Master Designer

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As I live, and as I personally discover the depth of world-men-bible existence I cannot deny that everyday I’m still astonished how GREAT MY GOD IS!

Indeed God is a Master Designer! Come to think of it, from creation of this world; existence of men; and deliverance of His word through bible, each area has a very specific purpose. Amazing that the relation of each creation define the beauty and wisdom from the Creator.

Whenever I wander something I don’t understand, going back to basic helps me realize how God created ALL accordingly.

“1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.”

Chaos arise when men do not follow God’s purpose and design towards everything. One phrase I got from someone “You’ve got to ROLE with it” truly it should all start within ourselves.

From the very start the Lord has these all in mind, creating the world to declare His glory, creating men to have fellowship and glorify Him, and by His words all men could be saved!

Every day if we only focus on how God made all these things, He wanted us to enjoy His grace, love and mercy, we should find ourselves celebrating life and glorifying God our Creator, our Master Designer.

Blessed day to everyone. 🙂

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Overcoming The Enemy Within

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We all say that this world is our battle ground, and I think I just face one of the ultimate fight I need to overcome.

As 2017 starts, my mind is overwhelm with all the commitments I have in hand. Aside from my current commitment at church, January month is my mom’s birthday, same month also there’s a wedding preparation, added by a year-end closing at work.

It’s not really about prioritizing, as the bible says in Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” But for me, knowing myself, it’s an issue of acknowledging “support and help” from other people.

God want us to be dependent on Him, but I often neglect how He use other people for me to feel His presence.

Most of the time, as I take responsibilities, I wholeheartedly take it as my own. Which is actually good, but the problem with me is, literally I take it as MINE, EXCLUSIVELY! I don’t ask any help from others thinking I’m passing the responsibility which was given to me. And to prevent charging others when problem arise. Also, I don’t want to be a burden nor cause of any delay to anybody. As a result I do things on my own. Unintentionally disregarding the help from others.

First week in the beginning of last month, I started my mornings claiming Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” With a fresh well planned month, keeping that optimism within, that by God’s grace I will accomplish my mom’s birthday trip to Davao, wedding of Darlyn & Brix and to close the 2016 year accounts at my work.

Mom’s birthday trip was Jan.07-10; year-end close was set between 3rd week of Jan.; and the wedding was Jan.27.

Last March 2016 there was a promo fare from one of the Philippine airline where mom’s birthday trip all started. Imagine how long the preparation was, hahaha J

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I filed my usual annual leave, also, my sister block these dates from her work. But I didn’t know that November 2016 I will transfer work. It was very difficult for me to accept it. After all the plan, savings and excitement, I was not able to fly back home for the said planned trip. Hahaha! And so, I told myself its okay, it’s my mom’s special day, the objective is for her to relax and enjoy. So I pursue “my plan” for them.

Week before their flight, I keep on messaging my younger sister and brother. I always remind them on what to do, what to bring, what to prepare for their trip. Every day I keep on asking if they’re done with what I have asked them to do. Reminding them on what else to be finished. Until my sister backfire me with a resounding “Please Ate (older sister), you’re stressing me out!”

She told me that she can do it, she can manage, and asked me not to pressure her.

Lesson #1 Mistrust. I fail to trust other people. Regardless who initiates the plan, I should have entrusted it to them (my sister & brother) without any reservation, knowing that I drop the whole idea when I accepted the new job. I’m not joining the trip anymore, and so I should have let them do it their way. Or better should have ask if they need my help, instead of forceful to do this and that. So, from there I stop, and apologize, no reasoning out and even I felt the irritation of questioning “why’s”, I mirrored on my mistrust. As a result, God bless their trip, they arrived and went home safe and overjoyed. 🙂

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Now, closing of accounts at work is approaching, as well as the wedding. I tried to focus at work as this period in accounting is very critical, mistake is not allowed! My problem is, I cannot help not to think of things for the wedding. Often than not, if I remember something to be done I would take down notes or set a reminder for me to do.

At the back of my mind, I have this fear that I might missed out something for the wedding, at the same time fear of having error in my booking before the accounts close.

And so, that fear came to reality. I miscalculate entering dates in my booking, and that boo-boo reached our main office in Milan, Italy. I took the responsibility, apologize and accept my boss’s discourse wholeheartedly.

