not even a Jew, yet he cared for her safety by telling her not to glean in another field and to stay close to his young women. He even commanded the young men working for him not to touch her and to allow her to drink the water which they had drawn
Isn’t that romantic? To meet our Boaz who would care for our safety and all that? Women and men should not wait further for their Boaz to arrive, He’s already here and we just have to acknowledge it–our Boaz is God. God favors us from the moment He conceived the thought about us. Most of us are not even Jews (His chosen people), yet God cares for our safety by telling us not to glean in another field and to stay close to Him (through the Bible, missionaries, evangelists).
God loves us first that is why we love Him. God favors whom He loves.
Ruth simply believed that she would find favor in the field that God placed her at the right place at the right time, so that He could open a big door of blessings to her.
Wow! Just like Ruth, I have to believe. I’ve got to have faith that I will always find favor in the field that God places me in. Be here or back home. That God will open big doors of blessings for me.
Ruth was blessed enough to be married to a Jew whom God is their God. Lucky her, but all of us can be “lucky”, too. We are lucky because through Jesus, God extended salvation to all mankind and not just to the Jews. We are lucky because the Holy Spirit is moving the hearts of Christians to go into the world and share the Good News.
Ruth has suffered pain and loss. The loss of her husband and becoming a widow. Yet it has to happen so she would be forced to go back to Israel to meet Boaz so she could have children that will bear David and in the line of David, Jesus will be born. God can use our pain to create something great.
Ruth is humble. She humbly accepts her responsibility to Naomi, her mother-in-law. She humbly accepts that she would have to work and get the leftovers of the other field workers.
Ruth is responsible. She takes care of Naomi. She attends to her responsibility.
Ruth listens to wise people. She listens to the counsel of Naomi. She is obedient to her.
Such great lessons to think about.
To end this post is this picture:
“Keep a journal now of the things I do for you in the months to come, both great and small. For You will see greater supernatural acts than you have known thus far, but keep a list of them. Then surely you will find from your list that through Me there is nothing impossible, says the Lord.”
That’s the one written in today’s prophecy from One Voice Ministries. Let’s see. This is exciting! 🙂
I want to continue with my quiet/prayer time with God. And also my coffee date with God. I’ve found this place here with very nice coffee. Maybe 2 hours spent there is not bad enough. I want to have more of Jesus! 🙂
It is spring already here. That means I can go anywhere even without a jacket. Yahoo!!! I want warmer weather!
My life is going to be okay. 🙂
I just called my Mom and she told me that one of my uncle is now really weak and is just waiting for his time. Then she told me that people in our compound are reading him passages from the bible. Wow, it’s good that we have started that with one of my uncles who passed away last year. Now they know that they can actually read the bible. They know. Even if I’m not there. The seed of faith is growing. With the help of a lot of people, with the perseverance of this bible study leaders, they know what a bible is and they are actually using it. 🙂
God, I am holding on to this:
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” (Acts 16:31 NIV)
It’s surprising how they found out about my beneficiaries…hmmm
It’s been a year since I applied for this new life and one year after that plan has come true. When God steps in, no one can stop Him. It’s all because of God that this dream has come true. Praise God.
It’s also been a year since I became single. It’s only now that I’ve been thinking about my emotional purity. I don’t know how God will do that.
I had a great time at work today. 🙂
Tomorrow I hope to attend worship service in the south. I need to wake up early tomorrow to walk early so I can arrive early.
I have a satisfying dinner. 🙂 That pork sausage is nice. 🙂
It’s spring! I hope to see flowers! And the best thing is I’m no longer affected by hay fever. Like nothing happened.
Oh I’m really enjoying the sounds of Light FM.
I should remind myself:
1. That I should always choose to be happy wherever I am.
2. That I should believe in myself.
3. That I should use my words to making my dreams come true. I will always choose to speak life.
Thank God for these 🙂
There is the whisper that I have to look and deal with my emotional purity. I’ve been asking out loud when I will have a love life.
I love how God has been actively dealing with me.
Spending eternity with God is the reward that I want in this life.
This evening after work, I experienced something sweet. I spent time with friends while eating burger, fries, and coke beside the park while listening to music and sharing stories with them. Sweet moments away from home. Thank You God for moments like this. 🙂
I like listening to Light FM online. I like the positive/Christian music they are playing.
I am also reading the book Emotional Purity. It’s time to read this, I guess.
I’ve heard some good news from friends. So happy for them.
I’m so blessed to feel God’s presence in my life right now. 🙂