Deuteronomy 30:19-20

…I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life that you and your descendants may live, loving Yahweh, listening to his voice, and being one with Him…

When given the choice between good and evil, life and death, blessings and curse — the choice is seemingly simple. Of course we would choose the good over evil. Of course we would choose to live than to die. Of course we want to receive blessings, not curse. But why is it that our lives today don’t seem to reflect these choices? Instead of doing good, we do evil things that hurt us and the people around us by cheating, lying, and taking advantage of others. Instead of celebrating the life we’ve been given and making the most of what’s given to us, we are merely existing, trying to get by, and walking as if we’re a living dead.

We should have been waking up in the morning, looking forward to God’s abundant blessings that He has in store for us, yet we grudgingly get out of bed, not looking forward to the day. And when we feel discouraged and alone because of what’s happening in our lives, we ask God, “Why”. At times, we even blame Him for giving us this lot. What we fail to remember is that God has given us the freedom to choose — how we respond to situations, how we perceive things, how to live our lives. Friend, the choices are set before you: life or death, blessings or curse, good or evil. God gave you the power to choose. Choose wisely. Choose to live a life with God.

~ Praying For ~

Father God, thank you for blessing us with a free will. Thank you for giving us the freedom to choose how to live our lives. Lord, I ask for your guidance that I may always choose to do good things. Help me Lord to see the beauty that is around me. Open my eyes and heart that I may see the many blessings, big or small, that come my way. May I always have a grateful heart that I may celebrate the life you have blessed me with and make the most of what I’ve been given. All for your greater glory, Amen!

~ I choose life. I choose blessings. I choose goodness. ~

Psalm 139:13

“It was you who formed my inmost part and knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

When I was discerning my purpose in life, I had to go back to the basics and list down my passions and potentials. As mentioned in one of Bro. Bo’s articles, Are You Fulfilling Your Life Purpose?: Passions refer to the things that I love to do; that when I do it, I feel like I’m in my element and in my zone. Potentials refer to my gifts; my anointing; what I do that has the most impact on others. As I am listing down my potentials, I realized that there are 3 views that I can take into consideration as I determine my anointing in life — what God says; what I say; and what others say.

The verse above continually serves as a reminder that of all the opinions and views about myself — what I should ultimately listen to is what God says about me. Yes, His views and opinions weigh even more than what I say because I found out that how I see myself can be flawed as well (as I have shared in my blog post, The Girl in the Mirror). God is the one who created me and He is the one who designed my whole being. He gave me a specific purpose that only I can do with the unique set of passions and potentials within me. And whenever I feel lost and unsure about my future and the reason why I am here — I should go back to my Creator and listen to what He has to say about me. Knowing Him, He will tell me how beautifully, lovingly, and wonderfully made I am!

~ Praying For ~

Father God, thank you for creating me beautifully, lovingly, and wonderfully! Thank you Lord because now I know that I am not an accident; that I am created for a purpose. Even before I was conceived in my mother’s womb, you have already envisioned my future. You have thoughtfully designed my being so that I can fulfill what you have envisioned for me — a life of great possibilities! Amen!

~ I am beautifully, lovingly, and wonderfully made! ~ 

Psalm 104:33

“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live, I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” 

It’s been more than a month now since I have posted a new blog here and on my other site, When LYF Throws U Lessons. With all the “pressing” things that occupy my mind, I didn’t have the time to just sit back, relax, and wait for my muse (or as I call it, my “Divine Intervention”). Thing is, there are moments when the thought of my blogs creep into my mind, and then I would somehow feel disappointed with myself because I failed to write regularly. I feel disappointed because I consider these blogs my God-given ministry.

The passage for this month reminds me that above everything else, God has given me my own unique set of talents and abilities because He wants me to use these gifts to praise Him. Although it is still difficult for me to write without the emotional fuel, I feel God is telling me that it is time for me to stop writing for myself (satisfying my need to release), and start writing for Him — to praise Him while I have my being.

~ Praying For ~ 

Heavenly Father, thank You for blessing me with this core gift and thank You for the opportunity You have given me to use this gift to bring hope and joy to others. Thank You Lord that I am able to praise You and share how great and wonderful You are through my gift. Lord God, I ask that may You continue to bless this ministry and may You bless me with the right mind set and deepest desire to write not only for myself, but for Your greater glory. Amen.

 ~ I Will Praise God While I Have My Being ~

Proverbs 3:5-6

“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.”

For someone like me who is very keen on knowing even the smallest detail, I find it somewhat discouraging to not know where I am going. I don’t know if I am doing the right thing or not. I don’t know if what I do and where I am is in accordance to God’s will. The sad thing is, I pray everyday for our Heavenly Father to guide me and lead the way. I utter prayers that spoke of how I give my life to Him. And yet, there is still this restlessness within.

This passage pose as a challenge. A challenge to put one’s complete trust and faith in God. Even if you are the wisest and most intelligent person on this world, this human wisdom and knowledge does not compare to the knowledge and wisdom of God. And if we acknowledge that we are nothing without God, that everything we do, all that we are is because of His goodness and mercy, then He will surely lead us to the right path. The thing is, God already has the final picture, and we have to trust Him that He only wants the best for us. Surely, He will not lead us astray, and step by step, He will reveal to us the right way. Only if we put our complete trust in Him.

~ Praying For ~

Father God, thank you for being very patient with me. Thank you Lord because you continuously sustain me and lead me to the right path. Right now Lord, I am feeling a little restless because of all the choices I have to make, together with the voices around me, Lord I don’t know what to do next. But Lord, You have always been faithful in blessing me with being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. And I trust Lord that You will continue to do the same, leading me to the path you have for me. Lord, I lift to You my doubts and fears, and I ask the Holy Spirit to work within me. Strengthen what little faith I have and help me Lord to always put my complete and absolute trust in You. Amen.

~ I Will Trust In The Lord ~

Welcome!

Hi! I have created this blog in hopes of fulfilling my life purpose: to uplift, support, and help others so that I may share God’s love.

I am a Christian Catholic who, due to recent circumstances, have been attending an independent Baptist church here in New Zealand. There is a great blessing in this experience of mine, one of which is finding a new way to deepen my relationship with God by reading the Bible everyday and reflecting on God’s words. I have to admit that even though I have proclaimed myself a Christian, reading the Bible has not been a part of my daily life. It took me seeing the devotion of Christian Baptists to the Bible to realize that there is more to praying and communing with God, attending the Holy Mass, and learning more about God through preachers. Not that these are not good in themselves, but knowing by heart God’s words is important as well.

With this blog, I will share Bible verses and, at times, my own reflections on the verses by means of personal testimonies. And I pray that all people who visit this blog and read the entries may be touched by God’s wonderful and merciful grace.

Praying for your happiness,

Joanne

P.S.

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