Lesson #2 Unfocused. I must not juggle things in my mind, and be motivated to do it out of fear. I noticed the more I dwell in a particular thought the more I entertain the possibility of situating it to actuality. I suddenly remember what Paul wrote to Timothy “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7

It takes God’s grace and right heart to practice that “sound mind”. To free my thoughts from distraction and fear. God knows MY STRUGGLE with it. God requires my full attention towards His Word, and as my heart process it with the help of the Holy Spirit, then only it manifest towards my action and whole being.

And so, the upcoming wedding is near, learning from what happened previously, trust & focus is there, but found myself still sorry towards my behavior.

Here it goes, as I voluntarily present myself as a wedding coordinator, I started to take time on the budget; to be keen on things needed for the ceremony and reception; to take charge of the program and how it should flow.

I’m very tight for the couples budget, I have set a very reasonable plan for their expense, most of the time the couple would ask me which is better, what is more economical and practical. And more often I’m able to convince them to which “I” think is best.

But not during these last weeks before their wedding, were we all try to finish decorations to set up the venue. One day the bride told me that she purchased a set of jewelry for her to wear on big day. A pair of diamond earrings, necklace and bracelet. When I heard the price, I ask her “really? You spent that much because you just WANT that set?” I felt like that she was just carried away of her feelings upon buying the jewelry and not thinking the cost it would bring to them as a couple.

I thought that she is being irrational to justify why she bought that expensive jewelry. Supposed that the cost could be more useful after the wedding as they have to start a family, it would be better if she just saved it and bought a cheaper one, the fact that she will just use it once.

She looked at me and said “I really love that set, it’s an investment too, and can be use later on to some other occasion, it’s MY WEDDING, and it is once in a life time event, let me feel that I am special on MY DAY”

Boom!

Lesson #3 Domineering. She’s right, it’s her wedding not mine. My role is to coordinate and make things organize, of their dream wedding. Help them out seek the best option out of their resources but not to the extent of depriving the priceless joy it will bring.

God made me realize that I cannot take His role of working in the hearts of people. I have my own reasoning and it’s not always right, and even if I’m right it doesn’t mean I can force other people to agree with me.

Sometimes even it came from God’s Word, it doesn’t mean I can make them believe and agree along, that eagerness within me to make other people understand things my way leads me being domineering.

Obviously I’m limiting what God can do. Taking over His role and not depending on the grace bestowed. The word of God was given for us to take and share and the rest is God’s work. Again, I apologize and let God intervene in their wedding. A lot of unexpected things happened, yet all turned out well by God’s amazing grace.

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In conclusion, no matter how much we know what we’re doing, we have enemy aside from this world and satan, and that’s OURSELVES. Only God can know the intents of our hearts, and He definitely know how dangerous our mind and heart could be at. I’m personally blessed to all the people whom God used to rebuke me, and help me assess my walk and knowledge towards Him.

A great passage from Paul “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ – 2 Corinthians 10:5

I really praise and thank God for His word, work, wakening in me.

Blessed day to everyone. ♡

Solution To A Challenge

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New challenge came in, and with God, I’m now ready to accept and face it. 🙂

Challenge is just around, it occurs from our wrong decisions, how we react on certain circumstance, and sometimes suddenly it just arise.

That scenario, when you cannot do anything but to face it, win over it, and get the best learning out from it.

I’m currently in the first stage of wholeheartedly accepting and facing the challenge God wants me to overcome. Typical human being don’t enjoy being put into challenge, it is stressing, physically, emotionally and mentally tiring. But we can never escape from it, it is part of our lives.

We tend to question God, how He allow these things to happen, but in reality, unknowingly these challenges are for our own benefit. IT IS REALLY HARD TO SAY THAT, personally, being one of those many who currently struggling over it, it is not easy.

Last night during our evening service, God literally talked to me through His words. Preaching was all about God’s Word being our best option taking the “right” direction in life.

My pastor said “In the Word of God you can never go wrong”

Indeed that moment my heart was filled with gratitude, for God has given me the opportunity to experience again His work in me, through the challenge I have now.

When Paul said “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19” God of all riches will do it for us.

When my bible says “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. ~ Jeremiah 33:3” God will hear and answer us in His own time and will.

When His word says “For with God nothing shall be impossible ~ Luke 1:37” Believe that all is possible with God!

Solutions to our challenge are given to us through the Word of God, nothing more, nothing less. All we need, is to hear Him, trust Him and seek His word daily, until we win over that challenge, and be ready again for another one.

