What Really Matters in the End

 

When we are distracted by everyday busy-ness, we often forget what we should be pursuing. Instead of pursuing what really matters, we get side tracked of material possessions, other people’s lives via social media and fame. It is when we are most busy, that we should take a moment to reflect and check our lives – are we living it according to God’s prescription?

Here are some reminders:

DO NOT WASTE YOUR LIFE.

DO NOT LET SIN REIGN IN YOUR LIFE.

DO PRESENT YOUR LIFE AS INSTRUMENTS FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

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We should live day to day with the end in mind. And these statements should help us to choose how we are going to spend every waking day that the Lord has blessed us with. Because at the end of the day,  these are what really matters.

Meeting the Master

Since I was in elementary grades, I remember joining essay writing contests and contributing to the school literary journals and writing poems in high school. I also wrote for organization magazines during college years. 20 years after, I am now writing on my blog for the past 5 years. This year, I am very honored to be a writing cotributor to a devotional book entitled “Meeting the Master: Gospel Encounters with Jesus Christ”.

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I wrote a devotional about the Samartian Woman who encoutered Jesus at the well. She has made bad choices in her life and was continually looking for love at all the wrong places. She wanted someone to love her inspite of all the wrong choices she has made in the past and when she finally met Jesus, Jesus confronted her about her lifestyle and showed her where she can find lasting happiness and true love.

After her encounter with Jesus, the Samaritan Woman couldn’t help but share her joy with other people. She wasn’t ashamed to proclaim that she has met the person who knew all about her past and still chose to love her. She wasn’t hiding behind her sins, instead she wanted others to know the man who gave her freedom from her past.

As I wrote about her, I pray that God will use all the days of my life so that I can know this man who has freed me from my past and loved me faithfully even when I was unlovable. What a joy to know that this is the same Jesus who loved this Samaritan woman and died on the cross for me, and will one day meet me and I can be with Him forevermore.

Knowing Christ has been the greatest journey of my life — and I hope that you too will know this Jesus who loves you.

Discontentment to Joy

joyHave you been discontented lately? Wanting more and becoming restless? I have. Life has been overwhelming lately with all the bills and financial obligations. It has really made me uneasy and I feel like I need to do more. I have been thinking about possibilities and most of the time, I end up feeling anxious and trapped.

I realize that I have been focusing too much on my problems and forgetting how big and great my God is. As soon as I refocused my thinking on Him, the anxious feeling and the uncertainty of our future didn’t seem to matter as much as it did.

As I have been meditating on Psalms lately and Psalm 23 “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want” has touched my heart. I just need to see that the Lord is leading us where we would grow, providing for our daily needs, protecting us from harm and that He is with us every step of the way. I remembered that God has called me to be faithful in fulfilling my roles – as a wife, a mom, sister, daughter, friend and disciple of Christ. And lift everything to Him. I just need to trust in His goodness and in His love. The discontentment has now  been replaced with thankfulness and abounding joy.

If you are feeling discontented and anxious:

Take a step back. Refocus your thoughts on God’s faithfulness. God has provided for everything you needed before, He will surely help you through your current situation.

Trust in God. God knows what is best for us and He will lead us there. Surrender your worries and let God be God in your situation.

Thank God. The antidote for discontentment is to be thankful and grateful. Reflect on all the blessings God has given you and reflect on God’s character. This will definitely give you peace and joy, no matter what circumstances you are facing. Let us not allow our selves to wallow in discontentment, but seek God to find lasting joy.

Inspirational Blogs

When days of discoragement comes, aside from reading the Bible, I spend some time reading inspirational blogs. I would like to share with you these blogs that speaks to my heart, and I hope they bring encouragement to you too.

Finding Joy

The Better Mom

The Busy Mom

The Time Warp Wife

Simple Homeschool

For The Family

Francis M: An Inspiration to Many

I am not really an avid fan of Mr. Francis Magalona, but I admire him for his professionalism, patriotism and how he is an inspiration to many celebrities and to us common people. His songs have been part of my growing up years. And of course, he is my hubby’s favorite artist.

After finding out this afternoon through an email of his demise, I watched the announcement of Eat Bulaga through You Tube. I couldnt help but shed a tear. I know he was a good man and a man with a big heart. He would surely be missed by a lot of people.

Thank you for your music, your influence and your faith.