For those who are trained by going through hardship, it produces a harvest of righteousness. Hear this: peace, patience, endurance, love, and joy are fruits of trials. There is a harvest for those who have been trained by pain. Look at the life of any truly godly man or woman, and you will see that godliness has always been marked by trials.
We are trained by persevering through the trial and seeking the Lord and his Word in the midst of it. However, those who are not trained by it often develop strongholds. Hebrews 12:12, 13 says this: “Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed” (emphasis mine). Many develop strongholds and addictions by going through trials. It is harder for them to love, harder for them to forgive, or harder for them to have peace. They become “lame” and “disabled.” Only those who are “trained” by the trial, develop the character God wants. Continue reading “Finding meaning in the storm”→
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools turned to run and was killed. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quite from fear of evil. Proverbs 1:32-33.
There were once three men who met a theif. The first man foolishly turned to run and was killed. The second man, a wealthy, powerful leader, tried to bribe the thief, but he, too, was killed for his troubles. The last man stood dear loudly before the thief and said, “Of wealth, I have none. The only thing of value I possess is my life, but that is not truly mine, but the Lord’s, for I have given all I am to Him.” The thief was amazed by the man’s courage and faith, and so he let him go.
In the face of trouble, we, too, often try to run away…
So my second son just turned four on Saturday. As my sons blew the candle together, (unless we want to witness a nonstop tussle over nonsense stuff for the rest of the day, the boys need to blow the candle together regardless of whose birthday we are celebrating in the family, whether it’s mine, my husband’s or my parents’) I couldn’t stop smiling and think to myself how fast time flies. I was only 22 when I became a first-time mom, pretty much fresh from college, and now I have two little men at home, with the first one entering primary school this year. Continue reading “Wishful Wednesday: If only I could stop time”→
Growing up in a much different generation from our grandparents can give us the assumptions that what we don’t have anything in common with them. They have lived longer than we have, they have overcome way too many hurdles than we have, and they definitely have, in one way or another, experienced the most difficult circumstances in life, which we are likely to encounter one day. So even if we think we’ve got nothing in common with them, they pretty much have gained enough wisdom and knowledge through time that we can take advantage of – that is, if we’ll listen to them. Old people are not a nuisance, a contradiction, or a roadblock to pursuing our grand plans, they are just wise people who want the best for the younger generation.
So instead of rolling our eyes and showing our annoyance for their unsolicited advice, why don’t we try to listen to them with an open mind and heart. You might be surprised how a single unwanted counsel can create a profound impact in your life.
How are the first few days of the year treating you?
I hope they’ve been well.
Anyway, I wasn’t quite certain how this “tagging” thing worked as this is my first time. A quick WordPress search has somehow shed a light, though. And from there, I read that The Guy Who Always Said No started this tagging craze. I’m glad Maggie took the time to tag me then.
Too many times we can feel helpless, hopeless, disheartened and even out of control. But take heart that our good Lord is just somewhere out there looking after us especially on the most difficult of situations, we only have to call Him. God is our ultimate source of encouragement. Here are 5 uplifting Bible verses to start your year right!
2 Timothy 1:12 “But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.”
This Bible verse gives us assurance that God is not finished with us until that day of His return and will guard us against that day to ensure we are delivered into the kingdom. The Apostle Paul was “convinced” that God “is able to guard” us “until that day,” or, as Jude put it, God is “able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy” (Jude 1:24). The only question is, will we believe Him? Continue reading “Uplifting Bible Verses to Start 2017 Right”→
Look at yourself and appreciate your beauty. Appreciate your strengths and perseverance.
Look at yourself, not in the light of other people’s opinions and issues, but in the light of your acceptance and courage.
What people say about you or think about you is not your problem. It is there problem. Continue living your life in a way that pleases you and eventually you’ll realize that what people perceive of you no longer matters.
Look in the mirror and feel the warmth in your smile; get lost in the shine of your eyes…
Don’t worry that you look different; don’t worry if you’re over weight or under weight; don’t worry if you’re too emotional or too sensitive; don’t worry if you’re different…
Being different can be such a blessing. Learn to embrace it. Learn to embrace yourself.
So please, today, tomorrow and the days that follow, find time to love…