With this, somehow the Lord made me feel excited on how He will deliver us (me and my family) out from it. How this process will make us closer to Christ, and mold us to be like Him. It will be tough, but definitely along with Jesus victory is at end 🙂

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:57”

His Word is forevermore! “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. ~ Matthew 24:35″

Proverbs 6:22-23 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.

What does really matter?

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We do all have our own concern

Our own belief, and perception

Came out from different nation

Grow up in unique foundation

We spend time on things that matter

Matter that builds our character

Character that creates wonder

And so what does really matter?

In that case your right is my right

Fairness should always be at sight

But why do we feel so deprive

This world is like will soon collide

Life is a gift from God above

For us to live, His grace and love

What does really matter to God,

That should really matter to us!

-Mae Lorenzo ♥

God’s Perfect Timing|Between Life & Death

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Between life and death is TIME…

Time is infinite, it exist even before we were born, and will still be there after we die; TIME is beyond our control.

It will go on, and on and on, regardless of how much we want to stop or forward it. Instead of fighting and opposing time, let’s just live with it.

Freedom to live, freedom to choose, wanting the best this life could ever lose.

The Lord gave us the freewill to live our own lives. What a great opportunity for us to give that life back to Christ!

To let Him rule our heart, mind and soul; experience His grace and love until eternity, which time cannot hold.

The only way we can experience the best things in this life is by giving our lives to Christ.

We may think that the reason why God gave this life is for us to live on our own, but what He really wants us to do is to ENTRUST it back to Him for us to show how ETERNAL LIFE works.

LIFE eternity is only found in Christ Who overcomes death, the only One Who can make each day out of its best.

Don’t waste your time, assure your eternal life through and by accepting Jesus Christ!

Live each day leaning on His grace, rejoice and cherish His presence everyday. 🙂

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalms 118:24

God’s Perfect Timing|God’s Time

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After watching this movie I believe below statement is worth sharing. 😉

“One day you thought you all figure it out, and then you realize, there is something even better, because God is there. One day follows the next, good times and bad times. Times when your dreams were on hold, and times when they come true. Times when you feel alone and times when you feel love overwhelming. Times where you make sacrifices and times where you’re overwhelm with blessings, because you’re obedient, and God is there. He takes all this time and He works in you, He works through you. Give it all to Him, because this is His time”

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God’s Perfect Timing|God’s Counsel

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When God start to work, expect that He’ll finish it up to the end. When things fall into what we’re praying for, we praise God with all our hearts, and give back all the glory to Him.

But hey, when things suddenly torn apart AGAIN, our mind and heart start to clash. The praise turned out into questions, we start to linger in the pain, as if a gift was taken back away.

One thing God reminded me these past days, that HE IS IN CONTROL. As always, He never let go of that stirring wheel where we all ride at the back when we decided to follow Him.

There will be bumpy roads even accidents we may face, along the way, but hey, GOD IS WITH US! 🙂

We don’t have to know why God allow bad things to happen. Christ did not ask the Father why He had to die that way, all Jesus did was that He TRUST and OBEY the Father. ❤

God is SOVEREIGN! If we thought where planning and heading for the best, we must also remember that it’s nothing compare to what the Lord has prepared for each and every one of us.

This was the best counsel time God and I had, and I know there will be a lot more of this one to one with Him. 🙂

Praise God for His enlightening words, that comforted my weary heart. ❤

ღ There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. ~ Proverbs 19:21

Hide And Seek

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We cannot hide nor run away from God.

“Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. ~ Jeremiah 23:24”

God said to Jonah, go to Nineveh, but Jonah went to Tarshish. (Jonah 1:1-2)

Jonah tried to hide and run away from God’s command. But in the end find himself still doing it anyway.

Men love to do things on their own, even instructions were given, still, they do things on their own.

The funny thing is, upon trouble after doing their own act, they tend to end up calling for help, thus went fort still doing what they’ve instructed them to do.

Running away from God’s will is a waste of time and effort. It’s like wasting for an opportunity to maturity.

No matter how we hide ourselves from God, everyone must know that “God knows everything!” even before we think.

“..but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. ~ Hebrews 4:11b”

Obedience is the key to good conscience.

Following instructions prevent us to do mistakes; delivering us out from trouble; and leading us to peacefulness.

Don’t walk out from the boundary of God’s will, you may still encounter hardships, yes, but the hope of deliverance can hold you still as you know you’re within His will. 🙂

Instead of hiding from God, why not seek God?! 😉

ღ For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. ~ Jeremiah29:11