Changes

Changes happen inevitably most of the time.  But whatever changes we may encounter, let it transform us into the image of Christ.  Open our minds and heart to God, out of our own free will, choose to let God in.

I am about to move houses.  Our new unit will be a bit far from work.  For whatever reason, I know God got this. 🙂

I am about to start with my new position.  It has more expectations and responsibilities.  Through my many months here, I have realized, that abilities come from God.  I know that He will enable me to do whatever it is that I must do.  I just have to open myself to God and He will do far more than I can imagine.  To God be the glory in everything I do.  He is my boss, my guide, I will work for Him.  I will seek to please Him.  I will be focused on Him.  I will seek to obey His commands.

I’ve been praying and seeking encouragement for what are about to change.  This verse came to mind.  1 Corinthians 2:9 spoke to me.

However, as it is written:

“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him”[a]

God is really amazing.  God is doing something good in my life.  He’s teaching me to trust and love Him.  Thank You so much Lord.  He is the God who gives and takes away.  He is Sovereign, He does whatever He wants but He loves us so that things happen to us for our own good–for the good of those who love Him.  His presence is enough.  His presence in my life is the reward.  How much more can I feel if I am with Him for eternity.  That is what heaven is–to be with God forevermore.

Notes on Discipline

  • Discipline in Christ is liberating, life-giving and jubilant as seen in the example set by Jesus.
  • “A person without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls.” Proverbs 25:28
  • God will not give us good habits, He will not give us character, He will not make us walk aright.  We have to do all that ourselves, we have to work out the salvation God has worked in.  “Add” means to get into the habit of doing things. (Oswald Chambers)
  •  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
  • The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:6-8)
  • The way one thinks is intimately related to the way one lives. (Cynthia Heald)
  • Discipline is a decision.
  • The discipline of emotions is the training of responses. (Elisabeth Elliot)
  • Discipline the body, it’s the temple of the Holy Spirit.
  • Discipline the time to make the most out of every opportunity.
  • A disciplined person is a flexible person.
  • The purpose of our discipline is to order our lives in such a way that we are made available to be used by God.

 

Christmas Gift

I have received my Christmas gift from God.  Thank You God for making it happen. 🙂

I’ve bought gifts to some people, wrapped them already, just waiting for Christmas.  While people back home are all merry and excited, eating puto bumbong and bibingka, wrapping gifts, going to shopping bazaars, malls are packed, christmas parties here and there.  It’s so nice to be back home this time of the year.  Christmas services and all these great things.  Wah!  Can I go home during Christmas?

Rain

This is exactly how I feel right now:

Rain

Suddenly this defeat.
This rain.
The blues gone gray
And the browns gone gray
And yellow
A terrible amber.
In the cold streets
Your warm body.
In whatever room
Your warm body.
Among all the people
Your absence
The people who are always
Not you.

I have been easy with trees
Too long.
Too familiar with mountains.
Joy has been a habit.
Now
Suddenly
This rain.

(Jack Gilbert)