Archive for May, 2013


When you have an important decision to make, and you are confused and find yourself at a crossroad in life, what do you do?  You have four directions to choose from:

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  1. Turn Left
  2. Turn Right
  3. Turn Back
  4. Move Forward

How do you know which direction to take? You will know which direction to take, because you will feel a sense of peace, instead of confusion. God reminds you in the Scripture, that He is not the author of confusion, but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33).

Until you feel that sense of peace, do not make any drastic decision that you will regret. Earnestly seek God for directions, and not decide on your own, as you have no way of seeing in the future, but He can.

In reminding you that you should seek His directions, the Scripture states, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

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Today is Friday, and I do hope your week has been a great one. If not, I implore you to look forward to the weekend, and spend the time you need to exhale from your exhausted week.

I do hope you are feeling the spirit of comradeship, where you can share in some sort of fun activities this weekend. Even if your spirit is a bit dampened for whatever reasons, I hope you can still feel a sense of peace and joy.

As you revel in the celebration of Memorial Day, do not forget to remember those who have given their lives while serving our country.

Life is so precious, yet so uncertain. It’s very hard to imagine how your life can change in a moment. It might be a major catastrophe that you have no idea would have affected your life, or it could be a joyous moment that you will never forget.

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In this post, I will focus on the latter, which is the positive life changing moments. It could be that you’re going to be a parent for the first time, or you are going to say, “I Do,” or you have to move away to a new location, and the thought of changes scares you, yet excites you. You might have just started a new relationship, and the thought of being in love again, makes you happy.

In life, no matter what bad experiences you have encountered, your life can suddenly change for the better.  It’s always a great thing to be positive. Therefore, if you are experiencing a bad life changing moment right now, just know that your good life changing moment is yet to come. Your pain is never permanent, and your trials and tribulations are temporary.

 

Where Can I Find Peace?

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Sometimes people think that they will be at peace when they are debt-free, or when they get their dream job, or when they meet the perfect partner, or when they obtain their dream home, or when they have children, or when their business becomes more successful, or when they obtain a degree, or when they are cured of an incurable disease, or when they lose weight, or when they get this, or when they get that.

However, the time to be at peace is not when you get all the things you have desired from this life.  People tend to pin their peace on external things, but there’s no guarantee that you will get to achieve all that you have set out to achieve in your life-time. Therefore, to find inner peace, you have to search deep within, as peace is intrinsically designed.

What happen when you lose that house, or your business falls into a recession, or you run into debt, or you get a divorce? Achieving those external factors will only bring temporary peace. You have to build your peace around the “Prince of Peace.”

In John 14:27, Jesus reminded you that, “My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Notice here, that Jesus stated that the peace He left with you, is not like the peace that the world gives you. He already knew that the peace of this world is temporary, and won’t last. His peace is everlasting, and when all those material and external things are shattered along with your dreams, you can still find that peace deep within, that Jesus provided. May His perfect peace continues to guide your path today.

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You Define Your Own Success

Many of LIFE’S FAILURES are people who did not realize how close they were to SUCCESS when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

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Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Matthew 27:55

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The New Testament records the fact that many women were among the larger body of disciples that followed and served Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, we only know the names and stories of a few. They were more loyal to Jesus at the time of his crucifixion than his male disciples.

Despite the patriarchal society of that day, four women—two of them Gentile foreigners—were named in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel chapter one. It is significant that Jesus included women in his teaching putting them on equality with men. The same ethical and moral standards were demanded from both genders and the same way of salvation was offered for both.

Throughout the Bible, women filled significant roles—from leadership like Deborah to unique motherhood like Mary.

Excerpt from Standing Strong Through The Storm by Paul Estabrooks

As I reflect on these words, women have been very significant from biblical times in both ministry and the role of motherhood. Mary, the mother of Jesus had endured such horrific experience carry the Christ-child. Despite her horrendous tribulations, as well as the terrible experience she faced when her son was crucified, she displayed phenomenal strength and courage, that any caring mother would display for her child.

Today, I hail all the mothers in the world, including our ministry moms, and wish each and everyone of these phenomenal woman a my-diary-mothers1

This is so inspirational. I had to reblog. Thanks for sharing.

Unshakable Hope

The fact that God’s nature was difficult for me to understand used to be a real challenge to my faith. This was especially true after being diagnosed with ALS. I don’t remember ever asking God “Why me?” but I naturally wondered why God would allow this or any other horrible disease to strike anyone. I began to rethink everything I knew, or thought I knew, about this being we call God.

One of the first things I studied was the Christian definition of God; the Christian belief that God is made up of three separate beings (Father, Son and Spirit) that are actually one being. This doesn’t make sense! I have heard many different analogies that attempted to explain this concept of this three-in-one God by everyone from children’s church pastors to highly-educated Theologians, but I still don’t get it! I know better than anyone that I’m far from being…

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Finding Peace

You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.

J. Donald Walters

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God’s Cake

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Sometimes you wonder, “What did I do to deserve this?” or
“Why did God have to do this to me?” I am going to share an interesting story with you, which I think is a wonderful explanation of how everything comes together for good, even though they might not make sense to you.

A daughter is telling her mother how everything is going wrong:
she’s failing algebra; her boyfriend broke up with her, and her best friend is moving away.

Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake, and asks her daughter if she would like a snack,
and the daughter says, “Absolutely, Mom, I love your cake.”

“Here, have some cooking oil,” her Mother offers. “Yuck,” says her daughter.

“How about a couple raw eggs?” “Gross, Mom!”

“Would you like some flour then?  Or maybe baking soda?”

“Mom, those are all yucky!”

To which the mother replies: “Yes, all those things seem bad by themselves.
But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake.”

God works the same way.  Many times you wonder why He would let you go
through such bad and difficult times.  But God knows that when He puts these
things all in His order, they always work for your good! (Romans 8:28)

You just have to trust Him, and eventually, they will all make something wonderful!

God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every spring and sunrise every morning.

Whenever you want to talk, He’ll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, but He chose your heart.

Life may not be the party you hoped for, but while you are here, you might as well dance.

Dance

 

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